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‘The Summer Newspaper of Phillips Exeter Academy’

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Vol. XLIII, Number 4

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire

Around the World, on Stage and Plate

Love? We Can’t Describe It By RUTH OGECHI UDEH Summer Times Staff Writer

Humans are driven by emotions. Having been here for more than 3 weeks, we have friends and foes. Some have decided to take their friendship to another level. This is expected. As teenagers, we are mostly controlled by our emotions. You do not expect to put a group of teenagers, whose hormones are on the verge, together in a place without expecting sparks. As we know, some of us have already formed attachments with others because, as Anju Chenaux-Repond, 16, from Hong Kong said, “Everyone is very nice so it is easy to start liking other people.” If there is one thing every relationship aspires to, it is love. Love is a mutual feeling. “Love is a feeling that you have when you and appreciate and care about a person as much as you care about yourself,” said Cristina Aguilar, 15, from Miami. However, Patrick Moriarty, 17, from Chicago and Henry Egan, 16, from Nebraska have their own special definition of love. “Personally, I believe that love is summarised as Baby don’t hurt me,” said Patrick, and Henry agreed. Most people have positive views on love. It is consid-


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Despite last week’s worst reported incidents being dorm lock-outs, Exeter Summer has recently suffered several egregious incidents of racism and theft. According to Paul Gravel, the head of Campus Safety, four racially charged incidents were officially recorded on Tuesday, all occurring in the past two weeks. Five Exeter Summer students, both Access and Upper School students, were affected. Of the four incidents, three are believed to possibly involve the same vehicle. Mr. Gravel detailed the suspected aggressor, as a youngish white driver at the wheel of a black pickup truck.d Addressing measures being taken, Mr. Gravel said Exeter was working with the Exeter police department. On Tuesday, Campus Safety met with the Detective Sergeant and one of the detectives of the police department and interviewed the students affected. “Based on information [from the investigations], and because we don’t have a plate number, we have narrowed down a time of day when the man came through campus, near Main Street,” Mr. Gravel said. “Exeter Police Department will beef up patrols at that time in the area.” Mr. Gravel also explained a “role call item”, which is where the police department will write up a short blurb about the offending vehicle and person, and patrol officers will keep a look-out for them. The most aggressive incident, as Mr. Gravel outlined, occurred near Main Street. An Exeter Continued on SAFETY, 3

ered the greatest feeling of all times and the best thing that can ever happen to a person. With the summer session so short, some people came with the mind-set of finding themselves a significant other while others did not but somehow find themselves falling for another. Rose Wills, 16, from North Carolina said “I did not come here with the mind-set of finding someone. But now, the circumstances have changed a little bit. I have been getting along well with someone and we have been hanging out recently. It has recently been confirmed by two of my friends that he likes me too. The circumstances are undecided right now.” Some feel as though they are not ready to commit to relationships for various reasons. “I am not ready to be in a relationship because I need to study,” said Brian Wong, 13, from Taiwan. “Study is the most important for me.” In support of not being ready, Dabeluchi Isiofia, 13, from Texas said, “I am not prepared to be in a relationship because I am still young, said I still lack some skills to know what I want to do when I grow up and some key facts to start a relationship.” For those who are in a relationship, though they seem to be happy for now, most share the same fear. “I am worried about the fact that I will get too attached and we will only be

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International Day celebrating Exeter Summer’s diversity included Greek dancing and outdoor booths serving ethnic cuisine.

here for a short time,” said Paula Rodriguez, 15, from Texas. “He is going off to another country and I will be staying here because I live here. I will probably not get to see him again.” Henry also shares the same worry. “You have to remember that it is only for five weeks and at the end of the day, you don’t really try to be falling in love with someone because they will go back to where they are from.” There are the very few lucky ones who have nothing to worry about because even after the end of summer school, they will still be able to meet their love interest they met in Exeter. “There are no worries,” said Rose. “If it ends up working out, we actually live in the same state.” The fight for love is real and this has brought about rivalry between people. “There are some ups and downs and when somebody gets in the way of that, you get really upset,” said Patrick. “Sometimes you are just close and you Continued on LOVE, 3

What would Honest Abe Say? Hot? Wet? Cold! By CAROLINA CARNEIRO Summer Times Staff Writer

For more than a century, Exonians have been confidently boasting that there town was where Amos Tuck, a 19th century politician, founded the Republican Party. However, a longtime curator of the Exeter Historical Society, Barbara Rimkunas, and volunteer researcher,

said. “Looking at this, you would say there is only one guy here so we should find out if this really happened.” Mr. Willis began to revisit letters written by Tuck during the early 1850s, attempting to see if there are any letters corroborating Batchelder’s story. This is when he found two letters for Tuck’s children, written on October 10th, 1853, two days before the secret meeting, where Tuck explains


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Mother Nature showed no mercy last week, hitting us with a devastating heat wave and immediately following up with a rainstorm. First came the heat, with the entire east coast blistered by the heat wave that swept over most of the US over the course of last week. With temperatures on Saturday and Sunday hitting as high as 95 °F (35 °C), Exeter soon turned into a giant microwave, trapping Continued on WEATHER, 3

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Plaque on Front Street. Mark Willis, have discovered evidence proving that the Republican Party may have not originated in Exeter. These doubts stem from the lack of evidence to prove Tuck’s and Exeter’s role in the founding of the party. The story’s only foundation is based on a letter from Massachusetts resident Homer Batchelder to Exeter’s Newsletter, claiming that 15 men, including himself, were present at a secret meeting on October 12th, 1853, where Tuck stated that the party of abolitionists shall be called the “Republican Party.” This letter was like a cannon, according to Ms. Rimkunas, creating an explosion of misconceptions, which fortunately do not last forever. “In the study of history, you need to be very, very careful when you have a single source,” she

how he is in Chicago and plans to travel to Ohio. This letter inspired Ms. Rimkunas to say that “It takes a few days to get from one place to another. [Tuck] is heading farther west. It sure doesn’t sound like he is heading to Exeter to this secret meeting.” Despite rigid evidence of this meeting not coming to light, Ms. Rimkunas is holding onto hope that a new piece of evidence confirming it will surface. “If something comes up, I mean we find evidence to the contrary, and [the meeting] could have happened, I would be thrilled to get the story back,” she said. While she waits in hope, a new question needs to be researched: why did Homer Batchelder write this letter?

Sync the Lips! Guess Whose Smile. By ELENA BLANCO

Summer Times Staff Writer

Answers from the lip syncing contest on page 8.




THE SUMMER TIMES Summer Times Staff Reporters A Format: Shankar Chennattu Lucas Chiang Fred Fink Eunice Lai Isabel Povey Cassidy Shi Ruth Udeh

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Alone By MARCO ZHAO Guest Contributor

A black cat bringing horror, and you feel like a foreigner walking down a midnight street, listening to a melancholic beat. The fear that shivers down your spine, as if predators were creeping behind. The wind moans as you walk, you feel like you’re being watched by a hawk.

Summer Times Assistants

Always in fear, frozen in fright, dismay and distress.

Eva Carchidi Rachel Won

There is nothing you can do, it is a mess.

Faculty Advisor

Ralph Blumenthal The Summer Times is written and edited by Mr. Blumenthal's A and B format Journalism classes and contributing writers throughout Exeter Summer. It is produced by Eva Carchidi PEA ’20 and Rachel Won PEA ’20. The Summer Times welcomes Letters to the Editor, which can be sent via email to The editors reserve the right to print Letters to the Editor in a timely fashion and to edit them for content and clarity.

