News

Screenshot of the BOE meeting on Oct. 16

School board approves plan for return to in-person learning

The SD308 school board voted in favor of students to return to live instruction at the Oct. 13 board meeting. This comes after a previously proposed plan to bring students back after the remote-for-all plan implemented at the start of the school year.
The Board of Education discussing the agenda.

SD308 proposes new plan for re-opening OHS

On Sept. 28, the SD308 board held a meeting where they proposed their updated plan for bringing students back to school after going completely remote due to the spread of COVID-19.
Protesters holding signs outside of Oswego High School.

Peaceful protest for George Floyd takes place in front of OHS

These are some of the chants that were heard up and down IL-71 on May 30. A crowd of over 200 people came together to peacefully protest the murder of George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota, and to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. They held up homemade signs and drivers honked every minute as they passed by to show solidarity.

Features

VIDEO: Travis Scott Burger Review

In this video, 42Fifty Staff Producer Anthony Myers eats the new Travis Scott burger from McDonalds. Critics say it tastes like a regular quarter pounder with bacon. Will it blow his mind or will he be disappointed? You may be surprised by the outcome!
Oswego Village Hall door showing sign that reads "Early Voting begins here on Oct. 12-Oct. 29"

A step-by-step guide to voting for the first time

When it comes to voting in America, it is the constitutional right of citizens to do so. It ensures people’s voices are heard when it comes to deciding who will make impactful decisions about the future of their country. As of 2020, voting has become more essential than ever due to political disturbances amidst a global pandemic. However, when the opportunity to vote arises, many Gen Z’ers feel defeated due to the lack of information about voting and simply feel unprepared. Here are the four most important steps in voting for the first time.

arts & entertainment

The best New Music Friday music fans have seen in a...

42Fifty previously had a column in which former Editor-in-Chief Dylan Jahnke covered new music that was released every Friday. As a new writer for 42Fifty, I’m hoping to bring it back. Last week’s New Music Friday was hyped up more than any other. Fans of all different genres of music found themselves enjoying new tracks from artists like ZAYN, The Neighbourhood, and Travis Scott.

sports

Players celebrating after forcing a turnover

Pritkzer says no to fall football, players just want to play

Illinois is the only midwest state that is not playing football. Michigan and Minnesota recently overturned their original decisions to not play football in the fall. Indiana and Iowa have been playing football without any change of schedule since their summer contact days. “Let us play” protests were scheduled for Saturday prior to the governor’s announcement.

Opinions

Blurred image of students in a classroom with a question mark in front

Staff Editorial: SD308 is putting students back in school, but at what cost?

After reviewing District 308’s plan to return to in-person school come early December, the 42Fifty Staff sees several flaws that need to be addressed in order for students and staff to be successful.
Dak Prescott running on the field.

Why Dak Prescott is a mental health role model

The stigma around mental health is clearly represented in the NFL. Prescott is among the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and yet he is one of the few players to speak publicly on his own struggles with mental health.

A dissection of the first Presidential debate from a democrat’s perspective

On September 29, 2020, the first presidential debate, moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, took place in Ohio between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Republican nominee Donald Trump. Oh, boy was it atrocious. Everybody deserves better than what we were forced to watch. People like to watch the political debates for many reasons, one of them is for the entertainment factor of: it’s so bad it’s good. This debate was so bad it was ugly; it was easily the worst experience an American political debate has ever delivered to the public.

Podcasts

Pretentious, Episode 6: “The Gentlemen”

Local film nerds Charlie Recchia and Jeremy Davis discuss Guy Ritchie’s new crime flick “The Gentlemen,” including general thoughts, and a discussion of their favorite crime films in the latest episode of "Pretentious."

Videos

VIDEO: Travis Scott Burger Review

In this video, 42Fifty Staff Producer Anthony Myers eats the new Travis Scott burger from McDonalds. Critics say it tastes like a regular quarter pounder with bacon. Will it blow his mind or will he be disappointed? You may be surprised by the outcome!

Galleries

gymnast performing

Oswego co-op gymnastics team defeats Fenton High School

The Oswego co-op gymnastics team competed against Fenton High School on Jan. 15, 2020. That night was no ordinary night; it was...

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