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    Tuesday
    Nov072017

    Too tight for comfort, too stiff to change

    BY: ANDREW SHODELL '19

    PTS Falconer Staff

    Cartoon illustration by Ema Capilla '19.

     

    The approach to uniform policy resembles scientists in the hand sanitizer industry, attempting to maximize the destruction of harmful germs with minimal effect on the positive ones. Neither the manufacturers of policy nor sanitizer are currently successful.

    Reflecting the common-sense idea of striving for a net-positive, the use of a hand sanitizer that kills more helpful germs than damaging germs is implausible. Similarly, rules should mainly reprimand rule-breakers, rather than impede rule-followers. Uniform policy, a quintessential example of rules serving to hold back the majority, is imposed on all for a rule broken by few. Curbing academic students’ comfort, the lack of ease induced by school uniform shorts branded with the school logo -- meant to be tight enough to reveal phones in pockets -- is restraining the rule-following majority of students. The unfeasible notion that more than 50% of students are breaking this rule is disproved by the fact that there are not 325 phones confiscated per day, or 325 students in the upstairs library serving detention daily. Even if a majority of the school was breaking the phone rule, then the shortage of people getting caught is proof in itself that these 100% cotton, leg-prisons are serving no positive purpose. According to the statistics and applied logic, Palmer Trinity’s benevolent germs are being obstructed at freakishly higher rates than the opposite.

    Posited by 18th century French Enlightenment philosopher, writer, and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “[People are] born free, and everywhere [they are] in chains.” To paraphrase, positive traits inherent after birth, such as academic excellence or aptitude to comprehend information, are hindered by the enforcement of net-negative rules, confining the majority. Others may opt for the opposing opinion of 17th century English philosopher and champion of despotism, Thomas Hobbes, who says, “The life of [people] in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Supporting the idea that humans are born with a tendency to break rules, Hobbes’ theory -- reflective of school uniform policy -- is merely applicable in an environment with a majority of rule breakers. As stated previously, the fact that there are fewer than 325 phones in the office daily proves that either a majority of Palmer Trinity students are, astonishingly, following the rules, or on the contrary are just not getting caught. Regardless, this shows the fallacies in forcing students to wear the current, uncomfortable school uniform shorts.

    Our intended policy is obviously not working: forcing students to wear the logo on their shorts is cost-prohibitive to the students who need to buy these expensive shorts; this is causing non-requisite discomfort to much of the student body; the current model, statistically, is not even working. An alternative to current rules would perhaps be requiring students to wear the uncomfortable shorts with an emblem only if they have been caught twice with a phone in their pocket. With this rule, the uniform policy would reprimand bad germs while allowing rule-followers to flourish in better khakis without the logo.

    Maybe it would also help our student body feel less negative about strictness, rigidity, and uniformity. Maybe more students would graduate appreciating not only the great education we received, but also the trust and faith in us as people. Maybe more students would graduate happy, not just grateful. Imagine the potential effect of future giving.

    With the school’s emphasis on honesty, integrity, and respect, Palmer Trinity is surely not a Hobbesian chaos; the incarceration of students’ potential can easily be avoided in such an environment. As an innovative school with a dynamic approach to the handbook, we can be the scientists on the brink of discovering a sanitizer fit solely for eliminating negative germs in a primarily healthy student body.

     

    Friday
    Oct202017

    I Never Had a Quinces- A Narrative

     

    BY: SOPHIA BAKER '19

    PTS Falconer Staff Member

     

     I’d never been one for attention.

    I don’t think of it as virtue so much an inconvenience, because, you see, I’m Mexican,and that’s not how I’m supposed to be. Hear me
    out; I’m not about to stereotype an entire country (I hate people who do that), however, my family, is indeed, a very stereotypical Mexican family.

    I have lots of cousins, sons and daughters of crazy tias and tios. All of them do enjoy eating tacos de canasta, tamales, and posole, and yes, they wear sombreros during our Independence Day celebration, which is not on May fifth, by the way.
    Parties are regular occasions, and if not, then we’re having a big get-together, even though money could’ve been better spent elsewhere.

    I remember hating it.

