University of Massachusetts Boston - Beacon Yearbook (Boston, MA)
- Class of 1984
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Text from Pages 1 - 216 of the 1984 volume:
Lygia B. Walker
jeffrey W. Walker Editor-in-Chief
Nan Alexander article 164-67, editing 161-63
E. Ames copy 31
name P05-pg name p0S.pg. name pos.pg.
Shay 35,182 Sammon 29,194 Welch 13,20O
Shelton 21,187 Saghbazarian 18,194 Walsh 31,193
Salvant 20,184 Sherry 34,193 Welby 30,193
Seraderian 14,184 Shahidah 29,193 Wrighq 24,193
Starkey 9,187 Thompson 17,200 Wong 31,199
Seekins 6,184 Twins 17,202 Wolynegg 21,197
Schermerhorn 29,189 Tevetinovitch 17,198 Williamg 17,197
Sullivan 31,185 Tsiakaos 4,198 washington 23,196
Shea 20,185 Tecle 33,199 Ward 33,195
Shirazi 11,185 Thomas 20,199 Walsh 25,193
Sullivan 24,188 Townsend 35,197 White 7,193
Strakus 23,188 Tracey 15,196 Walker 5,192
Smith 12,188 Tomlanson 25,195 Whglen 23,191
Stasio 7,188 Takeda 10,195 Walsh 25,191
Sklar 6,188 Tevnan 36,194 Wallace 15,191
Scanlan 4,188 Taccini 15,193 Whalley 35,190
Simpson 25,200 Tashjian 14,192 West 6,190
Scollans 27,200 Tang 23,191 wiafe 2,190
Sweeney 29,200 Tracy 22,186 Walsh 2,190
51960 35,195 Troy 14,182 Wallace 18,186
5iUl'IdBfS 5,198 Thompson 23,182 Wilson 3,186
Sweeney 1,198 Titus 35,185 Wojciechowski 32,184
SUYCF 22,199 Turner 10,189 Wilmoth 15,187
Saulnier 30,197 Thames 1,189 Walker 9,184
Sullivih 22,197 Tobin 2,185 Warner 9,189
Salami 9,197 Trani 36,188 Welliver 18,185
Sin 11,202 Tupper 21,188 Weinstein 6,189
51000370 2,197 Uva 32,197 Wirth 20,188
5pr0Ul 5,195 Urban 27,187 Young 18,199
Sisti 32,195 Udo 5,188 Yeuell 2,196
SCO!! 31,195 Vichert 13,198 Yen 24,193
Sweeley 24,195 Valerieni 6,199 Youshee 19,183
Saganich 14,195 Valeriahi 17,191 Younis 28,185
Smilh 13,195 Verro 34,190 Zlochiver 14,196
Silk 12,195 Valentine 21,186 Zotos 11,189
Silva 7,195 Villard 32,187 Zinkevicz 7,185
Sullivan 30,194 Wggdlgy 16,200
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Copyright lWalker, 1984
Vicky Apsit article and photos 161-63
Eddie Bagley photos 8-9, 54-61, 75-76, 78, 79, 80, 83, 99-103, 112, 115,
116-118, 173, 67, 68, 69, 206, 207, 85, 120-24, 90, 113, 127, 124-25,
119, 130, 3, 18, 197 art 16-17 research 137 interview 130-31
N. Berkowitz photos 149, 126, 38
Mark Chavous photos 72, 73, 76, 7Z 79, 164, 169, 84, 85, 10, 51, 132,
26-35, 152, 153
1 C. Clifford--art 81
c. Collins photos 74, 79, 81, 63, 94, 95, 96, 172, 173, 71, 182-201, 69,
156, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 86, 133
5. Coronella copy 160
D. Curran photos 160, 149, 91, 110, 109, 111, 128, 129
Kerry Curtis photos 78, 164, 165, 166, 65, 67
Anthony Hall 20th Anniversary coverage
R. Hult cover photof tool and hickey expertise
Bermuda Randy underwater photos 98, 89, 205
joe Marchese photos 148, 149, 147, 92, 111, 88, 89, 121, 120, 64, 122,
123, 38, 136, 128, 150, 151, 152, 153, 36, 52, 133, 50, little square b0X6S
B. Patterson interviews 174-75
Bill Picard CPCS
Manny Reis photos 129, 120, 88
Dave Roberts sports copy
C.E. Walker art and illustrations 11, 13, 14, 15, 156, 157, 145
j.W. Walker articles 21-25, 177- 181, 65-80, 170-71, interviews 38-9,
130-31, 159, 11,' art 497 general copywritingj photos 158, 146, 151,
52, 35, 87, 134-35, 16, 90, 91, 140-44, 76, 82, 96, 169, 170-71, 66, 76
L.B. Walker art 176, 45, 48,' layoutfdesign 1-208,' photos 53, 134, 74, 75,
Special Thanks to Chris, Roy, Ms. Remick, Pam Wasserman, Susie Norris,
Sheldon Kalick, Billy Squires, David Letterman, Michael Dukakis, NBC,
Boston Globe, Boston Gas, Boston Celtics, Toiletman, Fish, and Queen
a flurry of
an incident in
use the phrase,
anything is like?
Can the brain really
create from the past
the past itself in the
present? We do not re-
member everything. And
what we do recall is a hazy
glimpse of what we've shaped into
own little fiction, memory rarely rings true
We vaguely retain "firsts" like crossing the street
alone, first love, first hampster, historical dates,
chemical equations., and the Pledge of Allegiance.
I suppose everything is in there, stashed away in
the dead pet compartment. We all claim memory
as part of ourselves. We remember, no matter
how inconsequential, inaccurate, or inarticulate.
What do we remember? Little things and big
things. But to what extent and to what end? Do
we really remember Hiroshima? lf so, how can
there be any doubt about such similar future
horrors? And can we recall the first moment of
human life from that metaphoric sea of
beginnings? or the metaphysical finger of god?
We think we know, we think we remember, tie
a string around your finger. r .-
We do know that memory holds onl some
of what's really reality. A tape recorcler
of emotions, the mind never plays back
at the pure pitch. Illusion is memory
for memory is only a second look
at what's already gone down.
And nothing can be like
anything else except itself.
Only "a" can equal "a."
You can never step
into the same river
Every moment differgeihta'
from every other, it's
impossible to remember,
to recreate that moment'
as there is nothing but
itself like it. All remains
deposited in the'
Life a river, flowing
to future, memory the
banks that define the i
water, holding it, stretch-
so'far back we can not
see it all. Memory banks
of the river'Experience:
The currency of a'
Barely visible, pictured below, in the
distance and almost submerged. UMB's
roots in the swamps of what is now
Columbia Point. For as many years as local
history recalls, the area served as a "Calf
Pasture." Roughly 100 years later, oppo-
site, the current site of UMB remained
unrealized potential, a barren landfill in a
neglected section of Boston.
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Welcome to Rats Alley,
Rats above, rats fbelowl
All the rats in our lives,
In our institutions,
Rats involved with land grants -
A rat with a can of Tab.
"Rats Survive 'The Day After
Good rats and bad rats, Rats,
Rats, he said, foiled again.
You dirty rat, you killed . ..
Rat rat. You told, you told.
Ratatat, Got you. Huh!
"Ben, the two of us need look
no morefWe've both found
Beware the Savage shore . . .
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First T.V. pictures from space
1964 Beatles first trip to America
1965 U.S. Marines land at Da Nang, beginning U.S. role in Vietnam
1968 Anti-war demonstrations at Democratic National Convention in Chicago
Martin Luther King assassinated
Robert Kennedy assassinated
1969 Woodstock Festival
Appollo 11 lands first man on moon
1970 Kent State shootings
jimi Hendrix overdosed
lim Morrison overdosed
janis joplin overdosed
1972 Nixon resigns after discovery of his Watergate
1975 U.S. Troops withdraw from Vietnam
1976 America's Bicentennial
1979 U.S. Embassy taken by Iranian Students
1980 john Lennon assassinated
10f23f83 Marine Headquarters in Beirut bombed
11f4f83 U.S. invades Grenada
1984 Geraldine- Ferraro announced as Vice Presidential Candidate
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Harvard University founded first
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Sciences in Boston
First primary schools for black
children open in Boston
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and three female students
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leased from Boston Gas, an
armory, Avis Rent-a-Car. Sherry
Thomas, UMassfBoston '72,
currently Director of University
information Services, remembers
"Wordsworth, Hardy, Yeats, and
Frost a la Nelson in the Hale
Lounge on Thursday afternoons,
with Duncan presenting songs
and roses for all on the first
sunny day of spring." Students
and faculty formed a community,
UMassfBoston downtown, the
brain of the streets. Everything
seemed to be coming up roses.
lt was decided the University
would be granted its own
ln 1966 Trustees and legislators
perused an initial list fifty
locations long, including the
Watertown Arsenal, NASA site in
Cambridge, and Copley Square.
The University's Park Square
people believed Copley Square,
just blocks away and still in
Boston, the best possible site for
the best education in this best
of all possible worlds. "We
would have even helped them
carry boxes and desks,"
commented one former student.
But Student!Faculty resources
were not called upon by the
school's power source. To the
Banker and Business minded
Trustees, there was no other site
but the cheap and barren
Columbia Point, an area of
former City Dump, P.O.W.
Camp, and Calf Pasture.
And so public higher education
was picked up and moved down
the expressway, around the
corner, and smack dab in the
middle of a narrow peninsula in
Dorchester. "After all," one
school official was quoted on
the Waste Land locale, "We'd
only be displacing rats." Rats
indeed. The Copley Square site
would have placed the
University in the center of the
Hub, Boston shining, glinting off
its S350 million monument to
Public Higher Education.
Columbia Point, however, did
not smell so rosy. ln fact, it
stunk like "rotten eggs," one
trustee noted. And it stunk of
more than just a dump site's
A 1973 DorchesterfColumbia
Point Task Force Report tells
why Columbia Point in the end:
"lt was not tax producing land,
nor were tax producing uses
seeking to locate there Land
aquisition costs were minimal
Lastly, what better place could
be found for unruly and possibly
fractious students than on a
peninsula jutting into the harbor
with only one access road and
6,000 housing projects residents
for their only neighbors." The
decision to stick UMassfBoston
on Columbia Point reflects
Hancock Life's interests as well,
Hancock owning the Point and
wanting its own offices on the
Square. UMassfBoston didn't
have a chance downtown.
Instead, the fledgling University
was positioned upon the Point.
A place where thousands of
dirty-white seagulls once loomed
brilliant on the Bay-blue
horizon, swooping to pick at
Boston's garbage. And though
seagull's were largely absent, the
droppings began to surface with
UMassfBoston's construction in
1970. Deep piles were driven far
into the seaside marsh filled
with twenty year's trash, piles to
support the "red-brick
monstrosity" to be erected
there. Above, Logan-bound air
traffic's screams were shut out
with extra sound proofing.
