Briefs

College debt increases

One trillion. That’s the mark, in dollars, that U.S. student loan debt just passed, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According to the College Board, the 2011-12 published total cost for tuition, fees, and room and board at an in-state four-year public institution averaged $17,131. But that’s only the …

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New Chinese Teacher

Maddie Binning, Talon Staff Writer New to Minnehaha Academy, Chinese teacher Ming Dong said he is enjoying his new job. Born in Dalian, China, Dong moved to Washington, D.C., several years ago to finish his master’s degree at George Mason University. Later he moved to Minnesota and got a job …

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SAT Brief

SAT Scandal Kate Brown, Talon Staff Writer The security for the SAT test will be increased nationwide due to seven students in Farmingdale, NY being accused of cheating. Former F.B.I. director, Louis J. Freeh, will be brought in to review the security procedures for the SAT. The College Board is also …

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MA Colleges Brief

Popular colleges for MA students Marisa White, Talon Staff Writer So far, the most popular college that Minnehaha Academy seniors applied to this year is the University of Minnesota, located in the Twin Cities. As of November 8, however, about 35 percent of the seniors have not submitted any applications. The …

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Fall play discussion

Discussion addresses play issues By Julia Carle, Talon staff writer “It”s really important to tell this story, so it doesn’t happen again,“ said Paulita Todhunter, Minnehaha’s diversity director.  After the Saturday matinee performance, Todhunter and Gene Sylvestre, a World War II veteran who helped liberate concentration camps, spoke to the …

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Dear Finder opens eyes

Meaningful and moving play pays off By Emma Tyler, Talon staff writer As the lights dimmed and the actors filed on the stage at the performances of Dear Finder at Minnehaha Academy some audience members did not know what they were getting into. Freshman Kevin Dustrude described the play as …

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Standardized test scores

Earlier start does not improve test scores By Darby Quast, Talon staff writer Starting school two weeks before Labor Day did not improve test scores in 25 southwestern Minnesota districts but superintendent of the Mountain Lake public schools, Bill Strom, is not worried. “We are convinced that when you add …

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Sexual harrassment

Sexual harrassment of teens on the rise By Maddie Binning, Talon staff writer Sexual harassment has been on the rise among students in grades 7 through 12, according to study conducted by the American Association of University Women released on Nov. 7.  Based on the survey, 56 percent of girls and …

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Wealth gap

Largest wealth gap in history between young and old By Simone McIntosh, Talon staff writer This year marks the largest wealth gap in history between younger and older Americans, according to an analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center. A person who is under the age of 35 has …

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