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Fake news and its effects on the COVID-19 pandemic

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Fake news. The deliberate spread of false information, plaguing our media everyday. 

Fake news may seem trivial being easy to look up and debunk, but its ability to fool millions of people proves otherwise. 

Just before the quarantine began, my dad and sister drove up to her college to retrieve her belongings. The drive takes 12 hours there and back, so they decided to stay overnight and drive back the next morning. 

Back at home, my mom received a message from her boss at work about a national two-week lockdown, effective in the next 48 hours. The message stated it was from a “friend from the military”, and had spread like a wildfire on Facebook. 

Worried my dad and sister wouldn’t be allowed to drive home the next day, my mom quickly forwarded the message to them. She suggested it could be fake news, but they should check it out just in case.

At the college, my dad overheard a campus security officer discussing that exact same lockdown warning. Deciding to not risk it, my dad and sister drive through the night all the way back home.

Turns out, that warning was false, and their driving 12 hours in one day could’ve been easily split into two. The message, posted on Facebook, was instigated by a troll in America but amplified by Chinese operatives utilizing techniques by Russian hackers (NYTIMES). In just 48 hours, the message spread across the nation and affected thousands of lives.

Fake news can spread anywhere: newspapers, advertisements, social media, and much more. The biggest contributing factor to the transmission of false information is social media. 

Social platforms give people the liberty to post anything without fact checks or examination of sources. Media users don’t tend to immediately search everything they see, so whatever grabs their attention takes a surprising hold on their beliefs. Junior Anh-Thi Pham explains how we are much more disposed to believe disinformation if it confirms our wants or beliefs. 

“If [the news] is too good to be true, we’ll be more susceptible to believe it, as it affects us positively. With social media, it makes it easier to believe false information,” Pham stated.

While fake news posts  can affect any viewer, the impact varies. For instance, research shows that the elderly are over three times more prone to believing fabricated information than people ages 18-29 (niemanlab). This might be due to older people’s lack of constant exposure to social media and its questionable news sources. 

“Teens are constantly bombarded by fake news on social media,” junior Sahana Inteti said. “[They] have been taught and programmed to sort news into fake and real. [Elderly people] are not used to the large amounts of fake news circulating social media.”

Despite fake news commonly affecting a certain age group, teenagers are not invincible when it comes to believing lies.

“I have come across fake news, [and although] the way it was formatted made me question its credibility, I did believe it at first. This made me more skeptical and hesitant to believe everything I see online,” sophomore Bridget Albers said.

Fake news like this message can not only influence one’s life into acting upon false pretenses, but also undermine the credibility of real news sources. Because of the constant battle between what is real and what is fake, people have begun to align a real news source’s credibility with that of fake news. This influx of false information causes many to not believe anything they see, damaging the reputation of real news sources, such as the New York Times and CNN.

What further perpetuates the doubting of real news companies’ verity are hackers who use the news source’s front as a way of spreading disinformation attached to their name. For example, a hacker broke into The Associated Press’ Twitter account and posted a breaking news headline about an explosion in the White House injuring Obama. Despite the company’s quick apology and explanation that they were hacked into, the tweet had already instantaneously been liked, retweeted, and forwarded thousands of times.  

The enormous spread of disinformation grips the country especially in times of turmoil, such as in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. People are pining for any good news about the virus, real or fake, while also being scared into submission of believing bad news. 

Messages like the one my family received are still circulating online, in all different shapes and sizes. Fake news has the powerful effect of persuading people into believing what they want, which can cause serious ramifications in the credibility or dubiousness of a source. 

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Quarantine cuts hours, eliminates jobs

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The Coronavirus pandemic has eliminated a significant amount of jobs all across the nation.

While we sit around during this time of isolation, bored and wanting to be with our friends, this Coronavirus pandemic creates more than just an inconvenience from the quarantine mandate.

All around the nation, companies and businesses are shutting down, cutting hours, and releasing employees. 

Junior Emily Clauson has experienced first hand experience with a job loss. Clauson works at Claeys Catering, which attends to events such as weddings, funerals, and parties all throughout the months. 

