• 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,  Features

    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…

  • 2018-2019,  Features

    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…

  • 2018-2019,  Arts & Culture

    Autumn: Big Season for (T)rap

    Big releases in the music industry are constant news, and September and October aren’t any different. Hip hop had a boom in the past two months. Lil Wayne released the highly anticipated Tha Carter V after a Sept. 25 announcement that the album would drop on his birthday, Sept. 27. When the album dropped, social media was abuzz, causing many students to post on their Instagram stories about hit tracks like Mona Lisa, which features Kendrick Lamar, and Don’t Cry, which features the late XXXTentacion. Another big release in rap was the drop of Iridescence, Brockhampton’s new album, Sept. 21. The album is the first album of the 14-person collective…

  • 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…