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Published by Students of New College, Sarasota, Florida May 16, 1968 Then Left a t the Dining Room ... Second-year student Mimi Donnay ponders the little absurdities ot life as she contemplates her Triumph. The car was conveyed mto the snack bar mysteriously early Monday morning. Onlookers commented that the car looked right at home there, and there were rmnors the administration plannedtotum the facility into an auto agency. Miss Donnay, incidentally, received a parking ticket for her car's indiscretion. (See story on security, below. ) Stu nts M y Dorms for Summer All personal belongings must be removed from student dormitory rooms this summer, the Dean of Students' Office announced today. During previous summers, students have been allowed to leave their possessions in rooms. This is no longer possible, Assist ant Dean of Students Arthur M.Miller announced, because "this summer is along one under the new calendar, and the Business Office must respond to its agreements with t: Board of Trustees." According to CharlesHarra, New College Comptroller, the:admin istration has pledged the Trustees that it will find remunerative use for the dormitories whenever possible. The rooms must be totally cleared so that summer occupants could move in as soon as a possible deal is closed. Dr. Miller noted that limited space for on-cam pus storage of personal belongings will be open to students. Possessions may be stored, during hours to be an notmced, ill the following areas: The Student Executive Committee is organizing a box collection from local stores to pack student belongings. The problem was dis cussed at some length at the SEC meeting last night. SEC Discusses Car Security Security, especially safety of cars in the parking lot, was dis cussed by the Student Executive Committee at its meeting last night. The subject was brought up by SEC Secretary Mimi D onnay, whose car was placed in thes nack bar early Monday morning. satisfaction from the Dean of Stu dents' Office with the ineffectiveness of the Pet Control Commis-sion. The SEC unanimously approved the work grant program that would set up student managers and a student supervisory board next year. The plan must b approved by President John Elmendorf before it can become operable for next year. Second year representative Ivan Saxby was appointed chairman of the House Committee. Faculty Defines Adequate Work First-year students must obtain satisfactory evaluations in three or four c ours e s or tutorials each term or formally I.Uldertake work equivalent to this in order to re m:am ill good academic standing, the faculty voted yesterday. In approving a set of procedures ,under which academic review can take place, the fxulty voted that first-yearstudents must show "normal academic involvement" as an "academic obligation." According to the motion passed by the fa::ulty, "normal ac:'edby a faculty member as suf fiCient. In other words, according to this faculty member, considerable latitude is still permitted in the forming of a student' s academic program, and RAP will notnecessarily result if a student fails to undertake three or four-courses each term. The motion, he emph::sized, was primarily the result of student and faculty pressure to delineate procedures already followed. In other business the faculty voted the senior seminar will be continuedpext ye :r. Considerable discussion preceded the vote. It was voted a summer ISP can consist of any project approved by the ISP coordinator. A $50 contingency fee will be due at the end of the first week in June from students planning to re turn next year. In addition, a $10 pre-registration fee is due May 26. The deadline for declaring for the four-year option was set at April!. The four-year option will not be granted if the declaration is made later than one full term before the student's projected leave of absence. A Committee on Interdisciplinary Programs was formed. Members of the comm:ittee arc Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. David Gorfein, Associate Professor of Literature Dr D a v i d Dykstra, and Independent Study Coordinator James Feeney. H-5 and H-SA, the language lab, the small dining room of Hamilton Center, and the ground floor of the ban. Dorm Plans Display Set It was reported at the meeting that the p roc t o r will check the parking lot more often. This, plus the installation of new lights in the parking lot will hopefully prevent