The Summer Times ‘The Summer Newspaper of Phillips Exeter Academy’
Vol. XLIII, Number 4
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
Oh No! Time’s Up! Summer Ends, But Memories Linger By LUCAS CHIANG
Summer Times Staff Writer
Well, here we are. Five whole weeks have come and gone, and as our time at Exeter Summer starts dwindling down to its final hours, it’s time to reflect on our amazing experience. Not only as students, but as athletes, friends, teammates, peers, and as people, we have all learned so much—inside and outside of the classroom. For many students here at Exeter, this summer taught them many amazing things. I asked students what their takeaways were from the life-changing experience of Exeter Summer. A major part of our life at Exeter was making new friends. According to Abdulrahman Almazrou, “life is about communication and having friends. I enjoyed being here because of my friends.” This holds true for many others who have learned how to make friends in a completely new environment. For international student Jimmy Wu, the biggest thing that he learned from Exeter was “making friends and getting to know people from other countries.” With students coming from all over the world, many of us have been exposed to cultures, opinions, and beliefs that we hadn’t encountered before. “There are a lot of people with different No Fear: Students act out various phobias in improvised performances.
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Clue Emerges Looking to 2020: How About Robotics? in Slurs Case– License Plate By ENNO BEHRENS and MANSOOR ALAKKAS Summer Times Staff Writers
By LAUREN KHINE Summer Times Staff Writer
Summer session ended, alas, with more incidents of harassment of students by passing motorists and some possible thefts—but a big breakthrough: a license plate number of one of the suspected offending vehicles. Last week, incidents involving a black pickup truck and racial and aggressive slurs marred the Exeter campus. According to Paul Gravel, head of Campus Safety, there have been four reports of similar events this week. In regards to the aforementioned black pickup truck, “police are actively investigating and released a warning statement about the truck,” Mr. Gravel said. As of Wednesday, the situation is an ongoing investigation, with no possible suspects. Continued on SAFETY, 3
As the Exeter Summer Administration assesses which courses proved most successful and what students have to say about the classes they took—or would have liked to take—The Summer Times did its own quick survey. Clearly, through the great variety of offerings and great facilities to get the best possible experience from the courses, there is something for everybody at Exeter Summer, from Science classes, to foreign languages on different levels, to Sports. But there’s always room for improvement. Claudia Rodríguez from Puerto Rico took Quantum Physics, Chemistry and Criminal Justice, which was her favorite one. This is a course where you learn about the Criminal Justice System in the USA and the laws that apply to it. Claudia chose this course because she wants to work for the FBI later, where she would need knowledge about the legal system. She also took this course to see if she will study Criminal Justice later. She likes Criminal Justice most because she has “learned a lot” and it was very interesting for her. She would have liked to
Chess? Check, Mate! By ISABEL POVEY Summer Times Staff Writers
Dozens of students from both the Access and Upper School programs united over their love of chess for their last time on Wednesday before Exeter Summer comes to its end. Chess club came to be after a friendly game in the Wetherell Dining Hall. The club quickly became a big hit, but advisors Peter Rachofsky and Davidson Joseph still have higher hopes. “My goal is to fill up this entire quad with chess players,” said Mr. Joseph. “At least by next summer.” Not every player who attends the chess club every Monday and Wednesday are masters. Alex Kuo, 15, of Boston, has never played before, but she was encouraged by her friend to try it out and play a round this past Monday. “It’s not something I would ever imagine myself doing,” said Alex. “I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it. Once you figure out what you’re doing, it can be really fun.” Students and teachers alike, of all
backgrounds and levels of chess experience, joined together as one over the celebration of the game. Advisor and master chess player Mr. Rachofsky believes the benefits of chess go far beyond simple fun and competition. “Playing chess benefits kids more than they know,” he said. “I think kids in particular inhabit a world of constant distraction and hyper-stimulation. Chess requires total focus. If you get distracted, you lose. As a result, chess forces kids to slow down and think deeply, and increase a rare skill, and pleasure, for today’s young people. Chess also does wonders for students’ analysis and decision making skills.” Mr. Joseph has a little bit less experience but just as much passion, and says chess was always an outlet for him. He said although his childhood struggles prevented him from exploring the game, he was fortunate to discover it in college, just in time to escape increasing academic stress. “I was always so stressed out with having to adjust, having to do finals and Continued on CHESS, 3
attend the Genetic Engineering Class too but that didn’t work due to her timetable. She said there were no courses she would have liked to attend but couldn’t find. Erk Justus from Germany, signed up for Architecture, Cryptography and 3D-Computer Design. His favorite was Architecture, because it’s “fun to build stuff” and design it for himself. Erk was disappointed that there was no Robotics class offered at Exeter Summer because he wanted to build robots and make roboter fights, because he “likes it” and is “good at it.” Shahla Alzayani from Saudi Arabia took Problem Solving in Algebra, Neural Neuropsychology and Debate & Argumentation classes. Her favorite class was Debate & Argumentation because she loves arguing and it “helps me to talk about my values”. She learned “how to support my opinion with evidence. She also would have liked to attend a Cooking course, but that was not offered. Her sports classes have been Tennis and Yoga. You would have found Dariana Post from Russia and the USA in Drawing, Problem Solving in Algebra, and Grasping Grammar, which was her favorite, because she “needed to improve [my] knowledge in English Grammar
and the course really helped” her. In the Drawing class she improved her portrait skills and in the Algebra class she “learned how to solve problems in a different way.” Her Sports class was Crew for both sessions. She was satisfied with the variety of the normal classes, but she wished that there had been a golf course offered. If she came here again next year, she would take Debate and Argumentation, Clothing Design and Chemistry. Tula Singer from Cuba took Philosophy, SAT, Screenwriting and Creative Writing. Her favorite courses were Philosophy and Creative Writing because these courses were “most helpful for [her] in the future”. She took the SAT to be prepared for tests, and Screen Writing because she wants to become a writer. From her classes she got to know the college experience and learned how to participate in the Harkness system. Tula wished there was an Arts History class offered at Exeter Summer. Next year, she would take Psychology, Journalism and something that has to do with Math. Diego Noboa from Ecuador signed up for Creative Writing and Becoming a Confident Writer for Non-Native Speakers, SAT and Continued on COURSES, 3
Like Father, Like Son By RUTH OGECHI UDEH Summer Times Staff Writer
Life is truly full of surprises. Imagine being in a room your father was in when he attended school 21 years ago. This seems to be the case of Hisham Alireza. Abbot room 205 is a room shared by Hisham and his father 21
Hisham Alireza, resident of Abbot Hall room 205. years apart. Imagine that! Hisham Alireza, 14, from Saudi Arabia in Access Exeter is
in the room his father, Badr Alireza, was in when he was a regular student at Exeter in 1998. Would we call this coincidence or fate? “I do believe in coincidence,” Hisham said. “And I also believe in fate. I believe in both coincidence and fate because I believe some things are meant to be and some things can just happen just like that.” When Hisham was asked how he found out, he had an interesting story to tell. “Originally, I was just face timing my dad,” he said. “I told him I am in the same dorm as him and he was surprised by that already. And he asked me what room are you in? I told him 205 but he didn’t remember the room number. So, I just showed him a video of my room. And he said that looks a lot like my room. So, I went outside, went back in, showed him and we were both astonished that it was the same exact room. I was amazed when I discovered I am in the same room my father used to be in.” His father was elated to learn that his son is in the room he used to be in. This gave Continued on ROOM, 3
THE SUMMER TIMES
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019
THE SUMMER TIMES
By LAUREN KHINE Summer Times Staff Writer
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The Game Called Love By MARCO ZHAO Guest Contributor
Love is an emotion,
All things must come to an end, whether it’s positive or negative. I hope the rules can bend, but alas, this is always so repititive. Nothing can buy you time, so let’s appreciate what surrounds you. For there is no overtime, have you seen the shades of the night, the beautiful hue? Our time here is coming to an end, it is impossible for this to be bland. Let’s spend our last moments here altogether, and hope time brings us back together.
always in motion. Love leads to greatness, but when that greatness turns to weakness. Love is the one to blame, they say ‘love is just a game.’ Oh, Cupid aims, oh, Venus’ fame.
Dedicated to Marcela Bonet, Bill Dai, Alex Diamandakis, Noah Winsted, Rebecca Piercey, Bryant Tseng, Sherry Ren, Erik Larson, Zayna Gillani, Caitlin Murray, and many others.
Everlasting love is a bluff, finding true love is enough.
