LION Newspaper

Preparation in precalculus

May 23, 2019

Our Position: The LT Math Department should change the curriculum on the precalculus courses to better introduce students to calculus concepts prior to taking calculus at higher levels.   Calculus is a difficult subject for many students in both high school and in college, and the reason f...

Point-Counterpoint: Holla for Lolla?

Our survey results from issue 7 (compiled by Olivia Janik).

Anna McCormick and Olivia Janik

May 23, 2019

Point: Sounds of the summer I love music. I love how good songs puts me in a happy mood. I love discovering a new artist that I really connect with. And, I love dancing to it with my friends. Music festivals give me all that excitement. The great thing about music festivals is you are able to ...


Greg Smith, Managing editor

May 23, 2019

Coming to the end of my high school years, I find myself looking back at both what I learned and how I learned.  Interestingly, I think I’ve learned as much from my missteps as I have in the classroom. The best advice I ever received is after making a mistake, the bigger mistake is not learning...

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” Movie Review

A promotional image for the movie (Courtesy of The Avalon Theatre).

Dani Almase, Reporter

May 15, 2019

Disney movies are the iconic representation of innocence, joy, and love that shapes the childhood of many people. When people think of their youth, they often imagine their favorite Disney movie. That is why I always thought of “Wreck It Ralph” as a part of my innocence. I was 10 years old when the fir...

A culture of death

Greg Smith, Managing editor

April 23, 2019

Until I recently turned 18, I couldn’t even go to a the doctor for a strep test without my parents’ consent. When I needed a physical and a vision test to enter the military, one of my parents needed to be there as well. In mid-February, Democrats in the Illinois House proposed an extreme law,...

Pulitzer Prizes shed light on wounded newsrooms, both literal and metaphorical

Capital Gazette's coverage of the shooting in their own newsroom.

Lars Lonnroth, Managing Editor of Breaking News and Multimedia Content

April 22, 2019

In Annapolis, Md., June 28, five journalists at the Capital Gazette newspaper were murdered by a disillusioned man who had his questionable conduct scrutinized by the paper. They wrote a story detailing his history of harassing women and—as a result—he attempted to kill "everyone present" at the new...

Olivia O’Brien concert review

Olivia O’Brien concert review

Mia Bonfiglio, Reporter

April 13, 2019

An eager crowd filled the floor of Lincoln Hall on April 4, under the purple lights, as Olivia O’Brien walked out on stage. In a tank top, bomber jacket and biker shorts, she immediately gave off a strong stage presence as she danced around, singing an unreleased song. The venue was small but the ...

A fair chance

April 12, 2019

Our Position: Some LT sports programs give unfair advantages to athletes who play on club teams during tryouts. The struggle for a spot on a high school sports team can be tough. Especially at LT, where there are nearly 4,000 students. The school has 32 athletic programs for boys and girls in tot...

Academic integrity

April 12, 2019

Our position: While academic integrity begins and ends with students, a school can foster an environment where cheating is socially unacceptable if grading and disciplinary systems reward and encourage academic honesty while punishing dishonesty. Fortunately, high schools and colleges alike value acad...

Climbing “The Dawn Wall”

Onlookers watch climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell as they attempt to ascend the Dawn Wall of El Capitan on Jan. 13, 2015 in Yosemite National Park, Calif., which is the event on which the documentary is based (Patrick Tehan/Tribune News Service).

Diane Makovic, Copy editor

April 9, 2019

You may have heard of the Academy Award winning documentary “Free Solo,” which follows rock climber Alex Honnold on his attempt to “free solo” climb El Capitan—a prestigious mountain in Yosemite National Park. While preparing for his solo ascent, Honnold went through practice climbs with fellow...

Point-Counterpoint: Should foreign language classes begin in kindergarten?

At many elementary schools, such as LaGrange's Cossitt, pictured above, students get their first taste of foreign language. But the question is, should it start sooner? (Lonnroth/LION)

Liz Gremer and Diane Makovic

March 21, 2019

Point: Profe will be proud by Liz Gremer I began taking Spanish in kindergarten. In elementary school, I learned the alphabet, basic grammar, as well as that “amarillo” means yellow. Going into high school, I had tested out of Spanish I and began Spanish II as a freshman. This year, I am tak...

Media Mayhem: What even is a news organization?

The physical newspaper is a manufactured product—but it is also so much more. (Lonnroth/LION)

Lars Lonnroth, Managing Editor of Breaking News and Multimedia Content

March 5, 2019

It can be very easy to think of a newspaper as a manufactured product like your soaps and your silverware. If you look at the way you get your soap and silverware and the way you get a newspaper, they can look somewhat similar. Heavy machinery in a warehouse somewhere transforms a normal piece of metal ...

Editorial: Copious choices

March 1, 2019

Our Position: LT offers a wide variety of class options that students can choose from, and students should take advantage of this during course selections.   Every winter, the time comes for students at LT and incoming freshman to select their courses for the next year. For many selecting a...

Editorial: Timely Teachings

March 1, 2019

Position Statement: Health class should be moved from sophomore year curriculum to freshman year in order to help inform and prepare younger students for issues they face in high school.   Walking into the halls of SC, freshman are introduced to an environment that is completely different from t...

End the stigma

Olivia Janik, Opinions editor

March 1, 2019

We talk about mental health a lot. We talk about what to do if a friend is in trouble. We talk about “speak up-lining” people when they are in danger of harming themselves or others. But, we rarely talk about what it’s like to live with a mental illness. We never have actual conversations about...

Tyranny of small minds

Greg Smith, Managing editor

March 1, 2019

I just read an opinion piece published in another school newspaper, the Yale Daily News. In a February 7 column titled “Evil is banal,” Yale student Isis Davis-Marks basically argues that white men should be stalked and monitored so that dirt on them can later be used to destroy their lives. No,...

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