Remake of classic novel causing controversy: Op-Ed

Lauren Edelin

In 1954, William Golding wrote a novel, titled “Lord of the Flies”, following the adventures of a group of boys who were stranded on an uninhabited island. Continue reading “Remake of classic novel causing controversy: Op-Ed”


Staff Editorial

Georgia Geen

Yes, graduation is a serious event,
latent with tradition. The monotony
of identical gowns is professional and
the ceremony has little room for jokes
or light-heartedness. But the central
focus of graduation, the senior class,
is being somewhat neglected; HHS seniors
should have the right to decorate
their graduation caps.
Walking across the stage and receiving
a diploma is the capstone of a
senior’s high school experience. While
faculty sit through the event each year,
students only feel the pressure of sitting
in the folding chairs of the Siegel
Center, wearing a blue or green graduation
gown, surrounded by family one
time. The appearance of the top of a
student’s graduation might seem trivial,
but to many students, the possibility
of decorating a cap gives the option to
symbolically carry much of their high
school experience with them at graduation.
Some fear that allowing seniors to
decorate the caps might result in an
overall tacky appearance of the event,
but this statement is highly subjective.
Plus, since the event is supposed
to revolve around the senior class,
shouldn’t their feedback and requests
be honored?
Groups of friends likely want to
coordinate decorations to honor their
companionship and spending an afternoon
customizing such an important
symbol of high school gives students
the opportunity to reflect on their time
at HHS in a way that can’t be easily
recreated. Students could more proudly
walk across the stage, reminded of
their accomplishments of high school
if they were permitted to customize
graduation caps.
Inappropriate messages are a topic
of concern, but caps are already
checked before the event. Telling a
student who abuses the privilege to
remove his or her cap before the ceremony
is a simple action. In addition,
the entire senior class shouldn’t be restricted
based on the immaturity of a
few individuals.
Two other Hanover County schools,
Lee-Davis High School and Atlee High
School, allow seniors to decorate their
caps for graduation, and HHS should
follow suit. If both of those schools
have been able to continue the practice
without notable incident, HHS is
no different.
Administrators should heed the
words of a petition started by HHS
senior Valerie Mitchell, reiterating
many of the opinions of the senior
class in regards to the prohibition of
graduation cap decoration. And all students
should sign the petition, including
those who aren’t seniors in order to
establish a tradition that can continue
on for years to come.
It’s obvious that offensive or inappropriate
images or language should
be omitted from decorations and administrators
have every right to monitor
what students include on the caps.
Monitoring them is a safe compromise
to maintain the appropriateness necessary
for such a formal event while also
allowing students to express themselves.
Mandating that all decorations
need to be completed by the June 9
graduation practice is another method
to ensure appropriateness. This gives
students adequate time to make any
necessary changes.
3/3 managing staff agree

Staff Editorial

Chandler Foster

Obama’s plan to
introduce a new executive order is
a clear example of executive overreach.
This proposal has some serious issues
that even a gun-control advocate should
be wary of. The website
clearly states that “Quantity and
frequency of sales are relevant
indicators. There is no specific
threshold number of firearms purchased
or sold that triggers the licensure
requirement. But it is important to
note that even a few transactions,
when combined with other evidence,
can be sufficient to establish that
a person is engaged in the business. For
example, courts have upheld convictions
for dealing without a license when as
few as two firearms were sold or when
only one or two transactions took place,
when other factors also were present.”
I have a problem with this because
it means that almost anyone who
wants to sell a weapon can have that
right stripped from them at the dis-
cretion of the ATF. There isn’t a safe/
not safe list of acts. So what does it
take to lose your right to trade weap-
ons? Ties to religious extremism? Fair
enough. What about expressing per-
sonal problems with a protest or dem-
onstration in your hometown? Is that
a threat? Who gets to decide that?
There needs to be a line.
Of course, that’s ignoring the fact
that the 2nd Amendment isn’t about
hobby hunting and business deals. It’s
about defending ourselves and keep-
ing a check against a tyrannical gov-
ernment. Funny that they should be
the ones who want to put more lim-
its on that right. Sure, some people
are against gun ownership. So they
shouldn’t buy guns.
People should stop asking the
government to take more power and
instead vote with their actions. Com-
munity doesn’t want a new local
gun store? Don’t shop there. Afraid
of high gun-ownership rates in your
neighborhood? Move.
Any penalty with “no specif-
ic threshold” is a power grab and
shouldn’t be trusted, whether it be in
regards to firearms, farming, driving
a car, or the food you eat. When you
are talking about limiting someone’s
rights, there needs to be a very strict
and rigid set of criteria that must first
be met. The precedent which this or-
der would set suggests an ominous fu-
ture of a Federal Government which
can investigate and deem dangerous,
nearly any citizen for any reason.
Despite violent sprees, stripping
select citizens of their right to trade
weapons for unspecified criteria dis-
regards not only a person’s right to
defense, but also their basic economic

