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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year Florida December 17, 1965 SEC Sets Policy On Campus Visitors At their meeting yesterday the Student Executive Committee approved an official policy concerning campus visitors. "It is the opinion of the SEC," their statement begins, "that unidentified visitors on campus pose a condition of danger to the student community. Every visitor on campus should be the responsibility of some member of the college community. It is Anonymous Prof. Doubles Prizes A generous member of the New College faculty who prefers to remain anonymous has given The Catalyst $35 to be used for prize awards in the literary contest. The total which will be awarded in prizes is now $70. therefore the prerogative of any student to ascertain the intentions of any stranger on campus. If the visitor is looking for some person, the student should help find that person. If the person cannot be found, or does not wish to accept the visitor, or if the visitor has no business on campus, the student should recommend that the visitor should leave. Should he not leave, the student has recourse to call on the campus policeman or faculty resident( s ). Mrs. Mary Elmendorf final briefing tothe eager. group that will be spending a month with the Peace Corps in Guatemala. Carol and Betsy will be the first to leave onMonday, with the rest following ina week. Those going are Larry Alexander, Carol Worby, Betsy Olsen, (Mrs. Mary Elmendorf), Esther Lynn Barrazone, Miss Barbara Fagan, and seated, Abby Allgood and Rick Stauffer. The JUdging panel, Dr. Arthur Borden, Dr. Robert Knox, Thomas Lawson, Sam Treynor and Charles Raeburn have not yet decided how prizes will be awarded, considering the larger amount of prize money now available. A final prize list will he announced after the Christmas vacation. As a corollary to the statement, the SEC added, "Visitors purely in the role of tourists should be welcomed and aided in any way convenient, provided that they arrive during the day. Tourists arriving at night should be asked to return the next day." Drivers May Face Scholarship Cuts Students who own cars may face a cut-back in their financial aid next year, announced Joe Hall, Financial Aid Officer. "The Financial Aid Committee," A Thing of the Past Bruce Lamartine, 1. and Mike Hoke help themselves to doughnuts and coffee at the mid-morning break. This feature of New College life will end with this term because of the new class schedule. Students Are Eligible for Achievement Award New College students are eligible for the A. P. Phillips Achievement Award for extra curricular activities, according to Mr. Furman C. Arthur, Information Officer. Awards are given to the student or student roups submitting the best presentation of an undergraduate extra-curricular activ1ty which took place prior to March 1 of each school year. The individual student or student group winning the overall tion will receive the A. P. Ph1lhps Achievement Trophy and will retain it for one year. The overall winner also receives a replica of the trophywhich remains permanently at the educational institution. Complete details are available in the Public Relations office. he announced, "is distressed by the fact that some scholarship students seem to have automobiles and can afford to pay the insurance, gas and maintena11ce ... and that other students also on scholarships appear to be able to make distant 'trips'." The Financial Aid Committee is presently an extension of the Admissions Committee and consists of: Dean of Admissions Robert Nor wine; Dr. Douglas Berggren of Humanities Division; Dr John French, College Examiner; Dr. Jane Stephens of the Natural Sci ences Division; admissions officers Millie Ellis, Cope Garret, Joe Hall, and Earl Helgeson. (The committee will soon have new a ppointrnents.) The basis for any decision on the committee's part to reduce a student's aid is the stipulation contained in the letters of acceptance sent out to students receiving financial aid that "(The scholarship) is renewable annually, on the basis of your continuing need and academic and personal progress." Although there is presently no means of evaluating "personal pro gress," the other two factors are analyzed carefully in renewing aid. "Academic progress" was included in the letter so that the college could legally rescind financial aid if a student is expelled. "There will be no decrease in the amount of financial aid a student receives during mid-year or even from year to year on the basis of how well or poorly he does on the e:valuations ," reassured Mr. Hall. "As long ashe is in good standing, the amount he gets is the amount required by his financial need .... In other words, he gets either all or none." The problem, however, lies in the determmaoon of "continuing need." "It is the opinion of some of the faculty," Mr. Hall went on, "that when a student under financial aid is able to afford an autcr mobile and/or periodic trips ... then a mistake has been made. Mr. Hall explained that if the (Continued on page 5, col. 3) Vacation Procedure Outlined by Styles Procedures for the Christmas vacation period, which officially begins tomorrow, have been outlined by Captain Ralph Styles, Director of Planning and Development. Friday night's dinner will be the last meal served this year at College Hall. The first meal of the new year will be the evening meal on Sunday, January 2. Students may return to campus beginning on that date. A few students have obtained special permission from Dean of Stu dents Robert Norwine and are remaining on campus through the vacation period. Students should lock and secure their rooms before leaving. "We have made a check and have found that a few students have lost their room keys," revealed Captain Styles. "We will have keys for them when they return from the vacation. For now, we'll go around and check the rooms after students have left, and we'll lock any we find open. Each room will undergo inspection and be thoroughly cleaned. "Nothing will be removed from the rooms," assured Captain Styles. The cam pUll will be patrolled night (Continued on page 7, col. 3) Any original work by New College students will be acceptable contest material. All students except those serving on the Judging panel are eligible to submit entries. Students are requested to submit no more than three separate entries, which should be typed or neatly printed, double-spaced, on one side only of standard size paper. Entries in any other form will not be accepted for Judging and will be returned to the author. Each entry from an individual student must not be signed by its author, but should be signed with a pseudonym. Every entry should then be placed in a standard size business envelope, with the pseudonym written both on the worl< and on the envelope. Another envelope containing the author's real name, with the pseudonym written on the outside of the envelope, should be submitted to Mrs. Heimert with the contest