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September 27, 2013
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Thursdays are my favorite days at Eaton High School. Not because we’re finally over the hump (yeah, yeah we’re all thinking it, “HUMP DAYYY!”), and not because you get to procrastinate on all the homework assigned til the weekend. Thursdays are my favorite days because every Thursday at Eaton is Bro Tank Thursday. Bro tanks—The clothing statement that you have no worries in the world. They’re basically the tshirt equivalent of Hakuna Matata. They’re cool (both in temperature and swag). They’re stylish. And they’re comfortable. But for some reason, bro tanks are highly discouraged at EHS. I’ve seen at least five bros get told to change their shirts in the few weeks that we’ve been back at school. Since its creation, not one Bro Tank Thursday has gone by, without a bro being reprimanded. Apparently the bro tank shows too much skin on a man. Because how dare we see a boy’s arms when we are in an institution of learning…. Personally, I see absolutely no correlation between guys’ arms and studying. I mean, I feel like I can solve for X with or without someone’s biceps in sight. Actually, if we’re being honest, I’d prefer it. Bro tanks are not going to distract me from my studies any more than my phone, my friends, my drifting mind already does. If we’re going to talk about visible skin being a distraction, let’s talk about the girls at school, shall we? You think bro tanks show too much skin? Have you seen the latest girl’s fashion trends? I see more spaghetti straps, belly shirts, and booty shorts at school than anywhere else. Girls show not only their arms, but their stomachs, their chests, and most of their legs too. Honestly if skin is a distraction at school, it’s from the girls, not the guys. But trust me, I’m
not condemning them. I’m just as guilty of wearing these things as any other girl at school, and I’m not saying we should change that. It’s 97 degrees inside our school! Are we expected to wear pants and turtlenecks? The reason people wear such revealing clothing is to try in any way possible to stay cool. The cause of all these bro tanks--the heat--is way more distracting than the shirts themselves. The last month has been the hottest stint I’ve ever spent in Eaton High School. Most of this month I’ve spent way more focused on the heat and how to escape it than I have on my studies. When it’s 97 degrees upstairs and Mr. Shaw has been lecturing for an hour, there’s no way I’m still thinking about the colonization of America. All I’m thinking about is what I can do to cool down! And I’m certainly not the only one. Teachers have moved their classes. Kids have hidden out in air-conditioned areas of the school instead of attending class. Fans have been stationed in every classroom I can think of. Every window in the school has been thrown open. At this point, people are just shuffling around the school trying to figure out ways to dodge the heat. And they’ve certainly found one solution: wear lighter clothing. Ergo, the bro tanks. If the boys of EHS have found a way to stay cool enough to keep coming to school, then I say that it’s a positive thing. I think we should be promoting bro tanks! Maybe attendance would improve. The last thing we should be doing is persecuting those brave enough to endure the school day inside our furnace of a high school. So I look forward to Thursdays. Because every week I am inspired by students’ dedication to finding some way to return to this school day after a miserably hot day.
Amendment IV of the Constitution assures “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, things like email and social networking didn’t exist; however, this amendment is still crucial to securing Americans’ right to privacy. Recently, the National Security Agency (NSA) blatantly violated this right by seizing online information from thousands of Americans under the Patriot Act, and Act that was passed in 2001 following the 9-11 attacks by an overwhelming majority of Americans. How does the NSA justify its actions? With the hope that terrorist attacks might be caught and halted. This violation wouldn’t be a huge issue, had the NSA provided probable cause
that the Americans who were investigated were actual threats. But they didn’t. All they had was suspicion. For all I know, the government suspects me of being a threat to American safety. While I don’t feel comfortable knowing that the government can, at any time, access all of my online information, I’m not entirely sure why it should make me any more uncomfortable than knowing a big business has the information I provided them through my online accounts. Either way, I have willingly surrendered my right to privacy. This surrendering of rights should be a concern for every generation. Social Studies teacher Tom Trotter said: “I think it’s a concern. It’s a lot of private, personal information that, if used in the wrong way, could destroy lives.” Rights guarantee freedom and place emphasis on individual responsibility, therefore promot-
ing individualism. Individualism leads to growth of society because individuals who dare to step outside the norm and do their own thinking are essential for the progression of society. It’s safe to conclude that rights are very important to American society. MAYBE, instead of getting all worked up about the NSA executing its rights under the Patriot Act, Americans should have informed themselves about the possible consequences of passing such a law. And MAYBE, instead of getting worked up about their information being available to the government, Americans should think strongly about the possible consequences of putting all of their information online. Yes, the government guarantees Americans their rights and freedoms, but like most other things worth-while, rights require responsibility and constant maintenance.
by Haley Cox