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steve b
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Date Posted: 06:49:59 09/01/08 Mon

They were originally Simon - male and Garfunkel- female - that changed almost immediately. The stark contrast between P-10 counterculture "hippies" and Southwest "normie" jealousies made for tense early going with almost riot like episodes. Chants from the high-rises of "P-10 Sucks" (we had a PE course exemption and other uncommon freedoms).

First year P-10 guys standing in front of Pierpont to block the "immature" beer inspired panty raids from Cance House and beyond. Many at Moore were there to evade/ elude the draft w/ a 2-S deferment from service in 'Nam. Females were not drafted.

Average SAT score for P-10 freshmen was about 710. Alternative courses i.e. English class held in the dorm -- reading list included Burroughs' "Naked Lunch", Kerouac's "On the Road" and, very appropriately, "The Harrad Experiment".

Many first year P-10ers were unable to cope with the "anarchy" and moved out to trad-Quad dorms. Some of us ideated and created a demonstration incorporating Bucky Fuller's geodesic dome blueprints called Free University City (FUC ,tee hee)to protest the "synthetic sincerity" of the UMass establishment and the inhuman architecture of Southwest Complex. To the chagrin of the university "deacons" and the delight of the Charles Adams type visionaries, the event made the Britannica Yearbook of 1969 and drew the mention of Walter Cronkite and all the network news. Yeah, some of us drove VW buses and supported "guerrila" theater escapades. We had P-10 "beerie/druggie" football games in the snow and hung out at the "Project Apartment" in Moore House that was set up as a safe-haven drug drop-in center to help students having bad trips and other "bummers". It was actually the safest place to "drop" acid. Eventually, the powers-that-be wrested it away to house returning alums i.e. Nina Simone, Buffy St. Marie and Bill Cosby. and so it goes, and so it goes...

Lots to tell about those halcyon days! Any questions? Please feel free to contact me- actually, I'm surprised and delighted that anyone is still curious... Be Well- Steve

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Re: history 101Robb (forum host)11:19:15 09/07/08 Sun

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