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Trustees: 'Six New acuity'; Social Sciences :'Upset and Angry' Trustees DIVISION CONSIDERS The New College Boardof Trustees, at their meeting last week autlnrized that New Cdlege should have a student body of 400 students in academic residence for the fall term of 1969. Tre decision, as reported by tre Assistant to the President Earl Helgeson, included a dation to the Admissions department th:t an entering class of 190 students be admitted for 1969-70. This was based on the assumption that 210 students would retm11. Eight new faculty were authorized by the trustees for next year but this eight includes those sitions authorized but not filled for this year. This means that tre Social Sciences Department has been given an increase of one faculty member not authorized previously, as comp:red with an increase of three in the Humanities and two in the Nat ural Sciences. Natural Sciences had stated that were most in need of a physlClst and 31 experimental psychologist, so it is likely that those are the positions which the trustee authoriz:tion will enable them to hire. Hwnanities expects to hire faculty in German, Art History and Liter:ture. The Social Sciences department expects to use its authorizations for faculty in American History Political Science, and Anthropology. In other action, the Board authorized the "go-ahead" on construction on the Palmer Campus. This will include living room for 160 students, along with a faculty residents-classroom complex. The authorization of new faculty inclu fessor of Literature, was called to the meeting to answer this Knox saidthathefeltthe one i'l'ew College was doing tha[ was truly different was the "high academic level" of the entire community. He also said that he felt the c-.)1lege did not nor would have in the near future the resources to organize separate programs for students of lower "academic" ability. The difficulty of admissions literature was also discussed. Nor< wine said that the necessity for early writing of the material for each year precluded the possibility of making changes which occur during the year evident. The Student Admissions Committee was charged with the responsibility of reading all material sent out on an official basis b) the college Barry Crit i cizes Trustee Decision The most conspicuous characteristic of ew College is that the reality falls far sho>t: or the m)''h depicted by our own propaganda. For example, in the pamphlet, 11 New College a New Coll .. ge for a New Age, it is claimed that "rather than being separated departmentally, the New College faculty is organized divisionall y ... This creates a situation with unus ual inducement for interdisciplin-ary communication. Further, "the keyword for New College curriculum is flexibility. The aca demic program has structure, but within limits of that structure the individual student is offered a va riety of options. He is encouraged to make an intelligent choice among these options -to plan a program that meets his own rather than the arbitrary requirements of a rigid distributive pattern. He can even design a ma or that cuts across standard disciplinary lines. These quotes represent a large part of the promise of what v came here expecting to find. The by D. MARSHALL BARRY Assistant Professor of Ecouomics recent aunoWlcm co"e ing 5 .:iisciplines Ill ad I i are facing a 2Dl: I stn faculty ratio in the forthcom int, basci program. As a result we have no choi e but to ract our normal course in order to double '.l.J' to keep the first year discussion group. :mall enoagh for meaningful exchange. Wixh th<' 3 a rry p-o.;pect of 190 first year studenLS with only 11 faculty next rear the problem w1ll not be alle;. tt"d. In fact, rather than a flexible curriculum, we will rea 11} be ;mabie to cov.;,c the sep .1" He d while ctplinaryworkwill still be ::m elusive dre.1:n. We, and, as a result, you, have none of the "variety of options" before our arrival. The or ::hange next rear will be that we will b"' .1 ble to co.a::inue offering tutorials. Al ready oerloaded, there are no alte natives opan to us. The most disheartening fact is that the plight was explained to the administration and Trustees by faculty and student representatives. The T U$tees and ad:ninistration acted in full knowledge of the repercussion.; of their drive fosecurity. Most tragic is the fact that we in the Social Sciences were devising a new interdisciplinary experiment in nigher education with the ex pectation of three additional faculty to assist in the expandelil pro Rram. I was, until today, drawing up two applications to two educational foundations for financial The program was entitled "ProJect REAL .. or the Research Extension for Accelerated As envisioned, the pro-Ject would be located in rented quarters in down town Sarasota for tbe purpose of applying our theory and techniques towards the solution of basic socio-economic problems facing the surrounding area. The facultywould be a data depository where all the fragmentary statistics on this area would be collected. Following an analysis of important areas of study we would first aF .. proach the problems using the ademic literature in an attempt to find guidelines useful in analysis of such problems as they exist in our community. Then with know ledge of the data available, we could determine what information we would need to generate in order to provide the necessary background forpotential solution. In addition such a group would be a brain trust for 1 he community since members \vould become experts 011 the fed l and state programs which are currently available. Project (Continued on p 4, .:-ol. l) ...


