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Over 1,600 colleges and universities have gone test optional amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  “I think it will open up some pathways and avenues for more students to consider applying to four year institutions without having to be panicked by taking the SAT or ACT in order to be considered for the college of their choice,” said Kelsey Massey.

Recent Prominence of Test-Optional Policies Give Students More Freedom In Their College Admissions

Sugaal Sheikh-Noor, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

Recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students and teachers alike have spent the majority of the school year at home through distance learning. One of the more substantial changes this school year was...

Local hip hop artist, Chadwick Niles Phillips, ‘Niles’ taught students in South music departments about hip hop, music and how to unlock their own creative power. He is passionate about spreading a message of positivity in the hip hop movement. “[hip hop] being multicultural, it brings everyone together, if you look all around the world, you see people from all walks of life you see people that are connected to hip hop,” he remarked.

Guest Artist ‘Niles’ Teaches Hip Hop to Music Departments

Grace Bischoff, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

In March, guest teacher Chadwick Niles Phillips, ‘Niles’ graced the South music department with his knowledge of hip hop and the arts.  The classes took place in all music departments, choir, band,...

MPS has contracted a software company called Gaggle to monitor student accounts and writing to identify possible signs of suicide ideation, self-harm, harm to others, signs of depression, exploitation, or bullying. “I would feel comfortable saying that we’ve saved some lives with what we’ve done with [Gaggle],” said Jason Matlock, the Director of Emergency Management, Safety, and Security at MPS. 
However, many students are unsure of what Gaggle does or unaware that it even exists. Aesha Graffunder, a sophomore at Roosevelt said, “I see little to no problem with Gaggle itself, its purpose is to provide schools with information that can help protect students. I see way more of a problem with school administrations and how they handle the flags they get from Gaggle.”

Gaggle: MPS’s new student surveillance software brings possible protection and danger

So why does no one know about it?
Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 14, 2021

Students are experiencing major mental health challenges in the Covid-19 pandemic. With distance learning, supporting mental health is harder for schools. Students share less, especially as their cameras...

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...

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