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Volume 1, Number 3 Published by Students of New College, Sarasota, Florida October 23, 1969 FACULTY APPROVES TWO Munger Overturning an SEC-sponsorea motion for three representatives, the faculty voted yesterday to install two students on the Review Committee. During questwnmg of the entire process, the faculty showed signs of reforming the review system. Discussion of the ARC was the focal point ofthe meeting. ARC chairman Dr. Woody Bryne reported on the operation of the committee. He explained that they split into subcommittees to hear minor cases, but tried to get as many ofthe members together as possible for the more important ones. Ian McHarg One of the most eloquent critics of man as polluter of his environment will speak at 8 p.m. today in Hamilton Center at New College. lanL. McHarg, 48-year-old landscape architect and regional planner from the Uni versity of Pennsylvania, been invited to speak to the college community and invited guests on "Man and His Environment. McHarg, whose new book, "Design With Nature" was published only this summer, suggests that man learn to live in harmony with nature instead of poisoning the very biosphere that sustains him. "Man is a blind, witless, low-brow anthropocentric clod who inflicts lesions upon, the earth, "says Mcharg. "If we continue any raping the land, befouling the waters and polluting the air, mankind itself will surely perish. McHarg's appearance here was arranged by New College Biology Professor John B. Morrill, particularly for his class in envir onmental biology. The Scotland-born ecologist earned three degrees at Harvard in landscape architecture and city planning and 15 years ago was by the University of Penn sylvania to found the first American department of landscape architecture and re gional planning. In addition to his admin istTative and teaching duties 4t Penn, he is a partner in a planning firm. McHarg has been going about the country preaching his message of intelligent conservation of natural resources for some years and with the growing national attention to the problem of pollution, he has become, as Time Magazine describes, "not only a symbol of rising anger at environmental abuses, but a successful practitioner of the hard art of stopping those abuses." Ecologist McHarg is convinced that the U. S. can replan its cities, curb pollution, and halt suburban chaos. "We have everything we need: the land, brains wealth. technology. We only need the desire --and leadership, counsels McHarg. and Goldberg Pledged Bryne denied that this indicated a measure of pre Judgement, because information available from the recorder's office would give an indication of the degree of seriousness in each case. He stated that Nancy Ferraro, College Recorder, sat in on cases as a non-voting member. Next, the information-gathering methods of the committee came into question. Bryne explained that the student's academic record and adviser were the main sources of information. In addition, the student was questioned to see if he had been doing "academically productive things that we don't know about. Not satisfied that this was sufficient, the faculty voted to publish lists of students to be placed under review. Profes-sors who have relevant to the review were instructed to give it in writing. The ARC was also given the power to extend ISP due dates. On the question of student representation, Bryne deferred to Mike Smith who presented the SEC proposal calling for three student representatives to the ARC. ln a brief moment of tension, Smith searched the faculty faces in vain for a second. John Esak finally responded and the measure was put up for discussion. Drs. David Gorfein and Buddy Riley led the opposition to the SEC proposal on the principle that students shouldn't be on the committee at all. Gorfein complainec that it was giving students a chance to vote on academic\ standards. Dr. Will Humphreys argued -that the ARC votes to determine "academic standings, not standards. 11 Alan Lichtenstein asserted that the faculty "had long ago accepted students into the college community JUst about as full citizens. He also made the point that there were voting student representatives to the faculty meetings where theacademic standards were in fact made. Riley called the SEC proposal "a token gesture." He challenged the line of reasoning "that is leading us to a situation of equal representation, or where students take over the decision-making altogether. Danforth Ross replied that he endorsed equal representation, but didn't consider t.he idea "politicallv Lichtenstein suggested that the students meet as a single body to review ARC Ju

