Wildcat Chronicle

Preparing for finals is key to reducing stress

Editor in chief Mayeli Vivaldo demonstrates how to prepare for final exams.

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Editor in chief

December 11, 2017

Final exams can be a stressful and anxious week, especially for students who are experiencing them for the first time. Finals are broken up into three days. The finals for first, second, and third periods take place on Dec. 20. Finals for fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth periods ar...

A letter to my grandparents: “Thank you, but please forgive me”

I was raised by grandparents who were my father and mother figures.

By Ariana Alcantar, Multimedia Editor

November 21, 2017

I consider myself very lucky to have had, who I consider, the most generous and loving grandparents. I was 6 months old when I was put on a plane and sent to Mexico to live with my grandparents. I was the second, and last, generation they raised. When I was 9, my grandma passed away and at the age of 1...

A belated “thank you”

A belated

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Editor in chief

November 21, 2017

Life is extremely difficult at times. I have had my fair share of hardships and challenges thrown at me by life or people. During those times, it seemed like the world was coming to an end. I truly struggled. My motivation and determination were drained out of me and there were times when I nearly gave up, when...

A coming out story, alternatively titled, it does get better.

Grace and Jonas

By Grace Schumann, Reporter

October 18, 2017

In honor of National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, here is my story. It was the morning of June 25, 2016. It was a sunny Monday morning, the week after Father’s Day. The sun hadn’t quite come up yet and the heat of the day hadn’t quite set in yet. My morning started out hopeful, with a news alert th...

Taking out the saint from St. Patrick’s Day

In Ireland and other European countries, St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of the priest St. Patrick versus the United States, which celebrates Irish paraphernalia.

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Perspectives/Lifestyles Editor

March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day in America is a celebration of alcohol, the color green, and awful Irish accents. Is that really a proper celebration? According to Time, the holiday was created in 1631 to celebrate the priest St. Patrick who, according to legend, had a lot of luck converting pagans to Christiani...

Trump utilizes Hitler’s fascist tactics

Trump utilizes Hitler’s fascist tactics

By Emily Wissemes, Editor in Chief

February 27, 2017

Mark Twain once said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes." Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler may not be exact replicas of one another, but they sure do rhyme. But both Trump and Hitler's rhetorical marginalization of groups, lifestyles, and political beliefs correlate in a way. ...

Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down

Valentine's Day is not only exclusive for couple or lovebirds.

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Perspectives Editor

February 6, 2017

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...

Laws in 2017 aim for equality and protection

The tax on feminine hygiene products has been eliminated and stylists are now required to take classes on domestic violence due to new laws in 2017.

By Emily Wissemes, Editor in Chief

January 5, 2017

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...

Guest Column: A letter to my immigrant parents

By Angeles Coss

December 2, 2016

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...

Gender stereotypes: Why are they still here?

Gender stereotypes exist just like those of racial or religious stereotypes. They are hurtful and not at all accurate.

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Perspectives Editor

September 21, 2016

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 stereotypes, hurtful and not at all accurate. “Gender stereotype...

Brock Turner released early from jail after sexual assault

Brock Turner, the Standford Rapist, released from jail three months early after sexually assaulting a former classmate.

By Emily Wissemes, Editor in Chief

September 13, 2016

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...

Gender neutral bathrooms raise controversy

Gender neutral bathrooms raise controversy

By Emily Wissemes, Reporter

May 17, 2016

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...

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