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By: Karen Duhring At the end of last semester you may have received a yellow piece of paper in your mailbox. You might have even filled out the questionnaire that was printed on it. Remember? It centered around questions regarding your perceptions of change in the I New College program s1nce you ve been here. That questionnaire w n part of an asRignmen for 1 one of my classes, Penny Rose1 s Social Research Methods. The other part of that assignment involved interviewing some faculty members about the seems to be a consensus between the students and the faculty that thero are some aspects of both the academic and nonacademic prothat need to at least be discussed. We decided to se-lect a survey theme that could produce relevant results concerning our continuing existence here. Those results have already been used by the Mid-Winter Conference Committee to help select the main topics to be discussed this weekend. The reason I am writing this article is not to present a detailed analysis of the naires that were returned to us. I would rather illustrate the point that there are som' people who really do care what happens here, and are willing to speak the1r minds it given the chance. The issue at hand is: the MWC is going to be held this week-rr 0 u t. 1.,. trc:n 1 .,. 1 o ou expressed concern, or extreme distate for are go1ng to be discussed. What comes out of this conference depends on what goes in. That means have to be there to throw 1deas around. Hopefully, most of these people will be students. No one knows for sure what is going to happen, or what will come from this endeavor. However, whatever policies or changes that are created should be so because we, as a community, want it -that way. To all of you that have already signed up for a topicI'll see you there. To all of you who haven't signed up, think about participating. There is not a total sense of apathy out there. 1 kn01,r I read through all of those questionnaires. Everyone's opinion regarding the format and paractices of this 'institution is important. We all need to work together on this. I usually don't involve 'Y e .in ::>Lutl 11 al ::; but: l' ve convinced my s e l f ( w i t h a 1 i t-: tle help trom my friends) that the Mid-Winter Conference is a good place to start. If you Know someone else who isn't planning to go, talk to them about their decision and maybe they' 11 change their mind. If If someone takes the time to fill out a questionnaire in their mailbox without knowing its purpose, surely they can participate in a major event such as the Mid Conference. who are these PeoPle? This is our substitute for the facebook that comes out in thebeginning of theyear for new students. Even though New College is small, it's hard to know who people are. Students that transfer 2nd term have it tougher. So here's a chance to find out about them; where they're from and what they want study. If you want to know more-find them and ask them. I know I may have missed new people on campus. Let me now I'm sorry. If no one is horribly offended I'll get on with this. some say The questions I asked were basic ones everyone asks <' new person. So that no one will be embarassed I'll give the general answers. "What attracted me to New College?" Basic reasons were freedom of study, the contract/ evaluation system, the ability to design ones own program and learning style. The popular answer was of course, the price. Oh yeah, something about the weather ... of course there are the Jim Hartvigsen--from worked 2 years now Human1t1es harsh realities of credits lost in transferring, the food service, or lack of one, the airport, and our rent free tenants--roaches. Other than that people are coping and are pleased with classes, and professors. Of course it's only been a week. Give them time and I'm sure they'll fall into the New College tradition of bitching bitching, bitching On a more positive note, here they are: Polly Adema--from the Buffalo area. Transfer from Hamilton. Social Sciences interest. Rodolfo Arauz--from Nicaragua. transfer from Miami Dade Com munity College. Languages and Science. James Brown--from Madison Wisconsin. Spent a year in Argentina through AFS. His area of study is ''hard to de fine". Scott Feuerman--from Miami Beach transfer from Bates College Nat Sci major. Cornelia Hahn--from West Berlin interested in Political Science. oriented. Allen Hopper--from Tampa and Sarasota. Political Science maJor. Kovar--from Tampa after disillusionment at Interested in The End of the World". see who ... pg 8 fNfiDE MWC S'lAFF--Cally Waite & Tracey Co-editors Lesley Sigall, All Else Gallagher,


Well this is it. My first editorial. I wanted to call this Cally's Corner but Tracey felt it was a bit much. SeriouslyThe(new) Reagent has been, if great fun or tremendous misery, I think it's an example of inefficiency and mismanagement at its best. However we're not B school babies so that doesn't make much difference. There are a few things I want to cover in this first editorial, but first I'd like to explain the Reagent/Crystal Method relationship. Last term in a marathon session of the SAC, which started out .addressing the issue of the paper and ended in a dispute over constitutional issues, the following conclusion was reached: The Reagent and the Crystal Method would split remaining funds for the school newspaper. Each paper would then alternate its biweekly printing. The SAC, Tina, Tracey, and I felt that this was the most equitable way for those interested in producing a school paper to do so. Thus far there have been no problems, except procrastination on our first issues, in this arrangement. Splitting office time has worked well(Thanks for leaving it so clean CM staff). The problem has come from the New College community. There have been disagreements as to what is appropriate for the Method and the Reagent. try and clear this or s, I think and 1 know I am willing to take anything people submit. However I would like everyone to remember that both papers are now MONTHLY. This means that some news which would be timely in a biweekly issue would be dated in a monthly publication. There has also been some dispute as to who will cover the Mid Winter Conference. If the Reagent is out on Wednesday, then the next paper printed will be the Crystal Method. They have the coverage, if they choose to, on the MWC. Whether folks think a report of it should be in the Reagent or not is beside thepoint. The Crystal Method is a school pape: also: Due to timing the MWC 1s story. That's just the way that it is. If you have some objections/ comments aboutthis--PLEASEsubmit them. Tracey and I will print it. Our intent behind editorship of the Reagent is to provide an open forum for the New College