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CEEB COMMITTEE MEETS HERE The Commission on Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board will conclude its two-da meetin at Nedw Cthollege tdoday. Among the distinguished members of the committe is John Hersey author ofy an o er note works. SEC Sends Sympathy To Orangeburg Students Anexpressionofsympathyforstu-themayorofthe city, was also ap-Assistant Dean of Students Arthur Miller reported he was the chairman of a new committee on Graduation, Orientation, and Advising. Miller said two students would be voting members of the committee. dents killed, injured or arrested in proved. It expressed hope "racial a recent racial incident in Orangewill be through burg, South Carolina, was approved a b1-rac1al. committee which has by the Student Executive Commit-been established. t e .1t its meeting last night A statement in Shaughnessy's o-Proposed by second-year student Jon Shaughnessy, the statement protectlon of college campuses was tests the "violent reaction" of Or-deleted by the SEC. angeburg law enforcement officials In other action,_ SEC Chairman intheincident. Atleast three stuTell.Shoemakcrsaldastudentcomdents were killed, and over 50 in-mittee had met jured, after a demonstration pro-Elmendorf abolish-te
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p 2 Editorials COMPELLING QUESTIONS 'J1vo letters in The Catalyst--Craig Bowman's last week and Katie Smith's this week--raise very serious questions about process as practiced by members of the faculty. To say the least, it seemsthatthe procedures for determining the academic standing of students seem extremely careless. Some questions raised by the disclosures are: ---What constitutes good academic standing at New Coll ege? ---Are students informed about what is required of them, well as what the consequences will be if they do not meet requirements? --Are faculty members who must vote on the academic s pension or expulsion informed by any reliable agency of th student's actual status and record? Are students given sufficient rights of appeal in cases of ion taken against them? -How many chances does a student have to fulfill a reement? Should one failure be decisive? -Are allofthe individualsauTently advisingstudentsreally alified to do so? --Are some faculty members, for reasons best known .to mselves, deliberately deceitful and insincere when dealg with students? -Do any faculty members care enough to take the time d trouble to leam the facts of a student's academic situ2 on, then consider with reason and justice what if any cion is to be taken against the student? V e believe it is imperative the faculty begin an immedie self-examination, to determine if any injustices have been done by any of their recent actions. We believe it is likely very considerable injustice has been done. What is more, it is likely to be done again. The letters of the two students are self-explanatory. The faculty's criteria '!for dealing with cases such as these, if any, surely are not. NOT A COMPROMiSE The F acuity Educational Policy Committee, we believe, l as missed the point. In attemptingtodevise a compromise, they have misunderstood the issue at hand. Fewwouldcontend the present language requirement, the Modem Language Association exam, is unfair in itself. The uestion is not the relative difficulty of this exam. The real issue is: should there be a language requirement all? This is the question the faculty voted on many weeks ago. No clear consensus was reached. Therefore, tha t is the question that should once again be dealt with. We hope members of the faculty will immediately perceive that this compromise is, in fact, irreleyant, Letter The C F 29 1968 DUE PROC.ESS Faculty Members Differ Requirement On Language By KATHY GRAVES The heavily-debated language requirement will come up for a vote at the faculty meeting Wednesday. In anticipation of this meeting, The Catalyst interviewed several faculty members about their views. They were asked: --Should the language requirement b e a bolished? --Should it be alt ered in some way, and if so, how? --Why do you feel this way? When presented with the questions, Dr. George Mayer, Professor of History, answered, "I don't like the language requirement; I think it should be abolished. 