Page 2 Captain Jack October 23, 1969 letters: TOWN MEETING Dear Editor. I just wanted to write to get out my personal view of what happehed at the Tuesday night town meeting. Admittedly, I came late to the proceedings, but I did get in on what was to me one of the first substantive town meetings I have ever been to here. At least two concrete things came out of it, and that is better than u to be sure. There was one proposal for a "work sheet" type of evaluation, lt lathe New Experimental College in Denmark. Also, the beginnings of some work tohaltthe growth, in terms of enrollment, here at New College, crystalliled. A total of twenty-nine _people finally expressed concern over the problem of New College's growth. Together, Russ Resslhuber and I have written a petition.. Ip substance, it calls for a "radical re thinking'' of the current plans for growth. All the facts and assumptions upon which these growth plans are based must be made public. Further, I want growth in terms of an increased student body halted. What New College needs is to consolidate the present situation. We need to pass judgment on New as it is now, and consciously and thoroughly evaluate it before more people are admitted. Without thiStype of thinking and energy, things will simply occur. Present administrative policies will simply continue, thoughtlessly, and inappropriately. By inappropriately, I mean that the present situation does not square with what New College is meant to be. Indeed, no one seems to have any idea of what it is meant to be. This is precisely why growth must stop. We must determine where we are going before we go there. And going there meaiiSliiCreased enrollment. Signing the petition is me>tnt to be an expression of concern over this problem. The problem faces everyone here -student, faculty, or administrator. I hope that members of all three groups will sign the petition, and that it will not be an empty gesture from anyone. People will be talking to you about it. They will have petitions for you to sign.. Meanwhile, if you want to talk about it, please talk to Russ (Room 32S)orto mVJelf, John Winikates (D-lll). Thank you, lohu Winikates FOURYEAR OPTION Dear Newspapen RE Proposal to stifle 4-year option freedom. First of all --what is the option for anyways? As I see it, besides being a way of postponing the draft, it should be a means by which the student can for a time step out of the academic environment and gain some sort of perspective on this "academic world. Most students have been in said world as long as they can remember, and this in itself makes it hard to shed the intellectual shackles which have been there for so long that they seem like almost (but not quite) a part of our beings. The idea that this off-time should be evaluated to determine its relevance to the students education sort of reminds me of the draft system's way of classifying even those who are completely opposed to the draft. It boils down to being one more way for the powers above to deny the student his own right to define for himself JUSt what "academic" is and even what "education" is and because as it stands now this potential"free time" is the only time the student can see what is relevant to him from outside this environment and make choices and decisions unhampered by any demands about what he should be doing (hitch: hiking across JUSt won't do -that is unless a paper adequately analYl ing and describing the experience --with appropriate references of course --is han dedinafteiWards --before the deadline). This trip across Europe is relevant because the student decides that it is --by his action of doing it. That's the way it should be. maybe if I get pissed-off enough I'll write a whole article about how it is to opt for a year and cope with the outside world. E. Thurston 11-IE SYSTEM I was seajed in front of th. e ARC the other day, and the man said, "Fred, you have trouble putting it down on paper. 11 Dear Captain Jack: There is an analogy that is quickly becoming popular among "New Barbarian, "Old Barbarian" and" Semi-retired Barbar ian" circles that equates greatness with walking along a precipice with nothing to keep the walker trom falling over the edge. It may be a bit gruesome but the analogy seems to have considerable valicf ity. Great things JUSt do not tend to arise from mediocrity encouraged by s ecurity. It seems that greatness arises only in those individuals who can face the abyss of themselves with no guardrail. It would be profitable, thoughnon-academic, to consider through the film of Estep grease where NC is and is going. The school was intended for individuals who were striving for that greatness born of personal confron tjltion. the school that this led to a harmful attrition rate, that it left students in the emotional turmoil over where "they stood" and did not promote the acquisition of funds. The school also acquired at this time a national reputation of unprecedented stature. Still a change was deemed necessary. We are in the first year of this cultural revolution and questions are arising as to where NC stands. My feeling is we have pulled a Nixon and are moving right. The individual