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It is time to Ban Bossy

Jamie Halper

April 30, 2014

In their most simple form, words are a collection of letters. Words can inspire and motivate, but they also have the power to degrade. Take, for example, the word “bossy.” A boy would not be called “bossy.” Instead, he would be called a leader when he asserts himself. Girls who assert themselves...

Spaced Out

Spaced Out

Natalie Vig

March 26, 2014

Putting on my flight suit, I had one mission: save the president. I knew the next hour and a half would be hard, but it was one of the most memorable simulations we did at space camp. Getting off the airplane in Huntsville, Ala., I had no idea what to expect. Little did I know the other space campers...

PCP | Proposed wage increase ignites debate

PCP | Proposed wage increase ignites debate

Emily Melbye

March 26, 2014

Raising the minimum wage would not solve any problems Minnesota has the third lowest state set minimum wage in the country at $6.15 and this is not a bad thing. The state law only applies to workers who are not covered by the federal law, which is set at $7.25. When an employee is subject to both...

PCP | Proposed wage increase ignites debate

PCP | Proposed wage increase ignites debate

Peter Johnson, Writer

March 26, 2014

State wages below federal minimum demand change The disparity between the state minimum wage and the federal wage laws reflects the need to raise wages to allow workers a reasonable salary. Minnesota is currently one of only four states with a minimum wage law lower than the federal laws at $6.15...

SAT changes damage test

Noah Betz-Richman

March 26, 2014

Applying to college is a complex process, and as the SAT Reasoning Test undergoes changes, it will become even more convoluted. The College Board announced starting spring 2016, the SAT will change substantially, reverting to a 1600 point scale instead of the previous 2400 points. Changes include...

Puzzling it out

Puzzling it out

Noah Betz-Richman

March 24, 2014

As I open a fresh copy of the Star Tribune newspaper, the smell of ink wafts into my nostrils. The paper is still crisp, without the slightest crumple. I scan the front page stories, then flip to the real treasure: the Variety section, with a brand new, unadulterated grid of black and white squares,...

Making education worthwhile

Noah Betz-Richman

March 5, 2014

A s college tuition continues to rise and job prospects become slim, some people question the value of liberal arts degrees. However, a college education remains a secure investment, and the liberal arts education teach valuable lifelong skills. According to a 2013 survey of 318 employers conducted...

Nutty lessons learned

Gabe Bichinho, Editor in Chief

March 5, 2014

For years I derided them, scoffed at them and bragged how I was above them. Never did it occur to me that I would become one. I’m not talking about politics, or nerds, or jocks, but food allergy sufferers. We are the ones who awkwardly sat at a special table in the elementary school lunchroom, who...

Undervalued Freedom

Ori Etzion

March 5, 2014

A federal appeals court ruled Feb. 27 that a California high school did not violate the rights of students when ordering them turn their American flag T-shirts inside out on Cinco de Mayo or be sent home. The decision came on the basis that students displaying the symbol would incite Hispanic students...

All gain with some pain

Isaac Greenwood

February 12, 2014

I was not born athletic. Tall, lanky and uncoordinated, I still wonder how I even managed to play Little League as a child. However, by going to the Jewish Community Center (or the JCC) with friends, I have learned to enjoy and explore different forms of exercise and physical activity. While I...

MTV makes a difference

Ivy Kaplan

February 12, 2014

When many people think of teenage pregnancy, they associate it with a negative stigma. However, many of these teenage moms voluntarily help lower the rate of teenage pregnancies around the world today. A recent study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found MTV’s “16 and Pregnant”...

For What It’s Worth:

Josh Anderson

January 17, 2014

While casting dragons, goblins, and spells may seem outlandish to the average teenager, they are a major part of my life. Through Magic: The Gathering, a 1992 trading card game with more than 12 million active players worldwide, I have learned to express myself and develop relationships with others....

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