A different drummer

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A different drummer
Uniform Title:
Different drummer (Cocoa, Fla.)
Canney family ( lon )
Brevard Junior College
Place of Publication:
[Cocoa Fla.]
Different Drummer
Creation Date:
August 26, 1968
Publication Date:
completely irregular
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
College students' writings, American -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Brevard Country ( lcsh )
High school students' writings, American -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Brevard County ( lcsh )
Counterculture -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Brevard County ( lcsh )
Nineteen sixties -- Periodicals ( lcsh )
High schools -- Periodicals -- Florida ( lcsh )
Junior colleges -- Periodicals -- Florida ( lcsh )
Education -- Periodicals -- Florida ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- Brevard County (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969 ( lcsh )
Underground newspapers ( lcsh )
serial ( sobekcm )
Underground newspapers ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Brevard -- Cocoa
28.369444 x -80.743889 ( Place of Publication )


Underground newspaper created by students in Brevard County, Fla. high schools and Brevard Junior College.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 1, no. 1 (8-28-68)-
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Ceased with Feb. 1969?
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issue for Feb. 1969 lacks numbering.
General Note:
Title from cover.
General Note:
Copies donated for digitization by Canney family.
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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by Ed Hogan

I1hy print an independent newspaper Executive Editor: Ed Hogan
for BJC? There is in existence the Publisher: David Allen
well-established Capsule. Why incur Cover Design: Michael Canney
the expense, take the time and effort Staff Artists: Michael Canney
to research, write, edit, then publish Carol Wehrmann
and distribute the Different Drummer? Trash Collector: Norman Kygan
We feel that a college campus paper Draft Counselors: Walter Henderson
should be staffed by college students, Faye Henderson
that it should be edited and published John Teichert Jr.
by the students, expressing the views Black Power 1Writers:- Sister Pearl
and sentiments of all the students and Brother Otis
concerned individuals of the college Graphics Advisor: Mike Parry
couMinuMity. The paper should prove Neo Lawyer: Norman Rathweg
intellectually stimulating to its read- Spirit: Marilyn Harder
ers., for controversy is essential to
t+,e education. It should provide the
best humorous, satirical, and literary
efforts of the students.
The Cansule has not been allowed to DEMISE IN THE MORNING*
meet these responsibilities.
Too often the administration con- Leaches of the garbage
siders BJC as an extension of hometown Eat your own high quality
high school in its dealing with us. South of ninety-second
The administrators treat us in a pater- You've been eating north
nalistic, rather than democratic, man- For so very long
ner. They decide how we will dress and Your colony is growing restless
which entertainers and lecturers we
will have. A short lesson in garbage
We are no longer in high school. We North of ninety-second
intend to creatively spend what is for Where even the garbage is ebony
many of us one-half of our edllege The denizens of the ditch
education at BJC. Education is for our Asked for the torrent of rain
reeds, not those of administrators. To come to cleanse and cool them
According to a democratic society, we
each recognize our own needs and pursue But now your rain is sterile
them. BJC administrative paternalism Alabaster rainmaker
has dictated what we need and what is And your sorcery suffices no longer
good for us. We are practicing adults So ask your god to come no more
and demand to be met as adults. And tell your witches to stay away
A college should exist for the The storm of sterile rain is ended
benefit of the students. It is only as
strong as its students. We, thus, The prophet came today
are only strong if the college hears And he held a mass in the streets
our voice. Prior to this time, we had And he told us to stop the rain
no voice. The student government has That daily drowns our pride
been powerless; the Capsule has not Ahd he told us that the man must go
been representative of the students. Late today they crucified the prophet
A Different Drummer is our And elrly tomorrow the man will be gone
voice. It is a voice for action.
People are always talking about -Dean Patrick Wright
change, about progress. We are *The author tells us that the
going to change our school for inspiration for this poem came
the better, starting with A Different after a visit to New York -- ad.


