Kalamazoo Public Schools Lengthen Foreign Language & Math Classes In Hopes of Boosting Student Achievement

On December 16, 2016, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services Cindy Green presented several recommendations to the School Board for changes in the current Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) curriculum. The most dramatic change that would affect KPS high schoolers is the transition of current two-trimester courses to full-year classes. This change will include Algebra I and most third-year language courses: French, Spanish, and Latin. The … Continue reading Kalamazoo Public Schools Lengthen Foreign Language & Math Classes In Hopes of Boosting Student Achievement

Knight Life Wins Big at MIPA Awards

On April 18th, Loy Norrix’s Knight Life headed to the state capital for the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) yearly Journalism awards. Knight Life won a total of 27 individual awards for writing, layout, graphics, and photography, and received a designation of silver for the website and bronze for the print edition. Frankie Stevens, business manager, won both second and third place in the category … Continue reading Knight Life Wins Big at MIPA Awards

The Anatomy of a Congressional Campaign

I’ve spent the last few months as an intern for the Paul Clements for Congress campaign. Paul was the Democrat running in southwest Michigan against our current representative Fred Upton, on a platform endorsed by Bernie Sanders and the nonprofit organization OurRevolution. I learned a lot about myself, my fellow Americans, and, despite the fact that we weren’t victorious in winning the 6th district’s seat … Continue reading The Anatomy of a Congressional Campaign

Joining the Political Revolution: Kalamazoo Residents March Downtown for Bernie Sanders

Between fifty and sixty people marched down Michigan Avenue and through the downtown Kalamazoo Mall the evening of Friday, March 4th, carrying posters, banners and signs promoting presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D, Vermont). As they walked, they could be heard chanting support for the candidate, as well as information for Kalamazoo voters. Revolution! Revolution! Wall Street got bailed out! Main Street got SOLD out! … Continue reading Joining the Political Revolution: Kalamazoo Residents March Downtown for Bernie Sanders

Presidential Populists: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders’ Popularity Speaks Volumes About America

Enough is Enough. Make America Great Again. A Political Revolution is Coming. * 2015 has been hailed more than a few times as the year of the political outsider, and that’s so far proven true. One socialist, several businesspeople and yes, even a neurosurgeon have tossed their hats in the presidential ring- and overwhelmingly, the public has responded. These unlikely candidates have capitalized on the … Continue reading Presidential Populists: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders’ Popularity Speaks Volumes About America

Detrimental Definitions: “Powderpuff” Football & “Macho” Volleyball Illustrate Harmful Stereotypes in Sports And Society

You’ve all heard the morning announcements: junior and senior girls: who’s ready to play powderpuff football!?, or it’s that time of year again, boys! Sign up for macho volleyball in the athletic office today! These games are school traditions going back a long time. There are photographs of “powderpuff” football being played in schools as early as 1931. Our parents attended these quirky, gender-flipped games … Continue reading Detrimental Definitions: “Powderpuff” Football & “Macho” Volleyball Illustrate Harmful Stereotypes in Sports And Society