JHS Plank

Editor’s Note: April 2017

William Porter, Copy Editor

April 25, 2017

For the April print edition of The Plank, a whole new “shadow” staff was created and filled with Juniors and Sophomores who then acted as understudies to their Senior counterparts.These apprenticeships will serve to instill in next year’s staff a sense of responsibility that is necessary to run The Plank effectively and efficiently next year. Valuable lessons have been taught in each specialized job. From Copy Editor to Features Editor, each member has begun to lea...

Editor’s Note: March 2017

Riley Spieler, Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2017

Dearest readers, This month, you might have noticed a slight anomaly in our print. The article that I prepared, titled “Meme Culture and Jesuit High School,” explored how memes can denigrate serious points and distract us from discussion. Yet this month’s cover feature was a satire on the prevalence of Igloos at Jesuit. Isn’t such a hysterical piece distracting from, even subversive of, the other content in the paper? Consider another possibility: this is ...

Editor’s Note: December 2016

Riley Spieler, Editor in Chief

December 15, 2016

So, last month a lot of people approached me about my Editor’s note. After being hailed as the redeemer of holiday spirit, I had amassed a cult following and could not approach the public without being asked to kiss a baby. Unfortunately, it is not my calling to wield the scales of justice and vindicate dirt cheap 720p televisions from the Thanksgiving holiday. I am no hero, I am but a boy.  Even so, there was no escape.  As soon as threatening posters of my face were posted on t...

Editor’s Note: November 2016

Riley Spielier, Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2016

We have a really weird tendency to commercialize special occasions. Probably due to the 37 mattresses I picked up at spicy prices this Veteran’s Day, I’m starting to feel the seasonal weight of commercialism. Every year I feel like I hear some trite complaint about the tragic bastardization of holiday traditions as the stranglehold of capitalism wrings all of the joy and meaning from life. But no one ever seems to do anything about it.  There’s something tha...

Editor’s Note: October 2016

Riley Spieler, Editor-in-Chief

October 21, 2016

As the new school year is at last settled and the fall’s air of change begins to stagnate ever so slightly, a reassuring constant surfaces: the Open House edition of the Plank. There are always those things that stand out amidst change, grounding points that bring security and comfort, a way to center oneself before again moving forward. For myself, an issue of The Plank is just that.  It’s a product of the daily efforts of myself and the guys on staff, and relea...