entries. No entries will be returned to the author after Judging unless a specific request is made at the time an entry is submitted. Contest entries will be announced and winning entries will be printed in the January 28, 1966, edition of The Catalyst. Any changes in contest procedure or additions or changes fo the Judging panel will be announced in the next edition of The Catalyst. The apparent me ani ng of the statement is that the only legitimate c a m p u s guests are tourists and people invited by students. KenJi Oda, present chairman of the SEC, feels, however, that there should be some qualification to this: "Our statement shouldn't be interpreted too strictly, in. that we don't intend to set up a brick wall around us and absolutely forbid visitors from town. "However, he went on, "the presence of uninvited visitors on campus at night has caused numerous problems to the security of the students and campus itself. By making a definite statement of policy, we have now a basis for action in the future. We of the SEC don't feel that a person belongs on campus at night if he is not the personal guest of a student here. This is only common sense. The implementation of this policy will be made much easier when the school gets a permanent night watchman on duty. "We have recommended to Dean Norwine that such a watchman be procured, revealed KenJi. "Officer Ritchie has done a tremendous JOb, but we simply need someone whose presence is immediately felt all the time. We want to prevent trouble, not JUSt handle it. 11 A copy of the SEC's decision plus the rationale behind it will be distributed to the student body immediately after the Christmas vacation. Berggren Reports Pei Disappointed There is a possibility that Mr. some :n-chitect. "I think I. M. Pei will not continue as the that the. bmldmgs of a college can architect ofNewCollege, accord?e ing to Dr. Douglas Berggren, pro-IS b_egmnmg and trying to fessor of philosophy and membei a kind of atmosphere. cant of the faculty advisory committee expect to attract a high cal-on architecture. Iber andprofessorswhen "Th 1 ttime I talked to Mr. Pei the buildings are temporary or un-I t the as_ ss on that he is impressive.. Architecture at a place go e lrnpre 1 lik C l b' l rt t appointed with the lack of student e 0 urn la 1S ess an -reaction to the dormitories, Dr. they have so many bu1ldmgs that Berggren commented. "He received each _one does not have to. be out-one letter of praise from asi.udent I think which seemed to please him very architec.ture IS very m a Ch but the nlaJ'orityof students locale hke Sarasota. lTIU "M p t d al f don' t seem to care that they are r. e1 _gave a grea e o living in buildings designed by per-thought o:> his plans for the college. h th ld' s greatest living He was giVen a great deal of free-aps e wor do hi l 1m t th hit t I thinkthis is a shame." m 1n s pans, a os to e arc ec f 1 tti' hi If Mr p did not work with the pomt o m e nl'!: m college. in subsequent phases of kn_ow' JUSt what was I the building program, this job think he has done an excellent JOb. would probably oe assumea by (Continued on page 7, col. 2) !VIr. Pei


Page 2 Editorially Speaking End Of First Term Is Time To Review Now that we have completed the first term, it is appropriate that all of us stop and take stock of our standing at New College. This holds true not only for academics, but for extra-curricular and social activities as well. Second-year students face examinations in their maJor fields at the end of next term. Now is the time for them to determine for themselves i.f they are working adequately in the area of their true interest and greatest capability. Those second-year students who did not pass all the firstyear comprehensives last August, also have before them an opportunity to make up their deficiencies during the first week of January. The vacation which begins tomorrow will be the last chance to review course work taken in preparation for these tests and to study independently for those subjects in which they have taken no courses. First-year students can now ascertain if they can work and learn effectively and happily at New College. If they decide that they and learn here but that they have not yet begun to do so, they should use the next two weeks to increase their resolve to settle down to honest, hard work. For all students, now is the time to decide whether they are involved in sufficient extra-curricular activities to balance their studies and make them worthwhile; or, in some cases to decide if they are engaged in too many activities to realize the most from study. The value of extra-curricular activities has been well proven, but so has the danger of too many. One final area of assessment is that of one's ability to communicate and get ;:along with one's fellows. The college experience will be worth little for any individual who does not make the attempt to reach out to those around him. Vacations are ideal for exulting with family and friends and forgetting all the cares of going to school. But these points should not be so blithely forgotten and put aside until we return to campus. They are worth at least a little thought during the holidays. r. e1 ou a A Serious Mistake Apparently, Mr. I. M. Pei, one of the foremost architects in the world today and designer of the New College East Campus, is disappointed with student reaction to the residence halls. Apparently, Mr. Pei feels students do not appreciate the hours of thought and planning he put into the development of the dorms. According to Dr. Douglas Berggren (see page 1, "Berggren Reports Pei Disappointed"), Mr. Pei was extremely pleased to receive a letter from one student in high praise of the dorm design. He is, however, disappointed that such praise is not more widespread. If Mr. Pei is considering abandoning the New College project for this reason, The Catalyst feels he is making a mistake. Mr. Pei should remember that writing letters of praise is much harder than writing letters of complaint. People will become vocal when they are antagonized, not when they are contented. Students have, in private, expressed enthusiastic approval of the residence structures. Townspeople and tourists have also complime)lted the dorms--not, however, by phoning or writing in expressions of direct praise; rather, they are incensed when they see laundry draped on the dormitory balconies, which, they feel, ruins the esthetic beauty of the residences. As for students' draping laundry around, this type of action is no indication that students are dissatisfied with their quarters. Perhaps it is the very fact that the dorms are so architecturally dramatic that students 11 mess things up. 11 After all, the dorms are for living in. Our Next E dition T o B e J anuary 1 4 This is the last edition of The Catalyst until January 14, 1%6: There '1\o 11l be no issue January 1, because ofthe large number ef stvdents expected to be off campus. Regular publication will be resumed the 14th. There will be a meeting for all members of the staff and for anyone interested in joining Jawary lOth. The Catalyst NEW COLlfGE SPIK\T /} +his c Letters t o the Editor I Have Been Sold Out' To whomever is concerned: "I sent you the best there is, and youcrushedit."