Below, gas pumps pumped the
methane from this asshole of the
city. lt would not have made a
pretty picture for any school's
beginnings, and it did not
develop as such for the
University. Of S350 million
allotted for eleven buildings,
only six were constructed for
S130 million. UMassfBoston's
legislative foundation was shaky,
to say the least. Eventually, the
Columbia Point University
building project would become
known for its bribery and sloppy
building practices, a couple local
politicians would be sacrificed
down the tubes. And of course,
the original neighbor of
UMass!Boston's Harbor Campus,
the Boston Globe, would follow
only the problematical and soggy
legislative first steps, zeroing in
on the muck from across
The move to Columbia Point
was definitely a step that '
changed and shaped the
University's future. And the
problems began almost
immediately. Ironically, the first
disaster was a break in the main
sewage line. And later that year,
a performance of "The
Construction Workers" - a play
by an original faculty member
that students are still required to
read - would provide further
dramatic irony in the opening
celebrations of the new 020
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To date, people comment not
on the University's educational
concerns, or its minority, elderly,
and low income students, but
still talk of the "skimming" of
the Harbor Campus' buliding
contracts. The shortcuts are
now, ten years later, most
apparent. Inside the University
appears twice its age, the
sorriest of all UMassfBoston
stories. Bricks are loose and
falling, tiles on every walkway
are cracked and shattered,
circulation is poor, keeping air
unseasonably hot or cold, ceiling
panels sag, chunks of carpet are
missing But I hereby flush
the remains of this scandal,
leaving such University Heritage
up in the air - as what is
A poor old section of Greater
Boston. In the early seventies,
the time of UMassfBoston's
"siege" of Columbia Point,
sixteen per cent of Dorchester's
families were receiving some
form of public assistance, the
area had less than one-third as
many college students as the
rest of the city. Not exactly a
bastion of change and academic
concerns, Dorchester was
"outraged" at the prospect of
UMassfBoston. Horror shows of
urban renewal and ousted
elderly were projected to
citizens. Local opposition
coalitions and petitions circulated
the area, bad-mouthing the
University. Dorchesterians did
not want an influx of those
snotty Cambridge types, the
ones they'd been subjected to
every time they left their parish.
At first, UMassfBoston
reportedly bought off town
leaders. Later, concessions were
sold: use of swimming pool, the
opportunity to audit classes free
of charge, the use of vacant
rooms for community functions.
In these, at least, UMassfBoston
would become an asset to the
community. But what
Dorchester's leaders did not
vocalize, if realized, was that
they were about to have a
University not merely in their
midst, but in their "income
bracket" as well. UMassfBoston
was designed for the education
of people like Dorchester.
Dorchesterians feared that
UMassfBostonians would run
them out of town and erect
high priced high-rises in place
of the long standing triple
label for the
decker homes where they lived
- and rented. Such renovation
would have probably turned
Dorchester into an
AllstonfBrighton type student
ghetto. But this never happened.
I asked a landlord of several
"triples" in the Columbia road
area closest to Columbia Point
to comment. He acknowledged,
remaining anonymous, that
landlords on the whole wouldn't
mind a little renovations. "I rent
to anyone," he said. ". .. some
around here will only rent if
there's government comp.
lSection 8 subsidyj They get
more for their place that way
The property still brings in
money." When asked if
UMassfBoston students were a
problem, he remarked, "Look
around. Do you see many
students? Any renovation?"
Across Dorchester Avenue, a
Hispanic with a waxed mustache
and shaven head appeared to be
making arrangements with two
lads in shorts, turf shoes, athletic
socks stretched over their calves.
All three could have been
UMassfBoston students, but
most likely were not. The
University population remains
outside of Dorchester outside of
However, the original reports of
UMassfBoston's siege of
Dorchester coupled with the
legislatively scandalous building
contracts triggered media
coverage as if the poor had
been slaughtered by the rich's
cadillac. In all such print, the
name "UMassfBoston" was the
culprit, the generic label for the
problems at hand. In 1984 the
former Dorchester rage seems a
questionable whiplash case -
though definitely an indication,
if misdirected, of the stench
surrounding the entire
development of Columbia Point.
The long ranging effects of all
such issues, however, centered
on the University, establishing in
its very foundation a severe
psychological complex it has yet
oston. A city with its own
complex. San Francisco trolley
cars, London double-decker
buses, and an unreliable subway
system make it all but impossible
for a scheduled arrival to the
Harbor Campus. A city where
people from everywhere attend
dozens of schools of higher
education and leave for the
summer. MIT, BC, BU. UMB.
The sole public university of
higher education struggles to
gain recognition in this town of
letters. Dr. Sheldon Kalick,
Department, commented on the
school's self. "It's like Cooley's
'Looking Glass Self"' Kalick said.
"A looking glass self of UMass
gives that we are an untouted
University in Boston and we
have to prove ourselves to other
schools As a University our
image fails in that we don't see
ourselves in the world as we
know we are."
Reasons for this seeming self
consciousness are recurring,
reverberating still from
UMassfBoston's beginnings at
To initiate this S130 million
project, january 28, 1974, 5700
students arrived and attended
classes. Rather spare, even for a
public school. But this
unheralded first day was a
message, an exhibition of the
powers in Boston granted to
private schools. These imitation
Ivy Leaguers - none of the
complaining schools were among
the city's best - feared the
growing University's cut-rate
tuition. They attempted to keep
UMassfBoston invisible, veiled in
negative press. They did not
want their students migrating
from the more expensive private
schools. They tried to hide the
University. And this, of course,
is absurd: How do you
camaflague 12,000 or so low -
income and minority students?
Put them on a peninsula in
Dorchester. And to this day in
1984, there is no sign anywhere
near the buildings at all,
announcing "The University of
Massachusetts at Boston." One
anonymous Vice Chancellor
jokes that out-of-state friends
once drove by the University
and asked if it wasn't dangerous
to have a prison so close to the
highway. UMassfBoston has an
And this complex extends well
inside the school as well. From
the glass-paneled, computer-
terminaled Library Archives,
visions of history being rewritten
surface as one finds virtually no
written history, newsclips -
nothing on the University
UMassfBoston has not initiated
preserving much sense of its
history, good or bad. Very little,
and cautious at best, oral
tradition exists as well. Most
faculty, students, and
administration requested not to
be quoted in this article. One
faculty member went so far as
to say he "never wantfedj to be
on record as ever having said
anything regarding this
university." Another, upon
hearing of this reporter's
intentions to discuss
UMassfBoston with Boston
University chieftan john Silber,
ranted, "Don't ask him iSilberj
how B.U. sees UMass. He would
love that a picture in their
newspaper, front page. 'UMass
Man Asks B.U."' Be it former
bad press, previous pressure
from the privates, or just plain
youth, UMassfBoston is easily
intimidated outside its own
Inside, UMB knows its own
strengths. The biggest news with
this school has always been the
quality of education made
available to the general public
- at a price most anyone, with
financial aid readily available,
could afford. Most faculty
members hold Ivy League PHDs,
twenty-five per cent from
Harvard - higher than any
university outside Harvard itself.
Massachusetts Governor Michael
Dukakis assured me in an
interview that "your place offers
a first-rate education." But even
the pro-UMB Governor
elaborated on little else
pertaining to the University.
Several other politicians,
including Mayor Flynn and
Senator Kennedy refused
UMassfBoston is treated as low
priority by prominent politicians.
Either that, or the "place" is
considered an extremely
Ultimately, the University
continues to make the mistakes
of a young adult still struggling
with its financially supportive
parents and more worldly peers.
As late as 1980, students were
holding "sit-ins", fifty sat in the
Chancellor's stairwell, the only
access to the administration in
this cautiously constructed "60's
minded" building. Their demand,
a greater participation in the
school's governance body, was
solved with token appointments.
And the following year, 1981,
students rallied in true
UMassfBoston tradition on the
Boston Common. As students
before them had protested the
invasion of Cambodia, and the
death of Martin Luther King,
1981's students chanted before
the Statehouse gates, too late.
The legislative bulldozer had
started once again, this time
shoving Boston State College
down to the former city dump
in one of the sloppiest unions in
educational history. Without the
consent, knowledge, or regards
of students or faculty,
UMassfBoston had a sister.
The "merger" with Boston State
was about as efficient and well
received ,as a fusion of two
separate bodies into Siamese
Twins. Adoption plans were
announced August 21, after talks
began all of three weeks earlier.
Actually, a merger was due
january 1982, but the State
Board of Regents of Higher
Education, advisory committee to
the Statehouse, couldn't hold it
anymore. Determined to join
the schools with exigency's
bazooka rather than a
well-planned solder, the Board
recommended the merger, then
forced it through budgetary
process. The State's fiscal budget
that year "clustered" funds for
UMass, Boston State, and the
community colleges. The
budgetary hack-job short
changed public higher education
by 56 million, accelerating the
combination of the city's only
two schools of higher learning.
Late August, 1981, students were
notified by mail that classes
would start later that fall, due to
the merger. Yet, in spite of this
supposed "instant merger,"
classes were held at Boston State
throughout the '81-'82 school
year. One Boston State student,
again nameless, recounts the
typical merger story. "Most
teachers lost faith In my
Sociology class the professor left
for another school mid-semester,
and there was no one to fill-in."
This same student also worked
for the Management
Department. There, the
Department Head had left for a
job at an Alabama university.
Evidently, the UMassfBoston
people did not check on Boston
State or respond to its problems.
The work-study student
remembers that "he fthe
Department Headj was only in
town one day a week. I graded
papers, signed incompletes
He didn't care, he was already
gone I think I filled out
most the graduation forms for
Management degrees that year.
No one else seemed to it
was so sloppy. So much
equipment and books were
stolen. People felt cheated
And unfair it would continue.
That Fall semester, 1981, three
hundred UMassfBoston part-time
faculty were laid off, and close
to one hundred full-time from
Boston State. UMassfBoston only
accepted professors from its
sister-school with PHDs,
regardless of work experience,
teaching record, or terminal
degree. In true exhibition of
legislative concern for public
higher education, every
"classified" or unionized State
worker was retained. Teachers of
some note were allowed to
wash away, while every single
cafeteria worker was imported to
the Harbor to sling another
helping from the Board of
In 1984, the merger remains a
messy digestion. It "was not so
much the action itself as the
way they brought it about,"
commented one former Boston
Stater. Others maintain that the
fusion was harmful, forcing two
different types of students
together, limiting the programs
of one group - the Staters.
Regardless, merger troubles have
not yet subsided. Three years
later, new requirements for
"transferred" Boston Staters slow
down their graduation, others
find their records have been
misplaced, misread, or lost in
the shuffle to UMassfBoston.
And there are still deeper
conflicts for some former Boston
State people, conflicts of
Professor William Squires
remembers, "The kids from 'Bo
State' were renegades from their
parents. They were losers and
they had the brains and the
ability and they didn't want to
follow their father's foot steps
going to Boston College I'd
say eighty per cent of the
faculty knew that was the type
of kid, and they said, 'you
know, we're going to see how
far this kid can really go.' And
they were amazed." When asked
how that spirit had transferred
to UMassfBoston and the
Harbor Campus, Squires
responded, "Not at all."
MassfBoston. That's the
shorthand of it all, right there in
its title. I mean, doesn't that "X"
in the middle of the school
name bother anyone? That "X"
isolation from Boston. That's
geographically as well as
psychologically. That's ironic,
considering the University's
student body consists of a fair
cross section of the city's
population. But "Boston" caters
to the imports, those students
paying 510,000 a year to attend
the other schools. This is, after
all, America, and by nature the
more expensive product is
granted preferential allowances.
