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April 14, 2017

As we approach May 1, the end of the college process lies close at hand for V Formers and is just starting for the IV Form. While the College Counselling Office makes a point of keeping the process reserved for juniors and seniors, college pressures loom over all Lawrentians throughout their high school careers. It’s hard not to recognize that most of us have been told about the singular importance ...

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January 27, 2017

Fourteen years. I’ve been dancing for 14 years. Every year since I was two years old, I’ve done some tap here, Irish step there, jazz for a few years, and ballet for more than a few. At Lawrenceville, I’ve been a part of the dance program for three years now: I’ve danced in two SDC performances (one of which I co-choreographed), I’ve taken two years of classes, and am in ...

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January 27, 2017

From Thursday, January 19, to Sunday, January 22, 13 members of Lawrenceville’s Model United Nations team competed in the Yale Model United Nations Conference in New Haven, CT. Attended by nearly 1,600 students from over 40 countries, the conference is highly competitive and challenges students to creatively and collaboratively solve global crises while, according to the conference’s website, they “take on the roles of United Nations representatives and members.” Although the ...

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December 15, 2016

On one of these past, bitter days of Turkey Term, I settled down to do my English homework and read Chapter 22 of Kennedy and Gioia’s An Introduction to Poetry. In this reading, I came across a section entitled Read Actively: “Most people read in a relaxed, almost passive way. They let the story or poem carry them along without asking too many questions. To write about literature well, however, ...

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December 09, 2016

As the administration has unveiled “Lawrenceville 20/20,” the School’s strategic plan for the next four years, Head Master Murray has kept the student body involved and connected to the process, something which was experienced less in past years and is a valuable step forward in bridging the gap between the people who make the changes in our school and those who attend it. From his arrival, Murray has brought with him ...

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December 09, 2016

This past Monday, Lawrenceville students ventured out in the cold to raise awareness about domestic violence. The community service representatives of the Stanley and Stephens Houses, Mandi Marom ’18 and Tiffany Thomas ’18, respectively, along with the Women In Leadership at Lawrenceville (WILL) club, have continued what is becoming an iconic and beloved Lawrenceville tradition: selling and placing luminaries—candles placed in paper bags—to line both sides of Main Street. In ...

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October 21, 2016

In her Opinions article “Torn Friendships” in last week’s issue of The Lawrence, Katherine Xiong ’19 wrote on how friendships formed in freshman year can be strained by the separation of the House system. Xiong found the social life of the House all-consuming, preventing her from maintaining close friendships. I sympathize with the struggle of maintaining a life outside the Lawrenceville routine, but blaming the House system for fading friendships ...

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October 14, 2016

As high schools go, Lawrenceville has an impressively wide array of extracurricular activities: Varsity, JV, House and Lifetime sports; Community Orchestra, Collegium, and Jazz Band; three Accapella groups; numerous community service opportunities; and just too many clubs to count. Since Lawrenceville tends to encompass the entire scope of our lives during the school year, the School does its best to provide students with every possible opportunity. However, one category of extracurriculars ...

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October 14, 2016

Too often amidst the hype of interscholastic and House sports, the hard work of dancers on campus is overlooked. Dance at Lawrenceville encompasses a vast net of different styles, skill levels, and opportunities, some of which are best manifested in Tour de Force. Tour de Force is Lawrenceville’s spirit dance team incorporating styles from lyrical to modern to jazz, hip-hop, and more. Their mission is to celebrate and ignite school ...

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September 30, 2016

Let’s be real: Hillary won. Not because I’m a liberal. Not because I’m a feminist. Anyone who watched the first presidential debate that took place this Monday night could see that Hillary won. Just in case you didn’t watch it though, or for some inexplicable reason you came to a different conclusion about the outcome of the debate, here’s why she came out on top. The main focus of a presidential ...

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May 13, 2016

Female Lawrenceville students are suffering from an endemic case of self-deprecation. Despite the intelligent, strong, talented female representation we have on campus, not to mention the multitude of opportunities offered to female students and their eagerness to take advantage of those opportunities, our most common method of communication is founded on putting ourselves down. As a girl at Lawrenceville, there is really only one way you can be funny: You have ...

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May 06, 2016

Two Lawrentians, Shaezmina Khan ’19 and Alexander Small ’18, have recently been awarded the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NLSI-Y) scholarship to study a foreign language abroad. The scholarship sends US high school students who they believe demonstrate “[a skill for] language learning, sense of character, demonstrated cultural awareness, and will to succeed” to foreign countries to spend six to eight weeks studying a foreign language, according to their ...

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April 29, 2016

On Monday at 7:00 PM, Professor Alejandro Portes presented to students in Woods Memorial Hall’s Heely Room about American perception of immigration as a segment in this year’s Capstone series. Born in Havana, Cuba, Portes currently acts as the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University, along with being a Research Professor at Miami University. Previously, ...

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Yiannis Vandris ‘17 Grace Blaxill ’18: Briefly describe your platform. Yiannis Vandris ’17: Firstly, I’d like to address the system that currently exists for StuCo to propose policy changes to the administration. While there is a system in place, the student body doesn’t really assume an active role in it [...] A big part of my campaign would be to legitimize that process, make it more public, include publications on campus, keep ...

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April 15, 2016

We all have to take ’em. Whether the SATs or ACTs or APs or PSATs, all of us are confronted sooner or later—but probably sooner—with standardized testing. Nationally, high school students in cities take an average of 36.4 standardized tests over the course of their schooling. Standardized tests reach us here in the bubble as well, with the SAT, ACT, and PSAT being all but mandatory, and APs strongly suggested ...

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April 08, 2016

The reluctance of the European Union and the majority of the world to accept Syrian refugees into their countries has forced Turkey, the nation harboring the most refugees, to make inhumane and illegal choices in dealing with them. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4,812,851 Syrians are seeking asylum in other countries, with 95 percent of them taking refuge in countries surrounding Syria. This statistic shows ...

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March 25, 2016

Grace Blaxill: What do you believe are the main obstacles to American democracy? Dr. William Hudson: In the book, I talk a lot about the separation of powers and our constitutional structure, which most Americans admire, but in the current era where we have this really polarized environment, the system just isn’t working very well. If the government is divided into two parties, and they refuse to compromise, […] the system ...