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Volume VI, Issue 18 March 4, 1997 DEAN HOSTED OPEN FORUM by Sara Foley Dean and Warden Gordon Michalson sat on a potentially scabies-ridden couch last Thursday evening to talk with stu dents and ease their fears about administrative power. Students first asked Michalson about the purpose and goals of the Self-Study Committee which was formed last November. NCSA co-president Matt Grieco had insisted at Wednesday's Town Meeting that "[the committee's] recom mendations are by no means written in stone ... these are just things that have been passed down that they want to con sider." The lack of clarity on exactly what the SelfStudy Committee i s and does has bred distrust on the part of student s The aim of the self study committee for public record, examines three ques tions: Are we satisfied that the quality of student life is enhancing the overall edu cational goals of New College? What have we learned from the recent reorgani zation of the Student Affairs office, and how effective has this reorganization been in helping u to achieve our goals in the area of student life?" (Issues for SelfSlY.Qx is posted on the message board above the Town Meeting minutes.) SEE "DEAN" ON PAGE 4 INSIDE Town Meeting ................. 3 Ivory Tower ..... ............. 3 SCAT Route ... ....... .. ....... 5 Medieval Fair .............. 6 Football ...................... 6 Fetish Ball ................... 7 Editorial ...................... 8 Letter to the Editor ...... ........ 9 help wanted: third shift. USF OUTFOXED! By Pat Griffin Classes in College Hall were moved last week for a Twentieth Century Fox television shoot that never happened. The specifics of what did in fact hap pen have been in debate before and since The only things that everyone seems to agree on are that New College didn t want Fox, from Dean Schenck on down to the student body, and that the state of Florida thought differently. Fox planned to shoot a 60-minute pilot for a show called "Automatic Avenue," a project headed up by David Burke, formerly of "SeaQuest." The story is this : two out-of-work actors, (Bill Campbell and Steven Lang,) audition for and get roles in a "Miami Vice" clone, then have to deal with the pressures of success. James Earl Jones will guest star as the film producer The Tampa Bay area is doubling for California, which, in the show within the show, was in turn dou bling for South Beach. Originally the plan was to have South Beach double for California doubling for South Beach, but the plan fell through. Sarasota was to be the locale ofthe faux film studio. Ca' d' Zan was to serve as the exterior, with the interior at College Hall, to match the architecture. As well informed as Fox appeared to be about our buildings, they weren't so infonned about us. In a case of executive dyslexia, Fox thought they were dealing with FSU, not USF, and had planned to use the FSU film school for interns. The FSU-USF mix-up was glossed over, but larger problems could not be. SEE "COLLEGE HALL" ON PAGE 2 MURAL TO BE TORN DOWN by Rac h ael Herrup-Mor se Do you ever use the New College ten nis courts? Would you miss them if they were gone? What about if they were just moved? Well, if the new dorm complex ever gets built, the tennis courts may be rearranged.' Although most students have heard of the Dallas and Elizabeth Dort Complex, many do not know that Dort dorms are only phase one of a two-phase project. Phase two is scheduled to begin about one year after the completion of phase one and after another bond issue is floated. Phase two will consist of the construction of a residence hall which will be the mir ror image of Dort Complex. AI Goldstein, a New College Foundation trustee, has contributed ap proximately five hundred thousand dollars to the school to help build the second dorm Both arc being built in the hopes of bringing back some of the New College students who have moved off campus. If and when the second donn is built, the north tennis court will have to be moved further north to the back side of Hamilton Center. It also means that the mural on the back of the practice wall created by Erik Lung and Marc Byrne will be torn down. "I'm pretty pissed," said Byrne. He ex11lained that the mural, which he and Lung paid for with their own money, is still a work in progress. "We still haven't signed it." "The reason they gave for tearing down the mural and the courts was to make the walk to the Dort dorms more el egant," said Byrne. Although upset, and perhaps with good reason, Byrne con ceded that Mark Johnson, Director of SEE "MURAL" ON PAGE 3
2 The Catalyst "COLLEGE HALL" FROM PAGE 1 Dean Schenck, making good on his pledge to keep College Hall from being interrupted for the remainder of the year, opposed the project from the start. Fox re ceived a letter, which Democratic State Representative Shirley Brown described as "terse," declining the proposal. When Fox called to further discuss the matter, according to Brown, Schenck's secretary infonned them that it was a closed issue, and that Dean Schenck felt there wa nothing to talk about. When Fox appealed further up the chain of command, Schenck was instructed to, in Brown' wording, "make it happen," although she insisted that Betty Castor, who was home sick at the time, had not instructed him to give in to every demand. The instruction to Schenck was made in accordance with a policy by the Governor and the Florida Entertainment Commis ion to promote what is now the fourth biggest state film industry. Brown hn.d previously gone with the Governor and the Commission to entice David Burke to move SeaQuest to Sarasota. A group of busine and community leaders also spoke with the heads of Universal and Disney about the town Brown put the fiscal impact of such a project as the one Fox is working on at approximately two million dollars for the state of Florida. Brown said, "TV shows are much bet ter for a community than a movie," since a TV show would film for around six Ciit alyst General Editor Michelle Wolper Managing Editor Heatl1er Oliver taff Writers Charles Choi, Pat Griffin, Aaron Gustafson, Rachael Herrup-Morse, Robert Knight, Rachael Lininger, Jessica Reid, Rocky Swift Layout Cyndy Ekle, Sara Foley Business Manager Tom Heisler Contributors Martha Alter, Jennifer Carnahan, Carolyn Ward News months. "Look what Miami Vice did for Miami she exclaimed, pointing out that Miami is currently the site of "MTV Latino" and a center for fashion model ing Brown also pointed to the rich Florida tradition that includes such fiscal gems as "Tarzan" and "Flipper." "As a legislator,'' she further reminds us, "I have to look at Sarasota, but I also have to look at all of Florida." The objection, though, has not been that the Fox project wouldn't be prof itable, but that monetary considerations were yet again going ahead of Florida's commitment to higher learning. Social Sciences Chair and Professor of Psychology Gordon Bauer said, "I just thought [it sent] a terrible message about what the priorities were for education." Conservative student Pete Kezar wa more directly damning, commenting that "I think it's a shame that the monetary benefit of the few comes at the expense of education." Professor Doenecke called the reasoning behind the interest in the Fox project an "amazing explanation point, truly amazing explanation point." Representative Brown thought that Fox would film around clas es and activt ties, even if it