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Catalyst
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The Catalyst (Volume IV, Number 12)
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College Becomes Mail Room B r oken Into As Protes t of Pamphlet Student protests against an admissions pamphlet have apparently led to two break-ins of the bulk mailing room of College Hall. The first incident occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, when severa students entered the room, which was once the kitchen of College Hal, through a win dow on the bay side of the room. At that time, 6, 500 copies of the "Bulletin of New College, No. 411 for November were taken. The pamphlets were recovered late Sunday :iternoon. The individuals involved in the break-in were identified, but the incident wa; treated as a counseling problem by Asst. Dean of Students Arthur Miller, and a report containing the names of the students was not su bmitted. Thefirstbreak-in was apparently the direct result of student protests against the pamphlet, which carriedtheheading"Ifyou have a yen for artichoke hearts, docs that mean you don't care for lima beans?" The pamphlet states there is little correlation between Scholastic Aptitude Tests a1d success at New College, a statement many students felt to be misleading. Students also objected to the identifying ofN ew College students and graduates by epithets such as "Cre:tive Cleo" and "Full Head of Ste:>m joe. A pPtition protestinp the pamphlet was circulated. The second incident occurred Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, when the padlock of the door to the room was pryed open. Nothing was tci
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Page 2 Editorial End to Arti-chokes Maybe artichoke hearts and lima beans are ridiculous, after all. With the gammg of accreditation, New College has achieved the statu s believed essential to its success and survival. Even before the first class was admitted, accreditatio n was seen as the definitive step in the college' s establishment. Members of the adm i n i stration, h owever, apparently feel the acti ons o f students in attempting t o disrupt the mailing of th.e "comy" bulletin are o f paramount importanc e this week. Granted, the actio n o f the students was certainly ill-con sidered. I t w as based on a deficient understanding o f the adm issions situation and the purpose o f the pamphlet itself. It was an emotional reaction t o wha t is, after all, a trivial situation. But t h e students involved acted from a sincere belief that they w ere saving the c ollege from self-destruction. Their mewods were.naidly different from those of l,!ivildis obed i ence, quite highly-regarded w hen used in the pursuit o f civil rights For this reaso n, m oralizing and recrimination seem out of place. Surely all o f this does n o t represent a cris i s o f st u dent t rust and l awfulness. Over-reactio n o n the other sid e cannot be commended either. Dean Robert Norwine's approach to the problem is certainly t o b e applauded. He h as demo n st r a ted b oth understanding andreasoninno t taking precipitous steps o r issuin g emotional pronouncements. The s a m e cannot be said o f the entire administration. We've been accredited. Surelythere is so m ething else t o talk about. LeHers SABOtAGE To the Editor: On two occasions within the past week, certain students attempted to sabotage the work of the Admissions Office. The idealism that may have prompted their disruptive behavior cannot excuse it. Morethan most communities, this one is dependent for its viability on the rule of reason and the as swnption of trust among all its members. Those who choose to ignore reason :nd violate trust, as these students have done must .JC mad e to underst:nd tha they are endangering, for their fellows as well as for themselves, the rights and privileges they profess to value so highly. If they cannot accept the truth of this observation, and henceforth a:t upon it, they are not qualified to be members of this community. {signed) Paul D. Davis LAWLESSNESS To the Members of the Student Community: (Due t o a similar recurrence of events subsequent to the writing of this letter, the points made here now seem e ven more valid.) One of the most significant aspects of the New College experiment has been the trust that mem bers of the permanent and ongoing com m unity have placed in the students selected these past four years to pioneer the program here. Consistently the trustees, faculty, and staff have displayed great and unusual sympathy and understanding toward the students and their efforts to mold a way of life and learning for themselves and for those who will follow them here. As a reminder, these trustees, faculty, and staff members, also other pioneers, have recognized and set forth a simple but basic truth about what ought to be the nature of a college. Obviously a venture in which a student's experience can never be totally shared by non-students, ideally each student undertakes with his p..:ers the ultimate responsibility for this experience in cooperative learning. Another significant aspect of campus life which members of the permanent and ongoing CDm munity hav ndeav ored t o pectin their relationshi p w ith your communi t y members i s the matter of privacy. Time and time again when you students feared intrusio:a, members of the faculty and staff have not only heard you out but, when nec essary, have JOined with you to