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CARRIAGE HOUSE AND EoSo by Julie Morris, Coordinator of Environmental Studies Q. What has 1600 feet, kills lizards, owls, rats, and ducks and has haunted the New College campus for twelve years? A. The Caples Carriage House. This 1600 square foot structure has stood unused, except as a storage area, since 1971. Various birds, mammals, and reptiles have colonized the vacant structure, occasionally dying lonely deaths, trapped inside. After a year and a half of planning, renovation of the Carriage House began this month. When completed, this former 3-car garage with a chauffeur's apartment upI ERRYMA stairs will become the permanent home of the Environmental Studies Program. Long-range plans call for music, fine arts, and environmental studies to be located on the Caples campus. Ever since Mrs. Caples willed her pine tree-covered Bayshore Drive to bayfront estate to the college in 1971, there has been confusion and competition over how the property should be used. Environmental Studies moved into the Caples House in 1973 and has worked there quietly for a decade. During its first year, the Environmental Studies Program filled Caples with computers, research Ph.D.'s, and six-figure contracts to conduct land use and air pollution monitoring. The ambitious DERING by Barbara Junge I am submitting this article for the sake of informing New College students and faculty of one of the upcoming issues in the November 15 city election. It is an important concern and its relevance to our community is obvious. Please take the time to read it over. Then do your part as an individual striving to establish true equality for all and vote. Previously, the five City of Sarasota Commission members were elected at large. The City of Sarasota has admitted to the unfairness of this process and is proposing, in the City Referendum set for Nov. 15, and alternate plan composed of three single districts with corresponding representatives and two commissioners elected at large. On behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, four citizens (Edward James, William F. Jackson, John H. Rivers and S.E. Sanders) argue that this plan will also be unfair. They are proposing a five single district division with a representative from each district. It is clear that this is a much more legitimate procedure to ensure total citizen representation. The following demographic analysis emphasizes this fact. Continued on p. 7 beginning quickly folded, and the program took on a more enduring form. Student research describing important environemntal features and issues of the region became the focus. These studies are interdisciplinary, and have led to the publication of E.S.P. reports on topics such as barrier islands, hazard perception, artificial lakes, and wet prairie ponds. These student-authored reports have established a solid, positive reputation for New College in the region. Throughout the past ten years, the Caples House has provided continuity for shifting groups of students and administrators working in environmental studies. The peace and beauty of the home have fostered the feeling of an environmental studies family. Renovation of the Carriage House is a first step toward locating more student and faculty activities on the Caples campus. This will reduce the physical isolation of the program from the rest of the community. A more important change will be the permanency of the Carriage House as the home of Environmental Studies. For the past two years, E.S.P. 's stay in the Caples House has been temporary, with attendant restrictions on improvements in lighting, carpeting, shelving, etc The renovation is molding the Carriage House to suit the needs of Environmental Studies. Upon completion, the Carriage House will contain a lecture/lab, an instru mentation room, a graphics lab, a library, several office spaces, and a long second floor porch with a view of the bay. The long-vacant Carriage House will be filled with human life and study, and the Environmental Stud ise Program will have a home for a --long and productive future. INSIDE: YouR MoNEY THE WHITE PAPER BUDGET VICI OUS ATT ACK P LEASANT D R E AM S 0


11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 2 EDITOilllllf Dead Horses by Randall Lanier Regarding Dr. Fetzer's response 1n the last Reagent I would like to ask a few questions. Dr.Fetzer stated that the reason "at least in part" for the hasty arrangement on June 30 of the meeting of the "Whole" was explained by himself at the meeting. Wasn't that a bit Also mentioned was the "impression" created by Don Woodards article on the MacArthur chair where summer committees are concerned. I presume the quote in question is: "If the Social Sciences Division has not found a suitable visiting faculty member by June 30, 1983, the EPC and FASC will meet to make recommendations to the faculty for alternative uses of the endowment funds for 1983-1984.11 This was part of a motion passed unanimously by the faculty on March 16, 1983 in a special meeting which was covered by the Reagent. The exact same quote appeared in the Reagent on April 11, 1983, p.S. Why was the non-existence of the FASC and the EPC not considered at the March 16 special meeting? Another point worth noting is that the idea of distributing the MacArthur funds as stipends to junior !aculty or investing it into future searches was not novel. Both ideas were discussed at the March 16 special meet1ng last year. .. ie eot whether ew o ege acu i a pa adigm of procedural propriety" but whether the proper procedures were violated to an unacceptable degree in the June 30 meeting of the Committee of the Whole. Obviously this is still a subject of some debate. In closing it should be pointed out that Dr. Fetzer is not the problem (speaking for myself). The end result is beside the point; however, the means implemented to reach that end are questionable and of interest to students as well as