meant filming late into the night. Bauer believes differently, pointing out that the shoots as they were reported to him were scheduled at our peak hours, and the filming was for four days, not the two that Brown mentioned. March 4, 1997 "By the time it got down to my level there didn't appear to be any accommoda tion except by us and that [consisted of] following orders," Bauer said. When Brown was infonned that classes had in fact been moved she coun tered by charging "that was never something that was required, asked for, [or] needed. That was somebody's deci sion to prove that they were right. It was an over-reaction." Bauer pointed out that even if the shooting were done on off tim'es, the sheer amount of trucks, vans, and equipment would have provided a distraction. Negotiations, when they were insisted on by higher authorities than Dean Schenck, bogged down quickly. Schenck's initial request was reportedly for $1.7 million in donations to the school, which got down to approximately $3000 per diem, which Fox still found un acceptable. Brown reports that another college had allowed a solid week of film ing in return for the donation of a fish tank. Whatever the case, no deal could be reached, despite a call from the governor and Film Commissioner Pam Klein. Student Rob Scopel s plan ''if the pilot sucks, we disavow all knowledge," turns out to be unnecessary. Dean Schenck ap pears to have won out. An orfice building in downtown St. Petersburg was substituted for College Hall. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar. usfedu/-catalystl Direct submi ions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@ virtu.sar.usfedu 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 letter 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 tollowmg week's issue The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of pace, grammar or style. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean M ichalson
The Catalyst News TOWN MEETING OR SHOUTING MATCH? by Pat Griffin In yet another in a series of ten s e town meetings, the primary issue of last Wednesday s gathering was the SelfStudy Committee's formal recommendation to Dean Michalson regarding selfregulation Other issues included the New College Foundation's triannual meeting, PCP reform and the poolside anti-vandal ism suggestions The PCP guest pass measure, requir ing guests of students and alumnus to secure guest passes from the cop shop and barring the attendance of those not per sonally invited passed 43-0, with one abstention and six who abs tained even from abstaining. However, s tudents did not accept the Self-Study C ommittee as easily In fact they quickly degenerated into a polarized shouting match NCSA Co-Presidents Martha Alter and Matt Grieco stood virtu ally alone on one end and an outraged faction led hy former committee member Peggy Yonuschot on the other. The rest of the attende e s s at and watched the verbal volleys The firs t asp e ct of the recommendatio n dis cussed was the acquisition of new funds from USF that would be under the total control of Student Activities Director Alena Scandura who is currently operat ing on a ten-thousand-dollar budget, which, as was repeatedly pointed out, she's currently sitting on. The greate t concern expressed at this was that the final say about this money, once given, would rest with Scandura, and not the stu dents. This would be the case even if there were a suggestion panel of tudents "MURAL" FROM PAGE 1 Housing and Student Affairs, "treated me very well I guess he couldn't have known when we pamted the mural that it would be torn down." Byrne said he feels rather powerless. "It's all a lot of bureaucratic B S.," he said. When asked about the decision to move th e court and tear down the mural and faculty established, as the recommen dation suggests. Grieco assuaged the fear that students would have to defer to Scandura The money would be entirely distinct from A & S fees, which would remain in SAC control. He was unequivocal : "Our A & S funds are ours, will be ours, and I stress that," he asserted. Another issue was the proposed cre ation of a student executive committee that would be in charge of research and publication of information on issues con cerning student government, and, more controversially, setting the agenda of the town meetings Grieco sees the committee as more of a think tank, whereas the stu dents feared that it would closer resemble a fonnalized split between student gov ernment and "regular" students. A motion was passed to strike its creation from the recommendation to Dean Mike and to ex press to the Self-Study Committee that the student body is vehemently opposed to any such action. The now-usual charges that the Committee is proposing a dry campus and narc RAs were again leveled, as well as a concern that New College repre entati ves have been removed from the Committee without replacement, while Tampa's reps remain in place. Grieco down played the importance of this, reminding us that Dean Mike has said that the report was ei ther something for him to think about or to "flush down the toi l et." It is to Dean Mike that this group officially reports, and Dean Mike's loyalty to the interest of the students here has never been ques tioned. Johnson said, "I do fee l badly about it." Apparently, Johnson preferred that the new dorms be built on the west side of campus rather then the ea t side. "My ar guments weren't persuasive enough," he said. "Most likely, the tennis courts will not be moved until the end of phase one [or the] beginning of phase TWO." The construction of the three-story, EE "MURAL"ON PAGE 4 March 4, 1997 3 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER International Alleged drug lord Oscar Malherbe de Leon was taken into custody early last week in Mexico in an effort to prove to the U.S. that Mexico is hard on drugs De Leon, who is believed to run the Matamoros cartel, tried toescape incarceration by offering the arresting officers a $2 million bribe. The arrest came just one day before President Clinton was to decide whether Mexico was doing enough in the drug war. Some 32 countries could face U.S. sanctions if Clinton is not convinced of their effort to cut down the drug trade. Nat i ona l James Burmeister, 21, was con victed of two counts of first-degree murder in a orth Carolina court last Thursday. Burmeister, an active Nazi skinhead, was responsible for the death of a couple in 1995. While intoxicated, he murdered the black couple in order to receive a spider tattoo, which igni fies that the bearer has murdered a black person. Jurors are now deciding whether to give Burmeister life in prison or the death penalty. President Clinton rein tated the 10 % rax on airline ticket The tax will go into effect March 7, 1997 and last until September 30. The proceeds from this tax will go to fund the airport and airways trust fund for improvements to the nation's air traffic control system. The tax is in response to the report that the trust fund would be depleted of funds next month. Local Ten thousand pigeons were killed at too Hi Hat Ranch in Sarasota in a Feb. 22 pigeon shoot. The pigeo n s were shipped in from Texas a n d put in a cage while l ocal tycoons shot at them. Local teenagers were hired to put out of their misery a n y pigeons not kil led in tantly from the gunshots. The matter was not pur ued by the Sarasota County sher iff's office or any local animal contro l authorities.
