April 17, 1990 |
The Supreme Court yesterday left intact a ban on school dances in a small Missouri Bible Belt town, where fundamentalist Christians complained that dancing is sinful, even "satanic. " By refusing to hear the case, the court rejected arguments that the ban imposed by public school officials in rural Purdy, Mo., - and later upheld by a federal appeals court - is religiously motivated and, therefore, violates the constitutionally required separation of church and state. The Supreme Court ruling, which was made without comment, does not mean the justices agreed with the lower court's support of the ban, but was an indication that the court thought the issue not worthy of its time.
July 7, 1992 |
Henry M. Rowan is a quiet, low-key, downright neighborly kind of guy who lives on a farm, chops his own wood, and doesn't like people to know that he's rich. Yesterday, he announced he was giving $100 million to a New Jersey college that offered to change its name to his. So much for modesty. Here's a guy who dislikes "high society" so much he says he doesn't even know what it is, who bought his wife a Cadillac for the airbag though he thinks the car is too flashy, who says he's not a big philanthropist and who won't come close to revealing how much he's worth.
April 30, 2004 |
Stung by students being drunk at school dances, the West Chester Area School District announced yesterday that it would require junior- and senior-prom-goers to be screened by alcohol-detection devices. "The goal here is to prevent underage drinking; the goal isn't to catch kids," Michael DiBartolomeo, the district's director of secondary education, said yesterday at a news briefing. "We want them to come to the prom and have a great time, without the use of alcohol. " DiBartolomeo said the district bought five devices that detect the presence of alcohol on the breath, but they don't measure blood-alcohol content.
January 6, 1986 |
Fights and party-crashers at two recent dances at Cheltenham High School have prompted township commissioners to call for stricter controls by school authorities. "If there are guidelines, they are just not being enforced. There is not proper supervision. I think that's outrageous," said Commissioner Allan H. Reuben last week. Reuben said he was angered at reports of trouble at a Dec. 21 dance sponsored by the high school's Afro-American Students League. One teenager received what police described as a superficial back wound from a screwdriver, a second complained of a sprained finger and a third was arrested at the dance and later charged with underage drinking and disorderly conduct.
May 21, 2001 |
Ask a school principal or prom moderator to explain the meaning of prom night and you'll likely hear: "It's about school spirit" or "It celebrates graduation. " There's nothing inherently wrong with such replies, but there is something missing. What no one seems willing to talk about is that prom night is also a mating ritual. Consider how proms are constructed, beginning with the schools. In Philadelphia Catholic schools, students are forbidden to attend proms without a date. Danielle Shegda tried to challenge this back in 1997 and got nowhere fast: Her dad ended up escorting her. In the public schools no such entry rules apply, but the pressure to find a date is often just as fierce.
July 18, 2012 |
Darien Seidman, aka "DJ D-Seid," is spinning, mixing, and beat-matching in his father's footsteps. The Shawnee Regional High School senior plays records professionally, like his dad, Daryle, did when he was a student - and still does. And Darien's paternal grandfather, the late Don "DJ Duke" Seidman, kept South Philly school dances hopping. "To be a DJ, you have to feel the music and really be a part of it," explains Darien, 17, who regularly spins at the H2O Beach Club in Berlin Township as well as at Coffee Talk, a java joint in Stone Harbor.
March 18, 1996 |
They are, of sorts, a people without a homeland. Still, they managed quite a homecoming over the weekend, in a reunion of graduates of a school that has not existed for more than 40 years. About 650 proud graduates of Glen-Nor High School in Delaware County lingered over breakfast and memories at a Malvern hotel yesterday. "This whole thing's been special. Nothing like it," said Tom Tillett, a 1942 graduate and a retired Church of God minister. Tillett was quarterback on a famed football squad at the school: For two seasons it was undefeated, and in one year, no team scored against it. Yesterday, he offered morning church services for his former schoolmates before heading home to Lancaster County.
February 2, 2012
AT OUR HOUSE, "Soul Train" was must-see TV because it was one of the only TV shows where you could count on seeing brown faces. Negroes, as we were called back then, would be dressed to the nines, wearing the hottest street fashions, huge afros, hot pants, wide-brimmed hats, platform shoes and maxi coats. Good thing fire never broke out in the "Soul Train" studio, because there would have been a polyester meltdown. For me, a black girl with practically no rhythm, "Soul Train" was my classroom, helping me navigate the social minefield of high school dances.
May 19, 1996 |
The transition from sixth grade to middle school may not be as glamorous as moving on to high school. But for some, the perilous and sometimes scary journey into adolescence can be worse. Students suddenly grapple with several teachers at once. Homework multiplies. Voices crack. Complexions erupt. And, of course, the "girl-boy thing" begins. That's exactly why 400 sixth-grade students came to Mount Laurel's Thomas E. Harrington Middle School for a brief and entertaining orientation last week.
April 2, 1998 |
Sometimes, she takes a break. Rashana Barnes unfolds her long legs and arms, massages the back of her neck touched by her limply lying short braids, and exhales all the tension of her last month. Her eyes want to close. Her body craves the stillness, the silence of unscheduled time. But it's almost midnight. To stop and think about her accomplishments - her 4.0 grade-point average, her student council presidency, her stardom on as the 6-foot-2 center for Catholic League champion West Catholic - might delay her in writing her English paper, the topic: the Laws of Life.