Central Times

In the dark

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

February 4, 2019

I am not afraid of the dark. Most of the time, anyway. Usually, I’m the kind of person that can only sleep when my room is completely dark. I invite the darkness. But sometimes, on nights when I’ve drank too many caffeinated drinks and can’t seem to fall asleep, the dark calls to mind too many thoughts I’ve tried...

The Amazon addiction

Laaiba Mahmood, Managing Editor, Opinions Columnist

December 30, 2018

I’ve never bought anything from Amazon. At first, I didn’t have a real explanation as to why I don’t shop on Amazon. My family pays for a Prime subscription, but I’ve never used it. It seems helpful and convenient, but I have a general dislike of online shopping. I’m just so used to physically seeing what I’m p...

With all our might

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

December 29, 2018

All hail our school, NCHS! We’ll sing your… crazes? Phases? Dazes? I don’t know the lyrics to the school song. Every school assembly, when it’s time to stand up from the bleachers and sing the song at the top of our lungs, I get ready to feign interest while mouthing the words and swaying with the rest of my clas...

What we do see

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

November 28, 2018

I know this isn’t a sports column, but for the first time ever, I want to talk about basketball.  Specifically, I want to talk about Kevin Ware, the basketball player who went viral for his leg injury that happened during a game against Duke University in 2013. I didn’t watch the actual game...in fact, I’ve never wa...

Selfish or selfless

Laaiba Mahmood, Managing Editor, Opinions Columnist

November 22, 2018

As a timid freshman looking for ways to get involved at Naperville Central, I attended Rotary Club meetings that had led me to sign up to volunteer at multiple events in the area. Attending the club meant volunteering at events solely to give back to the community, in line with their motto, “service above self.” ...

Practice vs. Procedure

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor. Sports Columnist

October 31, 2018

Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods and a countless number of other professional athletes have some of the weirdest superstitions. From bouncing the ball five times before the first serve, wearing a certain pair of shorts or taking cold 45-minute showers before a match and wearing a red shirt, they canno...

Stepping in the right direction

Laaiba Mahmood, Managing Editor, Opinions Columnist

October 30, 2018

Despite my strong connection with my South Asian culture and heritage, there are obvious flaws when it comes to treatment of women in that region and by people raised in that context. Women and young girls are sexually assaulted, harmed, shamed and have certain cultural expectations of being a wife and mother. There are ...

Put the work in

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

October 29, 2018

“Yoo Young.” I heard my name being called sternly from across the lunch table, and I stopped in my tracks. In eighth grade, I had been introduced to concepts of racism and race issues in society through social media and the Internet, and I always had a new topic to talk about at lunch. That day, I had been complaining about the w...

Finding a voice

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor, Sports Columnist

September 29, 2018

Gymnasts, dancers, volleyball players and pole vaulters have all been silent for too long. Most recently, over 300 student athletes have sued USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University in sexual assault allegations against team and university doctor Larry Nassar. Back in December 2017 and January 2018, Nassar was tried in cou...