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What Happened to Senior Lunch?

By Emily Olson '08

The size of Prep is never as evident as it is when the bell rings for senior lunch and students throw their see-through paper trays of fries or containers of lettuce at the cashier lady in hopes of sparing a few minutes to eat. When seniors were asked about their experiences with senior lunch, all agreed with passion (more passionately than when they were asked about the presidential candidates) that seniors deserve seniority!

"I think we should definitely have seniority. Senior lunch should only be for seniors, not for underclassmen, because the lunch room is over-crowded," marks Gary Palacios ‘08 "I definitely think that the cafeteria is over-crowded and we don’t have enough time to sit down and eat our lunch and talk to our friends. I think the whole school is over-crowded," says Andrea Bora ‘08.

This over-crowding problem during senior lunch is caused by the excess of underclassmen who share that lunch period with seniors. Seniors have to fight with juniors, sophomores, and freshmen to get a decent meal; not to mention the fact that the freshmen who have the lunch period before senior lunch take their sweet time to leave. Due to this, the cafeteria becomes quickly overcrowded during senior lunch and the seniors are forced to sit outside of the cafeteria, on the east and west stairways and hallways. To make matters worse, school policy dictates that these "alternative seating" areas are not allowed and there seems to be a bitter resentment by students who occupy these spaces. "Where do they want us to sit...on top of the vending machines?" says Kevin Choe ’08.

There has been a "tremendous" amount of improvement to the cafeteria since previous year. Wheat pizza is available, sugar has been sucked out of cookies, and there is now an array of green leaves on the west side of the chaotic cafeteria. The quality of the food has no doubt improved, and no one can argue that the food is, in some ways, "healthier." No one really complains about the food itself but rather the lack of it. "Currently, senior lunch is overcrowded, and there is never any food available by the time we get there," states Michael Crawley ‘08. Another senior, Crystal Overstreet has said, "There is hardly any food left during senior lunch! Then, at the end of lunch, they start to put the gates down."

So what does this mean? Does it call for a lunch revolution? Does it call for seniors to put their trays on their faces, lie on the table, and not eat until there is a change? Dylan O’ Reilly ’08 suggests a better way: "I think that the administration should give the students a right to vote for what lunch they want. And seniors should have a stronger voice and opinion."

Stacie Torres ‘08 sums up the overall opinion of seniors by saying that "since we have been here longer and it is our last year, I think we at least deserve to get a good meal."