By SICHENG DONG Guest Contributor
When you walk into Peabody Hall, you will always see students playing foosball against each other, or hear their laughter, or smell pizzas from the common room. Here in Phillips Exeter Academy as a small community, Peabody Hall is definitely our sweetest home, where we are always connecting to each other like hydrogen bonds and taking care of everyone. We are a family of 27 students and 6 advisors. These are some activities helpful for us to gain a deeper understanding of our dormmates that I find particularly unforgettable. 1 BIRTHDAYS It was not until check-in on July 19 that I learned July 21 would be Aaron Jee’s birthday and July 24 would be Henry Hood’s birthday. Fortunately, I had a chance to purchase some gifts on Saturday (July 20), including a few notebooks and birthday cards. At first I intended to send them to Aaron the next morning myself so as to open up an exciting and thankful day for him. As I started to write wishes on the card, I felt rather than “I”, I was more comfortable with the pronoun “we”. Then the idea of a collaborative birthday gift sparkled: why not let everyone sign their names on the card? I immediately coordinated with my advisor, Ms. Tinsley-Stribling,
Peabody: PEA Buddy
who then hung the card on her door and sent an email to everyone but Aaron informing them to sign their names before check-in on Sunday so that a birthday party would be possible. What a thrilling plan it was! That night I dreamed over and over again expecting the 8 o’clock in the morning to turn into the 8 o’clock in the evening, check-in time for Access Exeter. However, when I collected the card on Sunday evening, there were merely 15 signatures. In addition, Mr. Perdomo, the advisor on duty did not hold a dorm meeting, so students were scattered to check in and didn’t allow a party any more. Disappointment strongly struck me though I met Aaron at last. By contrast, we did a great job for Henry’s birthday. We had collected everyone’s signature by Monday. Also, both Ms. Tinsley-Stribling and I had told Mr. Brodsky to hold everyone in the common room until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, which made way for the perfect birthday party! In conclusion, regardless of whose birthday it is, and whether we manage to throw a party, we are all ready to encourage each other, with a smile. 2 ADVISORY One of the most enjoyable activities of the week is the “Residential Life Time” on Friday mornings. Just by reading the caption we feel the relaxing atmosphere! Since Ms. Tinsley-
On Nights When I Am Billie Holiday By TULA SINGER Guest Contributor
Some nights I wake up on the red stage, the faceless audience listening;
every second, every instant, every note I hold— they only give the slightest taste. I don’t even know what love is. Man after man they’ve eaten me up with the same rancid breath and clumsy hands; when they’re done they shove me down down the pipes, each one the same mistake again. They take after my father— I only ever knew his shadow. It is best when my mind just ebbs away, when I can’t tell my eyes from my ears and everything else is dead to me. I’ll find myself madly searching for an end— one with no compromise or memories; I will search in the sewers if it comes to it, lose my mind if I must. I’ll take it with me to the grave.
By MARCO ZHAO Guest Contributor
Stribling and her husband are both in charge of Peabody Hall, there are always eleven of us sitting on a carpet. On the first week, instead of introducing ourselves, we started by showing and talking about two critical objects in our life, an even better way to show one’s hobbies and preferences than direct narration. Some of us talked of their cellphones, Rubik’s cube, musical instruments, etc. There turned out to be a few professional pianists and guitarists in this group! Never would we admire each other for techniques in such disciplines unless we share them like this. Another activity I found quite interesting was an interactive one: everyone needed to write one thing he liked about another person on the piece of paper of that person without repeating something already written. This was on the third week, so we did have plenty of memories to write about or be inspired with. For example, there is only one person that shares exactly the same sports schedule with me, and he happens to be in our dorm! He is Winnie from Thailand, who has been quite competitive in both basketball and cross country running. These 45 minutes per week are some of the most precious and influential time periods, given that 11 people are expressing their genuine deep feelings about Exeter Summer, or some active attitudes toward life. If only there were two or three advisories each week!
3 CHECK-IN “George!” “Here!” “Ugo!” “Here!” “Ethan Cheng!” “Here!”…… Since the first one-by-one check-in, all of us have been matching faces to names. Some advisors such as Ms. Ferguson managed to memorize all within five days so that they might put a tick as soon as they saw them, whereas it took me three weeks to know everybody in this building, for it was sometimes hard to distinguish the source of the word “here”. I finally made it with the help of Exeter Connect, where everyone’s portrait, full name and birthday appeared in the “dorms” section. After that, another ambitious plan floated out of my mind: what about collecting everyone’s profile and memorizing all of them? Our full names, birthdays and room numbers are readily available, while our respective advisors and nationalities need to be filled out one by one. This may seem meaningless as some people point out, but remembering our basic information will not only do me good in the last few days, but also comfort and solace me after farewell. To sum up, this temporary family is providing us with precious experience and friendship. In a few days our physical distance will increase by thousands of miles, but our distance also remains only a few inches long on the check-in list.
From Rotation to Love
The Beast In Me
By SICHENG DONG Guest Contributor
By RUTH OGECHI UDEH Summer Times Staff Writer
Has Earth’s rapid rotation ever made you appealed Upon spinning compass has traveled miles away Pointing straightly to the north in the magnetic field In which so vital a role Earth’s spinning afar’d play
Though not artistic
The magnetic field stares at one point like a lover The magnetic field blocks sun radiation like a warrior The magnetic field breeds covalent bond like a mother Atoms in the safe zone away from separating danger
Because you are pessimistic.
Sharing electrons, atoms happily bond and live With the oxygen negative, and hydrogen positive Neither falling far apart to let scattered atoms go Nor pinching too closely, thus forming precious H2O Is there a rain lasting millions of years you’ve noticed Intermittently they occurred, converging into oceans Such vast waters bore prokaryotes, then into protist And then into fungi, plants, animals, including humans
Filled with other characteristic You might find mystic
Talentless yet bold Due to a heart of gold That won’t fail till I grow old From the future foretold. The future seems bright Even during the eerie night When I fight despite my bad sight
Oceans allow humans to sail and navigate like a father Oceans overthrow ships like Titanic in a violent manner Oceans create miracles for humans like a conjurer Making some most impressive stories like a storyteller
Till I get there alright.
When the London Bridge, a peninsula in Australia broke It was too unstable to hold the pressure a couple evoke Whereas a separate small isle called Bird Island in Saipan Has been seen as a sweet woman by the chest of a man
With great determination
As I reach my final destination Fighting against opposition Wearing a crown of commendation.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019
Days and Knights on the Academy Quad
Continued from CHESS, 1
complete term papers, I needed a medium and a stress buffer,” Mr. Joseph said. “So therefore, I began to play chess. I was never really, really good at playing, but it gave me a sense of serenity and peace.” Mr. Joseph says he believes that “if you have passion and drive for something, anything is possible.” Chess is not his only passion, as he is also the founder of a program called Investment Club, which is dedicated to providing the opportunity to an equal education to all students in New York and encouraging financial skills in youth of all economic backgrounds. His inspiration for this club was sparked by a 13-year-old boy whom he trained while working at a prestigious gym. The boy, Benjamin, always gave Mr. Joseph a hard time, refusing to work out simply because he was constantly on his cell phone. One evening, the boy was screaming about all the money he’d made in just two days. “When Benjamin explained the concept of trading currency, I was shocked and astonished that a young teen knew so much about
a concept that appeared so foreign and unknown to the status quo. I was baffled even more to realize that Benjamin made
education...I knew at some given point that someone invested some time and effort in Benjamin. And I wondered to myself why
Davidson Joseph, right, co-founded a new chess club at PEA this summer. it a hobby to trade over $50k within a given week,” Mr. Joseph said. “I then realized Benjamin has exposure to a different type of
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this type of education disseminated in my neighborhood, Harlem.” Mr. Joseph says he believes the current
education system fails to effectively address the social and basic survival needs of an individual who comes from an impoverished neighborhood. Today, he is proud to have overcome and accomplished his adversities and lives proudly as an educator and advocate for the marginalized. “That’s why I decided to invest twelve years teaching at Promise Academy of the Harlem Children’s Zone,” he said. That thought branched into his idea to address the issue he thought to be so critical in the success of New York’s diverse youth. In the Investment Club, students are exposed to not only the necessary math skills, but also the crucial life lessons of budgeting, entrepreneurship, marketing, banking, investment equities and derivatives, compound interest rate and simple interest rate, and other useful number experiences. It is clear to see that between encouraging youth financial engagement across New York through Investment Club, or unifying Exeter Summer over the benefits of chess, Mr. Joseph is making a difference in the lives of many.
