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May 21, 2015

Much like a visit from the dutymaster during parietal hours, graduation comes at the wrong time. My junior winter couldn’t go fast enough, and even during junior spring and senior fall I found myself wishing for the end. Today, here it is, well within sight, lying just beyond what I expect will be my least stressful week on this campus in four years, but it has come too late. ...

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Today, for the first time in my Lawrenceville career, I took a walk around the pond. Weird, right? No friends to talk to, no camera to commemorate my accomplishment, no class assignment mandating outdoor reflection time. Just me and the pond. As would any Lawrentian, I had to fight hard against the urge to pull out my phone, if only to make sure I wouldn’t miss my next commitment. ...

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April 10, 2015

Before spring break, I attempted to recruit a friend of mine, Jared Solomon ’15, to the ranks of the Philosophy Club by fielding a discussion question close to his heart at one of our meetings: Do humans, as the driving force behind the destruction of ecosystems worldwide, have an obligation to protect other species whose survival or extinction has no effects on human quality of life? Especially considering the ...

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April 03, 2015

I have to write a column. I have to, I have to, I have to. Tortured by these desperate thoughts, I scour the Opinions section and reflect on my experiences, seeking some meaningful tidbit of wisdom to offer Lawrenceville. My obligation to repeat this process throughout the year (as requested by the Opinions Editor) has brought me to many valuable conclusions and has expanded my thinking in many ways. Occasionally, ...

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February 27, 2015

I always feel a bit demoralized when composing an article for the last Lawrence of a trimester. With exams ahead and break on the horizon, the paper’s publication on reading day does not offer the ideal arena for new ideas to take root, so I worry that my column – a faint whisper among the reverberating echoes of compulsory test material – may fail to contribute to anyone’s thinking. ...

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February 13, 2015

As past opinions articles have attested, Lawrenceville can be a tough place to hold socially conservative values. Students whose religious, political, or philosophical views starkly oppose majority opinions routinely find themselves targets of ridicule and rejection. The well-meaning majority – liberal-minded students and faculty who, I believe, genuinely hope to improve the lives of others by advocating social change – too often refuse to engage students with unpopular viewpoints ...

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January 30, 2015

I won’t say James Stevenson’s satire in last week’s paper was funnier than mine, but I will admit that he hit on one insight that I missed: for many on campus, the school rules have begun to seem less focused on protecting students and instead intent on punishing them. Granted, restrictions on students’ sexuality aren’t unreasonable in high school, and granted, empty academic buildings and the golf course aren’t ...

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January 23, 2015

As I’ve said before, I love a good dose of whining about school administration. This week, instead of dutifully committing myself to the completion of my column in my first free moments, I spent a few hours indulging in the authorship of an amusing (and predictably unilateral) satire printed in the Features section of this Lawrence issue. On the whole, the piece came out pretty well; I think that it ...

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January 23, 2015

Editor’s Note: This article is purely satirical. Unfortunately, there is no bubble wrap initiative. As all students are well aware, mono and syphilis run rampant on campus as physical contact between students rockets out of control. With 6,000 new cases among students in the past week alone, this epidemic has clearly shown that even 18-year-old V Formers ought to be given no control over their bodies. Time and time again, the administration has ...

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January 09, 2015

Unlike Mark Twain, I cannot boast that “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” As every Lawrentian knows, activities like reading for pleasure, casually browsing Wikipedia, and spending time outside – however enriching and educational – frequently take a back seat to the Lawrenceville workload. Taking on that workload alongside clubs and athletics (doing Lawrenceville well, as some would say) has cost me hobbies and leisure. ...

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December 12, 2014

Early this year, I promised myself I wouldn’t write about the college process, but as I sit here now – less than twenty-four hours before I’ll receive an admissions decision – I can focus on little else. Especially haunting is the knowledge that, most likely, the decision has already been made. Somewhere in Providence, Rhode Island, a summary of the last four years of my hard work rests in ...

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November 07, 2014

My III Form English teacher often put our coursework on hold to share stories of the stoners he taught before coming to Lawrenceville to tell tales of ghosts he adamantly assured us he had conversed with, or to put students on the spot with uncomfortable hypotheticals involving the marriages or deaths of several classmates. But nothing derailed our discussion like a tour group that chanced a casual glance into ...

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October 31, 2014

As you’ve passed from the lounge in Kirby Science towards the Corby Math Building, perhaps you’ve glanced to your left and noticed a small poster displaying the image of a young woman and a short quote: “When you get an education, you become a part of society.” The quote is easy to miss, especially with the hustle and bustle typically found in the halls between classes, and I didn’t ...

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October 24, 2014

I have seldom passed up an opportunity to whine about the administration. Who are they to tell me I can’t dive headlong into a pond filled with broken glass and snapping turtles, and how dare they restrict my completely innocent midnight wanderings to the confines of lighted paths?When I’m done griping, I usually give the Deans the benefit of taking a step back and considering the purpose motivating their ...

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May 04, 2014

You’ve chosen a good section. People will know you mean business when they see your article under that big, bold “OPINIONS” heading. You’ll be able to show off your penmanship and rhetorical skills at the same time and, even more importantly, your ingeniously original article will provide a service to the school by starting a conversation on campus about the important issue you’ll discuss, which, somehow, has gone unnoticed ...

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April 12, 2014

In  another  flagrant and shameless display of superficiality and gross neglect for the wellbeing of our campus community, over 50% of voters backing each candidate have admitted to basing their decisions largely – often exclusively – on the candidates’ hair. Despite the relative simplicity of this approach, administrators have expressed hopes that this new voting pattern will not become an ongoing trend in school elections. At the same time, ...