News in Brief


MOSAIC, Andover’s Mixed Heritage Affinity Group, hosted a showing of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” in the Underwood Room last Friday night in celebration of their ninth annual Mixed Heritage Awareness Week (MHAW). The movie, which is based on the first book in a trilogy by author Jenny Han, centers around Lara Jean, a Korean biracial high schooler whose life is completely upended when the secret love letters she wrote to her past crushes are mailed.

Andover Moviemakers club hosted a 24-hour filming event, aptly titled “Flash Films,” in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL) on February 11 from 8:00 p.m. to the Screening Night on February 12 at 8:00 p.m. The writers of the nine flash films stayed overnight in the library, enjoying the space with friends and food provided, and were tasked to unleash their creativity in their scripts which were filmed the day after around campus. Final products varied in genre and content from films named “Horror Movie” and “Another” to “Livin at PA.”

Abbot Cabaret took place in Kemper Auditorium last Saturday. Similar to Grasshopper, Abbot Cabaret is a showcase of student talent, in particular the performing arts. The acts ranged from a rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” a cappella groups, beatboxing, a comedy duo, and a performance featuring isolations in dance. 

On Valentine’s Day, Blue Key Heads spread through Paresky Commons, each armed with a list of names and a bag of red kiss stamps and candies. The week prior, students had the option of buying extravaganzas, kisses, hugs, and candies for friends. Due to Covid-19, however, kisses on the cheek were modified to stamps. Nonetheless, many students sent friends gifts and fun extravaganzas for Valentine’s Day. All proceeds from the event will be donated.

Brace Fellow Nina Choophungart ’22 presented her Brace Center for Gender Studies project, “The Meaning of Marriage: Exploring the Nature of Transnational Partnerships Between Isan Women and Western Men,” on Valentine’s Day in celebration of this year’s “Love Better Week.” Her presentation focused on controversy over the recent increase in marriages between Isan women and Western men. She explored the prejudiced notions surrounding translational marriages and highlighted the voices of Isan women.


Andover’s Theater and Dance Department will perform “Urinetown,” a three-time Tony winning musical comedy by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis about the limitations of capitalism when responding to climate change and racial policing. There will be four showtimes throughout this Saturday and Sunday, all of which will be performed in the Tang Theater.