11 He explainedthathehas a philosophicaldedication to a "core" (of know ledge, one preswnes), but that this core does not include a foreign lanssuage. As an alternative to the present system, Dr. Mayer said he would like to see a culture course tied in with the Humanities Division (i.e., Spanish culture, French culture, etc.). As a second alternat i ve, Dr. M ay e r suggeste d a b asic course in linguistics or etymology. He added, however, th:t the upperclass students should be required to finish under the system in which they started--with the present language requirement. Marshall Bany, Tutor in Eco nomics, is also very much in favor of doing away with the requirement He said that more attention should be paid to individual students' de-sires and needs, and that any rule as such is unnecessary and unwise. He expanded this, suggesting that several students might find it mor...,e.__ _,;. beneficial to study, for instance, scientific G e rman rathe r than conversational Germ a n "Many of the top graduate schools in the so-cial sciences, he stated, "have dropped the language requirement!' (continued on page 4, column 1) The Saga of a Very Strange Dismissal To the Editor: Last week you published a letter from Craig Bowman, whom the faculty had voted to dismiss at its last meeting. At that same meeting, a motion was passed to dismiss Richard de Koster until next Sep tember, with completion of a ntis factory ISPfor last term the ''ticket for readmission." One of Craig's problemswasthathe was too well known--non-attendance and failure to tum in papers were quickly noted, since his status was essen tially probationary. Richard's problem was the opposite: when the fa ulty voted on his dismissal, no o n knewwhatkind of work he had doile The purpose of this letter is neitherto rant and rave (we're civ 1 .12ed here) nor to vent my bTtterness. Rather, by presentation of a concrete case of what l--and several other people--think was injustice, or at least "bad handling," l hope to get some concrete chan made so that this can't happen again. Like about a dozen or so of his fim-year classmates, Rich was called up for Academic Review. He was to meet with the Faculty Committee during the third week of the term. He assumed he was to be questioned about his first term evaluations--until about two hours before the meeting. He caught his faculty adviser, Miss Cris Hassold, on the run, as usual, and she told him she'd just heard from his ISP adviser that his ISP was UD.Jatisfactory. He found Mr. Barry, for whom he'd done the ISP; as he started to ask him about it, Barry told him to see his faculty adviser, thathe didn't want to talk about it. Richsaidhe'd just talked to her, Miss Hassold joined the pair at this point. Bany said only that the ISP was unsatisfactoty, talk to him later. Rich met with the Faculty Academic Review Committee. They discussed the ISP and they, Rich, and later Barry, all agreed that his main problem had been lack of guidance, for he had spent most of the ISP period at home. (Two of the three reasons he left to do the project at home were fina:J.cial; the thUd was hopoe of better research facilities than are available here. This last hope, unfortunately, was unfulfilled.) In the interval between the J an. 24 review and the F eb. 14 faculty meeting, Rich met with B any. Barry refused to let Rich re-write the ISP during the ter m at school. His reasoning? Something like this: "New College is supposed to be a total educational environment, and you should be spending all of your time in academic pursuits. Obviously, if you are working on an ISP during a term, you are neglecting some portion of your other academic obligations." (I won't tiy your patience or insult your intelligence by pointing out the faults in this reasoning; if you need it ex plained, see me.) However, Barry did assure Rich that he would not speak either way on the matterat the faculty meeting. At the beginning of the term, Rich was taking two economics courses from Bany, the two basic courses, and Law. He and Barry decided that it would be a good ide a for him to drop the two eco nomics courses he was taking. Rich decided to take Principles of Eco nomics, which was closer to what he wanted to study, and which met only once a week, at night. Barry expressed doubts that Rich could catch up and keep up with the reading, but by the next class meeting Richhadreadallthat had been assigned then; from then on he kept up, went to the classes, and did supplementary reading. Also during this time Rich met with his Academic Adviser, Miss Hassold, for about an hour a week, to keep her informed of his progress. Now for the faculty meetingwe've been able to piece together this much of it verifiably: The Academic Review Committee suggested that Rich be allowed to stay