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<-_.. IIPR 26'n l RARY Volume 1, Number 4 'Published by Students of New College, Sarasota, Florida October 30, 1969 Student Court ho'Never Convicts David Adams SEC declares Trial invalid Bob Beaird & Mary Trimble In the wake of the tumultuous Student Court tri.al Tuesday night, the SEC held its weekly meeting. The most pressing action taken concerned the results of that trial. Under committee reports, representatives of the Student Court reported that the trial results were invalid due to a constitutional irregularity. Adams made an appeal to the SEC to correct the mistrial. There was some discussion as to whether or not the SEC could act as an appellate body, ut as the mistrial was declared over a matter of constitutional irregularity, it was stated that the SEC did have JUrisdiction. Herb Stoddard gives testimony that laundry room painting does not, in his opinion, constitute "defacement" in the case of David Adams. Adams was found innocent of breaking and entering, littering, and destruction of propetty, and guilty of defacement. At this point there was a motion to subpoena information from Tim Snyder as a member of the student court as tow hether or not the necessary four JUdges had given a guilty verdict against Adams. This was necessary because the formal report of the Student Court procedings had not yet been given to the SEC. BB&MT Last Tuesday night at 8:00, the Stu dent Court met to try the cases of David Adams, Sal Lee Anderson, Patrice Thornton, and Roger Klurfield. Due to the length of the proceedings, Adams' was the only case that came to trial. For his part in the decoration of the television room in A building on October ll, he was charged with littering, defacing, and desstruction of school property. He was also charged with breaking and entering into the Captain Jack office on the same night. The defense pointed out that these charges concerned the violations of only two rules of the student handbook, but the four charges were still cons ide red separately. Adams was found not guilty on the charges of breaking and entering, littering, and destruction qf property, and guilty on the charge of defacing. The Court postponed his sentencing and the three remaining cases to Mon. Nov. 3 at 8:00. Under all the absurdities, the black hats of the prosecutors, the legalistic machinations of Michael Smith, and the general air of an opera buffa, a sincere attempt to come to a responsible decision was made on the part of the Student Court. The testimony they received was at times ambiguous, imcomplete, and often contradictory. The charge of littering facing Adams seemed to be the least supported. Since String Quartet To Perform The New College String Quartet's opening concert for the 1969 70 season will be performed Saturday (Nov. l)at 8:30 p. m. in the Music Room of College Hall on New College's West Campus .. The program, which is open to the public without charge, will include: Quartet inC MaJor, Opus 59, No. 3, Ludwig von Beethoven; Six Bagatelles, Opus 9, Anton von W ebern; and Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, "from My Life, "Bed rich Smetana. Members of the quartet are Paul Wolfe and Anita Brooker, violins; William Magers, viola: and Christopher von Baeyer, violoncello. In July, the quartet appeared in one of the four chamber concerts of the Florida International Festival at Daytona Beach, which featured the London Sym phony Orchestra. During the past summer, the group was in residence at the Silvermine Cuild of Artists in New Canaan, Conn. where they performed in several concerts. Saturday's program will be repeated by the quartet in Pompano Beach on Nov. 3. no one testified to seeing Adams spilling paint on the rug or television, and since he testified under oath that he was certain he hadn't spilled anything, the only evidence was circumstantial. Steve Romero, the prosecutor, defined the destruction charge to' mean the damage done to the rug, so the evidence against Adams on this charge was equally weak. As for the actual destruction of any property, the only permanent damage was that done to the rug by an ill-directed attempt on the part of the building and grounds crew to clean the rug with a chemical solution. The paints used were water base tempera, as testified by Sal Lee An who bought them at the school store, and are easily removable with soap and water. The "breaking and entering" into the Captain Jack Office seemed to have oc-(continued on page three) Snyder declared that the information being requested was private and that he chose to stand in contempt of court. Stat ing that it was only a partial report, he did however submit a short statement of the Court's decisions to Michael Smith and admitted that proper constitutional procedure had not been followed. The SEC then voted on the motion on the floor to overturn the SC verdict against Adams. The motion passed unanimously to the scattered applause of the spectators. There was some disagreement afterwards as to whether this motion entailed a retrial of Adams or declared him innocent. Michael Smith ferocious! y