An Ocean Blue Mirror By LAUREN KIM Guest Contributor

There lies a mirror Sitting quietly in a forgotten corner, carefully hidden under a glimmering blue blanket A mirror, of veracity and valor Shining and lustrous Cerulean and boundless Stare into the deep recesses of the insightful glass And one will be dazzled by a grandiose, otherworldly place Thriving cities and towns of pastel coral and creeping algae Highways and jammed lanes of darting fish and gliding turtles All lovingly tucked under a shining, watery blanket Gaze at the majestic waves Crashing into solid rock, monotonously and stringently The boundless mass of blue whom all life owes their lives to Now there! Is a hint of a smile on your lips Hair tousled by the baleful wind Ears blessed by the whispers of the tides Nose entranced by the salty perfume from the far corners of the world A simply perfect world, no? Yet as you tentatively flip the flawless mirror Noses are pinched, ears are covered, eyes are tightly shut For the other side of the dreamy mirror Lies a cracked, calamitous, malicious mirror Merciless and turbulent Stare into the deep recesses of the foul glass And you’ll see a furious, lifeless place Graveyards and tombs of a million fallen vessels Alleys and backstreets of snarling beasts who bite, poison, and maim All tucked under a stormy-grey, dreary blanket Shudder at the mountainous waves Destroying treasured lives, particle by particle In a tumultuous valley of endless, looming water As they crash down in a flurry of inky, lonely darkness There lies a mirror Sitting quietly in a forgotten corner, carefully hidden under a glimmering blue blanket A mirror, of horrendous tragedy and ecstatic triumph Cracked, wrecked, evil, and gleaming, perfect, lustrous Veracity and valor thrives on both sides of the ambiguous mirror Now, which do you dare gaze into?

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A lone streetlight you walked past, that might be the last. Only your shadow accompanies you, now you are feeling blue. If only you weren’t alone and you are in your home . . . Alone, alone, alone, alone you tread, the words repeat in your head. Alone, alone, alone, alone you tread, the words repeat in your head.

Why America Doesn’t Have a Draft By GEORGE LEMIEUX Guest Contributor





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everyone inside in a colossal oven. Exeter Summer students, desperate to keep cool, were forced to adapt, many abandoning their dorm rooms for air-conditioned spaces such as the library or Academy Center. In addition to the AC, an added bonus of the Academy Center was the Grill, which held a copious supply of ice-cold drinks. “I just went to the Grill and got some cold water,” said Erfan Wang, when asked how he was able to cool down in the hot weather. For the students who stayed inside their dorms, electric fans were a necessity, as many of the older buildings were essentially the equivalent of brick pizza ovens in the heat. So was everybody affected by this heat? One would think that those hailing from hotter regions would be used to the weather, right? “No,” said Daniel Zhang, coming from Fort Myers, Florida. “In Florida, we have AC. The outside is the same temperature or even higher. If you went out the heat would be killing you. But in Florida, everywhere has AC. Here I have a single fan.” Richard Liong shares this sentiment. “We have air conditioning everywhere,” he said, referring to his home country of Indonesia. “It’s probably the same temperature there.” While it most would not advise to stay inside their dorms, this is even more so for those on the higher floors. “I noticed that when climbing stairs, it gradually gets warmer,” said an anonymous student, who lives on the third floor of Ewald dorm. This is due to the way that heat rises, as a lot of the heat from the lower floors will end up at the top. With the additional factor of trees being able to provide shade for the lower floors, the higher up your room is, the hotter it will be. Here’s a question: should students have AC in their dorms? “Absolutely yes.” said Eren Erenal. “It’s burning hot in my room. The fans are not enough, because they’re blowing hot air. We need cold air.” Obviously, this is a very popular opinion.

“Definitely yeah,” another anonymous student agreed. “It’s hot.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we students will have access to AC anytime soon. Why? Well, in addition to other reasons, not the least of which is the financial issue, the buildings themselves may have something to do with it. “It’s my impression,” said Lauren Josef, a teacher and advisor for Front Street dorm, “that the buildings are very old and they are not set up for air conditioning.” Thankfully for us, though, the heat cooled down by Monday, as temperatures dropped significantly. However, our troubles were far from over as down came the rain,

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The air mingled the smell of pizzas and soda, and the enthusiasm of people eager for the phone bank when I stepped into the J.Smith Hall at 6 p.m. last Thursday. The organizers representing Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker smiled at me as I introduced myself to the other students. I was nervous yet excited. Phone bank, or canvassing, is an important part of the presidential campaign—calling people identified as members of political parties to get their support and opinions. The information we used was collected during the 2016 election. I chose to work for the organizer representing Ms. Gillibrand. I was given a script about what to say and four pages of telephone numbers of Democrats. Basically, we wanted to know whether they would vote for the candidate, whether they would like to have a meeting with the organizer and whether they would like to host an organizer in their house at some time. I surely was expecting talks with numerous people and that I would possibly became thirsty in a short time. But this wasn’t the case. Nearly all the people I called were either not at home or registered the wrong number. Then I would put a tick in the box of NH ( not home ) or WN (wrong number). Dull and meaningless ringing was resonating in my ears and I realized it’s a rare chance to get someone actually answer the call. “Hi I am a student at PEA and I am a volunteer in the presidential campaign of Kirsten Gillibrand. How are you doing today?” I said swiftly and excitedly as someone finally picked up a call. I gradually got used to answers like “not interested” and “please call me at another time.” But there indeed were people who cared about what we were doing and were patient to hear what we had to say. Every person is unique so I didn’t pay much attention to the script but sincerely listened to their concerns and what is-

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both Monday and Tuesday gave the campus a more melancholy tone as the rain fell from the storm-gray clouds. Heat and rain are two different beasts, and therefore, students had to adapt once again to the severe weather.

Temperatures hovered around 65 °F (18 °C), which ultimately meant that the measures students had taken earlier to keep cool would be replaced. Out went the tank tops and athletic shorts, and in came sweatshirts and rain coats. During the colder times in the morning, hot coffee would sometimes be chosen over its popular iced variant. While people would still head over to the Grill and library, it would now be less so for the AC and more so for the protection from the rain. Luckily for us, the rest of the week is supposed to clear up, the sun shining and giving us temperatures around 85 °F (29 °C). Unfortunately, thunderstorms will most likely be clouding up the end of our idyll, starting next

Art teacher Davis Moore created this poster in support of Exonian Andrew Yang ‘92, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. At right, one of Mr. Moore’s students in mask-making.

Pulling Up Politics By the Grassroots By YIZHOU ZHAO

constantly pouring onto the streets. While the temperatures became relatively comfortable,

sues matter the most to them. If I’m lucky enough to know their political thoughts, I will need to mark their attitude on the paper, I thought: 1 is for “I will vote for Gillibrand absolutely;” 6 is for “I will vote for another candidate absolutely;” The last call I made during the 2-hour event was a kind man who said “I really appreciate what you are doing here”, and that really made my day. I suppose the best part I got out of the phone bank is that I feel much more connected to the community around me. Maybe some of the people I called are those I met yesterday as all the numbers are New Hampshire numbers. Maybe a little more patience and confidence will

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Alert Issued on Race Taunts

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Summer student was playing basketball, and a racial slur was directed toward him. The aforementioned black pick-up truck drove by multiple times, harassing the student. In other situations, students reported drivers making barking noises at them, although no profanity nor discriminatory language was used. “In the state of New Hampshire, we don’t have a hate crime statute,” Mr. Gravel said. “The determination of whether or not a crime is considered a hate crime is actually made by the Attorney General’s office or any attorney that handles the case.” Further elaborating, Mr. Gravel speculated that any person charged in relation to Exeter students would be charged for disorderly conduct, for yelling out a car window. At the prosecution level, Mr. Gravel said, the prosecutor can determine if incidents indicate a hate crime pattern. “If somebody paints a swastika outside of somebody’s house, it will be treated as criminal mischief,” Mr. Gravel explained. “It’s not [considered] a hate crime. It’s criminal mischief.” Later, the prosecutor can deem the action as a hate crime, which then contributes to an enhanced penalty.

Mr. Gravel said that both he and the rest of the safety officers at Exeter are aware of the racially charged incidents. “[The man in the black pick-up truck] probably comes through town the same time every day,” he said. “We’re studying a pattern, so eventually we should be able to identify that vehicle and person.” According to Mr. Gravel, the police department has been very cooperative and offered to send two detectives to take reports from students. Misdemeanors within the Exeter Summer community have also been reported recently. Over a two-week window, there were eight reported money thefts from Abbott hall. Amounts stolen ranged from $4 to $200. Currently, there are no suspects. Another report entails a misunderstanding, with a student believing their wallet was stolen. Later, it was realized one of the student’s friends had borrowed the wallet, and subsequently returned it. Medical calls have been minor, with only a bloody nose and cut foot being reported. If any information about the aforementioned incidents is known, or if there are any further Exeter safety situations, Campus Safety recommends calling 603.777.4444.

