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Film “Haze” Sends Powerful Message to Underclassmen

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Graphic by Ryder Chasin. Photo contributed by MCT Campus.
“Haze” was shown to the freshmen and sophomores of Staples, flashing—among other warnings—the dangers of binge drinking.

Only three minutes into the movie Haze, the freshmen and sophomores of Staples knew they were on an emotional rollercoaster.

Haze, a movie presented by TAG discouraging students from drinking, recounts the story of college freshman Gordie Bailey, who died in 2004 after drinking excessively with his fraternity brothers.

The movie presented two main points. First, it gave evidence as to why binge drinking so much at such a young age—an idea deeply engrained in college culture—is so dangerous. Second, it encouraged those who choose to drink to remain aware and careful of their friends’ decisions and health.

Some underclassmen found it strange to be shown a movie about college hazing at their younger age.

“I think it sent a very powerful message,” Sarah Quagliariello ’15 said. “However, I do think it would have been more effective if it had focused more on the drinking problems in high school life as opposed to college life.”

Still, students say they became attached to Gordie and his story right from the start. With the initial appeal, the movie continued to grow on them while helping them learn more about the temptations ahead.

 

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By the age of 18, most kids have not yet chosen their favorite word. In fact, most teenagers have never even thought about such a question. Perhaps a few have been asked on a “Getting to Know You” sheet handed out by English teachers on the first day of school. But in that case, most probably just mindlessly scribbled words onto their sheets such as “literally,” or “totally,” or “dude.” Cadence Neenan ’15, on the other hand, has thought about this deeply. Her favorite word is “loquacious.” Neenan grew up in a home that fostered a love for all things English. With her mom as a former Staples High School English teacher and her dad as a librarian, Neenan was destined for a love affair with vocabulary, grammar, and reading. “My mom always used to read to me ever since I was little,” she said. “I love to read because I was raised to be a good reader.” In school, Neenan has opted to create a heavy course load that reflects her love of English and reading. AP Lit, AP Lang, AP Euro, and AP Gov are just a few of the difficult classes Neenan has chosen to take on. For Neenan, however, much of the learning and “fun with English” goes on outside the class material. “The other night, I was reading a poem during English class,” Neenan said. “I really liked it, so I brought it home and showed my mom. We spent the whole 45 minutes at dinner rhetorically analyzing it and talking about the devices the author used. It was so fun.” Alongside typical English classes, Neenan has also become a part of Inklings to exercise her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism, she fell in love with newspaper writing and, since then, has proven herself to be an essential Inklings player, as she is now the Web Managing Editor. “When I found out that I got Web Managing I had a panic attack because I was so happy,” Neenan said. “I like being a managing editor because I love the freedom the web gives me to be creative with my ideas.” Neenan also plans to use her journalism and writing skills in college and, later, in her career. “In college I want to study political science, but I am considering using that to go into journalism,” Neenan said. “Going into journalism with a focus on politics is what I am really interested in.”

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