Take B.U., and recently Simmons
College. Both are publicly fearful
of UMass!Boston's "cut-rate"
tuition. B.U. has reportedly been
behind an Anti-UMassfBoston
campaign from the start,
becoming involved in the "no
publicity" first day of classes as
discussed here earlier. But
further than little media
skirmishes, these schools have
regularly opposed Fine Arts,
Library Science, and Engineering
courses at UMassfBoston,
actually stopping these classes
from being offered at a public
school in Boston. Deals have
been struck between the State
Board of Regents of Higher
Education and the private foes
of UMassfBoston. As this Board
consists of mainly private school
representatives, including B.U.,
these deals are like shaking
one's own hand - in favor of
the privates. It is not difficult,
for instance, to have the Board
prohibit UMassfBoston from
offering an Engineering Degree
Engineering majors receive two
years' courses at the Harbor
Campus, but must then transfer
to a private university to finish
their degree. The State, because
UMassfBoston "cannot" offer
this degree, picks up the tab,
paying for the ten times higher
private school rate.
And this does more than cost
UMassfBoston needed funding.
This engineering restriction
appears to the world as an
inadequacy of UMassfBoston,
rendering it "not as good" as
the private schools. And this of
course, as the private schools
have made it impossible for
UMassfBoston to offer a public
engineering degree, is how the
private schools most definitely
fix their competition. The State
of Massachusetts, by complying
with such restrictions, is in
effect paying to keep its public
University of higher education
on a lower overall academic
level. And this limitation in spite
of national statistics which reflect
concern for the smaller number
of U.S. Engineering graduates as
compared with the Soviets and
japanese. Doesn't that "X"
between "UMass" and "Boston"
The 52.1 billion "significant
export industry" of private
schools pump steady funds into
both City!State. Still, the
Legislature is reluctant to
provide adequate flow to its
own Harbor Campus. An
anonymous founding faculty
member in Chemistry
commented. "When this school
was built we had a budget to
equip ourselves with the best.
But as the years go by they fthe
Statehousej just don't seem to
understand that this equipment
must be maintained, replaced,
and updated " The State just
can't seem to grant enough to
its public higher education,
opting instead for cut-backs,
mergers, and payments to
private schools while restricting
UMassfBoston's overall academic
offerings and growth.
This is, of course, all tax and
budget and land and money
related, a system between the
power sources in Boston and
the government. And
UMassfBoston, as a tax-funded
school, flounders helplessly in a
Commonwealth of seemingly
greater concerns. One must
wonder why UMassfBoston ever
came about in the first place -
if it is going to be held back so
in its nineteenth year. In this
respect, the school itself can be
seen as very much like its
student body: held in check by
the societal limitations imposed
on their freedom of education.
With UMassfBoston, these
former ropes appear to have
been cut. Yet close inspection
of the school's progress reveals
that these educational
restrictions for minority and
poor have merely been
loosened. UMassfBoston does
teach the previously
underprivileged, yet it is not
allowed to teach them
everything another university
could. For fear of stealing the
fire from the older private
schools, the young "common"
university remains chained in its
But perhaps this is part of the
real reason such a seemingly
good project like UMassfBoston
was started in the first place.
Maybe the true workings of this
school remain in its original
bowels, built into its very design
- and exemplified by its early
scandals. In a way, it seems that
UMassfBoston was constructed
to loose the State money, to
suck taxes like a sewer-hole,
thereby maintaining some
strange sort of balance in the
Commonwealth. This has been a
popular view of cynical insiders.
But this is only heresay. As
stated here before, no one of
any true knowledge will address
the real issues of UMassfBoston,
preferring instead to keep the
public in darkness, and cut off
from State aid as well as
But enough of this depressing
speculation, enough methane
gas, prison jokes, and Boston
snobbery. Enough dirt on
UMassfBoston. The school is
experiencing growing pains. It is
approaching the average age of
its undergraduate constituency,
coming of college age. It now
seems appropriate, as it
prepares for its future, that
UMassfBoston cleans up its act,
and keep its original purpose in
mind. To effect this change the
University of Massachusetts at
Boston must do some cutting of
its own. UMassfBoston should
remain a generic school, offering
namebrand learning affordable to
the poor, crippled, veteran,
minority, and any other that may
fit into the class of those who
don't fit into the private school
system. UMassfBoston should
only allow these folks admission.
After all, there will most likely
be enough poor to fill a meager
six buildings on an otherwise
barren Point for years to come.
Private school transfers should
not be allowed. UMB
requirements should demand
that the degree candidate be
low income, from a previously
uneducated family, and able to
learn - "Basic Studies" schools
should be established to help
potential UMassfBoston students
achieve the standard necessary
to enter the University.
UMassfBoston must do some
cutting of its own and sever
itself from its agressors,
from Boston and Dorchester,
from the other Universities.
Take a chainsaw to Columbia
Point, releasing The University to
float freely in the clearer water
of previously undetermined
intellectual seas. Take the
underpriviledged and teach them
previously denied yachting skills.
Subtract "Boston" from the
school name. Subtract private
school favoritism and bad press
and the quality of public higher
education could only rise.
Toss that strangely meaningful
"X" into the Harbor with all its
symbolic cutbacks and mergers.
Remove the "University of
Massachusetts" from the name
as well. Ask anyone where
UMass is and they tell you
"Amherst" And Amherst, the
so-called flagship of the State
universities, pretends to be a
private school, snubbing its
And if "UMass" belongs to
Amherst, the "X" to the
City!State, and the "Boston" to
Boston private universities, that
leaves just "The University" to
the poor and working class
student. And this is as it should
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l congratulate the CPCS graduates of 1984. l do this, not
only as Dean of the College, but as a citizen of the
Commonwealth. In the latter capacity I am especially
concerned about major social, economic, and educational
issues facing us. This concern is lessened somewhat, by
virtue of CPCS's graduating class. The graduates of this
College are adult learners who have been exposed to a
unique higher education. We hope we have provided our
graduates with important career skills necessary to survive
in our rapidly changing technological society. But just as
important, we also hope that your experience at CPCS has
shown you how to use your own strengths, experiences
and insights to help yourself, and those around you,
indeed, we hope that we have prepared you for public
and community service in the Commonwealth, and our
Dean of CPCS
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TE EXPANSIVE CPCS YEARS'
AND LOOKI G UP.
The College of Public and Community
Service, a unit of the University of
Massachusetts at Boston, opened its doors
in the fall of 1973 to students who wanted
to combine liberal arts and public service
career educations. Given its name and
mission to serve such students, CPCS has
emphasized public service in every aspect
of its program. The vital heart of CPCS
is its student population of 1100 urban
adults, with an average age of 35, who
represent the racial and ethnic diversity of
urban Boston. They range in age from the
twenties to over seventy. Most of the latter
are enrolled in the College's Gerontology
The Gerontology Program, in fact,
provides a good introduction to Public
Service at CPCS. It provides, on the one
hand, education to an underserved
population, in this case mostly older people
who have typically been away from formal
education for decades. Approximately
thirty students each SCmCStCr work to earn
a certificate which attests to their
competence as service providers with
elders. On the other hand, field research
activities in the program, done by students
and faculty together result in publications,
conferences, and consultations that have
had a major impact on services and social
policy in the state. Gerontology is one of
many public service programs and
activities at CPCS that will be examined
in the Boston area as an invaluable part
of our state of public higher education.
From its inception CPCS was set on a
public service course. In his February 5,
1971 charge to a planning committee,
UMB Chancellor Francis Broderick noted
that a logical next step for the University
would be "to found a college of public and
community service that combined service
that combined liberal arts and sciences
with professional training for careers."
Such a move "would enable the University
to contribute to the quality of public and
community service in the urban area." In
its service to urban adult students,
innovative curriculum, and central com-
mitment to urban public service, CPCS
would be different from other colleges in
the entire university.
An organizing faculty group honored
Broderick's vision. Students would be
prepared to identify pressing social issues
and to be advocates for people needing
human services. As an institution, the
college would engage in projects, pro-
grams, research and social policy analysis
which will provide training situations for
CPCS students, while simultaneously
assisting institutions to improve their
performance in public and community
service. Faculty would be encouraged to
do research on issues related to public and
CPCS enrolled its first students, 300
urban adults, in the fall of 1973. In 1975
Joseph Champagne, in a publication done
for the University of Houston, selected
CPCS out of 397 college and university
programs he studied as one of three
institutions to feature for its public service
record and potential. Champagne des-
cribed the CPCS curriculum briefly and
then said: "This program of public service
meets two goals: an academic degree
program and a direct community aligned
service education. While this approach to
public service differs from most traditional
approaches, it does provide great service
to the Boston community, has academic
respectability for those who look down on
public service, and is at the forefront of
needed educational innovation for a large
number of students who desire a degree,
but who want a practical and applied base
on which it is structured. This effort at
Boston bears watching for its potential for
much of urban higher education is far
Greetings to the Class of 1984 - College of Public and Community Service.
CPCS enrolled its first students in 1973. You are a member of the tenth graduating class of
the college. When we started CPCS we had many goals in mind - to create a community
in which learning was recognized whatever its source, to bring together faculty and students
representative of the economic, racial, and sexual diversity of Boston, to draw on faculty
members with practical skills and knowledge and who honored the practical skills of students,
and to create a community that would raise important community issues - even those that
had been carefully avoided through the career and voluntary activities of the students and
faculty making up the CPCS community.
In many ways the college has achieved these goals - or at least some of them. But it is also
clear that the task is never finished. We must continue to be vigilent in our efforts to mold
a truly representative and egalitarian community. We must constantly reaffirm our recognition
that learning takes place constantly and everywhere. But more importantly we must creatively
address the public and community issues that are so important for today and tomorrow. I
do not need to spell out these issues. We hear the lists - starting most often with the threat
of nuclear annihilation - because they are stated so often. What I do want to emphasize
is the necessity to address them creatively. And to do that we must do three things. We
must begin with a view of the future and not be oriented toward the past. We must expect,
and be able to recognize serendipity, and be able to take advantage of those unexpected
events when they occur. We need to be able to change directions without great difficulty.
And finally we need to take risks - personal risks as well as professional risks. Look toward
the future - be able to move in new directions - take risks. That is what makes us creative.
Be creative. Help move the goals and objectives of CPCS and this community forward. And
the very best to all of you in those endeavors.
john H. Strange
Founding Dean CPCS
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THE GERG TGLOGY
The Gerontology Association is the
student organization that provides a
climate for intergenerational under-
standing and recognition of the
Senior Community at the UMB
Downtown Center at CPCS. Mem-
bership is open to members of the
Gerontology Program and other
interested students. The Association
fosters knowledge and growth in the
field of aging through discussions of
pertinent issues and promotes invol-
vement of its members through
advocacy for elderly and other
During the year 1984, the Association
promoted attendance at many work-
shops and conferences and was
instrumental in assisting with the
Conference on Special Concerns on
Minority Elders. The annual Open
House was very informative and
well-attended this year. The final
get-together was a great success as
was the fund-raising event to benefit
a special award that will be presented
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Opera, jazz, radio shows, historic exhibitions,
distinguished lectures, cocktail parties,
portrait unveilings, Harbor Islands symposia,
lounge dedications, musicals, scholarship
presentations, barbecues, and fireworks all
celebrated UMB's twentieth.
Pictured are some of the more exciting
moments: left, the Yearbook advisor asserts
that there will be Wild Turkey for all, below,
the founding faculty tries to look pleased,
opposite, some former UMB Chancellors
looking like their portraits. A real thriller.
