Campus Issues

The Sixth Course Conundrum

December 15, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

aking six courses has grown in popularity at Choate. The simple process of adding a sixth course to a student’s class has given all students an opportunity to add an extra course to their typical load. This change in attitude encourages taking a sixth class and has created an impressionRead More

Art is a Catalyst of Activism

December 15, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

I play Lloyd in this year’s winter production at Choate, Blue Stockings. Lloyd could not be more different from me: he is a white undergraduate studying at Trinity College, a constituent college of Cambridge University in England, and he is overwhelmingly misogynistic. The title of the play refers to theRead More

The Director of Spiritual Life, chaplains, and faculty advisers in Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions guide students in a variety of religious expressions.

Finding Connection Through Religion

December 15, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

What are your religious or spiritual beliefs? Why do you adhere to them? What’s your story? Growing up in a religiously devoted Christian family, church, home, and social life were almost inextricably intertwined. Living with a single mom, I consider my church community as part of my actual family, leaningRead More

The Inconvenience of Junior Work Duty

December 15, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

During their time at Choate, all students are required to do at least one term of aide. Most third formers at Choate take part in dining hall duty for one period each week. During these times, students are asked to help out the dining hall staff by cleaning tables andRead More

Members of the Choate community need to make a more conscious effort to degender language in everyday conversation.

The Battle of Degendering Colloquial Speech

November 17, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

“Alright, guys, I’ll see you later.” A while back, I ended a conversation using this phrase with a few friends, all of whom were female. Admittedly, when I said it, it sounded ordinary to me. It was only upon guilty retrospect did I realize how awkward it sounded to addressRead More

Choate students “cheer on” the football team at a home game.

Boars Knock Down… Spirit?

November 17, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Overall, Choate had — at best — a mediocre spirit week. I came from a high school where spirit week was an all-school affair. If you did not participate, you were the odd one out. However, at Choate, you are the odd one out if you dress up. A fewRead More

Taking the Time to Appreciate Our Teachers

November 17, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

While this aspect of their job is commonly overlooked, teachers play the essential role of helping students properly develop into mature, hardworking adults. Teachers are more than just people who stand in front of a class. At places like Choate, they are heavily involved in their students’ lives. Teachers helpRead More

“It is never appropriate to use another culture as a plaything. It’s offensive and dehumanizing.”

Beware of Ridiculing Cultures on and off Campus

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

  It is never acceptable when elements of one’s culture are caricatured by another. Take, for example, the holiday just past. A Halloween costume that depicts, say, a Native American should never be countenanced. Not only is it unlikely to accurately represent the traditional dress of that culture, but —Read More

Zero-Tolerance: An Inconsistent Injustice

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Immediately following Choate’s early 1980s cocaine scandal, the school’s drug-abuse policy changed sharply. Suddenly, any student who possessed any kind and any amount of illicit drug would be quickly and decisively expelled. As the student handbook puts it, “Rules regarding purchase, possession, distribution, or use of these substances are essentialRead More