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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...

Spring break misses passover by a week

Spring break misses passover by a week

Sofie Geretz

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

This year, spring break was from March 22 until April 1. The break covered Easter and only two days of Passover, which ended on April 7. Passover is an important Jewish holiday where the first two days and the last two days of the eight-day holiday are called “yom tov” (the translation is hol...

Updates to Minnesota voter registration salient

Updates to Minnesota voter registration salient

Eli Curran-Moore

April 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

Many in Minnesota have called for a 1.4 million dollar budget to upgrade the current 14 year-old voter registration system for increased security and efficiency, including Minnesota’s chief election officer, Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon. The improvements would mostly consist of cyb...

Mass shooting prompts unproductive debate cycle

Mass shooting prompts unproductive debate cycle

William Phelan

March 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns, Uncategorized

Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, killing 17 people on Feb. 14. In the wake of this event, many experts have weighed in on the issue of gun violence and how to prevent such tragedies. The call for a ...

We need to talk about Janelle Monáe

We need to talk about Janelle Monáe

Isaac Wert

February 23, 2018


Filed under City Entertainment, Opinion Columns, Reviews

If you’ve read my most recent “Cut Through the Noise” column, you know how I feel about music in 2018 so far. But after sifting through countless amelodic and uninspired new releases, I’ve struck two nuggets of gold from the genius of Janelle Monáe herself, and letting them slip through our f...

Gun control stalemate desensitizes shootings

Gun control stalemate desensitizes shootings

Emma Kempf

February 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

On Jan. 23, a student in Kentucky shot and killed two people at Marshall County High School and injured eighteen others. The event marked the eleventh school shooting of 2018 and roughly the 50th of the academic year, according to the New York Times. I was surprised I had not known about the fi...

Environment fosters conservative hate

Environment fosters conservative hate

Mimi Fhima

February 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

The Park community prides itself in graciously accepting people of all religions, ethnicities and socio-economic statuses. While Park does an exceptional job of this, we are, shamefully, nowhere near accepting of all viewpoints. It is unfair to categorize all Trump supporters as mean-spirited and racist. Th...

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