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FAZIO'S FIEFDOM Fact Or Fiction? PART 2 By Mitchell Richards .A major inconsistency in Houslng over the last 3 years has.been the position of the Res1dence Counselor (RC). In 3 years we've had three differ ent people in that nosition those differences reflect what you were try1ng to do with Housing while here? And how does V1to f1t (this article was done his official your new approach to Hous1ng? E: Let's back on that. It's an area where I've failed miserably. _we hired Cosla (Ed Cosla, dur1ng 80-81) at the last and I don't say that as an excuse. because we id hire him. --At the time, what I had in mind was a resident counselor who could be a friend to the students. I was wrong to do that. But he was set up in that role. The residence counselor job should be one of the most on-line positions in SA. He's got to know that student better than anyone else from the viewpoint of the administrator. He is, for instance, the point where the RA's stop ... at some noint the RA is a student before an RA, and every RA waffles back and forth on that, and they should if they are They should be questioning their role on a constant basis. The RC, on the other hand, is clearly an administrator. a residential ... we need smmebody out there all the time. We need somebody living there for emergencies and what not. Cosla came in, and we said to him, "The biggest part of your duty is going to be living out there and being friends with the It didn't work, because Cosla didn't know how to say No." He just didn't ... So much so, in fact, that he just became a student again. Ed left. Dorm Lord"a Domain Next year we went to another extreme. Let's get in a professional; there's not a question of being friends with the students .. And what happened was that the RC took so much power in her own direction ... lack of direction from Bill and I caused a lot of that--we both admit to that, that we let happen. But that didn't work either, and I lost touch with the RA's. We sat down and decided that the role of the RC was no longer to be an assistant Housing director, but an assistant to the Housing director. So we said: "Vito will be the assistant to the Housing director, so he doesn't have the far-sweeping power that Charlotte (last year's RC) had, nor does he have the limitations that Ed had. What we want is somebody who will help me in the day to day operations. He takes care of, for instance, all the custodial time sheets, maintenance time sheets, all the reports about custodial work. alot of in-house alot of help on conVOLUME 1 NUMBER3 structing the budget. He's not in so much an on-line role with the students, except for counseling and in emergencies ... the role will be defined like that in the future. It's an position in SA, and we're going to treat it like that. It's a gopher position, and every RC who's been here has been told that .. I really think we have not done we should have with that position to date. We're still changing it, redef ining it; also, I'm not an easy person to work for. Re: just made up the new budget. :iow would you describe your priorities this year? How have they changed, if at all? F: Keeping afloat. There's no change in priorities. Right after the merger, they put in increases of five and six per cent per year. Now you've got a post-merger period where inSee 'Fazio' pg. 3
REAGENT March 14, 1983 p.2 EDiTORiAL In keeping with the original purpose of Reagent as a forum for NC to relate information, discuss problems, and convey ideas within itself, we have published three experimental issues to date, thanks to the many people who have made the paper possible" We've tried to be "professional" in the sense of being reliable, which often leads to dryness, and sometimes to the need for explanation. Amidst the routine of soliciting articles, researching topics, and struggling to bring you reliable information, we have experienced moments of euphoria (when we have gotten a response) and moments of regret (when people are mislead or misrepresented due to a lack of clarity or emphasis on our part.) One such regret is the Reagent's seeming insinuation that Dr. Kaye Glasser was responsible for an essentially po intless S A The headline: "SA Meeting: Where Were You? ... Exc use for Glasser Spiel?" was misleading, but is quite accurate i n the proper context. Editor: Anonymity, when appropriate, or --appromotes irresponsib-ility. I c an, a nd do respect individual's r ights to a n onymity. My experience with counseling training in the past has taught me the indispensable val that respect. spec-1f1c contexts, anonym1ty may indeed be necessary. In other contexts, however, a reluctance to associate one's name with his other ideas is irresponsible and dangerous. Several Reagent articles fall into that context. Mimir Cul-de-Sac's scathing rev1ew of Death 2f is one such example. I do not wish to fault the review itself; it was well written it asserted some valid criticisms. Such a decided critical stance, however valid, ethical, or sound, should be claimed by the stance's or. If "Mimir"s stance is worth publishing, then his/her/its ideas deserve to be associated with a name. Tommy Schmutz, a pseudonym for some unknown aspiring aesthetician, is similarly irresponsible. If "Tommy" is to crit Mr. Lazes' mental and phys-1cal construe ts, then he should ewn up to his deed and invite response to his opinions. Intellectual discussion and constructive criticism are important and healthy Anonymous critiques of the artistic attempts of others are not only irresponsible, but also unhealthy. Diverse opinions and critical stances are necessary ingredients in a dynamic atmosphere which fosters learning, sharing, and ultimately, growing. Such an atmosphere--and I would like to think NC fits those criteria--also entails responsibility for action as well as for Reagent Pays Its Dues The intended message was that the only productive part of the meeting, aside from the Reagent's article, was Kaye Glas ser's speech to the Foundation; no slander was aimed at Dr. Glasser, who is about as "pro-NC" as you can get. Many apologies for casting her in any other light. The almost complete lack of attendance by Student Life Committee members is another matter. If the time was so bad that only one member of the Com mittee could show up, it should have been rescheduled. There are only three meetings of this type per year; something could have and should have been arranged. Reagent has been informed that a better time is being 1 worked out for t h e third and final meeting Another source of regrets are the anonymo u s symbolic actions (such as taping Reagent deadline announcements face down on the grou nd ... they were difficult to read in their new posititions) that have been happening in regard to the paper. This type of letter to the editor won't accomplish anything, except to bring us to despair. We would not be sticking o u r necks out doing this if we didn't care to hear your concerns or to print your comments in the Reagent. If you don't like us, let It should be obvious from the first two issues (and this Reagent) that