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Volume VI, Issue 15 February 11, 1997 WHERE THERE'S SMOKE ... by Rachael Lininger Hamilton Center did nor burn down on January 30. At about 5:25 that evening, a student told Robert Quigley, Marriot Manager, that the mens' bathroom was smoking. He investigated and notified the University Police, who called both the Fire Depart ment and Physical Plant. The building was cleared from approximately 5:30 to 7: I 0 while the problem was investigated. It turned out that the exhaust fan from the restrooms had failed: the bearings siczed up and the rubber belt broke and burned as the motor continued to turn. Because the vent to the mens' room was clo er to the fan than the vent to the ladies' room, the smoke went there. Richard Olney, the Physical Plant Coordinator, said the fan was about thirty years old. He explained he smoke was drawn in so quickly because the exhaust fan in the kitchen reduced the air pressure in the building: the make-up air fan that restores the outgoing air had been shut down for replacement. The broken fan will be replaced as soon as the parts come in, some time this week. "No one was in any danger at all," Olney said. Director of Housing and Student Affairs Mark Johnson agreed, "It was a relatively minor problem." INSIDE Mars Attacks! ................. 2 Ivory Tower ................... 3 Philly Franks ................. .4 Race & Gender Symposium ...... .5 Conservation .................. 6 Scholarship ................... 7 I 've got you under my skin SCABIES BITES by Charles Choi If you haven't noticed the signs or the notes in your box yet, scabies is the latest craze to sweep New College. It looks like everyone's doing it. Are you? The scabies (rhymes with 'rabies') epidemic is not the latest student attempt to keep pets on campus. Rather, scabies [Sarcoptes scabiei] are parasitic mjtes less than a mil limeter in length that burrow into the epidermis. At least 10 students have been diagnosed at the Parkview Counseling and Wellness Center. The irritation that results is an aller gic reaction to the eggs that are laid (I to 3 per day for up to 2 months) and the feces that arc deposited. Scabies itches when the eggs hatch and the larvae bur row into the skin to feed on tissue fluids and to search for mates. They leave ra hcs that look like red bumps or wavy ridges on the skin. Scratching will break the skin which may result in bacterial infection. Scabies is highly contagious; this fact has led to a sort of hysteria around here, since infectious contact can be as imper sonal as a handshake. "There are a lot of aspects of community, and one of them is panic," said Arkady Mcdovoy. Eric Piotrowski said "It's a raw deal, no pun intended, because you're afraid to hug people, because you're afraid to scratch your butt for three weeks. You should also be careful to not mistake mosquito bites for scabies because you run around like an idiot showing peo ple." Symptoms are often delayed for weeks, which has only fueled the scabies paranoia Many students arc wary around couches I and chairs, even though scabies can live on for only 48 hour. out side the human body. Scabies can be treated The conven tional treatments are weak insecticides that kill all the mites within a day or two, though itching continues for a week or two afterwards. However, an herbalist also suggested that garlic is an effective remedy. Scabies arc sort of like vampires, I g uess So we have rats and roache eating the SEE "SCABIES" ON PAGE 3 PESTS GNAW 'NET CONNECTION by Charles Choi People have often said that roaches will inherit the earth long after we're done in, but it looks like some of them want a head start. When repair technicians investigated a manhole outside the library to determine the source of an interruption in internet access on January 27, they found Palmetto bugs clustered around breaks in the fiber-optic cable that links our mail server to the outside world. All but two of the 12 fibers running between Hamilton Center and Palmer A were severed. Tho e two fiber were re connected to provide temporary serv ice in the interim. During the weekend before classes started, the severed fibers were all pulled out, but the repair company brought the wrong replacement cables, so repairs were stalled until the following weekend. Actually, the plastic coating on the fibers was probably gnawed apart by rats, not Palmetto bugs. The cables will be pro tected by metal in the future to prevent further interruptions.