“Ever since we had to practice social distancing, all of the [events] got completely canceled, leaving me and my coworkers without any jobs. [Since] Claeys is a small business, they can’t afford to give us any type of pay over the break,” Clauson explained.  

Many businesses run into the same predicament as Claeys: unable to pay workers Because of the revenue shortage, stores and companies have had to cut employee hours, if not laying them off completely. 

In New York, Marriott International began furloughing tens of thousands of employees worldwide. Stores such as coffee shops, restaurants, and gyms have begun laying off workers outright (nytimes). According to The Economic Policy Institute, a progressive research group, the coronavirus outbreak could displace around three million jobs in New York by summer (nytimes).

Freshman Gitanjali Valiyaveetil explains how the coronavirus has made her and her family more careful to monitor their expenditure.  

“[We are] more careful when using things and more aware and conservative with our consumption. [Also,] if we need a specific item from the store, it hasn’t always been in stock when my parents have gone shopping,” Valiyaveetil said. 

However, many families are experiencing more than just caution surrounding their expenses. People working low-wage jobs face the most uncertainty with their financial situation. Although employees are urged to stay home should they exhibit cold-like symptoms, staying home for one day can leave drastic effects surrounding food on the table and a warm house. 

Fran Marion, a single mom making $11.50 an hour at McDonald’s in Missouri, describes her experiences with sickness and working.

“I’ve definitely had to come in when I’m sick before. Missing a day’s income is the difference between a roof over your head next month, or keeping the lights on” (abcnews). 

Many people like Marion are stuck in the impossible predicament of either staying home and suffering the consequences, or going to work and possibly infecting others just to survive. 

During this time of turmoil, it’s imperative to digitally reach out to people who are vulnerable and may have a job insecurity. A small gesture of kindness can go a long way, especially since physical communication has been severed. Junior Alex Casias describes how he values reaching out to people in this tumultuous time. 

“It’s important to appreciate the small things in life, like talking to friends, celebrating birthdays, and just being there for each other. [It] can make all the difference to people.”

 

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Day of Giving sparks community

Jesuit’s Day of Giving brings new energy and success in giving back to the community. 

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To raise money, each year Jesuit used to have students write 10 letters to either family or friends outside of the Jesuit community asking for donations, or their family could give $100. This system, named the Student Fundraiser, mainly targeted student’s families.  

Replacing the Student Fundraiser, the Day of Giving is more oriented towards alumni and current students and staff. Students and teachers are asked to give just $3 to help support the Arrupe fund, which provides financial aid to students. Additionally, the alumni are also encouraged to give back to their community.

The donations were sorted by grade, each class competing to raise the most money. The class who raises the most money wins the class cup. This year, the freshman won the cup, and for the alumni, the class of 2008  won. 

The Jesuit administration  encouraged students to give in a variety of ways, using motivation including a Salt & Straw ice cream party for the class winner and donuts as prizes. At lunch, music played while students could watch their classmates dye faculty member’s hair green. 

But why the change?

Vice President of Development Diane Salzman describes how Jesuit wanted a fundraiser focused on alumni support while lifting a potentially burdensome task for students to write to their family and friends. 

“We wanted to have a fundraiser that was focused more on alumni and not have students feel obligated to reach out to their family and friends. [We didn’t want them to] have that pressure to write to their family and the obligation of producing a certain amount of money,” Salzman said. 

Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs Erika Tuenge also explains Jesuit’s motives to give students and alumni new challenges. 

“I think it’s always important to keep it fresh and have new types of challenges for our community. [We also] find ways to increase alumni engagement, but doing it in different ways so they don’t see the same thing year after year.” 

The Day of Giving turned out to be a huge success not only financially, but also in how the students and alumni felt about it. 

The administration lowered their financial goals, as they were unsure of how the Day of Giving would compare to the Student Fundraiser. However, once the end of the day drew near, their expectations were surpassed.

Raising $193,000, we blew past the previous standing record of the student fundraiser, which was $171,000.  

Not only did the Day of Giving raise more money than expected, but it also drew a sense of community within our school. 

Theology Christina Barry says she felt the Day of Giving allowed the students to physically partake in giving back to their community and how that sparked a more compassionate and empathetic outlook on donating. 

