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Volume VII Issue 10 Soccer players go prime time to defeat Ringling by Paul "Cheech" Chretien Seeing a group of students playing soccer behind the Fitness Center is not unusualNew College students routinely take part in 'pick-up' games of all sorts. What makes these soccer games unusual is the fact that New College has been able to field a team in the weekly Sarasota Soccer League from these games. Last Tuesday, this team, the 'New College Funk', defeated a team from the Ringling School of Art and Desi n l-0 br'n in Co ege s recor: up to (wins-losses respectively). Team member Gabriel Cade explains that the team is made up of 14 players-12 fielders and 2 goal keepers. The Sarasota league plays half-field with a total of seven players on the field at a time, allowing New College two full squads. The game is divided into two, 35-minute halves with a ten minute rest in between them. As the two teams prepared to play, Ringling appeared to be a more formidable opponent than one might have anticipated. Ringling supporters outnumbered New College by almost ten-to-one. Eventually more New College Students showed up to support the 'Funk', bringing the ratio to about three-to-one. Ringling had uni forms, whereas the 'Funk' were definitely showing their individualism in that area. 'Funk' supporter Naomi Shvorin lamented the fact that Ringling even had pom-poms. But once the game was under way, it was apparent that the 'Funk' wasn't intimidated by Ringling. The New College forwards kept heavy pressure on SEE "SOCCER" ON PAGE 4 The Tasteless, and yet ... INSIDE Outside the 1VOJ'y9'Tower ... 2 Search Corrumttee-profiles .3 Bean .......... ,5 Ad for new dean ......... 6 SAC minute$ ............ 7 ....... 8 November 25, 1997 Uhuru fight for freedom continues I 1 by Rocky Swift Akua Njeri, widow of Black Panther Fred Hampton and presi dent of the National People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (NPDUM), s poke last Friday to an assembly of around forty people from New College and the commu nity. Njeri spoke about her survival of the police attack that killed her husband in 1969 and of her current struggle to free her son Fred Hampton Jr. who has served four years of an eighteen year jail sen tence on an arson conviction. ... we're also talking about building a movement to reverse this tide of police brutality that is rampant that is everywhere in all the oppressed and colonized c mmunities that exist tli t1f0fl s c-ountry. -AkuaNjeri Chimurenga Waller, president of the St. Petersburg branch of the NPDUM, introduced Njeri and spoke briefly on the purpose of the Uhuru movement and on its activi ties in St. Petersburg. He described the organizations activities as "part of a strategy to start the struggle for the democratic rights of African people and to expose the counter-in surgency or war against the African community." Waller recounted the October 1996 police shooting death of 1 8 year old TyRon Lewis. Waller did not go into details of how Lewis was "brutally gunned down," but news sources report that Lewis was threatening to run down a police of ficer with a stolen car when he was shot and killed by officer Jim Knight. When a grand jury deter mined three weeks later that the police had not committed any crime, "If there s one thing that we've learned, if oppression breeds resistance, and as long as these brutal condi tions exist in our communities, we're go to continue to fight oack. -Alma Njeri riots broke out in black communi ties in St. Petersburg that gained world-wide attention. This particular incident has sort of pushed the National People 's Democratic Uhuru Movement to the forefront not just to the city of St. Petersburg but also gave us national notoriety," said Waller. Associated Press reports on the riots state that $5,000,000 dollars in damages resulted from the arson and looting from the riots. Twelve people were injured including two police officers and a white man re ceiving gunshot wounds, a black man in his '40s who had a bottle thrown at his face, and a white man in his '60s who was beaten in a laundromat. Waller then introduced Njeri as "a person who has been a vital part of the stru le a ainst that w t at is being made against the bid community." Flanked by her ninja-suited bodyguard, Njeri opened her speech saying "Uhuru" which is Swahili for freedom and has become the tradi tional greeting and rallying cry for the movement. "We're here to try to win as many people as we can to partici pate in the work in freeing a 27-year-old political prisoner by the name of Fred Hampton Jr. who just happens to be my son ," said Njeri, "But we're also talking about build ing a movement to reverse this tide of police brutality that is rampant that is everywhere in all the op pressed and colonized communities that exist throughout this country." Njeri went on to discuss the growth of the Black Panther move ment during the'60s and the work of Fred Hampton, who organized the Black Panther's Chicago chapter. She discussed the community health and education projects that Hampton Sr. initiated in the Chicago area. Njeri became visibly choked up as she described the events of Dec. 4, 1969 when police raided the apartment where many of the Chicago Black Panther activities took place. She and Hampton Sr. where in the bed when they were "" :T 0 0 g c '< 0 .... z 'tl 0 flkua Njeri, President of the National People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (NPDUM) awakened by police gunfire, and as Hampton Sr. looked up to the rear entrance of the room "about a mil lion pigs converged on the door ." Hampton Sr. was killed in the at tack as was fellow panther Mark Clark. Three weeks later, Njeri gave birth to Fred Hampton Jr. Njeri described how the Uhuru movement surv ved the intentional government attack that destroyed the Black Panthers. He then de scribed how the Uhurus began to continue to put the fight for self-de termination on the front burner. Fred Hampton Jr. became a com munity leader in his own right in the '80s and '90s becoming the presi dent of NPDUM. Njeri described the efforts of the government to im prison Hampton Jr. which finally "This particular incident has sort ofp_ushed the National Pe()p_les Democratic Uhuru Movement to the forefront not just to the czty of St. Petersburg but also gave us national notoriety, -Chimurenga Waller succeeded in May 1992 when he was arrested for firebombing a Korean storefront. Njeri says that Hampton Jr. was framed and de scribed the proceedings against him as a "political trial" that lasted three days and resulted in him receiving a lengthy prison sentence. Njeri is now spear-heading the movement to have her son released. In her closing remarks, Njeri stated, "I am here to win your sup port around building a campaign to SEE "SPEAKER" ON PAGE 4
