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The Oracle

The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

Riley Shankman

Riley Shankman, Managing Editor

Hey! I'm Riley this year I am so excited to be the Managing Editor for the Oracle! This is my fourth year with Oracle and my second year on Edboard. Besides Oracle, I am involved in MUN, Stitched, and as a tutor in the TLC.

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From Beginnings to Endings

From Beginnings to Endings

Riley Shankman, Managing Editor
May 23, 2024

    Dear Braedy,  Next year, you will join the fresh faces of the South class ‘28. You will understand what being a Titan means: to be curious, kind, respectful, and proud. And let me be the...


[Photo] “Don’t worry I’m Fine”

Gaby Yap, Co-Editor- In-Chief
May 23, 2024

Illustrations by Erika Li

No good choices for new voters

Riley Shankman, managing editor
April 25, 2024

For my entire life, I have looked forward to my 18th birthday. At 18, I will finally be an adult, go to college, and be able to vote. But as my 18th birthday nears, I am faced with a great irony: I...

In Other News: Migrant healthcare limited

Riley Shankman, managing editor
March 22, 2024

Illinois programs that provide healthcare to undocumented and some documented immigrant residents will be affected by changes that could result in many thousands of individuals losing their health insurance...

In Other News: Hospital Cyber Crisis

Riley Shankman, managing editor
February 16, 2024

The FBI formally announced an investigation on Feb. 7 into the “cybersecurity incident” at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Kathleen Foody reported to CBS News and The Daily Herald. The hospital has...

In other news: CosMc’s Launches

Riley Shankman, managing editor
December 22, 2023

McDonald’s new alien-themed take-out chain, CosMc’s, began its testing phase in Bolingbrook, IL, earlier this month. CosMc’s is a beverage-focused, take-out-only restaurant inspired by the nostalgia...

Crummy Crowds: Fans hold raise their phones raised to record Renee Rapp at her The Snow Hard Feelings Tour. This year, countless concerts have been crushed due to poor fan behavior.

The End of Concert Etiquette

Riley Shankman, Managing Editor
December 11, 2023

  The crowded stadium goes silent. Everyone watches in horror as Harry Styles doubles over in pain after a fan throws a water bottle, hitting him during his performance at his Love on Tour concert...

Model U.N. at Stanford: Souths Model U.N. team poses in front of Stanford Universitys Auditorium after the awards ceremony. Although they did not win Best Large Delegation, they enjoyed a weekend full of team bonding, great food, debating, and learning in the bright California sun.

Model U.N. attends Stanford conference

Sarah Park and Riley Shankman
November 17, 2023

Model United Nations (Model U.N.) placed second at the Stanford Model United Nations Conference (SMUNC) in California on Nov. 10-12, junior Iris Do, Model U.N. publicity chair, said. South students also...


[Photo] Lets talk about personal hygiene

Yoon Oh, Guest Columnist
November 8, 2023


[Photo] SAT Goes Digital

Mary Cunningham, Staff Writer
September 26, 2023

Summer birthdays are worth the wait

Summer birthdays are worth the wait

Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor
May 19, 2023

For a lot of my life, pool parties and some form of ice cream cake have surrounded my birthday. Being outside was a must, and even if I ended up lobster red, I knew it was worth it to have the best birthday...

Back to the 70s: Daisy Jones proves riveting

Back to the ’70s: Daisy Jones proves riveting

Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor
April 21, 2023

In a story of rock & roll, heartbreak, and the highs and lows of the 1970s music scene, the Amazon Prime Video mini-series, Daisy Jones & The Six, depicts the rise and fall of the fictional band,...

Now is not the time to rest.

“Now is not the time to rest.”

Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor
April 21, 2023

It has been 421 days since Russian troops have invaded Ukraine, with over 42,295 people losing their lives in the war effort, reporter name reported for Reuters.  After the initial invasion of Ukraine,...

The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor
March 17, 2023

The old nursery rhythm says “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me”, but that is not always true. Words can hurt.  Words matter, they relay our feelings and thoughts and...

Stop and take a break

Stop and take a break

Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor
February 17, 2023

Staring at my blinking cursor at one in the morning, my eyes fog over and my head falls closer to the desk as exhaustion sweeps over me. I know that I can’t go to sleep until I finish all my homework.  I...

Lets talk about holiday eating habits

Let’s talk about holiday eating habits

Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor
December 16, 2022

  The holidays are here, bringing along cluttered kitchen counters covered in spilled ingredients, cookie-filled trays, and the smell of turkey wafting through the air.  When I was little,...

Connectivity In Music

Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor
November 11, 2022

As I wake up for school on a cloudy day, the world around me feels gray. I reach towards my nightstand to grab my AirPods and open Spotify to find my favorite playlist. When I hit play the world begins...

Prequels, sequels, adaptations, oh my!

Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor
September 30, 2022

I’ve always loved watching movie trailers that played before a movie began. I never cared how long they lasted or how they confused my young brain; the trailers astonished me, blowing me away with the...

Spring Sports Overview

Aria Jain, Emily Pavlik, and Riley Shankman
March 18, 2022

Boys' Volleyball Annie Kotsadam, Varsity Boys’ Volleyball Coach, values commitment as the most important aspect of the game. After their preseason clinics, Kotsadam has hopes for the team to win their...

True crime podcasts can be beneficial for teens to learn about the monsters in the world

“True crime podcasts can be beneficial for teens to learn about the monsters in the world”

Riley Shankman, Staff Writer
February 24, 2022

As kids, you sit around the campfire taking turns exchanging ghost stories. These stories were overdone with monsters at every corner. Now, as we’ve grown older we trade those fictional stories for real...

Girls’ b-ball climbs their rankings

Charlie Bickel and Riley Shankman
February 11, 2022

The buzzer sounded in the Dome as the girl’s basketball team beat New Trier on Dec. 10, marking the starting point of a successful season.   The team has had a promising season, featuring victories...

Technology Trumps Paper: A laptop lies next to an open book.                    Photo Credit: Pixabay

“This sudden shift back to paper assignments is inconvenient for students”

Riley Shankman, Columnist
December 2, 2021

During the months spent in hybrid learning, everyone relied on their Chromebooks and resources like Zoom, Edpuzzles, Flipgrids, or Google Classroom as new ways to learn from home. As we have shifted back...

Trouble on the Track: Freshman, Sophia Abraham runs along the track during gym class.

Girls feel uncomfortable in PE uniforms – here’s why

Riley Shankman, Columnist
September 23, 2021

Gym uniforms can be described as baggy, unflattering, and if we are being honest, ugly. This is especially true for the girls at South who have to wear uniforms more tailored towards boy's body types.  Historically...

Charitable concert: Seniors, Jeremy Bernstein, Sam Collett, Danny McNeela and Lev Sheinfeld perform at Jamnesty.

Charitable concert: Jamnesty combines activism and music

Music has the ability to unify people across different cultures, ethnic groups and regions. This globally-shared experience is what makes it so powerful, said senior Lev Sheinfeld, a member of the band...

Illustration by Mia Carr

Summer internships survive the pandemic

Jame Sewell and Riley Shankman
May 25, 2021

New skills, job offers, and work experience are just some of the opportunities that internships provide. However, Covid-19 has affected internships in all fields of study, changing the traditional internship...

Illustration by Sneha Augustine

English Language Learners Program lifts international students to academic success

Maya Scahill and Riley Shankman
April 23, 2021

Communication is vital in the high school environment, whether you need to communicate with teachers, administrators or students. Many students, such as senior Olexandra German, must learn to communicate...

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