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In the late 1990s, the papaya ringspot virus almost wiped out the entire crop, until Cornell University scientists created the virus-resistant Rainbow papaya. The fruit is still enjoyed today because of genetic modification.

CRISPR-Cas9 Sequences Spark Debate Despite Potential Positive Effects for Food Industry

Food labels proudly promote non-GMO products, however unclear definition, continual production prevails
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 14, 2021

In an era of continual scientific advancement, we are constantly being faced with questions regarding the morality and ethicality of altering the very building blocks that comprise our lives. Clustered...

Engineering Provides Brighter Future

Engineering Provides Brighter Future

New technology paves way for eliminating un- curable diseases, improves quality of life
Grace Homan, Contributing Writer January 14, 2021

In recent years, genetic engineering—alongside technology—has been steadily increasing. Dating back to the 1970s, humans genetically modified animals and plants to create genetically modified organisms,...

Human Modification Creates Risks

Human Modification Creates Risks

Abundance of unknown factors, outcomes outweigh potential benefits
Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor January 14, 2021

Each year, more than three billion dollars is spent on genetic research. As genetic modification technology advances and that number continues to rise with genetic modification becoming a normalized topic,...

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Information distorts public sentiment
Chad Woerner, Staff Writer November 4, 2020

Twitter's main purposes, according to their website, are to "give everyone the power to create and share ideas" and "not detract from a free and global conversation." Instagram's mission statement claims...

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership

Importance of validity rises as election looms
Keaton Rannow, Contributing Writer November 4, 2020

Since social media's rise in the early 2000s, its most powerful tool has been the ability to disseminate information widely and rapidly. Current events that would've taken days, even weeks to reach our...

Religion As More Than a Belief System, A Community

Jason finds comfort in community
Jason Gelb, Contributing Writer October 1, 2020

For me, Judaism is a lot more than just a religion. I don’t believe you have to be a practicing Jew to call yourself Jewish. I see it more as a community and a culture than simply a religion. I think...

Don't Blame TikTok for Unwanted Content

Don’t Blame TikTok for Unwanted Content

For You page promotes content based off user's habits
Will Rosenblum, Opinions Editor April 28, 2020

TikTok, a video sharing app released in 2016, has exploded onto the online-scene with over one billion users in March of 2020. But the app has been met with its fair share of flaws and criticisms by users....

Beth Calderone stands at the whiteboard, teaching a Microeconomics class to juniors and seniors.

Teachers Fight Legacy of Systems that Favor Certain Cultures, Learning Styles

History of schooling system is very unicultured
Will Rosenblum, Opinions Editor March 9, 2020

Although the achievement gap mainly surrounds students, one important facet is the aspect of the teaching influence. Traditionally, the use of such strategies like straight rowed desks and bells aimed...

Redistricting Helps, Does not Solve the Root of the Gap

Long history, complicated factors of gap make progress difficult
Sage Marmet, Creative Director March 9, 2020

Even though the achievement gap may seem like an issue far away, affecting far away people, one of the cities with the largest disparity between low and high performing students is our very own Minneapolis. This...

Redrawing Public School District Lines Creates Equality of Education

Redrawing Public School District Lines Creates Equality of Education

New districts help desegregate
Nora Fox, Arts & Culture Editor March 9, 2020

A well educated public is essential to the success and prosperity of our communities at home and abroad. However, due to the achievement gap, many students arenít receiving the proper quality of education...

Private Schools  Have Less Obvious Gaps, Greater Ability to Address

Private Schools Have Less Obvious Gaps, Greater Ability to Address

Students reflect on the division they feel
Anna Johns, Staff Writer March 9, 2020

Considering Minnesota's notoriously large academic achievement gap, how might that manifest itself in a private school like Blake? Many students in affinity groups at Blake asserted that such a gap exists,...

The Achievement Gap

The Achievement Gap

Defining the achievement gap in Minnesota
Caroline Hardy, Editor Emerita March 9, 2020

S imply put, the achievement gap is a difference in the academic success of students. This difference is most commonly viewed in the context of varying socioeconomic statuses or ethnicities of students....

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