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Stories from University of Chicago Laboratory High School
StreetWise has changed the face of homelessness in Chicago
Features

Adrianna Nehme | March 17, 2021

 Lee A. Holmes repeats the phrase for what might just be the hundredth time that day: “Would you like to purchase a copy of StreetWise?” 

People walk right past him. They pretend not to notice…

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Blooming into season: Plants at home refresh students, teachers
Features

Grace Holleb | March 17, 2021

By springtime, Susan Augustine’s 20-by-30-foot garden will be filled with 300 bulbs of tulips and dozens of allium plus crocus and daffodil flowers. Since the pandemic, she has also added raised beds…

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Activism, community service part of business model at Virtue restaurant
Arts & Entertainment

Berk Oto | March 16, 2021

Peering through the windows at Virtue restaurant, the soft warm glow of orb lights illustrates the outline of magnolia flowers — a symbol of dignity and Southern hospitality — adorning the windows….

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Hyde Park Refugee Project continues supporting refugee families during pandemic
Features

Lucia Kouri | March 15, 2021

In July 2020, a single mother and eight children from the Congo began to settle into a small Hyde Park apartment. Contributing to the millions of people displaced from the Congo due to ongoing violence…

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Built on a Lab foundation: Alumnus Paul Sagan employs experiential learning in leadership roles
Features

Berk Oto | March 15, 2021

In 2001, Paul Sagan had only worked for a few years as chief operating officer then president at Akamai, a security and cloud service company. On Sept. 11 of that year, the company experienced trauma as…

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Gage Park Latinx Council creates space for residents to be their authentic selves
Features

Krishita Dutta | March 15, 2021

Gage Park, a working-class neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago that is six miles due west of the Laboratory Schools, is an area made up of a diverse Latinx community — old, young, undocumented,…

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Racial healing: Chicagoland community members fight for reparations
News

Amanda Cassel | March 11, 2021

Community organizations demand reparations from University of Chicago

Since 1901, a bronze plaque hung in Hutchinson Commons on the University of Chicago campus, which honored the contributions…

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Calm, comfort, community: Adults and students discover music of different eras
Features

Clare O'Connor | March 11, 2021

English teacher Rachel Nielsen greets her class with music — sometimes overly loud music — streaming out through the Zoom. While some students roll their eyes, many nod their heads or mouth a few lyrics…

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A canvas for activism: Alumna bridges gap between Black and Asian American communities through streetwear
Features

An Ngo | March 5, 2021

As the head designer of Leaders 1354, a Chicago-based sneaker shop, Ms. Ma is using her platform to lead by bridging the gap between Chicago’s Asian American and Black communities through streetwear…

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Jewish leaders work to strengthen social justice in Chicago
Features

Noa Appelbaum | March 5, 2021

The 2020s so far have paralleled the later years of the 1960s  — both are periods of racial inequality, newfound perspectives and social activism. Something especially positive about the ’60s was…

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Baking a difference: Student launches online bakery, donates proceeds to charities
Features

Peter Pu | March 1, 2021

From warm apple turnovers to chocolate chip zucchini bread. Berry delight. Decadent snickerdoodle cake. Chocolate chip cookies made with brown butter.

Junior Chloe Ma has perfected her recipes for treats…

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Students struggle to shatter the silence in breakout rooms
Features

Caroline Hohner | March 1, 2021

Click. “Joining breakout rooms. It may take a few moments.” 

The gallery of tired students and an even more exhausted teacher is replaced by a white box warning that this transition may “take…

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Insufficient response to attack on Capitol perpetuates white supremacist values
Opinions

Téa Tamburo | January 22, 2021

Last June, the Illinois national guard was stationed outside my apartment complex, in anticipation of violence following Black Lives Matter protests. Having a Humvee and a group of armed National Guard…

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Director Steve James shares Chicago’s diverse experiences, identities in series ‘City So Real’
Arts & Entertainment

Amanda Cassel | December 21, 2020

With 77 neighborhoods, 234 square miles and more than 2.5 million residents, it is an ambitious task to tell the story of Chicago’s people. Award-winning Chicago documentarian Steve James set out to…

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Struggling in Solitude
Features

Caroline Hohner | December 15, 2020

Isolated at home, teenagers and adults alike are bored and looking for excitement. For some U-High students, drugs and alcohol seem like the escape. Although teenage substance use is nothing new, the expected…

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Hardware by hand: Teens build PCs for personalization, unique connection
Features

Berk Oto | December 15, 2020

Starting from several small boxes of seemingly random parts from a multitude of brands, senior Sean Zhang tries to build his first computer. After hours of careful wiring, screwing and unscrewing parts…

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The fight against affirmative action is rooted in white supremacy
Opinions

An Ngo | December 14, 2020

Oddly enough, I was excited to take my first PSAT, but before we even got started, I was faced with a question that made my stomach drop. As I filled in the bubble on my Scantron indicating that I was…

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After 23 foster animals, Sophie Raphael develops deep relationships, a dedication to service
Features

Meena Lee | December 9, 2020

At 5 a.m., on Nov. 30, Sophie Raphael opens the door to let out two energy-filled foster puppies, Starsky and Hutch. They run outside to play in the fresh snow for the first time in their lives. Sophie…

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Rolling Stones “The Art of Protest” delves into modern activism
Arts & Entertainment

Amon Gray | December 8, 2020

In 2017, Donald Trump announced he would like to be buried at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. After the statement was made, Indecline, an activist collective made up of anonymous…

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Students concur with, adjust to recent ban on indoor dining to avoid infection risk
Audio

Meena Lee | November 17, 2020

U-High Midway · Winter Dining
While many restaurants only sat customers outside during the summer, colder temperatures begin to pose problems for Chicago’s dining scene. As the city heads into winter,…

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Feminism and Freedom: “What the Constitution Means to Me” entertains with wit, provokes political introspection
Arts & Entertainment

Caroline Hohner | November 16, 2020

An army of muted portraits of old white men stares blankly out from the walls above the stage. Below, the animated features of actress and writer Heidi Schreck light a dim Broadway stage. Ms. Schreck…

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Distanced learning challenges self-expression through fashion
Features

Colin Leslie | November 12, 2020

With most people on Zoom trying to get their internet connection to work, at least one teacher is also concerned with wearing outfits that he, his students and his co-workers can thoroughly appreciate. 

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Día de los Muertos provides a timely, universal message
Opinions

Julian Ingersoll | November 10, 2020

The moment October begins, it seems that the spooky season grips everyone and everything. Families dig out fake cobwebs, companies begin Halloween-themed ad campaigns and candy prices begin to skyrocket….

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As trailblazer for multiple identities, Harris inspires students
Features

Meena Lee | November 10, 2020

As a half Black, half Indian American woman, Kamala Harris has already made history as the 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee. She is the first woman of color to run to be nominated for national…

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Seniors prepare to go to polls, eager to represent youth vote
Audio

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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