we have very few unshakable convictions. of the changes so far have been the direct re-:.. SlJl t of your opinions ... so please, lets cut the crap, and do something effective for a change. (And don't let us get away with anything, either.) Write (or talk) to us. Keep it ION Letters To The Editors thought. Responsibility is a value worthy of attention. Mimir and Tommy ignore that value. I use that term very loosely) articles detailing a shopping extra v a g a nza a t Publix a r e not harmful--Cookie and Crystal take no critical stance toward community member's work. Pseudonyms attached to art reviews and similar assessments of our neighbor's contributions to cultural life at NC demonstrate wimpy neglect of responsibility. Speak your peace; take a stand. And take credit for what you say. Donald S Moore 0 Care of Editor: DEATH OF MIMIR Mimir has heard many eloquent attacks on the technique of his first review, wishes to publicly apoligise to L. Laburt for his unnecessary,digressive pan, and eat pie. MM MM. Humble. Please pay attention to the maligned point, however. Thank you for paying enough attention to bitch, anyway. I'm not the person I seem to be, really. speak I \ listen-learn David Mitchell 0 Editor: "Tenuous Thinking" Indeed! In reference to Mr. Mitchell in his response to review in the initial of the Iu terface Art Installation, I would like to point out that "tenuous" is defined as: "1. thin or slender in form,as a 2. weak or poorly supported, as reasoning. 3. rarefied, as fog." Working in reverse clear, as opposed.rto f'oe;gy; rather well supported, as Mr. Mitchell doesn't deny ; and finally, just abou t as 1hin or slender as it needed to be. Quite like a b ullet aimed at the heart of the matter. Sincerely, Tommy Schmutz 0 Editor: When I saw Tom Ronca's planning and execution of the "Bad Movie" Movie Festival, I remarked that he set a standard of performance that would be hard to match. Mike Solomon, however, has proven that he was equal to that task. His planning was meticulous and his management of (Almost Anything Goes) was excellent. Special thanks to his sidekick, Nick Eversole. My only question is: What do we do to top this? The next event shceduled is the Semi-Formal with Dawn Flaherty as the person in charge. I would like to have a meeting concerning this and other happenings on Wednesday, March 9, at 4:30, in room 309 Pete Fazio Prognms, facilities, and activities of the U. of S.F. is available to all They don't what creed, sex, handicap, rehglon, natlonal origin, or age you are. The U. of S. F. is an equal opportunity employer. This public document was promulgated at annual costs of about rNelve hundred a year, (That works out to about an lSSue.) in order to tell 'bout NC.
Fazio from 1 flation alone was seven, eight per and we're only in the budget by five s1x per cent. It was go orazy ... there were small 1ncreases put in that did not to keep up with 1nflat1on ... maintenance problems became large ... and were ignored. The expense part of the budwas rising. So, instead of do1ng preventative maintenance on a yearly basis, what you were faced with were major The students were pay1ng a P,reat rate and they all.loved it. Plus, we were 1?s1ng money on the food ser v1ce. always a drain on Hous1ng because it never for the utilities. 1t which means we were all the money for ut111t1es back there. Food What you want to ask Is "'lalt true that I'm gunning for Bill Kline's Job" service never paid for upkeep on the equipment it used and.there's about $200,000 or' equ1pment back there ... all these expenses have been absorbed by H o using. So what we've done these three years i s have large 1ncreases. Upwards of fifteen r cent to twenty Re: That's in one semester? F: One semester. We took a loss from PFM we had to put those types of increases in to balance out three years of what I would call mismanage-ment. This year will probably be the last year of increases on a large scale. And all we've done this year, really, is to start to charge for ISP. We didn't charge for the ISP this year We had 9CYfo of the students on campus, and that was just riot charged for. We had four weeks of expenses with no income at all We figure Housing costs about $'8 a week. That's at $5?0 a semester. So what we're going to do is charge for the other four weeks (ISP), as part of the second semester. Eyerybody's going to pay; if your stuff is out in the court, you're going to pay that bill. On top of that we are putting in a fifty dollar per semester increase. This is the last year that's going to happen. So to my mind, thas the smallest raise we've had in the last three years. (Note: While the fifty dollar per semester raise is the smallest rum1 jump, the new charge for the ISP makes total costs for Housing $252 more per year; the largest raise in the three years Pete Fazio has been the Housing Director.) We're going to wipe out the deficit this year. Plus, next year what I imagine .. to take the raise strictly to rate at that time, wh1ch mlght be as little as 5 per cent or so. But-it's taken three years of mana g ement to get there. The other issue here is whether or not Housing is more expensive than housing offcampus. It's a big issue that should talk about. I now it's about the same I think next year we're going. be a bit more expen The only advantag e to l1v1ng on-campus is that I don't demand security if you can t pay me on time I won't throw you out; you don't have to worry about 'ltili ty costs; and you have an arbitrator for disputes between roommates. To me thoseare some big Plus the conven-1ence of dorm living. Re: you say that your stay ln the hospital last year or to be more to the point, the Housing Office d1dn t fall to pieces during that period without yo n indicates you've accomplished cons1stency and organizatlon you say you're after? F: There's two reasons that Number one is yes lS organization. two 1 s Jan. You can't forget her.contribution to the whole off1ce operation. Most people who in can ask her any they'd ask me. And 1 t s very important t o say that. I t hink the area where there's clear sep-va ion even there, and it. We are a small enough school to make that happen. I really do believe it's impor-tant for a SA administrator to get as many different view-points as possible. And if the administrator doesn't want that, then there's something basically wrong with that administrator. You've got to listen to as many people as you can. That's the reason for the advisory committee, the activities committee, the group of RA's, the reason I'd liketo see a strong, functioning newspaper, instead of what we normally had. It's the reason I'd like to see a student government that's strong, as well. If you are doing your job it shouldn't hurt at all, it should only make things easier. You're very much a talked about person on this campus. A lot of it is good and a lot of it is very bad. One of the more interesting bad things that has been said about you is the accusation that you are building an empire ... F: Let me respond to that. I know a went up to Bill Kline and me REAGENT 14, 1983 p.) know I've increased the number of people