The Summer of Love

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make people feel the power and the virtue of my candidate. It was so real that every refusal was frustrating but it was also so real that every compliment and understanding was heartwarming. Our school has fantastic opportunities for students who are interested in politics and I sincerely recommend every student to enthusiastically engage themselves in the political situations right now in America, domestic and international students alike. There are various voices and opinions, and getting to know all the people that are trying so hard to make this country a greater place is definitely a remarkable experience.

got to stay true to yourself.” Happiness is an outcome of loving and being loved; this feeling can also be the death of another. “There is a great advantage but when it is destroyed, when baby does hurt you, everything is lost,” said Patrick. “It is just so sad when you work so hard that you come to be there for them, then they break your heart and make you feel horrible.” Some are afraid to express their love because their love might be unrequited and they might have to go through rejection. This is quite common among teenagers. “If you are in love and they don’t love you back, you feel hurt,” said

Dabeluchi. “Love can be used by someone else to hurt you.” Love is a feeling that drives one crazy and makes a person do the unimaginable. Loving someone would mean having to make sacrifices. Cristina said that you would not have as much time for your friends and things you are usually used to doing. Anju believes that “If you ever want to be in a romantic relationship, you got to first love yourself. Before you can share love or ask someone to love you, you got to make sure that you are happy with who you are and you are happy with everything you have done. Once you have learnt to love yourself, then you can spread the love to other people.”

Mindfulness: You Are Reading This Now By LUCY WARBURG Guest Contributor

New this summer, the Science of Happiness course consisted of fourteen upper school students from around the world and was taught by regular session faculty, Michelle Soucy who is the chair of Health and Human Development. Here are one student’s thoughts about her experience in the course. “The Science of Happiness” is a fascinating and truly enjoyable class which focuses on achieving happiness through life management skills and self-awareness. Naturally a happy person, by enrolling in this class I have found even more ways of achieving happiness in life, particularly at a time when many teens experience peak stress and anxiety due to college admissions and other major life decisions. Several key concepts have been revolutionary for me. This class is teaching me the “Power of Yet”: that teachers in school should not give a student an “F” but instead note “Not Yet,” which means that the student should understand that he or she hasn’t

The fourteen students enrolled in The Science of Happiness. mastered that particular class YET, but through hope and perseverance the student may come to mastery of the required skills and information. This attitude of continuous learning (rather than dismissive labeling) also helps students to cultivate a “growth mindset,” in which a person consciously embraces challenges and set-backs as necessary to learning valuable abilities, skills,

and knowledge. We have also learned to keep our focus on the positive things in life: at the start of each class we write down on our Happiness Calendar whatever the prompt may be for that day, for example, “Choose to see something good about what has gone wrong.” This mental discipline helps me find something good in every day, even if I’ve been experi-

encing stress. These exercises each morning are helpful and inspire me with the truth that people can find something good even on their darkest days. Our classroom discussions have examined why there is rampant depression, especially among teenagers; researchers have linked depression with addiction to social media and other toxic substances. The reporting of current events—the news— can also be a toxin to which people are addicted, which fosters depression and a culture of negativity. Another surprising fact which emerged in this class is that income, past a certain point, does not bring happiness in life; relationships and connections do. The documentary “Happy” explores the nature of happiness and how to achieve it; I am going to recommend that this movie is screened at my high school, because I think its stories and message could truly help my peers. This class essentially made me realize the power of our choices: we have the power to choose what we focus on, and the mindset with which we encounter challenges. A truly happy life is within your reach!





Spotlight On... Director Russell Weatherspoon is conduct classes. In fact, taking on the work of the Director of Exeter Summer, I have lost the thing I love the most, which is to be able to be sitting at a table. Now you see me once a week standing on the assembly stage, but I am spending my time paying attention to what the deans are saying about student behavior. I listen to what Campus Safety has to say to me about other issues that have arisen. I also respond to emails from faculty members and others, I sit in meetings about what we are going to teach next year and how we are going to do it. All those things are important and necessary and I enjoy talking to the people that I talk with, but the thing that gives me the greatest pleasure is to be able to sit down and listen to the students talking.


On Monday, July 22, 2019, Exeter Summer Journalism students interviewed Russell Weatherspoon, the Director of Exeter Summer. Mr. Weatherspoon has been a member of the Exeter community for thirty years and is serving his first year as Director of Exeter Summer. The interview is as follows [responses have been condensed for brevity]:

Q: Being a faculty member at Exeter for over 30 years, can you discuss the culture and community shifts as the political environment has evolved? A: One thing about life, not only now, but always, is there is always change. If you imagine that things are going to stay the same, you are going to be bitterly disappointed. I got here in 1987, and by that time schools were already co-ed. I would imagine that at the time there were many people who were resistant to that. Schools and colleges were single-sex, for instance, Harvard and Yale. Those changes, as relates to coeducation, changes as related to issues around race; colleges began to recognize that the assumptions about who should be in places like this could not be sustained. They have become more diverse, and that is largely because of society and the world also changed. During the time that I have been here, for instance, sexual orientation has, in terms of attitudes about it in the nation at large and around the world, continued to change. But the changes that we’ve seen in the last fifteen years have been by comparison rather dramatic. Now they are sensing there is greater acceptance, at least in the United States. That doesn’t mean that there’s total acceptance by a long shot, but for instance one of the candidates on the Democratic side, Pete Buttigieg, is able to lead with the fact that he is homosexual. At the same time, you have the Presidential administration taking the position that they do not want transgender people serving in the military. You’ve got both of those things happening simultaneously. Young people are attuned to all of that. It’s part of the world they’re growing up in, so they’ve got lots of questions that they want to talk about, whatever position they may take. As a school, one of the things that we’re interested in is bringing students here who do want to talk about just about anything they think about. So we try to encourage that kind of discussion and debate. Obviously, human beings are not perfect, so there will be times when they’re talking about such things that they will forget that among their chief responsibilities is to listen carefully to other people, to try to understand where people are coming from, to remember that all of us together are fundamentally the same species. It’s to our collective advantage to work together. There are times they will forget that, there are times they will start to act like it’s more important to me to make my point than to make a friend. We at times will forget that you can make a point without making an enemy. Speaking specifically as Americans, there is a tendency in different quarters, on both sides of the political spectrum, to sometimes act as if people are not with me, they’re against me, that only my opinion and the opinion of people who are like me matters. As I say, change is inevitable. If it feels like things are static, that’s

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an illusion. On the other hand, old people, like you guys, have to realize you are part of that change. You are not watching it.

Q: What kind of responsibilities come with being the Director of Exeter Summer? A: The summer school runs for five weeks, and the director plus the other people who work in my office are responsible to try to think through every single phase of everything that’s going to happen here. We’ve got to make sure that there’s a website that you can put [the newspaper] on. We have to pay for the website. There are just hundreds of details like that that we work on most of the year. We work on financial aid support, we work on transportation logistics. It’s a lot of behind-the-scenes details. And then you all arrive, and we do this for five weeks at a hectic pace, and then suddenly you’re gone, and we’re like, ‘Wow. What just happened?’ As a matter of fact, even now, this is the fourth week, we’re starting to think about 2020 summer school. So it’s planning that goes around the whole year.

Q: How is financial aid funded by the school? A: Often actually, it is created in two different ways: one, is that built into the tuition, a portion of the regular tuition actually is set aside to help provide for financial aid. But it’s also true that we have a variety of organizations that give money, and individuals, that give money on a regular basis to help provide financial aid, not just the tuition for people to come, but also to help support the transportation that will get them here, and make sure that there are some funds on their Lion Cards. We would like the summer school student population to be diverse nationally; that is to say we don’t want them to all be Americans. So we want them to be Americans, and we want them to be international. We want them to be male and female, we want them to have a variety of sexual orientations, we want them to come from a variety of financial backgrounds. We also want students who would never consider coming to Exeter. When they think about Exeter they say to themselves, “Hey, Exeter’s not for me.” And we want to turn to them and say, “No, you’re bright, you’re able; you come too.”

