Opinions

Sno Daze: a prediction

Will next weekend’s dance reverse a negative trend? Talon Talks – Staff Editorial This year has seen a dramatic decline in attendance at dances. Many students attended the back to school dance, slightly fewer went to Homecoming, and hardly anyone went to Sadie’s. What will happen at Sno Daze? Some …

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Adjusting to a new space

Talon staff discusses Mendota Heights site, mourns loss of north campus Long, fresh hallways, jam packed with students that have found a new routine of moving from class to class. High top tables and red couches and modern designs and desks that always seem to be moving. This is the …

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Las Vegas shooting response – keep or eliminate guns?

Guns must go By Patrick Cullinan, Staff Writer On Oct. 1, a man climbed to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and shot at a crowd of people, killing 58 and injuring almost 500. Right now, nobody knows why he did it. What everybody does know is how …

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Adjusting to Mendota Heights swivel desks

This year has seen many changes, good and bad. One of the most important of these changes is the teachers’ decisions of what seats they wanted in their classroom. “The faculty were given the opportunity to choose what they wanted for their rooms versus just ordering a bunch of different …

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The Myanmar crisis

A small ethnic group of Muslims in Myanmar (a mostly Buddhist country), called Rohingya (population 1.2 million out of almost 53 million in Myanmar), are being persecuted by the Myanmar military, after a group of Rohingya attacked police posts and an army base in Myanmar on August 25, killing 12. …

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App Reviews – Pinterest

The name says it all. “Pinterest” is an app and website where individuals can scroll through thousands of images and “pin” (save) the ones they are interested in. Pins cover a wide range of topics: home decor, recipes, fashion trends, shoes, television shows, books, movies, memes and quotes. With thousands …

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The Electoral College: Tried and True

It sounds so wrong: Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by 2 million votes and losing the election. Historically, a situation like this ends with calls for the abolishment of the Electoral College due to this undemocratic result. However, the Electoral College is an old institution that, once examined, has …

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Listen to their silence

After the polarizing presidential election, students must learn to hear each other Even within a substantially safe environment like Minnehaha, there are members of the community who feel ridiculed for their beliefs. Such feelings of alienation were notably intensified during the 2016 presidential election, when liberal ideologies emerged as popular …

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The Electoral College: Need to nix

It’s time to get rid of the Electoral College By Peter Carlen, guest writer Contrary to Donald Trump’s childish lies on Twitter, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 Presidential Election by roughly 2.5 million votes, and on Jan. 20, 2017 it will not be Hillary Rodham Clinton …

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Beyond college status symbols

College counselors remind students to, aside from ranking and prestige, consider factors like clubs and programs when making application decisions National ranking. Acceptance rate. School pride. Intramurals. Internship programs. These factors, which seniors consider when applying for college, range in their excitement factor as well as their importance to each student. …

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