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THE CATALYST A Student Publication of New College the naked truth Volume IV, Issue 23 March 14, 1995 STUDENT DIVISION REPSDOING THE JOB? by Nick Napolitano An article was run last week detailing the Humanities Division s decision to turn professor Robert Knox's American and British literature faculty line into a French Language and Literature line. This raises the dirt!ctly-related issue of why student opinion was not sought. When posed this question Humanities Representative Patrick Denny answered ''I'm not a lit major precisely so it didn't immediately ring any warning alarms. If it had been a music class I certainly would have jumped on the case." David White, the second Humanities rep, can attest to Denny's passion for the music department. "In the Humanities meetings he speaks and he says, 'What do you think the students will say when they announce that Steve Miles is gonna be on leave? How is this going to affect the music department?'" Do division representatives tend to support their own interests and not those of the students they are representing? First year student Matt Grieco seems to think so. "I get the sense that the current division reps act as their own eyes and LET THERE BE LIGHTS by Kate Fink New lights for the pool are on their way. According to Fitness Center Director Judy Roningen, thirteen new lights should arrive this week and will be installed shortly thereafter, "provided additional problems do not come up." Roningen said the Fitness Center has compared prices, and has decided to order light bulbs through the state, at the rate of $7 per bulb. Each light bulb requires a gasket set, which must be ordered through a private company at the rate of $16 per set. There will be additional charges for installation The cost of these repairs will be covered in the Fitness Center's budget. "We're hoping that our only problems are light bulbs and gaskets, nothing more," Roningen said. If there are additional problems, the Fitness Center may not have enough money to cover the total cost. The pool is currently only open from dawn until dusk because of a state law prohibiting it to be open at night without sufficient lighting Only three of the pool's sixteen lights are now operational. ears rather than ours." Another student adds "Being a lit major, of course I respond negatively to anyone that's supposed to represent me and doesn't seem to be doing that." Humanities Chair Malena Carrasco observes that, "If they haven't brought information to student meetings, then it's not clear if it's student opinion or a student's opinion," they are putting forth. Natural Sciences rep Jen Milroy said that she is, "no l0nger a Nat Sci [Natural Sciences] student. I've been meaning to tell [NCSA President Sujean Chon] to appoint someone else." Milroy now majors in the Social Sciences Another problem among student reps is spotty atten dance to division meetings. When asked why he had only attended one division meeting (of three), David White com plained that notices for meetings were not put in his, "box until the day of or the day before the meeting." But according to Carrasco, "There's no mystery about when our general meetings are They traditionally take place on the first Wednesday of every month. White said he missed this month's meeting because he "hadn't had the chance to get used to that." Of Social Sciences reps Jennifer Carnahan and Ben jamin Wolkov, division chair Tony Andrews said "We've had four meetings and they've attended two of them Natural Sciences Chair Leo Demski could not even name his two reps or how many meetings they had or had not attended, but in their defense said "one of the problems we have is that we're constrained to "REPRESENTATIVES" CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Inside this Issue: Editorial ...... ........ . ....................... 2 Letters to the Editor ............................... 3, 4 SAC Minutes .............. ..................... 4 YeeHaw Junction ............................ ....... 5 Internet Bill . ................................... 5 Feature: St. Patrick's Day .................. .... ... ..... 6 Police Log .................................. ........ 6 Restaurant Review ......... .......... . ............. 7 S!!xual Harassment Policy Committee ............. ...... 8 Graham's Asylum ................. .......... .... ..... 9 Food Service Updates ........ .............. .... ... ll Announcements .............................. ... .... 12
2 The Catalyst March 14, 1995 Editorial As the discussion over the future of the Student Affairs Coordinator continues, one thing remains clear: we need a New College alum First off, New College is a small liberal arts college with the massive bureaucracy of Florida's largest university overseeing it. This results in a myriad of administrative compli cations anytime anybody tries to do anything. An alum would be used to this, would know what channels are beneficial to work through, and which are not. Second, not to be egotistical, but New College students are like no others. That's why they are at New College. The Coordinator must be familiar with the idiosyncrasies of New College students: the particular stresses of classes and relation ships, the individuality, the puns, et al. The Coordinator needs to be aware of what students like to do and not do. The Coordinator must know about New College events. S/he must know about the lack of things to do on campus and off, and slhe must know about what is available. S/he needs to know what areas of student life are deficient and need improv-Corrections In last week's editorial, student Tammy Maloney was incorrectly identified as Mahoney. ing. S/he needs to know what to leave alone. Someone who has been part of New College life would know these things. Finally, an alum can combine the experience of a New College student with the outside world and provide that perfect gap between the Ivory Tower and Skid Row (or whatever it is that comes after this place). An alum would know what is possible, what is not possible, and what should be made pos sible. In short, the task of the Student Affairs Coordinator can hardly go to anyone else but an alum. Hire one person, or hire two people and get one of them from outside the college to add diversity, whatever. Just get an alum in the post, either part-time or full-time. The job is really not possible otherwise. Stop Smoking, Lose Weight. Improve Memory The Easy Way, With Hypnosis Jerry M Campbell, CH Why suffer with Cold Turkey or Starvation cures? Hypnosis can remove your desire to smoke or over eat and can help you enjoy exercise. Overcome Test Anxiety, Poor Study Habits, Improve Your Memory and Achieve Your True Potential. Board Certified Hypnosis Student Discount with Ad Call Today for a Free Consultation 750-6553 The Catalyst General Editor: Ken Burruss Managing Editor: Ilen Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Byron Hartsfield, Kate Fink, Meg Hayes, and Nick Napolitano. Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Manager: Anjna Chauhan and Adam Rains The Catalyst is also available on-line at http://www .sa r.usf.edu/-reffell/catalyst/catalyst.htm1 Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James Reffell (email@example.com) Co-Sponsored by Dean and Warden Michalson and Professor Vesperi Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possible, if not then in type, to Box 75, the Catalyst envelope on the door of the Publication Room, or mailed to: 5700 N Tamiami Trail, Box 75 Sarasota, FL 34243 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space or clarity.
