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Students demand end to war and draft

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Larry Adelman, Volume 7 April 3, 1968 The Committee’s platform is “end the war, the draft, and high school complicity with them.” The Committee’s political position is set forth in its newspaper by arguments for and against the two Socialist Workers Party candidates . It opposes the war and the draft, and supports Castro and “the colonial revolution” in Vietnam. It favors separate black schools and political parties, and calls Senator Eugene McCarthy ...

Black power advocate speaks on race

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Larry Adelman, Volume 8 October 16, 1968 Dick Gregory, black power advocate and candidate for President, spoke at Newton High on Friday, October 11, and placed the problem of race relations squarely upon the backs of whites, all over the United States. His oratory touched upon many areas of race relations, but had no discernable organization. He led off with a joke: “I love football – it’s the only sport where a ...

Letter from Vietnam

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
To the seniors of 1968: The year is coming to an end; you’re stepping out into the world. I can still remember when I was a senior and the things that I looked forward to. But you are all in for a surprise! Things are not going to work out as you want them too. So I would advise you to PLAN wisely. Some of you may find yourselves over here, in Vietnam. You seniors are the leaders of tomorrow. Sounds funny, doesn’t it? Take a look around you. You’ve got to be kidding, you say. I wish I were. But I’m not. Over here, I’ve seen people die and 18 year olds take over and become leaders. True, combat does make you mature faster, if you live through it. After you’ve been here a while, you look at the world around you, and everything is different. How many of you, I wonder, could take the hysical and mental hardships that are faced here everyday? You’re asking yourself, hat’s he talking about? Just this – SENIORS: You’ve had it easy up to now – be ready for the hard times. And don’t ever get discouraged, for there are people who are having it harder than you. You have all the luxuries that we dream about. What luxuries? A good night’s sleep on a bed instead of in a foxhole, hot chow, a cold beer and a steak. But let me ask you this – is it luxury to you? Do you know the meaning of liberty and freedom? I too used to take it all for granted. But now I’m fighting for those ideals and I’ve come to know what the words freedom and liberty mean. The guys who are here are no different than you, excpt that they are 18 fighting to make 19. You may ask, “What hardships does a guy here face?” Well, he can break down his rifle in 30 seconds, put it back together in 29, explain ho a grenade and a machine gun operates and use either if the need arises, dig a foxhole, apply first aid to a wounded buddy, march unil is told to stop or stop until he is told to march. He has stood among hills of bodies and has helped to build those hills. He has cried in public and in private and is not ashamed of it, for his pals have fallen in battle and he has come close to joining them. He has two pairs of fatigues, washes one and wears the other. He forgets to brush his teeth but not his rifle. He keeps hi socks dry and canteens full. He cooks his own meals, fixes his own hurts, mends his own rips – material and mental. He does the work of two civilians, draws half the pay of one, and finds ironic humor in it all. He works from dawn to dusk, and often longer. He has learned to use his hands as his weapons and his weapons as his hands. He can save a life and most assuredly take one. Yes, Senior Class of ’68, you’ve got it hard, haven’t you? Are you 19, a veteran, and fighting hard to make 20? Well, very shortly, you just might be. So think over carefully what I’ve just said. Plan your future with care and you’ll make it through rough roads. Best of luck to each and every one of you upon entering the adult world. The responsibilities and obligations are now yours…handle them well.

Right on Corner: Black is a concept

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Tony Leonard, Volume 10 November 10, 1970 There has recently been a conflict between black and white students at Newton High School. However this conflict has since died down but not completely. It has become more or less an Armistice, where as one more incident could very well be called the catalyst that would cause an explosion and shake the Newton School system causing almost complete chaos. On the other hand Newton South ...

Hostility bars racial communication

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Robert Levine, Volume 10 November 24, 1970 Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in response to the “Right on Corner” which appeared in the November 10, 1970 issue of Denebola. I wish to address my comments to Tony Leonard, the student who wrote the first entry for the “Right on Corner”. In an attempt to understand his article and his intentions, I am going to raise a few questions concerning the points ...

METCO students integrated into South

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
Volume 11 October 19, 1971 This year Newton South is hosting eleven METCO students. The METCO program, initiated in 1966, is a program designed to offer a viable educational alternative to inner-city schools. The initials METCO stand for Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity. According to Mrs. Cathy Jones, “METCO is based upon giving students a change for the best possible education.” The total METCO program began with two hundred students and, in the six ...

Vandalism plagues South

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Debbie Kraft, Volume 10 January 18, 1971 As we leave the year 1970 behind us, we also leave eleven thousand dollars worth of theft and vandalism done at Newton South High School. The vandalism has been widespread and costly, ranging from broken windows to mutilated clocks, phones, and thermostats. Head custodian Tom Sabetti said that there isn’t really much that can be done to prevent the vandalism. When kids see it, they rarely report it ...

Teachers protest through ‘work to rule’, students suffer

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Naomi Sacks, Volume 17, November 2, 1977 The teachers’ policy of work to rule has been in effect for over a month now. Random representatives of the student population were interviewed to find out student reactions. Most students are familiar with the policy of work to rule. When asked whether they supported the teachers, the typical answer was, “I can see their point, but I disagree with their methods.” As one student put it, “It’s ...

Students dissatisfied with raised drinking age

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
Joel A. Rabinovitz, Volume 18 March 21, 1979 The legislators see an alcohol abuse problem in this state; their answer is to raise the dinking age. I, too, see an alcohol abuse problem, but I don’t think that it is limited to teenagers, and, above all, I don’t think that the legislator’s answer will work. The problem is two-fold: 1) to get alcohol away from the junior high and high school levels, 2) to ...

Blizzard of ’78 pummels Newton; South kids help out

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Jeffrey Menzer, Volume 17 March 1, 1978 The storm, which is now known as The Great Blizzard of ’78, caused havoc everywhere to everyone. Students were given an unexpected eight days of vacation. Because of the emergency ban, this vacation turned into a monotonous week. Most of us suffered from Cabin Fever. But many students and teachers had interesting experiences which helped overcome the Fever. The storm came at the worst possible time ...

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