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April 14, 1964
Medusa Editorial No.2
The TRIPOD earlier this year heard of and proceeded to investigate the misfunctionings of the Medusa. Always mindful of the potential weaknesses of the system, the TRIPOD first advocated small changes which would strengthen those weak areas. The Medusa responded by silence, a silence that acknowledged their misfunctioning. Now since the students refuse to correct a glaring wrong, the TRIPOD directs this editorial to the faculty and administration of Trinity College.
Because adolescents cannot and should not rule adolescents, the Medusa
should be stripped of its disciplinary functions and a proctoring system should
be instituted. The composition, the practices, and future hazards all point to the precarious position of the Medusa on this campus. The regulation of adolescents by adolescents is bad. As college students, we must recognize that we are still maturing. The members of the Medusa, who have the power to destroy the life
of any student by their punishments, do not have the necessary skill or discretion
to judge wisely, consistently. Can the Medusa really stand in favorable comparison to judges and lawyers who have had at least three years more experience
and maturity? No. The student should not be a guinea pig for would-be
lawyers, administrators, etc. And the student should not be subjected to the
control of the Medusa whose capacity to deal with emotional and academic and
social pressures is no greater than the students they sentence. A bad decision
because of a bad day for a Medusa member is harmful to all, especially for an
age group which is experiencing important readjustments in their lives. Another
consideration is that of students' respect for the authority the Medusa wields. Can a student really comply to the orders of another student? A student may listen to reason, but recoils when ordered by his peers. Only the silent power of the Dean sustains the influence of the Medusa. Nothing else. Where is there respect?
We are tired of hearing of the inconsistencies of the Medusa: how a member
will appear on a social call and then reappear a few minutes later as the Medusa
to nab someone because he previously. ously noticed a whiskey bottle on the
shelf; how they hide behind trees; how they barge into rooms without proper
prefactory remarks; how they sometimes will slap on penalties for loud gatherings,
and sometimes ignore them. (But then imaybe this is an introduction to Vance Packard's Naked Society.) Most reasonable thinking people will admit that the Medusa has one glaring weakness: it combines the apprehending and
judicial functions into one. No more needs to be said about that. The Medusa
is secretive, too much so; in fact their only acknowledged responsibility to the
general student is a' white paper on a grubby bulletin board. The future presents an even more interesting picture. We are aware that the North Campus doranitory is hard to discipline (those long corridors are wicked for shaving cream fights), but there are only 120 students in that dorm. What will happen when 450 students live in four buildings in close proximity at the south end of campus? These buildings,
having long corridors and facing one another are a perfect setting for a spontaneous
spring riot. And seven Medusa members are going to stop that? (Too bad if they have hour tests the next day. They have even conceded in private conversations that they are burdened with the discipline problems.) But the dictum is that if it functions well in the present, there is no need to worry about the. future. Recent
letters to the TRIPOD have shown, however, that all is not well in the present.
All is not well with the Medusa. And this view is not as scatterbrained as the
Medusa might think. There is also a significant element of concern in the faculty.
What are the answers ? One has been suggested that deserves merit. The
college should appoint several proctors (in lieu of the word cop), who are of a
decent character and have the experience to judge human action and to know when
to put the clamps on boisterous boys.  The power of sentencing would and should be transferred to the faculty committee which currently bears the name
of Academic Standing1 and Discipline and which would either judge or delegate
this power to responsible persons (not students). This is not the only answer,
but a time-tested one. The Medusa could then revert to its status of an Honor Society and fulfill the function of providing a goal for status minded students.

February 11, 1964
In 25 Years Seniors Hope To Raise Fund of $160,000
$160,000 or more.  This is the proposed sum which the Class of 1964 Memorial Fund Committee hopes to secure for the College by their 25th Reunion in 1989.
This gift idea is a precedent for any graduating class at Trinity.  Previous gifts, taken from donations or from the "breakage fee," have at most amounted to only a few thousand dollars.
The new program in similar to recently adopted fund programs at Princeton, Yale, Lafayette, and Wesleyan.
The use of the fund money will be determined at the 25th class reunion.
Under the plan, each member of the Class of 1964 will contribute a minimum of $20 per year, whcih should accumulate more than $645 by the end of the 25-year period.  A $50 pledge would result in an accumulated $1,650 towards the fund.
The Memorial fund would serve as an additional financial resource to the three existing areas for the contribution: the alumni fund, the capital gifts program; and the bequest program.
The Memorial Fund Committee chairman James Rowan former business manager of the TRIPOD, said the plan "offers the Class of 1964 a chance to contribute a most significant amount of financial support" through a program which is gaining popularity as a plan for class gifts."  He emphasized the precedent-setting nature of the program.
Committee vice chairman Thomas Monahan said the program was developed through the cooperation of the Fund committee, the Senior Class officers and members of the administration.

