• Opinions

    Make sports mandatory

    Like many other high schools across the country, East offers students the chance to participate in sports at the varsity and club levels. Between basketball, field hockey and even fencing, Wildcats are able to try out for a wide variety of teams over the course of the school year. However, the vast majority of students at East fail to take advantage of this opportunity, a trend that ought to change. Although some Wildcats may be less athletically gifted than others or may be disinterested in playing altogether, participation in sports should be made mandatory for all students due to the motor skills and teamwork experience that they provide. In this…

  • 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…

  • Sports

    CFP Predictions 2017

    At the beginning of the college football season, the ECHO made their predictions for the end-of-season playoff, as well as a few other forecasts on the side. While the majority of the football prophecy came true, a few interesting twists changed the predictions throughout the season. Here are the ECHO’s final college football predictions for the end of the year.   Allstate Sugar Bowl (#1 Clemson vs #4 Alabama) A rematch of the championship game from the past two years, Clemson’s stacked defensive line and stable of running backs will power past the Crimson Tide’s injury laden roster. Prediction: Clemson 31, Alabama 10.   Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern…

  • Opinions

    Net Neutrality must be saved

    On February 14, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission will meet to decide on the future of “net neutrality”, the principle that all internet content should be equally accessible to all net users. Heading the meeting will be Republican Ajit Pai, who plans to get rid of net neutrality entirely. It seems to the common man that net neutrality serves only to benefit the experience of internet browsers, a belief that is reflected by the vast majority of people who promote the concept. This is in fact correct, as an internet without net neutrality would be nothing like the internet that is used today. Many may not have heard the term…

  • News

    The Earth is doomed

    Last November, thousands of scientists issued a shocking yet familiar statement to the masses: our planet is doomed. In the scientific journal Bioscience, over 15 thousand scientists claimed that humans our “jeopardizing our future,” and that our way of life must be shifted almost immediately to prevent the death of the Earth. Although this radical declaration comes as a surprise to many people around the world, who surely did not expect such harsh criticism of their lifestyles, it actually echoes a similar assertion made exactly 25 years before. In 1992, nearly two-thousand scientists warned that our planet had just one or two decades left until it would be made inhabitable.…