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    The Role of Women in Comedy

    By Hannah Schanzer A few weeks ago I attended an improv/sketch show at UNC by its premier comedy group CHIPS. The show was uproariously funny and the players onstage looked like they were having almost as much fun as the audience. However, the gender make-up of the group was incredibly skewed. Out of the 12 performers, nine were male, while only three were female. CHIP’s dearth of women is a microcosm of gender representation in the comedy world as a whole. Comedy has been a male-dominated field since Adam farted and Eve laughed. Despite all of the gains that women have made in the last decade, comedy remains a boy’s-club.…

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    Meninism is a satire that undermines the goals of feminism

    By Hannah Schanzer The definition of feminism has gotten so twisted over the past few years, it is easy to understand the public’s  confusion over the feminist movement.  These misconceptions about the goals of feminism have led to counter movements such as “Meninism.” The Meninist twitter account, @MeninistTwitter, was created by 28 year-old Ti Balogun as a piece of satire. Though originally intended as a farce, the account prompted some remarkably offensive sexist tweets from self-proclaimed “victims of feminism.” While the majority of Meninists claim to be purely joking, there is a small proportion of men who actually believe they have been oppressed by feminists due to their gender and…

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    Ways to Avoid Drunk Driving

    By Hannah Schanzer Technically, no students here at East Chapel Hill High should be drinking alcohol, because none of us are over 21, the legal drinking age. However, even though it is illegal, teen movies and common knowledge show that underage drinking does occur. Tragically, along with underage drinking comes teenagers who are too intoxicated to make informed decisions and end up getting behind the wheel of a car. There is nothing more dangerous, not to mention selfish, than drunk driving. Driving while impaired puts at risk not only the driver, but also every single other innocent person on the road as well. DoSomething.org reports that every 90 seconds, someone…

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    The Do’s and Don’ts of Early Acceptance

    By Hannah Schanzer For most Americans, the weeks following Thanksgiving mark the beginning of incessant holiday cheer and the countdown toward a well-deserved break.  For high school seniors, however, the beginning of December means one thing: the college early acceptance letter season. A few lucky seniors will soon be getting back those magical letters giving them entry into their dream schools and a free pass on homework for the rest of the year. The rest of the senior class, however, along with a majority of seventeen year-olds across the country, will instead be getting those “thanks for trying” letters that will momentarily shake their self-confidence and force them to re-evaluate…

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    The Stigma of Mental Illness

    By Hannah Schanzer Amanda Bynes Is Crazy!! Or at least that’s what every entertainment news media outlet wants you to know. Over the last year and a half, the former teen star has engaged in increasingly alarming behavior, including, but not limited to: retiring from acting, un-retiring from acting, getting multiple DUIs, tweeting at the president to let him know she doesn’t drink and asking him to fire the cop that arrested her, dropping her agent, lawyer and publicist, getting a cheek piercing, throwing a bong out of a top story window, wearing a ratty platinum wig to court, and claiming that she’s going to sue the NYPD for both…