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All things music: Rap

All things music: Rap

Megan McKenzie, Feature Editor

October 8, 2014


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“Rap isn’t like all other music, it’s a different way to relate to hardships throughout life,” says Hunter Roush (10). Rap music has something for a wide range of people to listen to because of how much it varies. “If you listen to the lyrics in depth, they really tell a story and express feelings,”...

All things music: Rock

All things music: Rock

Megan McKenzie, Feature Editor

October 8, 2014


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“Music gives me a sense of community through others that love it too,” says Jacob Rollins (10). Rollins is a huge fan of many types of music, but is definitely passionate about rock music. “I listen to anything from delta blues from the 1930s and 40s to the Norwegian black metal scene of the 1990s,”...

Conservative perspective

Jon Crowell, Opinion Editor

April 24, 2014


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As a Republican, I believe in hard work, rewarding economic growth, and that the government has no place in my personal life. However, many young people disagree. “I believe [that young people tend to be liberal] because it is easier and more fun to be a liberal in the minds of a lot of people,”...

Millennials are not the 21st century hippies: the generation curve ball

Liz Barnes, Staff Writer

April 24, 2014


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“I think it’s more about social media and how views are changing throughout this generation,” said Kelsey Krepps (12), “so they tend to be more open.” The “Millennials,” or people ages 18-33, are the generation that’s throwing a curve ball into past generations political opinions. Past...

The Moderate view

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

April 24, 2014


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For years, teachers and textbooks have praised our government’s two party system. Thus, this country has raised us to believe that we must fully choose one party over another. This dichotomy between Republicans and Democrats, however, does not make for such a glorious system as we have been taught....

The American political system: an introduction

Ben Beach, News Editor

April 24, 2014


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The United States political system is a system that is both many faceted while still singularly uniform. Over the past two centuries, two main political parties have arisen as the chief legislative viewpoints in US culture: the conservative Republican Party to the right and the liberal Democratic Party...

Stereotypes: The Emo

Stereotypes: The Emo

Abby Porter, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014


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Stereotypes: Wears all black, dark makeup or colored hair, and listens to metal or screamo music, depressed, gauges, act like loners, music like Black Veil Brides, Marilyn Manson, or Asking Alexandria. The Story: When seeing a person, it is only natural to judge them or put them in a class like that is a ...

Stereotypes: The Nerd

Stereotypes: The Nerd

Alaina Taylor, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014


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Stereotypes: Glasses, anti-social, bookworms, pretentious, waves hand in the air, has love affair with computers, competes in computer programming comps, teachers' pets. The Story: We all know who they are. Or more accurately, what they look like. Glasses-bearing, anti-social recluses with their...

Stereotypes: The Jock

Stereotypes: The Jock

Ally Rabe, Sports Editor

April 1, 2014


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Sterotypes: Masculine, strong, athletic, attractive, popular, ladies’ man, dumb, cocky, beats up the nerd and takes his lunch money, disrespectful towards girls. The Story: Brad Tabor (12) is a varsity football player at PortageNorthernHigh School.  He has grown up playing numerous sports...

Stereotypes: The Christian Kid

Stereotypes: The Christian Kid

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

April 1, 2014


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Stereotypes: Good student, well mannered, anti-science, and intolerant. The Story: Kyle Huitt (12) is involved with the Latin Club, the Bible Club, Michigan Youth in Government, and Forensics at PortageNorthernHigh School. He has grown up in a Christian family and currently attends services...

Stereotypes: The Prep

Stereotypes: The Prep

Jenna Mattison, Photo Manager

April 1, 2014


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Stereotypes: Rich, dramatic, ignorant, stuck up, owns an iphone, drinks Starbucks coffee, wears clothing that looks professional yet fashionable. The Story: There are many people in Portage who classify themselves as a prep or a typical white girl; however, you do not have to be caucasian to...

Student Story: Felix Holdorf

Student Story: Felix Holdorf

Molly Garcia, Staff Writer

February 13, 2014


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"I've been in 28 different countries," said Felix Holdorf (12). Holdorf, who lived in England with his family until the age of four, has traveled the globe with his family his entire life. "I think my first out of country trip was when I was just a couple weeks old to France." After four years of li...

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