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,.PR 26'1'1 LIBRARY Volume 1, Number 6 Published by Students of New College, Sarasota, Florida November 13, 1969 Ylater cr1s1s POWE PLAY Marl< Friedman I I don't remember when I first found outther a water crisis. I guess it was when I flushed the toilet, but it just stood there and looked back at me making lit-le sucking noises. Just what I always wanted in my house -an outhouse. I sprang into action, hUITied over to a friend's room to give him the news about the cirsis. He never would have found out on his own. By this time the situation had changed. The spigots would p;1ss a little water, but only after a good deal of discussion. Perfectly good water, too, though a little browner than usual. I won't tell you what color it was, but to give you some idea, flush the toilet and there's no noticable improvement. We discussed possible causes for the jcrisis. I suggested that it might be an at-ltempt to mollify the black studies people. Since the college can't get enough memlbersofminority groupsto COple here, they Jdecided to stain what they He thought 'it more likely that Al Mintor, in a rare !display of scatological wit, was responMrs. Elmendorf to attend conference I Mrs. John Elmendorf will attend the !Eleventh Annual Conference of the So ciety for International Development in !Incija in mid-November. I Mrs. Elmendorf, who is the wife of lthe president of New College, vecame a !charter member of the Society through her work in Mexico on community develop.ment in 1952 60. ''Challenges to Prevalent Ideas on Development" is the subject of the conference, 1to be held in New Delhi, with the noted I sociologist Gunnar Myrdal as main 'speaker. Mrs. Elmendorf will participate in visits Ito various development projects throughout India, following the conference. "Attending the conference will be men and women from all over the world who have a common professional interest in e economic and social modemization of e less developed communities and coun-ries, Mrs. Elmendorf said. Her own field of interest is in the role f leaders, particularly in rural areas, U>articipating in community 'she added. I In March, Mrs. tlmendorf, who is con Jsultant in Latin American studies at New !College, will attend a seminar in Bogota, ,Colombia with women leaders on the role lof voluntary organizations in community ldevelopment, in a program established by lthe Overseas Educational Fund. I tried to confirm this last, but Al was 'w as tmavailable for comment. I got a jchance to have the following discussion l(or was it a seminar?) with Gus Todian, special assistant for underground affairs. Gus was leaning quietly on a shovel wat khing six other men, of all races,, creeds, land religions -this is a LffiERAL arts college -tear up the palm court near the l"2" dorms. iMe: How about the scoop on the water lcrisis? 1 Gus: How about a shovel? You can help us dig this hole. Says I: No thanks. What's the main source of all the trouble? Gus: Think you're smart, huh kid? In the water main! It's all clogged up. Sesame:How you gonna fix it? Gus: Thought you'd never ask. With a pipe cleaner! Not bad, eh? Drink some Gatorade, kid. Put hair on yotn' chest. Carraway: It's all right. I like it the way it is. So when can I finally take a shower? Gus: When we get it fixed. Now go away and leave me alone. And so I took my leave plumb tired of all this crisis bus!JI,ess. FOR G EST & MT As the SEC meeting of last week was held on Thursday, it was not covered in the last issue of Captain Jack. One of the most significant motions passed last week was amended at this week's meeting. The motion, suggested by Chairman Smith two weeks ago, concerned granting the SEC power to extend the visit of a non-student a power which was previously to the' OSP under a student rule. It was stressed that students are more directly concerned with campus visitors than is the administration, and that they should be able to control theirown environment. There was d.iscussio.u of the motion last week and Dr. Mille. a memo. He stated that the guest sign-in' rule was jointly formed by the SEC and the aud that the director of student policy was empowered to extend or refuse to extend the stay of a non-student by a joint decision. He felt that the present motion .vould incur an unnecessary confrontation between the SEC and the OSP, especially as he is sometimes privy to information about non-students which. is not always available to the SEC. His main point however was that was the legal represen tadve of the college in court, he