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Poetry Editor: Freda Richards
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CONTENTS Open Letter From The Editor
Contemporary Education , Poem
Betsy Page Taylor
Betsy Page Taylor
Place For Transients, Prose Impression
Edward A I bee: An
Exhibition, Short Story
Lines Composed While Lying on One's
Back Viewing Sunbeams, Poem
Making The Swing Go, Informal Essay
ILLUSTRATION And There Was Adam, Conformity,
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Education An Open This
letter comprises the
concluding portion to the two-part letter
introduced the scope of
education through awareness, and this one will develop the responsibilities
incumbent on education through awareness.
words education and awareness was
interchangeability of the
lished in the first letter
word awareness may
phrase which appeared in the
can perhaps be
construed as the key to the idea of the responsibility of awareness sive
development of the mind."
quality of awareness
This phrase should give indication of the
Through awareness we
hereafter be substituted
the development of the indi-
are led beyond the limitations of our
narrow grasp; we learn how to expose ourselves to life. From this challenging, we come to understand and accept both ourselves and others.
individual attains a sense of awareness, in part
found in the word "seeking."
responsibility ensues ?
Awareness involves the
constant search to understand and evaluate every situation and every idea to
in light of
it is difficult
to re-evaluate established ideas
but the responsibility of awareness demands
of the individual.
second of these responsibilities
Awareness demands involvement
best expressed by the
about ourselves and others to seek to understand.
has been written
few years about the idea of involvement; for this reason many readers ignore it as no longer of any timely concern for themselves. What has in the past
failed to capture their attention is the fact that the essence of
simply caring to search for understanding, for awareness.
Do we ideas,
care enough to allow ourselves to become aware of the world of
small worlds ?
and people existing beyond the limiting confines of our own
ever felt the need to seek and to care about anything
Regretfully, the Colonnade has yet to announce that
Honor Rating from
had received a
the Associated Collegiate Press for the second con-
Belated congratulations to last year's staff for an
excellent series of magazines.
On Contemporary Education Kick the old sow, Struggling belly,
Give us your brood. But hurry.
Grow, shoat. Voodoo medicine man. Rainmaker.
â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Freda Richards [5
the mist donna weatherly
a play in one act by
two elderly men, decidedly stooped wrapped in shrouds, eyes bandaged. man: "i love dawn strolls."
second man: first
on the horizon,
Utopia, clouds of mist are rising as the sun appears
over, approach out of the mists
does clear the
man: "do you leave today?" man: (silence)
today the day you said you were leaving?"
"uh? so sorry
feeling something first:
"not clearly long ago
this is important,
"i just can't
(breaks in) "about
what? concentrate a little more ... a think ..."
do you remember it?"
didn't hear you
like a titron
before me." first:
man who had
i'm not sure.
(voice trails off)
can (long pause) leave."
world ... a world we helped
don't you see?
(voice trails off)
live in a
can't ... say it." .
we have ... all thought ... all knowledge ... we know problems do not itself ... we know are perfect
(not hearing him)
living in a perfect
the secrets of
perfected all science
wait a minute, yes
maybe you should."
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(continued from page 7)
causes ... a
(long pause) "pain."
visualize a solid
"you don't understand, do you?"
only the result."
"being alive." .
expect you ... to understand."
(straightens his back up) "i
must leave now.
(removes shroud, casts
what are you doing?" (anxious) second: "leaving." (turns face away from other man) before you leave, what is our world dedicated to?" "wait first: (removes bandage from his eyes and turns into the second: "Blindness." first:
mist and disappears)
PLACE FOR TRANSIENTS By Freda She floor
the bus station
and watches a
sympathy for the
solitary ash light
her ashes on the
momentary The man across from her
on her hand.
cleans the floors.)
has white spots on his green argyles.
typical, she thinks, of people in j
a bus station.