2/3 Managing Staff agree

Staff Editorial

According to the National
Education Association, the average
starting salary for teachers in
Virginia is $37,848 annually. Of
course this number doesn’t factor
in raises and potential promotions,
but it does reflect the incredibly
low pay that American
teachers receive.
Unlike many low paying careers,
teachers require at least a 4
year college degree, and many go
even further by pursuing graduate
It would seem that this amount
of schooling and effort would pay
off in the long term with a higher
salary, but as the average starting
salary shows, this is not true.
Many careers that don’t require
any college education provide
comparable salaries, such as
electrician and mechanic, with
electricians making a mean salary
of $53,560 as of 2013, according
to US News. And this comparison
isn’t to knock blue collared
workers, but to emphasize the
surprising salary similarities between
two jobs with vastly different
education requirements.
The gap in education requirement
and starting salary isn’t the
only problem with teachers’ low
pay. A teacher’s job is to educate
children so that they will be able
to enter the world with as many
skills as possible so that one day
they will be able to make a difference
in the world.
In this way, teachers are responsible
for molding future
generations, and thus shaping
the future of the world. With
this being said, how does it make
sense for teachers to be paid
poorly? It doesn’t.
With teaching salaries being as
low as they are, some individuals
might not want to become teachers.
Thus people that could have
been used to educate future generations
are employed by companies
that will be able to pay them
considerably well for their work.
Instead of focusing on improving
the quality of education
through teacher workshops and
benchmark requirements, it may
be smarter to take a step back
and look at the lower desirability
of the teacher occupation due to
low pay.
Of course there are still plenty
of teachers in the US, making
the job field competetive, but by
making teaching more appealing
by raising salaries, becoming a
teacher suddenly becomes even
more of a competitive career
path. And with competition inevitably
comes a higher quality.
One common goal of most
countries is to better educate the
future generations, and the only
way to achieve this is by bettering
teachers and by making
people want to pursue this career
The education career path
should be highly desirable, because
of salary and because of
work environment.
It shouldn’t be difficult to hire
teachers; teachers should be in
competition for such a great job.
Competition created through
higher salaries is the only way
to ensure that more people will
want to become teachers.
4/4 managing editors agree

Staff Editorial

Many times when people read
novels written years ago, with
blatant racism and sexism staring
back at them from the pages,
they grow increasingly uncomfortable.
When they see the derogatory
phrases or read a passage about
a woman being hit by her husband,
the first instinct is to set
the book down. As members of
a coddled society, average high
school readers, especially those
still under the influence of their
parents, often find it difficult to
read novels that contain controversial
subject matter.
However, authors of these
novels, such as “Their Eyes
Were Watching God” or “To
Kill a Mockingbird,” include
these themes of racism, sexism,
domestic violence and the occasional
mention of intercourse
for a reason, not to be scandalous,
but to educate youth
on topics that are all too often
glossed over.
When students aren’t taught
about rape and domestic violence,
they are left oblivious
when thrown out into the “real
world.” Students are pushed to
make decisions regarding their
futures, such as higher education
and possible career choices,
but they aren’t expected to deal
with other legitimate problems
of this Earth.
Parents fear for the growth
of their children, they fear losing
the image of their innocent
toddlers to the realities of this
world. They see them grow as
humans, and they fear the reality
of their children growing
without them. So, they fight the
education of their children, they
write letters and they call teachers
and they demand change.
They don’t want their children
reading books with a man hitting
a woman, even though they
turn their backs when a football
player hits his wife. And they
especially don’t want their children
reading books that threaten
to enlighten their minds and
thus develop from the conventional
way of viewing life.
As students who have always
enjoyed learning and reading,
and being a part of a country
where “freedom” is placed on
a pedestal, it’s incredibly disheartening
that novels such as
“Their Eyes Were Watching
God “and “To Kill a Mockingbird”
could become irrelevant
in classrooms across the nation.
Luckily, in counties such as
Hanover, there are some board
officials rooting for freedom in
the classroom. However, this
isn’t a luxury that other schools
in America have.
So, we have to ask ourselves,
what will the children of the future
read if there are no books
left on the bookshelves of their
school libraries? What’s next?
Are schools going to demand
students bring their rock and
roll CDs to the parking lot to
burn? This is no longer a nation
of freedom, but rather a nation
of selective freedom, freedom
that has to be reviewed before
a board of “professionals” before
it is even approved.


