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OCTOBER OPINION EQUUS Equus EditorialAt Cody High School students by lauraarden


									  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
                                                                                                                                                                                            Now almost two years
                                                                                                                                                                                         after the “end” of the war,
                                                                                                                                                                                         we still haven’t found any
Editor-In-Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wade McMillin
Assistant Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Leigh Cutter     forum for the free exchange of ideas. It is
                                                                 published fourteen times throughout the year,          voter registration rolls.        worry. It seemed that in        nukes, we still haven’t
Opinion Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackson McGuire
News Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Malissa Suek
Sports Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brent Tremelling
                                                                 delivered digitally to the Cody Enterprise, and is
                                                                 distributed free of charge. Signed editorials          Cool huh?                        every news conference           liberated Iraq, and U.S. and
                                                                 represent the opinion of the author and not
Business Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leigh Cutter
                                                  Trey Hebbler   necessarily that of EQUUS, CHS administrators,            The next few months           thereafter, Bush was            Iraqi people still are dying
                                                                 faculty or students. We welcome editorials,
Feature Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grant Gifford
Entertainment Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Tully       columns, letters to the editor and other               were relatively quiet,           repeating his scare tactics     for an unjust cause every
World Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katie Pickering   commentary from readers. Submissions must be
Tech Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wade McMillin    typed, double spaced and signed. Correspondence
                                                                 should be addressed to: EQUUS, Cody High
                                                                                                                        enough so that President         involving the terror level      day.
Copy Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dani Dunks
Health Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sheridan Taylor   School, 1225 10th Street, Cody, WY 82414 or e-
                                                                 mailed to <>. All            Bush was able to be on           and how we must be on a            Now, why would we
                                                                 submissions must be received one week prior to
                                                                 publication. The editors reserve the right to refuse   vacation 40 percent of the       constant watch for              want to have another four
Adviser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vin Cappiello
                                                                 publication and edit for space and errors.
                                                                                                                        time. He made sure to get        anything that looked            yeas of that?

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