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Powderpuff pranks turn pungent

By Jessie Feldstein
Published: December 2010

Although practical jokes are frowned upon at South, there is one day where these rules seem to not apply: Powderpuff.
The annual Thanksgiving event pitting the junior girls versus the senior girls in a touch-football game always involves early morning antics to some degree.
This year, however, the antics and resulting competition between the two grades reached an all time high.
“Powderpuff is one of the best school events and it’s something for the girls to look forward to, junior and coach Dan Frechter said.
“I don’t think there is really any serious violence involved with Powderpuff, but I’ve definitely heard of pranks between the juniors and seniors getting out of hand, he said.
“Unfortunately, some people ruin the event by making it into a war instead of just a game.
Although this year’s pregame festivities are being scrutinized, participants were still able to feel school spirit.
“It was actually one of the most fun days I have had all year and I really wish we had more school spirited events like that, junior Mikayla Bogart said.
The question is, did the spirit turn sour and reach a level detrimental to fun?
Chloe Rothman, the senior quarterback, thought that Powderpuff definitely “brought out some hate.
The car of one of Rothman’s friends was covered in syrup that was nearly impossible to scrape off.
“Getting tackled is bad enough, Rothman said.
Senior Rachel Davidson agrees. “The front and back windshields of my car were covered in ketchup and mustard, she said.
“I wouldn’t have cared if it were whipped cream or something, but it smelled and was hard to scrape off.
“Instead of doing cheers and walking around the halls, I had to clean my car.
Frechter, however, points out that seniors were not completely free of blame.
“A few of the girls on my team seemed worried about walking by the seniors in school or being approached by the senior girls away from school grounds, he said.
“Some juniors who put condiments [on senior cars] went a little too far but I think they honestly didn’t mean to, and they didn’t know what the effects on cars were with the condiments they used, Bogart said.
“Some of the pranks were very close to crossing the line. I feel it is up to the girls to police themselves because the pranks and events only escalate as far as they want them to, Frechter said.
“As with anything else, it is impossible for the administration to watch for stuff outside of school, but on school grounds it is definitely within the principal’s and housemaster’s jurisdiction to impose punishment.
Although Principal Stembridge thought that the spirit at the actual Powderpuff game was outstanding and the pep rally went soundly, he says there will be extracurricular activity that they will be scrutinizing.
Much like the junior girls, Principal Stembridge was most concerned with the safety of students at Powderpuff.
“Anytime there is competition, there is always the danger that things will go too far, he said.
“It is important that things stay safe, rather than unhealthy and destructive. I need to make sure that students are always safe.
Thankfully, it seemed that in face of the pranks, students were in fact safe.
“There was no serious harm. At the end of the day, kids know their limits, Rothman said. “The nature of it is a battle and if that aspect were compromised, then it wouldn’t be nearly as intriguing.
Bogart agrees. “I don’t think it will become more aggressive each year, because coming into it people know their limits and they know what crosses the line into something dangerous or harmful, she said.
To the reassurance of the upperclassmen players, Principal Stembridge promised students that he wouldn’t do anything overly dramatic in limiting Powderpuff accents.
“It is a fun day for students, and it is not my intention to change that in any way, he said.
In the end, tempers have been mollified, and “everyone is over it now, Rothman said. “In the words of the White Stripes, I can tell that we are going to be friends.

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