" stair, jghlgf mayorral
dates ilug ,ii out at
lfilesi debates before
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vfndl polls. lj -
UMB is no minor interest group,
every Mass. tax payer is affected by
it. Why, then, these politician's
seeming ambivalence? Try and ask
them some day.
At the press deadline three of-
ficials' offices replied no go.
A ten minute call from Dukakis was
scheduled for 8:50 am the follow-
ing morning. Equipped with the
latest high tech tools of the trade,
a 51.99 phone-mike was hooked
up. It was a sure bet the Statehouse
would secretly tape the interview
To start, Duke's Romantic notions
were called upon. What, Roman-
tically speaking, would he change
about UMB if money were no
object? His first thoughts about
change were not the addition of
athletics, books, or courses. His
vision? That UMB, an Institute of
Higher Ed for working class and
poor, was what UMB should be, he
would change nothing.
Asked how, from his legislative
view, he saw the University work,
Dukakis reported he was not close
enough to a university to really say.
When questioned about UMB's
image in Boston's largely private
university tradition of government,
the Governor confided that UMB
offered a "first rate" education.
More directly, could he discuss the
differences between a school
which lived through taxes and
those pumping billions into the
muddy Charles of higher educa-
tion? Governor's response: UMB is
a public school and the others
private: UMB students are mostly
over twenty five, from uneducated
families, and working while attend-
Throughout the interview, Gover-
nor Dukakis did not mention UMB
by name, preferring to call it "your
place," and school. The sole
specific UMB detail mentioned was
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WA VES TO
the CPCS Gerontology Program as
good in focusing on special urban
problems. Overall, his comments
were pro-UMB, though complex
as a common knowledge fact sheet
of the University.
But very few reading this will hear
the Duke's actual words. It is not
the equipment's fault - the 57.99
special mike has served well in the
past - and it must be made clear
that during the phone conversa-
tion there was no audible electron-
ic interference. Yet when the
interview was played back, record-
ed dialogue was 100070 Grade A
gobbledygook. Someone had
scrambled the frequency of outgo-
ing Statehouse calls, blurting out
most conversation with electronic
obscenities interspersed with WBZ
radio's morning sports, ads,
helicopter traffic, Dan Fogelburg
song, and trivia. What follows is a
verbatim transcript of the message
sent from the Governor's Office to
the Yearbook Office.
Governor's Office: Ssspphhsh.
the seventy two years hold?
Baddrrmmp the news to
keep his partnership . . . today has
been voted Nerrrmp. Hello?
Yearbook Office: Hello. G: Hi jeff,
How are you? Y: Good, how about
yourself? G: Brrroommmpp
Summer Savings Sale with the
number one discount in the
Northeast Ssshhpp your
choice just a dollar fortynine
mail in rebate. save on every
speaker in stock . . . inside the giant
summer savings circular .. ,
Addrrmshshpsh It's different from
UMass Amherst psss a first
class ed. pss . .. and yet gives
them first class University level
education. Y: Yes, that's where the
University started . . . their goal. G:
Well, I think they're a long way
toward achieving that goal.
psshpshhp you can't assume
that because you're not across the
river in Cambridge some kind
of second class status to the place
psshspshshpsh Y: I never
considered it as such that was
not the . . . G: selling . .. bzzsshpsh
...selling short. . .there's a terrific
faculty over there First class,
you know Increasingly I see a
greater and greater role of the
University in public policy The
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leader of the band. , . My brother's
eyes are different, oh they heard
another call". . . bssrrrmhonahp Y:
Considering that money was no
problem, would you have any
changes for UMass? G: "I thank
you for the freedom, and the time
when you don't talk l'm just a
living legacy . . . mpsst debris
spread across he's headed in
the wrong direction .. . go to the
extreme left downtown, not
too heavy to Charlestown
backed up . .. stop and go to
Washington Street. . . good as they
come towards Columbia road and
UMass . .. Y: we are different.
G: to look at yourself
bzzsrm designed to make you
cars and trucks perform and
why you're so important to us
Y: How much money does UMB
receive from the State? G: I wish
I had that figure . . . psshsshshsh . , .
with over 7005 in discounts . . .
serving you in Waltham, Natick,
Brockton, and Quincy . . , down to
the old short-hairs, . , .
bzzzrmmghphshp .. , you really
have your work cut out for you,
you who called . , . Are you ready
now to tie the score? . . . OK.
Where was the first Superbowl . . .
No, it was LA. in 7967, Here's your
final question, At what wharf was
the Boston Tea Party in December
of 7773. hHHrrmm G: Nice
chatting with you. Y: Thanks for
taking time out
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every momentg in every class, in every classroom, in each
assignment and everything learned. Pictured, 7984
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The Decision to go to College:
To get a degree
To broaden knowledge
To get a job
To learn more about self
The Decision to Attend UMB:
Relatives and friends at UMB
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4347.50 per credit for undergraduatesyf
apply to all students during the summer sessions.
Massachusetts. The state, for instance, has
eighth largest Irish-ancestry population in the
country, but the fifth largest Italian, fourth larg-
est Greek and second largest Armenian and Por-
' tuguese communities.
Despite the renowh of Massachusetts aca-
demic lnstltutlons, their slze ls not enough to
produce an enormous population bulge. Mass-
achusetts has an estimated 790,000 residents in
the 18-24 age group. according to 1981 Census
Bureau estimates, ranking the state llth in
that category. the same as the state's overall
But 418,000 Massachusetts residents are en-
rolled in institutions of higher education, the 7
eighth highest total in the country. And al-
though more than three-quarters of all college '
students nationally are ln publlc institutions. ' '
more than half in Massachusetts are in private A' U
schools. ln fact, nearly 10 percent of all the pri- '
vate college students in the country are in Mass-
and into the work force
Think of the American automobile, a one
time luxury now required by the masses.
Such was the route of electricity and
indoor plumbing. Education too fits into
this circuitry. ln 1984 more U.S. citizens
attended schools of higher education
than any year previous.
The UMB lot is parked full of cars as
different as their respective owners. And
it could get more crowded. UMB will
educate thousands of Americans in our
lifetime. Who will get in as admissions
must become selective?
Those who do well after graduation will
think well of UMass. It is these graduates
of the University who must be con-
cerned with our system of education.
Standards must be raised for admissions
and measures taken to prepare the next
wave of learning to meet this upgrade.
We must insure the space in education
for those who need, and continue it for
those who can.
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another batch of rent-a-cops, security guards. ln the
early days, there was even a question as to whether
or not they should carry guns. The presence of armed
forces on campus reminds some of Deer Island, but
the truth is that in 1984 we need the enforcers.
A full-time professional police operation works UMB
twenty four hours a day. The men and women of the
UMB units keep track of hallways, courtyards, and
underground passages. They guard the fort, if you like,
when the commuters go home to their lives away from
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Larceny Under Sl00. Bldg. 020. Staff member reported theft of wallet
from unlocked office.
Breaklng and Entering. Bldg. 010. Staff reported theft of film projec-
tor from locked area.
Disturbance. Science Bldg. Woman student reported assault by another
woman. Declined to press charges.
Lareeny Over SHJO. Science Bldg. Student reported theft of wallet
from unattended laboratory.
Arrest. A I6 year old Dorchester man was arrested on a warrant for
larceny over Sl00.
Lnreeny Under Sl00. Park Square. Staff member reported theft of her
wallet from unlocked office. Suspicious person seen in area prior to
Larceny Under 5100. Bldg. 0l0. Student reported theft of wallet from
gym bag left outside racquetball court.
Arrest. Bldg. 0l0. A 32 year old Boston man and 23 year old Revere
man were arrested for possession of controlled substances.
Vandalism. Harbor Campus. Information Booth on University Drive
vandalized and telephone stolen by unknown persontsl. A motor veht-
cle in the North Parking Lot was also vandaltzed
Breaking G Entering. Park Square Staff reported Breaking St Enter-
ing, forced entry into office Office equipment stolen.
Larceny Under SIOO. Healey Library Student reported pocketbook
stolen from circulation desk. Later recovered, minus wallet
Larceny Over Sl00. Clark Center. Two persons reported lockers
broken lt1lO, money 84 jewelry stolen.
Armed Robbery. Victim was assaulted and robbed by three men along
waterfront adjacent JFK Library and city pumphouse. Victim
transported to area hospital by ambulance Police were dispatched to
search surrounding area for suspects.
Attempted B A E of Motor Vehlele. Attempts were made to break into
two vehicles in the G-I and G-2 Garages.
Vandallsm. Bldg. OIO. A sink and partitions were torn off the wall of
the 3rd floor men's bathroom.
Larceny Under Sl00.00 Admin. Bldg. Staff member reported theft of
purse and keys from unattended pocketbook.
Larceny. UMass Police received five separate reports for thefts of
unattended pocketbooks and wallets. Two occurred tn the Science
Bldg., the others in Bldg 020, the Admin. Bldg. and the Clark Center.
Larceny Under Sl00.00. Clark Center. Two lockers in the men's pool
locker room were broken into, money and lD's stolen.
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WHAT ARE THE SCHGQL Cowles?
It isn't surprising that no one at UMB really knows what
the school colors are. The drastic results of Independent
Informal Surveys show 900fo ignorant of the officially
designated campus hues.
Think of all the day-go reds, yellows and greens in the
hallways and classrooms. The reddish brick outside and
cement block innards. Rumor has it that when the
Harbor Campus was completed there was no paint inside
at all. "Paint it," an authority shrieked. "I don't care what
you do but it has to have some painted surfaces." No
wonder no one knows the colors. Do we ever see a
school flag? Do sportcasters refer to our team by its
colors? Even the UMass clothing sold at the bookstore
comes in several different color combinations. I didn't
know what the supposed colors were either.
School colors signify a school identity, a sense of spirit
and unity and all that other stuff that seems to make
up the univeristy experience in America. UMB is
different from all that. The student body is so diverse
that it must have been difficult to narrow down the
rainbow of possibilities in choosing colors.
But we ended up with blue and white. Maybe that's the
color of ink and paper. Or sky and clouds - it doesn't
really matter. At one point UMB was idealized as a
"Harvard by the Sea." Indeed. Our institute of public
higher education was to make some kind of splash onto
the landlocked private schools of Boston. But, for various
reasons explored in this book, that splash has not yet
The colors of a splash - I guess it depends on how clean
the water is now doesn't it? We're talking Dorchester
Bay. Wet Suit mandatory for recreational swimming. The
colors coming from the water around our scenic locale
Nice colors, actually.
But so much for Harvard by the Sea. As one famous sailor
said, "I am what I am." And UMB does hold true to that
certain sense of individuality. The school colors, then,
are more an Irish green than ivy, we're certainly more
a blood red than crimson. And so the school colors of
all UMass graduates will be reflections of their lives at
For some it will be the red lights warning planes of low
entry into Logan, others will recall a harbor sunset, or
the JFK library from the tenth floor of our library. And,
for some, the school colors might even be remembered
as blue and white.
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at structures once lived in or frequented by our late President Kennedy.
At UMB we live close to the Kennedy legacy of intelligent thoughts and actions.
We also happen to be neighbors of the definitive Kennedy monument to these ideals.
