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THE NEW COLLEGE NtTMBER '1"1\IENTY -Tt/0 RGAN MAY 31, 1972 Pum.ISHED BY STUDENTS CF Nlr'i\' COUEGE FOR Tim BENEFIT OF THE NEW COUEGE COI\iMUNITY Our last chance to say that you may be their last chance a The Student Handbook for next i s going to" be composed by a committee of the SEC. Originally, Steve Jacobson was going to write/edit the handbook, but, due to misunderstanding, misinformation, and inactivity of the current sm, Phil Bandt, Chuck Derrick, and everybody else on pus (indirectly, but we're all part of the great incommunicado which is New College.) At any rate, the SEX: committee, consisting of Jim Cohn, Helen Gabel and who-knows who-else is selected, will write, edit, publish, and circulate the new handbook, which is intended to do several things which the '71 handbook didn't do, such as useful information. The new book should include information about such things as all the committees. SA.SC, EPC, CRC, College CouncU, etc.) how they work, how they should work, who is on them how they're selected, their responsibili ties, and various other things, the heir archy of the school, (we may actually have discovered how this school was supposed to have worked, but with the administra< tion shuffle, its probably all outdated,) the availability of resources on campus, and various other items for your viewing and enjoyment and information. Hopefully the book will be ready for distribution, and will be distributed, in mid-July, so _that incoming students will have some meager idea of the circumstances the! will be intering in the fall. Meanwhile, the committee is being formed. -JacobSCil T H E L A s T Candidate Trevor Colbourn9 for Presi dent, met night ri th the newly e_ected Presidential Search about a ilozen other faculty members, and four stu::'ients who happerted by. Dr. :ol bourn was available for discussion ruesday m>rning from 9:00 to 12:0C for an ho u r at the Natural Sciences Building, Social Schmces, a!'ld in the Conference Room of library. He reet afternoon with Dallas Dort of the Trustees. :olbourn is presently Dean of the Graduate School at the University of New Hampshire, and Professor of History. f!e has published extensively a.'"lc has been involved in throughout most of his academic career. :-te was, by his ovrn admission, extremely k1. gable in Near Eastern history l K 5 6 and 1 8 78. Because of the charg e of the 7rustees that the President s h oulri be primarily i nvolved with fund-raising discussion centered for some time Mond:::.y night on the fi.nancial stetu s of the college. Dr. Colbourn came out in fa.Yor of a 150,000,000 He called for a new direction in fun d-r..,_-:-:"dr. g1 although he unitrust as a promising concept now employed that he wolld like to see While admitting that he knew little of Florida politics, he cited the m1ccess of such schools as Temple in receiving state aid their independent stat:.ts. He that if Sarasota is to remain the source of support for the college, the college r.houlld do something to justify that He spole of the need for the community to identify with the college. 1.1hen the difficulties of some .Sf his 'were pointed out, he agreed that it would be diffictlit, hut that he helieverl. they coulo be worked out. (Dr. Colbourn later declined to come out in favor of si.n. Ee didn't give any reasons.) Colbour He agreed with the Trustees the primary function the President shoulr. be fina:1cial. ''Jt would be useless to be President," !le reasoned. if there were nothing to be ?resident of." His secondary interest as President would be in having a significant influ ence in effecting educational policy. He felt that administrators should be given a gooq deal of free rein; if it \iere not con?enient to consult faculty and/or student parties, he or the-Pro tost sr.ould be free to act. If the faculty and Trustees didn't like the administrative decisions, they could fire him. instructed him around here the faculty and the faculty alone 'etermine enucational policy. The President, he conceded, has some persuasive influence. whether that was agree a ble, Coltourn replied that it would be proiriing he was successfully per suasive. An arbitrery Yeal size for the college is 800 students. H e would have no ob jections to this sort of increase if the