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EDITORIAL Enter a new in newspaper! This is Byzantium. More properly a weekly magazine of the arts and the New College community. I stress the word ee"k:ly because this paper will, i 1 fact, come out weekly unlike other so-called "newspapers" which have only come out, at best, fcur times per term. The important thing is to keep the r aterial coming, f::!.'esh as cantalope, every week. But enough about the paper itself. Let's look at the issues: ONE -Why not have Edy Macey as graduation speaker. You all know who she is, You've seen her in the movies, read at ut her in books and heard about her exploits in Baltimore, one of Amerlca's great cities. Edy fo those of you who don't know played the part of Aunt Ida in John 'aters' classic flick abott beauty in America--Female Trouble. Edy is one of the sinceres people it has ever been my pleasure to meet. sociPty to become one of the most glanourous V riety Magazine. This is something that the or. So as Garry Gilmore said: "Let's do it." She worked her way up from the lower depths of and highly esteemed women to gloss the pages of class of '78 can surely take affirmative action ISSUE TWOLet's elect some creative people to S.E.C. It seems the S.E.C. has become more and more bland in the years since the merger. Let's see some colour, some spark, some pi-zaz put back into the old organization. There is going o be a new constitution corning up for xx consjderation, and we're going to need some people on the S.E.C. who can handle the chan,e. So when the come up next week, vote creatively. Or else we're going to have anot er chalk-dust S.E.C. FINALLY -This is what you can expect in the 'lpcoming two issues of BYZANTIUM. (April 7) The Robin Hood Studio of Ballroom Poetics will make their in-print debut right here. Also, expect a big article by two big guys, Smythe ar.d Pete Tepley, on the new constitution. (Apri 14) The faculty speaks (hopefully) on issues hich concern each and every one of us. Re iews of the Asolo plays will l s .J te cl jej. Sci..J ello to Mom 'n 1 Dad. Love, .Herb


You open your sand filled eyes. Outside is the crash of distant thundero You hear the steady down-pour of raino You are glad that you are inside your nice warm dorm-room. You open your mouth to yawn and a steady, brown stream of slime drops into your mouth. Cold slime dribbles down your chin. You move your legs and there is brown shit coloured slime coating your sheets The roofing situation at New College is a source of constant anguish to many of our N.C. administrators. Randy Hyman, the area administrator (whatever that is) has spen t the entire year trying to assemble funds so the roof can be repaired. The process is complex. A consultant must first be hired and his salary must be approvedo He has to investigate the roofing situation and decide what everyone knows already--that the roof leaks. He must write which swear to the fact that brown sludge and plaster chips are falling into peoples rooms. One night, a girl who I will not name in second court ran screaming out of her room completely naked and covered with bits of plaster, "All I wanted to do was take a bath with my boy friend, and when the roof started falling in I thought I was going to hell for sure.'' As I was going to write this article, I pulled my chair out from my desk, and there was a pmuddle of brown slime waiting to be sat in. The next step in the complex process is that Randy, using the information given him by an official roofjn g consultant, must prepare a doxcument attesting to the fact that to the bef:,t of his knowledge the roof leaks, This Randy did, coming up with a fifteen to twenty page term paper on the extent of the damage. A very interesting document indeed a The next step is that the people in Tampa must read the document and decide if, in fact, there is a leak in the roofs of the Fei Dorms of the Sarasota Campus of U.S.F.


