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Volume \1, Issue 4 Sept. 19-26, 1995 11Hail Umberto, the Lizard God of Cheese Sandwiches! .. Profile: David Schenck by Daniel J. Berke "In the words of Dean [and Warden Gordon E. "Mike"] Michalson, our campus map looks like a caterpillar run over by a truck," Dean and Executive Officer David P. Schenck says. Building a well-orchestrated and heterogeneous campus is but one of many concerns Schenck is trying to take care of. Schenck received his Bachelor s degree at Ripon College in Wisconsin, and Master's degree at UNC Chapel Hill. Schenck completed his education with a Ph D. in (Medieval) French Literature at Penn State. In 1974 he made his first appear ance in Tampa, where he taught French at USF-Tampa. It is twenty-one years later and Schenck is still with the USF program In 1980, Schenck was asked to begin an administrative position in an effort to "build the new honors program at USF Tampa." Schenck states, "From 1982 to 1987 I ran it. [In 1987] I became involved in central administration and was called 'Assistant Provost' for two years In 1989, Schenck moved yet again, this time to West Africa, where his wife had a Fulbright Senior Lectureship. Upon his return in 1990, he was asked to be Dean of USF/New College campus. While Schenck was not sure what CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Cigarette Theft . . 3 Overcrowding . . . 4 New Appointees . ... 5 Scholarship Update .... 6 Architect Meeting 7 Joyland Review 8 Editorial . 9 HAMIL TON CENTER ROOF A POSSIBLE HEALTH HAZARD by Ken Burruss If you spend a lot of time in the Publications Office, perhaps you should stop. It's possible that the ceiling in the Publications and the New College Student Alliance offices is a health hazard, and little is being done about it. Black and yellow mold is clearly visible around the air ducts in both rooms The smell of mildew carries through Hamilton Center There is a police work order which cites a foul smell when one walks in the front door. Whether the mold is hazardous depends on whom you talk to. Campus Physician Dr Ahmad Zamani confirmed that without testing the air and mold there is no way to be sure He did add "It certainly is a possibility Student Government Comptroller Barbara Berggren believes so. So does New College graduate and last year's SAC Chair, Adam Stone. So does NCSA Vice-President Jill Doran. So does Steve Wilder, Mac Lab Coordinator and Computer Guy for The Catalyst. Berggren began the complaints about the mold and mildew She stated that the NCSA office has been "unusable since 1991." She had walking pneumonia last spring and has been suffering regu larly from allergies. She believes the ceiling is responsible in both cases. Berggren notified both Campus Architect Rick Lyttle and NC Housing and Student Affairs Director Mark Johnson but so far, nothing has been done. There must be some form of emergency funds one can call on [for repairs]," she said. Berggren listed a number of people who have become sick from working in the NCSA office. She reported Sheila Bishop, former SAC chair, could not hold meetings there due to her allergies. Doran got bronchitis while working for Berggren this summer. Stone developed a bronchial CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MCDIARMID ATTENDS U.N. CONFERENCE ON WOMEN by Matthew Grieco "It was just a conference of thirty thousand people, all of whom were interested in social change," said New College Associate Professor of British and American Literature John McDiarmid, referring to his recent attendance at the United Nations Conference in Beijing, China The assembly in Beijing was split into two conferences: A U.N. conference attended by delegations from national governments and a conference of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) attended by activists, educators, trade unionists and members of other organiza tions, such as the Y M.C.A./Y.W.C.A. and Planned Parenthood. McDiarmid was a member of the Planned Parenthood delegation. The NGO conference, according to McDiarmid, had a dual purpose. Many people came for the purpose of lobbying the governmental conference, but McDiarmid asserted that, "The more important purpose of the NGO conference is just for these people to have a chance to get together ... [It's) not a matter of things being accomplished or achieved, really. It's a matter of a11 these people talking to each other." McDiarmid spent some time exploring Beijing, but most of his time CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
2 The Catalyst September 19-25, 1 995 "SCHENCK FROM PAGE 1 this job entailed, he made s ome interesting accomplishments in the early stages of his position When I fir s t came, I just learned the lay of the land. I had a fair idea of New College. It h a d a great deal of publicity even wh e n I was at Tampa I also had some contact with the New College provost and others at the Tampa Office of Academic Affa i rs ," he says I felt, and feel, that the University Program here was not focused as well as it could have been ," Schenck says In his first few years as Dean, Schenck also dealt with "thorny person nel and problematic students "It was a difficult time," he says. "[New College] students then were not allowed to hold [Walls]." Schenck found Michalson's arrival at the New College campus a major factor in his freedom to work on additional projects "When Michalson came, Schenck recollects, he took a leadership role no one had ever really taken before. I was really pleased My problem dealing with Student Affairs was that I was [assigned] to deal with it, but had no authority on the matter. Michalson assumed responsibility and authority ... I have highest regards for Mike." Schenck divides his goals for 199596 into four parts : First, he wants to raise the public image of New College in Sarasota and Manatee counties He plans to begin, for 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 Sara Foley and Michael Hutch Computer Guy Steve Wilder Contributors Ken Burruss and James Taylor the first time, a fund raising program. Secondly, Schenck wants to, build and