felt he should have control over cases which could possibly involve a suit against the college. SEC members stated that obviously in cases of this kind Dr. Miller would have the final power. He does anyway by virtue of his ability to ban people from campus. ... ut except in cases which pose a definite threat to the college, it was felt that students were just as capable to judge whether or not it was desirable to have a non-student on campus for an extended period of time. It was also stressed that the SEC was responsible body :nd should be trusted by the administration to act in a reasonable manner. Two amendments to this motion were added last week. The first is that a non-student's sign-in privilege may be ex tended onthe approval of two members of the SEC until the next meeting. A second amendment was proposed, instigated by Dr, Miller's memo. In it he stated that he "joined tully with the SEC in wanting Student Government to take on expanded responsibility for the life of the campus. :-; As a compromise, he suggested that the motion be passed, as it stood, adding that it should be tmderstood that the OSP decision can override the SEC decision, with the further understanding that such exercise of administration action will be most infrequent." This compromise was embodied in the amendment to grant the SEC and OSP veto power over one another's decisions. The amendment passed, and Chairman Smith left the room. The chair was taken by Larry Reed. The motion with amendments was voted on and passed. This week, aJ1 amendment which can celled the reciprocal veto pov/er amendment was proposed by Peter McNabb, It should be stated here that earlier in the meeting Tim Snyder, as a representativE of the Student Court, condemned the veto amendment of last week. His statement was submitted in writing to Chairman Smith later on in the meeting. Challenged by Larry Reed that he had voted for the amendment last week, McNabb stated th\1-t he had changed his mind. At this point, Chairman Smith requested thatthe SEC go into closed session and the SEC members concUITed. When the meeting was reopened McNabb clarified his position, stating that the SEC is not held in wide respect by the student body and one of the reasons for this is that it is not believed that the SEC has much power for self-government. In a matter like this which so clearly concerned the students directly, MeN abb stated thatt the SEC should consider itself responsible enough to act intelligently and without the need of another check from the administration in the form of a veto. At this point, question was called on the motion and it passed with no dissenting voices. Larry Reed, Lee Harrison, and David Pini abstained from voting. The motion as it now stands reads as follows: The guest sign-in rule shall include the provision that the SEC may also extend a non-student's visit, and that any two SEC members shall have the power to do so tmtil the SEC can vote as a whole. Black Studies After the meeting, Dr. Miller stated that as the sign-in rule was jointly formed, he was not obliged to accept the decisions of the SEC as unilaterally binding. He does not accept the change in the rule as it now stands, and stated that he will take the question to the College Cotmcil this Tuesday for adjudication. Last in a Series of Articles In action last week the SEC recommended that New College place top pri ority on acquiring two professors in black studies. After study of Wilbur Moore's proposals at previous meetings the Student Academic Committee placed the recommendation before the SEC; "Let the SEC demand that in the hiring of new faculty members, top priority be given to the acquisition and at least one professor to black studies. "In light of this school's present finan cial and academic situation we feel thiS to be a feasible move toward filling an ur gent cultural need which has made itself evident among the students here. "It has also been suggested that a program be initiated whereby individuals with experience in the Black Studies be invited to take on visiting professorships at New College. "Let the SEC publicly urge a continued effort toward the integration of this institution through the recruitment of black students and administrators. "In reference to the p,elCentage sug gested in the original proposal, we feel that any sort of racial quota for New Col legeisentirelytmnecessary --notto mention illegal. "We believe that the New College ad ministration is well aware and is sensitive to the pressing social responsibilities which face every American