--God (Mark 12 1-13) With any due respect, this place is simply a new college. I have been sold out. I have wanted to say this at many different times earlier, but I always said to myself "Wait; maybe it's just around the corner." So I've waited, but I still conclude that if New College was ever what I think it is supposed to be, then some one has come in the night, and, under cover of darkness, etc. In the Bulletin for 64-66 there is a beautiful sentence on page 79: The college is interested in the whole range of human qualities covered by the words creativity and talent. Creativity and talent are italicized. Reading this made me so very happy that I loved this school. I was 'going to defend it with my life, fortune, and sacred honor against anybody who said that higher education must be the sterile perusal of facts, some interestiug, others not. I really was. I was going to go home at Christmas and spread the good news to all my friends, "There is a high place, above the noise and strife ... But! CAN'T. Iwanttomore than practically anything else in the world, in fact, it's almost like having a crush on somebody and wanting them to dig you but they won't. Creativity and talent have be come extra-curricular. HI want to do a movie for my independent study project, then first I must out line before I leave campus what my movie will be. H I could do this then there would be little in making the flick. This, to me, would be subordinating the creative. But as it turns out, !must write a paper on the history of cinematography; if I do a movie, then that's swell, but I must do it on my own time and the important thing is that I do the paper, because it is "academically valid." Horsefeathers. Actually, I am not in this situation at the moment, but there are kids who are, and one of these days, I will be, too. As silly as this may sound, there is a machine at New College. It's not a structure machine, like at a state college, but it's there following you around, constant, the sly, following you to cla!is, to lectures, to your room, saying "Be a scholar ... be a schol-ar ... be a scholar .... But no. I'll be me, and if me happens to be a scholar, then o. k. but get that look out of your eye, man. This crazy machine wants to beat me around until I'll go down his gullet without scratching, but I won't do it. I'll go to the mountains and fight it, I'll resist. Irefuse to take these professors as seriously as they sometimes take themselves. I get the feeling that last year the machine drove off some really cool people. Every time I get in a conversation with a second-year student, they wind up saying 11youreallywould1ve dug so -and-so." Some one said we lost five poets last year. Does anybody besides me cry about that inside? Whoever is making all this noise STOP it. Hey you, teacher, you can come on to my cloud if you want to but leave your briefcase and ivory tower behind, or you'll sink us both. And don't say thatldon'tbelongatNew College, because I do; maybe you don't. The saddest part is that I can't put your head on the block. You can throw comprehensive knives at me in August, but I can't do anything in return. H only we had a line -up at the end of the year and all the profs would walk in front of the students, and we could say, "You pass, swinger. You don't make it, loser. Take two steps back and memorize the Library of Congress." We could have such a good thing here. There are some really groovy students here, and we could have such a good scene, but somethin's gotta change. This ain't making it. Can I tell this to the machine? Will it understand? Can we live together? Geez man, this is such a hang-up. Dear Something, please come happen, and swing when you do. Love, (Signed) Mike Cassell Editor's Note--AMEN Dear Sirs (I use that term advisedly): With regard to the article and accompanying editorial in last week's Catalyst about the revision in the probation procedures made by the SEC: All that was reported was accurate, and of course, the editorial suggesting that it was a wise move was entirely correct; however, it should be understood that the SEC's action was taken only with reference to a specific case. While such a p:ecedent may very likely be followed in the future, it is not to be considered binding in all future cases. SEC A letter to Claus Yes, once againthatmagical and mystical season has come upon us. Once again the time has come for the world's young to lift their suppliant voices in unison chorus to that great Santa Claus from whom all favors flow. Thus, clad in robes of complacency, !write. Not having finished "My Letter to Santa" in time to really mail it, I decided to have it published, justin case .... Dear S. Claus-Well, its that time again. I've given the matter a lot of thought ht lately and I've decidedwhatlwant. Just look at my record--! graduated from high school and entered New College-that does count for something, doesn't it? And it's obvious Kistler Provides C at a lyst Heads' The Catalyst wishes to express its appreciation to Mr. Al Kistler, head of the Composing Room of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for helping to make the publication of The Catalyst possible. Mostofthe headlines that appear in The Catalyst each week are set in the Herald'" Tribune's Composing Room through a special arrangementwithMr. Kistler. We of The Catalyst are grateful for the time and interest he has devoted to our publication. A resident of Sarasota, Mr. Kistlet has worked with the HeraldTribune for over 15 years. He has helped many local school publications, in addition to The Catalyst. December 17, 1965 Letters from readers are welcome. All are subject to condensation. Letters received after 6 pm Tuesday will be printed the following week. how well I've done here, considering how bad the college has failed me. The whole problem boils down to a question of freedom. I haven't found the freedom here I'm looking for. There are weekly reading assigrunents, papers and tests. I never have time to devote to the field of my major interest, and everyone knows about independent study .... I would probably have a lot more time were it not for the many hours I am forced to spend studying things I don't happen to like. The core program is hopeless. A group of educational experts with many years of experience have taken it upon themselves to tell me that my life should encompass a widely divergent field of knowledge based on a broad liberal arts education. Naturally, the fallacy in this argument is obvious to anyone with a first class mind. After all, it isn't as if I were un-autonomous or something. It is only natural that first class a d d thing would be all right if I were just left to pursue know ledge in my own creative and imaginative way. I don't need outside incentives and evaluative