faculty. If measures have been taken or are being taken to prevent a repeat performance of last events please let us know about them so this issue may be laid to rest. *The "Committee of the Whole" is the faculty committee which deals with problems over the summer when the FASC and EPC are non-existent. ., .. ..... ... ... . Programs, facilities, and activities of the University of South Florida and New College are available to all regardless of color, creed, age, religion, sex, nationa l origin, and handicap. The University of South Florida is an equal o pportunity employer. This public document ( the R eagent) was promulgated at an annual cost of $3,000, or about 20 an issue. Money by Don Moore "I should not like my writing to spare other people the trouble of thinking. But, if possible, to stimulate someone to thoughts of his own." --Ludwig Wittgenstein Amending Wittgenstein's statement by conjoining action to thinking, I put forth this rather ragged prose. Read, think, and act. A primer on Student monies: Tuition dollars are broken up into parts according to purpose and future use of monies. When you pay your tuition, the powers that be (read the computers in the budget office in Tampa) break your dollars into several categories for the records. A&S (Activities and Services) dollars come back to you in the form of spendable bucks for the Student Government on campus. The Campus Council allocates a block sum to various groups on campus according to perceived needs and requests made to the council. The New College Student Alliance (NCSA) --Gene and company --gets one chunk of the allocations made by the Campus Council. The NCSA budget's interest groups further divide up these funds. This is the level at which you experience the results of the A&S money directly. Think about it the next time you kick that soccer ball or open the Co-op refrigerator (or ick. t a G p f a atox'O lou may also reap the b enefits of A&S allocations if you go to the film series or use our sailboats; activities open to both New College and University program are funded through the Campus Council. That's a brief sketch of the A&S scene. The Capital Improvement Trust fund is another story. One of the last chunks to be taken out of the tuition dollar, it suffers as a result of unreceived tuition payments The fund, however, grows slowly over the years, and if allocated and released by the Board of Regents and the Governor, comes South from Tallahassee to meet us. We must request the use of these funds from the president of the University. We generate a proposed plan of expenditure, and if he (the president) is a nice guy, (and John Lott Brown is) then he lets us see some CIT dollars. That is how the CIT scene works. One of our problems in the yast has been generating a "wishlist" for the CIT monies which we will see in the future. We need to get together now and think about the future First, we need to have some student and faculty input in the use of CIT funds. What should we build and what should it look like? The CIT money began with our tuition dollars; we should contribute to the direction of its expenditure. We have some time before the money arrives. Let us use this time effectively. We could begin with a town meeting and appoint a committee of able representatives to explore the future of CIT expenditures. What should the mechanism be to generate a "wishlist" which equitably represents all areas of the community? You think about it. And do something about it I suggest that a similar process be employed to discuss the future use of space on campus. Perhaps we can get Bob Barylski in the Fishbowl to discuss the "Master Plan." Students should influence future construction on this campus. We use the facilities. As users, who is better qualified to judge the utility of book carrels (as an example) in the library than faculty and students? You have the ability to influence the present and future of NC in very concrete ways. Do not assume others will take on this responsibility while you sit passively and watch. Get involved, learn about the "system" we all have to deal with. Learn, think, get involved, and affect positive A. On the Metho d I think it w1se to clear my position as an editor in an editorial since this does involve my op1nion, but that also involves writing a news article to clear other matters, right? Please read both if you're at all interested in the subject of the Reagent; i.e., our budget, relation to the Crystal Method, editing policy, and so on. The Reagent editors have never really been "editors. We have been and are compilers, proof-readers, typists, interviewers, aecou tancs nagging, lay-out amateurs, objects of discussion, scapegoats, and (pardon the grammar) dedicated to providing an open forum for New College students. Anyone who claims the Reagent won't print this or that has never submitted "this" or "that" for publication. If we have space we print everything we receive (so far anyway) no matter how disgusting it is to us personally. If we don't have space, what is not printed one issue has top priority in the next. We correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. That's our policy. So far as the Crystal Method goes, I have no problem with another paper on campus, so long as it serves a different need. I do think that the three responses to Lori Shoe maker's article should have been published in the Reagent, not the Crystal Method, since the subject of complaint was in the last Reagent. I sincerely hope a copy of the Crystal Method (which is pretty hard to get) was put in Lori Shoe maker's box. It is worth noting that "college news" (Crystal Method p. 1 "Kick II 1 me 1n the Oracle and in the Re-agent deserves more than just a of separation. Very few artlcles published in the Oracle or the Reagent would be of any interest to other. But I'm getting defenslve. The point is that New College is big enough for two newspapers, as they are not in competitlon wLth each other. If they become so, I think a merger should be arranged. There is no reason for competition given the distinctly d{f ferent goal.s of the Reagent and the Crystal Metho,d. Communication is the problem to the answer


