President Obama proposes Student Digital Privacy Act to ensure student online safety

Cindy Yao, Staff Reporter

February 28, 2015

In the wake of recent media scandals and hackings, President Barack Obama introduced the Student Digital Privacy Act (SPDA) at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Jan. 12 in an effort to increase online security regulations for students using school-issued technology. The two key components of this...

Chicago Police Department introduces body camera pilot

Sarah Verschoor, Opinions Editor

February 28, 2015

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) began its trial of body cameras worn by police officers this January. Thirty officers in the Shakespeare patrol district, including the neighborhoods of Humboldt Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park, are currently testing them. Similar studies have been conducted in Mesa,...

Obama acts on several national crises

Vijay Magati, Graphics Editor

February 23, 2015

Over the past few months, President Obama has made decisions on controversial issues that impact millions of people across the country. Net Neutrality Attempting to influence the debate about the Internet’s future, President Obama said on Nov. 10 that a free and open Internet was imperative to...

Student gives Ted Talk, asks for finance course

Alexandra Shafran, Graphics Editor

February 23, 2015

After watching her mother’s struggle with managing personal finances when she was in the eighth grade, Tanvee Patankar ’18 was inspired to dig deeper into finance management for minors. By exploring the opportunities given to her, she found success and was given the opportunity to speak at Ted Ta...

Montgomery County Public Schools remove religious holiday names from school calendar

Nitya Gupta, Managing Editor of Production

February 23, 2015

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), located in Maryland, will no longer be naming any religious holidays on their school calendar. On Nov. 11, the Montgomery Board of Education voted 7 to 1 in favor of removing the holiday names for the 2015- 2016 school year. The Montgomery Board of Education...

Starting next year, Stevenson will offer online option for senior students taking the AP Government course

Stephanie Namkoong, Features Editor

February 23, 2015

Further weaving technology into the classroom, Stevenson will offer its first online class next year to seniors taking Advanced Placement (AP) Government. The supplementary program will be an addition to the pre-existing traditional, in-class course offered for one semester. “The world of education...

Metra increases price of tickets

Katy Roach, Sports Editor

February 7, 2015

As the new year quickly approaches, Metra travelers prepare for a hike in ticket prices. On Nov. 10, Metra announced the 2015 budget which includes an average 10.8 percent increase in fare prices. However accompanying this price increase, Metra is reinstating a discount on 10-ride tickets as well as...

College of Lake County enacts smoke-free rule

Sami Sparber, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2015

The College of Lake County (CLC) will enforce a new smoke-free policy starting on Jan. 1, 2015. The policy change came after Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act in August 2014. Under this act, smoking on any state-supported institution of higher learning—including community...

New club allows members to partake, reenact medical situations

Nikol Safronova, Staff Reporter

November 24, 2014

With multiple new clubs being introduced this school year, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)-Future Health Professionals is one in which students can branch out from the knowledge that they gained in science classes and learn leadership and technical skills by competing in medical field events....

Ebola ravages West Africa, misconceptions on disease incite widespread panic

Namrata Sridhar, Ideas Manager

November 18, 2014

With over 4,000 deaths in West Africa alone, the mania over the recent virus is causing widespread panic, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The panic over Ebola has taken hold in countries around the world, including the United States and Spain. In recent weeks, common...

ISIS attracts media coverage, highlights inaccurate Muslim American stereotypes

Sabrina Szos, Staff Reporter

November 18, 2014

With growing tensions between the United States and the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), has gained notoriety in recent months. This minority extremist group  has a goal of restoring the caliphate, an Islamic state led...

Sexting sends a message

Graphic by Easton Self

Alice Vagun, Editor-in-Chief

November 18, 2014

Twelve New Trier Township high school students—all males aged 15 to 16—have been ordered to appear before a peer jury and are awaiting consequences following the discovery of sexting, sending a sexually explicit photograph or messages via a smartphone device. According to an email sent to parents...


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