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Trigger warnings are an important tool for learning

Trigger warnings are an important tool for learning

Eamonn Briem, Staff Writer

May 16, 2019

When it comes to societal behavior norms, our society has become more open to accepting other people's differences and experiences. An obvious example of this is with trigger warnings.  We have approached the idea of general required warnings for traumatizing material relating to mental health strug...

To the white people at South: we need to work against our white privilege

To the white people at South: we need to work against our white privilege

Talula Cedar James, Staff Writer

May 12, 2019

I am a person who holds white privilege and because of this I have a responsibility to educate myself about the effects of my privilege. If you are a person who holds white privilege, this is your responsibility too. By learning about how my privilege contributes to upholding white supremacy, I can use my p...

Preparedness for the future: Why South needs to bring back Home Economics

Preparedness for the future: Why South needs to bring back Home Economics

Norah Austin, Staff Writer

May 3, 2019

Home Ec. We’ve all heard the term before, but many people have misconceptions of what it really means. Home Ec classes teach students non-academic life skills such as cooking, cleaning, finances, and more. The absence of these classes within the South community has left a gap in students’ abili...

The climate crisis is a human rights crisis

The climate crisis is a human rights crisis

Sophia Manolis, Opinions Editor

April 24, 2019

Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, was the worst natural disaster to date in the Caribbean Islands. It killed over 3,000 people and total losses from the hurricane were estimated to be $91.61 billion. Puerto Rico is not a wealthy country and struggled to recover, yet leaders with po...

Why I dislike Earth Day

Why I dislike Earth Day

Sophia Manolis, Opinions Editor

April 23, 2019

I am an environmentalist, but I don’t like Earth Day. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Earth. I’ve grown up having the privilege to spend time in nature and value natural surroundings. My love of the outdoors has contributed to my passion for climate activism to this day. Yet despite how much I car...

Sometimes teachers have to be “political” in the classroom

Sometimes teachers have to be “political” in the classroom

Caleb Stipkovits, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

Politics.  They divide our country, especially in the time that we live in now,  which is a big reason why we try not to bring them up all the time. In schools, teachers are not supposed to express their own political views, which can be good in order to ensure that teachers do not force their opi...

An order of depression with a side of courage? Hold the stigma

An order of depression with a side of courage? Hold the stigma

Suad Adam, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

“Wa kibiirtaay. Quraan saar aa ubaahantahay” (You’re acting up. You need to be prayed upon). This is a phrase that I often hear from the older generation whenever I choose to express our feelings hardships in life. Mental health in many Somali households has been stigmatized. It’s thought...

What does it mean to be an activist?

What does it mean to be an activist?

Sophia Manolis, Opinions Editor

March 10, 2019

Last year, when survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida stepped up in grief and trauma to advocate for more sensible gun laws, the media latched onto them and vaulted them to the forefront of national consciousness.  I remember suddenly seeing the faces of Pa...

South is a sad SAD place: how students experience Seasonal Affective Disorder

South is a sad SAD place: how students experience Seasonal Affective Disorder

Ellie Barnett-Cashman, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019

I wake up to get ready for school while it’s still dark outside. On days where I have a zero hour, it’s still dark when I get to school and I prepare myself for another long, tiring day. My first three classes don’t have windows, and I try to get out for lunch but as I approach the door the hars...

Poverty charges interest: wealth inequality is more problematic than you think

Poverty charges interest: wealth inequality is more problematic than you think

Elliott Askari-Rabe, Staff Writer

March 5, 2019

When asked about whether or not they believe in the “American Dream” of rags to riches, 77% of the nation said “no,” according to Pew Charitable Trusts. Not only are people rejecting the notion of the "American Dream" but some are coming to the conclusion that it was a myth to begin with. An...

Why school doesn’t prepare us well enough for the real world

Why school doesn’t prepare us well enough for the real world

Patrick Bruch, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019

What we learn in school is different for all of us, but it is meant to provide skills and information that serves as a base for almost any career or life path. Although this is the idea behind education, the system doesn’t fully serve this purpose. It provides students with a concrete base of knowled...

Doctor’s note requirement is excessively burdensome for today’s South students

Doctor’s note requirement is excessively burdensome for today’s South students

Ida Pountney, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

Have you ever missed school for an extended period of time and wanted to get excused, but you couldn’t get a note from a healthcare professional? Well, you aren’t alone. Many students at South have had this problem. Students should not be required to obtain a note from a healthcare professional ...

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