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Sarasota, Florida 9, 1970------No. J2 Volume One NC RADIO STATIO Elmendorf's Letter <: ... A, BEGINS Puts DoYin Kirk Operating at 850 K. C. the New College radio has started broadcasting on the Palmer Campus. Within several weeks it should also be made available to residents of the East Campus. Broadcasting schedules will be published in Captain Jack as they are made available. Present programming is run from at least 6 p.m. to 1 a. m. daily. As more people become D. ]. 's, programming will expand. Anyone interested in doing a show {people are reallllllyneeded)should contact Dan Boerner, rm. 136, or Tim Snyder, rm. 239. Faculty members are particularly invited to participate. To get best reception you should attempttoground your radio. Also, merely turning the electrical cord around (so that the prongs will be switched) may help. The hum that is now present is a technical problem which will soon be alleviated (by the competent technical crew). You can call the station at eJCtension 385. Or come over to the top of A Bldg. Or put a note in their mailbox in the reception center. Dedications, requests, news, information, demands and implications are warmly accepted. As a public service all public announcements by Pres ident Nixon and Tom Estep will be broadcast. The New College radio is an attempt to bringittogether--to wrest man from the throes of Gutenbergs mandate--to bring us back to the womb of the spoken word. (It will be especially useful to those of us who are illiterate. -Ed. ) As such, it is hoped to be meaningful media, rather than mere Muzak. The station works on a "current-carrier" basis and comes to an individual radio through the New College electrical system (thus, it can be picked up only at NC). The reason that a transistor radio one of the rooms will pick up programs 1s that the dormitory electrical system induces a limited radio field around the wires. Because the station is not carried through the airways, there is no need to obtain an FCC license. Sending programs to the East Campaswillinvolve(a} splitting the audio portion (that is, the part that comes from the turntable and amplifier) and sending one part over a telephone wire to the other side, where (b) a transmitter puts the audio into the East Campus electrical systems. The reason for the three week delay is that the Attorney General of Florida mUJt approve any such special telephone as needed to send broadcasts to East Campus. SCHECULE OF PROGRAMS eN P. 4 New Stage Needs Your Support -rob mallet The situation of financing the New Stage program for next year (as discussed last wee in Bob Beaird's article) is beginning to define itself. The situation is, simply, that there is NO way the College can finance the program on its own, under present policy, for the next year. The hitch is, of course, that waiting another year (when money should become available) would necessitate scrapping the program next year, and making it very difficult, if not impossible, to reestablish anything of comparable quality when the money comes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 FACULTY PONDER PINI PROBLEM Mark Friedman NC'S NON-STUDENT STUDENT CHALLENGED IN FACULTY MEETING The assembled hosts of the Black Knights of Bureaucracy met in full battle array at last Wednesday's faculty meeting. Now that the meetings occur only once a month, the faculty has nothing better to do than decide what not to do. Having decided to transfer most routine business to various committees, the faculty spent the afternoon leisurely and uneventfully. Committee on Committees Chairman Dr. David Gorfein instigated a brief flurry early in the meeting when he complained that David Pini, although an elected member of several student-faculty committees, is not considered a "student" under faculty rules. Gorfein, acting without the full support of his own committee, could only express his "concern. Mike Smith, attending the meeting as EPC representative, leaped to the defense. "This is the silliest thing I ever heard of, said Mike. "David Pini 's been here since the first year, (several faculty members snickered) and is as much a student as any of us, reasoned Smith. Dr. Miller opined that, student or no student, "David Pini is a well-informed and hard-working member of my (Architectural & Physical Plant) committee." Gorfein, relying on the philosophical basis ofthe Domino Theory, was heard to mutter "next thing they could get into faculty meetings." Michael Smith A solo The Asolo State Theater is now offering student subscriptions for their 1970 season. Subscriptions can be had at $6 and $10, meaning the price of a play is $1. 00. For more information call 355-7115 or 355-4669. I David Pini Smith then explained that Pini only submitted his name for positions that no other students were running for. Gorfein slyly suggested getting rid of student representatives on the committees "since there's no interest anyway." Gorfein couldn't muster support for this sentiment, however. President Elmendorf and Dr. Deme declared that Pini's presence was "benefi cial, and then it was time for a vote to remove him. A voice vote was close enough so that Elmendorf had to call for a hand count. With their cloak of anonymity gone, the vocal minority to unseat Pini dwindled to five. Other discussions by the faculty ranged from the insignificant to the absurd. Or. John Barcroft made a thirty minute maJor policy statement establishing College guidelines on Xerox operations. Several faculty members were concerned lest they be forced to pay copying costs out of their own pockets. Otherconcerns were adding Jack Cousineau as an extra EPC and general faculty meeting representative. That gives the student body a total of five reps to the general meetings. The Presidential Advisory Commission approved Dr David Smillie for tenure. Other debate touched on traffic rerouting, a "Here and Now" bulletin board, and appointments for a bookstore investigation committee. Nothing important was accomplished, and, more important, nothing of importance was taken under consideration. Glancing at the agenda, one teacher wondered, "Why do I bother. Indeed. GREECE OR MALAYSIA? Two countries have been added to the Fulbright Graduate Fellowship program for 1970-71: Greece and Malaysia. Cornpetition for stipends in countries is open to sen1ors graduatmg 1n June The deadline for submission of applications is February 15th. PRESIDENT CHARGES DISCRIMINATION IN CHOICE OF STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL On January 17 of this year an Associated Press release announced the meeting of Governor Claude Kirk's College Student Advisory Council, an organization of students from fourteen Florida colleges--a list from which New College was noticeably absent. In recognition of Gov. Kirk's apparent narrow selectivity in his choice of advisors, President John Elmendorf has sent a letter of "advice" to the Governor. The article, which appeared under the heading, "College Student Advisory Council Forum ForYouth, "in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, is reproduced below: TALLAHASSEE (AP) -When Gov. Claude Kirk convenes his College Student Advisory Council next Monday "They may come in and the first thing they'll decide to do is throw us out the door, education aide Bill Maloy JOked Friday. Maloy's point was that no one knows quite what to expect of the council, which Kirk said was created to provide a "forum for debate, discussion, and brainstorming to insure that the needs and problems of our college population are known to me. The governor appointed 22 students from seven state universities and seven private colleges and universities to the council. He suggested that the students wo';lld offer solutions to the probl,ems causmg campus unrest. "Once this informatiOn 1s brought mto open discussion we can seek solutions gether Kirk said. "Much of the tens10n on today can be eliminated through this approach." Campus unrest topped the list when the governor's staff asked the council mem hers to suggest topics for the first conference, Maloy said. Also mentioned were drugs and the communications gap between students and their elders. He said the students will set the direction of the council--and can even disband it if they think it is worthless. "We don't want to say you JUSt have a student group and everything will be all right because we really don't know what this should be, Maloy said. "One of the things we're going to say to them is, 'We don't even know if this group is relevant to you and that's what we want your ideas on.'" Students appointed to the council were selected from a list submitted upon request by administrators of the 14 universities and colleges, he said. The schools chosen are Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Florida Tech, Florida, South Florida, West Florida, Bethune-Cookman, Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Rollins, Miami, .!ampa, and Stetson. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 SARASOTA STORE We're opening the Sarasota Food Store onSundaythe 15th of February. The store is located behind the gallery at Mixed Media beside the leather shop (1551 Main Street). We '11 be handling organic and flours, soy sauce, dried fruits, sunflowerseeds, peanut butter, beans and lots of good healthy foods. Come down after noon and bring the KIDS. There'll be a tremendous show at the Gallery by Flo Goeller, prints, Batiks! drawings? I'm told she's a fine artist. -Curt Smith


