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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...

Traveling with a religious purpose

Traveling with a religious purpose

Julia Goldberg, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

Though religion is often practiced in the comfort of one’s temple, church, or mosque, it can just as well be practiced thousands of miles away from home. During her travels to Spain this summer, Nina Gaither (11) left her host family for three full days to hike along the Camino...

Coming to America: Ms. Daisy Vasquez

Julia Goldberg and Talia Winiarsky

November 25, 2019

World Languages teacher Daisy Vazquez remembers the date November 4, 2008 as the first day she felt American. Six years after she immigrated to the United States from her native land of Cuba, the election of President Barack Obama marked a turning point in her life. In 2002, Vazquez immigrated to the...

All kidding aside, humor can be hurtful

Yesh Nikam and Hanna Hornfeld

November 25, 2019

Last year, English teacher Dr. Jonathan Kotchian taught a senior elective on satire, in which the issue of offensive jokes came up regularly. His classes unanimously deemed some jokes unacceptable, though others were far more controversial. “Unfortunately, I don’t have a good formula or algorithm...

Coming to America: Oleg Zvezdin

Claire Goldberg, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

Science teacher Oleg Zvezdin’s cultural identity pulls from both his Russian-Jewish heritage and his American upbringing, he said. Zvezdin was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1985, and left the country with his family when he was just nine years old. Zvezdin’s family came to America in pursuit of a safer,...

To read or not to read: a look into the school’s four year English requirement

To read or not to read: a look into the school’s four year English requirement

Julia Goldberg, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

If you stepped foot into an Upper Division English classroom twenty years ago, students would not be invested in their copy of a modern novel like “Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; rather, each would be dutifully working their way through classics such as Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre...

Historical Profiles: Carl Pforzheimer

Historical Profiles: Carl Pforzheimer

Adam Frommer and Emily Shi

October 25, 2019

In 1954, during a campaign to raise $450,000 for the construction of Pforzheimer Hall, Head of the Board of Trustees Carl H. Pforzheimer had already pledged to donate $25,000 before giving a speech that called upon collective effort from the community in order to fund the building. The school, he said,...

Historical Profiles: Virgil Prettyman

Historical Profiles: Virgil Prettyman

Adam Frommer and Emily Shi

October 25, 2019

In a fitting dedication, Prettyman Hall, the school’s athletic complex, received its name from previous Headmaster from 1894 to 1920 Virgil Prettyman, who had an intense interest in athletics as well as academics. Prettyman arrived as a young instructor in the year of the school’s move to 120th...

Historical Profiles: Charles Tillinghast

Historical Profiles: Charles Tillinghast

October 25, 2019

At the Testimonial Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria honoring Dr. Charles C. Tillinghast’s career as Headmaster of the school, the evening program began with words from William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” to describe Tillinghast’s character: “His life was gentle, and the elements / So mix’d...

The Mann, the myth, the legend: Horace Mann

The Mann, the myth, the legend: Horace Mann

Henry Owens and Abby Beckler

October 25, 2019

“Horace Mann is undeniably the greatest name in the history of American education,” Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly wrote. For the school to be named after a great educator may seem fitting - in many ways, Mann’s values as an educator align with the school. But as a promoter of public education, Mann...

Textbooks! Textbooks! Read all about ’em

Textbooks! Textbooks! Read all about ’em

Yesh Nikam and Natalie Sweet

October 18, 2019

From choosing online textbooks, to no textbooks, to textbooks with prices skyrocketing in the hundreds, the way teachers decide which textbooks to use is multifaceted, and there are many different factors to consider. One consideration that goes into the decision making process for each department...

Homecoming alumni reunions: Phil Putter Class of 1999

John Mauro, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

While others might be focusing on life on the ground, Phil Putter ‘99 spends his days with his eyes in the sky. Putter switched jobs three weeks ago and began working at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which overlooks all aspects of civil aviation in the nation. At the FAA, Putter...

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