• Sports

    ECHHS wrestling team gains popularity

    Wrestling is one of the more unique sports that there are at East Chapel Hill High School. It incorporates several different techniques and fighting styles, even aspects of jiu jitsu. It is about halfway through the wrestling season and the ECHHS Wrestling team has had their greatest number of wrestlers in years. The team consists mostly of younger students with only two juniors and seniors. The team currently has 10 wrestlers on the team that fill 9/14 of the weight classes. Because of the boost in numbers the team has been able to compete in a more rigorous conference. The tougher competition has allowed for the team to improve overall.…

  • News

    Local elections in Chapel Hill heat up

    By Olivia Jenkins  On November 7,  Chapel Hill and surrounding cities will head to the polls to vote in local elections for Town Council, School Board and the Mayoral office. Running for re-election unopposed, Mayor Pam Hemminger is looking to continue her first term by pushing a platform of increasing high quality jobs and diversifying the tax base, as well as expanding the arts across Chapel Hill. “I’m continuing to help improve economic development for the town and then affordable housing,” said Hemminger in an interview with The Daily Tar Heel. Although the mayoral election has only one candidate, the Town Council elections have heated up with many candidates running…

  • Archived,  Features

    Legacy of Morehead Planetarium extends beyond Chapel Hill

    The Morehead Planetarium is one of the most iconic landmarks on the UNC campus, and has likely been visited by most Chapel Hill residents. However, many of its visitors neglect to read deep enough into the planetarium’s history to discover that its legacy extends far beyond the city limits. When it opened in 1949, Morehead Planetarium was only the sixth planetarium in the US, and the first on a university campus. Designed by the architects of the Jefferson Memorial, the planetarium was the most expensive building in NC history at the time of its completion. A decade later, the planetarium began to serve as a training center for astronauts. Its…

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    Tiny homes revolutionize affordable living

    Anyone who has ever been to Ikea and seen their life-size models of minimalist houses knows that one doesn’t need nearly as much living space as they may think. Now, similar houses to these are becoming available to own. Arielle Schechter, an architect based in Chapel Hill, is the founder of Micropolis Houses. Her goal is to offer affordable, efficient living that emphasizes beauty. Her inspiration comes from a desire to create more aesthetically-pleasing alternatives to trailers. “Some of my friends lived in trailers, and I thought they were really sad and depressing,” Schecter recalled of her childhood to The Daily Tar Heel. “There wasn’t adequate small housing back then.”…

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    Progression Climbing creates community at East

    Progression Climbing is Chapel Hill’s only premiere bouldering gym. Bouldering is one of climbing’s most rapidly growing factions, it gains support due to its requirement of big moves, jumps, flexible contortions, and parkour-style routes. Bouldering is a faction of climbing in which the climber “sends” or summits a climb that is no more than about 20 feet, mimicking the height of a boulder. For this reason, no ropes or harnesses are required, and climbers rely solely on their abilities. Bouldering is unlike different forms of climbing; the discipline does not focus on endurance. Instead bouldering requires the climber to focus on practiced technique and moves of power. Different from big…