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Song of the Week: November 26

Song of the Week: November 26

Tommy McEvilly, Noah Moore, Jackson Moore, and Calvin Prenkert

December 1, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

Four staffers have decided to come together and pick their favorite songs each week based on recent releases, personal feelings, and general overall enjoyment. Week of Nov. 26:   This week’s theme: Comfort Calvin Prenkert-  My song of the week is “Waterloo Sunset” by Busman’s Holi...

Season preview of local theatre in Bloomington

Season preview of local theatre in Bloomington

Tommy McEvilly, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

Looking for some great local events to get through the seemingly never-ending winter in Bloomington? Lucky for you, Bloomington is home to a variety of theatre opportunities, sure to warm you up on these cold days. Bloomington Playwrights Project: The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) is a the ...

Song of the Week- November 12th

Song of the Week- November 12th

Calvin Prenkert, Tommy McEvilly, Noah Moore, and Jackson Moore

November 16, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

After taking the summer and fall trimester off, the Optimist Song of the Week team has returned with new members and to once again enlighten the eardrums of South students. Four staff writers have decided to come together and pick their favorite songs each week based on recent releases, personal feel...

“Venom” review

“Venom” review

Noah Moore, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

For people familiar with the profusion of Spider-Man movies released in the past decades, a return to the infamous villain Venom seemed intuitive. “Venom,” released last month, refreshes our memory of the anti-hero and ultimately straddles the line between delight and disaster. Boasting both...

“A Star is Born” review

“A Star is Born” review

Taylor Harmon, Editor

November 12, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

“A Star is Born” has been pulling at audience’s heartstrings for over 80 years; so much so that it has been remade three times since then. Although each version of the movie has its own twist on the story, the premise remains the same. In the most recent version of the movie, Lady Gaga stars a...

Stages Bloomington presents “Quilters”

Stages Bloomington presents “Quilters”

Noah Moore and Tommy McEvilly

November 9, 2018


Filed under Culture, Entertainment

Tonight marks the opening of Stages Bloomington’s musical, Quilters, by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek. Quilters follows the lives and experiences of American frontier women through stories, songs and quilts. The show features an all-female cast and focuses on the women of the era to counter t...

NBA 2K19 takes gamers by storm

NBA 2K19 takes gamers by storm

Jackson Moore, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Entertainment

During the past summer, all newly released video games were overshadowed by the seemingly “king,” Fortnite. Since Sept. 2017, players from the Xbox, Playstation, and PC have been enthralled with the Battle Royale released by Epic Games. This game peaked in popularity during the summer of 2018 and d...

Bloons Tower Defense 6 strategy guide

Jackson Moore and Tommy Beggs

September 4, 2018


Filed under Culture, Entertainment

First it was Clash of Clans. Then it was Clash Royale. Now, a new mobile game taking South by storm. The newest addition to the Ninja Kiwi gaming franchise, Bloons Tower Defense 6, has started to drain student's batteries since it was released on June 14. The old balloon popping strategies from previou...

Rap albums dominate in the summer of 2018

Rap albums dominate in the summer of 2018

Calvin Prenkert, Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Entertainment

Although the temperature this summer has been lower than in the recent past, the figurative heat has been at an all time high, with many high profile rap icons releasing albums throughout the summer months.

“Avengers: Infinity War” garners praise from South students

“Avengers: Infinity War” garners praise from South students

Calvin Prenkert, Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

This Thursday marked the opening of the Marvel’s newest blockbuster hit hopeful, “Avengers: Infinity War.” This highly anticipated third installment in the Avengers series has been marketed as the greatest superhero crossover film of all time. “Avengers: Infinity War” is preceded by over 18 o...

Fortnite takes over South

Ethan Baer, Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, News

A new video game is sweeping the nation once again. This time around, it is Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale. Released in the summer of 2017, the game did not explode in popularity until the beginning of 2018. Fortnite is a survival game that features 100 players that play alone or with friends. Th...

Song of the week- April 9th

Song of the week- April 9th

Calvin Prenkert, William Gibbons, Ethan Baer, Seth Thomas, and Joseph Ermey

April 11, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

Several Optimist 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 April 9:   Calvin - My song of the week is “Teenage Blue” by Dreamgirl. This song has great ...

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