The man had
looked like a fairly decent type, but then he
turned out to have spots on his socks.
at the people there, she
both revolted and
PLACE FOR TRANSIENTS (The pity she feels is brought on by the beer she had consumed before She hates bus she came in hopes of dulling the horror of the bus station.) while, and she stations. She can even get to hate the people in them after a pity.
has been there for almost an hour.
from the information booth
She wishes she could
names a place that she has heard of but never visited. pay her money
and get on the bus and ride there, forgetting all responsibility.
short boy gallops by
of a sudden the
and her eyes
water from the smoke of too many cigarettes. Her stomach is reeling and lurching in protest. So to help matters she walks over to buy a candy bar.
a thin inverted V.
curls of hair piled girls
with her are
serviceman across the room
definitely too-long hair
She says hello and
rush off to have their pictures taken in a booth, while the
on her forehead, her eyebrows
hair rolled and covered with sleazy scarves.
listens to a transistor radio.
trio she has ever seen
tuned to the
them by name. Then, they
a young couple, happily intent upon each
they are on a honeymoon
â&#x20AC;&#x201D;what a shame
to have to
spend even one minute of a honeymoon in a bus station, she thinks.
colored musician strolls
and ankles bending
long, his pants tight,
which she assumes houses a
sidewise glance at the brown-skinned girl
in a sort of
carries a large case
The brownThey seem,
next to her.
skinned girl looks up, and smiles fleetingly at him as he passes.
she muses, to have a friendship which has been born into them, even though she doesn't think they have ever met. She reflects for a it
that spontaneous affection springs
up between people today;
thought seems to be "don't get involved."
interesting philosophical discussion before this trip
depression which weighs on her head like a stone as she
the people in the station.
could claim her feels,
sits in this
she wishes she
or even actually be sure she had a place to claim.
do many people her
age, that she
station for transients
and waits and waits. [
being perpetually ousted from
everywhere, that she has nowhere really solid to stay. she
had prompted her
By Barbara Melton With is
are born, and the task of a philosophy
provide a body of thoughts and ideas that can serve
which man can build
latest generation is existentialism,
philosophy that has come to shape this
major American and European writers
permeate the works of
have written since
World War 11. The writer who has done the most to promote the popularity of existentialism is Jean-Paul Sartre, but there have been others whose works are profoundly influenced by existential thought. Among these writers is Edward Albee. Although he five plays
has produced a relatively small
strains of existentialism are revealed in each of his plays.
implies, concerns itself
with existence, and
attempts to answer man's most fundamental question: what does exist.
contains ideas about a
ence before essence, 2) alienation of an individual from society, 3) despair caused by the anguish of alienation, 4) a realization of nothingness, 5) the absurdity of
and 6) the absolute freedom of the individual.^
These are some
of the themes that are characteristic of Albee's plays,
his heroes are basically existential heroes.
The American Dream j Who's Afraid of Virginia The Death of Bessie Smithj and The Zoo Story. In Albee's The American Dream, the problem involved is that of the fundamental question ^what does it mean to exist. As far as the individual
plicable to four of his plays:
characters are concerned,
no meaning whatsoever.
Sartre's rejection statement of the Nobel Prize for Literature, he said that in order for existence to
have any meaning, one must make a total commitment
being lacks any commitment. things for her family. that there
one example of someone whose
She draws meaning for her
by her attitude towards her family
commitment on her part
to the family.
for financial support, but she
She depends on
draws no pleasure or mean-
ing for her existence from them.
example of the hen-pecked husband.
Throughout the play he
his existential free will.
His actions are products
looks to her before every
way does he ever exercise of Mommy's desires. He
utters in a gesture to obtain her approval.
According to existentialism, individual free will
the most difficult thing to
AN EXISTENTIAL INTERPRETATION
automatically implies alienation from one's society, and
the forces of society are working against the person
Freedom, or the
may have had
his free will.
mind when he wrote
"I have measured out
not one of Daddy's virtues.
"The Love Song
you know."* themselves.
