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Take back the holidays for family; don’t shop ’till you drop

Take back the holidays for family; don’t shop ’till you drop

Cece Kaufman, Staff Writer

December 21, 2017


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Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas. I’m that girl who turns up “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, puts up the Christmas tree, and roasts chestnuts over an open fire as soon as Halloween is over. I’m even sitting here right now listening to Christmas music as I write this article. ...

Assault Rifles are unnecessary and need to be banned

Assault Rifles are unnecessary and need to be banned

Spencer Kimball, Staff Writer

December 14, 2017


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Two months ago, the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred at a concert in Las Vegas. Using assault weapons, a single man killed 59 people and wounded 611. One month later, another shooter killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas. These are both examples of a “mass shooting," which w...

If we don’t stop Line 3, the next Standing Rock could be in Minnesota

If we don’t stop Line 3, the next Standing Rock could be in Minnesota

Sophia Manolis, Opinions Editor

November 7, 2017


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Since the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline culminated in the months-long resistance camp at Standing Rock in 2016, opposition to oil pipelines across the U.S. has been growing. Currently, one very prominent pipeline fight is happening in Minnesota against Enbridge Energy Company’s proposed Lin...

“Freedom of speech” does not mean limiting students’ right to protest

“Freedom of speech” does not mean limiting students’ right to protest

Izzy Willette, Features Editor

November 6, 2017


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The University of Wisconsin Madison has been at the top of my list for colleges to apply to this fall for a long time. I love that it’s close to home, but not too close, and that it has a complete research facility for the exact field I’d like to pursue. But with a new law limiting the University...

To create true safe spaces, it takes more than you might think

To create true safe spaces, it takes more than you might think

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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When it comes to classroom settings, the importance of establishing safe spaces for students is huge. In a safe space, people should never feel like they will be judged or harassed by their peers while talking about their identity or sharing personal experiences. “A safe space can be a place where...

From birthday suit to lawsuit: minors should not be sharing nudes

From birthday suit to lawsuit: minors should not be sharing nudes

Zoë Chinander-McFaul, Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


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It’s your boyfriend —the light of your life and the fire of your loins— and he wants nudes. This may seem like a fun and risqué thing to do, so you send him a quick pic. but what you may not  realize is that by sending a 5-second Snapchat of your naked body, in the eyes of the law you may now...

Many teachers are underpaid, and this needs to change

Many teachers are underpaid, and this needs to change

Mia Swanson, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


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The topic of teacher pay is something that is very controversial in the United States. In my opinion, increasing teachers’ salaries is an issue that needs to be acknowledged more. Thomas Willicombe, a South High art teacher, said “[When] you look back on all the things that really helped shape you…...

Does it matter if your world language teacher is a native speaker?

Does it matter if your world language teacher is a native speaker?

Mia Swanson, Staff Writer

June 20, 2017


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Languages are very important. They allow people to communicate with one another which can lead to new advancements, knowledge, and understanding of the people we share this world with. There are roughly 3,000 to 8,000 languages around the world, depending on linguist determining what makes a language...

Why an animal free diet is unrealistic for some people

Why an animal free diet is unrealistic for some people

Samara Adam, Staff Writer

June 6, 2017


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While there are pros and cons to both eating or not eating animal products, a lifestyle with healthy amounts of animal products could be beneficial for people. A huge controversy amongst people is about whether or not we should be living a lifestyle that includes the consumption of animal products in...

Discussions of climate change must include the meat and dairy industries

Discussions of climate change must include the meat and dairy industries

Madeline Mahoney, Staff Writer

June 5, 2017


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For the past sixteen years I have grown up in a vegetarian household with an electric car and geothermal heating. I have always been acutely aware of climate change and how individual consumer actions can be a part of the solution. As I grew older and became more involved in the Climate Justice Movemen...

Casual discussion of eating disorders tendencies can be harmful

Casual discussion of eating disorders tendencies can be harmful

Paulina Poehlman, Arts and Entertainment Editor

June 5, 2017


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Trigger warning: In this article, eating disorders and common eating disorder tendencies are mentioned. *All statistics and facts are according to ANAD, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. It’s easy to normalize things. With casual repetition, you create habits and routines. But how ofte...

It’s time for South students to to act against climate change

It’s time for South students to to act against climate change

Sophia Manolis, Staff Writer

June 5, 2017


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Though Minnesota is known for its cold winters, warmer weather combined with bursts of cold have become the norm. According to data from the MN Department of Natural Resources, this February was the warmest on record. Clearly, the climate isn’t the same anymore- all because of global warming. Global...

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