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  1. MikeD

    “Failure to Protect”

    I agree with this. Ferreting out any remaining existing issues, and making the current/future drum corps world transparent and safe needs to be the primary focus. Going back in time, even recent time, is valuable to show how these things happen, even with good people running the various corps. It may also provide an impetus on changes needed in DCI moving forward. But IMO the focus needs to be on cleaning the current environment and making sure the future is safe and secure, as much as is humanly possible.
  2. MikeD

    “Failure to Protect”

    Bands where I taught going back to the 80's required staff to go through the substitute teacher process, which included background checks even then (as much as was possible in those times). However, the overall environment was far different. Teachers who messed with students were rarely prosecuted, as the victims almost never pressed charges. The "norm" for decades was for the offending teacher to resign. When that person applied for a new position, and the new district contacted the old district, all the old district could say is that the teacher resigned in good standing. Stating anything else, even if done in private, would have opened the first district up to a lawsuit by the teacher if that person found out what happened. I know of many music teachers in NJ, going back to the 70's, who got subsequent jobs after being caught and resigning...sometimes multiple times in multiple districts.
  3. MikeD

    “Failure to Protect”

    I haven't gotten that far yet! 😀 Actually, I was able to read it on my iPhone in Safari.
  4. MikeD

    “Failure to Protect”

    Thanks, but that still did not work! It opened the article, and with,in 10 seconds I got the limit screen. Oh, well, thanks for trying.
  5. MikeD

    “Failure to Protect”

    When I try and read the article it says I have reached my quota for the month, though as far as I know I have not read any philly.com articles at all. Is there any way to see the article another way?
  6. I think the idea of DCI gathering and "owning" PII on individuals is part of the reason for the initial part of the statement about what DCI can and cannot do at the person-level. I know what you mean! I had lots of training and exposure to the gathering and dissemination of PII in my IT career. It is a headache.
  7. Hopefully the upcoming meeting referenced will clarify those sorts of things.
  8. It would take a checkoff statement on the corps application form for anybody requiring a background check that they would be OK to pass their information along to DCI. If the person does not sign off...they can't be hired. PII is something that needs to be considered, so perhaps items like SSN could be held back...or maybe the checkoff is for ALL information. It does place an added burden on DCI to safeguard staff/volunteer/etc information that is passed along to them.That is a big responsibility.
  9. MikeD

    The Cadets 2019

    Especially since they already did a Sparke show in 97...on my personal favorite list...Celebration and Year of the Dragon.
  10. MikeD

    The Cadets 2019

    Dave was the tour manager for us when I marched. Among other jobs.... Don Angelica, Dave Shaw and Hugh Mahon feeding the corps....1971 or 72.
  11. Nothing mentioned at the Cadet alumni Holiday Party.
  12. Bayonne also pioneered drum line body movement about the same time.
  13. Oh, you mean the basic necessities. 😎
  14. MikeD

    The Cadets 2019

    Dee and Judy. I saw Judy last evening at the alumni Holiday party.