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Students react to new bathroom pass policy

Talia Lissauer
October 13, 2019

Confused about the new bathroom policies, junior Jade Shionoya said he co-created the Instagram page @letmeslpee page because the school’s new “no grab and go” policy is unfair to students. "People can't expect you to go to the bathroom at a certain time,” Shionoya said. “That’s not how human bodies work.” According to assistant principal Jessica Busse, staff members are not required to call a grade level coordinator (GLC) to escort a student to the bathroom, but students should not be going to the bathroom in the same class multiple times a week. “(Teachers) don’t have to (call a GLC). If they have a concern about the student (going to the bathroom) on a regular basis or they think that there is something else going on, then they can call a GLC,” Busse said. “We...

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Trump rally sparks protest

Ben Sanford and Toby Khabie
October 12, 2019

A number of Park students joined masses of protesters outside of Target Center, where President Donald Trump was holding a rally. Senior Yoni Potter hoped to share his objections against Trump by attending the anti-Trump protest outside the venue. “I wanted to spread the message that I don’t support him, that I don’t think Minnesota should support him. His values conflict entirely with mine and I wanted to share that,” Potter said. Potter said he supports protesting because it highlights controversy in the United States, and spreads the word about differing opinions. “There is a great value (in protesting) because it shows people that there is a lot of opposition (in our country),” Potter said. “It’s making a huge statement.” Junior Xiomara Leon agreed that...

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Locker rooms now open  for athletes before school

Harris Keekley
October 12, 2019

According to sophomore volleyball player Olivia Kelly, allowing students to use the locker room before school will help practices begin on time. “We’re more efficient and able to get on the court earlier since we don’t have to lug our stuff.  It’s more organized for us,” Kelly said. Sophomore Georgia Charpentier said the closed locker rooms presented many issues to those who participate in sports. “(We had to) put our stuff in our regular lockers,” Charpentier said. “I had stuff that couldn’t fit in my regular locker so I had to put my stuff in the athletic office.” Athletic director Andrew Ewald said the change in locker room policy was made with students’ opinions in mind.   “It has to do with hearing student voices,” Ewald said. “(Students) sat down and...

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Trump hopes to turn Minnesota red

Talia Lissauer
October 11, 2019

Speaking to over 25,000 Minnesotans at a rally on Oct. 10 at Target Center in Minneapolis, President Donald Trump began his speech by telling the crowd that in 2020 he will turn Minnesota red. “For the next 13 months we are going to fight with all of our heart and soul and we are going to win the great state of Minnesota,” Trump said. “We have 20,000 plus people inside, we just set a new record. We have 25,000 people that we still love outside.” According to sophomore Ben Olson, he had a great experience at the rally despite getting there four hours before it began. “I got there really early so it was kinda boring at first when I was waiting in line for a while, but once I got in it was actually really fun. Everyone was super nice, everyone was just excited,” Olson said....

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Tennis courts renovated, remodeled

Tenzin Gyaldatsang
October 11, 2019

After playing on the new tennis courts, senior captain Racquel Fhima said she has had a better playing experience.  “(The new courts are) really nice to play on (and) are so much better than the courts we have (used) in the past. They're easier to look at, and bees don't get attracted to them,” Fhima said.  Fhima said the old courts caused multiple issues, making it difficult to focus on playing. Many parts of the courts were renovated. “At the beginning of the season, they were black and white because they weren't resurfaced yet, so that was tough,” Fhima said. “(The courts) got resurfaced and new windscreens were put up, we got new nets and posts, we got new scorecards, a new ball machine and the fence was repaired.” Ewald said many renovations done to the courts...

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Gallery: Trump visits Minneapolis

October 10, 2019

 

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