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June 2 3 1 96 7 I ntervisitation Calendar Revision Flares Up Ago in In a meeting last week, the Student Judicial Committee voted to give an "informal warning" to two students found guilty of an intervisitation violation. Reduces Charges In explaining the action, SJC Chairman Rick Stauffer said the violations were not "flagrant," because the two were turned in by a fellow student who was relying only on the probability they would be together in the room after intervisit:tion hours were over. Stauffer defined a "flagrant" violation as one obvious to someone outside the room. He contended students defined the rule according to the spirit, rather than the le!tter.. Ad min istr at ion reaction, however, indicated disapproval of the SJC action, and a preference for a more legalistic interpretation of the rule. This incident, and comments by Student Executive Committee chairman Tom Jarrell that the rule has been misused and should be eliminated, have begun a new intervisitation controversy. Adding to the controversy are articles by President John Elmendorf and Professor of History Dr. George M;ver on page two of The Catalyst this week, as well as the editorial. New College String Quartet members, left to right: Paul Wolfe, Anita Brooker, William Majers, and Christopher von Baeyer. Local Musicians College Four local chamber musicians including three members of New College faculty, have formed the New College String Quartet. The quartet, which will be in residence on the New College campus, String during the academic year consists of violinists Paul Wolfe and Anita Brooker, violist William Magers, and cellist Christopher von Baeyer. They will present five concerts on campus during the next aca-College To Bill Over-all charges for one year's residence at New College will be reduced to $3750 for students next year, due to calendar changes required by the four-year option program. Under anew term-by-term billing system, the charges will be distributed evenly across three terms, except for a special independent study fee. For1n Quartet demic year and will also be available f o r guest p e rf o r m a n c e s throughout the state. The quartet plans to conduct two rehearsals per week, beginning in the fall, that would be open to the c ollege community. Prop sed Con tit utional Revision They will perform as a group during the summer for the Silvennine Guild of Artists in Connecticut. Their first concert at New Caanan will be on July 9. I ncludes S tudent Court Proposal Wolfe, Magers, and von Baeyer are members of the faculty here. Mrs. Brookerperforms with several area orchestras and chamber groups. All are currently on campus as facUlty and assisting artists for the Summer Music Festival. Students will soon be given an opportunity to vote on a new constitution, which includes the provision thatthe Student Judicial Committee be given complete autonomy, and be called the Student Court. The Student Court provision was one of a number of changes explained at the Student Executive Committee meeting Wednesday by second-year student Jerry Neugarten, who, as head of the ad hoc Constitutional Revision Committee, drew up the proposed new constitution with second-year student Harry Felder. No members of the SEC will be a 11 o w e d to serve on the Student Court. The SEC will continue to serve a; an appeal board for judicial decisions, but appeals may be presented only by the defense. The new constitution leaves questions of interpretation to students, who may petition for a vote on any cc J.Stitutional question. However, second-year representative Rick Stauffer said the Student Court could act as a Supreme Court in deciding questions of constitution aity. Stauffer said the Court could have final say on matters ori Jinating in the SEC, while the SEC would decide on matters originating in the SC. No action was taken on this IX' oposal. Other controversial provisions in the new constitution include: --Allowing the Chairman of the SEC to vote in making, as well as bre3ting, a tie. --Holding elections at the beginning of each term, because of the f o u r -y e a r option, although the chairman would serve a full year. --Allowing proxies during Independent Study-Periods only. During discussion of the provisions, a st:ggered election system, instead of an election each term, was suggested by Stauffer. Under Stauffer's plan, the representatives ofthe second-year class would carry over into the first term of the next year. The first-and second-year c 1 asses would elect representatives the first term, the first-and third-year classes the second term and the second-year class the third term. No action was taken on Stauffer's suggestion. Action was also deferred on an objection by first-year representative Lee Crawfort that students had already defeated the use of proxies by the SEC. Secondyear representative Ted Shoemaker suggested a separate choice be present e d voters on the question of proxies. Due to the length of the document, discussion of the new constitution was postponed until a special meeting tomorrow at 1 pm. In other action, third-year representative Bill Thutston was appointed vice-chairman for the re-mainder of the term, replacing Rachel Findley, who resigned from the SEC. Shoemaker resigned as secretary, citing personal reasons. He sug gested that, in the future, two secretaries be appointed by the Coast Symphony and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, a member of the Tampa Philharmonic, and a string consultant for Manatee Junior College. Violist William Magers, assistant professor of music at New College, wasforfiveyearswiththe St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and assistant principal of the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra. He was also assisting violist for the Walden and Illinois Quartet Concerts, and was for two years a member of the quartet in (Continued on page 4, column 4) First violinist Paul Wolfe, in addition to his teaching duties as adjunct professor of music here is conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra. Since its inception in 1957, he has