1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111' Go Team Dear Editor: Last issue, Lori Shoemaker suggested' that it was wrong to ask RA's to round up people to attend a CPR course being conducted in the Fishbowl. The statement made that I would be "pissed" if less than 20 people attended was probably accurate, in context. The American Red Cross informed my office that they would conduct this course if we guaranteed a minimum attendance of 20 people. We had called and asked them to conduct this course. I therefore assured them I would tell them not to come unless at least 20 people signed up. After notices went out, 25 people, not including the 6 RA's, did sign up, and arrangements were made to conduct the course. Less than 20 students showed up (ll) and the RA's tried to get more on the spur of the moment. I applaud the RA's intentions and efforts and decry those who do not honor their committments. Incidents such as these do not make for a good public image of New College students. Fortunately, they are few in number. As a last note of explanation, the CPR class had been in the Fishbowl at least two weeks prior to the date/time in question. Sincerely, r -t-::-t 3 Pete r J. Fazio TO: Vebbra Ingram FROM: Pete Fazio RE: Housing Budget The following letter and budget are reprinted from the very first issue of the Reagent (February 14, 1983): The budget for the current school year was constructed with in mind that the fiscal deter1orat1on of the budget would slow considerably if not stop altogether. A deficit was created by the mandatory food service plan of two years back and by increases of under 8% for three years prior that were self evidently not even keeping pace the rate of inflation. Food serv1ce also drains the budget annually of $15 000+ due to the fact that Housing1absorbs the entire utility bill of the kitchen. As a result, dorm fees have increased nearly 20% for each of the past two years. Ideally, to achieve fiscal stability over the long term with the appropriate levels of service would necessitate at least two if not three more years of large increases. The offset of these predictions is increased enrollment. Incoming classes significantly larger over the next three year period will allow for decidedly small increases in fees. This year's increase, aside from the ISP is only 8%. As opposed to years, next year we will begin charging for the ISP as part of second semester. The new rates will be: Semester 1-$620 Semester 2-$775 If you have any questions concerning the budget, please stop by the Housing Ojfice at your convenience. by Dawn Bialy Communication Gap I don't know if it's just me, or if it's just this place, or if it's the whole world, but lately I've been having some quite unsettling thoughts about the way people communicate--or rather, the way we don't communicate. (Notice my assumption that I am just as much a victim or perpetrator of this problem as anyone else.) I guess it all started because I went home for fall break. "Home" is a very small town in upstate NY. I won't bore you with details--it's your run-of-the-mill Hicksville where 95% of the high school graduates either go to State schools and come home to see their class ring-bearer every weekend, or hang around and get into the "family business11 simultaneously getting (someone) pregnant and/or married and/or divorced. The other 5%, in which I include myself, go off to "good" schools and "do something" with their liveso pired on this campus have influenced my newfound conclusions a great deal. InS[ opinion (not the Reagent editor's, not the --t RA's, noc the thesis student s) this place is going downhill in a BIG way. This impression of mine may be due, in part, to the fact that I have been screaming immature obscenities and avoiding the acquisition of relevant knowledge right along with everyone else. However, I think it is also due to the fact that people in general are being amazingly selfish. Of course, these qual1-ties are always present to a degree in any population; I just felt fairly confident that, as the "intellectuals" of the world, we would, in our infinite wisdom, be able to avoid such pitfalls. Well, I was wrong. At least that's how it appears to me. Big deal, right? Well, it is to me. How do we' expect to deal with the encroachment of USF, increased "normalizing" by the administration, and the various other problems New College as a whole is facing when we are expending our potentially construe-" l'k 11 tive, 1 e energies on petty arguments among ourselves, which, incidentally, none of us will give a flying fornication about ive years from I am the first to admit that I click into a very condescending attitude when I'm at home. It's very noticeable, and people don't like it, but I can't seem to help it. The gossip is what I feel most superior to--believe it or not, it's much worse than NC has ever come close to in the past. The other big problem I have with the people back home is that they are ignorant about many issues which I feel should be t ics of can all remain happily hearing about these shortsighted. But I would issues whenever possible. But to to believe that the contrary 1s get to my point: last week was the true: that we do care about this first time I ever truly felt badly place as problematic as it can be, about having such a "bad attitude". and that we're all willing and Up until now, I just tried to tone able to put some personal con-my sarcastic criticism down for my cerns aside in order to work col-parents' sake. lectively toward a place where we This recent feeling of remorse can all study, work, party, and has stemmed from my realization live-nproductive" (or whatever that, just because we are New Coladjectives we want to strive for) lege