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Behind the Friday music

Hanh Tam Bui, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

For as long as many students at South have known, one of the defining traits of Friday’s 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...

South teacher performs stand-up comedy

South teacher performs stand-up comedy

Tommy Beggs, Staff Writer

January 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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...

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