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Webb students face an influx of 7/10s

Jenny Wang
Saira Bhagat (‘25) and Dorothy Ma (‘25) sign in to their 7/10 during long lunch, with many students behind them waiting. 7/10s are served in the Fawcett Library classrooms behind the check- in table. “I think the most common reason for getting a 7/10 is being late to class or skipping afternoon activity or chapel,” Sehoon Kang (‘24) said. Recently, students have flooded the library to serve their 7/10s.

Bored, tech-free, and sitting in one of the Fawcett Library classrooms, many Webb students find themselves serving a 7/10 during long lunches. Recently, the line to check into a 7/10 has gotten longer and longer – with more rooms being filled.  

7/10s are consequences students receive when they miss academic and non-academic commitments, as well as committing dorm violations. These include missing class, staying up after lights out, or forgetting to do Saturday check in.  

The name 7/10 comes from the original punishment, when students were required to stay in their dorm rooms from 7-10 p.m. After evaluation, it was concluded that this punishment was not effective in preventing rule violations because it had little to no impact on a boarder’s typical night, so the punishment shifted to a monitored lunch break in Stockdale 109 last year, in hopes of decreasing the number of students who would receive 7/10s. 

“We decided to keep the name 7/10 because of its familiarity to the student body,” said Steven Galarsa, Attendance Coordinator.  

This year, 7/10s are in the library classrooms, and 7/10s adopted a tech-free policy against the use of all devices. The purpose of this change was to reform the 7/10 from a lunchtime study hall to a punishment more similar to traditional detention. 

Many phones are left on the table outside classrooms during 7/10s to uphold the tech-free rule. Upon checking in, students must sign in their name after turning in their phone to serve the 7/10. Many students have complained about the tech-free rule including computers, tablets, and other tech devices. (Jenny Wang)

“Last year, we would oversee the 7/10s, and it became a place where people would just sit on their phones or do homework. There wasn’t an incentive for students to not get [a 7/10],” said Sarah Lantz, Dean of Students. “With no tech being in the 7/10s and served at long lunch, this is a consequence that most students wouldn’t want to have.” 

Unfortunately, what is now happening is the opposite of what admin intended: more and more Webbies have received 7/10s to the point where most large classrooms in the library have become packed with students during Monday and Wednesday long lunch, often interfering with club meetings. 

“During Monday and Wednesday, long lunches are when clubs usually have their meetings. I feel like there’s a lot of scheduling conflicts because of 7/10s held [during] long lunches.” Sophie Lin (‘26) said. 

This scheduling frees up more time for the faculty monitoring these 7/10s; however, it also inevitably results in a greater number of students serving 7/10s at a time. 

“You’ll know you got a 7/10 when you receive an email form Mr. Galarsa, specifying why you received one and when you are scheduled to serve it.” Frannie Hinch (‘25) said. “I like that 7/10s are in the library this year, but it is crowded.” 

These emails can list up to 60 students at a time assigning different abbreviations for the infraction they made. However, many students may be unsure of what violation they made. Here is the rundown for what each abbreviation stands for: 

AS – Missed assembly

CD – Missed Community Dinner 

RC – Failed room check 

LC – Late Check-in 

UT – Unexcused Tardy  

UA – Unexcused Absence  

DI –Disciplinary Incident  

Even though the recent surge of students receiving 7/10s has raised some concern, Mr. Galarsa is confident that soon enough these numbers will eventually drop after all the accumulated 7/10s from break are served.  

“Students often have reasons they can’t attend their 7/10, like mandatory health and living meetings, club meetings, so they accumulate over time,” Mr. Galarsa said.  

Especially during the period returning from Thanksgiving break, when students received 7/10s for keeping their keycard or failing their room check during the break, it is no surprise that many students are crowding rooms in the library. 

As we prepare to head into winter break, it is unclear whether this influx of penalized students will continue – this should be a reminder for students to continue meeting their school commitments to avoid the unpleasant task of spending their lunch serving a 7/10. 

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Stephanie Ma, Co-Editor of Opinion
Meet Stephanie “Steph” Ma ('25), a harmonious force within the Webb Canyon Chronicle and Webb Community. This past summer Steph leisurely sojourned in Korea, where she indulged in delicious street foods such as fish cakes and tteokbokki. She continued her summer melodiously with visits to Boston College and NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, where she immersed herself in the world of music, recorded her own songs, and had her soul serenaded by Masie Peters while visiting her brother in Canada. Looking through her Spotify, you are sure to find the ballads of Taylor Swift and Joshua Bassett. A talented instrumentalist, she plays a multitude of instruments such as the violin, guitar, and ukulele, yet her compositions extend beyond melodies. At Webb, the humanities strike a chord in her heart, especially classes conducted by Ms. MacPhee. As a maestro of leadership, Steph serves on the VWS Honor Cabinet When writing for the WCC Steph meticulously pieces together articles, most notably her compelling piece on the UC strikes. Finishing with a crescendo we can all look forward to seeing Steph thrive during her third year at Webb, while we take delight in her enlightened and empathetic articles during her second year at the Chronicle.  Favorite Song: "Cool About It" by Boygenius
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Yuki Layman, Co-Editor of News
Having lived all around the globe from Shanghai, China, to Boston, Massachusetts, and most recently Washington D.C., Yuki Layman ('25) knows that home is where she makes it.! Yuki is an engaged student in all her classes, but it is her strong knowledge in Humanities that impresses her teachers. Especially, during her Advanced Studies Culture and Politics at the Border class, taught by one of her favorite teachers at Webb, Mr. Huerta. Yuki spends her free time in a variety of ways, either going to the village with friends or simply watching Top Boy, her personal favorite TV show that her brother highly recommended. Although she enjoys going out, she stays connected with her life back home by making sure to call her family every night. As well as staying up-to-date with current events, jumping into hot-topic debates with her lawyer dad and brother who is studying International Relations. Coming back to the Webb Canyon Chronicle this year as Editor of News, Yuki is ready to keep the Webb community informed accurately as a Jameson resident again, making Webb her home for the rest of year.   Favorite Song: "1539 N. Calvert" by JPEGMAFIA
Jenny Wang
Jenny Wang, Editor-in-Chief
Returning after a transformative summer at Northwestern University, Jenny Wang ('24) is rejoining the Webb Canyon Chronicle as Co-Editor-in-Chief, bursting with fresh journalism skills. Jenny is primarily humble when talking about her talents and interests, she occasionally forgets to flex that she is also a pianist, flutist, comedy enthusiast, and badminton pro. As a prominent figure at Webb, Jenny serves on the VWS honor cabinet, captain of the debate team, and chapel council. Finding comfort in shows like Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls, she balances the demands of her busy life. Jenny's academic pursuits lean towards humanitarian issues; over the summer, she invested extra time into political risk research, specifically analyzing aspects of Israeli lifestyle. Beyond her academic commitments, Jenny's mission this year is to infuse WCC articles with potent and well-balanced viewpoints. Her intellect, vibrant personality, and unwavering laughter contribute to an environment full of energy and positivity. There is no doubt, Jenny Wang embodies a dynamic blend of talents, passions, and determination that enriches both the Webb community and the wider world. Through her versatile contributions and infectious laughter, Jenny's presence leaves an indelible mark, reminding us all of the power of embracing one's passions and sharing them with the world.  Favorite Song: "Welcome to Wonderland" by Anson Seabra

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