Opinion

The Power of Comebacks, Big and Small

By Meghan Durkin (VI) If you’re a golf fan like me, you spent your Super Bowl weekend watching the Waste Management Phoenix Open—and yes, the game as well. Perhaps, the biggest storyline of the tournament was an unlikely, yet familiar, name at the top of the...

On Stupid Mistakes and Stubborn Conviction

By Noah Bergam (VI) A gentle chorus of crackling leaves caught my attention on a midday walk. It was a curious, contradictory sound, a fractal hum of tiny collisions. I walked across the curb, took three steps into the edge of the icy forest, and looked for the...

The Direction of the Economy in 2021

By Vared Shmuler COVID-19 has had a two-faced effect on the American economy. On one hand, many small businesses and franchises have had to temporarily or permanently close their doors to their clientele; on the other, the pandemic has acted as a catalyst for an array...

Life Lessons from the Pandemic

By Sarah Kloss (V) When reminiscing about a time before masks and social distancing, I think back to the Model UN trip right before lockdown. Actions like packing 30 kids into an elevator or gathering in groups to discuss resolutions seem almost unimaginable nearly a...

How to Regulate Social Media

By Andrew Wong (V) Over the summer, like many of my friends at Pingry, I watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix, a documentary exposing the inner workings and dangers of social media and surveillance capitalism. Perhaps I was naïve at the time, but after watching the...

Conversations with Art

By Carson Shilts (VI) Art has always been very timely in that one can easily identify the time period of a painting based on its style; and up to this point, artistic movements are usually the byproduct of a shift in social and political climate. For example,...

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...

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