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Volume V, Issue 2 S e p t. 5-7 7, 7995 Profil e : DR. JENNIFER HERDT By Rachael Lininger After a year of teaching here, Religion professor Jennifer Herdt has nothing but praise for New College. "I can't really imagine a better place to be teaching," she says "It comes pretty close to my dreams of what teaching should be." Now that she's been here a full year, she has her own advisees to work with. ''The system has a lot of strengths: the closeness of it, the freedom implied," she says "Whatever the student and professor agree on becomes a valid educational experience. While it's open to abuses, it's the best way to be educated. You know you're responsible for what you do. "And it's fun to have advisees. You get to know a different side of students, and you get a fuller picture of their activities. It's easy to forget that yours isn't the only class they're taking. [Having advisees] is changing my picture of New College." One reason she may fit in here so well is that she received her undergradu ate degrees in Religion and Biology at Oberlin College in Ohio, long known as a progressive institution. Like Novo CONTINUED ON P. 2 INSIDE Elections ................. 3 Ivory Tower . . . 3 NC #1 Again .............. 4 Bone-Dry B-dorm . 5 Students Strip ........... 5 Men at Work . . . 6 Cafe Kaldi . . 6 Opinions ............... 7 11Salty Cat11 SCHOLARSHIP BAIT AND SWITCH By Rocky Swift Returning students lured to America's "Best Buy" last fall are finding out that the deal is not as good as they expected. Students with an out-of-state tuition waiver are now surprised to learn that the waiver decreases by half after the first year. The point in question is a form letter sent out by former Director of Admissions David Anderson last year to prospective students who were qualified for the out-of-state tuition waiver. The letter states that the waiver, "allows us to waive approximately 95% of out-of-state charges." The letter goes on to state that the waiver, in addition to the New College Foundation Scholarship, "mean that your years at New College will be virtually tuition free!" Students who chose New College because of those tantalizing offers have had a costly surprise this fall. What the letter does not state is that the waiver eli minates 95% of out-of-state charges the first year only. From there on, the waiver is renewable in reduced amounts. Stu dents were never notified (until now) how much the waiver was reduced. "I was told that I would receive the waiver in reduced amounts, but it was never specified how much it would be reduced," said transfer stude n t Ali Tafti. Tafti and other waiver recipients were under the understanding that t h e red u c tions would be in small increments. "I can hack it," says Tafti, "It's an unpleasant surprise." For example, an incoming 1994 student who earned an out-of-state tuition waiver and a New College Foundation CONTINUED ON P 2 ASSAILANT POSED AS POLICE OFFICER B y G r aham S t rouse Sarasota police are looking A man flashing a police badge for a white male in his 30s approxiflagged down and sexually assaulted a mately 5'4" and 145-150 pounds with woman at the corner of US-41 and Mecca brown wavy hair, and a "clean-cut Avenue on Tuesday August appeara n ce." No license 22, accor d ing t o a p r ess pl ate num ber on the release from the Sarasota attacker's car is availPolice Services Bureau. able, but the Sarasota The victim, who police report he was was not identified by the driving a four-door, red press release, was walking or burgundy Cadillac or on US-41 around 8 :00P. M. Bonneville. SCPD when a man driving a late ; .'' investigations found no 80's sedan slowed down evidence that the beside her and showed her attacker's badge was what she thought was a real. badge. He claimed he was a Po li ce composite sketc h August 22, the night police officer. of the attack, was the The woman entered the car, first day for New College Orientation. where, according to the release, he The attack occurred two blocks south sexually assaulted her. of campus.
