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The Spectator

The student news site of Lake Forest Academy

The Spectator

The student news site of Lake Forest Academy

The Spectator

Podcast

Sage Ye and Bela De Jesús spend the first podcast of this school year sitting down with Nirali Dalia, LFA’s new School Counselor and returning alumna. Listen as they discuss how the community is dealing with the crossroads of academics and the pandemic, as well managing anxiety, normalizing care of our mental health, and focusing on empathy and grace as we continue to push through such difficult times.
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Past Podcasts

James Kuhns and Nick Alutto spend their final podcast as LFA seniors returning to interview Head of School José De Jesús, as he reflects on both the challenges of the past year, as well as the progress he’s excited for the school to take on going forth. Listen as they discuss the differences between the medial triumph of first semester versus that exhaustion of second semester, the incoming Deans and how they’ll be restructuring the curriculum, addressing the needs of the community at large after last summer’s murder of George Floyd, and the excitement of De Jesús finishing up his private pilot’s license.

James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview the faculty sponsor of LFA's eSports club, Joe Ward, as well as player and coach, Garrison Sloan. Listen as they discuss how they got this innovative new way to compete going at LFA.


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview LFA’s Head of School José De Jesús for this latest podcast of The Spectator. Listen as De Jesús discusses the difficult decisions that have gone into leading LFA since the onset of the pandemic. Hear him reflect on the weight of his decision-making, and dealing with the hardest moments of determining how best to keep the community safe. Join James, Nick and Rohan as they get to know our Head of School more intimately, and in honor of the holidays, hear about one of his favorite things--music.


The Spectator staff wanted a format to allow for telling more in-depth stories about the students and teachers that make up LFA's community, and in The Spectator's third podcast, James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Director of Health Services Anna Kliner. Listen as Kliner discusses the substantial buy-in that the LFA community has given to Covid precautions, and how it allowed the in-person semester to actually happen. Join James, Nick and Rohan as they get to know this new, vital faculty member whom we depend on to help keep us safe.


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Ramya Herman for this second podcast of The Spectator. Listen as Ramya discusses what it's like to be a published author, with her book of poetry, Headspace of a Headcase, now available at Barnes and Noble. Learn about her process, the journey to publishing her work, and as she and the hosts try at a little pick-up poetry competition.
(Recorded 9/17/20)


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Frank Gu for the first first podcast of The Spectator. Listen as Frank discusses what it was like to be quarantined in China, observe some cultural differences in lock-down, and manage school and AP testing from his home abroad. (Recorded 5/12/20)
Remembering Lynne Kulieke
The hundredth year of the Lake Forest Academy Spectator
Bubble Tea Shops Review
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Haitian migrant crisis: the struggle for asylum

Bela De Jesús, Editor in Chief | November 8, 2021

A global pandemic, an assassination of a president, massive increase in poverty and gang violence, and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake affected Haiti these past 18 months. As most can imagine, the turmoil and lack of security has led many Haitians to immigrate in order to find better opportunities. Yet the treatment of these migrants at the US-Mexico border has led many to question immigration policies,...

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Finn Harrison and T.J. Minsky | November 8, 2021

Chancellor Merkel meets with President Biden in the Oval Office, 2021. Photo by White House Archives For the past sixteen years, Angela Merkel has served as the chancellor of Europe’s largest economy -- Germany. Her leadership of the German Republic throughout the last decade and a half has even led to her being called the de facto leader of the Eunion. However, in October of 2018, Chancellor...

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Our Stories: Shylee Saladi–Making sure others less fortunate are able to eat

May 17, 2020

"For the past month, my family and I have been at home, ordering groceries, only going out when necessary, and making sure that others who aren't as fortunate as us are able to eat. We have been quite worried about the growing cases of COVID in Illinois as it keeps rising even with the stay-at-home order in place. In Glencoe, I feel that people are taking this very seriously as I have not seen many...

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Our Stories: Ashley Guo–“People should try to be more understanding”

May 17, 2020

Even though I am staying in Illinois, many of my friends have gone back to China. There, they are facing lots of hardships. Many people are criticizing the students who are coming back to China from the US online by saying they are bringing back the virus and undermining the government's work. I understand their perspectives; however, everyone who is going back home is doing all they can to stay safe....

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