practical problems could be worked out. The problems involved concern mainly whether or not the contract system that many people. The big financial question is whether or that increase could be nade profitably. He closed by asking those present why they are at New College. Answers from faculty present were basically that they found the freedom to teach whatever they wa.nt hm.,rever they want to teach it, in with able students and faculty a most attractive reality. The interview appeared to be over, and this writer left on that happy note. Quote for the evening, by Dr. Berggren: "As a philosopher, I don't have to be concerned with facts. '' -..rmen TATTERS


2 DHM one lool< at Elmendorf News AIR WAR? 39 40 41 42 Pan Am Hercules Singer GT &E testing ground for bombs ammunition avionics, navigation, systems, flight simulators moden, electron1c research by Paul Jaffe 46 Du Pont ammunition On Tuesday night, May 2, after showing slides on the 48 Harris-Intertype 8rnmunition "automated Air War" in Indochina, Greg Brooks challenged SO Magnavox sensors, counter-the audience to think up ways through which to end that policy. measures,transceiv-The following represents a proposol along these lines, although ers it has yet to be worked out in full. 52 Goodyear radar, anti-personnel 67. s 22.1 25.5 61.9 7.1 25.9 12.8 29.4 Most of the pnti-Air War effort that has goine on so far bombs, dispenser (with the exception of the Honeywell Project in Minneapolis, m1.m.ition There are two ways to look at .lnStltUtlons,whichhascarriedoutsustainedorganuingagainstthatpar-58 Motorola anti-personnelbombs, 19.1 whether they.are colleges or anyth1ng else;. ticularcorporationfor31/2years)hasbeenaimedateither dronecontrolsets, of !s they are the worst poss1ble (1) persuading individual corporations to cease their producinfared surveillance existential Situations and should be destroyed; tionofanti-personnelweapons sensordevices orwhatever systems that they are the. worst possible promarily through at annual or (2)' 69 Eastman Kodak ammunition, film for 3.9 S1tu_at1ons (except for anyt.h1ng else)--as, I shuttingoffrevenues(YVarTaxResistance, consumerboycotts). surveillance has once been sa1d about demo.cracy These approachesarenotwithoutmerit. Butthefirstulti-81 AMF anti-personnel bombs, 39.4 Itself--and should be made I wlll buy matelyconsistsofamoralappealtothecorporations'stock-guidedbombs the second of those two propoSitions on the holders who usually are not interested in much else besides 89 Cutler-Hammer electronic sensors 24.6 44.0 33.4 grounc..s that there is a.n awful lot we don't higherdividends, betterprice/earningsratios, etc, The Alcoa guidedbombs yet know about educating young people--and second becausenoonehasyetdiscoveredhowtosuccessfully BulovaWatch fusesforbombs, pro-old people, for that matter. And, until we defy the power of the federal government, has re-jectiles, electronic know a lot more w: know now, mainedsimplyamethodbywhichanindividualcansymbol-cartridges anybody who 1s go1ng about try1ng t.o do icallydisassociatehisorherselffromthewareffort, without Zenith sensors,fuses, receivers 0 1t With much more honesty than we are wlth havinganyimpactonit Thethirdhas Ithink, morepotenaverage=30.6 a r e as? n a b 1 e a m o u n! of : s u c c e. s s b e c a use tial, and yet it too has f=ctioned }1'im as a vehicle for The deposit structure of American banking is very con-there 1s no success this bus1ness; there 1s personalrepudiationoftheAirWar, ratherthananycoherent centrated. Attheendofl967thetopelevencornmercial only change, and w1th a great deal of he art effort to pressure the corporations into abandoning the produc-banks held nearly a quarter--24. 