diagnostic opportunities as long as I can retain a vital sense of being and purpose which will direct my life--an all-pervading sense of direction in life --just like every first class miud automatically possesses. Now about why I want Santa. First o1f all, I want a discussion group that doesn't "bullshit'' even when I haven't come prepared. I would also like professors who don't become discouraged when If ail my responsibility to them. Something else that would be helpful, Santa --a machine that lights up every time I learn something so I won't have to resort to conventional means of evaluation. An absolute necessity--a better social sciences department. It is impossible tD learn anything by jumping from topic to topic, but of course I have all the reading now that I can possibly handle. I would like you tD give me a closer relationship with the faculty --especially in connection with independent study -with the understanding that in the final analysis I will know whatisbest for me to do. Fmally, I guess I should also mention that I want freedom from any social code, even under circumstances when I find I am not completely self -sufficient. I guess what I really want, Santa, is freedom--to do as I please. but (continued on page 4, col. 1) Vol. 2, Nwnber 13 Dec. 17, 1965


December 17, 1965 The Catalyst Page 3 on cam US, 1 Legendary NC Cagers with Laurie Paulso111 Devour Oysters 55-50 How 'Much Do Students Work? By Grantland Corn People are always giving me suggestions for my column and this is fine with me. Except that most of them are concerned with the weightier problems which abound on campus, and think that my column could be a force for good here. I tell them to go see the Music Editor but they keep coming One of these well-meaning souls had read my column on apathy and approached me about a new subject for concern. "Nobody is working," he said, in an anguished voice. "So?" I responded, annoyed at being drawn away from my television program. "But you know about class attendance and all," h e persisted. "I have no first-hand knowledge of class attendance, I replied, "and anyway, what can I do?" "Your articles get things done. What about your column on apathy?" 11 I don't care one way or the other about it," I said. Despite my re sistance, he fi nally won me over, and I de cided to inves tigate the a mount of work or lack of it done by New Paulson College stu-dents. However, since I believed in the principles upon which New College was founded, I decided to excuse a student's not wotking on assigned material if he really had something better to do. With this criterion in mind, I set forth. I decided first to assess class attendence. I arose in time for an early lecture. NeVer having been up at such an hour before, I was surprised the sun had risen. Never one to argue, I hurried to CoHeg.f Hall. When I reached College Hall, however, I realized I must have come on the wrong day, for the place seemed deserted. When I entered the music room, I was shocked to see a professor instructing one of the gargoyles on the intentionalfallacy. "My gosh, sir, 11 I said, "has the lack of class attendence done this to you?" 11Notreally. But I getpaid bythe hour and I have to talk to some one." "Did you ever have any students in your class?" "The first week I had two or three." I was determined to seek a reasonable explanation. "They must all be pursuing independent study. What do they te 11 you?" "One said that if he didn't go horse-back riding they wouldn't get the special rate." I left the room JUSt as the professor was about to ask the gargoyle to relate Aristotle to the coherence theory. I knew that the reason New College students didn't go to class was because they had better things to do. I had, after all, read the catalogue. All I had to find our was what they were doing. I went back to the dorms to seek out students. It was, however, a considerable wait until they woke up. I saw my first one JUst after 2 pm. I found him busy sorting mis-directed thingsgo better With Coke Sarasota Coca-Cola Bottlers Let h e.r tz. p o.t "jo u m. the \:>Rl Ve s SEAT. rna il. "Why don't you go to class?" I asked him. "But look," he said, pointing to what he was doing. "If I don't sort the mis-directed mail, how will it get to the proper person?" I nodded and put him down under "Community Service. '!'he_ next student was engaged in spmmng the wheels of his bicycle, wh1ch was upside down. "Why didn' t you go to class this morning?" I askedhim, thoughquietly, so as not to disturb his concentration. "l had to go registerforthe draft," he replied. "But what about last week?" "I wasn' t old enough then." I decided to try another question. It had been said that the most work a New College student does is two hours. I found several students by the pool, though the temperature was 47. They were dressed in New College blue, or so I thought until I saw it was their faces that were that color. "How often do you work?" I asked one. "W orl< ?" he said. "Oh, study and like that. "Well," he said, "sometimes the lifeguard tells me what went on in German." "You mean he goes?" hopefully. asked, "No, but he's a friend of the teacher." I approached another student. "What about you? Doyou work?" He looked indignant. "Of course." "But what do you do?" "I'm doing my independent study prOJect on S"Nimming pool construction and I'm doing some preparatory field w011k." He got up, broke the ice and JUmped in the P09l_. My final try was the lifeguard. "Hey," I shouted, "do you do any work?" "Of course not, he answered. "I'm a second year student." Feeling rather defeated, I went back to the dorms. But, as if in a dream, I saw a student actually doing work! I was so astonished I coul hard y speak. "Good grief I exclaimed. "you're wod

Page 4 The Catalyst December 17, 1965 'I Wanted More Financial Independence' Teacher Building Pipe Organ Bamboo Sticks From Local the last generation, strained and An Interview With Angie R stiff. My mother could teach the Unyon kids in this generation something. It's kind of neat having a mother like that; she can't really criticize Mr. Michael von Guttenberg, German tutor, is engaged in an unusual hobby proJect--he is building a pipe organ. The organ encompasses about two octaves and therefore is limited to melody and simple accompaniment parts. There are 26 keys and 26 pipes. The Catalyst interviewed Angie Runyon, a second-year student from Smithtown, Long Island, New York. The Catalyst: It's a fairly wellknown fact that you got your Porsche, among other things, with money from investments. Where did you ge. t the initial money? Angie: Iborrowedthe money from my parents. !wanted more financial independence. The Catalyst: What did you invest in? Angie: Mostly in long-term growth issues so I wouldn't lose money so if I needed money right away I could sell it. And in a couple of years it's going to be worth a lot more than it is now --I hope, with any luck. The Catalyst: How did you know how to invest and how to make money from it? Angie: When you're put