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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, ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Explosion in number of clubs: a good thing?

Explosion in number of clubs: a good thing?

October 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

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 theory is that it is at least in part due to the institution of Fall Jam at the beginning of th...

And years to go before we sleep

And years to go before we sleep

October 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

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 it. I don’t care how brilliant or organized a student you are. One day—perhaps in the middle...

Not all those who roam are lost

Not all those who roam are lost

Lily Cratsley '19

October 21, 2016


Filed under Groton, Opinions

It is a Saturday night. The student center is full of dancing teens, dominated by the stench of hormones and sweat-soaked DIY muscle tees. Slowly, as the night progresses, groups break off and exit the dance floor. They find relief in the rush of cold air that meets their faces, but little in the row...

Paper or Plastic?

Paper or Plastic?

Gus Vrattos '19

October 7, 2016


Filed under Groton, Opinions

  The recent change from disposable paper cups to reusable plastic cups has received some negative feedback since the switchover. Many reusable cups will be lost and will cause an annoying increase in group student emails. Another flaw of the reusable cups was the misleading and contradictor...

Snack attack

Macy Lipkin '18

October 7, 2016


Filed under Groton, Opinions

Rumor has it that there was a time here at Groton School when potato chips flew off the shelves of the school store. There is evidence that around the time of the dinosaurs, candy was sold in vast quantities down the hall from the old mailroom. Historians are debating whether it’s possible that students...

A taste beyond the Groton bubble

A taste beyond the Groton bubble

Nina Norton, Columnist

September 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

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 scientist. While I did have an amazing time, the food was frequently an issue. Though the local...

A saving “GRACE” for new Upper Schoolers

A saving “GRACE” for new Upper Schoolers

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist

September 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

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 to participate in the first summer of the GRACE program. Devised largely by the program director...

Ironing Out the Dress Code

Ironing Out the Dress Code

Nina Norton, Columnist

June 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions, Showcase

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 behind that difference. Boys’ clothing is usually not form-fitting, and have far simpler styles than ...

Dear Groton

Dear Groton

Christopher Ye '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Groton, Opinions

“If we can be more mindful, more honest, and more empathetic as a community for just a single day, then We’d consider this message a success.” On the morning of January 12th, students and faculty members walked into the Schoolhouse after chapel to find that an anonymous letter containing this...

It’s Okay Not To Be Happy

It’s Okay Not To Be Happy

Hanna Kim '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

Please feel free to peel your smile from your mouth and rub the sleep back into your eyes for a little while. You don’t need to cry into your pillow every night or listen to “Marvin’s Room” alone in your room while your roommate is at late practice. And you don’t have to answer my “how are...