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Dobbs Ferry Black Lives Matter rally organized in response to “inflammatory” t-shirts

Speakers at a local Black Lives Matter rally ceremonially ripped up a t-shirt that used rhetoric described as

Sophia Van Beek, Features Editor

October 18, 2020

T-shirts were left on the doorsteps of Black and Asian residents of the village on Sept. 7, telling families in all-caps text to go back to where they came from and to not “make here like there”. The t-shirt, with, “Welcome to Dobbs Ferry” printed on the front, read, “We simply like here t...

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Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

October 2, 2020

On today's show... Student's welcomed back to campus: Though students learned remotely through the month of September, there were still several opportunities to connect with classmates and teachers on campus during grade-wide picnics and the new student orientation. Fall sports reimagined duri...

Tarrytown Back the Blue rally displays strong support for law enforcement, President Trump

Former Westchester County Executive and candidate for New York State Senate Rob Astorino speaks at a Back the Blue Rally in Tarrytown on Sept. 12. The rally and ensuing convoy drew a crowd of a few hundred.

Logan Schiciano and Mitch Fink

September 13, 2020

“Make America Great Again” and “Thin Blue Line” flags were scattered throughout the crowd at a Tarrytown “Back the Blue” rally on Saturday afternoon, as several prominent law enforcement officials and local politicians took the stage to denounce violence in Democrat-run cities, and voice the...

Students and faculty reflect on school’s reentry decision as remote start looms

The front door of Masters Hall will remain closed for the start of the 2020-2021 school year as students will be learning remotely for at least the month of September. Members of the Masters community have mixed reactions to the school's decision to begin online.

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

September 5, 2020

With the first day of classes just days away, students and faculty at The Masters School have varying opinions on Head of School Laura Danforth’s decision to return to remote teaching and learning for at least the month of September. Danforth detailed the school’s reentry plans, which she said w...

Fact-checking a ‘fact-check’ – controversy surrounding Trump tweet reinforces danger of relying on social media for news

Actor Rob McClure accused President Donald Trump of lying after the president tweeted this past weekend about the Democrats omitting the words

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

August 26, 2020

Misinformation doesn’t just stem from the president. It’s all over social media.  Early Monday morning I was on Instagram and came across a story post of a former classmate. It was a repost of a tweet by President Donald Trump from Saturday which said, “The Democrats took the word GOD out of th...

U.S. military provides aid, takes precaution during pandemic

Soldiers stand socially distanced and masked in front of the Javits Center in New York City, which the Army turned into a hospital for the COVID-19 pandemic in early April.

Hanna Schiciano, Contributing Writer

August 17, 2020

The last time the U.S. faced a disease as contagious as COVID-19 was the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, while military troops were battling in World War I. Over 100,000 American troops lost their lives in that war, around 45,000 of those from the influenza (i.e. Spanish flu). Now, 102 years later, many American troops stationed at home and around the world are suffering from the effects of COVID-19, and those who are called upon are providing aid to COVID-19 p...

Podcast: Danforth reflects on remote start, anti-racism plan

Head of School Laura Danforth speaks at the 2018 MLK Assembly. Danforth recently made the decision to begin the school year with remote learning despite many schools in the area closing to return to the classroom this fall.

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

August 14, 2020

As students across the country prepare to return to the classroom amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Masters School will begin the year with remote learning. But the pandemic is not the only crisis at this time. Longstanding issues of injustice and inequality were brought to the forefront...

Video: Athletic director previews plan for Masters sports

Senior Sophia Herzberg strikes a volleyball during a game last fall. This year, fall sports teams at Masters will begin with a virtual preseason followed by check-ins with their coaches and teammates twice a week once classes begin.

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

August 10, 2020

The Masters School is set to begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely, but athletics are still part of the plan. Watch the video, above, to learn more.  Director of Athletics Logan Condon told Tower that there will be a virtual preseason for fall athletes this year, with practices taking place d...

August graduation canceled amid health concerns

In place of Commencement, which was originally scheduled for June, the school organized a drive-in graduation ceremony.

Sophia Van Beek, Copy Editor

July 28, 2020

The Class of 2020 was informed on July 14 that their August graduation had been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, making them the first class to not walk graduation terrace in celebration of their commencement.  The announcement came after weeks of carefully weighing the numerous safety and logisti...

After years of academic exploration, Zocchi bids farewell to Masters

Zocchi (center left) with her daughter Ariana Copland '20 (center right) after she performed in the Upper School's production of Sideshow in February. Zocchi said some of her fondest memories at Masters are those she has made with her daughter.

Kate Sibery, Editor-in-Chief

July 22, 2020

Latin is sometimes ridiculed as a dead language by students who don’t take it, as well as some that do. Yet, those who have had Upper School Latin teacher Emily Zocchi recall the vivacity and immense passion she brought to the language. After 12 years working at Masters, Zocchi is departing from the sc...

Opinion: Cancel the 2020 NFL season

The National Football League (NFL) and NFL Players Association recently announced plans to test players and personnel daily for two weeks when training camp begins. As people across the U.S. still struggle to get tested for COVID-19 and receive results in a timely fashion, the NFL should not be diverting resources away from the general public.

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

July 22, 2020

The National Football League (NFL) is determined to begin its season on time; however, as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, it is not just unsafe to be playing football, but also unethical.  On Monday, July 20 ESPN reported that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have agr...

Obituary: Remembering Claire Arnod Horikawa

A Photograph of Claire 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...

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