Thursday, January 21, 2021

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Editorial: A Statement from the East Side News on Democracy

The Washington Post’s most famous columnist and editor Bob Woodward, who exposed the Watergate Scandal among other high-level abuses of power, is credited with popularizing the phrase, “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. On January 6th, 2021, we watched in horror as an assassination attempt was made upon our democracy in broad daylight. The certification of the electoral votes is a purely symbolic process to affirm our democratically elected leader. Opposition to this process is opposition to democracy itself.

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Editorial: A Statement from the East Side News on Democracy

The Washington Post’s most famous columnist and editor Bob Woodward, who exposed the Watergate Scandal among other high-level abuses of power, is credited with popularizing the phrase, “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. On January 6th, 2021, we watched in horror as an assassination attempt was made upon our democracy in broad daylight. The certification of the electoral votes is a purely symbolic process to affirm our democratically elected leader. Opposition to this process is opposition to democracy itself.

Carry the Torch: Mrs. Mahaney

Please help us in congratulating Mrs. Mahaney for being the next TORCH recipient! Mrs. Mahaney has been an important part of East High School and a huge promoter of school spirit.

Keeping the WE Flames Going with Winter Sports

The winter season is coming in fast! Take a step back from the Zoom-infested computers and play a sport. Let’s DIVE in.

Girl Up Meets Olympic Gold Medalist, Emily Pfalzer!

The Olympic gold medalist shared her experiences and the trials and triumphs of being a professional female hockey player.

Don’t Let the Yearbook Burn Out

Without the pictures that we usually would gather, we can’t include the memories. So, we need everyone to participate and gather photos from home.

Girl Up Sends 1050 Cards to WNY Community

This December, Girl Up asked East to help send cards to share some festive cheer and show our community’s generosity toward those in need. We set a goal of 385 cards to send to the residents and staff at Buffalo City Mission’s Cornerstone Manor. Thanks to everyone who participated, we were able to pass our goal with flying colors!

Hey, Siri, what’s Williamsville East’s favorite takeout?

Siri: According to my calculations either a burrito, pizza, or chinese food.

How East Celebrates the Holidays and Winter

I sent out a survey asking students and teachers to tell us their favorite aspects of the holiday season. Here’s what December looks like for East, according to the 150 responses we received.

My Pandemic Problem

Last year at the end of October, my dad came home with news that my family and I may move to America for his job.

What is East’s Taste in Music?

The survey yielded many interesting results, such as East’s avid hatred of bluegrass, and the responses truly opened my eyes to just how incorrectly the name Metallica can be spelled.

Sports Profiles

East Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team: 2019 Review

By Owen Lewis With a 10-0 undefeated season and a states-qualifying doubles team, you could say that the East Girls Varsity Tennis Team is on...

Williamsville East JV Girls’ Soccer Season: 2019 Review

By Sarah Brunskill, Kate Zu, and Gaby Lops Williamsville East’s Girls’ JV soccer team was on fire this year, with a record of 13-1-1. We kicked...

Profiles

Profile of Mr. Harrison

By Colleen Meosky Mr. Harrison is currently East’s “Chemistry A” teacher, but he also enjoys teaching other courses including Forensics and Biology.  Note well: Don’t mistake...

Commentary

“Death, Destruction, Terrorism, and Weakness”: the Capitol Raid and Trump’s Legacy

By Ryan Chou Source: Samuel Corum/Getty Images On August 2nd, 2016, President Trump tweeted, “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the...

The New Georgia and Me: The Historic Nature of the Senate Elections

I lived in the state of Georgia for the years of 2007-2009, the year in which Republican Senator Saxsby Chambliss won his runoff election by fifteen points.

No, Dr. Jill Biden Shouldn’t Need to Drop the Doctorate

After the historic 2020 election, the world is watching as a chaotic transition period begins. On January 20th, 2021, a currently uncooperative President Donald Trump will have to give Joe Biden the Oval Office. Accompanying Joe Biden will be his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, as the first First Lady to hold a doctorate degree. But many people are not celebrating this fact—instead, she is now under pressure to drop “Dr.” from her name.

A Year of Hypocrisy for Republican Lawmakers

For the past few years since I’ve gotten more actively engaged in the events of modern American politics, something has become apparent to me this year: morality does not seem to matter because hypocrites keep getting elected and re-elected to their positions.

Getting Rid of the Electoral College

The 2016 election was an extremely unique election for many reasons, one of them being that it was one of the rare times that a president won without getting a majority of the votes. The electoral college is what caused Donald Trump to get elected president over Hillary Clinton, even though she received almost 3 million more votes than him. It was at this time that many people noticed that the electoral college might be completely outdated, even though we continue to use it today. Continuing the use of the electoral college presents many problems, even if there were original positives to using it.

Voting for the Wrong Reasons: The Dangers of Careless Voting

By Amanda Ojeda The 2020 election like many past ones, has without a doubt been a cause of arising concerns, tension, and confusion.  Unlike most...
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