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List of 63 news stories.

  • Arthur Masiukiewicz ’20 pictures a student daydreaming about summer.

    Cartoon of the Issue

    Arthur Masiukiewicz ’20
  • Frustration with Anti-Vaccination

    Eleanor Doolittle ’20 Editor-in-Chief
    This spring a group of Connecticut physicians urged state lawmakers to mandate the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for all Connecticut students entering high school.
  • The Art and the Artist

    Sarah Roberts ’20 Managing Editor
    When I was nine years old, I fell in love with Michael Jackson’s music.
  • A Typical Friday Morning...

    Theo Tellides '19, Editor-in-Chief
    Picture yourself in Friday morning Assembly.
  • The Beginning of the End?

    Katie Broun '19, Managing Editor
    After hearing Dr. Tara Bishop ’93 speak as our Alumni Fellow, my friends and I began to reminisce about past speakers whom we enjoyed.
  • Diversity at the University?

    Noah Schmeisser ’19, Editor-at-Large & Brian Seiter ’19
    Colleges pride themselves, as they should, on creating a diverse and well-rounded class of students. Ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and even geography come into play in college admissions as colleges try to create a diverse, interesting class.
  • Outstanding Legislators

    Connor Hartigan ’19, Op/Ed Editor
    Are you ready? If you’re reading this, I have a special request. On the count of three, I want to hear three cheers for Martin Looney and Josh Elliott. One...two...Who?
  • Stop the Culture of Comparison

    Katherine Takoudes '20, Arts Editor
    After being admitted into Hopkins in sixth grade, I remember my dad telling me that my classmates would be a bunch of other Katherine Takoudeses.
  • The College Essay Blues

    Today is the start of Winter Break. While many of you are about to enjoy your winter holidays, I know seniors are about to enter a world of pain.
  • The Pressing Issue of Global Immigration

    Olivia Capasso '19, Editor-at-Large
    Currently, a global conversation centers around the controversial crisis of immigrants fleeing their native countries and arriving on the shores of foreign nations in search of a better life.
  • A Fearless Hopkins Experience

    Katie Broun '19, Managing Editor
    There was an Eleanor Roosevelt quote that I found recently that resonated with me. 
  • The CFD Should Change

    Simon Bazelon '21, Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    Last week, Hopkins began our largest community service project, the annual Canned Food Drive.
  • A father and his son embrace after eventually being reunited.

    Moral Crisis at the Border

    Connor Hartigan ’19 Op/Ed Editor
    I have to give the Trump administration credit for one impressive achievement.
  • A Needed Conversation

    As the year comes to a close amidst daydreams of sandy beaches, aspirations for the next year have begun to arise. The Hopkins community strives to raise awareness about the injustices of the world, but it often ignores the plight of poverty.
  • Making Time for Yourself

    Katie Broun '19, Managing Editor
    Balance is diffcult to come by.
  • A Call for Peace

    It would be an understatement to call the current political climate polarizing. Democrats and Republicans are essentially at war, and both sides view each other as the Antichrist.
  • Inspiration That Excites

    Katie Broun '19, Managing Editor
    Stephen Hawking, an iconic, inspirational figure in the scientific community, said, “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
  • We, the Students, Can Make Change

    In the past two months, victims from Stoneman Douglas High School organized a national walkout on March 14 and a nationwide march on March 24.
  • You Can Learn to Love Yourself

    People don’t really talk about what goes through their heads when they look in the mirror, but if they are anything like the 70% of teenage girls and 25% of teenage boys that reported they are unhappy with their bodies in a National Health Study, conducted in June of 2016, then, at times, their reactions are probably not positive.
  • Catalonia: Time for Independence

    Connor Hartigan '19
    I am here to plead the case of the Catalan Republic.
  • The Power of "Me Too"

    Lilly Tipton '18
    From Larry Nassar abusing elite gymnasts to the artistic director of New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater allegedly groping women, the Me Too movement has swept across the country as women from all walks of life have revealed the sexual harassment and abuse they have endured, some by the hands of successful men.
  • The Unboxing of Hopkins Students

    Individuals find comfort in routine.
  • A Journey, Not A Race

    In elementary school, my brother’s second grade teacher announced on Parents’ Night that he believed the sole purpose of second grade to be to prepare the students for third grade.
  • After ADL: What Comes Next?

    Kids from your classes. Your close friends. Trickling up to the microphone, more and more people, until the facilitators had to stop the trickle in the interest of time.
  • Supporters of DACA gathered in Washington DC this September to protest President Trump’s actions.

