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Alligator supplements was
written and produced -as Ass
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the School, of Journalism and
Communications. The Alli Alligator
gator Alligator is especially grateful
for the services of journalism
professor Hugh Cunningham
and Executive Secretary of
the Board of Student Publica Publications
tions Publications K. B. Meurfott.
The talented pen of forma Orange PM Editor Don Adti*
has captured the many activities which make up the Christman
uni mi the Florida campus. Even Santa Clam finds he is not
exempt from UF parking regulations. Dean. Hales reading of
Dickens* Christmss Carol, the Mortar Board tree-lighting cere ceremony,
mony, ceremony, the performance of Handels Messiah and the mischievous
Pfxies in toe womens residence halls have become Yuletime
traditions on the UF campus. The many nationalities and reli religions
gions religions groups in the student body result in a varied recognition
of too seasons significance.. As the pace quickens and Christ Christmas
mas Christmas draws nearer it is obvious that students are becoming
anxious to leave the campus, and the scene of students busily
staffing luggage into homeward-bound autos is repeated again
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
4:30 p.m. Florida Gym
10:45 p.m. Auditorium Plaza
11 p.m. to midnight UF Auditorium
-v_ University Choir
Address by President Reitz
By Sally Smith
A small group of girls in red robes .
candles flickering in the darkness . tradi traditional
tional traditional hymns sung by a choir ... all of this
is part of Christmas on Campus.
This annual program and the tree lights
ing by Mortar Board will be observed for
the 13th year Sunday as President J. Wayne
Reitz delivers his yearly Christmas message
to the University student body.
Originally conceived by the University
Religious Association, the program is de designed
signed designed to help students to realize the full
spiritual meaning of Christmas.
Since 1948, students have gathered in
the Plaza of the Americas to sing carols,
but it was not until 1952 that the title
Christmas on Campus was added, and the
president's speech began. Three years later
I Trianon, now Mortar Board, sponsored the
| lighting of the University Christmas tree
before the more formal address in the Uni University
versity University auditorium.
This year the tree lighting will be incor incorporated
porated incorporated into the main program for the first
time and students will sing carols with the
University choir and glee clubs.
Mrs. J. Wayne Reitz developed the idea
of the giant tree in 1955 to help student
spirit and to get the feeling that Christmas
is coming. Through the efforts of the
Plants and Grounds division, the tree was
donated to the University by State Senator
Edwin R. Fraser of Macclenny.
The 16-foot tree is decorated each year
by the electrical department and burns
throughout the holiday until after New
The dedication of the tree is repeated
each year by the Mortar Board president as
a symbol of the tradition as students and
members carrying candles sing hymns.
This is one part of the program that will
remain the same. Chairman Cora Randall
said, Since this is already such an integral
part of the University celebration of Christ Christmas,
mas, Christmas, any change in the lighting would defeat
the purpose of establishing an activity the
students can look forward to.
President Reitz* s message follows the
lighting and this year for the first time
Christmas on Campus will have a specific
theme relating to the students. The invoca invocation,
tion, invocation, scripture and main address will be built
on the idea of preparing college students
to receive the meaningful message of peace
on earth in a time of world tension/*
Although the cost of the program is more
than SSO, Secretary of Religious Affairs
John Strickland says appropriations are easy
to obtain through student government.
This is one of the major programs of
the religious association,** he said. Any
funds for this have never been denied and
every year we get what we want.
The Old Scrooge
Holidays? It's Campus-Daze to 4,000 UFers
By Bill Nee
During the Christmas holiday about 13,-
000 students desert the campus. But there
are nearly 4,000 people that must stay here.
They are university employes.
The holiday gives these people a chance
to take inventory, catch up on work and other
odd jobs they cant do while the students are
The library, of course, must stay open
during vacation. Since there are many stu students
dents students who wish to study and work on their
degrees, the library keeps a staff of about
143 working, including student assistants.
Well be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
says W. G. Harkins, associate director of the
Library, except for Sundays, Christmas
and New Years Day when we close. Well
also be open till noon on Christmas Eve.
All of the branch libraries will be kept
open, too, and will have about the same
hours. The Law and Health libraries usually
have from 100 to 200 students using the
vacation for studying.
We use this break to catch up, says
Harkins. We plan to do a lot of book mov moving,
ing, moving, but the whole library will be kept open.
This time can also be used to mend a lot of
torn books and find out what ones are mis missing
sing missing from the stacks. Unfortunately there
are always many students who want a book
One of the traditional events on the UF campus around Christmas time
is the dramatic reading of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol,
sponsored by Sigma Nu fraternity; Dean Lester Hale, who re-enacts all
the characters below, has been chief story teller for more than twenty
years. Two others, the late Dean Walter J. Motherly and J. B. Patterson,
preceded Hale as reader. The event dates back to 1929.
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checking it out.
Tigert Hall is also another area of activity.
According to Personnel Officer C. H. Cowles
there will be almost a full-time staff work working.
Most of the University employes work
on a 12-month basis, says Cowles, and
everybody has to stick around. There are
6,405 employes and fully two-thirds of them
have to be here.
The students job here is education and
he can afford the vacation. Our job is run running
ning running a business and we cant afford the
break, says Cowles.
The Student Bank will also be kept open
along with most of the other offices.
The Housing Department takes this time
to close most of the dorms and clean them.
Other departments will be catching up
on letters, arranging programs for the next
semester and taking inventories.
