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The first amendment protects hate speech; that doesn’t mean it should be tolerated

The United Nations defined hate speech as “any kind of communication in speech, writing or behavior, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender or other identity factors.”

Eloise Duncan, The Rubicon

October 17, 2020

Just because hate speech is protected by the First Amendment in the United States Constitution doesn’t mean that it can’t cause harm. There are no governmental consequences for using hate speech, but should it still be tolerated by the general public? First of all, what is hate speech, and what...

New yet long overdue diversity policies need more support

The school needs to focus now on not only helping students (especially white students) handle race, but also making SPA is a school that can be safe for students and community members of color. This can only be achieved by bringing more diversity into the school community and making sure that SPA changes in order to keep that diversity.

Lucia Granja, RubicOnline

October 16, 2020

The school needs to focus now on not only helping students handle race, but also making SPA safe for students and community members of color. This can only be achieved by bringing more diversity into the school community and making sure that SPA changes in order to keep that diversity.

Minnesota state flag is unoriginal, offensive

The Minnesota and United States flags fly over Sea Foam Stadium at Concordia University. SPA does not fly a Minnesota flag on it's flagpole.

Colin Will, The Rubicon

October 10, 2020

The movement to change the Minnesota flag is not a new one. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press held contests for new flag concepts in 1989 and 2001.

Take action to protect the narratives of native voices

The native reservations had some of the worst outbreaks in the country.

Tana Ososki, RubicOnline

October 8, 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the native voice has been forgotten. But looking outside of COVID-19, the Indigenous community has always faced oppression in the regular health system.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Understand climate change in context

GEN Z. Teenagers are taking on climate change in order to ensure a future for themselves and the planet.

The Rubicon Staff

October 7, 2020

Climate change won't go away when 2020 ends. This year isn't the cause of the disasters: humans are.

Eco-awareness should coexist with health precautions

Safety and environmental consciousness should go hand in hand- balance is key.

Liv Larsen, RubicOnline

October 5, 2020

Efforts to maintain student and faculty health generate an excess amount of plastic waste.

High school athletes can and should use their voices

As an athlete, no matter what level they play at, their voices can be heard.

Will Schavee, RubicOnline

September 30, 2020

A team can raise up the voices of the individual members of the team through unity and support.

[SUSTAINABILITY AND ETHICS] What’s in your Starbucks cup? Probably slave labor.

According to the Fair World Project Organization, Starbucks was asked for two decades to end slave labor at their farms and commit to fair trade like many other coffee shops and coffee shop chains have been able to uphold.

Elizabeth Trevathan, Director of RubicOnline

September 23, 2020

On March 1, Starbucks released a message from Michelle Burns, senior vice president for global coffee and tea, stating that on the next day, a UK news show entitled Dispatches would air a program on child labor on coffee farms in Guatemala, calling out Starbucks. The message states, in bold, “zero tolera...

Trump’s ban on WeChat is nothing more than petty oppression

Starting on Sunday, WeChat and TikTok will no longer be permitted to download on US App Stores.

Elle Chen, Production Manager

September 19, 2020

While Trump’s reasoning behind banning both WeChat and TikTok is due to “national security” and data collection concerns, the impacts his decisions will have on many WeChat users in the states is extremely horrifying and devastating.

Cut teachers slack; they’re the ones holding the rope

Teachers work relentlessly to make sure everything is getting across over Google Meets... the least students can do is to actively listen and stay focused.

Tommy Verhey, RubicOnline

September 18, 2020

Distance learning is difficult for teachers as well and students need to understand that.