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Black Lives Matter defeats intention

Adah Koivula
March 4, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

Black Lives Matter is not the new rallying cry of the social justice movement. Instead, it sets the black community further back and creates more animosity than friendship. All Lives Matter brings all people together, regardless of color or profession, creating a safer, more inclusive group whose ma...

Why I’m a womanist

Genesis Buckhalton
March 3, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

A womanist consists of more than just being African American and feminist — it's a label I proudly claim. The formal definition of womanism is the realization that feminism does not encompass the perspectives of black women. An African American feminist? I thought there was no such thing. What I...

Court fails another sexual assault victim

Kaylee Chamberlain
March 2, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Rape affects millions of people in the United States alone and still predators face little to no consequences. As Kesha Sebert’s (Kesha) court case plasters every news source and Facebook feed, it brings attention to an issue that is too often overlooked — rarely is justice served in cases of sexual ...

Don’t fall into senior slide

Zoe Eilers
March 2, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

Semester one of my senior year: chaos. I had a lot of high and low expectations since many of my friends were seniors last year. I saw the ins and outs of what it was like to be “top dog” of the school, but didn't really understand the full meaning of senior year until I became a senior myself. I ...

Intergenerational conflict sets feminist movement back

Jamie Halper
March 1, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Since the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848, the feminist movement has sought the advancement of gender equality in all aspects of modern life. However, as the movement progressed through a series of waves of activism, this core objective has sometimes been lost in the conflict ...

Boundary Waters deserves preservation

Jayne Stevenson
February 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

More than 250,000 people visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness every year, according to Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. But as a result of proposed sulfides mines, this may soon change. The highly visited area faces the threat of unacceptable destruction and pollution from this min...

Echo celebrates Women’s History Month

Echo celebrates Women’s History Month

Jamie Halper
February 29, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Women's History Month

  Women’s History Month is an annual celebration “paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society,” according to the Library of Congress. In 1987, after many years of celebrating Women’s History Week and exte...

Students should take politics seriously

Max Kent
February 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

As the presidential caucuses approach, some students will have the opportunity to vote for the candidate they believe represents their views most appropriately. For some, voting might seem as trivial as celebrity gossip. But for others, the decision is crucial. However, despite a person’s interest...

Kendrick Lamar’s superb Grammy performance creates controversy

Max Blackburn
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the 58th annual Grammys, rapping songs from his most recent album “To Pimp a Butterfly” and preaching about equal rights for African Americans, caused people to create unneeded commotion over his lyrics. The performance started out with Lamar in chains, ...

Scalia’s life teaches lessons

Adah Koivula
February 24, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will prove to be monumental for Conservatives and the Court. But his friendship with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, regardless of the stark differences in their political opinions, is an example for all people about respect. Scalia considered himself a...

Specialized program discourages potential success

Brigid Duffy
February 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

Everyone is gifted and talented, so selecting a small group of students and telling them they are the only ones that “qualify” is not justifiable. Starting in first grade, students are grouped by a “multi-dimensional” screening process that determines whether or not they qualify to be a part of a ...

Academy neglects to recognize talent

Max Blackburn
February 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

This year’s selection of nominees for the Oscars wrongfully lacks actors and actresses of color, and neglects some of the wonderful talent working in Hollywood. The nominations consist entirely of white actors. The idea of someone’s name having value comes into play when choosing the nominations, ...

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