• Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Arrival is the perfect movie for the current political climate

    After making himself a name in Hollywood with several overtly disturbing films that took a pessimistic view on the current state of humanity, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has taken a sharp change of course. His previous American films, “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” and “Sicario,” were intense viewing experiences filled with graphic violence and nihilism that were not for the faint of heart. His latest film, “Arrival,” on the other hand, is a movie of unflinching hope and optimism giving it an unparalleled timeliness. “Arrival” tells the story of a linguist professor who is sent to Montana to learn the language of an alien being that has landed there. The ship that lands…

  • Archived,  Sports

    Cleveland sports fans experience roller coaster of a year

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich Usually a forgotten town in the world of sports, Cleveland’s rise to prominence in professional sports in 2016 is nothing short of shocking. After Cleveland lost LeBron James in 2010, it seemed like the city’s short time in the spotlight was over, but hope was instilled when he returned three summers ago. Despite falling short in his first year, James and the Cavaliers brought the city their first major professional sports championship since 1964, breaking the championship curse. Although things seemed to be looking up for Cleveland, disaster struck. Junior Elin Collins, who moved from Cleveland just over a year ago, explained what this chaotic year…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    The homogeneously liberal society of Chapel Hill has its drawbacks

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich   American towns don’t get much more liberal than Chapel Hill. It sticks out in the swing state of North Carolina for voting consistently democratic in every election. East is no exception, with everyone from teachers to students extolling liberal beliefs in most conversations. Even in classroom environments, where political discussions are sometimes taboo, it is acceptable to discuss liberal beliefs because teachers and students believe no one in the class will disagree with them. Many might see it as a positive that almost all students at East are liberal, but in fact, it is detrimental to both students and the liberal cause. “It’s great that…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    Sparknotes are overused in High School

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich With only a limited amount of time in the day, it is sometimes difficult for students to balance homework, extracurricular activities, and their social lives. To save time, some students use Sparknotes instead of actually reading the books they are assigned. Sparknotes gives students general information such as an overall plot summary and major themes, along with more specific information such as chapter summaries and important quotes. While Sparknotes might allow students to remember character names and major plot points, the only way students learn what their teacher wants them to learn is to read the book. “If you’re not reading the book you’re not able…

  • Archived,  News

    Anonymous fights ISIS online

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris the online “hacktivist” known as Anonymous declared war on ISIS. The group released a video the Sunday after the attacks declaring that ISIS should expect many cyber attacks. “Get ready for a massive reaction from Anonymous. Know that we will find you and we will never let up,” declared Anonymous in the video they released. “We are going to launch the biggest ever operation against you. Expect very many cyber attacks. War is declared. Prepare yourselves.” Anonymous, along with other cyber communities have been doing similar work in the past years to combat ISIS and other Jihadist groups. They…