by Jake Pincus
Every senior looks forwards to senior privileges. From off-campus lunch to the use of iPods in study hall, these privileges are what separate the seniors from the underclassmen.
What we are granted in terms of senior privileges is based on our behavior, especially during Fish Week.
While the way we are awarded our senior privileges is a fair practice, the threat of possibly taking away these privileges further on during the school year is unjust.
The senior class this year is not getting the same treatment that past seniors have enjoyed.
There appears to be a heightened possibility privileges being revoked due to simple infractions such as untucked shirts, forgetting a belt or not having socks.
While these infractions deserve a punishment, using revocation of privileges as the punishment is simply preposterous and unjust.
The punishment does not fit the crime.
The main commotion from the senior class is about the off-campus lunch situation. In the past, seniors enjoyed off-campus lunch every single day, yet this year our off-campus days are in jeopardy of being narrowed down.
We have committed no wrong this year, yet it seems we are being punished for the offenses of last year’s senior class. Senior privileges should be solely based on our behavior, rather than past years’ behavior.
Off-campus lunch is the highlight of being a senior. Over the past three years, the main thing I have looked forward to is going off campus for lunch every day.
Historically, the rite of passage for seniors was to be granted certain amenities; however, this year, the fear is the veto of the essential privileges.
Fish Week is primarily what determines the privileges we will receive.
This year Fish Week was fun and eventful, without substantial issue. The teachers and administration this year cracked down on the beanie situation, saying that our privileges would be jeopardized if we were caught knocking off beanies or popping straps of freshmen.
While this tradition has been going on for years, the administration did not hesitate to use the removal of our privileges as blackmail for us to fall in line.
Our privileges will ultimately be up to Rev. Patrick Fulton, C.S.B., and the rest of the administration in consultation with student body president Greg Hoffman. The use of our privileges to control the senior class is really going too far.
Most of the acts that are committed are punished with a detention, but to threaten our privileges because of something so small is unfair. To threaten the whole senior class with limiting or eliminating a senior privilege due to the actions of only a few people is not acceptable.
We can look forward to even more threats involving the loss of our privileges.