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The Volume V, Issue 27 May 7, 1996 Tell me about the waters of your homeworld, Usul. Profile: Queen Divinity Everlasting by Charles Choi A new Queen of New College was crowned during the last Queer Ball after the applause of the audience determined w ...J u:: 0 a: c. who the most popular can didate for the throne was And so Steve Danner was coronated at the end of the drag show, under the name o f Divinity Everlasting So would the Queen say that bearing rule over New College is rewarding? "A s ense of pride from it? No Danner says. The performance which won the throne was a dance to How Lovely To Be A Woman, as Ann-Margret sang it in the film "Bye Bye Birdie. The Queen said that personal preparations for the show took almost an hour of makeup and dressing : "I hated the girdle; the liquid eyeliner, too. The Queen didn't even need to prac tice for the performance: "I had gotten the music earlier in the week, but hadn't done anything with it until that night," D a nner says. Perhaps even more surprising is the fac t that the show was the first time the Queen had worn drag in years. "Not since I was four when I dressed up in my mom s nightgown. A blue satin night-SEE "DlVlNITY" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Ivory Tower ...... ........... .3 New Party ....... .......... .4 New Honor College? ............ 5 Contest Update .......... ..... 7 Festival ..... ................. 8 Editoria l s ..................... 9 APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR" DEBATED AT MEETINGS by Michelle Wolper Appropriate RA behavior encom passed many controversial issues at the Town Meeting last Monday The RA se lection process, the removal process and community standards were dominant top ics of discussion. Most agreed that while the current system should be improved, students also need to exercise more per sonal responsibility and not rely on the New College rumor mill to olve prob lems with RAs and within the community. A group of students vol unteered to meet with Director of Housing and Student Affairs Mark Johnson on a regu lar basis to open further discussion and devise concrete solutions to the problems currently facing the New College commu nity. Some said that students may find it difficult to exercise personal responsibil ity due to implicit pressures within the community "What students have said to me is that they don't want to make a fuss. They don t want to rock the boat and they don t want everyone to hate them because they 'ratted' on someone," said Catalyst Computer Expert lien Zazueta-Audirac There is a direct conflict between two implicit community standards. The idea that students "protect their own some times contrasts with the idea that students make the New College community the best it can be. SEE "MEETINGS" ON PAGE 2 MEDIA CIRCUS SURROUNDS ALLEGATIONS OF RAPE by Kate Fink Reporters from local newspapers and a television station interviewed students last week about an alleged sexual assault that occurred in March. Local media ar rived after nine people sent letters about the alleged incident through the mail and across the Internet. Articles appeared in the Bradenton Herald and Tampa Tribune last Thursday and Friday, respectively. Tampa's Channel 28 also interviewed students for a news segment. The Bradenton Herald mistak enly identified the accused as a "student adviser." The accused has been hired for the position of RA, or "resident adviser," next year. Letters sent to the media and alumni questioned the accused's status as an RA next year, and said the administration has not "taken any positive action" to protect women at New College "We are asking for your support, because we feel the ad ministration and police department have not been responsive thus far," the Jetter said. The Jetter also included details of the alleged incident and identified both peo ple involved Amy Andre one of the authors, said she signed her name to the letter because "things weren't moving fast enough it wasn't important for me to see a story in a major magazine. I feel like things should be done before it gets to that point," she said Krisandra Knight Amy Bunn, Arin Mason, Craig Willse, Sara Greenberg, Sofia Memon, Tahmineh Maloney and Stephanie Martin also signed the letter. Director of Housing and Student Affairs Mark Johnson said he received "at least a dozen or more e-mails from SEE "CIRCUS" ON PAGE 3
2 The Catalyst May 7, 1996 "DIVINITY" FROM PAGE I gown with gray leather heels Pumps with wicker heels." Wicker? Like a basket? Yeah, it was pretty gross," Danner says So what did the Queen do after the coronation? I was trying to think of something w i tty but I jus t got drunk So what liqueurs does our Queen pre fer? "Icehouse That's what they had And what did our Queen use for breasts? Socks." The Queen aid that people (that is to say, subjects) come up often to a k how it feels to be the Queen The Queen says that although there is no easy answer, perhaps thi one will do : It depends on who the king is." But heavy is the head that wears the crown "I haven't been home yet. My brother took pictures," Danner said. So what might the re ponse be from the parents of the Queen who, by default, are Emperor and Empress of New College? Definitely not cheering," Danner said One proclamation that the Queen does have is a statement of thanks for friends who helped her with it all: Mimi Martin Lacey Torge, Kelli Wade and Julia Ward. Alas, the Queen is going to Venezuela next semester. She is after all, a third-year student concentrating in Latin American Stud i es and Literature. But worry not, she said "I'll be back to defend the crown." Ciilalyst General Editor Kate Fink Managing Editor James Reffell Staff Writers Charles Choi, Evan Greenlee Aaron Olk, Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift and Michelle Wolper