“People showed up. People gave from their hearts. I feel like people gave to where they felt it. Not just like giving your leftovers, but giving to the point where you feel it,” Barry said. 

This day was a success for the alumni as well. Jesuit’s administration was surprised by how much the alums  wanted to donate. Salzman talks about the alumni’s motivations to give back and how that brought them together. 

Salzman said, “The alums [saw student’s] involvement and joy, [and] that inspired them to give back, [as it] brings back fond memories of their high school years.”

Junior Mia Cullivan adds, “I liked that it was targeted towards alumni rather than family relatives because I think past students would have a [greater] inclination to give back since they know Jesuit more personally.” 

 

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Undercover JUGs: dress code violations

Rules surrounding dress code are broken on an every day basis.

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Rules surrounding dress code are broken on an every day basis.

JUGs.

Popularly known as “Justice Under God”, the term JUG stands for “under a burden”, derived from the Latin phrase sub jugum. While JUGs are designed as a consequence to whoever breaks the rules, they are sometimes inconsistently given for a number of reasons. 

In a 2003 article from the Jesuit archives, three girls broke the dress code for a day to see if they would receive a JUG. To everyone’s surprise, none of them received a JUG and merely received some speculating comments.  

Similar to the question leading to the 2003 results, Jesuit Chronicle was curious about which rules are noticed and which ones are less enforced. 

Focusing on dress code, a Jesuit student put this question to the test, breaking the dress code for a couple of days to see whether or not she received a JUG. 

On the first day, this student wore zebra striped pajama pants. Although the pants clearly weren’t were not jeans or dress pants, every teacher who came into contact with this student either didn’t notice or allowed it to slide. 

The next day, she wore a crop top, clearly showing her stomach along with a low neckline. On this day, one teacher did stop and told her to put her jacket back on, and would’ve given her a JUG if it were not for the sake of this experiment. 

Although these results differ slightly with those of the 2003 article, a common trend among the teachers who came into contact with the students out of dress code were where they were hesitant to give out JUGs. Rather, they would either not notice the offense ignore it, or allow the student to fix their outfit.

Although many teachers do consistently give JUGs for violations, as mentioned in the experiment, some might hesitate. 

Why might that be?

English teacher Ms. Milton, who has taught at Jesuit for the last several years as well as during the 90s, admits to only giving out a couple of JUGs each year. She describes what might run through teacher’s heads regarding enforcing rules, specifically dress code. 

Milton explains how teachers might find it uncomfortable to point out a student’s dress code violation. 

“Like [students might think,] ‘were you looking at my underwear?’” Milton said.

Fr. Couture also recognized some challenges with citing dress code.

 “I feel awkward in those cases,” Fr. Couture said. “I never want students to feel uncomfortable with me.” 

Instead of giving a JUG at the first sight of a student violating the rules, Milton will often give students a chance to fix their outfit or behavior. However, if a student breaks the dress code multiple times, Milton is more inclined to give a JUG.

“Like it’s one thing to say oh no, bad shirt. But bad shirt 4 days in a row, then I might give you a JUG.” 

Furthermore, teachers are often focused on their lesson opposed to seeking out students breaking the rules. Because of this, teachers might not even notice when someone is out of dress code or violating another rule. Teachers are also very busy, and can sometimes see something JUG-worthy, but simply do not have the time to stop the student and fill out the paperwork.

When looking at dress code specifically, Jesuit’s is quite moderate compared to other Oregon Catholic high schools. 

Central Catholic’s dress code is more relaxed – giving students the responsibility to make their own choices in what they deem is respectful to wear to school. As stated in the handbook, Central “sets a high standard for success and encourage students to become critical thinkers when considering time and place for different attire.” 

On the other end of the spectrum, Blanchet Catholic school down in Salem requires students to wear a nice top paired with dress pants. 

Jesuit combines these two dress codes, allowing students to wear t-shirts and jeans while also restricting sweat and athletic pants. 

While Central’s students won’t receive any disciplinary action for wearing what they feel fit, Blanchet Catholic School’s consequences are similar to those of Jesuit’s. Blanchet issues a warning if a student breaks dress code 1-3 times, and receives a detention (after-school) for every group of two infractions. 

