Central Times

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...

You decide how to love yourself

Laaiba Mahmood, Managing Editor

March 5, 2019

To be honest, I’ve never spent much time thinking about what it means to love myself. I know that the mainstream way to practice self-love is to do face masks, bath with bath bombs, splurge on something, subscribe to the whole “treat yo’self” philosophy Donna Meagle endorses in “Parks and Recreation.” But something...

A Snake’s Soliloquy

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

March 5, 2019

The 12 animals of the lunar cycle in order are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. As my family waits for our food, I trace my finger in a circle along the animals displayed on a thin sheet of paper used to protect the restaurant’s glass tables from steaming bowls of noodle...

Why can’t books be books?

Laaiba Mahmood, Managing Editor, Opinions Columnist

February 5, 2019

I have always loved to read. I have three bookshelves double stacked with novels, a shelf bolted to the wall lined with some more and a pile on the corner of my desk totaling to 200-something books. I don’t read as much as I would like to anymore, but when I get a recommendation I seize the opportunity to expand my collection....