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No consideration for diversity in standardized testing

No consideration for diversity in standardized testing

Maya Edmonds, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Am I failing… or is it the test? Many students have been taking standardized tests since 3rd grade. Standardized tests have no value for diversity whether you have a different learning style, background, language proficiency, mental health state, or socioeconomic status; these tests treat all kids as i...

Weighted grades would encourage students to seek greater challenge

Weighted grades would encourage students to seek greater challenge

Norah Austin, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


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In high school there is a tremendous emphasis on grading and grades, including focus on the grade value of assignments, and evaluation of knowledge and skills through testing and summative projects. Currently, at South, equivalent grades for all courses are weighted equally in the calculation of a student...

Voting: an important way to have a voice in the political process

Voting: an important way to have a voice in the political process

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


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With midterm election season in the process, the media is swarming with political messages and people advocating for U.S. citizens to vote. But many people still wonder how important their vote really is. “Voting is important because it’s kinda the one choice we have in how we govern ourselves, kin...

The South High paradox: diverse, yet divided

The South High paradox: diverse, yet divided

B Fei, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


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As a freshman, I gawked at the diversity of our school. The colorful faces of the open house immediately reeled me in; I had classmates that looked like me and didn’t look like me. As someone who grew up without seeing other people of color—especially Asian-Americans—at school, that meant a lot to me....

Criminalizing drug offenses perpetuates systemic oppression

Criminalizing drug offenses perpetuates systemic oppression

Elliot Askari-Rabe, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018


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Most, if not all of us, have encountered drugs in one setting or another. Especially as high school students, we all probably have used or know drug users. And along with that, many South students hold fairly liberal views on drugs and drug use. However, federal law is not as forgiving, and across th...

South isn’t woke; it’s queerphobic

South isn’t woke; it’s queerphobic

B Fei, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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Faggot. Trap. Bitch. Tranny. Freak. Dyke. Shemale. Twink. These are the words that continue to reverberate around the white brick walls of South High School. Somehow, they always find their way back to me as a constant reminder that, maybe, I don’t belong here. I hear these words in class. I ...

Nike’s stand for social justice, although hypocritical, further advances progressive movements across the country

Nike’s stand for social justice, although hypocritical, further advances progressive movements across the country

Eamonn Briem, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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With a quarterly income of 3.4 billion US dollars and universal popularity across the majority of demographics, Nike holds a status every brand works for, appealing to everyone on the political spectrum.  However, during the last month Nike has finally taken a stand on the most prevalent politicizati...

We need to stop supporting sexist music

We need to stop supporting sexist music

Katherine Lundquist, Staff writer

June 6, 2018


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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...

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