make certain your privacy was 1aintaincd. Thirdly, there are members of the permanent and ongoing comm unity (some with service dating back to well before most of you were even aware of New College) who have given their utmost to produce a unique "quality in edu cation. During the early morning hours of this past Sunday certain members ofyourcommunity took part in an act of mistrust, invasion of and subversion of all of New Garrett stealth thev entered an area not open to them except by invitation of tha;e wha;e privacy was violated, and from tnere they pilfered bet w e c n five and ten thousand pieces of literature which had been produced through the marshaling of many college res ou rc c s--men, money, and materials. Numerous excuses have been offered in defense of this display of immaturity, the most common being that these students "over-reacted" to the content of the literature in question. It can be fairly stated that law lessness is all too prevalent today and that beyond college limits punishment is the reCDgpized means of dealing with it. Here at New College, where mutual t rust and the cool light of reason are so important, it would seem that students with a complaint would get in touch with the appropriate office, e i th(U b y phone or in perSon, to rcqucs: 3l intervi e w. Accept-The Catalyst December 1 1967 KENJI ODA Vietnam: Ethics Demands Unconditimal Next t ime somebody agrees that we shouldn't b e doing what we're doing in Vietnam but asks you what reasonable plan you propose to get us out, be honest and tell him you don'thave one to propose. And if I were you, I'd tell him the question is irrelevant, or at least secondary. It used to be I was one of those hung up on trying to come up with a plan for an "honorable settlement" in Vietnam. When Vice President Hwnphrey intoned, "I would ask each American--when he considers dissent--to consider ... whether he in fact has a constructive alternative to offer, I stopped and felt a bit ashamed of the entirely negative nature of much of the Vietnam dissent. But no longer. Those ethically opposed to the war must, I am convinced, demand an American commitment to unconditionally withdraw from Vietnam. For practical as well as moral reasons it is foolish for liberals to continue worrying about "constructive alternatives. 11 The basic moral fact of the situation was made clear by Mary McCarthy (New York Review, Nov. 9)whenshewrote:' "There is nohonorable exit from a shameful course of action, there may be a lucky escape. By concerning themselves with the details of an "honorable exit, liberals implicitly argue that we have some ethical claim in the war which we must protect. In fact, the only hon orable thing we c ;n do is t o ance o f t h e resulting invit:ti o n to enter an offic e through the front door would un den i a b 1 y exhibit great r intelli enc han f orced entrance, d s to legitimatize social scientists in their a;sertions that they should have more control over us. The first reason is the one that indicate that New College Is merely avoiding the issue when it declares it has no official position on the war and then bends over backwards to disassociate itself from pacifism while not having anything to say :bout the degree to which it co-operates with the military. French's assertion that his research really deprives the Navy of some of the funds that would go to Vie1.nam is more than weak--appropriations for the Office of Naval Research arc surely separate from napalm marketing. French initiated this co-operation with the avv, but that still docs not mean that thi s research docs not serve their purposes. ONR is selective in their support of research and in this way encourage research tl1:t serves them best and cnc educating of scholars who will b est serve them. O bviously this policy i s not implemented in this smglc czc b u t in t h naional selection of research over the (continued on page 3, column 2) writes Stewart Meacham of the American Friends Service Committee, "will b e for us to seek negotiations and leave the question of our withdrawal open pending on the outcome of the negotiations. 11 Indeed, theN orth Vietnamese have c?me an. d said as much expli Citly. Durmg the period of the there could be negoti atiOns about almost everything except whether or not we actually were going to withdraw, 11 Mea:h am concludes. Once the possibility of an honor a_ble through negotia tiOns 1s disposed of, there is little the "reason:ble" liberal can offer. Gilbert Harrison of theN ew Rept:} lic went so far as to suggest e U S allow the communists to take the reins of government in South Vietnam, but then actively support an anti-communist guerrilla movement, so that American and North Vietnamese roles be switched. Harrison writes with tongue-in-cheek; one certainly hopes s o at any rate. A second "practical" rea;on for supporting unconditional withdrawal is that a strong "radical" movement will make it easier for those in the middle (including the power establishment) to a:l.opt dov ish stands on the war. Americans like to be middle-of -the-road ers. If we widen the road to the left, the middle should swing in that direction. As important as these practical considerations are, howev er, it is the ethical one that above all cannot be ignored. Some moderate anti-war intellectuals are concerned, for instance, that the nature o f peace protests has become tooradical, tlat the pea:e movement alienates the fence-sitters on the war question. Even as a practical