77%--of all deposits; the (which must be the basis for that "change"): t'i.o1.whichallowsittocontinue. Yetevenifthiswerenotso, toponehl.Dldred)leldnearlyhalf. Inl971, thetopfifty ----John Elm end or f' In if a concerted affort to seriously boycott the lading Air War banking institutions had $173,636, 010,000 out on loan. (The an address to the student contractors was beg=, the task of boycotting all their con-gross National Product was sllghtly more than one trillion body, Sept. 11, 196 8 sumer products would be staggering, and many of these corn-dollars. ) It seems tmlikely that any corporation seriously in panies do not produce consumer goods. Might there not be an need of capital could avoid this concentration. And it hapeasiar way to deny these corporations operatmg funds? Arthur pens that these banks are themselves concentrated into a Kanegis of the National Action/Research on the Military-In-handful of the country's metropolitan areas: New York, Chidustrial Complex writes, in reference to Honeywell: cago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, PittsJohn Elmendorf came to ew College in 1965. His job was to turn this place into a viable proposition, to put more stuffing into Ragedy Ann. The school had been operating, more or less, for a couple of years. Apparently the school was still in its "impossible dream" stage. Somebody was supposed to lend substance to that dream. The Trustees were to scrape up the dough to keep the place going; Elmendorf was to contextualize that place. "We support it by not speaking out, by buying Honeywell burg, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Dallas. (The top ten thermostats and cameras, by domg war-related research in are: Bank of America, S, F.; First National City Bank, our l.Dliversities,, by loaning Honeywell money through Chase Manhattan, Morgan Bank!. stocks, by paying tasex to pay for Honeywell's contracts, Trust; NY, Western. Security Pacif1c and by working in Honeywell plants. (Minnesota Daily N at1onal Bank, L. A,; Contmental IDmoiS Bank, Chicago. ) 2-14-72) uf these cities have been leading centers of anti-war I came here four years after Elmendorf's entrancetmder less austere circumstances, of course. A second-year student I became with asked me if I had met the President yet. "The President? Why would I meet him?" "Everybody meets him." Just like that. According to the people in the know (that is, the upper class students) Papa John knew everybody by face a1.d name. What he seems to have overlooked is that Honeywell, along dlScontent throughout of the war. with virtually all the major corporations, has gone increasingly My proposal, then, IS this:. a boycott (_depoSit might into debt since the middle of the 1960's. In 1971, it had a long be a better leve.lled agamst the creditors of. term debt of $417, 658, 000--about 35.4% of its total capital. these l.Dltil they cease to fmance them or until lTT is another good example. It is a principal boycott target the corpor.ations agree to halt production o.f War material. (wonder bread Hostess Cakes Morton Frozen Foods Avis Rent-Such a strike could take many forms. Individuals could I can remember seeing him during the Strike now and then. In his ubiquitous grey slacks and open-necked white shirt, he'd show up here and there talking to some students, or listening to Doug Mur:hy's rhetoric from "A" Building's a-Car etc.) 'it also has a debt of$SOS 2421 000 withdraw their deposits and checking accounts from specified and a debt of $11 458, 8061 000, the being 31. 2 of organizations their percent of its capitalhation. The cowce of this credit, apart 1fms SWitch their accotmts to other fmanc1al mstltutions, fl om individual bond-holders, is usually two sets of institutions: :tudents could try to force their colleges and universities to the col.Dltry's leading banks and insurance companies. AccordJut their deposits elsewhere. If this could be combined with ing to I.F. Stone Review of Books, 4-6-72, p. 9) 1 rigorous consumer boycott then all the better. d other ccn lomerate "could not exist The structure of American banking is such that even a balccmy. thing or other, I followed the crowd into the house, where-without open lines of credit from their banks ana access to und.S rna upon the Elmendorfs were shaking hands with the guests as and securities in the trust departments of their bankers. The since banks are not generally equipped to handle a mas;ive they entered, After four or five times, John finally got my following is a list of forty-eight leading Air War (and other derl.Dl on their deposits (there are supposedly six to seven claims name right and told me something about myself and what fcnse contractors, what they produce, and how much they are for every dollar held by US banks.) The federal government I was going to do ("Run for SEC Good God--in (as defined by Fortune (May 1971), p. 140: Long-term but this in tum might touch off a