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Vol. !1 # 4 -April 21, 1 -A.D. \


EDITOR I I It is time for an intellectual, even vaguely pretentious, meta-level statement on the purpose: and subjectivity of this magazine/newspaper. The challenge was put to me by one Peter Bynum, suave well intentioned philosophy studentJ he said, "I think you are leaving many of your readers confused as to the intentions of your publication. Surely there must be a philosophical reason for tts sub-jectivity, but nowhere have you bothered to define your space. Readers to the deeply personal and individual statements which you print." don't know how to react With ta question slammed directly in my face, I had to admit that I had not bothered to explain the subjectivity of my newspaper. that Peter was in fact right, The subjectivity exists. I recognize this fact, but I have done nothing to help explain it. Well, what can one say about subjectivity? One might start by saying that there is already one publication on campus which purports to be objective; that is the Campus News. Indeed its objectivity barely scratches the surface of the news items which it reports, but it is, for all practical purposes objective. Byzantium, while sometimes reporting the world in an objective way, has no pretense of objectivity. This magazine reflects nothing more than personal opinion, and in that sense, ta opinion has not broken free of its own limitations. In many cases, the articles whicn are done for this paper are done not from the all-encompassing, break-through-the-bull-shit omnicient perspective of the Mike Wallace, Dan Rather school of Journalism, but instead are done from the Benny Profane bauble-tossed-around-th -Universe, schlemil school of living man trying to WAke sense of ta universe while simultaneously getting defltcated upon by all manner of cosmic barbar1 This is why, in the purest sense, this newspaper is not a newspaper at all. The newspaper attempts average to report what actually happenea On he pendulum:swing of observation, aims more towa the o jective apogee. I, by contrast, see this paper less as an exercise in the reporting of facts, and ore as a vehicle, an open forum if you will, for the deliverence of emotions {the thrill of victory/the agony of defeat) to the populace of New College. Perhaps there is a greater objectivity in appro ch, at least as applies to the members of the N.C. community. Perhaps greater truths can be through th understandirg of the subjective mind, the of the self with the outs world. Besides, no one really ants +o read"think pieces" a la the u.s.F. Oracle editorials or Z


(continued) Digest 11Should The U.S. Eat Panamanians for Lunch." You get the idea. If we're going to write somthing, let's at least write something which is interesting on an emotionallevel as well as an intellectual one. Otherwise, let's just read The Campus News. Maybe tare is an alternative somewhere between Byzantium and Campus News but why should I be responsible for that? Afterall, I'm only human. The biggest complment that this paper has received is that people read it. eople are always interested in what we print, even if their interest is negative, nd because we come out on a regular basis, people anticipate our next move. Are e going to get better, get worse or stay the same. I can't predict, but I hope e will get better as our purpose is better understood, The other thing I wanted to mention is that the last student trustee elections ere declared by the commissioner of elections null and void. There are two main rea ens for this. The first is that the election was not held on the nay it was originally cheduled for, ad second, not enough personsknew about the election prior to the actual occurence. The election has been rescheduled for April 24. That's all for now. Subjecting myself to whatever may come my way--Herb. rt.OVIE t ICE DANCING [Monday, April 24, 1978) The speech of winter evenings chorus find a ride rHE HOMECOMING scoffs at the glass tube buddy I scored home (British, 114 min., color) by Harold Pinter, and Cyril Cusack and Ian 1o1m, this film explores the ptruggle within a family and people use one another regardless of 2:)0, 7, & 9. $1.04 (Monday, May 1, 1978) rHE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS revelation water had frozen three daus and forty degrees before the plans were made, Hot music, judged by the organic thermostats of newspaper bellwhethers, the dance brought out the knife edged doubleknits and mirrored shoes telephones clanged on last mirror primping, sub-zero vinyl was the cars revenge as we severed its electric umbilicus,tether to summer, and moved toward cooking Airborne sweat clogged glasses hiding eyes in silver plates, dancers eyesr The banter of neighboring wi r.eglasses 1 ifted and weaved thr01lgh the chords, constructed a melody Your place or mine counterpoint you got 11oplace to go raw heat home rumpled home deliberately messed and -Vince Koloski home blues hair.