As anyone who has sat in the Healey Memorial Library watching a sun set knows,
the JFK Library on Columbia Point is a spectacular reminder of an ugly incident twenty
Twenty has special significance to UMB as the number of our existence in time. lt
roots us back to the days of civil rights awareness and campus protest across the
nation. It was a time of war in little known places, and of violence at home. A violence
most horribly symbolized by the assassination of an outstanding leader, John F.
The JFK Library stands just out of shouting distance from UMB. Its severely modern
design has drawn critical acclaim and daily visitors. Too bad such land marks are only
erected for the dead and missed.
Equally sorry is the presence of UMB a little further inland from the JFK structure.
Both complexes represent possibilities in late twentieth century architecture, both
were constructed in the last ten years. But that is as far as any similarities may go.
At many universities in this country, a presidential library is incorporated into the
campus complex. JFK and UMB have been separated from the start. And it seems
strange that these newest peaks on the Boston intellectual landscape are near only
geographically. With JFK and UMB combined, the school colors could have been
red, white, and blue.
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The blue and white of the University of
Massachusetts at Boston separate us from
other schools just as our location sets us
apart from Boston. They're nice, innocent
colors, meaning many things to different
Whatever you see them as, UMB does not
seem to shout out its official colors. Maybe
it's the neutral tones. For some it's the shade
of a cheap education. But most likely the
colors are typical of any institution any-
where. And it doesn't matter now anyway.
UMB is already on our permanent records.
Each one of us has done our time here. We
graduate. We leave. And the question
becomes, What Are My Own Colors?
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FT0nLnChrisnCliffcrd Director of Student .... D016 ...... OctQbQrUZ4mi983nHnU
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Subject ...... C afeteria..Was.tes.,..kay.s.....?ilate.S...etQ.....
Please be advised that the slovenly practice of dumping food wastes and
meal accouterments in the hallway or stairwells is totally unacceptable.
As you are personally aware there is a significant lack of space in the
University. Club rooms, already in short supply, are in jeopardy unless
they are used wisely. This means keeping rooms and adjacent areas in a
reasonably clear condition Ci.e. trays and garbage piled outside a
room or cleverly concealed a few steps down a hallway do not constitute
clear conditions .D
Additionally the wonderful "night cleaners" have taken to dumping all
manner of disgusting food wastes, collected on the Nth floor, in the
Student Activities Office. Please be assured that the sight of half
eaten swill, dirty dishes and assortedgpukey green'or fluorescent orange
trays turns even the strongest stomach at 8:00 AM. Therefore, in order
to avoid unsettled constitutions in the Student Activities Office and to
prevent loss of Club rooms or the spread of Bubonic Plague, you are
strongly urged to return used eating utensils and unfinished swill to
the point of origin in the OlO cafeteria.
Failure to comply with this fairly simply request could result in Club
rooms being turned over to a supposedly more civilized group, Ci.e. Academic
Departments J .
So please get it together and HELP KEEP CLUB SPACE FOR CLUBS, return your
food related items to the cafeteria.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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From his control booth on the
fourth floor of Building One, Mr.
Clifford mans the administrative
machinery that watches over the
clubs, pub, publications, and other
soap operas of student activities.
Always there in the midst of
controversy, Mr. Clifford has
learned to deal with the media. In
this the year of increasing techno-
phobia, he has received much flak
from various space shots on a
future student game room.
A true blue grad of UMB, now
white collar director of SAC, Chris
Clifford radiates our school colors.
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1983g Chris and Jeremiah, 1984.
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AT THE PUB.
Inside the plant, it looks like any other green world.
is a different matter entirely.
But what grows there . . .
Still new members await initiation
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institutions, to dumping on each other, the S.O.D.S. are truly
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In 1984, America strode towards a healthy existence.
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It was the 19th annual Codfish Bowl,
Friday, December 30, 1983. A capacity
crowd jammed the Clark Center Rink,
fired up for the holidays. lt was the last
game of the tournament with the
hosting Beacons taking on top rated
The UMB icemen glided easily to a
surprising 6-1 lead early on. But Babson
battled back, finally evening the score in
the third period. Through one overtime
the Codfish trophy remained elusive,
still on the ice. And then, at 2 minutes
and 12 seconds into the second
overtime, the Beacons hooked that
sudden death goal, granting them their
biggest catch of the season, 7-6.
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For the second year in a row, the UMB
Men's Basketball team qualified for
post season play, this year in the
E.A.A.C. New England Divisional Tour-
Posting an overall regular season
record of 16-9, the Beacons barely
missed an N.C.A.A. berth, an honor
they achieved in 1982-83. After being
seeded in the seventh position in the
eight team field for the E.C.A.C.'s, the
Beacons travelled to Colby College to
meet the number two seed, and came
away with a stunning 80-71 victory.
In addition to the tournament play,
Head Coach and Athletic Director
Charlie Titus saw his team capture the
Plymouth State Invitational Tour-
namentg the team also did well in
holding on to the home court by
winning the Harbor Invitational Tour-
nament for the second year in a row.
The team closed out the season with
a mark of 17-10.
The 1983-84 edition of the UMB
Soccer team, under Head Coach
Fon Cervasio, posted a record of
seven wins, six losses and three
The season opened with a pair of
ties against teams Roger Williams
and Rhode Island College, who
went on to outstanding seasons.
The Beacons won their first of the
year, a 3-2 victory against Eastern
Nazarene. The team went into a bit
of a tailspin, dropping three in a
row to Hawthorne College, Divi-
sion 111 power Plymouth State,
and Division 11 Lowell University.
The Beacon booters then put
together back to back wins against
Fitchburg State and a powerful
Salem State team.
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just missing out on a post season
tournament bid. Under first year head
coach William Moran, the Lady Beacons
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experience, but finished strong winning
their final four in a row to move into
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through the course of the campaign,
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College, a team that went to the NCAA
Nationals. ln the consolation game of the
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Division 11 Staten Island 74-65 to capture
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FIT FOR LIFE
Former National Vile Champion,
All-American in 7500 and 300
meters, Olympic Trialist, Billy'
Squires is an athlete of certain
success. He still races on occasion
- to proye he still can. But beyond
his triumphs as a runner, Squires
has expanded on his natural ability
to coy er related ground as a coach,
professor, and author.
Squires has held a teaching posi-
tion since 7958, currently as
Assistant Professor of Health
Sciences at L HB. As a coach, his
name is known as trainer of famous
men and women marathon win-
ners. let Squires does not coyer
the y-.ails of his L WB cubicle with
his famous runnersg one gets the
impression that he would coach
any talented runner with the same
enthusiasm for hard work and
excellence - if that runner
matches up to Squires' standards.
Undeniably, his coaching success
has cleared the path for Squires in
other ventures. But it is his ability
to keep moving that ultimately
determines further achievements.
Author of three books, T. V.
commentator for NBC and the
BBC, medical panelist, endorser of
watches and clothes, and
developer of the soon-to-be
released computer game "Chal-
lenge Marathon," Squires works
with a distance runner's persever-
ance in his life as well as sport.
Billy Squires hurries into his office
with a slightly awkward air of being
cramped and forced to move
slowly in the small space. From the
Olympic pin in a tweed lapel to the
tanned features and expensive
toupee, everything about Squires
maintains his attitude of being
young at heart. He is confident. He
is in shape. As his legs cross, a light
wool pant leg lifts, revealing a
sinewy runner's calf beneath his
Yearbook: How do you see athle-
tics fit into a definition of a
Squires: I think a well rounded
person is a person who can listen
to the youth. But he has to be
himself, he has to be a bit young
at heart race with the kids.
lcont. pg. 73 1i
Yearbook: Does education fit into
Squires: My syllabus has been
made up by my students. I have a
checklist that they fill out. And
they have to add something that's
not there at the end of the course.
For three points l'll get an answer
on the final exam. And it works.
They want to know about this and
that, and the other thing. They
don't worry about cholesterol,
they don't worry about smoking,
they want to know about social
diseases. They want to know what
does happen with abortion, and
they wonder psychological
breakdowns and problems.
Yearbook: What about the new
fitness in the eighties?
Squires: The social element is to go
to the health club. That's where
you go meet the gal ...you know,
not just the tavern like before. And
they'll meet the gal that's probably
more wholesome, and she'll meet
the same type of guy. And they do
care more about themselves. So
what we have is people that are
into swimming, running, biking,
and pumping iron. A lot of people
are going at it - because of their
youth - very, very quickly.
They're pushing too quick. lt
wouldn't happen with the person
thirty or forty because they're at an
age when they are going to go
slower. But when you have a
person who's twenty five she sets
up a goal. And they'll go above
them. Because if they go to the
gym, or they go to the health club
they drop a buck down. And
they've got to drop time down.
They're going and they're going to
get their utmost out of it .... They
see joe down the street, or Susie
up the block and say, 'if they can
do it I can.' We've found in
running that a majority of the
people - the women, vanity sake
what it is - run because they
know they can drop weight
through running. Then they keep
it off when they get on a diet. This
has been proven because it hurts
so much to get in shape that you
want to use only the food that's
going to help you.
Yearbook: ls the running boom still
There 's no
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word can t.
Squires: Oh yes. There's more
races, and more people running. It
has gone to a point where we are
picking up women that are compe-
tetive. Not highly competitive, but
where they will go out and race.
Before they'd jog around the
block. But now the 10k and 5k
have cropped up At one time
I'd find 950f'o men to 520 women.
Now l'm finding 2590 women
competetive Biking never
caught on. That's because of the
cost of the bike. And you don't
drop the weight. Swimming will
never catch on lt's a little
boring. You have to put a lot of
time into it to burn off the energy.
But it is safe. There's no pounding.
You've got to do a lot of it to get
the fitness I could haye a
person go two miles on a run and
they'd have to go a thousand yards
swimming, or have to bicycle at
least twenty five miles. You know,
that's time. Where you can coyer
two miles in probably twenty fiye
minutes You start burning.
cardiovascular, at about twenty fiye
Yearbook: After you stop running
or exercising, how long will it take
to get back into it?
Squires: If you were a good athlete,
a high caliber one, it would take a
good month . . . That month you'd
be just like the noyice, getting
muscles ready to train. But the
thing is the acutal noyice yyill take
a few months because he won't
know that the little hurts are part
of it and take it slower
Yearbook: You'ye been on both
coasts is there a difference in
attitudes towards education and
Squires: Athletically we're just
asleep. We just don't belieye in
ourselves. On the NX est Coast more
parents are inyolyed with their kids
because they're worried the kids
will be out there playing with
something else... ln my dictionary
there's no word canlt. lf you try
you don't fail even though you
don't have success. That's the thing
about Boston State l liked most.
They were renegades from their
parents, and they were losers until
they saw how far they could really
go. They didn't worry about
mommy, daddy putting in four fiye
thousand. They put in four fiye
hundred. And it was theirs, to lose.
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what're you going into?
I.B.M., M.l.T., RKO, N.E. Bell, and others faced off with
UMB students one fine spring day on the Clark Center
Rink. Representatives of these major companies and
corporations offered brochures, handshakes, and good
wishes. What else could a graduating senior want?
