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As La Salle Gets Ready to Return to Campus, Teachers Share Their Thoughts
News

Maddie Khaw | January 21, 2021

Throughout the last year, educators have managed unprecedented challenges. 

Having switched abruptly to online instruction last spring and continuing into the new school year, they have worked to adjust…

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San Miguel Scholars Program Nurtures “More Rich and Vibrant Community” at La Salle
Features

Mary Loeb | January 14, 2021

In the late 1600s, St. John Baptist de La Salle, an affluent priest living in Reims, France, abandoned his personal wealth and title to devote his life to educating others. At the time, education was a…

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La Salle Community Reacts to Violent Invasion at the United States Capitol
News

Carlie Weigel | January 7, 2021

As members of Congress gathered to count electoral votes and officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Wednesday, Jan. 6, a large and violent mob descended upon the grounds of the United…

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Students Weigh In on the Approved COVID-19 Vaccines
News

Olivia Galbraith | January 7, 2021

As they approach the end of a digital semester, students have been met with some hopeful news — the approval of two coronavirus vaccines.

The vaccines, one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and the…

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Kid Cudi’s New Album “Man On The Moon III: The Chosen” Strongly Depicts That You Are Not Alone
Arts & Entertainment

Maya Smith | December 18, 2020

The following review discusses music with explicit content.

In the past, Scott Mescudi, commonly known by his stage name, Kid Cudi, has had a steady theme throughout most of his albums and songs, speaking…

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“Finding Myself”: Members of the LGBTQ+ Community Share Their Experiences at La Salle
Features

Maddie Khaw | December 17, 2020

For students at La Salle, COVID-19 has brought various changes and challenges, whether it be coping with the difficulties of digital learning, spending more time with family, or isolation from friends…

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Collegiate Athlete Sarah Fuller Inspires Conversation Surrounding Gender Equality in Athletics
Sports

Carlie Weigel | December 17, 2020

Over the years, women have gained authority over their existence, advocating for gender equality and the same rights, opportunities, and responsibilities as men. 

However, in the realm of sports, the…

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Climbing the “Mountain” of Equity Work, a Team of Staff Members Looks to Cultivate a More Inclusive Community
News

Maddie Khaw | December 10, 2020

In recent years, La Salle has taken several strides towards improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school. 

These advances include professional development around equity issues for all faculty…

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Students Share Support, Hope, and Apprehension for Biden’s Climate Plan
News

Mary Loeb | December 3, 2020

After securing victory in the 2020 presidential election with heavy support from young voters concerned about the future of the planet, President-Elect Joe Biden has named climate change the “number…

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I Shouldn’t Have To Play Goldilocks While Shopping: Standardize Clothing Sizes Now
Opinions

Brooklyn Chillemi | November 20, 2020

This summer, I did most of my back-to-school shopping at the Clackamas Town Center, a four-minute drive from La Salle. I was looking for a variety of clothes, but especially jeans, as they are a staple…

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Educator of the Year Mr. Tom McLaughlin Discovers His Purpose in Life at La Salle
Features

Carlie Weigel | November 19, 2020

After years of wrestling with his own dignity, feeling unwanted, and craving the discovery of his purpose in life, religious studies teacher Mr. Tom McLaughlin encountered La Salle — a place where he…

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As the Pandemic Exacerbates Learning Inequities, Further Action is Needed
Opinions

Mary Loeb | November 12, 2020

Battling weak internet connections, typing essays on minuscule smartphone keyboards, and attempting to navigate alien learning platforms without sufficient support from parents or teachers — these are…

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The Proud Boys and the Normalization of Fascism Must be Stopped
Opinions

Gabriella Luong | November 6, 2020

Fascism has become a topic that has suddenly wedged itself into our everyday lives. 

As an example of this, over the past few months, I have noticed many Americans are becoming increasingly aware of…

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Art Classes Bring Healing And Creative Outlet For Students Through The Pandemic
Features

Mary Loeb | November 5, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic, the presidential election, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the multitude of other events occurring around the world right now, many students have had a lot on their…

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“Chaos Seems to Be the New Norm”: Students and Staff React to an Inconclusive Election Day As Voters Anticipate Final Results
News

Maddie Khaw | November 5, 2020

An unconventional year has brought with it an unconventional presidential election, as Americans still await voting results in several critical states, crossing fingers, biting nails, and scanning news…

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Hope, Dread, Worry, Engagement: Students and Staff Weigh In on the Election
News

Maddie Khaw | October 29, 2020

While the majority of the student body is not of voting age, La Salle students from freshmen to seniors have been thinking, talking, listening, and reading about the upcoming presidential election and…

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COVID-19 Prompts the Community to Navigate Major Changes to Athletics
Sports

Carlie Weigel | October 29, 2020

After several athletic seasons were cut short and others completely cancelled last school year, the rampant coronavirus prevailed, and with sports now underway again, those involved in the athletic community…

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Fearing for the Future of the Planet, La Salle Students Take Action on Climate Change, Calling for Systemic Changes from Leaders
Features

Mary Loeb | October 22, 2020

Around the globe, youth have spearheaded the movement for climate change action, driven by increasing frustration with a lack of action from leaders and compelled by the fear that their generation may…

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New Director of Equity and Inclusion Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey Hopes to Normalize Conversations About Race and Identity, Puts Emphasis on the “Sanctity of Human Life”
Features

Maddie Khaw | October 8, 2020

Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey, who graduated from La Salle in 1999 and who was recently hired for the brand new Director of Equity and Inclusion position, didn’t talk about race much when she was younger. 

