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[RACIAL INJUSTICE] Race can play a vital factor in sexual assaults too

Indigenous women are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than white women. Yet barely ¼ of them come forward about the abuse that they endured.
January 26, 2021
For the past few years, there has been a large uprising in women coming forward and telling their stories on being sexually assaulted.

Extreme measures must be taken to encourage widespread vaccination

About 65.6 million vaccines have been administered worldwide, with about  22.4 million administered in the US, and 321 thousand in Minnesota according to Bloomberg News.
January 24, 2021
With anti-vaccination movements surging, a return to normality is contingent on the vaccine's accessibility, and a widespread dissemination of information about its safety.

Infantilization of white supremacists needs to stop

White domestic terrorists (aka school shooters) are dismissed as troubled kids who need better mental health resources, while last summer, a young Black girl was jailed for not completing her homework. Information on the Capitol Hill riots was being circulated weeks prior to the event, being written off as harmless, as not actually dangerous. But it was.
January 19, 2021
Time and time again, America has excused its white supremacist tenants.

Leave unhealthy resolutions in 2020

Resolutions are most likely going to end in disappointment. There is no positive outlook to work for the benefit of your own doubts.
Resolutions can be an amazing thing if they are used in a responsible way.
January 15, 2021
Resolutions can be an amazing thing if they are used in a responsible way.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Capitol insurrection amplifies white supremacy; every day forward is a day for change

The divide we see between differing opinions and reactions on last Wednesday’s rioting is not a Republican Democrat split but a matter of white supremacy and ignorance.
January 13, 2021
What happened at the Capitol goes deeper than party lines and skin color. To make sure that our democracy is never threatened, the events of Wednesday never repeated, it is time to understand history and our shortcomings.

Top five opinion stories and illustrations of 2020

Top five opinion stories and illustrations of 2020
January 6, 2021
Editor's pick for the top five opinion stories from 2020.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Don’t complain; make the schedule work for you

SPA has already cycled through several different schedules since transitioning to online learning in March 2020. Each schedule seems to bring criticism for one reason or another whether it be too much screen time, not enough chances to talk to teachers, too much work, too much free time, etc.
January 5, 2021
Rather than complaining about a schedule that can never be one size fits all, acknowledge the benefits of the connection and support offered in the schedule.

Let’s give black men the same recognition as Harry Styles’ gender-breaking Vogue shoot

The lack of equal praise is unfortunate since if people who care about the breaking of gender roles were to see that so many other men in media are doing it, they would reasonably be happy.
This isn’t the first instance of relevant celebrities experimenting like this, so why is it that only specific people get media attention for this?
December 16, 2020
This isn’t the first instance of relevant celebrities experimenting like this, so why is it that only specific people get media attention for this?

To fix the sleep epidemic, the 9-5 should not be a master schedule

School and work-life is built around the 9-5 mentality, expecting everyone to be able to wake up and be functional at the same time. However, lots of evidence suggests that not all teens are physically capable of those feats.
Being a night owl or an early bird is equally due to genetics, so why should one suffer under the same nationally-accepted schedule?
December 16, 2020
Being a night owl or an early bird is equally due to genetics, so why should one suffer under the same nationally-accepted schedule?

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Mindfully declutter

Mindful donation of clothing, toys, and other products that still have use in them benefits the environment, declutters our space, and can support others in building their own spaces.
Donate to make space and give items a new life
December 16, 2020
As we move into Winter Break, reevaluate the space ourselves and our items hold. Ask: how can I make space for others by eliminating my own excess?

[TWO SIDES, ONE ISSUE] COVIDawareMN

Three weeks, ago Minnesota announced the Bluetooth-tracking app. The app helps individuals track exposure six feet within range.
December 14, 2020
COVIDawareMN aims to help individuals track COVID-19 exposure, but what else does it do?

A Biden Cabinet and Republican Senate would help stabilize the country

President Elect Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action
December 12, 2020
Biden's main goal should be to stabilize the country and a republican senate would almost garauntee this
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