The Northern Light

Complaining About Complainers

Ally Rabe, Sports Editor

December 12, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Whiny, negative, pessimistic, irritable, and ungrateful. Any names come to mind? It’s almost a given that everyone knows at least one person who acts like this, and in this day and age, usually the majority of people reflect these traits. But why must everyone complain about their “terrible” life...

Give me your lunch money: Bullying at Portage Northern

Give me your lunch money: Bullying at Portage Northern

Dianne Ro, Editor-in-Chief

December 2, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Bullying doesn’t seem to exist at Northern; there are no offensive linemen in varsity jackets pulling at the underwear of freshmen in deserted hallways, nor are there gum-chewing cheerleaders smothered in lip gloss tripping unfortunate dorks. The bathrooms aren’t filled with the cries of swirly-victims,...

Making math more than math

Making math more than math

Sarah Cornell, Life & Style Editor

November 11, 2013


Filed under Opinion

“Mr. Swoboda is constantly cheerful- his mood does not change. His usual bright mood helps make it through dreadful first hour,”said Jung Park(10). Mr. Swoboda is an algebra and calculus teacher at Portage Northern High School. On top of teaching, he is also a building chair and the Portage Public...

Saluting to Our Dehumanization: The Pledge of Allegiance

Saluting to Our Dehumanization: The Pledge of Allegiance

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

October 12, 2013


Filed under All, Opinion, Recommended Stories

I will begin by saying that I love the United States and am as patriotic as the next person. I believe that changes are necessary yes, but we live in a good country. However, Michigan’s new law regarding the Pledge of Allegiance is one of those things that needs to change. When we were taught to...

Death by Scantron: A look at Standardized Testing

Death by Scantron: A look at Standardized Testing

Ben Beach, News Editor

October 3, 2013


Filed under All, Opinion

“I had to take my first standardized test when I was in 3rd grade. It was 4 hours long and I fell asleep in the middle of it,” said Sami Ahmad (10). From the MEAP to the omniscient SAT, students take dozens of standardized tests throughout their educational career, starting in elementary school and...

The Game of Favorites

The Game of Favorites

Molly Garcia, Staff Writer

October 3, 2013


Filed under All, Opinion

“I see a pattern in the casting. Every year you see the same people on the callback list. It’s never a surprise which makes it seem unfair. Certain people are given more opportunities and chances to be casted,” said an anonymous senior. Every fall, students of all grade level audition for Portage...

Student Sections: The Truth about Portage Northern

Student Sections: The Truth about Portage Northern

Andrew Stone, Staff Writer

October 3, 2013


Filed under All, Opinion

In front of about 150 or so students in the crowd for Portage Northern’s Winterfest basketball game against Benton Harbor last year, a player went up for a dunk and grazed the rim as he put the ball through the net. The students went nuts! The only problem being the player who attempted the dunk was...

Portage Northern’s Left Door

Portage Northern’s Left Door

Jonathan Crowell, Opinion Editor

October 3, 2013


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“It just throws off my whole day,” said Avi Grode (12). Portage Northern students have to deal with the left door on the second floor east hallway everyday because the builders of the new school never put into consideration how students would get through. The handles are only on one side of the door...

Money Grows On Trees?

Money Grows On Trees?

Sarah Cornell, Life & Style Editor

September 24, 2013


Filed under All, Opinion

“I don’t think that it makes sense for us to have to pay to leave school,” said Maggie Mianecke (11).  For students, lunch can be the best part of their day. It is the time where they go and see all the friends that they do not necessarily get to see often because of the busy high school schedule....

Learning Beyond the Classroom with iTunes U

Learning Beyond the Classroom with iTunes U

Ben Beach, News Editor

September 24, 2013


Filed under All, Opinion, Recommended Stories

“It’s a good way to supplement in class learning,” said Connor Bach (10). iTunes U is a computer program through which students may access lecture provided free from various universities. Apple Inc. provides this service in order to disseminate lectures and lessons from universities around the...

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