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View from the Top: Max Clary

By Max Clary | Published: December 2010
Wow, my very own View From The Top article. Did I ever think this day would come? Absolutely. As Christmas approaches and the paint from Halloween is finally starting to come off my shoes, there are a few important issues I'd like to discuss. First off, freshmen: learn to walk faster. I understand, you're freshmen with small legs and short strides, but you're going to have to pick up the pace. ...

Powderpuff pranks turn pungent

By Jessie Feldstein | Published: December 2010
Although practical jokes are frowned upon at South, there is one day where these rules seem to not apply: Powderpuff. The annual Thanksgiving event pitting the junior girls versus the senior girls in a touch-football game always involves early morning antics to some degree. This year, however, the antics and resulting competition between the two grades reached an all time high. “Powderpuff is one of the best school events ...

Too loco Four Loko: ban sparks controversy

By Sammie Levin | Published: December 2010
The infamous drink Four Loko, a hybrid of alcohol and caffeine dubbed “blackout in a can, met its demise nationwide after repeated FDA warnings provoked many states, including Massachusetts, to ban the beverage. College students everywhere are mourning. But worse, many have resorted to buying the product in bulk before it disappears from shelves forever. The website Texts From Last Night, a daily showcase of anonymous texts sent from around the country, ...

Extracurriculars shape student lifestyles

By Ariel Rivkin | Published: December 2010
South students are always busy, whether participating in sports teams, becoming members of one of the numerous clubs, or hacking away at their constant load of homework. But for some students, the majority of their time outside of school is spent in a completely separate environment with different people, attitudes, and activities. The time spent outside of the South community can be beneficial in many ways, but it also has ...

Whatever he writes turns into poetry

By Brittany Bishop | Published: December 2010
Senior Alex Frail crouches down and folds up the comforter skirting along his floor. Pulling out the old shoebox, he takes it in hand and sits down in his leather chair; slowly opening the top with his left hand, he examines the dusty contents: tattered pages and old notebooks. In his other hand, he holds a pen, tapping it along the spine of a leather journal. He takes his fingertip and swipes it under the edge of paper, pulling it back onto a new page. He takes the pen and begins to scratch against the pages; the black ink seeps into words'€a poem. Ever since the 5th grade, Frail has been writing for fun. Frail initially became interested in writing as a creative outlet, quickly finding his passion through the short stories he would write and the electronic pages of Word that he would fill. At the beginning of high school though, Frail began writing poetry on a regular basis. Coincidently, his love of poetry happened by chance. He simply digressed from his typical stories and wrote a poem one day. He instantly enjoyed the ability to prove a point or feeling within a few lines, compared to novels, which take hundreds of pages to establish. Despite schoolwork currently getting in the way and his minimizing his free time, Frail tries to write whenever he can. In class, Frail writes along the margins of his pages, or if he doesn't have paper on his hands. “That's how I remember most of my stuff. I won't be planning or thinking of anything, and then ¦ something clicks, Frail said. “I'll have an idea, and I'll go scribble it down and then tinker with it. Frail writes about whatever he's thinking about at the time, or if he has a cool rhyme, he'll jot it down to remember for later. “I don't have a general theme. I don't write love, he said. “It's kinda whatever I'm thinking about. Sometimes, Frail tries to fashion some pieces of poetry after other poets. For instance, he has paralleled rhyme scheme techniques after his favorite poet, Seamus Heaney. Frail keeps all of these works in a shoebox under his bed. “I gathered all of my accumulated works from 5th grade and all the years, Frail said. “It's really not organized; it's just where everything goes. It has a ton of poems and little scribbles of nonsense. Frail continues to write short stories and has even completed two novels of 100 and 250 pages, respectively. Even his submission to the Heintzelman, a writing competition that many in our school participate in, came out to be 40 pages long. As for the future, Frail hopes to pursue writing as some form of work. “It's certainly the thing I love doing the most, Frail said. “The problem with that is there are very few professions that have a promising salary. But, then again, I'm not that obsessed with money, so I can get by. Hopefully in the future, when Frail releases his compilations of poetry or finally publishes that 250-page novel, he will be able to pull out his old shoebox and remember exactly where he started: from an old notebook and a pen.

New Lindy Hop club revives a retro form of street dancing

By Jessie Feldstein | Published: December 2010
In a school where risk takers are few and far between, a group of dancers congregate in room 1101 every Thursday J-Block to dance in a form called Lindy Hop. Lindy Hop is a fast paced, yet relaxed street dance, which originated in the 1920's when jazz musicians such as Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington performed. English teacher Jodi Daynard, one of two supervisors, believes that “the dance is infectious and “a ...

Faculty Focus: Alice Lanckton

By Alissa Sage and Denebola | Published: December 2010
“In my day you were allowed to do one thing at a time, Alice Lanckton said, referring to her early years in teaching. Though she is now known as South's beloved Latin teacher, Lanckton has filled various positions leading up to her current job. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Vassar College and completing one year of graduate studies at Harvard University, Lanckton took on her first job teaching ...

Is Jonah Reider the next Martha Stewart?

By Sammie Levin | Published: December 2010
It is Saturday night at an upperclassman's house party. The attendants, equipped with their soft drinks, are either chatting with friends or dancing to the music resounding throughout the room. It is just a typical scene from a run-of-the-mill high school party, until junior Jonah Reider emerges from the kitchen. He bursts through the door balancing a tray on his outstretched palm, proudly announcing that the first course is served. ...

Sounds of Newton Singers echo through halls after hours

By Courtney Foster | Published: December 2010
What happens when you take a bunch of adults who love to sing, a variety of intriguing musical scores, and everyone's favorite choral director, Mr. Youngman'€and mix them all together? The Newton Singers. The group meets once a week from 7:15 to 8:45 on Tuesdays in the chorus room. Their concert will be on the first Tuesday in June at South, and it's open to the public. Despite balancing ...

View from the Top: Jenny Epsten, Lily Fein, & Murray Levy

By Denebola | Published: November 2010
Dear Kevin James,  If there were one thing you would like to let the world know about YOUR high school experience, what would it be? To find our more about K. James's response and other marine wildlife, visit us on the web at http://www.milkofmagnesia.gov/ Now back to “Are you more buoyant than a 5th grader? After waiting hours and hours and days and days, King James' agent (Nathaniel Baldwin) emailed us KJnutt's response¦ he said ...

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