2 The Catalyst International Talks to officially end Korean War On Friday, North Korea agreed to attend a four-way conference next month in Geneva aimed at creating a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula. The conference will be at tended by the U.S., North Korea, South Korea, and China and will seek to replace the 1953 armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War. No peace treaty was ever signed and the Korean states are still technically at war. All parties will be able to bring up any issue in Geneva. Rwandan Prison attacked More than 300 people were killed during an attack on a Rwandan jail last Thursday. Around 1 ,200 Hutu rebels sieged the prison in an attempt to free thousands of their com rades awaiting trial for crimes committed during the genocidal war that ravaged Rwanda in 1994 claimed the lives of 800,000 Thtsis and moderate Hutus. Tutsi government officials have stated that the prison guards were able to repel the attack, but not before hundreds of casualties among rebels, guards, prisoners, and civilians. Windsor Castle reopens The restoration of England's Windsor Castle is now complete. The project took five years and cost the equivalent of $63 million. On the bright side, the restoration came $5 million under budget, and 70% of the funds ft!!!!-.,...---b.v admission fees to tour Buckingham Palace. In 1992, a fire broke out in Windsor Castle. The fire started in the Chapel because a curtain was resting on a spotlight. Damage was spread over 115 rooms, including nine main rooms. This destruction, combined with the failed marriages of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, caused Queen Elizabeth to call 1992 the "annus horribilis." Fortunately, however, the nine main rooms had most of their furnishings removed so the rooms could be rewired. Workers moved other pieces of furniture to safety, from under a flaming roof. Last Friday, the Queen threw a party for the 1,500 people involved in the restoration. General Editor Heather Oliver Managing Editor Charles Choi Features Editor Aaron Gustafson Staff Writers Hugh Brown, Paul Chretien, Rocky Swift, Rachael Herrup-Morse, Jessica Katzenstein Layout Cyndy Ekle Online Developer Nicole Ganzekaufer Business Manager Rachael Morris Contributors Jake Reimer, Search Committee News U.N. inspections team resumes work UN inspection teams have been allowed to scrutinize Iraq's weapon stocks. Eight sites were inspected without incident on Friday. Unfortunately, to maintain the war machine status quo, the U.S. needed to spend tens of millions of dollars to deploy addi tional aircraft and capital ships to the Middle East. Hussein has succeeded in getting world diplomats to contemplate the conditions under which the sanctions against Iraq would be lifted Hussein's political maneuvering has prompted Middle East rivals from pub licly using force to influence Iraq. The past three weeks have allowed Hussein to dis perse information and equipment related to his weapon of mass destruction. Hussein s expulsion of seven American inspectors and his accusation of their being spies has called international attention to the sanctions against Iraq. OUTSIDE ,--lvoeRY lOWER INXS singer commits suicide On Saturday, Michael Hutchence, singer of INXS, was found dead after hanging him self in a shower in a hotel in Sydney, Australia. The band was in Sydney in preparation for the group's 20th anniversary tour. Hutchence death came as a surprise and he appeared to be more peaceful and happier. No illegal drugs were found in his room, al though prescription drugs were found. He leaves behind his girlfriend and daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. National Serial killer executed Convicted serial killer Michael Sharp, 43, became this year's 35th person to receive the death penalty in Texas last Wednesday. Sharp was convicted of the 1982 killing and sexual assault of a woman and her daughter. He also November 25, 1997 became the first prisoner to po s t his final words on the internet. His statement included a plea for forgiveness and criticism of the death penalty and ended with "I'M OUTTA HERE!!! See 'ya! Suicidal man forces police shooting Moe Pergament, the 19year-old son of a Long Island developer and a sophomore in Nassau Community College was killed last week. Authorities suspect that Pergament was depressed over gambling debts that could be as high as $6000. This may have led to the end of his life. On the day Pergament was killed, he pur chased nine greeting cards for family and friends, and a sliver toy gun that he used to provoke two Long Island police officers He drafted a letter of apology, in advance of his death, to whichever policeman would even tually have to kill him. According to police, Pergament was speeding and driving erratically on the Long Island Expressway. Officer Thomas Pollock pulled him over. Pergament jumped out of the car. Pollock ordered him to return to his vehicle when Pergament drew the toy gun. Officer Anthony Sica arrived. Pergament ad vanced toward the officers, and they opened fire. Reports say that as many as three shots may have been fired. An excerpt from Pergament's suicide note reads, "Officer it was a plan. I'm sorry to get you involved. I just needed to die." Pergament's act was dubbed by police as "suicide by cop." AI Berkeley III owns up to prank Alfred Berkeley ill, President of the NASDAQ stock exchange, finally owned up to his involvement in a college prank over 30 years ago. In 1965 a 250-pound Black Angus calf was found on the dome of Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and a rescue attempt resulted in the animal dying several hours later. Berkeley recounted the tale of his involvement in this summer's alumni magazine, and former Sheriff George Bailey took note. Bailey sent Berkeley a bill for the cost of the investiga tion. Berkeley responded by sending a $1,755 donation to a local rescue squad. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedul-catalystl The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org. usf edu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Submissions in "rtf' or "WriteNow" format may be saved to the Catalyst Contributions folder in the Temp Directory on the Publications Office file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to catalyst@ virtu. No will be accepted. must be received by 5:00 p.m. Fn.day m order to appear in the foUowing week's Issue.
