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April 21, 2017

Gender is a performance—a set of characteristics and actions modeled for us by our parents and other adults in our lives from a very young age. As a society, we have gendered colors, toys, professions, and mannerisms. For students who don’t adhere to these gender norms, spaces where they feel accepted are rare. We as a school have the chance to be that tolerant community by offering all-gender housing. For ...

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February 17, 2017

“I only started writing this paper last night,” he admits, stapling his crisp, five-page report and dropping it in the basket. “Well,” she laughs, “I started this paper at five this morning.” Another chimes in from across the table, “I had to write all three of my body paragraphs during my free last period.” “I didn’t even write the paper, but whatever, I’ll take the late,” a girl adds. In ...

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February 10, 2017

When I scroll through my inbox filled to the brim with Lawrenceville emails and see the subject line “Student Comment Notification,” I feel my stomach flip. Haiku already gets me down with all its changing syllabi and due dates; I don’t need Veracross against me too. Reluctantly, I click the bolded words and the email pops up. After quickly glancing over the message, I quietly fume and/or beam a little ...

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January 20, 2017

My relationship with Texas is like that of an older sibling to a younger sibling: You can tease them and complain about their behavior, but when other people do the same you turn defensive. In this article, I will take a moment out of my usual bragging routine (because who wouldn’t want to boast about Tex-Mex, Houston’s ethnic diversity, and fried Oreos at the world’s largest rodeo?!) to discuss the ...

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November 04, 2016

What happens when you gather a bunch of exhausted 16 and 17-year-old kids, sit them down in an oval configuration, and ask them to talk for 60 minutes about a piece of writing they barely skimmed? Quite honestly, nothing much. Two months into my IV Form year, I’ve noticed a peculiar phenomenon of lackluster Harkness discussions as compared to my III Form year. Arriving at Lawrenceville as a new sophomore, I ...

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September 23, 2016

Nervously scarfing down my fourth slice of pizza, I shifted quietly in the cushioned wooden chair and stared out the floor-to-ceiling window at the construction. My group was 20 minutes into a Lunch and Dialogue discussion on mental illness and I was silent, overwhelmed by my ignorance. Although I could discuss the complexities of hormone imbalance or the function of certain neurotransmitters, I realized how little I knew about the ...

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Shorter summers allow classes to accelerate -- James Wellemeyer '18 When my Honors Biology teacher emailed the class an “Excel welcome letter” containing a list of computer skills taught in III Form science, and I attempted to put my knowledge to the test, I immediately burst out laughing. I couldn’t even do the first task: to move groups of cells around the spreadsheet. I wasn’t surprised, though; I hadn’t touched Excel ...