political what the hell for?"). debt d1v1ded by long-term debt plus stockholders' equity. Debt cr1ses. The 1dea seems worth trying if for no other reason Last summer I got to know him better, became accustomedfigures from Standard and Poor's Stock Market Records; equity than to see what would happen. to his line of and word improvisations. After two figures from Fortl.Dle, May 1972, Survey of Top 500 corporations A final note: In order to proceed, it might help if we recommendat1ons to the Marine Corps OCS Elmendorf wrote, D f Rank Corporation Prod ts R t' d bt/ had some comprehensive information about specific loans we finally became fairly well acquainted. F'e uc a 10 't \ between banks (and other financial institutions) and corpora-l took charge of this "newspaper. It wasn't too long lSc -1 lockheed C-SA transport a tions. This information probably exists, but is scattered far before I read in another newspaper that I was going to see the and wide. For one person to gather it may take many months Judge. Half an hour later I was in Elmendorf's office. Earlier 2 General DynamksF-tlt bomber 28 1 If anyone would like to assist me in this task my box number that morning he'd received a phone call from some "well-,_ is 224 and my room is E-ll7. AT&T electronic sensors 47.2 meaning" reporter. Neither o' us knew exactly what was up. 4 Grumman fighter planes 37 8 Economic decision-making in the past decade has been A few I was waiting to sec John about stategy 5 General Electric radar, counter-24. 6 characterized by, on the one hand, an increasing reliance .abor:lon f1ght when a band of N.c. took over measures, light-lB. 3 on "other people's money"--bank accounts, insurance poli-his off1ce We held. our conference m h_1S cdl', the ing for helicoptors cies, pens1ons--to finance (and possibly gain influence over) result of which was that the f1ght was really my f1ght, not 7 McDonnel 18 the process of production; and on the other hand no corres-the College's. New College, Inc., was going to try to get Douglas F-4 A-4 3 ponding increase in the level of participation in this decision-out of it; I w?s to stay with it. College is behind 8 United Aircraft jet engines, heli-31. 2 on the part these "other people" (increasingly, the you, son ... Just don t look back--you might not see the copters entire adult population of the United States.) A movement supports.) 9 Boeing B52 bombers 42.5 to bridge this gap might seem in order. I can't think of a ColleElmendorf, h_!,ggard and tireHd, appd" ared thed 1 ft 10 LTV A-7 fighter jet 83. 8 mannpher in which to start than by putting an end to ge en masse. e sa1 some gs an e ll Litton 38 4 lS tr1um of American ingenuity and resource allocation for "reasons of health. Arthur, Drabic and company buzzed computers, known as the "Automated Battlefield 11 th;t ;one .. e might fold. 22 women 13 N. Am. 24.9 pH Q .E y ac, a co ege o ea y. 14 Raytheon Radar 22.5 Elmendorf ..,:ot his office back. We went to court, took 15 Westinghouse radar, equipment 26. 5 depositions. Elmendorf got off the hook; the College was for F-4 still on peripherally. The College Pres$dent watched l6 the college student fume at the DA's questions. The college student, enraged with the whole a::'fair, watched the college president handle himself like a master. In the elevator going down (where else?) he gave the youth the wisdom and wit of his experience. In an anticlimactic ritual I didn't witness, Elmendorf and I were exonerated. We shook hands some three weeks later. Throughout our little "affair" I had the feeling that Elmendorf would have liked to have staged some sort of battle by my side. He was, however, the President of an institution that had little use institutionally (vis a vis the trustees) for me or my ethical stubbornness. It's too bad ... Elmendorf's kind of stubborn too--we might have been able to do some good. President Elmendorf resigned a couple of weeks ago. Reaction: coughs, raised eyebrows, a few smiles. The reason that he gave for resigning had to do with the trustees virtually changing his job description--he would no longer have much to say about policy; he would. instead, concentrate upon raising money. Elmendorf said he couldn't swallow it. So they're looking for a new president. Might not it be a good idea to look at the last