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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 ...

We need to hold corporations accountable for the climate crisis

We need to hold corporations accountable for the climate crisis

Charlie Chinander-McFaul, Staff Writer

February 17, 2019

Recently a United Nations report stated that the world has 12 years to drastically lower carbon emissions or else we will face irreversible damage. Rising sea levels will result in the destruction of coastal metropolises like New York and Los Angeles. Hundreds of millions of people will be displaced and...

What’s a sweatshop again? The issue that’s fallen out of view

What’s a sweatshop again? The issue that’s fallen out of view

Talula Cedar James, Staff Writer

December 22, 2018

As I walk through a busy H&M, Mariah Carey blasting through the speakers, searching for something I can buy with the ten dollars cash I have in my pocket, a thought flashes through my mind for just a second. Where is all this stuff being made? My want for cheap clothes overrides that question as I re...

No consideration for diversity in standardized testing

No consideration for diversity in standardized testing

Maya Edmonds, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018

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

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

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

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....

Polls

Should teenagers still trick-or-treat for Halloween?

  • Absolutely! Candy is life! (75%, 21 Votes)
  • No way! Leave it to the kids. (25%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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