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The Trump administration must do more to protect the environment, areas such as the Great Lakes

The Trump administration must do more to protect the environment, areas such as the Great Lakes

Finn Brent, Staff Writer

June 5, 2020

The Great Lakes are one of the most well known landmarks in the midwest United States. According to the EPA; Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior are home to, “84% of North America’s surface fresh water and also around 20% of the world’s surface fresh water. The Great Lakes are a sourc...

The proper side of the street for when you are riding a bike or walking

Junior Lily Stickley is showing the proper side of the road for bikers. With the traffic or the right side of the road.

Lily Stickley, News Editor

May 20, 2020

As people are now home because of the Stay at Home Order, they are able to get outside a lot more. People are playing in their yards and are going on walks or bike rides more frequently.  As someone who goes on walks and bikes often, I have noticed a lot of people do not know what side of the roa...

Michigan’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Order brings new perspectives on school life

Michigan’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Order brings new perspectives on school life

Maya Crawford, Graphics Editor/Student Update Team

May 19, 2020

It’s no secret that many kids say that they don’t like going to school, even though it’s necessary. Students often complain about having to get up early or how much homework they have to do. Now that the Stay at Home Order has halted person-to-person schooling, I’ve discovered that I appreciat...

The end of quarantine drawing near: What will be the new normal?

D&W Fresh Market in Kalamazoo clearly defines social distancing and ensures the safety of staff and patrons.

Samantha Shaffer, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

The end of Michigan’s quarantine period is in sight. However, as we get closer to reopening the state, many wonder how normal will be defined.  Governor Whitmer announced in late April that she has a plan outlining the reopening of Michigan’s economy. According to the article “Updated: Whitmer ...

Standardized testing places high levels of stress on students and teachers

Standardized testing places high levels of stress on students and teachers

Hannah Locke, Guest Writer

April 4, 2020

School is meant to be a safe and healthy environment where we are able to learn new things and express ourselves. However, the amount of standardized testing that happens in our schools puts an enormous damper on our creativity and freedom. Standardized tests are a common part of our learning experience a...

A 2,145 mile move: Kayle Trujillo and her family move from Los Angeles, California to Kalamazoo, Michigan

A 2,145 mile move: Kayle Trujillo and her family move from Los Angeles, California to Kalamazoo, Michigan

Sophie Grover, Guest Writer

April 2, 2020

From four million hot, sweaty bodies in a 503 mile radius, down to only 75,807 freezing bodies in a 25.21 mile radius. To people who’ve lived in Kalamazoo most of their lives, 63 degrees is a day for short sleeves and a pair of shorts. To Kayle and her family, 63 degrees seems cold. Kayle Truji...

U of M Michigan Union building gets a face-lift

The intricate designs from the original 1919 Michigan Union were replicated in many features of the building, including the railings that overlook the newly enclosed courtyard. These wrought iron railings add a nice feature to the eye of students as they visit the building.

Jessica Kanipe, Guest Writer

March 9, 2020

The University of Michigan was erected August 26, 1817 and is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. U of M is highly known for their creative architecture and is always busy expanding their campus and renovating their well-known buildings. In July of 2018, U of M began an 85.2 million dollar renovation ...

Southwest Michigan schools partake in different academic systems

Southwest Michigan schools partake in different academic systems

Ourania Alexopoulos, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Most times as students, we follow the rules and regulations throughout the school without much questioning. We trust the adults and people working behind the scenes to make each day function without fail. Recently, though, I have taken an interest in our school’s decision on the trimester system. Acc...

Kalamazoo Public Schools search for a new Superintendent

Interim Superintendent Gary Start works at his desk. He will be taking over until Kalamazoo Public Schools finds a permanent replacement for Dr. Micheal Rice.

Audreanna Dunton, Assistant Business Manager

February 6, 2020

Following Dr. Micheal Rice’s permanent move to become the state superintendent of Michigan, the Kalamazoo Public Schools District has been moving along in the process of finding a new superintendent.  Dr. Rice served as the KPS superintendent from 2007-2019; nearly twelve years of service with...

Help From Trump

Help From Trump

Rayna Sorrentino, Guest Artist

February 6, 2020

Poisoned cities: America needs a stronger environmental policy

Poisoned cities: America needs a stronger environmental policy

Alexis Weeden, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2019

Michigan, aka “the Great Lake State,” has been facing a pollution threat that endangers more than just Michigan residents. Michigan's borders touch four out of the five Great Lakes, lakes which contain 20% of the world's surface freshwater and roughly 95% of the United States’ surface freshwater. ...

Gerrymandering in Michigan is worse than you think

Gerrymandering in Michigan is worse than you think

Jack Warmelink, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

“Giving a party the ability to redraw lines is like giving keys to a bar to an alcoholic,” said LN history teacher, Jay Peterson. Gerrymandering is the redrawing of district lines to make it so one party has an advantage in elections, and it may affect you more than you know. Michigan has an extr...

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