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Hopkins School 986 Forest Road New Haven, CT

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Vol LXVIII, no. 2

Two Holocaust Survivors Speak at In Memory of Jordan Hopkins Assembly Sebastian Theodore Tellides ’19 News Editor

The Hopkins community collectively held its breath as Holocaust survivors Serge Vinograd, father of Ariane and Samantha ’01, Cassandra ’02 and Benjamin ’04, and Betty Deutsch told their stories as part of the Holocaust Survivor Program sponsored by the Diversity Board. On October 18, Vinograd came to The Hill to provide students with a historical overview of the Holocaust. Vinograd started his story by describing his childhood, “I was just a young boy in France, I never thought the events in far away Germany could affect me.” When Germany invaded France in 1940, Vinograd said he realized that the world is connected and events in far way places can have monumental effects. Vinograd emphasized the lesson he learned as a child: “Don’t think that if something bad happens to another person, it can’t happen to you.” Vinograd made clear to the students that the Germans were not terrible people. Instead, Vinograd attempted to explain how Hitler was able to convince a good people to commit such terrible acts. “People, especially those who are suffering economically, often blame others rather than themselves.” Vinograd stressed that Hitler’s youth programs brainwashed Young people to support Nazism. Serge Vinograd Alex Schott

’20 noted Vinograd’s comments that the way to avoid Highpoint Pictures this brainwashing is to teach children about equality. Schott commented, “My favorite message was when he said education is the key to preventing prejudice.” Ben Washburne ’19 thought the speech was “an interesting history lesson.” Washburne continued, “I really enjoyed his story about the French R e s i s t a n c e .” Some students Highpoint Pictures were intrigued by Vinograd’s personal story and wish he had elaborated. “It was an important story but I wish he had told it more powerfully. It would have been nice if he focused on his personal story rather than the history,” comBetty Deutsch mented AJ Marks ’18. Throughout his stories Vinograd imparted powerful messages to Hopkins students. Vinograd’s explanation of how harmful ideologies Jordan Sebastian ’11 was a cherished member of the Hopcan become popular stuck with Zubin Kenkare ’19, kins community. After completing his degree at the Univerwho commented, “I found it enlightening. My favorite message was his fact about cancer: Cancer sity of Rhode Island, Jordan returned to The Hill to coach cells constantly travel throughout our body, but can- several sports and advise in the Junior School. As Dr. Bycer only forms when it finds the right body part.” num wrote of Jordan’s importance to Hopkins, “He loved (Continued on page 2)

this school and we loved him back - and we always will.” More photos from students can be found at

Dr. Bynum Beyond Hop

Student Council Transforms Lovell into Haunted House Council in collaboration with the Hopkins Drama Association through Colin Flaumenhaft ’18, Leigh Melillo ’19, and In addition to Pumpkin drama instructor Mike Calderone. Nate Bowl, the Canned Food Drive, and Stratton ’19 remembered that while actYule Ball, Student Council has many ing in the Haunted House during the plans for the upcoming winter season. 2015-2016 school year, “I was pretending On Friday, October 27, from to be decapitated on stage and 5:30 - 7:30 before the Halloween made a little boy cry.” A second dance put on by S.U.R.E. (Stulayer of fright was added to the dents United For Racial Equality), event this year with the much Hopkins had its own version of a anticipated theme of horror Haunted House here on The Hill. movies. “Utilizing people who Transforming Lovell into enjoy acting, along with this an adventure of ghosts and mysteryear’s theme, gave the Haunties is a tradition at Hopkins that ed House an edge” said Gray. began over a decade ago. In the Other than the Class President’s Handbook from Haunted House, Student 1999, Aaron Zelinsky ’02 explained Council is always looking for “Three years ago [1996] the Upways to raise more money per School made a haunted house for the Canned Food Drive. in the Old Gym [now the Kneisel “This year we hope to ensure Squash Center] and charged one that all the grades are doing dollar admittance.” However, the the most that they can to help only Haunted House current Sturaise money for the Canned dent Council President Donasia Food Drive,” says Gupta. AlGray ’18 ever experienced at Hopthough the idea is not finalkins “took place two years ago, under ized, Gray is working on invitthe administration of Will Simon ’16 ing Hamden Hall to Yule Ball and the vision of Sam Jenkins ‘19.” this year, in the true spirit of Despite being extremely the holidays: “Having Hamwell received by students, Student den Hall come to Yule would Council was unable to put on the hopefully double dance proHaunted House during the 2016- Sam Jenkins ’19 and Leah Miller ’20 quarantine Lovell ceeds for the food bank, which 2017 school year. “We wanted to do is normally around $5,000.” it last year, but the idea sort of fell under fundraising, which appeals to those who Student Council and the stuthe rug because Homecoming was so are unable to fundraise, as well as those dent body were ecstatic to see everyclose to Halloween,” said Deepak Gup- excited at the prospect of a good scare in one’s work from the past month come to ta ’18, current Senior Class President. the spirit of Halloween!” explained Gray. fruition and foreshadow the excitement This year, due to popular deThe Haunted House was or- of the fundraising season, which offimand, Student Council decided to bring ganized by many members of Student cially begins on Saturday November 4.

Sarah Roberts ’20 Assistant News Editor

Inside This Issue: News.........1-2 Features......2-3 Op/ED......4 Voices......5 Arts..........6 Sports........7-8

back the Haunted House to Hopkins. Gray and Jenkins thought the Haunted House would be a fun way to kick off the Canned Food Drive and get Hopkins into the spirit of fundraising. “The Haunted House allows us to raise money for the CT Food Bank in a way besides

Features, page 3 The Razor: A Humble Beginning

Voices, page 5 Personal Essay by George Kosinski ’19

Helena Lyng-Olsen ’18 and Lilly Tipton ’18 interviewed Dr. Bynum on the interests and hobbies he enjoys beyond life in Baldwin Hall. His responses are below: What do you do in your free time? Well, I don’t have much free time these days but if I have a little time I enjoy reading, writing, watching news and sports, thinking in silence, and exercising. If I have some time on vacation I enjoy fly-fishing, traveling, and the outdoors in general. What teams do you support and in what sports? All of Hopkins’ Sports Teams… Football: The University of Washington Huskies!!!, Patriots and Broncos. Baseball: Red Sox and Mariners. Basketball: Celtics What is your favorite place in the world? The “H” on our campus looking at downtown New Haven. A list of runner-ups would be Ketchum, Idaho, and Cape Cod. What do you like most about living in New Haven? What was the biggest adjustment moving to New Haven? I’ve enjoyed the intellectual vigor, grit, diversity, and industrious spirit of New Haven. All those factors might come second to the fantastic food scene in the city. The adjustment was easy. I really enjoy living here. You mentioned you had traveled to all 50 states. What have you gained from your travels? I’ve gained a perspective of people from different cultures, regions, political opinions, backgrounds and all walks of life; and, through that, I’ve gained the belief that there are a lot of good people in this world and there are a lot of ways to seek happiness and meaning. Lastly, I’ve gained the realization that this is a pretty amazing country that is strengthened by a rich and deep sense of diversity of all forms. If you could return to one state which would it be and why? Alaska. In particular, Seward, Alaska, where I finally understood the intersection of finding a sense of purpose, connecting with a range of people, being absorbed by nature, and realizing an authentic sense of myself. (Continued on page 2)

Arts, page 6 Hopkins Arts Crossword Puzzle

Sports, page 8 Pete and Kenny Select Faculty/ Staff Kickball Teams

The Razor: News/Features

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Cafeteria Conquers the Cafe

Saira Munshani ‘20 Izzy Lopez-Kalapir ‘20 Assistant News Editors

With the new additions of students and faculty came the reimagined and soon-to-be-named cafe. Already welcoming and a great hang-out spot, the cafe has brought the leisurely environment to a new level. State-of-the-art pastry shelves, coffee makers, and cereal machines are only a few of the biggest changes from previous years. The expanded cafe menu includes breakfast sandwiches, bagels, a variety of cold cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, and muffins. Beverages include coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more bottled beverages, favorites among students being Hubert’s blackberry and strawberry lemonade and varying Arizona iced tea flavors. Additionally, daily menu specials should not be overlooked, such as signature cinnamon rolls, house baked scones, Oreo brownies, and jumbo chocolate chip cookies. Connor Hartigan ‘19 especially enjoys the ambience and the new snacks, and