4 The Catalyst "DEAN" FROM PAGE 1 Dean Michalson tried to calm stu dent fear admitting, ''I've done a lousy job communicating what [the committee] was all about." Michalson offered a little hi tory of the committee. He aid that when he took over as Dean in 1992, his office had no control over budget, physi cal pace, or tudent affair There is one director for both the University Program and ew Collegetwo programs with dra tically dtfferent needs, The questiOn about the effectivene s of self-regulation came up two years ago when a lUdent was caught elling LSD in the men's bathroom of Ham Center. (The student was uspended by Dean Michal on for a term.) After a while, un derage drinking, the rape case of Spring 1996, and Amy Andre's issues began to pile up, and ew College came under the close scrutiny of USF!rampa administra tion, "espectally tn the background of last spnng's events when we went to war ... basically." As more problem came up, USF be came a red hemng more focus was placed on what kind of control USF could exert over College rather than solv ing ew College 's mternal problems. Dean Michalson said his concern for starting the committee was for looking at the workings of faculty a much as the students. we re sort of a paranoid com mumty to begin with,'' Michalson noted "and very reluctant to make changes." It didn t help to hear someone say "Hey, I've heard you've hown !ides of your restgnation outside ... But students still expressed concern. "If we're supposed to be self regulating, but we don't have a say, how can we have anything to do with what's going on?" Matt Spitzer asked. "Don't keep prOJecting wetrd motivauMVRAL" FROM PAGE 3 apartment-style donnitory east of the Pei dorms was scheduled to begin earlier in the year but was delayed due to budget c.:onstramts. The new ground-breaking date is set for later thts month. Each apartment wtll include four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchenette. and a living ;trca. News tions [on the people in power]" was Dean Mike's ba ic reply. These "weird motivations" pop up at any mention of organizing a structure which has control over tudent funds. At last Wednesday's Town Meeting, students were extremely opposed to the creation of an executive committee to work with the CSA president when dealing with prob lems of immediate importance to New College. They were also quite suspicious of the proposed increase of Alena Scandura's alary, an increase Grieco stressed would not come from A & S fees "How should we adopt changes" seemed to be the question on everyone's mind. ''I'm caught between being a good motivator and not giving a shit." Dean Michalson said. "Are you a lame duck?" Jerry Dufrain asked "I'm a differently abled duck," replied Michalson. But students were still con cerned. ''Those twelve people are a big perspective, and they don't talk to us ... they don't talk to you,'' Dufrain said of the committee. Dufrain was especially worried about commumcation between the police and the tudents, especially between Captain William Kelly and the students. "I think he's out to get me and out to get stu dents," said Dufrain of Kelly. Students have also variably perceived the police re sponse to problems, both among officers regarding the extent of enforcement, and regarding preferential treatment to certain students Zach Finley suggested that laws could become "more rigid without be coming Draconian ." There was a forum with Kelly at one point, but no one showed up. Dufrain thought that with a word from the Dean or some other higher up, Kelly might be more open to some kind of interaction. "We need some sup port from somewhere else." While students were not invited to take part in the decision to obliterate the mural, Johnson emphasized that students had ample opportunity to make their voices heard, especially concerning the site where the dorms would go up. "I've argued the location. Students have had their opportunity over the years to get involved in the master plan." There will still be two tennis courts. March 4, 1997 Michalson believes that the rejuve nated Student Court will be a very important contribution to the balance be tween enforcement and education. He emphasized consistency and credibility as qualities that would make the Court alegitimate force. "There's the 'Send 'em do')Vntown' vs. 'Let's have a symposium' way of dealing with things." said Dean Michalson "Doesn't Mark Johnson direct Student Court to take cases?"asked Nick apolitano. Dean Michalson replied, "One important thing to remember is that in any case, the police can't refer a case to Student Court. They can refer it to Student Affairs, and Student Affairs can refer it to Student Court. Many times stu dents will choose to talk out an issue with Mark or Tim [Richardson] rather than go to Student Cou11. "There needs to be a concerted effort to make Student Court seem like more of an option to tudents." ************ On a lighter note, Michalson spoke about his plans for fall. "After August 9, I'm going native." He will take a year off for research dur ing which he plans to spend much time on his book about Kant's theory of divine transcendence. "About 40 people care, but you gotta do what you gotta do," he quipped "I can't wait to get some focus back," he added. Michalson will also anticipate the ar rival of his first child. I've never had a baby ... if after five years, the PAC looks at that year, and says I haven't done anything, oh well ... "But Michalson's year of leave will hardly be spent in idleness. "Just show 'em the diapers," someone suggested. However, they will no longer be back-to back and the mural by Lung and Byrne will no longer be there. Will the new dorms be worth it? Why not take a look at the artist's rendition posted by the fitne s and judge for yourself?
