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Andrew Yang is the Future of America

Braden Hajer, Copy Editor & Columnist

November 21, 2019

An Asian entrepreneur is running for president and wants to give you $1,000 a month for the rest of your life. Despite running as a complete outsider and initial nobody, 44-year-old Andrew Yang has risen among the ranks of the saturated democratic field, bypassing multiple sitting senators. If you haven’t heard of him before,...

A love letter to cross country

Maggie Dalton, Head Photo and art, Community Editor & columnist

November 14, 2019

My cross country season recently came to an end. I crossed the finish line for the last time with mixed emotions. Already, I wished I had another season ahead of me. Cross country gave me life-long friends and the knowledge and confidence that I can do anything.  I never ran cross country in middle school. I always thought...

The pitfalls of activist media

Vivian Zhao, Editor in Cheif, Editorial Editor & Columnist

November 12, 2019

At the beginning of this school year, my Instagram was flooded with stories reposting a video of the Amazon rainforest burning down.  The reason?  When consumers purchase meat, they fuel the demand for more land. In response, Brazilian farmers cut down trees, causing deforestation and rendering the rainforest...

Guys you’ve got to cool it with the ice

Braden Hajer, Copy Editor & Columnist

November 12, 2019

Humanity has this bizarre obsession with frozen drink cubes. No liquid is satisfactory until it has been thoroughly saturated with The Cubes, regardless of its original temperature.  I hate these illusioned heralds of frosty pleasure. You, the American people, are being deceived; Big Ice has brainwashed all of us....

Perseverance, the strongest quality

Maggie Dalton, Head Photo & Art, Community Editor, Columnist

October 1, 2019

It is easy to give up or quit, but it takes great strength to persevere. Perseverance is both physical and mental. To persevere, it takes courage, bravery and strength. Perseverance is staying in the fight despite difficulties. Those who persevere have always inspired me. I like to think that I persevere in cross country by...

No, Chicago Tribune, its not the academic pressure

Braden Hajer, Copy Editor, Columnist

October 1, 2019

I saw a Chicago Tribune article the other day about how teenage depression is on the rise, “and we don’t know why.” The article goes on to identify two culprits as the harbingers of mass anxiety: academic pressure and a lack of social interaction brought on by social media. This diagnosis infuriates me on a fundamenta...

Let’s talk about college

Vivian Zhao, Editor in Chief, Editorial Editor, Columnist

October 1, 2019

Growing up, my trajectory before 22 was certain. Anything past that fell victim to my imagination.  At eight, I yearned to become the next J.K. Rowling, though I’d never read Harry Potter. Shortly after that, I dreamt of living in the 1800s, like Jo from “Little Women,” despite nonexistent womens’ rights. I va...

Don’t Lose Heart

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor

May 15, 2019

I was a gymnast for nine years. That’s over half my life. From age six until 15 years old, I ate, breathed and slept gymnastics. I traveled across the country and competed every month. To give you an idea of how involved in gymnastics I was, I never did PE in junior high. Lexi Swanson, my former teammate, and I sat in ...

Eat to live, live to eat

Yoo Young Chun, Head Photo/Art Editor, Features Editor, Features Columnist

March 30, 2019

Today for lunch I’m going to eat a cucumber sandwich with hummus on white bread. I should have packed whole grain, but I’m allowing myself to eat white in exchange for cutting out any meats. Then for dinner... I think I’m going to eat some rice, maybe some sausages, kimchi, hopefully some stir-fried vegetables. And what...