This was Vinograd’s analogy to the growth of prejudice. Maliya Ellis ’19 explained why she thought Vinograd’s visit was valuable: “These kind of conversations are really special and important because the number of people who had first hand experience with the Holocaust are dwindling.” Vinograd, himself, told Hopkins students that once he and the other survivors are gone, it is up to us to remember his story and continue the fight against oppressors. On October 20, Betty Deutsch spoke in Assembly about her struggle to survive at Auschwitz and four other concentration camps. As a young girl, Deutsch lived on a peace-

Interview: Dr. Bynum Beyond Hop

(Continued from page 1) How long have you had your dog and what is your favorite thing about having a dog? My dog Huxley is two years old. Dogs, and my dog in particular, give unconditional love. They don’t really care about the highs and lows of your day. They just want to be with you. Why did you pick this breed? Have you had other dogs and, if so, what kind? This is the second Bernese Mountain Dog we’ve had. They have a calm disposition, they’re big, sweet, handsome, and loyal dogs.

said, “I’ve been spending a lot of time in the cafe this year, mostly to do homework and read the news. I’ve been availing myself of the coffee and hot chocolate machines almost every day, and I love the addition of salted pretzels. I like how it’s a focal gathering point for the community, where students and teachers can chat in a formality-free environment.” Other community members are fans of the new space, and even have a few

future hopes, such as science teacher Emilie Harris, who said, “I would like to see some more tea options if possible, and a long term dream would be smoothies!” The cafe also runs more consistent hours and is open before and after school on various days, allowing for a quick morning coffee or a snack to fuel the rest of the day. Katherine Takoudes ‘20 said, “The new cafe is great, and because of the changes, it has gotten more busy! My

favorite time to go to the cafe is right before advisory.” Information on the cafe naming contest is yet to be released, but students, faculty, and staff can anticipate this announcement in late fall. David Baxter, Chief Financial & Operating Officer, said, “Cafe signage, logos, and more should be ready to go in Term II.” In the meantime, visit the cafe, grab a bite to eat or a sip to drink, and enjoy it in all of its refurbished, restocked glory!

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ful farm in Hungary. Life changed, though, when she and her family were forced to board trains and relocate to a Jewish ghetto. Their existence deteriorated as food became scarce and she was eventually separated from her family. Deutsch and her sister fought to survive and eventually made it out when Allied forces liberated Nazi Germany. Deutsch’s story is full of pain and sorrow, yet she was willing to share with the Hopkins community. Lily Delise ’20 commented, “She was so functional and inspiring and it amazes me how she can so clearly share her story.” Sydney Hirsch ’19 explained why she thought Deutsch’s story is crucial to hear, “Zakar. Always Remember. It’s an important message we learned at Hebrew School.” Deutsch, herself,

stated that initially she did not want to share her story with her children. She felt it would be too much of a burden for them. After visiting Israel with other Holocaust survivors, Deutsch realized that it is important to share her story and show others the violence that hatred can produce. Deutsch’s story impacted many Hopkins students. Ethan Silver ’20 said, “It is fascinating how she found the will to survive after her family died, and she continued to suffer in the concentration camps.” Adwith Mukherjee ’19 commented, “All the details about her time at the concentration camp were so terrible. Her description of the smell by the crematorium stuck with me.” Sammy Rivera ’21 thought Deutsch’s ability to

create a new life was impressive. “I felt connected to it and I found it interesting how she was able to continue with life after her terrible experiences.” Deutsch’s story brought to life an event that most students have only read about or seen pictures of. Delise said, “One of the things that struck me the most is that I had been to both Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Museum in DC and had probably seen her photos on the walls, but then to see her in person and hear her own personal story is so much more powerful.” Vinograd and Deutsch’s stories gave Hopkins an opportunity to learn about one of the most devastating losses of life in human history. Their stories show that hatred and prejudice can result in violent ends.

What three things (events, people, places etc.) in your life have influenced you the most? This is a really tough question, but I’ll give you four: My close family and friends. (Too many to mention here.) My extensive domestic and international travel. (When I was younger, it was the first vehicle that opened my eyes to the reality of the world outside of the Plato’s Cave in which I was living.) My love for literature, philosophy, and ideas. (Whitman, Kerouac, Melville, Rilke, Wallace Stevens, Plath, Beckett, Franz Wright, and Nietzsche) My insatiable desire to live life to its fullest. I was trying to think about a moment in my life that captured the responses, and I reflected on my Junior year of high school. That year I played four varsity sports, took two AP classes, took two classes at a local community college because I was trying to accumulate enough credits to graduate high school early, I traveled to Europe for the second time, I traveled to Alaska for the first time, and I was introduced to Walt Whitman for the first time. It was a year where I started to define for myself how I wanted to live my life, challenge my abilities, participate in activities I was passionate about, and learn what kind of intellectual inquiry added value to my life in this world. What type of music do you listen to? I like pretty much all types of music. It really depends on my mood. I like Bob Marley, George Strait, Tupac, Sinatra, Eva Cassidy, Al Green, Benyaro, Dave Brubeck, Mendelssohn, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. They are regulars on my iTunes. Best movie of all time? This one is easy… “Wonder Boys.”

Highpoint Pictures

Dr. Kai Bynum enjoys life outside of his suits.

Partisan Politics Permeate The Hill into the background. Additionally, because of how polarizing the election was, and who the President is, the environment really isn’t conducive to open debate about politics and policy.” The 2016 Presidential Election certainly shocked the Sonni Fitzsimonds ’18 has some personal experience world-- with a woman supported by a major party and a canwith this lack of tolerance and conversation. She said, “When didate with very little political experience, either outcome I voice more conservative opinions at school, oftentimes other would have been revolutionary. The divisive camstudents get emotional and, in some cases, use my political paign season and nail-bitingly close election has left beliefs to attack my character. At Hopkins, I have heard many citizens confused, angry, and afraid, and these students confidently brand Trump supporters as homophoemotions have permeated the country- even The Hill. bic, xenophobic, misogynistic, racist neo-Nazis. And it is Many students and faculty have welcomed likely that few (if any) will oppose them – not only because the election as an opportunity to begin conversations conservatives are a minority within the school, but because across party lines. History teacher Scott Wich, who has those students are afraid to be unjustly labeled themselves.” taught 21st Century Democracy and advises the ReFitzsimonds also commented, “The ideal is not to publican Club, commented, “Politics have become an have a campus that is uniform in its beliefs. Instead, the openly expressed issue for so many up here [on The objective is to foster a cacophonous exchange of ideas. Hill], and that allows for really good conversations to This closed-mindedness and intolerance for differing ideas take place- with my colleagues and with students.” Kaundermines opportunities for intellectual discourse (in a trina Tiktinsky ’18, similarly said, “These heightened sphere which should encourage just that). Hopkins, as an energies and clashes of wills have drawn the attention institution, has a ways to go, but the onus is on the students of many Americans toward politics. Though the facto develop an open-mindedness to respectfully engage tors behind the change are unfortunate, I feel that memin political discussion.” Karyn Bartosic ’18 agreed with bers of my community are discussing politics more Fitzsimond’s assessment. She said, “On The Hill the genthan they ever have before, at least in my lifetime.” eral outcast of Republicans, that has always kind of been But some believe that the election silenced present, has only become more extreme, which is the opThe Republican Elephant and the Democratic Donkey are often pitted agaist each those with dissenting opinions and political discourse, in posite of what we need to do in order to make progress.” other, just as different opinions butt heads on The Hill general. Discussing the negative effects, Wich said, “It’s also History teacher David DeNaples focused on been silencing to a group of people here who are knowledgeable Explaining why such a lack of discussion might be the President, himself, when explaining how the elecand interested but feel like ‘Wow, I thought I didn’t have a voice, occurring, El-Fishawy said, “I think after the election a lot of tion change the way Hilltoppers discuss politics. I thought I couldn’t really share my agreement with standard Re- people were confused and disappointed, and after the initial (Continued on page 3) publican opinions. I thought my opinions weren’t welcome be- anger and emotion wore off, Trump and politics kind of faded Zander Blitzer ’18 Features Editor

fore, but now there’s outright hostility, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.’” Grace El-Fishawy ’18 expressed a similar view, saying, “I feel like there’s actually fairly little conversation among students at Hopkins. Aside from the occasional comment about whatever the latest crazy things Trump had done, I don’t feel like there’s an active political conversation going on at all.”