school today, and that an attempt is being made now on the part of the AdmisSIOns people to give more black students the opporttmity to attend New ColleJZe," by Charles Kinney (One valuable way in which concerned students might help in their effort is to take part themselves in the recruitment of new studepts. ) Afterdiscussionthe SEC passed the motion in slightly altered form. Two professors were c ailed for and noted that inasmuch as black studies can be a wide field, specific areas of need were cited. The first paragraph of the motion as passed: "Let the SEC demand that in the hiring of new faculty members, top priority be given to the acquitision of at least two professors in the areas of history, sociology, economics, philosophy, literature, art, or music. 11 Implicit recognition was given to the fact that a in any black studies area, as above, probably will and should be a black. That the SEC does not recommend increasing the number of faculty was stressed. After SEC action, Dr. Arthur Miller jbrought to the floor a recommendation l "':hich would act to broaden the SEC mo tlon. Referred to the SAC for discussion, it was not brought up last night. It reads as follows: "Whereas our culture contains citizens brown as well as black, and "Whereas colleges based in Florida have a special proximity to the problems of Spanish speaking citizens, and (continued on page four)-At the November lGth meeting, arequest for $360 (later decreased to$150) for rental of motor vehicles to transport marchers to Washington was denied on the that the SEC had never given money for individual student travel costs in previous cases. A requestfor$50 to pay for the salary of the Educational Conference Planning Committee's secretary was turned down as not being the responsibility solely of the SEC. At the Nov'eniber 6th meeting the SEC decided to ask Captain Stiles to investigate the possibility of sotmd-proofing the West Campus dorms. At the Wednesday meeting Dr. Miller reported that the baffle quotient was constant, according to Stiles who was investigating the question further. Dr. Miller also made several Student Policy announcements. Chuck Derrick has obtained paints for the decoration of West Campus rooms. Bayshore Road, thanks to the initiative of the SEC and the adRJini-. stration will be lit by the city of Sarasota. Also, the students, especially those going to Washington, are requested to sign out at the reception center desk so that their ap proximate location is known in the case of any frantic J:Donc calls froni parents, relatives, lovers, spouses, etc. CHRISTMAS I Any New students living on !campus who will Le remaining in Sarasota during the Christmas holidays and who havenotyetmade arrangements for Christmas Day are invited to contact Mrs. bob bins, Extension


2 Captain Jack Insecure? A few years ago certain administrators expressed their interest in seeing New College students alter their appearance J.nd demeanor. The student body was told that good friends of the college had been offended during their visits to the campus and as a result the school's financial stability was being jeopardized. The consensus of student opinion at that tin.e was that long hair, beards, and bare feet were "proxy" issues. Most students felt that visitors were offended by what student appearance represented --i.e. a differing political, social, or moral viewpoint, On this point both students and administrators agreed: students were entitled to the free expression of their convictions. In particular everyone agreed that the actuality of New College was nothing to hide. Apparently New College students no longer feel as secu:ce about the legitimacy of their activities and their envir-onment. At last Thursday's SEC meeting, a motion was passed censuring the editors of Captain Jack for sending unsolicited copies of the newspaper to parents. SEC members felt that deception between student and parent about the true nature of New College is a fact of life. The SEC also apparently felt that students would not ue able to justify their presence at College when confronted by parents armed with the "facts. 