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Volume \1, Issue 14 Dec. 5-11, 1995 Profile: Anthony Salveggi by Daniel Berke Anthony Salveggi-alum librarian, a s sassin. Well, this description is true on at least two counts. Salveggi is one of the librarians at the NCIUSF Jane Bancroft Cook Library. He has worked there since October of 1993, and graduated from New College in p the spring of that year. Salveggi describes his job as having, "basically two aspects: one, taking care of interlibrary loans [to and from NC], and two, being in charge of the books upstairs-[they must be] shelved and coordinated Having worked in the library for over two years, it is not surprising that SaJveggi received his bachelor's degree in general literature. His favorite author is Milan Kundera, whom he did his thesis on. Salveggi states, "[My thesis] basically encompassed his themes and philosophies as derived from all his books I read. In the future I'd like to do a more focused paper on specific aspects of his writing." While Salveggi says he is "burnt out" on the idea of going to graduate school, he foresees himself doing a lot more than working at the library. He states, "In the future I would like to have a career in music--either in the studio, or writing lyrics." While Salveggi plans on remaining in the library for another CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Marriott Alumni Lecture Series SASC ... Fetish Ball Book Review Silicon Jungle Healthy Food 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 Who had the Catalyst Fetish? STUDENTS SEEK MORE INPUT ON NEW FACULTY by Amanda Loos Student involvement in hiring new professors continues to be an unresolved issue in faculty search committees. A faculty search committee is currently active in the Humanities Division, seeking to fill the position of Assistant Professor of British and American Literature permanently Miriam Wallace was hired for the position as a one-year visiting professor after Maureen Harkin left last year to teach at Stanford. Wallace will be a candidate for the permanent position. When a position becomes vacant a faculty search committee advertises among higher education journals Modern Language Association listings, graduate school chairpersons, and channels directed toward minorities The commit tee is made up of professors from the field in which the position is open. Current members of the faculty search committee are Professor of British and American Literature Dr. Arthur MeA. "Mac" Miller Associate Professors of British and American Literature Andrea Dimino and John McDiarmid. The committee is chaired by Associate Professor of Art History Malena Carrasco, Chair of the Humanities Division. The national search is complete, and the committee is reading through over 400 applications. They will narrow the pool down, and Dimino will attend an MLA Convention after Christmas to interview about 10 candidates. "Interviews can be very revealing," said Dimino, and said she would look for professors who would work well with New College students and faculty. Out of those, the committee will conduct interviews, mostly over the phone, until they've thinned the list down to two or three. The committee will then recom mend those two or three to the Humani ties Division, which will recommend them to the Faculty Appointment Status CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FACULTY LINES ON HOLD by Graham Strouse Does fighting for space in 40person "discussion" classes make you feel like a pressed sardine? Does it make you sad to watch your advisor gibber and drool during appointments because she has 26 sponsees and hasn't slept since August? Would it make you happy if New College hired some new faculty to end this madness? If your answers are yes, yes, and yes, you may be in luck ... in a couple of years. according to Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson Jr. "I'm pretty optimistic that the Foundation, in the course of its capital campaign, will add a new chair or two in the next two years," said MichaJson. Michalson originally hoped to parlay New College's enrollment boom from the last three years into new faculty lines for the fall 1996 semester. He already put in a request for new lines to USF Provost Thomas Teighe. However, added Michalson, "the provost at USF doesn't know how much money will be avai l able ... until the legislature deter mines how much money won't be going into prisons." Michalson believes that by the time the legislature works out the budget, it will be too late to h unt for tenure track positions for next fall. So how about a couple of new professors for fall 1997? "I don't think that's unrea l istic and CONTINUED O N PAGE 2
2 The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 1995 "PROFILE" FROM PAGE 1 couple of years, he says working 40 hours a week in the library gives him the right amount of time to work on the bass guitar and write lyrics Despite working at the library, Salveggi does not feel he has kept close ties to New College. Salveggi states, "I don't go to the Pei Dorrns-1 just don't feel comfortable there. Other alums have trouble cutting the umbilical chord. However, I did go to the Halloween PCP, but I did not see as many alums as I thought I would." When asked if New College has changed drastically since he was in school, Salveggi responded, "I think "PROFESSORS" FROM PAGE I it may be conservative, in fact," said Michals on. Top priorities for new faculty include anthropology (Social Sciences), biochemistry (Natural Sciences), and one of the following: literature, languages, creative writing, or drama (Humanities). The faculty determine their hiring priorities by departmental vote. New College does have one private endowment available for hiring facultythe Pepsico Professorship However, the $600,000 in the Pepsico account would only provide about $30,000 dollars in a year for salary and benefits, well short of the $45,000 the school needs for an entry level salary and benefits. Pepsico also gave New College the grant with the understanding that it would go towards General Editor lien Zazueta-Audirac Managing Editor Kate Fink Staff Writers Dan Berke, Evan Greenlee, Matthew Grieco, Rachael Lininger, Amanda Loos, James Reffell, Graham Strouse, and Rocky Swift Layout Kelly Nichols and Matthew Spitzer Business Managers Ken Burruss and Sara Foley Computer Guy Steve Wilder Contributors Amy Andre, Charles Choi James Todd anyone who graduates thinks it was different when they were there. People who graduated around '92 or '93 are going to say that they had the longest or best Walls and PCP's. As far as the faculty goes, not much has changed. The growth of gender studies at New College has been a good outlet for [past] tension." Before Salveggi had to return to his library duties, he offered some advice for current students: "Don't procrastinate and don't fail to take advantage of theresources that are available here. Don't put yourself in a position where you'll regret not learning as you could