There are many pressing issues in the world, and Homecoming traditions at school are undoubtedly not among them. This is why we, as a Record board, were somewhat bewildered by the outrage provoked by our opinions section this week.
Over the years, there has been a fair amount of debate and controversy surrounding the tradition of football players choosing a girl to wear their jersey the Friday before Homecoming. We hope that every week our opinions pieces provoke discussion by providing a fair and balanced forum for members of the school community to express their opinions. This week, we wanted to revisit this debate with a fresh perspective by providing both pro and con opinions on the jersey-giving tradition.
Given that many students never read the paper’s opinions pieces, let alone know their contents before the paper is published, it has been an unusual week with regards to the football team. Rumours abound that the football team is now boycotting The Record, i.e. refusing to speak to us. First one football player withdrew an opinions piece he had been planning to write, and then the football team reportedly pressured our con writer for the piece to withdraw, even resorting to purported bribery with… you guessed it! A football jersey.
It turns out, the best news all week was the news we created. This puerile behavior has been truly amusing. Equally absurd is that students at such an infamously liberal school as Horace Mann have seemingly attempted to restrict the free speech of their compatriots. We look forward to future press night entertainment such as this.
With regards to the board’s majority opinion on the matter, we’re not for ending the tradition of jersey-giving, just updating it for the modern age. Why does giving jerseys have to be restricted to the football team in a heteronormative context? We believe the ideal solution is that all teams have the opportunity to give jerseys, both to boys and girls. Perhaps in the future we could avoid plots and pacts, opting instead for an open discussion.