students, it does not neces-lives. sarily follow that we are all won"Same as it ever was" is quite derful. We are gossipy, and we appealing right now! are ignorant:--of course, the events that have recently transHOUSING & FOOD PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET 1983/84 Revenue(Schedule 1) Student Rentals Summer Rentals Special Rentals Other Income Expenditure(Schedule 2) Salaries O.P.S. Expense oco Transfers Projected Surplus: $313,650 25,000 3,420 7,000 $349,070 $122,249 10,255 183,373 2,500 30,000 $348,377 $ 693 The budget was presented to students in two meetings open to all students. The President of Student Government and Campus Council Chairman both attended. tllEDITf Editors: Dawn Bialy Randall Lanier Layout Editor: Lance Newman Typists: Dawn Bialy Nick Dunphy Contributors: As noted Sole Photograph: Blake Wiley Special thanks to Brad Canham and Sean Lincoln for hours of tedious labor Profuse apologies to those whose articles were faithfully submitted but do not appear in this issue because they were the last in line at the typewriter. We promise your articles will appear in the next and final issue of the Reagent. More apologies to JoLynn Butts and Merissa Lovett for the m1x-up of titles in the last issue (p. 5). Sorry


When you get finished reading this, you'll say, "That Greg Walters he should be hurt he should be killed, he's an ass." But if you read between the lines you'll see it's not a putdown of New College, but a satire of college in general, with most of the barbs aimed at U of Chicago. So read, take it lightly, and remember I transferred from that II prest1g1ous 1nst1tute of h1gher education" also, Oh, one last thing. Party. Like a Banshee, The following article appeared in the Friday, October 7, 1983 issue Grey City Journal, a student newspaper that is publisped at the University of I TRANSFERRED TO NEW COLLEGE GREGORY WALTERS A PERSONAL STATEMENT I think that the maddest fantasy that a bored, depressed U of C freshman could ever entertain would be to transfer to a college in Florida. And that's exactly what I did, over a year ago. What follows are some reflections on New College and my time there. Why transfer from Chicago? -.:e a v e as the student body itself, Stu dent talents and tastes are not taken into account at Chicago (Drama, Film, etc.). Or followers of fads and fashions in college education realize that Chicago just is not the "hot" spot that it once was for pursuing a unique undergraduate education. Finally, students (freshman) may simply realize that Chicago isn't a "fun" place to learn; I mean fun in the classic sense of mad partying combined with limited interest in academics. Which one was I? My face turns red. I belonged in the last group, I wanted to party in college, in the widest sense. Like a Banshee, I needed a college that would allow me to journey on this endless quest while still maintainI Ll/ ing a somewhat respectable academic front. Not wanting to perish without pleasure in the grey city, I looked at my options. The brightest one came from Florida in the form of a highly rated small lib-eral arts' school known as New College. I looked at their brochures. They seemed slick enough. Cool buildings, O.K. Palm trees4 O.K, Sunsets on Sarasota Bay. O.K. Sarasota Bay itself fair. But it was not for these reasons, substantial though they are, that I transferred to New College It was the prospect of studying in a grade-free environment that settled the matter. This is because students at New College receive Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory evaluations from their professors, that is all. And if a Student "Unsats", he may upgrade it to a "Sat" with a little extra work for that course within a year. No Grade pressure. Just pure learning. Ha ha ha? New College. I'm going. I went. It was like a summer camp. I mean that to describe in general the color, the flavor of the place as generated by the combined attitudes of the faculty, staff and students. Nobody seemed t o believe that schoo l was in session. and everybody Plus it was sunny all of the time. I played frisbee. But there were classes, there was work. I took many courses with Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, one of the two economists on campus, Some were comparable in difficulty and quality with U of C classes, Most' were not. I would like to mention here that KGB was always interesting as a person, not as a professor. His stories on how he mismanages his own money and allows himself to be taken advantage of by others in the marketplace continual amusement for many an econ. class. The best part of academics at New College involved the Independent study project or ISP. These are research projects done 1/0Uilf submitted by Cally Waite done in January with a professor on a topic of the student's choice. Three of these are required for graduation. I did one with KGB on "The Economics of Ludwig Von Mises" He liked it. There were clubs and such at New College, but they were poorly organized and never met, much to no one's dismay. Thus a Large chunk of one's free time was spent in individual pursuits. I found satisfaction in partying. However there were other activities as well. Swimming, tanning, racketball were all big on campus, not to mention rock and roll, drugs (LSD) and sex. In fact, nearly all of my friends at New College at one time lived in the style of "The Harrad Experiment" in student housing. This reminds me that gossiping is also a treasured practice. I must admit that I had fun at New College. In fact, with New College's student designed majors, I could have majored in fun and minored in something useful like English Literature. So why cid I leave? Fiist of all, Florida is not civilized. There is nothing to do down there except swim naked in a pool under some palm trees and stars with a glass of wine in o ne hand a n d a licentious friend in the other Hey that do esn't aoun4 ao hU No, it gets boring much quicker