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A proposal to ban legacy admissions previously came in front of Connecticut’s legislature in 2022 but failed to pass amid opposition from the state’s colleges and universities, who derided the bill as intrusive and unnecessary. The legacy admissions is a guaranteed admission into the college or university if a close family member, like mom or dad, went to the college or university. Some colleges find this unfair because they are not giving other students the same possibilities as they are giving the legacies. “There’s certainly something to look at here, to at least have the conversation on whether or not that practice is holding back a lot of good students that happen to be from poor, working- and middle-class families who haven’t had the privilege of an ancestor who has gone to one of these private institutions.” Senate Minority Leader Kevin Kelly said. 

In a CTPost article, it says, “Last summer, Wesleyan University announced it would no longer give preference to students whose family members attended the school, becoming one of the highest-profile schools to do so. Other schools in Connecticut, including the state’s public colleges and universities, also say they don’t consider legacy status in admissions decisions,” which can be a step in fairness towards all students and not picking favoritism. “CCIC believes that institutions are in the best position to determine the criteria that will help them build a diverse admissions class with an appropriate range of talent, background, and interests,” CCIC president Jennifer Widness said. “Collectively, our membership agrees that the determination to consider legacy or not should remain at the institutional level.” 

With this new idea of banning the policy, it can make the campus of colleges better. Students can work towards the goals they have without others, that have the ease of being accepted with or without the expectations the school has, get in their way.

 

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Ava Stango, Interview Manager
Ava Stango is a sophomore at Watertown High School. This is her second year writing for the school newspaper and has earned the title of Interview Manger. She helps students to make interview questions for their interviews. She was in the Watertown Town Times as a writer and has a goal of writing for them again! She enjoys creating posters and designs using the technology in the graphic's class. She was a part of the Junior National Honor Society at Swift Middle School and hopes to be a part of the National Honor Society at WHS in the future as she is very dedicated to her academics. She plays on the Girls' Volleyball team and has been playing for 5 years, plus winter club volleyball with her friends. Ava is also on the Girls' Tennis team. Ava has danced for 13 years and also plays the clarinet and the tuba in the high school Wind Ensemble. She enjoys watching movies and TV shows such as Dead Poet's Society and House.  In college, Ava wishes to go to UHART and major in Digital Media Production and work with companies to explore digital media and broadcasting.

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