Monthly Archives: March 2012

MATT RIASHI ‘13 | Staff Writer

Promo poster courtesy of Columbia Pictures

 The film “21 Jump Street,” a 1980s cop drama remake, is far superior to most remakes. Albeit there have been some lackluster films based off of TV shows, but “21 Jump Street” does not disappoint.

“21 Jump Street” follows the same plot as the TV series: two young cops are sent undercover to a high school after they fail to fulfill their basic police duties. Jonah Hill plays alongside Channing Tatum as they investigate crime.

In the movie it is explained that Tatum was the cool jock and Hill was the kid trying to fit in when they were in high school together. As they start to inflitrate the school, their previous roles reverse; Hill becomes the kid who fits in and Tatum becomes the nerdy kid, trying to fit in.

One funny subplot to the main story line is how when they arrive the two characters mix up their identities and Tatum, who is not the brightest, is enrolled into all advanced classes like, AP Chemistry, and Hill is in the easy classes.

The movie does exaggerate some things, like how the two characters could be mistaken for high school students.

The last scenes of the movie are bloody but hilarious, fitting right in with the rest of the movie’s over the top humor.

One of the only negatives about the movie is the length. It is 109 minutes long, but seems much longer as it starts off slow.

“21 Jump Street” is a mix of the cop movie “The Other Guys”, high school party comedy “Superbad”, which also features Hill and little bit of, “Pineapple Express”. 

The film has very funny moments, although they are frequently silly non-sequiters. But its viewers will find themselves laughing the majority of the time.



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Photo by MIKEY SULLIVAN '13 | Staff Writer. Claire Boyle '12 battles for the puck during South's state championship win over Grosse Pointe North. Boyle won the "Miss Hockey" award in Michigan

Christy Flom ’13 | Clubs Editor

With three State Titles, three years as captain, and multiple All State awards, Claire Boyle ’12 will add the Miss Hockey award to her long list of achievements as a four year South varsity hockey player.            

Miss Hockey is an award given to one player in the league voted on by all of the coaches as the best player, Boyle said. A meeting is held and the coaches collaboratively pick a player from the first team All State to give the award to at the player’s team banquet.

“I was not expecting to win the award, but it is very rewarding because I have had a good high school hockey career and have worked hard through all four years,” said Boyle.

Other contenders for the award were Haleigh Bolton from Liggett High School, Amanda Schimpke and Colleen Jacoby from Cranbrook High School, Jen Cusmano from North High School, and Cara Monforton ’12 from South.

Photo by MIKEY SULLIVAN '13 | Staff Writer. Claire Boyle '12 battles for the puck during South's state championship win over Grosse Pointe North. Boyle won the "Miss Hockey" award in Michigan

Head Coach Joe Provenzano said that Boyle’s leadership on and off the ice and her ability to lead the team is one of the main reasons she was given the award.

“In Claire’s case, if you look at her history of the last four years, she’s been on very good teams but she’s been their top player every year,” said Provenzano. “Her production speaks for itself as far as what she has done on the ice, but the bigger thing, I think, is her leadership. All of the girls on the team looked up to her. Anytime we were in a tough situation for competitiveness, she would always shine through.”

Libby Erikson ‘15 added that as a new member of the team, Boyle was very helpful and a great leader towards the younger girls.

“She (Boyle) was really important to the team because she was not only amazing at hockey and scored half our goals, but she was also a really funny and nice teammate to get to know,” said Erikson.

Boyle showcased her skills and leadership on the ice during their state championship game against North, whom they had previously lost to twice in the regular season. Scoring two of South’s four goals in the win, Boyle said it made winning the game ten times better.

“It was one of the best feelings ever to score twice and beat North,” said Boyle. “After losing to them twice, it was nice to beat them when it really mattered.”

Overall, Boyle said it was a great season. The team had a lot of fun together, and Boyle made sure to mention the team trip to Toronto, Can. as another highlight of the season. The trip was a fun and easy way for the team to get to know one another, bringing the team closer.

“I had a lot of fun with my team and I’m sad I won’t be coming back next year,” said Boyle. “It was a great feeling in the end to overcome everything and come together as a team to beat North and I couldn’t have asked for anything more as an end to my hockey career.”

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MATT BARNES ’12 and MARGARET BRENNAN ’13 | Copy Editor and Staff Writer    

Bake sales, car washes and now the Yankee Candle fundraiser — all of these serve two purposes: Raising money, for one, as well as filling the halls of South and the homes of students with the pleasant aroma of helping the school.

