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Smiling lovingly, members of The Oracle Editorial Board pose with their beloved animal companions.  Growing up with animals teaches children valuable lessons.  Photos courtesy of the Editorial Board

Growing up with animals instills valuable lessons

Lilly Ludwig, assistant opinions editor
April 22, 2016

Between volunteering at animal shelters, caring for my own pets, and riding horses, it’s safe to say that I spend as much time with animals as most teenagers spend with their friends and family. This...

Controversial material requires reasonable reaction

Controversial material requires reasonable reaction

Lilly Ludwig, assistant opinions editor
March 11, 2016

Earlier in February, a misogynist blogger named Daryush Valizadeh published an article on his blog, “Return of Kings”, detailing why he thinks rape on public property should be legal. He had planned...

Loss at young age requires thoughtful reaction

Loss at young age requires thoughtful reaction

Lilly Ludwig, co-opinions editor
February 5, 2016

Here in the North Shore, we’re pretty accustomed to the idea that a family consists of two parents and a few kids. The reality is that life is far from perfect. Nobody is immune to illness or accidents,...

Teen sexuality warrants realistic conversation

Teen sexuality warrants realistic conversation

Lilly Ludwig, asst. opinions editor
December 18, 2015

Let’s be real: talking about sex makes you feel uncomfortable. You’re not alone if you giggle in health class or die a little inside when things get steamy in a movie you’re watching with your parents....

High school relationships build positive experiences

High school relationships build positive experiences

Lilly Ludwig, asst. opinions editor
November 6, 2015

I’ve been dating my boyfriend, Alex, for almost three years. There’s no getting around it; that’s a pretty long time to do anything. However, we’ve managed to grow up together while maintaining...

Instagram culture curbs  genuine self-expression

Instagram culture curbs genuine self-expression

Lilly Ludwig, asst. opinions editor
October 2, 2015

If you’re one of my 262 Instagram followers, you probably noticed something different about the way I was posting this summer. My posts tended to revolve around animals, because truthfully, I spend most...

SeaWorld animal mistreatment requires action

SeaWorld animal mistreatment requires action

Lilly Ludwig, columnist
July 17, 2015

To be honest, I was thoroughly unimpressed when I saw Shamu live. I recall telling my parents that Clifford the Big Red Dog was bigger and then suggesting that we get snow cones instead of watching. However,...

Societally-encouraged casual consideration of violence harmfully desensitizes

Lilly Ludwig, columnist
April 24, 2015

We heard a pounding on the bedroom door, and the enemy began to pick the lock. Terrified, my partner and I stripped the mattress off the bed and slammed it up against the door, but the boys were stronger,...

Academic achievement unjustly dictates self-worth

Academic achievement unjustly dictates self-worth

Lilly Ludwig, columnist
March 13, 2015

I’ll admit it, I had a breakdown the other day. I was walking up the stairs in my house, and I just stopped and sat down. I couldn’t make myself move. I was so stressed that I just wanted to sit there...

Hurtful gossip causes damage, reflects on gossiper

Hurtful gossip causes damage, reflects on gossiper

Lilly Ludwig, columnist
February 25, 2015

I’ve done it. You’ve done it. Your teachers have done it. Even your grandma has done it. That’s right, you guessed it: gossip. In high school a lot of gossip goes around, sometimes innocent and...

Positive self-image, self-appreciation of body trumps glorified beauty ideals

Lilly Ludwig, columnist
December 19, 2014

I was on my way to yoga the other day, getting in my namaste-place, cruising in my Prius and humming to Megan Trainer’s, “All About That Bass,” when I found myself paying attention to the actual...

Judgement of vegetarians deserves second thought

Judgement of vegetarians deserves second thought

Lilly Ludwig, columnist
November 7, 2014

At my house, family dinners are far from normal between my sister, a gluten and lactose-free vegetarian, and myself, a non-processed vegetarian experimenting with veganism. When I tell people this, they...

Fandoms bring people together through interests

Lilly Ludwig, staff writer
May 29, 2014

What do Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and One Direction all have in common? According to sophomore Carolyn Levi, they share a widespread following made up of people connected by their common passion, also...

CHARMING CHAMBERS: Dressed in formal attire, South Chambers members sing with their music before them. Joined by members of the GBN choirs, the group performed at the heart of the chapel at Techny Towers.

Glenbrook choirs amplify vocals in Techny Towers

Lilly Ludwig, staff writer
March 14, 2014

Singing at a cathedral in Europe is no small experience. But according to Martin Sirvatka, instructional supervisor of the Music Department, students involved in choir at South don’t need to travel quite...

Students express passion for modeling

Lilly Ludwig, staff writer
March 5, 2014

Most teenagers bus tables or babysit when they want to have some extra cash, but some South students have followed a path away from minimum wage to pursue a career in modeling. “The modeling business...

Lai pursues interest in makeup, creates own company

Lai pursues interest in makeup, creates own company

Lilly Ludwig, staff writer
February 3, 2014

On the day of the Homecoming dance, while most girls are scrambling to paint their nails, finish their makeup and fix their hair, senior Hillary Lai is doing other girls’ makeup for them. According...

Freshmen and sophomores perform in  their exclusive play, Siri-ously.

Freshmen, sophomores “Siri-ous” about new play

Lilly Ludwig, staff writer
December 12, 2013

Many know of the intimidation felt as a freshman when trying out for a group or team. However, freshmen and sophomores interested in theater at South this year didn’t have to worry about that. The...

Wikiroster helps students find their new classmates for the upcoming year

Wikiroster helps students find their new classmates for the upcoming year

Lilly Ludwig, staff writer
October 14, 2013

South students have the option of avoiding a newsfeed being cluttered with the pictures of their classmate’s schedules the week before school starts. Meet Wikiroster, a website made by South students,...

AP art show showcases student talent

Lilly Ludwig, staff reporter
June 7, 2013

Stephanie Fuja’s AP Art class has spent all year preparing for the AP Art show, taking place April 29 through May 3. According to senior Olivia Kane, AP Art is a class only offered to seniors. Students...

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