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LIBRARY IN With all the progress this summer it seems that everything is going well regarding the library, but there is at least one problem. While we watch the construction of a new 7 million dollar library, we can also watco the present library fall into a pit of underfunding. Last year the New College library had a budget (!'Book OCO") of $192,572 to purchase books and periodical subscriptions and to pay for inter-library service charges. This year, due to the Legislature' s decision to cut Book OCO funds to all State Universities, USF received only 67% of last year's budgGt, taking a cut of $454,298. This has led to a cut of $71,853 for the lew College library. ,b n USF takes a cut like that, USF at Sarasota (hard words) takes a proportional cut, Wrong. The three branch campuses (Fort Meyers, St. Petersburg, and Sara sota) were cut back further to bring the Tampa (The USF) campus' library up to 70% or-last year. That sets us up for a 37% cutback. While everyone feels the squeeze, this sort of disparity between the Tampa campus and its "branches" creates a problem. Campus Dean Dr. Robert Barylski feels "it would have been much better for goodwill if everyone had taken the same cut." The proportional difference between New College's and Tampa's budgets is not great ($12,271), but as Barylski put it, "We have a bad feeling created over a small amount of money." Barylski is more concerned with future cutbacks and "the principle" of the matter. "We don't like to see any decrease in the overall budget, and we have seen here a 2% ($12,271) shift, with no guarantee that things will change for the better next year. My concern," he continued, "is that even if it is an emergency year I can't agree with a potentially permanent cut." Going back to the merger of New College with USF, Barylski pointed out that "the general agreement between the University and the Foundation was that the University would maintain a certain level of funding. I see that level going down. We shouldrl't have to de fend. our basic operating costs each year. If things continue to shift in this direction, over time we will have a big problem.11 The big problem right now not the 2% cut in our share of Tampa's budget, but the 33% cut by the Legislature. Such act1ons should bring on a considerable outcry from University administrators, teachers, students, and everyone who is.concerned about the quality of education in Florida. Let's not let it slide. THE CRUNCH by Randall Lanier there are concerned individuals out there who will donate money to ease the strain, and New Col lege does have the Foundation, headed by General Heiser, who has been known to work miracles raising funds. But the Foundation cannot take up all the slack forever, If it could, we would never have become a State school. So Dr. Barylski's concern with the "principle" of a 2% cut is legitimate and should not be ignored. Tampa will certainly raise a considerable amount of money. Then they'll have what should have come to New College, St. Pete and Ft. Meyers, in addition to their private funds. Letters from directed to the President of USJ ', Dr. John Lett Brown, have considerable attention in the past and do have an effect, despite what you may hear. It only takes a moment ... VOLUME 2, NUMBER 1 FROM THE DESK OF by Bill Kline Welcome back. Once again a summer has passed by very quickly. The most exciting news on campus, as I am sure you are aware, is about construction. The funding of the new library and the Sudakoff Conference Center will highlight the major building projects over the next two.years. More immediately visible and influencing your campus lifestyle will be the CIT recreational projects. We have worked very hard, both administratively and through Student Government, for the past three years for these funds. Although we knew we would receive them eventually, we have full funding a year earlier than expected. Therefore, we will be moving ahead this year with a variety of projects to expand for.your use. Phasing of these proJects have to take into consideration the other campus construction, but we hope to complete everything by next summer. First, the projects on the East campus. The swimming pool will be resurfaced and retiled, along with installation of new filtration equipment and lighting. Outside of the Pub a lanai (a screened enclosure) will be constructed. The existing tennis courts will be resurfaced, and two new courts will be built, complete with lighting and windscreens. The basketball court will be resurfaced and supplied with new hoops and lights. The racquetball court will be resurfaced, and a second one will be constructed. A new exercise facility and pavilion will be built, although the location has not yet been decided upon, and safety and lighting improvements will be made in the Pei dorms and adjacent areas. In Hamilton Center, there will be new dining furniture and mailboxes. Now for the West campus. A courtyard/gazebo area will interconnect the Palmer buildings (A-E), and this will provide an outdoor covered seating area. The Counseling Center >-rill also receive new furnishings and equipment. Down by the bay, the dock will be repaired and a new pavilion built, and a new sailcraft will be purchased. We will have a new awning for the patio behind Cook Hall, and a fitness trail will be created along the uplands. And now some information about already existing people and places. The hours for the Health Center, which is located in Building E, are 9-12 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 1-6 on Tuesday and Thursday. During these hours, Dr. Murray Friedman, our new campus physician, will be available. Appointments can be made in advance. The availability of a physician 20 hours a week will greatly upgrade the quality of medical services available to students. Dr. Friedman has been in family practice for the past 20 years and has recently relocated from Illinois to Sarasota. He also has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Yale University. In addition to providing medical services, he will also be conducting a variety of workshops on medically related topics. If you have health insurance, you will need to complete insurance reimbursement forms after seeing Dr. con't on p.-seven


