The Wilson Beacon

It’s okay to take a media break

Graphic by Shirah Lister

Leah Carrier

May 24, 2020

When my parents gave me a phone in 6th grade, they said I was only allowed to use it to text, call and read. So I did just that. ‘News’ became my most used app–which wasn’t a problem until I found myself sitting on my couch, staring down in horror at an unnecessarily graphic photo in an article abo...

Not a good choice, but the right one

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Jack Barlett

May 24, 2020

With Bernie Sanders having dropped out of the race, we can now definitively congratulate Joe Biden on becoming the Democratic Party nominee for 2020. But with his troubling ideals and controversial actions, can he still be trusted to be better than Trump? To answer these questions, let’s start wit...

Trump could’ve prevented this

Graphic by Sarah Morgan

Aaron Gorman

May 24, 2020

As of writing this, more than one million people across the U.S have been infected with Coronavirus and over 80,000 have died, including at least 6,300 infections and 328 deaths in DC. This disease has caught the U.S completely off guard, and, despite his attempts to blame China or the WHO or Obama, it...

Climate change is killing Somalia––and it’s not their fault

Graphic by Shirah Lister

Sophia Ibrahim

April 29, 2020

For the last 30 years, Somalia has been known as a “failed state.” It’s topped lists about countries most dangerous to travel to and has been seen as a hopeless cause; a land of pirates, war, and terrorist organizations—mainly Al Shabab. Countries think the main reason Somalia looks the way it...

Let teachers talk about politics

Graphic by Sarah Morgan

Leah Carrier

April 22, 2020

Students, teachers, friends, family, atrium rats currently taking over the school, humor me for a minute. Close your eyes, and imagine being back in the classroom. Picture two scenarios: in the first, a student like me tries to convince their peers to support their favorite politician. In scenario two, a ...

It’s time to ditch AIPAC

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Aaron Gorman

April 18, 2020

In 1963, AIPAC was created to promote US-Israel relations and to defend American Jews. However, as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has faced criticism for his staunchly anti-Palestine policies, AIPAC has been attacked for its unwavering support for Netanyahu. In allowing Netanyahu to contin...

We should acknowledge the efforts of Wilson teachers

We should acknowledge the efforts of Wilson teachers

Isabelle Pala

April 14, 2020

Every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday that I have morning practice at 6:15, I see the same ten or so teachers walk into the school not long after I do. I always wonder, what could they be doing this early in the morning? Tutoring, buying supplies, and planning field trips are just a few examples of t...

Shirah and Sarah’s Guide to starting spring right

Shirah and Sarah’s Guide to starting spring right

Shirah Lister and Sarah Morgan

April 12, 2020

Another day, another dollar. Another month, another satire! Welcome back to your absolute favorite part of the Beacon (that’s right, we know you skip all four pages of the News section to get here. And we love that.) Now we all know it’s March, which means one thing: Spring! And with spring comes t...

Wilson’s culture of disrespecting women must end

Graphic by Shirah Lister

Virginia Suardi

April 9, 2020

We all know boys at Wilson that harass girls. It happens in different ways: catcalling, filming, following, touching, and more. Despite the prevalence of the issue, teachers and administrators still do very little to address it.  When asked where the problem comes from, many credit it to misinformation a...

Quality over quantity: put a cap on AP classes

Graphic by Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

April 7, 2020

It’s 2 am, I’m sitting at my desk, eyes narrowed at a computer screen as I click away. “Wow, this Mathxl really sucks,” I whisper. Because Mathxl sucks.  Said Mathxl was due in six hours, and I hate submitting late work, but I also have APUSH vocabulary to finish. I weigh my options, wonder...

Keep your White Savior Complex off of my feed

Graphic by Shirah Lister

Keyla Sejas

April 5, 2020

Like many others, I love going on vacation. The only difference is that when I go on vacation, I don’t take photographs with people of color for my Instagram. It is understandable to take pictures of the beautiful location you might be visiting, but it's a different story when your feed is full of...

College athletes should be compensated

College athletes should be compensated

Chiara Purificato

April 3, 2020

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) makes a heaping $1 billion a year, profiting a tremendous amount off of its student-athletes. The athletes on D1 teams aren’t paid, but they should be because they dedicate their lives to the sport and the team, commit as if it is a full-time job, an...

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