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Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVII    Thursday, February 27, 2014
This Friday marks the one year anniversary of the publication of the groundbreaking Letter to the Editor that asserted the existence of gender inequality at Andover and condemned the accompanying student apathy. Written by MJ Engel ’13, Gabbi Fisher ’13, Samuel Green ’13, Maia Hirschler ’13 and Henry Kennelly ’13, the Letter served to “break that silence” of this inequity and subsequently sparked the “Feminism is Equality” movement that swept through campus last spring. These students actively...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVII    Thursday, February 20, 2014
This Monday, when the primary round of the elections narrows the pool of Co-Presidential candidates to just six pairs, the Andover student body will take the first step in determining the fate of its student government for the coming year. Unfortunately, our elected student leaders are too often made the subject of our criticisms, generalizations, and even personal attacks. In reality, a substantial portion of the problems within our community results, not from the shortcomings of...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVII    Thursday, February 13, 2014
On Monday night last week, students crowded into Lower Right of Paresky Commons, filled with the anticipation and impatience that annually consumes the student body come mid-Winter Term. In addition to the speculative chatter typical of this time of year, students were also seen clutching cell phones in their hands, their eyes glued to screens as they scrolled through Twitter and refreshed newsfeeds in hopes of a Head of School Day update. To the disappointment of many, Head of School John...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Thursday, January 30, 2014
The newsroom is a hard place to leave, but an even harder place to return to. Bringing together 14 pages of broadsheet each week is exhausting, and as we fast approach our final hours working on a paper that still reads CXXXVI, we find ourselves reflecting on why we joined The Phillipian in the first place. We wonder who, other than ourselves, is going to care if our articles are kerned to -30, if our headlines are centered, if our refer boxes are Andover Blue—C=75, M=44, Y=0, K=0.We knew that...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Thursday, January 23, 2014
Twenty five years ago, Brian Gittens ’89 brought Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to Andover when he skipped class on the third Monday of January in his Senior year. In protest of Andover’s lack of recognition of the day, Gittens sat on the steps of Samuel Phillips Hall and played Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech over his boombox. Students and faculty eventually joined Gittens on the steps in observance of this day, setting the precedent for the importance of diversity and...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Thursday, January 16, 2014
On Monday morning, the Andover community will congregate in Cochran Chapel to kick off annual activities observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will hear from Maria Hinojosa, an award-winning journalist and anchor, before splitting off—Juniors to see a one-man show on identity, Lowers to watch a film, Uppers and Seniors to discuss race and culture in small workshops with their peers and teachers. This day-long break from classes offers a rare pause to reflect on issues of race and diversity...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Thursday, January 9, 2014
This school year marked the debut of the widely discussed calendar change. To some students and faculty, the new calendar had a salient flaw: the two-and-a-half-week gap left between Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. Although this period was isolated from the rest of the Winter Term, some teachers were able to creatively transform this short academic period into a successful stretch both in and out of the classroom. For instance, Noah Rachlin, Instructor in History, and Tracy Ainsworth,...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Friday, December 13, 2013
More than half of Andover’s student body is above 16—the legal age of consent. Twenty-eight percent of students have had sex, according to the 2013 Phillipian State of the Academy survey. Despite these compelling numbers, Andover’s current sex education program does not adequately inform the student body about sex, a part of life that invariably affects every student at Andover.An active dialogue between the students and the administration is imperative in designing a comprehensive sex ed...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Thursday, November 14, 2013
Over the past few years, Andover has taken steps towards becoming more sustainable. Last year, Fuess House reduced its energy consumption by 36 percent through its new motion-based LED lighting. Storm windows and better insulation were installed in Bishop Hall during its renovation to save energy with heating during the winter. The new Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center will even feature a green roof and geothermal heating. Despite these advances, Andover still needs to step up when it comes...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Thursday, November 7, 2013
On Tuesday morning, students launched into the Strategic Planning process through an online forum called Stormboard. Although the site experienced technical difficulties, we should not let these inconveniences distract from the significance of the Strategic Planning effort. The Strategic Plan is incredibly important; the conclusions of this discussion will guide Andover policy decisions for years to come. In light of this conversation, we believe the 2014 Strategic Plan must shift...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Friday, November 1, 2013
The administration, faculty and staff at Andover seek to promote the comfort and safety of students on campus. The recent clarification and enforcement of dance rules are intended to ensure “self-respect and respect for the faculty members who are chaperoning,” according to Paul Murphy, Dean of Students and Residential Life. If that is indeed the goal, then faculty members also have the responsibility of reciprocating such respect. Teachers should take care that they do not, in enforcing...
Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXVI    Thursday, October 24, 2013
Among other changes, spectators will no longer have to choose between watching Boys Varsity Hockey and Girls Varsity Basketball at this year’s Winter Andover/Exeter games. For the first time, the Athletics Department scheduled this year’s boys and girls games at different times so that spectators will have to choose between sports, as opposed to gender. The Winter Andover/Exeter schedule change, as well as new efforts to increase more gender-conscious scheduling for all weekly...

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