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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...

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...

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...

Prisoners deserve better during COVID

Prisoners are not being adequately protected during the coronavirus, because they are unable to practice social distancing.

Sophia Van Beek, Copy-Editor

May 21, 2020

In an Alabama state prison, an anonymous man is hunched over a camera pleading for his life; another inmate claims that “death is imminent” according to a CNN report. One hundred inmates rioted for their lives when six people at the Washington State Penitentiary tested positive for COVID-19, accordin...

Brock employees receive support from Paycheck Protection Program

Chairs stacked on the tables in the Cameron A. Mann dining hall. Brock employees, who staff the dining hall, were laid off on March 30 and had to file for unemployment. They are now beginning to receive stimulus from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

May 10, 2020

Over 50 days since The Masters School closed on March 9, the Masters dining hall staff received their first paychecks from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Friday, May 1. General Manager Lee Bergelson was notified April 19 that Brock and Company, Inc., the school’s dining services company,...

Distance learning alters international students’ schedules

A map of the world shows the variances in time zones across the areas where Masters students are residing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owen Strier and Gabe Keller, Features Editor and Sports Editor

May 5, 2020

With the recent events surrounding COVID-19, the closure of Masters and the dorms, many of the international students are facing challenges with the online schooling that has been put into place. Most of the problems that they’re noticing are revolving around great time differences and sleep schedules...

Worth more lives, now, lives worth more

Andrew Mitchell, Contributing Writer

May 5, 2020

100 years ago, soldiers were marched into battle as pawns, in a greater international chess game. Human lives were deemed expendable, with the greater goal of victory dictating the death count. Almost 20 million soldiers in WWI, and over 50 million soldiers in WW2, were classified as casualties; they were a si...

Zoom vs. Google Meet

Jiayun Tang

Lance Leys, Contributing Writer

May 5, 2020

As The Masters School adjusts to life in quarantine, students and teachers alike have been learning about Google Meet as a teaching tool. Many other high schools and colleges, however, have turned to Zoom as their own program of choice, or have even allowed teachers to pick whichever program suits th...

European study suggests different social distancing rules for runners

This graphic illustrates the distance germs and bacteria (like COVID-19) can spread when one runs.

Tim Mathas, Opinion Editor

May 2, 2020

While it is understood that six feet apart is the optimal distance two individuals must be from each other in order to adhere to proper social distancing protocols, a recent study has brought into question whether this same rule applies for runners.  With lots of extra time being spent at home during quarantine, m...

COVID-19 gives us the perfect opportunity to change our environmentalist attitude

During the past few months, over-purchasing has become more and more popular, as shoppers let paranoia change their buying habits. Over-purchasing is linked to multiple environmental problems; M. Brody Leo fears that these harmful habits could stick around post-lockdown.

M. Brody Leo, News Editor

May 1, 2020

A few days ago, a picture of a crystal-clear Venice canal popped onto my Instagram feed with a caption explaining that with no boats stirring up sediment, the waterways have become hospitable to all sorts of creatures. Of course, my face lit up when I saw that bright post after a couple of dark weeks i...

Recent religious holidays provide outlet for creativity and hope

A parent of a Masters family prepares to launch a

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief

April 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has altered all facets of daily life and religion has been no exception; with places of worship across the country closed off to congregants, people utilized the friendly confines of their homes, technology and a little bit of creativity to remain connected during the most recen...

10 ways to keep busy during self-quarantine

Sophie Grand and Annie Rubinson, Opinion Editor and News Lead Editor

March 28, 2020

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