Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

During the 1960s, the campus continued to function normally, with students attending classes, games, dances, and various events. The decade, however, was full of social and political change, and trends and conflicts began to affect the college early in the decade. In October 1960, three FJC students self-published The Black Flag: A Journal of Opinions, named for a popular insecticide. Later issues were published in November and December 1960, and June 1961, and distributed around campus. Any student “having a story, a poem, article or any other form of communication of reasonable length” was invited to contribute articles to the unauthorized publication. The three editors, John Flowers, Guillermo Lamers, and Eric Gruver, all of whom had served or were serving in the military, thought the Hornet lacked “intellectual stimulation” and wanted to publish articles more reflective of the times. The publication of The Black Flag caused a firestorm in the community, and it was quickly labeled subversive. One editorial on the Cuban Revolution was criticized as supporting communism. After reading the first issue, the Deans of Men and Women recommended that the three editors immediately be suspended. On January 3, 1960, over two hundred parents crowded the District Center headquarters, accused the Trustees of “dragging their feet,” and called for banning the publication. They also asked that FUHS counselor Joel Dvorman be fired because of his membership in the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The Trustees subsequently adopted new regulations concerning authorized campus groups and publications, making violators liable to expulsion from school.
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