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Volume \1, Issue 7 2 N ov. 27-27, 7995 Profile: Captain Cannibal Scarflap I b y K e ll y Nic h o l s "Ti m e f or kitty to ge t s t oned ... -a Can n ibal relati o n Pei dorm room 207 has a history unlike most others. It was in this modest Second Court fishbowl that the orange [JI tabby known formally as Capt. Cannibal Scarflap I was housed on his arrival here at New College. And Cannibal remembers his roots; he visits the room often. Along with any other room that strikes his fancy. Cannibal was introduced to New College in February of 1995. Jen Lushear, then a first-year, picked him up from a veterinary clinic where he had received treatment for fractures incurred during an automobile accident. One can't help but to assume that the incident had a great effect on Cannibal's demeanor. You'd be bitter too if you got run over by a car. His first months on campus were a time of convalescing; he stayed predomi nantly indoors and was fairly sedate. Then it happened. Something in Cannibal's mind snapped and his humor became one that is best characterized by Jen 's painful recollection: "sometimes, when his eyes would dilate, he would chase things that just weren't there." Since losing his mind, Cannibal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Police Meeting ... Abortion Clinic ... Contracts Aikido 3 4 6 7 8 9 Silicon Jungle Frozen Meatballs Imperial Dynasty ... 10 Abort, Retry, Fail? WE CAN DANCE IF WE WANT TO by Graham Strouse $2,000 for AIDS-Manasota. By the time the Dance Marathon The Marathon kicked off at 9:00 ended, Assistant Resident Counselor P.M. Friday night at the Second Court Tracie Merritt's hips had l ong since "Beach Party." There wasn't much surf or shaken free of the beat of the music a n d sand in Second Court, but RAs Lara third-year Robin Stockseth was doing a Glasgow and Keyoor Patel did manLatin two-step to the tune of an invisage to procure a wading pool. A ible Mariachi. photographic collage of a beach Merritt and Stockseth were scene filled one wall and candles two of the six dancers who lasted and bamboo torches lit the night. the full 12 hours ofNC's lith anThey did have music, however, nual Dance Marathon. Student and free food. It was clo e enough. Activities Coordinator Sara There we r e 12 dancers at this point. Kuppin organized this year's inKuppin planned to keep the marastallment of the Marathon to benefit thon in Second Court for the duration AIDS-Manaso t a. It wasn't an easy job. of the party and a subsequent performance The 1995 Dance Marathon was by the band Slip at 10:00 P.M. Slip, howmarred by low attendance, equipment failever, drew two noise complaints, one ure, and a police shutdown which forced from on campus. The Wall would have to the Marathon inside Hamilton Center long be moved inside. Not many were pleased before the appointed hour. The Marathon with the change of venue. was marked, however, by the handful of ''I'm a little disappointed," said students who battled through frustration Kuppin after the equipment was moved and physical fatigue to raise an estimated CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PARKI N G HERE BUT INCONVENI E N T by Rocky Swift If you've bad a problem parking on west campus, you are not the only one. Some professors and taff have com plained of difficulties parking close to their desired buildings. The problems stem from an excess of USF and New College students on campus during certain times of the day. The primary location of these hardships is at the parking lots around the Hanson and Selby buildings. The lots become most congested around midday and again near nightfall. "It's definitely the U.P. [University Program] classes that do it," said Profes sor of Physics Peter Kazaks. "At night time it's jammed." Nat ural Sciences ecretary Nedra Hartley has had difficulty as well. "You just assume that if you buy a parking ticket, you get to park in the back next to the building." University Police said that the school has adequate parking facilities. TI1e police do regular parking surveys of all lots on school grounds. "We may have 900 spaces on campus. On any given night, we don't exceed 600 [in capacity]," said UPD Captain William Kelly. "There's enough parking on this campus that is needed." Kelly has noted parking problems near Hanson and Selby and said that police occasionally partition off the grassy area in front of Parkview House to allow additional parking. "Unfortunately, parking is not as convenient as users would like it." The Caples Fine Arts complex also suffers from a parking shortage. TI1e CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
2 The Catalyst Nov. 21-27, 1995 "CANNIBAL'' FROM PAGE 1 has become a major player in the New College feline scene. First off, he ditched room 207 for the luxury of living in the great outdoors, where he currently resides. There he's found bountiful food, students who for orne reason adore his step-off attitude, and most importantly, other cats. Yes, other cats to fight with and rule over, to court and ignore. Cannibal is such an enigmatic individual that to get a firm grasp on who he really is, one must talk to those who live with him and share his world. "No other mammal on campus knows what's up like Cannibal does," surmi es econd year Tony West, noting the serene vigi lance that Cannibal maintains. "He's a loveable badass," said Assistant Resident Counselor Tracie Merritt when asked about student percep tions of Cannibal. "He's the guardian angel of Palm Court." When asked what he thought of Cannibal, Third Court RA Eric Piotrowski matter-of-factly replied, "I think he's orange!" The following is a transcription of an exclusive interview with him: Kelly: So, Cannibal, how've you been doing? Cannibal: (Annoyed look. Silent.) K: Alright then. I just have a few ques tion ; I'll try to keep it brief. How do you like it here at New College? C: (Head turns away. Still silent.) K: Hmm ... yes, well, how do you feel General Editor lien Zazueta-Audirac Managing Editor Kate Fink Staff Writers Dan Berke, Evan Greenlee, Matthew Grieco, Rachael Lininger, Amanda Loos, James Reffell, Graham Strouse, and Rocky Swift Layout Kelly Nichols and Matthew Spitzer Business Managers Ken Burruss and Sara Foley Computer Guy Steve Wilder Contributors Charles Choi and David Heifetz about your rivalry with Sailor? C: (Yawn. Look of general di gust.) K: Any love interests then? C: (Soft purr. Ears perk.) K: How do you feel about Nietsczhe? C: Nietsczhe's an existentialist buffoon who woke up on the wrong side of the bed one morning and found himself a brain. The fact that he got publi hed at all is beyond my under standing. What more could there be to life than eating, sleeping, and catching small, wild creature who forage too close to the dorms? Nietsczhe, really, get a hobby. K: Fascinating. So what are your political views? C: (Turns to face me.) Who are you? K: Well, uh, I'm Kelly Nichols, reporter for The Catalyst, the newspa per that plans on shaming the world ... C: Shut up. (Gets up. Leaves.) "PARKING" FROM PAGE 1 facility has an auditorium that seats hundreds, but the complex provides only 39 spaces for drivers. That area is scheduled for additional parking. In the meantime, drivers near Hanson and Selby often forget that the old Zinn's restaurant property is nearby, where parking is almost always available. In addition, the adjacent old Circus Museum property has parking available, and users need not have university decals or hangtags to park there. "DANCING .. FROM PAGE 1 in ide. "This is going to make it a lot harder on the dancers." The dancers con curred. There would be more complications. At I :00 A.M ., the Wall equipment broke down, forcing Marathoners to quite liter ally dance to the beat of their own drum mers until a beat box could be procured. "It just really sucks that the evening is just one thing after another," said Merritt. "The dancers are still hanging in there, though." Merritt was one of those who hung in there, along with Seiichiro Yasuda, Stockseth, and first-years Evan Hunter, Fanny Fitch, and Hazen Komraus. They went wire to wire. They fought through mental fatigue and lactic acid build-up. They danced through the night and the long, still morning. Those six dancers were there at 6:00 A.M. when Director of Housing and Stu dent Affairs Mark Johnson arrived with breakfast-a deep dish full of crepes. "It's a special family recipe," said Johnson. "My grandmother's famous Swedish pancake recipe." The dancers were there when the Jehovah's Witnesses showed up with cop ies of Awake!, the Jehovah's Witness monthly magazine. They danced away, leaving the Catalyst reporter to talk to the Witnesses. At 8:59 and 50 seconds, Robin Stockseth began the countdown to shut down. At 9:00, someone popped a balloon. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:/ /www.sar. usf.edu/ -catal yst/index.html Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst Box 75, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail or email@example.com Sarasota, FL 34243 Submissions may also be placed in the Catalyst box marked "Letters to the Editor/ Contributions." (In the Student Gov't. Boxes next to Barbara Berggren's office) Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. Submissions should be labeled a either a letter to the editor or a contribution and include name and contact information. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. 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The Catalyst Nov. 21-27,1995 3 POLICE PRESENCE AT WALLS DISCUSSED by Matthew Grieco A wide ring of two dozen chairs filled the brightly-lit Fishbowl in readiness for last Wednesday's student organized Police Forum. Much to the disappointment of both Captain William Kelly, Director of Campus Police Services, and first-year student David Heifetz, who organized the forum, the vast majority of those chairs remained empty. Six students, including Heifetz and this reporter, were in attendance. Topics raised at the meeting included the hiring process for new officers, police presence at Walls and PCPs, procedures for dealing with police misconduct and student-officer interac tion, and the possibility of the University Police signing on to the New College Student Alliance Constitution. During the forum, Kelly ran down his official policy regarding police presence at Wall which was the official topic for the meeting. His policy is "that our officers should walk through Palm Court, and make observations ... The presence of a uniformed person has a settling effect on people who might want to cause disturbance ." Kelly stated that he did not want officers standing in Palm Court during Walls, but said, "I think a good place for that [police golf] cart is halfway between Ham Center and the Pei Dorms." He also said that he considers it important for officers to patrol the Pei dorms during Walls, to prevent assault of students by intruders. ''I'm not talking about New College students assaulting other New College students," said Kelly. "That's a rarity, m my experience." Kelly fielded a number of student questions regarding the behavior of his officers. "If my 12 subordinates aren't doing what I want them to, then we've got a problem ... It is not my intent to stymie official complaints." Kelly encouraged students who have problems with his officers to come see him in his office, where he i available from 8:00 to 4:00, Monday through Friday. Heifetz asked Kelly if it would be possible to print up a list of policies that the police follow. Kelly observed that the list of rules and regulations affecting him is immense, but said, "If you think that's a problem, I'd be happy to put what are my policies in some kind of written form." When asked if he would be willing to sign the NCSA Constitution, Kelly was ambivalent. He expres ed a willingness to explore better ways of codifying the nature of relations between his office and Student Affairs, but said, "If it's anything like the old document [the NCSA Constitution a adopted in the early '80s], I won't be able to sign it ... If someone's saying you can drink underage, you can use drugs, you can break the noise code, I can't sign that." Fifth-year Dan O'Brien wanted to know if it would be possible to bring prospective police officer to campus to meet students, prior to hire. "I don't have a personal problem with that," said Kelly. "But I'd have to run that by people I work for ... there may be some problems with that that I don't know about." Kelly also pointed out that al though he is ultimately responsible for hiring new officers, he cannot singlehandedly terminate officers once they are employed here. First-year Alicia Luguri asked how Kelly felt about the ways in which the student body has changed since his early time here. "It's much better," replied Kelly quickly. "Some of the students may not like to hear me say that ... I think students today are more goal-oriented, some are less idealistic." "And they're tamer," added Luguri. "Well ... yes ... yeah, yeah," replied Kelly. Kelly spent some time reflecting on his career in police work. ''I'm in the business 41 years ... there's not too many things that are going to surprise me." Kelly, 62, said he prefers working at New College over jobs he hasheld previ ously, and valued the friendships he has made w1th people here. "I find it more gratifying doing this work now than what I started doing at 21 ... I arrested a lot of bad guys in my life, but none of them send me a card or say, 'Hey, Bill, how's life?'" Kelly also expressed disappointment that some students known for their criticism of the police were not present at the meeting. World OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER Russia is refusing to meet the deadline for an arms control agreement, saying the pact had been written up for a nation that no longer exists. The treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe provides for the removal or destruction of up to 50,000 tanks and artillery. A prisoner was hanged and burned by rioting inmates at Athens maximum security prison, police aid Friday. It was the fourth confirmed death of an inmate since more than I ,000 prisoners seized Korydallo prison on Tuesday. National President Clinton and Congress reached an agreement late Sunday to end the six-day government shutdown. Clinton agreed to balance the budget in seven years, while Congress agreed to protect programs such as Medicare and education. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno says she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease three week ago, but feels strong and plans to carry on in her job. Parkinson's is a degenerative disea e that causes trembling and muscular rigidity. Hooters, the restaurant chain known for waitres es in skimpy outfits, brought about 100 so-called Hooters girls to picket the offices of the Equal Employ ment Opportunity Commi swn. The EEOC is demanding that Hooters pay $22 million to men who are alleged victims of the chain's waitress hiring policy. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that President Clinton not speaking to him or to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole during a trip to and from Jerusalem was "part of why you ended up with u sending a tougher" interim spending bill. Gingrich and Dole com plained about having to exit from the rear, rather than the front door used by Clinton. State/Local Want to run over to Madonna's to borrow a cup of champagne? Or lift weights with Sly Stallone? A $3 million Miami home sandwiched between the two celebrities' digs is up for sale. The seven bedroom mansion had belonged to a Miami businessman with alleged tic to the Mob. The government has seized the property and plans to auction it off.
