Category Archives: Opinion

Opinion Column: Supporting the Dress Code

By Staff Writer
Glenda Beshear

It’s almost time for summer clothing, except for the students at Tulsa Public Schools. Students must abide by a dress code; if they fail to do so they must face the consequences. The consequence for disobeying the dress code could be as simple as being sent home to change, or it could be something more serious like being sent to TRAICE, Webster’s in-house suspension program, or suspended.

According to the Tulsa Public Schools’ Web site, the district dress code policy includes the following guidelines: skirts, shorts and dresses must be “of modest length defined as a maximum of six inches above the knee of the wearer or not above the fingertip of the wearer with the arm fully extended, whichever is longer.” This policy also states that if your two fingers can fully cover the straps of a shirt or dress, then the strap is too skinny to meet dress code.

Michael Crase, assistant principal at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School, said, “I don’t think it’s too much to ask of the kids to dress in a certain way that is appropriate.” I agree with him on this, it really isn’t too much to ask of students to dress in a modest way.

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Opinion Column: Dress Code Causes Controversy

Tayler Carson, a 17-year-old junior, demonstrates the “two-finger” rule for the width of tank top straps.

By Skylar Coffman

 With warm weather here, tank tops, flip flops and shorts will be big issues for the teachers at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School. However, is it really that big of a deal? Do teachers need to be wasting their time at school making sure that all the students at Webster are “up to code”?

Throughout the year, footwear hasn’t been a big issue, but now with the weather students are more likely to wear flip-flops. The rules say no open-toed shoes with any back.  Webster Principal Jim Rector said if a sandal has a back, then it meets dress code.

Really, I don’t understand what the big deal is about the kind of shoe one wears. If your toes get stepped on, it’s your own fault.

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Prom Tickets Too Much? I Disagree

Liz Flesher
Staff Writer

I don’t believe that students will be paying too much for Prom tickets; think about all the fun stuff that’ll be at Prom, like the food and decorations.

Stephanie Short, last year’s senior sponsor at Webster, told the Webster Weekly in December, “The Prom expenses are: building rental, $360; food/decoration, $1725 (this included centerpieces, linen table cloths, napkins, food, drink, and display table for crowns); D.J., $600; and senior keepsakes (invitation, key chains, frames, king/queen),$475. The total cost was $3,310.”

If the senior class were to sell the tickets at $40, which is the price they started at, it would take at least 84 people to buy tickets in order to reach the $3,310 total, which was the expenses total from last year. However, from April 4 through April 29 the tickets will go up to $45, and they’ll go up to $50 from May 2 through May 13. Therefore it will take even less people to buy tickets to equal the cost of last year’s Prom.

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Prom Way Too Much?

By Carlton Gordon
Staff Writer

I think Prom tickets are too expensive. Prom tickets started at $40 and will keep going up by $5 until May 5, when the tickets will be a total of $50. I believe that if the Prom tickets stayed at a lower price that more students would be able to go to the Prom.

Tickets should be at most around $45 because it would help those people who haven’t yet gotten a date still afford a ticket and it would help those people who are having money trouble and can’t afford $50 per person.

I come from a school in Connecticut and we had fundraisers throughout the school which went to the senior and junior Proms to take some money out for renting the building and food and even the D.J. for the Prom. When I was up in Connecticut, it seemed like we were having a fundraiser every other month or so. I think if we started doing fundraisers as freshmen, then the ticket price for Prom could be lower.

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Opinion Column: Animal Abuse

The City of Tulsa Animal Shelter helps abused pets.

By Liz Flesher
Staff Writer

There is a big problem with animal cruelty these days; people enjoy hurting these innocent and loving creatures. Most people grow out of it, but the ones who don’t are most likely to develop a long-term and violent criminal behavior. If you don’t believe me here are some statistics from the American HumaneAssocation:

Out of all the pet-owning women that enter women’s shelters, 71 percent report that the one that battered them had hurt or threatened to hurt their animal to have control over them: also, 32 percent said their children hurt or killed animals.

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Opinion Column: Healthy or Not?

Victor Hernandez grabbing a healthy choice from the vending machine

 By Glenda Beshear
Staff Writer

High school students are faced with the choices of healthy and unhealthy foods every day. Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School has 13 vending machines. There are five in studio A, seven in studio B. The vending machines now have “healthy products.” The vending machines have these new stickers that stand for “low fat.” However, some of those “healthy products” don’t seem that healthy.

Skittles are in this list of healthy foods. I don’t think Skittles are very healthy because Skittles contain titanium dioxide. It’s the eighth ingredient on the ingredient list. Titanium dioxide is a chemical compound used for its white pigment. It is commonly found in whitening toothpastes, sun block and cosmetics. According to the Web site, titanium dioxide is used for food coloring and has been classified as possibly “carcinogenic to humans.” “Carcinogenic” means “can cause cancer.” So why would we want to eat possible cancer triggers?

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What I Learned at the College and Career Fair

Webster students visited with representatives from universities and businesses at the College and Career Fair.

By Lhoedia Mack
Staff Writer

On Wednesday, March 23 at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School had a College and Career Fair in the old gym from 9:00 to 12:05. There were a lot of colleges at the school, and almost every student went to it at least once. Some went up to three times.

Some of the students said they thought it was boring after they went again and again, but some said they thought it was fun. Some teachers went just to watch their students. Some of the teachers had fun at the college fair.

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