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The Wrong Way to Acknowledge Yom Kippur

The Wrong Way to Acknowledge Yom Kippur

Julia Kendall '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Groton’s website asserts that the “Groton Difference” is that “the School’s intimacy and ideals foster inclusion.” The overlying ideas of diversity and inclusion that produce this “Groton Difference” have gained immense notoriety in recent years. However, even though the School has stri...

Taking Shots at the Gun Lobby

Taking Shots at the Gun Lobby

Jack Wilmerding '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Charleston, South Carolina; San Bernardino, California; Orlando, Florida; and now Las Vegas, Nevada. These sites were subject to some of the deadliest mass shootings known to man, all in the last 3 years. Time and time again, we send our thoughts and prayers, fly flags at half mast, and barely get in...

The Damaging Legacy of an All-Boys School

The Damaging Legacy of an All-Boys School

Nina Norton '18

October 26, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s the morning: you wake up with enough time to have a quick breakfast, so you head over to the dining hall. And at the dining hall, you look around. You see the portraits, and they’re all of men. If women are featured, they’re sitting down in front of their husbands. You look at the senior section,...

The Case for a New Religous Service

Fran Salvidar '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Tradition is one of the many pillars Groton School stands for. But should we keep certain facets of the school just for the sake of tradition? Well, we certainly haven’t in the past. From an all-boys Episcopal school, Groton has evolved into a co-ed, ethnically and religiously diverse community...

Addressing the Gender Divide

Angelika Hillios '19

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Before attending this school, you must accept that there will be no prom, no Friday Night Lights. No one will pick you up for a date in a car during your time at Groton. We can complain all we want about the never-ending major commitments, but doing so is pointless: we can’t change that. I will...

It’s Not My Job to be Your Conscience

Ayanda Tambo '19

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions

More and more people, especially this generation’s youth, are becoming socially conscious – “woke,” to use a common term. Often this is done by willfully educating oneself about the different issues and experiences of others. The educators are often women of color, such as social media personalit...

Locked Up: Why We Shouldn’t Lock Classrooms

Locked Up: Why We Shouldn’t Lock Classrooms

Andrew Rasetti '18

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions

I’d guess that most of the student body has had a similar experience with classrooms in the Schoolhouse: you try to go study only to find your desired room locked at an obscenely early hour. Groton’s Honor Code begins that “Groton is a small community in which trust and honesty are of the highest ...

In Defense of Antifa

Max Klien '18

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions

After Charlottesville, I was greatly surprised by the reaction to Trump’s comments. Liberals widely took offense at his statement that blame for the violence belonged to “both sides.” Bill Maher, a liberal TV host and comedian who had called antifascists “babies” in April, did likewise. Mitt Ro...

The Great Weight Room Debate, Revisted

The Great Weight Room Debate, Revisted

Jack Wilmerding '19

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Over the past few years at Groton, there’s been a lot of controversy about our weight room. For the most part, this talk has concerned feelings of judgement or intimidating in the gym. While the issue is in many respects universal, girls in particular discuss their feelings of discomfort in the weight roo...

The Case for an End to the Résumé Arms Race

The Case for an End to the Résumé Arms Race

Andrew Rasetti '18

September 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Showcase

So, how many of you did something this summer because you thought it would look good on your college applications? Unanimous show of hands? I thought so. In applying for colleges, students are often told by parents and counselors to do what they feel is right. However, this advice is much easier sai...

How to Have a Better Summer: Don’t Volunteer

Julia Kendall '19

September 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As summer rolls around, an influx of well-meaning teenagers takes off to whatever Third World country is in vogue this year to volunteer. The students usually stay for two or three weeks, and often work in schools or with animals. This combination of traveling and volunteering, dubbed “voluntourism,” is o...

Six Strikes, You’re In! (For the Rest of the Year)

Six Strikes, You’re In! (For the Rest of the Year)

Andrew Rasetti

June 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It is a universally-recognized truth that seniors will not work as hard in their spring term. The School, however, does not want seniors to lose their drive in their final days on campus. In order to combat this nonchalance, the school adjusts the demerit policy so that senior privileges can be lost b...

All Gender Dorms: Tolerant or Too Far

All Gender Dorms: Tolerant or Too Far

Nina Norton '18

June 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Phillips Academy Andover and Phillips Exeter Academy, two boarding schools similar to Groton, plan to introduce all-gender dorms in the next school year. Each of these dorms will house around twenty students, all in singles. These dorms are meant to make students who are transgender or identify as non-...

An APpalling Waste: How AP exams lost their way

An APpalling Waste: How AP exams lost their way

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist

May 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

As the spring term approaches its end, fifth formers face a major obstacle between them and summer break: APs. These dreaded “advanced placement” courses are the bane of any fifth former’s existence and come as the conclusion of a long year of studies in one course. While the popularity of these terr...

