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South Speaks: Parking Passes

South Speaks: Parking Passes

Calvin Prenkert, Staff writer

August 18, 2017

New online forms in South

Jen Crystal, Staff Writer

August 17, 2017

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

Will Gibbons, Staff Writer/Photographer

August 16, 2017

Liberal arts still have value in a STEM world

Eric Johnsen, Staff Writer

May 25, 2017

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

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

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

"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

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.” ...

The best songs of 2016

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 21, 2016

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:...

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

Chris Forrester, Staff Writer

December 7, 2016

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 fascina...

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