Page Two — THE GRYPHON
If You Didn’t Sell, Don’t Gripe
The office has regretfully announced that all students who didn’t
sell at least one magazine subscription this year will not be ad
mitted into any school sponsored activities. This includes dances,
the Junior-Senior prom, and any other projects carried out by the
financing of the Student Organization.
Don’t get too excited. This is not true at all. There’s no way that
this announcement could be made. But maybe if it had been an
nounced, it would have made students work harder. Yet every
student is a member of the student organization and has the right to
attend all school functions. So what if he didn’t sell a subscription?
So what if he can take advantage of the uses of the money without
helping to earn any of it?
To those who didn’t do their part, it’s too late to go back and sell
subscriptions this year. But remember this ... No one has any
right to say that R.MSH never does anything or that the band at the
dance is cheap and lousy unless he or she helped during the
magazine campaign. To those who sold subscriptions, a “TTianlt
You” is definately necessary. They should enjoy this year’s school
activities, for they have not only earned the right to attend, but the
right to gripe.
There is no rule written down anywhere saying that students can
or can't complain because of the amount of money they raised. It’s
just harder to appreciate gripes made from those students who
didn’t really care enough to sell. If one must complain, it might be
wise to avoid the company of those students who did their job. They
may resent it.
You Can Slow Down Dishonesty
Several recent incidents at RMSH have opened many students’
eyes to their classmates’ dishonesty.
Two girls left their pocketbooks in their car while they were
attending a meeting. They returned to find the pocketbooks gone.
The purses turned up under some shrubbery with the contents
spilled out on the ground.
Another student decided not to put a lock on her locker this year.
After two notebooks disappeared, she changed her mind.
The students of RMSH are admired throughout the city and state.
It would be a great shame if the school’s reputation were damaged
because of the irrational behavior of a handful of inconsiderate
To correct this problem, it is necessary for students to always be
careful with their possessions. They must lock their doors and
guard their valuables. If the students of RMSH eliminate all op
portunity for theft, then the problem will be eliminated.
Don't leave an invitation in your unlocked locker or your deserted
And to think we used to complain
about the price of bubblegum!
by Cathy Allen
President Gerald Ford has
asked all Americans to put forth
all their effort in his new
program called WIN, meaning
“Whip Inflation Now.” WIN
encourages everyone to con
serve natural resources and to
refrain from being wasteful.
Thanks to some of the
ingenious GRYPHON staff
members, I have some
suggestions to make to those
who attend school.
1. Suggest politely to teachers
who insist on manuscript on one
side only that using both sides of
notebook paper conserves
paper and is easier on the
pocketbook. (In case anyone
has not noticed, the price of
paper has sky rocketed.)
2. Ride in carpools. Besides
fighting the hiked gas prices,
this unique experience can be
both exciting and fun. Games
can be played such as “Guess
who’s leg is asleep now?” (This
one can be played only when
people are sitting on top of each
3. Give up driving out to
lunch. This will be too hard for
many students, and only the
more patriotic ones will make
the sacrifice. In fact those
patriotic students may give up
eating lunch and begin saving
food. I have to admit that I have
heard that skinny people are
healthier, but then starved
students may function slower
and waste time. And who knows?
Time might go up in price too.
Senior Privileges Ready To Go!
Hats off to Frank Inscoe and the Senior Privileges Committee.
They’ve seen to it that there has been no big hassle with Mr.
.Vewbern, nor have things been dragged on and on. To show our
appreciation for the fine way the committee got things rolling, let’s
keep things rolling for them. Of course there were privileties th»
committee wasn’t able to get approved, but it’s useless to waste
time over them.
What we’ve got to realize is that along with freedom comes
responsibility. The senior class and its attitude toward senior
privileges mark the way for the underclassmen. If seniors handle
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their privileges responsibly, the chances of receiving more
privileges second semester are even better. But the big thing is,
that if the class of ’75 shows the faculty and administration that it is
mature enough to accept these privileges, then the classes below
will benefit also.