Layout Heather Oliver Business Manager Sara Foley Computer Expert lien Zazueta-Audirac Contributors Jake Jacobs uMEETINGS" FROM PAGE I "Why can't we do both?" asked Zazueta-Audirac 'There's no reason why we can't foster a sense of community here and set procedures in place for when that sense of community doesn't quite work the way we want it to. Johnson expressed frustration that stu dents did not feel comfortable bringing problems to his office. "If it's suggested that an RA is drunk while on duty, I wish that [students] would come to me ... if I know about it, there will be some kind of action," he said. Assistant Residence Counselor Tracie Merritt added "Any instance that is brought to me is usually brought by other RAs It is discussed by the RAs. We pull the RA in and we talk to them." Students also discussed potential out lets to evaluate or voice a complaint about anRA. "At the end of every semester we all fill out evaluations for our professors, and I don't see why we couldn't do that for RAs, too said Alice Solomon. She ex plained that this would be a productive device for students who preferred anonymity This suggestion was met with general agreement. "Rather than everyone evaluating all the RAs, what if you just evaluated the two RAs in your court, or your dorm, be cause they re the ones who affect you the most?" added Zazueta-Audirac. Johnson later said he would accept anonymous complaints, but there were drawbacks to filing a complaint in that manner "If a student wants to lodge an anony mous complaint it limits our capability to follow through on that complaint, he said Students also discussed what solutions existed if an RA were not trusted by a segment of the community. "I don't think any RA has ever had the trust of all the students here," said M i ke Cosper "So the fact that a small segment doesn't trust somebody doesn't mean that [the RAin question] won't be a great RA fulfilling a great sponsibility to a lot of the larger segment of the campus." Andrea Seymore questioned the size of such a segment. "If a certain segment, no matter how large, feels that a certain RA is not trust worthy, is that going to be detrimental to that person's function as an RA ? she said When I was a first year, it was cir culated throughout the first-year women that one of the RAs was a little bit of a slimeball. I don't think that I ever had a conversation with him, but had I needed to go to an RA, just based on what I had heard, I wouldn't have gone to that spe cific person." Possible reforms to the standard RA impeachment process were also dis-SEE "MEETINGS" ON PAGE 3 The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar. usf edu/-catalyst/ Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N Tamiarni Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions may also be placed in the Catalyst box marked "Letters to the Editor/Contribu tions" (in the student government boxes next to Barbara Berggren's office). Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. 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The Catalyst May 7, 1996 3 "MEETINGS" FROM PAGE 2 cussed. "RAs have been replaced before if there is inappropriate behavior that is de termined to have occurred," said Johnson. "We have a process for dealing internally in the housing department." Some students questioned who should make such a determination. "It seems really strange to me this idea that we all have to convince Mark that we don't trust this person so we can remove our RA from a place where he performs student functions," said Andy Snyder. "It should be a democratic process, it should not be a staff process by which RAs are selected." Grant Barker suggested an amendment to the New College Constitution that would let students take the initiative to impeach an RA and to have such a mo tion held by the Student Court with a jury composed of students. Residence Counselor Tim Richardson stated that such an option already exists. "If a student is aware that an RA has ex hibited inappropriate behavior, just as with any other student, you can bring that [RA] to Student Court." Johnson recognized that the current processes could be reformed. "There are some possibilities of going forward. I'm more than willing to work with a small group of people in a structured setting to "CIRCUS" FROM PAGE 1 alumni who were upset that the letters named the people involved. "I consider it unconscionable that they are first of all slandering [the accused] as a rapist and also putting out the alleged rape victim's name across the Internet," alum Camilla Mortensen wrote to Johnson. Mortensen also said that the authors did not include their addresses at the end of the Jetter. The authors enclosed the ad dresses of Johnson, Dean and Warden Gordon "Mike" Michalson and University Police Captain William Kelly. Knight said that alumni could respond to the authors by using the "reply" com mand in e-mail. She said she had received several "concerned responses wanting to know more about the issue." go about setting up some standards or at least focusing on something that people are happy with. There is a place to start. Let's take what we have and refine it and work with it to make it better. We can change. If we can change for the better, let's do it." The issue also came back to individu als acting responsibly and in an appropriate manner and voicing concerns about others who act irresponsibly "We all need to look at ourselves," said Johnson. "If we're in fact going to be responsible community members, what does that mean? Does that mean we should jump on board or run with [a par ticular issue]? Or does it mean that we should have some sense of responsibility as a whole and speak up? If a RA isn't doing their job, let's find out about it." Smaller group meetings with Johnson began two days after the Town Meeting. Students and administration proposed additional standards which RAs could ex ecute in the future. They suggested that RAs initiate and host community-based activities, which would include both recreational activities and more serious issue oriented discussions. Other students suggested that RAs be role models at all times, from the time they are either se lected to be an RA or when they begin duties as an RA at the start of the follow ing year ))() 1 .. 