Summer ’19: “Life is About Friends” Police Seek New Info On Insults Continued from TAKEAWAY, 1
perspectives on life,” Roberto Cruz said. Erk Justus put it more simply, saying, “people can be different.” Of course, a summer at one of the most prestigious secondary schools in the nation left us with many useful academic skills. “I learned how to participate in Harkness discussions,” Brenda Zhang said, referring to a central part of our curriculum. Meanwhile, during his time at Exeter, Judah Hood learned “to manage time better,” while Max Wang grew more comfortable with “the ability of cooperating with others while solving problems.” Ilia Popov wrapped up his experience quite nicely, saying he learned “just general stuff, like how to participate in teams,
and how to do work in time, and manage deadlines.” Sharing this sentiment was Joao Dupui, who advises that “you should always be organized.” Another important part of Exeter Summer is the athletics program. With a minimum of four hours of practice a week, we students have grown to be stronger athletes. After weeks of cross country training, Daniel Zhang said, somewhat jokingly, “I can now run a mile or two without feeling achy the next day.” Similarly, Wade Price took lacrosse for the first athletic session, and learned “how to be a better lacrosse player, and how to be a better teammate.” For some people, it’s the mere experience of being away for a month that was the most
significant. “I usually don’t get out much during summer, and it’s good to know that I can get out and have fun like this,” Brian Luckett said. Being away for a whole month is tough on some students, but it helps them grow socially. Yang Runfan said he learned “to be more outgoing,” a skill that many other students have practiced in the past month. This summer has taught us many valuable things about life. From how to thrive academically, to how to grow stronger as an individual, to how to make friends in a brandnew environment, what we learned here at Exeter Summer will never be forgotten. While our time at Exeter will soon be no more than a memory, we can all agree that our incredible experience here will last in our hearts forever.
A Room of One’s Own—and Dad’s Continued from ROOM, 1
him so many reasons to be proud of his son. “My father was really happy when he heard the news,” Hisham said. “He was happy to see that I was following his footsteps. He was happy to see me experience what he experienced at the time.” This event has greatly improved the relationship between father and son, making him think of his parents quite often. “This experience has made me feel really connected to my father,” he said. “The school has developed so much, but it is still the same. Some of the most amazing things have been just walking around and seeing the area and just thinking that my parents used to walk here. Seeing the area, thinking about how my parents would always play here and do things
and study here.” But that wasn’t the end of the coincidences. Surprisingly, his mother, Azza El Farouki, attended PEA alongside his father. “I felt very connected to both my parents,” said Hisham. “My dad told me that he used to look outside the window and he could see my mother’s room. My mother was in Merrill. It is the middle window and my dad’s room was by the side so it was easy to see. I walked down the library and my mum told me that she used to go to the library once a week to study. I study as well and I feel like I share that experience with her.” Seems like the school nurtured their relationship. The school acted as a unifying force. Who knew Phillips Exeter Academy has the power to strengthen lover’s relationship?
“This place really brought my parents together,” he said. “They were very connected. They were very close friends and they got along very well. They used to play this game where they would switch the light on and off to communicate, kind of. They didn’t really know each other before. They had met before but they didn’t really know each other that well. The school brought them together.” It gets better. Some other family members of the Alireza family also attended PEA. His aunt, Lema, and uncle, Noah Alireza, were also students here before they got married. Another of his aunt, Teen Alireza, a friend of his father and some cousins were also students at PEA. Phillips Exeter Academy seems to hold lots of memories for the Alireza family.
Crime and Punishment: A Warning By RALPH BLUMENTHAL Summer Times Faculty Advisor
“I carried a gun like other people carried a pen.” Thomas Edwards, who had been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison for bank robbery and other crimes, was among four speakers Monday who addressed the Assembly on incarceration and rehabilitation. The group, from Circles of Support, a training program for formerly incarcerated men and women, also included Douglas Duncan, who was sentenced to 16 to 33 years for armed robberies and told by the judge “you are incapable of being rehabilitated”; La’Asia Hill, a “jail kid” whose mother was locked up; and Hailey Nolasco, a former girl gang member from Brooklyn. “People have tried to kill me since I was 16,” said Mr. Edwards. “I was shot three times.” But he studied in prison and earned a BA in Behavioral Science and MA in Professional Studies and also published a novel. He said prison was full of people who were not always criminals – “just persons who did bad stuff.” After the talk, a student went over to each of the speakers with the same question: “Can I give you a hug?” At right, Douglas Duncan, who spent years in prison, discusses his rehabilitation with Carolina Carniero of Boston.
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Last Friday, July 26, students reported two incidents only two to three hours apart. The first took place on Front Street at the crosswalk. While not racially charged, derogatory statements were yelled at Exeter Summer students by passing drivers. Later, Campus Safety was dispatched to Wheelwright Hall, where racial slurs had been directed toward students. In both cases, license plates were not photographed, although the police department recognized the vehicle description from the second incident. Two days later, on Sunday the 28th, five Exeter Summer students experienced an event downtown. A vehicle was driving by, and one of its passengers threw a bang snap at one of the students. The bang snap, which is a type of novelty fireworks, hit the student on the leg, categorizing the incident as assault. “The students were great witnesses and were able to get a license plate number,” Mr. Gravel said. “Students are getting much better at getting information.” On Monday 29th, just before 7:00 p.m., another Tan Lane incident occurred, according to Mr. Gravel. Exeter Summer students had curses yelled at them from a vehicle, seeming to parallel previous incidents. All incidents have been reported to Mr. Gravel, who has in turn reported them to the Exeter Police Department. The Chief of Police has released a statement acknowledging all of the incidents, and police and Campus Safety have continued to investigate. Three incidents of possible thefts this week were noted by Mr. Gravel, all minor. A wallet containing $300 in cash was reported missing, although the student affected did not know if it was stolen or lost. There was a reported calculator theft in Merrill Hall on July 26th, and on the 28th, a wallet in Webster Hall was also reported missing. In addition, a backpack is missing, hypothesized by Mr. Gravel as being related to another reported incident of theft. As Exeter Summer 2019 session comes to a close, Mr. Gravel said police may need to reinterview students, and recommends reporting any incidents. He said it was critical to give as much information as possible to police and Campus Safety to help with current investigations. Please call 603.777.4444 with any information on the incidents or any additional ones.
Looking Ahead to 2020: A Short Course in Courses Continued from COURSES, 1
Cryptography. He most liked Becoming a Confident Writer for Non-Native Speakers because he “can write better essays and tell about [my] life and thoughts” now. He took the other classes because he “needed to improve [my] English and Maths.” He is satisfied with the variety of offered courses and there is nothing not offered that he wished it was offered. If he came here again next year, he would take Psychology, Calculus and Becoming a Confident Writer again. Business and Economics attracted Omar Almutabagani from Saudi Arabia. “It’s something new to [me] and it explains how the world works and gives [me] a clear image of reality” Omar wants Exeter to add Chess competitions next year and wants Table Tennis to be added as a sport course. How about Pierre Bernoti from Venezuela and Lebanon? He took Grasping Grammar, Economics & Business and Sports Science. His favorite course was Economics and Busi-
ness because “how the class was going, was really good” and he looks forward to study it in College. Pierre said he missed a political class. Next year, he would take the same classes, but would change Grasping Grammar to Global
there a soccer team and there isn’t a basketball team?”he asks. Brian Tisnabudi really enjoyed the College Admissions Essay course because he gained a lot of knowledge about how the application
From left to right, Claudia, Dariana, Diego, Pierre, and Qadir. Economics. Ikem Ikekpeazu from the United States is glad that he chose Physics this year, simply because he has “good teachers”. Ikem wants basketball competitions next year. “Why is
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system works. He thinks that it really prepares him for when the time comes. “I really enjoyed how we incorporated actual application essays with the Harkness system.” Qadir Muhammad from Boston, Mas-
sachusetts, took Introduction to Film, Screenwriting and Theater because he likes the Film and Theater Industry as he wants to become a voice actor. He liked Theater most, because “it was the most active class.” Qadir had missed a Theater Technology class, that was not offered. During his time in Exeter, he learned more about Theater and that “not everybody thinks like [me].” Next year he would take the same classes, except Screenwriting, again. There may be some students who regret some courses they took and some that are glad of their choices. In general, all of them were satisfied with the number of offered courses, although many of them would have liked to see at least one other course offered. Of course, not every wish can be fulfilled as there would have to be enough students who would attend the wished-for courses and enough teachers, knowledgeable about the subject. Still, Phillips Exeter Academy should take these suggestions into consideration and try to add some courses in the coming years.
