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THE CATALYST A Student Publication of New College "frvmage" Volume IV, Issue 16 January 18, 1995 STUDENT DISAGREEMENT OVER VALUE OF PARKVIEW CENTE R Nick Napolitano Parkview House is the coun eling and wellne center that serves both New College and USF at Sarasota. It offers students the services of two full time and two part time psy chologists, a nurse practitioner, a psychiatrist, and easy referral to a doctor. This last week, students were asked whether or not the center adequately met their needs Responses were varied and conflicting, to say the least. Students reacted most slrongly, both positively and negatively, to Judith Bungarz, the nurse practitioner. Many felt that she did not inspire trust in her diagnoses "I thought I had ringworm [and] she took a look at it and thought it might have been a spiderbite." It was ringworm Another student said, "she gave me a prescription [to treat a fungus] but I wasn t really convinced it was accurate, so I went to see another doctor ... [who] said it was something different, and gave me a different medicine One student went so far as to say, anything that would require a little bit more knowledge she has no clue about." SIUdents are also concerned about prognoses that are perhaps made a bit too quickly "I was kind of wary ... I just didn't feel that he spent very much time thinking about what I had Other students were more under tanding. "Complex diagnoses of viruses are beyond her, and maybe beyond a lot of doctors ... medicine i a lot of guesswork. Many also claimed complete satisfaction with the nurse practitioner. "She was really nice and very helpful. She took the time to explain what she was doing Several UP students also had good things to say about Bungarz. "I went because I had a cold, and was given the proper antibiotics ... the service is very good The most common view of Bungarz seems to incorpo rate the pos_itive and negative ends In general, students perceive the limitations of the nurse practitioner, and are skeptical about going to her with more complicated medical issues They are however, very thankful that she is there to treat minor problems, l ike cut and stubbed toes, bugbites, colds, strep throat, etc. Her extensive office hour are also greatly appreciated. A few of the students who had eriou mi givings about seeing the nurse practitioner hearkened back to the days when Dr Weinberg wa the school physician I liked Dr. Weinberg better," says a fourth year student. 'He was cool. If we're paying more money [for Bungarz] and getting [poorer service]. then we should rehire Weinberg even though he would be here less often." Other students took the opposite view "Dr. Weinberg was fine if what you had could be treated with Vitamin C and yoga. An ex tudent recalled "he only came once a week so if you got sick on any other time you were basically crewcd ." Many students sugge ted that a full time doctor replace the nur e practitioner "I'd have a doctor here ... so that if you needed a prescription [orJ didn t know what was wrong with you you could get it [immediately] instead of leaving campus .' Most everyone interviewed was aware that Dr Ed Carlstrom, the school physician, is available to students on a full-time basis at his office on St. Armands Circle Many were annoyed at having t o travel there; "it s really hard for some student to leave campus many of us don t have cars. But on the other hand, "it is on the bus line." Some students expressed hesitation about seeing Dr. Carlstrom because it costs so much! A friend of mine had to pay a sixty dollar visitation fee." This should not be true The only things Dr Carlstrom charges for arc tests and medication, and even those are offered at a 50% discount. One concrete "PARKVIEW" CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Inside This Issue: Letters to the Editor ..... ..... ................... 2,3 Bike Shop Saga .... ................... ........... 3 Feature: YeeHaw Junction .............. ......... 4,5 Sarasota Country Area Transit (SCAT) ......... ... . 6 Graham s Column ................................. 7 SAC Minutes ... .................... ....... .... 8 Mark Breimhorst Leaving New College .............. 8 Fitness Center News .............................. 8


