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ISIS leader committed suicide in a raid By Ian Imhof  November 8, 2019

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On October 26, The ISIS leader Abu Bakr  al-Baghdadi was cornered by United States Military in a  night raid before commiting suicide in Idlib  Governorate, Syria.  Al-Baghdadi had committed suicide with the  use of a suicide vest after being cornered in a dead end  tunnel, and was also stated to have killed 2 children in  the blast. ISIS confirmed their leader’s death with an  audio message sent over the Telegram app. The message which according to ​USA Today​, was found by  SITE Intelligence group which is an american company that tracks online content of extremist groups.  Confirmed the death of not only Al-Baghdadi, but also the death of ​ Abu Hassan al-Muhajir who was a  spokesman for the organization, and was killed in a back to back attack after Al-Baghdadi.   The message according to ​the New York Times​, also sent a warning to America, saying in a  haunting message that, “Do not be happy America, for the death of Sheikh al-Baghdadi, and do not forget  the cups of death at his hands, may God accept him”.  ​The New York Times​ also goes on to say that In the message they also announced that they had  elected a new leader, and this leader was, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi. This news sent some into  a confusion as many government officials, and researchers attempted to identify this new leader. Some  facts about him that are known are that, within his name is the al-Qurayshi, which is an appellation which  indicates that he is a descendant of the Quraysh tribe, of the prophet Muhammad. This appellation is  important to the islamic state as it is one of their prerequisites of being a Caliph, or the leader of a  theocracy which is what they hope to achieve. Investigations continue into the new leader that took over  for al-Baghdadi, as the government attempts to find clues to his true identity. 

Watch the Niles North variety show tonight Darlene Sese  November 8, 2019 

The annual Niles North variety show will be tonight, November 8 at 7pm for students to showcase their talent. Tickets are sold $5 for students  and staff during all lunch periods from Tuesday through Friday. 

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The variety show provides an opportunity for students to be able to perform their talent while entertaining their audience. Many students are looking forward to performing.   “I am very excited to perform. Happy to be able to entertain those in the audience with my other  performers, Ericka Manrique, and Elishah Madrigal,” Niles North senior Angelo Battung said. “ We will be  singing throwback songs. The throwbacks that adults and students can sing to.”   Not only students will be performing. There will be a teacher performance by science teacher  John Krestos with his band.   If you don’t have a ticket yet but still want to go, tickets will also be sold at the door $7 for  students and faculty and $10 for other adults. See you there!

Update: The lungs of the earth, its people choke

By Lauren Sonnier November 8, 2019    Photo Courtesy of the Rolling Stones▶   

The Amazon fires have continued into November, lessening in severity than what  the world witnessed in August—illegal  loggers and cattle ranchers looking to exploit  the land still pose a massive threat to the  indigeonous peoples of northeastern Brazil.    According to statistics gathered by  Brazil's satellite agency, Inpe, at least 7,747 sq  km of Brazilian Amazon rainforest have already been cleared so far this year. Earlier this year, outrage  erupted over Bolsonaro’s call to loosen environmental regulations, cut enforcement budgets, and support  further development in the region. Development in the region evidently translates to the deforestation of  the most biodiverse environment on the planet.   “It’s terrifying to me that the lungs of the earth are literally perishing, and since the first fires,  there hasn’t been much press on anything,” AP Environmental Science student and Niles North senior  Alyssa Kuchii said.  In late August, Bolsonaro ordered a 60-day ban on deforestation, the effect of this being the  number of fires in the Am​azon dropped by a third between August and September. The pace has slowed  through October, and is likely to do so even more in the coming months now that annual rains have  started.  Despite the slowdown in rampant destruction, inhabitants continue to feel the effects of  Bolsonaro’s call to action.    Forest Guardians of the Arariboia indigenous area are tasked with the solemn duty of guarding  their land; on November 1, Forest Guardian Paulo Paulino Guajajara, age 26, was murdered by 5 illegal  loggers ambushing the area in hopes of exploiting the land’s precious resources. Another man, Laércio  Guajajara, was left critically injured in the aftermath of the attack.   Through tears, Paulo’s father Zé Maria Paulino Guajajara spoke at his son’s funeral, “My son fought  and died. He died for all of us here, defending this area,”, as reported by the Associated Press.   While the Brazilian government has apparently deployed federal police to area, the authorities  have yet to make any arrests.