supported the latter interpretation, stating that anyone who disagreed would have to move to rule him as chairman. His intrepretat1on -stood. II CllliGI ICTIBIR 31, 1111 mov'd, the sway of earth a thing unfirm 7 0 Cicero! I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds Have riv1d the knotty oaks; and I have seen The ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam, To be exalted with the threat1ning clouds: But never till to-night, never till now. id I go through a tempest droppfng fire. Either there is a civil strife in heaven, Or else the world, too saucy with the gods, Incenses them to send destruction. A common slave--you know him well by sight-Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn Like twenty torches join1d; and yet his hand, Not sensible of fire, remain'd unscorch1d. Besides, --I have not since put up my sword, Against the Capitol I met a lion, Who glar1d upon me, and went surly by, Without annoying me; and there were drawn Upon a heap a hundred ghastly women, with their fear, who swore they saw Men all in fire walk up and down the streets. And yesterday the bird of night did sit, Even at noon-day, upon the market-place, Hooting and shrieking. When these prodigies Do so conjointly meet, let men not say, "These are their reasons, they are natural"; For, I believe, they are portentous things Unto the climate that they point upon. Earlier in the meeting the bread board under the new chairmanship of Charlotte Carter was granted $50 to buy bikes for general student use. Bill Kopiecki stated that anyone wanting to take over the snackuar on a full time basis should contact him. Under the Office of Student Policy reports, Dr. Miller said that for the convenfence of students, he, Colleen Reed, and NancyFerrarowould be available for consulation on specific days of the week in Hamilton Center. Wilbur S. Moore, on behalf of the Black Students Association, renewed his motion to recommend that 1/3 of the incoming class be black, that 7 black faculty members and 2 black administrators for a special admissions program for minority students be hired. This motion was referred to a student committee headed by David Pini for study. This committee will report at the next meeting. Under New Business, Michael Smith made the recommendation that someone move to empower the SEC to e-xtend the time limitation on visiting non-students. Dr. Miller stated that this motion was unnecessary because the Office of Student Policy had documents to the effect that the SEC already had this under its JUrisdiction, and the motion was tabled until next week when Dr. Miller will present these documents to the SEC. After the motion to acquit DavidAdams, Don Goldberg moved that the decoration ofthe laundry and television room be declared the responsibility of the student body. There was some discussion as to the necessity of this motion, as it in effect constituted a clarification of student rights which Dr. Miller and several students already assumed to exist. Dr. Miller sug gested sending a note to CharlesHarra that stated this jurisdiction explicitly. motion itselfwas retained, seconded and carried. SAC On Expansion Expansion of the student body currentlybeinganarea of primary concern to the students, faculty and administration, the StudentAcademic Committee (SAC) feels that it is appropriate, even imperative, that various viewpoints concerning expansion be expressed. The ideas presented in Where Colleges Fail by Nevitt have particular relevance to this problem. "Where someone mentions the problem of size in a college, we are likely to think immediately of such giant universities as Berkeley or Ohio State. What troubles us, however, is not the size as such, but lack of coherence. In a liberal-arts college, where everyone is at least acquainted with nearly everyone else, an expansion to a total of 600 students might threaten the community's coherence; but in certain major tmiversities, that entire number could beaddedtothe enrollment with few harmful effects. The point is that coherence depends not on size alone, but on leadership, internal structure, and the ed.ucational style of the college. The UniVer sity of Minnesota, for instance, has a very large enrollment, but a visitor can sense that its elements somehow pull together." "The practical results of increasing complexity are familiar on our campuses. The more students there are, the more disconnected they tend to be from each other, from the faculty, and from the administration. Attending larger classes, a student has less opportunity to know his (continued on page three)
