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Volume V, Issue 20 March 12, 1996 I'm goin' to hell Somebody get the SASC ready! Profile: Jake Jacobs by Rocky Swift The daunting task of bringing religion and morality to a secular campus like New College is the challenge facing cam pus minister Jake Jacobs. Despite the apparent adversity, he has succeeded in helping New College and Ringling stu dents make their decisions on faith. Jacobs was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio to a minister father. To his father's displeasure, Jacobs was a "mil- itant atheist" in his under graduate years. Jacobs served in the U.S. army's occupation of Japan after World War II, when the desolation of the country from battle forced him to reevaluate his faith. "Ever since then, I've been overwhelmed with the amount of evil in the world ... I found the church was opposed to evil." "I went to seminary an atheist," recalls Jacobs. Eventually, he found his way back to the Christian faith and decided to devote his life to helping others along as well. Jacobs served as a minister in Dayton, Ohio with the United Church of Christ. He then moved on to act as campus min ister at the University of Pennsylvania for eight years and then spent another 26 years at Kent State, where he participated in the first anti-war demonstrations. In one year, Jacobs saw the number of SEE "TAXING" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Ivory Tower .................. 3 Florida Primary ............... .4 Legislature Convenes ........... .4 College Bowl .................. 6 Angels & Insects ................ 8 Contest Results ................ 9 NAT SCI COMPUTER RECOVERED, STUDENT ARRESTED by Rachael Lininger Harry, the $3800 student server stolen from Hanson Lab on October 28, was recovered last Thursday. Parts of it were found in a different computer case-in a TA office not 50 feet from its original home. The next morning at about 11:15, computer science TA Ernest W. Souhrada was arrested by Officer Wesley Walker and charged with "grand theft of a com puter, and dealing/possession of stolen property," according to the press release given by the University Police. Bond was set at S11,508, and Souhrada is being held in Sarasota County Jail. Captain William Kelly declined to comment. Director of Housing and Student Affairs Mark Johnson said, "On Wednesday afternoon, I received written complaints from two students alleging numerous student code of conduct viola tions by another student, which included theft of a campus computer and other criminal activity. During the past two days, I've been working with the Univer sity Police and those students to deter mine the validity of the complaints." Because charges had not been filed at the time he made the statement, Johnson could not name the student, who was sus pended pending a complete investigation and an emergency disciplinary hearing. Harry was a 60MHz Pentium com puter with 16 megabytes of RAM, well over a gigabyte of hard drive space, a CDROM drive, IDE and SCSI hard drive controller cards, and a $230 ethemet card belonging to student Rocco Maglio. Many people had had keys to Harry's locked Hanson Lab, including Souhrada. Harry was used as a student server--a smaller, independent version of virtu, on which students could learn network ad ministration. "Harry represented over six months of work by Josh [Heling] and myself," said Charles Lewis, one of Harry's former system administrators. "At SEE "HARRY" ON PAGE 3 FOOD POLICY TAXING STUDENTS by Evan Greenlee Ever had one of those nights when it's 10 o'clock, you're hungry, and your food card hasn't been seen for well over a week? You're hungry enough to pay CStore prices with cash. When you get there, you grab a box of spaghetti and a jar of spaghetti sauce. You're too hungry to stop and figure the total price of this meal as you shave the necessary cash off your wallet to pay the cashier. If you stopped to add up the prices, it would be a little short of what you paid. No surprise there; in Florida, sales tax varies between six and seven percent throughout the state, and that makes up the difference. But in Florida, bulk food items such as spaghetti are not taxed. At the C-Store, they are. Sales tax in Florida is not levied on "all food and drink for human consump tion," according to Doug Thompson, press spokesman for the Florida State Department ofTaxation and Revenue. There are some exceptions to this, such as candy, soft drinks, alcohol, and food items for immediate consumption. Anything that can be bought and eaten or drunk immediately is taxable. Nothing in the cafeteria qualifies as non-taxable, just like every other restau rant. The C-Store mainly specializes in SEE "TAXING" ON PAGE 2
2 The Catalyst March 12, 1996 "jACOBS" FROM PAGE 1 protesters grow from 14 to 1,000 at the Kent State protests. The peaceful demon strations became deadly when National Guardsmen killed several students. "That was the ultimate horror," recalls Jacobs. In 1990, Jake Jacobs retired and came to Sarasota, where he promptly resumed campus ministry. He now serves at both the Ringling School of Art and Design and at New College. "The students, fac ulty, and staff at here and Ringling are really great," says Jacob. "What I like about New College is that so many of the student are searching and are open." Don't expect Bible-thumpin' and evangelizing from Jake Jacobs. He simply enjoys talking at depth with students who have questions about their own faith. "I do get concerned sometimes with the stereotypes some people have of us as Christians and Jews," says Jacobs. He is also active in helping students get involved in volunteer efforts such as hip potherapy for the handicapped and Habitat for Humanity. d o n't w o rry y o u d o n' t kno w craig. craig@bga. com has sent mass electronic mail advertising a bulletin board system to every student on campus with an Internet account. Despite being retired, Jacobs tries to stay active. "One of the things I don't like about getting old is that I don't have the energy," says Jacobs. Besides participating in church activities, Jacobs bikes, swims, and plays bridge, "which I think is a lot of fun as long as people don't take it serious ly." The societal problem that worries Jacobs the most is the general lack of hope. "I'm concerned we've moved from skepticism to cynicism," says Jacobs, "Cynicism is questioning without hope ... when younger people get into that, it con cerns me." He says that New College stu dents, in particular, face a lot of uncer tainty in their lives, especially "fear of per sonal future and fear of whether the human race will make it." For those students who are question ing and who lack confidence, Jacobs has very simple advice, "Have hope. Both in the present and in the future." To get in touch with Jake Jacobs, you can try the number for Campus Ministry (359-7506). He can also be contacted through Barbara Berggren. -CLARIFICATIONIn our February 27 issue, we reported that Lisa Stampnitzky was on the search committee for the new Sociology professor. Student Linda Schartman was also on the committee. "TAXING" FROM PAGE 1 taxable items like soft drinks and candy bars. There are also a handful of items in the C-Store, like sugar, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, cof fee, tuna, and cans of soup, all of which fall under the description of non-taxable. C-Store employees explained there is no way they knew to avoid sales tax on cash purchases. The register at the C Store records cash transactions and food card transactions separately, and automat ically adds sales tax to all cash transac tion 's. Sales tax is added separately to the price of meal plans. This makes for a complicated taxing issue when food cards are used to purchase non-taxable items in the C-Store. Thompson would not comment on the legality of charging sales tax at the C Store, but said he "would have to look into it." Mter repeated requests for an inter view with Marriott manager Peggy Hendon, she was unavailable for com ment. Cyndi Mahaffey, Comptroller of Marriott, said she did not know which items in the C-Store were taxable. She said the local office does not file gross receipts tax; it is handled by the main office. All sales tax collected at the C Store and cafeteria are totaled, and that number is sent to the Main office, which deals with the state. The Catalyst will follow up this story in a later issue. [r \/ _c_a_'a_ly_s'_ i s a vail a _b_le_o_n_th_e_w_o_rl_d_w_i_d_e_w_e_b_at-------t .,. J.