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fnord COMMITTEE OKAYS T U TION RAIS E from the Oracle, 10/13/94 : Stating that a tuition increase wa 1n the he t intere t of the univer ity, USF' differential tuition committee recom mended on October 12 to ra1se tuition by the maximum ten perce n t allowed by the differential tuition bill pas cd Ia t year The rai e will start in Fall scme terof 1995. The committee highlighted four areas where the revenue hould wa mo t needed. They were in order of I Volume IV, Issue 10 November 2, 1994 IN SEARCH OF A EW CAPTAIN Kate Fink The race for CSA Pre ident docs not appear to be much of a contc t. In fact there appears to be no conte t. With elections than a month away, no one ha yet announced intention to run Current NCSA President Ed Moore i leaving after thi emcster, so the office IS open and waiting for newcomers willing to take on the job. Moore aid orne people have ap proached him about running, and he is willing to talk to anyone who ha que tion about the oftice. i mporrancc: 1 )increase in i nfonnation technology, 2)improved tudcnt ervicc and reserve money for critical course ection (tic), and 3)financial aid for incrca ed grants, cholarships and a loan payoff program. F President Betty Castor rnu t approve the committee' recommendation and submit them to the tae Board of Regent by ov I Moore uggc ted that candidates will probably wai t unti l ju t before election to proc l aim their candidacy because many are currently un ure of their workload for the coming erne ter. "It eem to happen fairly regular l y tha t people wait until the last week or o ... it's a decisio n that you need t o weigh carefully he said He did not view it as necc arily a problem NCSA WANTS MEETI G WITH POLICE that no candidate had yet tepped forward "In some way, it' Kate Fink good that people are he itant about it becau e I defimtely think CSA Pre idcnt Ed Moore and ew College Student Affair Director Mark John on arc working with campus police to organize a meeting betw en tudents and campus police. The meeting, yet to be chedulcd, i. intended for the two group to begin a communication o that problems between them may be rc olved easily. "''d like to see the two group of people talking ... where people arc concentrating on trying to understand where the other group is coming from," said Moore The purpose of the meeting he said, wa "to try to establish a dialogue or at least the beginnings of a dialogue The meeting cern neecs ary to him bccau c there have been i. sues that have gone unresol vcd, and It has occa ionally raised hostility between them "It seems like we need to try to alleviate that, so that 11 doe n't erupt," Moore said. The main i ucs that Moore hopes will be addrc ed are perceptions tudents and campus police have of each other "It breaks down into other issues ... tudents pciCcive the police as "COP MEE TING" C O NTINUED 0 PAGE 4 it'. a job that. they need to think about." The nece ity for a leader i pre ent, said Moore. c pecially to di cu s is ues with admini !ration. ''People need omeone they can talk to a the person who speak lor the tudcnts ... within the rank of tudent it' [ the role of CSA Pre idcnt) much more ambiguou .''Moore aid he felt tudents needed a leader who could peak for all of them in omc situation It help as far as collective decision making ... you need omcone in charge of getting people together." So why wou l d tudc n ts want to take on a job with o much work? Moore had difficulty arriving at an an wer, but aid hi motivation centers around contributing omething to ew College life in return for what it had given him I t seem like the only reason to do it i bccau e like cw College and, by doing 1t. you might do omcthing good for ew Col l ege Other things ... they'll look good on your re ume, but it doesn t cern l ike that would su tain you for a whole year Moore said the amount he i nte r acts with admini trator "ELECTIO APATHY" C O T I UED 0 PAGE 3
2 T h e Cata l yst November 2, 1994 E dito r ial s CHILES FOR GOVERNOR On ovember 8, voters will go to the polls to determine the governor of Florida for the next four years. Of the two choices, the Catalyst endorses the candidacy of incumbent governor Lawton Chiles over that of his opponent, Jeb Bush. The best reasons for voting for Chiles were illuminated last i sue by Ari Goelman in his article, News for the Blissfully Ignorant." We'll simply reiterate a few small points. Bush has !lQ political experience. He's a businessman by trade. His favorite comments these past few months are about being tough on crime (without mentioning how, other than ruild pri ons), eliminating welfare and culling back on ocial pro grams to improve tate financing. Bu h has already shown his feelings toward puhlic chool by tating that he will provide voucher for parents to take their children out of public chools. Finally, he is pro-life, and the last pro-life governor ( Martinez) did his best to outlaw abortion in Florida. Chiles is by no stretch of the imagination a great governor. He is, however a capable govemor. He has years of political experience, both in Congress and as governor. He has seen Florida through crise of natural di aster and illegal immigration He is endorsed by both environmentalists and educators. Finally, he is pro-choice. Of course, none of this matters much if no