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AP World History: Doing Too Much

AP World History: Doing Too Much

October 30, 2014

BY SAM MASLING, STAFF WRITER If you projected the history of the Earth onto a 24-hour clock, the portion including mankind and all its achievements would be in the last 20 seconds of the 24th hour in the 59th minute. Alas, Earth’s history is not 24 hours long; it’s more than four and a half billion...

Woodrow Wilson High School Name Controversy

Woodrow Wilson High School Name Controversy

September 30, 2014

BY ELIAS BENDA, OPINIONS EDITOR 28th President of the US “A racist, sexist, and a militarist.” If you heard this description, your mind might jump to dictators like Stalin or Hitler. In fact, this is Wilson Social Issues teacher Colman McCarthy’s description of the twenty-eighth president...

Taking a Hard Look at Self-Segregation*

Taking a Hard Look at Self-Segregation*

September 6, 2014

The Editorial Staff Over the past few years The Beacon has struggled with the question of diversity and how to ensure that we have a diverse staff that reflects the entire school. As a newspaper, we want to remain unbiased, while being able to cover all realities of the school from different perspectives....

Decriminalization is the Right Step Forward

Decriminalization is the Right Step Forward

August 28, 2014

ELIAS BENDA, OPINIONS EDITOR On July 17, marijuana was decriminalized (NOT legalized), in Washington, D.C. It is no longer a criminal offense, even if you are under the age of 18, to possess an ounce or less of pot or to smoke it in the privacy of your own home. (Smoking in public is still an arrestable...

New Editors Address the School

New Editors Address the School

August 25, 2014

CLAIRE PARKER & ANNIE ROSENTHAL, CO-EDITORS-IN CHIEF The Beacon has served as the voice of the Wilson student body since 1936. Eighty-six years later, we’re thrilled to be leading the paper in carrying on that mission. We are committed to providing hard-hitting, relevant, and thought-provoking...

The Real Victims of the Westboro Baptist Church

The Real Victims of the Westboro Baptist Church

June 9, 2014

BY ANNIE ROSENTHAL, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF VIDEO CONTENT BY SOPHIE REVEAL, HELEN MALHOTRA In the days leading up to the Westboro Baptist Church counter-protest, many people expressed worries about interactions between Westboro picketers and Wilson supporters. Would insults be hurled back and forth?...

Picketing Provides Opportunity to Promote Equality

Picketing Provides Opportunity to Promote Equality

June 8, 2014

BY THE BEACON EDITORIAL STAFF As a Staff, we’ve talked and thought a lot about the Westboro Baptist Church’s upcoming visit to Wilson. We’ve realized that the fastest way to make the WBC go away would be to ignore them. Hateful organizations feed off publicity and attention, so if we simply...

Post Article Has It Wrong on DCPS Sports

Post Article Has It Wrong on DCPS Sports

May 27, 2014

ALEX CONTE, CONTRIBUTOR Last month, the Washington Post Magazine ran an article titled “When Winning is Losing,” by Dave McKenna. In this article, McKenna used the Wilson baseball program’s 21- year DCIAA championship title streak to highlight disparities in DCPS athletics and youth baseball in...

Fear and Clothing: Debate Over Redskins Paraphernalia Continues

Fear and Clothing: Debate Over Redskins Paraphernalia Continues

November 5, 2013

BY: JACK PRICE, COLUMNIST "Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C. is discussing the possibility of banning students from wearing Redskins gear." – @DMVFollowers A few months ago my dad went to a party, got into a fight with some Janney dad about the Redskins’ name, and then came home and complained...

Gentrification: Pro/Con

Gentrification: Pro/Con

October 3, 2013

BY: ELIAS BENDA, STAFF WRITER AND AIDAN CALDWELL, STAFF WRITERS Pro: Gentrification is extremely relevant to DC and the surrounding areas. However, the definition of gentrification falsely paints it as an adverse occurrence. The definition of gentrification, by Princeton University, reads; “the resto...

Staff Editorial on New Dress Code Policy

Staff Editorial on New Dress Code Policy

September 26, 2013

Is there such thing as a ‘perfect’ dress code policy? Georgetown Day School’s Bobby Asher says that in an ideal world, the dress code would be “a community conversation that involves significant output from kids.” Perhaps, then, the fault in Wilson’s dress code is that it is not a conversat...

Meet the New Editors-In-Chief

Meet the New Editors-In-Chief

September 26, 2013

NATHAN DAVIS AND EVAN HAMLIN, CO-EDITORS-IN-CHIEF:  Coming into Wilson as freshmen neither of us even knew what The Beacon was. Three years and 27 issues later, we’re fascinated by the ways The Beacon has developed and improved, and are proud to be able to carry on the tradition and grow even furthe...

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