The Tower Pulse

Lines drawn: Redlining, racism and point system riddle Pointes’ pasts

Graphic in the public domain from Mapping Inequality.

Imran Siddiqui '20 and Katie Cherven '20

December 13, 2019

During former Tower adviser Bob Button’s tenure at South, the newspaper staff participated in a school exchange with Denby High School, a predominantly black school in Detroit for one day in 1994. Instead of interacting while sitting in the library, the Grosse Pointe kids sat to one side and the Detroit...

Tutorial debate: extra study time or obstacle to credits?

Students use their tutorials as a study hall

Ally Strehlke '22, Staff writer

December 13, 2019

Seven hours, seven classes. School is a full day of work, with little to no breaks. But taking a tutorial can offer at least 50 minutes of no stress from classes. South counselor Aja Perales said she estimates 80 to 90 percent of students take a tutorial. “I think tutorials are nice to have, because...

Trading convenience for safety: New secure vestibule opens

The vestibule entrance is off of Fisher. It is the only entrance for visitors during the school day.

Ella Houting '22, Mia Craparotta '22

December 2, 2019

After several months of construction throughout the summer, the new vestibule next to the Fisher door at South is completed in hopes to ensure safety for South students and staff. “We did a security review a couple years ago and we came to the realization that we did not have one pathway into our...

Taking it one concert at a time

Shawn Mendes and Audrey Smihal '22 take a photo at a meet and greet in Grand Rapids, Micnigan.

Paige Evers '22, Web Editor

November 21, 2019

  Music is a big part of many students lives, and going to concerts is a special opportunity to step away from everyday life and enjoy an unforgettable experience. Audrey Smihal ’22 has been going to concerts since 2013, her first concert being the Taylor Swift Red Tour. A few years later ...

South Girl’s Hockey team starts the season with a new coach

South Girl's Hockey team starts the season with a new coach

Becca Koch '22, Staff writer

November 20, 2019

  A new coach and several new players are setting up the South girls Hockey team for a successful season. Longtime hockey player Haliee Craig was hired to replace the head coach of last year's team. Craig, a recent college graduate, has been around the ice her entire life. “I played...

Senior stress soars

Senior stress soars

Sophia Stann '20, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

A million questions rush through a seniors’ mind when they hit that submit button for their Common App. Do I have all my essays done? Did I fill out everything correctly? Is my application perfect? A lot of students want their Common Application to be perfect for their ideal college, this fee...

Senioritis sets in for South seniors

Senioritis sets in for South seniors

Gia Agosta '21, Page Editor

November 18, 2019

As fall transitions into winter, the stress of applying to college reaches its peak as deadlines creep in. For Tommy Daudlin ’20, finishing the process does not relieve him of the pressure of school work. While his ‘senioritis’ may begin to kick in, Daudlin knows that his work ethic must continue...

Students vs stimulants

Graphic by Anna Ludvigson '20.

Anna Ludvigsen, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

From caffeine to cocaine, most americans don't realize they are consuming stimulants every day. According to anesthesiologist Jesse Noboa, there are many different kinds of stimulants for a variety of specific uses. “Ones like adderall are mainly for people with ADHD,” Dr. Noboa said. “Some t...

South student’s vegan family prepares for Thanksgiving

The Lynch sisters' Instagram account serves as a platform to post their recipes for vegan meals, @sixvegansisters.

Tara Cole '21, Social Media Manager

November 11, 2019

With the holiday season approaching, many families are preparing to cook large Thanksgiving meals. As if cooking Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t challenging enough, some families, such as the Lynch family, go about the task of cooking an entirely vegan meal. According to Shannon Lynch ’21, she and al...

Applying early: the differences between early action and decision, how students can decide if it’s right for them

Applying early: the differences between early action and decision, how students can decide if it's right for them

Maria Maraldo '21, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

For most students, senior year is the time to start applying to college. Students put together a list of schools they wish to apply to, with some standing out more than others. They then have to make a decision: do they apply early to the school of their dreams or not?  Many colleges allow stu...

The toll of commuting

The toll of commuting

Malena Lilly '22, Staff Writer

November 9, 2019

Many students commute on a daily basis for sports. For many people, sports are an escape from the stress of high school life. Commuting for sports isn't an issue for many students such as those in cross country, basketball, or football due to their practicing proximity. However, other sports tend to be less...

Searching for the solution: Improving communication, tackling issues at South

Photo by Jackson Marchal '21.

Elizabeth Flower, Supervising Editor at Large

November 9, 2019

At the beginning of the school year, administration meets with each grade for a class period to not only inform students of policies but also address important issues affecting South. Mental health and cyberbullying, along with vaping and drug use, were among the topics discussed in this year’s meet...