further incidents. The entire topic of a West Campus proctor and greater security on the East Campus caused some discussion at the meeting. According to Assistant Dean of Stu dents Arthur M Miller, the large in-coming class, and a number of students living off cam pus will pro duce 11lots of swarming next year," callingfor better security on campus. Entering Class Profile Given By Admissions Plans for student fa::ilities to be constructed on the West Campus will be displayed in an open house on Thursday, May 23. Students, faculty and other interested persons may view preliminary plans for the "instant camous" complex from 2 to 5 pm in the private dining room. Preliminary .oor plans of basic dorm units will be displayed, as well as site plans for the entire construction. Descriptions of other buildings for which plans have not yet been drawn up will also be provided. Planning Difector Capt. Ralph Styles and Vice President Pall. Davis will be on hand to answer ques dons, and written and verbal suggestions will be welcomed. It was suggested that Bob Ritchie, Head of the S;rasota Security Pa trol, who currently patrols the West Campus, drive through the parking lot occasionally during the night. Miller also announced that "the Dean of Students' Office is very interested in abolishing student privileges to have pets on campus. In the absence of student co-operation, there may be no pets next year. The statement stemmed from repeated expressions of dis-As of yesterday afternoon, 136 students were "set" to become members of the class of 1971 and to begin their studies at New College next September. It is expected that the new class, when filled, will total over 150 students, drawn from about 35 states. The average Schola>tic Aptitude Test scores, computed for the first 124 students who enrolled, were 692 verbal and 681 math. This makes the SAT math median for thenew class almost fifteen points higher than that of any previous class. A. Cope Garrett, Assistant Director of Admissions, said that he "suspectsthis class will demonstrate higher m dians than any class before," both in verbal and math, by a margin of te;1 to fifteen points. On the application forms, the new class e x p r e s s e d an 11 even spread" of interest in. the th:ee d.i visions. The boy-gtrl rat1o will be approximately that of the four preceding classes, three to two. Approximately the same number of transfer students as in the class of '70 have been admitted. Garrett said that it was possible that more members of this class than any before have been interviewed by the admissions staff prior to admittance. Robert J Norwine, of Admissions, expressed dismay over thenumber of prospective students whodecidenotto attend New College after visiting the campus. He said that this year the retention of those who visited the campus as prospectives was higher than e ver before, but that it still was not more than half of those visiting Norwine said this problem was du to several! actors: the prospectives, often accomp:nied by their parents, receive no chance to talk with New College students at length, due to a lack of time, and leave with only a visual image of the campus and students. Also, several students who are "not exemplary" of the New Coli ge student body h.1ve designated themselves as ".)fficial greeters, 11 and keep prospectives from getting to meet other upperclassmen.


Page 2 Editorial New College Prep We urge students to resist jumping to the conclusion that the recent faculty delineation of academic requirements is another step along the tortured path of conventionality. It certainly doesn't represent a reversal of direction, but in clarifying procedures currently followed, it at least provides a certain amowt of protection for students venturing into the uncertain waters of academic review. We do not believe all is entirely well, however. We have of late noticed an increasing tendency for New College to become a preparatory school for graduate study. And we think this is the most unfortunate thing that can happen to an wdergraduate institution. We think it is well that students are given an opportwity to specialize to pursue a major subject in the latter years of their wdex&raduate careers. But we think students should be encouraged to give substantial thought to what maJor they should choose. We think the advising system should be greatly improved, to minimize the poss_ibility of s_tudents choosing major fields they really have little or no