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PCP: Taking a knee

PCP: Taking a knee

October 17, 2017


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Mental Health Awareness Week: Stigmas intensified following shooting

Mental Health Awareness Week: Stigmas intensified following shooting

Elise Riley

October 6, 2017


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Following most mass shootings in modern American history, including the most recent in Las Vegas, discussion occurs regarding the shooter's mental status.  While the shooter’s mental health is definitely a factor to analyze in the investigation, it is often unacceptably used as a scapegoat to ...

New door policy impractical

New door policy impractical

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

Starting at the beginning of the school year, a new practice was enforced to increase security at the high school. Doors to enter the school will not open for student access until 7:25 a.m. From 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., doors will be opened temporarily to allow athletes in for strength and conditionin...

I dropped out of the Homecoming court

I dropped out of the Homecoming court

Hadeal Rizeq

September 13, 2017


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The moment I heard my name being called at Friday’s homecoming pep fest, I immediately felt like my life was over. Not just about myself as a student for participating in a high school tradition, but what this meant for me as an Arab, Muslim and hijabi. I felt like a piece of my identity was gone;...

Lake Calhoun name change efforts waste of time

Lake Calhoun name change efforts waste of time

Adah Koivula

May 24, 2017


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The recent name change of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska is a massive waste of time. The Minneapolis Park Board could dedicate even more time and resources to the amount of pollution at the lake or worrying about enforcing the no smoking in public parks policy. According to Minneapolis Parks and Rec...

Opinions: Wisdom retreat poorly timed

Opinions: Wisdom retreat poorly timed

Adah Koivula

May 9, 2017


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The wisdom retreat was the biggest waste of time. Like many of my fellow seniors, I have been waiting for graduation since I started elementary school. I cannot wait to graduate, move to New York and go to college. So, when the day for the annual wisdom retreat rolled around, I struggled to decide t...

Opinions: The importance of feminism

Opinions: The importance of feminism

Kirby Goodman

April 16, 2017


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I am proudly a feminist, but I do not blindly label myself as such. By definition, feminism is the belief in the equality of women to men, but it means much more than just that to me. Feminism is not just a catch-all term for women’s rights. Intersectional feminism strives to incorporate the r...

Opinions: Learning to love my curls

Opinions: Learning to love my curls

Alexis Machoka

March 26, 2017


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When I was kid I remember one of the first times I ever got my hair straightened. It was for a cheerleading competition, I only received a participation trophy for. Although I knew it wasn’t true, when my hair was straight I felt like Beyoncé. My straight hair enabled me to channel my inner ...

Opinions: Let’s talk about race

Opinions: Let’s talk about race

Mimi Fhima

March 3, 2017


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Whether it be on social media or in daily conversations, race and racial issues are brought up constantly in today’s society. Ensuring conversation remains open and politically correct is crucial as not to offend any group of people. Considering the language to use before entering a discussion is...

Opinions: First Amendment protections vital to society

Opinions: First Amendment protections vital to society

Adah Koivula

March 3, 2017


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The First Amendment guarantees citizens certain rights: to religion, to free speech, to freedom of the press, to petition the government and to peacefully protest. However, there are limits on each of these rights. Although the government dangerously places limits on some freedoms, the scarier limit is ...

Opinions: School-required immunizations necessary

Opinions: School-required immunizations necessary

Yonit Krebs

February 14, 2017


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The recent news of a tuberculosis case at Park highlights why there is a need for schools to require student immunization. Vaccinated students have a lowered risk of catching the disease they’ve been immunized for, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. People must b...

Opinions: Protests lack clear leadership, direction

Opinions: Protests lack clear leadership, direction

Adah Koivula

February 11, 2017


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The “Not My President” protests are immature and uninformed. At noon Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, and no protests or hashtags are going to change that. According to the First Amendment, all Americans have the right to protest the President ...

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