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December 2, 1966 Paper Reports NC Candidacy For Accreditation by SACS New College has taken an important step toward accreditation, QCcording to a report in yesterday's The Sarasota Herald Tribune. According to a Herald Tribune wire service story, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) announced Wednesday "the selection of New College as a qualified candidate for membership in the SACS." If the report is accurate, this means New College is elibigle for "early recognition" and accreditation as early as 1969. President Tohn Elmendorf told The Catalyst yesterday he has not re-c e i v e d any notification from the SACS. As s i s t ant to the president Earl A three-man investigation team visited the campus a m on t h ago and chatted with college officials and guests over dinner. SEC Votes on First Case Expulsion Of Student The Studert Exerutive Committee voted Wednesday on the first case of student expulsion to come before the committee. A motion recommending to the College Council that first-year stu. dent Robert Kennison be expelled "unless he leaves campus by noon Saturday" was passed S-2. The action was recommended to the SEC by Judicial Committee chairman Steve Hall. Reporting on a meeting of the Judicial Committee Hall said Kennison and another first-year student were charged with violating the intervisitation rule. According to Hall, Kennison was not present at his trial, which was held Wednesday afternoon. finally expulsion is recommended. In response to the questions put to him by those present, Kennison emphasizedthe importance to him of his activities with the wrestling team and pointed out tha t it was "atoughthingto ask" him to leave before he could participate in tomorrow's tournament, for which he had already put in extensive practice. First-year representative Jon Shaughnessy, who, along with Rachel Findley, voted against the the recommendation of expulsion, objected that the SEC was passing on Kennison's general attitude, and not a question of violation of the rules, Raeburn maintained Kennison "is bothering people." Earlier, firstyear representative Lee Crawfort bl.d mrmed Kennison "undesirable." After further discussion of a sim-ilar nature, the question on the motion was calleC. and the recommendation of expulsion was passed. Apparently in response to Kennison's desire to participate in the wrestling first-year representative Katie Smith recom rr. c.nded Kennison be allowed to remain as a guest of some students until Saturday night afterthe tourn ament. Fo rum Postponed Tonight's forum has been postponed. Planned by Ellen Tisdale to be on the international intellectual group Mensa, the forum was postponed because materials scheduled to be used in the forum did not arrive in time. Helgeson indicated he is almost certain the report is true, however, and hailed the SACS decision as "the first major step" toward full accreditation. With its candidate status New College must now conduct an intensive self-study, which Helgeson said will take from 12 to 18 months. Allowing a year for the SACS to act on the report, Helgeson e s t 1m at e d accreditation could be achieved in 1969. The Herald Tribune, which said the SACS w o u I d vote on giving New College full accreditation nest year, was in error on this point. If not for "early recognition" as a candidate, Helgeson told The Catalyst, New College wouldhave to wait until 1971. U n d e r the rules of the SACS a college must graduate two classes before it can apply for full accreditation, Usually, Helgeson explained, a school begins its self-study upon making official applicatio n for accreditation. Under early recognition, however, a school c:n complete its sell-study before applying for full accreditation. The decision to giv e New College early candidate status was based on a report of a special three-man investigation team from the SACS that visited the campus a month ago. Elmendorl said the purpose of the team's visit was to see if "the intents and objectives of New College are consistent with (those of) other colleges in the association, if we are meeting those objectives atN ew College, andifwe are meeting the objectives we 11 enough that ac-creditation would be appropriate. He described the reported SACS decision as a "vote of confidence" in the New College program, according to The Herald Tribune. Helgeson told The Catalyst a selfstudy will be begun as soon as possible. Such a study, which must be conducted along lines mapped out by the SA C S would analyze every Helgeson facet of the program here for their strengths and weaknesses. If New College receives full accreditation in 1969, the official status will b e retroactiv e t o include all graduating classes. Anthology To Use Student Poems NC Four New College students have had poems selected t o appear in a national college poetry anthology. First-year students William Hedringto n and J o n Lundell, secondyear student Lawrence Paulson, and third-year student Glenda Cimino will have one poem each in the Spring Anthol<'gy of College Po etrypublished by the National Po etry Press of los Angeles. Following Hall's report, the motion to recommend expulsion was made and discussion ensued. Thirdyear student dlarles Rae bum, who as acting as a member of the SEC, having been appointed a proxy for absent representative David Pini, commented on "lame duck students" and said the Judicial Committee, of which he is a had asked Dean Robert Notwme to speak with Kennison. NC Hosts Dominican Visitor Hall then added several bits of "hearsay" information regarding Kennison's academic performance and other alleged trouble of vari ous kinds. : ,ss i st
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Page? The Catalyst former Dean Eurich Appointed at Vassar Dr. Nell Ewich, a trustee and former temporaxy educational coordinator here, has been appointed professor of English and dean of the f aculty at Vassar College. Eurich, who has been acting president of Stephens College, will move to Vassar Jan. 1 as dean-elect and vice chairman of the college's recently formed committee on new dimensions. She will officially become dean of the faculty July 1, 1967. The chairman of the educational policies committee of the New College Board of Trustees, Eurich has played an important role in the development of this school. She has served on the board s.:.nce 1962. In April, 1965, she became academic dean ofNew but declined the title and at her requestwas given the post of educational co-ordinator. Eurich remained in this capacity untUJohn Elmendorf's appointment of many of the present faculty, after most of the original faculty left in early 1965 Eurich is a member and former director of the special committee on liberal studies of the American Association of Colleges; a member of then at ion al selection committee on fellowships for the National