October 21, 2017

Truth and lies about food myths

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor Food myths: strawberries whiten your teeth cucumbers get rid of bags under the eyes apples wake you up more than coffee does chocolate gives you acne Maintaining a healthy diet is essential to having a healthy body, there are always myths and rumors circulating about how different foods can harm or benefit the body.  There are four food myths that I have recently heard and decided to do some investigating. Food Myth #1: Strawberries can help whiten the teeth. Strawberries contain astringent and vitamin C, which are natural teeth whiteners.  Vitamin C helps remove stains…

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NIU college visit should be optional, not required

Editors Note: The field trip has been postponed due to the predicted snow on Tuesday, March 5.  by Kelly McKewin, Assistant Web Editor This year as part of our seminar, all freshman are required to go on a field trip to Northern Illinois University next week. While I think it is a good thing that the school is promoting college visits and encouraging us to plan for the future, I believe that this field trip should be optional. I finished Algebra 2 in 8th grade, and so I am now one of the few freshmen in my geometry class. Missing…

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Gang representation creates gray areas, unfair judgment

by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter For many years, the Chicagoland area has been home to dozens of dangerous gangs. Gang violence and representation has been a recurring concern in our area.  WHS has had issues with gangs, and it has maintained a strict dress code to discourage students from getting involved in gang activity. Like many other high schools, WHS has to keep up with the changing color combinations, numbers and symbols of gangs. Deans and security guards must constantly keep watch to stop students from using certain clothing and reinforce WHS’s intolerance of gang activity and image. It is…

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Editorial: P.E. vocab requires retention for impact

While Spokesman commends the physical education (P.E.) teachers for incorporating vocabulary into more departments of the school besides English, the terms need to be incorporated in more meaningful ways and be used more often to create a lasting impact on the students. The P.E. classes’ curriculum now incorporates learning the 100 most commonly used words on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). After looking through WHS’s test scores data, the idea seems genius. Only 42.4 percent of WHS students met reading standards on the PSAE. However, the idea lacks in one major area: overestimating students’ ability of memorization. Though the…

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Hollywood lacks originality with movies

by Megan Provost, Asst. Focus Editor What to look forward to in 2013: sequels, sequels and the occasional 3-D remake. Is it the audience’s unconditional love for these movies or the lack of original ideas in the cinematic industry that keep these same titles returning to the box office? Tired Plots The Hangover Part III, Release date: May 24 It was funny the first time…and the second…and the third? It’s already hard enough dealing with the same relentless plot consisting of drunk friends and crude humor almost every comedy out there today, and now do we have to watch the same…

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Bieber releases ‘Believe Acoustic’: Latest release abandons computer enhanced beats for acoustics

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor With the distribution of Justin Bieber’s latest re-release, “Believe Acoustic,” the question of whether or not the original release was good enough to even get a re-release arises. While the answer might be a simple no, “Believe Acoustic,” does much more for its audience than first anticipated. Although some tracks benefit from the different instrumental breakdowns – “Boyfriend” and “Take You”  – the majority of the re-released songs represent dry and depleted versions of the original tracks. The opening track, “Boyfriend,” is the only track on the album to fully display Bieber’s immense potential through…

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Current gun policy should not be changed

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor After the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., our nation went into a controversial frenzy over the banishment of certain types of guns. Back in December, President Barack Obama directed a meeting with a Cabinet group to give recommendations on ways to tighten the gun regulations, according to the Chicago Tribune. A tighter regulation on guns will only cause more issues. People often find ways around the law, so what will prevent some hooligans from black marketing guns to civilians?  It’s these people who cause laws to change and new ones…

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The Fight for Marriage Equality in Illinois

by Chris Nush, Assistant A&E Editor Just in time for Valentines Day, the Illinois State Senate has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, making it the tenth state to pass the controversial bill. “Marriage equality is coming to Illinois” Pat Quinn, Illinois governor, said confidently in his State of the State Address last week. Today, after the bill was passed on to the House, the governor said “Today we are one step closer to marriage equality. Couples across Illinois have even more reason today to celebrate their love for each other, thanks to the hard work of…

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Sports scandals shed negative light

by Mike Pink, Staff Reporter The recent discoveries of Lance Armstrong getting caught for doping along with Manti Te’o getting “catfished” sheds a negative light on the integrity of sports and strays from the true meaning. In this day in age, seeing a major athlete get in trouble for performance enhancing drugs (PED) is not uncommon. Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Shawne Merriman are a few of the major athletes who were caught. The younger generation of athletes are coming in faster and stronger. The older athletes need to keep the competitive edge, so they resort to PED’s. I don’t…

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Good deeds prove positive human nature

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor These past few weeks, 30 seniors were chosen to be a part of Honor Pack to help raise money for a family in financial crisis. Honor Pack nominees, like myself, spent hours baking goods, bagging treats and purchasing candy bars to sell to the school in hopes of raising the most money. What makes this event so unusual is the family will never know which students were nominated to lead the fundraising, which students donated money and which students raised the most money. So if Honor Pack nominees’ good deeds go unnoticed, why do they…

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