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Volume VII, Issue 22 The house that Jack built by Charles Choi The hands of Jack Cartlidge are not retiring They have years in them. They've brushed watercolors onto paper and have given shape to concrete But the professor himself is retiring this semester a decision he announced on Valentine's Day this year. Cartlidge has been here sine; the thhd year of New College s c h a rter cla ss He was m a d e part tim e i n s tru c t o r of F ine Ar t s in 1 966, and was gran t ed tenure in 1979, six years after becoming an assistant professor. Cartlidge was initially ,__iiiiiii.il Saturdays he would come by in his pickup truck to bring a crowd of students with him to work with ce ment in the abandoned barracks on the other side of campus. He sculpts sitting down now. Cartlidge's emphysema, according to the letter that he sent to Professor Steve Miles and Dean Douglas Langston, has him "wheezing like a marathon runner," and the nerve dysfunction in his lower spine makes it hard for him to walk or even stand for any extended period of time Cartlidge freelanced for a good ten years before he came to New College. He got married right be fore he went to the University of Alabama to get his M.A. in art, and then made his way back here to Sarasota, his hometown. He and his wife rented some land for $5 a month, paid for with their Sarasota Herald-Tribune income. The two of them delivered papers starting at 3 a.m. each morning, 365 days a year for eight years, and only made around 70 cents to a dollar an hour. But it was enough money for them to buy some art supplies and mater ial to build their house with: "maybe a 2-by-4 a sheet of ply wood a day." When I asked him what it was INSIDE You go to hell! You go to hell and you die! April 14, 1998 Ringling Tower's days are numbered by KC McCarthy Anyone who has trekked into the heart of Sarasota has oriven by the historic John Ringling Towers on the comer of US 41 and Fruitville Road. The former Hotel El Verona, designed to resemble a Moorish castle in 1926, has in pired awe and wonder in the past, but it will soon be nothing more than a pile of rubble and dust. Despite various efforts throughout the last two decades to save the structure, the towers will be nothing "maintain and keep the building secure on an on going basis," and this presented an emergency as far as the city is con cerned. The city's zoning code al more than a memory by the end of June. The original Hotel El Verona was built to be the va cation re s ort of the rich and famous in the 1920's. One paper boasted about the towers in their headline that read 'New Hostel r y One of the Finest in Dixieland.' In the 1970's the building was converted i nto an apartment hotel and wa s b eg i nning t o d e t eriorate, bu t by 1 988 the towe rs w as basi cally a h andy man's dream. Aside fro m a few home l ess people l i ving on the grounds, the build ing was vacant and much of the structure and original decorative artwork was still intact. By 1991, Sarasota C i ty Com.missioner Lou Ann Palmer, who had perlows buildings, regardless of their age or historic designation, to be '" torn down if they Last month, the city declared the building a public nuisance and issued a demolition permit to the owner of the 11-acre property, Kansas developer C. Robert Buford. Buford finally admitted that he could no longer are deemed dan ge r ous. A f t er inspect i ng the building and find ing "broken glass and beer bottles, rotting dead rae-Second dean wants more NC-UP relations by Sara Foley "I'm a crab lady" Linda Mantel said, as she introduced herself to students at the "Meet the Candidate" forum last Wednesday in Sudakoff Center. Mantel, who specializes in crus tacean physiology, is the second of seven candidates being considered for the position of Dean of the Sarasota/Manatee Campus of USF and Warden of New College. She cunently serves as Professor of Biology and Special Assistant to the President of Reed College and is no stranger to administrative work. At Reed, she also served for four years as Dean of Faculty and Professor of Biology, and has also held the posi tions of Professor and Chair in the Department of Biology and Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies and Research at City College in New York. Mantel views the deanship of New College with the eye of an ad ministrator who manages by delegating responsibilities to subordinates, while keeping her office open to faculty and students. In the faculty meeting, she stated "This is not a dean's jobit's a provost's job, or even a presidency.'' If she was hired as Dean, Mantel would ask herself "where are the pressure points in terms of students being able to do their pro grams," and structure a program that would allow students and fac ulty to work in the way that is best for all concerned,
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2 The Catalyst International First AIDS Case Traced to Congo After conducting a genetic analysis of an mv sample that appears to date from early in the epi demic, researchers believe they have found the original human case of HIV that has infected over 40 million people worldwide. The man was a Bantu living in Leopoldville, Belgian Congo now in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Analysis of his blood suggests that HIV evolved from a single infection not long before 1959, making this the oldest known HIV case to date. This fmd somewhat solidifies the time period that AIDS has had to cover the world, and puts into better perspective the change in its mu tation and infection rates. Irish talk peace (again) Eight sectarian political parties in Northern Ireland approved a historic peace treaty last Friday well past the established deadline of the peace talks. The treaty preserves Northern Ireland's place within the United Kingdom, but calls for a new Northern Ireland assembly and