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SEPT. 14 – 350 new students arrived on campus for orientation with the Blue Key Society, composed of 100 Seniors, who yelled “Honk for Andover” as parents and students drove onto Salem St. for the first time this year. A new attendance reporting policy, designed to simplify excused and unexcused absence notation, went into place. Teachers now submit daily attendance lists online, which are compared against excuses from Isham and elsewhere, rather than using their discretion in marking students unexcused. Deans said that they would be notified more quickly if a student had several cuts. The Harrison Ice Rink installed a new dehumidifier to cut energy costs, which is expected to pay for itself in three to four years. The Physics department decided to drop the AP label from its upper-level classes, because College Board’s certification requirements are too constrictive, they said. SEPT. 21 – Library proctors cracked down on students who misbehaved during study hours, as a new rule allowed them to call cluster deans for miscreants. Online ticketing for Grasshopper Night became a reality, as Student Council President Teddy Collins pushed another technological innovation into practice. Students, faculty and alumni helped out at community service projects in the first annual Non Sibi Day. Some students complained because participation was mandatory. Bill Belichick ’71 was fined $500,000 after the New England Patriots violated NFL rules on sideline videotaping. Last Spring, Belichick came to Andover to talk to athletes. SEPT. 28 – OPP postponed the Student Council-planned, Abbot Grant-funded renovations to the GW mailroom until December because of a backlog of work orders from the summer. Originally, the renovations were planned for completion before the start of school. Chris Hughes ’02, a co-founder of Facebook, told The Phillipian that he’s now leading Barack Obama’s online organizing efforts. Students signed on to Maggie LeMaitre’s ’08 petition for a student center, but the idea – especially the funding – gained little traction with the administration. At the start of school, Barbara Chase had reinforced the Academy’s no-build policy in a letter to faculty. The Student Activities Board planned alternatives to the Ryley Room like the Underwood Room and the mailroom in GW. Ryley closes November 11. OCT. 5 – Colleges like MIT, Georgetown and Smith ignore students’ SAT writing scores, while other schools like Harvard, Tufts and Wellesley downplay the writing numbers, according to the Boston Globe. Nearly one out of every five girls at Phillips Academy has experienced an eating disorder, according to 390 girls who responded to The Phillipian’s State of the Academy survey conducted last spring. The Addison Gallery will close in July 2008 for renovations which will expand the facility by 60 percent. Director of the Addison Brian T. Allen and Barbara Chase also launched a $30 million capital campaign for the museum at the Princeton Club in New York. OCT. 12 – Three Tibetan monks from Dharesalam, India came to Phillips Academy as part of the “Compassionate Mandala Tour,” celebrating the Dalai Lama’s Congressional Medal of Honor, which was awarded this week. Bandwidth violations cancelled more than 200 students’ internet access for a week, as some students protested that their bandwidth monitors showed different numbers from the school’s. The Gay-Straight Alliance sponsored GSA Weekend with a dance and a speaker to raise awareness of gay issues. The faculty discussed forming a special disciplinary committee for dishonesty, dubbed a “lie-alyer” by one faculty member, that could convict students using evidence rather than a confession. The committee would likely result in an automatic dismissal for two major offenses – the original charge and a second major offense of lying.