Coronavirus Update:

Coronavirus Update: “Stay-at-Home” order [3/21 8:00 a.m.]

March 21, 2020

Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Friday, March 20, which will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 21 and will remain in effect until the end of the day on Tuesday, April 7. Pritzker also announced that all Illinois schools will now remain closed until April 7, with Chicago Public Schools already closed until...

College Board announces AP testing revamp

College Board announces AP testing revamp

March 20, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board has announced a revamp of Advanced Placement (AP) testing. Keeping in line with recommendations for social distancing, there will be no in-person AP testing for the 2019-20 school year. Instead, students will have the opportunity to test online. Tests will be 45 minutes in length and can be taken at h...

Coronavirus Update: Local impact and Illinois's response [3/20 2:35 p.m.]

Coronavirus Update: Local impact and Illinois’s response [3/20 2:35 p.m.]

March 20, 2020

The McLean County Health Department confirmed McLean County’s first case of coronavirus on Thursday, March 19. The man in his 70s with “no history of travel or exposure” is currently being treated for the virus at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington, according to WGLT.  While preventative measures have already been taken across Illinois to tackle the spread of the pandemic, one essen...

The limited selection of fresh meat products available at Walmart served as an inconvenience for many customers.

Coronavirus impacts grocers shelves [photo gallery]

March 20, 2020

On Thursday, March 19, McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight reported the county's first case of COVID-19. The man, in his 70s, is in good condition and being treated in isolation at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. Before this report, the impact of Coronavirus could be seen at the local level. As Americans grow...

Fresh off the Press: Episode Two - Teacher shortage crisis [podcast]

Fresh off the Press: Episode Two – Teacher shortage crisis [podcast]

January 30, 2020

Shae Simmons and Evie Snoeyink sit down with Mrs. Jennifer Renchen from the ISU college of Arts and Sciences to discuss the recent teacher shortage crisis.

In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, thousands of tons of waste materials are gathered by ocean currents. The mix of floating objects and sinking dense debris create a vortex of waste that poses risks for wildlife.

Lunch and Learn challenges students to rethink recycling

November 22, 2019

Mrs. Elisabeth Reed, the director of the Illinois State University’s Office of Sustainability, spoke to students about what happens to items that are donated, thrown away or recycled during Thursday, November 14’s Lunch and Learn. Reed focused on examining “our current consumption habits” while students “explored ways to be more sustainable and p...

ACT acts on policy; announces change

ACT acts on policy; announces change

November 18, 2019

A new policy will allow students to retake individual portions of the ACT starting September 2020. Currently, students must complete all four subject sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science - in one sitting, which can have an adverse effect on subscores of later sections. The ACT is a national exam offered seven times a year, and is a factor i...

Apple CEO Tim Cook addresses the audience as the company took a field trip away from the site of its traditional announcements - heading to Chicago's Lane Tech High School - inviting members of the student media along. 

The focus of the day's announcements was Apple's renewed push into the classroom, aiming to blend

Apple unveils new educational products, pricing

March 28, 2018

Innovationation and excitement: two words that describe the 2018 Apple educational product launch held Tuesday at Chicago's Lane Tech High School.  “People with passion change the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO, during his opening speech. It was made clear to spectators of this momentous occasion Apple’s passion for their new products could beg...

Members of the Step Team seen kneeling during the national anthem.

Taking a knee: Students kneel during the national anthem

October 29, 2017

The kneeling of NFL players during the national anthem has sparked controversy across the country and this act of protest has spread beyond the National Football League. This once localized form of protest has spread from NFL teams, to other major sports, with regular Americans  joining the cause. During this time the act of kneeling during the anthem...

Mexico retracts aid for Harvey victims

Keyairah Sinclair, Associate Editor

October 3, 2017

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 tore through Mexico’s southern cities Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabasco claiming 95 lives and injuring 300, September 7. An estimated 1.5 million people were affected by the earthquake, with 41,000 homes damaged While still analyzing the damage from the quake, the country was struck by another natural disasters, Hurricane Katia, a Category 1 hurricane that made landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico, on Friday, September 8. Mexico had been planning to offer aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which hit land on August 25th in Texas....

Students denounce immigration ban to LaHood

Students denounce immigration ban to LaHood

February 13, 2017

Over 50 NCHS students gathered at Congressman Darin LaHood’s office to express their disapproval of the immigration ban after school on Thursday, February 2. President Trump signed the executive order on January 27, 2017, suspending entry into America for 90 days for immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. It hal...

2016 Presidential Race: Party Nomination Predictions

2016 Presidential Race: Party Nomination Predictions

May 11, 2016

Delegate counts courtesy of the Associated Press.   Super Delegates are unelected DNC delegates that select a candidate to support, they are free to support any candidate and change their vote up until the convention in July. ...

Bernie Sanders, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President, speaks on March 4, 2016 morning inside the Vadalabene Center on the campus of SIUE in Edwardsville, Ill. (Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat/TNS)

Illinois primary determines Democratic delegates

March 14, 2016

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders upset front-runner Hillary Clinton in Michigan’s primary election on March 5 by earning 7 more delegates. Polling in Michigan gave Clinton an 11 point lead in the weeks prior to the primary, however Sanders was able to capture 49.8% of the vote, 1.5% more than Clinton. Sanders winning these additional 7 narrows the mar...

The Millennial President

The Millennial President

January 23, 2016

Since the Baby Boomers started to vote consistently in the 1990s, that traditionally conservative population has had a controlling stake over the politics of America. The Baby Boomers' vote has resulted in a Republican controlled Congress for the majority of the last two decades. Yet, President Barack Obama succeeded in winning a Democratic vote in...

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