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South students choose alternative military post-grad plans

South students choose alternative military post-grad plans

Mary Grace Reynolds, senior editor
May 24, 2019

An 8 a.m. class may seem like a nightmare for a college student, but for Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students, or those at military boot camp, an 8 a.m.class may sound like a dream come true....

Limit on GBS sports fundraising implemented for 2019-2020

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, GBS athletic programs will no longer be able to pay additional coaches out of fundraising profits and must adhere to the number of paid coaching positions, otherwise...

Suicide language becomes normalized among student body

Suicide language becomes normalized among student body

Mary Grace Reynolds, co-news editor
December 14, 2018

While walking down the hall on the first day of school, I unlocked my phone to double check the room number of my next class. After a few moments of intently gazing down at my screen, my attention diverted...

South remembers Matt McNabola

Mary Grace Reynolds and Molly Stryker
November 12, 2018

On Oct. 23, junior Matt McNabola passed away unexpectedly at his home surrounded by family, according to Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel in an email sent to South students, staff, and parents. McNabola was...

Illustration by Chaeyeon Park

UIUC announces free in-state tuition program

Mary Grace Reynolds, co-news editor
September 28, 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently announced a program offering free tuition and school fees for Illinoisans whose family incomes meet or falls below the state median of $61,000. This...

Welcome Wednesdays create positive, safe atmosphere at South

In April, the GBS administration implemented an initiative called Welcome Wednesdays in which faculty and staff have the option to greet students at the school’s entrances on Wednesday mornings. According...

A SPLASH OF COLOR: Working in recently redecorated classrooms, South students take classes in two of the four classrooms experimenting with furniture changes. The color and furniture change is being made to adapt old classroom settings to new teaching styles that involve more modern techniques, according to Casey Wright, associate principal of administrative services.

New furniture tested, adapted to teaching styles

Imra Tajuddin and Mary Grace Reynolds
March 16, 2018

Four pilot classrooms are testing new furniture and decor, which began on March 6, in the Special Education, English, World Language and Social Studies Departments, according to Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel....

Award Winning Advisor: Leading her Yearbook students, Yearbook Advisor Brenda Field speaks to students about the progress of this year’s edition of Etruscan. Field is the 2017 recipiant of the Journalism Education Association’s (JEA)  H.L. Hall National Yearbook Advisor of the Year.

Field wins JEA National Yearbook Advisor of the Year

Imra Tajuddin and Mary Grace Reynolds
February 9, 2018

The Journalism Education Association (JEA) named Brenda Field, GBS yearbook adviser, as its 2017 H.L. Hall National Yearbook Adviser of the Year. She will be formally recognized April 14 during the JEA...

Illustration by Chaeyeon Park

Pharmaceutical companies unethical in prioritizing advertisements over research

Mary Grace Reynolds, co-news editor
February 9, 2018

Between 1970 and the mid-1990s, various diseases that previously required surgery or lengthy hospitalizations could suddenly be managed or cured with the use of groundbreaking medications. This era, in...

Titans Helping Titans assists fellow students in need

Titans Helping Titans assists fellow students in need

Mary Grace Reynolds, co news editor
December 22, 2017

The implementation of Titans Helping Titans (THT), a program created to spark a sentiment of compassion and service- oriented awareness among fellow GBS students, has proved seamless and continues to showcase...

Sorting cans, senior Abby Grant, student body president, and junior representative Matthew Baumstark work to box donations from students and staff. This year, instead of accepting both money and cans, Student Council is moving toward only food donations.

Canned Food Drive adopts point system for donations

Mary Grace Reynolds, co-news editor
November 10, 2017

GBS Student Council replaced the numerical structure of the Canned Food Drive from a dollar being worth four cans to a hierarchal point system to restore values of humanity and service back into the annual...

illustration by Raya Shoilekova

Student Services limits schedule changes

Mary Grace Reynolds, co-news editor
October 6, 2017

The GBS Guidance Counselors implemented a new policy that limits the reasons a student can change their schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. According to Guidance Counselor Matthew Drone, there are...

