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utterfield Attacks Student 1 eg Dr. Victor L. Butterfield, A<..ting President of New College, has commented upon the amount of "legal ism" on the New College campus. Bul:tcrfield, in an interview with The Catalyst yesterday, said that he was "surprised to find a small community that had committed itself to adulthood, joie d'esprit, and so forth, fwning itself over every jot and tittle of rule and regulations provided for. 11 "At Wesleyan, 11 Butterfield said, "we had far fewer rules and regulations and technical definitions. '' When asked why this desire to formalize every aspect of campus life seemed to be so prevalent, the acting president replied, "It is part ly the temper of the times among students. people arc recciv-ing surprise attacks fran other authorities in the nation at large. I don't sec why this has to happen in asmallercommunit), orwhy these fears exist in a place where people to know one another. Here it is possible to have a background of mutual understanding and respect that would obviate the need for all this technical provision. "New College is at a disadvantage in the respect that it is without the tradition older institutions have. Without the tradition, guidelines for the government of the college arenotclear, andhence there is a kind of vaccuum that people want to fill up with specific rules and re2:ulations. Butterfield expressed the hope that this desire for might b onl> "l would hope, 11 Faculty Approves Position Paper, Turns Down Recommendation The faculty passed a position paper on college growth, and studentfaculty ratio at its meeting yesterday. The paper will be sent to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. The chief proposal of the paper stated that it is the faculty's opinion that "any increase in the student -faculty ratio beyond 8. 6/1 would result in a spiral" leading to deterioration of the college 1 s academic excellence. The proposal, originally submitted to the faculty by the Faculty Educational Policy Committee, was closely tied to administration '\vorking paped' which treated data on specific possibilities for increase ill student body and faculty size. GRASS BUST Three students from Manatee Junior College were arrested for possession of marijuana, according to a story in the Sarasota HeraldTribune on Tuesday. Tile students were living in a house in Whitfield Estates, on Route 41, just north of New College. The "hippies" were arrested by Det. Sgt. W. D. Fort, who sai'! that a "large quantity" of marijuana ready for smoking, plus utensils and several growing plants of cannabis sativa were confiscated. In addition, some tablets believed to be LSD or STP were siezed. The t:;.blets will be sent to a Tampa laboratory for analysis. A search warrant was obtained for thehouse, and the house had been "shadowed" by detectives for several days, accordingto the police. Law enforcement officials were quoted as saying that "more arrests" were expected in the area in the next few days. Dr. Victor L. Bttterfield, Acting President of the College, stated that it was important to realize that there was no intention of "freezing" these numbers, and that budgets and ratios must change as they are discussed each year. Some discussion concerned the difficulties of releasing the working papers to the community at large. It was felt that a general release or publication would result in a reification of the nwnbers as if they were statements of fact, rather than methods of discussing specific problems. The p a p e r s were drawn up and a proposal because it was felt that long-range plans were necessary to any treatment of topics such as student body growth. In other action, the faculty defeated the College Council recommendation that student representatives to faculty meetings consist of: The Chairman of the Student Executive Committee, a representative of The Catalyst, and three students appointed by the SEC. A subsequent proposal by Williard c. Hwnphreys, Associate Professor of Philosophy, which stated that the representatives be SEC chairman, Catalyst representative, the student who was elected to the F acuity Ed-ucational Policy Committee, and two students elected at large from the student body. After this motion was passed, faculty members saw that SEC Chairman Michael Smith and editor of The Catalyst Paul Adomites :were seated just outside the fishbowl, where the meeting was be ing held. It was moved and passed that Smith and Pdomites be allowed to attend the rest of the meeting. The Editor and the Chairman did so. In other action, William Fleischman, Assistant Professor of Economics was appointed to the College Council for an interim period to fill out the term of Mrs. Marion Hoppin, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, who resigned from the Councillast week due to heavy counseling schedules. The results of the f acuity's election for the members of the Committee on Committees was announced. Elected to the committee were Marshall Barry, Assistant ProfessorofEconomics; Roger Grif fin, Associate Professor of Chemistry. A run-off election will be held to determine the third member of the committee between Robert Knox, Professor of Literature, and Dr. Hwnphreys. Salarium Dies Rite On Friday, the first day of the month of Nova, there will be a mandatory moonrise light show on the main bay at eight o'clock. Following this psychedelic incarnation of the goddess Aphrodites a free freekfreeky psycho rockarocka four hour dance marathon will Happen in the Cavern of the Pink Flower ( t h e m us i c r o o m t o t h c straights). Thisninth hour