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THE CATALYST A Student Publication of New College "I'm goin' to hell ..... Somebody get the s'mores ready Volume IV, Issue 24 March 21, 1995 COLLEGE HALL RENOVATIONS FRUSTRATE PROFESSORS Rocky Swift As the renovations near completion in College Hall, the tensions caused by its wreckage are beginning to recede. The last of the painting is being finished, and the air tests done show nothing more than your average amount of lead floating about. To recap, College Hall has undergone construction to bring it up to fire safety codes The improvements include a sprinkler system and a new auxiliary staircase. Construction on the sprinkler and fire alarm system started December 19 and should be finished right about now The staircase is not due for completion until late April. Most of the heavy demolition was scheduled during the ISP period to reduce the disruption of classes. As classes began in February, there was still a great deal of work in progress, forcing the classes to meet elsewhere Professors who have offices in College Hall were forced to stick with it day after day as dust and fumes continuously polluted the air Professors Justus Doenecke and Keith Fitzgerald resorted to wearing filter masks during office hours Some became ill to the point of having to see their physicians Campus Architect Rick Lyttle has recently circulated a memorandum in response to criticism of the contractor s work and his. In it he states that as soon as he heard from Professor Michelle Barton about the air quality problems, he immediately arranged for the USF Division of Environmental Health and Safety to take samples of the air and dust for testing. The test results dated March l stated that the air and dust samples do not contain hazardous levels of lead or other elements." Lyttle defended the work of the contractor noting "This contractor has performed admirably given the tight time frame and difficult ci r cumstances related to an occupied building Most of the problems voiced by faculty have concerned a Jack of communication with them over the construction work. "The thing was unloaded on us without warning," said Professor Doenecke. Doenecke wrote a couple of songs dealing with the troubles of the facul t y including a variation o n the Beatie's "Yesterday" that contained: "Suddenly I'm not half the brea t her I used to beffhe toxic dust is all over me/Why did it come suddenly," etc. "I found it very disruptive to my semester in terms of office hours and tutorials," said Professor Maria Vesperi abo u t the construction. She noted that because of the length of the renovations, professors with offices in College Hall shou l d have been assigned temporary alternative space. Rick Lyttle acknowledged and apologize.ct for his part in not informing the affected faculty more directly of t h e situation He responded, "For future construction projects, I will arrange to work more closely with each of you to develop a strategy to inform and/or relocate faculty as needed There is still some question as to whether a test for asbestos was done on the air in College Hall. The reports show no test to have been done. Professors noted and appreciated the i n volvement of Dean Michalson in the rectifying of these problems I n s id e t hi s I ss ue: Life After 1'-lcw College ............................... 2 Police Log .. .................... ................... 2 Letters to the Editor ......... ...... ... . .... ... 3 Opinions ....................... ...... .... ....... .... 4 Contract with America ...... ........ .................. 5 Graham's Asylum ............. ... ................. . 5 Outside the Ivory Tower ... ..... ............... ....... 7 Learning as a Subversive Activity ............... ....... 8 Announcements ... ......... .... ..................... 8
2 The Catalyst March 21, 1995 (Not an Editorial) LIFE AFTER NEW COLLEGE Meg Hayes Several non-Granary-working alumnae met in Sudakoff to speak about their professions during the Building Bridges workshop for Women s Awareness Month. These writers, psycho-therapists, attorneys managers and other professionals openly discussed their careers in small groups with students at the catered event on Saturday March 11. These women seemed to be very interested in the New College community and spoke about how the academics and social expectations here helped prepare them for Life After New College. Colene West a psychotherapist and founder of the first Halfway House for women on the west coast of Florida, commu nicated her reasons for coming to speak at the workshop. "I really love New College New College guided me in exploring ideas and creativity and ... helps me be a better therapist today because of the experiences I had here Once you graduate from New College you can really go to any grad school and feel comfortable with the academic curriculum. It added tQthe quality of my life." Patricia Vaugh a writer also expressed a strong positive sentiment towards New College. I love New College, and I love what it stands for. I feel like I'm part of the New College family, and I'm meeting the new members" Drucilla Bell an attorney, wanted to discuss the ups and downs of her profession I wanted to come and talk t o people who are interested in going into law to see if that was really what they want to do Students who attended were treated to anecdotes from the working world and were invited to ask questions about the women's l ives. Many o f the students who attended felt that the event offered a lot of information and a new perspective on life at New College graduate school and professional life. POLICE LOG 3/10 10: 50am A bicycle valued at $50 was reported stolen from the area of the old music room. The bike was not padlocked Officer 109, McDaniel. 