The Battle For Freedom

The Battle For Freedom

Pictured is the country of Iran. Inside are the names of the many women who have fought in or helped progress the women’s freedom movement in Iran. On Sep. 13 2022, a woman named Mahsa Amini was detained for wearing her headscarf ‘incorrectly’ in the eyes of the...

PPS Joins National Lawsuit Against JUUL

On Oct. 4, 2022, Portland Public Schools (PPS) officially announced that it would be joining a national lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc. (JLI), a company that produces highly-addictive e-cigarettes.  The use of e-cigarettes, colloquially known as “vaping,” is an...

The Importance of Black Leadership 

Creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, staff and teachers is essential. Schools should exist to serve all students regardless of race and gender.  Being Black at predominantly White schools my whole childhood negatively affected me. Being...
Franklin’s Hidden Opera Star

Franklin’s Hidden Opera Star

Photo of Gregorio Rangel, a Spanish teacher at Franklin. Beyond being a teacher, Rangel has also lived in many countries, and worked as a musician and carpenter. Photo via Gregorio Rangel.  From New York City carpenter to international opera star, to multilingual...
An Inclusive Thanksgiving 

An Inclusive Thanksgiving 

Image of a classic Thanksgiving turkey adorned with a top hat and a magnifying glass. It is crucial to examine traditional practices of the holiday and include new ones. Illustration by Everette Cogswell.   Thanksgiving, a holiday celebrated across the nation on the...
Fentanyl Epidemic Pervades Oregon Communities

Fentanyl Epidemic Pervades Oregon Communities

Two counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl. This is the type of pill McDaniel High School student Griffin Hoffman overdosed on in March 2022. Photo via Chris Lindsey Kerry Cohen, the mother of a McDaniel High School student who overdosed on fentanyl last...
Body Shaming Doesn’t Make People Healthier

Body Shaming Doesn’t Make People Healthier

Illustration of a weight scale. Scales are a staple of American bathrooms, and they serve to remind people of their weight at any time, helping perpetuate the stigma of obesity. Illustration by Alyson Sutherland Content Warning: This article contains references to...
Portland Could be the Next Deepwater Horizon

Portland Could be the Next Deepwater Horizon

Oil coating planet Earth resulting from an oil spill. Portland could be another victim of the dangerous fuel source; the only question is when. Illustration by Everette Cogswell.  While driving around in Portland, it is likely that you have seen some of the...