2 The atalyst January 18, 1995 Letters to the Editor "The key to maintaining our reputation while simultaneously having the freedom to be creative is modera tion." This quote i taken from an article by Kristina Rudinger, in the Ia t 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 revolu tion? 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 Jives 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 mo t lucky, the most happy, the most awe stmck, 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'). l11e 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 -Andy Snyder-Your art1cle disturbed me. Note that you did not di turb me. 1 have not had the opportunity to peak with y o u so I can only respond to the words on the page. The way these words were organized and the thoughts they conveyed I f e el are indicitive of a way of thinking that I feel are detrimental to what I have come to view as "learning" and "education 111 the broadest sense After reading your article, I wanted to ask you two important questions In reference to the sentence: Although all of the e ideas were quite interesting many of them have the potential to be percieved as unrealistic at least at an accredited institution such as New College My fir t question is how do we know what reality is? How do we experience it? My second que tion is in reference to the phrase, 'as long as it is a justifiable and worthwhile academic endeavor." What makes something academic? A friend of mine once said that studying a protest from five year ago can be an "academic" project, but going and participating in a prote t which is going on is considered "unaca demic' and "unrigorous (By the way, if you look in the book Big Sugar, there is a description of a ew College student who was killed at a protest she participated in as a part of a tutorial.) I have spent my entire career at New College asking these questions and many others concerning education and Correction: The director of Parkview House is Anne Fisher, not Anne Northrop as was reported in the December 7 1994. issue The Catalyst General Editor: Ken Burruss Managing Editor: Hen Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift. Jake Reimer, Kate Fink, Sara Foley, Nick Napolitano and Kristina Rudiger Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Manager: Anjna Chauhan The Catalyst is also available on-line at Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James ReffelJ ( 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 I 39, 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.


The Catalyst January 18, 1995 3 Letters to the Editor (cont.) innovation. It is my belief at this point we create rea l ity as we observe il. That is, pegging something as "unrealsitic" has the discursive power of closing it off as an option. That doesn't mean if you go to try something, all you have to do is believe something strong enough and it will magically happen. But the power of naming some things as "realistic" and others as "unrealistic" is a political one wh i ch has been used over the course of history to shape future activit i es and forget past ones. I believe that reality is myth making Myths, in the sense that I am using it, are stories which frame the conception a society has of the world and which frame the possibilities for the future. How do we want t o frame the future? Journalism is a powerful type of myth making. You are probably saying at this point that I am taking you much too seriously. After all it's just a New College rag. I have much hope in New College which provides the opportunities for a type of self determination and freedom that I have found no where else in the world. There fore, I take the rhetoric which comes out of New College publications, particularly those concerning educational experi mentation, very seriously Looking at the history of what has been tried might help to answer the question you raise in the third to last para graph of your article, "how this type of 'project' would be organized and evaluated. There was a Swaraj tutorial last semester where the members taught one another skills they knew and shared information This tutoria l was spo n sored and evaluated as successful by the professor. I have known of experiments wit h the contr act system wherein the professor and the student both made contracts with each other and met weekly to co n fer on their progress on their stated goals. I once had a "se l f at" contract and have had many "mutual sat" ones with different professors which caused me to continually ask myself the question "woul d and should I pass myself?" TI1is question has lead me to formulate my own standards for my work and to really "own" my work. It is no longer "can I get by" and "will they notice I s l acked", but is "did I get out of this project." So take issue with your l anguage, l urge you and others to explore the history of New College and "reality" from stopping you from what you want. Sincerely, Danielle Chynoweth Box 86 BIKE SHOP SAGA CONTINUES James Reffell Another step was taken 111 the ongoing endeavor to relocate