have ... These are the students' real formative years." hiring a minority professor. The Florida Legislature's new anti-reverse discrimi nation laws make this difficult. Still, Michalson believes the Pepsico endow ment is the "best bet" for the next tenure track. Also, noted Michalson, New College has the Alumni Fellowship Fund, which is used to pay for NC graduates to teach in their fields of expertise for a module or semester. The Alumni Fellow ship Fund is paying for particle physicist Suzie Hauger to teach here next semester. "FACULTY" FROM PAGE 1 Committee. There are three voting student members on the FASC: Humani ties Division Representative and Catalyst reporter Matthew Grieco, Social Sciences Representative Sofia Memon, and Natural Sciences Representative and Catalyst reporter Rachael Lininger. The FASC will interview the remaining candidates and make a recommendation to Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson. He and Carrasco then will make the job offer. In a memo to the FASC, Grieco expressed the concerns of many students. ... the AAC [Academic Affairs Council] feels that it is necessary for students to be involved at an earlier point in the faculty search process than is currently the case. ". When these [the two or three] candidates are brought to campus, our involvement then seems to be at best CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usf.edu/-catalyst/index.html Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst Box 75, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 or email@example.com Submissions may also be placed in the Catalyst box marked "Letters to the Editor/ Contributions." (In the Student Gov't. Boxes next to Barbara Berggren's office) Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. Submissions should be labeled as either a letter to the editor or a contribution and include name and contact information. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be received by 5:00PM Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submmissions for reasons of space or grammar. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson
The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 199 5 3 P ROPOSED OPTIONS TO MARRIOTT by Amy Andre The Catalyst recently distributed surveys to all students asking their opinions on Marriott Responses fell into three categories : dissatisfaction with the amount students are required to pur chase; dissatisfaction with the food quality; and dissatisfaction with the hours that Marriott is open. Of the 70 students who responded to the survey, all preferred optional meal plans. Marriott's monopoly exists for a reason. In order to attract a food service provider to campus, a school has to guarantee that a vendor company will make a certain amount of revenue. Because of NC's small size, every student must purchase a meal plan to guarantee that Marriott will make money. Six years ago, a budget deficit in the food service department forced NC to increase the mandatory meal plan to the sum students pay today. Marriott has a five-year contract that is reviewed and put up for renewal each spring Some students who filled out the Catalyst survey wondered how much say they have over what Marriott serves. Director of Housing and Student Affairs Mark Johnson explained that students have the power to give Marriott 90 days notice if they decide that it is not "FACULTY" FROM PAGE 2 tokenism, and frequently not given sufficient weight ... We also feel that students can bring perspectives to faculty search committees which might other wise be absent ... we students are those who will ultimately be learni n g from the faculty who are hired." Miller found Grieco's memo "eminently reasonable" and said that he, McDiarmid and Dimino "strongly tentatively agreed that student involve ment is not only appropriate, but highly desirable." Carrasco, however, felt that students have opportunities to be involved already. "One thing students need to understand ... they have a much stronger role in the search committee at New College than anywhere else." She meeting the requirements of its contract. Marriott can also give students 90 days notice if it decides that providing them with food service is not in its best interests If a requirement is not met, Johnson suggested that students vocalize their complaints Johnson also stressed the importance of students being "proactively involved instead of reactively involved." What if students do decide to give Marriott "90 days"? Because of the small campus size and students' vegan and vegetarian requirements, food vendors are hard to come by. Also, having a vendor means continuing the monopoly system. Having students purchase and prepare their own food, using Second Court lounge and the cafeteria kitchen (and possibly building another kitchen) is one alternative. A student-run food service cooperative is another. Tofu not Tanks the current co-op, requires five hours of work monthly by one or two students. Adding a food preparation service with students hired by USF to prepare the food pur chased from the co-op would free students from a monopoly food vendor. "I think it can become a permanent solution," said Sof Memon, an organizer of Tofu Not Tanks, "providing us with better quality, more work-study opportunities and cheaper food." expressed concern that students do not appreciate this, advising students to, "please try to take advantage of structures already in place before you decide they are inadequate." Carrasco said that when it comes to the actual judgement on the best candidate for the job, "faculty are more qualified." "New College is not USF," said Miller. "New College is not an HMO [Hea l th Management Organization], and just as in the well-managed private economy, someone should be able to choose one's ow n physician. So a students should be able to choose one's own professor." This issue is on the agenda for further discussion at division meetings this Wednesday, December 6. World O UT SIDE THE IVOR Y TOWER President Clinton announced Sun day he had cleared the dispatch of 700 U S troops as part of an a 2,500-strong NATO "enabling force" that will establish headquarters and communications for peacekeepers in Bosnia. Clinton's move marks the first substantial commitment of U S. ground forces to Bosnia. In France, a wave of strikes has paralyzed nationwide passenger and freight rail movements, and shut down Paris region public transport. Union lead ers called on private sector workers to join the protests aimed at blocking Prime Minister Alain Juppe's plans to raise taxes and trim the debt-laden welfare system. National Federal health officials Thursday reported an almost threefold rise in deaths related to the use of the illegal drug meth amphetamine, or speed. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Ad ministration said the number of metham phetamine-related deaths reported by medical examiner in 42 metropolitan ar eas nearly tripled between 1991 and 1994. Hollywood director Joseph Ruben calls it his "worst nightmare." An attack on a New York subway clerk was prob ably inspired by his new film "Money Train." Last weekend two men sprayed a flammable liquid inside a token booth and set the clerk on fire as part of a robbery. The clerk was critically burned and the two men got away State/Local Friday December 1 was World AIDS Day, a day hoped to raise con sciousness of the affliction's deadly growth and proximity. The stakes in front of the Ringling Museum each represent a known case of AIDS in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The 889 stakes ;,ere created by students at Nokomis Elemen tary and Laure l Midd l e School. Governor Lawton Chiles and the Florida Cabinet approved tougher gradua tion requirements for high school seniors last Wedsnday Between 1996 and 1998, the minimum GPA required to grad u ate will increase from 1.5 to 2.0. The Cabinet also mandated tougher standards for Florida s High School Competency Test. --