And then when we sit around a table, when we are in the Grill and people are talking, they realize they’re talking to people who live very different lives from the lives they live. We also hope that friendships will break out between people from very different circumstances and that after they leave the summer school, that they’ll stay in contact. And so that when they become adults, they’ll hopefully still be in contact and realize that they can reach out to each other and work together even as adults. This is a very Machiavellian plan.

Q: What is the difference between Phillips Exeter Academy and the Stony Brook High School, where you taught before? A: The Stony Brook School started off as a boarding school, helping prepare boys to become men who would basically serve under the influence of Christianity. I was at that school for ten years and then came here; I liked that school very much because it was small and you knew everybody. I came here and it was a bit harder, but I worked very hard on it and having as much face-to-face contact as possible which is very important to me.

Q: What was the hardest thing for you to learn transitioning from a member of the faculty to director? A: Most of the people that come to Exeter or anybody who comes to Exeter teach because they love that. I think that the vast majority of the people come here because the teaching method is so different from teaching methods at regular high schools. I have in this interview said more words than I would typically say when I am teaching a class. My goal when I come in to teach a class is to say as little as possible. Leaving the old school and coming here, the major change was learning how to do that, to not talk as much as I have talked in this class, to peer back and to cause the students to talk.

Q: Are you also here in the regular session and if so, what do you do? A: In the regular session I no longer do what I have done for more than 30 years, which

Q: What did you teach during the regular session? A: I taught in the religion department and there I tended to teach courses related to ethics, like the ethics of the marketplace or social ethics. I also taught Hebrew scripture, philosophy, and existentialism. When I was in the English department, I taught both literature and writing. Together I was in three departments; I was in the religion department, the English department and also the drama department because I also taught speech making. I spent a lot of my life giving talks.

Q: What made you want to teach those subjects? I love all of those things. I love the science of trying to speak to an audience and move an audience from one place to another. I try to help them open their minds and consider something they weren't considering before. It is not a science, although science can tell us something. It is an art. In college, I majored in English and I have always liked writing and literature. The kind of large philosophical questions that come up in religion is actually the stuff of everyday life. I mean if you are trying to talk about the Democratic process or whatnot, you are doing philosophy.

Q: A question about the dining hall: why are you using plastic dishes and utensils instead of reusable ones? A: Over two months ago, the woman who is in charge of the dining hall came over to our office and we sat down to talk about things like budget. She said that since we don’t have the larger dining hall this summer, the one being used would be Wetherell. The suggestion then was that every now and then we would do a cookout, too. when I came by a saw that they were using plastic knives and forks. I didn’t turn to them and say, “Why are we using paper and plastic?” My guess is because they feel like they can recycle those things and not ask employees in the middle of the summer to work the dishwasher, which is a big machine down in the basement. The dishwasher gets incredibly hot and it is uncomfortable being around it.

Nurturing Exonians for 16 Years: Bertha Cassatt By LAUREN KHINE Summer Times Staff Writer Everyone has a story, though not all choose to tell it. People often disregard this candid, albeit cliched, aphorism. Assumptions are made, actions are ignored, and the behind-the-scenes work goes unacknowledged. People who are of minute significance to one person have just as complex of a life as that one person. So, while it’s impossible to understand everyone’s lives, it’s good practice to at least try. The Exeter Summer staff is incredibly hardworking and caring. Many employees work at Exeter year-round, and have been working for years, with some even working for decades. Others are just here for the summer, helping with the five weeks of summer school. Despite their differences, staff members have one thing in common: all of them have stories and experiences. Exeter’s dining service staff serves more than a thousand students during the regular academic session, and about seven hundred and fifty in the summer every day of the week, three times a day. They are constantly under-appreciated, despite taking on responsibilities most students or faculty are unaware of. Even more so, individual employees working in dining services have stories and experiences that are majorly unheard. Bertha Cassatt, a food service worker, has been working at Exeter for sixteen years as of this November. She is from Salem, MA, moving to New Hampshire in 1971 at nine years old. Her

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job entails setting up the salad bar and general food stations, keeping lines for food civil, and ensuring temperature levels in the dining hall are comfortable, something some students do not know about. “I wasn’t aware that food service workers had as many responsibilities,” a student, Lukas Mogharrab, said. “They do a lot.” Ms. Cassatt is wonderfully friendly and helpful, saying her best experience at Exeter is ongoing. “We meet so many different cultures,” she said. “I love making people happy and ensuring they get what they need.” After Ms. Cassatt had partially cleaned a waffle maker in the dining hall, a student asked

to make a waffle. Ms. Cassatt said yes without hesitation, and even offered tips on making a good one. She later saw a woman struggling to fork out oatmeal, and immediately offered to grab a ladle to help. Ms. Cassatt is also noted that “everyone is stressed, especially being in a different environment.” Her care does not go unnoticed. “I feel like there’s a lot of options for dietary restrictions,” Mia Penfold, a student, said. “For example, they have vegan butter, and if they don’t have it out, I can always ask for it.” She notes a lack of appreciation for dining services by students. “Perhaps in the rush of things, people forget to be thankful for what we have.” Mia adds she hopes Exeter students become more aware of what staff

like the dining services staff do, believing it will make experiences on both ends more pleasant. When she retires, Ms. Cassatt would like to start her own business for beaded clothing, building on her personal hobby for beading and crocheting. “I want to keep myself busy," she said. Ms. Cassatt also loves animals and riding horses whenever she can. Dinner tables left with spilled drinks and dirty napkins are cleaned by breakfast, and the waffle maker broken every morning is fixed almost immediately thanks to the dining staff. Temperatures are regulated during student dining times, and drinks or foods are fetched at customer requests. The Wetherell Dining Hall may look pristine and clean, but it’s apparent that the work unseen by visitors is most integral to its appearance. Not only does the dining staff at Exeter play an essential part in making sure Exeter runs smoothly, but all employees, especially custodial services, have huge roles, too. While largely taken for granted by students, Exeter employees work long hours and do so much for the community. Unfortunately, their individual stories sometimes go unheard by students, prompting ignorance and even rudeness. Staff will talk; all students have to do is listen. “Even if as students, we don’t make much of an effort, [the staff] is there behind us, always picking up after us,” Mia said. “I appreciate that, and I definitely think that we could do more to help them.”




The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

By RUTH OGECHI UDEH Summer Times Staff Writer

I call dreams figments of our imagination. When we speak of dreams, we think of the unconscious state we fall into when we are asleep. Or even something we hope for. Dreaming is a process controlled by the brain. What comes to mind here at Exeter Summer when we say “dreams"? “Dreams are when we go to our own imaginations and live in a world where we can be ourselves and be our own hero,” said Diego Noboa. As teenagers, we identify with dreams such as going to a good college, graduate with an excellent degree, get a well-paid job, start a

family and watch their children grow. Have you ever taken a moment to wonder why we dream? Many reasons account for why we often

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dream. Our journey on earth is motivated by our dreams. Our dream is what fuels our


burning desires. We ought to dream as humans because it is an essential part of us. “We dream because when we are asleep, our subconscious brain does not shut off," said Averyl Cobb. It is some sort of projection of what we are thinking about. It is something we have seen or worry about.” Kaitlin Clark also said “Dream is a way for our brain to comprehend what you can't really think about consciously. It is a way to comprehend what is going on in everyday life.” Sometimes, when people are woken from their blissful dreams, they are like ravenous wolves with bloodshot eyes. They become like this because for a short moment, our dreams sometimes help us forgot our worries. This happens because of the perfect fairy tales we

have created for ourselves. “I am really disappointed when I get out of a dream," said Diego. "I get that sadness because while I was in my dream, I was in my own world being happy but when I wake up, I realize that I am in the real world." Even the greatest leaders of our time did dream. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Dreams, are in fact, a reflection of brain maturation and cognitive development. So even though not all dreams can be achieved, we keep dreaming. Dream on and dream big!

