The Dial

Hack-olades promote community values

Hack-olades promote community values

By Editorial Board

February 10, 2017

Similar to the way in which athletes are honored with “Athlete of the Week” distinctions, Hackley has begun to reward students who exhibit kindness and empathy with Hack-olades. The Dial Editorial Board supports the establishment of this system as we feel that it will serve as a step toward livi...

MBS Direct textbooks put unnecessary financial strain on students

MBS Direct textbooks put unnecessary financial strain on students

By Editorial Board

December 18, 2016

At the commencement of each new school year, Hackley students are tasked with purchasing their grossly overpriced textbooks from MBS Direct. These purchases can exceed $500 and can be economic burdens for some students and their families. The Dial Editorial Board believes that the Hackley Upper School...

Let’s talk about dress: reforming Hackley’s dress code

Hackley's dress code in 1972 did not require students to wear jackets and ties, a change from prior years.

By Editorial Board

November 21, 2016

In today’s culture, there is a growing consciousness that gender is no longer a binary; it is a collection. Male and female are no longer the only prominent gender identities. With the shifting stance on gender, clothes that were once assigned to a certain sex have intermixed and been adopted by those...

Let’s not overlook the value of pen and paper

Many students prefer to use laptops because of the larger screen and keyboard.

By Editorial Board

September 22, 2016

While the technology available to students today can serve as an aid to learning, it can also hinder them, both in and out of the classroom. Students should not rely on iPads and laptops in class and utilize handwriting as a method proven to have more long-term benefits. Starting in 2014, Hackley ...

Digesting the Carnism Talk

Digesting the Carnism Talk

By Editorial Board

May 30, 2016

Carnists are like slave owners or female oppressors. That is the message the recent HEAL guest speaker, Jennifer Greene from Beyond Carnism, left students enraged over after her recent speech about veganism. Her presentation was supposed to be about the environmental emissions for which the meat industry is ...

Prom Pressure is the New Peer Pressure

Senior Eli Pinkus “promposes” to fellow Senior Caterina Moran during one of the most attended school events, Coffeehouse, with the help of 5 friends.

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2016

Hackley students have a tradition of asking their peers to prom in such an extravagant fashion that they have been likened to marriage proposals - hence the nickname “promposals.” While some new teachers don’t even know what the word means, promposals are a notorious aspect of prom season at Hackle...

Hackley’s Grading System is Flawed

Hackley's Grading System is Flawed

By Editorial Board

March 18, 2016

With exams behind them and a third trimester ahead, many Hackley students are now beginning to assess where they stand in terms of an end of their year grade in all of their classes. Some may be thinking, “If I got an A in the first two trimesters in history this year, and an A- on the exam, do I really...

Hackley Must Reconsider Zero Tolerance Drug Policy

Hackley Must Reconsider Zero Tolerance Drug Policy

By Editorial Board

February 16, 2016

Last issue, The Dial published an editorial encouraging Hackley to re-examine its drug disciplinary policy in light of the required withdrawal of two students for a drug policy infraction. While reconsidering the entire policy still makes sense there is one area of the policy that needs immediate attent...

Hackley Administration Must Carefully Re-evaluate Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy

By Editorial Board

December 17, 2015

The Hackley community was recently in- formed that two students are not able to continue their education here after a violation of the school’s policy on illegal substances. is news was devastating for not only students, but many faculty members and administrators as well. The decision was mad...

Lunch Duty is Necessary at Hackley; However, the Upper School Should Find a More Efficient System

Lunch Duty is Necessary at Hackley; However, the Upper School Should Find a More Efficient System

By Editorial Board

November 20, 2015

Lunch duty has long been a thorn in the side of Upper School students; nothing takes away from the relaxation of lunch time more than having to walk around the dining hall to clean up leftover messes while watching everyone else eats their lunch and socializes.  While ensuring that the lunch room is...

Hackley’s Sex-Ed Program Must Be Improved

Students ask questions about sex education in their Health classes.

By Editorial Board

October 19, 2015

The United States has higher teen pregnancy rates and STD preva- lence than any western european country. The nation is experiencing an epidemic of sexual assault amongst young people; some statistics estimate that as many as one in five women in college will experience some form of sexual ass...

Student Voices Key to Headmaster Search

Mr. Johnson has served as Hackley’s headmaster for over 20 years.

By Editorial Board

May 7, 2015

As Walter Johnson prepares to end what will be a twenty-one year tenure on the Hilltop, Hackley has begun the long and challenging task of finding him a successor.  The search is being led by a thirteen-member, ad-hoc committee composed of two Hackley faculty, one administrator, and ten Trustees. The co...

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