3/10 11:35pm A female student reported battery by a male non-student who was touching her. The case is still under investigation. Officer 108, Lange 3/17 1:10am A male non-student was arrested for trespassing, fleeing to elude, and resisting arrest. His vehicle was impounded. The person was also issued a state traffic citation. Officer 112, McGrath The Catalyst General Editor: Ken Burruss Managing Editor: llen Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Byron Hartsfield, Kate Fink, Meg Hayes, and Nick Napolitano. Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Manager: Anjna Chauhan and Adam Rains The Catalyst is also available on-line at http://www.sar.usf.edu/-reffell/catalyst/catalyst.html Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James Reffell (reffell@virtu sar.usf edu) Co-Sponsored by Dean and Warden Michalson and Professor Vesperi Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possible if not then in type, to Box 75, the Catalyst 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 21, 1995 3 Letters To The Editor COORDINATOR NEED NOT BE ALUM I am writing in response to the 14 March editorial urging that only alums be considered for the Student Activities Coordi nator position. Although I agree that there are advantages to having an alum fill the position there are several points in the editorial that I would take issue with. First of all, New College students are not blessed with special insight into the nature of the "massive bureaucracy of Florida's largest university ". Most New College students don't know a Provost from a President and see the "massive bureaucracy" as a giant, New College hating monolith obsessed with eradicating our little bastion of radical thought (a mistaken view popularized by its inclusion in different conception of what college life is about will be a good thing Additionally an alum s view of what New College is will be based on what it was like back in the day and may conflict w i th what newer students envision for themselves (if you 've ever heard me complain about Wall sign up sheets, you know what I'm talking about ) Finally, the proposal is to have a recent alum fill the position I do not think that working at the Granary and only coming to one Wall a weekend qualifies as experiencing the outside world ". We should be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that a recent alum will still be closely wedded to countless articles from student publications). Those NC students New College life unless slhe was already removed from the NC who have familiarized themselves with the system have done so out of necessity and by asking the right questions, and any competent Coordinator could do the same. Furthermore said bureaucracy is really going to have little effect on the job performance of any Coordinator, alum or not. Let's not flatter ourselves-the administration in Tampa doesn't really care about the day-to-day issues here at little ol' New College; they have 30,000 other students to worry about. I'd venture to say that a Coordinator could go an entire year without having any contact with Tampa and still do her/his job well. Secondly, there have been a number of people who have come in from the "outside world" in recent years and have social scene as a student (in which case the advantages men tioned in the editorial would be lessened) This place is insulated and incestuous enough as it is, and I think that Arguments for the self-perpetuation of what certain people consider to be New College culture, although not without some merit conceal an elitist and xenophobic attitude towards others that is born of fears and insecurities many NC students have about the "outside world" It may be easier both practically and psychologically, to hire an alum, but it may prove to, in the end simply exacerbate many of New College's problems Kevin Arlyck learned quite quickly about the supposed "idiosyncrasies of NC P.S. What is a "perfect gap anyway? students (i. e Mike Michalson, Tim Richardson, Henrietta Lange). For one reason or another, many New College students HUH? believe themselves to be of a special breed. While I will admit that people here are perhaps different in some important ways Dear Catalyst, from those at most other schools, college students are still college students Perhaps having a Coordinator with a slightly Buy Sell Trade Down town Saraso t a 1488 Main St. Sa r asota F L 34236 U S A Open 7 Days A Week (8 13) 366-1373 Hollo, how ue y 0 u doing? I'm glad to hear you are well. I am well too. Wish you were here Love, Matt (Amati)