December 17, 1963
Fenrich Too Small by JOE MARTIRE
DEC. 15 - When an athlete moves from intramural to varsity intercollegiate status it deserves some mention; but, when the jump is from intramural all-star to All-
American nomination, then the story becomes almost legendary. Such is the case with John Nelson Fenrieh, Jr. Called by Hall of Fame coach Dan Jessee "the most complete end in my 31 years at Trinity", John was the one thing Coach Jessee had to
crow about in an otherwise dismal season. The 6' 3", 198-pound end from South Orange, New Jersey was nominated for All American by his coaches and game referees. Up  to date John, who reacts violently to the nickname "Spindle," has been
selected to the St. Lawrence All-Opponent Team and third team All- New England, not to mention several pro "feelers" from the National, American and Canadian leagues who would love to beef John up to a 220 pound defensive end or linebacker. Fenrich finished the eight game schedule with a total of 21 receptions
for well over 350 yards and two touchdowns. This total of 21 is the second highest in Trinity history with Sam Winner setting the record at 31 last fall offensively.
John teamed with Bruce MacDougall, who caught twenty passes during the season, to give Trinity the best pair of ends in New England, not to mention in Trinity history. All of Trinity opponents were alerted to the Yavinsky- Fenrich combination after the opening game defeat of Williams, 27-0. In this victory, which
Fenrich called his best and most satisfying, John scored two touchdowns and helped anchor the Bantam defense in stopping the Ephmen on their home field.
AFTER THE WILLIAMS game, John was double and triple teamed for the remainder of the season. Despite these uneven odds, he continued to thrill the crowds with
his leaping catches amidst two and three defensive halfbacks. John felt that the Susquehanna team, "little Syracuse," was the toughest he faced all season. The
Crusader defensive backfleld, which included Don Green ( a 5th round AFL draft choice), let Fenrich out of sight just enough to make a few of his spectacular catches
before a highly partisan crowd at Selinsgrove. Fenrich played defensive end to
such a successful degree that his end was often avoided by opposing teams. He had great recovery power and range which enabled him to make an unusual amount of
tackles on the opposite side of the field. Whether it was turning-in end runs, stopping off-tackle smashes, or flattening the quarterback, John could be counted upon. THE STRANGE PART of this story is that John Fenrich played intramural football for his first two years at Trinity. After terrorizing the intramural league for
two years with the Frosh and then the Jaguars -(independents), John came out for varsity in his junior year because "I was afraid that I couldn't make my fraternity ACR team." Aside from this motivating factor, John was pushed and bullied into trying out by his fraternity brothers Sam Winner and George "Capone" Guiliano, last year's offensive and defensive specialists at end. John played sparingly as a junior
because he lacked the technique, experience, and knowledge of the end position. Line coach Karl Kurth commented that, "John improved tremendously since his junior year both offensively and defensively. He's a very coachable athlete because
he listens, learns quickly, and is a perfectionist, John never talks about his good plays but rather only about his mistakes. Unfortunately he's still two years away from Bearing his peak because he's only really played two years of college ball." Despite all this praise and publicity, John remained a team player as evidenced by his remark to me that he was concerned with his blocking and was pleased to notice the improvement this fall. The history of John Fenrich as a past athlete is perhaps noteworthy material for a Ring Lardner story on high school athletes. Columbia High School in South Orange is in the hot-bed of Essex County athletics, the best in New Jersey and perhaps the East. Driven by the mania for fame and glory, John was a real high school "jock," He was too small for the line, tripped over himself when he ran, and threw like a "corkscrew" in football: he won his letter as a bench QB who held the ball for the extra point so that Columbia's star QB wouldn't get hurt. In basketball he won wide renown for being the hatchet-man of the team and in baseball he was the best third base coach in the country (according to John himself). "I was never a good enough high school athlete to get headlines or a big enough hero to get to walk a cheerleader- home after a big game," he said. WITH THIS BACKGROUND John enrolled at Trinity where he claims that he only plays football and basketball to keep in shape for his Trinity D owns Clark In 82-80 Squeaker JOHN FENRICH favorite sports of scuba diving, water skiing, and horse racing. During the winter months John captains the varsity basketball team and last year was voted the team's outstanding player by finishing seventh in the nation in rebounding. Last year he also won the intramural heavyweight wrestling championship three days after the basketball season ended. He has the strength, agility, and coordination of a real natural athlete. On the academic side of the ledger John is a psychology major who was awarded a departmental and government grant this summer for research at Trinity, All that John would say concerning his research is that it dealt with "time estimation" arid is a top secret project under tight security. ON THE SOCIAL SIDE, John divides his time between "teen queens" and Miss Mary Orr, a 93 year old widow who Is the president of the John Fenrich Fan Club. When not studying or polishing his Wadlund trophy and "failure medals," John can be found enjoying the shows at the Bushnell Auditorium or working as a chauffeur.  If John doesn't go into professional athletics, he'll either join the Naval OCS, finally finish his research project, or practice his jump shots until he runs out of food and money. Talent, energy, a sense of humor, and perseverance should unlock the door to success for Trinity's "Big John."