S77H>e.A/r e ou,er 1#) r At.L M tV 11 A.s Bt;ef(OUJI/Z eaes !krtlJ !#ll!E"" s the reader is no do bt a e, about t o eeks ago student b dy elections produced a new set of flunkies and ego maniacs known as the student gover ent. The forw.ula for electing the chosen goes back any years as do he positions con ested. Because of cooption by the state, several stdent gover ent bodies have h d func+i:ms over c by the state, for better or for orse. Foremost m th1s group of l.lst1.tut1.ons is the student court. In da s of yore, infractions of good ,and decency coitted against other stuents ere ad"udicated y the student cour ore recent tin:es, ant:.socialism has been dealt with by the student set out of court ith Dale or by abject pleading before the security force, a notor"ously heartless b nch of state cops ho ould rather be ing the speed 'traps on r ute 75 i1Stead of tolerating a bunch of left-l,eaning, co Llnistic students. .ore o:ten than not, students end up having Dale bail the out fro the sec rity people, J\S a result, the need for the s+ude '"t court has been obviated. Cn April tth at 2 a.m., I as cken out of a sound sleep by my roo ate, the of elections, ho e that I had been elected to he stu ent court as a write-in by a proverbial scumslide. y i.rnmediate reaction ras to go bac to sleep pon regaining cor..scio sness, I discovered ho else -as ,elected o the court besides ysel:f. (Yo!.l can .. ind out for yourself.) I feel obliged to _point out hat, ysel:f included, the five embers of the student court ere per ps the worst possible choices tha could ve been made. Fortunately, e are unliely to hear a This ould ean that the court would go a whole year ithout hearing case. Last year the studen court heard one case. 'e really shoul have at one trial this year, if only because they are ore fun han the Ringling Brothers Barnum and approximately the sace atmosphere. A good trial ould be a lot of :fun for ereryone ecept the accused) and would make a fL e midter distraction fro exans a.Tid other mundane trou les of day to day existence. I have to compliment se eral students :for atte pting to get the selves brought befrre student court--Ted Steinberg and Charles for F. ege'l y breaking int., Eckerd's, ar:td Clay for, again trying to uno n a police cadet at the edl.eval Fal.r. 11 really good tr., but unfort nately r.ot 'ithin the jurisdiction of student court, criterion for coming up bef re t h e c urt is to make an ass of yourself in a way hat only offends students--nearly a contradicti n Still, ev ust have enemy here who has don the so e t ngible harm; 1f you Kno someone th1s, turn them in. I s ppose Chief Prosec ter 'udge is he per-son to report to, but I' honestly not sure. If e can't have a trial or two soon, then I ould rec nd t the ice of stud nt court be either revamped so that it has a larger urisdiction, or fo ally disP':Jt


BER ITZ GOES ILD I THE STRE.c."""'TS continued) b d d in the ne constit tion. It is not that offenses against the collective chat el are not beng co ittedr it's j st that there re po erf 1 or ization to deal ith malcontents actually ca ing the u ith forms a arnings and harras ments t at is o erful Force th st dent court can ever be. --G.B. Tl I' no brea h .. h :tr. 4 f e5


Hank "Noonsense") Thomas holds the official title of Resident Counselor. formidable titl indeed. I fir t encountered him in the dark, shadowy back gi ns of th Resident's Life offic Pipe smoke billowed out of Randy Hyman's of Angie Ind rweisen read a d g-eared copy of Stranger In A Land, Dale as trying t get Brownie out of Hamilt n Center, Hank sat, feet propped up is cod-grain, formca topped de k. Thousands of sheets of yellow legal paper with r bit t c pencil markings were scattered across the floor. Hank sat, cool, calm, even relaxed, readbg a copy of Crime And Punishment or What To Do With An Axe You've Got ne H dy. T ere he as. The Resident Counselor. ..ANK a hat do you want? G s I'd like to interview ou for Byzantium. HA 'Ka I ear you sa:rring that G OGs That's very K Call e Hank. ou want to interview me for Byzanti f ou, Thomas, Okay, r. Thomas. Go on ith +he questions. ell, first of all, is it hard being a Resident C unselor? I mean, how the h ck o you do it? First of all. how do ou feel a out intervi wing me? I sense a deep hostility i hin you to 11 th s uman. OGs hat about yo 'oor loc ed, or simply not answering it? HANKs ell, what ould the students think of me if I ere to ans r that question? I don't know. hat wo ld they think of you? Well, the truth is, I've only ot answered my door this whole year about two or hree times, and there've been literally hundreds of times that I have s ere the door. So you t y to ans er it all t e time. I s answer it, ess I'm ust too ex usted to do any good. But ts rare. s So, it's all right if s ud nts come to your d r? I' h re to help the studen s in hatever way I can. I mea you w, I'm a I I I a la.:d a -, ello y. uld 't say tlat. a'd e e say it in an interview which you printed in yo r rag. u attended Bowling reen iversity? st r ition. Yes, 'at's righ. 1 ot oth a B and an A. from e plac ld are .ou? bout :fi e-s I m an how old are en y-three. a you. h all. r /) cJ.I fllk" <J+/T


