Crisis Alert: Homestyle Secedes from Commons


By Jeffrey Kao ‘19


The Andover community is stunned to hear today that Homestyle has seceded from the rest of the Commons stations and formed their own sovereign entity. Following a privately conducted referendum held on Saturday, the staff of Homestyle announced that they made the momentous decision to break away from the rest of Commons, citing an “independent culture” and “taxation without representation”.


Homestyle has since made its own Twitter account and posted an official statement concerning the secession: “Homestyle is a food station with an independent culture and has been in Grilleworks’ shadow for too long. Institutionalized oppression ends now!” It is believed that Homestyle had demanded on multiple occasions that Commons grants them the right to serve whatever they wanted, but their requests had been repeatedly denied. Discontent rose steadily throughout the year, and it is believed that the final straw was the implementation of chocolate milk on Grilleworks’ side in spite of constant begging for the big money item to be implemented elsewhere.


This secession comes as a pretty big shock to most members of the community. According to analysts, there may be unprecedented ramifications. It is predicted that all lines, from Stir-fry to the rivalling Grilleworks, will be approximately 1.78 times longer. Even worse, these lines could cause Andover’s yield to drop twofold; this may push the administration to take action. Sources close to the administration are saying that the Head of School’s Office is actively negotiating with Homestyle and will not hesitate to use military force if deemed necessary. Other sources suggest that the newly created Pasta Monday is meant to punish the entire community and to turn students and faculty against Homestyle.


Though Homestyle’s extremist decision to go rogue seemed rather Out of the Blue®️ to most community members, many regulars of Homestyle are saying that the unrest in the region is nothing new. For one, Homestyle began breaking the rules more and more and serving different food from Grilleworks. One Homestyle frequenter, Small R. Cups ‘20 commented, “It’s clear to us Homestylers that there has always been widespread jealousy and resentment of Grilleworks among the Homestyle staff. When Grilleworks, clearly the favored son of Commons, starts attracting larger lines at every single meal, what is Homestyle to do? Grilleworks is completely unaware of the privilege they have of being so close to us awesome freshmen and lowers. Homestyle was shackled down by Commons to forever be inferior, so I think it’s only logical that they broke away.”


Stay tuned for continued updates on this truly bizarre crisis.



Palfrey Forces Students to Involuntarily Partake in Sleep Challenge by Shrinking Coffee Cups

By Leo Brother ‘18

Students are getting more sleep than ever this October after Commons moved from its standard coffee cups to a smaller, more environmentally conscious option. The change is being attributed to Head of School John Palfrey P’21, as part of his annual sleep challenge.

“Everything just sort of fell into place perfectly”, said Palfrey. “Our Commons Coffee Budget has doubled since the Knowledge and Goodness fundraising campaign, so we were already in a position to pay more for smaller cups. The sleep challenge came at just the right time.”

The cups, which now serve a more sustainable, more expensive, weaker coffee, have been met with mixed reviews by students. “I’m so tired all the time,” said Jim Shortz ‘19. “I’ve had to cut down to 22 clubs instead of my usual 29 so I have enough time to sleep. That means at best that I’ll have 18 or 19 board spots to choose from for my college app next year.” He continued speaking with the Gorilla about what this means for his future while clearly suffering through the worst caffeine withdrawal headache in human history. He added, “at least the cups have that cool 90’s stripe design thing.”

Even though most students are now getting as many as 6 hours of sleep per night, many have declined to record their time in bed. This is partially due to Palfrey’s deliberate ambiguity about the prize, as most students no longer have the free time to look up what a Yogibo is. But is mostly due to the impossibility of winning the challenge. It’s already a foregone conclusion that the grand prize will go to Postgraduate Jeffrey Cruit ‘18, who sustained a head injury during last week’s football game and has no intention of leaving his comically undersized dorm bed for the rest of the month while he recovers.