November 27, 1963
Eleven Seniors Are Named For Colleges' 'Who's Who' The 1964 Issue of WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES will Include 11 Trinity seniors. These students are chosen on the basis of their scholastic effort and leadership
during their college careers. These "outstanding" seniors were chosen by members of a committee made up of all Junior Senators, and the list includes:  Michael P. Anderson, president of the Senate, chairman of the Sports Committee and a member of Sigma Nu Alfred C. Burfeind, Editor-in-Chief of the TRIPOD, former member of the Choir, and a member of Q.E.D.; R, Scott Gregory, former president
of the Atheneum Society, and president of Pi Kappa Alpha. John C. Hussey, member of the Vestry, Commander of the AFROTC, and a member of Phi Psi. Joseph R. Martire, member of the Senate and The Medusa, and president of Alpha Chi Rho.
Thomas B. McKune, member of the Medusa, a varsity football player, and a member of Delta Psi. Peter J. Schaeffer, Assistant Commander of the AFROTC, president
of the Economics Club, and a member of Alpha Delta Phi. Richard B. Schlro, member of the Medusa, former vice-president of the Senate, former president
of the Political Science Club, and a member of Theta Xi. J. Snowden Stanley, Jr. member of the Pipes, president of AIESEC, and a member of Theta Xi. David H. Tower, member of the Senate, chairman of The Student Fine Arts Campaign, former president of the class of 1964, and a member of Theta Xi.  Keith S. Watson, member of the Senate, president of the class of 1964, former sports editor of the TRIPOD, and president of Theta Xi.


 Five Seniors Phi Beta
NOV. 8 ~ Dr. Blanchard W. Means, secretary of the Beta of Connecticut, Phi Beta Kappa, announced today that the following five Trinity seniors were elected to the Phi Beta Kappa at the end of the Trinity terrn: Robert Bennett, William Coulson, Michael Grossman, Ronald Quirk, and Wilson Taylor, These men will be initiated on the afternoon of Thursday, December 5. Consistently on the Dean's List from his freshman year and a major in classics, Robert Bennett won second award in the Melvin W. Title Latin Prize last year. William Coulson, also a classics major, is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Coulson was on the freshman soccer team, the fencing team and has worked with WRTC-FM. He was a junior adviser last year, and also last year Coulson received a first place in the Goodwin Greek Prize and placed second in 1961. In 1961, he placed second in the Notopolus Latin Prize and tied with two others for the Title Latin Prizes last year, In addition, Coulson received the Mead Greek Prize (history) in 1962. Ronald Quirk, who belonged to the
Newman Club In 1961, was also president of the Spanish Club that same year. Quirk has received the Title Latin Prize and placed first for the Notopolus Latin Prize. He is a major in modern languages. Michael Grossman, an economics major, is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and has been active in the Hillel Society
since a freshman. He is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu fraternity, an honorary society for the social sciences. Wilson Taylor, a mathematics major, won the Phi Gamma Delta Prize for mathematics in 1961, and last year he won the Sigma
Pi Sigma Prize and was runner-up for the Pi Gamma Delta Prize.


