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purchased a class card will pay $20. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside. Water will be sold for $1 a bottle. Slam n’ Jam T-shirts on sale Slam N’ Jam, a local volleyball tournament, will be on April 5 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. at Coconut Beach in Kenner. T-shirts are being sold for $10 in the library. If you would like to form a team, registration forms can be picked up in the library from Ms. McCabe. A team of 10 students costs $100.

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Irish Idol tryouts to take place Executive Board will have auditions for Irish Idol in Rm. 315 on March 20 and 21. Irish Idol will take place on March 28. Fine Arts Festival to take place in gym The Fine Arts Festival will take place on March 23 from 4-6 P.M. in the gym. There will be performances by the Kolleens and the Grace King Fighting Irish Band. Junior board reveals details on prom Junior Prom will take place on March 29 from 8-10:30 P.M. It will be held at the Courtyard On The Ridge. If a student purchased a class card, their date’s ticket will be $10. Students who have not

StuCo campaigning begins in April Campaigning for the 2014-2015 student body and class offices will be from April 7-11. Speeches will take place in the gym on April 11. Results will be announced during the last pep rally on April 16. Graduation date announced Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014. It will begin at 9:30 A.M. at the Pontchartrain Center. Seniors participating are to arrive at 8 A.M. Senior class picture details unveiled The senior class picture will be taken on March 25 at 9 A.M. on the backfield. Seniors must wear their oxfords and be in complete uniform compliance. Senior board sets prom guidelines On May 3 from 8 to 11 P.M., Senior Prom will take place at the Mercedes-Benz

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National Honor Society held its annual Induction Ceremony February 19 in the Black Box Theater in the Arts Building. There were 63 new inductees.

Superdome. Formal attire is required for gentlemen. Jacket and tie is required and dress slacks or pants. Ladies must wear appropriate formal wear. The following is not allowed: dresses 2 inches above the knee, backless dresses, midriffs showing or other cut outs, slits higher than 2 inches above the knee or revealing cleavage. Parking is available for $10. Limos and taxis will have a free drop-off point. The theme this year is Masquerade. Masks are allowed, but must be removable.

Guests must be between 14-20 years old to attend and must have a school ID or an official state ID. Guest approval forms can be picked up in Mrs. Torrado’s room, Rm. 206. Craft Fair to be held in courtyard The Craft Fair will be on March 22 from 9-4 P.M. Crafts will be placed in the cafeteria, back porch and in the gym. A bouncy house will be in the courtyard. Putt Putt Golf will also be played. Food and drinks will be served.

First Amendment rights still relevant to current generation Hamna Sial Layout Editor

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives citizens the right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” A petition is a request to higher authorities to make a change. According to guidelines, Congress has to analyze and eventually respond to petitions which have a specific amount of credible signatures from supporters. When a petition is sent to Congress, it is taken under review. From that point, it is up to the discretion of Congress. A common function of a petition is to recall an elected official. In 2003, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa began a petition for a recall election in California. This eventually led to Arnold Schwarzenegger being elected as the Governor of California. In 2012, another recall election took place in Wisconsin to replace Governor Scott Walker with Democratic Tom Barrett. However, Walker was re-elected with a higher percentage of popular vote. This was the first time a governor advanced in office after a recall. Traditionally, petitions were usually endorsed by going door to door to obtain signatures. With the advanced technology of this century, most petitions are being transmitted online rather than on paper. Some of the major sites include We the People, which is a website created by the White House for petitions, and Change.org, which is one of the largest petition platforms internationally. These sites provide the oppurtunity for citizens to have their voice

one of the most sincere actions someone can take and I heard in the government. Petitions are widely popular at universities and colleges. don’t take that lightly. If something has my name tied to it, Students typically protest school rules and policies. A it is definitely an issue I consider of utmost importance,” Foerstner said. recent petition at LSU addressed banning smoking cigarettes on campus. The petition received over 300 signatures. Alex The First “Without the first amendment, Foerstner, a senior at LSU, signed Amendment we would have a corrupt the petition. “Smoking on campus government.” is especially a problem near the library where everyone crowds John Elder, sophomore “Congress shall make no law around the entrance and you respecting an establishment of get overwhelmed by the smoke walking in and out,” Foerstner “The first amendment helps get religion, or prohibiting the free said. Other local universities are the minorities’ opinions in the exercise thereof; or abridging also taking action against conflicts. government.” the freedom of speech, or of the For example, students recently Madeline Johnson, junior protested to have recycling at press; or the right of the people Xavier University. “People sign peaceably to assemble, and to petitions when they feel it is for “As teenagers, we are limited to petition the Government for a a good cause,” Xavier freshman utilize these rights.” redress of grievances.” Aizaz Ahmad said. Lydia Chon, senior Foerstner is routinely approached regarding various causes; however, she is selective in endorsing causes. “Signing your Illustration by Hamna Sial name on something is

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