The Catalyst March 14, 1995 3 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thanks from the General General Heiser wished the following to be printed regarding the Jazz Concert of 314195. ed. My wife and I arrived early, and we were impressed with the way the "PepsiCo Fine Arts Arcade and Forum" had been set up. The setting was superb! The nicely lighted stage, the tables with cloths and candles, the refreshments, the effective lighting of the Arcade, and a particularly pleasant night were impressive. The student tum out added a favorable dimension to the evening. The quality of the entertainment was outstanding. The program was excellent! When the student representatives approached me in advance to inform that the event was to thank the Foundation, I was touched. The fact that the thought emanated from the students added a very special flavor to the evening. Overall, I was pleased with the evening and want to thank all concerned for their efforts. Among the Trustees present were Dallas Dort, Rhoda Pritzker, and Richard Hodes. Dallas was a founder of New College and was the chairman of the Board ofTrustees in 1974 when the merger document with the State University System was signed. He also gave the lead gift for the new Residence Hall. Rhoda has been a Trustee since 1975 and is a stalwart on the Student Affairs Committee. Her interest in the students is paramount. Dick Hodes was the Majority Leader of the Sta t e House of Representatives in 1979 and played a major role in establishing our endowment. All of these Trustees enjoyed t he evening very much and were appreciative of the students who wante d to t hank the Foundation. P l ease convey our appreciatio n to all concerned for a job exceptionally well done. Buy Sell -;;! Trade o;: With appreciation, Rolland V. Heiser Presi d ent, Ne w College Founda t io n Downtown Sarasota 1488 Ma i n St. Sarasota, FL 34236 U S.A. Open 7 Days A Week (813) 366-1373 A Regretful Error I am writing this letter in response to the article, which appeared in the last issue of the Catalyst, by Kate Fink about the body image fishbowl that took place about two weeks ago. While the fishbowl was happening I realized that someone from the Catalyst was sitting in and taking quotes. As someone who helped organize the event, I became concerned that people participating in the fishbowl might be discussing things that they did not necessarily want printed, reproduced, and distributed throughout our community. After the Fishbowl I spoke with Kate about my concern. Though, as Kate rightfully pointed out, the event was a public one and open to anyone (including, therefore, the "press"), I feel (as I expressed to Kate) that there is a great difference between a conversation and a newspaper interview, and that people had agreed to participate in the former and-though not provided with an opportunity to give their consent were in fact participating in the latter. I suggested that Kate speak with people she intended to quote in artic l e, but she apparently decided this was not necessary. I apologize greatly to anyone who was surprised and displeased to find themselves quoted in the article. The honesty, sincerity and trust of the people in the fishbowl was greatly appreciated it allowed for what was, ove r all, an important and powerful conversation. I have spoken with Kenny Burruss and he has assured me that Catalyst reporters will make themselves known as such at future events. I hope that this situation d oes n ot d iscourage anyone from coming to events l ike this fis h bowl fr o m now on. Again, I would like to thank everyo n e who came and ta l ked so open ly, and apologize to all who feel their trust has been violated. Craig Willse Box 253 [The Catalyst would also like to sincerely apologize to any student who felt their trust violated. It is not our intention to act as walking microphones. As Craig wrote, all reporters in future will make themselves known. -ed.]
4 The Catalyst March 14, 1995 LETTER TO THE EDITOR (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3) I have three categories of comments/complaints about the March 7th Catalyst. (I'm afraid all of these comments are for Graham, unless he wants to implicate a copy editor.) They are as follows: 1) Patronizing advice to women; 2) Graham's physique; 3) Possessive's. Complaint #I) You sez, "If you're a student and you're female and you need to get down to Viking or Caples, get a ride from the police or a friend, or at least find a large, burly friend to accompany you. A certain mop-headed columnist for this paper can often be located for such purposes." I sez, I've lived off-campus for three years and biked at all hours of day and night and /liked it. I've been masturbated at, hooted, hollered, and leered at, and had a perfectly good apple thrown at me from a car window and dashed to applesauce on the spokes of my front tire. I've been chased by drooling dogs on a dark road by the railroad tracks on new moon nights. (None of that is what I liked). What I like about biking, especially at night, especially alone, is the scent of jasmine and saltwater on the breeze, the way the streetlights on Bayshore put me in a race with my own shadow, Spanish moss in moonlight, empty streets, whippoor wills, the righteousness of non-fossil-fuel-powered transporta tion, and my own autonomy. And oh yeah I even like the little sulfur smell when people's lawn sprinklers come on before sunrise. I will say that worse things have happened to me on foot than on bike, and that I would bike but probably not walk north of campus on U.S. 41 at night. If you want advice about going to Viking at night, I would say take the pedestrian over pass; it keeps you off 41. I will also admit that I sometimes drive instead of biking at night now since I live farther away from campus this year and have a truck. I'm not making universal moral claims. I just want to suggest that "if you're a student and you're female" and you want to get anywhere, anytime, consider the possibilities, acknowledge your fear if you have fear, assess your degree of sobriety, and then make your own decision. Don't be intimi dated by anyone else's "advice." If you choose to bike