one goes out there and votes. Your one vote by itself may not change an entire election. It will however demonstrate that you give a damn about what's going on. THE POOL IS STILL GREEN The campus police have a little routine they go through when they inspect the Fitness Center during operational hours. They walk in poke around to make sure everything's kosher, pluck their walkie talkies from their belts, and announce to the dispatcher : "Pool gate's open, Fitness Center's open, the pool is still green." The pool is still green. The pool has, in fact, been green for about two-and-a-half month s now. The tone and intensity vary slightly from day to day. but the hue remains the same. The problem with this is that our pool is not supposed to be green. Nor is it supposed to be a fetid. empty algae farm. Our pool is supposed to be blue, with a lively circulation system and hordes of scantily clad students frolicking in it. Unfortunately, no one seems willing to take re ponsibility for fixing it. For the past several months, Physical Plant and the Fitness Center Director Judy Roningan have been playing a game of hot potato with the pool as spud. No one wants it. Physical Plant, which has taken care of the pool in the past, threw up its hands after the death of Bob Brege! their Pool and Utilities Service Director this pa t summer. in turn, does not have enough money budgeted to administer the pool independently. Quite frankly we don't care anymore. We don t care why Physical Plant won t maintain the Pool. We don t care CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE The Catalyst General Editor: Ken Burru Managing Editor: lien Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Kate Fink, 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/-reffeJJ/catalystlcatalyst.html Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James Reffell (reffell @virtu.sar. usf.cdu) Co-Sponsored by Dean and Warden Michalson and Professor Yes peri Printed at Bradenton Quick Print Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possil:ie, if not then in type, to Box 139, the Catalyst envelope on the door of the Publication R oom, or mailed to: 5700 N Tamiami Trail, B ox 1 39 Sarasota, FL 34243 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space or grammar.
The Catalyst November 2,1994 3 a b o ut the Fitne ss Center's l:udget problems We just want s omebody to stop passing the oock and do the bloody job. New College has the valves needed to fix the pump ystem The proje c t went out to bid. Westair won the bid for $2 I 00. Accord ing to Fitne s s Cent e r employee Catherine Sheehy a representa tive from one of NC's too pool maintenance service s is coming in this week to work on the pump system a project which both Roningan and former Pool Maintenance Man Matt McHorri s claimed should only take a day or two We don't want any more excuses. The last time we checked the pool was still green and we re not feeling so good our elves "ELECTION APATHY" CONTINUED FROM PAGEl was the aspect of being NCSA President that surprised him most. 'The job wasn't anything like I expected it to be ... I thought I would be running Towne Meetings, hanging out and writing more ... being president really does mean dealing with administrators. You're basically at the level of 'junior adminis trator ." Moore said that was an important thing for potential candidates to recognize "You will be dealing with administra tors more than you will be dealing with students ... it's really kind of alienating The lack of candidates for NCSA President does not necessarily indicate student apathy in its government Moore said "I think student might be about organized student government, but I definitely don't feel like they're apathetic about issues of the community : He said students tend to involve themselves more in student affairs in other ways beside being part of student government such as participation in activities on campus and attendance at towne meetings The last towne meeting had only 23 in attendance, though Moore said he had expected it because many tudents had midterms. "I think people are still kind of confused about what student government is at New College," Moore said explaining why he thought there were so many unfilled student government positions 'Tm kind of confused, too I'm not sure what pur poses we serve, in a lot of ways He suggested students might be more interested in student government affair by de-empha sizing the NCSA Pre ident s role as spokesper on for students. He hopes that students will become more interested in issues rather than ju t approving or disapproving student government action. "If we wanted votes," he said, "we could just put ballots in everyone's box. SAC member Amy Laitinen said she hopes serious candidates for NCSA President will soon come forward "We need someone ... to inform the student body of what's going on," she said. She felt students may seem apathetic about tudent government because there have been no major crises ... right now things are pretty quiet." However she said people aren t as apathetic as they seem," citing the high number of student organizations turning out for SAC fall allocations Moore and Laitinen both felt students might be interested in student government more if the NCSA and SAC published regular reports of what they accompli hed, because students