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Withdrawing US Troops was the Best Choice

Withdrawing US Troops was the Best Choice

Vivan Das '23 September 25, 2021

Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks of Al Qaeda triggered the US’ war in Afghanistan, a long overdue question lingered: what was the US still doing in Afghanistan? Trillions of dollars had already...

A Safe Groton is an Open Groton

A Safe Groton is an Open Groton

Elizabeth Wolfram '23 September 25, 2021

Credit to Chloe Zheng '23 Groton should be totally open this fall: no distancing, no masks, no nothing.  In addition to the slew of reasons relating to students’ mental health and the need for...

Why We Should Keep the Pandemic Afternoon Activity System

Jessica Lee '24 September 25, 2021

I know that we are all eager to say goodbye to all remnants of the tumultuous 2020-2021 pandemic school year, but we should consider that certain products may actually be worth holding onto. Specifically,...

Tuning Immunity: How Vaccinated Exposure Can Make Us Safer

Tuning Immunity: How Vaccinated Exposure Can Make Us Safer

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Assistant Features Editor June 26, 2021

For over a year, our country has tried to reduce the number of Covid cases to reduce the number of Covid deaths. With the arrival of vaccines, however, our goal has shifted. Now, we must focus on keeping...

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The Israel-Palestine Conflict is Not as Simple as you Think

Alisa Gulyansky ’24, Assistant Opinions Editor June 1, 2021

By now, it’s inevitable that you’ve stumbled across one of the countless pro-Palestine infographics flooding your Instagram feed, the kind packaged with those aesthetically pleasing blurbs of misinformation...

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Elon Musk’s Crypto Manipulation Is Not Just for Laughs

Eric Ge ’24, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

“One word: Doge.”   Like a magic spell, Elon Musk’s tweet on December 20th, 2020 sparked a 20% price increase in the digital currency Dogecoin. After electric cars, spaceships, and renewable...

Why Bitcoin Is Not the Currency of the Future

Why Bitcoin Is Not the Currency of the Future

Eric Ge '24 April 24, 2021

On Feb. 8, 2021, Tesla announced its controversial purchase of $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin. Only a month later, that investment turned a $1 billion profit. Bitcoin prices are surging past barriers previously...

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Homelessness: A Crisis of Reluctance

Ronit Khanna '23 and Husayn Ladha '24 April 20, 2021

Throughout the economic rollercoaster that has molded American history, widespread housing has swiftly emerged as an invaluable factor for economic growth. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the already burdensome...

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The Bearer of Bad News: How Negative Covid-19 Reporting is Hurting Mental Health

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

“I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” says CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “Then at the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024, we enter the ‘post-pandemic...

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Mental Illness Isn’t the Issue, Society Is

Alisa Gulyansky '24, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

Linden Cameron was just thirteen years old when, following an autism-related mental breakdown, he was shot by police officers and left paralyzed for life. Despite the heinous nature of this incident, the...

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All-Gender Dorms

Lloxci Lopez , Staff Writer April 20, 2021

Groton prides itself on an intimate community — residential living plays a significant role as students spend time studying, playing, and most importantly living together for a good portion of the year....

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Minimum Wage

Jack Lionette '23, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

Once a week, Joyce Barnes leaves the grocery at night, brown paper bag in hand filled shallowly with all that her $25 food budget can buy her. Barnes is 62, works two jobs, over twelve hours a day, and...

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The Atlanta Shooting and the Fetishization of Asian Women

Derek Hu '21, Editor-In-Chief April 20, 2021

On March 16, 2021, Robert Aaron Long shot and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women. According to the police, Long murdered the women to overcome his sexual addiction, which was at odds with...

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It’s Time to Modernize Senior Prefect Elections

Beatrice Agbi '21 March 9, 2021

Groton, in its 135-year-long history as one of the nation’s top schools, has acquired quite the reputation for changing with, sometimes even before, the times. Once a school for rich white Christian...

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Steven Pang ’22 vs. Jack Wang ’22: Gamestop Debate

Steven Pang '22 and Jack Wang '22 March 9, 2021

For years, Gamestop, the video game chain focusing on brick and mortar stores, has been struggling to stay in business as more game purchases went online. Because of this, a great number of investors on...

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Why Groton Should Have a Student Council

Joon Whang '23, Assistant Opinions Editor March 9, 2021

Life at Groton has become defined by a collection of stringent rules and procedures: meal times determine who gets a slice of pizza for lunch and at what time; arrows direct traffic and movement in the...

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The Multi Variable Decision

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Opinions Assistant Editor March 9, 2021

This past August I looked through the Multivariable Calculus roster and found that I was the only girl in the class. I guess all the other girls must be in the other section I thought. I soon discovered,...

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Standardized Tests Reimagined

Robbie Long '21, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

It’s January of 2020. My team bus slowly maneuvers the icy New England roads on the way home from a hockey game, and I begin to doze off while my “to-do list” for the next day sits on my computer...

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The Blind Eye that Devastated Nashville

Brendan Pelikh '22, Opinions Assistant Editor February 8, 2021

When one thinks of the FBI, the nation’s most highly trained security professionals with innovative crime-stopping technology and techniques come to mind. However, both the Nashville Police Department...

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Georgia Runoffs

Joon Whang '23, Opinions Assistant Editor February 8, 2021

The November 2020 elections were arguably some of the most impactful in modern American political history, ushering a new administration into the Oval Office and securing various Congressional seats for...

