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February 24, 2017

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” –Douglas Adams, “The Salmon of Doubt.” It’s 1:00 AM on a Thursday night—a familiar time in the office—but for once there is no mention of deadlines. Perhaps Fig and Dr. N have decided to take pity on our final night in the office; perhaps this impending departure, our last one, has simply yet to sink in. Chisom intermittently ...

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February 03, 2017

In high schools and college universities across the country, the issue of grade inflation has sparked debate surrounding the true purpose of the grading system. Unsurprisingly, the issue has manifested itself on our campus as well. As indicated by the in-depth look at grade inflation by James Wellemeyer ’18 in this week’s issue, we find ourselves in an odd quagmire: Students overwhelmingly view grade inflation as either a positive or ...

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January 20, 2017

“Lawrenceville’s educational focus,” according to the School website, “is not on teaching what to know but on learning how to think.” It’s an admirable goal. And around our Harkness tables in classes like English, our teachers faithfully adhere to this philosophy, taking care not to inject their own opinions into the middle of student-led discussions. But while developing the independent, critical reading and thinking skills necessary to direct Harkness discussions ...

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January 13, 2017

At yesterday’s school meeting, Olivia Brandon ’17 and Eliza Koren ’17 presented a petition asking “the Administration to take immediate steps to make The Lawrenceville School a sanctuary campus.” The petition, hosted on Change.org, was later sent out to the student body and faculty by Coordinator of Intercultural Programs Tran Kim-Senior. At the time of writing, the petition has amassed 255 signatures. There is no required minimum number of signatures ...

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December 15, 2016

Reporters and columnists have largely defined the ways in which people understand and respond to events in the world. In this editorial, the Board takes a look at some of the pieces that have defined The Lawrence’s year, in hopes that the coming year will bring similarly meaningful journalism to the benefit of the School and its students. Back in the spring, when a game of “Alcoholocaust” involving nearby Princeton High ...

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November 11, 2016

This past Tuesday night, as we watched states on the screen turn red one by one—Florida, Michigan, Ohio, even nearby Pennsylvania—it all seemed a bit surreal. Somehow the votes yet to be counted would set things right again, or perhaps there was some error in the counting. As reality began to set in, however—the stark, incomprehensible reality of what was about to happen to the country—there was shock, then tears. ...

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September 30, 2016

This past week, members of L10 interviewed a number of students immediately following the presidential debate, seeking to present a balance of political perspectives and reactions to the debate in their weekly show. Yet soon after, they were forced to cancel the segment because they had managed to secure interviews with only Clinton supporters and, understandably, did not want to present a completely one-sided take on the debate. So what ...

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September 23, 2016

The first Honors Chemistry test of the year provokes nothing less than a mass panic among many taking the course. Review of material in class, walk-throughs of problems at consult, and even group study sessions in the Houses at night do little to alleviate the paralyzing fear that IV Formers newly introduced to the 500-level science course can sometimes feel before a major assessment. This phenomenon isn’t unique to Honors ...

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September 16, 2016

This past spring, returning students may remember receiving an email with an anonymous survey from The Lawrence called “State of the Ville” (SOTV). Consisting of 91 questions, the survey covered everything from academics and political beliefs to mental health and substance use. We aimed to put together a comprehensive overview of the School and then share that picture with the rest of a community whose members, as in any other ...

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September 09, 2016

At the first school meeting of the year, Dr. Laws unveiled the School’s new homework policy for Monday classes, one designed to make the weekend workload more manageable by allowing only certain departments to assign homework. While the prospect of a reduced homework load and some semblance of a normal weekend has certainly been popular among students, that the change was inspired directly by student feedback—responses to the School’s academic ...

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This week’s issue of The Lawrence features an investigation into sleep at Lawrenceville that displays survey results for self-reported sleeping habits, while also tying in administrator-opinions on how the School’s culture affects, and should affect, the amount of sleep we get. Of the information gathered through conversations with the deans, perhaps nothing strikes us as so absurd—offensive, even—than the idea that the School recommends that students get nine hours of ...

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For high schools that follow the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, May marks the beginning of a testing frenzy: Classes morph into review sessions, homework consists of practice multiple-choice and free response sections, and the exams themselves drain students’ physical and mental energies. At Lawrenceville, AP exams constitute a less visible but still significant part of academic life, especially for IV Formers. As a school that has distanced itself from AP curricula ...

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The image of the community that was painted by school meeting speaker Mohammed Bilal, in which people openly share their beliefs and comfortably engage in conversations surrounding political and socially charged issues, is a utopia compared to the reality of our campus. Our school claims to exist as a place to freely share and discuss the diverse opinions and beliefs held by the students, yet a particular set of opinions ...

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Recent surveys, presidential speeches, and widespread campus consensus have made clear that reducing Lawrenceville’s academic workload is one of the student body’s top priorities. But while the thought of doing five hours of homework over the weekend might be daunting, we believe that choosing to attend an institution like Lawrenceville entails an academic rigor that justifies having an hour of homework per class. However, the reality is that excessive academic ...

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“Being president can be very difficult You’re under a good deal of pressure [...] And there’ve been moments when the pressures, responsibilities, and occasional frustrations of the [presidency] have, admittedly, taken their toll,” Student Body President James Stevenson ’16 told us in an interview a couple days ago. “I was stressed out of my mind, especially because we had no idea what to prepare for and what to think ...

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In the aftermath of recent off-campus disciplinary infractions, the initial reaction might be to praise the School for clearly reaffirming its intolerance of behavior unbecoming of a Lawrentian, regardless of the circumstances. But upon closer examination, such incidents must give us pause, and beg the question: To what extent should Lawrenceville be able to regulate and control our lives outside of the School? On campus, the School bears the responsibility ...

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Just as annual Revisit Days bring flocks of newly-admitted students to the School, every year there are inevitably those who criticize Lawrenceville for, in their minds, purporting to present visiting families with the “real” Lawrenceville while in actuality offering an fake, idealized version in order to attract potential students. But while many believe that the purpose of these days is to give an authentic experience of the School, rather than ...

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Winter Term is arguably the most depressing and demanding term of the school year. This bleak atmosphere severely compounds the stress that students experience during the last few weeks before spring break. As a result, this period has gained notoriety as a breeding ground for disciplinary infractions related to academic dishonesty. This past winter was certainly no exception. A significant number of students received Majors, with multiple students leaving the ...