Author: Arooba Lodhi

D219 Communications department gets the green light

In an evolving age of new media and social networking, District 219 seeks to adapt to the future through the continuation of a Communications department. At Niles North, this department takes shape through the variety of co-curricular classes offered to students seeking to engage in passions such as News Production, Public Speaking, Yearbook Production, Broadcast Production, Journalism, and Debate. On Feb. 14, 2017, the Board of Education discussed the hotly debated issue of whether or not it was in the district’s best interest to continue supporting the year-old Communications department. Despite a year and a half of back and...

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No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here

Imagine a world on fire: a life surrounded by falling buildings, scattered children, and ear-piercing bullets. To escape the terror, families happily depart from unsafe living conditions to seek refuge in America. Upon arrival, however, immigrants may discover that the safe haven dreamed of may not be the reality received. Here at Niles North, in response to the changing political and social culture of the nation, concerned students came together to advocate for the rights of their fellow immigrant peers and staff by forming a new club. “Immigration Rights Club is essentially a safe space for communicating any comments,...

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Black history month: Celebrating African American contributions

Within the walls of Niles North, communities of all types coexisting as an inclusive environment is emulated through the student and staff population. During the month of February, the school joins together to reflect and celebrate the innovative contributions of its African American community. The origins of Black History Month are traced back to the 1920’s when Carter G. Woodson, historian, observed the second week of February as “Negro History Week” in accordance with Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. In 1976, the month of February was officially recognized as Black History Month with the support of President Gerald...

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Cabinet controversies: Betsy DeVos’ education department

Since the election of America’s 45th president, a tumultuous White House has been struggling to unify itself free from partisan lines in order to mark the start of a new administration. Added to the list of uncommon situations shaping the administration is the unusually long period of time taken by Senate to debate the confirmations of the president’s cabinet selections. On Feb. 8, 2017, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, was confirmed with a 51-50 margin with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie. Her appointment is a most controversial one seeing as many citizens...

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Extracurricular excitement for future vikings

The prospect of entering high school is a formidable one as eighth graders anticipate a new journey that awaits within the Niles North walls. To reduce the anxiety associated with freshmen classes and daily routines, a wide variety of extracurricular activities are offered to the school’s newest students. On Jan. 31 at 6:00 p.m., the annual Niles North Curriculum and Activity Night will be held in order to allow incoming freshmen to explore over 90 of the possible clubs and organizations that pique their interest. “The event will begin with presentations in the auditorium at 6:15pm.  Soon after, guests will have an opportunity to walk around...

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