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A Native American Salutes His Navajo Culture By EUNICE LAI
Summer Times Staff Writer
(Disclaimer: The following interview speaks only for Colby Yazzy, and not for all natives or tribes.) “We don’t live in T-pees, we don’t still hunt for our own food, and we can’t tell time with the sun. We are a whole lot more than that.” So said Colby Yazzie, 17, from the Navajo Nations. “I still try to bring traditions into everyday life, I think that's the way it's supposed to be.” You might have already seen Colby on stage during International Day, but you most likely don’t know the most interesting parts of his culture. Exeter Summer Program is filled with incredibly diverse people from all over the world, and through The Summer Times we hope to spread awareness and educate everyone about the different cultures found within this school. “We still exist especially when modern western pop culture is taking over the world,” Colby said. “In a way we’re primitive because we’ve been around for so long, somewhat unchanged.” Colby is from a unique desert tribe where “unlike the plains tribes, who hunt and gather, we’re more farmers. We grow our own food and we also raise our own animals. Like sheep and goats and horses
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and cows, those are all very important to us. This is unique Native American wise as not many tribes do that.” Compared to the past few centuries, American society has come a long way to accepting people of different races
Africa: I Call It Home By RUTH OGECHI UDEH Summer Times Staff Writer Africa happens to be one of the continents most people have misconceptions about. Surprisingly, Africa is just like every other continent with people from different countries with their distinct cultures, accents, languages, food and dressing style. “Africa is not what the media portrays it to be,” said Michael Mitchell, 17, from Tema, Ghana, in Soule Hall. “It is a region filled with happy people, not people suffering all over.” Theodore Quarcoopome, 15, from Jamestown, Ghana, living in Main Street, expatiates on this by saying “Africa is pretty much like the rest of the world in the sense that it has its own history, sense of community and togetherness. Africans are pretty much like everyone else in the world. There is no difference especially. For the most part, Africans are hospitable.” When most Africans were asked about the first thing that comes to mind with Africa, a particular answer was the most recurring. “Africa is home,” said Shanelle Snowden, 15, from Jamestown, Ghana, in Amen Hall. When we are asked what it means to be African, the obvious answer is someone from an African country or with African heritage. However, there is much more to this. Being African lies in our ability to showcase our cultural heritage wherever and whenever. Africa is beauty. “Being African means to be proud,” said Hajira Ahmed Hussein, 17, from Hargeisa Somaliland, in Dunbar Hall. “When someone says 'Africa,' to me, it means I should be proud to say I am from Africa. Even though the country I specifically come from is not developed yet, I am still proud of how far we have come. You just have to believe that you are African. This is basically your identity and no matter what you do, you can’t lose your identity.” Faith Okunubi, 16, from Lagos, Nigeria, in Dunbar Hall believes “Being African, to me, is buried up in the culture, learning languages, customs and traditions.” As a child growing up in an African community, you are expected to know how to speak your local dialect, cook local dishes, learn your traditional dances and songs, take care of a home and your younger siblings and be independent. Faith is convinced without
doubt that “Anyone who calls themselves African without rhythm [at] all is not to be considered an African in the first place.” Being respectful is crucial for an African. This includes respect for both young and old. In Africa, being disrespectful is a taboo. Growing up in a Nigerian community, you don't give or collect things using the left hand. It is considered to be highly disrespectful. Also, you must greet your elders, kneeling as a girl or prostrating as a boy, as many times as you see them in a day as a sign of respect. Africans are fun, vibrant, loud and happy people. The presence of an African is always felt. “Don't underestimate Africa as a continent,” said Bube Osaji, 15, from Lagos, Nigeria, in Amen Hall. “We are full of very bright people.” When people were asked which misconceptions they want to clear up about Africa, certain answers repeatedly came up. Answers like: “we are a continent not a country”; “we are not poor”; “we don't live in huts and trees”; “we live in houses"; “we don't see zebras and animals everyday”; “we drive cars”; “we have airports”; “we are educated”; were most recurring.
Courtesy of Google An African at heart would like to leave this message to the world out there. “I would like the world know that they shouldn't compare Africa to other continents,” said Hajira. “We shouldn't compare African success to other continents. Africa has come a long way and it has a long way to go. We shouldn't say because this continent has done a lot of things, why shouldn't Africa do this? We should just judge Africa the continent by itself and we shouldn't compare it to other continents.”
and cultures. “In the past century, our tradition was literally beaten out of us at schools,” said Colby. “Our grandparents were tied to radiators for speaking our language and during a revolt our ancestors were cut behind their heels so
they wouldn’t run away. We didn’t get religious freedom until the 70s.” “It’s a part of who I am, but it doesn’t really affect me negatively, it’s not like it’s going to get in the way of things.” Colby still faces some obstacles that intervenes with some of his culture’s traditions. “In one of my classes, we were supposed to go to an exotic pet store and most of the exotic pets were going to be snakes, so in my culture we try to avoid snakes as much as possible, so I had to miss the class.” Colby said. “Things like that is sort of how it could affect me. Things like schooling, especially where majority of the students aren’t native, as I’m used to the majority of the students being native unlike here, it’s not the case.” Navajo Nations also have many small, interesting traditions that play a part in creating their unique culture. “In my culture, when a baby laughs for the first time, we have a big party.” Colby said. “The baby passes out salt rocks to everybody, and everybody eats some salt. This is because when a baby is born, we say that the baby is born still a part of the spirit world, so half human half spirit, so once the baby laughs, it becomes full human. We just go like 'Yipee!' It’s a part of us.” Despite all this, Colby said that keeping his tradition in the modern day isn’t easy. “It’s still not great,” said Colby. “We still have to fight for our rights.”
Europe: The Heat is On By FRED FINK Summer Times Staff Writer
Courtesy of Google Several new temperature records were broken on Thursday and Friday last week. Never in recorded history has Paris been hotter than it was last Thursday when the temperature neared 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.6 Fahrenheit). The same was true of Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. Such extreme temperatures and alarming signs we don't see every day. Several new records got broken on Thursday and Friday last week. On Thursday, France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands achieved new records. In Paris and Lyon temperatures of 42.6 and 41.3 degrees, Celsius were measured. Parisians could be seen plunging fully into the fountains of the Trocadero. Viennese cooled themselves in municipal misters and Amsterdamers dangled their feet in a repurposed kiddie pool. In Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, temperatures of 42.6 and 41.7 degrees were measured. While most people enjoyed the sun and heat, others had to suffer, with dire circumstances. For instance, 100 pigs died in the Netherlands because of failing ventilation. In France, five people were reported dead. The climate archives are reporting an emergency: earth temperatures never changed so rapidly in the last 2000 years as fast and extensively as currently. The World Weather Magnitude, an international collaboration, explored links
between climate change and extreme weather events. Their conclusion: "Every heat wave occurring in Europe today is made more likely and more intense by human-induced climate change." Their conclusion continues: "Even a seemingly small shift in global average temperature can spur disproportionately large changes in the likelihood and intensity of temperature extremes." Next, to the melting of the polar and arctic ice sheets that would be responsible for the global average sealevel rise of 23 feet, there is even a more significant threat. In the north polar zone, hidden under melting permafrost, a climate bomb is ticking. In particular, the estimated 1,670 gigatons of carbon dioxide are buried under these melting layers. These amounts are doubling those in the entire atmosphere. Although climate change would be the trigger, the actual energy for melting would come from the microbes in the permafrost, which process the carbon bound in it. However, the effects on all regions would be fatal. So why is this topic relevant to the European heatwave? The heatwave in Europe is caused by global warming. The extreme weather events are perfect evidence that our planet is about to boil and we with it. Without taking any action, our life on earth is highly threatened. Already by eating less than 4 oz of meat per day and riding your bicycle more often to school, you are making an impact. The time to act is now, not tomorrow, or months later. On the one hand, we want to stay on earth and live in pleasing temperatures. On the other hand, we are destroying it and our last hope. Although the heatwave in Europe is still a big topic, heavy rainfalls and storms recently cooled down temperatures in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Forecasts predict temperatures between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius (64.4 and 80.6, Fahrenheit respectively) with sun and partly rain for the upcoming days and week. However, we should not retreat from the climate change issue. It is in our hands whether to prevent it or let it happen.
