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THE CATALYST A Student Publication of New College we ignore your feeble threats i Volume IV, Issue 31 May 16, 1995 B-DORM ASKS SCHENCK TO MOVE STUDENT CENTE R Kate Fink Dean and Executive Officer David P. Schenck met with students to discuss the location of the West Side Student Center last Thursday. The meeting arose from B-dorm residents' concerns that the student center will be built about 25 feet away from their residence hall. B-dorm resident Ashley Colvin said he wanted to meet with Schenck to see if the student center could be moved further from B-dorm. "We're simply asking for the idea of another site to be considered," he said. Colvin proposed a new location for the center: across Dort Drive from its currently planned loca tion, in what is currently a parking lot. If relocating the center was not possible, Colvin asked that it be moved closer to Dort Drive. Colvin said privacy was the biggest issue B-dorm residents were concerned about. "There's a main entrance [of the student center] that looks into four bedroom windows," he said. B-dorm's seclusion from other buildings has helped make it a popular residence hall, but Colvin said building a place where students frequently enter and exit will disturb that privacy. "I'm concerned that B-dorm will be a place people will have to be told to live in," he said. University Program Student Alliance Vice-President Harriet Hay opposed relocating the site across Dort Drive. "All of our students are looking forward to it being there," she said, noting that changing locations now means delaying the center's completion. Hay agreed, though, that the center could be moved closer to Dort Drive, since building plans would only need light adjustments and groundbreaking could stay on schedule. Groundbreaking is now scheduled for July. Changing the center's location completely though, "would be disregarding the work that's been done on it," Hay said. Planning for the center started in 1992. Time is not the University Program's only concern. Campus Architect Rick Lyttle estimated $15,000 had already been paid to contractors working on plans for the building, and that they would continue to pay them $3,000 per month. If the center were moved across Dort Drive, "we would have to renegotiate fees," Lyttle said. He said plans could continue if the center were simply moved away from B-dorm, but that it would ruin its position in relation to Jane Bancroft Cook Library. One wall of the student center would create part of a quadrangle with the library. Schenck echoed Hay's concerns about disregarding the result of extensive planning. "My concern is for the whole process," he said. There had been four separate committees who helped plan the center, all of which involved New College students: the 1992-93 Space Committee, the Capital Improve ment Trust (CIT) Committee, the Building Committee and the Master Plan Committee. "A very legitimate process had taken place," Schenck said. He agreed with B-dorm residents that there had been miscommunication as well as lack of communica tion about the student center, but also said there should have been opportunities for New College students to find out about its location. The student center is also listed in the Master Plan, which is available on reserve in the library. Despite New College student involvement throughout the process, Colvin said many students only found out about the student center recently. "I found out about a month ago at a Towne Meeting that there was going to be a West Side Student "B-DORM" CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Inside this Issue: Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . .. 2 Gender Studies ...................................... 3 Rocky's Rockin' Restaurant Review ...................... 4 Parkview Counselor ................................... .5 International Studies .................................. 5 Police Log .......................................... 6 SAC Coordinator .................................... 6 SuperRA .......................................... 6 The Asylum ........................................ 7 Remembering . . ............................. 9 Summer Construction ................................ lO The Last Word ...................................... 12

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2 The Catalyst May 16, 1995 EDITORIAL As we near the end of the year, the realization comes that there will be a number of people, from all spectrums of New College life, who will not be here when we return. Perhaps the most surprising news this year was the resignation of Admissions Director David Anderson. Dean Michalson's comment that Anderson's departure was a, "grave blow to the school," is an understatement. Best wishes to Professor Maureen Harkin as she leaves for Stanford. It's enough to say about her teaching skills that a number of students are scrambling to find a replacement for her on thesis committees. Two interim professors who have earned the respect of students are Jim Tanton and Laura Olson. Both were well loved by their students and more than adequately filled their posts while they here. Two more farewells to professors who have helped make New College what it is. Professors Bob Knox and Peggy Bates have served this campus for a great number of years, educating, teaching, and guiding. They both well deserve a break. Kudos to a few in administration who have already left or will be leaving. Pete Fazio, Mark Breimhorst, Kevin Arlyck and Amanda Oswald all worked to better students' lives. Finally, best wishes to everyone graduating this year. Best wishes as well to those who will not get the chance to graduate from New College, especially Nate Walker and Steve Kizlik. Have a good year, all, and a good life. LETTER TO THE EDITOR This semester I have had the opportunity to be an Alumni/ae Fellow and Visiting Lecturer here at New College. The Alum Fellow program is funded by the Alumni/ae Associa tion in order to bring alums to campus to teach classes. I have been the first alum to be on campus for an entire semester. While here I've taught a Mod 1 course on Southwestern Archae ology, and a full semester course on the Pueblo and Navajo Indians. I've also been able to get a great deal of my own research done (on my dissertation in anthropology at the University of Virginia), basked in the sunshine, and most of all, enjoyed getting to know New College in the 90's. Now I know one of the few things more challenging and exciting than being a student at New College is being on the faculty side of New College. I've had fantastic time this semester, and I want to thank the New College Community for its warm and supportive welcome. Thanks to the students in my two classes; to the faculty and staff, especially at Social Sciences, who were consistent l y helpful; and to the library staff who were very patient with my last minute reserve items. Many thanks also to the Alumni Association for giving me this opportunity and financial support. I know there are Alum Fellows scheduled for next year -I envy them! Maripat Metcalf ('83-87) The Catalyst General Editor: Ken Burruss The New No.2 (Managing Editor): Tien Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Byron Hartsfield, Kate Fink and Meg Hayes. Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Managers: Anjna Chauhan and Adam Rains The Catalyst is also available on-line at http://www.sar.usf.edu/-catalyst 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 the Catalyst boxes across from Barbara Berggren's office, 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.

