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Commentary: Gratitude Won’t Save Andover, We All Will
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Commentary: Gratitude Won’t Save Andover, We All Will

Last Wednesday. Jennifer Elliott ’94, Dean of Students and Residential Life, spoke at the All-School Meeting and argued in favor of practicing gratitude. Elliott’s speech had an important underlying message: taking the time to be more mindful and grateful can help, not fix, our Andover experience. She backed up her claim with statistics and highlighted…

Commentary: Fumbling Between Right and Wrong
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Commentary: Fumbling Between Right and Wrong

In March of 2014, the N.F.L.’s Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, was arrested on charges of domestic violence for assaulting his ex-fiancée, Janay Palmer. The N.F.L. commissioner, Roger Goodell, proceeded to only suspend him for the first two games of the upcoming season. It was not until T.M.Z. released a video of the incident…

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Commentary: Add Classical to Your Playliszt

Imagine falling into bed, cocooned by your pillows as you gently soothe the rhythm of your breathing, slowly discharging all of your stress as you drift off into your dream. Now, stop for a quick second and listen: what do you hear? Is it E.D.M. with its deafening base, or is it rap with its…

Commentary: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
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Commentary: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

On November 17, missionary John Allen Chau decided to journey to a remote island off the coast of India, a trip he had been meaning to take for a while.  This wasn’t the utopic vacation island you may already be picturing by now, however; this was North Sentinel, home to a nearly uncontacted stone-age tribe whose…

Commentary: Handling A.I. Responsibly
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Commentary: Handling A.I. Responsibly

Before this year, I had always associated the terms “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” with fantastical, sci-fi universes, and sentient robots. Even now, hearing the word “A.I.” reminds me of Ava from the 2014 movie “Ex Machina” and the concept of digital consciousness in Netflix’s “Black Mirror.” But the term “machine learning” is less shrouded…

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