The Beacon

Art is vital to education, should not be cut

Samantha Gadbois, Reporter

November 15, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Have you ever thought about why we are required to take performing arts or studio arts classes in school? Well, there are studies that show that having an arts education is essential to the profile of a well-rounded student. Usually, studies are focused on the development of a child in the fields of mat...

School’s library needs wider book selection

Nathalia Cortes Vasquez, Reporter

November 15, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Harding’s library should purchase more new books for students to enjoy. As a freshman, I can’t imagine being at this school for four years and reading only books I have already read. The point of reading a book is for its interesting story hidden beneath the cover. Although each person has his or her ow...

Annoying Schoology feature creates stress

William Tzavaras, News/Sports Editor

November 15, 2016


Filed under Opinion

    There is one big reason I personally hate Schoology, and I’m sure many students agree.      It’s the “Overdue” section on the far right side of the screen overlay. When logged in to view assignments or grades that have been posted, students can see all these things that are “o...

Mental illnesses are not cute little quirks

Wendy Scaletta, Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Opinion

“I’m really OCD about cleaning my room.” “My mom got mad at me for no reason. She’s so bipolar.” “My teacher wants me to read 50 pages over the weekend. He’s totally psycho!” “I’m so depressed about my score on the test. I only got a B-.” Chances are you or someone you know has...

St. Paul violence is unnecessary

Gao Xiong, Opinion Editor

May 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion

There has been a growing amount of violence in St. Paul. Just recently, a student was shot to death due to gang violence at Mounds Park. There was also a report to Saint Paul Police about a gun handling near Maplewood Mall. On April 18th, there was also a reported double shooting. On April 24th, ther...

Is John Ekblad really to blame?

William Tzavaras, Sports Editor

May 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Just when you thought the school district couldn’t get any worse this school year, they managed to do it again.   John Ekblad, a teacher at Saint Paul Central who was attacked while trying to break up a fight, sued the district for failing to protect him, but the district says it was...

Money for school upgrade is going toward the wrong things

Andy Thao, Reporter

May 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In case students don’t already know, the school district is planning to spend a lot of money to make schools around the district look better. Sadly, Harding isn’t receiving an upgrade this year. The amount of money required to build some of these upgrades is absurd. Around $670 million are go...

Harding is too hot?

Austyn Lo, News Editor

May 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The Harding community has a lot to say about equality, but school officials are missing the thing that is most unfair--the lack of air conditioning. There’s a $670 million surplus that will go towards school improvements in our district, but air-conditioning isn’t on the list for Harding, ...

Pepfest shouldn’t have been moved

Yusuf Aw Yusuf, Features Editor

March 23, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Sno-Daze, the second Spirit Week for Harding throughout the school year, occurs annually in mid-winter. Sno-Daze usually occurs during the time of year where snow is present, hence the the word “snow” hinted in Sno-Daze. However, this year is a little different--actually, it’s a lot differ...

Get a room!!!

Zuzan Win, Reporter

March 17, 2016


Filed under Opinion

PDA, or Public Display of Affection, can be shown by holding hands, hugging or kissing. However, do students notice the people around them or even care about what other students think? I feel very uncomfortable being around these couples. Many couples show PDA, but they are mostly younger couples. A...

Cam Newton a Thug?

William Tzavaras, Sports Editor

March 17, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Leading the Carolina Panthers to an NFC title while having the best regular season at 15-1 can put you in the limelight, and Cam Newton has had no problem embracing it. I personally like Cam Newton because he’s a phenomenal athlete who can play the quarterback position well, and he’s made himsel...

National Thot Exposing Day

Elezebet Mitiku, Arts Editor

January 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion

National Thot Exposing Day is a day to share some honest opinions about others online. In other words, the day dedicated to ruining someone's life online. Some posts about people may be stupid memes making fun of others' body parts or facial features, but others are exposing private pictures ...

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