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Junior Year Abroad La Bota (wine skin) — Chris Eskra watches on as George- town student Paula Egidi tries her luck at the foot of Cuatro Postes, Avila. The Salamanca Cathedral reflects into the Tormes River. Zermatt, Switzerland, is a typical Swiss village prohibiting motor vehicles, accessible by cogged railway. It is a year to know loneliness ; to feel it envelop you in the chill romance of more light rains than you thought possi- ble, or to recognize it through the in- comparable joy of meeting up with a friend and the two of you setting off to visit cities you may still feel you had no 222 right to see; for the cities were there long before you and will not change with your coming, and there is some- thing profane in your American new- ness and glitter which you wish you could shake, leave hidden in an Aus- trian snow or up in the room in your pension. But then again, the cities are too grand to be harried by your small vul- garity. And, strangely enough, it is a year to feel the surprise in your self when you look at the stone turned into a man by a
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It is one of our university ' s many won- ders that at the beginning of the school year upper class males arrive days before the women. The " Southern Gentlemen " who attend Tulane insist upon being there to welcome the new freshmen coeds. Fraternity men fight with GDI ' s to carry the lovely ladies ' luggage up to their rooms. The speed at which address books fill with names and numbers is truly astounding. The chivalry is admirable; still one must Giving directions to bewildered freshmen is one of the obligations of an orientation leader. Freshmen Martha Steele sits on her suitcases con- templating her arrival at college. Trunk stuffing is one of the major campus sports the week before school starts. wonder if this occurs at FSU where the female to male ratio is 5:3. The freshmen were also greeted by their Orientation leaders, those dedicated stu- dents who return to campus a week before registration to welcome the new class. It might not be so bad to come back to New Orleans early since friends and entertain- ment are always abundant in this city. However, upon arrival, the leaders were shipped to the boondocks of Mississippi. Located somewhere near Lumberton, the resort accomodations were exquisite, with a few exceptions. Southern Mississippi in August is hotter than hell, the mosquitos are all out, and the hotel is in a dry county. No alcohol for over one hundred Tulane students! The organizers, knowing that beer is a necessity for students to function properly, imported cases of Miller. This not only hvened everyone ' s spirits, but also greatly facilitated the game of Thumper. As a part of the training, the orientation leaders were taught some name games and various other interpersonal skills. While these may be useful in meeting the fresh- men, the only ability truly required is the fine art of bullshitting. Freshmen will be- lieve anything if it is said with confidence. One leader was asked why the Moon walk was called a moon walk. Unfamiliar with New Orlean ' s former Mayor, Moon Land- rieu, the creative upperclassman replied, " The broken rocks look like a lunar land- scape. " The Orientation leaders were occasional- ly helpful however, as they attempted to prepare the freshmen for the horrors of reg- istration. The New Collegiate Dictionary would define registration as " a procedure created to infuriate, disappoint and disillu- sion students. " This year ' s process was no different. Unless you wished to take a 400 level English course, Russian, or differen- tial calculus, the course you wanted to add was probably filled. Dad ' s check, sent in three weeks before, did not reach the accounfing office, and in order to register, you must pay tuition or sign your life away. No student could feel whole without that plastic god-send, more vital than a name, the validated I.D. With that card firmly in hand, registration was complete and the freshmen were finally truly oriented to Tulane. 221
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■ ' i - Stationary floats depicting satirical political scenes, such as Khomeini whipping a prostitute, are a highlight of I s Fallas festivals in S pai n . The Eiffel Tower shoots into the Parisian sky as the structure frames Trocadero. A Moroccan craftsman carves a piece of wood utilizing his foot in a medina shop in Marrakesh. mere man, and a cathedral, God, the cathedrals, and a painting, and you fight the tears and the awe in admitting that there had to be something some- where, some glorious meaning — maybe they knew it was, and maybe you ' re closer to it now for being closer to them. You do know, and you feel yourself becoming so very much great- er and smaller as you realize, and your interests increase five fold and your emotions ten. And then, if you ' re lucky and if you ' re willing, and we all were, you have become a part of it all and you can see the difference between you and the visitors, and you ' re proud and hum- ble, and independent, and so much old- er, and some of it even remains through the beating you take in coming home. 223
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