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America could learn a few things from Israeli gun culture

America could learn a few things from Israeli gun culture

Shirah Lister

June 10, 2019

Living and studying in Israel, I have been shocked to see the number of guns casually carried around by soldiers and civilians, some not much older than myself. People who, in America, wouldn’t be allowed to drink, were in possession of dangerous weapons. Yet, in Israel, shootings happen less often tha...

Special education students should be treated the same as their peers

Special education students should be treated the same as their peers

Patrick Brach

June 10, 2019

I started special education classes in the second grade at Lafayette Elementary School after being diagnosed with dysgraphia. When trying to learn to write, time and time again I would fail to meet the standards for proficiency. I would write my twos, fives, sevens, and nines all backward, and my hand...

Instagram facilitates harassment

Instagram facilitates harassment

Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

June 10, 2019

It’s a routine enough experience: you give a coworker or a classmate your Instagram handle. He follows you, and starts to like your pictures. He goes back weeks, maybe even a year. Any picture of you in a bikini. Maybe the first few times this happens, you take note. But after the fifth or sixth ti...

Abundance of APs normalizes student stress

Abundance of APs normalizes student stress

Anna Arnsberger

June 10, 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...

Trash bag toilet strikes again

Trash bag toilet strikes again

Sophia Hosford

June 10, 2019

The girls bathrooms are easily the most disgusting restrooms I’ve ever been in. Feminine products are crammed into the metal wastebaskets—sometimes overflowing onto the floor. Stalls without locks are another unpleasant ordeal that test the patience of the lines of girls waiting to use a bathroom...

Astrology Rulez

Astrology Rulez

Sarah Morgan

June 10, 2019

Astrology determines your entire life. Everything your horoscope says is accurate, and we shouldn’t ever associate with people we aren’t astrologically compatible with. Just kidding. I get that astrology is a pseudo-science, but I also think that there’s no harm in a little mystical fun. Not ...

Beto O’Rourke: We’re All In This Together

Beto O’Rourke: We’re All In This Together

Alexander Helmer

June 9, 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...

Concentration camps deserve silence, not selfies

Concentration camps deserve silence, not selfies

Shirah Lister

June 9, 2019

A girl is posing for her friend’s camera. A parking lot packed with dozens of laughing tourist groups as they unload from buses. A cute shop with books in every language and bathroom soap that smells like artificial banana. Welcome to Auschwitz, over 70 years after the atrocities of the Holocaust. ...

Give third-way candidate Andrew Yang a chance

Give third-way candidate Andrew Yang a chance

Luke Widenhouse

June 9, 2019

Liberty is the basis of our democracy and should be our primary political and economic goal. Through this lens, we should support Andrew Yang for President of the United States. Yang is a fairly “Third Way” candidate. The Third Way is essentially a form of libertarianism from a leftist viewp...

Brown kids need brown books

Brown kids need brown books

Anna Arnsberger

June 9, 2019

Last summer, the film adaption of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han was released on Netflix and quickly rose to fame. While the movie was the talk of many, my sister’s excitement was unlike anyone else’s. The young adult novel had an extra special place in her heart—this was t...

Democratic elitism is a myth

Democratic elitism is a myth

Virginia Suardi

June 9, 2019

Anti-elitism, the opposition to policies, attitudes, or practices that favor the “socially superior,” is no new concept. It was key in electing Donald Trump in 2016, as one of his core promises was to “drain the swamp” of Washington, referring to political corruption. The concept of anti-elitism is ...

SAT Adversity Score quantifies the unquantifiable

SAT Adversity Score quantifies the unquantifiable

Ethan Leifman

May 24, 2019

The College Board recently announced that it will expand its pilot of its adversity score program, tested at 50 colleges and universities last year. The adversity score attempts to give colleges more context based on a student’s background. It will measure local factors like the poverty and crime rate...

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