• Arts & Culture

    East students covet pens

    To some, all pens are the same, and from one model to the next many believe there are no true differences between models, only gimmicks. However, beneath the general populace lies a niche group of pen enthusiasts. Discussions, comparisons, and missions all surround the pursuit of the highest quality pen. Some are better for math and science, while others suit long essay writing. Pens prove to be highly specialized. The gratification one receives from using their choice pen cannot be measured. The selection process is a form of meditation on one’s personal preferences, and when the time comes to place the nib to the paper and the ink begins to…

  • News

    Increase in hate crimes call for new incentives

    Ever since the rise of terrorism and fundamentalist Muslim groups between the late 90s and 2010, the rate of anti-Muslim hate crimes has escalated rapidly. According to the FBI, after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, orchestrated by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes spiked to 481, the highest it has been since 2000. By 2008, the fear of Muslims faded somewhat, lowering the number of hate-crimes to 105. However, this downward trend did not continue for very long. As a new terror threat, ISIS, reared its head in Syria in the early 2010’s, the amount of hate crimes…

  • Sports

    Playing multiple sports benefit students

      Being a multi-sport athlete is common among students at East. Many Wildcats can be spotted participating in events through the seasons, from the fall to the spring. However, there are many benefits that exist for playing multiple sports which even the most decorated athletes at East may not know about. According to Mark Rerick of The National Federation of State High School Associations, the most important reason as to why one should consider playing multiple sports is that one would be able to develop their skills year round. Although different sports require a variety of abilities and tasks, basic skills such as running and hand-eye coordination remain relevant in…

  • Features

    New service hopes to be the eco-friendly future of transportation

    Traffic congestion and limited parking in downtown Chapel Hill often deter potential shoppers and diners, an issue not uncommon to growing urban areas. Slidr, a new Asheville-based transportation company, hopes to act as a mediator by offering short complementary and energy-efficient rides in downtown areas. For now, it is only available in Asheville and Raleigh. The vehicles used are manufactured by Polaris GEM, a forerunner in electric vehicles. These low-speed, windowless vehicles closely resemble an elongated golf cart, but are equipped with street-legal safety features such as seat belts and turn signals. Furthermore, with zero-emissions and lower-maintenance costs, they are the cheaper and more sustainable choice. In January, Slidr received…

  • News

    Water crisis shocks residents

      On Friday, February 3, grocery stores in and around Chapel Hill were flooded with shoppers filling carts with bottled water of any shape or size in sight. This rush was triggered by two events that had rendered the city’s water supply undrinkable. While the city’s problems did not reach the level of severity of the Flint water crisis in Michigan, the predicament caused hundreds of stores and restaurants to close down and resulted in a district wide school cancellation. The first problem occurred on February 2, 2017, when an OWASA employee accidentally pressed a button releasing an excessive amount of fluoride—used for cleaning the tank—into the water supply, contaminating…