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The Phillipian

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Clark Perkins, Junius Williams and Luke Stidham    Wednesday, May 28, 2014
To the Editor:The faculty’s recent vote in favor of new room visitation policies for upperclassmen, an open-door parietal mandate for Seniors and changes to sign-in times disappoint us on two scores: the first substantive and the second procedural. We believe that these measures are counterproductive to recent discussions of sexual health on campus. Moreover, we are discouraged that faculty members provided no prior warning to student leaders, who have been completely excluded from the process....
Janine Ko '14    Thursday, May 22, 2014
To the Editor:On Monday night, I spoke at the faculty meeting about my experiences as an Asian girl at The Phillipian. I talked about struggling to be heard in a place that, for the first two-and-a-half years I was there, had almost always been led by white, male voices. That struggle, however, represents just a fraction of what has been, for me, the best part of Andover: working on a free student press.I have loved The Phillipian more than anything else here. I have learned more from it than...
David F. Gutierrez '15    Thursday, May 8, 2014
When I was in fifth grade, my mother worked as a nanny, and I was put in the unique situation of living with a wealthy white family in Cranbury, NJ. Like in too many upper class towns, I was the only minority student enrolled in the town’s fancy public school. At first, things were a bit awkward, as I was the one to go to when help in Spanish class was required. After the recession of 2008 hit, people turned on me because I was different from the rest of them. I grew to distrust white people...
Kate Wincek    Thursday, May 1, 2014
In a survey I recently created and conducted of 63 Andover Varsity athletes, including every Varsity Captain, 33 responses were from females. Over 87 percent of female athletes who responded said that they believed sexism, defined as “boys’ teams getting favoritism or priority over girls’ teams or as male athletes getting treated like they are more legitimate than female athletes,” exists at Andover. Despite almost 42 years since the passing of Title IX and 40 years of co-education, female...
Cem Vardar ’15    Thursday, April 24, 2014
To the Editor: I would like to commend Sewon Park ’17 on her observant and relevant article last week, “Pro Sibi,” which discusses how Andover’s competitive environment often comes into conflict with our school’s “non sibi” values. I would like to add, however, that perhaps we should be considering the idea of “non sibi” in a different light. We are a part of an educational system that derives its strength from the promotion of competition. Inevitably, the result is that we promote...
Zainab Aina '14, et al.    Thursday, April 10, 2014
To the Editor: Last week, 75 people signed a Letter to the Editor criticizing the decision requiring this year’s Means Essay entries to pertain to gender. Another Commentary article supported this sentiment, arguing that the prompt “stifle[s] writers by forcing them to compartmentalize their human experience into the scope of one facet of their existence.” This is absurd. The Means Essay prompt invites students to explore the ways gender intersects with and shapes all aspects of their human...
Tony Rotundo, et al.    Thursday, April 3, 2014
To the Editor: The last two issues of the paper, dealing with race, have been impressive and inspiring for their candor, their intelligence and their openness to dialogue. We are all indebted to the authors for placing crucial issues before us so thoughtfully. With the discussions of gender that began last spring still in full voice, this feels like an extraordinary moment. It reminds us of another time at Andover in the mid-to-late 1980s. In the stretch of a few years, brave and...
Sydney Adams ’14, et al.    Thursday, April 3, 2014
To the Editor: It is rare that Andover students are given the chance to write without guidelines, and it is even more unusual that they may present their work to the entire community. This freedom was precisely the beauty of the Means Essay; promptless, it diverges from the constant onslaught of graded assignments and celebrates idiosyncrasies. It allows students to write — and think — for themselves. In an environment frequently dictated by resumés and test scores, students are fed...
Janine Ko '14, et al.    Thursday, March 27, 2014
To the Editor, We are the silent curve-breakers, the cram-school-goers, the hard workers. We are the ones who are bound to get the 6 on the math test because, “Come on, you’re Asian. You’ll be fine.” We are the “model minority.” What some ignorantly label “positive stereotypes” still hurt. The “model minority” myth dismisses the hard work and sacrifice of Asian students as the norm, but simultaneously condemns Asians as “curve-breakers.” It ignores the overwhelming diversity of Asian...
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-...

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