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What is the best month?

What is the best month?

Robin Hanley and Ava Koerner

January 22, 2019

The joys of July Ava Koerner July is the best month, for one distinct and simple reason. July is the one month of the year that we are not obligated to do school work. This gives the month a level of versatility not available during any other time of year. Want to go to the beach? Okay, you have 3...

Don’t venerate politicians just because they die

Don’t venerate politicians just because they die

Madeline Kessler

January 22, 2019

A strange phenomenon has occurred with the recent deaths of John McCain and George HW Bush. Americans have idly accepted history as it is presented by the media, with no questioning how a funeral, something intimate for mourning loved ones, has been politicized. The speakers at their funerals drew from acr...

It’s time for colleges to become test optional

It’s time for colleges to become test optional

Baraka Aboul-Magd

January 22, 2019

When the SAT was introduced in 1926, it was a way for colleges to test their applicant’s knowledge and see how prepared they were for the future. But as colleges have become more competitive, they have been relying more on the SAT/ACT to determine if an applicant should be considered for the school. B...

We Are Teaching Women To Abandon Each Other

We Are Teaching Women To Abandon Each Other

Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

January 16, 2019

Last Saturday, I was on the train, inadvertently eavesdropping on the two women in front of me. They were discussing the accusations of rape against internationally famous soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo. “I don’t know. I just don’t know.” said one of them, skepticism clear in her voice. “I read h...

The Beacon’s New Year’s resolutions

The Beacon Staff

December 17, 2018

Wilson is 37 percent white. The Beacon staff is 76 percent white.   The Beacon’s biggest shortcoming is our lack of racial diversity. This isn’t news to anyone. We talk about this every year, but we have made little progress. We should be the voice of all Wilson students, not just ...

Careless insults stigmatize intellectual disabilities

Careless insults stigmatize intellectual disabilities

Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Opinions Editor

December 17, 2018

As you walk around Wilson’s hallways, you’ve probably heard kids say “You’re so retarded,” or “that’s so SPED!” Students use the term “sped” (a common abbreviation for special education) as an insult when someone does something deemed “idiotic.” Though many of us don’t have ...

Athletic obsession squanders students’ academic potential

Elie Salem, News Editor

December 17, 2018

Hard, fist-sized balls, seemingly unbattable, rain down from the sky to wreck homes and destroy lawn ornaments. Plastic pucks, seemingly unwhackable, slide across the frozen tundra to injure pedestrians and trip polar bears. Frisbees, seemingly uncatchable, zig-zag across the jetstream to bring down pla...

It’s okay to take a mental health day

It’s okay to take a mental health day

Sophie Gross, Contributor

December 17, 2018

When I take a mental health day, I spend the day doing cliche activities. I drink tea, watch Netflix, and take a bath. Some days, I sit at my desk and do homework that has piled up. You can’t walk on a broken leg or go to school when you have the flu, and when you have a little voice in your head m...

It’s time to stop teaching Shakespeare

It’s time to stop teaching Shakespeare

Cydnee Tomlinson, Contributor

December 17, 2018

William Shakespeare once said, “Let every man be a master of his time.” From Romeo and Juliet to Othello to Hamlet, the renowned playwright's works have been recurring elements of Wilson’s English curriculum. Shakespeare’s plays teach timeless themes like love, ambition, and war, but if every...

Early Decision emphasizes economic divide

Early Decision emphasizes economic divide

Adelaide Kaiser, Magazine Editor

December 17, 2018

When I’m filling out any college application, there’s a drop-down menu asking me for my preferred admission plan. There’s Regular Decision, with the typical January deadline and mid-spring admissions decision. There’s Early Action, which has an earlier deadline and allows you to receive an ea...

Improved publicity will foster Beacon inclusivity

Improved publicity will foster Beacon inclusivity

Kennedy Whitby, Contributor

December 17, 2018

The Beacon has a meeting on the first (or second) Wednesday of every month to assign articles. Did you know that? I was interested in writing an article this month, so I went at STEP to room 316B. As soon as I walked in the room, all eyes were on me. I was one of the very few minority students that ...

Bezos’s ownership of the Post shouldn’t be controversial

Bezos’s ownership of the Post shouldn’t be controversial

Shirah Lister

December 16, 2018

When Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, bought The Washington Post in 2013, a lot of people expected the worst. They questioned how a businessman with no prior reporting experience could manage to run a newspaper. But in fact, the newspaper has flourished ever since. It turns out that when an owner has mone...

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