Author: Ben Lipka

SAGA seeks stars for annual distribution party

On Wednesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 13, Niles North’s SAGA will be hosting auditions for their early distribution party taking place on May 5. SAGA’s annual distribution party is filled with delicious and local food as well as entertainment and activities. In addition to the festivities, party goers will be the first to receive the yearbook. Auditions for a chance to perform at the distribution party take place after school on April 12 and April 13 in the SAGA room. Furthermore, SAGA is in need of DJs or MCs. If you are interested in DJing for the distribution...

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School board forum allows community to connect with candidates

On March 7, District 219 held a school board candidate forum in order to allow community members to meet the candidates running in the upcoming school board election on April 4. The event was hosted by the Niles North and West Parent Advisory Councils and was moderated by a panel of four district students. Neama Abraham, Virginia Camacho, Richard Evonitz, and Joseph Nowik are the four candidates running for three open seats on the board. However, Camacho was not present at the forum. On certain issues, all three candidates had near identical positions. They all lauded District 219’s incredible...

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Dance Marathon expresses uncertainty amidst Chick-fil-A’s fowl play

A new Chick-fil-A on Skokie Boulevard, which has been under development for a little under a year, approaches its opening day on March 9. Because of Chick-fil-A’s controversial political affiliations in the past, the Niles North community and Dance Marathon (DM) have debated the crucial question as to whether a company’s political activities should influence involvement or support of that company. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report of 2016, Chick-fil-A is officially America’s favorite fast food restaurant. Chick-fil-A currently has over 2000 locations and many new stores are opening rapidly. The chicken takeover has begun, but...

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“Send in the feds”: Trump’s flawed formula for the future of Chicago

On Jan. 24, 2017, President Donald Trump announced on his Twitter account that if the city of Chicago does not lower their murder rate, he will send in federal reinforcements, a truly eerie notion. If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017 This tweet was a followup to a tweet that Trump had posted previously in the month. Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016....

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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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