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Planned Parenthood, needed rather than removed

Planned Parenthood, needed rather than removed

Jack DeGonda, SNO Sports Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Editorial

Planned Parenthood is a non-profit foundation that provides vital reproductive health care, sex education and basic information to millions of women and men worldwide. Recently, President Trump has decided to cut government funding for Planned Parenthood organizations worldwide. The reason why ...

Students should seek school, part-time job balance

Students should seek school, part-time job balance

Grace McDonough, Staff Reporter
February 15, 2017
Filed under Editorial

While spending 12 to 15 hours a week making pizzas for minimum wage does not scream thrilling, junior Spencer Maas works to help him pay for gas and save for college. Although the number of high schoolers working part-time has recently dropped, jobs remain important for many students. Having a job during high school can take away from academic...

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

February 14, 2017
Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

One of the problems at school is vaping and vandalism in the school's bathrooms. This problem has raised concern for some of the staff. Not only is it an illegal activity, it is also negatively impacting students who do not vape, and need to use the bathrooms. Vaping, although similar to s...

Athlete interviews are useless

Athlete interviews are useless

Hunter Hippel, Online Editor
February 14, 2017
Filed under Editorial

"That was horse (explicit).  He shouldn't even be able to work at Foot Locker," Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce said after a holding call effectively ended the Chiefs' season against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Divisional Round in mid January.  The hold was on Eric Fisher, a lineman who has str...

Project-based learning benefits students academically

Project-based learning benefits students academically

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief
February 11, 2017
Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

Learning is being compromised because high school students care more about their grades than actually learning the material. Students copy assignments to save time and their GPA. High school is the gateway to college and or real world jobs, so it is important to make sure students are absorbing everything...

Demanding lifestyle means college athletes get paid well

Demanding lifestyle means college athletes get paid well

Sonia Moran, Photographer
January 14, 2017
Filed under Editorial

Although athletes already get scholarship money, the NCAA started allowing schools to give a small allowance to college athletes. Athletes practice anywhere between 40 to 50 hours a week. They would complain that since they bring a lot of money to the schools they should be getting paid. Some athletes complain about not being able ...

Open campus for lunch will cause problems

Open campus for lunch will cause problems

January 14, 2017
Filed under Read & Watch, Staff Editorial

  Stillwater Area High School is one of the few schools in the metro that does not have an open campus at lunch, meaning students must stay in the building and cannot leave to eat nearby. Students have been frustrated about this for a while, but there are good reasons for the closed cam...

Violent protests break apart American trust

Violent protests break apart American trust

Megan Ramberg, Online Editor
January 12, 2017
Filed under Editorial, Read & Watch

Protesting becomes more prominent than ever  Burning the American flag, intentionally shutting down highways, anti-Trump marches, is it all anti-American or an exercise of rights? Minorities are using their voice in an nontraditional way, and Americans should listen, regardless of their stron...

Fidel Castro’s death fails to make a difference in U.S.-Cuban relations

Fidel Castro’s death fails to make a difference in U.S.-Cuban relations

Evan Klein, Social Media Reporter
January 11, 2017
Filed under Editorial

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, business transactions between the US and Cuba have increased 30 percent since 2014. The trend is very positive between the US and Cuba, however, some believe the death of Fidel Castro could strain relations. Castro's death will have little to no effec...

Trump’s Cabinet choices already worrying

Trump’s Cabinet choices already worrying

Adam Johnson, Business Editor
January 9, 2017
Filed under Political Opinion

President-elect Trump’s cabinet choices in the recent weeks have been controversial to say the least. Whether it’s appointing a blatantly sexist media executive to be his top adviser, appointing a medical doctor with no experience in government or housing as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, or appointing an opponent of environmental regulation to the hea...

Burning American flags burns bridges

Burning American flags burns bridges

Ben Wicklund, Social Media Reporter
January 8, 2017
Filed under Editorial

"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag," tweeted President-elect Donald Trump late November, "if they do, there must be consequences -- perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!"  What Trump doesn't seem to realize is that the banning of the burning of the American flag violates the Constitution, freedom of spe...

Trump turns a blind eye on businesses’ conflicts of interest

Trump turns a blind eye on businesses’ conflicts of interest

Cates Eliasen, Online Editor
January 6, 2017
Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

As president-elect Donald Trump begins his ascension towards presidency, numerous severe controversies have risen about his campaign, his companies, his family, and even Trump himself. However, one specific controversy is worrying economists and politicians around the world: his control over his bus...

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