However, no jobs were being offered at career day. And
half the committed company tables were unattended
much of the day. To say the least, senior enthusiasm was
limited. Why doesn't UMB treat Career Day as a real
event, one where prospective employers hungrily seek
out qualified graduates? Why won't the University think
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Worked while a Student 92.396
Iull-time 21 796
Average Yearly Income:
Less than 35,000 47.396
35,000 - 310,000 30.496
310,000 - 315,000 5.396
315,000 - 520,000 4.396
over 320,000 11.196
POST GRADUATION PLANS
look for a full-time job 41.196 S U R E Y
look for a part-time job 2.-L96
attend graduate school full-time 5.896
attend graduate school part-time 30.996
A. Have Full-Time Job Waiting After Graduation
B. Have Written a Resume
In the process 20.896
C. Optimistic About Occupational Future
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portrait sessions. In an attempt to capture
at least the memory of a face, the 1984
Yearbook presents these alternative UMB
senior photos. It just goes to show you the
majority of UMB students can not be
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This American Dream sculpture proved so
successful at the UMB student show that it was
carted off to the Boston Common for general
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remained open as art space. The whole artsy
dilemma proved that if UMB students motivate
around an issue, their signature can influence
some University decisions. However, in a final
measure against Art at UMB, steps were taken -
without controversy - to abolish the semesterly
literary magazine "Wavelength"
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made of - being, or at least looking
like a syntho-star.
In any fashion styles change con-
stantly. For a New Romantic, this
transcience is "it" more than any
catalogue of what was worn where
this week. fBlack and red are always
big, Captain's hats were in one week
at New York City's Danceteria,
dresses are more vogue than thrift
shop New Wavej. Really New Ro
people are modern clothes horses.
Before an evening out, a trip to the
closet determines what's coolest on
that particular night. Grooming is
important, to say the least. Those hair
doos that wave out like sea gull
wings take some doing. Before
heading out the New Romantic
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millions of other American's in their
evening rituals. Some things never
change. In New Ro style, it's the
details that don't change that bother
America. A unisex theme gives New
Ro-mericans a risky public image
In this country we can wear what we
want to. But if you dress for life like
a costume party you know that what
you wear determines where you are
accepted. With a New Ro look, the
employment picture is clear. To
incorporate this look into lifestyle,
most New Ro-mericans work at art
cinemas, record stores, or New Wave
shops. Many are students, and UMB
has its share of New Romantic
enthusiasts. But to make any sta-
tement about the people who
consider themselves New Romantic
would be fatuous. People define the
trend, and in such a course of
individual obsession a general sta-
tement about the type of people
involved is impossible. As one British
New Romantic noted, however, "We
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New Ro. A quirky sounding word
that ties into the syntho nature of
this music's instrumentation. Like
high tech for high technology, New
Ro is a word synthesis. Synthesizer is
key. Though popular for years in
rock and disco, synthesizers mark
New Ro as the first really high tech
popular music. In the eighties high
tech has become a buzzword for
President Reagan and a source of
power and revenue in Massachu-
setts. UMB is now considering a
computer core requirement. This
important aspect of modern America
is bound to have cropped up in a
cultural reflection. Pronounce New
Ro as a shortening of New Romantic
- just stop before the "mantic." In
this way, the syntho-sound of New
Ro corresponds to a technologically
Now make the stresses of New Ro
more syllabic or balanced, resulting
in an abbreviation of "New Eur-
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bines the high tech outlook with the
latest Euro fashions. It can also be
understood as a shortened form of
Neurotic. Some certainly see this
off-beat trend as neurotic, though
perhaps New Ro is really as am-
biguous as the term neurotic is to a
shrink. In the eighties we are all
somewhat New Ro.
From ABC's "Lexicon of Love," to
Soft Cell's "The Art of Falling Apart,"
New Romantics covers love and
death in true Romantic fashion. Early
19th century Romantics Keats, Shel-
ley, and Byron composed emotional
poems concerned with solitude, self,
and hearts. Inspiration was the soul's
ache and joy. Romantic poetry
makes no explicit social commentary,
it is introspective, understood as an
inward turn from a rapidly mechaniz-
ing world. Romantic odes and
sonnets can be heard today as dance
music of a distant era.
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comparison. They too leave unans-
wered their day's questions, such
matters as capitalism vs. communism,
and the automated expanding
universe. But the irony in comparing
New Ro and Old Ro lies in the New's
use of machines to telegraph human
emotions. ln 1984, New Romantics
represent man's acceptance of a
mechanized world - even as he
retains an introspective nature.
One thing about this music, it does
not cause any riots or scenes. It is
passive. lt is tranquil and private in
its cries of "Who's That Girl?" and "Is
There Something I Should Know?
New Romantics maintains the Euro
scene of see and be seen: we are all
in the cafe of life, mingling, slightly
annoyed. New Ro does not inspire
Almost no one is threatened by its
quirky beat. With soothing high tech
syntho-sounds and eye catching Euro
fashions, New Ro seems to skirt most
controversy. lt's safe, pop.
Still, the Anti-New Ro-mericans
consider the genderless society as
something of a deviant chameleon.
Again, people have a hard time with
the visual aspects of New Roman-
ticism. Yet this image intrigues
America as well.
In these times of legislative equal
rights, gender remains a confused
issue. The most apparent evidence of
this is revealed by everyday dialogue.
For instance, there is no basic means
to express no specific gender - how
to refer to the average person on the
street. Maybe New Ro plays on this
shortcoming, showing the neutered
look to be somewhat enlightened.
But it is more than likely something
less than a miracle.
Looks aren't everything in 1984. And
conventional society's men and
women in blue blazers and khaki
could surely be seen as genderless to
an objective Martian. It is possible,
even probable that the entire New
Romantic look is bogus, designed to
sell the music by attracting American
attention on MTV. As the Boy said
at the 1984 Grammy Awards - from
London - "Thanks America. You've
got taste, you've got style, and you
know a good drag queen when you
For now, the U.S.A. buys New Ro
records, keeping distant from buying
all involved in a New Ro way. As the
eighties wear on, American fashions
and life styles become more conser-
vative. People look at New Roman-
tics with a definite fascination, yet
watch it change into the next wave.
Someday Boy George and the like
will seem as humorous and outdated
to the next generation as Flash
Gordon appeared to ours. But you
know that someday, somewhere,
New Ro will be playing on some
oldies station. You'll remember the
song and the look of 1984 as
someone's kid asks you what it's all
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on the same
David Letterman was in awe, shell
shocked, beyond even the catch
phrase "Hard to believe" which he
throws out to his nightly audience
of college students and insomniacs.
"Well, Dave," Yearbook asked,
"How was it?" Letterman excused
himself for seeming a little off:
"Dylan wanted to meet Liberace.
Liberace was preparing something,
cooking you'll have to see for
In an attempt to examine a
Yearbook from as many different
points of view as possible, UMB
1984 sought a celebrity capable of
standing up to the idiocy involved
in discussing the year's - and the
American years of all time - pop
David Letterman, pop culture
celebrity, seemed just such a
choice. Even his name has that
All-American kind of ring to it.
Would you ever think that David
Letterman never attended college?
David Letterman hosts a talk show
that airs late at night. In fact, it's
called "Late Night With " you
know who. With all this rather
obvious information to go on the
Yearbook arranged to interview
this guy with the nice-guy image
and a college kind of name to ask
him about his own university
experiences and his own yearbook.
As it turned out, Letterman did
attend college. He reported this
and the conversation came to an
uncontestable brink of expecta-
tion. "Well, Dave," the Yearbook
asked, "Which college did you
"I attended Ball State," Letterman
said. His voice had that same
bemused quality over the tele-
phone receiver it does over the
television speaker. His face and tie
Someone in the Yearbook office
was screaming to ask the Star about
Liberace and toast on a stick.
Letterman was not asked.
"Oh yes, Dave," the Yearbook
remarked, "that reminds me. Do
you know what our school colors
"I have no idea," Letterman said.
"Auburn and Kelley Green."
After telling David Letterman that
UMB's colors were not Auburn's
or Bowling Green's, we moved on
to the socially relevant segment of
our discussion. The Yearbook
asked. "Is your Yearbook impor-
tant to you?"
Without a second thought the
celebrity replied, "A yearbook is
something, but nothing much. l'm
not really all that sure what my
yearbook means to me I don't
even know where it is right now.
It's not on my shelf "
"You did get a Yearbook though,
"This is the most unusual line of
questioning yeah, I paged
through it to see my picture.
Everything looked OK, so it was
Generally speaking, David Letter-
man did not want to talk about his
college days at all. Further ques-
tions revealed that David lived in
a dorm, moved to a frat house, and
was a little scared by his overall
college experience. His was, to
speak here obviously, not exactly
the UMB experience.
To close, the Yearbook asked
Letterman if he found anything
else striking about his college days.
"Nope. College was fine."
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to teach you about
james Baldwin, distinguished
novelist and essayist, began his talk
with the question: What is a
University? "A university exists to
teach you about the universe, and
lto teach youj to ask questions and
to question all the answers." A true
university, Baldwin continued,
develops something no church or
state wants to see: an independent
mind. Church and state are inter-
ested "not in how you live, but
that you feel guilty about it. This
makes good soldiers and good
Baldwin's remarks also focused on
the betrayal of today's young
people by their elders. Baldwin
said that apathy is not the problem
among young people today - he's
been receiving "real questions
about real problems." Rather, the
problem lies in the morality
inherent in a consumer society.
The ideals young people en-
counter at the university collide
horribly with the commercial
values they observe in society at
large. "From Hollywood to New
York" Baldwin said, "no other
country rewards mediocrity so
extravagantly." This discrepancy in
outlook, Baldwin maintained, has
its roots in the double standard
preached by America's founding
fathers - one for white European
settlers, another for black slaves.
According to Baldwin, this country
was not established by freedom-
loving heroes. For proof he cited
the fact that the Declaration of
Independence carefully neglects
to prohibit slavery. This ingrained
injustice -- directed primarily
toward the black population -
"corrupts our institutions to this
The black man's unrecognized
heritage in Africa and America,
Baldwin contended, poses a special
problem, for the black is "despised
by history. He comes from chaos
into chaos, free to forge a new
identity, but lost in lies about
American history, Baldwin ex-
plained, refuses to acknowledge its
failures and to fill in important
omissions, thus perpetuating a
myth of equality.
To spring this trap, Baldwin said,
every community leader has to ask
how we as a people have arrived
at this place in our history.
"Ignorance rules in this country as
never before," he stated, and the
danger in which a black man once
walked now threatens us all.
Baldwin also commented that
people are evil out of panic, or
laziness, but added, "We can be
better than we are."
Casting his thoughts on interna-
tional issues, Baldwin said that the
power of the Western world to
control other minds has dimin-
ished considerably in recent years.
The West - most stubbornly the
United States - refuses to recog-
nize this fact, according to Bald-
win, and no amount of arms and
propaganda will be able to sustain
such unfounded power. Western
governments, he said, are "more
likely to blow up the globe before
they will share it."
"From Hollywood to
New York, no other
mediocrity so ex-
Baldwin also observed the West's
resistance to change - a potential-
ly fatal characteristic -- in a
humerous light. "They used to say
that the sun never set on the
British Empire, now one can't find
it," he joked.
Following his formal remarks,
Baldwin opened the forum to
accept questions from his
audience. How could Baldwin
profess love for America, one
student asked, when his remarks
painted an America that was
decidedly unlovable? "Because of
its possibilities and my voyages,"
Baldwin answered. One woman
asked how an average person
could effect change in today's
world. Having stated at the outset
that he had no solutions for the
world's ills, Baldwin offered that
one should simply confront injus-
tice and not give up. He also
advised patience and a realistic
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getting used to traipsing on the mouldy, mushy trails.
