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Oct. 19, 2005

UPDATE: New homecoming policy restricts bringing guests

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
Homecoming guests must be 19 years old or under and of "good standing" to attend the dance on Saturday, Oct. 29, as required by a new homecoming policy, according to the Student Government Association (SGA).

Blair students planning to bring dates from outside of Blair must notify the SGA Office by Tuesday, Oct. 25. Each student must provide his or her ID number and phone number, as well as their date's full name, school and ID number.

Once all information is received, Blair Business Manager Laurie Checco will e-mail administrators at the schools of potential dates and ask them whether the students are "of good standing." If the date does not attend a school, then his or her reference may be someone "who is their superior," such as an employer, according to SGA Chief of Staff Eric Hysen.

Parents and chaperones voiced concerns that dates of and above the drinking age were consuming alcohol before the dance. "The problem is," said Gainous, "you've got underage people with you." Gainous instructed the SGA to set an age limit, and they did so accordingly.

In the initial stages of planning, dates were to be restricted to Montgomery County students. The final decision was that students may bring friends from public or private schools, as long as they are less than or of 19 years of age.

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  • Jeff on October 19, 2005 at 2:16 PM
    the announcements being made still says people from MoCo only. i'm not affected by this, but it seems really wacko.
  • Anarchist on October 19, 2005 at 5:34 PM
    "Good standing."

    What, so one-legged people can't go?

    Or is this a posture issue?
  • grumbler on October 19, 2005 at 5:55 PM
    so what's their reason for this beaucratic red tape for a high school dance?
  • Eric Hysen (View Email) on October 19, 2005 at 7:37 PM
    To Jeff: The announcements up to now have been incorrect. You may bring any high school or college age student 19 or under.

    Eric Hysen
    SGA Chief of Staff
  • '07'--juniors on October 19, 2005 at 7:57 PM
    this rule isnt good b/c some people's siblings go to school's outside of Montgomery County and now you cant bring them which means they cant go which then means Blair wont be making as much money they would like!!!
  • senior '06 (View Email) on October 19, 2005 at 8:47 PM
    You are right jeff this is realy WACKO.

    It is just homecoming
  • ?? on October 19, 2005 at 9:51 PM
    The administration does realize that outside people can get Blair IDs right?
  • Anonymous on October 19, 2005 at 10:33 PM
    If they are in private school they probably don't have an ID. I've been confused about that. Private school kids are allowed yet they have to give their MCPS id #.
  • hmm on October 19, 2005 at 10:56 PM
    Why did Administration decide on this policy? I think people might be less outraged by it if they knew that there is some logical reasoning behind it.
  • wandering aimlessly on October 20, 2005 at 12:19 AM
    this is ridiculous. what, Blair is trying to restructure the moral standing of students by prohibiting anyone older than a teen and not "of good standing" from being a date to the homecoming? hmmm...too late for that...those kids are already well onto their own paths, and who knows what extremes high school kids go to for entertainment in their spare time...
  • Jeff on October 20, 2005 at 9:02 AM
    Thanks for the clarification Eric. That makes a lot more sense. In fact, restricting guests to under 19 is a good idea.
  • Anonymous on October 20, 2005 at 11:40 AM
    Boycott Homecoming!! Study instead!!!
  • alumnus on October 20, 2005 at 1:18 PM
    i feel sorry for ya, blair has being goin down the toilet every year and now THIS?!?!? what is goin on?
  • da1nonlihotchick (View Email) on October 20, 2005 at 1:31 PM
    nice article!....why would they change the policy about the homecomming dance anyways......just wanted to say that :) PE@CE OUT!!!!!
  • Come again? on October 20, 2005 at 6:31 PM
    Just so I got this straight, Eric, you are allowed to bring any high school student then? If you do, you still gotta register them? And where again? I keep hearing this place but I have no idea where it is. And where do they sell tickets again?