at school and do his regular c ourse work. and either that he do two ISP's during the swnmer or that he do one during the regular terms. Then the funny things started happening. Various faculty members remem ber "receiving the impression" that Rich had done no satisfactory work first term. (He received a satisfactory in HUJllanities. He had to be off campus when the Social Sci ence test was given, so he tried to arrange to be tested at another time; this was not allowed, so his evalu ation for that term is merely a mimeographed form that says "Un satisfactory--failed to take exam.'' Someone askedifhehad been working this term. (He was up-to-date in Principles of Economics, Basic Natural Sciences, Ba:dc Humanities, including the paper, and a little behind in Law, although he had submitted the required brief.) Barry said he hadn't been working in his classes (referring to the two claSses Rich had dropped after con sulting with him :bout them. ) Borden and Buri said nothing--althoughhehad been attending their seminar/ dicussion g-oups regularly: Pemaps (I hope) this was because they did not know him. (They want to make New College !&,,&!;?) So it would have fallen to his faculty adviser to point out that he had been working, or at least thaflle said he h:d, and that fur ther investigation should be made before his word lost a battle with silence. But she didn't say these things, Then arose the question of finances--Rich'sproblemswith pay ment for thiS term had just been ironed out--if he were allowed to stay. But our friend, more versed unfortunately in economics than psychology, pointed out that fi nancial worries, regular course wod<, and an ISP to be re-written, all falling on the poor kid's head at once, would certainly make him neurotic. There was more, but I think the meeting and its consequences have been summed up quite well by the severalfaculty members who have said to me since then, "I didn't know much about it, but the way it was presented, it sounded logical." It sounded like Rich hadn't done any wocl( all year--and no one cared enough to voice a loud objection when the faculty voted, on the basis of new brought up, about which Richil never been questioned, to dismiss him as a student of New College, eligible forreadmission in September if he had by then successfully completed his ISP, Asfaraswecan find out, the only people who were really upset by the decision on the evidence that was presented were the members of the Faculty Academic Review Com mitt e e --significantly, the only people whose "charges" Rich had been allowed to meet and explain. Through the efforts of Dr. Smith, chairman of the committee, he was allowed to present an ap peal, but "there wam't enough evidenceto warrant calling an emer gency meeting of the faculty to reconsider. On the 21st of February, Rich was informed that his appeal had brought no action. On the same dayhereceivedhis 1-A draft classification notice. We haven't stopped trying yet. We are hoping he will be allowed to take his Humanities Comprehen-sive--after all, he paid for and did the work for 19 weeks of the 22-week course on which the test will be given. Also, we he'll be allowed to retum third term, if he oasses the Comp and finishes the ISP by then. He's at home now nying (still without guidance) to re-write the project. I do have a few proposals and requests: 1) That the faculty, at its meeting on March 6, vote to allow Rich to come back third term if his "ticket for readmission" is by then in good order. 2) That in eviry case where expulsion is possib e, either (a) afacultymemberbe appointed to investigate, before the meeting, all pertinent circumstances, and to see that none but these "certified (continued on page 4, column 3} Member Assocb.ted Collegiate p..,,s olume lV, Number 22 Februuy 29, 1968 <1bli&hed weekly 36 limes per year by stuents at New College. Subscriptions: $5 oryear, orl$tpercopy. Address subotdeJS, change of addreso notices, copies too The Catalyst/ ew College/Post Office Box 1898/Sara.soo, Florida 33578. Telephone 355-5406. lit or .la11ne Paulton 1St.. E4l1o!t. ........ M.axgaret Sedensk,t ivettkbaa: K.ane arculation .......... .. Katie Smith :otography .... Miguel Tapia :aff: Kit Arbuckle, Mary Blakeley, Rich-ate! de Koster, jean Graham, Kathy Craves, Carola Heitmann, jon Lundell, Abby Mlaemer, Stephen Olson, Shelley Schlicker, Robert Sclrwartz, Edna Walker, Cheryl White, Caty Williams