JV Fantasy Football Update

By The Gorilla’s JVNEPSACEBIPACEFL Insider Chip Monk

You might want to grab your phone and fix your team, as we at the Sports section of The Gorilla have received exclusive insight into this week’s JV Football lineups. The Gorilla can confirm that offensive tackle Plai N. G. Thyme WILL in fact play 7 snaps: just 2 short of the number of offensive plays run by the team. Also, we can confirm that quarterback Tim (Shooter) McGavin will not start, due to the lack of need for a passing game. The defense is expected to perform well and score 80% of the team’s points, due largely in part to being comprised entirely of varsity players. Said one such player,
“I think it’s a completely fair system. I mean, I’m only like 3 years older than any of those guys, max.” The player, who identified himself as Leon Onme ‘21, continued, “I’m just trying to have fun, and get recognized by the JV coaches, who then will tell the varsity coaches how well I played, who will then recognize my potential and give me some playing time”. Note: This is an abridged version of the quote, the actual quote exceeded the memory on our representative’s phone and is therefore gone forever (thank god).
Anyways, we hope you enjoyed this fantasy football update. Good luck to everyone participating in this week’s competition; there’s no need to remind you that the grand prize for picking the perfect lineup is a 6 hour extension on your next essay.
In other news, the JV football chain crew is on strike after a member was admonished for using a down marker to play air guitar after a touchdown.

Actually by Zach Abruzzese ‘19


Today is not a day to satirize the Andover community. On the night of Tuesday, September 26, Phillips Academy lost a member of its senior class to suicide. Therefore, The Gorilla has decided that it is not appropriate to publish satire at this point in time. While satirical articles often prompt discussions about the faults in an institution that need to be addressed, we hope that these conversations are already happening in forums where the tragedy and sadness surrounding us all are in the forefront, rather than the background of what is being said. This is a time to reflect on our shortcomings as well as our triumphs as a community, and to make light of these shortcomings while ignoring the triumphs would be absolutely unacceptable. We hope that these next few days will allow people to come together and process what has happened, and we will move on as the Andover community figures out how to evolve after this irreparable tragedy. For the time being, our plan is to resume our regular schedule of publication, starting with a Wild Sweet Orange Quiz this Saturday morning, September 30. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn this loss with the rest of the Andover community, and we implore you all to grieve and mourn as you see fit. We will be here to make you smile whenever that feels right for you.

Tour Guide Holds Door for Prospective Student Family, Says “Ladies First” to Wealthy-Looking Father

In a horrid display of goodness without knowledge, local tour guide Max C. Padd ‘19 reportedly said “ladies first” to a wealthy-looking father on a tour with his prospective student. When the father turned toward Padd in confusion, Padd flusteredly announced, “Welcome to the mailroom! This is where nobody goes ever…”

“It was more embarrassing than the time when my friends found out I don’t like Wild Sweet Orange tea,” Padd said in an interview with The Gorilla. “I opened and held doors for this same family almost twenty times before this moment, and still shit the bed. I’ve been giving tours since lower year and I have NEVER messed up this badly.”

“I’m beyond furious,” lamented head tour guide Jo Lewiston ‘18. “He learned the importance of gender and using one’s correct PGPs last year in P.A.C.E. class, and still he does stuff like this. I can’t believe this.” Lewiston then had a small existential crisis after forgetting whether or not Padd preferred the pronoun “he”.
“There’s no way he’s going to get into Bunker Hill if he keeps that shit up,” she later added.

“I knew I was in trouble when the prospective student actually emailed me with her questions after the tour,” Padd said. “She asked some great questions that I was happy to answer, but at the end of the email, she asked me why I said ‘ladies first’ to her offensively wealthy father. There’s no way I can bounce back from this.”

At press time, Padd was seen talking with his parents about leaving Andover after reports surfaced stating he held the door for another family on a tour while, once again, saying “ladies first” to the prospective student’s obscenely wealthy-looking father.

Students Sitting Alone in Commons “Feeling Great”

By Noble Ohakam ‘18

In recent years, the number of students sitting by themselves in Commons has increased from 3 to 5. Now, you’re more likely than ever to find the corners of upper right inhabited by a social outcast lamenting their life choices over a glass of chocolate milk and a half-hearted attempt to enjoy the videos on their Facebook feed.

Surprisingly, many of these students enjoy their time alone in the public eye. In order to understand this conundrum, The Gorilla went to interview two students who have been Commons loner mainstays since their freshman fall. Pal Less ’18, one of the students in question, commented,“I find sitting by myself to be quite relaxing. When I’m cranking out a paper due next period, I get into a zone where I don’t even acknowledge the three empty seats around me. There’s a bunch of ways to distract yourself from how lonely you are and get through sitting alone during a meal”. When asked how he feels about the looks of guilt that inevitably follow accidental eye contact, Less confidently retorted, “It does happen, but I take comfort in the fact that they don’t know who I am”.