SLIME ( continue.d) Then they must ask themselves the question of where they are going to come up with the money to repair the leaks. Randy must ask himself this question also, because he will, in part, be responsible for coming up with the money. "The repairs could cost conservatively," Randy said, "Aruiywhere between $60 and $90 thousand (dollars)." "J\ed," I said to Ned Baldwin, the man on campus who is directly responsible for a overseeing all maintanence and repair work, "I imagine they're going to have a hell of a lot of trouble finding $90 thousand to repair the roofs ." "It's gonna cost a lot more than that," Ned said gravely, "It0s gonna cost upwards of $120 thousand." Why are the roofs bad? Who knows, but the company which installed them gave them a ten year warrantyo That was in '65. The school sought to repair the roofs several times between then and now and this company actually gathered photographic evidence that students who were considered in the warranty "unauthorized personel" had been allowed up on the roofs. and therefore, they didn't have to do any repairs. What this means is that students in the late sixties used to go up on the roe>_Fs and have parties with beer and marijuana (you know the kind of thing I'm talking about) and barf around up there and dance with those heavy hiking boots that used to wear back then and little cracks began to form in the tender surface of the roof. So the company said they didn't have to do any repairs since it was specifically stated in the warranty that kids and other general mother-fuckers were simply not allowed up on the roofs and that was that. Meanwhile, the school was spending all of its money to keep its private doors open. They had to come up with money to pay teachers and other small contingencies of that nature, so in 1974-75 money was extremely scarce and so the private doors of .higher education became the public doors of state educatlon. All the old administrators quit then ln everyone forgot that the rocfs ; needed to be for one man--Dick Scott. one way or another and fixed. Everyone except ptljr! !/


SLIME (continued) Dick was a quiet unassuming insane sort of man who had his head up his rectum most of the time.. Dick's main concern was balancing the budget so that he could move on to bigger and better assignments in the administrative world. He hated this place so bad that he hired the old Housing and Counseling man as his personal body guardo Dick sort of slunk around the back hallway in Hamilton Center where could see him .. In the meantime, what would have been a $30,000 repair job three years ago has now sky rocketed to a (conservatively) $100,000 job today. And no one seems to know even k now after Randy has worked on the for 7 months straight where the money is coming froma Randy, this fall, was hoping that we would have the new roof by March, but it is now late March, and they still don9t know where the money is going to come from .. When I almost killed myself in my room because the bathroom light switch was short circuiting and spewing sparks into my bathroom, I decided to call the President of U.S.F. and sk ask him if he was aware that wxx water was seeping in through every crevice in this godforsaken place, he said, "Hell, there's leaks everywhere you look.. I've got plywood boards up in my own conference room to keep the water out .. The then president of U.S.F. was Carl D. (acting president until John Lott Brown could make it on the scene). Riggs is now back to being academic veep of U.S.F. "Does George Mayer know about the roofs?" "\'!ell, I'm not sure that I understand the structure of the University, sir, but doesn't George Mayer preside strictly over academic matters{" "He's responsible for the well bweing of New College students where ever they may be .. "No," I said, "I haven't told him, but I'm sure he knows." This is in part what Carl wrote me after the calls


(continued) Dear Mr. Guggenheim; Since our telephone conversation of yesterday in which you pointed out the problem of the leaking dormitory roof at New College. I have learned that appropriate university personnel on both campuses are aware of the problem and are attempting to solve it as quickly as possible. As we discussed, the chief problem is the availability of adequate furds for the repair6 Dormitories are a part of the auxiliary enterprise system and the cost must come from that portion of the overall University budget. To date, adequate funds are not available. Furthermore, in order to make the repairs properly, many of the students in the dormitory would have to move out while the repairs were being made. It is probable, therefore, that the work will be done during the Summer Quarter, 1978. I am told that the damaged wiring that you mentioned has been repaired and that a search has been made for other damaged wiring. Sincerely yours, Carl D. Riggs Acting President So the word is out from the big man in Tampa (the then big man anyway) that the repairs needed will not be effected until the summer-the height of the rainy season. While new tar is being laid, gallons of Florida rain will be pouring down o'er the virgin Oh no. This is why I predict that the repairs will not be made until January or February 1979. That would be the next dry time. The repairs will most probably be made during mid-term and the students will most likely be forced to put up with either loud banging or relocation. But don't worry. They may never get the money for the repairs and Zinn's might not be i the only waterfall room in Sarasota. Immediately after receiving the letter from Dr. Riggs, I left it in the bathroom. The roof began to leak, cave in and the letter is now covered with a hard brown crust. 0 / 1/


A BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER by Kim ook rnvi Charlotte Douglas is a forty year old hnot atypical norteamericana" writing "Letters from Cen1:ral America" which she hopes to sell to The New Yorker, and hanging out in Boca Grande's only airport. Charlotte is a trite charb.cter, and Joan Didion has captured her phantasmal personality on the first paae as she writes' "Here is what happenedc She made not enough distinctions. She dreamed her life." The story is told through the eyes o f a woman twenty years older than Charlotte, a woman who is intelligent and sarcastic, yet not without sensitivity to Charlotte's ambiguous life. One begins to wonder if the heroine is Charlotte or the narrator herself, but the narrator informs the reader that, ur tell you these things about myself only to my voice. We are uneasy about a story until we know who is telling it. In no other sense does it matter who 'I' am: 'the narrator' plays no motive role in this narrative, :r.or would I want to." Somehow, this manner of introducing a narrator, while original, does not seem totally convincing. But Charlotte's story does go on to be well told, so Didion can be forgiven and even praised for her method of narration. Boca Grande (and I looked this up on a map) is a tiny island located off the south-west coast of Florida, and even though it is easily accessible, I doubt that anyone would want to visit there. Charlotte Douglas refers to Boca Grande as a "land of contrasts" and the "economic fulcrum of the Americas." Yet, from what the narrator has told us, although Charlotte herself may believe this, it is not true. We are told that it is "true that passengers often left a dollar or two in the alrport slot machines during the time required for refueling, but revenue from an airport landing fee and eighteen slot machines did not seem to constitute, in the classical sense, an economic fulcrum." Charlotte also believes that Marin, her revolutionary daughter, will one day return to tell Charlotte that it was not she, Marin, who had detonated a pipe bomb in the lobby of the Transamerica building, then hijacked a plane, burned it, and


BOOK REVIEW (continued) disappeared upon landingo No, not Marin, not Charlotte's Marin, who, as a child, "had been flown to Copenhagen to see the lights at Tivoli." Just as Charlotte deludes herself about her daughter, she is also deluded by Warren Bogart, her first husband, and Leonard Douglas, her second husbando These men manipulate Charlotte, yet she remains oblivious to their treatment of her, either intentionally, so as not to be hurt, or, more likely, unknowinglya It seems that she wanders from airport to airport in a perpetual earlymorning fogo At the end of the novel, caught in Boca Grande's economic-political "October Violence, .. Charlotte Douglas is shot in the back and dies for no reason, just as she has lived for no reasono Why was she in P0ca Grande to begin with? Even Charlotte does not know for sure. Ts Charlotte's tragic end a result of the personality traits ( c r lack of traits) she has acquired through her liberal, California upbringing, or has everything happened by chance? Miss Didion seems to believe, through the character of Charlotte, that if one does not make the effort to examine his or her life and to rid oneself of delusions, one's life and death will be meaninglesso Charlotte refuses to face things as they are; she lives in her visions of what she wishes to be the trutha Yet Didion does not entirely condemn Charlotte. She seems to be saying that this is what will happen if one refuses to face reality, but Charlotte is still presented sympathetically. A reader as equally vacuous as Charlotte would perhaps sympathize entirely with her, yet some would see her as totally ridiculous. Because the reader is given this choice, Didion has succeeded in telling an objective storyo In other words, is an unexamined life necessarily wrong? Except where Charlotte Douglas' mind and motives are concerned, and this is intentional, the novel is clear-cut and exact in imagery, plot, characterization, and structure. There is perhaps coo much repetition of phrases which, while it refreshes the reader's memory, sometimes becomes excesslve. However, despite this problem, Didion has the ability to combine realjty with dreams in a tight story which continues to hold the reader's interest throughout. Charlotte Douglas, while cliche, is a memorable woman because of the way Didion has portrayed her, and The Book of Common Prayer is memorable because this portrayalo ASOLO MOVIE (Monday, April J) ANNE OF THE THOUSAN DAYS (U.S. 1969 145 min. color) Richard Burton as Henry VIII and Genevieve Bujold as Anne Boleyn set off one of the one of the most savage blood-baths in Eng history. "An lnstant classic." 7-N.Y. Posta Shom ln conjunction w1tr the Medieval Fair (2:JO, ?:JO, 9:JO) (Monday, April 10) RUNNING FENCE & VALLEY CURTAIN


