Seven months ago, when we first imagined The Nobleman in a pandemic school year, harnessing our online platforms seemed like the only realistic option. As the school year progressed and science proved that surface transmission was not the primary mechanism of coronavirus spread, printing our first issue was a hallmark. Maybe it’s the senior-nostalgia kicking in, but we’ve found ourselves thinking of “lasts” recently: last chilly day, last sports game, last essay to write. So with an eye to a final print release, it is a joy to announce the publishing of our last online issue!
In this issue, our writers engage with the topics that matter most at Nobles this semester. Ryan Sanghavi shares his view on the conservative minority on campus. Julia Wong responds to the recently-published Atlantic article on private education. Guest writer Zac Gordon challenges the school community in its quest for authentic diversity. And Griffin Callaghan confronts the most pressing issue of all: sophomores.
As we return to campus full time next week, we cannot wait to witness the magic that is a bustling campus, thrumming with activity. In our last month of school, we recommit to writing the school’s history, and as always, we welcome your contributions in this endeavor.
This week marks one year since life as we knew it was upended, but as we’ve approached a return to normal, we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our physical papers as much as we’ve enjoyed producing them.
In this issue, our writers focused on uncovering answers to questions that students have been asking all year. Unpack the financial implications of weekly COVID-19 testing in Jessica Zhang’s article The Costs of Covid, and better understand how Flik functions in a pandemic in Angie Gabeau’s article Dealing With Covid in The Castle. We’ve also expanded the breadth of our content to cover local happenings, thanks to Daniel Wang and his interest in community politics. You can read more in his piece Redesigning Dedham: A Case Study in Community Politics.
To underscore the nuanced inequalities within our community, Jacob Casper coordinated the production of Helen Cui’s (Class III) guest article, Multiculturalism for The Masses. As always, if anyone – students, faculty, or staff – has something to share with the community, reach out to The Nobleman for a guest feature or Letter to the Editor!
All our best for a happy, healthy Spring!
We’re thrilled to share another round of content with you. While today we are living in an unsettling and evolving political climate, we hope this release of The Nobleman offers you a break from our fast-paced world and a deeper look into student life at Nobles.
In this issue, we aim to highlight the importance of vital conversations through pieces like “Let’s Try That Again,” and “Lack-tivism at Nobles.” In “New Faces of Nobles,” and “Stifling Hunger by Stimulating Restaurants: The More Good Takeout Campaign,” we encourage you to learn more about daily Nobles life and how to be an engaged community member.
Our multimedia team has also been hard at work producing video and photo content –– we hope you enjoyed the video played in assembly earlier this week. Videographers have been focused on starting their series; you can look forward to a “Meme Review” video by Andrew Kasparyan and more of “DWang’s Food Reviews” by Arty Schleifer in collaboration with Staff Writer Daniel Wang. Our photographers have been busy taking pictures for articles and social media, as well as beginning new photo projects that will be posted over the next few months.
We hope our content sparks discussions across students and faculty alike. If you feel prompted to respond to a piece, please consider submitting a Letter to The Editor via our website, thenoblemanonline.com. Despite this volatile time, we wish you and your family continued peace and wellness during the holiday season.
Welcome to the 2020-21 Nobleman! We are so excited to share our first round of content with you, albeit a little bit different than usual.
Over the summer, we spent a lot of time considering the future of The Nobleman and its impact on our community. This paper has always had many roles, such as reporting news, conveying relevant stories, and bringing people together through laughter. However, the volatile climate of this year has reinforced the need for The Nobleman to uphold our school’s core principles — most importantly, honesty, inclusivity, anti-hate rhetoric, respect, and intellectual curiosity.
This year, you’ll notice that physically, we’re not passing out a paper. While we would be remiss not to address this change, we’re excited to offer improved ways to access The Nobleman, and we encourage you to adapt with us as we migrate to primarily-online content. To support this change, we’ve enhanced our website and reimagined the distribution process. You can expect your news to be delivered to your inbox in PDF format with clickable links that bring you to the online version of articles. In addition, there will be an increased presence of our multimedia content, both in assembly and on social media (YouTube and Instagram). Back page content, editorials, and past issues will also be available online.
We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and questions as we navigate the ever-shifting climate of 2020. And of course, above all else, we will continue to be a paper by and for the Nobles community.
The Editors (Hadley Winslow, Anya Cheng, Kathryn Cloonan, and Kamran Bina)