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Pokémon games updated for 3GS systems

Pokémon games updated for 3GS systems

December 3, 2014

Nintendo has updated its Pokémon series of role-playing video games for the 3DS handheld system, releasing two new games this month. "Omega Ruby" and "Alpha Sapphire" are updated versions of games released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance device and are the latest in a series of Generation VI games....

Why you aren’t too cool to play ‘Pokémon Omega Ruby’ and ‘Alpha Sapphire’

By Eric Staats, Portage Northern HS, Portage, Mich.

December 3, 2014

Many of us played Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald in elementary school — don’t even deny it. Pokémon was the greatest video game ever in a time where we were too old to play Animal Crossing and Nintendogs, but too young for Call of Duty and Halo. Nintendo has released remakes of these classic...

What is the future of the shootout in the NHL?

What is the future of the shootout in the NHL?

By TJ Kulfan, Divine Child HS, Dearborn, Mich.

November 25, 2014

It’s one of the hottest debated topics for hockey fans today: What is the future of the shootout? A shootout in hockey is simply a one-on-one between a skater and a goaltender from opposing teams. There are three rounds, and if there isn’t a clear winner after those three rounds, there will be su...

Dress code has holes of its own

Dress code has holes of its own

By Alaina Taylor, Portage Northern HS, Portage, Mich.

October 17, 2014

"If a student has selected a manner of appearance that is beyond mere freedom of expression and disrupts the educational process… they may be removed from the educational setting." — PN Dress Code. It’s no secret that here at Portage Northern, there is a widely despised and unpopular policy t...

Beating the odds: Student fights back from near-fatal disease

Beating the odds: Student fights back from near-fatal disease

By Landon Hudson, Grand Haven High School, Grand Haven, Mich.

September 22, 2014

Sophomore Hanna Rinkevicz lays back on the couch with a smile on her face. A tub of animal crackers rests next to her feet, which are propped up on the family’s wooden coffee table. Movie cases and hair ties clutter the table’s surface as Rinkevicz cracks sarcastic remarks about all the television...

To hover or stand back: Which parenting style proves best?

To hover or stand back: Which parenting style proves best?

By Derek Seidl and Joe Molloy

September 19, 2014

The term helicopter parents has developed signifying parents who often “hover” over their children’s lives.

Everything she has is dedicated to becoming state champion powerlifter

Everything she has is dedicated to becoming state champion powerlifter

By Alexis Megdanoff, Fenton HS, Fenton, Mich.

June 11, 2014

The inside of a gym is a familiar sight for senior Crystal Krupp. For four years, she has trained every week to succeed in the sport of powerlifting. Powerlifting at the high school level involves three separate lifts: the squat, bench and deadlift. Each participant has three chances, the highes...

Bandito’s will make you return for more than food

Bandito’s will make you return for more than food

By Graham DePriest and Chase Dudley

April 29, 2014

The aroma of the freshly cooked food being prepared in the back will have your mouth watering in seconds, and the bright warm colors will make you forget all about the negative degree weather just outside the door. The moment you walk into Banditos, located on the corner of 4th and Liberty, you will...

Essay: Why the world should dance more

Essay: Why the world should dance more

By Anurima Kumar, Community HS, Ann Arbor, Mich.

April 24, 2014

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche I may not practice dance every day, but I cannot imagine my life without it. Ever since the age of five, I have been learning an Indian classical dance form called Bharatanatyam. When my first teacher moved I remember her words that stuck with m...

Test stress? Take a study break with these 10 songs

By Anu Subramaniam, Grosse Pointe North HS, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.

February 24, 2014

Pause.  Stop your studying for just a few minutes to take a break listening to some of Billboard’s Top 100. ...

Even seniors get cut from the team

Even seniors get cut from the team

By Darryl Littlejohn, Jr., Southfield HS, Southfield, Mich.

February 19, 2014

In December senior Ro’Kiya Parker would normally be spending her time after school in the shiny new field house, working up a serious sweat, practicing her free throws, her lay-ups, her dunks. She’d have another new pair of Nikes in her duffel bag and a spare pair of sweat socks in her locker. Not...

Minimum wage debate is part of complex reality

Minimum wage debate is part of complex reality

By Sophia Werthmann, Community HS, Ann Arbor, Mich.

January 31, 2014

Alex Brown, a Walmart employee, currently lives in an apartment that he shares with his wife and their roommate. He is an out-of-work PC technician laboring for about $10 an hour, which is $2.60 above Michigan's minimum wage. Even so, “I often find at the end of the month, that I’m left with very...

Fat is not a bad word

By Aina Kelsaw-Fletcher, Community HS, Ann Arbor, Mich.

December 9, 2013

As a child, I was always told to hide. Told to stay in the background, to don myself in blacks, greys, and navy, to avoid stripes like the plague, to never touch a pair of skintight jeans. As a child I grew up thinking my name was “Flattering.” I listened to my mother and stuck to black T-shirts and sw...