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Health professionals explain science behind birth control methods

Health professionals explain science behind birth control methods

Izzy Leviton

November 21, 2017

According to health teacher Amy Pieper-Berchum, she believes it is important that Park teaches about birth control so students can make informed decisions when it comes to sexual activity. “I think the knowledge is extremely important because we have a comprehensive sexual health education prog...

Concerns arise over possible birth control legislature

Concerns arise over possible birth control legislature

Maddie Lund and Emma Yarger

November 15, 2017

According to senior Khyla Bonine, changes to the Affordable Care Act may inhibit her ability to receive birth control. “I get (birth control) through that state aid insurance so I’m in a low income household. I might not be able to get it anymore at all,” Bonine said. “I might have to pay...

Cultures seek respect for their traditions

Cultures seek respect for their traditions

Evelyn Nelson

October 31, 2017

Surrounded by sombreros at Halloween or ‘boxer braids’ on mainstream media, junior Cecilia Brown said she faces the struggle of where to draw the line concerning cultural appropriation at Park . According to human rights officer for the state of Minnesota Lenora White, cultural appropriation define...

Unmasking cultural appropriation

Unmasking cultural appropriation

Alexis Machoka and Ndunzi Kunsunga

October 25, 2017

As people step into their Halloween costumes this season, many don’t recognize the impact their costume may have. Junior Zion Chappell said Halloween costumes have the potential to be offensive and seen as cultural appropriation because of their inherent lack of respect. “I think there can be (cultural appr...

Losing focus at the wheel

Losing focus at the wheel

Alex Balfour and Atticus Raasch

September 26, 2017

Eyes set on the road, senior Katie Fredrickson can’t see why students would choose to focus on their phones while driving. “Everyone goes on their phone. I’m in the car with people all the time and they’re on their phones while driving. I don’t want anyone that I care about to not come home,...

Diversity of thought silenced

Diversity of thought silenced

Alex Balfour and Sophie Yarosh

March 3, 2017

Despite being in a supposedly open-minded environment, junior Billy Nicholls said he commonly finds himself struggling to speak his mind at school when he disagrees with majority opinions.

Social media creates platform for false information

Social media creates platform for false information

Max Bechtold, Atticus Raasch, and Hadeal Rizeq

January 11, 2017

Confused and frustrated, sophomore Brahim Bouzara scrolls through major headlines on his phone, wishing he knew which sources he could trust. "I wish it wasn’t happening — the world isn’t perfect,” Bouzara said. “I wish the news was free, (that) it wasn’t biased, but I guess for that yo...

Election sparks interest

Election sparks interest

Atticus Raasch, Alex Balfour, and Lukas Levin

November 7, 2016

When sophomore Anika Hanson finished voting in the mock election, she noticed it sparked conversation among students. “I heard a lot more students talk about the Presidential candidates and the Constitutional amendment,” Hanson said. “I think it had positive effects because now people are learning a...

Not for sale

Not for sale

Elise Riley and Sophie Yarosh

October 11, 2016

When 2016 alumna Alyssa Rauchman helped raise thousands of dollars with her church youth group to assist sex trafficked women last year, she felt surprised by how much change she could cause. “My youth group at my church is made up of about 200 high schoolers and together we raised like $13,000 in a mon...

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