The Circle Voice

Political Discrimination at Groton is Rampant and Dangerous

Courtesy of Amy Ma '23.

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 is real, and we need to tackle it the same way that we tackle other forms of intolerance. You may disagr...

Performative Activism May be the Hero We Never Knew Was Needed

Courtesy of Hannah Wise '21.

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 causes. Especially on Instagram, nearly all of our feeds and stories have been flooded by reposts of...

A Modified Return

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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 the new school year not far away, we wonder how a global pandemic will transform the Groton experie...

Affirmative Action isn’t Actually Harming your Chances at College

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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 action has recently become a hot-button topic. What many people fail to realize, however...

Politicians Need to Stay out of Science

Courtesy of Angela Wei '21.

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 say that masks should be worn most of the time, in contrast to the 52% of Republicans. These resul...

Let’s Not Forget What it Means to Honor Someone

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

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 and statues of historical figures who perpetuated racism from public locations. But now, the dem...

Want Safer Cities? Defund the Police

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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 far more popular amongst white people and 67% of all Americans now support the movement. The brutal police...

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 term. Schools could either choose to switch to a pass/fail system or continue to assign a specific numbe...

The Case for a Fall Return

Courtesy of Noemi Iwasaki '22

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 most recent scientific studies and examine the global consensus, the results are compelling: come Se...

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 spring, 91% of students expressed a desire to take the tests. As a result, the CB created a new, f...

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 in their homes, and necessitated a war-like response from the government and the private sector —...

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 officials downplaying the imminent danger. The coronavirus has exposed not only the administra...

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 conducted by Transparency International in 2017, almost 7 out of every 10 Americans believe the ...

Traditions Have Expiration Dates Too

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

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 6-5-4. We are no longer an all-boys school.  We no longer shape the character of our students through “m...

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 High School (Stanford OHS), I know that we can keep the closeness and togetherness of the Groton ...

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 officials are now forced to redefine our priorities: the success of the economy or the health of...

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 exponentially; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the US has more than 957,0...

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 more than ever because they interact with thousands more people than average citizens. For a st...

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 is accompanied by a similarly wide range of backgrounds and opinions, which stimulate these dynamic d...

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 period has always been an integral part of Groton. It’s been here even before I arrived...

Run, Zebras, Run! Acceleration at Groton

Elizabeth Wolfram '23 and Aimee Zheng '23

March 7, 2020

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 generate, having the freedom to accelerate is one of the best aspects of Groton. Due to the amount of extra work acceleration demands, it self...

The Irony of COVID-19

The Irony of COVID-19

Christina Chen '23, Vivan Das '23 and Zhining Zhao '23

March 7, 2020

In mid-December last year, ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his medical school classmates about the possibility of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Wuhan. But on January 3, 2020, the police department of Wuhan ordered Dr. Li to stop spreading “false information.” Fast forward...

D&I is Inherently Political

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist

March 7, 2020

Disclosure: I am both a registered Democrat and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion group.   The Diversity and Inclusion group (D&I) is inherently political. To be clear at the outset, I do not disagree with the principles or work of D&I. Yet, I firmly contest its assertion th...

“Freedom Dividend:” Not Feasible in the Land of the Free

Andrew Yang speaking at a rally in Iowa.

Alisa Gulyansky '24 and Eleanor Taggart '24

February 12, 2020

As we advance into a new era of American politics, the prospect of moving toward a socialist or social-democratic style of government is becoming more mainstream. With candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Andrew Yang running in the upcoming presidential election, this prospect has beg...

Embrace the Groton Grind

Embrace the Groton Grind

Garrett Johnson '20

February 12, 2020

During one of the first Chapel Talks I heard at Groton, Headmaster Temba Maqubela spoke about redefining the infamous “Groton grind” as the “Groton embrace.” The words did little to disguise the reality of Groton — Groton is a difficult school.  The natural question, given the increasing e...

Should Congress Have Condemned China?

Lawrence Li '23, Jiacheng Kang '22, Steven Pang '22, and Zhining Zhao '23

February 11, 2020

In 2017, China created “ Vocational Education and Training Centers” as a form of forced cultural assimilation directed toward Uighur Muslims. The camps entail prohibitions against religion, a ban on languages other than Chinese, and the enforcement of Chinese ideologies on residents. These camps w...

Unnecessary and Unwanted: Trump’s Iranian Crisis

Unnecessary and Unwanted: Trump’s Iranian Crisis

Anuj Agarwal '21

February 11, 2020

Former Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was recently assassinated through an American drone strike in Iraq. This killing has drawn criticism both from Democrats and foreign leaders like British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, but the Trump administration argues that the killing helped subvert the like...

