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Beverly students 'snowed in', at semi-formal By Jenny Platt Beverly Hills High School students were "Snowed In" at the annual semi-for- mal, which was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. !i from 8-11:30 p.m. "The theme "Snowed In", was chosen because the dance was during winter and was very close to Valentine's Day. It was supposed to be romantic," Associated Student Body Secretary Noga Firstenberg said. White and red heart balloons filled the room and the tables around the dance floor were covered m snow as students packed the dance floor. "We knew that the event would be real- ly well attended when we sold 150 tickets the first week they were on sale," Firstenherg said. She credits the high turnout to the number of students in atten- dance from Beverly, and to the high num- ber of students invited from other schools. Firstenberg also believed the high attendance was a product of the low cost tickets. "The early bird prices made" tickets really cheap, which is probably one of the reasons so many people came," Firstenberg said. Solo early bird tickets were priced at $15 with an ASB card and at $25 for a couple. The music was produced by S.P. Entertainment, a company chosen by ASB. "The DJ played everything from rap, techno, and dance music to show tunes," said senior Emily Moffitt. ASB started planning the winter formal two months ago. "We started planning it early because we have to decide on, and order, decorations and pick a D J," Firstenberg said. "We had to book the hotel, which was a problem this year. We New traffic light delays traffic route By Robert Goldberg Having a problem getting to school on time? Many students and parents find it very difficult to get to Beverly Hills High School between 7:30 a.m. and 8:!5 a.m. Olympic Boulevard, Charleville Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, and Little Santa Monica Boulevard are just some of the routes used to get to school. Yet all of these routes are extremely congested with traffic. Little Santa Monica is one of the most congested streets during rush hour. During the week of January 23rd, a new stoplight was added to this congested street. The traffic light was added at the intersection of Little Santa Monica and Linden Drive, which is around two hundred feet from the inter- section at Little Santa Monica Boulevard, and Wiishire Boulevard. generally have the semi-formal at the Hilton on the last day of the semester." "This year, however, the Hilton was already booked on that Thursday [Feb.4]," Firstenberg said. "So we chose to move the dance to Feb. 11, because it was the first avail- able time the Hilton could give us the room. We tried to find some other locations, but they were all too expensive." The Hilton provided food in buffet-style. The menu includ- ed pasta, fruit, fajitas, and cake. There was also a room where partygoers could get profes- sional pictures taken. "I had a great time," Moffitt said. "At formal dances everyone is always really nice to each other and there Why was it necessary to add a traffic light at this loca- tion? First off, Linden Drive is a one way street going south. Second, this segment of Linden Drive is less than 200 feet long with hardly any automobile traffic. Finally, this intersection is a T-Shape. Without the light automo- biles are still able to make a left hand turn from Little Santa Monica onto Linden Drive without any major dif- ficulties. Right hand turns from Little Santa Monica are even easier. This new light causes more problems than good. It causes cars to be backed up on Little Santa Monica Boulevard, with students trying to make it to school on time, and people trying to get to their jobs on time. The only good thing about this stoplight is that it makes it easier for pedestrians to cross Linden Drive and Senior Julia MoCOlt and dunior James RuOio at semi-formal is a lot of school spirit." Santa Monica Boulevard. It would not hurt the pedestri- ans to cross the street at the intersection of Little Santa Monica and Wilshire; it is only alxut two hundred feet farther out o the way. In today's society people need to get more exercise. By walking those extra two hundred feet people will be doing their bodies some good. I find it very hard to believe that the city of Beverly Hills would waste their time and money adding a new traffic light where one is simply not needed. If the city feels a stoplight is necessary their then they should real- ly look at other locations like the six-way intersection at Canon Drive and Beverly Drive at Lomitas Avenue, where accidents occur regularly. THE PRINCETON REVIEW PSAT . SAT 1 . SAT II . ACT Better Scores, Better Schools (800) 2-REVIEW (310) 473-3423 III III II I I February 17-23, 2000 * 13