• 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…

  • Arts & Culture

    We Are Town

    Imagine you’re in the school cafeteria, surrounded by gossip, drama and… actors? This was the experience that “We Are Town,” this year’s play produced by East’s Cookie Dough Theater Company, brought into scripted reality. Cookie Dough Theater Company is the production company formed by East’s Theater Four class. Each year, the Theater Four class forms a production company and chooses a play to gain the rights to, put together and direct. This year was distinguished by their decision to write the play themselves, rather than pick from plays already written. “Ms. Hynes first pitched the idea for ‘We Are Town’ to CDTC [East’s Cookie Dough Production Company] at the beginning…

  • 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…