On Tuesday, December 16, Assistant Principal Frazier Stowers notified the class of 2015 that the senior commons would be closed because students were misusing the space.
Infractions included noise violations, poor upkeep. Students were also removing locker doors for fun.
Students were upset with the decision. “ I believe it is a privilege that we have earned over our four years” said Tyler Gutman (‘15). It felt like my home was being taken away."
Others could sense where the Administration was coming from. “ I was kind of (annoyed), but I understand how (Stowers) feels…” said Scott Oh (‘15).
In an email sent Tuesday, Stowers said that the space could be used for studying only until the end of the day; however, in a follow-up talk yesterday after Enrichment, he said student restrictions would be lessened after the new year.
He also asked seniors to compose a set of rules that all would have to follow in the commons. These self-written rules would have to be approved by Dr. Boarman.
“They’re just sending a message out that we need to clean the commons.. it smells in here,” said Teddy Sullivan (‘15).
Sullivan cited that students must eat their lunch in the space because there’s no room in the dining hall, which really is not the fault of the senior class.
Tim Hanson, an Upper Social Studies teacher, agreed with the Administration’s decision.
“Its a privilege that you can earn and a privilege you can lose” said Hanson. What goes on here will affect everyone. It is the seniors job to clean and keep the commons neat… part of being a senior is taking responsibility.”