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The Razor: A Humble Beginning Liv Capasso ’19 Assistant Features Editor The Razor has been a consistent and dependable feature of Hopkins School for longer than any of us can remember...but when did it all begin, and how? Thom Peters, School Archivist, says that the initial idea for a school newspaper “arose once The Critic, a publication written by a ‘secret’ fraternity at Hopkins, was first printed in 1873. Decades later, once The Razor was formed, the girl’s Day School and Prospect Hill School followed suit and created two separate publications called The Crescent and Prospectus years before their merger.” First issued on November 6, 1945, The Razor was spearheaded by three determined students - T. Hopkins, P. Bastian, and Editor-In-Chief J. Munson - with ample writing experience and a broad knowledge of the general interests of Hopkins’s student body. The boys decided that a school of their size should have a weekly newspaper, and began the costly and time consuming task of consulting printers and selecting photos for publication, which totaled about fifteen dollars per issue. In order to match the printing expenses, the students had to sell over 150 copies of the paper at 10 cents, though they also offered the option of prepaying a subscription fee of $2.50 for 25 issues per year. The Razor consisted of four main sections:“The Razor’s Edge,” “The Gay Blade,” “The Mug,” and “The Strop.” “The Ra-

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zor’s Edge” headed the editorial articles, while Strop” was a section open for readers to air their “The Gay Blade” advertized popular movies opinions and observations in print, though the or upcoming theatre productions, such as “The editors warned that “only constructive criticism Hurricane” and views will at the Bijou be accepted”. or “The DolPast issues of ly Sisters” at The Razor bear Loew’s Poli many similariin Bridgeties to our current port, much publications, and like our past included many of section,“The the same sections Beat.” “The and elements Mug” consuch as “Sports,” sisted of an “Entertainment,” article cenand “News.” tered around Headlines such a particular as “Traffic student and Trouble,’ “Hophis interkins- Hotchkiss ests. The Game,” and “Our very first Next Mayor” “Mug” piece pose as a winfeatured dow into student the Senior life at Hopkins President at the emergence of the Class of the newsSam Phelan of 1946, Ed paper, though Harkin, who published nearly Allie Sokol ’18 reads the September issue of The Razor. was captain 75 years ago. of the baseball team, played as varsity quar- The early articles of The Razor are loterback on the football team, and was well cated in the Calarco Library, and can known for his striped sport coats, yellow socks, be accessed by contacting Mr. Peters. his “flashing smile and winning ways.” “The

New Faculty Profiles: Welcome to Hopkins! The Razor welcomes new faculty and staff to Hopkins. Here are some personal introductions and tidbits, continued from the September issue. Be sure to give them a warm welcome!

Karen Silk Where did you grow up? I grew up in North Haven,CT What is your academic background? I went to school at American International College in Springfield,MA and studied Early Childhood/ Special Ed. What are you teaching/coaching/advising/managing this year? I will be working as the Administrative Assistant to the Front Office located in Baldwin Hall What do you love most about your job? I love helping people and enjoy being in the support role What would you consider to be a perfect day for you? A perfect day would be by the water, or listening to live music. Which lessons from your own life experiences do you hope to bring to your work at Hopkins? Everyone has a story, you never know what others are battling. Be kind and really listen . What particular "tidbit" (hobbies? pets? unique life experiences? 15 minutes of fame?) should we know about you? Some favorite things I enjoy are hiking, bike riding, being outdoors and watching my 2 teenage kids play soccer

Karen Silk Angelina Massoia

Angelina Massoia Where did you grow up? I grew up in Western Massachusetts, near Springfield. What is your academic background? Last year, I taught history at a boarding school in Massachusetts. Before that, I studied at Wesleyan University. What are you teaching/coaching/advising/managing this year? Among other things, I am working with Academic Support and with Community Service. I’m also coaching JV Volleyball, Girls Varsity Basketball, and Softball. What was your favorite or most embarrassing experience as a student or professional? Pretty much anytime I have to draw something on the board in front of a class is an embarrassing moment for me. Much respect to all the artistically inclined people out there. Which lessons from your own life experiences do you hope to bring to your work at Hopkins? I try to laugh whenever possible, especially at myself. It makes even the toughest grinds of the school year a little fun. Tell us about a book, film, television program, performance, etc. that has impacted you, and why. I’m currently re-reading my favorite book, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin. This book resonates with me because it acknowledges the societally-generated pressure for all people, especially women, to live certain lifestyles. It’s one of the reasons I took sociology courses in college.

DeNaples said, “Unfortunately, what we’re talking about more than anything is Donald Trump and not the issues. So while we’re all talking about how he mocked Puerto Ricans’ accents, no one is talking about the laws that were overturned recently that were protecting the environment. He’s created such a circus in the White House that we don’t notice a lot of the other things that are going on.” Wich focused on the President, and the role of the presidency, in an entirely different way. He said, “I’m disappointed that last year’s election confirmed, and continues to confirm on a daily basis, the pervasive mentality that the President is the central figure of American life, essentially our monarch. The idea that the President is and should be the most powerful person in the world, the solver of all problems, and the moral compass of the nation seems to be nearly universal on both sides of the Republican/Democrat divide. I was hoping that our response to the election would be a realization on some level that the power of the President and the executive bu-

“The ideal is not to have a campus that is uniform in its beliefs. Instead, the objective is to foster a cacophonous exchange of ideas.” reaucracy needs to be limited and restrained. But the media-fueled obsession over everything the president does and tweets seems to have only made that mentality worse.” The contentiousness between the parties was also noted as a significant outcome of the election. Tiktinsky said, “It certainly feels like liberals and conservatives are both straying further from the middle of the political spectrum —an evolution heavily enabled and encouraged by the latest election cycle — and with this comes more tension between the two factions.” Wich agreed that the tension was heightened, but concluded that this was similar to previous election years. He said, “It’s absolutely the same as previous elections in the immediate divide and the contentiousness between the left and the right. The response to [Obama and Trump’s] elections by their oppo-

“Many feel that anything a President they don’t agree with is for, is something they must be against.” sition has been absolutely similar. Many feel that anything a President they don’t agree with is for, is something they must be against.” Nikhil Etikela ’18 focused on an aspect of the electoral process that came under fire after the 2016 election: the Electoral College. The College was written into the Constitution as an intermediary body that would chose the President, though now the College mostly functions as an instrument of the popular vote in each state. Etikela said, “The recent election has brought the value of the Electoral College down. Lots of people are upset with it, especially people in a very Democratic state. Even though it is part of our democracy, it has garnered hate from our country.” Trump’s election, according to many, marks a polarization of the American political system, and a shift in the way in which politically opposing citizens interact. Some say there is more hostility, but there are also opportunities for debate and understanding across party lines. American will certainly continue to feel the impact of this election and presidency for decades to come.


