Within the next month, she will hold auditions for band members and select around two ensembles to be on call. Linde, who received at least ten requests for student performances last year from places such as the Atrium and Chestnut Hill Malls, always tries to accommodate these requests.
“Students will gain a number of benefits: the experience of walking into a new situation and dealing with new people is a valuable opportunity to be able to interact professionally with adults outside of South. Students will learn about their responsibilities throughout these experiences, Linde said. “South will also benefit from being an organization that reaches out to the public, and the people making the request will benefit by having access to live music that is excellent quality but will not charge what a professional adult musicians might charge.
By participating in these special performances outside of school, the band members gain not only musical experience, but also monetary compensation. According to Linde, the exposure that students receive as a group may also earn them paying jobs in the future, something that has often happened in the past. They will also have the opportunity to promote their ensemble.
For senior and band member Melanie Rucinski, however, sharing her love of music is more important than the paycheck.
Â “[Getting paid] is nice for us, but I would still do it if I didn’t get paid, she said. “I feel better about doing it without payment because feeling like I’m sharing something with the community just for the sake of sharing it is really nice¦ we’re not doing this to get paid; we’re doing it to play music.
In any case, students who participate in band are excited about the opportunity the on-call ensembles will afford them.
“Chamber groups are a great way to involve myself in music ÂÂoutside of school, sophomore and band member Elena Byun said. “Working in a smaller group requires different skills, and I know that developing them will help make me a better musician¦ I’m really looking forward to seeing and hearing what me and other classmates’ chamber groups will have put together [next month].
“I’m of the firm belief that playing chamber music is the best way to improve as a player, both solo and orchestral, Rucinski said. “It’s a good experience to go out and play for people, and I don’t think we get that a lot.
The number of participants from week to week varies, but that has no effect on the club. Even with students walking in to play mid-game, no matter how many students are in the gym, the game goes on.
Crossfire was first created by now president of the Crossfire club and senior Jake Palmer towards the end of first quarter.
“One day in November I turned to my friend and told him it would be really fun if we could play dodge ball at school, Palmer said. “[At first], I approached the Athletic Director, intending to ask if some friends and I could play dodge ball at Gym B.
But then, Palmer recognized the opportunity to make dodge ball a regular event, open to every student since so many students were interested in playing.
Creating the Crossfire club was not easy, however. Athletic Director Scott Perrin told Palmer that in order to play dodge ball during J-Block, they required a faculty advisor.
Math teacher Andrew Kelly was chosen to be the faculty advisor but due to his coaching after school, Palmer had to ask different teachers to supervise his club on a weekly basis.
Another technicality that had to be addressed was the fact that dodge ball is no longer allowed in public school curricula.
“When I originally approached Mr. Perrin and Mr. Stembridge about making the club, I called it Crossfire Club, to avoid the conflict surrounding playing dodge ball at school, Palmer said. “Since then, no one has challenged us so we call it dodge ball now.
As the leader of the club, Palmer organizes the games by bringing dodge balls every week. Once the game begins, however, his leadership becomes nominal and he takes on the role of just another player. The game gets competitive but everyone remains friendly and respectful.
Junior Tony Wang explained that he was encouraged to join the club by several of his friends.“Because of large number of students playing the game, there are some people who do not always follow the rules, but [nevertheless], the games always run well and smoothly, Wang said. “The transitions between games are quick and very little time is wasted during each game.
Palmer, graduating from South this year, plans to pass on his role of organizing next year’s Crossfire club to junior Alex Gershanov.
At the end of its inaugural year, Palmer is satisfied with the results of the club.
“I think it was a great success largely because so many kids showed up every week, spanning so many social groups at South. The club is open to anyone and will be a great time for everyone, Palmer said.]]>
“Many students are resentful over the new policy which was implemented this year, banning students from eating in the hallways, Senate President and senior Ben Chelmow said.
Ever since students vocalized their discontent over the policy at the beginning of the school year, the Senate has searched for ways to repeal or change it. Recently, the Senate formed the Cafeteria Alternatives Committee (CAC) to investigate and research possible options for lunch environments.
“We found out that the policy itself really could not be changed, so we had to think of alternative solutions, junior Caroline Rosa, a member of the CAC, said.
The CAC and Stembridge came up with the solution of buying several outdoor tables and placing them in areas such as the courtyard or the enclosed area outside of the cafeteria.
“It will be a good place for people to get together and eat outside when the weather gets nicer, Rosa said.
The Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) agreed to support the plan and awarded the CAC with a $1000 grant for the purchase of the tables several weeks ago. The PTSO grant came with a stipulation, however, that ensured that the tables were made of a durable and vandalism-proof material such as metal or cement. These requirements led to complications.
“Cement or metal tables are actually more expensive thanÂ we expected, Rosa said. “We would only be able to buy one [table] with the $1000 grant.
Rosa added, however, that a few hundred dollars of grant money would remain after the first purchase, and that Stembridge agreed to cover the remaining cost of the second table.
The Senate is currently coming up with ways to raise more money to purchase multiple picnic tables so that more than just a few students can use them during lunch and free blocks.
The CAC is planning on surveying several advisories this week to get an idea of what locations for the tables are most popular with students.
“We really want students to share their input with us, whether it’s in person or online. I want to emphasize that they can play a major role in the decision making process on this issue and all others in the future, Senate member and junior David Altman said.
Many students are excited for the opportunity to have an adequate place to sit outside.
“[The outdoor tables] would be helpful because the cafeteria is always so crowded, junior Kyla Kouadio said. “It will benefit everyone, but only as long as the there are trashcans as well.
The CAC will issue a report to Stembridge on the table’s design specifications, costs, proposed locations, and information on additional trash receptacles to be placed in the area within the coming weeks. The Senate hopes to have the picnic tables installed soon after.]]>
“Winter Prom is continuing the tradition started last year by some of the previous senior Class Officers, senior Class President Chenzhe Cao said. “We thought it was a great idea to include smaller events this year, and Winter Prom would be a great event for all of the seniors.
The officers expected the event to have a large turn out. Because the Hyde Center has a maximum capacity of 250 people, the officers originally stated that only the first 250 people would be admitted entrance. On the Winter Prom Facebook event, over 300 people were confirmed as “attending.
Though tickets were generally $12, students who attended the Invisible Children’s Benefit Concert the night before were charged $10.
Newton North students were also welcome at the event. Though mostly juniors and seniors attended, some freshman and sophomores showed up as well.
“We heard from last year’s event that although there was a lot of hype, only 150 students had come to Winter Prom, Cao said. “We wanted the Hyde Center to be packed with students.
As with most school events, the Class Officers expressed great concern over safety at Winter Prom. Although there were no breathalyzer tests, 10 to 15 chaperones and two police officers made sure attendees were under control.
“As long as we are able to entertain and create a lively and enjoyable atmosphere, then I think that we’ve accomplished our goal, Cao said.
Winter Prom also provided North and South students the opportunity to make donations to Haiti, which was recently struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 150,000 people. Both the junior and senior classes matched every dollar donated.]]>