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“A Musical” hits the stage

Jesuit’s spring drama production features the newly released musical “Something Rotten”, a comedic and historical story made contemporary. 

Elaine Kloser
Jesuit students in the Spring musical "Something Rotten" rehearsing a scene.

Set in the late 16th century, “Something Rotten” follows the storyline of two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom. 

They write plays together, but have trouble getting themselves off the ground due to their fierce competition, Shakespeare. Their minds troubled, the Bottom brothers seek help from a fortune teller, who tells them that musicals will be popular, but 500 years in the future. 

Because musicals are ahead of their time, Nick and Nigel’s musical doesn’t gain much traction. Returning to the soothsayer, they ask what Shakespeare’s greatest play will be. The fortune teller, who isn’t that accurate, tells the brothers that it will be ‘Omelet,’ instead of ‘Hamlet’.

Nick and Nigel then desperately try to create ‘Omelet’ the musical, not knowing that Shakespeare would actually create ‘Hamlet’.

Drama directors Elaine Kloser and Jeff Hall chose “Something Rotten” as the winter musical due to its seamless weaving together of the historical timeline of the 1500s and pops of comedy. 

“The history of musical theater is charted throughout [the musical],” Kloser said. “But at the same time, it’s very irreverent and fun with all that stuff,” Hall added.  

While working with her students, Kloser notices a special relation between them and the storyline. 

“For theater people it really tells a story, and we love that for the students who are involved. They can really find things in it that are personal to them and their theater experience.”

Junior Nathan Hasbrook, who plays Nick Bottom, describes one of the hardest parts of the musical, learning the dances.  

“The hardest part for me is definitely the dancing, because I’ve never really done tap dancing before this year. [I’ve] kind of grown into it, but it’s a challenge,” Hasbrook said. 

Senior Danna Awad, cast as Portia, an art-loving Puritan, explains her time commitment to the musical. They rehearse six times a week for about three hours a day, and as the weeks draw closer to opening night, those rehearsals turn into six to eight hours. 

“The hardest part is definitely the time commitment, but it’s really fun because you can be around the same people and get really close to them,” Awad stated. 

Kloser and Hall also utilize new technology while constructing the backdrops. Because Something Rotten is set in around ten different locations, the use of a projector benefits them greatly. A company down in California reached out to Jesuit a couple of months ago to build customized projections for this musical, and Kloser and Hall are excited to work with them. 

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Holiday magic evolves alongside age

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Holiday magic evolves alongside age

By Rosa Madden

Staff Writer

From a child to a parent, the Christmas spirit seems to never fade, even if the presents do.  

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From a young age, Christmas is often associated with hot drinks, homemade cookies, and an abundance of presents around the tree. Children’s smiles and eyes light up at the happy thoughts of waking up to see a pile of presents and stockings stuffed.

Sophomore Grace Mayfield explains how her dad would read her books about the birth of Jesus and spreading love, but instead of her interest lying in the stories, she focused more on the presents behind him. 

“When I was younger, Christmas was all about getting presents. I’d always write the longest wish list, [which was] all this stuff that I didn’t even need,” Mayfield said. 

However, as children grow into teenagers through middle and high school, the emphasis on receiving presents fades, replaced with reuniting with family and loved ones. Spending time with family members starts to become rare as people grow older, so the holidays become the time to reconnect with everyone’s lives. 

“Now it’s all about seeing my family, because all my siblings are in college so I only get to see them once a year,” Mayfield states. 

As holidays become a time to reunite with family, it also creates an opportunity to discover the joy in giving presents opposed to solely receiving them. Seeing people’s genuine excitement and happiness when receiving a gift is very special and wholesome.

“After a while most of the stuff I was given didn’t last very long, but the smiles, the things I was able to give to other people is something I can remember for a lifetime,” senior Chris Beardall said. 

A study done by Psychology researchers Ed O’Brien from the University of Chicago and Samantha Kassirer of Northwestern University reveals why humans eventually tend to enjoy giving more than receiving. When one receives something good, they set themselves up for less happiness, because gifts can be easily comparable and therefore desensitizing the experience. However, when one gives, comparison becomes less important and the focus shifts to giving as a unique and personal event (Big Think).  

