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Memorialization, Memory, and the Civil War

By Joseph Lyons, IV Form

Memorialization, Memory, and the Civil War:

The Evolution of Civil War Memory through the Monuments of North Carolina and Maine


IMG_3172Driving up the hill from downtown Bridgton, Maine, one sees a towering Civil War monument looming on the horizon. The monument itself is unremarkable, as there are at least 144 other Civil War memorials in the state. Given the imprint that this conflict left on America’s collective memory, the prolific memorial-building efforts in Maine are no surprise. However, the way Maine memorials portray the conflict is rather puzzling. Despite the fact that the Union fought the war, at least in part, for emancipation and racial equality, Mainers constructed monuments, like the one in Bridgton, that largely disregarded the significance of slavery to the conflict. The inscription on the Bridgton monument reads: (more…)

Read the Pilot Episode: GASLIGHT–a Sci-Fi T.V. Series

By Sarah Robertson, Chloe Ene, Jasmine Williams, Madison Falzon, Justin Elkinson, Payton Nugent, Penelope Benkard, Aigerim Bishigayeva, Jasen Ripley, Lilly Drohan, Abby Moses, VI Form

Read the Pilot Episode: GASLIGHT–a Sci-Fi T.V. Series

Screenshot 2016-05-28 21.06.30GASLIGHT is a nine-episode television sci-fi drama written in Getting LOST II: The Writers’ Room during the Spring Semester.

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Click here to read the Pilot episode written by Chloe Ene, Sarah Robertson, and Jasmine Williams.

Check out the Official GASLIGHT WEBSITE HERE. (more…)

Migraine Mania: Exploring the Link Between Disorder and Diet

By Marissa Huggins, VI Form

Migraine Mania: Exploring the Link Between Disorder and Diet


Migraine is a debilitating neurological condition associated with symptoms including: intense pressure in the head, nausea, blurred vision, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light, sound, touch and smell.11 Migraine disorder, wherein an individual suffers from a migraine episode at a minimum of two times per month, affects approximately 12% of the population of the United States.1 When an individual suffers from a migraine episode, their mental and physical capabilities are inhibited, making daily tasks extraordinarily challenging, if not impossible. Migraines cause normal neurotransmission – communication between neurons – to be disrupted, and the role of the central nervous system becomes compromised. Treatment options are limited and often ineffective thus exploration of new treatment options would greatly benefit migraine sufferers. The goal of this investigation was to explore the potential relationship between migraine disorder and diet using the model organism C. elegans. The Unc-2 C. elegans genotype is known to mimic human migraine disorder; every abrupt directional change in an Unc-2 C. elegans organism is equivalent to a human migraine. C. elegans consume bacteria as their primary source of nutrition, thus two strains of C. elegans, wildtype (N2) and Unc-2, were fed one of three different bacterial strains and their behavior was observed for one minute. This procedure was repeated three times for each organism. Based on the data collected, it can be concluded that Unc-2 C. elegans grown on a diet of either Comamonas testosteroni (C. testosteroni) or Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) experienced a decrease in migraine frequency as compared to those grown on Escherichia coli (E. coli). (more…)

A Whole Universe Is Out There with Bigger Stuff To Deal With Than My Broken Phone

By Natalie Novak, VI Form


A Whole Universe Is Out There with Bigger Stuff To Deal With Than My Broken Phone

Editors’ Note: This is Natalie’s chapel speech, spoken to the community on 29 January 2016.

Sarah: A reading from Life of Pi by Yann Martel

“I saw my suffering for what it was, finite and insignificant, and I was still. My suffering did not fit anywhere, I realized. And I could accept this. It was all right. It was daylight that brought my protest: No! No! No! My suffering does matter. I want to live! I can’t help but mix my life with that of the universe. Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness – how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view I have of things? This peephole is all I’ve got!”

Kat: A reading from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams

“In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”

Good morning.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Natalie Novak. Also known as Natalie Novak. And if this still isn’t ringing any bells, I’m also the girl who threw up in chapel her freshman year. For all you freshmen that are afraid you’re gonna embarrass yourselves, I’m here to tell you that people forget about those things fairly quickly. Until they remember a year or so down the road, and then they never forget. So, my advice to you is, if you need to make a quick escape go out that door because this one is harder to open. (more…)

Best Cities to Work and Live

By Nathan Cunningham, Ryan Ferland, and Freddy Masri, VI Form

Best Cities to Work and Live


We were tasked with creating a ranking function on a subject of our choice. We decided that our equation would rank US cities and would output an index indicating the best cities to work and live in. Our ranking is only intended for cities within the United States and does not include surrounding suburbs. The equation takes into account annual salary, annual cost of living, unemployment rate, and poverty rate giving an index anywhere from 0 up to several hundred. The higher the index, the better the city. (more…)

Tuskegee Syphilis Study

By Hans Zhou, VI Form

Tuskegee Syphilis Study

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study symbolizes the oppression towards African Americans in the medical field. This inhumane study conducted by the U.S. Public Health Services (USPHS) lasted for 40 years until an Associated Press story revealed it.

Click here for the Infographic! (more…)

Defining Chaos

By Sean Kim, VI Form

Defining Chaos

Editors’ Note: As a part of a college dorm application, Sean wrote this essay with Mr. Lubick (English faculty). Sean attempted to answer what chaos might be after several sessions of intense discussion and joint writing/editing together with Mr. Lubick. {The prompt for the application appears after the essay.}

It’s interesting to consider whether chaos can be constructive or deleterious, however, the definition of chaos in the article is insufficient. The problem with defining “chaos” is that the very word represents what we don’t really understand. What appears to us as chaotic may in fact have pattern or cause or order beyond what we understand. Chaos is in the perception of the beholder. In terms of ideas, chaos is intellectual terra incognita. In other words, any positive or negative value that we impose upon the idea of chaos originates from our limited scope of understanding of the universe. (more…)