executive body, with the administration shared by both Protestants and Catholics. Milli Vanilli guy dies of overdose Rob Pilatus, a member of the duo Milli Vanilli was found dead in a hotel room on the second of April. The 32-year old fallen pop icon was believed to have been killed b a mix of alcohol and pills. The pop star's career peaked in 1989 when the duo was awarded a Best New Artist Grammy for the album Girl You Know it's True. They quickly fell from grace when it was revealed that the voices were lip-synched, and thus had to surrender the Grammy. An autopsy will be performed to ascertain the cause of death. N. Korea Seeks S. Korean Aid The first high-level talks between North Korea and South Korea in four years occurred on Saturday, with North Korea requesting fertilizer to help the spring crops and South Korea seeking concessions that would help reunite divided fam ilies. George Michael Out of the Closet Days after being arrested on charges of lewd General Editor Managing Editor Rocky Swift Aaron Gustafson Staff Writers Hugh Brown, Paul Chretien, Charles Choi, Sara Foley, Alsidar Lee, KC McCarthy, Nick Napolitano, Mario Rodriguez Layout Online Developer Zoe Roman Cyndy Ekle Hates the Irish Matt Grieco Contributors ... Jen Rehm News conduct last Tuesday, pop singer George Michael publicly acknowledged his homosexuality for the first time. "I want people to know I haven't been exposed as a gay man. I don't feel any shame. I feel stupid and reckless and weak for having allowed my sexuality to be exposed this way," Michaels told CNN on Friday. National NationsBank gets even bigger NationsBank and BankAmerica have agreed to merge to form the country's first coast-to-coast bank. The banks combined assets will total over $570 billion in total assets, making it the country's second largest bank. The announcement comes a week after Citibank and Traveler's Group, Inc. announced their merger to create the world's largest financial-services provider. OUTSIDE vcrRY lOWER 10 items or less; or else! A shopper who had gone through the express w than ten items had part of her nose cut off in the parking lot by an irate customer. Vickie Lemons, 27, had to undergo surgery from the pocket knife attack from Etharine Pettingrew, 41 Pettingrew was apparantly angry because Lemons had too many items for the express lane and now faces charges of second-degree reckless endangerment. State Chase ends in Tampa Bay On Saturday morning, two men from Sarasota led authorities on a chase that ended when the men were fished out of Tampa Bay. The chase began in St. Petersburg when Pinellas County April 14, 1998 Sheriff's deputies tried to pull over a stolen Camara. After crashing in to a bridge wall of the Howard Franklin Bridge. Deputies found some fake $20 bills in the car which was reported stolen in Sarasota. William Feltus and passenger Brett Mathis jumped off the bridge into the cold water. The driver of the car, William Feltus, was wanted on robbery and grand theft in Sarasota Truck and mom help escapee A stolen big rig truck smashed through the gates of a Florida prison Saturday in an escape plan masterminded by an inmate's mother. Jay Sigler, 31, escaped the Everglades Correctional Institution in a stolen getaway that was tailing the truck as it plowed through four prison fences driven by a recently released friend. The two men fled the scene in a stolen getaway car driven to the scene by Sigler's mother Sandra Sigler, 58. Authorities caught Mother Sigler on Saturday, but her son and accomplice were apprehended on Sunday after their car collided with and killed another motorist during a pol ice chase. Local Vending machine sparks lawsuits The case of liability in the death of a local 13-year-old will come before a Sarasota jury this week. Jason T. Beggs was killed when a 1,200 lbs. soda machine fell on top of him and crushed him. On February 7, 1995, at about 10:20, Be.us art, c im e atop the Coca-Cola machine, and shook it until it toppled onto him. Beggs died later that night at St. Petersburg Memorial Hospital. The jury will deliberate on whom should be held responsible for the death, Jason Beggs, Kmart, or the parents of the victim. His father stated that he did not know Jason went to Kmart that night. The law suits were filed in 1996, and Kmart was identified as being negligent in not installing an anchor to the machine which was on a sloped floor. Other parties involved in the suit are Coca Cola, the owner of the soda machine, and Royal Vendors, Inc., the manufacturer of the machine. Kmart was the only defendant that refused on a settlement, and maintains that the machines weight is a sufficient anchor. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www. sar. usf edu/-catalystl The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spanContributions may range in length from 250 sored by Professor Maria Vesperi It is to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no developed in the New College Publications more than 250 words. Submissions should be Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark labeled as either letters to the Editor or Xptess for PowerMacintosh and printed at the contributions and include names and contact information. Bradenton Herald with money provided by the Submissions in "rtf' or "WriteNow" format New College Student Alliance. may be saved to the Catalyst Contributions Direct submissions and inquiries to: folder in the Temp Directory on the Publications Office file server, printed submissions may be The Catalyst placed in campus box 75, and all other 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 contributions may be e-mailed to catalyst@virtu. Sarasota, FL 34243 No anonymous submissions will be accepted. catalyst@ virtu.sar.usf edu All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following The Catalyst reserves the right to edit week's issue. submissions for space, grammar or style.