Pa e 2 Editorial THE DECISION We appreciate the Board of Trustees' consideration of the proposals presented it by the faculty and student body. Buttheconisderation wasn't enough. Apparently the Board "missed the point" in at least one respect: The Social Sci ences Division is in dire need of more high-ranking faculty. The Board seemingly neglected the fact that the Social Sciences Division is gaining majors at a greater rate than any The Board authorized only one previously \.nlauthonzed faculty member of Social Sciences. The steps toward J anuaty reconsideration must be begun now. A meeting tonight to discuss these problems will hooefully start us back on the road to meaningful dialogue. Failure by the of the Board (which should be called mto special sess1on) to heed the necessity for action could spell real trouble for New College -trouble which the school might not be able to weather, and survive. LeHers Ignorant To the editor: Do em 't it feel just grand to know that New College got shafted last week by our CONCERNED guardians from above. lait week, the Board of Trustees had a chance to meet with students, and they admired greatly the concern the stu dents had for their college. Naturally this milestone in education at their fair institution ran the usual course of amounting to no -thing. The faculty recommendation and the one submitted by the SEC seemed to carry no weight. WE WERE IG ORED. It was an no1.Dlced yesterday that the school isgoingtohave grand new dorms, which will be completed by Sept ember, housing 160 students. Next year's student body will a mo1.Dltto 190 being first year "OdeDtl. AdJDt.ibu people will be ppking under rocks, higb qual ity rocks, however, to come up wit1o such a figure. To end this hap;y message, we will probably g a'ln a whole eight new faculty members. All one has to do is drag out pencil and paper to find that the student-faculty ratio is at least 9:1, if not higher. This goes against the stringent recommendation to keep the ratio at But who should care such a recommendation; it onl> comes from the f acuity. The myth of great innovation within our h"beral program is now within the realm of pure bullshit. Who can be innovative when tutorials are nearly impossible to obtain? 1ow, it seems that most students have practically no choice except to follow the course of a traditional major. Such is life at our innovative inst 1tution. Joy to the world, (signed) Paul Zimmerman F u t I i t y On the Futility of Futility--a Reply to Co1.Dltty Dick (Ihopethat the title is sufficiently paradoxical to satisfy Country Dick's rather odd philosophical tas tE I,) When Co1.Dltry Dick used the term ''belief" in his recent article on political theory of inaction, he chose, perhaps 1.Dlwittingly, ..he exact term to fit his statements. His anti-philosophy stated in that article is a belief based on the world of appearance, or in Platonic terms, the world of becoming. Therefore it is not knowledge, which is based on reality or truth (bydefinition tmh cannot be ambivalent). As such, any ch!im to truth it has is only coincidental. It is upheld, and often destroyed, by sophistry. It doet not involve a question of right or wrong, true or false, and the use of those terms in phrues such as ''both extremes are equally right" did not belong in hU discllllion. Not, however, having the key to metaphy sic in my grasp, and often doubting that I ever shall, I intend to use my own wphistic weapons in an attempt to contradict Country Dick. It is, within limits, acceptable tosaythat "dissent as practiced by the radical left has never been effective in standard politics" (the limits being that anti-war actions mayhavehadsomethingto do with the bombing halts and Johnson's withdrawl ) It is also somewhat obvious that dissent is not intended as "standard politics." Dissent has attempted to combat the type of politics, standard "for ten thousand years, which may yet annihilate humanity. To suggest that the left now use the tactics of the right is to destroy the left, for the means cannot help but pervert the end. To suggest further that George Wallace is "subversive" is to misinterpret George Wall ace and America. George Wallace is a red white-and-blue eagle-screaming demagogue in this cotmtry's worst political tradition, and his tactics won him almost 20 per cent of the vote in the past election. Certainly Country