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Special ISP Issue! January 28, 1997 MICHALSON ENDS HIS TERM AS DEAN by Charles Choi For several minutes, there was noth ing but applause from the faculty for Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson, as they all expressed their gratitude and appreciation for him and for the work that he put in for us all during his tour of duty as dean of New College. Dean Mike announced his decision to end his term during a faculty meeting on Monday, January 13. The official con tract that USF made with him in 1992 only commited him to five years and he has elected to devote himself to his own academic pursuits and stay on as a Professor of Humanities instead. Dean Mike said he thought "long and hard about the decision," but he feels that his scholarship has been suffering be cause of the demands that his job has put on him. "I feel an incredible need to focus my attention, and this job does not allow for focus; this job demands that you spread yourself thin across many tasks, many of which have nothing to do with my Ph.D." Last summer, Dean Mike made some progress a current project about Kant and his concept of divine transcendence. The SEE "DEAN" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Ivory Tower .................. 3 Town Meeting ........... .4 SAC Minutes .... ............. 5 Martin Luther King march ....... .5 Announcements ................ 6 Start your ISP ASID SHOWCASES JEWELS ON THE BAY by Heather Oliver "Throughout the month of January, Cook and College Halls will be show cased during the 1997 ASID Designer Showhouse Students requiring access to faculty offices in either Cook or College Hall should be prepared to show their stu dent IDs or sign-in with the door attendant. Your cooperation is appreci ated." Sometime in December, this motto began to appear on walls and tables throughout Hamilton Center. For those of you that were confused or inconvenienced by the ASID west campus takeover, let me explain. The main goals of the showhouse pro ject are showcasing talented designers, educating the public about adaptive re use, and raising funds for community program. Adaptive re use saving historical buildings by modifying them to fit today's needs -is a concept gaining popularity. It is currently practiced on barns, churches, warehouses, mansions, or any building of historical or aesthetic value which is being underutilized. By making new de sign choices (and occasionally minor structural changes), decorators can pre serve significant structures and create harmony between functionality and re spect for the past. The Florida North chapter of ASID (the American Society of Interior Designers) began their re-use campaign last year, with the Crosley estate. SEE "SHOWHOUSE" ON PAGE 3 NC STUDENT SUES USF by Charles Choi The preliminary hearing for a court trial was held 10:00 a.m., January 24. New College student Amy Andre filed a lawsuit in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union against USF on January 8 In the suit, Andre claims that her constitutional rights were violated when the police stopped her film projec tion and seized her tape without a warrant during the Frenzy Wall, on October 4. Andre has won a temporary court injunc tion preventing USF from disciplinatory action until the suit is settled. George K. Rahdert, Andre's lawyer, says that Andre wants her tape, entitled Annie Sprinkle's "Sluts and Goddesses Video Workshop," returned. She also re quests to be awarded compensatory damages for her emotional and mental distress. Debra King and Henry Lavandera, the attorneys from the Office of the General Counsel assigned to the case, are in turn filing a suit against Amy Andre on the grounds that she should not have the ex hibited the sexually explicit video in a public place at that time and manner. The tape was sent to the State Attorney's Office after it was confiscated. In defense of the decision not to return the tape, Noreen Segrest, General Counsel for USF, later said, "If you were arrested for marijuana possession and then later released, you wouldn't get the marijuana back." The State Attorney's Office did not press charges against Andre because USF asked that the situation be handled pri vately ins t ead, even though assistant prosecutor Earl Yarn determined that the tape fit the legal definition of "obscene". However, the Office of the General Counsel argued that the tape couldn't be SEE "LAWSU IT" ON PAGE 2
