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May 12.1977-THE GRYPHON - Page Three
Letters to the
I would like to take this time to
give honor to a lady whom I feel Is
the greatest In every aspect. Her
profession Is, teaching English. But
her dally job Is counseling, caring,
and giving examples of not only her
teaching abilities, but also her
ability to love her students as in
dividuals and as children of her own.
This lady Is indeed a rare breed.
She Is more to us than just a
teacher. But to us and especially to
me, she's a special kind of friend.
She's a person that a student can
come to with any problem at all,
whether It be English or a personal
problem. Recognition? she gets
But we, her students, honor and
benefit tremendously from the
wisdom she shows us. We love this
lady. If I had one thing to regret
about leaving Senior High this year,
it would be leaving some of the best
teachers in the world, who have had
such a great effect on my life.
Teachers such as Mrs. Dudley,
Mrs. Williams (113), Mrs. Bulluck
and Mr. Congleton fit the list.
However, the list goes on and on. But
the lady I wish to dedicate this ar
ticle to shouldn't come as a surprise
to anybody who knows her. She may
not win the Teacher of the Year
Award, but to the students she has
taught, and to myself, she will
always be teacher of the year. If you
ever pass room 109 at fourth period,
don't be surprised if you hear a large
amount of laughter bursting out the
doors. It'll be us laughing joyously at
one of Mrs. Hardy's weird stories.
We are indeed proud to have her as
our teacher and friend.
Senior English Class
After all the excitement and ap
prehension before the Junior-Senior
Prom comes the inevitable criticism
of what went wrong during, before,
and after it. If you have begun
reading this editorial thinking that
this is just one more of those
stinging, biting, derogatory and
time-consuming articles that tries to
wipe out all the hard-working hours
that were spent to make the Prom a
success, then you're wrong and you
probably won't have an open mind
while you're reading this. What is
needed here are open minds; minds
that are able to relate, realize, and
reason with both sides of a problem.
Naturally, the Prom committees
endured problems. This Is
characteristic of any planning of a
big event and makes a successful
outcome even more appreciated.
But there was one underlying
problem of the Junior-Senior Prom
committees that was not revealed
openly until the day of the Prom.
The problem had been known by a
few of the committee members and
they had taken steps to solve It, or at
least bring If out into the open, but
they were met with agreeing nods
but no Immediate actions. The
"problem" mentioned is one that
must be tactfully explained because
it "burns the.toes" of some of the
school's most respected faculty
members and students. This
problem is the discriminatory steps
that several of the Prom committees
took in selecting their members.
These teacher-advlsors and student-
chalrmen of several of these com
mittees (especially the decorations)
went all out of their way in avoiding
selecting members that were
"unqualified" to be on the com
mittees. However, the word
"unqualified" is misused here
because. In reality, these chair
persons avoided people who they
thought were unfit to be members.
This included almost all Blacks and
non-Englewood residents who were
willing to devote their time.
Who has the right to determine a
person to be fit, whether white or
black, or a member of the Socialite
clique? Discriminatory? Yes,
against Blacks who had signed up
for particular committees and were
not chosen and against whites who
were not in accelerated classes or
did not know the faculty adviser
and/or student chairman. In short,
blacks, poor whites, and non-
Englewood residents were unduly
discriminated against. It is un
necessary now to go into the reasons
for the discriminatory actions that
were taken, although the reasons
are fairly obvious. But the point to
be made is the selection of the
faculty advisors who seem to show
favoritism towards students and the
student chairpersons who choose
their own friends as members.
We realize that it is too late for
anything to be done concerning this
year's Prom, but it is not for future
Proms, We suggest that each Prom
committee have two chairpersons, a
black and a white, and racially
balanced committees, (equal
blacks, equal whites).
Thank you for your open-
mindedness, Cathey Sharpe, Karen'
Dudley, Gloria Pittman, Cindy
Knight, Sharon Hickman, Cheryl
Shackleford, Kaye Batts, Paul A.
Brantley, Mary White, Vicki Dixon,
Tim Fox, Peter Allen, Ben Barnes.
(Editor's Note: The chairpersons
for the committees were chosen by
the Junior class officers. Faculty
advisers to the committees. Junior
homeroom teachers, were asked to
serve by the junior adviser. Com
mittee members were chosen from
volunteer lists from each homeroom
by the student committee chair
persons and faculty advisers.