4 The Catalyst March 21, 1995 STAFF OPINIONS DISCLOSURE POLICY Kate Fink The Catalyst discussed a new policy last week, which was worded in our last issue in response to Craig Willse's letter to the editor as, "all reporters in future will make themselves known." At campus activities where "sensitive" issues may be discussed, regardless of whether the activities are private or public, reporters are required to inform the organizers of the activities of their intents to cover the activities for The Catalyst The organizers may then allow or not allow the reporters into these "public," yet "private" events. Additionally, if the organiz ers do not make other participants in the activities aware of a reporter's presence, it is the reporter's responsibility to announce it to them. This policy accents my status as a distanced reporter while muting my status as a student trying to gather information for the benefit of other students. Its lack of definition also continues to leave a large part of the decision-making in these matters to the reporter's discretion. My discretion, as has been noted, was not sufficient to make the proper decision on behalf of The Catalyst. In preparing for my article about the body image fishbowl, I did drop a note to Jenny McKeel, one of the organiz ers of this event. I told her that I was covering the issue of body image for The Catalyst, but did not specifically mention that I would be at the fishbowl. However, I received no indication from Jenny, whom I interviewed after the fishbowl, that my lack of an announcement at the fishbowl might create problems I also attempted to be cautious in selecting quotes for my article. Despite the precautions I took, though, it remains that I did not announce my presence as a reporter at the fishbowl. Now that reporters are required to do so, perhaps fut u re events will be covered more delicately. SAN FRANCISCO STYLE HEALTIIY MEXICAN FOOD 1430 Main S t. Suuota. R 34231 366-9439 FAXJ66..9S38 CHANGING STUDENT GOVERNMENT Nick Napol i tano I wrote an article for last week s issue that began detailing what I see to be major problems within our student government. While I chose to start with an investigation of the division representatives, I in no way intend them to bear the brunt of my criticism I think this would have been clearer if space concerns hadn't necessitated editing parts of my article : "It is much too tempting to shovel blame on individual persoas. Maybe some of it should go there, but a much larger portion belongs to a student body that is eager to adopt conve niently fatalistic attitudes. Natural Sciences rep Jen Milroy voiced her discouragement with student apathy. 'I've been asking students what they think of the NatSci Department and no one seems to care ... students might not think everything's okay, but won't say what they think is wrong because they think it wouldn't change anything .' ... The underlying ideals of New College seem to be based on freedom But what that freedom means, or has recently become, is quite contradictory. It is often assumed that students come to New College for the freedom to direct themselves, both academically and socially. But an alarmingly high percentage of students use it as a means shirking responsibility. Most don't recognize that part of the freedom we supposedly cherish is participation in student government, choosing to see such participation as a responsibility they do not have time for. "h seems as though apathy has become institutionalized among New College students. Anyone who's ever tried to organize a campus event knows all about this. Webster's Dictionary it [apathy] as, 'lack of feeling; absence of passion; indifference.' But in our closed community the word seems to have taken on subtle nuances, a connotation of compla cency or a warped sense of individualism. Many operate under the belief that 'things are running smoothly enough for me so why should I try and change anything.' Such a philosophy is contingent upon the notion that change is either bad or not worthwhile. This is very limiting, and, I think, infects the campus with a stagnant and decadent air, which is quite ironic considering the alleged nat u re of our school." To re-iterate my major points: I feel that student representatives (not just the division ones) generally tend not to inform the student body of issues raised at division/faculty/ committee meetings or polling opinion on such iss u es. But on the other hand, the current student body does not make a practice "STUDENT GOV'T." CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
The Catalyst March 21, 1995 5 THERE IS EVIL AMONG US Graham Straus'! Joke of the week : What do vampires say to each other when they buy each other drinks in bars? NATO deserves consideration in light of the fact that the United States interest in European security (the role the organization played during the Cold War ) i s not as great as it once was Green not guns, now makes the first-world go round Unfunded mandates are I bel i eve, dark and evil t hings. (i. e Hey Florida, Answer : This blood's for you Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk Sorry had to get that out of my system Actually, with apolo gies to any necrophiles out there, I have to admit, gentle reader, that this week's column has absolutely nothing to do with the undead. It does, however include a certain amount of graphic detail regarding congressional bloodsucking. Is it just me or is there anybody else out there who thinks that the Republican Congress' "Contract with America" should be retitled ''The Contract on America?" Think Sicilians-swarthy men named Vinny who carry concealed weaponry and frequently use the expression "rub-out" during discussions that have absolutely nothing to do with carpet stain removal. This is coming from someone who actually supports elements of the Republican's thirteen point plan to save God and Country. The line-item veto is potentially one of the most salutary means by which we Today's pop quiz boyz and gmls: Can you name all thirteen items on the Republican-led Congress' "Contract with America"? Normally the answers to quizzes of this sort are printed upside down in 6 point print at the bottom of the page. Since we at The Catalyst hate anticipation (and since we really don't expect anyone to know