The Tower Pulse

Coping as a community

ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: The Campus Shop in The Village has collected food items for those in need. Grosse Pointers are
welcomed to leave their excess food or pick up anything they've been looking for.

Asher Heimbuch '22, Web editor

April 21, 2020

In the face of difficult times living with the coronavirus pandemic, local Grosse Pointers are stepping up in unison to battle the virus and assist those in need.   South parent and Grosse Pointe resident Monica Mourad started a fundraiser in the community to benefit the health care w...

Relationships: Looking at benefits, downsides of high school dating

Graphic by Olivia Buda '22.

Olivia Buda '22 and Malena Lilly '22

April 20, 2020

Talking to someone about your excitements and worries, knowing you have that one person who will support you and hold you up through bad and good experiences alike. Having support throughout a detrimental point in your life from somebody going through similar experiences. Being in a relationship is a...

Coronavirus lockdown leads to spike in screen time

Without being able to go outside much, students find themselves on their phones even more than usual.

Mary Fannon and Alice Scott both '21, Copy Editor and Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the Grosse Pointe Public School System to close, many students are asking, “What do we do now?” Due to the immense amount of free time as a result of the statewide shutdown, teenagers have been using their mobile devices more than ever. Besides working on school...

Stay at home order leaving small businesses struggling

Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe order is slated to go through April 30. Small businesses deemed nonessential have been struggling especially. Photo from Wikipedia public domain.

Erin Astfalk '21, Staff Writer

April 12, 2020

The fast spread of COVID-19 has left many unanticipated effects on our community. That may be closing our schools indefinitely, closing of restaurants or the need to social distance. However, there is one effect that was unexpected and very detrimental: the suffering of our local businesses. Nail salon...

Coronavirus and the effects on standardized testing

The ACT has rescheduled its April 4 test date to June 13 due to coronavirus.

Tara Cole '21, Social Media Manager

April 10, 2020

Along with many other cancellations for high school students, the ACT test offered on April 4 has been canceled due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. According to algebra and precalculus teacher, Elizabeth Bornoty, the cancellation of such tests has created higher stress levels in many students. “For...

Teen tattoo taboos: Reasoning, perception of body art on students

Graphic by Eva McCord '21.

Nina Simon '21, Page Editor

April 6, 2020

“Did you draw that?” “That’s not permanent, right?” “That can’t be real.” At first glance, they appear as sharpie doodles on arms or legs. Madi Hood ’20 said her tattoos are commonly mistaken for temporary, insignificant drawings done out of boredom during sixth hour math or science...

At peace with piercing at home: Semi-professional ear piercings

Graphic by Abi Wilson '20.

Jackson Marchal '21, Assistant Business Manager

April 6, 2020

It is more traditional to go to a licensed shop to get ears pierced, but Emma Jacobs ’21 chose a different route when she decided to get a double-piercing. With no experience besides watching a YouTube video, she made the move to pierce her own ears. Now, she’s doing the service for her friends. According...

Stocks app gives look into real world

Stock tracker as shown April 6. Students have been using MarketSim to practice trading stocks without using real money.

Keegan Spitz '20, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

Many apps today simulate real world problems or scenarios, with people using them for many reasons, from entertainment to gaining knowledge. Simulation stock market apps have taken South’s student body by storm, allowing students to make virtual money with real stocks in real time. Students are using...

Light It Up Blue: Raising awareness and recognition for students on the autism spectrum

Graphic by Abi Wilson '20.

Charlotte Parent '21, Supervising Editor

April 6, 2020

With April being Autism Awareness month, the Light It Up Blue event, created by Jack Potter ’21, aims to bring more awareness about autism to the Grosse Pointe community. With the event’s postponement, though, comes the question of how we can address the stigmas surrounding autism on the differen...

Flattening the curve: What it means to socially distance

Flattening the curve: What it means to socially distance

Libby Flower '20, Supervising Editor at Large

April 5, 2020

Regan Sherry ’21 hasn’t left her house in over ten days. She and her family, like many other Grosse Pointe residents, have been socially distancing themselves due to increasing concerns around the coronavirus. According to Site Director of St. Joe’s Medical Group in Livonia and Doctor Erin Walton-Doyle,...

Teachers learn to juggle classes, family

English teacher Erika Henk has worked hard to provide engaging lessons for her students while also being a mother to her two children. Photo courtesy of Erika Henk.

Olivia Buda '22, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

The coronavirus has everyone facing new challenges, especially teachers. Figuring out online classes and how to productively teach them, as well as taking care of their families, has not been easy. “The hardest part about not being in school is the (lack of ) social interaction and face-to-face teaching...

Voluntary childlessness: Women reflect on plans for the future

Graphic by Anna Ludvigsen '20.

Anna Ludvigsen '20, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

A learning environment offers teenagers a lot of time to plan their academic path and develop an idea of what they want to do with their lives. It also gives students time to decide whether or not they see a family in their future based on their own preferences. It’s very common for young women to ...