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April 26, 2013


Introduction to the Issue

We promised BHS an amazing Prom Magazine just a week after our April print issue, so here it is. And boy, is it a masterpiece. Prom’s theme this year is the Great Gatsby Ball, so our magazine adopted a similar twenties feel. Don’t know much about the twenties or “The Great Gatsby?� Don’t worry, we won’t tell your English teacher—just check out our spread on page 8 and 9. Open to pages 4 and 5 to read up on creative “promposal� plans. The ‘B’ has got you covered for prom night, with restaurant reviews, fashion tips and advice on how to behave like a gentleman. Boys, pay close attention! If prom isn’t your scene, we understand—and so does one of our reporters. Page 11 features an opinion “An Honest Rant on Prom� (the title says it all) and suggestions for what other fun things you can do on prom night. And if you’re bored in class (we didn’t say it), we’ve also created a crossword and a comic to keep you entertained. So read on, and get excited about that unforgettable night. No, not prom night—the night The Burlingame ‘B’ comes out.


Looking for a Prom date?

The Burlingame ‘B’ Staff Editors-In-Chief Kellie Macauley, Calvin Lau, Catherine Lowdon, Alina Utrata Teacher Advisor Linda McLaughlin Kellie

Sports Editor Tanya Gromova Business Managers Alina Utrata and Caroline Denney Photographers Hannah Dahl, Marika Rundle, Ciara Cray, Calvin Lau, Kellie Macauley, Taylor Thornton and Caroline Denney Senior Reporters Marika Rundle, Hannah Dahl, Tanya Gromova, Amelia Berger, Natalie Carney, Caroline Denney, Taylor Thornton, Janani Kumar, Sophie Hill and Ciara Cray Staff Reporters Hannah Wren, Mecca Allen, Bryan Anderson, Shirsha Basu, Elizabeth Daskalakis, Lucy McGarr, Katie Burnham, Meg Patel, 1LFKRODV5HGĂ€HOG(PPD5RVHQ*DEULHOOD6DQGRU Marnie Strum We welcome comments as well as information about errors that need to be corrected. Messages may be e-mailed to The opinion expressed in editorials and opinion articles are those of reporters and do not necessarily UHĂ HFWWKHRSLQLRQRIWKH%+6VWDIIRUVWXGHQWV ',6&/$,0(57KH'09Ă \HULQVHUWSODFHGLQWKH$SULOLVVXH incorrectly stated that credits towards high school graduation were available.

Is  it   harder   to   ask  or  be  asked  to   prom?  page  10

This eager young lad Nick would love to be your escort on the magical night! He’s sweet, chivalrous and caring, with a dashing smile. If interested, contact Nick’s mother at “TheBestPromDateEver@gmail.comâ€? DISCLAIMERS: Terms and conditions may apply to your prom GDWH 5HVSRQGLQJ WR WKLV DG GRHV QRW JXDUDQWHH 0U 5HGĂ€HOG ZLOO take you to Prom as he is unaware his mother has posted this advertisement.

Should  you   ask   her   to   prom?   Take   our   self-­quiz  on  page  14

Restaurant  R e v i e w s   pages  8  &  9


Wait,  did  you  just  call  me  fat?   STAFF REPORTERS

%R\V ZH NQRZ LW¡V GLIÀcult when prom season comes around and all your date (and every other girl on the planet) can talk about is one thing: her dress. It can be tricky to know just what to say when she wants your feedback—but you don’t want to insult her and know nothing about dresses. We’ll help you get the 411 on prom fashion this year, so you can tell her you like her RXWÀWDQGLPSUHVVKHUZLWK\RXU knowledge of designer fashion. And for the girls, we know you probably already have your dress by now: but we’ll tell you what other girls will be wearing Saturday evening.