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The Edge: An Opportunity for Student Voices

In the past month, Hopkins students have been consistently asked to give input on their workload, especially with regards to the revised homework policy. Two thirty-five minute advisor group periods were devoted to discussing the homework load, and many teachers have sent out paper surveys or Google Forms on which students share the amount of homework they have, how much they are able to complete, and how well they comprehend the material. The Razor is grateful that students

The Edge have had this chance to reflect because the staff believes that reflection is beneficial for students. It is easy to become caught up in the routine of everyday life: class, sports practice or theater rehearsal, homework, sleep, repeat. We lack the time to ponder why we do what we do. By encouraging students to stop and reflect, in a manner more built into the daily schedule than the Measured Mile, we build a stronger community. Secondly, The Razor is grateful for the opportunity for students to directly share their thoughts and ideas about everyday school life with the faculty and administration. Administrators have been speaking with students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni/ae to understand all facets of the Hopkins experience and determine the future path for the school. Dr. Bynum indicated in a previous Razor interview that he is considering setting up more informal opportunities, like a student wellness committee, to further hear from the student body’s voice. The Razor is grateful for the chance to bring as many voices to the table as possible, being likewise dedicated to sharing the perspectives, ideas, and opinions of current students. With our Voices section, featuring pieces on the thoughts of non-staff writers,

and our coverage of the events and people who constitute the everyday life of a Hopkins student, we seek to elevate the student voices

“It is easy to become caught up in the routine of everyday life: class, sports practice, or theater rehearsal, homework, sleep, repeat.” that may otherwise not have been heard. The new Real Talk initiative, asking students and faculty to express their identity and ideas to the wider community, is another example of how students, motivated to share ideas with each other, have created a platform to do so. Let’s continue the conversation. Let us work cooperatively and collaboratively with all members of the Hopkins community to continue to better this beautiful place where we live and work and love.

Uniting for the Environment Early last spring while talking with my parents who, like me, are very liberal, the question of whether or not to attend a march in support of science came up. My mom was planning to go and was very excited to stand up in support of scientists and against Trump. My dad, a physicist and adamant defender of all things scientific, was, much to our surprise, not excited about the march and others like it. He argued that science should not be political and that, by going to marches for science that were strongly left leaning and anti-Trump, people were setting a dangerous precedent of further dividing science along partisan lines. Caught up in the energy of liberal protests, I was initially skeptical of this view. Using this argument, should we not go to women’s marches, as women’s rights should not have to be political? Human rights should not be political, but does that mean we stop advocating for them in political settings? But after thinking more deeply about what my dad had said, I realized that I agreed with the sentiment of his decision to stay home. Science should not be a partisan issue, and by making it one, liberals and conservatives alike are merely alienating each other and preventing bipartisan cooperation.

According to a study done by the Yale Program on Climate Communication shortly after the election, 69% of Americans believe that

The Shave global warming is occurring and that humans are causing it. Additionally, 82% of Americans think that the government should fund climate change related research. When I first saw these statistics, I was surprised by how high the percentages were. Like many liberals, whether a result of conscious or subconscious bias, I had the skewed belief that the majority of Republicans and Trump supporters did not believe in global warming. After spending the summer in northern Montana, where global warming is already taking a toll on the natural landscape, I realized that this is by no means the case. I was shocked to see “Make America Great Again” posters hanging next to signs reading “Save Our Planet.” It hadn’t occurred to me that Trump supporters could also be advocates of climate science. But it makes sense; according to a study conducted by the University of Chicago in 2015, global warming will disproportionately affect the

rural communities of the South and West as well as the coastal South. Many people in these predominantly Republican areas realize that global warming is a threat to their livelihood and want legislation passed to protect our planet. Since the election, politics have become increasingly partisan and tense. The emotions and divisions between Democrats and Republicans are fierce. While I am excited and proud to see people standing up for what they believe in and fighting against hate and bigotry, we

“Since the election, politics have become increasingly partisan and tense. The emotions and divisions between Democrats and Republicans are fierce.” also need to remember that these deep partisan divisions can eliminate valuable opportunities for cooperation. Climate change is a perfect example of where bipartisan alienation is stunting potential legislation and progress towards protecting our earth. Lilly Tipton ’18

Democrats and Republicans Share Worries About the White House Opinion by Connor Hartigan ’19 Assistant Op/Ed Editor Looking at some of the events unfolding in the world of 2017, words truly fail. Just five years ago, would you ever have imagined that getting the President of the United States to condemn Nazis would be an issue - or that Nazis would even be staging rallies in American cities? Would you have imagined that we would be discussing the hacking of our democracy by Russian oligarchs? Would you have imagined that a candidate could have won the presidency after bragging, on tape for all the world to hear, about

committing vile sex crimes? Heck, even two years ago, I would have struggled to picture any of this. In October 2015, I would have told you that the “silly season” of the 2016 Presidential Campaign was just wrapping up, that Trump was running as a joke to troll Americans, and that he would drop out in a matter of months, laughing at society for treating him with credulity. Yet, in October 2017, here we are. Trump’s behavior in

office has been unforgivably unpresidential. For example, when confronted by Pyongyang with nuclear tests, he opted to spew out an incoherent mess having something to do with “fire and fury.” Subsequently, on September 19, Trump stood before the United Nations General Assembly and screamed that he would “totally destroy” North Korea. As if to rub salt in the wounds of decent people everywhere, he dispensed with any pretense of diplomacy and referred to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, as “Rocket Man.” On October 17, he made a military widow upset by telling her that her husband “knew what he signed up for” - and by forgetting to even mention the fallen soldier’s name. A leader with any experience in politics, or a desire to govern responsibly, would never contemplate pulling these stunts. Donald Trump fits neither of those criteria. Does blaming Puerto Rico’s economic policies for the devastation they have experienced under Hurricane Maria absolve him of his duty to the American citizens of the island? His wails about building a border wall - which congressional Democrats will almost certainly never allow to happen - represent an attempt to leave his mark on North America’s physical and historical landscape. In the case of his aggression toward North Korea, his ego could cost the planet’s existence. Even trying to write about him is wearying, due to his unpredictability. It’s like being assigned an analytical paper on The Scarlet Letter, only to have the facts and events of the book change on every reading. Even Republicans have grown tired of his inabil-

ity to govern coherently. He ran on a promise to make the Mexican government pay for his ill-thought-out wall, only to shift the burden onto American taxpayers once Mexico’s defiance became clear. Former President George W. Bush gave a speech on October 19, decrying the “nationalism distorted into nativism” that Trump has marshaled throughout his political career. Trump’s constant backand-forth swinging on health care and immigration have left politicians in both parties with whiplash. His modus operandi makes America almost ungovernable on the federal level. On the subject of impeachment, the Constitution says that “The President...shall be removed from office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia could be construed as treason. Trump’s offers of reappointment to James Comey, contingent on the latter’s dropping the investigation into Russian interference, may well fall within the bounds of bribery. But on top of all that, Trump’s flagrant disrespect for the office of the Presidency and his rejection of the norms of leadership count as a misdemeanor. With his uncontrolled outbursts against opposition politicians and the news media, he impugns the honor of his office. With his warmongering against North Korea, he places America and the world in danger. He maliciously neglects millions of American citizens in dire need, from Puerto Rican hurricane victims to Americans everywhere who depend on health care for their survival. He must go.