all 13) we shall list them right here in good ol' 10 point times. l) Congressional Accountability (already passd) 2) Line-Item Veto 3) Crime Control 4) Welfare Reform 5) Unfunded Mandates 6) Family Tax Relief 7) National Security Restoration 8) Social Security 9) Capital Gains, Small Business Incentives, Regulatory Limits 10) TORT Reform II) Family Reinforcement 12) Balanced Budget Amendment 13) Term Limits What these nifty little buzz-phrases mean? Check out the St Pete Times every Thursday in "The Nation" section The Times gives a weekly update on Contract Legislation. If computers be your preferred mode of information retrieval, try checking out the politics subsection of Yahoo on the World Wide Web Netserver, available in a Publications Office near you Finally, if you're really ambitious you could even order the New York Times or the Washington Post and see what they have to say take care of those immigrants, wont'cha? Love Bill) ; and certain elements of the family reinforcement plan, such as strengthening child support enforcement laws, bring a smile to my admittedly non Irish eyes All this said most of the rest of the Repubs' contract scares the bejeezus out of me There was a Simpson s episode a couple of years back in which Bart acquires a pet elephant as a prize for winning a radio call-in show The pachyderm quickly gets loose and rampages through (among other things) the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, which are conveniently being held in Springfield. The Democrats feature banners reading "We Can't Govern" and "We even hate ourselves." The Republi cans are even more succinct: "We're just plain evil" reads one of their placards. might remove the other white meat from otherwise healthy vegetarian congres sional bills; family tax relief is overdue; and I am beginning to believe this is true. TORT reform (the "loser pays" amendment) is long overdue in this Land o' a Million Lawyers and multimillion dollar lawsuits. That, by the way, is not hyperbole. America really does have a million lawyers. The Republican's plan to limit U.S involvement in The Contract with America calls for less money for crime prevention and more for prisons If certain legislation gets through, single mothers under 18 will be denied any Welfare benefits. Two years and out? Hah That's too good for them. And there's more. Their plan calls for extended social security benefits for the affluent elderly and provides for a "middle class CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
6 The Catalyst March 21, 1995 "GRAHAM'S ASYLUM" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 tax cut" for people roiling six figure incomes That $500 per child tax credit is a nice idea but it's still just a drop in the bucket. 500 bucks doesn't go very far towards covering your kids college education if you're not in "upper" half of the middle class bracket. It might cover a semester's worth of books. The Balanced Budget Amendment, furthermore, is absolutely absurd. Balance the budget by 2002? That's tricky enough as it is, but the Contractacons also want to increase military spending by $100 billion and cut taxes. Does anybody see a problem with this? Maybe I'm missing something. Perhaps there's more to those savvy Senators than meets the eye. But where do they cut from? Health. Welfare. Public Transportation. Education Last week the House approved $17.3 million in cuts from programs that had already been funded. Florida, for instance, stands to lose $800 million in Federal benefits previously earmarked for, among other things: summer jobs for underprivileged teens, teacher scholarships for math and science training, antiviolence and drug-awareness programs in schools, subsidies to help low-income residents pay for their heating and cooling bills, youth job training, and funding for infrastructure projects such as roads, sewers, bridges, and other public luxuries. Did I mention they also want to cut public transportation? Visualize, ye bus-goers who spend two or three hours commuting to the far reaches of Sarasota, travel upon a new SCAT-LITE. Imagine their motto: "Half the service, twice the adventure!" Fortunately, the bill still has to pass the Senate, and it still requires President Clinton's John Hancock before Moses can deliver it from the mount. I'm sure the Repubs have good reasons for their mad slashing. Why should the government waste millions on President Clinton's "literacy traps", to use a Newtism, when it could be wasting billions on B-2 bombers and Star Wars missile defense programs. Even the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think-tank thinks the B-2 and similar multi-billion dollar programs like the Seawolf submarine and the Trident D-5 missile are a waste of money. Sorry boys, times are a' changing. Chances are, if we're getting nuked, it ain't gonna be the Ruskies, it's gonna be some Iranian with a delivery truck full of uranium. Satellite lasers won't do us much good against that. Of course, we wouldn't want to trap our inner city youth by enab),jng them to be literate. National Public Radio? Bah. We want our MTV The private sector could handle it better anyway. Those Republicans are slick about it. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for one, offered up a $10,000 donation to Public Broadcasting on the condition that his harshest critics ante up as well. Pretty clever, huh? Make that 10 mil, Newt, and maybe we can talk turkey. The Republicans also want to delineate more power to the States through the use of block grants. This isn't such a bad idea. The problem is that they're trying to deregulate all the wrong things. The FAA does not need close government supervision nearly as much as say, school lunch programs. Most Americans can survive the perils of privately run airlines. Planes are still safer than cars, after all. Children, however, particularly poor ones, kind of need some assurance that when they go to school they'll be fed something other than McMeals. Heck, they're not even guaranteed ketchup anymore. I haven't even broached the health care issue. As things stand, sick people find themselves subjected to the tyrannies and whims of the HMO's, the AMA, and sundry other feudal Alphabet Soup organizations whose motivations, although not completely understood, generally revolve around keeping doctors as safe as possible from any sort of lawsuit whilst retaining the largest possible profit margins Martin Dyckman wrote a recent column in which he questioned AMA bigwigs on the possibility of instituting a single-payer system similar to the one used in Canada In a single-payer system, the patient chooses his doctor and the government pays until it's funds run out. Dyckman's interviewee admitted that even though it might solve the health-care problem, single-payer coverage had never been considered. Philosophically, the Contract has a certain amount of merit. Federal government is overburdened, overstaffed, and subject to graft and the whims of lobbies. Taking a battle-axe to every Federal program that isn't earmarked for the Pentagon is not the answer, however. What the Republicans are looking for is a splashy, sound-bite friendly, quick fix for the ills of our nation. Sadly, however, there is no pill to kill this thin, papery feeling. The Republicans' program originates from a tower whose ivory walls are so impenetrable to the chaos and vicissi tudes of 1990's America as to make them blind to the currents which destabilize America: class-stratification, family decay (and a return to June Cleaverism is not the answer), educational decay, interethnic hatred, fear, a loss of hope. They do not see the sources of America's ills. They simply hand down edicts from Mount Washington. Perhaps they are not evil. Perhaps they are simply ignorant. Maybe they even believe in their sound-bite solutions. It's hard to decide what scares me more.
The Catalyst March 21, 1995 7 "STUDENT GOVERNMENT" CONTINUED FROMP.4 of bringing their concerns to student reps or being very respon sive to those issues they have been asked to evaluate (for example, the Food Service Committee's questionnaire about Marriott was all but ridiculed) There is also no central organi zation to regulate the various student committees. Without any sort of guidance, the exact nature of the representatives' duties becomes very uncertain. When I interviewed David White, he said something very interesting. "There's a lot of power in this position, but somehow I feel as if a lot of it is being kept from me." At first I thought ignorance of his duties was the primary culprit, but upon reflection I have concluded that the fault belongs to us all Part of our NCSA Bill of Student Rights (1.2/e) reads "Students shall be free, individually and collectively, to express their views on issues of College and University policy, and have the right and responsibility to participate in all policy changes that affect them." As I expressed earlier, one person does not constitute a collective, and cannot be expected to bring about any sort of change without support. This support need not make a big dent in your schedule: talk to your reps, start a petition (the only one I've seen this year was started by Jake Reimer to bring back provolone cheese at Marriott), sign a petition, cast an informed vote, write letters to the Catalyst, read the NCSA Constitution, attend Towne Meet ings. The point is that everyone should be involved in student government, however small the capacity. To quote Rosanna Cruz in our Student Handbook : "Everyone has lots of work to do, and that is important, but living in the COMMUNITY is just as important." To anyone interested in getting more involved with the New College Community through student government: There will be a fishbowl discussion shortly after Spring Break, involv ing the division reps, members of the the former AAC commit tees and NCSA President SuJean Chon This meeting will seek to clearly define the role of the representative, generate ideas as to what specifically we want to do through them and possibly resurrect the AAC. The most important element in this meeting, however, will be student presence. Contact me at box 414 if you have any questions. My motive was and remains placing the issues raised by these articles within a constructive framework. I sincerely hope I've succeeded. As Patrick Denny put it in my interview with him "Students should work together toward a positive outcome instead of having a negative energy." I totally agree, Patrick. OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER Spain celebrated its first royal wedding last week Princess Elena, the 31year old daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia married Jaime de Marichalar y Saen z de Tejada a banker The wedd i ng was held in SevilJe and was attended by members of nearly all European royal families. President Fidel Ramos of the Philippines declared Saturday that a maid executed in Singapore was a heroine. The woman, Flor Conemplacion, had been executed for the murder of another Filipino maid and a 4-year-old Singaporean boy despite new testimony that