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The Volume VI, Issue 1 August 27, 1996 men e mene, tekel upharsin Profiles: THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL Alena & Ann Mari e by Mic h elle Wolper ALENA SCA NDURA She originally planned to enter med ical school. With a bachelor s degree in biology to her credit and a master's in ex ercise physiology in the works Alena Scandura thought she was on the right path. Then she became an RA in her second year of graduate school. "I realized then that I truly enjoyed what I was doing," she said and I wanted to see where this would take me. Ten years of experience in student af fairs and resident life have taken Alena to New College as the Student Activities Director. Scandura was the Director of the Intercultural Center and the A s sistant Director of Student Activities at Manhattanville College in New York. Scandura also accepted a student af fairs position at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she also hoped to earn her PhD She wished to live with her partner on campus, which was a no-no as far as the administration was concerned. "We freaked out the Midwest, s he SEE "PROFILES" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Ivory Tower .................. .3 Surviving 41 ................. .4 K.ilwin's .................... .4 Contributions ....... ....... 5 Announcements ...... ....... 6 by Charles Choi Spray painting in the Publications Office may be hazardous to your health Colin McGuigan a former student, was arrested on August 14 for criminal mischief. If found guilty, he will be fined $295 in damages. McGuigan is applying for a pretrial intervention. The State Attorney's office scheduled a hearing for McGuigan on Wednesday, August 28. McGuigan informed police in a writ ten statement that on the evening of August 4, he found some spray paint in the Publications Office and proceeded to put up part of the graffiti that now covers its walls. On the evening of August 13, McGuigan walked into the Publications Office and encountered Rocky Swift. Swift said he would escort McGuigan out of the Publications Office because he felt McGuigan did not belong there. McGuigan said he had an alumni identifi cation card which granted him the right to be on campus McGuigan suggested that they carry the argument to the Cop Shop. Tom Barnard was the only witness to this incident. "Rocky was threatening to physically remove Colin, or physically hurt him if he didn't [leave) Yeah, he was definitely serious. Colin was fairly scared He was shaking ... Rocky seemed very unreasonably upset about all the new graffiti and Colin admitted to doing it." Officer Hugh Roarty at first confirmed that McGuigan had a right to be on cam pus, and McGuigan returned to the Pub lications Office. Swift stayed at the Cop Shop Half an hour later, Roarty and Swift walked back to the publications of fice, and Roarty escorted McGuigan off campus. Roarty also issued a trespass no tice which informed McGuigan that if he returned to New College he would be ar rested. Swift had fil ed a comp l ain t w ith the Cop Shop because he favored police in volvement in campus issues. "If he just would have taken his as whoopin' like a man and stayed off campus then I wouldn't have had a problem with it," Swift said. The next day, McGuigan arranged a visit with Johnson through the Cop Shop, and the cops came and asked him if he wanted to make a statement. McGuigan did so and it was then that he was ar rested. Johnson has no legal power over the situation, as the cops did not refer the situation to Student Affairs. When asked about the situation, McGuigan said, "I just think the whole thing is trite and overblown." Some students were not aware that spraying graffitti on the newly painted walls was even criminal. "I just thought they painted the walls just so that we could put more graffiti up said Barnard Custodian Jeff Raber painted over the old graffitti He spent the entire month of July applying five layers of paint in the various rooms in Hamilton Center. In re sponse to the most recent graffiti, he said, I don't mind graffiti I enjoy graffiti. But this is your room. This is your home We're talking community You all have to get along." The walls of the Publications Office and student government office had been covered with graffiti for over four years. During the summer, Mark Johnson de cided that they would be painted over He suggested that one wall be reserved to students to do as they wished; the other two would be stuccoed over. Though the walls of the Publications Office were mostly painted over, a small patch was spared per request of Christie Guy. New graffiti now neighbors the old graffi t i in that patch, old graffiti in mem ory of a friend long past.
