Cheers to local students pursuing internships and independent study opportunities and Jeers to banning some articles of promiscuity, but not enforcing spelled-out dress codes local students pursing internships and independent study opportunities   

    Becoming an intern or working through your school's independent studies program can be exhilirating. For some students, it's their first real "job."    

    If journalism is the field they choose, they're in for a treat. Not only would they enhance their writing and photography skills, but they gain confidence and connect with their community.    

    For someone new to the area, working with the media helps you learn your way around town and meet people you wouldn't have had to the chance to meet before. Even a small town like Crookston has a lot going on and these programs provide students the opportunity to see it first hand.    

    The Crookston Daily Times currently has an opening for a Crookston High School junior or senior looking for an independent study opportunity during Spring Semester 2015. The student would work one or two hours in the Times’ newsroom each morning, Monday through Friday, for academic credit.    

    In addition, the Times will more than likely once again have a paid summer internship opening next summer, made possible through the Minnesota Newspaper Association and Carl & Eloise Pohlad Foundation. The student, age 16 to 19 (2015 graduates are eligible), would work 200 hours as a Times reporter and photographer over the summer.    

    If you're interested in either opportunity, contact Times Managing Editor Mike Christopherson at or your school independent study coordinator.

                                                                            – Jess Bengtson banning some articles of promiscuity, but not enforcing spelled-out dress codes   

    Oak Grove, a private school in the Fargo area, recently placed a ban on the ever-popular yoga pants, "yogas" or "leggings" for short. Their reasoning? Students simply weren't following the dress code, which permitted the fashion trend as long as the student's backside was covered. However, with enough offenses, the school district decided to revise their policy to completely end the trend of spandex at the school.   

    So what does this mean for the community of Crookston? Simply leaf through the school handbook, for example. There is a clear section that denotes what is appropriate clothing and what is not. Complete with pictures, the district-approved handbook depicts baggy pants as a no go, along with crop tops, low cut shirts, strappy shirts, bandeau tops and shorts that fail to cover enough thigh. While everyone is aware of the dress code, it seems to be enforced on a personal, case-by-case basis. Some will be scolded and told to change their attire, while others simply walk by in their attire of "personal expression."   

    Jeers to banning some articles of promiscuity, but not entirely enforcing spelled-out dress codes. If you're going to have a dress code, be fair and consistent about enforcing it.    

    There's a fine line between personal expression through clothing and defying something that is clearly written. Let's either change the code or start enforcing it fully and fairly.

                                                         – Torrie Greer, Times intern