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February 17, 2017

This past Monday, Zandra Campbell ’17, Sydney Friedland ’17, Matthew Kim ’17, Brian Li ’17, Michael Man ’17, Panos Vandris ’17, Yiannis Vandris ’17, Ricky Williams ’17, Cathy Wu ’17, Jay Yalamanchili ’17, and Michael Zhao ’17 were notified of their selection as National Merit Finalists. Of the 1.6 million National Merit Scholarship entrants, fewer than one percent are honored as finalists, chosen on grounds of “abilities, skills, and accomplishments.” ...

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February 10, 2017

Despite all its abstraction, philosophy, and creative possibility, something undeniably honest lies at the heart of what we study in Woods Memorial Hall. At the end of the day, we are all humbled around those Harkness tables, because our teachers know that good writing is sincere writing, and that sincerity is permitted by the understanding of oneself. As a young Ernest Hemingway, yet to write his masterpieces, once said, “We ...

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January 27, 2017

Last week, my morals were reduced to a simple bar graph. For my science elective, I took a test designed by behavioral and psychological researchers that compared me to 30,000 liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. My results told me I valued loyalty and kindness more than purity and authority, and that I could be categorized as a “moderate conservative.” The next day in class, I exchanged my results with a close ...

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This past Monday, Student Council held a town hall meeting in which Olivia Brandon ’17 and Eliza Koren ’17 discussed the implications and intricacies of their sanctuary campus proposal. Students, faculty, and administrators alike met in the Kirby Science Lecture Hall to listen and express their opinions on the initiative. Presented for the first time on January 12, the sanctuary campus proposal idea is “about standing up for students here, ...

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January 27, 2017

This past Wednesday, architectural experts Richard Wilson and Annie Robinson addressed students, faculty, and architecture enthusiasts alike in Woods Memorial Hall’s Heely Room. Entitled “The Architecture of Peabody and Stearns at the Lawrenceville School,” the specialists aimed to put the School’s architecture in historical context and draw connections between the Lawrenceville’s early architecture and founding educational philosophy. Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia ...

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January 20, 2017

This past year, Maker Club members Tristan Ketterer ’17 and Shrey Chowdhary ’17 have developed the School’s first virtual reality laboratory. Comprised of an HTC Vive room-scale set and a custom computer built by Maker Club president Chris Santamaria ’18, the virtual reality lab is open to all students. Last spring, Ketterer and Chowdhary approached Dean of Academics and Science Master David Laws, seeking to create a space where students, regardless ...

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December 15, 2016

On Friday, December 2, the School became the exclusive proprietor and manager of Lawrenceville Summer Scholars (LSS). For two summers prior, Lawrenceville had been partnered with ESF Camps, a corporation founded in 1982 that has grown to operate in over 10 locations and aids Lawrenceville in areas of logistics, safety protocol, and consulting. In previous summers, LSS offered both residential and day student programs focused on numerous topics, including performing ...

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As the nation headed to the polls last Tuesday to cast their votes in the Presidential Election, Lawrentians participated in the Lawrenceville Mock Election. This event was the latest in a series of surveys and events hosted by the Mock Election Club, led by Will Fournier ’18, along with faculty advisor and History Master Robert Shaw P’10 ’14 ’16. Votes from the mock election were counted by hand, and Clinton ...

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October 14, 2016

“Liberal.” “Conservative.” These are terms that have no clear definition but a definite impact on our culture. We often fail to realize that these words are nothing without the freedom we give them. In today’s politically tumultuous world, when dialogue and rationality are urgently needed, it is imperative that we, as Lawrentians, take a healthy step back and examine the nuances and implications of the identities we hold dear. On Monday, ...

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October 07, 2016

Four Lawrentians were selected by the School to apply for prestigious scholarships at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and the University of Virginia (UVA). Injil Muhammad ’17 has been nominated to apply for UVA’s Jefferson Scholars program, and Emily Galvin ’17 has been chosen to apply for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC. Sophia Cai ’17 and Panos Vandris ’17 have both been nominated to ...

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September 30, 2016

On Thursday, September 29, History Master Dana Kooistra P’19 led a discussion on immigration in the Bath House Cafe from 7:00 to 7:45 PM. Kooistra’s talk is the first in a series of Bath House talks, which will continue to focus on the central issues of this year’s presidential election. Kooistra noted that modern concern with immigration focuses on the effects felt by the receiving nation, rather than the global ...

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September 16, 2016

Congratulations to Zandra Campbell ’17, Sydney Friedland ’17, Maia Johngren ’17, Matthew Kim ’17, Brian Li ’17, Michael Man ’17, Panos Vandris ’17, Yiannis Vandris ’17, Ricky Williams ’17, Cathy Wu ’17, Jay Yalamanchili ’17, and Michael Zhao ’17, who have qualified as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a nationwide academic contest with a semifinalist qualification rate of under four percent. Founded in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Company ...

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September 09, 2016

On Friday, September 2, during the first school meeting of the academic year, Head Master Steve Murray H’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 briefly revealed the Faculty Writing Committee's most recent draft of a new school mission statement. Murray avers that there are three components to a strategy of moral solidity: a mission, a vision, and a strategic plan. Murray considers the mission being “the answer to the question: Why do we ...