The Florida Union will also be open for
business. A full-time staff of 10 along with
54 student assistants Will be working the
various departments including the reading
room, Camp. Wauburg, pool room, and so
Although there are no student activities
listed onNthe University Calendar, the Union
will be opbn every day except December 23-
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Other places like the Health Center will
also keep open with nearly a full-time staff.
The Police Department will cut down on the
number of officers, but many have to stay
to check on burglaries and stolen bikes.
The Dairy Science Department also stays
in full operation. All the cows still have
to be milked and the milk has to be processed
as usual. 0 d
Radio and TV stations will be on the air,
too, during the vacation. WRUF will split
its announcing staff in three groups of four
people each for the holiday. The chief en engineer
gineer engineer and five student assistants will work
in six hour shifts to keep programs going.
Various student centers will be open for
a few days after school closes, but most of
them will be closed during the holiday.
And students with jobs will be working
as usual. Some of the Primrose Room stu student
dent student waiters will find places here and con continue
tinue continue to work. The 32 with other jobs usually
stay here, too, and try to earn some extra
Even though most of the students are
gone, there is still a lot of activity on cam campus.
pus. campus. There are about 4,000 people still here,
still working. All of them helping to keep
the University going.
[ By Sally Smith Â§jÂ§
Pixie Week in the womens dormitories
k has developed from the original conception
I of Happy Christmas spirit into a period
of pranks of which even the assistant dean
i of women is not aware. j
Although the object of the program is to
promote holiday spirit by leaving a goodie
or doing a service for another coed each day,
recent years have seen an invasion of masses
Last week more than 1,000 dorm residents
turned into Santa Claus helpers as they drew
names of other girls to be their Pixie-Pal.%
But the gifts will probably not be the original
niceties of bed-making, shoe shining and
In 1958 one pixie lipsticked six signsYfedi signsYfedicating
cating signsYfedicating six toilets in Rawlings Hall to her
pixie pal, presumably in a moment of head headish
ish headish delight. The same year a fire began
when a gaily wrapped roadside smudgepot smudgepotburning
burning smudgepotburning profuselyfell into a trash can.
Huge dogs and other animals mysteriously
appear in closets and word of mouth history
tells that a baby skunk left its mark on
Broward Hall for two months after it had
been given to a resident counselor.
The week even has its list of traditional
pranks. Entire study lounges of furniture
for 40 people appear in one room with a
, From your Pixie note attached to a sofa
Wardrobes disappear and are found after
the victim solves a series of notes hidden
throughout the dorm. Shoes are soaked in
bathtubs of water.
The mysteries mount as the week pro pro
pro ceeds. Each time a coed enters her room
there is the suspense of wondering if the
pixie has made her bed or stolen it.
Santa Claus may appear dressed in red
L leotards and a sweater, to wash the floor with
1 a bucket of mud and rocks or to remove the
I door handles.
fj Despite these jokes, Asst. Dean of Women
Sellers claims that the true spirit of
Christmas is still present and that many good
deeds are still done.
>She particularly stressed the annual
Christmas party that climaxes the week
where the pixies names become known and
toys are exchanged.
After skits the girls play with their foot footballs,
balls, footballs, horns, and dolls until the gifts are col collected
lected collected and donated to the Central Welfare
Agency for underprivileged children.
The entire idea for the week evolved from
various ideas just as the pranks have de developed
veloped developed through time. No one knows exactly
how the program began, but Dean Sellers
recalls that Yulee and Mallory Halls had
some kind of program in the early 19505.
In 1951 the annual party featured a
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made a surprise visit dressed in a red bathing
suit and carrying a laundry bag of toys.
Just as parties have become more sophisti sophisticated
cated sophisticated in recent years and skits and talent
shows have climaxed the week, the pranks
go on and maybe this year some coed might
find a baby elephant sitting on her bed.
foreign Students Depend
on Local Santas
By Sara Todd
A college town is quiet at Christmas. Its
students go home for the holidays. Ex Except
cept Except when home lies in such countries as
England, the Orient, South Americathen
the pattern changes.
Each year one-fourth to one-half of the
University of Floridas more than 400 for foreign
eign foreign students remain in Gainesville during
the Christmas season.
Some of. the 100 or so students spending,
last year here remember the near-empty
campus as lonely and the city subdued.
Few places are open on campus, except the
library. All cafeterias discontinue service
and the doors of most residence halls are
locked. Buckman Hall is the one dormitory
not closed for the two-week vacation and it
is reserved for graduate students.
Housing A Problem
Housing is a real problem when the
dorms close, said Dr. Ivan Putman, foreign
In previous years students remaining in
Gainesville have stayed at apartments of
friends or in motels.
This year, however, students will receive
extra-special rates at the White House
hotel, according to hotel manager E. C. Sara.
The idea of contacting the hotel was in introduced
troduced introduced earlier this year in a meeting
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Council president Chester R. Yates said
the hotel had offered rooms to students at
special rates in previous holiday seasons, but
on an individual basis.
This year is the first organized effort
to make hotel accommodations for foreign
students, said Yates.
Students at the hotel, 408 NE Ist St.,
will have proximity to the downtown area
and eating places plus th% hotel dining room.
They will be independent, yet all to together,
gether, together, Dr. Putman said.
We can accommodate 40 to 50 students,
The money problem is the only concern
now, according to Putman.
He explained the question is whether the
reduction in federal funds for Cuban stu students
dents students from $750 to SSOO a semester per
student will allow expenses for two weeks at
Other housing possibilities channeled
through the foreign student office include in invitations
vitations invitations by church and civic groups in such
towns as Jacksonville and Clearwater.
