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Mixed up Media

As our country finds itself immersed in a brutal war, Americans and Arabs alike turn to the media for information and updates. Americans faithfully view CNN, while many Arabs tend to lean toward al-Jazeera, the most prominent Arabic-language satellite network. Although these two news stations are reporting on the same war, they produce two completely…

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Machiavelli at the Bat

When Nicolo Machiavelli asserted that the ends justify the means, he did not intend any sort of moral statement. Rather, he meant that over time, the court of public opinion judges political actions not on whether they are accomplished through “legitimate” means, but on whether the actions succeed and on their end results. If our…

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Splendid Isolationism

Although Phillips Academy students often speak out against the notorious “Andover bubble” even as they retreat into it, the growing political activism of the student body calls into question the notion of the student paralyzed by his own elitism. The recent spate of activism both on and off campus proves that students are beginning to…

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Making It Our Own

As the rain falls outside my window overlooking the Great Lawn, I always get a little sentimental about my time spent at Andover over the course of the past three years. I believe I have developed a small case of senioritis, with the symptoms consisting of bittersweet feelings and mixed emotions about the conclusion of…

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CAMD: A Relic of the Past

When Mr. Edwards told the student body that we “probably have no idea what segregation is like,” I felt a soaking sense of irony. As the director of the office of Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD), Mr. Edwards should know firsthand the presence of segregation at Phillips Academy. As a place where “any member” of…

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