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February 29, 1968 The Catalyst Rev1ew Scissors and Hatchets By WilliAM PATTERSON A certain Famous-Painter-of-Sa rasota recently set before the swine the pearl that the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum suffers from that dearth of funds that we all know and may someday come to love so well, that it cannot afford anything otherthaninexpensive shows. The New College Fishbowl Gallery-strictly organization-has managed to afford a show of works by Glenna Finch, of sunny Sarasota, Florida. Quite conveniently, the Fishbowl s'J.ow comes between Ringling shows, so that the culture-hungry need never starve. We do not intend to disparage Mrs. Finch, but one gathers that she is in effect a painter" all through the Instead of the unfocused Impressionist ("may itneverdie, may it always be capitalized by Reverence") attempts one would expect from a painter with those credentials, however, we have instead neo-abstract expressionist works, turned out in acrylic paints. Of course, Mrs. Finch is no primitive (admittedly, we have so far wrongly almost led the reader to conclude that), but is a graduate of the Ringling Art School (withouxownHero Stoddard, a FamousPainter-of-Repute-of-Sara sota). Many of the works seem as though they are from a series of academic exerci3es--studies in compleiaentary color contrasts, treating the material of color theory texts. The suxface has been divided by straight linesintotwoor three areas of different color. At first sight, the colors seem to harmonize so nicely thatoneremarkstoone's self about the unpretentious color. Look at those paintings some more! The colors contrast strongly, but not vividly (Fauve colors are used to define "vivid"). On the color areas ("in front") are forms whose colors contrast more on the vivid order with the The actual surface of the canvas is :utist for the ceiling of the CatTie Nation Chapel, since Mr. Buonarroti is no longer around. Apersonalfavorite is hidden in a comer. This work looks like it could be a painting of a picture of a surrealist desert landscape that was covered by a Piece of dark brown oaoerthat had its center torn out, along with other embellish ments. The painting makes more sense than the attempt at its de scription. It has a certain mystery and a sense of importance that so manyoftheotherworkslack. Like many of the other paintings, however, it seems empty and, in a wav. unfinished. Pictuxed above, and right are two of the paintings by Sarasota artist Glenna Finch, currently on display in the Fishbowl. Pa&a l In the Fishbowl A painting need not be fraught with profundities to be a work of art, but one or two profundities thrown in here and there never hurt anybody. Wenotice alackof"profundities, i.e., artistic meaning, in the paintings. They do not come forth in any relation to the world in which they exist. To post a value judgment on these works, they are good but not They are "pleasant works. 1 The paintings ondisplay, however, represent only the past year in Mrs. Finch's painting career, and we intend our criticism for what we see hanging in the Fishbowl. More quality becomes apparent in those paintings as one becomes more familiar with them. GOLDEN HOST 8 0 kMitiful Rooms '50-Foot.. foo l Putting Grhn-Bahi Hut Cocktell L o"ithte 4675 N. T amlaml Trail tiS Uti flat, but the colors and forms of the paints on that canvas plaJre give the illusion of space a space of some kind, very indefinite. The colored areas and the f orm "in front11 setting everything off change inrelationshipto each other in the Just What You've Always Wanted ... illusionary space. Several of the canvases have restored the object to the subject matter. Against a neutral graywhite background and red, blue, and green color swatches, there appear scissors and hatchets. The psychology people can interpret them as symbols of whatever strikes tlieir momentary fancy; we s.'1all not grace this humble review with the Glorious Jung and Freud. Let us neglect psychological wmbolism and count our blessings: here is the onl y $10 You're II 1 TRAIL PLAZA TEXACO I U S No. 4 1 ond Myrtle Street I I I 1 t o serve you I I R. W "Bob" G OLDEN, Owner : I Mason Baldwi n Manager Bo Gall a gher, Mechanic I I Curtis West Ed Speight Randel l Truman 1 -------------------... Ptd a Liffle Bilr.e lnJCJ. Your NOaTHSIDE likES lUO 27th CAMPUS PAC will arrive MARCH 1st DIPPER DAN 9oo &.earn. .aOPPE and l)fPPER DAN ICE CREAM DOESN'T KID AROUND (J()J7JJ lJJ ONDA RLEV-DAVIOSON CYCLE SALES, INC. 2:530 17nt STREET '"THE SOUTH'S BE S T S E RVICE" t Volume 3 Now Available $6 with your own Catalysts bound to like this offer.

