The Pony Express

Staff Editorial: Photoshop affects body image

Staff Editorial: Photoshop affects body image

Arieanna Junghans, Social Media Editor

December 1, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Media outlets and advertisers who use Photoshop to alter images of women causes harm among viewers and readers. With teenagers having more access to the internet, it creates the perception that everyone has to be a certain shape and size to be “good enough” and Photoshop within the “media culture” ...

Franken, Moore could not be handling harassment claims worse

Franken, Moore could not be handling harassment claims worse

Hunter Hippel, Online-Editor-in-Chief

November 27, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

Politicians haven't always been the cleanest, fairest or most charming individuals.  Many have been involved with crippling corruptions cases or embarrassing bombshell scandals.  John F. Kennedy had Secret Service agents aid him in escorting prositutes onto Capitol grounds.  Richard Nixon was the...

Minnesota midterms 2018: who should you endorse?

Minnesota midterms 2018: who should you endorse?

Ben Valerius, Announcements Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Editorial

For the upcoming 2018 elections it is a race between Kathy Lohmer and Shelly Christensen for Minnesota House of Representatives for District 39B. Each represent many different issues and students should think ahead for their choices....

All gender bathrooms offer additional options

All gender bathrooms offer additional options

Lilly Sample, Online Editor

November 6, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Gender neutral bathrooms were added to the schools in the last year. The GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance Club) has advocated for their building in the past years, and now they make their debut this year. There are four gender Neutral bathrooms in the school, two by the Black Pony Center and two b...

Confederate statues should remain historical landmarks

Confederate statues should remain historical landmarks

Joshua Framke, Distribution Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Photo Slide Shows, Political Opinion

Ever since the Charleston church shooting in 2015, there have been controversies around confederate statues and monuments. Many people believe that they should be taken down because they stand for hatred and racism. While that may be true for some, there is a lot of blatant hatred making people want them gon...

American English departments lack diversity

American English departments lack diversity

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Amidst heated debates about immigration reform, protests which have somehow made the general populace throw the First Amendment out the window, and hate crime rates skyrocketing, public education coats an underlying element of racism: the canon. As a largely homogenous group of the so-called white male majori...

Social media, love it or leave it

Social media, love it or leave it

Rachel Dankers, Layout Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Editorial

  Social media is becoming a crisis regarding communication between all ages. This issue has greatly impacted the lives of people around the world due to their constant need to be up to date with current events. This ongoing issue has been creating an uproar. People use social media to spread ridi...

Trump administration rolls out controversial new sexual assault policy

Trump administration rolls out controversial new sexual assault policy

Hannah Boardman, Print EIC

October 25, 2017


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

In politics today, sexual assault is a controversial topic. There have been debates over what counts as substantial evidence, with the two options being preponderance of evidence or clear and convincing evidence. The Obama-era administration set the standard of preponderance of evidence. Over the past...

Politicians battle for stronger healthcare bill

Politicians battle for stronger healthcare bill

Grant Hietpas, Camera Editor

October 20, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion, Showcase

With the failure of the Graham Cassidy Bill, many are wondering what comes next in the debate surrounding government provided healthcare.  It is extremely important to understand this debate if America is to protect both the health and the liberty of American citizens. While its importance is un...

Staff Editorial: purse and bag restrictions unfairly affect innocent students

Staff Editorial: purse and bag restrictions unfairly affect innocent students

October 19, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

As students line up to enter the Pony Stadium for another exciting football game with bags in hands and on backs to hold items, they are faced with security telling them they cannot bring those bags inside. The stadium policy, more strictly enforced this year, does not permit items such as bags, purses, w...

Gorsuch not qualified for Supreme Court

Gorsuch not qualified for Supreme Court

Ellie Speedling, Social Media Reporter

May 11, 2017


Filed under Political Opinion

On April 7, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed as the 113th Supreme Court justice, filling the vacant seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia who died in Feb. 2016.  Gorsuch wasn’t fairly nominated due to the “nuclear option” and the Senate Republicans were biased in not allowing Merrick Garland, President’s Obama’s...

Dress codes are acceptable if equally enforced

Dress codes are acceptable if equally enforced

McKenzie Bohlig, Copy Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Recently, dress codes and their enforcement have been a controversial topic throughout the public. An instance that has recently raised debate was United Airlines dress coding two girls and making them change before boarding the plane. This incident was first made public by a woman named Shannon Watts known for momsdemandaction.org. She ranted on twitter about a United gate...