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THE CATALYST A Student Publication of Ne\'r' College Smeils like napalm, tastes like-chicken. Volume IV, Issue 17 February 1, 199 5 M ORE ROOMS MORE LABS ... MORE MONEY Nick Napolitano The ew College Foundation unveiled a plan on January 24 that will, among other things, bring to New College an 80 bed dorm building, a new natural ciences complex, a science teaching auditorium, a building for marine biology, thirteen additional faculty posi tions, 130 extra students, as well as $3 million more in Foundation scholarship money. They call it Campaign 2000. "Campaign 2000," says Dean Michalson, "is the rest.Llt of the ongoing strategic planning that's coordinated ... between those of us at the college, and the Foundation The purpose of the campaign is to "make certain that 1ew College is well equipped to meet the immediate and long-range academic challenges in the areas of growth, diversity, recruitment, faculty development, science facilities, and technology," ex plained New College Board of Trustees Chairman Arthur Wood Translated into figures, this means providing New College with the essential resources to grow from 520 to 650 students while maintaining a 10:1 student to faculty ratio. Representing the student body at the presentation were Konnie Kruzcek and CSA president SuJean Chon. Both spoke in strong upport of the Foundation, which enabled Kruzcek to become Ne College's first exchange student to New College Oxford, and provided Chon with much appreciated scholarship money. "l11e Foundation gives students like me a chance to come to ew College." Faculty members Gordon Bauer, Fred Strobel, and Erini Poimenidou also expres ed their upport for the Foundation. Psychology professor Bauer is able to remain at New College becau e the Foundation made his temporary position a perma nent one with additional f u nding. Strobel is the holder of the Selby Chair for Economic a part of Campaign 2000 that h a already come to fruition And Poimenidou spoke in strong favor of the pro posed Soo Bong Chae endowed chair for mathematics, in honor of the revered late ew College professor. A vital, yet easily overlooked part of Campaign 2000 is the Gateway Scholars Endowment. The Foundation's goal is to estab l i h its endowment at $5.7 million The income generated by this endow ment will h elp meet the annual expense of $720, 000 that the Foundation must pay to USF. Thi grant endows each student with $1,400 towards his or her tuition, and also helps to maintain New College's 10: l student to faculty ratio. In essence, it helps guarantee the academic autonomy enjoyed by New College as (continued on page 4 ) In id e this Issue: Letters to the Editor. ................................................ 2,3 Concerning the New GRE ............................... ......... 5 Research Announcement .................... ....................... 6 SAC Minutes .................................. ........................... 6 PWE Controversy .. ................ .................................. 7

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2 The Catalyst February 1, 1995 Letter to the Editor Dear Catalyst, This letter/contribution is regarding the article, "Stu dent Disagreement Over Value of Parkview Center," by Nick Napolitano from your last publication (Volume IV, Issue 16, January 18). Specifically, this letter concerns the comments on p.6 about the Parkview psychologists and psychiatrist. The article indicated that students felt that psychologist were somehow inferior to psychiatrists. A student was quoted as saying, "I don't know really if there's a difference in their training, or what they study ... but I trust psychiatrists more." The article also said that the counselors have not had extensive medical training. First of all, of course counselors haven't had extensive medical training. They're not supposed to. That's what psychia trists are for. There is a big difference between the training of psychiatrists and clinical or counseling psychologists. Counsel ing or clinical psychologists have completed a graduate degree (normally a Ph.D. but sometimes just a master's) and often have specialized training as well (such as hypnosis training). Psychia trists are medical doctors who complete special training in the treatment of mental disorders (they study abnormal psychology/ psychopathology). Thus, they go through more schooling. However, this doesn't mean that they are better or more compe tent. For example, psychologists know more counseling. A big difference also exists between the functions that the two professions perform. Psychiatrists are supposed to tell you what problem you have (specifically, they give you a diagnosis, implying that you are unhealthy) and proscribe a treatment, usually drugs (unlike psychologists, psychiatrists can proscribe them). A counselor wil sometimes give you a diagno sis but they just talk with you. Essentially, they help you to help yourself. Psychologists have more training in relating to other people while psychiatrists focus on dealing with people who are supposed to be abnormal. Gorenstein (1989) notes that psychiatry "has been notoriously resistant to accepting a role for its patients in determining illness." In fact, standard clinical opinion has held "that a disorder's severity was measured in direct proportion to the patient's lack of awareness of the underlying psychological process" (p.9). Also, apparent confidence in a psychiatrist isn't necessarily an indicator that they know what they're doing. In a study by Jackson (1988), psychiatrists were found to be signifi cantly more confident than social workers or lay people in their judgements of dangerousness, mental illness, and criminal responsibility. However, regarding the actual levels at which those three categories were perceived to be present, there were no significant differences between the judgements of psychia trists, social workers, and lay people. A study was performed by Temerlin (1968) that tested for suggestion effects in diagnosis. Groups of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, graduate stu dents, and lay folk were introduced to sound recording a man who they were told was interesting because he looked neurotic (continued next page) The Catalyst General Editor: Ken Burruss Managing Editor: lien Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Kate Fink, Sara Foley, Nick Napolitano and Kristina Rudiger Photographer: Jon Landry Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Manager: Anjna Chauhan The Catalyst is also available on-line at http://www.sar.usf.edu/-reffelllcatalyst/catalyst.html Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James Reffell (reffell@virtu.sar.usf.edu) Co-Sponsored by Dean and Warden Michal son and Professor Vesperi Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possible, if not then in type, to Box 139, the Catalyst envelope on the door of the Publication Room, or mailed to: 5700 N Tamiami Trail, Box 139 Sarasota, FL 34243 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space or grammar.

