The Optimist

5 things to know about this year’s Flu

Ethan Baer, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018

  Worst in a decade   This year’s influenza virus is the worst the United States has seen in over a decade. According to the US Centers for Disease and Control, 14,676 people have been hospitalized due to...

The origins of Valentine’s Day

Jen Crystal, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018

Feb. 14 marks one of the most romantic, and arguably one of the most commercialized, days of the year. There are many theories regarding the origins of Valentine’s Day. Some argue that it marks the death of St. Valentine...

What’s the deal with cheating?

Katie Apple, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

Cheating is an issue most schools will run into and can be hard to control. South students have experienced being cheated off of while teachers and staff are working to avoid this problem. Most would imagine cheating as something tha...

New year’s resolutions: part 1

New year’s resolutions: part 1

Taylor Harmon, Staff Writer

January 1, 2018

Café Hispano

Seth Thomas, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017

One Friday every month, a group of dedicated Spanish club members meet in room A107 to enjoy snacks and Spanish-language conversation. The event, Café Hispano, was founded last year by seniors Iona Pfingston and Molly Wagsch...

Performative activism and how to avoid It

Lilly Thomas, Staff Writer/Photographer

November 21, 2017

2017 has no doubt been one of the most controversial years in American politics, and everyone is learning more and more about the importance of getting involved and voicing their opinions. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware th...

Socioeconomic history of the beard

Seth Thomas, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017

 This month is No Shave November to support men with prostate cancer, and the beard is more fashionable than ever.    A recent study by the New York Times found that approximately twenty percent of men in the U...

Eagle project: A home run

Eagle project: A home run

November 6, 2017

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