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Deerfield Responds to Immigration Ban
//UWA EDE-OSIFO Associate Editor On January 27 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The new policy cited the September 2001 attacks and other recent terrorist acts as its motive. Components of the policy included the controversial “Refugee/Muslim Ban” which suspended the entry of refugees into the United States for a period of one hundred twenty days and placed a ninety-day hold on entry by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries:
Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. In addition, any individual seen as a threat to national security would have his or her visa suspended or have additional immigration benefits, such as eligibility of employment and residential status, revoked. Talha Tariq ’17, a Muslim student, stated that in his opinion, “Implementing a ban solely based off geographic location is unconstitutional.” Fernanda Ponce ’19, a member of the Spiritual Council, stated: “I was astounded that the President could... ban people based on their religion, especially since the First Amendment of our Constitution allows people to practice any religion they choose without
discrimination... The Muslim Ban... sends many wrong messages, such as that Muslims are all terrorists even though less than 1% are.” Many experts have echoed the same sentiment. Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney, stated in an interview with Fox News on February 7th, “The president can’t get away with discrimination by simply taking out some words… The Supreme Court has made clear that you have to figure out what the intent is.” On the other hand, some students argue that the ban is not discriminatory. Mason Horton ’19 stated, “The ban protects our national security by allowing the government to restructure our vetting process while still permitting immigration. Additionally, the ban is temporary. I do not feel it targets the Islamic faith, as several predominantly Muslim countries were not targeted. Instead, the policy is directed specifically to countries where the administration, and I, think the threats of terrorism need to be addressed.” Though Head of School Dr. Margarita Curtis announced that Deerfield would not take a political stance, the administration is monitoring how the new changes affect the Deerfield community, although there are no current Deerfield students from the seven countries. “We tried to be proactive to get students ready, also looking at the implications for daily travel. Our stance is that we are here to support,” said Ms. Marjorie Young, Director of Inclusion & Community Life. Since refugees were first detained at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City on January 28, organizations such as the
Dr. Hills Appointed Dean
//ORLEE MARINI-RAPOPORT Associate Editor
On February 7, in an email to faculty and staff, Head of School Dr. Margarita Curtis announced the appointment of Dr. Ivory Hills as Academic Dean. Dr. Hills will take over for interim Academic Dean Mr. Joe Lyons on July 1, 2017. At Deerfield, Dr. Hills serves as a Chemistry instructor, the Director of Sustainability, and the Director of the KIPP Step Summer Program. He has also worked with the Rising Scholars Program and the Experimentory. Dr. Hills earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at MIT and then worked as a research scientist at Merck Pharmaceuticals for over five years before coming to teach at Deerfield in 2011. In her announcement, Dr. Curtis mentioned that at Merck, Dr. Hills “held managerial responsibility for the research efforts of four scientists and also worked collaboratively with teams of six to twenty scientists,” which, she explained, will enable Dr. Hills to bring “a different professional background and expertise to the school, and as such, he will richly complement the skill set
On January 28, 2017, a student at the Kent School took her own life. Our thoughts are with the Kent School in the wake of this tragedy. The Scroll would also like to note that counseling services are available to the Deerfield community. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, please do not hesitate to reach out to Deerfield counselors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 413-7741600, or visiting the health center.
of other members of senior staff, and provide fresh perspectives on the issues at hand.” According to the job description, the Academic Dean’s responsibilities are to “oversee all aspects of the curriculum, explore new research in the field of education, identify topics and leverage discussion regarding best practices in adolescent education, and lead the faculty and staff who support student academic matters.” Other duties include supervising Academic Honor Committee (AHC) hearings, interviewing prospective faculty, co-chairing the Academic Standing Committee and Alternate Studies Committee, and more. Mr. Lyons believes that “Dr. Hills’s respect for Deerfield students and faculty, his sharp analytical skills, and his calm demeanor will serve Deerfield well.” Dr. Hills became interested in the position because he saw it as a chance “to ensure that our curriculum... continues to be relevant for students, [as] the world is changing rapidly.” One of Dr. Hills’ goals is to help “students to be properly challenged and not overwhelmed,” and faculty to feel “supported, valued, and excited and rejuvenated by their profession.” In taking over this new role, he hopes to still teach chemistry, and intends to spend the first year as Academic Dean learning from faculty, students, and families. He also wants “students to be aware that they can come to [him] for anything.” Dr. Curtis emphasized that “Dr. Hills has not only demonstrated high professional standards and a consistent pursuit of excellence in a number of areas, but also displayed a generosity of spirit, and a level of commitment to the community that creates an affirming, caring culture for all.”
Big Green Goes Green //JOSHUA FANG Staff Writer Every February, Deerfield Academy participates in the Green Cup Challenge (GCC), a nationwide initiative to conserve resources and reduce their carbon footprint. The challenge began at Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA) in 2003 as a competition to see which dormitory could conserve the most energy. It saved PEA thousands of dollars in utility costs and raised awareness about greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, the GCC has spread to over forty other schools and has been overseen by the Green Schools Alliance, an organization dedicated to sustainability education and action. This year, Deerfield is competing with seven peer schools – Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter, Choate Rosemary Hall, Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, and St. Paul’s – to see which school can reduce its energy usage the most. Unlike Lu cy Bla previous years, this year’s ke challenge is organized and run completely by students. On January 22, Sophie Opler ’19, Fatima Zahoor ’18, and Sydney Williams ’17, all students involved in organizing the Green Cup Challenge this year, attended a summit at NMH to meet with other school
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representatives and discuss ways to motivate students to participate in the challenge. “Many people don’t know that the most important thing isn’t [turning your lights off], but unplugging. Having a cord plugged in like a laptop charger or fan uses electricity even when it’s not on,” Opler noted. “[And] having somebody to remind you really helps.” However, Deerfield’s Green Cup Challenge hasn’t always met its goal. Global Studies, Sustainability, and Service Fellow Ms. Heather Wakeman recalled one particular incident: “Students were buying headlamps so that they could work with their lights off, which actually increase[d] their carbon footprint,” Ms. Wakeman said. “we were hurting the environment, not helping. It was all very backwards.” Wakeman stressed that the mission of the challenge wasn’t necessarily about the exact amount of energy saved, but about helping students develop good habits and understand their personal impact on the environment. While the dorm that reduces the most energy this month will receive a prize of a feed, Opler, Zahoor, and Williams all agree that what really matters is the learning experience. Opler stated, “If Deerfield can teach our students how to live effectively in the real world and how to reduce energy where they can... I think it’s a good takeaway.”
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ACLU have legally represented detained individuals. These civil rights and non-profit organizations saw a surge in donations the weekend following the Executive Order. On the other hand, some critics argued that the ban is not comprehensive enough, because it does not include other countries that could possibly pose threats to national security. For example, 15 of the 19 hijackers during the 9/11 attacks were Saudi Arabian. However, Saudi Arabians have not been barred from entering the United States. The controversy heightened when, on February 3, Federal Judge James Louis Robart put a temporary restraining order on the travel ban. The next day, the Trump administration appealed to reinstate the ban. However, a three-judge panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth circuit unanimously upheld the restraining order. Ms. Young stated that even with the restraining order, “We cannot be complacent and assume that it’s business as usual. We need to be prepared for the unpredictability of the decisions that this new administration is making... Things are changing pretty quickly.” Iqbal Nurjadin ’18, a head of the Muslim Student Alliance, remains optimistic about the future. He reflected, “If Trump’s ban was meant to spread hatred towards Muslims, then it seems to have done the opposite. Never have I seen so much support for Muslims in my time here than after the ban was enacted. That feeling of support tends to dominate my fear over the situation, leaving room for hope that the American people and politicians can prevent Trump from causing too much damage.”
