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by Moshan G '17

Color War Tensions

BSGE has had a long-standing tradition of “Color War Wednesday” each year during Spirit Week, organized by the senior council. On this day, each grade is assigned a different color to wear, and despite its name, the day has always generated friendly rivalries between the grades, and more importantly, school spirit. But this year on Wednesday, October 29, sophomores rebelled against seniors by wearing black, instead of their assigned color, yellow. For the past 3 years, the students from the class of 2017 have worn red. However, this year’s transition from wearing red to yellow angered many students. Some claimed to have asked a few seniors to change the 10th grade color to maroon, and instead been told to “stop complaining.” Many decided to protest against this by wearing the seniors’ assigned color: black. “Yellow is a really ugly color,” a tenth grade student says, “so we wore black to show the seniors that they don’t own black. We can wear it too.” An anonymous sophomore adds, “Yes, seniors assigned the colors, but if they gave themselves black, we can give ourselves black too. Why not?” What started out as a mild turmoil among a few students in the 10th grade against the color yellow became a successful “revolt” that inspired more than half the grade to wear black.

The "Color War Wednesday" poster in the cafeteria, shown here ripped and damaged after 10th graders attempted to change their assigned color.
The “Color War Wednesday” poster in the cafeteria, shown here ripped and damaged after 10th graders attempted to change their assigned color.

Many seniors were offended and annoyed by the actions of the sophomores. Joshua Vaiman ’15 shared his thoughts. “I think it’s childish, honestly, when I was talking to them [sophomores] they were saying how they were rebelling against us. I don’t understand what there is to rebel against. If you didn’t want the color you could’ve just handled it in a more mature way

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