Column archives

Commentaries

Enjoy Your Exeter Bubble Before It Bursts

July 25, 2018 6:18pm | Derin Kutlay

If the common conspiracy theory of the world being a social experiment was true, Exeter would be the perfect place. Just think about your classes. But let me show you what dark truths our school avoids. If you think I am extremely dramatic, that is what sells in showbiz. We have an after school activity called Bridging Cultures! In a world where no culture different from the norm is accepted. The play “Almost, Maine” about love! Does Maine love anyone except its white lobstermen and less…

Live from Washington D.C.

July 25, 2018 5:55pm | Paul James

“What is the single greatest thing with control over the news?” Brian Lamb, founder of CSPAN asked a group of roughly 300 young journalists assembled at the National Press Club. We were captivated, every one of us there to learn how to take the next step in our fledgling careers. Now we sat in the pantheon of American journalism, the Press Club in Washington, D.C. and were furiously coming up with answers to his question. People tossed out truth, writers, government and other wrong answers…

Affinity Groups Help Us Bond

July 18, 2018 7:25pm | Nicole C. Chan

The first thing people notice when stepping onto the summer campus of Phillips Exeter Academy is the immensely diverse community. With 750 students from 39 states and 51 countries, everyone at Exeter has a different cultural story or background. However, away from the comfortable confines of home, the unfamiliarity of the new environment results in a need for familiar faces or backgrounds. In more conservative and traditional communities, these differences are not as celebrated or acknowledged. …

Modern Day Slavery in Modern Cities

July 18, 2018 7:23pm | Tiya Bhatia

When people think of Dubai, the sky-rise buildings and the epitome of modern society come to mind. Glitz, glamour and sophistication. However, in reality, that's not the whole story. It is a well-known fact that Dubai is a melting pot of different cultures, with foreigners making up 88.5 percent of United Arab Emirates citizens. “Rich, modern, aesthetic,” said Audrey Adisaputro, an upper school student from Indonesia when asked to describe Dubai. “I love the Palm Island, it reminds me o…

Did Death Save Old Europe?

July 18, 2018 6:49pm | Derin Kutlay

Plagues and pagans, guilds and goblets, knights and kings… Funny how you never see them around in Europe anymore. Why? What is written in your textbooks? The travels of Columbus? The Fall of Constantinople? Gutenberg’s press? What ended the world’s most realistic fairytale, the Middle Ages? Or maybe it was suicide. No, really. These man-made activities might give us a year for the medieval era’s funeral, but humans might not be the most important factor. The Middle Ages brought its…

Last Straw? Let’s Hope!

July 18, 2018 6:37pm | Claire Zhang

They choke on straws every single day; they choke on these non-biodegradable, tiny, lightweight gadgets that they mistook for food. For the 1 million seabirds and 1 hundred thousand marine animals who died every year from ingesting plastic, their deaths were mandated for convenience sake. You have probably used a plastic straw in some point of your life. Over 500 million plastic straws are being used in the U.S. every day. But while you use them, many of earth’s beautiful creatures die o…

The Price is Too Darn High

July 18, 2018 6:26pm | Ellen Wu, Jessie Liu

I think the price of certain trips is reasonable, but some are not. For example, the $50  for Canobie Lake Park is appropriate since the ticket is already $39 and the rest is for the drivers or the school bus. However, the trip to Boston common which is $35 is a bit high as we will also spend lots of money when we get there shopping and getting food. In my opinion, the Target trip, which is $3, is also pricey because it isn't a long bus ride. In past years the Target trip used to be free and no…

A Critical View of Abortion

July 18, 2018 6:23pm | SungJin (Paul) Lim

Abortion is an extremely sensitive topic, no matter what gender one is or what country one comes from. In the OECD (an intergovernmental economic organization with 36 member countries) alone, 19 nations allow the right of abortion without restrictions. Seven nations allow abortion accompanied by the consulting of an expert. Four nations do not allow it, with the exception of abortion due to social or economic issues. Six nations simply do not allow it under any circumstances.  But before we …

Getting to Know You…

July 11, 2018 8:34pm | Ana Velazco

Exeter Summer is a place where many different people from many different cultures come together to learn about each other and have new experiences. Some students come from far off places, ranging from the sun-bathed blue beaches of Greece to the green tropical rainforests of Brazil. So arriving here can be a bit of a culture shock.  Take a kind girl with bright hazel eyes named Serena Bosco, a 16-year old from Rome. On the bright, maroon couches of the library she chatted about her life in I…

In China, Share and Share A Bike…

July 11, 2018 8:27pm | Ashley Tang

How to solve the ‘last mile’ problem caused by the relatively short distance between home and subway station? This question has puzzled people in China for a long time. As there are dramatic increases in the Chinese population and cost of living as well as growth in convenient public transportation system, more and more people choose to go to work by subway and bus. However, compared with private car, the realistic issue people face is that the nearest bus or subway station is not usually…