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2 The Catalyst News February 11, 1997 MARS ATTACKS! FINALLY, ALIENS WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR by Aaron Gustafson The existence of extra-terrestrial life has always been omething we humans have wondered about. Seemingly thou sands of movies and television programs have offered u ideas as to what aliens look like or what they want. Early sci-fi flicks like Forbidden Planet and the simple radio broadcast of War of the Worlds both amazed and terri fied peopl e through o ut the world Over the years, we have seen the enslavement of the human race with television's V and Hollywood' s They Live. We have laughed along with the stories of Howard (the duck) and even chuckled a bit at Earth Girls are Easy. Some of these films sought credibility, but most displayed a great deal of tongue-in-cheek wittiness. In the past year, alien movies have surged upon us yet again. The first to hit u s w a ID4 : Ind e p endence Da y, which took the audience to the brink of reality with really cool visual and aural effects (thank God for THX), but better still was Tim Burt o n s (Edward S c issorhands Nightmare Before Christmas) Mars Attacks! This movie brought back the sci fi/alien alien epic genre in its original form with enough zaniness and complete and utter cheese to make even the most 1,Cii'talysf '1"'1'' I > t.w f' .J1., ..n.-.1 Genera l Editor Michelle Wolper Managing Editor Heather Oliver Staff Writers Charles Choi A aron Gustafson Sara Foley, Rachael Lininger Business Manager Thomas Heisler Contributors Rick Doblin Anne Tazewell jaded moviegoer crack a smile. In fact, this movie seems to be geared toward those people who have felt somewhat slighted by the turn recent Hollywood re leases have taken. This is the film for cynics. Those of us who despise the world that we live in get to spend around two hours rooting for the destruction of our civilization. We get to cheer as the Eiffel Tower is melted, be l low as the Taj Mahal is exploded in a holiday snap, and clap as the entire cast gets decimated. There is one overlying reason, how ever, as to why I enjoyed this film so much. So many movies contain aliens that are simply one-track minded automatons of destruction. In Mars Attacks!, the aliens think, laugh, and simply enjoy their destruction of the world. They are more like childish pranksters than evil beings. Thi s is evid e nt in their head-swapping op eration involving Sarah Jessica Parker (LA Story, Miami Rhapsody) and her little dog and the simple dismemberment of Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye) The special effects are phenomenal and Danny Elfman's music is simply di vine. Furthermore, the script is very sharp and simply brimming with intelligent humor. For example, in one scene, the martians are carrying the American translating machine, yapping "Do not run. We are your friends" (whilst gunning people down). Another fine example is when the Americans (led by Commander in Chief Jack Nicholson) attempt to destroy the aliens with a nuclear missile. The aliens simply send out a probe to detonate the missile and consume it's contents. The probe then returns to the ship, where the alien leader inhales the atomic b l ast, giving him a helium-altered voice. It's the little things like these that make movies worth watching, and I must say that this movie is worth watching, over and over and over and over ... PUT YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE CATALYST. ANNOUNCEMENTS RECEIVED BEFORE 5 P.M. FRIDAY WILL APPEAR IN THE FOLLOWING WEEK'S ISSUE. DROP THOSE BAD BOYS IN THE CATALYST CONTRIBUTIONS BOX BY BARBARA BERGGREN'S OFFICE OR E-MAIL US AT CATALYST@ VIRTU The Catalyst is availabl e on the World Wide Web a t http://www. sar. usf edul-catalystl Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 caralyst@virtu.sar.usfedu Submissions may also be placed in the Catalyst box marked "Letters to the Editor/Contributions" (in the student govemment boxes next to Barbara Berggren's office). Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Online submission should indicate in the subjec t line if t hey are letters to the editor or contributions No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be received by 5:00p.m. Friday in orde r to appear in the following week's issue. The Catalyst reserves the right to e dit submissions for reasons of space, grammar or style. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson