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#TeamTree sprouts online   By Misha Rayhlin  November 8, 2019

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   Recently a new movement online called #TeamTree has planted over 13 million trees thanks to  countless YouTubers and famous people spreading the word about it.    YouTubers like MrBeast, Mark Robert and others to public figures like Elon Musk have started this  collaborative fundraising with the Arbor Day Foundation to try and plant about 20 million trees by  January 1st, 2020.  Originally the idea started on Reddit with a joke that when the YouTuber MrBeast hits 20 million  subscribers he would plant 20 million trees. Eventually the joke exploded on Reddit and MrBeast started  #TeamTree to try to plant 20 million trees. If you want to help out Team Tree you can donate ​here​. 

Chicagoland teachers’ strike ends, classes resume

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By Nicole Nantz November 8, 201   

After an eleven day strike, Chicagoland students, faculty, and staff returned to the classroom on November 1. The  strike was organized because Chicago Public School  teachers wanted teacher’s aid, full-time nurses and  librarians, and control over the number of students in a  class according to ​the goals​ of the Chicago Teachers  Union's official website.  The reason why the CPS teachers went on strike was  because after they made a deal where the city offered 16% raise for the teachers, but they didn’t account  for any of the other issues that the CTU wanted addressed.   The students and teachers will have to make up the days that they missed on November 27, January 2  and 3, June 17 and 18. As a response to these changes, and parent and teacher reactions, CPS Chief  Education Officer, LaTanya McDad, said in a statement, “​We understand that modifications to the school  calendar can create real challenges for our families,� she said. “And we have worked to add makeup days  in a manner that prioritizes student learning and minimizes disruption to the fullest extent possible.�  For the future of the Chicago school teachers is to make sure that the issues are remembered and get  solved.   Comments from Chicago school teacher Stefanie Premarathna said, “​The future of the union   is strong since they were able to stand together and ensure that they worked swiftly to resolve the strike  without losing sight of the whole focus: students..Currently these positions are appointed by the mayor,  and from past experiences that has not always benefited the most sensitive communities in Chicago. The  true test will come over the next 5 years in ensuring that they do not lose steam and continue working  towards improving the schools for our students.� ​ (Continued on page 4) 

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Premarathna also commented on how the strike wasn’t just about pay, but also about the students. Even though the strike is over, the topics and reasons for the strike are still rampant. Schools in Chicago  are now back in session, as teacher’s hope that negotiations are held.  

 Day of the Dead celebrated by LatinX   By Juliana Pena  November 8. 2019   

On November 1, LatinX club held an event open to the community celebrating The Day of the Dead.  Alejandra Arteaga, one of the LatinX club sponsors, marked the  importance of hosting the event by saying “LatinX Night is an  event that celebrates our heritage. The members of the club have  a variety of backgrounds from Latin America. I believe it's  important for the LatinX students to have at least one night to  shine.�   Arteaga continued by saying “We remembered our loved ones  with personal altars, food, music and dancing.�  LatinX club holds a LatinX Heritage Celebration that is open to community every year. Keep an eye out  for the next celebration, which will be next year.   

Lori Loughlin: What to know about the college scandal By Lisett Becerra  November 8, 2019  

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Lori Loughlin, an American actress, allegedly paid the University of South California admissions $500,00 to accept  her two daughters, Olivia and Isabella Giannulli, into USC.   Due to this unsavory behavior, Loughlin was put on trial for  fraud and money laundering. These charges are similar to that  of Felicity Huffman who is currently serving her fourteen-day  sentence.   While Loughlin and Felicity are facing repercussions, USC  commented on the situation.  “We immediately terminated two employees associated with the allegations.  We also placed on leave  a faculty member who was named in the federal indictment as a parent,â€? USC communications staff said.  “This leave is a required procedural step in the process for evaluating the termination of tenured faculty.  More employment actions may be possible as new facts come to light.â€?  Multiple students have formed opinions, especially seniors and current college students.  “I don’t think that the people who were engaged in the college fraud were prosecuted to the fullest  extent of the law.â€? Niles North graduate, class of 2019, Rachel Rapoport said. “I think this pattern of  wealthy and privileged Americans not being held accountable for their actions is what undermines the  American value of equal opportunity. This practice tells the public there isn’t an equal standard of  responsibility and accountability.â€?​ Loughlin’s next trial approaches on January 17.

