80 Second Editorials February 2019

How important is wearing name brands to you? Why?

“Not important, clothing is clothing and something to keep you warm and dry and protect you. I believe in always staying humble, even when you are making insane amounts or decent amounts of money.” – Connor Sousa, Sophomore

“I see it as a way society has defined your status in life. If you can’t afford the brands, you can’t afford to be on their “level”. It shouldn’t matter if you have name brands or not though, because that Gucci shirt you spent $125 used to be found at the back of KMart for extremely cheap about 20-25 years ago. So who’s to say that these brands people are spending hundreds are will be only worth a few dollars. So name brands are just that a name, nothing more. Fun fact NIKE shoes costs the company only a few dollars, when the cheapest sneaker you can buy is $40 not clearanced.” -Isabella Stephens, Freshman


“I like them but its not like I need them.” -Sofia Sanchez-Mendez, Freshman


Do you believe sexual consent needs to be defined? If so, what is the definition? If not, why?

“I think there should be talk about consent before getting into something sexual just in case. I think in most cases you just know that you guys both want to do it but if you’re in that situation and you doubt for even one second that the other person isn’t comfortable then you should ask.” -Karla Rivera, Sophomore


“We should all understand the definition of consent. We have been seeing the results of folks who don’t understand consent, or refuse to respect others’ boundaries, on what seems like a daily basis lately. Consent is agreement between all parties. Remember- one must be of age, and sober to have the ability to give consent for sexual activity.” -Mr. Bell, Faculty


“Yes, I do believe sexual consent needs to be defined because if someones definition of sexual consent is different than another person’s definition of sexual consent then someone might end up accidentally making someone else feel violated.” -Amanda Caldwell, Freshman


Where do you get your news?

“Snapchat” -Alexandre Pedro, Sophomore


“An app on my phone called SmartNews – takes news from multiple resources (unbiased in which ones it picks).” -Jakob Littlejohn, Junior


“I look at a variety of news sources like the New York Times and the Young Turks. They are trustworthy unlike some sources like Info Wars and Fox News.” -Ryan Price, Sophomore


“My primary source for news is hearing it from others, I’m not much of a fan of looking it up myself.” -Caylin Salina, sophomore


“I don’t pay attention to the news its always biased, somethings are important but if it doesn’t have anything to do with the people and how it affects certain groups, I don’t see the importance. Its always an interesting thing to watch however  always nice to see different points of view and how it impacts the way people think.” -Anthony Tatro, sophomore


Would you rather take MCAS/AP tests online or on paper? Why?

“With exams like MCAS/AP, it would be helpful to take any writing portion online…This change would likely improve writing quality because most of the writing students do today is online – so students may feel more comfortable completing essays online for these exams.” -Veronica Desorcy, senior


“I would rather take MCAS/AP on paper simply due to the length of the test. These tests can take hours to complete and my eyes cannot handle that many hours staring at a computer screen. While paper can be more grueling on my hands, I am more awake and less focused on my tired eyes then I would be by taking the test online.” -Katelyn Johnston, senior


I would rather take MCAS/AP tests on paper because I think writing things out helps you think more clearly. Caylin Salina, sophomore


What a quaint question, implying as it does that student or teacher preference has anything to do with how standardized tests are administered.  Online testing has problems with equity since there are students and districts with less access to technology, but equity and student preference have little to do with the standardized testing industry. -Mr. Brown, faculty


Are masculinity/femininity taught or innate?

“These traits are taught. Primal ‘innate’ instincts can be to obtain food, survive and reproduce. Deciding what to wear and what to be interested in is taught through society.” -Samantha Grunden, junior


“I think masculinity and femininity are taught because surrounding peers make the expectations for each gender, causing most to follow the crowd.” -Hailey Condino


“Men are tough and can’t show emotion and women are weak and emotional. These are not true at all however.” -Julia Harris, sophomore


“The question is overly simplistic in that it assumes that masculinity and femininity are either taught or innate.  While there are many genetic factors that affect human behaviors and traits, we also live in a social context. Social context and culture affect how we define and express these concepts of masculinity/femininity, and they are not as universal as we might like to believe. Two profound down sides to creating masculine vs. feminine as a dichotomy is that we can limit who we are and how we express ourselves as people and we can use it to harm or exclude others. I encourage people to claim and honor the range of human expression that we experience.” -Ms. Hayes, Faculty


Do you think helmets will be beneficial in sports that don’t require helmets?


“I’m a data person, I would have to see the data to see if helmets are reducing the risk of concussions or if they might increase the risk in injuries.” -Mr Haislip-Hansberry, faculty

“I thinking the concussion issue is a problem that should definitely be addressed somehow.” -Mrs Blazejowski, faculty

“I will support anything that keeps young athletes safe.” -Mr Pettingal, faculty

“It would be beneficial, especially in cheerleading because if a mistake happens in the stunt it could really hurt someone.” – Shikha Manahi


“I do think that wearing helmets, especially in girls lacrosse will become the norm because it’s already in youth girls lacrosse so it will continue up into high school level.” -Mr Kerrigan, faculty