Page 2 r 0 ... of 'jol) Who +Vlt-ra..: Word. \s re-a\ (\s) a -t\me awl mee.t C6ssaJ\s BERT WHO ? (To the "Dean":) Dear Box 768 S'more College Swarthmore, Pa. I am a senior at Swarthmore College from St. Louis, Mo. During the summer I took care of an apartment for a lawyer who was on vacation. During that time, I ran into Bert Minkin, (who I believe is back at New College) who needed a place to stay. So I offered him a bed. And though Bert was rather sloppy and broke into the liquor cabinet, I treated him very well and gave him a ride to the airport when it was time for him to leave town. A few weeks later a phone bill came for over $100 which I was responsible for. Bert had made a great many more long distance calls than he had warned me about. And he had skipped town without sending me his address (which he promised that he ould do as soon as he was situated). I paid the bill to keep the feds from throwing Bert in Jail, but I need the money back pretty bad. Bert did send my parents about $20 and said that he would have the rest tothembyOct. 9 at latest: As of Oct. 15 they had received no more money nor an explanation for failure to pay. So I'm asking you to do me a few favors: 1) Tell me whether or not Bert Minkin really is at ew College now. 2) Send me the address and phone number of his uncle and guardian. 3) Remind Bert of his debt and if possible apply some pressure. The only things I can do are threaten a law suit (which I've already done) and have Bert thrown in pil (which would be a lot of trouble on my part, besides probably ruining some of his future plans). So if you could give him work hours, suspend him from classes, print this letter in the school paper, or use some other disiplina ry measure I would certainly appreciate it. It's been over 1-1/2 months since he left St. Louis and one month since I wrote him. I have yet to get a reply, and realhalloween party Halloween will be celebrated again this year on the New College campus Friday beginning at 7 p.m. with a free party for children of the community. Following in the tradition of past years, a large group of New College students under the direction of upperclassman Gina Puckett will transform the East Campus and Hamilton Center into the site of a huge Halloween party. from pre-school ages through JUnior hgh school are invited to attend and to take part the games and to partake in the free refreshments to be made available. Miss Puckett said that Parents rna y bring chtldrenandthat there will be a place for them to wait while the youngsters enJOY themselves. A separate area will be set aside for a party for pre-school youngsters. She said that in past years, the New College students have entertained as many as 300 youngsters. Student each year allots funds from 1ts student activities fees to help meet the expenses of the evening. Captain Jack October 30, 1969 Mike and Sandi Stewart Cassell ize the debt will be harder to collect as time goes by. And I do need the money. Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you (and Bert) soon. Bob Mellman [ SMARSDEN Chestnut Hill Road Montague, Mass. ar Captain Jack --You look like someone I used to know from another time. He had a funny name. That was how I began my first letter to you. Mallet tells me that Rottman lost that letter before you had a chance to show it to your friends. Thmgs don't seem to have changed much as far as NC publishing enterprises go. I don't remember exactly what I said then and this is also another time. But --I did say things like --I hope the parties responsible for your appearance on the NC scene know what they are getting themselves into. I wish them the best of luck. I also talked about the leaves which had turned the several hills all around me into huge manycolors. However, most of the leaves have fallen by now. There has been snow in the air but not yet on the ground. Now its the time to set the calendar in order and make the seasons clear. Yesterday we finished nailing tin shingles to a portion of the barn roof. There is still much wood which must be cut for the winter is coming. I wonder times, if I'm going to make it, as i haven't done a real winter in three years. A week or two ago I went to Cambridge. I went to Ross Madden's house but he had gone to the Big Apple. I did see Ruth, who might be going back to NC soon. On Wednesday Oct. 15 I went to the Moratorium rally on Boston Common with Tom Jarrell (RMJ) and his lady Sarah. Well Captain Jack, I guess that's all I have to tell you. Say "hullo" to all my friends. Dusty roads -S. Marsden A PLEA FROM GINA Every institution has its festival its special day on which all the t? homage to whatever they fmd mspumg m their little establishment. That day of all days closest to the true spirit ofNC would have to be Halloween. lt is, therefore, very meet and proper that we should, each in his own humble way, acknowledge appropriately all the subtl fl e m uences that made our home what it is today. Specifically, by our own answer to Mardi Gras, the Kiddie Carnival. in this fest serves many purposes. we can take out our deepseated desire to shock, horrify, and amaze. Next, we convince Sarasota that we are Not So Bad After All:
October 30, 1969 Captain Jack Page 3 the recipe reconsidered: MORE APPLE PIE by Tom Yori It rna y sound stra;ge, but there are some things I actually like about New College, especially strange because I am not a student here any more and may never be again. So, some of the things I may find myself saying may venture perilously near the hypocritical, partly because I never did throw myself into the arms of "academic involvement," (at least not to the faculty's satisfaction) and partly because I may wind up preaching about things I can't really be sure I believe in myself, or practice. But so much of our time is spent complaining about this place, that the gesture is almost obligatory. However, the real difficulty is in specifying the good things, because we always seem more aware of our disappointments and frustrations than anythings else. In its analyses, the modern intellect seems to concentrate on criticism, on dissatisfaction rather than approval; and, since we are hapless examples of modern men and women, if anything very positive comes from this "experiment" we may not understand what, for many years. The irony would serve us right if we stopped some time years from now, realizing that New College was The Place To Be, worth all the neuroses, worth the frustrations involved in confronting one'sfondhopesand seeing them debased. Perhaps we shall find that the difficulties made us stronger. In a way, the most visible sign from which one could draw some encouragement is not that a bitterness settles into every pore of New College's collective thin skin each year maybe each term (in any case being inversely proportional to the time one has spent here) --but that the students and faculty (yes, maybe even the administrators) arrive each year with definite hopes. A rather perverse notion? --I suppose, but still the phenomenon of belief compels a mystical awe in me whenever and wherever it occurs, because all that we see and hear, believe and teach, tends to destroy our hopes. That we should live in this age and still stumble on Christmas, believing, or a Christmas of any sort, defies logic; it must be caused by a very persistent spirit, one that I assume to be good, more because I want to believe that than for any reason. Ttalmost feels foolish to admit it, but r feel that much good will come out of New ollege, outof it ca-st offs and its graduates, its failures and its successes. Hell, I even believe in the American people. But this has little to do with the dayto-day reality of life at New College. It is, in fact, the sort of statement that is much easier to make when one is safely insulated from that reality. Nevertheless, it is genuinely encouraging that of us believe a new life can be adduced from the wreckage we see everywhere, even if we love the notion not wisely but too well. When we find out what constitutes the experiment, that work here is still dull and difficult, that the System's values permeate even this remote corner of the earth, whatsortofsmall minds we actually have, and what quality of achievement suffices, who can help but resort to cynicism? At least for a while. If there remains anything positive a bout New College then, it remains rather well hidden. But it's here. Maybe it amounts to little but a feeling that something worth doing at all is worth doing well, a value that as often reinforces the inactivity of those who despair of real in anything as often as it spurs production; maybe. the positive thing is in the fact that most people miss New College, once leaving, for some ineluctable reason, and feel genuine pleasure at seeing one another again, if only for a brief time. These things, however, one could equally construe as dire faults, for they fit together with other elements to form a vicious circle supporting pettiness, lazh ness, and wishful thinking. Inevitably, one returns to the "if only" in considering New College's dilemna as an experimental school. Excellence does not come of itself, without heaps of rubbish lying under it: if only we had enough maturity or courage or whatever to admit the great difterence between our illusions and our abilities, it might not become such a crisis to tum out bad papers ad nauseum until a few tolerable ones start sneaking past the beseiged pen. Similarly, we might understand that New College can only amount to something clearly positive if the community institutionalizes (in a sociological sense) a positive focus --e. g. 1 a willingness to try and try again even when the result is mediocrity, a tolerance for failure (implying, as applied to the student body, that an appreciation of effort, at this early stage of life, is more important than the foregone conclusion that the fruits will amount to garbage), an ability to piece together the scraps of excellence until something entire is shaped. Unless we shut our eyes to each other's failures we can never appreciate whatever we have to offer one another. When we close our eyes and dream of a world in which men trust one another, can we re. ally suppose that theywruld have no faults, or do we simply not have it in us to believe that one's faults could matter less than the positive things? The things in this society that are wrong are all too obvious; they agravate the W eltschmertz every time a bullet finds a leader, every time, for that matter, that a newspaper is published. We might say the same thing of the society's people, and include ourselves. To be a rather miserable failure: this is what it is like to be alive, even here at New College -or perhaps it would be more accurate to say especially here at New lleg for the-feeling