mterest in, merely because they have to make and the deadline is approaching. Above all, we believe the nature of major-field study should be such that students will still have the opportunity to pursue a liberal edocation. We think this process of liberal education should not be confined to the first year. We have known students who have become frustrated with study in their major field simply because the field required unflagging interest and l.Uldying devotion. It was not that they disliked the field they had chosen. It was just that they were interested in many other fields, as well, and they had no time to pursue these fields \Dl.der the burden of requirements in their major. We think an l.Dldergraduate education should provide an opportunity for such diversified study. We think New College at best does lip-service to "diversi fication. One example of this, we think, will suffice. There is no written baccalaureate exam in chamistry. Apparently, it isfeltthe research project alone is an indication of the student's readiness to graduate. We feel such a situation only serves to encourage limited, highly specialized professionalism, which has no place in an \Dl.dergraduate education. The problem will not be solved by some vague "general atudies" major. Many disciplines are beset by this gmduate -choo -research -intensification o ientato We feel this should exist in no discipline at this college. New College must remain an institution dedicated to a liberal education. This is its reason for being. LeHer THE RECORD To the Editor: In the April 25 issue of The Catalyst, the Vice-President attempted to "set the record straight" on the matter of faculty salaries. He countered a statement that approximately 70 percent of the College salary budget is allocated to nonacademic personnel with data showing that less than half of the budget is so allocated. randum circulated to the President, the Board of Trustees, and members of the Faculty, which went unchallenged, it is reasonable to accept their validity. Perhaps such discrep:ncies and confusion could be avoided in the future if the Administration would open the accounts of the College to the College CommUiity, or to its representatives. (signed) D. Marshall B a:ry Tutor in Economics The Catalyst 'THE ( OtllG.E S'TUDfN,. tS llPIC.T&O TO MAINTAIN A H16 I,IV&L OF TO .. I tf'r\SLf Wt,..H-OUT OF .... fW\ "I. f\CADIMtt 06LI Analysis NIW COLLI'I ? I Pro-Arab Exercise Lecturer In NC Style By PAUL ADOMITES Perhaps the lecture and discussion by Mr. James Bata which was last Friday's Forum can best be described as an exercise. For Mr. Batal, from Coral Gables, a lecturerforthe Arab Information Ser vice, it was an exercise in highschool debate tactics to present the Arab side of the Middle East issue. For the New College students who entered the discussion afterward, it was an exercise in the technique of demolishing an argument which is grounded on opinions and not facts. Batal made no effort to hide the fact that he is paid by the Arab Information Service, buthe denied being a propagandist and an agent for a foreign government, The adult members of the audience who were not members of the New College community seemed to be predominantly of the Jewish faith. Theircomments were often as full of emotional involvement as Batal's. This discussion was but another example of the attitude New College students have toward someone who proposes to have the answer to a question. People wlloSe facts are slanted receive no sympathy from the students of Novum Collegium. Batal's lecture and discussion have to go into the unwritten archives of the college as another example of the students' abillty to demolish the ugumenta of illogical visitors, as witness the students' dissection without reconstruction of Paul Goodman in the fall of 1966. "1 know this subject as thoroughly as a human being can know a subject." How can one argue with an expert? Last February, Mr. Davis told me that out of a total salary budget of $1,228,000, only $483,000 (including fringe benefits) would be paid to the 39 full-time faculty positions. In other words, 61 per cent of salaries went to nOn-academic personnel, a figure very close to the estimate of Dr. Miller. Since these were incorporated in an A. A, U, P. memo-RainsWiiiAnnounce Off-Campus Plans Batal1s thesis, briefly stated, was this: the Americans make no effort to understand the Arab position in the Middle East situation because, for one thing, the American and