I get discouraged about finding only one leaf
specimen right off the bat. I get lost briefly, but find
the trail again. No snakes seen. The mass of
vegetation is awesome - plants climb and crawl all
over each other. It has rained all day, and the
humidity clouds up the binoculars.
A few times today I have tried to picture what I look
like from above - from the point of view of a snake
in the tangled branches
overhead. As I walk the
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in the jungle. I 've come to realize that they'll slither
away as fast as they possibly can in order to avoid
human contact. That's fine with me: no snake and
I called Boston. David answered the phone in the
lab at UMass. Granted, I've grown fond of the lad,
but never so fond as when he answered the phone
and I had the sounds of home in my ears. As much
as this place intrigues me, I can't help feeling
homesick. I will, how-
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along the jungle trails - 'ia 'il ' 'V ' span of about seven
weaving, slipping, and T, li inches. If you blow on its
getting its gills stuck in a ' brown furry wings the
I2f18!83: Things are
looking up. I arrived with
a list of twelve trees to
collect from and no idea
at all of what they looked
like. I am developing
"search images" of them,
and this morning a few
of the species are recog-
nizable among the
hundreds that line the
Tonight I caught sight of
the nearly full moon
rising before dark.
There's a moment after
which it truly becomes
night, the nocturnal
creatures begin their
chorus - so many exotic sounds blending into a
single noise. Delightful.
I2f23f'83: When I awoke today, more rain. Enough
rain, already! For five days now I've been slogging
out into the jungle, getting wet, tagging trees,
reading a compass, losing and finding trails, batting
bugs and developing snake phobias. Every vine
brushing against my body seems to be a poisonous
snake, poised and ready to strike at the least
provocation. But I am slowly getting over my fear.
I've seen a couple of them along the walk from the
lab to the station, and I almost pissed on a tree viper
l h fur ripples but the bug
'E doesn't even move. In
my room, I've seen only
crippled insects. I tried
to rescue a green,
whose legs were all tan-
gled up in spider webby
stuff. The creature was
near death when I tried
ever so gently to pull the
sticky web stuff from its
delicate tarsi without
pulling off the tarsi
12f24f83: I went to Mary
Lou's home for Christmas
Eve. There were zillions
of people there: sisters,
L brothers, in-laws, nieces,
nephews and friends. I
felt strange at first, speaking no Spanish and Mary
Lou with only a bit more English, but her mother
hugged me, and we certainly did smile a lot.
The house: the front was a one room store with a
Christmas tree in the corner. Behind that was a large
kitchen with two bedrooms off of it: a small one with
a big bed and a big one with four single beds. Out
the back door was a roofed over area with a
woodburning stove and an outdoor shower. There
was also a back yard with a small garden and an
outhouse. Inside the kitchen was a well-water
supplied sink, a gas stove and refrigerator, a table
in the middle of the concrete floor, a couch at one
end of the room and an easy chair at the opposite
end. The roof was corrogated aluminum. There was
a hutch which held, among other things, a TV set.
Overhead was a single, dim bulb. Chickens
wandered in and out through the back door. The
aroma was one of the best things: a combination of
earth and smoke.
For a while, I just sat eating tamales at the kitchen
table, but when we broke into the bottle of rum I
had brought things began to get lively. Pretty soon
I was dancing with Mary Lou's brothers, then her
mother, and then the children. After about an hour
of this fun some of us walked to a cantina in the
town to dance and celebrate Feliz Navidad. All night
we danced and drank. Even the waiter danced with
me. Walking back home, I saw a sky filled with a
googol of stars, the air was so warm and moist that
it felt slippery.
1!3f84: Tonight, I've been hanging around with
someone from the station, we were looking for
insects, traipsing around in the wet grass, playing
ping pong, and just doing a lot of talking. I realize
how much I miss close companionship: a hug and
a comforting voice telling me that it's OK that I'm
still learning to become a biologist, that it's OK that
I don't know as much as the people here with ten
years experience. I also realize how far it is that I
have to go to know enough -- even enough to be
able to answer only half of the questions I have. I
am irreversibly in love with pollination ecology, and
I want to know it all: about plants, their world, their
strategies for survival. I need to know all of these
1!4!84: Today was a typical day at Finca La Selva.
First, there is the early breakfast at six AM so we
can get out on the trails before the heat. For me,
missing lunch is more convenient than rushing back
for a meal. Doing that would reduce collection time,
so the cook packs me a lunch. On the trails I just
keep walking for hours. There is no place to sit
down. After six or so hours I head back to the lab
to process samples and complete my notebook
entries. Dinner is at six and, as usual, people are
prompt. The dining arrangements are strictly
Darwinian: survival of the first to reach the tables and
swiftest with the serving spoons.
The life at La Selva is comfortable: warm showers,
flush toilets, an air conditioned lab, a washer and,
more importantly, a dryer. Clothes would probably
never dry in this climate without one. At night the
path between the station and the lab is pitch black.
I am equipped with a muy powerful flashlight, and
glad of it because most of the poisonous snakes are
If6f84: The station directors have returned from
their holiday, so at last they have assigned me a field
assistant. l am now looking for ten entirely new
species, so I am very grateful to have Gerrardo's
help. Today, a downpour all morning prevented any
outside work, but just before noon the rain let up
and Cierrardo and I set out. The language barrier was
frustrating, though. Despite the director's instruc-
tions in Spanish, nothing was accomplished. Once
we were on our own, the communication gap
1f7f84: We went out again, but this time armed with
dictionaries: Ingles-Espanol. As we walked along the
trails collecting, we'd surrepticiously consult our
books, sometimes looking up to find the other
hastily turning pages, searching for a word. What a
wonderful feeling when two people can make
Collecting with Gerrardo more than made up for my
solitary time. We would charge through the
underbrush, trying to catch a leaf before it became
lost on the ground, shrieking, "I got it, I got it!"
Sometimes we would have to use a slingshot to bring
a leaf down, and laugh when it seemed impossible.
After working with Gerrardo it was impossible not
to grown fond of him. He was so earnest, wanting
to do so many things. He was learning English and
studying at home for his high school diploma. From
the aroma of smoke and soap trailing behind him
I could picture his family, his house, and how they
live. He is determined, and I know he will succeed.
'If9f84: The day before I must leave and the sun
comes out. No more rainy season. Already I feel
nostalgia. The rain forest does something to those
who visit. The forest, itself an endangered species,
offers a glimpse into the way life was on earth before
any other climate existed. To walk through the rain
forest is to walk through a timeless place.
VIV84: After the warmth of the jungle, I was totally
unprepared for the cold and snow at Logan. I was
wearing tropical garb and I nearly froze getting to
my brother's car. Indeed, the welcoming party at the
airport was warm and gratifying, but I would rather
have turned around and headed back for Central
"A campus only
could love. "
translated into actual places: real classrooms with
a route in between. What kind of university, I
wondered, can't be bothered to even name their
buildings? What kind of university, I muttered,
isolates itself out on a peninsula, away from the
Since then, though, I have actually grown fond of
the Harbor Campus buildings, but it's hard to sort
out whether this isn't because l've grown fond of
the University itself. The buildings haven't
changed much, but my point of view has become
nostalgic as the end of my time here approaches.
There is a cliche about ugly people having "faces
only a mother could love." The architecture of the
Harbor Campus is beloved, perhaps, in the same
wayg this is a campus only a daughter could love.
The most striking feature of the campus is its site.
We are surrounded on three sides by water. We
are an urban university on a campus which is
almost entirely isolated from the rest of the city.
Our neighbors are a nearly empty housing project,
a sewage treatment plant, a boy's high school, and
a library of more interest to the occasional hapless
tourist than to the populace of the city. There are
no cozy student bars, no handy coffee shops, no
bookstores and boutiques catering to the student
population. There is no neighborhood associated
with UMass. Virtually nothing exists which would
distract us from the serious business of being
We do have, though, some spectacular views and
brisk ocean breezes. I'm trying to look for the
advantages of the site. Most of the students at
UMass lead full, complicated lives. They must try
to balance jobs, families, and the demands of urban
life along with their education. The isolation of the
campus- the simplicity imposed by this isolation-
may be soothing to an otherwise harried student
body. We all know where the city is, just look out
of any north-facing window to find it. And we all
know how to get there, so why feel that it's
necessary to have the city surrounding the school?
We can turn our isolation into an opportunity to
find blessed solitude- monkish solitude, even.
In an effort to better appreciate UMass's modern
buildings I led an architect friend of mine around
the Harbor Campus one day. She was able to
explain why certain things were done as they were,
and she actually liked a lot of what she saw. She
was also able to at least explain the theories behind
the things that she didn't like that well. First of all,
she pointed out that there was an overall plan to
the campus- to the way traffic moves into, out
of and through it. The basic idea was to separate
traffic into different levels. The planners wanted
to totally isolate vehicle traffic from pedestrian
traffic. This explains why there is only one road
into the campus and only one drop-off and
pick-up point for pedestrians. Cars were con-
sidered to be nuisances, destined to be replaced
by mass transit. In the Sixties, the decade which
most influenced the planning of the campus,
planners were known to design features which
made it inconvenient to arrive at a place by private
car. It's hard to say whether the UMass planners
were consciously striving for in convenience,
but they certainly achieved it by not including
sufficient parking for the growing University. In
their plan, the cars were to be tucked away, out
of sight in the underground garage, so the harbor
vistas would not be disrupted by ugly parking lots.
There are two distinct levels of pedestrian traffic,
the ground level is intended to carry most of the
flow, with the catwalk serving as a secondary level.
Finally, when the catwalk was completed in late
1983, this plan was realized. Beyond being a
weather-proof route between buildings, the
catwalk serves visual purposes. It literally ties
together the various buildings, making them seem
to be parts of a whole rather than independent
monuments which are only incidentally connect-
ed. It also provides interesting viewsg people like
to look at other people. Those on the ground get
to see those on the catwalk, and those in the
catwalk get to watch those on the ground from
a novel angle.
In practical terms, the catwalk means that a person
can attend UMass for years without ever touching
earth. It's true that those who arrive on campus
by transit have to walk a few steps across the
busway, but there's a roof overhead, so they're not
suffering that much. During bad weather the
ground level outside is virtually deserted. On one
particularly bad day l watched a lone soul fighting
the wind on his way to Building One and
wondered what had possessed him to go out into
the elements. The catwalk has made weather
One of my friend's favorite spots was the Science
Building lobby. She liked the open feeling
achieved by the clear, four-story sweep combined
with the skylight. She also liked the outside of the
building because of the greenhouse and the
interesting little bundles of chimneys along the
top. Anything that breaks up the flatness and
regularity of the building should be appreciated.
l showed her different classrooms and got various
reactions. Like most of us, she didn't like the
windowless rooms. There should at least be
windows in the doors. She noted that the lab
classrooms in the Science Building had skinny,
vertical windows built into the doors and
wondered why that hadn't been carried through
to other buildings. Windows in the doors, even
skinny little ones, allow people to look at each
other. It seems trivial and obvious, but people are
reassured by knowing what's going on behind a
door, they like glimpsing the activity on the other
side. This "voyeur" principle was used for the
ground level classrooms in Building Two, which
have windows facing into the courtyard. The
windows are enjoyed more by those passing by,
looking in, than they are by those inside. Once
again, it's a matter of people liking to look at other
l was puzzled by certain features of Building Two
that she was able to explain. For instance, l had
wondered about the ceilings, why had the pipes
been left exposed and painted different colors?