4 The Catalyst Nov. 21-27, 1995 ON THE FRONT LINE by Graham Strouse The weathered old man stands out in front of the Sarasota Women's Health Center at5025 N. Tamiami Trail on a cool, cloudwollen October day. He's wearing a white rain slicker beneath a front-and-back wood placard tethered across his thjn shoulder The placard reads "Babies killed here," in red and black type large enough for the most myopic driver to read. Meanwhile, a middle-aged couple strolls along the sidewalk. Near the Health Center's entrance, the top of a purple umbrella pokes up into the air behind a neat six foot hedge that cuts off ight to and from the clinic's door. The man in the Iicker is John Hungennan. He s one of the ''antis," as the Center' receptionist calls them-the Operation Rescue volunteers who patrol the grounds in front of the squared-off little brown building distributing litera ture and trying to talk women out of having abortions. The man and women patrolling the sidewalk with him are Tom and Linda McClain also with Operation Rescue Out-of sight with the umbrella are clinic escorts Lydia and Victor Sakharov. The five of them square off every Wednesday at the crack of dawn. Hungerman 's out with his sign from about half-past seven to 11 o clock in the morning. When it rains, he throws on the slicker so he can maintain his watch without getting drenched. Some times he gets down on his knees and prays on the sidewalk He's 75 years old. "I told the Lord I was ready to go and he says 'take the sign,'" Hungerman says, laughing into the wind. Hun german's the same age as Lydia Sakharov, the clinic escort hoJdjng her own vigil with her 80-year-old husband on the other side of the hedge. The Sakharovs started escorting women and doctors at the Women's Health Center a year-and-a-half ago, when the highly publicized killings of two abortion clinic doctors by Pro-Life moved them to offer their services. "We're here to not let them interfere with whoever's coming in here, even if it's reporters," Victor says. Mainly, I like to get across the idea that we don't believe you have to have an abortion, but you have a right to your own choice." Hungerman, a former Sarasota city official and industrial engineer, and the Sakharovs, a retired Sarasota couple, both have children and grandchildren. The Sakharovs have been married 54 years. Their son and daughter are both in their 40s. *** Linda McClain and her husband Tom are about the same age as the Sakharovs' children. They're both 44. He's tall and sturdy, with a small, square face, and cropped dark hair shot through with grey. She's pale, blond, and blue eyed. Her face is mapped with laugh lines. He s serious, reticent, and intense. She's vivacious. They live in Bradenton with their six children and have been married for 20 years. Tom owns a sound and lighting business. They ve spent a lot of Wednesdays out here protesting for Operation Rescue. "Been out here seven years, going on," says Tom. My pen runs out of ink. Tom lends me a pencil and walks off to pace the sidewalk stoically. "We are blessed," says Linda, with an eye on her husband. "I've got a man-he's a great one." Like Hungerman, the McClruns arrive at the Women's Health Center early on Wednesdays. "We try to be here to pray before they come," Linda says. Linda has been to jail before-"for violating probation," she says. She was distributing pamphlets at an Operation Rescue protest some years back in which some of the members blocked the entrance to the clinic door. She wasn't Buy Sell Trade The information in the McClain s pamphlets is not all God-inspired, however. There are color photographs of fetuses in their pamphlets, lists of health and psychological problems associated with abortions, quotes and anecdotes from would-be mothers, and the case numbers of local clinic doctors charged with negligence. They found these in the court records. "A lot of our motivation comes from reasonable things," says Tom. "Doctors here have been charged with malpractice suits. This is not a safe procedure." Neither Torn nor the pam phlets say anything about the results of the court cases detailed in the literature, or the frequency of Post-Abortion Trauma. "Nobody has anything they believe in, anymore ," he says. Nobody has anything they're willing to die for. 'That' s why we' re here. We believe in justice. ''I'm an idealistic person," Hungerman adds. His voice is a hush. *** "Ayatollahs, Victor Sakharov calls the abortion clinic shotgun killers "I volunteered to offer some sort of support to people who don't want to be ruled." Not that an 80-year-old body would provide much defense against solid slug. No one thinks it would. "Most of the people who come in aren't exactly in the best state of mind," Lydia says. Lydia and Victor are short, thick waisted and slightly stooped. They both wear wide plastic rimmed glasses and thick sweatshirts proclaiming a woman's CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Get 1 0 o/o 0 ff Used ...... .. .,nno-O.P. j Rare 1). "" .._o "'tt Downtown Sarasota among them, but the police still arrested her. The judge issued her a trespass citation. Later, she got probation. Linda continued pamphleteer ing, however, and was arrested and jailed for eight days "People curse us," she says softly. "The only thing that gives us strength is His strength." 1488 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 U.S.A. Mon-Thurs 10-6 Fri-Sat 10-9 Sun 11-5 (813)366-1373
The Catalyst Nov. 21 -2 7, 1 9 9 5 5 Police Log 11102/95 5:10P. M.: Bike theft reported The bike, valued at $100, was un locked 11103/95 2 :31 A.M.: On-campus noise complaint made The volume was lowered 11/04/95 2:45A.M.: Off-campus noise complaint made. The music was shut off. 11/05/95 3 :17A.M. : Off-campus noise complaint made. The music was shut off. 11111195: Suspicious vehicle spotted at the Boiler Room. McGrath arrested subject for driving with a suspended driver's license, expired tags and warrants out for writing bad checks. 11112/95 3:29A.M.: Off-campus noise complaint made. The music was shut off. "FRONT LINE" FROM PAGE 4 right to choose. His is purple, hers white. Victor's a little wary. The first time I asked who he was, he told me: "You don't need my name. People who spend a lot of time on the other side of the hedge don't receive an open-arms welcome. Doctors and patients entering the clinic turn off of Tamiami Trail, past the Operation Rescue protesters. After they park, they've got about 15or 20 feet to walk before the hedge blocks their line of-sight to the protesters. Call it 10 steps The Sakharovs job is to walk with them. Victor says that about "10 to 20" women show up on any given Wednesday. I ask him if it's a big day for protests. "No," he answers. Physically for us, it's just too hard to get up more than one day a week. We have to get up at six A.M ," his wife says. It seems pretty quiet today, I note. Are there ever any conflicts? "Yes," he says. "They get a little too noisy." "Every once in a while, more people show up and they have an orga nized pray-in," according to Lydia Now, adds Victor, there's a law that prevents the protesters from picketing directly in front of the clinic's doors. There are also regulations preventing anyone, reporters included, from talking to clinic doctors, patients, and other staff members. Victor turns to a woman in purple scrubs passing by the door. "Are you smoking?" he asks smiling. "Give me one "You don t smoke," she says and passes him a cigarette "Now I do," he replies, and lights up. *** The