2 Captain Jack 2 eeaeeoeaeaeeao aoaeessoooaeeaeeeeaaeoa eeee ee888aaaaaej llilililllllilliliiillillillillllllllllllllllllllilll llliii ii3Bii8ii! Reflections on a Week of Real Education It is Friday night as I write this, and the immediate goal of my week's efforts has not yet been realized. I have spent the past seven days actively confronting some "first-class minds.'' (We're not supposed to use that term anymore, but you know what I mean. ) The experience has been more rewarding, more educational, than any I have known since my arrival at New College. Let me begin with the January All-School Education Conference, as unrewarding and uneducational as it was. Unlike many of you realists, I went and suffered through the discussions and the various suggestions for tinkering with the structure. Possibly the best proposal that came out of that rhetoric odyssey was my own: The Conference should be abolished in the interest of decreasing entropy and general boredom. The point is this: It is rather presumptuous (and futile)tohold the Conference or anything else like it until we, as individuals,. make an effort to establish some basis of trust and understanding. And that begins rapping with eachother, not by getting up in front of panels and committees and making speeches. That's bullshit. Rhetoric. Bullshit. Knowing this, I spent the rest of the week JUSt rapping with faculty, administration, and students, one by one, individually. I asked them to come to Hamilton Center on Saturday night and simply rap with eachother, not necessarily about the problems of New College, but about anything. No particular goals or purposes--JUSt to rap, as we were then. And while I was talking with all these people, I learned a hell of a lot of things about the college and its members that didn't come out at the friggin1 Conference. And I know why. Because most of the people I spoke with weren't afraid to say what they thought when they were JUSt rapping with me in the sanctity of their offices or in my room. They didn't" try to daz:d.e me with their l'hetorlc nor did they try to impress me with their power. 1 hope the same will be true when we spend the night at Hamilton tomorrow. By the time you read this, that rap will already be history, and you'll know if all of my efforts served any pur-Pat Patterson pose beyond my own personal enlightenment. At the moment, I can only hope. Last year Jack Rains and Jeff Wright wrote an article for the Catalyst concerning the "alienation of first-class minds. I have asked the Capt'n to reprint excerpts of it here as it is highly relevant to what I've saying. Jack Rains and Jeff Wright aren't here anymore. One of the reasons they left should be blatently clear, since their article first appeared over a year ago, and the situation has grown increasingly worse since then. from RAINS-WRIGHT ON NC NON COMMODITY, THE CATALYST, Jan. 23, 1969. .. It is not clear exactly what a first-class mind is, but perhaps it has very little to do with intelligence. Perhaps the hall marl

3 iiiliJ !!illiilii!1iiliRRili llili!iiili ii Captain Jack 3 i!!ii!iiiiiJ!J! ii!ii!!!JJ !!!!J!J!!!!J !3!32 3 J a: CDlUMI! JOURNALISM (AND POLITICS): A REPLY TO FRED SILVERMAN by Rob Mail.e;t Dear Fred (or F*** as you probably expected), I don't want to any more, or call names, but I would hke to answer your letter, and maybe defend the position of Captain Jack in the process. Youseesomethingsclearly, Fred. My column was indeed an attack on the student government for playing politics or at least playing, with our True enough, the only ones you saw hust the issue were on our end (though that 1sn _t to s_ay we were the only ones at it). Wh1ch brmgs us to another point at which you _right: "Perhaps he felt guilty abput practlcmg what he finds so abhorrent in others. You: re absolutely right, Fred, I felt damn gu1lty about it, but I think I would have felt worse if I'd allowed the die because of the conscious b1gotry of a few "representatives" whose opinions I felt sure were not in the best interest of the student body, I sincerely hope I don't have to play the game again. You say the SEC doesn't play politics. Ifitisn'tpoliticsitplays, Fred, it's games. Maybe things will start being different with thenewSEC. Saywhatyouwill, Michael's attitude and--shall we call it--sense of humor and of the absurd were no more conducive to serious government than mine is to serious journalism. I've been to one meeting ofthe new SEC--I'llgo to more-and did not see the horsing around that I heard came out of past meetings. Maybe government is a game to tht. representatives in the same sense that JOurnalism is a game to me (and to the Captain's writers). I feel that we (of Captain Jack) are at least getting the JOb done, to the eJ!: tentthatwe are able. If the SEC feels the same way about its past actions, maybe appearances are just deceiving. You're right again, Fred. The use o{ quotations in my column was somewhat underhanded. But they were accurate (wouldn't a good Journalist go out of his way to gather snatches of truth?). Three of your colleagues, by the way, two who were quoted and one who wasn't, told me later that they recognized the truth of what I said (in a tone I took to mean they thought I was justifi d in printing i I took your advice, Fred, and looklfd up "journalism" in the dictionary. I found two relevant definitions. The first says: Writing characterized by direct presentation of facts without an attempt at interpretation. I guess this is what you, and our other critics, expect of us, but gee whiz, Fred, who'd read it? I quote from the published "SEC Minutes" of that same meeting that I wrote up last week the section on Bread Board appropriations: action 1. Requests APPROVED: $15.98 Speakerandtapefrom R&R party $22. 37 repairs for broken amp, New Stage $155. 00 Marco Pereyma, photo supplies $10. 00 loan (He has already paid back the $30. 00. ) $400. 00 Captain Jack $150. 00 Black Students' Association $100 library in New Town; $50 for office operations Now the BreadBoard has about $3350 left. Wouldn't you agree, Fred, that there was a little more to it than that? And maybe studel)ts were entitled to know something besides what the minutes contain? That other definition for "Journalism, of which you might not be aware, says: Writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public opinion. Personally, as writer and editor, and collectively as a newspaper staff, we write to be read, Fred. And l mean by more GORDON'S T.V. SERVICE BACK OF 7-11 STORE -N TRAIL. PHONK 31515-15111114 DRIVE IN SERVICIE ADMIRAL thanJustthe 217 people who might be interested enough to read the minutes (that with the incorrect assumption that everyone who voted in the last election is THAT interested in government). What I try, and harder than you think, to do is make the facts of what went on readable, yea interesting to as many people as I can. In a four page paper it is difficult to isolate the pure" editorializing" from the "news," simply because of space. My column I'll take full blame for: I call it a column rather than an editorial simply because I wouldn't want to presume that my opinions, Just because I serve as editor, are those of the staff in general. Singleness of purpose, as I said last week, does not often happen at New College, and it's good that it doesn't, really. But I do take offense at the constant criticism of our reporting of the news. I'd like to analyse our last issue for you: It had eleven "entries, news and otherwise. *Two of these were news releases straight from Public Relations. *One was a factual correction. *One was a mere announcement, *One was a somewhat opinionated, but fact-encrusted report (New Stage). *'?De was a factual report (the Conference) w1th only two (that I can find) unobtrusive edit:"orial gibes. *Two were subjective "humor" articles, identified as such. *One was pure opinion, identified as such. *One was a review, opinionated by necessity, but a somewhat expert opinion. The other article I will take personal responsibility for: coverage of the SEC meeting. This is something, say what you will, it is difficult to make interesting to the student body in general; I don't know if my "humor" does anything toward making it more readable, but I think it might. That meeting I divided into seven parts--something we haven't done in the past. Four of these were pure, uneditorialized "journalism." They were relevant enough, !thought, that people might read them as such. The food committee re port, I knew from past experience, would never oeaccepte If anyone 0 this campus is quaUffed to know about diDiug room hassles, I am. It is my, then, expert opinion, that there ain't-a gonna be no solutions gotten from idealistic appeals to students' moral fiber. Ain' no way. I thought the report was unrealistic, knew of the readers would think so too (current popular taste or