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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

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Evan Michaeli

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Evan is passionate about saving the environment and learning geography. When he is not writing articles for The Gator, he enjoys watching and playing sports, especially baseball.

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Photo | Snow Day: Tuesday, Feb. 13

Gator Staff
February 12, 2024

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A hole in the plane where a door should be after an incident in the sky.

Op-Ed: Terror in the Skies

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 8, 2024
Twelve minutes after ascending from Oregon’s Portland International Airport, Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 experienced a system failure.
Social media post made by Andre Mills 24 to celebrate his commitment to Texas A&M for basketball. Courtesy of Andre Mills 24.

Andre Mills ’24: The Odyssey of a Basketball Prodigy

Evan Michaeli and Tavio Mares-Van Praag
January 31, 2024
His pursuit, woven with the threads of resilience, mentorship, and sheer determination, epitomizes the spirit of a quintessential athlete.

Varsity 1 Basketball: Andre Mills

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
January 10, 2024
Andre Mills '24 talks about his love of basketball, loyalty, and D-1 basketball.
Duke play calls on a poster during a 2022 game against Boston College.

Photo | Another Champion Embroiled in Cheating Scandal

Jack Malloy, Journalist
January 10, 2024

Duke play calls on a poster during a 2022 game against Boston College.

A power plant discharging greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, warming the Earth.

Choking Ourselves to Death

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
December 2, 2023
Executive Editor Evan Michaeli presents a six-piece feature highlighting the dire state of our world and solutions to the climate crisis.
The earth burning due to global warming

Humanity: It’s Time to Wake Up!

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 18, 2023
Executive Editor Evan Michaeli presents the first of a five-piece feature highlighting the dire state of our world and solutions to the climate crisis
Associate Director of College Counseling Dan Birdsall.

Spotlight: Dan Birdsall, College Counseling Associate DIrector

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 12, 2023
Learn more about Associate Director of College Counseling Dan Birdsall as he discusses his time here and his favorite sports.
Podcast: Elyse Seltzer

Podcast: Elyse Seltzer

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 5, 2023
Head Librarian Elyse Seltzer discusses her role at School and her outside life.
Historic Change: First Major Schedule Revamp in Two Decades

Historic Change: First Major Schedule Revamp in Two Decades

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 3, 2023
The modifications aim to cultivate more consistent class meeting times and deepen community bonding.
Summer in Newport attracts several boaters in the waters of Brenton Cove. Photo Courtesy of Evan Michaeli.

Op-Ed: Top Uncommon U.S. Summer Vacations

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
June 1, 2023
Summer is approaching fast as families look for exciting and fun vacation spots to spend some time.
IMOCA Boats lined up at the dock in Newport, Rhode Island during the stopover for The Ocean Race. Photo Courtesy of Evan Michaeli.

The Ocean Race: Sailing Toward a Greener Future

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
May 30, 2023
Determination and a common goal of sustainability enables the power of humanity through sailing.
Fans unfurl a Boston Strong banner during the 2013 Red Sox World Series Parade. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ten Years Later, We Remain Boston Strong

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 19, 2023
The 2013 bombings taught us that we are all stronger together.
Fenway Park during the 2021 AL Wild Card game against the New York Yankees. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Don’t Count Out the Red Sox Yet

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 30, 2023
While several insiders and beat writers predict a similar fate for the 2023 Red Sox, I see a different vision. One where the Red Sox wind up as a force in the American League.  
Aerial view of the train derailment in East Palestine that took place on February 3. Photo taken by the National Transportation Safety Board, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Ohio Train Derailment Highlights Distrust for Authorities

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 3, 2023
The East Palestine tragedy must serve as a wake-up call to environmental disasters for public officials and corporations.
A rotating globe shows the carbon monoxide output around the world. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Pollution: Undermining Our Planet’s Health

Contamination is a lethal consequence to our actions—it's time for a change.
History and Journalism Teacher David Cutler demonstrates how AI can write essays. Photo illustration by Edan Zinn.

