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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    German student adjusts to East

    East is infamous among its students for presenting a level of academic rigor unreasonable for everyone to succeed. But is it really so? According to Hannah Dannenberg, an exchange student from Berlin attending East for the year, Chapel Hill is really not all that bad. When comparing East and her school in Germany, Dannenberg said it was “easy” at East and that the homework load was a lot higher in Germany. Dannenberg’s school is also more arts focused, often going on art and fashion oriented field trips. Students are required to take both Latin and English starting in first grade, explaining the high difficulty environment. Attending such a rigorous school…

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    East student voters prepared for the NC election this month

    Without degrees, careers or even sometimes transportation, young people have been forced to get creative in order to be heard. Protests, marches and the advent of social media provide increased visibility and the ability to affect change for young people. The most conventional practice of democracy, however, is voting. The 2018 midterm elections could allow for the country’s leaders to realize the interests and opinions of its younger citizens, which can only be accessed if they decide to vote. According to Electproject.org, voters 18 to 24 have consistently lower turnout rates than their older counterparts. 18 to 24 year olds have turnout rates between twenty and forty percent, while thirty to…