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Environment fosters conservative hate

Environment fosters conservative hate

Mimi Fhima

February 15, 2018

The Park community prides itself in graciously accepting people of all religions, ethnicities and socio-economic statuses. While Park does an exceptional job of this, we are, shamefully, nowhere near accepting of all viewpoints. It is unfair to categorize all Trump supporters as mean-spirited and racist. Th...

Student athletes benefit from practice during finals

Student athletes benefit from practice during finals

William Phelan

January 24, 2018

Waking up at 6 a.m. for a 6:30 lift before classes, going to classes, then practicing for 3 hours after school, and not getting home until 7; this is the life of an athlete. With this sort of a schedule, it can become difficult to find time for homework and studying. For student athletes who have rigor...

#MeToo creates awareness for sexual abuse

Photo illustration Hayley Westwood

Nietzsche Deuel

November 16, 2017

The #MeToo campaign was designed to show the magnitude of sexual assault toward women. Women who have faced these issues are encouraged to post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter “#MeToo” if they were a victim of sexual assault or harassment. According to The New York Times, on Oct. 15, actress...

National parks to increase admission fee

Some national parks, including Grand Canyon, will increase admission from $30 to $70 per vehicle because of the need of $11 million of park maintenance.

Yonit Krebs

November 14, 2017

According to The New York Times, U.S. national parks are considering increasing their admission fees at 17 popular parks to combat record-high numbers of visitors. The revenue from these proposed increases would go to maintenance and infrastructure projects. According to National Public Radio, the in...

Fate of Americans still jeopardized after first year of Trump

Fate of Americans still jeopardized after first year of Trump

Hadeal Rizeq

November 8, 2017

On this exact day last year, I couldn’t help but notice the disbelief and shock I felt as I saw Donald Trump win the presidential election. During that moment, I envisioned disaster and greed in the way our country was going to be led. Currently, the more I hear about President Donald Trump’s statements...

Cultures seek respect for their traditions

Native American halloween costumes on display at Party City in St. Louis Park.

Evelyn Nelson

October 31, 2017

Surrounded by sombreros at Halloween or ‘boxer braids’ on mainstream media, junior Cecilia Brown said she faces the struggle of where to draw the line concerning cultural appropriation at Park . According to human rights officer for the state of Minnesota Lenora White, cultural appropriation define...

Appropriated costumes show lack of respect

Day of the Dead costumes on display at Party City.

Racquel Fhima

October 27, 2017

Cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes has continued to be extremely prevalent in today’s society. While we have gotten better, costumes such as the “adult Geisha” costume, “adult seniorita mariachi” costume and “adult bollywood diva” costume still exist. These costumes have sparked...

Proposed pipeline unearths controversy

Proposed pipeline unearths controversy

Hanna Schechter

October 25, 2017

Enbridge Energy, a transporter of fossil fuels, has proposed plans for a new pipeline to the Minnesota Department of Commerce that will carry crude oil and tar sands from Canada through Minnesota and into Wisconsin. The manager of the Energy Regulation and Planning department Kate O’Connell said, “Minn...

PCP: Taking a knee

Four girls' soccer players kneel during the national anthem Sept. 25. This act of protest has taken place at more than 50 high schools across the country according to NowThis News.

October 17, 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week: Stigmas intensified following shooting

Mental Health Awareness Week: Stigmas intensified following shooting

Elise Riley

October 6, 2017

Following most mass shootings in modern American history, including the most recent in Las Vegas, discussion occurs regarding the shooter's mental status.  While the shooter’s mental health is definitely a factor to analyze in the investigation, it is often unacceptably used as a scapegoat to ...

New door policy impractical

The editorial board believes the new locked doors practice is unnecessary and disruptive to all members of the school.

October 6, 2017

Starting at the beginning of the school year, a new practice was enforced to increase security at the high school. Doors to enter the school will not open for student access until 7:25 a.m. From 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., doors will be opened temporarily to allow athletes in for strength and conditionin...

I dropped out of the Homecoming court

I dropped out of the Homecoming court

Hadeal Rizeq

September 13, 2017

The moment I heard my name being called at Friday’s homecoming pep fest, I immediately felt like my life was over. Not just about myself as a student for participating in a high school tradition, but what this meant for me as an Arab, Muslim and hijabi. I felt like a piece of my identity was gone;...

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