CREDITS Editors: Dawn Bialy Randall Lanier Layout Editor: Tina Trent Contributors: Chuck Fortunato Don Moore' Gene Stackpole Rick Doblin JoLynn Butts Bob Benedetti Pete Fazio Bill Kline Jack Baker Special thanks to Furman Arthur, Pat Rozar, and Dean Robert Barylski for their assistance on thi. s comics: David Mitchell EDITORIAL Well, this is it the orientation issue. It's a little too close to sunrise for us to be successfully witty, so we'll be brief and to the point--hope you don't mind. For the Reagent to work the way we want it to, we need HELP--lots and lots of it. The Reagent comes out every two weeks, so we need constant input. News, literary work, drawings, editorials, and just plain information--we need it all. We're going to have an "organizational meeting" on Thursday night, Sept. I, at 7:00 in Hamilton Center, so please come talk to us. Even if you're just curious, drop by--the more the merrier! If for some reason you can't make the meeting, leave a note with your name, box number, and room number in box 49, ,. ....... .. ....... 4 love t o explain more about our hopes, problems, and i de a ls, but it' s easier to do in person, so again, drop by and chat. We really want your suggestions, criticisms, and advice-let us have it! Again, apologies for being so incoherent, but we'll be better after some z's--we promise! Tiredly yours, Programs, facilities, and activities of the University of South Florida and New College are available to all re gardless of color, creed, age, religion, sex, national origin, and handicap. The University of South Florida is an equal opportunity employer. This public document (the Reagent) was promulgated at an annual cost of $3,000, or about 20 an issue. DYNAMIC H ello, welcome to New College. I hope everyone is getting settled in okay. A major part of your prosperous experience here at New College involves your input into the workings of the college. Community with a capital c. I n order to do this we must have successful communication between the various factions of the University. To accomplish this you must be heard from. There are a number of outlets for this to be facilitated. Talk to your professors. Talk to the R.A.'s, Student Affairs people, or anyone who will listen. There are a number of positions within Student Government that will need to be filled during the next general election. There is no better way to have your v9ice heard than Howdy --Welcome and welcome back. Hope summer camp was fun. And I hope you are ready for the new semester. A new semester brings new potentialities and new opportunities. I hope it will also bring new faces into student government. Maybe even your face and any and all parts attached to that face. Since student life at NC is shaped by those very boys and girls, men and women, and males and females who participate in it, you have the opportunity to affect positive changes in student The only qualification is being a member of one of the previously ment ioned gen ders coupled w i t h a desire to improve the general state of affairs around here. You can run for office in the upcoming elections; and you can be an active voter in those elections. You can get involved in any of the many disorganizations striv-to run for it a try, two weeks. office. You should giv T he elections will be Feel free to talk with me or drop me a line. M y box number is 420, my phone extension is 249 and my office is in room 307. Don'and I to help you. I would like to th1nk I am accessible for you to talk to. Thanks. (' 1j O()C) Gene Stackpole NCSA President ing to make chaos out of order on this campus. You can write for the Reagent. Or you can wallow in a rhapsody of apathy and spend your days at NC as a non-participatory spectator. New College i s very much what we make it; you can contribute to this place. Give some input to NC: you might be surprised by what you get in return. Mean Gene and I will try to answer any questions about the corning elections. Stop by the office (H-6) or give me a call at x 252. Let's get both new faces and old faces together this r a d a c some chanqe for the better. From the chair of Don Moore Campus Council Chairman --KAHNCERN--------------------Reprinted with permission of The Longboat Observer. By Jack Kahn Sr. (Jack Khan Sr., guest columnist, is a four-year veteran of the AAF in WWII a TV executive, former owner-manager of the Far Horizons, longtime resident of Longboat Key and an arch conservative in things political.) New College About 20 years ago, a group of ardent, spirited and purposeful Sara sota citizens, in their continuing dream to make Sarasota the cultural center of all of Florida, put their heads together and out sprung the concept of a college. The necessary fund-raising proclivities got under way. The private financial support assured the college's initial success. Many of the names of the individuals responsible escape me, but I do know the group included the Dallas Dorts, the Emmet Addys, the Charles Baileys, and the VanAntwerps. In keeping with the goals which this group had established, the hope was to emulate program of edu designed by New College of England. In fact, it was from that college that New College of Sarasota derived its name. Among many considerations for the makeup of the college was that only a select group of applicants would be accepted for enrollment. Educational standards were to be set at a very high of academic achievement and the physical structure of the college was to be consistent with the goal of excellence. The skill of the world-renowned Chinese architect, I.M. Pei, was secured to design the dormitories. After a few years of operation, it became evident to many of us in Sarasota that while the students may have fulfilled the scholastic entrance requirements, many of them did not conform to what was expected of them in the area of deportment. Many of them lacked a sense of common decency and social amenities. It was that indifference on the part of the students that soured me on the project. It was a long cry from the strict discipline and dress of its English counterpart. The order of the day seemed to be beards and beads, and long hair tied with ribbons (even the male students). More


