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Devontae Freeland    Thursday, February 27, 2014
Community service coordinators, leaders of mentoring programs, prefects, Co-Heads of dance and music groups: these are what I see when I look at my black and Latino friends. This is why I am sometimes confused by discussions among some circles at Andover about students of color being underrepresented in leadership positions on campus. My own personal experiences and those of my friends prove otherwise. But there is, however, a notable lack of black and Latino students holding politically...
Charlie Jarvis, Kai Kornegay, Alex Thomas, Kayla Thompson    Thursday, February 27, 2014
As feminism swept over Andover’s campus this past year, it fueled heartfelt debates and meaningful discussions that have continued on to this day. Unfortunately, the movement’s progression has also led to the isolation of African-American and Latina females from the discussion. While the attempts by “Feminism is Equality” to be intersectional and inclusive in its dialogue have been commendable, the movement has largely failed to make itself accessible to the African-American and Latina female...
Benny Ogando, Rob Rush, Kailash Sundaram    Thursday, February 27, 2014
I am a black male. When you see me walking on the streets, you expect me to walk with my back slouched, my hoodie overhead and my pants sagging below my waist. You expect me to look a little shady. Sometimes you lock your cars when I’m nearby. Sometimes you hold your children closer to you when I pass by. I am still a foreigner in the country I call home. While these stereotypes are not as exaggerated on the Andover campus, there are still nuanced microaggressions that perpetuate the...
Jaleel Williams    Thursday, February 27, 2014
Arriving at Andover for the first time before my Lower fall, I was determined to make race “not a thing.” Coming from a small, predominantly white, private middle school where race had always been a taboo topic, I was terrified of the separation it might bring between me and my high school peers. Andover was a fresh start, and I took all precautions to make sure that I would not stand out because of my race. It did not take long for me to realize that ignoring my race would cause more problems...
Zainab Aina, Charlie Jarvis, Kai Kornegay, Doris Nyamwaya, Alex Thomas    Thursday, February 27, 2014
“She’s pretty for a black girl.” As women of color at Andover, we should never have to strive for this false and offensive excuse for a compliment. On our campus and around the world, the word “beauty” is too often constricted to a rigid definition that requires white skin, blonde hair, a slim frame and blue eyes. Black and Hispanic females do not fit into this standard: our hair will never be naturally sleek and our eyes will never be blue, yet societal standards demand that we spend hours...
Jumaane Ford, Benny Ogando, Kailash Sundaram    Thursday, February 27, 2014
For as long as I can remember, football has been an integral part of my identity. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I would spend chilly Saturday mornings on green-and-white turf fields, surrounded by other five-year-olds clad in plastic helmets and shoulder pads. On a heavily black team, I became accustomed to the culture of African American athletes. When I entered the boarding school community at Fay, however, my status as a black male made me the victim of stereotypes I was unaccustomed to....
Nancy Kim    Thursday, February 27, 2014
According to the regulations of the Student Government Constitution, in order to qualify as candidates in the 2014-2015 Co-Presidential Elections, pairs of Uppers must gather the “consent” of nearly half the student population at Andover. While many students are eager to support them in this endeavor, the lack of sincere interaction between the Co-Presidential candidates and younger students impairs us from judging them purely based upon ability. As a Junior at Andover, I feel that I do not...
Jake Kim    Thursday, February 27, 2014
One of my first memories of Andover is being told this past fall, before classes had even begun, that “at Andover, you will inevitably face a trade-off between grades and social life. You can only choose one of these or neither.” I had had an easy time balancing my life at my old school, and so I considered myself an exception to this “rule.” I thus learned the hard way that, if we fail to balance our work with play, we will inevitably fall into a cycle of stress and loneliness. Many students...
Avery Jonas    Thursday, February 27, 2014
Last Saturday during the Andover/Exeter Boys Varsity Basketball game, the energy in the gym was palpable as both teams played neck-and-neck throughout the entire 90 minutes. Cheers and routines led by the Blue Key Heads and Andover SLAM kept the spirit alive as students, faculty and parents cheered for their teams. Unfortunately, the positive energy and sportsmanship of the game was spoiled as Exeter students began taunting, mocking and yelling loudly at Andover’s team. During timeouts, some...
Meghan Tucker    Thursday, February 27, 2014
Last week, Mihika Sridhar ’16 promoted the idea of day students being given “sleepover buddies” so that they have a place to sleep overnight in case of snowstorms. While I think that Sridhar’s solution is viable, as many day students need a place to stay on campus in emergencies, I would like to further her idea and assign day students a host dorm in order to better integrate them into the community on campus. I propose that, the summer before a day student’s first year at Andover, the...
Tyler Lian    Thursday, February 20, 2014
One of the hottest topics on campus this year is the role of technology and social media in the classroom setting, a question posed by Andover’s entrance into “digital age.” What has not yet been thoroughly acknowledged, however, is that, currently, the use of technology at Andover often seems forced and cumbersome. While digital tools may be useful in their own right, our classes simply are not designed to incorporate them effectively. It is not enough to hand out iPads and promote e-books;...
Cam Mesinger    Thursday, February 20, 2014
“I’ll never forget when the hockey team staged a homophobic skit at the A/E pep rally,” said Ben Talarico ’11, in an interview with The Phillipian for February 7th’s issue. As a runner on both the track and cross-country teams, Talarico recalls the varied acceptance he received as an openly-gay athlete at Andover. According to Sean Burkitt ’14, Co-Captain of Varsity Nordic and Varsity Cycling, homophobic incidents still occur on campus and often go unmentioned. Talarico and Burkitt are not the...

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