1 ) .. ()(; 511 Trespass order against non-student lifted. 513 10:06 p.m. Student passed out in Teaching Auditorium. EMT responded, student taken to Sarasota Emergency Room. 514 4:36p.m. Off-campus noise complaint from east and south of the Ringling Museum. Music was shut off. 515 1:49 p.m. Student arrested for misdemeanor pos session of marijuana. World OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER At least 14 people were killed by an earthquake that hit China's Inner Mongolia region With a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale, this is the biggest earthquake in the history of the region.Tremors shook tall buildings 335 miles away in Beijing. National An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Seattle at 9:04 p.m. on Thursday. The quake was centered about 25 miles northeast of Seattle. Former head of the CIA William Colby has been missing since Saturday, in what authorities assume was a canoe.. ing accident near his home on Neale Sound, 40 miles south of Washington. Colby headed the CIA during Watergate, and told Congress that the CIA had spied on Americans and had engaged in psychedelic drug experiments on unwit ting citizens. A federal judge authorized the U.S. government to move Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski's cabin to a secure place, provided the project could be completed without damaging the cabin or its contents. The FBI has already re moved 730 pieces of evidence from the cabin, including a live pipe bomb and the typewriter the F.B.I. believes was to type the Unabomber's 35 000 word anti technology manifesto. State and Local The Florida Department of Transportation is giving Sarasota $4 mil lion to build a new transfer facility for Sarasota's public transportation system. The new facility will give bus riders the advantage of not having to sit through rainstorms and heat waves outside while waiting for the bus. Starting January 1, 1997, Florida law will require that children under the age of 16 wear helmets when riding bicy cles. The law also states that passengers under 4 or who weigh less than 40 pounds must use a safety seat. Violators will receive safety pamphlets, but after the law has been in effect for a year, they will be fined $17 for each violation.
4 The Catalyst May 7, 1996 NEW PARTY ENCOURAGES ACTION (AND FELLOWSHIPS) by Michelle Wolper It began three years ago as an alternative political party for those who felt alienated from the political system and placed lit tle trust in politicians Since then, the New Party has grown in membership and po litical clout through its dedication to the common c i tizen and grassroots electoral cam paigns Adam Glickman, national recruiter and vol unteer for the New Party, was at New College last week to field questions from students about the party s roots and platforms, and also to en courage interested students to apply for Democracy Summer '96, a paid fellowship pro gram. 'True democracy can work in this country," Glickman said "We need to move American politics to the left, and we need to do that by forming a third party." Educational reform ranks highly on the New Party s agenda. Supporters hope to pass the Bill of Rights for Ameri c a's Children which provides equal education for all tudents. Other reforms include increased parental involvement in the classroom and equitably-funded cho ols that are controlled by the commu nity. The ew Party also st ands for a shorter work week, anti-dis progressive we'll work with them," Glickman said He also said that the New Party often cross-endorses Democrats or runs New Party members in Democratic primaries. Glickman stated that a major goal is to influence the agenda of the Democrats by col laborating with them Students also wanted Glickman to identify the sources of funds that the party rec e ives. "Virtually all the money we receive is from in dividual donors he replied. Students expressed mixed reactions to the New Party's principles and philosophy Lisa Stampnitzky joined the Long Island chapter of the New Party last summer. She campaigned and did volunteer work for a candidate to the Nassau County Legislature. "I learned about New Party principles and it excited me be cause it was the only party doing progressive electoral politics," Stampnitzky said." They were actually bringing out the issues and reforming the system to become more democratic." Haley Grossman felt that the New Party seemed to stand for change, but was wary about the concept of membership fees The New Party requests that "card-carrying" members pay a fee of $36 per year (students pay $12). I haven't yet been convinced that it is structur e d in a way crimination legislation and 'the living wage which would guarantee a fixed minimum income for all adults Members For more information about the New Party, call 1-800-200-1294. that is different from other parties," she said "The party seems to care about the needs and desires of party memalso advocate a progressive tax system that would be based on citizens' ability to pay, a reduction of na tional military spending, and the abolition of unilateral military interventions The party establishes its clout by runnmg candidates at the local levels ; by starting mall and thinking long term, Glickman and fellow New Partiers hope to build a mainstream noncorpo rate-dominated political organization "We' ve run 139 New Party candidates and won 94 of those seats," said Glickman He noted that