USF: Poli SciWhy would anybody major in poli sci? The words political and science contradict one another, and the field is neither. Still, when you quit chemistry and you have to do something and the Jesuits control philosophy.... Smetana taught American Government. Dont confuse me (Smetan'a) with the composer (Smet'ana). Ha ha(!) Nobody laughed. Why would they? (duh, whats a Moldau?) Great beginning. The rest of the course was spent either sleeping (third row to the back of the room) or wiping his spit off. He did Constitutional Law, too. All I recall was the kind of paper we wrote our briefs on: it had very wide margins which made a handy place to boil down class notes (non con law classes). Brandons Comparative Government covered land, economy, people, history, government and politics of England, France, Germany, the Soviet Union. Encyclopedia stuff, but we liked his delivery and feared his exams: try a three-hour blue-book on the development of the parliamentary system. He thoroughly pre-outlined lectures on the board; he was so laid-back his chair should have thrown him; a former journalist and Bonn attaché, he had style. I couldnt get enough of him International Relations Morgenthaus Politics Among Nations was all realpolitik We (sophomore moralists) took to it like pornography. Stephan, youre confusing morality with politics again oh, blush, sorry, Ill try to be meaner. The marvel that anyone ever developed diplomacy, polite conversation among mortal enemies. Jesuits were expelled at least once by every European nation. Yaaayyy! Even Switzerland? International Law First lecture: it doesnt exist. That was the theme of the course. Seminar in American Foreign Policy Churchills gone soft and Kennans gone ga-ga everybody does sooner or later except Brandon. Feely was as much a part of USF as the Masonic graveyard it was built on. B.A. there (well, its earlier location, on Hayes Street) in 1916. Law two years later. Insatiable, he next became a Jesuit. And from the 20s he was monomaniacal on COMM-u-nism. (Nietzsche: when you fight with monsters you may become one.) Everyone at USF was forced to take Poli Sci 140, Philosophy, Strategy and Tactics of World Communism. It was fascism 101: seating chart with daily attendance check, old Feely droning into his microphone, overamplified in his own classroom, across the hall from the Dean, apotheozied. His coughing fits relieved the monotony My pills! My pills! Miss Lightbody! Across the hall! Maybe hell go this time? Stop laughing! Cough! MacKenzie guest-lectured on Soviet Geopolitics Sir Haliford MacKinder, the Fertile Crescent. Yeah-yeah, yawn. Nonsense, dropped into historys dustbin by the airplane. McDonnells guest appearance was the only semi-intellectual event: a two-day sleigh-ride through Russian history from Burik the Viking to Khrushchev the Ukranian (butcher). . Some junior Jesuits hung a black wreath on Feelys bedroom door in the Jesuit Hilton and danced around it whispering Die! but it didnt work. McDonnell (chairman, Jesuit) taught a decent History of Political Thought from Thrasymachos to Hitler but all I remember of it were oral examinations which could make you physically ill, Marsilius of Paduas Defensor Pacis  published 1324, and everyone was wrong but Aquinas. MacKenzie (large, Sarge) taught football and Public Administration. His exams were graded with a variety of rubber-stamped messages in your blue book: CHECK NOTES or VAGUE SEE TEXTBOOK, P. __ (fill in the page) or GOOD. I guess it prepared some people, for public administration. It somehow complemented his Listen here, God! speech, in Poli Sci 140: a fool pointing upward, belly outward demonstrating godless, atheistic [redundant] communism Not to mention his Fertile Crescent. As I said, I quit chemistry and had to do something.