Opinions

Parking at Taft by Dylan Kim

In our rapidly changing world, the most mundane problems often get drowned out by the cacophony of conflicts. Nowhere is this truer than Taft, where the community chooses to address one-off issues while leaving chronic maladies untouched. Perhaps the most…

For Paper Straws by Hollen Spain

Recently, there have been a spate of videos that have gone viral regarding plastic straws and their negative impact on marine life, particularly turtles. These videos reflect the pervasion of marine pollution in today’s seas. Although straws are viewed as…
White Males, Listen Up

White Males, Listen Up

We are intelligent and ambitious students at one of the most rigorous schools in the nation. We take hard classes, we balance these classes with our other commitments, but we seem to be failing to have effective conversation. We try…
Mental Illness at Taft

Mental Illness at Taft

Illustration by Joanna Kleszczewski ’18   I suppose I am a bit of an anomaly in that I have had three of my best friends leave this school – voluntarily or otherwise – for mental health reasons. When it happened…
Baltimore Riots

Baltimore Riots

America’s most recent struggle with the debate over police brutality in Baltimore has contributed to a slowly emerging crisis in the US. Just like a dramatic television show, Freddie Gray’s arrest was only an hour long. However, the impact of…
Religion at Taft

Religion at Taft

I first learned the value of being exposed to other people’s religious practices through playing for a soccer team in New York. Many of my teammates came from different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, but we all celebrated our differences…
Thin Enough

Thin Enough

When my AP Psychology teacher jumped on the Bingham stage this morning to explain that our Morning Meeting speaker would be discussing eating disorders, I felt myself slump down in my chair, search my pockets for my phone, and try…
The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Every year, a handful of students are asked to leave Taft for mental health reasons. Sometimes students are relieved to end their unhappiness here and other times students feel as if leaving is the worst possible outcome. Regardless, it is…