Life-Drawing Class: Portraits of the Artists Margarita Myakova
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THE SUMMER TIMES
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019
Hampton Clean Up: Students Hit the Beach By ELENA BLANCO
Summer Times Staff Writer
On Friday July 26th, I along with 37 Exeter Summer students visited Hampton Beach to participate in a Beach Cleanup to help our environment. The activity was organized by five students of the Hamm Leadership Program, who donated all the waste and recyclable items collected that day to the Blue Ocean Society, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine. With the help of volunteers like us, they have removed over 170,000 pounds of litter from local beaches since 2001. We left campus around 5:30 p.m. and arrived at Hampton Beach after a 15 minute bus ride. The beach was full of residents who were cooling down on a hot Friday evening. The leaders of the project then provided us with gloves, a blue trash bag for recyclable items and a clear trash bag for waste. Later, we were separated into various groups of 7 and started the hunt for environmentally harmful waste. Once we hit the sand, we noticed it was full of leftover pyrotechnics from patriotic festivities, plastic wrappers, cans, plastic straws and receipts—but what was the most alarming to us was the unbelievably shocking amount
of cigarette butts we found. Some of them, recently used. Many people at the beach made fun of us every time someone yelled “I found six cigarettes here” or “I found another cancer stick!” It felt like they considered us a joke and unimportant. A lady even called us annoying to our faces—and later tried to take it back. While some hated what we were voluntarily doing for their community’s well-being, others thanked us and helped us along the way by collecting their own trash. That was definitely a learning experience; we noticed that not everyone will agree with what you are doing—and that’s ok! You have to keep moving forward and ignore those who are criticizing your actions. We recorded our findings by filling out data cards and keeping tally of all the items we found. This showed that in total, we collected 1,506 cigarette butts! All of this data was sent to the Blue Ocean Society to contribute to their long-term study on marine pollution. In two hours we got to clean the beach and help our environment while also singing, dancing, making new friends and enjoying the beautiful sunset. As we were leaving, I noticed the sand was cleaner and thought what would happen if everyone spent two hours once or twice a month cleaning up their local beaches. Would marine pollution reduce significantly?
I had an amazing experience in my first beach cleanup. I look forward to getting more involved in clean ups back home and encouraging my friends to do so as well. I encourage you all to find local organizations back home like the Blue Ocean Society with which you can get involved in the fight against pollution.
Courtesy of Elena Blanco Tip: If you aren’t near beaches or any other body of water, you can purchase 4ocean bracelets. Each bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In just two years, 4ocean has removed 5,466,993 pounds of trash from the coastlines.
Global Warming Threatens Turtles By AURORA ZHANG Guest Contributor
Global warming has many severe effects on our blue planet including coral bleaching, native species dying, and invasive species thriving. One effect, however, remains hidden despite its great potential for harm—the rise of an unstable sex ratio within the sea turtle population. When female adults lay eggs, the sex of the turtles is not predetermined; instead, the temperature of incubation determines the sex of the turtles which
A Tip to Diners: Leave a Gratuity By MARCELA BONET and SALLY NAGLE Guest Contributors
The hospitality industry is one of the largest industries in New Hampshire, employing more than 65,000 people across approximately 4,500 businesses. At best, it can be a rewarding industry, full of the joys of good food, good art, and good business. At worst, it can be gruelling and thankless, with workers abused and taken for granted by disrespectful patrons. In such an industry, even the most enthusiastic workers can burn out. Ms. Sun is one of the many citizens of the town of Exeter who are employed in the hospitality industry. She works at Capital Thai as a waitress alongside several other women. Upon meeting Ms. Sun, we could tell she was passionate about what she does. “We try to keep the flavors as authentic as possible,” she said. “I think about 2/3rds of the menu are things that we would eat at home.” That’s it—a passion for serving good, authentic food, just like you’d eat at home. Her passion, and the passion of the other employees at Capital Thai, made a difference. As we sat down to our delicious meal of pineapple fried rice, flower-shaped dumplings, and steamed pork buns, we couldn’t help but gush about the food. It felt (and tasted) like home. What made the biggest impression, however, was Ms. Sun’s astonishment at our reactions. “We [the servers] don’t usually get such a kind treatment,” she told us. “Most times they [Exeter students] will just sit down and call for a waiter right away, even if we’re busy. [Y]ou don’t have to treat us as lesser just because we work in service.” And by the way—servers are people too, and bad treatment gets everyone down. “It
can be hard on the girls,” said Ms. Sun, referring to her team of servers. “But we still do back-breaking work to make your time here enjoyable and comfortable.” It seems astonishing, then, that even after all of this hard work that servers aren’t often given a tip. It’s common practice for restaurants in most of the United States to charge gratuity tips for large parties, and Capital Thai is no exception. “We charged one party a gratuity tip, and we explained why we charged them. One girl got so mad she said she’d never come back here again!” Though in some of our cultures giving tips isn’t common, it is important to note that in New Hampshire, tips are often expected, especially from large parties. We at Exeter Summer are extremely lucky to have access to so many great restaurants and shops right outside our door, but we must remember to treat the workers and servers with the respect they deserve. The people who work to feed us deserve as much recognition as all of the others who strive to make Exeter filled with good food, good art, and good business. Hospitality work is honorable work, so remember—thank your waiter, and by all means, leave a tip.
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hatch from the eggs. The female sex tends to favor higher temperatures during the incubation period. Due to global warming, there are increasing numbers of female turtles. Climate change causes over 99 percent of the Green turtles incubated in the Great Barrier Reef to become females. To beaches north of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have found that almost all juveniles are female and over 85 percent of the adult population is female. South of Great Barrier Reef, even in cooler regions, the Green
turtle population encounters the same crisis—approximately 70 percent of the hatchlings (baby turtles) are female. “Finding that there are next to no males among young northern green turtles should ring alarm bells,” Dermot O’Gorman, the chief executive officer of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia, said. This unbalanced sex ratio the world encounters will cause the turtle population to dramatically decrease even more when paired with deaths caused by ocean pollution.
That Yellow House? History Lives Here By YIZHOU ZHAO Guest Contributor
It is just one of the ordinary buildings you see in Exeter every day; it is just a five minute walk from school; it is just a house of a family. Yet here we are, Pam Parris's Exploring American Culture class, at the American Independence Museum. It indeed once belonged to a family, but no ordinary family—it belonged to the Gilman family, who fought bravely for the Revolutionary War. From outside, the Independence Museum is simply an old, yellow building decorated with flags, standing in the middle of noisy construction nearby. The inside of the museum is what distinguishes itself. Although I have read about it several times in historical books, I was still surprised to see how primitive the lives of American people 200 years ago were. Along the wall there were tools for making candles, cotton fibers used to make garments, and rickety chairs that we dare not sit on. The great spirit that came from such conditions was moving and admirable. The owner of the house was responsible for collecting taxes from the state of New Hampshire. A huge metal box full of tricky mechanisms and rusty locks confirmed the idea. There was also cash of 5 dollars, even 6 dollars, and 5 pounds on the desk that indicated the confusion of the monetary system then. This was one of the most important issues the Constitution addressed. Next we headed to the “War Room.” As we expected, there were several guns displayed on the walls, one of which was equipped with a bayonet. These weapons were mostly given by the French, as sup-
port to bring down the empire on which the sun never sets. A uniform for the general that sat serenely against the wall and a bottle that allegedly contained the tea from the Boston Tea Party all cast an atmosphere of tension. And here came the centerpiece of the museum: a rare original copy of the Declaration of Independence. It was the very copy that was read to the people of Exeter to announce the great news. However, because of fear of persecution from the Britain, the announcer hid it in the attic of Gilman House. After about 200 years later in 1991 it was found by accident, and was astonishingly well preserved. It was this discovery that made the museum come into being. Only one room away there was a document as historic as the Declaration, the Constitution. There were scribbles and annotations all over the paper, full of insights and wisdom, which pleasantly added a touch of history to it. An exciting twist to the story: the copy was illegally brought home from the Constitutional Convention. All content and documents from the convention were supposed to be kept classified, but the copy was brought to the house because the owner could not wait to let his family know about this great new Constitution. On the wall there were two copies written in different times. From “We the people of the states of NH, MA, etc.” to “We the people of the United States of America,” the sense of unity grew stronger and stronger over time, and in some way encouraged us, the younger generation to spare no effort in pursuing the cause of promoting international unity. The American Independence Museum is a small museum, yet with remarkable history.
