Author: Ben Lipka

The Last Pizza Wars: A stunning success

On Thursday, Jan. 19, Pizza Wars 7 took place in the Niles North gymnasium. Proceeds from the night went to the Education Foundation, which benefits students in the district who require financial assistance. The event featured Jet’s, Lou Malnati’s, Organic Life, Pie Five, Piero’s, Village Inn, and Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza, with desserts provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes. This year, Lou Malnati’s Pizza was crowned victorious for best deep dish pizza, while Village Inn Pizzeria was awarded best thin crust pizza. “We were honored to be awarded as [the] winner of Pizza Wars 7 – Thin Crust Pizza category last night!...

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A long time ago in a gymnasium far far away: Dance Marathon presents Pizza Wars 7

In collaboration with Dance Marathon, Niles North’s seventh annual Pizza Wars is just around the corner. Pizza Wars is an all-you-can-eat pizza extravaganza with restaurants from all around the area, with proceeds going to District 219’s Education Foundation. The pizza-palooza will take place on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the main gym. Currently, the contenders for best pizza are Jet’s, Lou Malnati’s, Organic Life, Pie Five, Piero’s, Village Inn, and Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza. However, this is not the completed list, and more restaurants are expected to join the fray. Pizza Wars’ proceeds have always gone...

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Ben Lipka

When I originally joined North Star News, I exclusively wrote claim-evidence-warrant essays. Through a year and a half of exploring journalism, I have learned how to efficiently deliver a set amount of information in a brief manner. I have also learned how to delve deeper into a story, and after personally experiencing a bit of bias myself, I have learned the importance of getting both sides of a situation. I have learned that timeliness is a crucial component to successful journalism, as a story that comes out too late is akin to not publishing one at all. I have learned that there are several forms of media to distribute information, and each has its own merit: video and audio are by far the most interactive and aesthetic, while written word allows the consumer to quietly receive information at their own pace. Additionally, I have learned that through the use of images, a text-based story can become momentously more interesting. Finally, I have learned how essential it is for a publication to be organized, as without organization it is extremely difficult to maintain a constant flow of new stories. This year, as the Editor in Chief and news editor of the publication, I had to be a leader and ensure that a steady flow of quality content was being published to the site. All of these skills will likely be...

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Finals week dog days no more with therapy pups

You are pacing in the hallway as the stress begins to culminate to a climax. Your biggest final is in an hour, and you still do not feel ready. To make matters worse, your grade is borderline. You reach a breaking point, but just as your screams are about to be unleashed, you see two adorable canines in the IRC and your stress dissipates. On Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19 and 20 respectively, the IRC will be hosting therapy dogs throughout the day as a way to provide stress relief for the strenuous time that is finals week. A...

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NSN Audio Story: Building a better future

Inspired by NPR’s StoryCorps and to capture the spirit of Thanksgiving, the North Star News staff created several audio stories framed around this question: “What was a moment or event in your life that at the time seemed small, but ended up having a large impact or effect on you later in your life?” The staff sought people of different generations and crafted these pieces. Lionel Lipka had a secure job as Vice President at an architectural firm, but as the company took a turn for the worse he stepped down and opened a new architectural business. This change...

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