than you think. Trust me. While it's true that I did learn a substantial amount of material at the New College, I unfortunately did so without pres frustration and general anxiety. This is a very bad experience to be exposed to, especially when one is just recovering from the confusion of adolescence: it tends to instill in one the naive belief that things in life can be accomplished without pain. We, the students of Chicago, know otherwise I do anyway, and it was mainly for this reason, to re-establish myself in the "real" world of pain for productivity, that I have returned. The errors that appear in this article are intentional; this is exactly how the original appeared. FOOD FOR 1HOU6H1 Perhaps the single most significant activity that creates and binds a family, together is communal dining. Here at New College, this aspect of community life is sadly neglected, and only a small portion of us eat in Hamilton Center at any particular meal. The dining room was once the liveliest spot on campus and now it is so quiet that it can be used to study in almost all the time. The beautification of Hamilton Center that Chris Martin has worked for has made a significant difference in the mood of our main common room, and in the number of people who use the space. This trend can be continued. Certain goals are worth working for, and approaching step by step. If we had a student operated food service we would provide employment for students, serve delicious and and we would at tract a larger group to Hamilton Center. Ultimately, we could link the food service to a garden out behind the art barracks and thus participate in a fuller way in the cycles of life. A first step toward developing the abilities of the students to run a food service is to cook a meal for the entire community. The first step will in and of itself provide a warm and friendly gathering of our and demonstrate the ent potential of an organized and active student body. An all community Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Friday November 18. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome, and the New College String Quartet has graciously agreed to play before and after dinner. This Thanksgiving by Rick Doblin dinner may become an annual affair Menus will be distributed a week before the dinner with meat and vegetarian options. The dinner is not being funded from any existing budget, so each person who would like to attend will need to pay in advance. This advanc registration system will permit the cooks to purchase the correct amount of food, and thus make it possible for the dinner to make a slight profit. This will demonstrate the financial viability of a student run food service, or at least make the idea more reasonable. Thus all students who help cook will be paid, as well as the professional caterer who will supervise the students and help price the menu. Other students are needed Continued on p. 6


1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 ORO FROM HOUfiNfJ In the second and third issues at the beginning of Reagent history a lengthy interview was published discussing many aspects of Housing at New College.A primary focus of that article was the role of the Resident Assistant. Since this role is constantly being redefined to reflect community needs, it is appropriate to discuss this subject again. There are six RA's, one male and one female per court. The total compensation is a free single room and five hours pay per week at m1n1mum wage. All RA's are hired for one year at a time and can be rehired annually, although that is not automatic. Interviews for RA positions are normally held in the first module of second semester. All students are eligible to apply. Interviews are conducted by presently employed RA's, the Resident Counselor, Director of Housing, Director of Student Affairs, and other such persons as designated by the Housing Director. A 24 hour accessibility policy necessitates single rooms. Single rooms lso allow for the opportunity to have the RA's act as counselors and friends, or to provide an ear for a student who needs to talk. The "RA rooms" are the same every year: the '42's' and '15's' in each court. One of the RA is to have regular dinners for members of his/her court each yeai, and these rooms are conducive to such gatherings. The constancy of the "RA rooms" Certainly the most important aspect of the RA's job is counseling, listening, helping out, etc.; there are numerous other functions. The RA's pass out light bulbs and toilet paper. They hold dinners in rooms and organize pot luck dinners. In the past they have even worked as ushers at graduation. They coor1inate the refrigerator sticker by Pete FAzio process for Housing, handle the paint program, do room inventories, handle room switches, and even help clean rooms prior to the arrival of the New College Music Festival. The RA's meet weekly to discuss implementation of Housing policy and voluntarily attend other Housing-related meetings such as the Housing Advisory Committee and the Student Affairs Committee of the Board or Trustees. In the week prior to orientation and the week of orientation, they work at least 40-50 hours per week each. They have to meet all the new students in their courts and help all new students during their critical first 2-3 weeks here. Resident students should never hesitate to ask an RA for help in any area. If one of them can't help, they will find someone who can. The RA's for this year are: Jack Donaldson-RID 142 Barbara Nimershiem-Rm 115 Dawn Bialy-Rm 242 Michael Solomon-Rm 215 Paul Brockway-Rm 342 Shawn Dougherty-RID 315 Six RA' s have been employed annually since the 1981/82 academic year. It is important that the residents of a particular court are assured accessibility to RA's as needed. In the same sense, the malefemale ratio is equally important. Each RA works one shift (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) per week (Monday to Friday) and one weekend shift every five weeks. necessary be available at some constant specific time each day. The 209 schedule is the result. TheRA's may work up to 20 hours per week additionally depending upon the time of year, special events and other such factors. TheRA's are also on emergency call twenty-four hours a day to assist with crises, be they student centered or institutionally related. 