• Features

    Newly discovered planets mean impending doom for humanity

    By Sam Killenberg In mid-April, NASA’s Kepler space observatory made news when it discovered a series of planets in a distant galaxy that could harbor life. Each of these planets occupies the so-called “Goldilocks zone”, meaning they are just the right distance away from their sun to have water and, therefore, life. Located in the distant Kepler-62 galaxy, these planets are almost six trillion miles or 1200 light years away. Each planet is larger than Earth, and two in particular seem just right for life to flourish. Kepler 62-e is balmy, similar to Hawaii, and Kepler 62-f is a cold, Arctic world. “This is the first one where I’m thinking…

  • Opinions

    Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev’s criminal trial is the right choice by policy makers

    By Sam Killenberg Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture on April 19 immediately incited a furious debate: Should the government try the Boston bombing suspect as a US criminal and read him his Miranda rights, or try him an enemy combatant, giving the government the ability to torture him for information and try him before a military tribunal? Conservative New York state senator Greg Ball set off a firestorm on Twitter hours after Tsarnaev’s capture by tweeting, “So, scum bag #2 in custody. Who wouldn’t use torture on this punk to save more lives?” Republican Senate leaders John McCain and Lindsey Graham were quick to agree with Ball, saying that “the last thing…

  • Sports

    Softball finishes on high note

    By Amelia Verkerk East Chapel Hill’s softball team recently finished successful season. Though a young team, the Wildcats’ scores and stats have greatly improved throughout the season. Even though  Junior pitcher Sydney Levine  was one of the only upperclassmen on the team. “We have lots of potential on the team, but because most of the girls are freshmen and sophomores, they haven’t had a lot of Varsity experience before.” Levine said. Over the course of the season, the team has worked hard to triumph. In their first six games, the Wildcats only won  a single game, but their record has gradually improved to 5-8. Additionally, in the team’s most recent…

  • Arts & Culture

    Though exaggerated, Gatsby does not disappoint

      By Corey Risinger Director Baz Luhrmann’s film commanded a great deal of attention from the press for “The Great Gatsby,” including Gatsby-themed celebrity parties, a myriad of exclusive film showings, and even a full episode on Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Book Club.” Other movies have seen this kind of public interest, but Gatsby differed from the stereotypical Harry Potter or Hunger Games experience. As opposed to these films, which have surely established themselves as American cinema staples, Luhrmann provoked discussion and argument, not just fanfare and  passion. Each person treasured some parts, while they wished others had been left only for the director’s cut. To be brief, the visuals…

  • Sports

    Wildcat track and field team wins PAC-6 championship

    By Lena Wilson In the first week of May, Wildcat track and field conquered the PAC-6 championship.  The women’s team finished the conference championship with a score of 113 points; Northern High School had 111 in second place.  East’s men’s team finished with 135 points, and Jordan High School came in second with 120 points. According to East coach Steven Marquis, a conference win was the original goal of both the men’s and women’s teams. The men’s team consists of many returning athletes, particularly juniors and seniors.  That also means strong senior leadership. “We really knew we had a good chance in the boys’ side,” Marquis said. Senior Khari Battle…