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Streaming services limit artists’ profits

Streaming services limit artists’ profits

Adelaide Kaiser

March 31, 2019

Musicians aren’t making money from music anymore. Sounds backward, right? But think about it. When was the last time you bought a song? Back in the day, I would beg my parents for iTunes gift cards so I could buy my favorite songs. Before that, I would go to Best Buy or Target to get that new CD th...

Green New Deal isn’t radical – it’s necessary

Green New Deal isn’t radical – it’s necessary

Adelaide Kaiser

March 29, 2019

In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed the New Deal to pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression. The crisis in the country at the time was dire, and FDR recognized that transformative action was needed. The resulting policy, the New Deal, was able to employ Americans and effectively end t...

Mansplaining in math discourages female students

Mansplaining in math discourages female students

Sadie Wyatt

March 29, 2019

It’s not often that I feel 100 percent confident in a math answer. When I do, and sometimes when I don’t, I will still raise my hand to share it. That’s how a class is supposed to run. But confident or not, too often I find my voice being shouted over by male classmates. I watch as my female classmates...

Controversial white artists deserve the same scrutiny as YNW Melly

Controversial white artists deserve the same scrutiny as YNW Melly

Anna Parra-Jordan

March 29, 2019

It’s easy to ignore the unsettling lyrics of the catchy hip-hop murder ballad “Murder On My Mind,” and its counterpart, “Mind On My Murder.” But they have become harder to overlook now that their writer, YNW Melly, has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. For ...

Staff editorial: College process is a meritocracy with no merit

Staff editorial: College process is a meritocracy with no merit

The Beacon Staff

March 29, 2019

When the story broke that celebrities were bribing their kids’ way into elite universities, it seemed like many in our parents’ generation were shocked. We weren’t. As high-school students in 2019, the role money plays in the college admissions process is nothing new. We have seen the SAT a...

DC’s liberal atmosphere fuels political ignorance

DC’s liberal atmosphere fuels political ignorance

Aris Kurts-Papadopoulos

March 29, 2019

A few months ago, I came into Wilson to find a boy wearing a MAGA hoodie in my English class. I was surprised since that is a very bold statement to make, especially at a school where the overwhelming majority of the student body is liberal. Many kids in the class were laughing and taking photos and ...

Empower students, not staff, to address bullying

Empower students, not staff, to address bullying

Luke Widenhouse

March 29, 2019

Every day, 160,000 children skip school due to fear of being bullied. As someone who has experienced it from fifth to eighth grade, I can say that bullying is horrible. It is obviously a problem which needs fixing, yet most solutions put forward fail to understand the effects of bullying and almost alwa...

100 word rants

100 word rants

Anna Arnsberger, Amelia Bergeron, Avery Dunn, and Simone Schneider

March 29, 2019

9:30 club blues   For club venue concerts, crowding is inevitable. But does that mean personal space is ignored entirely? It was Sunday night and the girl behind me really wanted to ruin the excitement of my second-row spot. She decided not to stop a reasonable distance away but instead p...

Selfishness is a virtue not a sin

Selfishness is a virtue not a sin

Virginia Suardi

March 29, 2019

When you hear the words “you’re so selfish,” they probably feel like an insult. To call someone “selfish” is to criticize their character, label them immoral, and suggest that they pay too much attention to themselves and not enough to others. Being “selfish” is one of society’s biggest ...

It’s time America recognizes it’s linguistic diversity

It’s time America recognizes it’s linguistic diversity

Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Opinions Editor

March 5, 2019

Late last month, Tom Brokaw, former anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” went on “Meet the Press” and said, “Hispanics should work harder at assimilation.” Brokaw used the word “assimilation” to refer to immigrants adapting and adjusting to the notion of American life. The reality of the matter...

DCPS history curriculum does not do black history justice

DCPS history curriculum does not do black history justice

Kennedy Whitby

March 4, 2019

Black history isn't just about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., so why is it that they’re the only figures we regularly hear about in history classes? The DCPS curriculum does a horrible job of teaching the true extent of Black history. Ever heard of the Rollin Sisters? I thought not. The Rollin sist...

Let’s learn the difference between ‘club’ and ‘union’

Let’s learn the difference between ‘club’ and ‘union’

Shirah Lister and Shifra Waskow

March 4, 2019

If you have scoured the walls of Wilson over the last couple of months, you will no doubt have seen bright, inviting posters for the Black Student Union, Jewish Student Union, Leftist Student Union, and Atheist/Agnostic Student Union. While original student unions such as the BSU and JSU are positive...

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