She belongs to
fingers in so
of J. Alfred
womens' clubs that are
with coffee spoons."^
she describes herself:
the type of individual
one of Albee's best examples of the uncommitted modern woman.
exist for one's freedom,
by one's courage.
eager to relinquish his freedom in favor of the authority of
going in every direction and no direction.
not involved in any total commitment; therefore, in terms of existentialism,
with the problem of the
modern world and the alienation one knows when these illusions are shattered. In an article in The English Journal, John Killinger wrote: "Man becomes aware of the insane character one creates to sustain
of daily living
his existence in the
in the instant that he
divested of his illusions he realizes
In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolff the
alien in the world. "^
Martha and George, who can make no
principal characters involved are
tempt to communicate with each other except through characters are aware of a deep sense of alienation effort to
they hope to attain some level of communi-
cation between their spiritual beings.
thy try to create a correlative for their inner selves,
a mythological son through
gone, their communication
Martha and George
a virtuous display of cruelty,
secrets, stripping illusions
slash at each other's
like layers of skin."*^
of the play Albee reveals the anguish of the characters when George asks
Martha, "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf ?" herself
and answers, "I
The Death before essence.
Smith concerns the
at this point accepts
existential concept of existence
Sartre explained existence before essence
when he wrote
grows up in the world, and defines himself afterAlbee creates a situation that coincides perfectly with the existential idea of the absurdity of life. The setting is a great white hospital wherein a white nurse and white intern are arguing about a ridiculous an individual
(continued on next page)
AN EXISTENTIAL INTERPRETATION \
(continued from page 11)
subject while without, a
The argument man wants to emergency treatment. The nurse
bleeding to death.
between the nurse and the intern involves the fact that a Negro get Bessie Smith into the white hospital for
and intern are concerned with the essence of Bessie Smith rather than her existence as an individual. of her cover-symbol as a
That is, they discriminate against her on the basis Negro rather than her existence as a human being.
Prejudices such as these lead only to a waste of
Albee indicates by having Bessie Smith die a
to the absurdity of existence, as
With The Zoo Story Albee creates his greatest existential hero The play unfolds in the tradition of absurdist drama. Peter, who is reading a book on a Sunday afternoon,
strangely interrupted by Jerry,
screams that he has just been to the zoo.
nothing but a
series of personal, senseless,
Their whole conversation
every point Jerry attempts to fling accusations at Peter and imply things about
him that are not
In existential terms, Jerry has come to realize the absurdity of
environment and everything in occupied by a colored queen
door open ... he has a Japanese kimono ...
brows, wear his kimono larger living
on the third
front rooms on
Puerto Rican family in one of them
muffled, but very determined
pluck his eye-
floor are a little .
there's a lady
because she cries
ugly mean, stupid,
unwashed, misanthropic, cheap, drunken bag of garbage.
."^ . j
living in an atmosphere of squalor
and moral decadence.
other tenants are in complete despair with the hopelessness of their condition. It is this
awareness of hopelessness
or, as Sartre
say, nothingness, that
throws Jerry into despair and causes him to act as he does. of the absurdity of his existence
you trying to do?
Once an alienated
that the landlady
person has to have some
"It's just that
have to make a start somewhere.
become aware of nothingness, he becomes
Jerry feels that he
revealed in his one question:
sense out of things?
existential hero has
makes two attempts
alien in his house
of dealing with
you can't deal with people, you
WITH ANIMALS! [
with the ferocious dog
AN EXISTENTIAL INTERPRETATION
makes niimerous attempts to become friends with the dog that tear Jerry to pieces. The two come to some sort of understanding
they stare into each other's faces, and momentarily Jerry has overcome
of the play,
Story, has implications in terms of exis-
to the zoo to find out more about the
animals exist with each other, and
It probably wasn't a fair test,
by bars from everyone
what with everyone separated
People are really
causes Jerry's anguish and in a cage,
— they are
realization of this
he went to the zoo.
perhaps he saw the image of his
own being. Camus believed
forever separated by invisible bars within their being. is
Jerry explains his reason for going to the zoo:
a prisoner within
the cage of his
awareness of life in spite
Then he must
totally absurd, yet
this absurdity only in that
he maintains an
by "loving existence and clinging to
This rebellion against the absurdity of
Jerry deliberately pro-
vokes Peter into a fight over the park bench.
