The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 22, 1982-Page 11
'RAW LIFESTYLES' IN GREENWICH VILLAGE
School board objects to N.Y. trip
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -
When some high school sociology
students first asked to visit New York's
Greenwich Village, they were spurned
by school board members, who feared
they might encounter "depravation"
and "raw lifestyles."
But after a personal invitation from
the president of New York University, a
modified version of the trip is on.
"It's narrow-minded. If we're old
enough to go to war, I think we're old
enough to go to Greenwich Village,"
said Paul Tesini, a 17-year-old junior
who is scheduled to go on the field trip.
ON TUESDAY board membes voted
down the Village tour as part of the
students' planned trip to New York
City. Later they had second thoughts,
however, after an invitation arrived
from NYU President John Brademas
for lunch and a tour of the university,
which is located off Washington Square
Park in the heart of the Village.
The Village, a traditional enclave of
Bohemian lifestyles, includes a large
'If we're old enough to go to war, I think we're
old enough to go to Greenwich Village.'
high school junior
homosexual community, artists,
students, working people, retirees, and
a vibrant nightlife within its borders.
"I know they will find this a highlight
of their visit to New York City," said
Brademas, a former congressman
TIE ORIGINAL proposal also called
for visits to Rockefeller Plaza and the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, and there
was no objection to those destinations.
West Springfield is a middle-class
suburb of about 30,00 across the Con-
necticut River from Springfield, It's
known for large Victorian-style houses
and others dating to the 17th century.
The town is the home of Breck hair dyes
and the Eastern States Exposition, New
England's largest fair.
Four of the seven school board mem-
bers wil join the 40 students on the tour.
"NOW WE IND out NYU spills
over into Greenwich Village. So they'll
see it anyway. But at least it w'ill be
more of a structured tour than just, a
class with some teachers," William
Clar, schol board chairman, said
New York Mayor Ed Koch, upon
hearing criticism of the Village where
he and Brademas live, said, "I won't
even dignify that with a comment"
"Depravation" and "raw lifestyles'
were descriptions of the Village used by
school board'member John Colby in
casting his original vote against the
tour of the Village. .
"I DON'T THINK it is necessarily s
good example of an environment to
show young people with impressionable
minds," Colby said at the time.
"What we originally were concerned
about was that the students' proposal
explainedthat they wanted to see an
alternative lifestyle," he said yester-
The written proposal presented to
the board said the students felt the tour
would be beneficial because Greenwich
Village 'is a place where we can obser-
ve people who live outside the norm
free from harassment. This is a place
that many ople escape to, to live their
lives free from social restrictions."
"We felt if they went to New York,
there are more areas of educational
value than Greenwich Village, when
they could find alternative lifestyles
right in their own backyard," Clark
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