Endowment for the Hwnanities; and a member of the reading committee on the Harbison Award !or Great Teaching of the Danforth FOI.mda tion. She is married to Alvin C Eurich, who is president of the Aspen In-Students Attending 17th Conference On Carribbean Area The H e mispheric Role o f the C aribbean" is the theme at the Annual Conference on the Caribbean now under way at the UD1vers1ty of Florida. Third-year students Glenda Cimino and Charl e s Raeburn are attendmg from New College. "The Hemispheric Role of the C ari bb e an" is the theme at the Seventeenth Annual Conference now UDder way at the University of Florida. Third-year students Glenda Cimino and Charles Raeburn are attending from New College. The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida organizes these conferences, while the University of Florida Press publishes and sells a volume of pro ceediDgs of each meeting. Five "Round Tables" are sched uled, treatiDg the topics of politi cal capacity, ecCIIlomic potential, s ocial patterns, cultural influ e n c es, and international position. Each round table will feature speakers on some aspect of the topic and a panes discuss ion by conference participants. A mongthespeakers will be Thomas Mathew s, Directo r of the Institute o f Caribbean Af fairs and SocialSciencesProfess o r at the U-niveiSity of Puerto Rico ; Joseph Reidy, Consultant on Latin America (Washington); Ofelia Mendoza, F ield Director of International P 1 anne d Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region; F e -lipe Herrera, President of the In-ter-American Development Bank; and Alfonse Ocampo, Rector of the University De 1 V a 11 e, Cali, Colombia. Four students, Glenda Cimino, TomLesure, DickOgburn and Joan Schnabel have been invited for three months of study and research. There will be a reception tonigh t for conference delegates and v isi toiS at the home of Dr. J. Wayne Reitz, president of the UniveiS i t y of Florida. F i rst C lass Honor <iog Aos ociated Collegiate Press Vol. 3 Numbe r 13 December 2, 1966 Pub lU:hed weekly by students at New College ( except for three weeks fro m mid December through the first week in ] anuary and six weeks in July an d August ) Subscriptions: $5.00 per year (43 issues ) or 15 per c opy. Addre$$ subscription orders, chance of a d dress notices an d undeliverabl e copies to: The Catalyst/New College/Post Off ice Box 1898/ Sarasota, Florida 33578. Applicatioo t o m a.ll at second-class postag e rates pending :tt Sarasota, Florida. Tel. 355-5406. Edit o r Tom T odd A$;soc. Editor .. ........ ... Kenji Od a B usin ess George Finl
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December 2, 1966 The Sauerkraut Question I hadn't really meant to cause trouble. Itwas a simple question, yet I felt I bad to have an answer. All I did was sto up to the server and ask, "Why doesn't the sauerkraut have my taste?" I didn't even feel very strondv about it at-first. But the sauerkraut had Deen there, and it had hadnotaste, and I wanted to know why. "Yes, I can bring you some cocoa, but you'll have to wait, the seJVer said, and handed me a cup of coffee. Then be brought me twelve rolls, a bottle of A-1 Sauce, a pitcher full of lukewarm milk, and a Kingston Trio record his roommate was trying to get rid of. Paulson Ifeltthis wasn't answering myquestion. I headed forthe kitchen. Surely the answer could be found there. "Why doesn't the saued
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Page 4 Editorials Justice? As far as we know, Bob Kennison deserves his punishment at the hands of the SEC. We do not know that he does and we do not know that he does not. r Vhat he deserves is irrelevant to the punishment he received and the way in which he received it. We think he was treated unfairly and in a manner which reflects the utmost discredit upon those who allowed such a travesty to be perpetrated on one of their "colleagues. 11 Despite earnest attempts by past members of the SEC to ensure fairness and justice for those students who might run afoul of the student rules, when our elected reoresentatives are called on to consider a matter of serious discipline all of those attempts to write fairness into our system of government amount to nothing. Our objections to the manner in which Mr. Kennison was disciplined by his peers are few--but they are important ones worthy of the consideration of every student of New College Someday YOU may face similar injustices. 1. Mr. Kennison was tried in absentia. He was not oresent when his case came before the Judicial Committee. Forwhateverreason he was absent, his trial should not have been allowed to go on. 2. Mr. Kennison's character was subjected to the fullest effects of innuendo and irrelevant defamations at the SEC meeting Wednesday. A multitude of alleged examples of misconduct were dredged up and used as tf they were pertinent facts. Their truth was apparently assumed by those present. It certainly has never been proven for many of the things said about Mr. Kennison. 3. Last week, when various members of the SEC were laying plans ofr proxies to attend Wednesday's meeting for them, we objected on the Rrotmds that proxies were removed from the scope of participation in SEC affairs by the constitution revision of last year. We were shouted down at that meeting but we put forth that objection again now. If the two proxies present at Wednesday's meeting had not voted in favor of the expulsion recommendation, it would not have passed. Any question ofthe validity of their votes certainly casts doubts on the validity of the action taken by the committee. 4. We submit that it is highly unfair to Mr. Kennison and extremely prejudicial to his case for one of these proxies to even have been allowed to speak, much less vote. Charles Raeburn, as a member of the Judicial Committee had already had one opportunity to vote for Mr. Kennison's expulsion. We do not think he should have been given two chances. 