Is It Sunday on Monday or Did the Power Go Out Again?

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Lauren Mermelstein

A few days ago, I was walking down the third-floor hallway, and I couldn’t help but notice how dark it was. Well, it’s usually so dark that you would think the lights never work, but that day, it was really dark. Like middle-of-the-night-walking-into-an-abyss kind of dark. It was, in fact, a Monday, but not once did it cross my mind that it was Sunday on Monday. I couldn’t come up with any other possible explanation, so I eventually just assumed that Rebs forgot to send a Sunday on Monday email reminder the day before. A few hours later, I noticed that it was hotter than usual. But then again, the AC never seems to work at school, even though it supposedly gets fixed every year. Then, the water fountains stopped working. Next, the WiFi. Was Barrack being hit by a maintenance plague? I began to wonder if my original speculation was true: was it actually Sunday on Monday, or did we lose power again? I mean…it’s hard to tell the difference between the two. And I don’t know about you, but most of the time, I don’t even notice when either one is happening.


Or, could it be possible that there is no difference between the two? Maybe Sunday on Monday is just an excuse made by the Barrack administration (under the guise of the Environmental Action Club) not to fix the maintenance problems around the school? We may never know. But I can tell you for sure that there is some shady business going on between the Barrack administration and Environmental Action Club officer, Rebecca Shaid.


And so, I decided to conduct an investigation into the notorious Rebecca Shaid.  I knew, without a doubt, that because she is the 11th-grade class officer, she would have connections with the upper echelon of the Barrack administration. Not only that, but she is very influential. Her reign as president has been successful thus far, but there is one thing that cannot go unnoticed: the blanket sale. I asked Rebs myself about the sale. In an interview, she stated “the sale surpassed my expectations. The grade made quite a profit, despite the fact that I assumed there would be low demand for the blankets because summer was approaching.” She also mentioned that only ten people bought blankets. So why was the sale so successful? And if only ten blankets were sold, then why did I see a huge pile of blankets in Dr. Katz’s office the other day? The evidence I collected brought me back to the power outage. There was a series of three large outages ONE WEEK before the payment deadline for the blanket sale. During those three days, the lights were turned off for approximately four hours. If it costs $60/hr to power the lights, then Barrack would have saved around $240/day for three days, which is a hefty $720. The blankets cost $35, and I saw a pile of about 15 blankets in Dr. Katz’s office, so he would have to spend $525 of the school’s money on the blankets, a price nearly equal to the savings from turning the lights off. Clearly, the evidence was falling into place. The math spoke for itself: Rebs bribed the administration to shut off the lights (of course, disguised as the Environmental Action Club) in order to buy more blankets so that the 11th grade could make a profit from the failing sale.


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