New College of Florida Brilliantly Unique; Uniquely Brilliant



Material Information

Alternate Title:
The Catalyst (Volume III, Number 23)
Physical Description:
New College of Florida
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date:
February 24, 1967


Subjects / Keywords:
History -- New College (Sarasota, Fla.)
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
College student newspapers and periodicals
College publications
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Sarasota


General Note:
Four page issue of the student produced newspaper.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Before photographing or publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the New College Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not New College of Florida.
System ID:

This item is only available as the following downloads:

Full Text


Feb ru ary 24 1967 Trustees College Selec p ner Members of the Board of Trustees, meeting on campus yesterday, ratified the selection of a Miami architectural firm to develop a master plan for the development of the campus. The firm, Pancoast, Ferendino, Grafton, was previously selected bythe board's Executive Committee last month. Lester Pancoast, a partner in the firm, presented his company's initial findings, primarily guidelines for land use, to those board members present at yesterday's special meeting. A full report is expected when the trustees meet in May. In his initial presentation, Pan coast proposed concentration of all new facilities for students along the bayfront on the West Campus. Immediately east of those facilities would be a landscaped area which would accommodate the college's parking needs, among other things. Pancoast also proposed to revise existing roadways to tie the two campuses together. He indicated plans to develop sports fields on the East Campus, east of the dorms. Retention of College Hall was included in the architect 1 s proposals, although it would not necesarily continue to serve its present ftmction. Members of the board expressed interest in Pancoast's ideas and authorized him to continue with his development of a master plan. Adolfo Albaisa will head the firm's working team for the New College project. Ralph Styles, Director of Planning for the college, will provide liaison between the architects and the college. The Pancoast firm was retained after trustees had been urged by I. M Pei and Associates, architects of the residence halls and Hamilton Court, to find someone else to develop the master plan. Pei said his firm could not assume more commitments for at least a year because of a heavy work schedule. Pei, along with his associate, Shelton Peed, attended President John Elmendorf's inauguration Wednesday. He inspected the construction now in progress on Hamilton Court while he was on campus. Pancoast and his wife also at tended the inauguration. Pancoast SAC Cites Need For Academic Division The Student Academic Committee (SAC) voted last night to recommend that anew academic di vision, a Division of Communications, be formed. The proposed new division will, according to SAC member Irving Benoist, inc 1 u de such fields as languages, semantics, mathematics, logic, and journalism. If formed the new division will join the already existing Divisions of Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The fields to be included in the new division could be classified in one of the existing academic di visions, as most already are, but the SAC decided communications in its broad sense is a wide enough and important enough area of study to warrant a distinct identity. This motion was passed after lengthy discussion on the language requirement. As members of the SAC reported on faculty opinion --which they had polled--it be came apparent, according to Miss Benoist, that the faculty's main justification for a language require ment is that mastering a foreign language enables the student "to distinguish levels of meaning. 11 Accordingto another SAC mem ber, Harry Felder, "If this is the over-ridingjustification for alan guage requirement, we ought to start stressing it. The Miami architects have done the master planning and design work for Miami-Dade Junior College and have designed the new law center at the University of Florida. Edward G. Grafton, one of the partners in the firm, participated in the !-Jew College Educational Plan ning Conference which was held on campus last June under a special grant from the Educational Facilities Laboratories. Lester Pancoast, far left, answers questions about his firm 1s initial plans for development of the Bay Campus at a meeting with college officials and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. SEC Orders Cases Heard Within Week of Complaint The Student Executive Commit-lot was also passed. The Consti-that no action had been taken on tee Wednesday directed the Student tutional Revision Committee in a this recommendation. Judicial Committee to hear every report submitted last week recom-Miller said only one of the plan-case within seven days of receiving mended the SJC be placed Wlder ning conference recommendations a complaint. the constitution. had been acted on, that of esta-In addition, the SJC was told to A motion was then made by third-blishing an Independent Study Co-hear by Monday night all current year representative Rachel Findley ordinator. cases more than a week old. to direct the SJC to hear all out-SEC Chairman Harry Felder said These actions followed a comment standing cases on which complaints a public hearing on the faculty's by Assistant Dean Arthur Miller that had been received more than a week calendar proposal would be held therewassomething "very close to ago. This motion also passed u-today at 3:30 pro in the Music t:>negligence' in the SJC postponing na.n:i.mously. Room. He said copies of the pro-cases of double infractions, after In other action the SEC moved to posal would be made available to acting on less serious complaints. send a memo to faculty Committee students before the meeting. .!'