president--from both a personal and institution a1 perspective? The result of all this (the tense world sit uation) however, is a kind of cosmic frustration. Sometimes we get the impression I think,. that tpe bad guys are running thi1ngs. Sometimes we feel--at least I feel--that there aren't any good guys. And there are around this country, and I suspect on this cam pus, people who have come to the interesting conclusions that there is not even any reason to have any good guys because even the good guys don't know what to do and if they did do the wrong thing. ----John Elmendorf, in an address to the student body, Sept. 11, 1968 17 18 19 21 22 23 <:5 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 37 Sperry Rand General Motors Tc>..'tron IBM RCA Honeywell ITT Ford Teledyne Martin-Merietta Standard Oil (N, J,) TRW Avco Olin Bendix Gen. Tire & Rubber Chrysler Northrop computers, weapons delivery system for F-4 sensors, M-16's, Howitzers, turbine engines helicopter gunships computers for delivery systems sensors, radar sensors, computers, anti-personal bombs receivers, countermeasures, infared binoculars night vision systems for F -4, fuel air explosives target drones, aircraft engines, computers aircraft jet fuel aircraft anti-personnel bombs, infared receivers ammunition electronics anti-personnel bombs tanks, Project Brilliant aircraft, commtmications Texas FMC I nstum ents born bs weapons systems, ordnance, munitions 21.8 5.4 25.9 10.2 52.3 35.4 31.2 11.3 31.2 38.6 18.8 33.1 59.3 29.1 24.4 34.2 26.5 32.3 20.9 27.8 Is it worth a 31,000 fine, up to five years in and a felony conviction for a ":ree'' telephone call? That's a question that ar!yone thinking about trying to beat t;,.e relephone Compa..l'ly out of the price of a call should be askin[ to James E. security director for General releohone Compaxy of ?lorida. The Company, in cooperation with ether corepanies across the nation, is out to ider..tify and apprehend who are guilty of billing their calls to else's or to credit cards they possess. :l'i th a full staff of investigators who caref:llJy check the fr.aur'lulent calls, and a tough-:r.inded Security Department in harmony, those guilty of billing their calls to someone else's number and more schemes are being appre hended. :egitimate callG are really pretty cheap. After ll p.m., a quick, one-minute ca'..l to say "Hey, I made it back" can be co:np etec anywhere in the country for 35 cents. The alternative of a fine, a jail sentence, ar.d a felony conviction, just isn't worth the chance. people at College up to shenanigans--the phone have us. Cool it. have been officials


Editorials, Letters Etc. Hog Parlor Shuffleboard Capital of the World Whoopee-I get to grunt and grwnble again w Why bother? The rn atter is in good hands-t tlrne groaning about where-the-hell-th stud stuff; good hands again. us Y on't bother with what-the-hell-is-h No, friends, in this era of confused absurdity ( ll appenmg-the-alurnm-trurtee exactly what's going on; beni gn despots and such)a:ua y, there are probably a couple of people in ch ph A couple of months a go, there appeared in this ere are interesting things to gaz e upon ea powers ere who know shake-up. (I picked this trick up fro m Tim Als spot a quamt little piece concerning the :bil' box, take a at it--it's happened. ---..!... s op). Well, friends, if you haven't used adrnini_strative team Bob Norwme has been offered the position of Dean 0 P c ar lSSUe to lme the cat1s ly, is a terminal one-year contract Norwine f AdmlSSions-Earl Helgeson's old 'ob Tack Earl Helgeson. has offered the position' is being phased out. Bette! l;te than supposedfor years. He will be domg some of the same tudents. No, no typo--Dean of Students unno ..... the eat's not in the bag yet. type stuff Chuck Derrick has (or hasn't) been doin thad one of those either of the two men have accepted the jobs t Th g. lS, if he takes the post; of a full-time counseling position. The money to f e thing is that one result of this shufflin h b th 1 stead of counselors, we'll have just one or a ean of Students would come out of counselin een e. oss Why lS Norwme bemg made D ean of Adrnissl'on ? M. g s get. So, m-b f at. 