Hanover’s special education courses allow students to have one-on-one time with teachers in a normal classroom setting. Danielle White

The structure of high school poses
a significantly different set of challenges
for children with autism.
Understanding the complete capacities
of autistic children, weaknesses
and strengths, is essential for
helping them to have a successful
start of their adult lives.
Pam Lewis, one of Hanover’s special
education teachers, understands
the capabilities of her autistic students
and has developed a system in
her classroom to inculcate real-word
decision making into them. The system
revolves around a faux economy,
complete with paper money and a
store where the students can spend
their acquired cash.
Lewis hopes that the new system
will provide her students with the
responsibility and rational thinking
skills needed post-high school.
Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy
organization, has conducted
research at the University of North
Carolina to develop strategies for
teaching students with autism; these
strategies even match the standards of
the rapidly growing Common Core.
Lead author Dr. Veronica Fleury
stated, “College enrollment of people
with autism is among the lowest [35
percent] for all categories of disabilities,
in addition, less than 40 percent
of the population with autism is employed—
and most of those with jobs
only work part-time, without benefits.”
This 35 percent statistic is staggering
compared to 65.9 percent statistic
of other students in America who
attended college after graduating in
2013, as reported by the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics. To students
and teachers, the number of autistic
young adults represented in the college
and employment scene should be
Why are autistic students held
down by such strict social stigmas
that prevent them from higher education
and employment?
While autism can cause significant
learning difficulties, such as developing
behavioral issues due to lack
of communication, all students exiting
high school should be offered the
same opportunities regardless of preexisting
This is why systems such as the
ones Lewis has created are absolutely
essential in special education classrooms.
They provide an educational
as well as a practical lesson for the
children to learn, ensuring their success
in whatever path they choose,
whether it be higher education or employment.
Autism doesn’t fit into one box;
there are layers and layers that teachers
must discover to be able to form a
properly functioning classroom.
With the creative minds of those
similar to Lewis, autistic people are
able to look to the future with security
and happiness. If more people were to
take the time to fully understand autisim,
and strive to help students with
it, more autistic students would have
this hope and opportunity.
4/4 managing editors agree

Staff Editorial

For many, a Sadie Hawkins
dance is perfect way for a gal to
ask her favorite guy to an evening
of dancing and merriment. But
is Sadie Hawkins really all it’s
cracked up to be?
Since the dawn of time guys
have always asked the girls.
Whether it was in a cute or creative
fashion or not, the males have always
worn the pants in this situation.
But it seems newfound courage
for girls spread like wildfire in
the 21st century and subsequently
backfired on Sadie Hawkins.
Girls will ask guys indiscriminately
no matter the event nowadays.
Prom-posals have been exceptionally
popular with the ladies.
With prom being the biggest dance
of the year, some girls would rather
ask the guy out of fear of not
being asked at all.
Despite the possibility of bitter
rejection, the temptation of acceptance
has caused girls to grow
much bolder. The idea of girls asking
guys has become normal. So,
this begs the question: Has Sadie
Hawkins lost its luster?
Some would say no, Sadie
Hawkins is a special dance apart
from homecoming and prom. But
is it really special? Sadie Hawkins
dances are usually, if not always,
downplayed events. It will not be
a surprise to see guys and girls in
casual attire (jeans, button-down
shirts, casual dresses and cowboy
Therefore, it leads to the question
as to whether the fruits of a
girl’s labor to creatively ask a boy
are really worth an evening of
square dancing at a good, old fashioned
hoedown. What it all boils
down to is personal preference;
Sadie Hawkins dances aren’t for
As if the idea of girls asking
guys was not enough, girls have
also been increasingly creative in
the manner by which they ask.
This has led guys to seriously
step up their asking game for other
events. Generally, despite gender,
the more tacky or imaginative the
invitation, the less likely the askee
is able to reject the asker.
Girls (and boys) tend to take
a liking to this characteristic because
it drastically decreases the
odds of denial. The ask-ee, completely
guilt-ridden by the thought
of saying no to such a unique way
of asking, would likely say yes and
accept the invitation. Likewise,
this can happen to either gender.
However, it has resulted in an
unspoken battle of imagination, or,
for unimaginative folks, a contest
to see who can steal the most creative
way to ask from Pinterest.
Either way, the thrill of being
asked could be enough to entice
a person into going to a Sadie
Hawkins dance, especially if the
person asking is a crush.
There is no denying that a Sadie
Hawkins dance is a fairly new
concept to the students of Hanover.
No class (freshman, sophomores,
juniors or seniors) has yet to experience
such an event.
To seniors, this is likely a onetime
deal, so why not go? Ladies,
scour the internet and put on your
thinking caps; the time has come
for you to claim your date.