in a position where you have to know things, you find out. When you know your economic future is at stake -well, that's a real incentive. The Catalyst: Again, the standard question: Why did you come to New College? Angie: I guess it was propaganda for the most part. I mean it Letters (continued from page ,2) I'm sure you will agree that this does not necessarily involve an education where responsibility in the final analysis lies with the student's ability to seek out his own education, given a group o f competent educators who are ever ready to serve as s ources, guides and aids of e ducation--when, and only when, the student decides to take advanSincerel y yours, D ale Hickam sounded really good --not that it isn't. It's just that it isn't what it was on paper. It's not as good in practice. It gives the impression that there is more freedom than there really is and also in the propaganda it sounds like a big experiment. It really isn't; many others Angie Runyon have tued it before with the independent study projects--Bennington, just lots of places. The Catalyst: Do the independent study projects work? Angie: Well, thatdepends. !think they do; I enjoy them. But in a three week period you'd get more out of just studying if you didn't have b spend half your time on a paper or whatever to prove you learned something. I don't thinl< you should have to prove it. The Catalyst: Mimi (Cosgrove, Angie's roommate) suggested that I get your opinion of the social situation here. Angie: No c omment. The Catalyst: I s it that bad? Angie: No, not really. It's just that after a while you sort of miss that plebeian morality. The Catalyst: After living in New York, wasn't it a shock to come to a place like Sarasota? Angie: No. Well, my father was in the Navy and we've lived in lots of really hick places. But I was disappointed --again because of the propaganda about the "cul tural center of the South." It may have a museum, but that's relatively all I can see. I agree with John Daugherty that New York is the place to be. The Catalyst: Is there anything in particular that you'd like to comment on--God, mother, country? Angie: Collectively or separately? The Catalyst: Either. Angie: That's a rough one. Well --might as well begin with moth er. My mother is a really cool egg, really hip. A lot of kids complain about their mothers' being out of MAINLY BOOKS, INC. has recently received a shipment of unusual and very ha r d-to-find record label s: HAYDN SOCIETY LYRICHORD EXPERIENCES 1ANONYMOUS SCALA DEUTSCHE GRANMAPHON ROCOCO AMERICAN SOCIETY MOTIVATION CONCERT DISC COUNTERPOINT YOUR BOOK AND RECORD CEHTER St. Annands Key Phone: 388-3281 you too awfully harshly for some of the stupid things you've done. Now to country --I kind of like the USA. That's JUSt about all I can say. I can't speak about economics or politics or like that. But we have a high standard of living, a reasonable amount of freedom; and sometimes it's a really hairy situation to live in. The Catalyst: Would you like to play Open Mike and comment on the commercialization of Christmas? Angie: Witness our sign out on the highway. It's a shame the all-holy dollar has to bastardize so many things, including Christmas. It's best summed up in "Hark the Her-ld-Tribune sings/ Advertising .vondrous things." The Catalyst: Any more profundities? Angie: Well, I could tell you how to knit argyle socks, but it would take too long. The idea to build one came about as a result of Mr. von Guttenberg's great interest in Renaissance music. He has organized a Renais music group, which hopes to perform in concert sometime in February. The group, however, doesn'tyet have sufficient operating funds to purchase instruments, and so they have decided to make some of their own. The particular instrument Mr. von Guttenberg is building is a small pipe organ of the Renaissance period known formally as a "portative organ. Mr. von Guttenberg describes the organ as "comparatively easy to build, not too costly, and very useful. The organ, which is portable, is hand-powered by a bellows-type mechanism. As one hand must be used to operate the bellows, the organ itself must be played onehanded. Mr. von Guttenberg is using dead bamboo stalks found on the main campus for the pipes. He cuts the stalks to the specified lengths and completely hdlows them out. "The sounding mechanism," he explains, von Guttenberg StructurelsNC Bogeyman According to Mrs. Mumford "is much lil

December17 1965 fl marcato .L -I Pa e 5 Man Behind The Scenes Roll Shows At Rock I n Kenji Oda By Betsy Ash and Judy Randall The Return of Paulie Larson In the past month we have met several recording artists and we were impressed with the amount of work that is done in preparation for a half-hour performance. The man responsible is Mr. Paul Cochran, from Bill Lowery Talent in Atlanta. were appearing in Atlanta later in the month and they, as do other performers, stay at Mr. Cochran's apartment. During the school season groups are booked into clubs rather than weekend dances. It's that time of the year again. Snow is falling in less and simultaneously more fortunate areas. CityFathers everywhere are decking their Halls with holly. Unreasonable facsimiles of the fabled Mr. Claus take their places alongside the Salvation Army bands on downtown streets to smile, ring their bells, and suffer the cold, hoping to find a few human beings among the waves of automotons streaming by .. Windows begin to light up with the glow of Christmas trees--both the aluminum and the more troublesome natural kinds. Meticulously-wrapped gifts pile up beneath the trees, and cards accumulate rapidly. To the chagrin of red-blooded teenagers, the "pop" stations begin playing Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, and the music of the holiday season .... Students begin the torturous countdown to the beginning of vacation. The small-fry begin suddenly to live up to their Mothers' and Fathers' Day vows .... And New College, in its own little way, also is preparing for Christmas. No, I'm not talking about the somehow anachronistic Christmas in the Court of Palms or the somehow crass decorations on the New College billboard; I'm referring to attempts by students to instill among themselves a genuine holiday spirit. Take, for example, the efforts of seven spirited students who recently formed an informal caroling group called the "New College Yuletide Choir." In preparation for an upcoming concert tour through the complex of barracks on the East Campus, the seven have been diligently practicing in Braig Cowman's room eachnight forthe past week. Braig, who has been singing informally for about nineteen years, is the .leader of the group and its best sound-effects man. (His imitations of bells on bobtails is especially realistic.) The other members of the choir are: Crohn Janor, assistantsound-effects man; Darner Krarragh, head arranger and composer; Meorge Gonoson, soprano; Dohn ] augherty, alto; Chill Badwick, tenor and legal consultant; andAy Renslow, who accompanies the