KARI GOTTFRIED 9/5/2016
By now, most people have heard about the football team hazing problems that Philomath High officials finally uncovered. That’s been reported on many times, but it’s up to the High-O-Scope to provide a fresh perspective. How does hazing affect us, the students of CHS? Hazing is not an uncommon problem in high schools across the country, especially in a sport as popular and agressive as football, and it could happen in virtually any school. It’s reasonable to wonder if that problem carries over to CHS. But Logan Steeves, a sophomore on the JV and Varsity football teams here, quickly reassures us. “Even being an underclassman, the [hazing] at Philomath doesn’t really worry me… I have confidence that none of the staff or coaches would ever allow anything like that to happen.” At CHS, focus is on being a good student-athlete, not just an athlete. Says Steeves, “You’re always being pushed to compete at the highest level in practice so you’re prepared for games, but there’s also a huge focus on being a responsible citizen and leader in the classroom.”
All in all, the uncovering of the Philomath hazing seems to have made this area a safer, more welcoming environment for athletes.
It’s been going on for years, so it’s about time to get it uncovered,” comments Logan Hannigan-Downs, a cross country runner at PHS. After going to LPMS in Corvallis for three years, Hannigan-Downs made the decision to go to Philomath for high school. He doesn’t feel unsafe there, though. In fact, he thinks that it will make Philomath safer and more cautious. “It was a learning experience. People will remember it and learn from the consequences.”