rather than calling a friend or a cop, you don't have to be afraid, just be aware. Know your options and escape routes. Sometimes when I'm biking alone at night I tell myself "I am biking alone at nigh4 now." That simple awareness works better for me than worrying. So, Graham: Thanks, but no thanks. Comment #2) Come on, Graham, we all know what you look like! Besides the mention of a "large, burly friend" in the Editorial, I also find the following reference amidst musings about Greg Lougainis and AIDS: "Lougainis is built a lot like me; thick chested, ripped up." Perhaps you should have worked these comments instead into the story entitled "Body Image Discussed." If you don't stop writing in the Catalyst about your body, I will start writing about mine. Comment/Complaint #3) Possessive's: "Passerby's try tu pick them up 'nearly every time' they cross 41." What is "Passerby's," a new nightclub? Maybe it was supposed to be "passersby." Again, "he was having sex with open sores on his penis from other STD's." Who is STD? And what unfortunate initials! P.S. When we "get unlucky with our dentist" and get AIDS, does that mean we "got lucky" with our dentist but got AIDS, or that, unluckily, when the nitrous oxide wore off we suddenly clamped our teeth down onto the dentist's fingers, causing him to inadvertently stab us in the cheek with the drill, and shredding his latex gloves, and causing him to bleed and shed virus copiously into our open wound ... ? Cynthia Harrington SAC MINUTES Monday, March 6, 1995 members in attendance: Sara Kuppin, Amy Laitinen, Tracie Merritt, Rocco Maglio, Meg Moore, Jake Reimer, Adam Stone (chair), Stephanie Weiss the meeting went as follows: a $700 increase to the Catalyst's allocation was turned down. MacLab $6,990 was allocated for the purchase of Tribelink. Ari Weinstein will be leaving the MacLab Coordinator position in one week. Jazz Social-$62.50 was allocated to reimburse James Todd on the rental of table linens. Jewish Studies Kayla Drogosz was allocated $110, $80+tax to supplement her previous allocation for a speaker's plane ticket, $20 for refreshments for the Purim celebration/ reception. Black Orchid Jazz Night-$75 more was allocated for the band's expenses. $72 Joan stipend was allocated to Brian Lumpkin. UP Student Picnic$300 was allocated.
The Catalyst March 14, 1995 5 YEEHAW JUNCTION SELLS CIDCKEN SODAOH,ANDA TAPE, TOO by Kate Fink Yeehaw Junct i on, the most popular bluegrass band ever to come out of New College released their new tape Live at the Fillmore South," last week As evidence that the band hasn t been too overwhelmed by their success, they offered Novo Collegians an especially enticing offer: with every $3 purchase ofYeehaw Junction's specially formulated Chicken Soda, fans received "Live free Bassist Ezra Freeman would not comment on the secret formula for the soda, except that it was an "ancient family recipe that involves lots of bouillon "Live" is of the quality fans have long come to familiar ize with the Junction. Side moo is packed with foot-stomping tunes like "Jesse Jamez," "Foggi Mownton Nervous Break down," and "That Good 01' Mountain Dew Also on side moo is the tear-jerker "Fammly Reunion," a bittersweet performance, considering the band's breakup. Side oink contains other favorites like "(When I Grow Up I Wanna Be An) Old Woman" and "l11e Teddy Bears' Picnic Not only do singers Danielle Chynoweth and Katie McDowell harmonize better than the Mandrell sisters (most notably on "Mountain Dew" and "Hot Korn, Kold Korn"), but all members of the band get their turns to pluck, bow, or drum their way into the spotlight. Especially impressive are solos by banjoist Matt Amati in "Foggi Mownton," and "John Hardy," and fiddle player Jake Reimer in "Hot Korn Kold Korn" and "The Devil Went Down to Florida." Other highlights include "Droolin Banjos," a tune which contains a large sample from the classic "Dueling Banjos" (court case still pending) with a few adjustments, including a beginning argument so convincing that loyal fans can't help bm shift a little in their seats from the tension. "Live" includes several other instances of classic Yeehaw Junction between-song banter, creating the effect of the whole band is grooving and hollering in the same room. There is yet another bonus to those who had not been updated on the status of the Family Heirloom Guitar since the fateful concert, during which guitarist Ben Harth accidentally stomped on it: "Live"'s recording of the famous Yeehaw Junc tion original contains a spoken introduction, revealing that the guitar is again intact, and undoubtedly still creating more memories towards its legacy. Members from Yeehaw Junction will continue to sell Chicken Soda in Hamilton Center this week. Oh, and you might still be able to get copies of "Live," too. INTERNET BILL WORRIES FREE SPEECH ADVOCATES from the Oracle, 3/2195 An antipornography bill a i med at the Internet has many in the on line community worried that their free spe e ch r i ght s will b e stepped on. The bill making its way through the U .S. Senate's Commerce Committee seeks to extend federal laws governing telephone obscenity and harassment to include Internet postings The aim is to prevent pedophiles and other harassers from using the Internet to commit crimes, said Mike Kangior an aide to Sen Jim Exon D-Neb. who sponsored the bill. "This is a bigger problem than people think it is," Kangior said Wednesday. "There are a lot of instances that are not reported. It's already wrong on the telephone; we're just extending it." But the bill has raised serious concerns among those who use the often chaotic Internet and cherish it for the free doms it offers. A petition posted on the Internet for one week has a!ready colJected 56,000 signatures against the bill. The fear is that the bill could kilJ the Internet's role as a forum for free speech that commercial on-line services would curtail their Internet access because they would be liable for obscene postings they unknowingly carry. Kangior disputed the charge that on-line companies could be targeted if the bill passes. "That is part of the misinfor mation campaign," he said. "This bill goes after the