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Justin Stachtiaris    Thursday, December 2, 2010
Admissions officers watched as an influx of potential day students filed into the Cochran Chapel for an Open House Presentation this past Sunday, November 6th. Bill Leahy, Director of Admissions, addressed the students. “I know everyone in this room is nervous whether they will get in or not, but I want to congratulate all of you for looking into private schools. Less than 1% of students in the country attend an independent school, let alone Phillips Academy,” said Leahy. “The reason you are...
Andrew Cho    Thursday, December 2, 2010
Phillips Academy’s Board of Trustees convened for its annual fall meeting to receive updates on the Campaign for Andover and to finalize the operating budgets for numerous renovations on campus. At last Friday’s meetings, Peter Ramsey, Secretary of the Academy, announced that the capital campaign has raised $212 million in gifts toward its $300 million goal and presented a strategy for securing the final $88 million. Amy Falls ’82, Chief Investment Officer, also gave a detailed presentation...
Phillipian Staff Report    Thursday, December 2, 2010
The administration investigated approximately 20 students in response to two room searches and the examination of a cell phone beginning Tuesday, November 2. Fifteen Disciplinary Committee hearings resulted from these investigations. The offenses, which led to the DC hearings, were use and possession of drugs, use and possession of alcohol, possible provision of drugs and traveling off-campus without permission, according to Paul Murphy, Dean of Students and Residential Life. Twelve of the 15...
Catherine Choi    Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wellness Week keynote speaker Professor Laurence Steinberg from Temple University, a specialist in psychological development of adolescents, spoke at Wednesday’s All-School Meeting and addressed the effects of stress on adolescents. Steinberg offered tips to increase self-control and to reduce students’ stress. Steinberg’s research has focused on adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, adolescent employment, high school reform and...
Rachel Wittenberg    Thursday, December 2, 2010
PA students attended a variety of workshops and lectures during the fourth annual Wellness Week. Unlike in previous years when guest lecturers gave nightly workshops, programs were held during the day this year. In past years, students enjoyed free periods during their academic schedules to compensate for the mandatory evening seminars. Additionally, students were excused from daily classes based on class period, whereas last year, students were given frees by department. Alex Smachlo ’...
Connie Cheng    Thursday, December 2, 2010
Surrounded by the packed bookshelves of the Brace Center, Kathleen Dalton and Tony Rotundo, Instructors in History, recline on a plush sofa as they speak about their lives and work, their answers soon slipping into a conversation between the two spouses. Rotundo and Dalton look at each other while they talk and only interrupt each other to murmur in agreement or praise the other’s work. At the same time, they remain modest about their own achievements. The dialogue shifts so naturally...
Connor Fraser    Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Campaign for Andover, Building on the Surest Foundation has raised over $213 million since its launch last year. The campaign is concentrating on raising the final $90 million in order to meet its final goal of $300 million by the end of this fiscal year. “Many parents have asked when the [Campaign for Andover] will kick off. That means we haven’t been aggressive [enough] with collection, and that they can help us reach our goal,” said Peter Ramsey, Secretary of the Academy. To...
Mj Engel    Thursday, December 2, 2010
Phillips Academy’s Math Club had something to cheer about this past weekend after a second place finish in the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT). Brian Wagner ’14, a newcomer to Andover’s Math Team, walked away with a first place award in the individual category at the competition. Phillips Exeter Academy sent six teams of six to the competition, with their top team claiming the first prize. David Ding ’12 and Jong Wook Kim ’13 placed in the top 10 during the individual competition...
Miguel Wise    Thursday, November 11, 2010
Delving into the plight of female domestic workers in Hong Kong, Seyoung Lee ’12 started the Brace Fellow presentation series with her project, “Seek My Face, Hear My Voice: Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong.” Over the summer, Lee researched the conditions and role of foreign women who immigrate to Hong Kong in search of work opportunities. She conducted interviews with many of these domestic workers and the leaders of the advocacy organizations. Lee began her presentation by explaining...
Raeva Kumar    Thursday, November 11, 2010
A Parents’ Weekend forum on climate change sponsored by Eco-Action and ERAC provided an outlet for students and parents interested in environmental issues to voice their concerns. The forum, which was held on Saturday, October 30, was a question and answer discussion, which touched on many different aspects of environmental issues. Teddy Smyth ’11, Co-President of Eco-Action, said,“Climate change is the broadest and most important eco-issue facing the world today. We didn’t want to make the...
Connie Cheng    Thursday, November 11, 2010
Nancy Sizer shared her memories of Phillips Academy with the community during Wednesday’s All-School Meeting, sharing anecdotes ranging from the school’s move to co-education to the origins of Head of School Day. Sizer’s husband, Ted Sizer, served as the headmaster of Phillips Academy from 1972 to 1981. During her time at Andover, Sizer served as an Instructor in History and as a tennis coach, who was “much beloved and very accessible to students,” according to Head of School Barbara Chase....
Andries Feder    Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Phillips Academy Invitational Model United Nations (PAIMUN) conference, originally scheduled for this Sunday, has been postponed due to a lack of interest and financial reasons. Kerry Lanzo ’11, Co-President of Model UN, said, “We did not get a timely response from other schools.” The club also hopes to fund the conference with the fiscal aid of an Abbot Academy Association Grant. “We will not receive news about the Abbot Grants until after the conference and we believe that it will be...

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