The Custom of Line Cutting

Linin’ Up: Dozens of students wait on line to purchase their food throughout the three lunch waves on Tuesday, Jan. 11th. This picture was taken during the second lunch wave.

The lunch bell signals the start of a scrum of sorts, an every-student-for him or herself in a race to get food as soon as possible.

The issue, of course, is line cutting.

Line cutting is when people ignore unwritten rules of civility and moves in front of this ahead of them, instead of waiting their turn.

“Cutting is a problem and students should stay in line like everyone else,” Ia Cowo, a Chartwells employee, said.

However, many senior guys, like Steven Sciecienski ‘11 don’t think they should stay in lines and wait. They think seniors have the right to cut lines during lunchtime.

“Seniors can cut whoever they want, any time they want, on any line. No underclassmen can do anything they want about it,” said Sciecienski.

John Lobello ’11 agrees that cutting is a senior’s right. “It’s our job to cut underclassman.”

Kelley Hussey ’11 also likes to cut the lines in the cafeteria. “I usually get impatient and hungry, so I just sneak in front of mainly underclassman,” Hussey said.

While many seniors cut lines to save time, Jon Camche ’11 says he was cut as an underclassman, and that gives him license to cut now as an upperclassman. He also thinks that underclassmen will always cut when they are older.

Carmen Arciolla, a study skills teacher who has worked at Staples 32 years and was a student here, says cutting has always been a problem but has gotten worse.

“When I first came [to Staples] there was a line for every thing. Now it seems like your just go up to certain places and it’s easier to cut,” Arciolla said.

One cafeteria worker, who was granted anonymity said that line cutting is a big problem and needs to start being enforced.

“I think the principal should take charge on this issue,” she said. “I usually see students get cut around four times a week and try to correct whenever I see it.”

Yet when the issue was brought up to Assistant Principal Rich Francis said it was the first time he heard it was a problem. “I honestly didn’t know it was an issue at Staples.”

Aaron Wallace ’11 says that cutting lines in the cafeteria is a senior thing and others wouldn’t understand.

“Everyone is cut when they are underclassmen. So upperclassmen, especially seniors, are basically given that right amongst ourselves, obviously. We know others wouldn’t agree,” Wallace said.

Although underclassmen are the targets for cutting with seniors, Ryan Bukovsky ‘14 doesn’t mind, and he gets cut on average once a week.

“It’s not that big of a deal. In the end, I’m only waiting an extra couple of seconds,” Bukovsky said.