Please keep in mind that I wrote the following to vent.
I've always defended the school, talking about how its image is important and I've always tried seeing it from their viewpoint when people I know talk badly about the school and how things are run. Just a few months ago, though, I began to get angry with what I was seeing. First, though, this next part has nothing to do with the administration. It discusses how something else cheapened my experience at this school and angered me. This year, when the S.L.U.G. was released, I was expecting what I had read before, which was always really funny satire and ridiculous stories. Instead, what I got when I opened the pages were stories rumored to be written by juniors and not seniors who just went ahead and decided they were writing the S.L.U.G., which angered a lot of seniors hoping to be in on it. What's worse is that one of the longest articles was just filled with personal attacks on good friends of mine because of the quality of the school newspaper, Ultramark. The problem is that the editing and approval process takes a long time and there's only so much the higher-ups a school newspaper has to be approved by will let you talk about. The writer of the article put all of the blame on the students and acted as if the juniors who wrote it assumed they knew all about the spicy chicken issue and wrote without talking to teachers and students who did. This is wrong. They did their research.
The S.L.U.G. isn't there to take unfair cheap shots at students with very poor quality satire behind it.
That misses the entire point.
Now we have this prom problem. Dresses have been bought, promises made, plans planned, tuxes ordered, and now it's hard to back out of paying the $100 starting price for tickets. It's a ridiculous price. We were told the school is losing money on every ticket at $100 each, but I'd like to know where all the money's going if we aren't breaking even on it. There are around over 300 seniors, right? Let's say only two thirds of the senior class even goes to prom. That's still $20,000. And that's just if we all buy on the first few days when tickets are cheap. I don't know personally how much everything costs, but I'd like to know how renting a convention center for four hours, hiring a DJ, hiring a photographer, and getting a catering service to do a roast beef buffet or whatever it is this year costs more than that. Especially without an afterprom, which is what really burns me up.
Senior Prom Ticket (Starting) Prices:
(Information was gathered from students who were SMH seniors in the year listed)
2008: around $85
2010: $75 to $85 they're telling me
Afterprom was the entire point for myself and a lot of my friends. Otherwise it's just paying for something formal to wear to a big room in order to take a picture, eat an alright dinner, watch/participate in a two hour grindfest, and then get told to go home. Isn't the afterprom an important part of keeping people out of trouble? Out of the streets? Away from alchohol or the beach? Where and when are we dropping off our tuxes now that we won't be going back to school after the prom? I know that last year's seniors didn't have one, either, but wasn't there at least a reason given? From what I remember hearing, most didn't go to their junior afterprom and didn't express interest in a senior afterprom, so their own was cut. A good number from our class went to our junior afterprom, though, from what I remember. So what was the reason? Rumor says they already had a theme picked out and everything before deciding we shouldn't have one.
I'm not saying there's no legitimate reason for the prices or the lack of an afterprom, but there were no solid reasons given to us, in my opinion. I'd just like some answers.
If you can provide me with any extra information or point out errors in my list of ticket prices, please comment. Please keep in mind that this blog for the next month is still connected to a class, and thus, my grade, so please keep comments appropriate. I want to keep this clean. Don't insult people, especially members of the student body or the faculty.