LION Newspaper

Let’s take a look at the bright side

Spiro Kass, Editor-in-chief

December 1, 2017

We live in a country where past presidents are often denounced for erroneous policy and decision making, and Andrew Jackson has made his way onto the list over the years. Yes, he was not a perfect commander-in-chief. He was hostile to abolitionism, he inhumanely relocated thousands of Native Americans...

#MeToo draws attention

Grace DeKoker, Copy Editor

December 1, 2017

Rape is not a topic that is easily discussed. It is not considered a socially acceptable thread of conversation. But with 312,500 men and women facing sexual assault every year, according to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, many wonder why we aren’t talking about it? The #MeToo movement...

LT alumnus betters Ghanaian community

LT alumnus betters Ghanaian community

Pilar Valdes, Assistant Pulse Editor

December 1, 2017

Less than 24 hours after graduating from LT, Rebecca Kuntz ‘11 was on a plane to Ghana, Africa, to volunteer with Light for Children, a nonprofit organization based in Ghana that focuses on education, orphan prevention and health for children. Throughout her tenure at LT, Kuntz was involved in LTTV...

Boys basketball looks to gain experience

Luke Lusson, Sports Editor

December 1, 2017

The boys varsity basketball team opened up their season with three games at home as a part of LT’s annual Thanksgiving tournament. Although the Lions dropped all three games, Head Coach Tom Sloan and his boys took away lots of positives from the three losses. “We’ve improved a ton from the f...

Ogden Avenue school holds fundraiser, creates sense of community amongst vendors

Christina Rossetti, Photo Editor

December 1, 2017

Over the last 38 years, Rose Szymanski has been spending her time hand crafting polymer clay ornaments for craft fairs and, every month of November, for the annual Red Sled event at Ogden Avenue School. “I’ve was a part of the Red Sled event at the very beginning, and I’ve done it ever since,...

Strong set of returning seniors competes together for final year

Hayden Claesson, Reporter

December 1, 2017

Many basketball teams are built around pinpoint shooters or a strong frontcourt. However, this year's LT girls’ basketball team is built around something that is a little different, something less tangible: the chemistry that the seniors have worked for years to create. “A lot of the seniors have...

Beverage tax canned

Grace DeKoker, Copy Editor

December 1, 2017

The Board of Cook County Commissioners reached a decision regarding the highly contested tax on all sweetened beverages on Oct. 10. After months of pressure from their constituents, the commissioners took a vote which would repeal the beverage tax, Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison (R- Palos Park) ...

Western Springs hosts styrofoam drive

Camilla Breen, Reporter

December 1, 2017

Four years ago, Wendy Vichick of the Green Team at First Congregational church had the idea to start a styrofoam drive in Western Springs in order to promote recycling in the community. Many community members had thought that styrofoam was biodegradable, however that is not the case. “We realized that mo...

Collegiate corruption

Mikaela Larson, Sports Editor

December 1, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Snow is falling, hot chocolate is flowing, and college basketball has begun. However, what usually is a time to celebrate and rejoice is bittersweet following the FBI’s investigations which culminated in the arrests of multiple NCAA coaches and affiliated...

Giving spotlight to ‘unsung heroes’ of LT

Taylor Schmitt, Reporter

December 1, 2017

Mary Ann Rivera has been a paraeducator at LT for 11 years. To be a paraeducator, Rivera has to be willing to do anything. From taking struggling students for a walk, to helping a student use the restroom, she does much more than many people realize. "We're unsung heroes," Rivera said. "I don't t...

There are no excuses

Pilar Valdes, Assistant Pulse Editor

December 1, 2017

“They were asking for it.” No, they weren’t. No one asks to be raped. That is the whole concept behind rape; it is nonconsensual. Because if someone were “asking for it”--meaning that throughout the entire experience they wholeheartedly wanted to have sex-- then it wouldn’t be rape. The...

Acknowledgement overdue

Maddy Cohen, Art Director

December 1, 2017

The $20 bill is the third most common currency in circulation. The faces and symbols on this bill are intended to represent America; however, Andrew Jackson is currently the face of the $20 bill. His face does not remind us of the amazing history Americans have had, but a dark one that we often try to ...

A person first

Sydney Kaehler, Opinions Editor

December 1, 2017

I don’t want this to sound like “my manifesto” against LT, because I think the school, teachers and learning environment are great. But, I do have some issues with the student community. Actually, I’m not even going to be vague on this matter. I have an issue with what I heard in the hallway ye...

Senior film directors enter silent film festival

Greg Smith, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 1, 2017

After a month of work, LTTV entered its six-minute film directed by Dom Campo ’18 and Cooper Bearman ’18 into the Student Silent Film Festival, which took place on Nov. 11. The event was hosted at the Sanfilippo Estate, home to the largest privately owned theatre organ in the world and the family...

Direct Care practice opens in LaGrange

Mary Okkema, Reporter

December 1, 2017

During the 12 years that Dr. Clodagh Ryan completed her residency at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital and worked in private practice in Western Springs, she realized the flaws of the current healthcare system. Doctors spend most of their time filling out bills for the insurance companies, or sp...

Changing tradition

Danny Kilrea, Freelance Reporter

December 1, 2017

With the recent feminist movement, our society has been much more conscientious about making sure men and women are equal, which is a good thing. One of the recent ideas is to put a woman, such as Harriet Tubman, on the $20 bill, considering it is only men right now. While equality is essential, I’m not ...

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