Teachers Debate AI in Education 

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
January 30, 2023
Now that ChatGPT has taken the world by storm, teachers here shared their thoughts on AI and its future in education.
Students gather together at the Delegate Dance, a tradition at YMUN.

Photo | Op-Ed: What YMUN Taught Me About Speaking Up

Amelia Bowman, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 1, 2023

Students gather together at the Delegate Dance, a tradition at YMUN.

An ambulance arrives at a football game. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Life Is Bigger Than Sports

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
January 4, 2023
Monday night’s crucial game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills came to an abrupt halt after Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field.
Just Stop Oil protestors threw soup onto a $110 million painting by Vincent Van Gough.

Op-Ed: We Need Climate Legislation, Not Distraction

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
November 28, 2022
Wreckage is not the way to show our frustrations. Legislation is the answer to climate change.
The Upper School band performs during the event.

Sun Shines for Harvest Fest

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
November 4, 2022
On a sunny day last Friday, the School congregated on the field to celebrate autumn.
Ted Turner and Evan Michaeli pose in Newport, RI. Photo courtesy of Michaeli

Op-Ed: A Letter to Ted Turner, CNN Founder

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 26, 2022
After meeting the founder of CNN, one of my greatest inspirations, I decided to pen an open letter of gratitude to him.
Fans display their rally squirrels in Saint Louis. Photo courtesy of WikimediaCommons.

Op-Ed: Top 5 Animal Encounters in Baseball

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 17, 2022
In honor of the goose that flew onto the field during a recent Dodgers game, I wanted to share my top five animal encounters in professional baseball.
Gator file photo.

Faculty Profile: Blake Fitch, Photography Teacher

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
September 27, 2022
The Gator sat down with the Upper School Photography Teacher Blake Fitch to learn more about her first year at the School.
Demonstrators protest in Melbourne for a safer climate. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Summer 2022 Showcases Climate Crisis On Full Display

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
September 23, 2022
We need climate action, now more than ever.
The climate crisis is a human crisis. Photo illustration purchased at BigStock.com.

Op-Ed: Environmental Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
May 6, 2022
Politicians seem to push for a greener world, but their actions don’t say so.
Smith poses with the group at the finish line.

Photos: Midnight Marathon Bike Ride with Mr. Smith

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 19, 2022

Smith poses with the group at the finish line.

Al Hirschfeld Theater before a performance of Moulin Rouge! Photo by Evan Michaeli 24.

Review: ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Is a Spectacular Spectacle

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 28, 2022
The jukebox musical is packed with special effects, set changes, and fun music.
A wildfire ravages California last year.

Op-Ed: Act Now For Environmental Justice

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 8, 2022
2021 experienced a record number of natural disasters. Soon enough, we will reach the point of no return. There is no "Planet B."
Photo courtesy of Greg Lewis.

Podcast: Former NBC Olympic Broadcaster, Greg Lewis

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 16, 2022
Emmy-award-winner Greg Lewis shares his thoughts about the Beijing Olympics.
BRONX, NY - JUL 28: Former Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz attends the game on July 28, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

Op-Ed: Big Papi, Red Sox Legend, Enshrined in Hall of Fame 

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 9, 2022
David Ortiz gained special recognition, elected as a Hall of Famer on his first time on the ballot.
Last May, the School attended a WorldBoston virtual discussion on Zoom.

Op-Ed: Examining the Ups and Downs of Zoom Events

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
January 25, 2022
Zoom gives and takes in equal measures, as students displayed with last week's virtual keynote for the Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium.
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, Co-Editor-in-Chief
January 13, 2022
The club is partnering with Newton's Plastics Reduction Working Committee.
Evan Michaeli and his mom bike the Boston Marathon.

Op-Ed: Biking the Boston Marathon at Midnight

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 12, 2021

Evan Michaeli and his mom bike the Boston Marathon.

