The Hotchkiss Record

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...

Protect Innovation in Silicon Valley

Protect Innovation in Silicon Valley

Ein Jun ’22

December 12, 2019

Facebook, Instagram, Google, the iPhone - these technologies have become a necessity in the lives of people, connecting billions across the world. Their widespread usage has given Silicon Valley companies immense authority over the private information of millions of users and a prominent position in...

The Double Standard for Women in Politics

The Double Standard for Women in  Politics

Tori Murray ’22

December 12, 2019

The 2020 Democratic primaries are unlike any this country has ever seen. A record number of candidates are running - beginning with a startling 28 that has slowly whittled itself down to 18 over the course of the last year. Even so, the pool of contenders that remains includes an unprecedented number...

AOC is the Future of Politics

AOC is the Future of Politics

Charlotte Urquhart ’21

December 12, 2019

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), or AOC, was just 29 when she was elected to the House of Representatives from New York’s 14th congressional district and became the youngest woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. Despite being heavily outspent by her opponent (a 10-term male incumbent),...

The Honor Roll Hurts Hotchkiss

Michael Zhang ’21

November 21, 2019

From the constant bombardment of emails from colleges to the over-analyzed college process, the pressures of being a student have never been higher. The median standardized testing scores have skyrocketed in recent decades as parents enroll their children in intense and draining test-prep courses in...

Are You Really Our Fans?

Are You Really Our Fans?

Alex Cheng ’23

November 21, 2019

As Boys Varsity Soccer clashed against Taft, something kept nagging at me. The “Blue Mob,” promised by students and administration alike, was nowhere to be seen. The only support we had was ourselves - our team. “When you make all this hype and then you only have a handful of supporters,” said...

The Price of Admission

The Price of Admission

Charlotte Urquhart ’21

November 21, 2019

Many universities today are need-blind, which means they refuse to account for the financial situation of applicants when deciding whether to offer admission to their school. However, money clearly plays a significant part in increasing a student’s chance of admission, as it makes possible the preparation...

When Fear Silences the Arts

When Fear Silences the Arts

Benjamin Adam Weiss ’21

November 21, 2019

The decision was made, they informed me. They had decided that the 2019 fall mainstage musical production would be Cabaret, a show that would have changed the landscape of Hotchkiss theatre. That all changed during the summer when a decision was made by someone in the administration. They informed Mr....

Apathy Trumps Justice

Apathy Trumps Justice

Robert Phillips ’20

November 7, 2019

On Friday, October 25, President Trump spoke at Benedict College at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum, organized by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center. Benedict College is a 150-year-old HBCU (historically black college or university) in Columbus, South Carolina. The 20/20 Bipartisan...

All in for Affirmative Action

All in for Affirmative Action

Charlotte Urquhart ’21

November 7, 2019

The phrase “affirmative action” was first used in a speech by John F. Kennedy in a 1961 executive order designed to ensure minorities equal opportunity in employment and pay. Many universities implemented affirmative action programs of their own after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....