Phone Bank: Mickey Mouse v. Donald Trump? By MANSOOR ALAKKAS and FAISAL AL ESSA Summer Times Staff Writers
The race for the Democratic Presidential nomination came to the Academy on July 18 when 23 students participated in a scramble for votes in a phone bank in Jeremiah Smith Hall. The phone bank, from 6 to 8 p.m., promoted three main candidates: Cory Booker, Kamila Harris, and Elizabeth Warren. The activity began with the students splitting into three groups. The students based their choices of the candidate they supported on a background presentation presented by the representatives of the candidates a week prior. As they students separated, the representatives distributed sheets of scripts and phone numbers. Rehearsals came first. It wasn’t as easy as it looked. There was the student who
would stutter or who would talk fast. But as they practiced they got better at being natural, so they began to make phone calls. The phone sheets provided numbers, names, gender and addresses. There were also check boxes that characterized the status of the phone calls that went through and didn't. What students also noticed that they were landlines not mobile phones, since most numbers came in pairs, husband and wife with the corresponding numbers and addresses. As calls were being made different people with different personalities would answer and reply in different ways. One of the volunteers, Lauren Khine, calling for Senator Kamila Harris, was surprised to have her phone answered by a man who seemed surprisingly cooperative -- or just drunk. Faisal, also calling for Senator Harris,
reached someone who said, “if Mickey Mouse is running against Trump, I’d vote for him.” As the students were dialing and talking on the phone, sticking to the scripts, they were given pizza. Of course all of them took the break and indulged in a few slices to indulge before getting back on the phone. After the wonderful break, the students were ready to get back to their phones and start collecting more votes. Everyone interacted with people whom they don’t know and tried convincing them to vote. Mansoor went through 10 phone sheets, each phone sheet with 10 to 12 numbers on it. He sat there for 2 hours and none of the people on those phone sheets answered. Either they didn't answer, or the line was busy. But he learned that representatives work so hard and take hours and hours just to collect 5 votes. People underestimate,
criticize representatives. But they have a tough job, and it’s not easy to collect over a thousand votes. The time was almost over and the representatives were so happy with the students' performance. Jackie Weatherspoon rewarded the 11th and 12th graders with a letter of recommendation for participating in this particular event. At 8 p.m., time was up and students began shaking the hands of the representatives and Ms. Weatherspoon. Taking what was left of the pizza and going back to their dorms, some were thrilled and some were disappointed, but they all had a fantastic time at the phone bank. Most of the 23 students who attended the phone bank was their first experience with grassroots politics. They were all taught how to communicate with people while using a script, and how to improvise in tough spots.
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THE SUMMER TIMES
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019
Soccer Team Wins 2! (Loses 4)
By ENNO BEHRENS
Summer Times Staff Writer
defeats. By now the Team had won two, and lost three games, so they would have to win this match, to not finish the Summer with a deficit. In nice weather, the Summer Team got off to a good start and after only about 6 minutes took the lead when Carlos Yanes scored with a
in the 45th minute, but in the 55th minute he had no chance after a flat cross from the right side found its way to the striker who scored, 1:1. In the 67th minute the High School Team finally turned the game around as they played better now. 2:1, after a pass forward, that the striker shot directly on the goal. Ten minutes
The Exeter Summer Soccer Team played two more games last week and this, against the Exeter Regular Session Team on July 25 and against the High School Team on July 29. The first game was against the Regular Session Team, against which the Summer Team lost 7:1 the week before. In nice weather and with a decent amount of spectators, the game started at Phelps Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Again, the Regular Session Team was better and after 10 minutes they scored the opening goal. A striker dribbled past two defenders, sent the goalie to the ground and lobbed the ball over him. Except for that, the first half was really unspectacular. The Summer Team only had two shots and had to concentrate on defending most of the time. Although the Summer Team competed well in the second half and had much possession, they couldn’t manage to shoot on the goal very often. The Regular Session Team doubled their lead after the goalie couldn’t reach a low cross from the left side, so the Enno Behrens/The Summer Times striker only had to score into the empty goal. The Exeter Summer Soccer Team put up a valiant fight but ended the season with 2-4 record. After that the Summer Team conceded the 3rd goal. Shortly before the end, Philippe Par- shot over the keeper from the right corner of later, the High School Team scored the 3:1 meggiani scored the honorable strike for the the box. In the 10th minute the opponents had which was the preliminary decision in the Summer Team, making it 3:1. Then the game the big chance to equalize, but after the goalie 76th minute. A striker dribbled around 3 was over. In this match a clear improvement had already been beaten, the striker only put defenders in the box and scored alone in front was visible. Although conceding goals, the the ball on the crossbar, standing in front of of the goalkeeper. This was the final point in team didn’t fall apart and even scored. Despite the empty goal. Luck for the Summer Team. an unspectacular game. the defeat, the team did a good job for only In the rest of the first half nothing exciting Out of 6 games the Summer Team lost knowing each other for 4 weeks and playing happened. 4 and won 2. A decent performance for only against a well-rehearsed team. Again, with time, many students came having played with each other for such a short The game on Monday against the High to Phelps Stadium to watch the game. In the time, although the team could and should School Team was going to be the last game second half, the goalie Pierre Bernoti could have won the last match. They’ve shown that for the soccer team and the chance to finish save the lead for the Summer Team with a that would have been possible in the previous the summer with a balance of victories and great reflex in a 1 vs. 1 duel against the striker games against the High School Team.
YouTuberWows Exeter Sports: Having a Ball Exeter With Pro Videos By FAISAL AL ESSA
Summer Times Staff Writer
By ENNO BEHRENS
Summer Times Staff Writer
As every year, there are many creative students with hidden talents and different hobbies at Exeter Summer. One of them this year is Friedrich (Freddy) Henle from Düsseldorf, Germany, who is a YouTuber with 6000 subscribers. The 16-year-old from Soule Dorm st ar te d ma king YouTub e vide os, as “FreshF” three years ago, in January 2016. He had already watched YouTube videos for a very long time and wanted to try it out, to make his own videos when he was 13 years old. “I just enjoyed watching YouTube videos,'' said Freddy. “I wanted to try it out and I had fun with it”. So he started making “Let’s Play” videos about the video game “Minecraft”, inspired by some German Gaming Youtubers. Later he added “Fortnite” videos and a facecam to his Gaming Videos. Today, he is mostly doing Real Life Videos, Challenges and Vlogs, also about his time in Exeter. He is cutting and editing his videos with Adobe Premiere Pro. He “learned it all by myself ”, for example by Watching YouTube Tutorials or by just trying it out. Usually it takes him 3 to 5 hours to make a video “but it really depends on [what kind of ] video I make." Per week, he usually spends 10 hours on his YouTube videos, he said. He even got recognized on the street in Düsseldorf by a stranger once. He has already published five videos about his time in Exeter. The first one was a vlog about his journey and arrival here; in another one he showed his followers his room and how he was going to live the next five weeks; in the third one, he shows how a usual day of a student at Exeter Summer works out. Another one was about the student trip to Canobie Lake Park in which many other Exeter Students were included too. Maybe you are in the video or can remember students taking videos on bus ride or in the park. You may find one of your friends in there too. In his last Exeter video so far, he met students in the
Extracurricular activities keep the students of Exeter Summer very busy! Most activities range from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., four times each week. Students were able to take their pick from a variety of options when applying, although some sports weren’t available because they had reached maximum capacity or lack of student interest. Lacrosse in the second session suffered from this latter problem. Some students participated in two different sports, shifting into a different sport in the second session, while others were content in their first sports. Luckily for Julia Tung of California, a swimmer and a runner, her hobbies of preference were provided through Exeter Summer's extracurricular options. She started the first session with Competitive Swimming, and moved on to Cross Country Running in the second session. As much as Julia liked both sports, she was limited to practicing one sport at once, although she would have practiced both at once if she had the chance. Julia loved the sports she practiced, but remarked she would have also liked to take part in spin classes, if they were offered. Maria Potamianaki of Greece took part in two different sports, volleyball and tennis. She enjoyed the two different experiences she received from different sports. Maria craves challenge and said she likes "intensity." Maria has enjoyed her time in volleyball and tennis but would have taken part in a Ballet Club to further practice her hobby. Many different students from all around diverge in their interests; their hobbies are significantly distinctive. Lukas Mogharrab of Germany initially applied to two different sports to have multiple experiences. Lukas originally enrolled into Tennis and Lacrosse. Lukas enjoyed his first sport, tennis, although he found that despite
this video too. Freddy said that one more video about Exeter Summer, will probably get published on the last day. Maybe you will get the chance to get in it too. When he started making YouTube videos, his family didn’t really support him, “because they thought is was a waste of time to play computer games, but when they saw that I was having fun and actually
Freddy has amassed over 800 views on his recent video "A Day In The Life of An Exeter Summer Student." Grill or around campus and teaches them some basic German expressions and sentences and lets them try to pronounce it. Maybe you will find one of your friends in
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like achieved something on YouTube, then they did support me.” He also did Livestreams alongside YouTube, which what he even earned money, but at the moment
being enrolled in “Competitive Tennis,” some players were beginners and brought no challenge to the game. He acknowledged a few better players, but noted the level of play was not was he expected in competitive tennis. In the second session, Lukas hoped to experience the unique sport lacrosse, but because the sport only enrolled four people, he and his fellow lacrosse-mates switched sports. Lukas made the switch to “Gym Practice" in order to maintain his fitness. Lukas also expressed his love for “Hand Ball” which he would have enjoyed playing at Exeter, if it had been provided. Alexis Cardenas of Mexico chose to do Competitive Swimming and stuck to that sport for both sessions. Alexis wanted to improve his swimming skills and put all of his focus on the one sport. Alexis also described his coach as “cool,” which was a major factor that encouraged him to stick to the sport. The instructor provided “cool” vibes to Alexis as he practiced Competitive Swimming. Although Alexis liked the “challenge” of Competitive Swimming, he would have considered doing Volleyball if it were not full. With this experience Alexis would still enroll in Competitive Swimming in the future as he found the sport very appealing. Clearly, different students have different hobbies. Different students want to practice different sports. Many sports were available, and some weren’t. Some sports had no vacancies with a high demand of more students, and some sports had the opposite with not enough students for an enjoyable experience. Overall, Exeter Summer Students were able to cope with switching sports, and they enjoyed the extracurricular activities. Sports gave the students time off studying. It was the break they needed and the time they could use to interact and socialize with their fellow classmates. Although there were some sports that weren’t provided, maybe in future Exeter Summer sessions, improvements are coming into action year by year. he only makes normal videos. “I don’t do YouTube for money or subscribers,” says Freddy. Subscribers are “just a number” for him. His goal for the future is “having fun” and not increasing his amount of subscribers, earn much money or become a star. His equipment for making videos are a camera of course, a PC to cut and edit, monitors and sometimes a green screen, especially for Gaming Videos. But you don’t even need this basic stuff for publishing YouTube videos. “You could just do it with your phone practically," Freddy says, so actually everybody would be able to do that. Freddy tries “to not show my privacy” on YouTube, to not publish to much information about his person, but still, it’s not a big deal for him to show himself on the internet. “Off course you need to get used to be standing in front of the camera,” said Freddy, “but...if you film yourself, you don’t think about the people standing behind the camera, it just feels like talking to a camera.” “It is making me an individual person and more self-confident,'' says Freddy about the impact YouTube had on himself as a person. His Channel is called FreshF, so take a look, maybe you will enjoy the videos or recognize somebody you know.
