By sydney

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There is a little pleasure in going for lengths, waking up at dawn to take a bus in a further district. My swimming lessons make me feel alive.

Getting to this class is no easy feat, I only go twice a week and leave for the city college three hours early just to swim, I even broke my knee in the pool recently. Every second in this pool is worth it.

‘Not to be repeated’ Artwork by Cindy Chan/The Guardsman.

Coming to this swimming class next semester is not possible. That’s not to say there isn’t a workaround. I took the advanced course and now, therefore, I will have to take a less qualified class. Although there is no shame in this choice and no practical difference, why do I have to do it, and after four semesters of these classes, why can’t I take swimming lessons anymore.

The answer is California Title 5 under Division 6; Chapter 6; Subchapter 1; Section 4 as it reads “District policy may not permit students to enroll more than once in an active participatory physical education, visual arts, or performing arts class in accordance with this section.” and likewise “may not permit students to enroll in … more than four times for semester courses or six times for term courses”.

The law is clear in these cases, and failure to follow it could mean another disaster for the school.

City College physical education equipment. Photo by Onyx Hunter / The Guard

Simply put, fighting the law here would be brazen and reckless, for such small fries. What this says about the coldness of the legislation is chilling.

Art classes that had continuing enrollments have been reduced. If the intended effect was the actual effect, the law is cruel, but the meaning and intent of the law cannot simply be inferred from the effects.

The law is designed to set precedent, clear decisions and laws to build upon. Judges and lawyers practically wear a belt buckle with “Precedent” engraved in stainless steel. Legislators’ abstraction of those affected by the laws is no clearer here.

Justice may be blind, but she also wields a sword. Hopefully she can hear the few of us screaming.