clouds pile up like an ice cream cone. A black haired, gum-smacking woman shows up and talks to Linda for a while. The woman wasn't there for an abortion, but she became so incensed by Linda's description of the facility that she decided it was time to find another one. "We will pray that God will provide another doctor for you says Linda. A young woman with a swelled belly stops by to chat with Linda for a bit. She once planned to abort this child, her third. Linda talked her out of it. The woman considered giving it up for adoption, but an ultrasound has her leaning in the other direction: "I'm thinking about keeping it cause I've got two little boys and they told me it was a girl." "I'm glad I met Linda," the woman says. "She's very spiritually grown. She's very understanding." The woman lives in a Days Inn with her fiance, the child's father. ''When's this fiance going to be a husband?" Tom asks. "He has this thing about where he needs stability," she replies. On the other side of the hedge, Victor walks out from under the shelter of the awning to escort a young, blond woman shuffling out of a van while his wife reads the editorial page of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. I take notes with the pencil Tom lent me and it rains and it rains some more. The McClains distribute literature and blessings to the few who enter the clinic. They give me two pamphlets. Finally, they pack up and leave. They offer me a ride, but I decline. The Sakharovs' umbrella drops out of sight and Hungennan is left standing alone on the sidewalk, vigilant as a lighthouse. Minutes of SAC Meeting Monday, November 13, 1995 Meeting convened at 9:00P.M. All members in attendance except Christa Polley. All votes were unanimous except where otherwise indicated. The "Meet Tracie" Barbecue--Tracie Merritt and Cara Bompignano re quested $120.00 for barbecue which would give students an opportunity to meet their assistant resident counselor. David Salinas and Stephanie Weiss were not present for this vote. allocation: $120.00 College Bowl-Ken Burruss requested $312.50 for five additional practice packets for the College Bowl team. Other sources of funding and/or exchanging packets with other schools were suggested as alternatives to S.A.C. funds in light of the amount already spent on College Bowl. The request was deferred until after Fall Allocations Sweeps. Dance Thtorial Performance-Sara Kuppin and Ashley Overton requested $185.00 for sets and props for the Dance Thtorial Performance to take place on December 7. allocation: $185.00 Clothesline Project-Amy Laitinen requested $200.00 for the Clothesline Project, designed to focus attention on violence against women. The allocation would be spent on 60 t-shirts and art supplies. allocation: $200.00 Second Court Party-Keyoor Patel requested $58.00 for candles, fruit, drinks, and a kiddie pool for the Second Court Party. It was suggested that he find out if the kiddie pool purchased for the Halloween PCP had survived. allocation: $58.00 Meeting adjourned at 9:45 P.M. [minutes prepared by David Salinas]
6 The Catalyst Nov. 21-27, 1995 GRADES ... EEEW!: AN ACADEMIC RETROSPECTIVE by Matthew Grieco How would you like to graduate from New College without writing a se nior thesis? Would it please you to receive a Contract Certification marked "Honors"? What if the only items entered on your transcript were your successes or failures on year-end comprehensive exams? At one point or another in New College's 31-year history each of these has been either an option or a hard-and-fast policy. Contemplating the alien nature of these possibilities, and hoping to unearth some of our school's all-too-buried his tory, I spoke with some key figures in the history of New College, who helped de fine the academic system as we know it today Just for the Record First, I checked in with Nancy Ferraro, New College Director of Records and Registration. Ferraro, who came to New College in 1966, has more reason than anyone to remember the changes which have occurred She has had to adapt her office constantly to keep pace with the myriad policy revisions over the years, and there have been some doozies. Ferraro told me that in the earliest years, student evaluations were "based entirely on comple tion of exams." There were three core programs: one in each of the Divisions Students were not judged on their performance in classes, but on tests given at the end of their first year. The tests were general: Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. A student's transcript consisted solely of his or her evaluations on on these exams, the three possible scores being "Honors," "Satisfac tory," and "Unsatisfactory." Ferraro acknowledged that a lot of students flunked the entire year: "There wasn't anything else that could be put on a transcript other than 3 Unsat exams." Ap parently a number of students spent too much time revelling in their new-found freedom, and not enough time studying for that test next ... May. Founding Father Something had to be done. Enter Douglas Berggren, Professor of Philoso phy and charter member of the New Col lege faculty. In the late 1960s, when the comprehensive exam system was showing serious flaws, Berggren was Chair of the Educational Policy Committee. "It was I who came up with the word 'Contract,"' said Berggren. "I was worried because it sounded a little com mercial." The theory, he said, was that the student in signing the contract was mak ing a promise ... It's better for a person to be involved intensely in something of his own choosing." As liberal as New College has been and is, its policies have not always been conceived with the sole purpose of afford ing the maximum liberty to students. Said Berggren, "The double motive of the con tract system was to give the student more autonomy, and to give more immediate deadlines ... On the one hand it was very conservative, as in, 'Get to work now."' Berggren noted that one ironic re sult of the liberty of the contract system has been that "the students didn't institu tionalize themselves more effectively in the power structure." An Old Hand Professor of Literature Arthur "Mac" Miller came to New College at the same time as Berggren, joining the charter faculty as an Instructor. That, and the fact that he signed over 25 contracts this se mester (more than any other professor), inspired me to seek his opinion on the contract system. When I arrived at his of fice in Caples Hall, he presented me with my Contract Certification from last se mester. "The contract system is infinitely better than the old comprehensive exams," said Miller. "[In the time of the exams), the New College student suicide attempt ratio was ten times above the announced national average. That's an indication of the psychic stress." I asked Miller if he felt the contract system is being used at its full potential. "I don't think the envelope is being pushed," he replied. "One reason why not is that we've become a prep school for grad school. With that expectation, espe cially in Divisions outside Humanities, neither students nor faculty seem willing to be experimental and daring, if you will." A Pragmatic Look My final interviewee co-authored an article on the contract system in 1975, called "Learning Contracts at New Col lege, Sarasota." Jim Feeney, New College Director of Special Project Development, has been at New College since 1966, and was here when the system was adopted. He explained that one of the initial sur prises after the introduction