Seemingly for no reason, Jerry
demands to have the whole bench for
at Jerry that he cannot
Peter finally becomes angry enough to scream back
another absurd situation.
have the bench, but in the middle of
"POLICE! POLICE! I feel
he suddenly becomes aware of the ridiculousness of the situation: I
to myself; I
have you arrested. don't care
Jerry comes back with a superb state-
of the absurdity of the situation:
makes any sense or
"Are these the things men
think of anything
more absurd ?"^°
basic precept of existentialism concerns the individual
"man must accept individual responsibility for his own be."^^ coming ... a man is the sum total of the acts that make up his life. Right up to the final moment of the play, Jerry remains a product of his
individual free will. existential death.
implies that one has
no profound reason for
but even this
that a voluntary death (except in the case
realize that all
ridiculous and that
what motivates Jerry
to provoke an argu-
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The Agitator Living in wonder
far flung thoughts,
Pushed long beyond strength,
of strange meanings.
In a shadow world of people, Seeking ever the
Stirring others to think.
Grading dimensions of work. Feels out,
Looks beyond, Is cursed,
wish I could stop caring
or not. I
could stop hoping
That some day mine would yours.
memories stored, inside,
Forget your eyes looking in mine, and your
and your hand on mine.
All remembrances of the past. I
And catch the tears, then Throw them aside with all that
could forget you.
ever met. heart once
the years gone
cannot forget, and I
â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Maria Grant 
longer can I be alone,
(grey and black slanting rooftops.) I
need you to be whole. (straight planks,
of pine and oak.
Green and mossy banks, Stagnant,
Rotting timbers, grown over with fungus,
Muddy and rust. Obscured by wild weeds. White blossoms Dropping
THE EXHIBITION By Amanda Ruff town long before I found occasion one morning I went there to get her recommendation of a dentist. Mrs. Stewart was very friendly. She had called on me when I first moved into the neighborhood and had invited me to come over to see I
had not been living
She was a bridge player, and
found that these two
when the mission of When she insisted that I
and conversation with
was hot and
the need of company.
had been accomplished,
neighbor next door.
neighbor to be an easy
comparing the similar
I a private art collector; but
gave us the same self-satisfaction and happiness.
and were beginning to talk of
hometown, when we heard the postman
THE EXHIBITION Telling
Mrs. Stewart excused sipping
Nebraska, I sat,
face while she read a formal-looking engraved invi-
She appeared to be both excited and anxious
go to the door and bring dn the mail.
second cup of coffee while she opened and read her mail.
came over her
as she looked at
Finally she finished going through the mail and turned back to
was expecting a
"Did you hear from your sister?" I asked. "No", she murmured absently. Then she handed the engraved
to me, telling
are cordially invited to attend
an exhibition of paintings by Miss Patricia Forrester at the Forrester Estate
on Willow Drive^
o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the twentieth
of October, nineteen hundred and sixty-four." I sat,
looked at her, waiting for some further
After several moments she slowly
deep in thought, looking into space.
began her story.
was brought home from the hospital as a baby until the day I got married, I lived on Willow Drive about a mile from the Forrester Estate. The huge white house with the stately pillars on Willow Drive has always fascinated me. Not that I have ever seen it up close, of course. The house sits away from the road I don't know exactly how far but it's close enough for anyone to see that it's a magnificent house. Even when I was a the time I
little girl, I
had longed to walk up that long, straight driveway, covered with
white pebbles and bordered with dark green boxwoods, and knock loudly on
the door with the big brass knocker. this to
me, and so
mother had always forbidden
had only paused at the entrance of the driveway to gaze
longingly at the big house.
those occasions as a girl, I had often seen the
gardener neatly trimming the boxwoods.
Forresters had always been
extremely wealthy, and everyone had always marveled at their well-kept "I attended high school with Patricia Forrester.
