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Annie Haroun

As we all know, every year the school computers require a new password to be used.

Not only this, but the new password must:

1) Not be the same as your previous 24 passwords.

2) Not be similar to your logon name.

3) Not be similar to your name.

4) Not be similar to other commonly used passwords.

5) Contain an upper alpha character.

6) Contain a lower alpha character.

7) Contain at least one number or special character.

8) Contain at least 8 letters.

Eight different restrictions to protect my school account? Current password standards and restrictions make me feel like my Y-Drive is safer than my bank account, computer, and Facebook account combined.

Flashback to my freshman year, when I changed my password with relative ease. Not knowing I would have to change it every year, I also changed all of my other passwords to various other accounts to the school password I had just created.

But then sophomore year rolled around and I was told I needed to change my password, again. After a grueling hour of mindlessly trying different passwords, I finally found one that worked. I just chose a random word, capitalized the first letter, slapped a number on the end, and voilá.  Throughout the whole first semester I proceeded to keep typing my old password over and over until I realized I was mistakenly typing last year’s password or a password from some other year.

Rinse and repeat throughout my junior year and so far during my senior year. Thanks to this
system of password changing I have a plethora of different passwords for every one of my different accounts.

So unnecessary, so avoidable.

As I begrudgingly attempt to change my password each year, I find myself coming back to the same question every time: why is my Y-Drive so important? Why does it have the be the most secure account I have? Would I care if someone logged into my Facebook account, computer, or cell phone? Absolutely.

Well. we can sleep well at night knowing our Y-Drives are safe.

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Inklings Web Sports Editor Bobby Jacowleff, ‘14 is, in a word, unstoppable. With two sports captain positions under his belt, and a demanding Inklings position, his drive and commitment alone are impressive. But more notable than Bobby’s success is his ability to fight through anything in the way of his goals. Bobby may seem nonchalant about his abilities, there’s nothing to be casual about. He is a varsity football cornerback, a captain for indoor and outdoor track, and has already been recruited for track by universities including Emory and Amherst. More importantly, his achievements haven’t come without obstacle. Jacowleff received Tommy John surgery freshman year after overuse of his arm in football caused a tendon in his elbow to displace a piece of bone. This injury failed to hinder Bobby. He soon returned to football, and when he couldn’t continue baseball, instead of just giving up, he turned to track and realized his incredible talent for it. Bobby’s perseverance and determination for success extend from the sports fields to the newsroom. He balances sports practices with the demanding duties of a web editor. His favorite article to write was on Tom Milone, the first high school student in Connecticut to be drafted. The piece required extensive investigation and direct source coverage, but again Bobby’s diligence was evident in his thorough reporting. Despite his journalistic and athletic achievements, Jacowleff’s pride is concentrated elsewhere. “I’ve never had chapped lips or a paper cut,” he proclaims proudly. “And I’ve never even tried to avoid them.”

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