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Conservative win may have unintended consequences

Conservative win may have unintended consequences

Samantha Klepfer

November 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

All across the nation women cried as Christine Blasey Ford gave an emotional statement describing when Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in college. Nine days later the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh with a two-vote margin in Kavanaugh’s favor, according to The New Yor...

Broader gender options for driver’s licenses

Broader gender options  for driver’s licenses

Maria Perez Barriga

November 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

The new gender option on driver’s licenses gives people the option to choose neither male nor female. “Gender identification is a self-descriptor like eye color, height and weight. Licenses will either have an M, F or X noted in the gender section,” a statement released by the Minnesota Drive...

Tragedy brings solidarity to Jewish community

Tragedy brings solidarity  to Jewish community

Talia Lissauer

October 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

I never realized the extent of anti-semitism until I saw the news report of a shooting at a synagogue. At Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, a Jewish congregation was practicing their religion when a gunman opened fire while yelling anti-Semitic slurs using an AR-15 killed 11 innocent people and w...

Scams interrupt daily life

Scams interrupt daily life

Evelyn Nelson

October 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

The beginning of this year has made me realize how apparent spam messages from phone calls, text messages and everyday interactions I was truly receiving. The problem only increasing when receiving up to four phone calls from random numbers in one class, distracting my learning during school. I was n...

Nike ad with Kaepernick receives unnecessary backlash

Nike ad with Kaepernick receives unnecessary backlash

Maddie Schutte

September 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

Prompting severe backlash from some and immense support from others, new Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick shows bravery and dedication to a movement that isn’t leaving any time soon. Kaepernick first tweeted the ad on Sept. 3. It was a black and white photo of him with the quote, “Believe in somet...

Opinion: Ilhan Omar, a luke-warm candidate

Opinion: Ilhan Omar, a luke-warm candidate

Gabriel Kaplan

August 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns, Showcase

State Representative Ilhan Omar will be able to serve the 5th Congressional District using a national voice unlike that of any recent 5th District representative, but her past comments on Israel are concerning. Following Omar’s Democratic Primary win on August 14, the candidate is on track to beco...

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

William Phelan

May 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

On May 16th, my IB testing concluded with the Spanish B SL exam. 22 hours of sitting in a desk over the course of the last two weeks, taking some of the highest pressure tests of my life thus far. However, if I had the choice I would do it over again in a heartbeat. As an IB diploma candidate, these past two y...

Recent shootings cause increase in school security

Recent shootings cause increase in school security

Sofie Geretz

May 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

In response to the many school shootings taking place around America, some schools have decided to take preventive measures. Hopkins, Southwest and Park have all acted differently to combat this issue, Park being the least active. Hopkins decided to implement door alarms to their school to ensure the securit...

Congressional testimony, scandal elicits controversy

Congressional testimony, scandal elicits controversy

Gabriel Kaplan

May 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

Social media site Facebook has failed its nearly two billion users by not only collecting copious amounts of personal information, but also by allowing third parties to access private user data. Starting in 2014 and lasting through the 2016 presidential election, U.K.-based political consulting firm Cambr...

Potential IB Hebrew termination loss for Park

Potential IB Hebrew termination loss for Park

Yonit Krebs

May 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

Since kindergarten, I have been taking formal Hebrew classes. When I first heard that International Baccalaureate (IB) would potentially be terminating its IB Hebrew B Standard Level course, I felt disappointed. Last year, Hebrew’s biggest worry was its three sections becoming two. To avoid combinin...

Comedy delegitimizes struggles of domestic violence victims

Comedy delegitimizes struggles of domestic violence victims

William Phelan

April 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

Last month, an advertisement for a ‘Would You Rather’ mobile app was displayed on Snapchat asking if one would rather ‘punch Chris Brown’ or ‘slap Rihanna.’ Users were understandably disturbed by the advertisement, which prompted Snapchat to remove it. However, this was not before significant...

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