AUTHOR'S NOTE: The editor approached me tonight and asked me to contribute to this publication. I admit to contributing some forgettable articles to several equally unmemorable student publications in the past, but all the same I was reluctant to subject myself to the abuse that comes for writing for. magazines like this. This editor, who despite sporting the general appearance of a trapped animal is in fact a shrewd character who should be approached with caution, recalled rr: y brilliant work and lucid style in such classics as "Eat Shit" and others. He praised my clarity and hard hitting manner of presentation. How could I refuse? {#E N!6Hf1fKCJWt(zSF#Vr IN f'Kl?dN! bLf G$r'f This article is difficult to write because I don't have enough time to write and because it will offend some people as many past efforts have done. My criticism however is intended to be constructive, not just bitching about things that are beyond hope. This week's topic is the student body which has been more reluctant than usual to get off its collective ass and do something. Call me old fashioned, but when people ask mP what the student body is like, I like to be able to say that they are a dynamic, intellectual, active, concerned group. (Does this too much like Larry Lewack? Sorry.) Take publications like this one as an example. The people involved are almost exclusively those who have worked on past rags. Most contributors don't deem this sort of magazine as worthy of their so-called best stuff, so they toss off fluff or send something noncommital and vapid or nothing at all unless begged. A considerable amount of effort is needed to put out quality,--and there doesn't appear to be a commitment to quality--or anything else--here. This year more than last year and probably the year before that people seem to be--nay, ARE--entirely self-centered and scornful of attempts by the few who aren't of organizing anything worthwhile at all. Student activism is dying on practically every campus in the country as undergraduates seek only a high paying job, but here at New College activism is worse than dead, it is a joke. In general NC students are uninformed, apathetic, and happy to be that way. To my knowledge there have been two organized to th ther to ta year, one to keep Jack Cartl1dge, e o


THE NIGHT BERKOWITZ SPENT IN PRISON (continued) Bryant in St. Petersburg. The latter effort was orgainized by the Gay Coalition, who despite the ridicule they are subjected to are the mos t active, tightly k nit grou p on campus. The protesters marched like idiots inside a cordoned-off area and went unheard. If only they had had enough balls to do a little down home 1960s style protestin'. Get your name in th paper. Embarrass U.S.F., your parents, make Anita know you're there. Make the little old fascist ladies leave by the back entrance. But it was not to be. The march to save Jack Cartlidge, I think, was worse. Most of the people there did not know Jack Cartlidge from Moby Dick. They did not know what the issue was or its ramifications. They didn't really care; many were attracted by the offer of free beer. Last but not least, what about the first-year students? I know I've picked on them before, but they'deserve it. You've been here for twenty-four weeks now, that's more than two terms. It's time for some participation in student government, writing, and other things that social animals have been known to do. All you people do well is party. Last year's new 'students at least organized a camping and hiking group and played at soccer and basketball, among other things. I assume that my point is clear and requires no more whining to get across. I'm serious; this is an important issue. You can either say something or go back to your room, put on your disco 01ltfit, smoke pot, and sulk. If you have a rebuttal, send it to this magazine, don't threaten me, because I know you'll never get aroun d to doing anything. l Stage Two This weekend AsoBo. g Ernesi The Importance of presented by M.FhAt have you got It's free, and w akend anyway? to do over the wee


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