public opinion), and treated it as such. The other sections concerned Bread Board appropriations. If a newspaper has a right to editorialize in its treatment of ANYTHING, it should be its own livelihood. Even so, those sections of my report contained all the facts of the situation--that section on our appropriation, I will "argue, is pure news as it stands. I may be guilty, I suppose, of taking a cut at the Bread Board's film habits, but even that was done "after the facts" had been presented, and I still maintain that distribution of funds is not handled in the way most beneficial to ALL students. I'm afraid criticisms of our JOurnalism are getting less and less grounded. At any rate, I hope Captain Jack can survive without Bread Board support next term. I still say there is no reason why students should not assist in the financial support of a student newspaper, but if we can find the money in other places, I won't belabor the point. Afterthree years and a term I am beginning to take an interest in the place. I am not anti-SEC; if it takes some worthwhile action, I will be glad to report (and SUPport) it. VALUE HOUSE Division of SMITH SPECIALTY CO. 2044 47TH ST. SARASOTA, FLA. PHONE 335-1116 Turnout was the smallest yet for the final reports of the January All-College Conference. CONFERENCE ENDS (OFFICIALLY ) Though there was some question as to whether it had ever actually begun, the January All-College Educational Conference held its last official meeting Thursday night. Though attendance had been poor for previous meetings, it was at a new low for the final session, which consisted of summary reports from.the various panel chairmen. The audience consisted of several faculty and administration people, a few guests from town, and fewer still students who weren't there to give reports. In s ome ways the meeting was interesting; moreso at l east than the panels had been. The fine delivery of several of the chairmen, most notabl Russ Resslhuber, made coherent statements out of what had been, to use the phrase most heard at the meeting, "nebulous" topics and discussions in panel form. The delivery styles were "varied and fascinating: Nick Munger's admissions-jock role (while Norwine beamed approvingly), Resslhuber's British-scholarly approach, David Pini's excellent Laurie Paulsonoiac face-avoiding CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Historian Dr. Robert F. Byrnes, specialist in K!..l' sian and East European history, will speak on "Non-Western Areas: Still the New Frontier" on Thursday, February 12, at 8 p. m. in the Private Dining Room of Hamilton Center. First director of Indiana University's In ternational Affairs Center, Dr. Byrnes relinquished the center directorship in 1967 to become Distinguished Professor of History at the university. He also served as first director of the university's Russian and East European Institute and as chairman of its history department. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University, and the holder of nu merous scholarly honors and fellowships, Byrnes has travelled extensively within the Soviet Union and throughout Eastern Europe. In 1962-63, he did research within the So viet Union as a participant in the exchange of scholars between the Soviet Academy of Sciences and the American Council of Learned Societies. Byrnes was a founder, in 1955, of the Inter-University Committee on Travel Grants, an organization of 56 American To Speak universities which conducts ot graduate students, teachers and scholars with the Soviet Union, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria. He headed the organization until 1969. A senior fellow in the Russian Institute of Columbia University, Byrnes was at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1950. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from Amherst, Coe College and St. Mary's College and the Sesquicentennial Award from St. Louis University. Before coming to Indiana Universit;, he taught at Swarthmore College and Rutgers University, and was director of the Mid-European Studies Center in New York. During World War II and the Korean War, he served with American intelligence services. He was general editor of a seven-volume study of "East Central Europe Under the Communists" and is the author of several other books and a frequent contributor to scholarly publications. His appearance here was arranged by assistant professor of history Alan S. Lichtenstein. T. ARMANDS KEY SARASOTA, FLORIDA 33!57


4 Captain Jack 4 23 113arsatJEii!Jaasssaa:a!cc:: caa Jaaaaaa Iii ii ii UUii iU i RecordsWHO KNOCKED THE BRAINS OUT OF THE SKY? A review of Eric von Schmidt's "Who Knocked the Brains out of the Sky?", SMASH SRS 67124. "Of course we had heard about Eric von Schmidt for many years. The name itself had become a password. Eventually, after standing in line to meet him BOB DYLAN Eric von Schmidt is a folksinger who lives on Siesta Key, and who is a friend of many members of the New College community. He's a fine, fine man, this is his first album in five years. It w11l always be a mystery to me how a talent such as his was left voiceless (in some senses) for so long. Eric sings country blues with the lovely rasping holler that many of the original white blues musicians have imitated. Listen to Dylan's first album again. On it you will hear the influence of Mr. von Schmidt. But along with that, his voice can also be powerful and lyrical. It's his singing that makes this album. In fact, when I first heard it, I was a bit dismayed at the amount of backup work behind, seeminglytryingtosteal the show: electric piano, cembalet, organ, harpsichord, strings, hurdy-gurdy, kumhom, etc. But Eric and Mitch Greenhill did the arrangements, and they are all tasteful, serving to highlight these great songs, rather than hide them. In case you haven't guessed by now, I am a big fan of Eric's and I found this album amazing. It's delightful and simple, and solid: all things I demand of my favorite music. This is the kind of album that makes youhappy. Forthatreason, iffor no other, lots more people around here should listen to it, and often. Especially now, when the second-term hell has led everybody into raucous mind-screwing destNction. I'm exaggerating here, sure. But notice if you will, that more and more of the music you hear as you walk aTOUDd is the Stones and other like exponenu of frustration and anger. Perhaps I'm getting a bit Pau l Adomites too quasi-psychological, but I'm sure that if more people would listen to The Band, this album, ''Willie and the Poor Boys, "Nashville Skyline, things might be a good bit happier. And what can be wrong with that? I'm not advocating this album as campus-wide therapy. The music here is excellent from the a cappella blues holler of Mules" to the haunting minuet style of "Weepfor the Wooden Man." Everything here is together. "Beanum and Barley" is a lovely waltz about our ci.rcus neighbors done with maybe only a b1t of tongue-in-cheek. Again, it is Eric's solid, rich voice that makes the difference. To listen to him, you hear how much he is part of a genre (white country blues} and how much he is an individualistic stylist of the first' order. "Living on the Comer" is (shall I say it?) social commentary. Look out, para noid5,'"liere they come. The only song I don't like on this record is "Bitter City, in which Eric tries to tread a dangerous line and falls into heavy, dull rock. "HundredAcre Wood" is allegedly the song which lost Eric his last recording contract. The company was sure it was about grass; Eric said it was about Winnie the Pooh. They couldn't agree. (Mind you, this was five years ago, long before any good little musician made any reference to anything nasty in his songs. ) But it doesn't make much difference what this song me,ans, because it's JUst a damn fine song, s1mple enough to be children's song. It's a great feeling to smg, hum or whistle along with a record. With "Hun dred Acre Wood, you can't help it. The tune is infectious. And it feels In short, buy this album an 1sten to it. It'll do your head good. Besides that, it makes the reappearance of a significant musician onto the airways and turntables. SPECIAL NOTE: We would like to thank Mr. Arthurfotlending us his personal copy to review. I don't know how he did without i t for this long. THE BALLAD OF EASY RIDER It's never become "Roger McGuinn and the Byrds, 11 has it? Hell's bells, no; that would, ahem, well, destroy the dignified simplicity of the name that is so much a part of the Byrds' diligently maintai.ned hipaloof posture. Besides, it Just goes without saying that Roger McCuinn is the Bydrs, or at least the group's consistently over.riding musical and psychological influence. Still, McGuinn's sidemen have never been faceless zombies (as in :E:ric Burdon AND lhe Animals or Big Brother and the Holding Company FEATURING Janis Joplin); the_y it on and make their indiv.idual' presences known. God knows there has been a lengthy procession of them, Gene Clad<:, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gram Par sons et al, none of whom have exactly degenerated to the point of cavorting with the dregs of humanity since they left the Byrds. Another