-J 1 http://www.sar.uif.edu/-catalystl General Editor Kate Fink Managing Editor James Reffell StaffWriters 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, Ari Weinstein and Andy Snyder Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org. usfedu 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. 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The Catal st March "HARRY" FROM PAGE 1 least three of us lost irreplaceable source code. Some of us lost up to eight months of personal and technical correspondence. Others, myself included, lost thesis re search ... the loss of data, and thus time, was not trivial. Walker was assigned to the case at 12:00 noon last Thursday and told he needed to finish before business hours ended. Ofc. Robert Mitchell, the officer formerly on the case, was off at the time. Walker spent much of the day reviewing the case and procuring the search warrant. Then he impounded all the computer hardware found in Souhrada's office, in cluding a networked Pentium known as "Ravyn" which had been there for about two weeks and some loose computer chips. Director of Campus Computing Duff Cooper and Computer Repair Technician Richard Reece were brought in to deter mine whether anything impounded was part of Harry. They booted the computer and determined that the processor chip was the same type as Harry's. They opened the case and matched the serial numbers, determining that the hard drive in the machine was Harry's. Later, Rocco Maglio confirmed that the serial number of the ethemet card in Ravyn matched the number on the card he lent to Harry. The CDROM drive and other cards are the same make and model, but the police do not have serial numbers for them yet. "Everything in the case was consistent with Harry; now we're just trying to nail down the serial numbers," said Walker. Peter Warr, Calculus TA, shared that office with Souhrada and Jack Huesman. He arrived for his hours at 6:00 p.m. and found that the computer had been re placed with a warrant. Police officers were "hovering like vultures," he said. "There was a warrant for Ernie's arrest for grand theft ... finally around 7:30, he [Sou hrada] came in. The police saw him and took him away." Warr hadn't been aware that the com puter had been stolen. "' don't know any thing about that computer," he said. "It was just there." Math Seminar was being held in the Math Reading Room at the same time. Meike Niederhausen, a student there, said, "There were a lot of police officers hanging around, and then I saw them lead Ernie out." Harry was first reported missing at 2:50p.m. on Sunday, October 29, the day after the Halloween Palm Court Party. Souhrada, like everyone who had a key to Hanson Lab, was asked about the disap pearance. He told University Police that he last logged onto Harry from his home computer at 3:21 Sunday morning. He was the last person to use Harry; 45 min utes later, someone tried to send e-mail to one of Harry's users, but the e-mail was bounced. Harry was discovered missing when Lewis came in to see why the con nection was down. "Physical absence would tend to explain it," he said. Harry might not be the only comput er-related theft being solved, but at the moment the police cannot comment. "We are still investigating," Walker said Satur day. Because the computer is being held for evidence, it is unlikely that it will return to the Natural Sciences division soon. In any case, it is unlikely that the information lost with Harry will be recov ered. Souhrada did not have high-level access to the system, and may have had to erase the hard drives and start over in order to use the machine. Ernest Souhrada was a third-year computer science student. He served as a teaching assistant for Assoc. Professor Karsten Henckell's Data Structures class and Asst. Professor Eirini Poimenidou's Calculus labs. In his first year, Souhrada was brought before Student Court "for hacking virtu," Duff Cooper explained. Alumnus Mitch Silverman, Acting Chief Justice of the case, said, "The case was resolved by a consent decree (an agreement between the parties which the court then enters as an order) directing Mr. Souhrada to com pensate the community. .. for his infrac tions." Souhrada did not have to plead guilty, and the Court did not find him culpable. His virtu account was suspended until he finished the requirements set out by the Student Court, which included writ ing a paper on Internet security and being a TA for Henckell. His account was recently reinstated, and he was the first student to have his own machine hooked up to the campus network. 12, 1996 3 World OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER The U.S. sent two aircraft carriers and 10 warships to Taiwan on Monday. The move is in response to China's launching missiles at Taiwan on March 8 to warn them against declaring independence from China. The missile salvo was not armed and landed miles off the coast. Taiwan decribed the "war games" as a ploy to intimidate voters before its first direct presidential elections on March 23. International protest has been filed against the action. China threatened "prompt countermeasures" if any country imposed trade sanctions because of its missile 'tests.' A Turk with a fake gun and Chechen sympathies hijacked a Turkish airliner with 109 passengers last Friday. The hijacker managed to fool authorities into believing there were three other accom plices on board, though passengers only identified the Turk. The plane flew to Sofia, Bulgaria, then to Munich. The hijack came after President Boris Yeltsin and his security council agreed Thursday on steps to end the war in Chechnya. National George Burns died March 9 in his Beverly Hills home due to a weak heart, less than two months after celebrating his 100th birthday. "There was no pain, no suffering, thank God," according to friend and manager Irving Fein. The Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.8 percent in January. This is the largest one-month increase in jobs in 12 years. State/Local The Florida Republican primary is being held today, March 12 as part of the "Super Tuesday" primaries. Nine hundred ninety-six delegates are required to gain the GOP nomination. Before today, Bob Dole was the clear front-runner with 392 delegates. There are 98 delegates at stake in Florida. Two students at Cardinal Mooney High School were suspended last Wednesday for refusing to remove "pro choice" bumper stickers from their cars. Officials at the Sarasota Catholic school said the stickers were offensive to the community.