t-ant scrutiny, of constant and intense competition, focuses the failure, the failure that is the fruition of all the bright promises brought here. So few people forgive themselves. To forgive oneself is to forgive all others; moreover, we can't conceivably hold another's faults against him without ignoring our own, but, once seeing ourselves, it can be impossible to swallow the truth and keep it down; it can be easier toshutouttheworld. Lovealways implies self-esteem unless it is a narcissistic love, the worst kind of fatuousness. Of course, making a positive life takes time. For many people, six months or even a year is not a sufficient period to adjust to the peculiar kind of people congregated here and to their peculiar values. And all of this is peripheral subJect matter, since New College exists for us to do something rather than to experience something. Despite that, I think most people care about its spirit very much, and grope for a sa tisfactory set of values in which to make the academic effort, worth the effort, and the future worth wod
Page 4 Captain Ja.ck ASCENT Strange in its h u 1 k of m e t a 1, A plane climbs through the levels Of the clouds. Metaphysical, Somehow, it seems to travel The scholastics' heaven--Split and divide the sections, Grace from glory. The horizon Is splayed with lightening. Atlanta lies below--Limp fingers of light. In a thrust of slow Motion we rise, fighting The currents. The sight Attunes to Odin, blue white In a snow of clouds too cold For Zeus or Jupiter, too odd And vacant for a Christian god. MY GRANDFATHER When my grandfather went away, October headed north into the winter, and I was cold of the crying in back bedrooms, restless at the whispers, at the fussing of leaves in the mouths of the house. Away myself from the cooling house, from the dusting of my mother, away, far as grandfather, who left me there, who left with his Germ an into the north, away at the creek, rock-walking the granite, I was quiet as Sunday in an autumn town, my game strange with the haze of the burning leaves as they lost their small summer to winter. Mary Trimble Even then, though my coat wore out that day, Jhcord Reviews thinner as the wind blew back from the winter, though the water hurt as the clear foamed white, even then I was childish and able to play, only quiet in my stepping from rock to rock, wishing the dusting would stop, and the whispers, and that my grandfather were there. William Hedrington B I a c k s (co n t 'd ) GAWDAWFUL & IRREVERENT ganization are desirable and needed in the New College community, and recommends that an office be assigned to such an organization and that every consideration be to its proposals concerning the affairs handling black students. by Lynwood Sawyer BARABAJAGAL-Donovan ; Epic: BN 26481 A couple of my friends are always wondering why I like Donovan; "Man, he's been mostly ever since he started re cording on Epic. The concert where one paid six bucks to hear him exude groovy vibrations tended to bear this out, but I hoped BarabaJagal would disprove them. Atlantis," an outasite si -car-del-lik teeny hopper song, sung threugh an echo chamber, and "ToSusanonthe West Coast Waiting, which should be alongside Elvis Presley singing "In the Ghetto, did nothing to cheer me up. But after I had listened to the whole thing a couple of times, I decided the record was like something that had a litt.le speed in it. Once you knew it was there, you could ignore it, and start digging the whole. So it was with the hype. A few of the songs, y 11 Trudi" (ripped off For Little Ones, and transmogrified) and "Pamela Joe" are Jlm type songs. 11BarabaJagal" with the Jeff Beck Group, a British blues number with'Donovan lyrics, is right fair, with a medium to heavy (for Donovan) sound. This song points out that Donovan definitely is not a blues singer. The album also contains "I Love My Shirt, and the thoroughly delightful "Happiness Runs, 11 the only two songs close to a Donovan "stereotype. I concluded that it was not that bad an album, even though it was a long way from his Gypsie Davie days, and I could put up with a little commercialism, until I stuck the album back in the Jacket. Inside was asheetofpaper -acome-onforthe Donovan fan club, with a magazine called Donovan's Isle. Hype. FAITHFUL FRIENDS (Flattering Foe) New York Rock and Roll Ensemble; ATCO: so 33924 The New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, is, exactly that. Unlike most groups, which have their roOts eventually into countrywestern or blues, their's is a classical derivative. (All right, ye gods is that profound!) Three oftheir_five members went to Julliard, and now they play such diverse instruments as cello and oboe, using no studio back-ups. Their first album was more of a headfinding experience, getting together (as opposed to, and especially Ars Nova, which probably never will). It is good but not exceptional. Their second album is much better, and they do not appear to be getting out of touch with everything, or appear to be so puristinally above it all. One example was in "Trio Sonato No. 2 in G MaJor" when says, "I play lead