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The Roughest Winds the Seven Seas Have Ever Seen Vol. CXXXII, No. 25 Veritas Super Omnia January 8, 2010 Phillips Academy Tipton and Efinger to Assume Cluster Dean Positions in WQN and WQS By JULIA DEAN
The Roughest Winds the Seven Seas Have Ever Seen Vol. CXXXII, No. 25 Veritas Super Omnia January 8, 2010 Phillips Academy Tipton and Efinger to Assume Cluster Dean Positions in WQN and WQS By JULIA DEAN B. Brodie (Top) and Y. Watanabe (Bottom)/The Phillipian Efinger and Tipton loo forward to woring as cluster deans for West Quad South and West Quad North. ASM Frozen for Four wees Admin. Hope to Relieve Stress By Cancelling ASM in Feb. and Start of March By LIAM MURPHY Students were treated to a welcome surprise this Wednesday when Rebecca Syes, Associate Head of School, announced that All-School Meetings would be replaced by a weely free period for the month of February and the first wee of March. The suspension of All- School Meetings, which Syes dubbed the February Freeze, will last from February 10 until the end of winter term. The announcement, which was met with cheers from students, followed a school-wide from Carlos Hoyt, Associate Dean of Students and All- Continued on A6, Column : A Decade In Review Past Decade Brings Many Changes to Andover By APSARA IYER The first ten years of the new millennium ushered in various policy changes, intensive reconstruction projects and a technological revolution at Phillips Academy. POLICY CHANGES Andover introduced changes to diploma requirements as part of the 2004 Strategic Plan. Students entering in 2008 saw increased flexibility in fulfilling their Art and Music requirements, and Juniors enjoyed pass/fail courses in English and History for fall term. Brian Faul 00, Instructor in Chemistry, said, The new flexibility helps meet ids at the level they re comfortable with when they come to the school. Seniors who entered as freshmen in 2006 still carry the old requirements for five terms of Art and Music and one term of Theater. Kimberly Kohn 10 said, I thin [the new requirements] Death of Former Student a Tragedy for Choate The Choate Rosemary Hall community has been finding ways to come together since the death of Choate student Charlotte Holtz on Sunday, December 6. On the day after Holtz s death, Choate s eleventh grade class gathered for a meeting where Choate s school chaplain and several of Holtz s classmates spoe a few words in memory of her. Around mid-morning of the same day, news of Holtz s death was officially announced to the rest of the Choate community via . The Choate community gathered the following day for an all-school meeting dedicated to Holtz. In addition to several speeches made by the school chaplain and three Choate students, Choate s chamber orchestra played several pieces. Holtz, an eleventh grader, withdrew from Choate in mid- November, according to John By YERIN PAK Ford, Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Students of Choate Rosemary Hall. Choate students and faculty who wished to attend Holtz s service, which was held in Stamford, Connecticut on December 11, were able to do so with school-provided transportation. Choate granted some griefstricen students time off from classes and sports. The Choate health center staff also wored around the cloc to reach out to students and to support those who came forward themselves, Ford wrote in an to The Phillipian. This was an extremely difficult thing to get through and for many in the school community it will tae a long time to really recover. Time helps and staying busy helps. We remain concerned for Charlotte s parents and her whole family and we will not forget her, wrote Continued on A7, Column 4 are a change for the better because they encourage students to tae required classes, but in a less intense manner, however, some alumni felt hesitant about relaxing the diploma requirements any further. Ethan Liebermann 00 said, I can understand movement on the fringes on relaxing requirements, but I would not want to see the school go too far in that direction because then we start to loo lie any other high school in the country. In 2008, Andover instituted a need-blind admissions process, thereby separating an applicant s financial bacground from his or her chances for admission. Jane Fried, Dean of Admissions, wrote in an , Need blind admissions creates community and maintains community. Families, both those who need financial aid and those who do not, are attracted to the school because of its extraordinary commitment to youth from every quarter. Fried said that the need-blind initiative stemmed from a wish to remove financial need as an obstacle to admission. Liebermann said, As an alum, my desire for Andover is to have the strongest students from all over the world. That is what is going to provide the most positive experience for students today. I can t thin of a better, more efficient way than the need-blind policy. The critics might say that it is not a financially responsible initiative. I would urge them to consider