Hoofprints http://ihollow.org The Student News Site of Sleepy Hollow High School Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 New Attendance Policy Urges Students to Stay In School http://ihollow.org/2174/news/new-attendance-policy-urges-students-to-stay-in-school/ http://ihollow.org/2174/news/new-attendance-policy-urges-students-to-stay-in-school/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:47:59 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2174 High school serves to prepare students for life after graduation, but attendance is necessary in order for students to benefit from it. Vital tools and information can’t be imparted to students if they miss school. While many can agree an overall problem across many schools is dwindling attendance as students age, there are many different approaches to deal with this issue. New York State compulsory attendance laws state that all children must attend school from ages 6 to 16. Furthermore, students attending public schools in grades 6 through 12 must be in school for 5 1/2 hours, 180 days of the school year. The goal of these laws is to provide all children with an equal education and equal opportunities later in life. Graduating high school has become increasingly important. Tardiness and absences can be linked to less than desirable grades and lower graduation rates. 

To help combat this problem, our principal, Dr. Smith, has begun an initiative with the goal of increasing overall attendance. She would like to prevent the cycle some students find themselves in: when class time is missed, some students find it hard to make up work; this results in more missed information and less motivation to return to school. To do this, she has implemented a policy of notifying home after a certain number of missed periods. This increased parent and home involvement can encourage these ideals to be reinforced not just at school, but at home as well. 

Under the initiative, students should expect to receive phone calls home from their teachers after 5 illegal absences. After 10 illegal absences, they may be brought in for a meeting with staff to create a plan for improving their attendance. While Dr. Smith has stated that the initiative will not institute further punishments for students who are tardy or absent, there has been an increase in the strictness of teachers with policies regarding leaving the classroom during class time. This new initiative also looks to help students feel valued within the school culture in addition to explaining the importance of attending school. As a result of this, Dr. Smith hopes students will learn about the importance of a high school education as well as the value of actively participating in the school community. So far, students have attended a homeroom presentation introducing the new initiative and have been shown statistics emphasizing the importance of attending school. 

While the administration’s efforts are valiant and well-meaning, the question stands: will this program actually be able to convince apathetic students to start caring? Time will tell whether or not students will improve their attendance simply based on being told to. Without any substantial new punishments or rewards, can students really be expected to improve? 

 

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The Accelerated Math Program: Boom or Bust? http://ihollow.org/2159/news/the-accelerated-math-program-boom-or-bust/ http://ihollow.org/2159/news/the-accelerated-math-program-boom-or-bust/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:47:35 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2159 There has been some recent controversy surrounding Sleepy Hollow’s relatively new accelerated math program, specifically surrounding its option to “double accelerate” in high school. The double acceleration is called the “three-in-two” program because it requires students to learn three years of math in two years. Students in this program will have taken Algebra I in eighth grade, Geometry in ninth grade, Algebra II and Pre-Calculus in tenth grade, Calculus in eleventh grade, and a math class of their choosing (or none at all) in twelfth grade by the time of graduation. Students who start the program in ninth grade will follow that same trajectory, taking everything a year later and finishing with Calculus senior year.

Mrs. Walsh, the head of the math department, says the program was devised to create “more opportunities for everybody to reach their potential and get what they needed” due to the previous system having some issues. In the past, advanced math students had started taking honors math in seventh grade, and took the next level up each successive year, finishing with Calculus in senior year. However, that made it very hard for students who had not been accelerated in seventh grade to accelerate at any other point, and the drop-out rate for Calculus was fairly high. The new program shores students up on middle-school math to remedy these problems, and is intended to increase access to taking Calculus. 

While the new approach may create more opportunities for students, it has been criticized for being overly aggressive and excessively difficult. Most students on the three-in-two track agree that it is immensely stressful, and puts a lot of pressure on the student. One student has called it “an incredibly difficult curriculum,” and another said they “hated the workload.” There are also many students who feel trapped between two undesirable options: the too-difficult advanced classes, or the less engaging, more fundamental classes. “It takes away the middle option,” one student explained. However, the challenging curriculum has also allowed some students to flourish. “It has allowed me to pursue my love of math at a rigorous and engaging level,” enthused one student. Ultimately, the math department is still open to changes and suggestions, and would love feedback from students. “We need to make sure that it was a positive experience. We’ll be evaluating all of that, and probably making some shifts again,” said Mrs. Walsh.