4 The Catalyst March 12, 1996 E D UC A TION, BU T T E R FLIE S : THE FLOR I D A LEGISLATURE CONVENES by Michelle Wolper It loves Florida; it has a lovely flight pattern; it dines on passion flowers. The question, then, is: Should the zebra long wing be Florida's state butterfly? zebra long wing butterfly Sen. Howard Forman, D-Pembroke Pines,thinks it should. The bill, adored by garden club fans everywhere, is one of many that will be considered this week. The 1996 Florida Legislative Session convened on March 5 with a plea by Governor Lawton Chiles to legislators that they focus on tackling Florida's most threatening problems. The top priorities he stressed in his State of the State address were education, welfare reform, and job creation While legislators did not consider any proposals that would directly affect New College students in this first week of the 60-day session, they did dis cuss some relevant issues. Educational reform is also a priority. Later in the week, it was discovered that last year's S40 million appropriation for education did little to shrink class size down to the goal of 20. However, a Department of Education report showed that the average class size for first graders did fall from 24.3 in 1994 to 23.1 in 1995. In addition, some districts have admitted that they used funds designated to decrease class size for other school expenses. Legislators will propose a new bill that would strictly enforce that funds appropriated for class size reduction "be used only for that purpose." Chiles is also asking Republicans to help him expand the Healthy Kids insur ance program. He hopes to improve foster care and to strengthen juvenile justice programs by covering an additional 111,000 children under the plan. Chiles used the forum to demonstrate support for Florida's controversial tobacco liability law, nicknamed "Big Tobacco," which would force tobacco companies to pay the medical bills of poor people suf fering from smoking-induced illnesses. Once repealed in 1995, Chiles has since vetoed the repeal; now, legislators have the option of overriding that veto. This bill could produce a lengthy battle between Chiles and the nation's big tobacco com panies. Both parties recognize that any wel fare reform program they initiate will be costly at first because of new child care, health care and job training expenses. They are considering many proposals, inl cuding Chiles' Work First program. According to Dan Webster, House Republican Leader of Orlando, "the areas we agree on are the topics. It's the solu tions and the details where we're probably going to have to discuss the matter." Senate President Jim Scott also pro posed a rule which he hopes would elimi nate the perception that elected officials are too easily influenced by lobbyists. The rule would prohibit members from accepting any gifts, including expensive meals, from professional lobbyists. "We all need to lose a little weight, anyway," joked Sen. W.D. Childers, R Pensacola. Some information in this article was compiled from The St. Petersburg Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. For more information about measures before the Florida Legislature, call (800) 342-1827. DOLE LEADING BEFORE FLORIDA PRIMARY by Aaron Olk The race that made evident the vast ideological differences in the Republican party is coming to Florida today, March 12. Bob Dole, Republican presidential candidate, sailed to victory in New York last Thursday, extending his lead over the other candidates. Dole, a Kansas Senator, is now the commanding favorite to win, according to New York Times writer Adam Nagourney. Dole will take his strong lead to the "Big Eight" primaries on "Super Tuesday." Florida will play an important role, since it contains about 10 percent of the dele gates required for the GOP nomination. Dole won the primaries in Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Colorado last Tuesday. Other candidates were far behind Dole in the polls. The remaining contestants are Dole, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, and Steve Forbes, son of millionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes. Richard Lugar, who had many problems getting onto the ballot in most states, dropped out of the race last Tuesday. Lamar Alexander, a dis tant fourth behind Dole, dropped out of the race on Wednesday. Referring to what they saw as the cor rupt party system, Buchanan and Forbes both blamed their recent losses on what Buchanan called "Tammany Hall all over again." Sen. Alfonse D'Amato of New York attempted to prevent Forbes and Buchanan from running against Dole, but a New York court order ensured their placement on the ballot. Buchanan, who won his first state pri mary in New Hampshire, vowed t o remain in the race, "lea d a peasant revolt, and storm the R epublican convention." Buchanan also threatened D ole in Iowa polls, and helped Forbes to win victories in Delaware and Ar i zona according to David Broder, writer for the Washington Post. Dole initially had problems getting his message to the people, according to Nagourney. Buchanan made an appeal to anti-abortion activists in South Carolina, and espoused a message of social conser vatism. Forbes brought his image of the fiat 17 percent tax, which Jacob Weisberg of New York Magazine called "closet liber tarianism." At the heart of the division between candidates like Dole and Buchanan is social conservatism and economic conser vatism, accor ding to Weis b erg. Weisberg said that the divisions between the party are the differences between "hunters and golfers." Asst. Professor of Asian R eligions and Culture John Newman said, "I have lost interest in the race, now that Buchanan is no longe r a serious threat to Dole." Newman felt that until Dole secured his position as party front-runner, these had been the most exciting primaries he had remem b ered.