creator of the message A statement issued by the civil liberties group Center f0r D0mocracy and Technology said that the proposed Commu nications Decency Act of 1995 "would place substantial criminal liability on telecommunications service providers (including telephone networks, commercial on-line services, the Internet, and independent BBSs) if their network is used in the transmis sion of any indecent, lewd, threatening or harassing messages." USF interim graduate school Dean Donna Dickerson, a First Amendment expert, agreed that the bill could be used against the on-line services as well as the creators of obscene postings. "One of the principles of communications law is that the publisher is liable in addition to the person who originates the message," Dickerson said This is Ex on's second attempt at such a law His first attempt failed last year. In a prepared statement, Exon said that he wants to "keep the information superhighway from resem bling a red-light district." Dickerson said that while the intent of the law may be "INTERNET" CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
6 The Catalyst March 14, 1995 ST. PATRICK'S DAY AND IRISH DANCING by Kate Fink The wooden tables that barely reach my knee are all I think you're doing the wrong sets of three," she decides. pushed back, the matching chairs stacked. The blackboard has "Lady Brady!" Jack calls out. been wiped of kindergarten lessons and replaced with the agenda An unfamiliar man with a dark gray beard peeks his for tonight: 2 Hands, Fairie Reels, Jigs, 3 Hands. That's so head into the doorway, and waits for conversations and dancing everyone will know when they have to change shoes, when they to cease, but then decides they probably won't. "Does anyone have time to grab a drink of water, and when they can go outside have a gold four-door Mercedes?" he asks. The adults look at to practice. each other in questioning disbelief. I have spent my Wednesday evenings downtown since "This is the Irish class," Jack answers matter-of-factly, October, after I answered an ad in the Bradenton Herald: "Irish and everyone roars into laughter. dancing at St. Martha's Church ... contact Kathleen Brady." I'm waiting while the hard shoes click. The more Kathleen gave me block-by-block directions from New College, advanced and serious students have those shoes that click on the but didn't even mention the most difficult part: weaving my way wooden floor. Others, including me, have the soft shoes, which through the security system, ascending the staircase with signs feel like ballet slippers, but have laces crossing all the way up that read, "Attention all CCD children: NO RUNNING ON THE and wrapping around the ankle. Gillian, Helen, and Kira, the STAIRS!" and passing portraits of the Pope. clickers, are stomping impatiently because they just can't follow Now it's almost St. Patrick's Day. Sheila suggested that the music all the way until the last hop-1-2-3-4 in the step to the those of us from New College do a three-hand reel, a little something for the special day. Sheila is our teacher. Her hus band, Jack, doesn't dance but serves the crucial role of sticking the right tape in the stereo and pressing play, He also collects the monthly dues, and i get the feeling he doesn't enjoy it all that much because of those times he has to ask people why they haven't paid yet. He'd probably much rather sit on one of the pushed-back tables, joking with Mary. We for a little while and then sit down for a break. Meanwhile, the kids are impatient and teasing each other, then running to the water fountain, then being yelled at by Sheila because of the new rule she made: children can no longer leave the room during practice. "Oh, no! Are you filming this?" Sheila asks in horror as she turns around to see Mary's sister, who is visiting this week and holding a video camera. Everyone laughs as Mary's sister nods and changes her shooting angle. Sheila doesn't want to look stern; she sometimes just loses her temper with the chil dren. For these two hours every week, she acts as mother to eight or nine. Paul, who is eight years old, slumps into the yellow couch to my left as the adults tell each other what they'll be doing for St. Patrick's Day. I can see him pouting out of the corner of my eye, but he soon brightens up and starts licking a large scab on his right knee, then looking at me expectantly. "You know what? People say I'm sick when I do this," Paul demonstrates again, "but it tastes good, and it feels good. But they say I'm sick." "Kids can be so cruel," I answer. I know he'd love it if I were disgusted. Sheila looks concerned while some of the adults practice a dance for a St. Patrick's Day performance. "Kathleen, traditional dance called "St. Patrick's Day." The kids are still running around, but Gillian reins them in and quiets them down. She's one that the little kids respect just because she's older. "You know, Sheila, I told my boss three months ago that I wasn't working on St. Patrick's Day! I've never even gone to school on St. Patrick's Day," she says proudly to everyone. So what of the significan.ce of St. Patrick? He suppos edly drove snakes out of Ireland. He might have picked up some stone from a river, and converted heathens to Catholicism. Maybe I'll wear a green shirt anyway. Police Log 2/24 A petty bicycle theft was in the vicinity of third court. An old bike was put in place of the stolen one. 3/1 A student reported being knocked off of her bicycle by a blue pickup truck as she was going from Caples to VJ.king. The truck followed the student for a time before striking the bike and throwing her off. The student suffered minor injuries. 3/3 Two students were referred to student affairs for petty theft. The students stole a set of retaining barricades. 3 I 4 A nonstudent was arrested for trespassing around the dorm area. 3/5 A traffic citation was given to a nonstudent driver near the recreation courts. Trespass warnings were given to six people at the scene as well. 3/9 Graffiti was reported in the men's restroom of the library. A bicycle was reported stolen from the area of first court. The bike was valued at around $200 and was not padlocked.