11 As editors of Captain Jack we find the sense of the SEC censure to be objectionable if only because the SEC seeks our complicity in this deviousness and lack of idealism, As aresult we plan to wholeheartedly disregard the SEC motion of censure. The Impossible Dreamer A Reply To Bill Romine by Bob Beaird Looking overBill Romine's "philosophy of education" article, the most objectionable fe:ture I find is the attitude of inflated self-assurance. He makessuch wonderful assertions as: "At the town meeting of Tuesday, October 21, I raised hell a.:>out how students did not have enough faculty representation. I will now go ue yond that. 11 I will testify to the fact that he did raise a certain amount of hell at the town meeting, but then raising hell is a prerogative of rampant apes as well as human ueings. I will also agree that the article went beyond his previous barnstorm ing;. the question is, in what direction? Mr. Romine's thought seems to center n two aspects of reality: black and white. Institutions are evil; individuals are unique, separate entities; organized religion destroys men's minds; ew College, apparently, exists in a vacuum in which it can e shaped to anyone's (BillRomine's)de. ; are self-motivated scholars; and the faculty is part, I assume, of that invisible "they" w o are manipulating all lives and cwform to t h e Mad Sci entist archetype intent upon t urning us all into automatons for the appeasement of God Society. This thought-uubule seems too preg nant not to _,e burst, and as it appears to envelop more minds than that of Bill Romine, is one which should concern the college. Despite appearances, do not .;:laim omniscience in these matters. I do feel that the flaws of thJ.s particulariorm SC Hearing On Novem oer 9, 1969, the Student Court held a preliminary hearing of the complaint of Richard Ingraham against the occupants of room 127, BoJ Beird and Dave Gersten for a violation of quiet hours. Bob Beird pled nolo contendre and Dave Gersten pled innocent to the accusations of continuing to play the stereo in room 127 at an excessive volume after cleing askedtodecreasethe decioellevel at 4:30 a.m. Novemoer 6. The SC dropped the char11:es aRainst Gersten due to lack of evidence, and issued an informal warning to Berni. The SC decided to urge the students to comply with requests to keep the dorms quiet during quiet hours. of Utopian simplicity are fairly oovious; that the attitude persists is a source of a-mazement to me. Institutions are evil in so far as they force men into patterned thought, and they often do just that. But institutions also serve a preserving function. Eliminate the Catholic Church and you eliminate an overwhelming oody of knowledge and inspiring, original thought. The fact that the Church claims to ue the one true church is irrelevant in this context; it pre sents one set of alternatives from which the individual must choose. It is possi ble to believe in a collectively held idea, and what idea does not have its collective features? The problem consists in the individual breathing live into an idea rather than the idea murdering the individual. Part of the fault is in the institution, part of it in the individual. If Mr. Romine wishes to put forward :o qolipsistic epistemology he may o so, ut he should not expect anyone to take what he is saying as the truth, as by h is definition it does not exist. And where is it that t h e individual is at fault? For one in the fact that very few students here are students, very few are academically motivated. The issue has ueen tossed a bout in this college for so long that it ish a-d to see how anyone could maintain that most students here want to learn for the sake of learning. If anyone is willing to maintain this I suggest a l)rief investig

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Page 4 lhcord Reviews GAWDAWFUL & IRREVERENT Obituary It is indeed sad to report tne death of Nehemia "Skip" James, in early October. Skip, one of America'sforemost bluesmen, died in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hospital, of cancer of the stomach after a lingering illness. He was 67. Skip was born June, 1902, in Bentonia Mississippi, and as a teenager learned to play the from two local musicians, Rich Griffin and Henry Stuckes. He also .learned the piano froUJ Little Montgomer}r. In the late '20's, Skip re-corded a handful of the blues for Paramount that stand even today as a group of unique emotional statements. With his intense singing, complex accompaniment, and beautiful images, Skip projected an emotional involvement in his m"Usic that is practically unp!ualled. Probably mo;t famous of Skip's blues are "Devil Got My Woman," "Special Rider Blues," "Cypress Grove Blues, and "I'm So Glad. 11 {of recent Cream popularity) Like many un-commercial olues artists, Skip drifted into obscurity during the Depression. He was rediscovered by .;lues enthusiasts in the Bentonia Hospital, two weeks pri01 to the 19c4 Newport Folk Festival. and was scheduled