LION Newspaper

These dusty old books matter

John Hepp, Reporter

December 9, 2019

I get it. Reading the works of William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson or Henry Thoreau is hardly exciting for most high school students. Why should we care about a story or essay some dusty old guy wrote 200 years ago? On the surface, these literary classics that we study in English class seem to ju...

Skills pay the bills

Nicole Klein, Website Editor

December 9, 2019

Although classic and modern books have many important messages that students could spend hours discussing, English classes should focus more on literary analysis skills than on the specific book itself. Even though many students have not mastered literary analysis skills, such as finding the main...

Out with the Old

Out with the Old

Claire Williams, copy writer

December 6, 2019

Our society loves tradition. Sometimes, it even favors tradition over a newer choice that is more beneficial. Such is the case in LT’s English curriculum. LT’s English curriculum is filled with classics from “The Odyssey” to “The Awakening” to “Hamlet”. However, reading classical literature...

As original as ever

John Hepp, Reporter

October 24, 2019

It’s true: Hollywood has a bad case of sequel-itis. The “Fast and Furious” franchise currently has nine films, with a tenth on the way. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has bloated to 23 total movies, along with several spin-off TV shows. Even Disney, the mastermind that came up with classics such as ...

Copy and paste

Nina Shearrill, Multimedia Editor

October 24, 2019

Hollywood is starting to lack content that is truly, or mostly, original. As production companies create movies solely in the capitalistic pursuit of money, the content that makes it to the big screen with multi-million dollar budgets becomes increasingly narrow.   The success of movies like “Aven...

The double tap is crap

Olivia Janik, Co-Editor In Chief

September 20, 2019

My sophomore year, Civics became a required class at LT that all sophomores had to take. With it came the Take Action Project (TAP). The idea of TAP was to teach students about the importance of taking meaningful action to solve a problem. Sadly, most of the time TAP became nothing more than the creation...

Social Media Activism: The New Frontier

Quinn Riordan, Reporter and Photographer

September 20, 2019

Social media has grown to be an essential part of every teens’ lives. Yet, social media activism continuously receives a bad reputation. Activists are labeled as “feminazis” or “social justice warriors.” Social media can spread misinformation, fake news and alternative or out-dated facts. S...

Point-Counterpoint: Holla for Lolla?

Point-Counterpoint: Holla for Lolla?

Anna McCormick and Olivia Janik

May 23, 2019

Point: Sounds of the summer I love music. I love how good songs puts me in a happy mood. I love discovering a new artist that I really connect with. And, I love dancing to it with my friends. Music festivals give me all that excitement. The great thing about music festivals is you are able to ...

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

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

Diane Makovic, Olivia Janik, and Hayden Claesson

December 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’...

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