Editorial, Featured Posts

Andover’s Alphabet

Another year, another autumn, another hoard of Juniors to roam the paths in congested droves. There are some parts of the start of the Andover school year that seem to repeat themselves each September as we lean into days defined by brisk mornings and sweltering afternoons. Another batch of awkward name games, another day student…


“Wait, Let Me Check the Blue Book”

Every Monday, the board of The Phillipian meets during study hours to hold our weekly editorial brainstorming session and discussion. The State of the Academy (SOTA) survey yielded intriguing and concerning data regarding student discipline, meaning there was considerable interest in discussing major offenses punishment on campus in this week’s editorial. Once we began our…


“Passing” on Comments

In an editorial published by The Phillipian on April 29, 2016 entitled “No Comment,” The Phillipian, vol. CXXXIX discussed the school’s policy of discluding comments in midterm reports during the Winter and Spring Terms for students who earn a three or above in the class. The previous board’s piece called for the “reimplementation of [midterm]…


Stay Realer than Your Rinsta

In an age where 52% of teenagers in the United States are on Instagram, according to Pew Research Center, our accounts have become bastions of superficiality, PhotoShopped under-eye circles and cloudless blue skies. Perhaps that’s why the “finsta” — fake instagram— trend is so alluring; it’s an opportunity to bare some awkward, authentic part of…


Suicide is Not Slang

Andover’s toxic effect on its student’s mental health has been well-documented and thoroughly examined. We often critique the school’s competitive atmosphere, comment on the detrimental habits that it fosters, and look to the school’s administration for change. It is easy to blame the school for the lack of discussion around issues of mental health, but…

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