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Volume VI, Issue 20 March 18, 1997 I own this copy for research purposes. THE INLAND ANOTHER FORUM RAISES ISLAND: CIVIL MORE QUESTIONS WAR IN CHIAPAS by Charles Choi At times, New College seems like an inland island that only those with deter mination or transportation can leave. This sense of detachment is not one that is limited to New College; it s the attitude that tells us not to talk to strangers the sentiment that results with many that don t pick up a newspaper. Many don t even know about the civil war next door. Chiapas is the eighth largest of the 31 states of Mexico; it is also the poorest, with the worst education and the highest mortality rate in the nation Half of the 3 5 million inhabitants don t have potable water, and all but a third of them lack sewage service s Over half of the popula tion suffers from malnutrition and this percentage increases to 80 % in the forests and the highlands. Many die of treatable diseases like malaria, salmonella pulmonary tubercu losis typhus diarrhea cholera the measles and believe it or not scabies I .5 million have no medical services at their disposal. There are two clinics and three hospital beds for every 10,000 inhabi tants a fifth and a third of the national average, respectively. On New Year s Eve, 1993, the Zapatista National Liberation Army SEE "MEXICO" ON PAGE 3 INSIDE Ivory Tower ................... 3 Media Relations ............ .4 Victim Advo cate ............. 6 Calendar ...... ............... 6 Food Service ................ 7 Editorial ..................... 9 Conservation News ............. 9 by Sara Foley Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson and Asst. Director of Student Affairs Tim Richardson met with students last Thursday to answer questions about the New College Self-Study Committee The meeting followed the publication of the committee's first draft concerning self-regulation at New College. Dean Michalson hopes that the recommenda tions will be "an ongoing part of a campus dialogue that will never end." "There was never any desire not to re flect the majority of the student body [opinion]," said NCSA President Matt Grieco, who helped write the draft of rec ommendations published by the committee. "There s a lot I'm going to recommend [to the committee when the draft is revised]." Grieco would strike several of the rec ommendations from the document, inducting the suggestion to create an Executive Committee and the suggestion to use A&S fees to finance Student Activities Coordinator Alena Scandura s position. The strained relations between the stu dents and the campus police again came to light. Students have noticed changes in the interaction between Captain Kelly and the students. Many feel that the police are enforcing things that haven't been en forced in the past. "The obvious thing SEE "FORUM" ON PAGE 2 NEW COLLEGE'S RIGHT ARM by Pat Griffin Think you know what the conserva tives at New College are all about? Well, I interviewed both of them. Just kidding, (actually, the two I spoke to, T. Jay Brown and Pete Kezar, insist that there are at least five people who fit this decription, but the other three they listed will remain namelessespecially Darius). In all seriousness, there are some real misconceptions out there The left arm of New College doesn't know what the right one is doingsomething that's expected in bureaucracies of thousands of greedy fools, not hundreds of the most intelligent people on the face of the earth, (look it up it's true). This is an effort to set the record straight. Catalyst: What were your preconceptions about New Co11ege politically before you came here? Brown: I was told that I was going to see a lot of weird hippies, people chaining themselves to trees, and people standing up for causes they don't even know about. For the most part that's exaggerated, but there's a lot of truth there. Kezar: [After explaining that the liberal ism was known to him, since his father was part of the founding class] I came to this school thinking I was extremely polit icajly charged, but by comparison I'm not at all. Catalyst: And what is the state of conser vatism on this campus? Brown: From what I've heard from alums, New College is getting more con servative over the years. Kezar: Conservatism is faring better than I thought. Catalyst: Have you found that your views have been accepted here? Brown: Personally, I've felt welcome. However, my views have not. Middle stream is to the right of here. One thing I've been faced with is that everybody around here likes to think that they enter tain all ideas ... but when it comes down SEE "CONSERVATIVES" ON PAGE 5
2 The Catalyst uFORUM" FROM PAGE 1 would be to get Chief Kelly and some members of the staff in a room, said Michals on The police and Student Affairs are now holding weekly meetings forge a bal ance between education and en f orcement. "The initial meeting was rough, said Richardson We hope to see a nice solid ified staff out there, he said Students suggested that the Catalyst print profiles about new officers But how can students improve therelationships with the police and still protect their rights? It s important toremember there s a power structure in place," said Sara Greenberg. "It doesn't seem to me we c o uld po sibly do enough to endear ourselves enough to protect our selves in certain [situations]. As to how to improve things? ''I'm very pessimistic ; I don t know what we can do outside of changing the structure itself ," said Grieco. That move, however i s unlikely I think changes in personnel a re more likely than changes in structure," said Michalson Several students were concerned about the tone taken by the c ommittee in writing the rec o mmendations I don t feel New Coll e g e students arc portrayed in the best possibl e light ," said Peggy Yonuschot, in r e f e rence to the document. "As a tudent I am concerned about how this last final draft has s haped up there is a lot of bad feeling, [ s tudents) are not #'Cii" t alyst .. _.,,,AIIIrl"''"""""' General Editor Michelle Wolper Managing Editor Heather Oliver Staff Writers Charles Choi, Pat Griffin, Aaron Gustafson, Rachael Herrup-Morse, Robert Knight, Rachael Linin ger, Jessica Reid, Rocky Swift Layout Cynd y Ekle S a r a Foley Business :Vlanager Tom Heisler Contributor Anne Tat e wcll. c w Colleg e F ounda u o n Bnrh ara Berggren News represented fairly or accurately." Grieco will request that positive language be used when suggesting changes in self government. Michalson would like to see the SSC's recommendations elicit continuing self consciousness about student life and a greater sense of accountability. He is looking for ways to build contacts be tween students and faculty. "This is an institution that bases itself on Rousseau, not Augustine," said Michalson "You design things in a way that expects people to behave well and flourish. You want internal regulation ... it's a highrisk approach ... when people mess up, it's usually pretty messy ... we absorb the cost, and we move on." Yet there were questions as to whether the costs are too great to allow for such freedom. The