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I have no problem with sociopaths, as long as they're on my side. Volume IV, Issue 15 December 7, 1994 IT'S OFFICIAL CHON IS NCSA PRESIDENT Kate Fink Amid t confusion and misinformation between student government, candidates, and voters, Student Court ruled on December I that there had been no electioneering at the ballot box o the re ults of the runoff election stand, with Sujean Chon as the winner Chon will take office next semester. John Graham, one of the candidates, had contested the election on the basis of reports heard from voters like Nick Napolitano who had overheard a conversation between NCSA Vice-President Konnie Kruczek and Chon at the ballot box on November 21, the day of the first election According to Napolitano Kruczek and Chon had been discussing whether Chon should run in the election, and that he head Kruczek tell Chon "You' d better decide soon Kruczek and Chon denied that Kruczek had been encouraging Chon to run, but rather was only asking questions to help her decide if she had enough time to devote to the office "The only time I ever involved anyone in my decision-making was ... when I asked a hypothetical question 'Would you rather be NCSA President or Director of CSL [Center for Service Learning]?' Someone told me, 'I'd rather be CSA President,"' Chon said. Election Supervisor Deborah Goodwin said she had been paying careful attention to make sure no electioneering took place at the ballot box during the first election. Goodwin had to leave for Thanksgiving break before the runoff election, which she said Adam Stone and Beth Eldridge ran "I had a set speech that I gave to everyone at the table I was trying to explain how the voting proces went on," Goodwin said. "I did tell people not to say some things within the area ... I wa careful about that. She said that Konnie may have told Chon that she should put her ID on the table, but those running the election attempted to find pictures of all the candi dates running. "It just does not seem correct that an NCSA officer is even discussing anyone running ... at the balloting box," Graham said. "I think this whole election process needs to have clearly outlined guidelines ... if you're allowed to say things that are easily misconstrued, that indicates there's a problem." However, the court unanimously ruled that, since there was nothing in the NCSA constitution that even prohibited anyone at the ballot box from encouraging students to run, the words exchanged bet ween Kruczek and Chon ceased to be an issue The constitution only prohibited influencing students' votes at the ballot box, which testimony at Student Court did not support. Graham said Amy Laitinen told him there was only one person counting ballots on Tuesday night. Graham thought at least two were required. However, the court determined that the constitution does not prohibit the counting of votes by only one person: others may assist in counting the ballots only "if desired." Kruczek said there had been two people counting votes, regardless. When Graham had contested the first election to Neil Israel, Chief Justice of Studen : Court, on Monday night, he thought the runoff election would be po tponed He a ked Israel if there would be an election the next day, and Israel said there would not be. "I left with the assumption that, since I'd con tested there would not be a runoff on Tuesday [November 22]." Graham said. Graham was not on campus the next day, so he did not know the runoff election took place until after it was over However, Israel said he was not aware of the results of Monday's election, and therefore did not know a runoff election had been planned. He had not sent Mark Johnson, Director of Student Affairs, a note on Monday night, as Adam stone had previou ly stated to the Catalyst, but left a spoken message with Johnson's secretary, informing Johnson that the election had been contested. "I didn't really know what [Graham] wa saying ... I addressed that the next day, when I met with Mark. I told him that I did not understand what was going on ... that's why I misinformed [Graham], because I didn't know the conditions under which there should be a runoff. I didn't know "ELECTIONS" CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