2 The Catalyst September 5 11, 1995 "PROFILE" FROM P. 1 Collegians, Herdt says students at Oberlin try to do more than just get a degree and run: they get involved socially and politically. "It's one of the reasons I like New College so much." Princeton, where she did her graduate work, was something of a culture shock; however, "I ended up liking Princeton a lot, too," Herdt says. As a grad student, she was more a part of the Religion department than of Princeton as a whole. There was a great deal of contact between students and professors, rather than the institution-clean atmosphere one might expect. Professor Herdt was married this past June. Her husband, Jan-Lueder Hagens, taught German Literature at Carleton University in Minnesota before moving to Florida to be with her. He now teaches at Eckerd. "I'm not changing my name," she volunteers. "I've been asked that a lot." Since she's already been published, it could create confusion and be generally awkward. She grew up in the Philippines, where her father worked for an interna tional rice research institute with people of many different backgrounds. "[It's] one of the things that made my interest in religion especially strong," Herdt says. While the adults didn't seem to talk about the varied religions, the children weren't so delicate. "We talked about it a lot on the school buses," she told me. Now she can talk about it at school. General Editor lien Zazueta-Audirac Managing Editor Kate Fink Staff Writers Dan Berke, Evan Greenlee, Mauhew Grieco, Rachael Lininger, Amanda Loos, Graham Strouse and Rocky Swift Layout Kelly Nichols and Matthew Spitzer Business Managers Sara Foley and Michael Hutch Computer Guy Steve Wilder Contributors Ken Burruss "SCHOLARSHIP" FROM P.l scholarship had a fall 1994 bill of $168.20. This fall the same student owes $1738.00. Tenea Johnson, a second year student, has encountered similar prob lems. She notes that she received a bill for $738 and three days later the amount she owed had mysteriously grown to $1238. Johnson has also seen a signifi cant drop in her financial aid. 'They did not notify me that I owed ten times the amount I did last year." Tafti, Johnson and other returning students have received little explanation or help from either Financial Aid or Admissions. Amy Eisenhart, director of Financial Aid, says the funds that go towards out-of-state-tuition waivers are decided by the Aorida Legislature. Those funds available to USF Sarasota were cut by $40,000 or roughly 15% this year. Eisenhart would not comment on the letter sent by David Anderson, saying, "That's an admission's thing." Kathy Killion, acting Director of Admissions since David Anderson's departure, says that her department is concerned with awarding waivers and scholarships but that it is the Financial Aid Department's responsibility to give them out. "My office does not determine Financial Aid," said Killion. Killion would not comment on the letter in question sent out to prospective students by David Anderson. As it stands now, the waiver is worth $3 I 00 the first semester of school. Every semester thereafter, it is worth half that much $1550, although Ali Tafti notes that he is getting significantly less than that in only his third semester at New College. Another change is that the waiver is renewable for only six semesters as opposed to eight as described in the controversial letter sent by David Ander son. The new letter sent by the admis sions office is much less promising to prospective students than the one sent in 1994. It does mention that the 95% out of-state-tuition waiver is only applicable during the first year. The new letter still refers to the aid cut ambiguously as "reduced levels." Most notably, the newer letter omits the "virtually tuition free!" part. Ironically, while returning students' waivers are being cut in half or more, New College is still offering full out-of state tuition waivers to incoming students. Dean Gordon Michalson at tributes confusion and problems to changes in administration and budget problems with the Tampa campus. "We use the money that comes out of Tampa." Michalson notes that less money is allocated to New College by the Tampa campus in the false hope that the New College Foundation will pick up the tab. "The New College Foundation does not want to replace funds that Tampa takes away," said Michalson. "I am negotiating with them [Tampa) for more tuition waiver money." Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst Box 75, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 or firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions may al o 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 received by 5:00PM Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submmissions for reasons of space or grammar.
