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2017 Bold Bracket Predictions

Jack Berens, Co-editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under News, Perspectives, Sports

Every year in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament upsets wreck brackets and shock the nation.  Of course, for an upset occur, an underdog must take down a powerhouse.  Before the tournament starts (as this is written on March 13th), I will make five bold predictions for the men's tournament. 1....

Plight for the Picture #FlytheW

Myrah Rafiah Beverly, Contributor

February 8, 2017


Filed under News, Sports, Student Life

When did you see the Cub's trophy? "I saw it twice, once on January 7th and once on January 21st. The first one was in Rockford and we waited for 4 hour, 1 hour inside and 3 hours outside in the negative degrees. Second time was 30 minutes. It was at a Cubs Convention; everyone was going for the au...

Presidential Corruption In South Korea

Presidential Corruption In South Korea

Jessica Lim, Contributor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Home, News

Two million standing in protest in late November, 2016 President Park Geun Hye (65) of South Korea has been embroiled in a massive political scandal revolving around the controversial relationship with her long-time friend and confidante, Choi Soon Sil, daughter of religious cult leader Choi Tae Min. B...

Valentine’s Day: Ancient Holiday or Hallmark Holiday?

Alex Garner, Contributor

February 8, 2017


Filed under News

Valentine's Day has mostly been known as a day to celebrate relationships as well as another one of Hallmark's holidays full of gifts, flowers, chocolate, and stuffed teddy bears. But are people aware of its true origins? Or has its initial importance of spreading love and appreciation been drowned...

Academy Award Predictions

Tamron Stovall, Contributor

February 8, 2017


Filed under News, Perspectives

The 89th Academy Awards are upon us, which means it's time for plenty of speculation and drama over which actors, directors, and producers will be taking home awards. As expected, there is plenty of competition in the most anticipated categories, such as Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading...

Strides of March: Women March for Change

Humera Khaleel, Contributor

February 8, 2017


Filed under News

The Women’s March on Washington was organized by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee. The four co-chairs were Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York; Tamika Mallory, a political organizer and former executive director of the Natio...

Does it Really Matter Where You Go To College?

Does it Really Matter Where You Go To College?

Lydia Sundberg, Contributor

February 6, 2017


Filed under Home, News, Student Life

As high school seniors hear back from their dream schools with either a large acceptance envelope or a skinny rejection letter,  juniors begin to compile the lists of universities they plan to apply to.  A certain question resonates: does where we go to college really matter in terms of future succe...

Mother & Daughter: A Tribute to Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Alex Garner, Contributor

February 6, 2017


Filed under News

As 2016 was coming to a close and people were preparing for the New Year with new beginnings, tragedy struck the entertainment world once again. The talented, iconic Princess Leia passed away on December 27th. As if this wasn't enough hardship for their family and the "Star Wars" family, her mother,...

Fact Fishing: Trump’s Wall Eye

Jack Berens, Co-editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under News

President Donald Trump is one of the most polarizing figures on Earth.  His proposed Mexican border wall will be hammered out by Congress in the upcoming months, which begs the question: what are the logistics of his wall? Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) confirmed that the United States will pay...

A Not-So-Musical Inauguration

Lianna Kowalke, Co-editor

January 11, 2017


Filed under News

Donald Trump’s inauguration is fast approaching, however the President-elect seems to be having a little trouble finding musicians to perform at the event. Much controversy has emerged over who is to perform at the inauguration, as many groups and performers are not eager to associate themselves w...

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