October 1963 issue of the Tripod

Nichols Pans All Male Campus
OCT. 2—"If we could go coeducational and have girls at Trinity, It would be very nice, Indeed!" drama professor George E. Nichols, HI, told the TRIPOD today.
"Touring the country's colleges during my sabbatical leave last
semester has convinced me of the advantages of having girls on campus," he explained, "speaking, of course, strictly from the dramatic
point of view." Nichols drove twelve thousand miles, visiting thirty colleges and
universities in Connecticut, Florida, San Francisco, Minnesota, and
various points along the way, "to get any suggestions for the arts
center here—both for planning and running the dramatic part." He
found few art centers during his three-month trip, and of those he
did visit, none -was housed in a single building. "They're in the
planning stages at most places," Nichols explained. "Nevertheless, I did get to meet
and to talk with people in the field, to 'exchange ideas,' and to
see the quality of work being done at various places," he said. "That's
when I realized the Importance of girls," he added. "AFTER SEEING about twenty
rehearsals and productions, I returned OP-roud' of the Jesters--their work compares most favorably with that of similar Institutions. The only advantage certain schools had was female talent right on campus," he asserted.
But even without girls, Nichols is enthusiastic about the new Fine
Arts Center, which will Increase the Jesters' flexibility of program
and "enable us to do a more diverse program of plays, since we
will not be hampered constantly by lack of space, and our choice of
plays need no longer be directed by technical demands."
He feels somewhat sorry about leaving Alumni Hall and the "intimacy of the present three-sided stage set up," but the rehearsal room of the new Center—and even
the stage—could be used "if we wanted to set up theatre in the round."
"I find Alumni Hall increasingly depressing," Nichols asserted, "and am anxiously awaiting our art center.' It will change the informality we've enjoyed," he explained, "but I hope it will attract and hold more Interested people." And more important, Nichols asserted, "the quality of our productions, especially on the
technical side, will be more impressive." The possibilities for Interesting dramatic lighting will be greatly increased, he explained, "and we'll be able to do more
than one-set shows." NICHOLS IS KEEPING ideas to himself concerning the Jesters'
presentation at the opening of the Theatre in January or February, 1965. "But my trip last semester convinced me not to plan to open the Theatre with an enormous production—there are so many other problems attending the opening of
a theatre." His trip around the world this summer—"phase two of my traveling, my world weary phase"-- "to satisfy a curiosity about some of the other parts of the world," also impressed Nichols, but not in the sense that he could bring any of what he discovered back to Trinity, except in the form of souvenirs and 1100 slides.
"I saw all different types of theatre strange to our Western drama," he explained. He spent almost a month in Japan alone, viewing Kabuki and several Noli
dramas. "They're extremely different from any type of drama in the West has developed; both are the purest essence of theatre I've ever been exposed to." No" he insisted, "the Jesters will not present a Noh drama!" CHINESE OPERA was also fascinating, Nichols said, especially, since none of the actors are over eighteen. "Again, no plans for Trinity.) And nothing was quite
as amusing and fascinating, he asserted, as the spontaneous.
Street performances in Bali, where; they mocked anything popular at
the moment {"This already goes  on at Trinity—constantly," he noted.) ;
Professor Nichols is hoping to set up a showing of his slides from Japan, Bali, Saigon, Cambodia, Northern India, Egypt, Lebanon, Istanbul, Greece, Vienna, and England, "I wish others on campus, in more regular showings, would do the same," he added, since there are several fascinating sets of slides he knows of, "and probably many more." But this showing will have to wait a while, since he must first
assort his slides and find the best of them (he iS an excellent amateur photographer), and right now he is busy preparing the Jesters'
fall production of Camus' CALIGULA for October 31, November 1, 2, 4, and 5. "This play is fascinating," Nichols noted, "from any viewpoints—dramatic, philosophical, and just sheer entertainment—and impact." It will be interesting to see what the
world traveler can do with the rench play about a mad Roman emperor—and, most likely, quite entertaining.

September 1963 issue of the Tripod

Ralph Allen Jailed in Georgia;
 Denied Bond for Capital Crime Ralph W. Allen III, '64, is jailed in Americus, Georgia, where he and two fellow integration workers await Grand Jury action November 25 on a charge of attempting to incite insurrection, a capital offense under Georgia statutes, Allen, 21, of Melrose, Massachusetts, John Perdew, 21, of Denver,Colorado, and Donald Harris, 21, of New York City were arrested August 8, following a clash between Negro demonstrators and

