The Tower Pulse

New legislation will impede success of Grosse Pointe Schools

New legislation will impede success of Grosse Pointe Schools

December 19, 2012
Filed under Editorial, News, Opinion

Recent bills proposed in the state legislature, particularly House Bill (HB) 5923 and the Oxford Foundation Proposal will draw funding away from the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS) and make it difficult for it to operate at its current capacity. In response, the School Board decided to hold...

Choir delivers chilling performance in winter concert

Choir delivers chilling performance in winter concert

December 18, 2012
Filed under Choir, Entertainment, News, Opinion

By Price Zimmer '14 | Art & Entertainment Editor This is the time of year when classic jingles and memorable Christmas songs are played non-stop, and living up to these well-known tunes is quite the challenge. The Grosse Pointe South Choir’s Saturday night show, while not always perfect, was...

New half day schedule increases absences, hassle for teachers

New half day schedule increases absences, hassle for teachers

December 13, 2012
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In past years, South used a half-day schedule that consisted of seven 19-minute periods with seven minutes of passing time in between. Concerns over low student attendance, teachers having limited time with their students and an entire 49 minutes spent in passing time led a board of administrators and...

Pointe Players’ ‘Midsummer’ performance exceeds expectations

Pointe Players’ ‘Midsummer’ performance exceeds expectations

December 10, 2012
Filed under Entertainment, News, Opinion

TA Keating ‘13| Executive Web Editor After months of rehearsals, the Pointe Players production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” finally hit the stage last weekend. The cast and crew did justice to the famous Shakespearean comedy, delivering a performance full of drama, humor and heart. For...

Dual enrollment: Plan can provide benefits

Dual enrollment: Plan can provide benefits

December 6, 2012
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

South offers a fairly large variety of courses, but there is no way that the interests of every student could be met. Dual enrollment at a local college or university may be part of the answer to this problem. Currently, only around five students are taking advantage of dual enrollment. This is far...

Junior explains the fun behind Neighborhood Club Basketball

Junior explains the fun behind Neighborhood Club Basketball

November 30, 2012
Filed under News, Opinion, Sports

Jimmy Menchl ‘14 | Staff Writer We all just have a good time. Last year was my first year being involved in Neighborhood Club basketball, and it was unbelievable.  Two months before the official start of the season, friends of mine had recruited me to be on their team, which then made way for the n...

‘Lincoln’ stays honest

‘Lincoln’ stays honest

November 22, 2012
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Opinion

By Price Zimmer '14 | Staff Writer Despite the all-star cast and crew, the big budget and the two-and-a-half hour runtime might suggest, “Lincoln” is not an epic in the traditional sense – rather it is a character study of America’s sixteenth president, and also of our nation. Based upon...

During Black Friday shopping student ‘goes hard’

During Black Friday shopping student ‘goes hard’

November 21, 2012
Filed under News, Opinion

Andrew Keating '13 | Executive Web Editor Andrew Keating '13 is planning on "going hard" on Black Friday. Instead of spending Friday with his family, he will be hitting up Ace hardware, Sears, and Wal-Mart. I begin my rampage at the Dollar General at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving night. While some people m...

Editorial: Six period days would hinder choices, damage future

Editorial: Six period days would hinder choices, damage future

November 21, 2012
Filed under Editorial, Features, News, Opinion

It’s nice that the Grosse Pointe Public School System is looking at changing the current high school schedule to make life better for students, but what the 21st Century High School Review team is exploring with the move to a six period day would push this district back to early in the 20th Centur...

Fifth and final ‘Twilight’ movie exceeds expectations

Fifth and final ‘Twilight’ movie exceeds expectations

November 20, 2012
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Opinion

By Carly Walkowiak '14 | Staff Writer After four years of midnight premiers, “twihards” and teenage heartthrobs have seen the “Twilight” series go out with a bang. The final movie of the series, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two,” was by far the best film adaptation of all four...

National Adoption Day gives junior a chance to celebrate her differences

National Adoption Day gives junior a chance to celebrate her differences

November 16, 2012
Filed under News, Opinion

Marissa Day '14 | Copy Editor “I don’t mean to be rude, but are you Filipino?” That is probably the most common question I’ll ever get asked in my life. Living in a community like Grosse Pointe, people are curious, but courteous, when they ask me questions about my ethnicity, even though...

New 007 movie ‘Skyfall’ continues great legacy

New 007 movie ‘Skyfall’ continues great legacy

November 15, 2012
Filed under Entertainment, Movies, News, Opinion

By Matt Riashi '13 | Sports Editor He's old, injured and washed up, but James Bond does not disappoint in the newest installment of the series, "Skyfall". The movie opens with Bond, played by Daniel Craig, chasing down a list that was stolen, by an unknown character. The chase later escalates...

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