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THE CATALYST March 5, 1965 Vol. 1, No. 5, Published by the students of New College MONEY GRANTED FOR CONSTRUCTION New College has been granted a total of $140,667 for the construction of teaching and library facilities under the Higher Education Facilities Act of 1963. This act provides for monies, which the state distributes, for the construction of teaching science, engineering, mathematics, languages, and library facilities. The two grants are for the improvement of College Hall, the library, and Pool Hall and improvement and expansion of the Science Building. The money granted for the former amounts to $125,000, which is the maximum allowable, and the latter to $15,667. The state contributes 33-1/3% to each of these grants. The college made application in December and just recently received the grant which had to pass a review board made up of state officials, educators, and other citizens. Presently the grant is in process of being reviewed by a technical review board in Washington. It is expected that it will be approved by the end of the fiscal year. The principle criteria for the grants are the increase of space. DORMS TO BE COMPLETED That long-expected event--the occupation of New College's dormitories--is slated for the 8th of this month; and students, needless to say, are anxious to Contractors have promised to deliver 12 rooms for occupation on this date; and despite rainy weather this week, there is "a possibility" that this promise will be realized, according to tain Ralph styles, the campus planning officer. Captain Styles vowed that 24 students will not spend another weekend in the temporary dorms--not so affectionately called "the barn". Students determined the method for selecting occupants for the new dorms. Those men whose roommates were also in the barn would be the chosen ones--11 such pairs were found, leaving one remaining room available. The barn originally "housed" 32 men. A draw was arranged to select the fortunate man from the remaining 10 to claim the twelfth room. In the very first draw, "Acey-ducey" Jim Ackerman picked an ace of diamonds and became that fortunate person. The contractor has also promised delivery of enough rooms to house the entire student body-with the girls living three to a room--by March 27. Work on these rooms is still on schedule according to Captain Styles, and students can all anticipate being permanently settled--at last--by this date. These remaining rooms will be released for occupation gradually, as they are completed. DR. TOYNBEE TO SPEAK AT NEW PERSPECTIVES LECTURE This Thursday evening, March 11, at 8:00 in the Music Room. Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee will speak as the (continued on page 5) J


Page 2 CAN YOU GIVE OF YOUR TALENT? The Catalyst still needs help. We need it especially in the line of typing. If you could give an hour or so of typing stencils on Thursday afternoons or evenings it wuuld be greatly appreciated. Also we are still looking for someone who sould like to do a regular humor or sttire column. We appreciate all contributions, however, so If there is anyone who would like to do reporting or has ideas for special articles please see Laura Rawson. -THE STAFF THIS SPACE FOR YOUR OPINION WHY "THE CATALYST" Choosing the name of a college paper is an exercise in vocabulary building. The possibilities range from the humorous to the ten-syllable-unabridged-dictionary type. One's imagination runs wild and every word becomes a perspective nominee. But the field narrows and finally the choice is made with a relevance in mind. "The Catalyst",then, enters the New College file of new traditions. Among the active minds that make up the student body, faculty, administration, and board of New its place and meaning is clear. To provoke, initiate, precipitate, calm, accelerate: these are the forces to which this paper is dedicated. But these forces can be unwieldy and destructive. An understanding, therefore, must be developed. Mutual trust, honesty, and fitting presentation are the watchwords upon which "The Catalyst" will act and react. The art of action and reaction, however, is not the exclusive property of this staff. These columns are open to the whole of the New College fraternity who wish to express their perceptions, whether good, bad, or agnostic, on any facet of New College activity (or lack of activity, for that matter). (continued of page 3) THE CATALYST Published by the students of New College: Editor Laura Rawaon Reporters Linda Benua Glenda Cimino Published weekly on Fridays Chuck Hamilton Rick Kainz Dennis Kezar Charles Raeburn Tom Todd