strengthen academics here ... We'll hire more staff, expand disci plines." He expressed a long-term interest in strengthening the English and Psychology departments at New College, and creating a successful business program. He adds, "Construction is a next huge concern This affects both USF Sarasota and New College ... [Despite problems] I'm greatly looking forward to the new science building Finally, Schenck wants to see the culture of the New College campus grow and, "develop in a way it has not yet." When he refers to campus diversification, he includes faculty as well as student growth. As a French Literature professor, Schenck relates his interest in NC diversification to his interest in cross cultural studies in general. "MOLD" FROM PAGE l infection (though he denied his infection was from the mold) Doran said "The [doctors] weren't sure if I had bronchitis," but she received antibiotics and was out of work for two weeks. She confirmed, "Barbara gets sick all the time from going back in there [the NCSA office]. "You can walk into the NCSA office and you can smell it. It's the smell of mold." Wilder heard of others becoming s ick, but said, Myself, I've never encoun tered health problems. He did not believe Publications should be moved out of its present location, largely because it is the only place on the west campus with Ethernet set up. NCSA President Sujean Chon said that she has had, no health problems personally" but, "I generally try to avoid the student government office altogether, for obvious reasons." Chon said, "We spent all of last year trying to contact the Campus Archi tect to contact the roof contractor. As of last spring, the situation was still in utter confusion; no one was taking responsibil ity Johnson explained some of the confusion. The contractor was contacted to make repairs, and in turn hired a roofer Then, either the roofer or contractor (Johnson forgot which) went broke and the other party refused to accept responsi bility. Repairs for the roof are now slated to come out of next year's CIT allocation. The cost will be $22,000. Johnson hoped that the money for the repairs could be found now from another budget and repaid when the CIT money comes in. Johnson did not know if the roof is a health hazard or not. He said, "I know I wouldn't want my office back there. It's hard to tell what's mildew or abuse or neglect. .. until it [the roof] is replaced, there are going to be a number of prob lems back there." The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usf.eduf,....catalyst/ index.html Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst Box 75, 5700 N. Tarniami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 or catalyst@ virtu .sar. usf.edu 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 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. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson
The Catalyst September 19-25, 1995 3 "MCDIARMID" FROM PAGE 1 was wrapped up attending workshops l11ere were more than one thou and from which to choose. Since McDiarmid was a representative of Planned Parenthood, many of the workshops he attended were directly related to the issue of family planning. However, he did attend some sessions devoted to discussion of women's studies in different parts of the world. ''There seems to be a lot of involvement in that discipline there, but they have issues which are different from those in the West," he aid. "One is that they have to cope with the notion that the whole idea of feminism is a Western construct, and that they shouldn't adopt it because that's giving into We tern imposition." In general, said McDiarmid, the conference was, "very exciting and impressive ... [T]here were complica tions because the Chinese government wa n t very welcoming to the GO people ... They wanted to have the U.N. conference ... but they didn't really bargain for all these activi ts, and it wa the biggest NGO conference ever. There were over 30,000 people, almost all women. The Chinese sent the NGO conference out of Beijing ... they claimed this was because the facilities were better, but I think rather because they didn't want 30,000 radical women in Tianenmen Square." While at the conference, McDiarmid collected literature distrib uted by many of the organizations. "I loaded up on brochures until I got to the point where my shoulder was about to give way. But I brought them back and I'm going to put them on reserve in the library ... There's stuff about lesbians and gays, there's stuff about trade unions and there's stuff about violence against women." McDiarmid hoped to have the material on reserve sometime this week. Reflecting back on his experience, McDiarmid said, "I think that people shouldn't be discouraged about the idea of trying to make change in society, because a lot of these people are facing extremely difficult circumstances but are managing to keep going and make some headway." WANT A SMOKE? OUTSIDE THE by Graham Strouse Need a cigarette? Buy the pack. That's the message Curt Cole ent to four ew College students. Cole, the owner of Airport Shell, has reported five ew College students to the Sarasota County Sheriff's department in the last two weeks. The Sheriff's Department issued trespass warrants to four of them, banning them from Shell property, and is inve tigating the fifth on shoplifting charges "We appreciate the New College business," said Cole. "Most students are very nice ... However, we have had a problem with a few students." La t summer, Cole noticed that his cigarette inventory was unusually low. Kool Lights drifted off the rack, Camel's wandered off to the Mojave. Four or five packs of Kools would disappear in a single night, according to Ali Blanding, a C tudcnt who works second shift at Shell. Cole double-checked the receipts. He grew to suspect that the wandering cigarettes had travelling companions. "After a survey of the situation, we decided we were losing enough products that we wanted to let people know we were taking a firm hand," he said. The first warrant was issued Thursday, September 7 to a second-year NC student. NC student and Shell's