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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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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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Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader, What does diversity really mean? We know that the themes of inclusion, social justice and civil rights play a part in its definition; but to foster the growth of a “diverse community,” we must consider other factors as well. I believe that answering this question requires a ...

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Competition Sparks Abuse of Prescription Drugs

In the world of prep school sports, Deerfield values integrity and sportsmanship. If there were a football player on the smaller side, we would encourage him togotothegymtobulkupand not to take any shortcuts such as HGH or other performance enhancing drugs. That would be ...

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An Education of The Heart

We at Deerfield are often reminded, by both the administration and by student leaders, of how sheltered we are. This criticism, however, is too often exclusively applied to our lack of knowledge of current events. Sometimes we forget that we can be just as blind to those things that are happening ...

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From Greer to Beer

Beer foams up and over the glass, cascading onto my hands and arms before dripping to the floor for the hundredth time. It’s fair to say that life has changed a bit since graduating from Deerfield. I began work as a bartender on my gap year expecting the job to be easy, but after my first week ...

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Gender Dynamics in the Classroom

Boys and girls are different. You need not be a geneticist, biochemist or anatomist to observe and qualify that fundamental fact. Indeed, the sexes are an exception to the rule that all members of a species have the same genes (just different alleles, or versions of genes). For example, the ...

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Growing Pains

Adolescence is a tricky business. Children crave comfort and adults strive for independence, but where do teenagers fit in? We long to be thought of as self-governing individuals, but at the same time we pine for our carefree days on the playground, when parents packed our lunches with little ...

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If You Can’t Keep Up, Get Out

Strolling down Albany Road or wandering the halls of the Koch, I find it impossible not to overhear a dramatic narrative or two that meticulously chronicles a student’s exhaustion, stress levels and overwhelming schedule. My question for these students is: Why are you ...

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Mixed Messages About Sex on Campus

“Consensual sexual intimacy, while a normal and healthy aspect of adult life, is not appropriate for adolescents and is not permitted for students at Deerfield.” Wow, Deerfield approaches the issue of sex like an uncomfortable parent. A parent who’s, like, 69 years old and never had a ...

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