10 entertainment April 13, 2018 W BY ABIGAIL MILOVANCEVIC asst. entertainment editor FROM BLACK CATS TO BROKEN MIRRORS, SUPERSTITIONS ARE ALL AROUND US... IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK Knock on Wood Don’t step on a crack, or you’ll break your mother’s back! From the nursery rhymes we sing to the habit of picking up loose pennies from the sidewalk, most people take part in superstitions even if they don’t call themselves superstitious. A day like today -- Friday the 13th -- brings a special spike in worries. Even the most mundane actions can be significant, no matter what the date on the calendar. For Filipinos, “if you bite your tongue [on accident], you have someone pick a number between one and 26. That number correlates with the alphabet. So a one would be a, two would be b. If you give me the number seven, then it’s a, b, c, d, e, f, g. If you think of a person’s name that starts with a g, the first person whose name comes to mind was the person who thought of you,” freshman Jezmae Requilme said. Although 64% of 210 students surveyed by the Westerner think that good luck charms are a joke at best, the majority of people still want good fortune. “In Poland, people say, ‘trzymam kciuki’ which means ‘I’m holding my thumbs.’ Holding your thumbs is the Polish equivalent of ‘fingers crossed.’ I sometimes do hold my thumbs for good luck,” junior Maja Kozerski said. While 62% of students find superstitions to be just a myth, many people still follow them just to be safe by avoiding walking under ladders or opening umbrellas indoors. “There’s a Filipino superstition that goes, ‘if you are lost, turn your clothes inside out so you can find GLOBAL SUPERSTITIONS Greeks find Tuesday the 13th unlucky as well. Why? Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, fell on Tuesday, April 13, 1204. In India, superstition dictates that you cannot cut your nails, wash your hair, or put oil in it on a Saturday. your way.’ My shirt had already started off inside out. But my friend and I were at Lake Opeka, and we forgot where our family was having a picnic. Then she noticed that the tag was sticking out [of my shirt] and told me. So we went to the golf place, where they sell the ice cream and food, and went to the bathroom. I turned it back the regular way. Once I came back out, she immediately remembered where we were and exactly where we had set up the picnic,” freshman Lethrese Rosete said. When in India, the rule is to try not to sneeze when exiting the house. “If you, yourself, or someone else sneezes as you are walking out of the house, you need to stop and sit down for a few minutes. As if you don’t, your trip will be unsuccessful if you are going out for important business. It’s my favorite because what should you do if you have a cold and are sneezing every other minute?” sophomore Ashwini Modi said. Mark the calendar carefully, as specific dates have unlucky connotations. While many Americans fear Friday the 13th, people in Spanish-speaking countries fear Tuesday the 13th. “Martes y trece it’s called. It has to do with the 13 apostles, that’s where the number 13 comes from. You call it Friday the 13th because of the 13 apostles. Martes [Tuesday] is there because the Anglo-Saxon countries think that on a Friday Jesus was crucified. But in the Spanish-speaking countries, [Spain and Mexico], they think it was Tuesday,” Jazmin Barbas, a Spanish teacher said. “When the movie ‘Friday the Thirteenth’ came out, for all the Spaniards, it’s how they learned about Friday the 13th. They didn’t know what that was, they just knew ‘martes y trece.’” Nobody has to be superstitious necessarily, but perhaps the next time one bites their tongue or sneezes while walking out the door they’ll think a little more about their actions. In Spain, like in many countries, bread is a staple food. That being said, if bread is served upside down, it is considered
W April 13, 2018 opinions 11 VIEW FROM THE BOARD OF STUDENT EDITORS EDITORIAL POLICY The student-produced newspaper of Maine West High School, the Westerner, is dedicated to maintaining the values of truth, integrity, and courage in reporting. The Westerner provides an open public forum for free and responsible expression of student opinion, as well as balanced coverage of issues of student interest. The staff encourages discussion and free expression between all members of the school and community and maintains its responsibility to inform and educate the student body. Unsigned editorials represent the majority viewpoint of the editorial board. Letters to the editor, which are subject to editing for length and clarity, must be signed by name and may be published upon approval from the editorial board. Opinions in letters are not necessarily those of the Westerner, nor should any opinion expressed in the Westerner be construed as the opinion or policy of the adviser, the Westerner staff as a whole, the school staff, the school administration, or District 207 school board. EDITORIAL BOARD: Editor-in-Chief: Catherine Buchaniec, Bhagirath Mehta Associate Editor-in-Chief: Matthew Montanile News Editors: Chris Rios. Ashley Dwy Features Editor: Linette Sanchez In-Depth Editor: Matthew Montanile Sports Editors: Amaan Siddiqui, Dominik Bronakowski Opinions Editor: Catherine Buchaniec Entertainment Editor: Kara Dempsey Photo Editor: Danny Fowler Art Editor Zac Abero Assistant Editors: Danny Daod, Natalia Wolny, Abigail Milovancevic, Maraya Adams, Suzy Linek, Nina Palmer STAFF MEMBERS Sarah Smail, Masooma Sultan, Malaika Zaidi, Ivonne Sanchez, Arline Vargas, Corinne Bellot, Jenna Robbins, Destiny Onyeise, Nana Agyarko, Jelena Pejovic, Monroe Torkelson, Vincent Parcelli, Sarah Lane, Alexandra Malewicz, Greta Sorenson, Xiao Lin He, Kevin Schill ADVISER:Laurie McGowan seeking a better approach The balance between