4 The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 1995 ALUMNI SPEAK ON LIFE AFTER NEW COLLEGE by Graham Strouse Josh Breakstone and Hank Blumenthal have a few things in common. They 're both artists who have lived mast of their professional lives in New York. They 're both children of the seventies. They'r e both New College alums Breakstone '75, a jazz guitarist who has toured the world, and Blum e nthal '76, a movie producer whose credits include Tokyo Decadence and In the Soup, came back to speak last week as part of Student A c tivities Coordinator Sarah Kuppin s Alunmilae Lecture Series Breakstone's informal lecture (which drew an audience of eighteen), and Blumenthal s screening (which drew about twice that number), are the first in what Kuppin hopes will be a continuing series of guest lectures by successful New College alums Looks lik e ther e i s a future for us besides working at the Gran01y Josh Breakstone "Improvisation is just a craft. It's nothing," says the the man named Breakstone in a voice l ike a low-plucked ba s. "It's like learning a skill, like learning to laminate wood." Josh Breakstone should know. Improvisation is a skill he's been honing for the bulk of his life. He's a jazz guitarist, producer, and music teacher. He's played jazz bars in New York, and toured Europe and Japan. Jazz says Breakstone, is the "spontaneous development of melody." It's an act of speech. There's lots of schools of music where you learned to sing Lester Young songs then played [them], he says "By applying the dynamics of speech to their music, this is what takes people from the level of communication, this is what makes them communicate. ''That's why, when things are going good Uazz musicians] say 'He was really saying it." Breakstone's own love affair with jazz began when he arrived at New College as a 17-year-old high school drop-out in 1973. That was back before the merger, back when an NC was on the three-year degree program. He came because "they practically allowed you to write your own ticket." Music was Breakstone's ticket, and the school punched it. Jazz was almost all he did : I got credit for going up to New York for a term and went to jazz bars every night." It was he believes, the most important part of his education. After he graduated, Breakstone spent six months living in Brazil befort:: returning to his native New York City to become a starving artist. Actually, he says, "I never really starved ." Still, the days were lean before he got his break-a chance to play in Canada in place of guitar great Lenny Brough. After that, he cut two records and was signed by Contemporary Records who took him to Japan. He's toured Japan twice a year for the last "six or seven years He currently records on the King label. Breaks tone isn't fond of recording, however He's never spent more than two and-a-half hour cutting a record. ''The best thing you can do is listen to people play live," he says, and adds an addendum to his earlier description of jazz: "It's like a love affair." Hank Blumenthal Hank Blumenthal's work might be familiar to you. Blumentha l a motion picture producer who attended New College from 1976 to 1978 hit the little screen in the early 80s making music videos for television's The Great Space Coaster "I did the one with the frog ... the one with the girl who was as good at soccer as the guy," he said before a screening of In the Soup. In the Soup is a black-and-white, tongue-in-cheek art film about Adolfo Rollo (played by Desperados Steve Buscemi), a wou l d-be movie director whose artistic vision is inhibited by an absence of producer, cast, and budget. Undaunted (okay, so he's slightly daunted), Adolfo sets out to fill these holes. He puts a "producer wanted" advertisement in the c l assified section of the newspaper and gets a call from )oe (Seymoor Cassell), a small-time cor, man with limitless charm. Joe is either obsessed with making Adolfo's movie or taking him for a ride. We never know for sure. We a l so do n't know his last name. C O NTINUED ON PAGE 5 Students Get 10% Off Buy Sell Trade Used a-O.P.----1 f Rare "L auaJo"t Downtown Sarasota 1488 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 U .S.A. Mon-Thurs 10-6 Fri-Sat 10-9 Sun 11-5 ( 813 ) 366 1373
. The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 1 995 5 NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS TUTOR IN NEWTOWN by Evan Greenlee Every afternoon students from across New Town come to Willi e Ma e Schiefield s class to learn. Every after noon students from New College go to Willie Mae Schiefield's class to teach This is no ordinary class Every square inch of the small classroom is taken up by studying students. The place has b e en dubbed the North County Educational Assistance Program It s located on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., right next to the police station From 4 to 6 P M., Monday through Thursday Mrs. Schiefield as she is called by young and old alike works with a couple of other teachers and a handful of volunteers to tutor all the kids who come by Mrs Schiefield says, "If an adult just takes a little interest these kids will succeed She has inspired every student crammed into the small classroom, from first-graders just learning to read to high schoolers struggling through c hemistry problems that make most of the tutors break a sweat. Jenny Conn a first-year at New College, finds time every week to go help out for a few hours. "When you help a kid struggling learning to read," she says. "then you go back and when you see them following you reading at the top of their lungs ... once you go there you have to "LECTURE" FROM PAGE 4 In the Soup, which won a Best Film award at the Sundance Film 'Festi val, is one of the more successful produc tions of Blumenthal's movie career, a career which began with a Karen Black/ Jackie Mason film called Tight Jeans-"it was insane and it was never finished." Things have gotten better since Tight Jeans Blumethal has worked with Spike Lee-" 1 think I'm the only white guy to appear in a