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Volume V, Issue 17 February 20, 1996 Profile: Jeff Raber by Michelle Wolper We sat outside on a beautiful after noon puffing away on Black Russians while discussing the benefits of quitting smoking. He's 6'5", muscular, and sports an eye patch and two tattoos. He quotes Einstein and rides a motorcycle. He is Jeff Raber, New College's most recent p addition to the mainte nance team. He spoke of R his life before New College (i.e. before last 0 week) and of certain tasks he performs which aren't stipulated as job requirements. "People are relying on me. It needs to be done. I'm the prime candidate to see it be done. It's a way of being appreciated," he said. Oh, so that's why he disposes of the dirty dishes left behind in Hamilton Center after each meal. "People scream about styrofoam. I understand. But people leave their new dishes out on the tables for them to be destroyed," he said. It was this belief that one day prompted Jeff to collect all the dirty dishes left behind from a previous meal and pile them up onto one table, accompanied by a friendly note which suggested that students properly dispose of their dishes. SEE "RABER" ON PAGE 3 INSIDE Morning Bob .................. 3 IvoryTower ................... 3 Dear Amy ................... .4 Slam! ...................... .4 Pig Roast ..................... 5 Silicon Jungle ................ 6 the other white meat PCP SUCCESS DESPITE COLD WEATHER by James Reffell The Valentine's Day Palm Court Party managed to survive cold weather, noise complaints, pulled fire alarms, and a change in location to become what RA Eric Piotrowski called "a fine evening of fun and enjoyment." Piotrowski, along with Chuck Arendt, arranged the music, while Tracie Merritt and Cara Bompignano coordinated the decorations and events. The PCP ran without a hitch until well into the morning. The usual debauchery and raucous behaviour were only slightly subdued by the chilly weather. While most people bundled up against the cold, more than a few were spotted in outfits as scanty as those from previous PCPs. Thanks to a noise permit, the music withstood one off-campus noise com plaint at 1:00 a m., but another at 3:00 a.m. forced the festivities to move to Hamilton Center. While the indoor PCP was a fair bit smaller, "people reacted real ly well to the noise complaint and the move," said Merritt. The PCP was finally shut down at around 5:00a.m., due to a repeatedly pulled fire alarm. The flashing emergency SEE "PCP" ON PAGE 3 BOTH REFERENDA PASSED by Evan Greenlee Well over 200 students turned out for last week's New College Student Alliance election, roughly 40 percent of the stu dent body. The turnout was similar to that of recent elections. The 50/50 referendum changed the amount of funding the Fitness Center receives from New College. Until now, New College paid a little less than half of the Fitness Center's annual budget; the remainder came from the University Program. Since New College students use the Fitness Center four times more than UP students, New College students will now pay exactly half of the funding for the Fitness Center to accommodate the imbalance. The constitutional reform changed a lot of things. Primarily, it changed elec tions. By pushing elections a few months back, voters may better determine whom they would like to elect. In fall elections, first-years have made up the majority of the voters, though they have had less than two weeks to become acquainted with fall candidates. Second, the Student Affairs Council (now known as the Student Allocations Committee) was stripped of some of its powers that it currently does not execute. These powers dealt mainly with the quali ty of student life and were distributed to different committees under the jurisdic tion of the SAC. Third, a new committee was formed as a way students could appeal a SAC appropriation. Fourth, the grammar and spelling was corrected to reflect correct English as found in Webster. There was a slight delay in the elec tions because Elections Supervisor Jessica Hickmont was confused about when the results were to be posted The results were posted late Sunday afternoon. RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS: Student Affairs Council 1st year: Hazen Komraus 121 votes, Dexter Hadley 102 SEE "RESULTS" ON PAGE 3