The Catalyst September 5 -11, 1995 3 NCSA ELECTIONS WEDNESDAY by Amanda Loos Election time at New College is drawing near-very near. Wednesday, September 6 is the day for students to choose -or be chosen as those who will represent students' best interests. Candidates have the opportunity to connect with their constituents at the "Meet the Candidates" session Thesday, September 5 at 5:00P.M. in Hamilton Center. On the big day, candidates will place their student IDs on the ballot table and the New College community can vote for their most qualified peers. According to the preamble of the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) Constitution, the student government is empowered, "to represent the interests in the administrative affatrs of the College, the University of South Florida, and the State of Florida," and "to insure that to the greatest degree possible, students have control over all decisions that affect them." For this purpose, several com mittees, councils, divisions, and courts have been established. The Student Affairs Council (SAC), part of the NCSA legislative branch, has positions available for two first-year, one second-year, one and two fourth-year students to compnse the "Bread and Circuses" group respon sible for "the money." They are in charge of allocating students' Activities and Services fees to projects students organize and seek funding for, such as campus publications, visiting speakers, films.' and competitions. The SAC also deals wtth student positions, putting together the Student Code, new student orientation, and fund-raising events. Campus committees, composed of elected students and faculty members, are in charge of keeping their areas of New College life running smoothly. The Admissions Committee develops the policies that decide which students are accepted to New College, and helps make the admissions process less stressful for incoming students. It has three_ open. The Student Life Corrumttee, whtch also has three positions open, helps connect the faculty with student activities and works to improve student life. The Residence Life Committee, which has two positions available, discusses dorm issues such as mainte nance. The Food Service Committee also has two positions open. This committee works closely with the food service director and Director of Housing and Student Affairs Mark Johnson to develop policies and discuss issues concerning the meal services. TWo students are needed to fill the spaces in the Fitness Center Advisory Committee, which formulates procedures and gives feedback on Fitness Center issues. The Library Committee also needs two students to express student views about library policies and proce dures. The two positions available on the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) are responsible for keeping the faculty in touch with student ideas about the academic process at New College, especially concerning the format of the contract, credit hours and grades, and student transcripts. The Student Aca demic Status Committee (SASC) sorts out problems such as students on probation. It has two positions open. Also open are positions for Divisional Representatives, who deal with new faculty, classes, and use of space in each division. Two positions in each division, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences, are open for students to be voting representatives at faculty meetings. The judicial branch of the NCSA is led by The Tribunal, a court comprised of five student judges who hear cases concerning non-felony charges on campus, and interpret the constitution. 1\vo positions for justices are open, as well as one for a public defender who mds students in their pleas for innocence. As for the seemingly rushed process, the constitution states that elections must be held ten days after the first day of classes. Aimee Placas, Supervisor of Elections, admitted that It was short notice, but hoped an amend ment would be written before the next election to allow more time. OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER World After many months of pledging to act and failing, NATO forces launched a massive bombing raid against Bosnian Serb forces last week. U.S. and European planes took part in over four houndred sorties. The sorties followed a missile attack on a marketplace in Sarajevo last August 28th. Bones unearthed in a shallow grave are beyond doubt those of Czar Nicholas IT, American and Russian DNA experts said today, clearing the for the ceremonial burial of the Russian emperor executed 77 years ago by the Bolsheviks. The grave was located about 20 miles outside the city ofYekaterinburg in 1979. DNA from the bones perfectly matched DNA taken from the skeleton of Nicholas' younger brother, George, who died at 28 of tuberculosis in 1899. His skeleton was exhumed last year. A three foot tall wallaby escaped from from his owners yard in Safety Harbor last Wedsnday and spent the morning hopping through several neighbor's properties, stopping occasion ally to sample their landscaping. The wa1\aby, named Quasar, was returned later in the day, still clutching a large blue ball, the marsupial's favorite toy. National A study in last week's New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that two drugs, when used together, can induce abortions as safely and effectively as RU-486, which is not yet available in the U.S. Methotrexate, used to treat cancer, destabilizes the uterine lining, and misoprosotol, an ulcer drug, induces uterine contractions. Doctors may already legally prescribe the pair for abortions, though the FDA has not yet confirmed their safety. State Charles Glyn Judge of Sarasota is urging a plea agreement with a month jail term and ten years probatiOn for his wife, Primula Judge, who is accused of having hired a hit man to kill him and trying to poison him three times herself. Judge apparently believes his wife was never a real threat.
