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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 I don’t feel proud of it, because the party who nominated Donald Trump no longer represents my values.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 ...

Leave your own casa

Leave your own casa

Jonah Kupritz

May 5, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

For three weeks last summer, I often found myself up late at night, in a quaint household 8,000 feet in the mountains, engaging in riveting social, political and religious discussions with three people I originally thought I would have little in common with. In Spanish, there’s a famous saying that t...

Racial inequality exists in pop culture

Racial inequality exists in pop culture

Genesis Buckhalton

May 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

I have a habit of paying attention to characters of color in TV shows and movies — I make jokes about how writers kill off the black people first and don't give them any lines. Now that I'm older, though, I have realized it’s not a joke anymore. In 2014, researchers at the University of Southern...

Echo celebrates Racial Equity Month

Hannah Bernstein and Kaylee Chamberlain

May 1, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

Welcome to Echo’s Racial Equity Month! Prominently over the past few months, the Park community has faced questions of racial equality and inequality in our district. In light of this recent dialogue, we feel it is extraordinarily important to amplify the voices of those around us who are impacted by...

An open letter to almost-graduated seniors

Zoe Eilers

April 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

College admissions are tough, and the committees behind these decisions can attest to that. They see thousands and thousands of applicants every year, only to allow a certain percentage of those students into their university. Colleges either accept you, defer you, or just straight-up reject you. The wors...

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