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The Phone Policy Is for Our Benefit, Not Our Boredom

The Phone Policy Is for Our Benefit, Not Our Boredom

Luke Thompson, Staff Reporter

October 2, 2019

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Mr. Brian Devine, Vice Principal of Student Life, sent out a Schoology message that laid out the basics of a new school-wide policy that would limit the use of cellphones to the cafeteria, courtyards, and main hallway.  According to Mr. Devine, the purpose of this policy is “to pri...

Youth Lasallian Assembly: An Eye Opening Experience to Remember

Youth Lasallian Assembly: An Eye Opening Experience to Remember

Dakota Canzano, Editor

September 18, 2019

It’s 4:00 am, my alarm is blaring, it’s still dark out, and my tennis shoes are lying beside the bed in my dorm. I am confused as to why my alarm went off because I never wake up early. But then I remind myself that I am committed to a hike to see the sunrise. This is new for me. I was in the...

Stricter Gun Control Laws Would Be a Step in the Right Direction to Ensure Safety for Our Country

Stricter Gun Control Laws Would Be a Step in the Right Direction to Ensure Safety for Our Country

Mallory Middendorff, Staff Reporter

June 5, 2019

Keeping the victims and their families in our “thoughts and prayers” is not enough anymore. We need to stand up to the problem that the United States faces every day. While mental illness is to blame for some aspects of this country's frequent mass shootings, the easy access to guns is where the Uni...

Homelessness in Portland Is a Huge Problem — Here Is What We Can Do

Homelessness in Portland Is a Huge Problem — Here Is What We Can Do

Ryan Cechini, Staff Reporter

May 29, 2019

Oregon is ranked second in the U.S. for the amount of unsheltered homeless, people who are without a permanent place to live and escape the weather. For homeless people in Multnomah County, the count climbed 10% in just two years to a total of 4,177 in 2017. This recent increase in the homeless pop...

La Salle Students Should Be Able to Opt Out of Going to School Mass

La Salle Students Should Be Able to Opt Out of Going to School Mass

Nick Slugg, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2019

With daily prayer, religious studies classes, and the occasional liturgy, La Salle has a prominent Catholic presence. Despite this, according to Ms. Katie Allen, the Admissions Director, approximately 39% of students at La Salle (278 students) do not identify as Catholic. When I first came to La Salle from a very pr...

I Took a Month Off of Social Media and Here’s What Happened

I Took a Month Off of Social Media and Here’s What Happened

Nehemiah Jackson, Assistant Editor

May 1, 2019

Week 1 On March 25, the first dream happened. In the midst of the dream, I was sitting on my bed checking Instagram. I refreshed and a new story popped up, so without thinking, I clicked on it. A party invite popped up: the date was March 26. When I woke up, slowly returning to reality from th...

Oregon’s Education System Is Failing Its Youth and Its Future

Oregon’s Education System Is Failing Its Youth and Its Future

Olivia Aragon, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2019

In 2018, Oregon’s public education system was ranked 8th worst in the United States. This horrific fact serves as a call to action for us to improve Oregon’s largely defective public school system that, with its poor quality, is doing a disservice to students and in turn, failing its youth. T...

Why I’m Taking a Month off Social Media

Why I’m Taking a Month off Social Media

Nehemiah Jackson, Assistant Editor

April 3, 2019

As my junior year came to a close and with summer on the horizon, the last few weeks of school dragged along; during finals week, I found myself overwhelmed and stressed, but also excited, thinking about the endless possibilities summer offered. And after my last final, I knew I was only a few days fr...

Getting Rid of Biannual Time Change — Is It the Right Idea?

Getting Rid of Biannual Time Change — Is It the Right Idea?

Jacob Wolf, Staff Reporter

March 13, 2019

For most La Salle students, this Monday morning was a challenge. From just wanting to fall back asleep, confusion with alarm clocks, or even struggling to concentrate while getting prepared for school, springing forward made Monday morning a rough one. However, this experience could be one of the la...

Manual Transmission Cars — Are They Worth It?

Manual Transmission Cars — Are They Worth It?

Tarn Bregman, Assistant Editor

February 20, 2019

With only eighteen percent of today’s Americans driving manual transmission cars and only three percent of the cars currently sold in the U.S. being a stick shift, the question many face is if manual transmission cars are worth buying and learning how to drive. Speaking from experience, I can say...

Political Polarization Is Bad, and Unlikely to Stop

Political Polarization Is Bad, and Unlikely to Stop

Kierra Young, Assistant Editor

February 6, 2019

Over the past few years, political polarization has increased, creating a new divide between the two main parties in America. A 2014 Pew Research Center study found that around 38 percent of Democrats indicate consistently liberal views, from the eight percent that it was in 1994. Republicans show a...

Lessons I Wish I Knew as an Underclassman

Lessons I Wish I Knew as an Underclassman

Emily Hawkins, Editor

February 6, 2019

It seems like just yesterday I was questioning how I was ever going to be able to successfully navigate the hallways of La Salle. Am I going to be able to get to class on time? How hard will my classes be? Who will I sit with at lunch? These are all questions I asked myself as I entered the front doors of...

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