most of the s e candidates filled p os itions on school b o ards, city councils and co unty boards. The best candidate s are candidates who wouldn t run if it wasn't for the ew Party he said Some students questioned whether the New Party would spoil elections, as other third parties have done in the past. Glickman assured them that the party does not waste people's votes on candidates who have no serious chance of winning nor will it poil elections "When we don't have the power to win with our own candi date, we will usually endorse the most progressive candidate running," Glickman said "The most progressive candidates running" tend to be Democrats. "If we find a Democrat, or even a Republican, who's truly bers, especially the dues paying members. It seems to me like another group of progressive mid dle-class people trying to represent the interests of other classes as opposed to an effort of the lower class to represent them selves. Glickman returned to campus throughout the week to inter applicants for Democracy Summer '96, an eight-week program in which students can "work for economi c and social justice Interns would work on living wage campaigns, partici pate in campaign finance reform movements, or encourage investment in public education BIRKENSTOCK The original comfort shoe. TM
byAaronOlk The Catalyst May 7, 1996 STUDENT GOVERNMENT POWER MAY SOON BE LIMITED Universities across the state are receiving attention from Florida's Board of Regents, and it's not due to tuition hikes or educa tional improvements Student governments from University of Central Florida and University of South Florida are being criticized for possible misman a gement of funds according to the St. Petersburg Times. 5 The Board of Regents has indicated that there will probably be audits of student government budgets next year, and that they are considering proposing legislation that would give the Florida Legislature more power over student government funds. USF Student Affairs ha been proposing a new fiscal system that would add six new professional positions appointed by Student Affairs, to the fiscal system and USF student government returned with a plan that would make the new fiscal overseers appointed by student government, rather than by Student Affairs The two groups have been meeting with USF Provost Betty Castor regularly to decide the fate of the new USF fiscal policy Student government at USF failed to meet a 1993 audit, and has failed to meet nine of the 24 recommendations made by the Office of the Inspector General. Castor said, "I'm not going to be satisfied until we are in complete compliance. We cannot go on taking this criticism externally." USF student government is concerned that the Student Affairs proposal would take student government out of the hands of stu dents. President David Quilleon said, Student government is for the students. It's our government, and we be able to monitor the funds accordingly. The Board of Regents has noted that large student governments have more funds then many counties, and they should have the same measure of accountability that public officials in charge of funds have Accusations against student governments range from preferential treatment, skimming money and overallocating travelling expenses. Dean and Warden Gordon "Mike Michalson said he felt more government control over student government would be ridiculous and intrusive. Although no specific legislation has been proposed, Michalson said that he would oppose such legislation if it took control of funds out of the hands of university student governments. NEW HONORS COLLEGE PLANNED by Evan Greenlee Imagine another New College in Florida. A project has been in the works to build another honors college in Florida for the last three years Florida Atlantic University (FAU) plans to build the campus in Abacoa, near Palm Beach. The school is planned to open in 1999 with a first-year class of 125. Another campus might be seen as a threat to New College, taking away its students and the limited state money available. James Feeney, Director of Special Project Development at New College, was not worried about another honors college in Florida : "New College's portion of the state resources is so small that I think really it is a drop in the bucket. It could have some very slight impact in the initial days. We might notice this, but I'm not too afraid," he said There has been some debate as to the need of another honors college. Several columnists have touted the project as a boondoggle. Others sight statistics that show that many good Florida students leave Florida for other well-known northern schools, and never re turn to Florida. Another honor college might keep some of these students in state. The money neces ary for Florida Atlantic to build such a school is not currently available. Other than private donations, there are few ways that state universities can get extra money from the state. Also competing for special funding, by way of bonds or appro priations, are those in support of a tenth state university planned to be in Ft. Myers. The other possibility for funding is a Florida state program, which matches the amount of money given to a school from private sources. Finding private donations has never been an easy task, however, and an honors campus requires more money per student than a regular university. Feeney said, "I personally ee this as something of a long shot in that there really isn't any source of funding identified to sup port the kind of enrichment a free-standing honors campus requires Two Florida Atlantic vice-presidents have visited New College to get a feeling for how to operate a small honors college. On their first trip in November 1994, Vice President of the Northern Campuses of FAU Robert J Huckshorn and FAU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Richard Osburn looked around and talked with the deans about New College, how it came into existence, and how it functions. There is no plan, however, to model the academic system of the planned college after New College. The touring dean and provost were mainly interested in the logistics of operating a small school. We're The Catalyst. You love us. So read us online at http://www.sar. usf. -