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Family Science Night: Creating Scientists of the Future http://ihollow.org/2149/news/family-science-night-creating-scientists-of-the-future/ http://ihollow.org/2149/news/family-science-night-creating-scientists-of-the-future/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:47:11 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2149 On November 20th, Sleepy Hollow High School held yet another successful Family Science Night. The fun-filled evening was complete with a wide range of science lessons and activities, from experiments with fire and air to the making of liquid nitrogen ice cream. While parents and their children had plenty of fun learning about science, the importance of Family Science Night reaches far beyond that. 

In Mrs. Madani’s room, parents learned how to use everyday items in a household to teach children about science. Mrs. Madani believes in the importance of exposing children to science, since “they don’t get much science in elementary school.” She wants the kids to know that “science can be fun and not just a boring topic.”Junior Frankie Puleo, a helper in the physics room, commented, “Family Science Night teaches kids science and gives them an introduction to what they could potentially do far in the future.” 

In Mr. Choi’s room, the children were able to see the exciting effects of fire and flammable fluids. In Mr. Choi’s lesson, he defined science as being able to “to know, question, and discover,” and children were able to learn and further question many aspects of science. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Erenberg and Mr. Doherty worked with liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, a big hit among the kids and parents. They combined the liquid nitrogen with ice cream ingredients to create a delicious treat. Mr. Erenberg said he believes Family Science Night “introduces science at a young age so [kids] can continue it.” One parent in the ice cream room agreed with Mr. Erenberg, saying that Family Science Night is a “popular, great way to get the kids into science when they’re younger.”

In addition, other classrooms included Mr. Berger and Mr. Franco’s, featuring the fun of water, Mr. Hanuschak’s science of food and beverages, Ms. Cabrera and Ms. Zielinski’s room of slime, and Ms. Adamo and Ms. Peltier’s air science. All of these different programs allowed for focus on multiple areas of science so parents and their children could witness a larger variety of scientific topics. 

Overall, Family Science Night allows for children to be immersed in science for a single evening and hopes to create a lasting effect. One parent described the event as an opportunity to “meet new faces and future teachers, while providing a hands-on type of learning.” Thank you to the PTA, the Science Honor Society, and all of the high school science teachers for organizing this educational and enjoyable evening!

Image: Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

 

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How Affirmative Action Shapes the College Application Process http://ihollow.org/2102/news/how-affirmative-action-shapes-the-college-application-process/ http://ihollow.org/2102/news/how-affirmative-action-shapes-the-college-application-process/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:46:57 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2102 Race has been a divisive issue in this nation since its founding. From slavery to Jim Crow laws to quotas on immigration, minorities, especially Black Americans, have faced systematic oppression and serious obstacles to their economic success. How should this be remedied? One belief is that affirmative action programs that aid these historically underrepresented groups is a morally right way to make amends for the nations’ past mistakes. 

Affirmative action has been around for decades, but the way it has been used by universities has changed over the years. Before 1978, affirmative action was used in a quota system, with certain amounts of spots in many colleges being reserved for minorities to promote the diversity of their campuses. This all changed after the Supreme Court decision of Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. Bakke, a white man, argued that he deserved a spot in the medical school of UC Davis because he had better grades than certain minorities who got in through the quota system, and the Court agreed with Bakke. The Court ruled that universities using race in a quota system is unconstitutional, but this was not the end of affirmative action. The Court specified in their ruling that race could still be used as a factor in the holistic review of an applicant in order to promote diversity. There are, however, still opponents of affirmative action because they believe it may be racist or detrimental.

Over the past few years Harvard University has been the focus of an affirmative action-related controversy. The Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) has taken Harvard to federal court for what they believe to be unconstitutional use of affirmative action. AACE alleged that Harvard has a quota system in place to restrict the numbers of Asian American students admitted in the university, and that on subjected factors, such as personality, Asian Americans were unfairly rated lower by admissions officers. However, on October 1st, 2019, the federal court ruled that they saw “no persuasive documentary evidence of any racial animus or conscious prejudice against Asian Americans.” This case highlights the fallibility of affirmative action. While it works for many minorities, for others it is believed to hurt, and this is where the College Board comes in.

