Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 30, 1973 · Page 85
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 85

Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, June 30, 1973
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Students at girls' schoo draft self-government rules Editor's note The Arizona Girls' School, a correctional facility north of Phoenix for girls 8 to 21, has adopted innovative policies of reward and self-government under the guidance of superintendent Dr. Katherine Strickland. This spring students at the school, unhappy with the staff's disciplinary system, took their own step toward progressive correctional technique. This is their report, written by students Pauline, Debbie, Cheryl, Sandy, Terry, Stephanie and Dolores with technical assistance from the staff and counselor Gilbert Zupetz. Republic photo "You have to think music, feet music, project music," says pianist Melinda Moody Teen could play before she talked Talented nianist on way to Melinda Moody, 18, who left this week for the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., on a scholarship from the Phoenix Symphony Guild, was playing the piano before she could talk. "I played by ear," she said. "My older brothers and sisters who were taking piano lessons used to get mad at me when I sat down and played the same tune they were playing when I couldn't even read the music." Melinda, who graduated this month from Tempe High School, has been giving recitals at Phoenix' Kerr Studio and Arizona State University since she was in> the eighth grade. She has played with the Sun Valley, Idaho, Festival Orchestra and just returned from an engagement with the Mormon Youth 'Symphony in Salt Lake City, where she played in the tabernacle. '• : "Music to me is more than just an expression," she said. "Music has .an emotional basis, and an intellecutal basis. You have to think music, feel music, and project music. It's what makes me happy:" .• '.'I get a great deal of joy when.I learn new pieces," Melinda said. "The .most happy times of my life are when I can make the. audience feel the same joy I feel when I play." Melinda tries to practice at least four Young radiomen tune in to 'Citizens' Band' hobby hours a day, but said, she has to, modify her schedule when she is working-on a recital. ':.-'•'. '••'-. '•"..' Her parents, Mr. and Mrs, ;E. Grant Moody, did not pressure her to practice as a child. She said, "They just wanted me to live a normal childhood. The motivation, was mine." Melinda has six brothers and sisters, all of. whom play at least one instrument. She said both of her parents sing, and her mother plays th6 piano. This f all,. vMelihday will go to school at the Pcabody Conservatory-of Music in Baltimore, where ..she will study under pianist Leon -Fleischer, who Melinda called "one of the best musicians in the world." -..'•' . "If I have ever been under pressure," she said, "'itwill be there." • V ; '•' Recently members of Cottage "B" at the Arizona Girls' School decided the system we were being governed by was in many ways unjust. We have an outlet here for grievances in our daily, group sessions with students and staff, and it was here we began to tackle our problem. With encouragement and guidance from our counselors, we set about to draft a new system for our own self - government. A task .force of students and staff was selected by the group and given the job of finding a more workable system. After a great deal of time and effort, a system was arrived at, accepted by our cottage and presented to the administrative team. The new "Level System" was approved and put into effect. Our first system" had five levels. We moVe up or down levels by receiving a majority vote from the members of our cottage if they, feel we have satisfied requirements of attitude, behavior and participation. On level "1" we were restricted to our rooms with few privileges and responsibilities. If promoted to level 4" privileges were increased, but we were still restricted to our cottage, which is a dormitory arrangement with limited opportunity for activity. After several months of trying to work with the system, we decided it was not working the way it was designed. Since most of us are here for an average of only three months and reaching level "5" takes a minimum of six weeks, the five - level system was causing some dissatisfaction and frustration instead of pride and progress. Rather than throw it out, we decided to form a new task force and revise the system. We combined the first and second levels so that a girl could obtain campus privileges in one week, and rise to the higher levels more quickly. The system was again approved, and at present appears to be working more successfully. While some of us say we do not like or fully support the system, most of us would be reluctant .to discard it. We have a feeling of ownership and the feeling that we' can work with it. Most of the staff members associated with our system say they like it because it belongs to Cottage "B" and is both workable and flexible. The level system requires increasing participation in self -government by students in order for us to move to one of the higher levels of privilege and responsibility. Group meetings are an important part of this process, as it is here we discuss and solve grOup and sometimes personal problems. : •:• • For instance, if one of us has been THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC MMHH Saturday, June 30, 1973 (Section C) Page 1 starting rumors, smoking, giving a counselor a bad time or generally disregarding the rules, we may be brought up in. group by one of the other girls. We .will haVe an opportunity to speak for .ourselves and also to receive feedback, help and support from others. .. . We also have the opportunity to suggest discipline where we feel it is needed. Occasionally staff members help out by giving suggestions. Each cottage here at the Girls' School has the .option of setting up a program for their particular unit. Neighboring. Cottage "C" recently devised a "con-. tract" system. They have divided problems and rewards into three groups, the more difficult problems having the greater rewards. As each problem; is considered solved by their group the' girls may choose a pr i v i lege;;or. "charge" (responsibility) from within the problem's category. More difficult problems include temper, stealing and manipulation. Solving or avoiding them might gain a student more visitors, off - campus walks or a position as a cottage assistant. In both systems we have determined as among the highest rewards the prtvi- leges of being able to have a stronger say in our own planning and aiding others in educational activities. Violence Joonis LEAP tutoring program for teen girls taught by low achievers who hitchhike Violence. against youthful hitchhikers — especially girls — has become a major problem, as more girls -/take to the streets and highways in a burst .of independence untempered by caution. In a July "I'd like -to;graduate from Peabodyj'v ^fe" 1 «.