'th Mr N s oreover why isH 1 b a ne convers 1on w1 orwine he said that h' .. e geson emg kicked down? D d h ot d h' pend upon is as If financial n:!year unclear. What his job In see any pro ern, even we don't have a president S a mg, Norwine will apparently p'tch H d -a good man for A dmissions. I've been in touch re .eptember. In that eventuality, "There won't b 1 m bl e Can we assume, then, that Norwine will be y WlJ: one of the top admissions men in the countJ.y e any pro em fmdmg lege? g some mg other than admissions come September an.d d Again, what of Helgeson? Where is the mon omg it at New Col-for that is in the till. We get an Admissions m:l. Okay: Helgeson is Dean of Students (maybe}, th come from? Will the last full-time counseling be .:i lS d effre. If Norwine fills some. new position where will thee pe 0 the boards to pay for thu nebulo1.1s aff ? } THE NEW COLLEGE ORGAN reviewed by Wendell Wagner, J r. The New College O rgan is published 1 k1 more or ess wee y at a o: less college in Sarasota Florida If one analyzes 1ts t1tle we see that it is an th regular publication) of a college and that ( th 1 test 1 lS new (1 e e a attempt at a publication) But h t' th of the college 7 w a s e name .. Turning to contents, one finds s editorials muinformed articles, and plaugiarized artwo ks The staff of the Organ includes Dave Middlemanr h h k'ck d w o gets lS 1 s cuttmg own anyone dumb enouoh t d h' rag Doug Murphy h -o 0 rea 1S 1, w o can cntlclle anyone except him-se ; ana Doug Stinson and Dan Chambliss who ill spend next year the Organ to new' depthsw About the only thing not unintentiomll f th of Y unny about e paper 1s a senes mane reviews Th to be humorous thou h tl ey were mtended g apparen y. (Mr. Wagner, who retires with this column as d for the Organ, does not exist. ) reVlewe DYING IN SARASOTA-Or, FEAR AND LOATHING IN SAR ASOTA (with apologies to Hunter S. Thompson champion of Gonzo Joumalism .... } Nine months ago--and it seems like much longer, I started writing the column "Surviving Sarasota". It came about from much the same need as the now-deftmct-as I understand it, Sarasota Catalogue. My fearless leader and I decided m the summer of 1971 that the Organ should spend some time telling students where to buy their liqupr, food, and where to wind their muscle cars up to 125 mph. or so. I had the unfottunft luck of being chosen for the job. In the first issue of the about-to-die (hopefully forever) Organ! I believe I wrote about smoking dope at c. grocery shoppmg, and the Myacca Road, which I had found a wonderful spot to prove to myself and the Toyota Corporation that a really can ge faster thanthe 73 mph. they advertise. !his at a cost of only $40 in traffic fines. This last article m that series of what-to-do and where-to-do-it concerned my whole -heartcli reccomandation of Ye Grog Shoppe and a concoction called Rebel Yell. I have since lost a friend at the Grog Shoppe and the fried! who introdilced me to Rebel Yell, but still nand be&lind those statements. The new guy at b the Grog Shoppe is a nice guy, and gives my wife lots of free ubblegum. My personal Whole Sarasota Catalogue died quickly, and gave to something that came close to a very real column, some thing I had had no experience in. The Reverand John D. Mac accused me oflmowing nothing of Sarasota, but I him. It sirnMt isn't true. I have been an off-an student at thu marvelous institution for a number of years, and most of those years have been spent living in the city, not on campus. I never needed to force myself to rn ake the bicycle trip J:roposed by Trustee MacO

Comment and People One great advantage of living in a une Tom Yori is that it is a happy and carefree way of hfe (if you can suspend great prtions of your intellectual and critical processes). But there Let's posit that, first and is bull shit to be put up with. I spent a good nothing so bad that you can't take lt. The deal of time at one along the lowlands of the implication is that either you make yourself E astern seaboard, and a great deal of emomiserable or not, you make yourself strong or tiona! commitments as well. 1: think that not. This applies mainly to middle.