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HANK SPEAKS {continued) GOOGJ Isn't it true that you haven't actually gotten your Masters degree yet? HANK: What would make you think that? GOOGs Isn't it true? It is, isn't it? Admit you lied. HANKa Well, geez, Herb, I'll get the darn thing in June, but I've finished all the work. GOOG Okay, okay. I believe you. Just tell me this what is it like working so closely with students? HANKs Well, it's completely different living in the dorms and working than it is living in the dorms and being a student. GOOGs For instance. HANKs Well, guys (and girls) will come up to me for counseling, and then when I see them just in they'll go out of their way just to avoid me. It gives you a strange feeling. GOOG Do a lot of women want to be friends with you? HANKs Yes. GOOGs What do you do about it? HANKs Well, you've got to play down that sort of thing. You know, professional ethics and all that. GOOGJ I see. Is it true that a lot of your job is just assigning rooms to students? Of course it's true, but my official title is Resident Counselor. GOOGs How does that make you feel? Well, scm imes I love the job, and other times I just want to get out of here and never come back. GOOGs Oh, by ta way, thanks for getting me out of the slime room. Wasthat a difficult thing to do? HJNKs Well, as Jou know, Goog, it took five weeks from the time I originally said I'd get you out of there until I was actually able to do it. You cant push these things. Why not? Because, unlike Jeff Mack my predecessor, I want to be on good terms with the students. hat as wrong with Mack? lell, you yourself have called times. as et No. I try to be fair to everybody. I don't think anyone's situat1on, either the students or my own. aints? angry helps ( u!VJ fdje c


