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Students wait months to take driver’s test

Gabriel Kaplan
December 9, 2018

When junior Shaqued Benharush found out she would have to wait over a month to take her driver’s license test, she said she was frustrated. “It took my mom a few days before (the Department of Public Safety) could get back to her, and we got the appointment over a month later,” Benharush said. “They should get back to you faster because taking a few days to schedule the appointment a month in the future makes it take a while, and it’s not fair.” According to Park driver’s education instructor William Wodarski, the delays are caused by both a backup and understaffing. “There’s a couple of reasons why the appointments for the license test take so long to get. First of all, because of the fact that they now have a new computer system, and secondly because of the fact...

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Let’s talk race

Grace Farley and Dani Orloff
December 7, 2018

For junior Victoria Caraballo, conversations about race and equity have previously been uncomfortable, but she said open dialogue, like the un- censored race panel, fosters healthy discussions regarding race. “I think that even just starting up a conversation in class or starting a conversation with your friends, a lot of people are going to be like ‘oh they’re talking about this, its OK to (talk about),’” Victoria Caraballo said. “A lot of people don’t think it’s OK to talk about it and they are scared to touch on the subject, and I feel that if people start talking about it, it is just going to be something that becomes a norm.”  For the second year in a row, senior Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) member Natalia Caraballo said she has participated in...

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STEP hosts toy drive, cheesecake sampling

Nolan Kelly
December 5, 2018

St. Louis Park Emergency Program partnered with Muddy Paws Cheesecake to draw a larger crowd for their toy and food drive, according to their website. The main focus of the event is on the charities in need, according to volunteer Christine Anderson. “The purpose would be to bring awareness for some charities that need help in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Paul area,” Anderson said. Muddy Paws owner Tami Cabrera is a frequent orchestrator of large events including the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) toy drive Nov. 28, according to Anderson. “Tami does a food drive and then a toy drive once a year. She also does bridal seminars,” Anderson said. “So I’ve volunteered with Tami five or six times now over the past three years.” This recurring event is very popular...

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‘Connect the Park’ aims to make St. Louis Park easier to get around

Ethan Meisler
December 4, 2018

According to St. Louis Park transportation engineer Ben Manibog, the city has been implementing an initiative called “Connect the Park,” which will attempt to improve the ability of residents to walk or bike around. “Part of my job is doing ‘Connect the Park’ projects,” Manibog said. “‘Connect the Park’ is the city’s 10-year initiative on getting more sidewalks, trails and bikeways in the city.” Manibog said this plan is going into effect to give residents the option of different transportation to get around St. Louis Park. “Residents really wanted more options to travel around the city and go about their business without using a car,” Manibog said. “In order to do that you have to have the infrastructure there — you have to have the sidewalk or the bikeway.” Junior...

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Virtual reality increasing in popularity

Talia Lissauer
December 2, 2018

Amir Berenjian was fascinated by the world of virtual reality when trying it for the first time, so he started forming his own business which turned into the creation of the Rem5VR Lab. “My buddy and I tried virtual reality two years ago and were blown away with the technology,” Berenjian said. “We asked ourselves two questions; do we believe in the future of VR (virtual reality), and do we think we can figure out our place in the industry.” Sophomore Marcos Alvarez said VR can be used to let people achieve goals that they can’t do in reality, including the ability to walk. “It's something that can be used to give people opportunities to do things they typically couldn't do,” Alvarez said. “It could give someone the ability to walk even if they can’t in real life.”...

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Freshman civics class begins anti-hate crime exhibition

Talia Lissauer and Dani Orloff
November 29, 2018

According to freshman Lili Jampsa, hate crimes have impacted many people and it is important to be conscious of this unfortunate truth. “When people do things all the time that aren't OK, like hate crimes, they can affect someone in the community,” Jampsa said. “It's something we have to put a stop to because it’s not good, especially when it's impacting so many people.” After beginning the activity with her freshman students, civics teacher Kara Cisco has opened her classroom for students to participate in a unifying activity, according to sophomore Izzy Segal. “Kids will write a saying on a poster that you think could mean something and show that everyone at our school belongs there,” Segal said. According to Cisco, she got the idea for this student-initiated...

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