The Catalyst March 12, 1996 5 MEDIEVAL-RENAISSANCE LIFE FOCUS OF CONFERENCE from the New College Foundation Scholars from all over the U.S., David Ebitz, Director of the John and Canada, Israel and Europe will convene at Mable Ringling Museum of Art will chair New College to present papers and par a session on "Renaissance Painting and ticipate in lively seminars that illuminate Style," and New College's former Provost a variety of aspects about life in the Robert Benedetti, who led New College Medieval and Renaissance eras (1000 to from 1983-89 and is now a dean at the 1600). University of the Pacific in California, The dates for the conference are returns to Sarasota to chair a conference March 14, 15, and 16, starting at 9 a.m. session on "Renaissance Civic Life and daily. The presentations are open to the Building." public for a SlO fee, which can be paid at "The purpose of this scholarly convothe door. Students will be admitted free of cation is to promote an interchange charge. The seminars and two book among scholars in different disciplines exhibits will be held in the Sudak.off who are all studying the same period," Center. The conference has been orgasaid Snyder. "These kinds of conferences nized by Lee Daniel Snyder, Professor of are held all over the country, but our New History at New College. Major funding College program has a special niche for the three-day academic event is probecause of the Italian Studies segment, vided by New College Foundation. which is said by many to be the best in Participants and observers will have the nation The Art History component is the option of attending a variety of semi-also strong and is augmented by the proxnars in Italian Studies, Art, Literature, irnity of the Ringling Museum of Art. and History. Some of the intriguing subAnd the Literature portion of the New jects for presentations include: "Lawyers College conference continues to grow in in Love in a Courtly Society," "Keeping strength because of our affiliation with Up Appearances: Female Public some distinguished scholars from the Conduct," "The King's Bruised Body: The University of Florida at Gainesville." Inviolability of Homosexual Love in A total of205 Medieval-Renaissance Marlowe's Edward II," "Gender Power in scholars (six of them on the New College Medieval German Literature," faculty) will be on campus to share new "Renaissance Warfare," "Courtly views about old times with their colCooking and Humble Repasts," "Women leagues and with the community. For Saints," "Civic Ceremony as Urban more information about attending one, History in Early Modern London," and some, or all the seminars in the three-day "Trophy Wives: 12th Century Princely conference, call 359-4380. A printed Marriages." schedule of seminars is available. POLICE LOG 03/04 10:47 a.m. UPD assisted Florida Highway Patrol at the scene of a motorcycle accident near Ramada and Route 41. 03/04 11:45 a.m. A non-student was reported soliciting on campus. 03/05 4:00 p.m. Another non-student was reported soliciting on campus. 03/06 12:00 p.m. UPD assisted a civil deputy in serving a restraining order. 03/06 12:36 a.m. An unidentified suspicious person was reported at the Bike Shoppe. 03/06 9:32 p.m. Petit theft of a S50.00 bill was reported. 03/07 11:00 a.m. A student was charged with spouse battery. 03/07 7:31p.m. A student was issued a trespass warning notice. 03/07 7:35 p.m. Petit theft of a wallet containing $226.08 was reported. 03/08 4:15a.m. UPD responded to a battery call at the Airport Shell. An arrest was made. 03/09 12:55 p.m. UPD assisted another agency with a silent alarm call at the Airport Shell. 03/09 7:40p.m. Two written trespass warning notices were issued. Minutes of the SAC Monday, March 4, 1996 Meeting convened at 7:20 p.m. Members present: Stephanie, Lisa, Joy, Keyoor, Alice, Martha, Griff (proxy for Meg Moore). All votes unanimous except where otherwise noted. Sharyn Chen requests S75 for a (movie) film processor and S20 for chem icals. The request is deferred until dark room space for the processor is found. James Reffell requests S1715 for The Catalyst (10 eight page issues, 450 copies each, including S85 for miscellaneous costs). There is a discussion of The Catalyst's advertising revenue. There is a motion for S1715, which passes unanimously, with the provision that The Catalyst report to the SAC each semester its advertising revenue and how it is spent. James says that he cannot agree to this provision, because Kate Fink is out of town. Allocation: $1715 Kevin Unrath requests S128.35 for five kites for a New College Kite Club. Keyoor expresses some concern for expensive kites getting damaged or bro ken. It is agreed that an orientation will be required for people who want to use the kites, which will be kept in the Fitness Center. Allocation:$128.35 Brian Whitener requests S100 more for the Cyclone pinball machine, and S20 for repairs. We decide to wait until repairs are needed. Allocation: $100 Amy Andre requests S30 for food, wood and lighter fluid for a bonfire, and pens for the Take Back the Night events. Allocation: $30 Eric Piotrowski requests S750 for 5 issues of the Final Analysis, at 20 pages and 300 copies of each, costing SlSO per issue. Allocation: $750 PWE: As discussed at the Town Meeting, S3000 is allocated for the Performer's Workshop Ensemble to visit New College for three days. Allocation: $3000 Salary for recyclers: (Mark Johnson will pay half) Allocation: $350 Grand total of your money spent today: $6073.35 Minutes compiled by Lisa Stampnitzky.