2 The Catalyst December 7, 1994 Editorial John Graham was right on at least one point concerning the election: there have to be changes in not only the rules governing elections, but also in how these rules are implementecl. No NCSA officer should have been discussing the election at the ballot box in any way that could be construed as electioneering. Nothing could undermine an election more nor be more damaging to a President's mandate. The handling of ballots mu t be done in a re ponsible, professional manner, with no discussion of the candidates at the table. That's just common sense The runoff election hould not have followed so closely upon the first election. If one of the candidates himself didn't know it was going on, what does that say about the rest of the student body? The runoff election was not well-advertised, which limited potential voters to those students who wandered by Ham Center and noticed that there was a runoff. Enough time should have been taken to ensure that everyone involvedincluding the majority of the student body --was clear about what was going on. Furthermore, an election hould not be held if the Election Supervisor is not present, if it i impossible for the Election Supervisor to fulfill his/her duties, then another Election Supervisor hould be officially appointed by the NCSA President. In the future, there should be multiple counting of ballot by multiple people. At the very least there should be one witness pre ent when votes are being counted. Having Student Court observe the counting wouldn't hurt It may be boring, but it is neces ary to ensure the integrity of the democratic process. If an interested candidate hasn't collected a petition with at least fifty signature, then he/she is a write-in candidate and hi 1 her name hould not appear on the ballot under any circum stances. If there are any loopholes in the Constitution regarding runoff elections, then those loopholes need to be closed, or the entire petition system is worse than u eless. The NCSA Presidency is too important a po t for the election to be handled in such a cavalier fashion. The election process should be detailed, it should be exact, it should be run so tightly it excludes almost any chance of a contestable result. We know that no election can be perfect, but they can be a lot better than this last one. Now that attention is focu ed upon the elections proces perhaps real changes can be made How about secret ballots? Titillating as the "I'll how you mine if you'll show me yours" mentality may be, it ha no place in a democratic election. The fact that two or three people usually see who you're voting for can be intimidating, be ides, those little curtained booths are just so sexy. We look forward to seeing what changes the Court will propo e and hope the Court will play a more active role in supervi ing future elections. And now, with all that said, let 's put it behind us. The runoff election ha been upheld by the Student Court, we have a president, she needs whatever support the student body can provide Good luck Sujean. The Catalyst General Editor: Ken Burruss Managing Editor: flen Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Kate Fink, Sara Foley, Nick Napolitano and Kristina Rudiger Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Managers: Gary Smith and Anjna Chauhan The Catalyst is also available on-line at http://www.sar.usf.edu/-reffelllcatalyst/catalyst.html Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James Reffell (reffell @virtu.sar.usf.edu) Co-Sponsored by Dean and Warden Michal son and Professor Vesperi Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possible, if not then in type, to Box 139, the Catalv t enYelope on the door of the Publication Room, or mailed to: 5700 N Tainiaml Trail, Box 139 Sarasota, FL. 34243 1be Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space or grammar.
The Catalyst December 7, 1994 3 Letter to the Editor I would like to respond to the recent Catalyst article that discussed the merits or lack thereof of celebrating Veteren's Day. There are points that the article did not address or erred in the discussion First celebrating Veteren s Day is not the equivalent of lauding the actions of those who fought in the Vietnam War. The article gave the impression that those who celebrate Veteren's Day celebrate what is called "our last and bloodiest war On all counts this is incorrect. Veteren s Day W3.S established in 1954 well before the Vietnam War Also' Vietnam was neither our last (the Gulf War was), nor our bloodiest the American Civil War is by far the bloodiest war (more than 600,000 casualties) in our history (of course World War II was bloodier than both, if we were to look at the global total.) These errors could be forgiven if the author had not taken an ambiguous stance toward the commeration of those who fought in all wars The only correct as ertion made by the article is that war is horrible. The fact that war i horrible is not a rationale for avoiding honoring the individuals who fought, butinstead the reason we should commemerate their sacrifices. To honor those who fought in a war is not a glorification of war. Our rights as people can only be abridged by force and the only way to counter force is with force ; one does not, and cannot argue at the point of a gun. Since not all of us chose to go off to foreign land to defend the freedoms we enjoy we should thank those who are willing to protect our rights. They stand between us and all those who wish to enc;lave the freest nation on earth. As long as there are people who wish to abridge rights, those rights will need to be defended, and we should honor the individuals who their lives to defend the freedoms we enjoy in ours --Christopher A. Robinson SANFRANCISCO STYLE HEALTHY MEXICAN FOOD 1430 MAIN ST. SARASOTA 366-9439 LIVE MUSIC SAT 8 :30PM-11PM SAT FOR A DlSCOUt
