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Sophy’s Cakes

The smell of Sophysticated Minerva Cakes lingers in 6th grader, Sophy Jarka-Sellers’ kitchen. Sophy has started her own cake-baking business, (Sophysticaed Minerva Cakes) and it is going great. Sophy’s cakes range in price from $18 to $25, and can  servebetween 12 to 14 people. It was a pleasure to sit with Sophy and talk to her about her business. She gets about one order a week, and bakes her cakes on Sundays; then delivers her cakes on Tuesdays and Fridays. The types of cakes she bakes are: Vanilla, Rum Chocolate Chip, Lemon and Germantown Favorite. She will also take special requests. Sophy uses the same recipe, which is the Boston Favorite, but just puts different variations on it. Sophy says that she doesn’t really have a favorite cake, since she likes them all, but if she had to choose then it would be either Vanilla or the Germantown Favorite.

Sophy’s biggest customers are members of the Germantown Meeting and sometimes student groups and teachers from GFS. She can also make cupcakes and cookies. The cookies are $15 a batch. She makes all kinds of cookies. All of Sophy’s products are made with only the finest ingredients. Sophy has great references, some being students and some being members of Quaker Meetings.

To place an order call Sophy Jarka-Sellers (215-951-9668) or email,

Food, Gifts, Groceries, Terminal Has it All

In this article I will be talking about the Reading Terminal Market located in center city Philadelphia. Most people in Philly have been to the famous market, either to shop for groceries, get a bite to eat, or even buy a gift. The market has 80 vendors and covers a stunning 1.7 acres. The markets records go as far back as the time of William Penn, but the terminal first opened its doors as a real organized market in 1892. The footage of the terminal then was just about 78,000 feet. It held 800 stalls for merchants to sell their goods. Each stall was about 6 feet long. The terminal was laid out like the streets of Philly,in a grid.

The terminal had a refrigeration building that at its normal amount of products would usually hold 200,000 pounds of meat, 50,000 crates of eggs, and 25,000 barrels of apples. All the food was in a warehouse closed in with just about 10,000 tons of ice. The depression in the 1930’s was a hard hit to the terminal. By the end of the depression, there were only 10 vendors left. After the depression, the market was almost immediately revitalized. Now days, the terminal is up and running and doing very well; 100,000 tourists and Philadelphians pass through the market each week.

Here are some interviews with a few of my favorite vendors:

My first vendor was Bassetts. I met a man named Andy who had worked at Bassets for almost 6 months. He said that a lot of tourists think that their strawberry ice cream is really tomato flavored. Also, he has to explain the flavor Gadzooks which features brownie points, peanut butter brownies, chocolate chunks, and lastly a rich caramel swirl. Andy’s favorite thing about working at the terminal is the people and the atmosphere.

My second vendor was Dinics, which specializes, in delicious sandwiches (which I note I gotta free sandwich from). I met Drew who had worked for Dinics for 3 years. He told me that one time they were cooking 25 pounds of meat over night and the oven got too hot and when they came back the next morning most of the meat had been reduced to jelly. Drew said that is favorite thing about the terminal was the great people.

My third vendor interview was with Martin’s Meats. I met a man named Ben who had worked at Martin’s Meats for 50 years. He said that the vendor’s best sellers were ground sirloin and pork chops.

My fourth vendor was a place called By George.  The person I talked to was a guy named Chris. He had worked there for only 6 months, but said  he enjoyed it a lot so far. He said that the best selling food item they sold was cheesestakes. He also said his favorite thing about working at the terminal was the people.

My last vendor was a place called Giunta’s Prime Shop. Giuntas sells an assortment of different meats. I met the owner who was a man named Charles. Charles had started the business 6 years ago. Though this business is somewhat new, he has been in the meat business his whole life. He had a funny story about how he had sold a whole chicken to an elderly woman who after she got it he heard her mumble: “this will make a great fillet of fish!” He thought about telling her what it really was but in the end he just let her go. Charles works 7 days a week from 8-6. The best selling product is beef and filet minion.

Well, that concludes my article about the Reading Terminal! I highly recommend it to any one who wants to walk around and have a bite to eat.

