The Hotchkiss Record

Let’s Electrify the Car Market

Let’s Electrify the Car Market

James Yae ’23

March 4, 2020

Ever since the 1890s, the world has been running on internal combustion engines. That innovation was a feat of engineering that helped many people reach their destinations in a faster, more efficient way. However, the soaring demand for oil and other fossil fuels caused massive air pollution. Nowaday...

Free Speech: America at a Crossroads

Michael Zhang ’21, Opinions Editor

March 4, 2020

Americans today face an unprecedented war on the First Amendment and free speech. Accusations of fake news in mainstream media have turned Americans into political silos of intense partisanship. Reports of foreign meddling in our elections and nascent technologies such as deep-fakes or doctored vide...

Why Biden Can’t Compete

Why Biden Can’t Compete

Walker Perrenoud ’22

February 27, 2020

As former Vice President Joe Biden’s numbers tank in the polls, many are starting to wonder what happened. Biden was an obvious front-runner at the beginning of the election, but now has been relegated to a small obstacle in the way of other candidates. For a former vice president to perform so poorly...

Greta: A Driving Force in the Fight for Climate Change

Greta: A Driving Force in the Fight for Climate Change

Stella Ren '22

February 27, 2020

Finding someone who has not heard of Greta Thunberg, watched the viral “how dare you” video, or seen a picture of her glaring at President Trump would be difficult. The 17-year-old girl from Sweden was nominated for Time Magazine’s person of the year as a youth activist for climate change issues....

Save Your Metal Straws — Vote!

Carter Moyer ’20

February 27, 2020

Climate change is the most pressing, universal, and dangerous threat human society faces - I hope we can accept that as fact, and if not, then feel free to contradict me in the middle of the halls or use the email address below. We are increasingly aware of how we as humans contribute to the changing...

Let’s Retake Control of Our Data

Let’s Retake Control of Our Data

Charlotte Urquhart ’21, Opinions Editor

February 5, 2020

How many times have you opened your computer or phone to a website that presents you with an ad about something you were just talking or texting about? I started noticing it around a year ago, with ads, YouTube recommendations - even my Instagram feed - being oddly tailored to my interests. Just this...

Our Academic Potential

Our Academic Potential

Diana Reiss ’20

February 5, 2020

The last line of the Hotchkiss mission statement says that students should embody “empathy and responsible citizenship” and work towards the “betterment of self and society.” This statement comes to life when we bring back to campus accomplished alumni who have dedicated themselves to careers...

We Need the ERA

We Need the ERA

Camilla Fritzinger ’22

February 5, 2020

For decades, the Equal Rights Amendment has been a subject of controversy in the United States. The ERA states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” It was first proposed in 1923 by the National Women's political...

The Coronavirus is No Laughing Matter

Michael Zhang ’21, Opinions Editor

February 5, 2020

While many celebrated the New Year around the world, medical staff in Wuhan, China alerted colleagues of an unknown coronavirus. Three weeks later, the Chinese government quarantined the entire city of Wuhan's population. Since then, many other major cities in China have been restricted to varying degrees,...

Uyghur Camps Violate Human Rights

Uyghur Camps  Violate Human Rights

Ein Jun ’22

January 22, 2020

While detention camps for the Uyghur ethnic minority in China’s Xinjiang region face increasing criticism from the international community, China continues to deny any wrongdoing. It’s the 21st century, and it’s hard to believe that after all we have learned and experienced throughout history,...

Strike Enemies But Preserve Allies

Strike Enemies But Preserve Allies

Walker Perrenoud ’22

January 22, 2020

On January 3, 2020, at the Baghdad International Airport, Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. airstrike. This response was warranted by an attack on a U.S. embassy in Iraq, which President Trump believed was sponsored by the Iranians with General Soleimani’s involvement. This made...

Why I Am Not Terrified to Live in China

Stella Ren ’22

December 12, 2019

I laugh when people ask if I am fearful of living in China. Truthfully, despite complaining about the bans on Netflix and YouTube, the idea that I ought to feel uneasy as a citizen under an authoritarian government never struck me until I came abroad to Hotchkiss. The country depicted in the words of...