Articles by: Anselm Kizza-Besigye '17

CERG: A Good First Step

February 24, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

On the campuses of both boarding schools and universities everywhere, administrators have been challenged with the task of responding to the Trump administration’s swift and frightening promises, delivered by executive orders or by tweets. With haste, Wesleyan University pronounced itself a “sanctuary campus,” aiming to protect undocumented students from theRead More

A Better Way to Collect Senior Gifts

February 17, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

As I sat on a MetroNorth train at the end of last long weekend, I tried to reflect on my exciting days in New York City, mulling over how I could use my four-day-long catharsis as motivation for the last weeks of winter’s drudgery back on campus. I thought aboutRead More

Illustration by Katharine Li

The (Un)hidden Danger of Intellectual Diversity

February 3, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Throughout the age of Twitter, our beliefs and allegiances have come to label us more more visibly than in any other time. Anyone with an internet connection and a political bent must wade through a bog of ideological identifiers and reductive hashtags to formulate a descriptive persona. Will you shareRead More

Zero Tolerance on Drugs: Is it Fair?

January 27, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

My Choate career has been marked by failure. My first year here, I blundered through a “reasonably successful third form year,” as my term report reads, but I’ve had my share of Thursday D’s. Like many Choate students — like many teenagers — I matured and developed useful habits toRead More

The College Conundrum

December 15, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Looking back, my reaction to being rejected from a college surprises me. At the time, I knew all the truisms that my college counselor and last year’s seniors had imparted: college decisions don’t define you, one rejection doesn’t reflect other schools’ responses, etc. I knew these stock phrases so well,Read More

Trump’s America, but Not Trump’s Campus

November 18, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Last Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump announced his selection of Stephen Bannon, head of the alt-right media source Breitbart News, as his chief White House strategist. The appointment of Bannon, whom Republican strategist Ana Navarro has called “a white supremacist Neanderthal,” affirmed that spiteful, bigoted rhetoric is sinking deep roots inRead More

The Survey Was the First Step, Now for The Real Change

October 28, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

As Rosalind Weisman and “A Culture of Dignity” continues to assess the culture of Choate, the number of campus conversations regarding healthy relationships – between both faculty and students – has reached a peak. Reactions to Weisman’s presentation at school meeting have ranged from pride at the School’s efforts toRead More

The Truth About Choate’s “Oppression” of Conservatives

The Truth About Choate’s “Oppression” of Conservatives

October 21, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

In last week’s edition of The Choate News, I wrote an article that advocated better public speaking on campus. I lamented that Choate students prefer unhealthy discord to meaningful conversation. Two days before the publication of my article, Andrea Espinosa ’17 gave a thought-provoking Choate Talk in which she contendedRead More

Cecilia Zhou ’17, left, and Noah Hermes de Boor ’18, right, demonstrating the power of good public speaking.

Make Public Speaking Relevant Again

October 14, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

From the day of the impassioned speech that began her bid for the school presidency, Cecilia Zhou’s ’17 defining trait has become her brilliant public speaking ability. Cecilia,  also known as Cece, draws the full attention of her audiences, becoming the focus of an auditorium through her purposeful gestures andRead More