.tiller said it would be "very on Coiiiilittees Chairman Dr Roger Miller said Planning Director peculiar" to notify parents of pro-Griffin reminding the faculty a Ralph Styles told him Hamilton bation received as a result of cases committee of the academic con-Court will be ready next month. heard long after the alleged in-ference had recommended a student Second-year representative Kenji fractions occurred. be placed on the Academic Review Oda reported three Florida f orei&? Second-year student Jerry Neu-Committee. students would be on campus thlS garten reported earlier in the even-The motion, made by first-year He the Com-ing the SJC continued about half representative Jon Shaughnessy, m1ttee lS arrangmgthe1r a::commoof their cases at their meeting. follcwed a connnent by Shaughnessy dations. Amotion was made by first-year representative Lee Crawfort to amend the modes of procedure to require the SJC to meet every two weeks. This motion was amended at the suggestion of N eugarten, who said all cases should be heard within seven days. The motion passed unanimously. A motion to place this provision on the Constitutional Revision bal-Students Debate At Forum Tonight A special debate between two student teams will be given at tonight's forum. Topic of the debate is "Resolved: That the foreign aid commitments of the United States should be substantially reduced. Don Aronoff and Vickie Pear threewill take the affirmative and Dan Haggarty and Ellen Tisdale the negative. Runoff Election T odoy A runoff election between firstyearstudent TomJaiTell and secondyear student Harry Felder for the post of Chairman of the Student Executive Committee will be held today. The runoff is necessary because no student running polled a majority of votes cast. Felder, the present SEC Chairman, received 65 votes and Jarrell 49. Ol:lEr candidates included secondyear student Allan Jaworski, with 18 votes, first-year student Jon Shaughnessy with 11, and secondyear student Gary Williams with 10. The election was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was post-Jarrell Felder poned because o f the weathe r and Inauguration activities. A ballot will also be held soon on certain constituti onal revision que9tions. Are port of the Constitutional Revision Committee was accepted with some modifications at a special SEC meeting Sunday. Rain Forces Inauguration Ceremony Indoors Rain forced New College's first and Tom Bell used a walkie-talkie min urn cast of the New College seal--by Dallas Dort, chairman of the board of trustees. Guests at Wednesday's inaugural ceremony for Dr. Elmendorf hurry to ward the entrance of the First Methodist Church with an umbrella to pro tect them from a light drizzle (More pictures on page 3) inaugurationof a president indoors networktosolvethe logistics prob-Weclnesday, as some 1400 people lems of handling a large crowd. packed Sarasota's First Methodist Perhaps the major hitch in the Church to see President John El-proceedings was the failure to al-mendorf installed in office. low enough pews for all the dele-The inaugural ceremony was origates. When the designated pews ginallyplannedforthe open court-became full during the procession-yard of the Ringling Museum. al, the "extra" marchers were de-But a drizzling rain started Tues-toured to the choir loft. day and the skies did not clear until The rain and the sub s e que n t after the inauguration started. change of locale apparently kept The change oflocation was deci-most of the expected 2000 other ded early Wednesday morning, i!ld guests at home. the inaugural planning committee Also, scheduled musical petforhad to make numerous last-minute mances by the West Coast Youth preparations. Symphony Orchestra ana the Ri-Aided by student ushers and a verview High School Kiltie Band special administrative staff, plan-were deleted from the program. nmg co-ordinators Robert B. Van The poor weather had an effect Skike Jr. and Mrs. Charles S. Swift on attendance at the college open readied the church. house Wednesday afternoon. AcS ever a 1 out-of-town delegates cording to student co-ordinators of commented after the inauguration the open house, fewer than lOOvisthat it had been one of the best-itors came to the East Campus. organized they had attended. Highlightofthe inaugurat1on ce-Before and during the inaugura-remony itself was the conferment tion Dr. Arthur Miller and students upon Elmendorf of the symbol of Diana Shiphorst, Jerry Neugarten, office--a neckpiece with an alu-Both Elmendorf and Sir Patrick Dean, British Ambassador to the United States and guest speaker, received standing ovations following their addresses. Elmendotf1s Presidential Address stressed "that every essential ingredient of education is conservative. He then defined the nature of "true conservatism" as a philosophy of "novelty, boldness, experiment, d a r in g, challenge, revolution, and even avant-gardism. Prior to the installment cerem::my, greetings to the assembled guests were given by Harry Felder, for the students; Dr. Douglas Berggren, for the faculty; Dr. Allen Tucker, Vice Chancellor for Academic Af fairs for the State of Florida Uni versity System, for the State of Florida; and the Hon, James A. Haley, for the President of the U nited States.