confrontation bas been termed unrealistic and an unmJltioned move toward traditional educative procedures has begun. If one says that the atmosphere, conducive to personal initiative, is now embodied in the contract system he is mistaken. Even if it were possible (It is not.) to negotiate a contract promising "only" a significant attempt at acedemic involvement, the negotiator would still be within this safe framework of the bureaucratic Rube Goldberg created to go along with the new system. The school would be providing periodic, perhaps typed notification of "where he stands" --an amenity that serves also to eliminate that feeling that "I must determine what and how well I'm doing. The diploma one receives will tell the world that compared to others he has done as well as they. What I seem to be advocating is the dropping of all re Is this as impractical as it seems? Perhaps. Does this mean a NC diploma would be worthless? On the contrary, if New C<;>llege dropped its requirements its diploma mean more because any use to which it was put would require investigation into the individual pos s e ssing it. For example, graduate schools would realile that by being in effect guaranteed a diploma the worl< that a student has done is the result of his own initiative. The that others are getting away with something need conce.rn us. They are getting away with no thmg as they will have to stand on their .. Unfortunately, this goal must be in t?e face of the reign of the pragmatic reahst. I would still desire a shift from a course that can boast of its utopian realiution as the institution of grades and quality credits. Unless we, are contented to be led in th1s we should begin to vo1ce opposition to both the system and it.s .manifestations (i.e., ARC, Faculty humg procedures, EPC). Sincerely, Fred Silverman FIRST -CLASS MINDS To the Editon In order to set the record straight I would like to make several factual corrections to a quote in Rob Mallet's article last issue. L attributed a matching of her to K in the article. In actuality, and in all fairness, the blame or credit for this must be shared with that fine Southern boy, Bert Minkin.. She also miscoDJtrued our actual match. What we had said was that L (not K) was "midwestern wheat." We made a preliminary match of her and K on the basis of a characterization of him as 11 All-Amer Jock. Our final match for L (arnved at through a process we will not reveal) was with Q, not K. (signed) Ira student emergency fund Students facing a financial emergency of a short term nature, that might interfere with their academic endeavors at New College, may immediately borrow up to $100 from the Student Emergency Fund with the expectation that the money will be repaid without interest before the end of the academic year. Generally, it should be understood that this fund will not be used to pay for college fees such as tuition and board costs. Persons having this type of problem should be referred to the New College Financial Aid Officer or a local bank. Procedurally, a student should request emergency financial assistance through the Student Policy Office. At this time the reason for the loan request will be recorded along with an expected date of return payment. Students who neglect to pay their debt to the student emexgency fund by their expected date of payment will be notified on a monthly basis by the Student Policy Office. DUE PROCESS the ARC maybe? APATHY vs FEAR or the Contented Zoo by Dennis Saver Every day, media headlines scream eVidence of a message whose impact has diminished in direct proportion to its usage: the viable dissatisfaction and unrest now visable as a consensus of the will of the people. One of the maJor contenders for th.e du.bious honor of being the Most Explo1ted 1s one of the original inovators: the college campus. Political (and increasingly activists) organizatious bythe dolen coalesce drift aparg, and reform on campuses, ranging f rom the Y AF to from SWINE to WITCH; a rising of. unrest is fast becoming an tide. Why, then, it is asked, lS the campus of New College so relatively free from this type of activity? It bar .. bors those who, in other circumstances, might will be the leaders of revolt; and not one or two, but fifty or one hundred. It possesses a collection of discriminating intelligence that would be hard to match, particularly on an equal percentage basis. Yet, the prevalent air seems to be one of utopian apathy, a singleminded dis-interest in anything not directly concerned with a specific personal niche. The only reasonable conclusion that can be drawn is that the college operates as a tremendous co-opt, a land where not only will the lion lie down with the lamb, but with anything else at hand in order to to escape conflict. The institution is set up as a panacea for worldly (that is, Off Campus) ills, and those who fall prey to its charms are quietly, if not permantly, led out to pasture in