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Petrie and fir:.t-year student Barry B;;.ltzlcy o;xamine tcle scope. Reflecting Telescope Given New College A six-inch reflecting telescope has been given New College by its builder, a retired U.S. Army Colonel. Col. Dante Vezzoli of Bird Key built the telescope in 1956 while he was stationed at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. He carried it with him on his travels, and even took it to France when he was assigned to Or leans. Col. Vezzoli dates his interest in astronomy to a coUl'Se he took at Alfred University, from which he graduated in 1933. Five of the nine moons of Jupiter, the ring of Saturn and the nebula of the constellation Orion can be seen with the telescope, Col. Vezzoli stated. The telescope has a fork mount, and must be installed permanently. Col. Vezzoli said he donated the instrwnent because "I've seen everything there is up there. I'd like to let somebody else look now. No decision has been reached as to where the telescope will be placed, according to Dean of Students Dr. George Petrie. The roof of the library is a possibility, Petrie stated. Petrie said a coUl'Se in descriptive astronomy may be offered. Otherwise, the telescope will be ava_il able to aid and encourage star-gazmg by students, according to Petrie. December 8, 1967 Could Not Place Complaint Two Students Attacked While on Peace Vigil Two members of the Sarasota Committee of Conscience on Vietnam were physically attacked by an nnidentified assailant Tuesday, but they have not been allowed to file an official complaint with law enforcement agencies. First-year student Jeff Jordan and former student David Pini were struck in the head a:ad arm, respectively, by a man wielding a guitar. Although the broken guitar was left behind, Sarasota police officers refused to investigate the case because, according to the St. Pe tersburg Time(! they had reason to doubt the inci ent occurred. According to student spokesmen, Jordan attempted to file a complaint with Justice of the Peace GeorgeFosslerbutwas turned away and branded a "traitor. "The judge asked why the boy had attacked Jeff and if he had done anything to provoke his assail31t," reports one witness in a signed statement. "Jeff replied that he was only there as part of a pacifist movement. This apparently infuriated Judge Fessler as he immediately refused to hear any more about the case, ordered us both to leave, and motioned threateningly towards us. As we were leaving he said something to the efft>ct that we should be doing something to aid the war effort in Vietnam and thatifwedidn'tlikeourown country to get out of it. According to second-year student Jon Shaughnessy, heal of SCCV, a dossier of the ca;e is being prepared and will be presented to the Florida American Civil Liberties Union for possible action. Shaughnessy also said the Federal Bureauofinvestig:tion rna\ investigate the case as a possible abridgement of civil rights. The attack occurredon federal property, but the F. B. I. originally referred Jordan to local authorities. The attack came while Jordan and Pini were participating in a three-day vigil of mourn in g for "the needless suffering in Vietnam'' on the steps of the Federa Building, which houses the local recruiting offices of the armed Forces. Assistant Dean Arthur Miller, who as faculty resident examined Jordan and Pini soon after the incident, told Thl! Catalyst: "I can attest that (Pini and Jordan) were significantly injured, to such an extent that the possibility of this being a 1play for publicity' is completely overruled in my mind. Jordan had a lump "half the size of a man's fist" on the left side of his head, Miller said. Jordan temporarily could not hear out of his left ear. Pini, who wa> treated by a private doctor, suffered a series of lacerations along one :rm and a puncture wound in an elbow. Miller said Pini's shirt sleeve was soaked with blood. The at t a c k on Jordan and Pini wa>one of several otherwise minor incidents that marred the peace vigil. Tuesday afternoon police officers prevented an assault on the mourners and forced the would-be att:ck(Continued on page 2, column 3) Some Signers Found For Vietnam Petition Fifty-three Sarasotans --most of them not connected with New College--signed petitions concerning the Vietnam war during a threeday silent vigil for peace, according to vigil co-ordinator second-year student Jon One petition was addEssed to President Johnson and asked for direct negotiations with the National Liberation Front in South Vietnam and a reduction of American troops