• Features

    “You’re setting kids back in a way they might not recover from”

    Despite its reputation for exceptional academics and high-caliber students, the CHCCS district, like many others, has its fair share of disciplinary issues each year. At East alone, the 2018-2019 semester has witnessed more than five hallway fist fights, and numerous students have been suspended for various reasons. However, statistics from a 2016 study have revealed that across the district, these punishments have been doled out disproportionately by race, with African American students being affected the most by the imbalance.   The study, carried out by the Youth Justice Project—a subdivision of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice—revealed that 51.3 percent of suspensions handed out across the CHCCS district were given…

  • 2018-2019,  Features

    Ethics Bowl

    Ethical dilemmas, for most, are situations people try to avoid. For East’s Ethics Bowl team, however, this is not the case. The eight-person club, coached by Dan Murphy and Lisa Ibarra, have proven themselves masters of competitive problem-solving on the ethical level, and after winning a state title Jan. 27, competed in the national competition April 5-7 at UNC-Chapel Hill.   Teams like East’s and others nationwide participate in Ethics Bowl by reviewing cases of ethical scenarios and debating their decided stance against an opposing team in the competition. Understanding the given cases means knowing specific moral ideas and applying different stances to one given, hypothetical story. In anticipation of…

  • Opinions

    Make sports mandatory

    Like many other high schools across the country, East offers students the chance to participate in sports at the varsity and club levels. Between basketball, field hockey and even fencing, Wildcats are able to try out for a wide variety of teams over the course of the school year. However, the vast majority of students at East fail to take advantage of this opportunity, a trend that ought to change. Although some Wildcats may be less athletically gifted than others or may be disinterested in playing altogether, participation in sports should be made mandatory for all students due to the motor skills and teamwork experience that they provide. In this…

  • 2018-2019,  Satire

    Ancestry.com consumes life

    Ancestry.com is the great equalizer, many say a great successor to formal education. People are thanking their distant ancestors for their help, even if it is from beyond the grave. Ancestry.com changes lives, ruins families, runs the world. It is time to embrace your obscure heritage as a Norwegian-French Pacific Islander and live through that identity only. In the words of Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren – “I am very proud of my heritage. These are family stories.” Formally recognized as a minority professor at Harvard Law, Warren is the perfect example of a Native American breaking through adversity and achieving enormous success. In addition to 1/65th Cherokee professors, Ancestry.com will happily…