011. BOT II Ell !1 "Just what is this New College anyway?" my friends asked when I said I was coming here. The only answer I had then was a regurgitation of Admissions blurbs and "In the final analysis .. quotable quotes. I could talk excitedly about the "autonomy within the USF system," the "private school education at public school prices," and the "highly individualized liberal arts program," and I could amaze everyone with average board scores. For me, New College had three very positive aspects. First, it was personal enough that I could conceivably become friends with, or at least get acquainted with, everyone. it had none of the "good ole' boy" attitude of many prestigious northern institutions (i.e., the only hard part about this school is getting in). And third, it was small enough to have a bureaucracy that would treat me as an individual student, rather than as an entity which did not fill out form 357-D and has not paid the interest on its late fees. After one y ar here, it appeared that my initial assessment wasn't by Sean Lincoln so far off. After two years, I'm not so sure. I drag all this up not to invite another furniture awareness article, but to preface the question of the day: Doesn't it bother anyone that New College as we like to think of it will not exist in the not-too-distant future? I will step out on a radical limb for a moment and suggest that, within four years, New College will become, if not indistinguishable from any other USF program, at least unrecognizable as the New College of three years ago. Bullshit?? 1) A few years ago (ask a 4th-year student) NC was on a ten-week trimester system. Students found ten weeks was about the maximum time they could devote their full energies to each subject without burning out. In 1981, NC switched to the semester system to "bring us in line with the State system", and supposedly to give us more course opportunities (4 modules vs. 3 trimesters). It is fairly obvious that the latter reason does not hold much water, since 3: -< 0 ::l 0 ., CJ) I z c:: 0 ., m ..... m :xJ :xJ .... m m )> co c I co CJ) 0 r-.. I 0 r-0) ANNOUNCEMENT GROUP PROJECT IN BASIC ACTING The course will be offered during the January Interterm as a group project and will be taught by Professor Manuel Duque of the Asolo Conservatory. Enrollment is limited to 10 students, selected on the basis of auditions. The auditions will be held from 9:00 a.m. until I 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, November lOth, at the Caples House. Students wishing to audition should sign up in the Humanities divisional office by Wednesday, November 2nd, and should be prepared to present two memorized audition pieces of contrasting nature of not more than two minutes each (total audition time of three to four minutes). Students selected to participate in the course should sign up for it as an ISP prior to the ISP sign-up deadline date of December 1st Sign-ups will be handled through the Humanities office. sev.en weeks just doesn't seem long enough to adequately cover one subject, and professors are hesitant to give semester credit for ten weeks of work. Many of the present module offerings are just syllabus breakdowns of semester courses, and some aren't worth credit unless both modules are taken. I know of no students who have worked under both systems who prefer our present system over trimesters. 2) Last year the "one year rule" was instituted. This was not done to save us from our own procrastination; professors could have decided, individually or collectively, Continued on p. 6


11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 No doubt many students on campus have heard of a men's support group and wondered just what its purpose is. I chose to write this article to shed some light on this question; I have been participating in the group for several weeks, and so my personal expectations and experiences may help some of you to a better understanding. Let me emphasize that this is a personal view, that others in the group have different reasons for joining, and that I am in no way "authorized" to write this article. I first encountered serious discussion of male liberation several years ago in a book by Warren Farrel l titled The Liberated Man. I found Farrell's work interesting, but not very pertinent to my own situation since nearly all the men he described were married, or close to it, and already involved in their careers. Single students face a different, if related set of problems. I have kept my eye out since that time for a group which might address the concerns which I have about sexist attitudes towards men, and the men's support group has (finally) answered that desire. The idea of a support group itself directly attacks one of the most prevailing sexist attitudes, that men should be self-reliant and to limit extensions to any length they wanted without engraving that limit in stone. This was done to. "bring us in line with the State system", and to eliminate some record keeping. What happens if I go to my sponsor on day 364 with a myriad of extenuating circumstances? Unless he/she is willing to turn in a W.A.D. form without my work really being all done (i.e., lying to the Registrar), I (you, we) lose. Who is in charge here? I would reject changes that would "bring us in line with the State system" for that very reason. 3) At the end of last year the idea of housing U.S.F. students in the was being seriously entertained by those who had the power to make it happen. It won't happen this year, but what if we have another poor year in Admissions? So much for any sense of community. 