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. ng Is an ned For Serior Graduation A "contemplative happening' will be the feature of commence ment activities for the Class of l96i according to plans announced by Student Commencement Committee chairman Diana Shiphorst. Shiphorst said the "happening" would be part of a series of activities planned as a departure from traditional commencement ceremonies. That evening, parents and students will travel to the beach for the "real" graduation ceremony. Parents will be seated on chairs while students will congregate informally to watch the sunset and meditate. A brass choir, choral reading, a poetry recitation and interpretive dancing could be part of the ceremony. Parents will not be allowed to applaud, and the activities will appear to be spontaneous, in the manner of a "happening." reer for the parents, but felt the form to be unimpol'tant. He said a decision needed to be made soon and then "stuck to. 11 Seniors at Wednesday's meeting. For a report on the meeting, see page 3. Also, see editorial and cartoon, page 2. According to plans developed at a student meeting Wednesday night, commencement activities will begin with a dinner for seniors with the President, held sometime before graduation day, July 22. On graduation Saturday, an open house for parents, possibly including a seminar discussion, will be scheduled. Following this a buffet and possibly a dance will be held in Hamilton Center for both parents and students. At some time during the dance, President John Elmendorf will proclaim students graduated, and diplomas may be placed in mailboxes. There will be no formal handing out of diplomas. SEC Sends President Note Occ LPOncy Soon Fa Single Rooms Single rooms will be available for occupancy next we e k, Assistant Dean Arthur Miller announced at the meeting of the Student Executive Committee Wednesday. Miller said rooms used as classrooms m the dorms would not be available as singles when classrooms at Hamilton Center open, as he originally announced. Miller said those rooms will be used to house participants at the Music Festival. He said a total of rooms will be available as single rooms. Miller said members of the class of 1967 would be given first choice, but reported last night only three seniors have requested singles. The classof 1968 will then choose single r o om s in order of priority. Priority numbers for the classes of 1968 and 1969 were posted earlier in the week. The same priorities will be used to choose rooms for the next school year, Miller said, and commented allstudentsmust have a roommate at the beginning of next year. Stop The Shiphorst emphasized the graduation ceremonies will not be traditional because "this is what people wanted, 11 and said all of the activities will be voluntary. She said the plans will become official "if there is no vociferous objection before Wednesday." Shiphorst said third-year student Jeanne Rosenbergwas in charge of the "happening. Dr. Arthur Miller, a member of the faculty commencement committee which has met jomtly with the student committee, said anoth crmeetingwouldprobably be necessary to consider the proposals. He said the faculty will "seriously consider" any student suggestion for practicality, but emphasized the student plans were as yet "proposals." Miller said the faculty was willing to go along with any "reasonable degree" of informality in graduation ceremonies, but said he foresaw certain problems in transpol't ing students and parents to the beach. Miller said the f acuity committee believed it was necessary to provide some kind of symbolic termination of the students' college ca-Protesting A note protesting the 8 pm closing of the library will be sent to P r e s i d e n t John Elmendorf by the Student Executive Committee, it was at the SEC meeting Wednesday. Miller When questioned about the early closing of the library, faculty advisor Arthur Miller said the hour was presented as a "fait accompli" to the faculty at its last meeting by Elmendorf, on the b as is of a recommendation by the faculty li brary Committee. Miller implied there would have been faculty objection if the matter had been up for debate or discussion. When it was suggested the closing hour had been set to cause more students to use the library, secondyear representative Rick Stauffer said the library should be open tm til 11 pm or later "regardless of the motive" for the change. Stauf-War Committee forrns Anti-Draft Union Members of the Sarasota Committee to Stop the War in Viet nam have organized an anti-draft u n i on (ADU) to help people resist the draft "through recognized radical means. According to first -year student Jon Shaughnessy, this me a n s the ADU will provide information