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THE CATALYST A Student Publication of New College Made in Taiwan Volume IV, Issue 26 Aprilll, 1995 NEW COLLEGE ACCUSED OF ALTERING TEST SCORES Rocky Swift New College made headlines once again last week, only this time due to an unflattering article on the front page of Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. In the first paragraph of an article written by Steve Stecklow, New College was implicated of altering the average SAT scores of their students to get higher rankings The article went on to list a number of other schools that use the practice of raising test scores. Stecklow wrote that New College admitted to the practice of dtopping the bottom 6% of student test scores to boost the average. Steck! ow remarked, "But the score-as well as the pretense of exclusivity-was false." He went on to write, "Admissions Director David Anderson describes the practice, which he says he recently discontinued, as part of the college's 'marketing strategy .' Anderson has replied that the reporter grossly misrepre sented both what he said and New College's position. Anderson said that he ceased the practice of dropping the bottom 6% of the scores two years ago, one year after he arrived as Admis sions Director. The last class whose scores were augmented was the 1993 class Apparently, the practice of boosting scores was one that Anderson inherited from his predecessor Edward Custard and he from his predecessor. While it has been a common procedure of many colleges, Anderson stopped the cutting of the bottom scores on his own accord as soon as he had the power to do so David Anderson said that he spoke to Stecklow a month ago about New College's past and present policy in reporting averages to publications but Anderson feels. that Stecklow took what he said out of context to make for a more scathing story. The article suggests that Anderson and New College purpose fully boosted scores for higher rankings in college reviews, most notably the Money Magazine college guide. "This guy had his own agenda," said Anderson of the reporter, "I don't think there's the sort of mass deception he tries to get at." In response to Stecklow's article, Dean Michalson and USF officials released a statement that explained New College's position and refuted Stecklow's assertions. According to Dean Michalson's official response, the article was misleading in how New College reports its SAT scores. New College has ceased to report average scores at all and rather it releases ranges of scores to inquiring publications in accordance to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors. The statement was faxed to the Journal and to the local papers and stated in part, "The implica tion is that we are misrepresenting ourselves to score highly in national rankings. Nothing could be further from the truth." The Wall Street Journal article set off a number of articles in local papers that combined information from the Journal and from the official response from Dean Michalson and USF. Their headlines, however, seemed to take the Journal's approach to the issue: "College Rankings Skewed"Bradenton Herald; "New College Boosts SAT Scores for Ranking"Tampa Tribune. TheSarasota Herald-Tribune was the only local paper to take a pro-New College stand. The extent of the aftermath of this article is still in question. Patti Straus, the public relations director of Money Magazine, notes that it is unlikely that New College owes its high ranking to the altered scores. According to Straus, many "SAT" CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 INSIDE THIS ISSUE BONK ................................. 7 RISCORP Supports Math Program .......... 5 Spring Break Starvation ................... 6 New Faces in Financial Aid ................ 5 Ask Mr. Etiquette ........................ 8 "Angels" Coming to Sarasota ............... 7 Letters .............. ................. 2 Ivory Tower ................ ............ 9

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2 The Catalyst Letters to the Editor Exams, hunh? What are they Good For? Par t icipants at the weekly Activist Hour (Mondays from 9-10 pm HCL-2) last week, spent the first 20 minutes of their conversation trying to figure out what purpose exams serve. Discussion limped We came up with a couple of ideas, They help the professor know who is doing the reading," and, well that was the big one So the question becomes, Are exams the best way for the professor to figure out who is doing the reading?" Students at the Activist Hour discussion pointed out that one function of exams is to enable the professor to dictate the focus of the class. You don't answer the questions that you want answered because you are too busy answering the questions that the professor wants answered Linked to this argument is one that says that requiring exams create a fear driven "learning" style, rather than a joyous and self-motivated learning style Other bad things about exams are that they take up time, either class time which could have better been spent in discussion, or free time which could have been better spent at the beach (reading required texts, of course). The point of eliminating grades is to eliminate that grubby-kiss-up-professor as-god-dispensing-judgement hierar chical bullshit. The point of New College is to enable, and empower, students to pursue an increase in understanding. Preferably collectively. Students must be encouraged to find "EXAMS" CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Urban Studies Symposium Avoided Issues I am writing to express my discontent with the Urban Symposium, Connecting Communities The proceedings on Tuesday night were a joke. Sarasota, and I know this because I am a native resident is primarily a "resort" town with the expressed aim