by Dawn Bialy Okay, kids. Here comes the hard and dirty info you've all been waiting and hoping for. I assume you'd all figure this out sooner or later; however, many times you learn the hard way, so I guess I'm just giving you a brief forewarning of things to come. First things first: expect to work your academic ass off. When you're partying instead of writing that already overdue paper or studying for that crucial test, remind yourself that, if the S.A.s.c. gets a hold of you, you probably won't be doing any more anything at New College--you'll be history. Expect to see things you've never seen before. And when you're criticizing, mocking, or being generally disdainful, let your mind flash on the fact that there are other people here doing the same thing at you. Don't get on a high horse--there's lots of people around who specialize in knocking you off. Expect to slip and break your Dear New dnd Returning Students, Welcome! Get set for a most exciting and dynamic year at New College. Our school will be undergoing many positive changes this year that we are fortunate enough to be a part of. The Housing Department and crew have worked very hard this summer to enhance the dormitory living conditions. Several large projects They include the reestablishment of the 209 lounge and kitchen with the addition of four washers and dryers in room 211, as well as coke, cigarette, and ice machines! The old washers and dryers are still behind Hamilton Center, so no more waiting around. A deck has been constructed next to roorn.211 and the Co-Op will reside in room 207 this year. often than not, students went around barefooted or they wore sandals. It is an accepted theory among educators that meticulousness about appearance leads to meticulousness about thoughts. Indifference about appearance leads to indifference about studies. That was not the only fault to be found. Instead of pursuing classroom work and research in libraries, many students felt that they should become a part of the reactionary groups by joining with strikers in picket lines and decrying the establishment. At one time during the college's early history, there was a complete lack of discipline. A few months ago, I had a very enjoyable and informative visit with retired Army Lt. Gen. Rolland V. Heiser who heads the New College Foundation. He is a dedicated individual who has striven diligently to overcome that sorry period in New College history, of which he was well aware, that had soured so many local c1t1zens. He assured me that all of that has changed, and that the college has now embarked on a policy designed to combine all the necessities of a well-rounded education, which includes Cynically Yours ... head open if you wear flip-flops in Palm Court when it's wet--bicycles can also be hazardous to your health. Other shoes are semi-safe--you may only break an arm or a leg. If you don't know how to argue effectively, expect people to walk all over you, regardless of whether the topic is academic, social Poli. t1cal, or personal. Stick up for yourself--mommy and daddy went home, remember? Expect to be confused sometimes. Also, expect to stay that way if you don't ask questions. Around here, the only way to find out is to ask. Otherwise, you'll miss lots of interesting things, such as the location of the darkroom, the glory of Caples, and the magnificence of 11the chair" down by the library interested? Good-do something about it. You've got lots of freedom here, and so does everyone else--expect to exercise and explore it. Play soccer. Write for the Reagent. Run for Student Government But remember, respect is crucial to the of Do what you want, but don't intPrfere HOUSING + THANKS The dormitory maintenance and custodial crew spent the summer cleaning and repairing the dormitory rooms. Many of the rooms were painted. If yours is one of them you can personally thank Don Woodard, Mike McDuffie, or Joe Murphy for their excellent work.* All of the shower curtains were cleaned (thanks Mike & Joe) and all conditioning filters Fifteen shower walls were repaired (thanks Jim & Eddy), all the balcony screen doors were repaired (thanks Eddie & Rich) and drapery rods were repaired in over 75 rooms. The Housing Office would like to continue with this level of improvement in the dormitories every year, but the bottom line is that it is up to all of us individually and collectively to re-spect and maintain these standards of dress, manners and a trend back to normal student extracurricular activities; in short, away from the rebellious and toward conformity. I have every reason to believe that Heiser is right on target. And with that in mind, I urge everyone who .has made Sarasota his home to join in a renewed effort to assure the success of that institution, and its effort to become a highly respected and nationally recognized educational institution. While the general funds of the state support the salaries of the administration of New College, it needs the additional support of the citizens of Sarasota, as well as of its alumni, to provide those facilities necessary for a complete college. While specific fund-raising endeavors are occasionally made during the year, it would be a pity now to neglect New College. It is an