The Catalyst March 14, 1995 7 ROCKY'S ROCKIN' RESTAURANT REVIEW II by Rocky Swift Well, here is yet another look at some other places where you can suffer from both malnutrition and indigestion at insane hours of the night. Keep in mind that all of these places are pretty much the same, but each has a distinctive atmosphere that, like some substances found around campus, is fun to experience but should probably not be made a habit. Presented for your discretion: The Southern Kettle The name alone should be enough to scare off anyone who is not from Georgia (oops, that's me). This restaurant sits on the corner of Cortez road and U.S. 41. In an area that is saturated with decent restaurants such as the Olive Garden, Bennigens, Steak n' Shake, and Hopps Bar and Grille, it is a wonder how such an establishment could survive. The saving grace of the Southern Kettle is summed up in those four beautiful, neon-blue letters "open 24 hours." It just goes to show that people's standards in cuisine steadily decline as the wee hours approach. The Southern Kettle, like the Pitt Grill, welcomes its patrons with a rather large grabber machine. Scads of lovely imported prizes await behind the protective plexiglass barrier to lure truck drivers and their quarters to the machine. If you are able to resist the tempting siren song of the cute plush toys behind the glass, the Southern Kettle itself opens before you. Fake plants are all over the restaurant. I don't know why, perhaps they were going for the cheap, tacky rain forest look. The seating arrangement is rather odd. There is a Denny's style bar near the kitchen, but all the tables are booths with lime green naugahyde seats. For some reason, the backs of some of these seats have a mysterious hump on one side but not the other. Unexplained. The clientele is, as one would expect, of the redneck persuasion. There is a high incidence of John Deer caps and ten gallon hats adorning the heads of the regular patrons. Students that look less conservative than I may feel uncomfort able in such company. You probably don't have anything to worry about though; they are just as scared of you as you are of them. The difference is that they have shotguns in the backs of their trucks. The menu is surprisingly similar to that of every other late night restaurant. Other than a few more entree choices along the lines of pork chops and other fried meat things, there is little else to set off its country style leaning. Guess what I ordered. Yes, the ham and cheese omelet. The cost for the omelet is $5.15, which is lower than Perkins, but there is no pancake option. The omelet comes with the usual hashbrowns and your choice of toast or English muffin. I chose the latter. The menu incorrectly informs the patron that the omelets are made with real cheese. Imagine my disappointment when this egg concoction arrived with a tongue of unmelted American cheese ("American" is code for fatty and bland-probably not an inaccurate adjective after all) draping over the fluffy yellow side Oh well, it still tasted all right. The hashbrowns were mushy but acceptable. I was able to wring out about two tablespoons of "butter" from my English muffin, but even it proved edible. A fellow Kettle companion had the spaghetti and meatballs and noted that it was good and plentiful, although the accompanying salad wore the inappropriate dressing. On a previous trip, I ate the steak and eggs meal that came with hash browns. The taste of the meal did nothing to satisfy my guilt at having consumed such a cardiovascular nightmare I did find the Southern Kettle to be a decent place to study as it was relatively quiet, and my coffee was refilled punctually and often I might advise, though, that 'The Inferno" is a bad choice for mealtime reading. Dante's vivid descriptions of the gruesome tortures of Hell are not the best catalyst to good digestion, even at the Southern Kettle. This is where an accurate, in-depth review of the Buttery Cafe is supposed to be, but due to two unsuccessful attempts to eat there, an inaccurate, rather shallow one will have to suffice. For one thing, I don't think the Buttery even belongs in this list; it is not open all night, despite what hours it adver tises on the menus. I have been there as late as 2:00am but this week they locked the door and turned off the open sign literally right in front of me. There's a couple of other Butteries floating around; I don't know where they are, but the only one that I am familiar with is the one at St. Armand's Circle. It is a cool place to go if you are out at the beach late at night and you need something to eat, but it's probably not a place you want to go on purpose. The menu is standard fare, but the prices are not. The Buttery is the most expensive ofthe restaurants reviewed here. The omelets are still your best food value, and they are generally pretty good. The steak sandwich is very good, but not worth the price, which is around six bucks. The sole original thing on the Buttery menu is the legendary Rosie's Hashbrowns ($1.75). Yes, Rosie must have had a stroke of genius that day when she came up with that amazingly complicated recipe for hashbrowns. I mean, no ordinary Joe could have had the brainstorm to add onions and a slice of American cheese to fried potatoes! It is surely a culinary delight. If there is a Buttery Employees Handbook, I am sure that commandment number one is, "Be as surly as possible at all times" because everyone who works there follows that ideal to the letter. If you get a cup of coffee, expect to get i! cup of coffee unless you are able to hunt up the server, who is likely to be hiding in the kitchen, to come out and give you a refill. My final review is of my personal favorite late night restaurant, Denny's. There is one Denny's on U.S. 41 south near "RESTAURANT" CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
8 The Catalyst March 14, 1995 "RESTAURANT" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 the Holiday Inn and there is one to the east on Cortez road What sets Denny's apart from the competition is its sandwich selection. There is a wide selection of sandwiches, and all are reasonably priced The French Dip and the Roast Beef are especially good Denny's also offers a seasoned fries option which costs $0.29 more than regular fries, but it is worth it. The ham and cheese omelets at Denny's are consistently yummy and cost a mere $5.15, but there are many other types as well. Unfortunately, there is no Perkins-style pancake option. Denny's entrees are okay, but you are best sticking to their specialties which are breakfast and lunch. The appetizers are very good as well. If there is anything unpredictable about Denny's, it is the service. The servers can be great or they can be dreadful. The best waitpersons seem to be (in descending order) Buddy, Rita, Margaret, Some Goofy Looking Guy with Glasses, Deborah, and Becky. Steer towards these folks if at all possible. One fun game I always like to play in Denny's is "Count the Cops." The most cops that I have ever counted at Denny's was eight, but average is about two to four at any given time. Don't cheat! The Holiday Inn Rent-a-Cops do IlQ! count. Their duties seem to be restricted to stopping people from parking right in front of the door. The reason that there are so many cops at Denny's is that there really is not anywhere else for them to go on their break late at night. I talked to one who said that in downtown Sarasota, there are only two late night food options: Denny's or !HOP. He noted that IHOP is not ideal option because the police have arrested all of their employees at one time or another. Cops also get a discount at Denny's because the management has found that a high number of cops equals a low number of drunk, rowdy folks. Well, that is about it for dinner options in the wee hours. I have yet to go to IHOP myself, but I'm not in any hurry after listening to that cop. So