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'/ft -Thanksgiving Holiday Early Edition l'P: Trustees Draft Donation Plan At their meeting last week the board of trustees agreed to a proposal that each member "consider very seriously" contributing one per cent of his productive capital Peruzzi Suicide Former student Leo Peruzzi took his life yesterday morning, friends have leamed. Peruzzi was a member of the Class of '67 but left last year without a degree. He was in his second week of basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C. Details of his death or of funeral arrangements were not available at presstime. Eulogy Preliminary observation--A state to avoid: isolation. Another preliminay observation-A feeling to avoid: desperation. Teilhard de Chardin to the college during the coming year. According to Vice President Paul Davis, trustee George G. Collins, who made the proposal, estimated the college would gain from a half million to a million dollars if most trustees participate. Davis said the proposal called for contribution of the capital itself (e.g., stocks or bonds) rather than cash income from capital. He said it was the feeling of the board that the plan could "go a long way" towards meeting the college's financial needs for the coming year. Nineteen trustees attended the meeting, Davis said, and the other trustees are being notified of the plan, which, Davis stressed, is a purely voluntary one as far as the individual trustees are concerned. In other action, the trustees elected Wilton D. Cole of Morristown, N.J., to the board as its 33rd member. Cole, whose daughter Pat is a second-yearstudentllere, is a lawyer who has spent many years in the publishing business. He graduated from Harvard Uni versity in 1923, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford in 1926, and won his law degree at Fordham in 1929. He is currently a trustee at the American University in Cairo, and at the New School for Social Research in New York. Cole seiVed as chairman of the board of the publishing firm Crowell-Collier Co. from 1957 to 1964. He is chairman of the New College parents' organization. Thursday Is Holiday Thursday, Day, is a holiday for New College students. A number of students will spend it elsewhere,. however. A mass exodus, as in earlier years, is expected. For students staying on campus, a special Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 4 to 5pm. The only other meal of the day willbe brunch, served from 8:30 to !1:30am. Fridaywillnotbe aholiday, however, although class attendance is expected to be low. POulson Library assistant Tom Lawson checks in some of the many books being returned to the library as students leave for the Thanksgiving holiday and the independent study period. November 24, 1967 Concert Schedule Tickets for the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra subscription concerts are available in the Humanities office. The concerts this season will be performed on the following dates At the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, Saturday, Dec. 2, 1967 and Feb. 9, 1968, both at 8:15pm. At the Sarasota Memorial Auditorium Sunday, Dec. 3, 1967 at 3pm, andS:turday, Feb. 10, 1968 andSaturday, Mar. 23, 1968, both at 8:15pm. At the Neel Auditorium, Ma1a tee Junior College Sunday Mar. 24 at 3 pm. Season memberships are: reserved section $9; general admission-adult $6, student $3. Tickets may be used for concerts in either Sarasota or Bradenton. Naval Grant Acceptance Defended College Examiner Dr. John French defended his acceptance of a research grant from a department of the U. S Navy, saying his purposes were to serve civilization, not to advance the cause of the military. "The results of the study will be published and sent around to other universities and colleges, he said, adding that the schools, Against not the navy would benefit from the report. The $9, 000 grant from the office of Naval Rcsc arch will be used to identify motiv:tional factors among New College students. Second-year student Jon Shaughnessy and several University of Florida students, including the FPC Confinns Offer Of Seats to Europe Florida Presbyterian College has confirmed its offer of seats on charter flights to Europe and the Far East this summer for New College students. Students with approved study projects m:ly' :pply for seats on the flights at special charter prices. Students who would like to spend a year of work and study in Scandinavia are invited to apply to the Scandinavian Seminar Program. According to Mrs. Mary Flmen dorf, the Seminar will give thirty students from the United States a Elected chance to study at special schools in one of the Scandinarian nations. Students with study projects or senior theses in the humanities or social sciences are eligible, and they should apply by Jan. 1. There is no language pre-requisite, but language study will be offered. Some financial aid is available, Mrs. Elmendorf said. Literature on both programs is available in the language laboratory, and details are available from Mrs. Elmendorf. Editor