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The Me You Cannot See: George Kosinski George Kosinski ‘19 I wish my skin was not such a lie. I think my skin is tan. Someone else might describe it as a light pink, or maybe just as beige. In late August, I might go so far as to say that it looks olive. My skin tells people who I am before I have the chance to do so. It tells them that I am white, and I am nothing else besides white. Some days in the early fall or late spring when I am as dark as I will ever get, from across a lunch table I hear someone ask: “Wait George—What are you?” I pause, unsure of what to say, before they continue: “You look really Italian today.” Occasionally Italian is switched with Portuguese. Once someone asked me if I was Indian. Two years ago, when I first got to Hopkins, I had one simple answer to the “What are you?” question. “I’m white,” I would say, confident in my response. That was who I was. Some people wear their ethnicity on their skin. It broadcasts who they are. My skin does not function that way for me. It does not broadcast that my grandmother migrated, in her twenties, from Ecuador to Baltimore and started a family. It does not broadcast that, even though my father’s family originates from Europe and does not contain an ounce of non-European blood, I am not white. Just as is the case with many freshman, when I first arrived at Hopkins all I wanted to do was conform. I wanted to be normal. I most certainly did not want to be the annoy-

ing kid who spent five minutes explaining how his father was half Hungarian and half Polish and how his mother was half Greek and half Ecuadorean to each person who asked “What are you?” at lunch. I was George the skinny white kid, who wore Vineyard Vines shorts and did everything possible to fit in, but knew that he would always be a little different from the person his peers thought he was. Even during the times when I wanted to embrace my Hispanic Heritage, there was one major roadblock: I did not speak a word of Spanish. My grandfather had forbade my grandmother’s use of the language in their household because he did not understand it. Thus, Spanish never reached me; it was blocked by the wall that was my grandfather. When I visit my grandmother, I enjoy empanadas and ceviche and hominy, foods she brought with her from Ecuador, and look at pictures of my grandmother with her relatives in Quito and in the fields of the farm that they own, set high on the mountain slopes of some remote Andes village. I am still Hispanic. I still experience Hispanic culture. When I first came to Hopkins, however, I was afraid to tell people that a part of me is Hispanic out of fear that I would be labeled as a poser. I would be the fake Ecuadorean kid, who told his friends that he was Hispanic so he would seem cool, but could not even speak the language. Spending two years at Hopkins has helped me overcome my fear of telling people who I really am. There have been awkward moments, and moments where I wondered if my friends and I were good people. I have been

trapped, forced to laugh along with my friends not just announce my Ecuadorean-ness at Asat racist jokes directed at Hispanics, because sembly one Monday morning. Gradually, howthey did ever, the atmosphere at Hopkins not know allowed me to become comthat the fortable and accept who I was. jokes were Teachers are supportive of offensive students’ identities and open to to me and the choices that students make, I was not and this support and openwilling to ness is reflected, for the most share that part, within the student popwith them. ulation as a whole. I realized This hurt that people would probably me inside. not think twice if I told them I was turnthat I was part Hispanic. They ing my would just accept me for who back on a I was, just like they accept all big part of the other students at Hopkins. me, even I still hesitate to go into if few peodetail about my background. I ple knew do not gallivant through Heath, that it was telling everyone I see that I am there. How not white, no, I am Ecuadorean. could I If the issue of my race or ethfeel good nicity comes up in conversation, about who however, or if I am asked the I was? Not “What are you?” question, for only was seemingly the hundredth time, I hiding a George Kosinski ’19 poses on the stairs in front of I will have a different response Lovell. part of my now than I did two years ago. ethnicity, I even ventured to laugh at it just to “I am white. But I’m also Ecseem normal and please my friends. That terri- uadorean,” I will answer. If they seem inble feeling, a nausea that ate away at my stom- terested, I will continue: “But you might ach whenever there was a joke or a comment feel weird calling me Hispanic, because I that I could not say that I hated, had to end. do not have a clue how to speak Spanish.” There was no instant solution, I could

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Confessions of a High School “Burnout” Michelle Medina ’18

tire stream of thought in a panic-induced frenzy during the late hours of the night and gave myself minimal time to review and edit. While reading some of my essays you might get a sense of the sort of zigzag track my train of thought runs along, with sharp, abrupt turns as it flies at 100 miles per hour. High risk and no reward- well, maybe some. Okay, I might have exaggerated a little bit. My essays were not always crafted like this, though I think it’s fairly easy to tell which ones were and which ones weren’t. Suffice to say, I do not recommend

stress of a heavy workload and busy schedule. In truth, I have overloaded myself with homework and bitten off much more than I can chew. And it’s okay to admit that. It’s okay to admit that you’re overwhelmed. Actually, I suggest that you do tell someone, be it a friend, family member, advisor, or teacher. We’re expected to do so much and sometimes we’re made to believe it’s not enough- I mean, are you even doing anything if you’re not a three sport athlete, the head of three different clubs, and take four AP classes? In all seriousness though, you don’t need to do everything nor are you expected to, what matters foremost is your physical well-being and mental sanity. Every person has different capacities, different breaking points. Clearly, I have reached mine. My mistake was in keeping this stress to myself, refusing to ask for help or even talk to anyone about this. I thought that if I kept pushing on in my sleep-deprived, zombie-like state that I would eventually reach the clearing. I’m sure I would have eventually, but I don’t think I would have been satisfied with the path I left behind, full of things that I could have done better. Right now, I’m trying to work on changing that by prioritizing my mental health and being honest about how overwhelmed I feel, with teachers especially. I’m still getting my work done but it’s a relief to know that there are people who understand and are willing to help me back up on my feet. I may not be a full-fledged burnout but I know I’ll never be the same high-achieving student I was in 9th grade who took everything in stride. That version of myself may be long gone but her love for learning has not burned out yet, nor will it ever.

I’m afraid that I’m a high school burnout. As a once high-achieving student, I cannot explain how much I’m afraid of being a burnout. Maybe I don’t need to explain, maybe some of you understand the feeling. The feeling of sitting at your desk working on one homework assignment for much longer than you should, so then you decide to set it aside and start working on another assignment only to come to the realization that your brain won’t cooperate and it’s only 6:00PM but you just want to lie in bed and sleep for a thousand years. It coincides with the feeling of hearing your classmates talk about how ahead they are in homework while you sit and listen with dread in your stomach, knowing that you still have homework you need to finish for a class later that same day. Yeah, that feeling. I have a confession: most, if not all, of the Michelle Medina ’18 speaks about her academic experiences essays I’ve written for any at Hopkins (Editors’ Note: She’s really NOT a burnout). class ever were written the night before it was due. It doesn’t matter this method. I would argue that those daring whether I’ve had a week or a month to do the nights have brought my current state: on a essay, it just somehow always turned out that train with a one-way ticket to Burnout Ville. way. As you can imagine, this habit put me I can’t remember a time when I was under an insane amount of stress. I’ve come not tired. I can’t remember what it feels like to to dread essays because I know that no matter approach each and every set of problems with how much I plan and set time aside to work the clear-minded intuition that I know my brain on the essay way before it’s due, it somehow is typically capable of but is incapable of under the gets to the point where I’m writing 800 words in about two or three hours all at once. For a while I tried to convince myself that it was just how I work best; “This is how your greatest essays come to life, Michelle!” I thought Fall Favorites: Jokes of the Issue: that I could only write in those situations Question: What is the because I need the thrill, the pressure of an 1. Pumpkin spice cutest season? incredibly close deadline to motivate me to 2. Candy corn create a masterpiece. This was not the case. Answer: Awwtum. Rather, my essays typically have 3. Sweater weather Question: What is the received the same critique of being all over ratio of a pumpkin’s 4. Pumpkin Bowl the place, and I’m often told that I tend to circumference to its jump from one idea to the next before fully 6. Apple picking diameter? wrapping it up. Well, yeah, that makes sense 7. Leaf Piles considering that I literally typed out my enAnswer: Pumpkin Pi

