Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 5, 1969 · Page 55
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•*»'Closed campus 9 termed infantile By MIKE RUBINOKF Central Correspondent The Central High student senate is the most recent school group to tackle what Valley students have termed an ineffective and childlike "prison" system. The senate is attempting to find a solution to a Phoenix Union High School System policy calling for closed campuses at all the district schools except Phoenix Union High. The policy, also in effect at many schools in other districts, states that no student may leave the campus during regular school hours and no outside individual may visit the campus except by permission of the school administration. It is designed to prevent students from leaving school between classes and to keep "the unsavory element out," according to a PUHS district official, who said much of the trouble on campus is caused by outsiders. "Parents send their children to school in the morning," he said, "and they expect them to stay there during the day and get home safely in the afternoon. The closed campus system assures this." Students at Valley schools express distaste for their feeling of being held prisoners on campus unless they have official lunch passes signed by their parents. "We shouldn't have to feel that we are imprisoned by campus guards," said Ronald Kossack, a freshman at Central High. "I feel that the campus should be open," said Harriet Unger, a West High sophomore. "They keep us in as if we're in a prison camp." Students said they also resent being treated like irresponsible children. "High school people at our age should be responsible for themselves as long as they are not nuisances or destroy property," said Phillip Falk, a West High junior. "They should be allowed to leave the campus environment for at least one period of the day." "I think that a closed campus is totally ridiculous," agreed Steven Met- chis, an Alhambra High senior, "because the students feel as if they're being treated like little children." Debbie Or ley, a junior at Central High, said she believes that schools should demonstrate to "students that they trust them." In addition to straining relations, the closed campus rule often is ineffective, because "it's easy enough to get a lunch pass by simply borrowing one from a friend," Metchis noted. Closed campus also is ineffective in preventing students from smoking at hangouts near school, Miss Unger added, because "you can light up a cigarette just as easily in a (school) bathroom." Miss Foster foresees a possible problem in open campuses: "Anybody getting off campus at a given time would probably result in a lot of people not coming back to school in the afternoon." SAGUARO BUNNIES—Sallie Scott puts ears on Bill Evans, who will act as Easter bunny at a party today for children at Sunshine Acres. Lining up with Easter goodies to take to the children are, from back to front, Bridget Boyd, Katrin Nelson, Julie Begonia, Young Arizona Photo by Yul Coniww Chris Mathes, Candi Wagner and Pam Cady, just a few of the Saguaro High School students who helped with the project. Saturday, April 5, 1969 Page 33 Local bands set for teeii concert Nursing home visits found meaningful Three popular local bands will highlight the first annual teen dance-concert from noon to 6 p.m. April 13 during Gomper's Bar-B-Kue Karnival, 7211 N. Seventh St. Autumn People, Memphis Soul and Ceramic Fire, all volunteering their services, will be featured in the Teen Dance-In, sponsored by KRUX Radio and directed by disc jockey Al McCoy. "We hope as many teen-agers as possible will attend the dance," McCoy said. "This is the first time we've done this sort of thing. However, we hope that such a dance-concert will become an annual affair in Phoenix." Memphis Soul, a blues band, is rapidly becoming popular locally. Since its debut at the Sweetwater concert last January, the group has met with considerable success in the Valley. Also blues-oriented, Autumn People has made several appearances at local dances and teen nightspots recently. Ceramic Fire, a pop contemporary group, has performed throughout the West and now plans to make Phoenix its home. The dance-in is only one feature of the annual benefit carnival, which begins at 9 a.m., that has been planned for or prepared by Valley teens. Students at Brophy College Preparatory decided to do something during this Easter season to make the holiday less commercial and more personally meaningful. Earlier this year, freshmen in two theology classes indicated to their instructor, the Rev. Mark McConville, S.J., that Christmas and Thanksgiving disappointed them. They said the holidays had become nothing more than days off school, commercial and empty habits to which they made no positive contributions. The boys, about 30 in each class, accepted Father McConville's suggestion to visit Bel Isle and Village Green nursing homes on the Wednesdays during Lent. "The intention," he said, "was to make the residents at the nursing homes happy and cheerful during the time of the visits and show (the students) themselves as well as others that they were interested and concerned. "Adding new experiences to the lives of others during the visits helped them realize what Christianity offers each year during the celebration of Easter, a promise of a new and difi'erent life with many experiences." During scheduled theology classes, the boys loaded up with books, cameras, guitars, tape recorders, toy flutes and other items to visit the rest homes. Most said they were frightened at first to visit residents at the home, who were both old and strangers. "The night before the first visit," one student wrote in a class essay, "I was trying to figure out something to do or say when I got to the home." "The first time we went," another boy related, "I was shaking in my boots trying to think of something to say. When we got there ... I almost fell on my face when a little old lady said, 'Hi,' before I could even speak." One student said he discovered that "Talking comes easier after about the first 10 minutes; once we were there it didn't seem as bad