festival will feature The Gap, one of those total beyond words guaranteed to space you out or your money back rock bands who it is rwnoured, hold on to your flags patriots, represented the USA at Expo "67. There will be free refreshments in the Cavern for the hungered multitudes. This religious celebration is being held at the bequest of Her Satanic Majesty for the glorification of the Lost Spirits of the Juveval Renaissance. All you need bring is a psychedelic gleam in your eye at all times a costwnc is not m:essary for really stratc people ? he said, "that if it is indeed the accept statements of anyone's case that a vaccuwn is felt, we on principle, so as the rights might soon start a reversal and re-of all members ol tile community lax our stringencies a little bit. being preserved. I feel that in 11 Actually 1 11 Butterfield comson:e instances the Proposed Student mented, ''this is not solely a stuBill of Rights infringes upon the dent problem. The faculty have rights of other members of the col gotten into predicaxmnts of ine:}uity lege community. 11 and inconsistent practice, so they 11 This over -legislation puts a feltthcyhadtotighten up their re-crimp upon the community, both strictions. 11 But the student regu-morally andlcgally. In effect, the lations arc even more precise and groups involved in the over-legal cxtensivc. ization are asking for freedom, but Dr. Butterfield was asked if his opposition to the Proposed Student Bill of Rights, currently before the College Council, was based on his feelin.l!: of dismay toward overemphasis on legalism. "No, 11 he replied, "I am perfectly willing to are really beginning to bind themselves all over again. Dr. Butterfield concluded by sayingthat he realized that this was a negative judgment, "but there is much of positive value here, and I don't want to sound vvC'rly negative." Two Students Arrested At Demonstration New College students Mark Baraz and Dick Webb were arrested yesterdayduringaspeechbyV.P. candidate Spiro Agnew in St. Petersburg. They were charged with lighting a flame in a public place and held on $50 bond. They were released later that evening and the trial has been set for November 8 at 2:00p.m. Surprise and disappointment in reactton to the auditoriwn incident were expressed today by Dr. Arthur M. Miller, New College Director of Student Policy. I-2 also expressed surprise at the incident, stating that the students' announced intention was to make a legal and orderly appearance at Agnew's speech. Miller felt, however, that "accidents of over-reaction" by students from neighboring co lieges had sparked the train of events culminating in the arrest of the New College students. Miller emphasized that favorable public relations are more than ever vital to the contiru.ance of New College. According to him, no college official will act to limit the constitutional free dans of the students. He added that in the best interests of the school a corresp
P a e 2 Editorials UGLY REAL I T-1 E S As is well lmown to the community, two students were arrested yesterday in St. Petersburg for incinerating the local customs. The initial reaction on campus was something approaching ridicule, but more accurately described as condescension. The specific action in question may have been impetuous, perhaps misgeided, but to dismiss the entire realm of socalled political activity as out of place on the campus would indeed be a mistake. As students at New College, we sometimes forget that the world is not confined to philosophy 1 thinking great thoughts and worrying about how emasculating females will castrate us all eventually. Much as we might often wish it otherwise, we belong to the world and are the children of its ugly realities. In a certain sense, we are its ugly realities. If we close our eyes, the ugliness might all go away for a few fleeting moments. but we have eaten the seeds, and the dark god will appear sooner or later and cany us away to a land of darkness. STUDY? Last week we discussed the problem of distrust between the segments of the campus commlm.ity. One of the least mentioned, but most important causes of this distrust is the students' attitude toward their academic work. It is felt by many faculty members that students simply do not study enough. It is true that a goodly proportion of the student body does spend much time in studying, but a surveytakenlastyearindicatedthatstudents at New College spend an average of two hours a day at their studies. This is quick to alienate faculty who are truly concemed about whether our "experiment" is really working at all. If there is not serious academic involvement, then there is no reason for the college. BUT, THEN AGAIN If there is a group of people who are concerned about making New College an "innovative" college, it is the student body. The faculty seems to spend much time reporting upon the failures of innovation, rather than the successes. Few faculty members bring ideas for new approaches to bear upon "the system" as it stands at New College. The f acuity has reason to be dismayed, as witness the above editorial. But their interests in presenting new ideas is minimal. The breakdown of "innovation" at New College seems to be rather frighteningly well-defined: Students come up with new ideas, andfaculty refuse them or push aside small suc cesses in favor of recognition of greater failures. This dichotomy is another source of the distrust which exists. PROPOSA L In the interest of re-establiming the constructive dialogue which has died, we present the following proposal: The weekly "bull-liessions, 11 at which students could meet informally with faculty and over coffee and discuss problems at length, mould be re-instated. All that would be necessacy would be for a student (or students)to offerhisroom one night every week for the "bull session. 