Love Pulls You Through Every Time By CAROLINA CARNIERO Summer Times Staff Writer
Many people at Exeter Summer have tested my patience through betrayals and bringing me down. They even caused me to believe that this program was not for me. I even began to doubt my values and my worth. Nevertheless, I was able to pull through with the support of my amazing, brilliant friends and teachers. Love is so powerful that it shines through the darkest, opaque of places. The point is, I (just like everyone else) have gone through a lot these past couple weeks, and my support system has been my friends whom I now, regardless of their substantial encouragement and support, have to leave behind, or we all have to leave each other, since the program is ending. Mr. Weatherspoon wasn’t lying at the first assembly when he said these past five weeks will be gone in a blink of an eye. It feels as if just last week I was arriving with my suitcases and fear of the unknown future that lay ahead at Exeter. Now that we have lived that Exeter experience, we have to pack our experiences as well as our lessons up into a box and take them back to our communities where we will captivate our neighbors with the skills we have learned at the Academy. Although there seems to be one box holding a vital skill, holding all of our existence's undergarments, that we forget all the time, and that box is holding empathy. The lack of empathy within Exonians really shows, honey, it really shows. When I was in arguments (or about to be in one), I noticed that I wanted to to be right, that I felt I had the right to be angry because this person did X,Y and Z. However, before I came to Exeter, I knew how dangerous this belief was because I have seen how people turn their backs on friends just to prove a point, as if their friends do not have feelings and their friendship was worthless. Yet, I was so immersed with angry people that I found myself falling into the idea that I had the right to be angry and I needed to prove that I had the right. When we are arguing with others, we always try to prove that we are correct and the other person is wrong. Guess what? WE are wrong, that whole concept is wrong. We should not be arguing with friends or acquaintances just to prove our point—as a matter of fact, we shouldn’t be arguing at all. See, when you are upset with someone, particularly a close friend, speak WITH (not TO) them; do not let the roots of what could be a beautiful friendship rot inside you. When you address the problem in a very respectful manner, then you and the other person will feel better. When you are expressing your anger towards someone, try to use “I felt (INSERT EMOTION) when you (INSERT ACTION) because (INSERT EXPLANATION),” instead of using “Well you did (ACTION) so….”.. If you use the accusation statement, the other person will certainly not comply because no one likes being accused, and people always have their reasons, you just have to give them a chance to explain their actions. If you use “I feel” statements, the other person will feel safe to speak WITH you (not TO you). Now that’s where empathy comes from; regardless of how angry you are or what that person did, you need to respect them because they have problems just like you; they have emotions, just like you; and they have a REASON for what they did, it could be good or bad, we would not know until we TALK ABOUT IT. You have to be empathetic towards other humans because every person has emotions and every person makes mistakes, so allowing them to speak and not mistreating them is being empathetic to their humanity. So please, please, be empathetic to everyone, even those whom you are angry with. Also, on a side note, do not assume, you are making an ASS out of U and ME (ASSUME). Always remember that! Because we usually are so scared to ask questions or speak with others, or others aren't speaking to us, and we want answers so badly that we tend to fill in the blanks ourselves and fully behave based on them. We never, EVER know what’s going on in other people’s minds, so always ask questions, always COMMUNICATE. It is what we need to do in order to live in a peaceful society. So go back home, take all of the positive lessons you have learned and apply them to your life to better yourself and your communities, because it always starts there. (Side note: my issues are important, but as we speak, someone is suffering from hunger, a gun shot wound, sexual violence, homophobic violence, homelessness, and so on. I am reminding you that
THE SUMMER TIMES
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019
A Walk Down Memory (or Tan) Lane
By EUNICE LAI
Summer Times Staff Writer
“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” - Elizabeth Foley It’s been 32 days since we arrived and it’s time to say goodbye to all the friends who helped make this summer an unforgettable one, the bed that (hopefully) allowed you to have a good night’s sleep, and the different buildings that we had to rush in between to prevent the dreaded early check-in. Some of us might visit PEA again in the near future, while others might never come back. It’s remarkable how much we learned and grew over this short one month away from our parents. We’ll take a walk down memory lane as we revisit our experiences. On July 1st, we stumbled off our respective buses, dragging our heavy luggage as we stepped foot onto the beautiful campus of Phillips Exeter Academy. Everyone was scrambling around
looking for their dorms and the bookstore to buy their ludicrously expensive textbooks while others lined up to go to Walmart to satisfy their incessant cravings for various snacks. As everyone settled in, we were called down for the first dorm meeting where we met the people we would be living with for the next few weeks. That night, most of us called home to reassure our parents that we are alive and well, and instantly fell asleep as our head hit the pillow after a long exhausting day. The next few days went by in a blur, with everyone figuring out their friend groups and learning their way around the expansive campus. Most of us did the swim test (and passed) while others just watched from the sidelines. Field Day would have been a blast, if it wasn’t for the horrible weather, and the carnival in the gym was… interesting, but perhaps it wasn’t worth the heat. Week two came around, and we finally became accustomed to boarding school life and
the same mundane food from the cafeteria. We got used to morning rush to get to class and the long lines at the crowded Grill. The Upper School students went to the college fair, talking to representatives from some of the top schools in the nation, as the Access kids played exhilarating games during Game Room Night. Over the weekends, we celebrated the Fourth of July with the locals, the New Hampshire way. As we reached the middle of the month, the days seemed to slow down, and the scorching sun was strong as ever. The Deans of Fun came up with fun events in an attempt to raise morale, including the spectacular Lip Sync Show, the basketball game and the West African Drumming Workshop. The days started to speed up faster and faster, as everything started to go by in a blur. However, this was the week with the most memorable events - International Day with its ethnic foods festival and the outdoor Movie Night where we
got to watch “The Greatest Showman” under the stars with our friends (and maybe even your summer sweetheart). During International Day, students from all over the world went on stage to share their culture, while some even performed a short dance. After, we got to try out exotic flavors from different countries. Finally, we are in the endgame, the final week, as we prepare to pack up and leave this place. It might not have sunk in that you might never see some of the people here ever again, but it’s the reality we will have to face. As we will step back onto that bus that will bring us to the next step of our journeys, a wave of nostalgia will wash over you as you remember the memories you created with your newfound friends and the new knowledge you accumulated over the course of this summer. You’ll think about the good, and the bad times you had here as you commemorate the end of the best summer of your life.