participated each year in the Casals Festival as one of the leading violinists and officialharpsichordist. During the course of these festivals, he has appeared as guest artist with the Budapest String Quartet. Wolfe is also founder and director of the Symphony Chamber Orchestra, which gives several concerts each year. Second violinist Anita Brooker studied at Juilliaro School of Music for years and gave recitals in New York, Chicago, Seattle and othermajorcities. She is assistant (Continued on page 4, column 5) Education Seminar Organized Third-year student Bill Thurston, second from right, has organized a discussion group to consider in depth educational principles and policies, especially with reference to New College. The group has tentatively decided to .meet four days a week. Among the members. left to right: Harry Felder, Pea.rllefkovits, Thurston, and Rachel Findley. on Term Basi s Vice President Paul Davis said the new decrease in the ovel"Q].l charges was approved because the total time in residence for students next year will be several weeks less than in previous years. Students on scholarship will have the decrease in charges absorbed in their level of financial aid, however, so that, barring changes in their financial situations, they will continue to pay the amount they are paying now. The new billing procedure calls for charging e::ch student $1135 C>750tuition, $380room andboaro, $5 student activity fee) at the beginning of each term o f residence. In addition, at the beginning of the first term of residence of each of a student's first three years here, an annual charge o f $36 0 will be made to cover "faculty time and college overhead" for supervision a:rl sponsoring of indepmdent study. The aca:iemic calendar under which the school will operate be ginning this fall, replaces one of fo:mer independent study per IOds a one-week spring break, leavmg an academic year consisting o f three 11-wee.k terms and one three-week independent study period. This calendar revisio n removes aboutthreeweeks from the present academic year, necessitating the charge decrease. Since the four-year option, which necessitated the calendar change :llows students to spend particular terms in a given academic year off campus, students will be billed by the term rather than by the year. Originally, the administration plannedto weight charges so fouryear students would be encouraged tospendthefirst term of a year off campus, since that is when there is the greatest number of first-year students, but changed its mind according to Davis, because it feared such weighting would dis-. courage students from using the independent study period, which comes immediately after the first term. Only refunds allowed by the college once a student is committed for a given term will be for actual food costs, calculated from the beginning of the month following official notification of withdrawal. Letters of explanation from the financial aid office will be distributed shortly to students on scholarship. C lass Defe a t s Move To Unseat C rawfor t A move to unseat first-year Stu dent Executive Committee representative Lee Crawfort failed 40-25 in a vote Monday. In the same election, secondyear student Dave Moore defeated Gary Williams 24-8 in a vote to fill the unexpired term of Jerry N eugarten, who resigned to become student prosecutor. A petition asking for the vote to remove Crawfort was filed two weeks ;go. Crawfort was censured by the SEC for an unauthorized attempt. to enjoin the trial of Luke Salisbury. Students will go to the polls again Monday to vote in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Student Judicial Committee representative Tom Manteuffel, who resigned after being dismissed from school. rirst-ye;r students Jerry Michaels J.dEllen Tisdale and second-year .udent Dan Haggart: have filed ,omin:ting petitions for the post

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Page 2 Editorial Yes, Again Those who moan, "oh no, not again, as it becomes apparent intervisitation has once more become a topic of controversy and debate should realize that the question would 1.mdoubtedly have arisen next fall anyway. The New College Student, it seems, cannot fail to find intervisitation restrictions repugnant or at least vaguely disquieting, and we predict every freshman class will take pains to investigate and argue about the ftmctions and tmderlying assumptions of the "Odious Law. 11 We think another serious look at the intervisitation issue would be warranted if only to prepare the way for a proper orientation of incoming students towards the social situation here, but it is also clear many members of the present college community are operating tmder some fundamental misconceptions of one another's views, and these misconceptions need clearing up for our own sake. The administration has been responsible for the greater part of the misunderstanding concerning intervisitation. By making public and private statements and releasing "posi tion papers11 that were vague, superficial, and sometimes contradictory, the administration earlier in the year convinced many students the intervisitation rules were primarily public relations devices; that if only the college were financially secure even the president and the dean of students would agree to adopt a policy of laissez faire in matters of sex. President Elmendorf's latest statement, which appears elsewhere in this newspaper, has finally dispelled such notions and has revealed there are sincere, if debateable, moral and educational concerns underlying intervisitation restrictions. His comments deserve a reply. Social license rather than intellectual inadequacy, Elmendorftells us, rmderlies many if not all of the so-called academicfailureshere. This fact alone, he says, warrants some attempt to 11limit opporttmities for around-the-clock activities UIU'elated to academic pursuits, 11 We would find it impossible to disagree that most failures here are not due to intellectual madequacy--they could not be if our admissions staff has done half the job it1 s supposed to have done --but the President is deluded if he thinks intervisitation