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by Dan Bosch B.O.R.. The Board of Regents. The head honchos. The biggest hunks of cheese in the State system. Meeting. Here. Sarasota. New College. As a child, I had the opportunity to attend my father's Life Insurance Sales Conventions, so was familiar with the atmos free food, name tags, a double decker bus, someone in a bow tie. This time people named Newell, Dubbin, Greene, Bryant, Sessum, Turlington. The B.O.R. wa.s me<:>ti.,6 t rna orne progress tn the gren race for the "upper quartile." What they mean to do is place Florida in the top 25% of University systems in just about every "meas urable" quality area possible. They have money (from the Legislature) earmarked for this purpose. The first priority is how to measure our position. The B.O.R. must know that. How else will they know where to put the money? The Chairman of the Council of Student Body Presidents didn't know. She is from the University of Western Florida (UWF). She dressed nicely and spoke clearly, saying, "Thank you. You have been very helpful." Next, a video presentation from USF showed the B.O.R. the people and places that form the unity known as the University of South Florida. When we had seen the video, Greg O'Brien (USF Vice President of Academic Affairs) said, "As you can see, the term 'branch campus' doesn't really apply.n Tommy Howard, enthusiast for the Fort Meyers branch, rose to disagree: "I'm here to remind you that we exist in Fort Meyers," said Tommy. The B.O.R.'s reaction to the video and to these comments was mild. Chancellor Barbara Newell spoke next, hitting hard on the lack of productivity in the K-12 grades, a problem that may prevent Florida from reaching the heavenly tile on schedule. She cited a B.O.R.--initiated poll of high school students in Florida. The poll indicated that, although the majority of students intend to go to college, only 40% can meet the current standards for admission to the State system. In 1986-87, when standards go up, only 19.5% will qualify if on similar tracks in school. The latest toughening of requirements enacted by the Legislature (including foreign language requirements) lower the precentage of prospects down to 7.4%. Clearly, something must be 1 done to raise the achievement level in the K-12 grades, if the pleasant plateau is to be reached. VOLUME 2 NUMBER3 The high light of the morning's show was provided when Dr. Roy Weatherford (a Pi.i.losophy professor in Tampa and Director of Political Action for the United Faculty of Florida) arrived to fire away at the Board. His criticism centered on the lack of action in the current bargaining over merit pay raises and cost of living adjustments (see related article). It was all over so fast. The rest of the meeting was spent on voting for previously debated and approved bills, a procedure handled almost as quickly as the public forum at Wednesday's session, when the mike was open for about two minutes of silence. It would have been nice if the members of the Board had had an opportunity to talk to a New College student or two--perhaps it would help them decide if New College is upper quartile or not. One hopes the B.O.R. becnmes neither "lost in a forest of indicators," nor forgets that "quality is not a point, but a direction." Perhaps we could fake lower quartile for a while--just until some money gets thrown our way. Come to think of it, w 'v been upp'r quartile for years. One hopes that the B.O.R. g t enough exposure to New College to under Etand a few of the rea&ons why ar have been, and wi 11 cant inue to be so.
Dr. James Fetzer As you probably know by now, our MacArthur Distinguished Visiting Professor for the year is Dr. James Fetzer. Those of us who were here last will remember Dr. Fetzer; he has tor the past two years taught in Dr. Norton's absence, and he has been popular and well-respected. I wish to say at the outset that I welcome Dr. Fetzer, and that none of the comments I am about to make are intended to reflect on him negatively. What I would like to discuss are certain irregularities which occurred in the selection process. A little background is in order. prov i d e d b y a grant from che MacArthur Foundation. N e w Coll e g e is one of a select few colleges to receive this endowment, and it 1s a thing we should be proud of. New College's original plan for the funds called for each of the divisions of the college to have the Chair for a one-year period on a rotating basis. The Humanities Division hired Dr. Charles Altieri last year as the first MacArthur Fellow. Origin ally, the Natural Sciences Division was to have the Chair this year. However, due to delays and misunderstandings and to the shorthandedness of the Social Sciences Division, the decision was made to change the rotation. A search was begun by the Social Sciences Division for someone to help fill the gap left by Dr. Bates and Dr. Stevens, who are on leave, and by Dr. Benedetti, who is the Acting Provost this year. A motion was passed by the faculty that "If the Social Sciences Division has not found a suitable visiting faculty member by June 30, 1983, ACAD TIHIIIS II by Daniel Bosch At Thursday's session of the Board of Regents' most recent meeting, United Faculty of Florida's Director of Political Action Roy Weatherford was the only speaker to make a strong negative statement to the Board. He insisted that the tie-ups in the Faculty Bargaining Unit's pursuit of a new agreement are caused by thP bureaucratic hass lPs inherent in the B.O.R. 