School District Should Agree to Union Demands

By Grady Short


After several rallies and rounds of negotiations, the Mercer Island Education Association (MIEA) is set to vote on a potential district-wide strike Sept. 4, the day before school starts.  This decision, if it must be made, would represent a failing on the part of the Mercer Island School District to adequately compensate its employees. Continue reading “School District Should Agree to Union Demands”

When is Affirmative Action Justified in College Admissions?

By Walt McKelvie


Affirmative Action at its best is a temporary, necessary unfairness meant to end centuries of systematic oppression and inequality. It is a sad necessity to bridge the educational and financial gaps between different races, and to ending racial stereotypes. This is why affirmative action programs helping groups facing race-based discrimination, particularly blacks and Hispanics, is a good thing. Continue reading “When is Affirmative Action Justified in College Admissions?”

Tackling America’s School Shooting Epidemic: Can’t We Just Give Everyone Firearms or Something?

By Ellie Gottesman and Grady Short


After yet another unimaginably tragic school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida, government officials and stable geniuses on the right have finally resolved to stop the killing of more innocent children. Continue reading “Tackling America’s School Shooting Epidemic: Can’t We Just Give Everyone Firearms or Something?”

American Inexceptionalism Lives On in the Gun Violence Epidemic

By Joy Francke


Gun violence is occurring so often in the United States that it is becoming a new norm. This tragic phenomenon has resulted in the loss of tens of thousands across the nation every year. Obtaining a gun in the United States needs to be drastically more challenging than it currently is. Continue reading “American Inexceptionalism Lives On in the Gun Violence Epidemic”

BRIDGES Video Fails to Address Safety Concerns

By Spencer Klein


Since Dec. 4, 2017, MIHS has received two shooting threats and one bomb threat. These threats were considered problematic enough that school was cancelled the Friday before break. In response, several ideas were shared among staff about how to address the student body – a mandatory assembly, four separate assemblies or a town hall for the entire school. Ultimately the staff, guided by student input, landed on a twenty-minute video compiling encouraging and optimistic testimonies from staff and students. Continue reading “BRIDGES Video Fails to Address Safety Concerns”