Prom playlist had better be exciting

Aalekhya Tenali, Business Manager

It’s that time of the year again where love is in the air. OK, so maybe that cliche isn’t entirely true, but it is time for Prom. Being an event that is exclusive to the upperclassman, Prom is something that most juniors and seniors eagerly await; a chance to get dressed up, take classy pictures and have a fun night with their date and other friends.

However, when the time comes to dim the lights and take to the dance floor, it is a real mood killer when draggy, slow breakup songs punctuate the faster and more upbeat music.

Slow songs for slow dances are of course welcomed, but break-up songs, like Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” which was actually played during last year’s Prom, are entirely inappropriate for the occasion.

From what I understand, such song selections last year were more the result of angry administrators than the whim of the DJ.  I understand that administators have a duty to monitor student behavior even at such social functions.

However, controlling the music to reign in students is not a proper method of enforcing rules, because it ruins the event for everyone attending an event that juniors pay $50 for and seniors $35.

This battle is an ongoing one, but a compromise needs to be reached between the student body and administation.

The newly-required Prom contract attempts to make such a compromise, but taxes the students with no leeway from the administration side. How this will all be resolved remains unclear.

All thing’s considered, the fact remains that it is one night a year, a mere four hours that the school’s upperclassman attend a traditional high school event. It is a right of passage and also a night that should be remembered with fondness for everyone involved.

I, for one, am looking forward to Prom and sincerely hope that there is a good selection of music that provides the atmosphere for a fun night instead of severe administator-student drama resolving itself by pulling the plug on good music.