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How to go back to school, 2020 version

Iris Kreilkamp, Editor

August 11, 2020

At 8 AM on Wednesday, Aug 12, South students will be beginning their 2020 school year -- except this time, it’ll look a little different. Students will be logging on en masse to start a new system of virtual learning, one that i...

Managing your mental health during a pandemic

Iris Kreilkamp, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

Something as small as turning on the television right now can be an upsetting and anxiety-producing act as our news channels, and lives in general, fill with what seems to be an endless stream of bad news from across the globe....

Guide to finals

Lizzie Allen, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Three times a year, South students once again go through the stress, pressure, and anxiety of finals. Every teacher gives different study tips, every student has different study methods, and everyone dreads the weeks leading up...

A Balancing Act: School and Mental Health

Elizabeth Allen, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

School can be highly stressful for all students and, over time, this excess of stress can take a toll on a student’s mental health. School and other basic tasks can become overwhelming, and excessive stress and other factors can gi...

Calling all creatives: life and career lecture

Hanh Tam Bui, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Broadway and Beyond, a lecture meant for parents and students interested in the performing arts, is coming to Bloomington. It is intended to provide advice within the field and outside to youth from insiders of the entertainm...

Lotus on a budget

Hanh Tam Bui, Staff Writer

September 27, 2019

The 26th Annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival is planned to run from  Sept. 26 until Sept. 29, as the downtown Bloomington area will be alive with music and people in the streets. While paying for passes may be a concern for...

A Guide to South Bathrooms

John Law, Editor

September 27, 2019

For most students, the decision over which bathroom to take care of your business in is one of the most important choices they’ll make all day. There are few bathrooms that have a perfect combination of sinks, stalls, urinals, isol...

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