Chages chapter chairman of Students for a Democratic Society, Alan Levin, had called the meeting Monday to discuss whether the grant implied French complicity with the aims of the military. Levin told French the question at issue was "whether or not the conclusions of your study could become a tool for carrvinll out United States policy, and whether you yourself become a tool of the government by accepting their money. French, himself a conscientious objector, said the ONR had told him only to include a paragraph in the report stating how the Navy might use his findings; he said he frankly thought such uses would be few "since I can hardly think of any other group more unlike sailors than New College students." "Cynicism, nihilism, withdrawal and despair are not tmknown among those who have most clearly succeeded in the largely verbal education they have received. But when we examine the meaning of this disaffection anong those who live by words, we must recognize the complete absence of any formulated alternatives to the long tradition of symbolic values that represent America. Disaffection is a personal, not a social or political phenomenon and this is in many W:ly'S unfortunate ... 11 McLelland Education in the New America In Staff Reorganization Shaughnessy said after the meeting he wouldattem pt to get enough students to boycott the experiments to force cancellation of the study. I often find myself pointing at things, instead of talking. I often find more said in emptinesses, and the edge of something or its end. Leo knew best of that edge in the center. No one else so artfully or expressively skirted its growing perimeter. It is given to few to so softly call out their secrets. We must look for old novels and borrowed cigarettes. Details rearrange them s e 1 v e s. Deftly sketched portraits will continue to age in our e y es. --DAVID PINI Third-year student Laurie Paulson was elected editor of The Catalyst at a meeting of the newspaper's staff Sunday. Paulson will succeed Kenji Oda, editor for two terms, who will take a year off to write a Senior Thesis, work in the newspaper business, and travel. Paulson's appointment as editor will be effective the next issue. Oda will serve as an editorial advisor during the Independent Study Period. Paulson has worked on The Catalyst staff for two years. He served as Associate Editor during Oda's editorship, was editor of The Catalyst Literary Supplement, and his column "On Campus" is in its third ye:r. Other appointments announced include first-year student George Ka1e as Advertising Manager, second-year student Katie Smith as Qrculation Manager and secondyear student William Hedrington as edtor of the literary Supplement. In accepting the editorship, Paulson said "some changes" in the paper are contemplated. It was also reported the paper is in "good shape" financially. Paulson 13 Take SCUBA Thirteen first-year students have successfully completed a course in SCUBA diving. The course was taught by Arnie Tresch and Mrs. Pat Bird. The three class sessions were held at the college pool. The course concluded with a test. An additional course may be offered in December or January.


Page 2 Editorial Tenure There are quite a few arguments in support of a f acuity tenW'e system such as we have, but the two major ones seem to be these--thattenW'e protects the core of the faculty from administrative restriction of academic freedom; and that it is psychologically easier to refuse tenUl'e than t'o dissmiss a fledgling faculty member outright. Each ofthese arguments is questionable. First although we sympathize with the faculty's desire for that their employment will not hinge on the whim of administrative officials or trustees, we think the tenUl'e system is an over-reaction to the problem. Not only does a tenUl'ed faculty member have the secUl'ity to teach without interference, he also is free to stagnate. FUI'thennore, if a college were to be subverted by a restrictive board of trustees, the quality of the college would surely suffer in general andtherewouldin fact be no reason for a top-flight professor to continue his association with such an institution. The Catalyst Letter ?Wf.RE WE'RE Gtv1 NG NOT FaR. INc:. you NoT '(OU TEftJUR E. Second, while it is indeed more difficult to take the direct approach in dismissing an unwanted faculty member, there is no reason a small school like ours cannot establish the direct approach. It is true the college could suffer by having a lot of mediocre professors hanging around because everyone is afraid to ask them to leave, but it is this be the result of abolishing tenure. Gorfein 'Dismissal' a Tragedy The crucial difficulty with tenure is that it is a strictly either-or policy. Either total security or no security at all. Thus, a sharp professor of 50 might be refused tenure because there are indications he may turn senile before 65, whereas a man at 35 will be given tenW'e. A more flexible system would not force the 50-year-old into premature retirement, nor would it guarantee a job to the 35-year-old, come what may. An