As a parent, instead of receiving high amounts of gifts, they get to give presents to their children. Parents watch their own children experience the same joy they had when they were young.

“[Christmas is] much more about how can I make my kids’ day and how can I teach my kids that Christmas goes beyond you,” Theology teacher Mrs. Barry said. “That Christmas is supposed to be about how Jesus loved you so much that he came into the world, and how can you continue that love and give it to other people.”

Barry also recognizes that some people can’t afford many presents for their loved ones or maybe some don’t have family to celebrate Christmas with. Because of this, she donates clothing to the Portland Rescue Mission and brings her family to sit at St. Andre Cafe. Barry also has her kids write letters to people in their life who matter, to enforce that the holidays are also about figuring out how they can love others and show gratitude for those people in their lives. 

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Are digital models the future for fashion?

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Are digital models the future for fashion?

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Rosa Madden

Staff Writer

Shudu, a popular model, is the epitome of beauty. Her stunning figure accentuates the fashionable clothing she models and attracts many clothing companies. Shudu’s social media platform highlights her impeccable photos, leaving fans in awe of her seemingly unreal beauty. 

The only issue? Shudu, however human she may appear in photos, is simply a fabrication of the London-based photographer Cameron James-Wilson through the means of a computer. Shudu, a digital model created using a specialized program to make her appear life-like, challenges the beauty standard and creates an unprecedented way of viewing the complexities of modeling.

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Wilson fully utilizes modern day’s advanced technology to create art like Shudu, channeling his creativity through designing her outfits and poses. He explains Shudu as a form of self-expression, creating something beautiful with art.

“Basically Shudu is my creation, she’s my art piece that I am working on at the moment,” Wilson said (Revelist).

Wilson describes the process of creating an image of Shudu as taking anywhere from a few days to a few weeks (Elle). To create an image of Shudu, Wilson first scans a real life person, this image used as a foundation to craft Shudu’s features. He then digitally edits her clothing and makeup. 

In just two years, Shudu has gained an Instagram following of nearly 200 thousand followers and many supporters. When Shudu first started posting on Instagram, fans were captivated by her flawless image. However, once she was revealed as a computer generated model, many people experienced the feeling of the “uncanny valley”, the eerie feeling one gets when looking at an object almost life-like but not quite (Highsnobiety). 

Some people think digital models aren’t effective and would like to look at a real person due to the digital model’s lack of a personality. Many times companies want to hire a model not just for their image but also for their reputation and unique personality, making people gravitate towards them, thus creating profit. Digital models are simply an image without real thoughts and emotions, severing any hope of connecting with their audience. 

“I would rather see a real human, because they have feelings, they have emotions, [and] they have struggles that every other human has. Even if models have more money, you can still connect with them on a more real level than you can with a digital model,” sophomore Shaila Daniels said.

 Conversely, many people would also say digital models can be effective if used in certain situations. Wilson hopes that digital models will spark interest in quickly advancing technology and the effect that has on the fashion industry. 

“When brands book Shudu, they’re not booking her instead of a real model. They’re booking her because she’s a virtual model and they want to spark a discussion about technology in fashion,” Wilson explained (Elle). 

Digital models are also impacting our beauty standards, in some ways more than others. Since digital models are literally unreal, is it dangerous to expose impressionable children and teenagers to their “fake” beauty? This kind of representation in the fashion and beauty industry could be detrimental to their mental health, as they might compare themselves to something they physically cannot achieve. 

“If you see like a digital model, [you’re looking at] an ideal standard of beauty that nobody can attain because it’s fake,” junior Kristine Marek said. 

A good amount of fashion companies already photoshop their models to perfection, so including a digital model would only add to the growing idea of an unrealistic beauty standard. However, despite the influx of Photoshop used for modeling today, many companies also recognize the imperative need to include models with all different body types, ethnicities and races, etc. Theology teacher Mr. Schulte worries that the creation of digital models would only detract from the growing importance of diversity. 

“It’s kind of a step in the wrong direction,” Schulte said. However, Wilson views the inclusion of digital models into the beauty and fashion industry differently. Instead of taking away from the strides companies are making to include diverse models, he plans to use technology to fuel this idea. Wilson also views the modeling industry as lacking in representation, and he wants to use  technology advancements for change (Highsnobiety). 

