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EGG-CELLENT COLLECTION. Collections can be made up of anything, not just stereotypical items like stamps or figurines. These stuffed eggs are a cute example.

Collecting soothes the soul and brings people together

Annika Kim, The Rubicon February 29, 2024
Start a collection to boost mood and find community.
MONEY MATTERS.  SPA needs to institute financial education if it wants students to be prepared for  life after high school.

SPA should teach financial literacy

Greyson Sale, RubicOnline February 28, 2024
Understanding personal finance is essential for students moving into adulthood.
EXPLORE BLACK HISTORY MONTH and discover different paths to take for community engagement.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Black History Month: go beyond history

RubicOnline Staff February 27, 2024
Explore an approach to black history month: celebrating contemporary achievements, inclusive representation, and community engagement to reshape perspectives and learning.
WHERE SHOULD OUR MONEY GO? Geoengineering solutions like carbon capture are costly. In 2021, it cost $47.10 per metric ton of CO2 removed through carbon capture systems, according to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Stop climate change at the source, reject costly geoengineering solutions

McKinley Garner, The Rubicon February 26, 2024
Decrease environmentally harmful investments rather than putting money towards a band-aid solution.
SPEAK OUT. Student journalists and their supporters across the U.S. spend this day raising awareness of the challenges they face, celebrating their contributions to their schools and communities, and taking actions to protect and restore their First Amendment freedoms. (image and text reprinted with permission from

Reflecting on Student Press Freedom Day

RubicOnline Staff February 22, 2024
The RubicOnline staff shares reflections on the importance of student press freedom and new state legislation that would protect student journalists.
[STAFF EDITORIAL] Revamping clubs structure offers  potential to strengthen community

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Revamping clubs structure offers potential to strengthen community

The Rubicon Staff February 20, 2024
An oversaturation of clubs dilutes the student group experience.
Deaf, not disabled: it matters

Deaf, not disabled: it matters

Violet Pitcher, Contributor February 15, 2024
The SPA community should seek to understand the important nuances of ASL and Deaf culture from Deaf people themselves.
DIAGNOSIS DELUGE. TikTok mental health creators have undoubtedly helped to reduce the stigma around having mental health conditions. However, the resulting wave of self-diagnoses has been harmful for many others.

TikTok as therapy? No thanks.

McKinley Garner, The Rubicon February 14, 2024
Be wary of mental health help offered on social media. Often, these platforms do more harm than good.
OH THE PLACES YOULL GO. Third places are defined as social environments separate from the home and school or work. With teens social lives existing largely online, the third place is becoming a relic of the past.

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In defense of the third place

Aarushi Bahadur, RubicOnline February 13, 2024
The "third place" has become the internet's most recent darling, but what is one, and where did they go?
FIVE FREEDOMS. The First Amendment of the Constitution lays out five essential freedoms for American citizens. Over the summer, co-Editor in Chief Orion Kim dove deep into the nuances of the Amendment.

[FREE SPIRIT] Claudine Gay’s controversy pits free speech against morality

Orion Kim, co-Editor in Chief February 12, 2024
As the 2023 Free Spirit Scholar from Minnesota, EIC Orion Kim explores the First Amendment in action in his monthly column.
TIME TO IMPROVE. English classes develop writing and critical thinking skills that are crucial outside of the classroom.

English class deserves increased student attention

Andrew Lipinsky, RubicOnline February 11, 2024
Studying English develops skills essential for life outside of the classroom.
MY CHOICE.  Proponents of physician-assisted death believe that the procedure helps people who are terminally ill have greater choice about how and when they die.  (Flickr Creative Commons Hospital Municipal)

Everyone deserves agency over their death

Clara McKoy, Director of RubicOnline February 8, 2024
New legislation in MN would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives.
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