alternative, suggested by President Elmendorf at one point lase year, would be to resort to long-term contracts a-s a form of faculty security. Such contracts would give deserving faculty a measure of a guarantee of academic freedom and security while giving the college a measure of security against stagnation. The college would not be forced to choose between absolute rejection of a promising yO\mg professor, for example, and total commitment to him. A subsidiaty, but no less important, problem with tenure is at po itics are t uced into the system. Try as we might, however, we cannot totally eliminate politics as long as some individuals must make choices concerning the fates of others. But if the question at hand is made less of a final one, then the bad effects of personality politics will at least be minimized. A system of long-term contracts would have this advantage, as well. An unpopular man can be refused tenure as easily as he can be fired by a hostile administration. But if contracts were of a less permanent nature, good but unpopular teachers would find it easier to hang on to a job. A final consideration is that prospective faculty members look for agood tenure policy in choosing employment. We would like to think New College is attractive enough in other ways so that a challenging re-hiring policy would be of no detriment in attracting good faculty. Perhaps, indeed, it should help attract the kind of faculty we want-those to talented that they are willing to take a chance on the college, and on themselves.. To the Editor: I begin this letter with some lDleasiness. Perhaps it is presumptuous for a student of only two months to make as strong a statement as I amnowtomake. Perhapsitispresumptuousfor ;ny student to make such a st:tement. However, I believe that when a student feels as frustrated, indeed as let down, by the school system as I do, then a recourse within his right is a letter to the school newspaper. I am referring to the decision recently given by the tenure committee not to grant Dr. Corfein tenure. It is my belief that any such decision as the granting of ten\U'e must be based upon academic criteria. And, although one can immediately suspect the logic of anyone who has not taken at least two courses in the humanities, it appears to me that one of the criteria should be based on the evaluations of a tea::h er given by the students he teaches, particul:rlythosewho major in his field. In the case of Dr. Corfein, no such evaluation, to my knowledge, was ever sought from the psychology majors. If one had been requested, it could only have given unqualified support of Dr. Corfein, both as a teacher and as a person. Dr. Corfein's continued presence at the school can only be a creditto it. His professional reputation can be attested to not only in the classroom, but also in the number of professional publications he has published with the school's name in psychological journals. What I am about to say next, could, perhaps, be considered highly improper for a student to make. I base my argumentson in form:tion I have received as to the reasons given by the tenure committee for their decision. If it ************************** SARASOTA 'a t .... Bottling Company OUTCAST If \'011 and vour boss .Ire mutual irritaJ;ts in \'0\J .re fref:' to find a mon ( ongcnial one. \\ < haH' fhousmuls of non-governnwnt Bnt "hen all industrv is tlwn; s cmc < r. lnuckle Forrest Beyers, Mary Blakel y, Margaret Bryan, Michelle Clayton, J ean Gr:ham, Carola Heit man, Jon Lundell, Abby Misemer, Stephe n Olson, Mary Lou Phillips, Margaret Sedenslry, Beverly Shoe maker, Miguel Tapia, Edna Walker, Cheryl Wh ite


November 24: 1967 on cam Quality of A week or two before Thanks ving paper cut-outs of turkeys pllgrims and Indians would pear on the windows of the school t!'cing the street. I don't know where they came from, but they were the same for every classroom, and, I guess, every school. Per haps they gave them out, standard issue, at teacher's college ("with thesecwmingpaper cut-outs of all the holidays, you will shape the the gre:t minds of the future"). Butthey came out of the teacher's big drawer where the worksheets were kept, too, and there ones for Fall (leares) and Chnstmas and Lincoln's Birthday. Our preparations for the holiday included singing "We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Bl.,ssing" and "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" and once we had a play ("These Indi;ns have come to share our meal, Governor Bra:lford") and even made turkeys by sticking toothpicks into marshmallows. It was all more than enough to keep us off the streets after Halloween. But I could never get really excited about the whole thing. The invention of succotash never really touched my experience, since I really didn't like it. The whole busines,; was much too abstract. Christmas meant snow and presents. (A bee leaving a hive: "Won't you bee my valentine?") would go in a big box covered with red crepe paper. A mailman would pass the cards around. The suspense was delicious. Turkey was all right, at