on Financial Aid four fold since I've been here and get any number of 1mon1als about it from anybody on campus. Number two six after I was in this pos1tlon, I asked that they be separated again and that can be verified by,Bill Kl' or Barylski. Third, I'd to move back out to the dorms, that would make more sense to me, because of my involvement Bill has decided s better for me to be ln thls office. And also because as.long as Financial Aid and Houslng are together we've got to have Financial Aid in easy access. All those things said to me ... I think it's that those people say1ng.them have been those least 1nvolved up front, have done the most talking behind people's backs about things I think it's a small group chosen not to come 1 n and express themselves who've chosen not to ask what is going on I've never anything from anyone on campus, and I've no intentlon of doing so. idea of empire building power toward yourself, J!1Y. m1nd. Making sure all the are made at your desk. I f that s what is true then I wouldn't set up a residence hall activity council of fif teen orand-new students. I have set u p for a committee that includes ve 1'1\. t:ore the c one issue--the t:raternit.Y but he came to me and said 'What is happening?' and I told him, and I explained it tQ him. The frat issuel It had to be one of the largest sources of mis-information on the campus. l was pushing a. fraternity ? Interestingly, the same people who were accusing me of building an empire also accused me of pushing the frat. I promised the fraternity B-Dorm ? Not true. Anybody who has any connection with Housing whatsoever would know that's just a lot of malarkey. If_ I opened up B the ......... Dorm and didn't let the people who lived in there back in, I'd be lynched on the.spot. All I ,did was extend to the frat every piece of assistance .that I 'd give to arrt other group on campus. To me it's sad that at NC people, in an effort to stop a student club from forming, would walk around ripping down posters, which I've seen them do, and say that that group hasn't a right to form. This of buildhng an (he) told my boss messed up Financial Aid, for the majority of students here; that Financial Aid and Housing should be separated; and that I should be moved out into the dorms, and out of Hamilton Genter so student government can have is NC, the bastion of Liberal thoughv, telling a group of students they haven't any right to form a social organization. What a laugh. Re: What do you on doing See 'Fazio' pg. 4 this office .. First off, you
REAGENT March 14, 1983 p.4 FAZIO, CONTINUED now, personally, protessionally? F: I'd very much like to be Student Affairs Direqtor. I think as long as I've been in education that's been one of my main goals. I like to be in SA, and I don't like too many other administrative positions OQtside of SA. In SA you have to maintain an on-line relationship with the students. What you want to ask me is 'Is it true that I'm gunning for Bill Kline's job?' Of I am. I don't want him to lose his job, but I'd like to be considered as a front-runner for that position if he ever left, and he knows it. Isn't that only logical? I like what I'm doing, but I'd rather little more pay for something a little different. Happy Carrot Co-Op Gets Storefront By Lizanne Minerva With the acquisition of its own room, the Happy Carrot Co-op has re-organized and initiated its first storefront. The Co-op students a chance to meet and order food as a community. By ordering in bulk, they can eliminate the middle man and pay less. Business meetings will be held monthly and are open to anyone interested; the next meeting is Tuesday, March 15, at 6 roo 211. A list and the meeting agenda are posted in the new location. The Co-op formerly met in 209, which has been renovated. Pete Fazio made arrangement with Co-op co-ordinator Carla Schroer to re-locate the group. Happy Carrot depends on a steady flow of customers to boost the amount and variety of goods stocked. Expansion enables the co-op to provide more complete service. "The larger we become, the more buying power have," Schroer explains. VJi th the storefront, students have the choice of join in? as members or without obligation to work. Members deposit $15.00 (of which $10.00 is refundable) and work 4 hours per month. Non-members pay a 20% mark-up, which varies according to the item. Orange Blossom Warehouse in Gainesville, Fl., supplies the Co-op, sending food every other Monday. The next shipment arrives today, March 14. Jars and bags are needed to distribute the goods, and should be brought to room 211. In addition to staple products--cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, raisins, brown rice-the Co-op makes use of local donations from farmers or other Co-op members. Tomatoes, oranges, radishes, alfalfa sprouts, and honey have been on shelves. Many Co-op members also work in the garden and an arrangement to buy surplus could be reached. Suggestions are encouraged on the operation or food selection of the Co-op. Students can use the Orange Blossom catalog to find other foods and request Why Did You Come to NC? By Dawn Bialy Last semester, the Admissions Committee distributed a questionnaire to NC students. The purpose of this questionnaire was to determine what issues and areas the Admissions Office should concentrate on in order to attract more students to NC. We were mainly concerned with finding out how people learned about NC, who influenced their decisions to come to NC, and what aspects of NC were the most important factors in their decisions. We concluded the questionnaire with a general question about expectations people had re garding NC, and if these expectations had been fulfilled. These are some of the results we obtained, and the conclusions that we reached. College guides and the "Insider's Guide" were often cited as information so11rces. L'Je intend to take steps to insure that NC is favorably represented in these publications. High school counselors, however, were not frequently mentioned as a source of information about NC, and we decided that a greater effort should be made to inform HS counselors about NC, although we realized that this effort may not be amazingly productive, since few students reported that their HS influenced their decisions about college. Also, NC students were cited as or mation. In order to make appropriate use of this effective and financially practical means of recruitment (i.e., actl1al students)", we wish to at least maintain, and hopefully, increase the amount of student that they be ordered; tfficom mittee decides which items are not salable. One goal of the group is to have the work load distributed evenly; it is established to promote communal effort. In answer to the complaint that the Co-op is too expensive, Schroer points out that the food from Orange Blossom is all org anic and of high quality. could not buy the same quality merchandise in Publix and the Granary or Richard's, which are Health food stores, and charFe more for NEW COLLEGE'S STUDENT NEWSPAPER PMA 117 EXT. 278 BOX 398 editors: Daniel Bosch Randall Lanier layout editor: Tonya Snowball