of attracting tourist dollars This is done mostly by promoting Sarasota as a cultural and resort mecca The only concern Sarasota has with youth, minorities, or the poor and these groups overlap to a great extent is that they don't cause trouble and disrupt the normal functioning of oppression that operates on a daily basis. Newtown blacks are ghettoized and ignored. Youths are banned from riding skateboards in the streets by law Downtown parking benches feature bars down the middle to prevent the homeless from sleeping on them ; yet, neither the city nor county has done anything to address homelessness save increase police action and arrest of "va grants New College students should be challenging the city's leaders to change these policies. They should use their knowl edge and distance from the typical Sarasota mentality and get right up in the face of those who profit by a system which keeps down and exploits those not born into money. This didn't happen Tuesday night, instead, students yessed city leaders to death over the need for more volunteer action and civic "responsibility." It was implied that certain problem groups within the commu nity youth and Newtown, needed help to get their act together "SYMPOSIUM" CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 The Catalyst General Editor: Ken Burruss Managing Editor: lien Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Byron Hartsfield, Kate Fink, Meg Hayes, and Nick Napolitano. Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Manager: Anjna Chauhan and Adam Rains The Catalyst is also available on-line at http://www.sar.usf.edu/-reffell/catalyst/catalyst.htrnl Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James Reffell (reffell@virtu.sar.usf.edu) Co-Sponsored by Dean and Warden Michalson and Professor Vesperi Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possible, if not then in type, to Box 75, the Catalyst boxes across from Barbara Berggren's office, or mailed to : 5700 N Tamiami Trail, Box 75 Sarasota, FL 34243 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space or clarity.

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The Catalyst "EXAMS" Continued from Previous page their own questions and find the i r own answers. The idea of a class you have to go to for 3 hours every week to hear the professor determine what the interesting questions and answers are remembering to take notes so you know what to expect on the exam, is (in most cases) bullshit. The point of syllabi should be that you can know which class sessions would be interesting to attend, with the understanding that you have better things to do than go to a lecture (or discussion) on some idea or reading material that doesn t interest you. The professor should serve as a learned guide to new material. The professor should not detem1ine the class, the class should determine the professor What New College should be is a place where students are reading, thinking and doing stuff that teaches them about interesting things. It should be a radical alternative to USF and UF and FSU, not a miniature version of them It should be a place where students are respected, which means that we respect our fellow students enough to involve them in our studies. Why are all these thesis students doing their theses alone? Where students are respected and say "I am interested in THIS" the appropriate professorial response is, "here's what I can do to help you learn that" rather than "That's not in my field of expertise" or "That's not academic." Students as comrades, professors as pointers-at-neat-ideas and helpers. Why has New College had such a small effect on Sarasota? It is because we are mostly holed up in grim little classrooms reading what other people want us to read, thinking about what other people want us to think about, and saying what other people want us to say If we get our shit together there will be New College students figuring out what the hell is going on in Newtown, what the Walton Tract is, working on the Homeless Coalition, and issuing reports on gender imbalance in the Venice Rotary Clubs (they just gained their first female participant) We will be reading each other's work, and paying attention to what other students say. New College should be much more like a papering of Ham Center and much less like a high school class. So I challenge each and everyone one of you, especially those of you who believe that New College is, "Not just an Education-It's a Revolution," to think about what purpose exams, professors, classes, fellow students, papers, theses, contracts and evaluations should serve. I challenge you to make your studies, and your agitation for change reflect those reflec tions. I challenge you because I think that one of the functions of fellow students should be to encourage each other to get bolder and deeper and more full of chutzpah --Andy Snyder 3 "SYMPOSIUM" continued from previous page There seemed to be a prevailing assumption that they just needed some straightening out; that they were somehow bad people who couldn't live healthfully like the rest of us And who better than New College students to be the positive role models to step in and show them how to be good obedient citizens? I envision our relationship with the community as one in which we are more than just volunteers for community service. Community service can be very beneficial. But not if it's band-aid work Useful community service is about organizing communities, helping them become more self-sufficient, and eventually identifying and rectifying the problems that created the need for volunteers My problem with the Symposium was that the discussion completely shied away from discussing the fact that there might be a CAUSE for the problems The two problem" groups, youth and Newtown, were targeted as being "in