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Stories from University of Chicago Laboratory High School
Seniors prepare to go to polls, eager to represent youth vote
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Ella Beiser | October 22, 2020

When asked about their feelings in regard to the upcoming presidential election, seniors responded with adjectives like “worried,” “terrified” and “hopeful.” While these seniors are clearly…

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Promontory Point provides safe, nostalgic outdoor space to see friends, take part in activities
Arts & Entertainment

Clare O'Connor | October 13, 2020

Waves splash onto rocks, pooling into crevices that small groups of masked people jump over as they walk along the water. Further from the waterline, the rocks form stairs that hug the side of a large…

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Lab community protests police brutality, racism throughout Chicago
News

Peter Pu | June 2, 2020

Sophomore Leila Garfinkel ended the weekend remembering police officers smiling while beating a woman. 

“They just started throwing some people to the ground, and there was this one woman right by…

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Strain on meat supply chain, rising prices effects dietary choices
Coronavirus

Lucia Kouri | May 29, 2020

COVID-19 breakouts and coronavirus-induced slowdowns at meat processing plants have significantly reduced meat supply and increased meat prices in the US, forcing some families to reshape and reflect upon…

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Students adapt summer plans, find new opportunities during social distancing
Coronavirus

Peter Pu | May 28, 2020

Despite canceled and postponed programs worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic has not stopped students from planning a productive summer break that maintains social distancing.
Internships

Internships…

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Stuck-at-home boredom makes hair dyeing an exciting pastime
Coronavirus

Amanda Cassel | May 26, 2020

The governor may have deemed hair salons to be non-essential businesses, but when teens are stuck at home facing extreme boredom, some take matters into their own hands by turning changes in hair color…

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Additional costs, plummeting endowment will leave multi-year financial impact on Lab
Coronavirus

Berk Oto | May 26, 2020

Whenever someone enters one of the Laboratory Schools buildings to pick up something out of a classroom, they have to be escorted by security personnel. And when they leave, custodial crews clean up everywhere…

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Art classes adapt to accommodate limited materials, lack of hands-on learning
Coronavirus

Max Garfinkel | May 12, 2020

Elizabeth Park puts down the mats and prepares her desk for the inevitable mess that will be left on it. Elizabeth’s sculpture teacher, Candice Latimer gave her the mats before they left school back…

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Legacy of action: The protests at Lab
Features

Grace Brady | May 7, 2020

“You can kill the revolutionaries: but you can’t kill the revolution!! Remember KENT!” reads a poster pictured in the May 12, 1970, U-High Midway newspaper. This attitude toward protest proved itself…

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Legacy of action: The Kent State shooting, 50 years later
News

Peter Pu | May 5, 2020

About 50 years ago an estimated 800 schools around the country closed at the same time  — but there was no coronavirus pandemic. Instead, over 4 million students went on strike in response to the Kent…

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Zooming in: Families celebrate religious holidays remotely
Coronavirus

Leland Culver | April 27, 2020

At sundown on April 8, Vivi Corré joined her mom as they go through the now-familiar process of starting up a Zoom call. Only that night, instead of attending a class or a gathering of friends, Vivi and…

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Emelia Piane produces “Quarantunes” music album
Coronavirus

Nicky Edwards-Levin | April 23, 2020

On the morning of March 19, junior Emelia Piane woke up to a surprise. Her shock didn’t come from seeing that the first song on her first album, “Quarantunes,” had more than 100 listens already….

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They left, but now they’re back: siblings return home for an extended stay
Coronavirus

Olivia Griffin | April 22, 2020

Being 18, a legal adult, leaving home, starting college and living independently for the first time are usually what follows high school graduation. For recent alumni, though, their first year of college…

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New dog days: families adopt during pandemic
Coronavirus

Abigail Slimmon | April 15, 2020

Ever since the loss of her family’s first dog one year ago, Sara Charles Waterstraat has been wanting another dog. But it wasn’t until the coronavirus pandemic shut the school and forced people to…

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Teachers, students embark on remote learning
Coronavirus

Nicky Edwards-Levin | April 7, 2020

Beginning March 30, U-High is going online indefinitely. U-High’s transition to remote learning due to the pandemic COVID-19 means most high school classes will continue to use Schoology or Google Forms…

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Refereeing done right: Student, teacher collaborate over calling signals
Sports

Madeline Welch | April 6, 2020

Students run up and down the court of Upper Kovler Gymnasium, dribbling and passing  the basketball. Kennedy Coats runs alongside with a whistle in hand, carefully watching the game as the referee. Physical…

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Here’s how COVID-19 is affecting Lab students
Coronavirus

Peter Pu | March 5, 2020

Originating in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people all around the world and forced the University of Chicago and Laboratory Schools students, administration and faculty to respond….

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To protest, dancers must sit
News

Ella Beiser | January 27, 2020

After being told they had to sit or stand rather than kneel during the National Anthem, Dance Troupe members were left feeling silenced by the idea that protecting modesty is more important than political…

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Teachers go ‘gradeless’
News

Nikhil Patel | November 20, 2019

Teachers across curriculum areas are implementing “gradeless” classrooms. Sari Hernandez, Zachary Hund and Mark Krewatch began this system in their classrooms this year, while Naadia Owens is continuing…

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A whole new angle: teen models take control of their image
Features

Mira Costello | November 20, 2019

At an age where self-image can be fragile, it’s hard to imagine being styled, posed and photographed by a team of near-strangers. For some people, the modeling world looks cutthroat and toxic.
But what…

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Lab students participate in Global Climate strike in Chicago
College Reporting

Audrey Matzke | October 14, 2019

In an age where social-media “slack-tivism” is ruthlessly criticized, these student protesters say they’re committed to walking the walk. Literally.

Joining a nation-wide “youth climate strike”…

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Artists’ deaths cement connections
Arts & Entertainment

Katerina Lopez | January 2, 2019

Whether driving, doing homework or just laying down to rewind after a long day, music plays a big part in most teens’ lives.
Claire Piccirilli, a sophomore, said music helps her to think.
“I usually…

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LGBT students weigh differing support needs
News

Emma Trone | December 26, 2018

The results of the health and wellness survey have confirmed what many students have anecdotally suspected: a lot of  U-High students are not just attracted to the opposite gender.

But only a few…

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Super Troupe-ers
Features

Samira Glaeser-Khan | December 20, 2018

Dance troupe has grown from 5 members to 26 members in the past year as a result of strong coach-student relationships. With their increased size, the dance team has more team spirit and has been able…

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