The Hotchkiss Record

A Plea from Overscheduled Students

A Plea from Overscheduled Students

James Horrocks ‘19 and Harry Roepers ’19

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

As Seniors, we have attended approximately 113 chapels and 113 class meetings during our time here. We both feel that the time taken up by these required gatherings could have been better used completing work and preparing for upcoming assessments, meeting with teachers or advisors, or catching up with...

When Hate Finds Passive Neglect

When Hate Finds Passive Neglect

Justin Choi ’20

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

When your phone rings with simultaneous notifications from the Associated Press, BBC, New York Times, and every other media application, it indicates a news event of imperative importance. Unfortunately, on October 28, our phones rang with grim news of yet another incident of gun violence fueled by twi...

If Men Were Angels

Carter Moyer ’20

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinions

James Madison, the fourth president of the United States and drafter of the Constitution, thoroughly believed in democracy. To him, democracy was the ideal form of government, and it utterly terrified him. On paper, democracy sounds like a great idea: make government accountable and give people a greater...

Toxic Pollution, Toxic Attitudes

Yuki Zhang ’22

November 1, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Picture this. You’re in a small boat, drifting in an endless ocean of oil, dirty chemicals, and the bodies of dead animals. The smell of death fills the air. How do you feel? This is not the future or an  imaginary place. In fact, this is how our ocean looks today. Today, the toxins in seafood have b...

Standardized Testing is Inherently Unequal

Standardized Testing is Inherently Unequal

Jiahua Chen ’20, Digital Media Editor / Photo Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under Opinions

The original intent of the SAT was to provide an accurate indicator of a student’s readiness for college and "scholastic aptitude." Nowadays, it has deviated from its original objectives. The SAT has morphed into a fallacious indicator for college admissions. In the process, it has become a living nig...

Dethrone the College Board

Zoe Bank ’19

October 19, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Applying to college is a very individual process. Each student makes choices between a big or small school, city or rural location, and countless other decisions. However, there is one universally dreaded aspect of the application: standardized testing.I can personally attest to the months of work...

A Lyrical, not Political, Genius

Cyrus Farmaian ’21

October 19, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Kanye West has a track record for doing and saying controversial things. Whether it be his support of Trump, ending concerts after 10 minutes, or controversial lyrics, it seems that he is always intentionally drawing attention to himself in some way. His most recent manifestation of his need for attention...

The Fight For Mankind’s Survival

The Fight For Mankind’s Survival

Carter Moyer ’20

October 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created to protect the American people from the harmful air, water, and ground pollutants. Some of its first mandates were to oversee the implementation of the Clean Air Act (1970), the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act (1972), and the Clean Water...

Should Democrats Swing Center?

Should Democrats Swing Center?

David Vega '20

October 4, 2018


Filed under Opinions

The 2018 midterms are crucial in terms of the political direction of the country. This fall, Democrats are entering an election season as the minority in Congress with an unpopular Republican president: a setup for midterm success. Back in 2006, Democrats were able to take control of power in Congress w...

Considering Adjustments to College Counseling

Suzy Shin '17

October 4, 2018


Filed under Opinions

The spring of one's Upper Mid year until the fall of one's senior year is notoriously difficult for one reason: college admissions. One of the most important tools with which the school equips students to help navigate this monumental time is the college advisor program. Every winter, Upper Mids are a...

Let’s Start Caring Rather Than Commenting

Gemma Tung '19

October 4, 2018


Filed under Opinions

On Thursday, September 27, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee to address Dr. Ford's allegation that Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school. Judge Kavanaugh is currently a nominee for the Supreme Court, and Dr....

When Truth is Absent, Gossip Becomes Gospel

Charlie Knight '20

October 4, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Humans are, to both their benefit and detriment, a curious species. We seek answers when we see something we can’t explain. When cavemen saw lightning and heard thunder, they created intricate stories and explanations that had little scientific basis.  When kids hear strange noises at night, they lie awake, wondering ...