The Catalyst November25, 1997 3 Part 2: Profile: Dean search committee-students by Kelly "KC" McCarthy Tom Barnard is a third-year at New College, a Literature major,and a member of the New College and University Program [UP] Dean Search Committee He holds an incredible re sponsibility on his shoulders and keeps the opinions of ew College students in his heart. Barnard b e came a member of the Dean Search Committee because he possessed a bit of curiosity and a trong desire "to play a hand in what is going on As the ads are placed, the meetings held, and the misconceptions circulated through the New College community. Tom still remains relatively calm and confident in the process, the commit tee's judgement, and the merit of New College itself. Tew College i very well respected in the academic community. I'm concerned with the process, but it's comforting to know that only qualified candidates are going to be attracted to New College, said Barnard. Tom commented that because the committee has only met once, he doesn't feel he's experienced the battle first hand yet, but he already has some minor problems with it. "There is equal representation, but I'm not so sure I'm happy with that stated Barnard. When Provost Tighe and Betty Castor an n o un ced th e form i n g o f th e sea r c h committee, "th ey i mplied that t h e committee woul d b e made u p of a m ajority Margaret Hughes is currently a second-year at New College, planning to declare an area of con centration in Human Rights Studies. With her obvious zeal for personal rights and freedoms, it just made sense for her to be on the Dean Search Committee, fighting for the intere t of her fellow student and for her own personal feelings about the administrative change. Hughes became involved with the Committee becauc;:e she realized that her life for the next few years would be intricately connected with New College. Hughes said, "I don't want to see things that I find impottant at New College become less important. This decision could change the face of the college." The first committee meeting didn't make a wonderful impression upon Hughes. "I didn't feel like I had an equal voice; but I don't have any reason to believe that is representative of the rest of the process." -,..._ Like her fellow representative, Tom ......._ Barnard, Hughes also has some qualms about the structure of the Committee. Margaret commented that the Committee is "evenly balanced, but I don't know that its well balanced. There are just too many people. There was no consensus during the meeting. Tampa is trying to counter exactly what we have on the New College side; and if Phil Smith [USF Tampa Representative] participates as anything other than a resource for information, that could be of people from New College." This makes a lot of sense because we are na tionally recognized and residential. As the committee now stands, there are nine representa tives from New College and nine from the UP, with one extra USF repre entative from Tampa added as a supposed information source and stan dard ingredient. Many members of the New College commu nity believe that the restructuring is on the surface merely an administrative change, but it may have implications for academics as well. Barnard feels that it is very important that the new dean have the respect of the faculty and stu dents. When asked what he was looking for in the new dean. Barnard replied: "Somebody who can understand New College, and who will be sym pathetic to the concern of New College students. I will be disappointed if the candidate held an earned doctorate or degree [in an area] not taught at New College; and there is a slight possibility of this. I would like serious consideration to be given to those who have a doctorate [in an area] taught at both USF and New College. Then, they have a choice of where to they want to tenure." When asked just if he relies heavily upon stu dent opinion to sway hi decisions, he asserted immediately, "very much so! I encourage anyone who wants to voice their opinion to seek out my self or Margaret Hu g hes." This should comfort tho s e s tud e nt s wh o f ee l th a t the stude nt voice i not b e ing h eard durin g th is vo l a t ile period of change. Our r e p s are d o m g the i r very best to e n a problem." Hughes is very concerned about communication during the entire process, and the interest of New College students is her main message. Hughes stres ed that the most important part of the process will be sorting through the appli cations and interviewing the candidates. Personally, Hughe 'own qualifications for the new dean are simple. "''m looking for someone who has experience working in a small liberal arts school, and ha a really strong interestin 'al ternative education,' holding education above all else. He should hold a doctorate in the arts and sciencesomething we offer at New College. The dean must also work well with USF and be qualified for both [schools]." Margaret's main concern lies in the fact that the new dean will be in charge of both New College and the University Program as well. "It concerns me that its not very attractive to be in charge of a small liberal arts school and also have the bureaucracy of running a state school. We would be in a much better position if we were looking for someone just for New College." Unfortunately, that is not the case. New College has come to accept the fact that we are a part of USF, and this seems to breed even more fears and concerns, rather than comforts. Hughes remarked that if the "Assistant Dean were to be put in charge of Faculty Governance and tenure, the highest academic advisor at New College would go down a notch. We don't need a middle man." As the rumors fly around campus, Hughes tries to stick to the current status of the process sure that our in terests and concerns are being addressed in the search process. Barnard's main concern, and not surpris ingly. is that "the search will vided'' in choices for the new dean. "It will be very difficult to find some one that the UP and New College will both be happy with." This expresses the greatest and most poignant and unyielding fear of our com munity-the mere thought that New College and the UP can not and will not agree. As the New College community and the University Program waits for applications to come in, the professors are hard at work to locate and contact colleagues who they feel would be good candidates. Barnard considers this to be a far better method than placing ads. So, it appears that our greatest hope lies in our own faculty, and our only comfort can come from the assurance that Barnard understands our community. Who better to judge and help pick a candidate whom will support our fragile commu nity than a member of it? No one else comes to mind and keeps alert for a change in student feeling. Students don't always have the same interests as the faculty and administrators, and Hughes rec ognizes this fact whole-heartedly. Margaret feels that tudent interests are diverse and very impor tant in the decision to come, and as she exclaimed energetically, ''I'm loud enough to put them out there!" Both representatives want to emRhasize that the Dean Search Committee meetings. are open and anyone can come and observe. The meeting's notes and e-mail correspondences are open as well. Margaret's slogan for our community dur ing this hurricane of change is "If you have a problem, do something". Right now, Hughes and fellow Novo Collegians, Keith Bentely and Jake Reimer, are working on the possibility of putting out a student advertisement for the new dean. If you have any suggestions, drop a note in any of their boxes or talk to them in person. Don't be discouraged, fellow students; you are well represented! If you have the urge one night, scribble out an advertisement for the new dean, some questions for our reps, or check out the e-mail cor respondences on the server. You can never be too in formed when it comes to where live and the school you love!
