The Echo

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...

Loving one’s body shouldn’t be shameful

Brigid Duffy

April 23, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

After Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie, the media accused her of exploiting herself and sending the message that girls are only good because of their bodies. While a woman is worth more than her body, that doesn’t mean she should be shamed for showing it off and loving what she has. In Kar...

Inflexible caucus system disrupts voters

Hannah Bernstein

April 22, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

Legislators in all states should abolish the caucus system and institute a policy of open primaries. This will prevent peer pressure and inaccessibility from polluting democracy. Caucuses take place in 13 states, including Minnesota, according to the New York Times. Each state’s caucus is one-of-a-ki...

No-pass list wrongfully punishes unexcused absences

Maggie Bahnson

April 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion Columns

When the infamous no-pass list came out, I was surprised to see my own name on it. The no-pass list came out after first semester and lists all the students in each grade who must be denied passes from teachers because of poor attendance habits. I had always heard about the no-pass list, but never ac...

‘White feminism’ is not inclusive

Sydney Hall

March 31, 2016


Filed under Women's History Month

I am a white, cisgender, straight, middle-class feminist and I recognize my privilege. I recognize, if I wasn’t these things, I would face different issues regarding misogyny. The problem is that many women in my position don’t realize their privilege, and this needs to change. Intersectio...

Modern day feminists are hypocrites

Adah Koivula

March 30, 2016


Filed under Women's History Month

Feminists brag about being an all-inclusive movement, but that is not the case today. Supposedly, anyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation or political leanings can be a feminist. Feminism simply means supporting gender equality. The feminist movement has become strongly anti-conservative and ...

Q&A with Deborah Siegel

Hanna Schechter

March 29, 2016


Filed under Women's History Month

What is your current occupation? I’m a writer and I’m also a coach. I work with primarily women, but people who want to have expertise and who want a more public voice. I call it thought leadership coaching. How did you first become a feminist? I would watch as my dad was invited to speak and...

Challenging athletic limitations

Alissa Meredith

March 28, 2016


Filed under Women's History Month

Ever since I was little, teachers and coaches have set expectations for what I can and can’t do. From physical education classes to the ice rink, I’ve been constantly reminded how inferior I am compared to boys. I remember continually trying to prove myself in gym class, especially during fitnes...

Women take control of their bodies

Zoe Eilers

March 26, 2016


Filed under Women's History Month

In 1960, the sale of birth control pills was illegal in 22 states. Not even half of the country allowed women the right to prevent pregnancy. Estelle Griswold, a women's rights activist from New Haven, Connecticut, opened a clinic to start selling birth control for women in 1962. In response, she was ar...

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