the Bike Shop to the Fitness Center addition at the CIT Comnllt tee meeting last month. The meeting was held on December 12 to find a way to pay for the internal improvements needed for the bike shop's reloca tion. The listed improvements (provided by campus architect Rick Lyttle based on suggestions from Judy Roningen and the bike mechanics) included a partition wall between the bike shop and the rest of the facility a new door rearrangement of lighting and electrical fixtures, air conditioning, workbenches, shelving, and ceiling racks for bike storage. Lyttle had received a bid for the improvements at a total cost of over $17,000. After lengthy discussion, the deci ion was made to recom mend the use of contmgency funds from the UP student center construction fund, of not more than $10,000 to pay for the most necessary improvements. Student labor and alternate sources of funds would help pay for most of the rest, excluding the air conditioning. ll1e decision was made after the bike shop mechanics voiced concern over the projected costs of some of the improvements It was agreed that student labor, both New College and possibly professional help from licensed UP students could cut some of the costs considerably, but for any structural work a contractor wou l d have to be used. Since the next batch of CIT money was not due until the 1995-1996 season, one of the only currently available sources of funds was the contingency fund connected with the new UP student center. UP Vice President Harriet Hay asked that if the contingency fund was to be used that the amount be minimal and be replaced as soon as possible so as not to endanger the project. At this point the meetwg became bogged down over the issue of air conditioning The bike mechanics asked whether mr conditioning was necessary for the Fitness Center side of the building. Judy Roningcn protested that the mechanics were "wanting AC for themselves but letting the fitness center employ ees suffer." NCSA President Ed Moore lamented what he called an "almost-conspiracy on the part of the administration to keep the bike shop from happening." The discussion became heated, but in the end it was decided to part with the precious AC on all sides for lack of funds. The recommendation of the CIT Committee was passed to Dean Schenk, who will make the final decision Participants of the meeting included students Joseph Bauder, Sujcan Chon, Matt Ha ll, Harriet Hay Casey Mirch Ed Moore, Adam Stone, Ari Wewstein, and staff Barbara Berggren, Mark Johnson, Rick Lyttle, Vickie Miller, and Judy Romngen.


4 The Catalyst January 18, 1995 CATALYST EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW "Can I have a beer'! I don't think I can do a Yeehaw Junction-related activity without drinking one," Ezra Freeman, bassist for the band, said before being interviewed Yeehaw Junction, the most popular (and only) bluegrass band at New College, has been known for their outlandish costumes, high-energy music, and antics onstage. And, well, for being drunk at their performances. "I think the theme of our first show was 'Complete Drunkenness,"' Ezra said. "That's not true!" Katie McDowell, singer, chimed in. "We're not always drunk." "Yeah," Ezra agreed. "Last year, the point was to get up in front of people, get falling-down drunk and wear ridiculous clothing. This year we're concentrating on playing music, too." Ben Harth, guitarist, said one of the reasons the band decided to get more serious was the acquisition of their newest member, fiddle player Jake Reimer. Members of the band discovered Jake when he was playing in Palm Court one night, and immedi ately asked him to join. "That was kind of an interesting story," Jake said. "I was playing in Palm Court, and I had four copies of 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' in my violin case. Then they [Yeehaw Junction members] came over and asked me if I knew 'Devil Went Down to Georgia."' The band's other members include Danielle Chynoweth, singer; Matt Amati, banjoist; Mike Lemmons, drummer; and Leo Demski, washboard player. Danielle and Matt original l y recruited most of the band's members. Accord ing to Ben "It was pretty much Dani's idea. Dani and Matt wanted to, because Matt's always p l ayed banjo. And [bluegrass] is prt;tty much the only kind oi music you can p l ay on banjo." Danielle also used to sing in a bluegrass band in Illinois with her father So how much time does it take for a group of that size to get a song together? "We get together to practice about three or four times a week," Jake answered solemnly, as other band members erupted into laughter Ezra said the group has met at least twice before each of their performances