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Page 4 Language VieYis (continued from page 2) Dr. Arthur Miller, Assistant Professor of literature, contended a language requirement is a necessity for any liberal arts college. "I'd no more think of abolishing the language requirement than the science or social science comprehensives." "All colleges of any standing, 11 Dr. Miller said, "have some sort of language requirement. 11 He supported this claim by producing an article distributed by the Modem language Association which points out that nine out of ten schools re quire a language for graduation with a B. A. (some require it for admission). From the school listings that followed, it was evident that the "better" schools, the ones with which New College likes to equate itself, have maintained or strengthened their foreign language requirements since 1960. Most schools described in the article, however, also offer an alternative of course credits a language. As far as graduate schools are concemed, Miller displayed a letter dealing with requirements for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship which states: "We study the transcriptto see whether the student is prepared in his major field, and also foreign Lnguage or other reqUISites for the particular discipline. (This bears more weight than any other one thing. )" The underlining was in the original letter. Dr. Miller stressed the importance of these criteria and said that by removing the language requirement we would be "devaluating the New College degree. 11 Since New College does not have a system of credit hours, Dr. Miller sees the proficiency exam as the only alternative. He main tainsthat it is important, howeve;: to examine different forms of ting, review the scoring system, and evolve, possibly, more valid norms. Dr. Arthur Borden, Chairman of the Division of Humanities, reinforced Dr. Miller's statements. "A person is not educated unless he can efficiently use another language, 11 was his response to The Catalyst's inquiy. Dr. Borden went on to stress that the foreign language departments should be intrinsic parts of the school. He suggested that excur such as the present opportu mtles for study in Colombia and Aix-en-Provence are steps toward this goal and should be extended. Once students have recognized the benefits of knowing a foreign language, the controversy will cease Borden contended. But as now stand, he said, abolishment ofthe r_equirement would probably result m an enormous decline in foreign language study. John Macbeth, Tutor in French was quick to reiterate Miller's and Borden's contentions that a language requirement is absolutely necessary for a liberal arts college. He suggested that abolishing this requirement might influence our newly acquired accreditation. Macbeth said he has found many students who were reluct;nt to take a language ended up enjoying it. "Even at New College he said, II d J you nee some encouragement for doing some things. 11 As far as alterations in the present system, Macbeth was in favor of some change--specifically a review of the system of scoring. Dr. Gresham Riley, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was the first ofthree professors questioned who while they coosider knowledge of foreign language very important do not think it should be requirel We asked Dr. Rileyifthe language requirement wasn't very similar to the basic comprehensives and asked him if he thought they should be abolished. In reply, Riley was quick to draw a distinction between Moccasiftl ... & Levi ..... leans lr casuals 1525 Stat& Strt these, the language being a specific "content" requirement and the compsbeing "generic" requirements. While the latter cover broad fields, the language require ment specifies a knowledge of a tool which is far too narrow to be considered universally mandatory. "Yes, I think students should study a foreign language, said Riley; "but I also think students should study philosophy--and it's not required." He feels that even without the requirement, students will continue to study foreign languages --simply because they are important. Dr. Peter Buri, Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences, said he was in favor of having the language programs developed and enlarged and would hesitate to take any step that would hinder their development. But he was not in fav?r of a definite language re qunement and stated that he doesn't feel that participation in language courses would drop off if the requirement were abolished. Dr. John Morrill, Associate Professor of Biology, was hesitant to answer directly whether or not the language requirement should be abolished. He expressed a firm belief in the value of knowing two languages and mentioned that many books in the natural sciences are available only in foreign languages. He feels that students should be made aware of the consequences of_not knowing_two languages, but Said that, possibly, having a language