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Opinion and Editorial Letter From the Editor Deerfield Scroll Vol. XCI, No. 7
Editor-in-Chief Perry Hamm Managing Editor Nia Goodridge
Managing Online Editor William Ughetta
Front Page Editor Ethan Thayumanavan
Online Editor Freddie Johnson
Opinion & Editorial Editor Karen Tai
Online Associate Editor Simon Lam
Features Editor Kiana Rawji
Graphics Associate Editor Claire Zhang
Arts & Entertainment Editor Richard Park
Photography Associate Editor Maddie Blake Associate Editors Jillian Carroll Kevin Chen Maya Hart Nadia Jo Annabel Nottebohm Uwa Ede-Osifo Hollis McLeod Sarah Jane O’Connor Orlee Marini-Rapoport Doris Zhang
Sports Editor Liam Jeon Layout Editor Ashley Wang Photography Editor Roopa Venkatraman Graphics Editor Valerie Ma
Social Media Directors Mason Bonnie Thomas Dale Kathyrn Grennon
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Advisors Julianne Schloat and Anna Gonzales The Deerfield Scroll, established in 1925, is the official student newspaper of Deerfield Academy. The Scroll encourages informed discussion of pertinent issues that concern the Academy and the world. Signed letters to the editor that express legitimate opinions are welcomed. We maintain the right to edit for brevity. The Scroll is published eight times yearly and is uncensored. Opinion articles with contributors’ names attached represent the views of the respective writers. Opinion articles without names represent the consensus views of the editorial staff. The Scroll welcomes letters to the editor in response to any published content, but will not grant anonymity in publication of these responses. Please email email@example.com with any concerns.
This is it! Seven issues later, and my time as Editor-In-Chief is finally over. It really is hard to believe that I am writing these words, as it feels so recent that I watched Bella write her version of this letter one year ago. My time as Editor-In-Chief has been undoubtedly challenging, but — and perhaps consequently — immensely formative. More than anything, the experience has been rewarding. After weeks of writing, editing, and laying out each page, there is nothing quite as fulfilling as the tangible result of a newspaper issue. My wish is that every Deerfield student has found some experience in their time here as gratifying as mine with The Scroll has been. Of course, I couldn’t have done my job without many others doing theirs. I thank Nia Goodridge endlessly for questioning me in ways that allowed me to see the bigger picture, and for her reserved leadership that fostered balance in The Scroll room. I also have Ethan Thayumanavan, Kiana Rawji, Karen Tai, Richard Park, and Liam Jeon to thank for
their dedication and effort. Each one of us is remarkably different, and yet we worked cohesively and appreciated each others’ efforts. Mrs. Schloat, who has been with The Scroll as long as I have and longer, has let me run with so many ideas that many others would simply have never entertained. I thank her for trusting me and for simultaneously encouraging me to think outside the box. Ms. Gonzales, who joined The Scroll again this year as an advisor, after being Editor-In-Chief during her senior year at DA, brought valuable lessons from her time in my position. I am thankful I had the two of them to guide, teach, and challenge me. I am incredibly excited to announce that next year’s EditorsIn-Chief will be Kevin Chen and Jillian Carroll. We decided that this year, two Editors-In-Chief made more sense than an EditorIn-Chief and a Managing Editor. I am grateful to Kevin and Jillian for their commitments to The Scroll during their time at Deerfield, and I know they will continue to do great things as they take on their new roles. I am looking forward to watching the two of them put
their ideas into action, and to witnessing the thoughtfulness and purpose with which they will lead. As Jillian and Kevin step into their positions, and the new board navigates its responsibilities, I, along with the other seniors on the board, will step down and serve as mentors for the first half of the Spring term, and then hand the reigns to them in May while we enjoy all that Deerfield has to offer in our last few weeks. Seniors, cherish your last days — graduation is around the corner. Even if your Deerfield experience was challenging, commit yourself now to appreciating what this place can offer. I am lucky that my experience with The Scroll was one that is closing out my time here, and that I will forever be a part of a class that made Deerfield what it is today. All the best,
Perry Hamm Editor-In-Chief
Recognizing the Power of Introverts in the DA Classroom Board Editorial Participation is a core component of the curriculum at Deerfield and at most of our peer schools. In humanities classes, participation typically accounts for 20-30% of a student’s final grade. However, The Scroll feels that the current system of class participation and grading at Deerfield often favors extroverts at the expense of introverts and sometimes even works contrary to its intent. First of all, we think it is important to distinguish between introversion and shyness. While these two concepts may sometimes be connected, they are certainly not equivalent in psychology. Being an introvert simply means that you “recharge” yourself by spending time alone or in the company of just a few friends. Introverts also tend to reflect deeply on their thoughts and like to think before they speak. On the other hand, shyness is essentially a fear of negative social judgment or humiliation. It is completely possible for introverts to be outgoing and good at public speaking; they just need more time to think before speaking and some good downtime alone at the end of the day. The Scroll certainly believes that public speaking is an important skill, but we feel that there are a few problems with our current system of participation. In many discussion-based classes, the teacher may pose a question and then open the floor to the students to answer. Typically, after a student offers a satisfactory answer, the teacher moves on to a new topic or question. However, we feel that this system of participation is biased towards
extroverts or students who can think very quickly. It is typically the same group of extroverted students who speak first, leaving little room for introverts to participate, who by nature simply need a bit more time to collect their thoughts before speaking. Introverts can be just as engaged in class as extroverts, but often someone else says exactly what they were about to say just a few seconds faster, making it difficult to participate under our current system. It is difficult to think of an everyday situation where it is not possible to simply take a few more seconds to think before speaking. Learning is not a buzzer contest, and it is unfair to penalize students simply for not thinking a few seconds faster. The Scroll also feels that the pressure of being graded on participation sometimes compromises our ability to have deeper and more meaningful discussions. Many students participate in class solely for the purpose of participating or raising their grade, and the discussion table is a fight to speak. Instead of taking time to consider what each person is saying, students often cut each other off to talk about an unrelated topic so they can get participation points. We believe in the value of thoughtful silence; we feel that it is sometimes more productive to spend some time contemplating what has been said in the discussion rather than charging on and only addressing each issue superficially. Ironically, our current participation system may actually discourage some students from participating. Some Deerfield students have said that after trying
Corrections: The Scroll regrets that two errors were made in the January issue. First, on page #5, Mr. Keller is quoted as saying: “Of course we will miss the old feel, but we will never forget the barn and we’ll
to participate for so long to little avail, they’ve simply accepted the fact that participation would lower their grade. We feel that participation grades alone are an ineffective motivator because instead of participating in class, they simply try to score higher on tests and papers. These students begin to see class participation as a horrible burden, rather than a useful learning tool. Additionally, some students who are strong in STEM say that they dislike the humanities because of how participation affects their grade. The Scroll thinks that there are many ways we can improve the participation system at Deerfield. While we are certainly not experts in pedagogy, we feel that it may be worthwhile to experiment with a more structured learning environment. For example, instead of allowing students to blurt out their answer or thoughts as soon as they think of them, it may be useful to wait a few moments and allow others to gather their thoughts as well. In this way, all students will be able to think critically about the problem. By purposely waiting, this also alleviates the pressure that many students feel to answer quickly, and it encourages more thorough and thoughtful answers to the question at hand, rather than the first answer that comes to mind. This style of participation would be more inclusive to everyone. If teachers even call on students who do not raise their hand, they can help build shy students’ confidence to speak. This would also be better at motivating students to speak than participation grades alone. Both introverts and extroverts can learn many things from each
break the new one in quick!” This quote is actually attributed to Mr. Philie, not Mr. Keller. The Scroll deeply apologizes to Mr. Keller and Mr. Philie for this mistake. Second, on page 5, the #3 moment in the “Top Ten Moments in the Barn” list was written inaccurately. The Scroll wishes to
other. In open class discussions, extroverts should leave some room for the introverts, and perhaps even take the lead by asking other students what they think. We believe that great leaders are genuinely interested in everyone’s opinions, not just in stating their own. There is value in thinking more before you speak. We would also encourage introverts and shy students to speak up in class and risk being wrong. It takes a long time to come to terms with the idea that it’s okay to be wrong, but that acceptance can be life-changing. There is a new sense of freedom to be gained. Elbert Hubbard, an American writer and publisher, once said, “to avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Truly, there
correct what was originally printed because the game referenced was actually played at Choate, and does not represent a “moment in the barn.” However, we at The Scroll believe the moment should still be corrected, as other details of the referenced game were inaccurate. The Scroll wishes to correct the
will always be someone who can find fault in what you do, no matter how well you do it. Deerfield is also one of the best places to risk being wrong; there are no consequences for saying the wrong answer in a class discussion. The Scroll believes that if all of us work together as a community to make the discussion table a more welcoming environment for everyone, we will not just benefit introverted or shy students, but rather hear increased diversity of viewpoints and have even greater and more meaningful discussions.
initial moment with the following: “In Trailing Choate 4-3 with just fifteen seconds remaining, Kat Sweet scored the tying goal. Grabbing a loose puck off a faceoff, Katie Guay then scored the winning goal.”