of the contract system was "contrasting the radical form of the contract ... with the somewhat mundane results Indeed, when I read Feeney's ar ticle, I thought, "How prosaic." As the article was written by two members of the New College administration at a time when the contract system was still young, I expected to read a glowing manifesto for the program. Instead, the piece was a rela tively conservative discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the system. I asked Feeney about this. Herecalled, "Graduates of the College see themselves as being strengthened by the process the contract sets. Especially they talk about having to defend their choices. In most colleges, students just follow a track." Feeney believes that although wild, off-the-wall contracts are not the norm, the dialogue which the contract system creates between students and faculty is what makes it so successful. "Although we know that dialogue doesn't go on at an even level, it does go on ... the system supports that ethos. Even though that's a bit mundane, it shapes the culture ... Our graduates are the proof. They're out there doing well, and their commitment to the college is extraordinary." A Final Word Sorry about the tease at the begin ning of this article: you will, in fact, have to write a thesis to graduate, as the option of not beefing up Cook Library existed only briefly. When the contract system first began, there were both Contract and non-Contract tracks available to students. Unfortunately, Ferraro told me, students following the non-contract (and non-the sis) track rarely went to grad school. The option was terminated, and the golden age of contractual obligation began. As for the Honors certification, we students got rid of that one early. It was, after all, a grade.
The Catalyst Nov.21-27, 1995 7 STRESS-RELEASE WITH AN ATTITUDE by Amanda Loos Weekday evenings in Hamilton Center would not be the same without the curious thumping noises and white blurs of the New College Aikido Club Ai means Harmony and unity Ki spirit or the universal creative energy, Do the way or path. Put together, Aikido is a fairly new martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, who died in his eighties in 1969. Uesh i ba combined his spiritual beliefs with various forms of martial practice to create an art in which the point is not to kill but create. He once said True Budo [Aikido] is a work of love. It is a work of giving life to all beings, and not killing or struggling with each other Aikido at New College was started in 1985, taught by Mitsugi Saotome Sensei, who was a personal student of Ueshiba before moving to the U.S. and Sarasota in the 1970s. Tim Magill, New College alum and current Sensei, was part of this early group; this is his ninth year practicing Aikido. The group here is affiliated with the Aikido School of Ueshiba, which has its headquarters in Washington D.C When I arrived on the scene last Monday, the group was engaged in an extensive stretch and breathing warmup Jed by Magill. As the class progressed, I witnessed the world of Aikido unfold as partners were flipped down onto the mat over and over in a nonviolent battle powered by the center and motion of each person I also noticed various bows and thank you s during the class and found a section in the training manual entitled "Proper Dojo Etiquette, which included guidelines for proper behavior on and off the mat. Communication with the Sensei was another clearly defined courtesy The opening exchange is "Onegai Shimasu meaning "Please give me your/receive my instruction." The closing is Dom arigato gozaimashita" meaning "You have my respect and gratitude for what you have just done. Different teachers emphasize different things [Magill's instruction] tends to be nonaggressive and nonstrength oriented practical, said Phi Do "first-generation" member who began in the early stages of the Aikido club "To me I would say, [Aikido is] learning to be calm in the face of attacks both physical and metaphorical It s about life ," said Magill. He stressed that the point is to immobilize an attacker without injuring them "It's the art of finding yourself without enemies he said He described areas affected, "self-discipline, self improvement, heightened awareness physical sense and community sense." Participants enjoy the release. It gets out excessive energy, helps me relax and clear my head. Besides, it's a hell of a lot of fun ," said first-year Jen Ballin. It's also an alternative to the television scene. "Jerry Seinfeld who?" said second-year Hawkeye Kanienke Classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 7 : 30P.M. at the back of the dining area if you're inter ested in a new way of remaining grounded in the face of New College stress WHY I LOVE DORITOS by Rocky Swift Hey there hungry college students! In light of all the problems you folks have had at Marriott, I have endeavored to offer a bit of helpful advice by introduc ing you to the most perfectest food in the world : the Dorito. It is the exquisite combination of the traditional Mexican tortilla and good ol American ingenuity with the mystically addictive "Nacho Cheesier!" flavor. Those Mexicans (God love 'em!) really hit on something with the invention of the tortilla. But you have to admit, there's something missing with just the plain, dry tortilla chip; hence the need for salsa, guacamo l e, or mayonnaise to liven it up. Ho, ho! Not so with the Dorito! No dipping required! It is the quintessential package of snack satisfaction. You need only lift a Dorito brand Tortilla Chip from the handsome "contemporary new" package and put it in your mouth for the full culinary experience. While I'm at it, a fun thing to do is to look through the little cellophane "window in the Doritos bag to find the Doritos with the most flavo dust. Man o man, I can't describe the happiness I feel when I pull out a winner! There have been, to date, 11 1 variations on Doritos since their debut in 1966. My advice is to steer clear of any besides my favorite "Nacho Cheesier" and the slightly less appealing "Coo l er Ranch." The rest are comm u nist p l oys designed to wreck our glorious capitalist system. Beware! Let's talk a little about the nutri tio n a l an d economic benefits of D oritos. A hefty nine-ounce bag of Doritos is practically a who l e day's meal in itself. There are n ine servings in a bag at 140 calories a serving for a mere $2.09. I'm no math majo r but eve n I ca n fig ure that to be 1260 calories per bag. Tha t 's most of the way t o t he FDA approved average of 2000 calories a day (but the FDA is a liberalist agency and not to be trusted. Believe me, you can get by on 1000 calories a day). When you think about it Doritos are the perfect food. The Federal Govern ment should start getting with the pro gram and throw out all this welfare crap The answer? Doritos! Everybody cur rently on welfare would get a bag of Doritos a day. The government saves lots of dough by not supporting all those deadbeats, AND i t could stop all those socialist subsidies to corn farmers because of the boom in the tortilla industry. Not to mention the i mproved living conditions of those getting the D oritos as they woul d feel the joy of Dorito goodness. Why, they'd all be so happy, they'd all run out and get jobs! Given the wealth of the evidence, the choice is clear. For yourself, for America, and for God Almighty (the Christian one, not any of those foreign, Satanic gods); buy Doritos for a better today and tomorrow!
