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Top 10 Things To Do In Bloomington That Aren’t “Have A Frat Party”

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Lizzie Allen, Editor

August 27, 2020

Townies know what fall brings: sweater weather, autumn leaves, and of course, IU students! Everybody in Bloomington loves the IU kids, but it seems like the only things that the IU kids love about Bloomington are the frat parties. So here are the Top Ten Things To Do In Bloomington That Aren’t “Ha...

New music out now!

New music out now!

Lizzie Allen, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

Need some new music to listen to? Head over to Spotify and check out South junior Teddy Gonyea’s new album, TeddySounds.  Gonyea released his debut album April 11, 2020, after about three years of work. He says that a few of the twelve tracks on the album date back to as early as his freshman y...

What happened in France?

What happened in France?

Lizzie Allen, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

It’s astonishing how fast you can go from eating a delicious Parisian dinner to sitting on the floor of your chaperones’ hotel room at 3:30 a.m., worried that you won’t be able to get out of the foreign city you’re visiting and home to Bloomington for the next month. In my case, it happened i...

Five ways to stay busy in quarantine

Five ways to stay busy in quarantine

Hailey Allgood, Staff writer, Ad manager

March 26, 2020

It’s the third day of your quarantine adventure, maybe your 10th depending on your spring break plans. You have played Barbies with your little sister more than should be allowed, and you now know the names and fatal flaws of all of your mother’s coworkers. As fulfilling as these activities may be, you...

Friday’s Schedule

The African American Dance Company at Indiana University.

Celie Kreilkamp, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

Tomorrow, February 28th, South will have an adjusted schedule due to the final day of ISTEP testing as well as the performance of the African American Dance Company in fifth period. The AADC, directed by Stafford C. Berry, is a nationally recognized company at Indiana University fusing traditional a...

Special needs individuals ‘Shine’ at community event Feb. 7

South freshman, Steven Miller, with his buddies.

Melissa Thomas, Editor

February 13, 2020

On Feb. 7, Special Ed students from Bloomington South were able to experience an unforgettable night of dance and glamour at Bloomington's annual Night to Shine. Centered around giving special needs individuals access to an inclusive and elegant prom night experience, the event was held at Sherwood Oaks...

Panther Profile: Alex Straube & Photography

Panther Profile: Alex Straube & Photography

Fahad Aloufi, Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

For those of you who don’t know him, Alex Straube is a senior at Bloomington South. You might have seen him walking through the hallways with the usual one earbud plugged in and rocking his unique style of clothing and a friendly attitude.  While some may have a passion for sports or music, Straube has o...

PYT performed at The Talent Show

Braydyn Lentz, Staff Photographer/Writer

February 7, 2020

Rest in peace, Lil Bub

Courtesy of Lil Bub's Instagram.

Fahad Aloufi, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

Internet cat celebrity, Lil Bub, recently died on December 1st at 8 years old. Her death sent waves across social media with millions of fans wishing her condolences and recounting her short-lived life.  Her owner, Mike Bridavsky, posted the news of her death on social media.  “On the morning o...

Down the ‘Rabbit Hole’

Photo by Joel McKay.

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

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...

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