remember true believers, as long as Marriot serves Shephard's Pie, make mine Denny's! (Sorry for the obscure comic book reference. end.) "INTERNET" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 to stop pornographers from targeting children, the effect could tread on a new area of free speech. "This could easily put a chilling effect on free speech," she said. Dickerson also said that the bill, if passed, would probably fail its first legal challenge on constitutional grounds. "If you want free speech you have to take the risk that comes with it," she said. "You have to accept the unworthy speech that comes with the speech that's really worthy." SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY COM MITTEE MEETING Minutes for 8 March 1995 Present: Ed Student Aron Edidin, Faculty Ashley Colvin, Student Alice Solomon, Student Craig Willse, Student Mark Johnson, Administration Colleen Butler, Student Kevin Arlyck, Administration Aimee Placas, Student Arin Mason, Student -It was decided that the committee will proceed with working on the formal policy and procedure and will deal with the informal afterwards. Determination of what exactly a formal complaint should contain: names of parties, description of harassing behavior, date(s) and time(s) as accurately as possible, how behavior described interferes with plaintiff's work/study, what degree of harassment behavior constitutes (if we decide to use degrees) Plaintiff will be required to explicitly state that s/he is formally charging the defendant with sexual harassment as defined under the policy s/he will be provided with a form that includes that statement at the top if slhe wishes -Sidebar: if a complaint is withdrawn at any time prior to the determination of sanctions, all records will be destroyed if law permits if not, records will be closed and not allowed as evidence in future hearings basic demographic information (i.e. gender and constituency of parties) will be recorded in either case GO l 's responsibilities: receives complaint from plaintiff; informs defendant by sending a copy of complaint along with receipt notice, copy and summary of policy and procedure, and notice that any retribution will be considered as harassment in and of itself; informs responsible administrator in writing that a complaint has been filed (no names, but constituencies involved) administrator gets copy of all records at end 002 gets copy of complaint SAN FRANCISCO STYLE HEAL1HY 11EXICAN FOOD H30MainSt. Saruota. Fl. 3-4231 366-9,439 FAXJ66.9S38
The Catalyst March 14, 1995 9 INTERVIEW WITH A NEW COLLEGE STUDENT Graham Strouse (Note to reader: The following column contains many blatant generalizations about New College students, residents of Sarasota, and vampires. If you are a non stereotypical member of one of the aforementioned minority groups, please do not be offended by my blatant marginalization of your very existence.) I saw Interview with the Vampire for the first time a few weeks back. I went with my roommate (who supplied the above quote), and my friends Dan and Jeannette. I found the movie quite compelling, an excellent translation of a very nifty Anne Rice book. She wrote the screenplay; kept all the important parts in and shaved out some sections of the original text that she could have done without in the first place. Brad Pitt was a groovy Louis and Tom Cruise, looking pale and bony, proved to me once and for all that he is just a darn good actor whose reputation as one of the hardest workers in Hollywood is well earned. The girl who played Claudia was absolutely darling. She just makes you want to take her in your arms and squeeze her tight (provided, of course, that you're wearing full kevlar and a metal choker). Now at this point I'll bet you're all thinking this is going to be some sort of movie review. To those of you who have done so, I say, "Hah, I tlatulate in your general direction!" No, this is no movie review. The reason I'm writing this is because while watching the movie a single notion struck me like a thunderbolt. To wit, New College students are just like vampires. Okay, first the obvious: sleeping habits. New College students, aside from those freakish Nat Sci types, illustrate a notorious tendency for sleeping from dawn to dusk. Indeed, in many ways this campus is a giant coffin. Ever notice that we rarely leave its confines during the day? My roommate is an excellent case example of New College Vampirosomnia. Last semester, he rarely woke before dinner. I kid you not He also wears nothing but black, has long canines, pale skin and a (heh) biting wit. Of course, those are just afterthoughts. The sleeping motto of the average NC student could perhaps be summed up by inverting that great Dylan Thomas Villanelle: Go now gentle into that bad light, rise, rise at the spawning of the night. That, of course, is an obvious analogy and could be applied to many college students across the country. But wait, there's more! New College, like the vampiric community, is a secretive, isolated community that draws not only fear and loathing, but fascination from the outside world. For the fear and loathing part, I refer the reader back to a summer issue of the Bradenton Herald in which a local resident wrote in wonder ing what "those little weirdos" (meaning us) were doing in their (our) dorm rooms, and how her tax dollars were going to support these activities Wouldn't she like to know As for the fascination thing, please note the expressions on the faces of the many nonstudents who line the walls of Palm Court Friday and Saturday nights They always seem a bit spooked to me; intrigued but frightful; fresh and oddly tasty looking. Occasionally, their faces are simply screwed into horny grimaces, but that's another story. One may note yet another parallel between Interview and NC in our relationship to the Foundation. The New College Foundation, headed by the good General himself, Roland Heiser, goes to extraordinary lengths to pump money into its coffers to maintain our continued existence as an academic institution. Just as vampires sustain themselves on the living's blood, so we require the foundation's bread Vampires, as any student of the species knows, spend extended lengths of time brooding over past relationships feeling sorry for themselves, and coming up with witty things to say to mortals. These reveries (sometimes lasting decades) are broken by wild passionate interludes comparable in intensity to a good Halloween PCP. As my aforementioned roommate puts it, "We have vast amounts of intelligence that is used for no other purpose than to make us really cool." Of course, vampires also have superhuman strength, reflexes, the power of flight, and the abilities to obscure the thoughts of others and dominate humans by sheer force of will. Although few New College students are abnormally strong or have been caught on radar by Sarasota-Bradenton flight control, it is a well-known fact that anyone who reads enough Foucault and Derrida can throw mere mortals into a state of utter confu sion by referencing a single post-modern paradigm. Unfortu nately, they often confuse themselves simultaneously. Such are the perils of (un)life. As for dominating others, let's just say I wouldn't walk into Joy land trying to mind-control the flannel-and-shotgun wielding natives. Unlike vampires, we regenerate rather slowly. Furthermore, dear reader, please note the rather disturb ing similarity between vampiric and Novo Collegiate interper sonal relationships. Can you say, "co-dependency" boys and girls? Much like vampires, we spend a great deal of time getting psychically intertwined in unhealthy, but strangely indispensable relationships that help to define our very existence while at the same time driving us to drink large amounts of noxious sub stances while listening to Pretty Hate Machine over and over again. Or is that just me? Whoops ... Oh yeah, one more thing: We both bite.
