What are the goals behind these steps? What part of sustainability are they engineered to help? For example, the reusable water bottles will be used to reduce single use paper and plastic waste in the dining hall. What about the other programs?
These projects are aimed at being efficient and responsible in our use of natural resources. We also want to raise cultural awareness about sustainability and reducing consumption.
When will all of these programs be fully functioning on campus? Are any of them taking effect in the next couple months? Will any begin taking effect next year?
The composting project has already been implemented. We are partnering with a group called Blue Earth Compost. They come twice a week to pick up our waste and turn it into organic fuel and fertilizer.
The solar project is in progress and we are working through various approval processes. You will likely see activity beginning on campus this winter. The distribution of the Yeti cups and removal of some single use items unfolds before Thanksgiving.
Are there more sustainability goals set for the future, after all these have been initiated? Will Suffield continue to establish more environment-friendly procedures? If so, what are they?
Yes, we will keep working to reduce our carbon footprint and raise cultural awareness about important topics of sustainability. We are working with a company called Stonehouse Group on some additional future projects.
I am also hopeful we will participate in some of the Green Cup Challenge activities.
Suffield is looking forward to these procedures being implemented, and will continue to look for ways to be more Earth-friendly. Mr. Cahn reiterated that “we are working to be environmentally responsible and reduce our footprint through various strategies.”
Article & Photo: Nicole St. Jacques ’20
Food Committee’s first meeting of the year took place Tuesday afternoon, September 24. Their goal is simple: to provide a collective student voice that expresses opinions about the food served in the dining hall. In the past few years, they have been responsible for notable changes throughout the menu, from increasing the number of cereals to reporting students’ favorite meals. However, this year, Food Committee’s first meeting was more heated—or, as one may say, chilled—than ever before. With a new refrigerator for produce in the serving area, fruits such as apples and oranges can remain cold and fresh until consumption. But members of the Committee noticed that Suffield’s latest appliance was home to a very unlikely guest: the banana. Students were outraged at the chilled bananas, claiming that the banana location was simply ‘not right.’ As a result of their passion for the bananas, the yellow fruit was moved outside of the freezer to a more socially-accepted space: next to the bread in the sandwich bar. Students were ecstatic: “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened,” reported Nicole Boutry ’21 on the Food Committee’s Instagram page. As the year continues, and the bananas remain in their rightful place—and at their rightful temperature—Suffield Food Committee is sure to continue to make positive changes on one of the most vital aspects of a boarding school: food!
Brooks held an assembly with a group of community leaders, expressing his belief that the East was overly involved with industrial development and had neglected their agricultural roots. The group of leaders traveled to Chicago, convincing the executive body of the National Dairy Show to hold their annual exposition in West Springfield instead of the usual Midwest. In 1916, the National Dairy Show opened its gates for the first time, marking the first event held on the Exposition Grounds. This was the base upon which the Eastern States Exposition grew. It strengthened the belief that regional farmers with common problems should have a common program, regardless of state boundaries.
Everyone can enjoy their experience at the Big E. When you first walk into the fair, you are welcomed by state houses and fair booths containing food and beverages. Some popular fair foods offered at the Big E are fried oreos— oreos battered and deep fried to a satisfying crisp; Burger Bombs, half pound burgers wrapped in dough, deep friend and served with goulash stew; and Maple Bacon Waffle Sundaes, self-explanatory. After becoming very familiar with the endless selection of food to pick from, Midway is the second and livelier section of the Big E. In Midway lie the rides and carnival games that many fair-goers stop by and to participate in. Some popular rides include Area 51, which is a revolving cylindrical disk that uses centripetal force to force the riders onto the wall of the disk, simulating an experience with no gravity. Another popular ride at the Big E is the loop, which is a large roller coaster loop that randomly revolves the rider either forward or backward at great speeds.
Another attraction that brings in a large number of people is the Big E Arena stage. Many different large names performed at the Arena during the Big E, which was crucial in drawing in the crowds. A few artists who performed at the Arena include the 2018 winner of the American singing competition The Voice, Brynn Cartelli; Canadian singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen; and upcoming rapper Lil Tjay. Aiden Attianese ’21 describes the entertainment at the Big E in this way: “I went to the Lil Tjay concert at the Big E, and there was a massive turnout of all types of people. Things like that are what I believe powered such an incredible attendance this year.”