She had gone to a private
school until the ninth grade, but her parents finally allowed her to attend public schools after she had begged and pleaded with
She often told us in high school
she had watched us other
kids passing by her driveway in the old yellow school bus in the aftersoons
and had heard us singing and laughing to be a part of the fun
"I liked Patricia, but I didn't
her very well.
she wanted to be one of us, but
and how she had always longed
sort of aloof.
of us did.
she never did
She didn't have any brothers or
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THE EXHIBITION never
(continued from page 19)
completely at ease around other kids.
tried so hard to please us, to
All through high school she
But for some reason she
us proud of her.
was never able to become one of us. "When we were seniors, Patricia started dating Bill Hutchins. That Patricia had never dated anyone else as far surprised all of us tremendously. But she ^well, he just wasn't her type. as we knew. And Bill Hutchins
love with him, or so she thought.
was dating Patricia. It was the was awfully good-looking, but reputation. He was a real Don Juan. He very good he didn't have a was known for dating girls to get what he wanted and then leaving them He had never dated a girl more than five or six times. stranded suddenly. never could figure out
lure of the Forrester money, I suppose.
was different he didn't stop dating her after five or six dates. "Patricia and Bill had been dating for about six months when I heard I stopped Patricia in the hall that they were thinking of getting married. one day and asked her about this. She seemed a little surprised that I knew, She told me that but she was very happy as she told me that it was true. her parents didn't completely approve of Bill and that they wouldn't want
Therefore, she had not told them.
her to marry him.
planned to elope following graduation and asked
She confided that they not to
so happily in love with Bill that I could not help feeling happy for her.
had found a place where she
Mr. and Mrs.
Forrester never had too
do with the
of the community, they never heard the rumors that Patricia and Bill were
going to be married.
on the Saturday following graduation, Patricia
the Forresters did find out, they were very upset and
Determined that they weren't going
they tried to get the marriage annulled. to be torn apart, Patricia
Bill rented an
apartment over on the other side
"After they moved,
busy with our
for several years.
and ambitions and our own
we'd never gotten to know Patricia very well.
about her except when
didn't hear anything of
past the Forrester Estate.
we heard that Mr. and Mrs. They had been to Paris to buy a
suddenly, about four years later,
Forrester had been killed in a plane crash. painting
was now, but
I believe it
was by Rembrandt.
back, their plane had crashed, killing all thirty-nine passengers
aboard and the four crew members.
We thought of visiting Patricia to console 
THE EXHIBITION her in what must have been a period of great sorrow for her, but she and had moved again, and none of us knew where they were living. "The big house continued to stand as proud and majestic as it always
In the mornings the gardener could
be seen trimming the boxwoods along
Everything looked as
the pebbly driveway.
Was no one living in the big house. "Then one day, having lunch with some of
were coming back to live in the big house. We were all very excited. We wondered how five years of marriage had changed Patricia and how it had changed Bill. We were sure that both of them must have Patricia and Bill
had to change quite a
marriage a success.
wait to see them.
see Bill at all.
into the big house, but
decided to pay her a visit the next week, but then
heard that Bill had not come back with Patricia.
The rumors had
and that they were in the process of getting a divorce.
information set us back a
decided not to
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THE EXHIBITION we were
(continued from page 21)
wouldn't know what to say to her under the embarrassing
months following her return
were turned away
Finally I stopped trying to see her. to see
they went to the
same manner by the
seemed evident that she didn't want
was very much
heard that the divorce was
interested in the mystery concerning Patricia
but the big house remained impenetrable to everyone.
politely that Patricia did not feel like receiving
and many of them did not even bother to
Eventually others found their curiosity urging them on
callers that day.
her on the
the butler answered, telling
I talked to her.
Drive, I tried several times to
Each time before I planned to would be convenient for me
phone to ask any
curiosity to see Patricia again
barrassment at perhaps not knowing w'hat to say
one was ever seen going into or coming
from the big house. The only sign of life about the estate was the gardener trimming the boxwoods along the driveway. The house was as it had ever been big, majestic, proud. But within the house Patricia lived secluded, Patricia and Bill eloped ten years ago, and none of us have like a hermit.
them snce then."
Mrs. Stewart stopped talking and looked over, but I also
that the real ending of the story in
yet to occur.
let that story
be told to
without the ending.
"Mrs. Stewart," art collector. to
I'm a private
you think you could manage to get an invitation for
the exhibition with you?
I'm very interested in seeing Miss
"I don't think Patricia would mind.