10 The Catalyst March 14, 1995 "REPRESENTATIVES" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 having meetings at certain times, and the students have difficulty getting to them." Admittedly, much of the meetings are, ''procedural stuff and personnel matters which are often of little interest to [the reps]," says Andrews. "It's pretty boring for us to begin with." Ben Wolkov agrees, explaining that, "not a big chunk of the meetings pertains to things that directly relate to students." But Carrasco seems to get to the heart of things when she says "a lot of business is mechanical, but a lot of it isn't ... I would assume that their job is to sit through the boring stuff and sift through it to find the important things." So what has been done? "Yesterday, I found a tobacco stained slip of paper on a table in Ham Center, and that's the first thing I've either seen or heard from a division rep of any of the divisions," grumbled one student. This was a flyer put out by Denny and White last week, and represents their first contact with the student body. According to SAC Chair Adam Stone, the SAC was "approached during fall allocations for money for a Humanities newsletter, and we asked them to check with the Humanities Division to see if there was for that there, and if that wasn't possible to come back to us." Since Humanities denied his request, Denny has yet to return to the SAC. That was five months ago. Many students are not aware, however, that Social Sciences rep Jennifer Carnahan has been posting the minutes of every division meeting on a bulletin board in the Ham Center dining room. In past years, divisional and committee reps would come together once or twice a month, pool their ideas, and then get feedback from fellow students. This organization was called the Academic Affairs Council (AAC), which, according to The Student Handbook, "is concerned primarily with gathering information from various committees and developing positions in the students' interest on academic administrative policies and acting toward their implementation." It consisted of the divi sional reps as well as members of the Student Life Committee, Admissions Advisory, Library Committee, Educational Policy Committee (EPC), the Faculty Appointments and Status Com mittee (FASC), Student Academic Status Committee (SASC), and the newly defunct Space Committee. For some reason, there is currently no AAC. "Ed Moore, who used to be [NCSA] president, talked about [re]forming the AAC," said Carnahan, "but it never happened. I'd like to participate in that if it did happen." Lack of central organization has led student representa tives to the question, "What is our job?" Wolkov said, "Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but there's no way that this job is clearly defined for me." David White griped, "I wasn't ap pointed until November, then said 'you are division rep' and left it at that. I didn't know anything." According to Ben Wolkov "The most valuable thing that [student reps] can do is to measure the feedback when it comes to candidates." Professor Andrews and Professor Demski commended their respective student reps in assisting with searches this year. And Humanities rep Denny asserts that "Once the [search for the new French professor] is down to the last three or five applicants, you can bet that everyone is going to know where the applicants' Vita and resume are going to be found." David White, however, was not aware he had this responsibility. "I didn't even know about interviewing profes sors coming in until you just told me." Carnahan went to Leo Demski, former Social Sciences rep, for advice. "He said basically that I should just go to meetings." Chairperson Andrews offered similar advice, adding that she could eventually participate in the search for the new Political Science professor. "We're very happy with [our reps]," said Andrews. And of his reps Demski said, "I've no complaints." From their perspective, the student reps are functioning adequately. It is good that student reps are so effective when it comes to polling student interest in search committees, but what about other issues? Andrews says that, "In curricular matters, [ student reps] can participate a lot. Normally our student reps find out if there if student demand for a course being proposed. Sometimes they bring up some issues of courses we could try and hire people to teach." Carrasco recalled that, "There have been issues originat ing through the Student Life Committee." Denny a l so said that "They ask us for items to put on the [division meeting] agenda, so if we wanted to put our own items on the agenda we could." Natural Sciences rep Jennifer Milroy voiced her discouragement with student apathy. "I've been asking people what they think of the Nat Sci Department, and no one seems to care ... students might not think everything's okay, but [they] won't say what they think is wrong because they think it wouldn't change anything." Student apathy during fall elections put two write-in candidates in office and necessitated appointing two more. Carnahan and Wolkov were the only petitioned candidates to be elected to a divisional office. As Denny put it, "If anyone had even the tiniest iota of ambition toward getting the job, they would have gotten it. So I said, 'Hell, I'll do it!"'