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The Catalyst "SCABIES" FROM PAGE 1 fiber optic cables that allow internet ac cess, and scabies eating away at u There's a certain symmetry to it, I guess. And if nothing else, it's something that we may all have in common. Common sites of scabies infection. s hou l de r blades bends in elt>OWS between buttocks b e n d s i n knees If you feel that you may be infected, make an appointment at Parkview Counseling and Wcllness Center. Do not take the scabies medication until you have been diagnosed. It may cause aller gies. Contribution Guidelines Letter t o T h e Editor: A reader's re sponse to previous articles, letters and/or editorials, or an opinion that is intended to be shared with the student body. Letters to the Editor shou l d be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free adverti ing. Contribu t i o n: 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. All submissions should be received by 5 :00 p. m. F riday in order to appear in the following week's issue. News February 11, 1997 3 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER Internati onal On Thursday, the DEA indicted the owner of the Miami strip club 'Porky's' on charges that he acted as a middleman for Columbian drug lords who were try ing to buy a Russian Piranha-class nuclear sub. The DEA said that Ludwig "Tarzan" Fainburg had already bought six Russian military helicopters for the car tel. The Australian government said last Tuesday that it would hold a constitu tional convention at the end of this year to consider how to become a republic. The move would end more than 200 years of constitutional ties with Britain. Fabian Alarcon, the congressional leader of Ecuador, urged people demon strating again t the ousted president Abdala Bucaram to take the presidential palace by force on Friday. Hundreds of riot police officers, backed by armored personnel carriers, used tear gas and water cannons on the protesters, who re taliated by using rocks and homemade gasoline bombs. Alcaron was named in terim head of state on Thursday, the same day Bucaram was impeached by a 44-34 congressional vote on charges of mental incompetence. Bucuram, also known as "El Loco", had been in office for six months, and in early January enacted un popular draconian economic measures. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that all female Palestinian prisoners held by Israel will be freed next week. The decision fulfills a committment made in an intermim peace deal with the PLO. Only 25 of the 5,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel are women. Nati o n al The jury for O.J. Simpson's civi l trial handed down a gui lty verdict last Tuesday, and ordered him to pay $8.5 million in compensatory charges. Juro r s then began deliberations on Friday as to whether he should pay additional puni tive damages. A retired female soldier leveled sex ual harassment charges last Monday on Sergeant Major Gene McKinney, the top enlisted man in the Army. Brenda Hoster, a 22-year veteran who retired last year after reaching the rank of Sergeant Major, said that McKinney grabbed and ki sed her in a hotel room in April 1996 while his wife was in a room down the hall. Hoster told the New York Times that she decided to leave the service partly because she feared that no one would be lieve her case. However, she decided that she had to press her ca e when Army Secretary Togo West appointed McKinney to the senior panel that was investigating the many charges of sexual harassment that have been filed in the last year. Hospitals in New York have begun mandatory testing of all newborns for the HIV virus, the first such testing program in the United State State Circuit Judge Lucy Brown ruled on Thursday that Charles Hall, a Florida man who may have week to live, could go ahead with an assisted suicide. Judge Brown said that there was no reason to keep him from taking his own life, as by the time the appeal were over Hall would "have been forced to uffer a. mis erable and degrading death." Hall, 35, contracted AIDS during a blood transfu sion 13 years ago. Last Friday, Palm Beach County Judge Joseph Davis ruled that Hall had the right to take his own life with the assistance of a physician. On Saturday, Florida's Board of Medicine said it would seek to discipline the physician involved if Hall carrie out his wish. A vessel carrying 800,000 gallons of fuel ran aground in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary l ast Monday. The 600-foot ship was traveling at about 16 knots when it hit a reef 12 miles southeast of Key West on its way to Spain from New Orleans. The shipping zone the bars vessels longer than 155 feet. Marine biologist Paul Dye said, "Coral life that took hundreds of years to develop got wiped out in a matter of mo ments." The ship did not leak any of the fuel it was carrying.

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4 The Catalyst A WEEI< IN PREVIEW Thesday, February 11 Study Abroad Fair 10:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. at USF in Tampa. Wednesday, February 12 R.A. interest meeting 1:30 p.m. in Pei 141. College Bowl: Faculty v Students. 6:15 p.m. in the Fi hbowl. Thur day, February 13 Amne ty International meeting 8:00p.m. Hamilton Center. Friday, February 14 "George of the Jungle" art show 7:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. in the basement of College Hall. Saturday, February 15 CLAST Examination Valentine's Day PCP. Sunday, February 16 Women's Tea 3:30p.m. in Pei 313. Monday, February 17 R.A. interest meeting 7:30p.m. in Pei 141 W.O.R.D. meeting 8:00p.m. Hamilton Center couches. February 11, 1997 BEEN TO SHELL LATELY? by Sara Foley It's hot outside. Do you crave some thing cold, slippery and fruity sliding down your throat? How about something sweet, creamy, and chocolatey? If so you re in luck The ne a re s t ice cream st a nd is a clo e a a walk to Shell; in fact it is in Shell. Philly Frank s which o p e ned on January 2 erves