• Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Soundwaves: Social commentaries in music

    By Karlton Tate and Isaac Rosso Klakovich Throughout history, artists have used their music to make a variety of political statements. Today, the volatile political climate of the country has encouraged artists to declare their positions through their music with unprecedented prevalence. In the world of hip-hop and rap, artists have used events like police shootings and the recent election of Donald Trump as a springboard to make broader statements about topics like racism, oppression, and discrimination. While politics and music will forever be intertwined, it is critical that artists do not allow the quality of their music’s overall listening experience to suffer as a result of an overbearing social…

  • Archived,  Features

    Town of Chapel Hill innovates with summer lunch programs

    In schools districts across the country, more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. However for many families, even a reduced-price meal can present an insurmountable financial burden. Unfortunately, many school districts across the country use the practice of “lunch shaming” to encourage these low-income families to pay lunch fees by punishing their children. Branding students with stamps that read “I Need Lunch Money,” forcing students to clean cafeteria tables in front of their classmates, and strapping students with bright wristbands are just a few of the many humiliating tactics employed by districts looking to bolster revenue. In some districts, school cafeteria…

  • Archived,  Sports

    NCAA athletes deserve contracts

    Following the Tar Heels victory in the NCAA Championship game, fans from across North Carolina celebrated at home and on Franklin Street. Immediately after the buzzer sounded and confetti floated onto the court, stores were ready for the crowds of ravenous fans with newly designed championship apparel. Countless options ranging from hoodies to championship hats fill Franklin Street’s many boutiques to offer fans a way to capture their jubilation and commemorate the victory. At UNC’s student store, mannequins advertised in a large glass display sport the freshest shirt designs available. As Tar Heel fans tout their apparel around Chapel Hill, the sports community cannot help to notice the revenue being…

  • Archived,  Opinions,  The Tate of the Union

    The Tate of the Union: A reflection on my time at East

    As my time at East winds down, I have found myself reflecting on my four years in high school. For my last Tate of the Union, I wanted to take the time to discuss my academic experience at East, how this experience differs from many of my peers, and how our school’s administration can improve this experience for future students. Throughout my high school career, I thrived under the intense academic pressure. Personally, I am thankful for the heavy workload that I was encouraged to create for myself during my time at East. I feel prepared to attend UNC-Chapel Hill next year thanks to the development of the diligence, motivation,…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Soundwaves: “DAMN.” Album Review

    By Karlton Tate and Isaac Rosso Klakovich  Over two years ago, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar released his third studio album “To Pimp A Butterfly,” which would go on to be touted as one of the greatest rap albums of the century. Following the album’s release, many began to wonder how Lamar would follow this universally renowned album and if he could maintain a nearly flawless discography. With the release of his latest album “DAMN,” Lamar has once again emphatically launched himself into the spotlight as contemporary hip-hop’s greatest artist. While “DAMN.” may have a few thematic shortcomings and an occasional lack of sonic cohesiveness, its sprawling ambition and honest emotion…