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A Brush With Greatness

July 13, 2021 11:13pm | Claire Dinh, Guest Contributor

Pens (笔), ink (墨), paper (纸), and inkstones (砚) are the four treasures of a Chinese scholar, and have been for over 1,400 years. The Intermediate Conversational Chinese class got to try out these treasures during a Chinese calligraphy lesson on Saturday, July 10th.  The class, taught by Mrs. Fontaine, wrote their Chinese names and some phrases with Chinese brushes and ink on pieces of paper. Chinese ink, which comes in the form of a stick, must be dipped in water. Then, the end that…

When a Child’s Toys Aren’t Child’s Play

July 13, 2021 10:57pm | Rafaela M. Pires, Guest Contributor

I was a kid who liked to play with toys which were not toys. Toys which were not crafted or designed by mankind; toys which could have easily shattered; playthings which were not supposed to be played with.       Why did a child, even with almost a trillion other options, decide to play with such elements of creation, like water, fire, air, earth and space? The child had no monotonous routine, for everything was newness. Every day must have been a lush of shine and wonder, the latter an …

Global Warming Threatens Turtles

July 31, 2019 5:09pm |

By Aurora Zhang, Guest Contributor  Global warming has many severe effects on our blue planet including coral bleaching, native species dying, and invasive species thriving. One effect, however, remains hidden despite its great potential for harm—the rise of an unstable sex ratio within the sea turtle population.  When female adults lay eggs, the sex of the turtles is not predetermined; instead, the temperature of incubation determines the sex of the turtles which …

That Yellow House? History Lives Here

July 31, 2019 5:07pm |

By Yizhou Zhao, Guest Contributor It is just one of the ordinary buildings you see in Exeter every day; it is just a five minute walk from school; it is just a house of a family. Yet here we are, Ms. Parris's Exploring American Culture class, at the American Independence Museum. It indeed once belonged to a family, but no ordinary family—it belonged to the Gilman family, who fought bravely for the Revolutionary War. From outside, the Independence Museum is simply an old, yellow buildin…

Europe: The Heat is On

July 31, 2019 4:20pm |

By Fred Fink, Summer Times Staff Writer If you hear the word summer, what comes into your mind? Probably that there is always sunshine, warm temperatures and that you can enjoy the time at the beach or the swimming pool. Summer is the season of the year, that most people like. However, in Europe, it got extreme. Never in recorded history, has Paris been hotter than it was last Thursday when the temperature neared 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.6 Fahrenheit).  The same was true of Belgi…

Africa: I Call It Home

July 31, 2019 4:18pm |

By Ruth Ogechi Udeh, Summer Times Staff Writer Africa happens to be one of the continents most people have misconceptions about. Surprisingly, Africa is just like every other continent with people from different countries with their distinct cultures, accents, languages, food and dressing style. “Africa is not what the media portrays it to be,” said Michael Mitchell, 17, from Tema, Ghana in Soule Hall. “It is a region filled with happy people, not people suffering all…

Pulling Up Politics by the Grassroots

July 24, 2019 7:30pm |

By Yizhou Zhao, Outside Contributor The air mingled the smell of pizzas and soda, and the enthusiasm of people eager for the phone bank when I stepped into the J.Smith Hall at 6 p.m. last  Thursday. The organizers representing Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker smiled at me as I introduced myself to the other students. I was nervous yet excited. Phone bank, or canvassing, is an important part of the presidential campaign -- calling people identified as member…

Alien Life Doesn’t Mean Intelligence

July 24, 2019 5:05pm |

By Fred Fink, Summer Times Staff Writer If you think about space, what would be the first question that comes to your mind? Maybe its size, how many stars and planets it contains, or, probably, if there is intelligent alien life. Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most prominent astrophysicists, once offered his own take on this last question: “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so." This hypothesis might have become a reality—scie…

Hurry to Catch Saturn’s Rings– Only 100,000,000 Years to Go

July 24, 2019 5:01pm |

By Shankar Chennattu, Summer Times Staff Writer When you think of Saturn, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? The fact that it is the second largest planet in the solar system? Or that the planet is a gas giant? Probably not. You would most likely think of its large and magnificent rings. Evidently, those unique rings that you recognize Saturn by are going to vanish, but fortunately for us earthlings of the 21st century, the rings will go away in about a hundred million years…

No Debate in Singapore Over Gun Control

July 24, 2019 4:57pm |

By Cassidy Shi, Summer Times Staff Writer The Phillips Exeter Academy summer program, with a history of more than 100 years, is one of the finest. Every year, it hosts over 780 students from 40 different states and 45 foreign countries around the world. I came from one of these 45 countries: a tiny city-state in South-East Asia off the Malacca Strait. Singapore. I am not personally from Singapore, but I do have second-hand knowledge from the few years I’ve spent within t…