The student newspaper of, by, and for Ames High School.

The WEB

64°
The student newspaper of, by, and for Ames High School.

The WEB

The student newspaper of, by, and for Ames High School.

The WEB

Hallway Names

Hallway Names The plan for hallway names was a noble enterprise: to help freshmen find their classes more easily and efficiently. No longer will freshmen be told “it’s in the math hallway,” for this is now MIT hallway. The names will certainly be helpful for those who were never accustomed to the old system of specialized “wings” but for those who were accustomed to such wings, the hallways will be known by their previous designation: such as “the social studies hall”, even though these names no longer hold relevance. Upon venturing to band the first day, I glanced up at the name of the band hallway: Juilliard. At first I thought none of it and proceeded to stumble through “Raise Your Glass” and “Dynamite.” However, while returning to the band room, drenched in sweat and downright sick of today’s popular music, I found myself wondering: why do we have a Juilliard hallway? Certainly it provides an excellent morale boost for band students every day, but I doubt that many graduates have attended the school. Furthermore, the DMACC hallway is not even a hallway, but a network of hallways differentiated by the letters A, B, and C. Obviously, DMACC is overrepresented. Why not name each individual hallway after an individual college? If we’re not going to name each individual hallway, no matter how under traveled, after a college, why not just name every hallway in the school Iowa State A, B, etc? Why not name hallways the phonetic equivalent of differing onomatopoeia? Because, we are naming each hallway after a different university or college, representative of where Ames High graduates most commonly attend. Unless it’s Juilliard hallway. Or the DMACC network. There are two ways the hallway names could have gone: the hallways could have been named after the loftiest aspirations of Ames High graduates, schools such as Princeton and Harvard, or the hallways could have been named after the most commonly occurring schools graduates attend, such as ISU and U of I. However, the strange mixture, along with the multiple DMACC hallways, leaves me confused. I crave consistency. I strive for structure. I need hallway names that appeal to the most basic human nature: creating order out of chaos.

Story continues below advertisement
Leave a Comment
Donate to The WEB
$300
$450
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of Ames High School, and Iowa needs student journalists. Your contribution will allow us to cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The WEB
$300
$450
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

The WEB staff encourages you to exercise your First Amendment rights in this public forum. To comment, click on the "logged in" link below. Then click on the Google icon and sign in using your Google school account.

Do not post comments that are obscene or libelous. Refrain from writing comments that use copyrighted materials or that involve personal attacks, insults or threats. And please relate all comments to the story.
All The WEB Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.