Illustration by Yoon Kim

District 225 considers change to collegiate schedule

Mary Grace Reynolds, staff reporter
May 26, 2017

District 225 sent out a school-wide survey on April 19 that polled students on their opinions of a proposed shift to the collegiate schedule starting in the 2018-2019 school year. From this survey of...

South optimizes prep resources to simplify Illinois’ switch to SAT

Molly Stryker and Mary Grace Reynolds
April 21, 2017

As GBS experiences its first year with an Illinois-required SAT test, staff and faculty have worked to make the test preparation and classroom curriculum more inclusive of the test, according to John Klasen,...

LUNCHIN’ LISA: Sitting down for a lunch break, senior Lisa Krupinski takes her weekly trip to the grocery store. She will be honored at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) conference in April for receiving the annual Yes I Can Award.

Krupinski receives Yes I Can Award

Mary Grace Reynolds, staff reporter
March 21, 2017

South senior Lisa Krupinski will be honored at the National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention on April 19-22 for receiving the annual Yes I Can Award, celebrating the various accomplishments...

New Year, New Laws

Mary Grace Reynolds, staff reporter
February 10, 2017

As 2017 begins, here are three of the nearly 200 new Illinois state laws to be aware of. DRIVER’S ED COP STOP LAW The State of Illinois Drivers’ Education curriculum has been amended by a new...

Graphic by Rachel Nwia

Election results spark political discourse

Chaerim Park and Mary Grace Reynolds
December 16, 2016

Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and was elected the 45th president of the United States on Nov. 9. This surprised 82 percent...

Homework policy to be revised based on district-wide recommendations

Mary Grace Reynolds, staff reporter
November 4, 2016

The Board of Education implemented a new district-wide policy this July in order to increase the effectiveness of homework and make the amount assigned more manageable. The board is currently working to...

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Being pushed by junior Sam Dale, junior Michael Heftman enjoys an attraction at the Richardson Corn Maze. This activity was an option available to students who attended this Students For Students event on Sept. 10.

Students For Students revamps club philosophy

Mary Grace Reynolds, staff reporter
September 30, 2016

In its 20th year at South, Students for Students (S4S) is striving to rebrand itself as a drug-and-alcohol free club for students seeking substance-free social outings. According to sponsor Megan Shipp,...

FUN-LOVING FAGEL: Clapping to the Titan fight song, Fagel enjoys the atmosphere of a September football game (bottom right). Fagel says her first year was a huge success, and she says that she loves being a principal again.

Principal Fagel’s first year in review

Mary Grace Reynolds, staff reporter
May 27, 2016

After a year of new experiences such as assemblies, Variety Show and homecoming, Principal Lauren Fagel reflects on her first school year as Glenbrook South’s principal. According to Fagel, she has...

GBS students place, advance in national math competition

Maeve Plunkett and Mary Grace Reynolds
April 22, 2016

GBS students placed highly in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) and American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) in January and March respectively. Students from high-level math classes...

BLAX GIVES BACK: Packing food through the Feed My Starving Children organization, seniors Andrew Marziani, Bobby Quinn and other members of the menís lacrosse team packed 24,192 meals for starving children. This service will help feed 66 children for a year and is one of three community service events the men have participated in this year. Photo courtesy of Will Jeffery

New lacrosse coach encourages community service

Hannah Mason and Mary Grace Reynolds
April 22, 2016

Will Jeffery, the new men’s lacrosse head coach, is increasing the amount of community service the program participates in, with hope to rebuild the foundation of the team. Jeffery is the third head...

TESTING CHANGES: As part of the new furniture pilot at South, seniors
(left to right) Grace DuBois, Grace Pulos and Diana Perez participate in their classroom activity at desks that double as whiteboards.

South plans to replace desks in classrooms, test effect on learning environment

Mary Grace Reynolds, staff reporters
February 5, 2016

GBS and GBN students will be running a trial of new desks from Feb. 21 to March 19 in preparation for their eventual placement in classrooms. According to Michael Field, director of educational technology,...

South students react to recent presidential debates

Mary Grace Reynolds, staff reporter
January 8, 2016

As the 2016 Presidential Debates unfurl, South students react to the televised debates between candidates. The presidential debates have been attracting the attention of a number of Americans. Despite...

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