•»"* Reader's Digest" article, le'sald; "andlien I'll go into a concert " aflthor Nattian-Adams reports an "astonishing naivete" about what could happen By JON ALTMANN Friday night "Mash," "Metamorphosis," "The Quill," and "Hatchetboy" talked over the air from the comfort of their Northeast Phoenix homes. These are the names used by a group of radio hobbyists when they converse using an inexpensive communication called "Citizens' Band" (CB), £ 23-channel radio frequency authorized by the Federal Communications . Commission (FCC) for short distance communica- tons. • "We all met through the mass media of CB," said Brian, 22. • . The radiomen withheld their full names due to complications 'with FCC regulations on Citizens' Band. They engage in CB both as a hobby and to help out in emergencies, they said. i'.iThe rt-a'dio comes in handy if you are put on the road and see an accident," Dan said. "You can turn to Channel 9 and call for assistance." Channel 9 is the channel reserved by the FCC for emergency use. Kevin, an electronics hobbyist, told how he got started in CB. "One Christmas back in California, my brother and I got walkie talkies for presents. We heard other people out there, but just didn't have the power to talk back. Eventually, my dad got me a radio and fixed it up and I had a base station with some power. The more power, the more fun it was, and more power just became necessary." Cathy, 16, related a similar experience and added, "It became interesting to find out that there were people far away t h a t you could talk to. It became something to do" All agreed their involvement with radio communications has added to their social life. ,-..'. "This makes up for the times when you wish you had a party line on the phone," commented Doug, 18. "It gives, you more people' to hear and talk to at one time." One member said he got into CB because his girlfriend was on the radio and he wanted to keep track of her "radioland" activities. The hobbyists split on what their futures in CB radio will be like. "I plan to get an education in electronics and become an FAA (Federal Aeronautics Administration) flight controller," said Kevin. Cathy, who attends Saguaro High School, said she wants to keep the hobby "until the radio blows up." -Brian, was at one time an employe of a store dealing solely in radio and electronics equipment. The cost of an FCC license for CB non-commercial radios is $20, she saia, "and men I'll go career,'-'just\td'see' what it's like. Fd like to teach music at a college, but first I'll try the concert route for a couple of years. Melinda said she likes to listen to Stravinsky and Prokofief at home, but confessed that she also enjoys rock groups Chicago and Bread. Her other favorites are Beethoven, Brahms, Bach 'and Mozart. . "I go in cycles," she said. "Lately I've really liked contemporary composers, like Bartok. Their music ha.s a lot from the periods before them. It has all. these dimensions in it." • Melinda said she enjoys playing in chamber groups and orchestras as much as she likes solo work. "I get very excited before I perform for an. audience.," she, said. "I concentrate on the music beforehand, so that I don't slip when I'm playing. I try to keep, my mind off the people. It's good to be excited, but not nervous. I shake." "Sometimes if you don't feel this way, you know 'it won't be a good performance," she added. to hitchhiking women. He writes, "In the case of a girl who hitchhikes, the odds against her reaching her destination unmolested are today literally . no, better than if she played Russian roulette. Police'estimates, victim interviews and a polling of young hitchhikers reveal that one of every six will become the victim of some category of sex crime, ranging from indecent exposure to forcible rape." Nor is rape necessarily the worst fate a thumber can suffer. 1 In Boston recently, seven girls were murdered in as '.many' months; six' were abducted while hitchhiking. More than a quarter of the hitchhikers victimized'by sex criminals were beaten, slashed or shot. Attempts to curb hitchhiking have been foiled by the possible unconstitutionality of an outright ban on the practice, and the enforcement nightmare it would create for police. , the Digest suggests improved public transportation • facilities near colleges and universities as a possible solution. (See related article, this page.) By SUE BRODINE A LEAP-sponsored Youth Tutoring Youth (YTY) program is using low academic achievers from South Mountain High School to teach "slow" grade school pupils basic reading and math skills, with both groups benefiting. . Volunteer teachers from the Roosevelt ^School District are working with tutors chosen by counselors at South Mountain High this summer, training them in the use of special instructional programs. Throughout the regular school year the tutors will spend about eight hours every week with children referred by teachers at Roosevelt Elementary School, and one hour per week with supervisors who will help them develop a curriculum to solve each student's problems. The program, now in its filth -year, has been successful not only in improving the academic skills of both the tutors and pupils, but in aiding the persuri- al development of the tutors, according to program coordinator Sabino Lozano. "Interaction between high school and grade -school teachers and the tutors and their tutees has lent itself to learning between people of different ethnic backgrounds. It is a totally integrated program," he said. Lozano said the tutors develop a better self-image. •"Many begin taking better care ot themselves as their feelings of self-confidence and self-worth improve.. They develop a positive view of what they do and who they are, which helps them in whatever they try to do," he said. • "•• Lozano