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"No great thing is created suddenly,
any more than a bunch of grapes
or a fig. If you tell me that you
desire a fig, I answer you that
there must be time, let it first
blossom, then bear fruit, then
- Epictetus, Discourses


"Love is an adventure and
a conquest. It survives and
develops like the universe itself
only by perpetual discovery.
The only right love is that
between couples whose
passion leads them both,
one through the other, to a higher
possession of their being."

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Crackerbox Palace: or. You

Can Live in a Dorm and

Survive to Enjoy It

Sitting in the lounge late one night, you
begin to look around you and ask yourself
why the hell you are in this place and not
off campus in a house with a private room.
You think about that blaring stereo in the
room next to yours, and you wonder if that
madman next door ever goes to sleep be-
fore two in the morning. And you think
about the yelling and the strange noises
emitting from the room down the hall.
Then you think about how you waited last
Thursday night until 1:00 a.m. for the drier
to release your clothes. And even after all
that time they still weren't dry. You re-
member how you never did appreciate
those 3:00 a.m. fire drills during exam
week or the nightly bomb threats. Then
you look at your own room, which reminds
you of a cell block in a jail, and you won-
der. "What am I doing here?"

But. then the belief that there must be
some good aspects of dorm life begins to
emerge. You think about how — even
though your roommate last year was an es-
capee from the Bronx Zoo — this year's
roommate is really all right. You talked late
into the night last week about girlfriend/
boyfriend problems and how you have this

shitty class with a shitty professor and his
shitty book you have to read. You may
even decide to get up in the middle of the
night to play a couple of games of

And even though the members of your
floor almost never watch what you want to
watch on t.v. in the lounge, the times when
you can share the celebration of a Yankees
World Series victory or a Redskins victory
over Dallas make you feel a little bit better,
and you think maybe it isn't so bad not
having a t.v. in your room.

Friendships of this sort in a dorm can be
strengthened merely through passing in the
hallway late at night and returning those
tired smiles that say, "Yes, I'm working on
my paper due tomorrow morning, too."

You begin to appreciate the little things
in life when you live in a dorm. You realize
how important your stereo is when it
soothes the end of a day that began with
the Registrar's telling you that you don't
exist, and your professor's telling you a
thirty page paper is due the following
week, and ended with your R.A.'s telling
you what you already knew, that you are
no longer required to leave the dorm when
there is a bomb scare, even though you
never did leave in the first place.

You also appreciate incidental music;
when you walk downstairs and listen to the
man singing Pete Seeger songs to the ac-
companiment of his banjo in the stairwell.
you don't mind needing to use another
floor's laundry room.

Despite your nights out on the lounge
sofa because your roommate has better
uses for the room, you also have your
nights with the room to yourself when your
roommate goes home for the weekend or
spends the night in another room on cam-
pus with another "roommate." The only
thing you have to worry about is what you
are going to say to her parents if they call in
the morning.

In a dorm you are taught your economic
principle of allocating resources through
competition in the market place. You com-
pete for the laundry room, for the lounge
burners, for a socket for your toaster oven,
for the television, and even for the use of
the hall phone. But you also learn how to
begin and develop personal relationships.

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You learn how to live agreeably with peo-
ple who do not share your lifestyle. You
appreciate the occasional times they might
let you use their car to go to the A&P, and
you return the favor by lending them your
typewriter. It is also a relief to know there
is someone else also pulling an all-nighter.
You value the comraderie, the ability to
always find someone who will play cards
or backgammon with you. You find you
can live with fifty other totally different
people and survive to enjoy it, at the price
of listening to the madman next door or
sharing the bathroom and showers with
strangers who lead lifestyles you're not
quite sure about. Then again, there's the
challenge of dorm life you enjoy when you
occasionally do win and are the first to use
your favorite shower in the morning. Most
important to dorm life is beginning to ac-
cept and appreciate that "home" is only a
five minute walk from anywhere on cam-

Lynny Bentley

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Sink Your Teeth into a Big

Macke . . . (But Watch Out

for the Bones)

As my son and I were driving home from
the beach one weekend in the year 2000,
we began to listen to the conversation issu-
ing from the car next to ours. The back-up
stretched on to the horizon, and we
weren*t going anywhere. We needed some
diversion, and fortunately it was provided.

"i'm getting hungry. Let's stop some-
where for dinner," suggested Al. the fa-

"Me too, dear," replied Jane, the
mother. "Where do you kids want to eat?"

