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Mind the Gap

The Phillipian’s annual “State of the Academy” survey is a sort of litmus test for the student body. Each year, we attempt to gauge this group of more than a thousand teenagers by measuring characteristics both serious and trivial to see how we measure up to years past, and where we are headed. Though the…

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A Journey in Cuba

This is the third in a five-part series about the Cuban trade embargo. As mentioned last week, President Bush’s enforcement of the Cuban embargo plans to starve the population into upheaval by restricting their trade, depressing their economy and causing Communist subsistence living to become unbearable. Indeed, at the moment, a stark dichotomy exists between…

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Fashionably Savage: Fur

In the bitter cold of last week, someone entered one of my classes with an admittedly stylish white hat. I reached out to touch it and, recognizing the smooth glossy texture, asked her if it was real fur. She assured me that it was rabbit fur, but after a few moments began apologizing profusely. Apparently…

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Cockeyed Campus

It’s pathetic that some Andover students’ social nightlives depend on the contents of a vodka bottle. Fridays provide a quick transition from a mind stimulated by teachers to a mind stimulated by Johnnie Walker and Jim Beam. This sudden change is too quick for me, as an abstinent student. How can mingling with my pals…

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Distorting Dr. King’s Vision

Last Monday, our school observed a day of remembrance for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest visionaries of the 20th century. In a period of racial turbulence, he stood up for what he believed was right. Commonly referred to as “The King,” Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence was the guiding force of…

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