The Student Life Contract is there for a reason. When someone is caught with a drink in hand or a cigarette to lips, there are consequences. When a boy breaks Laguna’s open hours, the Student Care Committee is called to action.
When there is dancing on campus or at an off-campus Vanguard event, the administration suddenly must go home to their TiVos and students boogie the night away like they’re on “Ellen.”
This certainly happened at JSB over the weekend and it has happened numerous times in the past. The dancing rule has been trampled over for years, so much so that even the veteran Vanguardian asks, “Wait, we’re not allowed to dance? Since when?”
Truth: dancing is banned. Another truth: dancing dubbed “coordinated movement” is tolerated.
Giving something a technical name does not change what it is. If renaming the contract breaker lets it slide, then let’s call drinking “liquid intoxication” and smoking “tobacco inhalation.”
But instead of changing our after school activities altogether, one of two things needs to happen.
Either the “no dancing” rule needs to be eliminated–it is outdated, impractical, and the charismatic brothers and sisters need a place to move.
Or we at least need to acknowledge that we are breaking contract when we slide into the hustle at a school event.
There are two kinds of people on this campus: people who break contract and admit it, and people who point fingers at those breaking contract . . . and then dance.
Don’t be hypocritical. Let’s call it what it is. When ASBG is the one funding the DJ who plays get-low music once the administration leaves the annual banquet, and then you get low, don’t get self-rightous when someone else breaks contract and hides it well.