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'I Cassell 1966 Faculty Tells Cassell He May Not Return Secondyear student Mike Cassell, chairman ofthe Stu dent Executive Committee, has been informed "upon the recommendation ofthe Academic Cotmcil and with the reat firmed consent of the Faculty .. that he will not be permitted to retum to the College in January. 11 According to a statement issued yesterday by Dr. PeterBuri, Chairman protem of the faculty, Cassell was dismissed for f ail in g to tum in a satisfactory Independent Study Project report from the second independent study period last year. Cassell, who the report says had twice previously failed to submit a satisfactory Independent Study projectreport, was told by the faculty after its meeting Sept. 14 he would be dismissed from the College unlesshe submitted a satisfactory report by Nov. 25. 11He has failed to meet this obligation, Burl's statement said. When contacted early this morning at his home in Canton, Miss. Cassell said he had not yet received the 1 e t t e r informing him of the action. According to several faculty m e m b e r s the 1 e t t e r was m a il e d this morning after it was discovered Cassell had already left campus. Several faculty members said they thought he was still on campus and would therefore be in or m e d of the action before the news leaked out. Obviously shocked and stunned by the news, Cassell said, "I don't know yet what I will do. He repeatedly emphasized his desire to contesthisdismissal and remain in school saying, "It means too much to me" not to try and stay in. C a s s e 11 said he would contact college officials soon and indicated he "might fly back" in order to talk with them personally. According to Dr. Arthur R. Borden, Chairman of Humanities Division, Cassell signed for an independent study project with philosophy professor Dr. Douglas Berggren but then tmdertook to write an original musical composition forchc ral director Jerome Meachen without officially changing. endoftheterm, Borden said. Cassell was urged to change projects and was given a free choice of new advisers, according to Borden. Cassell chose to work in philosophy with Dr. Gresham Riley, assistant professor of philosophy. When Cassell handed in the paper on Nov. 28, it was judged tmsatisfactory. An

Page 2 Editorial Unnecessary The dismissal of Mike Cassell is a loss to the college in many ways. We agree with those members of the faculty and administration who have cited Mike's leadership abilities in praising his efforts for student govemment. WeregretM:ike'sdismissal most, however, because it was 1Dlllecessary. No one questions Mike's ability to do a study project acceptable to the faculty. But on the other hand, leniency is a dangerous thing. A little lenienqy at first implies a little more .. and a little more .. and a little more. Ifthe September "ticket of admission" deadline had been enforced--perhaps the "ticket" would have been forthcoming or the question amicably resolved in some other way. And the grief of the last "last chance 11 would have been avoided. Letters Pro To the Editor: .1n deciding whether or not to allow SEC members to appoint voting proxies, students should consider the following: (1) There isno either-or question concerning the use of elected al ternates versus appointed proxies. The constitution as it stands allows for both, and it is my contention that the practicalities of govern ment requices that both be recognized. (2) Alternates serve a vital function by providing a means for ob taining a quorwn when more than four (but fewer than eight) regular SEC members are unable to attend a meeting. Proxies vote as a proxymember of the SEC on the Kennison issue after he had voted as a Judicial Committee member. But the fault there lay with the regular SEC members for giving Raeburn the vote. The principles behind the use of proxies remain valid. Of course, the problems pop up, such as: if all three alternates are seated to obtain a quorwn and the seven absent members send proxies, can there be a 12-man SEC? Shouldn't proxies be given voting prMleges on individual issues rather than for entire meetings? l1lt these are relatively minor procedural questions that can quite easily be cleared up. {signed) Ken}i Oda The catalyst Con To the Editor: Students have had few enough opportunities to influence directly the policies and decisions of the Student Executive Committee. As a result, the SEC has grown into an attitude of general disregard for the opinions of students. For this reason, the opportunity presented by Tuesday's binding vote on proxies is both rare and welcome, and should be taken a dv an tag e of. More than this, however, it presents an opportunity students to vote to do away with a practice both undemocratic and unconstitutional, and one that has been allowed for long enough to prevent the ins tit uti on of a truly representathe student government. The inten t of the