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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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Pro: Deerfield Dorms Get A Makeover

Read Con: Deerfield Dorms Get A Makeover and Deerfield’s housing announcement. After hearing Ms. Creagh’s announcement at School Meeting concerning the new dorm arrangement on campus, I was shocked by the decision to make Johnson and Doubleday a “Freshman Village.” Rachel Yao ...

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Con: Deerfield Dorms Get A Makeover

Read Pro: Deerfield Dorms Get A Makeover and Deerfield’s housing announcement. So why do this? The reasoning behind the changes is actually quite sound. There is a noticeable gender divide on campus, and that is the basis for dormitory repositioning and renovated common rooms. The idea is ...

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Students Have The Right To Be Stressed

Serena Ainslie ’16 Deerfield Academy has the reputation of being one of the best prep schools in the world. With that reputation come expectations set by those both within and outside our community. The administration wants students to excel to attain a high ranking on Business Insider’s ...

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Dress-Down Fridays

With Head-of-School Margarita Curtis’s announcement about the elimination of dress-down Fridays in January, students and faculty alike are voicing their opinions on how this change will affect them and the school. Taking away this more-than-25-year-old tradition has prompted a range of reactions, ...

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Fissore O’Leary Calls For Fruit!

The “Live Clean, Eat Dirty” campaign at Deerfield Academy has undoubtedly achieved critical success: the health benefits associated with fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and healthy fats have been widely disseminated around the school, and these salubrious options are now readily ...

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Hernandez Addresses Problematic Dress Code

Late last autumn, a pod of pink whales socialized with a herd of golden sheep around the cardboard recycling on every floor of Field. Outside, the leaves fell and the campus dulled to a bleak color. Boys decorated their dress with bright bow ties. Girls wore waxed olive coats and high brown boots ...

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An Inadequate Sexual Intimacy Policy

Deerfield’s sexual intimacy policy states: “Students are asked to exercise thoughtful and appropriate discretion in all their relationships. Consensual sexual intimacy is not permitted for students at Deerfield.” (DA-Z). I am appalled that this policy, which claims to guide students ...

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Flaska On Drug-Free Johnson And Stress

A traditional story in the Confucian tradition explains how Ox Mountain—once beautiful, full of foliage and animal life, and abundant with rich soil—became a bald and barren eyesore on the horizon. The story relates this fact: Ox Mountain did not come to exist in this manner by its own doing. ...

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