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Expanding horizons: Broader perspective, broader understanding

Lily Seckendorf

May 20, 2019

Going into 11th grade, I was overwhelmed by the numerous options of history classes. Junior year was the first time in my life that I could choose from an array of regions, time periods, and themes to focus on. Before filling out the course selections sheet, I explored the curriculum booklet and loo...

Seeking balance: A complicated relationship with the metaphysical

Charles Simmons

May 20, 2019

While most of my friends spent their Easter weekend relaxing with their family at home, I was visiting a different type of home. I attended three different church services in the span of two days. I live in the threshold between three different worlds: the church, the home, and the school. My relatio...

‘Privileged poor’: Discussing money among affluent peers

Faijul Rhyhan

May 16, 2019

While browsing the New York Times Opinions page in an impressive bout of my senior slump, I came across an article titled “What the Privileged Poor Can Teach Us.” The privileged poor are lower-income students who were placed in private high schools, usually through community based organizations....

Telling my grandfather’s story

Roey Nornberg

May 16, 2019

My grandfather Arie was released from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany 74 years ago. By age 10, he had undergone more horrors than most of us will experience in a lifetime. Though he was lucky enough to escape death, close family members of his were not. His sister, at the age of five...

Reflecting on Yom Hashoah

Yana Gitelman

May 16, 2019

Today, Holocaust remembrance is as important as ever. As the number of living Holocaust survivors dwindles, we must uphold their legacies. We must all recognize and staunchly resist anti-semitism in their honor. Yom Hashoah Ve Hagevurah, or Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, should serve in part as a...

Getting political: Thinking ahead to the 2020 election

Julia Hornstein

May 3, 2019

On the heels of a historic midterm election and looking ahead to what will probably be one of the most divisive presidential races in American history, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed. With twenty-one Democratic candidates vying for the nomination, it feels difficult for even the most politically i...

Pura Vida: How a cross cultural exchange changed my point of view

Hannah Long

May 3, 2019

Today, seniors swarm the halls wearing celebratory shirts with “college” written on them. At a prestigious, high-pressure college preparatory school like Horace Mann, going to college is an expected next step after graduating high school. For many students here, attending one of the country’s m...

The black hole of sexism and misattribution

Wilder Harwood

April 29, 2019

Have you ever heard of Dr. Katie Bouman? Well, even if you haven’t, chances are you have come across the first ever image of a black hole which has been circulating the internet for the past week. We have Dr. Bouman to thank for it. Her story, one that should be a celebration of scientific discovery and ne...

Notre Dame sets media ablaze. Why?

Ava Merker

April 29, 2019

Notre-Dame de Paris is undoubtedly a significant historical, religious, and cultural monument that holds a lot of importance to a lot of people, and the fire that devastated the cathedral last week has rendered an outpouring of emotional support from the global community. However, in the wake of the fi...

Mark Mathabane on the power of the mind

Madison Li

April 12, 2019

Mathabane’s autobiography, “Kaffir Boy,” which we studied for months under an intense academic lens, materialized into raw emotions that poured out from the author himself during Book Day, a rare experience that I and other members of the Comparative Race and Ethnicity class were able to share. We s...

Studying the school’s history

Amelia Feiner

April 12, 2019

While discussing the anti-Apartheid movement in America during a Book Day workshop, I was confronted with old Record articles documenting protests for our school to divest, or defund companies that traded with South Africa. The contextualization of our own community’s role within the historical mo...

Thinking about separating art from their artists

Sam Keimweiss

April 12, 2019

Schuyler Rabbin-Birnbaum (12) and Dean of the Class of 2019 Nick Perry’s workshop allowed me to explore my beliefs about separating art from artists. Their workshop dug into the issues that Schuyler addressed in his opinion piece published in the Record last month, where he discussed Trevor Noah...

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