6 The Catalyst March 12, 1996 SPEED CONTEST : COLLEGE BOWL T EAM ON THE RISE by Charles Choi Before this article, this reporter honestly thought College Bowl was a football game. As it turns out, College Bowl is indeed an aggressive sport: "you're only concerned with beating the crap out of them [the other teams]," said coach Ken Burruss. The team missed the playoffs by only one game, their best showing in three years. It was an outstanding performance, seeing as the regional tournament in Starkville, Mississippi was the first College Bowl game this team has played this year. College Bowl is a national organiza tion in which teams from many colleges meet to answer questions of isolated facts and trivia as soon as possible instead of engaging in physical violence. Although senior player Evan Garfinkel said that the game never breaks down to fisticuffs, he did say that it's "more like psychological damage ... like The Manchurian Candidate, brainwashing and torture and stuff ... I'd strap Hugh [Brown] in front of a picture of Mao." One game is composed of two rounds that are seven minutes long, with 28 toss up questions per round that anyone can answer, and 20 bonus questions per game that the senior player answers after the team confers as a group. Qyestion cate gories are not given to teams beforehand, so a common tactic is to assemble a team where one person can cover one or two areas. Team members are determined through a process of elimination. In the fall there's a school tournament where several teams compete against each other, and the varsity squad is cut down to a group of five. This year's team consists of Hugh "Hugo" Brown, Robert "Rob" Brayer, Thomas Jay "T.J." Brown, Tahrnineh "Tammy" Maloney, Evan "Evan" Garfinkel, and coaches Cara Bompignano and Burruss. Burruss said there was "an exceptional pool of players to choose from this year ... and I hope those who got cut come back and try again in the future." Some students from other colleges take the position of senior player quite seriously; Garfinkel doesn't. "We're as close to a Marxist College Bowl Collective as we come, although I don't suppose that's too true, because if we were really Marxist, we'd be asking the other schools for management strategies and not competing against them," he pointed out. The team drove to the regional tour nament in a rented van to perform against schools with student bodies of 20,000 and hired specialists to coach their teams. They left at 6 p.m February 22, and got to Starkville at 10 a.m. the next day, "exhausted and praying for death," according to T.J. Brown. New College placed ninth out of the 21 participating colleges from Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia. Their record was 6-4. "Just think how well we would've done if we were well-rested," T.J. Brown added. "When you've been driving for 15 hours, the last thing you want to deal with are community showers and the fact that you didn't bring any soap because you thought you were staying in a hotel," said Maloney. Although the Student Allocations Committee allocated $1000 to College Bowl, $400 had to be returned. SAC could not fund their food or three-night stay in dormitory rooms, which cost them S60 each. T.J. Brown granted that the SAC was not allowed to fund these costs: "That's all great; but we represent New College in the academic sense. I think we deserve some support, maybe a budget, because what we're doing is advertising New College for free. Our first game should not be the first game of the regionals. Typically, New College goes to one invi tational per year. This happens to be the regionals, the playoffs of College Bowl. Other schools get to practice at invita tionals all through the fall. If we were able to do that, I think we'd be pretty damn good." When other College Bowl members were asked as their reasons for participat ing, Maloney said, "Well, girls never never do things like that, so I said, 'screw 'em.'" Burruss commented, "For something so cerebral, it's very emotional. The whole thing is about proving yourself, proving that you're the best player for the team "Is the point of College Bowl intellec tual stimulation or is it merely a speed contest that theoretically could be done with monkeys with quick buzzer fingers?" asked Garfinkel. "I'd have to say that the answer lies somewhere in between, with the truth lying closer to the monkeys. It's fun and you do have to know a lot, but it's as close to a forum for intellectual discus sion as a men's urinal." RESTAURANT 8441 N. T amiami Trail Sarasota 34243 351 -4492
The Catalyst March 12, 1996 7 GUEST COLUMN: ASK AMY Dear Amy, There are many things going on around campus that I want to follow up on, i.e. the signs about students' lack of consideration for school maintenance and food workers, the Clothesline Project, Haiti Solidarity, the food co-op that tried and tried to be cooperative, etc. I can't get as involved in things as I want to, so I end up doing little bits of everything. And then I have to write my thesis ifl want to graduate ... aahhh! How can I organize my life to fit everything in, so I can stop feeling guilty for doing everything halfway? Signed, AnxietyRidden Activist Dear Activist, Your dilemma is quite common; take comfort in knowing you are not alone. Indeed, there is a lot of activism and volunteerism happening around here: Womens Awareness Month, Democratic Socialists of America events, Peltier protests, Shell boy cotts, the Pride Symposium, etc. It's great to know that so many New College students are aware and working for change. I can definitely identifY with your desire to get politically involved and keep up academically. My advice to you is this: prioritize! Pick one social problem and work hard to improve it. That may be hard to do if you feel strongly about many issues; if this is the case, then limit your amount of overall involvement in several projects. Attend only one or two meetings a day. Skip becoming involved in every other project you hear about. Find others with similar interests and ask them to share the project workload with you. Figure out what steps need to be taken before you begin a project and how long each will take. Don't be a.fraid to delegate; don't be afraid to say no" to taking on new commitments. Most important, do an hour's worth of activism each day. Good luck! Dear Amy, It's spring and love is in the air! All of a sudden, I have two boys after me. I like them both. Which one should I choose? Signed, Tired and Smiling Dear Smiling, The one on the left. (just kidding!} In all seriousness, though, why choose? If you're honest with each of them about the other, and if they're okay with that non-monogamy thing, go for it. juggling two lovers doesn't have to be that difficult, as long as you have time to spend with each one individually (or together, if they like each other too!} Remember that being truthful is sometimes more valuable than being ]aithfur and that jealousy can be a sign of insecurity and possessweness. Finally, and most importantly, be sure to practice safer sex with both lovers; you wouldn't want to catch anything and/or pass anything along. Have fun, and try to get some sleep! Got a question you're too embar rassed to ask your friends? Need some advice? Write to Amy Andre at The Catalyst, or Amy's box (37). Letters do not have to be signed. Amy Andre's opinions are her own. Amaze your friends! Horrify your parents! I Learn about I economics and I advertising! I I Be a Catalyst! I Business I I Manager! I Join the Catalyst I I Management I I tutorial. Duties I I include managing I Catalyst finances, lseeking I from national I corporations, designing ads, 1 and managing I subscriptions. I IContact us I the Catalyst by Barbara I Berggren's office I or at I catalyst@virtu. I THAI PATTAYA RESTAURANT Buy 1 Dinner Get 2nd Dinner* large vegetarian selection 6233 14TH STREET WEST BRADENTON, FL 34207 HALF PRICE across from Blockbuster's *(of equal or lesser value/ Offer expires 3/19/96)