"Oh. oh. let's go to MacDonalds; there's

one coming up." said Ginny. the six year

"No, no, I wanna go to Burger King."
yelled Paul, the four year old.

But the most mature one, Joan, the eight
year old, said that she wanted to go to Ken-
tucky Fried Chicken.

"I want to go to the Four T's," Jane
said. "The food's good; the place is clean;
there's a wide selection; and the prices are

"Hey, I got an idea," Al was quick to
ejaculate. "Let's go to Macke."

At that instant I could hear the kids all
scream with delight, "Yeah, yeah. We're
going to Macke."

The cars inched forward. I put the car in

gear — then took it out again.

"Yeah, I love to go to Macke. 1 can
order anything I want; can't I, Daddy,
can't 1. can't I?" asked inquisitive Joan.

"Macke's great," wailed Ginny. waiting
impatiently to get there.

Paul was the last to respond — he was
crying. "But I don't want to go to Macke. I
don't like it. I wanna go to Burger King."

At that moment Father Al and Mother
Jane started singing their favorite song to
calm their anxious youngsters: "Join the
Macke people, feelin' free, feelin' free.
Join the Macke family; Fll eat you, you'll
eat me. All across the Nation it's the
Macke generation, feelin' free, feelin'

I pulled off to the side of the road.
"Macke — that name rang a bell. I know it
from somewhere. But where? Ah. yes,
Macke was that food service at American
back in my college days. Now they have
restaurants everywhere."

"Why did we pull over?*' asked my son

"Oh, nothing, nothing, just some pas-
sing thoughts," I answered.

"Tell me. Daddy, please tell me. Daddy.
Are you thinking about Macke again?"

I had to admit I was. "Yes, son, I am.
but please don't tell," I said.

"Don't worry about it. Dad." my care-
free son replied. "But do tell me," his
voice got softer, "What was Macke really


"Well, son, I'll tell you."

"Daddy, did you like it?"

There was no need to think about that
question — or answer it verbally, for that

But Daddy, if you didn't like it, why are
you still alive?"

"I don't know. I guess I'm just one of
the lucky ones," I replied, and my mind
was filled with images of myself and some
friends seated 'round the square table
feasting on the salad for weeks in a row,
joking and laughing and picking the
browned pieces out.

Arthur Jacob

Specialty Floors: Shared

For those students who have special in-
terests and want to live in an atmosphere
supporting these interests, several "spe-
cialty floors" have been established in the

The Communications Floor, fourth floor
Anderson South, was founded in order to
provide an opportunity for communica-
tions majors to live together, study, and
converse in an atmosphere geared toward
developing their journalistic talents and
broadening their sense of the communica-
tions field.

The floor leadership attempts to arrange
for persons in the communications field to
speak to the floor members, and it has or-

ganized tours of newspapers' offices and
radio stations to help its members become
acquainted with and ask questions con-
cerning their major.

The French/Spanish Floor, located on
seventh floor Hughes, was created origi-
nally as a floor for French majors or for
those interested in French culture. How-
ever, the floor has recently been opened to
students interested in Spanish culture.

Through floor events such as a French
dinner, a Spanish dinner, French and Span-
ish films, floor trips to dinner theaters,
speakers and a wine and cheese party for
the French and Spanish faculty, the stu-
dents share a broadened knowledge of and
appreciation for French and Spanish cul-

A floor for freshpersons only, the Living

Learning Center, South Terrace of Ander-
son, is dedicated to promoting together-
ness. The students living on this floor take
two classes together in the Living Learning
Center itself, and they attend their other
classes in the normal classroom atmos-

The International Floor, located on sixth
floor Letts, was created to promote the in-
terest of students involved in international
affairs. Foreign students and SIS majors
live on the floor and take part in such floor
activities as an international brunch, an
international dinner and an international
dance. But the strongest force contributing
to the students' awareness of international
affairs is the atmosphere of the specialty
floor itself.

Lynny Bentley

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,

was founded January 15, 1908. on the cam-
pus of Howard University, Washington,
D.C. It is an organization dedicated to ser-
vice to all mankind. Through leadership
abilities and civic awareness, they have
pledged their support to such organizations
as the NAACP. the United Negro College
Fund, the Urban League and the United
Council of Negro Women.