Photo courtesy of ccharmon/Flickr

Gondi Vs. Fetterman

The Gondi -Fetterman Rivalry: The Gondi’s Cassie Coale
It is clear the Gondis and the Fetterman’ have had a pretty long history of a “friendly” rivalry between the two feuding classes, but Simon and I wanted to find out the story behind the rivalry. So we interviewed the teachers and some students to see how they felt about the feud.


Cassie: How did the rivalry start?

June: It started off my first year.  Jeff came into my class to encourage me. It was a tough year for a new teacher. We wanted to bond the two classes and to have them know each other a little more through their teachers.

It started out so nicely, how did it get competitive?

June: Jeff always made little jokes and funny comments, so I decided it would be fun to come into his class and do the same. So I suppose the jokes made the kids get into “it” too and soon we had a little “war”.

Cassie: Do you think the rivalry will ever end?

June: I don’t think this will ever end; I hope it doesn’t! It is fun to just walk down the hallway and think I wonder if I should disrupt the Fettermans? Also the kids keep this all in fun without getting too personal is good.


Cassie: How would you describe the rivalry?

M (remains unnamed): It’s fun and competitive, but not to the point of being hurtful. It’s a good waste of time.

Why do you think we have a rivalry?

M: I think this is just for fun. I have to admit that the Fetterman’s sometimes can’t accept the simple truth that the Gondi’s are just a step ahead in awesomeness. Yet we want to put that in perspective.

What have you done to make this clear?

We have gone into their classroom and sung a song about how awesome we are.  And we try to ignore them as much as we can when they disrupt us.

Is the feud more between the kids or the teachers?

I think the feuding is more between the kids because they don’t have to work together like the teacher’s do.

There you have it. I think as a Gondi class member, I can objectively say that we are pretty great. And even though we have a history of trying to annoy each other, we get along pretty well.

Fetterman vs. Gondi

An interview with Jeff Fetterman (teacher), Lily Zukin (current student), and Joseph Block (former student). In the past few years, there has been a sort of “rivalry” between the 6th grade classes of Jeff Fetterman and June Gondi. We recently spoke with Jeff, Lily and June in an effort to get to the bottom of this.

Simon: How long has this been going on?

Jeff: Several years.

Simon: Who will win?

Jeff: We will win with wit (and) without warning.

Simon: Who started it?

Jeff: Maybe us. It originated from June’s fear of snakes.

Simon: Do you think this will continue?

Jeff: As long as I can crawl down the hall and June has a class to interrupt.

Simon: How do you feel about this rivalry?

Lily: I think the rivalry is fun and exciting for both classes.

Simon: How has (the rivalry) affected your friendships.

Lily: I think that (my friendships) are the same, but one person says “Fettermans,” and then sneers.

Simon: Do you feel you could pull a prank on the Gondis?

Lily: One second (to plan) and ba-bam!

Simon: Will the rivalry continue?

Lily: Definitely.

Simon: Were there any major pranks last year?

Joseph: No.

Simon: Will this rivalry continue?

Joseph: No.

We wonder if this really is the end or just the beginning?

The Festival Lives On

By Gabe Goldberg

The Annual Festival of Lights this past December was a great success. All of the acts were incredible and interesting. Janet Kalkstein was running this assembly. Of course, Janet got help setting up the assembly. I’d like to begin this article by thanking the people who took the time to set up this amazing festival.

Two Sixth graders started off the festival with a Christmas song.  After that, the middle school a cappella sang “One Love, One Heart”. They did a good job with that, and the whole middle school clapped along after a while. The Jewish Affinity group then did a Hanukah presentation where they lit the candles. Jewish Affinity Group was followed up by a school sing along. After that there were two ballet performances which were very impressive. A school band named FUZZ finished off the assembly by singing Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes and Feliz Navidad.

Everybody left after a moment of silence and the 2011 Festival Of Lights Assembly had ended. All of the performances were amazing and I bet it got everybody looking forward to a good holiday season.

Teachers: Their Deepest… Darkest… Secrets.

What is your favorite thing about teaching middle school?

 Peter Lai: I get to give my students candy and make them hyper. It’s my evil side.

Bob Lynam: Middle schoolers have a good sense of humor; they’re not too serious. They are open to learning.

Rhonda Levy: The kids.

Aaron Preetam: Unlike Upper School where you teach content, here in Middle School I get to teach process.

