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Students go to Congress to fight legislation raising drinking age http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/students-go-to-congress-to-fight-legislation-raising-drinking-age/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/students-go-to-congress-to-fight-legislation-raising-drinking-age/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:49:31 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5469 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 age.
-18 year olds should be entitled to the every legal right and privilege of all other citizens
-Raising the drinking age will be difficult to enforce and will prove to be ineffective as prohibition
-This legislation is an overly simplistic approach to the complex problem of youth alcohol abuse. The solution to the problem is increase guidance and counseling in the area of alcohol abuse. Banning alcohol will not eliminate alcohol abuse.
-Making liquor more difficult to obtain will merely force youth to use more dangerous drugs. It has been documented that when the drinking the dirnking age is lowered, the drug abuse among youths is also lowered.
-This legislation could lead to a loss of jobs and revenue in Massachusetts. Consumers in the age bracket of 18-21 will frequent businesses and purchase goods in the staets bordering Massachusetss. It is ironic that an economically minded governor would advocate a policy that would drive business out of Massachusetts and into states such as New Hampshire.
The decision to hold the press conference came in the wake of the House of Representatives pas sage of a bill to gradually raise the drinking age to 21.
Many of the members of SSAC felt that while the college students opposing this legislation were unorganized, the existing machinery of the Student Advisory Council might be effective in lobbying against the raising of the drinking age.
After the press conference, Azzarito answered some questions for the television crews, and the Council proceeded with its regular business, until word was received that the drinking age bill which had been expected to be referred from the Senate floor to the Ways and Means Committee for debate, a process which usually took at least a day, had completed the circuit in, as Azzarito put it, “about fifteen minutes,” and was back on the Senate Floor for final debate and passage.
The meeting was adjourned early, and about half of the forty-odd members present trekked to the State House to lobby against the House. Wearing Student Advisory Council buttons, the council members, from as far away as Sutton, Mass. and as near as Newton South, were met by a Northeastern University student, a representative from M.I.C.A (the college student group opposing the raising of the drinking age).
The representatives of the SSAC went into the State House where they were met by more television cameras. The Senate was in session, the tiny spectators’ galleries filled.
A paper outlining the five reasons for not supporting the bill were distributed to the offices of all State Legislators.
At the bottom it read, “This is a position of the SSAC. It represents the opinion of 500,000 high school students in the Commonwealth.”
While many could not stay, some of the SSAC members waited in line for two hours to get into the spectators gallery for a look at the action on the Senate floor where the debate was going on.
In the end, after each house of the Legislature had passed a different version, a conference committee made up of thee members of each house of the Legislature decided on a twenty year-old drinking compromise.
Last Tuesday, Governor King announced that the change would take effect on April 16. Despite the efforts of Massachusetts students, King has kept his campaign promise to raise the drinking age.

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A nondrinker’s view http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/a-nondrinkers-view/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/a-nondrinkers-view/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:47:30 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5471 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.
I, on the other hand, do not fall into the norm. Not only have I never gotten drunk, but I have also never had even a sip of alcohol (besides a little at a Passover Seder or two). I’ve also never smoked anything. And the thing is, it’s not that I’m not exposed to drugs and alcohol—my best friends get drunk all the time and I’ve made appearances at numerous parties.
There have been plenty of people who totally questioned my decision not to drink or do drugs. One guy told me that I shouldn’t be against something until I’ve tried it. That’s a valid point, but a lot of my decision is based on the fact that I just don’t feel like it.
Also, there have been times when, if I hadn’t been there, my drunk friends would have been left without out a safe way of getting home. I would rather sacrifice a decent experience getting drunk or stoned than let the people most important to me be in a dangerous or even life-threatening situation.
Maybe I’m scared of how I’ll feel or what I’ll do. Maybe I’m afraid of getting in trouble. Maybe I want to stay healthy and safe.
Maybe in a world where it seems like a lot of what happens is beyond my control, this is the one thing I can control.
But whatever my reasoning is, this is the way I’m choosing to live my life, and I think that it’s important to understand that there are people going to Newton South who are not naïve but also don’t want to drink or smoke.

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Boozing & cruising: drunk driving persists over the years http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/boozing-cruising-drunk-driving-persists-over-the-years/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/boozing-cruising-drunk-driving-persists-over-the-years/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:45:21 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5473 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.

By Denebola Staff, Volume 27
January 14, 1988

A drunk driver describes past experiences: the following is an interview with an ‘80s South student who admits to having driven while he or she was drunk.

Has a friend ever physically stopped you from driving when you were intoxicated?
No, but some have made attempts. Once, he stood in front of me but I ended up driving anyway. Usually, they just say “don’t do this,” and leave it at that.