_______ ---4 The Catalyst News November 25 1997 There's One in Every Marriage keeps the audience laughing by Aaron Gustafson Those who spend a good deal of time going to plays in Sarasota know that most perfor mances leave a lot to be desired. Many outstanding plays are attempted, but few actually amount to much in a town filled with community theatres. The exception to the rule is the Asolo Theatre, across Tamiami Trail, whose company of professional actors continually churn out ex cellent performances. There s One in Every Marriage, the French comedy by Georges Feydeau which began its run on November 8 at the Asolo Theatre, is well worth every penny spent on a ticket. This comedy, translated and adapted by Suzanne Grossman and Paxton Whithead, deals with the subject of infidelity in the 1880s and tackles the subject no-holds-barred as it portrays both the social and moral interactions within a group of the French elite. Famed as one of France's greatest and most often performed comedies, There s One in Every Marriage keeps the audience laughing for its almost three hours. The story centers around Monsieur and Madame Vatelin (Bradford Wallace and Tessie Hogan), a well-off couple who get into a discus sion about infidelity when an acquaintance of M. Vatelin, M. Pontagnac (David Breitbarth), fol lows his wife home after practically stalking her for over a week. It is when this subject is under discussion that Mme. Vatelin proudly announces that, should her husband cheat on her, she would be forced to do the same and M. Pontagnac pro claims that in each marriage there is at 1 t one From this point until the end of the play, a tangled skein of infidelity is woven which en compasses M. and Mme. Vatelin, M. and Mme. Pontagnac, a Swedish boxer/businessman and his middleweight boxing champion wife Ulla. an el derly military man and his deaf wife, a 17-year-old bellboy going through puberty, a glo rified hooker, a maid in Hotel Ultimus, and "SPEAKER" FROM PAGE 1 back." another friend of M. Vatelin, quite a gigolo, and his perpet ually intoxicated butler, Gerome. It makes for a confusing situation and an enter taining fiasco in Hotel Ultimus when the sec ond act ends in a large brawl in the hotel room of M. Vatelin. The acting was su perb and the play was fairly well-written. Though the asides be come a bit too frequent in some scenes, the audience was truly enjoying all of the action on stage. Mme .Vitelin (Tessie Hogan, left) and Mme. Pontignac (Carolyn Michel, right)fight over the young gigolo Roubillion (Tobin Atikinson, center) as they both attempt to revenge their husbands' cheating ways. The script was tight and well-executed as one liner after one-liner piled high, Marx Brothers' style. With quick deliveries and quicker retorts, one could see that this group of actors and ac tresses had worked hard with director Howard J. Millman to get the timing down perfectly. Truth be told, it wasn't just the acting that made this play a joy to watch; the incredibly elaborate sets lent a great deal of realism to the satire as well. The three sets used for the play were all well designed and intricately detailed right down to the period fabrics and gold-leafed !umishings and walls. On top of this, the costumo designers and the production itself. What most amazed me about the play, how ever, was the use of both Swedish and broken English in the parts of M. Soldignac (Douglas Jones) and his wife Ulla (Anna Stone). Not only was their accent perfect and their Swedish im peccable, but the ability of the translators to tum what must have been broken French into broken "SOCCER" FROM PAGE J English was incredible. The scenes involving M. and Mme. Soldignac were simply perfect and stand out as some of the best in the play. Other great scenes included those involving the military doctor (David S. Howard) and his deaf wife (Francis Tucker Kemp). It was amus ing to see their interaction as he would always say something important and she would respond with whatever she thought was appropriate, whether it fit or not. It was also a cute play on words that she could only hear silence, so when he mouthed the words instead of speaking them, she could understand him perfectly. n x a i endo, and a slew of compromising situations and comic hooks, There s One in Every Marriage is a truly pleasing production, certain to get a laugh out of you no matter what your mood is. The show closes January 23. Student rush tickets are available for five dollars 30 minutes before showtime. Call 351-9010 for scheduling informa tion. free Fred Hampton Jr., a 27 year old political prisoner inside this country. Because we know that on December 4 of 1969, this govern ment brutally assassinated Fred Hampton Sr., and I'm here to say they can't have another one." "If there's one thing that we've learned, if oppression breeds resis tance, and as long as these brutal conditions exist in our communities, we're going to continue to fight "I was really pleased with the event," said second-year student Corey Knoettgen, who organized the speakers arrival. .Knoettgen was pleased that local activists were able to talk in the question-and-answer portion of the event. "That sort of gave the other activists a voice, and I think it was just a good educa tional experience for most of the people that came there." the Ringling backfield and worked their defense diligently. 'Funk' backfielders had excellent ball control and excellent communication between players. As a result, they saw fewer attempts on their goal than their Ringling counterparts. Just under 25 minutes into the first half 'Funk' forward Rafael scored the game's only goal. Alex Villafane of the 'Funk' explains that Ringling represents the closest thing to a rivalry that New College has. He also notes that the Funk have had an opportunity to play with a four or five of the Ringling players during the Saturday pick-up games, "but we don't really know their true capabilities." New College plays Tuesdays 8:30p.m. at the 17th Street Athletic Fields. The 'Funk' have two games remaining on their schedule, and the players would like to encourage as many stu dents as possible to come out and help cheer them on to vic tory. "I was really pleased with the event . Something concrete came out of the meeting." -Corey Knoettgen After the meeting, the remaining participants got together and agreed to meet in the future to talk about issues pertaining to police brutality and political prisoners. "Something concrete came out of the meeting," reflected Knoettgen. Naturally, the Ringling team wasn't about give up. Throughout the second half, the Ringling forwards provided a great deal of pressure on the New College defenses, but in the end it just wasn't enough. OU organizing an event on campus? Let us know!