a drugged stupor. In fact, its victims will even fight at the prospect of being dragged out of their pleasant garden, and are by nature sus-picious of any apples. Although it is understandable that no one would want to cease living in a state of relative euphoria, a private dream world, Novo Collegians seem to hold on to these tenuous threads more tenaciously than most. They found it too hard to resist the attraction of a utopia freely of rered, neatly packaged, and tailored so that all can find something that fits; and by accepting this sugar -coated bribe, they tacitly agreed to be co-opted, to not look too long or too deeply at why this was beillg given, and who was be,pefitting from it. It came to the point where they would venture into the squallor of the Great Outside in order to further revel in their own comfortable existences -and. they soon assumed a smug, almost self-righteous attitude towards their status. Their reactions are governed by two parameters: apathy for what does no directly affect them, and fear for what does. this This situation is too similar for comfort to the outlook which makes totalitarian forms of rule possible. Although the people may not be continuously happy, or may even grumble constantly, they are laTgely unconcerned by the maJority of occurences, or at least not concerned enough to take direct action. If the occa-(continued on page four) from The Catalyst, February 29, 1968 KANGAROO KOURT by Cisco The Student Court convened, October 21, Tuesday evening, at 9:30 P.M., to hold a hearing concerning the cases o f Roger Klurfeld, David Adams, Sal Lee Anderson, and Patrice Thornton. The hearing began inJustice Scheinberg's room. but was soon moved to H-4, since the air became a "bit stuffy." Student prosecutor, Stephen Romero, listed the charges brought against the defendents in his typically desultory manner. Chief Justice Snyder, then informed the e en en of their rights as a e Constitution and the Bill of Rights. "Little Napoleon, 11 as the Chief Justice is affectionately known, proceeded to ask the defendents to enter their respective pleas. After much beard pulling and waggling (respective to sex) each defendent entered a plea of Not Cuilty to the four charges of littering, defacement, destruction, and breaking and entering: on, of, of, and into College Property. Judges: Freeman, Boehmer, Snyder Scheinberg, and Borrman, conferred and decided that were sufficient grounds for a trial. Chief Justice Snyder then asked defendent as to whether he or she wanted a JUry or tribunal trial. Klurfeld was asked first. He chose a trial by JUry. The rest dominoed, except for Miss Sal Lee, who asked for a tribunal one. At this point, the bench began a heated and much overheard discussion as to whether toholdMissSalLee's trial immediately or to postpone it, in order that the attorneys of defense and prosecution might have time to prepare their cases. The court was cleared so that the Honorables might decide what was best. Ouring this discussion, phrases like "stuffthe aesthetics, and "What would Collingwood say?" filtered out of H-4. The voices of reason won out over those of effete snobbery and the trial was postponed. The defendents were anything but unoccupied during this lapse. For, when asked to reconsider their choices for JUdge or JUry trial, they all opted for trial by tribunal. Klurfeld again led the dominoeing. The Court then decided, that trials will start at 9: 30 P, M. on Tuesday, Octo ber 28, in H-4, or the Teaching Auditorium, depending on advance ticket sales. Captain Jack: the staff Editors: David Rottman Rob Mallet the others: Lee Harrison Peter McNabb Jose Perel David Monisoff Mark Friedman and Zelia Ellshoff


photographs by marco pereyma and karen adams


Page 4 Editor's Note Included in this issue of Captain Jack, along with our usual assortment of purely objective news stories, are two pieces of fiction by New College students. It would be ple as:nt if the inclusion of creative works could become a regularfeature, particularly in view of the enormous undertaking and general disappointment that is a formal "literary supplement." An advantage of the semi-regular format over the full-issue one is the ability to wait for quality. The two stories which appear here are the best I have seen from the creative writing class this year. A word on the stories: "The Man" is a f;ble, a description of a ritual that is universal, perhaps, among societies of hum an beings. Follow the presentation of the ritual, as it is given both to the reader and to the character. "Josh" is a story of an entirely different type. Here is the powerful presentation of a cha-acter, well-h:ndled in a difficult narrative medium. Both stories, in short, are worth your attention. Rob Mallet Stones at Palm Beach Next Month WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. --The Rolling stones, one of the most heralded rock groups in the world, will make