Opinion

Show Me the Money: Demystifying the Pingry Endowment Fund

By Jessica Lin (VI) and Keira Chen (III) To most people, the term “endowment” elicits vague references to money and stands as a distant term reserved for larger universities. However, Pingy actually maintains an endowment fund of its own, which is more relevant to the...

COVID-19 Vaccine

By Evan Wen (IV) Can a COVID-19 vaccine bring life back to normal? Early data suggests that certain vaccines could be the answer to this question. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a long and elaborate process for approving said...

In Defense of Introverts

By Meghan Durkin (VI) Following a recommendation from a friend to my mom, and then to me, I ordered a copy of Susan Cain’s “Quiet”—and well, the rest of the title spoils its thesis, so I’ll wait on that. The book follows society’s distaste for introversion, a trait...

Stop Calling Things Interesting

By Noah Bergam (VI) George Orwell once wrote that our language “becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” I wish Orwell could have seen Twitter.  But...

The Pingry Admissions Process

By Mirika Jambudi (IV) The Pingry Admissions process is a somewhat mystifying one, as a lot of the decisions are, quite literally, made behind closed doors in the Admissions Office in the Upper School foyer. The Form III entry year is the most competitive, with around...

Views on Femininity

By Carson Shilts (VI) Growing up, I never wore dresses. I wouldn't even wear shorts that went higher than my knees. I shopped in the boys’ section and stayed far away from anything that was remotely considered "girly." Looking back, I realize now that I did this...

Friday The 13th

By Monica Chan (VI) On Friday, the thirteenth of November, I had a free period first block. My mom told me to “drive safely, it’s Friday the thirteenth.” The night before, our robot had run into a few bugs, so I decided to use my free period to go into school and try...

The Light at the End of the Tunnel?

By Emma Drzala (V) March 13, 2020: a day that will never be forgotten, not only at Pingry but across the nation. On that day, Pingry students were celebrating the news that school would shut down for a couple of weeks following spring break, as a result of the...

Technical Dilemmas

By Meghan Durkin (VI) I fill my time with endless technological stimulation; when the weekly notification pops up, informing me of an alarmingly high screen time, I’m embarrassed. I balance my phone on my laptop to watch two shows at once, fall asleep clutching my...

Skimming the Pages

By Noah Bergam (VI) I get a lot of snail mail these days. Almost each letter falls into one of two categories: college advertisements or campaign literature from the local Malinowski vs. Kean election.  College season and election season. What a fun combination. One...

We Should Move Away from Debates

By Aneesh Karuppur (VI) A few weeks ago, during a Morning Meeting announcement, Pingry laid out some preliminary  norms for conduct during the election season. The main takeaway might have been the emphasis on civility and respectful discourse, goals to which we...

On RBG and Everything We Have to Learn

By Eva Schiller (V) When I heard of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing, I immediately took to Instagram. My first post was a simple black screen with white letters: "RIP RGB. A legend." Trust me, I know . . . In my haste, I had instead memorialized...

A Letter to Post-Election America

By Andrew Wong (V) By the time this article has been published, you will hopefully know who the next President of the United States is––either Joe Biden or Donald Trump. But does that mean months of incessant conflict will finally come to an end? As America wakes up...

The Unspoken Crisis at Pingry

By Emma Drzala (V) With my face shield in one hand and mask in the other, I stared at the campus in awe on the first day of school. I wondered how Pingry would be able to pull off full days with almost all the students, faculty, and staff in person. Everyone had...

America: The Land of Contradiction

n By Sydney Stovall (VI) The last time I expected the name “John Adams” to pose any relevance to my life was at 3:00 PM on May 15th, 2020. As I submitted my AP U.S. History exam, a wave of relief flooded over me. For the time being, the 18th-century terms and events...

Comparing Pingry Anywhere to Other School Models

By Zoe Wang (V) By the middle of March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic sent schools and educators into a frenzy. Phil Murphy, the Governor of New Jersey, announced that all public and private schools were to be immediately closed to prevent the virus's spread. The...

To Mr. Levinson: End the AP Era at Pingry

By Aneesh Karuppur (VI)   Some time back, I wrote a commentary regarding AP-designation courses at Pingry, and how Pingry ought to consider phasing them out. Given the events of the past few weeks, I would like to update that message: I feel that it is now...

Black Lives Should Always Matter

By Noah Bergam (V) The far-reaching solidarity we see for Black America right now is a rightful cause for hope. However, we – and when I say we, I’m pointing to White people in specific – ought to make sure our energy on this issue does not fall back into familiar...

Beefing Up Economics Education at Pingry

By Noah Bergam (V) The bipartisan government report on the 2008 Financial Crisis and the Great Recession paraphrased Shakespeare in its analysis: “The fault lies not in the stars, but in us.” I read parts of this report, as well as numerous other sources, for a...

Positivity During COVID-19

By Andrew Wong (IV)
In this time of great struggle and uncertainty in our nation, and indeed the entire world, it has become evident that it is fear, not reason, that drives the decision making of not just the two aforementioned characters, but also that of the entire world. We’ve all seen the news. Videos of people fighting over the last bag of rice at the supermarket. Lines stretching out the door of big box stores. As my friends across the world can confirm, there is not a single scrap of toilet paper to be found on store shelves anywhere. People are fearful, and it is evident that hope, just like toilet paper, is nowhere to be found.

In Defense of Gap Years

By Grace Barral (IV) When my parents told my brother that they wanted him to take a gap year before starting school at Trinity College, let’s just say he was less than pleased. To be more precise, he was mortified.

All the opinion articles of The Pingry Record.

The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors do not necesarily reflect or represent the views of the Record or The Pingry School. 

Can’t find what you are looking for? Search it below: