• 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…

  • 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…

  • Arts & Culture

    BalloonFest Comes to Carolina

    Statesville, NC–The Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville, North Carolina, is a combination of fried food, music, people, and floating pieces of art which carry people through the sky. It is the 45th year of the festival, and its many sponsors, including McDonald’s and Wells Fargo, helped pay for many types of entertainment. From October 19 to 21, the festival was open with inflatables, a climbing wall, bungee jumping and even a walk-in balloon for kids. For adults, there was a craftbeer station, a fried food section and two live bands. These activities were just side events, however, not the main attraction. A hot air balloon is a large contraption which has…

  • News

    Victims’ rights law passes

    Marsy Nicholas, a senior at UC Santa Barbara, was killed by her ex-boyfriend Kerry Conley on November 30, 1983. A week later, Marsy’s family walked into a grocery store and met the murderer. They had not been notified that Conley had been released on bail. “If any good can come of something this horrible – the loss of my sister and the losses of other families of crime victims – it is that these violent acts served as a catalyst for change,” said Henry Nicholas, the brother of Marsy. “Marsy’s Law will provide for a more compassionate justice system for crime victims.” Since the death of Marsy, Henry, CEO of…

  • News

    China funds infrastructure

    Though most of us consider colonialism to be a thing of the past, some recent developments in Africa may change that. In nearly every country in Africa’s southern tip, Chinese investors are buying up natural resources for use in Chinese made products. Oftentimes when a foreign country buys up national resources, it employ domestic workers to mine, log, or otherwise remove the resources. However, Chinese companies have been buying resources from African nations and bringing in Chinese workers. This prevents money from entering the African economies, aside from what is being paid for the resources. These practices are uncommon, but not unheard of. The critics of China’s actions accuse China…