Zito Leaves Donut Club Searching For Answers

Nolan Martin

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M-A’s principal Matthew Zito has eluded the now infamous Donut Club twice, absent for both an original meeting scheduled for October 18th as well as the rescheduled meeting on this past Monday.

According to members of the Donut Club, the organization has received their charter for the year, but has not been allowed to sell donuts as a result of a number of violations, the most grave of which being that the donuts sold do not meet the nutritional requirements set by California legislators for food sold at public schools.  The club has chosen to negotiate with Kelly Todd, Leadership and Club Director at M-A, who directed them to Principal Zito.

The executive board of the Donut Club, including George Baier, Ben Prudhomme, Kevin Cole, Connor Mesec, Jonathan Zdasiuk, and Michael Hohl, originally scheduled a meeting with Zito regarding their right to sell donuts at school for October 18th.  When they arrived in the administration building at 4:00, they found no sign of Zito or any explanation of his whereabouts.  After waiting extensively for Zito to arrive, the board members tracked down a passerby who confirmed that the principal was off campus. “We just sort of feel like he blew us off,” said Zdasiuk.

Rescheduling an audience with Zito was no easy task, but board members secured yet another slot in Zito’s calendar for Monday, November 5th during lunchtime.  Surprisingly, the Donut Club entered the office to find Zito off campus again without any explanation or notice that he would not be available.

Once M-A’s largest student group with over 50 members, the Donut Club, is supported at the moment only by a network of underground followers who continue to support the club with remarkable devotion.  The club, whose massive fabric signs and flag have garnered much attention over the past two years, now sits awaiting school approval to sell donuts.

During the 2011-2012 school year, the Donut Club convened each Monday at lunch in Mrs. Nersesian’s room, selling donuts to students at the cost of $1 a piece.  All profits made by the club were used to purchase canned food products for M-A’s annual canned food drive.  As a result, the Donut Club offered the largest food donation of all clubs at M-A. Unfortunately, the Donut Club may be unable to donate to the canned food drive this year because of their inability to sell donuts.

Nersesian, the club’s sponsor, allegedly penned a letter to State Senator Joe Simitian describing the club’s mission of selling donuts to students to raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank, to which Simitian apparently responded, “The kids should be able to sell donuts.”  Simitian’s response may be the greatest defense the Donut Club has in their negotiations.  No defense will be strong enough for the Donut Club, however, if Zito continues to evade the issue.

UPDATE (11.9.12): It was brought to the attention of the Bear News by Kelly Todd that she did not direct the Donut Club to Zito; rather, club members sought negotiations with Zito of their own volition.

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12 Responses to “Zito Leaves Donut Club Searching For Answers”

  1. Virsies on November 8th, 2012 9:45 pm

    Maybe I’m a little harsh on Zito but he has a secretary to schedule things for him, and it’s pretty sketchy that he keeps bailing on the donut club. I mean, it’s for a good cause and it’s not like students don’t eat donuts anyway. Though I’m a little confused as to the relevance of the ramen noodles.

    sparish Reply:

    Yeah, I agree that it’s a little harsh on Zito, but it is really strange that he’s missed the meeting twice. And isn’t he regularly on campus? I’m not quite sure what his schedule is like :/
    I think that the ramen noodles are supposed to be there to represent the canned food drive and how lots of people donate them. There’s cans on top of the noodles, too.

    David Schmitt Reply:

    Yes, I believe that the Donut Club collected the most cans for the Canned Food Drive last year. All the more reason to reinstate them!

    shenze Reply:

    Do any other clubs donate to the Canned Food Drive? It is such a pity that these health restrictions have gone so far as to eliminate a fun and productive club at M-A. I’m sure there is a way to work around such restrictions for the Donut Club.

  2. jacob pfau on November 9th, 2012 8:04 pm

    I think Senator Simitian is the unsung hero of menlo-atherton high school. I think he should be awarded a massive donut as thanks for his help if the donut club is restored!

  3. sgoodman on November 9th, 2012 8:05 pm

    i think that a club should do what they want if their not hurting anyone. Zito is overeaching

  4. nhug on November 13th, 2012 3:42 pm

    It is really interesting that when a club has proven it does more good than bad (ie. their contribution to the Canned Food drive), they still can be shut down by the administration. It makes sense that the school can’t really make exceptions, it is California law, but you’d think the admin would be actively trying to find a solution or loophole because of the good the club does for the school.

    shoover Reply:

    Also, considering State Senator Joe Simitian’s response, it seems reasonable that keeping the Donut Club alive would be in the best interests of the administration.

  5. alai on November 13th, 2012 8:59 pm

    I was wondering where the Donut Club went! It always had the best announcements. It’s too bad they’re shut down when they contributed the most to the Canned Food Drive, especially since high schoolers are going to eat that stuff anyways.

  6. Sabiha Viswanathan on November 13th, 2012 11:08 pm

    I think that the Donut Club has truly been a positive contribution to M-A. Not only do people love the donuts they provide, but the club uses it’s money for good causes and gave a huge amount of cans for the canned food drive. I think that Zito definitely should take them seriously because they deserve the respect.

  7. Evan on November 15th, 2012 10:10 pm

    I read this and thought wow. The club has such good intentions so why not just let them self do-nuts. Food regulations seem really strict for just a box a donuts. Maybe have a disclaimer saying “Eat at your own risk…”?

  8. mrichardson on December 17th, 2012 2:11 pm

    If people want to buy donuts they should be able to do so! I’m talking human rights here. All the profit goes to charity so i really don’t see the problem

Zito Leaves Donut Club Searching For Answers