restrictionswillhave any appreciable effect in cutting down failures. The problem here is a ftmdamental one of aca demic versus non-academic concerns, and while sex is certainly a large concern among most students that concern exists even during daytime homs and it is only one of many non-a:ademic concerns. When Professor Mayer suggests intervisitation immerses students in "routine household activities such as shopping .. andstrugglingwith dirty laundry11 he implies students without a concem for sex would never shop or clean their clothes. If students prefer to shop, or play poker or volleyball rather than study, the fault of the system will not be :orrected by preventing students from sleeping together at mght. AsecondconcernofEl.mendoxf's is that students of college age arenotmature enough to handle the social and psychological tensions of an adult sexual relationship. This concem seems more to the point. No one can deny there haven 1t been cases of students harming themselves psychically and physically because of pressures arising from the social situation. Once again the question is whether the remedy is appropriate to the disease. Intervisitation restrictions may be a useful first step in alleviating harmful social pressures; but students have cracked even intervisitation homs, and it is obvious such rules are madequate in themselves to solve this problem. Might not the social structure here be flexible enough to handle "problem situations11 meaningfully and also allow those students who are able to conduct themselves maturely some measure of freedom and personal responsibility? Indeed such flexibility is the principle upon which the student' government has apparently been operating in distin guishing between 11flagrant" and 11non-flagrant11 intervisitation violations, and it is the principle which has upset the administration and some students and has led to the current controversy. The discretionary system does nothing to alleviate unseen psychological problems and it tends to hide potential social problems until they explode, but this merely reflects the inappropriateness of fighting such far-reaching problems with intervisitation restrictions only, and not the inappropriateness of some degree of discretion. The intervisitation 11problem 11 will always be with us, and to realize this is the first step toward solution of the intervisitation 11question.11 In the final analysis, there are some defensible arguments for intervisitation restrictions--including financial, moral, and educational ones--and some defensible arguments against. And parties on both sides of the fence must understand that the settlement of whether or not to have hours and what, if any, they should be, is not the road to utopia. The Catalyst June 23, 1967 From the President lntervisitation Rules Not Only For Finances At the College Council meeting on June 14, 1967, one of the student representatives noted that the students continued to be unhappy with the rule establishing hours for intexvisitation. The students believe, he said, that the rule exists solely toplacate the outside community. This does not impress most students as a sufficient reason for keeping the rule, he added. President Elmendorf replied that the student representative was mistaken if he believed that the administration views the intervisitation rule as some sort of exercise in public relations. The ensuing discussion led to a request by the student representatives on the Council that the President prepare for general campus circulation a statement of his views on the inte:rvisitation rule. That statement follows: It is time the New College community bad a clear statement of the rationale which underlies the the administration's position on intervisitation regulations. There seem to be several prevalent mis conceptions of this rationale. Some students--and perhaps some otherpersons--appearto think that demands for controls over the freedom of students to visit in each other's bedrooms stem from an over-sensitivityto public relations factors, an exaggerated inte!Jlre tation of the "in loco parentis" role of the College or a puritanical urge to safeguard the purity of American womanhood. None of these is true. New College is an educational institution. It includes among its goals the critical examination of ideas and concepts in an intellectual and social environment conducive to academic pursuits. It invites students to prepare themselves for a variety of future roles in society, most of them roles which require knowledge, skills and insights beyond those which they have acquired in their secondary education. The College provides housing and certain other facilities on the premise that it is possible to create and maintain a community of scholars in which social and intel-lectual virtues can develop and mature. It provides recreation areas to help p e rf or m the same fun c t i on at the physical level. And it provides classrooms, laboElmendorl ratories and library to sexve as the specific loci of those formal as pects of education which require regular and disciplined interaction between student and teacher. What has all this to do with intervisitation? There is ove!Whelming evidence that extensive and uncontrolled social freedotn leads to patterns of living which can and do render the New College environment unconducive to the purpose which it should ideally serve. Records ofthe faculty committees which have responsibility for academic standing and the review of students' progress clearly indicate that social license rather than intellectual inadequacy underlies many if not all of the "academic failures" at New College. This fact alone would JUStify some attempt to limit opportunities for around-the-clock activities unrelated to academic pursuits. But there is another factor in-volved hel'e, one about which sin cere differences of opinion exist. No group of adults hav:ing a sense of responsibility for yolmg people can ignore the problem of sex which these young people face. Much has been written on this subject, with specific rei erence to col-lege students. Two or three truths tend to emerge from these studies. The first