Italian ices s undaes malts and shakes. Dave Oliver's blue eyes twinkle be h ind gold-rimmed glas ses as he greets hi customers. A mean craving for a malted milkshake prompted me to try the stand during ISP. When I stepped up to the counter, Oliver was quick to otTer me a sample. "Would you like to try the Italian Ice? The peach is delicious." He held out a spoonful of orange ice, which I tasted as I looked over the sign above me. There was a lot to choose from: gelatis, big chills, polar caps, and sundaes He sug gested that I buy a peach flavored malted gelati, but that sounded a bit too exotic and I stuck with a vanilla malt It was yummy; the milkshake overfilled the top of the cup and was so thick it had to be eaten with a spoon The ices are a homemade combination of syrup, shaved icc and fruit. Flavors vary with the season and the availability of fresh fruit. Chocolate-covered straw berry, cherry, blueberry, and banana are a few of the flavors that have been avail able. The stand does not sell frozen yogurt because soft-serve ice cream blends best with the ices. Ices come in five sizes: mini small medium, large and quart. A medium ice, at twelve ounces, is $1.50, a large is $1.75, and a quart is $3.25 Gelatis are the most popular and expensive item on the board. For $2.30 you get equal amounts of soft-serve ice cream and Italian ice blended in a 16 oz. cup. A small shake WALL PREVIEWS costs $1.50, and sundaes cost $1.75 and $1.95. All items can be topped with candy nuts, or hot fudge Philly Frank's began when Frank O Brien, Jr. opened up a shop in Philadelphia His father Frank O Brien Sr. "made Italian ice way back in the day [when they used] the salt and the brine, according to Oliver. The O'Briens would like to franchise and see the chain expand along the west coast of Florida. Oliver, a refrigerator repairman, met O'Brien by chance when Frank Jr. de cided to open a shop in Florida "When Frank carne down, his freezer was broke ... I fixed it. We kind of hit it off and here I am," he said. Florida's first Philly Frank's opened last May on 17th Street in Sarasota. The idea to open up another shop in Shell came from Natalie and Curt Cole, who often frequented the shop on 17th Street. "Natalie and Curt stopped by and got to liking the ice ... eventually they o ffered me pace." Dave s favorite part of the job is "mingling with people." Though he con siders himself to be soft-spoken, he doesn't let an opportunity to make a sales pitch pass him by. Once, when a woman used his counter to play the lottery, he told her, "If you're gonna use my counter, you gotta taste my ice." So she did. Dave ended up selling five ices to her which she shared with friends in her car. "It's a stretch to get them to taste it." Oliver runs Philly Frank's seven days a week from 12 to 8, although he expects to tay open later once the weather warms up and business increases. He has consid ered hiring someone to run the shop for him, while he goes back to refrigerator re pair. "Repairing refrigerators pays much better, but selling ices is more fun," he says. Friday, February 16: Saturday, February 17: s.\_N'S Valentine's Day PUP SlJ1ceM to

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The Catalyst New College's Annual RACE AND GENDER SYMPOSIUM February 17-23, 1997 Schedule of Events Monday, February 17 Film : Set lt Off In P alm C o urt a t 9:00 p .m. Tuesday, February 18 Art Show In the UP Student Center all d a y Film: Antonia s Line In Palm Court a t 9 : 00 p .m. Wednesday, February 19 Presentation of student papers In the Fishbowl at 7 :00p.m. Film: Mi Vida Loca In Palm Court at 9 :00p. m Thursday, February 20 New College Race Rel atio n s D isc u ss ion In the Fishbowl at 7:00p.m. Film : Joy Luck Club In Palm Court at 9 : 00 p.m Friday, February 21 Sarasota Race Relations Discussion, In the Cafeteria at 7:00p.m. Saturday, Feburary 22 Free Barbecue! On the First Court grass, all afternoon. Keynote speech In the cafeteria at 8:00p.m. R & G Ball In Palm Court at I 0 : 00 p m Sunday, February 23 Pr o fession a l Musical Acts All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Please attend and bring a friend! Buy any size italian ice and get another of the same size free!* .%e g .%e 6000 North Tamiami Trail* Sarasota, Florida* 954-8455 just north of University Parkway In the Shell Station by the Airport *With this advertisement 5 rested for underage possesion of alcohol. One a juvenile, was referred to student affairs. The other two were given notices to appear in court. 8:44 a.m. An investigation was pened over the cultivation of marijuana n a Pei Dorm balcony The case has r e fened to the State Attorney's ofsing in the library after a previous g, and was given a notice to ap pear in court. 1/27/97 9:30a.m. Overpass mirror was reported stolen for the second time 1128/97 8:05 a.m Vacuum cleaner was reported stolen near the Palmer buildings Grand theft. 12:28 a.m. Motorist on 41 wa it by a brick thrown by a concealed per The car suffered considerable amage, but no one was injured. 12:26 a.m. An former N .C. stu ent was arrested for trespass after a written warning that was issued the ous day The previous day s warning wa given in conjunction with his arrest by Sarasota Police over a failure to show for an earlier incident. 3:15p.m. Bike stolen near Palmer buildings. It had been left unlocked for 5 nutes 2/7/97 4:41p.m. Two students were ar rested for attempting to break in to the Campus Book Store after being told to eave by the manager. The case was re-to Student Affairs as the manager id not press charges. 2:10 a.m. A student was arrested underage possesion of alcohol and given notice to appear in court. 2/9/97 2:07 a.m. Another student was ar rested for underage possesion of alcohol and given notice to appear in court. 2/9/97 4:45 a.m. Two nonstudents were arrested behind the bookstore for under possesion of alcohol and use of fake s They were given notice to appear

