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Reading’s Worst Enemy: School

Reading’s Worst Enemy: School

Nehemiah Jackson, Staff Reporter

October 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Reading is almost a lost art among teenagers and adults alike around the world. A study done by Common Sense Media gives an eye-opening statistic that captures the dramatic decline in reading between the pre-adolescent and post-adolescent years. While approximately 53 percent of 9 year olds read fo...

How to Overcome High School Challenges: Five Tips From a Senior to Underclassmen

How to Overcome High School Challenges: Five Tips From a Senior to Underclassmen

Samantha Kar, Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It's hard to believe that the new school year is already one month underway. For me, this year will conclude with a major life milestone: graduating high school. As a senior, I have successfully navigated through three years of high school. I have encountered many challenges that I wish I knew ...

The Failing System for Migrant Children in America

The Failing System for Migrant Children in America

Kierra Young, Assistant Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In the newest update on immigration, hundreds of undocumented children have been moved to a tent city in Tornillo, Texas due to an overflow of children in traditional shelters. The forced movement of these children represents the large faults in our current immigration situation, and illustrates a bleak view for...

Wouldn’t It Be Great If School Didn’t Start at Eight?

Wouldn’t It Be Great If School Didn’t Start at Eight?

Sam Hull, Staff Photographer

September 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Students all across the country are not getting enough sleep, and struggling in school as a result. Students in Oregon are no different. As all students and parents should know by now, La Salle classes typically begin at 8:00. This is too early! In a poll taken by 282 visitors to The Fa...

In the Midst of Abuse Scandal, the Call to Healing and Wholeness Through Love

In the Midst of Abuse Scandal, the Call to Healing and Wholeness Through Love

September 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The following is a guest column submitted by La Salle’s religious studies teacher Mr. Tom McLaughlin, also known as Mr. Mac. Guest columns and letters to the editor, which are published at the discretion of the student editors, can be submitted to [email protected]   Most members o...

Why Media Needs Better LGBT+ Representation

Why Media Needs Better LGBT+ Representation

Kierra Young, Assistant Editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Media has historically come a long way for marginalized communities. In 2017, lead roles for minority actors rose to percent from 2016, up by 3 percent. However, the industry is still faced with many struggles for representation for people of color, women, and, especially, the LGBT community. Better queer representation is ...

The NFL Just Made the Wrong Call

The NFL Just Made the Wrong Call

Tarn Bregman, Staff Reporter

June 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On August 14, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the famous protest of kneeling during the national anthem. Today, the same protest still divides the country and has led to a controversial, unfortunate, but somewhat understandable decision by the National Football League...

Gentrification: What You Need to Know and What You Should Do

Gentrification: What You Need to Know and What You Should Do

Alexis Han, Staff Reporter

May 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As a growing city, Portland has become a popular destination for both new residents and new businesses. Whether you see it in the increased traffic or the growing number of coffee shops, it is very clear that Portland is becoming a more desirable place to live in. Although we see the changes in our own city,...

Happiness Is Key: 50 Things That Make Me Smile

Happiness Is Key: 50 Things That Make Me Smile

Dakota Canzano, Staff Reporter

May 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Have you ever been stressed or had a rough day? Probably every high school student would say yes to that question. We’ve all had those bad days where we want to drop everything, get comforted by a family member or friend, or simply plop on the couch with a bowl of Tillamook Ice Cream and turn on Netflix. ...

Why the SAT Is a Poor Measurement of Students’ Academic Skills

Why the SAT Is a Poor Measurement of Students’ Academic Skills

Sam Hull, Staff Reporter

May 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

For all underclassmen who are fortunate enough to have not taken the SAT, here is a little insight as to what to expect. Based on my experience last Saturday, May 5, I have come to the conclusion that the SAT is a poor way to measure a student’s academic skill and it should not play such an importa...

For Girls, Warm Weather Clashes With La Salle’s Dress Code

For Girls, Warm Weather Clashes With La Salle’s Dress Code

Maggie Rasch, Staff Reporter

May 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As the sun starts to come out more and more, school dress codes become harder for girls to maintain without overheating during the school day. This is especially true at La Salle. Summer is right around the corner, making the expectations unrealistic for the warmer weather we’re currently having. La...

Why Digital Learning Days Need to Change

Why Digital Learning Days Need to Change

Emily Hawkins, Staff Reporter

April 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The frigid snowstorm and icy roads in January of 2017 put a pause on life, preventing people from going anywhere for several days. A severe case of cabin fever was felt by nearly everyone. The unexpected weather did not cause students at La Salle to stop studying, though. Mr. Kuffner, La Salle’s...

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