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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

 Editor-in-Chief Amelia Bowman 25

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief

Amelia has been on The Gator for five semesters, since the start of her freshman year. She enjoys writing op-eds, current events, and reviews. In her spare time, she loves reading, watching movies, and rock climbing.


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Photo illustration: Juniors Stephanie Altschul and Noah Panto discuss the Civil Rights Movement in David Cutlers American history class.  Ddesigned in Canva.

Rising Seniors Vie For Heaviest Course Load

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
May 13, 2024

Photo illustration: Juniors Stephanie Altschul and Noah Panto discuss the Civil Rights Movement in David Cutler's American history class. Ddesigned in Canva.

BREAKING: $26 Million Campaign Unveiled for New Facility

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
May 10, 2024
The gym will be replaced with a cutting-edge Recreation and Wellness Center.
Adam Ondra climbing Silence, 9c.

Scaling the Limits of Human Potential: An Inspiration Story

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
March 4, 2024
What does Adam Ondra's only ascent of the hardest rock climb in the world prove about the taxing nature of the sport?
The TikTok logo on a smartphone screen sticks out of the pocket of a denim jacket. Photo illustration.

Students Instructed to Cease Social Media Use in Bathrooms

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
February 17, 2024
The School has received reports of Upper School students filming TiKTok videos in bathrooms.
A Deeper Look into Kubricks Masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey

A Deeper Look into Kubrick’s Masterpiece ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
February 8, 2024
Known for its sparse dialogue, pioneering special effects, iconic soundtrack, and philosophical symbolism, '2001' continues to leave critics and viewers grappling at its loose ends.
Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech at the opening ceremony.

Unlocking Model UN: Will You Fail or Fly?

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
January 25, 2024
A guide to whether you should join Model UN and discover a transformative experience beyond the glamour of diplomacy.
Saltburn: Exhilarating or Exhausting?

Saltburn: Exhilarating or Exhausting?

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2024
Something sinister is in the air. And its not just the mist of disappointment lingering after watching "Saltburn."
Raymond Baez 24 and Harry Hall 25 attempt a rebound in the season-opener against Gann.

VII Boys Defeat Last Year’s Champs in Season Opener

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
December 7, 2023
In their MBIL Division 1 debut, the Varsity Basketball II Team triumphed yesterday over last year's champions, Gann Academy, with a score of 63-57.
Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize-winning author.

Mercy in Adversity: Toni Morrison’s Timeless Message of Compassion

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
December 1, 2023
In Toni Morrison’s 196-page masterpiece, she leaves the reader with morsels of hope. Maybe not hope for the characters themselves, but hope for humanity.
Photo illustration of a teacher and students attempting to comprehend the current state of Israel.

Israel-Hamas War: School Calls for Compassion

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
October 30, 2023

Photo illustration of a teacher and students attempting to comprehend the current state of Israel.

History Department Chair Kelly Neelys Womens Studies Class wrote an Upper School Declaration of Community Support, adorning the outside of the girls bathroom where the racist message was found.

Community Unites Against Hate: A Call for Education, Empathy, and Advocacy

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
October 2, 2023
The School responds with urgency and reflection after the discovery of racist graffiti inside the girls' bathroom.
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara: A Profound Exploration of Human Existence and Friendship

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
September 28, 2023

In the hauntingly beautiful novel "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara, the narrative centers around four men who relocate to New York City and, over the course of three decades, grow both their careers...

Stephanie Altschul 25, Eli Lewis 25, and Abigail Jacobs 25 gather at a designated peer tutoring table to review material.

Juniors Revive Peer Tutoring Program

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
September 26, 2023
Juniors Eli Lewis and Conno Wagner are spearheading the effort.
Former President Donald Trump meets with Governor DeSantis in the White House.

Op-Ed: Republican Hypocrisy at All-Time High

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
May 31, 2023
It’s high time to expose and challenge the hypocrisy that plagues our political landscape and demand more from our leaders.
Evil Dead Rise: is Horror on the Brink of Artistic Standstill?

Evil Dead Rise: is Horror on the Brink of Artistic Standstill?

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
May 18, 2023
The looming crisis: has horror run it's course? "Evil Dead Rise" reflects the trajectory that the horror industry is on.
Taking an exam. Photo purchased from BigStock.com.

Op-Ed: As Finals Rapidly Approach, Self-Care is Key

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
May 3, 2023
School isn't over yet, and as teachers crank up the volume, students face the workload head-on.
My Sister, the Serial Killer: Who is Innocent?

My Sister, the Serial Killer: Who is Innocent?