constltlltion of the student government is clearly (1) To argue on the basis of point twotblt thus supetiluous, u -e have, b a DOn sequitur. Proxies serve the purpose of repre senting particular SEC members and, indirectly, the students, whenever those SEC members are unable to attend meetings. Ifailto see the logic of the contention that the use of proxies un dermines the concept of representative govemment. I would rather be represented by the hand-picked proxy of an SEC member who received 30 votes in the elections than by an alternate who might have received, say 10 votes as an "also-ran. 11 An To Open Mike Letter Cassell Also, if students have so little confidence in the good judgment of their representatives that they refuse to allow them to choose a personal substitute, then few selfrespecting students, I think, would run for SEC. To the Editor: We would like this open letter to make known our appreciation for the initiative and ability Mike Cassell has shown as Chairman of the Student Executive Committee and as Chairman of the student membership of the President's Inauguration Committee. Mike became SEC Chairman in a period of active discussion between the students and the administration. We feel it a clear credit to Mike that he could represent complex areasofstudent opinion as he con-sidered administrative views, all the while maintaining his honesty with each body. Mike's excellence in extracurricular achievement deserves to be commended officially. We only regret that New College has lost a memberwho could have chosen to fulfill his potential by academir achievement as well. (signed) Robert J. Norwine Dean of Admissions/Students Arthur M. Miller Assistant Dean to establish alternates to take the place of absent members, although there is an unfortunate ambiguity in that document's pr.)visions on this question. Alternates are certainly more democratic than proxies, since they received the fourth largest number of votes in the election for SEC representatives. Proxieswruldnotneed to have received any votes whatever, anywhere. Anyone can be a proxy, as long as he is seated by a vote of regular SEC members, and this practice not only can lead to injustices, it already has. Proxies provided the margin of victory in the Kennison expulsion recommendation (later rescinded in a secret meeting), and the infamous Raeburn double-vote is quitewell known to students. Robert' s Ru l es of Order, a book 1:he constitution requires the SEC to consult in any question not provi de d for in the constitution, is quite clear on the matter of proxies, no matterwhat SEC members contend. "As any one can dispose ofhis stock to any one else, there is no objection to his appointing any one as his proxy. But the case is very different with many unincorporated societies of a soc i a 1, benevolent, or religious character Their membership cannot be transferred by the members like stock, and therefore they should not be allowed to appoint any proxies who are not members of the organization." (p. 200) There can be no positive good in retaining proxies, except perhaps in the momentary convenience of S E C members. There can be, and has been, positive harm. (Continued on page 3, column 3) Further, to say there is no check on what proxies do is ridiculous. Theregu.larSECmembers(plus any seated alternates) present at any one meeting can vote to extend individual proxies the vote. A$ is the case with the actions of the regular SEC, ltudents can reverse any decision of a proxy on the SEC indirectly through che pressure of public opinion or directly by initiative. Hopkins Announces Resignation (4) Certainly the use of proxies should be formalized. I agree, for example, that Charles Raebum should not have been allowed to "'""'-First Clus HoDOr Radll8 AHociated Collegiate Press VoL 3, Number 14 December 9, 1966 Publisbed weekly by student5 at New College (except for threewewfrom mid-December through the first week in Janwuy and six weeks in July and August). Subscriptions: $5.00 per year (43 issues) or 15 per copy. Aderyl McWhotter, Abby Misemer, Kay Moller, Lallrie Pan.lsoa, Mary Lou Phillip Molly Sauford, Katie Smith, Cheryi White Assistant professor of biology Thomas hopkins this week tendered his resignation frqm the faculty effective May 1, 1!J66. Hopkins will take the same po-sit ion at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. when that s c h o o 1 opens in the fall of 1966. Elmendorf Calls for Conference President Jolm Elmendotf has called an nAil-College Educational Planning Conference" fora general review of the New College educa tional program. Scheduled for Jan. 14, the conference was called "with the object of developing guidelines for constDJCtive revisi:>ns and t)the parto!New College. In a memorandwn to the college community, Elmendorf proposed five topics for consideration: the presentthree-yearcurriculwn in its totality; a restudy of the nature of the first-year program; the nature ofthe "major!' including the problem of the time factor in selecting a major; the role and nature of the comprehensive examinations; and the duration of the program, with particular attention t o the third year and time beyODd the third year. Vice president Paul Davil, ing in Elmendorf's absence, ex-pressed the hope the student Academic Committee will meet before Christmas to "begin to get some of their ideas together. 