Dick has realized that the Yippies and the left in general have to a large extent failed. This failure, it seems, is due to their approach to protest, a sort of pseudo-nonviolence. Calling a policeman a pig is not a positive step toward changing America (regardless of whether he is or is not a pig). Human beings should be approached as human beings, not in a power -to-pow erconfrontation ("dertroy the machine by building a stronger one"). Of course this sounds hackneyed, overly ide alis tic, and "it won't work." It would be nice, however, to see true nonviolence patiently applied. It would seem to be a better answer than pa"ively waiting for death, as Country Dick seems to ruggest. Love, Bob Beaird Pot a toe s Sa no Non Mens Sanus in Corpore Sano: I eat fourteen meals a week, as well as the frequent odd hairs which are the most common garnish, in the cafeteria. The cost of the pills which keep them down and the raw fruits and vegetables we don'tgetthere is about $5 a week. Pretty ridiculous considering the board costs. But I am assured by those handling the bills that (although students are encouraged to board here even when living off) the imolved in separate, optional billing for meals is insurmountable. And I suppose it is to the best interest of Servomation to serve the most mediocre meals possible, since they have an exelusive franchise for all food services, and monetarily the snack bar is gravy. Maybe "college students always gripe about the food." A non-studentmemberofthe College Coun cil was heard to remark that the most onerous part of that position was the required consumption of Tuesday lunch. Physical kindness 1D one's stomach becomes a thoughtprovoking concern only in relation to its impossibility; 1 should be paying little enough money that the aforementioned extra is no pain, or The Catal st November 14, 1968 Th e Trip B a i I 0 ut These pictures were taken last Monday at the New College Business Office a1d at the Sarasota police headquarters (try to tell which before readinsr ahead) l'ar student Charles MacK.:>) was ted Monday morning and charRed with breaching the peace. ((breeching the piece)) The SEC in a special session voted to loan MacKay fiitydollarsforbail from the Bread eating well enough on a regular basis that I don't need to spend it, all of which implies being able to put the whole small issue out of my (theoretically first class) mind. Malnutrition is no fun at all. Help. l' m suffocating in a sea of pretend mashed potatoes. Love, Ellen Nausea To the Editor: Of all the flabbergasting exper iences I have had while at New College, the flabbergastingest has to do with the effect a Servomation meal has upon htmger. Ser vomation food causes cessation of the desire to eat. This is, admittedly, one of the properfunctions of a meal. However, when a meal properly fulfills its function, the cessation of desire forfoodhappens after the meal has been eaten. With a Servomation the cessation of hunger comes immediately upon looking at the meal, or, if one has a good menx>ry, from merely reading the menu. Furthermore, if a meal has properly fulfilled its function, the lack ofdesiretoeatis caused by a feeling of great satisfaction. When a Servomation meal causes it the lack of desire for food is ca by a feeling of the most unbearable nausea. Since, while a good meal results in the ingestion of food, a Servomationmealresults in the non-ingestion of food, and since the ingestion offood is necessary to the continuance of life, it would seem propitious for the of the college, and for the health of the individual students, to see that no more Ser vomation meals are served here. This could be accomplished quite easily by discontinuing Mathias' affiliation with New College as soon as possible. Having just come from lunch, I am N auseatedly yours, Lee Crawfort Box. Upper left: SEC n Smith is enthusias ticallywelcomcdhvManap;er Harra, signer of all checks. Lower left: The bail check is written out YPP_er right: Police rgeant Agnew m h1s dark glasses. To meet him, all you have to do is get arrested; he might even give yvu his ;lute graph He'll certainly get yours, along with a few otherthil'lgs. FinThieves To the editor: The latest inventory taken by the language lab indicates that a pproximately 64 musical recordings are missing from the shelves. At an average cost of $5 per disc, this amounts to a loss in