-class communes should succeed. My trouble is that whites of one extraction or the ones I don't see people risking much in the interest who dived into the bathos of self-plty and. of making them succeed (let's measute success self-misery in those sixties, that had, ultlmin terms of: 1) maintaining an adequate ately to buy their self-pity in the package dard of living for the members, 2) a poss1b1l-form '(just as everyone else buys his meals at ity for the members to further non-material the McDonald stands)--little plastic bags im-interests and/or talents such as music or in-ported from the Chinese poppy. Andlthese tellectual curiosity, 3) committment, and 4) were the people who made their ontological survival). Some people maintain that the connections through the offices of the hypo-only criterion for success of an "experiment" dermic needle because the events arou_nd them in group living is that it be a profitable/.enjoy-were after all not to justlfy able experience while it lasts--this is bull the l1oathing fo; the self, for life, that was shit it only functions to prepare one for the the most potent style of the decade. Just a_s inev'itable disintegration of the group. And it the Mafia is an obscene caricature of does not even begin to recognize the causes can business, so is the c!rug culture a cailc:afor that failure. ture of the commercialization of the My friends began thetr experiment withot* can personality, it abdication of _the any money to speak of, without any took, and necessary ability to do anyth1ng for ltself.without any manpower to build the physical Rather than learn to cook, we buy TV dinners. plant they needed to house the expected Rather than sweat, we hire others. Instead community membership--all they had was the of walking, we ride. Instead of making any mortgage they incurred and the blind faith that effort we the world to come to our people would wander along to help, that events ee : whatever they may be (from the way would bail them out. n ..... d" dt th 1 I hear some people talk about theu "nee s, So far, hav.e o sera c a ong, I'm beginning to think they're vermin). The mainly on theu ong1nal fa1th. Last summer, drug culture epitomizes laziness: like t?e when it was extremely ?ot un.pleasant for cost analysis-Robert McNamara mentahty, 1t working, we were work1ng w1th p1cks and is one of the more pernicious afflictions of shovels to dig the foundati?n for a house that the American mind. Can we really afford a machines could have done 1n a day or clean environment? We could, except for one Instead of machines, we were using the musthing: people won't pay the price, That price cle labor of volunteers like myself, and the is the inconvenience of not chucking bottles worked dragged on for months. I had to leave out the wondow when one feels like it, for before the work was completed; since last example: if you have to do it yourself, it's fall I have learned that there was neither too much. And the poor drug suicidals rerely meoey to build the house, nor a dec-got it together enough to do it right--the ent plan for such a house, nor the gig was, you put up your money, you bought to work on it, probably the the fantasy you couldn't make yourself. The build it--so on down the hne. The stra1ght misery we saw or felt was not _more lines that we dug into the clay have than our own bankruptcy, our 1nab1hty to from the natural effects of the seasons; 1t lS find happiness--in some cases (such as old an empty hole. New College sometimes), an actual snobbery Yet, they are not discouraged and neither directed toward the non-miserable. We were am I. learns that things come slowly, forced to purchase even our own oppression. maintaining the faith somehow that they come But anyone with an iota of mental acuity surely. This is a society where one supposedlearms the emotive vocabulary grew to ly is outmoded quickly; just as we refused to understand words like self-pity, machismo, believe the wisdom of our parents (and some-' self-respect, fortitud.e ... and. more recently, times correctly), so have people three and from people like Da_n1el courage, four years younger refused to regard our ex-integrity .. even fa1th. Org1a.st1c melodr.ama perience as meriting attention. A new myth of the sort that led one to beheve, l_ate ln has grown that each year, each day, each in-1968 that the day of (meanlng our dividual etches a unique and ineffable, abov n .:!xoneration) was at hand; this ll(rew wear-all an experience, upon the isome. Its puerile destructiveness began to impersonal world. It is more bull