thing about those Blopb'lop-and-the-Boysinthebackgroundgroups: they seem to die off rapidly, capsized by the sheer weight of one overwhelming ego. But the Byrds are very much alive, as they inform us quite eloquently on their most recent Columbia album, Ballad of Easy Rider. McGuinn's current amalgam includes country boy Clarence White, who, along with the likes of Neil Young, Jorma Kaukonen, Keith Richard, and Larry Goshorn, has to be one of the most tasteful guitarists doing rock today; John York on bass (he has since been replaced by Skip Battyn of Skip and Flip fame); Gene Parsons on drums; and RECORD HOUSE FIRST WITH THE LATEST RECORDS -TAPES Ringling Shopping Center Gulf Gate Mall Steve Fore McGuinn himself handles his Rickenbacker twelve-string with the customary aplomb, and even gets a chance to play with one of his electronic music synthesizers. The Q:Jusic is typical Byrds' folky-country rock. There is the obligatory Dylan number, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue, a slowed-down, fresh inter pretation of a song that's been done by everyone from Joan Baez to Them. The title song employs strings, always a dangerous maneuver in rock, but they work, just as they did on ''Wild Mountain Thyme" on Fifth Dimension. "Jesus Is Just All Right" lS sell-explanatory and a clasaic rock song by any standards. "Fido" bas the first recorded Byrds dNm solo--sort of a cross between Chicago's percussion on "I'm a and Ringo's solo in the medley on Abbey Ro.a.d. McGuinn plays Ewan MacCoil (in spirit, at least) on "Jack Tarr the Sailor" and, in tNe early Byrds tradition, ends the album with a funny (remember "Ob, Susannah"?). One possible weak point for the fanatical Byrdsia.n: the customary regal, tight three and four part harmony isn't always present, although when it is there it's as good as ever, especially. on ''Baby Blue"; McCuinn, York, and Par sons alternately do a lot of soloing. But it could be that Roger wants us out here in record-listening land to fill in with our own harmony. That's a definite strong point ofBalladofEasfE Rider--everything is eminently singab e. In a dignified manner, of course. 1)fiil 1525 STATE STREET Mocca*iM BIJ'ots Leather Jackets-Levi's Bet t Bottoms Eric von Schmidt with guitar and organ, in concert at Hamilton Center last year EDITOR'S NOTE: I talked with Eric on the telephone yesterday about the possibility of his doing a concert for students here at the college, as he has done just about every year now. He said that he's busy right now, .but that April looks like a good tentative date for such a show. Watch for further announcements. Simple Straight forward ExtraordinaryStereo Sony Thorens Tannoy Quality our only excuse for existence CF SIEFED Phone 955-9867 I f


. I 5 Captain Jack saa1aaa 5 NC RADIO Program Schedule Here is a schedule of the NC Radio programming as it now stands, with a one-word description of content where available. Anyone wishing to advertise their show in Captain Jack should submit ad materials by Saturday for publication the following Monday. Monday: 4 to 6 6 to 8 8 to 10 Alan Davidson Bert Minkin Mike Rose (Folk) 10 to 10:30 10:30 to 2 News (The Pini-Patterson Report) Ross Madden & Marco Pereyma Tuesday: 2 to 4 Chris Jensen 4 to 6 Bruce Allen 6 to 8 Steve Posey 8 to 10 Tim Snyder 10 to 10:30 News 10:30 to 12:30 Wilbur Moore (Soul) 12:30 to 2 Mark Friedman Wednesday: 10 am to noon Jake & Tim 12 to 2 Jon Lundell 2 to 4 FREECO 7 to 10 10 to 10:30 10:30 to 1 1 until Thursday: 12 to 3 3 to 6 & o-8 to 10 10 to 10 : 30 10:30 to 12 12 to 2 2 until Friday: 12 to 3 3 to 6 6 to 8 8 to 10 10 to 10:30 10:30 to 1 1 until Saturday: 2 to 6 6 to 8 8 to 10 10 to 1 1 until Sunday: 10 to 12 12 to 4 4 to 6 6 to 8 8 to 10 10 to 10:30 10:30 to 12 12 to 2 Gary Kantor News Madden & Pereyma Dennis Steven Steve Posey Steve Fore a er erini Opera Drew Douglas News Roger Klurfeld David Burck Jon Lundell Sylvia Greenwald Wilbur Moore Gerald Dishon Bruce & Jack News Larry Hauser John Esak Steve Fore Reynolds Russell Scott Cook John Miller (Blues) Rabbit Greg Bullock (Religion) Paul Adomites FREE CO Dan Beemer J.R. Taylor (Jazz) News Jose Perez David Burck MONDAY NIGHT, 6 TO 8, IS TIME FOR PBM' S "SILENT MAJORITY" SHOW, THIS WEEK FEATURING: COCKTAILS AT 3428 No. Trail 355-3446 THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERfv\1\NIC! POETRY READ AND DISCUSSED BY KEN STAI'13AUGH! WITH SPECIAL GUEST STAR, JOHN WAYNE! 1184 No. Washington Blvd. fine domes tic & THE EAGLE FLIES ELMENDORF-KIRK (CONTINUED) TUESDAY AT 4 On Radio 850, this Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm, the following albums will be played: 1) DIAC CAVUBUCI, a Sicilian monk c. 1700, FIVE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PIECES, VIENNA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. 2) THE PLASTIC ONO B.A.ND, a new release, RAW. 3) ERIC SATIE, many small pieces for piano. 4) RUBE WADDELL singin' THIS RAIN DON'T STOP BLUES. Draft Counseling TUESDAYS .AND THURSDAYS 7 TO 8 P.M. IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE BEHIND THE RECEPTION CENTER DESK. WILL THE STUDENT WHO LEFT TWO SEARS-ROEBUCK VOUCHERS AT THE SWITCHBOARD BEFORE CHRISTMAS SEE ME AT THE SWITCHBOARD. PAT RUSSELL NEW STAGE (CONTINUED) This yeat, of course, the program was financed with money from the SPO enter-ainmen but financed on a sea e nowhere proportional to its needs, particularly in view of the huge acceptance it h a s received. Next year the money must come, if indeed it is to come, from somewhere else. There are, it seems, only two realistically available sources, and both of these mustworl< if the program is to be continued. Of course, support of the student body is essential (and present), but the ways in which the student body can support New Stage are now clear: First, establishment of the "Student Chair." There is a motion before the SEC forth is week's meeting to confirm the status of this position, which involves the SEC providing funds for the hiring of an instructor, subject to faculty approval, whose salarywouldbe a JOint effort of the student body and other funded organizations of the College. If this position, which was suggested in the past but never acted upon, could be approved, it is conceivable that the seat could go for a drama coach. But that's not quite enough. New Stage, if indeed that were to be selected for the student chair position, involves more money than the SEC c ould be expected to provide. Hence, problem two, the question of Development and the frozen budget for next year. As Beaird pointed out last week, even if money specifically for the support of a drama program were to magically appear, there is a very real chance that the College would not accept it as a directed gift (money for a specified purpose), in hopes of later acquiring the same money for general use. The President's letter shows the combination of subtlety, good taste, and dignity we have come to expect from his office: The Honorable Claude Kirl<, Jr. Governor State of Florida Tallahassee, Florida Dear Governor Kirl<: A recent Associated Press dispatch noted the upcoming meeting of your College Student Advisory Council, apparently on January 26, and gives the membership of that board of "22 students from seven state universities and seven private colleges and universities. While I would not want to suggest that the 22 students who have been named from the 14 colleges and universities, both public and private, would not serve you well in this advisory capacity, I do offer the opinion that you may have been highly discriminatory in your selection of institutions. Though most of the state institutions are included, your group represents less than half of the private colleges. You have chosen Methodist, Baptist, and United Church institutions, but omitted either of the two prominent Catholic institutions. You have picked most of the state's older private institutions, but none of the newer ones where some of the state's finest education is taking place. Be assured that as an institution, we at New College do not feel slighted. Being new, we are quite accustomed to have to struggle for recognition and acceptance. However, we do feel that you are not being served as the state's highest public official when you omit from this advisory board, for which you hold such high hopes, representatives of such a large number of the institutions that are serving the State ofFlorida and its people by educating the youngsters of this state at no direct cost to the taxpayers. Let me add a note of caution: You would dowell to listen closely to what these young people are saying and to the ideas and the ideals they hold, whether or not their ad vice appears to be sound in a general context. Students today are in general more welleducated and more aware than ever before of his abilities, and of the awesome problems that have been his legacy because of those things his abilities have accomplished. I hope that these young people serve you well, and you them. I believe every memberof the New College community would join me in wishing you and the Council success in your joint discussions. Sincerely, John Elmendorf President While the position of the College is understandable, it seems to be the general feeling of the student body that the issue of New Stage is of sufficient importance that the Development office might make an exception and accept directed funds for this one purpose. Thus, the other avenue open to students: There is at this time a petition circulating requesting that Development accept directed funds forth is purpose, if such funds are made available. If it can be thus demonstrated that the students (and faculty) are in support of the program to such a degree, perhaps the College might more carefully consider such gifts, the availability of which is a real possibility. Any student or faculty member interested in maintaining the New Stage program is urged to sign this petition, which is being handled by John Esak. CAPTAIN JACK WISHES TO WELCOME THE NEW COLLEGE RADIO STATION TO THE HAPPY CONFINES OF BUILDING A. THE COPPER BAR 1570 No. Lockwood Ridge Rd. 955-3446 THE CAPTAIN WISHES THE STATION MUCH SUCCESS, .AND HOPES THAT IT FINDS ITS Hl.l-1. cttie'tl & "Complete Office Supplies" 1350 Main Street Sarasota, Florida 33577 Phone: 958-6577


