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Obituary: Remembering Claire Arnod Horikawa

Obituary: Remembering Claire Arnod Horikawa

Kira Ratan, Web Editor & Social Media Manager

July 8, 2020

Claire Arnod Horikawa, a Dobbs Ferry resident and World Language Department Chair at the Hewitt School in New York City, died on Sun. June 21. She was 55. Horikawa had been riding her bike on Clinton Avenue on the evening of Sat. June 20 and was found on the ground unconscious adjacent to the Master...

The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?

The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

July 2, 2020

The United States reported 52,789 new coronavirus cases on July 1 – the most in a day since the start of the pandemic; yet, individuals across the United States, including many of the top officials in the Trump Administration, refuse to wear a mask.  The Center for Disease Control originally issued gui...

Kitchen says ‘vale’ to Masters

Latin teacher Keith Kitchen poses next to a statue of Cicero.

Carol Queiroz, Staff Writer

June 21, 2020

After eight years of teaching at Masters, Keith Kitchen, the Middle School Latin and Upper School Greek Teacher, is leaving the school. Next year, Kitchen plans on moving back to his home state of Pennsylvania and teaching at a private school there.  “I had a lot of freedom to make my curriculum here at Masters,...

Students involved in candidates’ campaigns push for change

Students involved in candidates' campaigns push for change

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

June 20, 2020

With local primaries (NY on June 23, NJ on July 7 and CT on Aug. 11) right around the corner, Tower spoke with Masters students and alumni who have been involved in various candidates' campaigns. NOTE: Tower recently sent out a survey to the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 regarding student ...

Democrats in NY’s 17th district fight for open seat in Congress

Democrats in NY's 17th district fight for open seat in Congress

Kate Sibery, Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2020

The race to represent  NY-17 has become one of the most competitive in the country, as it presents the opportunity to win an open seat in a secure Democratic district that hasn’t existed in nearly three decades. The candidates’ campaign aspirations have reflected that same intensity.   Tower spo...

To achieve real change, head to the polls

A sign points to a voting location. Primary elections in New York will take place on June 23. Voters have the option of going to polling locations, or sending in an absentee ballot, in order to better socially distance.

Mitch Fink, Editor-in-Chief

June 16, 2020

In the days since the senseless murder of George Floyd, I have seen the Masters community become more politically active than any other time during my seven years on campus.  My Instagram feed transformed overnight from selfies and memes to a buzzing hub of activism. Throughout, I have consistentl...

Protestors gather in Dobbs Ferry for Black Lives Matter rally

Leron Dugan '20 speaks at the Black Lives Matter rally at the Dobbs Ferry waterfront on June 4.

Mitch Fink, Editor-in-Chief

June 15, 2020

Hundreds gathered at the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park for a Black Lives Matter rally on June 4. The rally was organized in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.  Organized in ju...

Masters Hall renovations underway

An image of a gutted Pittsburgh Library and library conference room. These spaces, as well as parts of the garden level of Masters Hall, are undergoing a significant remodeling this summer. The project is set to be complete by the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

June 13, 2020

A major redesign of the Pittsburgh Library and its surrounding spaces, in addition to parts of the garden level of Masters Hall, is underway. The construction project, which has been in the works for years, should be completed by September 2020. With an emphasis on creating more collaborative and academic...

The COVID-19 blame game

The COVID-19 blame game

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

June 10, 2020

While the Trump Administration has pushed theories that COVID-19 started in a bio-lab in Wuhan, China and also blamed initial Chinese responses to the virus for the pandemic spread of the disease, the Chinese government has denied these allegations. Chinese boarding students at The Masters School...

Reflecting on “I went to a peaceful protest – it was a sign of hope in a deteriorating America”

Reflecting on “I went to a peaceful protest – it was a sign of hope in a deteriorating America”

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

June 7, 2020

Dear Masters Community, I am grateful to those of you who took the time to read my recent opinion piece, “I went to a peaceful protest – it was a sign of hope in a deteriorating America.” There were many people who expressed concern with this article for a variety of reasons. To anyone who I up...

COVID-19 changes gap year statistics

California College at San Diego is among the schools haulting in-person classes next fall.

Tyler Conway, Sports Editor

June 6, 2020

With schools closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year, there is a palpable sense of loss amongst students nationwide. This sense of loss becomes more intense for members of the 2020 graduating class, as they are the first class of students to collectively miss out on end of year activities s...

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