Page 2 Editorial Double Credit New College's first major ceremonial, the inauguration of President John Elmendorf, was a marvelous success. The feat of coordinating the activities of such a large number of persons is a great one by any standard. Naturally, most of the credit goes to the members of the Inaugural Committee, and we certainly understand why the trustees voted 11especial thanks11 to Mr. VanSkike and Mrs. Swift. There were also, however, a large number of other persons who contributed greatly to the success of the tmder taking. Food service Director Tom Estep and his staff accomplished the impossible by feeding nearly 500 persons quickly and well. Student ushers favorably impressed those who attended the ceremonies by courteously directing the movement of a large crowd in relatively cramped quarters. Because of the efforts of these and other persons, New College cannot help but benefit from the seriousness and dignity displayed Wednesday. The inauguration was an expression of confidence in both President Elmendorf and in the college. The ceremony and the excellence of its execution reflect credit on both. Letter s From the Candidates ... Marat vs. Sade To the Editor: Marat: (Felder) No restless ideas can break down the walls I never believed the pen alone could destroy institutions However hard we try to bring in the new Sade: Uarrell) it comes into being only in the m i a st of c deals We're all so clogged with dead ideas passed from generation to generation that even the best of us don't know the way out We invented the Revolution but we don 1t know how to run it I don 1t believe in idealists who charge down b 1 in d alleys on e eve in y o the sacrifices that have been made for any cause I believe only in myself --Marat/Sade I.M. Pei, left, chief architect for the East Campus, spent Wednesday on campus checking progress on Hamilton Court and looking over the project in general. Planning Officer RalPh Styles, right, joined Pei on a tour of the campus. Member Alsociated Collegiate Press Vol. 3, Number 23 February 24, 1967 Published weekly by students ot New College (except for three weeks from mid-December through the first week in ] anwuy and six weeks in July and August). Subscriptions: $5.00 per year (43 issues\ or 15peT copy. Address subscription orde,., change of ad dress notices :md undeliverable copies to: The Catalyst/New College/Post Office Box 1898/Sarasota, Florida 33578. Application to mail otsecond-cl:uspostage rates pending at Sarasota, Florida. Tel. 355-5406. Editor . Tom Todd Assoc. Editor ........ Kenji Oda Business . George Finkle Production Steve Orlofsky Circulation . Dale Hickam CoDLnll!er ........ EdnaVfalker Photography David Tekler Staff, Kit Arbuckle, Betsy Ash, Irving The Catalyst Throwing His Hat Dear Editor, I am submitting this in the hope that the candidate watchers will take some note of my first serious attempt at playing the SEC game. This daring gesture is motivated by the uneasy thought that all is not well with our student government. I, for one, feel that the function ofthe SEC member is to reflect or represent the view of his or her class, not to come up with ultimate solutions to problems off the top of one's hat. Worse yet--I feel that integrity, at least in the form of not doing one thing and saying another is a positive value (desirable). I am aware of the problem of relating to the community as I live and work in Sarasota. I am also aware of the modes and procedures to accomplish a desired task since I make a living at doing just that. I feel that I can bring something like seven years analytic experience, five years of management experience, and three years of college politics from behind the scenes to bear on the problem of how to make the SEC an effective and dynamic body. Most important of all, however, is that for me to do this job in a reasonable manner, I will need a massive amount of feedback to know where everyone stands. I approve of position papers, bull session, and open discussion, but I desire a good cross section of opinion before I represent any particular issue to the SEC. As far as practical political and management experience, I have something above the average to offer. I can claim seven years of experience as a systems analyst, five years as a manager, and three years experience in college politics from the behind the scenes side. Benoist, M a r y Blakeley, Carol Ann Chlldress, C I end a Cl mIn o, John Cranor, Allan ]aworslti, Pearl Lefkoviu, Jet Lowe, Tom Manteuffel, Abby Wsemer, Kay Moller, Laurie Paulson, MaryLou Phillips, Katie Smith, Cheoyl White Eleven Argentine students, on a six-week tour of this country and locally guests of the