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Fast Fashion Kills

Fast Fashion Kills

Adelaide Kaiser

February 8, 2019

You walk into Forever 21 and pick up a tank top. You try it on, it looks great, and it’s only $7. What a steal! You buy it and leave the store. You wear the shirt three times and then one of the straps breaks. You throw it away. You have to buy a new shirt. This is a pretty common scenario. Clothes ha...

Of Rubbish and Injustice: Environmental Racism in DC

Of Rubbish and Injustice: Environmental Racism in DC

Naomi Todd

February 8, 2019

A few blocks south of the Fort Totten Metro station, you’ll find a large enclosed area with signs reading: “Federal Property: Keep Out.” After driving in, you’ll find an overflowing pile of broken chairs, scattered pieces of wood, old toilets, and car parts. This is one of two government-run tr...

Beyond the Board: My Life as a Competitive Scrabble Player

Beyond the Board: My Life as a Competitive Scrabble Player

Chloe Fatsis

February 8, 2019

It’s round six of the 2018 North American Scrabble Championship. I’m sitting in a huge convention center surrounded by 400 other word fanatics. Across from me sits a middle-aged man from Pennsylvania. The seven letters on my rack are E, M, N, N, S, T, and U. I look at the board and see an open H. Someh...

The Duality of Black Womanhood

The Duality of Black Womanhood

Ayomi Wolff

February 8, 2019

My project is an examination of the stereotypes and aspects of womanhood through the exaggeration of said aspects and their flaws. Although these pieces are part of a bigger project, they can stand alone as a voice for the strongest people in our society: Black women. Black women are often perceived as...

The Bindi isn’t Indie

The Bindi isn’t Indie

Mabel Malhotra

February 8, 2019

It is evening in Dubai. My Dadima’s home is lit dimly with candles. The smell of incense wafts from her bedroom, and the scent of my Dadaji’s cologne holds a heavy presence in the air. If I peek through the crack of her slightly opened bedroom door, I see her with a scarf over her head. She stan...

Scholars with sticky fingers: the reality of Wilson’s theft culture

Scholars with sticky fingers: the reality of Wilson’s theft culture

Emilia Comrack, Stella Schwartzman, and Sadie Wyatt

June 4, 2018

It was a normal sight: a student walked into the store. He wore a grey hoodie and sweats with his school backpack swung over his shoulder. A smile spread across his face as he walked past the manager. He knew what he was about to do–he knew the routine well. He grabbed three packs of gum and a bag of...

There is no oasis in a food desert

There is no oasis in a food desert

Juna Park-Rogers

June 1, 2018

There are only three full-service grocery stores in both Ward 7 and 8 for nearly 150,000 residents. In Ward 3, there are nine full service grocery stores for only 80,000 residents. The neighborhoods across the river experience “food deserts” because they are in poorer, predominantly Black neighborhoo...

Where makeup and media intersect at Wilson

Where makeup and media intersect at Wilson

Meghan Dayton and Adelaide Kaiser

June 1, 2018

When scrolling through the explore page on Instagram, it is almost impossible not to see a makeup artist posting their newest tutorial or look. The bold brows, brightly colored eyeshadow and luminous fake lashes stand out among an otherwise relatively boring collection of pictures. These makeup artis...

Doomsday

Doomsday

Nate Belman

June 1, 2018

The lights shut off. The screen of the phone you are looking at goes black. You try to turn it back on, but nothing happens. You look outside and a commercial airliner careens out of the sky and hits the ground in a fiery explosion in a forest nearby. You run to the backup generator in the basement and f...

Examining Wilson and title IX

Examining Wilson and title IX

Allie O'Brien and Ella Pearlman-Chang

June 1, 2018

Over the past decade, Wilson’s athletic programs have maintained steady compliance with Title IX. Annual reports submitted by the school athletic department for review by the DC Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) confirm this. Despite compliance, however, female athletes and teams at Wilson ha...

To 14,179 feet and back: climbing Mount Shasta

To 14,179 feet and back: climbing Mount Shasta

Benjamin Korn

May 8, 2018

Imagine walking up at Fort Reno. You might be slightly winded by the top, but you’ve made it in 2 minutes. Now imagine it taking you a full hour and a half.

Wilson Students Take a Stand: A Glance at Wilson during the Vietnam War

Ellida Parker

November 15, 2017

Throughout its history, Wilson has been a microcosm of DC and the United States as a whole. In the late sixties, this was true as it is today. Civil rights issues and racial tensions that plagued the country were palpable inside Wilson’s halls, and activism against the raging Vietnam war seen on college cam...

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