Tumbleweed (Helena, Mont.) 1975-1977, September 16, 1975, Image 5

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Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1975 page 5 THE TUMBLEWEED Tumbleweed- There are alot of things going around about irrespon­ sibility on the part of the \C o lors Magazine” staff. M i l you comment on that? Nicholson- Certainly. I suppose we would argue about irrespon­ sibility on the part of the \C o lors Magazine” staff until the day Carroll College finally abstains from beer. I admit It right here and now and I personally accept responsibility for much of that i r ­ responsibility. Before I get into It more specifically, however, I ’ d like to make everyone aware of one Important point. The \C o lors” staff may have been awfully irresponsible in how the magazine was handled last year but who, for crying out loud, was picking up their rear ends and trying to get a magazine together? That maga­ zine, I believe, is critical-and I do mean critical- for the community’s self respect. Even MSU has a literary magazine, What goes on the records as a spectacular failure last year, a tragic defeat in the eyes of most folks, is to me a substantial improvement over the previous years when nothing happened. As far as our mistakes go, I believe that there are two major areas we neglected. First of all, we had planned on funding the publications through donations from patrons and sales. Somehow, the contributions all in the form of checks, found their way to the college incinerator. Luckily we were able to get those checks cancelled. Also, I saw some windowed envelopes on Joe Ward’s desk from the Helena Letter Shoppe that were addressed to \C o lors” so I suppose there is some­ thing else that we’ll have to take care of. I really don’t know exactly where we stand financially. I wasn’t taking care of that phase of the operation, but I am sure we now stand mildly in debt. The other area involves the faculty. I found myself doing alot of apoligizing to D r. Ward and Bob Heywood about the magazine. For a large part their talents went sadly ignored. Especially Bob Hey­ wood, who was given only a small group of poems by the poetry edi­ tor to critque and then later completely ignored because the poetry editor thought he was too slow. I get angry when I think about what a resource our faculty is and how the “ Colors Magazine” staff just didn’t use that resource. Now everytime I talk to Dr. Ward about the magazine, he seems very skeptical, but that is just my impression. I ’ m sure that he would dearly love to see \Colors Magazine” pub­ lished again. Tumbleweed- You seem to hope that the A.S.C.C. will fund \Colors Magazine” . Could you elaborate? Nicholson- Well, this may be unfair to say but I ’ll give you my im ­ pression of just where the A.S.C.C. stands on supporting \Colors Magazine.” Everytime I talk to the officers about “ Colors” they tell me how much they support the magazine and how much they think that Carroll College needs a literary publication, but, whenever I talk about money, they begin to talk about salabilitiy and things like that. I would like to see the magazine published and then distributed to the Carroll Community free of charge. The A.S.C.C. has the money. Con­ sider this- every year th e Associated Students try to bring in big name entertainment, Last year we brough in \Blood Sweat and Tears” and the band only had one original member in it. I t ’ s obvious that we don’t have the bucks to bring in that kind of entertainment. Bozeman and Missoula do. If we saved the money we lose on the two or so concerts we have each year, we could probably put out an issue of \C o lors Magazine” and buy the equipment for an F.M. radio station. Why don’t we go to Missoula or Bozeman, see entertainment and save our bucks for things we can afford instead of cheap copies of real entertainment? \Colors Magazine” we can afford. Tumbleweed - What is involved in the production of \C o lors Maga­ zine?” Nicholson- I can’t really tell you because I ’ ve really never been in­ volved in the publication of an issue of “ Colors Magazine.” There are several things, however, that I do know should be done. First of all, people have to write-produce some literary art. Even if Carroll College can’t get a literary publication together this year, there’s always next year. How long did Isreal wait for the Messiah? Be­ sides that, the creative experience is well worth the effort. So I urge everyone to get into the act and write or draw, that includes music too, gang. Okay, after we get contributions, the editorial staff is supposed to read them, study them, analyze them. Some works are rejected, (pon’t worry folks, M e lville probably would have an awfully hard time getting a publisher to print MOBY DICK if he had written it today.) Almost all contributions are sent back to the authors with suggestions of improvement. Last year some folks took it rather personal, but these suggestions are only suggestions and we must remember that. After all the contributions are in, the magazine is laid out and sent to the printers. I f \C o lors Magazine” gets going this year, I would like to see the final product copy­ righted to protect our contributors. The rights for each work will, of course be in the hands of each particular author. In the past, marketing has been another phase in the operation but I hope to eli­ minate that and replace i t with simple distribution. I thought air dropping the copies over the campus from a F - lll would be nice. Tumbleweed- Is there anything else you’d like to say about your ex­ perience with \Colors Magazine?” Nicholson- For sure. Alot of times I feel like John the Baptist in the wilderness crying out against the apathy on this campus, but I usually end up being just as apathetic as everyone else. For crying out loud, I swear that Carroll College is