..........-----------------The Catalyst Entertainment November 25, 1997 5 Movie Review:Bean proves disappointing by Jessica Katzenstein I've only seen about two or three episodes of the British program Mr. Bean, so somehow I don't feel qualified to write a review of the movie Bean that is based on this show. I assume, however, that when they produced the movie, they took into account that the majority of their audience would not be we11-versed in Mr. Bean, so at least I can review this from an Everyday Joe viewpoint. That being said, this is ab solutely the worst movie I have seen in the past year. It's right up there on my Worst Films List with that classic film masterpiece, Joe's Apartment. Mother being debuted at a California gallery. I really don't know what I was expecting. Whenever the gurus of Hollywood take a TV show or Saturday Night Live skit and make a fea ture-length film out of it no shred of dignity and humor arc maintained. This particular case is even worse because they (the ubiquitous they in Hollywood) have taken British comedy and Americanized it. The result is not pretty. Basically, what was once a humorous TV program has been reduced to a thin shred of plot and, that most revered of comic de vices, bathroom humor. Maybe it's the way the other characters react to Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean looks and acts stupidly. There's no getting around it, but part of the joke is that the people he interacts with try not to notice his strange behavior. They make faces of disgust to themselves and the camera, but they are too polite to actually say something to his face or in his earshot. The characters in this movie, however, insult Mr. Bean left and right. Even though the Langleys (played by Peter McNicol and Pamela Reed) have Mr. Bean stay at their hou e as a guest, Mrs. Langley cannot seem to re frain from pointing out the odditie in Mr. Bean's behavior and physical appearance right in front of him. This change the whole atmosphere of the character. It induces pity and disgust rather than laughter. Perhaps the reason things went so awry is because the plot is so hor ribly predictable. The foreshadowing is so obvious, they might just as well have had a big neon sign pop up that says, "remember this. It will come up again later." They even got so desperate for material that they "borrowed" a scene from a Seinfeld episode. If anyone has seen the Junior Mint fiasco, they will immediately recognize a similar incident in Bean. The title character m both the television show and the movie, Mr. Bean, is played by Rowan Atkinson, and you'd think that a movie and program basically revolving around one character would retain some of the same humor if the same actor performed in both. This is, sadly, not the case. I like Mr. Bean. I remember laughing at it; it wa genuinely funny. But I can't figure out what went so drastically, tragically wrong when it was made into a movie. Maybe it's the plot. The television show didn't have a plot; it was just a sequence of skits involving sight gags and social faux pas. The movie changed all this. Now, when Mr. Bean has an embarrassing inci dent, it has to somehow relate to this flimsy premise about Whistler's Maybe it's just me. I mean, maybe I just don't know how to laugh at jokes about laxative or vomit. Maybe I just don't see the comedic value of someone spilling water down the front of their pants or loudly blow ing their nose for an excessively long time. These things just aren't funny to me. If Jim Carey is your idol, go see this movie. If you still enjoy repeating some of the jokes you told in the third-grade lunch line to try to "gross-out" your classmates, go see this movie. If you're hold ing your breath for Home Alone III, go see this movie. But don't persuade others who do not share these views to go with you. They'll only beat you up and steal the four-dollar admission fee from you. Thanks ... but no Thanksgiving (a student survival guide for the holidays) by p Well, it's that time of year again--contracts are no longer subject to negotiation, and you're wondering if you're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel or staring at an oncoming train. You realize that any work you may have ne glected earlier in the semester can be accomplished with a few minor sacrificessuch as sleeping, eating and bathing. What could be more convenient at a time like this than being obligated to make that annual pil grimage home for Thanksgiving? The truth of the matter is that there are some of you out there who could do without Grandpa once again showing you that war wound which won't let him sit on a rainy day, or watching dear old Aunt Ruth getting liquored up and going door-to-door challeng ing the entire neighborhood to a wrestling match. For those of you who feel almost powerless against this bizarre sense of duty--especially when you know that !'our ac tions can best be described as scholasttc suicide-relax; I've got a list of ten excuses that will help you avoid a career m the fast-food industry. 1) "I don't know if the person I'm ndmg w1th will make bail by tonight" 2) "This morning I received a notice in the mail warnina me that the tires I just bought can burst into fl:mes at normal highway speeds" 3) "My roommate has this really contagious skin condition-I'll be there as soon as the health department lifts the quarantine" 4) "I had the last seat on the last and wouldn't you know it, this little gtrl needed a heart transplant" 5) "Well, it may cost me my dignity just to get there, but gosh darn it-if you're going to put your elf through all the trouble of cooking din ner, I'm sure that I can find some way of paying those nice people who stop and give me rides" 6) "Did I mention that it's my turn to care for the snakes in my poisonous-reptiles tutorialyou don't mind if I box 'em up and bring with me?" 7) ''I'm glad that I'll finally be able to debate the finer point of my new religion with all our relatives." 8) "So what if my professors are threatening to flunk anyone who misses class on Friday-I'm sure that you're willing to pay for an extra year of college if I end up needing it. -9) "What do you mean it's this Thursday?" 10) If you absolutely can't lie: "My car is mak ing this 'Greeeeaaaak-Kuluuuuunk' This is of course the sound of you opemng an closing the trunk-but you don't have to men tion that. Don't be afraid to add a few details to your story, but be aware that the first time that you intend to miss a holiday can be difficult, and it may be necessary to use five or six items from the above list. Each time you successfully ex cuse yourself it gets easier. After ten or so years it gets to be pretty easy-you call your family, and the family member in question says: "Let me guess, you were on your way when suddenly ... to which you reply: "How did you know? Stuck here for Don eat your favonte dish to share at the Second Court Potlucks! Vegan Potluck 4:00-7:00 p.m. Vegan Food only please! Turkey Potluck 7:0010:00 p.m. Turkey and cheerful bev erages will be provided. Contact lsansbur@virtu for information about the vegan potluck or foley@virtu for information on the turkey potluck.