's approach, and hinted that headway could only mad if the Regents' repr sentatives the EPC (Educational Policy Corra basis in order to mittee) and the FASC (Faculty reduce the difficult and costly Academic Status Committee) will search procedure and to make the meet to make recommendations to package more entici ng to prospective the faculty for alternate uses candidates. of the Endowment funds for 1983-As was pointed out by Dr. Berg-1984." gren at the second meeting, the On June 29, 1983, a memorandum real issue here is on e of trust. was circulated a mong the divisions It seems to that, given New announcing a meeting of the ComCollege's small and its mittee of the Whole for the fol-peculiar relationship to USF, that lowing day to discuss the Mac-trust among the faculty is a par-Arthur Chair. (The Committee of ticularly important co,nrnodity. the Whole is essentially a group Divisive politics will serve to of faculty members who are avail-weaken the whole institution. able to meet during the summer.) I would also like to suggest that No mention of any specific motion student opinion should have a or professor was made. Due to stronger role in the selection of the short notice, only three fac-future MacArthur Fellows. Last ulty members of the Natural Sciences year, letters were solicited con-Division attended. At the meeting, cerning the retention of Dr. Fet-Or. Deme explained that the Social zer (the results, I understand, Sciences Division had been unsuc-were quite favorable), but no cessful in its search, and he made specific mention was made of the the motion that the rotation be MacArthur Chair, and no surveys suspended for this year and that were done concern1ng other alter-Dr. Fetzer be appointed as a "col-natives. While I am not suggest-lege-wide MacArthur Fellow." ing that students should have a protests and attempts to right of final approval of candipostpone the vote until better dates, it would seem that some in-representation could be had, the put into possible areas of concen-motion carried, with a vote of tration, for might be 9 to 8. Binding commitments sought. were made Lhat same day. The events of this summer have Certainly the lateness of the clearly pointed out the need for date made it necessary to expedite better planning and administration the matter. Howe?er, the action of the HacArthur funds and for a seems somewhat Perhaps clear statement of procedures by the most obvious irregularity here which business may be conducted is the violation of the 48-hour over the summer. These needs have rule. I would like to from been noted, and it is hoped that the Faculty handbook: "2. 11.2 in the future the selection process Prior No 'ca RRle All motions to will go .uch more smoothly. r acu ty forth shall be brought to the at-t ention o f all t h o s e eligible to vote by a written memorandum not less than 48 hours before the meeting at which said business is to be considered. These written recommendations should be accompanied by relevant background information, a rationale for the action, and a discussion of its implications." This was simply not done. A meeting was held the following week at which complaints were aired. In particular, many in the Natural Sciences Division felt maligned since no one in their division had prior knowledge of the motion. A motion was made and carried that the EPC and the FASC consider future uses of the MacArthur funds and make recommendations. It was also agreed that "procedures for faculty action over the summer need to be reviewed and strengthened." The EPC and FASC recommendations should be forthcoming. One suggestion that has been made is that the Chair be awarded in the future on stayed at the table with full bargaining capacity. The UFF is after a system-wide cost of living increase for faculLy who are meeting the satisfactory level of achievement as set by the Union. In addition, they are advocating a system of merit pay raises with what funds are left over. These merit pay raises would r eplace the system's current discretionary raise policy. Weatherford referred to a hypothetical situation that might'now occur: -----by Gene Stackpole The EPC and the FASC met today (9/22) to formulate a proposal to be delivered at the next faculty meeting concerning the MacArthur Fellowship Grants. Following the proposal by Peter Kazaks, the joint committees decided to recommend that the Chair go to each division every three years. The three-year cycle Hould commence at the beginning of the next academic year. The committees reasoned that there would be more flexibility with a three-year plan, and that if junior faculty members were recruit during the first two years, then there might be enough money for a more distinguished luminary to be roped in during the third year. The cycle would with the Natural Sciences Division, then arr.hle into the Social Sciences, arocl !:hen nove prEcociously into "the Humanities. say one professor has a book published by the Harvard University Press, and another professor throws a party for the Department head. Right now, the party thrower could easily get that raise, even though his publishing record might be lousy. Weatherford also stated that the UFF was going to hang tough to its principles even if the B.O.R. refused to bargain head to head with th2ir Faculty Bargaining Unit. "We don't mind selling out a prin r:-iple," he said, "as long as we
counsfllna CfnTfR "Counseling,11 in the immortal words of Mike Alexander, "is any attempt to break students from thinking about themselves in a strictly narrow sense in terms of academics--and to encourage them to explore other areas of interest.11 The counseling center. It's a four-person unit-composed of the brains, the brawn, and the ideals of Mike Alexander, Marilyn Marston, Connie Wolfe, and Michelle Chapdelain. Basically, Mike feels, the center is important in the intensely academic atmosphere of New College as it "provides a means of exploring sides of yourself other than the strictly academic side." Multifaceted, the counseling center provides many important functions avail-able to all New College and U.S.F. students. Mike, the only full-time counselor, specializes in stress reduction, meditation, sensory awareness, bio-feedback, career counseling, and one-to-one personal counseling. Recently Connie Wolfe joined the staff as a part-time counselor. (She is also working with the Manatee Health Center.) She is especially interested in establishing workshop sessions with students-in any areas of interest such as communication, assertiveness get some cash for it. But as you're not offering any_s1gn1ficant amount of cash--1 think we ought to hang tough.." E 1, ''OW the mer 1 t pay ra1ses X'L L f J