Weston High School - Heliotrope Yearbook (Weston, CT)

 - Class of 1974

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STUDE T LIFE For the people of Weston and neighboring towns, the ice storm was a microcosm of the present national energy crisis. Energy not only had to be conserved in homes and stores, but also in the school, where classroom temperatures were lowered con- siderably. There had always been complaints at Weston High of cold rooms and ra- diators blowing chilled air, but when the State Board of Education instructed that thermostats were to be locked at 68 degrees, there was little to be done, coats and heavy sweaters were donned to take the edge off. Everyone knows that cold keeps the mind alert, the senses acute, it heightens the learning process. But that was diffi- cult for students to accept as they sat shivering in Chemistry or huddling with friends on a semi-heating radiator. With these perplexing and previously unknown problems unveiling themselves in a less than friendly manner, Weston students, like, perhaps, the rest of the American people, needed to talk, to wrangle a bit of sense out of their confused society. De- bates over political espionage in American government, Middle East foreign policy, and energy conservation leaked their way again and again into the less worldly chat- ter of daily school life. As students flipped through magazines in the library, shuffled cards, arm-wrestled, ate lunch in the cafeterias, or sprawled out on the grass of the courtyards, conversation drifted from basketball games to Math classes to last night's TV show. But while friends and teachers gathered in any one of several social centers established throughout the building, few could avoid mentioning the two hour lines for gas. For the senior class especially, these national affairs were difficult to ignore, as plans for colleges and careers were formulated and inquiring glances cast towards the society of which they would be an active part. During class discussions or casual con- versation, teachers often offered more opinions and insights into the problems, pro- viding students with new ground for contemplation. The 1973-74 school year saw the world endeavoring to cope with many diverse problems. Weston students felt mounting tension as talk of Watergate invaded class- rooms. For many, political awareness became as important as academic subjects, and question upon question concerning complex political issues was asked. While the government struggled within itself, students and townspeople were subjected to their own struggle. During a late December ice storm, many people lost heat and water for nearly a week, and most people were without light for at least several hours. School was cancelled, and many residents took refuge at the Middle School as ice- encased branches snapped power lines. Normally an unexpected vacation is wel- comed by students, but for those who were not used to living without electrical com- forts, it was an experience in primitive hardship. Perhaps the ordeal was an education in community living. From mutual hardship stemmed a need for people to come to- gether and help one another. 1 l

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