6 The C atalyst Features Final Draft from the Dean Search Committee: DEAN OF THE SARASOTA/MANATEE CAMPUS AND WARDEN OF EW COLLEGE The University of South Florida (USF) is seeking candidates for the po ition of Dean of the Sarasota/Manatee Campus and Warden of New College. USF i. a comprehensive, metropolitan. Research Univer ity II. erving over 34,000 students in nine colleges and on four campuses m Tampa, Lakeland, St. Petersburg. and Sarasota. niversity offer degree programs in 79 undergraduate d1sciphnes, 89 rna ter' and pec1ahst program .. and 26 doctoral programs, mcluding the MD. The faculty numbers over 2,000. The Sarasota/Manatee Campus of USF, latcd for significant growth m the next decade, 1 home to ew College, tJ Honor College of the State Univer ity Sy:tem of Flo ida, and to the lJmversity Program, a traditiOnal m1x ol upper divi 10n and graduate (professional) degree pro gram.. ew College, with about 60 resident faculty offers a unique hberal art curr_1culum: emphasuing semmar tutorials, and independent study, to approximate!) 600 full-t1me re.-Jden tial ;tudents. 1ationally recognized a one of Amenca' top 30 liberal arts college.. ew College attracts some of the most gifted students m the Unned States and i a lead1ng producer on a per capita bas1s of graduates who suhsequentl) earn doctorate The niver ity Program at Sarasota/Manatee, servmg a mo. tly mature population of workmg profe sionals numbering over 1,300 fulland part-time nonresidential tudent offer degree program in Art and Sc1ence Busine and EducatiOn. This Program is noted for it. outstanding programs m teacher educa tion, a nationally recognized program in accounting and niche program devclcped in response to regional needs. POSlTIO AND QUALIFICATIO S :fhe person filling thi po ition will be the chief academic and admimstrative o.ffieer for all USF operations in Sarasota. The Dean and \Varden will be responsible for academic program tudent affair, business operations, admini trative and academic upport services, advancement and phy ical plant including facilitJes planmng. The Dean and Warden will report to the Provost and Executive Vice Pre ident and be a member of the Univers1ty Council of Deans. a policy ad vi ory body to the Provo t. Candidates seeking this po ition must have a strong record in teaching and scholar hip and possess academic credentia l (including an earned doctorate) ap p r o priate t o a p po intm e n t a t t h e ran k o f Professor wi t h te n ure. A n es t ab l is h ed of accomplishment in academic admini s trat io n as a department cha1r or above I S requ1red Pre erenc wi \be given lo candidale who c academic crcdenttals are in one of the Arts and c1ences ISCip mes; w o ave 1stmgm e rccor sat 1g er eve s o a mm1 trat10n; w o have experience in small liberal art colleges and university etting ; and who have a record of accomplishment in fund-raising. Candidates should be student oriented; have a strong commit ment to the principle of faculty governance; possess strong interpersonal skills; and be con en u builder in interaction with academic and community constituencies. During the re view process all candidates will be evaluated on commitment to diversity and hmcnts in upport of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action programs. A BO U T T H E C O MMU 'ITY Sara ota i a bea u tiful, culturally diverse community on the Gulf of 1ex1co approx1matcl) SO m1les south of Tampa Wi t h a population of over 553,650, the Sarasota/Manatee community 1s part of t h e much J, rger Tampa l3a) metropolitan area with a populatiOn of some 2.5 million per o n A PPLI C ATIO PRO CE S Ca n didates should submit letter of application and a curriculum vuae along with the names, addre e and te l epho n e numbers of at l east five reference:. R eferences will no t be contacted unt i l late r in t h e process and not W i thout prior notification of the candidate. S e nd l e tt e rs of appl ication o r no m i n a t io n to: D e an S e ar ch C om mll tee ATfN: M s. Pa tric i a Whit e Univer s ity o f South Florida Sarasota/Manatee Campu 5700 N. Tamiam i Tra i l Sarasota, H.. 34243-2197 The State of Florida ha a Public Meetings Law and a Public Record s Law and all university searches are conducted under the terms thereof. All meetings of the Search Committee are pub licly announced and conducted. All documents submitted to the Committee are treated as open material with the exception of evaluative documents specific to the performance of the faculty of the State University System of Florida. Applications musf be received no later than 5 :00p.m. EST January 30, 1998 The University of South Florida is an equal opportunity, affirmative action equal access in stitution For disability accommodations contact Ms. Heddie Sumpter at (813) 974-2010 or TDD: 974-1510 at least five working days in advance of need. November 18 1997 David vs. Goliath Round II by Aaron Gustafson And so it begins ... USF Tampa is in the proce s of plac ing an ad ( ee left) in several publication to attract a new dean for the Sara ota/Manatee Campus of USF. This ad was written by Provost Thomas Tighe with the a sistance of the President of W!!h "very little input from the 1ew College according to a recently circulated broad Ide. In retaliation for being left out of the loop. a concerned crroup of ew College tudent. have put together a ;ompanion ad (sec below) which brings to light more of the concerns of the rev,r College commu At pre s time, the final decision to run the student funded ad had not been made. but it is being consid ered for publication next to or near the USF Tampa ad in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This scheme to bring to light the concerns of the New College student body is based on a similar attempt made by students to gam financial support from outside sources to keep from being annexed by USF proper. everal years back. It was a valiant effort for the David of New College to go up against the Goliath that was USF. Though the battle was not won, the tudents did all they could to preserve the integrity and identity of. 