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Congress authorizes second-class treatment

Neda Salamzadeh

December 16, 2015

Every person should have the right to travel freely, especially between countries in which they are law-abiding citizens, regardless of their race, ethnicity or national origin. Congress must not continue working to pass a bill revising the Visa Waiver Program. The program enables U.S. citizens to travel within 38 countries, including the European Union, Japan and South Korea, for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The change...

Protests spur controversial political opposition

December 16, 2015

Following the shooting of Jamar Clark, protesters gathered outside the 4th Precinct to voice their beliefs on the injustice. Debate spurs on the legitimacy and safety of protests in general, following the protestors eviction from the precinct.

Concept of coming out marginalizes

Allison Cramer

December 11, 2015

I have a girlfriend. However, I have no desire to tell you so in a quick, terrifying moment of lowered inhibition, before anxiously waiting for you to tell me you still like me. The concept of coming out of the closet for LGBTQ+ people suggests there’s something so hugely different about you that you have to dra...

New tactics to catch texting and driving save lives

Adah Koivula

December 10, 2015

Texting and driving accounted for 61 deaths in 2014, according to the Minnesota Office of Safety. People need to get off their phones and save their lives, and this can be achieved through the State Patrol’s new tactics. Law enforcement should do whatever it takes to drill into people’s heads...

Opt outside for Black Friday

Maggie Bahnson

November 24, 2015

As many stores start their Black Friday sales as early as 4 p.m., REI fully challenges this new trend by closing all 143 of its stores Nov. 26-27 and paying its employees to explore the outside instead. Growing up, I remember looking through all the ads that came in the paper and mail about Black...

Paris through my eyes

Deanna Afremov

November 19, 2015

I visited Paris with my orchestra class in the spring of 2014, when I was in ninth grade. We visited the Paris Conservatory of Music and played at a women’s shelter. On our last night, we took a boat ride on the Seine River, and I remember looking at the Eiffel Tower, covered with sparkling lights. ...

Dress codes hypersexualize, objectify

Neda Salamzadeh

November 13, 2015

Dress codes create a sexist platform for the objectification of the bodies of females and gender-nonconforming students. School administrators around the country implement dress codes that enable the female body to be hypersexualized through clothing requirements, allowing others to objectify them unhind...

Non-prescribed medication should be avoided

Ndunzi Kunsunga

November 13, 2015

School life requires focus. Being unable to concentrate can be a crippling impediment for students. Disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) inhibit a person’s ability to focus, especially for long periods of time. This makes tasks such as classwork, homework and tests...

Why I’m traveling to Israel

Sam Orloff

November 12, 2015

Violence has become an everyday occurrence in the state of Israel, creating an atmosphere of panic. In recent weeks, Israel has found itself under attack from a severe wave of terror, the likes of which have not been seen in a decade. According to the Washington Post, the most recent wave of ...

Government must continue separating church and state

Adah Koivula

November 3, 2015

Puritans, Quakers, Jews and many other religious groups came to the U.S. for the first time mainly for religious freedom after being persecuted throughout Europe. They became the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Currently, our government officials are persecuting those without relig...

School Board member steps down

Mara Bacig

October 26, 2015

After weeks of denying he posted racist comments on his Facebook, Columbia Heights School Board member Grant Nichols finally steps down, still claiming he did not post the Islamophobic remarks. In the post, Grant Nichols targeted Muslims, calling them “unsanitary.” Later, he denied ever posting ...

An open letter to Halloween

Olivia Sieff

October 22, 2015

I’m a big fan of Halloween. It’s at the top of my list of favorite holidays. But in the past couple of years, Halloween slowly moved down the list. This wasn’t because I stopped liking candy or trick-or-treating, but because of the pressure to look good. Nowadays, Halloween isn’t about going d...

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