Hitting the iron ceiling: the weight room and gender

Hitting the iron ceiling: the weight room and gender

Nina Norton '18, Columnist

May 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

Here at Groton we pride ourselves on two things: our diversity, and our inclusivity. We care about those two things so much that at least twice a year we have a day devoted entirely to them. And yet, you only have to look as far as our athletic center to find exclusion. When you walk into the weight room, ...

Kim Jong Three, Two, Un: A Nuclear Countdown?

Kim Jong Three, Two, Un: A Nuclear Countdown?

Rajit Khanna '19, Reporter

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

In another of a series of miscues regarding the Trump administration’s North Korea foreign policy, Trump claimed that he was sending an “armada” to the Korean Peninsula. North Korean officials probably had a laugh when news leaked that the “armada,” which included the USS Carl Vinson aircra...

Liberté, égalité, and fraternité win out over malignité

Liberté, égalité, and fraternité win out over malignité

Brooks Anderson '20, Reporter

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

On May 7, the rising wave of populism was halted in its tracks by a crushing loss for the far-right nationalist candidate, Marine Le Pen. Ms. Le Pen, whose ideology, rhetoric, and style parallel that of Dutch politician Geert Wilders and U.S. President Donald Trump, worried many around the world. Sh...

Venezuela, socialist dream turned nightmare? Not so fast

Leo McMahon '19, Reporter

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

Despite what is commonly believed in the United States, Venezuela’s economic and political crises are not the fault of socialism, but the result of incompetent state capitalism and the sabotage of the opposition. In fact, Venezuela is not socialist in the least. Socialism is “social ownership and...

The grocery store from The Interview?: Revisit Day

The grocery store from The Interview?: Revisit Day

Andrew Porter '20, Reporter

April 19, 2017


Filed under Groton, Opinions, Showcase

With the admissions season having drawn to a close, newly admitted students came to Groton for Revisit Day. As Mr. Gracey said, it’s a way to help students get a “feel for the culture of the school.” But just how legitimate is Revisit Day? Revisit Day is a way to increase the yield of admitted st...

A little less terrible: the fallacy of Obamacare-worship

A little less terrible: the fallacy of Obamacare-worship

Leo McMahon '19, Reporter

April 19, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

“Ryancare” (or “Trumpcare,” depending on whom you ask) may have failed to pass the House, thereby saving twenty-eight million Americans from losing their health insurance and between 270,000 and 500,000 people from dying in the next decade, at least according to Vice News. But that doesn’t mea...

How does that make you feel?

How does that make you feel?

Nina Norton '18, Columnist

April 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions, Showcase

Given the high rates of depression and anxiety suffered by high-school students--especially at a place as demanding as Groton--it is little surprise that the counseling office is a frequent topic of conversation here. And, more often than not, that discussion turns critical. Many of us have had some...

Undermining Spring Athletic FSAs: a bad call

Undermining Spring Athletic FSAs: a bad call

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist

April 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

Spring sports are, without a doubt, one of the highlights of Groton’s favorite term. On a warm day in April or May, students can amble between the baseball diamond, tennis courts, and lacrosse fields or walk down to the boathouse to watch the crew team racing on the Nashua River. In recent years, howeve...

Incognito no longer: Congress sells our search histories

Brooks Anderson '20, Reporter

April 19, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

On March 28th, the House passed a resolution that dismantles certain Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and bars the Commission from issuing similar rules in the future. The regulations that were rolled back essentially forced ISPs, or Internet Service Providers, to obtain specific opt-in consen...

Sugar, spice, and nothing nice: Sean Spicer, the propagandist

Sugar, spice, and nothing nice: Sean Spicer, the propagandist

Brooks Anderson ‘20

February 23, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

Since the advent of the position in 1932 under the Roosevelt administration, the White House press secretary has been the primary spokesperson for the executive branch of the government, according to the JFK Library. The press secretary is responsible for briefing the press corps on issues that conc...

E&R: Turning time (and socks) into big bucks

E&R: Turning time (and socks) into big bucks

Kamsi Onwochei ‘20

February 23, 2017


Filed under Groton, Opinions

The choice between using E&R or doing your own laundry is solely dependent upon individual preference. I personally do my own laundry and find it easier not only because I get my clothes back faster, but also because I can account for where my things are instead of risking the chance of losing it...

Please excuse our mess: Groton’s constant construction

Please excuse our mess: Groton’s constant construction

Charles Wahba ‘20

February 23, 2017


Filed under Groton, Opinions

Recently, Groton has been investing time and resources into constructing and renovating facilities across campus. But have we been spending too much money on these projects, and are they necessary? Let’s look at the biggest construction project the school has built recently: the new Schoolhouse. The overal...

Concussions and the NFL: A $13 Billion Headache

Concussions and the NFL: A $13 Billion Headache

Charlie Vrattos '18

February 23, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With another exciting Super Bowl in the books and a growing fan base for the event overseas, it would seem that the National Football League has nowhere to go but up. In fact, according to the latest estimates by Forbes Magazine, the organization is set to make upwards of thirteen billion dollars thi...

