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Divided by time: generations reflect on the defining qualities between age groups

Divided by time: generations reflect on the defining qualities between age groups

Kylie Clifton, Arushi Mithal, and Lucy Madelung

March 27, 2020

Laughter pours in at the dinner table at a family reunion. Surrounded by familiar faces,  a breathtaking aroma of food drizzles in. In the midst of all this warmth, iPhones buzz and chime from people’s pockets. Some people choose to ignore it, others cannot resist the temptation of checking thenotif...

Not “Coronacation”: students struggle to fill the void left by school in the wake of cancellation

Not “Coronacation”: students struggle to fill the void left by school in the wake of cancellation

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 26, 2020

What Happened? On Thursday, March 12th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the monumental decision to close all K-12 schools in Michigan until April 6th as a way to combat the spread of Covid-19. That would be the first day of Spring Break for Portage students, which made their return date April 13th: a fu...

100% that witch: senior Nina Lockwood explores witchcraft

100% that witch: senior Nina Lockwood explores witchcraft

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

March 26, 2020

 “I don't worship Satan, I can’t move anything with my mind, or turn anyone into frogs,” senior Nina Lockwood indicates. “I myself like to identify as a witch. It makes it easier than having to explain Pagan witchcraft to someone, and it just sounds cooler.”    She might not be turning anyone into f...

The MLB’s worst offseason decision

The MLB’s worst offseason decision

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

March 25, 2020

This off-season has been devastating for the MLB. Following up an off-season headlined by the free agency of megastars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, this off-season has put the spotlight on something significantly less flattering: the Astros cheating scandal. The Astros used a camera in centerfield to...

Top of the world: Greed satirically targets the top one percent and the billion dollar fast fashion industry

Top of the world: Greed satirically targets the top one percent and the billion dollar fast fashion industry

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 24, 2020

“Only connect.” The E.M. Forster quote was Greed’s beginning and end. The movie shows the bright and beautiful world of the top one percent, but with billionaires at the forefront, it seems the marketing fell flat. Even with this barrier, the message it sends is far more important. It tackles the...

Vacay vs Staycay

Vacay vs Staycay

March 23, 2020

Sleep is unnecessary

Sleep is unnecessary

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

March 21, 2020

In this prime era of our lives, time is everything. Apparently 6-8 hours of sleep is necessary every night according to any “doctor,” but many don’t realize what an absolute failure of productivity that is. We’re wasting hours upon hours every night, and for what? Nothing!  Now, forgoing sle...

DECA state competition takes place in Detroit

DECA state competition takes place in Detroit

Snigda Narisetty, Editor in Chief

March 20, 2020

The past weekend was an eventful one for members of Portage Northern’s DECA chapter. DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an organization which promotes and encourages the development of business and leadership skills through academic conferences and competitions. Over...

PN United team participates in Polar Plunge together

PN United team participates in Polar Plunge together

Astrid Code, News Editor

March 20, 2020

On February 22, the Portage Northern Unified team participated in the Polar Plunge at Bell’s Brewery to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI). Student leader of the Youth Advisory Committee, junior Max Zigterman, explains: “Here at PN, we have recently become a Unified Champion School. That...

We are all pieces of the same puzzle

We are all pieces of the same puzzle

The Staff

March 19, 2020

­“Okay Boomer.” This phrase has been everywhere on social media in the last few months. It is a way of the ‘younger’ generations, like Millenials and Gen Z, dismissing the ideas and opinions of the older, Baby Boomer generation. There has always been a notion that the Baby Boomers are so diffe...

PN to implement social emotional learning dog for students’ mental health

PN to implement social emotional learning dog for students’ mental health

Astrid Code, News Editor

March 18, 2020

Anxiety and depression are a major problem for many high school students. Soon, Portage Northern hopes to employ a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) dog to help. “The dog will be at PNHS every day school is in session,” explains social studies teacher Ryan Ledlow, who got the SEL dog program approve...

Color is not consent: how St. Patrick’s day can start an important discussion about touching people without permission

Color is not consent: how St. Patrick’s day can start an important discussion about touching people without permission

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 17, 2020

A two sentence horror story: “You’re not wearing green!” A pinching hand reaches towards you, tapping their pointer and thumb together.  Every St. Patrick’s Day, thousands of people across the country scramble to find any sad excuse for green to avoid unwanted touching from their peers. ...

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