The Beachcomber

Love in the Time of Corona

Still Life With Fish, Bread and Kettle / Luis Menendez / c. 1772 / Cleveland Museum of Art / Open Access

Alice Soprunova, Editor-at-Large

March 14, 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 “pandemic”, it is hard not to think of life a century ago—in 1918—when, like today, a flu swept acr...

When Being Biracial Isn’t the Best of Both Worlds

Elizabeth Metz, Multimedia Editor

February 2, 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 black and white, my parents never prepared me for the day that boy would call me a crossbreed, ano...

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

Hiba Ali, Staff Writer

January 27, 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 identity, to fit societal standards. Even in Beachwood, some students feel pressure to hide cert...

Students Weigh-in on Trump’s Impeachment

Representative Adam Schiff reads articles of impeachment before the Senate on Jan. 16, 2020.

Yoav Pinhasi, Staff Writer

January 25, 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. Trump was accused of making military aid to Ukraine contingent on their investigations of both an...

No Kings, No Queens, No More

The Snowball and Homecoming King and Queen don’t just appropriate the airs of monarchy, they do exactly what monarchs did for many countries—serve as an embodiment of the collective will and a projection of our power as a group.

Alice Soprunova, Editor-at-Large

January 17, 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, the other over the January Snoball.  In years past, a Homecoming Queen was elected in a se...

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

The official movie poster for

Amy Chen, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 29, 2019

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. Completely unaware of the film’s six recent nominations for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, I stumbled blindly...

Mayor Horwitz Investigated for Workplace Harassment

A photo of Mayor Horwitz, who assumed office in January 2018.

Tal Rothberg, News Editor

November 27, 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 findings and criticism from residents who believed the investigation was politically motivated, council vote...

Kashmir: The Real Story

The Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Sanjana Murthy, Staff Writer

November 24, 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. Demographics The Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Jammu has a Hindu majority, whil...

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

“There is this push for more and more technology in the classroom, too,” English teacher Josh Davis said regarding electronics in school.  “More and more apps, more and more test prep and different online programs that are supposed to supplement education.”

Roberto DeMarchi, Staff Writer

November 3, 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. “The district is very concerned about students using electronic devices to take pictures, videotape or...

An Open Letter to Student Council

Class of 2019 commencement at Severance Hall color codes the gender binary.

Alice Soprunova, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

It's time to stop segregating graduates by gender

A Marxist Reading of TikTok

What does the proletariat stand to gain or lose as TikTok becomes the heart of culture?

Alice Soprunova, Staff Writer

October 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.  In 2018, however, a triumph of rebranding transformed the app into a central pillar of mod...

Same School, Different Levels

In 2017, white students averaged 24.8 on the ACT while African American students received an average score of 18.4.

Carrington Peavy, Features Editor

September 28, 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. BHS earned four A’s and two B’s on the state’s indicators. 72% of BHS students took one or more AP cl...