If you know you’re going to get drunk before you go out, do you make provisions beforehand so that you won’t be the one driving?
If I go out with my car, there will be stipulation that if I get rip-roaring drunk, I will not drive home. If I have had a couple and am over the limit, I will drive.
I’ve driven to places besides home when I was over the limit. If you’re at a party and you’re hungry or want to get cigarettes, you just go out and get it. You’re already drunk, so you don’t have to worry about it. I’ve never been completely incoherent while driving.

Is there a moment of indecision before you take the wheel under the influence?
If you’re stupid enough to actually drive drunk, you don’t hesitate. You just don’t care.

By Jesse Zhang, Volume 48
October 29, 2008

A community-wide open forum will take place at South in response to the three Columbus day weekend car accidents involving South students driving under the influence.
South Prevention and Intervention counselor Rich Cantrambone feels it is important to have dialogue about setting limits and using a family strategy. “We want to offer concrete suggestions,” Cantrambone said.
Salzer wants to design a “program for parents” and promote the discussion about teens, drinking, and driving,
Salzer would like to discuss how parents could help their kids deal with difficult situations in which responsible young adults hold a party beyond their control. He also wants to talk about kids violating the terms of their junior operator licenses.
“What I hear happens is some of the adults turn a blind eye to it, as long as the kids are safe and don’t drive. I think the culture of the community is—we know you’re going to do it, so let’s be smart about it,” Salzer said.

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South addresses drugs through symposium http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/south-addresses-drugs-through-symposium/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/south-addresses-drugs-through-symposium/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:43:02 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5475 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.

By Marvin Swartz, Volume 7
February 14, 1968

Despite the Drug Committee’s deliberateness, the Drug Symposium was not a symposium. It was a slick one way moral-legal bombasting.
It resembled the school lunch package program, in this case where the committee wrote away to Washington and were sent a neatly dressed narco-agent with a prepared speech. To round out the program, they tossed in an incredibly slick radio interview which just might bring back radio soap operas.
The tragedy of the Symposium was not that there was not enough time to refute the narco’s inaccurate statements, nor was it the hypocrisy by which the school pretends to be liberal. Rather, the tragedy was enacted by the parents during their program.
Dr. Charles E. Brown commented before the parents’ program that the attendance was a genuine response to the drug problem.
Ironically, the parents got bored by discussion of the legality of the law and pro-pot arguments. They had come to hear their convictions reinforced.
Reflecting their unrest, a Newton parents ran up to the microphone and said, “we didn’t come here to hear about he legality of the law, we came to find out what to do when our kid comes home with marijuana in his pockets.”
He didn’t want to know the emotional reasons for drug abuses; he wanted to know how to catch his kid. There is a remarkable corollary between this parent’s desire to catch the kid rather than understand him and a recent story to come out of a mid-western university.
A freshman away from home for the first time was lonely and depressed. He was offered pot and took it to relieve his depression. Still depressed he relayed the story to his parents. They wrote to the dean of the university to have him disciplined.
The tragedy is generations feeling they must play cops and robbers destroyed the lonely boy who smoked a reefer.