Public Enemy Video"-and John Forsythe. Before that, he worked with Doug Berggren, Jack Cartlidge, and Arthur MeA. "Mac" Miller. keep going. It s your responsibility from then on." For six years, Mrs Schiefield has been running the North County Educa tional Assistance Program. She started out as a teacher in special education and developed a reputation for being able to help kids who had been labeled "impos s ible cases Her after-school system has met great success. Every student in the class room is eager and excited about learning. "We're here to prevent drop outs," Mrs. Schiefield said "We get them more interested in staying in school." Not only does she instill a desire to Jearn, she instills ethics in her students. One student was caught cheating on a math assignment, and was only told once to erase his answers and start over The second time through he didn't even look at his erasures. Beyond help with everyday schoolwork, Mrs Schiefield plans special programs. Local banks volunteered to teach the kids about starting up their own business and set them up with new bank accounts Mrs. Schiefield has kids starting up their own businesses She also takes them to art galleries and libraries. "All the students are like a big beautiful basket of fruit," Mrs. Schiefield said, "When one has a blemish, you take them aside and find out what's going on Blumenthal studied Political Science and Fine Arts at New College before finishing his education at the New York University Film School. "I was always a film addict," he says. When he was here, he did film tutorials with Cartlidge. [Cartlidge] didn't know anything [about film], so I just did what I wanted," he said. He studied Post Structuralist philosophy with Berggren and even edited a previous incarnation of The Catalyst "It's strange to see Palm Court, the Pei Dorms," said Blumethal while strolling outside Palm Court after the screening of In the Soup. "It's all the same MINUTES OF SAC MEETING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1995 Meeting convened at 9:00P.M. All members in attendance. All votes were unanimous except where otherwise indicated. David Heifetz requested $120 .00 for a 70 lb punching bag, mounting swivel bracket, and gloves The bag would be stored in the Fitness Center but would remain property of the NCSA and the New College student body. allocation: $120.00 Bike Shoppe Matthew Hall and Ari Weinstein requested $143.00 for replacement tools and supplies, plus materials to build a second wheel st xage section. allocation: $143.00 It was also requested that one computer from HCL-6 and a laser printer being stored in the Equipment Room be moved to the Bike Shoppe for use in keeping inventory, writing letters, and making signs. Permission was granted for the computer, and another printer being stored in the NCSA office was suggested for printing. Clothesline Project Sofia Memon requested an additional $200.00 to what has already been allocated for the purchase of more shirts and art supplies. In light of the overwhelming response to this project, the request was granted with the stipulation that any monies not used be returned to the SAC. allocation: $200.00 Other Business It was brought to the attention of the SAC that the NC Alumni Association could have but did not fund the honorarium of writer Kevin Cante to hold a workshop artd reading at New College (see minutes, 11120/95) on the advice of NCSA President SuJean Chon, who recom mended that the SAC be petitioned for these funds. It was agreed that a letter should be drafted and sent to her requesting her presence at next week's meeting to discuss this matter. Meeting adjourned at 10:00 P.M. fminutes vrevared bv David Salinasl
6 The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 1995 ACADEMIC REVIEW NOT THE END OF THE WORLD by Graham Strouse Although the Student Academic Status Committee (SASC) has a rather grim reputation I can tell you from expe rience that going before the SASC is re ally not so bad They don't kick students out arbitrarily. They almost never eat ba bies and they've even been known to smile. Probationary academic reviews are coming up December 21 and 22, so here's a review of the academic review process. How do you get flagged by the SASC? That's flagged, not flogged. The SASC has many powers at its disposal, but torture is not one of them. The SASC will pull your file under the following conditions: 1) You fail a contract. 2) You run afoul of the one-year rule The one-year rule states that students with in complete work have one year to complete their work from the beginning of the term in question If they fail to do so, their work becomes automatically unsatisfac tory Note the word "beginning." If you have work from fall of 1995 to complete, you must have it done by the first day of classes in fall of 1996. 3) You ask the SASC to pull your file. This may seem Jikt; requesting a personal audit from the IRS. However, sometimes people do silly things like put their John Hancock on seven-for-seven contracts and then fail a couple of classes. When this happens, said imbeciles should talk to the Registrar (Nancy Ferraro), or the SASC and petition for retroactive renegotiation. Students can also voluntarily have their files opened if they have been dis missed and want to petition the SASC for readmittance, if they would like to merge old unsatisfactory contracts, apply for off campus leave, or petition for early gradu ation. I've failed my contract. Will you still love me? Unsat contracts aren't all the SASC looks at. Did you sat your last contract? The one before that? Does your advisor spit or develop a facial tick every time he mentions your name? Failing classes is bad. Failing classes with evaluations like, "Graham seemed more intent on braiding his nose hair than reading the source material" will get you into trouble. If your evaluations seem to indi cate that you don't like it here the Com mittee will probably facilitate your sub conscious desire to leave. If, however, you've been having academic or personal problems and have some long nasty scars to show off, they can be quite sympa thetic It is possible to walk into a hearing with a failed contract and leave footloose and fancy-free without so much as pro bation or that unpleasant mediciny smell. According to the Student Hand book, a student who unsats two consecu tive contracts, unsats one and incompletes the next, or unsats a contract and an ISP is abanned from this land and banished to Nod to farm rutabagas. In truth, this is not always the case, says SASC Chair Terry Palls Still, I wouldn't try it. How I learned to love the bomb (and Terry Palls too) After the SASC becomes aware of your adventures in abstract academic minimalism, they will send a happygram to your mailbox telling you when to get your butt down to D-building for your hearing. Soon after the letter arrives, you will be contacted by SASC student repre sentative Noah Teitelbaum Noah is your friend So is John Denning the other student representative. Noah