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Squawk of the day - May 22, 2012

"The Albany Civic Center enforces a stupid rule about no signs at graduation. That is the dumbest rule I ever heard of. At just about any arena in the U.S.A. people bring signs. Only at the pitiful Civic Center in Albany that would be a problem."

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Comments

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

What would most signs say? "I'm with Stupid"?

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ghostofkarelia 2 years, 7 months ago

It's a great rule. Graduation is supposed to be an academic event. There is proper decorum, and signs certainly aren't part of it. What about the people behind you? Regrettably, there is no way to prevent the hooting and hollering. If you're excited, that's great, but there are more appropriate ways to express your enthusiasm.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 7 months ago

Being courteous to the people behind you is a no-brainer, but this is Albany...

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chinaberry25 2 years, 7 months ago

Would you bring a sign to church? That is what graduation is like. Pomp and Circumstance. Only a drama queen who is not part of the gala would post this.

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waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

Unfortunately Graduations have become events for the spectators as much as for the actual participants. It used to be a quiet and dignified moment. With the celebration reserved for the graduates when the formal presentations were done. Then the Hooters and Hollers started to show up. I believe they are simply trying to draw attention to themselves. Whatever happened to courtesy and respect? Now you want to tote signs in? For Pete's sake, you didn't earn that diploma, they did. I am sure they would know you were there even if you chose to remain silent, as you should.

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LuLu 2 years, 7 months ago

I went to my first and only graduation at the Civic Center a few years ago and swore I'd never go to another one. I was horrified at the behavior of the people there. As posters before me said, it is a day to honor and respect the graduates for all their hard work, not an athletic event. The adults who attend their children's graduations should be ashamed of themselves, but I guess you have to consider who we're dealing with here. Obviously, this squawker is more concerned about drawing attention to herself than letting the graduates have their moment of glory.

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LuLu 2 years, 7 months ago

And if that's the dumbest rule he/she's ever heard, then this squawker better get prepared for a very long, hard life. Grow up!

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TheMember 2 years, 7 months ago

I can't imagine what your sign would say. I am sitting here in disbelief that someone would want to take a sign and the contents of the sign. Please let me know what it would say, " It only took 15 years, but you finally made it" or "way to go BOO BOO, I didn't think you could do it" Squawker, please make a comment and let us know what your message on the sign would be.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 7 months ago

Love your possible signs, TheMember. My daughter graduates high school this Saturday. She says it's not a big deal. Now graduating college and possible med school, THAT would be a big deal!

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Clyde 2 years, 7 months ago

Appropriate, courteous, dignified, respect and honor....these words that I just copy/pasted from your comments are behaviors that are long gone for 90% of our Albany residents. Especially our youth. They don't even respect themselves. How in the world do you expect them to respect others? I was at the Albany auditorium when Bill Cosby sat in on the panel and I wish so much that we would follow his advice and each one of us stand up and do our part to be that mentor, that Dad/Mom LEADER that we all are suppose to be. The leader that has NOT been present here for so long and is the biggest reason our youth and many adults don't have any of the behaviors that the copy/pasted words stand for. We have a lot more to worry about than signs at a graduation ceremony folks.

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jglass 2 years, 7 months ago

I agree with the rule. Graduations have turned into circuses and most people are not respectful of others.

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 7 months ago

I would love to hold a sign congratulating MY child...13 years of education in the DCSS deserves an "I LOVE YOU and CONGRATULATIONS" sign.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

Put it on the door of your house for when you return home after graduation.

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Clif 2 years, 7 months ago

Sunday, May 20, 2012, I attended my grandson's graduation at Deerfield Windsor. I have never been to a more dignified, respectful event. No signs no hooping & hollering. All family members, and graduates were very respectful and it was evident that the difference between dedicated teachers and union employed "teachers" like the Social Studies "teacher" in NC, DO make a difference. Public schools everywhere run by teachers unions are no more than a Job Corp center, warehousing "students" to try to keep them off the streets, and they even fail to do that. I speak from experience about Job Corp, I was employed to teach at Job Corp in Albany for several years, but didn't teach, it is impossible there.