'ew College, t h e t wo things tu den t s a r e still t r ying d e pcrately t o p r e erve. Proposed ad to be placed by the NCSA: .;.] ......;: .. Warden of New College and Dean of the Sarasota/Manatee Campus of USF 1 Tt!w College Student lhancc r seeking candi dates for the po 1l10n of Warden ol 'cv. College and Dean ol the Sarasota/Manatee Campus of USE THe person filling this po Ilion will have dual admmi:trativc duties for both 1 Tew College and the University Program, \\hich the arne campus, but support distinctly dilferent populations of students and faculty. New College was founded as an independent institu t i on committed to a r adica l approach to education. and many of th e foundi n g p r inciples cont i nue to guide the college t oday. Fac u lty a nd st u den t s enjoy a s t ro n g se n se of com mu n i ty ba ed o n a common com m itm e n t to per onal re pon ibil ity, creativ i ty. a n d ex p e r ime n tatio n in edu cat i o n Th e W a rd e n o f New C ollege is very m u c h a p art of th i communi ty, an d is res p o n ib l e in many ways for th e suc ce ss o f th e college-w he r e s u ccess is m easu red n ot only b y t he number o f merit ch o lar we att rac t a nd PhD seekin g st ud e nt s we pr o du c e but by th e degre e t o wh ic h th e uniqu e s piri t o f this institution is allowed to g r ow and pro s p e r un de r t h e new admin istrat i on. Fro m o re information please see the full a d ve r t i ement f o r this position Under the USF heading in this j ournal. To learn more about New College visit our web ite at www.sar.usfedu/NC/deansearch.html PAID FOR BY THE NEW COLLEGE STUDENT BODY
The Catal st Cam us Lie Letter to the Editors-attendance Contributed by Jake Reimer This semester, half of the students serving terms on the SAC have not attended 30% or more of the regular meetings. Personally, I don't have much to say about attendance one way or another-its not high school gym class, and nobody's getting de merits on their report card. However, it's still a little disturbing how things have gone this semester. The SAC is a unique part of self governance at New College. With very few limits (drug trafficking, explosives, large stone obelisks), students have the power to spend thousands of dollars on whatever they like. It sounds great, but I've left almost every SAC meeting this semester feeling as if I had rocks in my stomach. This is my fourth semester on the SAC, and I've been to meet ings, many meetings, that left me feeling the same way. I guess my point is that SAC meetings could be more bearable for every one involved. I don't mean that the SAC should fund every request (it should probably fund fewer), but that it might help morale if we as members were more obviously con scious of the responsibilities and possibilities associated with close to 100,000 dollars of student-allocated funds. sac minutes 11-20-97 Members m attendance: Jake Reimer, Rocky Swift, Kerry Mockler (proxy for Vijay Sivaraman), Kelly Singer (Chair), and Dave Daniels. All votes unanimous unless otherwise indicated. Minutes of 11-13-97 ap proved Davina Rhodes requested $25 for "Take Back The Night" food. Allocated $25. "Strangefrmts." Allocated 20 sides x 300 copies. Helen Matthews requested $22.47 for NCSAR product trade-in drive. Allocated $22.50. Julia Thomas requested $30 for "stealth cookie bakers". Allocated $30. Evan Greenly requested $65 for Thanksgiving dinner at B Dorm. Allocated $45 in matching fiinos. Kelly.Samek requested an mcrease m Debacle ctrcula tion to 325 with current funding. Sure. Marc Poirier requested 600 copies for New College pro paganda group. Allocated 600 copies. Corey Knoettgen requested 100 copies on 5x7 cards and 100 post-card stamps. Allocated $0. Jesse Abrams re uested $32.50 for shoreline cleanup food and bags. Allocated $32.50. Michael Hutch requested 20 sides x 300 copies for 11() 1 .. 1 J .. ()() 11120 12:05 a.m. Student reported the bur glary of her bicycle from her dormitory room in Viking. The bike was valued at $235. 11120 8:14a.m. Gas station attendant re ported a suspicious person with two bikes at the Shell station. Subject located at Old Bradenton Road and 52nd street. The first bike stolen March 1997, but the victim never reported it stolen. The second bike was stolen in burglary from 527 Edwards Drive. Bike recovered, case turned over to Manatee Sheriff's Office. 11/22 3:55 a.m. On-campus noise com plaint. R.A. lowered volume. 11122 6:10p.m. Student found trespassing in the swimming pool, which has been closed down for weeks now. Given a verbal warning. 11/23 2:45 a.m. Student reported criminal mischief in her dorm room. Unknown stu dent put four holes in the wall with a hammer. 11/23 2:48 a.m. Noise. Anonymous. Volume lowered. 11/23 2:45 p.m. Student reported a suspi cious person in the West Side Center. Subject found in the library and issued a written trespass warning. November 25, 1997 7 Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's SQonse to previous articles, letters and/or eoitorials, 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 P.iece. Guest columnists do not necessar ily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Gpest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue. 'f: 1: xt; '
8 The Catalyst The Fitness Center will be closed on November 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving It will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p m. to 4:00 p.m. The residence halls will b e closing on December 1 5. If you would like to stay in your room during break, you will need to fill out a Request to Stay in Closed Residence Hall form which you can get from the housing office Maintenance will be taking place over break and utilities may be in terrupted. Invoices for housing and food service for second semester will be prepared over break and sent to the business office If you would like to pay your fees before break, let the Housing Office know by November 26 The payment deadline is February 6, 1998 Wanted: Mentors for incoming students during spring semester. See Alena for more information The Counseling and Wellness Center is ready for flu season! Flu shots are available daily 1 :30-4:30 p.m. MondayFriday at Parkview. Available to all students and faculty for the low price of $12. The Connseling and Welloess Center in conjunction with Planned Parenthood, is offering health care for men and women at a reasonable cost. A clinic is available every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to n o o n at Parkv iew with a n urse practi tioner providing services. Call 3594254 for more information or to schedule an a intment. The new Victim's Advocate pager number i s 252-5156 From the USF Police/Parking Services: During the Christmas/New Year Holiday break all campus parking lots will b e restripped by a contract vendor. It is esse n tial that we close, clear and clean all paved parking lot s to accomplish this work. The contrac