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The Catalyst May 16, 1995 3 THE FUTURE OF GENDER STUDIES AT NEW COLLEGE Meg Hayes This is the second of a two part series on the topic of Gender Studies at New College. The first part appeared in issue 29 of The Catalyst. Gender studies may be on its way towards becoming an official joint area of concentration, if Literature Professor Andrea Dimino has anything to say about it. Dimino sponsored a tutorial this semester that focused on creating an official urea of study to be integrated into the '95'97 New College General Catalog by next fall. Busy schedules have delayed a meeting to form a draft of the program, but Dimino plans to work on a copy and distribute it to the faculty. She hopes to hold a meeting with the faculty during the week of the 22nd to formalize the program and prepare it for the General Catalog. Many professors have shown interest in supporting the program, including Chris Hassold, Doug Berggren, John McDiarmid, Jennifer Herdt, Malena Carrasco, Terry Palls, candidate Amy Reid (humanities), Sandra Gilchrist, Suzanne Sherman, Eirini Poimenidou (natural sciences), David Brain and Charles Green (social sciences). The majority of the courses that would be offered under the heading of gender studies already exist. Dimino will offer a Jane Austen/ Emily Dickinson class, and she regularly offers courses on 19th and 20th century British and American women writers and some European writers. From an Art-Historical perspective, Carrasco has stated that her class Medieval Women is appropriate for a gender studies curriculum. She also said that she has directed some theses on similar subjects. Hassold's Madness and Modernism, Images of Women, and Fin-de-Siecle all have themes that hold potential for gender studies. She stated that as currently listed, Images of Women and Fin-de-Siecle are clearly gender studies, and while Madness and Modernism does not explicitly state a gender theme, it tends towards discussions on feminism. Herdt will be teaching Feminist Ethics and Theology in the fa]) of 1995, and she hopes to teach it every two years if it goes over well. The module on ethics will be mainly Anglo feminist theory, discussing the debate surrounding "the ethics of care," the theoretical male/female dichotomy, and topics such as pornography and spousal abuse. The module on theology will be oriented towards Christianity and Judaism, but she stated that she would welcome papers on non-Western religions. Gilchrist said that she would be willing to sponsor ISPs or tutorials on women in science or sexism in science. She stated that the faculty have a responsibility to include discussions of women and minority groups in their regular classes. She also stated that she regularly attends gender equity conferences and has quite a large collection of materials surrounding the topic of gender that she would like to share with students. Poimenidou does not presently offer courses dealing with gender but has considered teaching a Women in Math course as a module-length tutorial, perhaps during the '96'97 academic year. She stated that it's an interesting idea, but she worries about faculty spreading themselves thin by teaching outside their concentrations. Brain agreed to be listed under the heading gender studies because many of his classes include discussions of gender. Dimino stated that Reid brings expertise in feminist theory to New College, and her application included an outline of a comparative literature course on women writers in the Ameri cas. Dimino believes that a joint concentration involving gender studies will prove a great opportunity for many students. "I'm ery excited about getting this off the ground. I think it's going to be wonderful for the students, and some of the faculty are excited about it. It's important to me that women be able to study their culture through the point of view of women," she said. She also emphasized the importance of male students and faculty taking interest in gender studies, which should include the study of men, highlighting the relationships between the genders. "B-DORM" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Center," Colvin said, "At some place, the process didn't work, and we need to reexamine it." The 25 feet between corners of the two buildings is not B-donn's only concern. Current plans for the student center do not include its second phase, an extension that will likely be added to the center's south side. Lyttle said phase II probably will be built as a "linear extension" along Bayshore Drive, and will be about 25 to 30 feet away from B-dorm's east side. B-dorm residents also designated last week "B-dorm Awareness Week," to promote its cause, scheduling nightly meeting to discuss B-dorm's value to New College and decorat ing sidewalks around campus with chalked "B"s and slogans like, "Yay B-dorm!" The week culminated with a night of movies and a parade from B-dorm to Palm Court.