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The Catalyst February 1, 1995 3 but was actually quite psychotic. The interview with the man (an actor) was constructed so that the man sounded as clinically healthy as possible The four subject popoulations were then asked for their diagnoses. No lay people diagnosed psychosis while ll% of the grad students, 28% of the psychotogists, and 60% of the psychiatrists diagnosed the man with the psychosis. The author notes that psychiatrists, as physicians, follow the implicit rule of diagnosing illness when in doubt because this is a less dangerous error than diagnosing health when illness is actually present. A study by Harris (1981) concerned the opinions of m ed students about certain varieties of practitioners. One question concerned which group was most likely to be characterized by confused thinking. Before the students actually entered med school, approximately 2.6% thought surgeons would be, 15.1% thought physicians would be, 15.5% thought general practitioners would be, and 44.1% thought psychiatrists would be. In their final year of school, the students were questioned again. Their opinions as a whole did not change, even though they had been in contact with all of those groups of doctors. Other studies have found similar trends and studies also exist about the common lack of agreement between diag noses by different psychiatrists of the same person. I hope that my letter has provided some satisfactory information about the differences between psychiatrists and psychologists. I wanted people to know that just because \he roles of the professions are different does not mean that one is necessarily superior. Oliver Luby oo. : ,tf LJ SAN FRANCISCO STYLE HEAL THY MEXICAN F OOD H30MAIN ST. SARASOTA 366-94 39 LIVE MUSIC S A T. 8:30PM-IIPM SAT. FOR A DISCOUNT JOIN TilE BURRITO CLUB IIAMlAM FlU 6.SAT. II AM MON nnJRS SUN A PERSONAL THANKS Professor John McDiarmid would like to express his appreciation to those of his literature students who made a donation to AIDS-Manasota in memory of his friend Neil Zeron. Professor McDiarmid writes, "I don't know how many of you had a chance to meet Neil; he always enjoyed meeting my students, and had been a teacher himself I'm very grateful for all the sympathy and support I've received from everybody at the College." Corrections In the last issue of The Catalyst a letter from Andy Snyder was cut off. We will now print his letter in its entirety: ''The key to maintaining our reputation while simultaneously having the freedom to be creative is modera tion." This quote is taken from an article by Kristina Rudinger, in the last Catalyst, and is indicative of widespread opinion at New College. "New College-It's not just an education it's a revolution!". When will someone determined to be moderate, and fixed on "maintaining our reputation" ever make a revolution? What reputation are we trying to preserve? We (the students) don't need to worry about accreditation, we don't need to worry about whether or not enough people will apply here, we don't need to worry about whether or not the authority figures in our lives approve of us. We DO need to work towards making our education and lives (and the two terms are somewhat interchangeable) for these four years the most crazy, the most daring, the most lucky, the most happy, the most awe-struck, the most loving, the most open, and the most enlightening four years that we can push ourselves to have. The school is here for us. I offer a vision of a giddy campus doing crazy, "Wow, I wish I had thought of that, or had the guts to do it now", projects. Think of projects that will push the boundaries (those in your head, and those in other peoples'). The revolution won't happen if we censor ourselves (i.e. "well, no professor would sponsor that, I might as well just forget about it.") because we are scared other people will censor us To paraphrase Danielle's performance in theTA, either "Reality can change your desires" Q! "Your desires can change reality".