4 The Catalyst December 7, 1994 SAC Meeting Minutes Monday, November 28, 1994 members in attendance: Sara Kuppin, Rocco Maglio, Tracey Merritt, Meg Moore, Jake Reimer, Adam Stone (chair), Stephanie Weiss. the meeting went as follows: Up to 50 in matching funds for a consolance contribution to AIDSManasota was requested and was allocated. Theatre LightsAdam Stone requested and was allocated a blanket allocation for up to $200 to fix the theatre lights. Pool PartyAdam Stone requested and was allocated $268 for a pool reopening I end of school party. $150 for snacks and drinks, $50 for decorations, $50 for games, $18 for a lifeguard. a recommendation will be made to Student Court regarding the recent NCSA presidential election, that the second election should stand or that if a new electon is decided on, that the petition process should be shortened in order to have the elections and a possible run-off completed before ISP "ELECTIONS" CONTINUED FROM PAGEl there was a tie," Israel said. Graham also raised other issues that would require amending the constitution, such as the "entire status of a write-in candidate. Given that we have to go through the balloting process of collecting 60 signatures in order to get ourselves on the ballot... it seems to invalidate the entire balloting process to allow a write-in candidate to even put their ID at the table," he said. "Any of the problems that were found are not problems that would have changed the [Student Court's] decision," Israel said. Justice Kayla Drogosz said the court would examine the constitution during ISP to see what parts of election procedure hould be changed or clarified. Justice Jack Huesman suggested one change to consider would be requiring at least two students to count ballots, and possibly requiring Student Court justices to be present at the counting as well. "ALTERNATE CONTRACTS" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 to this, one student commented, "If I'm paying tuition, I should be able to get the education I want, the way I want it." Unfortu nately for those with this perspective, there is some semblance of tructure here which you must appease-namely, the body of professors. If unorthodox tutorials are mixed in with the standard four classes, there is unlikely to be trouble in finding a sponsor who will sign her name to a "Dinner Twice a Week with a Professor" tutorial or agree to give credit for volunteer commu nity work, as long as it is justifiable as a worthwhile academic endeavor. Students at the meeting agreed that ambiguity is a roadblock to what comprises a "rigoro us" effort, or what constitutes "college level" work. One goal of this meeting was to discuss how these types of projects could become more mainstream, and more respected by professors. As it stands, tutorials and IRPs are not considered on par with classes. Some participants emphasized that they want these types of projects not only in addition to there normal course load, but rather instead of it. "I've just had about no good experience with teachers," confided one attendee. Ideally, some of the proposals mentioned at the meeting would allow a student to decide how long they wanted to spend with a professor, and with which professors they would like to mingle. This idea is appealing, but again the obstacle must be overcome as to how this type of "project" would be organized and evaluated. Though New College seems to succeed in avoiding the pitfalls of the traditional college, several valid criticisms were made that night as to some remaining weaknesses of our class formats. "[ It would be nice] to have a variation on the 'read that book then read everything that's been written on that book, then write a paper that's already been written 10,000 times' assign ment that many of us expect as part of our educational experi ence." But where do we start? These and other methodological strategies were discussed throughout the night. In fact, "fictional contracts" to be drawn up by the participants of the meeting is Kurtz's plan for the next step to promote awareness of the feasibility of some of the discussed ideas. By mid-January, he hopes to have a conglomeration of the most plausible alternative contract suggestions, which he will at that time distribute to student and faculty mailboxes in hope for a response.
