the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Johnathan Li ’24
It was a night at the Baxter Gallery; one finds themself walking into a room of compacted vacancies. Carefully placed beforehand, each creation — be it a craft, a clip of music or a painting — presents to you what they have to offer. It doesn’t take much reflection to discover the peculiarity of galleries, for it’s not a space of any purpose. One does not walk into a gallery to obtain any kind of substantial benefit, nor does one enter into such spaces for the sole purpose of leaving it; galleries are neither so transient as passages nor so stable as destinations, they contain art and art alone. When the agent enters this space, they have decided to venture into this odd junction between the self and the alien and in doing so, whether subconsciously or not, have made commentaries to the merits of the art before them.
By Tarapi Pyo ’24
Schools are a place for students to learn, gaining wisdom from the teachers they hail as their role models. From an early age, children are plunged into school. A young child is first exposed to their over-the-top bubbly first-grade art teacher, then their tyrannical fifth-grade math teacher and finally their boring freshman-year English teacher. So, inevitably, teachers are crucial in the development of students navigating their social lives, steering their academic life, and forming their beliefs and values. Depending on their grade levels, different teachers have different approaches in their classrooms and varying degrees of willingness to get involved with students.
By James O’Connell ’25
Westminster prides itself in how its students work and how in terms of academics, athletics and engagement with the community, they never rest. This is exemplified by the martlet, a mythical bird with roots going back to Old England. It is common knowledge to Westminster students that martlets do not rest because they have no feet to land, and neither should they. However, as inspirational as it is to strive toward being a mythical creature, it is ultimately impossible to be as hardworking as a martlet. The word martlet comes from the word Merle in French, meaning “small blackbird.” Therefore, by comparing a martlet to small birds in our world today, we can estimate how much energy it would take to power a martlet through its day-to-day life.
By Grace Yuan ’23
While the U.S. maintains that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is criminal and unwarranted, the U.S. is clear about pursuing non-combative actions for influencing the end of the conflict. Since Russia attacked Ukraine, the U.S. has upheld that Russia violated and continues to violate international laws, including the transatlantic Alliance’s provisions. The U.S. reiterates that Russia’s attempt to control Ukraine, via military attack, is criminal because it is internationally unlawful to forcefully alter Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and democracy. The U.S. has been intervening diplomatically, offering the most humanitarian, economic, and military aid to Ukraine while ensuring that U.S. military forces do not directly attack Russians in Ukraine’s favor (United States Department of State, 2022). President Joe Biden, clarified that “[d]irect confrontation between NATO and Russia is World War Three, something we [the U.S.] must strive to prevent” (Nast, 2022).