Helpful or just awkward: Date Night Taxi

Helpful or just awkward: Date Night Taxi

Karla Sanford '19

January 26, 2017


Filed under Groton, Opinions

Why does Groton foster unhealthy relationships? Various theories include the hookup culture, the teacher practice of roaming, and the fact that there is so little free time here to spend quality time with your significant other. But the resounding reason I’ve heard at various discussion groups is th...

Enforcement or judgement: The homework limit

Enforcement or judgement: The homework limit

Cara Chang '19 and Nega Agarwal

January 26, 2017


Filed under Groton, Opinions

The Handbook offers this equation for homework: Form x 10 = minutes of preparation time per class. This, however, is far from reality. Students and faculty are aware of this limit, but it is not executed. The big question: should the homework rule be enforced?   Affirmative Argument:   The Groto...

Burqa(n) or Burqa(nt)? Groton’s Muslims share their views

Burqa(n) or Burqa(nt)? Groton’s Muslims share their views

Fran Saldivar '19

January 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

On January 10, the production and sale of burqas—clothing worn in public by some Islamic women—was banned in all of Morocco for security reasons. A burqa is a full-body garment that covers the neck and head of the wearer; a mesh screen conceals the face while allowing her to see out. The Moroccan go...

“Yuge” Thumbs of fury: Trump and Twitter

“Yuge” Thumbs of fury: Trump and Twitter

Brooks Anderson '20

January 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

One of the most remarkable things about this recent election cycle was the condemnation of so-called mainstream media from both sides of the spectrum. Both Senator Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump were outspoken against what they deemed unfair media coverage, although Mr. Trump certainly go...

Peeping Putin: Russian election hacking hysteria

Peeping Putin: Russian election hacking hysteria

Leo McMahon '19

January 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

Of all the claims that the 2016 election was somehow skewed, the most unsettling—and delegitimizing to President Donald Trump’s election—is that of Russian interference in the election.   Inevitably, Democrats and Republicans have squared off, debating whether this hacking means Trum...

Gilded Age President? Trump’s not-so-populist plans

Gilded Age President? Trump’s not-so-populist plans

Charlie Vrattos '18

January 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Politics

With the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump and the convening of a Republican-dominated House and Senate, it is clear that America is in for some radical policy changes. AFter eagerly awaiting this moment for eight years of the Obama administration, Republican congressmen will not delay instituting thes...

Thanks, Obama

Thanks, Obama

Michael Xiao ‘18

December 14, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

For the last eight years, Barack Obama has led the executive branch of the United States with more than his fair share of controversy. However, with the spotlight on President-Elect Trump and the impassioned opposition his victory has caused, President Obama’s imminent departure from the White House ...

Concessions and Victories: The world on November 9th

Concessions and Victories: The world on November 9th

Roselle Lovell-Smith ‘18

December 14, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

The results of the presidential election on November 8th came as a shock. Most sources predicted a Secretary Clinton win by a significant margin or had her winning the Electoral College while losing the popular vote. The election was almost certain to go to Mr. Trump by early on the 9th. Despite thi...

Nancy Pelosi, America’s most embattled Democrat

Nancy Pelosi, America’s most embattled Democrat

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist

December 14, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While much of recent political news has been speculation about the effects that a Donald Trump presidency will have on the Republican Party, perhaps just as important is the current battle being waged among Congressional Democrats. Although House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently defeated her co...

Playing with karmic fire: Abuse of seniority at Groton

Playing with karmic fire: Abuse of seniority at Groton

Macy Lipkin '18

December 14, 2016


Filed under Groton, Opinions

We see it most obviously in chapel, in the Dining Hall, in the Forum. It’s laced into our schedules, giving preference to older students in course selections. It finds its way into our social lives, too; I have witnessed few close friendships formed in spite of large age gaps. At Groton, seniori...

Want to survive Groton’s winters? Chill out.

Want to survive Groton’s winters? Chill out.

Nina Norton '18, Columnist

December 14, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You come back home for Thanksgiving break filled with relief: exams are over. The next time you’ll have to do work is the beginning of winter term. Slowly, the feeling of relief drains from your body and is replaced by a sinking sense of dread as you realize that Winter Term is coming.         Why i...

After 229 years, it’s time to graduate from the Electoral College

After 229 years, it’s time to graduate from the Electoral College

Marianne Lu ‘19

December 14, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors who cast votes to decide the President and Vice-President. This system was established in 1877, at a time when the federal government did not trust its citizens to vote directly for their senators or president. And although we now vote directly for our se...

My only regret is that I have but one can of spray paint

My only regret is that I have but one can of spray paint

October 21, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

Here’s a fun fact: a current United States presidential candidate has a warrant out for her arrest. To the disappointment of about fifty percent of Americans, I’m talking about Jill Stein, the Green Party’s current candidate for President of the United States. On September 7 of this year, a judge...