Keystone Heights sponsored two students
each Christmas foj* two or three years, pro providing
viding providing motel accommodations and meals with
More than 100 Cant Make It
Home for the Holidays
Putman said the project was discontinued
for last year married couples appli application
cation application upset requirements of the community
that the. students be single.
Some faculty members and Gainesville
residents spending Christmas elsewhere offer
an extra room or their entire home to for forcing
cing forcing students for the holidays.
The home of Gainesville attorney Joe C.
Jenkins Jr. was the first offer of this type
Mrs. Jenkins said she learned from neigh
bors that the dorms were closing and for foreign
eign foreign students needed places to stay.
Needed A House-Watcher
Since we are taking a vacation, we
wanted someone to care for the house and
cat and dog for two weeks, she said, and
the use of our home by one or two foreign
students will serve both purposes.
Putman. says Gainesville families very
often entertain foreign students for a day
during the holidays but rarely overnight.
However, one family last year had a Japa Japanese
nese Japanese student as guest the entire two weeks.
Mrs. Earle C. Paige, wife of an Episco Episcopalian
palian Episcopalian minister, said their first Christmas in
Gainesville was the finest we ever had be because
cause because Tom (Tomi Takeuchi) shared in it.
Tom fit into our family so beautifully,
she continued, and felt right at home.
Helped With Chores
She said he was eager to help with chores
around the house and felt free to invite,
Food was no problem.
We had rice and Tom was in his glory, \
Mrs. Paige laughed.
Now Working .in San Francisco, Tom
still writes about once a month, said Mrs.
Although a place to live appears to be
the major problem, something to do is also
a necessary consideration.
Foreign students who have spent Christ Christmas
mas Christmas in Gainesville before recall a lonesome
Last year here was the worst Christmas
I ever spent, reported Hisham Sinno, Le Lebanon,
banon, Lebanon, with nowhere to go, no convenient
place to eat, and nothing to do.
Sinno said he and his brother slept all
day and took in the movies at night.
After making the rounds of the movies,
theres nothing, added Hisham Yassin, also
An effort has been made by the people
of Gainesville to liven the Christmas season
for the foreign student.
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Mrs. H. J. Babers, Jr., new hospitality
chairman for the International Friendship
Council, reported plans are developing for
family dinners, out-of-town picnics, desserts,
teas and receptions.
According to Yates, The intimate warm
' association in the home between family and
three or four students is much more import-
ant than a large group affair.
\ M He said Christmas entertainment will be
Vlpanized by the Council to include old as well
4 Knew students..
Every student who signs up in the foreign
gSdent office to participate in the Christmas
activities is assured of at least one invita invitat#kand
t#kand invitat#kand more than one is welcome, said
Mrs. Waldemar Olson, vice president of
the Council, recalled that one Christmas a
student guest in her home for dinner ap appeared
peared appeared reluctant to eat.
'Tve already had three dinners, was his
Spending his first Christmas in the United
States, Mario Ordonez, Honduras, said he
hoped to receive an invitation to Christmas,
dinner with an American family. Mauricio
Flores, El Salvador, expressed the same wish.
In group entertainment, traditional Christ Christmas
mas Christmas highlights for the foreign student include
open house at the Putmans on Christinas
Eve and the night after Christmas party at
the home of University President J. Wayne
100 Students Expected
Mrs. Putman said this year the drop-in
affair will be held from 7:30 or 8 to 10 p.m.
Christmas Eve. Because of the number of
guestsusually around 100 there is no
Putman emphasized the date of the open
house as Christmas Eve because to some
countries that night is more important than
In 1952, his first year as foreign student
advisor, Putman said 35 guests were expected
and 90 appeared at the party which reached
a climax when a group of Turks arrived with
Attendance at the Reitz party, which
originated the first Christmas in their new
home, usually reaches 100 also.
Mrs. Reitz could make no definite state statement
ment statement concerning the party this year but said
if it was not held at Christmas, there would
be a party in February.
One year that the Reitz skipped the oc occasion,
casion, occasion, the doorbell rang the night after
Christmasthree Indian students had come
to the party.
It has become a part of our Christmas
and we love it, said Mrs. Reitz. Everyone
sits around on the floor and seems to have
The students also take away an impres impression.
sion. impression. The Reitzes found this out during their
world tour when they met a former UF stu student
dent student in Manila who recalled a party she had
An. annual affair for foreign women stu students
dents students and wives of foreign students is the
party given by the Board of University Wom Womens
ens Womens Club, this year at the home of Mrs. P. S.
CHRISTMAS AT THE REITZESForeign informality of
the annual party given by President and Mrs. J. Wayne Reitz at their home
on campus. Dr. Reitz also enjoys the informality and takes his place on
the floor (in center of picture). At his left is Dr. Ivan Putman, adviser to
j foreign students.
International Christmas Party
Also preceding the Christmas holidays
this year was the International Christmas
party sponsored by the recently formed Board
of International Affairs.
Set for December 14 in Rawlings Hall, the
party was international to include Ameri Americans
cans Americans too, according to ISO President Fer Fernando
nando Fernando Gimenez..
Partying is secondary to studying for
some foreign student!. For example, Doro Dorothy
thy Dorothy Yap, England, says she is remaining in
Gainesville to catch up on her work, and.M.
J. Yazdi, Iran, plans to spend the holidays
working on a term paper.
Some students findit possible to go home
for Christmas, such asiLuis Sanchez, Puerto
Others visit relatives and friends living
in the United States, Edwin Verdecia and
Carlos Yicharia, Cuba, plan to stay with rela relatives
tives relatives in Miami, and Barton Scott, Panama,
will do the same in DeLand.