I 6 The Catalyst May 7, 1996 SAC MINUTES FOR APRIL 29,1996 All members present except Lisa S. Ruth Orlowicz was her proxy.All votes unanimous. Colleen Butler : New College Alternative Culture And Music Festival. Requested $1264.80: $10.00 copies, $4.80 stamps, $480.00 overtime pay for cops, $697.80 for 150 t-shirts @$4.65, $52.50 for 30 gallons of H20, $20.00 set-up. Allocated $1264.80 Christan Blystone: a band Rug Cutters" to play at graduation PCP. Requested $220.00, allocated $220.00 Annie 0 Connell : Slavic Vocal Ensemble Balkan Music and Dance Seminar. Requested $100 00, al lo cated $100 .00 Hazen "The Fixer Komraus : cable wires for the Wall equipment. Requested $25.54, allocated $25.54 Lacey Torge : reimbursement for last weekend's play The Breasts ofTiresias. Requested $22, allocated $22 Andy Snyder: for Youth Solidarity Group to fund a speaker, April Rosenblum, a 16year-old activist from Philadelphia. Requested $370: $220 plane fare, $100 speaker's fee $50 00 expenses Allocated $370 Robin Stockseth : requests money for Marjorie Agosin Welisley, Chilean speaker, her airfare and Chilean art show This speaker will not be corning until next year. SAC can not fund for next year, so asked her to make her request before next year's SAC. No money allocated. 10% OFF SHIPPING WITH THIS AD Individualistic Fashion For Guvs And Gals ()bOD Slipenor :\venue Bclmlcl
The Catalyst FREE MOVI E T ICKETSttt WI !AT A CHEAP DATE! Last week's contest was to submit the home as soon as I fell in love. Paul worst pick-up lines you've heard at New College. Judging by our record-high num ber of entries, it appears that Novo collegians have truly made this type of exchange into an art. As a result of the high turnout, we decided to give two Burns Court movie tickets each to three runners-up, as well as the promised movie tickets and $20 Primo's vouchers to our two winners. And the winners: Bryce Myers, who submitted, "Casually, to a group of people 'Hey, I'm going to Shell to buy Gatorade; anybody want to fornicate when I get back?"' Our other winner was Matt Thompson, who gave us, "If you don't go out with me, I'll put up a sign telling every one how much you suck." Here are the runners-up : "Can I taste your lipstick?" Karen Lewis; "Can I bor row a quarter ? My mother told me to call Beer; "Hi, I can't dance or sing or paint or converse with my peers about anything other than nineteenth century British poets and don't leave my room for more than two hours a day, but I enjoy reading Star Wars novels and playing 'Mine sweeper' on my computer. Do you want to take my virginity?" -Bryce Myers This week, we'd like to hear your horror stories Not your dating horror sto ries, this time-we'd l ike to hear about all those last-minute, stress-filled, obstacle laden attempts at theses, term papers, exams, and all other class re l ated terror. T h e two people that make us get the most bl u rry-eyed will win two tickets to Burns Court Cinema. Drop those woeful tales in one of our boxes by Barbara Berggren's office or Box 75, or e-mail them to email@example.com. usfedu. Catalyst staff members and their families are not eligi ble for prizes MAN CANNOT LIVE ON TWINKlES ALONE? by Evan Greenlee Who says qua n tity is no replacement fo r quality? Many of you know h ow to live off nutritional foods like pasta, bread, and app l es. But how would you fare surviving off the junk food ais le? Forget what your mother t old you about empty calories. You cou l d be stacking bowls of Tota l for the rest of your l ife to compare with this Consider this meal plan: Breakfast: four double packages of Hostess Twinkies Lunch : I 0-ounce bag of Fritos, a Snickers bar, and a carton of Ben and Jerry's ice cream (any flavor, as long as it is real ice cream) Dinner: 16-ounce bag of RuiTies potato chips, another Snickers bar, another carton of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, and for dessert, a package of Grandma's Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. All of this is equiva l e n t to a megabowl of Total. Here's the breakdown: 126 grams of protein (50 are recommended by the Food and Drug Administration; you beat that by 150 percent), 936 grams of carbohydrates (300 grams recommended, over 300 percent more than you need. Don't tell me this ain't hea l thy), and 508 grams of fat (65 grams are recommended, a whopping 78 1 percent more than what the FDA recom mends Try getting that out of a box of Total). This diet even meets all the recommended dai l y allotments for vitamins and miner a l s with 172 percent of you r calcium (s u per-stro n g teeth and bones), 108 percent of your n eeded i ron (now you won't fai l the hemoglobin tes t in order to give blood, and you didn't even have to eat any meat), 120 percent of your vitamin A (we'r e not q u ite sure what it is good for, bu t you've go t plen t y of i t), and 160 percent of your vitam i n C (k i ss col d season b ye-bye). If you are a l i tt l e worried about ca l o r ies, this d i e t h as 8820. O nce again, you've quad r upled the daily r equire m ent. How can i t n o t b e healthy? Now SJ-towiN q The m a gi ca l n ew film from Iran! the It's a Marvell" WY/I"bDo <'?lo\ Da':'e Kehr, NY VV UU l.S\5 ly News Balloon A relentlessly inven t ive thriller" Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A ndy Garcia stars in to Do Denver When Voultre Dead From Bronte's timeless novel of r omantic longing and intrugue Jane Eyre "A Tribute to t h e power of m o t io n pictu r es Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times 'lhe Statz /lt.a.k etz A Wonderfully Mad Odyssey!" Janet Maslin, New York Times flirting wit h disaster I 995 Academy-Award Winner Best Foreign Language Film Jtnronia) s,. _flne, ---STARTS MAy 10 Hot from Hong Ko ng! C"ungking Express The thrilling tale of a flight to freedom The Journey of August King STUdENTS Free POJ?COm w/ Purchase of any Dnnk (just show student ID> Ask about Student Memberships