2 The Catalyst August 27, 1996 "PROFILES" FROM PAGE 1 said. She filed a lawsuit with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. She won, and "they let me and my partner stay But we didn't want to at that point." A few years and a few jobs later, she arrived at New College. "I remember reading about New College in [Money Magazine's] Best Buys, and I just knew that this was a place that many other institutions espouse to do. The whole education system here, to me, that is what education is all about." Scandura also likes the way that New College openly accepted gays and les bians into the community. "I'm 'out', and I want to be comfort able being 'out'," she said. Scandura's job description is not clear to her yet. "Actually, I think part of my job is trying to formulate the exact de scription of my job." She will assist students in tudent ac tivities, and sponsor programs such as trips and study breaks. She would also like feedback as to what projects students would like to see executed. "I've always adopted a collaborative approach to deci sion making She will also monitor the events oc curring in the community and provide a link to students. "I will also resurrect the Center for Servtcc Learning," she added. I really need to get it operational." CSL is a mechanism for "voluntecrism," as Scandura phrased it. "Here you take what Ciltalyst General Editor James Reffell Managing Editor Michelle Wolper taffWriter Charres Choi Layout Heather Oliver Business Manager Sara Foley Contributors Christa Craven Anne Tazewell you're learning in the classroom and apply it," she said. By re-establishing CSL, Scandura could connect students to volunteer projects in the area. "It wouldn'tjust be stuffing envelopes and copying fliers," she said. "These are real worth while projects." Scandura stressed that "what I do is co-curricular, not extra-curricular. Learning does not always happen in the classroom. Learning is also meeting and living with people, it is organizing an event, it is attending an event." "I like to be involved with things," she added. "I see myself as a student advo cate. From the student perspective, I understand that I am an administrator. I know that's a tight line to draw." Her desire to be heavily involved in school activities stems from a strong be lief in developing a sense of community "This sense of spirituality has been formulated from my active participation in the Religious Society of Friends [Quakers]. I hope to become a member soon." And her thoughts on New College? '1 haven't met a student I haven't liked," she said. "I think I've found a connection here. It feels very comfort able." Visit her office, anytime, drink some coffee, discuss a project idea with her, play with her Zen board and her Zen garden. Live for the moment. ANNMARIE PEAVEY Aside from her abilities as a peer counselor and political activist, new Residence Counselor AnnMarie Peavey can also swallow fire. "Yep, my claim to fame is that I can eat fire," she said. "The Lesbian Avengers taught me how to do it." Peavey said that she showed off her talent at political rallies as an attention getter so she could actively display her love for politics. "I very much identify as an activist," she said. AnnMarie described a day when she and other gay-rights activists dominated the streets of North Hampton, Massachusetts, which she called one of the most gay-friendly places in the coun try. "We tried to get a domestic partnership bill passed," she said. However, the "religious right" had their way Raised in the suburbs of Boston, Peavey, 22, is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a degree in Women's Studies. She heard of her acceptance to the po sition of Resident Counselor at New College less than a month ago. "I found out I wa hired on a Sunday, and I was here with all my stuff the following Friday," she said. Peavey has been so busy since her ar rival at New College she hardly has had time to unpack. She has spent most of her time meeting new students and RAs. She is very impressed with what she has The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http :l/www. sar. usf edu/-catalystl Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions may also be placed in the Catalyst box marked "Letters to the Editor/Contribu tions" (in the student government 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 to 500 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the editor or contributions and include names and contact information. 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The Catalyst August 27, 1996 3 seen so far Apart from the cockroaches, that i s Except for my arartment being infes ted by bug s wh e n I got here everything has been great. I'm surprised by how friendly people have been. Everyone was showing me around I didn't expect that. But don't expect AnnMarie to be shocked by your personal idiosyncrasies body piercings or substance habits. I think people are waiting for me to be shocked, but I'm just not." Peavey has dealt with rroblem s rang ing from riots to suicide attempts to sexual assaults. When I was an RAin college, I had a dual role as a counselor, a resource person but I was also involved in policy enforcement. It's refreshing that RAs here are allowed to be more accessi ble in the counseling role." AnnMarie has much experience in the role as a counselor "For the last three years I ran a residential program at [the University of Massachusetts) for gays lesbians and bisexuals It was the tlrst in the country at the time. Using it as a model she aided in the establishment of others as well. She also counseled women and taught workshops at a rape crisis center. Peavey is excited about the crew of RAs she will work with. "They're right on the money, she said "And I'm glad that my RAs are different types of peo ple." Not everyone will be friends with the RAs in their court she added ''People won't get busted here, she added. "I'm not here to bust people. If someone ha s a problem I certainly want them to come to me. The l as t thing I'd do is talk to the cops. I am hoping that peo ple go to RAs tlrst. then to me. I don't want the RAs to miss out on a leadership experience. I certainly want people to come to me but rely on your RAs as well." AnnMarie described her position at New College as a liaison between admin istration and students "I'm a student advocate, but I work for the administra tion In some ways I'm a voice for students, but I also need for folks to real ize that situation I'm in. It's all a little less defined than I'd like." Eventually, Peavey would like to at tend graduate school and work in higher education administration, with a focus on multicultural education in grammar schools. "I had to wait until I was 19 to understand lhe words around my values," she said I knew when something was wrong but I felt useless [to stop it]. It wasn't until I went to a college where peop l e felt comfortable challenging each other. If we can start the process earlier, things wouldn't be the way they are today." But AnnMarie loves working with col lege students too "They're stepping out of something they've always known, she said. "A lot of students came here being outcasts of their own communit i es. A lot of that potential wasn't ignited That kind of coming out from under is good. Being homecoming queen ... after you put the pictures away and gain 30 pounds what did it all mean?" Contribution Guidelines Let te r t o T h e E d i tor: A reader s response to previous artic l es, letters and/or edito ria l s, or an opinion that they want to with the student body Letters to the Editor should be no more than 2.50 w or ds and are not a forum for free advertising. Contributio n : A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pert i nent to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250 500 words. G uest Column: A solicited opinion piece Guest columnists do not necessarily rep resent the views of the Cata l yst but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community s hould be made aware Guest columns may range in l ength from 250-500 words. All submiss i ons should be received by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue. OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER International Kremlin security chief Alexander Lebed sealed a truce wit h Chechen rebels on Wednesday night, just hours short of the deadline that the ultimatum Russian general Konstantin Pulikovsky gave to bomb Grozny Russia began withdrawing troops from Grozny on Saturday Tens of thousands died in Che c hnya after Moscow sent troops to quell the rebels fighting for full indepen dence from the Russian Federation Natio n a l Scientists have identified and se quenced the genome of one type of archaea and were astonished to find that two-thirds of the genes were different from anything biologis t s had see n be fore ; different enough to declare them a third major branch of life, along with the prokaryo t es a11d eukaryotes. President C l inton increased the mini mum wage on Tuesday by 90 cents an hour, raising it to $5.15. The govern ment wi ll give some $22 billion in tax breaks over I 0 years, in order to help most small businesses pay the higher labor costs. A health care reform bill was signed into law on Wednesday. The law lets self-emp l oyed people take a bigger tax break on health coverage they buy for themselves, authorizes a pilot program to replace conventional hea lth insurance policies for employees of small busi nesses or self-employed people, and forces insurance companies to end a practice of excluding people with pre existing medical problems. S t a t e A federal grand jury indicted s i x men for a conspiracy to smuggle hun dreds of rare and endangered reptiles from Madagascar imo North America on Friday. Two of the men were arrested last Tuesday in connectiOn with the ar rival of 61 tree snakes and four rare spider tortoises at Orl ando In t ernational Airport, which capped off a three year investigation of international wild l ife trafficking.
4 The Catalyst August 27, 1996 SURVIVING ON ROUTE 41 by Sara Foley The fir s t lime I got honked at on 41, I thought it was cute even if the apprecia tion was from a sweaty guy in a rusty truck But after a few walks along the road the novelty wore off. If you think getting five cat calls in one day is ex c es sive, wait until you get mistaken for a prostitute at I I :30 in the morning If you re walking along 41, you re likely to be accosted. If you're female and a car pulls up to you it s probably not to ask for d1rections. However the driver may have other intentions He may fondle himself follow you yell obscenities at you offer you a ride, or try to intimidate you Anyone walking along 4 I may be hailed by guys with loud horns who think that if your knees are exposed you must be lookin' for action. For some reason, these are less common if you're on a bi cycle If you have a bike, they assume you have enough money not to earn that day s transportation The affronts stop being annoying when you realize that some of these people arc a serious threat. No one should be afraid of being as saulted as they're walking down the street. When you get the feeling you're bemg s talked ... A couple of weeks ago, on my way to school, I had just crossed University Parkway when I heard the call of a big rig. I didn't bother to turn around; I just Cafeteria Hours: kept walking The truck turned right, slowed down, and honked again as it pulled up beside me I quickened my pace as the truck pulled