and legal counsel on draft resistance, stand ready to organize anti-draft demonstrations, and in other ways encourage and aid people to op pose conscription. "We're willing to do anything to cut down the military manpower of the United States, Shaughnessy told The Catalyst. Immediate. goals of the group are to inform local high school students about the possibilities of conscientious objection and to effectively organize what anti-draft sentiment exists on this campus. Shaughnessy said the group has engaged a "draft counselor" to help them understand the draft laws, Jack Ross of Tampa. As ot last night, nine stud en t s had agreed to participate in ADU. In other action, the SCSW deci-ded to conduct a public debate on the Vietnam question some time in the future with Project Alert. A Vietnam study group was formed to "inquire into the straight facts" of the Vietnam situation in order to prepare members for taThs to local civic groups. Students at the SCSW meeting. Closing Hour fer suggested the 8 pm closing was a "game." Third-year representative Sarah Dean said librarian Dr. Corrine Wilson had r e c e i v e d a petition signed by a number of students as king the early closing be rescinded, and repol'ted Dr. Wilson had been una b 1 e to determine when College Hall was locked from security guard Bob Ritchie. For this reason, Dean said, Dr. Wilson Wil:; scheduling student library wo:keTS until 11 pm. Secretary Ted Shoemaker said he would send a note protesting the change to the proper faculty member. Since Elmendorf had made the announcement to the faculty, it was decided to send the note to him. In other business, SEC Chairman TomJarrell said a rule prohibiting shoes from the dining room for students, faculty and guests would be put into effect Monday if shoe racks can be built by that time. JarrellsaidkitchenmanagerThomas Estep had agreed it would be "fun 11 to serve a J a p an e s e meal Monday, and in future weeks woUld probably serve foreign meals on Thursday. Inresponseto Jarrell's annotmcement of the shoeless rule, Stauffer saidtherulerequiring shoes in Hamilton Center was not being enfor ced, and students should not raise an issue about the rule. M ill e r said Jarrell's plans were based on a "misunderstanding" of the position of Dean of Students Robert Norwine. Miller said Norwineemphasizedtherulewas completely up to him and had given no indication the rule could be changed. 0JErati1g Approved By Board An operating budget of $2,636, 308 for the coming fiscal yearwas approved by the Board of Trustees at its spring meeting. 1 his represents an inc r e a s e or nearly $200, 000 over the actual operating costs this year. According to Vice President Paul Davis, the college is counting on raising $1. 5 million in gifts and grants this coming year, approxi mately what they've raised this year. The rest of the expenses will be met from student. fees, invest \IIents, and miscellaneous sources. Jarrellsaidhe would talk to Norwine about the rule. Bill Thurston, chairman of the ad hoc committee for Hamilton Center, reported the swivel-type chairs hadbeenmovedback in the dining room after a recommendation by the Faculty Architectural Committee that they be used in place of the stacking chairs. Miller said the Architectural Committee had heard all the fumiture for Hamilton Center had noc anived and there were still minor difficulties, but he said these could be expected in any new building. The resignation of first-year reprepresentative "Lee Crawfort as House Committee Cl!airman was announced, and there was. not dissent to the appointment of secondyear student Sam Parsonsas the new chairman. Shoemaker asked about recent fire alarm tests in the dorms, but no explanation for the tests was given by Miller or other SEC members. Shoemaker pointed out there were no instructions about fire in the dorms, and Miller said there were no fire extinguishers iii the dorms be c a use the Grounds Department contended there is no possibility of a fire. Radical Theologian To Be NC Professor A noted exponent of the so-called "ra d i c a 1 theology" will be New College's first professor of theo logical studies. The Reverend William Hamilton will JOin the faculty in Sep tember after 14 years at ColgateRochester Divinity School. Author of "The New Essence of Christianity" and co-author with Thomas Altizer of "Radical Theo 1 o g y and the Death of God, 11 Hamilton has also gained considerable exposure through television. According to Information Officer Furman Arthur, Ham i 1 ton has worked extensively in TV, Having participated in" more than 40 Look Up and Live programs and he has written a number of TV scripts. His position here will be partially supported by a grant from the Danforth Foundation.


