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the CLASSIC Townsend Harris High School at Queens College

A Special Feature on the Prom at THHS MAY 2013


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The Classic May 2013

PROM PRICES REACH RECORD HIGHS by Brianne Futerman and Fariha Nizam

While many idealize the prom as an event of fairy tale romance

and high class living, it’s easy to forget that not everyone can turn a pumpkin into a stagecoach for little to no cost. Students may complain about the cost of AP tests, but for many it’s this magical night in senior year that threatens to break the bank. So forget the romance, forget the dancing, forget the poignant memories of a class preparing to say goodbye forever, and let’s get right down to it: how much are we talking about here?

overall cost

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the guys

the girls

For men, tuxedo rentals range an ywhere from



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 depending



 on



 th e



 quality



 and the brand of the tuxedo. Buying tuxedos can



 cost



 one



 be tween



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 on



 average, with design er tuxes exceedin g $1,000. Dress shoes for m en average $80, w ith prices varying based on the store an d brand. Accompanying bo utonnieres are $10, and corsages are arou nd $20. When bo ys bring dates from outsid e the senior class, it is customary for them to pay for their date s’ tickets and limo rides, w hich can total an ex tra $200.

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 but



 dress



 costs



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 of



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 Girls



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getting there

When prom night arrives, attendees often choose to have limousines take them destinations.



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 a



 simple



 limousine



 that



 holds



 12



 passengers ples)



 costs



 about



 $60



 per







 (or



 6



 couperson.



 The



 price



 rises



 to



 about



 $75



 per



 person



 for



 SUV



 limousine



 rental.



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 6-­‐h a



 pa rty



 bus



 or



 our



 car



 rental



 for



 one



 cou ple



 is



 usually



 $600



 dollars



 passenger). The best way ($300



 per



 to save is to gather a lar ge group and split the lim ousine cost.

All images , art, photography, and design choices in this spread are the original work of sophomores Christina Wang and Amanda Yan. Additional work on this spread was completed by Andy Hua, Abinash Kaur, and Erin Robinson

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PROM PRICES POLL Conducted by Shelley Mitchell and Nijah Phills

B $500+ C $400 - $500 D $300 - $400 E $200-300 F $100-200

2% A (1

A Less than $100

B C ( (14%) 4% )

)

Poll Question: “How much would you spend on your dress/tuxedo?”

14% of people polled said they paid up to $500 or more!

D (10%)

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6%

1 E(

rs were p

Over 90 senio

n plans.

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F (44%)

44% of peop

le polled said

they paid betw een $100 to $

200.


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The Classic May 2013

Save or Splurge?

OPINION: IS THE PROM ITSELF WORTH THE MONEY?

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BY BIANCA DILAN, ANDZELIKA WARCHOL, AND BEATA WARCHOL

et’s face it: no one looks forward to prom. They look forward to getting ready for prom and leaving prom, but no one seems to actually care about the two or three hours spent with their graduating



 class



 at



 what



 is



 just



 a



 glorified



 senior



 mixer. If it’s true that the ‘after prom’ is what people look forward to most, then much of the money spent on prom is actually spent on the photo-ops preceding the event. There’s nothing wrong with spending a little extra to look good, but prom budgets have risen throughout the years, averaging well over $1,000. Obviously, it’s not the guys that are pushing the budget towards the $1,000 mark. Makeup, nails, hair, accessories, and, of course, the ever-coveted prom dress all add up to some of the fattest price tags in existence. Some girls are willing to spend hundreds on the dress alone. To spend upwards of $500 on a designer dress, one would expect it to come with its own butler and a full-course meal. More likely than not, this pricey article will rot in the corner of a closet, never to be worn again. At least tuxedos can be



rented,



and



can



find



use



beyond



one



extravagant



night.



 However, such dresses are usually bought to be worn once. Girls often try to sell their dress to younger friends, but usually don’t want to repeat a dress their friend wore. Limousines push the prices further up. Arriving in style is one thing, but prom is far from a wedding. A limo isn’t needed when one could always carpool, which would be far easier on the wallet. Generally, it’s not even the teenager’s money being spent.



