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The Semantics of Police Violence

Alice Soprunova | October 15, 2020

In his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language”, George Orwell makes two key observations–the rhetorical choices we make in writing are inherently political, and our political climate is driven…

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Prior Review and Student Censorship — Where’s the Line?

Amy Chen | October 15, 2020

During the past few years, The Beachcomber’s coverage has come under increasing scrutiny, just as professional journalists have been increasingly attacked by politicians. 

However, while the First…

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Our Eurocentric History Curriculum

Alice Soprunova | October 5, 2020

On Sunday June 28, the Beachwood City Schools hosted the Rally for Educational Equity in the stadium. In line with the racial justice movement of summer 2020, catalyzed by the killings of Black Americans…

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An Emotional Roller Coaster for Fall Athletes

Noah Weiskopf | October 2, 2020

Athletes were looking forward to their fall season throughout the summer. 

But in late July, Beachwood Athletic Director Ryan Peters emailed students to notify them that the Cuyahoga County Board of…

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The Stolen Season

Kacey Hoffman | May 12, 2020

High school athletes look forward to their senior season, when they will have the opportunity to lead their teams, participate in milestones and achieve goals they have worked hard for throughout high…

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Love in the Time of Corona

Peter Soprunov | March 24, 2020

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
-W.B. Yeats
In the face of an official…

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Students Weigh-in on Trump’s Impeachment
Impeachment, At Home

Yoav Pinhasi | February 12, 2020

On Dec. 18, 2019, President Donald J. Trump joined the likes of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton when the House of Representatives voted to impeach him on counts of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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No Kings, No Queens, No More

Peter Soprunov | February 5, 2020

“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” – Oliver Cromwell, 1650

Every year, BHS crowns two royal couples: one presiding over the fall Homecoming festivities,…

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Even in a Diverse School, Assimilation Can be a Formidable Force

Hiba Ali | February 3, 2020

Beachwood takes pride in its diversity and acceptance; however, some students still feel the pressure to assimilate.

Assimilation is the act of changing aspects of one’s identity, including cultural…

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When Being Biracial Isn’t the Best of Both Worlds

Elizabeth Metz | February 3, 2020

When I was seven years old, attending a sports camp, a white boy in my grade apparently noticed that one day a black woman picked me up, and another day, a white man.

While I knew the difference between…

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“Marriage Story” Arguably Johansson and Driver’s Best Work
Arts & Entertainment

Amy Chen | January 6, 2020

In mid-December, after a two-month hiatus from Netflix, I finally caved in and sat down to watch the first thing the web site’s algorithm fed me: Noah Baumbach’s latest production, Marriage Story.


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Kashmir: The Real Story

Sanjana Murthy | December 9, 2019

India and Pakistan have fought a number of wars and skirmishes since the 1947 partition. The conflict over Kashmir has been the cause of much of the fighting.
The Indian State of Jammu and…

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Mayor Horwitz Investigated for Workplace Harassment

Tal Rothberg | December 2, 2019

Beachwood City Council held a public meeting with special counsel on Oct. 30 to discuss an investigation into allegations of workplace harassment by Mayor Martin Horwitz.

After a dramatic airing of…

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An Open Letter to Student Council

Peter Soprunov | November 20, 2019

Dear Student Body President Lena Leland,

Executive Vice President Joelle Rosenthal,

Student Body Vice President Elizabeth Metz,

Student Body Secretary Greg Perryman,

Student Body Treasurer…

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Educators Consider the Pros and Cons of Cell Phones in the Classroom

Roberto DeMarchi | November 19, 2019

As cell phones have become increasingly omnipresent and powerful, schools, including BHS, must try to strike a balance between what is useful and what is disruptive as far as electronics are concerned.


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Hate Crime on the Rise

Prerna Mukherjee | November 18, 2019

David Johnson went back-to-school shopping with his wife and granddaughter on Aug. 3 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Arturo Benavides, a war veteran, was checking out at the cash register. Jordan Anchondo…

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A Marxist Reading of TikTok
Arts & Entertainment

Peter Soprunov | November 15, 2019

In 2016, Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd. released, a lip sync video-sharing platform today most remembered for giving the world Jacob Sartorius and other faux riche preteen garbage celebrities.


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Same School, Different Levels

Carrington Peavy | November 15, 2019

Beachwood City Schools is a thriving and diverse school district home to a population of over 1,500 students.

The district is ranked #6 in Ohio, according to the most recent school report card data….

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Protecting Lives or Protecting Guns?

Amy Chen | November 15, 2019

Only 13 hours after the Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Texas, a 24-year old opened fire on a crowded street in Dayton, Ohio. Within 32 seconds, 27 were wounded, including 10 now reported dead.

This is…

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