would be made more aware of what purposes student government served. DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT From the NCSA Constitution, current as of February I 1994. Article 2 reads : 2.1 There shall be a President (a.k.a. "The Grand Poo-Bah," "Captain Kirk") a)implementing duly passed motions of the Council or Student Assemblies [Towne Meetings -ed] b)signing authorized expenditures and other procedural paperwork c)insuring that student opinion is represented and articulated responsibly at all relevant occasions in all relevant matters d)chairing the meetings of the StudentAsscmblies e)appointing a Supervisor of Elections prior to each term's election and temporary appointments to other Alliance position as necessary. !)Before the close of the fiscal year, the President shall submit an outline of next fiscal year's budget to the S.A.C for review this outline may include, but is not limited to, categories such as: operating expenses, a total for club allocations, special projects, orientation and graduation expenses. If the S.A.C. rejects the President's proposed budget, the President shall revise and resubmit the budget with reasonable consideration given to the S.A.C .'s objec tions.
4 The Catalyst November 2, 1994 THE NEW I.D. CARD AND WHAT IT WILL (AND WILL NOT) DO FOR YOU Rocky Swift During the 26 and 27 of October, Palmer Building D was the site of the official new ID card rush as equipment and per onnel from Tampa came to re-card as many students and faculty a po ible. Wednesday the 26 featured a shish-ka-bob dinner to entice Novo Collegians into the waiting clutches of the carders. According to Keith Simmons, Assi tant Director of Auxiliary Affairs for USF Tampa the purpose of the card drive was to get as many student and faculty members carded as possible so that there would not be a rush to get them in January when the cards will actually be necessary. There isle s of the equipment available now to make the new cards, and the proce s will subsequently take longer. Simmons said that the new ID card has been in the works for about ten years, and the technology wa just recently available and affordable enough to be put to u e by USF. The college has already spent around $600,000 on equipment and programming to make the new ID"s. The new card will serve as an ali-in-one card for student and faculty. Students will be able to check out books with the card and put credit into it to pay for copies, drinks, snacks, books, cafeteria food, etc. Also, the card can be used in accordance with the USF Federal Credit Union in the "Seven free ATM on campus." MCI won the bid to the exclusive right of providing service for the USF students who choose to use their USF calling card. The biggest question most is why USF did not issue the card at the beginning of the emester. Keith Simmons explained the reason wa that the equipment to make the new card did not come in till last May, and the prograrruning to run it came even later. Simmons said that it would have been too much of a ru h to try to get the cards out by then without major problems. Also, even though the cards are not even neces ary until the beginning of next seme ter in January, it was decided that there would be too much trouble to is ue the cards during the first week of classes (although we will have no clas es at all as January is ISP month). The wonders of the new card are amazing no doubt, but what effect will it have here at New College? At least as fur as food service, the new card will not be universal as Marriot does not have the equipment to read the magnetic strip on the card. The older ID will still be necessary the rest of the school year if you plan on eating. Also, the library is not yet equipped either to utilize the new ID cards. The database that the library will need to do so will not be in until November 14, and neither Keith Simmons nor the librarians know how long after that day before students will be able to check out books with their new ID's. Simmons reports that around twenty drink and nack machines at the Tampa campus have already been fitted with the ID card reading equipment, but he has no idea when such advances will find their way to New College And, if you haven't already noticed the "seven ftee ATMs on campus" are not located here They are in Tampa. The only capabilities of the new ID card that New College students can take advantage of now are making copies on credit and calling long distance on the MCI plan. Still, Keith Simmons is convinced that the new ID card will help take USF (and New College) into the '90' As to any significance the new ID will have for students here, Simmon says, "Well, I hope the New College students like their new blue card." "COP MEETING" CONTINUED FROM PAGEl becoming more of a pre ence at Walls ... there the perception that there might be some animosity betv.een individual police and individual students ... I'm not so concerned about what we address as ... how we address it... I'd like to keep it as unconfrontational as possible." Johnson thinks it would be best to have the discussion centered around the general idea of communication, though he said topics of the discussion will not be limited "I think it would be helpful for students to get to know the police officers as individuals rather than just see a uniform and have defen es go up."
