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Contract Awcrded A contract for research into student motivation has been awarded to New College by the U. S, Office of Naval Research. College Examiner Dr. John W. French will undertake the research during the next year. Dr. French said that the Navy is interested in identifying types or dimensions of motivation encountered in hign-level training programs. He said that the researcn will try to find out if there is a correlation of the discovered types with success in the different kinds of endeavors such as classwork, independent study, achievement tests or writing essays. A grant of $9, 400 has been made by the naval office to support the research. Soccer Team Wins New College's fledgling soccer team won handily in their first official" competition Sunday, defeating a team from Sarasota High School 6-0. "The score shows that there was only one team on the field, beamed the New College player-coach, first year student Miguel Tapia GoalswerescoredbyTapia(3}, Admissions Officer Cope Garret (1) and first-year student Jeff Jordan (2). The team's next game is set for Sunday against a team of circus performers. Student Academic Freedom La' in Vote Amotion, "reaffirming" that student freedom of speech and action "within the law of the land" will not be abridged by college action, was passed by the faculty at its last meeting. At least two faculty members, however, expressed rescJVations about the motion, and opposed its passage. The motion, by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Charles Lyons, stated: "the faculty reaffirms the principle that student freedom of speech and action, within the law of the land, should not be restricted by institutional action or attitude. The motion passed by majority. The only faculty members opposed were College Examiner Dr. John French and Assistant Professor of Literature Dr. Arthur Miller. French stated he believed the college should retain the right to limit freedom of speech in special circumstances, including financial emergencies. freedom for the "college commu nity" does not apply to students. (The faculty did not vote on this issue, as reported in last week's issue of The Catalyst. ) On a motion by Associa:e Professor of Literature Dr. Robert Knox, the faculty instructed its representatives on the College Council not to approve a statement on student academic freedom "without discussion and approv:i of such a statement by the faculty as a whole." The faculty agreed, however, that "an appropriate student committee" should formulate a statement on academic freedom for students. In response to a question by Economics Tutor Marshall Barry, it was stated the faculty was not consulted in advance about the allcollege meeting on finances be-cause faculty members were "al ready aware" of the situation. In other action, the faculty aFproved a motion requiring all term evaluations to indicate, either in the spaces provided or in the text of the evaluation, whether the evaluation is satisfactory, unsatisfactory, orincomplete. The motion was made by French, Only Miller and Mathematics Tutor Roger Peters opposed the motion. On a motion by Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Rodger Griffin, a faculty Committee on Foreign Study was established. The committee will "gather information about opportunities for foreign study for both students and faculty, to study possibilities of establishing relationships between the College and educational institutions abroad, and to screen applicants for foreign study programs. November 10, 1967 Exchange Program Conference Topic International student exchange programs will be the chief topic for discussion at a two-day conference of The Experiment in International Living beginning here tonight. Area students interested in participating in the exchange program and adults who wish to open their homes to visiting foreign students have been invited to attend the sessions. The Experiment in International Living is a world-wide operation with representatives in more than 60 countries, involved annually in the exchange of more than 5, 000 young men and women between the United States 3ld some 100 different nations. Taking part in the upcoming conferencewill be Experiment volunteers from nine southern states, representatives of the Experiment offices in Putney, Vt., as well as members of the local Experiment committee. The conference will open with a reception tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in Hamilton Center. Actual work portions of the conference are scheduled tomorrow. Finances: Trustees The college's financial situation will be the maJor topic for discussion at next week's semi-annual meeting of the board of trustees. According to Vice President Paul Davis, the trustees will be asked "to come up with long-range solutions to the financial problems of the college." Specifically, the trustees will be presented plans for a two-year national capital campaign, a campaignwhich the board approved in principle last May. Davis told the Catalyst 24 of the 32 trustees are expected to attend the meetings, which will last all day Thursday and Friday morning. There will be two general sessions and two workshop sessions, in the morning and afternoon, at which the Experiment staff members will give talks and lead discussions about various phases of the Experiment program. During the hmcheon, President John Elmendorf will discuss the role of private institutions in international education. The con f e r e n c e closes with a round of discussion groups at 4 pm. Mrs. Bradford Ansley, chairman of the Sarasota Experiment Committee, will chair the conference. Mrs Jay Solomon, director of the Experiment's