House games not ‘rigged,’ despite complaints

Cole Anderson ’22 and Christine Zhu ’22, Staff Reporters

There are many consistencies in the house system, but one house winning every competition is not one of them. Due to this, one consistency that has been present since the house system began is the claim of cheating from the losing house, no matter the competition. 

During one of the recent competitions, the losing team claimed the winner of the dodgeball game was from a different house, which would result in a victory for the losing house by a technicality. Scrambling to find the answer, we searched the student body list in an attempt to find which house the student was in. We found out the claim was invalid and so the winning house retained its win. 

The claims of cheating are non-stop and they always seem to be more creative time and time again. While some houses may find loopholes in the rules, the games are not rigged, nor is cheating involved as many students claim. 

As the heads of the house system, it hurts to see the student body claim the competitions are not played in fair spirit, especially since the members of the student government put lots of time and energy into creating games that all will enjoy. This negative attitude hurts the house system in its entirety. 

While the claims of cheating do remain repetitive, it shows that the student body cares about the results of competitions; however, promoting the proper school spirit would bring about a new and lasting effect on the students. 

Religious Studies teacher Joshua Keeney gave his insight, saying, shu

We have to be willing to accept the results whether they are in our favor or not. The competitions are meant to build our family spirit, not to solely win.”

— Joshua Keeny, Religious Studies teacher

 

The real question is why the student body chooses to show their spirit through claiming rigged games or cheating after a loss. All in all, the negativity caused by calling games “rigged” should be channeled into a positive, lasting outcome that brings about a new sense of school spirit and pride.