8 The Catalyst Nov. 21-27, 1995 S O YOU WANT TO BUY A COMPUTER by Steve Wilder A long long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there lived a race of crea tures. And these creatures called them selves Humans, and it was good. And these Humans lived and worked and played on their planet which they called Earth They had no knowledge of lilili.ilii Technology and they were content. Unfortunately, those days are over Computers have become a vital and irreplacable part of our daily lives. Here at New College, we are fortunate enough to have a number of computer Jabs with up-to-date equipment; however, as those labs can fill up rather quickly, some students are taking their education (and their wallets) into their own hands and purchasing their own computers In many cases, computers cost Jess than people think they do You can pick up a mighty good deal for $2000 or so and fairly good machines can be pur chased for $1000 or less If you are one of those industrious folk who wish to own a computer but can't decide whethr to buy an IBM clone or a Mac, read on IBM Clones : For the Suits It is true that IBMs have some advantages over other models; they have the biggest market share, so they conse quently have more software available for their users. IBMs are also manufactured by dozens of companies (not just IBM, who actually makes very few computers nowadays), so you can shop around and usually find what you need. A good IBM clone with all or most of the amenities (monitor, keyboard, mouse CD-ROM drive an assortment of software, etc ) can be had for around $1800, or less if you buy through the USF Bookstore As stated above, the world of IBM software is huge, and new applications appear almost every day This is not to say that all of the software produced for IBM clones is good It's not. In general, though, business applications for the IBM CRUNCHY S ITE OF THE WEEK Rensselaer Drop Squad Homepage http://www.dropsquad.com/ This page chronicles the short history of the Rensselaer Drop Squad, a group of students who became legends after they made a habit of dropping odd things (rotten fruit, a typewriter, a Christmas tree, etc.) down a nine-story stairwelL There is also a nifty QuickTime movie downloadable from the page that shows some of the legendary drops (imagine 32 ounces of ketchup flowing neatly down a stairwelLit defies explanation). Don't start getting any ideas kids. are very well thought-out and pro grammed, often moreso than Mac business applications If you re planning to do a lot of spreadsheet or computation or accounting work, then an IBM clone is probably your best choice. Macintos h: O oh .. Shiny ... Macs are truly the underdogs of cyberspace. The selection of Mac soft ware pales in comparison to that of IBM software, and if you want to buy one, you'll often have to get one manufactured by Apple, which may bump the prices up. A Macintosh can run you anywhere from $500 to $5000 depending on what kind of performance you want (again the USF Bookstore offers discounts). The Mac I own is a PowerMac 5200, a $2200 machine that came bundled with a monitor, keyboard, mouse TV tuner (which allows you to watch TV on the computer screen and capture it to a file), CD-ROM drive, speakers, and an assort ment of software. You can also buy from third party companies that have recently started manufacturing Mac clones; the advantage here is that you can usually find either exactly what you need or exactly what you can afford to buy. People often wonder why one would want to buy a Mac when IBM clones have the upper hand in both software availability and support. A good reason for this (in my experience, at least) is that a number of Mac software applica tions are simply more powerful than IBM software applications that do the same basic jobs. Graphics applications in particular show a marked performance improvement on Macs, as opposed to their IBM counterparts (if they even have IBM counterparts). Macs also have the capability to display far more pixels per inch than IBM clones, so the graphics resolution on Macs is greater, which is quite important to those who work with digital imagery (it just plain looks better). If you're planning to do high-end graph ics or imagery work, then a Mac won't disappoint. Next week in the Silicon Jungle, I will cover the perks and murks of actually going out there and Purchasing a Com puter. -Questions? Comments? Suggestions for future articles? Drop a note in Box 594, or E-mail the Mac Daddy at wilder@virtu sar.usfedu. The Catalyst comes out on the World Wide Web a day earlier than the paper version! http:/ /www.sar.usf.edu/ -catalyst/index.html
TheCatalyst Nov.21-27,1995 9 M EATBALL BOY AND BLONDIE FOOL FOR LOVE by James Reffell The first few times I legally or dered a drink from a bar in Scotland, I felt embarrassed-as ifl was getting away with something I shouldn t be able to. The feeling soon passed, but considering re cent events, the association of alcohol with embarrassment has become even more acute than even, say, at New Col lege. It all started when I awoke to bi zarre noises in the middle of the night. At first I heard strange ringing noises, then even stranger bangs and splats coming from next door. My room shares a wall with the communal kitchen, so I could hear the noise clearly enough to keep me awake. After a few minutes I threw on some clothes and went next door with the intention of telling my raucous neighbors to keep it down. When I opened the door, the place was a complete mes s. There was stray food everywhere Spaghetti sauce coated the wall neare st me : Paul Newman' s Own brand by the smell o f it. Eggs had been thrown all around and a n opened tuna fish can helped identify the gray stuff oozing onto the floor. The fridges were open and plates had been tossed next to the oven. Amidst the destruction sat two guys I had never seen before, with foolish grins on their faces. They were attempting to open boxes of frozen fish fingers. Be ing only partly awake, the best response I could muster was a half-hearted "Ummm, what is going on?" followed, after some consideration, with a more enthusiastic "Who the hell are you guys?!" The grins faded as they realized they had been caught, quite literally. with egg on their faces. The two attempted si multaneously to look innocent, get up to leave, and mutter something about "some other guys we saw," but this was a bit be yond their abilities at the time. They headed out the door, and I followed I no ticed in passing that the hall phone had been ripped out of the wall, and attributed