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South Speaks: Parking Passes

South Speaks: Parking Passes

Calvin Prenkert, Staff writer

August 18, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

New online forms in South

Jen Crystal, Staff Writer

August 17, 2017

Filed under News, Opinion

At the beginning of this school year, South phased out paper forms and instead introduced online forms for students. No longer do students receive a huge stack of papers to be filled out at the beginning of the year. Now, stu...

Lollapalooza Recap

Lollapalooza Recap

William Gibbons, Staff Writer/Photographer

August 16, 2017

Filed under Audio, Culture, Entertainment, Opinion

Liberal arts still have value in a STEM world

Eric Johnsen, Staff Writer

May 25, 2017

Filed under Opinion

As college rapidly approaches, seniors at South (including me) are starting to think more about possible majors. These days there is a lot of pressure to major in something ‘practical’ with high job placement, like business...

“Alien: Covenant” Review: “Prometheus,” now with more Aliens

Chris Forrester, Staff writer

May 21, 2017

Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H0VW6sg50Pk "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven" 


I've said it before and I'll say it again; Ridley Scott is genuinely a mastermind. Alien: Covenant is very evidently both a sequel and a resp...

“Lunch shaming”: a shameful practice

Lucia Davila, Staff Writer

May 18, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Each year, the National School Lunch Program serves five billion lunches to students across the country. Of these five billion lunches, 2 million are reduced price, meaning the student owes $.40 for their meal instead of the ...

Is Protest Pointless?

Taylor Harmon, Staff Writer/Photographer

April 10, 2017

Filed under Opinion

"Protest is pointless.” This is a phrase that has been used all too often in light of the worldwide Women’s Marches and Muslim Travel Ban protests. These protests no doubt gathered the attention of millions; but almost...

Anti-Semitism: a rising threat?

Molly Wagschal, Staff Writer

March 8, 2017

Filed under Opinion

I remember reading a passage of the book Confederates in the Attic in which the author, Tony Horwitz, interviews a man named Walt who begins going on an anti-Semitic rant, claiming that Jews constitute a “predatory race.” ...

No, I didn’t unfriend you over politics

No, I didn’t unfriend you over politics

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

January 23, 2017

Filed under Opinion

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:...

Commercialization, consumerism, and Christmas

Emma Bowlen, Staff Writer

December 12, 2016

Filed under Opinion

The commercialization of Christmas has been under fire since what seems like the dawn of time. From books to movies to TV shows, almost every holiday story delivers the same message: Christmas is not about the gifts; it is about...

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