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A Disease of the Heart: Victimization of the Left

The spring issue of Backtracks, Andover’s general interest magazine, presents within its “Readings” feature a Letterman-style list entitled, “You might be an anti-war protester if:” The list points out that you, the reader, might have opposed the war if “Your normal conversational meter and tone has [sic] any resemblance whatsoever to any Bob Dillon [sic]…

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Not So Lonely at the Top

What is the meaning of the title “Valedictorian?” Traditionally, this accolade has been bestowed upon a high school senior who exemplifies excellence and has the highest grade point average in his or her graduating class. This definition of valedictorian formed the basis of a recent lawsuit brought to federal court by 18-year-old Blair Hornstine, of…

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A Model United Nations?

“He’s a very driven man, a very moral man. He’s very concerned about his country. He’s selfless in that way.” With these words, director Oliver Stone praises the subject of his HBO documentary “Commandante,” Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Yet as a network spokeswoman phrased, “in light of recent alarming events in Cuba,” HBO is postponing…

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Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I would like to correct some misinformation in Alex Thorn’s article, “Are We Happy?”(May 9). Writing about the Phillips Academy endowment, Thorn says, “because of suspect financing and investing . . . our endowment has shriveled.” While management of a large endowment is a complicated business, there is nothing “suspect” about the…

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My Journey to Gorky In Three Parts: Part III

This is the third in a three-part series. The preceding two parts, available on phillipian.net, detail how I was sent home three weeks before the end of my Upper spring because a too-powerful Graham House counselor punitively labeled me “suicidal”; and how neither her colleagues, the school physician, the Dean of Studies, nor Head of…

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