11 Anyone interested could contact that about specific faculty or administrative personnel he wimed to see. The student whose room was being used could contact the individual sought and invite him. This would be an important step toward the re-establishment of constructive student -faculty-administration dia logue. It could even be organized on a much_ larger basis! with the dining room or fimbowl made available. But xt should be done now. hope and To the Editor: The idiocy of the trailer movement has been superceeded by the occurance in St. Petersbutg. I condemn Spiro Agnew, Hubert Humph rey, William Cramer, Richard Nixon and Mark Baraz and company. They are all betraying the democratic tradition which our country has struggled for since 1776. When any candidates or interest groups ( 1r.Baraz&Co.)do anything more betrayal than present platforms and critiecismsoftheir opponents platfonns, they are infringing on our democratic rights. The free exercise of democracy can only exist when the voters are not insulted by mudslinging and placard waving. With hope for Peace, Don Aronoff P. s. Does anyone know how light switches tum on lights? 1 h e .d' / Letters Disillusioned Dear Editor: As far as I am able to see, from observations and discussions with compatriots, Phase i, Su:rpnse and Disillusionment, of the class of 1971's introduction to 1\!ew l1as been brought to a successful close. Ph II, Anger, is now be6inni1g. The only major positive point which has emerged from the whole banquel so deliciously spread in the admissions catalog is the freedom of the individual student to structure his educational plan. This hasbeenleapt upon with high glee and glads.:>me cries; a sizable minority have managed to structure their education right out of existence. The sight of a student regretfully thumbing sixteen pages of and remarking, "This is the first reading I've done since t1H tenn started, is by no means ..mcommon. A great number seem to have given up the humanities program entirely. This is quite a predictable development, as the tacit assumption was made that each individual would have some experience of an esthetic nature which would bear analysis ala Collingwood. This has proven to be patently false. Whatever the humanities program has accomplished, one thing is certain: it managed to bore or bewilder all but a select few. I had the great good luck to escape the clutches of the Basic Natural Science Program, but from the tales of those who retum from the grave, it apparently aims at the technarchization of those who fall prey. As for just about everything else, the aim seems to be sort of solid, well-founded infonnation information storage that education everywhere aims at. The only glimmer of hope in all this seems to be the tutorial. The faculty members who .. demonstrate the effects of a liberal education in their own lives ... are of course naturally swamped, and have no ime. E rgo, the st.udent is forced back on his own devices to choose either a good, traditional education, to engage in a sort of snack-barsocializing which makes a Baptist picnic appear first cousin to a Bacchanalia, or to plow his his way through the muck as best he can. In short, the Utopian promises ofthe catalog seem to have fallen by the wayside. The real aim of the college, "To make you a little bit more human" seems to have foundered on the rocks of apathy andsheer ignorance. The freedom to choose alternatives is certainly present, the alternatives themselves are few and rather worthless. In my op;..1ion, whatNew College failed to realize at its inception was the fact that the traditional educational concept has demonstrated its inability to preserve civilization in the very character of those it produced. Certainly this should have indicated to somebody that there was a screw loose somewhere in the works, that something besides speeding up the machine was the answer. Perhaps I have failed to see that there is an assumption that the core programs are intended only to give a finn footing upon which to build the "New Age" for which New College was founded. If so, this assumption should be dragged from therealm of academic arcana and made plain. It would. certainly balm a lot of wounded intellects. Virginia needs desperately to be told whether or not there is a Santa Claus lurking somewhere behind the spectre of the Comprehensives. Efforts such as those of the Pilot Seminar are only to be applauded; some care should be taken to sec that they are not utilized as coin laundries for the various egos involved. I will stay here, if only because I can find nowhere else the freedom to move in the dir;::ctions I wish to travel. This, possibly, is a gift large enough to satisfy anyone, b ut frankly, I was led to expect moro ... Any commitment I have to New College must be to an ideal, not-asihadhoped--to a living reality. Thank you, Charles K. MacKay October ::11, 196 WE "])o f'toT yov. t.E ss Yo"' CLEAN SU4VEN -Agreed Editor: This Wednesday (October 23) I observed :m interesting phena:nenon in my garbage .::m: the was very high ir. the middle while being very low at the sides. I decided to get to the root of th1s :md dumped everything on the floor. The cause revealed itself to be the October ll Catalyst which I hadn't crumpled when I threw it away, but instead had just dropped in the c:m on its side. Since it wasn't crumpled, :md it was already out of the c:m (:md I