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6 The Catalyst Opinions February 11, 1997 CONSERVATION NEWS: THE DISH ON THE DISHES Contri buted by Anne Tazewell I'll get the bad news out of the way first. Cafeteria dishes have been disappearing. In fact, over 92 16 oz. plastic tumblers, I 02 salad bowls 157 soup bowls 43 5 in. plate s, as well as vari ous pieces of silverware have made their way out of the cafeteria and have not been returned This loss totals alm o t $200 for the ix short weeks that our "real" china was in use b e fore the holi day break. This is your money that is being lost or thrown away, not Marriott's As a result of this problem, and an unexpected high utility costs, Student Affairs director Mark Johnson ays that an auxiliary fee increase is eminent. Be considerate (and avoid unnecessary price increases) by not taking dishes out of the dining area. If you want to go somewhere else to eat, ask for your food "to go." If you notice other students taking their food outside the dining area on "real" dishes, please speak up. Because Hamilton Center has such open access this is a prob lem that will only be solved with everyone's cooperation. The good news is that 1996 recycling totals show that from September through December our campus recycled over 11 tons of glass, plastic aluminum and paper. This accomplishment re sulted from the combined efforts of all of you, six student recyclers, and the physical plant crew. Keep up the conscientious work by separating your recyclable paper in the game room, re moving tops on jars and bottles and cru s hing pla s tic bottles before recycling These few things really make it easier for the recycling crew. In addition to recycling waste reduction is an essential com ponent to being environmentally responsible. One simple and cost-effective way to do this is by using the thermo mugs that were given to every student at the beginning of the fall semester. If you lost your first one, replacements are available from Barbara Berggren for $3.00. Remember, fountain drinks, sodas, coffee and tea are 50% off when using your mug. In addition, for -Correction-a limited time only, Marriott is offering their own thermo mug at no charge if you purchase hot coffee or tea from the C-store. Reusing these mugs helps "stamp out Styrofoam." Polystyrene, commonly referred to by its trade name of Styrofoam, was cited by an EPA report to be the fifth largest creator of toxic waste. Not only do plastics (of which polystyrene accounts for 11 %) take up 25-30% of landfill space by volume, they pose a signifi cant health problem also. An EPA tudy identified styrene residues in 100% of all samples of human fat tissue taken in 1982. Long tem1 exposure to small quantities of styrene can cause neurotoxic (fatigue, nervou ness, difficulty sleeping) blood problems, chromosomal and lymphatic abnormalities, and possi bly carcinogenic effects. Ingestion can take place by using polystyrene cups to drink beer, wine, mixed drinks and possibly even coffee with cream. Since the manufacturing process is not 100% efficient, polystyrene contains some residual styrene. Moreover, styrene i soluble in oil and ethanol substances com mon l y found in food and alcoholic beverages. Between September and December of last year, students took advantage of the 50% discount on refills only 1,699 times. This is a depressing statistic, considering that Marriott sells about 3,600 bottles of soda, water and juice every week. For every per son that is refilling a mug, 34 bottles are making their way out of the cafeteria or C-store and ultimately into the recycling bin or garbage can. I think about these things and wonder how to change them. Part of my job as a Resource Conservationist is to figure out ways to cut down on our solid waste. I thought that the mug was a terrific idea, but if most students are not using them, what's the point? Let me hear from you if you have any ideas. Anne Tazewell is the Resource Conservationist for NC/USF Email her at tazewell@virtu or call 359-5753. SAC MINUTES January 30, 1997 The ISP issue of The Catalyst con tained some misinformation regarding Amy Andre's lawsuit against USF. According to attorneys Hank Lavandera and Debra King of the USF General Counsel's office, they have not filed any suit against Andre. They are simply handling the case for the university Members in attendance: Agnes Farres, Hazen Komraus, Mario Rodriguez, Kelly Singer, Julie Allen (for Alice Solomon) and Nick Napolitano. cated $135.40 for 10 copies to be sent to various organizations and libraries. Karen Lewis requested $1519 for the Race and Gender Symposium Uazz band, movies, decorations, barbeque, speaker, food, DJs, etc.) She was allo cated $1519. RECYCLE THIS ISSUE. SAC allocated $20 to fix the barbecue Jen R ehm (for food service committee) requested $150 for food for a vegan dinner party for all students. She was allocated $150. Helen Matthews (tabled discussion from last week) requested $338.50 for 25 copies of a children's book that pro motes vegetarianism. Copies to be distributed at New College. SAC allo-Matt Grieco requested $90.48 for eight ergonomic wrist rests for the pub of fice. SAC allocated $90.48. Nick Napolitano reque ted $ 1 08 for 200 issues of an alt ernative news rag. SAC allocated $108.