lege seeks money reprinted. from By GARY GERARD Oracle Staff Writer the u.s.F. oraclg April 18, 197 The roofs at a New College dormitory, so leaky that they threaten studentS living uoder them, may finally be patched, a USF committee announced Thursday. Despite expressed doubts that the Board of Regents (R0R) will grant emergency funding, the Space Com mittee unanimously approved lhe proposal to begin ac cepting bids for a total roof replacement project at the fated Pei dOrmitories. "WE ARE dealing with an extremely hazardous situation," said Randy Hyman, areas adnunistrator for Residence Life and Food Service at the Sarasota campus. "The roof situation needs to be addressed immediately because of the danger to residents," Hyman added, "not to mention fhe lost revenue from room rental 14-0RACLE Aprill8, 1978 ContUmedfrofn page I tbem without ripping the whole roof off," said Dale Hartman, director for Student Affairs at the Sarasota campus. "Visual inspection,'' ace din fb" Hyman, however, "reveals the entire roof assembly-as technically and eoonomically beyond repair r. renovation. Bes1des the concern because Of the very real hazard Of pbysi<-al harm from electrical &.'locks, the roof problem was ted to cost "somewhere between $1,000 and per year after paying salaries, social security, msurance, etc." to the custodial t, according to a memO!'and.Jm written by saunders, custodial supervisor for Housing at the Sara ta a 'JliE PR ECJ' rev I f r nln;nt income due to intrLISion was by !:be ertd of 19ll0-81 fiseal year, accordii. tO rtgUres en-closed n memo to Patterson. irs .and continued damage to the buildi.Dg's physical structw-e." Tbe state of disrepair of the. roofs was deter mined in 1975, when the bankrupt New College, then a private institution, was absorbed into the State University System as a unit of the USF Sarasota camp.IS. "Si that time, the condition of the existing roof has continued to deteriorate due to increased water rntrusi ," Hyman said in a memorandom to Michael Patterson, director of Facilities Planning at USF .in Tampa. ISlTIAL problems with the roofs, however, were documented as far back as 1968. A letter written by the planning officer at the time, R.E. Styles, stated "we have a built-up roof here at New College. which was installed in 1965. We are now having problems with thi$ roollealQng.: Lillian Aooerson, direetor of the Space COD).Dl.ittee, expressed surprise that tbe problem took so long to sur face. "This is the first time, to my knowledge, that the roof problem at the Pei dorms was brought before the committee," she said. Recently, the roof problem has developed into an ex tremely serious hazard, and reports of electrical shorts in the bathrooms ba.e caused great cc.nq:ns. "DUE TO tbe genual bad.conditionef tbe Pei roofs, we are litely to have more shorts which can be quite ha1ardous, to say the least," Edward Baldwin. building construction supervisor, said in a memorandum. Of tbe 18 buildi.Qgs in tbe Pei dorm CWf!Plex ,located on the East Campus, "we could probably renovate one of See ROOF pa.e 14 The cost of the entire reroofing project was estimated to Members of the committee expressed little hope, be $120,000 by Hartman, "or $150,000, if we want to include that the regents grant funding for the such variables as inflation." proJect. CW"rently, there are no funds available, witb the "The legislature is giving us no money. We are possible exception of some $25,000 in au auxuliary flind. precluded from using the educational budget for mainKing, director of Food Service, said there is tenance, but, at the same_ time_, we have roofs and roadno mnney available in housing reserves beca e of ways that are in serious need or repair," Bert H rtley, curre11t projects at the Tampa campus. vice president for Finance and Planning, said. ; This left the committee to consider an appeal to tbe "WE attempt to make the awea.l, tut it seerns Board of Regents for because of tbe almostcerfaintbattbeboardorthelegislaturewon'tevtn urgency of the :-;ituation entertain !'uch a request," Hartley added. "At least, that "TilE COMMITTEE voted on immediate action '' has been the histcricaJ attitude." 1 An rson said, "because it is no longer a question Shruld the Board of :kegents refuse tconsiderati of Uie simple maintenance, but ofa roofing job." appeal, the comrq.Utee de<;ided it would send ooe USP: She added that the b. now four Ta person.alJy "because waiting for appr 2J Jthe beard would slow the d with the urgency of ueCd in this case. the repair work. With P1e rainy season approa__chi!Jg If lhat measure sboold fail, funding ror the project may an_ delaycouldpresentproblems." havetocomeoutd-nextyear'sbudget. -7 I


12-6 THE MIAMI HERALO Apr. 16, 1978 Saving Private FlQTida Takes the Pluilge \ I\e'v College was 'hailed out' by the :FI rida Legislature in 1975, and the successful result is a partnership prh ate chool and state. ... Bob Schiffman, left. an. d Rid, He,..,r :--tudv '" in front of College library. once a ;HllJ .. j(;n, z. I I I I i