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4 The Catalyst February 1, 1995 "CAMPAIGN 2000" CONT. FROM PAGE 1 the honors college of the State University System. However, General Heiser, President of the Foundation, fears that the Gateway Scholars Endowment might not get all the funding it deserves because "it is not flashy," or necessary in a very obvious way. Campaign 2000 includes a Faculty Development Fund, designed to keep New College current by providing its faculty not only with encouraging words but also the financial backing necessary to follow their academic ambitions. The faculty itself will grow by 13 members by the end of the decade. Campaign 2000 plans to raise $6.5 million for five endowed professorships and two endowed chairs, including the Peg Scripps Buzzelli endowed Chair in Psychology. Funding for the latter now exceeds funding for education, whose share in the state budget has dropped from 10% in past years to its current 7% "I as an educator must question those priorities," Michalson concludes. Despite these potential pitfalls, the administration shows great confidence. "I think we're gonna do it," General Heiser said with a smile, adding, "We're tremendously proud to do this for New College." Some confusion has arisen among students, stemming from ambiguities in the relationship between Campaign 2000 and the Master Planning Process. "From my understanding," begins Mark Johnson, "the Master Plan is a University process ... that all the State University System goes through [and] is supposed to be a guideline for future growth. Campaign 2000 is strictly a New College Foundation initiative Of course "the Foundation has ... been very responsible for helping meet some of the Master Planning goals." When asked which fields will be filled, Dean Michalson immediately replied "foreign languages ... I'm committed to making sure that there are at least two faculty members in each foreign language." The search begins for another French professor to begin in the fall. Other needy departments include "biochemistry, environmental science, ... physics, maybe computer science, maybe marine botany [and] botany. Social sciences needs a third anthropolo gist ... We also want to add history coverage, in fields like Latin American history and Asian history. We have some needs in NCSA President Chon represented New College students at the Campaign 2000 meeting. As per the instructions in the Master Plan, "New Col lege," says Michalson, "will exist primarily on an east west axis from the bayfront mansions over to Ham Center and the new dorm comparative literature." Overall, Campaign 2000 calls for $32.4 million, $11.8 million of which has already been met, leaving a difference of $20.6 million. It is expected that $12.9 million will be private funding and $7.8 million will come from state matching funds. The main obstacle to the campaign, according to both Dean Michalson and General Heiser, is the ever present threat that state matching funds will dry up. "We have to get in line for a priority number," grumbles Michalson. The Florida state legislature has pitted education against the prison system. that's going up behind the tennis courts. The University Program will exist mainly on a north-south axis, which suggests that future University Program building ... will be along Bayshore Road." New UP construc tions include a student center between B-dorm and Bayshore Road, classrooms, and administrative buildings. Regarding Caples, Michalson revealed "We want to provide a photography studio and provide more space for painting and printmaking." The master planners have also "added another small dorm complex tentatively located south of Pei dorms," in addition to the one already slated to go up behind the tennis courts.

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The Catalyst February 1, 1995 5 Part of the Master Plan "is based on the assumption that in time B-dorm and the Viking will no longer serve as student residence .... But," adds Michalson, "if push comes to shove we [may] want to maintain B-dorm because of the speoial sense of community that seems to develop there." Within the next decade, this college is going to see some major changes. In the past, students, led by the NCSA, have helped shape these changes to conform, more or Jess, to what they wanted After suggesting that new dorm construction begin on the bay side of the highway, Dean Michalson recalled being "shouted down by [former] NCSA president Steve Waldman, who argued that residential construction should occur near the Pei dorm area, because that's where students have a special sense of ownership, a sense of place." The result: new dorms will be erected near Palm Court The moral of the story: if students express themselves, by supporting the NCSA in its endeavor to establish dialogue between the student body and the administration, then change can happen. The Foundation should be told which faculty positions students most want and where it is thought new dorm buildings should go. Students must make "push come to shove" if the "B" Building is to kept as a resi dence hall. It's up to us to decide whether or not we care. GRE TEST GETS CUT BACK, DRAWS CRITICISM from The Princeton Review The Educational Testing Service (ETS) decided on 4 to reduce the number of days it will offer the computer Graduate Record Exam (ORE) by 75%. This follows after the cancellation of the February 1995 paper-and-pencil test date. The decision comes after media reports last December 16 that the computerized ORE test was full of security leaks. ETS has put the test on hiatus for week and said it was monitor ing students' Internet conversations to see if they were sharing info about it. Cancellation of the February paper-and-pencil