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Phil Robertson is a Bad Man: Duck Dynasty Scandal

Phil Robertson is a Bad Man: Duck Dynasty Scandal

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

There is a significant issue in our society regarding religion. When someone utters hate speech on the grounds of their own opinion, they are chastised by the world. But when a man does it in the name of his god, the vast majority of the country prefers to ignore it as his “free speech.” Phil Robertson...

Quacking Controversy: Duck Dynasty Turns Heads

Quacking Controversy: Duck Dynasty Turns Heads

Jonathan Crowell, Opinion Editor

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

After stating in an interview that he did not support gay rights, A&E star Phil Robertson was suspended indefinitely from the hit reality T.V. show Duck Dynasty. Though A&E does have the right to suspend someone if they feel it is necessary, A&E is wrong to suspend someone for expressing thei...

Danger in the Hall: Arming Teachers

Jonathan Crowell, Opinion Editor

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

December 12, 2012, a shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in which 27 people were killed. As violence in schools continues to surface on the news time after time, an idea has been brought to attention: should teachers be armed? It is difficult to say for sure how the idea would play out, but there...

Arming Teachers: Decreasing Security by Securitization

Benjamin Beach, News Editor

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

“Arming teachers really doesn’t make sense—after all, we already have a police officer within the school,” said BoeminPark (10). Considering recent events, the most prominent of which is the Sandy HookElementary School shooting, many officials are considering arming teachers. Given the highly...

The Truth About Gossip

The Truth About Gossip

Megan McKenzie, Photographer

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

A little insight: When our editor in chief first assigned me this article it was supposed to be about a sexting scandal that recently attracted attention to Portage Northern. After much investigation and questioning, I realized the people who knew the real story were not going to tell it to me, and the...

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...

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