this year, as opposed to last year, when they would sometimes not meet at all. Their January 9 concert was performed without prior rehearsal. But they emphasize, the practicing is not necessary for the type of music they play. "It's clo e enough for bluegrass," Katie said. "That's a major theme of our band." "It's really fun music to play, because it's really easy and fast," Ben said. "Yeah you don't have to worry about drinking and still having skills too much," Ezra laughed "Mostly, we just wing it." Certainly, their audience has no complaints Their January 9 performance, which included favorites such as "Mama Don't 'Low," "Family Reunion, and the band's only original song, "Family Heirloom Guitar," kept their audience stomping and jumping until the band ran out of songs. They performed the following day at St. Armand's Circle, drawing in $14 from tourists Yeehaw Junction also p l ans to release their first tape sometime in February "We used [the $14] for repairs for the Family Heirloom Guitar," Ezra said, referring to the object of inspiration for the song. Apparently, Ben had accidentally stepped on the guitar during the St. Armand's Circle show. "Ben got so excited during the show, he just mashed it with his total excitement," Katie said. "We had to painstakingly glue it back together," Ezra said, ho l ding the guitar, which had no visible signs of cracks or


T h e Cata l yst January 18, 1995 5 WITHYEE HAW JUNCTION by Kate Fink other damage up to the light. "Which we got from selling our only mule to the glue factory," Katie bowed her head sadly And what of the story behind the Family Heirloom Guitar? Yeehaw Junction usually goes into it before perfor mances of the song, with varying embellishes of the details "Jake bought it-oh, no, it's been with the family for years," Ben corrected himself "Grandpappy Barney in 1864 cut down a tree and made the Family Heirloom Guitar," Katie said. Jake nodded. "Lots of Yankee blood in that guitar." Other stories, some disputed or not well-recalled, about the history, performances and costumes ofYeehaw Junction have been kept in the memories of band members. "Actually, all of our songs are written in Icelandic, but we have translated them into English Our group's Icelandic name is 'Skykurmolarnik,"' said Matt. "I think the most impor tant thing about Yeehaw Junction is that the costumes are at least as important a the music," Katie said. Among the group's costumes have been lingerie, wet suits, and various kinds of hats, including two halves of a globe. "You should tell about your desire to play in chicken wire," Jake told Ezra. "Yeah, that's our one dream I want to construct a giant chicken coop, and put the whole band in [it) with a bunch of live chickens, and get the chickens agitated so they fly around the chicken coop while we play," Ezra beamed. "But there was 'Pancakes Pronto,' once, at the old bookstore We had a hot p l ate set up right there, and as [Danielle] sang, she cooked pancakes, and as she fini hed them, she threw them out to the audience." "There was one time we were playing in a cow field when a sinkhole opened up all around us. It wallowed us, actually And there was that other time when we set up our instruments, we played, and we left. Yeah. That one was weird," Matt said "We had vegetables tied to our bodies and instruments at one coffeehouse," Ben recalled. Yeah, the theme of that show was 'The Harvest of Fresh Vegetables.' Another time, Mike played in nothing but a sock," Ezra said. But [campus police Oflicer] Roarty came along in the middle of the show," Ben said. "As Roarty was pulling him away he turned to the audience raised up his arms, and took the sock off of himself and bowed to everyone lt was great. We have it on videotape." After Mike got dressed, Danielle and Katie took their shirts off, and some audience members followed suit. "Yeah,'' Ezra said, "we've never had rampant nudity at the show. We've come close a couple of times "I think something that's very important for people to know is that Yeehaw Junction is actually a place," Ezra continued, who displays a "Where in the Hell is Yeehaw Junction" bumper sticker on his truck With that, Ben rose to retrieve a road map of Florida from another room. Sure enough, at the intersection of routes 60 and 441 there lies a place called "Yeehaw Junction It is about two hour's drive east of New College "There s really not much there, except a gas station and the Desert Inn. We'd like to play there someday," Ben said. Yeehaw Junction may be running out of time, however; many band members will he leaving after this year. Look for them in performance, though, after Danielle returns from Illinois in February.


