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Counterpoint: From my dead fingers

Abby King, Pulse Editor

January 25, 2016

Two-hundred-seventy-310 million guns for 320 million people. The U.S. has one of the highest amount of guns per capita in the world, which is exactly why gun control won’t work. Not only will the policies enacted not prevent people with the desire to kill, but it will also impede on our basic liberty—the...

CounterPoint: Sacred Sequels

Abby King, Pulse Editor

December 1, 2015

You’re four years old when “Toy Story” hits the big screen in 1995. You’re perplexed by the talking toys and picturesque Pixar animation that somehow managed to transport you to a different world. For an hour and 21 minutes you escaped into a life filled with excitement and suspense. “Toy...

Point: movies can still produce

Drew Cushing, Online Editor

December 1, 2015

These days, it seems like all the movies are either sequels or reboots of old movie franchises. But there is also still a host of great original movies that Hollywood produces. The sequels are dependent on their names so audiences can know what’s expected, such as with “Jurassic World” released...

Point: AP pressure is APpropriate

Mary Sullivan, Reporter

October 23, 2015

College is a highly anticipated period of time for many high school students. It is an important time of big career decisions, excessive studying, note-taking and maybe a little partying on the side. The point is, who would not want a little extra boost of preparation before starting college. Taking...

Counterpoint: AP not end all be all

Céilí Doyle, News Editor

October 23, 2015

AP classes have come to define every student’s Thursday night grind. Students come home after a grueling practice, shovel down food, shower and begin reading 40 pages of Jane Eyre for AP English, in anticipation of a reading quiz the next morning. This is followed up with two lengthy review packets...

Counterpoint: Study flaw

Garrett Ariana, Editor in Chief

September 17, 2015

When a Chicago Tribune 2014 survey revealed a much higher degree of stress from LT students as opposed to students at other suburban high schools, I think the student body was expecting more than a stingy 25-minute study hall. For the students who say their homework loads of four to six hours an evening...

Study hall, not free-for-all

Gaby Sabatino, Managing Editor

September 15, 2015

As I look around my lunch study hall room I recognize what is expected: students sitting with their phones, headphones on and totally ignoring the homework that they could otherwise be getting done in the ample amount of time. However, for the students who choose to put those 25 minutes to use, they...

Point: Wave the white Flag for the war on drugs

Ceili Doyle, Assistant News Editor

May 18, 2015

The weakening campaign against marijuana began in 1972 when Richard Nixon announced his War on Drugs. Since his declaration forty-three years ago, the U.S. government has spent over $1 trillion fighting illegal drugs to no end. This wasteful crusade needs to end, and in its place we must implore our...

Counterpoint: Ignore the haze, don’t blaze

Gaby Sabatino, Reporter

May 18, 2015

There is no denying the fact that our society is heading into a direction where the recreational use of marijuana is becoming more widely accepted throughout this country. However, the idea of legalizing marijuana is one that undermines the safety of the public and puts many individuals at risk for detrimental...

Counterpoint: Facing Facebook

Garrett Ariana, Reporter

April 13, 2015

There are more than 1.39 billion active Facebook users as of January 2015, almost five times more than the next highest social media, Twitter. And although critics say otherwise, the most populated and most commonly used social network isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In a school of 4,000 kids,...

Point: It’s time to move on

Clare Mikulski, Managing Editor of Online Content

April 13, 2015

Facebook is not only unnecessary at this point in social media evolution, but very often brings nothing but anxiety and unhappiness to its users. If we assume that Facebook was created in order for friends and relations to update one another on their whereabouts and activities, the site has been made...

Counterpoint: Exposing Espionage

Joe Okkema, News Editor

March 4, 2015

Following the exposure of events like the National Security Agency’s domestic spying scandal, it’s only natural that people rush to defend their right to privacy now more than ever. The Fourth Amendment does indeed guarantee protection against “unreasonable search and seizure,” so it’s no surprise...

Point: Cyberbullying? Close your laptops

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Dante Stefanini, Multimedia Editor

March 2, 2015

As of Jan. 1, 2015, Illinois state legislature passed a new law that gives school administrators the right to acquire students’ social media passwords if they are suspected of cyberbullying. The law also tasked school administrators to thoroughly investigate cases where students were intimidated, threatened...

January Counterpoint: Sharing the Wealth

January Counterpoint: Sharing the Wealth

Joe Rossetti, Sports Editor

January 28, 2015

The proposal by Senate Bill 16 to redistribute state funding is a great idea. Senate Bill 16 has the potential to have a large impact on impoverished areas, which, based on our state’s current regressive public education funding system, receive less state and local funding than more affluent areas....

January Point: Cutting our resources

January Point:  Cutting our resources

Gillian Dunlop, Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2015

Senate Bill 16’s proposal to distribute state funds “based on local ability to pay” is a seemingly good idea. It makes sense that areas with more affluent residents should give part of the funding that would normally go to their local public schools to a school in an impoverished area. It makes...

December Point: Keep on coding

Anika Ranginani, Managing Editor

December 3, 2014

I used to hate long division. I was one of those kids that always asked, “If we have calculators, why do we learn this?” I wasn’t the only one who felt that way, but my math teacher still forced us to solve row upon row of long division problems. Ten years later, I can admit that calculators are...

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