The Catalyst December 7, 1994 5 STUDENTS WISH TO KEEP MATH PROFESSOR Mi c ha e l Hut c h James Tanton has a broad math.;matical background He has a bachelors degree in mathematical physics and an honors degree in functional analysis from the University of Adelaide along with a masters and doctoral degree in algebraic topology from Princeton University Furthermore he is an intelligent teacher that cares for his students. There is one problem: Tanton has only temporary professorship here and may be leaving next year. The reason for not rehiring Tanton would definitely not come from his lack of teaching ability. The problem arises from the fact that his masters and doctoral degrees label him an algebraist not an analyst which New College lacks Some of his students have tarted a petition encouraging the admini tration to keep this math teacher extraordinaire When Jack Huesman was asked why he helped start the petition he answered, "I don t think it is fair for Jim or the students He is good at explaining things and good with students That is more important than a Ph.d in analysis When asked about the effect of the petition Huesman answers," It [the petition] will have some. I don t know how much. I am sure Leo Demski [chairperson of the natural sciences department] and Karsten Henckell [chairperson of the search committee] will take the petition into account." Huesman also stressed that students should send personal letters to Demski and Henckell. From talking about Tanton's teaching skills with his students it is apparent that he is highly respected First year student Alan Iglewicz said, "He's [Tanton's] my favorite profes sor here He funny and not pretentious If he did not teach here next year, I would not even consider taking another math course." Calculus student Kristen Holt said, "He has obviously proved himself to me through my progress. He is willing to work with me If Tanton did not explain things so thoroughly, I would probably fail the course." Students in Tanton's Real Analysis class also had glowing reports of him. Amy Cottrell remarked "Like most New College teachers he cares about the studt;nts and if they under stand the material." Rocco Maglio rejoined, "He presents the material clearly, and we've never stumped him Since analysis seems to be such a big issue, I asked these Real Analysis students about Tanton's capabilities in the subject. "Some teachers use the book as a crutch. Our class hasn't u ed the book since he knows the material so well where we don't need to." Maglio said, giving as an example the time that the Real Analysis class playfully hid Tanton s lecture notes. The class proceeded as usual with no mistakes Many students feel that a degree in analysi is not the most important factor in selecting a new professor. Stephanie Alford, a teaching assistant to Tanton, said He is a good teacher, well organized and good with students. The focus here [in hiring] should be on teaching, not just academic research." Cottrell summed it up by saying "We shouldn't look at degrees but at people." James Tanton said very little of the petition since he knows little of it. Because I took time out of his busy schedule for an interview I decided to ask him a few questions on his impressions of New College and his philosophy of teaching. Tanton's impression of New College is positive. "I'm impressed with the quality of teachers and students here The students are highly motivated, self-reliant, and a joy to teach He told me of his teaching philosophy with his usual chipperness "I have a broad philosophy in teaching. I encourage independent thinking and curiosity. Tanton listed the most important quality when teaching Clarity is the most important when teaching which involves a good relationship with tudents, good commu nication, and continual review of students' works Sensitivity to students' needs is also important." The deadline for those students wi hing to sign the petition is January 16. The students may reach Jack Huesman at box 556. It is also recommended that students send letters to Leo Demski and Karsten Henckel! at the natural sciences office. Pending final health approval by the county, The Pool 1S Open Just thought you might like to know.
6 The Catalyst December 7, 1994 STUDENTS MARK SEVENTH ANNUAL WORLD AIDS DAY Nick Naplitotano The seventh annual World AIDS Day wa commemonot tested po itive for the AIDS virus. rated worldwide on this last Thursday, December I. This event is The panel then fielded que tions from the students. The designed to heighten global awareness of an AIDS epidemic conversation invariably turned to ex, and Marilyn Anderson threat and to pay tribute to those di tributed free condoms, dental who are living with the di ea e and those who have died of the di ease. World AIDS day was initiated in 1988 and is organized annually by the United Nation World Health Organization (WHO). New College observed World AIDS day with a Fish Bowl di cussion, led by a panel that included Ann Northrop, director of Park view House, Marilyn Anderson, director of education at Planned Parenthood, and Dwight and Ron, two PWAs (Person With AIDS). Marilyn, Ron, and Dwight are involved in