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Students dance at the South Talent Show

Students dance at the South Talent Show

Anna Brown

January 30, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Sophomores perform an original dance at South's annual talent show. The talent show happens every year, with a wide variety of acts including singing, dancing, performing poetry, and many more.

Medal of honor recipient visits South

Medal of honor recipient visits South

Carlie Williams and Lucy French

January 27, 2017


Filed under Culture, Entertainment, News

Sammy L. Davis, an American solider who served in the Vietnam War, visited south this past Tuesday to speak to students. He shared stories of his experience and answers any questions students had. Sammy was continuously reminding students, "I  wear this medal for the people that earned it, but never...

“Rogue One” review: the Force is strong with latest “Star Wars”

“Rogue One” review: the Force is strong with latest “Star Wars”

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 21, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

Right away, fans will notice a difference between “Rogue One” and the “Star Wars” films we’ve grown up with, as (rather controversially) director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy opted not to open the film with the traditional text crawl. Instead, “Rogue One” op...

The best songs of 2016

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 21, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

This year may have been a bad one to be a human being, but all things considered it was a pretty strong year for music. Here are my picks for the fifteen best songs of the year:   The Greatest- Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKSRyLdjsPA Sia warmed our cold, sad hearts...

Winter movie preview

Mallorey Daunhauer, Photographer

December 9, 2016


Filed under Culture, Entertainment, Uncategorized

The holidays are always a time where blockbuster movies hit the theatres. Check out this season's new movies: La La Land- Dec. 16 Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land is a romantic musical set in 1980s Los Angeles. It is about the romance between a hopeful actress (Stone) and a pia...

“Moonlight” Review: the Oscars won’t be #sowhite this year

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

I’ve seen numerous comparisons drawn between Barry Jenkins’ masterful new film “Moonlight” and Richard Linklater’s 2014 drama “Boyhood.” And in essence, the two films are quite similar -- both filmmakers are fascinated by the ins and outs of growing up and how the experience of transiti...

Ranking the “Star Wars” movies

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

It’s a little bit crazy to think about, but “Rogue One,” the second “Star Wars” film to be released since Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm (for a mere 4 billion dollars) back in 2012, is set to hit theaters in a week. “Rogue One,” set shortly before the events of “A New Hope,...

Tasty treats in Bloomington

Lucy French, Staff Photographer

December 6, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, News

Are you looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out these places around Bloomington for some sweet treats!   Baked! Of Bloomington: Baked!, located on 313 E 3rd St, offers (for pick-up and delivery) over 20,000 different types of homemade cookies, milk, and assorted merchandise. Each ba...

Panthers prepare for semi-state against Olympians

Lucy French, Staff Photographer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, News, Sports

The Bloomington South football team plays in a semi-state game this Friday night, November 18th, against the Columbus East Olympians. This is how the football players are preparing for the game and what they are looking forward to... #23 Tommy Richardson, senior, linebacker/fullback "We're thinking of this...

Stages to perform Brundibar

Stages to perform Brundibar

Lucia Davila, Staff Writer/Photographer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Features

Backstage at the Warehouse on Rogers street, the cast of Brundibar, comprised of 49 local elementary, middle, and high school age performers, prepares for a tech rehearsal. The sets have been loaded in, the prop table is organized, and “places for the top of the show” has been announced. Stages...

South Speaks: Cubs first World Series win since 1908

South Speaks: Cubs first World Series win since 1908

Carlie Williams and Lucy French

November 7, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, News, Opinion, Sports

Being born into a Chicago Cub's loving family, Marina Blackwell (senior) shares her excitement on the win. Marina said "On game days, I was always really really stressed because the stress would just overtake me and I couldn't really focus on anything but the game. Which is kind of pathetic, haha!" w...

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