Last year, the College Board, the “nonprofit” organization in charge of the SAT and APs, chose to tackle the problem of affirmative action and incorporate it into the SAT. The College Board did so through their idea of an “adversity score,” ranking students who took an SAT by factors like socioeconomic status and whether they would be the first in their family to go to college. The purpose of the index was to put students’ SAT scores in the context of their socioeconomic resources, since preparing for the SAT is often expensive and exclusive. While some viewed this development as positive because it is not based solely on race, many argued that the College Board ranking students with an adversity score that was hidden to those being ranked is still not just. Met with backlash from both supporters and opponents of affirmative action, the College Board pivoted their “adversity score” into a program called “Landscape,” which aims to be more transparent in how they use student information to communicate with universities.  

The college admission process is messy. We rely on education to give us a better future, but we are not all on a level playing field. Some students can afford expensive tutors. Others have better access to college due to legacy status. Parents of students can even donate large sums of money to give their children better chances of being admitted to their top school. While some may see this as an issue of the poor versus the wealthy, it is important to consider our national history. Minorities, women, and other groups of historically underrepresented people were not allowed in many universities until a handful of decades ago, so legacy admission for many is not possible. Wealth among the traditionally wealthy grows exponentially, while people whose ancestors were not wealthy are still affected by their past. Poverty knows no race, but some races know poverty far too well. Until we, as a nation, can overcome the disparities caused by our past, affirmative action will be important to ensure equality and diversity in the college application process. Affirmative action is not a system intended to oppress; it is intended to give a chance to people who deserve a shot. 

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Opinion: Let’s Stop Using Celsius http://ihollow.org/2212/feature/opinion-lets-stop-using-celsius/ http://ihollow.org/2212/feature/opinion-lets-stop-using-celsius/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:46:22 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2212 Americans stand apart from the rest of the world in many things, and it could be argued our practices are
often wrong. From using yards to insisting on the Electoral College, we can comfortably be accused of blindly accepting some traditions that would be better off left in the annals of history. One tradition we should not be accused of doing this for is using Fahrenheit over Celsius. Fahrenheit is a far better system for human purposes and is much more intuitive. In the vast majority of cases, Fahrenheit is a better system to use, and in the scientific cases where Fahrenheit is not helpful, it is almost always better to use Kelvin, not Celsius, instead.

The first reason to use Fahrenheit is that it provides a higher degree of gradation in the temperature ranges
humans care about. In Fahrenheit, 0° is very cold day and 100° is a very hot day. Not only do these easily map to a percent scale that humans can perceive well, (0% cold sounds pretty cold, 100% cold sounds pretty hot), but also this method of measurement allows someone to know quickly if a temperature is extreme by checking if it is outside of that range. Do you know what those temperatures map to in Celsius? 0°F is -17°C, and 100 is 37°C. As a scale to operate from for human purposes, this seems patently ridiculous. Furthermore, more than half of the scale of Celsius cannot be used for everyday life. The range from 50-100° in Celsius does not apply to temperatures commonly found on Earth, meaning that the only people who will use are scientists who deal with extreme temperatures.

If we’re talking about science, I will of course concede that Fahrenheit is not the better system; Kelvin is. In both physics and chemistry, whenever calculating temperature, you must convert from Celsius into Kelvin, proving Celsius is not the supreme temperature. The other SI units are also often used around the world because they all map easily to decimal conversion. Celsius, noticeably, doesn’t have this. There is no kiloCelsius, or at least not one that is used commonly. This is the primary reason in favor of the metric system, and without it, Celsius is just another arbitrary scale. Scientists stick with it because it was bundled with the metric system that is objectively better in almost all other ways, but really, this is no reason to continue using Celsius.

Both Celsius and Fahrenheit are arbitrary, so if we have to use an arbitrary scale, why not use the one that is easier to use for humans?

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The Mouse’s Media Monopoly http://ihollow.org/2157/news/the-mouses-media-monopoly/ http://ihollow.org/2157/news/the-mouses-media-monopoly/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:46:09 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2157 Mickey Mouse is the ruler of our childhood. For almost a century, the Walt Disney Company has continually produced animated shorts and movies, expanding its media presence exponentially. This company was founded after Teddy “Trust Buster” Roosevelt fought to break up corrupt business monopolies that ruled during the Gilded Age. Today, with the release of its new streaming platform Disney+, the Disney Company is being compared to these Gilded Age monopolies. 