6 Captain Jack 6 iiiBiiliillllll!illl!l!!aaaaaeaeaaiiiaeaa !!JiiiiUiUl!ii A Letter to New Co ege expect private violence when the obJective of the violent person is to get his own way in much the same way thatthe obJective of public violence--war--is to attain the goals of the collectivity we call a nation? REMARKS AT COMMENCEMENT DR. JOHN ELMENDORF, PRESIDENT JUNE 15, 1968 Why do I write to you? Not, certainly, to make a plea for law and order, for that is the sham, the slogan solution. Order, as l have said before, derives from respect for others and law is the formal codification of expectations of a civilized society. Both law and order are secondary phenomena, however, and neither exists when menfailtorespectthe integrity of other men. The Commandment "Thou shalt not kill, is a law, long considered a good law, but when man decides that the law must be changed to read, "Thou shalt not kill, except in which case kill," it becomes a travesty of law. EDITOR'S NOTE: Reading Dr. Elmendorf's fine letter to Governor Kirk brought to mind another example of our president's excellent words. For those who have never seen it, and for everyone else, I would like to reproduce Dr. Elmendorf's Commencement Address from two years ago. I believe it to be as moving and, sadly, as relevant today as it was in June of 1968. The only thing that might not be immediately obvious is the emotional charge with which it was written and delivered ("At seven o'clock this morn ing," he said). It is a fine speech. On my desk for several days has been a letter which was never sent. It is headed, "A letter to New College students, and it is dated June S, 1968. I would like to read it to you. At seven o'clock this morning, Mrs. Elmendorf and I heard the news that someone had tried to kill Senator Kennedy. When the immediate nausea had passed, we began, as many must have done, to ponder once again the problems of violence. l would like to share with some of our thoughts. First, of course, we felt a deep sense of sorrow, a rather diffused form of sadness--cosmic, almost. We were troubled about society, about the depths of alienation which have engulfed our country, particularly our young people. Our thoughts moved, as they will do, in a stream of consciousness, to racism, to poverty, to war; yet they returned again and again to affluence, to humanism, to education. We recalled Howard Mumford Jones' remark, CONFERENCE (CONTINUED) technique--all were very entertaining. "Ours is an age of brilliance, and violence, and we thought of the students of New College (our minds tum too often to New College, I suppose, to students in particular, because very few events in our daily lives are unrelated to this college). The frame of reference for our thoughts at this time was another in the tragic and dramatic series of violent deeds, especially poignant. because of the murder of President Kennedy and the sacrifice of Dr. King, a leader who had the confidence of both the others. One thinks first: "There is no sense to all this--there is no reason, no cause, no meaning. Perhaps--and perhaps not. Perhaps we, our generation, have created the best incubator of violence the world has ever seen. Per haps our concern for things we have has made us lose sight of the human beings we are supposed to be. Perhaps we have generated a society in which informal violence must prevail because we depend for our national self-respect on demonstrating to the world our remarkable capacity for formal violence, which we call war. We cannot understand violeQce in the streets, violence on the campus, violence in the ghettos. Perhaps, if we betterunderstood violence in the JUngles, violence in the villages and towns and rice paddies, we could better understand it at home. Professor William Hamilton commented in a recent article in the New Mexico Quarterly, "It is almost as if our protest is being forced to become more violent as the war itself becomes more violent, We elevate killing semantically to assassination, and thereby try to isolate one kind of killing from another. Having done so, we then express our outrage at assassins, and promptly forget the tens of thousands of young men we ourselves are training to kill, and the even greater numbers who live their lives with the expectation that they too will soon be learning to kill more efficiently. Why, I ask, why is everyone so swprised? What is so strange about private violence, when public violence is not only condoned, but demanded? Must we not, in fact, 1 write to urge you to try to understand violence, above all the causes of violence. You are free enough here at New College to range rather widely in a.nd intellectual pursuits. Some of you dec1de to spec1ahze rathernarrowlyinfieldswhich may bear little relationship. to the immediate problems of society. They may have attracted you precisely because they are discrete, contained, concerned with beauty, truth, order or w1th distant times and distant places. They may have been a refuge for you from the kind of reality which violence as they long have been for intellectuals. The' time is indeed it ever was present--when intellectuals can ignore the rush of history. You are men and women as well as scholars, You will be fathers and mothers as well as scholars. You will be soldiers, too, some of you, and you will live violence. And you must understand it, confront it, examine it, and I hope,--a-edicate some part of yourself to ending it. I will quote one more phrase from Howard Mumford Jones' brilliant essay entitled VIOLENCE AND THE HU MANIST: "The hurt that one feels about anarchy and evil would not be possible unless one had had, intellectually, prior to this sorrow, some apprehension of the nature of order, rationality, loveliness and calm. It is this that I believe you may have acquired here, and it is this which is the source of whatever hope there may be. My nature, as some of you know, is to be hopeful, even optimistic, These are days to try that nature, and I guess I have written this letter more to reaffirm my own faith than to help you acquire yours. The faith is there, however, and it must be. If it is not, there is indeed no sense, no reason, no cause, no meaning to our lives. As an intellectual I find it impossible to believe that rational man cannot learn to find the reconciliation between mind, spirit and body, which can lead to love, Joy, and peace in our time. I hope you may find it. DEVELOPMENT, WORK-STUDY (REYNOLDS RUSSELL) The Conference is not over, we are told. Several of the committees vowed to carry through with their proposals, while, extra-conferentially, "Rap" Patterson held his own form of educational conference Saturday night. (Initial meeting report, left from as week's issue.) At 2: 30 on January 30, a panel met to lead a discussion on actual and potantial sources of revenue for the running of the college. Members of the panel were George Duffee-Braun, Peter McNabb, Richardson Wood, and Reynolds Russell, chairman. To set the stage for the discussion, Reynolds Russell briefly outlined the college's present financial situation: the school is dependent on the charity of the community and large foundations to raise upwards of $1.3 million annually to continue operation at the current levels of expenditure. Wood put forth two proposals to the panel and audience, One proposal was to give academic credit to students who did research for a corporation or foundation. He qualified the proposal by pointing out that any such research must be something that the college community would be "interested in doing anyway" because to divert already scarce resources to new proJects unrelated to what the students and faculty are presently endeavoring to accomplish would be "disastrous. Mr. Wood said the crucial aspect of any such project was a wellresearched proposal that would require much time and careful thinking on the part of the students and/orfaculty members involved. But he expressed confidence that such resources as time, creativity, and intelligence were available within the college community. Mr. Wood's second proposal (suggestion) was that the publishing field was an area where great profits were possible. There was a general agreement on the panel and in the audience that any publication that could translate the Jargon of the academician into the "English language" was bound to succeed, as several existing examples have borne out (E.G, "Psychology Today"). The meeting was then opened up to general discussion out of which there arose Several of the committees' final proposals are listed below: FOUR-YEAR OPTION: ESCAPE HATCH OR WINDOW TO THE WORLD (JACK COUSINEAU) As an immediate solution to the problem of unclear and unsatisfactory leave policy presently in operation we propose that the college construe personal, work, or academic leave as suitable under the four-year option with the educational draft deferment applicable. As a long-range solution we propose that the four-year option, or optional calendar program as it is called in the Bulletin, be replaced by a flexible residency program with the following points: 1. That nine terms of academic residence should continue to be the basic requirement for the B. A. degree. 