• Features

    New service hopes to be the eco-friendly future of transportation

    Traffic congestion and limited parking in downtown Chapel Hill often deter potential shoppers and diners, an issue not uncommon to growing urban areas. Slidr, a new Asheville-based transportation company, hopes to act as a mediator by offering short complementary and energy-efficient rides in downtown areas. For now, it is only available in Asheville and Raleigh. The vehicles used are manufactured by Polaris GEM, a forerunner in electric vehicles. These low-speed, windowless vehicles closely resemble an elongated golf cart, but are equipped with street-legal safety features such as seat belts and turn signals. Furthermore, with zero-emissions and lower-maintenance costs, they are the cheaper and more sustainable choice. In January, Slidr received…

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    What not to say to seniors

    By Ceci Creissen Everyone lied, senior year is more stressful than junior year. Senior year is junior year all over again with the added responsibility of selling yourself. The commodity is four years of courses, extracurriculars, a rancorous desire to learn, and the potential to become an intellectual superstar who will bring his or her prospective alma mater pride, and good publicity. They key towards staying on a senior’s good side is to avoid asking questions they don’t know the answer to. Don’t give into the temptation of asking them “Where are you applying?” or “What do you want to study?” because chances are they’ve already been asked twice that…

  • Opinions

    Incentives to be kinder

    By Ceci Creissen They don’t hold the door open for you, they don’t say thank you when you hold it open for them, and you start to wonder if they noticed you at all. Spaciness is often an excuse for impoliteness, but it’s an invalid one. You’re supposed to be polite to anyone and everyone, not just the people you want to impress. Civil, a synonym of polite, relates to the idea that civilizations are made up of citizens: people who are civil to their counterparts. Emily Post, an American author known for her work about manners once said, “manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If…

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    Day in the life of Jop and co.

    By Ceci Creissen Amid a clutter of papers, cardboard boxes and trash, sat the student body president at his desk. Jopsy Bayog appears organized despite the mess. There’s a box labeled “sidewalk chalking” with a pack of wipes inside and four pencil boxes stacked on top of each other. Except for a hole puncher, a stack of lined paper and a binder, his desk is empty. Admittedly, he only has an hour of paperwork per night. The real source of work comes from organizing activities. When asked what he eats for dinner, Bayog sarcastically responded, “Do I eat dinner? I guess look into my life because I don’t have any…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    Cellphones and teen anxiety

    By Ceci Creissen When current East students were toddlers, there was a plethora of toys and activities to keep us entertained, physically active, social, and happy, including picture books, Barbies, Legos, cars, and just running around outside making up games. These still exist, but more often times, walking down the street or grocery store aisles toddlers and young children are seen poking away on electronics with the skill of an experienced teenager. Many of us received our first cellphone in middle school and it was chiefly used to text. Now cell phones provide numerous amounts of apps making them more of a necessity in the eyes of the consumer; scarcely…