October 16, 2013
Last spring David Keith ’13 started a petition to stop the consumption of antibiotic-fed livestock in the Dining Hall.
As Keith’s Change. org page explains, “The widespread use of antibiotics in factory farms poses a significant threat to the environment & human health. The use of antibiotics in factory farms is indiscriminate, unnecessary, and largely unregulated by the FDA , and countless scientists and farmers have warned about the risks of current antibiotic practices, the government has failed to act with the public’s interests in mind.”
Now a freshman at nearby Amherst College, Keith hopes to continue the e…
October 16, 2013
David Pond, Associate Head of School for Alumni Affairs and Development, will be retiring at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Mr. Pond has served Deerfield Academy for 33 years.
Head of School Dr. Margarita Curtis praised Pond’s achievement, saying, “David is regarded as a legend, and inspires both deep respect and admiration.”
Mr. Pond said, “My wife and I came to Deerfield with two young daughters—a 7-year-old and a 10-month . Now they are 40 and 33. We were so fortunate to be able to raise our family in this very special community.”
He continued, “I have been blessed to work at a fantastic school and have met so many wonderful alumni and parents.”
The impact of Mr. Pond’s hard work and dedication to Deerfield Academy can be seen on m…
October 16, 2013This summer in The Boston Globe, Deerfield graduate Whit Sheppard ’83 wrote about his story of sexual abuse by former DA faculty member Peter Hindle. Sheppard recently agreed to speak with The Scroll.
Since the announcement of the abuse, Head of School Dr. Margarita Curtis has approached the issue with transparency, keeping students informed as well as using the incident as a learning opportunity. “We have adopted a new code of conduct,” Dr. Curtis said, “that requires employees to conduct themselves at all times with the highest standard of ethics and integrity and with the best interests of the students and the school in mind. The code explicitly forbids any romantic or sexual contact between adults and students.”
Responding to these actions, Sheppard said, “I have been…
June 4, 2013
On April 15th, 2013, Patriots’ Day, the unexpected happened. At the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two bombs went off, leading to a manhunt for the suspects across the city. The chase lasted four days, as the nation watched, ending with one suspect dead and the other captured.
Deerfield Academy’s own Associate Dean of Admissions, David Irwin, found himself near the site of the bombs that day. Mr. Irwin, who also teaches history, ran his first full marathon in Boston this year to raise money for the pediatric cancer patients of Mass General Hospital— where his wife, Science Teacher Mandy Irwin, underwent surgeries last year.
“We wanted to find a way to give back to the hospital,” Mr. Irwin said.
His training started in January for him to be prepared for such a le…
June 4, 2013For years, Captain Deerfield has been a hallmark of Deerfield Athletics. He can be found on the sidelines of most big sports contests, dressed in a white sports coat, lime green pants and majestic cape. A spray-painted broom shaft rests in his right hand, an embellished megaphone in the other. But for the coming 2013-14 school year, the position will undergo several changes as mandated by the administration.
Captain Deerfield is currently the only public role for students elected not by peers, but rather named each year by his predecessor. This spring, current Captain Deerfield, Chris Merrill ’13, met with Dean of Students Amie Creagh and Head of School Margarita Curtis to discuss the fate of the position. “The school seemed very adamant about making Captain Deerfield an elected …
June 4, 2013Rory Cowan ’71 will address the Class of 2013 as Commencement speaker.
Mr. Cowan is currently the Chairman and CEO of Lionbridge, a company he founded in 1996. Following the modern technological trends, Lionbridge’s innovative business models have redefined the nature of “cloudbased” work by combining more than 100,000 at home professionals in over 100 countries.
Before Mr. Cowan started Lionbridge, he was the Executive President and of the Management Committee at R.R. Donnelley & Sons, a printing services company.
Mr. Cowan also serves on the boards of, and is an active investor in, Bostonarea technology companies that focus on the intersections of services and the Internet. He has also been involved with many philanthropic endeavors in Boston.
Mr. Cowan current…
April 18, 2013
An inpendent legal firm hired by the Academy has recently concluded its investigation of the allegations against Peter Hindle, Deerfield math teacher from 1956 to 2000.
The investigation confirmed statements against Mr. Hindle as well as accused Bryce Lambert, another former teacher in the English Department from 1952 to 1990, of similar behaviors.
Deerfield considered it a moral obligation to handle these allegations with transparency, to pay respect to the victims and acknowledge the difficulty of revealing such a difficult experience.
Following the letter released on the Daily Bulletin, in print and on other social media sites on January 28, Deerfield issued another on March 30, explaining Deerfield’s reason for openness concerning Lambert’s and Hindle’s indiscretions…
April 18, 2013For the past twenty-five years, Martha Lyman has been a pivotal part of Deerfield students’ college processes. This year, she will step down as Director of College Advising to work on a new project that will influence the community as a whole.
Ms. Lyman will turn next to designing a summer school program with Head of School Margarita Curtis, just downstairs from her current office on the second floor of the Main School Building. They, along with a team including Dr. Hills, who will be pioneering this summer’s science institute, hope to open the program in the summer of 2015.
Next year Ms. Lyman will spend her time researching and creating the summer program. “We want to design something that is distinctive and not just another summer school,” Ms. Lyman said.