The Beachcomber

China-Taiwan Conflict: The View From Beachwood

“Right now, there’s like a weird status quo, that Taiwan and China are just kind of mutually denying one another,

Roberto DeMarchi, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

As tensions between Taiwan and China simmer, students at Beachwood have mixed, subdued feelings on the matter. “‘I’m not too patriotic, but I won’t be happy if Taiwan is integrated into China,” said Jesse Wu, whose family is from Taiwan.  “My parents, however, strongly believe in Taiwanes...

Hate Crime on the Rise

An anti-Semitic flyer was posted on the sign in front of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in July.

Prerna Mukherjee, Managing Editor

September 20, 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 was shopping with her husband with their two-month-old son.  These innocent people were amo...

Indian Military Moves Into Kashmir Region and Human Rights Move Out

Kashmir was called called “Heaven on Earth” by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in the 17th century due to the natural beauty.

Hiba Ali, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Death and despair are visible in the artwork of Kashmiri children who have been exposed to violence in the region of Kashmir, now controlled by the Indian military. These images indicate evidence of extreme trauma, according to the BBC.  "I cannot see the world again and cannot see my friends ...

Protecting Lives or Protecting Guns?

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Amy Chen, Staff Writer

September 18, 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 one more tragic episode in a long string of mass shootings in recent years. In spite of these many ...

Students Weigh-in On 2020 Election

Junior Amanda Bendis admires Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

Joe Spero, Sports Editor

September 16, 2019

Although the 2020 election is over a year away, many students are already engaged in the process. “There is a really great field [of candidates]” sophomore Greg Perryman said.  “There are a lot of talented people whom I can see as our president,” he added. “It’s really exciting because ...

Confronting Our Sexual Harassment Culture

Elizabeth Metz, Editor-at-Large

May 26, 2019

I. A Life-Changing Moment Taylor woke up on a sunny, beautiful morning in May of her senior year, 2018. She made herself breakfast, running slightly behind schedule. Taylor drove herself to school, not knowing her life would soon be changed forever. Later that day, Taylor was sexually assaulted following athl...

The Promises and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence

What are the advantages and disadvantages of artificial intelligence?

Michael Karpov, Staff Writer

May 16, 2019

We encounter artificial intelligence (AI) every day on our phones and computers. This technology can really help us as its capabilities grow, but it could also be dangerous. Currently, companies are developing new AI applications that could write songs, drive cars, make investment decisions and many more complex operations that we once thought only humans were capa...

Coyote Decoys Reduce Goose Nuisance

“I think [the coyotes have] made a difference because there are no geese nesting in a couple of areas of the school that they usually do,” Asst. Principal Ryan Patti said.

Tal Rothberg, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

The school district has placed fake coyotes on the high school and middle school grounds to ward off geese. The plastic decoys have no set location. “We’ve noticed [in mid-April] that the geese started to get used to them in the spots where they were, so we relocated them,” said Brian Koss,...

Show Choir Finds the Harmony

Show Choir rehearsing for their upcoming performance.

Vivian Li, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2019

The BHS Solid Gold show choir is planning to perform at this year’s White & Gold talent show on April 13. In addition to individual performances from each member, the group plans to sing “Somebody to Love” by Queen. “This time we’re doing more of a pop song that we know everybody knows,” danc...

Above & Below the School

A hallway runs underneath the cafeteria with a room to the right that used to be the woodshop. To the left are shelves piled high with custodial products and boxes of supplies. Photo by Nicole Breger

Joe Spero and Nicole Breger

January 26, 2019

Two Beachcomber reporters get a tour of secret spots in the school

A Student Guide to the SAT & ACT

There are a variety of resources available for students trying to improve their scores. Photo by Elizabeth Metz

Prerna Mukherjee, Managing Editor

January 26, 2019

With second semester beginning, juniors are preparing to take the ACT and SAT exams. Here are some tips to help prepare. Format: Both exams test topics that students have learned through core classes in school. The SAT has three multiple choice sections: reading, writing and language, math, as w...

Vaping an Increasing Problem Among Teens

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Alyssa Murphy & Klea Marku, Staff Writers

January 25, 2019

High school bathrooms have become hot spots for vaping during school hours. In recent years, e-cigarettes, or vaping, has replaced burned cigarettes as a source of nicotine for teens. Assistant Principal Ryan Patti says he has been told that students have been vaping in the BHS bathrooms. “I...