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The Catalyst News April 14, 1998 3 Cartlidge leaves a legacy etched in stone l"CARniDcm" FRoM PAGE 1 1 that drew him into the arts, he told me that in high school he wasn't even into drawing, much less concerned with sculpture; his interests lied in writing and poetry. Cartlidge was editor of his school paper, involved himself in school plays, and, with some of his friends, put out a radio drama live every week on WSPB. Cartlidge volunteered for the army during WWII. He recalled one of his friends who was killed in Italy during the interview. It was some thing that he still felt choked up over, after all these years. After his friend's death, he felt that he had to "carry on and do somet hing important. When he was on furlough in 1943, he visited the Chicago Art Institute. There was a huge Impressionist ex position, with paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir, but the paintings that bad the sergeant stunned for hours were by Van Gogh. "It was like someone hit me between the eyes with a ballpeen hammer ... it was like his soul was spread out on the canvases." He had to try his hand at art then, after his epiphany; so he bought a tiny paint kit and at his barracks at night with a flashlight he started painting. After the war, with help from the G .I. Bill, he went to college. He's won gold medals and first prizes at many national exhibitions, and has had more than a dozen one-man shows. .. ii: r After a while, Cartlidge realized that his "Nobody's Listening a copper sculpture by Jack Cartlidge stands in front of Saras?ta 's City Hall. It has been criticized of representmg the City Commission. drawings were attempting to capture the full range of perspectives of three-dimensional space on paper, and it was at that point that he turned his mind to sculpture, which he had never tried his hand at before. His first sculpture, "Young St. Francis", is 25 feet high. It's quite incredible to me just in and of itself, never mind it being a first try that's ov .er two stories tall. Then again, Cartlidge studied two years at Baylor University at Waco, Texas when he was in the army, so he knows how to construct things. Cartlidge has come up with inventions and innovations as well as sculpture and paintings, such as an opaque mosaic that hangs in a J esuit c h ape l in Sarasota also glows like a stained glass window if a light is made to shine behind it. One of Cartlidge 's commis sio ned works has drawn some controversy within the pages of the Sarasota HeraldTribune over the last few months. It's a copper sculpture that Cartlidge worked eight hours a day on for a year and a half for, enti tled "Nobo dy 's Listening," which stands in front of Sarasota City Hall. In the March 1 issue, Art Critic Joan Altabe described how she's "been railing for years about this work" because she thought it depicted the Sarasota's City Commission. Several letters were sent against Altabe's piece. Cartlidge defended the statue, You've probably seen this one before. Yep, it's that sculpture in the middle of the Palmer buildings. It stands to give you eternal hope as you enter D Building for your SASC hearing or to pay your year old parking tickets. explaining that it represented issues of injustice in its time, such as civil rights and the Vietnam War Kerry Kirschner wrote that as "a city com missioner this statue was an inspiration to me." Rebeckah Glazebrook sent a letter where she wrote, ''It shows the solitary man whose message is shrugged off by most of the people around him One sees his hurt and sorrow. One sees the self centered people in the crowd It is beautiful, and the meaning, powerful. scorned by others for been mocked put in prison, or kiJied because of the i r teaching. How about Socrates, Jesus G alile o ... and Mart in L uther Kin g, to name a few If ou r commi ssioners need to be re minded to keep open minds, so much the better." Over the years, Jack Cartlidge has allowed and encouraged students to strike out on their own. His philosophy is that students should take advantage of the chance to learn outside their disciplines now, before they graduate "If you don't get it now, you're never going to get it." One ISP that he sponsored involved building a treehouse, some 15 years ago, by the old oak trees around the back of where the band room is now. According to Cartlidge, it was "something worthy of the Swiss Family Robinson," with had multiple floors, carpeting, beds, wiring, lights, and a TV, all powered by one lone extension cord trailing down to the old motel area nearby like the string on a kite. The people who built the treehouse actually lived there, too; that is, until the building inspector found out about the place. Students filtered in and out of Cartlidge's of fice during the interview, with requests for the miscellaneous power tool and inquiries concern ing tutorials and theses. Michael Stults was one of them, and he has around 12 hours of film about Cartlidge in preparation that I have yet to view. Cartlidge affectionately said that, "I have wonderful students. I love them dearly. That's what I'm going to miss most. It's the students be cause they're such a refresher; I recharge the batteries from the creativity of the kids." 