and John do not like seeing their fellow students con signed to the cold oblivion of Real Life Thus, when tl':ley begin questioning you about what went wrong with your con tract, be honest. Their job is to get a feel for your case so they can present you bPfore the Committee in the best possible light. Your advisor is an even better friend than John or Noah. If your advisor knows what's going on in your life, he can help you. If he doesn't, he will tell the SASC that he has no idea what hap pened to you, and that's as bad as being one of the red shirts who b.eams down to uncharted planets with Kirk and Spock. If you had major surgery in the middle of the semester, tell your advisor. If your roommate became a Hare Krishna, tell your advisor. It makes a dif ference. Also, you should get this all down in writing and send a letter to the SASC ahead of time. Writing to the SASC re flects favorably upon you Plus it s some times easier to collect your thoughts when you're not staring down the gun s barrel so to speak. The Reckoning On the day of your appointment, go to D-building, where you will meet the SASC chair, Associate Professor of L-an guages Palls Inside, you'll be seated at the head of a long table next to your advisor. At the table will be the Committee members: John and Noah, and Professors Palls, Barton, and Poimenidou. Registrar Nancy Ferraro sits in most of the meetings Act ing Director of Admissions Kathy Killion also shows up from time to time Have a plan for this meeting You know what went wrong, now figure out what to do next. Maybe physics was a di saster but you discovered that you have a natural talent for horticulture. In that case, talk about your nifty organic gardening tutorial. Be ready to field comments on your individual evaluations If several profes sors criticize your writing, Jab work or attendance, be ready to address those problems. Do you know what you want to study here? Are you an advanced student? If so, do you have a thesis topic? A thesis committee? If you can answer these ques tions before your hearing, you'll be able to make a stronger case for maintaining your studenthood. And the Jury's Decision Is ... If you've done your homework and not behaved like a complete imbecile in front of the Committee, you should come out of the meeting largely intact. Few stu dents actually get dismissed. Since 1988, an average of approximately eight stu dents have been dismissed each year. Most really deserved it. It takes a particu lar combination of academic indifference and in-your-face belligerence to guarantee that one-way ticket to a career in the Granary's check-out line. Also, the SASC does not actually dismiss students themselves. They make CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 1 995 7 F ETIS H BALL: GOOD CLEAN FUN by Rocky Swift showed nasty things. The inner sanctum because they carry handcuffs and Saturday's second annual Fetish was the c;tar attraction of the Ball. It was billyclubs, they can crash any S/M party Ball drew out the twisted sick little the whipping chamber where bad little they want. When Corporal Warren McCue puppies that lurk within all of us. There boy s and girls could be punished by came in to inspect I asked him whether could only be one night out of the year to s cary looking people in bla ck. he'd been a good cop or a bad cop, to display such eccentric and decadent Beating people for three hours is which he had no answer I didn't bother to behavior. The Ball showed better than tiring, said second-year Michael Hutch ask Sgt. Paul Shideler when he anything else that perversion is r____ .;__ ____ ___;.;__ _________ _, came in. I know he's been bad. not the exception but the rule here r Aside from a pathetiat New College. Ft? .. """" cally small supply of beer and "It's the strangest thing I've frequent problems with the sound, ever seen in my life," a bewilthe Fetish Ball came off rather dered Ringling student muttered. well. "It was really good, much As the moans and wails of t!:te better than last year," said secondnaughty echoed in the whipping year and resident fetish queen chamber behind me, I had to agree Mercedes Paulino, who organized with her. the ball. If you did nothing but Why is it that the people watch at the Fetish Ball, there was who take off their clothes in plenty to do. The setup consisted public are almost always the ones of a "citadel" of two enclosed you really don't want to see Staff illustration by Rocky Swift areas in Palm Court, one inside naked? I suppose some people get the other. The outer chamber one of the dominators Victims were tied off on being drenched in mud and to housed sick amusements for partygoers, to upturned bedframes and subjected to palm trees while wearing nothing but their Stich as pools full of brownie mix and degradations such as beating, hot wax, underwear; personally, I think it's kind of mud. Neither were used much possibly biting and shaving doofy It's comforting to know that we because in the dim light both of them I watched the door for most of the live in a country that is so great and free l ooked like huge collections of doody. evening, trying to keep the gawkers to a that students can lick massage oil off each In front of the citadel was the minimum. The cops came in a couple other s backs without fear of being soccer ball-looking dome thing with a times without even asking, though. What's lynched for being so weird. God bless movie screen above it that continuously with these cops? They think that just America! "SASC" FR O M PAGE 6 recommendations to Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Micha l son, Jr. who usually abides by the recommendation. Students can appeal to the Dean, but they'd better have a good reason It is far more likely that a student on trial will either be sent on his merry way with no sanctions (if the SASC de cides that the bad semester was an anomaly), or probation (if they're not convi n ced). If they decide to place you on proba t ion, th ere are a couple ways they mig h t phrase it. Straight Probation N o Sanc Hons : This is the most common form of probation. The SASC will review your academic perfonna n ce at the end of the semester, at which point they will make a new recommendation to the Dean's Of fice based on your p erformance dur i ng the probationary term. Proba t ion, with Sanc tion s : This is similar to probation without sanctions except that the Committee adds conditions that you've got to fulfill to get off proba tion Pos ible sanctions include no incompletes, all strong sats, or strong at tendance required. T h e Day After Your hearing is over. You've left the room. You're pacing in front of the cashier's office where people are trying to register for classes. After the Committee delibe r ates, Profes or Palls will come out and let you know w h at your new academ i c status is. If you ge t off without a mark, great. This B ud's for yo u If, however, the SASC places you on academic probation, remember that you're wa lki n g a tightrope. Have a safety net. Take it easy on the course load next semester, leave yourself a margi n for error. Three for four or four for five contracts work well. If the SASC is worried about a particular academic weakness, then address that in your contract. If yo u find yourself out of l u ck and out of schoo l then swing by Nancy Ferraro's office. She can, among other things, get you into USF, if you so des i re. Despite our practica l autonomy, New Col lege is still the honors college of US F. Transferr i ng from New College to USF is effective l y the same as tra n sferring from the school of music to the school of edu cation. So, perk up, campers. After all, I spent two years on pr obation, and look how I turned out. If you're coming up for review before the SASC, you can contact Student Represen tative John Denning by email at denning @virtt4.sar.usfedu, or Noah Teitelbaum at box 583. Teitelbaum can also be reached by phone at 358-8170. A earlier version of this article appeared in the January 1994 edition ofThe Ori fice. I
