March 2, 2016
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As an incoming freshman, you probably did not know about the proper seating assignments during lunch time. By the time you are a senior, you are the one enforcing those assignments. Is the senior section a real thing? What happens if a sophomore decides to eat in the junior section?
The Falcon Voice asked multiple seniors, who have been through all four years of seating assignments, their opinions about the different grade sections in the cafeteria.
Marissa Hernandez says, “I think it’s appropriate to have different sections because the seniors deserve to have their own space, and not be with the freshmen. They’ve worked for it, they’ve been here for four years and freshmen have only started here.”
“I feel like the seniors are okay by themselves, but everyone else should be able to sit anywhere, it’s not that big a deal.” says Kathryn Lucio.
JJ Hatcher says, “It’s intimidating for a lot of the freshmen… A lot of the freshmen tell me they feel they can’t sit in the cafeteria upstairs, because it’s only for seniors.”
Should security enforce the sections? After asking the same students who spoke on the “Senior Section” earlier, most didn’t feel that security needed to enforce anything regarding where students sit.
Michael Hall, second-year security guard at Catalina Foothills High School speaks on this lunch culture as well. “Usually what I do, is ask for student ID, as their grade is put on their ID and that’s how I keep track of it. I do enforce it, but lightly because most of the kids know where they’re supposed to sit, so it’s not been a real problem.”
Whether or not this system is unfair, it’s one that has been in place for many years, and will likely be around for many more.