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By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Peter Rubin, Volume 18 March 21, 1979 On Thursday, February 15, Massachusetts High School students got involved in the dispute over raising the drinking age. The State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) held a press conference at the offices of the State Department of Education to announce the position of the council with regards to the pending drinking age legislation. Below are their five main reasons opposing the raising of the drinking ...

A nondrinker’s view

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
Volume 38 December 23, 1998 It is a well-known fact that teenagers drink and smoke. As much as teenagers and adults like to think that it is only the “bad” kids who drink and smoke, most of us at Newton South are aware that the majority of us, by our junior years, have, if not gotten smashed at some party, at least become a little tipsy off champagne at a holiday celebration. ...

Boozing & cruising: drunk driving persists over the years

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Steven Epstein, Volume 17 September 27, 1977 In the last two years, four Newton South students have been killed in driving accidents while under the influence of alcohol. Four young adults have lost their lives needlessly due to carelessness combined with the effects of alcohol. Alcohol abuse, described by South’s Driver Education Director Norman S. Swerling as, “the absolute number one health problem in both the schools and society today,” is clearly increasing among the 16-20 year old age group. This problem has been apparent at South. In addition to the irreplaceable loss of four members of our student body, many other students have been injured (one to the point to partial paralyzation) due to the accidents cause by drunk drivers. Drunk driving is certainly a difficult problem for every city in the country. There seem to be two key reasons for the overall alcohol abuse that leads to drunk driving. First, is the availability of liquor. There are package stores in every part of the city, which will sell alcoholic beverages to customers under 18. Secondly, many parents in Newton, remembering their adolescence, feel that alcohol abuse by their children is far better than another possibility, drug abuse. Many feel that because they drank when they were in high school, it is all right for their children to do the same. The difference is that twenty years ago, the average high school student had little access to a car. However, in Newton of 1977, the accessibility of a car by the majority of motor vehicles has been, and will continue to be a deadly one. Of the four accidents that resulted in student fatalities, two occurred in Newton- one in front of the school. Both drivers had been drinking. One was extremely drunk, the other was not legally drunk. One accident occurred on Beacon St., just beyond Four Corners. The driver was killed, and two of the three pasangers were seriously injured. The other accident involved a borrowed motorcycle. The young driver was attempting to pass a car illegally at an excessive rate of speed, was hit by the car, and killed by the impact of the crash. Norm Swerling is looking for answers that will stop these unnecessary deaths. He is concerned and upset over the alcohol problem but is optimistic. “Although more people are drinking,” he commented, “more people are drinking intelligently.” Swerling feels that there are preventive measures that can helpt. “I feel it’s foolish to end a kid’s education before he’s a licensed driver, and before he really knows what it’s all about,” said Swerling. He advocates that the 30 hours of classroom study in Driver Education be distributed differently. He believes the Driver Education should be modified to allow 20 hours of study before licensing and 10 hours after the driver has been driver for four to six months. This is so that the students and instructor can, “talk as equals”.  Mr. Swerling feels that there are two other steps to the elimination of drunken driving at the high school level. He advocates raising the legal drinking age to 19 to, “get it at least out of the high school.” Finally, he feels that a misconception should be cleared up. He says it’s not only high school juniors and seniors who have alcohol abuses problems. Says Swerling, “The problem of alcohol reaches through and beyond the high school and junior high. It is even touching some within the fifth and sixth grades.” Clearly alcohol abuse is a problem. When it takes to our highways, it is a nightmare.

South addresses drugs through symposium

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
Classes were cancelled for two days at South to examine the problem of drugs, in hope of giving greater insight and knowledge to both students and parents concerning drug use.

South’s cannabis culture on the rise

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Ben Diamond, Volume 32 March 19th, 1993 “Hey, you wanna go smoke? I’ll match you.” Not an uncommon question to be heard at a Newton South party. As with most high schools in the country today, Newton South High School has its share of drugs, particularly marijuana, and drug users. Although pot’s popularity has been increasing across the country lately (evidence being the new brand of “potwear” available—hats and shirts—at stores ...

Rumors spread that South’s drug scene captured on camera

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Greg Walsh, Volume 18 March 21, 1979 Rumors and allegations have been spreading throughout the student body at South this past week, regarding the alleged photographing of NSHS’s students by officers of the Newton Police department. The alleged photographs are being collected as evidence and information on suspected drug users and dealers. Other allegations made by members of the student body include that the NSHS administration and the Newton Police Department ...

North/South Theater

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Stephanie Simon, Volume 24 March 13, 1985 The existence of two high schools in one city might be expected to produce student bodies, which are divided by dramatic rivalries. In the case of Newton North and Newton South, however, the students are about to be united by a theatrical project. Approximately 40 students from the two high schools are collaborating in the production of a student –run play. The idea of producing ...

South celebrates the arts with Tertulia

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
Since 2000, Tertulia has been a yearly and highly anticipated event in the spring, taking the place of the annual May festival in previous years. Denebola had the chance to interview Tertulia Advisor,

What is art?

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Rachel Knight, Volume 34 December 23, 1994 Art takes many forms. There is art in the blazing swirl of blue paint across white canvas, art in the tremble in a singer’s voice and art in cooking a gourmet meal. Art in the tight spin of a ballet dancer and in the scrawl of a pen across paper. Art in acting and art in medicine. Art in music and art in sculpture. Art ...

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