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The Nutcracker, a holiday classic

John Lyles and Thomas Like

December 13, 2019

“The Nutcracker” is a story that has been around for years and has become a major part of the winter holidays for many families. In addition, the Nutcracker has played a large role in our community by involving a wide range of ag...

Drug Testing at South

Lizzie Allen, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

In recent years, concern over drug use in high schools has rapidly grown, and in parallel to that, so have the efforts to prevent drug use. One of the more common, but also more highly debated prevention methods, is the randomized...

Rest in peace, Lil Bub

Courtesy of Lil Bub's Instagram.

Fahad Aloufi, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

It’s scheduling time: Grading the classes at South

Fahad Aloufi, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

Here at South, students get to pick the classes they want from a wide array of options. Some of those classes can be a breeze, others can be exciting or interesting, and a few can be extremely challenging. As a veteran student here at Bloomington Sou...

How does gaming affect South Students?

Thomas Like, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

As regulations have sprouted in China, Korea, and Thailand, gaming has become a major discussion across the globe in recent years.  Video games have become a very prevalent part of society as a whole in many nations across the...

ACT in 2020; section retakes coming soon

Katie Apple, Staff Writer

November 19, 2019

Standardized testing is one of the several, agonizing steps towards attending college after high school. When it comes to standardized testing, most students have the option to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the Amer...

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 entertainm...

From lids and caps to colorful benches

Andy Chang, Guest Columnist

October 29, 2019

Every day, people use hundreds of plastic bottles and cans for food, storage, and even electronics. And what happens to them at the end? Although some considerate people put them in the recycling bin, the majority goes into one of th...

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