wa$ grabbing for an excuse not to study), I read it. One thing really struck me. Small articles, fillers, and letters (like "Spaced Out At Six A.M. ) were, on the whole, excellent. Whereas major articles, interviews, etc. (such as NC hosts Dominican Students) were extremely superficial, impersonal, :md boring. How, at such a small college ore c:m write :m article about fellow students, administrators, being a student yourself :md not get per sonally involved is a mystery to me Volume V, Number 5 October 31, 1968 Pli>!Uhed weeklytluougb.ol& the school year by students at New College. Subscriptions: $5.00 per year1 or 15 per copy. Address subscription orcters, change of address not ices, and undeliver@le copies to: The Catalyst/New College/ Post Office Box 1898/ Saraaota,Florida 33578. Telephone 335-6406. Editor Paul Adontites Assoc. Editor Ross Madden Managing Editor. Janet Goldwater Feature Editor Dick Webb Ed. Consultant Steve Marsden AdvertDng .. Collcen Reed Head Liner Carola HeitmO!lll Circulatl<>. Ma.y Lou Pbillilfl Fbotography. Jon Lunde Sta.ff: Karen Adams, Sandie Bailey, Marian Bussey, Jean Graham, Sheryl Helm, Candy Kosty Mara Laurie, John Mood y Sue Chle, Tom Pi.ckett1,HaJ.Piezc:y.l Roth, Mar garct Spurreu, Byron Wllltc, Paul Zimmcrm;m
Pa e 3 The Catal st Machines Are Dead Animals by MAX REIF This autumn seems to have been among the men whose job it is feel the fur of that giant pulsing animal, America, and extrapolate for all of us out here in medialand an exact description of her parts and diagnosis of her condition, the Time of the Post-Mortem. I have read much of the season's output from masscult, academia, and tmdergrotmd, and signed by such men as Stryon, Lasch, Genet, Raskin, Mailer, and an Instant Library of others, who have applied the Post-Mortem to not only Olicago but, as in the case of last month's special issue of Esguire, the entire entire 20th century in the whole tmiverse, everywhere. And while the conception of the post-mortem seems valuable as a metaphor it ismaybcnot such a good idea when you discover midway in your investigationthatthe animal you arc metaphorizing is really and truly dead. That, strangely, has tmdoubtedly happened. It is why Esguire, with its full color front cover of two Kennedys and a King ressurccted and standing lifelike and immac Ulate in a quiet cemetery, is not harmless and cute, but stifling, morbid. And why the words of General Hershey echo in my memory in his answer to the question "Is Life Worth Living1 11 which Esquire also put to suc.11 notalbesas Mae West and Mickey Rooney and Stokely (Something for Everybody, nothing for anybody). "I hope for and expect the awakening of the silent majority. I can hear it stir riDS!:, 11 says Hershey and others sound as though they are merely grabbing on to an affirmative answer like this is an "exciting" time to be alive, because the question contains a built-in de=dforone. And I begin to Lnderstana my sponse to some friends who called me up long distance last week and asked what New College is like. The image, although I had not by Christopher Lasch, an eminent II thought of it before, popped im-young cultural historian I had for a Radicals often speak of America mediately into my mind. A scene teache_r not ago. Lasch strug-as a machine. For a long time I've from On the Beach. The radio-gled w1th all h1s creative intellect felt they were right; but more than active CToudllasSUiiSuined the whole to formulate, in the light of hi; a political of economic machine world, and we are just waiting be-knowledge about the country and I think of her as a vast and cause it's coming here too some her politics, a plan for a feasible genious educational programming time andwedon'tknowwhen; and political coalition that could gain machine, a Skinner Box. I there's no place to go, so we just power, end the war, and get seri-thought once that all schools and wait. ous about problems of race and mass media were in her service be-Today is the first anniversary of poverty, In a review of Michael cause under the guise of "objectithe Pentagon march, and things Harrington's book Toward a Demo-vity, 11 they slanted information her have changed even since Norman craticleft, he said SUcli a lett partv way. Now I find that in large part Mailer reported in Armies of the could emerge out of the McCarthy-our mass media are not merely her Night that he achieved a sense of Kennedy-anti-war movement; he slaves. They are in fact her workgrace through the symbolic act of was somewhat optimistic, althoug h ing parts and may become disgetting arrested and spending time he made no bones about this being functional in any attempt at true with youths he referred to as "unthe only chance for years to come honesty, because the people will named saints". It becomes appar-to avert a wave of reaction that see only what the machine has proent that history absolves those who as he said at a teach-in once' grammed them to see anyway. My are in power to write it, and that "could dwarf the McCarthyism of father, for example, programmed the invisible drums and bugles at the SO's." His latest article is the with the idea that men in blue are the Pentagon, the righteous tears most pessimistic I have ever read THE LAW (not enforced of the law) we cried af!:er Chicago, all the fer-Consolidated forces, try not to get saw the Chicago Carnage vor of bemg young and in an ill-hurt, and wait arotmd for about 8 hve on TV and was willing to bedefined sort of "movement" will years is all he can say. (But there lieve not the picture, but anytling -have been. not meaningless, are th?se of us who,not being fam-Anything