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  • Beyond the Veil

    Life and death, family and freedom. That is what’s on the line for Maine West families after President Trump signed an executive on Jan. 27 order stopping any Syrian refugee from resettling here and banning people from seven Muslim-dominant countries from entering the United States. Homam Saffaf, a freshman who arrived here in August as…

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  • Trump Takes Action

    Six weeks and 11 executive orders into his presidency, President Donald Trump has elicited mixed yet strong reactions from the public. While supporters are hopeful about how the remainder of Trump’s time in office will play out, Maine West students who have previously given their support to Trump express concerns about some of the actions…

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  • Is it Worth the Work?

    The new freedoms and opportunities of high school come with responsibility, but they also come at a cost — literally. A Friday night out to Buffalo Wild Wings is no longer funded by the National Bank of Mom and Dad, and it is time to start providing for oneself a bit more. In other words…

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  • Dinner Takes All

    We’ve stashed our costumes, hidden the ghost decor, and eaten the last of the candy corn. With Halloween long-gone, families are now preparing their own unique ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with special food and fun. For Thanksgiving, people typically think of turkey, stuffing, and gravy. For senior Runal Patel, though, the word Thanksgiving means something…

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  • 10 under $10

    There is no need to spend a fortune this winter to make it a memorable one. From staying indoors and bracing yourself from the cold weather, to going out for a walk with friends, this winter can be filled with liveliness and adventure. Some of the best and most easily navigated things to do will…

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  • Surround Sound

    While students likely know the typical Michael Buble and Mariah Carey holiday tunes almost by heart, the Maine West Fine Arts Department has a different type of holiday music in mind. Students from all areas of the music department will collaborate to produce the holiday Prism Concert on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and Dec….

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  • Addition to Tradition

    Providing a taste of Hispanic Christmas culture, the annual Posada Dance, will take place on Dec. 16 from 7-10 p.m. in the student cafeteria. Hosted by the Hispanic Club, the dance is a way to remember and celebrate the posada tradition of Latin America. “In Latin America, it is a tradition for people to go…

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  • Merry Melodies

    Tri-M Music Honor Society aims to continue a Maine West tradition by caroling throughout downtown Des Plaines this December. Simultaneously raising awareness for the Prism Concert and enjoying the festivity of the season, the group of students will spend a Friday evening in early December visiting businesses around the community to sing songs and encourage…

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  • When the Secret Gets Out

    ‘Twill be the night before Christmas when after midnight, parents sneak out of bed to a place out of sight to find the gifts they have hidden at a great height. After eating the cookies they helped bake, they will return to their room and wait for the surprises in the morning. Children will be…

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  • Rush to a New Holiday

    While some think it is acceptable to be listening to ‘Deck the Halls’ the day after Halloween, others differ by thinking these songs should be put aside until Thanksgiving has passed. The Christmas windows are already on display at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago; 93.9 FM changed to an all-Christmas format last week, and…

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