Category Archives: Features

Infected with uncertainty: student employment put on hold

While a few employers like Oberweis have increased workers’ hours, many more have reduced hours or furloughed employees. Students are concerned about the impact of coronavirus on their employment. (Photo by Lily Niziolek)

By Lily Niziolek and Elizabeth Ryser, Features Editors

The limitations imposed by the coronavirus have made a significant impact on students’ everyday lives. Economic uncertainty is putting pressure on many teenagers in the workforce. The stresses not only affect currently employed teenagers but also those looking to apply for new jobs.  Continue reading

Latest “Animal Crossing” game offers students the social outlet they need during quarantine

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ has become a popular form of escapism for students. The game was released on March 20, and was one of the best-selling physical games in the US in March, according to research firm NPD Group. (Photo by Amalia Laskaris)

By Amalia Laskaris, Sports Editor

With the stay-at-home order in place, many students are finding new interests and hobbies to spend their free time on. On March 20, many Nintendo fans, such as junior Alex DiCristofano turned to the newly-released “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” to occupy their day to escape from reality. Continue reading

Coronavirus makes ‘old normal’ new again for MS alumni

Many colleges worked quickly to protect their students from COVID-19. The University of Chicago gave students about a week to leave campus. (Photo credit Chris Smith/Flickr)

By Laura Pomilia, Commentary Editor

College lecture halls, dormitory buildings, auditoriums and stadiums across the nation are all eerily empty. When the COVID-19 pandemic exploded across the nation, colleges scrambled to get all of their students out and home safe.  Many recent Maine South alumni find themselves back living at home, just as they were starting to get comfortable in their college homes. While all students are experiencing similar situations, it doesn’t make the transition into their “new normal” any easier.  Continue reading

Student grocery workers’ responsibilities increase as their jobs are recognized as essential

A masked shopper leaves Trader Joe’s on April 28. Local grocery stores like this one have enforced social distancing measures to keep employees and shoppers safe. (Photo by Charlotte Geier)

By Sam Corbett, Sports Editor

As Illinois enters the third extension of Governor Pritzker’s shelter-in-place order, the state’s essential businesses have done their best to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Local Park Ridge grocery stores like Mariano’s, Jewel-Osco, and Trader Joe’s employ multiple current Maine South students who are now required to do much more than they expected when they applied for their positions.  Continue reading