Ken Aldridge: The kids. The teachers. They rock.

Adam Hotek: The student’s enthusiasm.

Raegan White: They’re unpredictable.

 What is your least favorite thing about teaching middle school?

 Peter Lai: They eat all my candy. They’re crazy!

 Bob Lynam: Grading papers and tests.

 Rhonda Levy: The kids.

 Aaron Preetam: I plead the fifth.

 Ken Aldridge: Students and adults have a different sense of time. They all take different amounts of time to get from point A to point B.

 Adam Hotek: Classroom management.

 Raegan White: They’re unpredictable.

Describe one of the most embarrassing situations you have gotten into while teaching?

Peter Lai: I was projecting a coordinate grid on the white board, and drawing points on it in red.  I started dancing in front of the white board, saying “lets get the red dot on my face!” moving around trying to get the dot on my face. The dot was written on the white board. It couldn’t get on my face.

Bob Lynam: One day, I forgot to come to class.

Rhonda Levy: I was really tired and rushing one morning, because the seventh grade had a field trip one morning and I had to get to school early. One kid came up to me and said “Rhonda, why are you wearing two different shoes?” I hadn’t even realized my shoes didn’t match and I had to go for the rest of the day like that. 

Aaron Preetam: On my second day of teaching ever, a frantic looking high schooler came into my classroom and told me the school was on fire. I thought he was joking around because the smoke alarm was not going off, so I took my time to organize my students into a line. When I stepped into the hallway, I saw that the hallway was filled with black smoke. I ran for my life, screaming on my way out of the building. It wasn’t until I was outside when I realized I was a teacher, and I had students that needed to be evacuated. I ran back into the building and did all the things I wasn’t supposed to do. I ran around screaming that everyone was going to die, pushing students out the door.

Ken Aldridge: Forgetting a student’s name. When the name is on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t think of it.

Adam Hotek: Mixing up student’s names.

Raegan White: I had a Band-aid on my butt for a whole day.

 If you could paint the walls of your classroom any color, which color would you choose?

 Peter Lai: Yellow. Yellow stimulates the math part of your brain.

 Bob Lynam: Bulletin Boards.

 Rhonda Levy: Lime Green.

Aaron Preetam: I would paint the walls with my students work.

 Ken Aldridge: Light blue.

 Adam Hotek: Tan.

 Raegan White: Yellow. Yellow. Yellow.

 Name one reason why you got in trouble in middle school, because everyone gets in trouble.

 Peter Lai:  I picked up whatever I could find of the ground and stuck it in peoples

hair. I was silly.

 Bob Lynam: Talking to my friends in class and not doing my homework.

 Rhonda Levy: My eighth grade science teacher hit me with a meter stick because I talked to much.

 Aaron Preetam: I did not do my work. I hated middle school. With a passion.

 Ken Aldridge: I got really angry, like REALLY angry, when someone called me a bad name. I almost got in a fight.

 Adam Hotek: I was pretending to be a teacher, and I didn’t know that that teacher was in the room.

 Raegan White: Passing notes.

 What is an embarrassing nickname you were called as a kid?

 Peter Lai: Re-Pete.

 Bob Lynam: I didn’t have one.

 Rhonda Levy: Da. My friends couldn’t make a good nickname for me so they picked Da. As in Rhon-Da.

 Aaron Preetam: Pree.

 Ken Aldridge: Kenny.

 Adam Hotek: Adam and Eve.

 Raegan White: Ronald Raegan.

 What is your favorite word?

 Peter Lai: Asymptote

Bob Lynam: Ergonomic

 Rhonda Levy: Friday

 Aaron Preetam: Cacahuates (peanuts in Spanish)

 Ken Aldridge: Agency

 Adam Hotek: Dude.

Raegan White: Vacation. 

GFS: A New 8th Grader’s Experience

by Talia Cieslinsk

An Interview with Meredith Cooney, new 8th grader

1.  How do you like GFS so far?
It’s great, really excited

2.  Where did you go to school before GFS?
I went to Springside

3.  How does GFS compare to your old school? / What are some big changes at GFS?
GFS is far better for me; it fits my personality, which my other school didn’t. There were a lot of big changes; the biggest being that GFS is co-ed and there are no uniforms, which is a bonus.

