I didn’t expect to want to spend so much time in the North Campus basement. I never intended on rounding the corner everyday, looking at the blue call letters blaring at me from across the hall. And yet, WLTL has become more than just a club or job to me.
I’ve never been around so many impressive people. Everyone loves what they do and wants to contribute in any way they can. Sports aficionados, music lovers, and political nerds all gather under the same umbrella, and what they create is the truly incredible part. Having survived over 50 years and seen thousands of students enter through its doors, WLTL evolves, bringing a dying medium to a generation of new innovators. The kids involved are bright-eyed and fearlessly themselves, and the unconventional work environment only fuels their creativity.
What really allows students to make such great work, however, are the resources allotted. There’s constant exposure to new music, with record companies sending us songs and albums on a weekly basis. Anyone wanting to dabble in sports talk has a chance to call one of the many games broadcast, or join a well-prepared and well-represented sports talk show. Three production rooms allow us to knock out any and all pre-recorded content as well as providing podcasting space. Anything imaginable is possible because of what we have at the station.
With so many possibilities and an influx of great people, I’ve thrived in this environment. I entered as a shy, nervous freshman, but now as a senior, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be the person I am without radio. I’m confident in myself, my ideas, and my relationships. It’s fueled my want to learn in new ways, giving me access to technology and mediums I wouldn’t have ever considered. I have a space where talking is encouraged and freedom is given to get work done. I’ve made incredible friends who push me to do what I love and to be who I want to be.
This creepy, corner basement classroom is incredibly important to me. It’s encouraged me to work individually, learn new routes, try different things. I’ve grown up in within the station’s walls and I’ve become someone I’ve always wanted to be.
Thanks WLTL. You’re definitely more than just radio.
-Madison Waliewski '19 :: Director of Marketing and Promotions
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Temperatures are dropping and stress is rising, the first signs that Halloween is right around the corner. With $1 billion spent on children’s costumes, $1.2 billion spent on adult’s costumes, and a whopping $370 million spent on pet’s costumes annually, this candy-filled holiday can “fall” on the pricey side of most people’s budgets. To save some cash this year, get in the spirit by enjoying classic Halloween movies, that are just as good as the real thing. Here’s the top five Halloween movies that are sure to send a tingle down your spine.
A chilling tale of a couple that dies in a car accident, only to find themselves stuck in their house for eternity with a new living family ready to move in. Soon they’re introduced to the rambunctious, slightly inappropriate Beetlejuice in a comedic fight to win their house back. That is, until things go south and the ghosts new priority is saving the family from their own kind.
This Disney classic has become apart of Halloween culture ever since its 1998 release. The story of the Piper-Cromwell family opens the doors to the world of ghouls and monsters, when the protagonist Marnie learns that she is from a long line of witches and enters the wonderful world of Halloweentown. Soon after her arrival, her family is forced to save her long lost home before it’s gone forever.
Who you gonna call? You guessed it, this cinema masterpiece couldn’t make it off the list, even though it’s not exactly Halloween, the ghoulish undertones make up for it. In a ghost infested New York City a group of scientists take the safety of their city into their own hands.
"It's Halloween; everyone's entitled to a good scare." - Loomis couldn’t have said it better and with this movie you're sure to get exactly what you’re entitled to when a six year old Michael Myers murders his older sister. After 15 years of being locked away for his crime, Myers escapes while being transferred, thirsty for his next victim.
A family favorite and perfect to watch on a crisp autumn night, the top of our list brings us to Salem, Mass. where a group of three angsty teens sneak into an abandoned house to seek the truth behind the old which tales they’ve grown up hearing. All fun and games until one of them sets free three evil witches. With the help of a mystical cat they must find the witches’ spell book to stop them from becoming immortal.
Grab your fuzzy blankets and apple cider, to cozy up to some Halloween movies. With a few extra bucks in your pocket, because these classics don’t judge.
With Halloween coming up, we could all go for a blanket fort, some apple cider, and some graphic, violent, and odd scares. Here’s a list of my favorites to get you started.