issue of rape at New College was a touchy subject. "Let's as a community try to come up with ways to prevent this from happening," said Sara Greenberg. But this kind of prevention would require more official regulations, which would reduce the importance of self-regulation. "In order to minimize cer tain bad things from happening ... we would have to have more rules," said Dean MichaJson. Students tried to find middle ground between rules and regulations in the form .of suggestions. "We re trying to come up with a new Student Code" said Kelly Singer. "How can we infonn the commu nity and protect everyone's rights?" said March 18, 1997 Richardson, who suggested, "Maybe some more dialogue, more discussion about the reporting lines all we can do is make the victim aware of the steps." How to get students to start talking? Combination of consciousness-raising and educational independence. "There's a definite socialization process that happens when people come in here ... there could be guidelines said Sara Greenberg. Students should be told explicitly, "We do not tolerate this sort of behavior'' said Peggy Yonuschot. Just as we don't break glass because bare foot pedestrians might cut their feet, incoming students might be told "This is NewCollege, we don't rape women here," she continued. But Singer pointed out the difficulty of hammering out a code everyone agrees on. "First, we have to reach a community consensus, as a whole, [the student code] didn't seem very rele vant. From person to person, you're going to find very different views ... "Singer said, and continued, "you won't be able to change anything if you don t face it." Singer said she is concerned that the traditional New College way of doing things is getting lost as a greater percentage of older students move off-campus "There's been a breakdown in communi cation," Singer said. "We've lost whatever cohesion we had, and we're going to have to create it." Without students to associate with the activities and changes going on at New College, it may be hard for the progress made to continue. The Catalyst is available on th,e World Wide Web at http://www. sar. usf Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 31243 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 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. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space, grammar or style. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson
The Catalyst "MEXICO" FROM PAGE 1 (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberaci6n Nacional, or EZLN) seized control of the colonial city of San Crist6bal de las Casas and five towns in the surrounding high lands. The uprising was made up of the indigenous Mayan peoples, and sought to bring the problems of the populace to the attention of Mexico and the world. The Zapatista name themselves after Emiliano Zapata, a leader of the Mexican Revolution who said, "It is better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees." In the Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle in 1993, the EZLN stated their doctrine: "We have nothing to lose, ab solutely nothing, no decent roof over our heads, no land, no work, poor health, no food, no education, no right to freely and democratically choose our leaders, no in dependence from foreign interests, and no justice for ourselves or our children. But we say enough is enough!" It is no coincidence that the uprising took place at the same time that NAFTA was implemented. A refonn to Article 27 of the Mexican constitution was pushed through in preparation for NAFTA. It ended the agrarian refonn that had been going on since the Mexican Revolution and dashed peasants' hopes of owning their own small farms. NAFTA also low ered the price of the corn the peasants produce, which would further reduce their wages. The Zapatistas trace the roots of their uprising back 500 years to the Spanish colonialists who became landowners, pushing the indigenous peoples off their fertile land. The indigenous peoples were then forced to farm the thin soils of the steep slopes of the highlands Migrating to the rain forests to the east in order to clear land for agriculture is not an option many would choose, as the clay soils lose their fertility within one to three crop cycles. Also, every tree that is cut down in the jungle costs a jail sen tence and a fine that is I 0 times the minimum wage. In the meantime, Pemex, the national oil company, clears the rain forests with machetes and mines for gas and oil with dynamite. M any, however, have sought refuge in the jungle within the last 50 years, as the highlands can no longer support the in-News digenous population. The indigenous peo ples were joined by the poor from other parts of Mexico, many of them with expe riences in peasant revolts. Chiapas is the last bastion of the tradi tional elite, and the indigenous peoples have continued to lose ground to them. Land for cattle now occupies 50% of the state, up from 10% in the 1940s. Human rights organizations have repeatedly recorded police torture and illegal arrests from corrupt local governments. Like the original followers of Zapata, the EZLN asks that the government return land rights to the people. The intention is to do as Zapata did: adopt the communi tarian system of land ownership practiced by the ancestral Maya. This tradition had the communities ruling themselves without centralization in a democratic manner and was influ enced by the anarchist ideas spread in Mexico at the time of the revolution. Under Zapata, agriculture was restored and even increased. The Mexican government said 145 cit izens were killed in early January 1994 after 20,000 Mexican soldiers were sent to put down nearly 2,000 guerrillas. After 50,000 to I 00,000 people marched in Mexico City to demand an end to what they perceived to be a massacre, President Salinas ordered a ceasefire. The ceasefire has held since then. Subcomandante Marcos, the spokesman for the EZLN, maintains that the rebels still want a peaceful, political solution. He recognizes that army troops surround rebel positions in Chiapas and says the EZLN can do little militarily, although he has several times hinted at po sible ac tions outside their highland strongholds. The Mexican Federal Army (PGR) now occupies Chiapas in order to prevent any more violence. Still, the PGR has come into communities for preemptive strikes against the EZLN due to reports of possible attack, at times destroying entire towns after their populations have fled. And there have been allegations that the military has helped to fund and train the private annies of the elite, or has turned a blind eye to their executions of Zapatistas. It should have come as no surprise SEE "MEXICO" ON PAGE 4 March 18, 1997 3 OUTSIDE THE I IVORY TOWER International The United States began a military evacuation of Americans from Albania as anarchy spread through the tipy Balkan state. U.S. military helicopters landed in the capital Tirana, bringing a small force of U.S. troops to secure the evacuation and ferrying 50 people, mostly children, to a ship off shore. The evacuation was ordered after rioting