The Tower 1967

 

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These articles were retyped by Kevin Goodwin from the first version published in our Freshman Year of "The Tower" newspaper Volume VIII - No. 1 dated October 1967.  Many thanks to Kevin for preserving this slice of DLS history all these years.

Frosh Orientation Marks School Opening

Every year the Wednesday after Labor Day marks the end of the summer vacation and the beginning of school.  This year was no exception as students from all directions converged on De La Salle Academy on September 6th for the opening school.  

They came in busses and cars. Some walked while other came across the bay on the ferry. They came from Bristol, Barrington, Warren, Fall River, Tiverton, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown and, of course, Newport. 

For seniors, juniors and sophomores it was like any other school day. Groups formed in the parking lot before school and the topics discussed ranged from what they had done during the summer to what courses they had for the coming school year. It was a day for renewing old friendships and prophesying the new year.

For the freshmen, however, it was a different situation. They were scattered around the grounds in groups of three or four wondering what would happen next.  In order to answer their questions about the school, the Student Council held a freshman orientation in the gym at the beginning of the day. 

Brother John addressed the freshmen and welcomed them to De La Salle. Next came William Donovan, Peter Fanning, Thomas Carey and Martin Kenny who spoke to the freshmen about sports and school activities.

Following the orientation period the new students went to the cafeteria for refreshments and a chance to get acquainted with one another. Returning to the gym, the class was broken up into discussion groups. Each group was headed by a member of the Student Council. Finally came the assigning of freshmen to their respective home rooms.

Meanwhile the rest of the student body was not idle. Forms had to be filled out, fees paid, and books and schedules had to be passed out. Following this a regular school day was held with shortened periods. Students were dismissed at the regular time.

Frank Frosh Views

Q: After being at De La Salle for one month, what are your initial thoughts of the school?   (Editor Note: Too bad we don't have the names of the people who made these comments!)

A: It is much tougher than grammar school but not as dull. 

A: The sports are great and so far the academic work is not so hard. 

A: It is easy to gain the trust and confidence of the teachers as long as one shows one is worthy of it. 

A: The rotating schedule puts some variety into an otherwise dull school day. 

A: Everything is fine except for the cafeteria which could stand a great deal of improvement. 

A: I like De La Salle more than public schools because the atmosphere is more conducive to studying. 

A: I think the Freshmen should be allowed to change classes more frequently and that there is a need for a longer study period. 

A: It is rather steep in discipline. 

A: The people who make up the school are all right. 

A: It is a great place for those who are athletically inclined. 

A: The people seem to mean business around here. 

A:  Education-wise the school is pretty good and it seems there is much action in other areas also. 

A: The school day seems short and sweet, just as I like it. 

A: There is way too much homework. 

A: Everything is fine except that there are no girls. 

A: I like most of the subjects except for math and religion. 

A:  It seems if there an abundance of activity during and after the school day. 

A: De La Salle strikes me as being medieval, awesome, and spectacular.

 

 Freshmen Football Starts Spiritedly

As fall approaches, all eyes are on football, with the emphasis on varsity ball, but the freshmen squad, coached by Mr. Pavao, has been practicing hard. 

Until recently the practices consisted of mostly of calisthenics and light workouts, but the frosh looked real good in the offense vs. defense contact “games” they have experienced. 

Key 

Good quarterbacking is the key to good football, and on the team it has been mostly Jim Martin and George Pascoe handling the pitching chores, with Paul Primiano and Steve Massed the halfbacks. 

End Pete Peterson is also keeping the drive alive with his sure hands and speed, while Juan Aguan and J. T. MacKinnon, the two smallest men on the defensive team are real hustlers and are taking a big load on their own shoulders. 

Axel Busche, smallest lineman on the team, is breaking throughout the gigantic offensive line, spearheaded by Steve Mrozowski and Pat “Little Devil” Walsh, along with Jim Ritchie, to make some key tackles during recent practice. 

Jim Shuster was the team’s first major injury. “Shu” received a cut on the foot which required stitches and will be out for awhile. He will be sorely missed on the defensive line. 

The team has been working hard and has lots of spirit. A team of this caliber deserves to win.

 

Freshman Runners Start Fine Season

The Freshmen Cross-Country team began practice a little over two weeks ago, on Wednesday, September 6. The team, under the direction of Brother John, consists of George Beaulieu, Dennis Dougherty, John Disano, Bruce Shrake, Paul Watterson, and Steve Kelly. 

