A Deeper Perspective
Although the bathroom lanyards had positive intentions, but in the end they might do more harm than good.
New bathroom lanyards bring more germs into classrooms
Statistics show that twenty-five percent of all Americans wash their hands after using a public restroom. Seeing these numbers, a person may begin to question why the school changed from a paper bathroom pass you can throw away right after using, to a bright red lanyard that hangs around students’ neck while they use the bathroom. This obviously cannot be sanitary. The lanyards travel back and forth from bathroom to bathroom. Various students using the restroom and never washing their hands hold the lanyard and spread the germs. The handle on a toilet holds 6,267 bacteria/ square inch. Everybody flushes the toilet. Everyone holds the pass. No one washes their hands… Reassuring, isn’t it? One issue with the lanyards is that they give viruses an easier way to spread around school, passing around the flu quicker than usual. Once students start getting sick, they won’t be coming to school, which lowers the school’s overall attendance record.
Another downfall is that many teachers’ bathroom lanyards have gone missing. So the teacher punishes the class by taking away their bathroom privilege, which can cause a huge inconvenience for students who really do have to go. Though in some ways having the lanyards is positive. Teachers can now easily spot students skipping or cutting class. And an added plus is that it will be environmentally friendly. But is this really worth spreading germs across the student body? Also some students with auto immune deficiency may not react as well to common colds as others do and could be life threatening. The use of the bathroom lanyards should stop and the school should go back to using a hand written pass. By making the switch back to hand written passes Gaither would be much more sanitary and it would keep students healthy and present in school. With all that in mind, by taking away the bathroom lanyards, the school will have beneficial outcomes.
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RESTROOM PASS By Lillia Zinszer
Think about it:
New salad bar lunch improves students health
Entertainment editor After countless years of unappealing and bland school lunches, the new salad bar brings actual food worth waiting in the line of the newly renovated cafeteria. In the past, salads offered were just the basic garden salad serves with the typical dressings and a day-old refrigerated smell. By trying to make it taste better students would take out most of the vegetables and some lettuce and add in extra dressing. They also made makeshift croutons with crushed chips. This took out all the healthy elements of the salad, which would have been so much better if the food just had fresh ingredients. The salad bar has begun to offer healthier options for many students. This also ensures a student that
the salad isn’t more than a day old, like a pre-made salad might be. Once in the line students are handed a sheet of paper for the prospective salad-eater to fill out their name and desired toppings. By doing this it allows students to be creative with their salad. There is a plethora of topping and dressing choices. The choices range from proteins, being poultry and ham, to your basic toppings. They even have fresh apple slices that are available for you to add onto your salad. The dressings that are offered include the classic ranch and the more flavorful zesty Italian dressing. With the newly installed salad bar, students have a healthier alternative for lunch. Before students had to choose from the oily, room-temperature pizza or the cold, mundane tomato soup. Students now have the option of eating a fresh custom made salad. There is no longer need for one to go through the pain-staking line only to be presented with the routine school lunch.
Student Perspectives “I do like the salad because you can pick what you want. It’s great [that] our school’s being more healthy though since some students aren’t very healthy.”
Shantel Vicks, freshman
Why do you like the new salad bar?
“I do like the salad bar, I think they give great Choices for students. I do think our school lunch does limit some of our choices though.”
Isaac Quiros, sophomore
Serving a healthier food option at school reinforces the idea and importance of a healthier diet at a young age. Now more than ever the nation is seeing an increase in childhood obesity, the new salad bar moves in the direction to making school lunches more beneficial to a student’s diet. The price of the garden-fresh salad is more than the regular cafeteria food, but it is completely worth it. Why spend money on something that is no longer hot and is loaded with a ton of calories, when one can spend a little more to get something refreshing, satisfying, and completely unique. Whomever made the decision to have a salad bar at lunch is a very wise person. Students are more inclined to get the healthier choice once they realize how enjoyable and satisfying the salads are. It will bring a break to the unhealthier choices, and hopefully start to instill healthy living in students.
“It’s healthy and fresh, I love the salad bar. I think the regular school lunch is smaller but healthier too, I just don’t like having to pay extra.”
Taylor Gonzalez, junior
“I love the salad bar, it actually tastes like real food. It’s better we have more choices that are healthier when we have epidemics out there like obesity.”
JP Arnaud, senior Sabrina Olivier/The Pony Express
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As the holiday season approaches, is political correctness necessary?
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“Happy Holidays’” is correct Emily Charlow
hat sets the United States apart from other countries is we are culturally, religiously, and racially diverse. The United States is referred to as a “melting pot” due to the wide variety of backgrounds. Because of the diversity, we sometimes find it difficult to describe others who may be different from ourselves. As we have become more diverse, we are becoming overly sensitive toward the terms that are used to describe our skin color, background, and traditions. Before we throw around words that may offend, we should take time to make sure whether the words have the intention of being hurtful. The government has gone as far as taking these matters into their own hands. Around the 1990’s, seasonal breaks and festivities dropped their original names for a more accurate name. Halloween festivals became fall festivals, Easter break became spring break and Christmas break became winter break. Each of these breaks and festivities include more than one holiday celebrated by different religions. By creating these generic events, anyone from any
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background should be welcome to join in, with no reason to feel excluded. Another way in which we have become politically correct are the words we use to describe people of another race, skin color, or physical appearance. Certain terms our relatives grew up hearing have now taken on a negative meaning. As a new generation, we should be aware of what offends others when directed at who they are and where they came from. Some of the terms we have heard or used today are considered very offensive. Instead of using slang to describe each other, we should use terms such as Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and others. These seem to be the least offensive way to describe other people. Living in a country that is such a melting pot, makes it difficult to find the right words to describe people and their traditions. Sometimes we use words, and are not aware of the negative meaning behind the word. In order to prevent offending others, we have to know which terms offend and avoid using them. To do this we must be politically correct, and be respectful towards others.
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M “ erry Christmas” all the way
olitical correctness is against our first amendment, the right to free speech. This country was built on the principles that we as a people have the God given right to freedom of speech. Nowadays if we say the wrong word, we may be imprisoned. With the way the system is set-up, the saying “Merry Christmas” is now frowned upon. It even goes so far as saying that “Flip Chart” is politically incorrect because of the fact that it can be seen as a derogatory term for a Filipino person. When a society is not able say a common phrase because it can offend one specific group of people, it just doesn’t seem right. Some believe that political correctness has many parallels to Marxism. If one really looks at the gritty details, there are some similarities, but not enough to say that it is true. Many believe that political correctness came about as many different groups of people emerged throughout the last twenty years. This country is trying to please everyone. It is impossible to please everyone because, although most will agree that this term is acceptable, one group of people will
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disagree and another phrase or term will have to be used. Another point is that the politically correct word or saying changes over time, which is evident with label “retarded”. The term over the years has been changed to mentally disabled, then to mentally impaired and is now developmentally impaired. The word retarded is without a doubt derogatory and crude, but the way it has been changed over time is remarkable. Next thing we know the common Hispanic name Jesus will be condemned because it has a reference to religion, or the common middle eastern name Muhammad will be condemned for its affiliation with religion as well. There is a certain line between what a person says and what is just wrong. Racism is just ignorant, immoral and wrong. But by having to be cautious of what you’re saying is absurd. Saying something as minor as “Merry Christmas” during the holiday season, and being corrected to say “Happy Holidays’” is ridiculous. Being politically correct all the time isn’t always helpful. Sometimes more than not, being politically correct seems like a hassle, and is useless.
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