Journalism with Consequences

In light of the murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Turkey consulate, questions regarding the journalist’s death and its impacts on US-Saudi relations have captured the headlines of nearly every major news source. What has grabbed my attention the most, however, has been a question that I find profoundly relevant … Continue reading Journalism with Consequences

Thacher Masquers Take the Laramie Project

Thacher’s 2018 fall play, The Laramie Project, was the devastating retelling of Matthew Shepard’s killing in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming. Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, the play is comprised of interviews with residents of Laramie that focus on their views regarding the attack on Matthew Shepard, a gay student … Continue reading Thacher Masquers Take the Laramie Project

Humans of Thacher: Fatoumata Soumare

Self-determined, confident, and loud, Fatoumata Soumare ‘20 is one of those toads that everyone knows.   But how did she become the motivated, sure person she is today? Who was she before she came to Thacher, and how has she grown since arriving at the Ojai Valley from Brooklyn, NY?   For Fatoumata Soumare ‘20, … Continue reading Humans of Thacher: Fatoumata Soumare

Pollos Locos

The well-anticipated arrival for the chickens is back!   With a fresh new squad of the Pollos Locos, the chickens this year are here to storm the playing field. With hot team lineup of 24 small chickens, these birds assure terror alongside prosperity with their rule, pledging for a new era of no fowl play. … Continue reading Pollos Locos

Pidduck Special: An Interview with our New Head’s Family

Armed with questions and anxious to interview the new Head’s family for the first time, I ventured over to Mr. and Mrs. Pidduck’s residence as the sun set after formal and the “pink moment” descended. Immediately upon entering the house and settling down in the living room with the Pidducks, I felt at ease. The … Continue reading Pidduck Special: An Interview with our New Head’s Family

Deconstructing Binaries: Thacher’s Shift Toward Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Before the Thacher community departed for their Fall Extra Day Trips this past August, many noticed a change in the Commons that caused a buzz among the student body: the signs reading “Men” and “Women” on the bathroom doors had been removed, new head-to-toe stalls were being installed, and urinals had been pulled out of … Continue reading Deconstructing Binaries: Thacher’s Shift Toward Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Comm Serve, Center Stage: Poco Farms

By Karina Andersen '21 Carved out amongst the cozy bungalows of the humdrum community of Mira Monte lies a patch of farmland, shared by orchards of juicy oranges and savory avocados, succulent vegetables and a medley of barn animals from pigs to goats to chickens. The vibrant Ojai sun warms our hair as our feet … Continue reading Comm Serve, Center Stage: Poco Farms

The Thacher Bubble

By Jackie Thacher '20 At Thacher, a close-knit community is integral to the overall school experience. While finding a place you feel safe is important for students, becoming too comfortable stifles the educational dialogue provided at an institute like Thacher. This stifling takes away the ability to engage with different viewpoints, to discuss challenging topics … Continue reading The Thacher Bubble