Evidently this was done to create a feeling of
height without having to make the floors any taller.
A person is aware of the higher ceiling without
really consciously noticing what it looks like. Even
though the eye isn't supposed to stray above the
change from the white walls to the colored ceiling,
there is awareness of the air space overhead. The
pipes are left exposed for other reasons. lf
someone does happen to look up, the pipes are
more interesting than a blank, false ceiling. Also,
if something on the ceiling should need repair, it's
easier to reach. Finally, and this is part of the Sixties
design mentality, the practical nature of pipes and
ventilation ducts was not considered reason to
hide them behind a false, cosmetic front. lt's an
architectural way of "letting it all hang out."
Another thing I was curious about was the use of
bright, primary colors to mark the different
hallways. She explained that this was an attempt
to make a stark, functional building friendlier-
less intimidating. People are supposed to orient
themselves by using color as a landmark. "All very
Sixties," she summed up.
The library, she noticed, was not very well
constructed. This didn't come as much of a
surprise. We all know that the "police line" around
the library is intended to keep us safe from falling
bricks. She pointed out places inside the library
where corners had been cut, techniques had been
used to save time and money
There were nice things about the library, though.
I've already mentioned the spectacular views of
the city and the harbor. After hours of reading,
it's refreshing to be able to shift your focus and
gaze out into the distance. She liked the open
floors between four and five. They give the
reference area a "grand hall" feeling. lt's an
attempt to create a modern-styled counterpart of
the reading room of the Boston Public Library-
a way of saying "this is a place of serious study."
Another serious study spot is the set of
double-decker corrals on the sixth floor. Climbing
to the upper cubicle indicates that you are really
serious about studying. Sitting in them feels a bit
like sitting in a space capsule must feel: you're
disconnected from earth and totally immersed in
the task at hand. There are also places in the library
for people who are serious about sleeping. This is
to be expected, because sometimes it's nearly
impossible to keep up with the pace many UMass
students set for themselves.
The students who use the buildings are what really
matters about a university. l remember a phrase
that begins something like "a building is but brick
and mortar ..." and continues with the idea that
the building is only a shell. lt's the inner part, the
people who occupy the building, that really
Sure it would be nice to have a campus of
traditional ivy-covered buildings. There are
notebooks sold in the bookstore which depict just
such a building: a tower of learning fashioned out
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straggled in, finding seats just behind me in the
packed UMB Theatre Two. Admiring the muted
tones of ceiling-high panels that formed the
forest on stage, they settled in, the cold from
their jackets wafting forward on this perfor-
mance night of Shakespeare's A Midsummer
"Hey," the one said, "This is awesome. But I
don't get it. What's happening?"
"lt's one of those stories with a complicated
thing. You know, plots."
"Yeah, but look at those faeries. Oh yeah. Nice
"See the one that just said 'peapods'? The one
who used to go with jim, well she's in love with
that other guy in the white thing, the one who's
seeing that girl in algebra ..."
And so Shakespeare's comedy of misdirected
love was translated at the University of
Massachusetts at Boston performed by the
Drama Workshop. Director Susan L. McGinley
evidently understood that a faithful production
of MSND might not succeed at the university
level, and she worked her class accordingly.
Pared down from five acts to the length of a T.V.
movie, this production attempted MSND as
comedy for a comtemporary American
audience. Shakespeare brought back to the
people, all understanding the play on their own
level. But for the most part UMB'S version fo-
cused on Benny Hillish antics and slapstick stag-
ings to root the interest level at the bottom
of some comic scale - perhaps just as
Wild Bill Shakespeare would have wanted it.
Basically, A Midsummer Nighfs Dream draws its
substanial humor from the situation of four
couples struggling with love. The Athenians:
Theseus and Hippolyta, Lysander and Hermia,
and Demetrius and Helena try to discover or
rediscover their love through a series of
ridiculous chases and speeches. They are helped
by a similar battle of the sexes between Oberon
and Titania, the king and queen of the faeries.
When the faeries are employed to sprinkle love
inducing chemicals upon the mismatched lovers,
they err, causing a reversal in the plot of who
loves whom. Add to this madness the bumbling
rustics who rehearse and perform a play,
"Pyramus and Thisby," and you get the idea of
plots within plots.
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All elements of the UMB production were
geared for a good laugh. Flute, the mechanical
who plays Thisby, wore a tu-tu and cracked his
voice, characters repeatedly leaped onto each
other's backs, and Bottom the Weaver shouted
and pounded his chest at every opportunity. But
by far the most successful comic device in this
production was the effective casting of five
people in the role of the impious Puck, chief of
faery mischief. The character Puck is responsible
for spreading the love drugs to the eyes of the
Athenians, and Titania. He speaks long passages
of devious content in spectacular poetry that
bridges the worlds of magic and reality. lt's a
most difficult part, a potential problem in any
production of MSND that was nicely turned into
a comic annointment for the audience through
the use of five Pucks. They chanted in duos,
trios, and unison, altering the tone of the speech
by the number of pucks actually shouting. And
the choreography of the darting, spastic little
spunkers was spirited. A surprise all night long.
The use of multiple Pucks was balanced by the
numerous other faeries in the other world on
stage. Scattered about on the ground and in
ceiling-high "faery condos," the creatures from
the magic kingdom added a soothingly weird
potion to the otherwise slaphappy show. Singing
and dancing, throwing feathers and seeds, these
dreamy characters played an audience onstage
to the goings on in the play-one that
responded raucously, perhaps as crowds in old
Elizabeth's queenly time did. And they almost
seemed to cue the real audience to correct
response at the silly sitcom situations created by
The Drama Workshop performance of A
Midsummer Nights Dream was well received by
the UMB community. A genuine success, the
comedy involved just about the entire Theatre
Arts Department and brought Billy Shakespeare
to the late twentieth Century--tO people who
might not have seen live Shakespeare before,
and who might not follow a straight interpreta-
tion. Cute, clever, fast paced, well acted and
staged, one can only wonder why this
production did not go further, using all the
comic ammunition supplied by the playwright
himself. Why not? With A Midsummer Nights
Dream no one really has to worry about covering
their bottom. Or making an ass out of themself.
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Freedom and Responsibility
We asked various professors in the College of Arts and Sciences to
respond to the question, "What about art, freedom, and responsibility
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in the ate twentiet century. As Americans we supposedly have the
freedom to create whatever we want, and show it to whomever we
please. But what does it mean when we call it art? And what
responsibilities are involved in this freedom of expression. We weren't
really asking for anything in particular, rather, a more off the cuff remark.
We just wanted to hear what was in the air.
Susan McGinley Theatre
" Every individual that goes into
the theatre needs to have some sort
of philosophy that they can present
through their theatre work. People
have to have a good sense of what
they are, what they can do to make
the world a better place l don't
think theatre can necessarily change
the directions of the world hut we
need theatre, music, art and dance, so
we don't hecome complete computer
:ornhies . . . Good theatre needs to he
ahead of its time, a mirror of who we
are and what the problems are "
Paul Tucker Art
" . . . ln this century no artist really effected
historical change per se. Perhaps thats not
necessarily the artist's role. Artists alter or
clarify our conception of history and the
present, to provide both a critique andfor
a vision of the world. An artist is by very
nature not an 'event-maker' His events are
frequently metaphorical ones, metaphor-
ical events which grow out of a deep
involvement with the world itself "
David Patterson Music
' '... Freedom is a two-sided coin. The play
in music is between the control and the
freedomg the social and the individual.
Certain cultures move more toward the
formal, whereas others, like ours, have
moved away from the social, formal, to the
more informal, improvisation-the in-
Freedom is a struggle. Americans don't feel
committed to the formal, the rules. How
far do we have to go before we lose the
listener? How free are you as a composer
if the audience can't dance to your music
Carol Calo Art
" The problem with social statements
in contemporary art is the danger of
approaching triviality. ls realism-which
many of these artists are adopting-
limiting as a style? Does it make painting
too anecdotal? The problem for the
contemporary artist who is trying to make
some type of statement concerning
political events or social issues is how to
create a statement that is timeless yet
addresses the issues of concern ..."
lonathon Strong English
l donlt like statements about art
because itls too big and various for that,
and luckily artists come in all sorts. They
have different intentions in each new
work. They're always trying to find the
truth of their own fresh vision, whether
it's the abstract relationship of certain
notes on the piano or what two people
said to each other in the heat of an
argument. ltys more an impulse to their
own truth than a sense of responsibility
It is important to note that several
professors declined to comment.
"lf I could articulate what I feel
about art I would be in the English
department, " was one off the cuff
remark from an art professor who
preferred to remain anonymous,
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Almost no one will admit they are
scared to death of having their
picture taken - at least not until
a camera is aimed at their person.
This is no exaggeration. One half
the human population enjoys
having a photo taken, and the
other half despises it. A
mid-1800's cartoon by Honore
Daumier reveals this by depicting
the "Civlized Man" or Ham,
smiling it up for the camera, the
"Natural Man" or Photophobic,
clenches his teeth in primal terror,
dragged to the photo session by his
wife. From the beginning, man has
been divided as such. And UMB, as
a representative cross-section of
this universe, has responded with
similar statistics: Out of the
graduating class of 1984, one half
showed up for their senior photo.
Professor Sheldon Kalick PHD has
recently conducted research in-
volving perceived physical appear-
ance in Yearbook photos. "People
don't look their best in college
yearbooks," Kalick told the Year-
book. Since his photo data is not
yet complete, the Professor's
conclusions are not earth shatter-
ing, rather, his statements confirm
what some might suspect.
"ln every case fof yearbook photosl
the more physically attractive
persons were rated more favorably.
Blonds were consistently rated
higher, suits were higher than not
dressed up Most people rated
the photos equally. Seemingly,
there is a standard. People are
considered more intelligent wear-
ing eyeglasses than when not
There will always be symbolism like
power in wearing a black suit to
intimidate. These things are gener-
ally considered true, more or less."
Kalick's research was designed to
test the addage "Beauty is in the
eyes of the beholder." His findings
so far indicate man's essentially
external interpretation of "beau-
ty." "People do have the same idea
of beauty," Kalick said. "This is not
an ideal world where everyone
may have a chance at being found
beautiful by someone else."
And if mankind is preoccupied
with physical beauty, her fear of
looking bad in a photograph can
be somewhat understood.
"People are afraid fof camerasj
because they don't have control,"
Kalick said. "People want to have
authorship of their own appear-
ance. ln the mirror you catch your
best angle, tilt the head, twist to a
best side. A photo gives up this
authorship. We feel that the
shutter pressed is really capturing
me. You can say, 'Oh that's a bad
picture,' but you just cannot
dismiss it ..." Kalick went on to
comment "We see these machines
as actually reproducing ourselves.
A photo fails to capture who we
think we are The photo is in
control. We surrender our con-
And while most people have only
slight manifestations of this Photo-
phobia, traces of such fear are
apparent in many. When asked to
verify Photophobia at UMB, two
professional photographers agreed
that people more often than not
did not enjoy being photographed.
"The hardest thing is to get people
to smile," said ID photographer
joel Fowler. "People don't think
they look thei-r best when they
smile." Cornelia -Collins, Senior
Photo photographer noted, "l've
had them sweat uncontrollably."
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