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Redefining Success in a Materialistic World KEVIN CHEN //Associate Editor After a long day of classes, co-curriculars, and club meetings at Deerfield, the work is far from over — there is still reading to do, tests to study for, and projects to complete. And yet, if you ask students why they study for tests, the answer would probably be to get good grades. You ask, but why do you want good grades? Well, to get into a good college. Why do you want to attend a good college? To get a good job. Why do you want a good job? To make good money and have a good life. This line of logic is common not just among Deerfield students, but among people all around the world. Superficially, this logic may seem convincing. In our capitalist and consumerist culture, we are constantly bombarded with all sorts of false messages and advertisements, promising us that buying some product will make us truly happy. We love keeping up with the Kardashians, pretending that we had their lives, escaping into the utter insouciance and bliss of wealth. We are tricked into believing that money will bring us happiness. For others, the thing that they most desire is fame. They wish to become a household name and will stop at nothing to achieve that goal. And still, others desire power and spend their entire lives attempting to crawl up the corporate ladder. Even from a very young age, we are indoctrinated to view success in a certain way. When you ask an elementary school student who they want to be when they grow up, they say Bill Gates, Tom Brady, Angelina Jolie, Neil Armstrong. They say Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, J.K. Rowling, Oprah. No child says that they want to become a small family farmer in some insignificant rural area. No child says that they want to work in a nursing home, feeding and cleaning up after discontent elderly people. And yet, I believe that the conventional
happiness in order to achieve their goals? One of my classmates recently said that they mostly want to become a neurosurgeon for the money. Another said that they don’t really want to become a corporate lawyer, but they are willing to do it for the money. Though this logic is shared by a myriad of people all over the world, have you ever thought about how strange it is that people are willing to do so? Is it worth it to toil in a job you hate for 40 hours a week, every week, for over 40 years, just for a few blissful years of retirement? Or is it better to earn less money, but spend most of your life doing something about which you are truly passionate? Moreover, people often lose sight of what is truly important in the mere pursuit of success. They work nonstop, and they allow their relationships and health to deteriorate. In the past, I, too, have fallen into this trap, sometimes forgetting to contact my family for periods at a time. When we are taken over by this workaholic mentality, we no
notion of success — that the most successful people are those who are wealthy, famous, and powerful — is fundamentally misguiding for a number of reasons. Even though there are many definitions of success, I feel that at some level or another, most of them are centered around the notion of happiness. We want to get that grade or earn that award or get that promotion because we feel that those things would make us happier. After all, if they did not make us happy, then why would we work so hard to achieve them? If we believe that people pursue success in order to be happy, then a great irony is immediately apparent. Why are so many people willing to sacrifice their own
longer take time to smell the roses; life turns into a beast that we must conquer instead of a ride that we can enjoy in the company of those who matter to us. Nurses report that when people are on their deathbeds, they often say that their biggest regret in life is not having spent more time doing the things they love with the people they love. Not even the richest person on earth can buy back the time lost in the pursuit of success. Not even the most powerful person on earth can raise their loved ones from the dead. There is no true and lasting happiness that comes from money, fame, or power. When we become rich enough to buy a better house, we may be happy for a moment, but soon we will set our eyes on an even better house. We will want to be even richer. We will want to be even more famous. We will want to be even more powerful. There is no end to this vicious cycle; like an addiction, we will never be satisfied, but we will always be left craving for more. I believe that if we wish to be happy, we must redefine what it means to be successful. We must acknowledge that the pursuit of worldly interests like wealth, fame, or power will never truly satisfy. Rather, I believe that success comes from improving your life and the lives of those around you. Even though common people like custodial staff or factory workers are hardly ever recognized, society would not be able to function without their important jobs. In this view, the small farmers working in rural areas and the diligent staff working in nursing homes are just as successful and worthy of praise as people like Angelina Jolie and J.K. Rowling. I believe that the best way to bring happiness is to give happiness. Whether it is volunteering to help those in need, making the time for the people that count, or complimenting a stranger on his or her outfit, these are the acts that make the world a better place for everyone. These are the acts that inspire a genuine, everlasting sense of warmth and happiness that cold, hard cash simply cannot.
Looking at a New Era of China-U.S. Relationships
high-end manufacturing, and services, to name a few), but it is not competitive at labor-intensive manufacturing. Forcing a rebound in the non-competitive American industry of labor-manufacturing will only lead to higher prices for consumers and a deteriorating US economy. As such, Chinese workers would lose jobs in some industries, and America may gain some jobs, but the average American consumer would be
Together, the U.S. and China make up 40% of the world’s economy, 23% of the world’s population, and 12% of the world’s land area. China-U.S. relations probably constitute the most important bilateral relationship on the planet. And today, with the election of President Trump, the already strained connection has been immediately and inevitably shoved into the spotlight. What will be Trump’s policies, and how will President Xi Jinping of China respond? How will those policies alter the lives of Americans, the Chinese, and the global economic and political landscape? The next four years, and perhaps more, will serve as the ultimate test for Trump, his administration, and the current Chinese government. As a Chinese-American, I hope for increased mutual understanding, peace, and friendship between the two nations I call home. The largest developing country and the largest developed country in the world should work together to solve humanity’s problems and to strive for a better, more prosperous future. After all, it is in no one’s interest for a Cold Waresque escalation of military, political, and economic tension between the rising and established global superpowers. Today’s situation, however, is not as simple as a trivial de-escalation of strained relations or even a maintenance of the status quo, for the Trump administration’s stance on China is already beginning to alter the landscape of China-U.S. relations. Trump’s “America First” ideology makes fundamental sense: to bring back jobs to US soil. To confront terrorism. To portray America as a leading global superpower. But the actions that follow these ideas should not damage other countries and should definitely not alter international relations for the worse. From an economic perspective,
this is, unfortunately, already beginning to happen. The sentiment within the United States, and even in some nations abroad is increasingly leaning towards protectionism as opposed to free trade: of relative isolation as opposed to globalization. Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail included a promise to slap a 45% tariff on Chinese imports and labeling China as a currency manipulator. Moreover, Trump
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has already terminated the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement including much of the Pacific, which notably excludes China. A 45% tariff on Chinese imports would almost certainly lead to a trade war, where both countries would lose. China would lose jobs and its exports will be hurt, but American consumers will face higher prices, corporations will face rising costs, and even jobs may not be guaranteed. According to the theory of comparative advantage, trade is beneficial to both parties. Each country should specialize in the industries that it is competitive at, and obtain goods and services in other industries through trade. America is competitive in many industries (high-tech,
severely hurt by massively increased prices on inexpensive goods. China, with a trade surplus with America, would most certainly struggle with its exports. China, additionally, would most certainly retaliate. An op-ed in the Chinese newspaper Global Times stated: “A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and US soybean and maize imports will be halted. China can also limit the number of Chinese students studying in the US.” Simply put, China may not need America as much as America needs China, at least from an imports perspective. China’s imports from the US can be found in other European countries with similar quality, but America’s imports from China cannot
be matched at such a large scale. Chinese smartphone brands such as Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo are now among the top five smartphone manufacturers in the world, and Chinese consumers could easily buy European cars instead of American ones. All of these retaliatory actions may hurt the US more than a 45% tariff on Chinese goods would hurt China. In fact, even the stated goal of bringing jobs back to the US may backfire. In 2015 alone, Boeing sold $102 billion in planes to China, and China is predicted to buy over $1 trillion of planes in the next two decades to serve its rapidly growing aviation market. If China decides to replace new orders with Airbus, Boeing could lose much of its profit, and even worse, tens of thousands of its employees. China-U.S. trade, at almost $600 billion in 2016, is too big to stop without far-reaching negative consequences. Chinese investment in the US in 2016 alone reached $45.6 billion, tripling that of 2015. And since 2000, Chinese investment in the US has created over 100,000 jobs for Americans. With a trade war, Chinese investment would likely stop, and those jobs would be lost. As President Xi Jinping said at the World Economic Forum’s Davos 2017 summit, “Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room. While wind and rain may be kept outside, that dark room will also block light and air. No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war.” Withdrawing from the TPP is evident of protectionism already being implemented by the Trump administration. China, additionally, by consensus of economic experts, is not a currency manipulator, and is not artificially lowering the ratio between the Chinese Yuan (RMB) and the US dollar to stimulate exports as Trump claimed. That was a decade ago. Now, China has been doing the exact opposite – allowing the Chinese Yuan to...