/. Page 3 CATALYST --From page 2 We on the staff recognize our responsibility within our staff reports and editorials to become agents for discussion. Quite clearly, though, we see the responsibility of all others to engage in tlKSC matters with the same view of approaching that most distant, blurred, and wounded concept --truth. M;-" h :::::--Offers Dance Lessons Are you a hunch-backed, pigeontoed, pot-bellied spasdic secretly desires nothing more than to move gracefully, with perfect posture and coordination? If so and if you value your future fitness, the time has come to take advantage of the opportunity of your lifetime, for Mrs. Jean Spears, member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (London, Eng.), previous teacher for the Canadian National Ballet Coo, and mother of one of our very own charter classmates, has offered to give lessons to all interested students at any time prescribed by As five of Mrs. Spears' pupils demonstrated in Wednesday's presentation, the ballet student must first learn how to stand and move with her (or his) body in perfect alignment. From this, lessons in PLIES and other simple exercises prepare the body for turns, jumps and highly-controlled movements. Mrs. Spears promises that within six months anyone undergoing this constant exercise will begin to feel like a new person. And who knows? We may have a multitude of classmates switching their majors to dance. New Sport Aquired Last week, this reporter questioned two New College horsewomen (equestrionettes) on the facilities available to all persons interested in an enjoyable afternoon of riding at the Ponderosa Ranch. Their comments were most enlightening: "It was fun. And we rode and rode and rode and rode Where war. this? "Oh, out somewhere far called Ponderosa Ranch, just like in television." And how were the horses? "Some were docile and some were spirited." According to the spokeswoman of the pair, "It is the unique livery stable." In other words, she had never quite seen anything like Ponderosa Ranch. To New College and any individual students who so desire, the Ponderosa has graciously extended an invitation to become a standing ranch member-for $50 a year. Accordingly, the school has purchased a membership so that, at any time, groups of students may get together and go up to the Ponderosa for a rigorous, vigorous respite from the burdensome academic grind. All those who decide to buy their very own personal membership will enjoy a multitude of benifits including easy access to hay rides, riding lessons, quarter races, horse shows and the club room. If further information is required, please refer to the seven horsewomen; Bobbie, Jeannie, Debbie, Ester Lynn, Sally/ and Pauline. Heard in Passing Pleas for dinner that are not so hard.


Page 4 This Week's Schedule Sunday, March 7-Vespers, 5:1 South Room; Movie "Two Women" 8:00, Music Room. Tuesday, March 9-Toynbee 8:00 pm, Asolo Theater, Inspiration". Thursday, March 11-New Perspectives Dr. Toynbee, "Food and Population". Next Week's Schedule Friday, March 12-Woman's Library Association meeting, 3-5:00pm Music Room; Charlie Chaplin Film Festival, Music Room, 7:00 pm. Sunday, March 14-Vespers, 5:15 South Room. Monday. March 15-Lecture by Prof. Martin Eshleman, Chairman of the Philosophy Dept., Carleton College "The Aesthetic Object", 3:00 pro., Asolo Theater. Wednesday, March 17-St. Patrick's Day Thursday, March 18-Lecture by Dr. Peter Van de Kamp, astronomer, 8; 00 pm., Music Room, "The Search for Solar Planets". Heard in Passing "God can't spell" Dr. Wilson asking students to please keep the windows in the library closed because of the air conditioning and the effect of dampness on books. This area includes the East, West, and South Rooms. ALLPORT VISITS expressive movement, rumor, prejudice, and religion as a sampling. And on April 15 he enters a new field when Letters Jenny will be published. This book on personal documents will contain letters from a mother to her son. The letters will be discussed from the viewpoint of existential psychological analysis. A professor of psychology at Harvard1 Dr. Allport was in uncharted country at New College. He called New College a "radical ex-periment" and contrasted it with the traditions, rules1 and formality of Harvard. In fact, he said the only resemblance between the two was the Harvard Freshman Seminars. And these are only a few years old. NEXT TWO CLASSES REDUCED TO 100 New College plans to enroll 100 new students next fall in its second class since opening in September, 1964, Dean of Admissions Robert J. Norwine said recently in an article prepared for release by Mr. Furman Arthur, New College's information source. The murober of students in New College's first three Charter Classes has been restricted to 100, Dean Norwine said. There were 101 in the first class which entered when the college opened and the next two clas-ses limi.ted. to 100 each, he said. (continued on Page 5) ,. I "'' :.. ';.