Daley could make up to dowm;-ght stupid, tmless we o.us historians and not wanting to justify the action of his cops, as if wm. For m the Great Society that f1t into any corporate structure tmihis own well-being depended on the Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon versity, or otherwise can ill maintanence of his illusion. It Hubert Humphrey, or George Wal: to just wait out the best years of didn't matter what Cronkite, Htmt lace see, even books like those of our lives. ) ley, or Brinkley said, When their Mailer or Camus, which we can Another man who was honest is reporting paralleled his programread and say "wow, he's talking Theob:Ud, a British cyber-ming, they were objective. When about me, mom, see, us kids are nehc1st who qwt all his professional it didn't they were wrong Media Good, 11 will be thrown down some work to travel around the United were po'werful a ents memory hole as irrelevant. Or States and talk to college kids be-for the machine powerless worse, they will be around but also cause _h_e deemed_ the of it. Daley's mail, it is well known, thought of as irrational and, there-ourc.nsls so vas: lt reqwred his 1m-ran 17-1 in praise of the police. fore stupid. Symbolic grace, in mediate full-tlme efforts. That other words is a luxury that may w_as more than a year ago. I heard not be avallable much longer, as hlm _speak always in Mailer, albeit regrettably, has a bnght, vem, but very come to realize in his new Harpers clear on one pomt: that we must piece on the conventions act NOW (then) to avert a great You can see the change, the prous nine m:mths. gressive elimination of hope after then, I ve picked up a book hope and finally of Hope in the of hiS, published in April, still work; of authors who made the misbut with take of being honest about our pos-the tlme hm1t to months. sibilities several months ago and so A lot of folks did try m th_e Memust remain honest about our total Carthy movement, but all m all, lack of them now when perhaps they failed, So now time's up. I delusion would be preferred. I fo}?on't know what Theobal_d is saylowed avidly all swnmer in the these. The has New York Review of Books essays died, and It .IS a matter tlme be-fore we to smell tt. And so it becomes clear that if Mayor Daley and a fifteen-year-cil kid with long hair were in a gladiator colisseum together and the kid was the Mayor's captive, his personal revenge for all that happened to tarnish the Mayor's name at the convention, and the kid had been beaten nearly senseless before hand and then buried with bound hands and legs up to the neck in the grolmd, md the Mayor ran at the kid with poison tipped golf soikes on and jumped toward his headt and the kid, out oi desper-October 31, 1968 ation, attempted asthe Mayor flew down on him, to bite the Mayor's testicles, and if the event were covered by TV, 100 million people would stand up in their livingrooms and scream, with passion, "FIGHT FAIR, COMMIE BASTARD. 11 The McCarthy effort proved the absolute impossibility of changing the machine by going through it. And everything that goes through it gets flattened eventually, a phenomenon beautifully symbolized by a Life magazine story last week: Gene-McCarthy covers the World Series,asiftosay don't worry folks he's no leftest freak, he still likes baseball. Nothing more could have been done. And the sheer arm of the machine, an example of which we saw in Chicago, from now on portends to make demonstration almost sure to be treated as insurrection and insurrection tantamount to suicide. So that there isn't ev en any way to symbolically feel no way to bet one chip; the tlme approaches when we let all of them ride or esle stand aside in league with the Automatic Crupier. That time the paranoids warned us about is, unless I am but another paranoid, really in the wings just off stage and we probably won't even notice its entrance. Not with a bang, but a whimper does the world end, and skeletonsof dead once sleek animals make excellent machines. In Chicago last spring, the day after the King assassination, when it seemed like everything was falling apart and Yeats' Second Coming was being acted out line by line, I sat in an apartment with a couple of radical kids planning wha:t seemed the only appropriate act1on, to march 50 students, bitterly opposed to existence as it is like lemmings into the Waters of Lake Michigan. Is that the action called for now --into the Gulf of Mexico? Or do we just wait on the beach? 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 I o o o o o a o o o o oo o o o o a o o o o o o 0 o o o o 0 0 o ao 0 0 0 o a o o o o o o o o o a o o o o o o o o a o a o o 1 Petuli a : ACoup by NICK KOULIANOS If one has been fortunate enough to have seen the films of one of Britain's most originaland-promis ing directors, Richard Lester, one can immediately sense the great artistic growth and development that has occurred in his film works. One can notice the evolution of his directorial style from the rather crudely comic nature of The Knack tothe terse, witty, and sharp social commentary of his latest film, Petulia. Petulia is Lester's most mati:iiie work, and one devoid of much of the playful experimentation present in his early works. The economy and artistic selection evident in Petulia shows us that Lester is at last""Siire""f what he has--both on film and in his head. This, of course, does not mean that Lester ha$ succembed to traditional film techniques in Petulia. What this does mean is t1i"it!ester has fully realized his own capabilities as a film-maker. In Petulia, Lester protrays contemporary existence as a