The Battle of the Pants

The biggest fashion debate among boys in the last couple of years at Center Grove High School is a matter of style: cargo shorts or flat fronts?

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Flat-Fronts

“I am a big fan of cargo shorts, all of the extra pockets help me carry all of the materials I need to attack a work day,” senior Jon Duncan said.

Even though cargo shorts have enough pockets for people to carry everything they need, some students think they are out of style.

“Cargo shorts are the aboveground pool of clothing, it disgusts me when people wear them,” senior Ross Williams said.  “Every student needs to change to flat fronts in order to be able to be cool and get [ladies].”

It is not scientifically proven that flat fronts cause you to get more women, but many students in the senior class seem confident that it does.

“Flat fronts have 1/10th the amount of pockets, but you will get 10 times the amount of chicks,” senior Ryan Stemle said.

Some students are taking this debate to new heights. A couple of passionate individuals have even burned shorts of the opposite side.

Senior Dustyn Evans has attended quite a few cargo bonfires.

Cargo Shorts

Cargo Shorts

“At a Cargo Embargo we will burn cargo shorts to be able to use them for heat to melt my s’mores because they are so out of style I will never wear them again,” Evans said.

As for girls stance on the fashion debate, many are surprised that guys are arguing about clothes.

“I am surprised that guys care so much, but I do think that flat fronts look much classier, and that guys should make the switch,” junior Emma Lemasters said.  

Not all girls seem to think that the shorts a guy wears matters as long as they treat them with respect.

Senior Lacey Siderewicz said, “I honestly can not tell a difference between the two, because all that matters is what [kind of person they are], and not what they wear.”  

As this debate rolls on it looks like flat fronts are winning the battle, more and more people are switching over from cargos, it will be interesting if cargos can stage a counter attack and win the war on boy’s style.

PassWhiz Pains

Pass Whiz    

The PassWhiz application is the new kid at school and I’m not quite comfortable with it yet.  While helpful, it can be obnoxious at times.  There is no worse feeling than remembering you need a pass for today and it is already past 7 a.m, which is the cutoff for pass submission.

PassWhiz is beyond useful, but it is still a hard change. No doubt, the new system is easier than trying to catch the attention of teachers at the unholy hours of the morning and being willing to risk their wrath in order to be in their class again later that day. It’s also harder to lose your iPad than a scrap of paper; but is it really worth the apprehension that comes with wondering if your teacher will see or even verify your pass if it is sent in late?

Some teachers do not even use the PassWhiz system, and the main office still sends you a paper pass if they need to talk to you.  There are currently two forms of the pass system at play and it makes it very difficult to adopt the new system if the old one is still available.

PassWhiz has both in app and user problems.  I have my doubts that it will last very long. It would be easier to accept the PassWhiz system if there were incentives to use it.  Paper passes are still an option for use, and because they still exist, people will use them because it is what they are used to.  If paper passes were eliminated, teachers would have no choice but to use them.  Students might also be more likely to use the PassWhiz app if it was available for free download on personal devices, such as phones and home computers.

Thankfully, Dean Jake Short was happy to answer the lingering questions I had about the PassWhiz app.  PassWhiz was not designed by Center Grove, but was designed by a high school student in Noblesville, which means our school has added incentive to keep PassWhiz even if the system is unsuccessful because it was paid for.  Short acknowledged that the application had problems at the beginning of the year.

“When students signed up for it, they signed up under Noblesville High School instead of Center Grove,” Short said.  “We have worked with the developer, and he has made Center Grove the top of the list.”

Why was it such a big problem anyway?  All that had to be done was a little reading and thinking to solve it.

As I suspected, the PassWhiz app keeps track of what time the pass starts and what time it ends, which is very big brother of the administration.  Short said that the time data is actually being recorded in a database.

“If a fire alarm is pulled, we will be able to identify students who were in the hallway at that point in time,” Short said.  “It will narrow it down to who was out there.”

Maybe with this tracker, they will finally catch all the guys who skip last period to get Taco Bell.

Despite skepticism and a lack of support by some individuals, the administration is confident that it will be used more often by everyone in the future.

“It’s new and change is hard, but as we move towards more common usage of it, kids will get used to it, teachers will get used it, then it will eventually become second nature,” Short said.

I like the new change, but it is still a change. The benefits to a digital pass system are many, but only time will tell if this new method sticks around for the year or not.