A Trapeze editor reflects on the power of student journalism

Mary Andolina, Staffer May 17, 2024

Before I even stepped into the Trapeze room, I was warned against it by a former teammate. When I sent her my schedule the summer before sophomore year, she said everything looked great but I should absolutely...

Parting words from a senior

Quinn Bozarth, Staffer April 29, 2024

I did not expect this. As the last year of high school nears the end, most seniors see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, I never anticipated the slew of emotions that I would feel as graduation...

Aid to Ukraine is a step in the right direction

Grace Zoloto, Staffer April 29, 2024

It has been two years since the beginning of Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine. In this time, the invasion has gone from being at the forefront of geopolitical discussion to being sidelined by other conflicts. As...

Ungrading offers “empathic and gracious” alternative to grades

Sophia Lynn, Staffer April 1, 2024

Since the A+ circled on a third-grade multiplication test, grades have become tightly intertwined with our self-esteem. For many students, an A or B is cause for celebration, a C or D can ruin our day,...

Shop local to preserve the character of Oak Park

Ryan Scott, Staffer April 1, 2024

I’ll never forget the day I discovered the closure of two beloved establishments: Tasty Dog and Magic Tree Bookstore. Significant moments of my life took place in these shops, and perhaps that’s true...

Ranked choice gives new voting option

Katie Stabb, Contributor March 4, 2024

It’s spring 2020. You’re a Democratic voter. There’s one problem overwhelming your mind–and it’s not just you. Every Democrat in America is reckoning with the same confounding question: Who will...

In defense of the rom-com

Mary Andolina, Editor-in-Chief February 5, 2024

Anticipation was high for the 2023 romantic comedy blockbuster “Anyone but You,” starring two attractive stars, Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell. Months before the movie even came out, there were rumors...

The Case for Oak Park Reparations

Bernie Krasinsky, Contributor December 18, 2023

This is the final story in a three-part series exploring the history of Oak Park’s main commercial corridor, on Lake Street between Marion Street and Harlem Avenue. Part 1, published on Oct. 23,...

The Case for Oak Park Reparations

Bernie Krasinsky, Contributor November 20, 2023

Part 1 of this series, which ran in Trapeze’s Oct. 23 edition, detailed the growth of the Black community in Oak Park between 1900 and 1920. Black residents settled near Lake and Marion streets and...

Arts programs deserve funding, support

Alex Robinson Bellin, News and Opinion Editor October 24, 2023

Ever since the beginning of my freshman year, the little black box theater at the end of a long second-floor hallway known as Studio 200 has been my safe space. I know that without that space and without...

The case for Oak Park reparations

Bernie Krasinsky, Contributor October 24, 2023

Oak Park is known as one of the most progressive communities in the fifth most Democratic congressional district in America. That reputation is based on historical fact: In the late 1960s, Oak Park was...

Florida bans threaten democracy

Ryan Scott, Staffer September 18, 2023

As the U.S. gears up for the Presidential election next year, questionable ideologies are shaping the current political landscape. In particular, Florida is placing limitations on gender studies and foundational...

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