Dad Coming Over
Bernardo Dachner, Costa Rica, says that
his father will meet him here to spend Christ Christmas
mas Christmas in Gainesville oÂ£ Miami.
Putman recalled lone instance where sev several
eral several girls from the &me town invited a for foreign
eign foreign student to shifre her vacation a few
days with each of them.
Last year Heriberto Cisceros, Marco Ca Cabezas
bezas Cabezas and Carlos Burgos, all of El Salvador,
became Florida tourists for the holidays.
So the pattern of Christmas is varied for
University of Florida foreign students. Their
activities are as scattei|ed, as numerous and
different as the countries they come from.
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For Holiday Fun
By Bill Buchalter
Five, four, three, two, one.
Blasts off for holiday clasts with UF stu students
dents students throughout the state.
Gator get-togethers need no introduction
and the holiday affairs will not lack any of
the collegiate luster of the big football week weekendssans
endssans weekendssans the football game, of course.
From St. Petersburg to Jacksonville;
Miami to the Panhandle, UF students will add
to their holiday entertainment with special
parties that have a touch of nostalgia and a
history of fun and amusement.
Alumni groups cooperate with the stu students
dents students at the UF and other Florida colleges
to insure the success of the annual get-to get-togrethers.
grethers. get-togrethers. Besides the entertainment provided,
the holiday affairs also prove to be timely
rush parties for prospectus fraternity men
for the following semester.
These parties are not always formal af affairs.
fairs. affairs. One year, Alpha Tau Omegas Tampa
Bay alumni-members held a beach luau and
costume party. The only comment about the
party was that who else but a fraternity
would be crazy enough to hold a beach luau
in the middle of winter. The answer was
obvious; Florida weather, man.
The holiday gatherings, though mostly
formal and friendly, have had occasion to get
out of hand. One university in the state has
repeatedly requested that its fraternities not
hold any parties for fear of damaging the
schools reputation. This is not the case at
Some fraternities utilize this opportunity
to crown their sweethearts. An example is
the Jacksonville alumni Kappa Alpha Bose
who is presented at their annual KA formal
Christmas dance at the Florida Yacht Club
in Jacksonville. Last year, Miss Carolyn
Dart, a UF journalism senior, was honored
as the groups sweetheart and will reign until
the party this year. Other KA parties are
planned in Tampa, Tallahassee, Polk County
and Orlando. These parties are traditional to
most fraternities and they date back further
than many alumni to remember.
The annual Sigma Nu Christmas party
has been a successful get-together for more
than ten years. Present Commander Mont
Trainer said that parties in Jacksonville and
Miami were in the planning stages for this
year. Nothing definite has been established
as to Where the parties will be held, but as
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affairs and we will continue to have
Another traditional party is the Pan-Hel Pan-Hellenic
lenic Pan-Hellenic Dance in Ocala. *This is a prominent
alumni-student gathering and brings together
such notables as Jimmy Kynes, former UF
football star and presently executive assist assistant
ant assistant to Gov. Farris Bryant. Bryant, and other
state government officials are als6 expected
to put in an appearance.
Many of the affairs are formal as the KA
dance and the Pi Kappa Alpha parties in
Lakeland and Miami, but then there are other
informal gatherings and some more elaborate
plans that never get off the drawing boards.
In the past, one fraternity planned a New
Years eve boat ride on a rented yacht with
a band along to provide music. This .was to
be topped off with a pre-trip cocktail party
and a post-trip breakfast. Financially, it
never got started.
But you can bet that new ideas for holiday
entertainment haven't stopped among the
fun-loving UF students. Holiday parties in
1961 are expected to be like the movie pub publicists
licists publicists saybigger and better.
By Buddy Martin
This Christmas, when the postman comes
hoofing toward your door with a package,
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A number of students will spread the joy
of the yuletide season as mailmen during the
two-week holiday this year.
Mainly,* because the pay's good."
That's what Bill Habermann of St. Peters Petersburg,
burg, Petersburg, perhaps the veteran of student mail mailmen,
men, mailmen, had to say about his part-time occupa occupation.
Habermann, a 22-year-old business ad administration
ministration administration major, will be a substitute post postman
man postman for the fourth time this Christmas.
You cant beat it for part-time work,"
They pay us $1.96 an hour. Last Christ Christmas
mas Christmas I made almost S3OO at it."
Like Habermann, the other postal carriers
will get out of school three days early to
start to work, with permission from the dean
of men's office.
Last year it nearly ruined me," com commented
mented commented Habermann. We got out a week
early and I missed so much school I nearly
Whats the worst thing about being a
Getting up in the morning," he said.
When you have to get up at 4:30 a.m., its
roughand boy is it cold."
- and Upcoming
Habermann works in the parcel post de departmentthe
partmentthe departmentthe busiest of them all during
Christmas. Hes a welcome sight to young youngsters,
sters, youngsters, who he said get disappointed when
they get a package and have to wait til
Christmas to open it.
Most people are glad to see you. Some
of them, even invite you in to have a drink.
But you get all kinds. Ive delivered
packages to people who refused to take them.
Can you imagine that? . not.accepting a
Habermann said a lot of people dont like
to sign for their packages.
As a whole, theyre glad to see you.
Youre carrying a package and they know
youre not a bill collector, he recalled.
Like all bachelors, Habermann is always
looking for a chance to get acquainted with
a young lady. As an indicator, he checks the
name on the package, to see if the recipient
is a Miss or a Mrs.