would ,_CJdled in Ne\v College's system. has as few as two profes5ors in a department, yet to b d Weatherford did say that ia (or merit raises would be set by depc:Jrtments at tile larger universities. Perhaps Weatherford's pointed comment at in reference to an ndm1ntstratlve br Gabrielle Vail Serving as chaplain here and for Ringling School of Art, Marilyn Marston joined the counseling unit just this year. In Mike'<; words, "Marilyn is very mucb a part of the counseling center. Her presence is important because she provides the spiritual emphasis so much lacking in campus life in general." Marilyn's tentative plans for the year include sponsoring one or two trips for the winter and spring. One would be in the form of a retreat and focus on study and sharing; the other could be more of a social outing. During the second semester she is willing to lead a group discussion centering on moral issues, reflecting on movies, or focusing on personal growth. Furthermore, she adds, 111 am exploring the possibility of occasional Sunday evening dinners and fellowship times_ I'm also willing to create worship services for special holidays, etc." She stresses that she is interested in knowing what students want. Finally, Michelle Chapdelain serves as the receptionist for the center and as such she arranges appointments. She is also in charge of placement and part-time employment, another very differentand essential--aspect of the center. The number and variety of opportunities available through the center is virtually limitless and can stretch as far as the stud0nt1s allying themselves with the health center and in that manner exploring individualized treatment based on the concept of the mind and body acting as a unified whole. The introduction of yoga, aerobics and massage to the center would be an outgrowth of this alliance. Another area undergoing intense re-development at this time is the area of career counseling. A computerized training/ counseling system was recently installed and should be operational within a few weeks. Mike 3dvocates, again and again, versatility of the center i!i .. catering to student needs. some of the endless possibilities have been touched upon here. Students are freeand are welcome--and even en couraged--to invent and create and engender ideas of their own. The center is open MondayFriday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are asked to please make appointments beforehand as the counselors on a very tight appointment of c: former co ll,'
-MEDITATION GROUP by Mike Beginning on Tuesday, Sep tember 27th at 7 p.m. in the Ljv ing Room of Cook Hall, Michael Alexander, Marilyn Marston, and Connie Wolfe of the Counseling Center will offer a six week seminar on the meditative process. The emphasis will be on 2xperiental learning. No sign-up for qre semi-nar is necessary, and it is not a strictly sequential program, sa students can attend any or all meetings and still profit from the experience. Meditation is a process of disciplining the mind by giving it a single focus. Meditation is facilitated by We will therefore begin to learn about meditation by learning to relax. We will then present the mind with a variety of focal points: music, guided imagery, the breathing pro-cess, body movement, and chanting. Meditat:on training can be combined with Biofeedback training, which is available in the Counseling Center at any time. Simply call or drop by and make an appointment. NHCP Aa :;ome of you already know, the wall separating the Coun Center and the Health Cen ter is going to be torn down in order to create a wholistic approarh to wellness. I am suggesting that part of thi endeavor include the avail abil:ty of a Natural Health Care Px:ac i.twner within the would be: Swed1sh massage, reflexology, triggerpoint therapy and relaxarion. If this project was sponsored by the Campus Council, these services would be free to all NC/USF students, factclty staff. Think of it! A 50 minute body massage for free! In order for the Campus Council to consider funding this project, student interest must be overwhelm-ing. I ask that you voice your opinion to Don Moore, Gene Stack pole, or Al Jackson, or better yet fill out the form below and return it to the mail room slot in Hamilton Center. Thanks--Muriel L. Parenteau .................................... YES! The addition of a Natural Health Care Practitioner to the campus would provide a service wanted by the NC/USF community! Print Name Signature Box Number or Address I I I Sexism cont. we are doing so. Even though none of us can be completely free in an oppressive society, we can each be freer than we are now; being freer ourselves now, we can work more effectively for social change. The risks we take and the joys we experience will provide heartening glimpses of what is to be, as well as exciting moments in the hereand-now. fi by Lori Shoemaker Due to inclement weather, the sailing season is off to d slow start. However, if you are sailing this month, it is a good idea to always take a paddle with ;ou. The expression "tht calm hefore the storm" is of no idJe or1gin. I hope that the revie,_., "Parts of the L!tser" and "Rigging the Laser," se::rve to orient those vou who have sailed before to particular boats, and to those who are now learning. Again, if you feel confident 1n your sailing abilities, contact me so that you may be certified and put on the check-out list. If you would like to learn, contact one of our selection of 20 'instructors.' (Names are in the Reagent and in the Campus Secur1ty check-out book.) We may arrange a weekend of lessons of a more official nature later on in the term. Keep your study guide which is provided right here in the Reagent. RIGGING THE LASER: 1) Make sure you have all the proper rigging. 2) Take the boat off the rack carefully (it's best to have two people). 3) the drainplugs. 4) Assemble two-part mast. 5) Slide the pocket in tl;e sail over the mast; make sure it isn't twisted and that the hole. for the downhaul is lined up with the gooseneck. 6) Check the battens to be sure "PcME}J lOWS.' l'NGrH r"\.f-f lOIN, 1-t.A.'Ir tiEI<>J.
