• Features

    “You’re setting kids back in a way they might not recover from”

    Despite its reputation for exceptional academics and high-caliber students, the CHCCS district, like many others, has its fair share of disciplinary issues each year. At East alone, the 2018-2019 semester has witnessed more than five hallway fist fights, and numerous students have been suspended for various reasons. However, statistics from a 2016 study have revealed that across the district, these punishments have been doled out disproportionately by race, with African American students being affected the most by the imbalance.   The study, carried out by the Youth Justice Project—a subdivision of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice—revealed that 51.3 percent of suspensions handed out across the CHCCS district were given…

  • 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,  Arts & Culture

    Soundwaves: Social commentaries in music

    By Karlton Tate and Isaac Rosso Klakovich Throughout history, artists have used their music to make a variety of political statements. Today, the volatile political climate of the country has encouraged artists to declare their positions through their music with unprecedented prevalence. In the world of hip-hop and rap, artists have used events like police shootings and the recent election of Donald Trump as a springboard to make broader statements about topics like racism, oppression, and discrimination. While politics and music will forever be intertwined, it is critical that artists do not allow the quality of their music’s overall listening experience to suffer as a result of an overbearing social…

  • Archived,  Features

    Town of Chapel Hill innovates with summer lunch programs

    In schools districts across the country, more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. However for many families, even a reduced-price meal can present an insurmountable financial burden. Unfortunately, many school districts across the country use the practice of “lunch shaming” to encourage these low-income families to pay lunch fees by punishing their children. Branding students with stamps that read “I Need Lunch Money,” forcing students to clean cafeteria tables in front of their classmates, and strapping students with bright wristbands are just a few of the many humiliating tactics employed by districts looking to bolster revenue. In some districts, school cafeteria…

  • Archived,  Sports

    Duke Blue Devils Dominate ACC Tournament

    This season, the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament saw 15 of college basketball’s greatest teams battle it out on the court of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. At the start of the tournament, many analysts believed that the Carolina Tar Heels would become back-to-back ACC regular season and tournament champions, a monumental feat in the most competitive conference in the nation. However, an impressive four-game run by the Duke Blue Devils allowed Mike Krzyzewski’s team to emerge as tournament champions. In the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils dismantled Rick Pitino’s Louisville team in the second half as the Cardinals were unable to convert at the free throw line.…