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Let’s Be Competent, Mr. Trump!
FATIMA RASHID //Staff Writer In my seventeen years of life, I’ve experienced the joys of inclusion and the loneliness of exclusion. I’ve had friends of all backgrounds who have accepted me for who I am, and I’ve met people who have refused to get to know me because of those very idiosyncrasies. I have had my third-grade crush tell me I’m a terrorist, have dealt with a hall-mate at a camp who was very vocal about her distaste for Muslims, have attended a Catholic school from kindergarten until 9th grade, and have witnessed federal agents interrogate my father after 9/11. Yet I always tell myself not to take negative experiences to heart. I firmly believe that the only way to overcome ignorance is to rise above it with the power of education. In total honesty, it does not bother me very much that I’m considered a minority in Deerfield. But I’ve never experienced as much loneliness on this campus as I did on January 27, 2017, when President Trump ordered a travel ban on immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. I became aware of this executive decision as I was sitting in my room after the dance showcase on a Friday night. At first, I thought it was a joke. “How can the laws of the world allow this?” I thought. It sounded ridiculous, but as I continued my research, I realized that it was real. The “Muslim Ban,” one of the greatest orders that I feared during this election season, was becoming a reality. I feared for my people, my family, and
for the hundreds of millions of young Americans who will have to grow up in a country with a close-minded leader who serves as a supposed role model. It was the first time in my Deerfield career when I felt truly alone. I curled up in my dark green bungee chair, afraid of what the future had in store. While my hall mates were laughing and screaming out of joy and excitement for the weekend, I was alone in my room and didn’t know what I could do to be proactive. Merriam-Webster’s Thesaurus defines “ignorance” as a noun that means, “the state of being unaware or uninformed.” Would I be ignorant for not understanding why Donald Trump is truly doing this? Would I be ignorant for starting a riot? After all, he is assuming the intentions of millions of innocent people. He is the one who is making every Muslim in this country feel alienated. He is the one pushing out people who simply want to find a safe haven without the fear of war. My parents left their loved ones in Pakistan for the opportunities available to them in the United States, Mr. Trump. My parents have dedicated their lives as physicians for this country, Mr. Trump. Why can’t you reciprocate the respect? Why only ban the countries that you don’t have business with? Why do your decisions seem as if they are from a master business plan for bankruptcy and corruption rather than a plan to better our country? This doesn’t make any sense in my eyes. This doesn’t work. In the ninth grade, I took Ms. Friend’s “Asia in World History” class. On countless occasions, my classmates and I discussed what makes a leader great, and my answer was always the same: open-mindedness. An open-minded leader who is culturally competent is the key to a successful society. Why? A culturally competent leader is able to understand people of all backgrounds and work collaboratively with individuals from those groups. This way, the government serves everyone, not just certain groups of people. A culturally competent leader does not run away from his or her problems. A culturally competent leader believes in teamwork and is open to implementing new ideas and beliefs. A culturally competent leader is not someone like Donald Trump. But I believe that it is our responsibility as a community to be open-minded and culturally competent.
From the day most people are born, we are taught to be kind individuals and to always treat others they way you want to be treated. I believe that Deerfield strives to implement this value in its students and to help its students become independent leaders who know how to take action in various settings. But it seems to me that now is the time more than ever for Deerfield to help its students become culturally competent individuals who are able to understand that people are influenced by their cultures. Deerfield needs to teach its students how to make a change, rather than simply stating the fact that it is doable. I believe this is the time that we, as a community, need to come together to provide support to each other and help each other create change, even if that means allowing others to shine more than our own selves. Deerfield has the resources to provide for its passionate students who want to create a difference. Yet, for students, sometimes it seems as if staying quiet might be “safer” than speaking out. Sometimes fear outweighs passion for change. Questions like, “What if this isn’t cool?” or “What if no one will support me?” always fill a Deerfield student’s head. I believe that we need to learn how to be more courageous, unlike our President, whose reaction of fear is to just ban others rather than actually dealing with the situation. I believe we need to learn how to rise above ignorance and not be afraid to seem “wrong” initially. I dare you, Deerfield, to step out of your comfort zone. I dare you, Deerfield, to get to know yourself and accept yourself. I dare you, Deerfield, to share the spotlight for the better. I dare you, Deerfield, to be the change that you always talk about wanting to see.
To Those Who Support Trump’s Muslim Ban SAHER AL-KHAMASH //Contributing Writer Islam probably looks violent, barbaric, and dangerous to you. So why would you want more Muslims in America? You find assurance and strength in Trump’s executive order. There are unknown dangers abroad. Our citizens must be kept safe. With a country still latched to the attacks of September 11th, with anti-terrorism as a main platform for most politicians, and a media that sensationalizes terrorist attacks, a fear of terrorism is not surprising. However, closing our nation’s borders to tens of millions of Arabs who have no correlation to known terrorism reflects an illogical and caustic state of fear, and thus an unhelpful response to the terrorist crises both foreign and domestic. The public would be better off taking a stand against vehicular accidents, gun violence, alcohol or tobacco, as these things take more American lives and present every day a greater threat to us than Islamic terror. In reality, we disproportionately focus on terrorism and support a ban that solves a problem that does not exist. Instead the ban inhibits refugees from finding safety and fulfilling basic needs, perpetuating their suffering, disregarding their struggle to escape violence, and consolidating their hopelessness. While the ban mitigates your irrational worries, it intensifies the nightmare in which refugees live. Middle Eastern refugees are fleeing the daily terrorist attacks in their homeland; some, risking their lives and their children’s at sea in doing so. They are willing to enter a foreign land with a foreign tongue and endure prejudice for the simple reason of survival. So, to those who support Trump’s Muslim Ban, I understand you are afraid, but please understand the fears and risks of refugees are much more real, rational, and palpable than yours.
