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Grade Inflation: Point-Counterpoint-Counterpoint (video/article)

Grade Inflation: Point-Counterpoint-Counterpoint (video/article)

Diane Makovic, Olivia Janik, and Hayden Claesson

December 3, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

Test-retakes, Curves and Extra credit is a staple of high achieving classrooms. Students love it. But is it actually helping students master the subject matter? That is the question on this issue of Point Counterpoint Counterpoint. You can watch a video of this debate bellow. Or, you can watch the video in a new tab on LTTV's Yo...

Should highschoolers be allowed to trick-or-treat? -Point-Counterpoint

Dani Almase and Tommy Layden

October 31, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

Point: High schoolers are not too old to trick-or-treat By Dani Almase Halloween is the night of Oct. 31, which is commonly celebrated by children who dress in all different types of costumes. They cheer for candy or other treats from house to house around their neighborhood shouting, “trick ...

American Exceptionalism: Point/Counter-Point (Article/Video)

American Exceptionalism: Point/Counter-Point (Article/Video)

Greg Smith and Grace DeKoker

October 25, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

Is America truly exceptional? That is the question we seek to answer in this issue's installation of Point-Counter point. The LION's Managing Editor Greg Smith faces off against LION's Editor-in-Chief Grace DeKoker on how great America really is. You can also watch a video version of this debate loca...

Socialism: Point/Counter-Point (article/video)

Socialism: Point/Counter-Point (article/video)

Pilar Valdes and Greg Smith

September 20, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, Opinion, Point/Counterpoint, Videos

It is the first issue of The LION Newspaper. That means it is also the first Point/Counterpoint, too. Facing off on the topic of Socialism, Managing Editor Greg Smith and Art Director Pilar Valdes tackle this topic. You can also watch a video version of this debate located below. Or, you can watch the vide...

Half baked

Half baked

Greg Smith, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

Last week, my friend told me his AP Econ class was asked to analyze the “externalities” of marijuana legalization—i.e., whether it’s a good idea to legalize weed for recreational purposes. As you read this, Illinois lawmakers are debating a proposal to fully legalize marijuana. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy...

USA: the land of opportunity

USA: the land of opportunity

Greg Smith, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

You or someone you know will probably go to college for free out of state. Schools try to attract top students with stipends and full scholarships that even allow some students to do some post graduate work. The opportunities we can find outside of our home towns and states extend far beyond even higher ...

Oh the places you’ll (Chica)go!

Oh the places you’ll (Chica)go!

Pilar Valdes, Assistant Pulse Editor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

I think we can all agree that the first thing we think of when we hear the word “Chicago” is Trina Vega from Victorious singing her beautiful and timeless solo aptly named “Chicago.” Although Trina may not have been the best at singing, her lyrics ring true. Chicago is “a city that's inviting,...

Dumping DACA

Hayden Claesson, Reporter

March 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

Ever since Donald Trump emerged in the political scene, his presidential campaign and promises have been focused on solutions for the immense immigration problem in the United States. Some of the ideas include building a wall and greatly reducing the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA). Trump’...

Better do both

Greg Smith, Assistant Opinions Editor

March 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

At every turn, congressional Democrats have mishandled DACA negotiations. They have defined themselves by the increasingly indefensible position of opposition to President Donald Trump at all costs, no matter what he says. And although he is flawed, he has handled the negotiations on DACA correctly. ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Acknowledgement overdue

Maddy Cohen, Art Director

December 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

The $20 bill is the third most common currency in circulation. The faces and symbols on this bill are intended to represent America; however, Andrew Jackson is currently the face of the $20 bill. His face does not remind us of the amazing history Americans have had, but a dark one that we often try to ...

Changing tradition

Danny Kilrea, Freelance Reporter

December 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

With the recent feminist movement, our society has been much more conscientious about making sure men and women are equal, which is a good thing. One of the recent ideas is to put a woman, such as Harriet Tubman, on the $20 bill, considering it is only men right now. While equality is essential, I’m not ...

Let’s talk about it

Maddy Cohen, Art Director

September 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Point/Counterpoint

There are three things you should never talk about in polite company: money, religion and politics. Luckily, I’m not polite. It has always been a principle for teachers to conceal their political views in the classroom. While this has made the school environment much more tepid, not discussing these...

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