Halloween rally successful despite obstacles

November 13, 2011 — by Dylan Jew and Jay Mulye
Photo by David Sparkman

Sophomore Abigail Small competes in an apple picking game at the Halloween Rally on Oct. 31.

Because of the new restrictions set by the administration this year as a result of inappropriate scripts in the previous rally and the sophomore quad day, the rally commission found different ways to entertain students in the Halloween Rally.

“It’s hard to appeal to both students and teachers, but we kept the script 100 percent clean this rally,” junior rally commissioner Amin Mirzadegan said.

The administration did not approve of the jokes—some considered offensive—from the first rally.

Diverting the focus of rallies from jokes to performances, the rally commission implemented a teacher dance in this year’s Halloween Rally.

In their collaborative dance, the teachers and rally commission, in their Halloween costumes, danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as a mob of zombies.

“We haven’t done any big dances like this before,” AP US History teacher Matt Torrens said. “We’ve done small things like the teachers’ Homecoming performance in the past, but never anything at this level before.”

The rally commission and the teachers both put a lot of time and effort into the production of the rally. The rally commission prepared a lot during the three weeks before the rally, holding weekday and weekend practices. According to Torrens, the teachers had met to practice about twice before their dance.

On average, the rally commission spends about 20 hours total for each rally, head rally commissioner Dominic Guercio said.

This rally was a turning point for the rally commission, whose members said it proved it is possible to still produce quality rallies under the administration’s new rules.

“The effort that the rally commission put in definitely paid off,” Mirzadegan said. “The rally turned out awesome.”

 

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