8 The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 1995 PAPERBACK VICES by Rachael Lininger Some authors actually live up to the hype surrounding them. C J. Cherryh is one. The back-of-the-book blurb says that Tripoint is a thrilling, knife-edged human adventure set in a complex, cohe sive, and constantly evolving future ." And you know what? It is. Merchant spaceships Sprite and Corinthian have been feuding for de cades. Twenty-three years ago (ship time), Sprite Cargo Chief Marie Hawkins was raped by Austin Bowe, now captain of the Corinthian. As the novel opens, the two ships dock at the same station, and Marie vanishes. Her son by Bowe, Tho mas, is afraid she is seeking revenge and will jeopardize Sprite's trading status and future. He follows, and is captured by Corinthian. If this summary sounds bland or trite, it's because I'm trying not to give too much away. Cherryh has a deft hand for character that makes even the stereotyped role come alive The resolu tion is satisfyingly realistic. When Marie and Austin finally meet, she doesn't burst into hysterics, and he doesn t beg for for giveness (they barely acknowledge their shared past). But all that isn't the point-the book is really about how Tom deals with his embittered mother and the new family he finds, and how he handles the differ-Trip oint C.J. Cherryh Warner Aspect ISBN 0-446-60202-7 $5.99 ences beiween the honest, family owned Sprite and barely legal Corinthian. One caveat: some may not like the book be cause evil is kept at human levels rather than put on a larger than-life scale. I fouPd the lack of posturing to be a relief from the save-the-universe-from-unimag inable-evil plots often found in fantasy and science fiction Cherryh's style is distinctly her own. Her sentences are short, often frag mentary but evoke complex scenes and motivations Most of her startlingly acute observations are thrown in rather than grandly announced. She also plays close attention scientific details, like time dila tion; unless you're a die-hard who be lieves anything with faster than light travel is fantasy you won t be distracted by scientific blunders Tripoint is built in a world that Cherryh has used in a number of other books, such as the Hugo-award-winning novels Downbelow Station and Cyteen This is a blessing and a curse : she lets out enough that the reader can usually f0llow what's going on and understand the poli tics of the novel, while keeping enough that the other books are still mysteries. But if you haven't read the others, you know (or think) that you re missing things. In any case, that s a minor gripe, and I certainly appreciated the fact that there weren't major spoilers for the other books in the collection. Strong character ization, seamless plotting, and impressive style more than outweigh any quibbling over how much of other books should be revealed. Tripoint is a solid, satisfying read. EPCOT'S LITTLE BROTHER ON THE MOVE by Charles Choi Geometry: threat or menace? On a weekend before Thanksgiv ing, the geodesic jungle gym formerly positioned by the trees alongside the pool mysteriously made its way to the lawn in front of Palm Court. The once withdrawn plaything, a relative newcomer to the New College scene (arrival: summer 1995), had no comment. "I love it below my room," said Kristina Rudiger, thesis student. Paul Crowe, first-year student, said that he definitely liked it more than mon key bars. Laura Hatton described the hemisphere as a work of interactive sculp ture. Even though a number of studer.ts are apathetic about the new position of the apparatus, several have also been ob served to hang from the metal bars with primal glee. Although student response favors the geodesic structure, some have reserva tions about it, because of the dent in its side and its tendency to tilt off the ground if weight on it is imbalanced Ken Burruss, thesis student and Catalyst Business Manager, stated that he had misgivings because the lawn in front of Palm Court is a high-traffic loading zone during semester breaks, and thus the contraption may serve as a potential ob struction during those periods. Fortunately the construction has chosen to again make a move, this time to serve as a centerpiece during the Fetish Ball. Who knows where this up-and-com ing socialite may choose to make an ap pearance later? There have been several attempts to make off with the sculpture before. Keith Teelucksingh, first-year student, commented, "Yes, I tried to move it once, and granted, I only had two other people with me, but it was heavy Matt Thompson, frrst-year student, elaborated more in an expert strategic as sessment for moving the formation. "It is not particularly heavy, but it is cumber some. You need several students to carry it, for balancing out the weight." The reasons behind the deed re main unclear. The general consensual rea son given by those conspirators inter viewed was that the doohickey was there and then it was just somewhere else. Al though one can dismiss maneuvering the thingy as somethjng just for kicks, the sinister shadow ofthe New College Lib eration Front may loom over this opera tion, although they have not claimed re sponsibility. This story may forever re main shrouded in the smoke of mystery. A number of students were opti mistic about the future of student land scaping on campus. Alex Chandler, first year student, suggested that the management should fill up the empty fountains with rock gardens, or mud pits for mon ster truck rallies. Crowe said that they should move the swings elsewhere, or perhaps get the Student Affairs Council to finance more swings. And Matt Thomp son was heard to say that a geodesic dome might be a nice addition forB-Dorm, too