The senior parking stickers have been given out, so now it is up to
the students to see that the cars showing the stickers are parked in
the yellow spaces. It is important that sophomores and juniors
respect the privileges also. Leaving the gym first may seem dumb
to underclassmen, but just wait until they’re seniors. They will
want respect too.
Senior Staff Writers
Sara Jane Cdlier
Nancy Davis, Bill Matthews,
Terre Kilpatrick, Isabel Williams
Jimiw Staff Writers
Billy Odom, Boon McGee
Tori Gardner, Mitchell I^den, Jan Forsythe,
Thomasina Pollard, D^trie Cook, DoUy Claric,
Biff White, Robin Bass, Gail Phillips
Natalie Knight, To^esa Mosley, Ben Currin
Virginia Culpepper, Wade Bryant, CcNrfoi BuUodc,
Karen Butler, Dona Ekiwards
Mrs. Henrietta Barbour
Mr. Elton N^bem
Mr. Richard Hicks
Mr. Robai: Miller
President Gerald R. Ford’s
recent address to Congress on
inflation was in many ways
disappointing to the American
public. Citizens hoping for
strong federal controls saw
little governmental aid for the
Definitely not following the
blockbuster tactics of some of
his presidential predecessors,
Ford instead admonished the
public to waste less, conserve
more, a slogan they have been
hearing for years and from
which they have seen few
One of the few steps Ford
tried to take has cost him a
couple more merit badges. Ford
promoted the idea of a tem
porary one-year surcharge of
5% to be paid by all individuals
with an annual income greater
than $1,500 and by all couples
with annual income greater
Quite a number of people fall
into this group. Many, already
placed in a money cnmch by
growing inflation, will find
circumstances even more
difficult if the tax surcharge is
In the area of energy, an item
which affects our food supply as
well as our way of life. Ford has
announced ideas which have the
environmentalists hopping. His
plan to reduce importation of
foreign oil by one million barrels
daily to the end of 1975 drew a
heavy round of applause from
Congress, but do the ends
necessarily justify the means?
Ford advocated the recove^
of domestic oil, namely that in
Alaska. Recovery of this supply
To the Editor:
In the past issue in Miss
Collier’s column, Jock Jots, the
statement about our teams
passing was uncalled for,
belittling and damaging to the
school spirit and the teams’
confidence. If Miss Collier
would take some advice: “If
you can’t say something good,
don’t say it!”
Thomas H. Gerlinger
To the editor:
First off, I would like to say I
am glad I can express my
opinion through this publication
without the fear of harassment.
I feel I am being deprived of one
of my most important con
stitutional rights — Freedom of
Speech. Why? Just because I
don’t stand up and support
school team at pep rallies. Why
should I be made to support
something I do not believe in? I
have no interest in any kind of
competitive sports as such.
Don’t get me wrong though; if
you want to stand up and sup
port the team, do it. You have a
right just as I have a right not
to. I have been harassed;
threatened with detention
notices and suspensions and
ridiculed in front of my
classmates because I don’t
conform with the rest of the
school. I have my own opinions
* and beliefs and have a right to
them without fear of
harassment: If this letter
doesn’t have any effect on the
issue, 1 will speak to the ad
ministration to see if anything
can be done to assure me that
my rights will not be deprived.
Mother: Get up son, or you’ll be
late for school.
Son: Oh, mom. I don’t want to
go to school.
Mother: Stop complaining and
Son: But I can’t go to school!
Mother: And why not?
Son: Everybody hates me,
that’s why! All the teachers
hate me; the students hate
me; the coaches hate me;
the lunchroom ladies hate
me; even the custodians
Mother: But, son, you have to
go to school. You’re the
has long been delayed due to
questions about its impact on
the environment. Are we now to
toss these considerations aside’
He spoke of using coal fuel and
in the next breath of cleaner
coal. Which is to come first? He
promoted the passage of sur
face mining legislation which
would ease the environmental
controls now governing it.
All legislation coming from
the White House to Congress
will now carry an inflation
impact statement. ,Are en
vironmental impact statements
to be disregarded as obsolete?
There are many questions
still in the minds of the
American public. Rather than
answer them. President Ford
has added more.