Community to express We said it in our and we still mean it. Which brings me to my other topic. I was a more than a little disappointed and irritated that as of Thursday evening I had received all of 1 story. Although we are now getting a trickle of position papers, there should have been more. It's fine if you all don't want to contribute to this paper--it really is. But when it cares time for us to print1there will be nothing there. The Reagent is New College's paper, not the editors'. So I hope to see things in box 225 for the next issue. The View From Here By Tracey Gallagher (Go to your corner, Cally.) Where to start? There's so much to say and sparse column inches to say it in .. Welcome to Reagent '84! Digest all you read within these pages, particularly the Mid-Winter Conference information--It's Valuable! I'm sure you're sick of hearing this but those long, tedious hours spent in group and sub-group meetings (chock-full of people you don't want to discuss NC's future with) ARE WORTH IT. Don't be apathetic: those hours might just be among the most intellectually s t imulating you'll spend here; nor does it matter whether you appreciate those in your group or not-after all, this is not a cocktail party. They might suprise you (and vice versa). Safety next .. Does anyone else feel angry and /or frightened, or am I having an anxiety attack? Take note, people: unfortunately this is what it takes to get lights around the library; "this" is rape. Not "assault" or "battery," nebulous euphemisms that have been used around here to describe the events of February 7. And life goes on, calmly, at New College, except that people (girls? women?) walk in groups; strangers in the Courts are questioned as to destination and purpose on campus; Campus Security will provide an escourt service for those inclined to use one. All are insti-closing the barn door after the horse has bolted, to quote Acting Provost Robert Benedetti. And so it goes. Is there any anger about this here at New College? No-one can say there is no empathy, or rorror, expressed upon first hearing of the attack, but I've not seen any anger. Instead we try to hide from it, so to speak. None of us can lessen the act, for we can't deny that it happened, but we can try to lessen its impact on our lives. We don't dwell on it and we don't refer to it by name. I stress this is not because no-one cares but there are no words to express, for me at least how horrible a crime rape is. And' so we euphemise in our speech and try to put it out of our minds all the while conscious NEVER TO ALONE; we are conscious to AVOID AND "EMPTY" AREAS of campus You ve heard it all before. Can we as the New College Community come out of our "motel rooms"/ivory towers long enough to accept what has happened ro one of our own and realize that what has happened' to our personal freedom here is 1r revocable?'What does it take to enrage people here? On the other hand, we can rage until we exhaust ourselves but it is an impotent rage. We cannot change the fact that one of us was abducted from our campus and then we prevent it from hap hopefully the rapist will be caught. No matter what wr w1ll never be "safe" again, not that we ever were to begin with. To quote the late, lamented sergeant Esterhaus, "Hey! .. Be careful out there!" Notes from the Acting Provost As we focus on our future in the Mid-Winter Conference, I am anxiou s that we do not lose of pre-sent opportunites at New College. We will have a number of visitors on campus in the next few weeks includung an eminent Constitutional Law expert, Henry Abraham, and Joh Riech, the director of the Florenc: Study Center. Professor Abraham will speak March 1st and we are organizing a meeting on overseas study to feature Dr. Riech. The Medieval-Renaissance Conference by Professor Snyder and bringing over 100 academics to campus, follows early in March and leads to the Ringling Museum's Medieval Fair. Such events plus the regular offerings of the divisions a busy spring. A problem for the entire campus is security. As many of you know, a student was assaulted on campus last week. Student Affairs, the Campus Dean, and faculty/student groups are discussing ways to prevent such incidents and make the campus safer. However, the best protection is a careful and alert community. We need to walk across campus in groups, report strangers quickly to the campus police, avoid isolated areas after dark, and accept realistically the danger of our urban location. In security as in other problems mutual help is the surest solution, but it does take each of us to be mindful of the rest. cc. I can assure you that our deliberations will be taken seriously; the conference will help mold our agenda for the new Provost and the next several academic years. Robert Benedetti vace I have just a few things to say this week: First, I would like to thank the entire community again for the overwhelming turnout at the JoLynn benefit dinner. What was even more heartening was the response from people (students, faculty,and staff) who could not make the dinner but wanted to contribute anyway. We (Don and I) are not planning any more "events" to help defray the rest of JoLynn's debt, but we would certainly be glad to accept any further donations. Thank you. Second, I plan to be holding regular office hours soon after the MWC. These Grievance and Gripe hours will be publicized somehow after things settle down a bit. And third, 1 hope and expect all of you will be partici fully in the Mid-Winter Conference. Be creative, be informed, but most of all BE THERE!!! Thanks much,


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 8-8:30 pm plenary session w i t h openin g speaker. (everyone in Ham8:30-10 pm Five question groups meet to set discussion priorities and arrange small groups (in various H-rooms and HC, as announced in .plenary session) Refreshments MitJJ-SPtCIYLL FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 9:30-11:30 am *small groups go directly to the various meeting rooms assig n e d to the m b y the faculty moderator at the question grou? meeting lhursoay first session of topic discussion. 11:30-1 pm freelunch 1n Hamilton Center for participants 1-2:30 pm *second meeting of small groups; prepare brief report for question group 3-5 pm small groups reconvene as question groups, report and discuss ideas (same locations as after plenary session on Thursday) POSirriOt}.