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Students are open to open campus

Students are forced to stay inside on this beautiful day due to Staples high school not having an open campus.

Picture this. After a dreary morning of pre-calc, physics, and English honors you finally reach the best part of your day: free lunch. You have a whole hour and a half to yourself. What would you do?

“I would probably go home, or maybe out to lunch or to the beach when it starts getting nice out,” said Sophie Rosen ’15. “It would be great to be able to get a break from school during the day and get to leave campus,” she continued.

Rosen isn’t the only one who is in favor of Staples having an open campus.

“[If we had an open campus,] I think it would allow more freedom and independence; it would be more of a real world environment,” shared Sarah Rakin ’14.

Despite the student body’s wish, Staples currently does not have an open campus.

“[I think it’s because] of liability issues. If there was an emergency, it would be harder to account for students, as well as trying to create a structured school environment,” admitted Rakin.

However, students are willing to make compromises in effort to have an open campus.

“If kids have excessive absences, their open campus privileges could be taken away,” suggested Rakin. This would help teach students how to manage their time better, she added.

While many students have fantasized about Staples having an open campus, some don’t think it would make much of a difference.

“[Staples is] in the middle of a neighborhood. It’s pretty hard to go anywhere, unless you have a car,” explained Malin Hovstadius ’15.

As Hovstadius pointed out, transportation is definitely a key factor.

Upperclassmen [usually] have cars and could go anywhere, underclassmen would probably just walk to Christie’s,” concluded Ian Goodman ’15.

No matter their stance on the issue, the majority of students would love to have an open campus. If you have a ride, the possibilities of where to go are endless.

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Alexa Di Luca
Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer
Although an only child, Alexa Di Luca ’15 has a love for kids. When not writing an article for Inklings, Di Luca can be found with a tennis racket in one hand and children in the other. During Fall, Spring and Summer, Di Luca spends her extra time teaching kids how to play tennis. Even though she is not on the Staples Wreckers tennis team, she shows her dedication to the sport by working for the Fairfield County Tennis Program. Di Luca aspires to be an Elementary School teacher. She describes children’s energy as a “blissful happiness,” which is why she loves working with them. Inspired by her Horticulture class, Di Luca decided to go vegan last summer. Previously being a vegetarian for four years, she was ready to take the challenge. Di Luca is still trying to keep up with her vegan menu. Currently, Di Luca is an active member of both Kool to Be Kind and the Key Club. She feels it is an important way to stay connected with the Staples community, as well as educating others Aside from tennis and schoolwork, she also has multiple babysitting jobs. Di Luca feels it’s an exciting way to make money because, as she always says, “Kids are just so fun to be around." “Love life, and life will love you back,” is the motto Di Luca lives by. Not only is it an easy quote to remember, but it also pushes her to have a positive outlook on life.  

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