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Class members remembered at Ferris reunion

In the fitness center locker room this morning, I struck up a conversation with a woman named Connie who had attended her 1971 Ferris High School 40th reunion over the weekend.

Out of a class of about 525, at least 31 have died, and the number could be slightly higher, Connie believed, because some there were remembering folks who were not on the official list of those who had passed on.

We had an involuntary moment of silence because 31 sounded like a lot. I think when we remember high school, we are all frozen in our prime, and so to imagine 31 gone, it seemed astounding.

My 40th high school reunion is in two years. I try never to miss reunions because I like to see how people's stories turn out. But they are also a good reminder of the passing of time and how much we should savor the gift of each day, each year, each decade, each reunion.

Recycle your tree for Ferris High School

The annual tree recycling benefit at Ferris High School is on Jan. 1-2 and on Jan. 8-9 - all days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During that time you can drop your tree off in the Ferris parking lot on the corner of 37th Avenue and Regal, and it will be recycled to woodchips for a $5 donation. The money goes to support the Ferris Senior All Nighter. You can also schedule a tree pick-up at your house for $12 ($10 for senior citizens) by calling (509) 536-7967 or by e-mailing cygloge@aol.com

Open house for Ferris modernization

There is an open house at Ferris High School on Oct. 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at which the public is invited to fiew and comment on the final renderings of the Ferris modernization project. Construciton is expected to begin in late spring 2011 and will take an estimated three years.
Spokane Public School staff and reprensentatives from the architectual firm will be there to answer questions.

Via e-mail from Kristy Mylroie, communications specialist at Spokane Public Schools

Noon: Ninjas Steal From Ferris High

Two suspects dressed in ninja-style black outfits broke into Ferris High School Saturday night, stealing thousands of dollars in electronics. Spokane Police are investigating the incident and reviewing surveillance video that shows the suspects inside the school. Images recorded at 11:06 p.m. Saturday night show the two suspects, dressed in black pants, black long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and wearing black masks covering everything but their eyes, walking around the corner of a Ferris hallway/Lindsay Chamberlain, KREM2. More here.

Question: Aren’t ninja outfits so 1980s? What would be more appropriate attire for the high school burglars?

What Would You Have Done?

At Ferris High School there is a daily news broadcasting show called FIN: the Ferris Information Network. The show essentially broadcasts the Daily Bulletin, which includes everything from sports updates to senior class announcements, as a pseudo news station piece by Ferris students to the entire school.

After every program a post-show is played as entertainment for both students and staff. The post-shows are student work that is created in the filmmaking and Ferris Information Network Broadcasting classes. Topics that post-shows cover can literally be anything. In my four years at Ferris, I have seen many different mini-films, ranging from a stop-motion adventure of a Lego toy who transformed into a full-fledged boy to an episode of a teenager being stalked by and eventually eaten by a trash can. Obviously, there is more than enough creativity for students to entertain their peers. However, not all post-shows are what is considered “school appropriate.”

The video attached to this article was not made by me. My friends who were a part of the FIN program made this to be aired as a post-show. The film teacher, upon viewing their piece, rejected the video as inappropriate. My friends thought differently.

In the video there are jokes made against homosexuality: basically, they had made fun of gay people indirectly in their film parody of eHarmony. The film teacher thought that it would offend students that were gay or possibly still “in-the-closet” students and that it should not be aired.

Needless to say, my friends were outraged.

Here’s the question: was the gay joke that big of a deal?

Was the homosexuality piece the only thing not “school appropriate?” Do you find any other qualities of the video that was offensive? What about the video do you think gives it reason to be aired or to be spared from students and staff, or in this case, Ferris High School?

What would you have done? Would you have aired it?