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Angela Hui    Thursday, October 23, 2014
To the Editor: Just this past spring, I was a member of Andover’s Class of 2016. In May, however, I left the school. Now I am an 11th grader at San Francisco University High School. If anyone asks, I tell people I left Andover for a “family issue.” After all, I am part of my family, and I am, in the vernacular, “batshit crazy,” which is an issue. I spent most of ninth and tenth grade paralyzed by depression, anxiety and one eating disorder after another. The one time I set foot into...
Keton Kakkar ’15    Thursday, October 23, 2014
To the Editor: I would like to thank the Stowe House girls for setting an inspiring example about what consent really means. The “Yes Means Yes” policy, adopted by Stowe after legislation passed in California, is a pithy and effective way to express the idea of explicit verbal consent. There is another aspect to this concept of consent that is too often overlooked, however, especially in regard to sexual and emotional relationships. Every answer is a response to a question, and before one...
Stowe House 2014-15    Thursday, October 9, 2014
To the Editor: This past Tuesday, Women’s Forum invited Head of School John Palfrey and Paul Murphy, Dean of Students, to discuss the new “open-door” parietal policy that has spurred a petition as well as several acts of student protest. Many students expressed outrage regarding this policy, claiming that, while it purported to prevent instances of sexual assault, in practice it will achieve the exact opposite, because sexual activity will be removed from the safety of dorm rooms. The...
Lily Grossbard ’15, et al.    Thursday, September 25, 2014
To the Editor: Little in recent years has served to upset this campus more than the May 26, 2014 faculty vote on changes to the parietal policy. The new ruling, which, among other changes, mandates an open-door/lights-on policy for Seniors, resulted in an entire day of protests, as well as discussions in The Phillipian, classrooms, dorm meetings and on social media. Also in response, we, the six students signed below, authored a petition speaking against the policy changes, cosigned by...
Zach Sturman ’12    Thursday, September 18, 2014
To the Editor: Though I am not a particularly involved alumnus, I learned through the September 19th Phillipian article “Gelb Dance No More” that the historic Gelb Dance will be cancelled this year. Andover has changed significantly in the two years since I was a student, but one thing, whether we realize it or not, remains the same: nobody is appropriately represented in the administration and quasi-bureaucracy that lingers today. When decisions are made at Andover without student...
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...

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