third shift clerk Thomas Moore said he caught the student stealing a pack of Camels the night before. The Sheriff's Department is investigating the case. They have not yet filed charges Over the next week, the Sheriff's Department iss ued four more trespa warrants to students. Of the four, two are accu ed of shoplifting cigarettes, a third for inciting other students to steal ciga rettes and a fourth for reasons unknown. Police issued three of the four later warrants on the same day-Monday, September 11. Cole said the decision to come down on shoplifters wa "basically my decision. The students who work here don't like doing that kind of thing." ''I hate to have to do that," he added. "We do appreciate the business from ew College, and for the most part we have no problem." IVORY TOWER World A Belarussian military helicopter shot down American balloonists John Stuart-Jarvis and Allan Fraenkel over Belarussian airspace last Tuesday. The balloonists were competing in the Gordon Bennett gas balloon race. Both died. Four people died when an earth quake struck Mexico last Friday. The quake measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. The Iranian Government had a special gift for a new bride: 85 lashes for following a long standing western wedding tradition of dancing with men at the wedding. 127 of the attending guest were sentenced to flogging, fines, or jail. National On September 14 the Republican Party unveiled a propo a] to redesign Medicare, giving few details on how and when. Republicans plan to cut Medicare spending by $270 billion (14%) over the next seven years. Oregon Senator Bob Packwood's replacement will be elected through a mail-in vote, scheduled for Dec. 5 (primary) and January 30 (general). Packwood promised to resign from the Senate after a Senate Ethics Committee voted 6-0 to ex pel him from office due to sexual harassment and political miscon duct. Judge Wayne Alley, currenlly presiding over the Oklahoma City Bombing trial, was asked to step down from the case. He refused, but moved the trial to a new location, farther from the blast site. State/Local Residents of Belleair Shores, a 60home community in Pinellas County, protested last Thursday against enforce ment of a little-known ordinance outlaw ing beverages on their beaches. Police handed out two citations last week to beacbgoers who were drinking coffee. A battle of words between two groups of teens ended in gunfire Wednes day evening in Sarasota High School. No one was injured in the shooting, which took place in the bus-loading zone. No arrest had been made as of late Thur day.
4 The Catalyst September 19-25, 1995 TOO MANY STUDENT S NOT ENOUGH ROOM by Graham Strouse Mark Twain once said there were three types of lies-lies, damn lies, and statistics. Let's see how Twain s observa tion helps us understand New College's overcrowding problem this year. Lie: Overcrowding? New College isn t overcrowded Professor of Physics George Ruppeiner wanted to teach two sections of Descriptive Astronomy all along Damn Lie : It's a plot, man. It's plot by Marriott and the Cop Shop to break down student morale. Statistic: 587 new and returning students turned in contracts to Records and Registration this year, the most processed by R&R since the 1975 merger with USF. Twain was, in this case, wrong Sometimes numbers tell the truth. Sometimes they tell you more than you want to know. New College Dean and Warden Gordon E Mike Michalson knew the dorms were stuffed when the year began. The first year class was 14 bodies warmer than admissions had projected for Michalson knew there would be triples in Pei He originally projected a first year population of 175 students and a total student population of 545. Fourteen plus 545 equals 559. It would be a tight squeeze but everyone would be able to breathe. "Somebody at softball practice said we had an extremely high retention rate from last year," Michalson said. He heard there might be as many as 580 students enrolled this semester. That was the high figure, however. Then classes began. Dana Byrd likes to take a lot of classes. She planned on six for this semester. She got cut from four of them. Byrd managed to slip back into cultural anthropology--one of the four classes she was cut from-and squeezed the rocks for another one and a half classes. Students get cut from classes. It happens. Usually, however, it happens to first-year students. Byrd is not a first-year student. She's a third-year psychology major. When Ruppeiner stepped behind his desk for the first session of his Descriptive Astronomy class, he noticed his class was a bit larger than usual. Descriptive Astronomy is traditionally a popular class; it's one of a handful of science classes designed for students from other disciplines. This year, however, there were more students than stars 70 people showed up for the first class Instead of trimming the class down, Ruppeiner chose to teach two sections of the class one after another, on Tuesdays and Fridays Byrd and Ruppeiner got buried under the full weight of the population bulge Wednesday, September 6 was the deadline for students to turn in their contracts to Records and Registration. Six days later, Records released the official stats and graphs for the New College population, circa Fall 1995 There were 587 students, 179 first years 412 continuing students and 19 readmits To put this number in perspec tive, consider this: four falls ago, in September 1992 490 students signed contracts, including 148 first-years. 490 was a low figure, but not extraordinarily low. Between 1992 and 1995, the number of new and continuing students increased by a total of 97 students. That's a 20% population increase in four years. Eight years before that, in falll985, New College enrol l ed 414 students. That's another 20%. 