spread to the impoverished capi tal after a breakdown of order across the country in recent days. National President Clinton was injured in a fall Thursday at the West Palm Beach home of golfer Greg Norman. The pres ident, who suffered a torn ligament in his knee, was flown back to Washington Friday to have surgery on his leg in a Bethesda, Maryland hospital. He is ex pected to be in a cast the next few weeks, but should not miss next week's summit with Russian president Boris Yeltsin. Vice President AI Gore delivered a Saturday radio address calling for more ftlnding to our nation's schools. The Clinton administration is asking for an additional $5 billion in federal aid to combat the "rundown, overcrowded" schools throughout the country. Last Monday, a Texas woman began following the route of Amelia Earhart around the world. Linda Finch will be flying a restored 1935 Lockheed Electra I OE, the same make and model a Earhart's, around the world to more than 20 countries, covering around 30,000 miles. The trip, which follows Earhart's path almost perfectly, will take 2.5 months. The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that a $940 million lawsuit against the tobacco industry can pro ceed to trial, despite protests from the industry itself and Gov. Kirk Ford ice. In 1994, Mississippi became the first state to file a Medicaid suit against to companies. This suit is considered a major victory in the fight to acquire compensation for the health care costs of smoking's casualties.
4 The Catalyst SAC MINUTES Meeting of March 13, 1997 Member in attendance: Hazen Komraus, Agnes Farres, Alisdair Lee, Kelly Singer, Nick Napolitano and Julie Allen. Jonathan Smith, on behalf of the History Club requested $270 69. He was allocated $85 for the first three meetings/ meals and if the meetings are going well, then the SAC will allocate addi tional funds. Colleen Butler, on behalf of the New College Allemative Culture and Music Festival, requested $12 .80 to purchase stamps She was allocated $12 80. Representative from the Native American Symposium requested $1,826 for a key-note speaker and advertising supplies Allocated: $1, 826. Alicia Luguri, on behalf of Burning Pa ti e nce, a play by Noah Teitelbaum, re quested $483 for tape, cassettes, reels, video paint, lumber, nails, door, yard sale junk costumes and veggies She was allocated $483 Beth Eldridge requested $200-$500 for Student Action with fann workers She was allocated $300 Lara Gla gow requested $96 for the Best Buddies Program. She was allocated $96 ; these funds will be taken from last semester's budget if it has not been swept already. Sarah Chynowetl1 requested $117 to spring 300 copies of a 13-page pamphlet on alternative contracts. She was allo cated no money and was instructed to refer the matter to the CSA who is in volved with the student handbook. Charles Choi requested $40 for reim bursement for the fan in the Publications Office He was allocated no money be cau e he had no receipt. Alternative may be to pay Charles for extra hours as TA Helen Matthews of Amnesty International reque sts $1600 for a s peaker She was allocated $1600. Campus Life March 18, 1997 ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE by Charles Choi Someone from the outside might not see New College as a den of iniquity or a radical experiment, but instead as nothing more than an unfamiliar curiosity out by the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. David Glaser, Coordinator of Public Affairs for USF at Sarasota, wishes to bridge that gap of ignorance. An inter-campus memo sent out on March 6 described a new campaign that would "emphasize the positives Glaser hopes to highlight campus events, accom plishments, people, and programs in the media A 'tip sheet' will be faxed to the local media every Monday morning. This sheet will include events affiliated with New College as well as the University Program. Glaser was a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times for two years before he came here; he was a reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for four years before that. As such, he fonned many re lationships with media personnel in the area, relationships that he says, "will help me to get word out about the positive and productive things happening on campus Glaser has worked at Cook Hall since March 1996. He spends most of his time here working on campus publications and on projects with faculty and staff, and as serts that "there is nothing particularly relevant about the timing of my memo and the campaign, and it is not focused solely on improving the image of New College'. "I can understand the students' con"MEXICO" FROM PAGE 3 that the civil war in Mexico comes as a surprise to many; not just here, but in all of the U.S. In effect, we have all been in our ivory towers, isolated away from the events that happen around us. The scope of our lives can be limited by something as simple as an infestation of parasitic mites that cause us to fear human contact with one another. We are lucky enough to not be under the rule of a distant Mexican power, or have Mexican armed troops occupying our lands We can still at least try and make a difference. And at l east one stucerns with recent media reports about the college. But in a community the size of ours, there are bound to be issues and di f created which we must face. I am not trying to combat or deflect these issues I'm trying to strike a balance, and more importantly, I'm hoping to generate stories which will show the larger com munity how valuable it is to have New College in their community and what a great resource we are for sharing ideas." Glaser said that his publicity efforts up to now have for the most part relied on the staff and the administration for story ideas. The new campaign depends on par ticipation from the student bodies and their on and off campus activities. "By telling our stories, perhaps we can get more people in the Sarasota/Bradenton community involved with this campus. "Maybe we can increase attendance at lectures or concerts at Sainer Maybe we can create friends who will someday be come donors, increasing the availability of scholarship monies for students ... Why shquldn 't our lectures, concerts, sympo siums be busting at the seams with people?" Some of the people that Glaser men tioned in his memo last week were Josh and Kaia Tickell and their veggie van, Helen Matthews and the children s book that she wrote about vegetarianism and Anne Tazewell, who was named Recycler of the Year in Sarasota. To share a story idea with the Public Affairs Office, send an email message to dglaser@virtu or call 359-4314. dent has this year. On March 5, Erica Quin and Instructor of sociology Sarah Hernandez gave a talk about the revolution in Chiapas Quin was a human rights ob server last January for Pastors For Peace, a nongovernmental organization that sends humanitarian aid caravans to South and Central America. In addition, a num ber of senior theses have been written about Chiapas, all of which are available in the campus library. So shall we continue to l imit our scope by staying in our ivory towers?