Americus police.  The three are field secretaries for the Student Non- Violent Coordinating Committee, (SNCC), an Atlanta-based civil rights group. At a hearing before a justice of the peace August 14, they were  denied bond on grounds that the insurrection charge, based on an 1866 statute, is a capital offense They were ordered held for the November session of the Grand Jury, Pending before Georgia Superior Court Judge ​T, O. Marshall is an appeal that bond be set for the three. The judge has said he would hand down a ruling by today. In addition to the Insurrection charge, reports reaching here indicate Allen, Perdew and Harris are also charged with assault and battery, rioting, unlawful assembly and interfering with a lawful arrest. The charges stemmed from abattle between club-wleldlng policemen and Negroes, following a mass meeting which Allen addressed. Police allege Allen, Harris and Perdew were chiefly responsible for the outburst.  In a letter received here this week, Allen charges he and his co-workers are being held "despite what appears to be an utter  lack of evidence," According to the letter, evenAllen Jailed. The night of the arrest unfolded this way: Allen and several Negroes were walking from the mass meeting, held at a Negro church, toward the center of the Negro section. As they neared an Intersection not far from the church, they spotted two groups of Negroes standing on opposite sides of the street, with policemen clustered around them. The Negroes began singing, Allen writes, "so I deliberately hung back, thinking that I did not want to risk arrest because I was scheduled to transport people to the courthouse to register to vote the next day." Then the police moved to arrest Harris, who sat down in the street
"in an attitude of a peaceful noncooperative," "As-people began to surge Into the street," Allen continues, "I walked up to the intersection and asked some people to move back onto the sidewalk unless they wanted to be arrested with Don, and
to tell them that if they wanted to be arrested with Don, they should sit in the street with him. Then  I again retreated back down the street from the intersection."  As Allen retreated, he said, two events occurred, A squad car arrived to carry off Harris and someone began throwing bricks and bottles. "These missiles did not come from the demonstrators/ Alien claims," but from behind a" group of buildings which face into the Intersection." "Police then began to wade into
the crowd of demonstrators with clubs, driving them back down the street toward me," Allen writes. "As people came by me, I stepped back off the sidewalk to let them pass. Then the city marshall charged me from across
the street and hit me a couple of times on the' back and shoulders with a small, object before I, backed way but of his range." The marshall turned to Perdew  at this point, Allen says, and after beating him for several seconds, returned to his original
target. "He hit me twice on the head with a billy club before I turned away," Allen charges. "Then he said, 'When I say run, you'd better run, you nigger-loving son of a bitch.'" Perdew and Allen were then driven into an alley, where police
allegedly pummeled them again with clubs. Allen says police then told him he was charged with disorderly conduct and took him to the city jail. From there he was taken to a hospital, where a head wound was treated. The following day, Allen, Harris, Perdew and two local Negroes were moved to the Sumter County jail. It was at that time that the charges were placed against the three SNCC
workers.  Also outstanding are eight $5,000 peace bonds lodged against each of the three. The attempting to incite insurrection charge carries a maximum penalty of death. When last applied, in the 1930's, a 19-year-old Negro was sentenced to 18-20 years In jail. His conviction was later overruled by the U. S. Supreme Court.

One of our own is in jail.  He is one of our own in part because he came here with some of us, studied with sotae of us and was shaped by some of us, as a few of us in turn were shaped by him. He is one of our own in a larger sense because he is of our generation, and, like each of us, is the son of the generations past, and the father of generations to come. He is one of our own in the greatest sense because he shares with each of us the dream of Washington, of Lincoln, of the Doughboy who fought at Belleau Wood and of the GI who struggled through Bataan: the dream that all men should possess and no man should be denied the inalienable rights to life, liberty,  and the pursuit of happiness; that all men should be seen as equal in the sight of other men, as they are equal in the sight of God. Ralph Allen fought for that dream in Americus, Georgia, where the American Dream exists as a nightmare of segregation, inequality, brutality and hate, and he is in jail. Our laws put him there. Our laws havo kept him there since August 8. We feel this is wrong, and we wonder where the dream has flown. We believe what Ralph Allen tells us of Americus, Georgia. We believe what he tells us of the night of August 8. We are aware that in 1937, Mr. Justice Owen J. Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court  said of the law which now charges Ralph Allen with a capital mm*;: "So vajvuo and indctlurminntc urc the
boundaries thus sol, to the fmulom of speech and assembly Hint the; law necosisiirily violates the guarantees of liberty embodied in the Fourteenth Amendment." We arc nwura, as Dr. .Sleeper has maintained, that "too often in the South the law is used as a weapon of reprisal  or intimidation." We are aware that something is wrong. Our indignation is that tin- laws behind ihe dream which Ralph Allen tried to defend now appear to be used against the realization of that dream. If it can happen to Ralph Allen, who is one of our own, can it nut tmpjien to UH as well?  The issue of rare must tie nettled through law, If it, can not. lie, our nation will be witness to its own damnation. Since it nutst lie, t«m:h of us 'must, show his outrage when the law appeal's to have been manipulated. Where this  exists, it must lie stopped. Write to your CongreHsman, Whow this edition of the TRIPOD to your local
newspaper. Act through your church or synagogue, through your labor union or  service dub. Demand an munediah' and thorough investigation of the validity of
the charges placed against Ralph Allen.  This must be clone. One of our own is in jail. Are we there with him?