When I reflect upon the production of this issue, one event sticks out the most in my mind—swine flu. Not only did I contract the virus, but several other staff members did too, causing the production of this issue to be hectic.

The outbreak of the H1N1 virus, or as I call it, Swine ’09, is an issue that affects all of us. I never thought that I would get the virus, but lo and behold, I woke up one morning extremely ill. It was a horrible five days, but even more than that it left me with a lot of free time. I browsed the internet, slept for what seemed like an eternity, watched countless movies and TV shows and ate lots of Popsicles to soothe my aching throat.

After five days of my confinement, I realized that I maybe, just a little bit, missed school. I missed my friends, the school and, of course, Arlingtonian. Being absent from school for a day, maybe even two, can be a nice break for students, but as the days dragged by I became antsy to return. On my first day back, I enthusiastically greeted everyone in the hallways Kip Greenhill-style and had a genuinely good day, well until I received a ridiculous amount of homework.

While I was away for a few days, the staff continued working on another memorable issue of Arlingtonian. We covered the taboo topic of religion in school, but decided to focus more on the issue of tolerance than the controversy.

From Little Theatre Little Shows to the Scotland Exchange to Sixth Grade Camp, students have been busy this fall. At UAHS, a possible schedule change for future school years has already raised questions. Student organizations like Spirit Club have become a big presence in the athletic scene. The re-creation of this tradition has brought a new sense of pride and community to athletic games, something that I, for one, find refreshing. Before I give away anything else, I must tell you to read on and find out yourself.

Wishing everyone a swine flu-free and healthy future,

Leah Johnston

Editor in Chief