IJ? 5 NEXT TWO CLASSES (from Page 4) "This s in line with the college's decision to insure that it is able to meet its commitments to each student during the founding y ears," said Dean Norwine. "Our coll ege is founded on the principle of & full liberal arts education featuring individual opportunity for learning." He said that restricting the nu:nber of students the college can d 9velop its full three-year program i n a workable way_. adding new faculty members as needed and expanding tbe curricula as it goes along with out sacrificing the quLlity of the t eaching it Pffers. The decision to limit each en tering class to 100 for a period of t h ree years also fits in with the college's construction Resi d;nce halls now being built and the of which are due to be occupied ::: t the beginning of March will house 4:hc first three classes. The dean that. by the end of the first thr e e yeaBs a jump will be made in thP. of the entering class and l e a dded that there is time between new and then to provide full facili ties the bigger classes. Quality of the class entering -Ln the fall of 1965 should be equal to that of the class now enrolled, h e said. Statistics on that class shoT,., that more than 20, or one-fifth o f the class, were either first or second in rank in their high school g raduating classes and more than 75 p e r cent were in the top 10 per cent o f their classes. "We are admittedly aiming at the bright youngsters, said Dean Norwine, "but we are looking for ths youngster uho may be bright in any of a number of ways. He may be c reative, be a l eader, have a special desire to do something. We seek a diversity of ability because we are seeking a well-balanced group, just like our first class, he said. DR. TOYNBEE (from page 1} third lecturer in the New Perspectives Lecture Series. Dr. Toynbee, visiting professor of history at New College, will discuss "Food and Population." Students are requested to wait until the people of the cornm:_:ni ty who have paid for the series are seated before going in and to wait until they have asked their questions to question Dr. Toynbee. The next lecture will be by Dr. Margaret Mead, who will speak on "A Gen.=rou3 Ethic for a less Populous Planet." STUDENTS ENTER ART IN SHOW Two New College students, Eric Hazelhoff and David Rollow, have been invited to participate in an art show of undergraduate work at the University of South Florida. The display, which will last several weeks, begins March 19. This year there are 88 sc,-:ools entering art work in the show. Entrants were selected on a strictly invitational basis, and each is permitted to display one painting. Both Eric and David are submitting oil paintings which they have been working on at the New College Fine Arts Institute. The paintings will be evaluated be a panel of judges, and several prizes will be presented after the display. One hundred dollars in cash will be awarded for the best painting. ***


Page 6 PHYSICS ((EN ESPANOL)) TO BEGIN MONDAY A physics class conducted in Spanish will begin Monday, announced Dr. Robert Long, The first session will meet at three P.M. in the South Room. Dr. Long and several students held an organizational meeting Wednesday afternoon. It was dicided that the class will not meet more than once or twice a week. As a reference text, Dr. Long will use a book which he taught at the University of Puerto Rico. "This will not be just a lecture course," Dr. Long explained. It will give us an opportunity to speak and hear the language, as well as learn some vocabulary you don't usually run across in Spanish courses." In addition, learning physics in two lang guages is sure to make it easier to remember. For an example of what Physics in Spanish is like1 consider the ollovling: "todo cuerpo persevera an su estado de reposo o de movimiento uniforme y rectilineo, a rnenos que fuerzas aplicadas a el lo obliguen a cambiar de estado." For non-Spanish-speaking physics students, you have just read Newton's First Lav1 of Motion. Next Monday the class will discuss Newton's first five definitions. Anyone is welcome to attend. At the organizational meeting, it was proposed that steps be taken to secure 2ibrary subscriptions to a Spanish mag&zine. The Spanish editions of"Life11, "Time", and "Reader 1 s Digest. were suggested. HEARD IN PASSING Mrs. Colt announcing that anything left around College Hall will be_collected and a 10 to redeem said items. This does not include books. Mrs. Murray, the President's sec retary, announcing that approximately twenty patches are in and students who signed up for them may come get them. People welcoming Charlie and Shelley back to College Hall after their long absences. * *