5. The fact that Mr. Kennison plans to leave soon apparently weighed heavily in the SEC's decision to recommend expulsion instead ofthe probation which was expected. Some how we just cannot believe it is fair to go ahead and mete but severe punishment to a sttndent simply because he is leaving in a few days. 6. Finally, the provision made by the SEC to allow Mr. Kennison to leave before Saturday and the spare his record is reminiscent of the grade C Western in which the bad hombre is tol to 11 get out of town Either Mr. Kennison deserves to be punished or he does not. To make such a deal is degrading to the memberS of the SEC and to the students of New College generally. It is time for a change: either in the procedures for disciplining rule-breakers or in those who are to administer those procedures. The Waren Report Nationwide debate on the validity of the Warren Commission report on the Kennedy assasination refuses to abate even now, more than a year since the report's release. Numerous books have been written expressing nagging doubts about the manner in which the Warren investigation was run and about the conclusions that were reached. A showdown of some sort appears imminent, as the nation's press has of late begun to take sides on the argument. We feel little will be gained by re-opening the investigation at this point. No new evidence of any significance has been turned up, and we doubt if a different investigatory commission would come up with substantially new answers on the basis of old evidence. Of course there are holes in the Warren report, some of them embarassingly conspicuous. Texas Gov. John Connally waslessthan reassuring last week when he said he disagrees with the Commission's conclusion that the bullet he was struck with first passed through Kennedy; nevertheless, he told reporters, he feels the gist ofthe report is accurate, and a second investigation is tmcalled for. The contention ofthe Warren Commission that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone has drawn particularly heavy fire from home and abroad. But granted there are unsolved questions in the Kennedy slaying, we ask critics of the Warren report whether they feel a second, or a third, or a fourth investigation could resolve them. Purely because the assassination was such a spectacular event, even the slightest tmcertainty or inconis cause for doubt and speculation. And purely because of the nature of the human being, such speculations could never be entirely stifled. The Catalyst Letters Students Betrayed To the Editor. It seems to me that the SEC betrayed the students in its recent action against Bob Kennison. The reccomendation for expulsion was sweetened by its 2-day grace period, but in effect it was still taking the stance that Kennison should be dissassociated from New College as soon as possible. And why? For showing disrespect for SEC rules. As if they are ends in themselves. This action was intolerable though his actual .-:tti tudetowardsthe rest of us was actually tolerable. New College is a communal society that has no need to fall back on art i fi cia 1 laws--we can know the person we deal with and treat him as such. Kennison was already about to leave, so he was suggested for expulsion on only his third offense. Social probation would have had li tt 1 e effect, so that stage was skipped in favor of really showing everyone what the SEC thought of those who lacked respect for their pretentious rules. Perhaps the SEC is trying to protect its ego, so badly bruised by the way in which the administration uses it. The moralistic, benevolent, respectful members of the SEC have striven too hard to get a pat on the head this week. To the Editor: (signed) Jon Shaughnessy Although we can never entirely escape the absurd, it can at least be expected that, in the actions of any supposedly mature, responsible, and intelligent group of individuals, the element of the absurd will not be the primary characteristic of actions. Uniortunately, for whatever reason, this cannot be said of the SEC, at least as JUdged by their performance of Wednesday night, in regard to the expulsion of Bob Kennison. Thatamemberof the same committee that had tried Kennison (in absentia) the same afternoon also sat on the SEC, and voted for his expulsion twice, seems absurd enough. That Kenison was expelled for his "attitude" rather than any specific offense (at least, any offenses great enough in themselves to warrant expulsion), and that, except for one member of the audience remembering he was a few feet away in the kitchen, he was almost tried again in absentia, is surely absurd. And it was indeed ridiculous that the SEC had no idea of what it should consider in deliberating the expulsion, that it heard he a-say zd gossip with equal weight as known facts, and that it termed the case "open and shut" with a glibness that was a travesty of due process. However, the greatest absurdity of all, the crowning folly of the evening, was the resolution that was finally passed, that Kennison would not be expelled, as long as he left campus by a specified date and time, The SEC, in effect, ran Kennison off campus, an action appropriate for a band of vigelantes, but not for a responsible deliberative body. Either a person is expelled or he isn't. Either there is sufficient reason for him to be expelled or there isn't. A partial expulsion is a laughable concept. Furthermore, it is a contemptable one. It is almost too serious to be absurd. The SEC cannot continue to make a shamble of the idea of responsible representative government, of law and due process, and expect to maintain the confidence of the students of New College. As inured to absurdities as we are, there is a limitto tolerance which may well be approaching. Another Kennison incident, and it will have been reached. lntervisitation (signed) Lawrence Paulson Editor's note: The following letter from Gary Williams was received 1 as t week, but, due to space limitations, itwas held over for publication this week. To the Editor: In reference to intervisitation, am forced to agree that I am as tired of talking about the subject as you are of writing about it. However, it seems clear to me that this particular subject will keep recurring until something is, at long last, done about it. While we seem to have, as someone 1ns already pointed out, a "crisis atmosphere" (either a particular problem is ignored altogetherbythe student body as a whole, ar everyone talks on one particular subject until everyone is so sick of it that they will do anything to avoid the subject completely, tmtil the next crisis), this subject seems important enough to warrant some action, if only to settle it once and for all. Since we are inflicted with a government-by-committee (self-inflicted might be a better term), any problem seems to be the responsibility of no one in particular and everyone in general, with the result that everyone in general talks about the problem, and action is taken by no one in particular. To return to the subject of intervisitation, it would seem that one of the basic problems here is not linked to intervisitation as a par ticular problem, but rather to the whole basis of student government. The problem I am referring to can be most concisely stated in this question, "Who's in charge here?" Do we control what we are doing, or does the administration, or does the faculty and administration, or does some kind of complex of the three groups of the "college community" control? I'm talking aboutdirect control here, not some kind of abstract, "ultimate responsibility" type of control. It's obvious enough that Il!: Flmendorf and the trustess hold the "ultimate responsibility, but the simple (or rather, not so simple) concrete question of who is going to say "Jump!" and who is going to jump seems to be an issue here. The solution that