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2 The Catalyst February 20, 1996 "RABER" FROM PAGE 1 As for the eye patch, allow your curiosity to be satisfied. Jeff suffers a brain tumor which has claimed his right eye and has caused partial paralysis in his face. "It scares the s-out of me," he says. "I'm tall, I have a patch on my eye and there are times that I go without shaving. But I'm not threatening." In other words, he's a nice guy with a look on his face that says, "I've been there." And it's been nothing but experience after experience for Jeff. He was in the Navy for "two years, nine months, 13 days, two hours and 56 minutes" doing what he referred to as "the toughest job possible." Mter catching pneumonia dur ing an assignment on the Great Lakes aboard the Ammunition Oiler, he realized that a career in the Navy was simply not what he wanted. "Einstein said that everyone who fails has succeeded in real izing that what they did was wrong," he said. "That's how I look at things." Mter earning a bachelor's degree, he spent the next several years "roaming," as he calls it. "I worked here and there, paid rent here and there, got drunk here and there," he said. Then it was on to Sarasota, where he learned about landscape design, after lay ing out the parking lot for the then brand-new Sarasota Square Mall. "I was digging a ditch one day and there was this guy standing over me telling me what to do," Jeff said. "I thought that I could do Cii'falyst General Editor Kate Fink Managing Editor James Reffell Staff Writers Charles Choi, Evan Greenlee, Aaron Olk, Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift and Michelle Wolper Layout Rachael Lininger and Heather Oliver Business Manager Sara Foley Dances With Macs Ilen Zazueta-Audirac Contributors Amy Andre that too, so I took his job." Mter his stint in the landscaping busi ness, Jeff moved to Colorado, where, for 10 years, he held an administrative posi tion at a home for disabled and handi capped children. But he has an aversion to cold weather. "I can't ride my motorcy cle in the snow," he said. So he returned to Sarasota to enjoy a more temperate cli mate. As for New College, he said he enjoys the environment (and gets free coffee from Marriott) but is amazed by many of the fashion statements students make. "I used to walk around with my shoelaces untied; [people] thought I was sloppy. I wore jeans with holes in them; [people] thought I was poor. It's amazing that I helped start a fashion trend without even knowing it!" he said He also has a few words of advice for New College students: "They should real ize that it's not the textbooks and classes, but rather the friendships and experiences that will prepare them for the real world. Einstein said that he would never memo rize anything which he could look up in a reference book. I never realized that I was actually learning until after I left college." About two hours into our conversa tion, our roles suddenly reversed. Jeff said, "Okay, Michelle. Now I'm The Catalyst. Tell me about yourself." Seeing the grin on his face, I took out more ciga rettes from my bag, gave him one, and we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon. "PCP" FROM PAGE 1 lights, wailing alarms, and eerie voice intoning, "Walk, do not run to the nearest exit. Do not use the elevators," provided a fittingly surreal finish to the night's events. To Sum Up "All it was was a whole bunch of cold people." -Bill Wood "I don't remember what I did, but I had fun."-Dexter Hadley "It was fabulous when I was out there."-Rachael Stein Reasons Not To Attend "The Scarlet Pimpernel was on. I just couldn't miss that."-Amy Cottrell Strangeness "Some guy walked up to me with a big f--cucumber with a bite out of it and a condom over it. It took a moment to register."-Anita Sachariah The Alarm "The fire alarm was strangely in sync with the Wall tape, and the flashing light was a nice effect."-Navadai Caldwell "It was kind of strange--we were all sitting in the chill-out room when it went off. We just sat there for a minute and stared at it. No one said a word, and then we all just stood up and filed out." -Catalyst Business Manager Sara Foley The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:! lwww.sar. usf edul-catalyst/ r----------------------------------------------1 Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 or catalyst@virtu.sar.usf.edu 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. Online submissions should indicate in the subject line if they are letters to the editor or contributions. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be received by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space, grammar or style. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson

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The Catal st Fe brua MORNING BOB TO RETIRE IN SPRING by Charles Choi Robert Dixon and Morning Bob: two names for the man who is retiring this spring after 18 years of dedicated service to New College. Though he's worked here for as long as some of our lifetimes, "it's gone by pretty quick, when I look back now," he said. But he remembers November 13, 1978, the day when he came down here to New College. "I can appreciate the work you all have for yourselves; when I came, the previous guy was about to retire, and left me a workload around that thick," he said, as he made a gap 2 inches wide between his thumb and index finger. But he said he's never been discontent taking down graffiti off our off-white walls, or cleaning up the glass left at Palm Court after students found glory in some bottles of wine. "It's just my job," he said. Of course, it goes without saying that the reason Dixon is called "Morning