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Brendan Wolf, co-a&e editor

What's good, South? I'm Brendan Wolf and I am a co-a&e editor. I am a senior and I have been on Oracle since freshman year. This is my second year on ed-board, and my second year editing for A&E. I also play basketball for GBS and enjoy listening to rap music or Queeva.

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One of the hardest goodbyes: school friends

One of the hardest goodbyes: school friends

Brendan Wolf , co-a&e editor
June 12, 2020

We all have those friends that we will stay in contact long after high school is over. The few that we spent every weekend with during high school and the ones we will come back from college to see. But...

a&eats | Tropical Smoothie Cafe

a&eats | Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Brendan Wolf, co-a&e editor
November 15, 2019

The seemingly constant appearance of excessively large smoothie cups brought into my classes by fellow students after open lunch begged the question of where they were all getting them from. “Tropical...

Students download Tik Tok for fun; gain fame

Violet Guzman-Robles and Brendan Wolf
October 4, 2019

Take a short stroll down the halls during block three at any given time at South and there are a few things that will always be there: tables fundraising in the middle of the hallway, Frank Stankowitz...

Souths Queeva rises as young country star

South’s Queeva rises as young country star

Brendan Wolf, asst. a&e editor
February 8, 2019

Caoimhe McDonagh, also known by her stage name “Queeva”, stands backstage, completing her usual vocal progressions as she prepares to perform. McDonagh has been asked to be the featured singer on WGN...

Musical Minds:   Strumming her guitar, sophomore Emma Langas rehearses at the Glenview Rock House. Several students at South perform in groups and at venues in the Chicago area.

Students pursue musical interests outside South

Brendan Wolf, asst. a&e editor
December 14, 2018

What to do: the usual weekend activities have grown boring, and although being a part of school activities such as choir and V-show are awesome, sophomore Emma Langas wants to shine on her own. For her,...

Social media influences fashion sense

Social media influences fashion sense

Brendan Wolf, asst. a&e editor
September 28, 2018

Sophomore George Dornan has known Paul Pogba as his favorite world-class soccer player for many years. However, only recently did he also notice Pogba’s influence in the world of fashion through Pogba’s...

Travis Scott brings the heat on Astroworld

Travis Scott brings the heat on Astroworld

Brendan Wolf, asst. a&e editor
September 28, 2018

Travis Scott burst on the rap scene in 2012 after dropping out of school and collaborating with Kanye West’s record label, appearing on their 2012 Summer Mixtape. His fame only grew from then on, as...

MASTERFUL MUSICIANS:   Focusing intently on their music, the GBS Jazz Band plays at the San Diego Zoo. Along with the zoo, the band played at a number of San Diego landmarks including the USS Midway and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, according to co-band Director Aaron Wojcik.

Jazz Band spends spring break in San Diego

Brendan Wolf, staff reporter
April 20, 2018

Senior Erin Kirby, jazz band member, sat watching firework after firework explode in the sky with all her friends at Disneyland. The Jazz Band had finished all of their performances for the week, according...

KRAFTY KAYLA:   Walking across the stage with a smile, senior Kayla Kraft receives the “Best Visual Effects” award for her film, “Self Conscious,” at the All American High School Film Festival in Oct. 2017. Along with this festival, many Advanced TV students submit their work to other film festivals, such as the Midwest Media Educators Association Festival, to gain feedback and recognition.

Film festivals highlight student work, offer recognition

Brendan Wolf, staff reporter
March 16, 2018

Senior Kayla Kraft walks into a packed room. It is Oct. 2017, and she has arrived in New York from Chicago to attend the All American High School Film Festival, according to Kraft. As they announce the...

Glenbrook Evening School’s Madison Christenson given opportunity to perform on Hamilton stage

Brendan Wolf, staff reporter
February 15, 2018

The day is Dec. 13, and a month dedicated to learning all about the Broadway musical, Hamilton, has brought Madison Christenson here: the real Hamilton stage. Backstage, she is handed the mic, her whole...

Film Studies offers new perspectives, unique insight into films

Brendan Wolf, staff reporter
December 22, 2017

As the darkness of the room surrounded her, the film Get Out flashed across the screen, and Senior Riley Alexander found herself watching the movie as if she had never seen it before. In reality, she had...

MODEL MANIA: Painting on canvases, students partake in a real life modeling project last year. Each student is able to depict the model in their own style. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Fuja

Modeling project illuminates personal artistic styles

Brendan Wolf , staff reporter
November 10, 2017

Students circle up and begin painting the model in front of them. Tensions are high, as they only have five minutes to complete their work. However, amidst the chaos, junior Chloe Costigan can hear the...

DAZZLING DESIGNS:  Assisting a student with her work, Michael Macfadden, Web Design teacher, advises his Independent Web Design class. The course teaches students to code in CSS and HTML, the two primary languages for website-building.

Lesser-known electives provide students with unique skills

Brendan Wolf, staff reporter
October 6, 2017

Foods, painting, business: what do these classes have in common? They are the electives GBS students know all about and the ones they are always talking about. What students may sometimes fail to mention,...

TWIZZLER TIME: Using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator,  GBS graduate Justin Bifeld recreated a Twizzlers candy box for one of his projects in Digital Graphic Design. The course aims to give students graphic design skills that they can apply in the future.

Digital Graphic Design course emphasizes artistic and business related skills

Brendan Wolf, staff reporter
May 28, 2017

We see graphic design skills on display all the time, sometimes without even knowing it. All sports, clothing and restaurant logos are made using graphic design skills. Taught by Michael Macfadden, South’s...

Performers in Peoria: Kristin Meyer and Aaron Kaplan, GSO co-conductors, pose for a picture with ILMEA state finalists Ellis Cho, Jack Sundstrom, Jack Kelly (top), Kayleigh Markulis, Andrea Radaios and Emma Brooks (bottom) at the ILMEA state festival. The festival took place from Jan. 26-28 in Peoria.

South musicians perform at ILMEA state festival

Brendan Wolf, staff reporter
February 15, 2017

Hundreds of students stand together and sing in harmony while conductors lead ensembles. Are we at the Chicago Symphony? No, we’re at the ILMEA state festival, where high school students pave the way...

Successful Speaking: Holding her medal, senior Cassidy Jackson poses for a picture at the Schaumburg Speech Tournament that occurred on Nov. 19. Jackson placed second in the Original Oratory category in which she wrote a five paragraph speech on a topic of choice with a goal of persuading her audience.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Schultz

Speech team works to meet goals, prepares for future tournaments

Lauren Bianco and Brendan Wolf
December 12, 2016

A successful speech team works toward their goals not by sheer luck, but with practice, dedication, teamwork and plenty of support, according to Jidapa Thia, Speech Team co-captain. Thia believes that...

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