The Catalyst "CONSERVATIVES" FROM PAGE 1 to it, most things are tolerated if they're the popular opmion. Kezar: Some of the discussions I've had with people who are ideologically opposed to me are orne of the best I've ever had. It's forced me to reconsider my own views, to change them when neces sary, and to reinforce them when I'm not convinced. Catalyst: How do you feel that either you specifically or conservatives in general have been stereotyped unfairly by New College students? Kezar: .... cutters, slashers, and burn ers. Brown: I've been labeled by some students as a "Backwoods Bubba" who probably would enjoy taking over small countries in his spare time, which is kind of strange considering I'm from Pittsburgh. Also, it hasn't helped that I drive a pickup truck with a CB antenna. And I guess the bumper stickers don't help. Catalyst: Tell us about the bumper stick ers. What's your favorite? Brown: "Stop Global Whining." Catalyst: What most strikes you about New College students' political lives? Kezar: I have been shocked to see how disconnected we are. The political charge is there, but actually taking it and turning it into activism in the real world is not there. Brown: I find it strange that it's naturally assumed of a New College student that we're always willing to to campaign for Campus Life Ralph Nader or become vegetarian. Catalyst: T. Jay, you know that the blunt ness of your views could get you into some trouble around here [Brown's pre vious statement was mildly sanitized]. Brown: I'm tired of sugar-coating every thing I say. I'd rather catch shit for it. That's the most difficult thing for me, try ing to formulate what you say so as not to offend anybody. Kezar: I think people are unbelievably sensitive It's important to be sensitive, it is, but [excessive political correctness] represents the death of humor. I think America has lost the ability to laugh at itself, or even 111 general, and that's a shame. Catalyst: Let's talk specifics. What about the Greg Louganis uproar? [USF has been derided for sponsoring the gay Olympic champion as a speaker there by a USF alum and state official who has been dec orated by the Christian Coalition.] Kezar: We're in college to encounter dif ferent ideologies, ways of life, different people. I think if there's any forum for someone like Greg Louganis to speak, it's academia. I think that if anyone advocates one way of life as superior to anoth er, that would be inappropriate. Brown: I read the article [in the Spectacle], I read the letter and in my honest opinion, all this guy was doing was brown-nosing the religious right, and I didn't agree with it at all. Catalyst: What about morality at New College? THE ACTION AUCTION The New College Foundation Action Auction will take place in Hamilton Center on Saturday, March 22, 1997 from 5:30p.m. until about midnight. We ask your patience and good humor in allowing the Auction Committee and the Foundation to borrow Hamilton Center for the weekend. Continental breakfast on Friday will be served from the C-Store. Lunch will be an outdoor barbecue near the Pub compliments of the New College Foundation, and Friday night there will be a pizza party near the Pub. In its 27 year history the Action Auction has ra1sed over $2.5 million in support of the enriched academic pro-grams at New College. TI1e Action Auction is Sarasota's original auction and enjoys an impressive heritage of community support. It is the most important fund-raising activity sponsored annually by the N.C. Foundation. The 300 guests attending the black tie dinner auction are proud to support New College. They come to the event ready to translate that pride into dollars for New College. The Action Auction employs about 25 New College students who will work as mnners, furniture movers, art and silent auction assistants. We are grateful to them and to all of you. Thank you for your understanding and support. March 18, 1997 5 Kezar: I think it's important that we carry on a dialogue about this. As a philosophy student, I'm certainly aware of the problems 'that occur in justifymg morality and faith, but I do think that it is, and has been, a problem since the charter class that a lot of us don't graduate. A lot of potential has been wasted, and I do think a lot of this has to do with the "anything goas" mentality about drugs and right and wrong. Brown: I plead the Fifth. Catalyst: What about underage drinking laws? Kezar: I don't think the problem is with the law, as it is with our teaching younger people how to drink. I don't think 18 is unreasonable, and I think it should be [re ]considered. Brown: I have traveled quite frequently in my lifetime, and have found that in countries like Greece, which has no alco hol age limit, also have relatively no alco hol problems-it's not taboo. Furthermore, I find it ironic that England, one of the most.conservative countries in the worldprobably more conservative than ours, has a drinking age of 18 Therefore, I believe that when one comes of age in the U.S. (which is at 18), that if one is able to be sued, go to war, be held liable for anything that they do, the government should I buy us a dnnk. Catalyst: Any closing thoughts? Brown: "He who is young and COf1Serva tive has no heart He who is old and lib eral has no head." -Winston Churchill. Tips From University Police One vehicle is stolen every 19 seconds in the United States. A few simple steps can prevent auto theft. Don't leave your car running unoccupied, Don't leave your keys in your car.or in the ignition. Always roll up your windows and lock the car even if it's in front of your home. Don't leave valuables in plain view even if your car is locked. Put them in1 the trunk or at least out of sight. Park in busy, welllighted areas if possible.
