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    Meet the candidates: East’s Presidential Election!

    Interview by Corey Risinger As we head into this year’s election season, students are faced with a slew of candidates. But who should you choose? Well, the ECHO can’t answer that one for you. Hopefully, though, the interviews below will help you figure it out! The candidates chose their specific questions from a larger list, which accounts for the variety of responses featured in this article. Now, let’s meet the candidates~ Riley Foster (RF) ; Grant Holub-Moorman (GM) ; George de Castro (GC) ; Shane Jones (SJ)       1) What is your inspiration for running for office? RF: My inspiration for running for office stems from many things. I’ve…

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    MSL exams, what to expect and how to take them

    By Corey Risinger As the scheduled date for MSL exams approaches, students and teachers alike are struggling to understand exactly the preparation necessary. A conversation with Executive Director of Testing of Program Evaluation Dr. Diane Villwock reveals that these Measures of Student Learning are set to evolve once again. “The reality is [that] I am, just like all of you are, going to have to flex with the changes down the road,” Dr. Villwock said at a March meeting of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Though students have lamented their own lack of understanding about the exams, Dr. Villwock reveals that she also has been largely left in the dark.…

  • Features

    East students tie their faith into school community

    Chapel Hill’s population is about 44 percent religious, according to Sperling’s Best Places.  Likewise, religious East students find ways to tie their faith into their community at school.  The largest religion at East is Christianity.  The three clubs at East that are based in religion are affiliated with Christianity and each relate to different aspects of the religion. Young Life is a non-denominational Christian youth ministry that became active at East in fall 2011.  Young Life’s East branch, now led by UNC-Chapel Hill senior Jordan Abourjilie, meets out of school for a combination of social fun and faith-based life lessons.  Team leaders such as Abourjilie seek to be a positive…

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    Internet filtering “liberal” at CHCCS, still prompts student work-arounds

    It has happened to every East student. You are in the media center Googling your research topic. You spot a promising link. You click on it, only to find your way blocked by a plain white and disappointingly familiar page. You have run into Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ web filtering software, and a simple refresh is not going to get you any further onto that page. This practice is not simply the East computers being difficult. Under the Children’s Internet Protection Act, all schools that accept federal funding for internet must use filters to block content deemed inappropriate. CHCCS uses iPrism, a hardware device from EdgeWave. With iPrism, a group…

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    Head 2 Head: Athletes should be paid

      By Charlie Caron The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a booming business with ever-rising popularity, but where does its money go? The answer is wealthy businessmen who do not deserve profits that they have not won. Some of the proceeds from the sale of merchandise and tickets should be paid to the athletes themselves. Players today are considered amateurs and therefore do not merit any money for their efforts; however, this archaic definition was created when the NCAA was not making millions of dollars from jersey sales and exponentially increasing ticket prices. Many of these players are now budding stars who treat their college years as the minor leagues…