a The Catalyst March 12, 1996 ANGELS & INSECTS: A GLIMPSE OF DECADENT VICTORIANA by Michelle Wolper At first it may seem like another Age of Innocence; the highly structured social order of Victorian England, fabulous cos tumes and formal dialogue give the impression of a traditional love story. However, the graphic sexual scenes give quite a different impression. The movie covers many standard themes of love and Picture courtesy of Burns Court Cinema. Copyright Samud Goldwyn Company. betrayal, but with a shocking twist that will leave the viewer stunned. Based on the novella Morpho Eugenia by A.S. Byatt, Angels & Insects tells the story of William Adamson (Mark Rylance), a painfully contemplative natu ralist who spent many years in the Amazon conducting research and collecting specimens. On his return voyage to England, William is shipwrecked and loses all of his earthly possessions. Sir Alabaster (Jeremy Kemp), patriarch of an aristocratic family, eagerly hires William to classifY his amateur insect collection and teach science lessons to his children. So far, everything seems the way it should. Soon after his arrival at the Alabaster estate, William becomes enchanted by the eldest daughter, a sensu ous blonde named Eugenia, played by Patsy Kensit. Joy ensues for William when, after a brief understated courtship, Eugenia accepts his proposal for marriage. Here, the plot twists. A series of graphic sexual interludes and the births of five children are all that the viewer wit nesses of the relationship between William and Eugenia. These passionate scenes are deliberately startling in a con text of a prim and proper Victorian soci-ety. Notable is the emotional distance from her husband that Eugenia maintains throughout most of the film. William isn't certain if this distance is a result of his own social inadequacies or if a deep dark secret is brewing. The latter is surely the case, and it shakes the very foundation of this seemingly ordered family. Meanwhile, William has to contend with Edgar (Douglas Henshall), the crass brother-in-law who firmly believes that William is anything but a perfect match for Eugenia. Edgar's Christian beliefs clash with William's naturalist work, which heightens the animosity between them. William then buries himself in a new scientific project about ants with Matty (Kristin Scott Thomas), a mousy brunette and poor relation to the family. Her intel lect and fascination with William soon claim his desires. This adds a new dimension to the story: the Victorian fascination with the insect world and how this reflects Victorian social order. William becomes entangled in an emotional web far stranger and more complex than he had ever scientifically studied. The film's disturbing intentions are painstakingly captured by the perfor mances of Rylance, Kensit, and Thomas. The well-written script captures the essence ofVictoriana, both its traditional and decadent aspects. The sensitive, understated deliveries of Rylance and Thomas, however, may leave the viewer feeling indifferent about their prospects for a future. At times the characters seem unfamiliar; the viewer just isn't given a substantial glimpse into their psyches. Overall, however, Angels & Insects is a remarkable effort by director/screenwriter Philip Haas. A final suggestion: If you still aren't aware of the secret, don't attempt to dis cover it before viewing the movie. The surprise is half of the fun. You can win tickets to see this and other movies at Burns Court Cinema. See page 9 for details! BURNS COURT CiNEMA SiiiVI'iOIA Now SHowiNg Jennifer Jason Leigh as a Punk Rocker on the Edge ANGELS & INSECTS Sex and Science in Victorian England And Shanghai Triad 1bePostman 1be Last Good Time CoMiNq SooN A Scorned Wife, an Outrageous Affair, the Perfect Revenge French Twist Starts March lS Shakespeare's Arch-Evil King, Updated to the 30's Richard III Starts March 22 Academy Award Nominee Best Documentary Film, 1995 Anne Frank Remembered Starts AprilS A Woman Must Choose Between the Man She Loves and the Woman She Desires When Night is Falling Starts AprilS STudENTS Free Popcorn w/Purchase of any Drink (just show student ID) Ask about Student Memberships
The Catalyst March 12, 1996 CATALYST CONTEST UPDATE This week, we're giving the New College Student Alliance a hand. Si.nce no one was a?le to. up with a mascot at th1s spnngs election, we thought we'd bribe you to come up with one. Submit your choice, plus a 100-word explanation for why you think it should be our mascot, to the Catalyst contribu tions box by Barbara Berggren's office by this Friday at 5:00 p.m. Two winners will be selected; winners will receive two tickets to Burns Court Cinema, and winning entries will be recommended to NCSA President Jessica Falcone to be added to the NCSA Constitution. Last week, our contest was to create a haiku about a recent Catalyst article or current event. Congratulations to our winners, Trent Apple and Nick Napolitano. Both winners will receive two free tickets to Burns Court Cinema. Aaaaand the Winners are ... Catalyst Like the sun shining down, suffusing students with what they need to know Nick Napolitano Quality Affordable Reproductive Healthcare! Birth Control Pills ............ $11 HIV Testing . ............ $30 GYN exam (incl. Pap smear) .... $49 Planned Parenthood Assoc. of SW FL 1958 Prospect Street, Sarasota 953-4060 chain of the Presidential Race
10 T h e Catalyst March 12, 1996 GUEST OPINION: VOICE FOR TH E VOICELESS by Andy Snyder On Monday, March 4, the Main Authority Figure (MAF) at Cardinal Mooney, a private Catholic school on Fruitville Road, noticed that one of his students had a bumper sticker on her car which read, "PRO-CHOICE." Being the Main Authority Figure, and one of those kinds of Catholics who are "ANTI CHOICE," he decided to start intimidating the student. He told her that if she didn't remove the sticker from her car, she would be suspended. She submitted, like we are taught to do when intimidated by Authority Figures. However, there were other folks at Cardinal Mooney who had fire in their bellies and creativity in their minds. They went down to the local Planned Parent hood and picked up 40 "PRO-CHOICE" stickers. And distributed them. Unfortunately, there are many Repressive Apparatuses in this world which are pretty efficient at destroying visible counter-hegemonic beliefs and actions. In this case, the wrath of parents towards "insubordination," anti-choice friends, the threat of suspension as well as the general socialization that "the nail that sticks up gets hammered" all dissuaded most of the students from asserting their human