The Student News Site of South Forsyth High School

The Bird Feed

The Student News Site of South Forsyth High School

The Bird Feed

The Student News Site of South Forsyth High School

The Bird Feed

Shivani Murugapiran

Shivani Murugapiran, Staff Writer

Shivani Murugapiran is an impassioned staff writer at The Bird Feed. She is currently in 12th grade and has been diagnosed with a serious case of senioritis. She enjoys advocating for educational equity, having created her own nonprofit to provide opportunities for foster children. She also dabbles in writing short stories and poetry, emphasizing literary realism. Shivani is actively involved in her school community as well, presiding as the president of both Girls Who Code and FBLA. Her favorite movie is The Dead Poets Society (she, unashamedly, cries every time). You can contact her at [email protected] or through her twitter @murugapiran.  

Status update. Just as the clock strikes 7, the blue Status Update button appears. Students across the country quivered with anticipation; their whole lives were about to change.

College Applications: a Guide to Dealing with Deferral

January 21, 2022

My palms sweat, and my feet shake rapidly. My heart thumps erratically under the weight of the moment. In 12 seconds, the message on the screen will seal my fate. In 11 seconds, my life would change. "View...

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on December 31. In front of the Security Checkpoint, senior Sreya Durvasula waits patiently as the TSA official checks her passport. The line was indefinitely long, stretching far into the airport.

Omicron’s airline catastrophe creates winter travel woes

January 9, 2022

On January 9th, airlines canceled 1,335 flights across the country as holiday travel wound down. The rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus increased infections among airline staff and...

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The rise of BookTok. Today, millions across the world use TikTok to view and upload creative content. Several influencers created a niche within the platform, allowing them to share book recommendations and post reviews.

BookTok’s Top 5 Recommendations: Bibliophile Approved!

December 20, 2021

TikTok is one of the most popular social media apps today, garnering worldwide engagement. The platform is a globalized rabbit hole with hundreds of specific niches. Many use TikTok to keep with latest...

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Jamming out on campus. Sophomore Aayush Pawar listens to his music during lunch. He appreciated how South allows students to bring their tunes wherever they go.

SOFO Sounds: SFHS students share their favorite jams

December 17, 2021

All around campus, students have their headphones in, taking a breather from the stresses of life. Music supports us as we traverse the day and encounter moments of both happiness and anxiety. In fact,...

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Censorship and Algorithms

December 4, 2021

We see a common trend in the nonpartisan movement of digital wellness as policymakers call for changes within Facebook's algorithm to better the mental health of youth and reduce the spread of misinformation....

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The Next Generation

December 4, 2021

There are many benefits in the way algorithms are structured. Today, we have unfiltered access to the world, and this globalization has brought opportunities to people of all backgrounds.   However,...

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Recent Algorithmic Changes

December 4, 2021

Facebook made several modifications to different elements of this system in the past few years, but one of the most impactful changes was implemented in early 2018. The company revised its News Feed algorithm...

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The Algorithm

December 4, 2021

"The Algorithm" that journalists and politicians alike express disdain towards is a misnomer. There is no singular, omniscient algorithm that rules users. Our interactions on Facebook (and, by extension,...

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Facebook binoculars. The young man on the screen stares into your soul through the lens of Facebook. You wondered, how much of me do they really see and control?

Facebook’s Facade: Unveiling the Truths of Big Tech’s Master Puppeteer

November 22, 2021

Close your eyes for a moment and reflect. Who are you? What do you believe in? Why does this matter to you?  Without our own knowledge, an outside force influences our ideological frameworks. An elusive...

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A memorable game. South Forsyths Flag Football Team scores a win at region. The team won against West Forsyth and claimed a ticket to the state championship.

SFHS Flag Football Snags Region Win

November 22, 2021

On Thursday, November 18, South Forsyth High School's flag football team scored a monumental win at the Area 6 Class 6A-7A championship against West Forsyth High School. The War Eagles won with a 19-13...

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In, Out

In, Out

November 8, 2021

My teeth tighten, locking my jaw shut, my nose scrunches, allowing the rage to reverberate I shudder, My libs trembling, My mind reeling, My hand reaches for the strands That stick to my head, Pulling. Yelling. Screaming. My...

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An unemployment crisis. The pandemic is having a profound impact on the job market. In particular, college graduates are struggling to find employment amidst economic disruption. Long gone are the days of traditional employment and antiquated hiring practices.

Pandemic Prospects: Graduates Struggle to Find Jobs After COVID-19

November 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the recent wave of college graduates - and the recovery isn't happening as quickly as many had hoped. The virus has rattled the state of the labor market, significantly...

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a mask

a mask

October 16, 2021

I blinked rapidly, my eyes fluttered shut, the puffy influx of water, yearning to ooze from my lids.   I gritted my teeth, praying that the liquid would rescind, that no one would...

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