  • Eric Hysen (View Email) on October 20, 2005 at 8:27 PM
    You can bring any high school or college age student, with a max age of 19 years old. They have to be registered in the SGA office by the end of 5B on Tuesday. Tickets are being sold at the SGA Office window in the courtyard outside the SAC.
  • Jesus on October 21, 2005 at 1:52 PM
    the administration need to chill out and realize that they are being completely unreasonable.
  • emily on October 21, 2005 at 7:41 PM
    I fully support this policy. Obviously, people over the age of 19 are dangerous. Why not ban them from all school events? Or better yet, make it a requirement that the administration inquire into the "good standing" of all over 19s who desire to attend Blair activities. Surely this is the only way we can ensure the safety of blair students.
  • Anonymously Liberal on October 22, 2005 at 9:53 AM
    I see nothing wrong with this policy change...
  • junior (View Email) on October 22, 2005 at 10:28 PM
    man dis sucks really sucks why would have to be 19 haaaaaaaa? y spend my money on dis stuiped homecomin???? and i heard da admnistators are gonn be really strict on dancin so ya`ll better carfulllllllllllll
  • .... on October 23, 2005 at 6:33 PM
    There is also a restriction that in addition to the dates being in "good standing", they must also be "good looking"
  • 05 (View Email) on October 24, 2005 at 2:17 PM
    I think the new rule is unfair. I graduated last year, and we were actaully allowed to have fun at homecoming. My date was 20. I don't know why age matters as long as they're not there to cause problems
  • crockus (View Email) on October 24, 2005 at 4:54 PM
    saying that anyone over 19 years old is ignorant
  • la la on October 25, 2005 at 12:50 PM
    to emily: gurl u must not have a lyfe, so wat chu tryin to say? dat all people over 19 are dangerous. its so sad to see someone thinkin dat way, i guess ur parents are dangerous. u gotta get ur stuff srt8 before u come out like that
  • ryan downey on October 26, 2005 at 9:41 AM
    Whos cares my man goes to this school and that's all that matters
  • 05 Blazer on October 27, 2005 at 1:09 AM
    What I dont understand is what is the point of this?
  • junior on October 27, 2005 at 8:14 AM
    do the administration really wanna take the time to call every single person being brought? thats mad pressed for just homecoming...i mean all these stupid rules are gonna make even worse then last years...and now theres more bans on dancing? and of course theres underage people...were in high school...thank you captain obvious
  • 05 on October 27, 2005 at 12:16 PM
    u kn ow its funny about the 19 year old thing because there are like 20 year old juniors at the school. what, now ur own students cant come either?
  • 09 (View Email) on October 27, 2005 at 4:09 PM
    what's the policy on returning hc tickets?
  • 08 (View Email) on October 27, 2005 at 5:03 PM
    can you return a homecoming ticket?
  • 07 on October 27, 2005 at 7:53 PM
    Who cares....Blair is the one who is losing money. We can always have fun by going to the clubs or thrown your own party. We don't need Blair to enjoy life.The age limit was stupid because there are student who older then 19 at Blair. This rule is unfair and is breaking the student rights. Look at the students right book, in one of the pages, it says " public school will provide free-schooling to stundent until the age of 21. So why can the student enjoy homecoming.Who in the world elected the SGA? Are they suppose represent the student?
    We should reelect new SGA! This act was injsutice and out of this world. Blair, what makes you think can control kids under 20 when they were rude and uncontrolable in the assembly. TELL Me.......REWRITE THE ARTICLE AND YOUR ACTS(SGA) and you can enjoy a great year of memory and make a lot of money. SGA heard the voice of the students. Is it possible to impreach SGA officer? I hope so.......... BE part of the solution and not part of the problem. Student boycott
  • Eric Hysen (View Email) on October 27, 2005 at 9:41 PM
    If your guest is rejected, we will offer to refund up to two Homecoming Tickets you have purchased. Aside from that, we cannot accept returns of tickets, unless you have a very unqiue situation. In that case, come talk to us at lunch.
  • Tanu on November 3, 2005 at 8:45 PM
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