11 Davis said the agenda of the conference is "wide open at this point. The topics proposed by the president are not exclusive. He said it is "desirable" for student opinions to be channeled through the student Academic Committee. Some of the changes agreed upon at the conference can be made immediately, Davis said. Others will have to be approved by the board of trustees. The trustees will meet in a special meeting Feb. 23, the day after Elmendorf's inaugUIIIltion as president. There will be no trustees at the conference, according to Davis. Saying "one of our primary con cerns should be a regular review of wha: a:e doing. (academically)" DaVIS mdtcated tli.s conference will be the first of a series of similar ones. Hinting that at West Florida he may be in a position of greater responsibility and that he wruld be better able to conduct advanced research than here, Hopkins described his proJected job with UWF as a "challenging professional opportunity." A specialist in marine biology, Hopkins expressed some reseiVa tions about leaving New College. "I shall take with me to West Florida many of the ideals upon which New Colle):(e was founded," he said, "and I will try to achieve Jtzm within a state university at mosphere." He told The Catalyst he had been approached by West Florida in 1965 but declined its offer and ac cepted his first regular teaching JOb at New College, instead. He has since declined a second offer from West Florida, Hopkins said, but "the challenge" was this time "presented in such a way that I cruldn't refuse. Hopkins emphasized, "I'm a faculty member till May 1, and 1 will do everything I can to fulfill myobligations as a faculty member." "Even though I'm leaving New College, I'm very anxious to maintain a relationship with students and to advise them in any future wod< they wish to <.lo. Hopkins has been teaching here since May of this year, December 9, 1966 The 'Kennison Affair' To the Editor: Well, the Bob Kennison Affair is over. He's left the campus, so there isnomoretodiscuss--theytell me. I can think of a lot of things left to discuss. For instance, without going into great detail, there are the criticisms raised in last week's edition of The CatalyS':--the validity of proxies, the justice of letting one person vote twice, the admission of hearsay on an equal footing with fact (if there were any facts in the case; I don't know)--1 will leave unnamed my SEC representative who, when I asked him, "Did they really admit hearsay?" replied, "Sure--but most of it was true." (I can't help wondering just how they knew.) Then there is the question of the justice of punishing largely on attitude, or ptmishing extra severely because Kennison was about to leave anyway. I would like to ask some questions of my own: Why should the fact that Kennison was not present be taken against him? Maybe he was needed in the kitchen. Why was there no one there solely to repre sent Kennison? Surely if this affair were supposed to be a trial, then the idea that Kennison should have had someone there to answer charges, object to the admission of hearsay, and maybe f:ven introduce a few reasonable doubts, is not totally absurd. Finally: Why has all discussion ceased? The issue is not dead just because its central figure is gone; on the contrary, the time to establish a just and legal trial procedure is now. Why not set up a small committee to draw up such a pro cedure, and then subject it to the ratification of the students, the SEC, or both? I do not quarrel with the verdict itself; I am appalled at the irresponsibility and expediency which seemed to prevail. I quarrel with no particular member of the SEC, but I am surprised at the glibness reflected in the minutes. Nothing will change, of course. I am a fool to hope. We will all return to our respective ruts; Kennison and the whole affair will soon l:e forgotten, if they are not already. But maybe--just maybe--our crisis of integrity has only begtm. (signed) C Gates JC Head Explains Steps To the Editor: It is realiy a shame that after students have been recipients of a privilege for a very short time, they suddenly start considering it a right. Up until now, the Judiciary Committee has been consistently lenient in most of its decisions. Hence the interjection of "Imminent Social Probation" where social probation would normally be in order. But students are wrong in expecting us strictly to follow thes steps like clockwork. I hope that this is the last work on the subject. For one offence, a student may receive any punishment, but will probably receive anything, including expulsion, but will probably receive social probation or, very rarely, imminent social probation which is a warning that expulsion may be very close as social probation is imminent. For three offences, a student may receive but (Continued on page 3, column 1)


