By Katie Zhao, ’19
During the 2017-18 year, there has been a big change for juniors in acquiring privileges to enter the upper LC. Seniors are no longer allowed upstairs in the LC, leaving only the junior class with upstairs privileges. Getting to go upstairs has become even more of a merit-based system, requiring at least a 3.0 GPA and no more than four unexcused absences.
Last year was the largest change, however, with the opening of the newly-renovated upper LC. During study hall, juniors and seniors could congregate upstairs to work on homework or simply socialize.
Underclassmen are still required to stay in the cafeterias or go to a lab. This limits their options for study areas.
Sophomore Grace Taylor is lucky her last name nears the end of the alphabet. This puts her in the warmer east cafeteria during study hall. “If you’re in the west café, you’re in the Arctic. How am I supposed to focus if I’m freezing?” Taylor said.
Although this seems to be a trivial complaint, the clamour and frigid temperatures of the west cafeteria can make it hard to finish homework. Also, underclassmen who would do better in a group environment may find it stifling to work in the hushed silence of the cafeteria.
Assistant Principal Luis Vazquez helps run the study hall.
“[Last year] we assumed all juniors could go up there and you could be removed if you did not meet those qualifications,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez said that with 480 juniors to handle, monitoring the upstairs LC is becoming too overwhelming.
“We kind of want to… be more respectful of the area and be able to handle that independence along with having a class up there,” Vazquez said.
In the meantime, there are a few alternatives. One can flee to the math or social studies labs, located in the lower LC. The last option, only for juniors, is simply to slug through a quarter in the freezing, noisy cafeterias and wait for that sweet, sweet heaven located in the upstairs LC.