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Signs foster unwelcome environment

Signs foster unwelcome environment

September 1, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

The appearance of new “Thank You St. Louis Park Police” signs around the community sparked some debate over whether these signs help create an inclusive community. In light of recent occurrences in Minnesota and around the nation, some students  have said they feel the signs may be perceived by o...

Legislative feud digs into deeper problem

Legislative feud digs into deeper problem

June 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials, Uncategorized

The inability of the legislature to pass the transportation bill or a $1 billion bonding bill is a small part of a bigger frustration. The agreement includes $100 million for roads and bridges and $100 million for affordable housing, the largest housing investment in state history, according to the...

Health curriculum must expand sexual education

May 25, 2016


Filed under Staff Editorials

For some Minnesota high schoolers, sexual education received in school is the only sexual education they will get. Park dedicates around three weeks a year to health, where the curriculum includes lessons about sex, mental health and relationships. However, this short amount of time focused on such important top...

Sustainability must start with administration

April 18, 2016


Filed under Staff Editorials

While the district strongly supports students’ initiative to make Park more sustainable, the administration should do more than support students clubs — they should take action. According to Park’s facilities manager Tom Bravo, little is known about Park’s current recycling program. The district...

Park must become more racially aware

March 14, 2016


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IB English teacher Julianne Herbert said she wishes her seniors had the opportunity to attend the Black History Month show Feb. 29. Because of the rigor of the IB Programme and the fact that she only had approximately two months left with her students before the IB exam, she chose to miss the per...

Classroom updates provide new opportunity

February 24, 2016


Filed under Staff Editorials

The district’s new Learning Design Team seeks to build modern, efficient classrooms in the high school to ensure a more advanced and flexible environment for students. From new furniture to the latest technology, the Learning Design Team (LDT) aims to make lessons more interactive. The plan’s pro...

Administration must involve student voices

January 12, 2016


Filed under Staff Editorials

The School Board passed a new policy regarding the treatment of deaths in the district at its meeting Jan. 11. Though this policy directly impacts the mourning activities of students, the School Board didn’t consult students. We are deeply concerned the administration never recruited students to participate

Community must discuss police brutality

December 13, 2015


Filed under Staff Editorials

Once again, civil rights advocates rightfully gathered to raise their voices about the injustice of police brutality against people of color following the death of another unarmed black man.

Students should demand transparency

November 10, 2015


Filed under Staff Editorials

Over a month after Fasel Mohamed Ali was arrested at the high school for nonconsensual sexual conduct, the high school has still failed to send any information about the situation to students and families. As students, we have the right to know what happens in our school, even when it paints a less-than-positive...

Students should take advantage of free test

October 22, 2015


Filed under Staff Editorials

Last April, all juniors were required to take a state-funded ACT test as a graduation requirement. In order to repurpose funds elsewhere, the legislature voted to drop the requirement, and instead fund the test only for schools that decide to offer it. According to junior counselor Kelsey Milne, Park ...

All students should have access to a bathroom

October 4, 2015


Filed under Staff Editorials

For most students, walking into the bathroom is no big deal. But for some students, going to the bathroom can be one of the hardest parts of the day. In a society where a binary gender system is rooted into daily life, unisex or all-gender bathrooms are rare. Currently, there are three single-stalled...

Rape culture must be changed

Rape culture must be changed

April 22, 2015


Filed under Staff Editorials

The idea sexual assault can be used for a joke, while prevalent in society, is totally unacceptable. A common misconception is rape culture affects only women, which is not the case. A recent study Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded 7 percent of men will suffer from rape in th...

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