4 The Catalyst September 5 -11, 1 995 NEW COLLEGE IS T H E NATION'S BEST BUY From Money Magazine New College o f the University of South Florida is the best college buy in the nation, accord i ng to Money magazine's latest ranking of America's 100 top values in four-year undergraduate schools. The ranking, based on a combi nation of cost and academic quality, appears in the 1996 edition of the per sonal-finance monthly s special Money Guide: Your Best College Buys Now, on newsstands Sept. 5. America's 10 best college buys, each profiled in the magazine (in descend ing order): New Coll ege of the U. of S outh F lorida, Rice University, Northeast Missouri State, Trenton State College, California Institute of Technol ogy, University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, State University of New York at Binghamton, Spelman College, University of IDinois at Urbana/ Champaign and State U. of New York at Alb a ny. Joining the list this year: UNC Chapel Hill, the nation s oldest state university; U. of Ill. at Urbana/ Champaign, a huge school boasting an enormous range of academic and social opportunities at a bargain price; and SUNY at Albany, a mid-size university with an exemplary program for matricula tion located in an unheralded but terrific college town. Money profiles each of the 10 top values New College took top honors for the third consecutive year in part because 1995-96 tuition for the Sarasota school rose all of $7 for entering out-of-state freshmen ($7 950), while soaring (rela tively) $36 for Floridians ($2 ,066). The trick, Money reports is getting into the extraordinarily selective school where a premium is placed on self motivation The 1995 96 entering class of 143 [does not include 46 transfer students-ed.] has OSCAR RESPONSIBLE FOR NC'S #1 RANKING? During an interview Dean Michalson raised the possibility of another reason for New College's contin ued #1 ranking Talking with psychology professor Gordon Bauer, Michalson learned that there is a direct correlation between the number of years New College has been ranked number one and the number of years that Bauer s dog Oscar, has been on campus. Oscar was not available for comment to confirm or deny this theory. average Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores of 1,256 (the mean for the 956 in the magazine s survey : 968) ; and 95% scored 24 or above on the ACT (vs the national average of 41% among the schools Money surveyed). Undergradu ates also enjoy a 12-to 1 student/faculty ratio-far lower than that of most state schools (Money's survey average: 14-to-1). To rank America's 100 best college buys, the nation's largest financial publication analyzed 16 measures of education quality, including entrance exam results, faculty resources and deployment, library resources, instruc tional and student services budgets four as well as five or six-year graduation rates and default ratios on graduates' student loans. Then the magazine compared those data with each college's tuition and fees to arrive at a value rating. The data were collected by Wintergreen/ Orchard House a New Orleans-based publisher of college directories, as well as John Minter Associates of Boulder and Moody's Investors Service More over Money's rankings include only schools whose curriculum and campus life make students of any-or no-faith feel welcome The magazine excludes among others colleges whose primary purpose is to turn out members of the clergy; that require an affirmation of faith from students ; that aspire to graduate students with a particular world theological view ; and where religious study of any nature, even though it may not be restricted to one faith is a signifi cant academic requirement. In addition to ranking the 100 best values, the 1996 Money Guide: Your Best College Bu y s Now features key cost and academic date on fully 1,049 four year schools, as well as the results of an exclusive poll of some I ,000 undergradu ates across the country, advice for finding hidden scholarship treasures and tips for saving, borrowing and investing for college. "BEST BUY" STILL TOO EXPENSIVE FOR SOME By Ke n Bur r u ss It's not many people who make a national magazine but Kelcey Burns has Her photo is not only on the cover of the upcoming Money Guide magazine, but a full-page photo of her is next to New College's #1 ranking inside the magazine. The caption to her photo reads, "People go out of their way to help you," referring, of course, to New College There is only one problem Kelcey is not a student this semester She can't afford the cost. For her part, Kelcey calls it, "pretty ironic. It makes me sad I'm jealous of my friends that are going to classes." Last year, Kelcey and her mother took out $9500 in loans to pay for school. She received no financial aid This year, she r eceived aid, but not enough to cover everything. Kelcey did not want any more loans, so she is looking for work in Sarasota now Dean Michalson has been keeping an eye on the yearly amount of financial aid available and says he is "not happy about it." He is working to obtain more money from USFTampa for financial aid here. New College already accounts for 25% of all USF out-of-state waiver money, more than any other branch of USF. As for Kelcey she plans on returning next semester.
