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Admissions scandal adds to upper class advantages

Admissions scandal adds to upper class advantages

Maddie Schutte

April 22, 2019

The recent college admissions cheating scandal proves how corrupted and elitist America’s collegiate system has become. Knowing a spot at a college I continuously work for can be taken by a student who paid their way in, invalidates all of my hard work. According to CNN, 16 wealthy parents who got...

Change in start times improves health, safety

Change in start times improves health, safety

Maddie Schutte

April 19, 2019

The city of St. Louis Park School Board’s vote on updating the school start times will accommodate for all student’s health and overall well-being in the district. The School Board agreed to put a plan into action which will have the elementary schools start at 7:45 a.m., the middle school star...

Human rights violation against Muslims ignored

Human rights violation against Muslims ignored

Samiya Mohamed

April 18, 2019

During the last couple of years, China has been taking Uighur Muslims into concentration camps. The government has tortured them, forced them to do labor work and “taught” them life skills. Putting the Uighur Muslims in camps to reform them does not change the fact that it’s still cruel. It wa...

Staff Editorial: Park’s Prom timing error inexcusable

Staff Editorial: Park’s Prom timing error inexcusable

April 16, 2019

How can we call ourselves a “caring, diverse community” — as the district does in its mission statement — if we are an exclusive one? By originally scheduling Prom on Ramadan, the administration isolated Muslim students and failed to act in the best interest of the entire community. Although ...

Staff Editorial: BARR Conference, program beneficial to community but needs improving

Staff Editorial: BARR Conference, program beneficial to community but needs improving

April 10, 2019

The morning of April 11 will be a crowded one for Park, as around 500 educators from around the country will be coming together for the National Building Assets, Reducing Risks Conference hosted by the school. Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) contains policies that are meant to create teacher-stu...

New Zealand vows to strip liberties

New Zealand vows to strip liberties

Henry Brettingen

April 4, 2019

Reactionary policies are a dangerous tool politicians use to cause change and garner support. Although they have the ability to do good, because of their rushed nature they are often not well-thought-out. New Zealand's reaction to the Christchurch shooting does nothing but disarm its citizens. Acc...

College scam hurts Park student’s chances

College scam hurts Park student’s chances

April 3, 2019

The arrest of 50 celebrities, business owners and a number of other wealthy individuals has exposed what many already assumed about college admissions; the wealthy have the easiest access to the most elite schools. The Echo Editorial Board feels it is unfair for colleges to prioritize money over actual...

March Madness seen as unjust, facts say otherwise

March Madness seen as unjust, facts say otherwise

Adin Zweigbaum

March 28, 2019

As the first few rounds of March Madness come to a close, it becomes obvious that most brackets follow basketball for National Collegiate Athletic Association Men (NCAAM), rather than basketball for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Women (NCAAW). On the surface this doesn’t seem just; many viewers ...

Politics too nuanced for Twitter’s platform

Politics too nuanced for Twitter’s platform

Yonah Davis

March 27, 2019

140 characters is insufficient for nuanced political dialogue. Just as text messages do not compare to in-person conversation, short online messages are a disservice to effective communication and ultimately harm progress. Tweets do not always accurately convey the true intent of the speaker. They a...

Trump is abusing presidential power

Trump is abusing presidential power

Talia Lissauer

March 25, 2019

President Donald Trump’s main campaign promise was to build a wall, but so far that ridiculous promise has been fulfilled only with lies. Trump is the first president to request money from Congress that wasn't given to him. Trump declared an unnecessary national emergency, and within days 16 states,...

Green New Deal oversteps

Green New Deal oversteps

Henry Brettingen

March 20, 2019

Climate change has long been an issue politicians have struggled to find long-term solutions to. The Green New Deal is no exception. It is nothing more than an idealistic wish list that fails to account for the constraints of reality. Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released ...

We are tired of being black

We are tired of being black

Samiya Mohamed

March 19, 2019

Celebrating black history is over, and now we’re at the point where we have given up. From acknowledging our history to trying to not let the past repeat itself, “We are tired.” This year's Black History Month performance theme was “We are tired.” Year after year black history is celebra...

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