The Hall Pass: Ukraine in conflict, Brown Jackson’s confirmation and the tardy policy

In this first episode of The Hall Pass, learn more about a month of conflict in Ukraine, Biden’s nomination for Supreme Court justice, and a first period tardy policy at the Upper Campus

Kyla Henige, Features Editor


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In Europe, Russia and Ukraine are still at war. According to Reuters, Russian forces in Ukraine are blasting cities and killing civilians, but no longer making progress on the ground. Western countries said on Thursday Mar. 17 that Moscow was expected to win within a few days, but they are now on their 5th week. After a week of conferences, last week Moscow said that peace talks have resumed via video conferences.

President Joe Biden’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is set to fill Stephen Breyers’ spot on the bench. Jackson has been an active part of the court system for awhile, with some of her titles including; Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission & Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, alongside four other titles, that make her eligible for the Supreme Court. Jackson has gone through the process of sitting through hearings with the Senate all week to become the next Supreme Court justice.

At MCHS, an email was sent out by Upper Campus Principal Dr. Jeff Prickett, listing the consequences for being tardy to school. According to Prickett, any students who come late with drinks will be asked to discard them, and if late, students will have to sit at the South entrance until second period, leaving their first period marked as a cut. In his announcement he states, “Classes start promptly at 7:35 a.m. It is our expectation that students are in the building by 7:30 a.m. to make it to their first hour class on time. Being tardy to first period or skipping 1st hour is unacceptable.” He then goes on to explain, “consequences for students who arrive to school after the bell could include: revocation of parking and/or Open Campus Lunch privileges, detentions, inability to attend prom, etc.”