The Catalyst September 5 -1 1, 1995 5 NEW COLLEGE VINDICATED by Ken Burruss For the third year in a row, New College has been rated the number one buy in American colleges. The announcement comes as a source of support for New College's unique academic structure and goals. It also comes as a relief following a Wall Street Journal article last spring that charged the school with altering SAT statistics of the entering class. Derek Gordon, a reporter for Money magazine, believes New College's continued top ranking results from the school being "very successful at keeping prices down." Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson said the single most important aspect of New College is "the intellectual energy" produced by close student-faculty interaction and student independence. Michalson believes these aspects are "too subtle," for Money Guide to pick up on directly, but with their mention of the contract system, "they're on the right track." As reported last spring in The Catalyst, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page story in their April 5 issue disclosing that in the past, New College had dropped the bottom six per cent of student SAT scores. The article did not mention that such a practice had been discontinued two years before by then Admissions Director David Anderson. Local papers, including the Tampa Tribune, Bradenton Herald, and USF-Tampa's The Oracle, jumped on the story and the college. The Oracle's headline, "New College Cheats on SAT Scores," was typical of the media coverage. Michalson called the #1 rating a "vindication for New College." Michalson admitted he had been worried about any lasting negative image left by the Journal, and that worry had been compounded by aggravation. Still, he found this year's ranking "reassuring." Gordon said that the Journal article "didn't play a role in ranking per se." He did believe that New College "got caught," but that those things did not enter into the ranking process. He went on to say that Money Guide is "counting on schools to be honest with us." Even so, according to Gordon, a staff of nine at Money made about 10,000 calls this past summer verifying about 150,000 different items of information. Michalson stated more simply, "The people at Money magazine are not fools." TROUBLED WATER AT 8-DORM By Kate Fink B-dorrn late-risers were out of luck last Wednesday when they tried taking showers or brushing their teeth. The construction crew in Palmer Building C broke a pipe, forcing Physical Plant to shut off water for approximately two hours to some Palmer Buildings, includ ing B-dorrn. Director of Housing and Student Affairs Mark Johnson made it clear that the pipe was not broken by the construc tion crew working on the West Campus Student Center. "[The water] was turned off because of another problem in that area," he said. Building Cis being renovated to house the USF-Sarasota Admissions department, which is cur rently on the second floor in Building D. Wednesday's dry spell began around 10:30 A.M. and lasted until about 12:30 P.M. The water was shut off again for less than an hour on Thursday afternoon so that city workers could replace a broken valve, which, according to Johnson, "was in bad shape." "It didn't affect me too much, but it was sort of irritating, not having water," B-dorm resident Lisa Stampnitzky said. Others were more inconve nienced. "I was in the shower, but I hadn't started using soap yet, which was lucky," Isabella Constantinidou, B-dorm visitor, said. Constantinidou dealt with the water shutoff by using the little known shower in Financial Aid. STUDENTS STRIP TO PROTEST POLICY Early last week, a note appeared in student boxes urging them to protest the Marriott's shoes and shirts required policy. "Every year a little more of the New College identity is stripped from us. It's time for us to do a little stripping of our own," read the note. On Friday, approxi mately 30 students gathered in Palm Court to do just that. Wearing only shirts, shoes and (for the most part) underwear, the protest ers marched into the Hamilton Center dining room chanting "No shirt! No shoes! No service!" The protesters stopped in front of the Marriott entrance to scattered applause and whistles from onlooking diners, then filed inside to get their dinners Peggy Hendon, Food Service Director, stalked into her office and slammed the door. Moments later, she emerged and told Kelly, the employee running the cashier, to hold the protesters' food cards after they were scanned. Hendon then met the campus police outside. Several Marriott employees were seen giggling; some joked with the protesters. Others were wide-eyed. Student reaction to the protest varied. "Can't they find anything more important to protest against?" asked one first-year student. "I think it's reasonable to ask people to wear shirts and shoes in an eating establishment," noted another first year. Other students supported the protest. "Anyone who's willing to protest Marriott has my complete seal of ap proval," said a second-year student. Reactions to police involvement were less than positive. "I assumed that the administration would have more of a sense of humor," said an onlooker. "I had no idea that the situation was so serious," said a protester, in reference to campus police involvement. "I might be prosecuted." Although names were taken, no students have been charged. Food cards were returned to the protesters. No changes in the policy have been forthcoming. This article compiled from research by Nick Napolitano and James Taylor
