The Echo

Understand pink luxuries

May 12, 2020

Amy Stephenson, head of local Michigan-based organization, Helping Living Period, said she was astonished by the unreasonable prices of essential women’s products and the effect that it has on the female population. “My friend and I founded (Helping Living Period) three and a half years ago afte...

Pink at Park

May 12, 2020

Lynch said the extra tax on women’s products is not only unfair, but it creates an endless cycle that is detrimental to women. “I think it is pretty messed up that companies are targeting gender and who they’re marketing and selling products to,” Lynch said. “Not only do women make less money p...

Rethink pink

May 12, 2020

When it comes to making these products accessible, head of the music department and choir teacher John Myszkowski said he believes it is a good idea for teachers to provide menstrual products for students. “I think it kind of takes the stigma away from it. It is natural, most women go through it, and f...

MCA grade changing policy creates long-term benefits

Colin Canaday

March 21, 2020

The decision to increase students’ grades based on their success with the math portion of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments incentivizes students to pay more attention in class, helps their long term mental health and allows the school receive much-needed funding in order to help those struggli...

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment incentives do more harm than good

Maddie Schutte

March 21, 2020

The recent decision to allow grade increases for students who either meet or exceed standards on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) gives attention to the wrong end of the scoring spectrum. This decision benefits the students who are already succeeding, and allows for the students who are lost t...

Companies spike insulin prices

March 19, 2020

According to Democratic St. Louis Park state representative and Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Ryan Winkler, the price of insulin has spiked 400% over the past decade despite the product remaining relatively unchanged. “Many people can’t afford it today and the drug companies th...

Minnesota legislation works to save lives

March 19, 2020

In order to address the increasingly unaffordable insulin pricing, state legislators have introduced two bills — one led by Democrats in the House and another led by Republicans in the Senate.  According to Abeler, a co-author of the Senate bill, both bills aim to eliminate deaths associated with...

Change could affect community members

March 19, 2020

Sophomore Maria Koepke, a Type 1 diabetic, said the price of insulin led a friend of hers to turn to Koepke’s family for support. “My family actually had to step in to help her pay for it and that was a very difficult time for us,” Koepke said.  Winkler, who’s son has diabetes, said l...

As technology improves, privacy worsens

March 10, 2020

Gage’s story may seem far-fetched, but Wisconsin teacher David Kruchten was accused of planting surveillance devices in three of his students’ hotel rooms, according to the Star Tribune. On Feb. 5, he was charged in Hennepin County District Court with three counts of interfering with privacy. Jus...

The law is on our side

March 10, 2020

Although privacy law varies on a state-by-state basis, it all boils down to the central idea of a reasonable expectation of privacy, according to Nadeem Schwen, a privacy attorney and co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. “Privacy, especially when we’re talking about film...

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