Ye Olde Student Life

On Oct. 17, 1967, TSL printed a student survey under the inconspicuous headline “Pomona Organic Test (POT).” The survey is too long to reprint in its entirety, but we’ve excerpted some of the better questions here, including a memorable assessment of the 1968 presidential field.

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Pomona Organic Test (POT)

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An in-depth survey of randomness in our world. Based on the motivation ‘our misconception of civilized Christianity.’

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“There was no need for extraordinary circumstances: all I asked for was a little precision.” – Antoine Roquentin

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Multiple Despair

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1. Claremont bears closes [sic] resemblance:

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a) life b) action c) culture d) earth e) none of these.

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2. How many books are there in the Honnold Library:

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a) 250,000 b) 50,000 c) 45 post-1920 books and 7 stone tablets.

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3. The common characteristic unifying the Claremont Colleges is:

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a) spirit: embodying a deep sense of community; a heartfelt oneness amongst a close-knit populus of eager scholars

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b) the geographical and aesthetic link; that of the colleges to the earth, a mutual homeland of pastoral splendor–a green nook of seclusion nestled quietly in the trees and smog

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c) a slickly rationalized refuge for the moneyed classes, providing a gloss of intellectuality and protecting said children from the uncouth aspects of existence: things like military service and work

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d) answer c is correct

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e) answers c and d are correct

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Poll

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Choose the 1968 Presidential-Vice-Presidential ticket you would favor:

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Hubert Humphrey-Pat Brown “The Lumpish Bunnies Ticket”

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George Wallace-Adam Clayton Powell “Keep the Faiths Baby ticket”

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Jake Javitts-George Lincoln Rockwell (the VP generally remains inctive anyway) “Hebraic Fascism”

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Everett Dirksen-Margaret Chase Smith “The Rock Rib Rock Brain GOP” also referred to as the Maine-Ill ticket”

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Carl Hayden-Robert Kenedy “The Age Before Beauty Ticket”

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Ronald Reagon [sic]-Art Linkletter “The People Are a Funny Republican Houseparty” or “Ronald Says the Darndest Things”

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John Wayne-William Fulbright “The Alamo-Oxford Ticket” war is hell but fun.

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Barry Goldwater-William E. Miller “The National Coronary Thrombosis ticket” (in our hearts we know they’re right; Barry and Bill will bry you still)

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William E. Miller-Barry Goldwater “Extremism in the Defense of Liberty”

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When you are done taking SL’s POT circle the appropriate number:

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1.) I liked taking POT.

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2.) SL should have POT every issue.

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3.) I think POT exemplified the spirit of relevance so familiar to all of us here at Pomona.

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4.) I think POT should be illegalized.

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Further miscellaneous remarks on your part will be tolerated if not appreciated.

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— Compiled by Sam McLaughlin PO ’16

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