excess of $300. The record collection is of importance to this institution for historical, educational, and cultural purposes. The College cannot tolerate much longer the rapid disappearance of Tolock up and discontinue circulation of records would obviously defeat their f1.Dlctional purpose. I ask that all recordings (and tapes, many of which are missing and should not be in circulation) belonging to the College and not signed for in the sign-out book be returned to the language lab. If you are embarrassed by having "hot" property, fVIap it in plain paper and send it to tht! Humanities office. Atthis writing, I am, affectionately not yours. (signed) Christopher von Baeyer P. S. Where is the KLH record machine? Return it, culprit or culprits! Beep Dear People, Sunshine slants across the kitchen floor AndwarmsupSunday morning cats The thousand cockroaches have crawled off to sleep And I share my biscuit and orange uice With Sloan who is three years old Up and down the hall on his tricy cle singing cuckoo And my glasses fell out the window I will see you all in January and love. Beep Wazzoo The red brick wall around the un t iverse is located on the unexplorec! f third level of Carlsbad Caverns in t New Mexico. t A letter to the Editor: Dear Editor, What is "motivation?" Signed, Wazzoo ally, lower right: Herr Agnew and friend look for a good reason to let l'v1a::J<: stay a while longer. Peace breaching isn't quite as imaginative as displaying livestock in the Loop wifhout a permit, but then Chic:go is big league. Parents Weekend Dear Editor, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the students who helped t'> tmke parents weekend a fantastic success. Eighty parents converged on New College last weekend and the vast and sometimes short-notice help generously provided by students was indispensable to the success of the weekend. Because of many willing students, dis CUSSIOn groups, recept:Ons and other events materialized as planned. My sincere appreciation. Mary Alice Root Assistant Director of Development NOTE: Three letters, from Ellen Tisdale. Tom Yori, and Marian Bussey, will be printed next week due tolimited space in this issue. Volume V, Number 7 November 14, 1968 Publls:hed weeklythroUldlo the school yeor by 5tudents at New COllege. S\lbscrlj:tions: $5.00 per yeor1 or 15 per copy. Address sub:ocrij:tion orders, change of address not Ices, and undeliverable copies to: The Catalyst/New College/Post Office Box 1898/ Sara>ta,Florida 33578. Telephone 335-0406. Editor. ...... Ross Madden Assoc. f:ditor ...... Jon Moody News Ed1tor ....... Paul Adomites Managing Editor ... Janet Goldwater Feature Editor ..... 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Page 3 SOCIAL MICROCOSM by THE BLACK KNIGHT When I first entered New College believed I had found an educa ional and social Utopia. However, I'm afraid my idealistic naivete is wearing off. There are a number of things the college offers that enticed me, one being its small size. It is perhaps the quelling of expectations this facet gave birtlb to that have been mo; t ing. I the mere phy si ca' and the number of people here would act as uniting forces. To .; en. a in e .espond to student generated study proJects and at the same time attempting to assume a normal, formal course load. I am turning away people who have prOJects and people who would like to talk about generating proJects. As a first year faculty memberandas uLi T have 1.:-fir. l year advisees. Still, the loaa have assumed h::ts proved to be be my capacities. IGroup Meetsl by JON SHAUGNESSY There will be a meetmg tontght (Nov. 14) at 7:30 in H-4 of persons, students and faculty, mterested in forming a group study of radical analysis. The.form the study will take will pretty much The methods of study to be used may include the following, although this is still open for suggestions: A "work-in" modeled after the things done in Chicago and Detroit this summer which would place small groups of students in jobs in different work situations. This woulci be done during either December or Sum-mer ISP Seminar-rap sessions for discussing readings and other materials. Subjects to be covered, again open to suggestions: radical ana lysis of capitalism and imperialism, socialism, anarchism, syndicalism, other alternative forms, current "radical" political and cultural revolutionary s. non-revolutionary