Arab minds are so different. Also the American press gives nothing but the Zionist side of the story, Batal claimed that problems with the Jews are not due to the Arabs, but rather tothe nature of Christian anti-Semitism, What right doea the United Nations have to establish a foreign country within the boundaries of an existing country? said he. Also, the Balfour Declaration wasn't really a pledge to the Zionists. And, the u. N. and the United States are extremely hypocritical concerning their annual resolution :ibout the plight of the Palestinian refugees, because they pass the thing every year without making any effort to implement it. Therefore, a plebiscite should be taken to determine whether the Arab refugees want to go back to their homeland, and if they do desire it, they should be allowed to retum. The method of Mr. Bltal was to quote irrefutable, "objective" sour ces such as Lyndon Johnson, Arthur Goldberg, a column by a Mr. Sulz bergerinthe New York TimQi, and the vari:>us treaties, propos s, et al.. under discussion. He also used references to the Bible, and continued calling himself an American, and a patriotic one at that. He often used the phrase "we journalists, 11 doubtlessly meaning to imply that his background in jour nalism (he was a Neiman fellow at Har;ard) makes him completely objective. He seemed to forget that the fact that he is in the employ of the Arab government removes him somewhat from the realms of objectivity. A journalistis in the employ of no one except himself. A journalist mwt seek truth, not parrot the views of any given political structure, no matter how well documented the views may be. Batal set himtelf up as an authority, beginning with the statements in the introduction which he givu all chairmen to read to introduce him, which made re ference to the great number of vi sit. he had made to the Middle Ea.t and his experience as a U. s. researcher for the War Department In Cairo. He said, at one point, However, the nli:ure of the educational system at New College would not allow the approach Mr. Batal took to his subject. He wanted to give a lecture, and then have questions, only one to a person, afterward. At New College, students are trained in the dialogue system, which involves the interplay of fact vs. fact, and discus sion of the topic, No one presents himself as an authority here. Stu dents and faculty are involved in a mutual search for truth, and any one can quote a series of "facts" supporting his side of the ledger. The problem is, how self-cons!Jtent are the facts, how logically do they add up to a conclusion, and does the other side have more and better facts in the first place? In a question-answer set-up, the ques tioners are naturally assuming that the answerer has the answers. At New College, there is no such as sumption, and Mr. Bata was not exempt from this consideration. So, the often became of the "Isn1tittruethat,,. ?11 variety, and the discussion was of the "Yel, it is!"--11No, it isn1tl11 kind. Mr. Batal made sure there was no mistake that he is :n American and a Catholic, and he wasn't reduced to the state of babbling incredu lousness of Paul Goodman by the attack upon his ideas. He knows where he stands, an 1 is a tough defender of his pOSition. But the students of the college who were present demonstrated the precariousness of his position (to under state) rather conclusively. The students quoted the sources he had quoted in the text of his speech to disprove his thesis, zd he denied that they applied. They called other facts and asked questions about them, and he was left with-.-A w,;;;c ---lil! Member Associated Collegiate t'ress Volume N, Number 32 May 16, 1968 Published weekly 36 times per yeo.r by stu dems at New College. Subsc:riptiOIU: $5 per yeo.r, or 15 per copy. Address subscription or