shit, of show through the fibers of the melodrama course. Yet, just as we slowly learn the that was wearing and the Moverne.nt application of our parents' conventional wis-began to see t.hat 1t was to llfe, a dom, our personal experence begins to find life replete w1th all the hypocr1s1es and hu-correlation in that of others' and the expera m an failings we had been so quick to con-ence of the philosophers and teachers assumes demn when we saw them in our elders. personal and immediate significance to us. Subtlety and comple came even to people Above all, one knows that there is some= like Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman (who thing better than Scarsdale, something that have been .endorsing McGovern) an.d a deeper does not duplicate Selma Alabama; indulgenc understand1ng of ourselves--most 1mportantly of perceived faults may or may n o t on the of our own net to a. hand, suggest an intellectual' snobbishance of rac1sm and all those other cap1tahzed ness--what is more important to me is that it which we had smugly assum:d defintiely adds to fle pool o f shared experi-were never guilty of: rather to a forg1veness ence, pending the time when once again we of the flaws in others with the hope that re-can trust each others' words and advice ciprocal sentiments would tolerate our own rather than having to duplicate the entire efforts when they failed. ranged of human folly before we ourselves wi Which is in the _traditional Christian believe anything. Until that time, if you schema of th1ngs as chanty. think the stakes are worth it, there are the Thus, there is a kind of understanding shallow seas of bull shit to wade--venereal afoot of what it really means to do battle diseases and crabs at the crotch of the matter I' j i a f,; i j JIUii! ; '!'HIN!IN I A1':2AJ starting to loo k infor'llation, suggestions, and f o r first of next year's paper. Contact ., ..... J/>4'7 oug ..) 1.nson, v ,. :; JOB OFFER We need two girls to do Promo worl' in bathing suits. .. aturday Shrs. $1SOO. &up ... PHONE A R E A Coo 8 13 with the dark angels; we have the choice of These things are always had to relegate w ith opting for escape in a snobbish sort of belief idealism and faith in the human possibility. that we arc intrinsically superior to the rest of civilization and should not sully our hands in attempting to choke the devil, or of confessing personal imperfection and returning to this moral cauldron, to ourselves, to the heat, and taking our chances. The first alternative is traditional fundamentalism; it is the motivating creed behind most communes. It has its strength (it is good-timey, it is lyrical, it appreciates life) and its weaknesses (it demands an abdication of moral self-consciousness, it sees the flaws only in its enemies, it invites bigotry). The second alternative is complicated by a "richer" intellectual tradition: it is difficult to grasp, it is confusing, it counters American intellectual traditions of populism by admitting to original sin; by confessing its own flaws it runs the risk of institutionalizing and perpetuating them, and it tends to deny a more sublime possibility for mankind by its implicit cynicism. But it is more vital. It does not nesessarily deny a divine possibility for existence--indeed it requires one for any viability at all, unless you happen to be the kind that wants to s, y immired in the quasi-existential dreck. OK, You take your chances. You squint and look at the pile of chips before you, lay out your bets, and run the risk of being being a fool, ridiculous. But if you decide to play it safe, the other danger is in letting destruction run its course; small consolation, when that happens, to sit in the rubble demon-strating that it wasn't OU!_ fault. What I am attempting to prescribenerc borrows from what fl"ljii"'III"W'IIII Dr. Berggren used to call "tough-mindedness;" namely, that it's pGssible, even necessary, to become intimately involved in enterprises that may be flawed in their conception. I don't know exactly what Dr. Berggren intended by the phrase; I assume it to be an intellectual self-awareness and a willingness to risk ridiculousness, even to the extent of working with pc ople !whom we hold to be, at least in part, ridiculous. R /',tln

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