By Marnie Sturm & Alina Utrata

This year, the theme of prom is “The Gatsby Ball: A Roaring 20s Galaâ€? and many girls have bought dresses that resemble twenties fashion. One designer that has dresses that capture an elegant style mixed with “The Roaring 20sâ€? is Sue Wong. 7KHGUHVVHVDUHFORVHWRĂ DSSHU dresses of the 1920s and other long dresses that have lace and beading at the top. Fellas, if your girl’s dress LV Ă DSSHUHVTXH \RX FRXOG DOways tell her “dang, you could EHĂ RXWLQJWKHWUDGLWLRQDOVRFLDO norms of the 20th century with WKDWRXWĂ€WEDE\Âľ 7KHÂś%¡LVQRW liable for her response.) There are also many colors that don’t go out of style, such as red, white and black. However,

this year the newest trends are bright colors and multicolored dresses. Another style you should be aware of is the peplum. Don’t know what it is? It’s essentially D GUHVV WKDW KDV D UXIĂ H LQ WKH middle (pictured right). It began coming back into style last year, and now it has become a huge trend that many people are catching on to because it looks very classy. Gentlemen, it’s impressive if you slyly slip in a “Wow, what a sweet peplum.â€? And boys, if you really can’t think of anything to say about her dress, girls appreciate it when you notice their accessories. Shoes, bracelets and earULQJV DOO WDNH IRUHYHU WR Ă€QG

This is a peplum style dress. but no one ever seems to notice. A simple “Hey, I like your necklace,� can go a long way in showing a girl that you’re paying attention to her. So don’t be intimidated. Tell your girl she’s gorgeous.

7KH2XWÀW Important advice for prom is to follow dress code: it’s not classy if you are not let in the door for wearing an inappropriDWHRXWÀW Ladies, avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing: it will make you seem unladylike. If women could look gorgeous in twenties-era dress, you can ORRN HTXDOO\ VWXQQLQJ ZLWKRXW showing too much skin. Hint: LI\RXKDYHWRVTXHH]HLQWR\RXU FORWKHVWKH\GRQ¡WÀW You also may not want to wear too much make-up. Besides the fact that no one can see your face on the dark dance à RRUVZHDWLQJRII\RXUIRXQGDtion halfway through prom is not pretty. Your goal is to look as elegant as possible. Gentlemen, you have it easier since you’ll be wearing a tux. However, make sure it isn’t ULSSHGRUVWDLQHGDQGWKDWLWÀWV Keep yourself, your house, car and other possessions clean. Deodorant is a man’s best friend. The Handshake While you probably don’t

want to greet your date with a handshake (that would be weird), you should shake hands with his or her parents. You’ll make a good impression if you have a proper handshake. Make sure it’s not limp; a Ă€UP KDQGVKDNH VKRZV FRQĂ€dence. However, it shouldn’t be strong enough to hurt the other person. (If they say “ow,â€? your JULSLVWRRĂ€UP

Remember to make eye contact and greet them with a smile. The Dinner Good form dictates that you take your date out to dinner before prom. Gentlemen, it is always polite to offer to pay. If she offers to pay for herself, that’s acceptable—but certainly do not make her pay for you. Additionally, don’t talk with food in your mouth and don’t start eating before everyone else has. Always put a napkin on your lap, and don’t forget to keep your elbows off the table. Do not text at the table. The Conversation When you’re talking to your date, don’t control the conversa-

tion. Allow the other person to do at least half of the talking. Gentlemen, make sure you don’t use foul language, ogle other girls or talk about subjects WKDW VKH PD\ ÀQG UXGH XQDSpealing or disturbing. Ladies, don’t talk about topics he can’t participate in, such as wardrobe malfunctions, comPHQWDU\RQRWKHUJLUOV¡RXWÀWVRU inside jokes with your friends that he’s excluded from. No, it’s not cute. The Details Little things can make or break a date. Hold the door open, stand up when she approaches the table and pull out her chair. If she looks cold, offer her your coat—don’t wait for her to have to ask. When saying good night, walk her to her car. (Yes, all the way to her car.) Ladies, let the boy do these things for you. It’s much more elegant to show you appreciate the effort, rather than telling him he doesn’t need to be courteous. Trust us, behaving like a proper gentleman or lady guarantees a prom to remember.

How to behave like a gentleman and lady By Shirsha Basu & Meg Patel STAFF REPORTERS


Has a girl ever accused you of EHLQJDMHUN"'R\RXĂ€QG\RXUself unsure of how to react when boys try to be chivalrous and hold a door for you? Well, being a proper gentleman or lady is very important— especially when prom is just around the corner. However, many modern day teenagers mistake “swagâ€? for class. Don’t be that fool with your pants on the ground: follow these tips to showcase proper courteous behavior.