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Veterans Day will be a school day for D219

According to Timeanddate.com, in the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day  is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I hostilities between the Allied  nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans  Day. Veterans Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most  businesses are closed.  Locally, Glenbrook South and North, Evanston, Deerfield, Vernon Hills, and Highland Park high  schools will observe Veterans Day  whereas District 219 will be in session.  North Star News​ asked...    “Veterans have fought for people in this  country who are lucky enough to live  here. Unfortunately, in the world there  are people who are in terrible situations  due to poverty, oppression, and even  their own military killing them. We take  the small things for granted everyday  and should be happy that we are living in  a democratic country.”    “My grandfather, father, brother-in-law  and multiple extended family members  are veterans. Even the nursing home my father is in celebrates their veterans. We should always be  grateful for their service to our country. We need to make sure our students are aware of the sacrifices  that veterans made and make. It's not a "holiday," but a day of remembrance and recognition. I believe  students should understand the real meaning of Veterans Day and not treat it as just a day off. If they are  in school that day, then curriculum should center around Veterans Day. Our job is to educate and  inform!”    “I chose "Yes" that Veterans Day should be observed because there are equally important days that are  assigned to be observed (in Niles North), and I also don't want to go to school. There's no school on Labor  Day (September 2, 2019), President's Day (February 17, 2020), and Teacher Institute Day (February 28,  2020).Even if there is school, there should be awareness about how there are homeless veterans. I believe  people "celebrate" Veterans Day to honor those who served the country, yet there are many Veterans  who go through mental health issues and go through the struggles to maintain a stable life. Sure, we  could still have school if we use it correctly. There is a valid reason why it's observed in schools.”    “Since Veterans day is a public holiday, we should observe the day like other surrounding schools and  businesses. North has a religious-neutral calendar, which is why we have to be in school some days while  other schools are not, however, Veteran’s Day is not a religious holiday, therefore we should observe the  day to honor our brave Veterans who have served our country.”    If we are in attendance we should do something to honor our veterans. That can be former students or  people in the community.  


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Are you addicted or do you​ LIKE ​Social Media? By Lanie Mae Rasay  November 8, 2019 

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The documentary ​LIKE​ will be playing in-school on November 18 during study halls, and will be presented by the Social Emotional Learning  Committee and Niles North’s Student Assistance Program.   Niles North is concerned about student mental health impact by social  media. “We are working to have students from the Erika's  Lighthouse/Mental Health Education Club to help to promote and possibly  attend the eventing viewing,” Niles North school psychologist and Erika’s  Lighthouse sponsor Kerry Powell said. Erika’s Lighthouse works on raising  awareness in order to help break the mental health stigma.   Assistant Principal of Students Services, Laura Bolech, said the purpose of playing the  documentary is to “empower our school community with additional information to further promote  positive and healthy decision making.”  Co-producer/co-executive producer Scilla Andreen said, “After producing Angst (their film to  spread awareness about anxiety), I really wanted to know more about the impact of social media on our  lives not just with regard to anxiety and mental health but also how it affects our relationships, our  physical health and our self esteem.”  According to the Addiction Center, the addiction to social media is being overly concerned, and  having an uncontrollable urge to use the social platforms. A social media addict’s commitment can impair  other important parts of their life.  Click ​here​ for the trailer for ​LIKE. C ​ ome to Mental Health Education Club (or Erika’s Lighthouse)  on every other Thursday after school in room 1100 and keep up with them through ​Instagram.

