Lessons from an insurrection: invasion of Capitol highlights racism and failures of American democracy and bitter divisions fostered by Trump

By Sarah Cook, Editor-in-Chief

Photo courtesy of Kent Nishimura, Los Angeles Times

On Jun. 20, President Trump ordered peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters on Lafayette Square to be tear-gassed and fired at with rubber bullets. On Jan. 6, Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election results in the first breach of the building since the War of 1812 with little resistance from law enforcement.  

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Wrapping up Spotify Wrapped

by Janet Briggs, Editor-in-Chief

Spotify Wrapped 2020 has arrived, and it appears that Harpeth Hall’s predictions were rather skewed. Wrapped was released on Dec. 1 this year – a day earlier than last year. Beyond just top musical artists and tracks, this year’s Wrapped also focused on podcast streaming more heavily than years past. 

The Wrapped focused on your streaming minutes of particular songs, artists and podcasts. Podcasts particularly had a record streaming year on the listening platform. The Joe Rogan Experience was the most popular podcast, but Ted Talks Daily and The Daily were close behind along with The Michelle Obama Podcast and Call Her Daddy.

While the Harpeth Hall musical minds believed that Ariana Grande was a shoo in for top artist, Grande did not place in the top five. Bad Bunny took the top spot globally with 8.3 billion streams of his music this year. He was followed closely by Drake, J Balvin, Juice WRLD and the Weeknd – not a single female artist broke the top five. 

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Titans fans look forward to what the season will bring

By Riley Kate Higgins, Sports Editor

With the pandemic keeping fans from the stands league-wide, the NFL is in for a wacky season, but that hasn’t stopped Titans fans’ excitement and optimism for this year.

With COVID-19 in the foreground this year, the 2020 NFL football season is already looking different for the Titans. The first home game of the year against the Jacksonville Jaguars was held with no fans inside Nissan Stadium. Currently, the Titans plan to open up the stands to 7,000 season ticket holders for the game on October 4th. The number of fans will increase to 8,600 fans and then to 10,400 the next week. 

“It’s going to be hard for non-season ticket holders to get into the game,” Mr. Womack said. “I think the first home game is already sold out.” 

Justin Simmons, safety for the Denver Broncos, pulls down Corey Davis, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans. Photo by Donald Page.
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MBA football season continues on despite COVID in Nashville

By Hallie Graham, Opinions Editor

Friday night lights shine brightly across America starting in early September. States, cities, colleges, high schools, and even middle schools gather teams to compete at America’s autumn pastime: football.

Harpeth Hall gets in the spirit of the weekend festivities by cheering for our friends on Harding Pike: Montgomery Bell Academy. But, we do not wear green on Friday nights. We wear red — Big Red.

This year, however, COVID-19 has sent shockwaves across the globe and left open wounds through educational and social systems.

The empty stands of Tommy Owen Stadium at Montgomery Bell Academy. Photo courtesy of Kevin Graham.
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Debate over Nashville taxes could head to the ballots

By Michaela Hamman, Staff Writer, and Olivia Majors, News Editor

Nashville taxes may go to the ballot as a petition to roll back the property tax gains support. In April of 2020, Nashville Mayor John Cooper introduced a 34% property tax increase, which has since been hotly contested among voters in Davidson County. 

On Sept. 25, the Davidson County Election Commission voted to ask a judge about the possibility of a referendum. This referendum would allow voters to cast a direct vote concerning both the city’s power to increase taxes in the future and the recent increase in property taxes. The judge will rule on the referendum and whether the commission can legally place it on the ballot to be voted on by Nashville residents in the near future. 

Photo by Mary Meacham, Photography Editor.
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