News in Brief


On February 1, mindfulness instructor Matthew Hepburn held a daylong mindfulness workshop titled “Equanimity: The Art of Deep Balance ” in Davis Hall on Old Abbot Campus. The workshop began at 10:00 a.m. and focused on the incorporation of mindfulness into our daily lives.

On Sunday, February 2, the Andover Chinese Student Association held an Interscholastic Lunar New Year celebration, with attendees from boarding schools such as Governor’s and Phillips Exeter Academy invited to participate. The event was held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in several locations on campus and featured a multinational buffet, a talent show, Chinese calligraphy and games held in the Snyder Center.

Dr. Amy Patel, Medical Director of the Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center, sent an email to the Andover community on Monday, February 3. Patel explained that a student suspected of having novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, at the Yale Model United Nations conference held the week before, had tested negative for the virus. However, an individual in their twenties at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.


On Friday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m, CAMD Scholar Jeffrey Steele ’20 will be presenting “The Digital Mirror: How Minority-Focused Casts are Revolutionizing Representation in Television” in CAMD. Steele will explore positive representation for minorities in media and why it should matter.

The PSPA Speaker Series will continue in Kemper Auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11. Co-sponsored by Sykes, visiting Andover resident, Lynn Lyons, will be discussing how to prevent anxiety and depression among teenagers. Lyons is an internationally recognized psychotherapist as well as a distinguished author of several books revolving around anxiety in children.

Next Friday, February 14, Professor Angela Davis of the University of California will come to Andover to discuss her activism and scholarship as a prominent figure in various social justice movements, including the Black Power movement. Her talk will take place in the Cochran Chapel from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.