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Down the ‘Rabbit Hole’

Down the ‘Rabbit Hole’

Melissa Thomas, Editor

November 17, 2019

This year, Theatre South presents a production tackling the complex issue of losing a child. ‘Rabbit Hole’ is a 2007 play written by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, who was inspired by his Juilliard professor to write about his biggest fear: the death of his own child. Over two weeks, Theatre South w...

Inktober among student body

Inktober among student body

Hanh Tam Bui, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

With every new October, there is a new Inktober. For all thirty one days of the month, there is a different prompt for artists to follow and create an ink illustration. Inktober began ten years ago by an artist under the name Mr. Jake Parker, who says on the official website, “I created Inktober in 2009 a...

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 entertainment industry.  Broadway and Beyond is well acclaimed along with its creator and...

Get the Look: Teacher Edition

Get the Look: Teacher Edition

Melissa Thomas and Iris Kreilkamp

October 28, 2019

The teachers at Bloomington South are talented, hardworking, passionate ... and also stylish! Have you ever wondered why Ramon Garcia sports a full brown look every day, or where to find Bogdan Rakic’s dashing tailored suits? Look no further: with options for those on a budget and those looking to t...

Strange Sites at South: Trimester 1 (Gallery)

Raya Haghverdi and Vika Terrill

October 24, 2019

Public schools may seem to have strict rules, but chaos still manages to ensue. Bloomington South is definitely not an exception. As the first trimester went on, weird sites were discovered and documented. Here are some examples of the many stranger things at South. ...

Behind the Friday music

Hanh Tam Bui and Melissa Thomas

October 11, 2019

For as long as many students at South have known, one of the defining traits of Fridays at school is the music playing in between each passing period. However, little do they know that there is a method behind the weekly music curation.  Melissa Law, the support secretary in the main office, revealed ...

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 people, there are a number of ways to make the most out of a Lotus Fe...

How to guide on bullet journaling

Hanh Tam Bui, Staff Writer

September 5, 2019

There is a high chance one has encountered the Bullet Journal, also known as BuJo, on the internet due to its growing popularity. Throughout the internet, it’s become associated with beautiful notebooks that can be artistic masterpieces or feats of minimalism. The Bullet Journaling method is defi...

South’s Advanced Theatre class presents ‘Little Women’

South’s Advanced Theatre class presents ‘Little Women’

Melissa Thomas, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019

Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” has been a celebrated piece of American literature for decades. Set in the midst of the Civil War, readers follow the March girls on a journey from childhood to womanhood in a time of war, poverty and radical change in America. This weekend, the classic will ...

South Speaks: spring break

South Speaks: spring break

Hailey Allgood, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019

Spring break is a glorious time of the year for students of all classes. It provides a relief from standardized tests, grimacing finals and the strain of being a high school student. From going to exotic locations to staying in the comfort of your own home, South students are always looking forward to t...

South students perform in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” production

South students perform in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” production

Calvin Prenkert and Tommy McEvilly

February 28, 2019

This weekend Stages Bloomington will premiere the well known Andrew Lloyd Webber production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. The production features many local middle and high school actors from around the area, many of whom attend Bloom...

Song of the Week: January 21st

Song of the Week: January 21st

January 27, 2019

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...

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