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13 Reasons Why: Romanticizing suicide or bringing awareness?

13 Reasons Why: Romanticizing suicide or bringing awareness?

June 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Opinion, Showcase, Television, Uncategorized

Two Northern Light staffers examine the positive and negative aspects of Netflix's adaptation of Jay Asher's novel.

Behind The Scenes: what is not commonly known about zoos

keegan tenney, staff writer
May 31, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

Instead of letting animals live in their natural habitat, humans pave over over their territory to build harmful, tight enclosures that commoditize them for entertainment. Animals are forced into these harsh habitats that are too small for life. They die much more frequently in zoos than they do in the wi...

Participation Trophies: Beneficial or Unnecessary?

meredith ablao, news editor
May 31, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

Throughout many young kid’s  journey through life, they will experience sports. They will learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of exercise. These concepts are all crucial parts of growing up and developing hobbies, friends, and talents. However, playing sports at a young age does not...

The perks of being polyglot

Issra Said, Staff Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

There are approximately 6,500 spoken languages in the world, yet only 15-20 percent of Americans consider themselves bilingual (University of Texas). Countless studies exemplify the benefits of learning another language, but America lags behind. Often times when a foreigner is speaking their language, ...

Cultures as Costumes

Cultures as Costumes

Megna Joshi, Website Editor
March 12, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

Halloween and costume parties are a great way to dress up as a favorite character and pretend to be a different person. At the same time, it can be seen as offensive to certain cultures because people tend to use traditional dresses as “costumes” for Halloween. While this may upset some people, I...

Trigger warnings: Pro/Con

March 8, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

Two of our writers examine the positive and negative aspects of trigger warnings.

Apps: Helpful or a Waste of Time?

Matilda Buehler, Staff writer
March 7, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

From the minute we wake up, most of us highly depend on our phones. We use it to set our alarm, check the time, upload pictures, or tweet about the last interesting event. Nowadays a great majority of the American population relies on emails, phones, and laptops, and a life without technology is unthinkable....

Not enough Zzz will result in plenty of E’s

Not enough Zzz will result in plenty of E’s

Salvador DelVecchio, Staff writer
March 6, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

The life of a student in high school is rough and rigorous, filled with stressful dilemmas and overbearing due dates as well as hours upon hours of homework.  With all of this compounded together, it makes students have a tough time finding a way to get some much needed sleep.  School finishes late...

Prescription Drug Advertising

Lyndsey Case, Social Media manager
March 2, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

Lyndsey Case (12) and Mackenzie Brey (11) access the pros and cons to prescription drug advertising.

President’s Day: the never noticed holiday

Megan Rinock, Illustrator
February 21, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

There are a lot of holidays in American culture that are about as noticeable as dirt. Without fail, Americans never actually celebrate the few holidays that we do have about our country. The only major country-celebrating we do have is the 4th of July. But President’s Day? Memorial Day? Veterans Day?...

CON: Healthcare is a right, not a privilege

Meredith Ablao, News Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion

We know how the bathrooms at Portage Northern are absolutely trash, right? There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of the main ones is that the custodial staff has been privatized. The move, which allows different companies to try and undercut each other to get the job, demonstrates an incentive...

Pro-Con: Privatizing Healthcare

Pro-Con: Privatizing Healthcare

February 16, 2017
Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

NOTE: in the latest edition of the paper, the "PRO" side of this article was printed incorrectly. The correct version appears below.  

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