Opinion: college costs

Lev Working, Contributor

February 28, 2020

A few weeks ago, I attended an informative college planning presenta- tion by a local admissions officer. More than anything else, the cost hit me square in the face. I also found more competitive colleges offer little to no merit-based aid. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES...

“Pawsitivity” aims to alleviate stress

“Pawsitivity” aims to alleviate stress

Sophia Desai, Staffer

January 31, 2020

     For students around the globe, finals are full of anxiety. The first traceable exam was invented in the 19th century and has been torturing students since. The pressure of finals can lead to students neglecting their mental and physical health to study. They experience a loss of sleep and soc...

Opinion: James Corden was the worst part of cinematic “Cat”-astrophe

Opinion: James Corden was the worst part of cinematic “Cat”-astrophe

Ella Haas, News/Opinion Editor

January 31, 2020

I live regret-free. In the past 17 years, I’ve done things that haven’t been in my best interest. I’ve said things I shouldn’t have. If given the chance to redo any of these things, I wouldn’t give my “no” a second thought. My mistakes have shaped me into the person I am today, with whom I a...

Haas Take: Oak Park’s fear of Austin exposes problems with our perception of poverty

Ella Haas, News/Opinion Editor

January 31, 2020

Perhaps the most famous fairytale premise is that of the dragon. As the story goes, some foggy, thundering mountain looms over a village whose citizens live in fear of the snarling winged monster on top. It’s known as the premise of countless bedtime stories, the one everybody grew up on. Where I...

Taking climate change into our own hands

Taking climate change into our own hands

Luke Clancy, Contributor

January 31, 2020

“Thirty years ago we could have saved the planet.” Those words written across cover of a recent New York Times magazine. leaving me frozen, on my kitchen stool. The title was too outlandish to register as the truth. Thoughts ran through my mind as to whether it was even worth it to hold hope for o...

Kobe’s legacy: “leave a legend”

Kobe’s legacy: “leave a legend”

Seth Engle, Editor in Chief

January 31, 2020

It was Kobe Bryant’s final NBA season and I was a 13-year-old basketball fanatic who waited for three hours outside the Westin Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee for one glimpse of the Los Angeles Lakers arriving for their night’s stay. As the purple and gold tour bus arrived and the Black Mamba descended f...

Opinion: “Loss.jpg”: 2010s’ meme of the decade

The original

Ella Haas, News/Opinion Editor

December 13, 2019

Though the term “meme” was created in the 1970s, the meme itself didn’t truly flourish until the 2010s. With the increasing accessibility of the Internet and the rapid spread of information, memes entered the world of mainstream pop culture as a means of expression and communication. As their infl...

Opinion: the best chicken sandwiches are bigotry-free

Vaughn Clissold, Staffer

December 13, 2019

     Popeyes has released their own chicken sandwich to compete with one of their closest competitors: Chick-Fil-A. Not being one to just “believe the hype,” I decided to compare the two for myself.     Chick-Fil-A has become infamous for their values in the past decade. They are known for...

Opinion: Amidst school shootings, phone ban not the answer

Libby Eggert, Staffer

December 13, 2019

Oct. 28, 2019, an OPRF committee working on measures to curb cell phone usage sent out a survey asking students about their everyday technology use. Although the intentions of the survey were never communicated, the questions are very incriminating and could be used to support a proposal to ban cell p...

Haas Take: In the name of democracy, let Republicans speak

Ella Haas, News/Opinion Editor

December 13, 2019

As a Democrat, I stand for everyone’s right to be heard. I support immigrants, members of the queer community, the economically disenfranchised, and other demographics cast outside the Eden of privilege. Naturally, I should love Oak Park politics. I ought to feel at home amidst the sea of lawn sig...

“Garfield:” the worst thing to ever happen to humanity

“Garfield:” the worst thing to ever happen to humanity

Finn Greenstone, Managing Editor

December 13, 2019

In 2018, a strange thing happened to America’s favorite orange cat. The lasagna-loving feline was turned into a horrific, ravenous monster called “Garfold” in Reddit user /u/mnvz’s artwork. The idea quickly caught on, and since then, the subreddit /r/imsorryjon, a sub-community of Reddit featuring...

Opinion: a “Toxic Meltdown” on the school’s behalf

Opinion: a “Toxic Meltdown” on the school’s behalf

Camille Grant, Staffer

December 13, 2019

I’m not proud of it, but I have a confession to make: I was going to skip the Winter Spirit assembly. I had it all planned out. As soon as the bell rang, I’d sprint out an exit, bike home, and take a nap. In actuality, every potential exit was guarded by security personnel. It seemed my plans would b...