• Archived,  Features

    Body Positive Moves in East and Around the World

    By Vivian Scimone Recently, movements and campaigns encouraging body acceptance have risen up in the United States and around the world. Mostly, these movements have been in reaction to the increased prevalence of eating disorders and increased public awareness of the reality of body shapes and sizes. At East, students learn about eating disorders in the required course, Healthful Living. In this class students spend one semester learning about the main aspects of health and the other semester partaking in physical activity. “I think that there should be more emphasis on nutrition [in East’s health classes],” said senior, Jocelyn Reckford. Reckford believes that one required year of Healthful Living, including the…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    Independent reading should be more encouraged in schools

    Story and photos by Vivian Scimone Almost every high school student is familiar with literary works like “Lord of the Flies,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Pride and Prejudice.” Even more familiar is that sense of dread when one is assigned a book to read that one has no interest in. Worse still is the inevitable essay that will have to be written about said book. Many students dislike having to constantly read literary works that disinterest them and fail to capture their passions. “[Independent reading] isn’t done very often in [classes,]” said Xebernadzy Doncel, senior. “We don’t really have a choice to choose what books we…

  • Archived,  News

    Carrboro declares itself a safe haven for Syrian refugees

    By Vivian Scimone The Carrboro Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution, declaring the town a safe haven for Syrian refugees at its Nov 24 meeting. “Refugees aren’t terrorists,” said Alderman Sammy Slade, “Refugees are people who are victims of violence and terror. It’s our responsibility as a welcoming town to invite them [in] and lead by example.” According to the United Nations high commissioner of refugees, on Nov 17, 2015, there are over 4 million refugees of the Syrian civil war. The United States has affirmed that it will accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, which is only a small fraction of the 4 million people that are in…

  • Archived,  Features

    These are the best TV shows to binge-watch this Winter Break

    By Vivian Scimone Face it. Winter Break is around the corner and the cold weather is slowly freezing you into a human popsicle whenever you go outside. All you really want to do is curl up and burrow into that pile of blankets and pillows you call a bed and binge-watch an entire show (or two) on Netflix. Here is a list of the absolute best and most entertaining shows sure to keep you all cozied up in good spirits this winter season. Master of None Aziz Ansari stars as Dev Shaw, a thirty-year-old actor making his way in NYC, in this Netflix Original Series. Ansari is the creator, producer,…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Get excited for these upcoming Disney Pixar movies

    By Vivian Scimone and Michelle Verderber Everyone loves a good movie. Even better than a good movie is a good movie sequel. So, here is a list of the most exciting and long awaited sequels and reboots of movies that will be released in the next four years. Captain America: Civil War “Captain America: Civil War” is the third Captain America movie, which follows “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The beginning of the film will involve Captain America leading the Avengers around the world to fight crime. A significant amount of damage is done at one of the team’s stops. This leads superheroes to…