Teacher Contract Negotiations Puts a Strain on Kalamazoo Public Schools and its Teachers

If you were to walk into Miller Auditorium on August 28, 2017, you would have seen a sea of black-clothed teachers sitting silent in solidarity. Every year the Kalamazoo Public Schools District adopts a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. From this budget the district then adopts a teacher salary contract, which is negotiated with a group of teachers called The Bargaining Team. Normally, this … Continue reading Teacher Contract Negotiations Puts a Strain on Kalamazoo Public Schools and its Teachers

Schools Need to be Realistic Regarding AP Classes

Pushing kids into the deep end of a swimming pool was once a socially acceptable method of teaching them how to swim. Today, this ‘sink or swim’ point of view is obsolete in most circles, so why does the education system continue to deal with AP courses in this light? From their freshman year, students are told that AP classes equate success. In theory, these … Continue reading Schools Need to be Realistic Regarding AP Classes

What Teens do to Annoy Parents

Through all the ups and downs of a relationship between a parent and their teen, they will always love each other. A couple of teens confess what they do to annoy their parents.  Loy Norrix junior Ty Overhiser says he annoys his parents when he does not return their calls. Ty’s parents aren’t the only ones frustrated by this. London based entrepreneur, Nick Herbert, was … Continue reading What Teens do to Annoy Parents

Don’t Be A Bystander, Stand Up And Help

Two female students were meeting in the k wing bathroom. When I walked in, they were already fighting. I whipped out my phone to catch all the action and realized that one of the girls had stopped hitting back. I could hear her wheezing and out of breath, and she still managed to get a faint “stop” out. The other girl grabbed her by the … Continue reading Don’t Be A Bystander, Stand Up And Help

The Niles Haunted House Scream Park: Behind the Screams

I entered the main house of the Niles Haunted House Scream Park. After being led through a completely dark maze, I followed a path across moving bridges that go through foggy forests and over dark ponds. After that, I come out of a short maze and into an ancient Egyptian themed path where I had to walk under spikes and over shifting floors to get … Continue reading The Niles Haunted House Scream Park: Behind the Screams

Big Industry Bust: Hollywood Struggles to Create Original Material

Do you ever have the problem of paying too much at the movies and feeling disappointed when the so-called “spine chilling” thriller causes you to fall asleep? Or when the only decent movie to watch is just another remake of an old movie? If you were to go and ask people their opinions on the movie industry, most would probably say that the past few … Continue reading Big Industry Bust: Hollywood Struggles to Create Original Material

Dream Big of Ballet: A Ballet Prodigy’s Plan to Dance Professionally

Her feet hurt and she’s a bit tired. It’s 6 o’clock on a Saturday, and she’s been dancing since nine that morning, not to mention every other night that week. She settles down to do some homework after a healthy dinner to keep her energy up. Before she can call it a night, she decides that it’s time for her cross training session on the … Continue reading Dream Big of Ballet: A Ballet Prodigy’s Plan to Dance Professionally