Pinellas Kiwanis Club, visited the New College campus Sat urday and were treated to lunch. m the Ring I can also offer a certain amotmt of objectivity because I have to live with both New College and the community, and I try to make a living from Sarasota. The other side of the coin is that I have certain violent prejudices toward integrity, honesty, and good community relations. I have something of the wheeler-dealer philosophy which sometimes docs not make for cheerful working relations. I emphasize the pragmatic ethic of getting a job done, ratherthan the h air trigger iss:.leS involved. One could also say that my physical distance is perhaps a bit larger than it should be for effective representation. Some of the work of closing this gap will have to be done by the people whom I represent, and some of it will have to be done by my devoting more time to studying the process of New College government. I wish I could end in the traditional manner of giving a room number and saymg 1 welcome you to come and unload your particu lar prejudices. Unfortunately, I am resident off campus--the best way to get in touch is to leave a note in my mailbox, and I will try tocatchupwithyou for a few minutes. If you have something more urgent, I am usually on campus every evening--usually late. In summary, then, !stand for experience, honesty, effectiveness, and representation. While I have not moved mountains for New Zea land, I have started and funded a reseatch program into linguistic programming at a major engineering school which regards the humanities as something of interest only to the mentally retarded. The task is of at least of the same order of magnitude.! (signed) Ron B. Kronenberg Another Hat To the Editor: Running for SEC, or for any other officeforthat matter, isn't an ac tivity to be undertaken lightly, on some kind of momentary whim, to take up time. For one thing, it hasthenature of a public exposure that can be uncomfortable and emharassing. But comfort is rare 1 y easy to come by in any case, and sometimes there are other conside rations. Student government at New College, like any kind of representative government, is a convenience. It is surely not an end in itself. In a s c h o o 1 as small as this, there should be many opportunities for the student body at large to express themselves on issues, to aid directly in the making of decisions that will affect their lives. I believe the present SEC has not provided these opporttmities. They have OPEN HOU.CS E. worked more to perpetuate themselves in power than to serve students. I think this is a dangerous course, and I would hope to alter it. The SEC will never be an effective body as long as they seek to serve their own ends. It is not a body in which doctrinaire individuals should seek to impose on others their private systems and ideologies, no matter how unwilling they may be. Yet some members have treated it in this way. There is a great creative potential in a student government which works closely with those not in power to establish a commtmity acceptable to all its inhabit ants. There must inevitably be a close communication with faculty and administration as well, and not an attitude implying these groups are in league against students to dep r i v e them of their last vestiges of freedom and dignity. There must be a willingness to cooperate, and a sensitive awareness of these creative possibilities. It isthiskindof awareness I would hope to offer to members of my c 1 ass and to the school at large, and for this reason I am a candidate for SEC from the class of 1968. (signed) Lawrence Paulson Vote Tues. Students will vote Tuesday to elect their representatives to the Student Executive Committee. Nominating petitions for the e.lectionmay be submitted until midnight Sunday to Nancy Redick or Steve Orlofsky. They must be signed by 15% of a candidate's class. The election of new members to the Student Judicial Committee will take place Friday. Petitions for that office must be submitted by midnight Wednesday, and must also be signed by 15% of a candidate's class. Candidates for SEC who have already submitted petitions include third-year student William Thurston, second-year student Laurie P au 1 son and first-year students Katie Smith, Ron Kronenberg and Lee Crawfort. No petitions for SJC have been turned in so far. StuclentsE n ter New College will enter contestants in all three categories of the Fourth Annual Poetry Festival at the University of South Florida, Tampa, March 10-11. Bruce Allen, Nancy Hall, Allan Jaworski, and Rye Weber will compete in Individual Oral Interpretations, and Glenda Cimino and Laurie Paulson in the Original Po etry Workshop.