t or will do this work between December 15, 1997 th r o u gh January 4, 1998. Your coopera t ion during this period is essential. New College students who leave vehicles on campus must leave them in parking lot number 2, the grassy lot on the North side of General Spaatz Boulevard. No vehicles may be left in any of the paved park ing areas. We will stagger the closure of lots by area to allow for staff and faculty during the work. Hopefully, this will minimize the inconvenience of the project. Roadway centerline stripping will be done, so drive slowly and watch for workmen and please do not drive across freshly painted markings. Do not drive past any barricade that may be erected. Thank you for your cooperation and assis tance. We apologize for any inconvenience. Missing camera:Lost at Games Galore. It is a bla c k Vivitar camera in a black case with a re d stripe across it. It's owner real l y n eeds it back. P lease return it to t h e Stud e n t Affairs O ffice, P ei 141 or the Cop Shop It has m any sen time n tal pic tu res i n i t o f f arawa y f amily and fri ends. Donate to Uh uru Solidarity. They accep t qual ity Announcements furniture, household goods arts & crafts etc. for resale to support the Uhuru movement for Mrican self-determination in South St. Petersburg. Support for African community-dri ven programs include a food cooperative day care center phy s ical fitness gym and much more Call l-813-898-1 042 for more information on when & where they can pick up and receive your donations November 25 1997 Meditation group meets Tuesdays at 7:00p. m. in 117 B-Dorm. All are welcome.Contact box 510 for more information The student affairs office is se e king a student to put out the mail and help in the office over win ter break. See Renee for details CAREER CENTER Tuesday December 2 11:151 :00 The International Honors Program Table in Hamilton Center A representative will be available to discuss study and travel around the world. Yazigi Language Study Center: Chaperone in ternational students, ages 12 to 17, on field trips to museums movies beach, etc. as well as ex cursions to Florida theme parks from December 15, 1997 to about February 2 1998. Some of fice work involved. Flexible hours. Contact Lucianne at 753-9957. Florida State Park AmeriCorps Member: January 5 to November 30, 1998: Work in Sarasota on exotic special removal, construction work, trail construction, prescribed burning and related work. A stipend of $8,340 paid in 11 equal monthly installments. Upon successful completion of 11-month commitment a nd a minimum o f 1700 hours, a M e mber i s eligib le for a $4,725 educational aw.ard fo colle e or can b e used t oward s repaying student loans. Deadline: December 5 199 7 The Art Institute of Chicago -Museum Education Internships: Summer internships in the department of Museum Education extend from June 1 to August 7, 1998, and are avail able for pay, college credit, or on a volunteer basis. Major in Art History preferred. Fluency in a foreign language (Spanish particu l arly de sirable), writing skills, or teaching experience helpful. New York Film Academy:Six week workshops at UCLA, Princeton and Yale Universities, Cambridge and Oxford Universities in England, the Sorbonne in Paris as well as in New York City. The New York Film Academy is designed for aspiring film makers who have little or no previous experience. In extremely intensive four, six and eight week workshops, each stu dent writes, directs, shoots, and edits her or his own short films using 16 mm Arriflex cameras. Manatee Childrens Services, Inc. Internship: Assist Case Coordinators by taking referral in formation on suspected cases of child abuse, maintaining case notes, closing cases, assisting in development of two new Court School pro grams, co-facilitating Court School and observation of forensic interviews and medical examinations. Academic background in crimi nology, social work, nursing, sociology, psychology o r edu cation. Internship is available for sp ring semester. English Speaking CampJ uly 199 8: Experien ced camp coun sel o rs needed to repres ent Sarasota in Tel Mond I s rael at an English Speaking Camp for s tudents in grades 5 through 7 Orientation is in Israel, home hospitality, unique teaching experience, and an opportunity to travel. For more information contact Joanne Williams at 377-5377 Deadline : January 20, 1998. Transitions Abroad Student TraveJ Writing Contest: Submit an original piece of non-fic tion writing that provides current practical information and ideas based on personal experi ence about immersion travel, work, study, or living abroad The winning submission will be published in the March 1998 issue and the writer will receive a cash prize of $250. Deadline : December 31, 1997. NCOORD National Program Organizer: The Nationa l Coordinating Office on the Refugees and Displa c e d of Guatema l a (NCOORD) seek s a National Program Org a niz e r fu!J t i m e i n Washin ton D.C. The coordinator wiJI conduct overall coordination of NCOOR D programs in th e U. S and Guate m ala. T ra vel w ill b e done for promotion, training and consulta t ion as needed. NCOORDs Guatemala Acc ompan i ment Project G.A.P ) works to provide a measure of security to Guatemalan communities by facilitating human rights accompaniment and community to-community relationships. Coordination with grassroots groups provides legislative policy initiatives. Qualifications: personal commitment to non-violence; previous experience in an orga nizing/management position; enjoy working with people, ability to motivate volunteers ; computer literacy; and knowledge of Guatemala and Spanish preferred. $26 ,000 annual salary. De.adline: Nov. 30, 1997. Idyllwild Arts Summer Program:The Idy!Jwild Arts Summer Program has openings for Dean of Students, Resident Counselors, Lifeguards Tech Assistants, Studio Art Teaching Assistants, Campus Photographer, Gallery Manager and Native American Arts Program Assistant. Salaries range from $150$500 per week. All positions listed receive meals and housing, and comprise the staff for Family Camp, June 20JuJy 3 and Summer Program July 5 Aug. 16. Idyllwild Camp is lo cated in San Jacinto Mountains in Southern CA and offers courses in dance, music, theater, vi sual arts, creative wri t ing and Native American arts to students of all ages. Looking for people with arts backgrounds who are responsible, hard working and self-motivated Dead line: midFebru ary, 1998. For more info rmation stop in the Career Center; PME-119.