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Volume IV, Number 23 Published by Students of N ew Colleg e Sarasota, Florida Bulk Rate I u s. Postage' 3, 6 Paid 1 Penn.it N o 33 Sarasota, FL March 7, 19 6 8 Language Requirement Is Abolished But Language Faculty May Also Go language Progrom Is Re-ofhPmed In one of a series of four related motions, the facultyyesterday 1m conditionally abolished the language requirement for the class of 1968. Accordingto anothermotion, the language requirements, if any, for the classes of 1969 and 1970 will be decided by the individual divisions before the third term. The motions passed were: ---That the language program at New College be retained and offered by qualified instructors. ---That the present language requirement be abolished. ---That no student in the class of 1968 be held to any language requirement, with the exception of language majors. ---That prior to the start of the third term, all students in classes other than the graduating class be informed as to the language requirement, if any, for their program of study. The general motion on the language requirement, the second of the four passed, was voted on by .. <',.Pt ballot ThP motion passed 29-13. This vote indicated a dramatic change of faculty position on the language requirement. The first vote on the requirement, earlier in the term, show e d the faculty split evenly for and against the rule. The first motion, affirming a language program at New College, was apparP..ntly in response to a move by President John Elmendorf to refuse to re-hire the language faculty if t;pe requirement were abolished. Members of the language f acuity received notice last week their contracts would not be renewed, barring extenuating circumstances. (See related story. ) For third-year students, the faculty vote means they under no conditions have to fulfill a foreign language requirement to qualify for graduation. Not only v-:ill the Modem Language A.ssoclatlon examination not be required, but a reading test on material in their major field will be dropped from the baccalaureate organization. For first-and second-year students, the question of a language requirement will be decided by individual departments. If alanguagetestisrequiredin any major, it will not necessarily be the MLA e xam. Observers speculated that the decision of the Board of Trustees, which meets Friday, on the abolishment of the language faculty, will determine if stringent requirements are established for any fields. Contacted after the meeting, Elmendorfsaidthe action of the faculty was "entirely predictable" and supported his contention that Ianguage study at New College is "not generally effective. LATI N AMERICAN VISITORS A delegation of six Latin American graduate students, guests New C_?llege for a ten-day stay, accustom themselves quickly to New College life as they read The Catalyst w Hamilton .. The cluding a stay of several months in the United States under a program of The Expenment m Internatlonal Llvmg. (See story, page 2,) SAC Invites Students To Submi t Complaints In an apparent attempt to in crease its influence and effectiveness, the Student Academic Committee this week asked students to bring before the SACany "legitimate" grievance for actiop. In a statement issued this week, the SAC said "after long years of unintentional obscurity," the committee "finds it advisable to let some light in on its formerly semishrouded activities. 11 Acknowledging the SAC "has no real power, i, e., no voice in decisions pertaining to a student's academic standing and tenure, the SAC nevertheless "may possess some influence, if only by marshalling the forces of truth and morality," the statement read. The SAC outlined three methods students might employ to bring about SAC action, First, students may attend regular meetings, held Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Fishbowl, and present grievances personally. Second, they may comm un ic ate their grievances to a memberof the committee. Finally, they may present grievances in writing, making use of a suggestion-complaint box "soon to be established11 in H
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Page 2 Editorials Language Decision The decision reached by the facu1ty on the language requirementisafairand honorable one. While relieving Sen iors of the burden of uncertainty over the requirement, it nonetheless leaves the door open for possible language requirements for the classes of 1969 and 1970, in areas where it is deemed necessary. We have never believed knowledge of a foreign language is necessary in all academic areas. However, in certain disciplines, it is desirable, if not essential. The flexibility achievedbythefacultydecisionseems particularly in keeping with traditional New College educational policy. In addition, we are glad the faculty did not let themselves by diverted in their consideration of the issue of the requirement by the doubtful status of the language faculty. That issue threatened to make the entire question impossible to resolve. On that issue by the way, we offerthe following opinion: a language major may in fact not be possible for New College at this time. For this reason, there may be some justification in cutting back the language faculty somewhat. However we are not convinced that tapes are adequate substitutes' for actual instructors in all cases. Certainly, it would seem more desirable to re"t'ali Oiieor two language faculty members, if it is at all possible economically, than none at all. And we have yet to