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Brunnenburg Castle, located in
the Tyrolean Alps of Northern Italy, is the
location of an unique St. Andrews over
seas program. This program includes the
study of Ezra Pound’s literary and poetic
works under the direction of his daughter.
Princess Mary de Rachewiltz and Agro-
Archeology under de Rachewiltz’s son
Sigfried de Rachewiltz,Pound’sgrandson.
The 1987 group of St. Andrews
students include Leah Cook, Phyllis Dun
away, Anke Gassen, J ohn Helms, Deborah
Kelly, Eric Lien, Christina Marley, Gre
gory Minns, Tanya Olson, George Phelps,
Deborah Robinson, A1 Schilling, and
Daniel Schuman. These students are under
the direction of Professor Ann Woodson
and her husband, Faulkner Scholar Joel
Williamson. Professor Woodson is in-
stfucting the class on the subjects of Art
History, which includes class trips to
Florence, Rome, and Venice for a first
hand look at the masterpieces covered in
class, and Drawing, making words come
alive with meaning through visual crea
tions and word-pieces.
Greetings from all of us here at
Brunnenburg! Time has flown so quickly
for us. We have approximately nineteen
school days left in our term which ends
Nov. 17th. The rest of the semester is
divided between trips to Rome, Fall Break,
and Venice. Most of us will be flying out
of Switzerland to the States on Dec. 4th
alter extensive traveling throughout Eu
Florence: My first impression of
the city was that it was dirty and crowded.
It was extremely hot at the time and we
were all so tired from the train ride and the
rushing around to museums and churches.
In spite of these factors, most of us fell in
love with the city towards the end of our
The nightlife of Florence is both
lively and unique. Musicians, mimes, and
fire-eaters lined the streets playing for the
crowd. Then they would pass a hat or a
tambourine around for spare change. The
Ponte Vecchio, a popular site, is a bridge
filled with shops located over the Amo
River. After dark, “flower children” and
craftspeople sell woven bracelets, leather
belts, and colorful paintings and sketches.
Some of this was done illegally because
when the carabinari (police)
are sighted some of the artisans pack up and
take off in less than a minute. To quote
Christina Marley: “(It was) like someone
had yelled ‘lunch break’”.
We also had a day trip to Siena
(approximately one hour from Florence) to
see more quattrocento paintings and fres
coes we had studied in class.
Nine of us rushed back to
Rorence to catch the next train to Bologna,
and then another to Verona. We had tickets
to see Peter Gabriel ’sSoTourattheVerona
The train ride to Bologna was the
ultimate horror. We stood in the aisles.like
Windows On The World. .
Musings from Bob Martin
Jonathan Freeman is back at his
studies at theUniversity of Stirling. He had
all his “hospitality” energies mustered
toward befriending St Androids. But—
guess what? Beware Jim Terrell, you will
be over-run with “goodies” come Spring
Term! Jonathan does expect tovisituslate
into April or early May.
Sharon Slivka reports all is going
well and anticipates insisting that SAGA
include Japanese cuisine. She has had a
good visit with Rika Fukoe who is busy job
hunting. She had a good visit with her mom
recently who loves and works in the south
ern part of Japan.
Thfr' B’biirgcrs are off for their
Rome trip from the 17th to the 25lh. I had
a good phone visit with Ann Woodson and
Mary deRachewiltz last week. Mary is
very pleased with the quality of work the
students are doing in her Pound course.
Ann is delighted with the woA folk are
doing in both her courses. Chilly weather
has arrived at the Casde, so S unday veranda
tea has been moved indoors where poeuy
records play gently in the background.
Speaking of Brunnenburg, all
interested in applying for Brunnenburg ’ 88
need to remember to sign up for Professor
Bayes’ “Introduction to Pound Studies”
course during Spring Term! That’s no
automatic ticket, but it is a very important
indication of serious interest Subtle?
Participants in the course on
South Africa will be solicitating signa
tures for a petition regarding detainees.
They help us keep our windows open
toward a country in the world where pain
is real and institutionalized injustice is
Glad everyone is back from Fall
Break safe and sound! James Inman
thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Honda
hurricane! Keep those windows open to the
worlds close in and around the globe.
a tin of sardines for two hours. Then we had
to run like purse snatchers through the
Bologna train station because our tfain
arrived late and we had two minutes to
makeour connection. The Verona U'ain was
just as terrible. Anke, Christina, Deborah,
and I parked ourselves in front of the W.C.
until we reached our destination.
We found the Coliseum with no
major problems, however, a strange thing
happened at the door that I still haven’t
figured out. The security men took the lid
off my water botde and kept it! They let
people in with cameras and recorders, but
they confiscated my wuter lid!
Tanya, Anke, Leah and I were the
brave ones who squeezed ourselves around
to the front of the stage. It became very hot
and we were a bit squashed, but it was
worth the trouble for the excellent view.
Imagine 10,000 Italians chanting
“Peetah” between songs. Most of those
around us couldn’t speak a word of English
but they sang every song that Gabriel
performed. The concert was excellent and
being in a foreign country made it special.
We caught the 2:40 a.m. train
back to Florence. It too was packed with
concert-goers and travelers. We were all so
tired that we ended up curling up on the
dirty floor to catch some sleep.
Walking back to our persione at
6:00 a.m. turned out to be more eventful
than we planned. Some inebriated Italians
in a Porsche almost ran us over and then
thried to pick us women up. Needless to
say, we weren’t too receptive. This made
them angry and they followed us to our
p)cnsione. They wanted to start a fight but
somehow they deci Jed to leave us alone. It
was so unexpected and suange. That was
the only time we’ve had any trouble sincc
Curreijtly, we are finishing our
study trip to Rorrle. 1 was very apprehensive
about coming to Rome but, like tlje others
in the group, 1 don’t want to leave so soon.
There are so many places to go and things
The ownerofthepensione that we
are slaying at gave us a card to get into a
private clubA)ar called “Miscellanea”. It is
a place that only takes members who are
students. It is very international and Sl
Andrews is being added to the list of
schools that they have framed on the wall.
Hopefully, we have started a new Brun-
nenbiu'g tradition for others to join in dur
ing future stays in Rome.
Fall Break starts for us Oct. 16th
and ends on the 25th. Our travel plans have
us splitting up and touring not only Italy but
other counU'ies as well. Tanya Olson,
George Phelps, John Helms and I are
taking a U'ain to Ancona and then a ship to
Yugoslavia for a tour of the coastal cities
and bcaches. Anke Gassen and Leah
Cook are traveling up to Anke’s
grandmother’s house in Germany for a
skiing vacation. Gregory Minns is staying
with friends in central Italy. Eric Lien and
A1 Schilling will be traveling north to
Frankfurt and Munich. Christina Marley
and Deborah Robinson will take a tour of
southemltaly including thecitiesofNapIes
and Pompeii. Dan Schuman will be meet
ing with his parents in the village near the
castle. Phyllis Dunaway will be returning
to the castle. Anna and Joel haven’t
divulged their plans yet, but we all know
that it will be a special vacation for they
are celebrating their one-year anniversary!
We all wish them the best and hope they
have many more wonderful years together.
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