Page 2 The Catalyst May 19, 1967 Editorial Grand Happening Graduation: "Parents will be seated on chairs while will congT e &ate informally to watch the sunset and meditate. A brass choU", choral reading, a poetry recitation and interpretive dancing could be part o f the ceremony." Commencement exercises traditionally are of a dual nature: on the one hand, they provide a ceremonial setting for a ceremonial conferring of degrees; on the othe11 they sexve a social function, providing an occasion for a "final" gathering of seniors, their parents, and the remaining college community. The ceremonial function is to a great extent a public relations device, a vehicle for Robes, processions, grand speeches about 11the leaders of tomorrow," and the general air of order and solemnity that are associated with commencement seem "nice, outlandishly respectable, and are certainly of no great inconvenience to nice, respectable students. So certain are some members of the college community of this conviction, apparently, that some thought has been given to refusing diplomas to students who fail to attend the commencement ceremony. This view, of course, is ludicrous, although it would be humorous to see "attendance at commencement" listed alongside satisfactocy completion of comprehensives, baccalaureates, and so on, as a requirement for graduation from New College. And Judging from student comments at Wednesday's meeting on commencement, i f attendance at a ceremonial conferring of degrees is made voluntary, perhaps ten seniors would show up. It would seem, therefore, that the faculty committee that is planning graduation should dismiss any thoughts of having President Elmendorf ceremoniously present seniors their diplomas, one by one. There is nothing magical about the physical diplomas, and they might as well be distributed via student mailboxes. Political Commentary However, the majority of seniors seem to feel some sort of social event or events should be provided to mark the official end of their undergraduate careers. Some of the proposals heard Wednesday's meeting would horrify the Development Offtce, but, as many seniors see it, ttJts our graduation. 11 Danger Reason This is not strictly true, however, for graduation even as a purely social event, is not for seniors only, but parents and the general college community, as well. Will parents understand and enjoy a "happening," after travelling hundreds of miles to attend what is in many cases a significant milestone in their relationship with their children? The senicm' conaeDIUS that "gradu.aticm' should consist of an hour of 11 crets at New College (exceptfor tbreeweeksfrom 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. Add>:ess subscription orders, change of ad dress notices and undeliverable copies to: The Catalyst/New College/Post Office Box 1898/Sara.sota, Florida 33578. Application to mail at second -class postage rates pend:ing at Sa:tasota, Florida. Tel. 355-5406. Editor ................ Kenji Oda Assoc. Editor ...... Laurie Paul!on Business ....... George Finkle Production .... Steve Orlofsky Circulation. ..... Dale Hickam Controller ..... Edna Walker Photography .......... Dave Tekler Stalf: Kit Arbuckle, Bets y Ash, hvlng Benoist, Claudia Blair, Mary Blakeley, Carol Ann Childress, Glenda Cl mino, Allan Jaworski, Pearl Lefkovits, Jet lowe, Tom Manteuffel, Abby Mise mer, Kay Moller, Mary Lou Phillips, Sttelley S c h ll c k e r, Katie Smith, Cheryl White.