, THE CATALYST Vol.I, No. 6, Published by the students of New College March 12, 1965 FIRST OF NEW FAG::ULTY APPOINTED The first new faculty member for next year's New College teaching staff has been appointed. Beginning in September, Mr. B. Gresham Riley, will,be assistant professor of philosophy. Mr. Riley, whose chief int@ rests are in the philosophy of mind and being, will teach logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, assist in the first year humanities program as well work 'in other areas. Professor Riley received his from Baylor University, and expects to get his Ph.D. from Yale this summer. In addition, he has held Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and Danforth fellowships. DR. TOYNBEE LECTURES TOMORROW ON "WHY STUDY HISTORY?" Saturday, March 13 at lL:.OO P.M. the courtyard of the Ringling Museum Dr .Arnold 'ro.ynbee will speak to a group of students and faculty members from approximately thirty-three colleges and'high schools. Dr. Toyhbee' s shbject is "Why study History?". There will be approximately 300 students and 110 faculty coming f.rom all over Florida to hear the lecture. Pfter the final question period faculty will meet at Zinn's for lunch with Dr. and Mrs. Toynbee. meet at COl lege Hall for an outdoor buffet. -New C0llege students and faculty are invi t .ed to attend the function not only to hear Dr. Toynbee but to answer questions and talk to people about New College. DR. TOYNBEE AND McKINLEY KANTOR TO PARTICIPATE IN FORUM TONIGHT Novelist McKinley Kantor will join Dr. Arnold Toynbee this evening for a forum discussion on the Civil War. Mr. Kantor is the internationally known author of the Pulitqer Prize winning novel, Pndersonville, the recent best seller Spirit Lake, and thirty-one other volumes. The Toynbees and the Kantors have accepted dinner invitations from the college; the program will be at seven. DR. VAN DE Kl'MP, JISTRONOMER, TO SPEAK THURSDAY NIGHT Dr. Peter van de Kamp, professor of Astronomy and Director of Sproul Observatory at Swarth more College, will speak on "The Search for Extra Solar Planets. The lecture will be Thursday, March 18, at 8 P.M. in the Music Room. Dr. Paron Sayvetz invited Dr. van de_ Kamp to lecture Thurs (ccntinued on Page 2}


Page 2 D) ... \JAM DE 1'1'-MP_--From Page 1 day night, be on campus Friday, and to participate in a program on Charlie Chaplin Friday night. Dr. Van de Kamp has 19oen an investigator at Lick Observatory, a Fulbright professor to France, and Program with the National Science Foundation. His research interests include stellar motions, solar and astrometric studies of nearby stars.' .TRY A LITTLE POSITIVE THINKING Contrary to what one might believe after reading this article, the author is not spouting plati tudes in which he doesn!t believe, nor is he attempting to win a popularity contest with the adminis.tration. Let's face .. Jacts. New College wasn't by people who blindly criticized the existing educational system of the U. S. They had a definite alternative to o:':fer, one for which we were seeking and one which we eagerly and idealistically accepted. The housing situation is a very taxing one, trying nerves and patience, and making constructive work all but impossible for many. Too frequently students (and here the author includes himself) lose sight of the future. we must live in the present (because tomorrow never comes) one must not sacrifice a glorious goal for immediate comfort. worn-out adage, but one which is still true is that anything worth doing is worth working for. When the Charter Class '!,

PEI COMMENTS ON DORMS The following are comments and statements made by Mr. I. M. Pei, the college architect, in an interview when he was on campus last week. "The most important thing is a feeling of intimacy and privacy. While nearly one hundred students will be living in each building, there are only twelve students living on each court, two in each room. This is to get away from the large motel or dormitory feelin g by breaking down into smaller and smaller units. But each room is part of a court and each court is part of larger one, and the three buildings are brought together by a centrai court. The result is that each unit becomes part of a larger community. The Grecian or Mediteranian village is created by a process of evolution over a period of centuries. They built a part and if it doesn't fit it is taken dowrr and replaced by later gen8ratiohs. We can't let history evolve our plans for us so we must make a planned effort to make the result as casual and informal as what would have been produced by evolution. The Tamiami Trail is like a small Miami with motels and blinking lights. The buildings therefore enclose their own environment to create a place in which Socrates can be studied, less by a commercial atmosphere. I would like to see New College teach classes here in the courts. The professors can give lectures here or the students can talk and play chess. There are five courtyards organized in a system. Each has a fountain to provide not only the sensations of light, but also of sound ... and there will be gardenias and jasmine for scent. Because these buildings will be used later as an inn and because they are the first to be built a little more attention has been given to looks. These are a little too lush for dormitories. The west campus dorms won't be quite so much so. These buildings were designed to be flexible and to be used for many purposes. The cost of construction was $21 per sq.ft, but the cost was raised by the use of so much outdoor space. The rooms themselves are 10%-20% larger than the usual dormitory rooms. We have some ideas about the West Campus, but we haven't any serious plans. We need more information from the Trustees,faculty, and students. We know the essential makeup of the campus. I don't think that the New College Campus is large enough and this has a definite effect on our plans. We may have to verticalize more than we had p lanned. In any case the campus will be a combination of low and high buildings. ----Rick Kainz PHILOSOPHY LECTURE SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY Dr. Martin Eschleman, Chair-. man of the Philosophy Department at Carlton College will be presenting a lecture entitled "The Aesthetic Object" for New College Mr. Eschlernan did his undergraduate work at Haverford and holds his PhD from Yale. He also received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany. Our own philosopher, Dr. Douglas Berggren, reports that


