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Dress codes send a sexist message to students

Dress codes send a sexist message to students

September 27, 2015

BY KELSSI AGUILAR, CONTRIBUTOR   For thousands of years, women have been degraded and told they are unequal. It’s the 21st century, and women are still being degraded to the extent where even our clothing is judged. In many schools, strict dress codes are becoming very common. In...

The Beacon sets a new precedent

The Beacon sets a new precedent

September 25, 2015

BY THE BEACON STAFF After The Beacon published its first issue, Principal Kimberly Martin’s decision to institute a policy of prior review for the paper was catapulted into the national spotlight. We heard from friends and family members in other states who had read about The Beacon. We received...

Wilson Reacts: DCPS decides to open all schools on time despite visit from Pope Francis

Wilson Reacts: DCPS decides to open all schools on time despite visit from Pope Francis

September 24, 2015

BY LAUREN BROWN, CONTRIBUTOR Pope Francis is visiting the nation’s capital for the first time. This historic event will result in up to 70 road closures across the city, public transportation delays of up to an hour and a half, and extremely crowded traffic. The Washington Metropolitan Area Tra...

Feeling the Bern: One Student’s Endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President

Feeling the Bern: One Student's Endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President

September 20, 2015

BY SAM MASLING, JUNIOR EDITOR I want Bernie Sanders to be my president. When Sanders declared his intention to run for president on April 30, the thought of him winning seemed ludicrous. While he certainly had supporters, his legitimacy as a candidate was laughable. The general consensus, even among supporters, was that the Jewish self-pro...

Redskins Update

Redskins Update

September 20, 2015

BY NICK WHITMAN, CONTRIBUTOR When Robert Griffin lll was drafted 2nd overall in the 2012 draft, he instantly became the face of the Washington Redskins franchise. There were high expectations that he lived up to in his rookie year. He broke multiple records and took the team to the playoffs. Since...

Staff Editorial: Prior Review is Indirect Censorship

Staff Editorial: Prior Review is Indirect Censorship

August 28, 2015

UPDATE: Sep 17, 2015— The Beacon is once again operating without prior review! We would like thank the 885 people who signed our petition on change.org for their support. UPDATE: Aug 31, 2015 — As of 3 p.m.: Principal Martin is in the process of reconsidering her prior review policy...

The Real Maine

A one story ranch house common throughout Maine

August 23, 2015

BY BRIAN KEYES, STYLE EDITOR   White people, boats, and high end camping stores. All things that imply wealth and affluence, and all things commonly used to describe one state in particular. Maine. There is a commonly held idea that those who live in Maine look and live like the people who vi...

Students Have the Right to Know their 4th Amendment Rights

Students Have the Right to Know their 4th Amendment Rights

June 11, 2015

BY ZOE MILLS, JUNIOR EDITOR The 4th Amendment is beneficial to students of all ages for many reasons. None of those reasons, however, involves protecting students from the personal agendas of teachers, or creating strict boundaries between students and faculty that enable students to immediatel...

Reflecting On a Year Abroad in Ghana

Reflecting On a Year Abroad in Ghana

June 2, 2015

BY ELLICE ELLIS, STAFF WRITER It’s been almost nine months since I left America for Ghana. Over 100 plates of rice, 212 malaria pills, and one bout of malaria later, here I am – almost done. I’ve eaten my last banku and taken my last trip to the seamstress and stuffed my suitcases to their weight...

The Good and the Bad of Spending Summer in the City

The Good and the Bad of Spending Summer in the City

May 17, 2015

BY ABBY TANEN, JUNIOR EDITOR The idea of spending the summer in DC brings up mixed opinions among the Wilson student body. Some think the idea of staying at home is dull and lacking adventure; others enjoy the opportunity to be schedule-free and relaxed. The pros to a DC summer are numerous. For...

Don’t Let College Counseling Leave with Ms.Bean*

Don't Let College Counseling Leave with Ms.Bean*

April 30, 2015

BY THE BEACON EDITORIAL STAFF Ms. Bean has been a staple at Wilson for 16 years and it’s hard to imagine Wilson students navigating the arduous college application process without her. Her departure has been further complicated by the upcoming budget cuts, making it unclear if she will be replaced. We’d like to ...

Not Barbies: American Apparel Contributes to Unrealistic Beauty Standards

Not Barbies: American Apparel Contributes to Unrealistic Beauty Standards

April 23, 2015

BY ELLA FELDMAN, JUNIOR EDITOR Sweatshop Free. That’s American Apparel. And as of last month, the brand has decided to also be nipple and pubic hair free. Among many efforts to put the controversies of their company in the past, the popular clothing brand has decided to digitally alter photos on...

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