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Camilla Breen, Pulse co-editor

March 1, 2019

Senior: Xavier Chew ‘19 “What makes me happy? Time to make myself better; I want to always be better than yesterday’s Xavier. I write lyrics and rap, that’s how I cope with stress from the outside world. I started when I was a freshman. My dad and I were waiting at a bus stop, and he just...

Robust student press freedoms used to be the norm. Now, they’re the exception.

LION Staffer Pilar Valdes looks at the upcoming newspaper issue. This kind of work can only happen with rights for student journalists. (Lonnroth/LION)

Lars Lonnroth, Managing Editor of Breaking News and Multimedia Content

February 23, 2019

The LION’s blog Media Mayhem evaluates the implications and the legacy of the Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court Ruling to mark the end of Scholastic Journalism Week 2019. On this day 50 years ago—Feb. 23, 1969—the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a landmark decision: in the ca...

Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ album review

Ariana Grande's 'thank u, next' album review

Dani Almase, Reporter

February 19, 2019

She is only 25 years old and easily one of the most successful pop singers in the world. In 2018, she was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. On Aug. 17, 2019, she released her fourth studio album, Sweetener. Just six months later, she came out with her fifth album, thank u, next on Feb. 8. ‘Sh...

The most overhyped holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day

The most overhyped holiday of the year: Valentine's Day

Dani Almase, Reporter

February 14, 2019

I’ve always seen Valentine’s Day as any other day of the year. It is an irrelevant holiday during which people traditionally show affection to their romantic partner. When we were little kids, it was a fun day when we would pass out cards and candy to all of our classmates. However as we got older, it bec...

Childhood Nostalgia: New LEGO movie review

A promotional poster for the movie, which came out Feb. 8.

Dani Almase, Reporter

February 12, 2019

Editors Note: This is part one of a multi-article series about the most anticipated  children's movie sequels this year that are sure to instill a certain degree of childhood nostalgia. LEGOs are plastic building blocks usually played with by young kids to construct anything their imagination desires....

A$AP Rocky concert review

ASAP Rocky preforms at a concert in 2015. (Kmeron/Flickr)

Xavier Mcdonald, Freelance reporter

February 6, 2019

My decision to not bring a coat to the A$AP Rocky concert on Jan. 9 seemed reasonable until I found myself in an hour and a half freezing cold line circling UIC Pavillion. Rocky came out to perform at 11:30 p.m. wearing a crash dummy mask and Air Jordans. To introduce him, two people dressed up as ...

Media Mayhem: Podcast Serial grapples with the complexity of justice in America

Serial podcast logo

Lars Lonnroth, Managing Editor of Breaking News and Multimedia Content

January 31, 2019

When I heard that the third season of the hit narrative podcast Serial would be a deep-dive into America’s criminal justice system—through the lense of a courthouse in Cleveland—I was very intrigued as to what story they would ultimately tell. Serial came to prominence in 2014 when it told th...

A job well done

January 25, 2019

Our Position: We should take the time to appreciate that our teachers still helped their students to their utmost ability even with all that was going on behind the scenes. Before winter break, all LT teachers were working under the terms of last year’s contract. The teachers received a contract on De...

Fix up the Speak Up

January 25, 2019

Our position: Although the Speak Up Line has potential to help with mental health problems, it can and needs to be replaced by a system that can address mental health issues and substance abuse concerns because the Speak Up Line has come to be used as a method of bullying. The Speak Up Line started ...

Why not?

Greg Smith, Managing editor

January 25, 2019

Many of our elected public servants are good, hardworking people. Unfortunately, many are also disingenuous, self-obsessed and self-promoting. They are not all that smart, but are all the while convinced of their own brilliance. I don’t think the presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump have been...

R is for Respect

Pilar Valdes, Art Director

January 25, 2019

I have the mouth of a sailor. With two older brothers, I heard every swear you could think of, all before the age of 10. I will say just about any word in the English language, except one. It's not that hard. It’s one word. Six letters. You can eliminate it from your vocabulary. You can call something...

Women’s March 2019

Pilar Valdes, Art Director

January 25, 2019

I am a feminist through and through. I have two older brothers, and I never really saw myself as any different from them while growing up. Sure, I was shorter and had longer hair, but I still liked Mario and Pokémon, and I knew I could beat them in any sort of physical fight—although they cla...

Heard It In A Past Life Album Review

Heard It In A Past Life Album Review

Nicole Klein, Reporter

January 24, 2019

After taking a year-long hiatus from releasing her EP, ‘Now that the Light is Fading,’ Maggie Rogers released her album ‘Heard It In A Past Life’ on Jan. 18. This album is unique, genuine, vulnerable and full of talent and heart. Growing up in rural Easton, Maryland, Rogers started playing...

Shake Shack Oakbrook Review

The national food chain's logo as a neon sign (Tyrus Emory from Flikr).

Liz Gremer, Reporter

January 10, 2019

Ever since the loss of Smashburger and Back Alley Burger, my friends and I have been on the search for a new burger place. While Steak n’ Shake in Darien has always been a favorite of mine, my friends and I decided to make the trip to Oak Brook to try out the new Shake Shack at 1950 Spring Rd. It...

Media Mayhem: To survive in the modern age, local news needs to adapt

Local news is online. But is it online enough?

Lars Lonnroth, Managing Editor of Breaking News and Multimedia Content

December 17, 2018

Local news is in a crisis and it’s only getting worse. Over the past 10 years or so, an innumerable number of newspapers and periodicals have gone defunct. The incredibly fast destruction of these valuable, community-based institutions has likely been fueled by a painful reality: local news’ inability t...

The Aragon Ballroom parties with Carti

Playboi Carti performs at the Aragon Ballroom (Reblin).

Xavier McDonald, Freelance Reporter

December 13, 2018

On a snowy night in Uptown, Chicago, Playboi Carti made a quick stop to The Aragon Ballroom on Nov. 15 that left the audience joyful but bruised from the insane mosh pits and inexpensive tickets, costing only $35. The concert was the sixth stop of 22 dates of his current Neon Tour, in which he is trav...

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