20% plus 20% equals 40%. In eleven years. Generally, populations which experience 40% increases in just over a decade get a little cramped. This popula tion was already a few beds short 20 percentile points ago. According to Jim Fee n ey, New College's Director of Special Projects, much of the population bu lge can be attributed to two easi l y u n derstandab l e factors; increased population combine d with a lower attrition rate. R etentio n h as improved," Feeney said. "It's currently runni n g around 6 0 %, and it seems to be holding there." A l so, "we' ve had very low melt," he added "Melt" is the expression college administrators use to describe the slow trickle of students who depart between the time Admissions caps the new class in early summer, and the time everyone begins classes. Generally, Feeney said a few people melt away in the summer, a few more during orientation and a final handful between the start of classes and contract deadline. This year's forecast: low tempera tures, freezing rain and ice. Expected to continue. Only ten first-years failed to turn in contracts, the lowest figure since 1992 That's a few extra bodies. More impor tantly however, is the increasing reluc tance shown by continuing students to drop out of school. Seventy-one percent of last year's non-graduating student body returned. When Michalson saw the Falll995 enrollment projections, his reaction was to begin planning for a small class. "I'd hate to be applying to New College this coming year," he said. Later, after admissions tallied the score, he began to reconsider Although next year's class will likely still be small, Michalson is considering using the population bulge to try to leverage another faculty l ine or two out of Tampa. "I want to add 12 faculty," he said. That would give New College about 65 full-time professors. Michalson hopes to add these professo r s in ones and twos over the next seven to ten years. He hopes to keep the student-faculty ratio at 10:1. In the meantime, however, NC's Dean and Warden is considering some rather offbeat methods for population control. "Maybe we could try to do some thing differen t ," he mused. "We co u ld h ave mandatory chapel at 8:00A.M.," he added. "Do you think that would wo r k? "We coul d do somethi n g really b i zarre w i th the do l p hin of yo u r choice." Mic h alson suggested offering chapel exemptions to s tu dents w h o convert a d
The Catalyst September 19-25, 1995 5 NEW NCSA OFFICERS SHARE GOALS by Evan Greenlee While some students may have forgotten whom they voted for, the new leaders of the NCSA are busy planning for this year. Here's what a few of them had to say about their plans. Keyoor Patel, the new third-year Student Affair Committee (SAC) member, plans to hold meetings and continue to post the minutes. Ask Food Service Committee member Meg Hayes her plans and she'll open up a large notebook containing a long list. First on her agenda is to start diplomatic relations With Food Service Manager Peggy Hendon. Hayes would Fitness Center since I have been here, and it is discouraging," Wolff Bowden said If Bowden, a newly appointed member of the Fitness Center Advisory Committee, has his way, there will be new equipment in the Fitness Center such as a squat rack, lap pull-down machine, and calf machine. Bowden would also like to use his wants to get people out of their dorm rooms and get them together. I want to see some clubs that didn't get a chance to happen last year happen," he said. More mats for aikido and a squat bench are among things he would like to fund. He would also like students to come to him with ideas for on-campus entertainment. "Other than Walls, there is not much to do around here," he said. THE CABINET IS FULL position to emphasize the importance of wellness and good health. New Humanities Representatives Matthew Grieco and Nicole Archer said they will publish the minutes of each Humanities division After the election, some positions remained unfilled. Monday night, NCSA President SuJean Chon appointed people to fill the vacant positions. The students and their positions are as follows: Residence Life Committee: Ian Hallett Space Committee: Jon Landry and Jessica Falcone Fourth Year SAC: Christa Polley Admissions Committee: Alex Manning and Justin Mihalick Fitness Center Advisol) Committee: Wolff Bowden and Rocky Swift Library Committee: Jill Doran and SuJean Chon Student Life: Erin Harris, Laura Clarke, and TBA The Student Academic Status Committee is the one students talk to if they fail to complete a semester success-fully. New member Noah Teitelbaum plans to try to get in touch with the students before they come before review. To students in academic hot water, he said, "Feel free to come and talk with me. My box is 583 and my number is 358-8570.'" meeting, as they promised in their campaign speeches. They plan to meet with students before division meetings to try to get students' points of view on issues. Both plan to make votes they may disagree with, but the rest of the student body supports. Look for questionnaires from Grieco next week. also like to institute a try-before-you-buy deal. "Now why we realize that this wouldn't happen at a restaurant," she said. "At a restaurant, if the food's bad, then you could send it back." Also on Hayes' wish list: opening the grill at weekday breakfasts, more choices at weekend breakfasts, the same selection of food for people who arrive late, no more leftovers served without the choice of another entree, more vegan and vegetarian selections and consistent C-store hours. Look for Education Policy Committee member Nick Napolitano if any vote comes up concerning changes in ISPs or contracts. He will also post minutes from EPC meetings and hold meetings to discuss topics that may come out of EPC meetings. Justin Mahalick, new Admissions Committee member, is eager to work on the view book. He also wants to use his position to find more people who can handle New College, reducing the high attrition prevalent in NC history Rachael Lininger was appointed a Natural Sciences Division Representative mid term last semester. She would like to get people involved in helping her make decisions that come up in meetings. She "Nothing new has come into the All other new NCSA officers failed to return messages from The Catalyst. Computers for Sale 386 & 486 Both in excellent condition over $1200 of software Includes mouse, keyboard, and monitor Will work with payment schedule If interested contact Steve 355-1006