need of help." But nobody mentioned that there might be a reaso!l they need volunteers, or are "in danger It was just assumed that the status quo operates in a fair and just manner. When somebody mentioned the economic disparity between Newtown and the rest of the community, they were accused of being too Ivory Towerish One woman on the panel suggested that students go out and cook a tired person a meal if they "really wanted to make a difference." I'm in the real world and when I have free time, I cook myself a meal. I don't buy into the back-patting volunteer mentality which makes college students feel good about getting into the real world. I do however, have vision and insight and a critical nature which helps me see through the bullshit that blames the victims Newtown and youth, for any problems they face. I know that they're being exploited and discriminated against--that those are the real problems. Everything else, drug wars, crime, poverty, homelessness, vandalism, are just symptoms of their disenfran chisement and marginalization. But it was these symptoms that the Symposium focused on, and the over-arching suggestion was that New College students just needed to implement a Big Sister/ Brother program to get the kids in line. Fred Atkins a former mayor, pointed out that if Sarasota put the effort into desegrega tion that it put into "culture" and the "arts," there might have been more than two blacks at the meeting. I think we should volunteer and be active in the community. I think we should also keep an eye toward what's causing the problems we address with an even farther-seeing eye towards addressing those problems. Tutoring alone will not employ or feed people. When people's needs are met take the residents of Longboat Key for example, there is a marked ""SYMPOSIUM" CONTINUED ON PAGE 4.

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4 The Catalyst "SYMPOSIUM" continued from page 3 decrease in social problems like violent crime. The people at the symposium, old white folks, want to maintain a status quo which demands an underclass of "service employees" to wait on Florida's large retirement community. People don't want those jobs! They're not happy with them. I'd rather hustle drugs, the American underclass answer to capitalism, than get another job with a restaurant for $6 an hour. The attitude that New College students are a "resource" for the community is unhealthy and ultimately counterproduc tive. New College students should challenge members of the community. We should ask them point blank how they can defend the system they ve set up and work to maintain. Try to publicly embarrass the bastards if nothing else. Besides Fred Atkins, two people made substantive, provocative comments, beyond the let's help people who need help" no-brainers. The first, who commented that the discussion was ignoring the economic root of our community's problems was called "Ivory Tower" and then ignored. The second, a friend of mine who pointed out that "youth" are sick of being blamed for the problems that are a result of a fucked up world they didn't create, was rebuked by corporate politician Kerry Kirschner as being "too pessimistic I'm not knocking the Urban Symposium for existing. I just hope that future meetings feature, and allow, more interest ing, provocative discussion. What bothered me most was the anti-intellectual air in the room, and the seeming unwillingness to entertain suggestions which were "critical" in nature. We should use our minds beyond the confines of the college walls but not as tools in the service of multinational capitalism; we should work as active intellectuals to challenge and expose the systematic oppression and exploitation that still dominate our society. --fan Schleifer TIMELESS MUSIC New & Used cos VlflYI Records & Cassettes Picture Discs Old Sheet Music Antique Radios & Record Players Rock VIdeos 5754 South Tamiami Trait Sarasota, FL 34231 Phone: 941-922-8661 FAX: 941-922-0696 Free Search Service a n y Medium SAC MINUTES MONDAY, APRIL 3, 1995 members in attendance: Sara Kuppin Amy Laitinen Tracie Merritt (chair) Rocco Maglio Meg Moore, Jake Reimer, Stephanie Weiss all votes unanimous the meeting went as follows: Japanese tutorial requested funds will instead explore alternate funding possibilities Dance Marathon Karen Lewis and Hugo Brown were allocated $75 for food at the marathon. Organic Garden$100 for seeds and supplies was allocated Semi-Normal Traci Merritt was allocated $700.86 First Court BBQ for Saturday, April 8 Traci Merritt was allocated $150. "SAT" continued from page 1. other factors such as quality of faculty, economic value and library facilities figure in ahead of test scores in the magazine's rankings. New College was ranked Money Magazine's Best Buy in 1994 based in part on a boosted SAT average of 1296. The number one ranking did not change in the 1995 ranking, how ever, even though David Anderson submitted them middle range SAT scores rather than an average. Money Magazine chose to use the bottom of the range, which was 1200, as an average for part of their data. Dean Michalson is, in his own words, "pissed off," over Stecklow's article and the damage it has done to New College's reputation Michalson feels that Stecklow manipulated the facts and misrepresented statements made by David Anderson. "It's kind of sleazy journalism," Michalson said. Michalson says that he is in the process of damage control to try to counteract the bad publicity of the article. Besides releasing the statement to the press, Michalson has sent a memorandum to the faculty as well as an explanatory letter to the alumni, New College Foundation members and financial supporters. Michalson scoffs at the accusation that the school was intentionally boosting scores to achieve higher rankings: "It's totally untrue."

