Category: Editorial

As we two seniors sit here putting the final touches on our last issue of the Mainsheet, we can’t help but feel a tad baffled. It really does seem like it was just yesterday when we were scrambling to memorize our Piercy I.D.s, constructing our toothpick egg drop, and sitting happily and comfortably in our beloved Pub Lab (may you rest in peace). A wave of nostalgia hits; where did the time go?
Some of us want to cling forever to the now overgrown grass on the Main Lawn. Some of us ache to hit the ground running toward the next chapter of our lives. And for some of us, it’s an amalgamation of the two. Regardless of where we individually stand on leaving Chadwick, the fact that we will not be here next year is, for lack of a better word, weird.
It’s weird that we will never have another class in Roessler. It’s weird that in a matter of weeks we will be considered “alumni.” It’s weird that our only remaining presence on campus will be the simple frame containing our portraits in the hallway.
But regardless of how weird we feel about all the changes that will soon come to our lives and how much we will miss the people that we have encountered during our time at Chadwick, the clock is ticking toward the day that we will be walking through those Chadwick gates, diploma in hand.
Without a doubt, we will look back fondly at all of the wonderful times we have had here, but we also know that we will walk through those monumental gates with a radiating sense of accomplishment, equipped with just about everything we need to survive in this wild world.
In the meantime, seniors, we still have so many things to look forward to! Between our last amphantasy and prom, to the senior trip and senior service, these next few months will be an exhilarating period of fun times for all. So savor these precious moments we have left together! And may the Class of 2011 forever reign.


Nourishment nostalgia

Picture this: After a hefty day of classes, you begin to make a run for the cafeteria to beat the hordes of famished students and faculty. After you wait in the hot food line for half of your lunch period only to find that what’s cookin’ ain’t so good lookin’, you resort to a bag of chips and a can of San Pellegrino. Why? Because this is your only appetizing option. How come? Because of the gaping hole in both the cafeteria and the hearts of Upper School students that was previously occupied by the beloved sandwich/salad bar.
Sound familiar?
The virtual online ordering system has replaced our o food bar, and honestly, we aren’t so keen on it.
With the sandwich and salad bar, students and faculty alike had the option to customize their meals however they so chose. Sure, the line to get a personalized salad or sandwich was long, but the opportunities for condiment combinations were endless. We would assume that with this change, every option we had at the actual sandwich/salad bar would be offered on the website. However, one of us has enjoyed getting a tuna sandwich throughout her high school career adorned with the dried cranberries and spinach leaves that were on the salad side of the bar. On the website, she was eager to find a more efficient way to order her standard meal, only to find that those condiment options were only available in the salad section of the order form. Discouraged, she turned to the “Additional Comments” box, but feared that her request may be misunderstood or unacknowledged. It could thus be argued that this system stunts the palatable creativity of the community at large. We have found great solace in the personal interaction with Ginger and her staff when placing our specific orders.
The online system has good intentions for efficiency, and we see its incredible potential: Chadwick students’ lives are incredibly busy and we don’t have time to wait in line for 30 minutes for a salad. Nevertheless, we can’t help but imagine the sweeping ratio of students who used to purchase lunches from the bar to the number of students who fill out orders online now. Plus, we can’t ignore the forgetful and indecisive nature of teens in our generation. We have heard numerous accounts from students who ordered online and then forgot that they had a lunch prepared for them the next day or who forget about the system in general and have no idea where to find that darn URL in the first place.
If this is true, are we backtracking on our path toward grub efficiency?

We love what “went around”

Wednesday. 12:25 pm. Laverty. Yes, we are all accustomed to the typical G period assemblies conveniently placed right before lunch just when our tummies start to grumble. Some assemblies have proved themselves to make our eyelids feel as if they weighed 200 tons.

However, we know that we speak for the majority of the Upper School student body when we say that it was difficult to avert our eyes from the stage during the most recent G period assembly on Oct. 27.

And who can blame us? Dancing condoms, exploding bottles of lube, giant-sized bananas—talk about abounding entertainment for a high school crowd. Looking around at the students in grades 9-12 in Laverty, there was not one student in the house who was taking advantage of the usual cat-nap opportunity.

From the set that resembled a collection of huge ipods to the pop music playing during the scene changes, Kaiser Permanente’s production of “What Goes Around” proved to be one of the most captivating assemblies the student body has seen in a while. Each of the five actors had us sitting at the edge of our seats on that Wednesday afternoon. Their energy and drive to convey their important messages to high school students radiated through their performances.

As shocking as it may seem that a school would allow this mature content to appear on a high school stage, we are pleased that Chadwick agreed to put this show on. Moreover, we feel that it is Chadwick’s responsibility to host such a show because we believe it is important to educate students about the things that “go around.”

In this day and age, the sexual activity among teens is rampant, and Chadwick, contrary to what idealists may believe, is no utopian exception to that fact.

Sure, there were sections of the performance that made some students a little squeamish. Nevertheless, we would like to take the time to give many plaudits and a hearty pat on the back to the administration for acknowledging the importance of sexual education with regard to contraception and birth control.

It would be unfortunate to see a student become sexually active without having the proper knowledge about safe sex and how their actions can render some life-changing consequences.

Ignorance may be bliss sometimes, but when it comes down to something as significant as life-long health, knowledge is truly power.

So bravisimo to the powers that be, the people in the administration who brought this group of talented and passionate people to our stage.

Seventy-five, and counting pennies?

Although talk of the economic downturn seems rather antiquated, its effect on our school is still quite fresh. With the new physical changes to campus as well as the abundant 75th anniversary extravagances, it may appear to the casual observer that funds at Chadwick are flowing with great ease. However, a discomforting truth lies in the school’s financial expenditures on the school facilities instead of the student body.
We find it troubling that many students accepted to Chadwick this year had to ignore their acceptance letters due to their economic situations. No financial aid was given to new students this year.
Chadwick stresses the importance of diversity in any community, especially in our own. Of the many facets of diversity, one of the most salient comes with individual financial situations. Especially for a school located in what is commonly referred to as a privileged “bubble,” we believe that it is most important to include students of different socio-economic backgrounds in order to compose an interesting and diverse student body. The fact that Chadwick could not provide for this type of diversity this year particularly concerns us mainly because of some questionable spending in other areas.
For example, the article on page three discussing Chadwick’s current finances mentions the funding of new Big Mac Lab computers and the spacious new deck above the swimming pool. There is no question that these additions are useful, but are they as important as scholarship aid? Also, take the 75th anniversary banners that replaced our five beloved core values in the amphitheatre, and the 75th anniversary  t-shirts that were distributed to all students and staff. Of course, purchasing these items did not keep the floodgates closed from financing those in need. But were these souvenirs really necessary? No. Will we really use them after this year? No.
The cost for these various projects may be miniscule in comparison to the financial aid shortage; however, one cannot help thinking that all of these expenses add up. And in the case of the banners, for what purpose? Sure, they look spiffy to all who pass by Laverty, but does the disappearance of our school’s core value banners symbolize a shift in the school’s decision making in applying these values to the diversity of its student body? If this is how Chadwick is after 75 years of existence, one can only begin to imagine the plans in store for its 100th anniversary (did someone say white horses and carriages for visiting alumni?).
The defining question is as follows: should we compromise the future of Chadwick’s student diversity?  What is ultimately the most important aspect for the future of the school and its success?
We only hope the school’s financial team will make the best decisions for the community at large as they have done in the past.