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Kissing Exeter Adieu: A Summer Flown By

August 2, 2017 10:03pm | Cole Otley, Julian Palencia

Everybody grab a tissue — the 2017 Exeter Summer session is rapidly coming to an end. Over the past five weeks, students have made inseparable and unlikely friendships with one another. Now, the time has come for them to say goodbye. “I’m gonna miss the friendships that I’ve made here in a short amount of time,” said Jules Taylor, an upper school student from Fayetteville, North Carolina. “Even though we have only been here for five weeks, I feel like I have met some of my best frie…

Master Storyteller Spins a Tale – His Own

August 2, 2017 10:02pm | Nirvana Khan

When he came to speak to the students of Exeter Summer, Alex Meyers talked about one thing: stories. Heaven knows he has many to tell. As an English teacher, author, speaker, and the first openly transgender student of both Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University — and is also a former student of Brown University — it would have been hard to choose just one experience to listen to. So he shared them all. When asked what he hopes Exeter Summer students will get out of his experience…

Watch Your Wallet or See It Disappear

August 2, 2017 8:41pm | Marc Ma

The last weeks of summer session brought several accounts of missing money. According to Paul Gravel, director of Campus Safety, $128 disappeared from a backpack of a student who left it in the dining hall. Students are required to take backpacks off once they enter the dining hall. Shelves are located on both sides of the entrance. The bills were placed inside the wallet in the backpack. Somehow, the money was missing. A similar incident followed at the end of last week when $150 in a wallet…

First Things First…

August 2, 2017 8:38pm | Nirvana Khan

What’s the first thing you’ll do when you get home? For Henri Gasquet from Paris, now that Exeter is over, his holiday can begin. “I want to sleep, sleep, sleep,” he said. As a great Exeter Summer comes to an end, more and more students start thinking again about home. They remember all the great things waiting for them: their family, pets and local food. At that point, they realize how much they miss those great things. Since every student has an individual memory of home that they ar…

Raising $$$ and the Bar

August 2, 2017 8:34pm | Claudette Wilson

On Thursday, July 27, the mail room was teeming with gleeful students. Everyone received a parcel that day. One by one, smiles spread across students faces as they swung open their mailboxes, revealing a delicious brownie treat: an Exeter Bar. “We did it,” Exeter Summer Director, Elena Gosalvez-Blanco said. This was confirmation that the fundraiser held the day before to benefit future Exeter Summer students was successful. The goal of receiving 99 donations of any amount was achieved. T…

Hey, Let’s Crash the Town Road

August 2, 2017 8:34pm | Alice Cai

Exeter Students used their free time fully to discover the town. Did it help the businesses? How did their patronage compare to last year? What were some popular picks for the students? In order to answer these questions, a little survey was done on some of the most visited stores by the students. The first stop was the Water Street bookstore. Now, some might say, Phillips Exeter has got its own bookstore, so why bother to go downtown for something we already have? Well, this is proven to …

International Day: Feeding the Soul

July 26, 2017 9:20pm | Kaitlyn Ge & Kait Martinez

Yesterday was International day. At the Assembly, starting at 11:10, students from 7 groups performed dances, sang songs, read poems and gave lectures regarding their unique cultural backgrounds.     “I especially like the amount of talent these students show,” said the show’s director, Viviana Santos. “With only three days of practice, they can present such amazing talents.” The main purpose of International Day is to let people learn other cultures that they haven’t really tho…

Students Work Phones and Eureka! A Winner!

July 26, 2017 9:19pm | Kaitlyn Gosakti

If you end up conversing with an affable woman and find yourself being constantly called “sweetie-pie”, despite however short the conversation was, you would most likely be talking to Jackie Weatherspoon, one of the most captivating, intelligent and politically active faculty members at Phillips Exeter Academy. That is how three dozen Access Exeter and Upper School students received an unforgettable lesson in grassroots American politics last weekend. Mrs. Weatherspoon first got involved in…

A Summer Alum Relives 1964, Paving Way for Granddaughter

July 26, 2017 9:17pm | Alice Cai

Truth be told, Assembly is one of the hardest events to keep track of. People often go blank during the meeting, especially after two heavy-loaded classes with five minutes break in between. However, the students from both Access Exeter and Upper school seemed to be considerably engaged in our last Friday’s assembly. The speaker this time was an Exeter Summer “graduate” from 53 years ago, which can be traced back to 1964 when the citizens were still fighting for civil rights in the nation…

As the World Burns, Rivals Bond Here

July 26, 2017 9:15pm | Kline Dickens

“We’re all people. We’re equal,” said Alexander Unesikhin, a Russian student, when asked about his views of Ukrainian students at Exeter Summer. “Some people like Ukraine, some people don’t care about it. I don’t care.” Alexander’s views reflect how many students at Exeter feel. The people just two generations before us lived in a world of racism, war, and fear. Today, many kids our age accept everyone as equal members of a global community. World conflicts don’t carry over…