the only place on the face of the world where you can find people capable of going into blind raving mad fits of apathy. Something has got to change. Look at us! For the last two years the only source o f news on this campus has been put out by the Development Office. Hey, we’re big boys and girls now. We shouldn’t have to depend on our teachers to do things for us. That’s high school. The students on this campus don’t realize that they could virtually remake this college. We are responsible for what this school becomes by 1980. Nothing will happen unless folks get moving. A literary magazine may not be as important in this revolution as this newspaper will be, but it will be an indi­ cation of what Carroll students can produce. One big thing I ’ d like to say about the Carroll Community. There’s a lot of people around here who are awful big on talk and awful short on action. Look how long we talked about visitation hours two years ago. That should have been a three minute matter, instead we argued for half a year. When it comes to getting things done, we’ve got to stop discussing the feasability of things and roll up our sleeves and start booting rear ends. That’s how things get done. I want to put out a literary magazine this year. I believe that the direction the Carroll Community will take in the next few years will be indicated by whether \Colors Magazine” is published this year. Not that an issue of \C o lors” will save Carroll, but i f there’s enough life in the Carroll Community to create “ Colors.” then I believe that there’s enough life here to save Carroll from be­ coming a vocational-technical school. Liberal arts is life. I quote Deuteronomy- Choose Life. If anybody is Interested in “ Colors Magazine” please contact me, I live in 518 St. Charles. Please cme and talk with me about it and we’ll see i f we can’t get things together. Mark Nicholson is a senior studying English and is currently suf­ fering from Tendonitis. His favorite saint is St. Jude. Mark has re­ cently spent a summer at the East Helena branch of Dante’s Inferno. Help a shut-in. Ask a neighbor who is temporarily “ grounded” if you can pick up any groceries for her. * * * Your younger neighbors are one o f the nation’s greatest natural resources. The Teamsters Union suggests that you join many o f its members in supporting the youth organizations in your neighborhood. * * * B i g B r o t h e r s a n d S i s t e r s If you care about others, and feel you have enough spare time to be a friend to someone who has never had one, then the Big Brothers and Sisters of Helena needs you. The Big Brothers and Sisters program deals with children be­ tween the ages of six and seven­ teen who need companionship, activity, or both very badly. We need volunteers who are under­ standing and consistent, and are really willing to help out. We do not ask too much from our volunteers, only to see the child two or three hours a week, and considering there are a hundred and sixty hours in a week spending two or three with someone who really needs you isn’t that much. The first step in becoming a Big Brother or Sister is to call us at 442-7479 or drop in at 530 N. Ewing. I f you feel you’d be a good Big Brother or Sister please, take that first step. Let your neighbor put his parking problem in your driveway. When he’s planning a party and you’re not using your car, offer the space for his company. T r a n s f o r m a t i o n v o l u t i o n / A b s o l i t i o n Prisons are a product of old stick ideas that have no place in the new society, which is necessarily is coming about as a result of the evolution/transformation of mankind. In the new society, bas­ ed on human needs as defined by Abraham Maslow, the ecologi­ cally sound communities and practices, there will no longer be the backward idea that the only thing to do with poorly as pos­ sible, The idea that doing pen­ ance (hence penitentiary) is good reflects times when most people thought that sitting in a cell and thinking about you sins (crim es) would somehow magically make you a better person. It is easy to see how locking someone up and treating him as some kind of being which deserves no regard could be justified. In the new society it will be necessary to find out whether the situation that preseded the vio­ lation was a result of a problem the individual had, or a problem that society had, or a combina­ tion cf the two. Then something must be done whereby either the offending individual may be re­ habilitated, or the society itself must undergo some kind of re- hablitation. The major cause of crime which now plagues us will no longer exist, this being the structure of present-day society Itself. Thus, most crimes typical of this soc­ iety will no longer exist. Prisons can have a positive effect in the coming transfor­ mation, but only buy their abol­ ition. With the abolition of pri­ sons a change in consciousness would necessarily come about. Society would be forced to deal with the roots of crime. The people in prisons no w would need to undergo a lengthy re­ habilitation program, and mean­ ingful rehabilitation programs would need to be instituted for future violators. However, when society realized that it had to deal with the reality of crime and criminals, as people and not as numbers in a prison cell, the result would be a sudden and healthy change in how we deal with people. Also, the p r i­ son as a place to keep political prisoners would no longer work, which would be healthy, espec­ ially for outspoken people. The transformation of society will not be an overnight miracle but a gradual, natural growing process which could be speeded up and given more momentum by the abolition of prisons. By, Jim Taylor NjmOMJIL HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION M l I K SEPTEMRER tl-ST. 1S7S

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