means, and class analysis of the u.S. People involved in pulling this together at the present time are: Jon Shaughnessy, Bill Fleischman, Jim Feeney, and Jeff Wright. *including such left groups and their publications as Progressive Black1Panthers, etc. r----- I One college does more I I than broaden horizons. It I t sails to them, and beyond. t t t t Now there's a way for you to know t a the world around you first-hand. I A way to see the things you've a read about, and study as you go. f The way is a college that uses the a Parthenon as a classroom for I I a lecture on Greece, t t and illustrates Hong Kong's floating a t societies with an a hour's ride on a I harbor sampan. t Every year Chapman College's .. : .......... I World Campus Afloat takes two WORLD CAMPUS AFLOAT A t groups of 500 students out of their Director of Admissions I classrooms and opens up the Chapman College, orange, Calif. 92666 t world for them. And you can be a a one of the 500. Your new campus Please send your catalog detailing curricula, 1 I is the s.s. Ryndam, equipp ed with courses offered, faculty data, admission requiret 1 modern educational facilities and ments and any other facts I need to know. a fine faculty. You'll have a comSCHOOL INFORMATION t 't go. Mrs. semester While at sea. last Name Foret Initial t t Chapman College is now accept-Name ol school t ing enrollments for Spring '69 a and Fall '69 semesters Spring '69 Cempus Addren Street circles the world, from Los Angeles coty state zip a I through the Orient India, South t Africa, to New York. Fall '69 leaves campus Phone< t Ar .. cOde New York for Europe the Meditert ranean, Africa South America, Year In sohool Approx. GPA on 4 0 scale t ending in Los Angeles. HOME INFORMATION I The world is there. Here's a good way for you to find out what's t t happening Send for our catalog Rome Address Street t with the coupon at right. ci!Y state Zlp t Safety Information: The Home Poone < t s.s Ryndam registered in the Area COde Netherlands, meets Internationa l Until Info thould be sent to campus 0 home 0 A approx. date Safety Standards for new ships I am interested in 0 Spring Fall 0 19 t developed in 1948 and meetS 19 66 0 1 would like to talk to a representative of WORLD fire safety requ i rements. CAMPUs AFLOAT. : I .................


Pa e 4 The Catal st Machines Are Dead Ani111als Part by MAXWELL REIF Last week we left our heroes, Y outhle adersofthetwennyfirstcent ury, waiting on the beach, about to march into the Gulf of Mexico because America is dead. In the ensuing period of time, I have anticipated angry accusations of ni hUism and hence have combed my brain for a way to get said Hero out of his jam and optimistically through another episode. The accusations never came. Instead, nearly everyone I talked to joined me in dancing around the funeral pyre! I was amazed; the scene was remiaiscent of the Jules Feiffer cartoon in which a Black Power fellow addresses a bunch of liberals, telling them they all de serve to die for their sins, etc. and then they clap and he passes a basket around and collects lou of money. There are many things to do on a beach. You can march into the water and drown:Or you can just go swimming. Or bulld sand castles. H you are really ambitious, you can bulld a glass factory and make a fortune. What our Heroes wUl do depends on whether they are alone or whether there are other groups on other beaches, and on whether if they stick around they will ultimately become like the corpse they are parasites on or will subsume it with new living matter. BARRY (Continued from p 1 col. 5) coul::l then con, Jlt the i.:!'l d c ; ..,r the commutAi L y as to the opp o ities available for solutions of local problems with the assistance of outside funds. Some various areas for fruitful interdisciplinary work would be : the problem of the aged, urban problems, long range planning for development and change, race and discrimination, etc. The relevant source material, tesearch techniques, and problems would be discussed in interdisciplinary seminars at the proJect centet, Such an op portunity would be unique for an undergraduate liberal arts college and even for a graduate program prior to the dissertation stage. In addition to creating the com-munity of learning so noticeably absent from our college such a proJect would have the fringe benefit of destroying the