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The student news site of Brimmer and May School | Chestnut Hill, MA

The Gator

The student news site of Brimmer and May School | Chestnut Hill, MA

The Gator

How can we travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Photo illustration courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Op-Ed: Anti-Maskers Make Traveling During COVID-19 Stressful
Talia Hammer, Journalist • January 14, 2022
My Winter Break trip to Florida presented unexpected challenges thanks to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, conflicting public health guidelines, and anti-maskers.
In the Middle and Upper School Library here, books about social justice issues are shown on display.
Op-Ed: Texas Lawmakers, Let Kids Read Diverse Books
Madeleine Pogoda, Journalist • January 14, 2022
Texas state reps want to ban books about sex education, racism, and LGBTQ+ topics in public schools. The effects of the ban would be catastrophic.
Students at the School report getting less than 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Photo illustration by Toni Golston 24.
Op-Ed: The Teen Sleep Deprivation Epidemic Needs a Cure
Nico Jaffer, Journalist • January 13, 2022
Students everywhere are sleep-deprived and burnt out. We need a solution, even if it means changing school and sports schedules.
The Environmental Club is working to help ban plastic straws in Newton
Op-Ed: Environmental Club Works to Ban Plastic Straws in Newton
Evan Michaeli, Journalist • January 13, 2022
The club is partnering with Newton's Plastics Reduction Working Committee.

COVID-19 cases are surging in schools across Massachusetts, causing staffing issues and emptying classrooms.
Op-Ed: I'm Nervous About Being Back on Campus
Zakkai Mares-Van Praag, Journalist • January 11, 2022
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surging in Massachusetts, I can't help but wonder if in-person schooling is the right call.
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Op-Ed: Testing Disrupts Student Health
Talia Hammer, Journalist • December 15, 2021
To show that adults care about student well-being during a pandemic, toss midterms.
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Editorial: School Deserves Praise for Community Uplift
Editorial: School Deserves Praise for Community Uplift
Gator Editorial Board December 14, 2021
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the School has worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
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Photo illustration of a student doodling during class, which some teachers allow but some ban.
Op-Ed: School Policies and Learning Differences
Amelia Bowman and Polly Zimmerman December 7, 2021
It is the responsibility of schools to accommodate students' academic needs.
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Jaffer poses with Fantasy Football Club leader Phillip Lull 23 and club advisor Pete Slaski.
Op-Ed: The Thrills of Fantasy Football
Nico Jaffer, Journalist • November 18, 2021
Fantasy is a unique strategic hobby that doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
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Op-Ed: Distance Can Boost Relationships
Grace Papas, Executive Editor • November 8, 2021
Long distance relationships are not as soulless and hopeless as they're cracked up to be.
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Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.
Op-Ed: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Social Media
Polly Zimmerman, Journalist • November 8, 2021
If you are willing to take risks and are strong enough to overcome them, social media can be a great place.
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The Addams Family being performed in 2014. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Op-Ed: Theatre Presents Great Spooky Entertainment
Marlie Kass, Senior Arts Journalist • October 27, 2021
For your next scare, consider turning to the stage.
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Op-Ed: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing
Haleigh Jacobs, GNN Anchor, Journalist • October 19, 2021
Sometimes I feel like the tragedy was just yesterday.
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Op-Ed: Earth is Melting
Op-Ed: Earth is Melting
Evan Michaeli, Journalist • October 18, 2021
This summer I spent five days in Glacier National Park, which opened my mind to the reality of glacial change.
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For most people with regular ovulation cycles, six weeks is only one or two missed periods, and oftentimes, they don’t even realize that they’re pregnant.
Op-Ed: Why Texas's 'Heartbeat Bill' is Dangerous
Grace Papas, Executive Editor • October 15, 2021
Texas has enacted one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws, preventing nearly all abortions after a fetus’s heartbeat is detected.
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For anyone born within the last 2 decades, we were not there for 9/11, and we do not share in that same national and personal trauma.
Op-Ed: Why Are Young People Desensitized to 9/11?
Charles McLaughlin October 11, 2021
For anyone born within the last two decades, we were not there for 9/11, and we don't share in that same national and personal trauma.
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The question  What went wrong in Afghanistan?  on a banner in mens hand with blurred Afghan flag on the background. Purchased from BigStock.
Op-Ed: The U.S. Has Failed Afghanistan
Grace Papas, Executive Editor • October 7, 2021
The hasty retreat plunged Afghanistan back into Taliban control and threw away 20 years of American money and lives.
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Kanye West performs for fans in 2009. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Op-Ed: Stop Idolizing Kanye West
Talia Hammer, Journalist • October 5, 2021
While many argue that they are fans of West for his music, it is hard to dismiss the rapper's insensitive comments and impulsive actions.
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One of the few promotional posters for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, courtesy of Marvel Studios.
Op-Ed: Why Didn't Marvel Promote 'Shang-Chi?'
Charles McLaughlin September 24, 2021
The film is a big step for Asian representation at Disney. Is the company still refusing to promote POC characters, even in 2021? 
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