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IB: Tool or Torture?

IB: Tool or Torture?

Alaina Taylor, Opinion Editor

December 18, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Pulling hair, drying tears, stressing over due dates and caffeine-induced all nighters. IB Diploma candidates and students are familiar with all of the above afflictions. But is this arduous process really the nightmare upperclassman make it out to be? Here, weigh the good with the bad and compare opinions...

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PC

Lily Antor, Northern Light Entertainment Editor, PNHS

December 15, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Personal Narrative

Leaving my house particularly early for a Thursday morning, I climbed into my car and started on my usual morning route. As I neared Milham and Oakland, however, I did not turn left but instead continued straight until I reached Centre Avenue. Through the bustling morning traffic,  I glanced out my win...

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PN

Isabella Wilson, Central Stampede Entertainment Editor, PCHS

December 15, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Personal Narrative

On Nov. 16, I was given the opportunity to attend Portage Northern High School for a day. Despite knowing many students who attend PN, I have to admit, I felt incredibly frazzled turning down Oregon Avenue and attempting to approach the parking lot filled with buzzing teenagers. For starters, I ...

Who runs the world?

Who runs the world?

Alaina Taylor, Opinion Editor

November 20, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion, World

I still remember the day that it happened. I was in class debating something with some of my friends. I was vehemently stating my case, a pretty sound one if I might add, and one guy interrupted me saying, “Why don’t you just go back to the kitchen?”, which resulted in a volley of laughs and jeers....

The F-word: Feminist

The F-word: Feminist

Janelle Tereshinski, Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

Male-hating, bra-burning, protesting warriors. Short hair, hairy armpits, and a passion to destroy the patriarchy. These are common stereotypes of a feminist. But in reality, there isn’t a contract that feminists sign agreeing to throw away their razors and wax, take a lighter to their lingerie, or...

#Selfie: the misuse of Instagram

#Selfie: the misuse of Instagram

Maddy Conklin, Entertainment Editor

November 19, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

“How many likes did I get?” The amount of times I have heard or have been on the receiving end of that question is astounding. From selfies to Starbucks, we post pictures of it all. Unfortunately, we tend to abuse our posts to Instagram. This could range from unintentional annoyances to making poor...

Ebola: How Serious is It?

Ebola: How Serious is It?

Lydia Huitt, Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion, World

Rev. Dr. Manjerngie Ndebe grew up in Bolahun Lofa County in Northwestern Liberia. She then left everything she knew and eventually fled to America in 1973 as a refugee from the civil war that broke out in her home country.  Now, every Saturday, one can find her sitting outside of her office, in the...

To buy or not to buy: Healthy lunch options at Portage Northern

To buy or not to buy: Healthy lunch options at Portage Northern

Anna Heystek, Special to the NL

October 29, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

“It was the highlight of everybody’s Wednesday,” said Brooklyn Hudson (10).  Due to Michelle Obama’s new lunch program, health standards in school lunches are changing everything, including the school popcorn. Children are not eating and schools are wasting food as well as losing money ever...

Kim Possible of Room 2.133

Kim Possible of Room 2.133

Lexi Gavlas, Special to the nl

October 14, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

“She’s so passionate about what she does, and she just gets so involved in her teaching.  You can tell she really knows what she’s talking about, and you know you’re always going to  learn something from her,” says Anna Heysteck (10) when asked about her former teacher, Mrs. Palmer.  Kim...

Not so ‘top’ laptops

Not so ‘top’ laptops

Connor Dunlop, Special to the nl

October 13, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

“The first laptop I couldn’t log in, the second laptop wouldn’t connect to the internet, and finally the third one worked,” said Jerome Leiter (11). Everyday students at Portage Northern find themselves having the same problems Leiter had. Come on, Portage Northern, it’s the 21st century. We...

Dress to impress: students speculate over the fairness in the school’s policy

Dress to impress: students speculate over the fairness in the school’s policy

Alaina Taylor (11), Opinion Editor

October 9, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

‘If a student has selected a manner of appearance that is beyond mere freedom of expression and disrupts the educational process… they may be removed from the educational setting.’ -PN Dress Code.  It’s no secret that here at Portage Northern, there is a widely despised and unpopular policy...

New school policies

New school policies

Olivia Cessna, News Editor

October 8, 2014


Filed under All, Local, Opinion

Positives 7:35 Start Time: From a high schooler's point of view, that is 10 minutes less sleep, so of course, they would oppose, but let’s look at the pros, shall we? “In my opinion, it’s not about where the time is placed, its about the added time in the classroom with our teachers inc...

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