• Opinions

    Halloween is disappointing

    As I’m writing this piece in the throes of October, I’m surrounded by the enthusiasm for fall, and particularly the very end of this month: Halloween. The moment October starts, the world goes full SpookyTM mode, turning orange and black at every turn with pumpkins on every corner and a horror movie trailer in front of every YouTube video. Do not get me wrong, I absolutely adore fall. Sweaters, boots, hot drinks and crunchy leaves are some of God’s greatest gifts to the world. I even like the idea of dressing up and eating a bunch of candy, in theory, at least. The problem is that Halloween night it- self…

  • Sports

    Julia tries to learn volleyball

    The 2018 volleyball team is gathered in the CIC, watching footage from a past game. Head coach Rachel Kline pauses the video for a second to point out an issue to the team: “If you don’t have a strong block set on both sides, there’s no point in the middle coming through.” I’m sitting in the back, and they might as well be speaking Greek. I don’t know even the sports vocabulary of a spectator, much less a volleyball player. But the whole team is nodding, taking all the advice to heart 24 hours before their conference finals game against Chapel Hill High. It’s understandable why they would care so…

  • News

    Southern Cold Front Could Have Severe Consequences

    The shocking cold that spread across the East Coast in early January coupled with a winter storm  created brutal storms and hit parts of the country that had not seen temperatures below freezing or winter weather in decades. Coastal areas of the South such as South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, which are often 60 to 80 degrees this time of year, saw temperatures in the 30’s during the day and below 20 degrees at night, as well as more snow than Chapel Hill saw during the cold spell. While this did lead to some very funny moments, such as frozen iguanas falling from trees and people gawking in childlike awe…

  • Archived

    Trump must be held accountable for his sexual assault allegations

    On the forefront of everyone’s mind is the tidal wave of allegations and accusations, against men in nearly every industry, of sexual misconduct.  Beloved celebrities have seen their reputations and careers crumble nearly overnight as disheartening tales of assault and harassment are uncovered, starting with movie producer Harvey Weinstein and most recently, Gary Goddard.  The societal climate surrounding sexual assault seems to have opened up, allowing not only a safer environment for survivors but more widespread acknowledgement of a systematic problem, and hopefully justice served to the assaulters.  With all this progress being made, it’s now time to turn our attention back to Trump. Everyone remembers that Access Hollywood tape,…

  • Sports

    GQ Praises Colin Kaepernick

    Yet another entity has taken a public stance on the largest sports controversy of 2017: Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.  The former quarterback was featured on the cover of the GQ Men Of the Year issue, and given the title of “Citizen Of the Year” by the magazine. Earlier this year, Kaepernick started a demonstration that spread among other athletes to kneel during the national anthem, to protest the treatment of black people by law enforcement and to support the Black Lives Matter movement.  He faced so much opposition that he was blacklisted and no longer plays in the NFL, even garnering attention from Donald Trump, who called his protest…