Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
April 13, 1988
Children in the Oneonta City School District are beginning a program this week that will teach them about good nutrition and avoiding cancer by studying rats.
Each of the four elementary schools in the district — Riverside, Center Street, Valleyview and Greater Plains — will receive two rats, said Riverside teacher Allan Bowers, coordinator of the Riverside program. A control rat will be fed nutritional foods, such as vegetables and milk, for six weeks. The other rat will be fed “junk food,” such as potato chips.
Bowers said the idea is to see if there is any difference in the growth of the two animals. A different class each week will have a rat in the classroom, with the K-2 classes feeding the control rat, and the 3-6 classes feeding the junk food rat. The rats will be weighed and measured each week.
“We would like to establish that junk food is detrimental,” Bowers said.
The program is being sponsored by the Otsego County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Marcia Kozubek, executive director, said the program is being tried this year as a pilot project in the Oneonta schools.
50 years ago
April 13, 1963
Oneonta High School Principal Charles A. Belden believes a person should do what his job calls for.
Mr. Belden is reorganizing the OHS cheerleaders for that reason.
“The trend has been for cheerleaders to put on exhibitions. I believe cheerleaders are supposed to lead cheers and get the crowd to cheer in an organized fashion to help determine the spirit of the team,” he declared.
Mr. Belden set up three new rules. One regulates the selection of new cheerleaders — another places more emphasis on academic qualifications of a cheerleader, and the third cuts down the size of the varsity cheerleader squad.
Mr. Belden said in recent years, cheerleaders have picked their successors by voting among themselves. The new system initiated this year puts responsibility for the final selection on the faculty advisor to the group.
In the future, Mr. Belden said, prospective and existing cheerleaders “will be watched more closely.”