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U Street funk it up

To step off the metro station and immediately be captivated by a beautiful band is a wonderful way to start any day. That was how I started my day at the U Street Funk Music Festival. The U Street Funk Music Festival is an annual event that started in 2014, after Jones Rood and a

David Wu’s open letter to Wilson

This is an open letter written by Wilson substitute and DCPS alum David Wu. It was submitted to beaconchiefeditor@gmail.com.  As a DCPS alumnus 42 years ago (from erstwhile Gordon and Western – today’s Hardy and Duke Ellington), it was with pride and joy and I was given an opportunity to help Ms. Mismash through her

Spring break trips for adventurous students

Every year, Spring break comes around right when students need it most. For students, the third advisory seems to have dragged on forever, with only more and more homework piling up. By the time spring break arrives, everyone is ready for a blissful week off. The trouble is, with the possibilities being endless, it can

Students work to “Spread the Word to End the Word”

Words can leave deep wounds. “Retard,” slang for mental retardation, the dated medical term once used to diagnose intellectual disabilities (ID) by physicians, has come to hold a negative connotation that is both derogatory and offensive. Yet, it has for years been used in everyday conversation as a synonym for stupid, promoting the false ideology

The science behind: teens and Trump

What do teens and Trump have in common? Besides turning to Twitter to get in their feelings, surprising comparisons can be drawn between our generation and the 45th president. As Trump’s reign continues, many have begun to call his mental health and emotional capacity into question. Claims that he is mentally unstable or emotionally unfit

A guide to marches in March

Every month, DC is home to various protests covering different political and social issues. This month, DC will play host to protests for issues including standing with Standing Rock, ending gender-based violence, and ending child abuse in the United States. From March 7 through 10,  there will be a Native Nations Tipi Camp set up

SATIRE: Bobcat on the loose

National Zoo officials scrambled to find the 25 pound bobcat, Ollie, who escaped Monday, January 30, eventually finding her at the Zoo three days later. But, where was she those three days she was not in her enclosure? A source close to the bobcat gave us the details of Ollie’s great escape. MONDAY 7:30 a.m.-

January sees big bump in gym membership

Every January 1, New Year’s resolutions are put in place. The most common resolution: to get in shape. In these harsh winter months, the only way make an attempt to do so is by joining a gym. During December and January, many gyms receive a 15% increase in memberships. However, by February the majority of

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