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High School Shouldn’t Fit in an Instagram Collage

Claire Mikulski, Online Editor

May 18, 2015


Filed under Guest Columns, Opinion

I have some news that may upset some of you. I’m here to tell you that the High School Experience was introduced many years ago by a heartless marketing team with the sole intent of making teenagers feel insecure enough to spend obscene amounts of money on goods and services. In short, the High School...

Farewell Column by Joe Rossetti

Joe Rossetti, Sports Editor

May 18, 2015


Filed under Guest Columns, Opinion

There’s a common understanding that high school is supposed to be a big transition for young teenagers and serve as a foundation for who one will become in life, and honestly, I think that’s true. So this column goes out to those of you who have some time left to continue, some time left to cherish. Figure...

Editorial: In Defense of DuPage

May 18, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Here’s a nice social experiment: the next time a friend or relative asks you where you’re going to college, tell them that you are going to the College of DuPage (COD). Don’t treat it like it’s a joke. Watch their reaction. Hopefully, they greet this newfound news with a great smile, a hug and...

Point: Wave the white Flag for the war on drugs

Ceili Doyle, Assistant News Editor

May 18, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

The weakening campaign against marijuana began in 1972 when Richard Nixon announced his War on Drugs. Since his declaration forty-three years ago, the U.S. government has spent over $1 trillion fighting illegal drugs to no end. This wasteful crusade needs to end, and in its place we must implore our...

Will’s Word: My Farewell Column – Draft Five

Will Most, Opinions Editor

May 18, 2015


Filed under Opinion

As you could probably deduce from my title, this is a farewell column, and it is my fifth draft. Four drafts preceded this farewell column. First came the bitter one, where I tried to point out some of the problems I saw within the culture of LT and remind people that we aren’t as connected as our...

Counterpoint: Ignore the haze, don’t blaze

Gaby Sabatino, Reporter

May 18, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

There is no denying the fact that our society is heading into a direction where the recreational use of marijuana is becoming more widely accepted throughout this country. However, the idea of legalizing marijuana is one that undermines the safety of the public and puts many individuals at risk for detrimental...

Editorial: Burning down the PARCC

April 13, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The infamous behemoth that is the Common Core is now serving up a new recipe for disaster and dissatisfaction in the hearts of Illinois student test takers. The PARCC test, a supposedly “new and improved” exam, will replace the despised ISAT test this year. Although its intentions are good, the unsettling...

Minding the gap

Annika Raniginani, Managing Editor

April 13, 2015


Filed under Guest Columns, Opinion

Scrolling through the scholarships on Naviance, it seems like there are millions of options. However, a lot of that aid is conditional on being a graduating senior and enrolling in college the next year. For many students, this could present a significant financial barrier to partaking in a gap year. LT...

Counterpoint: Facing Facebook

Garrett Ariana, Reporter

April 13, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

There are more than 1.39 billion active Facebook users as of January 2015, almost five times more than the next highest social media, Twitter. And although critics say otherwise, the most populated and most commonly used social network isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In a school of 4,000 kids,...

Point: It’s time to move on

Clare Mikulski, Managing Editor of Online Content

April 13, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

Facebook is not only unnecessary at this point in social media evolution, but very often brings nothing but anxiety and unhappiness to its users. If we assume that Facebook was created in order for friends and relations to update one another on their whereabouts and activities, the site has been made...

Will’s Word: Hipsters

Will’s Word: Hipsters

Will Most, Opinions Editor

April 13, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

It’s hard to pinpoint when it occurred, but the idea of the hipster is dead. Many are quick to blame bands such as Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend that became too “mainstream,” but it is much more complex and convoluted than a band “selling out.” Being a hipster is a being part of an established...

Editorial: Deep Freeze

April 10, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

As of Jan. 15, 2015, the University of Illinois board of trustees voted to freeze undergraduate tuition for the next four years at their present rates for the 2014-2015 school years. The tuition freeze comes as part of an effort to increase the number of Illinois residents attending U of I. While nine...

This one’s for the tall girls

Mary Hadley, Social Media Editor

March 16, 2015


Filed under Guest Columns, Online Exclusives, Opinion

I am a pretty opinionated person and when I know something is unfair or not right I will not back down without a fight. Today has been the fifth day in a row at school that it was nice out. The snow is almost completely melted, the windows are finally remaining open in classrooms, and the heavy winter...

Counterpoint: Exposing Espionage

Joe Okkema, News Editor

March 4, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

Following the exposure of events like the National Security Agency’s domestic spying scandal, it’s only natural that people rush to defend their right to privacy now more than ever. The Fourth Amendment does indeed guarantee protection against “unreasonable search and seizure,” so it’s no surprise...

Editorial: One for one is for all

March 4, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Over time, every major industry and institution has shifted away from using paper. Businesses share information and forms over email, newspapers have shifted their content to a digital realm and even book stores have begun to offer less books, and more e-readers. So why then, do high schools stand pat,...

Cracking down on courses

Will Most, Opinion Editor

March 4, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Walking through the halls of LT in the month of March, you tend to hear a sound. It is the sound of pens nervously clicking and feet tapping restlessly. It’s that time of the year again, when seniors await the final and often most gruesome steps of their college decision, as juniors prepare to take...

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