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We must rename our school after Reno City to ensure equality

We must rename our school after Reno City to ensure equality

Sophia Ibrahim

October 27, 2020

Let’s review, shall we? Our school’s namesake was the 28th president of the United States. Woodrow Wilson’s term lasted from 1913 to 1921, during which he supported and passed many bills enforcing segregation. One instance of his racist beliefs on display was when he held a private White Hous...

Halloween should not be cancelled, but rather celebrated in a non-traditional way

Halloween should not be cancelled, but rather celebrated in a non-traditional way

Bryanna Portillo

October 27, 2020

October marks the beginning of “spooky season,” a term coined by Gen-Z to show our excitement for Halloween. Yet, with the recent events and the chaos of 2020, there are concerns over whether Halloween can be celebrated while maintaining public health guidelines. This year’s Halloween shouldn’t ...

Painting Canvas in a better light— why the virtual learning platform isn’t all that bad

Painting Canvas in a better light— why the virtual learning platform isn’t all that bad

Kavita O’Malley

October 25, 2020

COVID-19 has uprooted our lives—taking away our friends, families, schools, and more. Because of that, a lot of adjustments have been made in order to protect public safety. These changes include having to wear masks outside and transferring schools to an online format. However, there were some challe...

Wilson desperately needs more student support systems

Wilson desperately needs more student support systems

Aaron Gorman

October 24, 2020

Schools exist for one simple purpose: to nurture and educate students. Far too often, people who run and fund schools assume that education should be the first priority and that taking care of children comes second, if it is considered at all. This could not be further from the truth. When a student...

How we should go back to school safely

How we should go back to school safely

Kavita O’Malley

October 21, 2020

So, online school. It sucks. The classes are long, the teachers are boring, and your airpods keep dying. But is going back to school really a safer alternative?  Making a plan to go back to school is going to be hard. Plus, there’s only so much administrators can do to enforce the rules. But the idea ...

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Aaron Gorman

October 20, 2020

Political icon and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th, leaving behind an almost 50-year legacy of fighting for equality. Although RBG was far from perfect, she was undeniably a hero for millions of women, LGBTQ Americans, and Jewish Americans, and her work will lo...

The dark side of TikTok

The dark side of TikTok

Deirdre de Leeuw den Bouter

October 18, 2020

Remember the days of innocently watching lipsyncing videos on Musical.ly? Well, those are long gone. Recently, TikTok has exponentially increased in popularity around the world and currently has around 800 million users, 41 percent of these being between the ages of 16 and 24. Despite the tempting qu...

Return to school only when it’s safe

Return to school only when it’s safe

The Beacon Staff

October 14, 2020

Wilson’s reopening is a complicated and multifaceted issue. Although virtual learning is difficult for many families, returning to school is simply unsafe. DC has been doing a decent job controlling COVID-19 cases during the last couple of months—with exceptions (including the White House staff superspre...

California’s fires send us a message about our climate

California’s fires send us a message about our climate

Francesca Purificato

October 10, 2020

Once again, California is up in flames. But this time, it’s worse than ever before. On August 15th, lightning struck the dry forests of northern California, causing a colossal spree of fires. People all over the state looked up to a sky of orange. They couldn’t leave their houses for long periods o...

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s progressive efforts are superficial

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s progressive efforts are superficial

Soli Jacobson

October 9, 2020

Mayor Muriel Bowser isn’t as woke on Black Lives Matter (BLM) as she seems. Some people think she has done her part with the creation of the Black Lives Matter plaza. Others think it’s a performative ruse. In my opinion, I don’t think she has done enough at all. When George Floyd was unjustly killed by a p...

Unbiased journalism is crucial to an open-minded society

Unbiased journalism is crucial to an open-minded society

Deirdre de Leeuw den Bouter

October 9, 2020

When you come downstairs in the morning, how often do you see your parents reading the Washington Post or an article on their phone? We all read news reports everyday, using them to learn recent and relevant information. Yet journalism is often plagued by bias of the writer or publication it comes from. I...

Recent LGBTQIA+ progress is good, but still not enough

Recent LGBTQIA+ progress is good, but still not enough

Newt Zoido Tortella

October 4, 2020

I know what it is like to be persecuted. I know what it is like to not be accepted by your family. I know what it is like to be scared of being attacked because of who you are. I’ve experienced all of these things because I am part of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, a...

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