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May 29, 2016

This past Monday, Lawrentians participated in a Town Hall meeting and discussed the purpose, effect, and potential future of the mandatory Chapel Credit. The meeting was facilitated by School President Yiannis Vandris ’17, Diversity Representative Chisom Ilogu ’17, and Religious Life Council member Brian Li ’17. Harini Srinivasan ’18 and Jonathan D'Souza ’19 helped begin the discussion by introducing statistics from the recent religious life survey, reporting that 38 ...

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Theatre and Dance Director of Theater Christopher Cull, also director of the Fall Musical and Performing Arts Master, said that because of the Fall Musical, “the entire adult faculty get to collaborate together to model professional behavior for our students.” With Director of Instrumental Studies Keith Roeckle behind instrumentals, Director of Music Robert Palmer focused on vocals, Chair of Performing Arts Derrick Wilder responsible for the dance portion of the musical, ...

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May 21, 2016

What even is “A Moon Shaped Pool,” anyway? Is it a pool of rainwater, a mirror of moonlight beneath rubber boots? Or, as the album cover suggests, a metallic, sinister lining to the specious comfort of a soft, white light? On “A Moon Shaped Pool,” their ninth studio album since their 1993 debut, Radiohead explore the duality of humanity’s emotional inducements. To Radiohead, the comfort resulting from routine, eager assertions ...

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This past Monday, in the Heely Room of Woods Memorial Hall, 60 V Formers and other interested community members gathered to hear the penultimate Capstone lecture of the year. In that lecture, Jami Floyd P’17 ’20 and Marcus Mabry ’85 examined race and politics in a student-led discussion. Currently serving as the legal analyst and host of WNYC Radio, Floyd is a journalist and lawyer from New York City. Prior ...

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This past Thursday, students participated in a Town Hall meeting organized by Student Council, which hoped to “debunk myths about plagiarism, explore the culture surrounding plagiarism, and explain the disciplinary system,” as stated in an all-school email from Student Body President James Stevenson ’16. Starting the meeting, Vice President of Academics Connor Duwan ’16 and Vice President of Honor and Discipline Cameron Anderson ’16 addressed the difference between accidental plagiarism and ...

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May 06, 2016

Around the Harkness table, I probably spend more time debating who the best rapper in the game is than actually participating. Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake are the most frequently referenced artists, and I go back and forth between the three from day to day. However, no matter where you stand on who the best young’n in hip-hop is right now, the biggest, most influential rapper is undoubtedly Drake. ...

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May 06, 2016

About a week ago, my friend decided to launch a “joke campaign” for School “socialist” representative. A capitalist aware of his social ineptitude, my friend wanted to run for laughs. Although the campaign never got off the ground, my friend’s “joke campaign” was commentary that had serious implications about our campus culture. The social-socialist joke campaign implied that social life on our campus is heavily influenced, to a deleterious degree, ...

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April 29, 2016

Two postponed shows, a medical scare while flying to Minneapolis, and a dance party preceded Prince’s untimely death on April 21 at his Minnesota estate, Paisley Park. In the midst of the discourteous speculation concerning Prince’s cause of death, his politics, and his fortune, one notion has emerged as unequivocal: Prince’s vision for a harmonious mankind is often dismissed by today’s turbulent world, but such a romantic aspiration deserves—and needs—to ...

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April 23, 2016

We all have that Californian friend who's Coachella crazy: She has the bracelets and necessary accessories, the outfit planned three months in advance, an obnoxious Snapchat story, and a mild interest in music. Coachella is at the blunt (no pun intended) end of a cultural joke, and as a pretentious music snob, half of me careens around everything Coachella stands for. On the other hand, seeing legendary, broken-up bands like ...

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April 15, 2016

A sole dancer gracefully maneuvers down the arching stage with a thick, assertive strip of orange light at his back. Translucent windows slide across the bottom of the light-painted hill, giving the feeling of a household ready for change yet set in tradition. The opening mime and minimalist set is unusual for the New York-based Metropolitan Opera House, an opera company that has been revered for its elaborate, ornate sets ...

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April 01, 2016

“Slime Season 3,” Young Thug No pop-rap artist has been able to experiment with vocal scattering and minimalist production at the same level of success as Young Thug. To many, Young Thug represents the end of “classic” hip-hop; Thug’s repetitive triplet flow and bass-heavy electronic instrumentation directly clashes with the internal rhyme structure and boom-bap production that gave us masterpieces like Eric B & Rakim’s “Paid in Full” and The Roots’s ...

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March 25, 2016

Why do you care about the new Kanye West album? Because you haven’t been living under a rock. “The Life of Pablo,” West’s 19-track eighth studio album, was released on February 24. It begins promisingly enough with opener “Ultra Light Beam,” a track with stellar, avant-garde production. The song is a triumphant “industrial gospel” composition with swelling synths and minimalistic percussion. Industrial drums bounce Kanye’s somewhat flat, yet passionate, vocal basketball, ...