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Captain America: Civil War revives classic debates

Captain America: Civil War revives classic debates

Lauren Frias and Hannah Mason
May 27, 2016

Below are two writers' takes on the latest Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War. Captain America defends Avengers What do you think of when you hear the word “superhero”? Maybe you picture...

Jamnesty promotes artistic expression, global change

Jamnesty promotes artistic expression, global change

Lauren Frias and Mollie Cramer
April 22, 2016

Gathered in the open cafeteria with lights dimmed, an anticipating crowd stands before the stage for the first act to come on. As the group assembles and begins to play, the audience dances along in concert-like...

Deadpool intrigues mature audiences

Deadpool intrigues mature audiences

Lauren Frias, co-editor-in-chief
March 11, 2016

Reeling in a massive $135 million in sales just during opening weekend, a new Marvel movie broke the box office early February. Contrary to the expected goody-goody atmosphere of your average Marvel movie,...

Star Wars films inspire many, unite generations

Lauren Frias and Nick Moran
February 8, 2016

The room is dimly lit, and silence falls upon the audience in the theater. The quiet ambiance is quickly disrupted by a blaring trumpet fanfare, and an all too familiar yellow font fills the blank theater...

Failure implicates necessity to evaluate, not digress from progress

Lauren Frias, co-editor-in-chief
December 18, 2015

When I was eight-years-old, I was to play at my first piano recital. At that point, I had only been playing for a few months, and my teacher gave me the freedom to showcase any song of my choosing. Searching...

Old News: Satellite Communication

Lauren Frias, co-editor-in-chief
December 18, 2015

Christmas sale commercials and catchy holiday tunes fill the air, rounding out the overall festive ambiance of the season. However, few people pay attention to the actual mechanism that contributes to...

American Horror Story introduces “Hotel”:

Lauren Frias, co-editor-in-chief
November 6, 2015

Horror can be defined in a variety of ways. Whether it be detailed by jump scares, psychological immorality or graphic gore, the previous can be found alone or in a wide variety of combinations. However,...

Seniors Lauren Frias, Stephen Sholty, George Tantchev, Colin Quill, Alex Sirakides and the rest of the drumline all participate in the color wars event during band camp. Band is one of many things Frias hopes to cherish throughout her last year at South.

Senior reflects on past times at South, prepares for final year

Lauren Frias, co-editor-in-chief
November 5, 2015

It's over a month into senior year, and I still have yet to believe that I have come this far. I distinctly remember sitting in the auditorium during freshman assemblies, choosing my sophomore history...

Sounds of the Summer: Warped Tour preview

Lauren Frias, co-editor-in-chief
May 29, 2015

For all enthusiastic alternative rock, indie, metal rock and even hip-hop fans, the Vans Warped Tour is a musical festival that can bring together a variety of music genres to a singular venue. This year,...

Tattoos receive unjust stigma

Tattoos receive unjust stigma

Lauren Frias, Co-a&e editor
April 24, 2015

Everyone has seen a painting at some point in their lives. Whether it be a work by Van Gogh, Picasso or even your three-year-old sibling in a preschool art class, people go out of their way to appreciate...

Tattoos receive unjust stigma

Lauren Frias, Co-a&e editor
April 24, 2015

Everyone has seen a painting at some point in their lives. Whether it be a work by Van Gogh, Picasso or even your three-year-old sibling in a preschool art class, people go out of their way to appreciate...

Elective choices unjustly determined by college appeal

Lauren Frias, co-a&e editor
April 16, 2015

We are born and bred to believe that doing well in school and showing academic prowess will get us far in life. Students challenge themselves daily to take as many advanced classes as possible, under the...

Kickboxing improves physical, mental health

Kickboxing improves physical, mental health

Lauren Frias, co-a&e editor
March 13, 2015

With kickstands reaching up to my five-foot stature, it was hard to ever see myself joining a martial arts school. However, after making my New Year’s resolution to get in better shape and try new things,...

