Cellular devices have become a big topic conversation over the past several years. According to a 2017 study study done by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of teens ages 13-17 worry that they use their phones too much. You’ve seen them, walking around campus with their heads down, staring into their screens. Maybe you’re one of them. The fact is, there are students across the country and at BL who are addicted to their phones and can never put them down. In response, the upper school implemented a new policy at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year: every teacher has phone pouches in their room and students have to store their phones there during class.
Walking through the hallways at Boys’ Latin, it is hard to miss the debates about fantasy football each week. According to nfl.com, fantasy football first started in the United States in 1962 when the Oakland Raiders part owner Wilfred “Bill the Gill” Winkenbach developed a system of organization and a rulebook for an eight man fantasy football league. Since then, fantasy football spread across the country. Fantasy football drafts have changed the way people watch the sport, and it has sparked weekly conversations among fans.
On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked in the worst terrorist attack on American soil ever. 3,000 people lost their lives on that day. Every year for the past 17 years, BL has recognized 9/11, known now as Patriot Day, with some type of assembly. Every year the assembly has had a different theme. The theme for this year’s Patriot Day assembly was service, and it was coordinated by Upper School Librarian Mrs. Ricci.
Get ready BL—Fall movies are here and I’m prepared to talk shop! From White Boy Rick to the reimagining of Robin Hood, fall of 2018 has a movie for everyone.
Last month Nike teamed up with Colin Kaepernick to make a 30th anniversary commercial that would air on the NFL’s opening night, September 6. Kaepernick made national headlines in 2016 when he started protesting police brutality against the black community by kneeling during the National Anthem. His actions sparked a national debate about the proper way to respect the flag, a discussion that has been reignited by Nike’s latest commercial, which was presented to be inspirational to young people, motivating them be the best person they can be.