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Niles West High School Gives Music a Bad Name

By Merrill Miller

September 28, 2012

One of the best songs the Rock N' Roll Club played last year was "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi. The club has  played this song at many shows during the past year including an assembly in front of the whole school.  To the ma...

Freshman Orientation Eases Transition

By Alyssa Guzman

August 22, 2012

During the summer, Niles West would be the last place you would expect to find dozens of students gathered together as early as 6:30 am. However, on Thursday, Aug., Niles West welcomed its incoming freshmen with open arms by recruiting...

District Cracks Down on Final Exam Attendance

By Ivana Kosir

May 30, 2012

Has anyone noticed how many students get "sick", have "family emergencies", or go on vacation around the last three days of school? Well, the school administration has, and they are making efforts to prevent it. In efforts to increase attendance...

The Forgotten Significance of Memorial Day

By Fatima Farha

May 25, 2012

 As the last full week of school draws to an end, I hear multiple phrases in the hallway from excited students  about how a three-day weekend is coming up. The constant conversations of people planning weekend get- aways with t...

Stephenson to Become Physical Welfare Director Next Year

By Ali Toth

May 23, 2012

After a decision made by District 219's Board of Education, Joaquin Stephenson will become Niles West's new Physical Welfare Director for next year. Stephenson is currently a dean at West. Originally, the position was held by one person for both Niles West and Niles North (Paul Swanson), but it has now bec...

Student’s Essay Chosen by Dalai Lama

By Fatima Farha

May 9, 2012

The Dalai Lama visited the Gentile Center at Loyola University on Thursday, April 26th, an event which principal Kaine Osburn and junior Passang Gongrong attended to listen to the Dalai Lama speak and ask questions. Thi...

Doesn’t Anyone Remember the Golden Rule?

By Colene Gibson

May 4, 2012

Yes, I'm pretty sure it started somewhere back in kindergarten when we were crying because we were excluded or because someone said something mean.  We would be upset or perhaps we made someone else upset, so our parents would remind us to "treat people the way you want to be treat...

Unofficial Senior Spirit Week Sparks Controversy

By Maggie Wibright

April 23, 2012

Last week's "Unofficial Senior Spirit Week" came to a halt Thursday, April 19 after school officials instructed students to take off Native American costumes that they deemed offensive. After several seniors wore headdresses, feathers, and other Native American costumes during “Cowboys vs. Indians,” principal ...

Annual You Make A Difference Breakfast Honors Teachers

By Gabrielle Abesamis

April 17, 2012

In an effort to recognize Niles West educators for their hardwork, principal Kaine Osburn hosted the annual You Make A Difference Breakfast for staff members today in the student commons at 7:30 a.m. According to  executive secretary Judy Wheatman, the breakfas...

March 1st Registration Deadline Looms

By Breana Brill

February 28, 2012

Although registration for the 2012-2013 school year is nearly complete, students will be able to alter their schedules after the March 1 deadline--but not without hassle. A lot of students have been worried that past the March 1st registration deadline, they won’t be able t...