how blessed we are as a school to have the endowment that we do, he continued. In another policy change, the The Quads will welcome two new cluster deans this fall. Fran Tipton, Instructor of History and Social Sciences and Advisor on Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Issues, will become the cluster dean of West Quad North. Cindy Efinger, Director of Student Activities, will tae over as the cluster dean of West Quad South. The two openings were announced in November because current deans Chad Green and Peter Washburn have each fulfilled their tenure. I applied because I enjoy woring with students and faculty and building communities on campus, said Tipton. Efinger cited relationships with students from her role as Director of Student Activities as the reason behind her application. I want to get to now the students on a more personal basis, she said. According to Paul Murphy, Dean of Students and Residential Life, Tipton and Efinger were selected due to the unique perspectives that they will bring to the Deans Table. The deans used to be exclusively teachers, so today s deans are a nice shift which brings a whole different set of sills to the table, Murphy said. It is good to have different perspectives represented from the cluster deans, he continued. [Tipton s] wor in CAMD was important to his candidacy. [Efinger] brings a whole lot to the table. On top of her wor in student activities, she has been at Andover for a long Cline Loos Forward to Reading and Community Wor After 31 Years of Teaching at Andover By MADELINE SILVA This profile is the second in an ongoing series about the retiring faculty members in the Voluntary Retirement Incentives Program. Andrew Cline, Instructor in Mathematics, plans to stay active after he retires from Andover after 31 years of teaching and coaching. I will miss terribly my colleagues and the time I spend in the classroom and on the baseball field, but I ll be very busy, and I m excited about that, he said. Cline said that he is looing forward to further exploring his many hobbies, which include woodworing, tennis, golf, hiing and biing, as well as trying to catch up on about 30 years of not reading. He said that he and his wife are looing forward to spending the whole year at their home in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and are hoping to become involved in the community there. Cline said that he also plans to volunteer with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. [My wife and I] became grandparents in March, and so eeping up with our ids, but also our grandson, will certainly Continued on A7, Column 1 be an important factor in our plans, he said. Cline taught math and coached baseball and football at a public school in Berea, Ohio for six years before he was encouraged to apply for a job at Andover by a friend who was teaching here at the time. He was slightly reluctant to apply at first. It was a foreign idea, and I didn t really now what I was getting myself into, he said. Cline said that he had a somewhat unorthodox interview when he finally decided to apply for the teaching position. I had to meet with [the athletic director] during his lunch hour. So he too me to his house and we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches It was great, he said. He moved to Andover in 1979 and served as a house counselor A. Morrow/ THe Phillipian Andrew Cline has juggled various roles in the community. time, and she has raised three sons, he added. All of the other deans have younger ids, so [Efinger] has a unique parent perspective, said Murphy. Rebecca Syes, Associate Head of School, added that Efinger and Tipton have become notable figures on the Andover campus and have strong relationships with students. [Efinger and Tipton] each demonstrated a real passion for residential life and for wor with students and faculty in the cluster system, she said. Vincent D Andrea 10, a three-year resident and proctor in Bishop Hall where Tipton is a house counselor, believes that Tipton will mae a good cluster dean and change West Quad North for the better. [Tipton] has the ability to mae WQN so much better by really hearing students ideas for improvement and change, he said. He is very supportive, and he approaches each individual situation as an opportunity for improvement rather than discipline, D Andrea continued. My goal is to mae sure that everyone has the best experience that they can, and I will do whatever I can do in my capacity to mae that happen, Tipton said. Claire King 10, Blue Key Head, said, Cindy [Efinger] has done so much for the students in her time as Student Activities Director, and I m so glad to see her have a chance to tae her influence to the next level as cluster dean. Continued on A6, Column 1 For the Next Installment of the College Spotlight Series See Pages A7-A8 Continued on A6, Column 6 Faculty and Staff Tae Furlough Faculty Furloughs Aim to Combat Economic Crisis, Reduce Operational Costs By SOPHIE GOULD Phillips Academy administrators required most permanent staff and administrators to tae four