• 2018-2019,  Features

    Hollerin’: A N.C. tradition

    October, 18, 2016. Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina. A lone man stands at a microphone, wailing his lungs out. This is the last cry of a dying Carolina tradition: hollerin’. Fifty years ago, in rural N.C., before cell phones, before sirens, there was hollerin’. Farmers would call their children and their cows with melodic, whooping cries that resounded across pastures, around barns and through the woods. Each person’s holler was as individual as the people themselves, with calls that are impossible to capture in words. And these unique calls were showcased for 47 years at the National Hollerin’ Contest in Spivey’s Corner, the undisputed hollerin’ capital of the nation. As Ermon…

  • 2018-2019,  Features

    Slab City: A desert community harboring society’s outcasts

    Slab City, California is a refuge. A place where society’s outcasts can live without judgement. For many, it’s the end of the road. Those who have burned all their bridges in life still can still find a home in Slab City. Residents of Slab City, or Slabbers, often call their home “The Last Free Place,” as the presence of law enforcement is few and far between. Slabbers make their own decisions, often veering from the law, and from what would be acceptable in society. Simply put, Slabbers do what they feel is right for them. People come to the dusty desert town for different reasons, but for many it’s a…

  • 2018-2019,  Features

    SAVE helps with mental health

    East’s branch of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) aims to encourage open conversations between students concerning mental health. The club was formed for this purpose last year by Ellie Andrews, a former East student who transferred to Jordan High School and passed leadership down to fellow junior Jasmine Lee. “My freshman year, many of my friends were struggling with depression,” said Andrews. “When I reached out to the school for help, they were very unhelpful. East has always been uneasy talking about suicide and mental health.” Therefore, she says, came the idea to start the club at East. “I wanted to make a club that would reduce the stigma…

  • 2018-2019,  Satire

    East mini golf exists, I guess?

    “I am, in a word, completely and utterly affronted.” East Chapel Hill men’s mini golf team captain, Rickey Grant, huffs and crosses his arms. “I take this not only as a step back for the team, but as an insult to me, personally.” Grant is speaking of the conflict that his team is having with school administration after, according to him, the school refused to acknowledge the victory of the team in the statewide boys’ high school mini golf championships. “We have a mini golf team?” commented athletic director Randy Trumbower on the subject. “I did not sign off on that.” Grant calls this fact “irrelevant.” “The haters will tell…

  • Features

    Cards Against Humanity sells portion of Trump wall land

    This holiday season, the creators of Cards Against Humanity sold a large chunk of the land planned for use in the Trump administration’s US/Mexico border wall. Cards Against Humanity is an offensive, hilarious party game— basically the adult version of Apples to Apples. The company behind the game is notorious for its yearly Black Friday promotions. This year’s madness is far from the first outrageous promotional stunt the company has pulled. They have staged annual campaigns every year since 2013. In 2014, the company sold $6 boxes of literal bull feces, which 30,000 people ordered and received by mail. In 2015, CAH sold nothing for $5 and made over $71,000,…