by Jack E. Baker Being of the mind that my personhood, who I am, speaks for itself, and feeling that defending oneself against the judgments of others is like trying to put out a woodfire with wind, I do not feel a need to ever defend any of my actions and was reluctant to write this article. However, in light of the extent and variety of response to my poster calling for a boycott of the NCSA election, I feel that an explanation is in order. Besides, this is not meant to be a defense of my action. The purpose of this article is to further raise everyone's consciousness about the NCSA electoral process and what can be done to provide for more actively and equally participated elections 1.n the future. First, it is very important for me to say that the poster calling for a boycott of the NCSA election was neither an attack on the NCSA nor anyone involved in it. The poster was a public statement about the electoral process. Late the night before the election, I finally realized the full impact of the NCSA elections and how important the electoral process is. There were two prominent themes in my thoughts. First, the electoral process could very well determine the extent of participation of the student body in developing and implementing the mission and goals of the NCSA. That is, the election could set the p a c e for involvement in student g overn ment at New C ollege, particularly of' new $tuden.ts. If I know a candidate he intends to do if and when elected, and I go so far as to support him with my vote, chances are, when it comes time for him to pursue his goals, he will have my support in time and energy. The second prominent theme in my thoughts was that we the students of New College are the responsible voting citizens of the present and future. Many o f us will likely participate actively in shaping the future of the United States and the world. In fact, we are in this moment doing so to greater or lesser degrees. As such our New College experience will educate us politically and socially as well as academically. This being the case I feel that the NCSA electoral process plays an important role in our education as citizens of the world and can facilitate our learning to participate more actively and responsibly in world affairs. I feel good about the amount of response and interest generated by the boycott poster. I talked with many people throughout the day of the election who expressed a wide range of perspectives on the issue. Now I look forward to our working together, one and all, to develop elections procedures which will provide for more actively and equally participated NCSA elections in the future. Toward this end I have already discussed the formation of an election procedures Task Force with Gene Stackpoole to evaluate the election just past as well as the elections procedures articulated in the New College Student Alliance Constitution in order to see what measures need to be taken to improve the electoral p rocess. Four students, myse l f included, have alr eady indicat e d their w i l l i n g ness to participate o n such a Task Force. We welcome the input from t h e student bod a whole o n the actively join us on the Task Force. If you are interested in participating by joining us or providing input, please drop a note in my box, number 22. In closing, I want to express my appreication for the love and support I received the day of the election. It's a joy to be a part of such a caring community. Lesson cont. I immediately singled out the armed one, who presumed to call him self "Lynn," with a barrage of "Wh' 1nformed quest1.ons: o s your sponsor?" "Working hard cr hardly working?" "What's the cool way to put the parking sticker on your car?" Needless to say, neit!1er had any answers for me as they scrambled over a wall and out of my reach. "That's right, run!11 I yelled after them. "Get out of here with your false name tags and colorful van t-shirts! We don't want you here!" I turned to the still-trembling fresh-' II I 'd man; "It s alr1ght now, sa1 "I know how to deal with their type. I've lived among them. I know their ways and weaknesses. They're filth-verminous, pestilent filth. The kind of filth that grabs you by your socks and drags you down to its own stinking, flatulent level. The.kind of filth that ." The poor l.Dno cent must have really been scared by the ordeal; he dashed back to his room right in the middle of my sentence. I understood--some come here too innocent, too naive. They are virgins to the ugliness and danger of the real world. Returning to my room I met Eddie the maintenance man emptying the garbage cans He gave his usual sm1l1ng and 1.nnocent, "Hi how are you doing this mornin_g?" I looked deeply into his eyes, and said, "Eddie, don't try to fool me. I know the hate and hurt you must feel, emptying the garbage cans every morning. It's a thankless, dirty job--cleaning up the others. But let me tell you, ;t s better than living in filth, l1ke I have! I mean the human kind of filth--the kind that tugs at your earlobes and pulls you down to its own heaving pustulent level of brutal scum. The kind of f1lth that I guess he must have seen the episode with our visitors too, for he hurried off in the same frightened, confused manner as the freshman I had rescued. I suppose not everyone can be as hardened and aware of the world as I am. But please, try and show a little common sense and common courtesy: You don't put your feet on the furniture at home, do Well then, don't do it here, either. Our community will learn and grow for it. b y B o b Freed man Before I make my point in thi s article, let me state a few facts: 1. I ran in the election on September IS-unsuccessfully. 2. I signed a petition opposing the method in which the election was held. No, this is not an article written by a defeated politician who wants to condemn the "system" that defeated him. When I signed the protest petition, I believed that the election could have been conducted in a better manner. For example, there could have been a preelection meeting where interested students could have met the candidates. What I do not agree with is the attitude of the people who refused to vote in the election. If these people had valid concerns in relation to the election, and it is quite apparent that they did, they could have raised their objections at an earlier date than on election day True, the election d i d come up quite s u d d enly But there was s t ill t ime in whic h to voi c e concern. I n view of this argume n t how i s not voting a solution t o one' s concerns about the for s l'8il the Student Government. that some people at New College do care. It is quite possible that some of the people who were elected may also object to the "electoral system" at New College. But at least they can do something about it from within this system. The point to remember is this. We all object to certain things in society. But that does not mean that we should always close our eyes and run away when we do have an objection to something. Like it or not, the "system" has been around for a long time, for better or worse. If we do not agree with certain aspects of this system, then we should work together to try and improve the situation. Rejecting the "system" altogether solves nothing. of Oct. 1--Padre, Padrone, 1977 directed by Taviani. A mythic, primitive, nightmar1sh film political and ar cn tis tic cO!:.!!:-d tment. Based on the of an Italian enslaved as a child > by his who fought for o freedom from isolation and X silence. M 0 V I E S W eeke nd of Oct. 8--The Informer, l93S John Ford's award-winning film on betrayal and violence in Dublin during the "troubles" of the 1920's. Ba don Liam