test strongly affected those students who need ORE scores for fan school applications. The computerized tests cost more, 96$, versus the ordinary test, $56 Now, they must contend with the logistical nightmare of gaining access to a test that has been cut back by 75%. John Katzman, President of the Princeton Review, stated, "What ETS is doing to students is appalling. In know ingly developing a test with security flaws, ETS has violated student's rights since day one But ETS's gross mismanagement of this test has now hit a scandalous level." The Princeton Review is a company that helps students prepare for the ORE. In 1993, the Princeton Review presented evidence in a Federal Court that the test had critical security flaws. The company is currently considering taking legal action over ETS's reduction of testing days. ETS has filed a lawsuit against the Review, charging that the company took steps to uncover the flaws in the test because it was hurting their test-coaching business ................................. To reach a virtu account: Click on virtu from the Apple menu on any of the computers in the Publications office. Log in as usual. To use Netscape: Click on the Netscape icon in the hard drive of any of the Macs. To read the Catalyst: From the New College home page, click on the Catalyst entry

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6 The Catalyst February 1, 1995 ALUM ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR RESEARCH AT NEW COLLEGE The following was sent to The Catalyst/or reading by the general community. -ed. To: New College Students From: Gina P. Pignata, Researcher Re: My Research Study on StudentTeacher Relationships Being Conducted This Spring Semester at New College. I will be conducting a study investigating ideal student teacher relationships at New College. The purposes of this research are to 1) characterize the relationship that students at New College desire to have with their professors; 2) characterize how this desired relationship changes over the course of a New College student's experience; and 3) determine how this change is different for students with different characteristics. There will be three phases to this research: in-class questionnaires, individual interviews, and focus groups. All participation will be voluntary. If you choose to participate in the in-class questionnaire the time required will be approxi mately 35 minutes. If you choose to participate in either the interview or the focus group phases the time required may be up to 3 hours. For all three phases of this research, you will be requested to answer some questions and have discussions related to the research goals. The benefits of participating in this study include exposure to thought-provoking questions and an opportunity to view the results. Additionally, an opportunity to further explore these questions is available to those volunteering to participate in either an individual interview or a focus group. The summa rized results of thls study also will be made available to the faculty at New College. All of your responses will be confidential. All data will be coded so you cannot be identified by name. As stated before, your participation in this project is voluntary. If you decide not to participate or to discontinue participation sometime during this research, there will be no penalty of any sort. I provide this memorandum to you so that you are aware of this study and also so that you will have time to contemplate the topic under investigation. New College is well known for fostering student-faculty relationships and that is the primary reason your college was chosen for data collection. I am aware that you think about and consider the types of relation ships that you would like to develop with faculty and evaluate these ideals as you work on your studies at New College. It is thls thoughtfulness that I believe will allow you to articulate your ideal student-faculty relationship. As a graduate of New College I am aware of your rigorous and demanding studies and would appreciate your willingness to participate in one or more phases of my research If you have any questions about this research or issues of your consent, feel free to contact me at 794-0447. Thank you!!! SAC MINUTES Monday, January 23, 1995 members in attendance: Amy Laitinen, Sara Kuppin, Tracie Merritt, Meg Moore, Adam Stone (chair) the meeting went as follows: Performer's Workshop Ensemble Andy Snyder requested $5,335 dollars [sic] in order to bring PWE to campus for February 9-15. In light of the differing opinions on PWE's merits at New College a forum will be held to whether the student body wants PWE before SAC will make any decision on the matter. Spanish Dinner Club Oliver Luby requested and was allocated $50 for food for the Spanish Dinner Club. Student Handbook-Beth Eldridge updated the SAC on the student handbook's status and passed on responsibility for it back to the SAC. The SAC is looking for people to work on next year's handbook. Contact Adam Stone if interested. The Catalyst requested $1500 for next semester but will return for Spring Allocations. Sailing Club Sophie DeBeukelaer requested and was allocated $445 dollars [sic] which when combined with current sailing club funds will be enough to purchase a 15' Precision monohull for $1495. Boatbuilding ISP requested $400 for materials (boat will be donated to New College), was allocated $160, 80 for paint and 80 for rigging and oars. consideration of Sylvia Youssefi's request of $375 for the Briggette Mars Herbal Workshop was postponed until she can come to an SAC meeting and discuss it. Super Bowl PartyTracie Merritt requested and was allocated $55 for food for a Super Bowl this Sunday in Second Court Lounge.

