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We need to stop supporting sexist music

We need to stop supporting sexist music

Katherine Lundquist, Staff writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Modern-day popular music can convey powerful messages about social justice, but many artists still refer to women as “Bitches,” “Hoes,” and “Whores,” while including many other sexist comments. However, it is never okay for women to be talked about in this way. Sexim is deeply rooted...

Be happier; take a gap year

Be happier; take a gap year

Livia Lund, Editor-in-chief

June 6, 2018


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I never really thought of myself as someone who would take a gap year. I was familiar with the idea but never thought, ‘That’s me! I need to do that!’ However, when senior year hit and the stress of college applications increased in the fall, I was less and less excited at the idea of immediat...

Why a 7-hour day is necessary at South

Why a 7-hour day is necessary at South

Katherine Lundquist and Gabe Chang-Deutsch

April 26, 2018


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South has many great opportunities for students, and a 7-hour day allows for people to access this wide array of choices. However, a move to a 6-hour day would severely limit the choices and possibilities for South students. A 7-hour day is extremely necessary to make sure students have an equitable...

Gun control movement needs to grapple with racism

Gun control movement needs to grapple with racism

Gabe Chang-Deutsch, Staff Writer

April 11, 2018


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The current gun control movement has managed to gain significant political power in a matter of weeks. From social media activism to lobbying, politicians are starting to listen to youth. The March For Our Lives on March 24th and the nationwide walkout planned for April 20th are viewed as the focal po...

How to accommodate for ADHD/ADD students in classrooms

How to accommodate for ADHD/ADD students in classrooms

Oliver Hall, Staff Writer

March 26, 2018


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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are a common yet difficult mental illnesses. ADHD makes it difficult to focus and to sit still. ADD makes it hard to focus but there’s less hyperactivity. Either one can severely impact a student’s educational exper...

Training teachers to carry guns won’t prevent school shootings

Training teachers to carry guns won’t prevent school shootings

Zoë Chinander-McFaul, Staff Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

There have been at least 17 school shootings already in 2018, and at least 34 mass shootings in total. As a result, the fight for gun control is gaining momentum and protests have been ramping up. One particular protest declares that students will walk out on April 20th (the 20th anniversary of the Co...

Restorative Justice: conversations and mediations that make schools safer

Restorative Justice: conversations and mediations that make schools safer

Sophia Manolis, Opinions Editor

March 26, 2018


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In light of recent school shootings, many are talking about how to prevent gun violence in schools. In this context, it’s also important to consider the best approaches for schools to prevent common acts of violence or conflict. Instead of the old-school practices of discipline,  suspension, or other puni...

Social media causes yet another source of stress for teens

Social media causes yet another source of stress for teens

Mia Swanson, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

You get buzzing from a post notification, an alert about a new video, and a direct message from a friend you just saw a few minutes ago. You check the notification to see who commented on your photo. Then you quickly move ahead to watching the video from your favorite Youtuber. After that you respon...

A fine line to walk with mental health: should you keep your friends’ secrets if the consequences could be deadly?

A fine line to walk with mental health: should you keep your friends’ secrets if the consequences could be deadly?

Cece Kaufmann, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Any relationship comes with hard conversations; everyone knows that. But sometimes those conversations are about someone’s mental health, which can be especially hard and sometimes even scary. What do you do when someone approaches you in confidence about their severe mental health struggles? Do you...

Potty talk: Men’s bathrooms are whack!

Potty talk: Men’s bathrooms are whack!

Tannen Holt, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


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Bathrooms are a place where a decent amount of privacy is a necessity. They should be somewhere where you can be comfortable for the few minutes it takes to ‘do your business.’ They also should be clean and hygienic enough not to repulse you to the point where you don’t want to use them. Unfor...

Year Long School Debate

Year Long School Debate

February 7, 2018


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If any bathroom is going to be locked, it shouldn’t be the one for all genders

If any bathroom is going to be locked, it shouldn’t be the one for all genders

Izzy Willette, Features Editor

February 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Many of the bathrooms here at South get locked, but one bathroom above others needs to always remain open: the all-gender bathroom. This second-floor bathroom, which was transformed from female-only to all-gender in 2015, is meant to be a comfortable place where transgender and nonbinary students can have...

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