Bob" is that he smiles and says "'morning" to everyone. Dixon credited his sunny dispo sition to a number of things. He said that he enjoys the atmosphere around him; being around students keeps him young and spry. He also enjoys being outdoors and around his co-workers. Dixon is no stranger to walking around on good earth under an open sky; he was born in 1925 in Ohio, and grew up working with his hands in the countryside. Mostly, his disposition has to do with his outlook. He sees himself as a rich man, with family and health as his wealth, and the blessing of good fortune: '1 was the only man out of the five in my tank to walk out with all of his body parts intact." Dixon served in the Battle OfThe Bulge during World War II under "General 'Blood And Guts' Patton." Dixon volunteered himself into the army, as the draft was sure to pick on all able bodied men anyhow, and as such, he was given his choice of unit. He chose to be in "RESULTS" FROM PAGE 1 2nd year: Alice Solomon 183 Jrd year: Stephanie Weiss 185 4th year: Joy Kanwar 179 Student Life Committee: Sara Greenberg 179 an armored unit, and was one of five in a crew riding around the type of 34-ton medium tanks that they nicknamed "General Shermans" back then. Chuckling, Dixon said, "No infantry [for me]. I didn't want to walk all over Germany ... the Black Forest is mighty cold during January and February! Even though it was a rough ride ... one time we fell down 30 feet [into a ditch]." "[The war was] the only bad part of my life, really. I mean, the SS, we called them "Hitler's Kids," and we enjoyed taking them down. We really enjoyed taking them down. But the regular German army was under conscription, just like us. No, we did not enjoy having to hit them. Whenever we had an opportunity to get away from killing, we did. Taking another human life, it's not right. We are all put on this earth for a reason, a purpose." Dixon has since kept himself working away, making something or another. He spent his G.I. Bill on lessons to learn how to fly a Piper Cub, a type of reconnais sance plane used during the war. Dixon worked a number of jobs ever since he moved to Florida: at a elderly home, in a car service station, and down by the bay over at Bradenton Beach, among others. He credits his wife of 47-going-on-48 years for their move here. Due to the seri ous sinus condition that his wife had when they were staying in Ohio, her doc tor recommended that she go to Florida. When the migraines stopped nearly immediately after a brief stay, the decision was made in favor of her health. Dixon is retiring to several acres of land 25 miles east of Bradenton that he's sharing with his so n with plans for f!uit orchards here and raising cattle there. During spring break, he plans to help build a two-car garage for his daughter in Tallahassee, and build a house on his ranch. And fear not; he even said that he would come by to visit New College. Food Service Committee: Jen Rehm 179 Student Court: Zack Finley 153, Trina Sargalski 148, Ayla Sarnli 116 50/50 Referendum: Yes 170, No 31 Constitutional Reform Referendum: Yes 194, No 21 20, 1996 3 World OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER A rocket grenade ripped through the U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece last Friday. Grecian guerilla group November 17 was responsible for the attack. The group apparently acted in response to the U.S. role in mediating a military dispute with Turkey in January. November 17 first struck in December 1975 with the killing of U.S. CIA station chief Richard Welch. Theories abound as to their identities and governmental connections, but no one has ever been arrested. National The Republican presidential candidacy race took an unexpected turn l ast week when Pat Buchanan finished a close second behind long-time favorite Bob Dole. Buchanan's showing, along with Lamar Alexander's strong third-place finish, effectively pushed former number two candidate Phil Gramm and flat tax proponent Steve Forbes out of the race. Mter an embarrassing fifth-place fin ish in the Iowa caucus, Phil Gramm dropped out of the GOP race Wednesday. While not endorsing any of the remaining Republican candidates, Gramm said in a speech in Washington, "When the voter speaks, I listen, especial ly when the voter is saying somebody else's name." However, his career in poli tics may not be over yet; he will seek re election to the Senate later this year. Boxer Tommy Morrison announced that he has contracted HIV. Morrison, whose up-and-down career peaked when he defeated George Foreman three years ago, said that he does not know whether he contracted the virus through boxing or sex. Morrison was slated to fight Mike Tyson for a big payoff later in the year. Local A plan to protect and renew the Florida Everglades has received backing by President Clinton this week. The plan, potentially costing hundreds of millions of dollars, is intended to increase the fresh water intake of the area to counter the environmental effects of previous draining.

