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Paint nights spur ingenuity

Paint nights spur ingenuity

Maggie Klaers

March 25, 2019


Filed under Features Columns, Student Life

Many people believe that artistic ability is a genetically built-in talent, when in fact most of the skills involved in art come from practice and repetition. Even so, art isn’t meant only for those with the dexterity to turn their own artistic vision into a reality, it is meant for everyone. A ...

Live performance encourages confidence

Live performance encourages confidence

David Bryant

December 22, 2018


Filed under Features Columns

Since attending my first live music show at the Depot Coffee House freshman year, I have taken an interest in being in a band. Seeing a musical side to those kids who didn't say much at school was eye opening. After finding myself back at the Depot every month or two my involvement only grew, which e...

Dancing despite other demands

Dancing despite other demands

Katie Hardie

December 20, 2018


Filed under Sports Columns

For me, dance has always been a priority. But this year, the hours of homework have forced me to put it on the back burner. In the beginning of dance class we have basic training and a time for conditioning. Since school has started, I’ve had to skip it and do homework instead. Basic training is the ...

Age difference expands comfort zone

Age difference expands comfort zone

Isaac Wahl

December 6, 2018


Filed under Features Columns

Eavesdropping at a graduation party, I overheard a woman looking for a young male actor to audition for a show. We ended up talking later that day, and I could tell she was hesitant to ask if I was interested in auditioning. That turned out to be the beginning of my first professional show. After an audition la...

Playing through the pain

Playing through the pain

Emma Leff

November 1, 2018


Filed under Sports Columns

At a cold, rainy soccer practice last April I remember lining up to kick a long ball. As soon as I had kicked it, I knew something was wrong. My quad was extremely tense and it hurt to walk. I tried to ignore it. Our tournament started in two days and I did not want to miss it. As I warmed up for ...

Scams interrupt daily life

Scams interrupt daily life

Evelyn Nelson

October 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

The beginning of this year has made me realize how apparent spam messages from phone calls, text messages and everyday interactions I was truly receiving. The problem only increasing when receiving up to four phone calls from random numbers in one class, distracting my learning during school. I was n...

Closing down on competitive dance

Closing down on competitive dance

Rachel Salzer

October 9, 2018


Filed under Sports Columns

At the age of 2 I went to my first dance class. I started my dance career at a studio in St. Louis Park called On Your Toes. At first I was only in recreational classes then when I turned 6 I started doing competitive dance. Being on a competition team meant more hours dancing and competing...

Law restricts women’s right to choose

Law restricts women’s right to choose

Samantha Klepfer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

According to The Hill, Iowa recently passed the most aggressive abortion law in the country labeled the “Fetal Heartbeat bill” stating that it is illegal for women to get an abortion if their baby has a heartbeat at the time of the procedure. According to the law, if a woman wants an abortion, they m...

Growing up with naturally curly hair

Growing up with naturally curly hair

Tjessa Arradondo

May 7, 2018


Filed under Features Columns

Having really curly hair can be tough, especially when you’ve tried hundreds of hair products specialized in keeping your hair under control. Even though it’s just natural hair, there's always a sacred story in every braid, lock and curl. As a kid before school, I would ask my dad to comb through...

Listen up, make an impact

Listen up, make an impact

Yonah Davis

March 21, 2018


Filed under Features Columns

The Minnesota Capitol's rotunda was packed with a sea of orange-clad people of all ages united by a common goal: to end gun violence, on Thursday, Feb. 22. Gun violence prevention organization Protect Minnesota organized the rally in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Rally attende...

Environment fosters conservative hate

Environment fosters conservative hate

Mimi Fhima

February 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

The Park community prides itself in graciously accepting people of all religions, ethnicities and socio-economic statuses. While Park does an exceptional job of this, we are, shamefully, nowhere near accepting of all viewpoints. It is unfair to categorize all Trump supporters as mean-spirited and racist. Th...

Sam’s Club closures detrimental to low wage workforce

Sam’s Club closures detrimental to low wage workforce

William Phelan

February 6, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

On January 12, Walmart announced the closing of 63 of its Sam’s Club stores across 32 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Closures varied from taking effect immediately to being gradually implemented over the next few weeks. The corporation’s justified this action in that it would help them free up finan...

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