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The Catalyst RISC O RP SUPPORTS NEW COLLEGE MATH PROGRAM Contributed by the New College Foundation RISCORP has established a paid internship program for New College students and has provided $20,000 for the purchase of Mathematica, a sophisticated educational software and hardware system for use by faculty and students in course work and for independent projects. Mathematica will put New College on the cutting edge of college mathematics education, especially in the area of calculus where student demand is highest. The idea to approach RISCORP was proposed by New College Professors David Mullins and Eirini Poimenidou. Both initiatives by RISCORP, the internship program and the grant, strengthen mathematics education at New College and enable RISCORP to expose highly motivated students to a company where they might eventually find challenging careers. Reed Killets, Vice President, Human Resources at RISCORP will be in charge of the internship program. ...::= OJ) = 0 -mr:ruff = < Q) BfKfR gruFf gruff ::a = I:IJ & ffREWORK& --< ('t> gMOKtRg a 0 ('t> 0 0"' ,_;;:j "'Call If you're lost or ('t> a (LJ confused, we underst.8nd. r:::.l:i Our staff is ready to serve 0 9 < you. Just don't make any -('t> sudc::Sen movements and -co: t:::r" u ... it's best not to stare! --= 5715 Old 301 Bradenton, FL a 1 3/7 55-6333 Fax 7 55-6266 CALL oa FJIIX FOR A FREE BUMPER STIO
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6 The Catalyst SPRING BREAK STARVATION Graham Strouse For those New College students confined to campus during break, either by choice or by lack of a better place to recreate, spring break became an exercise in belt-tightening as a closed cafeteria, limited C-Store hours, and an even more limited food stock fed the night time dreams of the stranded with visions of tofu bones and Shepherd's Pie. Matt Grieco, a first-year student who's on-campus break taught him the value of grocery shopping, was one of many who weren't pleased by the C-Store's 11:00 to 1:00 hours. "The word nonexistent comes to mind", said Grieco when asked his opinion of Marriot's break hours. Traditionally, food service hours have been limited during breaks. This year's fall break was one of the few down llmes in recent memory that a caterer provided even limited cafeteria service. Morrison's, New College's previous caterer, left the Pub (now the C-Store) open during the day and closed down the main dining hall. "Quite honestly, I'm not convinced we have enough students to justify any hours", said Johnson. He described the two-hour C-Store service as a "concession" to the hungry few who remained on campus. He was not completely unsympa thetic to student gripes, though. He admitted that he didn't actually know how many students stayed. He estimated "10 to 20 percent." However, he added, "Without food service I may not see people who are here during break week." According to Johnson, Marriott and other servers have "bellyached" about providing any student sustenance at all during the interim period. "The students aren't happy, either." he added. So far, says Johnson, there has never been a "happy medium" satisfactory to provider and providee. Much of the problem is fiscal. Although students prepay their food plans, cafeteria workers don't get a flat rate and operating costs must be paid whether or not anyone shows up to eat. Although Marriott projected a $9,044 loss for their first year here, their estimates to date indicate that they are more than $36,000 dollars in the hole already and anxious about even returning next year, let alone providing break hours for a handful of students. As for the midday timing that left the late-sleepers who still suffered from midterm shock unfed, Cafeteria Manager Peggy Herndon claimed innocence. "Mark Johnson set the hours", said Herndon. So who's responsible for the dearth of food? According to Johnson, "Peggy is responsible for stocking the C-Store. Last week [now two weeks ago], she said they were trying to deplete the stock and change things." Also, said Johnson, Dave Myers, one of Marriot's regional managers, "indicated that vendors have been reluctant to stock the C-Store