6 The Catalyst September 19-25, 1995 ADMINISTRATION ADMITS LETTER WAS MISLEADING by Rocky Swift If you were expecting USF Sarasota/New College to make good on the financial aid promises discussed the in the Catalyst two weeks ago, think again. The administration has admitted the error but said no funds are available to carry through with the deal offered to last year's tuition waiver recipients. "There's just no money," conceded Dean and Warden Gordon E. '"'Mike" Michalson. "The most we can do at this point is try to clean up our act from this point on." The issue centers around a letter sent by former Admissions Director David Anderson to prospective students for last year's fall term. The Jetter, which was sent to students who qualified for an out-of-state tuition waiver, said the waiver would cover 95% of out-of-state charges and could be renewed at reduced levels. The waiver and a New College Founda tion Scholarship together would make their "years at New College virtually tuition free!" The letter forgot to mention that the waiver covers 95% of out-of-state charges the first year only and is renew able at half that amount every semester thereafter. Many students were taken off guard by how much they owed the school and felt that they had been misled when they were told the waiver was renewable at "reduced levels." Anderson, who is now Director of College Counseling at the Ransom School in Miami, had little to say on the matter. Anderson admitted there was an error in wording regarding how many semesters the waiver is renewable for, but stated that "reduced levels" is not an attempt to trick students: "From year to year, the Office of Financial Aid and Office of Admissions does not know how much it will be reduced by ... none of those letters were written with the intention to at all mislead students," Anderson insisted. Former Director of Financial Aid Pete Fazio had even less to say about the matter. He is now working in the USF admissions office in Tampa and wanted little to do with the financial aid woes of New College. "I'm not talking to you [The Catalyst]," he said. ''I'm out of New College. I'm up here [Tampa]. I don't want to have any comment for The Catalyst." Michalson admitted the letter was misleading, but said there is nothing that can be done about it now. "It's very clear there's been a major change in admissions at New College," said Michalson. He said negotiating tuition waiver money with the Tampa campus is a sensitive issue, as New College already receives 25% of the funds available to USF for out-of-state-tuition waivers. The way tuition waiver money will be distributed next year is still up in the air. Entering students may receive less their first year to free up more funds for returning students with waivers. Jim Feeney, Director of Special Project Development, agreed the letter was misleading. "This letter is a real problematic letter," said Feeney. "It doesn't make sense." The letter implied the waiver would fund up to nine semes ters. As it stands now, the out-of-state tuition waiver is only good for seven. SAC ALLOCATIONS: A BIG BALL OF HAPPY Organization Petition Total Allocated Organization Petition Total Allocated Aikido 585.50 420.00 NCSA Budget Proposal 12,930.00 12,530.00 Amnesty International 400.00 400.00 New Lifters 1621.90 500.00 Antigone 140.00 110.00 Party Fund 3000.00 3000.00 Bandroom 555.00 470.00 Personal Alarms 40.00 40.00 Bike Shoppe 1348.61 942.92 Photography Guild 621.92 deferred Cafeteria Utensils 1800.00 1395.00 Picayune 240.00 240.00 Campus Interfaith Series 50.00 50.00 Ping-pong 31.00 31.00 Caples Garden 180.00 180.00 Recycling Containers 266.90 deferred Catalyst 1833.00 1641.00 Sailing Club 3293.90 1273.95 College Bowl 1250.00 1000.00 Schwarzuialderkirschtorte 300.00 80.00 Fencing Club 455.00 217.00 Spanish Culture Club 375.00 145.00 Fetish BaJI 475.00 150.00 Sparring Club 200.00 200.00 Final 4.nalysis 550.00 550.00 Theater Lights 425.00 225.00 Indian Film Series 48.00 48.00 Ult. Frisbee Tournament 275.00 155.00 Indoor Soccer 500.00 deferred Ultimate Frisbee Club 413.00 43.00 Japanese Tutorial 210.00 referred Video Projector 4200.00 4100.00 Judaica Studies 3235.00 1035.00 Volleyball Court 729.50 deferred Jukebox 200.00 200.00 Women's Awareness Mo. 600.00 600.00 Love Craft Society 60.00 30.00 Women's Self-Defense 216.98 deferred Mac Lab 19,476.05 9108.84 Womyn's Tea 40.00 40.00 NC AIM Support 830.00 280.00 TOTAL 64,000.76 41,430.66
The Catalyst September 19-25, 1995 7 ARCHITECTS ASK FOR INPUT ON NEW DORMS by James Reffell New College students have more input on the construction of the new dorms than in any previous construction. Stu dents and administration got to voice that input last Wednesday at a meeting with the architectural team in charge of the construction. The new dorms will house 80 students, and are to be built on the East Campus, near the tennis courts. Construc tion is scheduled to be completed in 1997. They will likely be apartment-style dorms, housing from four to six people per floor, with communal kitchens and living areas. The team, which includes Campus Architect Rick Lyttle, USF Architect Steve Gift, Tom Fisher of Einhorn, Yaffee, and Prescott and Tom Reynolds of Reynolds Architects, had arranged the meeting through Hou ing and Student Affairs Director Mark Johnson as part of the "preliminary design phase" of the dorm design. Previously, the team had toured the campus and the proposed site, and met with Physical Plant personnel to iron out the technical aspects of the design. Planning Ahead Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson opened the meeting stating, "this is a rare opportunity to plan a building ... that will be used for the purpose for which it was built." He added that the intention of the new dorms should be to "strike a balance between providing privacy and providing a common space for students," while causing the "minimum environmental impact." He stressed the importance of student involvement in the design process, recalling that it was student opposition to a dorm on the West Campus that determined