Monopolies in the modern era are hard to create and/or specifically define. The basic idea of a monopoly, though, is demonstrated when a sole company has complete control over a single industry. Typically, government regulation aims to prevent monopolies from happening, but monopolies are sometimes allowed to continue (under heavy regulation) when they bring prices down and benefit the public. This can be seen in the utility industry, which is dominated by just a few companies (such as…?). Critics of Disney’s huge amount of power in the entertainment industry argue that it is actively trying to buy out the competition and does not reflect the public’s best interest. 

Earlier this year, Disney’s $71.3 billion dollar purchase of the film and TV assets held by 21st Century Fox was criticized because it seemed to give Disney too much control over a single industry. This type of expansion is called horizontal integration and is usually heavily scrutinized by the government because of the power it can give to a single company. However, under the current administration, this merger took less time than many expected and went through smoothly. With so many subscription services, though, Disney+ would just be an extra bill to pay for many and Disney is actively removing the movies and shows it owns from other streaming platforms like Hulu and Netflix. A Disney+ subscription isn’t a necessity of life, but the launch of this new platform shows how far Disney is willing to go to profit off its enormous catalog of TV shows and movies. 

Disney may argue that Disney+ gives people access to shows and movies they have not previously been able to see, but this argument hides Disney’s actions behind the scenes. The company has actively hidden and canceled projects intended for public enjoyment. After the Disney-Fox merger, the company canceled 300 or more movies Fox was working on, and began to store Fox movies and TV shows into the “Disney Vault.” The Disney Vault is where Disney places its work when it does not want the public to be able to buy it. Disney has used its Vault to store movies for seasonal releases or to rotate out when movies can be bought to increase demands and sales for specific films, but another use of the vault is to store movies until they can be remade to maintain the copyright. Because of this, Disney canceling and hiding movies it bought from Fox does not help consumers. Disney+ does provide easy access to the people to movies and shows that they are interested in, but Disney has been actively suppressing other companies. This streaming service is an extension of the company’s past behavior, and does not change the negative influence Disney as a corporation has on the public.

It could be argued that Disney may not have a monopoly in the traditional sense of the word, but it does have a monopoly on our collective nostalgia. Disney may be where dreams come true, but in the modern era, the actions of this company seem more like a nightmare. Our fond memories of Disney shows and movies should not excuse Disney’s unfair increasing of its control over the market.  If the government does not stop Disney from becoming a monopoly, the people can with their wallets. Buying and watching Disney+ may not be the worst thing you can do, but if you choose to do so, at least be aware of what is being supported with your subscription.

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VAASA Encourages Students to Quit Vaping for One Day http://ihollow.org/2151/news/vaasa-encourages-students-to-quit-vaping-for-one-day/ http://ihollow.org/2151/news/vaasa-encourages-students-to-quit-vaping-for-one-day/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:46:00 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2151 After smoking only one cigarette or taking a few hits from a Juul, the human body can acquire a lifelong craving for nicotine. When the addictive drug is inhaled into the lungs, it quickly spreads into the bloodstream and reaches the brain within seconds, quenching the smoker’s craving almost instantly. With such instant effects, it’s easy to understand how people can quickly and unknowingly develop a dependence on nicotine. This is why on the third Thursday of every November, the American Cancer Society hosts an event called the Great American Smokeout.     

The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to quit smoking for just one day. The event also educates people on the risks of smoking and helps present strategies for people who want to live a healthier lifestyle and quit altogether. In America, for every five deaths, one is caused by smoking. These are statistics that the American Cancer Society wants to change. 

Although younger generations have a preconceived idea that vaping is better for the body than smoking, that belief is incorrect. Vaping devices contain unknown chemicals of which the side effects are still unknown. They also contain increasingly higher amount of nicotine. According to the company itself, one Juul pod contains as much nicotine as twenty cigarettes. This is why Sleepy Hollow’s VAASA club encourages vapers, alongside traditional cigarette smokers, to participate and try to quit for one day. 