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The Catalyst Opinions February 11, 1997 7 EDITORIAL: TIPS FOR PCP-GOERS As the Valentine's Day PCP is coming up, we thought it'd be helpful if we at The Catalyst offered a few pointers on how to make the most of your party experience. 1. Lock your doors! 2. Remember that non-students may not un derstand that themes like "Dress to Get Laid," "Dress to Get Scabies," or similar sexually-re lated titles are (mostly) in jest. Be prepared to respond sensibly if someone harasses or propo itions you. 3. Help people who are being harassed, ei ther by students or non-students. Don't assume that they are okay or that someone else will handle matters. 4. Vegeterians beware: those litte heart shaped candies contain gelatin! 5. Don't leave your guests to wander around New College alone. If it's your 12year-old sister, she might get into more trouble than she can handle, and if it's your tripping sex -crazed psychotic cousin from Indianapolis, he might cause trouble. 6. Stay warm. Revealing PCP costumes can be fun, but postPCP illnesses can massively screw up your classwork. 7. When distributing your favors, keep sca bies infections in mind. Plea e don't infect those not already infected. 8. Don't do anything that will make us (the college body as a whole) look stupid. 9. Imbibe sensibly, if at all. 10. No electrical-taped nipples. It's passe. STUDY LSD & LET RICK PICK UP THE TAB Contributed by Rick Doblin The non profit association I founded and direct, the Multidisciplinary A s sociation for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS at www.maps.org) is interested in awarding a $1,000 grant to one New College student whose thesi focuses on psychedelic drugs. This could be a paper about public policy regarding psyche delics (for example, I am currently working on a Public Policy Ph.D. at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government about ways to regulate the medical use of psychedelics), a study of psyche delic use and its shortand long-term consequences on New College students (thi could be very interesting and has never been done), a study of some aspect of the chemistry of psyche delics (see Steve Waldman's thesis in the library), a follow-up study to some earlier psychedelic research study (see my thesis), something to do with the neurochemistry of a psychedelic (Kate Chapman is currently working on a MAPS-funded project at UCLA about MDMA neurotoxicity in rats) or anything else re lated in any way to psychedelics. The choice of which proposal to fund will be made based on the following criteria (not necessar ily in this order): I. The extent to which the thesis will generate new informa-rap b rock religious dance 1 u e s J)JS(; til SJ(; USED CD HEADQUARTER S Posters T shirts New R eleases CD & Cassette Singles $for CDs Trail Plaza N. 41 & Myrtl e 355-7574 c 0 u n t r y zz reggae shows classical tion. 2. The extent to which the thesis will help with the effort to legalize the use of psychedelics in either religious, medical or certain limited recreational contexts. 3. The extent to which the thesis will help with the stu dent's long-term career goals 4 The extent to which the thesis has faculty support. 5 The extent to which the $1 ,000 is really needed. Proposals should be submitted to me anytime before May I 0. The final choice wi II be made the week of New College Graduation, when the MAPS Board of Directors meeting will be held in Sarasota. The choice will be made by me, the Board, and several other New College graduates who have been in volved with psychedelic research, such as Kate Chapman and Steve Waldman. The money will be paid directly toward ex penses involved in the thesis, such as travel for purposes of research, resource materials (legal, of course), tuition fora spe cial seminar, anything other than New College tuition and living expenses. If no proposal is accepted, a new review of proposals will take place on November 1, 1997. Applications can be sent by mail to Rick Doblin, 180 l Tippah Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205, or via email to rick@maps.org. Please feel free to call me by phone at (704) 358-0138 to discuss potential app l ications. I tried to work this through the Alumni Associaction office, but they were reluctant to let me have final control over the awarding of the grant. As a consequence, this grant will proba bly not be run through the Alumni office un l ess I can make uch arrangement Rick Doblin graduated from New College in 1988.

