Exeter’s Response and Spring

Serious news has come out about Exeter these past two weeks about events that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s. As a result, the community has come together to support each other. Dr. Macfarlane, our principal, made a speech about the issue at last week’s assembly. She emphasized that right now is a hard time for many Exonians, past and present. The administration is trying its best to remain transparent and has offered help to anyone in need of it. In our advisory meetings today, which are held once a week, we were urged to discuss what happened and how we felt about it. Everyone felt comfortable speaking about the subject, since we are often challenged to discuss serious topics in our weekly advisee meetings. It was nice to hear everybody’s thoughts.

Along the subject of sexual conduct, all Exeter students recently had the opportunity to watch SLUT: The Play. The head of DRAMAT petitioned the administration in order to bring it here, and it was a success. The play is a heart wrenching story about a girl who is sexually assaulted by her friends. It was put on by a theatre company in New York created by and for teens. The all girl cast portrayed many characters, and the largest chunk of the show consisted of Joey, the victim, relaying her story to a District Attorney. The audience watched as many of Joey’s friends questioned her story and said she had it coming. We saw the horrendous reality that many sexual assault victims face; the fact that even after you come forward with your story,  you have to fight for justice. It made me appreciate the severity with which the school took the victims. The show was amazing and the young actors blew my mind. It ended on a happier note, with another survivor of sexual assault coming forward to thank Joey for speaking out.

The point of the play was to spark conversation around campus, and it did just that. People talked about the subject of the show and other issues that stem from such subject matter. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to watch it.

On a lighter note, IT FINALLY FEELS LIKE SPRING! It seems like there’s an eternal frisbee game going on outside the library. I had an amazing spring weekend, and spent most of Saturday on the quad with my friend Elly!

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