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Reading Together: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visits Kalamazoo

Reading Together: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visits Kalamazoo

Issra Said, Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

On the evening of March 14, the Kalamazoo Public Library hosted retired NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium, to introduce his new book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, to the people of greater Kalamazoo. Both basketba...

Portage Northern Menchinger tournament

Portage Northern Menchinger tournament

Megna Joshi, Website editor

March 15, 2017


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This weekend the PN forensics team crushed the annual Menchinger Tournament on their own turf. Portage Northern has been a strong team for many years and with the winners at last tournament, P.N. proved that they are not just the best team in Portage, but also a contender for the state title. While ...

PN launches Brick Campaign to help students, alumni, and community make their mark on the new stadium

PN launches Brick Campaign to help students, alumni, and community make their mark on the new stadium

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor

March 14, 2017


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Since the news was released that Portage Northern will be building its own football stadium and soccer field, the community has been anxiously awaiting any new developments in regards to the new facilities. Turns out, Portage Northern is breaking ground in more ways that one. The school is reaching out...

Starting Anew: The Uprooting of the PN Track Leaves a Melancholy Feeling Amongst Track Runners

Lexi Gavlas, Spotlight editor

March 14, 2017


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On February 24th, 2017 the Portage Northern Track was uprooted following the construction plans of a new stadium in 2019.  Alexa Vanderhoff, Portage Northern Alum and Cross Country & Track Runner at Miami University of Ohio tweeted out that night, “RIP PN Track- although you had many cracks an...

Global Warming

Carter Landis, Sports editor

March 9, 2017


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While most people in Michigan are enjoying the warm weather that has arrived early and unexpectedly, there’s a good chance a majority of those people don’t understand that this weather spells a serious threat to the stability of the planet. Global warming is a conspiracy that has been prevalent for ove...

Does the MMR vaccine link to autism?

Does the MMR vaccine link to autism?

Issra Said, Staff Writer

March 9, 2017


Filed under News, World

The general public has gone on for more than a decade believing that the MMR vaccine inflicts more harm than good. This vaccine is known to prevent diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella. Yet, there is a widespread notion that this vaccine causes autism in children.   This scare genera...

China reverses one child only policy; incentivizes second child

Lyndsey Case, Social Media Manager

March 7, 2017


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For nearly four decades, China implemented a One Child Policy that only allowed Chinese families to have one child. This policy, which ended in 2015, was pushed harshly and strictly by the Chinese Government but did result in slowing China’s overpopulation problem. Now, however, the government is look...

Suicide Bombing in Homs

Suicide Bombing in Homs

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

March 7, 2017


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On February 25th, 2017, two towers were torn into flames by a group of suicide bombers, instantly taking 32 lives, including a senior security official-Bashar al-Assad, who controls the area of the Military Intelligence service. Major General Hassan Daeboul, the officer in charge of the local military...

Lacrosse Season Preview: The Boys Prepare for Another Great Season

Lily Antor, Entertainment editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under Local, News

Peering through the south-west facing windows of the school may allow students to catch sight of the bare, seemingly deserted lacrosse field. Despite the fact that construction on PN’s property may change the appearance of the field soon, the lacrosse boys have already started preparing for the upcom...

PN Senate holds Blood Drive

Matilda Buehler, Staff writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Local, News

Blood is Welcomed-PN Senate host their semi-annual Blood Drive Once again the Portage Northern Student Senate will contribute to the community welfare by hosting their second semi annual Michigan Blood Drive this year on March 2nd. Every student and staff over the age of 16 can sign up in Kellie ...

Illness closes 4 area schools on Friday, 2/24

Megan Rinock, Illustrator

March 1, 2017


Filed under Local, News

While Portage Northern was closed for winter break on Friday, February 24, 4 other local schools were closed due to illness. Kalamazoo Public Schools, Gull Lake Community Schools, Comstock, and Climax Scotts were all closed on Friday due to an increase in influenza and stomach flu. According to a...

Fort Lauderdale airport shooting leaves 5 dead

Annie Malek, J1 staff writer

January 25, 2017


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On Friday, January 6th, 2017, the vacationers at Fort Lauderdale Airport experienced a lot more than the warm temperatures and sunny sky. One man, Esteban Santiago (26), picked up his luggage from the baggage claim, went to the bathroom, loaded a gun and managed to kill 5 people and hospitalize 8 others. Santiago...

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