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Top Horror Movies

Elliot Thurston, Staff Writer September 27, 2022

  Us Us has to be one of the best psychological thriller movies out there. Director Jordan Peele dives into a deeper plot compared to his other films, marking his territory in the directing...

Official Pumpkin Spice Latte Tournament 2022

Bella Inman September 20, 2022

          In September when the leaves start to change and the weather gets cooler, there’s only one thing that matters: pumpkin spice lattes. International coffee chain Starbucks may be the...

Rainbow flags fly at this year’s Pridefest

Laynie Rearick, Staff Writer August 26, 2022

Pride is not a sin at Bloomington’s ninth annual Pridefest! Taking place Saturday, August 27, 2022, the festival will feature a vendor village, food trucks, wellness activities, and music performances....

MultiVersus Guide

Nicky Walker and Mateo Fuentes-Rohwer August 24, 2022

  Overview  Never before had we seen an intense battle between Bugs Bunny and Batman. That all changed the day this new crossover fighting game was released to the public. Multiversus is...

The 3! Movie Reviews: Bullet Train

A train full of assassins and criminals, motivated by money, revenge, and fate- Bullet Train is a high speed, off the rails viewing experience, sure to keep your caboose glued to your seat. From the mind...

Sounds of South Scores Well in ISSMA

Jack Crystal, Staff Writer May 9, 2022

On the 23rd of March the Sounds of South choir group went to the Heritage Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee and won a lot of awards. As a group they won the Outstanding Choral Group Award, the Adjudicator...

South Speaks about “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

Elena Rupp, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is coming to theaters May 6th as the latest installment of Phase Four of the MCU. What viewers know about the movie is that, “Dr Strange casts a forbidden...

Heartstopper Review

Heartstopper Review

Jordis Kieffer, Writer May 4, 2022

       On April 22, Netflix released a new original series called Heartstopper that has been in the top ten on Netflix since it dropped, and should definitely be on your must-watch list for this...

New emojis cause excitement

New emojis cause excitement

Boone Law, Staff Writer April 14, 2022

With the release of iOS 15.4, Apple has unveiled their brand new set of emojis. The update comes with more smiley emojis, multiracial handshake emojis, and improved gender representation, among other emojis....

“As It Was” Wasn’t As Expected

Bella Inman April 6, 2022

Unexpectedly, on March 23 Harry Styles announced that his third solo album titled Harry’s House will be released May 20, 2022. Soon after, on April 1, he released a single called “As It Was.”  With...

Wheels v.s. Doors

Emma Kershner and Boone Law March 10, 2022

A new debate has exploded on TikTok about whether there are more wheels or doors in the world. Users are very divided and seem to keep adding new arguments to their cases. Here are a few student opinions.    “Wheels...

Four books to cozy up with in winter

Jordis Kieffer, Staff Writer January 28, 2022

    It is finally the middle of the winter and it can get boring throughout the winter but don’t worry. Reading these four books will keep you occupied during these cold times. The Hate U Give...

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