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Kai Kornegay ’14, et al.    Thursday, February 27, 2014
To The Editor: “You’re black, you’ll get into college for sure.” “Wow! You talk so white.” “Do you have anything I could wear for my ghetto psyche tomorrow?” All of these phrases are common on Andover’s campus. All of them have an impact that lasts beyond the conversation in which they are said. Though we claim to be accepting and diverse, the truth is that even seemingly casual statements burden the experience of Black and Latino students on our campus. Racism exists at...
Asabe W. Poloma    Thursday, December 12, 2013
To the Editor:Diversity among faculty and administrators has moved beyond the notion of importance to that of necessity as more students in American schools and universities are more diverse while the teaching workforce has failed to keep pace. According to the U.S. Department of Education (2009), 56.5 percent of P-12 students are white while students of color make up almost 44 percent of the population. Of six million teachers employed in preschool through 12th grade schools, approximately 80...
Debra Shepard    Thursday, December 12, 2013
To the Editor:In response to the apropos editorial “Green is the New Blue” (Nov. 15, 2013), thank you! Now is the time for us to engage the campus community in a dialogue about sustainability. With strategic planning underway, we have a prime opportunity to integrate sustainability into Andover’s future.Andover has been exploring sustainability for years, from the approval of our environmental policy statement in 2008, to our first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-...
Emma Crowe, Kory Stuer, Thea Rossman, Rhaime Kim    Friday, November 1, 2013
To the Editor: On October 5, Paul Murphy, Dean of Students and Residential Life, sent an email to the community regarding a clarification of dance policies. In his email, he repeated that students are required to "dance with each other in a manner that communicates self-respect" and clarified that "sexually suggestive dancing, including but not limited to grinding is not allowed" and "faculty chaperones may ask students who are not adequately clothed to return to their dorm or home to cover...
Emma Crowe ’15, Rhaime Kim ’15, Thea Rossman ’15, Kory Stuer ’15    Thursday, October 31, 2013
To the Editor: On October 5, Paul Murphy, Dean of Students and Residential Life, sent an email to the community regarding a clarification of dance policies. In his email, he repeated that students are required to “dance with each other in a manner that communicates self-respect” and clarified that “sexually suggestive dancing, including but not limited to grinding is not allowed” and “faculty chaperones may ask students who are not adequately clothed to return to their dorm or home to cover...
Tiana Baheri ’12, Abigail Burman ’12, Kate Chaviano ’12    Thursday, October 10, 2013
To the Editor: As students we scarcely thought we would be the type to write to the high school paper, but as alumni we really must express how much we admire the new guidelines for appropriate dancing and dress for social events, truly reminding the student body that yes, the Academy was in fact founded in 1778. For this dedication to the traditions of the Academy we commend you. In fact, the only part of this new rule that the authors have no choice but to strongly object to is that...
Antonia Leggett '15, Benjamin Yi '14, Emma Crowe '15, Corinne Singer '15    Thursday, September 26, 2013
To the Editor:In last week’s edition of The Phillipian, Hyun Cheol Jung, Class of ’14, published an engaging article commenting on a lack of inclusive dialogue within Feminism is Equality (F=E). Seeing as differences in opinion are essential to the comprehensive discourse we hope to encourage, the authors of this letter would first like to thank Jung for his candid take on the areas in which our movement could be improved.It seems important to note that F=E owes much of its influence to the...
Antonia Leggett ’15    Thursday, September 12, 2013
Feminism is equality is a group dedicated to fostering conversations about gender on campus. Gender and its intersections with race, class, sexuality, and other identity markers are issues that affect people both worldwide and here at Andover. These issues will not be addressed unless the community makes an active effort to continue this conversation this year and beyond. Last year, the campus erupted into debate over the gender disparity among leadership roles on campus. The “Feminism...
Tyler Olkowski ’13 et al.    Thursday, May 30, 2013
To the Editor: For the last few months, the feminist movement has appealed to the entire campus, stirring debate among all. Yet, one demographic above all seems underrepresented and less welcomed: male athletes. Perhaps athletes feel like they cannot bring as much to the discussion. Perhaps it is easier to sweep this issue under the rug. Today, we, as Senior male athletes, think it’s time to speak out. To us, this is as much an endorsement of feminism as it is a necessary action. Some of...
Justin Wang ’13    Thursday, May 30, 2013
To the Editor: I do not believe a gender mandate for school president would be effective in creating meaningful change. In my view, the effect of such a mandate would be to let the community get used to seeing a female in the presidential role, thus helping to break the current perception that males naturally hold presidential traits. I agree such a quota would be successful in reaching these goals, but given the current state of student council, this success would not be worth much. All...
Phillips Academy Board of Trustees    Wednesday, May 29, 2013
To the Editor: The Phillips Academy Board of Trustees has thoroughly considered the proposal by the campus group Divest Andover that we divest of our stock in companies that produce fossil fuels. The full Board discussed the proposal at length during its winter and spring meetings. A four member subcommittee of the Board, appointed last winter, monitored campus discussion on the issue, including articles and letters in The Phillipian and debates among students, highlighted by an open...
Debby Murphy    Tuesday, May 7, 2013
To the Editor: I would like to thank members of the senior class, the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council who attended Andover's first ever senior-alumni dinner last week. With only 38 days until Commencement, nearly 300 seniors dined with alumni and trustees, shared Andover stories and began to think about the next chapter—their lives as Andover alumni. Seniors were reminded that although their student experience may span one to four years, their alumni status will last a lifetime....

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