Culture

Edwin Flowers

Making the grade: A new school and committed mentor lead St. Paul teen to success

It was fourth period, the most dreaded period of my eighth grade year – math. I was seated as always in the front of the classroom because my teacher, Mr. Hirsch, knew that my favorite time to begin talking was during the lesson when he stood beside the overhead explaining equations and formulas, all those x’s and y’s.

Falak Sher Marri, 16, shakes hands with Dora the Explorer at Mall of America

Exchange student says Pakistan and America share morals

Before arriving in this country, I was curious about Americans. I often wondered about their lifestyle and culture. As an exchange student, my task is to answer the questions I had before coming here.

Pakistanis displaced by flooding take refuge near Hyderabad, Pakistan.

"I'm not from China! I'm from Pakistan!"

Despite all the recent news coverage about her parent’s country, Iman Jafri finds Americans have trouble understanding Pakistan.

Pa Houa Thao poses with her mother

Hmong daughter and mother struggle to understand each other's different cultures

My mom stayed home and learned that, as a Hmong daughter, you are to keep the house clean and practice cooking to become a wife. So my mom has no clue what an after-school club is, what you do there, and why I like be there.

A teen tries to talk to a friend while she texts

Teen texting pet peeves: Are you a rude texter?

You’re at dinner with your best friend, talking, eating, and having a great time. Until she pulls out her phone and starts texting. You’re annoyed.

Cassie Ruha, 18, got this angel tattoo at 16 in memory of her grandfather

It's the law: no more tattoos for minors

Two years ago, Cassie Ruha got a tattoo of an angel on her back after her grandfather’s passing.

Texting teens increase 40 percent in 3 years.

Texting teens increase 40 percent in 3 years

When Grace Pastoor’s parents opened their April cell phone bill, they were shocked. The 80-page bill chronicled their 16-year-old daughter’s 34,000 text messages. They took her phone away because they thought her texting habit resembled an addiction.

Quidditch game at University of Minnesota-Morris

Quidditch no longer a fictional game, now real-life "muggles" can play

It used to be only Harry Potter could catch the golden snitch, but now muggles can too thanks to some creative thinking from college students.

Live from camp: Learning about differences and taking steps toward the future

Overall, the ThreeSixty program is interesting and helpful. What’s the most interesting to me is all the different types of students that gathered here for the same reason: to write and report.

Nyasia Arradondo

My black student group: support, not segregation

When a white student at her school questioned why black students like Nyasia needed an after-school group just for them, she had an answer for him. And an invitation.

Teens grinding at a school dance

Osseo High bans grinding at prom, dance too sexual

When Osseo High School outlawed grinding at prom, many students were so angry they jumped ship, literally. About 255 students plan on skipping the school’s May 15 prom to attend a party on a boat where they won’t be kicked out for dancing front-to-back.

How teens count to America, read the winning essays

How do teens count to America? Read the essays published in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press

This spring, the government will attempt to count every single person living in the United States in the 2010 Census. ThreeSixty, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune asked teenagers how they count to America. Their essays were published in both papers, and online on April 1. Check them out!

How teens count to America

How teens count to America, read the winning essays published in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press

This spring, the government will attempt to count every single person living in the United States in the 2010 Census. ThreeSixty, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune asked teenagers how they count to America. On April 1, their essays were published in both papers, and online.

ThreeSixty's Intermediate Journalism Camp investigates immigration

In June 2009, 15 teens from all corners of the Twin Cities arrived at the University of St. Thomas and spent two weeks living, learning and doing great journalism. The Twin Cities become a more diverse metropolis every day. The reporters reflected that change themselves.

Sports fans love their teams, but sometimes love hurts

It’s 3:30 p.m. on the Friday before the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints NFC Championship game, and I’m in the car driving 19½ hours to New Orleans for the game.

Emmet's top 10 events of past decade for teens

If you’re a graduating senior this year, you were only 7 or 8 years old when this past decade began. Today’s teens grew up during the first decade of the 21st century. Reporter Emmet Kowler nominates these events and cultural changes as some of the things that had the greatest impact on teens.

Graphic novels increasing in popularity

The Hennepin County Library’s graphic novel section has grown so much that there is a plan to give graphic novels their own section at all 41 libraries in the county this year.

Essay: Reporter Ariel Nash on mission to learn more about her black culture after reporting story about achievement gap

In my sociology class, our teacher suggested that Mr. Favor broke up the student body because of the achievement gap. We students argued that it couldn’t have been that bad.

The teacher went over to the computer and put up MCA-II math and reading scores broken up by race. The room went silent. In 2008, among Cooper students who took the statewide math test, 21 percent of Asian, 20 percent of Hispanic and 43 percent of white students scored high enough to be considered proficient. For black students, only 4 percent did that well.

After staring at the scores and waiting for the shock to wear off, my mind did a complete 180. I no longer felt that breaking the student body up by race was a bad thing. If I, as a senior, felt embarrassed for my peers to see that my race was at the bottom of the chart, imagine how the younger students would take it.

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