The [Thursday] Papers
"A couple of years ago, the graduation ceremony at Galesburgh High School had come to resemble a circus, but without the calming influence of elephants," the Tribune's Steve Chapman writes this morning.
"Students were dancing and making hand signs; friends in the audience were jumping up and raising a racket with air horns."
"Deluged with complaints from parents and others who couldn't see or hear at crucial moments, local officials decided a change was in order."
Crucial moments? At a high school commencement?
The only crucial moment is the one when it's over.
"Back in 1999, Ravinia banned Lake Forest High School from holding commencement exercises there after students and parents threw marshmallows, trampled flowers, ignored no-smoking signs and insulted employees."
Go Lake Forest!
"Some people think that a commencement is a celebration, and that celebrations by definition should be unrestrained. By that logic, wedding guests should be blowing noisemakers during the recitation of vows."
Chapman has apparently only been to one kind of wedding - the worst kind.
And this just in: "Galesburg School Relents On Diplomas."
Good. It's about time they grew up.
"They taste like almonds."
"They taste like raw potato."
"I found them woodsy and nutty at first, kind of crunchy. And there was a creamy peanut butter taste under them that was not unpleasant"
"Potato with some flavor in it."
"At first it tasted nutty, with a finish like asparagus."
"They have an earthy, potato-like taste.
"They taste like cold canned asparagus."
"They taste like avocado with a dash of clam juice."
"They're like a juicy almond."
"It wasn't bad, tasted a little like chicken," said sixth-grader Sam Freedland. "Not KFC or Popeye's though, more like the kind you get at Dominick's."
"They had a weird taste that I've never experienced before that I can only describe as disgusting," said 13-year-old seventh-grader Laura Zimmermann. "I'm trying to get the taste out now with the rest of my peanut butter sandwich, and if that doesn't work, maybe some chocolate."
You said it, sister.
- Bethany Lankin
The Beachwood Tip Line: Good to the last drop.
Posted on June 7, 2007
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