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South’s cannabis culture on the rise http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/souths-cannabis-culture-on-the-rise/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/souths-cannabis-culture-on-the-rise/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:41:33 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5477 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 such as Newbury Comics), it’s no match for the eternal teen party favorite: beer.
Beer is cheap. Beer is plentiful, and beer is easy to obtain. The keg will probably always be the center of a Newton South party while pot smokers are relegated to the backyard or their cars to smoke their joints.
Perhaps it is due to the nature of being high but pot smokers do not resent thi, and there are few smokers who don’t drink a few beers at parties as well.
There are distinct, noticeable differences, however, between those who focus their inebriation on alcohol than those who’d rather get high.
Simple observations show that beer drinkers are louder and more boisterous than pot smokers who tend to be more understated and mellow at parties. “Drunk people are just loud and obnoxious,” comments senior Viola Tietz. “I’d much rather be with people who are stoned.”
“People who get high will over-analyze everything while drunks don’t use their brain at all, and they’ll usually end up doing something stupid,” senior David Siroky said.
Since the effects of marijuana are more subtle on the mind and body than those of alcohol, it is easier for one to develop a pot-smoking habit during the week.
Although no school is immune from drug addicts, many perceive Newton South as a school chocked full of pot smokers.
“There is definitely a group of kids, a ‘clique’ if I must say, who are extremely frequent pot smokers,” one senior said. It has been conservatively estimated that at least 60% of all South students will try marijuana before graduation.
Percentages for juniors and seniors who have tried pot and/or smoke at least occasionally (once a month are thought to be much higher.
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting baked occasionally; it’s no worse than drinking, and it helps you see the world from a different perspective,” says another senior.
While some might argue that the effects of occasional pot smoking on academics, no one seems to disagree that frequent marijuana use is detrimental to school work.
“As with anything that turns into an obsessions, pot will distract from school, but I don’t think it’s pot itself,” said a frequent user.
Others disagree, claiming that frequent use diminishes the motivation necessary to succeed in school. Regardless of the specifics, there is no question that pot is adversely affecting a number of students at our school. Even within the athletic program, marijuana has made its mark.
I would definitely say there are lots of athletes who smoke during their seasons,” said an undisclosed captain of an undisclosed team. “Hell the athletes are the ones smoking the most pot.”
When asked about his knowledge of South’s pot scene, varsity lacrosse coach and school disciplinarian Alan Rotatori declined to comment.
While this article might paint a frightening portrait of the school, it in no way implies that our students are run by drugs. When asked what she thought of the South pot scene, freshman Anne Grinell simply answered, “I don’t really see anything go on. I guess I’m just naïve.”
Others, notably seniors, are more aware of the presence of frequent marijuana users. “I think they’re just despicable,” Siroky said. “They’re giving a bad name to a potentially wonderful substance and a bad reputation to occasional smokers.”
While their presence might be felt, Junior Scott Zimmerman summed up most attitudes by saying, “I know they’re there but I just try to ignore them.”

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Rumors spread that South’s drug scene captured on camera http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/rumors-spread-that-souths-drug-scene-captured-on-camera/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/rumors-spread-that-souths-drug-scene-captured-on-camera/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:39:21 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5479 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 have made a list of suspected drug users and dealers that undercover narcotics officers are posing as substitute teachers, teacher aides, or maintenance men, and that busdrivers are being used to spy on and inform the NSHS administration of suspected drug users.
Denebola, upon investigation, learned that a busdriver voluntarily came to a house office and turned in a description of a group of students he believed to be smoking marijuana on the grate. At least one student was questioned by her housemaster, and was told to be careful.
Denebola investigated these allegations and others by interviewing officials both in the NSHS administration and in the Newton Police Department as well as members of the State Attorney General’s Office and students who frequented the suspected areas.
The “grate” (outside of the gym) and the “hill” (behind the cafeteria) are just two of the probable areas where police are suspected of having photographed students who are allegedly in the act of using or dealing drugs.
One anonymous source said he had learned that a NSHS student had had a conference with his housemaster and Officer Robert Braceland. At this conference, Braceland told the students about the photos.
Goodwin housemaster Paula Mealy said she had “no direct knowledge” of any pictures. Judy Malone, Cutler housemaster, said she had heard that Braceland had pictures, but had not seen them, and at that time she had not talked with Braceland about their existence.
Denebola called Officer Braceland and his only comment was that there in an “on-going drug investigation” in the city of Newton. This investigation includes surveillance which could include photography.
When asked for either lists or users of undercover agents, Braceland replied, “no comment,” saying he “could not be specific” in regard to any on-going investigation.
At the NPD’s Public Relations Office, Lieutenant Charles Feeley told Denebola that though he had no specific knowledge of any police photography at either high school, that photography was a commonly used method of investigation and surveillance. Pictures, he said, in this type of situation are used to build a case, not necessarily prove it.
Feeley added that anyone has a right to take pictures on public property, especially on the outside.
The students of South feel strongly about the issue of surveillance and photography.
“Yeah I think the police has pictures and I think it’s an invasion of privacy, said one student who hangs around the gate during her free blocks. She added, “sure sure some kids toke (smoke marijuana), but there’s a lot of kids who just go to relax in the sun and have a cigarette there during their free blocks. The grate is a hangout, just like the jock-corner or the cafeteria.”
Another student said, “If they’ve got pictures and use them, I don’t think they could tell the difference between a cigarette and a joint (marijuana cigarette) which could get innocent people in trouble.”
“South is becoming more and more like a jail,” said one student who believes she has been photographed, “with teachers on the inside and cops on the outside. But still, kids are going to toke. They’ll find a way, or turn to harder drugs like pills which they could pop in the bathroom.”
Malone attributes the suspected increase in police surveillance to a reaction to the increase in vandalism and also she said there is increased pressure from the neighborhood residents who drive by and see many students just relaxing outside, or worse.
They wonder why they are paying such high taxes for schooling and see so much ‘decadence’ in the area. They become upset and call the School Committee, the Mayor, NSHS, or even the police.
The awareness of drug-related problems at South seems to be increasing. This year, approximately 10 students have been caught possessing narcotics.
Wicks and Mealy have had a number of student-parent conferences based on just suspicion or circumstantial evidence, such as marked drop in grades, aberrant behavior in class, and increase in skipping class.
Regardless of the increased awareness of drug issues and heightening suspicions about police and administrative activity, it does not appear that drug use is going to stop at South.
As one student said, “I don’t believe there’s pictures. It’s just to scare us and it has….but it won’t stop us from smokin’ somewhere else.”