OFF-CAMPUS STUDY: HIGH ON MAGIC One oi the most important opportunities that few College makes a point of encouraging is the offcampus study option. No matter what form it takes--a term abroad, or at another institution, or the emphasis on experiental education that the Independent Study Period encourages--off-campus learning is seen as an important avenue for intellectual growth. New College may be small, but if we want, the whole world can be our campus. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the unique New College educational structure, and I negotiated a contract for first term that included two weeks attending a conference on transpersonal psychology. A more traditional institution would not have allowed me to miss the first two weeks of a term, despite the incredible educational value of an international conference with speakers from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day for nine days. However, going to a conference is tame compared to my favorite example of off-campus work. During the period of my first try at being a New College student, f rom 1971 to 1972, a friend of mine managed to dream up an incredible project for an ISP. It is important to realize that this friend has turned out well--he is deputy-country manager of Peru for Chase-Man-hattan Bank. He is nlso a lawyer with an M.A. from Harvard. Amazingly, his conscience has survived as well. When at New College he felt e .arranged w t:h a local judge to be put into jail on trumped charges of ne>r.-payment of child support in his nome town of Des Moines, Iow a O nly the Sara sota judge, his advisor Dr. B e n t d et ti. he. his family, and his friends knew that he would be in jail for only thre"' weeks. Then the ::>ara sota judge:> would cnll the> Des Moines police and tell them that it had been a cas of mistaken identity and that he was to be set free with no record of the incident. Now, that is some off-campus project! And he did it! 1 thought it was such a good idea I almost did it as well. as tor me, I found myself in Davos. Switzerland in late August, attending a conference on psychology called "Individual Transformation and Universal Responsibility." It was only then that l discovered that the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain, was set in Davos, and that the exact hotel that I was staying at was the building that had housed the former tuberculosis sanitarium in which the novel takes place. Over a thousand people had come from all over the globe to learn ahout a synthesis between religion, mysticism, psychiatry, brain physiology, holistic healing, and politics. Some of the speakers included the Tibetan Dalai-Lama, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, F,rederick Leboyer, Maria Loise von Franz (a contemporary and student of Jung's) Albert Hofmann (discoverer of LSD and psilocybin), Arthur Young (in ventor of the Bell He1icopt r) Karen Singn (member of the lnLian Parliament call8-d the Gandhi of today's India), and many others. A member of the Nobel Peace prize nominating committee was also by Rick Doblin there, primarily, we thought, to see the Dalai-Lama. While it is obviously ridicu-lous to try to summarize the entire conference in a few sentences, I will try. From the scientists we learned that branches of modern quantum physics allow for the reality of telepathy and ESP, and that through the holographic theory a physical explanation for access to information unbounded by our normal senses is in the process of formulation. We also learned that increasingly, physics is claiming that mind is an intrinsic part of matter and that some sort of consciousness preceded the Big Bang. From the mystics we learned that there are time-honored pathways to areas of more inclusive consciousness, an that there is a growing consensus that there is not one path but many. From psychiatry we learned that the mystical or transpersonal states of mind have tremendous potential, regardless 0f Ueir debatable ultimate truth. Also, the aspects of mind hold both self-destructive and self-transcending capabilities. Humanities crisis is one of psychological health, not primarily a question of scarcity of material resources. According to Abraham Maslow, the much sought after missing link between the ape and civilized man is us. From brain physiology we learned that there are biochemical correlates of emotional states of mind, and that the religious traditions and techniques such as.meditation and fasting all produce biochemical changes in the brain. Direct chemical stimulation of the brain biochemistry was seen to produce or unlock valid aspects of human experience, and to be an area of incredible potential. From holistic healers we learned to ap-
MOUNTAIN preciate the aspect of death and not to be frightene d of it, and also to make the process of human birth more respectful to both mother and child. We also learned that the brain and the emotions affect our bodies to a much greater degree than previously thought. Finally, from the politicians we learned that individual change and social responsibility go hand in hand, and that the religious experience of the unity of the human family, and indeed of all life, may be one of the most important keys in the transformation of our deadly, precarious situation of preparation for the vastest and most widespread destruction the earth has witnessed. The religious impulse toward self-purification in isolation is seen as empty and incomplete, and the political focus on power and money is seen also as being limited and suicidal. We all must face the evil as well as the evil without. The conference focused on psychological and a diagnosis of the worid situation emerged, as well as a rough prescription. Simply, the