October 16, 2013Upon arriving on campus earlier this fall, I immediately noticed the wooden utensils in the Greer and the Louis Café. How cool, I thought, how modern!
The silverware made from wood seemed so stylish, and Deerfield seemed so progressive. However, the novelty quickly wore off, turning to disappointment as I discovered that they did not measure up to the potato spoons.
The only thing that seems to be going for them is that they’re compostable, and maybe that they look cool at first glance.
First and foremost, their utility is sketchy at best. Though the knife takes the cake in usefulness, the fork tends to have difficulty stabbing the food.
When testing the forks by digging into muffins, I found that the muffins simply crumbled. It’s better to simply scoop food rather than fo…
October 16, 2013
From the moment a Deerfield post-grad steps on campus, he or she is simultaneously admired and feared. Post-graduates possess a certain aura of mystery, world experience and maturity that comes with a high school diploma. Freshman know them as the intimidating 20-year-olds, who are elevated even above the highly revered position of a senior.
Seniors, at the same time hold a deep respect for post-graduates for having completed the high school experience. This persona can initially seem quite appealing, especially to any new student, yet the sentiment quickly wears off for PGs as they whirl back to what seems like the beginning of their high school career.
Living at hom…
October 16, 2013
The term “school spirit” is tossed around a lot at Deerfield. This expression is unsurprisingly overused because school spirit is something we care about and pride ourselves on as a community. It is one of the fundamental elements of our school that has flourished throughout our history.
School spirit can’t be faked. It requires a foundation of strong classes of kids dedicated to a sense of togetherness; it requires collective and relentless energy, and most importantly, it demands unity, both on and off the field, floor or wherever else we play.
This year, we have the chance to hit the reset button after a sub-par year of athletics. Sure, there were some bright spots last year, but I think it’s fair to say that 2012-13 wasn’t our strongest sports-wise, if only because …
October 16, 2013Good evening everyone. I would like to take this opportunity to speak about a topic that has been recently nagging at both students and faculty alike. Every year, I feel as if I hear the same story about a different prep school. It usually involves 20 or more students getting kicked out, and following that an alteration of that school’s disciplinary system, typically along the lines of adopting a “one strike policy.”
Luckily, Deerfield has not been placed in this situation. However, it seems as if all prep schools are at a crossroads when thinking about how discipline is handled. Some propose we stick to the “old ways” of allowing kids off the hook with a simple apology, while others argue that students must have their actions watched with near unwavering attention.
September 10, 2013On August 21st, 2013, the Syrian government shocked the world with a heinous attack on its own civilians. I reacted, as many did, in horror, for although any abuse of power is disgraceful, a government betraying the trust of its people falls under a category of contempt all its own. This particular attack resonates fiercely with me because of the horrifying manner in which the military decided to kill its own citizens: chemical weapons. The use of chemical weapons was outlawed by the international community in the 1925 Geneva Protocol, when the memory of their exploitation in World War I was all too fresh and painful.
Syria’s blatant disregard for not only international law but also the lives of innocents prompted President Obama to address the nation on August 31, stating his intenti…
June 4, 2013Dear Reader,
The time has arrived when we can finally count on two hands the number of days till summer vacation. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we take a beat and reflect back on the past school year.
Sometimes we find ourselves rushing in an all out sprint towards a point in the future, only to discover upon our arrival that we forget not only how we got there but why we wanted it so badly in the first place.
Like it or not, our days here are numbered, as the looming graduation of the Class of 2013 this Sunday no doubt reminds many of us.
The summer months provide simultaneously a much-needed relief from the stress of the Deerfield microcosm and a time for students to pursue their own interests outside the classroom. But as you all enjoy some sun and well-deserved …
June 4, 2013The greatest threats to cultural diversity on campus are required bonding programs, specifically Connect4. These meetings restrict free time and fail to promote deep, vested relationships. Rather than organically learning about a peer, students are forced to bond under artificial circumstances. Instead of having candid conversations, students engage in awkward small talk and bond over cursory similarities, like rain boots.
These forced interactions perpetuate the “dominant culture,” as they prevent students from genuinely getting to know each other. These superficial relationships are then substituted for true friendships. Furthermore, these meetings infringe on time that students could use to forge true relationships.
“Because students are required to attend so many meetings, …
June 4, 2013Disclaimer: This is written by a girl who honestly thinks that if the dress code is going to be so strict, we might as well have a uniform. It would save every girl from the stress that apparently comes from trying to impress everyone every day.
The Deerfield girls’ dress code is meant to be “classy” and conservative (because my shoulders and lower back are not classy, but rather deeply inappropriate).
Saying that the only “acceptable” way to dress is a J. Crew sweater and a knee-length skirt only adds to the exclusive culture that we so often claim we are trying to ameliorate. Instead of shaming girls for wearing shorts to class in the spring, we should rather stop over-sexualizing a universally possessed part of the body.
The Deerfield dress code implies that every gir…
June 4, 2013Like many incoming Deerfield students, I loved the concept of a dress code. Who wouldn’t approve of students looking presentable at all times and appearing to take their education seriously? What I failed to realize at that point was the frustration and anxiety that Deerfield’s dress code would eventually cause me.
Walking around campus today, we can easily distinguish the criteria for boys’ dress code, but it is nearly impossible to discern distinct rules for girls. Boys keep it classy in blazers and ties, but girls wear clothing infinitely less formal than their male counterparts. A quick peek at DA to Z reveals a reasonable-sounding, appropriate dress code for girls. It shouldn’t be too much to ask of 300 intelligent high school girls, but unfortunately, it is.
At the begi…
June 4, 2013In our generation, we live our lives at full speed. We use high speed internet and instant messaging so we can get information the second it becomes available. We have even changed the English language to suit our fast-paced needs. Words like “are” and “you” have been shortened to one-letter words “r” and “u,” making our communication that much faster. People have turned proper nouns into verbs, saying “Let me google it” or “I just instagrammed that.” This compromised English language is the lingo of Deerfield Academy.
We are allowing our iPhones to take over our lives. For example, a group of students sit silently at a table, all checking the same Twitter or Facebook feed. A girl with her head down, thumbs moving a mile a minute, sends a text to a boy sitting on t…