Eckerd College - Logos Yearbook (St Petersburg, FL)

 - Class of 1986

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or Slmple Pleasures, Slmple Mlnds: A TrlbuTe To The Eckerd MenTallTy VICTIM: EPSILON CIlFlEX Surprlse falThful readersl Your humble auThor has chosen a more, umu.leT's JusT say dlfferenT complex Thls Tlme around. Epsllon Complex, home of some of The oddesT, buT mosT lovable and lnTeresTlng person- ages ThaT you'lI ever encounTer. BuT now for a llTTle more ln-depTh descrlpTlonu. I've managed To wander from a co-ed Insane asylum To a mosTly slngle-sex home for The menTally unsTable. Loud, usually TasTeless muslc, phones ThaT are consTanTly elTher rlnglng or busy, and even an occaslonal obscene phone caller plague Epsllon. As you may have guessed, There's never a quleT momenT. 'QuleT.' lnTeresTlng Term. Somehow, everyone here seems To have forgoTTon lTs meanlng. 'OrganlzaTlon,' 'personal llfe,' 'free Tlme,' 'sTudy,' 'food,' and 'sleep' are some more of These obscure Terms. NOT only have deflnlTlons been forgoTTon, buT knowledge of Thelr spelllng has also Taken leave of The Epsllon populaTlon. And wlThouT Thls knowledge, Thelr meanlngs may never agaln be dlscerned, as due To absence of Thls wlsdom, no one ls able To locaTe These words ln The dlcTlonary ldoes anyone remember whaT ThaT ls, l wonder?L As l have sTaTed, There are qulTe a few unusual, buT deflnlTely endearing characTers In residence here. One such person absoluTely musT be menTloned ln Thls caTegory, as even belng ln The same room can be an advenTure. AnyThlng can Trlgger her, and Then everyone had beTTer sTand back. Many Tlmes I have been lnnocenTly sTudylng ln my room, when suddenly The door ls Thrown open, and There she sTands. The wlckedly gleeful grln ls enough To warn us as To whaT happens nexT. From her small frame emlnaTes one word - a word lmporTanT enough, and deflnlTely loud enough Barbara Ray, Complex Columnist To shake The wlndows: FOODI Yes, 'food,' ThaT mysTerlous subsTance for whlch anyone who musT 'dlne' on campus searches for wlTh fuTlle efforT. The reason I menTlon Thls ls ThaT Epsllon ls slTuaTed ln The Eckerd lnner-clTy, across from ThaT lnfamous brlnger of sorrow--Saga. As a maTTer of facT, The vlew from many rooms ls a spaclous, sweeplng plcTure of The cafe ln all lTs glory. lThaT ls, lf you can lgnore The scaTTered bodles, The many vlcTlms of The prevlous meald The only serlous dlsadvanTage To Thls ls ThaT These people no longer experlence The Joy of surprlse upon readlng The dally As I have stated, there are quite a fe w unusual, but definately endearing characters in residence here. menu. You see, They've learned To guess The menu by The way The vlcTlms walk lor crawl? back To Thelr dorms To dle. 'Look--ThaT one's walklng slow and dragglng hls lefT leg. MusT be lasagna agaln! Can anyone Tell me why vlslTlng parenTs have such a blzarre effecT upon The conTrol of normally qulTe sane Epsllon resldenTs? IT seems ThaT The momenT any parenTal flgure sTeps fooT lnslde The dorm, manners go on a raTher exTended coffee break. One parenT had The mlsforTune To vlslT for an enTlre ueekenm 'PollTe' and 'dlscreeT' were lnsTanTly added To The Obscure lords IlsT. ProfanlTy, graphlc muslc and speech, and JusT general rude behavior Took hold of everyone. For example, a usually mannered and lmperferable lndlvldual, upon locklng herself ouT of her room, preceded To proclalm 'shlT, damn, fuckl' The parenT, poor shocked soul ThaT she was, sTood undeTecTed less Than Three feeT away. lell, we have once agaln successfully concluded a Journey lnTo The Treacherous wllds of Eckerd College dorm llfe. CongraTulaTlons To you dear reader, and many Thanks To The Epsllon resldenTs for puTTlng up wlTh me as long as you dld. 12