Henry Fisher ’20 With our increasingly tech-centered lives, keeping track of assignments and schedules illogically becomes less manageable; there is undoubtedly an element of over-complication in the overlap of Classroom, Drive, and Gmail. I like Google as much as any other Hilltopper, but I don’t think I’m unreasonable in expecting more from an age (at least in the tech world), in which simplicity, industrial design, and functional minimalism are in fashion. I believe that Hopkins’ digital organization could be greatly improved, especially regarding how we use Google services. To clarify: my reasoning is purely speculative and examines some potential reform of Hopkins’ digital infrastructure. Scrolling through your inbox can often feel less like surfing the web than rowing across the river Styx—slowly crawling downward towards a horrific pit of dead fwd:s, re:s, and CCs. And while such a first-world comparison may seem second-rate, I’ve seen firsthand how much cluttered inboxes impede productivity. And that’s why I suggest email filters; I’m consistently surprised about how few students use them to sort through the contaminated stream that is the daily onslaught of Hopkins emails. Within the Gmail settings, one can use filters and groups to channel their channel of ever-present emails. Whether the culprit is the nagging alerts from Google Classroom or the sharing announcements from Drive, filters can take out the figurative trash. Furthermore, you can even split up your classes into different Gmail folders (or groups), as well as sorting emails with a certain word or phrase in them (like @Hop.) (Continued on page 7)

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Clinard Displays Juncture at Hopkins is how I grow as an artist,” she said. Clinard’s love for art holds roots in her childhood, and it was what made her most happy in her adolescence. But, she attributes her development as the artist she is now to “being a fervent observer From October 8 to 22, New of life. Without my capacity to absorb Haven artist Susan Clinard displayed what is happening around me I don’t think her work in the Keator Gallery in her I would be exhibit Juncture. Juncture is an able to articuexhibition of sculpture, ranglate the range ing from small carved figurines of emotions to life-sized human depictions. and stories Clinard describes her own that I capture work as “pretty diverse [in] not in my work.” only the medium but also the “I think it’s subject matter and execution.” wonderful that The exhibit “Speaks Hopkins alabout OUR stories, OUR narralows us better tives. You see many themes of access to art,” journeys, solidarity, pain, joy, said Goulding. and curiosity,” according to Clin“I also like that ard. These themes were appealin Keator Galing to students like Miya Segal lery, the art is ‘21, who said her “favorite piece mostly from was the wooden sculpture of a local artists. woman cradling her baby, with Big museums the mother clearly in distress.” are great and The Hopkins community attends the opening day of Juncture to meet artist Susan She liked this piece everything, Clinard. Art instructor Peter Ziou and his visual art class sketch their own rendibecause of its evocative emotion: but Keator bettions of the pieces. Juncture is the first art show of the 2017-2018 Hopkins school “The mother and child connectter represents year, and the first show under Arts Department Chair Robert Smith. ed as almost one body depict the our closehappy and sad moments in life, and conhad different meanings when separated, knit community,” said Goulding. join two generations, mother and child,” but when put together, they made a whole To students considering entersaid Segal. This is why Clinard named lot of sense,” said Clara Goulding ‘21. ing artwork into any future art shows, the exhibit “Juncture,” because she was Various types of materials Clinard advises to “Just do it. Don’t “taken by the layered definition of Juncin the different pieces helped to create second guess yourself! When you are ture, a place where things join,” she said. unique effects for the viewer. “Sometimes young it is important that you begin The diversity is shown in both a raw chunk of wood helps illustrate the to feel comfortable sharing your ideas the styles of the pieces and in the mateimpact I want the viewer to experience, and else can we grow?” rials used throughout the exhibit. “There while other times, a singular piece of bent is a little of this from this culture, and wire shows a simple contour of a subject little of that from that culture, a little and that’s all that’s needed,” Clinard ex- The next art exhibit in the Keator Galof this from this painting style, a little plained. This use of different materials lery, “E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, from another painting style: put them also has helped shape how Clinard creates One,” will display artwork made by all together and we create her pieces; her art. “I am constantly exploring with people in the Hopkins Community from so we’re seeing that eclectic,and pronew materials and techniques in my stu- November 3, 2017 to January 5, 2018. lific nature,” said art teacher Peter Ziou, Emilia Cottignoli ’18 Arts Editor Lily Meyers ’20 Assistant Arts Editor

on the mix of styles in the artwork. The wide range of materials used to create the sculptures was shocking to many visitors. “She’s using beautiful design in creating her pieces. She’s using wood, and collage, so she’s really not limiting herself to anything,” Ziou said. “She gathered random objects that

Fall Arts Crossword

Across 2. A perfect summer fruit; name of improv group on The Hill. 5. Art class for Instagram lovers. 7. HDA winter play or sophomore nightmare. 9. What is the name of main character in the fall play? It also is the name of person who played that character. 12. Where is the Music of Winter concert featuring Hopkins Concert Choir and Orchestra located? 13. What are the grips on the tables of the woodshop called? 15. A Hopkins music class for future composers. 16. Number of high school shows produced by Hopkins Drama Association. 18. Visual Art teacher who just had a birthday 19. What are the names of three main characters in the winter musical? What is the name of the winter musical? 20. Last name of the Jazz Band teacher.

Down 1. Location of Fringe festival where Shakespeare on a Shoestring was performed this summer. 3. Place in Thompson where Spirens, Harmonaires, and Triple Trio practice on Tuesdays. 4. What is the name of the auditorium inside of Lovell Hall? 6. An event during October run by HDA and StuCo. 8. City of famous battle and song done by the teacher band. 10. Number of soundproof practice rooms and number of a cappella groups at Hopkins. 11. Name of gallery where art is displayed by Hopkins students and local artists 14. One of the countries Hopkins Concert Choir will visit in June of 2018 on tour. 17. What is the literary magazine created at Hopkins? Answers are located online on

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HDA Presents Peter and the Starcatcher Katie Broun ’19 Arts Editor

Hopkins Drama Association (HDA) produced the fall play, Peter and the Starcatcher, on October 19, 20, and 21. As a prequel to Peter Pan, this play tells the story of a young orphan, Peter (Petey Graham ’20), who becomes the boy who won’t grow up, attached to Neverland. This play also portrays Peter’s relationship with Molly (Ellie Doolittle ’20) who is the mother of Wendy from the original Peter Pan. Cast member Graley Turner ’20 (above left) described the HDA community: “This group of people has such a great sense of camaraderie and I love this show so much!” Having choral musical numbers intertwined with dramatic scenes also added complexity to this show. With pirates, seamen, and orphans alike, this play was a new take on a well-known story.

Making Music on the Big H Katherine Takoudes ’20 Assistant Arts Editor After a day of class trips and college visits, Hopkins enjoyed its annual Back To School Bash on the Big H, listening to performances from teachers, students, and faculty. Individuals and bands played songs spanning across multiple decades and different genres, all while putting their own twists on the renditions. “The bands were all really talented, and the coolest thing was that they all came from the Hopkins community...that added even more to the spirit of the whole event,” said Leah Miller ’20. Caitlin Gilroy ’18, a head of Triple Trio, one of Hopkins’ two female a cappella groups, opened the night by singing “Ivy,” by Frank Ocean, with Charles Paraiso ’18 on the guitar. “It can be nerve racking in the beginning but if it is something you love to do, it feels like you are sharing your passion and love of music when you perform,” Gilroy said. She later joined Jeff Basta ’18 for a performance of their original song, “Broken Heart,” which they wrote during their junior year. Meggie Czepiel ’20 followed with another original, titled “Beautiful,” then with an acoustic rendition of “Blank Space,” by Taylor Swift. Although she has played at open-mics before, this was her first time singing in front of a predominantly young audience. “It was really nice to get to perform for people my age, and I found that people were extremely supportive and genuinely happy for me,” noted Czepiel. Later in the night, a band made up of musicians from the Senior Class performed five songs by classic-rock artists like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. The group, who call themselves Point 8, consists of Jonah Norwitt ’18, Bella Feder ’18, Declan Goulding ’18, and Steve Prinz ’18. Norwitt said that he had played with Prinz and Goulding before for their own entertainment. “Flash forward to this year and we decided to form a band for the event and Steve knew Bella sings, so we got her. It was pretty impromptu but it was fun,” said Norwitt. The renowned Teacher Band finally took the stage for the last show of the night. The Teacher Band is made up of musically-inclined teachers and staff from all parts of the campus. “[Teacher Band] plays [Back to School Bash] by ‘Garage Band Rules:’ each performer calls a song, and we agree to play all the calls,” said English teacher and bass guitarist Ian Melchinger. Back to School Bash provided first-time and expert performers alike a chance to showcase their unique talents to Hopkins students, faculty and staff. “The audience brought great energy and spirit: they appreciate a fly disco groove and a five-part vocal harmony in equal measure, and they’re willing to cheer music they don’t listen to every day. They really supported our weirdness, and I treasure that,” remarked Melchinger.