My neighbor said
to the phone.
the butler allowed her to speak to Miss Forrster. receiver, she said.
turned back to
"She seemed very glad
me and nodded to
find out right
She placed the
her head in assent.
was coming, and she
lay between the arrival of the invitation
exhibition, I often thought of the story of Patricia Forrester. it
any friend with me."
During the week that
could be possible that
Mr. and Mrs.
Forrester had protected their
THE EXHIBITION much
finally able to
that they had destroyed her
break through to
regardless of Bill Hutchin's past reputation, I felt rather sorry for
to exist there?
for trying to help Patricia learn to live in reality, after she had been failed
by her parents, must have been a great
I left for
was exactly two
When we turned into the driveway of the Forrester my neighbor had described it. The estate had up very well. When we reached the door of the big house o'clock, and I could see that my companion had become
butler received us, took our wraps, and led us into a big
Estate, I found
to be just as
obviously been kept it
of the exhibition finally arrived
room which was
exquisitely furnished in the finest Chippendale style.
wasn't the furniture that so completely captured
walls were adorned with
a portrait of Frederic
Chopin, done by the great French painter Eugene Delacroix, a contemporary
was the only landscape ever painted by Jacques Louis David, "View of the Luxembourg Gardens", painted from his cell window while David was imprisoned for some months in the Luxembourg Palace after In my studies of art history these two paintings had the fall of Robespierre.
always interested but
had often seen reproductions of them,
would have the opportunity
had never thought that
had been studying the two paintings and was then wondering what other
treasures this magnificent house might hold
to see the originals.
realized that our arrival
was being announced to Miss Forrester, who had just joined us. Miss Forrester was a small^ rather attractive woman with deeply expressive eyes. These eyes seemed to be pleading silently for her acceptance. She was very quiet and obviously ill at ease in a crowd although she appeared to be trying very hard to
her duties as a hostess.
2 :30 the twenty former
present had been served punch and were conversing in the
During a lull in the conversation Miss Forrester spoke to the butler, and we were led into a small gallery lined with paintings. While the other guests walked around the gallery, looking at the paintings, I lingered in the doorway and watched their reactions. They were going through a
routine sort of admiration of the paintings as they looked at each one, but
that they didn't understand them.
stood by, pleased and smiling happily.
However, Miss Forrester
She had wanted so much to make
this time, as she listened to their
of praise, I
she felt that she had succeeded. (continued on page
THE EXHIBITION When
the throngs around the paintings had spread out some, I walked
into the gallery
(continued from page 23)
and began to study each of the paintings.
composition of each of the paintings was executed in perfect detail
the lines were sharp and clear in the extremely realistic paintings which
showed perfect balance. The colors and subject matter, however, were gloomy and depressing. In each of the paintings was portrayed a woman destroyed by forces over which she had had no control.
turned and saw at
Mrs. Stewart, who seemed
seen all of the paintings?" she asked.
one was with Miss Forrester at the moment, and so
to be ready
saw that no
took the opportunity
to thank her for allowing us to see her paintings.
As we turned out of the driveway and left the big house behind, Mrs. Stewart said, "I wonder why in the world she chose such gloomy subjects!" I made no reply, but thought of the woman whose life those paintings depicted. Still, I
thought, her paintings were really good.
indeed grisly and bizarre, but the composition was excellent and the paintings
were deeply meaningful to the of Toulouse-Lautrec
woman who had
great artists there have been
Lines Composed While Lying on One's
Back Viewing Sunbeams
Making The Swing Go By
experience of teaching another person something comes to
whether we become professional teachers or
be seen teaching each other things occasionally with the educator.
you stand near a
swings in a playground area on a summer
day, you will eventually witness at least one small teacher explaining to a
making the swing
smaller student the finer points of
swing and herself in another,
situate her pupil in one
admonishing him to watch her and do what she does.
