Summer Flings

As the summer approaches many talk of their major plans for the summer. One particular individual, who will remain unnamed, openly expresses her plans for the summer. These involve having a relationship with some kid from a neighboring city to the west. This particular individual happens to have set himself ablaze in a rather strange set of events. According to her, somehow his pants and legs became soaked with kerosene while preparing a fire. After staying too close to the fire for some time the kerosene soaked pants caught fire.

She has tried several times to arrange a date between herself and this individual but his friends won’t let them get together. This guy definitely sounds like a winner due to his past and the fact that his friends don’t think this girl should be with him. While someone else in my class attempts to convince her that she shouldn’t be with this loser, she explains that what she really wants is a summer fling. We all laughed at her for this remark. Naturally, this was a junior telling us this, and we are seniors.

Entering the end of our High School careers, most will be disbanding their current serious relationships as they head off to college. This is what happened last year with the majority of relationships, some decided to ride it out and achieved positive outcomes. What I don’t understand is why would someone openly admit that they are only looking for a summer fling instead of a healthy, long-term relationship? A fling seems very selfish in nature, while I’d assume most that prefer a fling tend to dread commitment, which may be the entire cause of troubles in their lives.

Fearing commitment probably steams from a lack of direction or the inability to make decisions. So this week go out, make decisions, plot courses of action and follow through with them.

-John Havlik

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School Districts Practice Protectionism

It happens all the time, the school district attempting to do the “right thing” to protect their students overstep the bill of rights in order to protect itself. Usually this is in the form of censorship via various, proxy based, content-filtering programs such as Websense. Other times the school will threaten students that they are not allowed to use their own computers, Internet connection, and web-space to criticize the school, or for certain other purposes. Minnesota law requires that schools protect their students from ‘undesirable’ content such as adult content, and gambling sites. Some schools decided that ‘undesirable’ content also applied to anything the administration didn’t like, including blogs, so they began using Websense.

Today an article made the Chicago Sun-Times about a 17 year-old who used Xanga to rant about his school district. One post contained vulgar language and displayed mild arrogance towards the school district. Once the administration caught wind of this student’s words they suspended him. He is now facing expulsion and is taking the school district to court for unjust suspension and to keep from being expelled. From the context of the article it is unclear how the school district could even be right in suspending the student for his blog entries. None-the-less, the student shouldn’t have used vulgar language while ranting about his school, and should have taken some precautions so that the school would be in to position to react to his comments. Catching wind that the school’s IT staff knew of my blog and had visited it; I created CribSense and began blocking them. This student should have done the same thing, but alas he was using Xanga, one of those less feature rich webspace providers.

Here is the link: Chicago Sun-Times

-John Havlik

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First AP Test of 2006

AP Calculus BC will occupy my morning tomorrow as I take the first of four AP tests that I paid to take. This year we supposedly receive a ‘rebate’ of 52 USD per a test since the state gave the district extra funding for those taking the AP test, bring the cost per a test down to about 40 USD, nothing like the 90s when they were free, but that was well before my high school career.

This time tomorrow I will be heading down I35 to the Palo Duro Jeeper’s Jamboree. I will return to the ugliest AP test on Monday evening, the Physics B test. Then I will be half way done with the most difficult two weeks of school left, finals won’t be as bad as this is. Don’t plan on receiving any responses to your comments from me until Monday, as I won’t have access to a computer.

-John Havlik

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