Playing your cards right

Kaylyn Du, Executive Opinions Editor

November 4, 2016

Filed under OpEd

It’s 11:03 p.m., and I’m sitting at my desk contemplating whether I should scream into a pillow or throw my laptop out the window. Of course, I will do neither because I’m a totally responsible, well-behaved teenage... Read more »

To be normal or to be gay

Ellie Jordan, Managing Editor

September 30, 2016

Filed under OpEd

My older sister told me she was gay when I was in seventh grade. I was younger and less educated and therefore disappointed. To me, my sister’s homosexuality meant we would never giggle over boys together, and she would never show... Read more »

Loud silence

Lucia Bosacoma, Opinions Editor

September 30, 2016

Filed under OpEd

Over this past summer I spent six weeks living in a rural, Nicaraguan community, speaking only Spanish and eating only rice and beans through a program called Amigos de las Americas. The closest English speaker was a mile away,... Read more »

New drug policy may harm more than help

September 30, 2016

Filed under OpEd

Every year, roughly 20,000 people die at the hands of illegal drug use. Despite cautionary tales and statistics listing battles won by drugs and lost by the reckless, people still use drugs, as if the proof of 20,000 lives lost... Read more »

Dealing with ‘I’m sorry’ syndrome

Kaylyn Du, Executive Opinions Editor

September 30, 2016

Filed under OpEd

A bookshelf, a shopping cart and a wall all have one thing in common: I’ve bumped into and said, “I'm sorry!” to each one. But I don’t just say “I’m sorry” to inanimate objects, I say it to just about everyone a... Read more »

Will you be my friend?

Jessica Lee, Features Editor

June 1, 2016

Filed under OpEd

The night before my first day of first grade, my dad gave me my mission: make at least one friend the next day. I was the new kid in town and was extremely nervous, but I was determined — as determined as Tom Cruise hanging outside of a plane — to complete my mission. So ... Read more »

Finding your niche, your map

Kobi Weinberg, Managing Editor

June 1, 2016

Filed under OpEd

Although I feel comfortable now at Glenbrook North, when I was a new freshman, I think I would have rather been almost anywhere else. After going to a smaller school all my life, I was anxious about attending a big place where I knew few people. Scanning the halls on the first days of sch... Read more »

What it means to be a journalist

Alec Mawrence, Editor-in-Chief

June 1, 2016

Filed under OpEd

One of the all-time greatest Cubs pitchers once blew me off for an interview. Before you get too excited, it was Kerry Wood, not Jake Arrieta. Well, I blew off Kerry Wood, then he blew me off. Through many calls and many emails I was able to schedule an interview with h... Read more »

Schedule the unexpected lessons

Anna Hirshman, Executive Copy Editor

June 1, 2016

Filed under OpEd

who know me know I hate exercising. I feel like the human body should have evolved so it is always in shape. That way I would not have to run in circles for long stretches of time as my body cramps and perspires and I fail to take in the appropriate amount of oxyge... Read more »

Censorship not an issue for Torch

June 1, 2016

Filed under OpEd

A few years ago, a neighboring high school’s newspaper staff submitted a blank front page to the school’s administration to be approved. It wasn’t. They planned on publishing an issue with articles about teen pregnancy, shoplifting and honors students admitting to smok... Read more »

Don’t rush it

Anisha Thotam, Lifestyle Editor

June 1, 2016

Filed under OpEd

Last year, I sat in the CPA listening to our former principal, Dr. Pryma, telling us not to rush through our senior year. I laughed under my breath as I thought, “Why would anyone not be ready to graduate?” Walking into ... Read more »

An open letter to my future self

Zara Saiyed, Opinions Editor

June 1, 2016

Filed under OpEd

Walking into high school the first day as a plucky freshman, I didn’t expect it to be so eventful. Not only did I trip up the stairs leading to the SAC (yes, up, not down), bringing a giant upperclassman down with me within the first hour, but I also r... Read more »

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