May 16, 1968 The CatalY!t Paul clef notes Grants Totaling $15,000 Follow NC Accreditation toms of thoqht and knowlodJo tranamiuion. Out of Hiding Two grants totaling $151000 have been received byN ew College from the United States Steel Foundation and the c. I, T, Foundation, Yolk The college waa one of only 15 libua.l artt and acionces colleges on the list far that grants prol"am. Ol the 1968 u. s.steol Board ChairmanRogerBloush add, "As in prior yolll'l, our prosram ,Js strongly related to our belief in th importance of the opportunity for the t:olleges and\mivenities to purI'UO in their own ways-includingthe exper iment and innovate with new l)llt-"It la ailmlficant1 11 add Dr. El mtnclorf tho Ford Fo\md& t1on tb Unitod S\:t.toa Stool Fo\lllda.Uonhavo made aUt to Now College and pointedly romarko'Cl aboutinnovationin education, We have d.od!c atod owtolvea to fin dina now waya to oduc ate youna people at tho colloso level, and we are gratifted at thla recognition of O\lr IU.CCeSS, 11 After several s u r p r is es and a twenty-nJne -hour delay, pianist Dave Brubeck and baritone saxi phonist Gerry Mulligan appe 11red lJ1 concert Monday night at the Bayfront Center Jn St. Petersburg. The ftrst surprise was that either Brubeck or Mulligan was appearing at all, Mer the break-up of his long-lived quartet last December, Brubeck had supposedly retired to compose "serious music. Mulligan's talents as m ll'ranger have alreadykepthim busy writing movie music, TV commercials, and similar trlfles for several years, NevertheleS111 have decided to embark on a limited concert schedule; whether they wW cont!Jlue to play together is unknown. Also surprising were Brubeck's accompanists. These were originally announced as being bassist Richard Dwis and dtUmmer Alan Dawson, both of whom arc among the best on their respective !Jlstruments. At the concert, however, Davis was replaced by the adequate but hardly superior Jack Six, The evening began with both men firmly in character;Brubeck opened with some fatuous remarks about jazz being bom lJ1 New Orlc ans, and Mulligan archly countered that it was bom lJ1 Philadelphia. The group proceeded tow am up on 11 St. louis Blues, 11 which was followed by a pleasant slow-drag "New Or leans" that featured some beautiful hoarse-throated bent notes by Mulligan. At this point, the quartet played what like three original pieces, two by Brubeck and one by Mulligan. This was the least enjoyable portion of the concert. Brubeck's solo stated well on the first of the three, but soon degea erated into some harmonically complex but emotionally sterile Mulligan's piece fe a tured improvised counterpoint, one of h!a trademarks, but lt wu tim 1 d 1 y done, and both solo1Jt1 seemed to be overly anxious about being too loud. All this was forgivable; it was early in the evening, the group was playing new material, and, more incidentally, it was the first full-length concert they had played together. At any rate, it alf served to warm Mulligan up for a rousing reading of his first hit, "Bernie's Tune, IT which was the first really outstanding number of the concert, McWhorter To Give Recital A Senior Recit& will be given by flautist Cheryl McWhorter with theN ew College String Quartet and Mrt1. Jerome Meachen on Saturday, May 18. The performance wW take place at 8: 15 pm in the Music Room of College Hall, and wlll be open to the public without charge. Pieces to be performed at therecital are "Fantasie" by Faure; Sonata for Flute Alone, c.P.E.Bacb; "TheJetWhistle, 11 H. Villa-lobos; "A Night Piece, 11 Foote; nsonate, II Hindemith. McCarthy Tonight Senator Eugene McCarthy De mocratic presidential candidate, wW speak at Tanpa's Curtis Hixon Auditorium this evening at 8:30, Admission to the speech 1a free, and trnnsportation will leave New College at 6: 30. McCarthy, entered in the Florida primary election May 281 will be making a 11whistle-stop" tour of the state today and to morrow include Tallahassee, Jacksonvllle, Orlando, St. Tampa, Miami, and Miami Beach. On Saturday, eleven student, most of them from New College, went to !hopping centers to distribute Me earthy literature and dia cuss his candidacy with interested person.e. Second-year student Steve M a rs d. en co-ordinator of campus work for McCarthy, esti mated 1, 000 pieces of literature were diatr1buted. Aftor the intermisdon, the quar tet began a set of pieces they preparing to play in Mexico, the stop on their present tour, The first of these, an adapted American Indian song in 3/4i wra highlighted by a Dawson so o, in which the drummer used a go\.IN instead of drumstick. Mulligan's "Mexican Jumping Bean" was the basis for a surprisingly good Brubeck solo based on a jagged descending figure. Mulligan himse 1f played e1pe cio.lly well on the rem a.lning pieces in this group, which included 11 Cie llto Lindo, 11 11Recuerdo, 11 and a b llad of his own. An up-tempo "Out of Nowhere" came next, By this Dawson was swinging Brubeck W-955"' 114 North Orange Ave. Sarasota,Fia. British Need Diggers Volunteers V., ursentlynecdod by the CouncUforBrftilh Arch olo&y forexcavation to bo conducted lor the Mmiltry ot Public B\Ulc!Jnsa and Workl and the Une4ln MUIIoum m Crut Brtta.t.n, aceordina to Indo Study Coordinator J amu Feeney. A brochure tho proj oct 1a avallable 1n tho Off-Campus Projc:ct Office, F coney 1dd,


