Articles written by: Emily Bennett

Ode to the Classroom Building
Academics / Arts / Community

Ode to the Classroom Building

The Dana Hall Classroom building has seen about six decades of students, countless eras of fashion, and numerous learning models. Still, it has been a foundation for Dana Hall students to learn, lead, and grow through its sixty years of existence. This classroom renovation will mark a significant transition in […]

Academics / Community

Ms. Funk brings some spunk to the Dana Hall community

Ms. Lauren Funk is new to the Dana Hall community as a 9th-grade Western Civilizations teacher. Ms. Funk began teaching in 2007, after receiving her undergraduate degree in Justice and Law from American University.   Ms. Funk never thought she would be a teacher. After four years of studying law, […]


WHOOP for metrics with a meaning

As somebody who has struggled with sleep my entire life, I want to share with you the device that has transformed my relationship with recovery. The amount of sleep you receive each night plays a foundational role in so many facets of your life. Everything from brain function and mood […]

Community / Opinion

“Amor caritas” doesn’t inspire women to change the world

Amor Caritas, Dana Hall’s motto since the early twentieth century, is a compelling statement in a religious context, but in a secular institution, it has been watered down to mere “niceness.” Dana Hall pushes its students to “learn, lead, and succeed,” but how does embodying “kindness,” something that is often […]

Community / Opinion

Together, let’s lose the intolerable weight of diet culture

When I search “How to” on google, the second answer it gives me is “how to lose weight quickly.” I have been struggling with my body image for years now. “I hate my thighs” and “My calves are too big” are things that could be heard coming out of my […]

Arts / The Nation and the World

The bad, the ugly, and the uglier of “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal”

In 2019, United States federal agents broke a college admissions plot by exposing 33 parents who had paid more than $25 million to an alleged “college counselor.” Producers Chris Smith, Jon Karmen, and Youree Henley take a deep dive into the questions surrounding these crimes in their new documentary, Operation […]


Why do we love British aristocratic shows?

After a long day, the comfort of the couch and Netflix entertainment calls to all of us. Depending on your preferences, you may choose a light comedy show, an action-packed movie, or a romantic drama that will fill you with tears. What I am most interested in, however, is why […]

Academics / Opinion

Lessons and practices to take from our hybrid model

Due to participating in the hybrid model this fall and winter, I have had a lot more time to myself recently to actually think about things other than my school work, all thanks to not being on campus 24/7. The hybrid model for a student in high school is very […]


How to date in quarantine, when there is absolutely nothing to do

Dating, or worrying about dating, is a staple of being a teenage girl in high school … and then throw in a pandemic on top of it! Three friends — Anna Hamilton ’22, Emma Beardsley ’22, and Emma Gershberg ’22 — are all dating right now and got together to […]