The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 1995 9 WAY S TO WASTE TIME by Steve Wilder You' re sitting in the Publications Office one quiet night, playing with the Internet account you ve just acquired You' ve experien c ed the s l i ngs and a rrows of e mail brav e d the trea c herous Gopher swamp and traipsed 1-----lii boldly into IRC. You sit back, s mug with the knowledge of time w ell wasted a nd happen to catch a glimpse of your neighbor s computer screen You stare in awe at the mysterious things you see (much to your neighbor s chagrin). Things like .signature files Plans Projects. Naturally, inquisitive soul see a list of options Scroll down to the one that says "signature-file = and s elect it. Make sure the field reads ". s ig nature and you should be all set. Te s t it out. Show your friends. Revel in the w o nder of it. Plans and Projects If you finger users on the Internet you'll see information about their a cc ounts, which sometimes includes space for .plan and .project files These files were once used for people to tell everyone else how busy they were, but they have since become a repository for pithy quotes and general silliness that you are you wonder how you can do Before you can create .plan and pr o ject files you need to give everyone else permission to look at them To do this, type cd BLUETALKING SITE OF THE WEEK from your The Hidden Mickeys http://www.iu.net/tshaw/trs/Hidd enMickey. html shell prompt Big Mou s e is watching you This industrious soul has and then type these compiled a list of all the known hidden Mickeys" at chmod a+rX the various Walt Disney theme P.arks. To those not in the know, a Hidden M1ckey is 'an image of Mickey
10 The Catal yst Dec. 5J 1, 1995 PICK O F THE WEE K : MIM' S H EAL THY GOURMET by Matthew Gri eco "Their smootbies will put you in a coma, they're so good," said first-year Jen Ballin of the dessert menu at Mim's Healthy Gourmet. "The 'Thai One On' was so good it blew my tastebuds Whether or not you share Jen's passion for lethal dining, eating at Mim's is a tasty and enriching experience. Unless, of course, you're big into the meat thing. I, a vegetarian, was im pressed. At Mim's, the atmosphere is carefully crafted around one major theme: health. Indeed, the store's menu declares that the "air-conditioning ducts have been specially cleansed of molds, spores, and bacteria" (an alluring thought for students who spend long hours in a certain wing of Hamilton Center). Also contributing to the healthy atmosphere of Mim's are a selection of healing teas, vitamins, and books such as Prescription for Nutritional Healing and The Practices of Yoga for the Digestive System. Perhaps the only unhealthy thing about Mim's is the music, which during our visit was unfortunately country and western. According to Ambarish Tassinare, son of the store's owner, Mim's strives for food which is, "always all organic, all natural, all good." In the past, Tassinare's mother has operated stores in France, Israel, and Michigan. Mim's Hea lt hy Gourmet South Gate Plaza 3501 S. Tamiami Trail 364-8561 Mon.-Sat. 9:00-8:00 Sun. 12:00-5:00 Ah, and the food is good, too. I had the "Bean Burrito and Then Some," ($3.95) unquestionably the best item purporting to be a burrito that I have ever tasted. My drink was called a "Banini," and was a sort of banana shake with maple syrup added. Very good, but very thick. Try one, but buy the small size. Other cleverly named entrees include "Catch Me in the Rye" (cheese, mustard, lettuce and tomato on Rye, $3.50) and "Orzo It Goes" (Orzo pasta, broccoli, olives, tomato, herbs, lemon, olive oil, $2.75). Eating organic can be a bit p1icey. "It is expensive," says Ballin, "but then again, it's well-prepared organic food. I think it's fair." Mim's also accommodates personal dietary habits, including kosher, dairy free, wheat-free, and ayurvedic diets. First-year student and veteran vegan Keara Axelrod likes Mim's because it allows her to follow a healthy macrobiotic diet. According to Axelrod, a macrobiotic diet is "a way of eating incoroporating whole foods in order to create a balance within the body ... [it] consists of whole grains, sea vegetables, regular vegetables, etcetera." Quite possibly the best thing about such a diet, and about dining at Mim's, is that you know exactly what you are eating. With the all-organic bill of fare, tomato means tomato, and that's that. To all who are tired of MSG, Red-40, and artificial additives, I heartily suggest a trip to Mim's Healthy Gourmet. 'TIS THE SEASON FOR THE BUCS TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS Buc Talk with James Todd It's the best time of the year for football fans: the race to the playoffs for the pros and the bowl games for the collegiates. We don't think of this moment as the tart of the holiday season, though we are aware of it as we chug down holiday drinks, chow on holiday cookies, and notice that everyone is gone from the house on Football Sunday because they're ... OUT SHOPPING! YES! This means we have the house to ourselves: leftovers, the remote, and the whole couch. The non-fans wonder how we'll get our shopping done, but we know our p l an: TV shopping between time-outs! I learned this a long time ago. They have a Sports Illustrated special subscription rate for all the guys in the family, and the Home Shopping Club always has some kind of sweater that's available in bulk for the ladies. Case closed! I can be done with the so-called "Christmas Rush" in one half-time period-or in the time it takes Papa John's to deliver a hot pizza to my doorstep. The race to the playoffs truly shows how fans think about their teams. For Dallas fans, the road is already paved, and it's just a few easy wins away. For Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans, it's a calcu lating experience. It's parallel to the thoughts ofBucs fans during the Novem ber 26 loss to the Green Bay Packers I remember thinking late i n the third quarter, being about three touch d owns away from the lead, "If we score right now and hold them on the kickoff, then we'll get the ball back in good field position so we can sco r e again and get back in this ball game." Well, Brett Favre and the Pack schooled us, 34-13. As far as the playoffs go, we have to win three of four remaining games (including the December 3 Minnesota game; from there it's the Pack again (at home), the Chicago Bears (away), and the Detroit Lions (home). Three wins would put us at 9-7 and (most likely) eligib l e for a wild card spot. The playoffs are within reach, but we must step up: Quarterback Trent Dilfer must take charge, the offensive line needs to wake up, running back Errict Rhett must break 100 yards each game, and the defense must maintain control of the game. Watch for Dallas or San Francisco to take the NFC tide to the Super Bowl, and either Pittsburgh or Buffalo t o lead the AFC. Other teams to watch are Ka n sas City, Oakland, and Philadelphia; we'll see if Miami wakes up. In the Bowls, watch quarterback Tommy Frazier lead Ne braska to a crushing win over Florida for the national Champions h ip. Finally, Santa, if you're reading this, all I want for Christmas is for the Bucs to stay in Tampa Bay and make the playoffs. How can you turn down an ex Fan of the Week who's been good all year?