“This is our third year doing it,” said Marianne Vukas, Senior class adviser. “We make about $500; I’m hoping to make more, and this year we decided to team up with the sophomore class, not only to make it larger but also to pass this fundraiser down to the sophomores.”

This is the first time the Seniors have shared the wealth with another class, apart from the annual Homecoming dance, Vukas said.

“Usually the dances are a joint effort,” said Vukas. “Usually classes are pretty exclusive when it comes to fundraisers; the seniors developed a pretty good relationship with the sophomores over Homecoming.”

The profits from the fundraiser will be split evenly between both the Senior and Sophomore classes, Sophomore Class President Kimberly Barbour ’14 said.

“This is our first year with this fundraiser,” said Sophomore class adviser Carrie Halliburton. “The Senior class has done this one before, and this year asked us if we wanted to join them.”

The costs of the candles vary on their size, Halliburton said. Yankee Candles sell everything from tea lights to the larger jar candles, which cost around $24, according to Vukas. They also sell accessories like jar lids, candle holders and candle snuffers.

Photo courtesy of Yankee Candles are being sold by the Sophomore and Senior classes.

 “As long as our councils both have decent participation, we should make a considerable amount,” said Barbour. “But we don’t have a goal or anything.”

Vukas said the funds raised will be going towards various class activities, such as prom and conferences for the Senior Student Council; the sophomores’ earnings will go toward Homecoming and Prom, along with other activities, Barbour said.

“Prom will cost over $30,000,” said Vukas. “When you look at renting the venue, getting the food, then you have to hire a photographer, then you have to pay for the DJ, and we always have party favors (they’re really cool this year), so that adds up because we want the evening to be very memorable so it gets really pricey; it’s something we start saving for Freshman year.”

The Senior class gives a gift to the school as a tradition at the end of the year, Vukas said. The sign on the front lawn was one gift, and the light fixtures outside Cleminson Hall were also a gift.

“We’re working with the preservation committee and an architect for what we want to give to South,” said Vukas. “Usually if there’s enough money leftover we save it for the five-year reunion, and a little for the incoming Freshman class.”

The Sophomores have been sharing a lot with the other classes already, Vukas said. Dancing with the South Stars was their idea, and they shared some of the profits across the classes.

“It (the Yankee Candle fundraiser) just kind of blossomed and the Sophomores actually did a poster supporting the Seniors during Homecoming week,” said Vukas, “and we did one for them, so I thought, ‘Why not do a fundraiser with them?’”

All orders are due in the mail room, Vukas said, and deliveries will be arriving in late April and early May, just in time for Mother’s Day.


Artwork by Ellie Zak '14
Artwork by Ellie Zak '14


Artwork by Ellie Zak '14
Artwork by Ellie Zak '14

For the past few weeks, Blue Devils have made the school proud as they were involved in state playoffs and performed exceptionally well. The enthusiasm and energy in the stands was evident as many came out to support their favorite team.

Just like athletics, however, a smaller group of students with an even smaller fan base have faced many tough competitors and came out on top. These students are artists, enrolled in one of the fifteen art classes offered at South and many of them have received state and national recognition for their pieces. Their chance to shine is at the annual ArtFest, starting tomorrow.

Putting their hard work on display for their peers, staff, and community members gives the art program a chance to prove that it deserves more attention and funding, something it has been lacking for years. In fact, each and every ArtFest could be the last.

When it comes down to budget cuts, the art program knows the effects all too well. The program has been on the chopping block for a while and continually receives less money each year.

One major problem is that the facilities the students work with are hardly mediocre. Vital materials to each class are worn out, broken, or just not available.  Some equipment even dates back to the early 90s. New technology and more efficient ways of completing tasks are virtually absent from the classes. This is simply not acceptable.  

However, there is one positive development in the recent years. Artists now have the larger Multi-Purpose Room to utilize for its ArtFest, in contrast to the small Cleminson Hall it used to be held in. Sadly, this is still a tight squeeze for the growing program and many students have to eliminate some pieces for the show because of the lack of space.

In spite of the lack of materials and support, art students continue to excel. In the Scholastics competition, featuring artists from all over Southeastern Michigan, 50 students received awards including 11 of the highest honor (gold keys), 9 silver keys, 27 certificates and three portfolio winners. Just recently, two photography students went on to win a national gold key and silver key in the competition, which is extremely difficult to do.

 Keep in mind, South goes up against schools with state-of-the-art facilities and even some that are devoted entirely to art, yet they still continue to win.  Not to mention, multiple seniors each year are accepted into top art schools and go on to work in the challenging field of art.  

