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Breast cancer awareness saves lives

Breast cancer awareness saves lives

Jack Barlett

November 19, 2019

As I'm sure you’ve noticed from all the posters up, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). Established in 1985, Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings in a lot of money in donations. Since it began in 1985, breast cancer research has become the best-funded out of all cancer research efforts,...

Underclassmen should not get off-campus lunch

Underclassmen should not get off-campus lunch

Nate Belman

November 19, 2019

For as long as Wilson juniors and seniors have enjoyed the privilege of off-campus lunch during the school year, scrawny underclassmen have been whining to the nearest available person about the injustice of the system. In their minds, it is only fair that they should be able to go off campus durin...

Underclassmen should get off-campus lunch

Underclassmen should get off-campus lunch

Amelia Bergeron

November 19, 2019

The bell rings, marking the end of fourth period, and you gather your stuff to go to lunch, see friends, and eat. You mindlessly make your way to the spot you have sat in since freshman year, but a group of underclassmen has already occupied your space.  Underclassmen have nowhere else to go becaus...

Give the Mystics the attentions they deserve

Give the Mystics the attentions they deserve

Alexander Diaz-Lopez

November 19, 2019

Last month, the Washington Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun to win the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Championship. Just two weeks later, the Washington Nationals secured the World Series Championship by beating the Houston Astros. The two victories are equally significant and sho...

JROTC is valuable; stop belittling it

JROTC is valuable; stop belittling it

Shirah Lister and Bryan Wilson

November 19, 2019

The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) sounds to some like a high school military prep program created to lead students to join the U.S. military. Even though most students who join JROTC don’t end up in the military, it still offers valuable life skills to its members. JROTC receiv...

Sarah and Shirah’s guide to bagging that sophomore in your music class

Sarah and Shirah's guide to bagging that sophomore in your music class

Shirah Lister and Sarah Morgan

November 19, 2019

It’s that time of the year again! Not holiday season, but cuffing season. That’s right! And whether your Instagram bio says you’re ‘single AF’ or that ‘iT’s cOmpL1cAte3d’, we are here with the top six sure-fire ways to snag that cutie you’ve been crushing on. (These work 100 percent of ...

Environmentalism is for everyone––yes, even you

Environmentalism is for everyone––yes, even you

Chau Nguyen

November 19, 2019

Since becoming fashionable in the 21st century, environmental sustainability has acquired a new definition. Even though its popularity is by and large a good thing, it is unfortunate that we might be misinterpreting it, and Wilson is not in the exception. Modern environmentalism is now characterized...

Wilson can’t afford to get rid of APs

Wilson can't afford to get rid of APs

Joanna Chait

November 19, 2019

Recently, there have been many conflicting ideas about the necessity of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Georgetown Day, Sidwell Friends, and six other private schools in or near the DC area have gotten rid of them (or vowed to do so by 2022). If Wilson were to follow in the footsteps of those eight...

Impeachment looks good on Trump

Impeachment looks good on Trump

Benjy Chait

November 12, 2019

Donald Trump has been committing impeachable acts for the past three years and it’s finally catching up to him.  The most recent offense is the Ukraine scandal. It all started with Paul Manafort, a political consultant who would give the scum of the earth advice on how to stay in power. In 2004, Pa...

Renaming Columbus day isn’t enough

Renaming Columbus day isn't enough

Leah Carrier

November 12, 2019

If a robber were caught stealing a diamond from a jewelry store, they’d probably be arrested and fined. If a murderer were identified, they’d be put in jail, and in some states, sentenced to death. But when US colonists themselves were accused of the homicide and maltreatment of Native Americans, our fervor...

America’s choice to pull out of Syria is a disgrace

Graphic by Anna Arnsberger

Luke Widenhouse

November 11, 2019

President Trump’s decision to withdraw all American troops from Northern Syria must be met with the sharpest of criticism.  The Kurds have been our allies in our war against ISIS. Yet, President Trump’s decision has directly put the Kurds at the mercy of Turkey as they launch a major offensive ...

Global tragedies require more than a tweet to fix

Graphic by Sarah Morgan

Jack Bartlett

October 14, 2019

It seems like every day, without fail, a new tragedy floods our social media feeds. Stories about the war in Yemen, Flint’s lead-polluted water, or the Amazon rainforest on fire loom over us. But then, skip to the next week. Where’s the outrage? Where are the people preaching about ‘saving the r...

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