safety and individual freedom is a battle society has always faced. Within this past decade alone, we have seen the ramifications of the Patriot Act and the War on Terror across our federal court systems and news broadcasts. Yet, this question of where the line is drawn is not limited to the political sphere; it is a conflict we face at Maine West right now. With discussion in regards to guns in schools taking the national spotlight, the manner in which security is conducted in schools is currently being called under question. Is hiding under desks the best way to protect oneself in the event of a shooting? Should metal detectors be used? Is the requirement of clear backpacks too extreme? In what scenarios should a teacher have a gun? What is and what is not considered “too far” varies widely. However, in the weeks following the Parkland, Fla. shooting, it was apparent something needed to be done. At Maine West, parents, teachers, and students alike voiced their concerns regarding security measures and lack thereof in certain scenarios. In response, doors have been locked and security guards have been posted at entrances around the building. The rule that one must have a pass at all times excluding passing periods is now being enforced, including during lunch periods. Previously the edict in regards to students leaving the cafeteria during their lunch periods in order to go to and from places around the school was never heavily enforced. Students were free to use the bathroom without question and simply heading upstairs to print something in the LRC was never cause for investigation. Now, however, if one wishes to go anywhere -- to do any errands around the school -- a pass needs to be presented to leave the lunch room. The requirement of a pass is also needed when one wishes to leave the classroom to go to the washroom or travel to a different part of the school. Before cracking down on these rules, it would have been helpful for students to receive notice of the change in policies and enforcement. If this enforcement is to remain, we ask that several conjoint matters be enforced. Teachers need to write passes, or better yet, always have a pass located in the room that students can grab and go to the restroom as needed. As it is, some teachers use these, some don’t. Furthermore, the supervisors in the cafeteria need to write passes for the purpose of permitting students to complete errands. Some students only have 25 free minutes during the entire day and, consequently, a lot needs to get done during those brief available minutes. A test needs to be retaken in the tech retake center. A teacher needs to be met with in B-Wing. A paper needs to be printed in the LRC. Every one of those actions technically necessitates a pass, and if we are going to keep our current pass policy, supervisors need to fulfill their part without subjecting students to scrutiny. Nonetheless, the policy itself -- that everyone needs a pass -- does leave room for question. When students and teachers asked for increased security, they wanted security to keep people out, not to make the people inside feel over-watched and over-regulated. We acknowledge that passes are meant to account for students in the building, but how useful are pieces of paper that can be easily forged? To what degree are they a useful method for accounting for where students are going? Why are students stopped and asked for passes when they are clearly returning to their classroom? Is it possible an electronic pass system using IDs might be more pragmatic? Similarly, due to the block schedule that will be implemented next year, students will have larger chunks of free time. Are we expected to stay in the same room for the entirety of an hour and half free period, even when we need to access resources located throughout the building? When select teachers toured Glenbrook South before spring break, it was shown that during lengthy block periods, several of the observed teachers dismissed all students midway WHAT DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT SECURITY AT MAINE WEST? “They make us feel like prisoners. One can’t even use the bathroom at lunch anymore. What if we have an emergency situation? It is really upsetting how our own school can’t even trust people to tell the truth.” “I think the security in the cafe is a joke. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to leave the cafe during my FREE period and go talk to my coach without getting questioned. It’s unfair -- we aren’t 10 years old.“ -anonymous responses from a Westerner survey of 210 students through the period in order to give students time for a short break. Since a similar block schedule is being put into effect at Maine West, are we to expect similar breaks? If so, the pass system we have currently would be ineffective: students would be in the hallways during class time in order to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water. Regardless, the enforcement of these policies is not the response students and parents asked for. We are trusted with the responsibility of choosing colleges and having jobs; we have high expectations placed upon us; we are on the brink of adulthood. The editorial board believes that students possess enough responsibility and maturity to be able to go get a drink of water without the permission of their instructor. Maine West is hoping to prepare us for college -- a place where students have the flexibility to go where they need to go and perform the errands they need to complete. We ask that the administration reevaluate the effectiveness of current procedures. The new enforcements are not the solutions we asked for. Maine West has a duty to keep us safe, to keep protected from those who wish to do us harm, but not to enforce cumbersome policies that only lead to complications.