    You Are Welcome Here

    Opinion by: Collette Mourier '18, Op/Ed Editor
    In early September, the Trump Administration announced its plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) immigration plan, that has protected undocumented immigrant children who are brought to the United States since 2012.
  • Democrats and Republicans Share Worries About the White House

    Opinion by Connor Hartigan '19, Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    Looking at some of the events unfolding in the world of 2017, words truly fail.
  • The Edge: An Opportunity for Student Voices

    In the past month, Hopkins students have been consistently asked to give input on their workload, especially with regards to the revised homework policy. 
  • Uniting for the Environment

    Early last spring while talking with my parents who, like me, are very liberal, the question of whether or not to attend a march in support of science came up. 
  • Questionable Leadership From The Oval Office

    “I will use this noble offce, this bully pulpit, if you will, to speak out against hate and discrimination everywhere it exists,” said the President of the United States at the time, with conviction. No, not our current president; this came from George Bush.
  • The Art Of Balance

    Like many things, school is a balancing act.
  • A New Havener's Paradox

    Connor Hartigan '19, Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    As many of you know, I am an acolyte of Bernie Sanders.  
  • Farewell to 2017

    To the Graduating Class of 2017:
  • Learning Outside the Box

    It’s two o’clock on a Sunday afternoon, I’m stuck in my room, again. I look up from work and glance at the picture of a forest on my calendar. I long to be outside. 
  • "Why" Comes From Within

    Why are you reading these words right now? We go about the world, delicately imprinting it with our actions and crossing of items on our imaginary checklists. How often do we stop to ponder the true reasons behind our insistence on doing things?
  • The Layered Contours of the Self

    Lilly Tipton '18, Managing Editor
    About two months into seventh grade, I fell in love with books and instantly decided that I was going to be an English and history person. You might be asking yourself: “What does that even mean?” The answer is nothing.
  • "Truth is Stranger than Fiction." Or is it?

    Sanaea Bhagwagar '17, Editor-in-Chief
    Truth and facts are not relative. They are absolute. Opinions may be subjective, but the truth isn’t.
  • The Makings of a Leader

    Sam Steinberg '16, Managing Editor
    Hopkins students are constantly challenged to lead.
  • Letter to the Editor: A Response to Yale's Renaming of Calhoun College

    Ed Martin '18
    There is no doubt that Hopkins’ fate has been tightly interwoven with Yale University’s, but it is now that Hopkins must remain cautious towards the narrow and dangerous path that Yale has been following. On Saturday, February 11, Yale announced that it would be changing the Name of Calhoun college.
  • America: A Land of Many People

    America was founded on immigration. While many other countries consist of a homogeneous culture, people, and ethnicity, America is comprised of many.
  • Letter to Editor: A Loss for Liberalism

    Eli Sabin '18
    Throughout American history, liberals have generally represented minorities and the powerless. From Republican abolitionists in the 19th century to Democratic Civil Rights activists in the 20th, this has meant fighting for an America that lives up to the standards of equality and justice set forth by the Constitution. But in a system of government where majority rules, a political coalition that advocates on behalf of a minority almost always faces opposition stronger than itself.
  • Communication in a Sensitive Political Environment

  • Forgoing a Fear of Failure

    Sam Steinberg '16
    On Veteran’s Day, Sgt. Colin Santacroce ’07 spoke to the whole Hopkins community about his time in school and the army. His speech was full with lessons about school and life in general, but what stuck with me most was his emphasis on learning to fail. 
  • Goodbye to the Electoral College?

    Eli Sabin '18
    On November 6, 2012, just after President Barack Obama won reelection, President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.” Then last month, a week after he won the presidency himself, Trump took to Twitter again to announce that he now favored the over 200 year-old system that made him president, writing: “The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!” With these two tweets, President-elect Trump outlined both sides of a controversy that has surged to the forefront of our national political discourse in recent weeks. 
  • Letter to the Editor: Appreciating Discussions on Consent

    Martin Tipton '17
    The Razor welcomes Letters to the Editor on any topic of interest to the student body.
  • The Significance of Exercising Our Duty to Vote

    We live in a vibrant and glorious democracy, the central tenet of which is the right to self-government and voting. In 1870, government officials tried to change the law to ensure that no one would be denied the right to vote. It would be inconceivable to them that the descendants of those who once fought for suffrage would eventually have to be coerced into embracing it.
  • The Third Party Question: To Vote or Note to Vote?

    Grace El-Fishawy '18 and Theo Tellides '19, Op/Ed Assistant Editor
  • Women Trending Stronger in STEM at Hopkins and Beyond

    The room is full of thirty exuberant, chatty Junior-Schoolers. Fifteen are girls, and fifteen are boys. Some heatedly debate over the answer to the problem, while others sit quietly, concentrating mightily on the numbers in front of them. All are hyper from the cookies they have eaten moments before. 
  • “E Pluribus Unum” at Hopkins and Beyond

    Our founding fathers offered future American citizens an interesting piece of advice in the Latin phrase on the Seal of the United States of America: “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning, “one from many.” 
  • “E Pluribus Unum” at Hopkins and Beyond