May 19, 196 7 The Catalyst Page 3 Re9ster By May 29 SerWor Nleeting for Music Festival N College students who wish in the third New Music F est i v a 1 by per. g in the master classes and sessions should regis m P.ra the Hwnanities 0 f fi c e by ter l.ll May 29. The three-week fest1val f ture leading cham b e r mus1c concert musicians, and will consiSt of classes for advanced students and concerts by both professionals and students. Machines Ins tolled All students, faculty, and staff w ill be welcome to attend seven fessional concerts and student n c e r t s of the festival without charge. The New College community lS also w e 1 c 0 m e to sit in without charge on all the tival open to twtron-paymg audrA soft drink machine was installed in the snack bar this week. It joins vending machines for hot drinks cigarettes and snack foods. A number of students have expressed the need for a change machine, however, to make it easier to use the other machines. tors HAPPY HOUSE Sparish OHered In Columbia Cards, Gifts, & Jewelry ( p i rced rings l conveniently located in Cortez Plaza PROVINCETOWN'S FINAL SANDALS FROM THE STATE OF TASSACHUSETTS AT STARKER'S A six-week p rogram of intensiv e study o f Spanish will be open to New College stude nts this summer in M edillin, Colombia The program, limited t o abo u t 2 0 students, will include f our h o urs intensive Spanish five days a week, plus o ptiona l lecture s and fiel d trips, and the poss i b ility of w orking out an independent study proJect. SARASOTA CYCLE KEY SHOP s.m .. s.r..... .... ''" 1511 s.... Street Ellie's Books & Stationery, Inc. Complete Office Supplies 1 350 Main. St. 9 55 35 1 5 HOLIDAY INN of Sarasota-Bradenton 8221 North Tamiami Trail RestaurantCocktail Lounge Yacht Basin -Swimming Pool Phone 355-2781 LUNCH DINNER COCKTAILS ON THE TRAIL TRY OUR SPECIAL BAR-8-0UED RIBS / r.: \ f1; I FRONTIER f "'; \ .. ,..-,-/j---J. :':' CAREERS \ for those who can gldw

May 19, 1967 cam Creating an Image on Anow511wth A classics professor who believes liberal arts colleges should change the emphasis of undergraduate teaching will speak at tonight's Forum in Hamilton Center immediately after dinner, Dr. William Arrowsmith of Wesleyan University's Institute for Ad-To Speak vanced Studies will give a talk on "Toward the New University." Arrowsmith objects to the demands of graduate school dictating the course of study the undergraduate should take. He is also concerned about the stultifying effect on teaching exerted by graduate schools. At forun A Rhodes Scholar, Woodrow Wilson and Guggenheim Fellow, winner of the Prix de Rome, Arrowsmith is best known for his translation of Euripides' plavs. In picture a b o v e Arrowsmith, center, discusses some of his views with President John Elmendorf, far right, and students, Dale For Dance Set for the best books. visit the CAMPUS BOOK June 10 has been tentatively set as the date for the year-end dance, :ccording to Social Committee Chairman Karle Prendergast. The dance will be held either in Hamilton Center or the Music Room of College Hall, Prendergast said. Originally, the Landmark Hotel was suggested as the location S A R ASOTA Flower Shop MaN It a IMibit 110t occ asl oa 1 219 1st Street 955-4287 SuAt Coin Laundry NEW-ALL E NC LOSED-25 WAS H ERS WHY PAY MORE? DRY CLEANING 8-LBS. 52 0 0 NORTH TRAIL PLAZA 7 A M 11 P .M. LUNCHEONDINNER .. COCKTAI L S PHONE: 3 88 -3 98 7 ST. ARMA NDS KEY JERRY G/NNIS Your Host 1! ............................................. ""5 5 MAINLY I I BOOKS, Inc. 5 St. Armands Key = ]luJ OJlaa to tBll.IJ BooitA E ............................................. ; for the dance, but it will apparently be unavailable because of the sale of the hotel. Plans call for a formal dance, featuring the Galaxies, from 8:30 to ll pro, followed by a buffet and an inform a 1 dance afterwards. When the band leaves, probably at 2:30 am, the pool will open and records will be available for more dancing. There may be an early b r e a k fast following the dance, Prendergast said. Cost of the dance to students will depend on the amount of money obtained from the Student Activities Fund, Prendergast said. Faculty and administration will be invited and asked to make a dona-tion, she noted, Frank's Barber Shop 411cnen ...., .. 7 n, o. u.s. 41 For e New A ustin Heal e y S unbeam Alp i ne MG Jaguar Volvo Toyo t a BUCHMAN MOTORS 4501 S. Trail Always a good s.lcti o n of 11std Spo rts Auto Motor Scooter UabiRty & CoiRsion Pey es you drive Jack Zickafoose IIIIIB"cmce Beyshore E;erdens Shopping Center 755-5349 J ust What You ve Always Wanted ... Because of several recent events, there has been some student commentthat New College is in actuality run by members of the public relationsstaff, and all administrative decisions are calculated to prevent the college from losing money from potential donors and actual contributors. I have personally never believed such assertions, knowing that New College is primarily an educational institU:ion devoted to freedom in all intellectual pursuits. And so, in order to clear up such erroneous