LION Newspaper

Audition for honors

January 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Each of Lyons Township’s courses is assigned an academic ability level (preparatory, accelerated or honors/Advanced Placement) based on the standards and expectations of the course combined with the level of academic rigor that students are expected to meet in class. All audition-only classes at...

Alcohol isn’t evil

Pilar Valdes, Assistant Pulse Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Guest Columns, Pulse

By all legal standards, you become an adult when you turn 18. You are able to vote, enlist in the army and serve on a jury. Yet, when you turn 18, you are still unable to legally purchase, have possession of or consume alcohol. Beyond its illegality, alcohol is extremely stigmatized in the United States....

Mediocre at worst, mediocre at best

Greg Smith, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

Controversy surrounded President Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy in 2015. Few expected Trump, a candidate who had more ties to Democrats than to Republicans, to win the Republican nomination for president, let alone the general election. Yet here we are at the end of his first year, duri...

Sad because of S.A.D.

January 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

There is a reason that when drawing a picture of the sun, people also add sunglasses and a smile. The sunglasses part is arbitrary simply because a sun doesn’t need to be protected from itself, but that’s not the point. The point is that sunlight makes people happy. Research from United Arab Emirates...

Wi-Fi would bring LT into the 21st century

January 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Lyons Township is a great school. It offers many opportunities in terms of curriculum and extracurricular activities, and classroom instruction is top-notch. But unfortunately, LT’s technological situation does not always contribute to the school’s high caliber. It’s a known fact that cellular...

DJT trumps first year in office

Brandt Siegfried, Online Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

President Donald J. Trump is perhaps the most contentious public figure in the 21st century. I can definitely say that I don’t agree with everything the president says or does (especially his irresponsible use of Twitter), but whether you like his personality or not, my aim is to discuss how Presi...

Internet anxiety

Christina Rossetti, Photo Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Guest Columns, Opinion

Just recently, I was watching television with my parents, when I looked down at my phone. Then I heard an NBC story about cell phones. “Christina,” my dad said, “I think this might be really important, so pay attention.” I rolled my eyes, like most teenagers do when a parent tells them to...

Equality for all

Sydney Kaehler, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Declaration of Independence says, “all men are created equal.” Are we though? Oprah Winfrey recently faced criticism over a comment she made in 2013 on a BBC interview, saying “there are still generation of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice ...

Since the Don of 2017

Sydney Kaehler, Opinions Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

It has been a little over a year since President Donald Trump took office. Although he may have compiled a solid list of accomplishments (rolling back President Barack Obama’s regulations, impressive judicial appointments, and the successful fight against ISIS), the good is definitely outweighed by ...

Politics belongs to politicians

Politics belongs to politicians

Camilla Breen, Assistant Photo Editor

January 12, 2018


Filed under Guest Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

In recent months, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of celebrities talking about politics. I, for one, am all for it--I love the idea of stars using their platforms to speak out for what they believe, and the concept lends itself to an important principle of free speech in our society....

Illinois: let the people celebrate, permit sale of consumer fireworks

Illinois: let the people celebrate, permit sale of consumer fireworks

Brandt Siegfried, Online Editor

December 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

New Year’s Eve: the waning hours of the year slip into darkness as families and friends gather together. Conversation and laughter occupy the guests, and the remnants of a bonfire smolder in the background. Empty trays of food line the counter; as the clock strikes midnight, the sky is empty. Silence...

Why I’m not neutral about Net Neutrality

Why I’m not neutral about Net Neutrality

Greta Markey, Managing Editor of Print Content

December 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Dec. 14, 2017 is the day to mark down on your calendar regarding Net Neutrality laws. This is the day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on their proposal to revoke them. Many consumers are worried that getting rid of these laws, which require internet providers like Comcast and Verizon...

AP should stand for A-Political

December 1, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The College Board: the powerful company that controls the SAT, the PSAT, and AP testing, among other college preparation tests. Most students are probably unaware of the Board’s influence in education or its organizational structure that works to insert politics into the classroom. While the College...

Sports vs. sleep

December 1, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

High school students are very busy. Obligations must be fulfilled and many extracurricular activities must be attended to not only have an enjoyable high school experience, but also to have a reasonable chance of admission to a post high school program of the student’s choice. Unfortunately, high...

Irate with immunization rates

December 1, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

We are extremely fortunate to be living in 2017; at least from a healthcare perspective. We are living our healthiest, longest lives, with the most treatments and medications to combat and cure the most diseases. We’re at a point where we can prevent and eradicate disease that once plagued us just...

Let’s take a look at the bright side

Spiro Kass, Editor-in-chief

December 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

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...

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