Opinion

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, […]

U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump makes a point as he formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid  - RTX1GRB9
Community / Opinion

Popping the Dana Bubble

I am engulfed in the Dana Hall bubble. The “Dana Bubble” is known by students as a shield of comfort that creates a division between the real world and ourselves. This bubble at times can be protective, but during Republican Donald Trump’s campaign for presidency, I have realized that this […]

President Obama takes executive action to close loopholes on background checks for gun sales
Opinion

President Obama takes executive action to close loopholes on background checks for gun sales

On January 5, 2016, President Barack Obama revealed a long-awaited plan to curb the rising gun violence in America with or without Congress. Shedding tears as he spoke about the murdered first graders of the 2012 Newtown School shooting, President Obama signed his executive order as a response to the […]

Community / Opinion

Listening to stories at the cultural crossroads

It can be a mixed blessing having parents of two different races. While rich cultural history is embedded into my heritage, so is ambiguity, and often, people are reluctant to consider that my ethnicity doesn’t fall into a single specific category. Each person, I’ve found, is a composite of stories, […]

Community / Opinion

Dana Hall implements non-punitive drug and alcohol response

Dana Hall has begun a non-punitive drug and alcohol response, which allows students to reach out to Dana if they or their friends are facing drug, alcohol, or tobacco problems. This response is another excellent way that Dana can support its students, and I hope that Dana will fully live […]

The St. Paul’s rape case has lessons for us all
Opinion

The St. Paul’s rape case has lessons for us all

Owen Labrie of St. Paul’s School, an elite boarding school in Concord, New Hampshire, was found not guilty on August 28 of raping a fifteen-year-old freshman in conjunction with the school’s unofficial “senior salute” tradition. He was convicted of three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault and using computer services, such […]

Opinion

Disconnecting electronically allows us to connect in reality

Advances in engineering and science have enabled technology to improve drastically in the last forty years. Appliances have revolutionized, time and time again, becoming slimmer and sleeker than ever before. The beauty of products is not the only thing to improve over the years. Speed and reliability are both redeeming […]

Community / Letters to the Editor / Opinion

Administrators reply: “We must be more culturally aware, culturally sensitive and culturally competent”

We are writing in response to two recent student editorials, written by Gloria Revanche and Jackie Hayre-Pérez. In addition to validating the concerns raised in these editorials, we want to explain the steps we have taken, and will continue to take, to promote inclusive dialogue with all students in our […]

Letters to the Editor / Opinion

The conversation continues: The need to talk about race at Dana Hall

Jacqueline Hayre-Pérez ’17 continues the conversation about discussions of race at Dana Hall. To the editors of The Hallmanac: Recently, I read Gloria Revanche’s “Editorial on Freddie Gray and How Dana Has Handled It.” As a student of color myself, I find myself surrounded by peers and teachers who come from […]

An Editorial on Freddie Gray and How Dana Has Handled It
Community / Opinion

An Editorial on Freddie Gray and How Dana Has Handled It

As many of you know, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore black man, recently died from spinal injuries while in police custody. Peaceful protests have ensued against police brutality, but major news outlets and social media have chosen to focus on the property damage and looting that unfortunately accompanied the mostly […]