the scene at the 1st Annual Palm Beach International Music and Arts Festival in November. The announcement was made J Ointly inLondonand in West Palm Beach by festivalpromotorDavid Rupp. The rock and roll group will come to Palm Beach tival from New York where Rupp said theywillappearatMadison Square Garden. "The two day appearance in New York is already sold out, 11 said Rupp who returned from New York after a weekend of talent hunting for the November 28 30 festival. The only other appearance the group wHl make in the United States will be at the Forum in Los Angeles. "Hundredsofpromoters have been trying to get the Stones, said Rupp. Rupp also announced that tickets are now on sale in the Palm Beaches. There will be a limited number of tickets sold he said, and no tickets will be sold at gate. Costofthe three-day event is $20. Tickets are on sale in the Palm Beaches, Rupp said, at Specs Music in Palm Beach Mall, the Potted Daisy, Fountain's, Muntz T. V. Electric Matchbox Boutique. The West Palm Beach Jaycees are selling tickets and the promoter said any civic group is invited to sell tickets as a club fund-raising proJeCt, "This is a community-wide proJect to benefit the community, he said. Before signing up the Rolling Stones, Rupp had confirmed the Iron Butterfly, jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone, Cham hers Brothers, ]ann is Joplin and Pacific Gas and Electric. ZOO continued sion is threatening enough to warrant such action, fear of the consequences or inspecific fear of the Powers That Be is ample to abort any attempts. Obviously, if even a reasonable minority dared to act, either along or more effectively in concert, the system would topple like a child's tower of wooden blocks. In instances where this has .been the case, the is subverted; as_ the French l'llderground in W. W. II or the NLF in Vietnam. Even a minute force can effectively sabotage much. Tosome extent the overall population, and to a greater extent New College students, are living in a Candidian combination of 1984 andBraveNewWorld: smugly satisfied with their own position, and yet able to complacently ingest almost by those who control. Although this dismal picture may be overdrawn. or some: what extreme in some cases, it is-generally more true than it is pleasant to be lieve. Fewer than seventy students felt it worth their while to attend a "town meeting" em Sunday. Tuesday evening, those who were by chance caught in the dining room seemed not to know whether they were satisfied with thesta'Us quo, but in effect had to be told; and even so taking little action, pro 2.:.. con. One wonders how long experimental mondeys are con tentwithdecayi!lg fruit on the before they expend the effort of piling up a few boxes to get the ripe fruit above, and how loog after that until they escape the bars of the zoo to the limitless amount of fruit Captain Jack fiction: JOSH One day, when joshua was twelve years old, he came to the realization that hewas for some reason very attractive to the girls. They always seemed to stare longingly at him and when he would abashedly look back at them they scurried away behind shivering giggles. He liked it, although he made it a point to passionately repel any of their fluttering advances. A few years later, though, and it was okay to dig girls and Josh began to pla ythe game. The mysterious aura had never left and he felt certain that it would be with him always. Josh's first love was a girl named Virginia. He usually only saw her in school lived on the other side of the highway and a few miles away. She was among the vanguard of the ninth grade girls: shortest dresses, straightest and longest hair, the most make-up. She looked old. She smoked and said shit, fuck, and damn a lot. She was cool They went steady for a week. It began at a party and it ended at a party. It might have been the same party but a week later. In that week, although technically Virginia she remained, Josh learned some things about which he had only had fleeting impressions from those long hours hunched over in the tiled bathroom. He and she had discovered that making out and all was more than JUst what people did at parties in front. of friends. It really felt good too. And Josh figured that if it felt good with Virginia then it must feel a different kind of good with different girls and that that must be what they were after when they payed all that attention to him. Josh grows in years and stature and learns more all the time. He grows tall and lithe. His face grows mature and his eyes penetrate. His hair flows down his neck. The chicks love him, to look at him and play games with him. Josh knows all of the games and also knows that he holds the aces in stud poker. He loves mirrors. He walks around a lot JUSt to be around and let people see him. He is very happy. 