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4 The C atalyst February 20, 1996 DEAR AMY Dear Amy, I'm very upset and I don't know what to do. I got really drunk at a Wall recently ... there was a fire going ... people dancing around it ... very Dionysian. I'm not sure exactly what happened next, but when I woke up in the morning, there was a stranger in my bed! I'm not trying to imply that the locals have diseases, but these days anyone could have anything. I don't remember whether or not we used a condom. What should I do? Short of going to a hypnotist to remember if we used protection (I'd like to be able to recall this person's name too!), where can I go to get tested for stuff? -Perplexed in Pei Dear Perplexed, First, tau a deep breath and relax. Second, malu your way to the Public Health Department's STD clinic at 2200 Ringling Blvd. You don't need an appointmmt, but if you want to make one, you can ca/1954-2900. When you go in, you can get tested for free for a bunch of different STDs (including HW. but only with your consent). two things in mind. 1. be prepared for a long stay in the waiting room; and 2. if you give your consent to the HIV test, your results will go in their Jiles, because the test results are not anonymous. You can choose to skip the HIV test if you want; but in that case, you should make an appointment to get tested anony mously at Community AIDS Network. They do free testing the third weel
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The Catalyst February 20, 1996 5 PIG ROAST UNITES CULTURES by Rocky Swift The Open House and Fundraiser at Olympian Gym proved beyond the shad ow of a doubt that rock and roll and roasted animals can bring us all together. One lonely sign at New College adver tised the Sunday afternoon gathering as a "multicultural event" in an attempt to sell hog-roasting and music as an enlighten ing experience. I went because I'm a member at Olympian. Owner Judy Smith was hold ing the open house as a fundraiser for the family of a gym patron who recently had the misfortune of getting knocked off his bike and crushed under an automobile. It was clearly a sufficient reason to roast four pigs and hold a "Hawaiian Fire Show." It was a beautiful spectacle of American excess and intemational inge nuity in cooking big beasts. Olympian is a converted warehouse with tons of freeweights and ancient, outdated work out equipment that would make Torquemada slobber with envy. For a .fivedollar fee, the door attendant stamped my hand which allowed "all you can eat," the four most exquisite words in the English language. Inside the gym, a Metallica "SLAM!" FROM PAGE 4 Package Lex Lugar and his partner Sting. "I'm going to kill you, Hawk!" shouted someone nearby when Road Warrior Hawk raked the eyes of the Stinger. I don't think the nine-year-old girl who said it really affected the 6'3" 270 lb. Hawk. Nevertheless, it was good to see the Roadies back in action after so long. Many questions about their future remain: Will Road Warrior Animal's back hold out after the injury that kept him out of wrestling for so long? Will he and Road Warrior Hawk be able to rediscover that precision and brutality which took them to the top of the great mountain of pro fessional tag-team wrestling? Only time will tell ... The Nasty Boys, those endomorphic bullies whose very existence lashes out in glorious spite at the chiseled-bodied, sci entific wrestlers so popular today, took on the similarly brutal and unaesthetic team of Public Enemy in a "Street Rules Match/Falls Count Anywhere in the wanna-be band named Mayazaka Dragon was playing and shouting to an indifferent audience. Tables full of casseroles and salads were laid out for the taking like some kind of after-church potluck, but no one seemed interested in them. I've come to realize that the word "salad" really means "mayonnaise" with something else in it like tuna, chicken, ham, or potatoes. Behind the gym were the swine. Enormous Samoan men with incredible dredlocks turned impaled pigs over hot coals until the skin was golden brown and blistering from boiling fat juice. Another pig was being roasted in a box under ground. A sign lay on top of the spot that said "Pig Down Here." One of the huge Samoan roasters offered me an "Old English 800," but I politely declined. It had only been a day since PCP, after all. Yet another pig lay in a small, portable smokehouse. I was talking to George, whose wife owns Olympian, when the smokehouse caught fire. I said to him, "That's not supposed to be on fire, is it?" He turned and noticed the flames quickly engulfing the small building. Mter some mild panic, someone found a hose and Arena" contest. The wrestlers hardly stepped foot in the ring, opting instead to bash each other on the cement floor with tables, chairs and trash cans. The match came to an end when Nasty Boy Brian Nobbs scored the pin on Public Enemy Rocco Rock somewhere near the dressing room. There was no blood, though, despite pleading chants from the crowd and mysel Mter seeing him in person for the first time, I am convinced that Hulk Hogan is the anti-christ of the wrestling world. Granted, he helped make pro-wrestling what it is today, but now his glorified name lords over those of more deserving wrestlers in the sport. Hulkamania is a sham, I tell you! Every Hogan match is a predictable parody of the great chaos that wrestling is and should be. With every "boot to the face" and subsequent "leg drop-of-doom," Hogan undermines the legitimacy of his own fame. Hogan took on The Giant in a cage, but the match was woefully unsatisfying. At least The extinguished the flames. The crowd was an amazing blend of races and classes. Big scary bikers, big scarier Samoans, lots of hyper kids, and a handful of uppity college students. Despite the differences, though, everyone was nice and friendly. Families and friends gathered around in peace and har mony to devour fatty pork and listen