4 '. Cont. Philos6phy ... 1,< students and guests on Monday at 8:00 p.m. at Asolo Theater. Mr. Eschleman did his under-graduate work at Haverford and holds his Ph.D. from Yale. He also received' a Inlbright Scholar ship to study in Germany. Our own philosopher, Dr. Douglas Berggren, reports that Dr. Eschleman was his first instructor of Philosophy and that the lecture will be conducted much like the Toynbee Semi nars, the lecture being followed by questions from the audience. On the following day at 1:08 in College Hall, Dr. Eschleman will nold a follm..;r -up session for students interested in pursuing aesthetics. WLA PRESENTS AUTHOR'S PANEL: There will be an author's panel on Friday 19th of March at 3:00 o'clock in the Music Room at College Hall. Dean Borden will be the moderator. Three authors will be on the panel; John D. MacDonald, Wyatt Blassingame and Br Borden Deal. This program is sponsored by and for the Women's Library IN PASSING --A plea for less mayonnaise in the potato salad. Warm Weather. IJII BALLET BEGINS in first position; so that's 1,2,3 and en, 2, 3; KEEP THAT STOMACH FLAT, all tucked in, put those knees directly over the feet, and L. straight forward. With the grace of perfect muscular control, twenty odd lithe figures bend, jump, stretch, turn ( and exercise ..0" 1 'the floor of what was once a mere lecture hall, which has been transformed over-night (last Monday, to be precise) into an amateur ballet studio. On descending the stairs, the studio, one is immediately directed to a tiry ballerina with black hair and a black leotard with skirt, Mrs. Spears, Directress. She leaps into a high, beautiful saute,-gives a word of advise to the begins th. e music, and stands aside to admire. To the viewer is promised an aesthetic experience, a spectacle such as very few have the for-tune of viewing. To the participant is gua a marvelous sensation of health, happiness, and renewed youth, (Conditional: this guarantee is gdod for only Monday evening, givi_ng little account to the muscular strain of morning which'' is, after all, quite a decent price f9r the initial experience.) And best of all, the only requirements for anyone desiring to take advantage of such an experience are a costume, a bit of determination, I a sense of humor, and a free Mon'ay evening. * *


Page 5 This Week's Schedule Friday, March 12-Forum with Dr. TOynbee and author Mckinley Kantor. Saturday, March 13-Dr. Toynbee lectures to visiting faculty and students at Ringling Msseum courtyard, 11:00 am. Sunday, March 14-Vespers 5:15, Room. Monday, March 15-Professor Eshleman lectures at the Asolo Theater at 8:00 pm. Wednesday, March 17St. Patrick's Day. Thursday, March 18-Mr. Peter van der Kamp lectures at 8:00pm., Music Room. Next Week's Schedule Friday, March 19-Women's Library Association panel of authors, 3-5 pm. Sunday, March 21-Vespers, 5:15. Thursday, March 25-Dr. Margaret Mead speaks at New Perspectives Lecture Series. * * WE STILL NEED YOUR TALENT The Catalyst still needs help. We still need it especially in the line of typing. If you could give an hour or so of typing stencils on Thursday afternoons or evenings it would be greatly appreciated. Also we are still looking for someone who sould like to do a regular humor or satire column. We appreciate all contributions (on other subjects, too) so ... If there is anyone who would like to do typing, reporting, or has ideas for special articles please see Laura Rawson. THE STAFF Heard in Passing Mrs. Colt telling people that the Tropical Cleaners are discon tinuing laundry service until students find some better way to make sure that payments reach the driver. Mrs. Murray saying that she still has blazer patches left for anyone who wants one. * *

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