    Our founding fathers offered future American citizens an interesting piece of advice in the Latin phrase on the Seal of the United States of America: “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning, “one from many.”
  • Misguided Donations in the Face of Inequality

    Sam Steinberg ’17, Managing Editor
    Education has always been considered the great equalizer. As the income gaps have continued to grow, finding solutions to inequality is more significant than ever.
  • A Farewell Address to Barbara Riley

    Rick Kleeman '81
    This speech was delivered by trustee Rick Kleeman ’81 at the Celebrate Hopkins! auction on April 30, 2016
  • A Precedent of Service

    Sam Steinberg ’17, Managing Editor
    When Edward Hopkins founded our school in 1660, he did so with a mission of the “Breeding up of hopeful youths. . . for the public service of the country in future times.” As a student looking around at our community, it is clear that the school still strives to serve the public today. 
  • Facing Formidable Transitions

    Editorial - Razor's Edge
    While every June brings with it a significant period of transition, this year is even more bittersweet, with Barbara Riley handing the reins over to Kai Bynum. Faculty members depart. Seniors prepare to leave their homes to start new lives. Returning students relinquish their control over their current, comfortable patterns and are forced to assume new roles in the coming year. While dealing with change does not come easily to many, it is surprising how often and unthinkingly we deal with and adapt to transitions in life.
  • Detrimental Darwinism in the Academic Environment

    Editorial - Razor's Edge
    Every year around this time, many of us share the same, sinking feeling in the pit of our stomachs. As the month of June approaches, the semester’s end is close, and term exams are on the horizon.  Juniors and underclassmen worry about grades and who is going to which college. Central to all this emotional churn are two unhealthy and self-defeating sentiments: peer comparisons and competitiveness.
  • Sports Management and Women’s Equality

    Sam Steinberg, Managing Editor
    Since I am not ready to leave my beloved Razor section of three years -  Sports -  I am using my first Aftershave as a transition into my new role as Managing Editor and a way to address some unfinished business. During my time on Sports, we put in special effort to pay tribute to women’s roles in all levels of athletics. While editing and writing articles about different female athletes and teams, I kept wanting to turn these pieces  into more general pieces about women’s roles in sports, which I am now able to do.
  • Sheep of the Flock

    Sophie Cappello '16, Managing Editor
    “Coming of age” carries with it a persistent urge to be as common as possible.
  • The Control Group is in Control

    Editorial - Razor's Edge
    Racism, sexism, and homophobia are plagues in our culture that come from the same pathogen: the control group.
  • The Disparate Response of the Media to Black Lives Matter and Domestic Terrorists

    Chloe Glass '17, Op-Ed Editor
    On The Hill, we are currently engaged in a Conversation on Race, struggling to understand our own implicit biases, and how they influence our perception of others. 
  • Social Medianese: English in the 21st Century

    Editorial - Razor's Edge
    We all learn another language in the classroom on The Hill - French, Greek, Chinese - whatever it may be. Outside the classroom, we are immersed in another language. In fact, it’s the most widely understood dialect in the world.
  • Don't Be Private About Your Education

    Editorial - Razor's Edge
    “Private schools are blocking social mobility,” says The Telegraph. The Guardian headlines: “The road to meritocracy is blocked by private schools.” “This pampered private school elite can only lead to US decline,” writes journalist Naomi Wolf.
  • Hopkins Views

    What will you remember most about 2015?
  • The Pros of Procrastination

    The Aftershave
    In the interest of full disclosure, I willingly admit that I procrastinated this article far too much. Since freshman year I have noticed a steady decline in my ability to work and plan ahead, partially due to the greater number of responsibilities I’ve accumulated, but mostly because of the general deterioration of my once overly-productive work ethic.
  • The Unofficial Hopkins Stress Olympics

    Caroline Vanderlee '17
    Hopkins School is a very demanding environment. With all the coursework, sports practice, and extracurriculars, stress can run high. Going to bed past midnight is common practice for some of the student body and nervous breakdowns happen often enough that some people regard them as normal. There is no doubt that students are under a tremendous amount of pressure to perform, and to perform well.
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Editor in Chief 
Eleanor Doolittle

Managing Editor 
Sarah Roberts 

Zoe Kim 
Anushree Vashist
Juan Lopez
Orly Baum
Katherine Takoudes 
Julia Kosinski
Anjali Subramanian
Emmett Dowd
Lily Meyers 
Ella Zuse
Zach Williamson 

Saira Munshani
Sophie Sonnenfeld
Kallie Schmeisser

Veronica Yarovinsky
Teddy Glover
Abby Regan
Maeve Stauff
Izzy Lopez-Kalapir

Arthur Masiukiewicz 

Arushi Srivastava
Nick Hughes

Business Managers
Sophia Fitzsimonds
Sophia Cerroni 

Faculty Advisers
Jenny Nicolelli
Elizabeth Gleason
Sorrel Westbrook-Wilson 
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