Author: Arooba Lodhi

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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Netflix and Marvel Studios unite in thematic takeover

Living in a society constantly evolving in response to tragedies, people have always looked to superheroes to serve as symbols of hope and perseverance. Recently, Marvel Studios and Netflix have teamed up to create a number of heroes who not only provide a sense of faith, but who are humanized and reflective of a diversified community. Below is an analysis of the most prominent themes apparent in each of the Marvel/Netflix shows produced for The Defenders series so far. There are a few spoilers ahead, so it is recommended to first watch the shows discussed. Daredevil  As the origin...

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