concern, this point is questionable. Protest needs tobe more utsy (thougJi Ph sicilly lent) i n order to awaken the sleep ingmiddlethatrealy doesn't care, in order to get people to stop mere-ly defending the right to dissent and to begin considering the content of that dissent. But morally there can beno argwnent. The nation must be convinced the war is wrong. And those "moderates" who arc more shocked by personal slurs at the President than by the war need to be shocked into their ethical senses. GORFEIN (continued from page 1) The Catalyst was unable to determinewhetherGorfein'scase was brought up at the trustees' meeting two weeks Gorfein said he is tea:hing as usual, increasing his research, and has begun looking for a new job. Associ:te Professor of Psychology Dr. Ja:k Rains, who is head of the Division of Social Sciences, said the college would replace Gorfein with ;nother experimental psychologist. Rains, who "testified" before the tenure committee concerning Gorfein, told The Catalyst he thinks Gorfcin is "certainly a good psychologist. 11 Rains alsosaidhehasn't had "any trouble in any way" with Gorfein. Member Associated Collegiate Press Volwne N, No. 12 December 1, 1967 Published weekly 36 times per year by stu dents a t New College. Subscriptions: $ 5 per year, or per copy. Address subscription orders, change of address notices, and undeliverabl e copies to. The Catalyst/ New College/Post Office Box 1898/Saraso ta, Florida 33578 Telephone 355-5406. Editor Laurie Paulson Editor Emeritus .. KenJI Oda Managing Editor .. Steve Orlofsky Advertising ... George Kane Circulation .... .... Katie Smit h Photography ... Miguel Tapia Janitor ........ Allan Jaworski Staff: Kit Ari>uckle, ForrestBeyers, Mary Blakeley, Margaret Bryan, Michelle Claytcm, Jean Graham, Carola Heitmann, Jon Lundell, Abby Mlsemer, Stephen Ot..on, Margaret Sedensky, Beverly Shoemaker, Edna W a 1 k e r Cheryl White, Gary Williams

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December 1, 1967 Page 3 Proctor To Enforce ELMENDORF Guest Sign-In HAIRCUT Would you like to see President Elmendorf get his hair cut? And would you like to help the barber earn a trip to New York? The Proctor will rigidly enforce guest sign-in rules, the Dean of Students Office h a; announced. The Proctor is instructed to question al unfaniliar persons on east campus after 8 pm and will ascertain whether the person is a member of faculty or administration, a guest, or a student currently in legal residence. lithe person is none of these, he must produce a current Guest Identification Form. Ifnot, he will either be escorted to his intended hostorbeinstructed to leave campus immediately. The Proctor will record names and addresses of illega visitors. According to Assistant Dean of Students A.M. Miller, it is not unlikely that off-campus illegal visitors will be banned from campus for the second or even the first offense. Being "banned" means being formally notified that his presence on campus will be reported to police a; a "trespass after warning. 11 Charges will be pressed, ;ccord ing to Miller. He noted that, under Student Executive Committee rules, a host and guest wishing Spann's Barber Shop GOOD HAIRCUTS Acrou from Kwik-Chek Put a Little Bike Info Your Life From NORTHSIDE BIKES 1 130 27th StNet Look ahead, plan ahead for a career where the action is -right here in dynamic Space-Age Florid.[!. FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT CO. HElPING SUllO FlORIDA to extend their overnight visit beyond one weekday and two weekend nights must ask the Dean of Students Office for an extension. According to Miller, extensions are usually granted when requested. RESEARCH (continued from page 2) How then can a student opposed to the war co-operate with this research, or French be consistent in his opposition to the war? Reasons given are: TheN avy can 1t use this, NSForFordwouldfin:nce it if ONR didn't, it won't help the wa:, etc. Assuming this is all true, and the Navy wouldn't bother to refute any ofthe above, there is still the implied judgment m:de. If New College tums down this, the most innocuous form of miitary research, how much easier it would be for other colleges to tum down thermite bomb research at Florida Presbyterian College, or over a million dollars ot resea:ch at the University of Florida? The reverse is also the case. A decision is forced on each of us. Nor can the broader, academic questions be repeatedly igt,ored. How long must the military be the supporters of research civilian agenciesshouldhave control over? How long will scholars continue to pretend that government support has little effect on choice of questions to ask, disciplines to study, graduate schools to be structured? Should we who defend individuality encourage social scientists in their attempts at control by pinning down our motivation and slowly dissecting it? Regardless of their ability to really understand people,. the monograph is done, admm1str:tors are bound to try controlling us with their new-fotmd "knowledge. Sincerely, Jon Shaughnessy JOHN HART DOES HIS WASH AT SURF COIN LAUNDRY The SEC West Security Recommendation The Student Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday recommending to the administration that a proctor be hired for the West Campus. The Student Financial Investigation Committee was asked to look into the possibility of giving t o wolk scholarship students JObs such as keeping of master keys and giving first aid, taking