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Song of the Week: January 21st

Song of the Week: January 21st

January 27, 2019


Filed under Entertainment

After a brief hiatus, three staff writers have decided to come together and pick their favorite songs each week based on recent releases, personal feelings, and general overall enjoyment. Week of January 21 Tommy McEvilly-  My song of the week is “Almost (Sweet Music)” by Hozier. Released only about a we...

South teacher performs stand-up comedy

South teacher performs stand-up comedy

Tommy Beggs, Staff Writer

January 18, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, News

South English teacher, Sheila McDermott-Sipe, recently performed a stand-up comedy routine at the Comedy Attic. The Comedy Attic hosts an open mic comedy night on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., at which McDermott-Sipe presented her act. The English teacher began this hobby in Chicago at The Second City comedy ...

2019: the year of reboots and sequels

2019: the year of reboots and sequels

Eli Chafin, Staff Writer/Photographer

January 18, 2019


Filed under Culture, Entertainment, Opinion, Uncategorized

Nearly every big Hollywood movie coming out in 2019 is either a reboot or a sequel. While I desperately wish that the entertainment industry would be more original, this year will definitely bring an abundance of good movies. Just not original ones. “Glass” In this thriller, released Jan. 18, ...

Anticipated albums of 2019

Anticipated albums of 2019

Eli Chafin, Staff Writer/ Photographer

January 11, 2019


Filed under Culture, Entertainment

Pop culture flourished in 2018, giving us new records from countless artists including Janelle Monae, Mitski, Cardi B,  Beach House, SOPHIE, Ariana Grande and Parquet Courts just to name a few. It’s too soon to tell if 2019 will be as fruitful, but it looks promising. Here’s a list of some of the ...

Tis’ the season for Airpods

Tis’ the season for Airpods

Calvin Prenkert and Jackson Moore

January 10, 2019


Filed under Culture, Entertainment

This Christmas, many South students were delighted to find that Santa had left a special pair of earbuds under the tree. Released in late 2016, the AirPods are tech giant Apple’s first foray into bluetooth cordless earphones. Priced at a lofty $160, the AirPods are not your average impulse buy. ...

2019 Golden Globes recap

2019 Golden Globes recap

Maddie Roberts, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion, Showcase

A live proposal, Christian Bale thanking Satan, an apology for cultural appropriation by Emma Stone and a classic homage to Judy Garland are just a handful of the most memorable parts of the 2019 Golden Globes. Before recapping the winners, there were many moments that should definitely be highlig...

Netflix’s “Bird Box” review

Netflix’s “Bird Box” review

Taylor Harmon, Editor

January 9, 2019


Filed under Culture, Entertainment

This past holiday season, the talk of the Christmas table was Netflix's recent film, “Bird Box.” “Bird Box” quickly blew up shortly after its release and resulted in many memes and even the “Bird Box” Challenge. This challenge entailed people blindfolding themselves and doing reckless activiti...

The Optimist’s guide to a holly, jolly Christmas

The Optimist’s guide to a holly, jolly Christmas

December 18, 2018


Filed under Culture, Entertainment, Showcase

Do you hear those sleigh bells ringing but can’t think of anything to do for the holidays? Do you have the urge to rock around the Christmas tree but don’t know which songs would get you in the best holiday mood? With the help from the Optimist, you’ll be sure to have a holly, jolly Christmas. ...

Song of the Week: December 10

Song of the Week: December 10

Jackson Moore, Tommy McEvilly, Noah Moore, and Calvin Prenkert

December 18, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

Four staff writers have decided to come together and pick their favorite songs each week based on recent releases, personal feelings, and general overall enjoyment. Week of Dec. 10:   This week’s theme: Bops Calvin Prenkert- My Song of the week is “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke. This song is ...

Super Smash Bros Ultimate: You got Kir-Beef?

Super Smash Bros Ultimate: You got Kir-Beef?

Jackson Moore, Staff Writer

December 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Entertainment

Although high schoolers mostly play games on Xbox, Playstation or PC, there are other platform options. Perhaps the most nostalgic gaming system, the Nintendo Wii, used to be the majority choice for elementary students. Wii Sports, Mario Kart and Tanks offered a diverse set of games to play with frien...

Song of the Week: December 3rd

Song of the Week: December 3rd

Calvin Prenkert, Tommy McEvilly, Noah Moore, and Jackson Moore

December 10, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

Four staff writers have decided to come together and pick their favorite songs each week based on recent releases, personal feelings, and general overall enjoyment. Week of Dec. 3:   This week’s theme: Motivation Calvin Prenkert-  My song of the week is “Bubblin’” by Anderson .Paak. I...

Students rave for “Red [not] Dead Redemption 2”

Students rave for “Red [not] Dead Redemption 2”

Jackson Moore, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Culture, Entertainment, Showcase

As more and more of the younger generation becomes enthralled by video games, it is increasingly more important for companies to produce new content for gamers. Rockstar Games, creators of “Grand Theft Auto” and “Red Dead Redemption,” has created an absolute masterpiece of a game, dominating the gamin...

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