2. That every student should be entitled to one, two, or three additional terms (not necessarily consecutive) of personal leave during which time he will oe considered in good academic standing and making normal progress towards a degree but not in academic residence or in full-time study. 3. That every student should be entitled to one, two, or three additional terms (not necessarily consecutive) of academic leave, forming an extension of his academic program under the supervision of his advisor oradvisors, providing an additional opportunity that every student is encouraged to utilize but is not required for graduation, during which time he will be considered in full-time study and making normal progress towards a degree but not in academic residence. 4. That the normal though not mandatory time of graduation be set at five years (15 terms) after admission. KUE&KAReM bilUaJr..d6 ... 4223 N. Tamiami Trail, Bradenton KNOW WHAT'S IN DIPPER DAN 9oo Stmm -OPPK 'S )INVH '1VNOLLVN liV}IL c 00 We'll Stand On Our Head (it's Cards 'n' Things) Trail Plaza 3333 N. Tamiami Trail Phone 355-3931 To Serve You Better member FDIC and Federal Reserve System a number of suggestions for raising money and/or cutting costs. Several of the suggestions were: that the proceeds from student worl< grants be charged against the student's tuition and room and board costs in the same way that scholarships are presently charged, rather than giving the stuent cash to spend elsewhere. Other suggestions were that student labor replace labor brought in from the outside to do routine maintenance work. There were also suggestions that members of the college community be consultants to interested businesses and private groups in areas such as sensitivity training and radical theology. In the midst of the suggestions an issue arose that" sought to challenge the underlying assumptions of the whole discussion. The issue is whether the whole community is committed to raising funds for the school and whether or not it should be. Don Aronoff and Dr. Elmendorf raised the question that perhaps the students at New College were not interested in worl

7 Captain Jack 7 I llllllllfllllllliflllllllllii iiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii8iil iiiiiJi!iiiiiilillifiiii23EJ303iE MUNGFR SETS INDOOR SPORTSMANSHIP MARK Mark Friedman The New College 69el'5 succumbed to the Ebel'5ole Sodbustel'5105-35 last Wednesday night in City League action. The team is still seeking its tradition-shattering first' win. Wednesday night's action was highlighted by verbal war between the referee and player-coach Nick Munger. Munger vias exhorting the ref, who had openly discriminated against the 69el'5 in previous games, for some bad officiating. The ref responded by calling a technical foul every time Munger opened his mouth. The JOust began when the ref whistled Munger's fifth foul (the quota) midway through the second quarter. "You stink! Terrible call, said Munger, stamping off to the bench. "Technical foul, hollared the ref. "Thank you," said Munger, waving his arms in disgust. "Another one, said the ref. "Sure," said Munger. "You're out of the game. Three technicals. Then the fun began. Without Munger, the team fought feebly and fell further behind. Meanwhile, back on the bench, Munger, down, butnot out, at least, not entirely and not, fumed at the ref. Two more technicals, and the ref chased him up in the stands. A minute later, apparently stunned by a foul call that would have put a 69er at the line, Munger stood up i:1 .1-)e s tand (where he was rather noticeable as one of maybe a half dozen onlookei5) and screamed, "What kind of a call is that. True to form, the ref called another technical foul. "But I'm in the crowd, cried Munger. "I'm a spectator! The ref stuck to his guns. "You schmuck! said Munger. The ref wasn't sure, but it sounded bad. "I'm gonna call the game if he don't leave, the ref informed the rest of the team. To make a long story short, somehow Munger managed to keep quiet, somehow the game continued, and somehow the 69el'5 managed to get trounced again "ARMPITS" MUNGER PREPARES TO PASS BALL TO AL HIMELFARB (#5) photo by Tom Campion CONFERENCE (CONTINUED) time and energy beyond that necessary to get an education. Dr. Knox suggested synectics as one means of generating new ideas, and Mr. Wood pointed out that most of the successful financial enterprises of the past were started by a few people who came up with a good idea. INDEPENDENT STUDY (DAVID YOUNG) The Panel recommends the following proposals: I. Summer ISP's be optional. II. that an ISP orienting program be instituted; for example: Dummy copies of ISP contracts possible, maintaining a list of all previous ISP's, faculty illustrating possibility for ISP in their department. IlL Mas;ive. expansion of the pres_ent off-campus opportunities file, emphasizing, in particular, work/study opportunities. N. Promotion of intellectual activities (workshops, seminai5) during ISP. V. Rebates be given to students who are perusing off-campus projects (food and board especially). FIRST YEAR PROGRAM (DAVID PINI) I. Inform prospective students ot the option they have to defer college {Of one year even if they are accepted for admission now. II. Social orientation should be largely self-generating. Fii5t year students should be sent to Myakka Park for two days to get to know each other. Upperclassmen should all be allowed back on campus, at least after the first two days (Certainly this could be tried foqust one year). Students should abolish the Student Government every four yeal'5 beginning next year to allow every student the opportunity to define, understand, and help solve the problems of selfgovernment and permit the structures to evolve with the changing situation of the student body (needless to say, the old forms might be readopted in the fil'5t week. ) III. Academic orientation should last the entire fil'5tterm. Each faculty member or at least one from each discipline should hold a two or three session seminar that presents the nature, intention, and methodology of each discipline. Students could be requested to attend at least three of these for each division. The faculty might also attempt to write a statement of their goals as teachel'5 and as economists, philosophel'5, historians, etc. to be distributed in the form of a handbook of the faculty together with listings of coU1'5es, areas of special interest, former tutorials, perhaps even some suggested bibliographies. IV. An unsatisfactory on a student's fint shall not be grounds for dismissal. V. Students in theirfirst or second yean should be actively recruited for foreign travel and study. THE ADMISSIONS GAME OR THE LOGISTICS OF SEDUCTION (NICK MJNGER) In his opening remarks to the Educational Conference last week-end, Dean of Admissions Earl Helgeson made a characteristic appeal to the attending Novo Collegians' sense of realism and found it char-acteristically wanting. His story was entitled: "One Little Pool and How It Grew. But Not Fast Enough." Dean Helgeson attempted to set the parametel'5 within which reasonable discussion of Admissions policy and procedure could occur. This entailed explaining that it has always been and still is a fact that the New College Office of Admissions does not select students for the college but instead operates a rather sophisticated advertising agency which sells a valuable and sought-after commodity in hopes that it will become more sought-after and thus more valuable. (That commodit)S for any novitiate Novae, is the education of the Fii5t dass Minds. ) The upshot of this is that we do not currently have the flexibility and range of choice necessary to fill each incoming class with exclusively, or even predominantly, those people who seem to thrive on the recognizedly peculiar environment that exists here and who are thus in a favorable position to accomplish the unfathomably subJective feat of "making it" at College. So no, we can't start taking only transfer students or people who have been outofHighSchool for a year or two. Even if we wanted to, which would certainly be a hot topic for a policy debate by the Celestials. So much for proJected proposal #L For purposes of further discussion, Admissions procedure can best be considered in three sectol'5: 1. Dissemination of information. 