I often seem to just rant. The validity of many of my topics may be arguable. This issue I think I have reason to complain. Check it:
1. School on Election Day
Why did we have school on the November 4? For those of you who didn’t know, Election Day is a Hawaii State Holiday. Don’t believe me? Check http://hawaii.gov/hrd/ and click “State Observed Holidays for 2008 and 2009.
Everyone and their grandmothers were able to vote and spend the day gallivanting as they pleased while Chaminade studentshad to find time between classes to exercise democracy. Apparently, Chaminade doesn’t feel that our constitutional right to vote is that important. One day of school is the most important thing any person can participate in and there is nothing greater, even if the state government thinks otherwise.
2. No Day Off During Maui Week
Now that I know Chaminade doesn’t even prioritize federal activities over one day of its high-level academia, it should make sense that we do not get Maui Monday off.
The Maui Invitational is the one brag-worthy event at Chaminade. Why does it seem that our school tries to keep us disassociated? Maui Monday is the one day our school gets national attention, and because of our school’s policies, we are portrayed on ESPN by having a support force of 8 people.
Schools from across the entire country show up with hundreds of fans, and we barely get 100 students to sign up for the trip sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership.
Most schools get a fall break that includes the entire Thanksgiving week off.
Our school sponsors one of the biggest NCAA basketball tournaments and we don’t get the week off. At least give us one day off to cheer on our team when we play the number-one ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.
We shouldn’t feel guilty for going to Maui and being supportive of our school. Chaminade prides itself on the Maui Invitational. Don’t deprive us of it.
3. Chaminade Times/Golden Sword
As many of you may have noticed, there is another Chaminade publication lying around campus. The Chaminade Times, previously and better known as The Golden Sword, is the result of an introductory news writing class whose articles were not written well enough to be published in the well-established Silversword. The declined articles can be read in The Chaminade Times found on the floor and in garbage cans across campus.
The paper is awkwardly shaped, is comprised of poorly written articles, and this “newspaper” is about as far off from the The New York Times as Hawaii is far away from New York.
There is a newspaper that you can rely on to contain new, well-written, interesting stories that won’t contribute to the litter found on campus. The Silversword is the online publication that you are currently reading, always was and always will be in existence.
After this phase is over, when the semester passes, so will The Chaminade Times, as will all its writers, whom will then be educated on how to properly write a news article, and will go on to write for another, better, paper: this one.