Gen-Z, in the Affirmation Age

Gen-Z, in the Affirmation Age

In today’s increasingly polarized ideological world, groupthink is often preferred to any real exploration and exchange of ideas. When we only interact with like-minded people, our opinions are confirmed rather than tested. Most of Generation Z only knows “Google” as a verb and social media as omnipresent. In today’s America, our online preferences are monitored […]

Charity: for college or community?

Student-run charities are springing up left and right in our school community. However, it is easy to question the authenticity of giving back to the community amidst the presence of college applications, an overwhelmingly large aspect of our school’s identity. The community fosters an extremely competitive environment as a college preparatory school. Declining college admissions […]

The Truth: Tied to Technology

Then school starts, and we receive our daily doses of disheveled bed head and pajama tops via Zoom. For almost a quarter of each day, we sit facing the screen, filling breaks with TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram. Whether for work or for play, we’re constantly on our devices. How do you start talking to someone […]

Students create controversial Instagram pages

Students create controversial Instagram pages

Students created several anonymous Instagram accounts dedicated to posts about their peers and teachers in recent weeks. Accounts such as @hw.confessions posted rumors and negative messages about students, while @hw.compliments monitored submissions and posted compliments. The accounts, including the confessions account that posted uncensored rumors and comments about students and teachers, reached hundreds of followers. […]

What’s The Buzz? How Students and Faculty Get Their News

What’s The Buzz? How Students and Faculty Get Their News

Coco Kaleel ’20 sighed when she heard her morning alarm go off on her nightstand. She rolled over on her side, picked up her phone and opened up Daily Mail on the Snapchat Discover Page. Kaleel tapped through the updates on the latest celebrity scandal or political controversy that popped up at the top of […]

It’s a Match! : Student Usage of Tinder

It’s a Match! : Student Usage of Tinder

Noah* ’19 scrolled through his camera roll, looking carefully for the perfect profile photo. He decided on a photo with a big smile to make him look friendly, some stubble to make him look older and a blue t-shirt to bring out his eyes. Just a few clicks later, he became Noah, 18, 2.4 miles […]

Sliding into Direct Misconduct: Addressing Social Media Harassment

Sliding into Direct Misconduct: Addressing Social Media Harassment

This piece was updated to include additional sourcing on young women and online harassment.  After posting photos from her new photoshoot, Annabel Zimmer ’20 opened her phone, expecting supportive comments from friends. Instead, she said she was hit with a barrage of unwelcome private messages from strangers and suspicious requests from unknown people. “It’s really […]

School investigates social media account

The school administration identified the creator of the since-deleted Instagram account @hwmeme, which contained explicit racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-semitic references to specific members of the sophomore class, Upper School Dean of Students Jordan Church said. Students alerted Church of the account the day it was created, Sept. 26. Director of Communications Ari Engelberg was […]

In the Nudes: Why do students sext?

In the Nudes: Why do students sext?

As Erica* prepared to press send, a wave of anxiety set in. This wasn’t a controversial text, or a passive-agressive Instagram comment, but rather a picture of her naked body. She said she had never sent anything of the sort before but knew after a conversation with the receiver that they both felt comfortable experimenting. […]