4.  Was there a particular reason you switched schools?
The girls who attended Springside were becoming a different group of people from when I started.  I like school~ to the extent that school can be liked. GFS students show the same compassion for school as it do.

What is your favorite part of GFS so far?
The people, teachers and students together. Everyone is so nice and welcoming.

About how many people did you know coming into GFS? And how many people do you know now?
When I moved to GFS I didn’t know anybody; now it’s so different. At Springside ,I only had a few friends and here everyone introduces themselves and/or comes up and starts talking to me.

What activities/sports/hobbies/ and subjects are you interested in at GFS?
No one particularly, but the idea of having to move from building to building was particularly appealing.

If your last school had to be an animal what would it be? What animal would GFS be?
Springside would probably be a black cat and GFS would probably be a domestic, sweet cat because cats have 2 sides to them.

What are the differences of GFS’s campus and you old school’s
At GFS, the students move from building to building. At Springside you stay in the same building for the whole day. You don’t walk across campus.

Did your old school have a cafeteria? If it did what was your favorite food there and what is your favorite food at the GFS cafeteria?  
Yes, we had a cafeteria, my favorite food there was probably a sandwich from the deli. I really don’t have a favorite food at GFS yet.  I like to bring my lunch when possible.

What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book is probably “Maximum Ride:School’s Out Forever”

What’s you favorite movie?
I don’t have a favorite movie.

What’s your favorite food?
I don’t have a favorite food.

If you could be an animal what animal would you be?
A cat.

How are your expectations of GFS comparing to what it actually is?
My expectations for GFS were really high and GFS, for the most part “lived” up the to the expectations.

Behind the Scenes at the Franklin Institute

Behind the Scenes at the Franklin Institute
An Interview With Larry Dubinski
by Hannah Dubinski ’18

Ever wonder what it’s like to solve crimes? How about seeing ancient mummies?  My father, Larry Dubinski, gets to do all this and more every day in his work as Senior Vice President of the Franklin Institute. Recently, I sat down with my father and asked him all about his experience there.

What is the newest exhibit at the Franklin Institute?

CSI: The Experience.

What is the exhibit about?
The exhibit teaches about forensic science and other tools investigators use to solve crimes. As a visitor you are immersed in one of three crime scenes and you use scientific tools and principles to solve crimes. Click on the link find out more about this exciting new exhibit.

 How long will this exhibit be there?
Until January 2nd.

What is your favorite location in the Franklin Institute?
The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.


It is a majestic place and one of the few national memorials in private hands. Additionally Franklin was one of the most important figures in the founding of our country.

What is your favorite traveling exhibit and why?
King Tut because it attracted the young and old to learn about the mysteries of ancient Egypt.

What is an area that many people may not know about?
The observatory with a giant telescope on the roof of the Franklin Institute.

Can you tell us more about that?
During the day you can look at the sun, and at night you have a spectacular view of the planets and stars.

What is the next traveling exhibit?
Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs.

What is the best part of your job?
Watching my kids learn from and enjoy the exhibitions.

What is the mission of the Franklin Institute?
To inspire a passion in science and technology.

EAC 2011-2012

by Ishmael Bynum

The Upper School E.A.C (Environmental Action Club), lead by Ian Van Wert has already been hard at work. The E.A.C has continued the tradition of a Wissahickon woods clean up;  The E.A.C has also decided to sponsor a ‘’reduce your carbon footprint’’ week. They are promoting the dos and don’ts of composting and are also considering a battery-recycling program.

The Middle School E.A.C has a large agenda for the coming year as well. Tara Goss is leading the E.A.C and has come up with multiple projects. The E.A.C is planning to make videos and songs on how to compost. Also, they are trying to get funds for planting trees. Surveys are being passed on why or why don’t people compost. For the future, the E.A.C is going to tell us why birds and their habitat are so important.

The Scottish Exchange

Last month, on April 10th, four girls from Scotland came to stay at GFS. They came from St. George’s, a uniformed, girls school in Edinburgh. The first week of their stay, they were amazed by the difference between their school and ours. One of the exchanges saw a student hug one of their teachers and was completely shocked. This was a level of informality they had never experienced. By the end of the exchange, however, they loved the easy-going atmosphere of GFS and were readily hugging teachers.