more than a
at imitating her result in nothing
teacher will the while
the pupil's efforts
jiggling of the seemingly
immobile swing, she will carefully explain the steps to be taken as she demon-
"Yes, you can;
"I can't do that," will be met with a reassuring,
just takes practice,"
the small teacher might even offer a ride on her
not enough encouragement,
tricycle as a
few more minutes of trying. When the exhausted pupil is finally encouraged to success, however mediocre, both pupil and teacher go running to
to tell her all about
In instances such
methods of teaching are employed If so
how much more
from teaching an
full of students
ship with one single pupil, but there
from twenty as a
child teaching her little
pleasure should a professional teacher gain
Here, of course, there
world over, the
pleasure can be gained by a
brother to swing,
as this the
here, the joy of
something that she knows and
not the closeness of the relation-
the diversity of
multiplied by anywhere
Everything points towards teaching
to thirty-five smiling faces.
rewarding experience, but do those
are preparing to experience
really consider it so?
the student teacher
be afraid or worried ing situation
going out to meet her
to use them.
witnessed both good teaching and bad.
to do, but
times before, but she has also been educated in the methods,
techniques, psychology, and philosophy of teaching.
She has not only experienced a teachShe knows where to find
principles of discipline
In short, she ought to
comments made by most student
and has exactly
are not confident of this knowledge.
so naturally arises here.
(continued on page 29)
MAKING THE SWING GO
(continued from page 27)
the confidence of a prospective teacher as she gradually approaches the final
answers are probably as numerous
as the prospec-
but there are some things that would more than likely figure
them all. Looking over the preparations a prospective teacher must undergo
profession gives a
clue to this problem.
small brother to swing, seems instinctively to do the right things to get him
ment. Through the experience of having him grow up with her, she has learned how to handle him. She knows his abilities and recognizes herself She is confident that she can teach him as more advanced and experienced. teacher has a somewhat different preparation. She to swing. The professional has been in course after course that has emphasized her lack of knowledge
which she has chosen. Studies of pupil individuality, classroom problems, and curriculum development give her information that she did not in the field
actually preparing her to teach, they give her a feeling
of inadequacy because she realizes that professional teaching
anybody can all of
All of a sudden she wonders
she stands before a real class.
growing panic which culminates in a
going to remember
result of this for
stoic determination to survive
second clue to the problem
the size of classes.
facing approximately twenty-five people in a formal situation has a bad enough efiect
on most of us
across to that
how to get a point many beginning speech
without the added worry of Unfortunately, too
emphasize personal appearance,
Whether make the already shy person more concentrate on what he is saying a problem
pronunciations, and voice quality instead of content presentation. this
a good idea or not,
does serve to
professional teachers cannot afford to have.
experience to prove to selves
takes an actual classroom
teachers that they can completely forget them-
deal with, the professional teacher
only one well-known individual to
must cope with a room
full of strangers.
Convincing herself that she can learn their individual personalities their names, presents another
as well as
a prospective teacher.
times the words, "I just can't keep names and faces together," are ex-
claimed on a college campus by those
are being repeatedly admonished to (continued on next page)
MAKING THE SWING GO name
learn every student by
tion lies a third clue to the
(contimied from page 29)
as soon as possible,
worrying done by many
are preparing to teach,
especially in the field of secondary education.
there be a purpose for this situation, or
just an inevitable evil
Perhaps the best answer, and certainly the most
a hazard of the profession? reassuring one,
better prepared to teach the
self-confidence necessary for learning to take place than
someone who has
By Donna Weatherly
One bright spring morning it happened. Somebody got mad at somebody. Maybe an officer misread his signals. No one could explain its beginning, but it
than ten minutes, Earth was consumed in flaming
Moscow, Washington, Tokoyo, Beruit, everything went up and down filtered two and a half
billion years of fallout.
one could say
two survivors found one or
one group found another and began to send out signals of any and
how much world
Reports came back.
centrally located to somebody's
began to peek outside their
shelters to look for fellow survivors of the nuclear destruction.
to find out
United States was completely annilated Russia along with her. Islands were blown into non-existence. Portions of Australia sank beneath the sea the ;
It took a
themselves together. of
long time, but these survivors gradually gathered of
them were from
South America and coastal Africa.
tiny unnoticed islands, parts
AND THERE WAS ADAM and determined the
location they chose
set sail for the islands.
complete the trip settled on the main island to await the
an appointed place
their governing bodies, elect leaders, or whatever.
of Council. to set
of three small islands off the coast of
in the Carribbean Sea.
