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Starving for Acceptance

Deerfield, our own little world—in which we are quite literally never apart—runs the risk of fostering a detrimental competitive environment. This close proximity to one another can have a hugely adverse effect on how we begin to treat and view ourselves. Coming in as a new sophomore from the ...

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Burns Slams College Board Conformity

In my American Studies class, I never had to study for a test. Looking back, I only ever picked up my textbook because I truly wanted to understand and learn. We were told from the beginning that this was not a class that would “teach to the test,” but rather a class that would teach us how to ...

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Response to Krugman

We write in response to Joshua Krugman’s “Open Letter to the Deerfield Community,” recently published in the Deerfield Scroll. Mr. Krugman’s complaints are focused on the purported role of Trustee David Koch, with whom Mr. Krugman has political disagreement.  David Koch has been a valuable ...

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Krugman ’09 Speaks Out Against Kochs

Dear Students, Faculty Staff, Alumni and Friends, I think that I speak for many alumni when I express concern at the outsized power David Koch enjoys legislatively and culturally at Deerfield Academy today, in light of his appointment to an unprecedented lifetime position on the Board of Trustees. ...

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Did It Get Better?

Contributing Writer Last summer, a group of prep school students “on the spectrum” (LGBT) met in New York City to discuss being gay at boarding school. Coordinated by a Phillips Andover graduate, the meeting took place at a small cafe in the Village. I will never forget the response when I said ...

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Racism: Still A Thing

If I could let the Deerfield community in on a secret, it would be that we all have a false sense of security in the idea that there is no more racism. It’s a hard concept for some to wrap their heads around. The idea that “if you don’t see it, it’s not there” should not be applied to ...

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Do We Really “Like” Facebook?

The concept of “liking” things on Facebook is something I’ve never really understood. It’s a mysterious signal that can mean a number of things, from “No one else has liked this, so I got your (*cough* mildly unpopular) back” to “Hello, I am a boy who wants to un-aggressively hint at ...

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For The Girls

My sophomore year, Mr. Silipo asked my class to raise our hands if we considered ourselves feminists. I refrained from raising my hand (as did the rest of the class) because my instinctive response is to be blasé about everything. At that time, I elected not to be a “feminist.” Well, my ...

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The Deerfield Bro Cult

What does it mean to be a Deerfield boy? Much more than at previous schools I have attended, boys at Deerfield stick together and almost always have each other’s backs. Because Deerfield is not just our school, but also our home, there is an innate bond tying us to one another from the day we ...

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Do We Really “Like” Facebook?

The concept of “liking” things on Facebook is something I’ve never really understood. It’s a mysterious signal that can mean a number of things, from “No one else has liked this, so I got your (*cough* mildly unpopular) back” to “Hello, I am a boy who wants to un-aggressively hint at ...

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