• Arts & Culture

    Local cycling group to host national film festival

    By Sam Killenberg For the second year in a row, local youth leadership organization Spoke ‘N Revolutions will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theatre on April 25. Spoke ‘N Revolutions, founded in 2010 by East parents Suepinda Keith and Kevin Hicks, aims to teach students valuable leadership skills through cycling. The group hosts local community service events promoting biking as an eco-friendly and healthy means of transportation and recreation and takes members on national biking tours. Senior Jeimy Salazar is in her third year with the program. “Spoke ‘N Revolutions just helps teach students leadership and working together,” said Salazar. “I did the Lewis…

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    Music improves working experience

    By: Leah Meshnick For many students music is key enjoyment, and for productivity. While studying for a test, writing an essay, or performing any other task requiring concentration, some students just turn off their music. But for many people, having a quiet background noise can help them focus. Music can block out more distracting noise and help procrastinators keep working till late at night or even early in the morning. It can even help calm nerves before a huge test. While listening to music can have huge benefits for some, it doesn’t work for everybody. In order to get the best effects, opt for calm music with a fewer lyrics,…

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    BAACH: A Tour of Chapel Hill Pancakes

    By: Matthew Creatore and Max Smith Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe – 3 pancakes Walking into Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe located on Franklin Street we were unsure what to think of it. The entrance, lined with kitchen-side booths, presents a tight space for those waiting in line. However, once we got a chance to sit down the fast service and spacious booth brightened the mood. Our problem, because we are chocolate chip connoisseurs, was the fact that Ye Olde did not offer them on the menu. Rather, it presented unique additional options for its pancakes (Reese’s pieces and m&ms). We will unlikely be back to ‘ye’ restaurant especially if it’s breakfast time.…

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    Pre-jam preview: Oxygen Morons

    By: Lena Wilson Oxygen Morons, a rock band with young members but a classic sound, will be performing at Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Local 506.  The band’s usual members are Durham Academy senior David Bradley on drums, East senior Cory Oskardmay on bass and East senior John Thorp on guitar.  However, Thorp will be absent from the Saturday event.  Instead, East senior and Right of Way member Luka Vujaskovic will be filling in for guitar, and East senior Alex Young may join in on trombone. However, the styles each of the three usual members will be found in the band’s original songs. “Usually all three…

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    Pre-jam preview: Hung Jury

    By: Lena Wilson East juniors and Battle-of-the-Bands veterans make up Hung Jury, a band named for the members’ inability to agree on a name.  Joey Smigla on guitar, James Allen on guitar and bass, Ben Goldstein on vocals and bass, and Sam Killenberg on drums will present a variety of rock styles at East Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Local 506. “Our band’s sound varies so much from song to song, but it is safe to say all of our songs are rock, whether it be garage rock, blues rock, pop rock, etc. We are very influenced by Weezer and The Raconteurs, and I would say…