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Empty Bowls educates, unites

Empty Bowls educates, unites

Noah Orloff and Adin Zweigbaum

March 5, 2019

While Empty Bowls planning committee co-chair Lisa Hertel reflected on the goals of the event, she said communal bonding was a main aspiration of Empty Bowls. “Our number one purpose in doing Empty Bowls is to bring the community together,” Hertel said. “I would say that Empty Bowls in St. Louis...

My first Senate testimony

My first Senate testimony

Yonah Davis

February 18, 2019

When the chair of the Minnesota Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee, Carla Nelson, called my name and invited me to begin my testimony my heart began to pound. I could hear myself speak as I presented my prepared remarks about the importance of personal finance education in high school in support of SF...

Gophers men’s hockey visits St. Louis Park

Gophers men’s hockey visits St. Louis Park

Rachel Salzer

January 28, 2019

As a part of the program “Gophers Skate the Cities,” the Gopher men’s hockey team recently made a trip to St. Louis Park to skate at the ROC Jan. 7. During this event, the Gophers had an hour long practice for the fans to watch, followed by an open skate with the players. Players also were s...

Destress club grant allows club to branch out

Destress club grant allows club to branch out

Isaac Wahl

January 21, 2019

Senior destress club co-president, Ayanna Nathan, was overjoyed to hear about the grant the club will now be receiving monthly. “I was incredibly excited to learn that we had won the grant,” Nathan said. “It will allow us to hire professionals for for some of our meetings for fun and new activities.” Birkeland...

Staff Editorial: Race panel highlights community-wide issues

Staff Editorial: Race panel highlights community-wide issues

December 3, 2018

Park’s Students Organized Against Racism recently held its second uncensored race panel. The panel allowed students and faculty to pre-submit questions to be answered by a diverse group of students at the panel itself. The Student Organization Against Racism (SOAR) panel members touched on issues per...

SOAR kicks off year by attending community panel

SOAR kicks off year by attending community panel

Sofia Seewald and Maggie Klaers

October 13, 2018

As a member of the Students Organized Against Racism club, junior Amaya Fokuo said she was impressed by the community discussion held at the Rec Center Oct. 11, as it brought awareness to important racial issues. “Last night we learned a lot about microaggressions, which was really interesting,” Fokuo said. “...

Staff Editorial: Discrimination lawsuit needs more attention, student input

Staff Editorial: Discrimination lawsuit needs more attention, student input

October 11, 2018

Last fall, the district was charged by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for discrimination against students of color and disabled students for disciplinary action. Suspensions and expulsions of these groups were found to be higher than white and non-disabled students at Park. According to...

Birdfeeder starts fresh with new student managers

Birdfeeder starts fresh with new student managers

Sofia Seewald and Maggie Klaers

October 2, 2018

Adviser of the Birdfeeder, Sophia Ross, said students in her community service class help run and manage the in-school food shelf. “The Birdfeeder is part of my community service class and everybody in the class takes part in the Birdfeeder, like helping out with the food drives or telling people...

Climate Action Plan takes hold

Climate Action Plan takes hold

Gabriel Kaplan

September 12, 2018

The St. Louis Park Climate Action Plan, adopted in February of 2018, has already begun to take effect throughout the city. The plan was formed by the City Council and was spurred on by lobbying from Park’s Roots and Shoots environmental club. The plan’s three “kick-start projects” will jum...

School club creates community

School club creates community

David Bryant

June 4, 2018

Physics teacher and club adviser Daniel Ruzek said since his introduction to the Dungeons & Dragons club, he continues to enjoy the experience and people involved. “I was strong-armed into the club by two kids last year, and I thought it sounded easy enough and could be a fun experience,” R...

Nest intends to focus on students needs

Nest intends to focus on students needs

Marta Hill

February 9, 2018

When Nest chair Julia Schmelzer reflected on the purpose behind the Nest, she said the goal is especially relevant in today's day and age. “(Students are) really scheduled, and there is a lot of stress. The expectations for school and getting into college are higher than they ever have been, so I thi...

Chick-fil-A opens in Knollwood

Chick-fil-A opens in Knollwood

Nicole Sanford

February 2, 2018

Starting as a new employee at the recently opened Chick-fil-A restaurant located in St. Louis Park, sophomore Demareon Caston said he predicts the new location will be a hit. “It’s actually my first job and I wanted to do something new,” Caston said. “It’s a fun place to work at becaus...

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