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New conference system aids all students

New conference system aids all students

Olivia Weirtz, Print Editor-in-Chief
March 30, 2017
Filed under EIC Column

For many parents who attend conferences with their child's teachers regularly, the verdict is always the same. The student is either probably excelling, or is getting by well, in which case the student could easily improve his/her situation. The new conference system that is being piloted this year and...

New conference schedule puts barrier between community and school

New conference schedule puts barrier between community and school

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief
March 26, 2017
Filed under Editorial

Conferences have always been seen as an opportunity for parents to connect with their children’s teachers to hear about the progress they have made during the year. However, this spring the school has decided to change the way conferences are held for 7th through 12th graders and have every student receive a call o...

Schools should monitor social media in cases of bullying, dangerous behavior

Schools should monitor social media in cases of bullying, dangerous behavior

Ben Wicklund, Social Media Reporter
March 21, 2017
Filed under Editorial

“Congress shall make no law to abridge the freedom of speech.” The First Amendment of the United States Constitution seems to be very clear about the guidelines surrounding the ability to voice your opinions, the government cannot abridge, or impose restrictions on, free speech. The problem of this amendment arises in its p...

Locker rooms inappropriate for interviews

Locker rooms inappropriate for interviews

Lauren Gella, Social Media Reporter
February 20, 2017
Filed under Editorial

Athletes being interviewed in their locker room directly after their game is the last thing athletes want to happen. Whether it's celebrating a victory or mourning a loss, being interviewed is not on the athlete's list of things to do directly after a sports event. There are many reasons to believe...

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ raises questions about animal abuse in movies

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ raises questions about animal abuse in movies

Noah Johnson, Distribution Reporter
February 17, 2017
Filed under Editorial

Over the years, many filmmakers have used, “No animals were harmed” disclaimer in their films. Little do people know what these filmmakers have gotten away with on film and behind the scenes. With animal abuse still happening behind the scenes, the films should not be able to use the “No animal...

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...

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