2. Application by prospective student. 3. Decision-making by the Admissions Committee. As Dean Helgeson also explained in his initial remarks, there are certain limitations to any proposal that can be made in relation to phase three of the Admissions Game. At the national conventiOn of guidance counselo1'5 and shrunken heads last November, it was stated quite emphatically by a large segment of those in attendance that if college students were allowed to read and handle the confidential recommendations made by teachel'5, guidance people, and headmastel'5 for use in admissions decisions, then such recommendations would cease. Which also means that counselo1'5 would stop steering their prizes our way. So although the use of students in deciding who future students will be, at least as far as actual yes-no voting, cannot happen until there occun a change in attitude on the part of those playing the Admissions Game on the other end of the line. This is unfortunate, for at a place like New College, students could quite probably play a dynamic role in the selection of future students, if they did .not succumb to the temptations of palancing the boy-girl ratio or starting a popularity contest for freaks, as has been the case at Antioch to a certain extent. So much for proposal 1f2. How d'ya dig dem paramete1'5? Not much room left to play, eh? So we have left the dissemination of information and the application to talk about. And in these areas, some pretty good talking was done. SEC (CONTINUED) SIGN-IN The sign-in procedure is fast an issue. The SEC voted to appoint a student to accompany the proctor on his rounds forthe purpose of identifying students (and non-f>tudents) and enforcing the sign-in pro cedure. This seems to be working, as signins have increased since the watcher was instituted. Miller reinterated the importance of the sign-in rules, stating that he has received calls from the police regarding pei5ons believed to be residing illegally on the NC campus. ELECTION TO BE HELD It was reported that the faculty has approved two student representatives to the 4-A committee,, so that another electiQn has been called, to be held Feb. 16. At the same time a run-off will be held for second-year alternative to the SEC. Petitions, whiCh require -19 signatures are due Saturday, and should be submitted to Jose Perez or Dick Webb. OTHER tv'OTI ONS The most common motion made was to adjourn, which had been defeated six times when I quit counting. But anything beyond talking will be largely up to the New College community of schol al'5 and prophets. These were the proposals, received favorably by the Office of Admissions and thus ready and waiting for people to act on. If -you want to help, contact the Admissions Olfice with suggestions. 1. Increased use of students in contacting, corresponding with, and interviewing prospective students and potential "feeder schools." 2. Revision of the nature and content of Admissions literature (Ye Olde Propa ganda) i.e., the catalog, newslettel'5, etc. Kill Artichokes and Lima Beans before they sprout! 3. Production of a picture book to aid us salesmen in graphic description of the natural beauty of our collegiate home. 4. Radical (perhaps} revision of the application form, i. e. alteration or deletion of the "penonal Philosophy, more opportunity for the applicant to provide us with information about his capacity for imaginative frivolity, or even creativity. three 'v inches t..r:b of JQA unimaginative eight page paper isn't ., really bad. THAT ISSUE OF CAPTAIN JACK TO BE MAILED TO PARENTS TO PUBLICIZE PARENTS' WEEKEND MAY STILL COME OFF. IT LOOKS NOW AS IF IT MAY BE NEXT WEEK OR THE WEEK AFTER. IF YOU HAVEN'T INFORMED US YET IF YOU DON'T WANT IT SENT YOU MIGHT STILL DO SO. 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JJ!!llll!l0iliii!li11il18131i2J1!ll politics: humor: fiction: f non-. ct1on: Fatty Rottencrotch didn't go on to college after he graduated from high school; he goofed around for a year somehow avoiding Uncle Sam but in fact he had taken so few courses in high school that I don't see how he managed to graduate at all, nevertheless, he worl<:ed afterwards on a nightshift at the behest of General Foam (and twodisgruntledparents)under the supervision of his buddy Scum bucket's 16-year-old girlwomanmistress's father, himself something of a dirty old man but carrying a vague and endemic upset about himself concerning the state of his daughter's virtue; at the beginning of my second year in college Fatty managed to get himself enrolled in a two-year business course at hometown's old branch campus of the (ta-da) Pennsylvania State University, from which, he said, he intended to transfer into a four-year program but I was laying three-to-one that he'd never do it and sure enough, by March he had dropped out and en listed in the Marines, scheduled to leave sometime in early not only that,. but he had also signed for OCS, and knowing the life expectancy of a second looie in the Nam, when I heard the news I went home and crossedhisnameoffmyChristmas card list. Then, after nine months incommunicado with home, it was the Christmas break and I had no place to hide any longer and actually wanted to spend Christmas home, so I was there about two weeks and saw Fatty and a lot of that gang at a bowling alley one night. Maybe, when he came in, he had seen me, but Fatty never was especially sentimental about his friendships going back to elementary school and JUnior high school. The gang he was with, when I saw him, used to go to a cabin up in the Poconos, starting sometime in high school, and hold really serious drinking parties. I never went there, even though I knew most of the guys pretty well, until we had almost graduated; then, three days before going away to college, took part in my first bash at the cabin. At Christmas then, there was a three-day hunting party. Weevendidsomehunting. Before we went hunting, someone was showing me how to use his shotgun. "Now this is the safety, "he said. "The gun's loaded and it's off now, so don't touch the trigger." He snapped the safety on. "Now it's on. When you want to shoot, JUSt snap it off and--" there, he pulled the trigger and found out that his safety didn't work. A dozen people were standing in the next room; and there were four in the room we were in, but luckily he had the gun pointedto the wall, so the shot blasted a hole through a headboard and the solid pine of the cabin wall, but nothing important. We were sober at the time, all of us, and it was one of the rare times that damage was actually done to the cabin. See, the guy whose father owned the cabin never drank. He JUSt liked to watch drunks. He used to go around putting everybody to bed, making sure nothing got spilled or busted, and quietly keeping the zoo in order. There was one time--but let me say something about the cabin: It has a basement, connected to the upstairs living room, the main room, by a steep staircase. It's impos sible to go down those stairs without putting your body through some tricky contortions. If you try walking down in an erect posture, you can get a really nasty bump on your chest; if you don't duck enough, the lump comes out on the back of your skull. And at the bottom, you have about fifteen inches to turn before doing battle with a concrete wall. Now, one n.:.ght, Weiner, a skinny midget with myopia, buck teeth and a bad mouth, wiped himself out pretty early in the evening, so much that he couldn't even stand up, much less speak, much less worl<: up a sarcastic witlessism. Zookeep and a fairly sober otherperson thus gathered Weiner up from a corner of the living room, w here he bad melted, to put him to bed downstairs by the heater. As they held him, one on each arm, at the top of the stairs, trying to figure out how to transport him, someone behind them slurred, "I'll kill em. Kill em all," and they turned to see some other dude waving a loaded. 