integral part of the cultural development of Sarasota and deserves to have the support of everyone who can afford to contribute financially. (The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.) with others while doing so. The only real "problems" we've had among students have occurred because some important implicit rules have been violated. This applies,to roommates in particular. Don't use the excuse that you "didn't know" they would get pissed if you locked them out for an evening. Taik to each other--you may be able to avoid otherwise nasty situations. And speaking of being locked out--expect to get pregnant if you're sexually active and you don't take the proper precautionary measures. Again, use a little foresight--it's definitely worth it. There are several other tidbits I could include, but this should suffice. I guess a good blanket statement is: expect to get out of this place what you put into it. We're all "adults'' now(whatever that means), and you're basically on your own. Don't blame your problems on your roomie, your prof, or other extraneous beings--look to yourself for solutions. And if you find them, you'll know that you're what us "older students",expett of a true N.C.'er. additions and improvements. Remember, those additions are for the enjoyment of all so be courteous of the next person; e.g. keep the 209 kitchen clean and remove your clothes from the washers and dryers quickly. If we all do our part individually and work together as a group we can make this the best year yet at New College with' more of the way. *If your room was not painted and you want to paint it, see R.A. and choose from amor.9 27 different colors of paint. Project Calendar After hearing/reading about all the wonderful additions to New Col lege, we thought you might like to know when these happenings will be happening. The Sudakoff Lecture/Conference Center will be under construction by January and is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 1984. The new Mediterranean style library will be rolling by February and ready to use by second term of the '85-86 academic year. That includes the walkway over U.S. 41, noise-reducing berms, a new Physical Plant, and a new studio for Jack Cartlidge and others interested in manipulating materials into artistic forms. The art studios in Caples should be ready by the fall of '85, and the Environmental Studies Program (ESP) should be in the Carriage House by this winter. (Information supplied by Dr. Barylski)


ON CATALOG UES AND CARDS by Chuck Fortunato It has fallen to me to explain how the New College library works. It's not really that difficult to use the library, but some find the process mystifying. I know some third and fourth year students who still haven't learned how check out books. The library is the large marble building at the end of the long road on the west side of campus. Immediately upon crossing the thres-hold of the library you will be in the reference Not surprisingly, it 1s here that you will find reference books and reference librarians. Pat Bryant is head reference librarian and worker (I'm not just say1ng that because she is my employer). Pat is probably the worst person at New College to cross and one of the best to be on good terms with if you intend on doing research. If it is in Pat can help you flnd 1t, and if it is not in the library she can help you get it. It's very easy to avoid the library "black list": 1) don't remove reference books, periodicals, or reserve materials from the library; 2) return books promptly if they are requested; and, 3} don't damage books. You can score brownie points by doing the following: l) introduce yourself and o f the lib rary staff (we're very friendly and i t g ives us a sense of self-worth when we answer your questions); 2) return reference books, periodicals, and reference materials to their proper places when you are done with them; and, 3) say thank you. The large desk to your left when you walk into the library is the circulation desk. You can do anY of following at this desk: l) get materials; 2) request books from the annex or other students; 3) get popular periodicals; 4) ask general questions; 5) check out books; 6) return books: and, 7) track down books you can't find in the stacks. The Reserve SystemPro fessors put books on reserve when they want certain materials available to all the students taking a course. There is a black book on the circulation desk labeled, appropriately enough, "New College Reserve." In this book you will find a list of all materials on reserve. The book is organized alphabetically by professor. It saves time if you consult the note book before asking for reserve materials. Reserve materials have their own blue sign out cards. All you have to do is sign and date the card and put it in the box in order to check it out. New College uses a closed reserve system: that is, reserve materials cannot leave the library under any circumstances. Very bad things happen when reserve materials are removed from the library; just ask anyone who took Death, Grief and Dying last semester. When you are finished with reserve materials return them to the circulation desk, get the card(s), scratch your name off, and place the card back with the materials you checked out. Requesting Books-If you can't find a book on the shelf that you need, you should check with t h e circulation desk. In most cases the book is checked out. As you may have noticed, our humble little library is quite crowded. The fact is a s1zable portion of our collection is housed off campus in the annex. The only way you can determine jf a is in .the annex is by ask1ng for at at the circulation desk. Likewise, the only way of getting a book from annex is by asking for 1t at the circulation desk. Books are rettlE"ved fr0m the annex between 12:00 and 2:00 Monday thru Friday. So, if you need a book from the annex over the weekend, you'd better