The Monday after

The Monday after

Cole Hook

This Sunday, February 7, is Super Bowl Sunday; probably the most exciting Sunday every year. We hope for an exciting game. We look forward to hilarious commercials. We desire a phenomenal performance from Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars. Sadly, for many students and instructors, the excitement of the game is curbed by how late the game ends. 

  Last year, over 111.5 million people across the globe tuned in to the gridiron showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII. Those numbers indicate that slightly less than 60% of all Americans watched the Super Bowl. Roughly 80% of all youth watched the Super Bowl last year according to a recent study by the NRF. Assuming those numbers are parallel to the amount of WO students and faculty watching, 4 in every 5 people will most likely be up until midnight, if not later, with a fearsome Monday morning looming in less than 7 hours.

  We all are aware that less sleep generally means less production, and it’s surprising that the administration hasn’t implemented some sort of late start for the day after the Super Bowl. Think about it. Why would one purposefully make tired students and teachers try to be productive? “Personally, I think we should have a 2 hour delay the Monday after the Super Bowl. A lot of us go to a watch party and have to make the trek home, which is usually in the snow,” says Soph. Matt Schackow. “Last year, we all were extremely lucky because there was a snow day the next day. Otherwise that Monday morning would’ve been terrible.”

  Even if it won’t change anything for our class of 2015-2016 students, bringing this problem to attention now will bring a better future for those to come.