the majority of the SEC seems to have taken, whether consciously or not, is to avoid this question and preserve the status guo. Despite all the talk about a "complex problem, and the "internal" and "external" problems, the basic problem here seems to be that the majority of the SEC does not wish to put the question of control to the test. December 2, 1966 Now, I have heard it said that the last thing we should do is turn control and enforcement of intervisitation rules over to the administration. Horrible thought! No, we should make the rules they want, and then enforce them as leniently as possible. This lead to the situation here last year, and to this yc ar' s 11 Crisis of Integrity." It seems clear to me that i 108 studentswerehonest enough to admitthatthey break the present restrictions on intervisitation hours (108 out of 146 who answered the questionnaire!) and if 141 out of that 146 felt that that intervisitation does not interfere with their academic lives or cause undue social pressures, then there is a clear majority of the students who feel that these hours serve no useful purpose for them and that they should be abolished. At any rate, this whole controver-sy should not be or swept under the carpet. e s, justforonce, getsomething settled before we proceed to the next question at hand. To the Editor. Yours with love, (signed) Gary Williams I. Some reasons I've heard forth.:: necessity of intervisitation hours: 1. Most of the kids here can1t handle their social life. They are in du::ed-cr compelled--by the freedom they have to do things that interfere with their academic life, therefore, th.ey should have rules for their own good as some sort of boundary or guide. 2. Many students find it hard to tell friends or roommates' friends to leave so that he or she can study or sleep. The hour rule is a convenient excuse for asking someone to leave (assuming that the obnoxious friends are always of the opposite sex). 3. The kids here aren't mature enough to realize that sleeping with a friend of the opposite sex is bad for both of them in the long run because it will ruin both of their lives. 4. Parents will undoubtedly not send their kids to a school with absolutely no restrictions about visiting hours between coed dorms. 5. The "outside world'' will frown upon us a.pd the people upon whom we depend for money will not want to give their support to a school with such a liberal system. IL Some reasons why the above reasons don't make any sense. The first three reasons deal with the student himself and whether or not he is mature enough to cope withsuchfreedom; the second two deal with what the "outside world" upon whom we depend for support will think of such a liberal set o f rules. I will, therefore, restrict this gripe to two main points. 1. When I got literature advertising Nt!w College, !was impressed with how thoroughly they grilled me withrepecttocharacter as well as academic standing. I was told that (Continued on page 8, column 1)

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December 2 1966 Pa e 5 The Catal st Student Discovers Old Manuscript With Relevance For New College To the reader: translatedmto modem equivalents countthespellingand such details written by either Dr. Mayer or Dr. Deme fo Dr D t ll In the course of my researches into the history and philosophy of education, I have recently run across an amazing old manuscript, which I think may be of considerable interest to everyone here at New College. Since the original document is quite decayed and brittle, I have made the transcription presented below for public distribution. It is entirely faithful tothe original, except that I have modernized some of the more out rageous spelling, followed more closely the contemporary practice with regard to capitalization, and It is a melancholy object to those who scrutinize the efficiency and the productivity of our educational programme, when they see the class-rooms and lecture halls so sparsely peopled, with so few in attendance to record and appreciate the doles of wisdom granted so nanimously by the Professors; and when they descry at year's end that multitude of idlers who have dawdled away their twelve-month opportunity of improvement to the neglect of the common weal as well as their own. The guardians of our College also find it no particular comfort to perceive the redundant and exacting effort expended to no account in the labourious composing of entire paragraphs evaluating each individual student; which paragraphs, furthermore, being designed to the specifications of the individual circumstances render comparative ranking amongst the students virtually imossibl and are ar minimal use fulne s s in r e ducing the three years of e ven a single student's educational progress into a one page diagram; and when they can find little nice, unambiguous evidence, even at the end of three years, which can both convince the proprietors of graduate institutions, and assuage completely their own doubts, that the students have aecomplished something of specifiable quantity and merit. I think it is agreed by all parties that the prodigious waste of time, labour, and monies, occasioned by this s 1 a c k and irregular system, lacking in uniformity and diffinitive standards, is in the present delicate state of the College a very g r e at additional grievance; and, therefore, whoever could find out a fair, cheap, and easy method of distinguishing at the earliest moment the undisciplined romantic from the soldily studious, in order that we might be sooner rid of the former, and of determining precise 1 y and simply the relative achievement of the various students would deserve so well of the College as to have some future edifice inscribed with his name. I am not so proud that I would here lay claim to such an exalted honour; nor do I presume to suggest nation. I w ould only hiJmbly recommend to your consideration cernation. I would only humbly recommend to your consideraton certain proposals which, if adopted as our policy, might prove somewhat fruitful in the amelioration of these difficulties; and I am hopeful that such will be the verdict of wiser men, w h o s e vast experience at other, longer established institutions eminently qualifies them to form such judgements. Further, I am encouraged in that hope by the recognition that these proposals are in fact only the elabouration of cer tain policies which have been already implemented in some degree by many oi those very gentlemen, a circumstance for which I can claim no credit. I shall now therefore present my opinions, which I think will not be found liable, even in this community1s present state of weary cynicism, to the least objection of naivete. I propose, briefly, that we adopt a certain method of academic evaluation which, in lack of a more elegant nomenclature, I have a few archaic us hich dd "t" f De f I r erne, 1 IS we agesw