Indian River Junio -Collegelis a' The administration never called 'in
small, quiet, attra-ti-ve.campus'rseven* police ,to arrest either students,, or
ty miles south of Cocoa in Fort Pierce. faculty members- "Eth of which occurred
We visited that campus about three weeks at BC'last.'-ear. On the other hand,
ago searching for information and opin- students have rner presented the IRJC
ions about BJC's new president, D_'. Max- adminit_- tit.. i' the sort of challenge
well King, who was president ci' 1T7C for which "r.! pl ea" ad at BJC last year.
eight years before coming here. Wvi ore- "I don't kn6w what would happen if .stu-
sent their opinions as we heard th-mn, dents started picketing," stated one
and leaye judgment to each &JV student student,
and to the passage of time. One teacher, Mrs. Lane Corvey, Tho
Both students and teachers seemed sponsors the on-canpus paper, the year
to feel much freer at IRTC than at BJC. bookl, ~,d tho d.ra.a club, and acts,
The student newspaper (when. it existed) someti maes as a pulJlic relations rep-
was allowed considerable freedom in resenta.t-ilve for ItiC, reacted with shock
what it-could print. Dress code, af- when we told her about BJC censorship
ter considerable student pressure, is of controyercJal topics NASA, religion,
now close to non-existent. Vietnan and the teacher walkout* 'Whatt
Everyone L .o-7s !m against the war, and
S-,* ..-. .--- ..----- .- I've ncevs' bEn told what to teach or
what not to -teach," ,. rs, Corvey was a-
FHDM BLACK EYES... against the teacher walkout, too. She
-by Sister Pearl went on to say., "Dr. King was mostly con-
cerned with ado.nistrative business.
The Black Power movement involves He didn't int-rc'r with student-teacher
all. Black people directly. This country academic affi r, '-ut hewas available
is supposedly bascd on c.ri"n ideals, to us -.;hen w" i:eded him."
but,the contradiction bctjee, che i.leals Dean of S u .b.ts Ret, Col. Sample,
and American society will ul b.',.':re:y lead who was wagin a personal war aimed to
to -the destruction of White, get every s--d'en, a. "proper" haircut,
I am an advocate of Black PF4er. said of Dr. King, "'We disagreed -some-
It.has strengthened racial pride, but times, but he was open to disagreement.
is that to gain the white man's respect? I always cooperated with his decisions,
The question is no longer relevant, because this is what I believe loyalty
Black men, wcmen, and childre- `-ve to be... Dr. King was a liberal man."
fallen victim not only tc ly.-:.'i:g oar- Asked if he hal. met Dr. Muller, .Sample
ties, but to disillusionment w-Lih ..ite said, "I did, but I didn't like him;
America. I have not seen respect in the he needed a haircut."
eyes of Black children taught in the "Any problems around here were cre-
schools that they are inferior to whites, ated by others, .not Dr. King," said one
I have not seen respect when racist mildly hip, mildly activist student'
White history is taught without regard He added, "Dr. King doesn't want ay
to the origin of man in Africa. But bad publicity. He- sees BJC as a stepping
lJhite society cannot write Black Power stone from a small junior college to a
advocates off; it would be ignoring the state university. He needs a good imageU
real situation. (Drummee feels ambition is a "natural"
Whites feel that hate and violence phenomenon in this society. We will on-
are instilled in Black people by the ly by concerned in the future with stu-
SBlack Power advocates. Be realistic; dent-telCher freedom and administrative
hate or violence does not have to be integrity.)
taught. Throughout our history we have "I think you'll like him. It's your
been hated, and yet when we return the gain, our loss, "sighed Virginia Crist,
aate, you Whites wonder why%' For four student government president. Talking
nindred years you good white'folks have further about her activities, we noticed
been making the same mistakes over and Miss Crist used "the pronoun "we" to ind-
over. What did you think we'd do, icate student government and the admini-
wait four hundred years more? station, not student government and the