impressions, I went the other day to interview a member of the public relations staff and find out just what his powers and duties were. I had never been to the public relations office before, but f01md it without :my trouble by following theredcarpet. fntheouter office, I told a secretary that I wanted to see the public relations director. She announced my presence, then directed me to a plush easy chair. As I sat down in the chair, she stepped behind me and started to massage my temples. The lights dropped, soft music seemed to en velop me, and slides of Hamilton Center began to appear on the opposite wall. A bucket of champagne and a glass came up out of the floor, and the secretary poured me some, Then, a pledge card and a pencil dropped magically from the ceiling in front of me. I read the card, but hesitated to mark any of the choices listed, though I was tempted by a plan that would enable a bronze plaque with my name on it to be placed on one of the vending machines for a mere pittance, When I hesitated too long without marking the card, the music and the public relations manhimselfcame out and ushered meintohisoffice. Hewas smiling broadly. He had already pulled outmychairforme, handed me an expensive cigar and given me two tickets to Cars of Yesterday before Itoldhim I was actually a student. The smile fell from his face and he grabbed back the cigars and tickets with incredible rapidity. "What want?" he asked, glumly. "Some students claim the public relations department actually runs the school, I said. "I came to see if there were any truth in this." "None whatever, 11 he said. Just then the phone rang. "Excuse me, he said, picking it up. "I told you before, he shouted into the phone, "you do it that way or else. Don t talk backto me, the matter's closed! 11 He slammed down the receiver. "Who was that?" I asked. 11TheDean. Now, whatwereyou saying?" "You mean __ public relations has no say at all in administrative matters? 11 I asked. "That's right. However we sometimes make suggestions, based on the amount of money in contributions we expect could be lost. "Do you always know how much money will be lost?" "Oh yes, he said, and pulled down a chart hanging on the wall. "Thisisourloss table. As you can see, one student walking the streets of Sarasota loses us about $200, Bare feet is about $500, which breaks down to about $50 a toe, Longhair is bad, since it indicates immaturity, but we leave that to Development. 11 Bound Volumes of The Catalyst Volume II Now Available only $10 $6 with your own Catalysts You're bound to like this offer. "What do you do to prevent this loss?" "We thought restricting students from associating with anyone over 25 was too drastic, so we've planned several events we know will please the community and win friends for us. For instance, next Paulson week we've planned a religious revival for Friday night Forum, and the Birch Society is going to use the President's dining room alter nate Wednesdays. We were all set to b:m the teaching of evolution in Biology classes, but that fell through. "But all these are only suggestions?" "Of course. We 1 re not such ogres as students seem to think, This Hamilton Center thing was blown all out of proportion. We don' t mind if students go into Hamilton Center, so long as they don't make a habit of it. But really, we havenosay at all over nmning the school." The phone rang again. He :Jicked it up and said, "It's out of the question. When will you leam that when I say something, I mean it? If I hear from you again, you're going to be sorry. He hung up. "Who was that?" I asked. "The President." "From what part of the school do you in public relations get the least cooperation?" "From Admissions. '' "Why?" "They keep admitting students. It wouldn't be so bad if they'd ask us first, but they seem to believe academic qualifications are more important than appearance. "Are there any students you approve of?" "A couple, but they've been so busy going on television and making speeches for us I understand they're flunking out. "What are your future plans for fund-raising at New College?" "Well, our next big project is to get rid of the students and replace them with actors. In that way, we can even con t ro 1 what they say and what opinions they have. We'll have nomore problems with bad language and unpopular opinions, We'll make lots of money," "But," I protested, "I thought this was an educational insti:ution." He laughed. "You've been reading too much publicity, 11 he said. nnthe '('(ureal awakener99 S piritual awakening comes in many ways. I t can come in a sudden flood of unselfish love -or a quiet, growing spiritual sense of life. A deeper awareness of the presence of God enables you to see things differently. Hear a public lecture on "The Great Awakener" by MARTIN N. HEAFER, member of the Board of Lectureship of The First Churci1 of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. Christian Science lectur e Sunday, May 21, 4:00 P.M. Sarasota Municipal AudJI: orium Commm:Uty N

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