' 6 The Catalyst A WEEK IN PREVIEW Wednesday, March 19 Information session: Sn1dent Action with Farm workers Fishbowl, 4:00p.m. Thursday, March 20 Amnesty International meeting Ham Center, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23 Women's Tea Pei 313, 3:30p.m. J J J J I J J J I syrin J I J J J I I I I WALL PREVIEWS March 21 Kara Andrade March 22 Kenya Chavez March 28 Lorene and Jen March 29 Satan and Alex Manning Campus Life March 18, 1997 KNOW THY ADVOCATE by Cyndy Ekle Lynch can advise students on how to use If you or a friend were a victim of a the student system as well as conventional violent act, would you know where to get routes. It is not necessary to file a police help? In addition to the RAs, you can report to get advice or referrals. You can page Laurel Lynch, the Victim Advocate, file, an anonymous report which does not who will respond in a matter of minutes. lead to the arrest of the offender, but lS She can be reached 24 hours a day, seven useful in the future if the person's behavdays a week, 365 days a year. ior in similar situations is in question. This position was created by USF In the event of an emergency, simply after realizing that if a student needed beep her and punch in the number where help during the weekend or at night after you can be reached and she will call you Parkv1ew was closed, there back in a few minutes. If was not any professiOnal Victim Advocate you want to contact her, but help available. The Victim Laurel Lynch can be do not want to talk immedi Advocate Program was ere-reached by dialing ately, you can leave a voice ated to assist students, 316-2112 (pager). In mail message. Sometimes it faculty, and staff who are an emergency, is helpful just to make convictim of actual or threat-punch in your tact with her and to speak to ened violence which includes phone number; Oth-her at a better time. For inbattery, stalking, and sexual erwise leave a stance, if a person needed battery and assault. detailed voice mail help with a restaining order, Lynch is the Executive message. it wouldn't be a good idea if Director of HOPE Family the person whom the order is Services, Inc and helps students and facagmn t were around. You can leave a ulty with paperwork, restaining orders, message telling her when and where to going to court, consulting, and giving recall to avoid this problem. ferrals for shelters. If, for any reason, you Lynch's matn role is to help figure out need help, you can a k her for advice. wlfat victims should do, if anything. She ''It's practical information," said Lynch. stressed that if you feel you need help for "At three in the morning when you're a any reason, to page. little tipsy, you might not think about the "If anyone is hesitant about calling, right course to take. So that is sort of my not knowing if this is the kind of stuff I role, its like having a hot line." handle, I'd rather you call and let me give Lynch dealt mostly with violence the information or refer you to the right calls last semester, bt.t she does help if party then if you don't call and don't get one student has a complmnt against anthe inforn1ation. Don't ever worry about other, even if it is not sexually-related. waking me up." Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles. lett ers and/or editori als, or an opinion that is intended to be shared with the student body. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free advertising. Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest co!Jmnists do not necessarily repre se nt the views of the Catalyst, but rather opiniops of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guest column s may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be received by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the fol lowing week's issue.
The Catalyst Entertainment March 18, 1997 7 SINUS-CLEARING CUISINE by Robert Kmght rant I have ever been to which offers eel of Kim Chi which is pickled cabbage in A couple of weeks ago, I caught wind octopus and sea urchin (available on their pepper sauce and is absurdly spicy Try it of some wonderful-smelling Chinese food full sushi bar). if you dare. I found it necessary to drink a wafting through the parking lot of the I must admit I didn t know what to ex-Jot of water. Publix north on the Trail from campus. I pect at first. I had never eaten Korean Sam Oh Jung will gladly cater to the knew I had to try it. food before. However, the menu devegetarians among you They will gladly Turns out, that wasn't just Chinese scribed the dishes quite accurately. I coQk any dish without the meat, and they food but Korean and Japanese as well. started with an appetizer, a tray ofYaki also serve vegetable tempura ($3 99 or The restaurant is Sam Oh Jung, and it reMando, for $2 99. Yaki Mando, the $8.99 for a full portion) and seaweed wards the extra few miles and dollars salad ($2.95) The vegetable Lo Mein with some out-of-the-ordinary cuisine. Sam Oh Jung is located in the Bayshore ($6.99) was very nicely done: very light, When I walked in, I noticed the atGardens Shopping Center on U .S. 41 in not drowning in grease or MSG. As far as mosphere was quite pleasant. The Bradenton I could tell, their Chinese menu only inrestaurant is rather small, but very well eludes standbys commonly found in other kept. The familiar Eastern images in blue Korean variation of egg rolls have a pork restaurants, but judging by the Lo Mein, and yellow hues offer a calm, bright amdumpling inside them, and are served they cook these quite proficiently. bience to the place. On the down side, with a zesty soy sauce for dipping. These After the meal, they serve orange the smoking and non-smoking sections are quite enjoyable. wedges, which help to soothe your throat aren't very distinct, so nonand antiMost of the dinner entrees run beafter a spicy dinner. smokers may encounter problems. tween nine and eleven dollars, but the On the down side, they are closed on Tucked inside the Bayshore Gardens helpings are quite generous. I sampled the Sundays, and the background music is shopping center, Sam Oh Jung runs the Yookee Jang ($8.99), strips of beef, green kind of cheesy, often making you feel as gamut of Oriental cooking. They specialonions and egg served in a tangy spicy if in a video game. ize in Korean food, a welcome rarity beef broth The dinner was served with A dinner for two at Sam Oh Jung will They offer a lot more choices than nearby rice, 2 or 3 dishes of assorted vegetables probably run at least 20 dollars. A bit Sai Woo, and quite frankly much higher (be sure to ask for the Korean potatoes; pricey, but for special occasions, Sam Oh quality Sam Oh Jung is the first restauthey are very well-seasoned), and a bowl Jung is an excellent