[ Proposal: Beware of Colonel Cathcart. Rationale: Everybody was persecuting him. Colonel Cathcart lived by his wits in an unstable, arithmetical world of black eyes and feathers in his cap, of overwhelming imaginary triumphs and catastrophic anguish and exhileration, multiplying fantastically the grandeur of his victories and exaggerating tragically the seriousness of his defeats. Nobody ever caught him napping. If word reached him that General Dreedle or General Pecke m had been seen smiling, frowning, or doing neither, he could not make himself rest until he had found an acceptable interpretation and grumbled mulishly until Colonel Korn persuaded him to relax and take things easy. (Joeseph Heller, Catch-22, p. 193) This is a call to all students (another one of those damn calls) for participation in the Midwinter Conference. You may think, "I lik New College just the way it is! Why should I go to thi s conference if I don't want t o change anything? SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 8: 30-9: 1 5 am coffee, JUlCe a nd d o n u t s distribution a n d ot rOOT compiled Friday evening by question group moderators) 9:15-12 noon final plenary session, everyone in Hamilton Center; voting on resolutions, Provost Bened tti as moderator. small groups will be moderated by students. To stop Colonel Cathcart from changing the things you now like ... You may not have contemplated this too much, but it is possible that the con rene can ahange things. Going for a democratic input like w are is a dangerous thing ... what if the majority doesn't give us what we want? Be ther It's the only way to ensure that the ideas you agree with get at least one vote. Otherwise, someone might get a feathe r i n his cap while you get a black eye. By: Lori Sho make r


Proposal: The access onto Bayshore Rd. directly from U.S. 41 (between Zinn's and HoJo's) should be closed. Rationale: The design of the present access is poor--it encourages motorists to use Bayshore Rd. as an alternate highway to 41. The 'exit ramp' is at such an angle as to permit cars to continue at the speed of 55mph or higher; nothing forces them to slow down. Customers em ployees of Zion's who park next to the old circus museum, New College pedestrians and cyclists, University Program students who park in the land triangle, and Ringling Museum visitors are all endangered speeding cars. The master plan calls for this closure, along with the extension of Gen. Spaatz Blvd. to Bayshore. I suggest that we ask for immediate action, as we should have done 1980 when a student was hit on the crosswalk by an automobile speeding down Bayshore. Even if it is impossible to extend Gen. Spaatz at this time, closing off the north Bayshore-41 direct exit is still desirable. The inconvenience of driving a little farther ( to the Ca'd'zan Rd.) from one side of the campus to the other is surely offset bythe eradication of this major safety hazard. If action on that large a scale cannot be taken,there are some smaller steps we could take towards the same end: speed bumps, better signing, clip the atro north end of Bayshore regularly to ticket speeding cars. We need to prevent the use of this road as a fast through-street and help it maintain a residential nature. I hope that either group #3 tackle thjs in a security small group or #4 will consider pedestrian and cyclist safety a 'facility' to be developed immediately. By: Lori Shoemaker Proposal: faculty approved priority list. I think we can all agree that New College could use more faculty members. The disagreements arise when we discuss where we need them next. To this end, I am suggesting that at the Mid-Winter Conference, the students and the faculty get together and discuss rationally where the problem areas are. Also which of study can wait on new faculty. After the discussion is over, the students and faculty would vote on a priority list. This would give the provost a clear idea of where the majority of people feel new faculty should g? first. I submit the following l1st as a starting point for discussion: 1) Economics 2) sociology 3) Political Science/ lnt'l Relations 4) Language (to widen the selection) Remember, this is not the final word--just one person's idea. By: Lesley By: James H. Geiger Proposed: That there be some form of actual student representation in major policy decisions of the housing office. As it stands now, students have absolutely no power of decision in housing. The housing director has sole authority over every decision made with respect to his department. Certainly there are many areas such as utilities, maintainence, etc. where he is in position to best make a rational decision, but there are some decisions which I think could best be made by students, and other areas where students should most definitely have some representation. As an example, a wide screen T.V. was purchased for 209 recently. Perhaps there are many students who applaud this new appliance, but the fact still remains that though it will be the students who watch or don't watch the T.V., it was an administrator who bought it. Our dormitories are not a private apartment building. The housing director is our paid employee. The place we live ill belongs more to us than to him. It is here proposed that any major purchase or refinement over what is considered normal or mandatory maintanance be referred Eo a committee made up of housing administration and a group of duly elected students. Any such proposal made by students or the )ousing authority must be approved by both sides of the aforementioned committee before the said project any major grievances between students and the housing administration which can't be handled through the established channels. This committee should also have some jurisdiction over the choice of R.A. 's. The final selection to be made by the housing director. Though the plan presented here is perhaps unworkable in some detail. It is given as an example in hope that students could be given some poer in decisions that effect them and no one else. By: Dave Edrich At the upcoming Mid-Winter we will hopefully hear many new and innovations as to how to make New College a more attractive and practical school to those who would consider coming here. Many seekers of a well rounded education within a small school enviroment but also having a desire for more practical degree than New College's B:A., can not be satisfied here. today's trend for students to seek schools that will help them secure jobs, most small liberal arts schools are suffering from declining enrollment and as a result, their standards' lowered. While my purpose not to discuss an admissions problem, I would like to see more people benefit from the special style and quality of education that we have to offer I believe we could attract a la;ge untapped portion of the college bound to New College if we initiate a 3-2 program. 