Author: Sammy Schein

Niles North students stage peaceful walkout in name of equity

On Friday, April 28, Niles North student-activists Jade Hansen, Eli Gaytan, and Jayson Sawyer led hundreds of students in a peaceful walkout protest during sixth period in the name of equity. The walkout was sparked by the publication of a private Snapchat of a solid-black BB gun with a racist caption. It was rumored the white student in question received a “slap on the wrist” punishment (these rumors were later reported as inaccurate by District 219) in contrast with harsh expulsions perceived to be commonly inflicted upon students of color. This raised concerns about the equity employed throughout the...

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Judgement call: Niles North Mock Trial excels at first competition

On Jan. 24, 2017, Niles North’s Mock Trial team competed at the fourth annual North Suburban Mock Trial Tournament at Skokie Circuit Courthouse, a competition hosted by Niles West’s Mock Trial Coach, Jason Stanford. “We did really well,” Senior Neha Chandani began, “we performed much better than last year.” Just a three year old club, Niles North’s Mock Trial team, coached by Humanities teacher Pankaj Sharma, has been working tirelessly to step up their game and approach 2017 with a competitive mindset. “As a team, we’re starting to function better as one unit,” Chandani added. Niles North competed against...

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Buzzfeed’s journalistic integrity tested with Trump dossier

On Jan. 10, 2017, Buzzfeed News released a report on then President-Elect Donald Trump compiled by a former British intelligence agent, which detailed serious allegations against the Trump campaign and his ties with Russia. With fake news running rampant this past election cycle, some are forced to wonder whether this report provided American citizens with increased transparency, or if it only added to the fake news phenomenon. The report Buzzfeed News published suggests Trump has spent years planning his campaign with Russia, even going as far as to allegate that in August 2016 there was an in-person meeting between...

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