6 The Catalyst January 18, 1995 "PARKVIEW" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 problem, however, that should perhaps be looked into is Dr. know what to do about it, and we really didn't have a counseling Carlstrom's availability and the way in which his staff treats NC center for people to go to It would have been a nice thing." students. "I asked for Dr. Carlstrom and they sent me to some And as a thesis student put it "looking at the evolution of the other guy ... who didn't know what he was doing. I was trying to center ... it offers a lot more than it once did, and it's a hell of a explain what my problem was, and he just wouldn't listen ... I better situation than it was, say, seven years ago when there was felt like they weren't wanting to listen to what I wanted done [virtually] nothing. All of this is very recent." Horefully things because I was a student." will continue to improve to the point where there won't have any Students also appeared to be divided in their asses ment complaints. 0[ the psychologists at Park view. Again, the major complaint seemed to be competency. "I wish we had someone that we could trust, that you know that they know what they're doing For the most part, these students did not take issue with the Parkview counselors themselve but felt that they as psycholo gists were somehow inferior to the psychiatrist. "I don't really know if there's a difference in their training, or what they tudy ... but I trust psychiatrists more." Many students saw psychia trists before coming to New College (b ig surprise there), and perceived seeing a psychologist as a step down in treatment quality. "I've had past experiences with psychiatrists, so I trust them more." A few students also had difficulty with the two interns. "I didn't trust her because she hadn't had all that study ... she's on her way to getting a degree ... she only said the obvious things, like 'Oh,just don't go there or do that' ... it was very frustrating." On the flip side, there were good things said about the counselors. "I know that Ann [Fisher] is a really good counselor, and I've talked to Rich [Richard Welker], who I think is pretty good." Other tudents also provided positive reviews of Fisher ("I think she's really cool") and Welker ("he was pretty helpful and put thing in perspective"). One student wa very animated in her commendation of Parkview for providing free HIV testing. "It's really great that they brought AIDS Mana ota over here to do it ... I was very happy that I was able to go." A young woman from the UP Program went to Park view to inquire about women's services and was very satisfied with the information she was given. Students were also universal in their praise of Jude, Parkview's secretary "I love her, she's wonderful!" gushed one student. In conclusion, Parkview House is not perfect: the nurse practitioner is far from infallible, students must take a bus to see the doctor, the counselors have not had extensive medical training, and there is no examining room. But it is far better than what this campus is used to, as one former student observed. "We had somebody commit suicide ... we think she hung herself in B-dorm, so everybody was pretty screwed up, and we didn't ---------------------------------------SARASOTA COUNTY AREA TRANSIT Sara Foley If you find yourself with lots of time on your hands and no transportation to speak of, but you're feeling adventurous, do what I did last Wednesday and explore Sarasota via the SCAT. (For the uninitiated, this is the Sarasota County Area Transit bus system.) Though it can take a long time to get to where you want to go, it's cheap-25 cents, and you can watch the world go by from your window. Most of the people you'll see on the SCAT will be your average Joes making their way through t own. They'llleave you alone, but be prepared meet up with some weirdos, especially at the main transfer point at I STand Lemon (downtown). Unfortu nately, the city is not entirely comprised of nice, polite people who respect your personal space. If you're noticeably female, that is, if someone can look at you and determine that you're not male without too much effort, you'll probably find your elf subject to a few lewd comments, or you might be harrassed hy dirty old bikers. If you're male, 1 imagine you have less to worry about-I've never een anyone try to pick a fight on the SCAT. (This i not to say that men don't get harassed and women never pick fights, or that all bikers are nasty crude men,etc. [t 's just a generalization based on personal experience.) The SCAT consists of seventeen buses that run throughout Sarasota Monday -Saturday from 4:30a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stops are made at hospitals, malls, beaches, etc., a well as at many other points throughout the city. The most accessible stops to New College students are located at the Airport and by the Ringling Museum; where bus I 0 tops at five 'til en route to downtown Sarasota. Each bus route is identified by a name and number that corresponds to a name and number displayed on the SCAT bus schedule and map. Thi schedule also lists departure times, arrival times, and other helpful information. Maps can be found on the shelves in the corridor t o the left of the poolroom in Ham Center. So if there's somewhere you need to go, grab a map and some quarters and you're on your way. Sec ya!


