Drops of Ink

The Final Cut: Shrek!

Courtesy of Dreamworks

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

September 19, 2019

Welcome to The Final Cut, Drops of Ink's movie podcast! Your host is Andrew Benoit, and this episode's co-host is Jazzy. For our first episode, we did a deep dive into the Dreamworks classic, Shrek. To help pick the next movie we look at and stay up to date for our work. follow me on twitter @drew_...

“Blinded by the Light” shines bright with brilliance

Viveik Kalra in “Blinded by the Light,” styling himself after his hero Bruce Springsteen (Nick Wall/Warner Bros.)

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

September 12, 2019

There are certain movies that reaffirm the qualities that make us human. Movies that are so real, so raw in their emotional energy that, for two beautiful hours, they validate the experience of life. Movies that shorten our breath and make our hearts beat faster. Not only movies, but music, too. Songs t...

Staff Ed: What does the Future Hold?

May 16, 2019

Will our generation be better off than our parents? What will this generation do for the world? As the school year closes, we pondered these questions. Problems like terrorism in the post-9/11 world, school shootings, climate change and political divisions have raised people our age; many of the...

DOI’s Declassified School Survival Guide

DOI’s Declassified School Survival Guide

Senior Staff Editorial

May 16, 2019

For us seniors, it feels like it was just last month that we casually peeked at the school map in our backpacks on the first day to see where our next class was. It feels like it was just last week that we entered the school with a new load of confidence as we were no longer the lost freshmen, but the s...

The Blurred Line

The Blurred Line

May 16, 2019

Editors' Note: This column is written anonymously by an LHS student. The writer is anonymous to protect their identity and their friends who have been affected by the sensitive nature of the content described. This anonymity was granted by the editorial board as an exception to our publication's usual ...

Same District, Different Day

Allison McLean

May 16, 2019

Last month, I had the opportunity to shadow a student from Vernon Hills High School in order to better understand how the students in the other half of District 128 went about their school days. For a day, I followed around one of the publication’s Editors-in-Chief, Luc Gudmundson, navigating the ...

Not where I expected to be

Faculty adviser Michael Gluskin, in his 10th year at Libertyville High School, did not anticipate becoming a high school English teacher.

Michael Gluskin, Faculty Adviser

May 16, 2019

I did not get all A’s in high school English. I struggled to provide more analysis than summary in my essays and wasn’t strong at decoding an author’s use of symbolism. In fact, if you would have told me I’d be a high school English teacher one day, I would have laughed (and probably made some...

“Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”: SHOCKingly good

Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) and Lucy Stevens (Kathryn Newton)  (Warner Bros.)

Andrew Benoit, Staff Member

May 13, 2019

Video game movies are not known for being good films. In fact, they are known for being so horrendously awful that even the mention of one evokes groans from film critics; look no further than the 1993 “Super Mario Bros.” movie. However, Rob Letterman’s “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” has finall...

Where You go to College Doesn’t Matter, What You Study Does

With 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, decision is difficult

Ben Mayo, Staff Member

May 10, 2019

It’s late early May. Outside, the sun is shining, the ground is thawing, trees are starting to bud, and the chirping birds have returned from their four-month sabbatical to the south. But amidst this beautiful change of season lies a high level of stress among one small demographic: high school senior...

My Silent Opinion

Those who participated in the Day of Silence had different motivations and groups they were silent for, such as the LGBTQ+ community, women, victims of abuse, refugees and more.

Sayre DeBruler, Staff Member

May 6, 2019

Last month, on April 12, it was the National Day of Silence, an event that around 90 students at Libertyville High School participated in, including myself. I’ve taken part in the Day of Silence every year since entering high school, making this my third year. The past two years, the Day of Silence w...

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