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4 The Catalyst May 16, 1995 ROCKY'S ROCKIN' RESTAURANT REVIEW (REDUX) Rocky Swift This, the third installment of my restaurant reviews, thankfully did not require my going to skanky all night establish ments, but rather to decent restaurants that served decent food This is a problem because there is nothing qualifying me more than anyone else to judge the quality of an eating place-but I am pretty good at bitching, which is all the talent I needed to have to do the first two reviews. This time around, I'm going to have to try my hand at saying something nice for a change, because, try as I might I could find little wrong with most of the following restaurants. There is a general theme throughout these restaurants and that is they all serve excellent meat. Vegetarians may wish to turn back now because I am about to discourse on the exquis ite pleasure of chewing and devouring the flesh of dead cow. God do I love beef! It can be so good Unfortunately, the good souls at Marriott are just not quite up to par when it comes to carnivorous cuisine (I love alliteration too) Don't get me wrong; they serve a mean shepherd's pie, but sometimes the hankering to delve into semi-cooked bovine overpowers me and I must leave campus in search of good beef. I'll start with the nicest place I've been too lately and that is the Cafe of the Arts. This is a very cool place. The Cafe is well within walking distance for carless students (suckers) and it is well worth the extra dinero that the entrees cost. The restaurant is French and the owner is likely to greet you at some point during your meal. (Hint: Do not say to him, "Bonjour, Frenchy-boy, the vittles is mucho delicioso!" He'll give you a dirty look ) The Cafe of the Arts does qualify as a somewhat fancy restaurant, but the atmosphere is surprisingly unpreten tious. The service is excellent, so expect to tip well. I had the beef stroganoff, which cost around $12.95 with vegetables and a .. -.. tdotA,..A"lft,.ta,c Clotl.t,., 2.'fe>JCAt 61( 334 So. ?i!:lud.. Sa'la9or.a,;f.la. salad. I can't afford pay that kind of dough every night, but every once in a while it is a real treat. The stroganoff was fantastic; you can really tell they take care in preparing the food. My companion had the veal, which was very good as well. The poor baby calf was not confined in a tiny cage for the duration of its short life for nothing This is the point where we diverge from the fancy, shmancy sort of places and get down to the manly steak houses The best of these seems to be the Outback Steakhouse. I know of two of these franchises; one is near the cheap theater on University Boulevard the other is in Bradenton on Cortez Road. The Outback Steakhouse is chock full of cheesy Australian gimmicks, props and slogans. Expect to see stuffed kangaroos and koala bears, pictures of Paul Hogan on the walls, and plenty of boomerangs and large knives all over the place. The menu carries on in the theme with copious amounts of "G'day mates," mentionings of "barbys," and at least one reference to Mad Max. About the time you are hoping to God that all this hokiness is tongue-in-cheek, your table should be ready. One annoying thing is that you can not make reservations at the Outback, but they will give you a nifty pager to let you know when they can seat you. The Outback Steakhouse specializes in, of course, steaks. I can verify that the steaks are exceptionally tasty, and I have it on good authority that the seafood is good as well. The steaks are very thick; they have the shape of a small loaf of bread. I recommend the Outback Special, which is ten ounces and costs $10.95. A word of warning : beware of rare. I like rare meat, but as a result of the thickness of Outback's steaks, a rare order may result in a nasty case of round worm or trichinosis. Medium rare is bloody enough for any Cro-Magnons still extant. The waiter will try to talk you into getting something called a "blooming onion," which is a batter dipped, fried onion with horseradish sauce. It's pretty good, but you will honestly have more than enough to eat with any steak order that comes along with potato and salad. Next is Hops' Bar and Grill. Hops is located north on the trail in Bradenton and is fairly close to the Olive Garden. Now if you are in the neighborhood of Hops, you may be tempted to go ahead and go to the nearby Southern Kettle. It's okay, I understand how difficult it can be to avoid such a fine establishment, but you really should try forsaking the Kettle for "REVIEW" CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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The Catalyst May 16, 1995 5 NEW PARKVIEW COUNSELOR CHOSEN Byron Hartsfield New College has a new full-time psychological counselor. Chris Pantzis has been working for two years as one of three part-time counselors for our Parkview House. When a full-time position became available, Pantzis was eager to apply. After an interview process that was open to all New College students, Pantzis (the only male counselor Parkview has) was chosen. He will be the only full-time counselor other than Anne Fischer, who also has administrative duties. Pantzis has a Master's Degree in Social Work. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Professional. He has twenty years' experience as a counselor. This includes work at a mental health center, residential sub stance abuse counseling, work at Sarasota's Anabasis Retreat Center, teaching college, full-time private practice, and running two "men's groups." He cited his experience in substance abuse as one factor that makes him a good counselor for New College, although he said he is "not a prohibitionist," admitting, "Hey, I did my share" of psychoactive substances. When I was introduced to Chris Pantzis, he was reading a book entitled Angry Men. Passive Men by Marvin Allen. He was eager to talk about his promotion and his plans for the future of New College counseling. He emphasized that although his primary duty was to assist students in crisis, acting as a sort of "mental health safety net," he was very interested in helping to head off such crises through "groups that promote self-awareness and health" and "opportunities for self-expres sion and self-awareness." For instance, Pantzis said that last year Parkview offered a group on "relationships and family." He has worked with many "men's groups," and would like to form one on campus if there is sufficient interest. He would also like to have a mixed-gender group. He expressed interest in reviving New College's "peer support group," which, "I see as mentoring." He spoke of meditation and personal growth groups. He also mentioned the possibility of "bringing in someone who does dream work or biofeedback." Parkview House has recently added a group session room that will make such activities much easier to conduct. "PARKVIEW" CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 STUDENT INPUT SOUGHT ON INTER NATIONALIZING SCHOOL Ken Burruss The first open meeting of the International Studies Committee was held last Tuesday in LBR 152. The meeting coordinator, Professor Fred Strobel, told students that he hopes to have two students on the committee and that he wanted input from them on how to internationalize New College. Internationalizing the school is been an objective of Dean and Warden Mike Michalson. According to Professor Terry Palls, who attended the meeting, stated that it was, "through his [Michalson's) stimulus that EPC got involved in this." The faculty Educational Policy Committee (EPC) proposed last March that, "Increasing internationalization of the curriculum should be a high priority for New College." The proposal included several strategies including language study, off-campus study, bringing in more foreign students, developing faculty and creating a standing faculty committee for off-campus study, similar to the Environmental Studies Steering Committee. Palls also stated that the committee's purpose is to enhance internalization at New College, not create a new major, although she admitted such a major would be nice. Students offered comments ranging from a wider database for off-campus study and possibly obtaining corporate sponsorship to make such travel possible. Normally, it is the lack of funds that keeps a student from studying abroad. As second-year student Lacey Torge pointed out, 'There are very few students who wouldn't be interested in studying abroad." Director of Special Projects Jim Feeney stated that a new administrative position, Coordinator of Career Planning, should help attain some of these goals. In a separate interview, Feeney stated the position will answer to Anne Fisher in the Health and Well ness Center. The object of the position is to, "basically run a career development office," including running workshops, gathering resources, and creating liaisons with local businesses. There are currently two candidates for the position. Any student who wishes more information should contact the Parkview center. Strobel stated that there will be no further meetings this semester but urged any interested student to get in touch with him.

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6 The Catalyst May 16, 1995 IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE NO, IT'S SUPER R.A. Nick Napolitano A new student affairs position, tentatively labelled Super RA, is slated to be filled starting next semester. Created by Dean and Warden "Mike" Michalson under the supervision of Tim Richardson, this position will offer students an additional "support-type staff member, whose job will be to focus on programming, assist the Student Life Coordi nator [see article regarding position], and help supervise the RA staff." The position will be filled by a New College alum or recent graduate, a strategy Richardson describes as "taking the strengths out of New College and putting them right back in." That person will live on-campus, in Richardson's former third court apartment (Room 309). Because the Super RA will have no classroom responsi bilities, he or she will be "expected to do the work of twelve RAs," Richardon says. He went on to mention that the Super RA will be particularly helpful in assisting students plan various campus events, like the Race and Gender Symposium, Coming Out Week, and Women's Awareness Month. Richardson also hopes that the position will "bridge the communication gap between Residential Life and the Counseling Center." In closing, Richardson said "We're all excited about this position because it has the potential to do so much ... to pump up spirit and community. I expect big things from it." S.A.C. COORDINATOR CANDIDATES DOWNTOFOUR Ken Burruss The candidates for next year's Student Affairs Coordi nator position at New College have been narrowed down to four. All four are current students at New College who will be graduating this year. They are Konnie Kruczek, Sara Kuppin, Amy Stultz, and Leslie Shaffer. Asked how he went about choosing the candidates, Johnson replied, "These are the only four who submitted letters and resumes." The person chosen will be the interim coordinator for next year. Next spring, a full search will be conducted to find someone permanent for the position. POLICE LOG May4 2:55amOfficer 111 arrested 2 male subjects for loitering and prowling in the vicinity of B-dorm. [no time specified] New College police were notified of investigation that originated in Tampa regarding a computer crime. A non-student was suspected of "breaking codes and passwords" on virtu. May7 !2:56am-A palm tree near the pool was set on fire during the Luau by an unidentified student. By the time the police arrived, it had been put out. MayS I :55am -A report was filed about a suspicious person who had gone through a student's personal belongings, including some jewelry and an address book. The person had been invited into the student's room, and had been apparently living in the dorms the whole semester. 7:03pm -The person was found at Caples and given a written trespass warning. May9 3:30am-A suspicious person was found trespassing in the band room area. [no time specified] -A second stop sign was stolen from the traffic cone outside of the campus police station. The police would appreciate it if the signs were returned, as they cost $25 a piece and they only have a few left. Mayll II :31 am Officer MacDaniels responded to a complaint that two students were swimming nude in the pool. The case was referred to student court. TIMELESS MUSlC New & Used CO's VJOYI Records & Cassettes Picture Discs Old Sheet Music Antique Radios & Recotd Players Rock Videos 5754 South Tamlaml Trail Sarasota. FL 34231 Phone: 941-922-8661 FAX: 941-922-0696 Free Search Service any Medium

