The Wilson Beacon

Self-isolation is self-preservation (and basic human decency)

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Sarah Morgan

March 16, 2020

DCPS’s rescheduled spring break, nicknamed “coronacation” after COVID-19, is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. So, during this time we might be thinking, “I’m sooo bored. What’s the move?”  If you’re craving social interaction, you might want to invite all 50 of the hom...

Learn the culture. Dont wear it

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Assata Robinson

March 15, 2020

Imagine getting a bad grade on something, and then finding out that someone else who copied your work word for word got a grade higher than you. Imagine telling a joke that only a few people hear, and then someone else repeats your joke and gets all the credit. That is, in simple terms, what cultural ...

Wilson always needs soap, not just during a pandemic

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Ethan Leifman

March 13, 2020

It should not have taken the current outbreak of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus to get soap in Wilson’s bathrooms. As a person who washes their hands after using the bathroom (which, disturbingly, isn’t everyone), I was pleased to read in a March 2nd email from DCPS that the school district i...

Coronavirus is not an excuse for racism

The Beacon Staff

March 12, 2020

The past few weeks, we’ve been bombarded with information and subsequent panic regarding the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus. Countless social media posts, memes, and news stories have contributed to a general culture of xenophobia and anti-Chinese sentiment.  Let’s get some things straight about COVID...

Chick-Fil-A V.S. Popeyes: Where’s the best sandwich in Tenley?

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Alex Metzger and Evan Vieth

March 10, 2020

For millennia, Chick-Fil-A’s white and red fluorescent sign has been passed under by hungry Wilson students, it's popularity is mostly unmatched for its plentiful sauces, great chicken, and easy location. But what if we told you there was a better option? You might not believe us, that's ok. But Beac...

MPD’s new policy is too little too late

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Sarah Morgan

March 9, 2020

Handcuffing children is never acceptable. Ever.  But of course, to the Metropolitan Police Department, it was acceptable, as seen last March when they handcuffed a Black boy who was only ten years old. And a month later in April, this time with a Black boy who was nine. And then again in November, w...

My Black hair is not for your hands to touch

Graphic by Sophie Bruch

Sofia Ibrahim

March 9, 2020

I’m sitting in my third period, and all of a sudden I feel something in my hair. Immediately, I think, ‘please don’t tell me I just felt another person pull at one of my curls.’ For many Black people, this is the norm.   When I am touched like this without my consent, I feel silenced and like my...

Self-discipline is overrated

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Eliana Rosenthal

March 9, 2020

Throughout our lives, we have been told that self-discipline leads to a more efficient, balanced, and healthy lifestyle. Although self-discipline is important, it can be difficult to maintain, leading to agonizing patterns of procrastination.  But I’ve learned that relying on sheer willpower doesn’t get...

Washington Met closure is a total failure by DCPS

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Alik Schier

March 9, 2020

For the first time since 2013, DCPS will close a school. The Washington Metropolitan High School, an alternative school, was established to help vulnerable students who need more assistance than their neighborhood schools may offer. It will close at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Chancellor Lewis Fer...

Shirah and Sarah’s guide to the one day off we get in March (it’s the 20th)

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Shirah Lister and Sarah Morgan

March 7, 2020

Oh hello there loyal satire subscribers, it’s us, Sharah. After the many breaks that were embedded into January and February, we know you are just dying to have multiple back-to-back five-day weeks. Pray no more, as the great DCPS god has granted us just that until March 20. We know the plan was to hav...

The state of streaming services will make your wallet cry

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Alex Holmes

March 7, 2020

Like everybody else on the planet who owns a TV, as soon as it came out, I got Disney+ and binged “The Mandalorian.” Yeah, it was pretty good. Maybe even great. But a nagging feeling in the back of my head that won’t go away tells me that things are about to get a lot worse. It’s easy to wat...

You shouldn’t vote based off of electability

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Charlotte Guy

March 7, 2020

Despite 11 candidates to choose from after the Iowa caucus, Democrats still cannot unify themselves under one. So for many, the choice for the Democratic nominee becomes a matter of electability. However, this principle is flawed. Rather, voters should be voting for the candidate that stirs a sense of...

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