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Training teachers to carry guns won’t prevent school shootings

Training teachers to carry guns won’t prevent school shootings

Zoë Chinander-McFaul, Staff Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

There have been at least 17 school shootings already in 2018, and at least 34 mass shootings in total. As a result, the fight for gun control is gaining momentum and protests have been ramping up. One particular protest declares that students will walk out on April 20th (the 20th anniversary of the Co...

Restorative Justice: conversations and mediations that make schools safer

Restorative Justice: conversations and mediations that make schools safer

Sophia Manolis, Opinions Editor

March 26, 2018


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In light of recent school shootings, many are talking about how to prevent gun violence in schools. In this context, it’s also important to consider the best approaches for schools to prevent common acts of violence or conflict. Instead of the old-school practices of discipline,  suspension, or other puni...

Social media causes yet another source of stress for teens

Social media causes yet another source of stress for teens

Mia Swanson, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


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You get buzzing from a post notification, an alert about a new video, and a direct message from a friend you just saw a few minutes ago. You check the notification to see who commented on your photo. Then you quickly move ahead to watching the video from your favorite Youtuber. After that you respon...

A fine line to walk with mental health: should you keep your friends’ secrets if the consequences could be deadly?

A fine line to walk with mental health: should you keep your friends’ secrets if the consequences could be deadly?

Cece Kaufmann, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


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Any relationship comes with hard conversations; everyone knows that. But sometimes those conversations are about someone’s mental health, which can be especially hard and sometimes even scary. What do you do when someone approaches you in confidence about their severe mental health struggles? Do you...

Potty talk: Men’s bathrooms are whack!

Potty talk: Men’s bathrooms are whack!

Tannen Holt, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


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Bathrooms are a place where a decent amount of privacy is a necessity. They should be somewhere where you can be comfortable for the few minutes it takes to ‘do your business.’ They also should be clean and hygienic enough not to repulse you to the point where you don’t want to use them. Unfor...

Year Long School Debate

Year Long School Debate

February 7, 2018


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If any bathroom is going to be locked, it shouldn’t be the one for all genders

If any bathroom is going to be locked, it shouldn’t be the one for all genders

Izzy Willette, Features Editor

February 6, 2018


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Many of the bathrooms here at South get locked, but one bathroom above others needs to always remain open: the all-gender bathroom. This second-floor bathroom, which was transformed from female-only to all-gender in 2015, is meant to be a comfortable place where transgender and nonbinary students can have...

Intersectionality is essential for the feminist movement

Intersectionality is essential for the feminist movement

Madeline Mahoney and Sophia Manolis

February 2, 2018


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The day after Trump’s inauguration, millions of people filled the streets to protest his presidency at Women’s Marches held around the country. It seems that because of Trump’s demeaning behavior towards women, a new feminist movement had been ignited. Like many other Minnesotans, we were motivat...

Learning (and unlearning) to be a man

Learning (and unlearning) to be a man

Spencer Kimball, Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


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I was the son my grandfather always wanted. As I was growing up, he groomed me to become just like him. I was told by him how I should basically walk and talk, so I could become a stereotypical male. I was told what sports I should play and what I should watch. Worst of all, he taught me how to degrad...

Take back the holidays for family; don’t shop ’till you drop

Take back the holidays for family; don’t shop ’till you drop

Cece Kaufmann, Staff Writer

December 21, 2017


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Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas. I’m that girl who turns up “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, puts up the Christmas tree, and roasts chestnuts over an open fire as soon as Halloween is over. I’m even sitting here right now listening to Christmas music as I write this article. ...

Assault Rifles are unnecessary and need to be banned

Assault Rifles are unnecessary and need to be banned

Spencer Kimball, Staff Writer

December 14, 2017


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Two months ago, the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred at a concert in Las Vegas. Using assault weapons, a single man killed 59 people and wounded 611. One month later, another shooter killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas. These are both examples of a “mass shooting," which w...

If we don’t stop Line 3, the next Standing Rock could be in Minnesota

If we don’t stop Line 3, the next Standing Rock could be in Minnesota

Sophia Manolis, Opinions Editor

November 7, 2017


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Since the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline culminated in the months-long resistance camp at Standing Rock in 2016, opposition to oil pipelines across the U.S. has been growing. Currently, one very prominent pipeline fight is happening in Minnesota against Enbridge Energy Company’s proposed Lin...

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