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The Weekday Homecoming

Chris Ramey
Hurricane Sandy knocked over many trees in Westport such as this on.

I would like to preface this by saying the following: I know that Hurricane Sandy devastated people’s homes and business all across the Northeast, including Westport, and I am truly sorry to all of those who were impacted. And the loss of life, which has been profound, is immeasurable and unfathomable. There are fears as well the presidential election will be affected.

But I’m a teenager. Let’s face it, there are other concerns.

I found out recently that the Staples homecoming game will be held on Tuesday Nov. 13 rather than Saturday Nov. 10, because of Sandy.That sucks. There’s simply no other way to say it, because it just does. As a senior, I’ve watched for 3 years as the oldest kids in school pull up to the field with their cars all decorated and chant the various cheers.

It’s my turn, plain and simple.

Homecoming on a Tuesday night presents a multitude of problems. Not just for seniors, but for students in general.

First of all, there’s spirit week. What are we supposed to do? Wear pajamas, decade clothing, college logo wear, and blue and white all on Monday? Wow, that will really get the point across!  I’m sorry, but if they think I’m going to celebrate Spirit Week after Homecoming they are sadly mistaken. What’s the point? The game already happened…

Additionally, I’m interested to see how they handle the annual Pep Rally. I know for a fact that teachers aren’t exactly going to be thrilled about having us all drop our lesson plans for a chunk of the day to go outside and watch various sports walk across the field. It’s a Tuesday, which means students are still mildly interested in school (I’d say Wednesday is where I draw the line), so it seems pretty unlikely to me that we’ll be allowed to stop everything. We’ve already missed an entire week of school, and somehow I don’t really see teachers putting the Pep Rally ahead of the weeks’ worth of material that we now will have to make up.

What about the other teams that may have their own state/FCIAC games? What about the people in Players who may have Tech Week? Do they have to miss Homecoming? And then there’s the fact that the motorcade is going to be in the pitch black… It would have been a chilly November morning anyway, but now that seniors will be forced to hang outside their cars at night, I’m expecting it to be downright freezing.

Although the Staples administration isn’t technically to blame for the schedule switch (the FCIAC changed all of the Nov. 10 games to Nov. 13), I still think they deserve some of the blame. Having Homecoming in the middle of November is downright stupid. I know they’re still trying to teach us a lesson after the disastrous homecoming of 2009, but we (the seniors) were freshmen, and I’d say the majority of us were probably just as terrified of the intoxicated teens as the administration was. Last year, I stood in the frigid cold, and got snowed on. Yes, I did have a good time at Homecoming, but the “Snowcoming” was entirely avoidable.

It’s been four years.

We get it: don’t do anything stupid.

This is what they get for trying to “stick it to us” by having Homecoming so late in the year. And that genius 10 a.m. game time doesn’t even matter anymore, because now we have a night game anyway.

With homecoming on a Tuesday night, the administration is basically asking seniors to skip on Wednesday. I’m not guaranteeing that the school will be empty of upperclassmen, but I know that some people will be filing in to school late or possibly just not showing up at all. Seniors missing Wednesday is just collateral damage.

And  the day before Homecoming? If they think I am going to file into the auditorium to watch another video of people getting their stomachs pumped after they have essentially ruined this year’s homecoming, they’ve got another thing coming.

I’ve done a lot of complaining here, I know. And as I said, there are people out there who are actually suffering.

But there actually is an relatively easy fix to the problem as far as I can see. The FCIAC website shows that neither Staples nor Westhill has a game next Saturday, November 17. So I urge the administration to work it out some way to move the long-awaited Homecoming game back to that familiar 10 a.m. time on that Saturday. In the end, it will mean fewer seniors missing school.

It might even contribute to the overall goal in this post-Sandy madness: getting things back to normal.

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Molly Barreca
Molly Barreca, Sports Editor
Molly Barreca seems like a typical humorous girl at Staples. However, there are many things that most don’t know about her. She aspires to work in public relations when she is older, similarly to her father who has worked in the television industry for years. Barreca is one of Inklings most popular writers with over 1,000 hits on her articles. She has always been a talented writer and loved reading the paper, but she officially started Inklings at the end of her sophomore year. She then took advanced journalism her junior year and is currently in the advanced class her senior year. This coming year Barreca is one of the sports editors, and her ambition is to change the sports section. “I want to make the sports section a little less predictable,” Barreca said. She is very excited about the back page and likes that it is one of the more featured pages. “I want to make the section somewhere people turn to when they first get the paper because they want to see what we’re going to do next,” Barreca said. Barreca and her good friend Aaron Hendel, which is also her co-editor, are eager to change Inkling’s sports section for the better. It will be interesting to watch Barreca as she changes the Inklings sports section and follow in the footsteps of her father.
Chris Ramey
Chris Ramey, Staff Writer
From joining the water polo team to becoming web features editor, Chris Ramey ’14 has his high school career pretty laid out. Next on the agenda? An admirable ambition—he wants to be a Navy Seal. It was his dad’s involvement in the Marine Corps—more specifically Force Recon—that originally sparked his interest in becoming a Navy Seal. Ramey expects that a lot of the skills he gains from his Inklings experience will carry over to his practices later in life, and help him to model himself after his dad: tough, determined, and intelligent. “The training is arguably the hardest on the planet, and I like that as a challenge,” he says. “I’d like to be able to say I went in and came out with my head held high.” Ramey joined Inklings this year after having Ms. McNamee as an English teacher freshman year, and so far he has nothing but grand plans. He wants to make full use of the web capabilities, including videos—perhaps even partnering with STN.

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