series of puzzles and pitfalls created by mod em man's preoccupation with technology. Lester uses little restraint in exploring and E}aringly depicting the role that such often taken-for granted technological devices as the television and the computer have played in deceiving man and devoid offeeling. This 1s beautifully expressed in a se quence in which a hospital patient attention lookmg at a blank television screen, only to hear from a nurse that the is merely a facade without a plcture tube or a purpose--placed there, as the nurse states, "only for show." The world depicted in Petulia is one of mechanization Stiftii'eSs, and utter lifelessness-'where caged platforms take persons up and down stairs, and lovers in an extra-marital affair are given keys to a bedroom by a machine. The film makes a sharp distinction between this coldly efficient and dehumanizing world and the world of real feelings and emotions. The major figures of the story, including its central character, Petuli.a, playEd with superb lifelessness by Julie Christie, seek this sensual world, but cannot sustain the intense relationships it demands or function as 'human without the technological crutches of the modem world. This sharp contrast is made explicit from the film's very beginning, at which a scene showing the shrieking soul of Janis Joplin is immediately followed by one showing an elegantly dressed society ma-tron wearing a neck brace ride a sluggishly-moving elevator while sitting in a wheelchair. One immed i ately sen;es the desperate need of the protagonists for meaningful relationships, a desperation which is poignantly expressed in a se -quence in which Petulia picks a man at random from a crowd of wealthy socialites and asks him to have an affair with her. Petulia cannot sustain the relationship, and the affair collapses, as does her marriage. She is caught between the ideal and the actual. These contrasts, as well as short flashbacks are used by Lester as tactfully-placed cinematic metaphors which illuminate his revelation of the psyches of his protagonists The camera work, brilliantly attuned to the subtleties of natural sunlight ard color, is also very noteworthy. The crisp 1 ialogue is spar ingly used, yet still is explicit in revealing pbt ard characterization. The areas in which the film falls short, however, lie in some of the aspects of the performances of its major film actors. George C. &:ott, delivering what is clearly the film's strongest performance, gives a consistert ly effective portrayal of Pet ulia's hapless lover. As Petulia, Julie Christie succeeds fairly well in providing a somewhat convinc-(Continued p. 4, col. 2) 2 by DAVID PINI Cootext No. 1: Media "It seems to us that the thrust of education must be to develop a data bank of "common images," shared by the students and the educational establishment; to build from this to articulationofideas; and only then to worry about reading." (1) Observe Life Magazine Oct. 25, 1968 (orbetterstillHarvardLampoon's distillate of Life Magazines) Wild Animals at Home Space Flight Embryos Apocalup Apocalypse Corporate Ad Logos Popular Fhilosophers Some of the Mass Media's most pervasive visual'common images." Observe 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley KUbriCk and Arthur Clarke. All these comrron images are dis cemed and orchestrated by trem exquisitely in good taste in best taste. Perhaps the great flat rectangle is the archetypal Life Magazine. Life: Consider the Alternative. Consider Life Magazine ing upon 2001. This is narcissism incest a put on. Context No. 2 Mythology "A broad zone of readiness had therefore been established for the reception of a new approach to the problem of man's highest good A perfect "mythogenic zone" had been established: a limited yet suf ficiently broad area of the earth's surface, relatively tmiform in character, where a large population of closely related became affected simultaneously by roughly comparable imprints i and where consequently, psycho ogical "sei zures 11 of like kind were everywhere impending and, in fact, became precipitated in a context of ritual ized procedure and related myth. 0 0 In such a zone of readiness ideas and practices may appear spontaneously in more than one place at a time and spread as quickly as a flash fire, II (2) "Like the Aeneid and the Divine Comedy, the Odyssey is an epic of rebirth based on a metaphorical journey. All three poems are also in a sense, ret urns, home-Consider: 2001 lraroarella The Prisoner The FUR:itive star Trek The advantage of a television series is the advantage of a periodical. It is contiguous temporally with the audience. With so many messages, a message or program of any complexity must be repeated incessantly. It then serves to alter the ordering of less coherent input. The simplicities of an effective film reinforce new categories but cannot induce new approaches to 11 acting" in the world. Most of the suspense in 2001 is from learning. Figuring out what is happening, where it is happen ing Not what will haooen next. The suspense is your ignorance of the non-fiction. Imagine: Barbarella's adventure with the apes: Star Trek's "Enterprise" passing the Jupiter Probe: the rocket at the end of "The Prisoner" passing the "Star Child" as it re turns to earth. They could only intersect atthose points. Context No. 3 Technology "Another element was soon added: the inevitability of history's course: whether in the Marxian or the Teilhardian sense, the impor tantthingwasthat people be assured t:bU: ''things take care and that there is a happy ending to all experience; that secret mechanisms vvill