request it by noon on Friday. Generally, books from the annex can be checked out normally. If someone has already checked out a book you need, you can request it -the library will take care of the rest. When you request a book at the circulation desk, have the call number, title and hor wit o as this will greatly speed up the process. Checking Out Book s New College Library does n o t use due dates. At the bend of the circulation desk there is a card holder divided into four sections. One section contains blank cards, which everyone uses when checking out books. The other sections are labeled New College, USF, Faculty and other. When you check out books, guess where you'll put your cards. Signing out books is a relatively simple process that some people (I won't mention any names or institutional affiliations) find quite difficult. Here's how it is done, step by steR: 1) remove all the white cards from the books you wish to check out; 2) get a corresponding number of the blank check out cards; 3) fill out the cards -include the call number as it appears on the book card, title, and author; 4) write your name legibly on both cards; 5) use the date stamp at the desk to date both cards; and, 6) put both cards in the proper slot. In case you're interested, the white card is filed away by call number and the colored card is filed under your name. Well, that about does it for your first lesson in New College library science. There are numerous other things about the library that you should know such as inter-library loan, the Tampa library, computer data bases, periodical, etc. Perhaps they will be explored in future articles. Dear Resident: Most times appropriately at this juncture, persons in my position enli g hten their as to the philos basis for the vast array of rules, regulations etc. that govern dorm life.' At New College, the philosophical basis can be reduced to this single max-1m: here you are treated as an adult. The few rules and regulatlons that are codified as "Housing Policy" are designed to protect your rights as a resident and a student. In th1s regard, there is no AdJunct Lecturer Dr Alan f>aker of Economics


..---From the Faz----------..... curfew, but you should be adult enough to lower your stereo when a neighbor needs quiet. There are no visitation rules, but you should respect the privacy of a persons room. There are no room inspections, but you should respect the living environment and treat your rooms accordingly. Our expectation of this behavior demands the Housing Office to be responsive to the needs of the community on two levels, socially and in services. To help build a sense of community, the Resident Assistants and the 0 t:;j 1-1}1"! ;t> >-3 rt 0 ::T;:i >-!'< 0 '0 ;t> 0 ::i 1-' p.. 0 >-! (IQ (!) '< Ul .. :X:. Ul C/l rt '"d >-! 0 ,..., (!) C/l C/l 0 >-! Residence Counselor will have informal dinners on a regular basis to brinq together variou rgid@nt students. Barbecues, the Christmas dinner and the I nfamous spring softball game are again planned. The Housing Advisory Committee will again meet regularly this year and this forum is open to all students. My office is open to all without appointment. __ Pete Fazio Housing Director ).I 0 Ul Ul Q.l 1.1.-0 ).I p.. .1-l Ul Ul .. ..c: OlJ 0 >. c:: 0!) 0 0 t:::l.--1 (J 0 0 >.!-I !-I..C ctl-1-J C!l c t=l 0 I The prof e .ssors pictured above are those not already immorta lized in the pages of No Regrets. :egret exclusion of Ms. Joy W1ll1ams, AdJunct Lecturer of Literature, and the s i x veteran professors who were not available at picture time. Many apologies to Dr. David Rohrbach, Asst. Professor of Chemistry, who endured the process only to have a bright white streak across his face. photographs by Amy Ki mba II R.C. ---NO ICE FROM THE DESK OF THE RESIDENCE COUNSELOR Having heard the terms resident assistant and residence counselor many times during the past week you probably realize now that these are resource people somehow connected to the Housing Office. However, you may be wondering just exactly what these people can do for you throughout the year. As the residence counselor, I am an administrator of the Housing Deparment that lives in the dormitories amongst the students. I live in room 309. My reason for living in the dormitories is to be available at all times in case of an emergency in which a representative of the Housing staff must make an offical policy decision. I am always available to help anyone with general information or particular problems. Having graduated from New College, I know what it is like to be a student here. My office is currently in room 311 and I will have daily office hours from 8:30 to 11:30 am. You can make ap poiLtments for other times if these are inconvenient for you. Of course, when you see me around feel free to stop and talk with me. I will be working with the Student Activities Committee which will coordinate social events,and the Advisory Committee. All dormi tory students a r e urged to attend the Housing Advisory Committee meetings, which will deal with current issues of dormitory life. I wish you the best this year, and I1ll see you around! Jo Lynn Provost Speak I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you back to New College. This should be a busy year, but I hope we can keep our equilibrium and make it a profitable one as well. Our purpose is your intellectual growth as we begin to build new buildings, orient new faculty, redesign new courses and other activities which affect your lives. I hope you will let me know if you think we are heading i n the r ight direction M e a s u r e us by y our develop ment. A f a mou s econ omist, Albert Hirschma n has written a book entitled Exit, V o ice and Loyalty.Para= phrasing h i s theme, I am a nxiou s that N ew College deserve your loyalty whil e g i ving you voice and eliminating the need to exit. Please give us an early warning if you see any problems on the horizon.