world is a phase of both physical and mental interpenetration such as has nPv07 been experienced before. This global intPrdependency and connectedness is a.u increasingly major element all of our lives. This situation JS met with both incredible ancl incred ible fear. Ti1e realizatjon of our participation a global fam i l y is, accordin g to Robert M u ller, at ons, part spirituality. As in all spiritual there is a period of growth called purgation. In most psychological schools, there is an experience called catharsis. In both religious and spiritual systems, the healthy ego is seen as a necessary prerequisite to the transcendence of the ego and the realization and experience of a larger consciousness, be it the Jungian Self, collective unconscious, the religious God, or the mystical experience of unity. This process involves egodeath or transcendence of a limited identification. The medieval world repressed, murdered, tortured and imprisoned the first people that -(august 22-septeniber 11) said that the earth revolved around the sun and not vice v ersa. The reorientation felt like a threat to the sanity and order of the world, and it was. The ego-death is fol lowed by a rebirth into a new consciousness. Just as the caterpillar dissolves into chemical soup before restructuring into a butterfly, the world is in a similar process of dissolution. What we are losing is our separate identities as isolated religions and isolated nations, and we are on the verge of truly becoming a planetary family. The ego resists the energies that are working to break it apart and purify it. In the spiritual tradition this is called the Dark Night of the Soul. The struggle and despair are greatest at this point in the process. The internal transformation is seen as potentially deadly. The most important defense that the psyche uses to prevent these changes is projection. Rather than keeping the process internal, it is projected into the outer world. No long2r are we breaking up due to grJwing pains, but others out there are against us. The internal egodeath is a deep-seated need, yet we may attempt to satisfy this need by the death of the planet in a nuclear war. Our fear of experiencing the internal process makes the process external, and thus more dangerous and less growthful. The prescription is simply for each one of us t o face the internal forces that are operating within us, to accep t t hem as our own retime, external world must be a focus of our energies, for the internal growth must be manifested in the external world for the process to be complete. Changing the outer world is our responsibility and our need. Growing internally is our challenge. Basically, the process is one of maturation and spirituality. This normal state of consciousness is not the only one, nor is it sufficient for the challenges we face. The unity experience is an altered state experience, and is often referred to by the various religions as the highest state of consciousness. This shift in consciousness is one of the terrifying ego-death process, yet the shift in consciousness permits feelings and insights that are largely unavailable in the normal state of awareness. One of the most moving examples of this global awareness was expressed by the Dalai-Lama. He gave a half-hour talk on the Buddhist views of consciousness and reincarnation. Millions of people feel he is virtually a god, and he is the highest authority in the world on Tibetan Buddhism. After his talk, he sighed and then laughed. With a feeling of relief, he paused d d II an sa1 Now, I am going to speak to you as a human being." He was saying that deeper than Buddhism is our connnon humanity, thar. more primary than our religion Gr-;!':!. tionality is our humanity. I could go on and on about what I learned (I guess I already have). important element of the conference was that I was there aS a New College student, that the integration Frank Barron talks about is possible at New College, that the structure and people here will permit and encourage creative methods of learning, and that the whole world is our classroom--education can be fun. For my first ISP, seven people from my Russian class with Dr. Schatz decided that we wanted to live on an island in Sarasota Bay and speak only in Russian for three weeks. We did that for a week and a half, and the n we ran out of things to say, so w e returne d t o campus to w ork o n ammar. But the expe ri-vides u s with the opportunit y to the world in many ways The responsibility is ours. After the conference I went hiY ing in the Swiss Alps for four up on glaciers and camping out in mountain huts. As I left the mountain for another conference in Austria on science and mysticism, I hiked down through the rain. For a brief moment the clouds lifted and a shaft of light illuminated the valley I was in. In the mist a complete rainbow appeared, touching the ground on both ends. It was at that moment that I realized that, thanks to New College, I was high on the magic mountain. CAMPUS lOOK STOlE FOR ALL YOUR BOOK NEEDS 5350 N. TAMIAMI TRAIL
REAGENT Bird Bones Sims family reunion, 1965 In Meridian, the park pavilions sleep like churches on weekdays. Sundays, these, too, fill up. After church, they got together once a year or so, united by name and blood, the Simses, my grandmother's sisters, still spry, widowed, their kids married, kids of their own, we bounced out of swingsets into black Mississtppi dry dirt. The old men tossed us riddles, a great uncle with mystery fingers nine in counted by year old eyes looking for ten. The sweat of Aucust, suits al!d straight ties, Sunday best sweatstained, trousers wrinkled in Tombigbee River valley late summer swelter. Nearby, civil tablecloths cover dirty w-::>rds the kids learn anyway, carved in picnic tables and wrinkled hands. The park was best, where the Jimmie Rodgers memorial locomotive gets painted every yebr, by its distant and dwarf cousin the carnival train, driven by a seasonally unempl.oyed Santa impostor, The chicken is fried to perfection, crisp, light, brown, tender muscle on syrup marrow bone, sheathed in batter crusted skin. The old women and young wives spread their hearts and lives on Sunday tables, corningware: creamed corn, buttered rolls, butterbeans, potato salad, pickled eggs, squash, sweet potato, okra, sugared ham, sides of beef sliced even, lumpy gravy on the side. The squirrels and old men chatter. The husbands are football and business. The kids play with matches and scream on the slide with its ladder and handles and glossy tin chute. The women are busy now, almost done, everything timed, everything clean, plenty of knives and forks, everything ready? Everything ready, honey