is that sheer information about sex possessed by most college students is limited, erroneous or both. The second is the growing body of evidence that social and intellectual immaturity can combine with unlimited sexual freedom to produce levels of psychological disturbance which defy all but the most expert and intensive treatment for their solution. And, fi nally, it seems clear that the prevalence of promiscuity can lead-andhas:infactled--to an alarming increase in the incidence of venereal disease in the teen-age population, a fact made more significant by simultaneous evidence of the growing resistance of venereal infections to what have long been standard treatments. The New College administration has considered these and other factors in arriving at the conclusion that it is neither academically nor socially desirable that the preadult students under its tutelage should have unlimited access to each other1s bedrooms. That this s h o u 1 d either surprise or disrn ay students is somewhat remarkable; it can only be explained by. noting that 17 to are in fact not adults and, purely and simply 'beCause of that fact, that they cannot bring to bear on this matter mature decision -making faculties. It is our belief that the students of this College are capable of lm derstanding some of the facts ci ted above. It is likewise our obs e r vat ion that they rarely bring themselves to do so until they have been honestly faced with a set of propositions to which they can re act. As president of the Co 11 e g e 1 have a strong faith in the essential decency and honesty of the students of the College. At the same time, I--and ot:hers-of faculty, trus tees and staff--recognize the necessity for asserting certain truths which, however distasteful, "square" or traditional they may be, are nonetheless the result of both specific concern and dispassionate evaluation. Academic Activities Are Impeded By lntervisitation Experiences By PROFESSOR GEORGE MAYER Beingmisconstruedby The Catalyst on the subject of :intervisitation is hardly an adequate excuse for picking up my pen, especially since nobodycareswhatithink about the the subject in any case. But I am prompted to make a few observations because student members of the College Colmcil professed amusement over the possibility that there could be academic objections to intervisitation. Behind this amazement is the assumption that onlymid-Victoriancrones and hypocritescould question the current arrangements. The relevant considerations are so commonplace that I hesitate to enumerate them for fear of insulting somebody's intelligence. From time immemorial the pursuit of academic education has been associated with the maximum freedom from routine obligations and responsibilities. Students are expected to expose themselves to a variety of challenges outside the classroom: the casual bull session, the random sampling of diverse cultural experiences, and the impulsive foray into commtmity, political, social, economic, and re cre:tional opportlmities. Some of these enterprises are botmd to be abortive. Conversely, tmantici pated benefits may flow from the most unlikely situations. The point is that such intellectual growth is contingent upon the students ability and incentive to sample widely on the spur of the moment. Inte:rvisitation impedes such activities. It immerses students in routine household activities such as shopping at supermarkets, and struggling with ditty latmdry. Fur thermore, it tends to limn social :nd intellectual exchanges to a dialogue between pairs, which me:ns that intellectual as well as other topics are exhausted quickly. The visual impression on the observer is one of a Samoan village rather than a college. Moreover, early commitments are more ap propriate :in Samoa where the par ticipdllts will fish and grow rice the fest of their lives rather than contribute to the creative process in their culti.U'e. It is also apparent that intervisitation deflects an academic institution from its primacy purpose. It would be possible, for example, for some fearless innovator to organizevolleyballgamesin a bank, but it would not be vecy desire able. The bank would find it difficult to discharge the responsibilities for which it was created, and the players would likewise operate under less than optimum conditions. At the risk of being too Socratic I would venture the conclusion that the kind of experience courted in intervisitation could be fulfilled better outside an academic institution. In addition to the totemic structure that it imposes on a community forever discoursing about freedom, it immerses the participants in psychological problems involving limitless introspection. To the rejoinder that people need the experience, I can only reply that all kinds of experience cannot be satisfactorily absorbed at once. The CWTent generation of students reminds one of l.D1derdeveloped Member Associated Collegiate Press Volume Ill, Number 40 June 23, 1967 Publisned weekly by students at New College (except for threeweel
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June 23, 1967 The Catalyst Page 3 Ray B. Enslow on Pau /so11 A Supplementary Diges t 'Black Power' Movement Reflects The last issue of the Literary Sup plement was scheduled to appear this week. Unfortwately, alack of Catalyst fwds will prevent any more Supplements from appearing this year. There is no reason to despair, however. (Orrejoice, for that matter. ) Because, as editor of the Supplement, I've carefully gone through all the material we've received for the next issue and selected the best parts. to 2ive an idea, at least, of what the next Literary Supplement would have been like. "God, it's only you, Harold," Perciva said, recognizing his brother, "But why are you holding that long, glittering butcher knife in your hand?" Impatience with 'White Acceptance' From "Self-Consciousness," a story by Zuke Halisbury: It was a profowd night, and it made him think, philosophically, of profowd things. Like sex and liquor. And liquor and sex. And other profowd things. Like sex. And liquor. "How profowd rt all is, he said, philosophically. 'Whatdoesitmakeyouthink of?"
