Articles written by: Zoe Szeman

Opinion / The Nation and the World

In defense of — but also disgust at — private schools

In the April cover story of The Atlantic, “Private Schools Are Indefensible,” Caitlin Flanagan bluntly argues that private schools are institutions that only cater to wealthy donors and their children. Flanagan bases her argument on her research and insight as a journalist and her experience as a private school teacher […]


The new Glennon Doyle: A woman untamed

Glennon Doyle is foremost a woman who is finally hearing her own voice.  Doyle’s 2020 memoir, Untamed, has sold over 1 million copies and claimed 54 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. According to her website, “Untamed is about how to be brave…. The braver we are the […]


A plea to all-girls schools: Let’s change culture

Content warning: sexual assault. I sat at a sticky dining room table eating Commella’s with my friends the summer going into junior year. “She was kinda asking for it…” a boy said, looking down at his hands as if he knew the atrocity of his comment. I watched my friends […]


Ms. Riaz comes “full circle”

It’s a “full circle moment” for Ms. Nez Riaz ’14, the Dana Hall Art Department’s newest member. For six years, Dana Hall was Ms. Riaz’s school home and provided her the opportunity to nourish her art career. She credits the teachers, students, and specifically the Art Department for opening her […]

The Nation and the World

Voting 101

Voting is a hallmark of adulthood, and an exciting and new experience for many seniors and juniors on campus. 2020 marks a momentous year for the presidential elections, as the political divide in our country  has grown throughout the tumultuous presidency of President Donald Trump. In 2020, there is only […]


Tik Tok: the latest trend on campus … and everywhere else

TikTok, the most downloaded iOS app, officially hit one billion downloads in February 2019. Users have the ability to post one-minute videos, and the content ranges from dancing, makeup, work-outs, magic tricks, and more. The Dana Hall community has become consumed with TikTok. According to a Hallmanac survey, 63% of […]


Starting off school right with class retreats

The first Friday of school, September 6, students headed off on annual class trips. The freshmen spent an afternoon at a treetop adventure course, the sophomores clocked service hours and learned more about food insecurity while farming, the juniors embarked on a rafting adventure, and the seniors spent a relaxing […]


What’s in the Water?

Water is something that we often consume without thinking. When we’re thirsty, we drink the water that we are blessed to have such easy access to. Nevertheless, water, and the components in it, have a greater effect on our health than we assume. The Flint Water Crisis has greatly raised […]

Arts / Community

Cause for Celebration

On April 25th, Couture for a Cause, Dana Hall’s own fashion show, celebrated its 10th anniversary, showcasing a variety of designs, while supporting an amazing cause. 10 years ago, the class of 2009 started an art club, the MFA, or Movement of Art. The first show was organized by two […]

Academics / Community

Mr. Fadden: Inspired and Inspiring

Sitting in the Science Lab after school one Wednesday evening, I became increasingly aware that Gary Fadden is not the person who lives a life of regret or doubt. Growing up, Mr. Fadden never thought that he would be a teacher, nor a scientist –  yet the stars seemed to […]