The Dial

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...

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly?

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly?

By Phebe du Pont

December 17, 2015

Christmas carols are playing in the senior lounge. Ugly sweaters have returned, met with love and loathing in equal measure. I haven’t seen a snowflake, but I can confirm: it’s winter, and it’s not a wonderland. Winter is when we are most vulnerable to anxiety, depression, self-harm, and a host...

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

Hackley’s Sex-Ed Program Must Be Improved

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...

Ambiguity in Hackley Policy Can Lead to Gender Bias

Ambiguity in Hackley Policy Can Lead to Gender Bias

September 21, 2015

After baking for hours under the hot August sun, Hackley’s female athletes were told that they couldn’t remove their shirts in an effort to cool down - even as they could see male athletes practicing shirtless just a few fields over. This dichotomy is unacceptable: While a ban ...

Students And Teachers Comment on APs

Students And Teachers Comment on APs

May 26, 2015

The AP Program Is Valuable For Underprivedged Students, But Isn’t Neccesary at Hackley By David Duerr Hackley is a school which doesn’t need the AP exams to give yet another credential to kids who will do just fine at getting accepted to top-ranked colleges. This is not the case for studen...

Student Voices Key to Headmaster Search

Student Voices Key to Headmaster Search

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...

Ms. Tavakol Supports Nuclear Deal with Iran

By Marc Rod, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2015

As an Iranian American, who left Iran as a child, Haleh Tavakol ‘84, Hackley’s Director of Alumni Affairs & Alumni Giving, has a unique perspective on the recently announced, hotly debated tentative deal between Iran and the US, China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany (collectively,...

February Exams Need Reform

February Exams Need Reform

By Editorial Board

February 10, 2015

Early spring is when Hackley truly earns its reputation for rigorous and demanding academics that push students to their limits. Just as the snow begins to melt, and as spring break beckons, students must face one final, anxiety-riddled test to escape winter: exams. Taken, depending on the year, during...

Why Ferguson Really Matters

Why Ferguson Really Matters

By Sabina Thomas, Guest Writer

January 7, 2015

On the evening of Monday, November 24th, I was overwhelmed with a palpable sadness. In part, it was due to the three assessments that I was haphazardly studying for the night before a much needed Thanksgiving break. However, it was mostly due to the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing 18-year old Mic...

Hackley’s Dress Code is No Longer Effective

Hackley’s Dress Code is No Longer Effective

By Editorial Board

November 14, 2014

Disapproval of Hackley’s dress code is nothing new; students and teachers can be heard alternatively describing it as too lenient, too strict, or just confusing. This year, with the goal of accurately enforcing the existing code, teachers were given instructions to detain students who did not ...

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