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Jillian Medina '19: It all started with Colin Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers quarterback coming off two National Football Conference Championships and a Super Bowl title. During the national anthem of a 2016 preseason game, Kaepernick sat down to protest the widespread oppression of minority groups in America (he decided to kneel as he continued the protest to show more respect to America’s troops). Many other athletes, including professional soccer ...

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September 22, 2017

It is widely recognized that starting off the school year can be an overwhelming experience for new students. However, it can be just as confusing for those of us who walk into the school we know so well surrounded by unfamiliar faces. What’s even worse is that it’s really hard to tell the difference between a new student and someone you just haven’t bothered to get to know. I, for ...

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September 15, 2017

1. Sharing is not caring: Well actually it is, but my tip is don’t care. We have all been victims of the dreaded boarding school scroungers. The kids who beg for your last piece of gum or the ones who equate borrowing to stealing when it comes to writing utensils. Don’t fall for it. Just say no. 2. Don’t bring your broke friends to the Bath House: This one is sort ...

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April 08, 2017

This past Monday, a new academic policy called the 24-Hour Pass was introduced to Lawrenceville students during Advising Lunch last Monday. This policy provides students with one card per term, which can be handed in to a teacher the day an assignment is due in exchange for a 24-hour extension. The cards were introduced by Vice President of Academics Injil Muhammad ’17 as a part of his platform last spring. ...

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April 08, 2017

Much controversy surrounds “Open Casket” by Dana Schutz, unveiled at the Whitney Biennial last March. The piece is an abstract painting made in August 2016. It depicts the mangled body of Emmett Till, a 14 year-old African American boy who was shot and beaten to death for allegedly whistling at a white woman in 1955. Till is remembered today as a martyr for the Civil Rights Movement and the title ...

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America’s history with persons of African descent is a long and complicated one. From the beginnings of the Transatlantic Slave Trade that first brought black people to the United States, to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, then to the current state of race relations in America, black Americans have consistently struggled to assert their rights as citizens and as human beings worthy of equal treatment under the law ...

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February 10, 2017

This past Wednesday, The Lawrenceville School devolved into post-apocalyptic chaos as students from all Forms gathered in the Bowl to protest on behalf of TJ Fedora ’17. The incident that sparked the protests occurred on Tuesday when Fedora accidently slept through his A period Chemistry double. TJ’s Housemaster immediately gave him a detention as a result of his absence (widely regarded as the norm for failing to attend class), but ...

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January 27, 2017

Hi, I’m Jillian Medina, and I am writing this feature following the average stress-free day in my shoes here at Lawrenceville. I wake up each morning and everything in between that and breakfast is kind of a blur because sleep deprivation has caused my brain to be equivalent to one of someone who is legally drunk. Ah, what a rush. Thanks, teachers. Anyway, I then proceed to breakfast where I ...

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On December 3, three drunk white men continuously harassed a young hijab-wearing Muslim woman. They hurled anti-Islam slurs at her and repeatedly screamed “Donald Trump” as they rode on an East Side subway. This harassment was not only verbal but also physical, as the men attempted to rip off the woman’s hijab. As this incident occurred, onlookers stood by doing nothing to defend the young Muslim woman. These incidents are ...

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December 09, 2016

Many of us avid writers and readers of The Lawrence are familiar with the fearless editor of the Features section, Yiannis Vandris. As one of his associates, I hold Yiannis dear to my heart. So I would like everyone reading this article to know that this is NOT a roast. This is simply a compilation of ideas I have about how to be a better Features Editor than Yiannis. I ...

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September 23, 2016

Reflecting on Dickinson’s “Work Hard, Play Hard” dance that took place in the KAC last Saturday night, I’ve been thinking a lot about those of us here at Lawrenceville who are particularly shy on the dancefloor. It can be tough going to dances when you just can’t dance or don’t know the lyrics to any of the songs (even the ones that are on the radio like five times an ...

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September 09, 2016

The reconstruction of Abbott Dining Hall has been hard on all of the students, staff, and faculty at Lawrenceville. Seating the entire school at once during mealtimes has been a tough problem to which we have yet to find the perfect solution. Here are a few ideas on how to make eating at Irwin more efficient for all of us: Seniors take over Lower: It would be a similar environment to ...

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January 29, 2016

This past month has been chalk full of stories surrounding racism in educational institutions, including Yale and University of Missouri. However, I think it is about time to draw attention to a protest that happened right around the corner at Princeton University that was perhaps overshadowed in the news by other racial incidents. This past November, many students at Princeton University questioned the legacy of past president and Princeton ...

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January 29, 2016

We all know that autocorrect can be Odell sometimes and have our backs when our fingers miss a key or two. On the other hand, autocorrect can be Satan and completely change the meaning of an email or text message and make it say something that you really didn’t want to say. There will come a time, at some point in each high schooler’s life, where they just want ...

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January 22, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the holiday during which most academic institutions in America are allowed a day off to honor and reflect on the sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., throughout his leadership of the Civil Rights Movement. Instead of cancelling classes on the third Monday of January, The Lawrenceville School dedicates the following Wednesday to community service, and that is fine. After all, it is ...

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October 16, 2015

Everyone knows that you don’t actually need to have the brains to get good grades. In fact, I suggest taking the easy way out and becoming the teacher’s pet. Being a teacher’s pet can be helpful in tons of different circumstances, from cases of forgotten homework to asking for college recommendations. However, many kids are misguided on how to go about becoming a teacher’s pet. With these easy to ...