• 2018-2019,  Features

    Slab City: A desert community harboring society’s outcasts

    Slab City, California is a refuge. A place where society’s outcasts can live without judgement. For many, it’s the end of the road. Those who have burned all their bridges in life still can still find a home in Slab City. Residents of Slab City, or Slabbers, often call their home “The Last Free Place,” as the presence of law enforcement is few and far between. Slabbers make their own decisions, often veering from the law, and from what would be acceptable in society. Simply put, Slabbers do what they feel is right for them. People come to the dusty desert town for different reasons, but for many it’s a…

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    America needs to change how it approaches drugs

    It’s been 47 years since President Nixon launched his infamous “war on drugs” political strategy, and so far it’s done little to help America’s drug crisis. Not only has the war on drugs been ineffective, it has been incredibly expensive, costing over a trillion of taxpayer dollars. Almost all of the American presidents since Nixon have adopted the war on drugs, and have maintained the racially-charged policies used for dealing with narcotics. America can’t fix the drug issue by approaching it with a warlike strategy. Instead, we need to treat drug usage as a social issue if we truly want change, offer treatment instead of incarceration, and decriminalize all narcotics.…

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    Arts & Culture

    Important and influential musical artists that died in 2017

    2017 saw the loss of a number of influential musical artists, many of which are unheard of by younger generations. Despite this, many of the musicians that died in 2017 have shaped the music world into what it is today, and deserve to be recognized. Today we consider rock to be one of the main genres of music, but it couldn’t have gotten to the level of success it has today without the people that shaped it. Chuck Berry was one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll, whose onstage charisma and resonating voice helped him to become one of the first rock hits. His unique guitar style was influenced…

  • Features

    The Order of Gimghoul, in the heart of Chapel Hill, remains a mystery

    The Order of Gimghoul is a secret society located in the heart of Chapel Hill. Little is known about what its purpose is, or who is a part of it. Secret meetings are held in a large stone castle on the crest of a hill. The society has been a source of Chapel Hill lore for almost two hundred years, yet its origins are shrouded in secrecy. Mystery always lurks, and that is no exception for the Order of Gimghoul. The secret society is rich in obscurity from its origins, to its members, and to the castle itself. The society was not originally called The Order of Gimghoul. Originally named…