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Liberal arts still have value in a STEM world

Eric Johnsen, Staff Writer

May 25, 2017

Filed under Opinion

As college rapidly approaches, seniors at South (including me) are starting to think more about possible majors. These days there is a lot of pressure to major in something ‘practical’ with high job placement, like business...

“Alien: Covenant” Review: “Prometheus,” now with more Aliens

Chris Forrester, Staff writer

May 21, 2017

Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H0VW6sg50Pk "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven" 


I've said it before and I'll say it again; Ridley Scott is genuinely a mastermind. Alien: Covenant is very evidently both a sequel and a resp...

“Lunch shaming”: a shameful practice

Lucia Davila, Staff Writer

May 18, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Each year, the National School Lunch Program serves five billion lunches to students across the country. Of these five billion lunches, 2 million are reduced price, meaning the student owes $.40 for their meal instead of the ...

Is Protest Pointless?

Taylor Harmon, Staff Writer/Photographer

April 10, 2017

Filed under Opinion

"Protest is pointless.” This is a phrase that has been used all too often in light of the worldwide Women’s Marches and Muslim Travel Ban protests. These protests no doubt gathered the attention of millions; but almost...

Anti-Semitism: a rising threat?

Molly Wagschal, Staff Writer

March 8, 2017

Filed under Opinion

I remember reading a passage of the book Confederates in the Attic in which the author, Tony Horwitz, interviews a man named Walt who begins going on an anti-Semitic rant, claiming that Jews constitute a “predatory race.” ...

No, I didn’t unfriend you over politics

No, I didn’t unfriend you over politics

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

January 23, 2017

Filed under Opinion

The best songs of 2016

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 21, 2016

Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

This year may have been a bad one to be a human being, but all things considered it was a pretty strong year for music. Here are my picks for the fifteen best songs of the year:   The Greatest- Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar https:...

Commercialization, consumerism, and Christmas

Emma Bowlen, Staff Writer

December 12, 2016

Filed under Opinion

The commercialization of Christmas has been under fire since what seems like the dawn of time. From books to movies to TV shows, almost every holiday story delivers the same message: Christmas is not about the gifts; it is about...

“Moonlight” Review: the Oscars won’t be #sowhite this year

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 7, 2016

Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

I’ve seen numerous comparisons drawn between Barry Jenkins’ masterful new film “Moonlight” and Richard Linklater’s 2014 drama “Boyhood.” And in essence, the two films are quite similar -- both filmmakers are fascina...

Ranking the “Star Wars” movies

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 7, 2016

Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

It’s a little bit crazy to think about, but “Rogue One,” the second “Star Wars” film to be released since Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm (for a mere 4 billion dollars) back in 2012, is set to hit theaters i...

A guide to productive political discourse

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 5, 2016

Filed under Opinion

The holiday season is once again upon us, and with it comes a plethora of opportunities for potential tension between family members. This election season has been a particularly polarizing and inflammatory one, and has been the source o...

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