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Knight Errant

Speech and debate should be mandatory classes, not just activites

Elizabeth Kupchella, Online Features Editor
April 2, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

All throughout growing up, my parents constantly encouraged me to be engaged in activities and extracurriculars that I was passionate about.  Since before I had even entered into high school, I continuously asked myself both what I was passionate about, and what I could do in my high school career tha...

Staff Ed: Politics have disqualified news outlets

March 31, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, Staff Editorial

It’s undeniable the 2016 Presidential Election was one like no other. Some emails were discussed, taxes remained hidden, and one candidate finally discovered Aleppo. However, following the inauguration of President Donald Trump, one issue is quickly rising above the rest: the declining freedom of the...

Life, Liberty, and Minor Complaints: Single-payer health care

Andrew Torrance, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Column: Life, Liberty, & Minor Complaints

Health care is an especially vital government-subsidized program. Because of this, it consumes a significant portion of the national budget and remains a widely-debated issue. Currently, the United States pays more for healthcare per capita than any other country in the world; despite the insane amount of money the U.S. pours into health care, millions...

Feminism: too radical or still relevant?

Kailyn Pedersen, Staff Writer
March 21, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

While many feminists declare that feminism is solely based in gender equality, there are many people who see this movement as a way for women to play “the victim card.” Countless women and feminists oppose the word “victim” when speaking about feminism because it infers that the purpose of the ...

Sanctuary cities pose no actual threat to American citizens

Abby Letscher, Features Editor
March 19, 2017
Filed under MULTIMEDIA, OPINIONS

Sanctuary city policies have been proven to benefit the cities they are implemented in and show no significant detriments. In the current polarized political climate, immigration has been a hot-button topic that never fails to spark intense debate. However, attacks have been aimed at one specific policy rece...

Charter schools need more oversight

Gus Beringer, Staff Writer
March 17, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

Charter schools have recently been the center of controversy in the education debate. Funded by tax dollars but privately operated, tuition-free and not required to adhere to normal education regulations, charter schools are regulated by their board of directors. According to 2013’s PDK/Gallup Poll on the p...

Ranking the Four Major Sports

Nathanael Ashton-Piper, Staff Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

1. The National Football League Without a doubt, the NFL is the best and most successful of the four major sports. It is the most marketable, sells the most tickets, and brings in fans from all over the world. First and foremost, the NFL is the most accessible major sport; it’s always on Sunday, Mo...

Life, Liberty, and Minor Complaints: Education inequality

Andrew Torrance, Staff Writer
March 9, 2017
Filed under Column: Life, Liberty, & Minor Complaints

The United States has long been one of the top spenders on education in the world, and we currently spend more than any other nation per-student, while our teachers spend more time in the classroom than any other country. One would think this massive amount of spending would result in the best-educated...

Reflecting on Black History Month

Reflecting on Black History Month

Kailyn Pedersen, Staff Writer
March 2, 2017
Filed under MULTIMEDIA, OPINIONS, Showcase, TOP STORIES

As Black History Month comes to an end, I think it is important for our school community to reflect on diversity in BSM, and how important it is to celebrate black history not just in February, but all year long. With all of the recent political turmoil, race has become a touchy subject. Rallies, a...

Staff Ed: Schools must update their design for the 21st century

February 26, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, Staff Editorial

Over the past 150 years, there have been countless innovations in nearly every area of civilization. Most would argue that these changes have been for the better. However, the traditional structure of 5-day school weeks and every class every day is no longer adequate for modern education. It is th...

Trump’s executive orders miss the mark

Andrew Torrance, Staff Writer
February 16, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

After the tumultuous election cycle and a vast array of promises made during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, President Trump is using his first days in office to issue executive orders on some key issues. Contrary to what many skeptics believed, Trump followed through on his promises of more pipelines and re...

Scientifically-proven climate change should be addressed and not debated

Henry Bird, A&E Editor
February 12, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

In our current political climate, there have been several strong points of contention. From abortion to gay marriage to Obamacare, politicians have had a plethora of topics to discuss. Another topic that has seen a lot of debate lately has been the topic of climate change. However, it makes no sense for ...

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