days of unpaid leave in the school s first-ever furlough which too place between December 28 and December 31. A furlough is a period of time in which employees do not wor or receive compensation. In an , Maureen Ferris, Director of Human Resources, referred to the furlough as a shutdown, intended to save money to help Andover survive the economic recession. The furlough was one strategy in reducing operational costs in response to the 2009 economic crisis. Employees had the option to substitute paid vacation time for the four furlough days, Continued on A8, Column 4 Inside The Phillipian Commentary/ A2-A3 Billy Fowes is septical of the views of MLK Day Speaer Spie Lee. Editorial/ A2 We lie our Februarys frozen. News/ A6-A8 Andover Admissions Office institutes Candidate Profile. The Phillipian catches up with prospective college students Zach Boyd 10 and Alanna Waldman 10. Features/ B4-B6 Features gets gassy. Arts/ A4-A5 Arts reviews restaurants in downtown Andover. Sports/ B1-B3 Kreider wins Gold for USA. Boys Varsity Hocey Earns Second Place in Flood Marr Tournament. for subscription and advertising requests Please Recycle This Phillipian A2 Commentary The Phillipian January 8, 2010 News Executive: Juliet Liu Shane Bouchard Melissa Yan Arts Natalie Cheng Hannah Lee Nathalie Sun Sports Jac Doyle Maggie Law Spencer Macquarrie Features Billy Fowes B.J. Garry Senior Associates Gregory Hanafin Benjamin Nichols Celia M. Lewis Managing Editor News: Julia Dean, Liam Murphy, Yerin Pa, Alex Salton, Julia Zorthian Commentary: Max Bloc, Charlie Cocburn, Michelle Ma, Chris Meyer Arts: Sophie Gould, Steve Kim, Stephanie Liu Timothy L. Ghosh Editor in Chief Commentary Editorial Board Chair: Jennifer Schaffer Benjamin R. Prawdzi Managing Editor Section Editor: J. Sebastian Becer Photography Director Adam Levine Senior Associate Mollie Lee Copy Editors Courtney King Ben Podell Cartooning Director Melissa Ferrari Associate Board CXXXII Sports: Chris Cameron, Ben Ho, Kristen Faulner, Sarah Onorato Features: Jesse Bielasia, Ryan Yost Copy Staff: Kennedy Edmonds, Caitlin Kingston, Alice Tao Photo: Ben Brodie, Yuto Watanabe February Frees Volume CXXXII NUMBER 25 Business Manager Andrew Townson Advertising Director John Yang-Sammataro The Phillipian Online Raya Stantcheva Circulation/Publicity Paul Chan Circulation Scott Cuthell Delivery John McKenna Business: Audrey McMurtrie Advertising: Tina Su Circulation: Jordan Bailey, Jeremy Hutton, Midori Ishizua Delivery: Will Waler The Phillipian Online: Kevin Qian As we begin a new term on the heels of both a new year and a new decade, The Phillipian would lie to welcome all members of this community bac to the Andover campus for the next eight wees. For many, the progression of winter term signals a lengthy tre through darer days, colder nights and more challenging coursewor. But this year, winter term brings something else a newly established All-School Meeting policy dubbed The February Freeze that was announced at last Wednesday s ASM, eliminating All-School Meetings in February and March. The benefits of this decision are twofold. Eliminating February All-School Meetings could lead to a student body more engaged in and better prepared for classes. Unfortunately, All -School Meetings often turn into last-minute cramming sessions or sleeping periods for exhausted students by the latter half of winter term. From the student point of view, a free ASM period can provide a breath of fresh air against droopy eyelids, hidden textboos and restless whispers. By freeing the 45-minute time slot, students will hopefully be able to mae a few healthy changes in their routine and end the disruptive studying at ASM. Winter term is a notoriously trying time for all members of our community, but it is especially difficult for students unacquainted with New England winters. Andover s youth from every quarter often come from places where the idea of snow is laughable. A 45-minute brea, albeit small, can mae a huge difference in terms of settling into winter term. But let s be sure to tae full advantage of the freeze. Students, use the much-needed free time wisely. Study for your test seventh period. Tae a well-deserved brea or a 45-minute nap. And try to resist the temptation of using ASM to watch YouTube and your Faceboo news feed. We now how hard it is. Administrators, we d lie to than you for this gesture. We often worry about a disconnect between the students and adults on campus, but this decision shows an understanding of the daily stresses of an Andover students and a commendable flexibility. Finally, we hope that this hiatus will allow for more planning to go towards future speaers. Too often has All-School Meeting felt lie a commitment to be carried out rather than a gathering to be enjoyed. We hope that, in focusing the All- School resources on fewer events, more interesting and engaging speaers can be brought to this community. It is also our hope that the time saved in February and March will go towards thwarting the evils of Winter Term sleep deprivation, stress, illness and cold