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As NYC faces fiscal, housing, transportation, population, education, crime, and policing crises, the next mayor is responsible for getting the city back on its feet. The Democratic primary on June 22 will decide the outcome of one of the most pivotal mayoral elections in recent history.
With the recent Facebook post regarding students’ declining mental health gaining significant traction, it is clear that our community must address the lack of enforcement of many of Stuyvesant’s academic policies to ensure a smoother, more successful second semester.
Lax gun laws and loopholes have led to a string of deadly mass shootings within schools throughout the country at the cost of the lives of our teachers and fellow students. Our generation is frequently criticized for being politically apathetic in the face of these issues. However, the cold-blooded slaughter of 17 students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has galvanized student movements and protests all over the country, including at Stuyvesant.
Stuyvesant has long been known to have an exceptionally large immigrant student population. A recent survey done by the Spectator revealed that approximately 74 percent of the current freshman class is either an immigrant or a child of immigrants. This makes our current political climate particularly sensitive for Stuyvesant students, especially in light of all of the rhetoric against immigration by the Trump administration. Unfortunately, this negative attention has silenced many students. The truth is that an issue that affects one student in our school affects us all.
“Any concerns I have are somehow invalidated because I am both Black and Latino,” senior Eugene Thomas said. “Every single time I’ve ever discussed college, I’ve been told, ‘You're gonna get in wherever you want. Let's face it: you're black!’ like it's some proverbial golden ticket into the top universities.”
Five upperclassmen are entrusted with the responsibility to mentor 30 freshmen through Stuyvesant, and it does not require a large impression to be made in order to remember so few names. What it does require is initiative on the part of Big Sibs to introduce themselves and make legitimate connections.