The Catalyst January 18, 1995 7 NEWT GINGRICHHE'S DEMOCRAT, RIGHT? GmhamStmuu I was sitting with a friend of mine in the cafeteria a According to an annual poll o f more than 300,000 while back having a pleasant lunch-time discussion when the subject of political allegiances came up "You know", my friend said, "Every time I think I'm a Republican, they go and do something mean Every time I think I'm a Democrat, they go and do something stupid." I think he was quoting somebody. Such are the prevailing currents of politics in America Where ever you go, there's something smelly wafting downwind. President Clinton is a moral doppleganger with the political savvy of a cheese ball. The brand spanking new 104th Congress is filled to the brim with Neo Reaganite economic mystics demanding a balanced budget increased millitary spending, a tax cut for Americans with incomes ranging into the low six figures, and Social Security cost reductions for wealthy retirees Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich's mom casts aspersions at the First Lady and Jesse Helms tosses off veiled threats against the President to stay away from North Carolina military bases. Anyone else want to dis the chief executive? Furthermore, America is getting mean Really mean. One of the interesting side-effects of the decay of the middle class is that those on the bottom rung, the hard-working, modestly educated blue collar types who rightly sense their economic fortunes turning down, look beneath them and see an ocean of poor minorities-Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians all rising up to meet them as they fall. And they blame them for it. But it doesn't stop there. Those in dire straights tend to feed on hate. Democrats, the liberal media (which by the way, is a myth), gays, women, Blacks, Hispanics, anyone who is per ceived as either dolling out special rights or receiving them feels the wrath of the just barely privileged Enter California's Proposition 187. Exit Hillsborough County's gay rights protection ordinance. Prop 187 is frightening, kiddies. According to the rules, the authorities can pretty much stop and hassle anyone who looks Hispanic. Recently, a California border patrol halted a shifty looking Chicano type in flannel and jeans who was driving a pickup near the Mexican border. It turned out he was the mayor of Pamona. Silly man he didn t have his papers The lower middle class responds to demagogues, buzzword wielding political warriors who promise them relief from "politics a usual." They're joined at the voting booths by the wealthy and nearly wealthy, clear-headed folks who vote conservatively out of simple self-interest. I'm rich, they're rich. This could work. So how do we, the bestest and brightest of our genera tion respond to this despicable state of affairs? Frankly, my dear, we don't give a damn. college freshmen conducted by the University of Cali forma-Los Angeles, the percentage of American students who believe that "keeping up with politics" is an important goal in life dropped to 31.9 %, the lowest it' s been since the p oll was intr o du c ed in 1966 and a drop of more than 10% from 1990 Only 16% of the respondees said they frequently discuss politics, a drop of more than 8% in only two years I can attest to this. I don t even have to take off my shoes and socks to count the number of politically oriented conversations I've been drawn into over the past semester and change. We're even indifferent to campus politics Remember the NCSA Presidential race? Me, I'd rather not but the problems we had drumming up Presidential candidates at good ol NC are just a micr o cosm of our national distrust of the political beast. Indeed Mary Nielsen, a candidate for the Sheridan County, Montana state assessor post ran under the motto Elect me I'll resign Texas state Treasurer Martha Whitehead sought not just to abolish her job, but her entire agency. Talk about your self-esteem problems Whitehead and Neilsen could have just as easily used the slogan "I'm a loser, baby, so why not elect me?" Apathy. Ignorance Fear. Hate. These are the four cornerstones of modern American politics That makes for a shaky building The fact is, America has a crisis blooming under her feet. We have an angry, badly educated underclass who s e already meager resources are being thinned out by a dangerous population growth rate. Higher education and health care are drifting out of the affordability range for even middle class Americans. Friction between the haves and have-nots is increas ing and it s only a matter of time before someone lights up a cigarette too near the gas fumes. Believe it or not, however, there are some good ideas floating amidst the sewage of Democratic and Republican rhetoric Health care, welfare and TORT reform are all ideas who time has come. Term limits, though they could rob our government of some experienced legislators, could also help reduce Congressional careerism. The middle class tax credit that's being proposed by both parties has some merit if it would actually help the middle class specifically, those middle-income families with children of school age Fact is, there's work to be done. Let's not let the demagogues coast on their rhetoric Just because the Republi cans are mean and the Democrats are stupid doesn't mean we have to be ignorant. I'm saying thi now because I didn t vote in the 94 elections either. I'm ashamed and I think it's time to get involved and get regi tered. Call it a New Year's Resolution.