The Lambda Zeta chapter of AKA was
chartered on the campus of American Uni-
versity February 26, 1977. Since then their
members have worked unselfishly to attain
their national goals. They have also done
community work for Howard University
Hospital, Children"s Hospital, Clothe-
athon-for-Kids. St. Ann's Infant Home, and


the Child Abuse and Neglect Resource
Center. Each spring they look for women
with leadership abilities, civic awareness and
high scholastic achievements to expand their

Their 1978-79 officers were: Basileus.
Anti-Basileus. Epitoleus, Grammateus,
Tomioachos, Anti-Grammateus, Parlia-
mentarian Philactor, Hodegos, Dean of
Pledges, Joy Leaf, Reporter and Historian,
Sheri DeBoe. President.

Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc., Nu Beta
chapter, was founded at The American
University on May 21, 1977. The first black
fraternity ever founded, it is also the first
black fraternity on the A.U. campus. Four
men founded the first chapter on Decem-
ber 4. 1906. at Cornell University. They


Alpha Kappa Alpha

Janis Williams. Debbie Ross, Gerry Lyons, Sheri de-
Boe, Dennis Keeling, Marsha Lindsey.

Delta Sigma Theta

Kneeling — Gina Ferguson, Rita Chandler, Angela
Gillian. Evetta Slerman. Sitting — Rosalind Harper.
Gwendolyn Thomas, deLevay Osborne. Jacqueline
D. Wyatt. Not Pictured — Evita Slerman. Ellen
Leach. Karol Smith, Virginia Welch. Marva Parker.
Andrea Dorsey. Yolanda Aiken, Sharman Monroe.
Gloria Ivey.


Row 1 (kneeling) — Patty Cox, Kathy Ward. Lisa
Shimberg. Mary Bannister, Ezzie Alio, Valyrie Laed-
lein. Row 2 — Brenda Minor. Kathleen laMarre. Car-

rie Previ. Kim Baker. Holly Baker. Peggy Brown,
Carol Luggins. Not pictured — Barbara Quick. Can-
dice Thurman, Beth Wolk, Michele Leifer. Ava Ber-
man. Candy Perque, Abby Loward. Biffy Dillion,
Laurel Tobias, Meg Ricci. Audrey Galex.

founded the fraternity on the basis of
scholarship, community service and broth-
erhood. Nu Beta chapter has committed it-
self to community projects ranging from
fund raising for the Friendship House in
S.E. to sponsoring a Halloween party for
kids to contributing to the Million Dollar
Drive, which the fraternity sponsored on
behalf of the N.A.A.C.P.. National Urban
League and the United Negro College

The fifteen founders of Nu Beta chapter
are Anthony Williams, Joseph Ferguson.
Darion Thomas, John Garnett, Adrian
(Lucky) Brevard, Daniel Robinson IV,
Earl Jennings, Benjamin Bowles, Robert
Kelley, Eddie Oliver, Robert Butts,
Donald DeVille, Mark Trice, Michael Ree-
ves and Donald Edwards. Our Chapter
Advisor is Rowland Martin of the Student

Activities and Special Services office.

Phi Sigma Sigma, the first non-sectarian
sorority in the United States, was founded
at Hunter College in 1913. Presently the
Beta Upsilon chapter is active at American
University, raising funds continuously
throughout the year for the Kidney Foun-
dation. They enjoy a close friendship with
their own sisters and also with those of so-
rority houses throughout the country, and
they pride themselves on the diversity of
their sisters.

On the A.U. campus Phi Sigma Sigma
sisters hold winter and spring formats,
holiday parties and study breaks with other
Greeks on campus. During the "78-'79
school year they took part in such ac-
tivities as auctions, ice skating and pot luck

Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was

Row 1 — Donna Shira, Jackie Smith. Row 2 — Kathy
Baisden, Margie Stauffer, Marie Gladye. Tina Eder-
man. Maggie Wolff. Dawn Peters.

Phi Sigma Sigma

Eilene Litvak, Robbin Marks, Cathy Grim, Laurie


Alpha Chi Omega

founded at the Virginia Military Institute,
Lexington, Virginia, in 1865. It was the
first fraternity founded after the Civil War,
and it is one of the oldest social organiza-
tions in the nation. The Epsilon Iota chap-
ter of Alpha Tau Omega was founded on
January 30, 1943, here at American Uni-
versity. The brotherhood has, however,
been associated with this campus since
1928, when, until 1943, it was known as
Alpha Theta Phi.