20 years of work, but there was still some trim that could be put here and there, and other things that him and his wife have put off. The house for them is more of a process than a product. I think the phrase that best describes Cartlidge is one of his own: "I've got a feel for building things." As I left, he took my proffered hand in his. It was strong and vital. If you've never visited the sculpture studio and Prof. Cartlidge, 1 suggest that you do. Professor Cartlidge has specialized in titanic sculp tures like this one. They have often take years to complete Cartlidge told me that his own house might be frnisbed "in another six months." He ch u c kled and said that it was actually pretty complete after PUT YOUR ANNOUNCEMeNT ttl THE CATALYSTANNOUNCEMENTS RECEIVED BEFORE 5 P M. FRIDAY WILL APPEAR IN THE FOL!t..OWtNG WEEK'S ISSUE. DROPTHOSE BAD BOYS IN THE CATALYST BOX (i5l OR E-MAfl US AT OAT'ALYS.'f:@ VIRTl.l., '" ..... 0 o .. I ;. -. 0

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4 The Catalyst Campus News April 14, 1998 Mantel wouldn't touch NC campus life ''with a ten foot pole'' She was very concerned with fund raising and recruiting out of tate students. "It's worth the involvement of time and money" she said. Faculty members rai ed concerns about Mantel's ability to get funding. In the student meeting, Mantel replied, ''I'm alway willing to ask for money with a good case being made." While at City College, Mantel made two success ful propo als for Howard Hughes Grants. Mantel said that she was attracted to New College because of the "special character of Sarasota and thi campu "It' not just a plain, littJe ordinary place," he added later. Students were curiou, to know Mantel' views on environmental and gender is ues. Mantel implied that she would not be directly in volved in the politic of the student body, but instead would play to her strength and interest One of Mantel's chief interests is developing en richment program for women and minoritie m science Currently, he is President Elect for A WIS, the As ociation of Women in Science, but student eemed more concerned with Mantel' ability to champion the New College way of life than about her abilities a an administrator. At times, it seemed that Mantel was not overly familiar with how New College actually worked, but it became clear in the faculty meet ing that she looks at New College from the point involved in the ev e ryday aspects o f s tud ent l ife. Mantel did say she would listen to students and faculty, however, if they came to her office with rotting carpet," the towers were deemed a "nui sance" on Wednesday, March 25th by the city's building and zoning manager, Tim Litchet. The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, which formed in 1986 to educate Inside the Ringling Towers, you can see just how dilapidated the structure is. concerns She strongly supports the pre ence and influence of New College students on earch committees for faculty member When students asked Mantel what she felt about how students at New College di tributed their A&S fees, she asked "can you buy liquor with your money?" Students, taken aback, laughed and shook their heads. "At Reed, they can," she replied. "The concept that tudents hand out tudent fee money .! don't have a prob lem with that." Mantel ees little need to interfere with the re idence life program at New College, other than holding social activities and peaking func tion that would bring New College and UP tudents together. Mantel saw herself as having little direct involvement in tudent life, he ees that as the respon ibility of the Re idence Life Coordinator. Is ue around Residence Life I would not touch with a ten foot pole," he aid. When asked why not, Mantel responded ''I'm not brave enough Ths attitude concerned tudents who hope that the new dean will upport the wi hes of the student body and the New College way of life Mantel considers the Dean's role to deal with any problem a they happen. "If omething wa per colating up, the dean would do whatever wa neces ary to settle it." While she eemed open to listening to the desires should a problem arise, Mantel was not w i es o t e students i n her d ecisi o n mak ing. I n e ver se cond guess a faculty member," she said. When asked if she saw herself as someone who would protect residents about preservation, once rai ed $1 0,000 for the John Ringling Centre Foundation, a non profit organization that failed in its efforts to restore the towers in 1996. Last week, the al liance filed a lawsuit against the Sara ota City Commission claiming that they violated Sarasota's city ordinance and the Sunshine Law, which regulate public acce s to government meetings and documents. The judge ruled against them on April 9, 1998, and they group says that they have no intention of appealing. Many people who have fond memories of the old city of Sara ota are saddened and con cerned by the pending destruction of the Ringling Tower "The city administration and the downtown business leaders don't seem to have any understanding of the value of these buildings of how important they are to the city's soul," commented Lillian Burns, daughter of the developer who built the hotel and used to live in there as a child. De pite emotional