By Nick Reedy | Staff WriterStudents had mixed reactions to the announcement of the removal of Homecoming hall decoration builds this year. The decision to remove this tradition was made by the student government.
In previous years there were week-long and late Thursday night hallway builds. This year there will be Wednesday night poster and sign making, a 45-minute lunch on the lawn the Friday of Homecoming, and advisory door decorating competitions.
Students walk into the hallways on Homecoming day to see the decorated hallways covered in paper. This Wednesday poster and decorating night aims to decorate the whole school and be more inclusive, but what will make it any different from the previous years’ builds? While the longer lunch will be nice on Friday, does it compensate for the loss of a tradition?
“There were many negative comments about Homecoming builds from the student surveys, and not a tradition of kids feel strongly against it,” student government sponsor Sarah Easterling said. “Also, the new fire Marshall is against the hallway builds due to it being a fire hazard.”
A survey taken last year of seniors from all Forensics and Calculus classes asked questions such as how many nights the students participated in the builds, and if the students didn’t participate, why they didn’t.
The deciding factors in doing away with these hallways builds were the fact that not many students participate in the builds, they take long hours and that the decorated hallways are a fire hazard.
Surveys taken by last year’s seniors showed that 55 percent of them did not participate in the builds, but these surveys were only taken in AB and BC Calculus and Forensic classes, which represent a small part of the senior class.
“I’m going to miss the builds. Even though they were time consuming, they were a lot of fun with my friends,” said senior Jack Ferris, who attended the hallway builds last year.
The new plan does a good job of being less time consuming and trying to be more inclusive. It also cuts down on the previously high cost of the builds.
However there will be many who attended previous builds who are unhappy with the loss of a cherished tradition.