But you cant always tell. Ive antici anticipated
pated anticipated meeting a beautiful young chick a lot
of times after seeing a Miss on the package,
and its turned out to be an 80-year-old
Habermann said in St. Petersburg, a re resort
sort resort for older people, there are many peep peepholers.
holers. peepholers. Often an elderly lady will answer
the door by staring through a small aperture,
look him over cautiously and then notice that
hes a mailman.
The most popular gift of the season last
year in St. Petersburg, he said, wasironi wasironicallyfruit.
Can you imagine people in Florida get getting
ting getting fruit for a Christmas present? Os course,
a lot of it was apples. Some apple company
made a fortune in Florida last year. I must
have delivered a ton of em, he said.
The worst thing you can get is encyclo encyclopedias.
pedias. encyclopedias. They look little, but when you pick
them up to toss them in the car, they nearly
break your arm.
When Habermann starts work at the St.
Petersburg post office this Christmas, hell
have to go through the whole routine of
initiation againfor the fourth time. This
Swearing to the safety of the mails.
Pledging allegiance to the flag.
Taking a driver's test to get a govern government
ment government drivers license.
And taking an oath which says he is
not a member of the Communist or Nazi
party, or the NAACP.
Its really not hard work, though, he
confessed. Sometimes it can even be fun.
And for S3OO in two weeks, Habermann
can afford to put up with the cold mornings.
BILL HABERMANN^of St. Petersburg
plays Santa Claus by proxy as he
delivers this kingsize package.
photo by Pat Callan
Birth of Christ
By Carolyn Dart
Commercialized Christmas doesnt ob obscure
scure obscure the major significance of the season
the birth of Jesus Christ unless Chris Christians
tians Christians forget to look to the holy day, beyond
* the holiday, two Gainesville ministers con contend.
Rev. Shepherd Bryan, of North Central
Baptist Church, and Rev. William Shea, of
Highlands Presbyterian, both emphasized
that the Christmas season is Christian by
its very origin.
Christmas marks the evidence of the
beginning of hope in the birth of Jesus,
said Shea. Christmas should be a re-birth
of Christ in the life of each, individual, ts
Christ is lost in the season, it is not the fault
of commercialization but of those unwilling
to look beyond the tinsel and packaging for
the Christian message.
Bryan said taking away Christ from the
Christmas season reduces it to merely a feast
day and a social affair.
Christmas marks the advent of Jesus
Christ in the world, he said. He is the
heart of the season and its only real mean meaning.
Beginning of Hope
Shea, incoming president of the Gaines Gainesville
ville Gainesville Ministerial Alliance, stressed the rela relation
tion relation of the Christmas season to the religious
celebration at Easter. He said that the
J birth of Christ represents for the Christian
the beginning of hope, which achieves its
ultimate reality in the Easter resurrection.
Since the Christmas season celebrates
Christs birth, I have no right to criticize
the way He is honored, he said. Whether
Christmas carols are sung by drunks in the
street, a high-paid television ensemble, or
a childrens choir, all the observances are
good. Although I might wish some aspects
of the holiday otherwise, we can always hope
that those who worship in ignorance may
someday worship intelligently.
Bryan attacked the merchandising of
Christmas more strongly, calling excessive
Gifts are fine on a meaningful personal
level and on a spontaneous charity level, as
long as gift-giving is through love and is
not run in the ground, he said.
The very spirit of love is the spirit of
God, and when you carry out that spirit you
are truly observing Christmas.
Bryan said Christmas commercialization
has brought worthwhile by-products to the
church by reminding people of Christmas.
He mentioned musical concerts, club charity
food baskets, and carillon recitals as posi-'
Religious by-products of commercializa commercializa*
* commercializa* tions were also cited by Shea, who said he
has quit attacking Christmas merchandis merchandising.
The concept of Christmas, like the
concept of any feature of life, is not a
uniform one. The meaning and signifi significance
cance significance of this most religious of American
holidays varies in each nation, each
faith, each individual.
That no two people view Christmas
in the same light is pointedly revealed
in these interviews with religious lead leaders
ers leaders of two major faiths and with stu students
dents students from foreign lands, where Christ Christmasor
masor Christmasor a similar seasonis also cele celebrated.
Improper by Jews
By Stan Jackson
Christmas is strictly a Christian holi holiday,
day, holiday, stated Rabbi Robert Blinder, director
of the Gainesville Bnai Brith Hillel Founda Foundation,
tion, Foundation, and Jews do notat least they should
notobserve or partake in it in any way.
When asked how, if at all, a Jew should
observe Christmas, Rabbi Blinder said he
held views on the matter shared by all
All forms of Christmas observation are
improper for members of the Jewish faith,
the 30-year-old Rabbi remarked. This in includes
cludes includes singing carols, decorating Christmas
(Continued on page 15)
Rams Horn Blown
To Start New Year
By Dave Aaron
Christmas does not have its counterpart
in the Jewish religion. Rabbi Robert Blinder
of the UF Hillel Foundation said, however,
tw T o Jewish holidays have some of the as aspects
pects aspects of Christmas.
Chanukah is a fun holiday for kids,
Blinder said, w T hich w r as observed this year
during the first w r eek of December. It is a
minor religious holiday based on the struggle
for religious freedom by the Macabbees
against the Syrians in 165 B. C.
Blinder described Chanukah as a hojiie
holiday with no religious observance in syna synagogues.
gogues. synagogues. Folk songs are sung, and a special
food, potato pancakes, is served.