the government takes cleanliness very seriously. Singapore even has a law that banned the use of chewing gum. Tourists are allowed to bring two packs per person, but any more than that can lead to the suspicion of “gum

rants. The hotel has a panoramic view of the ocean and the downtown financial centre of Singapore, and it is freely accessible for all. Singapore loves to invest heavily in tourism activities—the sector itself accounts for more than 8% of the nations GDP. One of the most obvious attractions is the airport itself, Changi International Airport. The airport is considered the best in the world. Recently, the airport underwent a massive upgrade in improving the welcome environment by adding malls and urban parks with its iconic waterfall. The airport gives an impression of Singapore, the nation's technological advancement over the years, and its adaptivity to all cultures and religions. Surprisingly, Singapore has an extensive number of nature preserves, with its unique ecosystem. The famous Botanic Garden, home to a variety of faunas and floras, is a 200 acres tropical garden located in the center of Singapore. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the garden hosts 4.5 million annual visitors and is one of the most protected and well-maintained gardens in the world. The garden fits for all ages, and hosts frequent music and art shows that are free of charge I recommend that you take a trip yourself to uncover this incredible city-state, with its unique environment and community that will be a spectacular present waiting for you to unfold.

No Debate in Singapore Over Gum Control By CASSIDY SHI

Summer Times Staff Writer

The Phillips Exeter Academy summer program, with a history of more than 100 years, is one of the finest. Every year, it hosts over 700 students from 40 different states and 45 foreign countries around the world. I came from one of these 45 countries: a tiny city-state in South-East Asia off the Malacca Strait. Singapore. I am not originally from Singapore, but I do have second-hand knowledge from the few years I’ve spent within this tiny island nation. Here's my experience. Many of you might have heard of the country from the news, or even the recent movie that sparked global attention, “Crazy Rich Asians." But what is the true life of people living in Singapore? To begin with, the Republic of Singapore is a city-state located at the edge of mainland Asia. It has a population of 5.4 million people sitting on an area of only 722.5 km^2 /279 mi^2. Its population density is ranked second in the world, trailing only slightly behind Monaco. Singapore is also a very diverse nation with four national languages: English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil. Around 40% of the population are foreign nationals, including those with permanent residence. Singapore was once a British Colony, and acted as a trading post of the British East India Company and later the British Raj. Singapore later gained indepen-

Beating the Heat, the Wet Way By EUNICE LAI Summer Times Staff Writer Splish, splosh, splash, the students of Exeter Summer wade through the wave pool, awaiting the rush of big waves to cool them off from the excruciating summer heat. Their noses are filled with a surge of chlorine scented air mixed with sunscreen. This past Sunday, approximately 150 students from both Access Exeter and Upper School participated in the trip to Water Country, organized by the Deans of Fun. Water Country is a water park in Portsmouth, NH, which features up to 15 different attractions varying in thrill level, along with picnic places and snack booths to replenish your thirst after a long day out in the sun. Before going to Water Country, students had mixed feelings. “We had low expectations and I thought it was not going to be worth it,” Alex Westford, 16, from Main Street Hall said. Meanwhile, Cecily West, 16, from Amen Hall said that she “was excited because it was a great place to enjoy the hot weather in New Hampshire and a fun way to spend time.” “I was really excited before going,” Defne Ciliz, 16, from Cilley Hall said, echoing Cecily's sentiments. “We don’t have that many water parks where I come from [in Turkey] and I have never been to one before so I didn’t know what to expect.” After the trip, students shared an almost unanimously positive feeling towards Water Country. “After going, it felt like a good decision—we had a good time, the slides were better than expected, and everyone seemed satisfied,” Alex remarked. Karina Sauceda, 16, from Dunbar Hall, felt the same way. “Water Country was great! The rides are amazing and I absolutely loved it. I’m glad I was able to spend some quality time with friends and I would recommend these rides to anyone who wants to go. Watch out for the seagulls though!” Meanwhile, for Cecily, who had been excited for the trip even before she departed, Water Country “lived up to expectations." Cecily said, “They had a variety of different rides to choose from that kept me entertained the whole time." “I had so much fun, and it was an amazing experience,” Defne concurred. “Now I wish we had big water parks like Water Country in Turkey too.” Overall, the students of Exeter Summer found this trip to be one of their highlights of their summer and would recommend this trip to next year’s students.

dence from the British Empire during 1963 by joining Malaysia, but later separated two years later due to ideological differences and became a sovereign state in 1965. Singapore managed to thrive through its early years. The first Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee, even described it as “From Third World to First." The country is located in the key center of the Malacca Strait, where 40% of the maritime trade passes through. The port of Singapore is one of the largest in the world; this port contributes to a large percentage of Singapore's GDP. The country welcomes foreign trade and investment, which gives incentives to multinationals to invest in a large number of assets. Singapore is also a global hub for education, finance, entertainment, healthcare, and innovation. The country is considered to have the best education system in the world—schools and students are heavily supported by endorsed by the government. Life in Singapore is incredible! The Singaporean government heavily encourages the use of public transportation in an attempt to combat pollution. The city contains an advanced set-up of Metro Trains (MRT) and buses—I’ve seen myself a drastic decrease in usage of cars when I moved here four years ago from Canada. It is a perfect substitute to cars. If you move to Singapore, you will realize that everyone here is also very disciplined, minding their own business. The country has many strict laws in place, and

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smuggling” leading to absurd fines. If one is caught littering, fines can go as high as $500. There are even laws against “unflushed” toilets which can lead to a $150 fine. The purpose is to maintain the country's reputation of being impeccably clean. The country is so clean that despite Singapore's tropical weather, mosquitos are rarely found. The country may be small, but tourist attractions are everywhere to be found. Entertainment, nature, Singapore has it all! For example: the Marina Bay Sand, one of the largest casino hotels in the world, with a long stretch of shopping malls, parks, museums and restaurants at the bottom. The building is known for its design, with a unique shaped rooftop hosting an infinity pool and restau-

Hurry to Catch Saturn's Rings— Only 100,000,000 Years to Go By SHANKAR CHENNATTU Summer Times Staff Writer

When you think of Saturn, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? The fact that it is the second largest planet in the solar system? Or that the planet is a gas giant? Probably not. You would most likely think of its large and magnificent rings. Evidently, those unique rings that you recognize Saturn by are going to vanish, but fortunately for us earthlings of the 21st century, the rings will go

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away in about a hundred million years. So, for now, we can still enjoy images of Saturn’s rings any time we want. You might be wondering why such an atrocious

disappearance must happen to something so significant. Well, the explanation is quite simple. The rings of Saturn are made up of ice and rock, and large chunks of them are constantly being bombarded by UV radiation. When these collisions occur, the icy particles vaporize and create charged water molecules that interact with Saturn’s magnetic field. They fall toward Saturn and burn up in the atmosphere. This process is called ring rain. The ring rain on Saturn was actually first discovered many years ago by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Voyager mission. In the 1980s, we noticed a peculiar series of dark bands, and they turned out to be ring rain caught in Saturn’s magnetic field. Since then, scientists and researchers had predicted the complete drainage of Saturn’s rings to happen in three hundred million years. However, recent observations made by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have revealed that Saturn is losing its rings at a much faster rate. Now, it seems definitive that Saturn is going to totally lose its rings in a hundred million years. These iconic rings have been visible to us for around 400 years, but they have existed for around a hundred million years. So this is sad for us as observers of the universe, but in the long run, the disappearance of Saturn’s rings might not be as concerning as we, minuscule human beings, think it is. Perhaps, something much greater is meant to happen on Saturn.