the PWA Program, modeled after similar programs in San Fran-ci co, which tours the area to speak to high school students about AIDS awareness and prevention. Dwight and Ron opened up the discussion by telling the nine students in attendance about their lives, and how they were affected by HIV. Dwight discovered he had the HIV virus back in 1990, when he was told by his insurance agency that they could no longer cover him. Up to that point he had no idea he had contracted the virus. Dwight wa 50 at the time, and hadn't eriously thought he could get it FACTS ABOUT AIDS *AIDS testing at Planned Parenthood is utterly confidential. *Florida is #I in the country in hetero exual uansnus sion of AIDS. *If you treat everyone as though they had HIV, you won't get it. *Always be sure condoms are made in the United States, use water-based lubricant, are made of latex, and have a reservoir tip. *Putting lubricant in the condom increases sensitivity. *3-5 gallons of saliva are necessary to transmit the HIV virus. *the HIV virus is weak, and is usually accompanied by other sexually transmitted diseases, because there is a high concentration of the HIV virus in sores. *It i projected that one out of three gay men will test HIV positive by the time he reaches 30. *There is a much higher infection rate among African American men. *An estimated 9,000 people in the Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties are infected with the HiV virus. *Thi is the first year the city of Bradenton and Manatee county have officially recognized World AIDS Day. For more information contact: Nationa l AIDS hotline@ 1-800-342-2437 Planned Parenthood 1958 Prospect Street, Sarasota @ 365-3913 dams, lubricant, and pages of information For those of you who have been living in a hole for the past ten years, "You can get AIDS by having ex with omeone who is infected with the AIDS virus. The AIDS viru enter the body through the bloodstream by contact with other infected body fluids such as blood, semen or vaginal secre tions." The only way to avoid being infected is to avoid contact with these fluids. The discussion reminded students that there are many sexual behaviors that are safe and sensual such as sharing fantasies and massages. As its name implies, World AIDS Day is a global event. Last year, in Berlin, free condoms were distributed to shoppers, while in Paris AIDS activists hoisted a giant pink condom in the Place de Ia Concorde. In India, a new paper published detailed illustration on safe sex This was however, the first year that the city of Bradenton and Manatee county have officially recognized World AIDS Day. In our isolated community, it is hard to remember that AIDS is an issue which should concern us. Many of us disregard the fact that there is a plague in our midst. Some people even jokingly say, "If you've slept with one of us, you've (as it turns out, I 0% of all new AIDS cases are over 50 years of age) He has recently developed full-blown AIDS. Ron learned he was HIV positive after getting a blood test before he was to have been married. That was eleven years ago, and he ha till slept with all of us." This might be funny to some, but it frightens me. There is HIV on campus, and we mu t protect ourselves. This di ease is not one which will excuse us for our youth, or our ignorance, or our drunkenness, or even for love.
The Catalyst December 7, 1994 7 FORMER EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER Jake Reimer Allen Perkins was described by fellow employees as a hard worker, he was going for a GED, he even made a pretty decent omelette. The New College community may therefore be surprised that Allen, the short order cook at Marriott's "Firehouse Grill", was charged with attempted murder early last month. According to the Sarasota HeraldTribune, Allen and four others were driving in a car on the night of Nov. 9th when they came upon Robert Douches, who was riding his bike with a friend on the side of the road The Nov. 17th article states that "Perkins made a quick U-turn with a Dodge Aspen and hit Douches, nearly knocking him over." At least two people then jumped out of the car and pursued Douches, who tried to defend himself with a brick. Douches said that he "jumped some fences and got away, but then they caught up with my friend they put a shotgun to his head." When Douches started throwing rocks at his pursuers to distract them, he saw "two bright flashes", and realized that he'd been shot. The youths then scrambled back to their car and drove off Juli Aldridge, Allen's cousin and another Marriott employee, says that there were some errors and omissions in the HeraldTribune's description of the incident. Neither the Sarasota nor the Bradenton paper give any explanation of what caused Allen to stop the car and confront Douches. Juli claims that Douches kicked the car as it went by, and that was what started the argument. According to Juli, the shooting did not occur immedi ately, a claim supported by the Manatee County Police Depart ment. It was not until later that Allen and his friends returned with the sawed-off shotgun. Even then, Juli claims that Allen wasn't trying to kill Douches. ... his