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President elect shuns equality and worth

President elect shuns equality and worth

Hadeal Rizeq

December 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

As I prepare for school in the mornings following the electoral results, all I worry about is the fate of minorities living in America. Throughout the 512 days President-elect Donald Trump campaigned across the United States, he never showed sympathy toward discriminated minorities. The way T...

Kaepernick uses platform as athlete to affect necessary change

Kaepernick uses platform as athlete to affect necessary change

Sydney Hall

November 17, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s choice to kneel during the playing of the national anthem as a protest against the brutal police killings of innocent black citizens of our country is pertinent to raising awareness and creating conversation about race in the United States. Follow...

My wake-up call

My wake-up call

Sydney Hall

November 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

When I was seven years old, there was nothing I wanted more than to be president of the United States. My parents, the good-hearted people they are, nurtured this passion and bought me a book about women of political power in the United States. Among these amazing women was Hillary Rodham Clinton. ...

Polling system unfairly inaccessible

Polling system unfairly inaccessible

Max Bechtold

November 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

American voting regulations suppress many citizens’ right to voice their political opinions by complicating the polling process. According to the United States Elections Project, the 2014 midterm election experienced the lowest voter turnout since the 1942 midterm. Both midterm elections showed recor...

Donald Trump, you do not represent me

Donald Trump, you do not represent me

Adah Koivula

October 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

I once was a proud Republican. Now, the name makes me feel dirty. I don’t feel proud of it, because the party who nominated Donald Trump no longer represents my values. The Republican Party originally attracted me because of its message of political and economic freedom. Our Founding Fathers be...

New grading system creates disadvantage

New grading system creates disadvantage

Maggie Bahnson

October 11, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns, Uncategorized

The new grading system used by Park’s Science and Math departments ignores the needs of many students. Now, 80 percent of a student’s final grade comes from summative assignments, such as tests, presentations and projects while the other 20 percent comes from class work, participation, homework, q...

My iron pills are saving my life

My iron pills are saving my life

Genesis Buckhalton

September 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

My vision was blurred. I couldn't feel my legs or the rest of my body. My head was pounding  incessantly. I thought I was going to throw up but the sensation passes. Out of nowhere, everything goes black. I passed out. It all started last fall when I tried to donate blood at Park’s annual blood d...

St. Louis Park money going toward unnecessary projects

St. Louis Park money going toward unnecessary projects

Max Blackburn

June 10, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

The city of St. Louis Park is currently adding on to the Rec Center with a needless outdoor recreational facility designed for skating in the winter and other sports and events during the summer. The total cost of this new facility hovers around $8.5 million, but could be as low as $8.1 million depend...

Incorporate productivity into end of senior year

Jackson Eilers

June 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

At the end of the school year, high school seniors are at a point in their life when they are about to take a course unique to them. Each are going their own direction and are at different stages of planning their next step, but all are still counting the days until graduation. However, at Park, many seniors are in the sa...

I am not Beyoncé’s audience

Jamie Halper

June 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

“Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s new album, wasn’t written for me. Sure, it speaks of female empowerment, something with which I connect deeply, and of course, the music itself is exceptional, but I am not the audience for whom it is meant. In the song “Formation,” Beyoncé speaks of her roots ...

Unjust racial inequality exists in education

Unjust racial inequality exists in education

Sumaya Mohamed

May 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

Sometimes, teachers do not believe colored students can pass or take advanced classes. Just because one's skin color is slightly darker, doesn’t mean faith should disappear. Without even knowing who I am and without ever meeting me, the judgment begins. During my middle school years, a policy e...

Publication must work toward equity

Publication must work toward equity

Makagbe Kuyateh

May 10, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

When I enter the Echo room fifth hour every day, I see inequality. Because there are 55 whites and five people of color, I instantly feel I must transform into a different person. My perspective changes, the way I talk changes — my identity changes. For example, I remember when I was assigned ...

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