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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...

Members of the South community were polled on how much they believe in the responsibility of Trump versus individuals for the insurrection. The 89 individuals polled averaged a higher belief in Trump’s responsibility than individual action. However, Trump faces no consequences for his incitement of violence at the capitol. “I don’t think it should be pardoned. I do think it was treason. I think it was hateful and disgusting, and disheartening,” said sophomore English teacher Ms. Hodge.

Recent impeachment trial not convicting Trump of inciting insurrection shows telling narrative

Grace Bischoff, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

On January 6th, hundreds of die-hard Trump Supporters stormed the capitol. They bypassed security and walked the halls of the capitol, screaming allegations of election fraud, and chanting their support...

2020 has seen a significant uptick in mutual aid groups and grassroots mobilization, which has been essential to combating and navigating uniquely difficult times for disenfranchised populations. “Mutual aid is not charity. It’s not out of pity, it is the act of genuinely caring for the wellbeing of those around you,” said senior Olivia Sather.

Mutual aid and its vitality during ongoing crisis

Pablo Resnik, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

In the midst of government neglect, unemployment, and economic downturn, many political movements have arisen in attempts to change the structure of a society that has utterly failed the people in the...

2020 has seen a significant rise in voter turnout among the population compared to the 2016 election vote totals. With 66.7% of the eligible voting population participating in 2020, it increased 5.3% compared to 2016. There was also an increase from 140 million votes in 2016 to a whopping 160 million votes in 2020.

The increased voter turnout in the 2020 election is important for promoting political engagement in the future

Sugaal Sheikh-Noor, Staff Writer January 4, 2021

This year’s controversial presidential election between Vice President Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump led to the highest voter turnout in the history of the United States. In 2016, 140...

Anti-asian racism is on the rise, the Asian Pacific Planning Council (A3PCON) reported over 2,400 cases of anti-Asian discrimination.  While these attacks are disheartening, they aren’t shocking, and they aren’t new.

We are American- being Asian American during the pandemic

Caleb Stipkovits, Managing Editor August 2, 2020

NOTE: This article was originally written in May.  in the wake of protests about systemic racism, it felt important to say that this article is in no way supposed to undermine struggles that other racial...

There are 12 Zodiac signs and each sign has specific traits to them. By looking at your birth month and date, you are able to figure out what your sign is and furthermore explore what things your sign says about you. “Since the Earth has wobbled and changed in the last 2,000 years, whatever your sign is isnt your sign today,” said astronomy teacher Kate Rosok.

While it may not be scientific, astrology still helps students navigate life

Salma Ibrahim, Staff Writer March 9, 2020

From Instagram pages to people posting on their Snapchat story, to newspapers, websites, and even apps available for people to download on their phones, astrology has been around for a long time. Now it’s...

The 62nd Grammys took place on January 26th, 2020.  The show featured an opening act performed by Lizzo, many tributes to the recently passed Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and Billie Eilish taking home many awards, including Record of the Year.  While the show may have seemed complete and normal, something felt like it was missing, and that was international sensation BTS.

Despite immense global impact, BTS doesn’t receive the recognition they deserve

Caleb Stipkovits, News Editor February 24, 2020

International sensation BTS just dropped a new album, Map of the Soul: 7.  The album, according to Forbes, sold over 4 million copies in preorders, and the total sales number has been increasing since...

I spent hours over winter break scrolling meaninglessly through my For You page on TikTok when I noticed a new trend evolved on the app that was well needed. A trend calling out mostly high school and college age boys who duetted girls videos trolling them for doing normal things or just expressing themselves.

There’s a culture of hating teenage girls and no one’s talking about it

Rayna Acha, Staff Writer January 21, 2020

I spent hours over winter break scrolling meaninglessly through my For You page on TikTok when I noticed a new trend evolved on the app that was well needed. A trend calling out mostly high school and...

Pictured above is sophomore Jonathan Auckenthaler working on his ball peen hammer, the final project for machine shop. Machine shop is the only technical class South offers, despite just being one out of the hundreds of trades available.

Insider trading; South’s neglect of technical careers

Tannen Holt, Staff Writer January 21, 2020

There is a wide variety of viable post secondary options. Whether you want to further your education or head right into the workforce, no productive option is necessarily a bad option. Among these options...

Junior Mya Lynch and Senior Ian Mackimm enter South in the morning after the morning bell. “Once you look at highschool and you look at adolescence, I think there’s plenty of data that says that starting later is best for the brain, said Principal Brett Stringer.

It’s about time to change school start times

Nick Auckenthaler, Staff Writer December 19, 2019

New laws have been passed in California pushing back start times to no later than 8:30. Schools in Australia and New Zealand have even pushed it back to 10 am, according to The New York Times. With this...

South is known for its ability to protest over matters they care about. On November 22, students gathered on the balcony to protest against increasingly strict security at South, specifically a cutdown on student passes.

Tight security in the lunchroom increases South’s prison like atmosphere

Graham Doyle, Staff Writer December 18, 2019

Lunch is the only free time for many students at South High. Most students like to spend their lunch relaxing and catching up with friends. However, due to the administration's attempts to tighten security...

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