The Catalyst News lSCAT ROUTES CHANGE by Rachael Lininger For those who ride the Sarasota buses, look sharp: the schedule has changed. Route I 0, New College's main bus, has been replaced with Routes 2 and 15, giv ing New College students more options and letting the bus-dependent stay out half an hour later. The Sarasota County Area Transit sys tem (SCAT) is cheap transportation for the carless, the environmentally con scious, and others who are tired of begging rides (or who have worn out their mileage with every driver they know.) At 25 cents per ride, southbound SCAT is pnly a quarter of the cost of northbound Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT). Although there are no free transfers, if is till cheaper even if you have to take sev eral buses to get to your destination. SCAT runs Monday through Saturday, with the exception of holidays. Each SCAT bus route runs hourly; buses are rarely (if ever) late, even when there arc hurricane warnings and tropical storms. (Actually, the most common cause of tar diness is the transfer with MCAT.) Almost all SCAT bu es meet at the trans fer point at First and Lemon Streets in downtown Sarasota: half at 15 minutes past the hour, and half at45 minutes past the hour. New College students can catch Route 2 at the Sara ota-Bradenton Airport, where it meets with MCAT, on General Spaatz by Shell, under the overpass on Tamiami Trail, or at the Caples Fine Arts complex, at ten minutes before the hour from 6:50a.m. to 5:50p.m. Monday through Saturday (except holidays). Route 2 starts at the airport, runs down Bayshore to Myrtle Street and the Winn Dixie. It then takes Old Bradenton down to the Ringling School of Art and Design and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, turns south on Central, and finally takes Cocoanut at 22nd Street to the main trans fer point downtown Sarasota. The big change is Route J 5, which re places Route I 0. Inbound to downtown Sarasota, it leaves the airport at twenty minutes after every hour (from 6:20a.m. to 6:20p.m.) going straight down Tamiami Trail to the Hyatt and Selby Library and arriving at the station at 45 minutes after the hour. Outbound, Route 15 leaves the airport every hour on the hour from 7:00a. m. to 7:00p.m. It goes all the way down DeSoto Road to Longwood Run (there is still no way to take the bus directly to Wal-Mart, but tf you get off at Lockwood Ridge you're only about two blocks away). It then travels south all the way down to Clark Road, and finishes up at the Landings Shopping Center on Proctor and Tamiami. There have been more changes made in other routes-some small, some notso be sure to check a schedule or talk with a driver before taking any long trips. Maps are sometimes available on the brochure-rack outside Barbara Berggren's office and always on the buses them selves. Three used bookstores, Cafe Kaldi, Kanega, several restaurants, Goodwill, NationsBank, a post office, a smoke shop, some pawn shops, two Sarasota Emporia, and quite a few art galleries are all within a block or two of the station From there, you can catch bu es to all the major malls, St. Annand's Circle (where the school's health clinic is, not to mention Kilwin' and Ben & Jerry's), the Lido and Siesta Key beaches, and just about anywhere else you might want to go--even all the way out to Venice. If you do take an outbound bus, re member that the Route 15 makes its last run back to New College at 6:45 p.m. Taking a cab from the transfer point back to campus costs about eight dollars. Most routes (including 2 and 15) are wheelchair-accessible at least part of the time. Most of the bus drivers are fairly nice. Other commuters can occasionally be talkative, but few are really offensive or scary. If anyone bothers you, just get up and sit closer to the driver. Remember: native Sarasotans arc usually more afraid of you than you are of them. Tip from the Univeraity Police: On occasion, residence hall rooms have been entered and items taken by person(s) unknown. You are urged to lock your room doors at all times. March 4, 1997 5 SAC MINUTES Meeting of February 27, 1997. I Members in attendance: Julie Allen, Pete Kezar, Hazen Komraus, Alasdair Lee, Kelly Singer (late). John Mogilewsky (Mac Lab TA report): Working on setting up student classes; selling software. John reminds us all to keep the Equipment Room door closed! Christa Craven requests $1,269.05 for the Pride Symposium. Allocated: $1,269.05. Logan Granger requests $100 for a heavy punching bag for the Fitness Center and $40 for a set of gloves. Allocated: $140. He was instructed to try to get money from the Fitness Center. Heidi Paskowski requests $6,994.26 to build a Thesis Playground (permanent playground at the bay). Allocated: $3,374.23. She was instructed to look for donations from businesse and societies and to speak to Alena Scandura and Dean Michalson. Helen Matthews requests $2,500 to bring Bill Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, to campus. This request was tabled; she was instructed to look for alternative sources first. Michelle Wolper showed the SAC the included budget for The Catalyst's first semester. Her figures show that The Catalyst is under budget. The SAC has no problems with the release of next se mester's money, but states that it will require an updated report every semester hereafter. Robert Knight requests $253.26 to pub lish another issue of Goulash!!! Al\ocated: $251.24. Kelly Singer requests that 273 copies of flyers be made for the Her tory Symposium. Allocated: 273 copies. Liz Patterson (RA Selection Commit tee) requests $80 for food for committee and interviewees Allocated: $80.
