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Cossetta Alimentari, Italian marketplace, charms diners

Cossetta Alimentari, Italian marketplace, charms diners

Shelby Earley, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2014

There are roughly 782 restaurants in downtown Saint Paul. Among those is Cossetta Eatery and Italian Pizzeria. Cossetta’s is located on West 7th St. and is within walking distance of the Xcel Energy Center. Cossetta’s is a casual, Italian restaurant that offers a wide range of authentic foods an...

Students gain an APpetite for AP

Students gain an APpetite for AP

February 12, 2014

With week number two of second semester winding down, students are settling into their new schedules and asking themselves what they have gotten into. Friday, Feb. 14 is the last day for students to drop a class for a study hall. In Orono, as well as many neighboring communities, students are encouraged - and...

What would Mandela do?

Pete Makarov, Editor in Chief Online

January 10, 2014

Anti-apartheid revolutionary and dreamer Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human...

16 year old’s passing reminds about value of life

Leah Walk, News Editor

December 16, 2013

People die every day. There’s nothing unusual about that. But this time, it really hit me hard. On Wednesday December 4, 16-year-old Alyssa Ettl was in a terrible collision that suddenly ended her life. I hear about people dying everyday, so what made this one any different? Hearing about the accident ma...

Do not repeat the past; study history and learn from it

Pete Makarov, Editor in Chief- Online

November 19, 2013

Philosopher and political theorist Edmund Burke once said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” That one quote made me think, Sure, history is important, but how important? Burke was not the first man to tell me that history repeats itself. My father, Pete Makarov, always...

Has Miley gone too far?

Leah Walk, News Editor

November 19, 2013

Whether it be her new haircut, her tongue out of her mouth, her shocking performances or her sleazy behavior, Miley Cyrus has captured everyone’s attention. Cyrus has pulled many disturbing gags lately, one of which was her Video Music Awards show performance. During her performance she stripped...

Rape is no joke

Jack Ellis, Layout Chief

November 18, 2013

Fun fact for you, today: when you type the letters r-a-p-e into the Google search bar, the first auto fill result is rape sloth. Don’t know what the “rape sloth” is? Well, according to knowyourmeme.com, the rape sloth is an “advice animal .. featuring a photograph of a sloth that appears to...

Letter to the Editors

OHS Math Department, Math Teachers

November 18, 2013

Dear Spartan Speaks, First of all, we’d like to say that we are supporters of your newspaper, and we understand the time and commitment it requires to put together the finished product. We are writing to you today, however, in regards to the recent Spartan Speaks newspaper article about the math...

Editorial: MCAs fail to make accurate representation of students

Claire Mayhew, Visuals Editor

November 18, 2013

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) have been used as a scoring system for Minnesota schools for years. However, recent scores have failed to show an accurate representation of some Minnesota schools’ successes. According to the MCAs, the Orono School District ranks number 34 out of all...

Empowering Everyone

Jack Ellis, Layout Editor

November 15, 2013

I am an activist for human rights. When I tell people that, they automatically assume that I mean someone who fights for the rights of homosexuals, impoverished peoples and those who cannot speak for themselves. Although that is true, I am also an activist for women—for gender equality. I am a feminist. The...

Philosophical Pete: Learning for learning’s sake

Pete Makarov, Editor in Chief- Online

November 15, 2013

As I was sitting in Senior Language and Composition, I was asked the question by my teacher, Jarrett Lundquist, “What is education about?” Of course, being in the United States school system for almost 13 years, one would think I would know the answer to that question. I didn’t though, and had...

Has Miley Cyrus gone too far?

Leah Walk, News Editor

November 12, 2013

Whether it be her new haircut, her tongue out of her mouth, her shocking performances, or her sleazy behavior, Miley Cyrus has captured everyone’s attention. Cyrus has pulled many disturbing gags lately, one of which being her VMA performance. During her performance she stripped down to her undergar...

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