2 The Catalyst "LAWSUIT" FROM PAGE 1 given back to her unless she took the case to court, so Andre filed suit. Director of Student Affairs Mark Johnson feels that external measures were called in when internal means might have been more appropriate "My en e is that it could have been resolved simply, but after the fact it really doesn't matter that I'm disappointed or frustrated with the way things were handled." Dean "Mike" Michalson feels that it is unfortunate that this misunderstanding has reached this level. "I think a lawsuit cre ates an adversarial relationship, which shows that mistakes must have been made by all parties if we've reached this point. It's the introduction of this adversarial quality that is in contrast to a college community, which should provide for the free exchange of ideas and differences in a nonadversarial way. I'm not pointing fingers or casting blame; I'm simply ex pressing regret that things have reached this point." Dean David Schenck did not com ment, as he, along with Dean Mike, President Betty Castor, Provost and Executive Vice President Thomas Tighe, Mark Johnson, and five University police officers, among others, are named in the suit. Schenck referred any querists to the Office of the General Counsel of USF. During Wednesday's town meeting, students expressed concern over the pos-News sible loss of autonomy due to all the media attention that is being brought down on New College and USF. Dean Mike said, ''It doesn't help to have a New College student sue the President and the Provost in my efforts to garner resources for New College." During dinner from January 20 to 24, the SAC brought stamps, paper, and en velopes to a table in the cafeteria so that students would have a chance to voice their opinions to the local media, USF, and any others concerning representation and responsibility. Meg Moore said, "In general, New College is going to have to assert its rights to independence and explain to the outside world and USF why the structures we have here work well for us, and why having the measure of autonomy that we do have is good for the student populace." Johnson also noted that the fact that USF was 60 miles away allowed a certain amount of nonintervention, and that "being separated has its advantages." Andre was one of the vice presidents of the NCSA last year, and helped to for mulate a courtesy policy that asked students to be considerate when project ing movies in a public area. The policy states that if students think that their tapes "might be potentially disturbing and/or emotionally traumatizing for other stu dents to see or hear even in passing," they should obtain the consent of the student body through town meetings or showings January 28, 1997 of samples of the material to gauge reac tion. This policy is posted on the NCSA bulletin board in Hamilton Center. "My rule of thumb is to take moments of difficulty and to attempt to find the ed ucational lessons in even the most trying of circumstances," said Michalson. "I'm still searching for what those might be in this case. For the record, I will say that this whole episode shows out ongoing concern for balancing individual rights with community responsibility. It's been a generic issue for this campus for a long time." "DEAN" FROM PAGE 1 feedback that he received was encourag ing, to say the least: two separate publishers offered him advanced con tracts for his work. For much of last fall, USF President Betty Castor tried to change his mind. But at around that time, he found out that he was going to be a father in June, and has said "that definitely decided it for me." Dean Mike's term ends on August 8. A national search for a permanent re placement will take place next year, and in the meantime, an interim dean will be chosen from the faculty. submit. -ly _is_a_v_a_il_a_b_le_o_n_th_e_w_o_rl_d_w_id_e_w_e_b_a_t ____ -i J http://www.sar.usf.edu/-catalyst/ General Editor Michelle Wolper Managing Editor Heather Oliver Staff Writers Charles Choi Sara Foley Mario Rodriguez Business Manager Tom Heisler Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@ virtu.sar.usf.edu Submissions may also be placed in the Catalyst box marked "Letters to the Editor/Contribu tions" (in the student government boxes next to Barbara Berggren's office). Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Online submissions should indicate in the subject line if they are letters to the editor or contributions. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be received by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue. Tile Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space, grammar or style. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson
The Catalyst "SHOWHOUSE" FROM PAGE 1 Members of the New College/USF com munity served as docents, and were reportedly so impres ed that they invited ASID to decorate one of our own man sions. Supporters of the project included Dean David Schenck, Sandra Kraweitz, and Lester Rice. Design teams removed most of the existing fixtures, furnishings, etc., then rampaged liberally. In all, 39 areas were decorated, using 31 rooms (including Dean Schenck's offices). Scenes set in spaces like "Milady's Room," "Some Enchanted Evening," and the "Pompeii Room" were designed by as many as 12 companies or decorators, and decked out to the doorknobs. There's even a Tea Room and gift shop. So. What does New College get out of this (besides a headache)? The deal in cludes a scholarship funded by the ticket proceeds (probably $10,000 or $15,000), new