    Who wants to listen to Daddy Yankee, Enrique Iglesias, and old school Shakira every two Saturdays? Who wants to deal with your mom saying ‘Saluda!’ nagging you to kiss and hug hello everyone in the vicinity?

    It truly was an inconvenience.

    And then we moved here and we couldn’t do that anymore.

    Ironically, it was then that I smiled at the thought of my primos throwing dodge balls at each other inside the house. I laugh when I remember trying to be grown up like my older primas, or begging Winny to make me atole de cajeta every time she came over.

    I miss everything now.

    I was and will never be someone who functions in rowdy and crowded spaces. This contributed to my ultimate decision to not have a Quinces. Other factors included the fact that I had no family to celebrate it with. Family that had been making plans for said party since before I knew how to pronounce the full word (King-Sa-Ye-Rah)

    One could argue that I could’ve had a Quinces with my immediate family, my friends, and possibly, other classmates, but if you’re this far into the narrative and have yet to catch on: I am not a very social person.

    I remember this one time my parents threw a Posada not long after we moved here. It was a small compared to the ones we used to throw; just a couple of Palmer’s Mexican-American families. Two of those families had sons who happened to be in my grade. I couldn’t handle the idea of having them in my house. The fact that they were was so overwhelming to me that it caused me to run inside and not come back out. I may or may not have cried that night.

    Arguably not my finest moment.

    But that’s irrelevant.

    The point is that to this day I still think about how I did not have a Quinces.

    Not because I wanted this big party or the fancy ball gown. But because it was something that I’d only get to experience once.

    And I didn’t.

    I’ll never know what it’s like to look back and think my dress was ugly. I’ll never know what dances I would’ve danced or what songs they would’ve played (hopefully not Daddy Yankee, Enrique Iglesias, or old school Shakira.) I’ll never know if those two boys and their brothers would’ve been my Chambelanes, the court of boys that escort you throughout the event.

    I missed out. I let that birthday go uncelebrated.

    And I’m making the same decision this year.

    If you’re reading this on October 21st, then yes, today is my birthday; I turned 17 today. And I’m not celebrating because my mom is not here. I’m not going to go into detail of why, but here’s how that makes me feel.

    I feel the same way I did two years ago, when everyone I love was stuck in Mexico, and we were stuck here, and no one had a Quinces that year because it was not worth it. There was no party, no attempt to publicize my birthday. When asked why my reply was always the same; “It doesn’t feel like my birthday.”

    Because it didn’t; this year it doesn’t either.

    What’s a Quinces without your family? What’s a birthday without your mom?

    I’m going to look back on not having a Quinciañera for forever because it’s something my sisters will get to have. And I’ll watch them from my seat at the family table, the one with the dumbest center-piece, knowing full well that I passed up the opportunity.

    But I stand by that choice.

    My Quinces is a part of my life that I’ll never get back; a part of my story that I’ll never get to write.

    But that story would’ve been incomplete without my family, the same way my birthday’s incomplete this year without my mom.

    I never had a Quinces, and I’ll feel the longing for that one birthday forever.

    But I will never regret my choice.

     

     

     

    Thursday
    Mar232017

    One to watch: Brooke Kleber's passion turned into a business!

    BY: SARA WHITE '19

    PTS Falconer Staff

     

     

    Brooke & Frida is an up and coming business and social initiative started by two young entrepreneurs! Brooke Kleber is co-owner of Brooke & Frida and a sophomore at Palmer Trinity. Brooke has graciously offered to talk to me about her new business and her plans for the future! Their line of products includes an activated charcoal face scrub, a peppermint salt soak, African black soap (imported from underserved women in Africa), and of course many different varieties of all natural, luxurious soaps!

     


    Below is a glimpse of our conversation…

    Brooke Kleber attending her booth at Palmer Trinity School's International Festival

     

    How did the idea for your business come about?

    Palmer Trinity’s “Agents of Change” required a business setup. I had prior experience making soap and decided it would be a smart business venture. I would make soap for friends and family, and after receiving a positive response, decided to further my hobby.

     

    Can you tell me more about Palmer Trinity's "Agents of Change" and how you have enjoyed your experience thus far?