as it first sounded. Besides, it gave me a good feeling to know my visit was appreciated — I was doing something only I could do." Phoenix Union freshmen to initiate new program Something different awaits incoming freshmen at Phoenix Union High School next fall — a new pregram designed to broaden their experiences and keep them in school. School administrators now are meeting with 1 community representatives to inititate the learning program for students from the Inner City. "Many students come to us from grade school with limited knowledge," said Robert A. Dye, associate principal. "Over 75 per cent have never been to a museum such as the Phoenix Art Museum or Heard. Over 50 per cent have never been to a city library." HE SAID the basis for these figures is a survey taken by school officials last April. The new program, still in its planning stages, has been called a freshman block program. It will affect the entire expected enrollment of 800 freshmen. Changes being considered include a three-hour freshman block of classes, classes limited to 20 students, flexible schedules, field trips and concentration on basic reading, math and English skills. Other innovations being studied include more individual attention to each student, increased counseling time and the remainder of the day taken up by elective subjects. PHOENIX UNION has been considering a program of this type for two years as a possible solution to the high dropout rate and means of making better use of space in the new building provided in the recent bond election. The PUHS System board of education has given tentative approval to the nearly $250,000 above the 1968-69 budget needed to effect these changes in the freshman curriculum. The proposed changes will provide students with a "better background from which to make choices concerning their lives," Dye said. Students use Young Arizona Photo bv Earl McC«rtn*y Nan Kelley, Chuck Pizarro, center, and Joe Heberling in church satire peaceful path Youth stage group seeks to jar organized religion's ^hang-tips' COED CQMMUNlCATES-Kate Woodward, editor of the student newspaper at North High, has dis Y«wn« AriKMi* Piwl» by F»rr«»t Strove reporters, editing stories and selecting pictures in time for publication deadlines, There's no complaint -T •»•» w»»wv>f>> t*v u v|«*|fv* «*» 4iw» VM *»*(»*'> «•»» V«» T *M»»V »v» fWVMVHMWil UVBUUIICB, *1IC|<; a IIU WUillplcUUl covered that her job calls for many between class of wasted time, however, because communicating and after school hours pasting up pages, directing student thought is career preparation for Kate. Arcadia High teen-agers are taking advantage of two methods recently established at the school for the peaceful expression of student unrest. An average of 100 to 150 students attend newly instituted forum meetings, while nearly 50 participate in the IVz- month-old Organization to Promote Student Expression (OPSE). THE ONLY difficulty encountered so far has been a feeling of friction between OPSE and the administration, according to David Bews, OPSE chairman. "They seem to fear us," he said, "thinking we are trying to mobilize the students to overthrow the administration and rule the school. This is far from the truth." OPSE, WHICH meets bimonthly, has as its goal to help pass the upcoming bond election May 13, promote student expression through newspapers and speeches and work on the student's behalf in disputes between the administration and the student. The Arcadia student senate initiated the forums, which are held once a week after school, under the sponsorship of the senate and student council. The forums have "given the students a chance to express their views, especially the minority group," said Howard Amerson, student senate faculty sponsor. Forum discussion usually concerns pertinent school issues, such as the dress code, open campus and student government elections. By FRAN PROFIRI Organized religion again is the victim of youthful criticism. But this time it's at the mercy of an organized religious youth group that has prepared and presented on four occasions a musical revue criticizing what it considers to be hang-ups of the established church. Youths from Cross Roads Methodist Church have presented "For Heaven's Sake!" at their own church and in the Inner City, "because it is the churches' responsibility to bring out their flaws in order to correct them," according to the Rev. George Frye, director of ministry of arts at Cross Roads. The revue was written in 1960 at the request of the Youth Ecumenical Council. The council provided material which it felt the church should examine more closely because it was concerned about the direction the church was taking. The play, utilizing members of the Cross Roads congregation, consists of more than a dozen songs, given continuity by the narration of the Rev. William Smith. "The Death House" scenario demonstrates "the typical hang-ups of some church members that prevent them from becoming involved in life." The example it gives is a couple who have made themselves so dependent upon one another that only the two together can make a whole person. Borrowing from Shakespeare's soliloquy, "Love in Bloom," presents a problem common to young persons in love: "To bed or not to bed, that is the question." In a classroom situation, "In the First Third of Your Life," a college professor tries to impress students with the importance of three decisions they must make, while they evade the discussion. As the professor beats out the ticking of time with sticks, she states the problem of "in the first third of your life, you choose your faith, your work, your wife." A common ailment of those who believe in God are what the revue calls the "Gimme God Blues," epitomized by a woman gambler who always wins and still asks God for more. Not until she loses everything is she able to see how she can find happiness. The cast of 25, plus eight technicians, volunteers its time to present the play. "More than good music eveiy Sunday is needed to get outside and penetrate the community," Mr. Frye said. "And the community needs our kind of penetration." ' 1

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