Staff Editorial

Charity. Volunteerism.
Community outreach. Lending
a helping hand. Whatever you
elect to say, it is a safe bet that
everyone has participated in
some form of service through
donation at least once in his
or her life, though as the
holiday season rolls in, one
may begin to question the
motives behind this generosity.
“‘Tis the season to give!”
reads the sign beside the Salvation
Army bucket as you drop in a
few dollars on your way into the local
grocery store. For a brief moment,
a warming sensation of gratification
spreads throughout your nervous system.
You feel good about yourself and
your miniature achievement in making
the world a better place.
Although this is just one example
of serving, the feeling of altruism
seems to apply to all forms, and it
could possibly be the key to explaining
why people engage in such activities
that do not have a direct and immediate
In a national survey conducted by
the Association for Psychological Science,
respondents reported that one of
the major reasons they choose to volunteer
is the feeling of growth and development
that they experience. Other
reasons include seeking to learn more
about the world, gaining career-related
experience and using volunteering to
reduce negative feelings or to address
personal problems.
The findings seem to suggest that
altruism is merely egoism in disguise.
Or in other words, service activities
are motivated by our own self-interest
rather than intrinsic concern for the
needs and wishes of others. Although
one receives no physical compensation
for donations or voluntary involvement,
he or she is repaid through
emotional stimulation. However, every
human action is pursued in order
to appease a certain emotion, need or
inclination. So, if altruism is psychologically
impossible, volunteers certainly
should not feel shame for lack
Tangential to the issue, many clubs
and organizations require their
members to complete a set number
of service hours each year.
For instance, Beta Honor Society
requires students to complete a
minimum of 15 community service
hours and National Honor
Society requires the same. So,
if the service being done is a
requirement, are students really
getting involved out of the
goodness of their hearts or to
merely receive credit for being
in a club?
Is this so-called “service” selfless
or self-serving? A mixture of both?
Whatever the case, participating in
such a cause results in some sort of
reform, whether it be more money going
towards goods for those who have
very little, or homeless people receiving
sandwiches due to tireless hours
put in by volunteers. The US Department
of Housing and Urban Development
estimates that approximately
610,042 people in the US are homeless
on any given night, 35 percent
living in unsheltered locations, and
these numbers will only grow without
the help of dedicated individuals.
So, as one passes by the Salvation
Army bucket at his or her local
Walmart or signs up for a volunteer
opportunity for a club or organization,
do not fret or delve into underlying
motives, give so that those who have
little may receive

Thinking of
November usually
conjures up nostalgic
images of Thanksgiving
feasts and Black
Friday mobs. But recently,
thoughts of facial hair have
floated into the mix of November associations.
Walking along the streets,
one will quickly notice the increase in
bearded and mustached men. But this
flux of facial hair is not simply due to
the colder weather, nor is it a coincidence.
Instead, it is in celebration of
No Shave November.
The idea for No Shave November
has only become a fad in the past few
years, but, in the opinion of The Hawk
Eye, it is already losing its meaning.
The official website of the non-profit
organization, declares
that their mission is “to grow cancer
awareness and supportive funds, which
go towards preventing the disease, saving
lives, funding research, educating
and aiding those fighting the battle.”
All of which is accomplished by abstaining
from shaving for the month of November.
More specifically, No Shave November
is supposed to raise awareness
for testicular and prostate cancer and
is intended to operate much like October
does as Breast Cancer Awareness
Month. The American Cancer Society has
found that, in 2013
alone, there were
8,820 cases of testicular cancer.
However, the excitement of excessive
facial hair often overshadows this mission
to raise awareness, and participants
forget that they are not shaving
for a cause. reasons the money
saved from not buying materials like
razors and shaving cream is intended to
be donated to cancer research and patients.
Despite this noble cause, many
participants don’t end up helping cancer
patients at all. Rather, they end up
going without shaving simply to get attention
or as a bonding experience.
The mission of No Shave November
doesn’t only get eclipsed by the fun of
growing facial hair, but also by a new
controversy rising: whether women can
participate or not. This has become a
feministic debate dealing with whether
women have the right to abstain from
shaving just like men.
It seems that No Shave November
would allow anyone to participate,
since its purpose is to raise money and
awareness for cancer. But some men
and women regard unshaved women
as “gross” or the fact that they are not
shaving as unnecessary.
Women who have
heard these comments
have retaliated in a
surprisingly efficient way: by actively
participating in No Shave November.
It is sexist to say that girls are not allowed
to participate in something that
boys can, simply because of the stigma
associated with women not shaving. If
men have the right, so should women.
But what is being overshadowed by
this feministic fight is the original altruistic
purpose of No Shave November:
to raise awareness of testicular and
prostate cancer.
No Shave November should be the
equivalent to Breast Cancer Awareness
Month, in which everyone participates
for a common cause without argument.
By debating about who has to
shave and who doesn’t, neither group
is paying attention to the reason this all
Participants should be focusing on
raising awareness and donations in every
way possible. By not allowing people
to take part in No Shave November,
participation decreases and ultimately
fewer lives can be saved.
4/4 managing editors agree

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