45 at all and sundry. Even though he held the gun by the barrel, they rushed over and took itawayfromhim, then looked at each other, over tothe top of the sta!rs where there was no Weiner apparent, then at each other again before rushing back to the stairs and looking down to the bottom where Weiner lay, his legs draped back up the last few steps and his head and shoulderscrammedagainstthewall in disarray. They puthim to bed and he had no hangover the next morning, no headache. And no guilt. But when I saw Fatty and Weiner and et al that evening at the bowling alley these drinking parties already were a thing of the past. Fatty, in particular, had IIJOVed on to better things. Into the big time: the maJor leagues and my fraternity stories were pale and shallow next to' his tales of Marine life in San Diego, California where they sent him after his little stay in Paris Island.' "On the weekends," he said, "we go to TJ. That's TlaJuana to you, I call it TJ," he giggled, and he looked like be .when was fourteen again. In high school he began liftmgwe1ghts and trying to beat the beef on his arms into the proper type of bulges, but he never did succeed in getting a decent-looking biceps. The belly went away, even moved up a bit on his chest but he stillhadthe same face, and the same grin with the cramped, crooked, yellow teeth. "Ever hear of Dino's? Roth used to do all these T -shirts with 'Dino1s' on." (The names, except for TJ and the occasional first-person "1'', are made up, and the "1", of course, is not for sure. Paris Bigger and Gladder, But Probably No More Brave Than Me, and Maybe You Island, for instance, is very unreal. ) He dqgged on a cigarette, employing a well-practiced tough look. "Di no's is where the lady meets the donkey on stage. Yes. Definitely a cut or twelve above the average fraternity. Fatty dragged on and on with an endless parade of stories about the weekend life in TJ, making it plain that this was not one of those sessions where people trade stories and he, in turn, would agree to be impressed or humored. He had been through Boot Camp; he had taken karate on the side: "None of the guys mess with me any more, he said. However, he had backed off from OCS. Maybe the night and everything he talked about that night, the things, that is, that he'd been doing in TJ, was an excuse, a long groping for conditions sufficient to make Fatty Rottencrotch a sure-enough man without necessarily dying. "Sometimes they give a GI a hard time," he said. "You know, they'll pick him up in a bar and put him in Jail, take his money, throw him back across the border in the morning. Half the time your pass is only good for the night, andifyou miss roll call in the_.morning, you're up to your neck in shit. One day they pulled this on one of the guys in my company and we got really pissed off. They took his car and everything, and he hadn't even done anything--they JUst picked him up. So the next week we all went down together. There were fifty or sixty of us--marching around in formation. We'd march to the front of a bar and the guy who was calling out cadence would say Fall Out and we'd run in. That night we had all we wanted for free--you understand, everybody took along a section of two-by-four or something, and a lot had boards with nails in them. Some guys had blackJacks, brass knuckles, that kind of shit. Fatty dragged on another cigarette, this time without the Bogart look. "Myself, he said, "I had a lead pipe, "and he managed that giggle again, and it was pretty damned funny. "No body gave us any trouble, 11 he said, with the air of an Army Group Red commander after a satisfactory exercise, or the Commander in Chief of the Vietnamese expeditionary force at each monthly report. Somebody threw a gutter ball; it clapped hollowly in the wooden trough and scuttered past ten undaunted pins. Lenny was going for a third strike. "Except at one place, 11 Fatty said. "There was this one fat little guy who thought we were bluffing. He started to give us some gas about paying for our drinks and we beat the shit out of him. By the time I could getto him he was already laying on the floor. His right arm was stretched straight out. He patted the middle of his forearm, the inside. "I hit him right here with the pipe, he said, "and the lower part of his arm JUst flipped up," he flipped his hand at the wrist in an attempt to demonstrate, but it was a hopeless try. Still, it was very funny. If only Fatty's arm had been hinged in th.e middle of his forearm, he could have made an act of 1t. "It Just flipped up, right like that, he said. Sixty or so percent of the American people feel that incidents like MyLai are just bound to happen in a war. The way he giggled, you would have split your rocks laughing at him and the way he flipped his wrist. "Myself, I had a lead pipe, 11 was also a good line. I don't know ... I'd probably laugh Just as loud again. The thing is, I guess, that I can't help but like Fatty. He's JUSt a funny kind NEEDS ADS POETRY ARTICLES FIRST ISSUE END OF FEBRUARY BALAKLAVA RM. 204 VAN SKIKE BLDG. 11 SOOTH PALM AVENUE SARASOTA, FLORIDA PHONE 958-8749 by TOM YORI ofperson, the sort that can take a lot of crap and not let it get him down. William Buckley recently asserted in hisSundaycolumn that the symbol of the My Lai massacre is, if one has to reach for one, not the Pentagon, but Berkeley. He equated the soldiers, in effect, as disciples of the college radicals--not radicals themselves, out sharing all the bad personality traits that the mass media .associate with radicals.. Well, Fatty and a lot of his Marine buddies take dope, but they don't like freaks. And I like Fatty well enough, though he disdains me, but I don't dig the idea of the army at all, even though I might allow myself to get drafted and even adapt to it with enthusiasm--parachuting, for instance. This is, in its weak way, an essay. If you can find the point, you're way ahead of me. Eight months passed before I saw Fatty again, and I don't know which of us had gotten grayer in the meantime. It was near the end of this last summer, when I was home trying to recover from a senseless motorcycle accident and grinding my teeth down to the gums every time I climbed into a car. I recall that, one night af ter my first year at college and a summer working on the road, during the few days at home (less than a week, because home was an unpleasant place) after the job yet before the beginning of school, Fatty and I had Indian wrestled and I beat him. He had no excuse, because, even though I had been doing manual labor and my back could lift anything my hands could grip, so had he. He was still lifting weights in his hours away from General Foam trying to discipline all that excess fat; at this time he weighed 160-he varied between that and 195. It was different after the motorcycle job. Even if I'd been in good shape I don't think I'd have wanted to tangle with him, but at the time it took all I had to lift my arm ten times. Every time I go home, there are more and more things Ican'ttalk about, more and more things. It was hard at first, because I had trouble finding something to replace the sense of self that everyone generally loses at about that time, and no one could help me. You get used to it, more or less, and that's the new thing in itself, JUSt as you get tired of hearing life histories from urgent faces when you want to tum in or read comic books. By and by you learn your new part pretty well, and what part it is: the clown the heavy the tragic hero the butler the furious idiot or the stooped and mealy-colored old man I used to call poppa when the merry-go-round broke down, who is the craftiest and says nothing, who is perfect be cause he can keep from saying anything. And you learn to live with that part, and it's not so bothersome that you never do play it quite right. Not for most people it's not bothersome. Not all the time. These are the things that every assembly line worker and college president learns, in his own way and time: everybody knows. I'd been home several days before I learned, at a watering place, that Fatty was coming home. "I'd like to see the old SoB, I said. Three days later I was sittingwithBuddy on his porch when Fatty saw us as he was driving by. We waved and Fatty pulled his car over. "I heard you wanted to see me, "he said when he sat on the porch. "Yeah." "What about?" ."Well, nothing special. He used his Bogart face, me know .1 had made a mistake. We didn't say anyth1ng for then, until he started talking about all the walkmg cnpples at the San Diego base freshly transferred back from the Nam. Nothing else about TJ but he still made it sound funny; he was back in himself. It was easy to see the sense his world made when he talked about it from the inside, even concerning the twenty guys in Viet Nam who hated their colonel so much that they chipped in $100 apiece for reward money, which stood until someone finally his chance and made two grand with a JUdicious burst in the colonel's back. "But I'm through with that now, he said. "They're assigning me to Savannah and I'll probably stay there the rest of my hitch, programming their computers for them. He looked past Buddy and me as though .. I don't know. Like he wanted us not to exist. "Listen, I said. ''I'll be down there in Florida. I know some broads, a lot of ways to kill time. Why don't you come on down some time and look me up?" He held his cigarette an inch from his lips and drew them into tight little strings. "Sure, sure, he said. "I'll I know he was trying for a cynical effect, but someth1ng had happened to his grinning face and there were new lines that I'm sure he didn't understand yet. They w.ere of pain. This the Marine Corps had made .. or was 1t me? Or you? Or Billy Buckley? But I can't hold too much against you, Fatty. I see all the venomous things of life as I know it waiting for you, and, even though we're too much alike to make a big thing of our differences before whatever Judge there may be, when the day comes that you can't insulate yourself any more, I wouldn't want to be you. The differences matter now, to me. You make your bed: you ue in it. I have my own.It's not much better, but it's mine.

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