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Fantasy makes the No Fun League Fun

Tommy Layden, Sports Co-Editor

December 6, 2019

People who play fantasy know how it goes. They understand the stress, the sweat, the tears, the grind that goes into making a good fantasy team. They know that sick feeling you get when some guy has 40 points on your bench. Fantasy turns some random Cleveland/Baltimore game into the deciding factor in...

World Mental Health Day

Olivia Janik, Co-Editor In Chief

October 10, 2019

Over the past year, I’ve used my position on LION Newspaper to become a fierce advocate for mental health awareness and ending the stigma around discussing mental health. I’ve written and assigned numerous stories on helping students with mental illness and facilitating discussions about our menta...


Olivia Janik, Co-Editor In Chief

September 20, 2019

Imagine using your phone camera to check to make sure you’re not being followed. Imagine hiding your key between your knuckles so you have a weapon ready in case someone attacks you. Imagine taking your first self defense class when you were just 11 years old, because even in a neighborhood as safe...

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,...

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...

True Evil

Greg Smith, Managing editor

December 3, 2018

At the conclusion of a speech to the House of Commons describing the horrors of the slave trade in 1791, English abolitionist William Wilberforce said “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” Our society isn’t always interested in knowing the...

Hate Seeping Through

Mary Okkema, News co-editor

December 3, 2018

American society and politics have increasingly become polarized over the past few years. It seems that people have forgotten to listen to and respect others opinions. Democrats and Republicans are both struggling to find common ground and compromise. This political polarization is causing great tension...

Young, dumb and un-woke

Greg Smith, Opinions/Managing editor

November 5, 2018

Politicians, voters, and pundits seem to be constantly concerned with the “youth vote.” To me, this really makes no sense. While the number of young people may be statistically important in deciding an election, ideas and opinions that are only informed by social media hashtags and buzzwords are...

Taking back our school

November 5, 2018

It’s unfortunately been well known for quite some time now that LT has a serious problem when it comes to use of marijuana, nicotine products, and alcohol. But the LTHS administration and the LT community have just recently obtained precise information about just how bad it is. The results of the Il...

Common culture

Greg Smith, Opinions/Managing editor

November 5, 2018

Taylor Swift just endorsed Phil Bredesen in the Tennessee U.S. Senate race. While this may sound like blasphemy to some: I do not care in the slightest.   Swift is a musician, some would say a talented one. And while I may like some of her songs, I don’t care what she thinks about politics. ...

Is the razor right?

Georgia Dougherty, Pulse editor

October 30, 2018

A couple weeks ago, I got into a huge debate with my parents. They were annoyed because I didn’t want to shave my legs. I was annoyed because I didn’t want to. I’ll present this like a court case. My parents’ side: I should shave my legs because it is hygienic and people will cast negative...

McCain’s Legacy

McCain’s Legacy

Greg Smith, Managing Editor

September 26, 2018

Last month, Arizona Senator John McCain was buried. Whatever your political standing is, McCain was an American hero. He served with distinction in the Vietnam War. He was captured and held in a hellhole of a North Vietnamese prison camp, where he endured five long years of gruesome torture that lef...

Free exercise

Brandt Siegfried, Online Editor

April 13, 2018

Separation of church and state; while most high school students cite this phrase when they think of the Constitution, it’s actually one of the most misunderstood principles of American government. For starters, the Constitution never actually says the words “separation of church and state.”...

Letter to the Editor: Wi-Fi

Caroline Trecartin, Freelance Reporter

March 20, 2018

"What's the Wi-Fi password?" is the number one question I hear nowadays. Whether it's in a restaurant, at a friend's house or even in a grocery store, people constantly need to be messaging others and staying connected with the latest news. For the past several decades, technology has been consistently...

To whom shall we entrust our safety?

To whom shall we entrust our safety?

Brandt Siegfried, Online Editor

March 9, 2018

In the wake of the school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Fla., school security has thrust itself to the top of policy agenda. The knee-jerk calls for gun control from liberal reactionaries dominate the headlines as talking heads on cable news jabber. The usual suspects in Congress staged...

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