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The Evanstonian

The news site of Evanston Township High School's student newspaper

The Evanstonian

The news site of Evanston Township High School's student newspaper

The Evanstonian

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Offline: Avoiding social media in an ever-connected world

Offline: Avoiding social media in an ever-connected world

Isabella Martinez and Tanya Weisman November 14, 2022

Some may feel juggling school, clubs, and relationships challenging when having a constant distraction in their pocket. “When I had TikTok, I would sit there for a couple of hours at a time without...

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Technological troubles in teaching: how mobile devices affect education, ETHS

The years following the pandemic saw a large uptick in students' addiction to technology, specifically cell phones. Technology had been one of the only things that allowed people to connect with each other even when everyone was stuck at home, and many teachers have noticed the increase in technological use that students endured remotely has translated into the classroom setting. The new phone policy attempts to curb that addiction.
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Stressors in sports: the challenges student athletes face due to toxic cultures

Jessica Sehgal, Bridget Baker, Marin Ubersox, Paula Hlava, Sophie Milner-Gorvine, Zoe Kaufman, Executive Editor, In-Depth Editor, Assistant In-Depth Editor, Staff Writers September 23, 2022
For many ETHS students, sports are an integral part of the high school experience. They invigorate passion, build community, develop students’ character and create invaluable opportunities for countless athletes. However, with the many different messages sent to student athletes, they can develop mental illness, eating disorders and other mental health concerns.
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Continuing after crisis: District 65 regroups and rebounds for next school year

The 2021-2022 school year bore hardships for students across the country. Returning to a full-fledged school schedule after a year of isolation proved to be challenging for various reasons, and student...

Superintendent Witherspoon details final days at ETHS

Superintendent Witherspoon details final days at ETHS

Eden Drajpuch, Lauren Dain, and Sari Oppenheimer May 12, 2022

After a memorable 16 year tenure as ETHS’ superintendent, Eric Witherspoon is retiring at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Throughout his time at ETHS, Witherspoon has made efforts to create systemic...

Illustration by Sabrina Barnes

Stress and substances: the supports in place for students in Evanston

Teenagers are living in an entirely different reality. Despite sarcastic connotations that may frequently accompany that phrase, research suggests that it may be true in some ways. Dopamine, sometimes...

Illustration by Sophie Yang

Banished and embellished: an analysis of appropriate content in high schools

Lauren Dain, Jessica Sehgal, Meg Houseworth, Bridget Baker, Lydah Coates, Zoe Kaufman, Calliope Green, Executive Editor, In-Depth Editor, Assistant In-Depth Editor, Staff Writers March 18, 2022

It is undeniable that schools are formative places for young people. The lessons taught within academic institutions leave a mark on students at their most impressionable ages. There is a gravity in the...

ETHS set to become mask optional as of Feb. 28

ETHS set to become mask optional as of Feb. 28

Eden Drajpuch, Executive Editor February 22, 2022
As of Feb. 22, ETHS is set to transition to a mask-optional model on Monday, Feb. 28. Students and families were made aware of this change in an email addressed from Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. In ETHS’ mask-optional model, masks will no longer be required but will continue to be encouraged among staff and students to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 
Emotions run high during, after two-hour lockdown

Emotions run high during, after two-hour lockdown

Jilian Denlow and Jessica Sehgal December 23, 2021
At 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, the ETHS building went into hard lockdown, signifying a present threat in the building, resulting in staff and students hiding and locking the doors to all classrooms. At 12:39 p.m., the lockdown was lifted and students were dismissed for the rest of the school day. “For me, it was just fear the entire time,” junior Alice Lavan shares.
Illustration by Kupu Sumi

Letter from the editors | Recent changes at ETHS highlight lack of transparency, neglect student wellbeing

November 19, 2021
In the wake of the recent developments regarding the Color Guard coach Lorenzo Medrano as well as alterations made to ETHS staff and administration, The Evanstonian Editorial Board calls for increased transparency from the ETHS administration. 
Community Service Club, Students Organized Against Racism, Emerge and Paw Patrol are some of the most popular clubs at ETHS.

ETHS activities and spaces grapple with inequities

Historically clubs and activities at ETHS have been segregated, both in terms of race and gender. The Evanstonian is no exception to this pattern. For the October issue, the In-Depth staff chose to cover...

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Witherspoon set to retire at end of school year

Eden Drajpuch, Executive Editor September 14, 2021
On Sept. 13, Superintendent Eric Witherspoon announced his retirement at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.  Witherspoon has served as the District 202 Superintendent since 2006 and has served as a superintendent at large for over 30 years.