News In Brief

This week:

On April 29, speaker Arshay Cooper was invited to discuss his award-winning book and documentary A Most Beautiful Thing, the story of the first African American Rowing team in the USA. On the same day, in commemoration of Holocaust Remeberance Day, Geoerge Elbaum spoke on his experience as a surviovor of the Holocaust.

This past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, students performed Argonautika, a Greek Myth following the journey of Jason and his crew in their attempt to fulfill a mission for power. The play, featuring many plot twists, was planned for months in advance.

On April 30, NAPA—Andover’s Native American Affinity group—hosted a Drum Circle Performance. Taking place at the Pine Knoll circle, students from Yale University’s Red Territory performed songs and poems. There was also an ice cream truck.

The Andover Student Council organized a range of events for each class on Saturday night. The Class of 2025 had their first class dance in Underwood with a DJ and an array of food, while the Class of 2024 had a trivia night in Borden Memorial Gym. The Class of 2023 had a movie night in Kemper, while the Class of 2022 played bubble soccer in the Phelps Stadium.

Running throughout the month of April, May 1 concluded the Green Cup Challenge with Flagstaff and Abbot reducing the most energy, at a reduction rate of 46.7 percent. Dorms competed against each other within clusters to see who could reduce the most electricity and associated greenhouse gas emissions. The winners will be receiving a prize.

Although Covid-19 continues to prevail, protocols became more lenient on May 4. Rather than all students, moving forward, only symptomatic and close contact individuals will be tested. Dorm visitations are allowed as of May 6.

Looking ahead:

On Friday, May 6, the last Climate Cafe of the year will be presented by Jisung Park ’04, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, who will discuss his work as an environmental and labor economist.

This upcoming Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Greener Quad, Andover will officially celebrate the 16th Head of School through the Investiture of Dr. Kington, MD, PhD, P ’24. There will be performances, a luncheon, donuts, and a commemoration t-shirt for students who arrive early.

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To kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Korean American author Min Jin Lee spoke at All School Meeting on Friday, April 29. Lee’s novel Pachinko recently became an Apple TV+ show, and she spoke about her journey becoming an author and the power of perseverance and kindness.

On April 30, Andover’s seventh annual Take Back the Night march was held to stand in solidarity and support survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence. Students gathered on the steps of Sam Phil with a banner and teal ribbon pins and marched down to Abbot Campus. The march also featured student performers such as Photon, and arts and crafts community building took place in the Brace Center afterwards.