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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...

The midterm schedule is in need of serious changes

The midterm schedule is in need of serious changes

Chiara Purificato and Elena Rubens Goldfarb

January 23, 2019

For many students, winter break is a relaxing time spent enjoying the holidays and time off after the end of along semester of hard work. Students at other schools don’t have to worry about school as their midterms are generally taken right before break. Wilson students should be able to enjoy a stres...

Solving Wilson’s diversity problems requires aggressive change

Solving Wilson’s diversity problems requires aggressive change

Nikki Keating

January 22, 2019

There is a clear diversity problem at Wilson. We see it in our clubs, classrooms, and even the cafeteria. Students constantly complain about this diversity problem but are also blind to the reality that the problem stems from some of the choices they make. While these actions aren’t intentional, th...

Wilson’s powerless SGA stymies student progress

Wilson’s powerless SGA stymies student progress

Luke Widenhouse

January 22, 2019

The Student Government Association(SGA) is a facade. It holds no actual power and serves to do nothing but keep up the illusion that we the students hold any actual say in the affairs of this school. We do not; our education, our lives, and our futures are decided by administrators, bureaucrats and businesspeople ...

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