6 The Catalyst A WEEK IN PREVIEW Tuesday, March 4 Get your picture taken for the Yearbook Project! Go to Ham Center anytime from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30p.m. Through Thursday: Opening day o f Herstory Symposium. Go to the Fishbowl at 7 :00p.m. Wednesday, March 5 Find out what's going on in Chwpas, Mex i c o. 6:00 p m in the Fishbowl. Meet Leonard imoy at the Special Events Center at USF /Tampa. Begins at 8:00 p.m. Sign up in the Student Affairs office. Thursday, March 6 Movie night, hosted by Herstory Symposium. Showing of The Three Faces of Eve and R e ality Bites. Palm Court beginnmg at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 7 Art show and celebration, hosted by the Herstory ymposium. Go to the Fi shbowl at 7 :0 0 p.m. Sunset Potluck! Come pick up your own copy of The Maji c Bus tour the "Veggie Van" and enjoy good company before the Alternative Education Symposium. College Hall bayfront at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8 Dance Workshop with Jayne Cobb. College Hall Music Room from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Jayne is a New College alum with an extensive dance background. ) Monday, March 10 WORD meeting at 9:00 p.m. on the Ham Center couches. WALL PREVIEWS Friday, March 7 W i ll-I Saturday, March 8 .J llO l"fiUt 'S Will-IEntertainment March 4, 1997 MUSEUM GETS MEDIEVAL by Rocky Swift What can you say about the Medieval Fair? This 22nd Annual Medieval Fair kicked off on Thursday, February 27 and saw U.S. Highway 41 continually con gested with the annual throngs of thousands flocking to the Ringling grounds. I made my way to the festivities unday afternoon through my traditional entrance near Caples. I've always said that the best thing about the Medieval Fair is sneaking in and thinking, "Man, I'm glad I didn't pay $11.95 for this." And although I had my complimentary student ticket in my back pocket, I still enjoyed the rebellious rush of sneaking in and knowing that I had brought the Establishment a little bit closer to ruin. I would have felt even better if I had sold my complimentary ticket like one student r met who had made seventy bucks shii I i ng free student tickets for $1 0 a piece to gauntletand velvet-wearing sweathogs. The Fair looked pretty much the same this year with a few free shows and events but mainly just scads of trinket and food dealers. As u ual, many were folks walking around in the hot Sarasota sun wearing 3-4 layers of clothing: velvet, leather, fur, sometimes all of the above. I was tempted to walk up to these persons and say that the reason people in me dieval times dressed like that was because they were COLD! It is so counter-intu itive to walk about in gear that is so hot and confining that you start to feel that $2. 00 is not at all an outrageous price for a small bottle of water and that its pur chase would be a wise economic decision Anyway, as I was saying, the Fair was pretty much the ame. I've always liked the jousting somewhat sol went and saw the tail-end of what was the last per lorh,ance of the Fair. It was the same schtick that they do every year: two Scotsman battling over honor and/or women with lots of references to the English. At the end the two knights squared off with swords and shields and beat the bejeezus out of each other in a that was strongly remini cent of professional wrestling. As soon as I had made that distinction, one knight abrurtly delivered a Flying Elbow Smash (a Ia Sarasota native Macho Man Randy Savage) to his fallen foe. I talked briefly to the "loser knight after the show. Hi name was Gregory but he explained that his stage name was Collin. The troupe of performers he belongs to works a differSEE "FAIR" ON PAGE 7 COME OUT AND PLAY by Jessica Reid Thought football only existed at large colleges with fraternities? Well, think again. Twice a week, several New College students meet on the soccer field behind the fitness center to play two-hand touch football. The game i s fairly simple and players are desperate for fresh blood. They play every Wednesday and Saturday. Games start around 4:00 p.m. and usually last about two hours. They would l ike more peopl e to come out and play. Females and non-students are wel come and encouraged to join them. Ability is not a prerequisite for those wi hing to play. These guys do not care if you can't throw a football. It's a good crowd. It's not lik e if you don't know how to play we won't let assured Jorge Caso, a regular player. It's true. The players are not overly competitive and the game seems to be more about having fun than winning or lo i ng. Whoever shows up at the game is eli gible to play. There are no sign-up sheets or lengthy form to fill out. Players will gladly explain the rules to anyone who wants to play. If an uneven number of players show up, they simply switch an extra player to the team that has the ball. Disputes such as whethe r someone went out of bounds or where the ball should be placed are handled quickly and judiciously. There's no pressure to be a superstar. ''[It's all] in the name of exercise and fun," said player Marc Byrne.