6 The Catalyst September 5 11, 1995 CAFE KALDI OFFERS COFFEEHOUSE ALTERNATIVE by Matthew Grieco "It is the best coffee in Sarasota, and, I would say, southwest Florida," says one employee of Cafe Kaldi, Sarasota's newest coffeehouse. Whether her claim is accurate, few establishments are as dedicated to coffee as Cafe Kaldi. Take, for instance, their name. It alludes to the legendary discoverer of coffee (and hero of college students everywhere), an Arabic goat-herder named Kaldi, who stumbled upon the bean when his goats swallowed some seeds and started dancing. Or consider the candy machine next to the register. No gumballs or Skittles here; they've got chocolate-covered espresso beans (think of them as M&Ms on steroids). Cafe Kaldi is five doors down Main Street from an already popular New College stomping ground: Kanega. Kanega, which buys its coffee from Kaldi, is known for its young clientele and musical performances. It also has a more bar-type atmosphere than Cafe Kaldi, which does not serve alcohol. "We try for a comfortable coffee drinking atmo sphere, such as one would find in the larger cities of Seattle or San Francisco," said a Kaldi employee. Fans of Kanega may be inter ested to know that Cafe Kaldi's prices average about one dollar lower on most specialty coffee items, and about $0.50 to $0.75 lower on "plain-old coffee." "Rosewater Elizabeth" and "Elysian Sex Drive," frequent acts at Kanega, will not be appearing at Cafe Kaldi anytime soon. The musical focus at Kaldi, according to an employee, is on "instrumental music ... tonight we have a pianist ... this is a coffeehouse, and conversation takes place here." Steve Shearer is a congenial, purple-haired student from The Ringling School of Art and Design. The lone customer at the Cafe Kaldi when I arrived, he prefers Kaldi to Kanega because "it has good coffee, but it's not a trendy place, like Kanega ... there's no fashion police. .. I don't have people staring at me all the time." He said that "[it's] relatively quiet, even when it's packed." Shearer also noted that a Ringling band plays at Cafe Kaldi from time to time, "for tips and stuff. Nice to listen to." Serious coffee connoisseurs who visit Cafe Kaldi will not be disappointed. The front of the store is dominated by an item rarely found in small cafes : a full sized commercial roaster. According to an employee, all the beans currently on sale in the store were roasted within the past three to four days. Hence, the slogan on a Cafe Kaldi T-shirt: "We couldn't be fresher, or we'd be flirting." CONSTRUCTION D IARY By Graham Strouse Around here, the word "con struction" is usually defined in four letter words. It's not that things don't get built around here. It's just that it takes outra geously long amounts of time, money, and bureaucratic chutzpah to complete even the simplest projects. New College, Money Magazine's best buy for three years running, just spent six months and $12,000 building two flights of stairs for the Pei Dorms. Last summer, both Viking and Pei were supposed to be re-roofed. Pei never got touched. Viking's roofing was delayed when some sharp soul noticed that the roofing materials were being laid upside down. The litany continues. Last year, we spent the better part of two semesters waiting for some body to fix the pool filters and kill the algae colony festering in our swimming hole. In 1993-94, New College built brand-spanking-new basketball courts. The courts lay unused for days because the contractor failed to attach rims to the backboards, an oversight that cost his firm $1,500 in late fees. The operation would have taken four people ten minutes. The maddening thing about all this is that it's impossible to figure out who's responsible for these botched operations. Florida's Board of Regents in Tallahassee has developed a process for contract bidding that produces enough red tape to run a Confucian Bureaucracy. To keep track of the paper chase, The Catalyst presents the first installment of the Construction Diary. The West Side Student Center The scoured ground that is to be the West Campus Student Center is littered with wood stakes and orange netting. A six foot fence surrounds the work area, while