The Catalyst March 14, 1995 11 FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR REPLACED by Byron Hartsfield As some of our more observant students may have noticed, overnight our Food Service Director seems to have lost a hundred pounds, undergone a sex-change, and gotten a funky new hairdo. Or else he was very suddenly replaced According to Food Service Representative Paul Jaeger, last month Manny Pasarin accepted a job for a smaller food service corporation and gave Marriott two weeks' notice. He was to continue working here until Friday, February 24, but Monday the twentieth was his last actual day Student Affairs Director Mark Johnson confirmed that Marriott did not meet its profit projections for last semester Jaeger gave specific examples of areas in which Pasarin may have failed to meet Marriott's expectations. Pasarin apparently did not provide adequate vegetarian and vegan meals every day. He stocked several items for the C-Store which sold very poorly. For example, the C-Store has some forty extra bottles of Hawaiian Julep mix. Jaeger also believes that Pasarin refused on-campus catering jobs. "Word gets around," he explained, "and you may not get asked the next time a catering job comes up." When Morrison's was the New College food service company, it made most of its profits from catering. Despite repeated attempts to contact him, Pasarin himself was unavailable for comment. The new Food Service Director is Peggy Hendon, who worked as Marriott manager at USF since 1988. She has held half a dozen positions at USF, each with more responsibility than the last; she considers this new position "a major promo tion ... It's a challenge, and I love it." Hendon's position here is not necessarily permanent. She will be our Food Service Director for "a couple of months" trial period. At the end of that time, she and her superiors will decide whether or not she should stay. She asked "a lot" of questions before she accepted the job -"right down to where I could park." She still lives in Tampa and commutes to work every day. Hendon said she was excited about some changes she wanted to make, but declined to specify what these changes might be. She plans to "do more for vegetarians," although she did not share her precise plans. She has other plans too, and she is serious about enforcing Marriott regulations among her employees"just internal things." She has been catering with a vengeance since she started here, having arranged "several" jobs within her first week. Hendon wanted to be sure that students knew that she was flexible and that she wanted to hear from them. ''I'm here seven days a week," she said, "and the door is always open." PROPOSED CHANGES FOR MARRIOTT b y Byron Hartsfield The Food Service Committee met two weeks ago and discussed proposed changes in New College food service. Ideas were proposed and discussed by Student Affairs Director Mark Johnson, President Sujean Chon, NCSA chair Adam Stone, and food service representatives Paul Jaeger and Jason Hackney. These included changing the C-Store inventory, buying new kitchen equipment, and eliminating the hot breakfast line during the week. According to Johnson, Marriott has been losing money on New College, or at least failing to make an adequate profit. He stated, "They weren't meeting their financial projections." The purpose of the proposed changes was to remedy this situa tion while causing students as little inconvenience as possible. As of this writing, the changes had been approved by Johnson and all the student representatives, but had yet to be formally presented to Marriott. Johnson expressed the opinion that the C-Store was not using its space as efficiently as possible. "Some of that stuff, I could have told them, wouldn't sell. The Spam, for instance." He felt that a few changes could help Marriott make a greater profit by better serving the students. He did not speculate on what precisely might replace the Spam. Johnson also thought that he could simultaneously benefit the students and Marriott by buying new equipment for the kitchen. "Some of that equipment is twenty years out of date. The steam cooking system, for instance -nobody does it that way anymore." Johnson estimated that Marriott pays about $27,000 a year in utilities. Changing the system (possibly to one that uses natural gas) would save them a substantial amount. Where would the money come from? Paul Jaeger explained that each student is charged an emergency food service fee of ten dollars a year, so that money will be available "in case the kitchen blows up or something." He estimated that all of the proposed changes would use up one third to one half of the fund. Eliminating the hot breakfast line might seem like a radical step, but Johnson and Jaeger believe that very few students actually eat from it. Instead, the C-store would stock items that students tend to eat for breakfast, such as bagels, waffles, fruit, etc. The cafeteria section would not open until lunch. Marriott would save a great deal of money; they would only have to pay one employee instead of four, and they would not have to cook hot line food, "Half of which," Johnson esti mates, "gets thrown out at the end of breakfast anyway." Al though some students would be inconvenienced, Johnson and Jaeger think the inconvenience would be minimal, especially compared to the benefits of enabling Marriott to continue serving New College. "After all, they are a business," both said, eerily echoing one another. "And quite honestly," Johnson added, "this is a tough account."
12 The Catalyst March 14, 1995 A NOU CEME TS The Action Auction, sponsored by New College Foundation, has tudent job opportunities for the night of Saturday, March 18, 1995, from 5 pm until about 11 pm in Hamilton Center. $5.00 per hour. Cash paid at the end of the night. Sign up in the trailer next to Robertson Hall. Only 30 openings available; don't delay. You must be able to attend a short pre-auction meeting on March 14 at 4:30pm in the trailer by the admi sions building. ***** The next Rape Aggression Defense Class is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 18th and 19th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Sudakoff. Class is open to all female ew College student faculty, and staff at no charge. Class is limited to 10 participants. Call USFPD at 359-42l0 to ign up. * The USF/New College Library will be having a ew!Used Book Sale Tuesday, March 21, through Thursday, March 23, from 9:00 am to 6:00pm at the Rita Kipp Music Room of College Hall. * "Our Families: Outgrown and Ingrown"A six session group for students to understand more about themselves as a result of the families they come from, the culture they're steeped in which will include doing a genogram, learning about family development and intergenerational patterns, family myths and much more. Karen Bailus Saef, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, will facilitate the group. Starts on March 16,6-7:15 pm in Parkview House. Will also meet March 23,April6, 13, 20, and 27. * A search is being conducted for Parkview House's new psychologist. If you have any recommendations, or if you would like to comment on Rich Welker's performance (he has applied for the position), please put them in Box #414. * Connecting Communities: A Sarasota Urban and Regional Issues Symposium, a series of panel discussions on ew College's community involvement, will take place April 4, 5, and 6 at 7 pm in Sudakoff. Reception with food included. ***** Student Activities News: You could win one of three scholarships of up to $350 or one of many other valuable prizes by participating in the Dance Marathon to benefit AIDS-Manasota. Sign up in Ham Center during all meals. Amanda is holding two free tickets to the Sarasota Poetry TheatreJSoulspeak performance at Ringling Art School Friday, March 17 at 8:00 pm. First come, first served. There are still plenty of slots open for the Thesis Colloquia that are going to be held the first six weeks of Mod II. Sign up in the office. The Sexual Harassment Policy Committee meets every Wednesday at9:00 am in the Student Activities Office. If you have any question or input feel free to stop by or talk to any of the committee members. Minutes of the meetings will be po ted regularly *. *. Women's Awareness Month Events: Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm in the Fi hbowl, Dr. Deborah Plant of the African Studies Department at USFtrampa will be giving a talk on "African-American Rituals and Pa ages." Thursday, March 16, at7 pm in Sudakoff Center, Susan Fendrich, rabbinical tudent from the Jcwi h Theological Seminary, will be giving a talk on feminism and Judaism. Call Kayla, at 355-3502, for more information. Everyone is heartily invited to the final Women's Awarenes Month event on Saturday, March 18, noon to 5 pm, at the Pep iCo Arcade and Forum (behind Sainer). Music, dancing, arts, crafts, fun and food!!!