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The Catalyst February 1, 1995 STUDENTS SPEAK OUT TO SUPPORT PWE AT TOWNE MEETING by Ken Burruss Supporters of the Performer s Workshop (PWE) last Friday spoke in favor of returning the Ensembl e to New College The cost is only $5335. 7 The students including Katie McDowell Sofia Memon and Andy Snyder among others are advocating a llo c ation of Student Affairs Committee (SAC) funds to pay for PWE They held a Towne Meeting Friday afternoon at 5 :10 to put forward their position and gauge student support According to Adam Stone, SAC chair the Meeting was a forum to discuss the proposed alloca tion and was not to vote on it. PWE has attended New College annually in the past. According to a statement released by PWE they are a troupe of composers, performers, and engineers who in 1979 founded an ensemble in order to engage in experimental collaborative projects involving new music, theater mime, dance, and social theory." 1\vo years ago it drew fire after comments from one of the ensemble members to a visiting professor were seen as insulting and possibly racist. Some faculty and students in the past have spoken against PWE and it took a Towne Meeting last year to overrule SAC and pay for PWE to come. SAC brought up the controversy last Monday the 23rd when it was approached for the funding. Most members felt uncom fortable voting the funds In addition to the controversy SAC members were worried about the cost, which would be 116 of the entire SAC budget for student allocations this semester According to the allocation request, the $5335 would go to hotel room food travel expenses, performance fees for three evenings, and workshop fees for five days. McDowell stated during the Towne Meeting that the $5335 was "not an ultimatum" and that they would take any funding if their request was not approved. -----------------------------------------little Bored, looking for a excitement in your life? lonely, Join The Catalyst staff and get tutorial Credit while agonizing over deadlines. Almost as exciting as joining the French Foreign Legion! Guaranteed to keep you too busy to date! Why wait? Operators are standing by, one of two fabulously thrilling positions could be yours ... APPLY NOW AND YOU COULD BE: A Staff Writer: Get your blathering published! Responsibilities include an assigned article every week, attending staff meetings twice a week, occasional grovelling. Submit your name and writing sample to Ilen at box 102 by Friday, February 10. A Business Manager: Go out into the real world and get people to give us money! Must attend staff meetings twice a week, keep accounts, make phone calls, do PR stuff (grovel). Submit your name and a brief explanation of why you can do all of the above things to Ilen at box 102 by Friday, February 10. -----------------------------------------

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8 The Catalyst February I, 1995 Annoncements Tim and Debbie Richardson are now living in Viking 109, formerly Mark Breimhorst's apartment. Their home telephone number is 359-4287 and is equipped with an answering machine should they be out. Tim will continue to have office hours from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. daily in the Housing Office, ext 359-4259. In the event of an emergency students can page Tim at 252-6132 or leave a message on his machine that will be answered as soon as possible. If the daytime office hours are not convenient just call the office so alternate arrangements can be arranged. ***** Professor Michelle Barton will be reviewed on February 16, 1995, as part of the regularly scheduled reviews of the faculty. The PAC assessment will include, among other things, an evaluation of the faculty member's teaching, scholarship, and community involvement and contribution. If your knowledge extends into these areas, your comments will be appreciated. Comments should not simply a "for or against" vote, but rather a critical evaluation. All letters must be in the file by 5:00P.M., February 13, 1995. Letters must be signed and should be sent to Peter Kazaks, Division of Natural Sciences ***** Kash and Karry Pharmacy will give a 10% discount to all current students (University and New College) with a USF or NC picture ID on all prescriptions. The Kash and Karry Pharmacy participating in the Sarasota area is the one at University and Lockwood Ridge. The phone number is 355-8216. ***** The Nurse Practioner, Judith Bungarz, at Parkview House will start her new afternoon hours. Her hours are: Mondays, 3-5 P.M. and Tuesdays through Fridays, 2:304:30 P.M. Please call 359-4254 for an appointment. ***** Help wanted for housing maintenance assistants. Pay will be $5.00/Hr., 4-10 Hrs./Week. The job consists of general maintenance, grounds work, and moving furniture. All students interested should apply in the Housing Office. ***** TI1ere will be student workshops on February 1 from 2:004:00P.M., Introduction to WordPerfect and February 16 from 9:3011:30 A.M., Introduction to the Internet (A password is required for this workshop.) Any student interested should register with Barbara Brown at 359-4350. ***** A lecture on South Africa by human rights activist Dr. Winston Nagan will be given at the USFTampa campus on Monday, February 6, at 8:00P.M. For more information call 974-5638 ***** A tutorial on the elements of Urban Form will be given next term. 4-6 advanced and/or particularly motivated students from any related discipline are needed for this tutorial with Professor Carrasco (module 1) and Professor Brain (module 2). If interested contact either Richard Martin, Box 242 or Sofia Zander, Box 259. Tutorial credit for module 1 will be given to 46 students to help prepare the Urban and Regional Issues Symposium in early April. There will be two weekly meetings plus logistical help and tasks. Professor Brain will be the sponsor. For more information call Joy, 355-2708; Richard, 951-0047; Juliana, 951-2800.


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