participation in recruitment efforts. Some of the "most important factors" indicated were NC's academic reputation, its small class size, low tuition, and the absence of required courses. These responses were very consistent with previous results obtained from inquiries of this sort. in the future, so that people will understand that they will not be forced to take, for ex ample, Phys. Ed. 101, but that there are certain requirements that should be completed if one wishes to major in a certain area. Another frequent comment was that NC lacks a "sense of community". #e did not feel that this was an issue for the Admissions Office to deal with specifically; however, we will take steps to involve other committees (e.g., Special Prob lems Committee) in this issue. In general, most of the responses to this question were very positive, and we therefore concluded that the Admissions material now in print does not need to undergo any drastic revisions. The Admissions Committee felt that the responses we received were very helpful and valuable. If you have any further comments, gripes, or--God forbid!--compliments about these topics, please contact an Admissions Committee member. would .. ,.,... l --..;;;, we get, the better we can represent NC. Thanx to all you conscientious people for .. y.our cooperation--something actually got accomplished! ATTENTION! THE X will be administered on March 19 at 7. MEET FOR COFFEE AT ?:JO Hamilton Center
GET OUT! --for a while._ By Eric Reinholz Penny Rosel wants to see more students leaving New College. So does Peggy Bates. In fact, it seems that the NC faculty in general would like to have part of the student body somewhere else next semester. The people they are after are the ones who want something that New College can't offer. They don't care where these people go. They are even to help them get Ollt of here. The only catch is that they want them to come back. Rosel, Bates, Bob Benedetti, and half a dozen other faculty members are to revive NC's "off-campus study option." They got started March 2 in the Fishbowl with an "Off-Campus Study Meeting" for interested students. The gathering, which featured guest speaker John Reich, (the director of Florida State University's Florence Study Center) attracted over forty students. In addition fo some specific possibilities for off-campus study next semester, several professors had general advice to offer. Rosel aged students to "use" the contract system. "Students are always concerned with getting credit for what they do. The contract system is a very flexible instrument. You're misusing it if you use it only for courses." she said. to teach at there, reminded the a nee that they were not limited to the existing programs. "If you can't find exactly wha t you want there is a good possibility of finding or even creating an internship for you." Assistant Provost Jean Mather"suggested several sources for finding internships and programs. "You're best source is the faculty in that specific field," she said. Mather also su gested the Guide to Internships in the Li.brary, which includes names, addresses, and contacts. She also discussed briefly the procedure for off-campus study. Also, NC usually requires their "off campus option" to be declared by the "iron-clad" deadline fo May 1 for next Fall, and Nov. 1 for Spring term. This declaration is not binding, but Politics Come to NC By Lance Newman Ever wonder how to keep1 the airport from expanding in our direction, or keep the city from rezoning areas near school as commercial, or fight the draft, or fight the landlord, or fight any other nasty law,,ordinance, or agency that bothers you? Never fear, FPIRG is here! The Florida Public Interest Research Group is trying to set up a chapter here at New College. It is a relatively painless process, and it gives everyone a proven effective vehicle for organ-ized political the deadline is not flexible, so Mather advised students in doubt to declare their options "just in case". Financial aid is not trans ferable, meaning that Foundation Grants are no good for off-campus study. Also, NC usually requires students to enroll for atleast 16 hours and to make a "B" or better in every class. Study at another .institution should be as not applications. "A 0 at another school looks good on anyone's record,'' she said. In terms of the various off-campus programs themselves, most speakers mentioned that the majority are in the social The types of internships discussed at the meeting centered on International Relations, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology. The two anthropologists, Tony Andrews and Gary McDonogh, who have already succeeded in an internship at the South Florida Museum, both warned students to use caution when investigating programs. "Large groups," said McDonogh, "can become an elaborate form Some projects that other PIRGs around the country have done are: Connecticut PIRG got a bill passed which allows the buyers of defective cars to sue the manufacturers; in 1979, PIRGs helped organize twe major anti-nuclear rallies in Washington D.C. and New York; Several PIRGs have ten bills passed which provide for tax credits for users of solar energy, and have fought unfair utility price hikes. In short, PIRGs work. To get FPIRG here, about 250 students have to a petition, proving that the majority of the students want it here, Then about $2.50 will be added to each students bill REAGENT March 14, 1983 p.5 .................................................. _.. of tourism." Andrews, cautioning those interested in archaeology, said "people in Bermuda will write to you and say, 'send $)000 and come dig in our backyard.' You want to be a little bit careful." Bates and Benedetti each the numerous internships already won by NC students in Political Science and International Relations. These ranged from the Sarasota County to Amnesty "l.. "Both informa ion. Of all the programs discussed at the meeting, FSU's foreign study centers in London and Florence received the most attention. Bates said that she hoped that several students would be joining her in England next Fall. A limited number of applications are available in her office. She said that she hoped to be receiving more information shortly. Guestspeaker John Reich gave a 15-minute lecture on the FSU center in Florence,Italy. He provided students with an extensive literature on the various aspects of the program which he claimed now attracts students from across the nation. Benedetti, who taught at the center last Spring, has further information on the program. each semester to provide funding for the organization. 'I:his charge is bo1.;1 refusable and refundable any student. Once the chaptct is established, an election will be held to choose a delegate for the state Board of Directors. This board chooses the projects to work on and hires a professional staff of scientists and lawyers. The conclusions made by this staff are used to support certain bills and to make recommendations for legislationr Here1is your chance; all that scattered politicaJ content can get o gan ized and get omething wortnwhile done.