The eight-day observance begins with the
lighting of the Menorah, a nine branched
candelabra. On each day a candle is lit from
the first candle, which is called the Watch Watchman.
man. Watchman. Rabbi Blinder said the children are
given gifts on each of the eight mornings.
Rosh Hashona, is the Jewish New Year,
which comes in September.' Blinder des described
cribed described it as the day God finished the world.
It is a holy day with emphasis on Gods
creative powers. God is hailed as sover sover(Continued
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Nativity Is Basis
In Latin America
By Sara Todd
Navidad or Pascuas is above all a
religious festivity in the tiny Latin American
Republic of Panama, according to Barton
Scott, UF student from Panama.
The holiday season at home is not
Christmas as North Americans know it but
is celebrated by the Catholic country solely
as the Birth of Christ/ said Scott.
He explained that Latin Americans do
not regard Christmas as a commercial affair.
Gifts are small and emphasis is on the
thought, not value, he said.
Religious cards, mailed to arrive on
Christmas, are sent to close friends and rela relatives
tives relatives but the majority of seasons greetings
are delivered by house to house visiting.
Decorations are rarely found in downtown
shops but homes often boast lighted out outdoor
door outdoor scenes, religious in context.
Scott said the few Christmas trees in
Panama spring from North American in influence.
Because the country is a fusion of many
influences, it is hard to pinpoint the original
Christmas customs of the Latin American,
Like other countries, Panama has its tra traditional
ditional traditional Christmas carols, including among
the most popular Lullaby of the Christ
Child and Come Little Shepherds. Scott
named the Spanish translation of Silent
Night as another favorite.
For nine days preceding Christmas, carols
are sung at the 'special masses which are
held at dawn in the Catholic churches. They
are also rendered by the children at the mid midnight
night midnight service on Christmas Eve.
This midnight mass called Misa del Gaik
(the cocks mass) is the religious highligh
of Christmas Eve.
Families on their way to mass pay visits
to the nacimientos or manger scenes specially
arranged in cathedrals and private homes.
These nativity scenes feature Mary and
the Baby in some and the Three Kings in f
others, said Scott.
Following the mass, families return home
for the midnight supper. Before going to
bed, the children set out their shoes near the
nacimiento for the Christ Child to fill with
aguinaldos or Christmas gifts.
Instead of writing to Santa at the North
Pole, they address their letters to the Baby
Jesus in Heaven, c/o St. Peter.'
Hernando Gutierrez, Colombia, said in his
country Christmas Eve is the night of the
aguinaldos for the children as it is in Pana Panama.
ma. Panama. The gifts are brought by the Christ
Child and the Three Kings and placed in
the childrens shoes, under their pillows or
beneath some household object.
In Cuba, however, gifts are exchanged on
January 6. Waiting 12 days after Christmas
symbolizes the 12-day journey of the Wise
Men to the scene of the Christ Child-birth.*
Festival of Lights Is Fun for Hindu Tykes
By Mike Delaney
The Hindu peoples also enjoy a religious
holiday coupled with bright lights, the ex exchanging
changing exchanging of gifts and general merrimaking.
The Celebration is called Diwali and
falls on our calendar in late October or early
November, depending on the particular year.
Diwali, also spelled Divali and Deepavali,
is called The Festival of Lights and is cele celebrated
brated celebrated throughout India.
The religious aspect of the holiday cen centers
ters centers around devotion and offerings to Vishnu,
the second god of the Hindu Trinity, called
One Hindu student on the Florida cam campus,
pus, campus, Miss Soudamini M. Pandit, described
Diwali as Thanksgiving and Christmas com combined.
Miss Pandit explained, We give thanks
for food, light, fire and shelter by offering
light to the river.
The rivers can be any convenient to a
town or village. On the third night of the
festival the streams are strewn with little
clay pods (deeyas), which are filled with
mustard oil and ignited.
After the lights float down the stream and
sink, all the candles, oil pods and light bulbs
in the town are kept ablaze night and day
until the end of the celebration which can
last five days.
v Immediately following the offering of the
lights to the river that New Year starts for
some members of the Hindu religion.
Os course Diwali is fun for the youngsters
just as Christmas is for the Christian chil children.
dren. children. Hindu tots count days off the calendar
waiting for the festival to begin.
This is a time of presents, new clothes,
the sweet taste of chocolate and, best of all,
In a typical Hindu household, the mother
gives the house a thorough cleaning, prepares
delicacies, decorates and buys new clothes;
the children search for sweets and hidden
firecrackers; and the father makes detailed
accounts of the expense.
It sounds a lot like Christmas.
/ Another similarity to Christmas can be
found in the market places of the towns and
in the shops of the cities in Indiamerchants
announce Diwali Sales.
Many cities decorate for Diwali.
School children are given three-week
vacations to enjoy the holiday of a people
whose religion, centered around Brahma, is
one of the worlds largest, embraces some
Is Like a Carnival
By Cliff Cormier
Your Christmas is so quiet-in Japan
there is much more noise and excitement/
Mrs. Tadao Tomita, of Fukuoka, Japan,
was comparing Christmas in her island home homeland
land homeland with her impressions of the American
Ytiletide. The wife of Dr. Tadao Tomita of
the University of Florida Medical Center,
Mrs. Tomita said the Japanese have adopted
Christmas minus the religious significance.
As in the United States, she said, Japa Japanese
nese Japanese department stores begin displaying
Christmas goods in November. f Christmas
carols thunder from loudspeakers and chil children
dren children await Santas arrival. Santa Claus
doesnt come down the chimney in Japan,
but the kids still find toys at the foot of their
beds on Christmas morning.