By ROSE ALLEGATO Herald Steff Writer SARASOTAJosie Martin, 22, urned academic credit for a session of the New Hamsphire Legislature. r;;..,o;;;;;;:;;;'", She is a twic e-elected member. Martin Is one of 532 students at once-private college that is now an honors school of the University !of South Florida in Tampa. The New College "campus 26 build jngs on 100 acres near the Ringling Bros. museum is still In Sarasota where it was founded in 1960 and 'opened in 1964. It joined the state university system in 1975, though :Students say resulting changes are :subtle and pa"rtly a reflection of the '70s The students no longer offend the 1iUrrounding community, among ,!-lorida's most conservative, with drt>ss and bare feet. Provost George Mayer says, Ti1ey don't have bleached bones in their hair anymore. They used to go a r ound in caftans, moth eaten cos tumes." Student Rick Rever, 21, of Los Angeles, says there is a new "sense of community. We're not our own little island" since the change. Yet 'academic quality has remained con stant, he says. Rever was there In the private days. So he can make a valid com parison. tion. Mark Burlingame. chairman of the e xecutive c ommittee of New College Foundation, says the state university's faculty ratio is 23 to 1. UNDER THE contract with the college. Florida got more than 100 acres along a half mile of Sarasota Bay with buildings, worth about $10 million, including two that were once Ringling mansions. In return, it assumed $3.1 million in mortNEW COLLEGE is still In charge gages, primarily a 40-year federal of its own program with "no quesloan at less than 4 per cent Interest. tions asked," said tbe provost ... The Another aspect of the partnership state has been very fair in maintain between New College and the state ing its part of the bargain." is the sharing of .the campus. At That New College Is thriving is night. classrooms and other facili important because it is the first prlties are shared with the regular vate college the state of Florida has University of South Florida stu ('Ver bailed out. And it Is showing dents, though New College has its that a private institution can be own admissions offk:e and its own taken over by the state and still refactlltv. tain its identity. SF.1 d provost '\1ayer, "We regard But it costs money. the state-private partnership as a New College has a budget of $2 very unique model at the moment million, $700,000 of which is state-which might bPcome the basis of (Onlributed. The New College the most viable way of saving the Foundation raises the rest, plus an private college." txtra $50,000 for scholarships. Academically, students may For Florida SWdents. New Colchoose from the fields of humani IJege tuition is $870 comptt_ed to. ties, social sdences and natural sd!.$3,400 in the private days. Out-of-ences to d velop their own program ,.:tate students PAY $2,158 but after of s'udy. Except for a thesis, no -a year can establish residency and coUf;es are r quired. G nerally stu 'pay the state rate. dent"> partic1pate in some smalJ The biggest difference in cost is and work one-to the 10 to 1 faculty-to-student raone with professors. New College Pro, ost George 1\layer calls the statepriva te par.tnersh ip 'a Ycry unique model.' They can also participate in study abroad and off-campus p ro jects. STUDENTS take nine terms to graduate and can spread the nine terms over three or four years. Only one-third manage to earn a de gree within three years. her da:,rs tesearching _and writing her thesis on politicHl parties. She h.eard about C ollegE; l n high school and the program that put so much responsibility for learning on the student appealed to her. But she was abo looking for a small liberal arts college. "! didn't want to get lost In the shuffle.'' Lee Macy, 26, of New Cannan. Conn .. who traveled, worked, and "did all .kinds of hell raising" before 1 Ne'rV College is a biology 1 major. m'l:atise he !s 41 science as opposed to> humanities, his program I is more structured and includes reg ular classes and experimental Jab work:. I College produced its first gradua.ting cl!iSS in 1967 and a ur I 'ey of completE.'d in 1976 showed students, despite af finity for' the unstructured, had complaints about lack of guidance. Now, accord;ng to i\1a_)c r. >Jt College pr. ovide s more guidance on I how to organize a program of study but still expects the lo del cide what and how he studies. The typical New College student I dislikes high school education, according to Mayer, and doesn't like rote learning. Usually there is a minimum of NEW COLLEGE feels the mea three standard courses per 10-week sure of its success' with students is or as many as seven. the with which they are ac cepted, ... 'Into tfie best graduate a student in natural schools. Students also win propormight,take organic chemistionately more prestigious fellow try. advanced math, and biology ships (Woodrow Wilson Fellow along with independent projects. A ships, Fullbright, Danforth and Na Miami student recently had an indeQonal Science Foundation Fellow pendent study project on the be:havships) than students from other uni ior of sharks in the Florida Keys; a verstties in Florida, New College of girl in marine biology soon will ficials said spend six weeks on a cruise Lo Success of New Col;ege alumni is Chile. another measure Among the gaduN Coil I ates are: The ew ege program a so A maUimnattcian who became a Involves: -,.full professor at Princeton by age Pa<:.s/Fai l grad>s and narra tive evaluations instead of the usual -A.B. C. D. 28. A priest In the Episcopal Church l who won his Ph.D. from Oxford Uni\'ersity. A Miami woman v;ho ad\ ises the 1 giant Monsanto Ch$ical Company on environmental cOikerns we-think there ia al\1. ays a mark: (or e n Oxfordtype lKaqon or. re properly a JOSIE MARTIN, the legislator, is gradu a: 1we cdlidmon at th "Wt a senior without-classes who spends dergradUafe level.,.. Selective admission require ments (Usually a Scholastic Apti tude Test (SAT) of 1200 out of a possible 1600 is required. The a verage SAT sclM'e in Florida in 1977 878 )