February 24, 1967 Inauguration In Pictures Dr. Allen Tucker helps President Elmendorf with his robe. Dallas Dort takes medallion from lnsiJtOia Bearer John French Sir Patrick Dean Elmendorf Delegates and guests fill the pews. Neugarten and Miller with walkie-talkies Elmendorf, Mrs. Marjorie Hamilton, Sir Patrick Trustees Express Thanks For Inauguration Work New College trustees yesterday dinator of the inauguration, re-expressedtheirthanksto those per-ceived "especial thanks. 11 sons who organized and executed In the resolution the trustees Wednesday's ceremonies for the termedthe inauguration "an event inauguration of President John El-in which the College and the en-mendorf. tire Sarasota-Bradenton commWliAt a special meeting members ty could take great pride. 11 of the board passed a resolution President Elmendorf emphasized thanking 11 all who labored to make to the board the willing cooper athe Inauguration ceremony a sue-tion and hard work given by many cess. 11 Inauguration Committee student in connection with the in-chairman Robert B. Van Skike Jr. auguration. and Mrs. Charles F. Swift, coorBasketballerS Win 2 New College's basketball team rolled to two victories in three games this week to their Sarasota Men's League record to 4-7. In what one team member called New College's "best effort of the year," our cagers edged the Oyster Bar 63-61 in a thriller Friday night. New College made it two in a rowwhentheybeat American Bank Monday 52-49, despite the absence of stars Alexander and payer-coach Jim Strickland. Ebersole Sod Farms brought New College back down to earth Wednesday by defeating us for the second time this season, 42-41. The team's next game is set for We d n e s day against Englewood Bank. Frank's Barber Shop 4a.t.en ....... 7, 0. u.s. 41 After the inauguration, outside College Hall Crane's Book Store Personal Stationery 109 South Gate Plaza SARASOTA Flower Shop M-. It a ltablt 1t0t a occ.UM 1219 1st Street 955-4287 HOLIDAY INN of Sarasota-Bradenton 8221 North T amiami Trail Restaurant Cocktail Lounge Yacht Basin Swimming Pool Phone 355-2781 THE HICKORY HO,USE LUNCH DINNER .. COCKTAILS TRY OUR SPECIAL BAR-8-QUED RIBS JUST TWO BLOCKS SOUTH OF THE DORMS ON THE TRAIL, YOU'll LIKE "Sw/. Reading all about it RECAPTURE THE TIUI ESPRIT DE CORPS AT COLLEGE HALL SERVOMATION MATHIAS SANDALS OF ETERNAL BEAUTY CREATED BY ZEBO 4662 N. TRAIL ST. ARMANDS STARKII'S COIN LAUNDRY WARM YOUR SOUL ON A WD PIUUARY DAY IY DOING SARASOTA CYCLE lr KEY SHOP s-t.., S...... liMe 1tU 11J7 ..... Street THE PLACE TO SHOP IN FLORIDA YOUR WASH IN OUR FULLY INCLOSED LAUNDROMAT COCKTAILS AT 3428 No. Trail 355-3446 FINE DOMESTIC ECOPPER BAR 1570 No. Lockwood Ridge Rd. 955-3446 IMPORIED LIQUORS 15c WASHf Vince's Pizza Famous all ovw the West C:O.t 755-1812 On U.S. 41, Midway Betweetl S.asota & Bradenton at Bowlees Creek PLAZA, ON THE MALL I_' 4i/la 1 ,." /.all A I Patronize Our Advertisers


