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Dance is affected by sexism, capitalism and semantics but that doesn’t change the fact that dance is an art; an influential art that is unlike anything else. “The amount of time, effort and commitment you have to put in to be a good dancer [is overlooked]...Everyone has to work really, really hard to get where they are.”

Dance isn’t a sport, because it’s so much more

Alice Conry, Staff Writer November 25, 2022

In and out of athletic communities there is a heated debate about whether or not dance is a sport. Some people argue that because of the athletic abilities required to dance, it’s a sport, while others...

Senior Hodan Ibrahim leaving in school suspension room, after a misunderstanding with a dean after being in the halls during free period.

Is the increase of hall skipping and poor attendance caused by the budget cuts and lack of teachers?

Asisa Museid, Staff Writer October 25, 2022

Whether in the Commons, halls, or bathrooms, students seem to be passing the time somewhere other than class. Since the start of school this fall, the school has sanctioned stricter tardiness and absence...

I feel hopeless and powerless despite the fact that gun violence is a topic we should have great autonomy over. This sentiment has been echoed by every single student I know. I’ve given up on any form of protest because regardless of attendance, nothing happens. In my opinion, at best, the walkout made a handful of students safer by taking them out of their schools for a few hours. At worst, it was a depressing waste of time.

The gun violence protest was disappointing

Ezra Gearhart, Staff Writer June 20, 2022

On Tuesday, May 31st, I went to a gun violence walkout organized in light of recent shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, and throughout the nation. The protest was at Gold Medal Park and US Bank Stadium, and...

A commissioned art piece in Saroya Irelands room to bring up the mood of students and remind them of the outside world. Irelands classroom is one of many within the second floor maze that gets little to no natural sunlight. The lack of sunlight within the school has negative ramifications upon the mental health of many students and staff alike.

Souths Architecture decreases motivation and mental health for students and staff alike

Grace Bischoff, Arts and Entertainment Editor June 15, 2022

Coming into school in the early hours of the morning and spending almost 7 hours within the walls of a building is mentally and physically draining to students and teachers alike. On top of that, the historic...

Casual racism, the model minority stereotype, and an overall lack of support in school is troubling to Asian American students.

Casual racism and the model minority myth: why schools must better serve Asian students

Caleb Stipkovits, Editor-in-Chief May 3, 2022

I believe the Asian American experience in school cannot be defined by one encounter. My personal stories and analysis of school could be completely different from other Asian Americans. Each experience...

May 4th, 1912, New York City suffragist parade. Racial tension is apparent in the gaze shared between two pictured suffragettes.

An insight into intersectional feminism

Raza Diop, Staff Writer April 19, 2022

You are not feminists, no matter the fact that you have a Ruth Bader Ginsburg poster in your room, Emma Watson’s sexism speech saved on your phone, or even when you took Taylor’s side the moment Kanye...

A portrait of Christina Yuna Lee, who was heartbreakingly murdered over a week ago.

Hate crime or not? Why the Justice System is failing Asian Americans

Caleb Stipkovits, Editor-in-Chief February 22, 2022

Content warning: this article reflects upon traumatizing events that have happened to the Asian community. Please proceed with wariness as you read this article.  Last March, a gunman shot and killed...

We cannot just push recent events under the rug and just try to get back to normal because clearly normal isnt working. This is less of a time to repair and more of a time to reflect and actually make changes. “Students should be at the forefront of the process. They should be there at every step of the process... Because its our education, its not their education,” said senior Mary Ghebremeskal.

District and admin response to unrest at South is proof that the school has failed us

Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Features Editor December 13, 2021

The purpose of a school is to educate students. Students can’t have an education if we aren’t safe in the very place that we are supposed to learn. All students have a right to be able to go to school...

Squid Game has taken the world by storm.  The series dives into topics like authority, economic suffrage, and brutality.  Credit: Netflix

“Squid Game” points out how obsessed Americans are with desensitized violence

Caleb Stipkovits, Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2021

Warning: spoilers for Squid Game are included in this article. Over the past month, the internet has been obsessed with Netflix’s latest hit, Squid Game.  The show is so big that you are bound to...

How much of college tuition is paid with scholarships versus other sources. Data from

Paying for college, inequity, and generational wealth: Why merit scholarships have to go

Ezra Gearhart, Staff Writer November 15, 2021

How does someone unable to afford college pay for college? Scholarships are, for many, part of the broader solution. However, some of these scholarships end up reinforcing generational wealth, making it...

South is back to full in-person learning.  Students hope to make the best of this school year!

A Reflection on Going Back to School

Cahmera Kopet-Gervais, Staff Writer November 2, 2021

 In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, 1,801 students walk through the school doors of South High School with frisson, ready to be back. While it is hard to social distance from one another during the...

By most metrics, standardized testing is an ineffective way to measure learning. “[Standardized testing] costs money and time to tell if students are learning. Administrators can come into our classrooms and see evidence of learning,” Teacher Mary Manor said.

Covid-19 Has Further Proved the Flaws of Standardized Testing

Elliott Austin, Staff Writer October 12, 2021

As the PSATs loom near, questions about the efficacy of standardized testing in the wake of Covid are being raised again. When the pandemic first caused schools to close in early 2020, many students were...

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