4) A professor recently mentioned in class the possibility of collegewide distribution requirements com ing to a vote at a faculty meeting in the near future. What would be left? The next change would probably be to differentiate on the transcript between a strong, average, and weak Sat. (perhaps labelling them "A, B and C"). Only phys. ed. and underwater basket weaving would separate us from becoming a U.S.F. arts and sciences division with a low student/faculty ratio. In fact, the student/faculty ratio is all that is guaranteed by U.S.F. under the merger agreements. The NC program has been left alone because it is "the crown jewel of the U.S.F. system11 and that "jewel" has made lots of noise when the system has tried to interfere. It T emotionally independenL. i feel this attitude is actually very destructive of emotional well-being. In my early life, I fully embraced this concept and ended up isolated, self-destructive, and aggressive. Now, I want to change my persona, but I find it very difficult to do alone. The group is beginning to help me break my habits of thought and interaction both directly in our meetings and indirectly by making me more conscious of my negative ways of dealing with people outside the group. rhat the group is composed only of men helps us break through another problem of sexism: the dependence of men on women to find emotional cump&nionship. I have often heard women complain that men treat them more like mothers than lovers. I know that I place a great deal of emphasis on emotional support in my relationships with women. There is nothing wrong with that, if one does not make it compulsive in a relation, but frequently it is compulsive because society does not encourage loving relations for men with anybody but their lover. The men's support group can fight this oppression in a very positive way by giving men the opportunity to become intimate with each other in a caring fashion. I believe women would benefit greatly by having the should be realizd however, that it has a unique and worthwhile program, but because without it they would be left alone as the bearer of the "Coppertone University.') Give NC two or three more poor years in recruiting or a disaster on the CLAST test and see how quickly the jewel will be recut. The most upsetting part is that the institutionalizing changes I mentioned above were all brought about from within NC. There are elements within our bureaucracy and within the Foundation (money talks) that want NC to become "more normal.11 If all they want is a "newsy" newspaper and a cleancut, non-cohabitating student body, fine, but it appears the changes we are undergoing are much more fundamental and irreversible. As it is, our jewel is being ground down by the feet and steelbelted radials of 1100+ U.S.F. students. Not that those U.S.F. programs aren't valuable. The world certainly needs more nurses, teachers, accountants and concert flutophonists (a plastic, recorder-like instrument). But if the master plans of NC and U.S.F. are not compatible, and I believe that they aren't, which will take precedence? It that U.S.F. will win by default. Two years ago they held only night classes. Last year they held day classes in buildings not being used by NC. This year their classes are interspersed with NC's. We now go to a school of over 1400 people. How can I be expected to confront or report all strangers when I don't recognize 3/4 of the people on campus? Two years ago the problem was virtually nonexistent. Jack Donaldson already wrote about the parking he understated the problem. Imagine the fun when the new library and by Eric Cumfer demand for emotional nurturing removed from them. The development of intimacy between men and women would be more natural, free from compulsive male demands for attention. Benefits for women from a men's group brings up a point which has been of some discomfort to group members and, I imagine, the community at-large. A group of men, many assume, is going to be antiwomen. One thinks of a boy's club with the sign ''NO GIRLS" hanging on the door. Nothing could be further from our minds than _promoting sexism. We merely feel that the presence of women might encourage standard attitudes toward them to be expressed. By doing something different, we hope to shake ourselves free of these attitudes. I would be very happy to see a women's group such as the one that was formed for the past couple of years begin again, but of course there is little the men's group can do to bring this about. If any of you MEN are interested 1n joining, we meet every other Thursday at 9pm in the Fishbowl. Our meetings are interspersed with a men and women's meeting on sexism which meets at the same time and place on o u r off weeks. Drop on in to either meeting, especially if yo u have different ideas on what we might do the Sudakoff Center are in full So does anyone care? And does it matter? Years from now, some of us as alumni might care little about NC, but those who will care, and those who have a vested interest in NC's future (newer students, faculty, etc.) shouldtake the time to see for themselves if New Col lege's present course is what it should be. If it is what it should be and I am wrong--wonderful. If it is not, then we had better start making some noise. In a school of 400 people it doesn't take much volume to be heard. But if nothing is said now, then later, when we expect to be heard, we will have the cacaphony of a school of 18,000 to compete with. I am not playing campus radical. I am not Funky George sans fatigues. But it bothers me that very few others seem to care enough even to discuss the issue, much less to do something about it. If I am laboring under a misconception, please enlighten me. Thank you for listening. to help decorate Hamilton Center and to pick and arrange wild flowers for each table. This dinner will be a gift of the students to the entire community, and to ourselves. If you are interested in helping or have skills that would be valuable leave a note in Box 275. Once we have a talented group of students we might begin to cook on weekends and for other special Between the Thanksgiving dinner and the end of this school year we might be able to have :nough experience to really predict lf we are ready to takeoverthe food service and provide inexpensive but healthy (and good tasting) food. The potential benefit is worth expending some energy to investigate this possibility '8 0 1&1 Clo