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VietVet1 2 years, 7 months ago

But they (TJC) know how to vote.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

Signs dont make noise......people do.....If you were graduating, I bet you would want to look up and see your family and their signs of support....GEEZ....show some love people!! Its graduation!!!!

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VietVet1 2 years, 7 months ago

Nothing like looking at the back of sign - probably blocked you from taking a picture too. But hey 'they' don't care. There child got a certificate of attendance!! LOL

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

You would not even know where they were sitting and should you be craining your neck to find your family or listening to the inspirational speeches that are being given and applauding for your classmates with awards, etc? The only public school graduation I've ever been to in this area was a complete circus and made me think I was at "the club" rather than at a ceremony.

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VSU 2 years, 7 months ago

No surprise that Da Corch would think this way.

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finkeldorfer 2 years, 7 months ago

A lot of the ones walking across the stage would not be able to read the signs anyway. You would need some of the teachers there to read for them.

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Clif 2 years, 7 months ago

Teachers, for the most part, wouldn't be able to help. After all, the "Union" teachers are the reason they can't read.

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whodat 2 years, 7 months ago

Clif, your ignorance and your anti-union bias is showing. Yes, there are professional (teacher) organizations, but no unions. Georgia is a right-to-work state, so therefore there is no collective bargaining for teachers.

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beavis2012 2 years, 7 months ago

There is always someone that makes graduation difficult. Signs, yelling, air horns, etc. should not be allowed in such a special ceremony as graduation. Families can "show some love" after the ceremony is over. When people make noise they usually cover up the sound of the next graduates name and therefore ruin the moment for the next person. Each person should get the same treatment and not have their graduation ruined because some idiot wanted to yell out his/her child's name. Show some respect. The high school and undergrad school I graduated from didn't allow any of this nonsense. They also went a step further and had police there to escort out any inconsiderate fool who attempted to make a loud scene. Maybe Albany schools should adopt that policy.

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VSU 2 years, 7 months ago

They should ban signs at all events. Nothing more anoying than trying to watch an event and someone in front of you holds up a sign. I payed to see the event not the back of your sign.

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Albanite 2 years, 7 months ago

What good would it do to have signs at a DCSS shcool graduation? Only a small few of the students have the skills to read it.

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gladileftalbany 2 years, 7 months ago

There is nothing better than looking at the back of a sign during an event,especially at your child's graduation. Have some dignity and respect for the others around you...

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GSU66 2 years, 7 months ago

Signs at a graduation of honor for students.. That is so stupid.. What would the sign say?? Get a little lesson in dignity here.. you are supposed to sit quietly and applaud when the program is over. You are supposed to tell you kid you are proud of them before you go and when it is over. Take them out to dinner and praise them. In fact, you are supposed to tell your kid you are proud of them and support them every day they are at home.. Signs at graduation....sheeesh! What kind of public do you expect from sign wavers..

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waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

Exactly what makes some of you think there is a real Teacher's Union in Dougherty County? No such animal, let alone Union Teachers.

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jglass 2 years, 7 months ago

There is NO teacher's union in the DCSS.

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Sapphireblue959 2 years, 7 months ago

The following was said at the Westover graduation, "those making loud noise will be removed by the police." DID NOT HAPPEN. Someone had a horn and the police officer did not move in the direction it came from and he was in the area.

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Citizen_A 2 years, 7 months ago

From what I heard from those there, Dr. Mufree all but gave the okay with his giving them a "chance" to get it all out before they started. When you have a school leader who contradicts the rules, how can you expect others to follow them.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 7 months ago

Since when did a graduation become a pep rally?

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

SO DO YOU GUYS EXPECT THE KIDS TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE WITH NO APPLAUSE, NO SIGNS, AND NO CHEERING???? DO YOU EXPECT THE PARENTS TO CONTAIN THEIR EMOTION AND SIT ABSOLUTELY QUIET THE WHOLE TIME? ARE YOU HUMAN? THIS IS GRADUATION, NOT THE LIBRARY.....

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Jacob 2 years, 7 months ago

It's a dignity, class, respect thing. You wouldn't understand.

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VSU 2 years, 7 months ago

How about a nice suttle applause coach...like someone said, this is a graduation event, not a sporting event. How would you like to be at your Wedding and people hootin and hollering,blowing air horns, shouting, rooting you on, go get em, you da man, say I do you can do it. I guess you would not understand dignity and respect.

