Sorry, I’m not sorry

Nina Fridman, Staff Writer

May 24, 2018

High school has turned me into a cranky old man. Somehow, in just four short years at Glenbrook North, I’ve sped through the entire life cycle at a remarkable pace. I started freshman year wide-eyed and bright-faced. I ...

Fear bees, not numbers

Brandon Mankoff, Sports Editor

May 24, 2018

As I reached the peak of a roller coaster, my breathing elevated. As bees swarmed my ankles on a scorching summer day, nausea overtook me. But when I was an underclassman, nothing gave me more fear and anxiety than the anticipat...

Still deciding on a headline

Sydney Stumme-Berg, Editor-in-Chief

May 24, 2018

My heart is racing as the waiter approaches our table. My eyes are glued to the menu as it shakes in my hands. With one look at my furrowed brows he says, “I’ll come back in a minute,” and promptly turns to help the next table. Sweet and savory are facing off in the boxing ring. In on...

The third time’s the charm

Catherine Zhang, Managing Editor

May 24, 2018

On the third day of my freshman year, I walked in on someone peeing. In the men’s bathroom. I had yet to find my way around school, and I probably should have read the sign outside that would have prevented this debacle. But I was in a desperate rush — a result of being too scared to ask the teacher to leave...

Secrets of the Torch room

May 24, 2018

Four beeps and you’re in. A floor-to-ceiling whiteboard full of ideas, computers lined up against the back wall and a gallery of student-made memes highlighting aspects of our production process are all key features of the mysterious publications room. The reason for this exclusive r...

How to have the climb of your life

Isabel Vayser, Staff Writer

April 20, 2018

Nobody wants to plummet to his or her death. Even if you are terrified of heights and have sworn off climbing, you need a belay system. We all do. What is a belay system? A belay system is designed to keep climbers from falling. If climbers feel unsteady, h...

The anatomy of body shaming

Jessica Katz and Sophie Sperber, Opinions Editor and Staff Writer

April 20, 2018


Why activism can’t be a trend

April 20, 2018

Homemade signs displaying political slogans floated overhead as a sea of advocates flooded Union Park in Chicago to honor lives lost due to gun violence and to call for changes in national gun legislation. Passionate speeches shared firsthand accounts of gun violenc...

‘Suburban Jungle’ season finale

Nora Smith, Opinions Editor

April 20, 2018

Now we’re entering the wild outback of the Glenbrook North parking lot. Look, mate! Here comes anotha black Jeep Wranglah! Nasty brutes they are. But what a beaut! Watch as she takes the turn incredibly fast and — crikey! She almost knocked down those fres...

Letter to the Editor from Sharon Koretskov

Sharon Koretskov

April 20, 2018

Dear Students, I am one of you. I’m eighteen years old, I’m involved in Key Club, and I’m a senior at Glenbrook North High School. I know what it’s like to be a part of the school system. I know what it’s like to expe...

Being naive is my biggest pet peeve

Shane Olson, Staff Writer

April 20, 2018

The frothy, sour liquid seeped out of the chocolate milk jug. Its flavor and consistency triggered my gag reflex. It was expired. 9 days expired. 216 hours expired. 12,960 minutes expired. 777,600 seconds withering away in its cafeteria refrigerator, each second pushing further and further ...

Pop music and Russian parties

Natan Shayevich, Opinions Editor

March 2, 2018

Eleven p.m. on a Saturday, and the Russian dinner party is in full swing. A horde of ex-Soviets floods the house. They are making obnoxiously loud small talk, taking selfies with my terrified cats, shivering in the backyard, smoking cigarettes and complaining about how hard it is to quit. At the center of the chaos...

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