Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

While Dean Boyce supported his son’s publication of the 1941 Torch, he was not so supportive of Arnold Fickle, 1935 vice-president of the Associated Student Body. In 1936, Fickle served as one of the editors of an unofficial student magazine titled The Stinger, which contained jokes, witticisms, cartoons, and acidic commentary on campus personalities. Although other FJC students had worked on the publication, Fickle was the only student identified. Boyce threatened “consequences” if The Stinger was published, finding it “too raw” and “off color”. All 1,500 copies of the magazine quickly sold out. Facing suspension, Fickle defended his association with the publication, declaring he had a right to join the venture since it was not a student body endeavor. Boyce countered that the magazine bore the college emblem, used the college address for mailing, referred to college personalities, and contained cigarette advertisements in violation of school rules. More than half the members of the student body signed petitions asking that Fickle be reinstated after his suspension, but the Board of Trustees stood firm. Fickle transferred to Santa Ana College where he graduated in 1937. The Weekly Torch made no mention of the dispute, but it was closely followed by the Los Angeles Times the first two weeks of March 1936, resulting in bad press for the college. The fight over what students could and could not publish would continue in the next decades, with conflict reaching a head in October 1960 with publication of The Black Flag: A Journal of Opinions, which rocked the campus community. During this period, the official literary publication was Flagstones, available for a quarter in the bookstore.
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