Drops of Ink

Banning Books Bans Opportunities

Banning Books Bans Opportunities

Anya Belomoina, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017

A nationwide controversy sparked when a Mississippi middle school took the modern American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, off the school’s reading list last month because it “made students uncomfortable.” The book is a story of racism, sexism and ageism in 1950s America and is read ...

Discussing diversity: It’s indispensable

Discussing diversity: It’s indispensable

Staff Editorial

November 14, 2017

It can be hard to understand diversity. Based on who we are and how we view the world from our own microscopic lenses, we simply cannot understand every perspective out there. As individuals, we come from all different backgrounds, and knowing every detail about every difference that is present amon...

Leaping to Conclusions

Leaping to Conclusions

Sam Nelson

October 24, 2017

Just to clear the air -- I am not here to argue that dance is a sport. Technically, it’s not. I acknowledge that it’s an art. What I am here to argue against is the criticism that dance receives because it is not considered a sport. Time and time again during my 13 years of dancing, I’ve been t...

The inconsistent code

The inconsistent code

Staff Editorial

October 24, 2017

Libertyville High School’s extracurricular opportunities uphold leaders and members to numerous expectations and responsibilities. Yet there’s one expectation that holds an inconsistent precedence over the rest: The District 128 Code of Conduct. In Drops of Ink’s September issue, our staff expressed its vie...

Free the Nips

Free the Nips

Matt Smith, Sports Editor

October 24, 2017

It’s 90 degrees outside, you’re running or conditioning for your sport, you’re dripping with sweat and your shirt is mostly see-through. As a cross country runner, I know this feeling. You want to take your shirt off but you can’t, due to district and school policies.   The official shirt policy...

The face of a student leader

The face of a student leader

September 26, 2017

Student leaders should be positive influences. Whether it be a team captain, Link Crew leader, executive member of Stageplayers, editor of Drops of Ink or a member of Student Council Executive Board, these leaders should act as role models for other students. This means there are certain ways they should ...

Face off: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Face off: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

September 26, 2017

In light of the recent act of terrorism resulting in the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia, which initially began as a protest led by a group of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis, we were inspired to write face-off columns about the freedom of speech vs. the freedom of hate. While ...

How LHS has became more accepting

How LHS has became more accepting

Rachel Dudley, Staff writer

September 25, 2017

     Having an accepting school environment is vital to every school.  It allows students to feel more comfortable at school, therefore making it easier for them to focus on their education. Having that acceptance also allows students of a variety of backgrounds and orientations to develop confide...

All eyes on my screen

All eyes on my screen

Lola Akinlade, Features Editor

September 22, 2017

In order to spy on students using their Chromebooks, teachers use an application called Hapara. Hapara allows teachers to view the websites that students are using and close out on any tabs they deem “off-topic.” The Hapara website emphasizes the visibility and feedback features of the program, which...

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