REAGENT March 14, 1983 p.6 Burlington, Vermont Those of you who suspected that you were in college mostly to get a piece of paper are right--but this paper may not what you had in mind. Pictured above is an example of the fruits of my first-class New College education. As yet another victim of the current depression (which is what's going on in the rest of the country, despite what you see around you), I am living proof that a liberal arts degree has little meaning in today's dog-eat-dog employment market. OOL Pll.Y TO THE ORDER Of f' VERMONT LEWACI< 287 1/ klNOO A LeHerFrom Larry: former campus _radical writes back For Novo Collegians too green to recall my presence on yo ,;r palm-fronded campus, I graduated in the class of 1980. While a student, I took great delight in making difficult for stuffy USF bureaucrats (Uncle Andy Workman can tell some good stories about that period), and majored in Radicalism, American style. ernment corruption, and many other injustices large and small. We even won a few; a generic drug bill, electric My thesis was a study of the rates, a mobile home tenants' Bill of Rights. For the most part, I liked and respected my colleagues on the organizing staff, and it was great being close to the mountains and the ocean. next American Revolution, and my plans at graduation included a job that would give me a chance to work towards that vision. My friends tell me that's part of my problem--! 'm just too damned idealistic for my own good. But somehow, I managed to land After the first year, though, things beganto turn sour. I was "transferred" to work for NHPA 's local affiliate in Lebanon, NH, a job as a community organizer 'just three months after graduation. My employer was a statewide citizens action group, the New Hampshire People's. Alliance, and I worked to organize the group's low-income, elderly and w9rking class constituency to fight the Granite State's ruling elite on various issues. a small Connecticut River valley town, without much say in the decision. Working alone, I quickl) became isolate from my support network in'southern NH, and made no new friends in the area. In late November, I was informed that due to budget cutbacks, I'd It was great fun. at first have to start raising o.wn fore the start of the legislative session, and within weeks I was organizing the members of local chapter's budget, on top of everything else I wa s already doing in my 50-hour work week. After five months of shucking and jiviJ!g j4st'"to sur-d b t t the NHPA to confront the Public Utilities Commission, legislators, city officials, and some assorted fat cats. We fought proposed increases in electric rates, gov-vive, not to mentionnumerous personality conflicts with the t incentive to avoid these kinds S"MATEGY AND TAcncs -from the end of the world REAGENT interviews Mark Mudge By Daniel Bosch It's been about 9 years or so since Mark Mudge his involvement with NC. When he transferred to New College in 1974 from Northern Michigan, he found himself dropped into "the frying pan," to use one of his expressions. Those years of his career here, from 1974 to 1978, were among the most turbulent in the school's hist ory; NC's merger with the State system (1975), and the Appropriations Battles (1978), are primary examples of just how important and complex some of the issues back then were, and just how concerned students became in response. Mudge's personal response to NC's needs, in terms of the number and scope of his activities, would rival that of anyone who has ever gone to NC. But it's not the positions he held on paper (wnich included the Chairmanship of the Fine Arts Council, the Prosecutor's position on Student Court, and the Campus Council Chair) that make his career at NC and his retrospective view so special, but the fact that NC's political and community life changed so profoundly during the period of his 'involvement. It was he and community that decided what courses would be taken during those times. Though only beginning his 4th term (it was a 3 term year back then, folks) when the merger came down, Mark Mudge stepped up in the spirit of campus activism (a spirit that was fostered in the '70's) to power at NC, a power he defines as attainable here only in "doing things." Reagent asked him what the community thought about the merger; Re: How did the students look at the merger? Did they look at it as an opportunity to stay alive as an institution and a community, or did they feel that they would lose everything they had? M: Most people looked at it as the end of the Werld. (Laughing) Initially .. see, the closest thing to the end of the world as could come without the College dying, and that was how they Arland Christ-Janer, who was President of the Foundation at that time, and the Foundation itself, thought that they had come up with a really creative solution to going bankrupt .. at the time that this happened, very few people be lieved that this would work ... The fascinatiN' thing is that I think it .hil.; .., I think very strongly that it has. When the merger happened, lots of people left. Yeah everybody thought it was the end of the world, and it was, essentially. It was the end of the private College, the end of the freedom to do whatever you want without having to deal with anyone. When the merger pened, NC changed radically, and irrevocably .. One great casualty was skinny-dipping .. but the main thing was it became Public funded, though it remained partially private. Re: What were the main practical concerns of the students who staye M: Mainly when the merger came down people were concerned with student life, dorm life and community life across the board: housing, rules, security forces. ... By the way, Hooper and Co. have done a fantastic job, security wise. I mean they don't in terfere any way near the way people thought they would or the could. They've got real pros working for them ... there's nothing that a NC student could do that would in the slightest way non-pluss any of them ... and as a result .. they keep the serious problems away.
Montpelier. Vt. NO ClS** AMOUNT $76.00 UC BENEFIT ACCOUNT K lAWRENCE D C MALLEllS SAY AVE 112 Vl 05404 oSKl of jobs, though many of them NHPA staff, loca. l leadership and myself, I'd had enough. On May 1 of last year, I quit--fully aware of the value of that date, of course. Since then, I've been unemployed for eight of the past ten months, My only saving grace was two months work as Campaign Coordinator for the Citizens Party/Vermont, with some "moon lighting" making and delivering pizza for a local restaurant. These jobs enabled me to qualify for the weekly unemployment check pictured when I was still in I could get only food stamps. It's not that I haven't been trying; I've been actively looking for work all but six weeks of these past eight months. The root of the problem is, of course, systemic, if you'll the social science jar""""'"""""in these parts points out, don't PaY much more than my benefits, .so there's no reason to accept that kind of work until I absolutely have to (ie. the_like. My weekly unemploy ment check gives me built-in e ngWhat was the population then? r M: About the )80. Less than 400. Re: coming across to me .. that maybe in the 70's NC students were more aware and concerned about what was going on. !s that true? p-M: Well, there's a general n d, statement that's important, and that's that during the A+S struggle, when we took the CC budget up from $69,000 to $114,0001 the reason that worked was for 1 the first time in my memory there yed?were over 50 NC stu?ents who knew exactly what was go1ng on .. had "If you think