Wish a Happy Birthday   to these Niles North faculty & staff celebrants!   Nov. 1

Seeseh David

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Student Services

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Susan Ranft

World Language

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Larissa Petrakis

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Gary Chu

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Joker​ becomes #1 grossing Rated R film By Nicole Nantz  November 8, 2019

 

Despite the negative press and critic reviews, ​Joker​, directed by Todd Phillips, is now the #1 grossing Rated R movie worldwide  according to Box Office Mojo. The film is close to topping $1 billion at  the box office worldwide, even though it is very uncommon for a  Rated R movie to do so.   Joker​ delves into themes of society, and the difference  between the upper class and the lower class, and as a result real-life  protests throughout the world have taken inspiration from the film.  Protestors have been seen wearing clown makeup. There have been  protestors dressed in Joker make-up (in Hong Kong, Lebanon, Iraq,  Chile, Bolivia, and Spain.)   Lebanese street artist, Mohamed Kabbani said, ​"The Joker is  us...Beirut is the new Gotham City...This is the Lebanese society situation at the moment, full of  underdogs, full of oppressed people that are extremely frustrated and that is looking for a window of  hope." Lebanon has had protests about new taxes on tobacco and voice calls, calling for the resignation of  Lebanese president Michel Aoun, and religious separation. ​For more information, click here.   On the critical side of things, ​Joker ​is no longer certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the  biggest review sites, with a score of 69% as of right now. While the audience score is at an 89%. Even  though the film does not seem to be a hit with critics, people seem to love it. Acclaimed director Martin  Scorsese, who considered directing ​Joker​, said himself that the film was, “remarkable”.  Going along with the controversy, the use of the song called “Rock and Rock Part 2” by Gary  Glitter, a former British glam rock singer who is a convicted sex-offender. The songs inclusion caused  some uproar, but a representative of Snapper Music, the music label that owns Glitter’s music, said,  “(Gary Glitter) is not entitled to, nor have we paid, any royalties.”   Joker​ is a polarizing film that has caused conflict between fan and critic, inspired protestors, and is  making more money every second. It will definitely be a film to keep an eye on.   

Hebrew Honor Society hosts Israeli  movie night  By Juliana Pena  November 8, 2019

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On November 2, Hebrew Honor Society hosted a movie night open to the community showing the film ​A Borrowed Identity.​    The purpose of hosting the movie night was “to show our support and  thanks to the community for supporting us all year round.” Hebrew Honor Society  Senior Katie Maizenberg said. “Also to expose people to Israeli film culture get a  better taste of what someone else has to offer”    Hebrew Honor Society hosts a movie night every year that is open to the community. Keep an eye  out for this event next year.  


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Generation Z, millennials, boomers, oh my! By Olivia Frey  November 8, 2019 

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The phrase “Ok, Boomer” has recently  exploded in internet  and meme culture,  after a viral TikTok of a  man proclaiming that  “the Millennials and  Gen Z have the Peter  Pan Syndrome; they  don’t ever want to grow up.”   This simple, yet profounding retaliation contrasts a Baby Boomer’s ideals and a Gen Z’s ideals,  which begs a greater question: to what extent are each of these generations similar and different from  each other?  As of today, there are four headlining generations: Boomers, Generation X, Millennials (or Gen Y) ,  and Generation Z. Because of Gen X’s lack of a cultural identifier, sociologists (maybe even Billy Idol)  coined the title, and from there, future generations names would go down the alphabet.   Generation names are important, because they define 20 years of history, politics, and culture.  Companies who are trying to market use these generational names to figure out who they’re selling to,  and what the consumer wants. No matter the letter however, it’s important to understand who is being  talked about.  One of the oldest generations today are what’s called “Baby Boomers,'' referring to a post-war  population increase. Baby Boomers lived during a time where the economy was at its peak, and therefore,  can enjoy retirement benefits. These individuals were born between 1946 to 1964.   The following generation is what’s called “Generation X”, or “Gen X” for short. This generation  grew up in a time of societal changes and values. Earlier on, they were characterized as “slackers”, but  have shown to be happy, active, and achieving a work-life balance, according to researchers from  Adweek.​ Gen Xers were born between 1965 to 1980.  Following Gen X are what’s called “Millenials” (or Gen Y, however, the term “Millennials” is what’s  largely accepted). Millennials were born between 1981 to 1996. Millenials are used to technology, because  their “coming of age” is defined when the “Information Age” occurred.  The generation that is currently dominating pop culture is “Generation Z”, or “Gen Z’ for short.  Also nicknamed the “Gen Tech”, these individuals were born from 1997 onwards; the ending year is yet to  be confirmed. Gen Z has been dubbed by ​The Economist​ as the more “well-behaved, stressed, and  depressed” generation.  Since the last three generations have exhausted the alphabet, most people agree that the next generation  will be named “Gen Alpha.” While Gen Alpha are still in their childhood, they’re expected to bring  something new to the table, much like how each previous generation brought new, innovative ideas to  society. 