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8 The Catalyst February 11, 1997 ANNOUNCEMENTS GOULASH!!!, yet another well-intentioned, poorly planned, cheaply produced literary magazine is still taking submissions for its Winter 1997 issue. We publish poetry mainly, but will take short fiction. Our favorite themes are social issues, traveling, and spiritu ality. No work longer than three pages single-spaced. Pays with two free copies. Put submissions in Box 329 or e-mail rknight@virtu. Deadline is February 14. No exceptions! George of the Jungle will be presented in the basement of College Hall on Valentine's Day at 7:00p.m. Important! The Financial Aid Office has 1997-98 FAFSA Express! Students who are applying for financial aid for 1997-98 can now file their application electronically in Palmer Building E. According to the federal government, electronic applications can often be processed in half the time needed for regular snail-mail applications (e.g., in 2-4 weeks, as opposed to 4-6 weeks). Since mo t need-based grants are awarded by a March 1st priority date, this could be a great opportunity for those of you who have yet to mail a renewal form or application. Students using this service will receive a paper copy of their applications. If you'd like to use FAFSA Express, you hould I. Bring 1996 W-2 forms (or infomzationfrom W-2s) for you and your parents.2. Bring a disk if you'd like to save your application (optional, but a good idea). CAREER CENTER -----------------------------------------------------------------MCAT Medical College Admission Test: Application packets are now available in the Career Resource Center. 1997 Test Dates: April 19, 1997 (deadline is Mar. 14th); and August 16, 1997 (deadline is July II th). Tulane Univcrsity's Center for Latin American tudies: Tulane University is offering students the opportunity to study and live in Havana for three weeks this summer. The program is open to all degree seeking students, who will share double occupancy dormitory-style rooms and have extensive opportunities to interact with Cubans both inside and outside of the classroom The program is offered in accordance with all Trea ury Department regulations. The cost is $2,875 for three credits and $3.875 for six credit hours The fee includes classes, class-related excursions, two meals a day and health insurance. It does not include airfare (about $500), spending money or optional excursions. Deadline: May 15, 1997. English Speaking Camp: Looking for sophomore, junior or senior college students who reside in the city of Sarasota to represent Sarasota in Tel Mond, Israel. Dates of Camp: July 8-22. Orientation in Israel, home hospitality and an opportunity to travel. Further infom1ation available in the Career Resource Center, PME-119. Peacework 1997 -Th e Peacework Development Fund, Inc. : Peacework volunteers work together in small groups and with members of the local community on existing projects and also learn about the political, social and economic situation of the ho t community. Opportunities are available in Vietnam ($1200) 7/30-8/17/97; Mexico ($490) 12/27/97-1/11/98; Dominican Republic ($590) 5/24-6/8/97; Cuba ($650) 7/20-8/3/97; and Russia ($850-$950) 8/2-8/l7/97. All prices do not include airfare. T h e Bread Loaf Writer's Conference: The Bread Loaf Writer's Conference at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT will be held August 13-24, 1997. The Conference will have work hops, classes, lectures and readings. Fee: $1,670. Concordi a Language V i llages: Summer Jobs Concordia Language Villages is a program of Concordia College and provides cultural immersion experiences in lO world languages at separate lakeside facilities located throughout central and northern Minnesota. Positions availableCounselors: teach target language, assist with activities, develop programs and assume cabin leadership. Credit teachers: teach four-week language sessions for high school credit, evaluate student's progress and participate in the total village program. Support positions: perform duties appropriate to position and participate in village activities. For additional information contact the Career Reso11rce Center, PME-1 19.


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