#* Meeting. a4 student So you're in college. You
organization office know that we have a war going on
& sponsors-1lO00 i to stop the communist aggression
conference room in Viet Nam. Thousands of our boys
S y C oare dying for your freedom. Your
SLyeeum Council presents country needs you and you are hid-
-H Bounty "3" at 8:00 p.m. ing at B.J.C. A Man does his job
in gym** SGA information for his country aEn-then thinks
7 meeting 11:00 Student about his personal endeavors. Why
Center. aren't you in the Army?
gAes U If Barry Goldwater had been
eA.C.L.U. meeting- guest elected, you wouldn't be sitting
speaker-Wi. Klug. Film around waiting to do your duty
and talk on John Birch d for your country, you would have
Society- Brevard Sentin 1 volunteered to fight for your 8:00 p.m. country and not waited to be drafted.
When I was your age I stood
"*GA meeting- last time' up for America. I enlisted because
to drop with partial Patriotism meant something to me.
refund of money. y Father
Do you feel that Patriotism means
SoClassic Film Series something else? Do you wonder how the
8:00 p.m, Fine Arts attitude "my country right or wrong"
Auditorium. can exist in a nation that condemned
that attitude in the Nuremburg War
*'`BJC Board of Trustees Trials. Were you perfectly at ease,
meets- conflerenee room feeling that you were respected and re-
at 9s00 a.m. ALL STUDENS garded as a mature American adult when
WELCOMED. you registered with your Selective Ser-
vice Board, or did you have a jittery
Vista Recruiters on nervous feeling, coupled with butter-
campus. flies in your stomach? You weren't
-- Student Government Many of us are only in college
elections. right now because we have been channel-
ed int6 this deferrable occupation by,
in the Selective Service's own words,
Community Action "the club of induction and the reward
Igency meeting- topic: of deferment.
Underemployment in We are the only draft counselors
Community- H.T. Moore in Brevard County, since the draft
Center- 311 Avocado, board's Hester Herbert has retired
Cocoa--8:00 p.m. / k without replacement. If you are one
of the worried ones, or you have
any questions about the draft or your
classification, please write:
Draft Information Center
4A P.O. Box 1692
Cocoa, Florida 32922
Oh. yes, if you want to enlist then
contact us, We might still be able to
( \ help you, even though it would sadden

Coco A '

By Ibbert Canney L r | A -

I am deeply appreciative for the -
opportunity to make a contribution to
the first issue of A Different Drummer.
I say this sincerely, for I am convinced \
that the moral and spiritual bankruptcy
into which this nation has lapsed will
be redeemed only through the vanguard
actions of energetic, idealistic, and or, if a girl, because she has been ad-
creative young people. A Different monished for wearing her dress top short.)
Drummer, in my opinion, TsI one such An administrator, if he werdAgiven
action. My earnest hope. i~ that these to hypocrisy or sophistry, might answer
courageous young adults, who share a this important question by saying what
vision of what life will be like when a student really learns, if he is
all people learn to live together in perceptive, is that he has no control
love and peace and freedom, will be as- over this particular area -of his life.
sisted in their efforts to translate -An administrator or teacher might an-
that vision into a living reality by swer this question by saying that it
those of us, particularly teachers, .who is important for students to dress in
are older and in whom that vision, -"good taste" in order to project the'
though perhaps dimmed, is not altogether "right image" to the community, ihich
extinguished. is an important source of funds to the
I want to address myself in this ar- school. This is a bit more honest than
ticle to a problem which continues to the first answer, although to be corn-
affect, adversely, countless numbers of pletely honest it would have to be ex-
lives in the school systems of thi-s plained that "good taste" means ',ccord-
country. The problem I refer to is the ing to the standards established by
imposition ofstudent dress codes. I those in positions of authority" and:
should state at the outset that my corn- that "community" means "those members
ments will be based upon three assump- of the power structure who demand that
tions. the school be operated in such a way
The first assumption is that a demo- as to reinforce their prejudices and-
cratic society is a desirable one., The maintain their vested interests."
second assumption is that a democracy But then, few teachers and even few-
can only be realized through the parti- er administrators are capable of giving
cipation of all its members. The third completely honest answers, especially
assumption is that, to do a thing well, to-students.
a person needs practice in it. In this A more-important question which
instance it means that if a person is to might be considered is: In what way
participate intelligently as a member of is a dress kcode compatible with demo-
a democratic society.that person needs cratic education? My answer is, It
to have experiences in democracy and isn't. It isn't, because conformity
the democratic process.-. And schools .in dress may easily lead to--if it isn%
. st-provide those-experiences alre dy a sign of--conformity in thought
'That there are many hindrances to the and relief And democracy requires
development of democratic attitudes in autonomous individuals, who are cap-
our school systems is eminently apparent, able of critical aid independent thought
" would insist that the-imposition of a and-action.
dress code is one suchVindrance, and I The imposition 'of any laws or rules
11ll begin by asking the question that in a free society carries with it. an
I have heard raised by many curious and obligations the assumption of a burden
indignant students:- Why-a dress code?- of proof. In other words, the denial,
(One may have been led to this question, of any rights mpst be counterbalanced
if a boy, because he has been ejected by some greater gain by all of a group'
from the library for not wearing socks, or -all of a society. Authority arbi-

