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By Carolyn Cheng '24 and Tarapi Pyo '24
(Image Credit: Seshu Photography)
Mrs. Urner-Berry graduated from Westminster as Class of 1981, only 10 years after coeducation was first introduced on Williams Hill. She came back in 1985 to teach for four years, and then she taught at an all-girls day school before returning again. She is currently the longest-serving alumni on the faculty. She teaches chemistry and math and coaches the girls’ cross country team. She is an inspiration to all and a significant role model to us Martlets.
By Francesca Carnovale '24
This is a reprint of Francesca Carnovale’s essay, read at the Nov. 5 Friday Nights at Westminster featuring Jennifer Haigh. The essay won the 50 Years of Coeducation essay contest sponsored by the English department.
By Cassie Goundrey '24
This is a reprint of Cassie Goundrey’s essay, read Nov. 5 at Friday Nights at Westminster featuring Jennifer Haigh. The essay won the 50 Years of Coeducation contest sponsored by the English department.
By Keegan Bankoff ‘22 and Ben Mihailovich ‘22
All I want for Christmas is … not to hear Christmas music too early. With the festive season hurtling towards us like a precisely-aimed snowball, one crucial question lingers — how early is too early to listen to Christmas music?
By Elle Dorrian '22 and Jamai Miller '22
Microtrends. They are evil. Not only is it impossible to keep up with the rotating door of what is trendy and what is not, but it breaks the bank and destroys the environment. Pieces that were only stylish for a month end up in landfills and thrift stores across the country. Think of how quickly the Kendall Jenner House of Sunny dress or patchwork jeans came into style, and then think about how quickly they went out. It is so much more affordable, rewarding and environmentally conscious to learn to develop your own sense of style rather than following the herd of trends.
By Alice Tao '24
(Images Credit: Seshu Photography)
How do you feel about bringing back the play after two years?
Mr. Rasheed: I am so happy that theatre, in general, is opening up. There are many productions that are back in play in New York and regionally. I was able to get to NYC myself over the long weekend. That being said, I am very excited to open our doors again in the Werner Centennial Center. It was nice to see people in the audience during the parents weekend concert. It’s going to be very exciting to see people back in the space to watch theatre again.
By Sam Bradley '23
Towards the end of the last season and through this offseason, Ben Simmons did everything in his power to alienate the 76ers organization. This conflict originated from his involvement in trade talks back in January and the Sixers’ first-round exit from the playoffs, despite being the #1 seed and being hyped up as playoff favorites in the East. This led to him formally requesting a trade from the 76ers organization and burning all bridges with the team. Yet, no trade has occurred. Over the past few months, it has become increasingly evident that the NBA, the 76ers, and Ben Simmons himself all have a very different perception of Simmons as a player.
By Ryan Jainchill '23
(Above: Troy Terry scoring in Vancouver.)
Through about a month of play in the NHL season, many storylines are starting to form. Players are breaking out, bouncing back, and struggling, as well as more turmoil surrounding the league’s public image headline the news. Here is a look at the good and the bad of this young season.
By Alice Tao '24
Seemingly out of nowhere, “Squid Game” has risen to prominence and became a worldwide sensation quickly after its debut on Sept. 17, 2021. The Netflix show tallied 111 million views as of Oct. 12. Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-chief executive, claimed that “It is going to be our biggest show ever.” So, how exactly did this hyper-violent and even bizarre South Korean series become Netflix’s biggest hit?
By Allen Zhou '23
(Image Credit: IAEA Imagebank-COP26-https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=112225031)
In the past few weeks, Glasgow, Scotland has been abuzz with activity as the host of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26). Even Greta Thunberg came on the scene without her father’s company for the first time to join the protestors jeering at the empty bluster. Every voice was louder than the last, but meaningful action seems ineffectual and distant in comparison to the urgency of the situation at hand.