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/ N EWS RELEASE NEw CoLLEGE S A R ASOTA, FLORID A 33578 1 141 -3/13/68 813/355-7131 Ref : Furman c. Arthur FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SARASOTA--Five South American graduate students, guests of New College for the past 10 days, leave this morning (Thursday) for Miami, where they will board planes to return home. The students, who have also visited Boston, New York, Louis-ville, Kentucky, Washington, D. C and Putney, Vermont, leave 't..;ith an impression of students in the United States that is, from their point of view, not entirely favorable. Luis Stramwasser, a second-year student of medicine at the University of Chile, stated, "I'm a little disappointed at American students. They've lost the idea of fighting for their rights." Luis, a representative of the medical school to the Chilean student council, expressed the opinion that in the United States, students don't seek power actively, but wait until they are 21 to try to solve national problems. And even then, they often refuse to face pressing issues. Luis' fellow students agreed with him. All of them are student leaders, their visit to this country being made possible through a program of the Experiment in International Living. The program is designed to give students, both here and abroad, a iirst-hand look at another country more
NEW COLLEGE Page 2 as well as a chance to meet and live with families there. Fernando Romero, an engineering student in Peru, contended the apathy of American stud nts is due to heir affluence. "They have cars. Everything. They don't know whst it's like to fight for things, to have nothing. Students in Peru do know -1hat it :Ls like." Luis contended students in the United States should attempt to bring a out change in social and political situations in this country. Be emphasized t at he did not mean revolutionary change, but change brought aboct by working through a political pertye Renan Fuentalba, a student representative at the Catholic University of Chile, explainea that students have an active voice in the political parties of his country. Although they cannot vote in national elections, they have a voice in party decisions as the party's future leadero. "Students in the United States revery disoriented," Renan contended. "They don't see the future. If we want to have power tomorrow, we fight. cannot wait for 20 years.' Renan stated he felt both the Communist ad capitalist systems were "very wrong." He is a Christian Democrat, and explained that, under Christian Democracy, th person, nd not the state or the economic machine, is the "main thing." All three stud nts ellpbas zed t1at, or South American students. attending a university is a socal, not merely an educational, experience. "In an underdeveloped country like ChUa," Renan s aid, "students go to the univerRity not only to study to become a but first to more -
NEW COLLEGE Page 3 become a person." He claimed political involvement was neceseary.in this process. All students felt th univ r ity was far more than a plaee of learning. They seemed unable to unaerstand t e otivation of a majority of students in the United States, who are primarily interesed in attending college to acquire learning, skills, and, perhaps, wisdom for thiir adult liv While at ew College, they attended classes, met with students, were shown about the comnrunity by various persons close to the students' career interests, and also were involved in a number of social occasions. Their visit was arranged by the Sarasota chapter of the Ex periment for International Living, headed by Mrs. Bradford D. Ansley. Project chairman for the visit was Hrs. John Elmendorf, Miss Irving Benoist, a student, assisted, along with a committee of faculty, students and staff. 30 -
FROM: NEW COLLEGE SPECIAL TO THE HERALD TRIBUNE FOR USE: THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1968 INFORMATION FOR CUTLINES, LATIN AttllR Itir;r STUDENTS The four students from Latin America (whose names you have) meet with Tapia, a New College student here for oue year on a Rotary Club Exchange Scholarship. \ Missing from the group for the photo were Alicia Bomcbil and Oscar Zambrano, who completed the visiting group They return to their countries today.