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Sounds of the Summer: Lollapalooza preview

Kali Croke, senior editor
May 29, 2015

The annual three-day music festival Lollapalooza will consume all of Chicago once more with music, food and out-of-state travellers July 31-Aug. 2 at its usual territory: Grant Park. While the lineup this...

Piercings receive unjust stigma

Piercings receive unjust stigma

Kali Croke, Co-news editor
April 24, 2015

I have ten piercings: nine in my ears, one in my nose and who knows how many more (if any) will be added in the future. No, I’m not trying to give a middle finger to the “system”. And no, I’m not...

Student progress added to teacher evals

Student progress added to teacher evals

Aaron Ach, co-editor-in-chief
April 24, 2015

In February 2014, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) formally mandated that public schools in Illinois incorporate a “student growth component” as part of teachers’ evaluations by Sept....

World Within Reach: Garissa University

Kali Croke, co-news editor
April 24, 2015

On April 2, Somali militants stormed into Kenya’s Garissa University killing 142 students, three security personnel and two professors. Following the attack, Jihadist militant group al-Shabaab, an...

World Within Reach: Netanyahu

Kali Croke, co-news editor
March 13, 2015

On March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a controversial speech in front of the U.S. Congress that deepened an already existing split between the Democrats and the Republicans on...

Not found by gender, yoga provides needed stress relief

Not found by gender, yoga provides needed stress relief

Aaron Ach, co-editor-in-chief
March 13, 2015

It was the Monday night before first semester finals started, and needless to say I was running a touch behind on the two papers I had due that morning and the two exams I had to sit for that afternoon....

High school athletes collect unfair college admission advantage

High school athletes collect unfair college admission advantage

Kali Croke, Co-A&E Editor
March 13, 2015

Time is the most precious resource in high school. I’ve spent mine slaving over textbooks, involving myself in what seems like every crevice of student activities and coveting the few hours of sleep...

World Within Reach: Boko Haram

Kali Croke, co-news editor
February 6, 2015

Boko Haram, a militant jihadist group operating in Africa, has been terrorizing the northeastern Nigerian region for just over a decade since its inception in 2002. But despite their relative youth, recent...

World Within Reach: Sydney Siege

Kali Croke, co-news editor
December 19, 2014

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 14, Iranian radicalist Man Haron Monis entered a chocolate cafe in downtown Sydney, Australia with gun in hand. In what would be a 17-hour hostage standoff, the so-called...

Sunset Village of Glenview shows changes on horizon

Aaron Ach, co editor-in-chief
November 7, 2014

Glenview’s most affordable area of residence, the Sunset Village, took a hit a couple of years ago; as of May, the numbers released in a report done by the Glenview Announcements indicates that the mobile...

Feminism applies universally, not just radically

Kali Croke, Co-news editor
November 7, 2014

By now I’m notorious among my friends (and perhaps most of my grade) as the resident feminist. While this is a label that would make most cower in shame and embarrassment, I’ve worked hard to get here. For...

World Within Reach: The Threat of Ebola

Kali Croke, co-news editor
November 7, 2014

As of Nov. 4, the United States has confirmed four cases of the Ebola virus within its borders, the last of which was reported on Oct. 23. Before the virus’s recent outbreak in West Africa, Ebola’s...

Homophobic slurs harm school environment

Aaron Ach, Co-editor-in-chief
November 7, 2014

There are few students inside the walls of South who haven’t overheard a conversation along the lines of, “Dude, I know! He’s such a faggot!” or one that went along the lines of, “Her mile time...

World Within Reach: The Plight of ISIS

Kali Croke, co-news editor
October 3, 2014

On Sept. 23 the United States began the first of a series of aerial operations over the nation of Syria in order to stifle advances made by the terrorist group called the Islamic State in Iraq and the...

Board evaluates outlook of Chromebooks

Board evaluates outlook of Chromebooks

Aaron Ach, asst. news editor
April 22, 2014

This year, South began the “1:1” technology initiative when non-seniors received a Samsung Google Chromebook. The Board of Education, with the help of technology specialists, is currently deciding...

Lollapalooza: KALI’S TOP 5

Kali Croke, co-a&e editor
April 21, 2014

Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys definitely take the crown for the headliner of the weekend. If you haven’t heard of these guys, you’re either a disgrace to the indie-rock community or actually living...

First gun licenses mailed after concealed carry approval

Aaron Ach, asst. news editor
March 14, 2014

House Bill no. 0148, also known as Concealed Carry, permits qualified Illinois citizens ages 21 and over to carry any approved firearm on their person. The first permits were mailed at the beginning...

Residents suffering from serious illnesses can now be prescribed medical marijuana

Residents suffering from serious illnesses can now be prescribed medical marijuana

Aaron Ach, asst. news editor
February 7, 2014

House Bill no. 0001, which legalizes medical marijuana use in Illinois, went into effect Jan. 1. Illinois was the twentieth state to legalized medical marijuana, and it is implementing strict regulations...

