• 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…

  • Features

    “You’re setting kids back in a way they might not recover from”

    Despite its reputation for exceptional academics and high-caliber students, the CHCCS district, like many others, has its fair share of disciplinary issues each year. At East alone, the 2018-2019 semester has witnessed more than five hallway fist fights, and numerous students have been suspended for various reasons. However, statistics from a 2016 study have revealed that across the district, these punishments have been doled out disproportionately by race, with African American students being affected the most by the imbalance.   The study, carried out by the Youth Justice Project—a subdivision of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice—revealed that 51.3 percent of suspensions handed out across the CHCCS district were given…

  • 2018-2019,  Features

    Meet Kenneth Proulx: a New Principal for East Chapel Hill

    “I believe that the goal of a principal is to be the face of the school and the heart of the school, and the way that you do that is by creating those relationships, and not just with the kids.” After meeting with East Chapel Hill High School’s new principal, Kenneth Proulx, anyone would see that the above statement truly encompasses what he hopes to bring to East in the coming years. As an educator whose last job saw a school from its opening to its subsequent eight years, it’s evident Proulx values building relationships. Coming from Holly Grove Middle (as well as other schools in North Carolina and New…

  • 2018-2019,  Features

    Students Juuling at East: the Vaping Epidemic in our Hallways

    Growing up in the 2000s, there was one thing hammered into the mind of every first through ninth grader: smoking is evil, and only losers and burnouts smoke. There were pledges to abstain, stickers and hours of education and presentations. However, these lessons may have been wasted. Recently, across the state, there has been a worrying increase in nicotine use and abuse by teenagers. The primary culprit: Juul. According to the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey’s most recent report, e-cigarette use by high schoolers is up 894 percent since 2011. That same survey found three out of every ten students have used e-cigarettes. East, in particular, having wealthy students with…

  • 2018-2019,  Features

    Eugenics Spark Controversy

    It is difficult to understate the importance of genetic information, it provides insight to one’s heritage, current health status, and the future of their children. Equally as important is genetic autonomy, the ability to control how genetic information is used. One of the most prominent violations of genetic autonomy in history is the eugenics movement. The eugenics movement experimented on, sterilized, and at times euthanized individuals deemed “undesirable” by eugenicist academics. According to Npr.org, 7,000 people were forcibly sterilized in North Carolina alone between 1929 and 1976. The eugenics movement was an attempt at population control of people deemed to be unfit to live and reproduce in society. The movement…