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The Catalyst May 16, 1995 7 ON MARRIAGE, GRADUATION, DEATH AND THE FIREPOWER YOU NEED TO DEAL WTH THEM Graham Strouse Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. -Dylan Thomas Hasta Ia vista, ba-by. -Amold Schwartzeneggar Last Saturday night I shook the hand of one Altom Maglio, a gent who graduated from New College a couple years ago. He got married on Sunday. I always thought there was a special sort of manly handclasp one learns just for this sort of purpose. Not so, I discovered. Fortunately, pure shock im proves my grip strength enough for me to fake it. I congratulated Altom and told him how spooky this marriage thing sounded. He smjled and agreed. In a couple of weeks I'll be attending the graduation ceremonies for New College's class of 1995. I should be among them but I'm not. Let's just say I've opted out of Satori and decided to take the long way around the mountain. I don't know offhand how many of the folks I started school withare going to be matriculating this year. At last count, less than half of us remain from a class of about 165. A few graduated early, others, myself included, plan to take the five year plan. A lot of folks just kind of disappeared, like John Bowley, my first work out partner at NC. John smoked a lot of pot and ended up going home to Ohio and from there to parts unknown. He lasted one semester. My first roommate also left. He was this big blond guy named Pat who had the pleasure of living with an utterly psychotic lunatic for fourteen weeks (that would be me). Pat sponsored the Wall that inspired the March on Bayshore, which in tum persuaded the police that this Wall-thing was just a plain old bad idea. Thus began The Year the Wall's Died. Last I heard, Pat was training to be a fire-fighter in Ocala. In the past four years, I've seen so many people disappear, I don't even recall their last names-Kurt, Mohammed, Heather. They dropped like drosophila in a bio lab, like Pickett's men at Gettysburg. Since I came here, I've been institutionalized twice and failed three contracts. I've watched a group of basically sane people drive off to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Halloween PCP weekend to exorcise a cranky spirit from the house of a former student. I was in Louisville, visiting an ex-girlfriend while an early snow colored the autumn trees white as spectres. We all came back and compared notes. They told me that the end of the world was coming. I still think I would have been better off with the demon. Last January, a few months after the Ghostbusters hung up their proton packs, I heard that a first year student who was a good friend of my roommate had just died in a car accident. I didn't know him well, but I recall being partly responsible for coming up with his nickname, PBJ. Damn spooky, that .. Mortality is a lot like love and assassinations. It sneaks up on you and whacks you in the back of the ne.:k when you're busy with something. Death is the most obvious herald of mortality, but so are marriage and graduation. Mortality is the realization that you have a past, a fairly substantial chunk of your life has become written text. In other words, it's unalterable. The realization of mortality is the realization that there is obviously no such thing as a grown up, because by every quantifiable standard, you are a grown-up. And it strikes you that neither you nor any of the other members of this not-so-exclusive club have any idea what the hell you're doing. Mortality is also, of course, the realization that you're going to die, but that's not the scary part. The scary part is the absolute knowledge that you have nothing to look forward to but the rest of your life. *** The blithely depressing existentialist playwright Jean Anouilh (pronounced, appropriately, ennui), once described tragic sentiment as a sort of kinship that grows amongst charac ters burdened by the knowledge that no matter how loud they scream, Jane won't stop this crazy thing. "In a tragedy", he wrote, "nothing is in doubt and everyone's destiny is known. That makes for tranquility. There is a sort of fellow-feeling that occurs among characters in a tragedy: it's all a matter of what part you are playing. Tragedy is restful; and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it. There isn't any hope. You're trapped. The whole sky has fallen in on you and all you can do is shout." You say all the things you've ever wanted to say, because there's no reason not to anymore You shout at the top of your lungs; because you'll not have need of your lungs much longer. Carpe diem, for tomorrow you shall be foot fungus. It's a beautiful sentiment, but what does one do when "ASYLUM" CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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8 The Catalyst May 16, 1995 "ASYLUM" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 Thesismania runs wild all over you? What do you do when you suffer a minor stroke and propose to someone as a result? And she accepts. What do you do when someone decides to lock you up in a partitioned room because the state says