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Axel Rodriguez and Patricia Mojarro

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  • Juliana Salas, 9 “It’s an organized way of doing this, but still not enough people are satisfied with it, so we need to find an even better way of doing this.”

  • Perla Bushia, 9 “I don’t like it. I want to see my friends.”

  • Katherine Vaeza, 9 “I feel like theyre better because the lines aren’t too long and there’s not a lot of people outside.”

  • Andress Moreno, 9 “It’s fun. I like going outside to eat. I think it’s better because of the shorter lunch lines.”

  • Antonio Vasquez, 10 “The two lunches helps provide food for all students because with only one lunch, the lines were too long and many students didn’t get to eat. But now with two separate lunches they do.”

  • Maliah Armendariz, 10 “To be honest, it makes it easier for people to ditch from A to B lunch, and vice versa.”

  • Julien Gonzales, 11 “Lunch is pretty good. It’s about the same because the lines used to be very long, and then they got shorter, but then people realized that they did not have to go out and buy food, so now they are all coming back and the lines are back to what they used to be.”

  • Lluvia Rodriguez, 11 “It’s better that we have A lunch and B lunch because when I go buy stuff at the gas station, it makes it easier for me to like pay faster than before.”

  • Cesar Avila, 12 “I think it’s really nice because compared to last time, I noticed the lunch line went by very fast and not as usual, like it takes the entire lunch to get out of line.”

  • Dylan Torres, 12 “I think the new lunches are great. Now it’s not giant lines every single lunch and by the time I get out it’s not like I have to rush to eat my lunch. I can actually take my time now.”

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The new school year brings new changes. Among those changes was one that took all students by surprise. Once given their schedules they realized that instead of one regular lunch, two lunches had taken place. The new system got a variety of opinions from students.

One half who absolutely hates the two lunches, the other that likes it and the rest of the students who don’t necessarily care. The purpose of the lunches was to give every student a chance to eat. This was suppose to solve the epidemic of long lines from previous years. Some students disagree with the new change like Mozelle Espinoso, 11, and others who believe that the new change was made for the better, like Mark Coria, 10.

“They split it so it would be ‘easier and faster’ to get food, but I don’t believe it’s working. I would prefer to go back to the way it was last year.” Espino said.

“I kinda [like it] because the lines are shorter, which helps me get lunch faster than I did last year before the change.” Coria said.

Students are supposed to be divided by class during the two lunches, meaning that freshmen and sophomores have A lunch, and juniors and seniors have B lunch. The class division isn’t so bad until students get separated from their friends. This was the case for Espino.

“I hate the new lunch. I’m a junior and I’m stuck with freshmen. All my friends are in B lunch and I would rather eat with people I know rather than be a complete loner,” said Espino.

Another set of problems is the amount of work that the lunch staff and custodians have to do. More cleaning and setting up for lunch is needed, and sometimes it’s twice as much work. When asked about the problems in relation to lunch, Espino brought up a good point.

“I hate the new lunch because kids are getting confused with what lunch they go to and there’s kids ditching, which I think is making the ditching problem worse.” Espino said.

Lunch used to be a very active, crowded, lively period. Now that the students are divided by lunch, each one is more filled with empty spaces. Lunch wasn’t the only thing that changed. Pep rallies used to be held during lunch time. This gave all students an opportunity to watch the performers. Now pep rallies are held during the morning.