They also noticed the different words that Americans use as opposed to people from the United Kingdom.

Here is a list of some of the words.

American to English – Dictionary

Bangs    –   A Fringe

Butt     –    Bottom

Chips    –   Crisps

Cleats  –   Studs (spikes)

Flats    –   Pumps

Make up    –   Pull, snog

Mall     –    Shopping Centre

Soda            –    Fizzy Drinks

Sidewalk    –    Pavement

Sneakers   –    Trainers

Soccer   –   Football

Pumps   –   High Heels

Vacation   –    Holiday

Trash can   –   Rubbish Bin

Trash   –   Rubbish

Period   –   Full Stop

Truck    –   Lorry

White-out   –   Tip-ex

By Magda Andrews-Hoke and Olenka Jain

The Found

Everyone loses stuff. If you’re anybody, it might be a good idea to visit the lost and found. Go into the building and down the echoing stairwell next to the bathrooms. Down a flight, there’s a big brown chest, stuffed in the corner under the stairs. It’s filled with all sorts of things. There may be things of yours, and things belonging to your friends. Looking closer, one would find all sorts of junk that has been sitting there rotting for years (like a lunchbox from who-knows- when with a moldy sandwich inside).

In lower school, the lost and found in the Cary Building is always filled with gloves, coats, lunch boxes, and maybe a shoe. But, every 6 months or so, the lost and found items are put on display in the Cary Building lobby for a week or two so the kids that never bother to look in the lost and found can find their lost items. Then, all the remaining things are taken and donated to a charity and the lost and found is empty, though not for long. The Middle School doesn’t have that kind of system. Middle School faculty expects kids to be more responsible. Or maybe everyone is just too lazy. Either way, that box is never emptied.

If the lightweight lid of the chest is pushed open and propped carefully against the wall behind it, an unpleasant stench will waft up. Scrunching up one’s nose, one might push through the junk, hoping to recognize something of theirs in the dim light. There’s a notebook on top of a pile of coats. “Joi Dallas, 2007-2008”. The notebook is filled with English notes from Will “Terri’s” 7th grade English class. Though the notes mean nothing to her now, one can’t help wondering; was is it lost before or after the end of the year? Along with the notebook is all of her 7th grade science work, including a test that the 7th graders just took. A medium-sized Sure deodorant labeled with somebody’s name (who preferred to not have his name mentioned) sits near a ruined Santa hat. If the piles of sweatshirts had faces then they would have long, graying beards.

The lost and found is really just the found, because no one knows what they’ve lost. “He-who-shall-not-be-named” probably has new deodorant, and it’s most likely that Joi Dallas doesn’t need her 7th grade work anymore. It would be nice if the so-called lost and found didn’t smell like rotting lunches and mildewy winter coats, so please take a minute out of your day, and find what needs to be found.

Revolutions in Egypt


Protests in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak started January 25th, 2011.  Hosni Mubarak became president after President Anwar el-Sadat was assassinated in 1981.  As president Mubarak stabilized the country keeping the peace treaty with Israel and smoothing relationships with surrounding Arab countries as well as America.  And though Mubarak had created good relationships with other countries, he was disliked by majority of Egyptian people.  Mubarak maintained his power by rigging elections and acquired his money (estimated around 40-70 billion) from illegal dealings.  Though right now the Swiss bank has frozen his account.  Hosni Mubarak was in power for 30 years and during his reign the population in Egypt has doubled to over 80 million, while the chasm between rich and poor has grown greater.

Finally protests against Mubarak started in Tahrir Square January of this year.  The protests lasted 18 days till Mubarak eventually stepped down.  The protests were non-violent for the most part, but during the revolution two-dozen Egyptian historical sites were looted. One journalist wrote, “When you enter the square now, one row of volunteers checks your ID, another frisks you for weapons and then you walk through a long gauntlet of men clapping and singing an Egyptian welcome song.” Tahrir Square was a vivid revolutionary site housing thousands of protesters each faced with tear gas and gunshots.  Over 300 were killed by police and thugs sent out by Mubarak in Tahrir Square.  Demonstrations including the spelling of “leave” with shoes in Cairo (showing soles is an insult in Arab culture) as well as others occurred till finally Mubarak resigned February 11th, 2011.