2016: The Nationalist Referendum ROBERT MOLLO //Contributing Writer
and anyone who believes in the very concept of borders is an evil ultra-nationalist” left wing inanity. This cancer on American leftism is not a movement that spans the entire spectrum of the country. Rather, it is one centralized in highly urban areas, college campuses and international boarding schools where moneyed foreigners come to “learn” from ultra-liberal professors and get to know their American counterparts who will in a decade or so begin their entrance into the world of the controlling elite. But I digress. In no place is it more apparent why patriotic middle Americans despise the “liberal elite” than on our own campus. In our rush towards internationalism, the American left, and its footsoldiers — teachers and professors — forgot about the importance of the country in which they reside. If you are so interested, take a look one morning at the memorial in front of the Hess Center for the Deerfield boys who died in the Second World War. You will find a cracked, neglected stone base, and at the top, a weather-beaten,
tattered and torn, American flag (which, I demand, after the publication of this article, be retired with all of the rules and regulations ascribed in 4 U.S.C. § 8, and there be a new one subsequently raised.) The obsession with internationalism has begun an assault on American Nationalism. I always like to say that nationalism is good in small doses; a little bit of patriotism goes a long way...
Three weeks ago, I and another Deerfield student sat in front of the Capitol building, 100 feet from the podium, to witness the historic inauguration of Donald John Trump. My personal opinions about him aside (I am not a particular fan), I think it is important to examine one of what I believe to be the reasons for his undeniably stunning election to the Presidency. On that chilly morning of January 20, 2017, the air was abuzz with anticipation, as hundreds of thousands of people crowded the national mall to see their champion, nowPresident Trump, give his inaugural address. The American flag flew high and strong above the Capitol that day, as it did the day before, the day after, and will for every day to come, regardless of who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To some, the flag is (unfortunately) little
more than a national standard. But to millions of other Americans, the Stars and Stripes are sacred, reminding them that no matter who they are — the Kentucky coal miner who works long hours underground to power the gears of his nation, the Iowa corn farmer who toils to feed his country, the Michigan steelworker, arms scarred from a lifetime of smelting, who kisses his baby daughter on the head when he leaves for work at four-thirty in morning, and returns home when she is again fast asleep that night, so that we may build buildings he will never walk in — they live in a truly exceptional country. A country like no other in human history, that, even with its nasty blemishes, has, through its commitment to the ideals of liberty and freedom, established its place as the single greatest country on the face of the Earth. The American left has, over the last halfdecade or so, committed itself to pushing the once-good idea of internationalism so far that it has devolved into the now common “no human being is illegal, borders are immoral,
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From 1797 to 2017: How Deerfield Has Changed //SOPHIA CENTOLA and CLARISSA BRONFMAN Staff Writers Since its founding in 1797, Deerfield Academy has undergone a variety of changes. Some obvious shifts that have affected the Academy include the switch to co-education and the renovation of campus buildings, such as the Koch Center and the Hess Center. However, Deerfield has also experienced more subtle changes, such as a diversified student body, an increased use of technology, and a rise in specialization. Firstly, a larger pool of applicants over the years has resulted in a diversified student body. Philosophy and religion teacher Mr. Michael O’Donnell said, “The student body is more diverse in an authentic way.” For example, the student body has become more well-rounded over the years. “School spirit in the past was driven a lot by athletics, so it was cheering, competing, and winning [that mattered],” explained science teacher Mr. Andrew Harcourt. However, now, with a larger variety of students being accepted, Mr. Harcourt noted that the theatre and arts branches of the school have developed into much more prominent aspects of Deerfield life. However, some wonder if the growth and diversification of the community has also meant a loss of cohesion between students and faculty. In the old days, “most of the rules and decisions were set by the faculty,” English teacher Mr. Joel Thomas-Adams explained. “Part of that is because the students knew the faculty and the faculty knew the students.” In previous decades, as Mr. Thomas-Adams pointed out, administrators would be selected from faculty members who would later
resume their positions as teachers, so their primary roles were as educators closely in touch with the student body. However, Mr. Thomas-Adams believes that today, faculty members look more towards “the direction of parents and trustees” rather than towards students to guide their decisions. In turn, “the faculty as a body of power, as the core of this school, have been pretty marginalized.” Interactions between faculty members and students are not all that have changed. Students’ mindsets have also dramatically shifted, which is largely due to the increase in specialization in recent years. Mr. Harcourt e x p l a i n e d that this trend towards specialization in sports, arts, or academics “is definitely a change from the well-rounded, broad-based liberal arts standard that we used to have.” Previously, tri-varsity athletes were quite common, whereas nowadays they are much more rare. Now, students more frequently get sports exemptions during offseasons. History teacher Ms. Mary-Ellen Friends added, “In the past, I used to see more kids ‘kicking it around’ on the weekends, while now I see them with tutors, and not having as much fun. Now [they are] getting out for rink time, whereas before they’d be playing wall ball.” Many believe this intensity has increased due to college pressures.
“I think nowadays the stakes are so high and there’s a concern that your particular child may not be able to cut [it],” said Mr. O’Donnell. “Therefore, there’s less and less risk taking, and more ‘I’m going to have a private coach for my kid, a Skype tutor, and an outside consultant for college advising.’” Like students, teachers too have become more specific in their areas of focus. “We get a lot of faculty now who are specialists, so that sense of [a] ‘triple-hitter’ (a dorm resident, teacher, and coach) is not the definition of a prep school teacher anymore,” said Mr. Silipo. “I always felt that this, though, was a core reason why people wanted to be at these places. Whether as a teacher or as a student, you wanted the total package.” Many say that, as a result of specialization, the stress levels of students and their families regarding college have grown and continue to grow with every incoming class. “Sometimes the kids who come in are a little more intense [in their respective areas of focus],” said Mr. O’Donnell, “so that is definitely something that has Valerie Ma changed over time.” Another shift that has impacted the campus environment is the increased use of technology. “In teaching science having technology is fantastic,” remarked Mr. Harcourt. “In terms of bringing people together, however, it doesn’t work as well.” Mr. Harcourt articulated that one of the main problems Deerfield faces is the overuse of the cell phone, which he believes can
English Students Travel to New Orleans
//THOMAS SONG Staff Writer
taking place.” On the trip, both students and faculty found that the people of New Orleans were Over Long Winter Weekend, 13 Deerfield eager to share their experiences. seniors and two faculty advisors, English Mr. Schloat commented, “Students Department Chair Mr. Michael Schloat and learned how generous most people are Science teacher Ms. Heidi Valk, embarked on with their time and expertise if you just a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the reach out and ask.” He explained that this English course “Telling True Stories.” lesson is especially relevant to the current Tarah Almonacy ’17, a student in the generation. class, explained, “The premise of [this trip] Students also learned important was to choose a city in the United States lessons about independence. that we could study and visit and then Cassie Deshong ’17 mentioned, “[this come back and write a nonfiction piece on trip] gave me a taste of the real world… [it] our findings.” taught me that if I want something, I have Jacqueline Alvarado ’17 added, “The to be willing to step out of my comfort main purpose… was for us to experience zone and ask.” being freelance writers… we wanted to According to the students, some write in the style of magazine journalism.” highlights of the trip included sampling After researching potential cities in the local cuisine, exploring unique the US, the class narrowed down possible neighborhoods, and visiting an authentic choices to five cities: New Orleans, LA, Provided by Cassie Deshong New Orleans jazz club. Washington, DC, Austin, TX, Brownsville, A live performance by jazz musicians at The Little Gem Salon that Although this year was the first time students on the New Orleans trip attended. TX, and New York City, NY. that the “Telling True Stories” class Miles Menafee ’17 stated that the class partook in a student-run trip over Long Additionally, Mr. Schloat highlighted, ultimately “decided on New Orleans because Winter Weekend, Mr. Schloat confirmed “Once [the students] return, each individual it offered such a variety of topics to study,” that he was “thrilled and impressed by the writes their own piece. For example, in the such as food, music, architecture, and the students’ conduct and behavior,” and would low-income housing group, one student may aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. choose to write a profile on people trying love to go on a similar trip next year. The Mr. Schloat explained that the trip was students echoed this sentiment, expressing to obtain housing after Hurricane Katrina, primarily organized by the students. that they enjoyed this memorable and while another may study a specific lowHe said they were in charge of staying enriching experience. income housing project that is currently
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within a budget, finding affordable flights and hotels through a school-appointed travel agent, and organizing interviews, tours, restaurant reservations, and tickets to shows. The students were divided into six groups that concentrated on different topics related to New Orleans, including jazz music, lowincome housing, and architectural history.