choice. THE QUOTABLE QUOTIENT: FOOD SERVICE by Robert Knight Has students' animosity toward Marriott subsided? Have issues of food quality and selection been resolved since the change in food service directors? These issues concern many students, including Keara Axelrod, one of the two Food Service Representatives (Kelly Samek is the other). When asked about the most frequent complaints she receives, she answered, "Just that the food is bad, that Marriott is bad. Generally people complain more about vegetarian/vegan entrees The Food Service Committee meets with Director of Housing and Student Af fairs Mark Johnson and Food Service Director Bob Quigley regularly to discuss possible changes, particularly the food served and Marriott's hours. The commit tee has moved its Tuesday afternoon meetings to the couches outside the Fishbowl at 5:30p.m., hoping that they will become more visible to students Axelrod stated, "We're working on getting organically and locally grown produce into Marriott, which is something the students wanted to put into our con tract with MalTiott and which we think is a pertinent issue right now." She also said that the committee wants the C-store to be open on weekends. "It's something Marriott said they would do," said Axelrod "Bob said they would try to start it next year, but it's something they can't do right now be cause they simply don't have enough hours where people can work." So what does the rest of the student body think? Here are some quotes from students surveyed last week: "Well, it has improved. But I think we've gotten about as good as we're go ing to get with Marriott. Maybe it's time we thought of getting a new food service." -Alicia Luguri "No vegan meals. Oh, I'm sorry, did I say that out loud?" -Mike Plodek "Lower the prices to meet the food quality. That way they'd be paying us!" -James Sheridan "If they had the option of pasta every day then I'd buy it every day -Mario Rodriguez "I'd rather eat your mom than eat Marriott!" -Tammy Maloney "I think it's definitely improved. The press did a lot. It's good-tofair as far as any rating scale is concerned." -Amanda Kopf "If Marriott signs separate contracts witJ1 McDonald's, Domino's, Publix, (and yes, even the Granary) to use our food cards there, there won't be the scuffle at the end of the year for more food card money. If anything, we'll be applying for an extension of food card money, where byMarriott will make a profit." -Rob Scope! It seems that the food service has im proved ever since last year's unflattering media coverage, but it's still nothing to write home about. Students are con cerned about getting healthier food, but concerns of quality and choice seem to be much more urgent.
8 The Catalyst Contributions March 18, 1997 PURCHASING PROCEDURES FOR N C S A Contributed by Barbara Berggren 1. Planning an Event When planning an event, you will find it helpful to talk to me or Alena Scandura, Student Activities Coordinator. This is es pecially true for symposia, visiting speakers etc. To get a speaker paid, a pur cha e order has to be' completed about two weeks in advance. Before booking airline tickets, re ervmg hotel rooms and rental cars, talk to either Alena or myself. The travel rules issued by USF are nu merous and complicated! (See Item 9) Important: When you have a tenta tive date for an event, be sure that Alena has that information so she can put it on the events calendar. 2. Requesting funds from the SAC The SAC holds a large meeting early in the fall to allocate funds for NCSA sponsored activities, and continues to meet weekly thereafter. 3. Purchasing goods from ven dors .After receiving an allocation of funds, talk to Barbara Berggren as soon as possi ble to discuss how you will spend the money. She will prepare requisitions for purchase -allow about a week for local purchases, longer for out of town. It is important that you deal with businesses that will accept purchase orders from the University, and that they understand that they will receive a University check ap proximately two to three weeks after the goods are delivered and an invoice (bill) is submitted. If you pick up the goods, be sure to give the invoice to Barbara as soon as possible so the vendor will be paid promptly. 4 NCSA charge accounts ( bl ankets) NCSA has open accounts with Publix March 5 4:45 p.m. C r imi n al mis chief. Spa filled with bubble bath. $150 damage. March 6 1:48 a.m. Noise com plaint, drum ci r c l e in Palm Court. Circle moves to bayfront. March 6 5:14p.m. Theft of park ing deca l from inside unlocked car. Marc h 9 3 :10 a .m. Bike inside Hamilton Center was impounded (Bayshore Gardens store), Wal-Mart (University Parkway store), Sam's, the Granary, Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut, LTM Distributing (party store), and others. You may "charge" at any of these stores, but must get a charge authorization from Barbara in advance. Please return all re ceipts, register tapes, etc. promptly to her. 5. Ordering food from Marriott (oncampus cafeteria) Get in touch with the Cafeteria Manager to arrange for the food, and ask him to send a written quote of the agreed cost to Barbara at least a week prior to the event. She will do the necessary paper work. Please notify Barbara immediately after the event if the service is not satis factory. 6. Alco h o l Alcoholic beverages may not be pur chased with University funds. 7. Reimburseme n ts Sometimes vendors will not take pur chase orders. Reimbursements to students for purchases from such vendors must be approved in advance, however. Purchase orders for independent contractors (visit ing speakers, bands, etc.) must always be prepared in advance of the event. 8 Trave l to confe r e n ces, meeti ngs etc. Processing requests a long time, so see Barbara at least three to four weeks in ad vance of traveling. Travel must benefit the University, and a justiflcation must be provided if more than three people are attending a conference. The University will pay registration fees in advance, but will not pre-pay hotels. If you need a cash ad vance, the University will give you 80% of the estimated cost 10 days prior to the event. March 10 10:05 a.m. Operator from Washington D .C. P olice Department informs UPD of a bomb threat aimed at "Governor" Bob Graham (Bob Graham is a enator) whi l e he was at the Arcadia, Fl. Rodeo. The call was traced to a menta l hospital near Arcadia. The incident was referred to the Senator's office. 