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New ad campaign sparks needed change

New ad campaign sparks needed change

Adah Koivula

May 14, 2015

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Seven eye-opening lessons you learn from playing Nerf assassins

Seven eye-opening lessons you learn from playing Nerf assassins

Amira Warren

May 12, 2015

If you’re playing Nerf assassins, you’ve probably noticed small changes in your behavior, like noticing unusual cars parked down the street or seeing someone following in the car behind you. You’ve tapped into your hunter-gatherer traits given to you by your ancient prehistoric ancestors. While...

Low diversity affects learning

Genesis Buckhalton

May 12, 2015

The shortage of teachers of color in society harms minority teenagers, creating a lack of representation in the teaching profession. According to Education Week, as the nation’s population grows more diverse, the teaching force continues to whiten. This trend is creating a huge gap between the...

Unnecessary standardized tests plague students

Unnecessary standardized tests plague students

Cedar Thomas

April 25, 2015

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments were created to measure students’ academic progress, but in reality they do more harm than good. Students should take a stand by opting out of these ineffective, biased and unhelpful tests. The state of Minnesota created the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (...

Misconception divides

Misconception divides

Neda Salamzadeh

April 22, 2015

I am proud of my unique heritage, despite others wrongly seeing my country of origin as a dangerous, hostile and corrupt society. This assumption could not be more false. My father is from Iran, and day to day that shapes my life in many positive ways. Arguably the most prominent influence is my...

Learning should not be standardized

Learning should not be standardized

Allison Cramer

April 21, 2015

Veteran teachers may soon find their jobs more at risk, should a new Minnesota teacher evaluation bill be made into law. A bill that passed the Minnesota House March 5 would include several changes with the goal of favoring effective teachers over teachers with seniority when considering layoffs. Howe...

Worth the work

Worth the work

Amira Warren

March 16, 2015

When I was a little girl at parades I saw little representation of ethnic people on parade floats. The St. Louis Park Ambassador program has allowed me to be that representative. June 14, 2014, I was crowned one of the two young adult ambassadors. It has been both rewarding and challenging. Being a...

Russian roots embraced

Polina Pekurovsky

February 19, 2015

I grew up in two different cultures. When my friends are at my house, they always comment on how weird it is that my parents speak to me in Russian, and that I answer back in English. For the most part, they’re right. Being a first-generation natural-born American in my family, I experienced scho...

Love not bought

Love not bought

Natalie Vig

February 14, 2015

What used to be a day spent between two people has now become a media day for extravagant gifts between significant others. This type of advertisement and media field day is one of the biggest reasons why Valentine’s Day is a day dreaded among many people. This year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) antici...

Mental health initiative to benefit community

Mental health initiative to benefit community

Sara Tifft

February 7, 2015

On Feb. 8, Health in the Park (HIP) will be holding a meeting to discuss mental health. Meteorologist Ken Barlow will speak about his bipolar disorder and the community will discuss the stigma of mental health in general. This meeting is an important step toward a healthier community. According to...

Measure up

Carolyn Guddal

January 17, 2015

I live in a world not meant for someone my size. At 5-feet tall on a good day, I’m constantly on my tip toes, unable to reach the top shelf and looking up to see people’s faces. I’m surprised I don’t have neck problems. In the hallways I stare at the backs of my peers, closely following someo...

Viva la Vulva

Noa Raasch

January 17, 2015

I had to take several deep breaths before I mustered up the courage to approach one of the employees at the Barnes and Noble Guest Service desk. I couldn’t find the miniscule Women’s Studies section and was hoping I wouldn’t have to resort to asking for help, but I had no choice. “Where’s...

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