Dress Code (contirue4a
tarily -posed may and usually does cre- A DiffCrent Drummer is a new experi-
ate an atmosphere which tends to stifle Ient in loca jfouralism. It has an
and inhibit, in addition to freedom of immediate circulation of 2,500 copies
thought, freedom of expression, origin- and a reader circulation ibhich defies
ality and creativity. And a democratic human imagination...........If ycu
society cannot afford such a sacrifice. have an advertisement worthy of this
It is clear that such a burden of proof new and exciting art form, we sugest
is an impossible one to assume, you contact us. The address to your
Normally, I would insist that all per- personal liberation is:
sons whose lives were affected by rules
being made have a voice in ,the making of A Different Drmamer
such rules. Students, of course, have o 'Office Box 1692
no say in the formation of school pol. Cocoa, Florida 3?922
icy; nor, for that matter, do teachers. ----s ------T--
However, even if they did have a voice
in policy making, they would have no
authority in establishing or determining 9
a dress code, for a dress code, in add- -" -"
ition to being antithetical to the pur- 'A Yes, Dorothy, there is a
pose of democratic education, is a den- '- /[L'; yellow brick road to musical
ial of constitutional ri hts. A dress \ emancipation.....T red of
code may deny one the right of privacy: C'"'j A the juvenile sounds and in-
how one dresses for example, may please cantations of Mother Goose
him in a special way; it may, satisfy him LiOjC and the luacks? Then tune to
emotionally and psychttl2y without the underground sounds of
imposing on others. ftdress code may deny -i
one the right of free speeoht one may,# / /S I
for example, wish to suggest that he
does or does not belong to a particular \ the progressive rock station
social class; one may wish to suggest .- -- ----------------
that he does not conform to some ethnic
or cultural group; and so on. Is a bird in your hand iorth loving?
Further, a dress codedi.nica one ths Free parakeet and cage. For informa-
equal protection under the iaawl what tion contact Deb'ie at 632-22h?.
may be propere" in one school may not
be in another, and education should not i \ 'j\ l V
be that arbitrarily granted orf cnieLd 1 P\ D L
Finally A dress tode may be diActrilmina ...---- --- --- -----
atory: a boy, for example, may be re-
quired to wear a9cks while a girl may If you are trapped in a penny arcade
not; a boy may be required to cut his of hypocrisy and lies, .give something
hair while a girl may not; a girl may relevant of, yourself. Literary con-
be prohibited from wearing slacks while tributions, criticism and letters of
aboyis not; and so on. inquiry may be addressed to A Different
In conclusion, if you can show me a Drummer, P.C. Box 169?, Cocoa, Florida
school which imposes a dress code on its ---------------.-------------
student bocd I will show you a school. j C
where students and teachers have allowed \ BLACK IS BEAUTITIFUL '- ', 4
it to happen because they have lost I /-
sight of the purposes of education I1 M Black brothers and sisters: Vi
a free society. I will also show you a 4 Join The Iew Breed
school where administrators are patern- I .LJ Seeking on-campus approval
alistic and authoritarian or have sold (going through channels)
out to a dictatorial school board or --......................------
board of trustees. Finally I will show T I F L F L
you a school where all have lost faith H s I L I L
in the ability of men to govern them- I S L R LSI L I D
selves. S I E L F L F

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