window treatments, new wallcover ings (with the possible exception of the canvas-backed mural installation on the College Hall stairway; a $15,000 dona tion is required to secure its continued possession), and a shiny new kitchen do nated by Cook's Custom Cabinetry. Plus, New College students made $5 an hour (a combined total of approximately $2,000) for directing traffic and parking cars. Overall, not bad. All expenses associated with the re decorating were paid by the designers, so ticket proceeds (a whopping $15 a per son) and cash from fundraising events will be split between a New College scholarship fund, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and an ASID scholarship fund. Last year, the ASID Crosley Man ion project gener ated $40,000 for charities. A booklet of tutorial, IRP and other student project offerin9.s for this semester is being comp1led. Please give us your "course descriptions." Maybe include: an explanation of what you're doing, who you would like to do it with, what it will involve, provisional meeting time and place, your box number and phone num ber and your goals. So put 'em in Box 670. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday morning, January 29. News January 28, 1997 3 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER International Stone tools dating back 2.5 million years were found on the border of Ethiopia and Kenya last Wednesday, and push back the date of first-known pre human use of tools by 200,000 years. Thousands of knapped stones had been made into knives, axes, and hammers. No hominid bones have been found in the area yet. China tightened its grip on the media on Sunday by issuing directives on how to write news. These rules order journal ists not to advocate sex, violence, or superstition, and to fill their reports with patriotism and socialis. The push has been billed as a campaign to promote spiritual civilization and civic responsi bility. Ramon Guillen, a general in the Venezuelan National Guard and head of its drug unit, was accused of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States between 1988 and 1992. During that time, Guillen also worked as an in fonnant for the CIA and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Guillen professes his innocence. In Israel, police have begun investi gating allegations of corruption. It is alleged that Netanyahu's appointment of Roni Bar-On as Attorney General was part of a political deal to win a plea bar gain for Aryeh Deri, a coalition party leader on trial for corruption. Deri's Shas party is a key component in Netanyahu's coalition, and the allega tions state that the party's support for Israel's Hebron deal with the PLO was based on the appointment. The leader of South Korea's out lawed Confederation of Korean Trade Unions, Kwon Young-kil, addressed a crowd of 55,000 to 200,000 in Seoul on Sunday. Kwon promised more strikes in protest against a new labor law that maintains a ban on confederation of unions and makes laying off workers and replacing strikers easier for finns. There has been a strike every Wednesday for the last four weeks. National President Bill Clinton began his sec ond tenn last Monday on Inauguration Day, and called for the two political par ties to unite together and move beyond petty bickering. The Senate unanimously recom mended and confirmed Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., as the first female Secretary of State last Monday, and was sworn in on Thursday. The House of Representatives voted 395-28 last Thesday to reprimand Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and ordered him to pay $300,000 for violat ing House rules. The ethics committee found that Gingrich brought discredit on the House by providing false infonnation about a college course he taught that was financed by tax-exempt charitable contri butions, and by failing to seek legal advice to ensure he was in compliance with tax laws. He is the first House speaker in history to be punished for misconduct by fonnal vote of hi col leagues. A federal court ordered TV conglom erate ABC to pay Food Lion Inc. $5.5 million on Wednesday as a result of the network's undercover investigation of the supennarket chain. Food Lion has never challenged the accuracy of the 1992 report of repackaging spoiled meat to sell to consumers. Instead, Food Lion said that ABC committed fraud by hav ing two journalists falsify job applications in order to get hired as a meat handler and a deli clerk in the course of their investigation. Members of the Gambino, Luchese, and DeCalvacante crime families were arrested in a FBI raid last Thursday. The undercover operation was based out of a social club and a warehouse in Brooklyn, which the FBI helped run. Fencing oper ations took place at the club, where criminal activities were videotaped, and truckloads of goods stolen in hijackings and burglaries were dropped off at the warehouse. 34 were arrested at dawn, and over $5 million worth of property was recovered.