group on the alto cigarette. The choir originally included a baritone, Enii Koda, but he Quit Zinn's Restaurant Dine in the Waterfall Room (!Next door to. the Science Lab) rN\M@ii\ bQI\\i!IIJ kVWil GO I tl G-Our Of I J,U ITEMS GRATlY I I I I GUlF SALVAGE & SURPWS, IBn qsHI3o TRAVEl, INC. Complete travel arrangements SPECIAL STUDENT TOURSDOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL 45 S. Palm 958-21 '4 or South Gate Travel 2841 Siesta Dr. 955-8723 last week to JOin the New College Hannukah Singers. At the time this article was written, a replacement was still being sought. Mentioned a.s possible candidates for the posi tiOn were Dr. Bouglas Derggren of our Dumanities Hivision and Mal Inter. Of the seven now comprising the group, none of them have had anv previous experience in this type o. ensemble. Consequently, the boys lack some of the polish that one will find in more experienced singing groups, such as the Norman Luboff Choir, the Ray Coniff Sing ers, et al. What the New College lack in experience, however, 1s made up for by the spirit and attitude of the group, summed up by Dohn Jaugherty: "Who cares?" As for material, Krarragh has prepared some unusual arrangements of traditional Christmas carols, as well as some interesting original pieces. His treatment of Robert Shelton's "White Christmas" is especially noteworthy from the technical standpoint. Crewman's talents are put to effective use as he imitates a cross softly burning in the background. In all of his work, Krarragh demonstrates a definite Bob Dylan influence. The titles to some of his originals--e. g. "DK' s 19th Christ-mas," "Christmastime Is Here, So To Speak," and'' Christmas Rhymes With Chicken" --bear this out. Other lesser though still substantial influences upon his style seem to include Ray Charles, Dean Martin, and Miller Hylife. At present, the choir has no engagements other than the barracks tour. When asked about the group's plans for the future, Crewman replied, "We're going to add about 160 more people to our group and call ourselves the 'New College New Year Nuisances'." If the practice sessions of the choir are any indication of what the larger group will eventually sound like, then Sarasota and the world had better watch out. This will be one group that's going to live up to its name. Paul Cochran witll reporter Ash andsurroundedbyT.he Mo vers m ::t confercJCt' (he lo v). Drivers (Continued from page 1) school based 1-..:1a1d purely on di rect school (tuition, room, and board) then the college would have no right to enter into this affair. However, this is not the case. "In awarding financial aid we take into account room board, tuition, fees, books, transportation, spending money, etc. We consider the total cost of a college education .... Mr. Hall stressed that there was no intent to devise a "hard and fast rule" in these matters. "We can see exceptions ... but, in general, tile college does not intend to subsidize automobiles for students anymore than it does any other luxury." Parents of all students will receive a College Scholarship supplementary form in the Spring, by which the college will determine the financial status and need of individual students. The question of students owning cars is a thorny one, and there is a great variance in faculty opinion. "The faculty is examining the matter right now," Mr. Hall concluded. "There is no indication that any actioll' will be taken in the very near future." Ellie's Books & Stationery, Inc. Office Supplies 1350 IMain.St. -955-3515 ... -NOW OPEN-Race -A-Rama SLOT RACING 4617 14th St. W., in Bradenton North on U.S. 41, Next to MacDonald's Barry Art Supplies,Inc. EVERYTHING FOR THE ARTIST e crr:::>955-4159 114 North Orange Ave. Sarasota,Fia. We first met Mr. Cochran when L..e accompanied Billy Joe Royal to Clearwater as his manager. Billy Joe was rehearsing with The Movers, also with Bill Lowery. Arranging accomodations, publicity, transportation, and finding material to record are regular work for Mr. Cochran. He not only has these responsibilities, but many others. He also manages The Roemam, of Tampa He told us that he helped secure The Roe mans' first recording date, arranged their British tour, and was here to check booking contracts with them. Later in the week he was in Miami chauffeuring Billy Joe around again to make appearances at local radio stations. As we waited to meet Ray Stevens later, we weren't surprised to see the inevitable Mr. Cochran walk into the theater. After the show, he drove Stevens to Clearwaterfor another performance. There he was intercepted by Bob Langford of The Movers, and they settled some last minute details about a Miami booking. Bob said that The Movers Ray Stevens Make this a Cochran also works with Tommy Roe, The James Gang, and the Candy Men t-Yho back RoyOrbison). He has to be in several places at once and he is always in touch with recording companies, promoters, and fan clubs. He not only advises in business matters the groups he manages and sponsors, he is a friend as well. Billy Joe Royal Structure (Continued from page 4) so you know all the faces, but not so large that you need to form cliques. At Hunter College the stuaent body is so big and so structured that the student actively reaches out for a friend or group. Relations at unstructured New College are more like a distant nearness .... Nevertheless, Dr. Mumford remains optomistic. She enjoyed her stay and is considering returning. She says she has esperienced the excitement which attracted all of us to this college. "New College" is an exciting thing--new philosophy and attempts to implement it--even the controversy is exciting. "The individual students here, I think, are thrilling. The group is really pretty frightening .... Yamaha Christmas If you can ride a bicycle, you can ride a Yamaha. Get the top-selling 2-stroke sportcycle in the U. S, with proven oil inJectiOn. Pick from a large selection at Cycle Center sales RENTAL service 2114 17th Street 958-1401 SARASOTA'S OLDEST AND LARGEST BANK PALMER FIRST NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST COMPANY MEMBER FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM


Page 6 The Catalyst December 17, 1965 we Have All Killed God. Says ev. Khoren Arisian ''We have all killed God," stated Re\". Khoren Arisian matter-<>f factly as he opened the Friday night forum two weeks ago on "Human ism and Theologies." Rev. Arisian, of the Unitarian Church, sat casually on top of a long table as he spoke, facing a group of about sixty students and faculty. He explained that the traditionalimage of God no longer has any vital meaning in the lives of most of us (thus God is "dead") and that the age is becoming more humanistic. "Humanism is not a new development," he explained. "It was active in ancient Greece and during the Renaissance as well as in modem America. Humanism might possibly be called 'the secret religion of Western man, 1 held without being defined by the intelligentsia of the Western world. It emphasizes the importance of this life and man's ability to choose and decide. Arisian mentioned that while there has been much talk about death-of-god theologies, the actual theologians haven't written much. "Perhaps the best single populartreatment is a series being ron in The ew Yorker on theolo gians like Hamilton and Van Bur en." HONEST TO GOD Also recommended reading was Robinson' s Honest to God, which offers a summary of the ideas of Bultmann, Bonhoeffer, Tillich. "Tillich," Arisian commented, "despite his 19th century system of thought, is probably the outstanding theologian of the 20th century. H e s t r esses a 1 ground o f being 1 un k n owable, behind all gods. This ground of being is not d irectl y accessible to man. You cannot say what Gcxf is w ithout limiting him; you can only say what God is not. "Cod is not t o be considered in temporal or spatial terms like 'up' o r 'out there'. od is a way of life; forTillich, God is not personal, but ultimate reality still includes the personal. One thing I don't like about Tillich is that you think you're on the road to somewhere in his writing, and then suddenly you're down in another labyrinth. About Robinson, A risian added, "Being a goodAnglican bishop, he is also an elegant fence-straddler. I G OSTIC Arisian also likes the views of Rabbi Sherman Wise. Wise h a s coined the word i g 11ostic t o des cribe himself, meaning one w h o does n o t deny God b u t says t hat m os t c o ncepts about Cod are m e a n ing l e ss. This term is to avoi d con f u s i o n w ith agnostics (who are gen erally indifferent) and athei sts w h o are often argumentativel y absolute i n the i r negation of God.) Arisian t alked a little about Uni tari a nism. "It began w ith Bishop Pike and t h e name 1 Antitrinitar i ans.1 You can't learn what Unitarianism i s by coming one morning to Sunday SchooL" Arisian spoke briefly of h is early Protestant back ground. "It was p ietist i c moralizing, most o f i t just a lot of cock-and-bull. I t was all well meant, but the irrelevancy of &u-8MHG Cycle & Iey Sup s.m.e ........... 1ft1 1537 St.t Stree t FRA 'S B it astounded me. I suppose you might call my personal views a humanist christology ... This would mean a kind of 'holy world --putting faith to work in this world rather than focusing on anafterlife--combined with a belief in the empirical human Jesus. 11Christology has been parodied as. 'there is no God, and Christ is his only begotten son," Arisian said with a slight smile. "We'd like to get away from the Victorian bour geois concept of Jesus as a sweet young liberal." Various problems were brought up during and after the forum. /mn'a avarroasked, "Ifyoutakeall references toGod out of Christianity, how can you have anything left but the ethical system alone?" Dr. Riley and Dr. Gorfein commented that the revolution in religion a's interpreted by theologians had been preceded and possibly provoked by changes in the thought of laymen. The death-of-god idea, Riley pointed out, was not a denial but a redefining of God. "I don't want to use the word god at all," Arisian stated. "I'm with those who want to call a moratorium on the word god for at least another generation. Henry Thomas mentioned that some people think of God as "the warm and fuzzy feeling you can get after a p"olitical speech." A WARM GOD "Happiness if a warm God?" Arisian mused. In a more serious vein, problems of demythologizing and the irrefutabiHt'y of man' s subJective experience were discussed. No great breakthroughs were seen, but most probably would agree with Arisian, "The religious situation today is one of incredible confusion, and seemingly more complex than ever. The Face of Christmas Tutors G ve Christmas Party for Tutees About seventy-five Booker School students, parents, and New College students red together last night at Booker Schools for a Christmas party, organized chiefly by Linda Benua and Joan Schnabel. The party marked the end of this term's tutoring program, which will resume after the holidays. Armed with g lue, glitter, spray paint, pine cones and crepe paper, children After transforming the tree with everything from popcorn strings to pop art, the group gathered around the tree for refreshments and songs. Mr. Moton disappeared, but no one really noticed because shortly after he left who appeared but Santa Claus himself, attired in the usual red and white suit, boots, and a seemingly rather precarious beard. The children squealed with as Santa skipped wonderfully around the tree in ebullient Christmas spiri t s and presented each child with a maktng decorations large caDdy cane. E ven tbe Stange led the singing to the accompaniment of Bill Ralph' s skillful guitar and dozens of enthusiastic, if not always excellent, youthfu.l voices. The last echoes of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" rewr berated in the large but weB-filled room and the guests began to depart. "Say, that was really a good party," Sarah Dean said simply. Her comment, to Judge from the beaming faces of the participators, reflected the feelings of the entire group. It'll be even better next year, ho, ho, ho," as Santa proclaimed on departing. According to the grou p this w ill take some doing. ske ics were iDl re ton was impressed when he returned, although unfortunately he missed seeing Santa himself. TUTEES AND TUTORS gather around the Christmas tree for folk singing. and tutors joyously attacked the a rt T.utors became as involved in the party as tutees. When the group gathered around the Christmas tree for a few parting choruses, some tutors had to be revived from their artistic visions. "Hey, this is really great," Sandy Stewart commented, holding up a spray paint picture for closer scrutiny. As everyone gathered together a final time, munching on the final inch of their candy canes, the "joyoussounds of Christmas"...filled the air. Ruthie WATC H CAREFULLY, andit'seasy to decorate a tree. Fay Giese shows several young tutees how to place finished adornments on tree. room and e m erged victorious with e nough ornaments to decorate a good-si ze d tree This they did, and the tree in all its s p l endor will be presented to the Newtown Day Nursery on Friday. Even the parents, reluc t a n t at first, J O ined in t h e festi v i ties. Mr. John Moton, coordinator o f t h e tutoring program, was very e n couraging: "No one leaves without making a decoration, understan d?" sliop TliE fOUR CORNERS of E p Merr y Christmas and Happy New Year K f rom & Karom Billiards A R HA tt ocR"FT C., lORE' e..._ n-' A ._ c:.ttftc8N fer ,... ., celt.... ...... ... ,.. ....... ............ TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THE STUDENTS AND STAFF OF NEW COLLEGE WE EXTEND OUR WISHES FOR A HAPPY HOLI DAY AND A SAFE RETURN TO CAMPUS FOR A RtGHT NEW YEAR Ji/limL jJ&utoJL jJaAtoJL. tJJ.iRltuNL "It Pays to Look Well" THE C s p ext t o 7-1 o n U.S 4 1 "/or the ewteric mul exotic in paperbacb"


