Monthly Archives: February 2011

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By: Alexis DeBrunner ’12, Staff Writer


Photo by Alexis DeBrunner '12. Maggie Teodecki '12 had the Brazilian Blowout process done to her hair so she wouldnt have to worry about frizz or straightening her hair every day.
Photo by Alexis DeBrunner '12. Maggie Teodecki

According to Galmour Magazine’s article “New Celeb Hair Obsession: The Brazilian Blowout,” Brazilian blowouts are one of the newest up and coming trends in the celebrity world.

And Now the trend is coming to South.

A Brazilian blowout is a de-frizz treatment done by applying smoothing serums to a woman’s hair, Lamia and Lamia Salon stylist Jeanette Kuhl said. Targeting the cuticles, the hair treatment will eliminate frizz flyaways caused by everyday damage.

However, a Brazilian blowout is not a straightening treatment, according to Glamour magazine. Unlike Japanese straightening, a treatment that uses chemicals to straighten someone’s hair for longer periods of time, a blowout does not use these chemicals and is focused more on the elimination of frizz than curl.

“The blowout focuses on smoothing and making the hair look healthier overall, it’s not meant to make your hair pin straight when it dries,” said Kuhl. “If you have curly hair, you are still going to have some curl to it, but it will be less frizzy.”

Brazilian Blowout Steps
  1. Stylist shampoos your hair with the Brazilian Blowout shampoo.
  2. After, your stylist will divide your hair into sections and begin to comb the treatment through each section of the hair from root to tip.
  3. Stylist will then blow-dry your hair as straight as possible with a flat or round brush.
  4. Once the hair is dry, the stylist will divide the hair into four sections and begin using a flat iron to further straighten the hair.
  5. Once complete, the stylist will rinse the hair, towel-dry and apply the Brazilian Blowout to seal in the formulation.
  6. The stylist will then apply the serum to further seal the cuticle and assist in detangling the hair.
  7. The stylist will then blow dry the hair straight one final time and style as desired.

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Focusing on repairing the damage of hair, the blowout doesn’t use chemicals that would harm the hair but aims to make the look refreshed and healthier than before. Also, unlike the Japanese method, the blowout is safe for all hair types.

To have the blowout done is a long process that, depending on the thickness of the recipient’s hair, can take anywhere from one to a few hours, Kuhl said.

Starting with a wash using the special Brazilian blowout shampoo, the stylist doing the blowout will then apply the smoothing product to the hair, completely coating each strand, Kuhl said. Then the hair is blown completely dry and flat ironed to have the product set in the cuticles of the hair. It is then rinsed again and a final conditioner is applied. Finally, the hair is blown dry again and the procedure is finished.

The blowout lasts from three to four months and can cost as much as $350 depending on the salon, according to Glamour Magazine and Lamia and Lamia.

It’s not just celebrities that are taking a shine to the hair treatment but South students as well.

Maggie Teodecki ’12 had the beginning steps of the Brazilian blowout done earlier in the year and found that she loved the results.

“My hair was really silky and shiny after the treatment,” said Teodecki. “It would also dry really quickly and was relatively frizz-free. I would definitely have it done again.”

Different from Keratin treatment, which is another smoothing procedure, the blowout has led restrictions on what can and cannot be done to the hair after being treated with the product, Kuhl said. Lamia and Lamia is one of the few salons in the Grosse Pointe area that offers this treatment on their salons menu.

Photo courtesy of Amidst the Plague. “Amidst the Plague” is metal band with songs including: Mazacrium, Get Back, Get Even, and Last Inclination
By: Kelsie Silzell, Staff Writer ’11

Many people do not know the hardship that musicians go through in order to put on a great show and keep people listening as well as entertained at the same time. It is mostly thought of as something that comes naturally, which in a lot of ways, is essentially very true. But a lot of hard work needs to be done during the preparatory stages of a show and I had the fortune of experiencing this first hand.

The band “Amidst the Plague” played at The Crofoot in Pontiac on Friday, January 28th. It consists of 5 band members, including Adam Smith ’11.

Intertwining the best of both worlds of the metal core and death core genres, it was the band’s first show that had a turnout of about 80 people. When pushing through the crowded, anxious audience, it was clear that the crowd was full of anticipation.

Six different songs were played, each with a smooth transaction between each song. The beginning of the show started off with a breakdown that really got the crowd excited after the suspense of waiting and led everyone to remember why they were there: to rock out.