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First-Time Voters and Social Studies Teachers Prepare for a Pivotal Presidential Election
News

Carlie Weigel | October 8, 2020

2020 has been an historic year, one that will not be forgotten.

Almost 7.5 million coronavirus cases in the United States and over 200,000 lives lost. The repeated instances of injustice, which have…

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Art for Advocacy: Artists Use Their Talents to Support the BLM Movement
Features

Maya Smith | October 2, 2020

After the death of George Floyd, and as the Black Lives Matter movement grew throughout the country, La Salle alumni Natalie Sharp ‘20 and Mollie Kuffner ‘20 wondered how they could contribute in their…

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Shock, Stress, and Smoke Scatter the La Salle Community
News

Brooklyn Chillemi | October 1, 2020

40,000 people evacuated.

Over one million acres of land burned.

The worst air quality of all major cities in the world in Portland.

Oregon was ablaze.

Wildfires tore through multiple counties…

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A Widespread Petition, a Calendar Readjustment, and Ongoing Dialogue and Development: La Salle Responds to Calls to Equity and Social Justice Work
News

Maddie Khaw | October 1, 2020

As students took part in the massive movement protesting racial injustice and police brutality that unfolded throughout the summer, and as these events and topics continue to swell as a point of dialogue…

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Following George Floyd’s Death, Students Mobilize for a Summer of Protests, While Equity Work Continues at La Salle
News

Maddie Khaw | September 17, 2020

The sights and sounds of Portland’s summer were seen across the country: people crowding the streets in various areas of the city each evening, brandishing cardboard posters on sidewalk corners or marching…

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After a State Title and Seven Years of Helping Students, Counselor Mr. Seth Altshuler Departs From La Salle
Features

Carlie Weigel | May 28, 2020

After moving to four different countries alone and learning four different languages, all by the time he was 30, counselor Mr. Seth Altshuler said that he had finally developed trust in himself. Now, students,…

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Bengtson, Elkhal, Smith, and Wobig: This Year’s Valedictorians and Salutatorian Reflect on Their Time at La Salle
Features

Maddie Khaw | May 21, 2020

On Wednesday, May 6, four La Salle seniors got a surprise visit to their house from President and Principal Mr. Andrew Kuffner.

When Mr. Kuffner showed up at their door, these four seniors found out…

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Despite the Quarantine, La Salle Counselors Continue to Connect With Students
Coronavirus

Brooklyn Chillemi | May 1, 2020

The La Salle community has been away from school for more than six weeks while completing all communications and schoolwork online. This has created a learning environment where it can be difficult for…

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Despite Being Absent From Church, Catholics Learn to Cope With the Effects of the Coronavirus
Coronavirus

Carlie Weigel | April 23, 2020

In the month since Governor Kate Brown issued her ‘stay home’ order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, school campuses have remained closed, the doors of many small businesses have been kept locked,…

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A Look Into the Lives of Emergency Response Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Coronavirus

Carlie Weigel | April 16, 2020

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, most people has been practicing social distancing by confining themselves to their own houses. Students have been able to continue learning remotely and many…

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Seniors Share Reactions to Their Time on Campus Ending Three Months Earlier Than Expected
Coronavirus

Maddie Khaw | April 16, 2020

Every spring, a wave hits seniors in high schools all around the country. When second semester rolls around, seniors can see the light at the end of the tunnel as each day brings them closer to graduation,…

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Students Express Difficulty Balancing Digital Learning
Coronavirus

Brooklyn Chillemi | April 9, 2020

When the Digital Learning Days (DLDs) were originally announced over the intercom at La Salle, senior Gili Kaptur Dejesus said she immediately thought, “I’m going to fail [my] senior year.”

“It…

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How Living With a COVID-19 Patient Has Changed My Perspective on Social Distancing
Coronavirus

Avery Rush | April 9, 2020

I woke up last Thursday morning, April 2, and walked downstairs to get some breakfast before starting my online classes. My mom shoved a thermometer in my face and said, “Your dad tested positive for…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic, Through the Eyes of Four Students
Coronavirus

Brooklyn Chillemi | April 2, 2020

Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen: Every student at La Salle has been affected in some way by the coronavirus and the Digital Learning Days (DLDs) that La Salle has instituted due to the pandemic.