some of the burdenoff faculty residents. They could also keep the courts clean, some of the need for maintenance workers. You'llhave a chance to do both, at a price, T u e s d a y at 8 pm in the teaching auditorium. Third-year student Sandi Stew art will give the haircut to highlight a week's fund-raising campaign. In addition to the haircut, Tuesday's "program" will include a showing of home movies by former student Darid Pini and a psyched e 1 i c light show by secondyear student David Schwartz and first-year student Markus Kruesi. Those who attend will be asked for a small contribution. Stewart said she would be glad to give haircuts to members of the audience at no additional cost. In other :ctivities in her crash campaign, Stewart plans to work as many hours as she can for the college sell books and records, and do' "just ;bout anything" for other students, such as clean their rooms. Some of her friends are pitching in, baking and selling pastcy, for example. The presence of a proctor, it was stated, would prevent further cases of breaking and entering, as well as protect students going to and from the East Campus and the library, as well as Godot, the student coffee house. It was suggested the Student Court prepare a list of instructions to be given to all proctors as they are hired, as it was felt the proctors are somewhat unclear about their duties. VISTA Recruiters Due For NC Visit Friday Asst. Dean of Students Arthur Miller commented that while stu dents respect each other's persona. possessions, they have little regard for college property. College property has been stolen from College Hall, the dining room, and the language labs, Miller said. Itwas pointed out the locks in use now ate extremely easy to pick. VISTA recruiters will be on campus Frid<, December 8. In an effort to recruit some 19,000 volunteers needed for 1500 projecb, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) will present some of the opportunities for college students in their program. f t t The place to shop in Florida : : St. Armands Key 1 Working in 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, VISTA has projects varying in range from huts on Indian reservations to mental health centers to inner city slums. Since the beginning of the program two yea:s ago, 8500 have particip:ted in VISTA. Of these 35% extended their original tour of service. Nine out of ten new Volunteershave been to college; most are irarly 2G1s. Examples of VISTA projects include park ben::h colleges and slum published magazines. Architects are investigating Harlem housing complaints; law students are trying to determine if judicial processes really meet the problems of the poor Last year VISTA requested 13, 580 Volunteers for 1, projects. Books & Stationery, Inc. eom,-.. 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Page 4 The Catalyst December 1 1 96 7 Committee Plans BAY VIEW Downtown Rally Cleoners ond Lounclry Complete laundry and Dry Cleaning The Sarasota Committee of Conscience on Vietnam will sponsor a Vitenam rally ;t Island Park, Sl.m day, December 10. Speakers and folksinger Eric von Schmidt will be included in the 2 to 5 pm meeting. At the rally Professor of Religion William Hamilton will discuss the transformation o f the pe:l:e movement from politic a to moral issues. Dr. Leo Batell, retired doctor and lectureron pediatrics at Columbia Medical School, will present alternatives t o the war. The alienation of the peo p l e from the government because of the Vietnam conflict will be discussed by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Gresham Riley. Charles Lockwood, Professor of Law at Detroit C ollege, will speak on the broa d issues of peace, war, and the war machine. Second-yearstudent Jon Shaugh nessy is scheduled to d iscuss the relation of the draft to t11e war. Also, tentativel y scheduled t o speak are Dr Pat Hardeman, VicePresident of the Community S e!' vices Fo1.mdation (on the war and 0 Say, Can You See Two flagpoles were instailed this week in fro11t of the reception center of Hamilton Center. Enterprising students, however, s oon decided that an object other than a flag should be hoisted. The bicycle flew in the evening sky for several hours before it was brought down when darkness had fallen. The next day, an American flag was raised on one of the flagpoles. The other one, however, remained vacant. Students asked themselves, what flag would be flown on the other pole? The New College flag, which made its last appearance at the dedic:tion of the swimming pool? The great flag of ilie State of Florida? No one knew. OPEN SUNDAY 12 -6 10% Discount on aH your purchases USE KRESS EASY LAY-A-WAY PLAN KRESS its effects on the poverty progr:m ) and a graduate student of the University of Florida (presenting the history of American involvement in Vietnam) 1 he rally will be kept iz; inform a as possible while still stressing the importanceofilie p rotest, Shaugh nessy said It will mark the end o f a nationally co-ordinated week of resistance to the Vietnam war. The week will be observe d in Sarasota b y a c o n tinual silent vigil in front of the Federal Building in d owntown Sarasota. P e rsons interested in participating in the vigil should contact S h a ugh nessy or Tim Sny der a s soon a s poss ible. LANGUAGE OPINION A meeting to gather student opinion on changes in the present 1 an g u age requirement has been called by the Faculty Committee on Educ

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