dance is not exclusive
Peter Holman and Elissa Ferguson
To the Editors:
We were disappointed and frustrated to read the editorial
in the last issue of the Orient regarding the upcoming Junior/Senior Ball.
The author argued that by making the dance a "swing" event, it aimed to
exclude those members of the Junior and Senior classes who cannot dance
swing or who do not enjoy this style of music.
The reality is that those who selected the music were aware
of this sentiment, and they worked to find a band that departed from the
swing genre, but which would still maintain an atmosphere of panache.
The organizers of the Junior/Senior Ball who chose this band did so after
listening to dozens of tapes of performers and elected this band because
they felt that their sound was unique from the typical "swing" style.
We appreciate the suggestion made by the writer to mix the
music up, perhaps by inviting other bands, but the reality is that, due
to budget constraints, the classes do not have the means by which to fund
more than just one group. With a higher ticket price we would have been
able to provide more variety. However, in an effort to be sure that the
dance is not "exclusive," we chose to keep the ticket price down to $5,
a portion of which, we should add, will go to support a local family for
the holidays. With a low ticket price, our hope is that less people will
be deterred from joining us in what will be a joyful occasion as this
semester nears completion.
The quickness to judge the dance as being too exclusive is
unjustified for those who donated their time to organize the ball. As
class officers, we always encourage your input in the planning of activities,
and we hope that in the future you may suggest changes before the details
have been set, rather than raise objections after the event has been organized.
Holman - Senior Class President
Ferguson - Senior Community Service Coordinator