instead of serving as another time slot we will feel pressured to fill. And we hope that community members use the change wisely. Whether the decision was made with saving money, time or both in mind, we are grateful. This editorial represents the views of the Editorial Board CXXXII. The Phillipian welcomes all letters to the Editor. We try to print all letters, but because of space limitations, we encourage brevity. We reserve the right to edit all submitted letters to conform with print restraints and proper syntax. We will not publish any anonymous letters. Please submit letters by the Monday of each wee to or to our newsroom in the basement of Morse Hall. To subscribe, or write to The Phillipian, 180 Main Street, Andover, MA, All contents of The Phillipian copyright 2009, The Trustees of Phillips Academy, Inc. Reproduction of any material herein without the express written consent of The Trustees of Phillips Academy, Inc. and the editorial board of The Phillipian is strictly prohibited. I am not crazed after writing 16 college applications. At the very least, I haven t had the time to stop and realize how psychologically screwed I am. I am not bitter from any early decision rejections, only acutely aware of the grueling process behind me. I now that there were better ways to spend my winter brea than sitting for hours every day typing away on my computer. This is, of course, disregarding the time spent during fall term studying for standardized tests or writing applications all weeend instead of leaving the dorm. Nor does it include setting up camp in the College Counseling office and spending more time with your college counselor than your boyfriend or girlfriend. As Senior fall progressed the allnighters grew more frequent and the energy drin runs became more frequent. I analyzed every detail of Senior Fall, from a pop quiz to an athletic game, wondering if it would help or hurt my chances to get into college. With the chaotic and emotionally traumatic application process behind me, I can safely say that the stress was all a waste of time. From the moment Andover students step foot onto campus there is nothing to do but fulfill college admission office expectations. Naturally, focusing on college is not mentioned in our school s mission statement, and is certainly not the reason that some people choose Andover. But the college obsession on this campus is ubiquitous. A student at Andover usually strives to excel in their classes while balancing a laundry list of extracurricular activities, ranging from community service trips in faraway lands Cammy Brandfield-Harvey Life Starts Now There are days when high school seems lie the critical chapter of our lives, the time where we define ourselves. There are also days when high school seems lie a place we must only endure, waiting for our lives to truly begin. On my plane home at the beginning of winter brea, I had the rare and invaluable opportunity to tal to someone about their perspective on the value of high school. My seatmate? A medical student. After some small tal about whether we were leaving or returning home and the best way to nestle my bag under the seat, we dove right into school tal. He new about Andover and congratulated me on my acceptance, but then moced me for lending so much interest to my high school career when These years prove pointless once we enter the real world. I had just concluded a taxing finals wee and taen the ACT in October, so I immediately felt slightly defensive. Hours and hours of preparation can t be meaningless, I told him. Call me naïve, but I thin every tiny detail supports an even greater picture. An amazing transcript and a great standardized-test score will lead to a top college and an elite college education can only lead to a successful life. Right? Then he laughed. I can t even remember my ACT score, he claimed, concluding, Life starts after high school. A few wees ago, I received an invitation to a Faceboo group titled If the world ends in 2012, I ve wasted my whole life in school lovely. I accepted the invitation immediately, since I had made a similar remar in the past. I share the opinion that best and most interesting parts of our lives lie beyond school, including college. Even though college is an adventure unto itself, it is still four more years of schooling that consume a bul of our lives, despite a change in format and a free-for-all attitude. And let s not forget graduate school. However, I don t mind spending another chun of my youth in an institution of higher education. I m not bothered by high school either. I only become irritated when I feel as if I m But, how would it feel if we discovered that the four years we ve spent with bacs bent over textboos and eyes glued to computer screens laced an essential purpose? wasting time and throwing hours on the table lie pocet change. Many of us now the feeling of completing long reading assignments the night before a class when we won t touch upon it at all the next day or studying for a quiz only
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