intentions were just to scare him .. .I don't think he knew how much the shotgun blast would spread." Juli was present when the police came for Allen at the Crossroads Dining Hall [Ham Center Cafeteria-ed.) the follow ing Monday. "They went and got his mom fir t, and then they came here. They weren't in squad cars and they didn't handcuff him, but when they asked him where he was during the shooting he just kind of stood there. That's when they took him to the station." Robert Douches has been released from the hospital, and Allen is being held at the Manatee County Juvenile Deten tion Center where he is awaiting trial. WHAT'S UP WITH THE MAC LAB? Sara Foley "What the hell's wrong with the computers?" This has been the universal inquiry regarding the Apples in the Publica tions office and the Mac Lab thls past month. Minor annoyances, like "stuck" computers and an erratic file server, have become major headaches because of a spotty network and the increased use of the lab. The Mac Lab has been running relatively smoothly since the recent rewiring of its computers to a bus-topology system. In layman's terms, this means that if one computer goes, the others won't be affected. Not so in the Publications office, where the Power Mac, the Quadra 630's, the laser printers, and the three remaining computers are connected to the net in a daisy-chain configuration. In this system, the computers are hooked together like a string of Christmas tree lights If the primary connection is bad, all the connections are bad; and misconnections can occur throughout the net. The Quadras and the Power Mac have proven to be especially inept at hooking up to the file server and the printers. Also, the Quadras have the tendency to get stuck at the worst possible times (if your computer sticks, try to reset it by simulta neously pressing the control, open-apple, and "ON" keys). Viruses, new software and bad cables exacerbate existing problems. Eliminating these nuisances is difficult because of their sheer number and the lack of equipment to fix them. The lab is growing at such a rate that its difficult to keep it running smoothly. One of the photo scanners is back and running in the Publications office, and the other should be back soon. A new software program, Microsoft WORD, will soon be available to students in the Publications office. (WORD will not be available in the Mac Lab because of space constraints.) In addition, all computers in the Publications office will be hooked to a new fiber-optic system called Ethernet. As a star-based system, the Ethernet has several advantages over the current network. Computers will be hooked to the net individually, so any problems a computer has should be independent internal. Also, tudents will have access to the Internet, and connections to the file server and the printers should be ten to twenty times faster than they are now. T.A.'s Ari Weinstein, Ty Taylor, Rocco Maglio, and Hal Isaacson would like to remind students to visit them during office hours, which are : Monday, Thursday, and Friday, ll -1 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 9-ll prn; Saturday 2-4 pm; and Sunday 12-2 pm.
8 The Catalyst December 7, 1 994 GRAHAM'S BRAIN HURTS (AND YOURS WILL TOO, SOON) Graham Strouse That's me in the Mac Lab That s me by the blue screen, Losing my tuition ... So how many cups of coffee did you drink today? Me, I hate coffee. I like coke Or Pepsi Lots of it, preferably administered intravenou ly so as to not take away from valuable time that could be spent reading, writing, synthe sizing, deconstructing and/or discombobulating. That's right, musketeers, it's the end of the term as we know it, and I feel fine. Well, not really Facti my body feels like a herd of wild bovines dragged their brobdignagian bulk across my chest in a conga line. My brain is fuzzier than my navel and I haven't slept more than three or four hours straight since the Democrats controlled Congress Such is life at New College The last week of school does wonders for the cigarette and coffee industries It s not so good on students. Neither is the term s end kind to friends, parents, lovers, or even profe sor those poor besotted souls who have to read the inscrutable, Snickers-fueled papers of 500 really disturbed undergrad mo t of whom are motivated by the simple desire to survive the small, deadly gap in the calender between Turkey Day and the Day of Much Loot and Sledding Take my friend Ivan (not his real name). Ivan is one of the most dedicated students I know. He's a sort of Academic Terminator When it comes to research papers HE DOES NOT STOP! THAT'S WHAT HE DOES, THAT'S All HE DOES! Ivan recently went four consecutive nights without sleeping. During that time he consumed approximately 50 tabs of ephe drine. The Ia t night, he was up late studying in Ham Center when he noticed out of the comer of his eye, a long, white, fuzzy squirrel tail bouncing up and down next to the table. He jumped, looked around, and sat back down. Then he saw it again, on the other side of the table. Ivan gets great visuals. The next day he went to class, took notes while unconsciou and even contrib uted a credible critique