least the white meat. Macy's parade with the ads for Chryslers was fine. Cranberry sauce, I thought, was bad. It was, though, the whole business of the family gathering that I felt ambivalent about, at age 10. Before my grandmother moved to an apartment, she had an amazing Tudorhouseon about an ocre of land. It looked about three times as 1 arge as it really was, and had a tower, but it was really just the staircase. One of my uncles called it a "gingerbreadcastle." Everyone came, and all the wings of the dining room table were opened. My grandfather's study smelled like pipe smoke and leather and I'd go in to work the puzzles of twisted steel (you had to take the things apart) that were kept there. It sotmds like something from the frontier, but the men would sit in the living room and talk, while the us with Laurie Paulson Thanksgiving women prepared dinner in the kitchen. I spent some time in both places, listening. The talk of each group had its particular character !twas trivial, but in different ways. My uncle would say something like "All Albanians are lousy golfers, 11 then spend an hour explaining what Paulson he mt.ant. An aunt, who was a nurse, would relate a conversation with a patient who felt he had been incarcerated by Communists. The problem was, I was a full s1x years older than the next oldest child. I wasn't an adult, certainly, and I knew it, yet I felt a kind of indignity. After all, I could remember my twin aunts when they were teen-agers and read comic books and went barefoot and played tennis with boys named Bob. That kind of tribal memory, I thought, should be rewarded somehow. I don't know if the problem was ever solved. My mother would tell me not to put my arms in the gravy. Which wa; nothing to say to the possessor of a tribal memory. And there were just so many times I could remind my amtstheirchildhoods were recalled. I remember the stars were usually very bright on the long walk to the car. My mother carried the r& mainder of her !"lumpkin pie. I was mildly disgraced, since I'd spilled my milk, My grandmother had said, gallantly, that it was all right, that it was an old tablecloth anyway, but I thought my mother had made entirely too much show about mopping it up. I'd been put down again. We got to the car and I crawled in the bock seat. It was past bedtime which was avictory of sorts. But I hadn't conquered Thanksf9.ving like I had Halloween ;nd Christmas wrapped up, in my hands, sold. It would have been better, if it had started to snow on the way back, the first flakes cold and dry against the windshield, swirling and caught by the ... But the sky was dear and bard like the fraen groturl The Catalyst Page 3 Students Offer Many Views On Language REI:luirement One of the few things officially required for graduation here is a passing grade on the standardized Modem Language Association exam. Varying according to the individual from a maJor obstacle tograduation to a token symbol of real proficiency, it is a requirement open to much general debate on campus. "It should be abolished!" thirdyear student Benoist de clared, "It's unnecessary. Knowledge of a foreign language is an anachronism in modem education Language study can be valuable, but for those who desire it. As a skill, it bears no relation to intelligence. It's unfair to the intell1gent people who have no for a language to be held back because of this. First-year student Susan Sleater also disapproved of the present policy, but for a different reason. "They should broaden the practical definition of language to fit the theoretical definition. (It's like the Janus falacy, isn't it. ) Art is language. Proven compe1525 Stale Street tency in any kind of language, art or statistics or something like that, should be allowed. The requirement is all right; it's JUst the definition of language that has to be changed." On the other hand, third-year student Steve Orlofsky was all for expansion of the present requir& ment: "There should be a reading knovdedse ofrno modem languages. If an ancient language is studied, then it would have to be three languages taken altogether. FiiSt year student Jack Lindsey also felt the language requirement should be more strict, "because the present system as such does not insure that you really know a language. But the requirement itself is one of the reasons I came to New College." "I think it's pretty snobby to teach that all you should be able to speak is English. If there were no such requirement then a lot of kids wouldn't take a language, and would later be very, very, sorry for it, expl::.ined first-year student Dotti Bobb. "No Person should only speak his native language--you've KENJI ODA DOES HIS WASH AT SURF COIN LAUNDRY got to get into another's cultural sphere. That it may never help in your major isn't so important. Third-year student Ann Rogers took issue with the "across the board thing" that the requirement it. "It should be put on an individual basis. 