The Dangers of Groton’s Echo Chamber

Alisa Gulyansky '24

December 20, 2019

                When I first set foot on the Circle, I was in for a major culture shock: coming from a conservative public school in a conservative Floridian town, I was not used to the overtly left wing culture at Groton. At my old school, talking about politics was considered taboo; teachers’ jobs were on the line if the...

How to Get to Carnegie Hall

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

Allison Jiang, Assistant Arts Editor

December 20, 2019

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 examination, the passerby turns out to be Jascha Heifetz, acclaimed violinist and virtuoso, who ans...

Should We Keep 6-5-4?

Elizabeth Wolfram ’23, Zhining Zhao ’23, and Erin Dollard ’20

December 20, 2019

  In today’s world, the unjust vilification of institutions and traditions is all too common. Groton is no exception: over the years, 6-5-4 has been misrepresented time and again. We must defend the institution of 6-5-4, which is integral to the character of the School and honors the hard work, dedi...

Fake News and Dollar Bills

Fake News and Dollar Bills

Kellen O'Donnell '22

December 20, 2019

The media within the United States has controlled the political realm dating back to our Founding Fathers. However, since the 2016 presidential election race, the influence of media in politics has become far too polarizing. In 2016, huge scandals on both sides of the race created tremendous opportu...

Trump’s Shot at Reelection

Trump’s Shot at Reelection

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist

December 20, 2019

Donald Trump will likely be re-elected in 2020. The economy is strong, the Democratic candidates are weak, and impeachment is a colossal liability. That’s not even to mention the fierce popularity Trump still enjoys with his base and the lockstep approval he’s obtained from party leadership.  It ...

Civil Rights For The LGBTQ Community

Gerald Bostock addressing a crowd of news reporters.

Leah Pothel '21, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 13, 2019

In 2013, Gerald Bostock was fired for “conduct unbecoming” after he joined a predominantly gay softball league that was created as a safe space for the LGBTQ community in Atlanta. Bostock had worked as the coordinator of child welfare services for a county government office in Georgia. He claimed t...

Piracy of Privacy: FBI Subpoenas

Piracy of Privacy: FBI Subpoenas

Llocxi Lopez '21

October 13, 2019

Not long ago, times were simpler –– at least technologically. Personal information was kept in cards, logs, and fiche film, and digital privacy laws were weak or nonexistent. However, in this new digital world, law enforcement has begun the widespread collection of personal information through or...

Protecting British Democracy: Boris Johnson Should Resign

Protecting British Democracy: Boris Johnson Should Resign

Jared Gura '22 and Jiacheng Kang ’22

October 13, 2019

On September 24, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom unanimously ruled that Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful and an obstruction of democracy. The intervention of the Supreme Court underscores the gravity of the situation, as it rarely involves itself in...

Should the Hong Kongers Keep Protesting?

Evan Cheigh '22, Jiacheng Kang '22, Steven Pang '22, and Tyler Weisberg ’22

October 13, 2019

On September 4, after months of protests, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam withdrew the controversial extradition bill that allowed Hong Kongers to be tried in China. The protests, however; did not end there. In fact, they have evolved into a turbulent movement for democracy in Hong Kong that...

Destruction of the Presidency: Anderson’s Authority

Brooks Anderson '20

October 13, 2019

It is an impressive feat to fully extinguish all the prestige and tradition of an office, especially such a vaunted one as the presidency, in only three years. Most presidents attempt to rollback or alter the policy achievements of their predecessors, but none have completely defiled the office itself as ef...

Destruction of the Presidency: Garett’s Gospel

Garrett Johnson '20

October 13, 2019

The greatest myth of the presidency is that the ethical code of the office’s occupant must match the respect the nation owes to the office itself. The office of the president is a symbol of democracy, the embodiment of our trailblazing ability to peacefully transfer power from one opposing side to...

Feel the Bern: Why Sanders is “Most Electable”

Senator Bernie Sanders at a rally.

Anuj Agarwal '21

September 24, 2019

Many Democratic voters nowadays are concerned with electability. According to August polls conducted by The Economist and YouGov, Democratic voters would rather vote for a candidate who would beat Trump than one who shares their policies. Jill Biden continued to perpetuate this line of thought in her...

A Constitutional Reg Flag

A Constitutional Reg Flag

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist

September 21, 2019

It has become clear to the vast majority of Americans that “thoughts and prayers” are no longer enough. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, there have been numerous calls for legislative action to implement stronger gun control laws on both state and federal levels. These calls have been amplified...