Monthly Archives: June 2011

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209.

That is how many stories we, the staff, have posted in the first year of  “The Pulse.” That is 209 wonderful and unique stories about South’s students and activities. And while being an editor may be hard work, I really owe the success to the writers and other editors on this staff.

I started out the year in September not knowing how to be an editor. Just the year before I was writing for “The Tower” thinking that an editor was a cushion job and that anyone could handle it. Well let me tell you this…it is not so easy. I soon found out that being an editor meant helping people find story ideas, set up interviews, and take pictures. All while I needed to find a story for myself to write (no demerits for me). At first I was stressed out but by mid-year everything kind of got into the groove of things.

Yes, at times a lot of the editors (including me) did not know if we had a story to run by our deadline. But by working as a team, someone always stepped up to the plate to either write a story or film an interview. And when posted, those stories ended up being some of the best ones all year. By this hard work and dedication to try and make “The Pulse” the very best it can be for its first year, everyone on staff has become like family. And as I am writing the last post of the year, number 210 to be exact, I will truly miss everyone next year as I move to college. But even though I am leaving, I will always be a “Pulse” reader. And I hope anyone who is reading this will be too.

-By: Aly Hryciuk ’11, Online Features Editor

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With the final days of school so close you can count them and school winding down, I just wanted to thank all those who followed the Pulse during its first year. It was truly an honor to be a part of it all and experiment with the web as journalism grows far beyond the traditional ink and paper. Through technology, The Pulse allowed us to report with videos, photo galleries, and link to associated pages. As technology progresses, it forces the world around it to adapt and recreate, which is what I feel we’ve accomplished through the past year in terms of staying accessible and enjoyable to the public.

Photo by DeMarco Havard ’12. Staff members Molly Mecke ’11 and Dan Gallagher ’11 took part in Tom’s Hog and Dogs Hell Burger challenge. Sadly, they were unsuccessful.

 In my opinion, the best part about the web is the capability of adding visual aspects, my favorite post being The Hellburger Challenge video. Following that is my second favorite story about a south graduate who studied in Senegal. The photo gallery added the extra oomph to the story and helped readers experience what she lived through day in and day out. Each photo is vivid with life and color.

The internet allows for interactive activates for readers as well. With each editorial a poll is added to retrieve the readers view on the issue. Next year we are hopeful to add an area for comments and concerns.

Without a doubt, it has been a great year and it was all made possible by the hard work of each member on staff. A special thanks to executive online editor Max Tkacz ’11, and Pulse advisors Kelli Fimbinger, and Nicholas Provenzano.

Feel free to contact me with any comments or desires which you wish to see in next year’s edition at arl282@yahoo.com.

-By: By: Ava Lux ’12, Online Club Editor

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From early Friday morning meetings to trying to meet a deadline the night before a story is due, working for The Pulse has taught me so many things. From my experience, I can walk away with the responsibility that came from making sure I was there at 7:30 sharp every Friday morning. I learned of the dependability that comes with helping to create a great website in the making. Most of all, though, in writing for The Pulse, I learned that if one possesses a talent for something, they should pursue it with every opportunity that comes their way. When asked to be a ‘feature writer’ for the new website, I was still trying to figure out how to get pieces of mine published, let alone published bi-weekly. However, after chasing after it, and working for it, I learned that I never would have walked away with the experience – or the grade! – that I did if I had not have written for The Pulse.

From the outstanding ratings given to The Pulse, no one could have guessed that it was the website’s first-year in the making. And for the future, I know it can only get better. While we will be losing some irreplaceable talent, we will also be gaining lessons learned this year and new talent that will be joining the staff. Next year, I am most looking forward to the new faces and skill that comes with new staff members. We will hopefully find some more talent, new ideas, and even more of the dedication and responsibility needed in making The Pulse possible. I am excited to learn more than what I did this year, and I am looking forward to seeing bigger and better things when I go to my computer and type in the increasingly popular ‘www.thetowerpulse.net’. While helpful and dedicated staff members will be lost, we will also be gaining new talent that I am positive will only help in adding to the high-standards that The Pulse has successfully created.

Joining The Pulse staff half-way through the year, and half-way through the confussion and pressure of creating an award winning website, I quickly noticed that The Pulse was willing to work to get there. I feel that a giant leap was made towards achieving the goal. I saw high school students putting in tremendous amounts of effort and devotion to create what is defiantly not a high-school quality website. The Pulse achieved so much more than what many expected it. Just a group of teenagers with access to a computer and a camera, right? The Pulse created something that will continue at an even better quality than what was already put forth. I cannot wait to get started again next year, and prove that The Pulse is here to stay.

-By: Lily Koss ’13, Staff Writer

Editorial Cartoon by Emily Dawson '11

Capitalism holds the seeds of its own destruction. The strength of the economy continually, unpredictably ebbs and flows, and it is no secret that in the wake of this “Great Recession,” our school system has been adversely affected. With that said, the potential schedule changes to take place in the 2012-2013 school year must be approached with great discretion.

Despite the generous contributions of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education which has allowed our school system to remain atop the public school heap, the Grosse Pointe School Board, rightfully so, remains apprehensive in regard to the district’s financial future.

In 2007, the Board ultimately chose to keep the seven-period day after forming a committee to investigate the matter. Both trimester and six-period days present problems; for example, potentially negative impact on electives, scheduling issues with Advanced Placement classes and loss of tutorials.

Electives allow students to explore career paths, and by not being able to take as many, students cannot look into their future as they prepare for college and the work world. Whether it is a food preparation, accounting or art-related class, high school courses can be an important first step in the process of joining the adult world. As for tutorials, while not all students take them seriously, they are a great tool for students with heavy work loads and many advanced classes to remain focused and put their best foot forward in all subjects.

With the six-period day, the number of classes available to students are reduced, which forces students to take mainly core classes and constricts them in a narrow pathway that in truth, most students don’t fit. Trimesters risks students being forced to take courses that require repetition for comprehension, like math or a foreign language, with a possible seven month break.

The seven-period day is unique to this district; it fosters opportunities and flexibility that has allowed South students to attain academic success. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.