NEW COLLEGE AT TWENTY breakdown and breakthroug h by Doblin As this year of unprecedented expansion and c ontractio n begins, we can be s u r e t hat it will be very exciting f o r all o f us. This c ollege is making changes that will alter the character of this c o mmunity indelibly and per mane ntly. Physically, we will be acquiring the tools to pursue any train o f thought t o an astonishing deg ree in a r emarkably comfortable resort setting. We can watch a nd perhaps work on the c on s t ruction of our new $ 7,000,000 library, which will have access to virtually every book written in English. Also under construction will be the Sudakoff Auditorium and Student Center, solar heating for the pool, new lighted tenni s c ourts, a new racquetball court, an outdoor waterfront exercise course, a dock, and many other improvements. New College operates as a small, independent entity within a larger system. We have the flexibility and personal touch that our contract system, small size, and low student-faculty ratio afford us. We also have the mighty resources of the University sys tem and the State working for us. We live in the country with the most information on the planet, and the most peaceful political climate. Yet, this is a time of grave crisis and transition, of breakdown and breakthrough. And despite our vastly increased physical capabilities, the social aspects of New College have broken down, and our student population is critically low New College is fairly unique. There are onl y a h andfu l o f c o l leges similar to ours nestled within the American countryside. Our college, to be en duT and successful, needs to have system greater than all of them alone. Ideas are only half of the educational process. Emotions and personal growth c o mbine with thoughts to produce a tru e ed ucation. This must be obv i ous to a ny o n e w ho l ooks at technological methods o f destructio n tha t the in tell ect has p r od u ced, but that our social systems cannot h a ndle safely Our type of education has been referred to as experimental or "holistic," educating the whole person and the unique individual. In a feature article on experimental colleges, in the August, 1983 issue of New Age magazine, the author notes," A quick look around the country reveals not only that there are more alternative degree programs than ever, but many of them have matured, weathered the changing times, and gained the sort of respectability usually associated with traditional institutions of higher learning. In short, holistic education is not only alive and well but growing and improving all the time." Our critically declining enrollment is often excused by the notion that the trends are going against experimental schools in the nationwide "back to basics" emphasis. As always, there are more than a few things going on at one time. There are trends against New College, yet New College began as a trend-setting institution. There are many trends going in our direction. There is a nationwide shift to public, state-supported institutions with relatively low tuition, there is a trend toward schools in the Sunbelt, there has been a nationwide average increase in adm issions in schools of 1100 students or less, and there is a growing enrollment in those school s that have remained experimental. The essential difference betwee n the downward trend o f our admissions and the other colleges with their increasi ng enrollment is our lack o f any real community life, of an interdisciplinary social and intellectua l life. For a college community to establish itself, it must relate ideas to the issues of the time. The college must satisfy the needs of the individual for community, and it must be both fun and challenging to participate in. With our small population, we are in an ideal position to engage in a college-wide discussion and debate about the future trend of our school and of our education. The students must remember that the college exists for them, and that our voice in this debate will be very influential. Our faculty and a dministration all have their own point of view, and the s yn thesis of these various perspectives will determine the nature of our community. To begin these discussions, a meeting of the entire _student body should be held in late September. Chaired by the Student Government, the meeting w ould focus on the definitio n of student priorities. Sub sequent meetings would tak e up t h e issue of strategy and tactics. The meeting should be preceded by a dinner party. Interested students would plan and cook a dinner in the Hamilton Cemter kitchen, with minimal supervision from the existing food service. The meeting should be on a Saturday night, when the food service is normally closed. Students w ould hav e to pre-pay sev eral dollars, and faculty a nd a dministration w ould b e w e lcome as well In the early days of the college, the community gathered for a formal dinner every Friday night. The days of i i' 1 e bebipa us, but the ance should exceed half of the entire student population. If successful, these dinner-meetings could be held every month o r two weeks with a different international menu and different t opics. These d i nners will begi n t h e training o f N e w College students 1n the operation o f a f ood service. We will be ab l e to see firsthand i f we are interested and capable to truly operate our own food service. The most important issue to consider concerns the intellectual emphasis that the college will live with and.stress in the Admissions literature. Will we be an honors college? Will we be experimental? Could we be both? What is a wor .thy experiment? why did we come