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In an Ivy League Sports website news post on November 17, 2016, Columbia University's ChiChi Ikwuazom HM '16 was named Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Year, sharing the honor with a Princeton freshman. According to the Ivy League website, "Ikwuazom leads the League with a .427 hitting percentage and 1.37 blocks per set. The New York, N.Y., native also ranks seventh nationally in hitting percentage and 28th in blocks per set. Ikwuazom is Columbia's first-ever Rookie of the Year honoree—and just its third "of the Year" award winner, joining two-time Defensive Player of the Year Wes."
Horace Mann School's Katz Library was uncharacteristically un-quiet on Friday morning, November 11, 2016, as students turned from their books to listen to the music of one of their peers – HM senior Emily Spector '17 whose debut album "Departed Qualities" was released that day. But, since "day" begins at midnight, by the time Emily arrived at school dozens of her friends had already listened to the album, downloading it on their subway rides to HM, and then hearing it broadcast in the cafeteria upon their arrival at school as they grabbed breakfast before class. Several students made listening to the album their Snapchat "story." To read more, click the title link.
A special exhibit on display at Horace Mann School's Fisher Hall Gallery from mid-September through October 24, 2016 gave members of the HM community a chance to appreciate and gain insight into the various talents and interests of the school's faculty, staff and administrators. The exhibit, titled "The Things We Live With" was curated by Upper Division art history teacher and Director of Independent Study Avram Schlesinger '90. Schlesinger curated a similar show at HM in 2013, after asking the entire HM employee community to submit works of art and special mementoes significant to them. To read more and see photos, click the title link.
"From Drake to Sia to Shawn Mendes, today's superstars wouldn't be topping charts, filling arenas and disrupting the music business without the vision and hustle of these pioneering young executives." This is the lead in of the October 20th Billboard staff article, "40 Under 40: Music's Top Young Power Players Revealed." Featured on the list was Eliah Seton '00, President of the Alternative Distribution Alliance Worldwide (ADA). To read more, click the title link.
On October 24th, Columbia University's website celebrated the selection of Chichi Ikwuazom '16 as Ivy League Rookie of the Week. According to ivyleaguesports.com, "Columbia freshman Chichi Ikwuazom (New York, N.Y.) tallied a team-high 12 kills as the Lions dropped a four-set decision at Cornell. The middle blocker hit .348 in the match and also added five blocks and a dig. She paces the Ivy League with a .439 hitting percentage and 1.41 blocks per set. The freshman also entered the weekend ranking among the top 20 nationally in both categories." The Columbia Athletics website added, "Earlier this season, Ikwuazom skied for 11 blocks as part of a three-set victory over Fordham, which tied for the third-most in program history in a single match." To read more, and see video, click the title link.
Horace Mann School is hosting two conferences that deep dive into ongoing dialogues focusing on identity and equity and inclusion. The conferences offer affinity spaces to students who self-identify as young men of color and self-identify as young white men. Each conference presents an opportunity to unpack the complexities of race and gender in our schools and beyond. For more information about the Young Men of Color Symposium and the (Re)defining Power Conference scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2016, click the title link.
Students can play an important role in the upcoming elections, even if they are too young to vote, noted two prominent political commentators in a discussion on the 2016 presidential race at Horace Mann School on October 11, 2016. "Even if you can't vote this year there are ways you can participate in the elections, not only on the national level but on the local and state levels, in helping to get out the vote, especially among older teens and people in their 20s and 30s who aren't as committed to voting as older people are," said David Leonhardt '90 an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and the paper's associate editorial page editor, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his columns on the financial crisis and its aftermath. To read more, click the title link.
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