produce solutions, with out effort, energy, morality, or civic virtue. The model is not 111 do" it is "Tilings develop." This 1 means that something outside of manisreliedonto make the social and political machinery function 11 (4) Jacques Ellel is afraid of Arthur Clarke. So is Stanley Kubrick. In the book 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke the slab, '1"Jie monolith, the symbolof reason, is an instrument loaded package from "beyond the infinite" sent to elevate the healthiest ape to "manhood. The blood}"'fingered dawn of man. Thus the star-child born of Keir Dullea is another transformation of man, Stanley Kubrick transforms Keir Dullea before the infinite. When he realizes when his techno-environment is a mediator between man and the rest of nature and when it is an extension of man's language dreams, and nightmares. When he reaches oi.E to reenter the spaceship (Manual Operation Only) Hal is hollow and mad, The one-eyed Number One in The Prisoner lived in the rocket Under his Everyman Mask was ape mask. Under his Ape mask was a madman. No-One. The rocket left. Those who knew where to go in the first place went home. The end is not death. The problem is not suicide. The event is aging. Kubrick allows reincarnation but not transformation as an interpretation. Iftechnology civilization, man barbarian. If man is civilized, technology will always destroy itself. Technology nature barbarism. "A civilized man or relatively civilized lmil can work unconsiously at promoting civilization; that is, he can promote civilization without any clear idea of what he is promoting or why. (5) Even an astronaut. A computer is always conscious. 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Pa e q H, SPORrS NEWS Tyranny 0 fthe/OC Election Masquerade by RADIK A!.. "Aesthetics will be the ethics of the future. -Maxim Gorki the hours of 9 a. m. --10 a.m. and 4:30--5:30 p.m., costumed participants will be travelling from Hamilton Center to polling places in the neighborhood to make their presences felt in whateverways they deem appropriate. Prizes for the most political and least political costwnes will be awarded by Dr. Hamilton by Tl IE BLJ\CK K..t'\'IGHT demands pW1.ishment. Condenmations feli like snowflakes and piled into a mass of confusion. As one who usually takes things All this escapes me. How the easy, I am alw:;.ys somewhat baf-roc can be so naive and so stiflingly fled_ people re_act strongly to tyrannical I find incomprehensible. a Situat.10n of the hasGranted, it might be nice if the I the suspensiOn of TomOlympics could be free of pditics nne Sm1th and J?hn Carlo_s from it might be nice if the world were the U. S. Olymp1c team m the free of politics -but both dreams same are equally naive. 1\nd consider\A.'hat all the fuss? The ing the world situation, recent actual was months before types of protests, and the publicity the Olymp1cs_got Harry given t11e Olympics, I can't see why Edwards, a umvers1ty professor, de-it thinks it should be nHorded cidcd that black amateur athletes, sacredness in fact, I wonder who he feels arc not treated fair!}' whether it merits it. Of course, by the system, should boycott the the roc might argue that protest 1968 Olympics. The purpose, as would get out of hand since everydetermined from newspaper reports, body's ROt a grudge a)!ainst somebod) But I doubt that the Carlos Smith incident would initiate a wave of massive protest -I also doubt that the roc really believes this either. Perhaps the real reason for the suspension was the IOC's devotion to rigidl) controlled order. 1\s to whether the action was "rude", I think the question is irrelevant. It is just a platitude used to escape the realities of the situation. Yet, there is one criticism I haven't r ct heard -that the protest was ineffectual. l think this is true. If later developments prove me wrong, I'll be happy; but I don't see that anything worth\\hile was acconpli.shed. Somehow, I get the fecl.ing that everybody's a bit confused. Halloween will be observed this year, as always, on October 31, year, as always, vn 0ctobcr 31. Elc_.ions will be held on l\ovem ber 5. If we dress up in costumes for the spooks' night, why not for the subsequent spooks' day as well? ..,..akc your political responsibilities seriously: wear a costwne to class. Dress to suit your political or a-political mood; be offensive, be lovely, be radical, be reactionary, be innocuous, be dippy--but be it in a costume. ISP Forum Anyone wishing further information as to possibilities for skits, etc., to be performed at the polling places can obtain a list from the Reception Desk or the list posted in the snack bar. was to make known internationally thci.r dissatisfaction with America's treatment of them. The boycott later had to be called off, as a result of lack of support by blacks, substituting in its place on-the-spot protest. Thus, with hands outstretched, heads lowered, and black gloves glaring at the audience Carlos and Smith protested about to be awarded medals, amidst the pompous reverberations of a blaring Star-Spangled Banner. Petulia Continued This Wednesday, November 6, at 8:00 in the fishbowl, there is to be an open forum for the discussion of the Indepcntent Study Program: its value and defects. The social science department will sponser the collaquiwn and all are welcome to attend. Mr. Feeney will give his brief paper on the research done and his evaluation oi the underlying cause of his findings. During the forum, some students will talk about the ISP' s theydid over the summer and perhaps help others to formulate more exciting projects. The discussion