Archive for May, 2024

The Nation and the World

USC campus protests cause school administrators to respond

The University of Southern California (USC) has recently grappled with student protests about the Israel-Palestine conflict, which has been a longstanding political issue since the founding of Israel. Such campus protests sparked school administrators to cancel the traditional valedictorian speech and main commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 10. On […]

Opinion / The Nation and the World

Children’s rights need to be prioritized in the United States

The Declaration of Independence acknowledged the “unalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” to all. Yet our Constitution fails to consider them for children, the contingent that represents our future. There are two steps I believe are necessary to prioritize children’s rights in the U.S. Children lives […]

Arts

Me Talk Pretty One Day: Sardonic, reflective, and utterly hilarious

American humorist David Sedaris is known for his blend of autobiographical essays and wit.  Me Talk Pretty One Day, published in 2000, is a particularly well-known work from Sedaris, with each chapter diving into his eccentric life through hilarious yet thoughtful retellings of his successes, failures, and everything in between. […]

Arts

Killers of the Flower Moon engagingly reveals little-known history

The epic western Killers of the Flower Moon, released in theaters in October 2023, is an impactful movie because the movie doesn’t adhere to the Western genre’s long-standing tradition of romanticizing the exploitation of indigenous people, land, and resources. In this story, it’s the “cowboys” who are the villains.  The […]

Community

New All-School Co-Presidents ready to take the helm

Brianna Revanche ’25 and Yvonne Hao ’25 will be the All-School Co-Presidents for the 2024-2025 school year. Brianna is from Boston and joined Dana Hall in 6th grade, while Yvonne is from Shanghai, China, and joined as a freshman. Both of them are boarding students currently living in the Johnstons. […]

Arts

A Swiftie’s Review of The Tortured Poets Department 

Taylor Swift’s 11th album debuted on April 19, 2024 at midnight EST. Leading up to the countdown on Swift’s Instagram page hitting zero, speculation soared among fans. Some, like myself, anticipated a surprise drop of “Reputation (Taylor’s Version),” a long-awaited release. Others speculated about a double album for “The Tortured […]

Arts

Challengers Aced All of My Expectations

Released on April 26th, Challengers, a two hour dramatic masterpiece about tennis, love, and much more, holds its viewers captive, and leaves them raving. As a tennis player, this movie captivated me from the first time I saw the previews in January, and it surpassed all of my expectations beautifully.   […]

Community / Featured

Impacts of Tourism in Harvard Square

Cambridge, Massachusetts is known for its history, architecture, and natural beauty- attracting over 8 million tourists each year, according to harvardsquare.com. Harvard is the oldest higher-education institution in the United States, and its history and prestige naturally attract many people. Tourism is integral to Harvard Square’s larger economy, but can […]

Community / The World

Pig Kidney Transplanted into a Human

On March 21, 2024, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) performed the first ever successful transplant of a genetically-edited pig kidney. They transplanted it into a 62 year old man who was living with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). The surgery was four hours long. This surgery is a historic milestone in xenotransplantation, […]

Community / Opinion

Dana Hall should be more active about introducing traditions

Traditions have always been a huge part of Dana Hall, and it is something that many students learn to love and enjoy over their high school years. However, new students are often surprised, caught off guard, confused, or intimidated by these traditions and I’m glad to hear that the school […]