Bachelor or Bachelorette? Bachelorette. The girls on the Bachelor annoy me.
If you could describe your life with a hashtag what would it be? #PattyTime
What was your nickname in college? Patty, Pattycakes, Patty Boy… Patty was born in college.
What’s the lowest grade you ever received and in what class? I think I got a B once...
Favorite type of cookie? White chocolate macadamia... Or oatmeal butterscotch. Shoot!
Describe yourself in three words. Fun, loving, Asian.
What’s your spirit animal? I’ve heard penguin because I waddle. I think I’ve gotten better at the waddling though.
Who’s your biggest idol? My mom. I love my mom.
What’s your biggest pet peeve? Oh, there’s so many… I hate when people are late, when people chew with their mouth open, when people are unfriendly, when people lie… I hate a lot of things.
What are three things you’d bring with you on a desert island? My body pillow… A book… and, that’s it. That’s all I need!
What’s your favorite and least favorite part about living on Barton 3? My favorite part *gag face* ... um, the boys are nice. My least favorite part is the boys are teenagers.
hinder students’ ability to grow and mature as independent individuals. In the past, there was only one phone on each dorm hall, “so there wasn’t that sense of talking to your mom once or twice a day, or texting in general,” described Ms. Friends. “This sometimes discourages students from the hard task of working with their teachers and encourages them to go to their parents first.” Although she believes the phone can keep students from becoming more self-reliant, Ms. Friends also sees how it has provided them with an easily accessible support system. “I think in some ways it has been very positive in the sense that if a student has hit some difficulty, it’s pretty easy to get a team of people together, including parents, to help,” she said. At the same time, she mentioned that this connectivity threatens the entire premise of a boarding school, where isolated students in a close community can consider the wider world from afar. “This generation has been raised inside the technology and is almost incapacitated from the ability to think critically about it,” stated Mr. Thomas-Adams. He mentioned that, while “places like [Deerfield] could provide that experience for them,” students may be too connected to the world to consider it critically. Nonetheless, Deerfield has kept some aspects almost exactly the same throughout the years, such as maintaining the focus on dorm life on campus and preserving traditions such as sit-down meals. However, as Mr. Silipo put it, “these places, as old fashioned as one might say they are, are still quite dynamic.” Over the years, Deerfield has readily adapted to change, embracing the reality of a modernizing world. For better or for worse, it will likely continue to do so in years to come.
Special Olympics at DA //KATIE MORSE Staff Writer Provided by Katie Morse
For many years now, Deerfield Academy has held a close relationship with the Special Olympics program in the local community. Special Olympics is an international organization that allows athletes with physical or mental disabilities to come together and compete in different sports competitions. There are around 4.5 million people with disabilities and over 170 countries involved in Special Olympics. About 30 Olympic-style individual and team sports are played, such as basketball and tennis, and there are both regional and world competitions. The Special Olympics floor hockey team from Franklin County comes to Deerfield for two hours every Sunday in the winter. The team was founded in the mid-1990s and started practicing at DA in 2003.
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Arts and Entertainment Peeking Behind the Curtain at Pinkalicious
//KEVIN CHEN Associate Editor
On February 24 and 25, the Deerfield Academy theater program will present the children’s musical Pinkalicious in three performances. The cast and crew has performed at Newton School on February 15, a YMCA on February 22 and will soon perform at Greenfield Elementary on March 1. This August, they will perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world. “It is a great honor that we have been chosen to represent this school and this country on an international stage,” said
Mrs. Catriona Hynds, the director of the musical. “...[Touring and outreach work] really makes them think about how the play educates beyond just the performance.” Mrs. Hynds gave significant consideration to selecting which musical to perform. “Since we are bringing the performance to the Edinburgh festival, I wanted a musical with a name recognition... [and] something with a real quality musical score… Even though it is a children’s musical, Pinkalicious is about stereotypes, family dynamics, and living your life in a balanced way,” she explained. “We have some really great talent here at Deerfield Academy, and Lucy Binswanger rocks,” Mrs. Hynds remarked. “They’ve worked really hard, and I am proud of the professionalism that everyone brings into the rehearsal room.” In addition to the cast, numerous other Deerfield students worked hard behindthe-scenes to help put the musical together. Assistant director Kaycie Sweeney ’17 worked with Mrs. Hynds, theater coach Ms. Robinson, and Mr. Hynds
to deconstruct text, create the blocking (organizing the actors’ positions and movements on stage), and help the actors to better connect with the characters. “Every day, rehearsals are an instant pick-me-up to my day, and I love working with my peers on a project that we are all very passionate about,” Sweeney said. As the stage manager, Suzy Mazur ’18 was responsible for keeping track of all the actors, props, sound cues, light cues, blocking, and scheduling. “I have really enjoyed all of the organizational, management, and logistical details that go into producing a show,” Mazur explained. “Seeing the show come together is very rewarding.” As the dance captain, Amelia Evans ’18 choreographed the large dance numbers. “I enjoy the fact that... I am a member of the creation team this time,” she said. “Instead of choreographing for the dance showcase, where I try to incorporate advanced choreography, the movement I chose for this production was purely for the enjoyment of the children.”
Maddy Beaubien ’19 designed the set for the play. Since the set had to be moveable to the Edinburgh festival, she designed three backdrops made of fabric. “I really enjoy the freedom I had in my job,” she remarked. “I went home and just drew up what I thought would be best. I had so much control over it, and it was very relaxed.” Mia Silberstein ’20 was a member of the tech crew and did the lighting for the play. As such, she was in charge of setting up the equipment, installing and learning how to operate and program the new board, and running the lights when the production goes to Edinburgh. “I definitely enjoy the sense of community that comes with being a part of the tech crew. In many ways, much like any sports team, we are a family,” Silberstein said. There are many ways for Deerfield students to get involved in the theater program. Mrs. Hynds explained, “Theater is a co-curricular that welcomes all levels of experience, and I would encourage anyone who is looking for an opportunity to audition.”
beyond the artwork and appreciate the building that housed it: “Being an art student, I was initially drawn more to the artwork in each gallery, but hearing Mr. Knight describe the decisions [Kahn] made while designing each building made me appreciate the role that architecture plays in museums.” However, not all students in attendance were studying art or architecture. Ally Bazarian ’18 explained why she attended the trip despite not taking an art or architecture course at Deerfield: “I’m really passionate about architecture, and I thought it would be a great experience to hear from an expert in his field.” She also appreciated the contrast in the two buildings built by the same architect, saying: “I loved watching the switch between the first gallery and the second one…the change in architecture showed the evolution of the person as he got older and his thoughts changed.” The range of the artwork that the two galleries exhibited left an impression on the students. Faura expressed her appreciation for the artwork in both galleries: “I didn’t realize how much of an extensive collection the two galleries had.” Faura also spoke about the connections with the curriculum in her current art class: “We saw a Jackson Pollock piece, ... we had done still-life’s with his art style in Topics. We also were able to see “Constables” in the British Art Gallery, which were the inspiration for another project we did.” Beyond just the art and architecture in the galleries, students were able to see and appreciate the architectural significance of
the buildings of Yale University’s campus. Faura said, “I loved walking around Yale’s campus. I never had gone around a school or really anywhere to look at the buildings themselves. It opened my eyes to a different type of perspective to look at a building and appreciate its beauty and structure and function and how that all comes together.”