11 Second-year student Dave Kolar felt that learning a language for entrance into a graduate school has little use after getting into the school. "It's sort of like making up a new number system with no practical purpose behind it. The whole thing is useless Many felt that proficiency in another language was the sign of all well-educated people. Secondyear student Marie Bryhan would disagree. "The language requirement is unrealistically hard; it doesn 1t apply as a necessity to very many people. It is an archaic notionthatyoubave to speak another language to be an educated person." First-yearstudent Bill Gooderham explaned that, "for all the time that has to be spent 01!1' languages, they're just not worth it. Knowing a language is useful, but other things are much more SO. II "A helluva lot of people are just goofing off," claimed one secondyear girl. The half-kidding re sponse of, "Sure. I like 'the requirement. I've had four years of French, conveyed the real attitude of several students. Bruce Lamartine, graduate of last year's class visiting the campus yesterday, didn't feel that the requirement of a language should be changed, despite his own personal difficulty with the requirement last year. "But specializing in a language has to come sooner, with reading done in the first year. Having to pass a standard exam isn't quite air .... A basis for ficiency should be pedonnauce in class." Sarasota's Quality Opticians "The language requirement can't be abolished, concluded secondyear student Ha Piercy, "not if we want this place to be the kind of place we want it to be. Our reputation will depend on the kind of graduate schools people here get into. And all the h1p grad schools have it right down on paper --at least one language required." DOWNTOWN TELEPHON 958 20 NORTH PINEAPPLE 5AR"SOTA FLORIDA SU8UR8AN TELEPHONE;; St55 1843 HILLVIEW Abby Misemer says: "I don't know much about pool but I know what I like. A paid advertisement by Kue & Karom Billiards AND LOAN ASSOCIATION CORTEZ PLAZA BRADENTON. FLORIDA TELEPHONE: 746


Page 4 The Catalyst Soccer Team Edges Circus To Take The New College squad edged the circusteam 3-2 Sunday after noon, claiming the second victory in a 3-game series. Tim Snyder scored the first goal of the game with a shot outside the Big Area ten minutes into the half. Goalie Don McDondd saved the slim lead with an amazing block of a circus performer's penalty kick. The 1-0 edge had little chance to settle before the opponents slammed in two goals of their own. despite the enlightened efforts of New College's defense. Brooksie & Stub Haralao11 The Conversation Piece tnc Antiques 'W Unusual Deco Interior Decorating 1288 First Street Phone 955-7530 Announcing Mr. Bud Field Now with FAY'S BEAUTY SALON 1034 Colleton Driye 355-6296 Specializing iii Hair Shaping and Styling Open Nights -Behind 7 1 I and 4 Cookies 41 North Trail for the latest in men's and women's dress andcasual shoes 1425 MAIN STREET 958-1213 CORTEZ PLAZA 746-5977 SOUTH GATE PLAZA 955-5440 UNITARIAN CHURCH 3975 Fruitville Road Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. Sermon topic for Sunday: "THE QUEST FOR IMPERFECT PERFECTION" Nursery and Church School: 10:30 a.m. Best ol3 Series In the 2nd half forward Steve Romero stormed into the goal with his own brand of kick-and-run. Two replacements came into the game, forwards Cope. Garrett and Miguel Tapia. Garrett overcame the opposition with a well-placed goal to end the overtime game. With the combined efforts of George Duffee-Braun and Tapia, the circus performers' offense seldom crossed the middle field line. Coach Tapia especially commented on the good containment of the front line by Gary Williams, and on the "soccer sense" of Steve Patronize Our Advertisers THIS CH3 I -C-CH I 2 CH3 Romero. Jeff Jordan became the first casualty Of the season, leaving in the 2nd half with a leg injury. After the game, Tapia happily r e m a r k e d that "Cope Garrett, Snyder and McDonald all played a beautiful game. The circus team is very impressed with the develop ment of our team. And so am I!" A game with Florida Presbyterian is in the offing, possibly for the 2nd or 3rd of December. CYCLE SALES, INC. 2530 17TH STREET "'THE SOUTH'S BEST SERf/ICE" CH3 I -C-CH3 \ H AND SERVICE IS WHAT YOU GET AT TRAIL PLAZA TEXACO U. S. 41 & MYRTLE DOES THE DINING HALL HAVE PERSONAL SERVICE? No. That's why you should eat at the Old Hickory Rst., (1 block south of the college on the Trail.) It's South Hall Remodeling of the Sanford House--it is now officially known as South Hall--is nearly completed. The exterior of the building has been cleaned up and repainted. The intemal structure has been altered extensively. In pictures, clockwise from left: a front view of South Hall, with College Hall in the b ackgrotmd; two views of the main reception are a on the grmmd floor. South Hall will house the college's administrative offices and some faculty offices. COCKTAILS AT ECOPPER 3428 No. Trail 355-3446 FINE DOMESTIC 4 t570 Nc:.. Lockwood Ridge Rd. 955-3446 IMPORTED LIQUORS Barry Art Supplies,Inc. EVERYTHING FOR THE ARTIST 955-4159 114 North Orange Ave. Sarasota,Fia.

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