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The Oracle’s 2018-2019 Editors-In-Chief advise the Class of 2020

Imra Tajuddin, former co-editor-in-chief
June 12, 2020

Hello Titans! It’s been a while. My name is Imra, and I was once an Editor-in-Chief for The Oracle a whole year ago. All of your successes this past year are starting to make me feel old. As a South...

South students choose gap year as alternative post-grad plan

South students choose gap year as alternative post-grad plan

Imra Tajuddin, co-editor-in-chief
May 24, 2019

While most seniors from South are heading straight to one of thousands of universities across the U.S.A. and beyond, senior Yvonne Fondrevay is taking a slightly different path. Beginning this summer,...

Microaggressions demonstrate lasting power of words

Microaggressions demonstrate lasting power of words

Imra Tajuddin and Mia Merchant
March 15, 2019

“Where are you really from?” “Wow, you speak good English.” “You’re stealing our jobs!” “You’re not really Asian.” “Go back to your country.” All of these statements are examples...

Illustration by Margo Kazak

Children of immigrants move in cultural limbo

Imra Tajuddin and Mia Merchant
February 8, 2019

“You’re such a coconut: brown on the outside, white on the inside.” “Next time I go to your house, can I try some curry?” “You’re so white-washed.” “You’re not Asian, you’re Indian.”...

LGBTQ+ students face obstacles, fight for acceptance

LGBTQ+ students face obstacles, fight for acceptance

Imra Tajuddin, co-editor in chief
December 14, 2018

Sunday June 28, 2015: hoards of people across the U.S flooded the streets adorned in rainbows in celebration of a monumental step in the fight for gay rights—the legalization of same-sex marriage in...

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...

DISTINCT DELEGATES:  The GBS Model United Nations Team poses at the National High School Model United Nations Conference (NHSMUN) in New York City (left). After the team was honored with an Award of Distinction, Katie Roberts, co-president of Model UN, and senior Tricia Katsamakis smile at the camera (right). The Award of Distinction is the highest honor a team can earn at NHSMUN and was only awarded to three schools across the country. Photos courtesy of Leah Dunne

Model United Nations season cancelled, reinstated 3 days later

Imra Tajuddin and Jack C. Davis
March 16, 2018

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the GBS Model UN team’s season was cancelled by an administrative council, according to Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel. Following three days of deliberation, however, the same council...

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

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...

Recent events prove importance of public discourse

Imra Tajuddin, news editor
February 9, 2018

When I first heard of “net neutrality” in November, I didn’t think much of it. But as the days flew into December, it became a more popular issue, and “net neutrality” started to come up more...

Administration jump-starts identity initiative

Administration jump-starts identity initiative

Imra Tajuddin, co-news editor
December 22, 2017

Starting this school year, identity will be the organizational focus for the faculty and staff, according to Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel. The initiative is designed to help students feel secure in their...

PASSIONATE PROFESSOR: Reading a textbook, Pa’al Joshi, special education teacher, helps one of his students with math. Joshi receives Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award for his contributions to South’s special education program.

Joshi receives Symetra Heroes Award for educational achievements

Imra Tajuddin, co-news editor
November 10, 2017

Pa’al Joshi, special education teacher at Glenbrook Off-Campus, head coach of Glenbrook United, the Special Olympics team, a Glenbrook Evening School teacher, and assistant sophomore football coach,...

Independent studies grant academic flexibility, explore possibilities outside classroom

Imra Tajuddin, asst. features editor
March 21, 2017

Have you ever felt like exploring an interest or learning more about a certain subject? Have you found that your classes don’t cover what you want to know? At South, a student or a group of students...

Sedentary classes neglect to offer greatest learning experience

Gigi Cepeda and Imra Tajuddin
September 30, 2016

We’ve all been there: 45 minutes into class and your eyelids are already heavy, your head falling toward the desk, maybe you even let out a snore. You probably didn’t get much sleep last night- homework,...

Annual Art Show highlights passions, variety of classes

Emma Morris and Imra Tajuddin
March 17, 2016

Each year, students are recognized and appreciated for their hard work and skill in various different areas of study. The Annual Art Show opens the door for fine art students to showcase their creativity...

CHUCKLING CHUCK: Writing and performing his comedy skits in Original Comedy, a speech event, Quinn takes on the roles of Sex Drive from “Lipstick Stains on My Left Side Brain. Quinn has participated in various performances at South.

Quinn expresses passion for acting, explores professional opportunities

Imra Tajuddin, staff reporter
February 5, 2016

For many South students, theatre is their passion, and some venture into opportunities beyond school activities. Senior Chuck Quinn IV acts professionally outside of school and has been doing so since...

Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra performs water-themed concert, supports charity

Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra performs water-themed concert, supports charity

Imra Tajuddin, staff reporter
December 20, 2015

Co-concertmaster Ellie Kim, a student at GBN, rises and directs the orchestra to render out three tuning notes. She returns to her chair in the front row, and all the musicians stomp their feet to welcome...

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