Talon

Looking through a different lens

Alex Goldbeck, Co-Editor-In-Chief

November 6, 2019

I had a wakeup call this summer — not everyone thinks as I do. I know it is hard to imagine but we live in a bubble called Oak Park and, perhaps, we are all similarly-minded. But, venturing out of the bubble can bring light to the truths about how we view our lives in Oak Park. I had the opportunity...

EYE 2 EYE : UC system going test optional

Leonie Humig and Mina Jung

November 4, 2019

Pro : The End of an Era? Why University of California should cancel the SAT and ACT tests Leonie Humig, Senior Staff Writer  When I heard that the University of California schools might be changing their standardized test policies, I thought about the end of an era composed of a money-making scandal.  ...

The effects of music on your brain

Brynn Gorney and Rebecca Zait

November 1, 2019

Many parents encourage their kids to learn an instrument with the goal of brain development while keeping them busy. Many students play music while they study because it helps them focus. While the reasons as to why students listen or play music vary, there are other ways in which music positively affects...

Stop Throwing Shade

Nina Krishnan, Guest Writer

November 1, 2019

K-Pop at first glance is a superficial, one-dimensional entity, with its weird dance moves and lyrics we Americans can’t understand. Just like everyone else I know, I hated the idea of it. Of course, after learning more about it, I began to actually listen to it and I started to enjoy it. But what...

Wikipedia is a perfectly valid source

Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Educators often deny any possibility of Wikipedia being a reliable source, since it’s often considered the starting point of research. On multiple occasions, I have witnessed my fellow students getting marked down for citing Wikipedia. Wikipedia currently ranks as the eighth most popular site on the I...

How Proximity Affects Empathy

Leonie Humig, Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

It is apparent that some things in life are more important than others. Importance is like it’s own hierarchy, automatically filtering everything that we take in. And out of this filter comes a finished list of what we call “life priorities.” I have always wondered what makes something important...

I’m hot

I’m hot

Sam Barney-Gibbs, Ombudsman

November 1, 2019

The iPhone 11 was released on September 20 this year. No, I didn’t accidentally press the key twice; there have been that many descendants of the holy iPhone.  With an iPhone 6 in my pocket, I can’t help but notice the hype encompassing the Apple store when a new product is fresh out of Silicon Va...

Review: “Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood”

Review: “Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood”

Leila Kohn, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt stare amusingly at the camera. The interview is black and white, the accents are Western. From the first frame, this is no ordinary movie. This is another time when guys wear fringe, girls wear go-go boots and you are either a Twiggy or a Rolling Stone. The Moon landing...

“License and registration, please.”

“License and registration, please.”

Hunter Keaster, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Just a few short months ago, I straddled into my Fiat 500e for the first time alone. It was truly a life-changing experience; it instilled in me a great sense of freedom, responsibility and independence — quite the American set of values might I add. But I would soon come to learn the harsh reality...

EYE 2 EYE : Should College Athletes Be Allowed To Pick Up Endorsements

EYE 2 EYE : Should College Athletes Be Allowed To Pick Up Endorsements

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen and Oliver Carter

September 23, 2019

Not a viable option By : Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer Written along the proud sidewalk of any given college, cement will bear bold stars, a callused handprint and helmet engraved with a name. That is, when college athletes become entertainers. On “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,...

Help!

Atmika Iyer and Sam Barney-Gibbs

September 20, 2019

Is journalism on its deathbed? We don’t know the answer for certain. But what we do know is that it’s losing support. And according to some, its credibility decreases every minute.  But let’s step back and analyze. Maybe people are just afraid … and with good reason.  There is a new p...

#FridaysForFuture

#FridaysForFuture

Leonie Humig, Staff Writer

September 19, 2019

She stood in front of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm with a sign saying “Skolstrejk För Klimatet” [School Strike for Climate] and handing out flyers to passing adults. On Aug. 28, she arrived in Coney Island after sailing across the Atlantic ocean on the zero-emission boat Malizia. She has...