Opinion

Gun-free school zones should be federal, not state, law
Opinion

Gun-free school zones should be federal, not state, law

The new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently irresponsibly claimed that the issue of school personnel having guns is “best left to locales and states to decide.” I disagree with her opinion, however. It should be the federal law that school should be a gun-free zone since among all the weapons, […]

Finals don’t need to be ruff
Community / Opinion

Finals don’t need to be ruff

Imagine we’re approaching the last days of May and year-long review sheets are being handed out and study groups are being formed. It’s exam season! While Dana does a lot to help us prepare for exams and help us remain calm, such as bringing in massage therapists and leaving a […]

Let’s change our dress code
Community / Opinion

Let’s change our dress code

Dana Hall’s dress code prohibits “skintight clothing.” This phrase in the dress code is inequitably enforced both in the clothing it’s applied to and to whom it’s applied, which reinforces the unfair standard that girls are subjected to in our society. As a feminist school, we can and should abide […]

Homing pigeons and a chipmunk in Lexington, Ky, on 5/24/10. Photos by David Stephenson
Opinion

Vote “Yes” on Question 3 and support animal rights

Massachusetts voters have a chance next Tuesday, November 8, to take a stand in favor of animal rights. Ballot measure 3 is against farm animal confinement. The law, if passed, would prohibit any farm operator from knowingly put any breeding pig, calf raised for veal, or egg-laying hen in confinement […]

Civility but not complicity
Community / Opinion

Civility but not complicity

The 2016 presidential election is like no other because candidates have spent more time attacking one another than explaining their platforms. If candidates are spewing ad hominem attacks, how will Americans be able to make an informed decision in November? At Dana Hall, will political discussions become catfights? As a […]

What should schools do with their troubling heritages?
Opinion

What should schools do with their troubling heritages?

Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States during World War I and championed the League of Nations, and as well as serving as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910. Woodrow Wilson was also a racist who was an active segregationist. He played a role in expanding […]

Opinion

The epidemic of pro-rape hate speech

When a man suggests ideas for ways to prevent rape, I would usually want to listen to his ideas, because it shows that men care about the issue just as much as women. This is not always the case, however. Daryush Alizadeh, otherwise known as Roosh Valizadeh or Roosh V, […]

Seventeen and ready to vote
Opinion

Seventeen and ready to vote

Despite all of the controversy surrounding the presidential elections occurring this year, I am excited to vote for the first time. However, as I do not turn eighteen until October, I was not able to vote in the primary on March 1. I am upset I did not get to have […]

Water crisis in Flint isn’t anything new
Opinion

Water crisis in Flint isn’t anything new

The city of Flint, Michigan, with a population of 100,000, has been exposed to grievously high levels of lead poisoning through its water supply. The damages are irreparable, and could have been avoided for a hundred dollars a day. Now the city that was already in a financial state of emergency […]

Kids, politicians, and the state of American rhetoric
Opinion

Kids, politicians, and the state of American rhetoric

When the political sphere becomes a platform for paid sideshows, American politicians need to spend some time reflecting on their priorities. In another controversial stunt, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had a tween girl group called the U.S.A. Freedom Kids sing an ode to him during a rally in Pensacola, […]