explained the reason for the change in the tutors — and the overall success of the program. "The tutors are in an unusual role," he said. "They-feel the burden of responsibility and the knowledge that the tutees need them, in addition to being in a job situation. They are able to learn and teach, using the different type of tools that YTY uses."'' ( Al) YTY methods are non-textbook Tor-^ iented. Lozano said teaching through' games such as Scrabble and Spill and' Spell, special projects and field trips has \ been much more successful tlian the more conventional ways of teaching; • This summer the YTY program'is be-| ginning a more intensive program fpn the tutees and an extensive training pro-' •gram for the tutors. ) Next year they will .use the Curelon Reading Method, an "action reading program that doesn't penalize either the slow or fast learner," according to Lozano. He said they will try the Quesenar Math Method, a program for teaching math in an interesting way. YTY arranges for tutors to participate in special cultural and ethnic events, so they can learn things to share with their students. All teaching is done on a one-to-one basis. After this summer, funding by the federal Summer Youth Program will'be discontinued. Coordinators are attempting to find alternate ways of paying the tutors for their work, such as high school credit. Bus system planned to transport ASU students Vocational training at PUHS offered in summer for 1st time The Phoenix High School system has extended its vocational program into the summer this year in what may be the beginnings of a year - round vocational training center. For the first time in district history 400 summer students are enrolled in 13 vocational courses like carpentry, electronics, auto mechanics and culinary arts. A special grant from the State Department of Education makes the courses tuition - free to students in the Phoenix Union district. The program is part of a growing trend in Arizona for schools to serve basic educational, rather than remedial, needs of students during the summer. While compensatory courses are still offered under the federal Title I program, an increasing number of students are continuing their regular schooling during the summer. Most of them are motivated by a desire to supplement their regular academic requirements, or to graduate early. 1 The idea of fijlly operative year - round schools, growing in favor nationwide, is one reason behind PUHS associate principal WendaU Smith's enthusiasm for the vocational arts summer school project. , Smith said he thought students would take advantage of the Phoenix -Union system's vocational facilities if they \yere opened for classes during the summer months, so he went to the Board of Education and obtained funds to hire four teachers to accommodate an expected 48 students. By this spring student response had pushed the number of teachers to 14, and Smith said when the board put a lid on funds he had to turn students away. The interest shown this summer has given local impetus to the much - discussed idea of operating educational facilities at full strength throughout the year, according to Smith. He said he expects summer school programs to grow gradually in future decades in a natural response to the expanding demand^, of students. By RICK NELSON By putting "bugs" in the system, two Arizona State University students hope to eliminate some bugs in the student transportation network between Phoenix and Ternpe, The ingoing bugs are psychedelic, rolling-eyed busses in insect garb designed to lure students from hitchhiking and driving to a free, safe ride to school. John Balfour, 20, and Eddie Sears, 18, with assistance from Phoenix City Hall, are starting a bus line that will provide free transportation between Phoenix and the university. The bus line would have many advantages, according to Balfour and Sears. It would help alleviate rush-hour traffic and help solve the parking problem at the university, where students are often forced to park more than a half mile from their classes. "We're tired' of hearing people talking about transportation problems, and complaining about how bad it is," said John. "We're going to do something about it." Balfour and Sears are organizing a company, B.S. Enterprises, Inc., to-raise funds to purchase three used 45-passenger buses from American - International Bus Exchange of Los Angeles. Besides the molded fiberglass insect garb on the exterior, the buses will, have stereo equipment, carpeting and "munchies," snacks, snacks, for the passengers. Recently the City of Phoenix sent Baland Sears on an expense-paid trip to San system, Diego to study a similar bus ''The Bug Line," which has been running thre for more than a year. John Haberstroh, a professor at San Diego State University, initiated the line ia hopes of reducing the number of rapes of hitchhiking university coeds. (See related article, this page.) Police reported that since the Bug Line began operations, rapes have decreased 18 per cent. Much of this drop was attributed to The Bug Line. '•1 The San Diego service has been supported by advertising displayed on.'side panels. Haverstroh says he is operating at a profit while providing free transportation. Haverstroh came up with the insect- garb idea to makeh is busses an attractive advertising medium. "We will use major shopping centers, such as Chris-Town, and Phoenix College as pick-up points," said Balfour. "We can't stop at everybody's doorstep." "Our bus stop signs will look, like giant flyswatters, and they will have our schedules printed on them," he said. "The students can leave their cars at the shopping centers. This will take a couple hundred cars out of rush hour traffic,--and help fight air pollution at the same time. And with gas prices rising like they are, the monetary savings will become even greater." Balfour and Sears say bus schedules will coincide with class schedules, .including night classes. They also plan to provide free transportation to popular student retreats such as local lakes and rivers, concerts, fairs and Big Surf. The busline will be student-owned and student-run. Students will design and sell the advertising, and students at Phoenix Union's vocational school will maintain the buses. Balfour and Sears hope to have their ''bugs" crawling on the streets by the time classes start in early September. emb

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