Campus Issues

Savor Your Silence: Embrace Solitude

March 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm 0 comments

We live in a world teeming with sound. We create sound everywhere, whenever we can, as if our lives depend on it. At this point in life, sound is something we cannot live without, something we would protect with our lives, and even something we would never let go. SoundRead More

Identity Politics is Real Politics

Identity Politics is Real Politics

March 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm 0 comments

I know there is someone out there, reading the headline above and sighing, “Why, Esul, why? Gender, race, political correctness–come on. Can you please talk about the Iran Deal or the Pope or the Syrian refugee crisis? Something that doesn’t concern identity politics. Please, Esul, I beg you. Talk about realRead More

Political Correctness Can Inhibit Tackling Gender Issues

March 26, 2016 at 7:26 pm 0 comments

When I arrived at Choate, I not only learned the roots of the Spanish-American war, the advantages and disadvantages of free trade, and the conjugation of Arabic verbs, but also the importance of creating and sustaining conversations. I’m not referring to conversations with your best friend about the new PGsRead More

Worn to the Nub: The Challenges of Mental Illness

Worn to the Nub: The Challenges of Mental Illness

March 26, 2016 at 7:24 pm 0 comments

I am too anxious to eat in class. I’ve held on to a piece of trash for a whole meeting because I was too nervous to get up and throw it out. When I walk through the Dining Hall, my bones feel weak, my heart pounds in my chest, and butterfliesRead More

New Visitation Policy Marginalizes

March 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm 0 comments

Choate is generally an accepting community, especially towards queer students. I have never felt discriminated against by a student, although I have been asked some ignorant, albeit innocent, questions. The only time I have ever felt targeted for my sexuality was by faculty members regarding the new visitation policy. Often,Read More

Why We Need Political Correctness

March 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm 0 comments

At the recent special program on Tuesday, September 15, Rosalind Wiseman responded to a question about political correctness (PC) by saying we need to focus on the issues themselves, not the PC culture that determines how we talk about them. For the most part, I agree, but I am going toRead More

When a Billionaire Muddies Politics

March 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm 0 comments

Rand Paul is ugly. Columba Bush is a “lovely woman” with a Macbethian control over her husband’s views on immigration. Megyn Kelly has blood coming from her “wherever.” I am not going to waste time talking about my plans to move to Canada if Donald Trump were elected president (theRead More

Student Council President and Vice President 2016-2017

Student Council President and Vice President 2016-2017

February 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm 1 comment

This spring, newly-elected Student Council President Cecilia Zhou ’17 and Vice President Namsai Sethpornpong ’17, will assume their positions and lead the school into the 2016-2017 academic year. In the all-school meeting on Wednesday, February 10, ten rising seniors stood on the main stage of the Paul Mellon Arts CenterRead More