The



parents



are



the



ones



who



will



suffer



financially,



 and there’s rarely any consequence for the teen. It’s easy to agree to a large price when you aren’t responsible for the cost. Some argue that it’s worth splurging when it’s for a

once-in-a-lifetime event like prom. That’s fair, but the question remains: what exactly do you plan to enjoy so much about it? Dancing and mediocre food from a catering hall? There’s nothing about the party itself that actually makes it as distinct and memorable as it seems. The idea itself, the fact that it’s prom and allegedly the peak of adolescent life, is what seems to make it compelling. Is that enough?











Prom



is



the



official



goodbye,



the



final



get-­together



for



a



 group of kids who have been with each other for 4 years. The money spent would perhaps make more sense if there was something more to it than posing for pictures, since we know what we’d rather do: go far from prom for the weekend.

get fancy Add a pearl necklace to your dress to enhance your look!

BY MEHR KAUR AND ROXANNE LEWIS

Science and Health teacher, Sarah Oberlander, who is also a Harris alumna, spoke of her prom experience. “I was one of the few people in my year who was asked to prom in an original way.” After leaving the building with a friend, she was brought back to the library with more people there than usual. “I remember thinking, why is everyone staring at me? Is there something on my face?” As she looked up, the curtains were drawn to reveal “I



 <3



 U







 S.”



 She



 walked



 outside



 to



 find



 her



 boyfriend



 with



 a



 bouquet



 of



 flowers,



 and



 she



 ecstatically



 said



 yes



 to



 him. Traditionally, guys are the ones to do the asking, while girls are left to decide upon an answer. But what about turning the tables and having the girls ask the guys? Senior Mark Rangasamy said, “It’d be okay if a girl asked a guy to prom. It’s the 21st century, and she should ask him with the same amount of energy that a guy would use.” Commenting on the mad rush to find







dates,



Terell



said







“It’s



nice







to



have



 a date, but you’ll also be with friends. You shouldn’t force it or do it for the pictures. It will all be uncomfortable.” One statistic weighs heavy on the fate of



 prom



 dates



 in



 Townsend:



 the



 7-­3



 girl



 to



 guy



 ratio.



 The fact of the matter is, there just aren’t enough prom dates to go around, leaving some asking underclassmen, bringing outside dates, or going alone. Finding a prom date used to be the fun part, but for some, the process has evolved into yet another high school burden.

It’d be okay if a girl asked a guy to prom. It’s the twenty first



century.

SKIP THE SALON

Save!

Do your nails yourself or gather a few friends and do each other’s nails before prom.

DRESS TO IMPRESS

Splurge!

A fancy tuxedo for the guy is an essential for his date. Any boy can look sharp in a bowtie

“PROMPOSALS” TAKE OVER AT THHS In recent years an extra cost has found its way into prom planning: the cost of an elaborate “promposal.” Most seniors wrack their brains when trying to find



 the



 perfect



 way



 to



 ask



 their



 date,



 while



 others



 ponder: is it worth asking someone to prom in a unique way? Proposals to prom have come to include three standard elements:



baked



goods,



flowers,



and



a



crowd.



This



year’s



seniors



 have attempted to think outside the box, incorporating daily senior activities, such as senior meeting, use of the “senior study hall,” and humanities seminars. Senior Carl Deleon “promposed” to his date with an impromptu dance in AP Statistics. Senior Derek Li proposed through song in the Queens College Science Building as his date exited class. Senior Terell Drayton asked his date in front of the Eiffel Tower while on the Spring Break Europe trip, with the belief that asking in a thoughtful way is the most important thing about the event. Last year, one person extended their creativity to blowing up an inflatable



 pool



 on



 the



 3rd



 floor.



After witnessing her prospective date pretending



 to



 drown



 in



 the



 filled



 pool, a girl, also occupied as a lifeguard, was asked to prom. Senior Shaniza Nizam said that the most interesting “promposal” that she’s seen was a video posted online of a boy ripping his dress pants off, revealing yellow, sequined shorts that read “PROM?” He then began to dance in front of the girl he wished to accompany, with a large audience watching.

by Brianne Futerman and Nijah Phills

ACCESSORIZE

Save!

For accessories, use y you purses and jewelr rrow bo or ve already ha ily. from friends and fam

THE PERFECT HAIRDO

Splurge! Professional stylists have a wide range of skills needed to create different styles: up, down, straight, or curly.

MAKEUP TROUBLE

Save!

Get your makeup done for free or discounted at make up stations in Macy’s.

KILLER KICKS

Splurge! Shoesaretheperfectaccessory to pair with the gown, and are definitely worth spending on.

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