you're a danger to yourself? What do you do when someone you know dies? Life is, sadly, more melodrama than tragedy. The curtain doesn't always close at the most opportune times, and sometimes you've got to find a mantra to run up the mainmast. When I was a kid, I watched this Japanimated series, Starblazers. Starblazers featured an assortment of villainous, crayola colored (but otherwise strikingly human-looking) Gamalons; pale, anorexic space-princesses; and wild-haired heroes decked out in bell-bottoms. Starblazers kicked, despite the bell-bottoms. The atmosphere was dark and utterly unsmurfy. The soundtrack was appropriately stirring and heroic. More importantly, the charac ters had lives and relationships. They lived something resem bling real lives and sometimes they died. And they had this ship. The Argo (named after the flagship of the mythological Greek hero Jason), was carved from the hulk of the World War II Japanese super-dreadnought Yamato. Working long hours with (presumably) lots ofWD-40 (The Yalnato sank at the battle of Okinowa in 1945, 254 years before the show was set) and lots of super-glue (A hit to one of the Yamato's magazines blew it in half), engineers from Earth's underground cities transformed the wreck into the baddest of all space battleships. Of course, the Argo, like any classic-model battleship, needed some restoration to bring it up to snuff; the most notable change being a modest alteration to the ship's propulsion system. Replacing those oil-burning engines was the timesaving, space folding wave motion engine, an eight hundred foot cylinder that ran from bow to aft, a nifty device that could, in a pinch, redirect it's energies to the concave, rifled aperture up front that formed the mouth of the most awesomely destructive bad-guy blaster there was: the wave motion gun. I liked the wave motion gun. To a twitchy eight-year old fearful of the world and most of its inhabitants, the wave motion gun seemed to encom pass all that was good and pure in the world. It was a refutation of fear, a slap against the void. The Gamalons send a thirty ship fleet against you, you fire the wave motion gun. A pesky missile platform's poking holes in your hull? Fire the wave motion gun. Suffering from chronic halitosis? Fire the wave motion gun. The wave motion gun swept away everything in its path, enveloped ships and men in a flood of hot light. They became black silhouettes, as if their souls had been turned inside out, and their impurities laid naked to the world. And then they broke up, disintegrated, like a cleansing ritual. Matter burned away and all that was left was vacuum. If there was a any slate left, suffice to say it had been cleaned. The Japanese have a talent for finding something beautiful in death. Those Mitsubishi zeroes that screened the Yamato at Okinawa--the ones filled with just enough gas for a one way flight--were originally called "Cherry Blossoms" before we vulgarized them as kamikazes. The nuke that we called "Fat Boy," the survivors of Hiroshima called "The Original ChHd Bomb." I guess some people just deal with mortality better. Good luck, John. Good luck, Pat. Good luck, Altom. Good luck, PBJ. I've got to run. Wave motion buns are running cheap in Tampa and my radar's picked up a huge blip approach ing fast. I think it's a thesis. Maybe it's just my life, I find it difficult to distinguish between friends and enemies. Unrestricted Internet Access Local Call Z8800bps No Use/Disk Storage Fee "PARKVIEW" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Pantzis expressed concern that New College's counse lors were "kind of isolated" from the rest of campus. In part, he plans to become more involved "just by being around infor mally, meeting people," while making certain to "be respectful of students' boundaries." He also hopes that he can be a "resource" for the RAs. Pantzis said that, "Bringing a nurse in here was a good idea" because it makes Parkview House, "more visible in the community." He felt the same way about the career counseling position for which interviews are currently being held. Pantzis works out regularly at the Fitness Center and he hopes that he can work with the Center to aid students' overall "wellness." "I do have a holistic view of mind, body and spirit -that whole idea." He will begin to work full-time over the summer, preparing for next year.

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The Catalyst May 16, 1995 9 REMEMBERING Ken Burruss My grandfather was a World War II vet. He served in a tank division in the British 8th Army. He enlisted a year before the war at age 17. By the end ofthe war, he was a tank commander. He never wanted to be an officer. In the living room of his house, he had two plaques up: one of the Desert Rats, the other showing an early tank and the words, "Fear Naught." I didn't notice them that much until I grew older. I'd remember my mother mentioning snippets of stories about him. She'd say how he used to tell her stories when she was growing up. I asked him about it but he never really wanted to talk about it. He wasn't bitter about it; he just didn't say much. "Where did you fight in the war?" I'd ask him while we sitting out by his pool. "Oh, all over, son," he'd say and then take another sip from his beer. Sometime a year or two before his death, I asked him if I could interview him about the war and what he did He answered, "Ready?" I said, "Now?" He said, "Why not?" So I got a piece of paper and a pencil. He started talking and I wrote it down in quick notes He didn't mention everything. In fact, he left a damn lot out. It wasn't until his funeral I learned he'd been in every major engagement for the British. Still, between what he did tell me and what I've heard from family, I know a little of what happened to him. I know he had his toes shot off and stitched back on. I know of the time he parked a tank so close to a cafe he nearly knocked its wall down. I know he fought a long time in