• 2018-2019,  Features

    Ethics Bowl

    Ethical dilemmas, for most, are situations people try to avoid. For East’s Ethics Bowl team, however, this is not the case. The eight-person club, coached by Dan Murphy and Lisa Ibarra, have proven themselves masters of competitive problem-solving on the ethical level, and after winning a state title Jan. 27, competed in the national competition April 5-7 at UNC-Chapel Hill.   Teams like East’s and others nationwide participate in Ethics Bowl by reviewing cases of ethical scenarios and debating their decided stance against an opposing team in the competition. Understanding the given cases means knowing specific moral ideas and applying different stances to one given, hypothetical story. In anticipation of…

  • 2018-2019,  Arts & Culture

    BalloonFest Comes to Carolina

    Statesville, NC–The Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville, North Carolina, is a combination of fried food, music, people, and floating pieces of art which carry people through the sky. It is the 45th year of the festival, and its many sponsors, including McDonald’s and Wells Fargo, helped pay for many types of entertainment. From October 19 to 21, the festival was open with inflatables, a climbing wall, bungee jumping and even a walk-in balloon for kids. For adults, there was a craftbeer station, a fried food section and two live bands. These activities were just side events, however, not the main attraction. A hot air balloon is a large contraption which has…