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deposlT remalns a sTeadfasT 5100. RenT ls almosT always due on The flrsT of each monTh. MosT complexes wlll pro-raTe The renT for The monTh lf IT becomes necessary To move ln aT some Tlme oTher Than The fIrsT.lSpeclflcs abouT several com- plexes In The area are presenTed In The Table? RoommaTes can be exTremely beneflclal To aparTmenT llvlng as Thelr presence reduces houslng cosTs To half The llsTed prlce. However, greaT care should be Taken ln selecTlng a roommaTelsL Besldes The obvlous need for The Two lor more! people To geT along, There are cerTlan legal problems whlch can arlse. For example, lf one person breaks legally responslble To pay The due or provlde an accepTabIe anoTher roommaTe To Take Thelr The lease, hefshe ls balance of The renT aITernaTlve lsuch as placel. However, subleTTlng Isn'T always permlTTed by The aparTmenT complex. Therefore, for boTh parTles' proTecTlon, each person should slgn The lease. One flnal area of dlfflculTy ls TransporTaTlon. Ownlng a car may noT be necessary, buT IT ls cerTaInly convenlenT. Blkes or nopeds can be need I mosT cases For The nexf couple of years, Trafflc easT of US- 19 on 54Th Avenue SouTh wlll be unpleasanT, To say The leasT. Due To The consTrucTlon of I-275, mosT of The Trafflc ls belng rerouTed In ThaT area. Thls means ThaT all complexes menTIoned excepT for Bermuda Bay and posslbly Coqulna Key wlll have some dIfflculTy drlvlng To and from campus, especially durlng rush hour. ExTra Travellng Tlme should be aIloTTed To avold belng laTe Llvlng off-campus can be qulTe enjoyable and even refreshlng. IT Is noT for everyone, Though. CerTaln responslblllTles, mlnor problems, and major caTasTrophes have To be endured. lf you have dlfflculTy changlng a llghT bulb or cleanlng The baThroom, elTher hlre a mald or sTay on campusl Belng a day sTudenT can prepare you for llfe- afTer-college, If IT exlsTs. The beneflTs of prlvacy, rosponsIblllTy, and Independence, far ouTwelgh The dlfflculTles oncounTered. 1 , I -- .. - :I e I I B' by I I I :n:. . I - I . i I L L X l I I l X l L I X I ,, I . I I' I I 4 1 I I I I I I I I I I . I W I IN l X II ' 4 Y I w I X 2 l l I X 1 5 ' 1 f X X X I I Q I r L, I 'I I I 7 'Y X I 1 I W 1' I Y Y L I 1, I ' I I e - e I s .--., , f ' I I I I 1 ' I Y K Y , .