---Tests Give Mixed Results For Class Comparisons The College Examiner's office last week released the comparative results of the class of 167 and '68 aptitude, interest, and achievement tests. On the SAT (aptitude) men in the new class scored slightly lower on verbal aptitudes and higher in lllath !J:lan the upperclassmen. First-year women scored lower in both divi sions than their older counterparts. Results of the Compl'ehensive College Tests ( achievement ) showed the Class of '68menscored equally or a few points above the Class of '67 meninall areas. The Class of 168 women scored a little lower than the Class of '6 7 women in all areas except humanities, in which they have a large margin of 67points. One explanation forthls offered by the Examiner was that, since fewer scholarship; were offered this year, particularly amol'lg women, there was a larger percentage ofupper-middle

Page 8 The Catalyst 1965 Student Reaction To Evaluation I vJU I weve Corne Is Basically One Of Resignation \-o te II y ()LJ +-he NE'W (oLLE6 S\o RY Student reaction to the recently adopted evaluation program (see The Catalyst of December 3, "Fac ulty Adopts Evaluation Plan'') is basically one of resignation, The Catalysthas found. Although students expressed a variety of opin ions on the program itself, there seemed to exist a general feeling that some sort of action along that line had been necessary. "It was obvious something had to be done," remarked one student. "We just weren't performing as well as we could have. The" evaluation program" as outlined by President John Elmendorf in a meeting with the student body December 7 actually consists of four distinct decisions on the part of the faculty, these being: ( 1) to conduct periodic "evaluations" during the course of the year for first-year students; (2) to administer preliminary exams to secondyearstudents in their major fields; ( 3) to require that students who intend to conduct their second-year studies purely on an independent basis first obtain the approval of advisors and then periodically submit to evaluation; ( 4) to define one month as the period before which a student must formally drop a class if he is not to be held responsible for taking part in the evaluation procedures of that class. "Evaluation procedures" are left to discretion of the individual professor. They may take the form of tests, papers, oral work, etc. PRINCIPLES VIOLATED An immediate reaction against the program was fostered by the feeling that it the principles upon which New College. was founded. Typical oft11e comments made by students is" (The evaluationprogram). is an abridgment of our academic freedom. Dr. Douglas Berggren of the Humanities Division provides a rebuttal: "There seems to be this attitude that a student should be evalated b)! his perlormance on the comprehensive examinations and then let that be it. This, I feel, is a view inconsistent with New College ideals. Such a system would be extremely cold and impersonal: a student comes in; no bOdy knows who he is or really cares, for that matter; at the end he takes his com p5, and if he passes he gets his degree... This doesn't seem to be in the spirit of New College. Here we're oncemed that the i n d i vi d u a l student learn .... The concern that Dr. Berggren speaks of was the force behind the development of the program. There is a general feeling among the faculty that the students are operating far below capacity and that something was needed to help them function better as students. Periodic evaluations purportedly achieve this end by "forcing" students to organize their material and by giving them a means of determining how well they have done up to that point. NOT NEEDED A second-year student remarked in protest: "I don't see the need for all this. Last year we didn't have any general evaluation, just a few tests within individual courses. Yet we as a class did extremely well at the end of the year. The class average was way above the national norm, and only two students had to leave because of poor performance on the comp;." However, another view is expressed by Joe Hall, Financial Aid :)fficer: "Actually, the students last year did more poorly on the comp; than the professors would have liked. The students proved that they learned how to take the objective, standardized tests by doing so well on them, but they fell below expectations on the comp;. Of the four points approved by the faculty, the first two were passed without dissent by voice votes. The remaining two points, however, met with some opposition, although there was still a "substan tial consensus. PRELIMINARIES Dr. RollinPosey, Dean of Social Sciences, gave the background to the "prelims" provided for in point #2: "It's interesting to note in the development of the program at New College that the idea of comp; at the end of the first and third years is accepted, but that there has never been a decision made on what one doeswith the second-year students and 1:he problem of formalizing their choice of fields of specialization." The thinking behind point #3 was stated by Dr. Peter Buri, Dean of Natural Sciences: "Ther.e must be an evaluation somehow during the second year. If a student is taking no courses, then there's no way of telling how he's doing until the third year. With an advisor, however, there can be a periodic 1 check-up'." Point #4 was passed mainly to eliminate the vagueness involved in determining a student's status in a particular seminar when he registers and then fails to show up for classes. Weekly Bridge Play Maintains Interest The New College Bridge Club appears to be one of the few activities that has sustained interest week after week. Mike Mather, unofficial spokesman for the group sat up groggily in bed last evening and answered questions aboutthe club, some civilly. The twenty-odd meet Tuesday nights in the barn under tHe informal guidance of Rick Stauffer, student director. Mather has wonthree weeksstraight, once with Tom McDaid and twice with Vice President Davis. Prizes include ball point pens from Trail National Bank and booklets of bid ding directions. Be that as it may, there is pretty fierce competition among the group since each table gets exactly the same hands. ENJOYING AN evening of bridge are, 1. 1x:l r., Tom Mather, Molly Lynde (back 1x:l camera) and Rick Kainz. have,been dealt a wild card. There is much uncertainty among the students over the concept of the evaluations and checks. And there is certainly some disillusionment. "When !first heard about the evaluations," commented one disgrunt led freshman, "I thought New College was over. But I was mistaken. New College has been over ever since September 1965 .... A sizable number of students were not bitter over this conflict between ideal and reality, however. Not uncommon were comments favorable to the recent test in the first year basic humanities course. Has New College taken a decisive step toward traditional structure and an abandonment of the system as outlined in the publicity pamphlets? Students aren't sure, and perhap; neither is anyone else. 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