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Senior Tag

Senior Tag

Cierra Moore, IX Staff Writer The reason for seniors sprinting through the hallways, purposefully dropping their food at lunch, and hiding under tables is not because of stress from college apps. In fact, quite the opposite is the case.  For the past two weeks or so, the Senior class has been playing a group game called "Assassin," and there is deliberate method to this madness, with many Seniors using strategies beyond running and ducking. Aside from being fun to play, there is...

Prom Advice

Prom Advice

Jessica Toltzis, XII Contributing Writer Students, teachers, and parents, you know what time of year it is—prom time! Now some of you may moan in angst reading this, while others may cheer with glee. Even more may have an inquisitive look on...

Favoritism At PDS

Favoritism At PDS

Ashley Abrams, X and Sarah Lippman, X Staff Writers   Picture this: two classmates receive their graded essays from an English teacher. One student, a notorious over-achiever, had met with their teacher on multiple occasions while working on the assignment. The other student,...

Advice from a Senior to Junior About College Apps

Advice from a Senior to Junior About College Apps

Michael Tucker, XII Contributing Writer Dear Juniors, Last year, when I first started filling in the seats around the courtyard conference room table, I probably felt similar to how some or many of you feel now. I thought, “Well, applications are due a...

Urinetown Preperations

Urinetown Preperations

Harper Joseph, IX Staff Writer Urinetown, the Upper School’s winter musical, is the hilariously funny, 2001 Tony-award-winning musical comedy satire that parodies musicals such as West Side Story and Les Miserables.  The show also tackles serious subjects such as corporate greed, class...

Oscars Preview

Oscars Preview

Alex Neumann, IX Staff Writer On March 2, 2014, the 86th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California where they were held last year In fact, 2013’s show helped keep the Dolby Theatre open when it was facing foreclosure. We are fortunate to have host Ellen DeGeneres return as well. DeGeneres first hosted the 79th Academy Awards on February 27, 2007, and she will return as a solo host. Ellen first started her career as a...

New Art Exibit

New Art Exibit

Emily Um, X Staff Writer The exciting new exhibition at the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery opened on February 10 and runs until March 6. It features the work of two young artists, Samantha Ritter and Liv Aanrud. Jody Erdman, the gallery director, searches to find young and nontraditional artists to display their work in our gallery, providing a variety of fresh and alternative forms of self-expression. She frequently visits the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and met Ritter...

Unprecedented Support of LGBT Rights in Pop Media

Unprecedented Support of LGBT Rights in Pop Media

Grace Lee, XI Staff Writer   There have been many grand proclaims of support for LGBT rights recently, from Obama opting not to attend the Sochi Olympics due to Russia’s anti-gay policies, to Macklemore’s performance at the Grammys, while Queen Latifah officiated the...

Justin Bieber’s Arrest and Influence on Pop Media

Justin Bieber’s Arrest and Influence on Pop Media

Lauren Finley, X Staff Writer Lately, Justin Bieber has been the focus of many media reports. Although many Beliebers, or fans of Justin, don’t seem to be losing faith in the 19 year-old pop star, his risky behavior has gotten him into...

Favorite T.V. Show: Glee

Favorite T.V. Show: Glee

Michelle Mendez-Castro, XI Staff Writer Glee is a popular musical comedy-drama show on FOX portraying a life event that affects everyone: high school. I started watching Glee in seventh grade, from Season 1, when I became mesmerized by the amount of talent...

Artist of the Month: Alex Ling

Artist of the Month: Alex Ling

Katie Simons, IX Staff Writer Senior Alex Ling is extremely passionate about her work; it is obvious in the way her eyes light up when she discusses her art, and in the loving, detailed way she paints. She claims that art has...

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

  Tess Zahn   I am HIV. I am a human immunodeficiency virus. I invade your T-cells, create more of myself, then kill them off. I cause the immune system of humans to break down and fail, allowing life-threatening infections and cancers to thrive inside the body. I have infected 36,000 people in New Jersey alone.   The difference between HIV and AIDS is that HIV is a virus that breaks down the immune system, while AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is the final stage...

Why PDS loves the fitness center

Why PDS loves the fitness center

Harrison Latham XI Contributing Writer It starts at six o’clock in the morning, when most of PDS is still sound asleep. Darius Young, the gym’s manager and certified personal trainer, is behind his desk in the Fitness Center. Throughout the day the gym is filled up as faculty, parents, alumni, and students work out in harmony to better themselves athletically and pursue healthy lifestyles. To those new to PDS, and working out in general, the Fitness Center can be an intimidating place. With...