call the ki s everything is ready, we're hungry, we're all hungry. sans fireman, wired, hydroelectric so we pray. where the river deep, the train runs rings This food we bless. k. like the mange-bears and monkeys This table, the Lord's, s y e Lor s duck fond belches ma.::-sn qas cloud who will protect us from in green reflecre6 skies, where pipe orqan what we fear most, breezes through oak and pine seduce who will protect us the dimes of equestti3n youths, from what we are. the carousel siren Jubilee joyride, ponies with eyes painted and blind, rigor morti3 gallcp 0n steel rod leg, joyldss, the tattooed man smoking in grease, machine age messiah, keeper of the fun, pull levers, eye the gauges, don't boil over, check out the goods on the mommies while the kids ride stranded, round and round, up and down, in and out, a carousel palace nude of herded Mer idia11 wives, while the pigeons nest in rafters, the black bird watches on the wing, and the crow eats the babies of the shrieking sparrow wives. they eat, they don't talk. When they aren't eating, they talk about dinner. The widow fills her plate. The food forms a lump. The plate is paper. the plate sags. The old man chews. The pasture is deep. The shadows are long behind. The crow circles to land. After lunch, while the women cleaned up, the old men sat in gum-sucking rockers, the husbands took walks, the teens sat bored, I found, at the side of the pavilion, where the dirt packs cool over the roots of a shrub, a sign of life: in the shadow of the bushes the sparrow was nothing but bleached dry bones on black dirt, scattered feathers, and the bloodless hollow skull I shrouded in tissue, buried deep in my pocket, to hide from the old ones, to share with the crow, with dirt on my hands, with drums in my heart: the secret of bones, the night where we land. --1ichael McDuffie
Salads Are Like Children, Or Cars Mother grits her teeth cutting lettuce Like father does when he comes Out of the fumbling with damp pants. Carrots, too, rece1ve her undivided. Salads are like children, or cars, She says, they always look better With a generous use of color. Why, I remember Summets Full of picnics and salads and dancing Under painted moons from Japan. I have an aunt that winced When mother raised her bowl to the window. She had made the same salad. You shouldn't have gone to the trouble, she said When we pulled up next to them. Her husband was rapping his knuckles on the wheel And watching his shirt untuck, when she added You know, sometimes I crimp radishes. My brother covered his ears and howled. Hungry, father parked next to a convertible. My brother tumbled over the front seat, and ran. I followed, but the car door Was serious about making salad. It needed the color red from my hand. My brother tried twice, but the door would not close. The car grit its grill, and choked on my bones. Quit fucking with the car, said father, his mouth full. Boys will be boys, said my aunt. And wives wives, said mother. The rest of the picnic was just like ice at night. Daniel Bosch OFTHlE ROACH CONTEST They are black. They are dirty. They have little hairs. They hide under shoes. Some of them fly. They shit on your desk. They live in your room. When you crush them they squirt. Cockroaches. Palmetto bugs. No one likes them. Kill one and send it to the Reagent. If the roach you ice is palmetto bug to the max, king hell cockroach, let me explain, huge, larger than all large roaches, we'll return it to you bronzed if we feel like it. The Domestic Problems of a Blind Man My son tells me the bitch had six teeth. Below me he still counts the holes in his skin: "As hard as my elbows, father, her teeth were. As cold as my fingers, as wet as my sheets. When she bit me her tail took the place of my tongue. Her mouth is the canyon where death urinates." I have two daughters that feel the same. I stand in their darkness, my hands on their breasts, and measure their dreams in the slope of their breath. When they wake they tell me again of their birth: "In the womb was a third set of eyes. They told us of you when we asked what they saw. They told us of oceans in caves in your face. Tonight we stood on the bridge of your nose. In the water below swam our sister." My wife is built of replies, yet I feel only bootheels, petals, and ivory: "Woman! Do you have six teeth because I am blind, or am I blind because of your teeth?" Her sigh formed the foetus of a dog in my lungs. "Be patient, my husband. I've had no period im more than a month. Each morning I pour lost sleep in your ears. We must wait until I give birth to your sight." She has moved the cribs of my daughters apart. My son slept in the kitchen last night. I heard him roll over, licking his chops. His tongue beat the floor keeping time. Daniel Bosch
-1 Lessons to Learn From by Keith Shipley All my life I've been a drifter. From Buffalo to Erie, Ohio to Jersey I I ve seen all: the asphalt-aluminum jungle of the trailer park, the Stuckey-like isolation of the interstate highway countryside, the dog-eat-dogfood hell of the suburbs. Nothing could shake me. My senses have been numbed by the ugliness and brutality they have witnessed at the hands of the hoodlums and bullies of the Midwest and nearNortheast (not to mention the Great Lakes was at Cedar Point that I learned the first and only law of the jungle: "An eye for an eye; a black-light poster for a black-light poster"). I've been teased, scolded, heckled, and have had snow rubbed in my face. I've been immunized, vaccinated x-rayed f 1tted for corrective shoes, and have had my adenoids removed. I've been burned by a hot stove element treated for an ear infection, hit in the mouth with a Frisbee, and have had all of my toes stubbed by a gang of angry, overstuffed loan-sofas B ut I ve stubbed a few toes that weren t m1ne, too. (Don't mess with loan-sofas. They are, by far, the most ruthless of all underworld furniture. Sure, it's o.k. to dig up a few coins from underneath their cushions--as long as you lose a "few cents" more back to them the next time you sit down. That is unless 'd Y?u to wake up some morning w1th b1g red cushion imprints all over your face.) X !i The course of writing this ar has taken me down many paths. A d1scussion of sex-role stereotyping in socialization class and subsequent sharing with a woman who reacted to my comments. A letter from a feminist friend who commented on the patriarchal and overtones in the promo t1onal poster for the humanistic Walk for the Earth. Memories of an article, "Rape Is A Societal Not A Legal Problem," that I read last year after a particularly gross incident of sexual violence in Tallahassee, as well as those of a movie exposing the pornographic