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Environmental Extremism

A little more than four months ago, I arrived on this campus as an eager and excited new Lower. I leaped out of the car, breathed deeply, and thought to myself, “What a wonderful opportunity I have to pursue those activities that interest me!” I was eager to enroll in every club and every activity…

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Closer to the Vision of Dr. King

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2003 touched members of the Phillips Academy community in many unique ways. To some people, it represented an opportunity to commemorate the life of a great civil rights leader. To others, it encouraged reflection on African American history and culture. This day promoted group discussions, workshops, and dialogue concerning various…

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More Trouble in Paradise

Urban Campfire. Our Place at the Table. Seminars on the “truth” about race in rap lyrics. “Mix It Up Day.” Sound like MTV meets race relations? Close enough—it’s another Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Academy Hill. It is no secret that Andover’s sickeningly-hip take on Martin Luther King annoys, angers, and even enrages those…

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Affirmative Action’s Shaky Advocates

Bush’s announced stance on the Michigan affirmative action case has elicited hope-anger-sadness-hope-anger-sadness countrywide. Over the course of the past week, I have overheard multiple student discussions on the issue. In most discussions – I cannot say ‘debate,’ because students seemed too cagey to ever actually oppose affirmative action – students cited “access to different resources”…

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Identification Foul-Up

As I scanned a recent issue of The New York Times, I came across a discussion of a proposed national policy initiative that seemed to reflect certain recent developments inside our own PA community. It is no secret that since September 11th, the United States has increased vigilance in matters of security; recently, those of…

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