4 The Catalyst Campus Life January 28, 1997 TOWN MEETING DISCUSSES POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE AT NC by Sara Foley Over one hundred students attended the Town Meeting held Wednesday evening January 22, 1997 in Palm Court. The recent cloud of media attention to New College, the New College Self-Study, and the preservation of New College's repu tation and autonomy sparked debates which carried the meeting well into the twilight hours Matt Grieco in his first appearance as NCSA president opened the meeting with some general announcements relating to Wall sign-ups He suggested that potential wall sponsors sign up in Alena's office. Announcements will also appear each week in the Catalyst. Grieco then confirmed Jen Rehm as NCSA Vice President, and Rehm was confirmed by a show of hands. She will take charge of publicity, keep minutes of Town Meetings and post them on the tudent board. Rehm welcomes and appre ciates any comments students have concerning the meetings. The discussion moved to Dean Michalson's decision to leave his position as Dean and Warden of New College [see Michalson Ends His Term as Dean on page 1]. The next item on the agenda was the revision and ratifi cation of the NCSA Constitution. The Constitution has existed for 17 years, but is not officially recognized by the Dean and Warden's offices of either New College or USF. The Constitution underwent a structural overhaul last year at the hands of Jessica Falcone and other students. The current version is posted on the NCSA web page and on the student government board in Ham Center. Currently, Kelly Singer heads the Constitutional Ratification Ad Hoc Committee, which is working to make the constitution consistent with state and federal law, so that it can become legitimate New College policy. The Constitution would give Student Court more authority and sta bility, and serve as a precedent whenever student authority is questioned. Singer hopes to "shore up New College students au tonomy and rights" before Dean Michalson leaves. Dean Michalson supports the legitimization of the constitution as offi cial policy and "very much wants to be a part of this," acording to Grieco. The Committee is seeking independent legal counsel to assist in making the necessary changes to the document. Any students with specific ideas on constitutional reform should at tend council meetings held on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. in Pei 300. An open forum to discuss Sarasota's new noise ordi nances will be held on February 3 at 2:00p.m. in the Sarasota Memorial Home. One off-campus and two on-campus noise complaints are required to shut down walls; this policy has been in effect for five years (since the results of scientific noise tests came in). The majority of off-campus noise complaints originate southwest of campus near Bayshore Drive, and occur most fre quently on cold evenings when the wind blows west. Students discussed taking action to prevent noise complaints. After the discussion disintegrated into quibbling, the debate was closed. The discussion did draw attention to discrepancies in law, policy, and police action. Announcements were made concerning vacancies in student government and other campus positions. Student Court will hear grievances at 8:30p. m on Mondays Currently. the Court serves as a forum for students to bring grievances against other students. In the future, the Court may hear grievances against professors Student Court hopes to broaden its authority, ehich would keep it less under the thumb of Student Affairs. Peggy Yonuschot plans to throw a party in early February to an nounce the new Student Justice elect. The recent press in conjunction with the lawsuit by Amy Andre against USF was the next item on the agenda. The preliminary trial hearing was held Friday, January 24. No legal action ha been taken against Andre by students, although Nathan Gibbs pointed out that a complaint was in the works charging Andre with violating the student handbook code rules, as well as her own decency policy, which was never officially approved. Questions were raised about the disassociation of the student body from Andre Student Court was declared the forum for grievances against Andre. Several letters have been sent to the Sarasota Herald Tribune about "porn in the classroom" as part of the New College curriculum. "Everyone should be nervous" about the bad press and the Self-Study, said Colleen Butler. Students dis cussed damage control for the misconceptions surrounding New College. Julie Allen has suggested that students write letters ex pressing why self-regulation works at New College. The Minister of Propaganda, located in Viking next to the copy cen ter, would love to speak to students with positive media information. Alicia Luguri advised students to consider the con tents of their letters carefully. Discussion moved back to the SelfStudy Committee, which is looking at the effectiveness of self-regulation at New College. The committee is comprised of students Matt Grieco and Martha Alter, as well as faculty and staff from USF and New College. Although the committee does not report directly to anyone at USF, there is debate as to the extent of its power. Many students seemed unclear about what position to take in order to preserve student rights, including Grieco, who stated, "I don't know where we should go with this." Only a third of the original crowd remained when a mo tion was made to end the meeting. This was followed by a brief discussion about New College's reputation as a drug school, and possible changes in the RA selection process for the Fall term The importance of making the constitution a legally binding document and official policy was reiterated, and the desire to keep the RA selection process student operated was noted. The Town meeting adjourned following a motion to move discussion of the RA selection process to the next Town Meeting. Reminder: The dead line to register for classes without a late fee is thi s Friday. January 31.