the System is working, ask someone who isn't." You hear a lot on the evening news about hard times in the steel industry, the auto industry, and other manufactur-ing sectors, but things are even worse for those of us whose training and interests are in the non-medical human services. Reagan's attempt to divert our entire national budget into the of high-tech armaments has crippled human services to the point where agencies have to work twice as hard to serve double the previous number of clients, at half the previous level of resources. There are .. an average of 50 applicants every job opening; many of these positions require a graduate and several years experience, which cuts me out of the picture. What's a dedicated radical to do? One obvious c oic wo to accept a "shi t job --a t r, salesman, short-order cook, or w h e n my b e n efit s and s avings run out). Despite the eight months of searching for work, my hopes and standards remain high; I feel that this area is as good a place as any to be unemployed, since my chances for a general overview of the entire strategic approach to the problem, else .. Instead of discussing who and followed it on a daily basis. was sleeping with whom, it was Now, if you take 50 people and "What happened today in The Great s. put them in the know, and give Money Battle?" And $50,ooo.was them something to do, the Earth whole.lot c;f money.: moves .. Imagine what 50 NC stud-1cally 1n th1.s commun1ty, 1f you ur-ents who have to work on something have an extra thousand bucks for in-for more than a weekend could anything, you have DQWer. Because accomplish and this whole thing there is never extra thousand heY took 8 fucking months! bucks for anyth1ng. Power is here, as a general h,y a 50 people is a big percentage of the population There had to be a pretty high level of !!. Well it was like anything rule, when people assume the responsibility to do something. And once you've done aomethig, people are more than willing to let you do something else. People who do things are the people who REAGENT March 1983 p.? eventual employment here are fairly good. I'm trying hard not to let myself fall into the psychological traps of unemployment. There's a certain tendency to fall into spells of bitterness, frustration, even self-hatred and violence. It even affects those who are employed; hard times makes people less likely to complain about bad working conditions, cuts in pay, and the like. Employers know this, and take advantage of worker insecurity to demand further cutbacks that would not be considered otherwise. Whenever T. get down, I force myself to remember ow lucky I am, compared to most, and to remember that there are fifteen million of my countrymen in the same shoes. We can't all be lazy and irresponsible; most want to work as much as I do. The jobs just aren't out there, and those who are in power don't seem to understand that our current nation-al policies destroy more jobs than they create. We can't all be employed making the latest tanks, neutron bombs, and cruise missiles. There's no shortage of unmet human needs in this society of ours, but it's become a lot easier tor your average high school graduate to find a job in the military (or in military production) than in something more life-enhancing. A sad reflection on what we've become, but true. Well, enough of thjs self-indulgent pontification. This has weighed heavily on the side of Doom and Gloom. So be it; reality therapy isn't supposed to be eas an e:xc t:... illg evetrts are un:folding these days i n northern New England; Bur lington's socialist mayor i s up for re-eleetion, and doz e n s of Vermont towns are Yoting again on the Nuclear Freeze, crisis relocation plans, and Jobs With Peace resolutions at town meet Stay tuned. 1have p-ower, but it's not something that you have to win or wrest from anyone else; all you have to do is start doing something, and you get it ... .. I have a theory about NC, if you want to hear it. Go ahead. NC was a private College. As soon as it became impos-sible in the real world to exist as a private College, it with the State and became a different entity. See 'Mudge' pg. 11
March 14, 1983 p.8 Sexual Vtopla at NC By Rick Doblin Albert Einstein spent a lot of his precious time thinking about the Atomic Age for he knew that he had to bear a large part of both the glary and the responsibility. I wonder what he wanted us to do when he said The splitting of the atom has everything but the way we think. It has ushered in the potential for universal destruction.' I think he meant that one of the most important tasks of our day is the refinement of the human spirit. The aggression of our species had to be un derstood and resolved and the peoples What? and Why Not? of the world had to realize their common ently It is important to we stand the greatest chance of_beceomhumanity. A major reorientation in the decide if love is a different thing ing whole.Two person relationsh1ps can thinking of the world was neccessary :or than friendship or is there is a con-thrive in the midst of attempts to learn survival. The purpose of New College 1s to tinuum? When we are really happy and from others if there is open and honest partially train us for our future work, feel that we love the world, is it communication and if faced and partially to permit us to a love or just friendship? Is giving and defeated. wide variety of optlons. a massage a different thing than making Is jealousy natural? It seems to be, It is clear that emot1onal devel?pment love or is there a just a continuim but I doubt it is inevitable. It springs is an integral part of the_lea:n1ng pro-of physical-emotional-intellectual from insecurity and the need to own cess. This emotional matur1ty 1s what involvement? These are questions that and possess. It is not neccessarily a Einstein has can only be answered individually. sign of love and it is not true that gone far beyond our ab1l1ty to handle I think however that it is important the more we love someone the more responsibly.. to consfder a called Triad written jealous we become. We can train our-Mlck Jagger s1ngs com1ng to by David Crosby and on the 4 Way Street selves limit it or feel but not our "emotional rescue When we hear album by Crosby ,Stills,Nash and Young act on 1t too Love that we feel a response, part of us and also on the Crown of Creation album strength, and an 1ndependant sp1r1t 1s feels the need to be rescued, to grow by Jefferson Airplane. Some of the lyrics, free to more truly love, as opposed stronger. Our minds grow stronger when to need or take. we practice thinking in classes and You're mothers ghost stands at your Fear divides us from each other, fear papers. Our emotions get clearer and shoulder, of the unknown and the different.Only deeper through practicing feeling with Face like ice,just a little bitcolder. knowledge and experience minimize that each other. Saying,you can not do that fear. One of the elements of the old A great part of the divisiveness It breaks all the rules, New College that was valuable in this of humanity is revealed in the oppressYou learned in schools. regard was the freedom at the pool. Over time ity, ........... Some have seen our survival to hinge on the feminine qualities of nurturance and their sensitivity and respect for rhythmic ecological cycles.They blame the masculine tendency to agression and dominance for the current state of aff truth is,according to Elizabeth Mckenzie who is the Psychology of Women class specialist on Androgeny, We are all in all of this together." While it is true that aggressioD and dominance problems are