The Catalyst November 2, 1994 5 WONDER WOMAN AND THE CHAIN SMOKING POPE What c an you say about an evening that included kitty litter a walking mushroom and variou mood-altering sub stances? Not much ... you really had to be there But here s a few per. pectives: the students Comments during the PCP were mostly along the lines of "ooooh ... look at all the pretty colors ... ", so I decided to try for respon es the "morning after" (around II :OOAM). Thi proved somewhat difficult, ince most people had cmshed out by then and the few still partying were completely incoherent. Those who could form complete sentences had few complaints about the evening debauch : "It's kind of funy ... I remember things in three stage : before, during and after "I'm mad I fell asleep and mis ed the Taco Bell." "Cotton candy??? I didn't get any cotton candy!" "I didn't get any candy ... it was so much trouble to get it to my mouth that... well, it wasn't really worth it." "Just focus on the train, man .... Suffice to say, most students seemed pleased the cops According to Sgt. Warren McCue the party went "very well there were no noise complaints and the police were satisfied with the way the student handled themselves and the party The only trouble the police had was with drunken townies (mostly underage) who ac; they were being arrested, bragged to the police about how they could come here and get free beer The collective subconscious app l auds PCP orgmizers John Murphy, John "Roman" Romanski, Sam Davies and Dallas Taylor for a l l their work, and to everyone else (bands, dealers, bartenders, etc.) who made uch an interesting time possible. GRATUl'Y INCl.UDED Bff<)RE DISCOUNT, NOT GOOD WITH SPeCW.S, $S. 00 DFF DINNR. : PlJR.CIIASl Df'll DINNlR lNIR.ll AI RfGlJlAR : PR.ICl RlC $S.DD Dff 111 SlCDND DINNlR : : PI SOl 7870 Tamiami Trail : 359-3000 : MEXICAN MENU ONLY : EXPIRES 11/30 : ST&AI<-aA11T111A IUs,ecl I t)() s 3913 Brown Avenue Sarasota, Fl 34231 Voic e /Fax (813) 365-3658 t-londay through Saturday 9 a m.5 p.m Closed Sunday 10% DISCOUNT OFF PURCHASE WITH STUDENT J.D. (813) 751-9123 IIAIIl TOUCII A Full Service Family Salon Sarabay Plaza 6513 14th St. W #113, B ra denton FL 34207 SAC Minutes Monday, October 24, 1994 members in attendance: Amy Laitinen Sara Kuppin, Rocco Maglio, Tracie Merritt, Meg Moore, Adam Stone (chair), Stephanie Weiss. the meeting went as follows: MacLab fourth TA Hal Isaacson was hired for this position supervisory TA-Ari W einstein was hired for this position, $264 taken out of MacLab operating budget for 3 new monitors Halloween PCP$500 allocated from party fund condoms blanket a llo cation to Barbar a Berggren to replenish supplie Games Galore $200 Fall Picnic$200 contrib u tion for UP student government picnic on Wedne day, October 26, in Palmer Court.