Day at North proves block schedule as opportunity

Day at North proves block schedule as opportunity

Kali Croke, co-a&e editor
December 20, 2013

Ninety minutes is a long time. In an hour and a half, I could finish a movie, watch half of a football game or listen to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon—twice. And when I first learned that...

Illinois House passes same-sex marriage law

Kali Croke, co-a&e editor
November 8, 2013

Illinois is set to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. On Nov. 5, the House of Representatives passed the bill 61-54, clearing the way to be voted on by the Senate and signed by Governor...

South radio shows provide variety of entertainment for listeners

South radio shows provide variety of entertainment for listeners

Kali Croke, co-a&e editor
November 8, 2013

Whether you’re cruising in your car, procrastinating on your homework or just feel like dancing and singing, South’s radio station WGBK serves a wide variety of music and entertainment shows for every...

New Arcade Fire album demonstrates experiment with different sound

New Arcade Fire album demonstrates experiment with different sound

Kali Croke, co-a&e editor
November 8, 2013

Montreal-based band Arcade Fire had a lot to live up to after setting the bar high in 2011 with their Album of the Year Grammy win for The Suburbs. While this album seemed unbeatable, the group has unsurprisingly...

GBSTV alumni launch film production company 554 Collective

Kali Croke, co-a&e editor
October 4, 2013

Starting a film production company only a few years after graduating high school seemed like a natural creation for the group of nine GBSTV graduates. After working close- ly with one another during...

Actress Emily Bergl visits South, gives words of wisdom

Kali Croke, co a&e editor
May 24, 2013

This past April, students got a glimpse of fame with the arrival of South alumnus and Hollywood star Emily Bergl. Bergl is well known for her television roles on Desperate Housewives, Gilmore Girls and...

North and South unite to combine talents for this years spring musical

North and South unite to combine talents for this year’s spring musical

Kali Croke, staff writer
April 19, 2013

The choir room is filled with excitement as enthusiastic students from both South and North come together and blend their voices into one beautiful melody. Whether it is through singing, acting or dancing,...

Pope’s humility, devotion to poor impress community

Aaron Ach, staff writer
April 19, 2013

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who will go by the papal name Francis, was elected Pope by a gathering of Catholic cardinals in Vatican City March 13.  Despite his Italian heritage, Argentinian Pope Francis is...

National movement for STEM curriculum to be introduced at South

National movement for STEM curriculum to be introduced at South

Aaron Ach, Staff Reporter
March 11, 2013

Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-intensive program, will be introduced to South next school year with two new courses. According to Dawn Hall, the...

Petlakh turns passion for photography into business venture

Petlakh turns passion for photography into business venture

Kali Croke, Staff Reporter
March 11, 2013

At an early age, it was clear for senior Vika Petlakh that photography was her passion. Although taking pictures started as a personal craft, it soon became a legitimate business. After receiving many...

GBS Connects unites students, professionals in open-atmosphere setting

GBS Connects unites students, professionals in open-atmosphere setting

Aaron Ach, staff reporter
December 21, 2012

GBS Connects, an all-day opportunity for South students to meet with professionals in careers they are considering pursuing in the future, occurred Dec. 12. Staff members and Guidance Department administrators...

Model United Nations team travels to St. Louis for university symposium

Model United Nations team travels to St. Louis for university symposium

Aaron Ach, staff writer
November 9, 2012

South’s Model United Nations (UN) team brought 13 members to the Washington University Model United Nations Symposium (WUMUNS) in St. Louis, MO, Oct. 19-21 for the club’s first ever out-of-state conference. Senior...

Fall play puts new spin on age-old themes

Fall play puts new spin on age-old themes

Kali Croke, staff writer
October 5, 2012

No scenery, no props, no costumes. The only items on the stage are the actors and the deep, universal emotions that fill every moment of their characters’ lives from birth until death. This year’s...

Mungo mixes genres to create distinct sound

Kali Croke, staff reporter
May 25, 2012

Last year, five freshmen brought their passions for music together and formed the band Mungo, which is now a South sophomore band. The band members include lead singer Janna Lyhus, drummer Chris “Bear...

Ravina offers unique concert atmosphere for summer

Aaron Ach, staff reporter
May 25, 2012

With summer just around the corner, students begin to purchase tickets for various music festivals and concerts. Some of these concerts are at Ravinia in Highland Park, which hosts over 120 live performances...

GBSTV competes against local high schools in CTEC festival

Kali Croke, staff reporter
May 5, 2012

High school TV programs bring forth their best work to go head-to-head in front of a panel of judges. Each year, the Chicagoland Television Educators Council (CTEC) hosts a TV festival in which high schools...

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