Alien Life Doesn't Mean Intelligence By FRED FINK Summer Times Staff Writer It's one of sciene's most confounding questions. Is there intelligent alien life? Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most prominent astrophysicists, once offered his own take on this question: “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so." This hypothesis might have become a reality—scientists discovered that Europa, one of the fifty moons that circle Jupiter, might contain life. A few years ago, researchers observed that under Europa's ice sloshes a 100 kilometers deep saltwater ocean. Where water exists, life is a possibility. This is another reason the ice moon, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is considered one of the top candidates for hosting life outside our own planet Earth. Recently, scientists from the California Institute of Technology discovered that Europa's ice sheet contains common salt (sodium chloride) in the so-called "chaos terrain," the surface of the moon. This salt might dissolve in the ocean water which is cov-

ered by the massive and thick ice sheets; this increases the chance of life in the underground waters on the ocean floor, which is 120 kilometers below the -130°C surface of the Jupiter moon. Exeter Summer students shared diverse answers to the question of whether there could be alien life forms on Europa. Sam Patterson from North Carolina said, "It is a hard question to answer. One thing that makes me think of is how we define life." According to Sam, “we define life as carbon-based, having survival techniques and reproduction. Let us say life exists in some form in our solar system. It is not necessarily carbon-based. And even if it is, microscopic life forms [...] are changing everything and puts Earth on a new playing field.'' Daniel Zheng from Florida said: "I don't know if there is extraterrestrial life. It does not even exist until you prove it and until now, nothing is proven." Nick from Thailand believed there could be life forms, but were most likely not similar to humans. “There could be

bacteria and small life forms like bacteria and microbes, but not more," he said. Planet physicist Frank Sohl from the German Aerospace Center Institute of Planetary Research Planetary Physics believes that, “next to water and salt it is also vital that Europa is constantly bombarded with particles.” He adds that after scientific research, so-called “Black Smokers” were found, gaps were hot dissolved water from minerals in the earth inner and other substances flows out. In these areas of the ocean of the earth is life. Thats why some expect to find bacteria and other forms in this area. To research the moon even more, the NASA mission "Europa Clipper" and the European Space Agency (ESA) mission "Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer" will lead the way in early 2020 into the seven-year darkness of space to discover the undiscovered. Life on Europa is not to be ruled out but is still unlikely. After the Saturn moon Enceladus and the Jupiter moon Ganymede, Europa is one of the most likely candidates to contain life.





PEA Soccer: On a Roll By ENNO BEHRENS

Summer Times Staff Writer

Two games, one great comeback and one great defeat for the Exeter Summer Soccer Team last week and this . The first match was on Thursday, July 18, against the Exeter Regular Session Soccer Team. Already in the first minute it became clear that this opponent was way stronger than the Exeter High School Team, against whom the Summer Team had played the last two matches. As they are having daily training sessions during regular session they were used to play with each other and could play better together, but they also had the better single players and were physically superior on many positions. After 10 minutes the Regular Session Team took the lead after a counter attack and a flat cross from the right side. The striker just had to push the ball into the goal. The keeper had no chance. Only 5 minutes later the Summer Team tied it up surprisingly after Carlos Yanes got the ball alone in front of the goalkeeper and scored. For a long time it looked like the Summer Team could keep the score until halftime, but shortly before halftime the Regular Session Team scored after a long pass and a beautiful lob shot over the goalie. The score at half time was 2-1 Regular Session. In the second half the Exeter Summer Team had to concentrate on defending most of the time and managed to keep the score until the 65th of 80 minutes. That was the point when the team

totally fell apart and lost its motivation. Also, the players were exhausted from the physically tough game, duels and the high temperatures. Between the 65th and 69th minute the Regular Session Team scored three times to make it 5-1. In the 75th minute they made it 6-1 after a beautiful volley shot. Shortly before the end, the Summer Team got its last chance to score but the goalkeeper saved the 1 vs.1 duel. In return, the Regular Session Team scored a seventh goal in the 77th minute. Then the game was finally over. Although a defeat for the Summer warriors, most of the spectators stayed until the end to support their team. Despite the drubbing, the players still learned something. “I’m happy about it, that all the Germans on the soccer team have the feeling of losing 7-1”, joked Thomas Silberberg from Brazil after the game, hinting at the World Cup clash between Germany and Brazil in 2014 that ended 7:1 for Germany. The next game was on Monday, July 22, against the Exeter High School Team again and it was even going to be more spectacular than the last one. This was the chance to erase the memory of the last game, and collect positive experiences. In rainy and cloudy weather the game started even worse than the first one. Already in the 12th minute Tobias Gray scored an own goal after he tried to clear the ball that slipped over his foot and landed in the Exeter Summer Team’s goal. In the middle of the second half the Exeter High School Team scored again after the last

defender lost the ball and the striker went into a 1vs.1 against the keeper to score through the goalies legs. As the Exeter High School Team scored its third goal, just after the 2nd half started, everything looked like it was going to be another embarrassing defeat for the Summer Team, but after substitutions were made by the coach the team regained its courage. Shortly after the 3-0 Luca Crimi made a great run through many defenders and scored. A few minutes later Hermogenes Lopez made it 3-2 with a shot in the top left corner, and only 3 minutes later, Enno Behrens made the comeback perfect, after he got fouled in the box and scored the following penalty in the bottom left corner. The score was now 3-3. In only 10 minutes the Team had caught up. The game got really exciting now. The High School Team upped the pressure again and went really close to score. First Emerson Khambatta cleared the ball on the line and in the next attack the goalie kept the score

with a great save. Nevertheless the joy didn’t last long as the High School Team finally found the goal after a cross from the right side and a volley shot under the crossbar, 4-3. Still, the Summer School Team didn’t give up and went to attack again. As a High School defender played the ball with his hand in his own box after a corner, they got another penalty. Tareq Alayli took it and scored in the bottom left corner to equalize again. But still the game wasn’t over and 2 minutes before the end, the Summer Team got a big chance again, that the goalie saved with a good reflex. The Summer Team stayed in possession and Hermogenes Lopez scored again with a shot from the right side in the top left corner, 5-4. For the first time in this game, the Exeter Summer Team took the lead and that’s how it stayed until the end. Out of three games against the High School, the Exeter Summer Team has won two now. The next matches will be today, Thursday, July 25 and on Monday, July 29. Come over and support your team!

What We're Reading By ANN YOUNG

Summer Times Staff Writer

During their free time this summer, many students like to take advantage of a chance to catch up on their reading. Walking into the library or bookstore to find a new book to read can be a daunting task if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Luckily, some Exeter Summer students were able to recommend books they have been enjoying. Recommendations for middle and high schoolers were also offered by an employee at Water Street Bookstore. “The Hate U Give" has been really popular,” said Julie, an employee at Water Street Bookstore. “Anything by John Green always sells super fast. "Five Feet Apart" and "The Book Thief " have also been really popular. "The Grief Keeper" is a really interesting book that’s been selling well too. It’s about a refugee girl who is hired to take on the grief of another girl. She lives in a time where technology can be used to transfer emotions to other people, so she takes on this girl’s grief without the girl knowing what’s happening.” She also recommended "Children of Blood and Bone" and "The Water Girls." Jasmine Li of Bancroft Hall said that while she hasn’t been reading anything while at Exeter, she recently read "To Kill a Mockingbird." The novel was written in 1960 by Harper Lee, and follows Scout Finch through her childhood years. Over the course of the novel, Scout and her brother Jem are taught by their father, Atticus Finch, the importance of empathy and justice. Atticus is known to embody the values he teaches, and demonstrates this when he defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of sexually assaulting a white woman, at his trial. Jasmine said that if

she had to rate the book, she would give it a 4.5 out of five. Catherine Merrill, an Access Exeter student from Langdell, recommends "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. “'In Cold Blood' is a book that’s based off of a true story,” she said. “It’s very old- from the 1900’s. It’s about a true murder but it’s written as if it was fiction and it inspired an entire sub-genre.” "In Cold Blood" was published in 1965. It discusses the murders of four members of the Clutter family. The family was murdered at their farmhouse in Holcomb, KS, in 1959, by two ex- convicts. Catherine said she has been reading the book for fun, and that she would rate it a 5 out of 5. Anthony Woo of Abbott Hall recommends "Grant" by Ron Chernow. “I’m just reading it for fun,” he said, pulling the book from his bag. “I like reading about history and I think this book is quite nice. I would recommend it if you like history and want to spend a summer reading. I think this book could last you maybe two months, so it’s a good summer book. I think it’s also good to learn about politics and military history.” Anthony said that he would rate the book a four out of five.WWW Peter Hu of Webster Hall recommended "The Da Vinci Code." The 2003 fiction novel by Dan Brown is about the murder of a museum curator at the Louvre. The curator, Jacques Saunière, has a secret that he must pass on: the location of the Holy Grail. He does so by leaving hints and clues in his own blood in the moments before his death. Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology and the protagonist of the novel, is called to interpret the gory scene, unaware that he himself is suspected of the murder. Peter said he is reading the book for fun, and that he would rate the book a 4.5 out of five. Courtesy of Google