9. Travel for visi t ing speakers etc. Please give Barbara the name, social security number, and home address of a visiting speaker. Also give a description of the services to be performed, date, time and place. The speaker can be reimbursed for travel expenses. If possible get the speaker to book the airline ticket-if you book it, you will not be reimbursed. A travel agency in Tampa will take a pur chase order if the speaker insists on our paying directly. If you pay for a speaker's hotel room, you will not be reimbursed. If you reserve rooms at a local hotel, be sure to tell them that USF will be paying (or New college, if the Foundation is pay ing). We should be able to get a good rate. We have had good luck with the Golden Host, Knights Inn, Hyatt House etc., but shop around for the best deal. We can get state rates for rental cars-once again, cotisult Barbara or Alena. Paying for travel is highly complex and rule-ridden. 10. Makin g cop ies Copying should be done at the campus copy center, located behind the bookstore. Obtain a copy authorization card signed by an NCSA officer or Barbara Berggren, before submitting work to the copy center. Your budget will be charged at the rate of 2.75 per side. 11. Mailings All outgoing mail mail sho u ld be sent through the campus mail room. Obtain a mail a u thorization card signed by an NCSA officer or Barbara Berggren, and deliver to the mail room. Your budget will be. charged. R e m embe r: Give all receipts, register tapes, etc. to Barbara immediate l y after p u rchasing! March 1110:55 a.m. B ike stolen from n ear P MD. $150 va l ue. M arch 12 12:06 a.m Noise corn p l aint in Pei Dorm room. O ccupants g i ven ver b a l warning. Marc h 13 5:30am Two students leeping near the W est S i de Stu d ent Cente r were to l d t o find somewhere else to go.
The Catalyst Every town meeting and open forum and public shouting match of the past several weeks has included some discussion of the current relationship between the students and the campus police. What progress has been made? Are we all talk and no action? It's convenient for students to complain about the the cops' strict enforcement of the law and lack of respect for students; it's equally as easy for the police to criticize stu dents' lack of respect for UPD and some occasional displays of poor Contribution s EDITORIAL judgment. Frankly, it's getting old and it's accomplishing absolutely nothing. Actually, it may make the relationship seem worse than it really is. To alleviate this tension, many suggestions have been proposed during the many forums that have been held; most of them have been ways to punish the cops for what students consider gross miscar riages of justice, or generally ways to avoid facing the tension directly. With a problem such as this one, common sense dictates that March 18, 1997 9 direct communication is the only effective way. The first step might be for us all to air our grievances publicly, yet respectfully. Maybe Captain Kelly will agree to attend another open forum if more than four people will show up. (Recall last year's attempt?) The campus cops need to real ize that students feel like objects under a microscope. Students need to understand that the cops have jobs to do and really have stu dents' best interests in mind. CONSERVATION NEWS: LET'S TALK TRASH Contributed by Anne Tazewell One person's trash is another's trea sure. The truth in this old adage, and the results of a waste stream analysis on February 26 of Hamilton Center and the Pei Dorm's trash have led me to organize an effort to establish a materials ex change/donation center. Years ago when I first moved to Key West there was a large free box" in front of the local health food store. It was a great place to find something new to wear and other useful treasures. Perhaps by now you've noticed the signs and table in front of the Environmental Studies bulletin board in the dining room Please take advantage of this area and contribute any unwanted (but still usable) belongings and feel free to take any items that may be of use to you In order to avoid any Fire Marshal/ Health Department hassles and prevent an unsightly buildup, I will be c l earing the table at the beginning of each month and donating the discards to nearby charitable organizations. Please don't limit your do nations to just clothing and books. I was amazed at what we found in the trash on the 26th: a new pair of high qual ity scissors two new hand-painted sheets, a perfectly good lamp (now in my son's room), an empty clay flowerpot, an un used package of valentines, dozen of plastic knives and many two-ounce cups And this was just one day: 15 gallons ( 13 pounds) of perfectly good stuff! Although a waste stream analysis is not the type of activity one would want to partake of on a daily basis, going through 615 gallons of garbage can be very educa tional. One of the things I discovered was that even though we have a campus-wide RESULTS OF WASTE STREAM ANALYSIS Conducted February 26, 1997 volume/gals weight/lbs garbage polystyrene plastic bags plastic glass alum/steel mixed paper box board office paper reusables cardboard food waste paper towels TOTAL 288 119 60 4 8 l 33 6 23 18 7 4 20 12 45 16 25 15 15 13 15 4 61 217 15 10 615 438 recycling program for glass, plastic (num bers one and two), aluminum, steel, and paper 123 gallons (76 pounds) of these items were thrown away from Pei and Ham Center on February 26. What's the matter here? Recycling is an easy way that one can make a direct contribution to helping our environment. Please think twice before tossing something in the trash. This goes for when you are bussing your dishes, too. I don't think that anyone would intentionally toss a 16ounce reusable cup, a wooden salad bowl, a dinner plate and three forks in the trash but that is what we found on the 26th. If discarding dinnerware is a daily occur rence (which it appears to be since I have now conducted three waste stream analy ses here and every time found dinnerware) this amounts to 300 place settings annually at an approximate cost of $1155 This is your money (or your parents'), not Marriott's that you are throwing away. Think before you tos One last note on waste stream analy ses It has been discovered that we are throwing away 45 gallons (16 pounds) of recyclable cereal boxes and cracker car tons Please deposit these types of items (emptied with liner removed) in the paper bin in the Hamilton Center mail room. No old pizza boxes please! Cardboard is recyclable too. Break down boxes and set them next to recycling con tainers in the dorm areas or better yet, deposit them directly in the blue BFI dumpster behind Hamilton Center. It is essential to break down boxes first, since we don't want to pay to get a bunch of air recycled. Many thanks to New College alum Jesse White, s tudents from the Green Campus/C o mmunitie s tutorial and Jake Byrnes from the rec ycling crew for help ing out with the waste stream analysis I couldn t hnve done it without you!