December 9, 1966 The Catalyst SEC Reverses Kennison Decision The Student Executive Committee, acting on the of a special ad hoc committee, Wednesday reversed its earlier recommendation to the Dean of Students that first-year student Robert Kennison be conditionally expelled. The ad hoc committee met Saturday and based its recommendation on the consideration of "new evidence, according to committee spokesman Kenji Odha. SEC the ad l.)da reported to t e hoc committee felt Kennison's previous conviction had been based on "much circumstantial evidence:' and "the facts do not warrant his expulsion. 1n accepting the ad hoc commit tee s full recommendatio_n, the SEC placed Kennison on soctal probation "for the remainder of his stay on campus." Although Kennison is no longer enrolled here as a student, he was oncampusfor the a? hoc tee's hearing and 1s aware of 1ts decision. The ad hoc committee was apinted and chaired by SEC chair an Mike Cassell and consisted of Letters (Continued from page 2) will probably be recommended for expulsion. w amings last for the rest of the year. Imminent social probation and social probation have arbitrarily fixed limits. If someone still does not understand, please seem e. Let there be no more occasion for harsh punishment. (signed) Stephen Hall Judiciary Committee Marvelous Manuscript To the Editor: 1 congratulate you for the first to bring to modem hght the document entitled "A Modest Pro pOSal certainly an article of revolutionary stature. I trust that great care is being taken to preserve the man usc ri pt, and t:hat samples of the paper and ink are being sent to for cari>on 14 dating and a nalysis, for the precise of the manuscript is of utmost Impor tance. This document will be of' extreme interest not only to hiS torians of education, the system under proposal having previously been unknown to exist before comparatively modem times; but PHONE 9S8-4S20 ROUTt. 301 SA IIAS01 A, fLORIDA i / I S.EC members and proxies present on campus. Kennison, members of the Judicial Committee, and selected guests were invited to attend the hearing, but the meetin11; was not public. In other action the SEC amended the open room policy passed last week which allows students to intervisit after hours provided their rooms are officially "opened" to the proctor. The amendments allow card games and other "non-academic" activities, and change directions to the proctor on the procedure for checking such open rooms. Assistant Dean Arthur Miller reported the administration's position on the open room policy had changed. Miller said the Dean of Students' office has no objections to card games, but parties should be undertaken "with care, in reference to the use of alcoholic beverages. Ellen Tisdale, who suggested the general outlines for an open room system, was present at the meeting and asked why the resolution passed last week required the proctor to even more, this document (especially the manuscript with nal spellings) is a marvelous discovery for scholars of the English language. Being no such scholar myself, I can only choose a few examples at random to illustrate the great importance of this document. In the second line, this usage of "efficiency" involving the possibility of degree is unlisted in the OED before 1858; in the fifth line, this at t rib uti v e of "lecture" in the combination 'lecture hall" is not listed at all in the OED, but the comb in at ion "lecture-theatre" is first listed for 18 54 --the combination "lecture hall" was previously thought to be of very modem origin; in the second column, the words "utilizing" and "amenable" have the dates 1858 and 1845 for thei r present usages, res p e c t i v 1 y But even more amuing than the vocabulary is the phraseology; I will not try to tackle this com p 1 ex area. to give examples. This will certainly be the origm of countless man-years of scholarly research before its mysteries. are fully disentangled, and agam I congratulate Ray Enslow. and 'J!te Catalyst, whose will be mdelibly engraved m history. (signed) William Thurston -' OPlN 24 HOURS ,, \ I I S TUQ'/ EXHA\JST\ON? remind students when open hours are over_ During the discussi:>n followed Miller suggesrea some students might wish to end open room intervisitation before the hours were over and would thus be disturbed by the proctor making llis rounds. A motion was passed changing partthreeofthe resolU1ion to read, "The proctor shall check the room periodically while the room is open." Acting chairman Steve Hall said there would be a provision on the open room forms for students who wish to close their rooms before hours are up. After some