The Great American Smokeout makes people stop and think about their relationship with smoking. Are they controlling what they put into their body, or is nicotine controlling them? On November 21, thousands of people across America attempted to face their addiction. Some can complete the challenge, but not all were able to last the day smoke-free. The question is: Can you? If you or a classmate is struggling with addiction, visit Mrs. Donahue in her office or email her at gdonahue@tufsd.org.

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7 Questions with Mrs. Madani http://ihollow.org/2153/news/7-questions-with-mrs-madani/ http://ihollow.org/2153/news/7-questions-with-mrs-madani/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:45:51 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2153 Many of you know Mrs. Madani as Sleepy Hollow’s adored physics teacher, but do you really know her? Here is a quick insight into some of her hobbies and favorite stories. 

How did you become a physics teacher?

The school decided to hire Mr. Franco for the position I applied for. When the principal asked me if I liked physics, I lied and said, “Of course!” I spent the next few years trying to learn physics, the science course I hated most in high school and college, but I’m so glad I put in the effort because it’s my favorite science now.

Any tattoos? If so, where, and of what?

I have a back tattoo that covers my whole back. It’s of 10 postcards from some of my favorite countries I’ve traveled to and there are stamps and other mementos of states that I’ve been to. I also have a small tattoo on the front of my right hip. It’s of a melting clock from the Salvador Dali painting, The Persistence of Memory.

What’s the name of your band?

Flushing Tea Party.

What instruments do you play?

I’m the singer and co-songwriter with my guitarist in the band. Once upon a time, I played the clarinet, piano, and guitar.

What is the infamous scuba story?

While I was becoming PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified to scuba dive in college, I lost my eyesight. When I went to the optometrist and he dilated my eyes, he said, “I don’t know how you drove here today – you should be blind. Your retinas in both eyes are 50% detached.” I had to go in for emergency eye surgery at Duke Medical Eye Center, and consequently missed my college finals senior year. I had to do an additional semester of college because I lost so much time during the recovery. On a positive note, I ended up losing my freshman 15 pounds, so at least I looked good after going blind.

Can you tell us about something crazy you’ve done?

I think it is best that I don’t share with you the crazy stuff I’ve done in my life. But one of my nutty moments led to me almost amputating my left shin. I have a wicked scar there now.

Have you ever made a student cry?

Every year since my first year of teaching. 

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The Real Problems Behind Nicotine http://ihollow.org/2100/news/the-real-problems-behind-nicotine/ http://ihollow.org/2100/news/the-real-problems-behind-nicotine/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:45:19 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2100 Nicotine is a chemical compound placed in vaping cartridges, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and other mock-tobacco products. It is the leading cause of addiction in teens and adults, and can lead to severe physical and mental changes that can bring about many different kinds of death, ranging from heart attacks to lung cancer. Without nicotine, vaping and smoking would be much less dangerous. People would suffer from addiction and withdrawal
much less, which in turn would lead to many people quitting smoking before any permanent, truly dangerous damage was done. Sure, nicotine sounds like a bad chemical, but what it does to you is just the start of its problems. Here is a quick history of nicotine in smoking.

Nicotine is one of the organic compounds found in tobacco, which accounts for about five percent of its weight, and it is now possible to extract the nicotine into its purest form – a colorless, odorless, brown and oily liquid. Smoking tobacco has been around for millennia, but the practice really picked up in the 16th century when the Europeans crossed the Atlantic, arriving in the lands of the Native Americans. They came to find gold, and found tobacco instead. Since then, tobacco has been mass-produced, farmed, shipped, and consumed by everyday citizens. In the 21st century, its most concentrated form has been placed into vaping pens and cartridges, for the primary reason of breaking previous “traditional” smoking habits. However, these pens and cartridges have become very popular on their own.

Nicotine’s main effects depend on how much you consume. When inhaled in short drags, it has a stimulant effect, and when taken in on a long drag, it has a calming effect. This effect can lessen stress and block harmful stimuli, and is one of the chief reasons people smoke. Nicotine in and of itself is not dangerous when smoked, were it possible to smoke the liquid – it only produces a mild psychedelic effect of calm or energy, which is also a reason that some people use to back their claims that smoking can relieve stress. Nicotine is an addictive chemical, and inhaling smoke or vape clouds is awful for a person’s health. Cigarettes contain substances such as battery acid (concentrated sulfuric acid), carcino genics, and tar. Vaping liquids contain carcinogens and other unknown substances that may have caused mysterious illnesses in recent months. Smoking and vaping combined are the leading cause of lung cancer, and also lead to increased risk for heart disease, among many other chronic illnesses. Nicotine provides the urge to continue using the products, no matter how much a user want to stop. Essentially, nicotine is the most powerful ingredient to keep people hooked on smoking or vaping, leaving them on thin ice until you’ve smoked or vaped so much they’ve developed an incurable disease.

