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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...

Flipping over the butterflies

Flipping over the butterflies

Zoe Kedrowski

October 15, 2013

Even though I have vaulted thousands of times, I still get extremely nervous before meets. My palms get sweaty, tears stream down my face and I shake with terror, wondering if I’ll make it to the other side. Gymnastics requires both mental and physical strength. Flipping over a 4-inch beam or sprinting...

Freedom and diversity needed in reading and education

Shoshi Fischman & Emma Weisner

October 2, 2013

First love, music and high school. These are the major themes of a book that caused controversy in the Anoka-Hennepin School District this year. This summer, the Anoka-Hennepin School District used the book “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell as reading material for a summer program called Rock...

Drug use is the new form of cheating

Isaac Greenwood

October 2, 2013

As the College Board and ACT look to crack down on cheating in standardized tests through electronic identification and other methods, they must also address the growing number of teens using unprescribed drugs. “Study drugs,” or stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin, are often prescribed for...

For crying out loud

Emma Weisner

October 2, 2013

I’m a crybaby. I always have been, and I probably always will be. I cry when I’m hungry, when I’m frustrated, when I’m happy. To top it all off, I am one of the ugliest criers ever. My entire body turns red and blotchy and I make a sound that resembles an angry kitten that recently underwent...

A sleepless awakening

Caroline Ahlgrim, in-depth editor

December 3, 2012

When people think about soothing nighttime sounds, I’m pretty sure noisy trucks do not come to mind. Last June, I prepared myself for the first night of sleep on a Guatemalan mission trip. Little did I know the ruckus that awaited me. Throughout the night, I was serenaded by the beautiful sounds...

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