You don’t have to wear a suit to be a gentleman, but it helps.


Senior Peter Johnson, joined by his friends, went on a mission to ask his girlfriend senior Nata-â€? lina Cosenza in the most romantic way possible. Af-â€? ter a trip to the store and some careful planning, he lit an array of candles spelling out “Prom?â€? out-â€? side of Cosenza’s house. When he rang her door-â€? bell, she walked outside to see the candles and Pe-â€? WHUKROGLQJĂ RZHUV

Junior Robert Pietila lined up four boxes dur-â€? ing brunch to ask junior Julianna Brice. When each box opened, bal-â€? loons were released with DPHVVDJH7KHĂ€UVWVDLG “Will youâ€?, the second said “go toâ€?, the third said “prom withâ€?. And ZKHQVKHRSHQHGWKHĂ€-â€? nal box, Robert jumped out holding a sign that said “me?â€?.

Senior Sebastian Shanus dressed up with a few se-â€? niors in white suits and gas masks. Using caution tape, Shanus taped off an area of the senior quad around Grace Hu. He proceeded to Ă€OO XS  EDOORRQV ZLWK KH-â€? lium. When the balloons were done, they spelled out “PROM.â€? Then, from an A building window, Se-â€? bastian’s friends dropped a scroll with a question mark. Shanus then handed +X Ă RZHUV DQG VKH VDLG yes.

Senior Cameron Webb bought 300 tennis balls and wrote “Prom?â€? on each one in order to convince senior Clare McLaughlin to attend prom with him. Webb then spread them out all across the senior quad. He stood on a bench, holding DVLJQWKDWVDLG´,Ă€QDOO\ got the BALLS to ask you to Prom...â€? McLaughlin walked up to the quad with a smile on her face.

Junior Isaiah Fran-� cisco dressed up in a banana suit with a sign that said “Izzy, I’d go bananas if you went to prom with me.� He popped the question with a bouquet of roses to sophomore Izzy Car-� berry who got up and hugged him saying, yes.

How  were  they  asked? Assisted by his friends, Senior David Petrushka blindfolded senior Kira Baum to take her to the Peninsula Human So-� ciety. When Baum en-� tered the room, they took off her blindfold to reveal Petrushka waiting with a poster saying “Will you go to prom with meow� and an adorable black kit-� ten .

Junior Max Israelit surprised junior Jacki Escobar with a cheer performance by him and his friends (from right to left) juniors Mossimo Gambrioli, Michael Sandor, Chet Iwanaga-�Friedman and David Svetov. After performing the cheer, Jacki had to paint ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on Max’s back.

In a celebration for junior Jessica Ritten-� house’s birthday, se-� nior Kevin Navas and his friends took her to dinner in Half Moon Bay. When Jessica went to the bathroom, Kevin ran to the beach and spelled out “Prom� in the sand and yelled up to the restaurant “Will you go to prom with me?�

After senior Samantha Loose returned from her trip, she saw her boyfriend, senior Jo-� eseph Johnson, stand-� ing in the airport hold-� ing up a sign that said “Sammy Loose� as if he was her driver. As she got closer he kept throwing up signs that said “will� “you� “go� “to� “prom� “with� “me� “?�.



Restaurant Reviews By Hannah Dahl and Catherine Lowdon


Location: 815 Belmont Ave, Belmont Price: $$ Food: Many meat meals, pastas and salads; medium-large portions Ambiance: Dimmed lighting and quiet due to the several different areas of seating; great view over the bay Service: Friendly staff, personable

Hannah: 4.5/5 (due to location) Catherine: 4/5 Yelp: 3.5/5

The CheesecakeFactory Location: 251 Geary St, San Francisco Price: $$ Food: Lots of variety; warm bread; large portion sizes; huge menu


The Van’s

Ambiance: Relaxing music, warm decor; noisy Service: Normally very busy, friendly waiters

Hannah: 5/5 Catherine: 4/5 Zagat: 21/30 Extra:Residential area, far away from prom location, multiple rooms, reservations recommended