pleas to the city and even a failed attempt at legal action, the two month de molition process has already begun. Due to the tower's close proximity to US-41 and the crowded downtown area, the process will be slow and carefully undertaken, o don't expect a huge explo ion that levels the block. Fortunately, the building will not be lo t com pletely to future generation Buford, is paying Archaeological Consultants Inc. $10,000 to the interests of New College in a large university setting, Mantel answered "Ye ." Students also questioned Mantel about her views of the New College academic program. "I think New College i currently working for peo ple who want it," she aid. As for the contract sy tern, she said: "It seems to work. If it works for you, that's what's most important." Though Mantel favors a multidisciplinary ap proach to a liberal arts education, he maintained that students should choose the system that works best for them. "I wouldn't want seven con tracts of biology ... my philosophy is to combine breadth with depth." Mantel left Reed College because "frankly, I had decided I had done what I could do ... it was time for omeone el e to come in." She com pared New College's in ular nature with Reed, saying "Reed i a funny place, its very ingrown I worked hard to strengthen interactions with other college ." She added that "the tudent here are like Reed tudents, self motivated" and noted that people seem to take the contract ystem very e riously." She believe faculty here work much harder than faculty at other schools do and was impres ed by their dedication to the system. Mantel's non academic interest include cello le sons, which she has been taking at Reed for two years. Though she claims to be no artist her self, he also enjoy looking at art. Other intere t include travel and readin t t e c ose o t h e stu en t m ee ting, Mantel s aid I thi nk you have a really good, unusual place ... whoever comes in will have their hands full." have the interior and exterior of the structure documented in 4-inch by 5-inch photograph known as a "Historic American Buildings Survey ... Original plans will also be kept in the Library of Congress. Hopefully, this and the many Sarasota residents who remember the grand hotel in all its glory will ensure that the John Ringling Towers will live on in spirit. Information from Sarasota Herald Tribune Mr. T's Take on the demolition of the Ringling Towers: I'm so angray dat those fools is knockin' down them Ringling Towers! Hmm ... Maybe I just need more fiber in my diet?

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The Catalyst Events April 14, 1998 5 Easter EGG-stravaganza turns into a scramble by Hugh R. "Hugo" Brown Almost every year, a large fraction of this campus takes part in the time honored celebration of Easter. The present day rituals seem to come from a mix of Pagan and Christian founding. The celebrations of fertility, hence the eggs, and the resurrection of Christ are molded into our modern ordeal, complete with plastic grass, day-glo eggs and chocolate bunny rabbits. Event t-shirts were also available for sale prior to, and during the EGG stravaganza The original design, according to the organizers, was created by Heather Bard and redrawn by Shannon Zelitch, a second year student. An egg hunt was staged and the famous Easter Bunny also made a scheduled appearance, mingling with students and posing for pictures. Her attendance was not met without apprehension, though. Molly Robinson, a first year, expressed anxiety, ... the Easter Bunny is scary cuz you don't know who or what it is." The New College touch was exemplified by Saturday's Easter EGG stravaganza. Cyndy Ekle, a Catalyst staff member, and second-year student Ben Sherman conceived of the idea during a wistful Super Wal-Mart trip while the group of which they were a part were planning a game. Perhaps the Easter Bunny seems threatening because it is the symbol of holiday commercialization. Sherman recalls that the group was, "playing a game of hide-and-seek, everyone was arguing over rules of the game, and we [Ekle and Sherman] were sitting and decided that there should be an Easter event." Regarding the photographs taken by the event photographer, Ekle noted that, "the pictures will be put in students' [campus mail] boxes." Sherman also mentioned that, "the SAC [Student Allocations Committee] was supportive." A barbeque ran throughout the whole afternoon, with sizzling beef pat ties proclaiming the sure conclusion of Lent. Amen. It was Jots o' fun at the Easter Egg-stravaganza this past Saturday. the time to get their pictures taken with the Easter bunny (who doubles as a Catalyst staff member). (left) Kelcey Burns brings back some Money Magazine memories with her pose atop the Easter Bunny. (top) Dave Dougherty recovers from a nose bleed with his trendy toilet paper nose with the Easter Bunny playing Florence Nightingale. (top right) When she got a bit excited, the Easter Bunny started throwing Easter eggs and the heavy arm of the law (aka Ofc. Roarty) was called in to quiet the disturbance. Environmentalists making their mark on New College by Alisdair Lee [n case you're wondering why campus isn't a complete trash-hole, it's because New College (believe it or not) has