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BEVERLY HIG E Pressure to succeed dominates final exams By Traci Bank It is 3:15 in the morning as I walk to the twenty weeks students work hard to other extra-curricular courses. How do students find the time to do kitchen for another coffee break. I still achieve a desired grade, but this can all Stress is synonymous with high school, both? Answer: It can't always be done. have four chapters of Spanish, two units be changed with one test. Too much pyes- especially with managing a strenuous The problem now. is that when students of math, and let"-s not forget my English sure is placed on a single test, thus lead- load of AP, honors, and extra-curricular are presented with an option, like study paper. This is finals week. An even more ing students to not score their highest, classes. Do colleges expect us to be per- on a Friday night or volunteer at e hos, stressful time in students fives, especially How are students expected to do well on feet? Of course not. However, grades do pital, they aren't quite sure which' looks' when it makes the difference in semester a final when they are worried about what count for a majority, depending on the better in terms of a college transcript. So, grades, their final grade is going to be in the type of university, and SATs are also with finals, SATs, extracurricular, and not Final ex ,am_s, as a standard, count for class? Perhaps teachers aren't always important, but students are too, trying to to mention grades in my academic class- 20% of one s grade in a class. And then aware that students generally take five maintain a healthy balance between es, I better get back to studying. our teachers tell us not to worry. For academic classes, not to mention any school and outside activities. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 JJ ASB s ndlculous decision, An embarrassment to democracy By Sam Weiner Much has been said regarding the content of the cam- minutes, "Thank you, your time is up. Next candidate yet nothing was done, and, Shin was still "docked" 15% paign speeches made by prospective candidates for prospective positions in the BHHS Associated Student Body. However, the main issue at hand is the ASB elec- tion board's decision to "dock" percentages of votes earned by candidates. Using the reasoning that some punishment was needed for going over the allotted time during the school assembly, the election board, according to Highlights, decided to take away a reported 23%, 15%, and 3% of the votes from Hye Jin Jang, Simon Shin, and David Safani, respectively. Initially brought about by a complaint filed by presidential candidate Yoav Lurie, the deduction of votes is a crime to democracy, and contrary to any of the election board member's state- ments, neither fair nor objective in any sense of the word. To begin with, any ASB advisor or established author- ity could simply have said to the candidates after two please." I'm sure that if this, or any reasonable punish- ment had been given, that the candidates involved would have deemed it as fair. Yet rather than cut off the candi- dates, Jang, Shin, and Safani were allowed to continue with their speeches. This writer is not even arguing about the validity of the candidates involved, yet the actions by the election board set a terrible precedent for politics in general. The principles of democracy, in which every person may vote, hold that each vote counts equal. Yet in the case of this ASB election, voters for Hye Jin Jang basically found that their vote only counted for 77% of a full vote. What kind of message does this send to Beverly Hills' youth? Sure, you can vote for someone, but your vote does not really matter. In addition, what makes this case more unbelievable, is that candidates have gone over their time limit before, in the runoffelection. For the ASB election board to seize this amount of power is outrageous and is an embarrass- ment to any form of Democracy they wish to teach stu- dents of Beverly Hills High School. In the end, Simon Shin did win the election. Most important, however, is the damage to the young voters of Beverly Hills. If John Smith finds out that his vote is not as meaningful as Jane Smith for their ASB election, then what incentive does John have to vote again, when he reaches tl age of 187 Why should he, as many others would say, "Waste his time"? How can adults wonder why so few young people ever vote? Here's your answer America: The blatant disregard for democracy by the election board is definitely a major conuibutor. THE PRINCETON REVIEV PSAT . SAT ! . SAT H . ACT Better Scores, Better Schools (soo) z-agvw.w (310) 473-3423 www.revtew.com I II February 3-9, 2000 * 13