6 The Catal yst November 2, 1994 HOW T O TAKE SARASOTA ( AND OTHER IDEAS FROM THE CRIMINALLY I NSANE) Graham Strouse So what are we going to do tonight Brain? The same thing we do eve1y night, Pinky-Try to take over the world! -"Pinky and the Brain" from the Animaniacs Here' a pop quiz for you hot shot: Jeb Bush has ju t been elected governor of Florida. He wants to cut funding to New College What do you do? Without New College, where do we go? Do we transfer? Get job '? Yeah right. Out There, they d make us wear shoe and do it in the missionary po ition Not acceptab l e. If Jeb has his way I guarantee that within ix months the six most oft spoke words of studen t s w ill be "Would you like frie with that?" Protest is futile. Out ide the ivory tower no one hears you scream. My friend we have but one recourse open to usvio l ent, bloody revolution! We must secede from the Union part and parcel, claim every acre of New Col lege land for o u rse l ves and throw off our oppressors That's impossible, you say? Obvious l y you don t pend much time plotting social revolutions a n d strategic troop deployments The Pei Dorms are a veritable fortres They re squat concrete block with a 360 degree field of tire. Think about it invading forces would be trapped i n a constant crossfire We could hole up in there forever Furt hermore, note the great view of the airport provided by the Pei dorm roof A good friend assured me he could build a convincing anti ain.:raft weapon for 75$ eed l ay more? To the North, Viking make an excelle n t advance outpo t against troops marching out of Bradenton. Although it is less defensible than Pei Viking residents supported by guerilla soldie r s disguised as o l d peop l e, shou l d be able to ho l d the lines long enough for us to dig in. To the South. we have Caples. Jack Cartlidge filled his sculpture studio with a ll kinds of p
The Catalyst November 2,1994 7 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER Jake Reimer Good new for mathematicians, astronomers, and rice farmers this week: A newly calculated value of the so-called ''Hubble Constant" may yield a more accurate estimate of the age of our univcr e, a piece of informatiOn that could have profound implications m several scientific fields. Fittingly enough, the team of a tronomers led by Dr. Wendy L Freedman of the Carnegie Observatorie in Pasadena, CA. arrived at the new value wnh the help of the Hutfllc Tete cope Dr. Freedman reportetlthat ... the evitlencc atthi time lavers a value" of the Hubble constant of 80 km plus or miru 17. That mean that for every 3.26 million light-years that a galaxy i from earth it w11l rccctlc by 80km/. Iff'l"cetlman' result is indeed cloc to the correct value, than the universe may be only to 10 billion years old, almost halt of \\hat some astronomers have prctlictcd. In several scicnti ts seem unconvinced by the result, citing the fact that some stars have calculated age or more than I 5 billion years. More than a year ago, Dr. Andrew Wiles stunned the world of mathematics with h1s announcement that he had discovered a proof of ''Fermat's Last Theorem". an un olved problem that is almost legendary among mathematicians. But he was forced to concede last fall that there wa a gap in the proof, and he retreated once again to grapple with the problem. La. t Tuesday. about 20 mathematician rccei\'cd electronic mail me::agcs from him alerting them to expect surpri e packages Withm hours, two paper. arrived by Federal Express. including a revised opy of the proof that 1s supposed to overcome the initial error. Dr Wile worketl fur more than eight years in an attic office in an aucmpt to di cover what Fermat knew when he wrote 350 years ago"I have a truly marvelous demon tmtion of (the theorem] which thi margin i. too narrow to contain." BUY SELL TRADE (813) 366-1373 USED OP. RARE DOWNTOWN SARASOTA 1488 MAl ST SARASOTA. FL 34236 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK After five years of work, plant cicnti. 1 from the International Rice Research In titute in the Phillipinc said Ia t week that they have developed a new type of rice that may increase harve t 20 to 25 percent After the new variety 1s widely available (probably in five years) it will eventually yicltl enough to feed half a billion more people than current rice varietie Ecological disaster: A ruptured pipeline in the Russ1anArctic ha spill d two million barrels of hot oil, soaking the fragile pennaf10st and posing potentially major environmental damage to the area. Reports indicate that the source of the pill was a 26 inch pipeline that has been leaking smcc Ia t fubruary, when a 25 foot high dike was erected to contain the spill. When the dike collapsed in Ia t week's heavy rain it .ent a flow of oil down the Pechora river that wa described as being three feet deep, six or. even miles long, and 14 yard. wide The olume IS eight time the amount of the leak from the Exxon Valtlet Peace between I racl and Jordan: "This is peace with digmty. TI1i i peace with commitment. 