are now m a 1 IOn, o course, to the ref-me or some reason wholly un-known steadfastly refuses to ackobsolete. Otherwise erence to Johnson, definitely places specified. Though I realize the nowledge the existence of students the essay lS exactly as it was writ-the document in the later 1700's. him>ry department is a cantankerous As a final comment I would ten perhaps 200 years ago. Beyondthat, lean supply little in-lot, no one who has read it can gestthatweconsiderlhis document I say years, although the doc-formation. I have no idea what possibly credit such irresponsible not :mly in the light of its histori-ume.nt 1s both and unsigned college the atthorwastalking about allegations. We are all quite fam-cal interest but also with re ard Is rather ambiguous with regard and the author's relationship to that iliar with Dr. Mayer's distinctive to its possible relevance to ew to Its temporal references. Thus college is quite unclear. It is my style of speech, and it is certain College. For the author's ideas, Ihave.had to do some extrapolation guess, however, that the author was that he could never have expounded however ill-expressed are nothing to at. the above But probably a mathematician, both at such the state of the short of brilliant, and hls arguments 1t 1s only too obvious that because the syst.ern he proposes is coll.ege usmg even once. hJ.s are utterly persuasive. Indeed, I 1t .1s. of 1.8th or early 19th century obviously quantitatively oriented quamt ex,fressi?ns can only wonder that his system has or1gm, smce the convoluted and and because of his miserable prose such as the troops and dancmg never been tried verbose marmer of expression style. in the streets" (in reference to alclearly indicates that period. Fur-I must mention that there have most anything. Furthermore, since t;hermore, an analysis of the orig-been rumors abroad that the doc-the author speaks often of the stu-mal manu c:ript, taking into ac-ument is spurious, and was actually dents, he could not possible be Dr. R.B. Enslow A Modest Propose I called a Grading System. The suggestions to follow will perhaps seem less preposterous if I point out, before proceeding futher, already widely followed, of discriminating the quality of academic performance in accordance with the simple and efficient categories: Exc e 11 en t Good, Fair, Poor, and Fail. The Grading System would in part find its justification in that it still further simplifies this admirable procedure, by assigning to each of the above distinctions a numerical value, which might be .called a Grade; thus, instead of tediously spelling out Excellent the Professor would need only to write the single digit 4, and in the same wise for the other categories, so that, finally, to the word Fail would correspond the numeral 0, Were this the only advantage to accrue from the implementation of the Grading System, however, I fear my proposal would meet only with ridicule, and deservedly s o ; for it is commonly known that a great part o f our honoured Faculty have already adopted a simi lar f orm o f a bbreviation, utilizing, however, an alphabetical notation rather than the numerical. But the Grading System enables a further accomplishment, to which alphabetical designations are, by naturE; entirely ill-suited; and it is this excellent f e at u r e of my System which I recomment most earnestly to your attention, as it affords an easy and convenient solution to some of our most pernicious dilemmas; to whit, it provides at once a most satisfactory means for ranking students in c o m p a r i s on one with another, and in virtue of this result it also enables a sharp and indisputable demarkation by which to distinguish the w o r t h y scholars from those rascals--presently far too numerous in this College, I apprehend--who choose to dabble idly in whatever nonsense their undisciplined whimsey elects. These remarkable advantages are quite easily obtained, by the simple expedient of reckoning the arithmetic average of all the G r a d e s acquired by a student in the course of his education, and the sing 1 e figure thus derived would serve as an wholly adequate index of that student1s academic achievement, nicely amenable to precise comparison and evaluation; and should even this procedure seemtootroublesome, I doubt not that our distinguished arithmeticians might be prevailed upon to invent for this pur pose some simple Machine, not unlike those long in use by the Orientals, which would save the tire so m e computations involved in deducting the de sired figure for each student. I say with import that this procedure would furnish an indisputable demarkation betwixt the scho Iars and the idlers; for henceforth, were the Grading System to be adopted, w h e n e v e r on e of the rogues comes whining to know on what excuse he has been dismissed from the College, it would be necessary only to reply, "Now see here, impudent Snot-nose, you know full well that your Grade Point Average 11 (for such I have chosen to call the abovementioned figure)11that your Grade-Point Average is a paltry 1. 9973, whereas it is quite specifically required that it be at least 2. 0000 in order for you to be worthy of this Faculty' s professing, and none c o u 1 d argue with such logic. There is yet a further benefit that I perceive might well obtain from this System, and it may per chance be of even greater moment than those thus far enumerated. It is a lamentable but undeniable fact that too often the stud en t loses sight of the true value and of increasing the frequency and profundity of their intercourse with those Professors who act as their advisers; for, it is averred, in this wise the professors could keep closer account of the progress of the students, and could better counsel and chastise those who wander from their p u r p o s e whether from want of diligence or from ignorance. To this proposal I reply 1 that even g r ant 1 n g this much benefit to be possible through such a method (wnich is doubtful), it yet goes no way to y.rard allowing comparison and ranking amongst the students as would the Grade-Point Average, nor toward the compiling of precise and brief records of the achievement of the students as the transcript forms demand; but in any c as e the proposal is unconscionable, for it supposes our Pro fessors to have little better to do than bother themselves with the educating of the students, whereas our Faculty would never tolerate the indignity of being thus treated as lowly teachers; surely it can be the occupation of a Pro fessor only to be wise, and his attainment there in can be judged only by other scholars at least of equal stature, but it is not his occupation to make others wise. Enslow For just the same reasons mlllt we repudiate the accusation, cir culated by certain scurrilous persons on s e v e r a I occasions in the past, that the students' in their studie s has some connexion with