The Catalyst Opinions January 28, 1997 5 SAC MINUTES Meeting January 23, 1997 Members in Attendance: Hazen Komraus, Kelly Singer (newly appointed), Mario Rodriguez, Nick Napolitano, Pete Kezar, Julie Allen (for Alice Solomon.) All votes unanimous unless otherwise specified. Peggy Yonuschot requests $100 for Student Court shindig. Allocated: $100. Regina requests $121.27 for food and chains for ISP art show. Allocated: $121.27 Jessica Sparber requests $150 for the publication of an alterna tive course catalog. Allocated: $150. Helen Matthews requests $500 for the publication of a chi!dren's book that promotes vegetarianism. Profits to be given to charity. Request was tabled .. Helen will get student input and the SAC will check the NCSA Constitution. Kelly Nichols requests $550 for food and a tee shirt loan for the Crucial BBQ. Allocated: $550. Chris Deam requests $885 for Mac Lab office stuff. Allocated: $885. Hugo Brown requests $290 for College Bowl Registration and hotel rooms. Allocated: $290. John Mogilewsky was hired as a Mac Lab TA for ten hours per week. Mac Lab TA Chris Deam's hours upped to 16 per week. Charles and Edin's hours were upped to 12 per week. L OVE TRUTH AND WISDOM by Charles Choi Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been a personal hero of mine for a very long time now, because his words and deeds gave me a faith in humanity that I don't remember ever having before. The man who J Edgar Hoover called "the most dangerous man in America" died trying to teach the nation that flaming sword of righteous anger could be used as a torch as much as it could be used for justice and vengeance, to light and guide the way for us to peace and understanding I woke up at 9 in the morning to go to a march being held in Sarasota in remembrance of him on January 20, hitch-hiking for a half-hour on Tamiami Trail before someone was kind enough to give me a ride to the Sarasota County Courthouse. No one else was there at the comer of Main and 301 at I 0 a.m. The shadows hung long in the morning, in a town that had not quite shaken off sleep yet. Then the news vans and the school buses started coming in. Sound equipment was unloaded from the back of a station wagon into three Siesta Key trolley cars. I walked around in the growing crowd for a sense of propor tion, to take in all the faces. The Marching Tornado Band from Booker High School, complete with cheerleaders in purple and gold, started warming up in the parking lot across the street, and the YMCA, NAACP, and the American Legion showed up with banners for the parade. Then the troop leaders whispered for their Boy Scouts to be quiet as a blessing was read to start the march down Main Street. The band was playing, flags were flying, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the knee that I injured the Saturday before last felt better than it had in a week. The drum beat echoed off the buildings like distant thunder. With signs displaying the words 'Love', 'Truth', and 'Wisdom' held high, the convoy of school buses and trolley cars made a right on Orange Road and marched into Newtown, through the red lights, to Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. All along the way, there was a sense of camaraderie made visible and extant in the way we all greeted each other. There is something about being with others who are there for the same reason that you are, for another, that makes the others stop being 'other' and start being 'us'. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the shoulders of such giants as Mahatma Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau to preach a non violent doctrine of civil disobedience in the dream that, one day, we would live in a nation where we would be judged not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our characters. He once said, "We m ust solve our problems through love and goodwill, fighting injustice with an open heart and an open mind." Only one other New College student showed up for the march to the park.
