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Many students have created their own Swinecraft logos in the game.

Allie Schein, Staff Writer

Swine Week is one of the many events Edmond Memorial students look forward to throughout the school year. In the past, the Swine Week theme was voted on by students on a ballot with several themes student council StuCo decided on. 

However, some students have protested the nominated Swine Week themes and favored one of their own- Swinecraft

Due to the rise in popularity of Minecraft, a handful of students began pondering the idea of a Swine Week theme based on the game, junior Will Maiga created a Change.org petition in April supporting the theme.

I wasn’t the first to have the idea, but I jokingly made a petition for it just to see how far it would go,” Maiga said. 

Released in 2009, Minecraft is a sandbox game, a genre that gives the user total creative control over the world they play in to build, survive and fight, among many other things with little restriction.

Minecraft became popular throughout the gaming community shortly, sales reached an all-time high in 2013, but began to lose its relevance around 2017. Then, the game had a massive resurgence in 2019 and became more popular than it has ever been. Some give credit to Youtubers for bringing the game back, others believe it was the newest and biggest update the game has ever seen, the “Village and Pillage” update where all the villagers, non-player entities, had a massive makeover. 

Although many students support Swinecraft as a Swine Week theme, some also believe the theme wouldn’t fit with the normal themes of the philanthropic event that have been used in the past.

“The theme just doesn’t have the right vibe,” sophomore Emma Smith said. “The decorations wouldn’t look as cool.”

Even though students disagree on whether or not Swinecraft is a plausible theme, most seem to agree that having more student involvement on choosing the theme is favorable. Most often, students are only allowed a simplified choice. 

“In January, StuCo will discuss possible themes, choose four or five to put on the ballot, send it to the student body for a vote and go with the theme that has the majority vote,” StuCo advisor Jeff Lovett said. 

Some students dislike the fact that only StuCo decides what is put on the ballot, and some see Swinecraft as a chance for students to have more of a say for an event that involves the whole school.

“Most of the time, the theme is just some (Disney) movie with no real variation between them,” Maiga said.

Students all agree that allowing them a bigger voice on decisions like Swine Week themes is something StuCo should seriously consider. 

“Even though I disagree with Swinecraft as the theme, having students advocate for a theme is a good thing because everyone has a larger voice,” Smith said.

Whether or not Swinecraft is a suitable theme is debatable, but the argument does bring up the question of whether or not StuCo is a true democracy and if students have a real voice through the elected candidates. 

“StuCo’s ethics and credibility of the way the theme is chosen is a little questionable, but I’m not forcing them to do anything by only peacefully advocating for the theme,” Maiga said. 

Possibilities for Swine Week themes are endless, and no matter what the 2020 theme is, Swine Week will still have a greater purpose of giving back to the community. 


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