the quality of the lectures and courses. As if it were any of the Faculty's business to make leaming attractive to the unschooled, or relevant to the interests, far from academic, which seem to o c c up y the students. If the students choose to be corrupt ed by these uncouth and revolutionary tempers which more and (Continued on pag e 6 column 1 ) purpose of his labours in the service of Knowledge, and the diligence of even the best scholars is apt therefore to f 1 a g ; and when the goal is ever so remote, and so vaguely seen, who can blame the m ere ignorant student for occasionally succumbing to the temptation of despair? Here, I submit, these Grades may be ofparamount usefulness; for, by them, the student would be enabled to set himself a more immediate, and entirely de fin it e goal, and if his foresight is too limited to apprehend clearly Wisdom, he may aspire instead to a high Grade-Point Average, and through this medium be sustained in his industry. Amongst the many splendid advantages to be realized by the acceptance of my proposals, there must be mentioned the not inconsequential fact that the implementation of the Grading System would involve the least turmoil, and disruption of the present operations of the College, of any of the alternative solutions yet offered; and it is an established adage, admitted by all men of sapience and sobriety, that radical change is inevitably confusing and most 1Dlcornfortable, and ought to be avoided at all costs. That only minor and gradual extensions of those policies now so widely in practice, and daily b e coming more common, would be required in order to put my proposals to effect, has already been demonstrated in the major particulars; what further alterations would be necessary will be briefly ket forth below; but I will pause now for a moment, for the purpose of delineating the inadequacies of those very few alternative proposals which have been set forth. Some have suggested, that the of the students. and their attendance to their studies, could be best stimulated by the me an s LUNCHEON -DINNER .. COCKTAILS PHONE: 3 8 8-39 8 7 ST. ARMA N D S KEY JERRY G/NNIS Your Host TRAIL NATIONAL BANK located conveniently for you P e rsonal checking accounts Safe d e posit boxes Saving s accounts U S 41 across from the ai r po r t a n d IMTB-OIT"fr ........ t;9?KATAOII.U.aARK.} -... ... coa-ra:a rLAaA ..,.. .. ....... .... ... ..... -.....

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Page 6 The Catalyst A Modest PropoSal (Continued from page 5) more infect our age, it is Sln'ely not for the Colleges to toady to such degenerate fiddle-faddle, btt: to preserve the noble standard, so well proven through long years of trial; as a rebuke to these modem barbarians. In support of this position. I can quote so eminent an authority as the excellent Dr. Johnson, who, perceiving a similar corruption in the vezy language we s p e a k, admonishes us: "that we retard what we cannot rep e 1, that we palliate what we cannot cure. Ufe may be lengthened by care, though death cannot be ultimately defeated: tongues, like governments, have a natural tendency to degeneration; we have 1 on g preserved our constitution, let us make some struggles for our language. And let us also make some struggles for our education. F y, some have taxed our patience and credulity so far, as to seriously maintain that there is no problem demanding of solution; that we should not be concemed if some students hang on at the College like leaches, learning noth-The O r, Hard Why It1sfwmy how posthumous recognition always times itself just right so that it is posthumous. Take Eric Dolphy. In retrospect, this man was a genius, pure and simple. While he lived, however, he was alwaysMr. Nice Guy but not much else to the majority of the music world. Oda !felt that W''f. No, 1 even once thought he was a fake, pemaps the worst of the no-talents that infest the out:skilts of the avant garde. When he was elected to the Down Beat Readers' Hall of Fame, just after he died, I laughed. But now I've heard. His beautiful ideas with Andrew Hill. His ing and cODtributing nothinsz. for (we are told) this is a minor inc on v en i en c e and inefficiency, necessaxy if we are to allow other students to find the value of Know 1 edge for themselves (or some such drivel); that, since our goal is supposedly the discovery of this personai, selfish value, it is of no acco\Dlt that we cannot easily rank the students in competition with one another; and that we should not merely go thus far to cotmtenance this present revolution against all that is civilised, but should actually abet it by ig noring and abandoning the strict requirements of the forms. To state this preposterous and ill-mannered position is to expose its ludicrousness, and I shall not bother myself, nor insult the reader's sensibilities, by condescending to answer it. Having by now clearly established the worth of my proposal. and the failings of those few altematives which have peen invented, I shall forthwith proceed to describe briefly the simple and minor alterations in our present procedures Life of the honest intensity with Booker Uttle. He could have been the best, but he collapsed from overwork and exhaustion, on stage, in Europe. Or take Bud Powell. One of the most influential jazz pianists of all time, theworldheknew made him say to his wife one day, ''Buttercup, why are you always trying to save me when you know how bad 1 want to die?" 1neverreallylistened to him lDl-til after he died. He was great, oh, lDldeniably, but, well, he's been arolDld for oh so long and there are all these yolDlg cats to listen to, and gosh you can't get arolDld to diggin1 everybody .... Buthe1sdeadnow, and well what doyouknowlookatwhati1ve been missing all this time. Sales of Dolphy records spurted after his death. and he has achieved NAACP Under Comes to Life Lea d Carrolrs By JON SHAUGHNESSY It is a l'&l1\privilege to see a group that was ptevioualy ditco\mted as totally inept -end lethargic take the actual steps that are going to lead to the creation of aocial justice. Such was the immediate impression of the NAACP meeting last night. Therosypictureof Sarasota's acceptance of the colored people as equals was slowly tom apart as the meeting progressed and actions were planned. First, the secretazy was protected from losing her job as maid to a white family by an Offer to find her a new job should her afiiliation to theNAACPcostherherpresent one. Then the fact that Negroes aren't hired as sales personnel or for city or county jobs was ditcussed. Several of the parents complained about the principal at Amarillos Parl< School, claiming that he had been ditcrimmatozy and that a delegationfromtheirP.T.A. had been rebuffedbythe school board in attemptingtochallenge his position. lt was decided by the NAACP to mediate in the dispute as a first step, reserving harsher action tor later. Tt.e se gre gr at ion of Sarasota scltools then came up and jt was finally decided to petition the lo cal courts so as to either get real integJ"ation or get a hearing at the FifthFederal District Court of Ap pealsinorderto get the 164 guidelinesput into use in Sarasota. Tied in with this is the fact that the Negro schools are vastly inferior to white and are usually not even ac credited--only 1. 