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m F Seeing The sTaTue, I am remlnded of all we sTand for In youTh. The people of The fuTure. Our main objecflve ls To simply do someThIng wlTh our lives The benT wrlsT of This sTone man leTs me know ThaT human emoTlon Is To be expecTed, The single curvaTure In This sTraighT man of learning. And we are Imbred wlTh The Idea ThaT To accomplish Is To achieve, ThaT oplnlons and facTs all are of relevance. ThaT's llfe for you. As naive babies, we believe our Teachers and Then are suddenly Thrusf lnTo a slTuaTIon ThaT proves Them wrong. Always saying ThaT col lege, exlsfence, marriage, and youTh were imporTanT.l now know They were and are wrong. Age-ThaT's whaT I have over Them Years of life, real llfe l've lived and now The relevance of whaT we refuse To believe has sunken lm He helped. The one I always Talked myself ouT of caring for. Why? He was a non-achlever, a non- aThleTe, a non-conformlsT.I was jusT The opposlfe. My mind Is beginning To sTruggIe back lnTo my pasT-my happiness. Nwhaf are you palnTlng?' I ask The boy, noT meaning To flIrT. WAcTually IT's noThing, jusT feelings puT lnTo palnTs.N lnslde I laugh. lf anyone, buT me had heard ThaT, They would have walked away. AT IeasT This ls whaT I ThoughT. Because he was dIfferenT, I was To be commended for Talking To him. He was probably laughing aT me. Because he was The one wise before his Time, he was The kind ThaT would acTual ly have The nerve To burn a drafT noTice, he was The one everyone respecTed, even Though They dldn'T know IT Then, I, I'm ashamed To say, was more concerned wlTh geTTIng homecoming queen and whaT I was going To buy To go wlTh my new boofs Than flndlng someThing good In everyThing. Back To whaT he saidn.'Feellngs lnTo painT,n huh? A I ITTle Too deep for me and I wasn'T wary of saying so I now laugh ouTsIde. He looks up, no, noT acTuaIly looks-ThaT wouldn'T do hlm jusTice, he glanced up and IT was Then I knew someThIng was beginning To click Every girl has aT one Time or anoTher experienced IT or has been The experience herself. SomeThing falls lnTo place. His eyes of amber fllrfed wiTh me, daring me To mafch wITs wlTh an inTeIlecT. Typical, I know, buT I backed down. NoT only ThaT buT I backed ouT, leaving him for a chocolaTe shake and a cheeseburgen He saw me again once we sTarTed college. recognized him rIghT off The baT, he being The subconslous person always presenT In my dreams. He dIdn'T recognize me, buT I can'T say I didn'T undersfand. I had Taken To adobfing a new personallfy. Iwas lnTo vegeTarlan pizzas, my dad's cloThes, fish hook jewelry and spending all my exTra Time raising money for The USave A Sealn fund. IT wasn'T me and ThaT's why he diCn'T know me. We are only capable of knowing ThaT which Is real. The resT Is JusT a fraud and he was no person To puT up wlTh frauds. We Talked In The campus HHardeesu. He gulped down a salad wlTh poppy-seed dressing while aT The same Tlme casually Telling me I was noT whaT I should be. Those eyes always probed deeper Than I wanTed Them To, always Taking The real me I hide and fllnglng her lnTo a plT of lions-aT IeasT ThaT4s how I felT. And he loved me. He never had To say IT and I 0 I always knew IT. All of our sporadic UjusT friends' daTes ouT To see The nBeaTlesN fllm fesTIvaI or whaT- ever, jusf IeT me know and Idldn'Tcare.I couldNT geT lnTo his need for TruTh, his need To know The concepT of llfe, or his need To reform me. I was lnTo my soaps, saving bubble-gum wrappers To gef a Mickey Mouse waTch, and learning To play German music on my gulTar. This Is where I come To our Third run In.We losT Touch afTer Those four years buT regained IT again when I wenT on a splurge To learn classical gulTar aT a free group lesson. Guess who was The Teacher? Him, always hinL He had grown a longer beard, longer hair and a Trimmer body, buT he sTIl I had Those eyes. He had Told me ThaT when he was younger everyone used To commenT on Them. If he could ever know how well I undersTood why. BuT There he saT, his baTTered gulTar sTrumming ouT an exTremely TalenTed Tune wlTh abouT Twelve avid learners working quiTe hard To lmITaTe iT. And I sTood There, waTchIng. Unaware and naive or whaT I acTual Iy felT for hlnn I saT down. He smiled and conTlnued. I smiled and Turned red I fear I have led The reader To believe he saT aimlessly around waITIng for me. QuITe The conTrary He enjoyed The pleasures of women quiTe ofTen. He never married buT sTIl I led a married life-To me. And I loved IT, him Too.BuT sTIIl I was To be commended for being his friend. He was sTil I so dlfferenT. STIII, was I The fool? The Ironic Thing being ThaT he always knew IT. He led a full llfe. Maybe noT ful I To me buT full To his beliefs and I considered iT wrong BUT who ls beTTer off, Those lgnoranT and happy, or Those wise and unhappy? I now believe In The flrsf. He amazed everyone ThaT meT him wiTh his fresh ideas and greaT ouTIooL I'm back aT The gulTar lessons and now They're over. Have I learned? NoT gulTar. He Thanks everyone and Thanks me, lingering so long I ask hinlTo spend The resT of The day wlTh me. We grab a plcnlc lunch and eaT In my favorlTe place, under The sTaTue. Never in my life has an afTernoon been more profITabIe, noT In money buT In wlsdonn We Talked, for hours under This sTalue. NoT The klnd of Talking you do all ThroughouT Ilfe, buT The kind of Talking ThaT only comes when lylng in bed aT mldnlghT, or on a deserTed beach, or under a sTaTue eaflng sfrawberries. We found The meaning of life TogeTher, our relevance To mankind, The way To God's Heaven, The reason life ends and everyThIng else I felT There was no answer To. The one Thing we dldn'T find Though, sadly enough, was a way ThaT we-Two such dIfferenT people- could make a llfe TogeThen Now l will end This. There's no more I care To puT lnTo The open. I wish I could make an Incredibly symbolic ending for This To make The reader's Time worThwhlle. Maybe I could Ile and say we found each oTher and llved wlTh long hair, bare feeT and happy babies forever, buT we dIdn'T. In facT I never saw him again, aT IeasT noT yeT. So l'lI leave This sTaTue of sfone and also leave you To wonder, If you care, aT our faTe. I look lnTo The wafer surrounding The sTaTue, and noTlce- no, I domf noTlce, I almosf expecT To see a sTrawberry sTem sunk To The boTTom. Symbolic? Who knows .... excepT maybe hlm. 13

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