American Horror Story pushes limits of fear, social norms

Lauren Frias, Co-a&e editor
February 6, 2015

From haunting spirits to murderous clowns, a new popular anthology is making its viewers howl in fear. In its fourth installment, FX’s hit series American Horror Story: Freak Show is set in a dying freak...

Music fuels homework productivity through Mozart Effect

Music fuels homework productivity through “Mozart Effect”

Lauren Frias, co-a&e editor
February 4, 2015

Pen in hand, textbook open and music playing, I set out to finish my daily homework assignments. The melodic arpeggios rose and fell in succession, compiling into lyrical refrains both familiar and foreign...

Rock House café blends concerts, coffee

Rock House café blends concerts, coffee

Lauren Frias, co-a&e editor
November 7, 2014

“50 percent school, 50 percent café, 100 percent original.” That is what sets apart the Rock House Café from other mainstream coffee houses, according to the Rock House’s website. It’s a music...

LIVE IN STUDIO: In the home studio of Gary Fry, VX Studio Vocal Ensemble (VX) director, sophomore Jewoo Kim and junior Julia Packer stand behind a microphone to record their part of the song Let It Go, a track from the animated Disney film, FROZEN. The VX members completed multiple takes of the recording to make sure each part was received perfectly to keep as a reference for their live practices.

Vocal ensemble exposes students to studio environment

Lauren Frias, asst. a&e editor
March 14, 2014

Several high school students gather around to sing under the direction of Gary Fry, the director of Midwest Young Artist’s (MYA) choral program.  After their routine vocal exercises, the group prepares...

BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ achieves modern spin on classic sleuth

Lauren Frias, asst. a&e
February 7, 2014

In the small flat of 221B Baker Street, private detective Sherlock Holmes meets with his clients to solve the mysteries at hand. With his right-hand man Dr. John Watson at his side, the dynamic duo hits...

South’s annual dance show continues to ‘Inspire’

Lauren Frias, asst. a&e editor
December 20, 2013

From the Bachata and merengue to hip hop and tap dance, a variety of dances were included in this year’s dance show, Inspire. Featuring South dance groups Orchesis, Poms, Dela Cru, and Latino Heat,...

Student activists raise more than $1,000 for Syrian refugees

Student activists raise more than $1,000 for Syrian refugees

Lauren Frias, asst. a&e editor
November 8, 2013

From Oct. 21-25, Stand for Peace (Stand), a global activism club at GBS, organized a variety of events to educate students about Syrian refugees and fundraise for the United Nations High Commission for...

Fall Play tackles intense themes

Fall Play tackles intense themes

Lauren Frias, assistant a&e editor
October 4, 2013

A loud clank echoes around the auditorium as a single spotlight illuminates the room.  Actors and actresses take their positions. A startling quiet settles in the auditorium. As one actor opens his mouth,...

Students examine role of internet in social life

Lauren Frias, staff writer
June 6, 2013

Settling down to begin a collection of homework assignments, freshman Hwa Oh opens her laptop and commences a flurry of mathematical equations and quotes from literary classics. As the mouse pointer darts...

Students take advantage of ninth period internship course to discover passion

Lauren Frias, staff writer
May 13, 2013

As the end of the year approaches, the impending necessity to make career choices becomes more evident for high school students. With the unclear future ahead, students may have an apprehensive mindset....

South presidents share leadership experience

Lauren Frias, staff writer
February 1, 2013

The Oracle highlights four club presidents whose talents and contributions are as diverse as the clubs at South. Cure Club Brittany Balzano Senior Brittany Balzano, president of Cure Club, a club that...

Glenview Giving Foundation Youth Board makes an impact on community

Lauren Frias, staff writer
January 16, 2013

There are people in this world whose qualities are limited because of their disabilities. There are others who are suffering emotionally because of bullying, divorce, depression or stress. Some go to bed...

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