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Nike ad with Kaepernick receives unnecessary backlash

Nike ad with Kaepernick receives unnecessary backlash

Maddie Schutte

September 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

Prompting severe backlash from some and immense support from others, new Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick shows bravery and dedication to a movement that isn’t leaving any time soon. Kaepernick first tweeted the ad on Sept. 3. It was a black and white photo of him with the quote, “Believe in somet...

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

William Phelan

May 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

On May 16th, my IB testing concluded with the Spanish B SL exam. 22 hours of sitting in a desk over the course of the last two weeks, taking some of the highest pressure tests of my life thus far. However, if I had the choice I would do it over again in a heartbeat. As an IB diploma candidate, these past two y...

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...

Recent shootings cause increase in school security

Recent shootings cause increase in school security

Sofie Geretz

May 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

In response to the many school shootings taking place around America, some schools have decided to take preventive measures. Hopkins, Southwest and Park have all acted differently to combat this issue, Park being the least active. Hopkins decided to implement door alarms to their school to ensure the securit...

Senior after-graduation celebration causes controversy over price

Senior after-graduation celebration causes controversy over price

May 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Every year, senior parent volunteers plan an all night party with the goal of providing the new grads a safe alcohol, drug, and smoke-free place to celebrate after graduation. This year’s party costs $75 without aid.

Assassins game appears insensitive

Assassins game appears insensitive

April 14, 2018


Filed under Staff Editorials

Every year, two seniors organize a game of assassins — an activity centered around students hunting other students with Nerf guns. The current educational and political climate brings new layers to the context of the game that cannot be ignored, including increased awareness of gun violence. ...

Racist Indians logo to be removed

Racist Indians logo to be removed

Emma Yarger

February 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Major League Baseball took a major step forward by mandating that the Cleveland Indians remove their racist logo for the 2019 season. Although, larger problems exist as both the league and the team will continue to sell merchandise with the racist logo. The logo is a cartoon depiction of a Nati...

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...

Lavar Ball, Donald Trump feud childish

Lavar Ball, Donald Trump feud childish

Jacob Stillman

December 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On Nov. 6, UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested while on the team’s preseason exhibition game in Shanghai, China for shoplifting from three stores near their team hotel in Hangzhou, China, according to Sports Illustrated. According to Yahoo Sports, the players were headed for 3-10 years in jail. During this time, U.S....

National parks to increase admission fee

National parks to increase admission fee

Yonit Krebs

November 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion Columns

According to The New York Times, U.S. national parks are considering increasing their admission fees at 17 popular parks to combat record-high numbers of visitors. The revenue from these proposed increases would go to maintenance and infrastructure projects. According to National Public Radio, the in...

Parking passes do not guarantee spot

Parking passes do not guarantee spot

November 3, 2017


Filed under Staff Editorials

Students who wish to park in the student lot must purchase a $50 parking pass at the beginning of each semester. Because students without passes park in the student lot, students who purchased a pass are still not guaranteed a spot in the lot. Even if they paid for a pass, students with morning open h...

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