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Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down

Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Perspectives Editor
February 6
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

Love has a very complex definition. According to science, love is a happy chemical party that occurs in our brains. It is the activation of various parts in our cerebrum as well. But, according to others, this definition does not truly describe or define the feeling of love. Some might even s... Read more »

Laws in 2017 aim for equality and protection

Laws in 2017 aim for equality and protection

By Emily Wissemes, Editor in Chief
January 5
Filed under Carousel, Columns

Hundreds of new laws are set to go into effect in Illinois in 2017, but two especially stood out. Finally, after years of going to Walgreens and spending $25 for two boxes of feminine hygiene products, the elimination of taxes on those commodities has been lifted. According to WGN, an update t... Read more »

Guest Column: A letter to my immigrant parents

By Angeles Coss
December 2
Filed under Columns, Letters to the Editor, Perspectives

A Letter to My Immigrant Parents Dear Mom and Dad, I don’t blame you for anything that you’ve done. Leaving everything behind, family, loved ones and friends. You two left everything behind for us, your kids. You guys both came to a country, a country that was a stranger to you both; a count... Read more »

Gender stereotypes: Why are they still here?

Gender stereotypes: Why are they still here?

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Perspectives Editor
September 21
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

Women can vote, but they cannot be masculine. Men can cook, but they cannot be feminine. It is 2016, so why do these stereotypes still exist? Gender stereotypes have existed for a long time. They are like any racial or religious stereotype, hurtful and not at all accurate. “Gender stereotypes... Read more »

Brock Turner released early from jail after sexual assault

Brock Turner released early from jail after sexual assault

By Emily Wissemes, Editor in Chief
September 13
Filed under Carousel, Columns, News

Brock Turner, the Stanford rapist, who was only required to serve three out of his six month sentence after being found guilty of brutally assaulting a woman behind a Dumpster, was released recently because of “good behavior.” Turner was arrested Jan. 18 after two male students came across him on top of... Read more »

Gender neutral bathrooms raise controversy

Gender neutral bathrooms raise controversy

By Emily Wissemes, Reporter
May 17
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

The Obama administration ordered every public school in the United States to allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom matches their chosen gender identity. North Carolina has tried to pass House Bill 2 which, according to CNN, is a statewide policy banning individuals from using public ba... Read more »

Teachers should get more than a week of appreciation

Teachers should get more than a week of appreciation

By Hector Cervantes, Perspectives Editor
May 12
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

The first week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week which praises teachers for their service and dedication to the field of education. Yet, the way teachers are paid and treated somehow does not correlate to their hard work ethic the teachers display in their jobs. According to www.pay... Read more »

Heat of the moment doesn’t excuse offensive language

Heat of the moment doesn’t excuse offensive language

By Emily Wissemes, Reporter
April 30
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives, Sports

Competition promotes motivation, determination, and perseverance to overcome any challenge thrown at a person. When is it okay to say “emotions took over”? On April 19, during game four of the Blackhawks-Blues series, Chicago forward Andrew Shaw directed a homophobic slur towards an on-ice offic... Read more »

Blackhawks do well with new roster

By Pantera Mewing, Contributing Writer
March 3
Filed under Columns, Perspectives, Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks made some substantial roster additions over the weekend. Gaining Christian Ehrhoff, LA Kings; Thomas Fleischmann, Montreal Canadiens; Dale Weise, Montreal Canadiens; and Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets; who played on the 2010 championship team. In trade the Blackhawks gave up Mar... Read more »

Loss of “second father” difficult on family and friends

By Emily Wissemes, Reporter
January 22
Filed under Columns, News, Perspectives

John Jaloway was not a person to shake your hand when he first met you. He was a hugger and always has been. When I first met John about eight years ago, I went to shake his hand. He looked at me with a face, you know that face you give someone, and immediately pulled me in for a hug. From the... Read more »

Consistency lacking with constant conference changes

Consistency lacking with constant conference changes

By Nayeli Lara, Online Production Editor
January 19
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives, Sports

As a three sport athlete, I can say that I’ve competed against at least a 100 schools. A single cross-country race can have over 70 schools and a basketball season has about 30 games. Competing with all these different schools is fun, but the conference switches for every year of my high school ca... Read more »

Trump’s plan to ban Muslims eliminates his chances to be taken seriously

Trump’s plan to ban Muslims eliminates his chances to be taken seriously

By Hector Cervantes, Perspectives Editor
December 18
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

“Make America great again,” is Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, but with his policies he will cripple the identity of America if he becomes president. After a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2 in an Islamic terrorist attack, Trump called for ... Read more »

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