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The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

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Mia Merchant

Mia Merchant, co-opinions editor

Hello! My name is Mia Merchant. I've been on Oracle since I was a freshman, on Features sophomore and junior year, and now I'm co-opinions editor. Aside from Oracle, I'm a prose editor for Calliope and a TLC tutor. I look forward to a great year for Oracle!

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The importance of embracing not being perfect at everything in school

The importance of embracing not being perfect at everything in school

Mia Merchant, co-opinions editor
June 12, 2020

I’ve never been a math person. I was okay with that fact because I’ve always done decently in math-classes—until I took physics during my junior year. At first, I thought I could do as I had always...

Political involvement proves necessary for current generation

Mia Merchant, co-opinions editor
March 16, 2020

Whenever I read something about my generation online, it’s always one of two things. Either Generation Z is lazy and unmotivated because we’ve grown up with technology so we don’t have to do anything...

Illustration by Patsy Carolan

Gender neutral bathrooms policy reversed

Mia Merchant, co-opinions editor
February 14, 2020

South’s administration decided to revise their policy regarding the gender neutral bathrooms, located by the freshman cafeteria. Previously, they were locked daily after 3:00 p.m. due to safety concerns....

Let us go “Into the Unknown” of Frozen 2

Mia Merchant, co-opinions editor
December 20, 2019

I had low expectations when I first walked into the theater. I’ve always loved Disney, but their sequels? Not the greatest. I thought this would be another classic attempt at milking the success of the...

Junior Dakota Betts stands strong as they hear microaggresions about transgender students that are ignorant of the identity struggles they face on a day-to-day basis.

“You don’t belong here.” Transgender students reveal stigmas pertaining to gender non-conformity, find pride in identity

Mia Merchant and Esther Lim
December 20, 2019

Thirty-two percent of the student body believes transgender students at South face stigmas around their gender identity, whereas 56 percent believe that they do not, according to an unscientific survey...

Illustration by Chaeyeon Park

Stress over applications prompts re-evaluation of college discussions

Mia Merchant, co-opinions editor
November 15, 2019

“How are your college apps coming?” “Make sure you get your transcript requests in!” “What did you write your common app essay on?” “Are you applying Early Decision?” “What’s your top...

Illustration by Margo Kazak

Numbers influence perceptions, should not define people

Mia Merchant, Opinions Editor
October 4, 2019

From ACT scores to salaries, our lives are defined by numbers. We may not realize it, but the way we perceive ourselves and the people around us is often influenced by numbers, such as grades, height,...

Illustration by Erin Zhou

Focus on scores, being ‘the smart kid’ proves unfulfilling

Imra Tajudin and Mia Merchant
April 22, 2019

“Hey, can you help me with my math worksheet?” “You’re smart, did you do the science homework?” “Could you tutor me in geometry?” As two kids often labeled “the smart one”, it’s nice...

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.”...

illustration by Margo Kazak

South celebrates the holidays in different ways

Agnosticism Growing up in a Christian household, Jane Emerson* went to church frequently and celebrated Christian holidays without fault. Now, Emerson does not celebrate these holidays out of faith, but...

Students face challenges of long-distance relationships

Mia Merchant and Annie Rogula
November 12, 2018

Whether they be romantic or platonic, relationships in high school can be challenging to keep up with, especially when people are thousands of miles away from each other. Long-distance relationships pose...

Body alterations influenced by pop culture trends

Body alterations influenced by pop culture trends

Mia Merchant, asst. features editor
September 28, 2018

When looking out at a crowd of students, whether it be during passing period or during lunch, a variety of different styles can be observed. There are several students who have altered their bodies as...

Library accommodates different learning styles, socialization

Tess Ledden and Mia Merchant
April 20, 2018

The school bell blares as the clock strikes 3:15 p.m., signaling the end of another school day. On cue, students cascade through the doors of the library, splitting off into pre-arranged meeting places,...

South reflects on school energy use, sees impact on environment

Mia Merchant and Tess Ledden
April 11, 2018

How many times a day does one leave a light on when leaving a room? And then how many times do they go back to turn it off? Now think about the entire school of Glenbrook South. Imagine how many lights...

Bright Beckwith: Smiling in approval of the work of the GBS Model UN delegates, Nyssa Beckwith, social studies teacher, supervises the meetings activity.  Beckwith is the new adviser to the club after Terrence Jozwik retired last year.

Beckwith begins new legacy with GBS Model UN team

Mia Merchant and Lorelei Streb
October 17, 2017

At 7:30 on a Wednesday morning, the ARC buzzes with excitement. The air is filled with the clicking of Chromebooks and humming of busy conversation as the members of Model UN prepare for their upcoming...

Leaving their mark: South teachers reflect on careers before retirement

Leaving their mark: South teachers reflect on careers before retirement

Table of Contents: Kathy Hargesheimer Paul Zwiercan Chris Valles Carol Buresh Bernice Kirchler Anne White Suzanne Shore Gregory Johnson   Kathy Hargesheimer by...

Its   electric:   Advising his students on how to successfully complete their electrical circuit art projects, Science Teacher Jordan Pasqualin seeks to help students foster creativity using their knowledge of physics. According to Pasqualin, he taught with CPS before coming to GBS, and at both he wanted his students to gain information from his class to take into the real world. Photo by Cassidy Foronda

Teachers describe differences, share memories, between CPS, District 225

With every city, school and environment comes a new culture and experience. Some teachers at South have had the opportunity to teach students at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and experience the differences...

Girl’s Letter Club brings together Varsity women athletes, promotes female leadership

Mia Merchant, staff reporter
April 14, 2017

  It’s 7:40 on a Tuesday in the SAO, and Girl’s Letter Club is busy planning for Turnabout. The air is filled with the scent of donuts and the excited and chaotic buzz that comes with planning...

South students engage in varying cultural holiday traditions

Mia Merchant, staff reporter
January 10, 2017

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, and the streets are empty and the trees are lifeless, GBS students begin thinking about the inner warmth of the holidays. At South, students celebrate...

Singing along to The Spark by Afrojack, senior Saarah Bhaiji shows her Titan spirit in the 2016 GBs lip dub. Bhaiji is an advocate for human rights and social justice for all people. Photo courtesy of GBSTV

South Senior Bhaiji advocates for social justice for all people

Madaket Chiarieri and Mia Merchant
November 28, 2016

Nelson Mandela ended apartheid in South Africa. Martin Luther King, Jr. lead the way to equal rights in America. South senior Saarah Bhaiji isn’t looking to change the world, she just wants to be treated...

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