Harvey Glickman, chairman of thesocial scineces department at Haverford College,spoke to students yesterday in the fishbowl for an hour and a half. His answers to most questions were articulate but reserved. Here a re a few examples of the questions which he addressed as well as his responses CANDIDATE FOR PROVOST SPEAKS ANDY HOWARDs What did you do to combat apartide when you taught in South Africa and what will you do here in the way of affirmative action? GLICKMANs Well, I really didn't do much physically to protest the apartide laws in South Africa. I kind of felt that my presence (before the recent uprisings) the presense of a liberal American political scientist on the faculty was protest enough since I spoke out against apartide whenever I could, which was a dangerous practice. As far as affirmative action, it's kind of up to the foundation to generate more money so tat we can have a more elaborate recruitment program. I think affirmative action is a good thing and I' d like to see more of it. DAVID MITCHELL: I don't see why we should give blacks any special priveleges so that it's easier for them to get in than it is for whites. This school isn't saying that they can't come. Why go out of our way to recriuit more blacks? Because it would be good for the students and for the faculty. You'd be learning to relate to peoiple you normally wouldn't relate to, Teachers would be forced to go outside of their normal frameworks and examine things which they might not normally examine. FRED GOLDING What would you do about.faculty How important do you feel that is, and what would you do to encourage tenured faculty to publish? There are some tenured facultj who haven't published anything for thirty years. GLICKMAN Well of course publishing is very important. It's the teachers's link with the rest of the scholarly community. I would encourage publication or at least some evidence of scholarly research from all members of the a faculty. Tenured faculty members are, of course, reviewed every so often, and I feel that it would be up to me as provost to try to spark some kind of scholarly interest in them if their review shows that none is immediately forthcoming. GUGGENHEIMa In the last few years, we've lost a drama instructor two music instructors and we have no full-time creative wr ting prose instructor. How do feel about the creative arts as part of a liberal arts education? .Well, surely.the creativ: important, but I wouldn't say they were the t? bu1ld on of a l1beral arts As far as fine arts go, I have heard some effort to st':engthen tat program by working with the museu.m next door. planned by U.S.F.! now 1f there were acme way for New College to tap into that without gett1ng that m1ght avenue to explore. The faculty has also got to address the prob em of 1f there ere one on to be funded would they hire a G f or a cre-ative Writing Professor? pro essor LEWACKa All of your credentials are from fairly standard educational institutions, what made


CANDIDATE FCRPROVOST SPEAKS (continued) you decide to look into New College? GLICKMANs Well, I guess I like the fact that a student can get a lot of individual attention here, and I was interested in getting into college administration, so I decided to look into the job. LEWACKs How do you feel about a liberal, liberal arts college? GLICKMAN I don't think that students should study just anything, and get credit for it. I think that it might be wise for a student before he graduates to have a course in the great events of Western history, or the great revolutions x in philosophical thought. GUGGENHEIM: You realize that thee is a general consensus on campus that students are opposed to a core program? Well, I've heard that there isn't a core program (a program ink which certain basic courses are required) but it in no way appeared to be the consensus of the entire student body or faculty. Certainly if it is a consensus, I would be more than willing to listen to arguments as to why there is no core program, and I'd be willingto change my mind on the basis of persusasive argument, but I certainly favor some level of diversification on the undergraduate level. SOMEONEs Dr. Berggren is wk waiting for you outside. GLICKMANs Thank you very much for talking with me. (outside) BERGGREN (to GLICKMAN) How to you think it went? GLICKMAN: The students were gcod. They didn't pull any To s All Students From The Palm Court Party Commission Rea Palm Court Party There will be a palm court party in palm court this Saturday beginning at 9sJO p.m. all students are advised that there will be loud music, drinking afld debauchery in excess. If you would like to participate, all you need to have is a negative towards all things serious and sacred for the duration of the party. Feel free to drlnk, dance, part or get fucked up in any way you choose as as it doesn't hurt your fellow Thank you.