might have acquited her. Newt Gingrich has announced that there should be no federal protection for homosexuals against job discrimination Gingrich said, "I am not prepared to establish a federal law that allows you to sue your employer if you end up not having a job because of a disagreement that involves your personal behavior at that level." The FDA approved a new vaccine for chicken pox last week. It is the first of its kind in the United States. The vaccine should last for five years, and is recommended by the FDA for both children and adults who have not had chicken pox. Chicken pox can be more harmful to adults leading to other illnesses such as pneumonia. University Community Hospital in Tampa ran into more troubles recently when a respiratory technician mistakenly unhooked a patient, Leo Alfonso, from his respirator Alfonso could not call for help nor reach the call button because his hand was loosely tied to the bed Last Thursday, astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to board the Russian space station Mir. Thagard and two cosmonauts aboard a Russian space capsule successfully docked with the station The three space explorers will be brought back to earth via the American space shuttle Atlantis sometime in June. 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
8 The Catalyst March 21, 1995 ANNOUNCEMENTS ''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. Meetings are on March 23, April 6, 13, 20, and 27. ***** 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. The Sexual Harassment Policy Committee meets every Wednesday at 9:00am in the Student Activities Office. If you have any questions or input feel free to stop by or talk to any of the committee members. Minutes of the meetings will be posted regularly. Interested in studying off-campus? Students who have done so will give you some insight at an informational meeting March 23 at 6:00pm in the Student Activities Office. Jim Feeney will be on hand to answer your questions. Refreshments will be provided. Thesis Students! Sign up soon to present your work at a Thesis Colloquia, or Kevin will pester you mercilessly for the next month! * From the Campus Police: Attention Students there has been a recent increase of harassment directed at female students by off campus persons. All students should be aware of Emergency Telephone locations. For location information see any officer or stop in at the Cop Shop and ask. Escorts will be provided at any time if wanted. Should you be harassed, please try to get as much info as possible; description of person; car make, color, etc., and if nothing else, license tag number and state. Thanks. ****** Orientation Leader Applications are due Friday, March 24. Duties of orientation leaders include assisting new students with moving in, helping out with the pre registration process (lD cards, facebook pictures, registra tion packets, etc.) and showing the students around campus and Sarasota. On-campus orientation leaders will be permitted to move back on campus as early as Friday August 18th. Orientation leaders must be able to serve the entire week beginning the morning of Monday, August 21. CDs, LPs EXiLE &Much ON MAIN STRE[T Live Bands Fri. & Sat.s $3 cover 10% Off with Ad More ... now open it's not only rock and roll Mon. $1 off all CDs, Tues. buy 2 LPs get 1 FREE!, Wed. Sale Priced Tapes buy 2 get 1 FREE! 1529 MAIN STREET SARASOTA.FL "lr 3 6 2 0 0 8 7 LEARNING AS A SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITY When New College was founded, in the 1960's, one then-young Sarsotan remembers her parents forbade her to ride her bike near campus. They didn't want her near such a subversive element. One hopes that things have changed, but not too much. Hopefully we haven't got less subversive, hopefully the city has become more subverted. On April 4, 5, and 6, New College will host Connecting Communities: A Sarasota Urban and Regional Issues Symposium. Its development has been motivated by a desire to introduce students and faculty to the larger Sarasota community and vice-versa. A group of students, faculty and alumnae/i have recruited community leaders and community characters to participate in a panel and roundtable discussion about how to better connect New College and other academic institutions with the larger Sarasota Community while informing us about local social, political and environmental issues. The immediate purpose of the Symposium is to introduce New College to people doing exciting and important things in Sarasota. Students and faculty may choose to become more involved with the projects as they are presented. A long-term goal of the Symposium is to gauge and engage the interest of participants in developing a Sarasota Studies Center that links educational institutions with local public, non-profit and private agencies. Many of the issues encountered in the classroom study of the social and env i ronmental sciences have a natural affinity with real-world circumstances in the local community. The Sarasota community is rich in funds and educational institutions. Despite its vast resources, it is facing increasingly severe social, environmental and economic problems. The panelists at the Symposium will speak to these problems and challenges in terms of how New College students and faculty could get involved. A description of the Symposium format with event times and detailed information about the panelists and other partici pants will be printed in the next issue of the Catalyst along with a story about the Center For Service Learning.