//FATIMA RASHID Staff Writer
has also been a member of the Advanced Dance Ensemble since her sophomore year. In her last year in the Deerfield dance program, she is one of two seniors in Advanced Dance Tutorial whom Ms. Jennifer Whitcomb, Deerfield Director of Dance, describes as her co-directors. “They’re producers [of the student choreography showcase] as a well as choreographers and dancers. It’s a lot of work,” explained Ms. Whitcomb. Having never choreographed before coming to Deerfield, Thies put together a beginner hip hop piece for the first time last year with 35 dancers. She remarked, “That was a really fun experience, and it was a big deal for me to be able to see all those people onstage with my choreography. It was a really proud moment.” The impact Thies has made on the Deerfield dance program has always been evident. “[Thies] leads by example,” said Ms. Whitcomb. “She demonstrates that quality of selflessness that is so important for a strong leader. Oftentimes… she tends to hang back and let other people take the limelight.” The collaborative nature of dance is one of the reasons why it is so close to Thies’ heart. “I love the connections you make in dance,” shared Thies. “Everyone I’ve met whom I dance with — they feel like family for me. When we all come together, each piece is emotional. There’s a story to tell, and you’re putting your full effort into it, so everyone becomes much closer.”
Mae Emerson ’19, a fellow dancer in the Advanced Dance Ensemble, commented, “Working with Maddie is so much fun. She will make you feel welcomed right when you walk into the room. Her ability to snap into focus but still joke around and have fun is something everyone should have.” Thies’ breadth of mastery across all different styles of dance and her exceptional work ethic that allowed her to develop these skills have been praised by Ms. Whitcomb, who described Thies as a dancer whose ability to improve knows no limits. “Her style of dance is very unique. [Maddie] is one of the few primarily hip-hop dancers in the ensemble, which brings a new edge and clarity to the movements. She is always accentuating the beats and energy of the music,” said Mila Castleman ’18, a fellow member of the Advanced Dance Ensemble. Thies is certain that dance will continue to be a part of her life in the future, whether it is dancing in a club at college or just for fun. “I don’t want to do it very intensely, but I’ll always love that feeling of accomplishment of when you put your piece onstage.” Above all, dance is a creative outlet that allows Thies to gain confidence, who is happiest when she gets positive feedback from the Deerfield community for her performances. She expressed, “When I step onstage, I feel like I’ve become a more confident version of myself, and I can let it all go. It’s the best feeling when you know you’ve given it your all and danced your heart out.”
Students Explore Architecture at Yale
//HOLLIS MCLEOD Associate Editor
On Sunday, January 29th, a group of Deerfield students travelled to Yale University for the day to learn about architecture and art from Deerfield alumnus George Knight ’85. Mr. Knight graduated with a Master’s in Architecture from Yale University and has taught architecture at the university since 2004. For the Deerfield students, this was an opportunity to learn and engage in the subjects of architecture and art beyond the classroom. Mr. Knight generously offered to lead the trip for Deerfield students. Ms. Mercedes Taylor, Deerfield Spanish and art teacher and one of the trip’s faculty leaders along with Ms. Hemphill, said, “[Mr. Knight] offered his expertise and the opportunity for us as a school to visit, as he would be willing to take us around on a tour.” The students travelled to two museums over the course of the day: the Center for British Art and the Yale Art Gallery. The trip was focused around these two buildings, both designed by the renowned architect, Louis Kahn. Daniella Faura ’17 appreciated the opportunity to learn about Kahn’s work: “It was interesting to see Louis Kahn’s architecture, as I had never really known him as an architect. Through Mr. Knight’s teaching, I was able to learn a lot about his specific style.” Alina Xu ’17, a student in Post-AP Topics Art, spoke about the opportunity to look
Hannah Kang Deerfield students exiting the Yale Art Gallery, concluding the the tour of the two museums at Yale.
Artist of the Issue: Maddie Thies ’17
//NADIA JO Associate Editor
Maddie Thies ’17 developed a lifelong passion for dance after taking jazz lessons with friends in kindergarten. “I just really loved to perform… –I loved having the attention on me. I always wanted to be front and center, so that’s what kept me going and wanting to be better,” recalled Thies. A four-year senior, Thies has danced in every dance showcase and participated in the dance co-curricular for most terms. She
Sophia Do Maddie Thies ’17 and Sami Habel ’16 performing in the 2016 Winter Showcase at the Hess Center.
The studio in the basement of the Hess is a lesser-known location on campus that only around fifty students utilize. Pierson L’Esperance ’17 and Jackson Cohlan ’18 are two students who often use it to produce original pieces. L’Esperance has been taking studio lessons since his 9th-grade year at Deerfield and has spent the past two winters partaking in music exemptions and Cohlan began taking after school lessons in the studio with Mr. John Van Eps this winter. “We start by analyzing mixes and tracks they like, then I show them how it was done. [Then] we recreate a facsimile of the track, [and] after that we take what they learned and create a totally original piece,” explained Mr. Van Eps. L’Esperance and Cohlan spend multiple hours a week working on their music. Cohlan describes the work as “dangerous” because “you can’t stay in [the studio] for less than two hours.” The studio contains all equipment that can be found in a professional recording studio, allowing students to experiment with the genre of their choice. L’Esperance and Cohlan’s first works included manipulating samples of existing songs, which is a great starting point for amateur music producers as little background knowledge is required. L’Esperance added, “The fun part about doing this is that we can take a 10 second clip of a song we like and turn it into something with a totally different vibe.” Despite the long hours spent in the studio, the students are not yet ready to share their work with a wider audience. Their greatest challenge, as with all studio artists, is the process of mastering. L’Esperance explained, “[Mastering] is essentially just making sure that the sound is consistent through any output. It’s a long process… You could perfect a track in the studio, but if it’s not mastered, it’ll sound incredibly different on another set of speakers.” L’Esperance went on to explain that the learning curve for sound engineering and mastering is very steep. It takes years to perfect the art of mastering a track; for the students, time is the enemy. Nevertheless, it doesn’t stop them from making music. Mr. Van Eps stated, “The studio is not a space for playing YouTube loudly and socializing with friends; rather, it is a place for dedicated students to work on creating original music.” However, the studio is open to anyone who receives introductory training and has approval from Mr. Van Eps.
Roopa Venkatraman Pierson L’Esperance ’17 and Jackson Cohlan ’18 deliberating over their most recent work in the studio.
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Athlete of the Issue: Felicia Renelus ’17 //COLMAN SHEA Staff Writer
The winter season at Deerfield is a long one, but many teams have one particular game that carries a significant amount of excitement. Whether that game is for a trophy or a New England title, this one game often represents more than just a game. For the girls varsity hockey team, that game was played against Pomfret School for the coveted Hastings Cup. This year, on January 25th, Deerfield won 7-1 to take home the Cup for the second year in a row. Playing for the Hastings Cup has been a tradition between Pomfret and Deerfield for seven years. Named after Brad Hastings, this cup has served to honor Hastings for his contributions to both Pomfret and Deerfield girls hockey teams. In his role of Dean of Students at Deerfield in 1979, Hastings elected to coach the girls hockey team during the Academy’s second year of coeducation. Mr. Hastings served in this role until leaving Deerfield to become Head of School at Pomfret in 1991. He was also the first girls hockey coach at Pomfret. The Hastings Cup fosters a healthy rivalry between the two schools and has helped drive a high intensity game for the Bu
In order to be admitted Deerfield, how well an applicant takes a test or if he or she can pass an 8th grade physics class is not enough anymore. A student must have talents outside the classroom in order to distinguish him or herself from other applicants, and it seems that many of the admitted students here at Deerfield have been selected for their complementary athletic talent. Year after year, thousands of students apply to Deerfield in hopes that they’ll find a new home in the Pocumtuck Valley in the fall. Although this is only the case for a select few who are supposedly the most qualified, the question for those who do not obtain a spot is, “What was I missing?” Head of Admissions Mr. Charles Davis said that rather than athletic talent, Admissions considers p e r s o n a l integrity and character to be “the starting point from which all other conversations can go forward.” Admissions is collaborating with the new athletic director, Mr. Bob Howe. Mr. Howe said that he is “helping coaches be more strategic as to how they recruit students and think about their teams; meaning it’s not just about feeding them, so to speak, to help them in the short term.” Mr. Howe has given athletic coaches and director of the arts the “opportunity to put a finer point in on programs that have greater needs.” Admissions is also continuing to working closely with program leaders of other cocurriculars. An applicant is more likely to be admitted when multiple adults from different programs are advocating for the same candidate. Mr. Davis clarified that the specific programs are “of less importance to [me] than the fact that [the applicants] can work in those multiple areas.”