by JoLynn Butts This year's Student Affairs Activities Committee has now been formed. The core committee is composed of the elected SAC members and the following people: Tom Ronca, Nick Eversole, Amanda Burns, Jeff Muench, Susan Sapoznikoff, Jim Stefanick, Mary McElhinney, Mike Solomon, Fred Bennett, and Bregitte Pracht. The committee coordinators are JoLynn Butts and Chris Martin. Accompanying this article is a list of activities for Module 2 of Semester 1. The SAAC would like to know what you think about these events. In a few weeks a questionnaire will be sent to you asking you what kinds of activities you would like to see scheduled for Semester 2. We also need people to help plan events. In particular, I am looking for expert pool and video game players to help structure these tournaments. There will be prizes for all the tournaments. First prize in the Video Game Tournament is $25.00 in quarters. I have spent four Thanksgiving days in Sarasota and have found that going out to a restaurant is thoroughly unenjoyable because restaurants are over-crowded and meals are of assembly line quality. This year the SAAC would like to sponsor a Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner in Hamilton Center. We will supply the turkey, you will supply the side dishes. We need to know if there is a large interest in this event and what kinds of things we can provide to make it easy and enjoyable for all community members to participate. Cont. from p. 1 (Gerrymandering) District 1 District 2 DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE 3 SINGLE DISTRICTS IN THE PROPOSED 3/2 PLAN* Dominant Race of Majority General Race of Registered Race of Population Population Voters Electorate 16,289 8,377(w) 4,917(61%)(w) white 7,912(b) 3, 157(39%)(b) 16,289 16,289(w) 9,562(w) whit e O(b) O(b) The activities budget is extremely limited. If more funds become available, then obviously more events will be scheduled. The SAAC invites all members of the community to our meetings. Watch for signs in Hamilton Center for the next oneo Ideas? SAAC Tentative Activities Schedule Nov. 5 Racquetball Tournament Nov. 12 Pool Tournament Nov. 19 Video Game Tournament Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner Dec. 2 Bad Movie Movie Festival Dec. S-8 Midnight MadnessShorts in the T.A A N N 0 UN CEMENTS On Thursday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m., Theresa Healy, former ambassador to Sierre Leone, will discuss foreign service with interested students in the Conference Room of Cook Hall. There will be special focus on foreign service exam preparation. On Thursday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m., a representative from Tulane Law School will be in the Conference Room of Cook Hall to talk to inteLested students. J InfoLmation is Dr. Mather on the National Endowment for Humanities Younger *EXPLANATION OF DEMOGRAPHICS l. Total population of Sarasota, 1980 census is: 48,868. Three districts drawn under one-person, one-vote criter1a would result in 16,289 persons residing in each district. 2. Virtually all blacks live in the racially-identifiable community of "Newtown". 93% of all black registered voters live in this area. This would assume that all blacks were drawn in one district. If blacks were fractionalized and split up into two or even three districts, that type of redistricting in itself--the gerrymander--would violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. 3. Race of eligible white and black voters, as admitted by Defendants (City Commission) is: District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 White-58.7% Black 39.9% DEMOGRAPHICS OF PLAINTIFFS' PROPOSED 5 SINGLE DISTRICT PLAN Dominant Race of Majority General Race of Registered Race of Population Population Voters Electorate 9, 773 1,861(w) l ,092(26%)(w) black 7,912(b) 3, 157(74%)(b) 9' 773 9, 773(w) 5,737(w) white O(b) O(b) 9' 773 9, 773(w) 5, 737(w) white O(b) O(b) 9' 773 9, 773(w) 5,737(w) white O(b) O(b) 9' 773 9, 773(w) 5,737(w) white O(b) O(b) I am confident that the level of intellectual maturity which each Wl.ll motivate us to vote on Nov. 15 for the each one of us possesses truly fair proposal, the S-0 plan. Thank you for your consideration. Scholars Program and for Youth Grants. The deadline for application is November 15. You must be under age 21 to apply. No class credit will be given, but it pays nicely. ....................................... THE WHITE PIIPER The New College White Paper is "off the ground, but still flying low." We need student input to get it roliing. Right now that means we need your opinion on the appropriate topic for a college-wide discussion/debate/ project. Some possibilities are listed below. Please list three topics in order of preference and put them in the box located outside the mailroam. Please keep in mind that topics should be of interest to as many groups, fields, people, etc. as pos sible. Don't limit yourself to this list: nuclear arms race --nuclear power and its alternatives __ depletion of natural resour:es industrial pollution --Central America --the Middle East 1984 Presidential Race inequality in America --the U.S. economy and its future --world population growth --the American family --the future of religion in America --abortion terrorism the power of the press/censorship --the death penalty Other: __________________________ ___


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