will be open to everyone. Now starts the hassle. "The Olym pics is no place for politics. u.S. officials ;pologize for their athletes' "immature behavior." Observers call the action "rude. II The roc (Jntemational Olympic Committee) Letter CHICKEN LITTLE FIGHTS BACK (catalyst, n. a substance causing or speeding up a reaction without undergoing permanent change thereby.) Folks: Shazam! With Surgeon-like incisiveness Honesty that hurts Authority smacking of Divine help Zeal of the Apostles Altruism of Saints Mesmerism in your very idiom, you plunge your scalpel straight to the ma.IrOwof New College affain in the editorial"Why Distrust? As did, oh, maybe 800 or 900 other college rags acress This Great Land of Ours in the past week, serving the identical function of Le Grande Synthesizer on campus after cam pus. Students, the administration is not evil, just busy. Administration, students are not evil, just young. COME, THEN, LET US REASON TOGETHER. And be thankful for the deft insight of ournewspaper. So be itthen;let us reason. When? Where? About what? Please give us a hint. Even as you spoke, the new dorms that are "more functional" were getting pushed past us by the same Anonymous Authority that from what I am toldloadedthishere place with first year people this year. Mao-Tze-Tung (Mr. Tze-Tung? Mr. Tung?) tries to make his revolution perpetual for almost a billion impoverished People. There are comparatively fewer of us here; mostly well-fed. Can we not. aU together, democratic town-meet-l ing, one-man-one-vote style, and take stock of ourselves, think, ing portrayal of a bored socialite. Miss Christie at times becomes repetitive in her portrayal of sheer boredom and often to such extremP< that one wonders whether this is a device pre-planned by Lester to show Petulia's shallowness, or an example of no talent. The worst effort by a perlormer in a major role is put forth by Richard Chamberlain, who gives an atrocious perlormance as Petulia's impotent husband. Joseph Cotton gives solid support to the major perlormances as Petulia 's demanding and materialistic father-in-law. talk, MAKE DECISIONS abott:New College and where we are going? Soon? Does anybody even care? Large universities and small colle_ges in our country armightmares, educationally. We are still small enough and fresh enough to have possibility, if we can become a community. Let us by God try to stay alive and dangerous. So come, let us reason together Somebodysaywhen. Youmaythmk the gulf we will be investigatinll: is sheer paranoia. And you may be right. But as for me, I said it before and I'll say it again: THE SKY IS FALLING!! Crushed, and a bit under the weather, Max Rei Dear Mr. Rei: You ask when lhall we reason? Readthe editorial on page two entitled "Proposal. Where will be answered in the same place. About what? Anything that bothers you, including the new dorms. To speak to that issue in particular, Paul Adomites and Scott Cook are the representatives elected TotheFaculty Archetectural Committee. If you have gripes, see them. That committee meets to discuss problems relating to the physical make-up of this campus. The new dorm planci have been arived at through extensive giv&-and take between the physical planners and students. Hyoufeel that this college should run in a town-meeting fashion, make such a suggestion tothe Board of Trustees, Faculty, and Student Body. H the majority feels that it should not be done that way, then your "democratization" has failed, and you are in the minority. Sincerely, THE CATALYST GOLDEN HOST 80 Beautiful Rooms 'SO.Foot Pool Putting Green-Bahi Hut Cocktail 4675 N. Tamiami Trail 355 COCKTAILS AT 3428 No Trail 355-3446 FINE DOMESTIC KEEP CLEAN SURF COIN LAUNDRY ECOPPER BAR 1570 No. Lockwood Ridge Rd. 955-3446 IMPORTED LIQUORS SARASOTA Flower Shop ..... It e loebit --.. Mc-.IM 121 t ht Street 955-4217 Ellie's Books & Stationery, Inc. C omp lete O ffice Supplle$ 1350 Main.St. 955.3515 Despite some glaring de fie iencies in the perlormances of its major actors, Petulia must be considered a film success. It is a superbly written, photographed, and edited film --but only because Richard Lester is behind these three ele ments of its success. Petulia is definitely one man's film --a brll iant example of the genius of Rich _Lester Petulia lies at the apex of his career --temporarily, at least. WHY A WRITE-IN FOR Eugene & McCARTHY Paul NEWMAN 1 Thousands of Floridians will stay home on Nov. 5, because they have no choice this year. Staying home. i s not the an swer. Protest in the voting booth. 2. These thousands could swing other elections; e .g., Collins for U. S. Senate. 3 We will reduce the Wallace vote by offering an alterna tive protest vote. 4. A strong vote will signify to the politicians that the people must be heard. NEW PARTY OF F LORIDA P 0 BOX 304 Sarasota County Chm. SHENANHOAH STATION Rohn Timm MIAMI FLORIDA 33145 955-8960 Nome __________________________ __ Address ------------------Cily -------___ Zip ----Pnone -----Contribution __ 2001: footnote Notes 1. Hampe-Lieberman. "Books." Jan. 4, 1968 2. Joseph Campbell. Oriental p. 251 3. HowaNI orter, OdJUCey, Bantam Books. Intro uct1on, 4. JacquesEllel. The Political Illusion. p. 22 5. R. G. Collingwood. The New Leviathan. p. 346 INSTRUCTIONS BRING YOUR OWN POINTED PENCIL. SHARP LIFT LATCH ON THE UPPER LEFT PART OF THE MACHINE. PRINT THE FOLLOWING 14 NAMES EXACTLY AS WRITTEN BELOW. ----------------------, VINCENT-GUERRAFORD LEWIS-HIRSCH DAVIS -SEARL-DUFFY KUNST SIMMS SMITH -MILLER-LIBERT TAYLOR NOTE: Any deviat i on in spelling will automati cally d i squal ify th i s vote. On to 72.