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
February 16, 2023
Spoiler alert: they are both guilty.
Alternative to pork buns: mixed green salad

Our Veggie-Friendly School: Why I Never Leave Hungry

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
February 9, 2023
At School, lunch no longer feels like a place where I’m insecure about my diet.
Students gather together at the Delegate Dance, a tradition at YMUN.

Op-Ed: What YMUN Taught Me About Speaking Up

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
February 1, 2023
Yale's Model United Nations conference taught me that the best learning happens when you're asking questions and speaking up.
Photo courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes.

Review: ‘The Menu’ Serves Up Horror with a Twist

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2023
The Menu was one of the most shockingly brilliant horror films I’ve ever seen, making it my second favorite movie of 2022.
(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, 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.
Maura Healey poses during her 2013 campaign for Massachusetts Attorney General.

Governor-Elect Healey’s Win Makes State History

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
November 23, 2022
The progressive has left a mark as attorney general, and she seems poised to continue doing so as the commonwealth's new governor.
Poster courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Movie Review: ‘Smile’ Kept Me On The Edge Of My Seat

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
October 25, 2022
When the credits rolled and the lights came back on in the theater, I found myself glued to my seat.
Op-Ed: The Jewish High Holidays During COVID-19

Op-Ed: The Jewish High Holidays During COVID-19

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
October 25, 2022
For the past two years, due to COVID, my family has abstained from going to Temple during the holidays. Last year, we didn’t celebrate at all.
Most students in Joe Iulianos International Relations class do not wear masks.

As COVID Spikes, Most Remain Maskless

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
October 11, 2022
While there is “no cause for panic,” School Nurse Beth Escobar says, community members continue to test positive.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

What Roe v. Wade Taught Me About Activism

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
June 5, 2022

In November of 2019, I went to the State House to advocate for the Roe Act to state senators and representatives. Now that the overturning has been leaked to the public, I am thankful that I advocated...

The team huddles before the game.

Varsity Baseball Falls to CSW in Championship Playoffs

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
May 23, 2022
Despite losing to CSW, the team is proud of its performance and camaraderie this season.
Poster courtesy of Marlie Kass 23.

Marlie Kass ’23 to Direct Original Play

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
April 29, 2022
'Troupe of Tropes' explores a young actor's journey to producing a play. The show will premiere in-person on May 13.

Culture: Tea Gossip Sparks Debate On Campus

Amelia Bowman and Madeleine Pogoda
April 13, 2022
How long do you steep your tea? A heated debate has sparked on campus.
Promotional photo courtesy of FilmNation.

Movie Review: Channing Tatum’s ‘Dog’ is Wholesome, Outstanding

Amelia Bowman and Madeleine Pogoda
February 28, 2022
If you enjoy wholesome dog movies, you will love Channing Tatum’s new film, 'Dog.'
What makes a good climber isn’t the ability to be fearless or never make mistakes. It’s to keep climbing even when you’re scared and think you can’t continue.

My Rock Climbing Journey

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
February 17, 2022
I've been rock climbing since I was about three years old, and I've found it to be a challenging sport that deserves more respect than it gets.
Poster design by Stephanie Altschul 25.

Semi-Formal To Return with Masquerade Theme

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
February 2, 2022
Students are looking forward to the first dance, which is organized by the Upper School Senate.
Upper School tour guides pose at Open House. Photo courtesy of Brimmer and May School.

Behind the Scenes with Student Tour Guides

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
January 24, 2022
Student Tour Guide share their experiences of leading prospective students and families around campus.
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.
AAPI Club Presidents Hebe Qiang 23 and Madeline Hsiao 23 pose.

Hebe Qiang ’23, Madeline Hsiao ’23 Pioneer AAPI Club

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
October 28, 2021
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Club is a resource available for students to celebrate culture and connect with their peers.
Kaylee Little 23 challenges a Bradford Christian Academy player in the 2019 Varsity Girls Homecoming game.

Athletes Look Forward to Homecoming Games

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
October 15, 2021
This Saturday, the School’s Varsity Soccer Teams will face Bradford Christian Academy in the annual athletics event.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald 22, Zakkai Mares-Van Praag 22, Kyle Terino 24, and Jerry Dong 23 attend a play rehearsal.

Upper School Fall Play Returns In Person

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
October 5, 2021
After a year of virtual performances, Director Bill Jacob will host the Upper School Fall Play, 'Trap,' in person.
Guest Contributions

Guest Contributions

Amelia Bowman, Editor-in-Chief
January 5, 2021
Whether you want to submit an opinion story, cover news, take photographs, or illustrate, this is your paper to share your voice. 
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