OCTOBER 27, 2004 OPINION EQUUS 3 -Equus Editorial- -Letters to the editor- Two-day visit not enough Hazing may have lastingtoeffects leads extreme acts of Dear Equus: freshman are treated at harassment. Most seniors of At Cody High School, students “generously” are In the first edition of the some other high schools 2005 argue that the allowed two excused absences per semester for college Equus, I read an editorial across America.” The freshmen have no respect visits. In this 48-hour block, students load up their from the staff (Sept. 15, atrocious acts in other for them. Respect is gained overnight bags, pile into the family van with their “Seniors Silenced”) and schools started out with and no one should have to overjoyed parents and energy-crazed younger brothers found it quite alarming. booing or some other prove themselves to a and sisters and drive insanely fast along various I have been ridiculed and certain group in order to be interstates in attempt to make it to a few colleges in hazed through acts of LETTERS TO THE EDITOR considered respectable. surrounding states before their two days are up. harassment starting with my POLICY: I live in fear of being It sure would be easier if seniors were allowed a week first day of high school embarrassed and harassed to visit colleges and actually get a feel for what they are when the seniors booed our ALL LETTERS MUST BE every day, even though I like. As it stands, any senior planning to attend a college class. TYPED, SIGNED AND am a senior. Whether it is a on the East Coast is basically out of luck and only can Harassment consists of LIMITED TO 350 WORDS. objectionable conduct, THE EQUUS RESERVES THE comment about your imagine what the college is like from their candy-coated clothes, car, friends or hair, RIGHT TO EDIT LETTERS college propaganda. comment, material or FOR LENGTH, CLARITY AND harassment is uncalled for Back to the 48-our college crunch… display that demeans, TACTFULNESS (NO and not appreciated. After a day and a half, the County 11 mini van pulls belittles, intimidates or PERSONAL ATTACKS). Even Superman had a up to the first college. The family tours the campus for a humiliates another person. weakness, and the weakness few hours then after hearing about all of the wonderful As the editorial stated, “innocent acts of hazing.” for CHS is the pompous things the university has to offer, unfortunately, the “…No one is being put As one person’s people who are going family then realizes it took longer than expected to get under mental or physical humiliation gives another nowhere in life and feel to their son or daughter’s college of choice, and now, the stress, unlike the ways person a natural high, it the... Rest of story on page 8 family has to drive all night in attempt to get back to Cody High School before the 8:03 bell rings. To top Rethink the ‘right’ in 2004 election things off, the senior decides to tell his or her parents suspicious. Bush was With the 2004 that he or she doesn’t think this college is a good fit. Too bad… the two excused days are over and he or presidential election only WHY somewhat justified, as five days away, I thought I Americans had just she is back at square one. The senior probably wishes he or she attended Kelly Walsh High School, where there is would get in my last 2 cents NOT? suffered the largest single before this nation goes to Jackson McGuire attack on American soil. no limit to the number of college visit days, and no max So after months of “the number of excused absence days per semester. the polls in what could be one of the closest elections plenty of tax cuts for the terrorists hate our freedom” The Cody school administration wants to keep and “we can’t wait for the attendance rates up in the high school, so students only in history. wealthy though. With that in mind, I Then on Sept. 11, 2001, smoking gun to be a receive two days. Look on the bright side, after all, you mushroom cloud,” the could visit Northwest College or possibly the University guess I am up to bat. Osama Bin Laden’s Let’s quickly review the terrorist group, Al Qaeda, Bush administration of Wyoming in Laramie if you drive really fast. However, announced that Iraq had if you’re one of those seniors who has aspirations to last four years of Mr. hijacked four airplanes and George “Dubya” Bush. aimed them at our nuclear weapons and was attend a college more than a day’s drive away, you’re trying to build a program probably not going to have a chance to visit it. In November of 2000, country’s military and Bush “won” the business headquarters. to make strikes on the U.S. If students get signed papers from the admissions possible. counselors at the different colleges, stating that the presidential election after Thanks to the heroism of his brother Jeb and top people on-board, one After kicking out U.N. senior was indeed at the college visiting, the days should weapons inspectors not count against them in the 10 excused absences campaign adviser put a crashed into a field in stop to the recount in Pennsylvania. because they couldn’t find policy. The seniors at Cody High School are very any trace of nuclear ambitious and should be cut a little slack for pursing Florida. BBC news had an Unfortunately one hit the entire report that claimed Pentagon, and the other weapons, the U.S. then future education. invaded Iraq with the false this recount wouldn’t have two were slammed into the justification of national Leigh Cutter been necessary if hundreds upon thousands of black World Trade Center. Bush then proceeded to security and/or, whichever Democratic voters had been drop a few bombs on is most convenient, the CODY HIGH SCHOOL NEWS allowed to vote. Instead Jeb Afghanistan because that’s “liberation” of the Iraqi EQUUS EQUUS is the Cody High student newspaper, a Bush matched these people’s names with convicted felons in other states and took them off the where the terrorists were, and for the next eight months fed the public nothing but fear and people. Now almost two years after the “end” of the war, we still haven’t found any Editor-In-Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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He made sure to get anything that looked yeas of that?