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/ NEWS RELEASE NEw CoLLEGE SARASOTA, FLORIDA 33578 1 142 -3/14/68 813 / 355-7131 Bya Furman c. Arthur GUEST COLUMN 1 SARASOTA SCENE MAGAZINE During a recent call-in radio show in which New College President John Elmendorf was in the studio answering questions from listeners, a woman telephoned and upbraided him for hiring a certain professor whose views did not particularly suit her. Presidenta "But madam, have you read any of the professor's books so that you understand what his views are?" Lady Caller t ''No 1 and I certainly don't intend to read anything written by anyone with his views. You ought to fire him." Too often, people in the community evidence this attitude but it is usually reserved for students. Typical reaction to the first undergraduate who has less than an All-American look is, ''Well, there goes one of those hippies." No matter that the youngster might be a superb student, a good citizen in hia community, or even that his appearance might be in the current style. Such reactions recall a scene from the Speneer Tracy-Katherine Hepburn movie, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." The brilliant young doctor argues with his father, trying to get him to understand that times have changed. In exasperation, he finally says, "You want it to be just as it was when you were young, and it isn't ever going to be that way again."
Page 2 It certainly isn't going to be anything like it was on campus when almost any parent in Sarasota returns to his own alma mater. Witnes these new items gleaned from the national press: Dartmouth hires resident dissident for its faculty/ Students, faculty, and administrative people stag anti-war demonstration at Florida State University/ Students blockade chancellor of University of until he writes check bailing out 18 student demonstrators/ Michi an students march on President Harlan Hatcher's house demanding higher wage/ Princeton book store manager reports huge upsurge in thefts by student/ Yale agrees to welcome back students who avoid draft. This is only a small, selective list. They are rep ated on all campuses, recoroine a scene. Part of the cause is that there are nearly four times ae many college students as there wer 30 years ago; that colleges today pressure-pack a student's experience, forcin him to fight to get in and to stay in. Those items al o tell the story that students are wiser today about the public press, knowing that there is no news value in contentment. But, a writer for Esquire, after an annual campus survey, said: "Psychedelic drugs, purposeless rebellion and an rchistic attitudes--are these typical of the vast of boys and girls in colleges today? Of course not-no more than they were 'when you and I were young. Maggie.'" Then what are the majority of students doing? Take a look right at home. at New College students:
Page 3 **The first graduatingclaas won an unprecedented number of national graduate fellowahip avarda in proportion to ita aile and this year' class 1a beginning to follow in the same patt rn. **A team of three stud ut mathematicians placed 30th among all collegea and universities in the u.s. and Canada 1n math competition. **A group of atudeuta each week tutors children in Newtown, Fruitville and Tallevast and one student is a director of Sarasota United Need, Inc. **Students aing in local choirs, teach in Sunday Schools, act in local plays, help to stage .operas, perform with and usher for the Florida West Coast Symphony, perform with the Youth Symphony, play in the city baaketball league, work for local Unit d Appeal agencies. **Students teach weakly class a in whith they place th ir newly gained knowledae before groups of adult eagar to discuss college level aubjecta. **Students intain their own Speakers Bureau to furnish, without fee, speakers, debates, or entertainment. The list could go on. Its recounting helps to make the point that have only changed in certain ways. They dress differently, they're more aware (if only because television forced it), they' probably read re and dona more things. Otherwis they're quite the same for their age. Almost everyone who makes an effort to know a student or a group of students in a relaxed. informal aituation. comes away
Page 4 tapreaaed. They y look differ nt than students in other nerationa but at of the difference is in the looks. I wonder what ever happened to coouskin coats, white bucks, and freshman dinks1 30 -