The Walls Around Attica Letters to the Editor




Editor-In-Chief ANDREW ELSTON Business Manager H.EDDA GORDON Advertising Manager C::HARLES KAPLAN News Editor BEVERLEY CONRAD Arts Editor CAROL EDMONDSON Graphics Editor NANCY DICK Contributing Editor LARRY FRITZ

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The Owl 's Corner - Joseph H. Bunzel Mind's Eye - Jan Nuzzo


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News Briefs Socialist Worker's Party: Jenness & Pulley Notes Selective Service: Final Changes Greenhaven Inmates Form Union Election 1972


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Attica: A Sleeping Tragedy Peanuts, Popcorn, and People


STAFF: Barry Cohen, Eric Chaffee, Linda De Tine, George Howell, Michael Sajecki, Steve Mackey, Dick Manning, Marcia Rybcznski, Jo .Ann Pizzo, Heather Ingram, Mike Kaiser, Dave Schwab, Mary Sullivan, Bill Mallowitz, Jan Nuzzo, Peggy Burke, Pat Bumstead, Jackie Michelin, Pauline Landau, Eric Daughtry, Helene Heit. STRAIT magazine is published fortnightly by the students of the New York State University College at Buffalo, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. New York 14222. Offices are in the Student Union, room 421; telephone (716) 862-5326 & 5327. ยท Publishing and operating funds allocated through the United Students' Governmenl under the auspices of Publications Board and through the advertising income. STRAIT is represented for national adverlising income by National Educational Adverlising Services, 360 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y. STRAIT is distributed free to all members of the Buffalo State Community and to other students on campuses of the Niagara Frontier. Price for all others: 25 cents per copy; $4.50 per year (14 issues). Unsoliciled manuscripts will be considered for publication but STRAIT will not be responsible for their return; perso11s not associated with SUCB will not be discriminated against in the terms of manuscript publication. Editorial policy is determined by the editorial board. STRAIT subscribes to College Press Servi9e (CPS) Denver, Colorado; and Dispatch News Service International (DNSI). Coplrigh_t 1972; a!I righ_ts reserved: no portion o this magazine, its pictorial or verbal content may be reprinted in any manner without the express consent of the Editor-In-Chief. Printed in the United States of America by RecordPress.

The Boreshwazae and the Arts The Trials of Lenny Bruce Syed Igbal Geoffrey Records

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Woman in the Arts CIRCUM LOCUM

In This Issue

ELEMENTS OF COMEDY AND TRAGEDY, that is what this issue is all about. We have an interview with two guardsmen who were at Attica when it all happened six mohths ago - the frenzy is over, but the tragedy remains unsolved. From there we go to the comic-tragic life of Lenny Bruce as portrayed by Frank Speiser last week. Our photo essay on the circus is in a somewhat lighter vein or, is it really? Follow your feelings on the whole thing. Laugh when it seems there's nothing left to do. . Our very dress make us grotesques. We are the zanies of sorrow. We are clowns whose hearts are broken. We are specially designed to appeal to the sense of humor. On November 13, 1895 I was brought down here from London. From two o'clock till half past two on that day I had to stand on the centre platform of Clapham Junction in convict dress and handcuffed, for the world to look at ... Of all possible objects I was the most grotesque. When people saw me they laughed. Each train as it came up swelled the audience. Nothing could exceed their amusement. That was of coune before they knew who I was. As soon as they had been informed, they laughed still more. For half an hour I stood there in the grey November rain surrounded by a jeering mob. For a year after that was done to me I wept every day at the same hour and for the same space of time. That is not such a tragic thing as possibly it sounds to you. To those who are in prison, tears .are part of everyday's experience. A day in prison on which one does not weep is a day on which one's heart is hard, not a day en which one's heart is happy. DE PROFUNDIS Oscar Wilde

GRAFICS CREDITS: Barry Cohen - 26, 27; Mark Kozlowski - 28, 30, 31; Mike Markowitz - 19-B, 25; Marcia Yules - 19-A; Wendy Hughes - 29; Cat Conrad - 10, 11; Daniel Chesbro - Attica Logo - 7.

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