Yoshiho Ichida, a business administra administration
tion administration major from Tokyo, said Christmas in
Japan took on the air of a carnival and was
the occasion for much drinking and merri merriment.
Also from Tokyo, Miss Taeko Kumagai, a
physical educ ation coed, recalled that women
in Japan baked many good cakes for Christ Christmas.
From a religious viewpoint, Mrs. Tomita
said, the only Japanese observance which
compares with Christmas is the Buddhist
celebration called Bon Day. Beginning on
the 14th of August and lasting until the 16th,
Bon Day honors the spirits of the dead.
Every Buddhist home has a small alter/*.
said Mrs. Tomita. On Bon Day the alters
are decorated with flowers and lighted can candles.
dles. candles. Offerings of food, but no meat or fish,
are placea on the alter by relatives and
friends who drop in.
Visits are exchanged from house to
house and each host gives his guests a small
package of cakes to take home.
At sunset on the second day, she con continued,
tinued, continued, bonfires are lighted*to guide the re returning
turning returning souls of the dead. People gather
around the fires and perform folk dances.
Everyone wears cotton kimonas called Yu Yukatas.
katas. Yukatas. Songs called Bon Orodi are sung and
fireworks are set off.
On the last day each family removes the
food offerings from the alters and all go to
the river or seashore. There the food is
put into toy boats made of paper or straw
and set adrift. This is a farewell to the
departing spirits. At sunset bonfires are
again lighted and more fireworks are set off.
As a rule Buddhist dont worship as much
as do Christians, said Mrs. Tomita. Some
only worship during Bon or upon the death
of friends or relatives.
Since the celebration of Bon occurs at the
beginning of the traditional Japanese vaca vacation
tion vacation season, it is also an occasion for exchang exchanging
ing exchanging greeting cards. Well wishers bestow
their hopes on friends for a happy Bon Day
The real big blowout in Japan is on New'
Years Day, said Ichida. Observed on the
same day as the Christian New Year, he said
the Japanese celebration lasted two or three
We send as many New Years greeting
cards as you do Christmas cards, said Ichi Ichida.
da. Ichida. I expect to send about 100 to friends
in Japan and the U.S.A. this year.
W Cogers Measure Up to
By Bill Buchalter
There are two schools of thought when
it comes to measuring the UFs yardstick for
Southeastern Conference basketball stand standards
ards standards this year.
One school is Kentucky and the other is
Mississippi State. They are the two favor favorites
ites favorites to win the 6l-62 cage crown in a recent
poll of Southeastern coaches and sports
The Gatoys placed seventh in the poll but
did gain considerable support from individual
coaches for a higher finish.
You may ask what all this means in Gator Gatorland.
1. It means that Florida is gaining re respect
spect respect in basketball and as the school gains
respect and national prestige, the state feels
the extra prestige.
2. It means that more interest is being
shown at the school in the sport; therefore,
more interest will be shown in the state.
And here are the reasons for the new
interest and the added prestige:
Head Basketball Coach Norman Sloan will
be seeking an SEC title in only his second
year at Florida. Last year, he was named
Coach of the Year by his collegues through
a newspaper poll. His key figure in a 9-5
conference mark and fourth place finish was
Lou Merchant, a unanimous selection for All Allv
v Allv SEC.
Lou Merchant Returns
Merchant returns for the Gators rugged
conference schedule and for more honors.
One newspaper selected him the loops out outstanding
standing outstanding basketball player in a pre-season
balloting Another labeled him the best
shooter in the conference and possibly in the
Sloan also welcomes 6 foot, 8 inch Cliff
Luyk back for his senior season. Luyk was
the No. 2 rebounder in the league last year
and should battle Tulanes Jack Ardonthe
rebound champfor top honors again this
Despite the middle-of-the-road prediction
for Sloans hustlers, the fiery Gator mentor
is still expected to have one of the toughest
teams in the league.
Vanderbilt Coach Roy Skinner, a long longtime
time longtime friend and admirer of Sloan, calls Flor Florida,
ida, Florida, the surprise team of the league again.
That Merchant will make them the best club
in the league, he said.
Sloan feels that his club is a good team
in a rough conference. He does point with
pride to the 9-0 home court record established
last year. He also points out, with some mis misgivings,
givings, misgivings, that four key conference tests this
yearagainst Tulane, Louisiana State, Mis Mississippi
sissippi Mississippi State and Ole Missare to be played
on the road.
The Baron Is Worried
Skinner is not the lone coach worried
about Floridas quest for'a place in basket basketballs
balls basketballs sunshine. Kentuckys Bluegrass Baron
Adolph Rupp is frantically trying to slow
down the Gator advance.
Sloan grins slyly that hell get his chance
Friday, Feb. 2, when he brings his potent
Wildcats and their brilliant sophomore star
Charles (Cotton) Nash to Gainesville. Nash
is one of many outstanding 1 Southeastern
cagers who will play on the local court this
Miamis Julie Cohen, Auburns Layton
Johns, Alabamas sophomore star Jimmy
Booth, Florida States Dave Fedor and Ten Tennessees
nessees Tennessees conference high-jumping champion
6-6 Howie Mosswill also play before the
Florida tips-off its conference schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 19, against Georgia in Athens.
Prior to that date, five rugged inter-sectional
and intra-state foes loosened the Gators up
for league combat.
Following the Georgia game, play resumes
in the Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville
Dec. 28-29. Then its off for Louisiana and
the games with Tulane and LSU. A five-game
home stand, including the loop tussle with
Kentucky, precede the second rugged road
engagement to the State of Mississippi. The
schedule is topped off with three home games |
against Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Geor Georgia.