town-gown barrier and isolation which exists. Such an unhealthy climate has had implications for our donations from the local cornnunity over the years. The provision of a meaningful ser vice to the community would cast the college in the role of a valuable asset in the eyes of Sarasotans. Certainly, the educational experience gained in the process would be in valuable. Exciting? Yes, feasible under the current expansion plans of the administration? No! This realization is especially painful since we could accomplish it if only we had taffinll( i n the S!l cial Sci cnccswhich w ould be considered a minimum b y any other liberal arts college in the c ountry. As am attcr of fact, the accreditation team c ommented that there should be a m inimum of 3 faculty members per discipline {or 15 i n total) in a liberal arts college in the Social Sciences. We have, at present, 1 6 faculty members per discipline With 14 rather than 11 members we could indeed operate Project REAL while at the same time continuing disDispos sessed white adult male cat of Persia n ancestry in dire need of good home. Loving care beca use of deafness essential. Matter of life and death due to irate neighbors. Clll R-esident's Secretary 336, 337. Need free transportation? Deliver mycarto Washington D. C, before the end of the month. Call Mr. Lambert--958-1150 Let us see what we can see. Remhmber the song last spring that went: "I think it's so groovy now, that people are finally gettin' together" It was a lousy song. But man, what a beautiful thought. Gives ri::e to visions of what's happening. Thou sands aero" the country smoking dope with friends in middle class homes on summer Saturday nights when parents are out. Another song "All across the nation, there's a whole generation of people in motion. WOW! A WHOU: GENERATION The war having to stop 'cause no one will go. Millions showering one another with flowers on their way to Louis (I've got nothing to hide) Abolafia in the White House: national politics a national joke. Those with uncensored visions. I am by nature an apocalyptic and imaginative thinker, unbounded by such fetters as logic. It is sad, therefore, to have to tum off the TV set in my mind and look at the reality of a Sunday afternoon in the park in a northern city, for example; and find my Beautiful Peo ple scattered very thinly through a crowd composed mostly of giggling high school girls, 9 year-old acid freaks, alcoholics, and other such types. Hthere is one greatest danger to (cont. ) cipline oriented courses. Such an accomplishment would be a noteworthy experiment in liberal arts educ:tion. It would quite possibly be ernul uld say something bad about it. Let us just as sun then, that there are some people doing sotre cultural experimentation that may be worth investigating in future Catalysts Sorry So we have a few t iny beachheads scattered around. But that ain't really what I came here to talk about. I came to talk about educ :tion, specifically more specifically, this one. from what I know, New College did not begin as an a;sumption-qucstioning institution, and is not one n o w That is not really a criticism; as long as those of us who do question assumptionsremainsilentordo not find one another in order to formu late an alternate program, there is no consciousness of a problem, h ence no problem. It is when the assumptions of libera l education are pushed to the limit and most of the learning ex periences of many students still oc cur outside the educational structure, as I believe Mr. Feeney's study of ISPs at ew College im plies, that the assumptions themselves need to be examined. Big American universities, if we take them at their word, attempt to turn out people who will fit into a pre-eKistent social structure. liberal arts colleges try to develop, I think, "first-class intellects" (and some second-class ones) to perpetuate an academic intcllegentsia. I imagine that New College, the institution, belongs to the second category. I think that New College, a lot of the students, be longsto neither. Where do we be long? We don't know, and that is why we are On the Beach &.it there arc a lot of us, and it's important that in the future we address our selves to this problem that we share and its ramifications. REPORTS i have anything to say to the student? You bet it does! 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