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Press Perspective: Flex time? More like waste of time

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

BACKGROUND The Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele issued a charter that commissioned a high school scheduling committee be formed to discuss and ultimately propose a new common schedule for the three high schools (Liberty, Issaquah, and Skyline). While discussing pros and cons of dif...

Life, liberty, and the right to free speech

Nick Vanni, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As an American, how do you expect our government to take criticism? With denial and condemnation, or with understanding and action? Do you expect to have the right to free speech? Free speech is an essential right of all Americans—and one that President Trump is currently threatening. With his general...

Caffeine: just brew it

Ella Gage, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Your alarm starts ringing. It is a Tuesday morning, 4:30, and you still have a CRO to write and a Spanish test to study for. You’re running on a solid three hours of sleep. It’s too early, you’re too tired, and you have too much to do in too small of a time frame. You have to wake up. Fast. Your...

The Pledge of Allegiance: nationalism or patriotism?

Nathan Jackson, Opinion Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Whenever the announcements ask me to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, I do so with apprehension at best and stand awkwardly silent, while the rest of my class says the Pledge in a monotonous voice. I understand that the Pledge is supposed to be patriotic, but there seems to be a nationalistic vibe...

Partner tests kill motivation

Allison Rafert, Opinion Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Wanting to spend more than the allotted sixty seconds on a playground swing or hoarding a castle of wooden blocks from our kindergarten classmates, we all have been gently reprimanded with the rhyme “sharing is caring.” From a young age, we are taught that the compassionate choice is to always abandon...

Fixing the gender gap in computer science

Brigitte Larkin, Social Media Director

November 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In 2012, a nonprofit organization called Girls Who Code was created. The founder, Reshma Saujani, created it with the mission of fixing the large gender gap in computer science. The club has two programs: one for third to fifth grade girls, and another for sixth to twelfth grade girls. Recently, the...

Pretests are for posers

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Apart from death and taxes, pretests are one of life’s certainties. Every year, we take them to help teachers gauge our abilities. But are they really necessary? Let’s be honest, we probably don’t know the material: that’s why we’re taking the class. Being told that teachers need to know who...

Door-opening angels

Allison Rafert, Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, What's Good?

While walking to class on the familiar route that I’ve used for the past three years, I absentmindedly exit the cafeteria and head down the stairs. The steps appear eerily unoccupied, and as I reach the concrete floor, I suddenly realize why: the outside doors have been locked! Burdened by my crammed...

Locked doors: an illusion of security

Jake Hopkins, Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Twenty seconds is a rather insignificant amount of time. It probably takes you longer to stop and tie your shoes, or wash your hands. But 19.5 seconds is how long it takes to walk from the unlocked doors outside the library, to the locked ones just down the stairs by the english hallway at a reasonable...

Student debt and college cost: high-yield American fraud

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“My dream, for as long as I can remember, has been to a private college and the University of Portland checks all the boxes for me. Good education program, good community, and most importantly it’s in a big city. However, with a sticker price of $62,200 per year, it’s unrealistic that I would ever...

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