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Capitol Riots: Impeachment was a Bad Move

Steven Pang '22, Opinions Editor February 8, 2021

After the storming of the capital, House Democrats (and a few Republicans) rushed to impeach Trump—to punish the president as severely as possible for inflaming the riots with false claims of a fraudulent...

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The Pursuit of Classics is a Sine Qua Non (“essential condition”) of a Groton Education

Evan Cheigh '22, Opinions Editor February 8, 2021

What do Mark Zuckerberg, J.K. Rowling, Boris Johnson, and Drew Brees share in common? This seemingly motley crew of individuals who have achieved the highest success in their respective fields is unified...

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Trump is the Puppeteer, but the People are the Problem

Alisa Gulyansky '24, Opinions Assistant Editor February 8, 2021

Following the violent siege of the Capitol, then President-Elect Biden stated in a speech condemning the incident that, “The scenes of chaos do not reflect the true America.” But unfortunately, they...

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Intelligent Sacrifice of Privacy

Jack Wang '22, Opinions Assistant Editor February 8, 2021

Covid-19 has shown the best and worst of government systems as they attempt to strike a delicate balance between order and freedom. The use of big data— specifically, the triumph of China’s national...

Carnegie Hall connotes accomplishment and brillance, but not all musicians who make their “Carnegie Debut” get there purely on merit.

How to Get to Carnegie Hall

Allison Jiang , Assistant Arts Editor December 20, 2020

It’s a classic New Yorker joke: on the intersection of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue of New York City, a man asks a passerby for directions. He asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Upon closer...

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Zoomers and Essential Workers: An Ethically and Strategically Flawed Approach to Battling Covid-19

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

A middle-aged man drips with sweat as he picks up the package he’s delivering. The combination of his mask, his asthma, and the late-spring heat makes it hard for him to breathe. He places the box on...

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How We Should Survive Winter

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld '21, Editor-In-Chief December 15, 2020

“The next three months are going to be just horrible.” This was the advice of Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health when interviewed by the New York Times about what...

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Saturday Classes During Covid-19

Joon Whang '23, Staff Writer December 14, 2020

In a period of uneasiness and uncertainty, an adherence to past tradition and an attempt to preserve the fundamental pillars of the Groton community is commendable. The continuation of chapel services,...

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myGroton “Progress” Should Always Show Progress

Jiacheng Kang '22, Assistant Opinions Editor December 14, 2020

It’s winter term, and you have two majors the next day — both of which are bound to play a significant role in your overall term grade. You don’t feel prepared for either. Which one should you spend...

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It’s The Economy, Stupid

Harry Liao '21 November 4, 2020

On May 5th, 2020, conflicts occurred near the Chinese-Indian border, with the most serious fight resulting in 20 Indian casualties and an unconfirmed number of Chinese losses. Following a sudden rise of...

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The Conflation of Politics and Entertainment

Alisa Gulyansky '24, Online Columnist November 3, 2020

Had you stumbled onto the stage at certain moments of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, you could easily have mistaken it for a Billie Eilish concert. However, despite the convention’s theatrical...

The Under-Evaluated Dilemma: Remote Learning at Groton

The Under-Evaluated Dilemma: Remote Learning at Groton

Elbereth Chen '21, Staff Writer November 3, 2020

While many students returned to campus for the new school year, remote learners from all around the world are still struggling with challenges—both social and academic—previously experienced by all...

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Political Discrimination at Groton is Rampant and Dangerous

Steven Pang '22, Columnist September 13, 2020

(Discrimination is defined here as significant and negative differential treatment of individuals solely on the basis of an identity group.) On campus, politically motivated ideological discrimination...

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Performative Activism May be the Hero We Never Knew Was Needed

Alisa Gulyansky '24, Online Columnist September 13, 2020

Since the start of the summer and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, you may have seen classmates, friends, and family taking to social media to express their support for various...

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A Modified Return

Brendan Pelikh '22, Staff Writer September 13, 2020

It’s been 175 days since March 7th, 2020, the last day of the 2019-2020 school year’s Winter Term. More importantly, that was the time any of us experienced a normal school day at Groton. Now, with...

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Affirmative Action isn’t Actually Harming your Chances at College

Leah Pothel '21, Opinions Editor September 13, 2020

With the lawsuit against Harvard as well as the recent report filed by the Department of Justice claiming that Yale discriminates against Asian Americans and white students in its admissions process, affirmative...

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Politicians Need to Stay out of Science

Joon Yeon Whang '23, Assistant Sports Editor September 13, 2020

Wearing a mask to protect from Covid-19 is consensus among medical professionals around the world. Yet, in America, wearing a mask is political. According to a Pew Research Center survey 86% of Democrats...

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Let’s Not Forget What it Means to Honor Someone

Jiacheng Kang '22, Assistant Opinions Editor September 13, 2020

In the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, protesters have placed a heightened emphasis on symbolism. The exigent demand is apparent: remove the names...

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Want Safer Cities? Defund the Police

Zola Sayers-Fay '22, Staff Writer September 13, 2020

The views of the American people regarding racism and police brutality have shifted dramatically over the summer. According to the Pew Research Center, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has become...

Why Numbers Matter

Leah Pothel '21, Opinions Editor May 31, 2020

When the coronavirus ramped up, schools across the country had no choice but to shut down. They did, however, face an important and contentious decision about how students would be assessed for spring...

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