Today the Epsilon Iota chapter of Alpha
Tau Omega is an active and growing cam-
pus organization of thirty-one brothers and
pledges. A.T.O. has a long history of
community service here at A.U. The most
recent endeavors in the area of social ser-
vice have been raising money for both the

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Eli Fatterman, Mark Polack, Marc Duber, Ronnie
Dresner, Joe Seawell, Jim Sitpe. Rich Hansler. Joel
Feldman, Bruce Taub, Jeff Newman, Marshall Au-
ron, Lee Rawitz, Lee Mitterer, Scott Richter, Jim
Blanstein, Abe Lowenstein, Scott Hildebrand, Eric
Portnoy. Neil Rosen. Doug Sonetas, Kent Roman,
Don Deem, David Weiner, Mike Kirk. Steve Ungar,
Dave Olafson, Eric Feldman. Rob Engel, Mike
Dresner, Scott Becker, Pete Vimonen, Kevin Rich,
Jeff Kahan, Richard Skobel, Art Maxham, Brian
Armstrong, CD. Horwitz. Alan Lavin. Rob Green-
burg. Phil Horowitz, Keith Lewis.

National Epilepsy and Leukemia Founda-
tions. Throughout the year, A.T.O. offered
several parties that were open to the entire
campus in addition to closed in-house par-
ties. A.T.O. has also kept active in intra-
mural sports. While they have not won
any championships lately, they have ad-
vanced to the semi-finals and the finals in
the areas of softball, bowling and basket-

The A.T.O. officers of the 1978-79 year
were: president — Randy Gleit, vice-
president — Rodger Petrocelli, treasurer
— Jon Krongard, and secretary — Lee
Potter. Under these officers the brother-
hood has striven to become a visible and
active organization at American Universi-


Alpha Phi Alpha

Anthony Williams, Donald DeVille. Michael Halbert,
Joseph Ferguson, Benjamin Bowles, Daniel Robinson
IV, Edgar Oliver, Adrian Brevard, Mark Trice, Dar-
ion Thomas, Earl Jennings.

Daddy's Back'

The Loggins

The mark of a truly great performer is his
ability to turn a restless, bored and unre-
sponsive audience into cheering en-
thusiasts after just one number. Kenny
Loggins is such a performer.

Appearing Wednesday, October 18, at
George Washington University's Smith
Center, Loggins displayed various styles of
music ranging from the mellow to hard
rock, all of which won the crowd over.

He opened with the title tune from his
latest album, "Nightwatch," then followed
with "'Daddy's Back" and a long version
of "Why Do People Lie?" His new pieces
have a jazzier sound than his earlier works,
but it made little difference to the crowd.

Loggins then turned to mellow sounds
with a solo version of "You Don't Know
Me." In an effort to oblige and quiet the
shouted requests, he played his famed
"House at Pooh Corner."


The rest of the evening ran like a Kenny
Loggins greatest hits album. "Danny's
Song" preceded his current single,
"Whenever I Call You 'Friend'." which
sounded better than ever despite the ab-
sence of Stevie Nicks. At this point the
crowd was on its feet clapping and swaying
to the music. During "I Believe In Love"
the audience was urged to sing along. He
closed with a 20 minute version of "Angry

His lengthy finale, however, did not sat-
isfy the crowd, which cheered him back for
three encores, "Easy Driver" from his
new album, "Vahevala," and finally
"Celebrate Me Home."

Jay H. Handelman

fa *£


The A.U. Tavern: "Eating Out
is Fun"

A last psychology class held over wine
and munchies. Catching a couple of beers
while your computer program is running.
Relaxing on a study break. Getting rowdy
after midterms. The juke box competing
with the T.V. Live bands on the weekends.
A freshman sent flying across the room fol-
lowed by his chair. And the food isn't bad

Lisa Strongin

Coffee House

A.U.'s own Saturday Night Live.

A grab-bag of rock bands, jazz bands,
poetry readings, folk guitarists. "Isn't that
guy in Western Trad. How does he have
time to write songs?" A place in which to
become friends. No cover, B.Y.O.B.
Black tie optional.

Lisa Strongin

Where to Go When Your Dorm
Walls Close in on You

Georgetown. Exciting playground for
junior executives and dignitaries. But what
about the rest of us, who do not own gold
charge plates? Take heart! Georgetown
can be fun on student budgets too. It is a
kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, many of
which come free of charge. The shops on
Wisconsin Avenue and M Street are unique
and picturesque, and while their merchan-
dise may be priced way out of your range,
it doesn't cost a cent to look.

