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The perks of being polyglot

Issra Said, Staff Writer
March 15
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.  

Whistleblowers: Traitors or Patriots?

Whistleblowers: Traitors or Patriots?

Bryn Bogemann, J1 Staff Writer
January 17
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

**UPDATE** JUST BEFORE 6:00 PM ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTED THE SENTENCE OF CHELSEA MANNING. SHE WILL NOW BE RELEASED IN MARCH 2017. THERE IS NO WORD YET AS TO WHETHER OR NOT JULIAN ASSANGE WILL EXTRADITE HIMSELF TO THE UNITED STATES AS PROMISED.  ____Original Article_____ ...

Russian Interference in Presidential Election

Komalpreet Kaur, J1 staff writer
January 16
Filed under All, Opinion, Uncategorized

The date of inauguration is nearing, and PEOTUS Donald Trump is still being questioned by the media regarding the election. From CNN to the CIA, many organizations are raising queries that are getting the population to wonder whether Trump won the White House fair and square, and if not, what the implications...

Obama’s Farewell Address: The Final Words

Obama’s Farewell Address: The Final Words

Anai Freeman, J1 staff writer
January 16
Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

On Tuesday January 20th, 2009 history was made when the first African-American president was inaugurated. Eight years later, on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, Barack Obama made his final address as president of the United States. His overall message? “We have hope.” Throughout his whole presidency, the med...

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