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It ‘STEMs’ from humanity

Karina Belotserkovskiy, Editor-at-Large

December 13, 2019

I was once voted “Most Likely to End Up Homeless After My Dreams Don’t Come True After College.” By a landslide. I was awarded this superlative at the end of freshman year by my classmates in the Academy of International Studies, a program oriented towards English, social studies and foreign language — in...

How do I look?

Theresa Lee, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

Snap. Select. Edit. Post. From festive birthday outings to gorgeous vacation photoshoots, most social media users update followers on life events “worthy” of attention. The pursuit of a polished profile compels users to edit an...

Embrace the winter wonderland

Sarah Boeke, Opinions Editor

December 13, 2019

    Take a ride in my car any day after Oct. 1 and expect to hear holiday music blasting on full volume. From the lights hanging in my room to the gingerbread cookies baking in my oven, it’s clear that when winter rolls around, I ...

Editorial: Control your digital footprint

December 13, 2019

Take a look in the mirror. Notice your hair color, eye color and height. What if we told you that someone on the other side of the globe was looking at you, too? Not just observing your physical attributes, but also using your soc...

The Grinch of the holiday season

Natalie Sandlow, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

As soon as the last piece of candy is handed out on Halloween, people race to their basements and attics to bring out their holiday decorations. Once set up, the lights are blinding, the music is deafening and it’s like the ...

We’re not all winners

Alexandra Chertok, Executive Opinions Editor

November 8, 2019

My fingers paused above the keyboard as I filled out the section for awards earned in extracurricular activities on a college application. I considered putting that by the end of high school, I will earn the 12-Season Athlete Award. However, as I thought about it more, I realized it isn’t so much an award...

Take a makeup wipe to perfection

Ellie White, News Editor

November 8, 2019

Recently, I’ve gotten into makeup. I’m awful at it. Thankfully there’s an entire internet full of tutorials from beauty gurus to help. However, you can’t have makeup gurus without one thing: makeup scandals. The really good, juicy, "break the internet" type of scandal usually goes something...

Deeper than surface level

Carly Uhlig, Lifestyle Editor

November 8, 2019

It has been over a year since the day I walked out to my car in the Glenbrook North parking lot to find that a swastika had been keyed into the driver’s side back door. I was broken inside. The offense occurred hours before the start of Yom Kippur, the holy Jewish Day of Atonement. Had I b...

Define your Thanksgiving

Theresa Lee, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

At first glance, my family’s Thanksgiving dinner table brims with the usual American favorites: a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes, a pitcher of brown gravy, yams topped with marshmallows, seasoned green beans, canned cranber...

Editorial: Where GBN spirit goes to die

November 8, 2019

With the hype around other schools’ homecomings going viral on social media, you may have walked into school on Tuesday, the start of Homecoming Week, expecting students to be bundled up in their warm and cozy pajamas. On Wednesday, you may have arrived bubbling with excitement, hoping to see stu...

A yearning to change our learning

Shane Landon Olson, Editor-in-Chief

September 27, 2019

Meet Bob. Bob lives in an alternate universe where the entire education system is based on one object: skateboards. From kindergarten to second grade, Bob played with little plastic skateboards along with the rest of his classmates. He rolled them around o...

Time to embrace the awkward Homecoming ask

Haley Sandlow, Opinions Editor

September 27, 2019

In light of the Homecoming dance rapidly approaching, allow me to recount a story I once heard. The series of events that follow are all true, but names have been changed to protect the identity of those involved. Allow me to ...

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