EDITORIALS Play Review By David Kocster This is the age of boredom. How many students are there at Kuemper who are simply too bored with life to ever attempt to become interested? What a waste of brilliant minds and talent! I can't help but feel that it is due to a shield of self-imposed ignorance which surrounds the little island we call Carroll County. When a favorie son or daughter leaves the confines of the cornfields and enters what is so accurately referred to as the "outside world", he is immediately overcome or at the very least, surprised, by the stark reality of tilings which before were only pictures on a TV screen. We are relatively untouched by the realities of poverty, crime, racial strife, bigotry, immorality, right and left wing extremism and various forms of mental and environmental pollution. The fact that we are unaware of these realities does not lessen Iheir impact on society nor does it assure that we will not be affected by them, directly or indirectly. In fact, our fast changing world practically assures that we will be affected, and will no longer be able to close our eyes to these harsh realities. It's not all bad, however, even tough these problems usually create the greatest impact. It is often no less devastating to the ego to find out how much was missed. To discover the intricacies of the liberal arts — music, art, drama, things which previously represented no intrinsic value, is an experience which may be too much for the unprepared mind to handle. How sad it is to see children with such fantastic potential knowing nothing of art and music and not earing. These "diamonds in the rough," to become metaphorical, are no less than a distress to one who sees the potential but through his own ignorance does not know how to combat it. These attitudes are cultural and as such are difficult to attack. How does one tell a boy that there are better ways of greeting his fellows than by rushing up and socking him in the shoulder or pushing him down the stairs? How does one tell a girl that her manners, speech and actions are crude and distasteful? It is difficult to convince them that behavior which is unfortunate but considered normal here will almost certainly be a source of embar- rasment when he or she leaves Kuemper to take a place in society. How does one continue a student of the intrinsic value of learning as a goal in itself when the culture has always said that nothing is good unless it can be used to put money in the bank? The sad part is that all this becomes painfully evident when the vast majority of these people leave the shelter of middle America and consequently must adjust to a more complex world in which both the problems and the opportunities are bigger and more difficult to handle. Those who cannot or will not change tend to perpetuate attitudes which are really out of step with what is happening in our world. We simply cannot hold out against the pressure of a changing society forever. This presents a challenge to both teacher and student. There must be a measure of tolerance and understanding on both sides of the desk. It requires work and sincere attempts by both parties to reach an awareness of all aspects of this situation. It is easy to give way to despair in the face of seemingly overwhelming problems, but this can be balanced by an awareness of the vast opportunities for self- fulfillment which also becomes evident. Teachers and students: Unite and make of mis world what you will, but may it be the best you have to offer. By Marcia Sullivan An appeal to the teachers from the majority of the student body: HOMEWORK! This word arouses much controversy throughout our school. In most instances, I think there is too much homework given out. One reason that I feel this way is that students can't grow maturely from only a confined number of books. Many have so nuch homework they don't have time to read books other than school books. During the high school years, students like to participate in extracurricular activities. There are many activities which require many hours of practice — sports, band, orchestra, and drama performances. I know we should have homework to prepare for college or to obtain good study habits, but too often it seems that we're already in college — with an average of four hours of homework a night — not counting the study mods during the day. Astudentin high school can easily be discouraged from going on to college because of the amount of homework now. Teachers think, and students agree, that one hour of homework is not too much, but when a student has five or six subjects and each teacher gives one hour of homework it adds up. Homework, we have been told, is made to help a student learn the material easier. Too often, though, we're so busy trying to keep the assignments up and maintain a satisfactory grade, we haven't the time to grasp the knowledge and go into depth on a subject. I have found through experience as I believe other students have, hat the subjects that have given little or no homework, I have gotten the most out of because the material was discussed thoroughly in class. My feeling toward homework is that it can be helpful, until you are so swamped with it you're not taking the time to learn the material. Some students have little homework because their classes do not consist of heavy subjects, or they take fewer subjects man others. But please remember those who may have a heavier load, a job. or an extracurricular activity to participate in. It's not easy to do school work from 8:30 a.m. until at least 10:00 p.m. with about an hour out for dinner. We are supposed to look back on our high school days with happy memories . . . All-State Winners At Denison, Saturday, Oct. 24, Kuemper's Music Department entered 22 instrumentalists and vocalists in competition for All-State orchestra and choir. Out of the 22, fourteen were accepted. The following qualified for the All-State Orchestra: Violin I — Diane Reicks and Carolyn Schumacher; Violin II — Sarah Simons, Denise Simons, Mary Ann Simons, and Jean Renze; Viola — Sue Gradoville; String Bass — Barb Ohde and Angela Seyller. Those accepted for All-State Choir are: Soprano — Nancy Anthofer and Joan Schulte; Alto — Peg Slater; Tenor — Jeff Renze; Bass — Bill Schrad. By Peggy Neary A new style of theater was inaugurated at Kuemper on October 24 and 25. The Kuemper Drama Department presented "The Lark", under the direction of Father F. E. Higgins. With the closing of the curtain on the final performance, it was realized that a new "wave" in theater was confirmed at Kuemper High School. The problem arose, quite naturally, to make so unfamiliar a style of theater acceptable and understandable to an audience. Through the artistic performances of the actors and actresses, we were permitted to identify with a variety of characters. Portraying Joan of Arc seemed to have come naturaQly to Debbie Voonahme as she brought love, laughter, suspense, sorrow, and mysticism to her audience. Turning in a delightful performance was Dan Quinn as he brought about a superb job of comedy acting. Tony Brickman and Craig Lyons exhibited superior performances as each took control of his role. Technically speaking, I felt that lighting could have been more effective, although it set the mood for a somber courtroom scene. A play such as "The Lark* requires the complete attention of is audience. It was a sad and discouraging experience for me and for many others, I'm sure, to be constantly bothered by the rudeness of a few discourteous members of the audience. All in all, I feel the drama department deserves considerable recognition for staging such a difficult production as "The Lark". Jan Friedman Enjoys and Excels in Many Art Forms Six foot two, eyes of blue, oh, what that Jan Friedman can do; has anybody seen her draw? If not, you are indeed missing the talent of one of the Kuemper students. Jan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Friedman, is now a senior at Kuemper. "I've been interested ftn art Jan Friedman ever since I was small, but last year's Art I class was my first actual art instruction. I was always a John Gnagee fan. I had all his kits and" was a regular viewer of his show." Jan found grade school art too confining. It left no choice or chance for a free expression of imagination. This is most im portant to a true artist. Enjoying all kinds of art comes natural to Jan, but she is especially fond of bright, bold, and unusual art that is done oa a large scale. She really hasn't experimented with modern art. Last year Jan was introduced to many styles of art; but she hasn't worked at any certain style enough for preference. Jan has awards from many different areas. Among these are several poster contests in grade school, such as fire prevention and CYO. Last year she received an award from "American Girl Magazine". Jan also won local, district, state, and national honorable mention for a Poppy poster sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary. Visiting art galleries and museums is especially interesting to someone who knows what is involved in art. Jan visited an art museum in the Old Market of Omaha and found it incredibly new and unusual. Future plans for Jan are as of yet a bit uncertain, but interior decorating or fashion designing will be among her choices. Jan's other hobbies and interests include golfing, tennis, swimming, and sewing her own clothes. She is CSMC vice president, CYO vice president, Diocesan CYO Spiritual Director, Girl Scout, a new member of the Camera Club, and Art Club, plays clarinet in the marching band, bassoon in concert band, is a member of Lance staff, and is head of the Kuemper poster committee.
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