Opposing Coaches Shudder
Getting back to the schools of thought
measuring Floridas standard in the SEC, the
appearance of Merchant and Luyk and the
arrival of Tom Barbee, a third team junior
college All-America selection at Brevard (N.
C.) JC last year, make opposing coaches
The respect for them is indicated by the
fact they were runners-up in the poll for hav having
ing having the leagues best offensive team and they
were among the top vote-getters for having
the best defense.
No matter how the final ratings appeared,
the Gator yardstick is capable of soundly
spanking a conference foe. Anu if you dont
believe it, just ask opposing coaches,
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Vacation Means Study!
By Lee Woods
When Christmas comes can finals be far
Not too far, and thats why those notice noticeable
able noticeable bulges in the suitcases of many students
fleeing the campus in the annual Christmas
exodus arent early packages from Santa
For many students, the Christmas holi holidays
days holidays provide not only a chance for them to
get home but also an opportunity to catch
up on that most precious of all college com commoditiesstudy
moditiesstudy commoditiesstudy time.
During the 13 day break untold numbers
of term papers will be written. Hundreds of
reports will be typed up. Thousands of books
will be read and re-read.
No figures are available for the amount
of studying done by Florida students in the
welcome surroundings of their homes during
the holidays. But if the good intentions of
the following students are an example then
itll be a "studyin-goodtime for homeward homewardbound
bound homewardbound Gators.
I have three term papers and three fea feature
ture feature stories to write up while Im homfc, said
journalism graduate student Darrell Sim Simmons,
mons, Simmons, of Jacksonville.
Jack Carmichael, an engineering major
from Sarasota, reported that he had an un unfinished
finished unfinished term project to complete during his
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vacation while Jim Gable, of Tampa, said he
had several graphs, charts, and analysis to
finish for his engineering professors.
Diane Donohue, of Ft. Lauderdale, said
she has a stack of psychology, textbooks to
pour over during her. Christmas vacation.
While most students will be going home
and taking their studying with them, many
Gators will be unable to leave the campus or
Gainesville area. For their benefit, the Uni University
versity University Library will remain open on a limited
schedule during the 13 day holiday break.
Rains Horn Blown
(Continued from page 12)
eign, invisible and indivisible, the rabbi
A rams horn, the Shofar, is blown to
usher in the holiday. The Shofar symbolizes
the majesty of God. "It begins a 10 day
period of repentance when man is reminded
of his humaness. He has frailties, but he
receives pardon, Blinder said.
The primary service is religious, praising
God, and any Jew can conduct the service.
"The Jew believes God set the world going,
but it is up to us to keep it going. God is
the architect of the world, and we are the
sub-contractors, Rabbi Blinder explained.
"The New Year reminds us of our obligations
on earthour contract with God.
By Neil Swan
Twelve thousand Christmas dinners dinnerscomplete
complete dinnerscomplete with all the trimmings .
Thats the job of the University Food
Service when it prepares its annual Christ Christmas
mas Christmas spectacular to be served at both lunch
and dinner Monday in the UFs six cafeterias.
Its a big job even for an outfit thats ac accustomed
customed accustomed to serving more than 20,000 meals
a day. Seventeen head cooks and numerous
helpers will report to work at 4:30 Monday
morning to begin the massive job of prepar preparing
ing preparing the meals.
Imagine the problem of cooking fifty 25-
pound turkeys. But its done with ease in
the Universitys electric ovens. Each turkey
will be cooked for the meal rt is to be served,
so that the ovens will be busy all day long
preparing the 1,250 pounds of turkey that
wi be consumed
The turkeysfrozen and Florida grown grownare
are grownare purchased by the ton and stored in the
UFs own freezers.
Food Service began preparations for the
meal several weeks ago. A similar meal was
prepared and served just before students left
the campus for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The planners and dieticians make every
effort to prepare a superb meal and to serve
man-sized portions. Their three-ounce serv serving
ing serving of turkey is enough to make restaurant
Food Service Director; Gay Welborn tells
his employees on the serving line, Dont
worry about the size of the portion. Give em
enough so that they know what they ate.
How much will this complete traditional
Christmas dinner cost? Just 97 cents. Food
Service planners are proud of the mealand
the low price.
Improper for Jews
(Continued from page 12)
trees, giving presentseven listening to
Dean Hale (Lester) recite 'A Christmas
Actually, the reasons are quite obvious,
he continued. For one, we dont believe in
the birth of Christ. Secondly, we dont be believe
lieve believe that Christ was the son of God.
Blinder stated that gentiles themselves
celebrated the holiday in many different ways.
If Christians celebrate differently, there
is no reason why Jews have to celebrate at
Reflecting on the American tradition of
church and state separation, Blinder sug suggested
gested suggested that Christmas should be a Christian
holiday and not a national holiday.
Its no great secret that Christmas has
been greatly commercialized during the past
years, said the Cincinnati Hebrew Union
College graduate. In fact, as a taxpayer I am
forced to participate in the holiday. How?
Well, I pay for the Christmas tree and its
decorations which yearly is placed in front
of the courthouse.
So even though I strongly believe in not
participating, I have to. For this reason I
believe the national emphasis on Christmas
touches all sects, and everyone mustwheth mustwhether
er mustwhether he wants to-or notparticipate in Christ Christmas.
mas. Christmas. This is wrong, but this is so.
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the Holiday Season by decorating the traditional Christmas tree.
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