The first meet was on Wednesday, September 20 at which we defeated Portsmouth Priory and Classical High, at the Priory. The team put in a great deal of practice in preparation for the meet at the Priory. 

Other meets were held on Thursday, October 5, with Middletown, October 6, the Freshmen Championships at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Monday, October 9, with Portsmouth, and Thursday, October 26, the Class Championships. 

The team shows great promise for an undefeated season. The big meet, of course, is the Freshmen Championships, where most of the Freshmen runners in the state will compete. Formal practice will end late in October but many of the boys will continue on their own in preparation for varsity action next year.

 

Intramural Program

The De La Salle intramural basketball program opened early this year in the second week of September.  This was because varsity basketball tryouts cut the schedule short last year.  Organization was the key this year with Br. A. Bernard, moderator, collecting team rosters and posting schedules on September 14th. Official games were underway the following Monday. 

Two Leagues 

Divided into two leagues, the Senior League and Junior League, there will be two games a day with referees, timers and scorers prescheduled to avoid confusion. 

The Senior League with seven teams is represented by its team captains from their respective homerooms: Sr. 5, John Riley, Jim Reynolds, Sr. 6, Peter Forrest, Jr. 9, Pat McHugh, Steve Croughan, Jr. 4, Bob DiVenuti, Mike Dougherty.

The Junior League sporting five team which are captained as follows: Soph.14, Marty Kenney, Mike Mureddu, Soph.11, Ron Nalle, Fr. 3, Mike McCarthy and Fr.1, Bill Kluth.

 

View From The Tower

It’s been said before, but the freshmen are getting smaller every year. Look at Pete Peterson and Bill Conheeny … Someone around here is using a slide rule with a receding hairline … 

FLASH! It has been learned just what Brother Michael carries around in that green flight bag: it’s a transistor radio (Where does he keep the earphone?) … 

Fran Cook requests that the cross country course at Barrington be more clearly marked; he never did get to that “bridge” … 

By the way, does anyone have any extra chrome polish? … 

Why do they always give the lockers with keys that don’t work to the juniors? …

Can’t everyone on the faculty be as clear as Brother Albert in giving the number of questions on upcoming tests: “Nine … or more … or less” … 

It’s getting so you have to have a Master’s Degree in shorthand before you can try taking history notes … Speaking of history, Mr. Nagle has just received  the award for giving the most notes per class … 

Who holds the record for the most “jokes/second” … 

Room 5 is having a sale of used poster cardboard: 30 cents CHEAP! … 

Have you ever seen that Dan wears a hat when he cuts the grass?  That’s how he keeps his cool … 

Who’s the guy in the funny blue cap who plays against us in the J.V. games?

Famous Quotes: “Come on now, boys. Let’s practice our reaches” … 

“Time out” … “Pack it in kiddies” … “Wanna shut up, please?” … 

“Ah! But surely you jest.”

And finally, will the new gym teacher please step forward?

 

Second Golden Age of T.V.

The 1967-68 television season could mark the beginning of television’s “Second Golden Age.” With several new shows and a great number of television specials. There is also a long list of big name stars in “All Star,” first movie runs.

The season opened during the week of September 10-16. This preview week captivated its audiences with such shows as Garrison’s Guerillas, the story of a group of ex-convicts who are sent to France to harass the Nazis; The Flying Nun, which is about an American nun in Puerto Rico who can fly; Ironside, which concerns a invalid prosecuting attorney; and Hondo, the story of a white man, whose Indian wife is killed by the cavalry. 

Among the many changes in old T.V. shows are the reduction of Batman to one half-hour weekly episode, the new hired man on Bonanza, Dale Robertson and his lady friend on Ironhorse, and the marriage of the No. 1 son on My Three Sons

Many movies are highlights this season and specials run right alongside of them. Among the many movies included are The Defiant Ones, Ship of Fools, A Shot in the Dark, Tom Jones, The World of Henry Orient, and many, many more. In the line of specials are such titles as The Ice Capades, Celebrity Softball, Saturday Night, and Vietnam.

So, overall, the new season appears to show a great deal of improvement above the degrading, non-intellectual seasons of the past several years. With this changeover to a more updated technique of reaching the television audience, it is expected that a much greater response on the part of the viewers will be received.

 

De La Salle Academy, Newport RI                                                                                                       Class of 1971