The dedication these students have to their art will be evident in this year’s show, as it has every year. They have spent weeks in preparation, putting finishing touches on their pieces and portfolios. And with even more Advanced Placement (AP) Art students than ever, the show features many future art school students who have gone above and beyond in their work.

It is clear that the students have a few goals: to attract attention, display their work proudly, and show and receive support just as many other programs at South have. This is their “playoffs.” Many students came out and supported our athletics last week, you can support their ArtFest. And you don’t even have to leave the school to do it.

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KELLY CULLEN ’13 | Staff Writer


PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROLYN SULLIVAN '12 | Along with playing the piano, Sullivan also writes music, which is available for purchase on iTunes.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROLYN SULLIVAN '12 | Along with playing the piano, Sullivan also writes music, which is available for purchase on iTunes.


Despite participating in many other extracuriculars such as cross-country and track, Carolyn Sullivan ’12 has always had a special passion for writing music.  With her songs on iTunes, she is starting to turn her love of music into something big.

“I taught myself how to play and then I figured I would try to write a song because they always say, ‘you can write a song after you learn three chords on the guitar,’” said Sullivan.

Sullivan started writing and singing songs when she learned to play the guitar at age 12, and loves the fact that writing her own songs helps her to get through hard times, Sullivan said.

“I was always inspired by singers who wrote their own songs”, said Sullivan.  “I was inspired a lot by Avril Lavigne. Embarrassingly enough, but she was my ‘idol’ growing up.”

Sullivan’s favorite artists are Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Michelle Branch and the Beatles.  All of these artists were inspirations for her to begin writing songs.

Although music is a huge part of her life, she says it seems unrealistic at this time to go far with her music.  Because Sullivan does not have much performing experience, she does not feel she will go to school for music.

That being said, Sullivan believes she will continue to write songs and sing, as it is an amazing experience she will hold on to forever.

Erika Bade ’12, Sullivan’s friend, can definitely see her going far with her music.

“The first time I heard Carolyn sing I was so impressed”, said Bade.  “People told me she was good, but I really had no idea!”

Whenever Bade and Sullivan are driving around in the car, Sullivan is always singing along to the music on the radio, Bade said.

“When we hang out, Carolyn almost always has a new version of a song that she sings or plays for me”, said Bade.  “It’s her passion; she does it all the time.”

What Bade enjoys the most about Sullivan’s songs is how relatable they are, Bade said.

“Besides being really catchy, they’re meaningful and mostly are based on her own life experiences, which makes them powerful to listen to,” said Bade.

Tereza Shaible, one of Sullivan’s cross-country coaches, has been very impressed by her confidence, accuracy, and all around talent, Shaible said.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROLYN SULLIVAN '12 | In her free time, Sullivan (left) runs cross country with her sister Natalie Sullivan '15 (right).
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROLYN SULLIVAN '12 | In her free time, Sullivan (left) runs cross country with her sister Natalie Sullivan '15 (right).

“I have seen Carolyn grow more passionate and serious about her music as time goes on”, said Shaible.  “She is putting more and more thought and time into her songwriting and performance, and is really making the effort and commitment to grow as an artist.”

Shaible saw her performance at the Talent Show, and heard Sullivan play at her home at cross-country pasta parties.

“Carolyn’s lyrics are intelligent and honest, and her piano and voice are so cohesive”, said Shaible.  “It’s difficult enough to write music and lyrics, play piano, or sing well- but to do it all together, and do them well, is a rare skill.”

Last year, Sullivan had songs on iTunes for about two months before she sent the money to Haiti with her church’s mission group, Sullivan said.

Sullivan raised about $200 dollars last year with her songs, and hopes that this year she will put out more songs and make more money, Sullivan said.

“This year, I put up more songs and they will have been up for five months when the group returns to Haiti, so I’m hoping to make a little bit more than last year,” said Sullivan. “The money went to an orphanage last year, and it’ll most likely go to an orphanage this year too.”

Sullivan uploaded her songs through a site called tunecore, which turned out to be a simple process, Sullivan said.

On iTunes, Sullivan has two different albums.  The albums are “That’s Life,” and “Once Upon a Time,” all together Sullivan has 20 songs that are $0.99 on iTunes.

As Sullivan is very busy, her songs on iTunes are rough recordings because she recorded ten songs one after the other for a couple of hours one day and then put them up, Sullivan said.

“They are really stripped down– just me, my voice, and my piano–but it’s as much as I have time for right now. I’m just happy that people are buying them, liking what they hear, and supporting an amazing cause all at the same time,” said Sullivan.

For a list of Sullivan’s songs on iTunes, click here.