smce it's volume is comparatively low. Herndon acknowledged that Marriot had vendor problems, but she denied that she was depleting the stock. McClain, she said, the vendor responsible for stocking the C Store, never showed up during Marriot's business hours. When they finally came, "we were closed." Herndon was also upset that students received little notification regarding the hours. "We were a little concerned because no one was notified about what was open and what was available to you," she said. As the students grumbled, and their stomachs rumbled, Johnson remained engrossed in trying to maximize the cost benefit ratio for students and server both. "There's an excellent chance we'll do away with the returning student plan," he said. By switching returmng on campus students to the minimum incoming plan, Johnson estimates Marriot could raise approximately $30.000 dollars in gross revenue, cutting their losses and hopefully encouraging them to provide better break service. "I'm not ready to compromise on that front," Johnson said, reasoning that even if Marriot made transfers illegal, "students would find some way around it." Fortunately, no one starved completely to death. Some of The Stranded lived on Pizza Hut and Hungry Howie's. Other's made the Run to the Border at Taco Bell or dined at Perkins. A few actually learned to feed themselves. "It turned out to be the healthiest time of the year", said Grieco, who discovered the fine art of shopping. The break week also gave Herndon a chance to make a trek to the district manager at Rollins College to present a list of projected changes provided by longtime Food Service Commit tee member Paul Jaeger. Fresh fruit topped the list of new items to be stocked. No students appear to be complaining yet, and neither Herndon nor Johnson made any bones about it.

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The Catalyst "ANGELS COMING TO VAN WEZEL From The Van Wezel Perfonning Arts Center The first national touring production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prizeand Tony Award-winning two-part play, "Angels in America," comes to Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for a West Florida exclusive engagement April25 and 26. Hailed by theater critics as the most acclaimed play of this generation, "Angels in America" is a sweeping exposition on the 1980s and the burgeoning AIDS crisis, focusing on themes of sexuality, religion and ethnicity. "Angels" made theatrical history when it won the Tony Award for Best Play for two consecutive years (1993 and 1994). It has been awarded every maJOr theatrical award in every city in which it has been produced, and "Millennium Approaches" [Part One of "Angels"] won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Part I, "Millennium Approaches," will be presented at 8 pm Tuesday, April25 and 2 pm Wednesday, April 26. Part II, "Perestroika," will be presented at 8 pm Wedne day, April 26. Audience can see "Ange ls" either in its entirety or as two independent plays. Separate tickets are required for each part. Tickets for each part of Angels in America" are $45, $43 and $33. When final exams are over put PAK MAIL to the test P.ding up and heading for home is a multiple choice problem.. But )00!' best solution is PAK MAll. Yk can custom package and cnte ew:rything from )'(X.I' hightech electronics. fumitun: and other fragile items lo books and clothing. So no matter what )'OUT pad
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8 The Catalyst ASK MR. ETIQUETTE Byron Hartsfeild Dear Mr. Etiquette: I heard recently that my roommate had made some rather nasty comments about me when out of my presence. Should I confront him? -Concemed Dear Concerned: First, you must decide what you want from your roommate. Is it important that you maintain an intimate relationship with him? A cordial relationship? A relationship which does not necessitate frequent visits to the emergency room? Did you room with him because he was your best friend in the whole world, or because he was the only person you could find who wouldn't mind if you and your girlfriend chain-smoked in your big double bed while playing "Bolero" at 200 dB? If you