here and are we getting what we want? There are decisions of administration that sacrifice the experimental nature of New College for community approval and support. This attitude may be wise, or it may be a very serious and a loss of principle. This administration has refused to accept the donation of a massage facility that would have been open to students, faculty, and administration alike. The donation of a sensory deprivation tank was adamantly refused, despite experimental evidence from Texas A&M University that students study, learn and retain information after an hour in an isolation tank. We claim to educate the whole person, yet the administration refuses to allow these benign tools to be placed at the disposal of the college community, even when these tools are gifts! With enough student interest in these potential gifts, we might be able to help the administration appreciate our needs and concerns. We should not talk about creating intelligent, 1n students, just to have the administration refuse to provide them with the means toward that goal. We cannot tailor our academic program to the politics of a small, non-representative portion of the local community. Academic freedom is a precious thing, not to be sacrificed lightly. A special issue of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology centering on humanistic higher education was published in the spring of 1981. Tom Greening, the editor, summed the discussion up with an interesting comment on power and the decision-making process. He noted, "Power often reverts to those who have sheer staying power (i. e the capacity to resolve inner tension, erect defenses against it, or simply endure it). People who care too much, for selfish or altruistic reasons, about a specific immediate outcome may be unable to tolerate frus tration or prolonged hasseling. People with more modest visions, or with their bets hedged, or with a basically disruptive orientation can outlast the others. For truly innovative experimental colleges to survive without c o mpromises toward manageable mediocrity, basic changes must occur in the interpersonal orientations and skills of people involved. Capacity for ne gotiation, encounter, and consensus decision making; respect for affect as well as logic, for f antasy as as precedent; comprehensio n of large group p r ocesses--these are some o f the assets w h i c h people must b r i ng to experimental colleges, a nd which must b e developed as essential components o f each experiment. With a commitment to these processes, the colleges may yet succeed in the greatest experiment of them all--the attempt to i ugg s create a conununity of seekers." New College is at a stage of transition. We have an incredible opportunity t o gro w and our phys-ical resource s are expanding f aster tha n an y time in t h e his t ory of the college other tha n the founding days. Yet our community has almost disappeared. The core group that remains have both the opportunity a n d t h e responsibility to work to enhance the survival o f ou r college. We students must join together in discussion to clarify our position and our priorities, and then to express them clearly, coherently, and effectively. Another article in the special issue of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology speaks about the type of student that might emerge from a truly experimental college. Dr. Grand concludes: "I think I can give you a better answer in a general way to the question about the kind of student that could come from such an educational environment. The most important difference would be that such persons would come through their education with their passion intact and enhanced. Rather than the image of dispassionate learni ng and dispassionate discourse, there would be an image of impassioned concern. They would be able to think passionately and well. They woul d be capable of being passionately involved in whatever direction they followed, including work that protracted discipline. They would value and learn from experience as well as abstractions. And they woul d be able to think through, feel through, and critique problems and situations in society and in the mind, to f orm f o r themselves images, ideas, c onne ctions, and directions. The rol e o f the teacher in this model is t o fire the imagination the drive of the stu dents would be to create anew, to explore, and to find their own place in humankind's development.11


IMPRESSIONS Arriving at midnight on the 23rd, I went to the gulf to wet my feet, a rite of passage. Morning came early Wednesday (though not as early as Thursday and probably not as early as Monday will come), and I drifted over to campus. New faces, new names, too many to grasp in the moment. Yet, I was getting to "know" people. Couunon interests, common bonds. I began to feel at home. Much appreciation to those who helped create such a sense of couununity--thank you. Informal gathering in Pei, dinner, those wonderful skits, all the beautiful people, close encounters of the human kind, dancing at the wall, swim. ming in the moonlight, then sleep oh sleep. Morning came earlier, late for my first important date with Nancy (tsk, tsk!). Catching up came easy with so many people to help out. Lunch with my advisor who I met (by chance?) the night befDre--a neat person be sure. Impressions, so many impressions an edition could be devoted to these alone. (How about it folks, it's our newspaper, take some time to share your feelings next issue, affirm our sense of community is support of one another.) Benedetti summed it up oh so well (a little wordy some say--but worth it, thanks). I resonate his