Every week, my mom asks what my column is about. Then she asks me if she’s referenced in it. She usually is.  Then she follows that by asking when she’ll get a column that’s all …

From the Editor's Desk

Everyone has that one teacher who changed school for them. I bet you’re thinking of them right now — that one conversation between the two of you that inspired you, how their class cleared up …

From the Editor's Desk

Almost a year ago, I walked into The Phoenix’s newsroom for the first time as editor-in-chief.  Full of a confusing and daunting combination of anticipation and nerves, I found an envelope taped to my desktop. …

From the Editor's Desk

This Tuesday, as morale was low and getting lower in The Phoenix newsroom, we had a surprise visitor. Ralph Braseth, our former student media manager, knocked on our door in a way that made us …

From the Editor's Desk

This weekend, The Phoenix was awarded first in our general excellence category by the Illinois College Press Association. While awards aren’t everything and we would continue to do our job even without the hardware, it’s …

From the Editor's Desk

I’m a competitive person, to say it lightly. Maybe it comes from my status as the youngest child. Or maybe those stereotypes about fiery redheads with short fuses are true. No matter the reason, I …

From the Editor's Desk

A few summers ago, I had one of the most mind-numbing jobs imaginable. In comparison to my high school job at a lively ice cream shop or my work as a Phoenix editor — which …

In most ways, my high school experience was just like yours and everyone else’s. I hardly slept, stressed about college decisions and had problems with friends. But there are a few things I did in …