The Catalyst Entertainment March 4, 1997 7 THE INFLATABLE SHEEP JUST SAID IT ALL by Charles Choi Work in Palm Court for the Feti h Ball began on II :00 a m on Saturday, though Hazen Komraus and Georganna Thorpe, the organizers of the Feush Ball, had started preparations days before. Komraus said, "We've been shopping four to five hours a day all week It's defi nitely a whole lot more work than I thought it'd be." The SAC allocated $500 for The Feti h Ball; many students helped to foot the bill for it, too. Thorpe said "A lot' s come out of our pockets Under the light and dark of the half moon, music reflected with a pulsing beat around the walls or black and transparent plastic that were raised in Palm Court. The walls formed rooms that one entered through !its in the pia tic. The rooms served up entertainment appropriate to the theme of the night. There was an Edible Room that had spaghetti in a tub and vegetable oil, among other things, on a nearby table The room with Twister in it that wa slip pery by the end of the evening (from soap, I hope.) There were three rooms with beds in them, one of which was a waterbed on the floor (it g o t a lot of use that night.) Another one of these bed rooms led through a black satin curtain door to a room misted up with a humidi fier; metallic red tape strips hung from the ceiling. In the center of Palm Court, sur rounded by walls or transparent plastic, "FAIR" FROM PAGE 6 ent Renaissance Festival almost every weekend from January to October. He had worked his first Medieval Fair at the age of 12 in his Michigan hometown and risen in the ranks of the business ever since. "It was a natural progression to go from squire to knight when I turned 21." Now at the age of 28, Gregory/Collin works in a troupe of about four other full time knights who perform acts of jousting and swordplay in 100-pound suits of armor. Gregory acknowledged the similar ity between the mock battles he fights in and pro wrestling and noted that the Flying Elbow Smash wa a bit the troupe had employed for the past few year an inflatable woman hung by bound wrists to a wooden beam. Over by the side was a bed and two racks where activ ities concermng wax and whips took place that night. In fact, half of the room mates thatl've had here at New College got flogged that night And, as mentioned in the title in the room that had the words "Caution" "Offensive" Material" o n stickers above the entrance, was an inflatable sheep, as well as a VCR a TV. and a videotape en titled Animal Farm that had nothing at all to do with the George Orwell novel of the arne name. Lighting of all kinds furnished ambi ence. The omnipresent lamp posts at the edges of Palm Court; Christmas lights, that were hung in rows on the walls; can dles in the r o oms melting in beer bottles; warnmg beac ons o utside the rooms, next to a large 'R oad Cl os ed" sign ; and the colored light s that s hone down on the dance floor. The dance floor was c rowded mostly with New College students, with visitors hanging out by the periphery. Many dressed for the o c casi on. in latex and leather and chain mail and face paint and, of course black Hugo Brown wore a white polyester letsure uit with a condom in a gold medalilon around his neck, and Hawkeye Kanienke wore an apron and a nametag from his j o b at Kilwin's and nothing else (trust me.) Laura Hatton dressed up as a feline, with a mane of pa pier mache and makeup to match. Gregory's fa\'Orite part of his unusual job is working with the troupe's 22 horses and the lance pa sing, which he is quick to note is real and unscripted. "We ride pellmell at each other and try to knock each other ass over teakettle," he said The rest of the Fair was a bit of a let down, as I am not in the market for fake horns or overpriced fake weapons, but other ew College folk seemed to be hav ing a good time. Anjna Chauhan got to try out her archery skill ; and a burly bare chested Jake Reimer was employed to push around a fake ship full of screaming kids One of the other few free things at the fatr was a Btrds of Prey show, where the Eric Zivovic had what many have agreed to be the most disgusting fetish of thCievening, with a tampon dangling from one ear, panties over his head and fake blood smeared all over his face. Adam Clark said, "That's the sicke t fetish I've ever seen and I've been here two years." From what I remember, there were at least two slave and master pair roaming around that night. Even the trees and the plastic walls were dressed up with undergam1ents and masks. In the aftermath of the Fetish Ball the next morning, Thorpe discovered that Animal Farm wa mis ing. She said, "If they want it that bad, I'll make them a copy, or they can make me a copy, since they stole it. It doesn't matter, I just have to get it back ; I borrowed it from a friend, so it isn't even mine." On a lighter note, Komraus noted that he, "was very happy with the profes ional manner and cooperation of the police last night." 1 And yes, for the second year in a row, former student Abid Rahman was chained to a tree by Dave Heifetz After Rahman was smeared with nacho cheese and un chained from the tree, he was brought to the geodesic dome, where he was washed down by water trickling from a tube above him Ile was Jed around Palm Court, by the bubble bath hot tub. When asked how he felt, Rahman said, "Nacho nacho man. I want to be a nacho man falconess was adamant about how much better the quality of life was for the birds in captivity. Then she leashed them poles in the ground and threw bits of raw bird at them while they beat their wings impo tently as though hunting in flight. The food selection was varied and pricey, but channing with its hurried ball park-like assembly and presentation, emphasizing quantity and yumminess rather than precision and health. I ate a $4 .00 gyro that had tons of ta ty sour cream sauce gapped all over. It was over priced, mes y and not at all etlmically accurate, which, come to think of it, typi fies just about everything about the Medieval Fair.
8 Editorial/ Announcements March 4, 1997 The Catalyst EDITORIAL: NEW COLLEGE FOR RENT Time at New College seem to be rough for the ordinary tudent. Television producer covet our archi tecture and our "film school." Medieval knights draw tourists from miles around. But what of the people who live and work in this pace on orth Tamiami Trail? We, a students, have tolerated ex traordinary circumstances in the past few week in the guise of a supposed televi sion pilot and a Medieval Fair overtaking our campus. Cia es have moved, traffic has mcrea ed exponen tially, and parking has been made into a virtual hell of harassment and clutter. Is this the way of modern ew College, or just a streak of bad luck? The renting of our campus to various commercial interests is just a sign of the times, it seems. Whether it be a designer howcase or a major television network, College Hall is up for grabs. Hence, valid questions must be addressed by the New College community: what is the price of our education? At what point does this blending of main tream society and campus life become burdensome to the educational experience? How much do we value our cla room and learning environment? We must not allow exter nal influence to interfere with our primary reason for choo ing New College: the academic and social life thi college prides itself. HELP WANTED We need a new SASC represen tative! The most important part of this position is that you evaluate students who have unsat ted their contracts. While the role of judge is not always an attractive one, this challenging position provides an opportunity to help students (you can counsel them before their meet ings.) You will surely learn about diplomacy in this posi tion. The time committment is not extreme but missing meet in;?s is not cool. Contact Noah Teitelbaum at Box 583 or call 351-8570 if you are interested. ANNOUNCEMENTS Yearbook project: In an effort to promote school spirit and feelings of nostalgia, we will be taking individual photos for the year book on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday (March 4 -6) outside of Hamilton Center from 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. These will be the only times that individual photos will be taken so make sure we see your face. You can also assist us with this challenging endeavor b)' digging out any ew College-related photos you might have from this or last semester, by helping to design a page or by con tributing your ideas to the Yearbook