The Circle Voice

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...

Breaking the (terror empathy) barrier

By LEO MCMAHON ‘19

October 7, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

Taking the volume of media coverage as an indicator of terror attacks, it would be fair to assume that the world was destroying itself in an inferno of terror. However, the incidence of terrorism actually decreased worldwide in 2015, increasing only in the West, a region subjected to few terror attacks...

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...

Something red, something blue, something’s missing?

Something red, something blue, something’s missing?

Powers Trigg '20

October 7, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

At the first presdidential debate on September 26th, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had a battle for the ages in front of a record-setting audience. It was quite a performance from both candidates. Trump used his traditional style of aggressive and combative tactics, scoring points with some great...

On hashtags and haters

On hashtags and haters

October 7, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

A record-breaking total of eighty million viewers tuned in to the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on September 26. And that figure from CNN Money doesn’t even include online viewers. The record to beat was the 1980 debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. With...

Trust me, you’re wrong

Trust me, you’re wrong

Nina Norton '18

October 7, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Politics

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. I have no problem with being political—in fact, I think it’s very important for us, as adolescents,...

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...

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

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

June 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Politics

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 of issues in America, ranging from the "NSA’s detailed programs" to "putting a cowboy hat on a c...

Ironing Out the Dress Code

Ironing Out the Dress Code

Nina Norton, Columnist

June 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Groton, Opinions

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 ...

Loose Cannon

Loose Cannon

May 13, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

Curt Schilling was a popular man, a hero of sorts among Boston sports fans. In Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, he appeared on the mound against the Sox’s bitter rivals the Yankees with what appeared to be red spots of blood on his sock covering his right ankle, which he had...

A Beautiful Story

A Beautiful Story

Aly Manjee '18

May 13, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

On April 20th, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew announced huge changes to the face of the US dollar. The biggest change: sliding Andrew Jackson to the back of the $20 bill, and putting Harriet Tubman on the front. The announcement came as a surprise. Everyone had expected Alexander Hamilton to...

Hipstermination

Hipstermination

May 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Politics

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 our newest baked feed into her clear blue mason jar or drinking water out of the jar with a straw....

Modern Day McCarthyism

Zizi Kendall '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 13, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

“I am going to fix the US economy!” said every Republican ever. A large aspect of this classic Republican campaign piece is dependent on government spending, a method which in reality does next to nothing for the economy. In fact, cutting spending in STEM sectors, as Republicans have been doing,...

A R-EU-NION IN THE UNION

A R-EU-NION IN THE UNION

Christopher Ye '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 22, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

On the morning of Tuesday, March 22, travelers flocked out of the Brussels Airport in panic and disarray as smoke trailed behind them. Two suicide bombers had detonated at the airport, killing at least ten and injuring scores more. Later that day, the same horror was repeated at Maelbeek metro station....

Security or Liberty?

Security or Liberty?

Aly Manjee '18

April 22, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Politics

With the battle between the FBI and Apple finally over, we look back at it and realize that along with the battle in the courts between the two parties, with the former demanding that the tech giant unlock the the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone, there was also a public relations battle. A poll conducted...

An Open Letter to My Third Form Self

Hanna Kim '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Dear Third Form Hanna, Hello, little insignificant Third Form Hanna. I hate to break it to you, but you are going to look back on yourself a couple of years from now and shudder in embarrassment. Everything you do now is going to seem awkward, embarrassing, and ridiculous, but it’s okay, because...

Curing Democracy’s Headache

Curing Democracy’s Headache

Rand Hough '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Politics

A few months ago, I saw the trailer for a movie called Concussion. It is about the NFL scandal (circa 2007) over the effects of frequent and forceful blows to the head. Will Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic pathologist whose research caused the scandal. I doubt I will ever forget...

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...

The Conservative Case for Bernie Sanders

Rand Hough '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Politics

“All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man’s own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came.” - Thomas P...

The Gift of Kindness

The Gift of Kindness

October 31, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I think kindness is one of the best qualities to find in someone. I don’t mean the selfish and hollow kind of kindness, nor the type of kindness that is only displayed to certain people, but the kindness that is like a tiny campfire being lit or the kindness that makes you smile even days later. A...

A Little Bit of Outrage

A Little Bit of Outrage

Zizi Kendall '17, Assistant Features Editor

October 31, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Politics

With the 2016 race already in full swing, the only Americans truly pleased with the candidates are the writers of SNL. It seems like the last time there was a really good, stand up, and effective presidential candidate was decades ago. According to an Ipsos/Reuters poll, the current top two GOP contenders...

The Iran Yet to Come?

The Iran Yet to Come?

Rand Hough '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 31, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Politics

In 1965, 42.4 percent of American adults were smokers according to the Center for Disease Control. Watch AMC’s “Mad Men” and you’ll get an idea of the vast customer base American tobacco companies enjoyed. Today, the tobacco industry is still puttering along, but only 19 percent of American adults...

A Day of Discovery: Celebrating Columbus

A Day of Discovery: Celebrating Columbus

Roselle Lovell-Smith '18

October 31, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Politics

Should we celebrate Columbus Day? Since the early 1900s, Columbus Day has been celebrated as a national holiday celebrating Columbus’s ‘discovery’ of the Americas in 1492. But should we really honor him or his discovery? People had been living in the Americas for years before Columbus found them....