3-2 programs are quite common in liberal arts schools. They We, the students, are often ignored and overlooked because, for the most part, we have nothing to say. Now we speak The best of intentions can yield the most devastating results when applied under the guise of ''good will." One such example I speak of is a rumor that has been carried across campus like dandelion seed upon the wind. Everywhere it lands it sprouts sedition. Like the weed that it is, we try to kill it, only to see it find fertile ground elsewhere. This seed is a core cirriculum; the plant that fostered it, I believe, is the faculty. The question is why? Why would our faculty want to impose a core cirriculum? Don't they know what New College is? And, if they do, why did they come here? The answer, I think, lies in their earnest intentions to create a core for use as a tool in counseling and guiding our college careers. What is not realized is that being guided through a college career and being pushed or dragged through one are not the same. They can not and should not be used interchangeably. The results would be horrendou&. Unfortunately these are the results I foresee. Core courses that provide a crutch for the faculty would cripple the students. As a group, we meet at the Mid-Winter Conference to set our goals as a college community. Should this not also be the similar and proper means of deciding the ls of the individual? By: Joe Miller Edrich continued serve the desires of students who want to obtain a certain variety in educational experience. Students attend a liberal arts college for 3 years and then continue in a school of engineering for 2 years. After five years the student receives a B.A. from the first school and an engineering degree from the second. Those interested in the 3-2 program obviously want the best of both worlds. The program, by all means, should be successful. We are considered te best school in Florida. We have the quality, and the atmosphere that the 3-2 student probably wants. I do not think that creating such a program would adversely effect the student population. The people wh? would come to participate in th1s program would be the same open minded, intelligent type that we are. I do not believe that it could be a compromise of New College's unique program or because the purpose of school is to provide a education to all who d such. Furthermore, at New we are committed to the ldeal that "every student in the last analysis is responsible for his own education." We then, are bl' o 1gated to provide him the greatest number of alternatives. .. 0


Proposal: A brief report of evey committee meeting should be written and posted publicly by on of the students having served on that committee. Rationale: These reports should contain the following information: time and place of meeting being reported; names of members present; concise list of issues discussed and decisions (if any); time, place and possible agenda of next meeting; name of reporting committee member. A special "Committee Reports" bulletin board could be established in Hamilton Center to hold these, and a copy of each report should go in the file in the student government office. The main objection to this proposal is certain to be that it "involves too much time." However a neatly handwritten report, composed immediately at the end of the meeting, would suffice. NCSA could perhaps provide a "form" to facilitate writing of the document. The opposition seems minor in comparison with what I see as long-term advantages and the alleviation of a few existing problems. Committee action is presently "reported" by word-of-mouth which leads to dependence on hearsay, propogation of misinformation or no dispersal of information at all. The average non-committeed student doesn't have time to find out about policy-making by locating committeed students and personally discussing issues with them on a regular basis, and the average committeed as one misht like to be, doesn't want to reiterate committee issues individually to many students. Report-writing might make our representatives more thoughtful about their jobs. Initially, the passing of this proposal might dissuade potential candidates, but in the "final analysis" it could increase the number of students participating in student government. More students would feel better qualified to serve, having had the opportunity to read information presented in the public forum. In committees where.more than one student serves, the duty of the reporter could be rotated, thus making the burden of writing lighter and offering possibly varying viewpoints. I realize that there is no way to "enforce" this resolution, if passed, but, cynics stand aside! It could be accomplished voluntarily if the community consensus is there. (I wish that we had such documents now--preparation for the Mid-Winter Con ference could have been done more easily and more completely.) I see this proposal as an innovation, an improvement of administrative structure and an improvement of the college community. Therefore, I encourage groups #3,#4,and #5 to consider my idea. If it is found to be unacceptable, I would like to hear other suggestions on how_to end the void of written informat1on on the meetings of our various studentfaculty and student-student committees. By: Lori Shnemaker Proposal: That we open-mindedly and carefully consider the possibility of experimenting with at least some restraints on the power of the SASC to expel as many students as it has been lately. Support: I do not believe that the SASC's policy of expelling students does anything to enhance or preserve the academic quality of New College. To the contrary, it detracts from New College's ability to live up to its ideals of student self-motivation, individual responsibility, and Quality academic performance. The philosophy of the SASC is that students are being put on probation for their own good. It is feared that if students are not threatened, laziness and anarchy will spread like the plague and destroy our working enviroment. In effect, the threat of expulsion acts as a whip. While it may be true that many students depend on their fear of the whip to keep them going, it is both possible and immensely beneficial to grow out of this dependency and become purely self-motivated. The whip creates a slave mentality and prevents one from using one's full potential. It also deprives one of the opportunity to fail. "Education is about failure. By your failures you learn." (Theodore Sizer). Students who never come close to being put on probation are affected nevertheless by this mentality, directly (whether concious of it or not) and indirectly through the attitudes o others. ness is a product of slave mentality and repressive moralistic Puritan Kantian paranoid thinking. There is no such thing as laziness for something you don't have to do. Wasting time is a form of escape. Escapism gets unbearably boring if there is nothing to escape from. By making not working a form of deviance, one is actually encouraging