• 2018-2019,  News

    Glenwood Elementary becomes a bilingual magnet school

    Chapel Hill’s oldest elementary school, Glenwood, will become a magnet school for the English-Mandarin Dual Language Program, as voted by the school board Sept. 20. This decision was controversial and was met with some backlash by the community. Glenwood, opened in 1953, has been a big part of Chapel Hill history. The school was desegregated in the late 1950’s and early 60’s and has evolved into one of the most diverse schools in the area, catalyzed by the introduction of the Mandarin program in 2002. The program has English-speaking students learning Mandarin, and Mandarin-speaking children learning English, allowing for cross-cultural integration from a young age. Throughout the years, a select…

  • 2018-2019,  News

    Victims’ rights law passes

    Marsy Nicholas, a senior at UC Santa Barbara, was killed by her ex-boyfriend Kerry Conley on November 30, 1983. A week later, Marsy’s family walked into a grocery store and met the murderer. They had not been notified that Conley had been released on bail. “If any good can come of something this horrible – the loss of my sister and the losses of other families of crime victims – it is that these violent acts served as a catalyst for change,” said Henry Nicholas, the brother of Marsy. “Marsy’s Law will provide for a more compassionate justice system for crime victims.” Since the death of Marsy, Henry, CEO of…

  • 2018-2019,  News

    China funds infrastructure

    Though most of us consider colonialism to be a thing of the past, some recent developments in Africa may change that. In nearly every country in Africa’s southern tip, Chinese investors are buying up natural resources for use in Chinese made products. Oftentimes when a foreign country buys up national resources, it employ domestic workers to mine, log, or otherwise remove the resources. However, Chinese companies have been buying resources from African nations and bringing in Chinese workers. This prevents money from entering the African economies, aside from what is being paid for the resources. These practices are uncommon, but not unheard of. The critics of China’s actions accuse China…

  • 2018-2019,  News

    US enters trade agreement

    One of President Trump’s most adamant positions is his opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, which created a zone of free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico by lowering tariffs and other economic barriers. Trump has repeatedly advocated to modify or possibly repeal the agreement, and as of Sept. 30, the administration is taking significant steps towards delivering on that promise. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is the new trilateral trade deal that serves as a modernized version of NAFTA. The most prominent aspects of the agreement are its changes to labor standards, automobile tariffs and dairy tariffs.…

  • 2018-2019,  News

    Russian defectors poisoned

    Russian defector and ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and 21 bystanders were poisoned by a nerve agent in March. Skripal was a high ranking member of the GRU, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian military, when he defected to the British intelligence agency MI6 and operated as a mole for six years. After being exposed and jailed in 2004, Skripal was deported to Britain in a prisoner exchange between Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Since then, Skripal has frequently traveled to meet western intelligence officials and is suspected of having continued to be an active agent. On March 4, Skripal and his daughter were found barely conscious…