to bad rock music. I didn't stay for the fire show, but I was around when the roasters took the pigs off the grill. It's an interesting sight to watch mobs of people yank off hunks of steaming, fatty pig and eat them by hand. All pigs were skeletonized in short order. I mostly just drank soda and talked about manly things with friends John and Bruce. Isn't "Bruce" a manly name? Whenever I here the name "Bruce" I think of macho ass-kickers: Bruce Wayne {Bat man), Bruce Banner (the Hulk), Bruce Willis (Die Hard-terrorist-ass-kicker), Bruce Springsteen (hard-working-com mon-man-soulful-musician-ass-kicker). But there's only so much you can talk about wrestling and kicking ass. I got one last soda and left. Giant had the decency to bleed for the audience, but that was not nearly enough to halt the cursed juggernaut of Hulkamania. Hogan won, of course, but was then attacked by the whole "Dungeon of Doom." With the power of Hulkamania rushing through his veins, Hogan held them off. As Hogan was posing in celebration of his wonderous victory, the audience sensed the end of Super Brawl and had already begun to leave. Exiting the Bay front Arena filled my heart with sadness, as my mind began to elevate to the wor ries and intricacies of the intelligensia to whom I supposedly belong. My compan ions and I tried to hold off the impending reversion to sensibility by recounting our favorite moments of the wonderous night, but our efforts were for naught. Now all I can do is write of the experience and draw symbolic parallels that violently contrast with the spectacle of wrestling and strip away its beauty. Eagerly I await the descent into darkness again ...

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6 The Catalyst February 20, 1996 SILICON JUNGLE: SHOW YOUR COLORS by Ilen Zazueta-Audirac 15, a coalition of organizations including Over the past two weeks, you may the EFF, American Civil Uberties Union have noticed web pages (ACLU) and Electronic Privacy turning black, or blue rib Information Center (EPIC) obtained a bons popping up everytemporary restraining order on enforcewhere If you missed these ment of the law. The Philadelphia federal ---- more subtle signs, you may court judge further agreed that the CDA have noticed the following ob i tuary : is unconstitutionally vague" as to the "R .I.P. Freedom of Speech, 1776-1996." prosecution for indecency. But the court These are among the more organized left open the possibility that the governresponses to President Clinton's signing of ment could prosecute under the "patently the Telecommunications act of 1996. This offensive" or "obscene" provisions. (Of legislation contained as a provision, the course, such provisions are redundant Communications Decency Act of 1995, since existing anti-obscenity legislations which provides for government saneare not medium-dependent ) The tioned c e nsor s hip restraining order oftheinternet. READ THE CDA FOR YOURSELF: appliesonlytothe According to organizations the Electronic http:/ /www.cdt.org/policy/freespeech involved, but it is Frontiers /12_21.cda.html astart. Foundation s (EFF) analysis, The CDAsubjects all online content to the interpretation of an ill-defined indecency" law and unconstitu tionally imposes on computer net works indecency restrictions that GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BLUE RIBBON CAMPAIGN: Meanwhile, those of the rest of us who transmit, post, or distribute "indecent" material on the World Wide Web, ftp sites, or Usenet newsgroups may be punished with a USS250,000 fine http:/ /www.eff.org/blueribbon.html TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE SEVEN FILTHY WORDS: http:/ /www.aclu.org/action/dirtform.html ENGAGE IN CDA CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: http://www.dnai.com/-lizard/civdis.htm and a prison term are more severe .__ ______________________________ ___. of up to two years. than those applied to any other medium. The CDA criminalizes even classic works of literature and art, or medical and edu cational materials on breast cancer or sex ually transmitted disease. Obscenity law, not the indencency law used in the Telecom Bill, considers literary, artistic or scientific value. Indecency law makes no such exceptions. Use of the "seven filthy words," is now subject to fine or impris onment, which means that New College students may find their e-mail communi cations sharply curtailed ... and of course, there is the now-infamous provi sion reinstating a 1934 law making it ille gal to discuss abortion in any way. Various groups have already chal lenged the bill's censorship provisions, on First Amendment and other Constitutional grounds. As of February So how can you combat the rising tide of censorship? The first thing to do is inform yourself, don't take my word or anyone else s on the CDA. Go read it for yourself. Then, when you're fully convinced of the torturous evil of the leg islative mind, do something! Buy yards of blue ribbon and make pins for all of your friends (or send them blue ribbon gifs). Write an essay and submit it to 24 Hours ofDemocracy {http:// www.hotwired.com/staffl userland/24), write e-mail creatively incorporating the seven filthies in order of personal significance. Better yet, write your congressman. SAC MINUTES February 14, 1996 Members: Amy Murphy (tem_p.), Alice Solomon (temp.), Ilen Z-A (temp.), Stephanie, Meg, Key, Martha, Lisa Mala Ghoshal box 502 PCP activities (RA's) Requested: $25 dye, rubber bands. Allocated: $55.00 Dexter Hadley Carribean Music food Allocated: $20.00 Kelly Nichols, Adam Raines Juggling Club. Requested: $126.72-72lacrosse balls. $19.00freight $145.73-total Allocated: $63.36 1/2 ofballs $19.00freight. $82.36 total REMINDER SJ?.ring Marathon Allocations w1ll be Saturday February 24th. Fill out your SATAN form now and droe nine copies in the box marked 'SAC" ( m front of the publications office) by Thursday, February 22, before 5:00P.M.

