The Circle Voice

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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Catastrophic Global Warming: President Trump, Just Stop It

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist December 18, 2018

Wildfires. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Flooding. The consequences of climate change and global warming are nigh. It’s impossible to claim that only in a few decades this will be a real problem. It’s a...

Politics at Groton: A Classless Debate

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist November 10, 2018

There is a crisis of free speech at Groton. More and more, student’s views and opinions are being stifled, especially in classrooms in which politcs are a consistent topic of discussion. After the election...

Democratic Victory: Blessing or Curse for Left?

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist October 19, 2018

Although seizing control of the House of Representatives is the primary goal for the Democratic party this November, such a victory would actually have some unforeseen repercussions going into the presidential...

Anthony Kennedy and Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh: Disaster or Opportunity?

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist September 13, 2018

The Supreme Court is arguably the most powerful national institution; justices’ immense authority coupled with lifelong terms allow a small group to influence American society for generations after their...

Lower schoolers gathering in the mall.

Finding Your Space in Third Form

Halle Livermore '19, Columnist September 13, 2018

After sports and dinner, a pack of third formers plop down on the mall couches. It’s 6:30, so there is plenty of time before study hall. What better way to spend it than crammed among new friends? Spending...

Yes, Mandatory Afternoon Activities Are Important

Andrew Rasetti ‘18 May 30, 2018

Most everyone, at some point in their Groton career, has wished that they were not required to participate in an afternoon activity. Sometimes there is nothing worse than the feeling of trudging to a sports...

The Right Way Out of Hookup Culture

The Right Way Out of Hookup Culture

Andrew Rasetti '18 March 2, 2018

In a society that is very conducive to a thriving hookup culture, Groton has done a remarkably good job in fostering relationships that are constituted by an attraction greater than one that is solely...

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A Chapel Talk for Every Sixth Former

Andrew Rasetti '18 January 19, 2018

The chapel talk is arguably the most important tradition at Groton. It is the one time when a senior has the attention of the whole school, free of any prompt or guidelines beyond basic decency. It gives...

The Damaging Legacy of an All-Boys School

The Damaging Legacy of an All-Boys School

Nina Norton '18 October 26, 2017

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....

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

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...

How to Have a Better Summer: Don’t Volunteer

Julia Kendall '19 September 11, 2017

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...

Six Strikes, Youre In! (For the Rest of the Year)

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

Andrew Rasetti June 2, 2017

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...

All Gender Dorms: Tolerant or Too Far

All Gender Dorms: Tolerant or Too Far

Nina Norton '18 June 2, 2017

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,...

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

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...

Gains: Obinna Nwakoro ‘21 works on his pecs.

Hitting the iron ceiling: the weight room and gender

Nina Norton '18, Columnist May 11, 2017

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...

How does that make you feel?

How does that make you feel?

Nina Norton '18, Columnist April 19, 2017

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...

Undermining Spring Athletic FSAs: a bad call

Undermining Spring Athletic FSAs: a bad call

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist April 19, 2017

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...

Professional football’s high-energy impacts can easily daze players.

Concussions and the NFL: A $13 Billion Headache

Charlie Vrattos '18 February 23, 2017

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...

Nancy Pelosi, America’s most embattled Democrat

Nancy Pelosi, America’s most embattled Democrat

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist December 14, 2016

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...

Want to survive Groton’s winters? Chill out.

Want to survive Groton’s winters? Chill out.

Nina Norton '18, Columnist December 14, 2016

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...

Explosion in number of clubs: a good thing?

Explosion in number of clubs: a good thing?

October 21, 2016

A. Wei Over the past two years there has a been a drastic increase in the number of clubs at Groton. I’m not entirely sure what is to blame for this recent explosion in the number of clubs, but my personal...

And years to go before we sleep

And years to go before we sleep

October 21, 2016

It’s 10:30 at night after a long, busy Monday, and after check-in all you want to do is brush your teeth and crawl into bed. But you have an English essay due tomorrow—and you haven’t even started...

Trust me, youre wrong

Trust me, you’re wrong

Nina Norton '18 October 7, 2016

At Groton there are three different types of students: Students who are extremely democratic/liberal, students who are highly republican/conservative, and students who still think Bernie is a candidate....

A taste beyond the Groton bubble

A taste beyond the Groton bubble

Nina Norton, Columnist September 13, 2016

This summer I went to The Gambia, an extremely small African country surrounded almost completely by Senegal, for two months at an medical research council camp where my godmother worked as a malaria research...

Students involved in GRACE

A saving “GRACE” for new Upper Schoolers

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist September 13, 2016

At the beginning of July this past summer, while most Groton students were busy with summer fun and pushing off summer reading until August, a sizeable group of rising Fourth Formers returned to the campus...

Cartoon of John Oliver

John Oliver: a Journalist, a Propogandist, or Neither?

June 5, 2016

Since its inception in April of 2014, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has attracted remarkably large numbers of viewers—among them many Groton students—with its comedic commentaries on a variety...

Students in varying levels of the dress code.

Ironing Out the Dress Code

Nina Norton, Columnist June 5, 2016

The dress code at Groton has always been a controversial topic. Many feel that there is an unfair disparity between what girls are allowed to wear and what boys are allowed to wear. But there is a reason...

Deconstructed pasta, a hipster favorite.


May 13, 2016

Judging by how much we all make fun of Langa Chinyoka’s '17 mason jars (out of which she dares to eat brownies), I would have expected her to give it up at some point, but there she goes, either scooping...

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