When Mubarak stepped down, Egypt was put in the hands the military.  And right now Essam Sharaf (who joined protesters in Tahrir Square) has replaced Ahmed Shafik as prime minister.  Sharaf promised to continue changes requested by Egyptian people stating, “I beg you, you did something great and together we will do more, we are with you I have a heavy task and it will need patience.”

Though the end of Mubarak’s reign has pleased the people of Egypt, it is not certain whether or not the new government will be preferable to the former one.  Mubarak’s resignation may cause tension between Egypt and its former allies, however Obama has promised to support Egypt’s new administration.  But his resignation also signals hope for other revolutions going on in the Middle East.


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What’s in your locker?

by Emily Beiser

Equality is a Quaker testimony, but at GFS, we have inequality in the assignment of lockers. Why should some people have bigger lockers than others?

It’s Monday. A student comes in to school and opens up their locker. It’s about a foot and a half wide cube. He moves books around from his backpack to his locker and puts his coat in. He jams his sports bag in too. Then he attempts to put his squash racquet in his locker, but sighs as it is too long for the locker, and brings it into his homeroom.

Downstairs, a girl opens her four-foot tall, eight inch wide locker and hangs up her coat. A door above her head opens to a compartment of a one foot wide cube. She stashes her unnecessary books and hangs her squash racket next to her coat. She attempts to put her sports bag in the locker too, but the locker is too thin, and she sighs as she brings it into her homeroom.

Examining these two dilemmas of the lockers: Too thin and too short, I wonder: Which locker is better? In the tall thin lockers, like this girl has, she can easily fit her coat in her locker and access her books at the same time, while in the square locker like the boy has, he has to remove his coat if he wants to access his books again. In the tall lockers, there is also space for sports equipment, like a squash racket or a field hockey stick.

The square lockers do have their advantages. The boy can fit his sports bag in his locker, if he squashes it in, but the girl’s locker is too thin. He can also fit larger items, like a box of cupcakes or a soccer ball. But how often do you bring that in? And why leave cupcakes in your locker?

Examining the real estate of the two lockers, the tall, thin lockers seem to have more space, with 10,101 cubic inches, while the square lockers have 3,712.5 cubic inches. In theory, the tall thin lockers have more space to store things, and are better overall. Plus, they’re way bigger.

It’s time for sports. Two girls go into the locker room. They both open their lockers- one has a full locker, while the other has a half-locker. The girl with the half-locker pulls open the door and a pair of shorts and a basketball shoe fall out. She dumps her stuff on the bench, and changes. When she’s done, she puts her school clothes,(including the nice shirt she had to wear for an orchestra concert that day) sneakers, her coat and her lunch bag in a heap in the locker, and slams it closed before it all falls on her. She leaves her backpack on the floor outside the locker, and runs downstairs, before remembering her water bottle. She runs back up, opens her locker. Her coat falls on the floor, and she moves it to the side. She removes her clothing, (her shirt is wrinkled) sneakers and lunch box from the heap they make in the locker, and finds her water bottle in the bottom. She sets it on the bench and begins to stuff everything back in. Finally, she slams the locker closed and locks it, and leaves the locker room.

Meanwhile, the girl with the full-length locker unlocks and opens the door. She changes and hangs her clothes and coat up on the hooks. Her boots go on the floor of the locker, and her lunch box and cell phone go on the shelf. She can’t fit her backpack either, but she sticks it under the bench. She locks her locker and begins to go downstairs, when she realizes she forgot her water bottle. She goes back to her locker and opens it up. Her water bottle is on the shelf, next to her lunch bag. Her shirt isn’t wrinkled, and she can probably get away with not having to wash and iron it before the next concert. She grabs her water bottle, closes the locker, and goes downstairs.

We all know who the winner is here. The girl with the full length locker is clearly at an advantage. Her clothes stay neat, her stuff doesn’t go everywhere when she opens her locker, and she can get ready much faster than the other girl. It seems like there are plenty of lockers in the locker room. Why do we have small ones? In fifth grade, we were told we had small gym lockers because the older students had bags and more stuff. It seems like we have plenty of lockers, and lots of people don’t use or even know they have lockers assigned to them. Why should they have lockers that somebody who uses their locker wishes they had? And how is it practicing equality to have such different facilities for different people?