NorthAfrica, chasing back and forth after Field Marshall Rome] and the Germans. I know he fought in Egypt, Greece, Crete, France, and Holland at least. I know he was held in a POW camp in Africa by the Italians for a little time. After a while, all the prisoners simply rushed the fence, pushed it down, and kept on running. The outnumbered Italians never fired a shot. I know the boat carrying him to Normandy struck a sandbar. The first tank to roll off the boat sank into the water. My grandfather was in the second tank, and only stopped it when he saw the first tank disappear off radar. My grandfather's tank was ha1f-off the boat, but they brought it back in. No one ever saw the first tank again. I know his tank was hit by a bazooka in Breda, Holland. He'd been directing his tank out of a city ambush. The shell knocked the turret off his tank, with him in the turret. The shock of the blast blinded him. His tank ran over the turret, with him going between the treads. He would have remained there, but a girl ran out into the street and pulled him inside. The British retrieved him a few days later. He was flown back to Britain, and his eyesight restored by the King's eye surgeon. The British gave him the Victorian Cross, their highest medal, and had him drive a halftrack until the end of the war. I've read in the newspapers about the 50th anniversary ofV-E Day. I've seen the pictures of old soldiers, who seem to be commemorating more than celebrating. I try to think of what my grandfather would have done for V-E Day. I'm not sure. I think he simply would have gone out with my grandmother for a drink with friends. He was like that. 10%0FF No Deposit No Administration Fee 10% off with this Ad II:'-... ..---, --' \ ( / --,..Ji 'C.J Rest Easy on raur Summer Store Your Belongings with Us While You are Away. Oimate G:mtrolled Lockers from Cb.ly $6/month G:>mputerized Access Storage Sizes for Every Need from Small Electronics to RV s fhudget Mini Storage 6512 -14th Street West 1909 Whitfield Park Loop Bradenton Bradenton 758-QOO 1 7 58-1545

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10 The Catalyst May 16, 1995 SUMMER CONSTRUCTION MADNESS Rocky Swift Summer ushers in many things: sunburns, love-bugs, Baseball strikes, famHy vacations to Mammoth Cave National Park. For New College, however, summer means the joy of construction madness. Now you may be thinking: Why should I care what construction projects will be going on while I'm gone? Well, if you thought that, then you are a silly twit; for you should be aware and concerned about how the very face of our beloved school will be forever altered during the summer months. The grandest of the improvements that is set to happen is the Pei dorm renovations. A budget of $400,000 dollars has been set to replace the roof of the Pei dorms, which will subse quently be waterproofed. Some interior renovations are planned as well as some exterior masonry work. This project will likely not be completed by the start of the next school year. Palmer Building C, Cook Library, and the Fitness Center will all undergo renovations and corrections this summer. Parkview House and College Hall will have their construction projects finished as well. The Viking dormitory will have its plumbing replaced and will possibly be re-carpeted. The Publications and the Student Government Offices may be re-prunted as well. The much debated West Campus Student Center construction will begin during the break at a cost of around $300,000. The new marine biology facility may also break ground as well. Many other projects are planned but awrut approval and/or funds to begin. Say good-bye to our brand new strurs. They do not meet up to the architect's specifications, so they will be tom up and built all over again. SAN FRANCISCO STYLE HEALTIIY MEXICAN FOOD 1430 Maift St. Saruou.H. 3i231 366-9439 FAXJ66..9538 "REVIEW" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 once and give Hops a chance. Hops is a standard steakhouse with the added gimmick of having a mini-brewery in the restaurant. I'm afrrud I can't report on the beer, but I can say that the 14 ounce top sirloin I had was extremely good and worth the $12.95 price. The steak arrived with this weird, white creamy topping, but it tasted all right. You get the standard baked potato and salad with your order plus a very nice, fluffy croissant that is a pleasant change from the norm. Unfortunately we must take quite a step down in our review of the Old Hickory restaurant. I don't know how the Hickory stays open. In the two times that I have been there, the place was nearly empty. During my most recent excursion I literally had to go back to the kitchen to hunt up a wrutress. was disappointed to learn that Andrew Jackson was not the owner and proprietor of the Old Hickory restaurant. The restaurant has a strange odor and ambiance to it. It's difficult to explrun. Old Hickory reminds me of the Viking dorms. Its tragic effort at fanciness fails in a way that only a place built in the 70's can. My friend noted that the eerie atmosphere is somewhat reminiscent of a scene from a Stephen King story. The menu proclaims "Best Steaks in Sarasota." This revelation instantly revived my fruth in the Old Hickory, and I knew that I had made the right choice, God forbid they might be l.Yi..ng. I had the sirloin tips at Old Hickory, and while I would like to continue complaining, I must admit that the meat is pretty adequate. So for those few brave meat lovers out there in that sea of sensitive non-conformists called New College, don't give up hope! There is delicious, bleeding, char-grilled protein to be had in this town and you don't have to go to far to get it. Then agrun, you could stay here and enjoy the rapture of Marriot's, oh-so-yummy Salisbury steak. Or maybe not. Usecl 113()d<:.S 3913 Brown Avenue Sarasota, Fl 34231 Voice/Fax (813) 365 Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Closed Sunday 1096 DISCOUNT OFF PURCHASE WlTH STUDENT J.D.