into Cars and Music of Yesterday circled, and stopped I was happy to reach the safety of the bushes But then this happens all the time When I told one of my male friends about this, he replied, "Yeah, that's hap pened to me too ... twice When its you against a big truck your best bet is to stay clear of the truck. Which means that I no longer walk alone at night. I have a friend to take me home; at the very least, I have a guy walk me there. When you must walk, it' s good to be prepared for an attack. Keep your eyes open Knowing some self defense tech niques is a plus. "Don't dress provocatively" would mean wearing workman's overalls (MUMUU's would be too appealing) and putting a paper bag over your head. Sorry, but some days are too damn hot for anything but shorts, tanks, and flirty little dresses Still, the more skin you show, the greater your chances are of bemg bothered I don t even like walking alone in the daytime any more. Yeah, so maybe I'm overreact ing ... who's gomg to a sault some girl in broad daylight? Maybe no one. I suppose the jerk was trying to get SOT"!lC kind of rise out of me I didn't give him the satis faction. Monday-Thursday Friday Monday Friday Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday p.m. Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Dinner Dinner Brunch 8:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 8:15a.m.-9:15a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 4:30p.m.-6:15p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 11:15 a.m.-12:45 Saturday Sunday Dinner 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. C-Store Monday Friday 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Sunday Eat Quickly! KILWIN'S by Heather Oliver Life treating you badly? Take an evening off. Go to the beach Go get ice cream. Better yet go to Kilwin's on St. Armand's then head over to Lido Beach The line wraps around the store lead ing customers past temptations and endless delights. First : the fudge counter filled with irregular slabs in a vanety of colors and flavors Samples as the staff will tell you, are free, and the same sign announces the same sale year-round It's expensive, but it's oh-so-worth-it. A little taste, a glance at the marble fudge-mak ing tables, and you're sold. The next confectionery house-of-de lights IS the long glass cabinet displaymg candies of all shapes and sorts. It s Wonkaville, and the line moves slowly enough for you to peek at each little chocolate and sugar wonder. If the caloric guilt gets to be too much for you, some of them are even dietetic. If you survive THAT temptation with your wallet and your diet intact, you move on to the next phase of subversion: ice cream heaven Row of silky flavors make it hard to choose, but that's ok ; you can combine! Waffle cones, sugar cones, malts shakes, sundaes and splits the options are nearly limitless. My personal favorite is the black cow (chocolate ice cream and rootbeer run through a blender) made with chocolate-chocolate chip ice cream. It's REALLY rich, but i'm something of a chocolate masochist. Since you might not be able to consume all that ice cream, bring a friend and share. Try your favorite flavors first, but make sure to try some others too Kilwin's makes all flavors taste good Everything there is hand-made, and customers can watch fudge being rolled and cut on the marble tables in the front of the store. Because so many New College students work there, you might even see someone you know making candy, mixing shakes, or offering samples to lure you in. Lead me not into temptation. I know the way. South on 41, right on Gulfstream to John Ringling Causeway to St. Armand s Circle, then head west to Kilwin's Oh, and stop at the beach on your way back.
The Catalyst August 27, 1996 5 CONTRIBUTIONS GENDER STUDIES COLLECTIVE by Christa Craven If you haven't already heard, we have a brand new Gender Studies Collective and we can't wait to show it off! Along with the Judaica Collection and the Alternative Media Collection, we have moved from a small room in the library to Viking 107, where we will be able to hold tutorial meetings, classes, and any thing else you can think of. For those who are not familiar with the Collective, it is a student-run library/resource center featuring a variety of subjects. We have donated books, videos, articles, etc. about Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Men's Studies, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Studies, Judaica Studies, and Alternative Media. We have a bulletin board where you can check out what's going on, give suggestions, or put up advertisements, tutorial ideas, etc. Everyone is welcome and any books you have on related topics would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to come and have someone show you around, on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 we will have a student "librarian" there to help you locate what you need, or just intro duce you to the Collective. If there is enough interest, we will try to keep a GSC librarian all year. If you'd like to check out the resources yourself, stop by the Cop Shop with a student ID, and they can give you directions and a key. If you have any questions or ideas, you can e mail me at email@example.com or Box 532, or 351-0892. CONSERVATION NEWS FROM THE CAPLES CARRIAGE HOUSE by Anne Tazewell Over the summer the lighting in Hamilton Center was retrofitted to be more energy efficient. Compact florescent bulbs, using 18 or 27 watts of energy, re placed close to 300 incandescent lights that each used 120 watts of power. The new compact florescents will burn for 10,000 hours (approximately 2 1/2 years if they are on 24 hours a day) as opposed to the 1,000 hours an incandescent bulb will last, resulting