10 The Catalyst Announcements March 18, 1997 The Housing Staff will be conducting health and safety checks of all rooms on campus between Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 28. These room checks will be in preparation for the State Fire Marshall's visit during break week. For more information please call 359-4251 Attention New College bands! An evening of live music in the newly renovated band room is being planned. If you would like to play at this show put a note in Box 58 or email me at garfinke@virtu The band room show is tentatively planned for Saturday, April 5, and due to an expected high number of interested acts bands with previous playing experience will be given priority EarthSave's Healthy School Program (HSLP) will be introduced at a workshop at Jefferson High School auditorium in Tampa on Thursday night, March 20 from 6 : 30 to 8 :30p.m. The HSLP is a national program aimed at (1) having all students offered a low fat, cholesterol-free entree daily and (2) educating students about how their food choices affect their health and the health of the environment. For more information about EarthSave's Healthy School Lunch Program contact Eileen Schiffer at 813-886-6836. The New College History Club is up and running. Meetings are open to everyone. Yes, we do have free food. For specifics send e mail tojsmithl@virtu. sar.usfedu. Tuesday March 18: 5 : 30 study session for American Diplomatic History in the Library. 6 :00 study session on 20th Century German History in the Library. Tuesday April 1st: next History Club meeting. )'here will be an open meeting for all students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 19 at 3:30p.m. in Sudakoff to talk with the faculty members who have accepted their nominations for the position of interim Dean and Warden of New College. After that dis cussion, those people with voting rights at the faculty meeting (the faculty and six students) will vote on those candidates. This is an important opportunity for the student body to have a significant input in the process of selection, so please attend! CAREER CENTER Dauphin Island Sea Lab Undergraduate Fellowships for Research in Marine Science: This fall, Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab will offer intensive research expedence for undergraduates interested in pursuing careers or graduate studies in the marine sci ence Many research areas are a vailable including seagrass bends ; effects of physical processes, microbial activities and fauna on sediment/water-column exchange s ; phytoplankton and zooplankton ecology, and many others. Dauphin Island is located in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, the Sea Lab provides courses and research facilities for students and faculty from 22 colleges. Applications are invited from undergraduates in their junior or senior years with interests in biology, chemistry, geology and envi ronmental sciences Students cannot have already graduated at the time of the fellow hip. Stipends of $2,375 will be provided for the 9 112 week full-time program, students outside Mobile, AL can apply for limited travel assistance, housing and meals provided. Web page at: www.mafmobile.al.usl-sealab Application deadline: April 1, 1997 St. Thomas University School of Law: You are invited to spend an evening with St. Thomas University School of Law faculty and students, attend a class, and learn about the law chool' programs from those who know them best. The programs are free, but you will need to call (800) 245-4569 to reserve a place for yourself. Dates: March 20 & 21. Space is limited. Ruder-Finn Public Relations Executive Training/Summer Internship Program: Fuder-Fim1, Inc. is one of the nation s largest, full-service, independent, international public relations agencies. The Executive Training Program is for college graduate who have at least a Bachelor's Degree and is offered three times a year in its New York City headquarters. Executive Trainees/Summer Interns usually are assigned to one or two account groups to serve as "floaters" and assist groups throughout the firm. Trainees work full-time and are paid at the rate of $15,000 per year, no benefits. Summer dates: 61169/12, deadline: April l; Fall dates: 9/15/97 1115/98; deadline: June 2. Central American Institute of Prehistoric and Traditional Cultures at Belize: Recognized by the Ministry of Education of the Government of Belize, the Institute is a non-profit research and educational institution to promote the pre ervation of ancient and traditional world view and materials, and to act as a center for the dissemination of knowledge and interest in the study of cul tures. Three programs are offered: Into the Shaman's Labyrinth, Natural Healing and Alternative Medicine, and Tropical Resource and Wildlife Ecology Additional information i available in the CRC. For additional information stop in the Career Resource Cente1; PME-1 19.