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Saudi Arabia Drives for Progress

July 10, 2019 8:40pm |

By Mansoor Alakkas, Summer Times Staff Writer Vision 2030 Saudi Arabia, the post-oil plan for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced in April 2016, coincides with the date set for the announcement of the completion of the delivery of 80 giant government projects like the Riyadh metro, the cost of each of not less than 3.7 billion riyals and up to 20 billion riyals. (A riyal equals 27 cents, U.S. -- you do the math.)  The plan was organized by the Council of Economic Affairs and Develop…

Food for Thought: Students Rate D-Hall

July 10, 2019 8:39pm |

By Cassidy Shi, Summer Times Staff Writer It has reached that time of the year where students gather from around the world onto the campus of Phillip Exeter. Put aside the library and museums, Exeter provides an excellent facility that satisfies our cravings -- the dining hall. Students get to fully utilize their privileges and enjoy their three meals within Exeter’s two large dining-halls: the Wetherell Dining Hall and Grainger Hall in the Phelps Science Center. Unfortunately, Elm …

For Bonding at Exeter, Just Say ‘Hi’

July 10, 2019 8:35pm |

By Eunice Lai, Summer Times Staff Writer Making new friends has never been easy, especially in a foreign place with foreign people with different backgrounds, but developing new friendships is a pivotal part of life that everyone should eventually master. As Jayla Davis, 15, from Dunbar Hall said, “Friendships mean not leaving me lonely.” We are already over a week into this summer experience, and hopefully most students have already found some friends who have your back, but if not, you…

Exeter’s UFO History: The Truth is Out There

July 10, 2019 8:33pm |

By Lucas Chiang, Summer Times Staff Writer UFOs have been a mysterious and intriguing topic for many ever since the concept of spacecraft and extraterrestrial life became popular after World War II. Yet sightings of unidentified flying objects have been reported for centuries all around the world. Many have been fascinated with the potential of non-human intelligence, especially after the concept shot up in popularity after its appearances in the media, but while most people classify UFOs an…

If You Can Hear This—Get Out of the Park!

July 10, 2019 8:31pm |

By Ruth Ogechi Udeh, Summer Times Staff Writer It was reported on the National Public Radio—NPR by Michaela Winberg on Friday, July 5—that in order to keep teenagers out of parks at night, Philadelphia has installed sonic devices, also known as the “Mosquito”, that plays sound that is meant to be heard by teenagers between the ages 13 and 25 in parks. If you look at the rec center building at Philadelphia's East Poplar Playground, you'll see a small beige speaker screwed into the wal…

Knights of the Round(ish)Table

July 10, 2019 8:07pm |

By Yizhou Zhao, Contributing Writer As we all know, Harkness is the heart of Exeter. However, based on my observation and experience, there are different ways to apply this method in different classes. My format A is Advanced Chemistry. This is an interesting course that focuses on experiments, on solving problems. In my opinion, the traditional role of teacher doesn’t necessarily change in these courses. The teacher knows which experiment is the right approach and often has already pre…

The Harkness Revolution

July 10, 2019 8:05pm |

By Jack Kugler, Contributing Writer A 7 x 11 foot oval piece of wood, outfitted with twelve cutouts and circumscribed by twelve chairs, serves as a uniform aspect of classrooms across Phillips Exeter Academy. An onlooker from the corridor would likely not glean much more than observing a generously sized table situated in a modest classroom. It is not until one has the opportunity to take a seat at this simple structure and engage amongst peers, that one can truly experience the magic of…

Why I Run

July 10, 2019 8:02pm |

By Faisal Al-Essa, Summer Times Staff Writer It all started when a non-experienced 15-year-old decided to take part in a 10-kilometer run that was publicly advertised. So anxious to run, having only a little experience from school sports, and gym exercises. The distance was indeed long, especially for a young kid going on a long run for the first time. Fast forward to the day of the race. He drank lots of orange juice assuming it would give him the boost, and before he knew it the alarm …

Humans of Exeter

July 10, 2019 7:54pm |

By Carolina Carniero, Summer Times Staff Writer Phillips Exeter Summer is embroidered with different cultures and identities. It is as if a crimson thread was stretching across the world, sewing multiple countries together and eading their young citizens to the thread’s endpoint, Exeter, New Hampshire.This connection is the reason PEA is a unique, enjoyable program.   Inspired by the prominent and evocative photoblog, Humans of New York by photographer Brandon Stanton, Humans…

Phony-Vaccine Scandal Roils China

August 1, 2018 8:05pm | Ellen Wu

“There is water added to the vaccine so it did not have any effects.” Xiaojian’s mom gazed at the laboratory test report of the rabies vaccine and cried. Her son was bitten by a dog 15 days ago and they chose the best rabies vaccine for their son: 700 RMB for 7 shots which is already a huge expense for this rural poor family. Xiaojian died even before the 7 shots were finished. It happened 8 years ago and all the penalty that the company got was several million dollars of fine and 8 years…