and your roommate are actually friends (Mr. Etiquette is so blessed), then a highly tactful confrontation is necessary. Otherwise it is possible that suppressed resentment on one or both sides may poison your relationship. You will always be wondering whether or not he actually thinks you a "sniveling politically-correct wannabee", while he never gets around to telling you how much it annoys him when you quote Camille Paglia. If, on the other hand, all that you require of him is that he refrain from beating your mother and quoting Derrida, then ignoring the matter is the simplest solution and probably the best. If you find this impossible, then confront him, but with the same courtesy you would a friend. After all, it is usually easier to alienate people than to make amends. If you decide against confronting him, do not think about the matter ever again. If not, make sure to act honorably and tactfully. Honor requires giving others the benefit of the doubt. You should be reasonably sure of the veracity of the report before you mention it. Try to get a firsthand report, preferably from someone trustworthy, preferably including exact words and context. "I heard you were saying really bad things about me." "Oh, really? What things?" "Uh, I'm not quite sure. Bad things." "Who told you this?" "Well, Jason -but I think he heard it from someone else." "From whom?" "I don't know." Really now. When you do confront your roommate, do so courte ously. But do not let him evade the issue. If he is innocent of malice he should be eager to tell you so. "Ah, well, y'know, I was drunk, and ... does not necessarily mean, "No, I don't think you're a 'fat mandrill-humping sack of Milorganite' ." One more thing to consider before you confront him: what will you do if it is true? Are the statements unforgivable? If so, what will you do? Give him the silent treatment for the rest of the year? Move out? Something more drastic? ("Milorganite? What the hell is Milorganite?" "It's a fertilizer made from human waste products." "Okay, that's it! Where's the chainsaw?") Or will you merely demand an apology? ("I'm sorry I called you a 'PC-whipped weenie'. It's just that ... "That's okay. You know, it's like Camille Paglia says ... ") Dear Mr. Etiquette: Recently an acquaintance called me pretentious. I asked my friends whether they agreed, and none of them would give me a straight answer! I never thought of myself as pretentious, but now I wonder. What can I do? As Nietzsche said, [section deleted for reasons of space.] -Call Me Ishmael Dear Ishmael: Mr. Etiquette sympathizes. He often asks the same question of himself, especially when he is refer ring to himself in the third person. Frankly, everyone is preten tious from time to time; it is a natural human desire to seem better than one really is. One must simply constantly police oneself against this tendency. Mr. Etiquette is prepared to give you a few hints as to how to do this. For instance, every time you hear yourself making a bold, unqualified statement, ask yourself: how do I know? Where is this coming from -is it the reasoned result of system atic study, or did I just read some columnist in the Catalyst and blindly accept his words as absolute truth? If someone quoted me tomorrow, would I be embarrassed? If you can answer each of these questions to your satisfaction and still feel justified in making a flat, unqualified statement, then most likely you are quite shameless and will have a great deal of trouble avoiding pretension. You should just stop worrying about it. If you have doubts about your statements, then system atically qualify them until you are certain about them. If this requires you to qualify your statement until it is no longer worth uttering, then most likely you did not know as much as you thought you did and should wait for a subject on which you have more expertise. There is no shame in this. No one knows everything, but there are people who know when to shut up. Mr. Etiquette is not certain that he is among their number, but he aspires to be. If you have questions forM r. Etiquette, please address them to the Catalyst in the nomzal fashion If not, he may continue to make up his own.

