• Features

    Hella: the word that took the world by storm

    By Victoria Brancazio “Hella” Pronunciation: Hel-la Definition according to Urban Dictionary: (1) Adjective: To describe a lot of something or something good, (2) Noun: A lot of, (3) Adverb: Supplemental, infers a great quantity or that you’re doing something and doing it right, (4) Interjection: An affirmation of what someone just said. As culture changes, slang words emerge and develop, and the best slang word of 2014 is perhaps “Hella.” This word, meaning a multitude of things (see above), describes one’s thoughts in the most perfect way — it truly encompasses the speaker’s emotional state in a way no other word has before. To put it succinctly: “Hella” is hella.…

  • Arts & Culture

    Four Square Productions promotes script showcase

    By Victoria Brancazio Four Square Productions, this year’s theatre four production company, is offering students the chance to write their own one-act plays. East students and faculty members are allowed to submit their own plays, in which this year’s theatre two class will perform in. “East [has] given students the chance to act, direct, tech, design, and produce productions,” said senior and Four Square Board member, Laura Bevington. “We want to let students explore another side of theatre: script writing.” Each writer is prompted, and must begin their script, with the line, “Are you sure you want to hear this?” The participating scripts must be between three and seven pages…

  • News

    Employment Non-Discrimination Act passes Senate, expected to fail in House

    By Victoria Brancazio Earlier this month, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed through the NC Senate, making progress for the LGBTQ community. This bill, first introduced in 1994, would end discrimination against potential employees based off of the employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The ENDA also forbid employers from withholding employee benefits, like employee privileges or compensation, from any employees, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill would be enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “[The ENDA] means that the LGBTQ liberation movement is starting to move faster, which is really exciting,” said junior co-president of East’s Queer-Straight Alliance Abby Weaver. “To my knowledge, this is…

  • News

    Chapel Hill tackles affordable housing for public

    By Victoria Brancazio As Chapel Hill develops as a community, mortgage and rental rates continue to rise, jeopardizing middle-class and lower-income families who cannot afford these higher rates as well as Chapel Hill’s high property tax. Many citizens worry that Chapel Hill may become a “bedroom community” where the majority of its workforce lives in another area, choosing to commute to work. Last May, the Chapel Hill Town Council created a committee to add more affordable housing in the area. “Back in the spring, I set a committee, to get us some stakeholders…on this issue, to explore some other ways, some other approaches [and] to help incentives affordability in the…

  • News

    East students and teachers attend Moral Mondays

    By Victoria Brancazio In response to the state laws created and proposed this summer by the Republican-led General Assembly, a peaceful protest emerged amongst North Carolina citizens. Led by the NAACP, weekly protests known as Moral Mondays began and protesters gathered in Raleigh. A range of issues were discussed, from health and medical coverage to education and gun control. Some of these demonstrators even practiced civil disobedience, leading to a total to over 900 arrests. Those arrested range from college professors, to doctors, to students. “I noticed while I was there was the incredible diversity of the crowd.  There were men and women of all ages and races from every…