there. Petitions to Florid a sen :tors Spes sard Holland and George Smathers asked them to press for legislation curbing presidential powers to wage nndeclared war and to request the United ations Security Council to take up the Vietnam question. A petition to U.s. Representative James Haley of Sarasota asked him to conduct public hearings on the Vietnam issue here. Shaughnessy said "many" townspeople who were sympa:hetic refused to sign the petitions for fear of recrimination. The vigil was manned by members of the Sarasota Committee of Conscience on Vietnam, whowore signs decl:ring 11We stand in mourning for the needless suffering in Vietnam. Please join us or sign a petition. The vigil was a preliminary to a public rally Sunday from 2-Spm at Island Park, which will feature speakers and folksinger Eric von Schmidt. The vigil and the rally are coordinated with a nationwide week of demonstrations against the war and the draft. Blackout? The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Journal have instituted a news bi3'Cl

Page 2 Editorials N O PRO ECTION Apparently, there are residents of Sarasota who believe that free speech is all right, as long as what is said does not conflict with their own values and prejudices. lfthe students who participated in the peace vigil are telling the truth, and we have every reason to believe they are, both members of the police and a justice of the peace seriously abridged their civil rights by refusing to investigate a legitimate complaint. The whole affair raises serious questions about the state of law enforcement in Sarasota. If a Communist is murdered, will his case be ignored because his ideas are contrary to the free enterprise system? Will officials ignore the actions of mobs of murderers, as in some parts of the Southern United States, because their victim is aN egro? This is not just a minor_ incident, in its implications for the cause of free speech and the basic rights of individuals for protection under the law. Just what kind of community are we living in? THE RIGHT MOVE By doing away with the "honors" designation on student transcripts, the faculty has made its first educationally liberal move in recent memory. Although doing away with honors merely reduced the num ber of grades in New College's supposedly non-graded curriculum from three to two ("satisfactory" and 11tmsatisfactory"), is at least a move in the right, and liberal, direction. Perhaps other New College anomalies will come up for discussion, now that an apparent door has been opened. Like required courses for diversifaction. And required attendance in some disciplines. And the watering down of the Independent Study p::ogram by changes in the calendar. As Dr. Arthur Miller states, 11we have perhaps cleared thewayforahardlook at ftmdamental educational policy." Letter The Catalyst Attack (Continued from page 1) ers tore turn petitions for which the SCCV was seeking signatures. The night after the unprovoked attack, several carloads of sympathetic N e w Co 11 e g e students manned the vigil. There were no incidents. (Jordan a1d Pini had been in a threesome when attacked. The third mourner, first-year student Richard Kuecks, was not attacked.) Miller said of the incident and subsequent non-reaction police officers: "It would be incredible if assault and battery were committed on the streets of Sarasota and if the injured parties were denied their right to lodge a forma complaint. lf the worst of the rumors is accurate, Sarasota has given every redneck a free permit to assault and injure :ny young person whose ideas he finds disagreeable The American tradition and rigl 1 of free speech entails protectio of free speakers under the law. 11 (Continued from page 1) side New College. lf word magi makesforcounseling of more edu cational value, perhaps the magic will work. I hope that "course counters" willhave some difficulty counting my written assessments of student performance. Ed. note: Dr. Miller wishes it to be noted that the preceding article was dictated by him late at night. GRE's Set k1 Jm1uary The Graduate Record Examinations will be administered at New College on January 20, Students wishing to take the GRE's at this time must register by December 26. This will be the last time this year theGRE'swill be given at New Col Experie n:es n France The following letter was received by Political Science Professor Dr. Rollin Posey. Dear Dr. Posey, I was very pleased to receive your letter. I hope you will accept my apologiesfornot answering it sooner (or even for not writing first and letting you know how 1 have