For better or for worse, local malls cut back on Black Friday hours

Ashley Cline and Hannah Stanley

December 11, 2019

Local malls, such as Hawthorn and Woodfield, moved away from the overnight shopping stampedes of Black Friday by deciding to close shops at midnight on Thanksgiving night and reopening Friday morning at 6 a.m. One reason given...

New Christmas traditions lose sentimental meaning

Sarah Parduhn, Entertainment Editor

December 11, 2019

It is the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas. For those who celebrate the holiday, it is a time of family and gift-giving. Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world,...

Christmas music: Is it a case of a lack of creativity or too classic to be forgotten?

Hannah Stanley, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2019

A holiday most known for joyous music and festive spirit leaves many eager early in the season to start celebrating Christmas. However, as eager as many are to start the season with Christmas music, there seems to be a sense of...

The battle for free speech, free press: college campus showdown

MacKenzie Stewart, News & Opinion & Online Editor

December 11, 2019

In the U.S., there has not only been increasing political polarization but increasing infringements on the freedom of the press, which has not only hampered the integrity of journalism, but also lends light to the increasing political...

Why the 2020 election is more important than ever

MacKenzie Stewart, News & Opinion & Online Editor

October 29, 2019

With allegations of illegal activity in communications with Ukraine, the Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. This 2020 election, therefore, is more crucial than ever as the country will...

Student art pieces create community discussion around difficult conversations

Madison Parola, Co-Editor-In-Chief

May 2, 2019

    The advanced art students set up a “Pop-Up” art show in the C-Wing during the last week of February where they displayed forty student art pieces. These art pieces-- several shown at the Illinois High School Art E...

The Fortnite craze as battle royale dominates

Jaden Gil, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2019

Games like Fortnite, Apex Legends and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have taken over the gaming industry in recent years. The one aspect that all of these games have in common is that they fall under the battle royale genre,...

MHS parking lot needs assigned student parking spots

Maddy Neuwald, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

Parking at MHS isn’t just bad; it’s horrible. In a survey that was open to MHS students via social media for about a week during February, 95 percent of around 85 respondents agreed that the school parking lot needs updating...

Freshman provides feedback on Freshman Advisory: The Benefits & the Downfalls

Ashley Cline, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

Freshman year is a lot to take in for new high school students, as the jump from middle school to high school comes with many challenges, academically and socially. Navigating a new school and a new routine as well as getting...

Stress, depression are not necessarily the same

Tress Dorfler, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

The four years of high school can prove to be the most challenging, most changing time of a teenager’s life. There’s so much to do and so little time to do it. Many, if not all, students deal with a significant amount of...

Protect the planet, ban plastic bags

Sarah Parduhn, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

As Americans, we thrive on efficiency and finding ways to make our lives easier. Companies thrive on our need to make our lives easier. That’s where plastic bags come in. Americans use more than 100 million plastic bags a...

College: Does the decision come too soon?

Tyler Yakimisky, Co-Editor-In-Chief

February 25, 2019

With turning 18 comes an avalanche of responsibilities. Some of these include the ability to vote, to serve on a jury, to buy a lottery ticket, to sign legal documents, to apply for a credit card and to buy a house. You are...