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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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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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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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Where Did All The Money Go?

Get out your checkbooks. Drain your Fleet accounts. It’s that time of year again. No, I am not talking about the recent holiday season, but about the events that shortly follow after the final Christmas tree ornament, snugly wrapped in tissue paper, has been placed in its storage box, and the last sparkling bulbs have…

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Beauty Before the Athletic Requirement

There are certain natural forces that govern everything that we humans do. We desire to be loved; perhaps that is why we allow ourselves to love others. We desire money, even money from questionable Saudi sources. However, there is one force that reigns high above the rest, significantly affecting human behavior. No, it is not…

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