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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-...
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...

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