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October 09, 2015

Last week, I wrote that the rapid pace of life at Lawrenceville has furnished a culture of insularity and general ignorance. In the whirlwind of academics, athletics, and extracurriculars, we focus our energy on critiquing the institutions that we are constantly subjected to. Because I belong to this community of constant introspection, I’ve witnessed Lawrenceville become a place that struggles to practice self-love. Like a self-doubting teenager with shaky ...

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October 02, 2015

Students gather on stage and perform a song that they’ve rehearsed for weeks. StuCo offers a social event that required months of meticulous planning. Sports teams win championship titles after spending entire seasons tirelessly training. Our community is one that invests great time, effort, and concern in all of its endeavors. As successful as Lawrenceville may be in numerous fields, we must take the opportunity to step back and ...

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September 20, 2015

Known as “Charbucks,” “Starsucks,” and the home of the (carcinogenic) pumpkin spice latte, the Starbucks franchise has hardly evolved with a positive reputation. For years, Starbucks has been criticized for its over-priced, over-roasted, and over-treated coffee products. The corporate coffeehouse faces major opposition from many international interest groups including environmentalists, health activists, and fair-trade supporters. Recently, controversy has emerged surrounding the addition of Starbucks to Lawrenceville’s Main Street. To some, ...

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September 11, 2015

When I think of Lawrenceville traditions, several events immediately surface in my mind: House Olympics, Hill Week, Splash, and Invite-a-Friends, all moments in the year exemplifying good-natured Lawrenceville camaraderie. However, not all schools maintain tradition in the same, harmless fashion. In the past month, national attention has been brought to prep school social culture as a result of the St. Paul’s rape case. Accused of raping a 15-year-old, freshman girl ...

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June 04, 2015

In the dark recesses of my room, I find myself combing through Naviance scattergrams and devouring week-old Chinese feed leftovers. Outside my window, freshmen throw Frisbees in the Circle, blissfully unaware of the looming cloud that is “college.” Sure, the early admission deadline may be quite far away (155 days, 3,847 hours, 230,852 minutes, and 13,851,102 seconds, to be exact), but I’m actually quite late to the college process. ...

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May 23, 2015

Senior Prom: a time to celebrate all of the accomplishments and memories you’ve made during your time at Lawrenceville. No longer a scrawny Freshman sporting cherry red braces and a lanyard hanging from your cargos, you’re coming down the home stretch of your Lawrenceville career. However, the madhouse of obligatory family photos and awkward introductions between your date and your parents on the KAC steps does not come without ...

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May 08, 2015

Last Saturday, swarms of Lawrenceville Juniors filled high school gymnasiums and classrooms, ready (or not) to take the SAT’s. However, in March of 2014, College Board publicly announced its plans to redesign the SAT to a format far more practical and comprehensive for the average high school student. For many years, College Board has faced severe criticism for the SAT’s useless subject matter and general inability to reflect student ...

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February 27, 2015

Dating back to the early 13th century, “invite-a-friends” have always been an integral part of boarding school culture. While students may not have had Rapchat or Facebook in those times, socialization remained a key aspect of life at Lawrenceville. However, boys at Lawrenceville had no other choice but to invite other guys to their invite-a-friends, seeing as coeducation had yet to be invented. History books report that these all-male ...

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January 30, 2015

What do you get when you put together a bearded woman, a killer clown, and a man with lobster hands? A freak show, of course. The season finale of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which aired last Wednesday, left many viewers shocked, confused, and seriously disappointed. Unlike other horror shows such as The Walking Dead or The Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story (AHS) is an anthology series, meaning the plot ...

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January 16, 2015

You wake up on a chilly January morning to find that you left your window open all night. In the few hours that you were sleeping (and not playing Trivia Crack), icicles formed on your ceiling and your radiator exploded from desperately trying to heat your room. After tending to the radiator situation and grabbing a lactose-free, negative calorie, kale latte from Wildflour, you only have one objective in ...

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December 05, 2014

For years, you’ve sat at the “kids’ table” with your cousins and family friends during Thanksgiving, patiently waiting for your chance to enter the big leagues: the adults’ table. As an intelligent, young Lawrentian, your older relatives recruit you to their table as a source of entertainment and to see if you’ve got what it takes to make it in their world. After bidding farewell to the familiar comforts ...

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October 17, 2014

1) FOOD. Whether you go home or venture to New York City, you’ll find this weekend the perfect opportunity to indulge in your favorite foods. While Irwin satisfies most dietary needs, who can make a better brownie than your own mom? Food is the best cure for an exhausted Lawrentian so spare no calories this weekend.2) A visit from your parents guarantees a cleaned room. Thankfully, they just can’t ...