affirmation of NC as a "neighborhood" though I prefer community because of all the communing I experienced these two days. Activities further emphasized the pation. I love it. Inspired to stand and affirm my support for the newsletter, sharing Gandhi's perspective that if a move ment is to survive it must have a journal, I didn't. I'm a little shy and slow to get started. Sparked again by Carla's rap on the Happy Carrot Food Co-op and Women's Group, I pondered stating my support for them all. Participatory democracy at the Grassroots, a community newspaper, a food co-operative and a support group. People coming together to provide themselves with things they all need and want-information, support and groceries. Again I didn't share--give me time. More activities, people helping people to provide themselves recreation, fine arts, etc., the many elements of community. The time had come. I shared my ision of a men's support group (soon to be a reality once my schedule is settled). con't from p. one riedman so that the Health Center an recover costs from appropriate nsurers. Please stop by the Health enter and meet Dr. Friedman when you ave an opportunity. According to the recently departed u.::kminster Fuller, "The world is now oo dangerous for anything less than topia." It is also true that New ollege is too precious for anything ss than our best. In the midst of ceakdown and breakthrough, welcome o ew College. We have quite an xciting year ahead of ourselve3. IMPRESSIONS More communing, another wall, dancing, now writing, change has only come so easy for me once before. Moving to Tallahassee, not knowing a soul, I ventured into the local food co-op and experienced a sense of warmth, openness and support--people helping people. Will it last? At least till Sunday, I'm sure, but are we on borrowed time? Monday morning will likely come eariiest of all. NC is a rigorous individual academic experience, isolation and alienation can set in quickly. NC is not only a stepping stone to a job, try and not let it be such. It can be a stepping stone to personal growth, take advantage, get involved, meet people, be open to new ideas and experiences. Thoreau, I believe, once shared, "Ne;er let your schooling get in the way of your education." The world is my school. I have learned much already from my interactions and encounters. For me NC is a social experiment. In a sense, a small world in which we have a chance to learn what it can be like in the real world. has a university so affirmed to me the reality that it is our school, our education. I think globally and act locally; it is our school, our city, state and country--our world. Here we can gain the skills and information to mold it and make it what we will. Benedetti said it well, let us when we leave this small special world go out to serve humanity. Here we can break away from traditional hierarch-to share in the resources of many people around us. Support the student association, the co-op, the women's and men's groups, the newspaper and the other activities here. Spectators just along for the ride must live with the ways and whims of others. Please (selfishly for myself but for the beuefit of us all) don't just sit there watching the world go by. Your input will make my and everyone's experience here that much more fulfilling, don't deny us the opportunity to commune with you or you with us. Each of us is unique and can make a special contribution to our world. As I pondered this piece, as well as sharing during activities, many fears arose What will people think of me (new and returning students, faculty and staff, even my advisor-eek!)? Will they appreciate my or scoff at me? I know not. "Social risking" is r.isky (no pun intended) business. A woman once shared a poem with Also located in Building E is the Cocnseling Center and Campus Hinisrry. Reverend Marilyn Marston has joined us as the new Campus Minister for. the Ecumenical Board for Cam pus Minjstry. She has most recently worked ihe headquarters of the Baptist Church in Valley Forge, Fe!1:1sylvania. Mike Alexander is back as Director of Counseling. In to personal counseling, assistanct> iu careers and vocations and job notices are available there. If you have interests in special events, seminars,etc., please let or Marilyn know and they will try to make appropr1ate a::-rangements. IMPRESSIONS me entitled "Risks", the essence of which was that one who doesn't risk all doesn't live at all. Sure, 1f we laugh we risk appearing the fool! cry and we risk appearing sent1mental, sharing ideas and feelings we 7isk reproach, as we live each day we r1sk death; but if we never take any risks at all we will never live at all, chained to our certitudes we will walk among the living dead. Take a chance, express yourself, reach out, live and love. ANNOUNCEMENTS DEADLINES Sept. 2 at 3:00 --payment of fees Sept. 9 --turn in your contract in the Records Office (D bldg.) ** Meet these deadlines--they are of v1tal 1mportance to your existence here! Chris Martin is responsible for Hamilton Center operations. If you wish to use any part of Hamilton Center for activities, meetings, and such, she is the person to make arrangements with. Also, please let her know of your concerns and suggestions. The new furniture and bookcases are for your enjoyment and study purposes. Please remember that Hamilton Center fills a variety of uses as well as serving as your "living room." Your cooperation in keeping the dining area neat, returning trays, etc. is needed and appreciated. The new tables in the Pub are professional quality nine foot tables. So enjoy! I I


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