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Opinions: Learning to love my curls

Opinions: Learning to love my curls

Alexis Machoka

March 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

When I was kid I remember one of the first times I ever got my hair straightened. It was for a cheerleading competition, I only received a participation trophy for. Although I knew it wasn’t true, when my hair was straight I felt like Beyoncé. My straight hair enabled me to channel my inner ...

Opinions: Let’s talk about race

Opinions: Let’s talk about race

Mimi Fhima

March 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

Whether it be on social media or in daily conversations, race and racial issues are brought up constantly in today’s society. Ensuring conversation remains open and politically correct is crucial as not to offend any group of people. Considering the language to use before entering a discussion is...

Opinions: First Amendment protections vital to society

Opinions: First Amendment protections vital to society

Adah Koivula

March 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

The First Amendment guarantees citizens certain rights: to religion, to free speech, to freedom of the press, to petition the government and to peacefully protest. However, there are limits on each of these rights. Although the government dangerously places limits on some freedoms, the scarier limit is ...

Opinions: School-required immunizations necessary

Opinions: School-required immunizations necessary

Yonit Krebs

February 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

The recent news of a tuberculosis case at Park highlights why there is a need for schools to require student immunization. Vaccinated students have a lowered risk of catching the disease they’ve been immunized for, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. People must b...

Opinions: Protests lack clear leadership, direction

Opinions: Protests lack clear leadership, direction

Adah Koivula

February 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

The “Not My President” protests are immature and uninformed. At noon Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, and no protests or hashtags are going to change that. According to the First Amendment, all Americans have the right to protest the President ...

False news sources create lack of trust

False news sources create lack of trust

Alec Pittman

January 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

Starting off as a simple conversation about the recent political happenings around the country these past three months, a well-intended discussion often leads to an angry argument. Throughout the presidential campaign, both candidates used news sources and media to attack the other. The candidates made o...

Trump picks EPA director unfit for job

Trump picks EPA director unfit for job

Jayne Stevenson

January 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is a threat to the future of the earth. Pruitt is a critic of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has attempted to weaken the agency’s actions. According to the Washington Post, th...

Teachers should create unbiased classroom

Teachers should create unbiased classroom

Yonit Krebs

January 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

Teachers have a role to ensure their classroom is open for discussion and to encourage informed decision-making. Politics are a tough topic, especially after the recent presidential election’s chaos, for teachers to keep neutral. Not only can their expression of political views detrimentally inf...

Frigid temperatures provide bonding opportunity

Frigid temperatures provide bonding opportunity

Alec Pittman

December 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

Although temperatures below zero aren’t popular with the majority, the cold front creates alternative positives often overlooked. The wintry conditions offer numerous activities to do that otherwise go ignored or aren’t done when the weather is warm. The freezing temperatures constitute an environ...

Working over holidays beneficial, rewarding

Working over holidays beneficial, rewarding

Atticus Raasch

December 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

Although widely considered a family day, holiday hours are one of the best opportunities for showing initiative and determination within the workplace. Working for a company is a test of skill and character. Taking shifts during holidays often gains recognition from employers. Workers who are new...

Gun-Free Zones do not stop crime

Gun-Free Zones do not stop crime

Adah Koivula

December 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

It seems day after day we hear news of more people dying in places that were specifically deemed safe zones. The idea was to protect citizens in malls, movie theaters, any public place, primarily schools. The safety was provided by “Gun Free Zones” and that meant nobody would ever bring a gun into tha...

The Represented Virtues of Hijab (Part 1)

The Represented Virtues of Hijab (Part 1)

Hadeal Rizeq

December 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

I started wearing the hijab full-time in eighth grade. Everything was so beautiful about the new way I dressed. Everyone admired the way my hijab gracefully complimented my outfit. It felt especially wonderful knowing it was the first day of Eid- Al-Adha, where all Muslims are able to get together, carnival...

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