at the last moment to perform. Skip was very nervous, out when he settled down and began to play the haunting "Devil Got My Woman," the audience was entranced. Since then, Skip played at the Phila delphia and Swarthmore College Folk Festival, among others. He cut two ali.Jums for Vanguard, one for Melodeon, and had several of his original cuts from the '20's re-issued on the Yazoo and Origin Jazz Li la0els. It is fort1..apte that youn2 olues enthusiasts were aL>le to see one of the true masters of the Blues who had ,een thought long dead. It's also nice that Skip was a ole to receive some of the acclaim he so richly deserved. Perhaps som c understanding of the kind of person Skip was can be conveyed <>y the fact that he realized he had a terminal illness ut refused to uurden others with his sorrows and never felt sorry for As Skip said in "Sick Bed Blues" : The doctor came, talking very low, Said you may get l>etter out you ain't never well no more. Blind Fuller Brush .................... If anyone has alvums to sell, wants to buy or borrow. Or tickets to sell, tickets wanted to ouy, or needs a ride/r to a concert, drop anote by my box, 431, and I'll be glad to put in an announcement for you. Jethro Tull STAND UP--JETHOR TUll: REPRISE; 6360 The first thing that happens when you opentbisalbum isthat Jethro Tull, figureatively, stands up. I suppose there are all sorts of uad puns one could make with the aloum "standing up" to this, that and the other, uut: I won't. Jethro Tull (named after the seventeenth century inventor of the seed drill, no plow, as it commonly believed) has a distinctive style, caused on the most part JY the guitar of Martin Barre, and the flutes of Barre Ian Anderson (mostly Anderson). Barre, who replaced Dick Adams, the guitaist on their first album, doesn't have a particulaly unique style, out it is solid playing. The usual highly amplified runs and good wah-wah work such as in "We Used to Know. He doesn 1t use any feed-<>ack, or the thing-a-ma-jigie what makes an undercurrent of sliding noise. All of the songs on this album were written by Anderson, a versatile composer and musician. On it, he plays such esoteric things as Hammond organ, mouth organ, oalalaika, and vocal chords {his own). There also is much more flute work on this album than there was on the first, all of it excellent. One song 11Bourree" is an instrumental with a flute lead. The lyrics have a certain, uh, quality of their own. Sample: I don't want to be a fat maa-aa-aa-an; People would think that I was just so much fun, yeah, I'd rather be a thin ma-aa-aa-an, I think I will go on treing one, yeah. Mercifully, in most arts, the music makes the vocals secondary. All the rest of the things that go into making :n alvum, engineering, perc bass, are more than adequate, and go togetherto enhance a rock-riobed collection of songs from this English group. LS ******************* **************** FREE OWSLEY! **** once Captain Jack Reek Havoc I used to walk with you i n t e rt w i n e d h a n d s a n d f i n g e r s through dawn lit panoramas with no destination in sight or wanted once I used to love you but I've done many things once or twice lately I've become more aware of you your acrid airs and odors when I kiss your lips plunging in with my tongue I have a mad urge to run and grab a bottle of mouthwash JUSt before I spit when I hold you I pant and heave because I am too eager to hold my breath but I still gasp and choke when I finish making love to you my body tingles in needle-spray steam as I take my shower for I dare not take a bath and wallow in the water. r.nneth Stambaugh Harrison Wins Ice Cream Contest Perennlal first-year student Lee Harrison, who is also Captain Jack'sBusiness Manager, fought off a late charge from NC's John Wasko to take first prize in the Third Annual Cone Killer Contest at the Dipper Dan Ice Cream Shop in Trail Plaza. Harrison's record feast was fifty scoops of ice cream (various flavors: "They all tasted the same after a while, 11 Harrison said), smashing the former record of thirty-nine, set by New College student Lee Harrison. Wasko managed 28. First prize in the contest was a $25 savings bond (or the equivalent $18. 