• 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.…

  • Arts & Culture

    East students covet pens

    To some, all pens are the same, and from one model to the next many believe there are no true differences between models, only gimmicks. However, beneath the general populace lies a niche group of pen enthusiasts. Discussions, comparisons, and missions all surround the pursuit of the highest quality pen. Some are better for math and science, while others suit long essay writing. Pens prove to be highly specialized. The gratification one receives from using their choice pen cannot be measured. The selection process is a form of meditation on one’s personal preferences, and when the time comes to place the nib to the paper and the ink begins to…

  • News

    Increase in hate crimes call for new incentives

    Ever since the rise of terrorism and fundamentalist Muslim groups between the late 90s and 2010, the rate of anti-Muslim hate crimes has escalated rapidly. According to the FBI, after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, orchestrated by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes spiked to 481, the highest it has been since 2000. By 2008, the fear of Muslims faded somewhat, lowering the number of hate-crimes to 105. However, this downward trend did not continue for very long. As a new terror threat, ISIS, reared its head in Syria in the early 2010’s, the amount of hate crimes…