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    Sea you all later! I otter be back soon…

    By Lena Wilson Attending high school is like navigating the ocean.  You can skim across the surface, seeing everything swiftly and often from a distance.  Or you can dive deep under the water, never stopping until you reach the furthest depth at a single spot.  But me?  I am an otter.  I travel from spot to spot as I see fit, and dive under the waves for sustenance or simply interest.  I’ve tried to balance the two extremes to get a little bit of both. My otter-attitude has been both bad and good.  I sometimes regret that my lack of focus means that I might be a jack of all…

  • Features

    East students tie their faith into school community

    Chapel Hill’s population is about 44 percent religious, according to Sperling’s Best Places.  Likewise, religious East students find ways to tie their faith into their community at school.  The largest religion at East is Christianity.  The three clubs at East that are based in religion are affiliated with Christianity and each relate to different aspects of the religion. Young Life is a non-denominational Christian youth ministry that became active at East in fall 2011.  Young Life’s East branch, now led by UNC-Chapel Hill senior Jordan Abourjilie, meets out of school for a combination of social fun and faith-based life lessons.  Team leaders such as Abourjilie seek to be a positive…

  • Features

    Internet filtering “liberal” at CHCCS, still prompts student work-arounds

    It has happened to every East student. You are in the media center Googling your research topic. You spot a promising link. You click on it, only to find your way blocked by a plain white and disappointingly familiar page. You have run into Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ web filtering software, and a simple refresh is not going to get you any further onto that page. This practice is not simply the East computers being difficult. Under the Children’s Internet Protection Act, all schools that accept federal funding for internet must use filters to block content deemed inappropriate. CHCCS uses iPrism, a hardware device from EdgeWave. With iPrism, a group…

  • Arts & Culture

    Pre-jam preview: Oxygen Morons

    By: Lena Wilson Oxygen Morons, a rock band with young members but a classic sound, will be performing at Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Local 506.  The band’s usual members are Durham Academy senior David Bradley on drums, East senior Cory Oskardmay on bass and East senior John Thorp on guitar.  However, Thorp will be absent from the Saturday event.  Instead, East senior and Right of Way member Luka Vujaskovic will be filling in for guitar, and East senior Alex Young may join in on trombone. However, the styles each of the three usual members will be found in the band’s original songs. “Usually all three…

  • Arts & Culture

    Pre-jam preview: Hung Jury

    By: Lena Wilson East juniors and Battle-of-the-Bands veterans make up Hung Jury, a band named for the members’ inability to agree on a name.  Joey Smigla on guitar, James Allen on guitar and bass, Ben Goldstein on vocals and bass, and Sam Killenberg on drums will present a variety of rock styles at East Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Local 506. “Our band’s sound varies so much from song to song, but it is safe to say all of our songs are rock, whether it be garage rock, blues rock, pop rock, etc. We are very influenced by Weezer and The Raconteurs, and I would say…