11 Josh decides to come outside. Into the bathroom for a piss and a grin at the mirror and out the door. Ho hum, he thinks scratching his balls and smiling. Ho hum de dum dum doo that sure was a fine thing I tied myself up with last might. I like women what makes no bones about where it is, no game playing, no messing around. Just the hard real thing. Smooth. A fine evening. "Morning, she purrs behind, as if the goodness of it were to be taken as given. She is sweet and little and frail and pretty, morning pretty. "Morning. Jesus Christ, oh yeah. Well this is what she looks like, remember now, she didn't always look like this. Hell, women sure do have a tendency to change around overnight like that. Well, what the shit. Maybe tonight she'll look the same again. Probably not. But that's tonight, I gotta go get some breakfast. "I got a lot of things to do today, you know like what I was telling you about last ni$tht." "Yeah, well, okay. Uh I don't feel very hungry but maybe I' 11 have some tea orsomething." "All right, come on then. sEc CONTINUED that these new personnel set up a minor ity admissions program, and that the black faculty be in the areas of literature, history, philosophy, sociology, art, economics, and music. Because of the late hour the SEC table the second proposal until next week and adjourned. Next week's meeting will be a real indicationofhow New College as a whole reactstothe first strong manifeJt:ation of black initiative by black membeiS of New College. town mee ting CONTINUED A request from the floor to remove the chairman was sidestepped, but shortly after the "Give-a-Damn's'1 removed themselves. They announced still ancther town _meeting for first year student "reorientation" planned for Saturday. "Tell all your friends, exhorted Strauss. "Ex.Press your disillusionment, invited Romine. By this time half the students had drifted away in the confusion. Serious and half-serious proposals were bandied about by the thirty to fifty students that remained. On towards eight o'clock a consemus of the meeting was taking shape: BILL HERMAN They walk along the sidewalk. The sun -is tnoming strong and josh is singing a song to :himself walking fast stretching his legs. She has to double step every once m a while to keep up. She wonders why she tries to catch up. "Hey Joshua, what's happening there man?" He waves and is sullen and sinks into a booth and rubs his eyes. She slips in a cross from him and looks around and then at him for a long tim e. He fixes his eyes back hard and bad and the waitress comes and tea and eggs, toast, bacon. Oh man I hope this woman won't want to try and make it real. It's such a fucking drag when they get that thing in their heads that the price for their body is something more than my own body. Chicks are messed up on a puritan responsibility trip. Can't never Just have fun. "More tea?" "No .. "I'llseeyouthen, maybe sometime." Whew, that's cool. Outside. "Hey Josh, listen man, are you going to be with us over at Jimmy'S Tavern tonight? Over on fifty-third? Should be a good thing. Always lots of fine women at Jimmy's, all the time." yea, I'll be there. Sure. tonight. The studio and into the classroom to where the young and old art pretenders are cutting paper for sketches and hustling about. Nod to the instructor and eyes straight ahead struts to the frODt of the room and removes his clothing and stretches and flexes and steps up onto the platform. They are all in their seats now, charcoal eyes upon him, upon his body. They wait and he looks up above and begins to move into a pose, He one and stops and they scratch fran tically on the paper, glancing up often to behold Figures appear on paper, h1s f1gure. Move again and new figures and again and again, "Now watch the vector curves and the direction of balance. Use big broad strokes a quick scheme and then fil). it in" the in-structor was laying it down. "It's a good pose now, an S shape, try to get at it. There." They watch him and look down and mark it and look and marl< and look at it up there. Josh looks down and sees eyes blank. He catches one pair and smiles but there is no response to the stimulus. Look and mark and see a body and a face. See Josh. Josh. A double bourbon. Tum around and look at the faces and bodies. There are many young women in here dancing and drinking, desperately looking at faces and bodies. Many young women and many young men. They all look hungry and lean and strikingly familiar. Drink some bourbon. Well, Josh, there they be. A tall one with big boobs lets her eyes rest on Me. Josh. Look back at her, The music. Josh takes a big swallow squeez.:. ing the glass until knuckles turn white and then takes another and feels the empty feeling in his groin and slams it down hard, then slides over by her. First, that students come here for more than an intellectual I academic experience They come partly believing the "wordmagic" of the catalogue and find that there are several contradictory factors worl
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