Students at odds

By Thunderword Staff

Students have mixed feelings on the national anthem presence at commencement.

Some students were unaware of the anthem's controversial history while others held firm beliefs that this song doesn't belong in the ceremony.

Even with the knowledge of the national anthem's controversial history, some students think it should be played at commencement anyway.

It is a tradition to sing the national anthem at commencement, it shouldn't change it now, said Kate French.

The negative history of the anthem would distract from the positivity of commencement, said David, who only gave his first name.

"Not everyone agrees with the song and it's not very inclusive," said Marissa Brewer.

Brewer doesn't think the national anthem represents America today. She believes it should not be played at commencement.

Another student, Sam Lee, thinks there are more positive songs that represent the U.S today.

"There is no point to play that song at commencement. We could easily find another patriotic song that is less offensive," said Lee.

Some students are more nonchalant about the anthem's presence at commencement.

"I don't think it really matters if the song plays at commencement," said a student who refused to give their name.

In previous issues of The Thunderword there has been some debate about whether the national anthem should play at commencement.

Francis Scott Key is the author of The Star-Spangled Banner, the United States' national anthem.

This song is controversial because if its use of the word "slave," in the original song and Key's racist views towards non-whites.

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The individual was seen attempting to open the roof hatch to Building 6 on March 12 at 4:30 p.m. When Highline Public Safety arrived, the individual fled the scene. The person did not gain access to the roof and no damage was reported to the lock.

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Witnesses called 911 and asked for medical services. Medical personnel transported the person to the hospital. The incident occurred on March 13 at 2:30 p.m. Highline Public Safety would like to remind everyone to call 911 before Highline Public Safety if the incident is life threatening. This ensures no delay in dispatching the correct emergency service.

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The males were seen looking into offices on March 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Library on the fifth floor. The males left before Highline Public Safety could arrive.

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