of Stonewall Jackson without being fully aware he was doing it. On the fifth night, he rested. Ivan is not the only student suffering from Academic PostTraumatic Stre s Disorder. One student spent last weekend in a hotel so she could escape her roommate and study for her one, two, three finals She's a first year. They do crazy stuff like that. Nor are professor immune to the madness The other night I ran into Asian Religions Profe sor John Newman on the basketball court (Quite literally as it turns out. We were guarding each other.) It seems the crazy bloke foolishly assigned 60 long papers to his tudents each of which he must now read (The papers not the students.). Those 700 or so pages of undergraduate wi dom should keep him trapped in Samsara for a considerable period of time. I felt my own chakras beginning to drain at about five in the morning last Thursday I was winding torturously down the second page of a 15 to 20 research page paper for American History Professor Justu Doenecke My tentative title: Why Hitler Should Have Won the War and Banned Long History Papers. I am proud to say I did not ink a single word ending in the suffix "-ism Thank heaven for little victories. -Po; Also, have you noticed the interesting .. .. side effects that final week ... wreaks upon roommates? In the ... past week alone "4.$ <&.... .. .. c:-: everal pairs of roommate have come close to invoking the ever-popular "If .. .. Your Roommate Dies, You Sat Your Contract" Clause. There has been some debate as to whether killing one's .. roommate invokes this rule. This ambiguity has saved lives. Does anyone understand why we inflict this suffering upon ourselves? Perhaps Finals Week is the last great religious ritual of a godless society, a rite of passage designed to trans form callow feckless undergraduate students into callow, feckless profes ional academics while endowing them with an inten e bitternes and hatred which they will later pass on to their student by assigning them great amounts of work at the end of the semester Maybe, however, Finals Week i something more primal like war, an inexplicable, deadly phenomena that springs from the deepest recesses of our reptile brains; some thing both terrible and sublime Then again, maybe not. I dunno My brain hurts. I think I will have some of that coffee.
The Catalyst December 7, 1994 9 IVORY TOWER Jake Reimer A little more than five years after his fall from grace, former television evangelist Jim Bakker was released from prison last week. Bakker reported to friends that his experi ence was humbling", and that he looks forward to rebuilding his life and being of useful service to others. Amen. In two unrelated discoveries last week, researchers reported that they had located two important genes one that determines the sex of a developing fetus, and another that may play an important role in some kinds of obesity Dr. Michael Weiss of the University of Chicago led the study that traced the development of maleness to the turning on of the SRY gene on theY chromo orne "SRY is the master switch", said Weiss. In another study, Dr. Jeffrey Friedman of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute succeeded in isolating a gene that is linked to obesity in humans "The idea is that there is a physiological pathway that controls body weight", Dr. Friedman said A new cigarette that will be marketed by the R.J Reynolds company may offer an alternative to smokers looking for a healthier way to light up. The cigarette, named "Eclipse" will cut out up to 90% of tar and cancer causing agents while (supposedly) maintaining the taste of a regular cigarette and cutting down on passive smoke. In the new design, a burning piece of charcoal at the tip of the cigarette heats air that the smoker sucks through a mixture of glycerine and tobacco The advantage of the system is that the tobacco is never actually burned and many of the harmful by-products of combustion are avoided. Jeffery Dahmer, who was serving J 5 life terms for a variety of gruesome crimes, was beaten to death by a fellow inmate last week. No possible motives for the beatings have been officially released Everything you wanted to know (and more) about the new GATT (General Agreement on Tariff and Trade) : -The new GATT replaces the old GATI organization with a different control group, the World Trade Organization WTO is respon ible for maintaining and enforcing the GATT accord. -The more than I 00 nations that are part of the GAIT agree ment have agreed to reduce tariffs an average of one-third. Under the new accord there can be no more bans or quotas placed on imports. -Interestingly enough, the GATI also provides international protection of "intellectual property", including patents copyrights and trade secrets THESIS COLLOQUIUM PRESENTS LATESTINSTUDENTPROJECTS Rocky Swift The Thesis Colloquium is an opportunity for thesis students to talk about their thesis project to people other than their close friends, who have probably heard more than they can stand. This meeting had a good turnout as all the chairs in the College Hall dining room were occupied for most of the two hour meeting last Tuesday. Kevin Arlyck