brush, dirt, and other rubbish are heaped next to a dump truck in the corner near Dort Drive and Bayshore Drive. A handful of men work the area. Their supervisor is Bill Newbill. Newbill is a superintendent for Thorpe Construction. He's charged with overseeing the construction of the University Program's West Campus Student Center. He's a blue jean and button-down shirt kind of guy. He's got three people working the site. He says they start at 7:00A.M. and work until 3:30P.M. He usually stays a while longer to look over the drawings New College's architectural consultant Carl Abbott sends him. His main contact there is architect Bud Stone. Newbill's not sure when Thorpe Construction signed up for the job. "We got the notice to proceed, I think it was three weeks ago." They started the week before school began. The CIT committee was originally told groundbreaking would be July l. When I talked to Newbill Friday in his cramped office trailer, he was poring over shop drawings. "We should go into fabrication of steel columns next week," he said. "It should be kind of quiet next week." He hopes to start pouring the foundation within a week. Next he'll lay cinder blocks to finish the floor level, run some under ground piping for sewer, water, and refrigerator lines. Then he'll pour the slabs for the walls, run them up, and reinforce them with structural steel. Finally, he'll put on the roof, add some interior walls, storefronts, and landscape. Then he'll do a final cleaning.
The Catalyst September 5 -1 1, 1995 7 EDITORIAL: ELECTIONS REFORM The Catalyst would like to expand its election coverage. But how can we? The current elections process is a mess. Candidates have one week to collect 25 signatures on a petition to run for office, but only two days to cam paign. Students-particularly frrst-years who comprise the largest voting blocare forced to base their electoral deci sions on one night of hasty ill-prepared speeches. Furthermore the Presidential election doesn't take place until mid November, two months after government has already started for the year. Is it any surprise New College student govern ment has been considered a joke? Every year there are complaints about student apathy and low voter turnout. Perhaps if students had a better chance to get to know candidates positions and experience, they would be more interested in who got elected. If students cared more about who they voted for, candidates would run for the purpose of doing their jobs well rather than doing jobs no one else will do. Toward these ends, we propose the following Amendments to Article 7 of the NCSA Constitution. Italicized portions are taken verbatim from the current version of the NCSA Constitu tion: 7.1 Elections shall be held each aca demic term on the tenth day of the term, unless that day falls on a weekend, in which case elections shall be held the following Monday. Nominations for open positions shall open the first day of the term, and shall close one week later. This should be amended to: 7.1 Petitions for open positions shall open the first Monday of each term and close on the second Friday of the term. "Meet the Candidates" shall be held on the third Monday of the term, that is, the Monday immediately following the petition deadline. Elections shall be held each academic term on the third Friday of the term. 7.2 The Supervisor of Elections, who is appointed by the President, paid a small stipend and who is not a candidate for any elective position that term, is responsible for informing the student community each term of positions available (through the available publications and posters), the provisions of this article, and running the elections, including receiving the nomina tion petitions making up the ballots, supervising the balloting, counting the ballots, and posting the final results. This should be amended to: 7 2 The President, in consultation with the SAC, shall appoint a Supervisor of Elections before the end of the term preceding the elections in question The supervisor shall not be a candidate for any elective office and shall be paid a small stipend. The Supervisor of Elections will be responsible for : a) informing the student community of the positions available that term. b) clearly posting Article 7 of the NCSA Constitution c) running the elections, including receiv ing the nomination petitions, making up the ballots, supervising the ballotting, counting the ballots and posting the final results. 