The question remains as to what is actually prioritized and what Admissions likes to see in a candidate. Mr. Davis pointed out that there is no ideal candidate that Admissions favors, but that the school rather prefers students that have a “breadth of interest.” He elaborated on this idea, saying “[The Admissions office] likes applicants who actually have multiple areas where they can contribute, acknowledging their contributions inside the classroom but also outside the classroom.” Mr. Davis explained that the Admissions Office has used various analogies to think of enrollment over the years. At one point, there were “buckets” labeled with categories such as diversity, athletics, or art, into which candidates were placed. But this method confined students, as an athlete can be a musician as well as a student who brings diversity. When speaking of his personal analogy about admissions, Mr. Davis commented, “I would like to think of the ideal candidate like a target with a bull’s eye. The center is their personal character. As you branch out, you start to attend to their intellectual capacity, their h Kang r e d e e m i n g Hanna talents, any other interesting life experiences that they bring to that office. Athletics live in one of those middle rings. It’s not in the center, but it’s also not in the perimeter.” Admissions is not just looking for athletes; it is looking for students who are able to show talent in multiple areas. With the help of Mr. Howe and different program leaders, Admissions will be able to accept a healthy ratio of athletes to artists in the upcoming future. Therefore, there will remain a stable balance of the strength in every program. It’s not about making buckets anymore; it’s about hitting the right target.
//JILLIAN CARROLL Associate Editor
Athletics in Admissions
Girls Hockey Takes Home the Hastings Cup
win... has led us to a [competitive] season.” While Renelus does her job to rally her team, her current coach, Ms. Caroline Felicia Renelus ’17, four year senior and Stedman, described her as a “coach’s player.” small forward from from Valley Stream, New Coach Stedman expressed high praise for York, has played basketball all four winters Renelus’s sacrifices for the other 13 players of her Deerfield career. She was named coand the consistent effort which she has given captain of the varsity from the winter of Provided by Felicia Renelus team last year, and 2015 to this February. came into her senior While Renelus season with two years did not make the of experience on varsity team her the varsity team. As freshman year, she of February 17, the worked hard and team’s record is 8-10. eventually stepped Tess Mannix ’20 up to responsibility had high praise for as a starter. “I made her captain, noting [the varsity team] my her charisma and sophomore year but leadership: “She’s never really played always motivating; she often,” Renelus always congratulates remembered. “It was a you, high-fives you. quick turnaround my If you’re having a junior year when I was bad game, [Renelus] Felicia Renelus ’17 brings the ball down the court during starting and playing picks your head up.” the 2015-16 season. the whole game because On her growth we lost a lot of players. throughout her basketball career, Renelus That made me a stronger player to just realize mentioned the importance of having a that I had to really shape up [for the team].” good work ethic and staying positive. Many of the players have followed “Keep working hard, keep doing what you Renelus’s example, and Coach Stedman do best, know what you’re good at and says her girls make up one of the hardest keep working on it,” Renelus reflected. working and competitive teams that she has “Even if you think that right now you’re been a part of since she’s been at Deerfield. not getting a lot of playing time or you’re Renelus’s final advice to younger players: not seeing any improvement, it will come.” “Never feel discouraged [from lack of playing Mannix also commented on Renelus’s time] because your time will come... also competitive drive: “Off the court, she puts in keep working hard. For me, I didn’t play for the extra work, cares about her teammates, half of my Deerfield career and then, things serves as a great leader, and her desire to changed and [they] are going pretty well.”
//FATIMA RASHID Staff Writer
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past seven seasons. Deerfield has won the cup for the past two years, while Pomfret won the two before that. The two schools are relatively even in their Hastings Cup winning records, and this even pairing lends itself to more competitive play throughout the game. “The Hastings Cup has become one of those games that we get excited about because we know that there is something more to play for than just the game itself,” commented Deerfield girls varsity hockey Coach Genevieve Pitt. Similarly to the annual Choate game, the Hastings Cup has become a big tradition to look forward to for the girls. During the game, the girls kept their composure and played until the last buzzer. That high intensity level of play was “motivated by wanting to win the Cup and maybe even more so not wanting Pomfret to win the Cup on their home ice,” said Coach Pitt. Winning this game, along with many others this season has shown that the girls “want to win no matter what,” Coach Pitt stated. “This group is a really dedicated, really committed group.” Both the girls and Coach Pitt are looking forward to a strong end to the season.
Welcome, Coach O!
//PHILIP WEYMOUTH Staff Writer
Rowing Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors in 2002 Additionally, she was an assistant coach This fall, Ms. Melanie Onufrieff joined the for the United States National Rowing Deerfield community as the new girls varsity Team during the summers of 2001, 2006, rowing coach and a college advisor. “Coach 2007, and 2008. She helped the the top four O,” as she is often called around campus, rowers win silver at the 2008 Senior World came to Deerfield after coaching rowing at all Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria and levels from high schoolers to Olympic athletes the women’s U23 win gold at the 2007 World on the United States National rowing team. Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland. Ms. Onuffrief’s personal love for rowing Throughout her 21 years of college began her freshman year at the University coaching, she also happened to work with of Pennsylvania when her roommate rowers from Deerfield. Ms. Onufrieff introduced her to the sport. After a swift was always impressed by the particularly introduction and instant “down-to-earth” nature attraction to the sport, Deerfield students Maddie Blake that Ms. Onufrieff made the possessed. She wished “[she] University of Pennsylvania’s could have more of them!” girls varsity rowing team With this experience as a freshman. During her in mind, she began four years on the team, she contemplating the idea of was selected twice for both working here at Deerfield. the Hope Barnes Memorial Upon arriving on campus, Award for Excellence in she instantly fell in love Rowing and the Academic with the community and the All-Ivy League Team. She “passionate” people within it. also served as captain in her She described the junior and senior year. Ms. transition from college to Onufrieff graduated in 1994 prep school as “awesome” with a Bachelor’s in biology. and in fact quite smooth During her coaching because she had also Coach Melanie Onufrieff poses in front of career, she served as an the Dining Hall. coached college freshmen. assistant coach at Princeton Ms. Onufrieff commented, “ University from 1997-98, Rutgers University There is a similarity between what you see in 1999, Clemson University from 2012with a college freshman and what the high 14, and the Baylor School afterwards. school student athlete” looks like. Coach Additionally, she took up head coaching Onufrieff recognized that “there is a good positions at Cornell University for six tradition of success” in Deerfield’s athletics years and Columbia University for seven. program. As she aspires to maintain In the novice Eastern Sprints Competition, Deerfield’s historic competitive drive, she also she directed Princeton to silver and gold wishes to cultivate a “team first” mentality medals 1997 and 1998 respectively and amongst all members of the rowing program. coached the Rutgers boat that placed second Additionally, she is interested in seeing the year after. In 2002, she led the Cornell the novice crew program grow and considers varsity team to the NCAA championships it essential to the overall development of and placed 14th overall nationally. She also rowers. “We don’t row very much here brought the Columbia Lions to their highest compared with what I know,” she observed. ever national ranking at 19th in 2010 and “Fall rowing gives those kinds of students helped coach the Clemson’s varsity 4+ boat a chance to really sink their teeth into it.” that won the ACC championships in 2012. Ms. Onufrieff has been very happy with her Coach Onuffrief was honored with the transition into the Deerfield community and Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing is excited to work with her rowers this spring. Colleges Novice Coach of the Year award Coach Onufrieff hopes to “be involved in not twice (once with Rutgers and again with just the athlete’s life on the athletic side, but Princeton in 1998) and won the Collegiate helping them to develop as a whole person.”