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Nott your average teacher: A closer look at the Language Arts teacher Ms. Nott

Nott your average teacher: A closer look at the Language Arts teacher Ms. Nott

Laura Kirkendall, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014


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“I admire her desire to work hard to create a comfortable setting in the classroom so that all the students can express themselves openly,” says Rachel Sherman (12). “[Ms. Nott] is the coolest teacher I have had so far, I think because she teaches well and makes literature fun,” says Maya Ganapathy...

Facing poverty: raising the minimum wage

Jon Crowell, Opinion Editor

April 1, 2014


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"Michigan voters decided a number of years ago to raise the minimum wage above the national level, and the news this week tells us that it is likely again to be on the November ballot," said Fred Upton, U.S. Representative, Michigan's 6th district. Whether or not to raise minimum wage has been the subject...

Top Ten Reasons to Love Senior Year

Top Ten Reasons to Love Senior Year

Jonathan Crowell, Opinion Editor

March 16, 2014


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1. No making up snow days in summer 2. Being done with school before everyone else 3. Knowing that college is coming soon 4. Less homework 5. Taking classes you want to take 6. Senior skip days 7. Grad bash 8. Senior breakfast 9. No school while juniors take ACTs 10. Leaving first for pep assem...

Too Fast for Fast Food: Student Jobs

Sarah Cornell, Life and Style Editor

February 13, 2014


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“Getting paid is the best part,” said Courtney Launder (11) regarding her job. There is no doubt that most high school students would love a few extra dollars from time to time. The best way to achieve that desire is to finally get that job that we all absolutely never wanted. Besides money,  the...

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


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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


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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


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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


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“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


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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


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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


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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


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“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...

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