Through it all, the Eastern States Exposition has kept its agricultural roots intact while being the site for celebration and showcasing of the best that the New England region has to offer. Providing entertainment for numerous different demographics of people all in a fun and lively environment, the Big E is not an event that you want to miss next year!
Chai Lewgasamsarn ’20 is a post-graduate (PG) from Muang Nonthaburi, Thailand. Before coming to Suffield, he had traveled to many different countries, but the United States was one he had never been to. He studied in Thailand for 12 years and decided he wanted “to add more excitement in life by choosing to study in a foreign country and find new challenges.” He also mentioned how the educational programs in the U.S. are among the best and that he wanted to take advantage of this. Something different he noticed from his home country is that at Suffield and many other US boarding schools, athletics is considered very serious, and everyone has the opportunity to participate in sports. Chai articulated how “in Thailand, there is no such thing as a varsity team, and we play sports just for fun after school. People do not get to try new sports as the courts, fields, and pools are always filled with the best players. Things are different here, and I think there’s always a place for everyone.” So far, his favorite experience at Suffield has been playing table tennis in the Union and hanging out with friends there, especially during Saturday nights. Chai is most looking forward to the winter season and Christmas; he has never seen snow before due to the hot weather in Thailand. He is also excited to listen to the senior Chapel speeches about his peers’ interesting life stories.
Rhian Jones ’21 is a junior from Kingston, Jamaica. She decided to study abroad due to U.S. based opportunities and the ease of the transition into colleges. One thing that she realized was different compared to Jamaica was America's culture. She mentioned how “Jamaicans are very open about their love of their country and home.” She feels as though Jamaica has a more “homey feel” and culture compared to the American culture. Rhian mentioned that so far, her favorite experience at Suffield has been getting to know everyone. She added how “everyone is so lovely and (she has) had a good time meeting people that make me laugh and smile.” What she is looking forward to the most at Suffield is to make amazing memories and being able to call this community her second home.
Martina Navarro Lopez ’22 is a sophomore from Barcelona, Spain. She never expected to study in the U.S., and even when she received the opportunity to come to Suffield, she was unsure whether to accept it or not. However, the experience of living abroad convinced her to make her decision and go through something different by studying in another country, in a different language. She commented that compared to the teaching system in Spain, “[Suffield’s] is quite different, and it is a bit confusing sometimes, but I think I have adapted smoothly to it now.” Martina’s best experience here has been the boarding life. She says that it is as if she is in camp, with the amazing opportunity to live with her friends every day. For the rest of her time at Suffield, she is most looking forward to growing as a person, meeting new people, and discovering more about American culture. Martina wishes to make memories that will last a lifetime and to make the most of her time at Suffield.
Logan Lee ’23 is a freshman from Seoul, South Korea. Before coming to Suffield, he attended a Korean middle school but decided he wanted to study abroad and experience cultural diversity. One aspect of his life that has changed the most after coming to Suffield is his schedule. Before, in Korea, he always slept late, going to bed as late as 2 am due to his flexible schedule and convenient life at home. However, Suffield’s dorm regulations and busy daily schedule have been requiring him to go to bed before 12 am. So far at Suffield, Logan has been enjoying meeting new friends from all different backgrounds: not only the U.S but all over the world. Interestingly, he shaved his own hair for the first time, which he mentioned was one of his favorite experiences. For his remaining years at Suffield, Logan is excited to meet more friends from different places and learn about their cultures. Additionally, through the experience of living abroad and being apart from his family, he wishes to become more independent and prepared for his future at Suffield.
