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Gangster Dress: Intent vs. Impact

On Sunday May 5, a sit-down table of senior girls dressed up as “gangsters.” At dinners throughout this rotation, the group dressed up with some theme in mind. One night, they all wore nice dresses and heels and called it “Prom Night.” However, on May 5, when the girls decided to wear baggy ...

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Gangster Dress: Intent vs. Impact

On Sunday May 5, a sit-down table of senior girls dressed up as “gangsters.” At dinners throughout this rotation, the group dressed up with some theme in mind. One night, they all wore nice dresses and heels and called it “Prom Night.” However, on May 5, when the girls decided to wear baggy ...

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Paths To DA: Vaish Gajaraj

Coming to Deerfield has been the most fascinating and influential experience of my life. I was born in Singapore, and moved to Princeton, New Jersey when I was five years old. In my new home, I attended public school. There, we didn’t have mandatory co-curriculars as we do here. There were only ...

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Paths To DA: Taylor Morash

Before I came to Deerfield, I didn’t know how to do long division . . . I still don’t. Coming from a public school in Nova Scotia and arriving at one of the most prestigious private high schools in America was a difficult adjustment for me—to say the least. Back home, sports were my ...

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The True Value Behind Deerfield Trips

Deerfield students and faculty members often ask me about my experiences on Deerfield trips. They ask about my adventures abroad and love hearing personal anecdotes from my trips to Tanzania in 2014 and Oxford in 2015. Many often question which trip I enjoyed more. Although most of the time I tell ...

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Punishment vs. Consequence

Since joining the Dean’s Office three years ago, I have had many conversations with students, faculty and parents surrounding the subject of discipline at Deerfield.  As expected, there is a wide range of perspectives and opinions pertaining to the topic and purpose of discipline. What struck me ...

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Shelton Rogers Talks Slut-Shaming

As a new sophomore in the Greer, I was left wondering whether I’d been dropped into some kind of sick social experiment. I’d been briefed, of course, on the basic terminology: Leaving The Greer, Clapping People Out, The Senior Table. I’d been instructed not to leave with anyone, duh, because ...

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Liberty Is Not License

The Charlie Hebdo cartoon that was posted in the Dining Hall recently and the talk around campus has affected me on a personal level, and I know that it has also affected other Muslim students at Deerfield. It’s one thing for Charlie Hebdo to publish a cartoon, which arose out of ignorance and ...

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Posting Charlie Hebdo Covers at DA

At times, Deerfield Academy may feel like a bubble, isolated from the rest of the world and all of today’s current events. Due to our tight-knit community and rural location, Deerfield students may occasionally forget to check the news, or not realize the gravity of a certain event when too ...

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Defense Of Hebdo Posters

Recently, I posted the Charlie Hebdo cover as part of an Amnesty International campaign, in solidarity with the victims of the massacre. At Deerfield, the cover stirred controversy among some in the student body, raising the question of the relationship between free speech and individual feelings ...

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