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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...

Holidays gifts for friends?

Lucia Davila, Staff Writer

November 30, 2016

Filed under Culture, Opinion

Picture the glittering snow, the frosty store window displays, the red ribbons - picture your best friends, the people you spend all your free time with. What are you going to get them this year for the holidays? If you’re ...

Seasonal Depression and how we discuss mental health

Isabelle Neal, Staff Writer

November 16, 2016

Filed under Opinion

At 2 a.m on Nov. 6 people all over the United States set their clocks back an hour to mark the end of daylight savings time. While this may seem like a routine practice, its effects on one’s mental health can be harmful. Seas...

South Speaks: Cubs first World Series win since 1908

Carlie Williams and Lucy French

November 7, 2016

Filed under Entertainment, News, Opinion, Sports

Being born into a Chicago Cub's loving family, Marina Blackwell (senior) shares her excitement on the win. Marina said "On game days, I was always really really stressed because the stress would just overtake me and I could...

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