8 The Catalyst May 7, 1996 A WEEKEND OF MUSIC & STUFF by Aaron Olk Students who complain about little to do on weekends were left no reason to complain this last one, as New College witnessed the return of Curtis Hayes Blues Experience on Saturday, and played host to the Alternative Culture and Music Festival on Sunday. Curtis Hayes Blues Experience The Curtis Hayes Blues Experience returned again to Sainer Auditorium. Unlike previous performances, this time, as band member Bobby Devito said, "We rehearsed for two hours with profession als in Tampa." It showed. Audience member Leo Demski observed that the band was far tighter then he'd ever seen them before. The set began with a hard blues cover of AI Green's Take Me to the River, which was more reminiscent of the Tina Turner cover than the more well known Talking Heads version. The band's rendition of Tequila was rewarded by enthusiastic dancing. The arrival of alumnus Mitch Silverman forced DeVito to calm the au dience by announcing, "We're not going to let Mitch masturbate on stage." They did aiJow Mitch to perform back up vo cals for the Georgia Satellite's Keep Your Hands to Yourself, Prince's Purple Rain, and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird. One au dience member declared, "Mitch is scary In the middle of a strong set, Officer Hugh Roarty announced over the microphone that the event was over due to a second noise complaint. Although the show was cancelled prematurely, DeVito said, "It was a lot of fun Martin Daugherty re turned on sax, and we played our best show here." The audience, although upset about the noise com plaint, seemed to feel the same way. Demski remarked, "It's great to see all the people back from all over the world jamming." Student Activities coordinator Sara Kuppin said, "It went well, I'm sorry it got shut down. That's the way it always is, lately." De Vito arranged the music, Kuppin and Assistant Residence Counselor Tracie Merritt arranged the food, and the Foundation footed the bill New College Alternative Culture & Music Festival Political activism and "alternative" music blended on Sunday when New College students and local youth came to gether for the reincarnated Alternative Culture and Music Festival, a cornucopia of political activism and diverse bands. Vik Kanwar, primary organizer of the event got a number of young groups, mostly from local high schools, together with a few New College acts and some professional acts from the area. Kanwar, who said that all of the bands playing have some recording experience, had ad vertised in record shops located from Tampa to St. Petersburg. The highlight of the event, the musical acts, ranged from rap to ska to hardcore and indie pop. Most of the bands came from off cam pus, but Red Tide, Cap'n Quint, and Ed Matus' Struggle all boasted at least some Novo Collegians. Jerry Dufrain, DJ for Red Tide, was pleased that his band was able to, speak ing for member Jesse Potterveld, "Make people get off the ground rather then sit." Jerry also noted that he was unsure how alternative it was to "Preach to the con verted," in reference to the activist groups present. The bands seemed pleased with the turn out and the message of the event. Headliners Joe Popp, a Tampa band who tours around much of the United States, said they were less interested in the size of an audience, and more interested in their participation, which he said was great. Skahumbug, also involved with the Tampa music scene, similarly were pleased with audience response to their music, which sent many of the partici pants into fits of dancing. Other performers included Simon Said, Discount, Frog & Flower, Some thing Inside, Speed the Minnow, the Doses, and the Solvents. The event went smoothly, and most audience members seemed very pleased with the show. Despite numerous threats, the bands were all able to play without being shut down by noise complaints. The only hitch, according to Kanwar, was that he over booked the show, forcing it to run later then it was sup posed to. There were also a num ber of tables disseminating a wide range of information on topics ranging from Atheism to the American Indian Movement, with many of the let ters in between represented as well. About 20 tables and booths were available for perusal by the audience. Colleen Butler organized the tables with ample help provided by Adriel Levine, Jessica Sparber, Heather Kane, Annie O'Connell, and Dan O'Brien. Butler said that three quarters of the groups she spoke with came out for the event. The goal of the tables, according to Kanwar, was to "Foster political culture with youth and students." Kanwar added thafhe thought that people were better able to get into politics through music. Fred Murray, at a table for Liberty Tree, a local Marijuana legalization group, was impressed with the event. Murray, who feels that there is a relatively weak activist community in the area, was pleased with the response, which came from students, and from the young ac tivists attending the show. George Boon, who ran a Social Justice table, felt that there was a great turnout. He was impressed by the interest, andremains convinced that "We're the revolutionary generation." Boon said that all of his booth's supplies were cleaned out. The Alternative Culture and Music Festival was funded in part by the Student Allocations Committee, which paid for the bands' gas, and by donations and tshirts.