requirement was not the best answer. He suggested that students should be challenged with textbooks in other languages, as he feels that this would increase the realization of their importance. Morrill also suggested th:t the faculty vote should be conducted by secret ballot due to the heated atmospherewhichhas arisen because of this argument. Judging from the various responses received, it seems the problem can be reduced to two main factors. First, the two major factions are starting from completely different presuppositions. The question can be reduced to: is know ledge of a foreign language important and valuable for an educated person? Some say, "absolutelynot;" others say, "of course." The second question is whether or not foreign language study should be put in the form of a requirement. It should be remembered tli"it the answers to both questions will determine the results of the faculty voting Wednesday. Yearbook Deadline Contributions of pictures, draw ings and other material for the yearbook will be accepted ud:il Saturday, according to Editor Sam Parsons. UNITARIAN CHURCH 3975 Fruitville Rood Sunday service: 10:30 a.m C:TJFST SPEAKER: 1 Ht. IU.V. CHA.KLES W. MCGEHEE SERMON: "A TIME TO CUMt. AUV .t." -Nursery and Church School 10:30 a.m. Look ahead, plan ahead for a career where the ac tion is-right here in dy namic Space-Age Florida. FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT CO. HELPING BUilD FlORIDA The Catalyst Farm School Talk Is Set The director of an agricultural school founded by Americans to assist young Greeks will be at New College Thursday, March 7, to give an illustrated talk about the school. The talk, which will follow an informal luncheon, will tell the story of an unusual school founded in 1902 in Thessaloniki by an American missionary to tea:::h young Greek boys farming skills and techniques. Bruce lansdale, the director of the school since 1955 is now touring the country, with interested people and building support for the At New College, he also w1ll talk with students who hope to visit Greece. American F:rm School which began with 12 boys and so' acres of Saga (continued from page 2) charges" are brought before the voting body, OR that the students be present at the faculty meeting to answer any charges. 3) That students not be dismissed after 1/3 of the term is over, for work done (or not done), or require mentsnot met, of a previous term. 4) That it be decided and made clear, if a student can be dismissed for failing one chance at one requirement. (No tests have yet been given to first-year students for any requirement, except the ISP, and pvery student except Rich whose IS was initially uns:tisfac tory was given a second chance. ) If I am wrong about any of the above, please let me know. H you want any more information, I will be glad to tell you what I can. H you care, please do something about it. If you don't--well, I guess that's what I expect from most people. But please, those of you who said you cared, but didn't do what was required of you, much less any extra, no more crocodile tears, no more "tough breaks, kid, butyoucan1tdoanything about it." And thanks to Dr. Smith, Earl Helgeson, Dr. Wilson, Nancy Ferraro, Dr. Miller, and a few (very few) others, for help, support, 3:iid encouragement. Without youwell, we just wouldn't care. With (believe it or not) love (signed) Katie Smith 3428 No. Trail 355--3446 FINE DOMESTIC unproductive land, now has fifty buildings, 200 boys. thousands of adults participating in short courses, and 400 acres of highly productive land. To the boys enrolled at the school the faculty offers the curriculum of the equivalent of a junior high school and also such practical skills as masonry, plumbing and w1rmg, plus courses in modem agricultural science. American F a'Ill School is gov erned by an American Board of Trustees and, while 43% of its budget comes from the operation of the school, the balance is raised by private contributions. The public is invited to attend the program, which will begin at 1 P.M. in the private dining room. LeHer THANK YOU Dear Members ofthe New College Community, I would like to thank yousincere ly for the friendship and hospita you have offered me. After SIX short months here I return to Colombia most impr;ssed by the College and I admire and hope understand the basis, objec tives, and supporters of your institution. I thank you all very sin cerely, I have felt very welcome here. Good bye until I can {signed) Marta luz Orozco A. visit SARASOTA Flower Shop you ,. ... It a llabit 110t n acc-.loa 1219 1st Street 955-4287 ECOPPER BAR tS70 No. Lockwood Ridge Rd. 955-3446 IMPORTED LIQUORS ,---------------' CLEANLINESS is next to GODLINESS 1 l dryl THE PLAZA SpanishAmerican Cuisine Serving Sarasota Since 1928 Holiday Award Winner Member American & Diner's CJ.ub Lunch: II :30 4 Dinner: 4 II 1426 I st Street 958-5558 February 29, 1968 at the Airport ._ber FDIC


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