The Circle Voice

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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...

Courtesy of Mei Matsui '23

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...

Courtesy of Zenande Mdlulu '21

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,...

Courtesy of Noemi Iwasaki '22

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...

A street destroyed by a bomb. Courtesy of Andrew Nelles.

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...

Courtesy of Noemi Iwasaki '22

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...

Tik Tok is All Fun and Games Until US Citizens Go Renegade

Tik Tok is All Fun and Games Until US Citizens Go Renegade

Jiacheng Kang '22, Assistant Opinions Editor November 3, 2020

Tik Tok might be permanently banned from the United States. Its existence now depends on a satisfactory business deal with Oracle, the presumptive computer-software company involved in the deal. President...

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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...

Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs. Courtesy of Creative Commons.

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...

Courtesy of Noemi Iwasaki '22

The Case for a Fall Return

The Editorial Board May 31, 2020

With Prize Day looming and summer stretching beyond it, attention is shifting towards the single most important question of the next year: should students return to campus in the fall? If we look to the...

Online APs: The Wrong Enemy

Evan Cheigh '22 and Jiacheng Kang '22 May 31, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the nature of the Advanced Placement (AP) exams had to change — the alternative being the entire cancellation of the program. In a survey conducted by the College Board (CB) in early...

We Can't Let the Culprit Become the Hero

We Can’t Let the Culprit Become the Hero

Trey Whitehead '21 April 28, 2020

As of April 28, COVID-19 has infected more than 2.9 million people across the world and claimed over 205,000 lives. This deadly pandemic — which has ravaged the global economy, locked billions of people...

The Pilot is Stupid and the Autopilot Sucks

The Pilot is Stupid and the Autopilot Sucks

Steven Pang '22 April 28, 2020

While Trump congratulated himself on his “very serious” travel ban on China in early February, COVID-19 was already spreading across the nation, unhindered by travel restrictions and aided by government...

The Forgotten Evil of American Politics

The Forgotten Evil of American Politics

Anuj Agarwal '21, Assistant Opinions Editor April 28, 2020

When someone says “politician,” many people immediately think of the word “corrupt.” This stereotype is more prevalent in America than in almost every other developed country. According to a survey...

Student acolytes leading the procession into St. John's Chapel.

Traditions Have Expiration Dates Too

Jiacheng Kang '22, Breaking News Reporter April 28, 2020

St. Mark’s Day. Check-in. Surprise Holiday. The interminable cycle of traditions define our lives on the Circle, yet we tend to forget the traditions that we no longer have.  We no longer condone...

The Groton Community - Online Edition

The Groton Community – Online Edition

Elizabeth Wolfram '23 April 28, 2020

After Groton transitioned to online classes, many students feared that we will not be able to maintain the community that we all enjoy. However, from my siblings and my own experience at Stanford Online...

Deaths vs. Dollars

Deaths vs. Dollars

Alisa Gulyansky '24 April 28, 2020

The United States has now surpassed all other countries in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. Meanwhile, our economy has crumbled. With the virus quickly becoming a double-edged sword, government...

An Unaddressed Fallacy

Brendan Pelikh '22 April 28, 2020

The streets of Los Angeles and New York seem apocalyptic. Yet, all too often, we see young Americans mocking social distancing guidelines over social media. In the past few weeks, American cases have grown...

Celebrities & COVID-19

Celebrities & COVID-19

Christina Chen '23 April 28, 2020

The definition of “celebrity” is ever-evolving, now encompassing tech giants, athletes, social media stars, and political figures. In this new world permeated by COVID-19, celebrities must be prioritized...

Groton School Primary

March 8, 2020

As the Democratic nominee field continues to narrow, many students and teachers engage in political discussions inside and outside of the classroom. The geographical diversity of Groton’s student body...

It’s Time to Change Protected Period

Cam Nguyen '22 and Zola Sayers-Fay '22 March 7, 2020

The goal of protected period is to assess students without putting them under the enormous stress of an exam week, especially after a cold and dark term. According to Academic Dean Katherine Leggat, “Protected...

Run, Zebras, Run! Acceleration at Groton

Imagine being told that you are not allowed to accelerate academically by skipping course levels, just because other people would feel pressured to do so as well. Despite the peer pressure it might...

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