The Catalyst May 7, 1996 9 EDITORIALS A LTERNATIVE MUSIC AND CULTURE FESTIVAL After a four year hiatus, the New College Alternative Music and Culture Festival returned at la t. Most of the student body didn't even know what a good (and free) thing they were missing out on And even though many attendees soon learned that they should've brought their sunblock, that just helps to point out that there were lots of people pre sent to be sunburned in the first place. The Catalyst would like to recognize Vik Kanwar and Colleen Butler for their role in setting up the festival, and hope that their efforts serve as an exam ple that encourages others to do the same in the future. One of the mo t notable parts of the show was the opportunity for New College students and nonstu dents to socialize without breaking heads. Hopefully future event will be a heartwarmingly inclusive and well-attended. BE A PART OF THE SPECTACLE This issue, we re not asking you to submit to the Catalyst. Instead, we're asking you to submit to the Spectacle. The Spectacle will be New College's new magazine that, in it's own words, "seeks to docu ment all that is New College-the opinions, rants, creative endeavour, history, current events, etc." Sometimes the views and stories of students get lost in all the chaos of campus events. We think that the Spectacle could provide a sorely needed forum for those student voices. Putting out a publication on this campus that tries to address serious issues is no easy task. Nick Napolitano and Tamineh Maloney will need all the help they can get-so you should get to writing. The first issue will deal with the issue of commu nity standards, and the submissions deadline is this Friday, May 10. Pop those rants into box 390 or 414. GUEST OPINION: FAITH by Jake jacobs How can anyone believe in an all-powerful god of Jove in a world of suffering? This question always comes to me in a devastating manner when such an event occurs as when the first year student at Ringling School of Art and Design who ate a brownie and died from severe allergic shock. She was allergic to brazil nuts. This question has been so overwhelming for people of faith through the years that we even have a name for it: "theodicy." A partial answer comes readily from the Jewish and Christian Bibles. In granting human beings total freedom, God has limited Divine Power We are free to live according to the Sacred Will, or we can inflict suffering and even destruction on others, ourselves, and our environment. It seems obvious to me that overwhelming devastation comes from abusing our freedom and from committing evil through stupidity, insensitivity, ignorance, and occasionally malice, the actual desire to harm or destroy others and parts of our world. This amount of evil is so widespread that a prevailing feeling of our time is despair. As so many students and others say to me, "There is nothing I can do." An illustration that comes to mind is that many years ago, I was into sexi t jokes. I had matured enough not to tell racis t jokes, ethnic jokes or jokes putting people down for their differ ent religious beliefs. But, in my stupidity, I was into saying, "women are inferior because Ha! Ha! Ha!" I did not notice my wife's body language, so she finally had to tell me directly, "Quit telling those jokes They hurt me!" So I quit, and will not laugh at such supposed jokes. Some of us arc more thick headed than others So the overwhe l ming suffering comes from human beings. But what about natural evil? What about disease, allergies, typhoons hurricanes, earthquakes? They seem to plague the good and faithful ones, as well as evil, uncaring people. The Jewish and Christian Bibles are silent on this issue, so I can only speculate an answer. It is my opinion that the Divine Creator has not finished creation. These elements of chaos re main and God calls us into junior partnership to abolish such horrors and to bring increasing harmony and peaceful living be tween us and nature. Many illustrations come to mind Marvelous medical science can now test for allergies A friend told me that she unknowingly gave her young son peanut butter and saved him from death by rushing him to the hospital in time. That is an example of how medical science can end allergies as well as myriad illnesses. When I was a child, my parents lived in great fear of polio. In the summer months, should they let me go to public swim ming pools or movie theatres? My sister-in-law became afflicted with polio in her eighth month of pregnancy. They delivered the baby in the iron lung, and she lay in total paralysis for 17 years. Salk discovered his vaccine, and we need no longer fear that dis ease Through amazing tests, the doctor found my cancer in time for surgery. Whether they have faith or not, I believe they are working in junior partnership with God So a partia l answer for me is that we, both who have faith in God or do not share that faith, are called to work in junior part ncr hip through the Divine-given gift of intelligence to alleviate suffering and destruction What a great calling it is for all of us, whatever our phi l osophy of life is. Jake Jacobs is Campus Minister for New College