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TD31707 2 years, 7 months ago

Yes, we're human, that's how we're able to control our behavior and be considerate of others. If we were less advanced members of the animal kingdom, we'd show no restraint and act like savage beasts.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 7 months ago

I agree, I know when I received my Dr degree, "just kidding" when I attended a graduation, I notice things were getting out of hand.

The Real Friend, Deal Thrill, Bubbavet_rureel

I'm Back!!!!!

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

MY MAN BUBBA!!! WHERE YOU BEEN DOG????? WELCOME BACK!!!!!

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LGadson 2 years, 7 months ago

I think what most people have in their mind is that they see it as a celebration more than anything. And things you celebrate, you want the 'world' to know that you are proud and therefore rooting for your 'star graduate'. I sit and observe. They're very proud and very passionate about it. But you still have to follow rules.

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gladileftalbany 2 years, 7 months ago

Coach- We are respectful humans, and yes if they are respectful parents/family I do expect them to clap but not party like it's 1999 and sound like hooligans....

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

I think the people who are against celebrating at graduation probably had a pitiful graduation ceremony themselves....so now they want everyone else's to suck also......like father, like son....mine sucked, so yours should suck too......hahahaha

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gladileftalbany 2 years, 7 months ago

Coach-your an idiot...and my graduation did suck because it WAS at the civic center with a bunch of crazies with their signs and hoopin and hollerin...couldn't even hear names being announced AND my family had to move because they couldn't see because of ignorant and disrespectful people...

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

How about if the families of each gratuate stand quietly in respect, pride and support of their gratuating family member? Then resuming your seats until the ceremony is over?

This in contrast to hooting, hollering, waving hands, blowing air horns, dancing jigs, and then crawling over everybody in your row as you head out to the car to go home while the rest of the ceremony continues?

Which one is more dignified and civilized?

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

That sucks too......face it.....graduation is boring.....if you cant cheer for your favorite graduate, then why go? I wonder if the Civic Center is going to let people hold signs for Phillip Phillips tonight.....I wonder if you can "raise your voice" for Phillips? Management at the civic center needs to be changed.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

Which is more dignified and civilized?

If you want to hoop and holler and dance a jig, go to a jook.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

I think Civilization has passed a few people by while we weren't looking........

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

Did you just say "jook?" lol.....dang!!! How old are you again????? 83?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

Jook, club, hole in the wall, cesspool, all the same thing.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

I learned "jook" from listening to The Rev. Isaiah Revells radio broadcasts back in the '70's and '80s.

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ittybittyme 2 years, 7 months ago

Gathering at the civic center to cheer for Phillip Phillips is not the same as a graduation, Coach...once again you are showing your ignorance...

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 7 months ago

Old enough to give the computer a rest, the graduations are fine. The students have worked hard and they need a le my Sister and hair down moment.

Sister, have you been respecting me during my absence?

Coach, I will beleive you, have she?

The Real Deal - Bubbavet_rureel

Be my friend, can you graduate that?

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Jacob 2 years, 6 months ago

"Coach, I will beleive you, have she?"

Your poor grammar makes you look stupid. Your point, if you have one, is lost when people disregard you because you cannot write a coherent sentence. As your friend, I suggest that you have someone who understands English to assist you when you post things. That way, you will appear less stupid

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sogalake 2 years, 7 months ago

Bubbavet you are completely and utterly illiterate.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

I saw many many signs at the PHILLIP PHILLIPS concert/voting party at the CIVIC CENTER last night!!!!! They showed them on WALB. One girl even had her phone number on a sign asking Phillip to marry her!!! What a nasty DOUBLE STANDARD????? The civic center needs to be consistent with its little biased rules. I knew the civic center was BIASED.....I knew it, I knew , I knew it.....To the manager of the civic center-------you get a loud, BOOOOOOOOOOO..............

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GSU66 2 years, 7 months ago

Coach, When they quit playing "Pomp and Circumstance" and start playing, "Who Let The Dogs Out", you can bring a sign and holler all you want.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

double standard man....double standard.....shame on the civic center

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