Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Well I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Superintendent Jere Hochman (finally) caved in to public pressure and will allow the Gospel Choir to sing at ARHS graduation.

Can you imagine the fallout if the ban stayed in effect?

Only in Amherst (somebody would say) can High School girls publicly use the C-word and perform a skit that glorifies statutory rape, but God forbid we allow a largely minority member choir to belt out a song where the word God comes up.

Yes, they did learn from the ‘Vagina Monologues’ debacle. One of the girls who performed in the 2004 edition, wanted to bring it back for an encore presentation this past February (why not in 2005 or 2006?) and the principal wisely said “NO”. But he should have said “No fracken way!”

Although only indirectly citing the tsunami of bad press, Mark Jackson claimed the production required too much time of faculty advisors, and with those looming budgets cuts…Hey, they could have tapped some of the $1.5 million they have stashed in their savings account.

Maybe at next year’s graduation we can get a couple of songs from ‘West Side Story’?


Tommy said...

See, the good guys really do win in the end.

LarryK4 said...

Yeah but, unfortunately in Amherst, it’s about as common as a visit from Halley’s comet.

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Bill said...

Heads-up: Rumor has it that the organizers/agitators for Vagina Monologues were assured in a side conversation with the Principal, when he blocked production of VM this year, that they may plan on mounting the show during the 2007-2008 season. Possibly off-campus for "plausible deniability" purposes.

LarryK4 said...

As long as it's off campus then they can do whatever they please: the play "Hair" for instance, with its full frontal nudity (not too mention desecration of the American flag).

But if 'VM' is done on school property, paid for by Amherst taxpayers the wrath of God (and we know how much they like to hear his name) will be upon them.