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SGA needs easy fixes to flawed structure

SGA needs easy fixes to flawed structure

Avery Dunn and Simone Schneider

March 4, 2019

Each year before spring break, Wilson holds its annual Student Government Association (SGA) elections. Students run for a variety of government positions and campaign for weeks prior. Speeches typically take place in the auditorium and are segregated by class. As the candidates take the podium, they seem calm...

Ferebee’s hire continues problematic DCPS trend of enlisting pro-charter educators

Ferebee’s hire continues problematic DCPS trend of enlisting pro-charter educators

Anna Dueholm

March 4, 2019

Dr. Lewis Ferebee stepped into his role as acting DCPS chancellor in mid-January, bringing with him a potentially problematic charter-oriented attitude. Right now, DCPS needs a leader who firmly believes in traditional public schools, and it’s unlikely that Ferebee is the answer. His appointment...

Community complacency normalizes rape culture

Community complacency normalizes rape culture

Rachel Epstein

March 4, 2019

“Hey, blue shirt, come back here so I can give you a hand, looks like you’re carrying a lot in those jeans,” I hear as I walk down the halls. This is just a typical moment at Wilson, and absolutely no one, girl or boy, bats an eye. As a female student, I often feel as if I don’t even have a nam...

100 word sex and relationship rants: Oral reciprocity and awkward dates

100 word sex and relationship rants: Oral reciprocity and awkward dates

Avery Dunn and Alex Metzger

March 3, 2019

By Avery Dunn Why is oral sex for guys so much more accepted in society than oral sex for girls? Why is there any difference whatsoever? Typically during a hookup, girls are expected to “give head," while the idea that they might receive it is laughable. Oral sex for girls is often perceived as stri...

DCPS: Put some respect on Ms. Martin’s name

The Beacon Staff

March 3, 2019

Wilson students are all too familiar with the consequences of understaffing and resource shortages. Teachers are so overwhelmed with their class sizes that oftentimes months go by before they return assignments to students, and by that point, the edits and corrections they labored over are no longer...

DeVos’ policy a setback for sexual assault survivors

DeVos’ policy a setback for sexual assault survivors

Baraka Aboul-Magd

February 8, 2019

Betsy Devos, the United States Secretary Of Education, has proposed a new sexual assault policy that narrows the definition of sexual assault and makes it harder to prove harassment and assault claims. This is a major step backward; sexual assault is already a horrific experience to go through but to...

Look harder and share smarter

The Beacon Staff

January 28, 2019

Over MLK day weekend, a video circulated on social media of an altercation between a group of boys from a Catholic school in Kentucky and a Native American elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The video sparked national outrage as people jumped to condemn what appeared to be clear-cut ignorance on th...

Zero stars for new DCPS rating system

Zero stars for new DCPS rating system

Jamie Stewart-Aday

January 28, 2019

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) recently unveiled a new system for evaluating schools, giving each DCPS school a score out of 100 and translating that to a score out of 5 stars. The system was intended to add transparency and provide help to the schools that need it. Inste...

Jhi like stop mocking DC slang

Jhi like stop mocking DC slang

Ayomi Wolff

January 28, 2019

As I walk down the halls, I can hear the loud hollers and yells from kids making their way to their classrooms. While passing a group of white kids I can’t help but listen to their conversation, their laughter littered with slang like “jhi like” or “stamp moe.” I walk away thinking, “Jhi li...

I’m not white—do you think I’m dumb?

I’m not white—do you think I’m dumb?

Anna Parra Jordan

January 28, 2019

One morning while I was getting ready in the locker rooms, a teammate of mine was explaining to me how someone had cheated off of me on the PSAT. For some reason, this teammate was incredibly surprised that I was smart enough to be cheated off of. There’s no question that racial stereotypes follow us around i...

Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

Government shutdown jeopardizes federal workers’ livelihoods

Shirah Lister

January 28, 2019

The government shutdown has posed two important questions: how do we create financial security for the people who help run our country, and when will school shut down? Unfortunately, contrary to urban legend, DCPS schools will not be affected by the government shutdown. What will be affected is the li...

Why must we ruin winter break by putting midterms on the other end

Why must we ruin winter break by putting midterms on the other end

Julia Weinrod

January 24, 2019

When you got back from winter break, did you feel like you forgot everything that you had learned in the last semester? And did you get a sinking feeling when you realized you would have to remember it by midterms in two weeks? Colleges have midterms before winter break, so why don’t we? Midterms sho...

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