Interviews and Photo Credit:
Crimson Chronicle Reporter
For our first Man on the Street feature this school year, we asked students:
If you were to be principal, what is the first thing you’d do?
As the school year slowly gets organized, some of the school’s students still have complaints and unheard opinions about changes they’d like implemented in school.
Crystal Abarca, SAS senior: I would hire more teachers because this ain’t working.
Seeing staff getting cut so much with so many unfilled classes, the school being understaffed seems to be an issue amongst students.
Sean Duran, SAS senior: I would take out the fire alarms.
Though fire alarms don’t go off as often as before, off guard and loud fire alarms that are set off due to false alarms are a huge distraction and disturbance in class.
Danna Guzman, SAS senior: I would give the students lockers because I don’t like carrying my stuff and I think other people feel that way too.
Another reason Danna wants lockers is because she said, “I don’t like having a heavy backpack.” Due to the new school year’s new regulations, along with notebooks, binders and other essentials, students have to carry their chromebook or laptops in their bags every day. Seeing as lockers were vital for students in previous years, not having them this year is new and for some, frustrating.
Belen Cruz, the school’s ASB President and SAS senior: I would add a mirror to the boys restroom in the SAS building because I’ve heard complaints from male students because they want to look at themselves.
Funnily enough, despite all the girls restrooms having mirrors, the SAS boys restroom hasn’t had any. The reasoning for this? I don’t think many know nor understand.
Luis Sandoval, SAS senior: I would change lunch to be an hour long.
During online school, lunch was an hour-long so adjusting to this 35-minute lunch has probably not set in for many people.
Emely Rios, PAM senior: I would make sure there is good food served at lunch.
With school in general, the topic of school lunch varies; some schools either have great lunches or don’t.
Brian Lopez, NMA senior: I would change the time we get out to 1 pm. 8:30 am to 3:35 pm is too much school.
In other countries, schools either last almost the whole day or just a couple of hours. Whether this may be beneficial or detrimental, it’s just a preference as some students prefer working at their own pace.
In the end, some of these changes can still be done by students. Fundraising, petitioning, or inquiring to school for or about these issues are all ways students can make a difference at school. With enough passion and voices, the school might listen.