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The Beachcomber

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The Beachcomber

I belong to a race that has never belonged to either world; we were viewed as savage on the one hand and power-hungry on the other.

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...

Image adapted from photo by S.macken6 from Wikimedia Commons.

J. K. Rowling and the Tirade of Transphobia

Alice Soprunova, Editor-at-Large January 24, 2020

In 1997, J. K. Rowling published the first book in the Harry Potter series. This seven-part saga sold 500 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling series in history, and making Rowling the...

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.

No Kings, No Queens, No More

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,...


Administration Confronts Sexual Harassment and Assault

Beachcomber Staff December 6, 2019

We applaud the administration for conducting the sexual harassment assemblies of Sept. 20. This undertaking indicates a genuine effort to address the problem. While the assemblies were well-intended,...

A humans brain replaced with steak, illustrated by the author.

How Well-Cooked Are You?

Amy Chen, Online Editor-In-Chief November 6, 2019

Most casual browsers of the Internet have turned to a multitude of self-report questionnaires in order to evaluate their own psychology, including quizzes regarding one’s Myers-Briggs Type Indicator...

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

An Open Letter to Student Council

Alice Soprunova, Staff Writer October 23, 2019
It's time to stop segregating graduates by gender
“Maybe you should cover up next time and then he wouldn’t have done that,” someone said.

How the Dress Code Punishes Girls for Boys’ Behavior

Carrington Peavy, Features Editor September 26, 2019

A 15-year-old came to school in a crop top and high-waisted jeans in Sept. of 2018.  Her stomach wasn’t showing, but approximately 1/8th of her midriff was revealed.  She was in the library with...

President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint press conference in Feb. 2017.

An Open Letter to the President

Joseph Berkowitz, Staff Writer September 22, 2019
"In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you're being very disloyal to Jewish people, and you're being very disloyal to Israel," Trump said in August.
There’s a little bit of a feeling... almost like a loss of innocence that you don’t want to have to think about when you’re dealing with children and school, said Rabbi Avery Joel, Head of School at Fuchs Mizrachi.

How Extremism Threatens Civilization

Yoav Pinhasi, Staff Writer September 19, 2019

We live in a time where extremism is no longer news. Conspiracy theories, hate speech, fundamentalism, intimidation, separatism and countless other extremist practices across the entire ideological spectrum...

Guidance secretary Katie Cicero-Sega warmly greets visitors to the guidance office.

How to Succeed in High School

Bridgitte Feldman, Enterprise Editor September 10, 2019
We, the upperclassmen, offer you this advice
Every year, millions of fish, birds and other animals are negatively affected by pollution and garbage in their environments.

Exposing the Hidden Costs of Litter

Alyssa Murphy and Miranda Desatnik May 22, 2019

People often litter without thinking about it, or ignore it when others do. They don’t realize the effect it has on the earth, animals and even our lives. Last year, the middle school Student Council...

Is keeping to the lines of binary gender so bad?

There’s Beauty in the Binary

Ruth Brown, Staff Writer May 17, 2019

What is the purpose of gender?   Nothing, if you ask some people at Beachwood, except to perpetuate the patriarchy and subjugate women.   I couldn’t disagree more with that notion.  I believe...

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