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Beto O’Rourke: We’re all in this together

Beto O'Rourke: We're all in this together

Alexander Helmer

May 7, 2019

It’s only 546 days until the next Presidential Election (I know, so close), but it might be one of the most imperative and sought after elections in years. After the embarrassment for Democrats in the conclusions of the Mueller Report, Liberals will undeniably be looking forward to 2020. It’s been ov...

DCPS should drop Sodexo, a private prison contractor

DCPS should drop Sodexo, a private prison contractor

Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger and Ava Ahmann

May 5, 2019

Throughout the year, if you have ever looked out the windows facing the front of the school, you’ve likely spotted a white SodexoMAGIC van making its usual route. And if you had scrolled through your Instagram feed, you could have read the stories of one of largest collective prison strikes in history, taki...

Objectifying lists in bathrooms reflect failure to protect women

Graphic by Shirah Lister

Anna Dueholm

May 5, 2019

Recently, a list of boys’ names was found in the girls bathroom under a heading that read, “Boys to avoid,” created by girls naming boys they felt were guilty of harassment and/or assault. In retaliation, boys came up with a list of their own, also detailing “girls to avoid,” with reasons next ...

Too many classes, too little education

Too many classes, too little education

Alex Holmes

May 5, 2019

When I was a freshman, I wanted to be a lawyer. I took a tour of the Department of Justice with my lawyer neighbor, and I watched lawyer shows like “Suits.” So, of course, I just had to take the Law and Justice Advocacy class at Wilson. I requested it, and, to my good fortune, the class appeared on ...

The outdoor gap endangers our planet

The outdoor gap endangers our planet

Ava Ahmann

May 5, 2019

During the second half of my junior year of high school, I spent four months living and learning in the northwoods of Wisconsin at an environmentally-focused semester school called Conserve School. My time was immeasurably powerful, and completely anchored me in both a love of nature and an interest ...

Betsy DeVos deserves an F in education policy

Betsy DeVos deserves an F in education policy

Anna Parra Jordan

May 5, 2019

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has a long history of failing to recognize and protect the rights of American students, including transgender students and sexual assault survivors. Her next target seems to be Black and Latinx students, as her department plans to rescind Obama-era guidelines that inten...

College and the military shouldn’t be the only options after high school

College and the military shouldn't be the only options after high school

Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

May 5, 2019

College has been set as the default option after graduating high school for many years.  The other common route, the military, is far from a better option. We’re not meant to bat an eye to the astronomical student loans some of us will be taking out, or the debt they can lead to. The university tra...

Adult women fail to uplift young women

Adult women fail to uplift young women

Virginia Suardi

May 5, 2019

As women, it is easy to blame men as the perpetrators of sexism. This is natural, as it’s easier to find everyday examples of men being misogynistic than women, and patriarchal society is the main cause for widespread institutionalized sexism. What is harder for many women to address is the misogyn...

Every month should be women’s history month

Every month should be women’s history month

Amelia Bergeron

April 1, 2019

In the United States, March marks the month where we celebrate women’s history. We reflect and discuss the accomplishments of past and present women to society. The inclusion of women’s history month in the year is positively progressive, but why can’t it be more? There is just too much to fit i...

New AP fees threaten early college level exposure

Photo courtesy of Fort Myers High School

Talya Lehrich

April 1, 2019

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the College Board will be adding new fees to AP tests. In addition to the $94 registration fee, students will be obligated to pay a $40 fee for any registration that occurs after November 15 and a $40 dollar fee for any test that a student signs up for but does...

Abundance of APs normalizes student stress

Graphic by Masie Arlotto

Anna Arnsberger

April 1, 2019

It’s that time of year again: course selection. Whether you’ve already spent weeks meticulously planning or you’re choosing on the spot, deciding which classes to take can be difficult. Next year Wilson will offer 29 AP courses of the available 38, more than any other high school in DCPS. This...

It’s time to civilize the abortion debate

Graphic by Sarah Tillman

Anna Gustafson

April 1, 2019

Scrolling through my instagram feed, I’m intrigued by a video from the March for Life, a demonstration that occurs annually in Washington, DC to protest the legality of abortion. But instead of watching hoards of people flood through downtown DC, I head straight for the comments. I blink a few tim...

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