be convinced that economy measures at New College, at this time, must take this very drastic fonn. Conspiracy Aletterinlast week's issue of The Catalyst raised anumber of provocative questions. At we thought it did. In her letter, Katie Smith asked that she be corrected, if anything she said was inc0rrect. And we expected some of our questions, at least, to be responded to. Unfortunately, even a letter as provocative as Miss Smith's failedtodisturbthecalm waters of student and faculty apathy. Of course there was reaction. Several people informed us we'd printed lies, had not gotten the story right. But these individuals were faculty members, and since the letter largely involved happenings at a faculty meeting, o f course they couldn't say anything for publication, or say much of anything at all, for matter. But if Miss Smith, and ourselves, are wrong, shoul8n1t we publicly be taken to task, since the questions raised were raised in public? We're more convinced than ever that faculty meetings should be opened to students, and soon, if for no other reason than to help overcome the conspiracy of silence. The Catalyst LAN6UAGE REQUIQE'MENT REPRlE March 7, 196S Nobel Prize Chemist On The Life Of Science By EDNA WALKER "Rebellion has to come at the right time, or it's totally futile, 11 said Nobel-prize winner Dr. James D. Watson at a talk in the Music Room Tuesday night. Watson was a co-winner of the Prize in Physi ology and Medicine in 1962 for the discovery of the structure of DN A the basic component of the gene. Speaking to an audience c ompos e d m ainly of students and f aculty, W atson discussed his reasons for writing his recent book The Double Helix. He said his was-not only to tell an interestuig story, but to write about "science as a way of life. Since a scientist wants to find out things that are not known, Watson said, he must have a different attitude from those before him. He must reject the viewpoints of those in authority, since they have not led where he wants to go, and do his own thinking. Latin American Students Arrive for Ten-Day Visit Watson Watson stressed, however, the importance of having a basis for the rejection of former teaching, saying, "You can only reject your professors when you know as much facts as they do. 11 One must spend time gathering facts, and hope that an inspiration will come at the right time. Calling this basic leaming "gath eringclues, 11 Watson observed that he had spent a quarter of his time in the library when working on DNA. His search for knowledge, he said, was stimulated by the fact thatthe library one of the few heated build.JEgs in By KATHY GRAVES New College is acting as host to six Latin American students who anived yesterday for a ten-day visit. The guests, all graduate students, are concluding a stay of several months in the U.S, during which time they have visited Lou:isville, Kentucky, Putney, Vermont, Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. Mrs. Bradford D. Ansley heads the area ElL Committee which is coordinating the visit. Mrs. John Elmendorf is project chairman, and Irving Benoist, thUd-year student, is acting as student chairman. This will be the first time the students have had an oppommity to live with host students and become closely involved with a college community in the United States. Alejandro Yun, group leader and engineering student from Universidad del Norte !n Chile. is room ingWitliAfian Jaworski. Alejandro has been director of a tmiversity student group worldng in community development. Rooming with Tom Lesure and Rick Stauffer is Luis Stramwasser, first-year student in the medical school at the University of Chile. Luis bas expressed :m interest in U.S. politics and economy. Law student Renan Fuentealba is staying with Jerry Neugarten. Renan is stl.ldying at the University of Chile. His father is a Chilean senator. Oscar Zambrano, another medical student, this time from the National University in San Marcos, Peru, is rooming with Dan Haggarty. Oscar has an interest in university problems. Miguel Tapia and Richard Keucks are hosting Fernando Romero, student from the National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru. Fernando has expressed an interest in economics and modem music. Alicia Bomchil, only woman in the group, is staying with Joan Schnabel and Susan Sleater. Alicia is studying biology at the University of Argentina and has interests :0 music, piano, flute and theater. A planning committee consisting of Mrs. Elmendorf, Dr. Corinne Wilson, Willian Furlong, Wood ruff Bryne, Mrs. Millie Ellis, and students Jerry Neugarten, Joan Sclmabel, Ann Rogers, Kenneth Peffers, and Irving Benoist have prepared a full schedule for the Latin Amuican students. Last night, after dinner at the Ansleys', the students were guests at an open house at the Elmendorfs 1 A beach picnic is planned for Sat urday afternoon and a dance for Saturday evening. On March ll, the students w'..ll attend a perform-ance of Moliere's "Tartuffe" at the Asolo Theater. It is the hope of the planning committee that the students will see how a small U.S. college ftmc tions attend classes, and meet students during their stay at New College. When asked about her impression of United States citizens, Alicia said, "They are all very different from each other. At Harvard people were concerned about world affairs but in Louisville they were more worried about the basketball game. She also said that afflu ence seems to have made many Americans inactive and tmexcitable. LeHer POUND OF CURE To the Editor: (for