Pag e 4 The Catalyst May 16, 196 8 Turning 0 era Faculty Member Of the Week Recent visitors to the library noted hvoim pr,,, "'Tients of the facilities there. A lounge, complete with sofas Coke ma-:i1ine, has been created in the old pantry. Tables are also a vailable f o r typing. Upstairs, a microfilm reader-printer has been installed in the microfilm room. The acquisition of the $2200 machine was made possible through the efforts of the Women' s Library Association. It can be used as a reader, and will also make copies from microfilmed material much like a Xerox machine. Cost for copies is 10 a page. Professor of History Dr. George Mayer is widely feared and admired for his wit. He is not only a noted chronicler of the Republican party, but is justly famed for his pungent observations on Samoan society. As a matter of fact, Dr. Mayer seems convinced that little academic work is done by students, who pursue certain headier interests almost exclusively, according to his view. And he is a leading sceptic among New College educational theorists, having little faith in most of the educational shibboleths considered sacred by true believers. S o why has he been here so long? Why does he stay? (If you'll notice, this week we aren't even asking why he' s Faculty Member of the Week.) Romero Chosen Program Finalist Second-year student Stephen Romero has been notified that he is one of 61 students chosen nationally as finalists in a $4(), 000 EducationalFund Awards Program of the Great Books of the Western World. Top prize in the contest sponsored by Great Books, which is published SAC Discusses Admissions The Student Academic Committee discussed the relation of admissions policy to ew College's academic quality at its meeting Tuesday. It was brought out that the slant given to the admissions literature could determine the type of student that applies to the school. It wa; especially noted that a great emphasis on quality could conceivably underemphasize the innovative aspects of the school. It was also learned that students can obtain names of freshman applicant s if they w i sh to meet with them over v a c at ion perio ds off campus. The SAC also discussed the op portunity that the Independent Study Period offers for introductory work in a field. This type of study ( as opposed to an in depth study of some relatively well-known area) should not be discouraged. I t was also mentioned that forms of I S P s other than a research paper are accepted in every division. Lawyer To Speak This week's Forum will be hel d tonight, and will feature lawyer and NAACP member Ike Williams of S t Petersburg speaking o n "Ci vil Rights. The program will begin at 6 :30 in the Fishbowl. .. 1130 by Encyclopaedia Britannica, is $5, 000. There are ten prizes of $1 000 each for the next ten top scholars and the remaining final-GOLDEN HOST PatEOnize Our Advertisers ists are eligible for $500 pnzes. Romero, along with the other winners who represent 30 states and Australia completed four objective test; and submitted essays based on material in the Great Books se Beautiful Rooms '50-Foot Pool Putting Green-Bahi Hut Cocktail Lounge 4675 N. Tamiami Trail 355-5141 JACK RAINS WASHES HIS HAIR AT SURF COIN LAUNDRY The cash awards are intended to provide assistance for children in college or planning to attend, but there is no limitation as to how the awards may be used. In addition to the cash prizes to the students, a 54-volume set of the Great Books of the Western World will be given to the schools attended by the finalists of this, the fifth intern :tional competition. Final awards will be announced within 30 days. UNITARIAN CHURCH 3975 Fruitville Rood Sunday service: 10:30 a m SERMO TOPIC: "MAN, M O RALS AND MATERIALISM" Nursery and Church Schoo 10:30 a m 3428 No. Trail 355-3446 F INE DOMESTIC WANTED: SPANISH CUlT A R (GIB SON, MARTIN O R MEXICAN) CALL MRS. MARQU A EXT. 347 FREE ANCHOR-HOCKING CRYSTAL with 8 Gallons or Fill-Up at TRAIL PLAZA TEXACO U.S. 41 & Myrtle ECOPPER BA t570 Lockwood Ridge Rd. 955-3446 I MPORTED LIQUORS Com e Join Our 2nd Annual CONE KILLER CONTEST F or $25.00 Savin g s Bond a nd T rop h y SMITTY'S BEE ROO serving every day 5 pmI am (Across from Florida Theater)

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