Extra: Large proportions, both tables and booths, busy, no reservations

Mel’s Diner

Location: 801 Mission St, San Francisco Price: $ Food: Large menu; includes many dinner items Ambiance: Retro, happy, 50s music plays, juke box

Hannah: 4/5 Catherine: 4/5 Zagat: 17/30 Extra: Open til 3 AM, but each Mel’s restaurant varies

Lori’s Diner

Location: 336 Mason St, San Francisco Price: $ Food: Large menu; includes breakfast and many diner items Ambiance: 50s diner, vintage decor, many pictures of Marilyn Monroe



If you are in the city after prom and craving food, here are some suggestions...

Hannah: 5/5 Catherine: 4/5 Yelp: 3/5 Extra: Serves breakfast all day and features Lori’s special, an omlette with delectable ingredients such as bacon, onions, PXVKURRPVDQGFKHHVHKDUGWRÀQGSDUNLQJEXWLI\RXJRODWH it will probably not be a problem


Planning prom is not a party By Janani Kumar

by the previous Senior Class. “It might seem like a lot of money, but Oh prom. What a wonderful night. So we will leave a large sum to the next senior many high school students look forward to FODVVÂľ 6HQLRU &ODVV 3UHVLGHQW *UDFH +X this dance, dreaming about everything fall- said. ing perfectly into place and maybe even sharing a dance with that one special person. But do you know all the action that hapSHQVEDFNVWDJHWRPDNHWKLVDPDJLFDOQLJKW" As most students already know, prom is planned and organized by the Senior Class Cabinet here at Burlingame High School. Here is a glimpse into the planning process behind the event. The Senior Class Cabinet starts planning prom from the moment they get elected The Senior Class Cabinet works closely into the cabinet, around April of the previ- with an event planning group to organize ous year. In order to secure their preferred prom. They work together to brainstorm a venue, they must start preparing early for list of venues and negotiate a price on the the event. venue. Then they visit the venue in order 5RXJKO\JRHVWRZDUGSURPHDFK to get a general sense of what the ambiance year. This money is a combination of what and spacing will be like. the class cabinet fundraised from their fresh“Many people do not realize is how PDQ \HDU SURĂ€WV HDUQHG IURP :LQWHU )RU- long the planning process has been going PDO DQG D GRQDWLRQ RI  OHIW EHKLQG RQÂľ 6HQLRU &ODVV &DELQHW PHPEHU *DUUHWW SENIOR REPORTER

“One thing that many people do not realize is how long the planning process has been going on,�

Schubiner said. “In fact, we chose the venue GXULQJVSULQJRIODVW\HDUÂľ Now for the part everyone looks forward to: the theme. All year, the class cabinet brainstorms many different themes, whichWKH\Ă€QDOL]HFORVHUWRWKHGHDGOLQH Once the theme is set, they can design the tickets, advertise the event and meet with the event planner and photographer to decide on color schemes, decorations, and portrait backdrops. Prom is a big event for those planning it, so most of the work is done in collaboration. 7KLV\HDU¡VSURPSODQQLQJJURXSLVDWHDP RIVHQLRUVÂł*UDFH+X*DUUHWW6FKXELQHU Catherine Lowdon, Hunter Lowdon, Lauren 5DOO\1DWDOLQD&RVHQ]D'UHZ:LOORXJKE\ Irene Li, Carson Wong and Leroy WilberIRUFHÂłZKRFRQWULEXWHWRWKHSURFHVV7KH\ split the work up into small chunks, so getting jobs done is not an issue. “The Senior Class Cabinet is working GLOLJHQWO\WRSODQDSURPWRUHPHPEHUÂľ6Hnior Class Advisor Erik Bennett said. “I beOLHYHWKDWWKHSURPZLOOWXUQRXWJUHDWÂľ