oboe, and that's 'rhythm over over there, and lead cello there. The classical does overpower the rock part of it, merely enhances it with various classical breaks and counterpoints. A good example of the way they fuse the two is in "Brandenburg, based upon, of all things, "The Brandenburg Concerto. It starts off classical, then after a while you realize.that it's light folk, and almost as soon as you realize that it's folk, it turns into rock. The music is played to perfectb n, but it has life to it, being mechanically impeccable. The lyrics are in fact, some ofthem are down-right schlocky, but NYRRE is ,not a poetical group but a muscial one firstandlast. The only quibble I havewith themistheirversionof "WaitUntil Tomor row. II Musically it's flawless, but it was meant to be done in a much different manner. It still is an album for excellent listening when one become tired of repititious albums. UOWARDjONnson'S MOTOR LODGE 6325 N. Trail, 2 blocks north of college In later clarification of the actionS mith explained that the SEC a.ttempted to establish the "legitimacy" of a black organization. The request for "consideration" of au.y black organization's proposals refers to no specifics and is not to be construed as a "carte blanche, 11 he stated, but acknowledges that "such a group, if it exists in the community, would possess certain informational and moral authority. The SEC voted last night to refer action on further Student Associatiin proposals to the Student Academic Committee. Resubmitted by Wilbur Moore, the motion was changed to request that one-.third of next year's incoming-ciass be composed of black students. After brief discussion the SEC determined that any proposals to increase minority admission or institute academic programs should be given more complete examination than possible in a floor discussion. Economic feasibility was cited as one of the maJor factors to considered. The Student Academic Committee is newly reformed this year under the temporary chairmanship of David Pini. Reactions to the October 22 proposals were sought from Michael Smith, chairman of the SEC and Dr. Arthur Miller, As sistant Professor of Literature and Director of Student Policy, who was also pr'esent at the meetinp;. MICHAEL SMITH: The SEC chairman is "in favor of a black students association, for it has obvious utility, but feels that the "particular recommendations are probably impractical without changing the nature ofthedirectionofthe college. "In a matter of such import and implication, ultimate consideration must almost certainly rest with the trustees: 11 A basic issue brought up by the recommendations is whether or not New College can remain an "t!litist institution. The school has operated on an assumption that well-educated people are raised to even higher levels of education. Admission of large numbers of blacks would, for whatever the reasons, mean an effective loweri ng of admissions standards and a resultant disruption of such an educational process. Bringing an groups of poorly educated prople lp 1D rredian le.els a ment may have "socia l utility, but little carlE>>nic respectability. '' DR. ARTHUR MILLER: The proposals may be viewed as a "trial balloon, but 30, 1969 BORROWED BLUES A single borrowed dime Rolls inside a cafe juke box Purchasing a momentary Delay in Blues. Not ringing soft or beautiful Voices and guitars Sing darkly to stall Pale bill collectors Waiting with past due vouchers On each numbered street corner. Drifting like heavy Blues I stall in smoked tangents The soundless moment When a silver coin and I End our borrowed journey And drop quietly inside A pale collector's hand. Bert Minkin unfortunately sent up without complete knowledge of factors which would enter implementation of desired programs. "The good black student is the highest commodity in American education today. 1 It should be recognized that New College has made to enroll black students but really can't compete with northeastern and Big Ten prestige-type schools which are better equipped to handle black studies. In any case, it must be realized that minority admissions means admission of not only blacks, but Mexican-Americans, Indians, Cuban immigrants and other Spanish-speaking groups. A past barrier to large scale admission of such minority groups existed in the academic program which required comprehensive examinations. It was a fair prediction that students with SAT scores below a given total risked a high probability offailing to maintain academic qualifications. Presently, without comprehensives, it may be easier to survive "admissions requirements may not have to be based so great! y on test scores and rna y take into account individual skills and potentialities. Students who have experienced various education deficiencies would then stand better chance of admission. In any event, New College is not equipped for compensatory education which needed by large groups of minorlty students. SEC actions should be realistic as well as idealistic before being passed on for consideration elsewhere. DIPPER DAN 9oo Bteo.m .. OPPE TRAIL PLAZA RE E E ELY HEAVY ICE CREAM card too!