Every year there are changes made to the dress code, and the major change for the 2013-2014 school year surrounds the seven year tradition of wearing special attire for mass. Mass attire for students is the same as every day: a regular uniform. Many students are upset about this change and want to be allowed to dress up and be out of uniform again for mass.
Seven years ago, former principal Brian Pendergest decided to create a new tradition for McNicholas High School. He changed the dress code policy to permit students to dress up for mass. The attire included suit and ties for boys, and skirts, dresses, blouses, and dress pants for girls. According to Student Moderator Mr. Gerard Kissel, problems started almost as soon as the change in policy occurred. Though the policy has been in place for seven years, the administration has been thinking of changing it for at least two years. “The final straw was that students were wearing clothes that were just too inappropriate for Mass. The necklines were too low and the skirts were too short. The attire worn was appropriate for a social gathering, not a sacramental gathering,” Kissel said.
Although it may seem like wearing uniforms to Mass is easier, but dressing up makes Mass a little more special. Senior Maddie Weir said, “Mass days are stressful as it is. It’s fun to dress up and almost show off a little. I looked forward to dressing up and it took a lot of stress off. Without dressing up, Mass is just kind of another day.” Mass shouldn’t just be looked at as another day. It shows that going to Mass is an important day, and students and faculty should want to look their best in God’s home. Students should have the option to either dress in uniform or wear appropriate mass attire. A student who dresses inappropriately should be banned from mass attire in the future, but those who dress appropriately should not be penalized for the wrong-doings of a peer.
Kissel said Mass attire may be permitted again for special occasions such as Christmas and Easter, but it still doesn’t help with the dress code policy during all of the Mass days before the holidays.