sincerely, an annoyed senior” –Jennifer Melendez
Soon after the Facebook status was posted, numerous comments were posted by ASB and former ASB members, not all of which were positive. The one that gained the most attention was from current ASB Technology Commissioner, Senior Hayley Smith: “#someonesp****dofftheygotkickedoutofasb [someone is p****d of that they got kicked out of ASB],”
ASB's job is to promote the interests and welfare of their school, students, and the community. They are responsible for coordinating rallies, dances, and school events. ASB is also a democratic form of student government in which there are elected officials who represent the rest of the student body. However, students who elected them are questioning the aptitude of their representation. In fact, some students believe that members of ASB are inaccessible, biased and spiteful. One such student, who preferred to remain anonymous, said, “I feel like they don’t take into account completely everyone’s ideas; it’s mostly like their friends. That’s what I’ve seen.” Another anonymous student said, "I feel like ASB isolates itself from the rest of the student population...They're in cliques, and look like they don't want to talk to people." When asked why she felt the need to remain anonymous, the student said, "Because I feel like they're going to come after me and [try to change my mind]."
When asked about his opinion towards students feeling misrepresented, ASB member Eduardo Villegas felt that it's also the general student body that doesn't seem to show support for sports and events. He commented, “It's hard to get to everyone, but we can't point fingers... Most [students] don't want to participate, or they just bring down other important parts of the school community such as Marching Band..."
Misrepresentation is not only felt among the general student body, but also among athletes as well. Football is the most publicized sport at schools across the nation. ASB allocates much of its time making posters and announcements to motivate students to attend football games. Many who see this publicity lacking for other sports may label this as “favoritism” among the student body. The numerous battles of the bell posters for last Friday’s football game have caused the latest upset. "My sport-- gets no recognition. It’s all about football and cheer, and sometimes boys’ water polo,” an athlete comments. Sylvia Catania, ASB member and tennis player says, "A lot of people don't even know we even have tennis as a sport...It makes me feel that my time here is worthless. No one cares."
When asked about the issue, tennis coach Janet Migaki said that the school could be a bit more supportive. Conversely, football coach Wally Grant commended ASB on their efforts, “I do think that Scott and the kids do a great job at getting the word out that we're playing."
Dr. D’Agostino sat down with us and gave his opinion on the issue, “I disagree that ASB doesn’t represent all sports equally. You have to understand that ASB runs on a budget.”
"If we didn’t have a football program, we would have to cut sports and we would have to cut officials,” Dr. D'Agostino asserts. Addendum: "without a football program we would have to cut sports and cut officials," is contextually incomplete. the reason I said that is because while 2/3 of the gate revenues comes from one sport (Football), ASB supports 100% of the sports on campus by paying for the officials for all athletic activities on campus. Therefore, it can be said that football is subsidizing, at the very least, a significant portion of the officials for all sports. - Dr. D'Agostino
Some sports are already beginning to falter due to the budget cuts. Tennis coach Janet Migaki revealed, “The school said they wouldn't give tennis any more money; none at all, not even for tournament balls and for other equipment.”
The reasons for putting football in such high regards and the inner workings and reaction to criticism of ASB are clear, but the lack of posters for many other sports is an issue that is just now starting to be resolved. It is for these reasons that we may be able to understand the rationale behind the conflict between Jennifer Melendez and Hayley Smith; two individuals of our community, placed in separate branches of the social spectrum, both fighting the same battle.
When asked if she felt like she was attacking Jennifer Melendez, Hayley answered, “No, I understand that it was her opinion,” she went on to say, “I wasn’t thinking. It’s been building up over time. I feel like Jen has been acting negative towards ASB for a long time.” Jennifer Melendez commented on the aftermath of the fiasco and said, “I’m not sure where we stand.”