potentially lethal,neither $ex is that much more or less anything than the other sex. primary conclus ion that Charlene Levy has presented to us is that there is more variation within same sex groups than there is between the sexes. In other words, while on average men are more aggressive than women, there are a lot of women who are more agressive than most of the men. The qualities we call masculine or feminine are culturally determined,almost totally arbritrary and serve more to limit and destroy than to encourage each of us to realize our unique potential. The imbalance in sex-role stereotypes is symptomatic of the intellectualemotional imbalance of the species.For now, balance is more important than overspecialzation, both in terms of finding a job and getting some satisfaction.One of the best ways for us to create balance is for us to investigate the similarities and differences between us, and to develop an appreciation for the range of potential within all of us. It is clear that through love we come into the most intimate contact with both what we are and what we are not. It is through love in its many gradations that we are most alive and learn the most. Perhaps it was Einstein who first said "Make love, not war." The cultural and personal biases that seperate us are very strong, it seems that we must try every avenue of communication that is available to us. Is it possible. to love more than one person at a time or is true love inherOne of the main experiment that was New College in-1 eluded breaking down the fear and was the curious fact that when peop e existed between the sacrifice something for a cause they sexes. The freedom to be clothed or tend to identify with that cause. not was seen to be an individual choice Celibacy was convienient,for birth con-and those that felt uncomfortable were trol is a very modern convienience. There also existed the very dubius willing to examine their discomfort. assumption that celibate people have It evolved to a point where a little a higher spiritual quality.Furthermore, more than half of the people at the celibacy tended to minimize two person pool were naked, and New College truely relationships and tended to spread the felt like an oasis of sanity.Now that affections of the group around,increas-we are part of the state system,this ing group cohesiveness. The sublimation is no longer possible However ; there of sexualtiy also served to liberate are ways to increase openness,trust energy that could be sublimated in the and communication. direction of work. Celibacy as a group On a very practical level, the class or individual goal seems to be a retreat in Psychology of Women is very useful. from the richness and complexity of On a possible but not very practical life. Yet at some point in each of our level, a class in the Indian yoga called lives celibacy can be both desireable Tantric Yoga would be intriguing. and useful. Perhaps the simplest and easiest way Surprisingly,one of the main purposes to increase communication would be to for free love was to minimize the in-encourage massage. Massage is a healing tensity of two person relationships art. Without neccessary sexual over-and to redirect and refocus the affect-tones,massage can teach about the wisdom ion and loyalty to the group as a whole. and joy of the body. Massage can be very Additionally, many of the nineteenth calming and just as exercise can refresh century utopias "anticipated the current the mind. For the pre-med students, womens liberation movement in declaring massage is an excellent step towards that a person had no right to ownership perspective Massage is of anothernotably that a maA did not s1mple kindness. There is a massage have the right to exclusive possession school in town,perhaps we cou1a tap and dominance of a wife. "(Rosabeth thetrexpertise. New College should have Cantor,Community and eommittment.p.86). several massage tables available for Intense relationships are one of the students to use. I think the ideal best and most worthwhile activities to situation would be for a small addit-be engaged in, and any attempt to limit ion to be built onto the bathrooms at them is sacrificing the individual for the pool. Two smalls rooms would be the group, which is a dangerous thing built and equipped with massage tables to do. Free love of an institutional-that anyone could use at any time. ized sort avoids the depths of exper-It is important to stress that learn-ience that are oniy possible between ing to love others and ourselves req-two people, yet the emphasis on strong, uires tolerance and understanding. All independant individuals seems valid. forms of sexual expression can be either M onagamous relationships,because they ?r are a wonderful thing, will happen lesb1an1sm,b1sexualtiy heterosexualty naturally. Yet it is important to re-and celibacy are all avenues ofJ member that we have much to learn,and expression and exploration. by being open and receptive to all of us,not neccessarily in a sexual sense, CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
UTOPIA, CONTINUED In Mac Millers Utopia/Dystopia class we learned that all of the successful utopian communities had a philosophical policy of one sort or another concerning sexualtiy. The communities that through time had a policy of either celdbacy or free love. Sexual utopia at New College doesn't mean that anything in particular is happening It means merely that we recognize that we have a lot to learn from each other,that love in all its many facets is a great teacher, and that tolerance and compassion are college wide virtues. According to the mystical tradition of the Basque tradition, the outer marrage is proper only after an inner marrage has been achieved. In other words, when the individual has integrated the various portions of self through personal exploration and relationships, then and only then is there sufficient maturity to embark upon a union with one person. In the Basque culture,the eleven year olds :re sent to live in special villages ''.!i opposites in sex, temprement nood. They are trained for one year tc mimic and become fluent with their opposite Graduation is the performance of a highly ritualized mirror dance with mime.The children then rejoin their natural families. The Basques,with tnsir level of emotional maturity, think that marrage is proper only after the age of twenty-eight, and that is early. Only through the exploration of both the mind and the body can we consider ourselves educated. Albert Einstein made our challange clear, let us rise to the occasion. 0 Finishing Touches Salon invites you to a viewing of our fantastic boutique, smart clothes at the right prices. Bring 1n this ad for your 10% discount and a free gift of eye shadow, and be in our Easter drawing of a $100.00 outfit, free to the winner. --St A:rma.nds Circle 22 S. Boul vard of the Presidents G Atty Gfl.r:sko 51 k} IL t)ljtf? TIGER Soek51 1 2 a 6 16 17 20 21 22 25 27 28 31 32 33 35 38 REAGENT March 14, 1983 p.9 A CROSSED WORD PUZZLE DOWN ACROSS P.R. dude Pershing II turf Tonto's boss's init.s Humanities chair Consumed Machine Marvin "Tin Drum" yummies Sorge Some seek these John and Mabel NCCSL head Know Film corp. Dr. lives on campus "Knock II of Bias." Restaurant sign Joe's init.s N .E. State A(TIVE 955-G'-I/G 1 Car and music magnate 5 Not white 9 Capek play 10 Overtime 11 the line." 12 Ziggurat site 1 Phys. d. 19 Surreal Flick 22 Torme' or Blanc 23 Queen's init.s 24 Isle of 26 "Annie. get your 29 "On the II 30 Stupid J4 It's on your ID 36 Chicago team 37 MacArthur scholar 39 Shoot these 40 Fun stuff 41 Return mailing ..