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Garba Night kicked off on Saturday night By Sabha Fatima  November 8, 2019 

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Garba Night started off with a blast on Saturday, November 2 at 7 pm, with tons of vibrant performances  put on by our very own D219 students.  It was hosted at Niles North High School by the  IndoPak board from Niles North and Niles West High  School. Garba Night is a style of Indian dance  commonly performed at festivals and other special  occasions in the state of Gujarat, India.  “During the night, we performed various  different types of Garba dances with partners. We also  did dandiya which involved sticks, and we tap our  partners stick and dance through the music rotating  partners every time,� says senior Reema Chirayil.  This year, we were honored to have two  students from Niles North DJ for the event. They played  both Bollywood and English songs, creating a remix  playlist that lasted throughout the whole night.  “Garba night was a big hit and we had an  amazing turnout this past Saturday. We hope to continue to bring the same grand spirit to District 219  and make sure it is enjoyable for everyone,� Chirayil said. 

My Chemical Romance reunites after 6 years By Lanie May Rasay  November 8, 2019 đ&#x;”źâ€‹

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 On November 1, the band My Chemical Romance, also  known as MCR, had a reunion show sold out in about 4  minutes in Los Angeles. Even though they broke up in 2013,  but fans still showed their adoration towards this American  rock band.   They didn’t expect such a big response to their return and  said on their Facebook, “​It is truly unbelievable to us the  happiness we have experienced over the past two days. From  the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the warm welcome  back.�  MCR is also announcing more reunion shows on their  Twitter with Evanescence, Jimmy Eat World, The Offspring, and with more bands participating.   Niles North Paraprofessional Ramina Yousif was a fan of MCR around her teen years. She talked about   (Continued on page 10) 

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how she felt when she discovered they reunited. Yousif explained she had “mixed feelings� of confusion   and excitement. “Memories of my adolescence were flashing back to me. (I had) very nostalgic feelings  overall,� Yousif said.  MCR members were still artistically active during their hiatus. Gerard Way’s award-winning comic  Umbrella Academy ​became a Netflix series. ​Umbrella Academy g ​ ot 45 million views in a month after it got  released on Netflix. Gerard Way collaborated with Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack, Mikey Way  became a part of the band Electric Century, Ireo had a debut solo album, and Toro had a solo career.  They all performed musically during their hiatus and now are official together thankfully performing  again as My Chemical Romance.  Keep up with MCR on their ​Twitter​, ​Facebook​, and ​Instagram​. 

CPS athletes relieved to compete after strike  

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The Chicago Teachers Union strike ended on October 31 and the court ruled on Friday November 1  to allow for many football and cross country runners to  compete in sectionals and state.  According to the Illinois High School  Association policy, many Chicago athletes were not able  to participate in playoffs and competitions while the  Chicago teachers union strike was going on. They were  lucky enough to be able to compete at the last minute.   However, soccer, volleyball and tennis were all  teams that were unable to compete in the postseason.  ​On Oct. 25, Cook County Judge Eve Reilly ruled against athletes from Jones College Prep who filed  a lawsuit in hope of being able to participate in tournaments because it isn’t fair and it is wrong and that  there are potential dangers of having school facilities open but not adequately staffed according to ​ABC  News.​ There are clear IHSA rules in place that prevent teams from participating while on strike, and rules  that require participation and qualification in preliminary rounds to advance in our State Series  tournaments according to ​ABC news   Also, The IHSA Board of Directors took action on Friday, November 1 on an appeal filed by the  Simeon Career High Academy's football team in an effort to compete in the state playoff competition.  Simeon holds a 6-1 record, and has only played seven games this season because of a game that got  canceled and a game that also got canceled because of the strike.   The IHSA has already approved 19 CPS football teams to compete in playoffs scheduled on  Saturday, November 2. Simeon as one of them, dominated Lakes High school 34-3 in the first round of  the 6A playoffs.  

  

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