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Minneapolis Public Schools has made the decision to move to online learning for two weeks through January 27th. Students are encouraged to stay home, although the school is remaining open for support to students that need it.  This decision was made because of the rising number of covid cases, specifically from the omicron variant. The visual above shows the number of COVID positive tests in Minnesota throughout the pandemic.

Minneapolis Public Schools moves to online learning through January 27th

Grace Bischoff, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 16, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools has made the decision that starting on January 13th, and continuing to January 27th, there will be distance learning due to the recent outbreak of COVID 19 cases. Students are...

Going back to in-person school has been challenging for students and teachers alike. As a result, teachers have to get creative to get students back on track socially and emotionally.

How teachers are responding to the effects of distance learning

Ezra Gearhart, Staff Writer January 7, 2022

The end of January marks the end of the first semester of fully in-person learning at South. With students coming back to a harsh transition after a year of slower-paced virtual classrooms, many teachers...

These images show the outside  of the all gender bathroom (top) and girl’s bathroom (bottom) which will be switching places.

The All-Gender Bathroom is moving

Elliott Austin, Staff Writer December 31, 2021

South has long held itself up as a pillar of progressivity and though many of the administration's efforts are commendable, administration still has a long way to go to make the student population...

On December 6th, Mr. Michael Luseni became interim principal, making Stepehen Simondet return to his role as assistant principal. Luseni has stepped into a school filled with high tensions, specifically between students and administration.

Michael Luseni Named Interim Principal At a Time of High Tensions

Grace Bischoff, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 26, 2021

On Monday December 6th, South underwent yet another leadership change with the switch of interim principals between Mr. Stephen Simondet to Mr. Michael Luseni. Luseni is to remain interim principal until...

We cannot just push recent events under the rug and just try to get back to normal because clearly normal isnt working. This is less of a time to repair and more of a time to reflect and actually make changes. “Students should be at the forefront of the process. They should be there at every step of the process... Because its our education, its not their education,” said senior Mary Ghebremeskal.

District and admin response to unrest at South is proof that the school has failed us

Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Features Editor December 13, 2021

The purpose of a school is to educate students. Students can’t have an education if we aren’t safe in the very place that we are supposed to learn. All students have a right to be able to go to school...

Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman give wonderfully believable performances in Mike Mill’s new movie C’mon C’mon.

C’mon C’mon is an introspective movie well worth watching

Elliott Austin, Staff Writer December 7, 2021

“You will grow up, travel, and work. Over the years, you will try to make sense of that happy, sad, full, always-shifting life you’re in.” C’mon C’mon is a reflective, meditative, and ultimately...

Mysterious crack appears on second floor

Mysterious crack appears on second floor

Ella Hoch Robinson, Staff Writer December 3, 2021

Just inside the left-most entrance to the 2nd floor Maze, there is a crack in the cinder block wall. The crack varies in size daily. The Southerner has been investigating its origin and monitoring changes....

Squid Game has taken the world by storm.  The series dives into topics like authority, economic suffrage, and brutality.  Credit: Netflix

“Squid Game” points out how obsessed Americans are with desensitized violence

Caleb Stipkovits, Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2021

Warning: spoilers for Squid Game are included in this article. Over the past month, the internet has been obsessed with Netflix’s latest hit, Squid Game.  The show is so big that you are bound to...

Students at South have noticed a decline in the variety of lunches. The food service industry was hit hard by COVID-19 supply chain impacts, making it difficult to maintain the options of pre-COVID lunches.

Lunch amidst back-to-school transition

Ella Hoch Robinson, Staff Writer November 16, 2021

The South High lunch line serves approximately 300 meals a day. Much of the organization, cooking, and sources are unknown to South students. This year, Covid has caused labor shortages and supply chain...

Parody accounts have impacted the environment at South in various ways. Two of the biggest accounts are “South High Protector,” which imitates Principal Simondet, and “Sneaky Flicks,” which takes pictures of students in the hallways of South.  Credit: @south_high_protector

“Sneaky Flicks,” “South High Protector” connect students and staff

Pablo Resnik and Raza Diop November 16, 2021

Over the course of the first couple months of school, various social media accounts have popped up at South for entertainment purposes. Ranging from candid pictures of students in the halls to parody accounts...

Large-scaled fights erupted at South High School on Monday, November 15th.  As a result, classes were put in code red for about 30 minutes and the rest of the day was spent in code yellow.

Large-scale fighting leads to code red

Caleb Stipkovits, Editor-in-Chief November 15, 2021

On November 15th,  multiple fights broke out at South High School.  The first fight started before a scheduled assembly for freshmen, which was canceled in response to the conflict.  Fighting continued...

How much of college tuition is paid with scholarships versus other sources. Data from educationdata.org

Paying for college, inequity, and generational wealth: Why merit scholarships have to go

Ezra Gearhart, Staff Writer November 15, 2021

How does someone unable to afford college pay for college? Scholarships are, for many, part of the broader solution. However, some of these scholarships end up reinforcing generational wealth, making it...

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