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Wanted: Roommate

Liz Gremer, Co Art Director

February 28, 2020

Like many seniors going off to college next year, I’m on the lookout for some potential friends and roommates. I’m trying to get on top of things and meet people before I even get on campus. So, just like everyone else, I downloaded Facebook. As I created my account and joined my school’s “Class...

Not funny anymore

John Hepp, Opinion Editor

February 28, 2020

I’ve always loved “Saturday Night Live.” I grew up with Bill Hader, Kristin Wiig, Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph, just to name a few, making me laugh every Saturday night. That cast from eight to nine years ago was perfect, and created a golden age of SNL. Eventually, however, cast members move ...

Church league column

Tommy Layden, Sports Co-Editor

February 28, 2020

Church League is just rec league basketball. It is just a bunch of guys in a gym who aren’t the most skilled or the best athletes shooting hoops. Church League is all of these things, but it is so much more than a rec league. It is a continuation in a sport for many who had no chance of playing in...

“The fault in our sex education”

Paige Darling, Assistant Multimedia Editor

February 28, 2020

Sex education is a controversial topic because its main subject is taboo. Sex has a never-ending stigma that prohibits us from having productive conversations about it. What the world, especially the U.S., is failing to understand is that without proper education about sex, it will result in some negative...

So long, 2010s

Dani Almase, Pulse Co-Editor

January 31, 2020

On Dec. 31, 2009, I was a 7-year-old girl waiting to count down the new year. I remember thinking how cool I felt to be staying up until midnight with my parents. I was still so young and I had my whole life ahead of me. As the clock struck 12, it was 2010. At that moment, 5,256,000 minutes flew by,...

The Superficiality of Social Media

John Hepp, Opinions Editor

January 31, 2020

Nothing has invaded our lives in the past decade more than social media. The posts, notifications, and hashtags have become a daily part of most of our lives. On social media, you can choose to hide who you really are behind a screen. Choosing to do this creates an optimized version of ourselves that...

New year, same you

Olivia Janik, Co-Editor in Chief

January 31, 2020

The new year can be a time of new beginnings, new goals and new attitudes towards life. In reality, however, the new year represents a week-long trial at a gym before ending up back on the couch binging Netflix because exercise is too much work. Hardly anyone completes their New Year’s resolution,...


Grace Kulat, Co- Art Director

January 31, 2020

I’ve always been one of the tallest girls in my class. I grew up being taller than every single guy in my grade. But my height has never been in the forefront of my mind. I’ve always known that I’m tall, but I never thought that it affected the way people viewed me. I never thought that guys...

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...

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