by Will Triantis '20
As every STA student has heard about by now, Sam’s Bar has instituted changes they claim were requests from upper level administration. These changes mean that all unhealthy snacks will cost two dollars, as opposed to the previous one dollar, as well as the addition of snacks with nuts and a nut free table. While the latter of those changes has been received positively by the student body, the increase of prices has created chaos. Signs have been posted, prefects of all forms have petitioned, and the brave have even boycotted the infamous monopoly. As students, we often feel powerless against the faculty, but here is how we can rebel. Firstly, we can peacefully petition. I suggest to Sam’s Bar that keeping healthy snacks cheap is okay; however, the only healthy snacks that cost one dollar have nuts, which is not fair to all students. I suggest that the staff add an inventory of one-dollar granola bars and one-dollar iced teas. While some feel justified buying iced tea for two dollars now that nearly all drinks are that expensive, after an extensive cost analysis, we can confirm that in bulk, Arizonas should be a dollar or less. Additionally, the students suggest that Sam’s Bar should stay open full time, because in just the 40 minutes of Flex, Sam’s Bar makes over $100, which, even assuming a steep drop-off in sales during class, is still enough money to hire a full-time employee for the school day. A full-time employee would mitigate the realistic health risk of the malnourishment of students who aren’t able to eat breakfast or forget to bring a snack, a crucial error at this critical time of our growth. In conclusion: stand strong, St. Albans—we will get through this together and hopefully be better on the other side.