Rel Avent ‘19, another loner and a somewhat-adequate acquaintance of Less, spoke with The Gorilla about her efforts to maximize solo-sitting. “Step Number 1 is to go to Commons 15 minutes before they close. I’m talking about Breakfast at 9, Dinner at 6:45, when the majority of the student body isn’t there”, Vent lectured. “That helps you transition to Step 2, having different places to sit. My go-to is to sit in Lower Right for Breakfast because most people don’t go there. For Lunch, I prefer Lower Left, the safe haven for people like me that are too afraid to sit alone in Lower Right. For Dinner, if I feel courageous, I go to a corner table”. Throughout this triumphant monologue, Vent spoke with a distinct air of calm and contemplation.

“Step 3 is to bring homework and do it as you eat. I usually do my reading there because an upright book is an effective barrier between me and the hundreds of eyes that maybe judging me ruthlessly”. Vent hopes that this publicity can give a voice to the voiceless at PA and help to start a dialogue about such a relevant, prevalent issue. Our reporter assumes this is what she said, but he had walked away before eye contact could be made, claiming, “if I started talking to her, then I would have to sit down and then it would be just the two of us while my friends sat across the room. I didn’t want it to be all weird”.

“How Dare They Force Me to Attend Class?” Outraged Students Respond to New Absence Policy

The Andover Community was shocked to learn that the school’s absence policy had been changed for the 2017-2018 school year, now only allowing students to miss two class periods before disciplinary action is taken. This decision came after the administration decided that four allotted absences per term was too many and students need to attend classes more. But that begs the question, what right does the administration have to force students to attend their classes?


Jerome Harold ‘20 is one student who has strong feelings about the new school policy. “I came to Andover to have more freedom and prepare me for life outside of high school,” he said in an interview with The Gorilla. “But I guess I was wrong. This school doesn’t let you be free. It still makes you go to class and learn, rather than give you the freedom to decide if that’s what you want to do. It’s such bullshit.”


Grace Davidson ‘19 also shared her views on the change. “This is an outrage! How dare they force me to attend class?” she said. “My family pays over forty thousand dollars a year to send me to this amazing institution where I can learn more than ever before and grow and develop as a person. With that kind of money comes a certain kind of privilege, the kind that allows me to pick and choose which classes I attend per day. I can’t believe this school would take that away from me.”


Even some faculty have expressed their outrage at the new policy change. In an interview with The Gorilla, Math instructor Jane Andrews stated, “I liked being able to cut my own classes and email my students saying that I wasn’t going to be there. Do you know how hard it is being a teacher at Andover? Students need extra help in case they don’t understand the material. I have tests and quizzes to grade. I have a dorm I need to take care of, and my two children are only in elementary school and aren’t old enough to take care of themselves”. While checking to see what the Blue Book said about teachers using the sleep room, she continued, “Sometimes I need to cut class so I can focus on myself and, in turn, make me a better teacher. But I can’t do that anymore with this new absence policy. Such bullshit.” Ms. Andrews then returned to grading tests and sipping a nice mug of Wild Sweet Orange tea while muttering “Should’ve taught at Choate” under her breath.


In other news, some day students are actually using their day student lockers, citing the ability to drop off unneeded items and make their backpacks lighter during the day. Further investigations have revealed that most day students refer to these lockers as “cars”.

The Gorilla’s Comprehensive Guide to Picking up Chicks


By Leo Brother ‘18

For those of you who are returning to Andover, welcome back, and to those of you who are new, let us at The Gorilla be the 23rd ones to say welcome. There are a lot of things you need to know about Andover, and we’re certain that you’ve heard all of the essential advice: always wear your Blue Card on a lanyard, establish dominance by cutting the stir-fry line, et cetera. But, the most important thing about Andover is something that no one will tell you in any orientation session, Q&A, or name game, and that is how vital hookup culture is to the PA social scene.

For all you gynosexuals out there (that’s people who are sexually attracted to women if you’re not up to date on your Empathy and Balance Terminology), the best thing you can do for your reputation is to pick up a really cute chick early on in the year. To help you do this, we’re proud to present The Gorilla’s Comprehensive Guide to Picking up Chicks

  1. Befriend a senior who is currently enrolled in the Animal Behavior biology elective.
  2. Ask if you can hold their chick. All of these seniors have been given a newly hatched baby chicken so that they can care for the chick and have it “imprint” on them. If the senior is friendly, they will let you hold their chick. If they don’t, return to step one.