“It is trying to add to the standard of beauty that’s being shifted to something much more inclusive,” Wilson stated (Highsnobiety). 


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AP Psychology: the elective with a prep

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AP Psychology: the elective with a prep

By Rosa Madden

With the AP Psychology class at a staggering 57 students, this new class brings an odd schedule, creating unique lesson opportunities, adjustments to frequently using online resources, and utilizing two prep periods a week. 

Because this class is so large, it is split into two sections: A and B. The A section meets Monday and Thursday, while the B section meets Wednesday and Friday. On the off days, the section is given a prep period, where students can work on homework either from other classes or the AP Psych class. 

Even though the class time is reduced compared to a regular class, AP Psychology teacher Ms. Bernards fully utilizes these free periods to create more in-depth and complex activities such as group projects, watching videos, and even opportunities to observe psychology in the real world. Later in the year, Bernards plans to take her class to a preschool to study developmental psychology. 

“The hybrid model really allows for us to do things like that, because it then gives students time to go to other activities, sometimes out in the community that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to do because we have so much class time,” Bernards said. 

Students also take advantage of these extra free periods throughout the week to get a head start on homework or to finish assignments from other classes. 

“I like having a prep because I get to do my homework in other classes, and I have practice after school so I don’t always finish my homework,” junior Lily Cansdale said.

Despite the luxuries of two free periods a week, Bernards discusses some drawbacks of this split system. On each class’ off day, their homework is posted to canvas, pushing half of the student-teacher interaction solely online. 

“Psychology is a very personal study, and it’s really important I build trust with students for this class. [It’s critical] they feel like they can be open with me, and that’s more challenging in an online interface,” Bernards stated.

Because of the split schedule, homework can also be challenging. Sometimes assignments are posted or due on a day the class has a prep period, so students have to be vigilant about checking canvas. 

“Homework isn’t that bad, it’s just knowing when to turn stuff in. I remember my past off day we got an assignment on Monday, and it was due the next day (Tuesday), [but] I had an off day on Wednesday,” senior Moises Barajas said. 

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Library and lanyards: things have changed

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Library and lanyards: things have changed

By Rosa Madden

Changes regarding lanyards and the use of the library during lunch seek to create a safer and more productive environment for all students and staff.

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Jesuit students were required to wear their lanyards everyday through the 2018-19 school year. The administration’s goal was to enforce security on campus as well as easily identify Jesuit students. 

“It was really for identifying our students, there have been times where a former student was on campus and not everybody knows that they’re no longer a student. It’s an opportunity to say: these are our students, these are our guests, visitors, etc.” Vice Principal of Academics and Student Life Ms. Hagelgans said. 

However, this new policy frustrated many students, who felt burdened with the daily task of remembering to bring their lanyard to school. Students began to acquire more JUGs due to forgetting their lanyard. 

The Jesuit administration recognized the inefficiency of this new requirement. Many students saw this too, and they thought the task of remembering their lanyards everyday overshadowed the increased security on campus. 

“I don’t think they were effective, because they just caused too much trouble than they were worth,” junior Lane Laurent said. 

The administration, tired of the unnecessary, sometimes negative, interactions with students regarding lanyards, ultimately decided to cut this policy completely. 

“Students would receive a jug, and do things they wouldn’t normally do, like [claim] it’s in their bag, or they’d have one of their friend’s lanyards. It created things where now students are dishonest for just not bring an ID, and it [just] created more issues,” Vice Principal of Academics and Student Life Mr. Maxie explained. 

The rules didn’t only change around lanyards, but the library rules were also changed. Last year, the rules around when students had access to the library changed multiple times, and the librarians and administration finally settled on one policy this year. 

Students are free to use the library during lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesday and Thursday, the library will be closed for the entire lunch period. The days students aren’t allowed to come in to the library allows teachers with a 4th period to fully utilize the library without having students from lunch interfere with their lessons. 

“We hope that this model will be helpful for the classroom teacher as well as students at lunch time,” librarian Mr. Lum said. 

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