'Man vs. Nature" for C.J. "Put an 'x' between 'four' and 'abnormal'," repeated the person, and when I still did not respond, he took my in his guided my pencil to form an x. The bright sun b1t 1nto my eyes fragmented flashes of lightning, the thunder that usually accompan1es the storm was beginning to sound again in my head, and my cheek was aching, Why was I being spoken to? I dropped the pencil and it clattered lightly onto the metal bed table and then rolled into my sheet. As I watched the journey of the pencil, the person suddenly slapped my fingers hard, so I shut my eyes to his existence. An 'x'? Between 'four' and 'abnormal'? Did he think I was unable to detect his attitude? Put me in a bed, make me eat mood drugs and who knows what else, and then assign me such a stupid task as forming an x? A tilted cross between two tilted, incriminating words. You had been thinking of the tide, which had been low for nine days. Nine x four equals thirty-six, an abnormal number. The dragonflies were all around--they buzzed near your face, but you did not flinch, you surveyed, like an ancient farmer surveying his crops: objectively, subjectively. Objectively you blinked, stared into the sun, and continued walking toward the water. Once on the weathered dock, you wrapped your arms around a thick wooden pole and leaned your cheek against its splintered surface. Your cheek will have an imprint and maybe a splinter in it when you move away, after the sun sets. The sun is setting now, and the fish are becoming anxious-they swim excitedly to a d from each other, gossiping and exchanging hints on how to avoid being hooked. When the sun sets, the fish will leap into the air, joyful that they have made it through another day without being trick d, without being caught. They know perhaps what you are thinking, l:.ecause as you stare through the green water at their eyes, you see their minds; you can read each others thoughts. Is this abnorMal? They know that you had been thinking about the low tide. You jump down four feet from the dock onto rocks and sand and green slime and barnacles coat everything except an fish which has either to shore he wanted a change of environment, or, more l1kely, he has dr1fted up without his consent. With-


/ out his consent. Without your consent. The fish complain, but the sea will not listen if you try to tell her something. She is like a stubborn old woman who hoards her money--the sea hoards her secrets and is selfish and egotistical. Yet you love the sea--it is a compulsion. So you bend down slowly, in slow motion, and choose a slime covered shell, the one next to the empty horseshoe-crab shell. You stick your little finger inside and something moves--an animal--so you drop the shell into the sea. The animal probably knows that you want things to stay alive, you want to stay alive, you want to stay awake. The sun drops. There were no clouds, so the sky is not orange or pink or celestial--it is gray, and you can see the condominiums and the red and white lights of the radio towers where the sun has just died. The fish jump as usual, the air cools, and the crickets begin their dirge. You climb up onto the dock and walk quickly, because there is a person waiting for you. Not glanc1ng back at the sea, you walk quickly, half-run, because there is a scratchy pain in your cheek and you think there is going to be a thunderstorm. -l\.im Keene


!l1?'-K Willi fll/ff Mike Alexander holds two positions on Campus. He is first and foremost the director of the counseling program,(The Life Exploration Center) and second, he is Adjunct assistant professor of psychology. Mike is thirty-five years old. He received his B.A., M.A. and PhD from Ohio State University. He says, "I received my doctorate at the age of 29 years and ten months because I had made up my mind that I didn't want to be in graduate school after )0." While Mike was in graduate school, he took two nonconsecutive years off to serve in the Peace Corps. {first) and to try to start a therapeutic outside of Durham, New Hampshire (second). During his year in the Peace Corps, Mike worked as a Training Psychologist. Helping other Corps volunteers to develop their skills in "cross-cultural communication. During t& year, Mike visited Nepal, Iv'Ialasia, Korea, Micronesia and India. He hiked across the Himalayas seeking out and meeting with Corps volunteers in outlying regions. Mike was accepted to meidical school with a four year $20,000 scholarship. In his wordss "I was constantly playing off psychology against medicine." After two weeks in a l'tled school program. Mike decided that his first love v:as, in fact, psychology. "I just walked across the street to the psych school and told them that that was what I wanted to be. It just so happened that Ohio State haa one of the best clinical psychology programs in the country. My year in the .Peace Corps. i:ad taught me that I just loved the fielda" In his second year off from grad school Mike and some firj ends had a at starting a therapeutic community on a beautiful paiece of land in New Hampshire, but .. because none of us yet had our doctorates we ran into a lot of trouble getting referrals from psychologists in the area. Consequently the place ran into some heavy financial problems, and folded after a year." Mike found his way to New College through Phil Bandt, a man he had known in the Peace Corps who was then the head of thecounseling program. When Phil left the program suddenly, Mike found himself in charge of the whole thing. "This is the only professional job I've ever had." Mike said, "At that time the whole faculty got together to interview me. From that interview I was given my joint position as counselor/ fac11l ty member." As a counselor Mike says, "This office (Peggy and myself) see up ards of 50 students per week in individual, open-ended counseling sessions. In addition Peg has a 10 person growth group, a five person women's group and we Lave abo'J.t twenty p.;ople in the film and discussion series. This is one of the reasons I had any time to teach recently, but that is soernthing which I would also like to get back To the question of whether New College has changed very m uch in the six years that Mike has been here, he states, "Well, recently there's been a trend toward mere conservatism and more normality and somewhat away from theindividuality and eccentricity which character L.ed the place in past years, but New College is alway!3 chartc,il..g, Z.t1d this :-e more a signof the times as opposed to something just taking place heree By .. normality I mean 1 people now are asking themselves how much studying is Pe .oof are very muc/h ooU..;:zay;.;., L4M