Small boats did
humanity to begin anew.
safest place for
was a chain
Somebody said the scientists who had been so instrumental in locating survivors wanted the government to be under the rule of a scientific oligarchy. Others, it was rumored, were fascists or communists. Some were got started.
even alleged anarchists.
community broke out into fights. No guns or weapons of any mechanical sort were acquired because the people were too frightened to allow them on the island. But as always, man's genius at inventing destruction for his fellowmen induced clever means of sabotaging, lynching, midnight murdering, and otherwise eliminating undesirable elements among their number.
In the end, the three islands housed three camps: the Leftists, the Right-
and the Mediators.
Leftist faction, according to the Rightists,
composed of murderous radicals; and the Rightist Leftists,
Both, however, agreed on one
were two-faced, therefore a common enemy.
between islands mounted rapidly, and within a few days a raging ensued.
the time the sun had set on that day, no one remained alive save
for one small boy
faction, according to the
scaled a tall tree to escape the combatants.
dusk, he descended from his perch and began searching for survivors.
one had known
he was or where he had been found.
had said he just walked up to him one day shortly after he
had landed on the
among them and
The boy had The boy was
young, yet fairly
had only stood
limbed, with a mass of golden curls.
The boy spoke.
stopped suddenly in the wreckage and listened.
said the Father.
know," answered the
Conformity What lies in my past Is my future. What I amj I always shall Dumb, blind, and stupid^
This, then this will I stay.
For what I am now, I
shall forever be.
I look on the world with scorn Spineless
to others' desires.
Losing the will Sit there
to be free.
rot in your pleasuresstay a fool
Stand not for your rights as free Sit there
like the rest be.
Cast not your look of scorn.
Pass not your judgment on me,
I ask not for pity or praise, I
I always shall
I shall stand upright though oft wrong
scream to the wind
"Leewe me free!" For what I am now, I
shall forever be.
—Lynette Sykes 
AN EXISTENTIAL INTERPRETATION (coiitinued
ment with falls
gesture as master of his
in his final
on Peter's knife to an existentially
many other contemporary heroes. They are all aware of
from the world and despair
to exist as products of their
from page 13)
writers, reveals existential
the absurdity of life: they
in their condition; they
and they rebel against the utter
nothingness that they come to realize.
Gordon E. Bigelow, "A Primer of Existentialism," College English, XXIII (December, 1961), pp. 172-177. Jean-Paul Sartre, "News of the Week in Review," The Neiv York Times, October
25, 1964, p. T. S. Eliot,
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," The Norton Anthology of English Literature, (ed.) M. H. Abrams (New York, 1962), II, p. 1469. Edward Albee, The American Dream (New York, 1961), p. 40. John Killinger, "Existentialism and Human Freedom," The English Journal, L
Killinger, p. 310.
Edward Albee, fFho's Afraid of Virginia JFoolf (New York, 1963), p. 242. Jean-Paul Sartre, "Existentialism is a Humanism," Existentialism From Dostoevsky to Sartre, (ed.) Walter Arnold Kauffman (New York, 1956), p. 269. Edward Albee, The Zoo Story (New York, 1959), pp. 32-33.
12. 13. 14.
15. 16. 17.
Albee, p. 34. Albee, p. 49. Albee, p. 42. Killinger, p. 310. Albee, The Zoo Story, p. 55.
Albee, p. 56. Bigelow, p. 177. Albert Camus, The
The American Dream. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., The Death of Bessie Smith. New York: Coward-McCann,
Albee, Edward. Albee, Edward.
Albee, Edward. The Zoo Story. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1959. Bigelow, Gordon E. "A Primer of Existentialism." College English. XXIII (December, 1961), pp. 172-178. Camus Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus. New York: Randon House, 1955. Eliot, T. S. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Edited by M. H. Abrams. New York: W. W. Norton &
(May, 1961), pp. 308-315. 8.
Sartre, Jean -Paul. "Existentialism is a Humanism." Existentialism From Dostoevsky to Sartre. Edited by Walter A. Kauffman. New York: Meridian Books,
1956. Sartre, Jean-Paul. 26, 1964, p.
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