Op-Ed: Earth is Melting

Op-Ed: Earth is Melting

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 18, 2021
This summer I spent five days in Glacier National Park, which opened my mind to the reality of glacial change.
Boston - August 8: New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox fans in the stands on August 8 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston. Photo purchased from BigStock.com.

Red Sox Return as Postseason Begins

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 7, 2021
The Red Sox return in a surprising comeback to an exciting and promising postseason.
All winners, even Simone Biles, can take breaks. Cartoon by Jennifer Ngo 22.

Op-Ed: Why Simone Biles’s Decision Is Important For Mental Health

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
September 17, 2021
The world-famous athlete pulled herself from the 2021 Olympic Games, citing her mental health.
A memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: George Floyd, One Year Later

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
May 26, 2021
After a year since his tragic death, Floyd’s name will be remembered along with the many other victims of police brutality.
A person holds the Jewish Star of David, a symbol of the faith.

Op-Ed: Antisemitism Never Went Away

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
May 5, 2021
After the vandalization of synagogues in New York, we are reminded once again that antisemitism is still rampant.
Environmental Panel Discusses Ocean Health

Environmental Panel Discusses Ocean Health

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 27, 2021
Last Wednesday, a panel of speakers discussed ocean health via Zoom. If you missed the meeting, catch the full recording here.
Poster by Marlie Kass 23.

Environmental Club to Host Earth Day Events

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 21, 2021
This week, The Environmental Club will host two events to address ocean health.
For the past 51 years, April 22 has marked the date we have dedicated our efforts to preserve our home planet, Earth. Photo courtesy of BigStock.com

Op-Ed: Gaylord Nelson’s Great Dream, 51 Years Later

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 20, 2021
Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day 51 years ago, yet we still deal with the same problems he sought out to solve.
Photo illustration by Edan Zinn 23.

Q&A: Nurse Escobar on COVID-19 Testing

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 1, 2021
The Gator spoke to School Nurse Beth Escobar to take a closer look at COVID-19 testing.
The Boston skyline has seen many changes over previous decade.  Creative Commons from Wikipedia, Sharealike License.

Op-Ed: The Growth of the Boston Metro Area

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 10, 2021
New jobs, homes, and travel opportunities have sprung up, causing a mostly positive impact on residents. 
Dustin Pedroia. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Dustin Pedroia Retires

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 23, 2021
After 14 years on the Red Sox, Pedroia recently announced his retirement.
Kamala Harris oath of office. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: A Historic Inauguration Ushers in Hope

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 3, 2021
Amid the raging twin pandemics, this inauguration is a beacon of light at the end of the tunnel.
Photo purchased from Bigstock.com.

Op-Ed: What Georgia’s Runoffs Mean for Change

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
January 19, 2021
This election made clear that if you care about something, standing up for it can make a difference
Basketball going through the basket at a sports arena (intentional spotlight)

How COVID-19 Hurt Professional Sports

Nico Jaffer and Evan Michaeli
December 14, 2020
While I love watching sports, nobody's life should be at stake.
2008 US Electoral College Polling Map. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

How does the Electoral College Work?

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
November 12, 2020
Your questions about the United States Electoral College, answered.
Photo illustration from Bigstock.com.

Op-Ed: How I Analyze Polls

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
November 3, 2020
Polls play an important role in demonstrating voting trends.
Boston - August 8: New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox fans in the stands on August 8 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston. Photo purchased from BigStock.com.

Op-Ed: Free Agency is Key for the Red Sox

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 28, 2020
If the Red Sox want to be a contender next season, Chaim Bloom must make a free agent splash this winter.
Environment change and ecology global warming drought or refreshing tree. Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

Op-Ed: The Past, Present, and Future of My Environmental Impact

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 16, 2020
I hope to continue educating community members here.
Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

Op-Ed: Wildfires Wreck the West

Evan Michaeli, Co-Editor-in-Chief
September 30, 2020
The environment has suffered immensely due to the fires.
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