Fall Olympics fails to meet student expectations

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By Josh Bannon
Eagle Editorial Board

Fall Olympics, everyone’s favorite first semester holiday, an event usually heralded by anticipation and excitement, arrived last Friday in the midst of confusion and general discontent from the student body. In a confusing turn of events, a last-minute change of plans resulted in Fall Olympics being shortened and scheduled after a half day of school.

“Given the concern of the faculty and administration over the loss of classroom instructional time with the NCEA in the spring, we are trying to maximize the time spent in the classroom as well as the observation that in previous years with an entire day of Fall Olympics, student interest waned over the course of the day so the decision was made to have a shorter more intense period of activity for the Fall Olympics which was well received by the student body,” Principal Rev. Patrick Fulton, C.S.B, said.

Student Council, having already finished making plans for a full day of Fall Olympics and unaware that it would be changed to being after a half day, had to hastily revise the work they already had in order to fit the new schedule.

“We had already spent time preparing for the full-day Fall Olympics, so when we were abruptly informed of the major schedule change we had to scramble to fit events into our time period,” senior class representative Alex Kemple said. “Fall Olympics would have been much more productive and successful if we had been allowed to plan for the half day schedule.”

The largely unannounced, drastic change in schedule left many students very upset, especially seniors who remember traditionally having a full day of blissful chaos, sporting events and hanging out with friends for the past three years. When asked how he felt about the sudden change in schedule, senior Kenton Whitmire said. “Honestly, it makes me really angry.”

Other students not only found the change annoying but saw practical reasons for being angry with it as well.

“I think its more beneficial to have a full day of Fall Olympics because fall is so stressful compared to April, when we have a ton of days off because of Round Up and AP testing,” senior Craig Bailey said.

Freshmen also presented their own annoyances with only having the second half of the day for Fall Olympics.

When asked how he felt about missing the traditional full day of Olympics by just one year, freshman Michael Armstrong said, “I wish I would’ve been here when it was still a full day. I’m glad we don’t have any tests, but it’s dumb. No one wants to sit in class before the games, we’d rather be outside for the whole day.”

The day started just like any other half day, save for the undercurrent of excitement tinged with more than a little nervousness flowing throughout the student body. Due to a confusing miscommunication about signing up for events, cancellation of the entire Olympics had been threatened, that Wednesday, which was more than enough to put students on edge. “I was really worried we would end up just not having Fall Olympics at all,” senior Nate Devlin said, “We didn’t really know what was going on, and it was just very confusing.”

Fortunately the event sign-ups were sorted out by a combined effort from Student Council and the senior class. After half a day of classes so uneventful that many wondered what the point in having them was, the student body was finally released to enjoy the unheard of luxury of a full hour for lunch deliciously provided by Raising Cane’s, courtesy of Student Council.

Looking back on the day, senior Wade

Brill said, “We did nothing in class. It was pointless having the half day of school. The only reason they did it was so that not everybody would skip.”

Another difference in the Olympics this year was the change from homerooms competing against each other, to each grade competing against each other. While this was probably the best way for Student Council to handle the new half day schedule, it left many students warmed up and hungry for more events that they simply would not be able to participate in.

Reflecting on the day’s events, sophomore Steven Coughlin said, “I think Fall Olympics should have been a full day. Having it as a half day really took away from the fun of it all.”

The majority of students stayed at one event for the entirety of the Olympics, after which the entire student body was called to Granger Stadium in order to watch the running events before getting dismissed for the day. Students restlessly sat through the first race and were waiting for the next when the skies suddenly opened up, and for the second time this year, cut festivities short with a slow, steady rain.

Student Council President Greg Hoffman officially issued the sudden dismissal, eliciting a ragged cheer from the students before they unceremoniously rushed through the rain to retrieve their bags from locked classrooms and struck out for home.

Student Council members proceeded to restore the campus back to its normal state as the rest of the student body left with Friday night plans in mind, glad to have been able to have Fall Olympics but with feelings about the new schedule matching the dark gray storm clouds lingering above.

 

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