a pretty good habit of recy cling and composting. New College has been rated Number One in the State University system by the Sarasota Eco Report for its environmental soundness. The New College Environmental Group doesn't just want to keep it that way. Caroline Arruda, Rob Meyers, and Elizabeth Elia envision a campus that does not limit itself to tra ditional environmentalism, which follows basic tenet of "Recycling, reducing, and reusing," as Arruda puts it. "We wanna take it and go beyond that. We want to make New College more envi ronmentally sound and sustainable." Explaining the origins of the New College Environmental Group, Elia draws from her ex pertise in vigilante psychology and explains the birth of Environmentalism in the raging heart of Rob Meyers. "Loggers in the North Pacific had a tree fall on his father." Rob continues, "I went to the activities forum and there wasn't any envi ronmentalist group, which I was surprised by." Students such as Rob Meyers longing for an en vironmental group were finally able to come together and form a statement through encounter ing one another at the WORD meetings. The NCEG was formed last October and, thanks to spear-headers Meyers and Arruda, has been ac tive and visionary in improving the state of environmental awareness, habits, and activism on campus ever smce. Their first project was the small pamphlet entitled "Clean Your Room," distributed in the cafeteria and the pool room in hopes of offe ring students "factoids and healthy suggestions." And we are all familiar with the New College butt pots that patiently await the vile waste of evil smokers. Perhaps the most significant project enacted by the NCEG has been that of letter-writing to Washington. Arruda and Meyer have always been happy with the response and participation in the letter-writing campaigns. "This semester we've done letter-writing on the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. That was like a hundred letters. That's a pretty suitable portion of the New College population." Arruda explains, "It's espe cially good because for every letter they receive, they assume twenty others share the same opin ion." Having recently attended a conference on the ANWR, Meyers recalls that "the importance of letters" was emphasized. "Things won't come to the attention of a Congressman unless they re ceive a base of letters." Arruda concludes, "I think some people think letters aren't really too effective, they really have a huge effect." El ia has taken charge of promoting a more environmentally aware Mariott. 'We're just try ing to clean up Mariott and sort of reorganize that make them more environmentally friendly without it being a pain in the ass. We want it to be good for our environment but good for students. Elias rallied a Town Meeting vote that would recommend certain price changes in drinks at Mariott that would aid the environment: soda fountain drinks have decreased by 30-50 cents, depending on size, while canned drinks, which are less eco-friendly, have increased like wise. Elias wants to make "changes people don't have to think about but that help." A future pro ject serves as a perfect example. "Hopefully we'll have enough dishes in the cafeteria so that students can borrow them, and get bus pans to put in the courts." Jerry Dixon has tried to pa tronize environmental awareness. "Most of the

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6 The Catalyst Campus Life Town Meeting discusses same old stuff by Mario Rodriguez Student Life Coordinator Alena Scandura opened the meeting by making it known that applica tions for orientation leader positions are available in her office. Scandura questioned the congregation as to whether or not fees for the position ought to be raised so as to cover all of orientation and pre-orientation, including free T-shirts for all first years and potluck dinners for each orientation group. The straw. poll yielded 6 votes for an increase of $25 and 25 votes for a $10-20 increase, a quo rum being unavailable. Scandura also noted the fee is not mandatory for anyone unable to pay. First year Cathy Heath spoke up for the laundry room, which will be undergoing renova tions." We need ideas," she said, "people who can paint, ... people who can put tile down." The laundry room project will be receiving money from the laundry company because, to quote Heath, "they make a lot of money off of us." She may be contacted at cheath@virtu. First year Adam Rivers ad-dressed the or an a student-run bookstore. Adam sai d that such a bookstore would "save us money and keep [the bookshopJ away from the corporate interest, Barnes and Noble." Rivers also announced that an Alumn from '87, a lawyer now residing in Boston will speak on euthanasia in the College Hall Dinning Room at 3:30p.m. on Thursday. Five more candidates for the Dean and Warden position will descend upon New College in the coming month, and the dates of their arrival were recounted. The remaining candidates are Alan Dillingham, who will be here Wednesday the 15th; Samuel Schuman, who will visit on the 27th and 28th; followed by Phillip Hall on the 29th and 30th; Steven DeLue on May 4 and 5 ; and (last but n9t least) Michael Bas is on the 6th and 7th. All will be meeting with stu