and necessitating that it exist, as is the nature of deviance within any society. Furthermore, I do not believe that the SASC's system of evaluation based on satisfactory contracts can effect1veiy distinguish between those who are productive and those who are not. Contrary to what is widely feared, I believe that the natural human desire to learn would ultimately win over any tendency towards stagnation. one is working on one's own dr1ve, one uses much more fully, one's potential. The whip creates a counter-productive fear and tends to keep one in a rut of dependency. The paranoia that re-enforces this element of structure seems irrational. If there are students on campus who do not work (as there are under this system anyway, they are only enslaved by the guilt of not working) there is nothing to lose. Academic standards are not affected as they are determined only by who is admitted and who is graduated. If many students are kicked out it detracts from our financial resources, our student population, and our number of'potential scholars. Removing the basic structural element would differentiate us much more signifi-cantly from the over orderly uneducational enviroment that pervades the American school system today. Harvard hardly ever kicks anyone out and it seems to work for them. Many students there are very productive in their work while others are productive in the community. This is what we need: more exceptional geniuses, more extracurricular exchanging of ideas, and more community activity rather than mass uniform mediocrity and apathy as exists at other schools. How can we consider ourselves a liberal arts college if work has such negative connotations that we do not have the osmosis of what we are learning in class between students studying different areas? By: Daniel Birn Proposed: That the swimming pool be solar heated and that both a solar heated sauna and jacuzzi be constructed. Background: There has been previous discussion of both solar heating the pool and constructing a sauna. In fact, at one point there were plans drawn up for each, though these were done separately. Unfor tunately, the financial support for these plans fell through before their implementation. The pool is a critical element of the NC residential experience as well as a val valuable facility for staff, faculty, off-campus students and USF students. People gather there fre quently. UnfortunateLy, nice as it is, our weather does not allow for use of the swimming pool year round. Questions: What can be done to make the pool available year round? And what can be done to enhance the quality of the "pool complex"? Proposal: To solar heat the swimming pool and to construct a solar heated sauna and jacuzzi in the space between the fence and the pool at the north end of the pool complex. Plans for pool improvements will be presented at the MWC. Money for this improvement can be acquired with the consent of USF students. Money will be available as a result of the increased A & S fees, and USF student consent is required because it is their money as well, but they too will reap the benefits of the expenditure. Rick Doblin (Racquetball Court Constructor) feels that it would be both simple and inexpensive to accomplish all three exceedingly valuable renovations. In fact, the students could construct the jacuzzi and the sauna themselves. Justification: Solar heating the pool will make this important element of residential life at NC available year round (as long as the sun doth shine!). Furthermore, with the addition of both a solar heated sauna and jacuzzi, the pool complex will become that much nore valuable an element of the residential experience for us as well as for off-campus students, faculty, staff, USF students, as well as personnel. The money will be available in the fall term 1984. Th re is nothing to hold us back from making this important reno-vation. lACt<. '!.A


To t ose peop e groups will be addressing_the issue of educational qual1ty at Proposed: On improving the quality of Student life by instigation of a Student Dinner Operating Budget Background: In November last year the students planned, prepared and served a gourmet "All Community Thanksgiving Dinner." This was done with the assis-tance of a natural foods catering service in the kitchen and the financial assistance of the "Class of '75." Also, every administrative support service became involved-Student Affairs, Copy Center, Physi cal Plant and others, with some heavy assistance from Housing. The most impressive effort was that of the students. Over forty students were involved in selling tickets, posting flyers, preparing food, gathering flowers, sculpting vases, setting tables and mus1c during the meal and cleaning up (a job Jerry's told me they were quite pleased with). The dinner was a great success as many of you may recall. By dinnertime we had paid reservations for 248 people. Save for the extravagances of candles, wine, table coverings and salaries for those who cooked, the meal paid for itself. Bob Benedetti applauded the effort and expressed his hope, as did many others, that dinners such as this might become a tradition. Question: Given that the student-breakfasts, lunches, brunches, etc.) more regularly? Prosposed: that a Student Dinner, or Meal, Operating Budget of $700 be established to be used to purchase food for student-prepared meals like the Thanksgiving dinner. 1) The "operating Budget" could be an element of the NCSA Budget. 2) The money is an "operating budget" to be used only for student-_ prepared meals. 3) Meals will be priced only high enough to cover the cost of the meal itself, in order to replace the money spent from the operating budget. 4) The goal will alsways be to provide high quality meals at reasonable rates. 