industry, Not A I saw last spring. New 1ns1ghts 1nto my own sexist attitudes and actions that I've aware of through interacting w1th women at New College. This seems to be an underlying theme in my life lately. Finally, today I received a book which I'd several weeks ago from New Soc1ety Publishers--Off Their Backs ... and __ on our own t;O feet, i< a collection of essays by ana 7or men struggling against patr1archy. One essay addressed topic of sexism beautifully. S1nce I'm not into reinventing I really have to, th1s art1cle 1s a synopsis of that "Understanding and Fighting Sex1sm: A Call to Men." However this is intended to be a call to' both men and women. "What is sexism? Sexism is much more than a problem with the language we use, our personal attitudes, or individual hurtful acts towards women. Sexism in our coun a.complex mesh of practices, 1nst1tut1ons, and ideas which have the overall effect of giving more power to men than women. By power we mean the ability to influence For the past three years I've been a Christian Youth Furniture Counselor--visiting the area's juvenile reform centers with an acoustic guitar, straightening out confused teens and encouraging good over-all furniture habits. I learned mine the hard way. I feel that if I can share my experiences with these kids, they just might follow a path different than mine. Of course, I've been accused of sticking my nose where it doesn't belong, and made some enemies in the process. Remember when those frat rats wanted to recover the Hamilton Center couches in Bucaneer Orange? I was the one who stood up to t-hem and circulated the pro-Earthtone petition. It was I felt strongly about. I guess you can't please everybody. Nelson Kapok writes, "Naive attitudes toward furniture aren't formed simply ignorance, but rather, by a blind refusal by many among us to look at the real character of furniture and its many varied upholsterings. Like Krylar, the newest computer-engineered, stain-repellant, self-cleaning, seat and sofa covering of_the 1980's. It's right for every room in the house." I how many selfcentered, swaggering freshmen actually take the time to really look at what they're sitting on. Few, for certain. Perhaps someday they will At New College we have the freedom at A S 0 C I A L D I S E A S E important decisions--political decisions of government on every level, economic decisions (jobs, access to money, choice of priorities), and a wide variety of other life areas down to the most personal concerns, such as whether two people are going to make love on a given night or not. The word 1 patr1archy is sometimes used to refer to the actual power structure built around men's domination of women. Two key areas where women are denied power are the area of jobs and the area of violence directed toward women. Women face a constant threat of physical violence and sexual aggression in our society. As men we are rarely aware of how pervasive this is or the powerful effect it has on women's outlook on themselves and the world. Actual rape or sadistic violence the tip of the iceberg. PhysIcal abuse of wives and lovers is common and rarely publicized. A of women have probably expertenced some form of sexual abuse as children. The memory of these experiences often gets suppressed because they feel so humiliated and scared, and because adults deny repeatedly that a could happen. Society IS ftlled w1th messages pressuring women to provide men with sexual pleasure. Are we men the enemy? Some say that men are the enemy wh n 1t comes to fighting sexism. We do not agree; blame and guilt don't help in und rstanding why people function as they do or in getting them to change. Does this m an we are not responsible for what is happening? at all! As men, we are all J.;nvolved in the oppression women to voice any opinion we may have on lounging, reclining, or just plain relaxing, no matter how egotistical and ill-informed it may be. That's a freedom few other communities in the world can boast of. (Look at Chile. Or South Africa.) It is a freedom we should cherish and protect, not abuse and bastardize as some like us to. Just this morning I tangled with two advocates of the latter category outside of my room. I had just finished putting the hospital corners on my bed when I looked out my window to see a frightened young freshman cornered by two outsiders masquerading as new students. One was obviously concealing a big heavy lamp, two folding chairs, a gun, and a clock radio. The other was unarmed, but nonetheless menacing in a powder-blue "Vantastic" t-shirt and a conspicuous pair of multilayered rainbow thongs. Both wore name tags they had apparently "borrowed" from some other hapless freshmen. I was apprehensive for a moment about the danger I might encounter. But then I remembered the words of a passage from a book my counseling leader had given me by Joyce Brothers. Dr. Brothers writes, "Everyone is afraid sometime. It (fear) is natu-ral." Gathering strength from these words I vaulted through my door to rescue the innocent, fawn-eyed freshman from the gnashing jaws of the drooling, hungry city-wolves. by Jack Baker experience and we benefit from it each day. Yet this is no reason to fix blame on ourselves as 'the oppressor' (or, for that matter, to place blame on any woman for 'failing to fight Over many years society has forced men and women into these roles of domination and submission. The point is that we were all taught very early not to go be the expected stereotyped behav1or. The sooner we recognize the effects of this kind of conditioning on us, the sooner we can effectively change the way things happen .. may mean stopping our dom1nat1on of others or ceasing to accept oppression ourselves. is good to recognize that step p1ng out of the old roles usually uncomfortable and may well requ1re of painful struggle, to g1ve up before the process 1s over is to miss the rich rewards that are down the road. We can road successfully if we J01n With others for strength and support. As change the things we don t l1ke 1n our current situation, we need to have an idea of what we're moving toward. The new will encourage and reward. 1n all people characteristics now assigned to feminine or masculine such as: gentleness, nurtur1ng, cooperativeness, awareness of one's own feelings, intelligence of identity springing from well as doing or having, expectation of competence, sensuality. We see these as characteristics of a liberated person, male or female. Q. c: 0 _Fortunately, we do not need t wa1t for institutional change 1n orde: to further our personal lib eration .. We can begin making changes ln our own lives, reaching out for the support we need while OJ c:: 0 u c:: 0 OJ c:: 0 u