• Red Ribbon Week Fosters Healthy Living

    According to the Illinois Youth Survey of Maine Township High School students, in 2016, approximately 30% of District 207 students said that they have used alcohol and approximately 12% said that they have used some form of marijuana. Despite recent declines in use, substance abuse still remains an issue among high school teens. Addressing this…

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  • West’s Got Talent

    With an emphasis on reaching out to the quirky talents among West students, Maine West hosts its annual Variety Show, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. and Nov. 4-5at 7 p.m. The directors aimed to feature more than just the traditional performing arts groups in this year’s show titled “Breaking the News”. “The variety is off…

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  • A New Precedent

    With Republican Donald Trump bragging about his lewd treatment of women and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign attacked by Russian hackers, the presidential race has been filled with spectacle and drama, in addition to the usual conflicts over different policies. Whether it’s on immigration, climate change, healthcare, or national security, the candidates hold many contradictory beliefs….

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  • Race: The Modern Wall

    Whether it is within the walls of West or in the heated arena of political debate during election season, the concept of race and concern about racial equality are issues that continue to dominate American society, perhaps because of a lot of misunderstanding. Contrary to popular belief, the concept of race is not grounded in…

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  • Editorial Policy

    Editorial Policy   The student-produced newspaper of Maine West High School, the Westerner, is dedicated to maintaining the values of truth, integrity, and courage in reporting. The Westerner provides an open public forum for free and responsible expression of student opinion, as well as balanced coverage of issues of student interest. The staff encourages discussion…

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  • Editorial Board 2016-17

    Editorial Board:   Editor-in-Chief: Stefan Balaban, Emma Dempsey   Associate Editor-in-Chief: Anita Jasinska   News Editors: Chris Rios, Anita Jasinska   Features Editor: Emma Dempsey   In-Depth Editor: Ben Heim   Sports Editors: Stefan Balaban, Acacia Hernandez   Opinions Editors: Catherine Buchaniec, Sanha Lim   Entertainment Editor: Nataley Grimmer   Photo Editor: Danny Fowler  …

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