796 of Florida's Negro high school graduates can score over 300 on College Boards. AJ:. thebaseofthiswasyet another problem--the handling of the local War on Poverty. No job-training progJ"am yet exists. The only pro ject carried out by Sarasota United Need, Inc. is a Headstart program whose director is opposed to the poverty program and insists on keeping the Headstart classrooms in a white neighborhood. Faced with these problems, not to mention those of housing discrimination, illy-white school boards and boards of supervisors at city and county levels, it can be lDlderstood why Bob Carroll, the new president of the NAACP called for strong support through committee wod< and increased membership. Shaughnessy Carroll, who will be addressing students at the next Friday Night Forum, was the main power behind the new affirmativeness of the branch. He was recently part of the Robert King High campaign and in that position organized the Negro vote into High's most powerf.U weapon as the rest of his campaign went awry. Carroll, a yolDlgish college graduate with a knack for organ ization and development will prob ably be able to revitalize the local NAACP as seen in this meeting. which would be sufficient to im plement fully the Grading System and to derive therefrom the many advantages already mentioned. First, it is apparent that we cannot hope to discover very much from the Grade-Point Average lDl less it be computed from a rather large numberofindividual Grades; only in this wise can the fluctuations of a student's achievement from day to day, be taken into account and properly averaged. Hence we shall require to increase the frequency with which we administer to the s t u d en t s tests of their ability; and this agrees fully -;th the present tendency of our actice, and necessitates but lit-tle extension of that tendency. Further, from this it directly follows that we shall be able much soon e r, and without wasting the period of an entire year, to deter mine which of the students deserve to be retained, and which dismis sed for their laziness. Perchance this could be determined as early as the end of the first term, although that may be expecting too much of any system. Creative; So Sad? modest respectability among andfans. Budisstill too close, btt: I predict Down Beat readers will send him belated regards in the form of election to the Hall of Fame. Maybe a couple years from now Bud could make Playboy's as well. Btt: dwelling on spilled milk--or blood--is often bad for the health. After Bud left us, pianist Bill Evans told Down Beat, "There are a million things I could say. But one thing, a hell of a lot more should have been said and done for him while he was alive. So now let's raise our eyes, open them wide, and look at today--at Andrew Hill, for instance. My humble opinion is that Hill is one of the most significant m usicians in the jaz avant garde. Usten to Black Fire, or Point of Departure, or Judgment. But he is living in a building he calls a "Haitian ghetto" somewhere in New York City, scraping to ether a bare existence. Buthe'sfighting. Ararity among jazz musicians, Hill is creatively seeking funds. When the lt Club in Los Angeles failed to pay him for a week'sworkthissummer, Hill pulled out of the remahl.der of his engagement, made some placards, recruited some help, picketed the club, and called the news media. He was paid. Also, in a Down Beat interview last spring, Hill insisted the magazine print his address and the following advice for concerned fans: "Instead of writing answers to my article, just send a dollar so I can survive." In all seriousness, Hill has hit on agoodpoint. Dueto its hazy status as a semi-legitimate art form, jazz has never received the subsidy of government or private folDldations that concert music has. But to tie up any art form with a bureaucracy would be disasterous. The answer is to organize the individuals who are interested in fosj azz as an art form. This way, jazz fans and not stodgy officials would determine who got what money. Of course, private money is harder to find and organize. But there is perhaps no other answer. Cooperative "workshops" and the like seem far more practical a solution than trying to elevate the tastes of the masses, for example. "Do creative people have to be so lDlhappy? 11 trumpeter Maynard Ferguson once asked. Must there be a dichotomy between creative ideals and economic realitj'es? I asked the question; maybe 11m the only one who can answer. Patronize Our Advertisers Second, in recognition of the fact that cen.ob of the courses are of greater comprehension and more importance than others, and require g r e a t e r or lesser effort for their successful completion, we shall need some method of allwoing these differences to be reflected in the Grade-Point Average. Happily the arithmeticians have invented a technique which can accomplish this purpose admirably: it is called Weighting and consists in nothing more than reckoning into the aver age certain figures w h i c h corre spond proportionally to the differences in importance of the individual quantities. To adapt this procedure to the present problem, we should n e e d only to assign to each course some numeral which measures the credit deserved by the student for completing the course satisfactorily; and for this reason I would call such the Course Credits or some such appellt.tioo. which values to be established by the Faculty. In smn, the advantages to result from the adoption of the Grading System are many _@d JJ?-ost December 2, 1966 lent, and will save our honored Col lege trom the predicament ot 1ts present laxity; we will be rid very muchsoonerofthe idle and the undisciplined, and the Professors need wast no more time upon them; the the class-rooms and lecture halls will overflow with students eager to remember evezy word, for they will be constantly stimulated in their love of Knowledge by the threat of frequent examinations; the Professors will expend no effort upon lengthly evaluations of the students' achievement, for it will henceforth be possible to state all that is important in a single digit; and the students will become more assiduous in their studies, for they will be ever in c o m p e t it i o n for the highest Grades, that they might not bedismissed fromthe College. Many more advantages could be e numerated, such as the kinder opinion t h at will be held of us by the institutions of graduate.. study 1 who will api?reciate the conveniences of this Slmple System as much as we, but this and many others I omit, being studious of brevity. t s CHRISTMAS at THE PLACE second floor the cheekieBt checb in town! wider the rib the better the ri t T11e slimmer the pants, the prettier! Kelita lnows, shows you the way to this wonderful new ad1on. The rib-tickler Orion* turtleneck is the sweater of' the season: Celery or White Flu. 34-40. The stems: heather check in same colors as above with white, {fully lined not rough seam in sight!) 3-9. SWEATER PANTS aoo rsoo its always nice to see you at monTGOmERYROBERTS bradenton sarasota st. armands key shop 'til 9 every night monday thru saturday