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The Catalyst May 16, 1995 11 YOUR SUMMER HOROSCOPE Foretold by Byron Hartsfield Taurus (April 20-May 20) Your trip to Europe will turn out disastrously after terrorists hijack your plane and Mossad is forced to blow it up in the interests of national security. Sorry. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Good news for Gemini: the doctors were wrong. You really don't have a problem. Stop taking the lithium for a few days, and see how much better you feel. Cancer (June 21-July 22) You will have the opportunity this summer for a part-time job in the glamorous and lucrative field of pharmaceutical retailing. Remember to save half of all you earn, and think about the Federal Witness Protection Program. Leo (July 23-Aug 22) Your plans for global domination proceed smoothly. Look for continued opposition from G.I. Joe until August, by which time Zartan's infiltration should be complete. Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 22) Like Cancer, you find the summer full of exciting job opportunities. Contact a Miss Heidi Fleiss, of Hollywood. Libra (Sept 23-0ct 22) Your summer plans will have to be curtailed somewhat after your bank accidentally credits a $2000 deposit as a withdrawal. Unfortunately, they have computer records to back them up, and the court will wind up ordering you to pay the $57.85 which the bank can prove you owe. Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) Leo is pleased with your success in the infiltration of the G.l. Joe team. You've slipped up a couple of times, though, and Snake-Eyes is getting suspicious. Take him out soon. Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) This summer, your judgement already impaired, you will unwisely drop an entire sheet of acid at once. Your summer will be very interesting, if not especially productive. Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) This summer, your love life will continue to fail to exist. Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) I know you've been having trouble getting a summer job. Try applying for employment as a Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller. Sure, it's a dirty job, but it pays well, and somebody has to do it ... Pisces (Feb 19-March 20) Sometime this summer, armed agents of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms will break down your door, beat you severely, and destroy your home. Get rid of all your drugs and weapons, and buy fire insurance. Aries (March 21-April19) You should go home and visit your family this summer. You may have had some differences with your parents in the past, but remember that you're always welcome in the Horsehead Nebula. SIUDE GIVE US HIGH GRADES. 4808 S. Tamiami Tr. At The Landings (813) 921-2589 CENTERS OF AMERICA We Ship Anything, There is no Beyond the Ivory Tower this week. A newspaper outside you dorm costs 25 cents. Buy Sell Trade Splurge. Downtown Sarasota 1488 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 U.S.A. Open 7 Days A Week (813) 366-1373

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12 The Catalyst May 16, 1995 .---------------------0 L/Pg OF /IV(J. "Call if you're lost or confused, we undei"SUlnct. OUr staff Is ready to serve you. Just don't make l!!ti'YY sudden movements and ... it's best not to SUire! 5715 Old 301 Bradenton, FL 813/7 55-6333 Fax 755-6266 CAl.L OR FAX FOR A FREE BUMPER STICJCERf {1Q = '< r:/} (I) 0 g. (1) 0 THE LAST WORD Ken Burruss This is the last issue of The Catalyst for the semester After a brief summer hiatus we ll be back, starting with our 1995 Orientation Issue The Catalyst would not have been possible this year without the financial contributions of the Dean and Warden's office, the New College Foundation and especially the SAC. In addition, the Foundation was of great assistance in helping us organize ourselves financially, in mailing out subscriptions and even in printing master copies on a few mornings. A great deal of thanks also goes to our academic sponsors, Dean and Warden Gordon Michalson and Professor Maria Vesperi. Michalson's unrestricted support was a great boon. Words cannot express how much Professor Vesperi has done for this newspaper in terms of guidance and teaching. Finally, I wish to thank Nick. Kristina, Meg, Byron, Jake, Rocky, Sara, Kate, Graham, Gary, Adam, Anjna, Michael, Kelcey, James and (most of aU) lien. These were the ones who worked every week to tum out the best publication this campus has seen in years, and I will always be in awe of their efforts. Have a happy summer, and we look forward to your readership next year. ANNOUNCEMENTS As a service for New College students, the Catalyst will post a Summer Announcements page on its homepage (http:// www.sar.usf.edu/-catalyst). E-mail James Reffell (reffell@virtu.sar.usf.edu) with your information. * A Personal Growth and Sharing Group will be meeting in the Student Activities Office on Wed., May 17 from 7 to 9 pm. Call 3593798 for more information or if you can't make it Wed. The group hopes to meet throughout the summer but everyone (faculty, students, staff, NC, USF, Sarasota residents) is invited. The group is based on the community-building ideas of M. Scott Peck. & Shlp 1o% shipping mscount 15% Off Ground Shipping Sunshine Shipping &> Business Seruices, Inc. UPS/Airborne/Fed-EM Pack &> Load Seruices Packaging Supplies Typing Seruices Crates &> BoHes of All Sizes Professional Specialty Packaging 4599 J4tll st.w. cortezPiaza{BraaentonJFREE PICK-UP & DILIUEHY! (8 J 3)727-744 7 727-0424 Right.NeMt To Circui. t City.!. Uisa C. Master Card


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