Cheers and Jeers: End of the Year 2011 Edition
Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 6:33pm
End of the Iraq War
After more than eight years of fighting in Iraq and countless casualties, the Iraq War is finally over, meeting former president George W. Bush's withdrawal timeline.
Winter Surprise Party
This year's Winter Surprise Party was a wonderful way to end the semester. This year's party was different from most in the past though; since the day of the party was Sue Kovacs's last school-day before her retirement, her daughter Christine honored her in a speech in front of the school, and the senior class officers compiled a video of students thanking Kovacs for her love and care for them. Mr. Butler also gave a hilarious reading of the story of "The Gingerbread Man" with a Kovacs/stem-cell-themed variation. Last but not least, the food at the party was great this year--particularly the desserts.
Uni's sports teams were very successful this semester. The boys soccer team finished with the best record in school history (22-2-0) and won Uni's first sectional title. Girls volleyball finished with a 19-11 record in regionals and boys cross country, girls cross country, and girls swimming came in tenth, seventh, and fifth place each at sectionals. Girls basketball has a strong showing so far with a 9-3 record while boys basketball is 6-4. Go Illineks!
In some ways, this year's finals schedule was not as bad as anticipated. The class activities I had were enjoyable and useful, and it was nice that the P.E. department kept Kenney Gym open as an option for students who might otherwise get no exercise during the three days of finals.
Seriously, Republicans? It is the unfortunate nature of the primaries that the better candidates are often left in the dust by panderers. There is Romney the out-of-touch and inconsistent, Gingrich the articulate (but nutty) man with skeletons in his closet, and Bachmann and Santorum--the totally insane. Although this list wouldn't be fair without mentioning the decent Ron Paul, one of the few candidates who doesn't have a very controversial history, is consistent, doesn't hate Muslims, and actually seems to care about the U.S. Constitution.
This semester there have been many disconnects between Uni's administration and many of the students. Whether it was about the finals schedule, tones in emails, or the seemingly out-of-the-blue appointment of new Assistant Directors, there were many issues with regards to communication. To the credit of the administration, the administration founded a communications committee between students and Director Jeff Walkington, and students have been getting regular emails from administration telling them what's going on.
After more than ten years of hard work at Uni, Sue Kovacs retired as assistant director of Uni High. While her personality and effectiveness will be greatly missed, it will also be difficult to figure out just who to talk to now that she is gone because her duties have been divided among two handfuls of faculty members.
Many enjoyed their finals activities as did I, but there are still concerns over whether the time was utilized in the most useful way possible--and rightly so. Also, it felt like there was much less time during the week to sleep, study, and do whatever else a student might want to do.
So many subbies!
Alright subbies, this isn't an issue with you per se, it's an issue of how many of you there are. I know you can't help it. For whatever reason, the subbie class has 69 students this year. After talking with some teachers and an administrator, none of them seem to be happy about the fact there are so many more kids this year. Are there going to be almost 70 subbies next year too?
Siebel and DCL problems
Uni students are supposedly more polite, mature, and respectful than others. Yet, after a patron complained about students being rude to her--a patron who was also being rude to students--Uni students were barred from Siebel until late October. During the time we were banned, Sue Kovacs received a complaint from people at DCL about all the noise Uni students were making. If we want more from the University of Illinois, we need to start acting like we can handle it.
Ironically enough, I only had the privilege of the elevator my subbie year. Ever since then, student use of the elevator has been almost completely banned. The multiple repairs done on the elevator this year made many students hope that it would be open again. Just a dream.
Correction: a spelling error was amended