     

    Agents of Change has helped me realize that business is important, more importantly, businesses that have a social aspect and impact on today’s society, businesses that help out the greater good. It has helped me get out of our comfort zone and grow as a business woman.

     

    What three pieces of advice would you give to other students who want to become entrepreneurs?

    “I give up on your dreams, learn from your mistakes and try again and have fun while trying, and if it doesn’t work out today there is always tomorrow.”

     

    How do you build a successful customer base?

    Start with family and friends and work your way up from there. Offer reliable and useful products.

     

    How do you generate new products and ideas?

    I create new products and scents based on the seasons. Also whatever customers desire.

     

    Which one of your products is your favorite to use and why?

    African black soap. I use it every morning as a face wash that works very well. My favorite smelling product is chocolate mint soap with real chocolate inside!

     

    What products are you thinking of experimenting with in the future?

    Bath bombs!

     

    Where can we find you and your products in the future?

    Social media! (and a website soon)

     

    Instagram- @brookefrida

    Facebook- @brookefrida

    Gmail- @brookefrida@gmail.com

    Website (coming soon!)- www.brookefrida.com

     

     


    Thursday
    Jan262017

    Nasty Women

    BY: GABRIELLA CEPEDA

    PTS FALCONER STAFF

    On January 21st, around noon more than 10,000 people gathered at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami in support of the Women's March in Washington. There were around 600 marches around the world. People came from all over south Florida with homemade signs that read things like "love not hate makes America great" and "equality now!". There was a diversity of people present, including children.

    The purpose of this march was not to hate on our current president, but rather to bring attention to one of the many issues that continue to plague our country. As one of the leading countries in the world we should not have to protest issues.But we can no longer sit idle. It's time to take action and that's just what the people of south Florida did on Saturday. We made our voices heard because inequality amongst genders has taken place for far too long. Woman make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.

    One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence one point in their lifetime. It has become normal for woman to be harassed or catcalled. An 18-year-old girl should not have to make the decision to not go on a run because it feels too uncomfortable to be honked at. Only 17% of Congress is made up of women. In our own constitution, it does not give equal rights to women and men. We need to stand together as the citizens of one of the greatest nations on earth and make a change.

     

     

     

     

    Friday
    Dec092016

    New Year's Story

    By: GABRIELLA CEPEDA '17

    PTS Falconer Staff Member

    Most of the Palmer Trinity community is studying for midterms and getting ready for Holiday break. New Year’s is a holiday celebrated all around the world. The first record of celebrating the new year dates going back 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylon. Following the vernal equinox their new year landed on a day in late March. They would hold a celebration called Akitu. The modern day New Year celebration was influenced by Julius Caesar. He was the one who made January 1st the first day of the year. He honored the day to celebrate the god January was named after Janus. Janus is the roman god of beginning. Their traditions included sacrifices, exchanging of gifts, and decorating their house with laurel branches. Similar to the roman traditions we all have our own traditions and they vary from country to country.

        

    England: Many traditions have to do with luck for the new year. This is the case in England. Many people believe that the first guest you have at your house will give you luck. It must be a male who must come in through the front door and bring gifts such as loafs or a drink for the main person in the family. If this guest does not bring one of these things he is not allowed into the home. This brings luck throughout the year

    Denmark: In Denmark their tradition involves friendship. Friends save old dishes throughout the year and on New Years they throw them at their friends door. The person with the most plates outside of their house has the most friends. This act symbolizes long lasting friendship.

    Ecuador: They fill a scarecrow with paper and at midnight they burn it. In addition to this they collect photographs from the last year and burn them as well. This is supposed to bring the good fortune.

    Palmer Trinity: These are some traditions that students from Palmer Trinity have. Eat twelve grapes for each month of the year.  On New Years some Japanese students watch a Japanese New Year's show where many famous singers perform. Many set off fireworks to celebrate. A tradition for some Peruvians is to run around twice around the block with a suitcase. A strange tradition done to make sure you travel the next year. Another tradition is to put lentils in your pocket or purse to bring wealth. For some of our Chinese students on new years their parents give them envelopes with money. Other stand on chairs and cheer and have barbecues.