discussion it was decided not to limit the number of rooms that could be open at any one time. The open room system will go into effect as soon as the SEC can run off official open room registration forms. Con (Continued from page 2) The SEC will not voluntary limit its own power--SEC members themselveshave stated thit. Without any student initiated action, the SEC is the sole interpreter of the constitutionality and legality of its actions. Without the students, there can be no check whatever on the power of the SEC. A majority of students must vote in this first student-initiated election to make the results valia. No matter how they feel about this issue, students concerned with the dangers of .un limited power and the right of students to participate directly in the actions of their own government should vote, and see that others do, so that the results of this election, no m at t e r what they are, will at least count, and be acted upon. (signed) Lawrence Paulson AT COLLEGt MALL EXQUISITE SERVICE* SERVOMATION MATHIAS *NO TIPPING PLEASE SEC representatives Lee Crawfort, 1., and Jon Shaughnessy, r., and proxy Harry Felder vote to change last week's SEC ruling to "expel Robert Kennison. Fine Arts Institute To Hold Open House The New College Fine Arts Institute will conduct an open tommorrow at the Sanford House. A number of area artists and mem bers of the institute faculty have been invited to attend. Beginning at 1: 30 pro, visitors will be given a guided tour of the institute's new home. SARASOTA CYCLE KEY SHOP s-t.., S...... liMe 1tU 11J? $tete "'"' Crane's Book Store Personal Stationery 109 South Gate Plaza Aerou from the Angua Inn FoNicp Car Repain LUNCHEON DINNERCOCKTAILS :f PHONE: 388-3987 ST. ARMANDS KEY JERRY GINNIS Your Tlost TRAVEL, INC. Complete Travel Arrangements Special Student Tours Domestic & International 45 S. Palm 958-2114 Page 3 Contractor Affirms Feb. 15 Target Date The general contractor for Hamilton Court construction lias reiteratedhisintention to get the project done by Feb. 15. Robert Grallam, head of Graham Contracting Co., "assured everybody the contrll:t will be completed by the deadline, according to Planning Officer Ralph Styles. Graham met with Styles, representatives from the project's bonding company, and their lawyers Wednesday to discuss progress on the construction. ST. ARMAND'S KEY today! PALMER'S STEAK HOUSE RUTAURANT I COCKTAILS ITIAK CHICKEN IIAFOOD Dl .. ers NOM $ 95 We Ale .,.. cw .... 5506 14th ST. W. .. BRADENTON (01 u.s. 41 .... Plua&llrA .. ...., SUY.aFD .... MIAY MD ,_ 5 P.M. WUIUYI PHO .. 711-7411 . ...............................


New College's basketball team made an impressive season's debut Monday night, defeating the Oyster Bar 71-61 in a Sarasota Men's League game at RiveiView High School. Sparked by the play and leadership of play el'<:oach Jim Strickland, the team demonstrated talent and drive that will be crucial in their attempt to improve on last year's 4-10 league record. Strickland, who plays professional baseball, pumped in 31 points and in general led the team offensively and defensively. Third-year student Tom Lesure and second-year student Larry Alexander, leading scorers for New College last year, also scored in double figures, with 12 and 14 points, respectively. Second-year student George Finkle made some sparkling defensive playsbefore fouling out in the last quarter. A full squad of 12 players suited up for the game, and everybody got a chance to play, as with 55 seconds left and an 11 point lead, Strickland cleared the bench. Significantly, Striclqand was able to rest his starters periodically; the team last year could not afford to do so. The starters this year include Lesure at center, Alexander and assistant Coach Pete Odell at for wards, and Strickland and firstyear student Steve Knowles at guards. (Knowles turned in a spirited per formance while notching seven points, but third-year student John Cranor is expected to give him a tough battle for his starting spot when Cranor retums to campus in January.) New College's next game is set for 9 pm Monday against Ebersole Sod Farms at Riverview High. Spectators are welcome, and the college bus will be available for transportation. This week's game started slowly fortheNew Collegecagers, as cold shooting forced them into an early 5-1 deficit. As the game progressed, however, New College began to dominate the boards and the tempo of the game. q.-ster Bar was forced to shoot from the outside i>rthe last three quarters, while Strickland and company got hot and scored inside. The Oyster Bar, which was at a manpower disadvantage in terms of height and bench strength, played doggedly, however, and the outcome was not clear until the final minutes. New College1s71 points is a team record for regulation play. Strickland 1 s 31 points failed to top Lesure's club record of 38. New College ()ystuBar c F T c F T Stricl

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