• Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Soundwaves: Drake’s “Summer ’16” disappoints

    A Column by Karlton Tate and Isaac Rosso Klakovich Acclaimed rapper, singer, and hip-hop mogul Drake has had a widely successful career thus far. This year, Drake predicted that he would dominate the summer season alongside rapper Future with their widely trumpeted Summer Sixteen Tour. However, other hip-hop albums like Schoolboy Q’s “Blank Face,” YG’s “Still Brazy,” and Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” were considered better by most hip-hop fans. It is clear that the rapper’s prediction fell short of its mark, as he was eclipsed by these more impressive artists and rap releases. Drake’s current crisis lies in his lack of devotion to lyrical delivery yet commitment to accessible…

  • News

    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

    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…

  • News

    Redistricting plan accepted, 1047 students affected

    By: Corey Risinger The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District is no stranger to redistricting, its last foray being in 2008. But this year’s efforts involved a three-faceted task: addressing overcrowding at Seawell Elementary and Carrboro High School; reallocating students for the opening of Northside Elementary; and converting Frank Porter Graham Elementary School into a Dual Language magnet. “We’re not doing this every single year– we’re doing this because of the success and desirability of our community and because our schools are very successful,” said Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Todd LoFrese. In order to manage such a formidable task, the district created a redistricting advisory council of parents, administrators, and…

  • Opinions

    Online classes: easy for some, better for none

    By Jeremy Fox If you are one of the many students pondering your course schedule for next year, then you might be considering enrolling in an online AP class. Don’t. You’ll just end up learning nothing, failing the AP exam, and damaging the school system for others. As East students continue to push their academic limits, signing up for more and more AP classes in their quest to reach that “magic number” which will guarantee admission into the top-notch colleges of their dreams, increasing amounts of students have started loading up their schedules with online AP classes, which often promise an easier workload. However, the fact that some students use…