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North/South Theater http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/northsouth-theater/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/northsouth-theater/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:37:19 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5481 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 a North/South play originated with Jo Simon, the director of the Newton Arts Center. She asked South English teacher Patricia Kempton and METCO counselor Florence Turner I they would be interested in writing a proposal for a grant for a student-run play.
“Pat and I were excited about the idea. We thought it feasible to use this opportunity for addressing racial and ethnic adolescent group concerns and feelings. We also wanted to unite students (from the two high schools,” says Turner. Last summer, the Massachusetts Arts Council decided to fund and support the project.
After receiving the funds, the next step in making the play a reality was to find interested students to begin researching and writing the script. At Newton North, English teacher Inez Dover agreed to be the faculty director, and Jay Cradle, a physical education teacher, volunteered to oversee the choreography. Together with Kempton who would oversee the writing aspect of the play, and Turner, who would oversee the musical development, thy began to advertise for interested writers. In late October, a group of thirteen students (eight from Newton South) got together and began to brainstorm. Pamela Karp, a Junior who helped write the play and is currently acting and singing in it, thought writing the play was a very good experience. “We (students from North and South) talked about things that bothered us, like Cliques, and problems with parents,” she says. “We wrote and rewrote the scenes. It’s been a lot of work, but now it’s beginning to come together.”
Several students who helped to write the play have recently come to America from foreign countries. Seymour Beckford, a junior whose roots are in Jamaica, and Ilan Marcoschamer, who moved here from Israel 1-1/2 years ago, contributed their experiences and feelings about moving. In fact, the play centers on three families who move from their native countries of Jamaica, Israel and Korea. It also includes problems that the kids have in adjusting to American life and dealing with pressures and prejudices.
“I really enjoyed writing [the play] because I could express my feelings,” says Beckford. According to Marcoschamer, “It’s supposed to give a message to American kids to accept people from other countries.”
In addition to the three families, there are characters from Central America, as well as METCO students and black students living in the suburbs. But basically the play is about teenage high school life.
“It deals with feelings and problems… from a student’s point of view,” states Turner. “It is filled with everyday situations.”
Auditions for Fitting In were held in early January, and by the end of the month the North/South cast began working on the production.
Collaborating with the actors were “behind the scenes” workers who developed a very important part of the play—the music. All music is being composed and arranged by students for every instrument in a joint North/South orchestra. These students also put lyrics to music for the play’s vocal background. All choreography is also original student work.
The play, which runs about two hours, will be performed April 26th at Newton South and the following evening at Newton North. There will also be a matinee production at the Newton Arts Center, the date of which will be announced later.
From the program’s inception, the play has had the full support of the principals of both high schools, This encouragement has helped to bring the two groups of students together. According to Dover, “This theatre project will help bridge the gap between North and South.” In doing so, it may help students to understand and appreciate people from different backgrounds, and may bridge the gap between prejudice and friendship.

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South celebrates the arts with Tertulia http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/south-celebrates-the-arts-with-tertulia/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/south-celebrates-the-arts-with-tertulia/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:35:28 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5483 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 exactly is Tertulia?

Tertulia means “a gathering of the performing arts.” The Tertulia was designed to create a school tradition that would be an annual and ongoing vehicle for the appreciation of the arts.
The Tertulia takes place one day each spring at Newton South, and since its inception, has increasingly evolved as a showcase for the many talents of Newton South students.

How did Tertulia start?

It was conceived in memory of Maxine Celeste Chansky, a Newton South student, and in celebration of her joyful spirit, delight in the arts, and love of cultural diversity.

When did Tertulia start, and has it been running every year after that?

It started in the Spring of 2000 and it has been running every year since then.

In what ways it Tertulia important to the community at Newton South?

It is a day of celebration of the arts and of the many talents of this community.
It is a day in which our school pauses, listens, and rejoices in hearing so many beautiful voices that form our community. It is a moment that we share, and is a tradition that we create together.

Have there been any memorable acts in the past few years?

Many. Every year is really great, and to me they are all memorable.

Do you have any personal favorite acts in the show?

