COLUMN: Avi reflects on the whirlwinds of freshman year

Jessica Levin ('22)

Avi Shohat, Eastside Features Editor

July 4, 2020

I decided that my Eastside Summer Assignment would be a letter to incoming high schoolers and what they can expect this upcoming year. Of course, I have to consider that the scheduling of the school year may be formatted differently in spite of COVID-19. I hope that even though whoever is reading this...

Restaurants finally reopen in New Jersey

Restaurants in the state finally reopen for outdoor dining.

Abby Yu, Eastside Features Editor

June 29, 2020

The Coronavirus has undoubtedly changed how New Jersey operates for many things, one of them being restaurants. For several months, restaurants have offered takeout and delivery. Now, New Jersey restaurants are undergoing Stage 2 of reopening, which allows for individuals to finally dine outdoors. A...

East student crowdsources donations for domestic abuse victims

Marly Gates ('20) makes donations as a way to help victims of domestic abuse.

Samantha Roehl, Eastside Editor-in-Chief

May 13, 2020

It all started when Marly Gates (‘20) and her mom were on a walk. Her mom mentioned that NPR reported a surge in domestic violence due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Gates had already been considering filling some of her extra Ipsy bags — leftovers from a makeup subscription service which comes...

Novels of the Coronavirus: Part 3

Novels of the Coronavirus explores the world of writing and publishing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samantha Roehl, Eastside Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2020

U.S. publishers sold over 1.8 billion print books in 2018, according to the Association of American Publishers. While a huge swath of market share is taken by the “big five” publishers (Penguin/Random House, Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster and Macmillan), there is still a...

East Seniors Commit to College at East’s Virtual Decision Day

East's virtual college commitment day was new, and different, but a very unique experience nonetheless.

Max Gaffin and Isabella Levin

May 1, 2020

As Decision Day arrives at East, this year’s seniors bring their future to the Internet, through virtual programs that showcase where they will be attending next year. May 1 is the deadline for students to commit to the university or college that they were accepted too and is the beginning of a...

Novels of the Coronavirus: Part 2

Novels of the Coronavirus explores the world of writing and publishing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samantha Roehl, Eastside Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2020

When newlyweds Alexander Schneider and Christina Rosso-Schneider opened A Novel Idea in East Passyunk, Philadelphia, they hoped their bookstore could become part of the community while also supporting it. “We specialize in all things local, essentially. So we have a dedicated section for local authors...

Novels of the Coronavirus: Part 1

Novels of the Coronavirus explores the world of writing and publishing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samantha Roehl, Eastside Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2020

“It’s a nightmare,” said Addie Thorley, a young adult author from Princeton, New Jersey. With COVID-19 shutting down “nonessential” businesses and disrupting daily life all around the world, many industries have been faced with unforeseen problems and possible long-term fallout. Publishing...

East sets forth a new online learning system for students

East implements a new online learning system for all students.

Scout Pullano, Eastside Staff

April 15, 2020

During these unprecedented times, students, staff and families have been craving information regarding assignments, grading and testing. On April 15th, East’s Administration sent out an email outlining all of the above. The plan explained in the email continues to follow the original guidelines...

East student’s movie gets selected for local film festival

Zaiden Ascalon at last years film festival, posing for photos.

Aiden Rood, Eastside Staff

April 15, 2020

Despite the coronavirus, the Garden State Film Festival has taken matters into their own hands. This year the festival has decided to livestream all of the chosen films for New Jersey residents. Zaiden Ascalon’s (‘20) motion-picture “Quick Clean” debuted at the Garden State Film Festival....

The Importance of Acapella to East’s Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned poses for a group picture after their performance.

Jacy Dickstein, Eastside Features Editor

April 14, 2020

While belting the words to your favorite song may be your form of singing, the East music department sings a bit differently. Instead of relying on instrumentals, the East acapella group uses harmonizes to fill the void. Acapella has been an East tradition for many years, but the choir groups themselves...

East students and staff try intermittent fasting

Many East students and staff try intermittent fasting.

Alena Zhang, Eastside Staff

April 13, 2020

Intermittent fasting is the new diet trend that is taking students and celebrities alike by storm. The health effects are said to be amazing. As a matter of fact, for the last two decades, extensive research on the diet has been conducted on both animals and humans. The New England Journal of Medicine...

Update on senior events at East

Matt Iacono started the @che_commits2020 instagram to highlight the seniors.

Nicole Benson, Eastside Staff

April 13, 2020

On March 26th, 2020, the senior class found out that Disney World had closed due to COVID-19. Therefore, their March senior trip was then postponed. Students have been looking forward to this trip all year. Students bought Disney themed backpacks, picked out outfits, scheduled their fast passes and...

East alum works to combat climate change

The Paris Agreement, a global agreement that entered into force in 2016, has the goal of

Samantha Roehl, Eastside Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2020

In 2015, almost every country in the world signed on to the Paris Agreement, in which they agreed to work together to fight climate change. Unlike previous attempts to address climate change, the Paris Agreement did not tell countries what specific steps they had to take. Instead, those participating...

Checkoff family encourages East to help Tools 4 Schools

The Checkoffs gather near backpacks for the nonprofit.

Jessica Levin, Eastside Business Manager

April 6, 2020

Montana Checkoff (‘21) is the president of Tools 4 Schools, a non-profit organization that is helping to provide necessary school supplies for kids in need. This organization is run by her whole family and was passed down to Montana. The organization began with her older sister, Lilly Checkoff (‘18),...

Pollack brothers reflect on East and their careers

Matt (right) and Alex (left) Pollack snap a selfie.

Jacy Dickstein, Eastside Features Editor

April 6, 2020

As a lawyer for the Department of Homeland Security, East graduate Matthew Pollack’s (‘99) job requires him to defend the government. However, Pollack said another crucial aspect of his job is protecting individuals within the country. The vast majority of his work is related to information law....