5) Our with Jerry' s and fu ture food service management, will allow for student-prepared meals. Justification: the "dinner" speaks for itself. Meals such as these foster all the benefits of a meal plan with the additional benefits of being prepared by students -"in the final analysis each student is responsible for his/her own education." The money needed is minimal, $700, and could likely be established in the NCSA budget by transfering the funds from elsewhere. Housing seems to be the most likely budget from which to secure the funds, since Housing sponsors several meals during the term anyway. The proposed operating budget would be less than the cost of one Housingsponsored meal. A student-prepared meal could be conducted this term to replace the loss of the Housingsponsored meal. If we support this proposal it can be implemented immediately. Let's Do It Again! Proposal: The faculty and administration should make some sort of provision for contracts concerning students who have jobs as opposed to those who don't. Rationale: Faculty and administration seem to have ignored a major problem that covers several areas--quality, curriculum, student life--at New College. I speak of the problem of students who work 15 or more hours a week in order to help pay their way through school. These people are still considered full-time students under the contract sys-tern. One of the great advantages of the contract system is that a student is allowed to take as many courses or tutorials as he/she can handle under one fee. I think it's safe to say that, in order to maintain the same quality of academic work, an employed student is unable to take as many courses as an unemployed student. Perhaps it is one less class per semester. However, if this simplified example is true, the employed student graduates with about 8 less classes than the unemployed student while working just as hard. and having paid the same fees. In addition to this financial frustration, there can occasionally be the frustration of dealing with professor who thinks that an employed student is not taking enough courses, or is not doing as well in com parison to others, w ithout consi d e r i ng the time per week that absoluetly can not be spent on studies. (some students are lucky enough to be able to study on the job, but not all.) I am not advocating the system of paying fees per course or credit hour, though that lessen the financial frustration. New College is still definiely a good huy, even if you're not able to take the fullest course load. Rather I am asking that the problem be recognized, measured, and seriously considered when contract certifications are being discussed between students and sponsers. We need a survey of some sort to determine the extent of the problem. How many students here are holding down jobs while pursuing a full time education? Data of C WSP students and financial aid alone, won t cover it. Stu dents who still need it are often judged ineligible financial aid and seek OPS or Sarasota area jobs while in school. Besides just "conciousnessraising" among the faculty, other measures could be taken to help self-supporting students. For example, examine ways to cut the cost of living on campus. By no means should students who must work be discriminated against at the College They are often the most ded1cated and motivated members of the student bodv. I hope that the group, #2, will think about this. By: Lori Shoemaker New College I present the follow1ng blasphemous opinion: I think we (faculty, staff, and have moved toward a v1ew of "education" that is far too narrow. "Education" is now what we get in the classroom and 1n. the library. People t1me for extracirricular act1v1t1es because their "educat1on comes first. Bulls--t. Much of the learning I have done here has occurred outside of the classroom. What would happen if I too no classes or tutorials this concentrating solely on my pos1t1on as president? Even if my sponser would agree to it my contract probably wouldn't make it p7st the registrar. Why? I can t have a completely nonacademic load, I need a balance. Wonderful. A balanced liberal arts education. Perfect. Yet, why then is a contract with nothing but courses ccceptable? I would argue either extreme should be poss1ble. Why am I told unequivocably at my Area of Concentration meeting that "when academics and the presidency conflict, academics come first?" Because academic pursuits are to be conducted on my own time. Again, Bulls--t. Everything I do here 1s on my own time, so why should I differentiate between in-class 1 ? learning and out-of-class earn1ng. Perhaps I shouldn't get transcript credit for soccer or ultimate frisbee, but shouldn't be a greater allowance for t1me spent on student government, stud ent activism, and other extra cular activities. Who is these activities than I would in class? In the spirit of problem solving I ptopose a few ideas for consideration. At a minimum it should be expressed to faculty sponsers and to the SASC that they should more fully consider all of a student's activities when advising or reviewing them. Stu dents should be encouraged to explore alternative educational opportunities, with .emphasis on constructing a "well rounded liberal arts education. Perhaps defining what that means should be a top priority. Finally, to toss in a little more controversy, maybe we should allow "nonclassroom" activites such as student government. At least it should be considered. By: Sean Lincoln Proposal: That we spe7ulate upon the idea of all the Palmer buildings back to dorms. Support: Architecture very greatly influences our ior. Pei dorms are dehuman1z1ng and isolating. They were not even designed to be lived in over a long period of time, but only to create a temporary illusion t of "Man s dom1nance over na ure. Palmer dorms would recreate the sense of community that we seem to have been losing since we movEd out of them. One court of Pei dorms could become offices and classrooms. The Pei dorms are much more conducive to profound thinking than the playful "undergrad" Palmer tuildings. By: Dan Bir,1


. ..t1flllll" Proposal: On the enhancement of the quality of the college curriculum and of student life-specifically, student input into the developement of class schedules for the next academic year-"Student Interest and Need Survey." Background: I am not familiar with the process through which class schedules are developed each academic year. However, some pertinent points are: our small faculty allows for a similarity small selection of r.lasses; the requirements for established programs and student developed programs create a need for some specific course offerings; the individual natures of our programs are such that the requirements remaining for students within a given program tends to vary greatly; there is no mechanism of course determination that responds to the requirements and interests of students. Question:"What can,be done to determine the needs and interests of the students with respect to developing a class schedule suited to each academic year? Proposed: That each spring term the students be surveyed on their course needs and interests. The results of said survey would be applied to the following academic year. Specifically, this information would be used by faculty when they are developing the class schedule. Justification: This will provide a mechanism which wi 11 help develope a class schedule each year which is best suited to the needs and interests of th of New College. "What about new students?" you ask, particularly when they comprise 1/3 of the student body. I too asked this question when I closed this pro posal. If we are really committed to an idea such as this, which allows for greater responsibility on the part of the student body, we could survey new students who have already been accepted by New College at the time the spring survey is conducted and we could even survey prospective students. I feel that they would be more inclined to attend New College is we did. In this way new and prospective students could be surveyed on their interests; we could reasonably get some interesting ideas. Note: the survey would serve as a guide for faculty in developing class schedules each year, it would not be cast By Jack Baker Proposal: On administrative f 11 followstructure, 1ca Y up on the Mid-Winter Conference t "Review, Referendum, Repor h been a tre-Background: There as d mendous amount of concern expresse about the purpose and outcome of the Mid-Winter Conference. The pur-. 