right of free speech. Six decided to go through with it. Of these six, four complied when ordered to remove the bumper stickers. Two of the students refused and were promptly, with the support of the local bishop, suspended. Of these, one gave in the next day. She is heartbreakingly quoted as saying, "I have learned that some times you just have to give in." Sam Miles is still suspended, still resisting this gross injustice. He is lucky; his father supports him, and he isn't worried about excom munication, since he isn't Catholic. On Friday, four New College students showed up at Cardinal Mooney. We wanted to express our solidarity with the students whose free speech was being denied and challenge the MAF's attempt to destroy all visible dissent against the Pope's position on abortion. We were there with one sign, which read, "Our Freedom, Our Future, Our Choice" and we stood so that everyone leaving school would see the sign. A great majority of the people who made visible responses were very enthusi astic. We received the Fist-in-the-Air salute, the Clenched-Fist-Bent-ElbowPumping-Toward-Body salute, the Smile and-Wave salute, and most often the Thumbs-Up salute. Several people shouted "pro-choice" to us, and one boy scribbled "Pro-Choice" on a sheet of notebook paper and held it up as he drove by. Most people seemed to have that gleeful expression on their faces that people get when they see someone talk back against the rules. Of course we also received a few of the Middle-FingerPointing-toHeaven, and the Angry-Face-Shouting-"Get a Job" salutes. Perhaps the most noteworthy response was the suggestion, "Go back to Woodstock" (if only we could!). It was a good way to spend a half hour. We brought hope and the spirit of resistance to Cardinal Mooney, and we demonstrated that there are alternatives to giving in. We will probably be going back repeatedly, until we can get this policy changed. Next time we will have more signs, more people, and more creativity. GUEST OPINION: QUESTIONING THE COFFEEHOUSE by Ari Weinstein In all the excitement over the Coffeehouse, I feel that many of the issues surrounding its creation are not being discussed. These issues, primarily financial ones, can and will affect students immediately and directly. In theory, the Coffeehouse sounds great: a place for stu dents to hang out, drink coffee, and get something to eat, all run by students. However, there are a number of questions which have given me second thoughts as to the viability of the Coffeehouse. 1. We will be committing a significant amount of Capital Improvement Trust money to the project: S25,000-S50,000. This is money to be used for non-academic buildings. Considering the amount of money being spent on the West Campus Student Center, New College students have a significant claim to the rest of the CIT dollars (something that has been acknowledged by previous University Program Student Association officers). Is a Coffeehouse what we really want to spend this amount of money on? 2. The West Campus Student Center will be up and running sometime in the fall, adding to the financial burden of an already strapped student government structure. The UPSA might choose to withdraw their financial support of Ham Center (an action threatened many times in the past) now that they have the WCSC. Even if the UPSA doesn't withdraw from Ham Center, they will most likely ask the New College Student Alliance for help in funding the WCSC. Can the NCSA afford to support Ham Center, the WCSC, and the Coffeehouse? 3. By taking on the Bam, the NCSA will have to pay for utilities, cleaning, and maintenance of the structure itsel These bills will add up, and reduce the alloca t able dollars for other NCSA activities. Do we really need the extra space, or could we have the activities of the Coffeehouse in another student-run space? 4. Just how will the Coffeehouse fund itself? I find the promise of self-sufficiency a difficult one to swallow in the lack of hard numbers. Are we to pay students to work there? How long will the Student Allocations Committee subsidize the Coffeehouse? Will students actually pay less at the Coffeehouse than they would at a commercial equivalent? 5. What happens when the core group of Coffeehouse people graduate or leave? If there aren't enough people interested and/or committed in two or three years, we could be left out in the cold. I am not against the idea of a Coffeehouse, but financial reality and student body priorities are consi d erations that I do not see being taken into account. I feel that the commitment involved in such a project necessitates at least a Town Meeting on the subject, during which students will have a chance to learn how much the Coffeehouse will cost, and how that will affect other NCSA activi ties. I hope that students think long and hard about the Coffeehouse before we decide whether to fund this project.
The Cata/ st March12,1996 11 EDITORIAL EDITORIAL VOTE TODAY! EFFECTIVE ACTIVISM We know you're out there, Republicans. If you're a Republican registered to vote in Florida, you can vote in today's state primary. The nearest precinct is United Methodist Church at 4726 N. Tam1ami, and polls are open until 7:00 tonight. There's not much time left. So get up, put down your newspaper, bus your tray, and go vote now. Last week, the marble statue stolen from the library was returned, its base broken. From letters left behind, it is clear that some students found the stat ue's nudity offensive. As members of this community, we should find this kind of "activism" offensive. This type of activism is damaging and ineffective. Some students complain that this school has lost any activist ideology it once had. This is not true. Every week, some new form of social or political activ1sm is planned or executed. The problem with activism at this school is that students sometimes needlessly anger others in the process to effect any change. Candidates on the ballot are vying for the GOP nomination for President. Whoever gains the nomi nation will be on the ballot against Bill Clinton in November. The Florida primary is particularly important, because we offer a total of 98 delegates to the Republican National Convention, almost 10 per cent of those needed for the presidential nomination. Florida is also one of eight primaries occurring today, "Super Tuesday." Today could be the deciding day for Bob Dole, who's already amassed nearly 400 dele gates. Stealing a statue does not change peoples views on sexism or nudity; it just angers them to a point where they are no longer willing to listen to the people who feel strongly about the issue. There are plenty of methods students can use to address activist concerns. Not all of them are harmful. There are volunteer organizations in the area that can place those who want to make a difference. Of course, the same old question exists: who cares? But so does the same old answer: if you're on living on this planet in the next four years, its probably in your best interest to vote. So please do so, whether it's for Dole, Steve Forbes, Pat Buchanan, Steve Waldman or L.L. Cool J. The world could be a nicer place, but when potential is lost to pursuing goals ineffectively, we might as well not do anything. LETTER T O T H E E DITO R TRASH I N CAFETER I A As a literature major