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New school board should prioritize student voices

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

November 11, 2019

Last Tuesday's elections voted in a new USD 383 school board and the results brought both experienced and new candidates to the board for their four-year term. Members Kristin Brighton and Brandy Santos were elected for their firs...

School justified in taking drastic action to enforce vaccine requirement

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

November 4, 2019

Dec. 2. That’s the deadline for all Manhattan High students to get up to date on their vaccinations or face what the USD 383 school district is dubbing “exclusion” from all school activities, including physically attending ...

School justified in closing vending machines during school day

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

October 7, 2019

On Sept. 25, signs have appeared on some of Manhattan High’s soda vending machines stating: “This machine is available from 3:05 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. --per federal regulations off from 12:00 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.” Much of the stud...

Students need to take drills more seriously

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

September 23, 2019

There have been more than just safety drills for students at Manhattan High this year. The school has had three secure campuses, one quasi-lockdown and two evacuations due to a suspected fire this year. Along with that, MHS has ...

StuCo clubs rules unnecessarily harsh, involved

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

September 16, 2019

Student Council's new regulations for club reports might make sense to StuCo leaders but are unfair to smaller clubs and those with fewer events or narrow missions outside of service projects.  Last week, StuCo passed reinforced and revam...

AP exam registration move not beneficial to students

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

September 9, 2019

A College Board decision to move the AP course registration deadline to October has drawn controversy. It's the opinion of The Mentor editorial board that it's unnecessary and irresponsible to move the date, as it will have a mos...

Students, teachers need to focus on content to make up time this school year

Kris Long, Opinions Editor

August 12, 2019

In order to accommodate for construction, the USD 383 school district has shortened the school year by six days and added 15 minutes onto the end of every school day. Around two minutes will be added to class on regular sched...

Kobach’s plan to decrease school administration not a solution to education budget crisis

Meredith Comas, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 27, 2018

As we get closer to the general elections this November, the race for the next governor of Kansas has reached its most vulnerable and intense point in any campaign: pleasing the public eye. Of course, this means debates, county visits...

Constitutional rights are respected, activism needed to bring attention to individual violations

Meredith Comas, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2018

In a recent opinions column published in “The New York Times,” University of Chicago law professor Justin Driver asked the question, “Do public school students have constitutional rights?” His answer: that as time has go...

NCAA caught amidst fraud scandal

Meredith Comas, Opinions Editor

April 17, 2018

Bribery threatens the long loved game of collegiate-level basketball   The National Collegiate Athletics Association has been under fire for their recent bribery scandal, in which Adidas bribed players and families of t...

Teen alcohol abuse problematic despite lower numbers, relevant in Manhattan

Meredith Comas, Opinions Editor

March 6, 2018

Teenagers have always talked about the idea of “cool.” It seems cheesy, but in the end it does affect what we as teens do. We want people to like us, so maybe we go to a party or two, or maybe we stay away from those actions...

Face the truth about online harassment

Meredith Comas, Opinions Editor

February 28, 2018

The world of cyberspace is a scary one. It is no secret that the internet is often credited with the destruction of today’s youth. The invention of apps like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and more, receive the blame for the...

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