1 To create pose, I hope, c ear. m an "agenda" for our co Proceses and mittes our budgetary lves to use as especially for ourse d f the next three to a e or The "reports and years. dations" can slso serve as a g d once selecte for the new Provost, Questions: What can be done to en-influence of the confer-hance the that the re-ence reports to snsure ht commendations are given due and consideration as representative of the New College community? What can be done to ensure that these recommendations are implemented accordingly, that is, once given full consideration? Proposal: "Reviews, Referendums, 1. Review: That the "reports and recommendations" developed at the MWC be placed on reserve immediately following the conference; that copies be kept in both the NCSA President's office and in the Stu dent Affairs office; that students and faculty review these over the next two weeks and informally discuss them amongst one another. 2. Referendum: I propose that after the community has had an opportunity to review the a rederendum be conducted by both students and faculty--separately. For the faculty this can easily be done in an extended faculty meeting by voice vote, and for the students in a "town meeting," also by voice vote. However, a referendum by ballot may be preferable, for the results may be considered more valuable. It could be done in the following manner: A) Develope a ballot which contains a section for each recommendation. This could be several pages in length. B) Have a ballot box, ballots and the reports and recommendations at a staffed table in HamCenter during prime time, 11 AM-1 PM and 4-6 PM) March 13, 14, and IS Tuesday through Thursday. People can vote at their leisure. C) Faculty and Student votes will be counted and a statement of the results will be posted with the "reports and recommendations." Justification: For review it is simple; in order to be able to participate responsibly in the referendum there needs to be a review. The referendum will be held in order to assess the weight of the recommendations, or community perspective on each. What is the concensus of the community on each issue? The ballot referendum will be a more detailed indication of people's perspectives than would a voice vote. 3. Reports: Given the outcome referendum, that a follow-up conference of community meeting be held in late April or early May. A plenary session (maybe two :-hou: sessions) can be held at be reported what direction has been established and what action has been taken by the faculty, NCSA, administration and whoever else since the conference will be given. Furthermore, that in the fall we f have a "conference-update-con erence in terms of identifying and discussing priorities and progress of said recommendations in order to prepare for the '84-'85 academic year. And, that new students in Fall '84 are made aware of the recommendations and where they can be reviewed. Finally, I propose to establish the above as a never-ending process of Planning-Action-Evaluation. This will call for a yearly review of the recommendation implementations (evaluation), discussion and reassessment of priorities (inclusive of new planning), and further action. Justification: for the above reports in the abbreviated form rather than infull length and the cyclical process of planning-action-evaluation is that this will ensure the continual of conference recommendations over time. The Feed back mechanism of evaluation which precedes the reassessment of plans will be a valuable asset in developing future plans. Closing: "Reviews, Referendums and Reports" will ensure that when it comes time to implement the recommendations developed at the MWC, the people responsible for any given issue will know, with a greater degree of accuracy, the perspective of the on that issue. In this way be a process by which planning at New College can continue over time. Finally, this review-referendum-report process will ensure that the conference fulfulls designes prupose --to provide a valuable gulide for the incoming Provost (and every Provost thereafter); the administration, faculty and NCSA committEes; and for the triennial budgetary proceses. "Every student is responsible the last analysis for his own e. due at ion .. v.le. aT e. a 1.. 1.. f.a""i_ \.. i..a."C with this statement; it is the ideal of New College. Are we pursuing it actively enough? We are certainly closer to this ideal than are most schools. The academic rigor, the freedom, and the lack of competition here indicate this. However, there are other aspects of responsibility for us; social, political, and institutional responsibility. If students are responsible for their own educations, then they must be responsible for the institution from which receive them. This is clearly not the case at New College. To be responsible for this institution, students must have some degree of control over it. There is only one way to achieve this. The final authority in the administration of the school must rest with the entire New College Every stu-dent, professor, and administrator should have a voice and a vote in the governance of New College. I do not suggest that a single body should usurp all administrative functions here. The committee system should continue to operate. The provost and other administrators should continue to perform their duties. But, they must be answerable to the entire community. Only when we control our school can we control our educations. This is the challenge facing us. Are we afraid of our ideal? If we are then we must abandon it. If we are not, then we must pursue it--now. By: Rob Clayton