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Athletes of the Issue Jess D’Errico: Gucci Goalkeeper Noah Schmeisser ’19 Assistant Sports Editor

that he has ever seen.” This talent has led to league-wide recognition: “I won FAA hon-

Jonah Norwitt: Remarkable Runner

leadership, saying, “She is supportive, strong, positive, and a fantastic leader to ev-

JR Stauff ’19 Assistant Sports Editor

Peter Mahakian Jess D’Errico ’17, the starting goalkeeper and a captain of this year’s girls varsity soccer team, has been playing soccer since she was a child. “I started playing when I was five years old, [and] I’ve been playing goalie since I was ten,” D’Errico said. D’Errico’s teammates were quick to comment on her confidence in the goal. “As a player, she is strong and confident,” said Morgan Bloom ’20. Emma DeNaples ’19 said, “She’s very calm and collected and she definitely knows what she’s talking about.” D’Errico herself noted the importance of poise under pressure: “I love the pressure and responsibility that comes with being a goalie. I am very confident in my abilities, which is something that a goalie needs to be able to do. [It’s important] to be confident that you are telling your defenders what they should be doing.” Grace Rhatigan ’21 and Zoe Kim ’20 emphasized D’Errico’s communication and vision. “From her position on the field, she can see everything and she’s bomb at communication,” said Rhatigan. Kim added, “She [has] the best pair of eyes on the field, and she uses them to her full capability [by] talking and directing the [defense], which is super helpful during games.” D’Errico’s vision and confidence are matched by her athleticism and technical skill. “She’s a great allaround athlete,” D’Errico’s coach, Gerard Casanova, said. “She understands her position very, very well,” he added, continuing, “[Our goalie] coach, Mr. Wallach, one of the most well-known coaches in Connecticut, sees her as one of the most talented goalies

early. He loves running, and running fast, and improving, and this all comes through

Goalkeeper Jess D’Errico makes a save during Hopkins’ win over rival Hamden Hall

Captain Jonah Norwitt pushes towards the finish in Hopkins’ home meet

orable-mention last year and sophomore year,” D’Errico remembered. Casanova added, “She was one of our two players selected to the New England [WNEPSSA] junior team.” But this success is not merely the result of natural ability. “She’s very much the kind of athlete that really worked hard to be who she is today,” Casanova said. “Not that she wasn’t talented, but she really worked at it.” Kim also noted D’Errico’s impressive work ethic, saying, “She always gives it her all and it’s really admirable to see on the field.” D’Errico’s work ethic and talent have made her a respected leader. Morgan Bloom ’20 praised D’Errico’s

Jonah Norwitt ’18, a captain of the 2017 boys cross country team, has been running at Hopkins since 9th grade and a three-season runner since his sophomore year. Norwitt gained experience as both a runner and a leader, and this experience helped him achieve a rare feat of Hopkins runners, being captain for all three running seasons as a senior. Additionally, he has been the captain of cross country for two years. Head coach of cross country Miguel Pizarro justifies Jonah achieving this accomplishment, “Getting elected captain as a sophomore is a fairly rare thing, but it makes sense that Jonah earned that level of respect from his teammates that

eryone on and off the field,” she stated. “As a captain she is positive and always looking to build confidence and strength in all of her players.” Emma Lipman ’19 said, “[Jess] is super nice and funny. She’s always been someone I’ve admired. She always gives 100% effort and is a great captain to look up to.” D’Errico has high hopes for her final soccer season at Hopkins. “We want to win FAA championships. We came close last year; we [made] the finals, and we were two goals short, so hopefully we can [win this year].” Regardless of how the season ends, D’Errico plans to continue playing after Hopkins, possibly at the club level.

The Digital Space on The Hill (continued from page 5) Speaking of inboxes, Hop’s lost-and-found system leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, it gets the job done, but its effectiveness could be greatly improved by simply using classroom. The concept is simple: when someone loses something of theirs, he/she posts it on a certain classroom page, and if someone finds something, they just respond or seek out the original owner. In fact (or at least in practice), an all-school classroom page could do more than just lose-and-find: it can show-and-tell, too. Are you a faculty member that needs to publicize major announcements and/or special schedules? A club head that needs to broadcast a play or meeting? A coach

that wants to advertise a big game? A classroom page would broadcast your big day, in a big way. Ideally, this would serve as a non-scheduled supplement to our semiweekly assemblies; Furthermore, announcements and public questions would gain temporal freedom due to no longer being restricted by assemblies. Allow me to share a bit of postulated reasoning: post-elated disorganization (so long as tedium agitates you) can hinder school work. A cluttered inbox can microcosmically induce cosmic frustration, but a conventional convening of convenient announcements may help. And with that bit of alliterative allegory, I leave you to ponder the potential for digital improvement at the Hop.

very clearly in his interactions with his coaches and teammates. He is cheerful and friendly, and even the youngest, shyest runners feel comfortable approaching him.” Norwitt’s running career started randomly, when he and his friends decided to join the cross country team in his middle school. He quickly grew to love running and cross country. When he arrived at Hopkins, his skills improved and his passion grew exponentially. Co-captain of cross country Liam Day ’18 reflects on their years running together, “He’s been running varsity for four years, been a captain for two, and he’s still the same quiet kid I met on the first day of preseason in 2014. And something I’ve learned

about him is that while he’s a reserved individual, he’s incredibly passionate.” As a captain for the past two years, Norwitt is an experienced leader for the team, contributing to its overall success. Cross country coach Julia Rowny describes his leadership, “Jonah leads by example-- he clearly loves running and wants the team to share that enthusiasm. Not only does he work hard to improve his own running, but he also encourages his teammates to work as hard as they can….He strikes me as a kind and friendly leader to his teammates.” Although Norwitt leaves great impressions on his teammates, he is a humble leader. Norwitt reflects on himself: “I would rate myself eight Brunswick runners out of ten FAA an eight out of ten.” For four years Norwitt has contributed immensely to the team as a member of the varsity squad, improving every year. Along with teammate Nic Burtson ’20, Norwitt burns the competition in both FAA and invitational meets. Cross country and track coach Tilden Daniels praises Norwitt’s growth and dominance as a runner, “Jonah has become a faster runner by continuing to work hard. His confidence has grown along with his understanding of race strategy. The combination of greater fitness and better strategy makes him one of the top runners in the FAA.” In his final season running cross country for Hopkins, Norwitt is striving to beat his 5K personal best of 17 minutes and 20 seconds. Additionally, he hopes the varsity team will be able to defeat their rival, Brunswick, at the FAA championships. Norwitt is unsure about whether he will do cross country in college, but hopes to continue his running in the future.

Corrections: Vol. LXVII, No. 1 In the Voices section, we mistakenly published a picture of an Edward Hopkins who is not the founder of our school. School archivist and History teacher Thom Peters wrote us the following: "Imagine my delight (and chagrin) when I opened the pages of the most recent issue of the Razor and discovered an image of our benefactor, Edward Hopkins! As the Archivist, I have long sought such an image, but have been unable to find one. Then imagine my disappointment (and relief) when I discovered that your image is in fact of a different individual named Edward Hopkins who lived more than a hundred years after our benefactor. Our benefactor did not have any known children, so if there is any relation to the one depicted, it is an indirect one." On page 2, in the interview with Dr. Bynum we stated that the administration had 80% of the faculty's approval for the new homework policy when they actually had 88% .

