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Prom was much better

May 4, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
I had several people make the same comment to me before, during and after this year's BEA prom last Saturday night. It had to do with my column last year about people walking out during the grand march, and the fact that I called it "rude." They agreed with me. But they also pointed out that a letter was sent to all parents before the prom, listing some rules for the prom. One of those was to remain seated throughout the whole grand march, as a common courtesy to all the participants. It was even announced right before the grand march started. Please stay seated until all of the prom attendees have gone throught the grand march. They also only did the walk through once. I never did understand why they used to go through twice. Once you have seen all the couples, why sit for another half hour and see the instant replay? This year's grand march seemed to go pretty smoothly. There were no real outlandish outfits, no cut-ups (other than Dumb and Dumber, dressed in blue and orange tuxes), and no overly risque dresses on the girls. My one problem was as the photographer, trying to get a good picture of each couple, in order to put them on our CU web site. Some of the couples marched through so fast it was difficult to keep up. There were four 'runways' for the couples to march to, and pose for people to take pictures. Some of the couples walked to the end of the runway, and posed. Some only went a step or two down the runway, not going to the end. Some barely paused, much less posed, before spinning around and heading to the next spot. Hard to get a decent picture when you only have a split second to take it. Then there was the one couple who must have had enough of the camera flashes (or felt ill) and marched right down the runway and out the door of the gym, bypassing the last two photo stops. The music selection seemed a little odd (classical piano), but other than that, the grand march was, well, grand. And judging by the packed full house of spectators in the gym (at $3 a head), it is a popular event.

 
 

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