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Governor-elect of Virginia Ralph Northam strides onto stage at a campaign event.

One Year After Trump, Progressive Recovery Is In Sight

November 17, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

November 8, 2017 marked one year since Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States. As one of the many blemishes marring America’s history, his election is often a painful memory that lingers in the minds of millions across the political spectrum. Despite the horrifying decisions TrumpRead 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

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi gives a national address in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on September 19.

How The International Community Misunderstands Myanmar

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

  Myanmar’s State Counsellor Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her “non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights,” currently stands accused by all her former admirers of aiding and supporting the “ethnic cleansing” of the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority.  In the world’s eyes,Read 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

Robert Mueller’s Counsel Begins to Uncover Trump’s Russian Corruption

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Since Robert Mueller’s appointment in May as special counsel to investigate Russia’s role in Donald Trump’s P’00 2016 presidential campaign, not much progress seems to have been made in understanding how and why the Russians interfered in the election. However, during the week of October 30, several new revelations wereRead More

The Choate fan section cheers on Girls Varsity Volleyball on Deerfield Day.

Healthy, Not Heated: Respecting our Rival

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Boars knock down doors. Who’s house? C-house. Scoreboard. All this and more are chanted energetically by Choate students on Deerfield Day, and they all revolve around the “us vs. them” paradigm. Interestingly, something that we fight against brings our community closer than any other event on campus. We’ve witnessed theRead More

The Nuisance of Club Dorm Meetings

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

With more than 100 clubs on campus, students have a large variety of extracurriculars to choose from outside of sports and ensembles. That being said, students also need to complete their homework, attend after-school activities, and find time for sleep. In recent years, the emerging trend has been for clubsRead More