By Ciara Cray


Imagine in ten years holding up a faded prom picture to your kids and reminiscing about the exciting time you had the night of your junior or senior prom. Prom is one of the most anticipated dances in high school, where the pictures you take will be shown to your granchildren and sent to family members for years to come. Expectations are high as we spend weeks preparing. So what happens when those three hours à \E\DQG\RX¡UHH[SHFWHGWRJRKRPH" The energetic city of San Francisco is a perfect place to explore. If you and your group of friends are taking a limo to prom, take advantage of the hours you pay for and see the city at night, visit Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge and even AT&T park. If you have a sweet tooth, you can bring a large group to The Cheesecake Factory for some dessert. A more relaxed idea to do after prom, is to host a movie night with all your friends at someones house. Make sure to bring

a change of clothes for after prom so you DUHQ¡W WUDSSHG LQ \RXU WX[HGR RU GUDJJLQJ your dress. “I plan to have fun with my friends as much as I can and take in the whole experiHQFH IRU P\ Ă€UVW WLPHÂľ MXQLRU$OOLH 5H\HV said. But there is also a way to make prom fun even before arriving at the venue. You and your date, or a group of friends can go to a restaurant to have dinner. Make sure to make reservations at least a week before the night of prom to secure a table. If the group is too big, see if someone can host a pot luck dinner at their house to take pictures and have dinner before the night begins. ´,W¡VIXQWDNLQJSLFWXUHVZLWKDELJJURXS of people and easy to bring a potluck that way everyone contributes and not one famLO\LVGRLQJDOOWKHFRRNLQJÂľVHQLRU6DYDQnah McCann said. A great place to dine in San Francisco LV 5RVH 3LVWROD DQ ,WDOLDQ UHVWDXUDQW ORFDWHG RQ &ROXPEXV$YHQXH 5RVH LV D IRUPDO sit down dinner place with entrees ranging IURP WHQ WR Ă€IWHHQ GROODUV $QRWKHU UDYHG


Tying up loose ends: before and after prom

San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is a classic and scenic after-prom destination.

about restaurant is Gary Danko, another dressy restaurant located in the city perfect for a pre-prom dinner. Even outside the dance itself, prom is an exciting night that people will remember years from now. Make sure to take advantage of the location of this years prom in the renowned city of San Francisco.


Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got it worse for prom? Boys

By nick redfield


By Taylor Thorton

Each year when prom season arrives, everyone seems to be in a happy, joyous mood. Yet these â&#x20AC;&#x153;jollyâ&#x20AC;? expressions you see on our faces are just a false facade. For many of us boys, we FRPH LQWR WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO PRQWK EHfore prom without a clue of who to ask. It seems like for every possibility of a date, there is a laundry list of issues that come along with her. While some girls (Taylor) may think that we need to deal with it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that easy. Have you ever had a crush? If so, have you ever gone up to them and just blatantly told them your true feelings? If you said yes to both questions you clearly have a lot of guts because for many itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that easy. Similarly to confronting a crush, asking a girl to prom involves a combination of time, serious planning and hours lying awake in your bed. <HW Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJ WKH ULJKW JLUO WR ask is just part of the uphill battle, there is of course the matter of how to ask her. If we take the easy route and ask by text message or on the phone itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;not

FODVV\ÂľDQGLIZHĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\VWLUXS enough courage to ask her face to face, we better have roses and a box of chocolates or else â&#x20AC;&#x153;you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put enough effort into it.â&#x20AC;? So many of us guys resort to going all out on some crazy idea. But before we execute this masterpiece of a plan, we must make sure someone else hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already done it. Now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found our perfect girl, and we have asked her in the most eloquent of fashions we now move onto the next step: the logistics. The logistics of prom involve a series of simple but important steps. One of such is purchasing tickets. As tradition states, the guy pays for the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ticket which means weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably gonna have to muster up some serious cash. Ladies, believe us, we know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very hard to choose a dress FRORU WKDW \RX GLGQ¡W Ă DXQW ODVW year and we understand picking up the phone to make a hair appointment can take up valuable time, but when it comes to who has it harder during prom, please. Men do.