Letters from the Hamm Leadership Program

Sending a Student to Exeter Summer

Hey, it’s Moby from the Hamm Leadership Program! My group and I just wanted to let you know about what we’re doing for our Capstone project and to ask that you participate. We are actually doing a fundraiser to raise money to send a student, who may not have the financial means to come here, to Exeter Summer! Yeah I know, it’s going to take a whole lot of money to do that. That’s why WE need YOUR support and participation to achieve our goal. We have two activities to help us raise money. First, the Candygrams. Send a fun card and a lollipop to a friend to let them know that you appreciate them. The candygrams will cost only 2 dollars each and can be bought at the student activities center with your Lion Card. We will run this from Monday, 22nd July to Saturday, 27th July. Make sure you get these soon! Also we have the Dorm Donations Competition. Donations can be made at the Student Activities Office in cash or through your Lion Card. Any amount is appreciated but if you give, know that you have given someone an opportunity to attend Exeter Summer. As I said, it’s a competition. The dorm with the highest percentage of participating members (members that donated) would win an ICE CREAM PARTY. We will run this from Monday, 22nd July to Thursday, 1st August. However you give, know that it’s going to a good cause. For any questions contact: Moby: (646) 350 9921

Partnering with Chucky's Fight

The students in the Hamm Leadership Program are currently in the process of completing a Capstone project that will give us a chance to put “leadership in action” into real world context by developing a project that positively impacts our community. Our group chose to pursue raising awareness to prevent opioid abuse. We did this by partnering with a nonprofit called Chucky’s Fight. Chucky’s Fight was founded by Chucky Rosa several years ago after his life was changed forever by the effects of opioid abuse. Mr. Rosa has made the best out of his situation by spreading opioid abuse awareness throughout New England. On July 22, Mr. Rosa came and spoke at the school to a group of PEA Summer students who were interested in learning more about this pressing issue. The questions asked by the students were particularly insightful, allowing all whom attended to leave with a better understanding of opioid abuse and what Mr. Rosa is trying to accomplish. On July 25, in the early hours of the morning, students took a bus to Portsmouth, NH, to take a dip in the frigid ocean waters with Chucky. After a pep talk was given by Chucky, the students jumped in the 50 degree Fahrenheit water in solidarity, showing that they were willing to make a stand against opioid abuse. The students agreed that it was an experience like no other, and were glad they chose to participate. We were able to inform the dangers of opioid abuse to a worldwide audience. We hope that the PEA summer students will share this information in their own communities and help us to truly make a difference around the world.

Toiletry Drive at Exeter Summer

Roughly 500 of this year's 700 students planned to dispose of their toiletries at the end of the summer. While the idea of toiletries thrown away may not seem too drastic, when it comes to personal hygiene, there are tons of unsanitary products that are being used by families that don't have access to quality products. Our group in the Hamm Leadership Program hopes to assist a local shelter in providing for their residents. The Crossroads House is a local family shelter where over 100 individuals are being sheltered. This large number of residents requires a large number of supplies; we are organizing a toiletry drive in which students may donate whatever remaining toiletries they have at the end of the session. Acceptable products include shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and other bottled products. From 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 28th to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31st, dorms will be able to collect toiletries from their students. After 8 p.m. on Wednesday, members of our group will come to each dorm to collect the donations and will count how many items each dorm donates. The dorm with the most items donated will win an exclusive ice cream-party for its residents! Donating something as small as a bottle of shampoo may seem like it’s not worth it, but everything counts. There are 101 residents sheltered in Crossroads House. 27 children call it their home. We have this one great opportunity to improve their lives. For any questions contact:

Beach Cleanup

Calling all Exeter Summer students! Are you a beach junky? Have you never had the opportunity to go to the beach? Search no more! Students Juliana Arteta, Logan Baker, Liv Jespersen, Matt Ramstrom, and Shirley Wang of the Hamm Leadership Program are teaming up with the Blue Ocean Society to raise awareness for combating litter on New Hampshire’s coast. On Friday, July 26th, you will have the opportunity to venture to Hampton Beach with these students for a beach cleanup night! The group will depart from Tan Lane at 5:15 p.m. and leave the beach by 8 p.m. to return to PEA before check-in. To sign up, check your inbox for a Google Survey and fill it out. It will request your first and last name, email, and pizza preference. “Why a beach cleanup?” you may be asking yourself. Well, New Hampshire only offers 18 miles of coast line and brings masses of tourists every summer. As for most events or destinations that harbor thousands of people, the issue of litter tends to arise. Coastal animals, like seagulls, and pets can ingest these items or get caught in them, potentially leading to fatal complications. Not only that, but humans can accidentally step on and/ or come into contact with hazardous items that have sharp edges, disease, or harmful substances. The group’s goal is, again, to raise awareness by collecting AND recording the litter. Data cards will then be sent back to the Blue Ocean Society to give them a better perspective of where and what type of litter is being deposited on the New Hampshire coast. We hope to see you there to help succor one of New Hampshire’s greatest environmental problems!





Have No Fear: Stage Fright, By Design By ISABEL POVEY

Summer Times Staff Writer

Next week, on Friday, July 26th at 7 p.m. in the Actor’s Lab Theater in the Goel building, the Exeter Summer Theater Company will be sharing an original play the students wrote themselves, called ”No Fear”. The show is a series of improv scenes all connecting back to the overarching theme of fear. The students in the theater program worked tirelessly to create the entire show in a way that would effectively address a multitude of different fears. Rickey Watson, Exeter Summer’s theater director, made it very clear that the program is about so much more than acting. In order for the students to create their own show, they first needed to become comfortable with one another. “We started by creating an atmosphere for the ensemble, a group of people and a space that would give each other artistic freedom to fully create without the fear of ‘not being good enough,’” he said. “This was always the tricky part.” Once the students were comfortable with one another, they were split into groups and given a small amount of time to devise a scene relating to fear. They then presented their ideas to the cast and worked together, honestly and professionally, to decide which scenes would best fit into the performance. “The students had to be open to peer constructive criticism, and be bold enough to actually give it too,” said Mr. Watson. “From the first week, students were creating and modifying. The last two weeks, we worked on cleaning the outline of the show. We are now in tech, so the process is still in development!” The final dress rehearsal will be held on Thursday at 5:10 p.m.,

He Does Polo, The Game (Not Polo, The Logo) By EUNICE LAI

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Challenge. Responsibility. Perseverance. These are the three words Pablo Fernández De Córdova, 15, from Main Street dorm used to describe the exciting, but dangerous game of polo that is his passion. “Polo is a very interesting sport.” Pablo said. “It’s dangerous so I like it.” If you don’t know what polo is, it’s a horseback-mounted team sport which requires focus and discipline. Each team consists of four mounted riders and the game generally lasts around one to two hours. The game is divided into 4 to 8 different sections called “chukkas” where players will change mounts. It is played by two opposing teams attempting to score against each other by using a long handled wooden mallet to hit a small ball into the opposing team’s goal. Although this sport might not be prevalent in some places in the world, “it's very popular in Europe and Miami and a lot of places where there is nice temperature and good sport teams,” Pablo explained. Imagine riding a horse up to 40 m.p.h. chasing after a small plastic ball rolling across the large soccer field while other horses are right on your tail, breathing down your neck as you attempt to focus to make the game winning hit.

