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Conscientious consumers should reconsider Black Friday

Grace Palmer, Opinions Editor

December 4, 2013

Black Friday may have the best deals, but it also seems to bring out the worst in people. From a fatal shootout in a Toys-R-Us in 2006 to a Walmart stock boy being trampled to death by a crowd of shoppers in 2008, there are countless stories of unwarranted violence. The website Black Friday Death Count ...

Online gym isn’t worthwhile for student athletes

November 20, 2013

I only exaggerate a little bit when I claim online gym to be the bane of my existence. I drag myself home after practice for cross country or skiing. Instead of confronting the pile of legitimately challenging and applicable homework assigned to me, I sit down to my computer and waste my time on busy...

I was like “language is evolving.”

I was like “language is evolving.”

Grace Palmer, Opinions Editor

November 13, 2013

"I was like 'yeah,' and then he was like 'no,' but then I was all 'uh, yeah.'" Phrases like these are referred to as if they are the epitaph on the grave of the English language itself. As teenagers, we are often criticized, even mocked, for our speaking patterns; it's as if the way we express our idea mak...

“No Pass Days” are Unnecessary and Interfere with Learning

Rhiana Stark, Staff Writer

November 6, 2013

At the end of each quarter students are not allowed to use any kind of hall pass. Even using the bathroom is banned, because the administration doesn’t want any disturbances in the hallway while student and teachers are trying to finish the quarter. While this helps students and their teachers eff...

Dress-up Days Unite South Athletes

Ruby Dennis, Staff Writer

October 28, 2013

Neon pink? Wacky-tacky? Men’s formal wear? South’s sports teams have done it all. It’s a well-known tradition for many of South’s athletes to dress up (with a theme, of course) before an important game to show support for their teammates and the school. The costumed players are immediately r...

Crimes of the Heart Q&A

Frances Matejcek, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 24, 2013

South High Theater will be presenting its first play of the season next week. Crimes of the Heart is family drama that focuses on the relationships between three sisters in the South in the 1970s. I sat down with two of the lead actors, Aubryn Hauge and Callie Wilson to talk about the production.  Q: First o...

Broad Historical Education Contributes to Cultural Tolerance

Grace Palmer, Opinions Editor

October 23, 2013

Everyone knows about the power and prestige of the Roman empire, but people may not be so familiar with the Mongols. While the Romans were undoubtedly influential, many of their accomplishments were met by other, less revered empire builders - the Mongols. They conquered more land in 24 years than t...

Students Should Re-examine Preoccupation With Social Media

Students Should Re-examine Preoccupation With Social Media

Maeve Handley, Staff Writer

October 16, 2013

Using social media is fun. You can connect to your old classmates, friends you made at summer camp, and stay in touch with family members from other states or even countries. However, it isn’t fun enough to constantly have to worry about the amount of likes you get, and rely on them to boost your s...

Mixed Blood Theater’s Shiv: A Captivating Story

Elise Sommers, Editor in Chief

October 10, 2013

Mixed Blood has long been known as promoters of new theater, edgy theater, and theater that explores underrepresented areas. Their newest trilogy of plays, Displaced Hindu Gods, continues this tradition of people-centered, storytelling shows. The trilogy of plays by Aditi Brennan Kapil, the Playwright-in-Re...

Food Labels May Not Be What They Seem

Food Labels May Not Be What They Seem

Grace Palmer, Opinions Editor

October 9, 2013

Many companies use buzzwords to cash in on trends and increase profit margins. This can seem harmless, even inevitable, but manipulating certain trends hurts both consumers and international food producers. Phrases like “fairly traded” and “all natural ingredients” have no legal standards. This i...

On the Line!

Eleanor Noble, Sports Editor

October 4, 2013

"On the line. Now!" The four words that signify the impending physical punishment of 120's, killers, triangles, champions, hills or anything else the coach can think of to get players as close to barfing as possible. Yet somehow there's always that one player that never ends up having to do the conditioning....

Public Transportation Needs to Take A Step Backward

Public Transportation Needs to Take A Step Backward

Sophia Downey, Features Editor

October 1, 2013

By now, South students are familiar with city buses, as they have replaced school buses as students’ transportation. While the effectiveness and environmental benefits of buses cannot be denied, there could be much better ways to get around the city. Once upon a time, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the...


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