“It was obvious that everyone in the crowd was enjoying their sound,” said Sydney Burke ’11, who also attended. “I loved the beginning and how they began with a sick breakdown that really got people pumped up. I think that they are an incredibly talented band.”

A commonly recognizable trait of the band is its willingness to maintain a perfectionist attitude and it definitely shows when the band plays on stage. Smith is very passionate about his band and made sure that most of the school knew about his show on Friday. It is also inspiring that “Amidst the Plague” writes all of its songs by itself. Some songs include: Mazacrium, Get Back, Get Even, and Last Inclination.

Watching the band play, it is very easy to sense the riveting passion the band harbors for its music and how each band member takes on an entirely new persona separate from their every day lives as soon as they get on stage. Evidently, playing music is very important to them and, at this point, appears as if it will become second nature pretty soon with more fan support.

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Cartoon by Emily Dawson '11. Numerous classrooms are outfitted with Smart Boards, Livescribe pens and other new technology which the students can appreciate thanks to the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (GPFPE).
Cartoon by Emily Dawson '11. Numerous classrooms are outfitted with Smart Boards, Livescribe pens and other new technology which the students can appreciate thanks to the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (GPFPE).



As numerous classrooms are outfitted with Smart Boards, Livescribe pens and the like, the students and faculty who benefit from this improved technology will have one group to thank: the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (GPFPE).

This non-profit organization staffed by passionate volunteers works to ensure that the Grosse Pointe Public Schools (GPPS) continues to have success. While the GPFPE’s most publicized current campaign is the Boll Technology Challenge, it has also funded, at least in part, Challenge Day, the Boll Athletic Center and Destination Imagination, among other programs.

Technology not only allows for a more interactive, engaging learning experience, but also prepares students for the real world. These opportunities allow the GPPS to remain on par with what are known as “like districts.” Still, the GPFPE maintains a lofty goal to see the district among the top in the nation.

The GPFPE’s purpose expands beyond the quality of our schools. Recognizing that the school system is the lifeblood to Grosse Pointe’s economy, it recognizes that having a competitive school system is essential to strong property values.

Though the GPFPE was established only four years ago, the community has responded. Since 2006, 350 individuals and organizations have made over 550 gifts. While local funding is always advantageous, it has become especially necessary since Proposal A was ratified in 1994. In effect, local school taxes are now sent to Lansing and redistributed throughout the state as opposed to being sent directly to the school district. Also, school districts are unable to increase their taxes to augment funding.

For the district to uphold the success it has previously achieved, additional funding was necessitated, and we’re thankful that the GPFPE stepped up.

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By:  Shelby Stone ’11, Staff Writer
Shelby Stone ’11

Be the change you wish to see in the world. Not only are those words Ghandi lived by, but also the words the Challenge Day program brought to South last week when it encouraged 200 students and teachers to drop their everyday views and ignorance of one another in hopes of creating a safer, more amicable environment.

These words and messages brought by Challenge Day are of utmost importance and one that South students, myself included, definitely need to hear. However, I find it hard to think of Challenge Day as anything other than a waste money and time with a short term effect.

In 8th grade, I had the opportunity to participate in Challenge Day along with the rest of my grade. It was great. We got to hang out with Auntie Nola (a Challenge Day spokesperson) and participate in activities such as Walk the Line, where students cross a line if they have been involved in things such as being harassed or whistled at for being a girl.

Our grade bonded, cried and from then on we felt as if our problems were over simply because we gave 12 hugs a day, Auntie Nola’s remedy for anything. However, the euphoria of Challenge Day quickly rubbed off and everything was back to the way it was in almost three days time.

I do believe that Challenge Day teaches valuable lessons but overall, I think it is pointless for South to host. It only caters to 200 of our school’s 1,600 students. Maybe, 1/8 will be the change, but what about the rest of us? How does the administration expect Challenge Day to be a success if not even 25 percent of the students are being touched by its affect.

South puts a lot of effort into fitting Challenge Day into its schedule. They excuse students from class and give them plenty of time to participate in it, but their efforts would be much better matched if they accommodated the program to meet more students because no matter how well or how poorly it works, when it only reaches a small target of students, it will do next to nothing.

Also, the issue comes up of how to nominate the students to participate. Initally, teachers nominated students who they thought would benefit from attending Challenge Day. To me, this seems to be promoting the ignorance Challenge Day is trying to work against. Challenge Day is all about opening up your eyes to see that people may be different than you think and have problems that you are completely oblivious to. Teachers may think a student has no problems at all, but they may actually be the one who needs Challenge Day most of all.