prevention of disease only) Presumption is met by preswnption: the Student Court should have its Fascist head fixed. (signed) John H. Peters LeHer NOT PERSONAL To the Editor: The idealistic flame will die without hopeful fuel. Uniortmate ly, a few people saw my letter of last week as an attack of a personal sort on various people; this was not at all its purpose. Today a student told me that Rich a-d 1s adviser felt I had done her an injustice, that she was the sole person to stand up for Rich in the faculty meeting last Valentine's Day. I sincerelyhopethisis true-! wish very much to believe that someone stood up for him. Since I woUld rather believe that my several sources were mistaken, I apologize to Miss Hassold, and to anyone else who may have been, or who may feel he has been, wronged. Sincerely, (signed) Katie Smith Watson stressed the importance in scientific thinking of continually revising hypotheses, saying thatmostof one's ideas are wrong. Speaking of a fellow Prize winner, (Continued on page 3, colwnn 5) Volwne rv, Number 23 March 7, 1968 p'ubllshed weekly 36 times per year by students at New College. Subscriptioxw. $5 per ye._r, or per copy. Address sub scription ordellll, change of address notices, aud undeliverable copies toe The Cat.olyst/ New College/Post Office Box 1898/Sar:asota, Florida 33578. Telephone 355-5406. Editor .... ..... Laarie Paul!on Asst. EditDI! !t .... Margaret Sedeusk1 ;: George Kaue Cireul2t!on ...... Katie Smith Photography ........ Miguel Tapia Staff: Kit Arbuckle, Mary Blakeley, Rich-ard de Koster, Jean C rah am, Kathy Graves, Carola Heitmann, Jon Lundell, Abby Misemer, Stephen Olson, Shelley Sc.hlicker, Robert Swart:r., Edna Walker, Cheryl White, Gary Williams

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_March 7, 1968 Letter Collns Man Will Speak Attomey William Boy leston will address a meeting of students interested in the campaign of former G o v e r n o r Leroy Collins for the United States Senate Monday at 7pm in the private dining room. Boyleston will answer student questions about Collins' platform, and attempt to form a Collegians for Collins group at New College. S ever a 1 such groups have been formed at various campuses in the state. Collins, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senator, is generally considered a liberal. BAY VIEW Cleon aRd Complete lalllltlry and Dry Cleaning Drlve-111 Store: 1530 1st St t5S.o9l7 Moccasins llalelr Levi ..... leans & casuals 1 525 Stat Sk + The Catalyst a8ano:> MaN atpJo SJaqwaw Car Buffs do it! Inglish J!eather@ For men who want to be where the action is. Very racy. Very mascllline, ALL-PURPOSe LOTION. $2.50, $4.00, $6.50. From the com plete array of ENGLISH LEATHER men's toiletries. Bridge Win New College was the winner of a monthly traveling trophy in its duplicate bridge league this month. 56 New College students, faculty and staff members took part in the tournament Monday. Other members of the duplicate bridge league are: the Field Chili, Sarasota Yacht Chlh, the Sarabay Cotmtry Club and the Forest Lakes Cotmtrv Clllh, Pat a LiH/e Bike IIIIo Your Lil FfQ/IL N01tMIDI IIK!S 1 13 0 27tlt StfMt Ellie' s Booki & Stationery. Inc. Complete Office 5Mppltes 1350 Main.St. 955M I S TRAVEL INCORPORATED COMPLETE TRAVEL ARR,..NGEME 'TS SPEC I AL STUDENT TOURS Domestic & International 45 S Palm 958-2114 Page 3 Pa rce Is Banned At Bookstore Beginningthisweek, students entering the book store were told they had to leave books and parcels outside, in shelves provided for that purpose. Manager Mrs. Paula Gulak said the regulation was the result of thefts that have plagued the book store since the beginning of the school year. She said :bout $200 in merchandise has been stolen since the end of third term last year. Mrs. Gulak indicated students have generally complied with the new regulation, although it has apparently not been met with tmanimous favor. SEC H ol ds Short Meeting The Committee met for only a few minutes last night, due to a lack of business and the absence of Assistant Dean of Students Arthur Miller. There was no dissent by SEC members to the appointment of second-year student Charles Vekert: aschairmanoftheForum Committee. It was reported priorities for the allocation of single rooms have been assigned. She said it was too soon to determine if thefts are being reduced by the regulation. Nobel (Continued from page 2) he said, "The reason most of (Dr. Francis) Crick's ideas were wrong was that Crick had ideas." Writing these feelings in a book would have been "pretentious and boring, 11 Watson said, so he wrote his story as a narrative to let the readers draw the moral. Unfortunately, he said, some people have drawn the wrong moral, thinking he meant to criticize the people he wrote about. Watson cited as an example Dr. Linus Pauling, "probably the greatest chemist of the century. 11 He observed, "Pauling is mad at me for writing the book, because I said he made a bad blunder. He says he didn't make a bltmder, he was wrong. 11 Watson also had advice for students: "Never leam anything that you won 1t use within the next three years, just because it's 'good for you."' He remarked of his own students, "These students come up and they call me 'sir, 1 and when they do that I generally lose all interest." MAAS PRESENTS THE "YOUNG EDWARDIANS" BY ARPEJA SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2:30 P.M. dress--Young Edwardian--$20. 00 FLORIDA