Suggestion Box stationed in the cafeteria. Thanks. Carolyn (Box 239); Sarah (Box 600); Trina (Box 671 ); Cyndy (Box 345); Kin Ping (Box 376). Help wanted: The Action Auction, sponsored by ew College Foundation, has student job opportunities for the night of Saturday, March 22, 1997 from 5:30 p.m. until about 11:30 p.m. in Hamilton Center. Pay is $5.00 per hour. Cash paid at the end of the night. Sign up in the trailer next to Robertson HalL Only 25 openings are available, so don't delay. You must be able to attend a short pre auction meeting on Friday, March 14 at 4:00p.m. in the trailer. What's going on in Chiapa Mexico? Come hear about human right since the 1994 Zapatista uprising and about the history and background or the indigenous upri ing. Erica Quin will talk about the month she spent as a human rights observer in Chiapas this January, and Sarah Hernandez will speak about the history of ethnic conOict and rebellion in Chiapas. Photos, books and periodicals about and from Ch1apas, discussion and food! Come to the Fishbowl on Wednesday, March 5 at 5:00p.m. NOTED AUTHOR COMES TO NEW COLLEGE ontributed by Carolyn Ward On Friday, March 7 at 7:30p.m. in the College Hall Music Room, noted author and historian Douglas Brinkley will speak on the importance of travel and education as part of a student-organized symposium entitled "Making it Mobile: Education on the Road." ew College students Josh and Kaia Tickell will also offer presentations on ex perimental study and traveL An innovator in the field of experiential learning, Brinkley routinely take college stude nts around the country providing them with a six-week crash course in American culture, history, literature and personal development. Brinkley chronicled the first of his journeys in IllS 1993 work The Majic Bus. Copies or The Majic Bus and tour of Josh and Kaia's sustainable living project will be offered at a unset Potluck preceding the symposium. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. down by the bay at College Hall. For more information on the event, contact me at Box 239 or call 359-9425. Letters to the Editor Guidelines Letters to the Editor are readers' responses to previous ar ticles, letters and/or editorials, or opinions that they want to share with the student body. They should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free adve1tising. Letters to the Editor must be turned in by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week' i ssue.
The Catalyst Contributions March 4, 1997 9 LETTER TO THE EDITOR On behalf of Matt and myself, I would like to say that we left the last Town Meeting ( 2/26/97) very confused and sad. There were some undoubtedly positive aspects of the meeting. I was so happy to ee that people were expressing an energetic and open concern for this chool. I was also glad that people felt free in criticizing the action of the NCSA presidency (Matt and myself.) l really want to know when people feel like I have messed up! At the same time, I felt sorry about the way in which some people expressed their disagreement and dissatisfaction. I have every reason to believe that New College students, in general, respect me and see me a a genuine, good-hearted per son. I see myself that way So I don't think anyone intentionally tried to reject my or Matt' s inherent humanity. At the same time I felt horrible at parts of that meeting .. It seemed as though peo ple were overlooking the fact that I am a human being. That statement sounds extreme, because, as I said, I genuinely feel liked and re peered by students here, on a personal level. However, at the meeting last night I did not. That made me feel very sad I was sad not only because I do not believe that the type of mentality which prevailed in parts of last night's meeting are healthy for this school, period. There was a lot of anger coming out of people I whole heartedly support the concern that was driving the anger. At the ame time, I felt like the energy being u ed to produce that anger could have been used in a more respectful, beneficial manner. After a certain point, I heard some comments directed at both Matt and me which I felt were completely unnecessary. The worst one came after I said, "[Matt and I] have the same goals as everyone else here." The fesponse to that was, "I don't think so." Instead of generating negative, distrustful attitudes such as the one expressed in that statement, I really hope that everyone here can use their energy to think of constructive and beneficial way to work together. I really want people to feel free and enthusiastic in express ing their views on all issues to me, even when the views are negative. I just hope that from now on, everyone will try to keep in mind the fact that everyone here is human and we are all esentially good people with the same basic goal: to make New College a good place to be We can only move toward that goal if we approach each other with an underlying sense of respect, humanity, cooperation and caring. Please express your thought on this subject to me. If you agree, disagree or are unclear about anything, send me a note in Box 364 or e-mail me at alter@ virtu or ncsa@virtu (if you want to contact both Matt and me.) Thank you for reading this. Martha Catherine Alter CSA Co-President TIBETAN UPRISING DAY Contributed by Jennifer Carnahan On March 10 1997 Ea s t Timorese Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta, Adam Yauch (of the Bea tie Boys) and hun dreds of other supporters of Tibetan independence will meet outside of the United Nation building m New York City at a rally for the 38th anniversary of Tibetan Upri ing Day Tibetan Uprising Day commemorates the spontaneous uprising of thou sands of Tibetans on March I 0, 1959 In 1949 the People' s Liberation Army invaded eastern Tibet, slowly working their way to Lhasa, the capital. In 1951, a Tibetan delegation, without permission from the central govern ment, was forced by the Chine e to sign the 17-Point Agreement which essentially agreed to Chinese a erlions that Tibet is a part of China. At the beginning of 1959, Chinese officials began putting extreme pressure on Tibet's leader, the Dalai Lama, to meet with them at a theatrical show to be held in the Chinese military encampment on March 10. In his mid-twenties at the time, the Dalai Lama was order to come accompanied by no more than three unarmed bodyguards. Previously, other impor tant religious figures had been kidnaped by the Chinese under similar circumstances. On the morning of March 10, 1959, thou sands of Tibetans pontancously rose up in opposition to the Chinese Communist military invasion. By nine o'clock 30,000 people surrounded the Dalai Lama's home demanding that he not attend the performance. because they feared for his safety. Assembled Tibetans in Lhasa also took everal actions to as ert that they did not support the 17-Point Agreement and that Tibet I was not a part of China Seven days later the Dalai Lama se cretly fled to India, later followed by thou ands of Tibetans The Tibetan government-in-exile is currently run from Dharamsala, India. Tibetans are still leaving Tibet. The Chinese are still violating basic human rights in Tibet through unjustifi able imprisonment and torture going so far as to imprison a 6-year-old boy in 1995 He and his relative are still missing. Every year demonstrations are held world-wide to commem orate the Tibetan people's uprising and to voice support for the approximately 100,000 Tibetans living in exile and for the Tibetans who are currently living in Tibet under Chinese oppres sion. Tibetan Uprising Day events in Florida include a demonstration out ide of the theme park "Florida Splendid China" in Kissimmee on March 9 at 11:00 a.m. and Tibetan Awareness Day at New College on March 8. We will write let ters in support of the Tibetan cause, exchange information, form and distribute flyers, possibly organize a protest march in Sarasota, and eat yak cheese (yum). Also, Professor of Religion John Newman has agreed to come and talk to students about his own experiences and knowledge of the Tibetan situation. To help organize these events or to find out more inforn1ation come to the WORD meeting next Monday, the Amne ty International meeting on thursday, or drop a note in Box 160. Locations and times of the events of the events will be posted around Ham Center during the week of March 3. I will be walk ing around all week with my head in a Tibetan Uprising daze, so if you see me and have any questions, please ask!