fj) c onference r ehash On January 27,28 and 29, OCTOPUIS sponsered its third annual simulation, a model Organi zation of American States. Thirty students got together each portraying a different OAS member 3nd discussed issues relevant to the Latin American situation. All delegates were well informed, and tended to be interesting. In addition the speeches of t,e Hondouran Ambassador to the OAS, Robert Martinez and the advisor to the Inter-American Develop-ment Bank, Jorge Lamport-Rodil, were also interesting. However in light of certain events, we would like to distinguish the following people with awards: Chuck Fortunato, for his "highly informative" lessons on International Law, we would like to present the "most Irrelevant Speech" award. To Eric Reinholtz and Cindy Merchant, for their nearly unswerving devotion to the Conta dora group and conciliation, we would like to present the "most wi 11 ing to cooperate" award with our express wishes that the union works out well. to Eric Reinholtz (alone) for his masterful ability to sway a lot of the delegates, we give the "most popular" award. to Jim Belanger, for his "bunch of flower children wailing for peace" speech, we give (SERIOUSLY) the "best speech" award. to Howard Smith, for his wonderful depiction of the events at Guantanamo Bay, we give the ''best cartoonist and fairy tale writer" award--with a bottle of Pepto Bismol. and finally to the mystery delegate who shall remain nameless who asked whether or not the OAS was subject to International Law, we give the "brightest question" award. By: Lesley Sigall who ... continued Peter Krogh--from Seattle. Political Science/Philosophy interests. David LaGuardia--from Philadelphia. transferred from Gladsboro State. Would like to study Musical Com position. Jonathan Mahr--from Chicago. Transfer Marlboro College A "non-music" major. Scott Marinchek--from Sarasota. A midyear graduate of Pineview. Political Science/Economics. Joeseph Orzehoski--from Michigan from Grand Valley State. Interested in Nat Sci. Richard Wilson--from Mahwah, N .J. (Bob and Warren's brother). Transfer from Rollins. Lit. major. Thanks to all of you for giving up the three or four minutes these questions took. Seriously ... Welcome and good luck. what's new college to y ou? As most of you probably know, the third edition of "the Crystal Method" was circulated this week. The photo on the cover of the paper is, to say the least, controversial. Many New College students were shocked and outraged by this photo. No, this does not mean that all those students are Puritans. We would like to think that New College is in general, quite liberal in its attitude toward many The cover photo of "The Crystal Method" simply went too far. On Tuesday, February 15 at 4 p.m.* a member of the Sara sota community who advertised in the.paper, phoned Dr. Benedetti's office. The caller was furious. He objected, quite strongly, that he had advertised in good faith in "The Crystal Method. He was infuriated by this "suggestive" photo. This issue raises several points: 1. New College is trying to establish a good name for itself both locally and nationally. This photo was deliberately placed on the cover to project a certain image of New College-"A Loving Community This photo is not representative of the New College as a whole, namely the view of a thoughtless minority. The photo undermines the efforts of those who truly do want to give o in order to project a positive imag of New College to others. 2. The photo on the cover has been described as being "pornographic" by many This raises the issue of Community Stand ards/Morals. Is this picture something which the Sarasota Community approves of? Apparently it is not. New College Students are supposed to be bright and responsible. The picture has been seen as being offensive by a Community Member. We have a right to abide by standards of Morality in Sarasota. A newspaper such as the "Crystal Method" gives power to its Editor. This power should not be taken lightly!! 3. There is a picture of a gun pointed at President Reagan's head. This,too, may be seen a& an offensive photo by many There is a fine line between humor and a gross, disgusting photo, This line was crossed two in the Method. Once again, how does this reflect on New College? We are not a bunch of immoral students who act on every whim we have. "The Crystal Method does not speak for the majority of New College Students. It is time that the Editor of the Method started to act in a respectable manner. The First Amendment guarantees "freedom of the press." Thus,the Method staff can use the First Amendment to repudiate all criticism hurled at it. There are, however, other violations which have been committed by the Method. These are: Bryan Flood, Bob Freedman, and Herb Nunez 1. 2. Violating Community Moral Standards by circulating "offensive" photos. If New College means anything at all, "The Crystal Method" has damaged its name in the Sarasota Community. It has also offended a member of said community who advertised in that paper in good faith. This issue may soon blow over. This should not be the end of this issue. Who is to say that "The Crystal Method" will not simply offend others or damage the name of New College even more in the future? These are sobering thoughts. The Editors of "The Crystal Method" have misused a powerful tool--a newspaper which is c1r culated among the public. Something must be done. *This article is not a method to seek revenge after the results of Wednesday's Elections. The phone call to Dr Benedetti' s office came approximately five hours before the Election results were known food for thought Justice Recently, many people have been saying that the Student Court is "farcical" and "wishy-washy". This bothers me for two reasons. Th first is that people are making this judgement without knowing all the facts. Although I can not enlighten you since proceedings of the court are confidential, suffice to say that the court did not bow down to the administration in its decision. I am sure that it would be greatly appreciated if people would refrain from passing judgement on the court until such time, if that time ever comes, that they are fully aware of everything that transpired. The second reason I am irritated is because what people would have preferred the court to do would not have been justice; it would have been revenge. The court is being asked to decide cases based not only on the facts, but also on a person's past actions. This is not proof. It is hearsay. Hearsay is completely inadmissable as evidence. To decide a case in that manner is what would make the court farcical, for then it would be a court of revenge, not justice. If this is what the community wants; the court to be a tool of revenge; then let me know now. I will resign. I want to sit on a court of justice, not the Salem Witch Trials. 1 leave you with one question: If someone else had been responsible, would you have wanted the same punishment? Lesley Sigall O k I've taken up some space and now it's time to conclude. What can I say? Enjoy this issue ... and hey-(' .. f'ihA/ take good care of l f.

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