this with the pathetic ringing noises I had heard earlier. The shiftier-looking guy, still clutching a tray of frozen meatballs, ran for the fire exit, so I followed the blond guy the other way to the front hall. In what I'm sure he thought was a subtle manner, he headed towards the front door, poking his nose into side rooms along the way. He was hampered slightly by the pile of frozen food pack ages he had with him: fish ticks, pizzas, Linda McCartney veggie-burgers (it was a night for celebrity foods). I blocked his exit, and was relieved to see reinforce ments in the form of a neighbor of mine and the Hall Warden. The warden and the blond were having a yelling match over whether he had actually stolen the frozen food. He had put the boxes down on the banister in the confusion, and was now denying all knowledge of them. I went around the back to see if the other guy had escapedwhich he should have been able to do eas ily through the fire exit. Loud bangs and crashes testified to his failure to operate the door and retain the meatballs at the same time Matters came to a ridiculous head when the pohce arrived-a lot of police both uniformed and plainclothed. I had to give a statement. The video camera was consulted to confirm blondie's theft and I had to sign an evidence card for each box of fish fingers, pizza, and chicken pattie s. Meatball boy was eventually rescued from the basement by two burly cops and Jed away I went back to bed The next day I talked with some of the food-criminals' friends. They were most amused at the shenanigans, and pre dicted gleefully that the events would pro vide ammunition for creative humiliation for years to come. I a ked them, thinking in New College terms, if they knew the chemical cause of their friend's actions. They assured me that blondie and meat ball boy had merely had a "few too many at the Cotton Club" earlier in the evening. Thus armed with the moral of the saga-
10 The Catalyst Nov. 21-27, 1995 NEON ISN'T NECESSARILY A BAD THING by Rachael Lininger The outside roof of the Imperial Dyna ty-once Durango Mexican Re taurant -is ringed with green neon. This is not a good ign. Neither is the muzak. Fortunately the in ide decor i more restrained. The waitress, a suming we were going to eat at the buffet didn't bring menus. I started fidgeting and wished I'd picked another restaurant to review. The menu told me that Mr. Miao, the chef, has 25 years of experience. He used to work at a restaurant three blocks from the White House, making dinners for George Bush, Henry Kissinger, and Ted Koppel. It made me wonder what he's doing in Bradenton. Actually, he's doing an excellent job. I finally decided on the all-you-can eat buffet, which offers appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts for $8.25. The eggroll were superlative, and the wanton soup very good Of the entrees, the sweet-and-sour pork and chicken were average. The Mongolian beef, cashew chicken, lo mein, and vegetarian s delight were all excellent. Des ert offering included Chinese donuts (good), fresh fruit (mmmm), and Imperial Dynasty Chinese Restaurant 895 Cortez Road West Bradenton, Florida 34207 751-6230 Jell-0 (huh?). I al o ordered hot tea ($.50) to drink. However, they serve oolong tea, which taste more like weak coffee than tea. Unless you know you like it, you might want to stick to water or soft drinks ($1.00). The waitress may have forgotten menus, but she was courteous and kept GUEST OPINION: DON'T WHINE by David Heifetz Apathy. New College is riddled with apathy. This apathy undermines any effort to make change. Case in point: the forum on police presence at Walls which occurred on Wednesday, November 15. Police presence at Walls has a direct effect on the ociallives of most tudents There has been no shortage of discussion o n this topic in other settings such as Town Meetings, informal gatherings, and the like Yet when student were given a chance to express their concerns to directly to Captain Kelly Director of Campus Police and maker of the ques tioned policy, a total of four students showed up. This forum was the shortest route to actual change in the status quo, and virtually no one came. Notably, none of those who have been most vocal in their dislike of the current policy were in attendance One assumes that this issue affects an aspect of life on campus that i important to student One assumes further that this should be enough for at least some students to shake off their accustomed apathy Are New College students afraid to communicate directly and discuss their beliefs with those who may be in opposition? Are New College students not confident in their belief and their ability to defend them? Will they only dissent and express how they truly feel in a setting where those who may represent opposing beliefs are not present? Should one believe that New College students really don't care about police presence at Walls? I don't know what to think While organizing the forum I received a lot of positive feedback from all parties con cerned and was led to believe that this event would be well attended not only by students, but also by student government and housing staff I don't believe that students are afraid of confronting author ity or unable to defend their beliefs. I do believe that police presence at Walls is an important issue to students. Thus, I can not understand this action/inaction on the part of the student body Of this, however, I am sure: if the student body continues this pattern of inaction and thereby forces others to attempt solve their problems for them, they will have no right to complain if the results aren t to their liking. If you are interested in participating in another forum with Captain Kelly, drop a note in box 387. the glasses refilled and the used buffet dis he cleared Imperial Dynasty is still only a few weeks old, and probably still working out the kinks in their routines. They had the basics down. Regular entrees cost between $7 and $10, while specials can range as high as $15. This may sound pricey, but the portions are very generous. There was also a menu of vegetarian entrees for the herbivorously inclined. If there's a Chinese dish you like that's not on the menu, Mr. Miao takes special requests. The best deal is the lunch combina tion platters or buffet ($5.25 and under). That's about the same price as Shanghai Express (a popular fast-food place who e main claim to fame is their drive-thru) for much better quality. o, if you're looking for good Chinese food and don't mind muzak, Imperial Dynasty i the place to go.