10 The Catalyst May 7, 1996 ANNOUNCEMENTS Open forums to meet the final candidates for the Residence Life Coordinator position: Jennifer Moye: Tuesday May 7 at 7 : 30 p.m. in the Fishbowl Renee Richard : Tuesday May 14 at 7 :30p.m. in the Fishbowl Tracie Merritt: Thursday, May 16 at 6:00p.m. in the Fishbowl The Coffeehouse, which we had originally scheduled to coincide with May Day, will now be held on Friday May 10 at 8:00 in Ham Center. The pleasure of your presence is requested If you are a performer, please consider performing If you are not a per former, please consider performing. Good TV ight: Thursdays 8 -11 p .m. in Pei 309 come watch all the NBC sit coms. My TV can be used at other times too: to watch movies, afternoon or Saturday morning cartoons, the news, etc. Just let me know! Candy candy candy! The box has been refilled! Drop by and grab some candy Need to relax? Herbal tea in Pei 309. Come, have a cup and take a break! Interested in Habitat for Humanity? Just ask me for information. Admissions is updating the view book for next year. If you want to be quoted, submit your entry in writing to Sonia in admissions, ROB, no later than Friday, May 10. We're mostly interested in quotes about experience with the academic program, but quotes about social life and adjustment are also needed. If we use your quote, it may be edited for style and mechanics ( not content), and we may need to take your picture Please in clude the following extensive information with your entry : 1. your name 2 phone number and the easiest time to reach you there 3. campus box or off-campus address 4. area(s) of concentration 5. faculty sponsor 6 planned year of graduation 7. hometown 8. high school (and last school attended if you're a transfer) 9. an indication as to whether you mind if your picture is used and 10. an indication of when you plan to leave town at the end of the semester. I am trying to compile a collection of New College Myths and Legends to be available during orientation next year. If any member of the New College community has a story you think is appropriate and interesting you can write it down or record it and leave it in box 85. If you would prefer to dictate it to me you can ring me at 355 8473 oremail me at butler@virtu sar usf edu and we can set up an appointment. Thanks a lot! About High School (or maybe not) a play. Performances Saturday and Sunday May 11th and 12th at 8 p.m in Sainer Auditorium About Your Mail ... Career Center Announcements Statewide Job Fair: Tuesday, May 7th, 9:00 a m.-3:00p.m. USF Sundome, Tampa. For all recent or soon-to-be graduates. Students should bring res u mes and dress for success. Sponsored by the Florida SUS Committee on Career Development. Program Assistant-Chicago, IL: World Education Services is looking for a Program Assistant to provide research and marketing to client groups, foreign credential evaluation, exte n sive domestic traveling and other adminis trative duties MCAT Seminar: Wednesday, May 22, 1996 at 6 :30p.m. Find out the inside story on medica l school admissions, what to expect on test day, and how to target your study needs. Guest Speaker: Jay Layman, Director of Admissions at USF College of Medicine. Location of Seminar: KAPLAN Test Preparation, 1700 66th Street North, S uite# 103, Nation's Bank Building, St. Petersburg, FL. For further information stop in the Career Resource Center; PME 119. If you are graduating, please be sure to advise Student Affairs of your new address by graduation day. Mail will be forwarded for no longer than 6 months. Mail cannot be forwarded out of the country or to another student mail box. If you do not leave a forwarding address, your mail will be returned to sender Bulk mail and non-profit mail will be discarded. For faster mail service, inform all sources of publications, magazine subscriptions, banks, charge accounts, and any individuals from whom you regularly receive mail of your new address Also, it's time to decide how you would like your mail processed over the summer. You may request to leave your box open by sign ing the list in Student Affairs You may have your mail forwarded to another address (mail may not be forwarded out of the country or to another student mail box) by filling out a pink Mail Fowarding Request form (available in Student Affairs) Mail will be for warded until August 12 and will be placed in your box after that date You should inform publications like magazines and newspapers of your summer address so that additional postage will not be charged to you when they are forwarded All bulk rate and non-profit mail will be discarded as it is not able to be forwarded. If you planning to be on ofcampus study or l eave of absence next year, be sure to fill out a Mai l Forwarding Request form before you leave YOU MUST FOLLOW 0 E OF THE ABOVE PROCEDURES! Mail will be returned to sender if you take no action If you are not planning to return to New College, leave a forwarding address!