dents at 2:00p.m. in the College Hall Music Room on the corre sponding Monday, except for Hall, who will meet with students on a Wednesday. In addition, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 p .m. with the Dean Search Committee student reps to discuss the details about the candidates' ref erence checks. Then, with only five absten tions, a straw poll condoned an increase in salary for our resident slaves at the Four Winds Cafe, who said they learned last semester that hou se was im p ossible. NCSA Co-President Reimer tried to stay objective while present ing the University Program's proposal concerning next year's funding for Ham Center. The re quest calls for New College to foot 75% of the bill for Ham Center, while UP would shoulder 75% of the fees for the West Side Student Center, as opposed to the 50-50 split now in effect for both buildings. According to Reimer, New College has $216, 118 to begin next year. NC will be spending $20,000 more on Ham Center than the UP if there i a referendum of the pro posal in the upcoming student elections Compare this to the $2,000 more UP will spend on WSC than New College Speaking of elections, town meeting organizers announced they are coming up. Positions available include: division representative po sitions, the educational policy committee, and the SAC. In regards to the ongoing noise policy discussion, Anatole Ngyen agreed with one student's suggestion that earplugs be pur chased for the culprits in a recent on-campus swell in noise com plaints, and made available through RA's."They should put them with the condoms," he recommended. Although the Campus Police made it clear at the last town meeting that they must observe the confidentiality of on-campus noise complaints, Ark.ady Medovoy felt n e o e i d e nti ties of, in h is o p i nion the stu dents who are persistently closing down walls. "I feel like its consistent people who do it," he said, "and they know they have the power [to shut off a wall], and nobody knows who the people are, so nothing is re solved." Gay Activist to Speak This Friday by Nick Napolitano Mandy Carter has spent much of her last thirty years in the activist trenches, devoting herself to organiza tions that include the War Resisters League, the Human Rights Campaign Fund, the Rainbow Coalition, and the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum. She organized crusades to defeat North Carolina sena tor Bob Dole in 1990 and 1996 and just last week helped Durham conduct its first Take Back the Night demonstration. And she will speak this Friday at 8:00 pm in the Hamilton Center Teaching Auditorium, as part of this year's Gay Pride Symposium. Carter is a strong believer of coalition politics, and in her anti-Dole campaigns mobilized gays, straights, people of color, artists, and environmentalists to support black Democratic contender Harvey Grantt. At an annual meeting of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Carter told the assembled activists "There are only two reason why we lost: one, because the gay community couldn't get over its racism to work with Grantt, and two, because the black community couldn't get over its homophobia and work with us." Carter has also sought to counter the Christian Right's growing influence in the black community by founding the National Call to Resist: Countering the Radical Right in Our Black Community, an organiza tion which seeks to encourage the next generation of black gay and lesbian activists to confront both the Religious Right and the predominantly white gay rights movement. April 14, 1998 WEEK IN PREVIEW Thesday, April 14 Pride Symposium: 7:00p.m. Panel:" Transgender Transitions." 8:30p.m. Workshop: "HIV and Our Community." 10:00 Movie: "Don't Know Dick." (tentative) All Pride Symposium events are held in the Music Room unless otherwise noted. Sarasota Community Bloodbank Bloodmobile on campus from 3:00-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 Pride Symposium: 7:00p.m. Presentation: "Student Papers." 8:30p.m. "Queer Science." I 0:30 p.m. Movie: "It's Elementary." Spiritual Exploration Table in the cafeteria at 5:00p.m. Thursday, April 16 Pride Symposium: 7:00p.m. Panel: "Out at Work." 8:30 p.m. Panel: "Activism 101" 10 :00 p m Movie: "Out a t Work." (tentative) Interfaith council in the Fishbowl at 12:00 noon. Friday, April17 Pride Symposium Keynote Speaker Mandy Carter in the Teaching Auditorium. at 8:00 p.m 10:00 p.m. Communjty Celebration at Rowdy's. Sunday, April i9 Pride Symposium: "Sundays in the Park" at 2:00p.m. at the N.C. Playing fields. 6:00p.m. B.B.Q Dinner and Drag Show at Rowdy's. WALL PREVIEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Alicia Marini SATURDAY, APRIL 18 _Queer l l I 1 1

