Kaneland Krier

Money can’t buy happiness, and other things I learned on safari

May 20, 2011

When my family decided to go on an African safari, I was very excited—despite the hepatitis vaccinations. But it wasn’t roaming the plains in a 4x4 (actually, it was a Toyota van with leopard print on the sides) or lions and hippopotami (yes, that is the plural of hippopotamus) that stuck with me...

Bin Laden, bad grades and break-ups

May 20, 2011

As all of America is well aware, Osama bin Laden is dead. At 3:30 p.m. EST, May 2, a 40-man Navy Seals squadron raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the Al Qaeda leader with a bullet to the head during 40 minutes of firefight. Late Sunday night, President Obama delivered the official sta...

Justice should be served, but maybe the death penalty isn’t it

April 26, 2011

When Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing the death penalty on March 10 it commuted the sentences of 15 men on Death Row to life in prison without parole. I believe in the death penalty. I believe that some crimes are just so heinous that justice demands it, and I feel for the families of the...

We should follow our dreams, no matter what

We should follow our dreams, no matter what

April 26, 2011

It was junior year and my class was looking up colleges that we planned to apply to for a class assignment. I was browing a website when someone leaned over my shoulder and said, “Northwestern, huh? That’s a really hard school to get into, and on the slim chance you do get in, you wouldn’t be...

Hazing a case of going too far to fit in

April 26, 2011

Fitting in will never be worth risking your life. Even though this is common sense, more and more teens all across the United States seem to be taking part in a variety of activities and rituals involving harassment, abuse and humiliation just to become part a desired group or club. Some call it initiation,...

From the heart, not from the calendar

From the heart, not from the calendar

March 14, 2011

By Elaine Cannell, Editor Coffee? Check. Backpack? Check. Car keys? Car keys? Where are the KEYS? I felt the panic rise in my throat as I chucked my backpack and ran back upstairs to begin a frantic search. Read More »...

Budget cuts should not hinder our high school experience

February 16, 2011

Thanks to our struggling economy and its never-ending money problems, the Illinois education system can't seem to catch a break. Despite tireless efforts of passing referendums, fundraising and cutting salary raises, Kaneland's proposed budget cuts for the 2010-11 school year came to a whopping $4 million. Now,...

Editorial: Budget cuts should not hinder our high school experience

February 15, 2011

By Editorial Board Thanks to our struggling economy and its never-ending money problems, the Illinois education system can't seem to catch a break. Despite tireless efforts of passing referendums, fundraising and cutting salary raises, Kaneland's proposed budget cuts for the 2010-11 school year came...

What do you believe in?

What do you believe in?

February 10, 2011

By Julia Angelotti, Editor "Life is ten percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it." Or so said my sixth grade social studies teacher, Adam Wickness. He was, of course, quoting Ghandi. That saying had very little meaning to me in sixth grade. It seemed like just words strung to...

Infamous actions of WikiLeaks teach life lessons

January 27, 2011

  By Jessica Corbett, Executive Editor Most teens have at least heard of the movie Mean Girls. For those not savvy in the world of teenage guilty pleasure flicks, the plot is fairly simple: most of the film focuses on a classic mean girl, Regina George, and her "burn book," which is a collection ...

Rumor has it: lies people spread mean nothing

January 27, 2011

  Dear Edi, What should you do when a rumor starts about you and you don’t know how it even started? - CENTER OF UNWANTED ATTENTION Dear Center of Unwanted Attention, Rumors come and go everyday in schools all over the world, big or small, private or public, and unfortunately, they have yet to be...

I believe that everyone needs something to believe in small or big

January 27, 2011

By Nicole Rymarz, Senior It’s a common theme in movies: when we believe in something greater than ourselves, whether it be in ghosts or aliens or that the wish we made at 11:11 really will come true, a chord of hope is struck within us. Believing in something, big or small, helps us appreciate life and c...

The political blame game isn’t solving anything

January 27, 2011

 Stop pointing fingers and start thinking of solutions. A shout out to all government officials, company heads and the general American public: although it may be entertaining, is playing the blame game really solving anything? This past year in politics has been filled with turmoil—whether it was oil leaking...

The political blame game has not solved anything

January 24, 2011

By: Editorial Board Stop pointing fingers and start thinking of solutions. A shout out to all government officials, company heads and the general American public: although it may be entertaining, is playing the blame game really solving anything? Read More »...

New schedule may be a turn for the best

November 11, 2010

  Motivation, determination and drive.   Those three words all have around the same dictionary definition: what allows you to strive towards a goal. And helping the students who lack that internal drive succeed anyway is part of the goal in the proposed schedule. Curriculum Coordinator Erika Sc...