Prom is quite arguably one of the most exciting experiences in high school. However, those couple weeks leading up to prom can be so stressful. Now, some argue that boys have a much harder time asking a girl to prom than the girl has. However, I am here to speak out for all the ladies and clarify that this statement is not true. Imagine the feeling a girl gets while she is waiting around for a prom date, especially if all of her other friends have already been asked. Also, remember that girls cannot make any other plans because they have no idea if anyone is going to ask them or not, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to seem clingy or aggressive by asking the boy themselves. If a boy feels â&#x20AC;&#x153;nervousâ&#x20AC;? or is worried about â&#x20AC;&#x153;being rejected,â&#x20AC;? he needs to suck it up and get over it. Girls are attracted to FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWER\VVRLI\RXDFWUHassured there will be a greater chance of her saying yes. In reality, no girl is mean enough to say no unless she has a boyfriend or a boy she has al-

ready made plans with. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s VLPSOH HQRXJK MXVW Ă&#x20AC;QG RXW from her friends if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already going with someone and if not, go ask her ASAP. Every girl dreams of going to prom and looking absolutely stunning, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to happen if all the boys are having little anxiety attacks just over asking a girl. Boys also donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize, just because you ask a girl to prom, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean she necessarily wants to be more than friends. It is perfectly acceptable to go to prom with a girl as friend and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely possible to have fun with a date just as friends. Ask her sooner than later because girls have to deal with hair, dresses and makeup, which, trust me, is much more stressful than getting ready for a guy (Nick). So get off your lazy bums and ask a beautiful BHS girl to prom. I guarantee you will feel so much less stressed and more relieved that you made the date earlier than later when stress piles on for both you and the girl waiting to be asked.

By Hannah Wren

Some scam sites never even send a dress, but most send a ridiculous knock-off. The Today Show featured teenager Alexandra Marschall who shared her prom dress nightmare with the world. Like myself, Marschall thought she found a prom dress by a fabulous designer for a cheap price. However, when the dress arrived in the mail, it was not what she expected. The Today Show said that Marschallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dress was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a cheap knock-off, mailed from China.â&#x20AC;?

The dress was the wrong color, the wrong size and the lining was itchy and messy. Marschall thought she was getting a beautiful beaded dress, but the scammers mailed her a shabby dress with the beads in the bag and a sewing kit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do they expect me to sew this on,â&#x20AC;? Marschall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a teenage girl. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sew.â&#x20AC;? If you attempt to return the dress, most of these fake sites are based overseas, making it nearly impossible to get your money back.

Fortunately, my mom called her credit card company and canceled my order. Law enforcement is trying to stop these scammers and has shut down a few sites. However, it is impossible to shut down every single site because there are just too many. So how do you prevent what happened to Marschall and me from happening to you? Go to www.theburlingameb. com/home/2013/04/17/fakedreamdresses to view the full DUWLFOHDQGĂ&#x20AC;QGRXW

Illegal sites scam girls into buying fake dream dresses STAFF REPORTER

What does my prom dress look like? When asked this question, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer because my dress was ordered online from one of the thousands of illegal prom dress scam websites. Like all phony prom dress websites, the site I purchased my dream prom dress from, IZIDRESSES.COM, illegally uses pictures from high end dress stores, fooling teenage girls into thinking that they are buying a beautiful dress for a great deal.


Should I stay or should I go? STAFF REPORTER


Think prom is a waste of money? Or maybe you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just plain cheesy? Well, you are not alone. Celebrities Taylor Swift, Mila Kunis, Madonna, Owen Wilson, James Franco, Conan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien and Drew Barrymore did not go to their high school proms either. And if Miley Cyrus didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to her prom, then you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to stress about not going to yours. There are plenty of other places to party in the USA so you can get the best of both worlds. Prom is set on a three-day weekend, so it is actually a perfect weekend to go on a mini family vacation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather go on a trip somewhere with my family than go to prom,â&#x20AC;? junior John Akers said.

If you want to stay in town, Sparklifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a life help websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;recommends lots of fun activities that are just as fun as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;overratedâ&#x20AC;? dance. The website suggests swimming or bowling at midnight, going on a day trip with a friend to the city, seeing a musical with the $70 dollars you saved or watching a marathon of your favorite television show.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather go on a trip somewhere with my family than go to prom,â&#x20AC;? Many students would rather spend their money on an actual concert than listen to a low key prom DJ. The Killers are having a concert the night of prom at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for something to do you should check out the concert/rave. Getting cozy and watching a comedy also makes for a perfect night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grease,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Tucker Must Die,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends


By Hannah Wren

with Benefits,â&#x20AC;? are the some great movie choices. Invite friends from other schools to join your movie night. Who wants to burn calories on the dance Ă RRUZKHQ\RXFRXOGVWXII\RXUIDFHZLWK popcorn instead? Or even betterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;bake. Even though you are not going to prom, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dress up. <RXFDQEX\DQHZRXWĂ&#x20AC;WDQGJRWRDIDQF\ restaurant with a friend who also is not attending the dance. There are plenty of great semi-fancy restaurants nearby. Il Fornaio, The Cheesecake Factory, Straights, Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Crepevine are popular places for dinner. Check out the restaurant reviews on page 7. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not in the mood for a sitdown restaurant, In-N-Out makes the perfect midnight snack. So whatever you end up doing on prom night, make it a party.

An  honest  rant  about  Prom  night   By Bryan Anderson STAFF REPORTER

and boring. There is nothing pleasurable about listening to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boyfriendâ&#x20AC;? by Justin Bieber, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without You,â&#x20AC;? by Usher or other atrocious songs of today. The repetitive lyrics annoy me. Even if there is an enjoyable song played, one canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but feel awkward during a dance, especially for guys like myself. While girls go to dances to spend time RQWKHGDQFHĂ RRUER\VJHQHUDOO\SXWWKHLU hands in their pockets while sitting at a table. In one of the dances last year, I spent three hours playing cards with a group of friends. Instead of attending the â&#x20AC;&#x153;quintessential experience of our teenage years,â&#x20AC;? I will try to spend a whole day with somebody doing something that both of us enjoy. Maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go to a movie theater, take a tour of AT&T Park, go to a restaurant or attend a sporting event. When considering going to prom, one should ask whether he or she would enjoy Bryan Anderson gives his opinion on prom. themselves rather than attend because soLastly, the music at dances is lousy. cial protocol dictates that we go. Is prom :KLOH VRPH SHRSOH Ă&#x20AC;QG FXUUHQW PXVLF WR worth all of the frustration, expenses and be lively and energetic, I think that it is dull hassle? I do not think so. PHOTO BY MARIKA RANDLE

Every year, hundreds of Burlingame High School students debate whether or not to go to prom. On Saturday, April 27, several of them will wind up going regardless of their feelings toward dances. However, I can guarantee that I will not attend this event. Several of my friends have asked me why I do not want to go and the answer is always the same: Dances are a waste of time, a waste of money, and you just feel awkward throughout the night. There are so many aspects that go into preparing for prom that I do not care for. First, the date. Asking girls out is one part of the human experience that has eluded me. There are millions of questions that buzz through peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minds as they debate about who to ask to a dance. Do I like the person? Does he/she like me? What should I say? What if he/she says no? To me, asking somebody out is a brilliant way to lose a friendship. I have experienced losing a friend that way and have

no desire for that to happen again. Second, transportation costs are absurd. A limousine rental for an hour would probably cost at least $50 even if you go with a group of people. Instead of using that money for a limo, I would prefer to take someone out on a romantic date to Benihanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or Il Fornaio. Virtually everybody that I know loves those restaurants. It seems that a fancy restaurant dinner is much better than an hour in a crowded vehicle.

1900 The word prom comes from the term “promenade ball,” which references the parading of guests into a party

1950s As Americans began emphasizing the adolescent experience and gained more money and leisure time, proms became more extravagant and elaborate, similar to today’s proms

1994 An Alabama cipal was sue threatening to cel his sch prom if interr couples attende

1980 A court decision required public schools to allow same-sex dates

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‡ The number of students who died in an alcohol-related accident on their prom night in was 376. ‡ Prom and Graduation are the two highest risk nights for teens in regards to the use of a and drugs. ‡ According Edgar Snyder & Associates, 54% of students drank more than 4 drinks on night. ‡ Japanese schools do not have proms. ‡ Hollywood hits have spread American-style, over-the-top proms to the U.K., where hotel recently seen a 500 percent increase in bookings during prom season. ‡ In 2012, zero great white sharks attended prom. ‡ Spelled backwards, “prom” is “morp.”