8 The Catalyst January 18, 1995 MARK BREIMHORST LEAVING NEW COLLEGE Rock y Swift Mark Briemhorst, Student Activities Coordinator and fixture of New College is indeed leaving Mark's last day was January 6, but he is still keeping hours here on Tuesdays and Thursdays to smooth over the transition Mark is leaving to work at the Suncoast Center for Independent Living located in Sarasota The Suncoast center is different from most disability groups that do not allow the consumers to decide what services they receive. It is a nonprofit organization that tries to improve the lives of disabled people by administering aid according to the individual consumer's choices Mark has had a casual relationship with the center since becoming the disabled student advocate at New College When the center recently received a federal grant to take on a new position, the director's first choice was Mark. "It was an opportunity I'm glad I took. I couldn't pass it up," Mark said. He will be working as an advocate for disabled people. His job will involve helping uphold the rights of the disabled advising the disabled on their choices, and participating in existing boards that look after handicap issues. The majority of his work at thjs point is just reading, which he says is very dry and tedious. "Right now what I miss is being interrupted all the time," he says As for Mark's role at New College, he will continue to serve as the disabled student advocate and the College Bowl coach. The matter of a replacement for Mark's position has not yet been decided. Mark Johnson is considering possibilities and welcomes any input from the students Students may also bring suggestions to SAC chair Adam Stone and NCSA president Su Jean Chon. ''I'm gonna miss New College," Mark says FITNESS CENTER NEWS Effective January l, 1995, the following groups will have to purchase User Cards at the following rates in order to use the NC/USF Fitness Center: Currently enrolled USFINC students and current staff and faculty of USF/NC= No Charge; Spouses of current USF/NC students/staff/faculty= $50/semester; USF/NC Graduates (current members of respective Alumni Assoc.)= $50/semester; FSU Conservatory TV, Film, Acting students/staff/faculty= $50/semester. Summer semester cards can be purchased for the above groups for $30. Yearly cards can also be purchased for the above groups for $120. Guest User Passes are available at the rate of $2 per day All card holders (including guests) are required to be oriented by Fitness Center staff and complete a health questionnaire prior to using the facilities. The Fitness Center hours through February 5, 1995, are as follows: M,W,F 8-8PM T,TH 12-8PM SAT,SUN 12-4PM. There are numerous activities offered through the Fitness Center including Step Aerobics, Yoga, Tennis Lessons and Racquetball pointers. Check with t he Fitness Center for exact times. Also, a course on Self Defense for Women will be taught on Saturdays, February ll and 18 from lOam to 5pm. There is a $5 00 charge and sign up is required. Attendance at both classes is required Sign up deadline is February 7, 1995. For more infom1ation call the Fitness Center at 3594218 SAC MINUTES Monday, December 5, I 994 Members in attendance: Amy Laitinen, Sara Kuppin, Rocco Maglio, Tracie Merritt, Meg Moore, Jake Reimer, Adam Stone (Chair), Stephanie Weiss The Meeting went as follows: Natural Science Christmas Party-Christeen Gramer requested and was allocated $212. Of the Sailing Club's allocated $500 for instructional and book materials $175 was reallocated so that Sophie De Beukalaer will take a sailing instructors program become certified. and teach New College students Boat Building ISP-Brian Avants and Devin Coleman-Derr requested $800 to build a 18' Gypsy as their ISP, which they would then donate to New College. They were allocated $400 for materials Alternative Education ISP-The alternative education ISP requested $1,000 for traveling expenses, based on the fact that they are going to conduct a workshop/student sessions/presenta tion of their research in order to encourage innovation here. The ISP-Sara Graham, Erin Harris, and Jenny McKeel-was allocated $250 for motels Ego Stroker-Ned Byrne requested and was allocated $120 for the printing of the next issue. Bike Shop-$116.39 was allocated to the bike shop for the purchase of a fork straightener.

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