The Catalyst Nov. 21 -27, 1 995 11 LOTTERY: A GOVERNMENTAL SHELL GAME To the people who aren't part of the government, the lottery is a chance to dream of things they don't have money for. To the people who are part of the government, the lottery is a chance to fund things they don't have money for. There is talk in Florida legislature today about raising tuition A raise in tuition every once in a while is just the way our economy works. When tuition goes up as a consequence of the government spending less on education we can say that's the way government works. In 1987 Florida set up a lottery to enhance education. In truth, the lottery was just a front for the government to cut education. Education is receiving less money than it would have had the lottery never been started. Here is how it works: The state takes all the money it gathers in taxes and puts it in the general revenue fund. Before the lottery, education received all its funding from the general revenue fund. In those days, 60% of that fund went to educa tion The bill that instituted the lottery stated that the funding from the general revenue fund allocated for education could not be lowered. Technically, the dollar amount the state spends on education has gone up (and so has inflation, population, and a few other -ation's). As a percentage of the general fund, however, education is now only receiving a little more than 50%. The goal of the lottery was to enhance education, not to fund it. When the state cuts the amount it directly funds education, lottery money has to be used to make up the difference. In the late '80s the lottery funds more than made up for that shortfall. Starting in 1992, education's total budget (lottery money and general fund money) was Jess than 60% of the general fund. So, we pay more in tuition. The lottery is a dream and a facade. In the end everyone pays and pays and no one really wins. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Catalyst Endorsement Inappropriate I am writing in response to the editorial in this week s issue endorsing Jessica Falcone for NCSA President. I feel that it is improper of The Catalyst to endorse a candidate at a point in time when the nomination period as barely begun. (Nominations are accepted from Friday Nov lO to Friday Nov. 17.) As far as I know, The Catalyst comes out Tuesday morning, and therefore must be written prior to that. It certainly seems premature for The Catalyst to assume that no bids will be received after the time it goes to print. Specifically I cite the sentence "More significantly, she [Jes sica] may be the only candidate period, unless second-year Matt Olson goes ahead with his plan to make an eleventh hour bid." Furthermore, consider this: does it not seem possible that some New College student out there is considering running, unbeknownst to the Catalyst staff? I feel that The Catalyst should have taken this possibility into account. I personally would have preferred to see an encouragement that others enter the race and fear that the admonishment or entries received after Monday as "eleventh hour may have the opposite effect of discour aging po t ential candidates. Tacitly encouraging an uncontested race does not seem to me the sign of a healthy democ racy. Lisa Stampnitzky NC Cats Cared For I would like to address the recent article on the cats on campus. There are three that I know of and all three are one well-fed (both by their owners and generous, gullible souls) and two, owned by someone. In fact one of these owners gave their cat, a stray they rescued a $100 operation on the eat's cyst and vaccine s and a spaying that came to $90. Three these cats are no public menace Sure, they're not exactly cuddly, but all they do is wander around-as I would like to note cats do in the suburbs when their responsible owners let them out. Four, these cats actually provide a public service to the campus by reducing the number of rats on campus Five cats a re cool. They are a humanizing elemen t o n this campus. I like seeing them around and judging from the attention and tabl e scraps they receive, other people do too ... There is nothing wrong with having a few cats at New College and their owners should not be threatened. When have we ever obeyed an arbitrary rule without at least making some noise? The Catalyst : v subservience to Mark Johnson on this issue is in my view rather unfitting for a paper that regards itself as a student newspaper, or even an objective one I am not saying all New College students who have ever owned cats were completely responsible, I don't know every cat owner. The issue of cat overpopulation and the irresponsibility of particular owners, however, are not one in the same with the issue of cats at New College. Long Jive the kitties!!! Margaret Moore
12 The Catalyst Nov. 21-27, 1995 ANNOUNCEMENTS The Clothesline is a place for your voice. Help us bring the story to the public. Speak out about violence against women. Violence against women i systematic. The dominant culture is misogynistic. The Clothesline Project is a national network of displays. T-Shirts designed by women survivors of violence, survivors of those who have been killed, and the friends and family of these women are hung together. **Contact Sof at Box 80 or Amy at Box 507 for more information. On Wednesday, November 22nd, the C-Store will be open from 9:30 A.M.-I I :00 A.M. and from I :00 P.M.-6:00P.M. It will close at 6:00P.M. and will re-open on Monday, November 27th regular hours. The main cafeteria will close after dinner on Wednesday, November 22nd. We will re-open on Saturday, November 25th at 11: I 5 A.M. with a resumption of normal hours . From the Career Center: Thursday, November 30th 7:00PM Graduate School for the Humanities Sudakoff Center-118 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Come to the New College Slavic Vocal Ensemble's funky-fresh first concert of the year! It'll be Wednesday, November 29 at 8:00 P.M. in the College Hall Music Room. Shake your booty to a Russian round dance! Listen to your friends sing in foreign languages! You won't be sorry! Everyone should beatbox more often. Aww, yeah! ..... Want to show something on the big screen? Why not use the new video projector and sound system? If you want reserve it and/or learn how to use it (it's so ea y, Michael Jackson's monkey could do it), contact Jon Landry (box 358). Any questions on these announcements, contact Jon Landry 358-0242. You told us what you thought about Marriott: "'lt's monoyoUstic ani forced. 'T'fie yrice Umits sfi.ou(a be vari a6(einstea4 1max/min yfans." ... PRICES ARE HIGH. QUALIlY IS LOW. "It's sad when your required meal plan costs the same as your rent for five months. "'l)o""' "''th !'ta.tt-su.6-sidiw( cotpotlltt pi-;s!" "I never use i. t." "It limits students to eating unhealthy, greasy, monotonous food!" .... wmaf atfannin;! ftlan "It's a massive rip-off, New Col lege students are being exploited." "Can we say 'captiue clients'? ... Let's get rid of them and get a real food seruice that we lil