A TALK WITH MIKE ALEXANDER (continued) oriented and achievement oriented. In the old days, people were interested in studying a daiscipline, but they were also interested in maintaining their own selves outside of that. I think the admissions process may have something to do with the shift in emphaisia." It is to Mike's credit that he is one of the most well-like people on Campus. Part of this is his willingness to be available a great deal, and his willingness to work hard on the students behalf. I asked Mike what he would say to those :.t students who would sort of like to talk about their problems, but who feel some reservations about coming in to speak with a counselor. He saids .. Experiment. Try us auto Come in to talk with Peg or myself for fifteen minutes and see what we're all about." A TALK WITH SOC-BONG CHAE /1 ti'LK tl/ /711 S 00 C/1/18" I decided to interview Sao Bong because he has one of the best reputations on Campus. Indeed, after talking with him, I could only feel that this was, in fact, the case. Soo Bong was born in Manchuria, China although his parents were Korean. He explainss "Manchuria has cultural roots in common with Korea. It was at one time part of Korea. Now, althougfi it is part of China there is still a large Korean community." Red At the age of 9 Soo Bong escapen china by himself. ("It was safer that way. My parents went first, then I followed."). He lived in North Korea until the war and then came south. Sao Bong attended Sol National University which he described as being somewhat similar to New College. n"The teachers there were all excellent, but they didn't exactly teach. It was up to the student, if he wanted to get anywhere, to learn for himself. He had to distinguish himself among the other students." He came to the University of Rochester on a Fulbright scholarship after spending some time in Brazil es a teacher. "In Brazil, there are no entrance exams for students. If they want to stay at the University, they first have to attend classes, and then if they pass those classes they may be allowed to stay on at the school." Soo Bong came to New College in 1970 after reading about its creation and opening in 1964 in an article which appeared in The Atlanta Constitute. (He taught at Emory for a while). I saw the pictures of Toynbee in the article and read about all the excitement which concerned this new instituteof higher learning. To the question ofs has the school changed very much, Soo Bong repliess "When I came here in 1970 there was, for a long time, this lingering self-awareness-guru culture type of thing. That lasted for a long time, but recently, the emphasis has chapged from 'What I am. :Bu:L:linh'u.JA ?Yaoe 1'7


A TALK WITH SOO BONG CHAE (continued) to 'What I will become. This is why, when a student starts out slowly,his first year, I will say to other faculty members 'Wait, let's see what he develops into. Sometimes it takes several years for a student to blossom ... To the question of what Soo Bong felt to be the tw. most important discoveries or innovations of recent mathematics, Soo Bong responded, "First, Joseph Fourier's assertion in 1811 as to the possibility of trigonometric series for representation of a function, and second, and more recent, Georg Cantor's creation of set theory. This was the beginning of 20th century mathematics." Are students of the intellectual quality they once were? "In mathematics they are as good, if not better, than they ever were. Last year New College produced 10 math majors all of whom won major scholarships and were accepted at leading At the American Mathematical Conference in Atlanta, I received much high praise for New College mathematics students. "l'f4E #G>

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