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Equal marriage law affects Illinois, LGBTQ community

Madison O'Brien, co-features editor

February 7, 2014

This past November, Illinois became the 16th state to take action and legalize same-sex marriage. Illinois governor Pat Quinn described the legalization as “a big step forward”, in an article from This “big step...

The evolution of school discipline – Full-credit policy marks latest modification to changing rules behind suspensions, expulsions

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief

February 7, 2014

In the Dean’s Office, South’s own simulated judicial system, the sentence of an out-of-school suspension no longer comes with an academic blow. Although it has not yet been officially approved by the Board of Education, a...

South students find inspiration, relief through garage bands

Dana Sim, staff writer

February 6, 2014

Guitar Hero was a source of influence for many young kids in middle school, according to senior Chris Neuhaus. Once the game came out, everyone wanted to play in a band. Now, in high school, students form unofficial bands and...

South students, staff discuss exotic vacations

Anne Marie Yurik, staff writer

February 4, 2014

From Tahiti to Pakistan, South students and teachers alike have gone to many unusual places across the globe. John Skorupa, Drivers-Ed and health teacher, shares his many vacations. “I have been to the Pacific, Tahiti,...

First love: unpacking the psychology behind adolescent relationship dependency

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief

December 20, 2013

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when teenagers didn’t exist at all. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, there was no gaping space between childhood and adulthood like there is now. Children as young as age 13 would...

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