ATHENS ORACLE

A shortage of school nurses threatens the health of North Carolina students

Madeline Vessey, Editorials Editor

November 11, 2019

M.J. Crumity, an eighth-grade Floridian with a pacemaker, participated in a game of dodgeball before abruptly collapsing onto the floor of his gym class and going into cardiac arrest. Swiftly, a school resource officer and a school nurse stepped in and began compressions and defibrillat...

Umstead Park’s dangerous new quarry development met with anger

Ava Darden, Editor in Chief

November 4, 2019

Recently, The RDU Airport Authority announced plans to resection Umstead Park, expanding the quarry on the property. Several groups, such as The Umstead Coalition, have been campaigning for local government to stand up to the A...

Class of 2020- Looking forward on the senior year to come

Ava Darden, Editor in Chief

November 4, 2019

Most of the class of 2020 may have not yet adjusted to being seniors, but regardless of whether or not most of the 430 seniors this year are prepared to go on to bigger things, doesn’t change the fact that graduation is alm...

Chanel Miller, victim of rapist Brock Turner sheds light on the issue of rape, sexual assault in the U.S.

Abby Pikett, News Assistant Editor

September 26, 2019

Chanel Miller, the previously anonymous victim of rapist Brock Turner, has revealed her name to the public and is telling her story of being sexually assaulted by a man who spent only three months in prison for his life-altering...

Years of unjust districting may be undone by new redistricting processes

Madeline Vessey, Editorials Editor

September 26, 2019

The recent issue of gerrymandering in North Carolina was first brought to the attention of the Supreme Court almost 30 years ago, with the supreme court case Shaw v. Reno. In this case, Republicans argued redistricting agreed upon on by the Democratic m...

Lead found in Wake County schools prompts change in legislation

Madeline Vessey, Editorials Editor

May 9, 2019

The drinking water crisis currently occurring in Flint, Michigan, brought the issue of lead contaminated water to the the nation's attention. However, one thing many people do not understand about this issue is that it may be more widespread across the United States than it is perceiv...

Antimicrobial resistant diseases are expanding rapidly across the globe

Madeline Vessey, Editorials Editor

May 9, 2019

Drug resistant diseases are becoming a serious problem in this day and age with almost one million becoming infected and 23,000 U.S. citizens dying as a result of antibiotic resistant diseases. With the arrival of effective antibiotics, doctors feel compelled to provide patients with the best possible care; however, antibiotics ar...

Standardized testing creates unhealthy learning environments, stress within students, teachers

Abby Pikett, Design Editor

May 4, 2019

Every year around April and May students begin preparing for the multiple exams they are required to take. This can cause unnecessary stress and worry on students, as well as on the teachers preparing them for the exams. Standardized...