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Kenny vs Pete: Who Will Win? TEAM KENNY Josh Brant: Brant was thrilled with his selection, saying “It is a great honor being selected for the All-Star Faculty kickball game. I believe my years of experience as a soccer goalkeeper will serve me well and I am confident we will dominate whatever team stands in our way.”

Connor Pignatello ’19 asked Kenny and Pete from the Cage to pick their ideal faculty/staff kickball teams. Vote for who you think will win on the Online Razor or with the Snapcode on Page 7!

TEAM PETE Wendy Parente: This Hopkins alum is a formidable opponent who leads the league in wit and enthusiasm. She’s prepared to bring out all the stops to beat Team Kenny.

Lars Jorgensen: Representing the University of Vermont and the Hopkins class of 1982, Mr. J. is a tremendous power hitter - his kickball skills are matched only by his ability to control the Class of 2019.

Liz Climie: We are being treated to a fantastic pitching match up, as Climie will try to destroy Team Kenny with her vicious kickball skill.

Kai Bynum: After perfecting his kickball craft at four different universities, Bynum became a great batter and will play with the same certainty with which he leads Hopkins.

Adam Sperling: One of the best power hitters in kickball history, Sperling was at a loss for words when he was informed of his selection, “I am thrilled and honored to have been selected! I do not know what else to say other than that this team is very strong and I hope that there is a way for us to put our talents on display!”

Rocco DeMaio: As a member of the Class of ’86, DeMaio said, “It is an honor to be selected.” DeMaio is hoping to pilot his “stacked” team to a victory - and maybe crush a few home runs in the process.

Ben Taylor: Taylor had this to say when he was told of his place on the squad, “Look, I’m a physicist - what chance does anyone have of handling my trajectory? It’s AWN.”

Steve Clark (A.K.A. Sparky): Sparky is confident in his squad’s abilities and was grateful for the selection, saying, “I am honored, because [Kenny] is a master of every game of skill or chance and a very wise man. With him at the helm, and our star-packed lineup, I have no doubt that we [will] emerge victorious.”

Richard Thornburgh: Thornburgh hopes to carry his talent from thirds soccer into the kickball diamond. “I am extremely humbled to be endorsed by members of The Cage, and will bring my very serious athleticism to this very serious event. I expect my teammates to perform their jobs with the highest level of focus and with a competitive mindset, and will look forward to seeing everyone in the winners circle.”

Joseph Addison: Addison was “humbled” that Kenny, “the wisest person on the Hopkins campus,” picked him for the game. “To play for Team Kenny is to play for a legend,” said Addison.

Eric Mueller: Representing Kenyon College and Washington University, Mueller is prepared to bring his determination and talent to the diamond.

Peg Connolly: Connolly was ecstatic upon hearing of her selection, “I can tell you this is a huge honor...Kenny and Pete are great fixtures in our Athletic Department….I will do my best to play well and live up to this impressive group of teammates...and of course have fun!

Elliott Faust: Faust is extremely enthusiastic about the game, saying, “I’m just excited to be part of the team. We’ve put together a stacked lineup from top to bottom, so I’m looking forward to coming in, doing my job, and contributing from the jump. This lineup has a chance to be special, and I’m just trying to do my part to help us win!”

Christina Balsamo: This athletic trainer has plenty to bring to the table: she’s ready to keep her team healthy, strong, and winning!

Tim Phipps: Phipps held nothing back when he received the news of his selection, saying, “I feel bad for the team we’re playing.”

Sarah Duckett Ireland: This Yale alumna hopes to play well, saying, “I am honored and delighted to have been chosen. I hope I don’t let the team down!”

Stephanie McDonald: She’ll be playing against her associates from the Athletic Department on Team Kenny, but she’s never afraid of a challenge. She’s ready to give them heck and show them Team Pete is a force to be reckoned with.

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“It’s Fantasy SZN”: When Dream Teams Come True Spencer Lockhart ’18 Assistant Sports Editor Every Autumn, sports fans rejoice as football returns to the national spotlight. Whether it’s at the high school, collegiate, or professional level, the game of football captures the attention of millions of people, both domestically and abroad, each year. In recent years, Fantasy Football, a sort of game within the game, has become almost as big of a staple in the lives of football fans each Fall as the game itself. At its core, fantasy football is a simple endeavor that requires a computer, tablet, or smartphone and no skill at all. To participate, you simply draft a team of current NFL players, pick a certain amount to be your “Starters” each week, and receive points based on how those players perform in their games on Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays. Each week, your team is put up against another team in your fantasy league. The team of players that perform better come out victorious with more fantasy points. Simple enough, right? The hard parts, though, are the keys to success. Drafting a good team, working the waiver wire (adding players who were not drafted/are not on a team to your team), and deciding who to start each and every week are incredibly vital parts of the game that every good Fantasy GM needs to master. As with anything, different fantasy services operate in different ways. Some, like Yahoo and ESPN, are free to enter, and all you have to do is sign up to play. Within each service, the league manager can finagle the league rules to his/her liking, and after enlisting people

to join the league, a free league is born. Generally, the buy-ins, rewards, and losing consequences for these leagues are agreed upon by all participants. Websites like FanDuel and DraftKings have, somewhat controversially, risen to prominence in recent years, with the basis of their service being the ability to win boatloads of money if you pick your team correctly and do well each week. These sites have been embroiled in controversy and lawsuits for years, with DraftKings being ruled illegal, and then made legal again, in New York. Both DraftKings and FanDuel, the two most prominent players in a field of fantasy games known as “Daily Fantasy Sports,” have had their legality questioned in many states, but still remain popular for the opportunity they present for winning large amounts of money. The popularity of the game has taken off over the last few years, with an estimated 59.3 million participants in the United States and Canada in 2017. For many, it’s a great way to bond with friends over a common interest, while in a competitive and exciting environment. “Fantasy football is appealing to me because it allows me to express my competitive nature and love for football,” said Libby Gardner ’18, “all while bonding with my friends.” Tyler Bahamonde ’18 shared a similar sentiment. “It’s really competitive,” Tyler said, “it’s fun to compete with friends like that.” The rise in popularity of the game also gives people more reason to watch games besides just the ones that their favorite team plays in. “Playing fantasy football gives me a great reason to watch a lot more football,” said Jake Rizzuti ’18. A staple of every fantasy league is

the punishment inflicted onto the player whose team finishes dead last in the league. Often times, this is some sort of public humiliation. A common route of punishment is forcing the loser to wear some type of apparel with the words “I Suck at Fantasy Football,” or a similar sentiment, displayed prominently. Conversely, the promise of winning a prize also drums up a lot of interest in the game. As previously mentioned, services like DraftKings and FanDuel provide the opportunity for players to win exorbitant amounts of money. For people who don’t want such high stakes, a trophy or small buy-in fee is preferable. “In the league I play in,” said Quinn Schneider ’18, “everyone’s supposed to pay 10 dollars at the beginning of the season, and eventually the money is given to the player who wins the championship.” Fantasy football has also provided sports media outlets with a whole new avenue to appeal to sports fans. Companies like ESPN and Bleacher Report have significant stakes in the fantasy sports world, and this is especially true during the Fall. ESPN, in addition to having their own fantasy sports service, also has programming dedicated entirely to fantasy football, including The Fantasy Show. Both Bleacher Report and ESPN have a smorgasbord of articles and columns dedicated to the game, ranging from strategy and tips to full fledged mock fantasy drafts.

“I rely on ESPN’s updates about injuries and lineup changes to help me make my decisions on who to play,” said John Blumenthal ’18. Fantasy football serves as a great way to further connect fans to the game they love, and has become a highly anticipated part of every football season. From the casual player to the dedicated expert fantasy GM, the game is played and enjoyed by millions around the country. With the presence it currently has in society, fantasy football has become essential to the football culture in America and looks to remain that way for years to come.

The Razor - November 2017  

The student newspaper of Hopkins School

The Razor - November 2017  

The student newspaper of Hopkins School