• Opinions

    Make sports mandatory

    Like many other high schools across the country, East offers students the chance to participate in sports at the varsity and club levels. Between basketball, field hockey and even fencing, Wildcats are able to try out for a wide variety of teams over the course of the school year. However, the vast majority of students at East fail to take advantage of this opportunity, a trend that ought to change. Although some Wildcats may be less athletically gifted than others or may be disinterested in playing altogether, participation in sports should be made mandatory for all students due to the motor skills and teamwork experience that they provide. In this…

  • 2018-2019,  Opinions

    East has a toxic school culture

    When your options feel limited, you feel limited. You begin to question yourself and your judgments. Your life becomes a drag, and you blame it on your teachers. Then, as adults around you question your failures in school, you begin to blame it on yourself, whether or not your struggles are justified. The academic culture at East Chapel Hill High School is toxic. We cannot escape it, so we have two options: resist the urge to conform, or submit and accept your fate. This leads to the primary consideration:why is our modern educational system the way it is? A multi-degree graduate from Stan- ford and a vocal critic of higher…

  • 2018-2019,  Opinions

    Halloween is disappointing

    As I’m writing this piece in the throes of October, I’m surrounded by the enthusiasm for fall, and particularly the very end of this month: Halloween. The moment October starts, the world goes full SpookyTM mode, turning orange and black at every turn with pumpkins on every corner and a horror movie trailer in front of every YouTube video. Do not get me wrong, I absolutely adore fall. Sweaters, boots, hot drinks and crunchy leaves are some of God’s greatest gifts to the world. I even like the idea of dressing up and eating a bunch of candy, in theory, at least. The problem is that Halloween night it- self…

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    American Policy Towards Israel Must Change

    Israel is a staunch Middle Eastern ally of the United States and one of the primary recipients of American aid. Since the establishment of Israel as a nation, the United States has unashamedly backed Israeli interests without considering its own interests. However, this unconditional support by the United States to Israel is a fundamentally flawed and ultimately wrong political policy. For decades now, the United States has stood firmly behind Israel, regardless of its own strategic interests in the Middle East and abroad. In its blatant and inflexible support for Israel throughout the Israeli-Palestine conflict, the United States has alienated potential allies and created new enemies. Although tacit support for…

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    America needs to change how it approaches drugs

    It’s been 47 years since President Nixon launched his infamous “war on drugs” political strategy, and so far it’s done little to help America’s drug crisis. Not only has the war on drugs been ineffective, it has been incredibly expensive, costing over a trillion of taxpayer dollars. Almost all of the American presidents since Nixon have adopted the war on drugs, and have maintained the racially-charged policies used for dealing with narcotics. America can’t fix the drug issue by approaching it with a warlike strategy. Instead, we need to treat drug usage as a social issue if we truly want change, offer treatment instead of incarceration, and decriminalize all narcotics.…