the location of the current site. Fisher then Jed a discussion of the project's basic goals: the new dorms must provide 80 beds, be constructed on budget, and should fit into tha existing campus as well as add to it. Fisher stressed that they should "add spaces that complement Palm Court," citing it as the most successful common space on campus. Stylistically, the new dorms are to "Jearn, not copy, from [I.M.) Pei's original designs," and fit the geometric layout of the campus. How would you like your bathroom? The team went through a list of the design details for the interior of the dorms, asking for student and administra tive comments on each item. Assistant Resident Counselor Tracie Merritt suggested students would prefer openable windows to fixed ones, in order to have a maximum of control over room tempera ture. "Indestructible" doors were advised, although Space Committee Representive Ashley Colvin praised the translucent Pei dorm doors. Students agreed that communal bathrooms were a viable option, and also agreed that a small "kitchenette" would be plenty, making room for a more open living area. What shape should it be? Fisher showed slides of previous Einhorn, Yaffee, and Prescott-designed dorms, both apartment-style and stan dard-style, from schools such as Williams University, Siena College, Marriot College, and Galludett University. The final discussion centered around the aesthetics of the dorms The architects expressed a desire to pick a site that ensured geometric continuity with the Pei buildings, was protected from airport noise, and entailed a minimum of tree removal, citing special concern for the "sacred oaks" and pines. When asked whether the buildings should aesthetically echo the Pei build ings or the "pseudo-Mediterranean" bayshore buildings, Environmental Studies Coordinator Jonathan Miller suggested that it was more important to follow the "roots" of the campus archi tecture, with particular attention to climate considerations. Sudakoff Center, affectionately referred to as "Spam Center," was given as an example of a bad compromise between the two styles. Wltat Happens Now? The architectural team is starting on the "conceptual schematic" phase of the design process. Near the end of October, the team will return to New College to accept further input on three or four preliminary designs. CONSTRUCTION DIARY by Graham Strouse Coming Down Dorm planners swarmed over East Campus last week. They talked to students and Campus Architect Rick Lyttle to find out what we wanted from our new dorms. They took pictures of buildings. Smiled a lot. Across US-41, and a little ways north on Tamiami Trail, a different scene unfolded behind Zinn's, the con verted diner that served as New College's sculpture studio until 1993 Behind Zinn's, the business end of a parked backhoe rose and fell, break ing away chunks ofZinn's roof and walls. A bulldozer chugged back and forth, clearing the debris The demolition ofZinn's, which was replaced by New Caples when the latter was built two years ago, was notable for two reasons. First, the demolition was a SYMBOLIC END OF AN ERA. Second, and more importantly, the demolition actually started on time. Dooley Mack Contractor's trucks rolled in on Monday and began breaking things as they were told. Going Up A.I.S., a subcontractor for Dooley Mack, sealed up most of the drywall on the second floor of College Hall last week. By Friday, the offices were starting to look less like abstract art and more like rooms. A.I.S. started mounting shelves on the walls late last week. Going (Under)Ground Thorpe Construction began pouring the foundation for the West Campus Student Center on Friday. Project Supervisor Bill Newbill expects the Block Masons to arrive this week and begin laying down the floor. Newbill, who was given a nine month "window" to finish the project, said that the Student Center may be operational for schmoozing students as early as February. That would put him four months ahead.
8 The Catalyst September 19-25, 1995 THE LAND OF JOY AND RED DOG by Rocky Swift and James Taylor It stands out magnificently in effulgent splendor and decadent COW BOY decor It sends a wave of ice down the spine of left-leaning academics. It instills palpable dread within one's soul while inspiring a wicked curiosity as to what unsavory things transpire within those great barn doors. The place is Joy land Country Western Bar, located at 6424 14th St. West in Bradenton It is an affront to good taste to some, a b l atant eyesore to others, and a cultural mecca for more than many readers would like to believe Well, you scared ninnies need speculate no more as The Catalyst has braved life and sanity to unravel the mysteries that lurk within this bizarre phenomenon we call "Beyond Country and Western It was not without great trepidation that we ventured into this forbidden realm a place forgotten by Newton's Enlightenment and a suitable subject for Goya's dark period Like the Black Plague of the 13th Century, Joy land has spread to four locations throughout Southwest Florida including one in beloved Pasco County. This particular Land of Joy is the latest installment in the burgeoning Country Empire. Suddenly it dawned on these reporters the horrible horrible truth. All of those Garth Brooks albums that skyrocketed to number one The unex pected resurgence of HeeHaw. That guy in the cowboy hat on The Real World," Monster Truck Rallies, the good ol' boys on the Nasca r circuit and Steel Cage Matches on "Saturday Night's Mai n Event" are not an elaborate conspiracy. We were at the cusp of an earth-shattering epiphany when a dreaded "Deliverance" flashback rendered us emotionally numb. We entered Joyland through a wide hallway that led to the bar/club. There was a three dollar cover and a tenacious ID sentinel that stood between the bar and unde r -aged Joy seekers. Novo Collegians equipped wi t h fake ID's take heed: they were high l y skeptical of James Taylor's legit driver's license Maybe t h ey were j ust skeptical of James. A sign in front said the legal capacity of Joyland is 1000 people We c o nsidered the enormity of