6 The Catalyst Announcements January 28, 1997 Volunteers are greatly needed for the following offices : Educational Policy Committee (1) Student Court Justice (1) and Alum Fellow Committee (I). Any currently enrolled New College student can fill these offices Please contact NCSA co-President Matthew Grieco (Box 234) if you are interested in be i ng appointed to these jobs. Check out the brand new New College Student Alliance homepage. Access the NCSA Constitution on-line as well as the min utes to Town Meet ings and SAC Meet ings. The add r ess is http : //www.sar.usfedul-ncsa/ Hey you. Jo i n the Catalyst tutorial. CAREER CENTER Career Expo-Tampa Campus-Thurs Jan. 30 10: 00 am-3:00pm Stetson Law School Information Table-Hamilton C e nter Thurs Feb. 6 10: 30 am -2:00pm Study Abroad Fair Tampa Campus, Phyll i s Marshall Center BallroomTues. Feb. II 10:00 am -4:00pm Summer Semester in Japan 1997: For students of the Florida State University System, an opportunity to study Japanese language and culture and a related academic discipline in the Japanese environment. Each student selected to participate in the Semester in Japan program will receive a scholarship covering round-trip airfare, housing, two meals a day and certain cultural excursions. Students will be responsible for tuition, entertainment, and other personal expenses. Preference will be given to upper level stu dents with some Japanese language background but all eligible students with an interest in Japanese language and culture are encouraged to apply Deadline: February 3, 1997. Working for Global Justice: A Call to Act ion: The third annual Working f o r Global Justice Conference present the dynamics of pursuing Careers and Activism in International Development, American University, Washington, DC, March 21-23 1997 For more information c ontact http://www.igc.org/odnlconference html. InterFuture: InterFuture offers opportunities for individual research in selected nations in Western and Eastern Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean and Africa. InterFuture provides intensive preparation and you can closely connect it to your on-campus studies. Students generally begin developing their InterFuture project during their second year Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Internship Opportunity: Assist the Revenue Specialist in enforcing court orders by preparing cases f or civil litigation, completing income deduction orders to places of employment, and using loca tion tools on the st ate computer locating non custodial parents Read and interpret financial infonnation provided by the petitioner or respondent and then assist the Revenue Specialist in preparing child support guidelines according to policy Attend court and update the computer with information acquired in court. Basic computer skills and familiarity with the legal system with emphasis on civil law is required. Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc. Service Learning Opportunity: For research interns to conduct legal research for ongoing cases and compile research for manuals or trial presentation. Internships provide access to the GLS law library and offers an excellent preparation for law school and for any career and personal interests involving public service. Sarasota County Pretrial Services Internship Opportunity: Interview arrestees (in County Jail) and prepare report for First Appearance Judge Screen targeted group as potential Drug Court Candidates Call references to verify infonnation received dur ing interview Utilize local Criminal Justice Infonnation System and FCIC/NCIC to determine past criminal history and prepare summary for Judge. Answer telephones and document all client contacts. Requirements are a a major in Criminal Justice or related field, and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse defendant population. The Career Resource Center has received information on various interesting opportunities for summer jobs, research experi ences, fellowship, and overseas study and work. Information has come from some of the following places: Camp Challenge, Sarasota Family YMCA, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, The Environmental Magazine Internship, and American Museum of Natural History For additional information contact the Career Resource Center; PME 119.