Dare to Draft

Dare to Draft

Daniel Varela ’18 never envisioned that registering for the military draft had anything to do with applying to a private university. But as he answered questions about his education and family’s income on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Varela came across a box that he hadn’t expected. “Register Student for Selective Service,” it […]

Students, teachers start gender-identity conversations

Speakers discussing gender and sexuality discussion on campus have visited the school in an effort to bring greater awareness to gender-identity issues. This comes after recordings of a number of students using homophobic slurs were discovered. “I wanted to start this conversation because I think there has been so much silence on campus about transgender identities […]

Bridging the gap between genders

Bridging the gap between genders

A quarter of a century ago, Harvard School for boys and Westlake School for girls merged under the founding principle that boys and girls learn better together. Students and parents were, at first, enraged, but when fall came around and it was time to come together, tensions fell to a simmer. But that is not […]

Playing for the wrong team

Playing for the wrong team

My ears rang. My body shook. My feet gave in to the vibration of the wooden stands. Sweat gathered on the bridge of my nose as I caught a glimpse of the lively court, just barely able to see above the blur of bouncing bodies in front of me. Students pressed against my back and […]

Giving each team a time under the spotlight

Giving each team a time under the spotlight

As journalists devoted to bringing campus news to you, we are at many sports game. Whether we are photographing, broadcasting or keeping score, sometimes we are simply one face in rows and rows of screaming fans, and sometimes we are the only ones there, save for a few parents or family members. Either way, we […]

Still on the spectrum: identifying as asexual

Still on the spectrum: identifying as asexual

Amber* ’16 has always felt as though she was missing out on the “normal sexual discoveries” that her friends talked about in their conversations. Whenever her friends fawned over a “hot new celebrity,” she pretended to do so as well but never felt the kind of attraction that her friends described. It was only after […]

The other war for equality

The other war for equality

When I learn about war in history class, I am taught about the brave men who serve their country and risk their lives for the freedom of others. When I read stories about military activity in the news, I see pictures of men in head-to-toe uniform with stone-cold faces that embody the courage of a […]

Middle school P.E. now gender-separated

Seventh and ninth grade physical education classes are now separated by gender in order “to enhance the experience of girls at Harvard-Westlake,” Kimberley Hieatt, head of the middle school physical education department, said. The eighth grade classes cannot be separated by gender due to a required weight training class that only has one teacher and […]