in lower maintenance costs as well as significant savings on our electric bills. By signing up as a Green Lights partner with the Environmental Protection agency, New College and USF have committed themselves to upgrading all campus lighting to be more ceo friendly. I will be working on dorm room lighting next and welcome student input and help with surveying current hours of usage. Now for the bad news. Disposable dishware is back for a while. We unex pectedly had to install our own hot water system for the cafeteria dishwasher. Previously, hot water was piped in from the large boiler in the Physical Plant building, resulting in uneven water tem peratures that came to the attention of the Sarasota County Health Department. The new natural gas hot water heater should be up and running within the next few weeks, at which time our new china will be used. New campus policy is that no di s h es can be r emoved from the dining area unless you have asked the Marriott staff to pack your food to go or you have brought your own dishware. It is essential that this policy be respected if we want to reduce the solid waste generated on this campus. In a waste stream analysis con ducted last September, Styrofoam comprised 46% of the waste generated by the food service and 23% of the waste generated by Hamilton Center and the Pei Dorms. After the arrival of real dishware these figures dropped dramatically. Unfortunately, by the end of the school year over 2/3 of the new china had di appeared. Sometimes pieces were spot ted in garbage cans. More often stray plates and cups could be seen by the pool or across campus placed neatly some where, as if waiting by a bus stop to be transported back to the cafeteria. Most of that china probably ended up in the trash as well. However, it was speculated that a lot of the dishes end up in use in the kitchens of students living off campus. During the past couple of years several thousand dollars have been spent on dishes. Losing this investment can be avoided if we work together to keep this year's new dishes in the cafeteria. More news from the eco front include two meetings. There will be a meeting for those interested in helping out with the campus recycling program on Wednesday, August 28 at 3:30 in the Hamilton Center Fishbowl. Come find out what we have been up to and about new changes in the works. There will be another meeting on Thursday, August 29 at 3:30 in the Caples Carriage House to discuss the formation of a campus environmental action coali tion Please join us if you are interested in hands on experience in making our cam pus community more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Wanna start a tutorial? Need people to join? Tell us! We'll announce it in The Catalyst! Our couerage is pretty good, and people don't look at those stupid signs anyway.
6 The Catalyst August 27, 1996 ANNOUNCEMENTS The editor of the original Feminist Studies Fever newsletter, Vashti Braha, will be unable to continue producing it this term; her thesi on femini t pirituality beckons. The newsletter served as a resource for networking, the study of gender, and as a visible statement of our presence on campus. In fact, the Fever was used to convince USF to give us the new office space in Viking for the Gender Studies room. If anyon e i s interested i n carrying the Feveris h t o rc h contact Vashti: box 609; phone 383-0004; email firstname.lastname@example.org usf.edu. She produced the newsletter on Micro oft Works using simple layouts. The only production costs were photocopying, and thi was paid for by Student Life. Subscribers to the Fever also received announcements via email, usually culled from academic discussion lists such as WMST-L. Thi service will continue. If you did not r eceive feminist email in the Spring and would like to from now on, notify Vashti. Any student who has not recieved their fr e 20oz. t herm al mug should pick one up at the Student Affairs office. Audition for the New Co ll ege C h amber in gers will be held on Saturday, Augu t 31 from 2:00 to 4:00PM, in Room 212 of the Lota Mundy Music Building. Director Steve Mile is looking for 8-12 singers with strong musical skills to perform music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, including madrigals (both English and Italian), plus works by Machaut, Ockeghem, Josqui n and Tallis. While a good voice i important, greater emphasi will be placed on the ability to read music at sight and blend with others. Interested students should stop by the Humanities division office (Cook Hall) by Friday, Augu t 30, at 5:00PM, where they can pick up an audition packet and ign the audition sheet. Auditions are being held for Durang's B aby Wit h T h e B athwate r on Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00PM in the Hamilton Cente r Fi hbowl. For more information, contact Tiffany at box 267 or e-mail email@example.com. N ee d a place to l iv e? Rent an efficiency apartment with large bath and creened porch for only $350 a month. Utilities are in c l uded! Nice location. Renter must love animals. Drop a note in Box 440 for more information. Could you effectively defend your elf if attacked? The University Police Department i offering a R a p e Aggres ion Defense course for women on September 7th & 8th from 9:00 a.m. t o 4:00p.m. in Sudakoff Center. For infom1ation and sign-up, contac t t h e Cop Shop A.S.A.P. Enrollment is limited to six. @] 00 YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT HERE GOT AN APARTMENT FOR REND? NEED A ROOMMATE? WANT TO ADVERTISE AN EVEND SELL YOUR BOOKS? AUCTION YOUR MOM? ANNOUNCE IT HERE! PLACE YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE CATALY5TBOX BY BARBARA BERGGREN'S OFFICE, OR E-MAIL US AT CATALYSTVIRTU. IT'S FREE! I@ @ @] [!]