that many country/western enthusiasts together in one place until our brains began to cramp Fortunately last Friday at I 0:00 P.M. was not nearly so busy A beefy guy named Rick said it gets busiest around 10:30 P M and stays that way until around 2:00 A.M., when it closes That is when most New College students are exposed to Joyland patrons as Joy landers exit the bar freshly juiced and go to Perkins for a bite to eat. After 10 bottles of "Red Dog," the notion of someone reading Hegel at a restaurant must seem pretty doofy compared to the raw exhilaration that is line dancing James conducted a perfunctory inspection of the bar while I stood at the threshold stealing glances. James returned shortly with his observations : "There was a long row of pool tables something that resembled a large traffic light, a wooden dance floor the size of a football field and a live band that wasn't playing behind chicken wire The people were just blurs of white cowboy hats, more denim than a Levi's warehouse, gravity-defying hair. Most importan tly, there were televisions everywhere ... large ones with SPORTS!" As he ut t ered that sentence his clenched fingers dug into my shoulders I stared in his fiery eyes and saw darkness. "Let's get something to eat, prefer ably meat and potatoes grmm ... grmm," James muttered as he wa l ked swiftly into the adjacent restaurant, desig n ated by a cedar sign that read "Steakout." I trailed after him and noticed a Buy Sell evidence of the dead animal motif at the entrance: a stuffed coyote flanked by a fox and a beaver Waves of dread crashed over me and my comrade was muttering something about intellectual elitist nimrods When the waitress/owner named Linda arrived at the table to take our drink orders I settled on sweet tea while James l i stened to the beer selection. He settl e d on Red Dog despite the availability of Heineken and Corona. It occurred to me that foreign beers in a country & western bar might facilitate mainstreaming. Meanwhile, James recounted his favorite Red Dog commercials. Linda returned to take our orders. I elected not to have an entree while James requested the J R. Ewing ," a 10ounce steak. Unfortunately, the Ewings were out of stock, so James had to settle for the 16-ounce monster known as "Big Sam Bass ." When his steak arrived, James began to devour it greedily Feeling a little hungry my s elf I asked him for a bite. With a l a rge wad of amply chewed beef wedged firmly in his left cheek, he said no and laughed HEARTILY. A disturbing feeling grew within me as I watched James enjoy his steak and the atmosphere a bit too much I realized as I listened to that night's band, Steel Horse, play "Sweet Home Alabama" that I, too, was relishing in the experience The country & western scene was no longer some vague entity that dwelled on the fringe of civilization. It was a thriving force that lurked within us. That revela tion l eft me paralyzed, and only four words escaped my trembling lips: "The horror! The horror!" stuffed llama sporti n g a sombrero. Atop this llama's bac k perc h ed a stuffed raccoon. The waitress led us to a "J.i. c.,. free ta b le in the smoki n g sectio n where James bran dished a pac k of MARLB ORO LIGHTS IN A BOX. I n oticed further Downtown Sarasota 1488 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 U.S .A. Monda y Saturday 10:00 A.M.6 :00 P M (813) 366-1373
The Catalyst September 19-25, 1995 9 EDITORIAL: IT'S NOT JUST A BUNCH OF CRAP "This document is just a bunch of crap," said New College Student Alliance President Sujean Chon, brandishing a copy of the NCSA Constitution during student government appointments last Monday At that meeting, Chon appointed herself and both of her vice-presidents to administrative committees in violation of article 8 5 of the Constitution, which states that "No student may hold more than one elective position." Chon may have violated the Constitution in a good faith effort to put responsible people in office. Ironically, the Constitution is the main rea on these offices exist; by disregarding it, the NCSA weakens its own legitimacy. What does it mean for the student body when its elected representatives don't know the rules? More importantly, why aren't those representatives aware of their own ignorance? Many problems within the NCSA can be blamed upon the scarcity of the Constitution. Every year it gets harder and harder to find any copy, never mind a current that the Constitution itself mandates that it shall be given to each student upon entering New College. To alleviate the mass ignorance of our rights as students, the NCSA Constitution must be made available to all New College students. In order to make up for entering students NOT having received a copy of the constitution over the past three years, there should be a mass printing of the current version of the NCSA Constitution so that students who want a copy can have one. An up-to-date copy of the NCSA Constitution should be prominently posted at all times in Ham Center-there used to be one on the former Student Government Bulletin Board in the cafeteria. The Bulletin Board should be returned to facilitate student access to NCSA minutes and reports. The Constitution should also be made available electronically, on the New College Homepage. In order to "preserve New College's identity and vitality as a unique alternative in American higher education," we must first be able to govern ourselves. In order to govern ourselves, we must know the structure by which we are to be governed. Knowledge is power. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR RE: QUEER DATING When I tran ferred to New College I was unaware of the school's "reputation for sexual acceptance," but was terribly pleased to find it just so. The only thing to watch out for is being lulled by our atmosphere of tolerancemy summer internship in Manhattan reminded me that queer jokes are still as American as, well, Black jokes. As a bisexual male (they roam among us!) I will say a few words about the relative scarcity of bi-males at New College, with the following caveat lector: I claim no intellectual monopoly on the topic nor do I speak for others. Amy Andre and Mala Ghoshal are, I surmise, correct in their assumptions that the leap from straight to otherwise is normally more daunting for a man. And not only the "coming out" part; indeed, the simple realization of your sexuality can be delayed or, I fear, worse. Naturally, women are also socialized into roles, but when it comes to same-sex affection, their rules seem more flexible, as alluded to by Mr. Strouse's piece. At least in the context of my own background, gay males are maligned like few other citizens. To wit: if you like men, you are a fag; if you refuse to engage in fisticuffs, you are a fag; hell, if you get to H-0-R-S-E f1rst, you are a fag Despite the tolerant climate at our school, the above reasons are still valid inhibitors when it comes to sexual identity and sexual politics. --Trent Cotton Apple RE: RECYCLING When I glanced at my submission to The Catalyst I was disappointed to see it under the heading of "Thou Shalt Re cycle." It had a condescending, cynical ring to it that was not intended. The last thing I would hope to project is a "holier than thou" attitude. However, when I read on, I really became annoyed; a total of five sentences had been left out in two different spots! I understand the newspaper's prerogative to edit for space but when sentences are left out and others pieced together so as not to make grammatical sense, I have to chalk it up to late-night sloppiness. With the headline and the butchered editing job I'm afraid the reader was misled. You failed to print last week that I, along with other environmentally oriented students, am organizing to improve our campus recycling program. We are brainstorming ways to make it easier for everyone to recycle. Recycling bins in dorm rooms that students would be responsible for sorting at centrally located spots is the primary idea we've been thinking about. I hope there was no cynicism intended with the headline and omissions. There is certainly not a drop on my part. I'm inspired by the help we're receiving on campus solid waste reduction. It's empowering to feel that if we work together, we can make a positive contribu tion to our campus community. Perhaps The Catalyst should make the difference clearer between a contribution and a letter to the editor. I did not address my last submission as a letter, although it was printed that way. Our group, the campus solid waste reduction tutorial, would like to use this student publication as a means to keep the campus community abreast on recycling information. Any help will be appreciated. --Anne Tazewell
10 The Catalyst September 19-25, 1995 ANNOUNCEMENTS Sexuality Awareness Month events for the week of 9/17 to 9/21 : Week 3: Rape and Sexual Assault MoP day 9/18 J nfo Distribution in Ham Center at lunch Tuesday 9/19 Rape Survivors Support Group meeting, 7 :00P.M. Student Activities Coordinator's Office Wednesday 9/20 Speaker : Laurel from Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center 7:00P.M., Hamilton Center cafeteria Thursday 9121 Carpool to County Commissioner meeting to support AIDS funding! Meet in front of Hamilton Center at 6:45P.M. Any questions about Sexuality Awareness Month? Contact Amy at 359-3173 or Box 37 The New College AIM Support Group will be meeting at 6:00P.M. on Thursday, September 21-Everyone's invited. Drop a note in box 457 or e-mail Jess atjolson@virtu for more info. .... Lisa from Habitat for Humanity will be at the Hamilton Center couches September 22nd at 5:00P.M to help set up a New College chapter Lost meal card? If you ve lost your meal card please notify Cyndi Mahaffey or Kelly Kilcoyne in the cafeteria Your account will be suspended immediately-free of charge-to prevent unauthorized use of your card If you then locate your card you must notify Cyndi or Kelly ill!Q present identification to have your account reauthorized SHORT ON CASH ? Faculty/staff meal plans are now available. Minimum deposit is $50 00. Please contact Cyndi Mahaffey in the cafeteria or call 4270 ANNOUNCING ... Marriott has a new vegetarian chef. Steven Hodes will begin on Monday, September 18th. Steven is a vegetar ian himself and has s everal years of experience in vegetarian cooking. Come discuss the past and future of social and environmental activism at New College at the Poolside Potluck, Wednesday Septem ber 20th at 5 :00P. M Bring food if you can! If you were here last year and bought any food while the computers were down at Marriott, you may be entitled to money. Please leave your name and an approximate amount of how much you lost in box 444 This won't work without your support! Money found: If its yours and you know the exact amount, contact Neil at box 639. There will be a New College Radio meeting tonight (Tuesday) at 8:00 P.M. on the Ham Center couches in front of the Fishbowl.. Turned down by the SAC? A New College Board of Trustees member may want to fund your activity or event. New College Trustee, Charlene Bredder, is compiling a list of student events and activites for the New College Board of Trustees. Individual trustees will then select those projects they are interested in funding. Submit a detailed cost estimate for your activity to Mark Johnson or Sara Kuppin. 1 Need health care services? 1 : The Public Health Dept. 954-2900 Need a ride to a health care facility? The following New College students: I provides STD and HIV testing (for have agreed to provide free, anonymous rides to carless Novo Collegians: I I free), physical exams, and birth control. I Planned Parenthood 953-4060 provides Christa 351-0899 Tracie 359-5689 Box 96 I SID and HIV testing, pregnancy tests, Andrea Box 359 Chris 359-3432 Box 187 I I gynecological exams, and birth control Amy 359-3173 Box 37 Krisandra 361-3081 Box 210 I 1 (at reduced costs). Parkview 359-4254 Jenny C 358-8008 Box 454 Jennifer 359-1427 Box 354 I 1 provides free, confidential counseling Tracy 358-8858 Jennifer 359-8162 Box 251 1 I and physical exams. The Women's Kayla 355-3502 Box 208 Sof351-0714 I I Health Center 355-9796 provides Geoff351-0714 Sosha Box 490 I abortions. Stephanie 358-1838 Box 3 Joy 359-9627