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Editorial: The Capitol riots made America’s divisions clear

Compared to the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests during the summer of 2020,  the Capitol riots resulted in far fewer arrests, reaffirming to the American public that a racial divide still exists in the country.
Editorial Board January 15, 2021

A Black Lives Matter supporter watches the horrors of the Capitol riots from their phone last Wednesday. As Trump-supporting extremists burst in, they destroy government property, and take pictures joking...

Editorial: Trump deserves second impeachment

President Donald Trump has been impeached for a second time for inciting insurrection, but it's hard to ignore all of the other offenses that should have removed him from office far earlier.
Editorial Board January 14, 2021

With less than one week remaining of Donald Trump’s presidency, the nation is divided yet again. In the wake of the riots that took place at the nation's Capitol on January 6, Trump has been impeached...

Ask Elle: Coming out concerned

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at
Elle Smith, Staff Writer January 13, 2021

Dear Elle: I have kind of a really big problem. I recently came out as bi to my family, and they have tried really hard to be accepting about it, but it clearly makes them uncomfortable. My mom has acted...

Opinion: Don’t punish local businesses

Right now, Illinois restaurants and bars are supposed to be closed to indoor dining. Though this helps stop the spread of COVID-19, it unfairly punishes the small business who should not have to bear the brunt of the pandemic.
Ciara Duncan, Features Editor January 12, 2021

Humans have witnessed countless horrible, traumatic events — events that have left them seeking out any form of solidarity they can find, begging on their knees for better days, and wondering how they'd...

Opinion: The forgotten early grads

The date for early graduates shifted from December to January 15th. With students still in remote learning, the last day for these grads feels different.
Becky Arendarczyk, Artistic Director January 11, 2021

The pandemic has created several academic challenges. The challenges that hit December graduates at East and West Campues, however, went completely under the radar for many. These seniors, who worked hard...

Opinion: The school system is to blame for student stress

School can cause several stresses for students including but not limited to frustration, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. These stressors may warrant change within the school system.
Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer January 8, 2021

Why does school: exist, start so early, make me sad, cause depression, make me so tired, and make me cry. These are the auto-complete suggestions in Google when you type in “why does school...” Students...

Opinion: The benefits of a freshmen center

Starting next school year, East Campus will become a freshmen-only campus. Though many have questioned the idea, there are many benefits to the idea that will benefit both students and the district.
Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director January 6, 2021

Why would a freshman campus be beneficial? What’s the point? These are all questions that come to mind when thinking about the changes for the upcoming school year as East Campus transitions to a freshman...

Ask Elle: Uncertain about the future

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at
Elle Smith, Staff Writer January 5, 2021

Dear Elle: I really feel like my life is falling apart. I'm so scared for college and I'm not ready to be on my own. My grades are crap. I have almost no money saved, yet I've had a job for 2 years. My...

Opinion: Digital schedule 2.0 deserved a chance

The school's decision to extend the digital learning schedule was intended to support struggling students. Instead, it left too many confused and concerned about the disruptions to their routines.
Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 11, 2020

It’s around 8:30 a.m. on a cool November day. You just woke up for school and noticed  an email notification from West Principal Marsha Potthoff. Your eyes skim through the email quickly and you stare...

Opinion: Shop safe this holiday season

From Black Friday until Christmas Eve, people flood stores looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. This year has been the opposite of normal, though, so shoppers shouldn't shop as they normally do.
Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

What do you get when you cross a global pandemic and Thanksgiving weekend? A super spreading event that causes more transmissions in a state where numbers are still steadily rising. Black Friday shopping...

Opinion: Stop partying and stay safe

With the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are still having social gatherings and partying like there is no tomorrow, almost as if the pandemic wasn't happening.
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor December 4, 2020

As COVID cases rise rapidly, another lockdown seems to be in the country’s future. Some follow the orders, making do inside their homes, while others can't handle being socially restricted and need an...

Opinion: How to take care of yourself as the pandemic persists

Surviving the pandemic means more than resisting COVID-19. It also means taking care of oneself while remaining socially distant, keeping in touch with family and friends, and reaching out when you need help.
Alayna Trimingham, Staff Writer December 2, 2020

A student lays in their bed, dreading the day ahead of them. With schoolwork, jobs, and family issues, it can be difficult to handle it all, especially with depression and/or anxiety looming over their...

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