been progressing). I had heard of your leaving in December, although it was almost by accident. The only campus news I have heard at all was in one issue of The Catalyst that Paula Gulak sent me, and that happened to be the issue concerning your departure. I wish you the best of luck in your new position. My courses consist of (I've changed my schedule somewhat since last June) two French classes (up until last Friday they totalled twelve hours a week--now only six); Modern European Literature; History of Modem Art--Gothic through contemporary (aL!dit); European Trade and Finance (first semester: Samuelson &theory, second semester: Europe); taught by M. Saias, who is terribly brilliant; and Mediterranean studies. The latter is a seminar with Dr. Maza, the director of the Institute. I got into it because it offers some freedom in picking what you study. I have not done anything for that course in about three weeks, but I am supposed to be worluckle, Forrest Beyers, Mary Blakeley, Margaret Bryan, Richard de Koster, Jean Grah:un, CaJ:Ola Heit mann, Jon Lundell, Abby Misemer, Stephen Olson, Mary lou Phillips, Margaret Sederu:ky, Bevedy Shoemaker, Edna Walker, Clleryl White, Gary Williams


December 8, 196 7 The Catalyst Page 3 Has Air of Christmas UNITARIAN CHURCH Money Stolm About $50 w a s stolen from a sec ond-year girl yesterday, leading administration members and others to urge locking of student rooms when they are unoccupied. The theft is only one of many that have occurred this year. The robbery apparently occurred during daylight hours. Most of the robbery victims have been girls. Elmendorf Open House President and Mrs John Elmendorf will hold an open house and Christmas party for students and faculty at their home Dec. 19. The party, which is set for 8 pm, will feature informal carol singing All students and faculty are welcome. 1525 State Street I st. armands g a llo ry INC contemporary art GOOD LIGHT needed for study I t aids concentration reduces eyestrain and fa tigue, and helps mak e better grades. And electricity is so cheap! FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT CO. HELPING BUILD FLORIDA In Fra.:e (Continued from page 2) French Political Life, The B lack American Problem, Political So ciology, History of International Relations, Literature and Politics, The Political Partie s of England, and Problems of the State just to name a few. I will probably pick several and just start attending them some time s oon. Partly contributing to this frustrated teeling, l m sure, is the fact that I have stuck t o o close to the othe r J..mericans here, speak Englishfartoo much, and hav e not made enough efforts t o mee t French people. I'm trying t o change all that now. I m ight try to get in on a French student trip this Christmas. There are skiing and sight-seeing trips t o Eastern Europe and Italy, France, & Austria, -and a trip to Moscow and Leningrad that I would love to take, but which I probably will not be able to afford ($200 everything included, for two weeks). 1 i a-f W'-JD, l nut e s and I had better bone up on it a little. Onc e a gain, good luck in y o u r new p ost and don't freez e up in the cold, col d North. Sincerely, (signed) Kenneth Moore Ed. Note: Ken Moore, third-year student on leave, is currently studying at the Institute for American Universities, Ai:x -en -Provence, France. Christmas, it appears, has come to New College. Two trees, decorated by students, currently stand in the reception center. Elsewhere, the kitchen is festooned with trees and wreaths, and some students have undertaken their own decoration projects. One bacony in the second court, for instance, has been out 1 in e d with blinking, colored lights. Christmas is in the air, indeed, even if the air is 80 degrees. Complete Travel Arrangements Special Student Tours ... Domestic & International 45 S. Palm 958-2114 GOLDEN HOST 80 Beau t if u l Rooms 50 Foot Poo l Putting Green-Bahi Hut Cocktail Lounge 4675 N. Tamiami Trail 355-5141 CHRISTMAS PAPER, RIBBON, GIFTS O pe n Sunday Decembe r 3 10, 17, 2'1 12 G F o r Y our Conv e m ence REMEMBER: 3 975 Frui tville Rood S unday s ervic e: 1 0 : 30 o.m. Special Service: "THE MANY MOODS OF JAZZ" N ursery o n d Churc h School: 1 0:3 0 o.m. DIFPER DAN 9ce Br.ea.m IIIIOPI'K e nd flards 'a' things How s: M-Th: 10am-10pm F, S : 10am-11pm sim: l p m -lOpm KENJI ODA DOES HIS WASH AT SURF COIN LAUNDRY ST. ARMAND S KEY IF YOU'RE GOOD GIRLS AND BOYS YOU'LL GET MORE TOYS -robe$20 in Jr. Loungewear ONEY'S 5& 10 Doily 8 :30 9 P M 0& .-ga-


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