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Updated bathrooms provides start for needed improvements

Updated bathrooms provides start for needed improvements

February 9, 2011

Despite all the construction projects of late, one thing has been a mainstay: dysfunctional bathrooms. This summer, South will finally begin a bathroom renovation project in the Main Building, a much needed and long overdue face-lift. Bathrooms have been a concern for years, and their smell, efficiency and cleanliness can sometimes be a serious issue. With the ...

Recent Student Council and S.A. Homecoming revisions maintain tradition and simplify process

January 21, 2011

Prioritizing longer display time of the hard work put into homecoming, as well as cutting costs, members of both the Student Association and class councils met as a committee to revise the current homecoming procedures. Although much of South is resistant to change, the revisions made by the commit...

New driving laws give teens time to develop safer skills

January 12, 2011

In March, teenagers receiving their licenses will be subject to much stricter driving regulations than ever before. A new state law tightens the restrictions on phones, hours and passengers for drivers under the age of 18. This should not be seen as punishment, but as a positive step in creating be...

SERVE one-of-a-kind resource to help those who volunteer

December 15, 2010

Taking time to volunteer for those less fortunate has always been recommended at South, but now doing acts of kindness is more convenient and appealing than ever for students. With the help of the newly introduced Students Electing to Respond to Volunteerism through Education (SERVE), students are offered an easier way to find volunteer opportunities. But whil...

Junior Prom removal takes decision out of students’ hands

Junior Prom removal takes decision out of students’ hands

December 8, 2010

Sorry Junior guys. Unless you’re lucky enough to already have a Senior girlfriend, you will have to wait a year to ask a girl to Prom. Amid concerns of dropping attendance and asso­ciated costs, the administration overreacted and has cancelled Prom for the Class of 2012. Although low attendance gave reason to be con­cerned, outright canc...

Low turnout at pep assembly reflects poorly on spirit

Low turnout at pep assembly reflects poorly on spirit

November 24, 2010

South’s underdog victories on the way to the state semi-finals were bound to raise support from the school com­munity. Students proved this by attending the games in huge numbers, ready to cheer the Blue Devils on to victory. With this show of support, it’s puzzling that when South’s admin­istration and Student Association proposed a pep assembly to be held the day b...

Recession painful, but teaches valuable lessons

Recession painful, but teaches valuable lessons

November 17, 2010

No doubt the effects of the recession have poured over into the lives of teenagers. From worrying about day-to-day expenses to troubling over high unemployment and stressing about affording college, there are countless teen angles to the economic downturn’s wrath. As hard as the times have been, they also offer an opportunity for those in their teen years to learn and ...

High school field trips increase motivation, provide fun experiences

High school field trips increase motivation, provide fun experiences

November 10, 2010

As students walk into Physics teacher Matt McGuire’s room, everyone grows frightened as he silently types his message to them on his twitter account, which is visible on the projector; they are aware that this is bad news.  Sure enough, he delivers the worst news possible; the Cedar Point trip for the Physics classes has been cancelled.  Field trips ...

Artwork brings color to community

Artwork brings color to community

November 3, 2010

Two world-class painting replicas hang on Kercheval storefronts, 20 minutes away are the real pieces. People from all around the world travel to Detroit to see famous artwork. Grosse Pointers should seize the opportunity of the recent Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)anniversary, accompanied by...

Docufide problems should have been anticipated

Docufide problems should have been anticipated

October 27, 2010

College-bound Seniors have faced many frustrating problems throughout the college application process, but this year it is largely stemming from Docufide, the new online transcript service. Although the idea of such a service is to facilitate a speedy transfer of information to colleges and universities, the opposite seems to be true. ...

State superintendant visit confirms progress

October 20, 2010

Superintendant Mike Flanagan’s visit to Grosse Pointe on Wednesday, Oct. 13 gave the district an excellent opportunity to showcase its best attributes to the man holding the purse strings. However, the visit also raised some sobering questions regarding the future of the state’s educational system along with Grosse Pointe. Like most districts, in the past few years, Gr...

District juggles schedules with cross-town classes

October 13, 2010

Even through tough budgets times, the Grosse Pointe Schools community has found a way to offer greater options for students through both high- and low-tech means. This refers to the school system’s policy allowing students to attend select core and elective classes at both South and Grosse Pointe Nort...

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