5. As Above, So Below (2014)
I saw this gem on Netflix a bit last year, and finally watched the whole thing this year. The concept is quite out there, where a woman is desperate to complete her father’s work in finding a stone, which leads her to the French Catacombs. She enlists a group of people; a videographer, a translator (who she has some history with), and French natives who know the catacombs well. The journey takes many unfortunate, odd, and gory turns. I personally wasn’t scared because it’s hard for movies to get to me, but it is still a fun movie to watch with some lads.
4. A Quiet Place (2018)
This one could be argued as a thriller, but it definitely could pass as horror. This story is set in a time where these unknown species have been terrorizing the world. If you make any noise, chances are these beings will hear and attack you, since they have highly advanced ears. A family of five is the main focus, including husband and wife duo John Krasinski from The Office and Emily Blunt from Into the Woods. Along with their 3 children, they try to find a way to survive, with plenty of scares on the way. You may think flinging popcorn may be an overreaction, but it happened.
3. The Shining (1980)
An all-time classic, The Shining is a hoot and a half. It begins with a family who begins to live in a hotel in Colorado since the father has had writers block, and he thinks a job as the hotel’s winter caretaker could help that. His son has psychic premonitions that get more disturbing as the father has trouble writing still, eventually unraveling into a man seeking murder.
2. It (2017)
Another classic, but… not? Based on the novel and previous series, It takes on the story of a clown haunting a town in Indiana, and a crew of kids who want to get to the bottom of it after a crew member’s brother goes missing. Filled with suspense, terror, nostalgia, and a precious story of friendship, It is one of my all time favorite movies especially for October.
1. Hereditary (2018)
Number 1 is Hereditary. In my opinion, it is one of the scariest movies I have encountered. It’s set with a family who’s mother recently lost her own estranged mother. Her daughter takes it hard since she feels as though her grandmother overtook raising her, and it begins to take a toll on the whole family. As the story progresses, so does the terror and suspense. This movie is one of my all time favorites. When it ends, people leaving the theatre create a chorus of “what?!”s and “woah”s to try and wrap their mind around what in the world just happened.
As most people who have ever attended high school know, the fall is dominated by the football season. Though football still maintains its popularity at LT, a different fall sport is beginning to draw more and more attention: the other football. Soccer.
One of LT varsity soccer’s longest running traditions is the “Silver Brick Game,” the annual matchup awaited for by students in every competitive endeavor: Lyons Township vs. Hinsdale Central. The Silver Brick is the trophy passed off to the winning school in the annual conference clash. The brick has had a familiar home for some time now, with LT having won in 2016 and 2017. The 2018 edition took place on September 20th, under the lights in Hinsdale on a warm Thursday night.
As I stood in the stands of Hinsdale Central, I could feel the energy in the air. Both teams hyped themselves up all season for this day. The crowd was almost an even split of Lion and Red Devil fans, making the scene even more competitive.
Hinsdale Central wore their usual bright red and took the first kick off. LT wore white, and started more on the defensive end of a fast paced game. As I watched Central come closer and closer to scoring, my nerves increased. The game became very physical, very quickly, as usual for any meeting between Lyons and Hinsdale. At halftime, both teams walked off with nothing to separate them, a score of 0-0.
The second half started with even more energy and physicality than the first. LT came out with more of an offensive presence, moving the ball around and creating some chances. Eventually, LT Sophomore Jackson Turner buried a failed clearance by Hinsdale into the back of the net. My section of the crowd erupted, because most of us were LT soccer players ourselves. Turner’s goal sparked the energy of LT, but also Hinsdale Central’s. Soon after, I watched as LT gave away a free kick from 25 yards out. The ball was shot into traffic. Back of the net. 1-1.
My nerves hit the highest level that they had been all game. This is peak of high school competition, something athletes like me dream of. Two archrivals tied late in the game.
The ball moved around some more, but eventually Junior Jake Fraser broke away with only the Central Keeper to beat. He calmly placed the ball off of the right post and into the back of the net, 2-1. I can’t say I’ve seen a cleaner finish in a while. Pandemonium for the Lyons.
Fraser’s goal ended up sealing the game in a 2-1 victory for LT. The brick will stay in La Grange for a third straight year, a point of pride for myself and all LT soccer fans. With another classic physical game in the books, it’s safe to say I can’t wait for next year.
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