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‘Straight Outta Compton’ is good, but it’s missing something

'Straight Outta Compton' is good, but it's missing something

By Ivy Nguyen

September 21, 2015

This isn't a movie just for rap aficionados. It's a movie that tells the story of five talented men in the 1980s trying to make it big as a rap collective. And people are listening. For the second week in a row, Straight Outta Compton (R) is the most-watched movie in the United States. Since it was r...

A flag of pride to some, a sign of racism to others

A flag of pride to some, a sign of racism to others

By Savannah Whitmer

May 12, 2015

150 years after the Civil War ended and the Union was brought back together, some people in the South still acknowledge the Confederacy by flying rebel flags. Multiple students on campus can be seen with Confederate merchandise, including flags on cars, clothes, or other visible accessories, despite...

Embarrassing anachronism or timeless tradition?

Embarrassing anachronism or timeless tradition?

By Kaitlin Maloney

March 23, 2015

Here's a great article from the MHS Redline that explores the pros and cons of a hotly debated topic: the American Indian mascot. Writer Kaitlin Maloney does a great job of staying unbiased while looking at all sides of the issue. To some, the Indian mascot is an integral representation of bravery,...

Nacoste speaks on ‘neodiversity’, new American dream

Nacoste speaks on 'neodiversity', new American dream

By Selina Pi

March 19, 2015

Dr. Rupert Nacoste, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University, spoke to students at Academic Magnet High School. Here's a story from The Talon writer Selina Pi that captures the essence of his speech. "No man is an island," Dr. Rupert Nacoste, Academic Magnet High School...

American Sniper: patriotism or propaganda?

<i>American Sniper</i>: patriotism or propaganda?

By Claire Lefton, Sycamore High School

February 12, 2015

“In the latest Hunger Games movie, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s "Plutarch" views propaganda footage… and says, 'It’s a little on the nose, but of course so is war.' He could be talking about American Sniper,” film critic David Edelstein wrote in New York Magazine. Clint Eastwood’s extremely success...

Revisiting Ferguson in six acts

Protests in Chicago resulting from the Eric Garner decision.

By Isabel Giovannetti and RHS Today staff, Robinson High School

February 4, 2015

Is Ferguson, Missouri old news? We think it's important to revisit and remember. Robinson High School's coverage takes several different shapes in this longform piece. From a timeline of events, to social media reactions, to editorials and interviews, the RHS Today staff gives us a pretty comprehens...

Garner case reveals the problems with grand juries

Garner case reveals the problems with grand juries

By Jason Zappulla, Osceola Fundamental High School

January 14, 2015

On December 3, 2014, a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Garner, an asthmatic African-American man from Staten Island, died on July 17, 2014, after being put in a chokehold for 19 seconds by Pantaleo, who is white. Garner, accused of...

No more Mockingbird?

No more Mockingbird?

By Taylor Porter, Homewood Flossmoor High School

January 8, 2015

For decades, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been one of America’s most popular novels. However, there is a possibility that the Homewood Flossmoor English Department may clip its wings. No official decision has been made, but English Department Chair Jake Vallicelli says it’s time to ...