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Page 4 -------,_ I 7 P"' r...._ I clef' nOtes l I -.. T By Paul Adomites ---------.......;1 BASI E The Co1.01tBasie concert last Friday night at the Manatee J1.01ior College Gymnasium was a classic exampleofhow good music should be played. The "new" Basie band (new in that it has more young players now than ever) is not a highly innovative one, but frankly I didn 1t care, and neither did the audience. When a band can play great old so1.01ds in its own unique way, and enchant you with superb musicianship and nostalgia, who cares whether they are "up to date" or not? Nat Hentoff recently reviewed the new Basie orchestra, andremarked that they had become machines, had lost the old fire and spontaneity. To some extent, he is right. But the magic of Co1.01t Basie has always been his unique sound, and as long as that so1.01d remains, Basie1s boys will remain deserving of the title of greatness. Some of the vigor of his earlier groups has been lost, to be sure. Perhaps the spark isn't tl>.ere any more. But that doesn't Jiminish the quality of what the band is playing. I have always been a reed fan, and. the smoothness of the Count's saxophones is still astonishing to me. But the great, driving trumpet section really stood out last Friday. Gene Dough, the first trumpeter, is a high-note man with real taste and technique. Richard Boone, a trombonist, had several smooth, lyrical solos. The old standbys, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis on tenor, Marshall Royal on alto, and Freddie Green on guitar, played the way they have been playing for years, i. e. great. Lockjawholds a unique position in the Basie coterie, in that he is the only tenor man Basie has had since the all-time great, Lester Young who doesn't play the way did. The reason for the recurrent use of Lester-solDlding tenors was that many of the riffs Basie uses as tenor solos were a result of the ereative mind of that tenor virtuoso "the President. But lockjaw hisownstyle, anditisasupcrb one. The only real drawback I felt about the "new" Basie band was the drummer, Harold T. Jones, a very young man who plays just a little too loud for a jazz orchestra. He really belongs with a group which is amplified, so that he won 1t drown out the other mUSJ.c1ans. He stomped on several excellent solos during tl1e course of the evening. CONCERT The Count has had a tradition of hard-playing drummers, but men like Sonny Payne and Charlie Par sip had much more technical ability than Mr. Jones. A drummer can be one of two things to an orchestra: he can be "underneath" it, in the sense that he can be the 1.01ifying force in it, or he can lead it, i.e., he can swing so far above the others as to pull them along. An example of the latter would be Buddy Rich in his new band, of the former, Grady Tate (no matter plays with) or Roy Haynes. Basic's men played their standard book, a of old standards, and some relatlvelv new The music ranged from "Satin Doll" to "Yesterday", the latter of which was made up of a vocal by a new singer with Basie (whose name I couldn't catch) and a superb arrangement. The new vocalist had the big, mellow tone of Billy Eckstine, and the blues sense of Joe Williams. Granted, he wasn't innovative, but he was excellent. The Johnny Mandel modem classic, "The Shadow of Yuur Smile, 11 had been arranged better than I've ever heard it. It is a great song, but one hears so many awful ar r?gements of is nowadays, espeClaliy when brass enter the picture. But the Count's book had it with an enchanting flugelhom lead, and the most tasteful reeds and mutedbrass backup that has ever come along. In short, Count Basie and his orchestra played the way they have always played, with great class and polish. Itistruly one of the greatest orchestras ever. The crowd which filled the MJC gym, looked like the type of people one would see at a PTA meeting, for the most part. They were middle-aged adults who had grown up with the Basic so1.01d, and chose last Friday night to dabble in some nostal):!ia. It was a great feeling to see the older generation really grooving, foot-tapping and finger-popping (and ear-lobe tilting, as Duke Ellington would say) with some great music. The youn&er members of the audience were few. .?erhaps this means that the Co1.01t, in not moving forward, has stepped back. Of course, it just might mean something about the youth of the area. Enough of perhaps. The concert was absolutely great. Long live the Count. The Catalyst Protest (Continued from page 1) Fhilosophy, termed the firings "de plorable. 11 He said a language major is an essential part of any Humanities program. Chairman of the Humanities Division Dr. Arthur Borden agreed a language faculty is necessary, and contended languages cannot be learned as well from tapes as from live instructors. Spanish Tutor Woodruff Bryne, one of the language faculty who received notice, said the abolition of the language faculty was a "drastic move, and suggested the abolition of the language reqwrement might, in fact, improve voluntary attendance at language classes. Professor of History Dr. George Mayer, along with several students, deplored the 11lDldemocratic" nature of the move. Despite the vote by the faculty that the language program be retained "with qualified instructors, (see related story) the fate of languages at New College is still in doubt. The Board of Trustees meets tomorrow, and it is up to that body to approve budget appropriations. If no money is voted for a language faculty, it will not be hired, despite the faculty motion. Elmendorf told The C

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