The Tower Pulse

Late release date for seniors creates obstacles with summer jobs, prevents other opportunities

Statistics courtesy of Lindsay Stanek '16

May 18, 2016

This year, senior exams will not end until Wednesday, June 8, though historically seniors would be released a week earlier. This scheduling snafu can be easily blamed on the late labor day that delayed a start to the school year, however, many other factors account for it, and could be used to find ...

Students should take time to volunteer for Relay for Life, Out of the Darkness this weekend

Cartoon by Jen Toenjes '16

May 11, 2016

Even with spring schedules packed with testing, sports and extracurriculars, students should consider finding time to support the charitable events other students at South have planned for this weekend. Both Relay for Life on Saturday, and the Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, have student executive...

Closed campus lunch proposal is flawed

Cartoon by Riley Lynch '18

May 6, 2016

Every student enrolled at South has enjoyed the privilege of knowing they have the ability to step off campus for lunch.This freedom has recently been taken under question by the Grosse Pointe Public School System, with concerns about the safety issues the open-campus lunch policy poses. If this policy w...

GPPSS takes proper measures to test water for lead and copper levels, makes steps towards ensuring safety

Cartoon by Jen Toenjes '16

April 27, 2016

This past spring break, Grosse Pointe Public School System conducted tests for lead and copper in all of its 15 schools around our community. GPPSS is one of the first districts in the state to voluntarily test the water for lead and copper in light of the Flint water crisis. We see this as a good move fro...

Student press freedom bill deserves widespread support

Cartoon courtesy of Jen Toenjes '16

April 20, 2016

"The Tower" is not subject to prior review from administration, but that doesn’t mean other student papers in Michigan have this same First Amendment protection. And while “The Tower” has run controversial pieces including those on athletes using drugs and students using LSD, in some distri...

Annual canned food drive makes beneficial changes to localize donations

Cartoon by Jen Toenjes '16

April 13, 2016

To localize the annual canned food drive this year, Student Association has renamed the event “Food for Friends”, with donations going to Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit, as opposed to the Salvation Army. Marcus Garvey Academy strives to provide aid for their students. The pre-K to 8th grade sc...

Recent events illuminate need to foster conversation, bridge gap in racial education

Cartoon by Jen Toenjes '16

March 23, 2016

Last week, an Instagram picture of three South students posing with the N-word written on their stomachs became national, and international, news which emphasized that the fight for racial equality and understanding is far from finished. While race is a contentious topic to discuss, it is clearly an ...

Starting conversation essential to understand effects of substance abuse

Cartoon by Jen Toenjes '16

March 16, 2016

In the past few years, innumerable instances of substance abuse have come to light in the Grosse Pointe community. Because of this, it is imperative we start conversation about both the conscious decision to abuse substances and the mental health issues that often lead to it in order to spread aware...

Bernie Sanders college plan ideal, but not realistic

Photo courtesy of the official Bernie Sanders Facebook page

March 8, 2016

By Charles Denison '17 | Staff Writer Perhaps the most important financial issue to young people in the upcoming presidential election is the rising costs of higher education. With the dramatic shift in the U.S. economy from low-skill manufacturing jobs to higher skill positions, some form of colleg...

Flint water crisis requires long-term action

Cartoon by Jen Toenjes '16

March 2, 2016

Increased awareness of the 6,000-12,000 children affected by Flint’s water crisis began in April 2014, when media reports of high levels of lead in the water surfaced.  Flint was in the process of switching over to its own water treatment plant and, in the interim, disconnected from Detroit’s wat...

Recent choir transgressions indicative of a community-wide drug problem that needs to be addressed, changed

Cartoon by Jennifer Toenjes '16

February 10, 2016

Though the spotlight is currently on choir for recent disciplinary consequences following the use of marijuana on a school trip, the larger issue of drug culture in Grosse Pointe  needs to be addressed. Many sources, including Principal Moussa Hamka, told us that the use of marijuana edibles at the choir...

Change in tardy, electronic devices policies likely won’t work

Cartoon by Jen Toenjes '16

January 21, 2016

While Saturday school used to be a looming threat solely used during middle school, it will soon arrive at South for students with tardy issues in the coming weeks. During the second semester, new policies regarding tardies and electronic device usage will be implemented by the administration and depending...