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Pablo gets to experience that adrenaline rush when he plays with his team once a week. “My dad knows a friend that has a team that plays polo so they motivated me to do it," he said. “It’s also important to play polo because a lot of my friends play it and I want to support them.'' Pablo is currently playing polo as a hobby, and had previous equestrian experience. “I’ve been playing for two and a half years.” he said. “Before that I just ride horses.” As Pablo said, one main thing that makes polo interesting is its daunting nature. “When you’re going very fast to the goal, falling off the horse at a high speed may be very dangerous,” he said. “that's the real problem I face. When the rival is very aggressive, I’m more aware of my situation on top of the horse.” Polo is also more than just another sport. In polo you also create special connections with your most important teammates- your horses. “You need to know your horses”, Pablo said. “You need to know which one is faster, which one is slower, and you need to know their attitude. If they get hurt by the stick, the ball, or another rider, you need to know their response.” Unlike other sports, you also have the responsibility to nurture a living animal. “It’s important to take care of them.” Pablo plans on continuing to pursue this sport in the future.

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and students are encouraged to attend. Mr. Watson says he is very proud of his students and hopes their peers will come to the shows to not only support their friends, but to experience something special that will touch each of them personally and is surely to leave them thinking. He says he found his passion teaching theatrical arts for an after school program at the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York. “I am still auditioning in the city, but to me, opening up scholars’ creative minds, helping them find and develop their artistic selves is more gratifying than just doing a show here and there," he said. His resume is impressive, stacked with experience directing countless shows for many drama organizations, including the National Black Theater. It all started when he watched his sister bring joy to an audience while she was acting in a school play, and he became inspired to “make people happy like that too”. Ceren Sengun, from Turkey, doesn’t have the extensive theater background like her director, but her passion is still strong. She says she has always loved acting, but never found the opportunity to do anything about it. “When I saw I could do it as an extracurricular here, I signed up right away,” she said. “I can’t wait to perform with the rest of the ensemble as a team and see the audience’s reactions.” The performances will be held in the Goel Center for Theater and Dance this Thursday at 5:10 and Friday at 7. Students are encouraged to attend the shows and support their peers as they explore moments of fear and share all of their hard work.

We're Far From The Shallow Now

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By CHARLOTTE FRANCOLI Summer Times Staff Writer

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for kids under the age of five and still a common killer for adults. Here at Phillips Exeter Academy, many kids learn a lifesaving skill that may prevent them from drowning: swimming. Kate D’Ambrosio, the aquatic manager at PEA, has been teaching students, young and old, how to swim for 38 years. Recalling the experience of teaching a six month old, Ms. D'Ambrosio noted, “The earlier kids gets into the water, the easier it is. Once they are older you just have to get them past the fear of the unknown.” Indeed, the water can be a very scary environment, especially if you are a beginner. The difference between adults and kids while learning swimming, is that adults usually seek out swimming lessons on their own will, while kids are signed up by their parents. However, the kids here at Phillips Exeter Academy have undertook the challenge themselves. "That’s half of the battle,” Ms. D’Ambrosio commended. Many kids haven't learned to swim yet because they had no access to pools in their younger years, according to Ms. D'Ambrosio. “I grew up with a mother, who happens to be an aquatic director,” Ms. D’Ambrosio explained. “My five brothers and sisters all swim competitively, because we were introduced so early.'' There can also be financial restraints, because maintaining a pool or signing up to an aquatic club can get expensive. However, once new swimmers reach their goal of learning how to swim, the feeling is priceless. “We had a girl this summer that

tried to take the swim test but failed it and couldn’t pass it even close,” Ms. D'Ambrosio said. "She then worked so hard and just in a week she passed it. She was so excited it felt for her as if she had won the lottery." The kids then realize that swimming is not only a fun sport that allows you to participate in activities such as going to the water park or watching a movie by the pool—it is a life skill that might save their lives one day. The struggle of learning how to swim is very big if it is not something you have grown up with. Especially with the Phillips Exeter Academy pool, beginner swim lessons can be very intimidating as the competitive Roger Nekton Pool has no shallow end. However, Ms. D'Ambrosio expressed optimism for students who overcame this fear and persisted in their quest to learn to swim. “What really excites me is when kids who did the first session of swimming lessons sign up again to continue for these next couple of weeks that we have,” Ms. D’Ambrosio said. As in any activity, there can sometimes be negative behavior from other kids towards non-swimmers, but for the most part, the atmosphere is overwhelmingly positive. “The kids that I have seen, not only in summer school but also in the regular PEA program, have been phenomenally supportive of each other,” Ms. D'Ambrosio said. “It’s wonderful to see how they are encouraging each other without any judgement from their side.” At the same time the engagement and enthusiasm of the instructor plays a huge role. They should make it fun just like the aquatic staff of the pool Steve, Sarah and Micheala have. They love what they do, and their biggest thrill is when the kids achieve their goals in swimming.

Life Goes Swimmingly for Junior Olympian By ENNO BEHRENS

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As every year, there are great athletes of many sports at Exeter Summer. One of them this year is Berfin Erdogan, an Exeter Summer student, who is a Junior Olympic swimmer from Istanbul, Turkey. She's been swimming since she was three years old. “When I was little, I was swimming and I had so much fun”, said Berfin, “so I wanted to swim in a club and become a swimmer.” So when she was five years old she joined a Turkish swimming club called Galatasaray. She has trained there every day, up to four hours. Normally she even started before school, at 5 a.m., for one hour. “I have like one hour of Dryland, then we do two hours of swimming and then one hour of Dryland again.” “Dryland” are workout exercises for swimmers that are not done in the water. The girl from Dunbar Hall also trains here in Exeter for 1 hour every day and takes part in the competitive swimming class. To prepare for a competition, she eats carbohydrates like pasta 2 hours before the race and doesn’t drink too much water. To prepare mentally, she tells herself that she has to give her best, but doesn’t listen to music or do any other special things.

With time and practice she became better and better. “I had teammates and it was so much fun to swim with them,” says Berfin about the time in her Turkish club. But she left it when she was in 8th grade as she moved to Sun Diego, CA., which is about one hour away from Los Angeles. There she joined a swimming club called North Coast Aquatics (NCA). “NCA has placed hundreds of swimmers into elite college programs”, according to its website, “and countless others have competed internationally, including competitions in Australia, Canada, Sweden, France, Japan, China, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, and Brazil.” After she had just arrived there, she took part in a Junior Olympics Max, a qualifying race for the Junior Olympics in a 50-meter pool. She started swimming there in the C-Section as she was new there and “didn’t go to any meeting before that.” But she was good and got medals there so she moved to A-Section, which is the best. Also in that race, she made her best times and so got qualified for the real Junior Olympics when she was only 14 years old. The organizers told her coach about that and the coach told her. “I was so happy because I never joined an Olympic before.”, said Berfin. Only 3 other people from her club have also made it to the Junior Olympics. She

“felt so special” about that. So she participated in the Junior Olympics in 2017. They took part all over the United States, but the Swimming Contest was in her new Hometown, San Diego. In the Junior Olympics, she won 5 silver medals and 1 gold medal. The silver medals for 100 meters butterfly, for 50 meters butterfly, for 200 meters free, for 100 meters breaststroke and for 200 meters medley. The gold medal, she won for 200 meters butterfly. In that race, she also broke a 14-year old record of her club. For her, the Junior Olympics are the biggest achievement of her career yet, and might be the biggest achievement of her whole career too. “I don’t want to go to the real Olympics”, says Berfin. “I don’t want to workout for that, it’s so hard to get in.” Already now she is just swimming as a hobby and not training and swimming on a professional level for a professional competition anymore. “I want to go to university to study architecture”, said Berfin, “probably in Italy or in England, I’m not sure, but in Europe.” Swimming, she says, is going to take too much time when she goes to the university. School is more important for her, but of course she will go on swimming as a hobby, she says. However, she has achieved big things in swimming, also if she will not make it to the real Olympics.

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