Southern office in Chattanooga, Tenn., is coordinator of the conference. Some 30 New College students and anumber of the faculty and staff will participate. Peters Wins Prize A New College student was honored laJ>t week for the outstanding paper at the meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association, the first time an undergraduate has done so. Fourth-year student John Peters won $25 and was entitled to read Peters his paper to the conference. His paper was entitled "Analyticity: Relativizing a Distinction. Peters was one of seven students who accompanied the philosophy faculty to the conference. New College was selected as the site for the next FPA conference, scheduled late in November. Miller's opposition, however, was based on the exclusion from the motion of protection for students who engage in acts of civil disobedience, orwho violate laws or statutes that are unconstitutional. Waivei Option Voted Because of SC Absence fu related action, the faculty agreed by consensus that the statement approved by the Board of Trustees in 1966 defining academic Victorious Third-year student Bob Baughman defeated fourth-year student John Peters in the second run-off election for student representative to the faculty Educational Policy Committee Monday. Baughman received 88 votes, and Peters 57. The second run-off was held because voting the week before failed to produce a maJority for any student running. The results ofthat election were: Peters 56, Baughman 49 and thirdyear student Irving Benoist 45. Baughman will serve as a voting member of the faculty committee. Because three of its members will be doing work off campus the the Student Court will not be able to meet during the Independent Study Period. The Student Executive Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to give students the choice of either waiving their right to a hearing within ten days or having their case sent directly to the De an of Students. Second-year representatives Lee Crawfort and Jon Lundell voted against the motion. Crawfort said that he was against the SEC's assuming powers that it had not been granted in the constitution. The Public Relations and Development Committee submitted a letter to be sent to the trustees, asking that the students be allowed to help more in fliDd raising. Committee Chairman Jerry Neugarten said that removing beards and antiwar activities will not help as much as the enthusiasm of the students, which is far superior to any the administration could muster. Neugarten said President Elmendorf has tacitly approved the measure. It passed liDanimously. The possibility of improving the Friday night forums was discussed. It was proposed New College invite four or five big name speakers down with the prospect of a free weekend in Florida. The SEC said it will contribute $200, if the administration will help also. A faculty committee will select the speakers. When, it was decided, there are relatively minor speakers, the forum will not be separated from dinner. When there is a major speaker, an hour will be given to cleaning the dining room. Students will be requested, but not required, to dress. The forwns will not be held each week if a good speaker cannot be found. The possibility, certain professors may be asked to give lectures that would be open to the outside community, during the Independent Study Period was discussed. It was suggested some lectures may be taped for presentation on local radio stations. SC Chairman Dale Hickam reported if students on academic probation are legally off campus, their probation will be excended the number of days that they were away. This will be rounded to the nearest month, The Air Force recruiter has requested that he be allowed to recruit in Hamilton Center. The SEC said he will be allowed to do so if he brings someone who can answer students' questions. This applies to any recruiter, it was decided, Ted Shoemaker introduced the subjectofthe "3-4yeartime gyp." He stated the academic year has been reduced from 11 months to 9, but the cost has not been reduced. Shoemaker said he felt that doing independent study away from the New College library and faculty was definitely disadvantageous to the students, and that compressing 36 months' work into 27 was a hardship to students going to grad school. No action was taken. Dr. Miller requested students re port complaints to the SC rather than complaining to him. GRE's Students planning to take the Graduate Record Exams on December9 should file their application to the Educational Testing SeJVice by November 14. Registration ccntinues t o N ov. 21, but applications received after the 14th incur a $3 fine. Application forms and information are available at the College Examiner' s office. Dean Petrie asked the SEC if it wanted to formalize the honor system, but the suggestion was turned down. The following pet rule will go into effect upon the approval of Dean Petrie: --Cats, birds, tropical fish, small caged animals, such as hamsters, and harmless reptiles will be allowed. --Pet owners must have roommate approval. --In the case of animals that might haroor fleas, a fee of $15 will be charged. --The pet must be registered within one week of its lliTiv:i on campus. --The animals must hav e had all the required shots. --Pet owners are responsible f o r all damage done by their pets. --Pets are not allowed in classrooms, in Hamilton Center, o r in the snack bar. --If a student leaves the campus, he must take his animal with him, unless he has made arrangements leaving the animal in the care of another student, and a student must take his pet with him when he leaves for vacaions. --For every additional cat in a room, an additional $10 will be charged.