In addition to its effects on the brain and body, nicotine is a pawn for monetary exploitation. Big words. Cigarette and vaping product companies, in short, do not care about your health. If they did, they would be doing more to stop addiction and deaths in their consumer base. But they don’t. Why? Because nicotine allows them to exploit consumers into buying more of their product, because said consumers will otherwise go through withdrawal symptoms. They don’t want to remove nicotine because it allows them to profit enormously. And one other reason that nicotine hasn’t been removed from smoking and mock-smoke products is that the tobacco industry has a close relationship with politics and government. They actively work with senators, representatives, cabinet members, mostly right-wing and health-department-related, to make sure that any policy that may hurt their business goes down in flames. It’s a ruthless business tactic that has worked for years – even today – with our health department executives and even our vice-president. This is especially effective against lower-income addicts; typically, these people have less access to helpful resources and traditional healthcare, which fuels their consistent smoking habits. But the companies still don’t seem to care.

Nicotine has affected Americ socio-economically, politically, physically, and mentally. Although action has been taken over the years to combat nicotine addiction, and fewer people smoke cigarettes today than in previous years, our country’s dependence on this chemical remains a problem. More action should be taken at all levels to end this cycle of addiction and exploitation.

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The Vending Machine Crisis http://ihollow.org/2089/news/the-vending-machine-crisis/ http://ihollow.org/2089/news/the-vending-machine-crisis/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:45:10 +0000 http://ihollow.org/?p=2089 The vending machines in the high school cafeteria are usually flooded with students at all lunch hours. However, when the usual flock appeared on September 12th this school year, they were met with a sign that read: “Vending machine is restricted by timer between the hours of 8:00 AM & 2:00 PM.” This immediately raised questions, and alarm spread throughout our school. Nobody could understand why they couldn’t just get their snacks. 

An anonymous student said, regarding the issue, “That’s so unfair! What if I just want a snack before going to my next class instead of a full lunch?”

Another student exclaimed, “Like, yeah, maybe the snacks were a little expensive, but it’s better than no snacks at all.”

These questions are all valid. However, it’s important to look deeper and find the exact reason this action was taken in the first place. From the multitude of students I interviewed, a majority assumed the cause was that too many snacks were being purchased every day, and the machines are almost always sold out within a week, so the administration had to cut back the hours. However, the actual reason for the restrictions is due to our cafeteria sales. 

Simply put, the vending machines were getting so popular that our cafeteria was losing sales. In addition to this, the unsold portion of the lunch provided by the cafeteria daily was being wasted because of the number of students who opted for the vending machines instead. We wouldn’t be having this problem if the revenue earned by the vending machines went directly to the school. However, the machines are actually owned by a separate company, and so the school only gets a fraction of the profit in the end.

As a result, restricting the hours of the vending machines seemed to be the cafeteria’s ultimate decision for the time being. To satisfy those who play sports or have other after school activities, Mr. Baxter considered allowing the machines to operate from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This may make some happy, but what about other students, specifically sophomores and freshmen, who can’t leave school during the day and who just don’t want a huge lunch? Some may say to just take the cafeteria’s smaller options. However, it’s not always a picky-eater problem. Those that have dietary restrictions such as gluten allergies find it easier to just have the gluten-free options from the vending machine than to search for options from the cafeteria. 

Some members of the SHHS community have posed possible solutions to this problem, such as taking the same snacks from the vending machine and selling them in the cafeteria for the same price. This way, the cafeteria would gain all the profit from the snacks sold. However, this would likely take a long time, and if it happens, there would be less of a need for vending machines. This would also make the lunch lines exponentially longer.

In conclusion, the era of the Sleepy vending machines with their healthy snack alternatives has come to an end for now, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The question on whether they will return is currently unknown.

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