• Archived,  Sports

    East women’s basketball aims for success in playoffs

    By Jacob Moffatt As the winter comes to an end, women’s basketball looks to close on a high note. With a record of 2-11, the team has not performed as well as they have liked throughout the season. Senior post player Jessica Nolting thinks that the team’s troubles come from a poor execution of practiced skills on game day. “We seem to have a hard time clicking everything into place in game situations,” said Nolting. “…Right now we are not playing as well as we should be in our games…The third quarter has proven to be our weakest eight minutes of almost every game.” The team’s performance, however, does not…

  • Sports

    East’s foil freshman fencers flourish

    By Jacob Moffatt With 13 wins and 7 losses, East was 2nd place in the North Carolina High School Eastern conference, trailing Chapel Hill High. With their record, they were guaranteed a high ranking spot in the team championships tournament which was held on Feb. 8 in Greensboro. The tournament was a single elimination bracket containing all twelve high school fencing teams from both the eastern and western NC conferences. Each match was a best of nine series of bouts to completion. Whichever fencer reaches five touches first would win the bout, and whichever team won five or more bouts would win the match. East brought their A team- comparable…

  • News

    Intercity Light Rail bridges Durham and Orange counties

    By Jacob Moffatt Light rail transit (LRT) has become an increasingly common form of transportation in the United States. Adding to the ranks of over 50 other tram and LRT systems in urban areas in the US, a LRT system of our very own will be built between Durham and Orange counties. First recommended by the Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC), Triangle Transit hopes somewhat optimistically to have the system operational by 2026. The STAC cited population growth, traffic congestion, and environmental concerns as reasons to embark on such a project. “High growth rates in the region are expected to continue over the next 20 years, adding to the existing…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    New technology: the good and bad of commercialized progress

    In early September, Apple released yet another permutation of its iPhone series. This year’s innovative new product, the iPhone 5s, was accompanied by the iPhone 5c, which replaces the previous iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s presents impressive new features such as a fingerprint scanner, an upgrade to the iOS 7 software and slow-motion video. Apple markets these additions to be worth the $399 price that comes with a two year-contract. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5c comes equipped with exotic new colors like banana yellow, cyan, and kelly green, while keeping essentially the same technology as the vanilla iPhone 5. Still, is it really worth spending that much money to buy yet…

  • Archived,  News

    NC Wise PowerSchool Up and Running

    By Jacob Moffatt At East, the infamous switch from NC Wise to PowerSchool has been a stressful time for counsellors. The revamp of the school grading system and database was intended to make it easier for teachers to record grades. PowerSchool allows students and parents to check their grades online at any time, much like Engrade. Unlike Engrade, however, the switch to PowerSchool required a complete transfer of all data on each student from NC Wise. The district was not notified of the switch by the state until September of 2012. With such short notice, counsellors had to work quickly. In the past, schedules did not have to be finalized…