10 The Catalyst Announcements March 4, 1997 CAREER CENTER Thursday March 6 at 5 :15 prn W o rkshop in PME-223: Tell Me About Yourself or How to Ace the Job Interview Wedne s day, March 12 at 4:00p.m. in the Fishbowl: How to Market Your Liberal Arts Degree Michigan tate niversity-oca Cola Global Fellows Program: Grants of up to 5,000 for study in one of 20 MSU study abroad programs in A f rica, Asw Europe Latin America and the Middle East. This grant allows students to acquire international per pectives to promote cross-cultural understanding, and to expand intercultural and language skills. To be considered for a grant, participants must apply for admiss ion to one of 20 MSU programs The application procedure includes a $75 application fee, wh1ch is refundable if n ot selected for an award. Deadline: March 14, 1997 Intercultural Dimensions-E perience Life in an African Village: Volunteer, intern, and field-study opportunities for one month to one year i n environmental policy art, mu ic, dance language literacy, re l igion, legal aid, public health and women's community action. Vi it to gra r oo t projects in different parts of the country. July 5-25 1997. 1l1e price of $1,980 for 21 days includes: group accommodation s and meals in New York or Cambridge and Senegal, tran portation in Senegal and application fee. I University of Denver-Publishing Institute: The Publishing Institute combines work hops in editing and marketing w1th lecture/teaching session conducted by leading expert from all areas of publi hing The Institute provide a concentrated, four week, fulltime c om e Tuition is $2,600. The Institute is designed for recent college graduates who are seeking careers in book publishing Admi sion 1 s highly selective and competitive. Additional infonnation: http://www du.edu/pi. lnterFuture-Intercultural 'tudic for the Future: InterFuture is currently electing its group of 1998 IF Scholars. A non-profit tn.x-dedu c tible organization that has been selecting, training, and fielding student re earcher for 25 years. Each research i individ ually des i gned to the intcre t and need of the scholar .. Deadline: March 15, 1997. The Herbert coville Jr Peace Fellowship: Peace & Arms Control Fellowship in Washington, DC is a program c tablished to provide college graduates w ith the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on i ue related to peace and security. Spend four to six month workmg full time on arn1s control re earch and/or advocacy. A $1,500-a-month stipend, travel expen cs to Washington, D and health insurance. ApplicatiOn deadline: March 15th for Fall Semester, October 15th for Spring Semester. Volunteer Opportunitie in Southea tAla ka: The U.S Forest Service is looking for per: ons intere ted in volunteering in Southea t Alaska to w or k in remote site within a field camp environment or in a town The work i phy ically demanding, requiring Individuals to work in remote areas for extended periods and often in adverse weather conditions. Reimbursement for air fare from point-of origin. food and lodging provided while at field locations. WEA South Florida' ultural cholar hip 1997: SWEA is a nonprofit global organization promoting Swedish culture and traditions and the Swedi s h language. This Scholarship is to encourage and support any well merited student residing in Florida and enrolled in a Florida college who wishes to tudy or pur ue projects in Swedish language; Swedish culture or tradition ; environ mental science; health care program promoting better health for women and children; art; music; and literature or design. Scholarship is for 1 000 Deadline: April I. cholarship for tudy Abroad: Since 194 7, Rotary International has sponsored over 29,000 men and women to act as ambas sador of goodwill through study in other country. Applications are now being accepted for the 1998-99 Rotary Ambassadorial cho l arship program which provide stipends of up to $22,000 for a year of study. If you will graduate by Spring 1999 and wish to study at a foreign univcr ity, you are eligible to apply All recipients must be willing to discuss and share their experiences with Rotary Clubs over cas during the grant period and with Club in the local di trict upon return to the U .S. The scholar hip is highly competitive and the appl i cation process is rigorous. Our campus application-deadline is April 7, 1997 Por addilia11ai information stop in 1/ze Career Resource Center. PME-1 19. Want to publicize an event? Sell your books? Solicit a hitman? Advertise in The Catalyst. It's free. Place your announcement in Box 7 5 or e mail us at catalyst @ virtu.