New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, May 21, 1997Q 3A
Prom night now promises less
DEAR ABBY: Because prejudice and discrimination are so hurtful, I think we should do away with them in our public schools.
Abby, what is more discriminatory than the senior prom?
The poor, the frugal, the shy, the unpopular, die plain and the dateless are excluded. Many parents cannot afford all that is involved in this rite of passage: formal wear, corsages, limousines. The kid who is saving his cash for college, the student who has no “significant other,” is a reject on the eve of what should be a joyous camaraderie including all members of the senior class.
Instead, this occasion has too often turned into a boisterous bash with overnight parties, drugs, drunk driving and death.
The above combination has made a farce of what was once a sensible, meaningful event. One father hired a horse-drawn carriage to transport his daughter to the prom!
I’m ready for a lot of flak in response to this letter, but I feel that there are many parents (and students) out there who agree with me, but are afraid to express it.
D. B. IN OLYMPIA, WASH.
DEAR D. B.: Every year the newspapers carry pictures of handsome young men and beautiful girl graduates who have died in fiery automobile crashes on prom night. Rather than completely doing away with this rite of passage, it should be rethought. Some schools have already done this by transporting their young people to and from the dance or party in buses, and keeping the celebration alcohol-free. Others have turned it into a special night out (to a play, a theme park, etc.) that doesn’t require a date.
I would be interested to hear what other schools and parents are doing to safeguard their young people on prom night
DEAR ABBY: Who says what’s “right” when a woman wants to have a formal second wedding? My sister has been married once before. Her wedding was very large and very formal. She is now engaged again to a young man who has never been married.
Her wedding party started out to , be six, including the bride-and' groom. We will all be dressed in gowns and tuxedos.
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This is the late ‘90s, and we’re heading into a new century. My sister feels there is nothing wrong with a second formal wedding as long as it’s the first for the groom, and I agree.
If it’s the bride’s first wedding and the groom’s second, no one would comment. But when ifs the bride’s second and the groom’s first, why must it be small and informal? Shouldn’t it be up to the bride and groom, rather than anyone else?
My sister’s wedding will be small, with a few friends and the immediate family, but some of the traditions will be included, such as throwing the bridal bouquet, first dance, dollar dance, photographs, father-daughter dance, etc.
What are your thoughts on this?
FORMAL OR NOT BOWDOIN, MAINE
DEAR FORMAL OR NOT: I agree with your sister. Since it is the groom’s first wedding, I see no reason why he should be penalized because his bride has been previously married.
The old rules about what is appropriate have relaxed in recent years. It is perfectly acceptable for the couple to have a formal wedding with all the trimmings.
My congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.
By The Associated Press One black student enrolled for fall UT law class
DALLAS (AP) — Only one black student has enrolled at the University of Texas Law School for its freshman class next fall, and educators say a federal court decision banning race-based admissions is to blame.
UT Law School dean Michael Sharlot told The Dallas Morning News in Wednesday editions that one black is part of the class and only 12 Hispanic students have paid tuition deposits to secure their places in the class.
“It’s tragic,” Sharlot said. “If more (minority students) agree to enroll, it would only be a handful ... And not everyone who has sent in their admission deposit ends up coming.”
About 30 to 40 blacks and 50 to 65 Hispanics have traditionally been among approximately 500 new students who enroll each fall at the Austin law school.
Educators have predicted that the anti-affirmative action ruling, triggered by admissions policies at the UT school, would cut minority enrollment.
Nous* sands driver’s license fees bill to governor
AUSTIN (AP) — Texans would pay a one-time fee for their driver’s license until they turn 60 and would renew their license every six years instead of every four under a bill sent to Gov. George W. Bush.
Under the measure, by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, a graduated scale would go into effect, and younger drivers would pay a higher one-time fee for a license than older drivers.
The House approved Senate amendments to the bill on a vote of 91-47 on Tuesday. Bush’s office said the governor hadn’t yet decided if he would sign the bill.
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