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Titan culture fragmented by racial distinctions

Gigi Cepeda, co-editor-in-chief
March 15, 2019

What does it mean to be a Titan? It’s a question I have been asked a lot over the past four years, and South’s administration has been especially dialed into this identity within recent months. For...

Illinois report card reveals achievement gap at GBS

Gigi Cepeda, co-editor-in-chief
February 8, 2019

Senior Yulissa Gonzales was always the only Latina in her AP classes, feeling alone and wondering “Why am I the only one?” English Teacher Blanca Ascencio didn’t read a book until she was a sophomore...

Illinois Report Card rates South exemplary, notes achievement gap for certain students

Gigi Cepeda, co-editor in chief
December 14, 2018

The Illinois State Board of Education released a school report card for Glenbrook South designating it an “exemplary school,” while achievement gaps–inequalities in testing performance between different...

Students who make podcasts express their opinions just through talking

Gigi Cepeda, co-editor in chief
December 3, 2018

Sitting in South’s radio room, seniors Seth Davenport and Peter Kamajian paint a picture of the udu, a rare Nigerian percussion instrument used mainly for ceremonies of the Igbo people. The instrument...

Glenbrook students invited to attend international Fringe Festival

Gigi Cepeda, co-opinions editor
April 20, 2018

For eight Glenbrook students attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August, a new adventure awaits in Scotland. The arts festival, which serves as a mecca for performers across the globe, is the...

Support for abusive artists proves unethical, disrespectful

Gigi Cepeda, co-opinions editor
April 20, 2018

A few weeks ago, my friend offered me an earbud, and as someone who often shares music with me, I was interested to hear whatever he deemed adequate for my picky taste. What I heard made me reel back,...

Sexual Assault Awareness month calls for dialogue

Sexual Assault Awareness month calls for dialogue

Gigi Cepeda and Sofia Snyder
March 16, 2018

One out of every six American women has been the victim of attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, according to Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). One out of every nine girls under...

REMEMBER MSD:  Standing in silence, seniors Zoe Golden, Rachel Schwartz, Aidan Graham, Austin Sulejmani and Cat Berg reflect on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida. GBS joined schools nationwide who participated in the event planned by organizers of the Women’s March.

South joins nationwide student walkouts

Leah Dunne, Cassidy Foronda, and Gigi Cepeda
March 16, 2018

One month after the school shooting that occurred on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, South students held a walkout to remember victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and press for increased school...

Glenview censors students from “real world”

Gigi Cepeda
May 26, 2017

What stands out to you when you turn on the morning news? Is it the 947 Chicago shooting victims so far this year that the Tribune references? Is it the budget hole in the Chicago Public School system’s...

Photo by Sasha Vassilyeva

College expectations preclude pursuit of personal interests

Gigi Cepeda, asst. opinions editor
April 21, 2017

Well, what’s your GPA? What extracurriculars are you in? Oh, that will look good on college applications. It’s something I hear everywhere- in classes, hallways and conversations with my friends and...

Giving up social media causes realizations: focus on reality, not comparison

Gigi Cepeda, assistant opinions editor
February 10, 2017

You hear it on the news. From political candidates. From neighbors. From parents. From houses of worship. They all seem to be in agreement: social media has ruined the new generation. According to the...

Passionate Protester: Yelling to show support, a young woman takes part in a protest against hateful rhetoric and ideals in Indianapolis, Indiana. The demonstration, held on Nov. 12, started at the Statehouse before protesters began to march downtown.

Political voice available for those who cannot vote

Gigi Cepeda, asst. opinions editor
December 16, 2016

With each passing day, it seems like our country’s divisions grow deeper and deeper. Nov. 8 left many of us with tears of joy or fear, screams of victory or protest, words of calm or dispute. For better...

Sedentary classes neglect to offer greatest learning experience

Gigi Cepeda and Imra Tajuddin
September 30, 2016

We’ve all been there: 45 minutes into class and your eyelids are already heavy, your head falling toward the desk, maybe you even let out a snore. You probably didn’t get much sleep last night- homework,...

“Blonde” defies norms, reflects change

Gigi Cepeda, assistant opinions editor
September 30, 2016

“It begins to blur, we get older,” Frank Ocean sings on the track, “Skyline To,” from his newest album, Blonde. “Summer’s not as long as it used to be, every day counts like crazy.” This...

Model UN: GBS MUN awarded national title at high school conference in New York

Model UN: GBS MUN awarded national title at high school conference in New York

Gigi Cepeda and Alex Ladan
April 22, 2016

The GBS Model United Nations (MUN) team won the Award of Distinction at the National High School Model UN conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 5, according to MUN President...

Career and Technology Department creates alternative course to fulfill Consumer Education requirement

Gigi Cepeda and Anushka Kalra
March 22, 2016

Diversified Cooperative Education (DCE) is a course for juniors and seniors that fulfills the Consumer Education requirement and focuses on workplace skills and job opportunities and will...

New courses added to 2016-2017 school year

Gigi Cepeda, staff reporter
February 5, 2016

New and modified courses and a redesigned course offerings list will be implemented in the coming school years. There will be two major additions for next year: a new business course, Entrepreneurship...

TRIUMPHANT TITANS: Upon hearing the final count of cans collected during the annual Canned Food Drive, Student Council members  scream and shout in their celebration for reaching and exceeding their goal from last year. The starting goal for the Canned Food Drive was 100,015 cans, but this yearís drive yielded a total of 124,000. The cans were donated to Vital Bridges, Onward House and the Northfield Township Food Pantry.

South gives back: Students and staff take part in charitable actions to help individuals in and around Glenview community

Gigi Cepeda, staff reporter
December 18, 2015

Various South clubs and organizations participate in charitable work during the holiday season, running from late November to early January. “It’s always important to recognize that you have more...

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