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Schools need to admit, then act

Schools need to admit, then act

Olivia Sieff

January 17, 2015

The first step is admitting. The first step in the 12-step program is admitting you have a problem, but it is the first step for any issue you may come across. In this case, it is race. Racial inequality did not end with the Civil Rights era and the only way to end it, is to acknowledge that it is...

Parents are vital in the fight against underaged drinking

Parents are vital in the fight against underaged drinking

Ori Etzion

December 19, 2014

With the pressure of underaged drinking mounting itslef upon teenagers of all ages, new research suggests that this trend has been normalized to such an extent that parents have come to accept it. According to a study this December by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, 70 percent of...

Lost time for clubs

Lost time for clubs

John Kinney

December 18, 2014

The club policy was pushed back for too long

The bully breakdown

The bully breakdown

Olivia Sieff

December 18, 2014

My name is Olivia, and I’m a recovering bully. I have been nice for six years. My earliest memory of bullying was in kindergarten, when I tried to glue an innocent kid to his seat. While I didn’t succeed at the act, I did earn a reputation for being the “mean kid.” I learned while the teachers...

Free admissions for students

Free admissions for students

Max Kent

November 13, 2014

For most middle-class families the $4-6 price range to get into a high school football game might not be a problem. However, many high school students cannot afford to spend their money to watch their school team play. Admission prices for athletic events above all else should not limit certain students...

A Showcase of New Talent

A Showcase of New Talent

Julia Nathan

November 13, 2014

Fifty-six million Americans have a disability, according to the United States Census Bureau. Ken Howard is the president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), a labor union representing people in performing businesses. On SAG’s website, Howard said the diverse and multicultural world we live in today...

Setting New Boundaries

Setting New Boundaries

Sean Cork

November 13, 2014

A new proposed Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) guideline would allow students defining themselves as transgender to participate in the gender sports team of their choice. Students must have papers showing that they have had some sort of medical procedure to be able to play on the sports team...

U of M should provide students on food plans with compatible meals

U of M should provide students on food plans with compatible meals

Hannah Bernstein

November 13, 2014

The University of Minnesota is currently considering creating a new food program to accommodate Muslim students who follow the halal food guidelines. Over 13 students spoke directly to the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio about the lack of halal food and the compromises they’ve had to make because...

Need exists to eliminate discrimination against weight

Need exists to eliminate discrimination against weight

Brita Hunegs

November 13, 2014

In a society that glorifies the young and ultra-skinny, it is no wonder women and men have decided to take on the challenge of expanding what it means to be “beautiful.” Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign began in 2004 after a study it conducted proved the definition of beauty had become unattainable. It...

Minors disadvantaged in adult prisons

Minors disadvantaged in adult prisons

Allison Cramer

November 13, 2014

Every year in the United States justice system, approximately 250,000 minors are tried as adults and 100,000 end up in adult jails or prisons, according to Truthloader News. The transferring of youth to the adult criminal justice system not only contributes to a higher crime rate, but is often cruel...

Challenge Tradition

Jamie Halper

November 3, 2014

I’m a rule-follower, plain and simple. I’m always home by curfew, I stop at every stop sign and I never cheat on tests. But, I’m also not afraid to stand up for what I believe in, and this summer that meant causing some trouble. As teenagers, we are often encouraged to adhere to social norms, but...

Equal restroom opportunity

Noa Raasch

November 3, 2014

It’s extremely upsetting to think some citizens of Minneapolis were denied access to something as simple as a safe place to urinate. Minneapolis City Council members unanimously passed a bill Sept. 22 encouraging businesses to provide gender neutral bathrooms for transgender, transsexual, queer...

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