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The Catalyst February 20, 1996 7 EDITORIAL: GET INFORMED ABOUT REFORMS For those of you who still can't find the election results, or who still haven't found out that there was an election last week, there's good news: the New College Student Alliance Constitution has been amended. Not only will our Constitution now be free of silly misspellings and grammatical errors, but our student government will be more efficient and its duties less ambiguous. Thanks to the Constitutional Reform Committee, students have no excuse to remain unaware of the reform referendum on last week's ballot. The Committee posted the display outside Hamilton Center explain ing what changes it wanted to make, and put fliers about the reforms in all student mailboxes, on tables in the dining area, and all over Hamilton Center. Most students don't realize that these reforms were the result of a semester's worth of meetings. Mter a constitutional reform referendum on the fall election ballot flopped, a group of students began meeting and soliciting ideas from other students to create a referendum that would work. Now, they've succeeded. If you haven't already, please look at the display outside Hamilton Center, where the reforms and new improved Constitution are displayed. Current NCSA officers especially need to examine the reforms closely; some of you have new duties. All students, however, need to be aware of what their peers have prescribed; the Constitution determines our rights and responsibilities as New College students, how our money is spent, and how our community operates. The Constitutional Reform Committee has led the way to taking the NCSA more seriously. Let's follow their initiative. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Tackleman & Heavy Hitter Just another quiet Saturday evening at New College. It's early evening. A few people are sitting in front of the Teaching Auditorium with Dave White. He's get ting ready for his next monologue/presen tation. (By the way, Dave, that was quite a sports coat-did it come out of a Liberace or Elvis collection?) Suddenly a ne'er-do-well walks by and disappears around the corner of Hamilton Center. No big deal. Talk continues with Dave and production assistants trying to figure out how to present Dave better, what props can be used, etc. The ne'er-do-well returns shordy. Only now, he is on a bike. Two New College students, "Heavy Hitter" and "Tackleman" react immediately. This is no ordinary interloper. This guy is stealing a bike from right under our noses. Heavy Hitter heads for the Cop Shop. Tackleman takes off on foot after the thief. Roarty orders Heavy Hitter into his vehicle. They take off. Tackleman is at Spaatz and Dougher. As Roarty speeds by, he gets a pointed finger that indicates south on 41 (or was that the middle finger). Heavy Hitter is being pushed into the seat by the g-forces of Roarty's vehicle. As they approach Bellm's [Cars and Music of Yesterday], Roarty and Heavy Hitter see him pedal ing along. They take the curve at 41 and University and stop by the crosswalk. Lange pulls up. Both officers emerge from the cars. The ne'er-do-well approaches and suddenly sees the police cars. Roarty looks the bike over (it has a decal) and looks at ne'er-do-well with his most inquisitive look. Ne'er-do-well blurts out, "somebody owed me and gave me bike." Roarty asks ne'er-do-well if he is a student (knowing full well he has never seen him before but is required to ask anyway). The guy says "no." Roarty whips out his silver Gucci bracelets and as he affixes them to the ne'er-do-well, he looks at Lange and in his best McGarrett voice, says, "Let's book him, Dano." All of the above is a way of getting your attention. Both of the New College students (formally deputized for this event) recognized something was not right and took immediate action. Don't hesitate if you think something is going on. If Heavy Hitter and Tackleman talked for two minutes about what they should do, the ne'er-do-well would never have been caught. -Oft. Hugh Roarty Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, letters and/or editorials, or an opinion that they want to share with the student body. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free advertising. Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest columnists do not necessar ily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be received by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue. CORRECTION: Last week, Ofc. Roarty was misquoted as saying that the theft of the Wall equipment was "f-marvelous." He actually said it was "simply f.--mar velous." Our apologies to all those who were offended.

