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Grade wars and how they negatively impact self esteem

Grade wars and how they negatively impact self esteem

Arushi Mithal, Staff Writer

April 19, 2019


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You walk in to math class, nervously anticipating to find out what your final grade is on the last exam. Everyone gets their papers back, some exclaim, comparing their grades that seem to be quite high. You finally get your test back, and a waterfall of dread washes over your face. You barely passed....

Prom: Ridiculously expensive, overrated, and on my calendar

Prom: Ridiculously expensive, overrated, and on my calendar

Keegan Tenney, Editor in Chief

March 20, 2019


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With prom, the biggest dance at any school, less than 2 months away, everyone is hurrying to find outfits, dates, and make plans. Now let me tell you, all the hustle and bustle is not worth it by any means. Don’t get me wrong, prom is something to be excited about. But there is so much time to figure...

The pressures of choosing a math or science related career

The pressures of choosing a math or science related career

Arushi Mithal, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019


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We have come a long way in sixty years, not only as a society but as a collection of individuals who are free to choose to do whatever they want, despite others telling them otherwise. In the 1950’s, job discrimination reigned terribly in America, and women were often told that they were inc...

No MO harmful memes

No MO harmful memes

Anai Freeman, Editor in Chief

March 13, 2019


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When you think of memes, the only thing that might come to mind are those cheesy pictures teachers use on their slideshows. As we become desensitized to many other topics, the more “outrageous” the memes tend to get. While it might seems funny to one person, to another it might come acros...

The disadvantages of continuing the concept of Daylights Saving Time

The disadvantages of continuing the concept of Daylights Saving Time

Arushi Mithal, Staff Writer

March 13, 2019


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The obligation of changing nearly every clock in your house, losing an hour of sleep, and feelings of drowsiness affecting your morning schedule:  by the looks of it, the disadvantages of Daylight Savings Time outweigh potential benefits. For this reason, the plans future legislation to get rid of d...

An example needs to be made of police officers who commit excessive use of force crimes

An example needs to be made of police officers who commit excessive use of force crimes

Sheila Mwanda, Entertainment Editor

March 13, 2019


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On Mach 2, prosecutors made the decision not to charge the officers that were responsible for the shooting death of Stephon Clark on March 18,2018. The two officers shot Clark between six and eight times and fired at him twenty times. A New York Times analysis of the autopsy report highlights the startlin...

Why starting early is a bad idea

Why starting early is a bad idea

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

March 13, 2019


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Last week, Portage families received an email that some KRESA schools had applied to proposing to start school a week earlier...but still end the year at the same time, not a week earlier like other districts who have adopted this trend. They also aren’t planning on distributing the days throughout t...

Snow days are demons in disguise

Snow days are demons in disguise

Snigda Narisetty, Creative Editor

March 6, 2019


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Snow days have been abundant this year with the polar vortex striking the Midwest hard and fast. Teachers and district officials have been especially worried about the education of students K-12 being impacted negatively. While most students have been very happy about missing school, high school stude...

The benefits of community college before university

The benefits of community college before university

Lexi Doll, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2019


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Barely adults, 3 months out of high school, moving away from home, spending thousands of dollars only to change their major two or three times and then go on to wait tables until they’re 30 trying to pay off their student debt. This is one of the most common outcomes of a college freshman going int...

Should we cancel breaks amidst an abundance of snow days?

Should we cancel breaks amidst an abundance of snow days?

Arushi Mithal, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


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Recently, Portage Public Schools has given a whopping seven snow days to all students (for 12 total this year), resulting in the postponement of high school exams and start of the second semester of the school year. Many individuals who are parents of Portage students are upset about the prospect of...

IB Bio: the toughest of the IB science offerings

IB Bio: the toughest of the IB science offerings

Rawan Alsaedi, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


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What's the real soft science? Unbeknownst to many, there is a constant and ongoing battle between the four IB sciences at Portage Northern. The IB program is designed to be hard to allow students to face challenges and overcome them, but students from the three most difficult IB science classes, IB Ph...

Tomorrow needs you

Tomorrow needs you

Staff

February 20, 2019


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We have created a society where, if you’re anything less than “perfect,” you’re not good enough. The amount of people that wake up every morning feeling worthless or that they’d be better off dead is uncomfortably high, and that is a reality that extends to students, too. If you’ve ever ...

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