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December 2, 1966 The Catalyst Page 7 aw Enforcement Faces Problem Of People's lack of Concern By KIT ARBUCKLE dling firearms, in defensive tac-to get involved, or la_ck respect of the previo_us YC:U Now, yeople A. Well, I don't feel really qual-Faculty and staff, as well as stu dents, contribute to the variety of experience and impressions of life on campus. Lester C. Wilhelm, a member of the development staff whose door is "always open to students, demonstrated this wealth of variety in an interview this week. Q. We understand that you have served as anFBI special agent before coming to worl< here. A. Yes, I first became an agent back in 1940. After training, I served in FBI offices in Mont. Ill., Wash. D.C., New Yorl<, and Miami. I retired from the FBI JUSt a few months ago in order to come here and head the development office. I came over here to New College before I retired, met a lot of the students, talked with several of them, and listened to some pres en t their independent study work, after they had been to South America. After meeting with them and talking with them I wanted to be part of this place and its development if I co u 1 d. I had the opportunity to live in the dorms the first two months I was here, giving me a chance to get to know the students. I feel very strongly about youth and the problems of youth; and I have had experience w i t h what unfortunate, tragic things have happened to many of them due to being neglected or not being given proper direction, because of the indifference of parents and so forth. Q. What k i n d s of cases did you handle with the FBI? A. Most of my jobs were in what you might call the general crimi nal area, things like bank robbery, kidnaping, theft of govt. property, theft from interstate shipments tvYhich you might call highjacking), impersonation of federal officers, white sla...e traffic, interstate transportation of obscene matter, and certain fraud cases--genera 11 y were my assignments. I also serve rvisory capacity at various field offices and hea quarters in Washington for a time. Q. How extensivelv trained are FBI agents? A. Well, I might point out that at the present time an applicant for the position of Special Agent must be a college graduate, plus having a working knowledge of one or more foreign languages, orhave a maJor in one of the basic sciences, or he must have at least three years experience, administrative or executive or investigative, in order to apply. Up until recently, a Special Agent applicant had to be either a lawyer or an accountant; in my own case I am law trained; I am permitted to practice law in the state of Maryland before the U, S. Supreme Court. A thorough investigation is made of every applicant to ensure honesty, integrity, and general good character. Then, after he is appointed, a new agent is given extensive training inWashingtonandQuantico, Va., the home of the United States Marine Corps. This training is primarily with regard to the elements of the violations that he will be i n v e s t i g a t i n g--in other words, what it takes to prove whether a violation existed or not. Training is also given at Quantico in hane EM! e RCA e KLH e SHURE e AMPEX e KOSS e DYNA e SCOTT eSONY e FISHER e BOZAK e BUDDHA e SHERWOOD e PILOT MciNTOSH e GARRARD a MIRACORD a EMPIRE a CCNCORC\ tics (some p e 0 pl e call JUdo). I law because are so_metlmes m .what ified to talk about the penal sys-want to point out that the bureau ortmagmarydeflctences on tem, except to say that criminal hasverystrictrulesabout firearms; part. But is JUSt as un-The FBI lnvest1g.ates antl-trust laws are made with the original agents fire guns only in sell-defaa as condemmng any for matters, frauds agatnst the. idea of punishing criminals, and fence. This of course precludes the f 1 a w s of one or a few 1n the me? t, embezzlement, v10lat1ons penal institutions are primarily for such things as warning shots. Of group. agamst the Federal Reserve A_ct. containing, incarcerating, crim-course if is very important and es Q. Have recent JUdicial decisions 'J?ere. have been a lot of conVlc-inals. I believe, like almost ev-sential that agents are trained to
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Page 8 Creativity Not Useful In Judtng Applicants Medford. Mass. -(IP)-M e as ur e d c r e at i v it y is not a useful ''third factor" in judging college applicants, according to a research project completed at Tufts University by Dr. John Newell of Tuft's Education Department. Newell, who has been working on a U.s. grant in ,education, was looking for something to use in addition to high school averages and SAT scores in the formula for selecting students. It had been found so-called "high risk" students (those who did not perform that well in high school or on co 11 e g e board exams, but had some other qualities that ap pealed to the committee on ad missions) actually perform about as well as students called "low !.1. II During last fall's first week of school, the sophomore class was given a test in creativity, a compound of s am p 1 e quettions from three standardized creativity tests. N e we 11 discovered the results of the exams contributed no a d d i -tiona! information. Students who had done well on SAT tests abo scored high on creativity. Every candidate for Tufts is as-signed a predicted grade-point average by the Admissions Department. "Low risk" students have a median average lower than 2. 0. Actual figures after the first year showed the averages of "low risk" students are very slightly higher than those of "high risks. Newell says this is not surprising because the Committee on Admis sions spends a great de a 1 of time studying the "high risk" students. It examines their extracurricular activities and recommend a tions more carefully than it would for a student who had performed very well in high school and had high scores on college board exams. These "high risk" students are actually calculated successes. Newell's study also showed that "high risk" students tend to overestimate themselves, and "low risk" students tend to be more realistic. "Even after they have done poor lv their first vear. "hi


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