Black Lives Matter movement makes nationwide waves

Bailey Andera, Graduated Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2021

I attended a few of the Black Lives Matter protests during the summer of 2020 — a couple of ones outside of the Promenade, one of which I helped to organize, and the one in Los Angeles on June 7. The...

Where did Class of 2021 commit to?

Where did Class of 2021 commit to?

Mina Jung, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2021

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Dr. Knight stands in front of a crowd of retirees and speakers at the districts retirement reception. The event was held to commemorate retiring staff on their work with the district. (Photo courtesy of Minnoli Nori/Talon)

Knight says goodbye to Oak Park Unified School

Charlotte Nicks, Graduated Senior Staff Writer May 20, 2021

After 17 years as Oak Park Unified School District’s superintendent, 39 years in the district and 42 years in education, Dr. Tony Knight will be retiring this summer. Knight started as a teacher in OPUSD...

UCLA received a 10% increase in undergraduate applications this year. Previous years, the applicant numbers never exceeded that. (Photo courtesy of Keena Patel)

America sees a mass increase of applications to top colleges

Angie Bleau, News Editor May 20, 2021

This year, the application process had a massive increase in applicants to premier colleges and universities. With this increase, there is more competition when it comes to getting accepted into “prestigious”...

Game Ogre, located on the corner of Kanan and Lindero, is filled with games and pop-culture memorabilia. (Photo courtesy of Chase Willet/Talon)

Small businesses supporting you

Chase Willet, Graduated Senior Staff Writer May 14, 2021

The door opens with a burst of cool, refreshing air. The smell of new plastic fills his nostrils as he examines the brightly-colored miniatures enclosed within the glass case. He passes statues of dragons,...

Heroes of the pandemic

Heroes of the pandemic

J.R. Servais and Neel Vats May 13, 2021

Nov. 17, 2019. A date many would not deem significant in the moment, but on that day, the first case of COVID-19 was discovered. Almost four months later, California and the rest of the U.S. would be under...

Senior Haniah Hamza and her group of friends during an Eid-al Fitr celebration. Hamza is the second person in the row. (Photo courtesy of Haniah Hamza)

Ramadan: The basic rundown about Islam’s holiest month

Sabrina Thi, Graduated Senior Staff Writer April 30, 2021

You might have heard the phrases, “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Eid Mubarak” a few times in your life. Every year, Muslims around the world come to celebrate Ramadan. Ramadan, also commonly called Ramazan,...

Student entrepreneurs soar

Hunter Keaster, Graduated Opinion Editor April 29, 2021

We all know the feeling. Lethargic days becoming indistinguishable from one another, waking up to the latest soul-deadening reality show that accidentally got left on, sweatpants feeling like an acceptable...

COVID-19 vaccine effects

COVID-19 vaccine effects

Daisy Calderon and Chase Willet April 29, 2021
A look into common side effects of the different vaccines available
Mama the donkey grazes in front of her home. (Photo Courtesy of Schafer Aldrich)

Students of Oak Park and their unusual pets

Julianne Koch and Ava Harris April 16, 2021

Freshman Schafer Aldrich walks across the vast 20-acre pasture of his backyard, tasked with completing one of his weekly chores. However, this is not a common chore like taking out the trash or doing the...

Money management: The importance of saving money as a teenager

Money management: The importance of saving money as a teenager

Lily Huynh and Mikaela Merilles April 16, 2021

College debt, loans, living expenses, food bills, car expenses and shelter. These are some of the necessities that we need in order to live a stable life. A number of people struggle to pay and support...

The proprietors of Street Medicine Kansas City stand outside of their warming center to welcome the homeless inside on February 13. (Photo courtesy of @streetmedicinekc on Instagram)

The South sees below-freezing temperatures

Leila Kohn, Senior Staff Writer April 15, 2021

Beginning in mid-February and dying down towards the end of the month, the southern and midwestern regions of the United States faced extreme weather and temperatures not often seen in these locales. According...

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