To…

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Sophomore Mac Baker Reaches New Heights in Her International Circus Arts Career
Features

Olivia Galbraith | March 19, 2020

The summer before her eighth grade year, Mac Baker’s mom encouraged her to become more active and leave her house more often. After taking a circus class, her attention was hooked. Now a sophomore at…

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Girls Basketball Season Ends Early, Leaving Them No Shot at a State Title
Coronavirus

Carlie Weigel | March 19, 2020

It was on the day of the girls varsity basketball team’s semifinal game that they learned that what they had been working for all season — a consecutive state title — had been taken away from them,…

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La Salle Hopes to “Stay Realistic, but Stay Positive” While Shifting to Online Classes Until April 28
Coronavirus

Carlie Weigel | March 19, 2020

When Principal and President Mr. Andrew Kuffner announced on Thursday, March 12 that La Salle would take preventive measures against the coronavirus by closing campus and switching to digital learning,…

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Self-Hatred, Autism, and Discrimination: How I Left My Feeling of Inferiority at the Door
Opinions

Andrew Clair | March 12, 2020

A cold September gust of wind stretched across the asphalt landscape, slapping against my face and worsening the bubbling anxiety already growing in the pit of my stomach. Pensively walking towards the…

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Editorial: Before Time Runs Out, We Must Take Action Against the Coronavirus
Coronavirus

The Editorial Board | March 12, 2020

Wash your hands. Avoid touching your face. Cover when you cough. Stay home if you’re sick.

At this point, these reminders of cautionary counsel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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“Welcome to Portland”: A Look Into the Lives of Three of Portland’s Homeless
Features

Maddie Khaw | March 5, 2020

This article includes explicit language and content that might be upsetting to some readers.

We’ve all seen it — tents lining the sidewalks, garbage bags and shopping carts on street corners, and…

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“Our Identities Are What Make Us Great”: Reflecting on Black History Month at La Salle
Features

Olivia Galbraith | February 27, 2020

An announcement, a morning prayer, and a stand promoting black authors in the library. This was how La Salle acknowledged Black History Month in the school only a couple of years ago. The celebration of…

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How the Pacific Crest Trail Taught Me the Value of Suffering
Opinions

Andrew Clair | February 20, 2020

I recoiled from the thrust of an insect bite I had never seen before, tears welling up in my eye and beginning to roll down my cheek. Skin only millimeters from the whites of my left eye began to swell…

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Not da Vinci but Devine: Taking On the Career He Once Dreamed of as a Child
Features

Dakota Canzano | February 13, 2020

For the students at La Salle who know Mr. Brian Devine, they know him as the Vice Principal of Student Life. But, that’s not the only title that he holds.

He is also an artist.

“I’ve been an…

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Impeachment as Seen Through the Eyes of Students at La Salle
Impeachment, At Home

Maddie Khaw | February 7, 2020

Tensions between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been growing since September — and never have those tensions been better represented than at Trump’s State of the Union address…

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La Salle Partners With Sparrow Project to Support Eight Year Old Through Medical Challenges
Features

Carlie Weigel | January 27, 2020

With a radiant smile that is on his face more often than not, Taran Dodge battles not only one life hindering condition, but four: quadripalegic cerebral palsy, short bowel syndrome, auditory neuropathy,…

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Varsity Athletes Have Proven Themselves Enough
Opinions

Mandy Sisul | January 16, 2020

Extreme fatigue. Overuse injuries. Constant soreness. Feeling overwhelmed.

Playing a sport in high school while trying to balance school work and a social life is incredibly challenging.

For…

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As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind
News

Maddie Khaw | January 16, 2020

“Our future > your fortune,” read a sign held by junior Isa Sale at a climate change inaction protest in downtown Portland in September 2019.

Sale’s sign was one among hundreds of others in…

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Stepping Up: Community Needs to Help Fill Gap Created By New SNAP Rules
Opinions

Mary Loeb | January 9, 2020

Over the past year, the Trump Administration proposed three rules that would tighten restrictions for those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and ultimately cut millions…

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The Slump: How Annie Hoang Faces Depression Through Filmmaking
Features

Dakota Canzano | January 9, 2020

The following article contains a short film with explicit content. 

High school can be rough.

There are many ups and downs that can occur between the start of freshman year and the end of senior…

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Tips for an Environmentally-Friendly Holiday Season
Opinions

Mary Loeb | December 12, 2019

For most, the holiday season represents a joyful time for celebrating with friends and family or practicing old traditions, like baking favorite dishes or adorning homes with cheery lights and wintry decorations….

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After Falling Short in the Playoffs For Several Years, the Boys Varsity Soccer Team Finds Redemption
Sports

Carlie Weigel | November 20, 2019

In 2016, the La Salle boys soccer team lost in the semifinals in penalty kicks against Wilsonville, which advanced to earn second place in state.

In 2017, the Falcons lost in penalty kicks in the semifinals…

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