DEMAREST IN EXILE



The name "Demarest in Exile" has been blithely appropriated (with permission now! hoo-hah!) by the individuals at <zm.org> because we think it's real neat. Our first Exile publication was the booklet Demarest Unbound, in Fall 1995, of which 200 copies were printed and distributed around Demarest. There had been no official Demarest Handbook for 1995-1996, and we took it upon ourselves to entertain and inform the residents. It's just too damn expensive to keep printing booklets every year, so we're now doing a website instead. The original Demarest In Exile was founded in the late 1980s, as a direct result of the Bishop House tyranny. According to Outtelligence, the official newsletter of that legendary outpost:

Leaders of the dissent were harrassed. One section leader was told that, unless he resigned, his section would not be readmitted for the next year; another was brought up on absurd vandalism charges that prompted [Berni Calkins] to comment, "Oh, Martin has no rights!" Anyone foolish enough to voice their disagreement with the official policies faced similar problems that drove many of them to give up and move out. [. . .] A group of disgusted Demarites set up the original Demarest In Exile in an off-campus apartment, others followed with their own branches, and all former true Demarites, wherever they are, constitute the "whole" Demarest In Exile as they maintain the true spirit of Demarest Community.

The Martin referred to is Martin Goldman, who was section leader of what was the Arts and Crafts section, later Visual Arts. There was to be a section project on graffiti, which had been approved by someone in Bishop House. Although the project called for materials which could be removed from walls, the approval for the project was unexpectedly withdrawn by Bishop House, but Martin went ahead with it anyway and was written up on charges of vandalism. When Calkins was reminded that even accused students had certain rights, she made the now-infamous remark.

The very first issue of Outtelligence, published as a labor of love by the anonymous Marty Roth, provided the complete set of rules of Demarest In Exile. Of this code, the only directive still in effect is the Third Rule in Section 6, which is observed in honor of that administrator whose concern for Demarest, even in our Exile -- and in her absence -- still sits so heavily upon our souls.


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