Challenge Day does teach valuable lessons, but it seems sad that we have to bring in outside help and make a huge deal to open up our eyes to each other differences. The same could be accomplished if teachers sat down, instead of Auntie Nola and her gang, and just opened up to students.

I believe that almost every student walking these halls has a problem and may need someone to talk to but are afraid of being judged. Although Challenge Day offers a place where all walls are brought down, students only get one day of the year to talk about it and that’s if they are chosen for it. South would find its attempts to unify the student body much more successful if they offered opportunities for students to come together with one another year round, instead of making a full effort for only two days.

Yes, I am sure after this day, everyone made a pledge to really change and consider the hardships their classmates are going through before they judge them. However, no matter how powerful, one day is not going to stop judgment from taking place in the hallways. These 200 students are not going to all of a sudden reach their revelation and be walking angels, these things take time. I admire the effort that the school is putting forth against cliques and anger with their anti-bullying posters and this program, but it can not be a once a year thing.

South is trying to take small steps, but this school really does have a problem and doing these simple things is going to help, but in the long run, it will do little. If South really does hope to “Be the Change”, it isn’t as simple are bringing students into the gym and having them listen to each other for one day a year. It needs time and more effort and until South and the administration is ready to put that forward, little will change.

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By: Katelyn Engel ’12, Assistant Page Editor


Katelyn Engel '12

“Imagine a world where every child feels safe, loved and celebrated.”-Quote from the Challenge Day website.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, I attended Challenge Day. It was one of the most eye-opening challenges I have ever experienced, and if you saw me after it, you could definitely tell. I was a red faced, puffy eyed mess.

I have never seen so much love, passion, sadness, tears, smiles or hugs in one room. To hear the stories of other students, faculty and the spokespeople themselves touched my heart, as cliché as it sounds. Seeing what people go through on a day-to-day basis shocked me.

Tony and Jen, our Challenge Day spokespeople, were inspiring, fun and had amazing stories. Without them, I do not believe that this event would have been possible. There is no doubt in my mind that Tony and Jen are the biggest reason that I appreciated Challenge Day as much as I did. They were serious when needed, and fun and energetic when appropriate; the two of them together set the mood for the entire day.

Through the day, students at Challenge Day participated in activities like dancing and volleyball, but I think the activity I will remember the most from this day is Walk the Line. It was the most powerful and emotional activity I have ever done. Students were asked to cross the line if they answered ‘yes’ to questions such as ‘have you ever been discriminated against because of your skin color?’ or ‘do you have a family member, or someone close to you who has been killed by a drunk driver?’ When students did not cross the line, they were able to look at the ones who did, and show them their love and compassion through the international symbol of love. When students crossed the line, many others joined them. On either side of the line, students and faculty alike would hug and cry together.

South should continue to host this event, despite the fact that only a small group of students are able to participate. It is unfortunate that because of the cost, only 200 students are able to participate per year. Despite this, Challenge Day is helpful to the problems that South students are exposed to everyday and will help participants, myself included, now and in the future.

Challenge Day is the one real effort that South makes to try to change the problems we have at this school. Cliques continue to form, people continue to judge others, and discrimination and bullying still occur. The administration does try to deal with the problems accordingly, but many problems go unnoticed or are not dealt with correctly. Challenge Day is an attempt to try to change our school, and I appreciate the administration’s effort and support it.

This should not just be a once a year thing, but it is a start to trying to change our school. Something similar to an all-school assembly should occur speaking about the problems here, addressing topics comparable to the ones spoken of at Challenge Day.

One of the main goals of Challenge Day is to teach lessons and respect to students and faculty, and hope that the participants are willing and able to pass the message on to others. Challenge Day should create a “domino effect”. Each student who participated in Challenge Day could influence another. That person could influence someone else-the effect could continue on and on. The people of this school need to lengthen the effects of Challenge Day and appreciate how it can and does affect people.

Since Challenge Day, I have made a conscious effort to stop myself before judging others. In the days following, I have felt like a more positive, happy, and encouraging person-I hope that these feelings will continue.

How long does the “Challenge Day buzz” last? For some it lasts a day or two, and for some it lasts a few weeks or months. Many people claim that this buzz wears off quickly for everyone. However, I believe the “Challenge Day buzz” lasts for as long as someone wants to last. I know that my experiences from Challenge Day will last me for a long time, if not forever.