The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Lanyards

A new look has swept through the halls of Helias High School over the past weeks. This fashion trend is one that has been looked upon with both optimistic open-mindedness, and pessimistic displeasure. The trend being referred to here is the administration mandated lanyards. These yellow strings have been viewed by many of Helias’s population as a symbol of oppression and the control of the powers at be. Others view it as a necessity, helping to expedite the everyday processes carried out throughout the school. The Crusader Raid recently interviewed some members of the student and faculty to see what the overall consensus was about the institution of the lanyard policy.
The first group to give their opinion on the lanyards were the students who wear them. Cole Elliot Donaldson, a junior, voiced his displeasure with the adoption of the rule saying, “I think it causes a choking hazard in some situations. Plus they are easy to lose and could end up being a pricey shoelace around my neck.”
The issue of fines that come with the lanyards was one brought up by more than one student. With the general consensus of the dress code beinf that it is long enough as is, the lanyards are viewed as just another fine waiting to happen. In the words of junior Trent Ludwig, “I don’t, and I don’t think anyone else, actually likes wearing the lanyards or paying a five dollar fine for forgetting an easily forgettable accessory. These things are not fashionable in the least sense of the word. There is also a sense of oppression with wearing an identification badge.” Lugwig’s argument raises another point. With the adoption of the lanyard policy many feel as though the school is trying to somehow take away our individuality. Ludwig goes on to say, “This policy seems like a completely random rule addition. I can’t really see why the rule was added. It seems like a new rule for the sake of having a new rule.” A few questions arise from this valid argument, what are the real benefits of wearing lanyards, and why do we need them? To answer these, the Raid went straight to the source of the rule itself: the administration.
When speaking to the administration, a few key points were brough up. First of all, the lanyards were adopted by the stipulation that they would be a part of Helias on a trial basis. The effectiveness of the policy will be evaluated at the end of the semester and at that point a decision will be made as to whether or not to keep them. “Well, it was brought up at a faculty meeting this summer, and we didn’t want to have a situation where in the future we looked back and said, ‘I wish we would have adopted the lanyards,'” said Father Stephen Jones. “We wanted to try them, because you never know if something will work or not without first trying it.” The pushback from the students is also well understood. “With anything new, there will be some negative feedback, but I want everyone to know that with this new rule, we aren’t trying to shove something down the throats of the students, it’s honestly just a test to see how things work.”
So for all concerned students out there, who are worried about having to continue wearing the lanyards take solace in the fact that they may be on the outs soon. However, as a student population, we cannot completely discount the benefits of the lanyards. They do undeniably make the lunch line just a little faster, and while the fines viewed by many to be rediculous, many of the times it’s just a warning. The lanyards may not be good, but they are not the bane of the existence of the modern Helias student, and as much as some would like to think it won’t, the world will continue, lanyards or not.

The Crusader Raid, Vol. 6, Num. 1.
The “Home” coming for the Holidays Issue
October 2013
Will Blankenship

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