at USF -Sarasota, I have found that sharing a campus with New College is generally a positive expe rience. I have several evening classes in Ham Center, and during breaks it's only natural to wander over to the student cen ter to use the phone, restroom, browse through the fine New College publica tions (among them The Catalyst), and peruse the literature posted on bulletin boards and walls. This literature presents an image of New College as a place inhabited by mature, responsible, consci entious individuals-people eager to make a difference. Then I notice the cafeteria. The tables are filthy with trash, leftover food, spilled drinks and utensils strewn about. Frankly, it's disgusting. But even more than that, imagine the confusion it causes when viewed against the literature of the student body. Are we to believe the words "Save the Planet," "Recycle" or "Preserve Our Environment" from people who cannot even carry their own trash the necessary 10 feet to the garbage can? Or "Amnesty Now," "Equal Rights for Minorities" and "Free Oppressed People" from students who treat the cafeteria/janitorial staff (or who ever it is that must clean up the mess) with such disrespect or as the students' own domestic servants? It is hard to respect the cries of those who wish to be treated as adults and to have their opin ions viewed as mature when they behave no better than children. Remember the old adage, "Actions speak louder than words?" Please do not misunderstand. I do not intend to cast aspersions on the causes or insinuate that all Novocollegians are slobs. It simply is unfortunate that the hard work and fervor of the student body is being negated by the actions of a "couldn't-care-less" few. -Bonnie L. Blossom, USF-Sarasota submitl put your announcements in the announcements go in the catalyst box by bar bara berggren s off i ce "fi C ontributi o n G u idelines 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. 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12 The Catalyst March 12, 1996 ANNOUNCEMENTS "The Peaceful Art of Meditation" is a free four-class series for concentration, quieting the busy mind, increasing a sense of integral well-being and spiritual self-discovery. Simple and effective techniques will be offered using the philosophy of Sri Chinmoy, renowned author, musician and spiritual teacher. This program is sponsored as a community service by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. It is held free of charge in the belief that there should never be a fee associated with meditative study, that inner peace is our birthright and that peace within each individual is the key to true peace in the world. Saturday, March 16 7:30-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 1710:00-11:30 a.m. in the Fishbowl. For more information, call (813) 726-2707. The New College International Studies Committee is sponsoring a Latin American Film Series. It is being held in conjunction with this semester's "Interamerican World" seminar. Selections will correspond with topics that are emphasized in the course, such as women and development, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, the drug problem in the Americas, social change, and the effects of political persecution in Latin America, but should be of interest to anyone in the New College community. All students are welcome to attend the films; one will be shown each week in the Teaching Auditorium. 3/14: 7:00p.m. Black Orpheus 3/21: 7:00p.m. Portrait ofTeresa 4/4: 7:00p.m. The Tigress 4/12: 6:30p.m. Plaf 4/18: 7:00p.m. Rodrigo D: No Future 4/25: 7:00 p.m. Funny Dirty Little War 5/2: place, time TBA Memories of Underdevelopment Kelly Samek attended the 16th Annual Symposium on the Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles this past February, and would like to share what she learned with anyone interested. Information on turtle habitat activism in Volusia and Palm Beach counties, nesting/tagging studies you can participate in (great summer ISP idea), etc. Drop a note in box 526 or e-mail samek@virtu. In celebration of Women's Awareness Month, Ginu Kamani, author of]unglee Girl, will speak at Sudakoff Center on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00. Kamani's work is a powerful representation of female sexuality from an Indian perspective. It explores power dynamics, oppression, sexual awakening, gender roles, and several other provocative issues. From Marriott: Do you have the Tree of Lift order books? Please return them to Peggy Hendon in the cafeteria. Would you like Mary, our chef, to prepare your favorite recipe? Let Mary know what it is and she'll prepare it for either lunch or dinner. Baccalaureate Examination: "American Slavic Singing Groups: A Case of LatterDay Cultural Immigration and a New Tradition in the Making" by Laurel Christian Isbister. Area of concentration: music. Committee members: Helen Rees, Steve Miles, and John Newman. Monday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the Living Room at Old Caples (bayfront). CAREER CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS Workshops: Getting Started m Journalism-Paul Steinle, former president of UPI and Director of Graduate Studies in Journalism at University of Miami, will discuss careers in journalism in HCL-2. 3/12 4:00 p.m. Career Decision Making Room in the Fishbowl, 3113 7:00p.m. Peace Corps in Hamilton Center, 3/19 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Peace Corps Presentation in the Fishbowl, 3/19 4:00p.m. Internships: The Library of Congress Junior Fellows ProgramAssist organizing and documenting archival collections, produce finding aids and bibliographic records, prepare materials for presentation and do bibliographical research. Deadline: March 31,1996. Website: http:/1/cweb.loc.govlrrljrfelll Delphi International designs, administers, and supports education and training programs for groups and individuals corning from other counties to the U.S. Individuals with a career interest in international affairs are encouraged to apply. Union of Concerned ScientistsAddress the most serious environmental and security threats facing humanity. Internships are offered in Cambridge, Washington, and Berkeley offices. UCS conducts technical studies and public education. Applicants with education, training, or experience in a wide variety of fields with organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills and familiarity with computer needs to apply by April!, 1996. Sl,OOO/month for undergraduate students for a 40 hour work week. : Summer Jobs: Camp Manager positions are available for Universal Cheerleaders Association. Mandatory training, expenses paid for training, own transportation needed to and from camps, work camps in a six-hour radius from your home, base pay is S200 and must be certified in CPR. Deadline: March 15, 1996. Drive a retired gentleman around Sarasota area in a '93 Cadillac. In June, July and August, tour historical sites in the Midwest and other places three weeks each month, returning to Sarasota for one week a month. Will pay all expenses, plus salary at an hourly rate. Part-time position now, full-time during the Summer. No smoking. Must be 21. Gentleman has unsatisfactory eyesight. Contact Ray at 355-4142. For more information, contact the Career Resource Center in PME-119.