'More Than Just Learning' Exeter Summer Faculty! By CASSIDY SHI
Summer Times Staff Writer
Time is relentless—it has already been four weeks at Exeter. Everything went by in a blink of an eye and it is almost time to say goodbye. Only yesterday, it seemed, students left their families to take on a journey of life in the dormitory. But like a comet flying past, it’s already time to say ciao, adios, farewell. Many students have already established feelings for the school. “After living here for a month, I felt like being at home," said Halee You. "Because I encounter the same thing every day I wake up, I got used to living under the same condition repeatedly for a month. I am going to miss the friends in my dorm, where we spent a lot of time together, we played video games and went on trips, it was really fun.” Allen Feng added, “People here are very nice. I made a lot of friends, people from places all around the world. I also enjoy the food the canteen serves, it has a diverse serving. I would want to come here again for next year's summer!” Students here are surprised at the level of professionalism presented at PEA. The facility and staff here are incredible. Wade Jiang is a fan. “Phillips Exeter Summer program is a good place. The dining hall is great, the teachers are excellent and responsible. I get to meet people from all around the world, learning about other cultures and their ways of life. I wish I could come next year but I need to study and prepare for university and upcoming exams. It was nice living in a dormitory environment, it is a very unique experience for me and will be useful for my future university life.” Eren Erenel is satisfied. “The teacher here is very professional, which creates an impeccable learning space for students," Eren said. It is incredible to see students from all around the world coming together onto the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy and enjoying the unique learning style of Harkness on every one of their chosen courses. We're experiencing an innovative way of learning that involves extensive communication, collaboration and thinking. It is something very different from what students have back in their native schools. Wade shared his experience. “The Harkness method is something very interesting and beneficial for me," he said. "Compared
to our school, I see more communication on a student-to-student basis.” Andy Fang is also interested. “Harkness made me realize that there is so much more than just learning," he said. "I felt that my school would be a much better place if they adapted the Harkness method as well. In my school, we have a lot of homework. And during class, it's mostly us studying with our head down on the paper, there is barely any interactions at all.” Alex Yang was surprised. “The Harkness method has taught me a lot. It represented the importance of communication and interaction between students.” Some of us just can't bear the idea of leaving. “I wish the last week could go by slower,” said Christopher Sheppard, a staff member at PEA who was happy to share his thoughts. “It was a lot of fun hanging out with students here at Phillips Exeter Academy. It was a truly unique experience.” Alexandra Hoyt commented, “I am going to miss school a lot. I made a lot of close friends over the weeks, hang out with them has been fun for me. I missed the experience we had while in Water Country; it was an exciting day, except I got sunburned a little bit.” The dining hall was a very powerful memory—students here seem to be in love with the dishes. Food is much on Francesco Donato’s mind. “The dining hall here is great, he said. "I will miss the food here when I go back to Italy. I loved the ice-cream machine they have. I hope it opens more frequently throughout the week. I made a lot of friends here at Exeter. it’s nice hanging out with them on activities and trips.” Kaleb Yang was hungry as well. “The food here is astonishing," Kaleb said. "The dining hall is filled with exclusive dishes around the world. I especially enjoyed the food festival—I get to taste a variety of cultures. I wish I can make the most out of the last week here.” The ending of the 2019 Exeter Summer truly brought tears from many. Studying together, bonding with each other --friendships are made, and relationships are created. It is a life-changing experience. Although the month went by quickly, the memories will last an eternity.
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The Highs & (a Few) Lows By ANN YOUNG
Summer Times Staff Writer
As Exeter Summer begins to wind down, students may be looking fondly back at memories from weeks ago. Of course, students will have less fond memories as well. Regardless, many students agree that they have had experiences and made memories at Exeter Summer that they will never forget. Daniel Rosenstruach, an Access Exeter student living in Webster Hall, said his favorite moment while at Phillips Exeter was in his math class. “One of my best moments was when I found a formula in math, which was really fun,” he said. “I’m taking Problem Solving and Mathematical Modeling. I was really proud of that moment because the formulas you need are normally just given to you, but I was given the chance to figure it out myself, which was super cool.” As for his least favorite moments here, Daniel said he doesn’t like Saturday check in. “I don’t like that I have to stay up until eleven to check in. That wasn’t really fun.” he said. “My favorite memory at Exeter Summer was in natural science,” Catherine Merrill of Langdell Hall began. “We made bio-plastic LEGO blocks. I was working with another kid on it and I’m really happy I did. We worked really well together and I definitely got more out of the activity working with her than I would have if I worked alone,” she said. “As for my least favorite moments, I really hated when the river was out at low tide and we couldn’t get out on the water for crew. Those days weren’t as fun.” Adriana Buvac-Drndic's favorite experi-
ence was in her CSI class. “The trip to Star Island was a really good experience,” she said. “It was really fun to see more of New Hampshire and I think it was just a really good experience overall. I’ve also been really liking my literacy class, which is weird for me. I used to absolutely hate literacy, but now it’s one of my favorites because of my teacher.” In regards to her least favorite experience while at Phillips Exeter, Adriana said she was disappointed when Field Day was cancelled. “I was really looking forward to Field Day. I really thought that would be a fun event.” For Cara Adams, an Access Exeter student from England, the weekends were the best part of her time here. “I really liked the first Saturday that I was here,” Cara said. “The carnival the first weekend was really fun. I went with friends I had made throughout the first week. I did come here with a few people from my school, so it was fun to be able to go and spend time with them, too.” Despite all the weekend activities offered at Exeter Summer, Cara said that there were some weekends she didn’t go out, and that those days were her least favorite. “A lot of times I would go on trips with my friends. There was one week that I didn’t take any trips on Sunday, and those days were boring since nobody was really around.” Good and bad memories considered, most Exeter Summer students would agree that the past month has been a month of learning and growth!
'Sorry Mom, I Didn't Miss You'
By CHARLOTTE FRANCOLI Summer Times Staff Writer
It is all coming to an end. Many would say that these past five weeks have been the best weeks of their lives. Either friends, experiences or even love…everyone has gained something after this incredible summer. Many have been enjoying all the classes they chose, not only the normal classes but also the sports. “What I have noticed is that I have really looked forward to every single class,” Martina Campagnoli from Milan, Italy, said. “This has never happened to me in my normal school before.” There the classes work differently; here, on the other hand, the Harkness method really makes everyone enjoy their classes more. Being at the same level, the students and even the teachers having a discussion and sharing opinions helps with getting to know new perspectives and the people behind them. “In my normal class the teacher is usually explaining the topic we are talking about and if we have a question or we want to contribute something we have to raise our hand," said Martina, in Dunbar dorm. “This method is fine and has worked for a long time, but at the same time it is a little boring.” It is interesting to know what people will miss or miss less after these weeks. Many will miss the conversations and people they met from all over the world. “I have met students from South America, many European countries, USA, Africa, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and some parts of Asia," Aston Justus, 16 said. “The most interesting conversation I had was with an American
Trump supporter. He told me that he is supporting him because he would get rid of Obama care, which apparently resulted in his family having to pay more taxes. In my opinion it would be good if America would have a universal healthcare, just like Obama care.” On the other hand, the students are go-
Charlotte Francoli/The Summer Times Aston Justus, 16 ing back home with mixed feelings but will have to continue with their normal everyday activities. “I am excited to be able to go back into my kitchen and cook the food I want,” Martina said. “The reason is that I am not the biggest fan of the dining hall and in general of the American food.” General privacy is another thing that a few students miss. Being constantly around people is wonderful “But sometimes I just need some time to be by myself," Martina confirmed. But just like in any other situation, people have different opinions. “I have to admit that I am not excited at all to go
back home,” Aston said. “I don’t really like my school in Hamburg, Germany.” Because it has been such a great time, not everyone has been missing their relatives back home. “I am sorry mom, but I don’t really miss my family," Martina said. " love them and all, but I feel like I have found a new family here in the summer school. I have been away from home a ton of times so I am used to homesickness. Adding on to that, this has been the longest that I have been separated from my parents and not being home, but I have been completely fine with it.” Every day has been a great experience for the students and faculty members. When asked about the best experience, most of the students replied with a trip they participated in. “My greatest experience was when I went to Boston, to watch the Red Sox game," Abby Will, 16, from North Carolina commented. “I have never been to Fenway Park so it is very exciting for me. It has always been in my family to like baseball and especially the Red Sox. Back at home I go to many baseball games and we even have season tickets. At the trip to Boston I got a shirt from them and all that cheesy, touristy stuff.” When we all pack our stuff, get into the yellow school buses and drive down the well- known road for the last time, tears will be shed for sure. “I think I am going to be sad,” Abby said. “Both of my brothers went here and they were both really sad when they left. My oldest brother, he cried on the way back
from the airport, and I was like, 'no I don’t think I will cry.' Now that I am in this situation myself, I am not so sure about that because I am really going to miss everyone and it is just starting to really hit me that.. we are leaving.” You know that people really interact with each other when their view on any points in life changed over the summer here. “I broke down a lot of stereotypes and
Charlotte Francoli/The Summer Times Abby Will, 16 I got to understand how different all the cultures even on one continent are,” Martina said “We are used to thinking that all the countries in Asia and Africa are all the same, but that’s so wrong. They have different cultures and traditions and I really understood that here by meeting so many people from all over the world. Now I have a wider vision on things and will pay better attention to the different ways of living.”
THE SUMMER TIMES
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019
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