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The Catalyst 9 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER World The pope issued an encyclical on the "Gospel of Life" (Evangel ium Vitae), calling for a rejection of "the culture of death." The faithful were reminded that it is still their duty to oppose abortion, contraception, and euthanasia, but were also instructed to oppose capital punishment under most circumstances. The priesthood in AIDS-stricken parts of Africa, where contraception may save more lives than it prevents, were reputed to oppose the statement. The Ruwandan war crime trials began Friday to prosecute up to 30,000 jailed suspects for the genocide of over 1,000,000 people that began last year. One defendant has already confessed to killing 900 people. Russia will accept a $1-billion deal to build nuclear reactors in Iran, despite the objections of the United States. In an effort to prevent the deal, the CIA shared with Russian intelligence classified information regarding earlier Iranian attempts to fashion nuclear weapons under the guise of building reactors. Russian spokesmen expressed confidence in their ability to keep weapons technology out of the hands of the Iranians, accusing the United States of wishing to keep a monopoly on nuclear power. National House Speaker Newt Gingrich has recently reopened controversy over President Clinton's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy concern ing gays in the military. First, Gingrich publicly recommended a return to the older, less permissive policy, surprising fellow Repub licans who were content with the compromise policy. Then, as a state superior court decision ruled the policy unconstitutional, Gingrich threatened conservative action on the policy only if such decisions led to an policy allowing gays to serve in the military without restriction. Scientists at the Universities of Chicago and Utah have determined that flying insects are ab l e to sustain flight by elastic mechanisms in their wings. Flyi n g can require up to 100 times the energy of an insect standing still-runn ing a 100 yard dash requires only 15 times the energy of a h uman sta n di n g still. Scientist Michael Dickenson called t h e elastic mechanism "the most complicated joint in the animal world." State The Florida House and Senate both approved versions of a $39 billion state budget, which places emphasis on prisons and public schools. Both House and Senate agreed not t o raise taxes, but some House representatives felt that more available funds should have been allocated for other social programs. In St. Petersburg, Florida, 18-year-old Tony Turner was sentenced to eleven years and nine months of prison time for the murder of his friend Lester. Lester was shot by a cabbie whom he was attempting to rob. But Turner, who had n o weapon himse l f and claimed to be ignorant that his fr i end was planning a crime, was judged guilty of felony armed r obbery and t h erefore, under Florida law, criminally liable for any injury resu l ting from the crime. The j u dge admitted that the sentence might have been a bit harsh, but said that it was the l ightest he cou l d impose under the law. In Moore Haven, Florida, a wo m a n was sentenced to 1 5 years in priso n for letting her quadriplegic husband rot to death. When paramedics found Scott Mickler, his body was covered with ope n sores and the flesh was falling off h i s feet. He died shortly thereafter. SAN FRANCISCO STYlE HEALTIIY MEXICAN FOOD 1430 Mam St. Saruota. Fl. Ji2Jl 366-9 FAXJ66-9538 CDs, LPs EXiLE &Much ON MAIN STREET Uve Bands Fri. & Sat.s $3 cover 10% Off w ith Ad More ... now open it's not only rock and roll Mon. $1 off all C D s Tues. buy 2 LPs get 1 FREEl, Wed. Sale Priced Tapes buy 2 get 1 FREEl 1529 MAI N STREET SARA SOT A.Fl "5" 3 6 2-0 0 8 7

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10 The Catalyst ANNOUNCEMENTS The Housing Advisory Committee is planning on setting up an agenda for the rest of the semester with Mark Johnson. If you have any issues you think that we should work on or any other concerns, please let Karyle (Box 294) or Oliver (Box 302) know. ***** The pool is open! Usage is restricted from dawn to dusk as the deck lights are not operational. Previous operational hours will resume as soon as the funding can be found to repair the deck lights. Sorry for the inconvenience. * The Campus Ministry Group will present an Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00am on Sunday, April16, facing the ocean by College Hall. The service will include a meditation and music by New College and Ringling students. Contact Amy Mormino (box 389) for more details! * From University Police : the parking signs in front of the Sudakoff parking lot have been changed The spots are now "Visitors Qnly" 24 hours a dav. Student Activities News Upcoming Thesis Colloquium: Wednesday 12 April @ 8 pm in beautiful Hamilton Center. Come listen to thesis students describe their projects and answer all your incisive and thought-provoking questions. Speaking of which, there are still slots open for the rest of this semester's colloquia! Sign up, sign up, sign up! (Especially all you wacky Nat Sci students!) The Activities Office is attempting to create a comprehensive two-week calendar of upcoming events. Let Amanda know what activities you re planning so that the calendar can become an at-a glance guide to what's going on. A representative from Best Buddies, a national organization that works with college students and mentally handicapped persons, will be on campus Wednesday, April12. She will be in the cafeteria from 11:30-12:30 and 5:00-6:00 to talk with students, and will hold an informational meeting from 12:30-l :30 in the Fishbowl. Get in touch with Kevin for more informa tion Student Activities Office Hours, Monday-Friday : Kevin 10:30-12:00,1:00-3:30 Amanda 2:00 whenever Buy SellTrade Downtown Sarasota 1488 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 U.S.A. Open 7 Days A Week (813) 366-1373 COMPARE .. our annual exam = $39 Ntw patient spial, our ann!W txara for 139 includes: pap sl!lflr, blood prcssurt, gyn

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