That’s all there is to it. Yeah, it’s really that simple! Follow our simple two-step program and before you know it, you’ll be picking up chicks left and right. Be careful though, because if you pick up the wrong chick, it will hang over you for the rest of your Andover career. If your chosen chick doesn’t want to be picked up, just try sending a text that says “wanna leave?” This will work at least 75% of the time.

Commentary: What the Last ASM of the Year SHOULD Have Been

By Mike O’Donnell ‘17


I love Andover. I really do. I remember my first time stepping on this campus for my tour and interview all those years ago. Four years later, and I’ve become a brighter and better person all around. But, I don’t think that the school really recognizes all of the change that I, and the rest of the graduating class have have made during our time here. We definitely did not receive that recognition during the last ASM of the year. So, here are my thoughts on what the school should have done for us, in recognition of all that we’ve been through during our time at Andover.


First, I think that all of the underclassmeat, uppers included, should have been forced to clap for a straight half hour as we enter the Chapel, and then be forced to bow to us as we take our seats. I mean, think about it. The vast majority of us have ventured into the underworld itself and made it out the other side in one piece, yet very few people realize this. This school is hard, and we should’ve been deified for making it through. We DESERVE the proper recognition while entering our final ASM.


Following this theme of recognition, the entire senior class should’ve been served a personalized steak dinner in the Chapel (with vegan options for those members of the graduating class who do not partake in the consumption of meat). And no, I’m not talking about red meat to be eaten raw. I’m talking about a fancy-ass dinner with sides featuring seasonal vegetables, potatoes roasted in our class roast page, and an assortment of Den snacks that somehow survived the 50% off sale. The school definitely had enough money for it, and we sure as fuck earned it after all of the shit that we’d been through. Also, it was the last Wednesday of our Andover careers; did you really want us to have to eat lunch in Commons with those PLEBEIANS?


Lastly, we deserved another thirty minute standing ovation as we left the Chapel at the end of ASM. In all of our glory, one round of applause was not enough for us. We required a second, half hour long session of praise. And while we’re at it, the school should’ve just given every senior seventh period free after the last ASM. I mean, we’d earned it, after all. And if we’d had seventh period free, we could have used the time to make Mr. Palfrey’s birthday party even better.


Still, thank you, Andover. Thank you for at least doing the bare minimum in senior recognition. We greatly appreciated it.



By Ethan Brown ‘17 and Leo Brother ‘18

Local Philosophy Class Discusses What You Should Do When The Mighty Mighty Blue Stomps All Over You

By Thomas Wiener ‘19

In the last 23 minutes of a brutal double period class of The Bible and its Contexts, new Blue Key Head Addy Rahl ‘18, made an unprecedented subject change. Looking to get an early start on memorizing blue key chants for orientation next September, Rahl pounced upon a gaping opportunity to connect her class’ discussion of circumcision and the Bell Tower to the pressing matters concerning the stompage (or stomparity, depending on your preferred lingo) of the Phillipian athletic coalition, commonly known by many as the “Mighty Mighty Blue.” Despite the six previous topic digressions that had already occurred that class, everyone in the class was taken completely by surprise by Addy’s bold move. The teacher and class had agreed “to stick to Christianity for the rest of the period”, assuring everyone that such a catastrophe would not plague the class again – or so they thought.

Eyewitness and Senior finally squeezing in his Philosophy/Religion requirement Creed A. Tivnayme expressed his shock at the conversational curve ball. “I didn’t necessarily mind the subject change, since I’m only here for the easy 6 in RelPhil,” said Tivnayme. “But, I thought the rest of my classmates, who probably are actually interested in the sacred texts of the first-century Canaanites, would be much more bothered by the discussion change.”

So what do you do after getting a good ol’ stomping? Rahl suggested the CCC should be involved. Tivnayme said to use it as an excuse to get personal time. One kid who needs to just stop talking went on a rant about something that sounded like he wanted commons to make a greater surplus of Korean tacos. So in case you hadn’t guessed already, no one got anything out of the conversation. Shocking!

Sadly, the debate eventually lost steam once the vegan with a leather jacket, taking his fifth RelPhil class to justify his moral superiority, argued the bigger problem was the school’s diet of red meat. Apparently he hadn’t taken the hint to shut up when his dorm voted to exile him to the Inn. Sad.
In other news, the Den is now selling fidget spinners for $35 a G.