Introducing the 2019-20 Community Charity: Hands for Hunger
Reagan and Rhian stress the importance of Hands for Hunger, a nonprofit committed to the goal of ending hunger in the Bahamas during this regional crisis. “Many people are wondering where their next meal will come from,” says Reagan. “Hands for Hunger will supply food once foreign aid leaves.” All of the money raised will go towards feeding the victims of Hurricane Dorian. Both of the presenters of this charity also have personal ties to this crisis. Reagan describes her feelings on the timing of the disaster, saying “I felt helpless when the hurricane hit and thought about how I could help.” She decided supporting Helping Hands was the way she wanted to do so. Rhian expressed a similar sentiment: “I am from the Bahamas, and helping out my home means so much – every little thing helps.” Both girls have so much passion for the cause, and it will certainly be fulfilling to see how much the Suffield Academy community can help with the money that we raise. The Bahamas and Hands for Hunger both need all of the help they can get.
“Triple E,” as it is referred to, has caused the deaths of one person and five horses in Connecticut. The last case of EEE before this year in Connecticut was in 2013. Dr. Matthew Carter, Director of infectious diseases for the state Department of Public Health, explained that Connecticut is luckier than nearby states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island, who both have outbreaks every few years. Many Connecticut towns with infected mosquitos are on the shoreline, but due to most of the towns being landlocked, outbreaks can become more contained. Many towns have imposed curfews for recreational activities and urged their citizens to stay inside before dawn and after dusk.
Researchers recommend avoiding dawn and dusk because this is when mosquitos are the most active. They also suggest wearing long-sleeved clothing and strong bug repellent to prevent bites. Experts are looking for the first hard frost, which will eliminate the mosquitos and the threat of EEE. Until then, people in risk areas or states should remain alert and follow precautions to limit their chances of coming into contact with infected mosquitos.
There is no cure or commercial vaccine available yet for this disease. The military created a vaccine in the 1980s in an attempt to prevent the pathogens from spreading, but the FDA stifled the administration of the drug. Researchers can join a program that regulates the vaccine, but the vaccine is very expensive and only lasts a few months at a time. It is unlikely for a vaccination to be widely available since production costs are high and the quantity of patients is low.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Eastern Equine Encephalitis.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention, December 17, 2018. National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
Mr. Dugan chose Legally Blonde as he “wanted to go opposite of Billy Elliot in terms of the themes behind the show and the style of the music.” Both musicals have strong messages, but Legally Blonde’s content and presentation are different, so the audience will experience new emotions that are incomparable to Suffield’s stage last year.
The production includes animals, unusual location changes, and pop music. However, Mr. Dugan is particularly excited to use a new technique: two 65-inch iPhones. These iPhones are going to help the audience to better navigate in the situations and locations.
However, production is not always an easy process. “The biggest challenge is fitting everyone on our stage, [and] trying to fit all fifty is the most difficult part,” Mr. Dugan said. Another challenge is various locations. “Legally Blonde has a ton of locations, which makes it a technical nightmare.” Hopefully, through multiple rehearsals and help of the running crew, the show is going to go smoothly and nearly flawlessly.”
Mr. Dugan believes that people should come to Legally Blonde because “it’s a fun show. Everyone is going to enjoy it; they are going to laugh, [and] they are going to be rooting for the people on stage.” Everyone is encouraged to come and watch Legally Blonde: not only the story is great, but the cast, stage crew, and faculty work five days a week to make a great performance.
The show is on December 12-14, and the tickets will be available in November.
The Suffield Academy Pink Out
Article: Mason Kumiega ’21 | Photos: Elm Piyasombatkul ’21
While sometimes it can seem like Suffield Academy is a haven from the rest of the world, our bubble here can only extend so far. Breast cancer has affected faculty, parents, and alumni in the same way that it affects the rest of the world. Every year for over a decade, Suffield Academy has been hosting parents’ weekend athletic contests in which tigers proudly sport pink socks, ribbons, and headbands to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, white t-shirts reading “Stronger Than Cancer” were sold to students and faculty, and have been worn consistently on special days throughout the month. These shirts, as well as the giant pink ribbon painted on Bell Hill, are just small tokens of the support our school has for continued research into this disease and for the beloved people on whom it takes a toll. The funds raised from the sale of these shirts go directly to the Breast Cancer Foundation at Hartford Hospital.
This pink out is a tradition near and dear to many people at Suffield Academy and is sure to continue for years to come. We hope that by raising money and sporting pink all October long, we can contribute to the substantial research being done by breast cancer charities across the world. If we could make one thing known in our efforts this month, it would this: Nobody fights alone.
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