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Instagram now offers live streaming option

Katie Kim

April 6, 2017

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Instagram, one of the most popular social media platforms, updated the app and launched a live streaming option. With this launch, users are able to share what they are doing, when they are doing it and where. Differing from other apps that offer live stream, after the Instagram Live has ended, the whole video disappears and is unable to be retraced back to the user. This update gives users the ability to “live the moment” with their audience. Solely judging from what I witness on my feed, the peers that I am connected with through Instagram have never done a live stream alone. “It’s more of a social thing” Junior Carson Koy said, “not an ‘alone time’ thing. People, myself included, would only go live if they have friends do it with them. I go on it because it’s cool to see who actually starts watching your stream. It could be someone you’ve never talked to but still follow on Instagram. It creates friendship.” “It’s also cool to know that you’re sharing with an audience that you may not know,” Koy said. “You may not be able to tell what a person is really like until you hear the way they talk and their emotions and their body language. I feel like this live launch helps me show my personality in a more genuine way.” Other students choose not to make their own videos, and instead watch others. “I don’t Instagram Live often. I watch a lot of my friends’ though. I think it’s a really cool concept, even though there was already similar ones like Periscope and Facebook Live but on Instagram, it’s gone forever, kind of like a Snapchat,” Senior Yeji An explained. “I think Instagram live is really funny because it’s kind of like video chatting. I don’t do it alone though, I would only do it with friends because it wouldn’t be as awkward as it would be if I was going solo,” Junior Stella Garland said. What I know so far, from attending New Trier, is that I’ve only met one or two people that do not own an Instagram account. However, not everyone that has one willingly chooses to put themselves in the hands of their followers whom they may or may not know. For the ones who are happy to share their experiences, they’re able to because of this new launch in a popular environment. “I did it once and it was kind of weird to know that these names that pop up on my screen are now watching whatever I decide to show on camera. When more people started joining in, it was lit,” Sophomore Haseeb Husa said. Additionally, Instagram Live simply is not as risky as other social media applications that offer a similar live feature. Instagram is the only application that offers a live streaming option that disappears as soon as they are ended by the user. It’s safe in case something was said or done on camera that wasn’t meant to be shown. It is made clear that Instagram Live is a way for us, the social media obsessed generation, to share our experiences, personality, and to make new friends. Some think that it’s a step forward in the interactive world and some choose to keep their lives personal.

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Spring break: first glimpse of independence

Danny Kogan

April 6, 2017

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This March the annual Spring break pilgrimage will send many juniors and seniors traveling across the continent without parental supervision. Students are filled with anticipation as they await spring break to begin later this...

After four years, Lorde releases new songs

Mack Guthrie

April 6, 2017

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In a long anticipated move, The singer Lorde made a spectacular return this month, releasing two songs from her upcoming album, Melodrama. After years of silence, Lorde surprised the world first with a new upbeat song “Green...

Choir opera revitalizes broadway classic

Michelle Yurovsky and Jessi Zook

March 20, 2017

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“Guys and Dolls” showcased the incredible acting, singing and musical abilities of the New Trier performing arts students and felt like nothing short of a professional production. The musical was based on the story and...

New Trier alums launch clothing line

Nora Crumley

March 20, 2017

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In 2012 at a track meet, a group of friends started yelling a new phrase that would soon mean more then just a motivational cheer. The group started yelling “Get it Poppin” at one of their friends (and future business partners)...

Poetry Club lights the fuse at “Louder Than a Bomb”

Eleanor Kaplan

March 9, 2017

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In a nondescript classroom on a regular Thursday, the few dozen members of Poetry Club can be found rhyming and rapping the afternoon away. The club, led by senior co-heads Caroline Cobb and Jacqueline Steel, attended Louder Than A B...

Andrew Milne recognized for outstanding teaching

David Heiman

March 9, 2017

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This February, New Trier Kinetic Wellness teacher Andrew Milne won the Midwest Health Teacher of the Year Award. This award followed Milne’s win for the Illinois Health Teacher of the Year Award.  “I initially appli...

Meaning in music tuned out by pop hits

Tia Rotolo

March 9, 2017

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As a political revolution sparked in 2016, music became one more facet for the outcry for social justice.  But with the increasing importance of the message, mere sound and production struggle to stay on the same scale. A ...

Class of 2017 carries on longstanding tradition

Jesse McCauley

March 9, 2017

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For the past 23 years, New Trier has opened its doors to children of all ages in the name of Habitat for Humanity. Children eagerly rush to participate in festivities like bozo buckets, human bowling, and bracelet making just to nam...

Valentines Day is sweet for some, tart for others

Alyssa Pak

February 23, 2017

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Whether they have a “significant other” or not, there are a number of ways that students choose to take part in Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is sometimes referred to as an uneventful Hallmark holiday, whereas in mi...

SWEETS provides home for girls interested in STEM

Eleanor Kaplan

February 23, 2017

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As hundreds of students pour out the doors at the end of the school day, juniors Maddie Joseph and Mia Lecinski, along with a few dozen other bright, like-minded young women, make their way to the science laboratory. Every M...

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