Committees set up attendance rules,
and any person who failed to attend
the required working sessions was
removed from the committee).
The National Honor Society
wishes to express appreciation to all
the people'responsible for making
the Bettye Pryor love fund a suc
cess. First of all, our thanks go to all
the students and teachers who
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donated about $50 at the booth April
25-29. Our gratitude goes also to the
members of the National Honor
Society who participated in a car
wash at Tarrytown Exxon April 30
and raised S144.00. Special ap
preciation goes to Mr. Robert
Bobbitt, the owner of Tarrytown
Exxon, for his generous donation of
$100. The car wash workers are
grateful for the generosity of Mr.
and Mrs. Walt Dresser who donated
refreshments and reduced prices on
drinks for car wash participants.
The Service Club's contribution of
$100 to the fund is significant for
unselfishness and generosity. The
drama students' aid is gratefully
This total of roughly $300 will be
used to help send Mrs. Pryor's
children and husband to see her in
Texas. Again THANK YOU!
the Committee for the
Betty Pryor Love Fund
By Clifton Barnes
We of the "Sophomore Class" feel
that we are being treated unjustly by
a portion of the faculty members at
RMSH. We are tired of the constant
griping and criticisms aimed at our
class and fed up with being called
"lazy, irresponsible, and rude." We
feel that these discouraging
statements are hurting our class. As
professionals, the faculty should
realize that criticism makes the
situation much worse and causes the
students to have mental blocks that
they will never succeed. The "Class
of '79" came to this school with the
intention of proving that we have
something to give to Senior High,
and we need some occasional praise,
or we will never gain the incentive
we need to do well. Remember, the
"Class of '79" will be here for
another two years. We are proud of
our class and hope that you will
Audrey Cooper, Courtney Sazama,
Barbara Wuyciak, Blythe Matkin,
Kim Burd, Beth Myers, Steve
Ratchford, Jayne Atchison, Hunter
Robinson, Marion Blackburn,
The exploitation of these powers has corrupted Washington down
through the years, not just recently with Former President Richard
Nixon, and it won’t stop with him either.
Way back, Andrew Jackson felt his power as president was
autonomous. He said, “The executive must. . . itself be guided by
its own opinion of the Constitution.”
Abraham Lincoln exercised war power completely on his own
authority. He started a draft and blockaded the South.
This stretching of the Constitution angered Congress who took it
out on Andrew Johnson. Johnson was watched more closely, and
his evils were discovered. He was impeached but not convicted.
Rumors of John Kennedy’s misuse of power are being made
public. It is said that several assasination plots against leaders of
foreign countries were implemented by Kennedy. This is not to
mention his power to get female companionship.
Now isn’t it a pleasure to have a down to earth, honest, religious,
good ole boy in the office of President. He won’t be affected by
power will he?
He’s done it before. Why not again?
While running for Governor of Georgia, President Jimmy Carter
used unethical practices to gain his power and his stepping stone to
the While House.
Carter’s gubernatorial campaign organization pictured the mass
of Georgia voters as “unyoung, unblack, unpoor, unliberal, anti-
establishment and pro-George Wallace.” So Carter’s gubernatorial
campaign was based on this.
Carter received the vote he needed, but in his inauguration
speech he stated, “The lime for racial discrimination is over.” This
set off the Ku Klux Klan who had supported Carter.
Even during the gubernatorial campaign he prevaricated and
deceived to gain his power. He praised segregationalist Lester
Maddox who shared the Democratic ticket with him. Later he told
that he and Maddox were enemies then and always had been.
The campaign was undoubtedly one of expedience. Carter ex
plains, “I often had to comprqmise.” His presidential campaign
was also deceiving to reach his power. For President he needed the
unold, the unwhite, the unrich, and the unconservative. He got it.
So President Carter has exploited to gain his power. We'll just
have to wail to see if he follows tradition and exploits the use of
power given him by the Constitution of the United Slates.
YOU PUT US ON THE MAP.
VVhen we opened our first Hardee’s, we opened them right
here in the Carolinas. And today, with more than 900 restau
rants across the united states and two foreign countries our
home is stiil the carolinas.
Which is why, no matter how big we get tomorrow we'll
always remember all of you who helped get us off the around
So next time you say hello to our delicious charbroiled bur-
gei^, golden french fries and all the other good things on our
nationally famous menu, give yourself a well-deserved pat on
the back. After all, it was you who put us on the map
And we’ll never forget it