Visit to Kleinfelds

Visit to Kleinfelds

Sarah Lippman, X Staff Writer If you know who Randy, Camille‎, Diane, and Pnina (PAH-NEE-NUH) are, then read on. On Friday, I made the trek to the hallowed ground of all things bridal, Kleinfeld’s, immortalized on that ever so guilty TV pleasure,...

US Government Shutdown

US Government Shutdown

Zach Feldman, XI & Robby Hoffman, XI Contributing Writer and Staff Writer respectively Recently, the United States was held hostage while Democrats and Republicans squabbled over the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Most Americans...

The Spokesman looks back

The Spokesman looks back

“Remember that two Tuesdays from today is a dress-up day for Halloween,” Dean Quigley reminded the Junior class during our meeting on Tuesday, November 6. “Halloween?” I thought to myself, “Didn’t we already have Halloween? He must mean Thanksgiving.” But hey,...

TAP Program

TAP Program

Sarah Lippman, X Staff Writer As I walk down to the Lower School to conduct my interview, I am bombarded by little voices calling out, “Miss Sarah, Miss Sarah, I want a hug!” This is not an unfamiliar occurrence in our halls,...

Student opinions on art classes

Student opinions on art classes

Hannah Freid IX Contributing Writer Just two years ago, Princeton Day School made a substantial change in the arts department pedagogy. The grading system for arts classes was changed from Pass/Fail to an A-F scale, which is the traditional grading system for other academic subjects. While many might assume that the new grading system has added misery to arts classes, student reactions to the A-F system in fact reveal the benefits of this traditional grading method. One student, who prefers to remain anonymous,...

Robert Powell

Robert Powell

Max Adam, X Contributing Writer When Robert Powell returned to Princeton Day School in mid-October, he did not reminisce fondly of his time at PDS. Mr. Powell, who graduated from PDS in 1990, was “in the closet” during his time at PDS, and recounted the difficulties of hiding his sexual orientation. Though he claimed to see a change in atmosphere that reflects school efforts and a national trend towards acceptance, Mr. Powell described the PDS of his youth as very intolerant of...

Advice from a Senior to Junior About College Apps

Michael Tucker, XII

Contributing Writer

Dear Juniors,

Last year, when I first started filling in the seats around the courtyard conference room table, I probably felt similar to how some or many of you feel now. I thought, “Well, applications are due a year from now, I don’t have to worry about this college stuff just yet.” That might as well have been yesterday.

So, my advice is simple: you’ll get out of this experience what you put into it. If you put the time and effort to look into researching schools, and truly finding where you fit, you’ll be in a better situation than those who put less energy in, and apply to schools (often many) which don’t really fit them as well as they could.… Read More


Urinetown Preperations

Urinetown Preperations

Harper Joseph, IX

Staff Writer

Urinetown, the Upper School’s winter musical, is the hilariously funny, 2001 Tony-award-winning musical comedy satire that parodies musicals such as West Side Story and Les Miserables.  The show also tackles serious subjects such as corporate greed, class divisions, and police corruption. Urinetown opens in a city suffering from a 20-year drought where the citizens must pay to use public toilets. A corporation named The Urine Good Company, UGC for short, runs the town. Finally, when the poor citizens can’t take any more of the crippling public toilet fees, a hero leads them in an ill-fated rebellion.… Read More

Robert Powell

Robert Powell

Max Adam, X

Contributing Writer

When Robert Powell returned to Princeton Day School in mid-October, he did not reminisce fondly of his time at PDS. Mr. Powell, who graduated from PDS in 1990, was “in the closet” during his time at PDS, and recounted the difficulties of hiding his sexual orientation. Though he claimed to see a change in atmosphere that reflects school efforts and a national trend towards acceptance, Mr. Powell described the PDS of his youth as very intolerant of homosexuality.

Robin Linzmayer, a senior co-head of GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever), said that Mr. Powell jumped at the opportunity to speak at Princeton Day.… Read More

US Government Shutdown

Zach Feldman, XI & Robby Hoffman, XI

Contributing Writer and Staff Writer respectively

Recently, the United States was held hostage while Democrats and Republicans squabbled over the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Most Americans believed Republicans were to blame for the standoff, because the public believed Republicans seemed willing to shut down the government and have the country default on its obligations to force changes in a bill that had already passed. However, Republicans had little choice. They genuinely believe Obamacare is a misguided program that threatens the viability of the nation. In fact, not a single Republican voted for the legislation.… Read More