The Pony Express

Parents take an active role in censorship

Rose Bruschu

January 29, 2014


Filed under People

Every civilized society needs to have some rules and guidelines for how to define what is publicly acceptable. There have to be moral guidelines; if there were not rules there would be chaos. For instance, you can’t yell, “bomb” on an airplane and you can’t yell, “fire” in a crowded movi...

China leads the way towards increased web censorship

China leads the way towards increased web censorship

Dan Strand

January 26, 2014


Filed under People

With an average number of 58 million tweets a day, people all over the world are whipping out their phones and accessing social media every second.  This is one of the many luxuries the world wide web has brought its users.  The internet is known for being a very quick and easy way to access any inf...

Schools do not have the right to censor books

Ahnika Kroll

January 26, 2014


Filed under Editorial, People

Throughout our history as a species, we have tried to suppress knowledge from each other, as an attempt to stay on top of the knowledge hierarchy.  This vicious process is known as censorship.  Censorship is the suppression of knowledge from the public that could be considered harmful in some way, as...

Stillwater escapes grasp of censorship

Stillwater escapes grasp of censorship

Colin Peters

January 25, 2014


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Compared to plenty of other student populations, Stillwater Area High School students are amazingly lucky. With a nationaly renowned yearbook and newspaper, SAHS has had experiences with attempts at censorship. Censorship of books in English rooms and books in the library, as well as newspaper and yearbook...

“Selfie” becomes Oxford’s word of 2013

“Selfie” becomes Oxford’s word of 2013

Charlie Haumersen

December 18, 2013


Filed under People, Student Life

This year, Oxford Dictionary selected the word “selfie” as the word of 2013.  Selfies are becoming very popular with the invention of the forward facing camera and smart phones.  Oxford chooses a word that is very popular and has attracted a lot of attention in the year to date.  A selfie is...

Motivational words drive greatness

Kenzie Monson

December 15, 2013


Filed under People

Words do not seem like they can do much damage to a person, but they can. On the other hand, there are motivational words that can help bring a student to life and that can help achieve their potential in the world. There are quotes people are inspired by, what they can say to inspire others, and cert...

Swearing proven to relieve pain

Swearing proven to relieve pain

Claire Ilkka

December 11, 2013


Filed under People

Walking through the halls, it is nearly impossible to make it through the six-minute passing time without hearing one. Sometimes it is an exclamation. Other times, it is part of name calling or an expression of anger. Whatever the reason, many students salt and pepper their conversations with swear w...

Peterson saves lives around the clock

Peterson saves lives around the clock

Cory Spawn

December 9, 2013


Filed under People

Many kids dream of being firefighters when they are in preschool or kindergarten. Few actually do go on to become one. The job is very important and people like retired firefighter Guy Peterson are very well respected heroes in the community.   Peterson worked for the St. Paul Fire Department. In order to become a fire...

Felsch maintains a safe community

Felsch maintains a safe community

Kenz Hendrickson

December 7, 2013


Filed under People

Many people might think of heroes as the people you have seen in comic books, or maybe on the Sunday morning cartoons; but what people usually don’t think of as heroes are the true heroes that help society everyday. Stillwater Police Officer Chris Felsch is just one of Stillwater’s finest heroes. Bec...

Gunvalson inspires students to strive for excellence

Gunvalson inspires students to strive for excellence

Maddie Engstrum

December 5, 2013


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Math teacher Cathy Gunvalson teaches Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus.  She has been teaching for 39 years.  Gunvalson graduated from high school in 1971, the same time the Vietnam War was going on. “Part of the reason I went into the math field and like math so much was because that was an area of my lif...

Johnson follows in his father’s footsteps

Johnson follows in his father’s footsteps

Carly Glaser

November 26, 2013


Filed under People

Everyone has their own story.  For veterans, their story is a little different. Burned in their minds is a floating, clear-cut grim image of a distressed world. An image no one else has. They carry burdens. Bear pain. They acquire discomfort, physical and emotional.  Their service has a weight on th...

Pressure increases as seniors compete for college admission

Pressure increases as seniors compete for college admission

Savannah Sylvis

November 25, 2013


Filed under People

Students at Stillwater Area High School are slowly being introduced to the aggressive world of college. They find that to succeed after high school, ambition is a necessity. Seniors graduating in the class of 2014 are under constant pressure to look their best for colleges. There is so much competition now in...