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

Andrew Torrance, Staff Writer
March 24
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 health care per capita than any other country in the world; despite the insane amount of money the U.S. pours into health care, million...

Feminism: too radical or still relevant?

Kailyn Pedersen, Staff Writer
March 21
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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 ...

Charter schools need more oversight

Gus Beringer, Staff Writer
March 17
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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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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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 ...

Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education would be a detriment to students

Lucas Latterell, Opinions Editor
January 30
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Life, Liberty, & Minor Complaints: Sex Ed

Andrew Torrance, Staff Writer
January 30
Filed under Column: Life, Liberty, & Minor Complaints

Sex education is vital for adolescents as it helps them to be informed about sex and the potential consequences of it. In America, states that require sex education typically either teach abstinence-only sex education or safe sex education. The problem is that only 24 states require any form of sex education to be taught in schools, and only 20 of those states require the infor...

What an Obama presidency meant to me

Nathanael Ashton-Piper, Staff Writer
January 29
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Eight years ago, I sat in my living room as an innocent nine-year-old, not yet a Red Knight, and not yet exposed to the many realities of the outside world. The date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, and the United States of America was about to witness history in a presidential election between Barack O...

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