Page 2 Editorial Within the Law We share Assistant Dean Arthur Miller's concern over the restrictive implication of the faculty's "reaffirmation" of the principle of student freedom of speech and action. Spe cifically, we think by qualifying its support of student freedom to conduct "within the law of the land," the facu1ty has by implication at least disowned the principle that each individual must decide for himself what rules are just and what ru1es aren't. The facu1ty has implied disapproval of civil disobedience, an important weapon in the arsenal of sincere and loyal dissenters. We don1tbelieve it is within the facu1ty's powers to decide the limits of student freedom. Indeed, the facu1ty itself apparently recognizes this, and intended its recent action as a gesture of support to students in general and student activists in particular, in face of recent controversies over the rights of students to dissent against government policy. Facu1ty intentions were good, but the wording of their gesture of support raises as large a question as it purports to answer. Doe" the facu1ty deny individual students the right to conscientiously dixobey our nation 1 s imperfect laws? Will civilly disobedient students face discipline from the college? A re-thinking of the facu1ty action is in order. LeHers Who t s Hoppe nt n g 2 AnOpenLetterto the New College Community Dear People, Let me begin by thanking whoever arranged to have a copy of The Catalyst sent to me. It was gratefully received and carefully read. The purpose of my letter is twofold. First, I can only repeat the words of David Hart 1 e y (letter, 13 Oct 67) in saying that my education at New College has in no way been a hindrance in my grad u a t e or as they say in Britain, post-graduate studies. If anyth ing, it h as b een an asset. In Bri t i sh Universities, spe c iali z a t ion begins the first yea r in the university. There are no 'liberal arts. 1 Consequent y, eac person in the particular department has had three years of intensive study in mathematics. Hind that my preparation at New College, both course work and independent study, place me on a comparable level with British students, and in some cases, in advance. The second objective of my letter is to ask: "What's happening?' Ireadinthis copy of The Catalyst: "SEC Chairm
November 10, 1967 I If ---f -. ,... ...... clef' ... .rl I ........., I 'f notes The Catalyst No Refunds I By Paul Adomites Students will not receive board refunds for off-campus worl< during the independent study period, announced Controller Charles Harra. Only college-sponsoredprograms abroad qualify students for refunds to offset living expenses. Rock The college cannot honor refund requests on an individual basis, Harra said. The healing above is somewhat a joke. Simon and Garftmkcl are usually put by the "classifiers" into the folk rock bag. However, they are no more "folk rock" than the Beatles can be said to be rhythm 31d blues. The act of S&G can be Adomites said to be an excellent example of a group in a and then rising so far above that bag as to maJ
Page 4 The Catalyst November 10, 1967 Four Students Double as Teachers By MARGE SEDENSKY New College has officially three resident faculty members. But there are at least four more around, if you cotmt Allan Jaworski, David Allen, Judy Segal, and Bob Baugh man, third-year students who have taken charge this term of parts of several courses. Jaworski helps teach science to what he termed "the 1 arty' people in this school." The make-up, biweekly class, which has about seven second-year students in it each time it meets, has gone through books like The Origins of the Uni and is currently using Einstein s Relativity, and will go into The Restless Universe. "What do they think of my course?" The answer was quick: "Oh, they hate it .. Like, math really turns them off But it's rewarding because we're making progress And with a class like this, we can get off into some weird but neat topics. 11 For Bob Baughman the story is different. Every Friday morning folUld him in charge of usually 10 nat sci majors for a discussion and problem session. Last Friday was the last such session for the term. Yo I e 'first' S:hool To Abolish G a des The following article was dis tributed recently by United Press International. New Haven--Yale University's facultyvoted overwhelmingly last night to make Yal e the nation's first college to put all undergraduate courses on a pass-fail basis, discarding the traditional numerical grading system. The Yale Daily N ews said in a story prepared for today's edition that the new system would go into effect immediately and would be tried for a five-year period. The leading proponent of the plan, R. W. Lewis, noted author and a Yale master, said, "The new system is an attempt to get into a totally different psychology of grading. The idea is to Judge the quality of a students' work in central and overall terms. The system adopted provides four categories: honors, high pass, pass and fail, but Mr. Lewis said the categories "have no equivalent in numerical or even letter grading. He remarked, "I looked forward more to teaching a class than I ever have in going to one. His own method of mightily on commtmication. "You've got to ask specific questions directed to people, to make sure everyone is still with you ... And it's not a question to put them on the spot, to make an ass out of them. Because if they don't answer, it's because you didn't have enough enthusiasm for them to tmderst:nd in the first place. So you'd just be making an ass out of yourself. 11 David Allen and Judy Segal both lead two discussions apiece on Dr. Mayer's Social Science course. Like Jaworski a:1d Baughman, they were chosen by the faculty. Judy and Allen each felt his own Social Science program was "lousy" and "wretched"; neither feels he is teaching. Allen explained: "The perfect discussion has no leader. A seminar is different. A student shouldn 1 t take care of those. J udy declared that "I'm not teaching .. I can direct ... At least I'm one person who's read the assignment .. But I tell them: 1 I don't know a helluva lot more than you do. "' It seemed that this wa; the only disadvantage of a student-led class. "I mean. we can' t claim to be nearly as knowledgeable in all fields as a faculty member." As David Allen put it, "I think I'm not as trained in just getting ?eople interested in the things talked about My being in ch:rge places a g r e ate r burden on the students. But then again, I'm not sure that's a disadvantage at all. Bob Br.ugh man, when asked if there was any drawback to his being in charge of the session he ran, answered: "No, not at all." The student-teachers interviewed could cite several advantages to their being in charge. "I spend anywhere from 10-15 hours on this job," Judy rem:r'