by Asa Brown
The Ice Cream drop, a perennial tradition in which seniors have an opportunity to drop ice cream on their siblings in the high school, is likely to be cancelled.
Citing wastefulness as its reason, Community Board has no plans to continue the event, but no final decision has been made.
There are clearly good reasons for the cancellation. According to members of Community Board, there has been lots of pushback ever since the event started.
Effectively, the event serves little purpose other than, as prominent Community Board member Hannah Weinberg puts it, “food waste for humor and comedy.”
Anna S added that, “in the global community, there’s lots of food insecurity and it reflects poorly on us to do the Ice Cream Drop.” The clear verdict from Community Board at this time was that when a tradition becomes harmful towards other people, they have to change it.
Others, however, defended the event. Student body president Jack M was clear that he was a “full supporter of the Ice Cream Drop.” Despite clearly having the unpopular opinion among his fellow representatives, he defend his opinion by saying that “there’s not a lack of ice cream in the United States, there’s a lack of money below the poverty line” and that “if we’re wasting money, wasting it on ice cream isn’t any different than on something else.”
Others suggested compromises, including using slime to drop on students, buying on expired ice cream, or even having a student funded Ice Cream Drop.
Ultimately, it was clear that the discussion was about more than one event. Community Board had to ask “What are the goals and values of OES and community board?” and “What is the message Community Board wants to send out?”
On the one hand, Community Board events are almost always rather lighthearted, and are not intended to be integral to the student body — such events, much like the Ice Cream Drop, serve as a short break from the predictability of the school day.
Alternatively, though, it is fair to see the Ice Cream Drop as unacceptable. It certainly is a waste of food (and, arguably, resources), and some feel that OES should not continue to sponsor an event that seems to ignore the issue of food insecurity purely for the sake of tradition.
The Dig will have more on the topic as Community Board’s decision-making process unfolds.