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Pursuing Passions: Noah Phillips’ (12) Independent Study

Pursuing Passions: Noah Phillips’ (12) Independent Study

Vivien Sweet, Staff Writer

January 10, 2020

Though buzz about a potential World War III broke out only a couple of days ago, Noah Phillips’s (12) independent study, titled “Yemen and the Middle East Proxy War,” already had it covered. His presentation focused on both the Yemeni Civil War—which Phillips referred to as “the biggest humanitarian...

Pursuing Passions: Sean Zlatev (12)

Pursuing Passions: Sean Zlatev (12)

Hanna Hornfeld, Staff Writer

January 10, 2020

In a world split into four warring kingdoms, a disease known as the Corruption has infected creatures, causing them to attack your village. It is your job to help the villagers escape to safety. Sean Zlatev’s (12) virtual reality game incorporates all of this and more for his independent study. The...

Pursuing Passions: Eddie Jin’s Independent Study

Pursuing Passions: Eddie Jin’s Independent Study

Julia Goldberg, Staff Writer

January 10, 2020

Eddie Jin (12) stepped to the front of his Independent Study Seminar class this week to ask his peers to consider the defining features of a tragic hero. The presentation was his second and final of the semester, and was far less cheerful than his first one, which explored the concept of altruistic heroism,...

Bartels Bartels Bartels!

Bartels Bartels Bartels!

Hanna Hornfeld and Marina Kazarian

December 20, 2019

When Upper Division Library Department Chair Caroline Bartels was in fifth grade, she ran a miniature library out of an extra desk in her classroom. Her friends would ask her for book recommendations, and she would loan books to them using a checkout system of her own, she said. Thus began her career...

Gender politics in school

Natalie Sweet and Liliana Greyf

December 13, 2019

In the past fifty years, the school has started a rugby team, built a new science building, and now offers panini passes for lab; however, in that same time frame, there have only been five female Student Body Presidents. In April of 1971, seven faculty members and 12 students proposed the The Student...

Teacher’s diversity through the ages

Teacher’s diversity through the ages

Vivien Sweet, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

“I am a product of independent schools; I know how it feels to be isolated,” former English teacher Deborah Stanford said. The process of creating a body of educators who looked different from the traditional white, male demographic involved a gradual shift in the school’s attitude towards diversity....

The impact of asking questions…in the LGBTQ+ community

The impact of asking questions…in the LGBTQ+ community

Natalie Sweet, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

“People often ask ‘why do you act like that?’ and honestly there are just different ways for people to represent themselves, which some people who are not members of the LGBTQ+ community have a hard time understanding,” said Eli Bacon (11), who identifies as bisexual. To members of the LGBTQ+...

The impact of asking questions…in the Black community

The impact of asking questions…in the Black community

Natalie Sweet, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

“At Horace Mann, we don’t have as much engagement as we should with many minority communities, and I think because of that there is this gap in our understanding,” said Charles Simmons (12), co-President of The Union. “For a lot of the student body, what they know about a group of people really...

Connection to faith: students and faculty share about their religion

Connection to faith: students and faculty share about their religion

Vivien Sweet, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

“My faith is a cultural identity; it’s something that ties me closer to my family, and it’s passed down to me, kind of like an heirloom,” Felix Brener (10) said. In a world that some find to have become increasingly secularized and filled with pressure to succeed in both school and the workplace,...

The impact of asking questions …in the Asian-American community

The impact of asking questions …in the Asian-American community

Natalie Sweet, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

“By far, the question I’ve gotten the most often is ‘where are you from?’” said Tomoko Hida (10), a board member of East Wind West Wind (EWWW), an Asian identity and culture student led group. “Except when I answer New York City, the [other person’s] response is almost always ‘no, where...

Navigating gay relationships in high school

Navigating gay relationships in high school

Natalie Sweet and Henry Owens

November 25, 2019

“There is definitely a different lens in which people view LGBTQ+ relationships in comparison to straight ones,” Aurora Grutman ‘18 said. “And fundamentally there is no difference between the interpersonal nature of [gay and straight] relationships, but there is a large difference in the way...

Codeswitching

Codeswitching

Marina Kazarian and Liliana Greyf

November 25, 2019

Code switching is the act of someone modifying their language or demeanor based on their surrounding environment. It is often associated with the change of behavior in groups that are predominantly of a certain race, sexuality, religion, or gender. “We are all taught at a very young age that to be...

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