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LGBTQ+ films struggle under dated storylines

Maia Schwallie, co-opinions editor
December 18, 2020

Can films just let queer people be happy already? I’ve asked myself this question three times recently, as I’ve sat through three disappointing LGBTQ+ movies this month. Centered largely on tragedy...

Illustration by Sneha Augustine

Americans need to recognize Thanksgiving’s problematic history

Maia Schwallie, co-opinions editor
November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday for many Americans. Families gathered around the dinner table, giving thanks and eating pumpkin pie is a staple of autumnal tradition. However, amid turkey-eating and...

“The gay side” of TikTok unites LGBTQ youth

“The gay side” of TikTok unites LGBTQ youth

Maia Schwallie, co-opinions editor
October 2, 2020

“So, are you on ‘Gay TikTok’ or ‘Straight TikTok?’” If you are an avid TikTok user like me, someone has probably asked you this question at some point. After all, these “sides” of TikTok...

Illustration by Faith Roche

Students with synesthesia see sounds at South

Maia Schwallie and Julia Marriott
December 20, 2019

Imagine if temperatures made noise, voices had their own scent or numbers flaunted their own unique personalities. Inside the mind of someone with synesthesia, intriguing mixtures of senses like these...

Illustration by Esther Lim

Self awareness proves essential for discovery of happiness

Maia Schwallie, co-opinions editor
November 15, 2019

Self-awareness is a concept high schoolers are supposed to have mastered by now. We’re expected to know our passions so we can join sports teams and clubs that make us happy and understand our personalities...

Illustration by Hannah Franklin

Amazon rainforest burns; solution found in veganism

Maia Schwallie, co-opinions editor
October 4, 2019

When I was in fourth grade, my class spent a full school day celebrating the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest. We praised the majestic animal kingdom that inhabits the forest walls and thanked the “lungs...

Five Feet Apart disappoints with unoriginal script

Maia Schwallie, staff reporter
April 22, 2019

Five Feet Apart is an underwhelming melodrama cluttered with overused Hollywood tropes. These unsettling flaws first became apparent to me when I saw the film’s trailer. Normally these imperfections...

Former CPS students explore new academic options

Maia Schwallie, staff reporter
December 14, 2018

Marking the end of summer’s perpetual pleasure and bliss, the school year is notoriously dreaded by most students around the world. However, for students who transfer from Chicago Public Schools (CPS),...

Furry Friends: Cuddling her pet, sophomore Emma Bird holds her albino chinchilla Faux for a picture. South students own a variety of exotic animals.

South students keep exotic pets, form unique bonds

Maia Schwallie and Sloane Shabelman
November 12, 2018

A hamster wheel squeaks as small rodents run in circles. Two chinchillas tease one another as they receive a dust bath, squeaking along with the wheel. A dog barks at a cat who turns around and hisses....

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