presided at the meeting. There were many nutritious snacks there as well, from our good friends at the Granary. It is no secret that food and drink are an excellent bribe to receive good attendance The first student to present his thesis topic was fourth year student Nick Tampio. His thesis is on Machievelli's message and motivation in The Prince and The Discourses The next contestant was history major Colin Boyle. His paper is titled, "How To Tell Your Friends from the Japs It is an examination of American perspectives on the Japanese during World War II. Kate McDowell, a general studies major, discussed her project on the shift from structuralism to post-structuralism in the French philosopher Roland Barthes. Adam Stone of SAC fame presented his thesis exploring how technology affects public policy This has special relevance because the forum for deciding the validity of scientific methods is the judicial court system which is woefully inadequate for the ta k. Daphne Gabrieli's thesis focused on representations of the underworld in Greek, Indian and Sumerian mythology The grand prize for most interesting thesis topic goe to anthropology major Leo Demsky Leo's thesis project examines the archeological possibilities of the Carribean islands. Such an expedition could shed new light on the life-styles of the African slaves that worked on the Carribean plantations. An added bonus is the fact that it is apparently not an archeological faux pas to dig up graves in the Carribean, probably because, as Leo says, these slave cemeteries are "no longer in use." Submit your articles next semester to THE CATALYST
10 The Catalyst December 7, 1994 ANNOUNCEMENTS Professors Terry Palls and Jane Stephens will be reviewed in early January 1995, as part of the regularly scheduled reviews of faculty. The PAC asses ment will include, among other things an evaluation of the faculty member s teaching scholarship, and community involvement and contribution If your knowledge extends into these areas we would appreciate your comments. The information we seek is not simply a "for or against" vote, but rather a critical evaluation. We need your letters as soon as possible; all letters must be IN THE FILE BY 5:00PM, JANUARY 7, 1995 but MAIL NOW AND AVOID THE CHRISTMAS RUSH. In accordance with the Board of Regents policy letters will be filed in the Provo t' Personnel Records for faculty members and will be available only to authorized individuals (including the person about whom the letter is written), and of course to PAC members. We cannot use anonymous letters PLEASE sign your letter. AU letters should be sent to Peter A Kazaks Division of Natural Sciences * The Campus Bike Shop is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 4 pm in Parkview House Garage. The Bike Shop sell helmet lights locks and all orts of other accessories as well as repairing all makes and models of bicycles. * International Human Rights Day: Dr Winston P. Nagao Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of Anthropology at the Univer ity of Florida will be the principal speaker when the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the United Nations Association com memorates the 46th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dr Nagan will address an open luncheon meeting at Sudakoff Center at 12 noon on Saturday December 10. His topic will be Ethnic Nationalism : Its Cause and Cure In addition to his luncheon speech Dr. Nagao will participate in a workshop on the United Nation and Human Rights formulating recommenda tions with members of a committee of the local UNA for a national policy report The workshop will be held at 10 AM, Saturday December 10 in Sudakoff. Both events are open to the public ; reservations for the luncheon may be made with Bess Knowles, 9668155 or call Dr. Bates at extension 4273 * ISP: The Center for Service-Learning is looking for students interested in an ISP internship at Gulf Coast Legal Services Homelessness Prevention Project. Work directly with clients and lawyers Keep people from being evicted Make a real difference in real lives. Contact Amy Stultz at 359-8009, or box 421. * Campus police would like to notify students that they have issued and will issue tickets to students who run top signs along Spaatz Students are urged to drive carefully at all times The police state that while they do not want to penalize students, it is a matter of safety and obeying traffic regulations * Pillow Book a 'zine for erotic art and fiction, is searching for submissions The deadline for the first issue is January 16. Submissions can be sent to Michael Hutch at Box 291 or lien Zazueta-Audirac at Box 102 or (zazuetaa@virtu sar.usf.edu). Please submit on disk if possible Anonymous submissions will not be considered however ubmissions may be printed anonymously if requested by the author. * THE POOL IS FINALLY OPEN!!! (We hope) Swim to your little hearts desire! The plug which became trapped in the circulation system does not evidently impede the flow of water according to Fitness Center employee Catherine Sheehy. If tbe pool is not opened by the time you read this feel free to swim anyway Happy happy! Joy joy!