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1940s Though boutonnieres and corsages were used for many purposes early in history, they started being used as an adornment for prom in the 1940s

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st year’s most popular prom themes were Arabian Nights, Midnight in Paris, Old Hollyod, Summer Nights, and Fairy Tale. average a family will spend $1000 on prom this year. That could pay for two classes at a mmunity college. gh school yearbooks did not start covering proms and including prom pictures until the 30s and 1940s. Ireland and Australia, prom is known as a “debs” (originally an abbreviation of debutante l). a 2012 poll by Seventeen Magazine, 5% of girls and 3% of boys said they lost their virginity prom night. uthmoore High School, outside Oklahoma City, has a 12-page prom dress code.


Dancing Around the Question By Alina Utrata

 o t   e n O   e h T   e h S Is   Ask  to  Prom?

Take this quiz to determine if you should ask that special someone to Prom.

1. You ask her to come over for a movie night, she says: a. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would prefer to get dressed up and go out to dinner.â&#x20AC;? b. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring the popcorn!â&#x20AC;? c. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m too sick to go out, cough, coughâ&#x20AC;? (You see pictures of her at a party on Facebook that night). 2. When you text her, she talks about: a. How tired she is, and what a bad day at school she had. b. Things that you can relate to and makes you laugh. c. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awkward and she tells you how hot your best friend looks today. 3. Her dream prom dress would be: a. Covered in sparkles and something no one else can have.

b. Simple, yet elegant. c. You honestly have no idea. 4. You share with her something personal and she responds: a. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is so weird.â&#x20AC;? b. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell me more, I completely understand.â&#x20AC;? c. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why are you telling me this again?â&#x20AC;? 5. You bring her to dinner to meet your family and she: a. rushes through the dinner to go to a party. b. is polite and makes your family laugh. c. wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop talking about how good looking your older brother is. 6. After prom she would want to: a. Spend the night at a fancy hotel. b. Go to a party with you and your friends. c. Hang out with her friends only. 7. The way you would ask her to Prom would be: a. Hire a blimp and have roses hanging down from the sky. b. Have your friends each wear a shirt spelling out prom. c. You're scared, it makes you sick to even think about it.

8. Her favorite movie is: a. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mean Girlsâ&#x20AC;? b. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Notebookâ&#x20AC;? c. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Just Not That Into Youâ&#x20AC;? 9. At prom you ask her if she wants to dance and she says: a. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to sweat off my makeup... you fool.â&#x20AC;? b. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would love to. Show me your best moves.â&#x20AC;? F 6KH GLWFKHG \RX ORQJ DJR DQG \RX Ă&#x20AC;QG her dancing with that guy you thought she was into. 10. When you see her at school after Prom: a. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still embarrassed about how you were dancing. b. She blushes, smiles and waves at you in the halls. c. She asks you for your brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s number.

If  You  Picked   Mostly... a.Your girl is way too high maintenance. Only ask her to prom if you can handle her attitude. b. She is the perfect date. Ask her now, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a fool. c. Sorry, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not that into you. Move on.

BHS Staff Crossword


Teachers Michelle Riley, Tim Larkin and Peter Medine are amazed by this crossword.

History teacher Steve Erle and Dean Fred Wolfgramm smile in anticipation for this crossword. Across 3. This teacher swims at BAC every morning before school 4. This teacher was born in Puerto Rico 9. This teacher was born and raised in Nicaragua 10. This BHS staffer is leaving due to location issues 12. This teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter is learning Irish dance 13. This teacher used to be the vice principal at BHS and is young and good looking (self-proclaimed) 15. This staffer is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed. D) at UC Berkeley Down 1. This teacher is an Indiana University alum 2. This staffer is a former BHS quarterback 5. This science teacher is an immigrant from The Netherlands 6. This teacher was the president of her sorority at Arizona State 7. This teacher used to be an amateur calf rangler 8. This teacher is a former marine biologist 11. This teacher is an avid disc golf player on the weekends 14. This teacher was on NPR speaking about the public school system

1. Murphy 2. Wolfgramm 3. Kreppel 4. Marcan 5. VanRijn 6. Greer 7. Gnass 8. Johnson 9. Martinez 10. Holleran 11. Erle 12. Riley 13. Sullivan 14. Liberatore 15. Daniels

Prom issue 2013  
Prom issue 2013