75 purchase price in cash); Harrison chose the savings bond. It is reported that, after deducting the amount of money spent for ice cream during the course ot the contest, Lee made a cool profit of $4.13 on the venture. There is also a school competition for totalnumberof scoops eaten {you may recall a silver ashtray with a protruding ice cream scoop about Hamilton Center); New College was again victorious with a total :>f 302 scoops {114 consumed by J::Iarrison himself), far ahead of the competition. This is the third year of the contest, and the third yea in which New College has won both the school and individual awards. Last year's winner was Dennis Kezar, while Mac Green took the title two years ago. "This may be the last year of the contest, 11 the Dipper Dan manager told the Captain Jack reporter, in the confidence. "You get tired of people asking, 'Oh, what is that?', he said. The editors of Ca'!Xain Jack believe SO SCOOPS of Ice Cream $5.90 at DIPPER DAN 9ce Gtea.m &OPPE get-well cards from 104 -Trail Plaza 3333 N. Tamianri Trail Phone 355-3931 that students should lobby as strongly as possible for a continuation of the contest in future years, as it is the only form of inter-school athletics in which New College currently participates. VALUE HOUSE Division of SMITH SPECIALTY CO. 2044 47TH ST. SARASOTA, FLA. PHONE 335-1116 November 13, 1969 Nic Nac Nook One of The Largest Selections PIERCED EARRINGS In The South JEWELRYGIFTS CARVINGS Leather Watch Bands Billfolds -Lighters Key Rings -Tie Tacs Pewter Mugs FREE ENGRAVING ic NacNoo 1505 Main St. 958-8663 DREAMER CONTINUED ,the requirement? If that is the answer my respect for former students here is considerably lowered. To suggest that all requirements be dropped, students be allowed to do whatever they want, and that we all get together and form one big happy community isto suggest that we remove to t}:le campustothe pinnacle of Mt. Everest and survive without any other source of air. It is a human impossiaility. By the time students reach this college they have had most self-motivation drained out of them willingly or unwillingly, and seem incapable of generating any true academic interest. The eighteen years we have passed through have formed some fairly set patterns; it is foolish to think that anyone given the chance, will toss off the security they offer. People here are also unprepared 'to live communally; human beings ignorant of most of their own selves cannot be expected to come out of being herded into some sort of uncontrolled encounter group displaying the full glory of their Being. To obtain this sort of self-motivated, communally-oriented student, the size of the college would have to be reduced considerably and an admissions program of in comparable complexity would have to be devised to ferret out these supermen. The former suggestion, it appears, is a fiscal impossibility. My impression is that this college needs to have 500 students in orderto be even vaguely independent financially. If there are any still unaware of this fact, this college has been operating somewhere nearto insolvency for all of its career. Yes, the outside world does exist. We cannot ignore it any more than we can ignore the fact of ourselves. The end result of these despairing considerations is that the resurrection of the Drip-Coffee Theory of Reform is destined to ve ineffectual. One does not begin over-all reform at the top of the educational structure and expect it to seep down thJ.\..ugh the lower levels; one must be a ... solutely modem and use a percolator. The image is somewhat mephitic but c onveys the essence of the idea. We can reform within limits here; specific problems need to i.Je dealt with {e. g. the ARC) and, if there is anything behind the ire of many students, can Je. Butto suggest the adap tion of a new, inarticulate "philosophy of education" is to make the idea of change laughable, not to say ludicrous. Change is brought about through ;>atient, willful action over a period of time, the product of hope, not JY unreasoned destruction of existing structures, which is the product of despair. BLACK STUDIES CONTINUED "Whereas the SEC request for black professors blatantly disregards the crucial problernsof under-developed South American countries, as well as the highly talented and often underprivileged groups of Cuban refugees. "{Therefore) the SEC strongly recommendsthattop priority be given to the re cruitment of South American, Cuban, Mexican and other ethnic groups oi Span ish-speakingderivation, andtothe recruitmentof at least two professors(orvisiting professors) whose fields of competence ernbrace areas similar to those requested of black professors. 114 NO. ORANGE AVE. SARASOTA. FLORIDA IS I E P 0. BOX 2066 PHONE 9!5!5-41S9 HELEN'S BOOKSTORE 1531 MAIN ST 955-2989 SAJtA80TA that THE CAMPUS BOOK SHOP has acquired what was Charlie's back 1n room?

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