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Classroom connection reappears in distance learning

Classroom connection reappears in distance learning

Aisha Hersi March 6, 2021

Through the screen of my computer, I could see the bubbling excitement on my teachers’ faces as they welcomed students back to hybrid learning on Feb. 22. Their enthusiastic moods radiated onto me, giving...

Decision to send freshmen back before juniors reasonable

Decision to send freshmen back before juniors reasonable

Molly Schochet February 17, 2021

When we left school last March due to COVID-19 I knew we weren’t going to return in person for the rest of the year. As the summer dragged on, it became clear that we weren’t going back to school in...

Time to get rid of the new normal

Time to get rid of the new normal

Gillian Kapinos January 23, 2021

The first case of COVID-19 in Minnesota was found on March 6, 2020. Since that day, we haven’t been able to live life as we used to. Many people have come to terms with the way it’s been, even calling...

Pass/No Credit system relieves unnecessary stress

Pass/No Credit system relieves unnecessary stress

Tenzin Gyaldatsang January 17, 2021

Similar to the switch to a pass/fail system for the second semester of last school year, the administration has brought the system back as a temporary grading system practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic....

Impeachment must happen

Impeachment must happen

Jacob Khabie January 13, 2021

The House of Representatives is expected to meet Jan. 13 to vote on the second impeachment of President Donald Trump, this time on the grounds of incitement of insurrection. While the move may seem unnecessary...

Sports shouldn’t overshadow theater during pandemic

Sports shouldn’t overshadow theater during pandemic

Lilly Strathman January 11, 2021

There has always been this unspoken hierarchy between sports and theater. Labeling people as “weird” or “lame” because they choose the fall musical over playing football is unacceptable. The reactions...

Capitol raid embarrasses Americans

Capitol raid embarrasses Americans

Laniyah Thornton January 11, 2021

As an American, Jan. 6 was an embarrassing day. I and thousands of others watched live coverage of the Capitol being raided and destroyed by Trump supporters. The past four years have been filled with...

Holocaust curriculum should be included in class

Holocaust curriculum should be included in class

Nora Hall January 7, 2021

The Minnesota Social Studies Department's first draft for its curriculum came out with no mention of the Holocaust in their education plan Dec. 1. When looking at it, I didn't appreciate how it didn’t...

Walz’s restrictions affects daily routine of exercise

Walz’s restrictions affects daily routine of exercise

Anna Benishek January 1, 2021

In late November Gov. Tim Walz announced the four-week pause of indoor restaurants, fitness centers, social gatherings and sports; there was a part of me that was devastated. I wouldn’t be doing my usual...

The fight isn’t over until we flip Georgia (again)

The fight isn’t over until we flip Georgia (again)

Gabriel Kaplan November 23, 2020

Democracy depends on Georgia. Rife with flaws and drowning in a myriad of crises, our country urgently needs change—but without a Democratic Senate (brought by flipping both of Georgia’s seats come...

Stay home this Thanksgiving to keep everyone safe

Stay home this Thanksgiving to keep everyone safe

Kate Schneider November 20, 2020

With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing and continuing to break records, this holiday season is going to be unlike any other. If we want any chance of keeping the virus under control, everyone needs to stay home...

Closing the chapter too soon

Closing the chapter too soon

Maddie Schutte November 15, 2020

I woke up before my alarm on Nov. 13 — an unusual occurrence for me on a school morning — knowing I had the opportunity to attend school for just one day this semester. The day was filled with long-awaited...

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