Restrictions limit the fun of Fish Week


By Karch Calkins
Eagle StaffCalkins Grayscale

In the past few years, the feeling around school is

that Fish Week has reached a low point due to

restrictions on how seniors can mess with the


For a while, restrictions were so tight it seemed

like you could not even laugh at the freshmen.

It seemed like seniors were getting in trouble left and right for things that did not warrant any action.

However, some of the major restrictions have been let loose, and Fish Week is actually trending in the

right direction.

Members of the class of 2015, particularly the student council, are working hard to create fun

activities for the fish to do during lunch, such as the pie eating contest and frozen T-shirt contest.

These lunch activities have been fun the past few years but lacked the social bonding between the

senior and his fish.

These lunch activities also provide a different way to get to know your freshman, by showing how

each freshman handles the stress of a mob of seniors screaming at him while he performs silly and

slightly demeaning activities.

The seniors stepped up to the plate on the costume day of Fish Week, especially compared to the past

few years. The costumes were a lot more funny and creative.

In previously years, the seniors made their freshman wear uncreative and not particularly funny

costumes. The lame costumes in the coming years cannot be solely blamed on the past seniors.

Tight regulations plagued past seniors, which lead to the poor costumes.

This year, Chief Keef, the Whataburger delivery boy and the cockfighers were the best and most

creative round of costumes in the past few years.

On the other hand, there has been one aspect of Fish Week that has not lived up to the other


Senior privileges being held over the head of seniors so they do not cause “trouble” during Fish Week

is absurd.

Seniors being over scrutinized for their behavior and leadership does not do justice to Fish Week.

Senior privileges should not be taken away if one student does not follow the appropriate traditions of

Fish Week.

This hovering does a disservice to tradition and the basis of community building that it creates, which

in turn causes the seniors to worry too much about what they are going to do wrong.

If a senior’s actions are so bad that it has to be addressed by the faculty, then threatening senior

privileges will not do anything.

Students actions need to be addressed on a person to person basis and not on a class to class basis.

Senior privileges should be based on how the each class acts as a whole, and not how one week goes,

or one person’s mistakes.

If one class is stellar every other week of their high school career, but screws up once, the punishment

should not last a whole year.

When Fish Week runs smooth like it is discussed several times by the administration, senior

privileges seem to be an afterthought and as long as no one asks about it, no one talks about it.

Many senior privileges are not even closely associated with Fish Week.

Off-campus lunch and Fish Week do not correlate, and as a result, behavior during fish week should

not be a determining factor on senior privileges.

All this does is create friction between students and their superiors.

However, fish week is back to an overall success.

Fish Week is an integral part of being a St. Thomas student.

Through Fish Week, we become more familiar with the school and even make a few friends in the


When rules impede the ability to have fun during fish week, it can make the experience for incoming

students and even the seniors not enjoyable. Seniors should not be held against losing their senior

privileges if Fish Week is not a complete success.

The activities, costumes and camaraderie between freshmen and seniors show just how great this

school is.

This school year showed how Fish Week is one of the best traditions at St. Thomas, and without it,

one of the most important aspects of the St. Thomas brotherhood would be missing.