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Olivia Michaels    Thursday, April 17, 2014
During the American Civil War, between 2 and 3 percent of the nation’s population died. Transposed to today’s population, this percentage of deaths would amount to seven million American citizens dying in one war, according to Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University and American historian. Faust and Ric Burns, a documentary filmmaker, visited Andover’s Cochran Chapel on April 15 to discuss the effects of the war on the nation’s policies and the societal view of death as an...
Bennett Michaels    Thursday, April 17, 2014
In 2006, Sunita Williams, NASA astronaut and United States Navy officer, floated about the International Space Station (ISS) 220 miles above the earth’s surface. Looking out the large window — known to astronauts as the Cupola — for the first time, Williams gazed at Earth from space. “It was overwhelming. I’m not joking… the first time up there, you look out the window and you’re like, ‘Wow, those guys were right! The earth is round,’” said Williams during Wednesday’s All-School Meeting (ASM...
Staff Report    Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jamie Bloxham ’15 had never seen a word of the Aboriginal Australian language before he took his first Computational Linguistics exam, but that did not stop him from deducing a method to translate a piece of the antiquated language into English in a matter of minutes. Bloxham placed sixth in the Invitational Round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) during Spring Break, qualifying him for the United States National Team. Over the summer, Bloxham and the other...
Erica Shin    Thursday, April 17, 2014
Although his hands are full with teaching three sections of History 310 and coaching Instructional Swimming, Noah Rachlin, Instructor in History, manages to find the time to slip away to the beach to catch some waves on the weekends. Rachlin has always had a special place in his heart for the water, even before he developed his passion for surfing while working as a lifeguard after his college graduation. “That started it, and I would surf in the summers out on Cape Cod. Then, when I...
Staff Report    Thursday, April 17, 2014
366 new students were admitted to Andover for the 2014-2015 academic year. The 237th incoming class consists of 182 girls and 184 boys, representing 33 states and 23 foreign countries, according to an Andover press release. 427 of 3,049 completed applications, or 14 percent, were accepted in March. 366 of the 427 admitted students will matriculate, marking a record 85 percent yield rate, an increase from last year’s 79 percent. “The demand for an Andover education continues to increase, as...
Erica Shin    Thursday, April 17, 2014
Following recent discussions on campus about issues of privilege, students packed into the Underwood Room on Wednesday evening to participate in a discussion-based forum hosted by CAMD, Out of the Blue, Feminism is Equality and More Than Just a Number. The discussion centered around topics of privilege, including privilege of ability, race, gender, sexual orientation, class and many others. Five student panelists were invited to speak about their experiences with privilege: Malina Simard-...
Olivia Michaels    Thursday, April 17, 2014
Trapped in a stuffy room packed with 110 students from across the nation, Billy Casagrande ’15 and Harry Wright ’14 sat perched at the edge of their seats as they were challenged to identify individual “kanji,” thousands of pictographic characters used in Japanese writing. Wright and Casagrande, both of whom take Japanese 300 at Andover, represented Andover at the National Japan Bowl in Washington, D.C., from April 10 to April 11. Wright and Casagrande did not place in the top five teams...
Sharan Gill    Thursday, April 17, 2014
A group of Brazilian students and faculty members from Escola SESC de Ensino Médio (SESC), Andover’s partner school located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will visit Andover’s campus this week. During their week-long visit, the Brazilian students look to expand their knowledge of American history and literature. In particular, they will interact closely with Andover students participating in PLACES, a new foreign exchange program for Andover students between Andover and a boarding school in...
Austin Tuan    Thursday, April 17, 2014
Seth Godin, “New York Times” Bestselling Author and Blogger, stood before 2,200 health professionals and students in Yale University’s Shubert Theatre as he talked about the effective strategy needed to communicate ideas. Nestled among the audience were 14 Andover students, members of Andover Global Health Initiative (AGHI) on their weekend trip to Global Health and Innovation Conference (GHIC). “The riskiest thing you can do now is be safe having average products for average people. That’s...
Roshan Benefo    Thursday, April 10, 2014
Over 20 Andover students, faculty and staff displayed their non-sibi spirit last Sunday, partaking in the “Run for the Troops 5K.” The fundraiser raised over $40,000 this year, with over 2,200 participants joining the effort to build a house for war veteran Matthew Dewitt, according to Nancy Lang, Assistant Dean of Faculty and one of the event’s organizers. The annual “Run for the Troops 5K” road race raises money for Homes for our Troops, a non-profit organization committed to aiding...
Bennett Michaels    Thursday, April 10, 2014
Outgrown LEGO building blocks will now have a place at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology (the Peabody). The new program, “Building Blocks of History: Using LEGOs to understand architecture in the ancient world,” aims to engage participants by exploring the convergence of architecture and history in different cultures through building LEGO structures. First proposed by Ryan Wheeler, Director of the Peabody Museum, the LEGO program will allow people to learn in an untraditional and engaging...
Olivia Michaels    Thursday, April 10, 2014
In the popular teen comedy “Mean Girls,” Regina George compliments the new girl, Cady Heron, on her looks. When Cady thanks her, Regina is surprised. “So you agree? You think you’re really pretty?” says Regina. According to Rachel Simmons, Cady broke a rule in the girl world: don’t brag. Simmons, author of the “New York Times” bestseller “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls” and “The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence,” used this...

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