Staff Columns

  • Are AP Classes Worth it?
    9:33 AM

    To most people, there’s nothing unusual about the first couple weeks of May. To AP students, however, it’s two weeks of pain. The idea of offering college-level courses to high school students began in the 1950s. Since then, the program has expanded to having 38 different courses with around 60% of high schools in the

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  • Homeroom: Is It Really Necessary?
    11:08 AM

    After the third period dismissal bell, the hallways are filled with chaos and a frenzy of lockers opening and closing, and students dipping into one bathroom only to see that the line is too long and they won’t get to their next class in time. Except that there is no real class that these kids

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  • Hungry Like the Wolf: Pi Day
    8:21 AM

    This year’s Pi Day, the annual March 14 celebration of the irrational number and mathematics in general, make sure you celebrate in an extra special way with a homemade pie. Here’s my recipe for a simple, classic blueberry pie and crust. Blueberry Pie – 2 cups blueberries – 1/3 cup granulated sugar – 1 tablespoon

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  • Hungry Like the Wolf: Why a Stand Mixer is a Must-Have
    4:02 PM

    Have you ever tried to make your own meringue cream before, only to have your hand had get awfully tired after whipping the egg whites for five minutes straight? Or maybe you were working with really chunky or tough dough and you had a hard time kneading it? Lucky for you, there is one machine that

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  • Hungry Like the Wolf: The Many Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar
    11:51 AM

    Do you have a bottle of apple cider vinegar sitting at home that you just don’t know what to do with?Lucky for you, there are actually many uses for apple cider vinegar. Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is one of the healthiest substances you can digest, whether you’re on a diet or not.

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  • Why I Became a Feminist and Why You Should Be One Too
    11:16 AM

    My sophomore year I remember standing in my newsroom telling another staff member that “I am not a feminist, I’m more of an equalist. I feel like feminism is a movement to try to make men less equal than us.” The room went quiet and I could feel everyone’s heavy stares judging me. Confused as

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  • There’s a “Light” at the End of this Slow Internet Crisis
    9:56 AM

    As many of us may know, Niles West High School recently upgraded its wifi upon students’ return to school for the second semester. However, is this “upgrade” actually working? On Dec. 12, the AAL Technology Help Desk announced via email that an upgraded wireless network would be in place when students came back from winter break on

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