1111S IS our gift to our peoples and the generations to come. It will herald the change in the quality of life of peoplc ... a we di cover a human tacc to everything that has happcnetl and to each other -for all of us have far to long.'' -King Hussein of Jordan 'It is not only our states that arc making with ea h to<.lay, not only our nations that are. haking hands in peac here in the Arabat. You and 1, Your Majc ty. arc making peace here, our own peace, the p ace of oldiers and the peace or friends." -Pnmc Mmistcr Rabm of Israel SA, FRANCISCO STYLE JIEALTI IY MEXICAN fOOD MAl ST. SAltA OTA 366-9439 LIVE MUSIC SAT :hlP M J,P i AT F\.JRA[)L :\'l :1 j<.lt. Ill-. BURRITO CLUB I AM JAM HI! SAT, IIA\t \1 fl!\11'.' 1/N<.X. 6PMS\N
8 The Catalyst November 2, 1994 ANNOUNCEMENTS The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Foundation for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) have jointly given New College a grant to support a series of introductory seminars integrating science and the humanities entitled "Origins and Cycles." The first three of these seminars will be offered during this coming ISP period. Each seminar will be co-taught by at least two New College faculty and be limited to fifteen first-year students. Professors Aron Edidin and Karsten Henckel! will offer a seminar entitled "Origins of Natural and Artificial Intelligence." Through lectures, labs, and demonstrations, students in this seminar will enter into the intriguing field of artificial intelligence and the questions it raises about their own nature as thinking beings The seminar. "Human Origins," involving Professors Andrew Doenecke Bauer (co-ordinator), Gilchrist. Beulig, Smillie, and Demski will expose students to the development of the theory of evolution, its conceptual and historical context the ex ten ion of its intluencc through the doctrine of Social Darwinism, and its implications for understanding the minds and social oxganization of modern human "Origin of Democracy and Technological Democracy," a seminar offered by Professors Eugene Lewis and John Moore, will analyze the evolution of democracy in archaic Greece-what helped it thrive what was its most perfect form, and what sapped its life-and compare it to modem democracies investigating the ways they have been influenced by science and technology. Since these three seminars will be limited to fifteen first-year students each, it is important that you sign up for them as soon as possible. Contact the faculty involved for more info. * The Humanities Division is sponsoring an Acting Workshop Group ISP. The instructor will be Profe sor Jim Wi e, Head of Acting at the A olo Conservatory. The workshop will focus on a series of exercises through which the actor willleam to realize the concept "Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances." The group will meet three times a week during ISP period and intensive work inside and outside class will be required. The ISP is open to any student, but enrollment will be limited to I 0 students. If interested, send a note to John McDiarmid, Humanities division. In the letter mention your reasons for wanting to take the ISP, and also any acting experience you have had. The letter must reach Professor McDiarmid no later than November 2 I. * FSU/ A solo Conservatory for Actor Training presents Dutchman, a play by Amiri Baraka and Leroi Jones about a young black man who has a dramatic encounter with a white woman on a NY city subway train Three performances only, Monday ov. 2 I through Wednesday Nov.23 at 7:30pm at the Asolo theatre. Admission by donation (lirst come first erve basis). For more info contact Maureen at 359-0598. * Mark's News: International Students are invited to a dessert potluck at Cook Hall from 6-9pm on Saturday, ovember 5. The Food Service Advisory Committee has traditionally collected money so that faculty, staff and visiting speakers can cat for free in the cafeteria. If you would like to donate to this fund, please sign up on the sheet on the trole where you pay for food. The Campus Interfaith Series i coming soon: Monday November 7 at 6pm in the Fishbowl: New College Professors discuss My Personal Spiritual Joumey in Academia Monday, November 14 at 6pm in the Fishbowl: Beyond Consciousness: Ritual and Pra .ver Monday, December 5 at 6pm in the Fi hbowl: A Priest The Police. and Protest The Race and Gender Symposium will be Nov 8 through Nov I 2. Student Activities still has a ticket for a prime scat at the ov. 22 Rolling Stones/Spin Doctors concert in Tampa for sale. If you are interested in planning a ski trip, or for info on any of the above, see Mark B.