At Canal Square there are two shops that
are especially fun to browse through. The
Tiffany Tree features original pieces of art
work in various forms of bric-a-brac.
Porcelain and pewter figures, hand blown
glass and sculptured candle and one-of-a-
kind jewelry are just some of the items on
display. If you have a passion for classic

children's toys or Christmas ornaments.
The Great Chase is your paradise. They
have the finest array of nutcrackers and
tree ornaments in the area. Follow a young
child around the shop and watch his eyes
light up among the stuffed animals and
hand puppets. The Square features other
shops and usually a street musician or two
at night.

To really appreciate the diversity and
charm of Georgetown, wander away from
the main avenues. You will find good and
inexpensive restaurants, a canal along
which to stroll, row, or ride a bicycle, and
off-beat shops such as the Bowl and Board
where everything is made of wood. Their
toys, dishes, goblets, all have the personal
touch of carved wood. The people are
friendly and there is no pressure on brow-

If you enjoy being touristy, you can
catch the view of D.C. from Key Bridge or

hunt for the steps used in filming The Exor-
cist. If you are a bit more bizarre, you can
stand near Riggs Bank's golden dome and
tell the real tourists, "Yes, this is the Capi-

When you have walked enough and are
interested in food, your choice is only li-
mited by your pocketbook and your imagi-
nation. If you are celebrating a paycheck,
you can enjoy the good food at the Publick
House. If not, Crumpets is very informal
and the desserts are spectacular. Mr.
Smith's gives you the option of outdoor di-
ning in their Garden Room and the best
daiquiris in Georgetown. The Cafe de Paris
serves excellent potatoes and fattening de-
sserts twenty-four hours a day. The key is
to window shop the menus in order to de-
cide where and what you would like to eat.

Now that you are rested and refreshed,
what about the Georgetown night spots
you have heard about? Unfortunately,
most of them require cover charges and
minimums, but there is one place with no
cover: Deja Vu, located around 22nd and
M, not quite Georgetown proper, but still
within walking distance. Proper dress is
necessary in this palatial maze of rooms
where you can sit and sip your drink and,
when the mood is right, make your way to
the dance floor. The music is mostly Fifties
and the Pina Coladas are stimulating! Best
of all, at the end of a night like this, you can
take a taxi home and still afford to do it
again next week.

L. Strongin

Off Campus Living: The

It's early morning, a little before eight,
and the dorms are slowly coming to life as
the residents awaken and prepare for the
first of the day's classes. But outside are
cars and buses coming up Massachusetts
and Nebraska Avenues, up Foxhall Road
and down Wisconsin Avenue across West-
ern Avenue, bringing A.U. students from
Arlington and Alexandria in Virginia, and
Rockville and Riverdale in Maryland, from
the corners of Washington and its outlying
suburbs to The American University cam-
pus, where they create a constant flow of
in-and-out traffic from the first class at 8:30
a.m. until the last, ending at 10:40 p.m.

Whether they are area natives living at
home or students from other cities sharing
an apartment, the commuters share a
common sense of independence from the
often cloistered existence of the on-
campus residents. To the commuter, the
resources of the city are not something dis-
tant and inaccessible, as they may be to
the resident who treats the campus borders
as walls. The Kennedy Center, local
museums, movie theaters and Georgetown
are, for many commuters, a way of life and

have become regular stops during the day
on the way to and from school.

For the bus commuter. A.U. becomes
four years of bus stops at Ward Circle, 18th
& K, and Dupont Circle, as well as bus
transfers and subway farecards. Getting
from one end of the city to another be-
comes part of the education of self-
sufficiency. The commuter can't afford the
distinction the resident is prone to make
between college life and "'the real world,"
for on the bus, subway and highways there
is no such distinction.

When on campus though, the commuter
faces the problem of what to do if there is a
long stretch between classes, for A.U. is
not a campus designed for the non-
resident. The 24-hour study lounge and
snack bar are fine for a brief respite, but
they become monotonous after awhile, and
the crowds get tiresome for the student
who wants privacy. The Batelle-Tompkins
Library, with its tight space and claus-
trophobic atmosphere, is also of little help.

For those who live off campus, its ad-
vantages far outweigh its problems. The
city becomes part of their life and part of
their education; its resources and oppor-
tunities open before them.

Paul Page




H m

Characteristics of college students in the
past four decades have reflected the chang-
ing interests and values within American
society. K. Patricia Cross (1968) refers to
the campus scene of the 1930's as "coping
with the enthusiastic cause-chasers." The
veterans of the late 1940's brought new ac-
ademic competition and seriousness to

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