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Page 4 The Catalyst Parking Banned Turn-around A sign forbidding parking on the tum-around driveway in front of Hamilton Center will probably be installed soon, according to Vice President Paul Davis, and a system of fines for illegal parking will be instituted if necessary. Davis told The Catalyst the tumaround is an inappropriate place to patk bikes and motorcycles as well as automobiles. Patked cars make it difficult for other cars to drive through the tumaround, he said, and kickstands from bikes and cycles damage the asphalt top layer. The turn-around was built so that cars could drive up to Hamilton Cetter, un!oad passengers or goods, and drive on. Davis said he hoped for voluntary co-operation from students and faculty in refraining from using the tum-around for general parking but would consider some sort of fine system if the voluntary system fails to work. Transportation Set To Saturday Concert Transport at ion to tomorrow night's music festival concert at the Samuel R. N eel Auditorium of Manatee Junior College will leave the parking lot of Hamilton Center at 7:45, according to Recreation Director Frank Meyer. There will be a concert tonight at 8:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3 in Hamilton Center. June 23, 1967 Quartet (Continued from page 1) concertmaster of the Florida West r'!sidence at Southern illinois UniveJSity. Cellist Christopher von Baeyer, trained at the Juilliard School of Music, has performed in the Aspen and Marlboro Festival Orchestras, with the Menard Piano Trio under the auspices of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, with the Orchestra of America, and with three Ohio community symphonies. SEC Proposals Orlofsky Wins Croquet Tournament Second-year student Steve Orlofsky cap:ured the first New College croquet championship Wednesday in a playoff round with five other students. The match was extremely well-played, and it was climaxed by a dramatic head-to-head duel between Orlofsky and second-year student Jerry Nengarten. Orlofsky1s winning shot, a "poison" shot estimated by FINE MEN'S APPAREL some observers as being over 20 feet, came in semidarkness. The finalists had to play preliminary rounds against 17 other entrants to qualify. Shown on the croquet field, left to right: Stu Klugman, Tom Lawson Orlofsky, Steve Romero, and Bill Powell. Outstanding selection of all types of men's and young men's wear, whether it's dress or casual. Pleasant surroundings to.make your shopping a moment of joy and comfort. Ease of parking. Soles personnel dedicated to serving you. Visit the New (Continued from page 1) SEC. A corresponding secretary, an SEC member, would prepare letters and notices, while a recording secretary, not an SEC member, would take minutes ofthe meetings. Crawfort reported $200 was left in the Student Activities Fund after the dance, and an appropriation of $20 to third-year student John Peters for a clam bake had been approved. Assistant Dean Arthur Miller said billing by terms would require a change in the Student Activities fee, and received approval of a fee of $5 per term. Miller also reported a limitedSARASOTA CYCLE KEY SHOP s.m.., s...... liMe 1tJi 1117 s.... -Iabp Your qua I ity Sportswear headquarters m Sarasota 52 Azar Plaza, 955-9875 Open Monday Friday 9:30 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday till 6:00 p.m. use student phone would not be available until September, and said other means of communication were being explored by the office of the Dean of Students. A committee consisting of firstyear student Jon Lundell, secondyear student Laurie Paulson and Thurston was appointed to read the drafts of the forthcoming college catalogue. Everything Photograph ie Repairing Rentals -Trades Tape Reeordel'$ and TR Supplies Fast One-day Kodaeolor end B&W finishing and always friendly, intelligent serviee at NORTON'S CAMERA CENTER Sarasota's Oldest and Largest 1481 M:tin Street or 2069 Siesta


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