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The Gator

Meet the next Editorial Board, a group of all-new student editors. Gator file photos.
Newsroom Announces 2023-2024 Editorial Board
Kate Hirschen, Culture Editor • February 3, 2023
Introducing Amelia Bowman '25 as Editor-in-Chief, Cathy Wu '24 and Evan Michaeli '24 as Executive Editors, and Madeleine Pogoda '24 as Arts & Culture Editor.
History and Journalism Teacher David Cutler demonstrates how AI can write essays. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn.
Teachers Debate AI in Education 
Evan Michaeli, Incoming Executive Editor • January 30, 2023
Now that ChatGPT has taken the world by storm, teachers here shared their thoughts on AI and its future in education.
Science Teacher Matt Gallon leads a workshop.
18th Annual Bissell Grogan Symposium Returns
Cathy Wu, Incoming Executive Editor • January 23, 2023
The School’s 18th annual Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium launched last Wednesday with a speech and a wide range of workshops.
Maya Lownie 24 and Haripriya Mallidi 23 perform a traditional Indian dance.
Circles 19: A Coffee House Returns in the Dining Commons
Edward Flint, Journalist • January 19, 2023
Performances included three poetry readings, a traditional Indian dance, and an audience sing-along.

Photo courtesy of David Barron.
New Faculty Profile: Alex Ostergard
Marlie Kass, Arts Editor • January 5, 2023
Recently, The Gator sat down with Dr. Alex Ostergard to hear about their work in music.
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Community Reflects on Lasting Pandemic Changes
Community Reflects on Lasting Pandemic Changes
Brian Gamble, Managing Editor • January 5, 2023
Almost one and a half years since hybrid learning, COVID is prompting discussion about the pandemic's lasting changes on the School.
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Upper School Head Joshua Neudel photographed a bracket made by the Spanish Department before the Knockout stage. Photo courtesy of Neudel.
Community Bonds Over Watching the World Cup
Kate Hirschen, Culture Editor • December 9, 2022
Although the U.S. lost to the Netherlands, student spectators agree that the once-in-four-year event has brought the community together.
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(L-R) Brimmer students Emma Hastings ’19, Jack Donnelly ’18, Abigail Mynahan ’19, Chloe Cochener ’19, Hannah Ahearn ’20, and Sarah Dean ’20 in front of the Casa Rosada. Photo courtesy of Abigail Mynahan ’19.
Northlands Exchange Program Returns Following Travel Hiatus
Amelia Bowman, Incoming Editor-in-Chief • December 8, 2022
The summer of 2023 marks the first time that the administration is reinstating the exchange program after the pandemic.
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Students work in groups during Chemistry without a teacher overseeing them.
Substitutes No Longer Required for Grades 11 and 12
Brian Gamble and Natalie Kozhemiakin December 5, 2022
In early October, the School made new modifications to covering sub blocks.
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A screenshot of the Student Life Calendar last month.
Rehm-Robles Creates 'Student Life Calendar'
Kate Hirschen, Culture Editor • December 1, 2022
The new Director of Student Life has spearheaded several 'Brimmer Social Hour' events this fall.
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AAPI Club Presidents Hebe Qiang 23 and Madeline Hsiao 23 pose.
Fall Marks Record Number Student-Run Clubs
Giulia Laurenza, Journalist • November 15, 2022
This year marks a new record for the number of student-run clubs—fourteen, which cater to diverse interests.
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Quizlet, one of the most-downloaded apps on the App Store, now includes a paywall.
Changes to Quizlet Causes Frustration Among Students
Abby Jacobs, Journalist • November 15, 2022
Students don't want to pay for the tools that were previously free. The sudden change has disrupted study habits.
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Nico Jaffer Wins NSPA Sports Story of the Year
Nico Jaffer Wins NSPA Sports Story of the Year
Gator Staff November 13, 2022
Executive Editor Grace Papas '23 also won an honorable mention for Multimedia Feature Story of the Year.
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A student poses in front of the Taj Mahal during Winterim 2019. Photo courtesy of the School.
Community Members Anticipate Winterim's Return
Nico Jaffer, Sports Editor • November 1, 2022
After three years, the Upper School will revive its world travel program. Students and faculty report excitement for the educational experience.
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Poster design by Leni Hicks-Dutt 23.
Get Ready to Fly with ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’
Cathy Wu, Incoming Executive Editor • November 1, 2022
Whereas last year, where the cast rehearsed in masks, the new mask option policy made play rehearsals a lot more convenient.
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Members of the Class of 2023 pose at Larz Anderson Park.
Class of 2023 Enjoys "Senior Sunrise"
Marlie Kass, Arts Editor • October 18, 2022
All 47 12th-grade students were invited to the Larz Anderson Park to enjoy the early morning together, a tradition started last year. 
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Continued Travel Delays Impact Students, Teachers
Continued Travel Delays Impact Students, Teachers
Giulia Laurenza, Journalist • October 12, 2022
As domestic airlines struggled with cancellations, European airports were also flooded with constant delays.
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Madeleine Pogoda ’25, Giulia Laurenza ’25, and Ady Jaeckel ’25 sell handmade items at last years Valentines Day Bake Sale.
GSA Marks New Chapter in Leadership
Giulia Laurenza, Journalist • October 12, 2022
This Gender and Sexuality for All (GSA) Club leadership board intends to make the club a source of education and a safe space.
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Most students in Joe Iulianos International Relations class do not wear masks.
As COVID Spikes, Most Remain Maskless
Amelia Bowman, Incoming Editor-in-Chief • October 11, 2022
While there is “no cause for panic,” School Nurse Beth Escobar says, community members continue to test positive.
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