7 3a Nominations for President shall be a petition signed by fifty students. The President shall be elected at our election to be held on the Monday before Thanks giving. Nominations for this office shall open on the tenth day prior to the election and close on the third day prior to the election. The new President will officially assume his/her on the Monday following his/her election. if s/he should resign of become unable to serve during his/her term, special election procedures shall be followed as specified under 7 6)c) below. In the event that any candidate for President fails to obtain a majority of votes cast in the election, a run-off election shall be held between the two top vote-getters the following day to deter mine the winner. This should be amended to: 7.3a The President shall be elected at the first term elections Nominations for President shall be a petition signed by fifty students. The new President will assume office on the Monday following the election. The term of office shall be one year. If the President should resign or become unable to serve during his/her term, special election procedures shall be followed as specified under Article 7.6c. In the event that any candidate for President fails to obtain a majority of votes cast in the election, a run-off election shall be held between the two top vote-getters within two days to determine the winner. These amendments to take effect the second term of the 1995-96 academic year. LETTER TO THE EDITOR I would like to express my concern about the "Shirt & Shoes March" that took place in the last Friday evening. As a participant myself, I was really surprised by the hard and serious response from a school officer and the Marriott manager. I sensed some antagonism from the march participants toward the school's recent conservative tendency, too. In other words, it looked as if some of the participants identified themselves with "liberty" or some other ideal of that kind, while the officers did the same with "rule," "order," or something similar. I am not against having an opinion or expressing it. But identifying yourself with something big, abstract, and ideal is dangerous. It looks really attractive to be able to identify yourself in that way, because it allows you to get rid of uncer tainty about your identity and to be proud of yourself for being the champion of your version of justice. But it makes you something other than a living human being, and makes you see your "enemy" something other than a living human being. We are seeing this happening all around the world and at too bureaucratic an office. I hope the school officers will treat us as living young humans who try to find themselves and we, students, will keep talking with each other with under standing attitudes. -Seiichiro Yasuda, Box #595
8 The Catalyst September 5 -1 1, 1 995 ANNOUNCEMENTS Sexuality Awareness events will be featured throughout the month of September. Each week will have a different theme: Safer Sex, STDs, and AIDS (9/3 to 9/9); Pregnancy, Birth Control, and Abortion (9110 to 9/16); Rape and Sexual Assault (9117 to 9/23); and Sexual Orientation (9/24 to 9/29). For more information, contact Amy Andre at 359-3173 or Box 37 9/5 Marilyn Anderson of Planned Parenthood will speak on safer sex at 7:00P.M. in the Fishbowl 917 Let's Talk About Sex: Panel Discussion about AIDS with a PWA (people with AIDS) speakers bureau at 7 P.M. in the Fishbowl 9/11 birth control info distribution at lunch ..... If you would be interested in tutoring inner-city kids from Newtown (ages 5-16) at the Resource Center 4-6 P.M., Monday Thursday, then contact Amy Mormino at Box 389, or 358-1674. The Resource Center is run by Newtown residents for the benefit of Newtown children. .... The Campus Ministry Fellowship will meet every Friday at 7:00 for carpool to the Ringling School of Art and Design . New College Foundation has welcomed Mr. William James "Jim" Harman as Executive Vice President. Harman will be responsible for the Foundation's development division and will direct Campaign 2000 for New College, a five-year fundraising effort which has a goal of $32 million. He comes to Sarasota from Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he was the Director, Capital Campaign/ Planned Gifts. .... Project Black Cinema will hold its annual festival September 22-28 at Burns Court Cinema. In order for this to happen, they need your help with mailing, flyer distribution, phones, and faxing to get the info out to the public. You can call Karen Whitman at 3514233, Charles Stevens at 953-6424, or Sara in Student Activities at 359-4266 . The New College Bike Shop is in need of volunteer mechanics. No experience or riding ability necessary. Training is provided by our expert staff in our new state of the art on-campus facility. .... Auditions for Sam Shepard's Fool For Love will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7pm in the Teaching Auditorium. It will count for tutorial credit. Come one, come all! to the Queer Social, this Friday at 9:00P.M. in Second Court Lounge. It'll be a potluck kind of thing. IF YOU DON'T PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS, HOW CAN YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT mE RESULTS? AND WE DO SO LOVE TO COMPLAIN AROUND HERE. i