The Echo

Seeing stars

Natalie Vig

January 16, 2014

Ever since I was just a baby, I’ve been exposed to the thrilling atmosphere of the rink. While watching my brother and my sister, I always had a role model on the ice. Once I was 6, I began playing the game myself. If someone had told me last year that pursuing a puck carrier in the defensive zone...

Always keep your chin up

Suh Koller

December 11, 2013

Normally I would consider waking up before the sun awful, but four days of the week, I find myself waking up at 5:30 a.m. to go to school every morning for an hour of strength and conditioning. Though it was a slow process, my goal for the end of this lifting season was to be able to do one pull up....

Drivers disturbed by radio while on the road

Drivers disturbed by radio while on the road

Ari Weinstein

December 11, 2013

It may be hard for teen drivers to turn down Miley Cyrus’ anthem “We Can’t Stop” whenever it comes on the radio. If they don’t turn off the radio while driving, though, students may not be able to stop themselves from thinking more about the music than their driving. Even with both eyes...

Suspensions of disbelief

Josh Scal

December 11, 2013

While students must learn in a positive environment, punishing students for insurrectional behavior by allowing them to miss more school doesn’t exactly help these students in the future. That’s why this May, the Los Angeles Unified School District ended suspensions for “willing disobedience”...

Christmas shopping creeps into Thanksgiving

Christmas shopping creeps into Thanksgiving

Erin Wells

November 20, 2013

  Turkeys won’t be the only ones sacrificing their lives this Thanksgiving. This year, many stores, including Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s, will open their doors with Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving day, instead of waiting to open until early Friday morning. Stores anticipate extra revenue from...

Life is like a bag of groceries

Isaac Greenwood

November 13, 2013

While Tom Hanks is remembered for comparing life to a box of chocolates, likening life to a fresh bag of grocery items seems much more appropriate to me. In the two and a half years I have worked as a courtesy clerk, or as I like to call myself, “culinary packing engineer,” I have learned quite...

Failing forward

Artis Curiskis

November 13, 2013

Between the ages of 8 and 12, I played on a soccer team where winning was not the only goal of the game. In fact, I don’t remember ever winning. However, I remember having a great time, fooling around, working hard and re-hashing the times we almost scored from ridiculous plays. We were not a bad...

Mental health intervention is vital at school

Carolyn Guddal

November 13, 2013

No one should suffer in silence, and it is a tragedy to know that some still do. It is vital teens have a safe place where they feel open about issues regarding their mental health. A study published by the University of Montreal in October 2013 shows three hours of counseling is enough to help reduce...

‘Captain Phillips’ fails Somalis

Khadija Charif

November 13, 2013

When great movies come to mind, rarely do people think of ignorant or stereotypical films. Recently released in October, the Tom Hanks film “Captain Phillips” has left many Somali viewers wondering about how Somalis were portrayed. The story behind piracy issues was not only overlooked, but the...

Our Perspective | Athletes should be more accountable for their health

Our Perspective | Athletes should be more accountable for their health

November 13, 2013

Many times, in the heat of the moment athletes do not want to have a head injury checked out, for fear of being taken out of their sport. The amount of games or meets missed, however, is hardly significant compared to the detrimental affect a concussion can have on an athlete’s health. All athletes...

Passing up student concerns

Josh Scal

October 30, 2013

Since the horrifying Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, schools around the country have stepped back to reexamine their safety policies to ensure they take every measure possible to prevent another tragedy. Park has joined the ranks of thousands of elementary, junior and senior high schools in s...

Take my word for it

Take my word for it

Ari Weinstein

October 23, 2013

“Did I sit next to you on an airplane once?” I almost fell off my bike, floored that a woman recognized me while driving down the street. This had never happened to me before, though based on the number of people I have met, I feel like it should happen all the time. I am that person who talks...

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