The Catalyst Dec. 5-11, 1995 11 Editorial: Independent Study Procrastination We would like you to learn a term today. Yes, finals are coming, papers are due, and you're dreaming about frantic little German philosophers. Your brain is full. Just try. Today's term is "rocky outcropping." In the context of New College, a rocky outcropping is any person, place, or event which distracts a Novo Collegian from the pursuit of academic excellence. Perkins excursions, Simpsons re-runs, relationship crises, drugs, and other bored students are some of the more common species. Why are we bringing this up now? The semester's almost over, January's only a month away, and with the new year begins a new ISP. Rocky outcroppings hump themselves up high in January. ISP is an especially disordered period in our frequently disordered lives. There are no classes or tests, just that final project looming on some distant horizon. There's lots of exquisitely unplanned time to romp around, toke up, make love and war ... lots of time with nothing to do but sit around and think. Not that you should "just say no" to rocky outcroppings. After all, Perkins trips are the stuff of life. Still, it's a good idea to keep busy during the ISP period. It's important both for your academic livelihood and your psychic well-being. Beware, citizen. Too much free time, boredom, and the lure of the rocks have combined to derail many an innocent ISP. So stay on course. Keep busy. Avoid the rocks. Letter to the Editor Re: Study Abroad First, Thanks for the online version of The Catalyst! It's fun to check in occa sionally and keep up on New College I'm writing in response to Kate Fink's article in Volume V, Issue 11 ("Stu dents Share Study-Abroad Experiences") While the experiences recounted there accurately reflect those of many of my friends ("Don't go for the academic pro gram, because you're not going to get it"), there is at least one program attended by several New College students which is quite different: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics. The mathematics I studied there was as strong as any I had at New College-which is saying a lot. What the program has going for it is that it was not designed to give Ameri can students "the experience of another culture," but to take advantage of a par ticular academic strength of that culturethe famous Hungarian mathematics tradi tion. It's an outstanding program. There must be programs like this in other fields. Certainly if one wants to study Russian language and literature, there are (or were, anyway) outstanding programs in Russia If a country is rel evant to one's academics, there is prob ably a way to make a st:Jdy-abroad expe rience there worthwhile academically. Ben Ford ('83) Letter from the Editor RE: Good-bye! Well, this is it, my last issue as General Editor, hope you liked it. Send a letter to the editor if you didn't. She'll doubtless read it and stress out and agonize about what she is doing wrong and why nobody appreciates the time she devotes to putting out the only regular rag on campus. I know I did. For those of you who still haven't figured it out (and there are some) the Catalyst comes out every week. Staff don't get paid, they get one tutorial credit per semester for what amounts to a 20 hour-a week (or, in the case of the editors, 35-40 hour-a-week) job. No body's doing this for an easy credit or a power trip (we've been accused Qf both) it's just too much work. I've worked on the Catalyst for the past three semesters because New College deserves as accurate and reliable a source of information as we can provide, I think the rest of the staff has had similar goals. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in making the Catalyst a reality this semester, especially the following: Kate, thanks for being the most competent manager ever, the Catalyst is in good hands next semester; Dan, Evan, Matt Grieco, Rachael, Amanda, James, Graham, and Rocky, thanks for filling it up every week, even when assignments were tedious; Kelly and Matt Spitzer thanks for getting up obscenely early on weekends to make us look good; Sara and Ken thanks for going out into the "real world" and getting us the money to maintain full distribution; Steve, the on line paper looks great, thanks. I'd like to thank all of you for dragging yourselves to meetings week after week and working through breaks and weekends, I hope it was worth it. Dr. Vesperi, thank you for helping avert major catastrophes but letting us make our own mistakes. To Amy Andre, Charles Choi, James Todd and all others who articles this semester, thanks for taking the interest and the effort to work with us. To those who wrote letters, thanks for taking the time to share your opinion, even when it hurt. Everybody else, thanks for reading at least this page of the Catalyst. Being editor makes everything happening on campus feel just that much more important. It's been interesting, frustrating and occasionally exhilarating, but it'll be nice to be a regular student with regular opinions again, and (oh yeah) a thesis ... Climbing down off the pulpit, /len Zazueta-Audirac
12 The Catalyst Dec. 5-1 1, 1 995 ANNOUNCEMENTS Antigone, Sophocles classical Greek tragedy, will be performed on Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, in the Pepsico Arcade behind the Sainer Auditorium. Showtime for both dates is 5:00PM. Bring blankets. Please attend! I am looking for a workout/weight partner with whom I can workout a few times a week at Mr. Gym on 12th St. The membership is cheap and the place well-equipped. Mail perry@virtu. I'm driving to D.C. this winter break. Want to ride with me? Sure you do! Drop a note to Kate at box 190 or fink@virtu. From Kayla Drogosz: The Jewish Federation's Annual Campaign, January 16th, will be celebrating Jerusalem's trimillenium with "An Evening With Abba Eban." Abba Eban represented Israel at the United Nations from 1948 to 1959, serving concurrently as ambassador to the United Nations (1950-59). He was Foreign Minister from 1966 to 1974. 30 seats are being reserved for NC students, but if there are more interested I will do my best to make this available to all those who would like to attend (Alan Dershowitz was the speaker at this event last year and NC students J-.ad great things to say about the event!). Tickets are $10 and if you would like to stay for dinner, you must pay the cost of the dinner which is $50. I must have a check made out to "The Jewish Federation" by Dec. 15th to reserve seating. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Thesis Presents: The Greatest Show on Earth!! Cultural Identity and Dropout Preven tion Education: A Study of the Oasis School, starring Michelle Flint of stage, screen, and cultural anthropology fame. Also starring: Maria D. Vesperi (sponsor), Anthony P. Andrews and Natalie Rosel as the Baccalaureate Committee. One show only! Thursday, December 14, 1995 at 1:00 P.M., the Anthropology Lab. Congratulations and thanks to Kayla Drogosz who successfully organized and advertised Chaim Potok's presentation last Monday. Police estimated that the talk drew an audience of 700 to Sudakoff Center. Some 500 had to be turned away. Students had to be let in quietly through a side door after the front doors were closed. Career Center Announcements The New York City Government Scholars Program: Learn about New York City government during a ten-week program that explores the mechanics of local government, electoral politics, as well as important issues facing the City. This program starts in mid-June and runs to mid-August. Government scholars are paid a stipend of $3,000. Applicants must be college sophomores, ........ z -.e ... ., = = 0 Translation for Braille impaired: IF YOU CAN READ THIS, YOU'RE TOO CLOSE juniors or graduating seniors. Applicants must be willing to commit to full-time employment during the course of the internship. Application deadline: January 13, 1996 American Friends Service : Summer g c Community Service in Mexico: A seven(i) week summer work camp in Mexico that "0 requires the ability to speak Spanish well. 0 Volunteers gain a deeper understanding of f Latin American realities of religion, politics, E economics, philosophy, and customs by 0 working and living in a rural community. U Application deadline: April 1, 1996. t5 Summer Study Abroad in Florence, 3:! Italy: Studio Arts Centers Internation 3:: (SACI) offers two four-week summer 3:: studies terms in art, art history, art conserva ::::: tion, and Italian language. The summer ..9term takes full advantage of the varied .:E cultural, artistic, and social events that Florence has to offer. For additional information on all of the above opportunities, stop in the Career Resource Center, PME -119.