REAGENT March 14, 1983 .10 STOREFRONT, a substance abuse counseling center, will have a speaker on campus to discuss substance and chemical abuse on Monday, March 14, (that's tonight!) in the Fishbowl, at 8:00 p.m. FELLOWSHIP Spaghetti Dinners are held on Sundays, March 20, April 24, and May 1 & 8, 66:30 p.m., at the North Un1ted Methodist Church, 1 mile south of NC. Only a buck and a half.for all the vegetarian spaghett1 you can eat. Great Price, Great Food, Great People! OVER 50 scholars, comprising 11 panels and several presentations, will meet in a Conference On Europe, March 28-29, here at NC. Programs are to the public, and be had by checking with d1v1s1on offices. * CORRECTED SCHEDULE of Wednesday night Film Series: March 16 23 April 6 13 27 May 4 The Trial Shame Broken Blossoms Phantom of the Opera Tol'able David The MaB;nificent Amber sons short term things that added up to mean that the College wasn't going to be snuffed out. The strategic plan was to make this the best damn iberal Arts College in the South. What you need to accomplish that is to get the best damn Arts students in the country. It doesn't matter what building they're in, it doesn't i the pool is solar heated, 1t doesn't even matter how many people are in the Philosophy_department or who the Provost 1s. If you've got those students! the place will take care of 1tself. #There'd be money to hire more faculty, there'd be more student government funds, there'd be all these creative things going on because people will just do them I ... it will become self-generSTUDENTS are encouraged to pick up New College and New Col lege Admissions t? take home in order to d1str1bute to high school counselors and students. Information packets available in Admissions Off1ce or through the students with Admissions singles. * ating .. once you get that critic........ ............................ al mass of a sufficient number of FPIRG is distributing a petition concerning the placement of a check-box on your bill for fees .. if you'd like to have the QPtjon of some of your money being funneled towards the establishing of a PIRG, sign the petition i: GARY McDonagh's (we finally spelled it right) Social Science Forum scheduled for March 16, has been c ancelled. Next Forum wi11 be B te's ta1k on BLOODMOBILE be on campus April 14, in front of Ham Center. Register to give Blood by April 11, at the Health Center. * STRATEGY CONTINUED The next years ('75-79), there was a process of conserving those things that were good, and keeping them from being stepped over by people who didn't know any better. The State's not a malevloent thing: it's really not. We thought it was, but it's not It's a little bit blind sometimes, but people like John Lott Brown are fantastic; they love NC. They can't say publicly how much they support it. You know, for things like CIT funds, I'd go up and ask Brown: "What do we have to do to make it easy for you to give us the money?" Then together we'd do what we'd like to in the first place--which is ae 'P nyway... e -5 years were damage control. There were a bunch of tacti9al battles (housing, security, retention, admissions, keeping PCP's) and they've all been won. They've been achieved. Th87 were all people. The thing that is absolutely critical from a strategic standpoint, and always has b,een, is that we get the money together and the logistics together to recruit the best and brightest people to come to NC .. You need 600-650 good people, and you need 18-2400 applications to get them. .... Realistically, NC is a hard place to get into, people are going 1D try hard to get ill, even if you have exactly the same professors, same physical plant, and same everything else, because it will have people, and it will have the dynamism that will make it what we all pretended and wished to he 11 it was, a nd I mea n it could be, and i t isn't bucks could turn this place from a 2nd-rate Liberal Arts College into the absolute. top-ten thing that it almost was at one and then slipped'from. And it's simple, because it's a small order; you don't have get 5000, you only need 600. 0 ............................................................................................. N e w College Film Series 19 March Battle Qf Algiers Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. An awarding film; a staggering dramatization of the Algerian rebellion against the French between 1954 and 1957. An innovative and electrifying film. (B&W) 26 March Decamerone Directed by Pier Pa olo Pasolini. Continuing his exploration of human sexuality, Pasolini turns to the earthy vision of 14th century Italian Boccaccio. There are several comic scenes illustrating the view of human kind held by the libidinous director. (color) 2 April Eraser head Directed by David Lynch. Set in a nightmare landscape, the story concerns a pointy-headed young man whose life changes dramatically when his girlfriend gives birth to a premature chicken-baby.(B&W) 9 April IM Wrath 2f Directed by Werner Herzog. In the mid-1500's, a large Spanish expedition search ing for the mythical lost city of El Dorado detached an advance party to explore a tributary of the Amazon; they never returned. Herzog extrapolates this obscure incident into a spectularly horrifying chronicle of imperialism. (gone amok).(Color) Wednesday Night Film Series 16 March The Trial Directed by Orson Welles. Few Films are more extravagantly expressionistic in terms of visual style than Welles' adaptation of Kafka's novel about a man accused of an undefined crime .. imaginative camera and lighting work conjure up Kafka's mood of paranoia. (B&W) 23 March Shame Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Bergman brings his intense observations of war to the screen. Although the war is never seen, its destruction is everywhere to be found, and the characters become tragically aware of their own powerlessness. (B&W) 6 April Broken Blossoms Directed by D.W. Griffith. Griffith's stylized lyric tragedy is one of the most poetic small-scale films. Highly sensational tale of a gentle Chinaman and an innocent waif in London's limehouse district. Romantic and tearful melodrama. (B&W) A SOLO 14 March Quartet 21 March Heartland 28 March The Aviator's Wife 4 April Q!. '!he Secaucus Seven
REAGENT March 14, 1983 p.11 c MPUS I OIC S FOR ALL YOUR BOOK NEEDS 5350 N. TAMIAMI TRAIL Answers to CEWL NOLEGE RECOLLECTIONS From: 1ht [4ia0JIA J-February, 1978 __ Dear I':ditor, Th e m ore student s we get (& bless e m all), more diificult becomes the faculty's job of maintaining the quality of tert':l .-end evaluations of student work. In One, for example, 78 students signed .. Functions." The term-end evaluations for KEITH OSH Paintings & Drawings Fishbowl Gallery Hamilton Center March 12-24 that course were, admittedly, a pot-pourri: four different professors evaluating two different papers on four different literary genres with free-choice topics, cramped onto the page with a rough description of the course, and a note saying whether or not the student had completed his selfevaluation. In such proliferation of comment, there may lie madness. But such madness may be better than the larger University's A,B,C, and downward. I confess to delinquency, recently, in offering a full and written evaluation of student work. The closer I work with a student in seminar, the more redundant I find a terminal written evaluation. The less closely I work with a student, the less accurate such an evaluation is likely to be. As the spiritualist said, there ain't no happy medium. And yet, as faculty members we often try tc find a straitand-narrow among the by-ways of evaluative rhetoric. That's why, however inadequate these narrative comments may be at the end of the I'd prefer them to the copout of numerical grades, letter grades, or the s imple judgmental phrases of "satisfac tory," "unsatisfactory," and "honors." If the rhetoric, the canned and pat phraseology, the merely descriptive information on student evaluations all seem less than worth the effort, perhaps we should remember that the effort itself is part of the achievement of education. If in spite of all efforts, students are still dismayed that they work harder writing a paper than the professor works in evaluating it, then we--collectively--might remember that a good college is by rlefinition a place where the students learn more than the professors! Has this letter made any sense? If not, remember--hell, I'd rather write a poem. A. MeA. Miller Humanities NEXT REAGENT DEADLINE: _APRIL 6 ....
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