Page 4 The Catalyst February 24, 1967 Experts Discuss Latin American Politics Latin American politics was the topic of two discussions between two experts in the field and New College students. Adolph A. Berle, fonner ambassadorto Brazil and author of "Latin America: Diplomacy and Reality," spoke on the Nicaraguan election with a group which included eight students, Mrs. Mary Elmendorf and Political Science tutor William Furlong. Arpad von Lazar, Assistant Professorof Political Science at Van derbilt University, gave the last of three seminars on Latin America, concentrating on the r e 1 at ion of political factors to "objective" necessities of economic development. Faculty Committee To Conduct Hearing On CalenderChange The Faculty Educational Policy Committee will hold a public hearing today at 3 : 30 pm in the Music Room on a proposed calendar change. An extension in the length of time permitted to fulfill degree requirements is included in the proposal. Copies of a memorandum from the committee spelling out the proposed calendar change in detail are available in the Reception Center. Dr B. Gresham Riley, chainnan of the committee told The Catalyst yesterday he hopes student parti cipation in the hearing is sufficient to obtain a significant sampling of student opinion. on Berle discribed the recent Nicaraguan election and the two candidates, both of whom he has met. In addition, he gave a brief histo ry o f the University of the Andes for the b en e f it o f those students who will spend the second Independent Study Beriod in Colombia. According to Berle, the University "began as a c onvent, was converted to a women's prison, and held its first lectures in a quonset hut. He also spoke of the Bay of Pigs invasion and the possibilities f o r student projects. Profess o r von Lazar spoke of the avid conspicuous consumption of the growing Latin American middle class along with their preference for cultural items instead of American. He also described the policy and attitudes of the Christian Democratic Party, which won the l_atest election in Chile. Other semmars dealt with the p olitical attitudes of university students and the Latin American "political man. Next week' s forum will feature von Lazar Arpad von Lazar, center, leads discussion with students and guests in the Pompeii Room. Prexy T o Speak President John Elmendorf will address the Sarasota-Bradenton Phi Beta Kappa Association March 8 at 8 pm in College H;ll. Faculty and students are invited. Paulsou RIP VAN WINKLE LANES Stvdellt rates Mfore 5:30 p.M. 7007 N. Tamiami TraH Ellie's Books & Stationery, Inc. Complete Office Suppnes 1350 Main.St. 955-3515 Making Ceremonies Shoe Repair AdolphA. Berle, far right, talks with students and other guests. In center is Mrs John Elmendorf. Borden Gives Test Dr. Arthur R Borden chainnan of the Humaniti es Division, announced yesterday the testing schedule in languages for thirdyear students. Accordin)il; to Borden. examinations in German will b e administered Monday from 6:30to 8:30pm; examinations in French will be administered T uesday from 6 : 30 to 8:30 pm; and examinations in HAPPY HOUSE Cards, Gifts, & Jewelry I pierced eerr ingsl conveni ently located in Cortez Plaza Luggage Repair Schedule Spanish, Russian and Italian will be administered Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm. The German and French tests will be held in the Music Room. The examination room for Spanish, Russian and Italian is the South Room. AVAILABLE NOW AT THE CAMPUS BOOK SHOP NEW COLLEGE MUGS, ASHTRAYS, KEY CHAINS, STUFFED ANIMALS and JEWELRY !All This and BOOKS, Tao!l 5350 N Tamiami #355-5252 BAY VIEW Cleaners and laundry It w as a night as fresh as the first clear star. It was early June, and the wind which was no less a part o f the substance and fabric of the night as the glass-sharp moon carried a remnant of freshly cut g rass and sprinkled lawns o n tree-lined suburban stree ts, hinting of a green summer. Tonight, in the Chapel bathed with light, after the organ and the trumpets, we would graduate in white dinner Jackets with words meant for courage and remembrance. The air spoke of ceremonies, and the fragrances of the night flowers were signs of whatever remained hidden in the evening's velvet chambers. hidde n in the bushes. There were no sounds of the ceremony, and here, beside the stream, n othing was expected o f me, and there was n o pattern for what I would d o. I l ooked up at the sky and saw what stars I could between the branches. I fel t the wind' s slight touch. I reached down and picked up a stone that lay beside my foot, and in a single motio n threw it into the water, hearing it disturb the Custom Made Sandals Complete Laundry and Dry Cleaning Drive-In Store: 1530 1st St. 955-0937 We marched down the sloping aisles with a seriousness that woul d have seemed incredible and laughable a few weeks ago, and took our places on risers on the stag e, in carefully rehearsed places, with routes o f entrance and exit for walking to the podiu m etched in our minds. In the audience were brightly colored mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and girl friends, all o f them aware of the purpose of all of this, all of them knowing what would happen, having come because they know. We knew, also, and let ourselves be filled with the ease of seeing demonstrated what there was no question of--that we had finished hig h school, that we had been successful and could go, now. We let ourselves be comforted by the ritual that marked all of this. The ritual did n o t end with our filing out, holding the roll of paper like some kind of chalice. After punch and some greetings, we went toourcarsanddrove to the country club they had selected for our graduation dance, girls we had carefullyselected for the occasion beside us. The band played in the hall, linedwith tabl es, darl<, with candles burning The ri tual c ontinued into the morning accompanied now by guitars and laughter, floating above us like the b a l loons susp ende d from the ceiling Intimidated by the evening's slickness and inevitability, yet its strangeness as well, oppressed by n oise and heat of the hall, I excused myself and passed through the lobby to the front door and outside, into the night. There was a path, and I followed i t and it led through a parldike p lace to a stream that whispere d in the dam ness. A distant light sparl

Facebook Twitter YouTube Regulations - Careers - Contact UsA-Z Index - Google+

New College of Florida  •  5800 Bay Shore Road  •  Sarasota, FL 34243  •  (941) 487-5000