I have many. I like the dance pieces a lot, Maxine was a dancer and dancers often don’t have the same opportunity to perform.
The best part for me is to “ discover” a talent in someone that I wouldn’t have expected. I love to see the passion, the energy, the beauty that our students can create on stage and offer to our community.

Are there any teachers that preform in the show consistently?

Mr. Jampol has been in every Tertulia, other teachers have performed in the past. Mr. Jampol has always created a performance with students. Ms. Popp has also performed with students.

How do students enjoy the show, and how has it changed over the years?

One student told me that Tertulia is the best school day. Tertulia has grown, there are  many performers and club members that help with the production of this day. I feel that there is a lot of support for Tertulia and it is a community day.
Many people want to participate and help and they do  in  so many different  ways. I feel very fortunate to have met Maxine. I am still sad when I am thinking that she has gone but I am glad  that she left Tertulia behind.

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What is art? http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/what-is-art/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/what-is-art/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:33:16 +0000 Denebola http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5485 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 is inseparable from existence – civilization is both created from art and creates art. Art defines culture. Art imitates nature and its natural processes. But while nature can only do natural things, art takes over where nature leaves off, fundamental about human nature: the purpose of art is to give expression to the universal element in human life. Art is the result of mankind grasping those similarities of experience in view of which many separate experiences become a unified whole. Art is self-contained and complete in itself. For this reason it can be judged aesthetically, a judgment peculiar to it alone. Living is art. Even if all someone does is sit and watch television, he is doing it in his own special, personalized way.
Art is a dialogue between artist and medium. The artist does something, the art responds, and then the artist listens to that response and makes a change in turn. For example, a musician creating a piece of music may write a few chords, play them in succession, listen to how they sound, modify a few notes and then listen again.
Art is communication between all people. It comforts me – it keeps me going through the day like a cup of coffee.
Art transmits a message to its audience. No matter how crude or morally bad a subject, if it is handled by a talented artist, the result is a work of art. Because art has an emotional appeal, it entices the irrational part of a man’s soul.
Art is the stylization of human experience.
Art, in theory, can achieve truthful, honest expression. And for this reason the artist is destined to fail, as no other dare fail. The traditional artist strives to give his art the illusion of life, to seduce his audience into a “willful suspension of disbelief.” Art is the juxtaposition of emotion, which is formless, and form, which must struggle every step of the way to capture emotion and make it stay.
Art is intensely personal. For me, art is the only way I can express myself. My art comes completely form my thoughts and feelings, and from society’s impact on my conscious and subconscious. Through art I can convey pain, sadness, anger or joy that I feel inside so much or as little as I want to. Art, unlike conversation, presents no limits for me.
Art is the communication between all people. Art transmits an idea from being a mere idea to being tangible, real. Art is the result of constant interplay between contending components in the creative life of man: the destruction of individuality and the interpretation of individual existence.
By constant opposition, each stimulates the other to further effort. The result is the growth of art. Art can unite all people, knocking down the boundaries between individuals, while at the same time aiding man to see within himself. Art is an uninhibited, free and direct communication with the deep mysteries of nature which defy normal understanding. In true art, pain and joy blend into one.
One of the most incredible moments to be experienced, for me at least, is when art guides me to understand some huge piece of myself. Like when I write poetry: sometimes my finders will be typing practically ahead of my brain, and all of a sudden I’ll stop and go back and read over what I wrote, and I will find fragments of feelings that I never before knew existed within me.
Art is the elevation of the soul through beauty.
Art is timeless – it transcends the boundaries of time by immortalizing an object, person, concept or idea. A moment of happiness, when painted upon a canvas, is no longer a moment; it is forever.
Just because something is in a museum doesn’t mean it is necessarily art. For example, a box pained lack and titled “My Soul” is no more art than going to the bathroom. Because art is not only idea, it also requires talent to express that idea in an emotion-inducing way. Art takes effort and talent – it might be a good idea, but if it is crude and gross, then it is worthless.
The intrinsic process of making art is more important than the final product.
Art is like dreaming – it is the interpretation of life through images and sounds. These images aren’t perceived by the intellect, but by the artistic sense. An essential part of the art experience is the ever-present realization that the images are not real, but illusory.
True artists do not create art because they want to; they create it because they have to. An artist can no more stop himself from creating than a starving person can stop himself from eating. Artists are haunted by demons, and art is, in effect, an exorcism of those demons. Through art the artist can gain relief from inner pain.
Art is an attack upon a society’s preconceived ideas and predetermined good sense. Through art one can perceive events without the inner connection that usually links cause and effect. Art encompasses all, every single shred of conscious and unconscious thought, blossoming like flowers into eternal form.

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