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What to binge during quarantine

What to binge during quarantine

Lilly Lisznyai, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

There hasn’t been much to do at home except watch movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix. Netflix has been pushing out a lot of shows and movies for its users to watch since the stay at home order was enforced in March. Here are some of the best Netflix original shows to binge watch a...

“beautiful flaws” by Portage Northern alumni review

“beautiful flaws” by Portage Northern alumni review

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

April 16, 2020

On March 20th, 2020, the Instagram account @foxwoodstudios, run by PN alumni, the Labian family, posted an announcement: the most recent Labian graduate, Chloe published a book of poetry and pre-orders were now available. The book is titled “beautiful flaws” and it covers a wide range of topics, ...

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” review

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

April 8, 2020

Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Jeff Lowe, and Doc Antle were not household names. That is until the documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” hit Netflix on March 20th. The limited series follows the life of gun-toting big cat zoo owner and operator of G.W. Zoo, Joe Exotic. It exposes the...

The effects of being self deprecating

The effects of being self deprecating

Lucy Madelung, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

Humor. It’s used to make people laugh, make people feel better about their day, and most importantly, it attracts people. In a world where big personalities thrive, however, the wit that goes along with it may be at the person's expense. Teenagers in today's society are plagued with the thought th...

PN marching ensembles take their talents indoor

PN marching ensembles take their talents indoor

Melissah Morris-Adkins, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

While most people associate the marching band with Fall, many of its members are hard at work in the winter, too. PNHS has three winter ensembles: the Portage Northern Winter Guard, Cyclone Winds and Portage Northern Indoor Percussion Ensemble.  The groups have been hard at work to make the shows thus ...

Divided by time: generations reflect on the defining qualities between age groups

It's hard navigating the generation divide- here's what that means

Kylie Clifton, Arushi Mithal, and Lucy Madelung

March 27, 2020

Laughter pours in at the dinner table at a family reunion. Surrounded by familiar faces,  a breathtaking aroma of food drizzles in. In the midst of all this warmth, iPhones buzz and chime from people’s pockets. Some people choose to ignore it, others cannot resist the temptation of checking thenotif...

Not “Coronacation”: students struggle to fill the void left by school in the wake of cancellation

Microscopic view of Coronavirus, a pathogen that attacks the respiratory tract.

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 26, 2020

What Happened? On Thursday, March 12th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the monumental decision to close all K-12 schools in Michigan until April 6th as a way to combat the spread of Covid-19. That would be the first day of Spring Break for Portage students, which made their return date April 13th: a fu...

100% that witch: senior Nina Lockwood explores witchcraft

Lockwood poses in the lake for her senior pictures at Scidmore Park, of Three Rivers. Holding her shoes and looking towards the future.

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

March 26, 2020

 “I don't worship Satan, I can’t move anything with my mind, or turn anyone into frogs,” senior Nina Lockwood indicates. “I myself like to identify as a witch. It makes it easier than having to explain Pagan witchcraft to someone, and it just sounds cooler.”    She might not be turning anyone into f...

The MLB’s worst offseason decision

Welcome to another installment of Sports Minute with Malcolm where our editor in chief talks about the biggest sports news.

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

March 25, 2020

This off-season has been devastating for the MLB. Following up an off-season headlined by the free agency of megastars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, this off-season has put the spotlight on something significantly less flattering: the Astros cheating scandal. The Astros used a camera in centerfield to...

Top of the world: Greed satirically targets the top one percent and the billion dollar fast fashion industry

The film's poster boasts the star with his shiny white veneers and burnt to a crisp tan

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 24, 2020

“Only connect.” The E.M. Forster quote was Greed’s beginning and end. The movie shows the bright and beautiful world of the top one percent, but with billionaires at the forefront, it seems the marketing fell flat. Even with this barrier, the message it sends is far more important. It tackles the...

Vacay vs Staycay

Vacay vs Staycay

March 23, 2020

Sleep is unnecessary

Is sleep really as important as everyone thinks? Feature editor Kylie Clifton thinks not.

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

March 21, 2020

In this prime era of our lives, time is everything. Apparently 6-8 hours of sleep is necessary every night according to any “doctor,” but many don’t realize what an absolute failure of productivity that is. We’re wasting hours upon hours every night, and for what? Nothing!  Now, forgoing sle...

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