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Art by: (top row) Izzy Spiess, Izzy Spiess, Andrew Lock, Andrew Lock.  (Bottom row) Beza Abate, Beza Abate, Mia Lambert, Mia Lambert.

The incredible art of South’s AP Art and Advanced Art classes

Caleb Stipkovits, Managing Editor March 6, 2021

One of the perks of being a student at South High school is the wide variety of unique elective courses.  You can take electives like guitar and photoshop, as well as dance and ethnic studies.  Some...

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...

After the Minneapolis Public School Board voted to terminate their contract with the Minneapolis Police Department, a decision that led some folks to believe that SROs and police in MPS might be coming to a close, they started to hire “Public Support Safety Specialists” or PSSS-- a role which is presumed to continue the policing in MPS.

What is the new role of the Public Safety Support Specialists that MPS has been hiring?

Perry Fernands, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

In the summer of 2020 it was undeniable that South was at the center of the movement for Black lives and the fight against police crimes as the murder of George Floyd, which happened mere blocks away from...

Senior Eliana Storkamp, one of the captains of South’s nordic skiing team, during a race this season.  “For practice we are required to wear a mask the entire time, but for races it’s different.  When you first are at the start of the race they want you to be wearing a [face covering]... and once you start racing you can put it down and put it back up when you finish.”  Photo credit: Kate Anderson

“It’s a lot different”- the return of winter sports

Caleb Stipkovits, Managing Editor February 23, 2021

It’s been a challenging time for pretty much everything, including the sports world.  Now, after being put on hiatus, high school winter sports have finally started up again.  Teams have had to make...

On Friday, January 8th, it was announced that Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) intends to offer a full time return to in-person school for PreK through grade 5 teachers and students, starting in February. Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Professionals (MFT) has been strongly opposing the current plan, calling for more safety precautions to be put in place and for teachers to get vaccinated before returning to school. They are hosting many live meetings and posting on their social media to discuss their dissent towards the plan and uplift voices of MPS staff and guardians.

MPS reopening plan faces parent backlash and MFT opposition

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, Editor in Chief February 7, 2021

On Friday, January 8th, it was announced that Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) intends to offer a full time return to in-person school for PreK through grade 5 teachers and students, starting in February....

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...

Trump supporters flooded the capitol last Wednesday to riot and take over the capitol building.  The mob left many Americans, including the South High community, with much to say.

Frustrating, but not surprising: South’s reaction to the January 6th capital riot

Caleb Stipkovits, Managing Editor January 15, 2021

Less than a week ago it was Wednesday, January 6th.  On this day, citizens from many countries all over the world watched a rather peculiar event take place in the United States capitol- a storm of angry...

During these times art is giving people some hope and bonding them. This is just one of many art trends that have sprung up all over the country. People can draw support from the art in their neighborhood. South Minneapolis resident Sara Hardwig participated in it and said, “It may be individually hard, the feeling of doing it [art] together makes it easier for me.

Local art strengthens community ties amidst pandemic

Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 12, 2021

Quarantining for weeks on end can be difficult. As a result of stress and social distancing, students are finding ways to cope by watching Netflix, baking, making TikToks, and creating art for self-care....

Located on East Lake Street, Pineda Tacos offers a wide selection of Mexican food for an affordable price. They are famous with South students with their ‘Tiger Burrito’ named specially for South.

Lake Street businesses struggle to stay open in the midst of pandemic

Grace Bischoff, Staff Writer January 5, 2021

In the midst of a pandemic, as well as the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, many Lake Street businesses are struggling to remain open.  As you drive down Lake Street, you might notice the significant...

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...

Pre-pandemic South High students walk past the welcome desk on their way into the building. Because of distance learning, interactions like these no longer take place. Alongside teachers and students, non-teacher staff members like counselors, administrators, and attendance clerks have faced unique challenges brought about by this pandemic.

Non-teacher staff share stories of distance learning

Asa Grumdahl, Staff Writer December 28, 2020

When statewide distance learning went into effect in mid-spring of this year, the students of South High split off from their classrooms and began logging into school, from computers, from their own rooms....

During the summer of 2020 and the start of Lake Street Project, the primary focus was workshops on Lake Street. Students walked around the area taking photos and having moments of discussion about how protesting and covid had impacted the community. Photo Courtesy of Lake Street Project.

Lake Street Project responses to social injustice and the pandemic

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, Editor in Chief December 22, 2020

In response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, the protests that followed, and the covid-19 pandemic and how it affects everything we do this year, a new project was born....

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