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What to watch on Netflix right now

Jordis Kieffer, Staff Writer December 6, 2021

     Imagine having to wake up in the middle of the night, grab your two year old daughter and run away from your abusive boyfriend, with nowhere to go and no money. That’s what Alex, the main character...

The best female-led shows and movies of 2021

Dahlia Ritter, Staff Writer December 6, 2021

2021 has been a recovery year for many of us, and television has served to be a form of comfort for lots of teens. I personally have spent quite a bit of time this year working through loads of shows and...

Previewing 2022’s upcoming video games

Lennon Mobley, Staff Writer December 2, 2021

As game releases come to a stop for 2021, let’s look forward to the first quarter of 2022 and some of the exciting new games to come.  Weird West Coming out January 11, Wild West is a top-down...

Join Optimist for a December of small celebrations

Iris Kreilkamp, Co-Editor December 2, 2021

We all know the classics -- Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Hanukkah. National holidays are a chance for the whole country to rest, celebrate, or spend some quality time with loved ones. But what...

Five books everyone should read

Jordis Kieffer, Staff Writer November 19, 2021

    With fall just arriving and the weather finally cooling down, it’s the perfect time to light a candle, pull out a book, cozy up, and read.         If you're unsure about what to read...

Taylor Swift Re-Recordings for dummies

Georgia York, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

Taylor Swift re-releasing older albums may have you confused, but it’s not too hard to understand.  At the beginning of Swift’s career, she signed with Big Machine Records which had her for 13...

Sounds of South cast performing

Sounds of South’s Carousel: a review

Elise Sensabaugh, Staff Writer November 7, 2021

This past Saturday, Sounds of South finished their performances of “Carousel”. Rodger and Hammerstein’s play follows the love story of Billy Bigelow, a charismatic carousel barker, and an employee...

IU Auditorium re-opening with Waitress and more!

Elena Rupp , Staff Writer October 5, 2021

 Indiana University Auditorium is reopening and hosting many shows in the 2021-2022 season. Sophomore Anson Reynolds said, “The best thing about Bloomington is the opportunities to see high quality...

Btown welcomes fall event season

Jordis Kieffer, Staff Writer September 10, 2021

     With Fall coming up, the weather is going to be cooling down and leaves will be changing, making it the perfect time for events in Bloomington, IN. Some main events that will be in Bloomington...

Meet a furry friend in the language department

Meet a furry friend in the language department

Celie Kreilkamp, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

  Students may have noticed a new face (and snout, and paws) around the halls of South the past few months. Enter Sasha!  Sasha is BHSS Spanish teacher Señor Garcia's support animal. Sasha...

Calling all playwrights: Mini Play Festival seeks your work

Graeson Jordan, Staff Writer March 25, 2021

This year, miniplay invites students in 3rd-12th grade to participate in a short play writing contest, with the theme of MAGIC IS EVERYWHERE. 1st-3rd prize winners will receive a staged reading of their...

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