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8 The Catalyst February 20, 1996 ANNOUNCEMENTS Baccalaureate: "ThirdDegree Burns and Other Facts of Life in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico: An Anthropological Perspective" by Karen Lipman, anthropology major. Tuesday, February 27, 1996, 12-2 p.m. in the Anthropology Lab. Baccalaureate committee: professors Andrews, Vesperi, and Palls. The Race and Gender Symposium will take place the second and third week of February. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday 2/20 student papers presentation in the Teaching Auditorium; 7 p.m. Wednesday 2/21 keynote address. At the keynote address, Barbara Trent, Academy Award-winning documentarian, will be presenting her film "The Panama Deception" at 8 p.m. in Sainer, with dis cussion, Q&A, and a reception to follow! All events are free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided at all events. Please attend! For more info, contact Amy Andre at 359-3173 or Box 37. Chemistry Seminar will meet Wednesday at 4:00 in Selby 12. Josh Armstrong will be presenting; refreshments will be provided. This June, New College alumnus Ezra Freeman ('90-'95) plans to participate in the California AIDS Ride 3, a seven-day bicycle trip along the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The ride benefits the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a non profit group which provides free direct services, housing assistance, and counselling to people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as educational efforts to stop the spread of the disease. Last year, 1900 riders participated in the ride, which raised $5.5 million for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and the SF AIDS Foundation. This summer, over 2,000 people are expected to ride, raising over $5 million. The ride, which covers a total of 525 miles, is by far the most ambitious physical challenge Ezra has ever undertaken. Yet the ride itself is a much less intimidating prospect than meeting the necessary fundraising goal. Ezra, like all of the other riders, must raise $2,500 in donations in order to participate. This is a hefty sum for someone who has just moved to the city, and has few contacts outside of the New College community. In order to raise this amount by the deadline of May 4, 1996, he needs the support of other New College students. All contributions to the California AIDS ride are tax-deductible, and would help a fellow Novocollegian take part in this exciting event as well as support a worthy organization. Anyone interested in helping Ezra out should contact him at 923 Capp St. San Francisco, CA 94110, at (415) 642-5988, or efreeman@virtu.sar.usfedu. CAREER CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS Career Center this week: Feb. 21 4:00p.m. Resume & Cover Letter-Parkview House Feb. 23 12:00 noon Orientation to On-Campus Recruiting Parkview House Feb. 28 4:00 p.m. Job Search StrategiesParkview House Campaign to Save the Environment: Work on the FREE THE PLANET campaign with environmental groups such as Sierra Club, the PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) and Green Corps. Earn $200-500 weekly. Recruiters will be on campus March 6 and 7 in Hamilton Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Summer Internship: For students interested !n computers and in developing computer and business-related skills for a software development company located in New Jersey. Reid Software is offering a paid internship and possible housing. Summer Employment: Camp Mah-Kah-Wee, near Orlando, FL, has positions available for qualified students from mid-June through early August. Salaries range from $140-$300 per week; room and board are furnished. Nationwide Essay Contest: The 1996 ].E. Davis Award will present an award of $2,000 to a college student whose essay demonstrates how capitalism can help solve economk, social, or political problems, either nationally or internationally. Deadline: March 15, 1996. Summerbridge National-Teach this Summer: Teach middle school students, who have limited educational opportunities, with the academic skills necessary to succeed. A living allowance and room and board is provided Bermuda Biological Station for Research: Summer courses in marine zoology, ecology, chemistry and oceanography will be offered. Work/Study or Volunteer--gain experi ence as a research assistant in resident projects ranging from atmospheric chemistry to coral reef ecology. Research Experience for Undergraduates-eight fellowships for undergraduate student/research during the fall semester. For further information stop in the Career Resource Center, PME 119.


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