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The Catalyst Contributions Urbaculture and sustainable communities contributed by Jen Rehm When we talk about building a sus tainable community in the Sarasota North Area, we envision an inclusive system that provides for all our needs without negatively impacting the com munity. In fact, we hope to design a plan that actually gives back to the en vironment while at the same time improving our neighborhoods and our economy. Such a system must encom pass all the basic necessities of a society, including the need for good, wholesome inexpensive food. Currently in the U.S., the average molecule of food travels 1,300 miles from the farm to the plate. For every calorie of food energy, ten calories of fossil-fuel energy are consumed to pro duce, process, and deliver that food. This highly inefficient system has lead to an increased use of pesticides, fertil izers and preservatives and has lead our agriculturists to favor durability over quality in the mass production of our food. Large commercial agriculture also threatens the livelihood of many small farms. As these small farmers are pushed out of business, the once open farm land often becomes another hous ing development. In support of more sustainable agricul ture, our 50-ye.ar plan for building a sustrunable Sarasota North Area ineludes an experiment in Urban Agriculture. The Urban Agriculture site, which officially opened during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Saturday, January 17th of this year, will be an agricultural demonstration site providing training and experience for community members in farming methods. The staff on our site will also assist entrepreneurial members of the commu nity in developing agricultural business plan as they expand and start their own small farms The site itself will provide jobs and food security for those in need but it will also allow us a center of operation from which to support and promote our local small fanners in their practices of sustainable agricu1ture. But it is not enough to simply have these small farms if we cannot support them by purchasing our food locally. The second step, and perhaps a more difficult step, involves directing our thoughts to where all our food comes from and making a conscious effort to buy from these local farms As individ uals we can shop at farmers markets and join Community Supported Agriculture groups, but the greatest im pact will be made when large institutions, such as Universities, restaurant groups, grocery stores, ani:l hotels join the effort to put food dollars back into the local economy. New College is now in the process of re defining its priorities in the acquisition of food and has taken the first steps to wards completely altering the campus food service in an effort to buy locally. This College Local Food Project will include raising student and faculty awareness of nutrition and the positive effects of fresh, healthy food It will foster greater understanding between the college and small local farmers. It will develop greater connections be tween the college and the Sarasota community, as we all take responsibil ity for sustainable growth and development, and it will build the eco nomic base of the community as every dollar spent in the community is then itwested again by other community members. Many sustainable development pro jects place their focus only on rebuilding business and industry or on the aesthetics of streetscaping and hous ing developments in the community The Sarasota North Area Plan will take in the full scope of community redevel opment, placing a strong emphasis on meeting the most basic of our commu nity's needs with a plan for building sustainable food systems through Urban Agriculture Editorial: Keep abortion off license plates! As any person with half a measure of common sense presumes, automobile license plates issued by the state of Florida carry the state's approval. Apparently lawmakers did not take this into consideration as much as they should have when a committee of the Florida Legislature approved among six new specialty plates one that reads, "Choose Life." Abortion is a serious and highly volatile issue in our state and our nation as well. License tags are just not the place to debate it. The state should not print "Choose Life" tags or "Pro-Choice" tags for that matter Just as it seems ridiculous that they should print tags that say "Handguns Don't Kill" or "Legalize Marijuana." It's absurd! If people want to tum their cars into rolling abortion pro paganda, let them buy a bumper sticker like everyone else! Bumper stickers do a great job, just look at all the different ones we have around New College! If people still feel they must throw their views out to the world on their tags, then they could just get a personalized plate. I'm not against this by any means, as I just bought one myself, but the state isn't openly supporting anything by allowing residents to do this! In Florida, specialty tags abound: save manatees, remember Cha11enger astronauts, protect the Florida panther and sea turtle, support the Arts and every university has their own booster tag. These are entirely appropriate and serve good causes, none of which come anywhere close to having the political implications that an abortion tag would. With the number of specialty tags at 39 and growing, the Legislature should be concentrating on more methods of reducing the number, not adding to it. On that note, new Legislation being considered at this time by the state would increase the number of supporters needed before considering a new tag and require higher bonds for the cost of creating those Legislature already reviews the tags every five years to see if enough are being sold to cover their own costs at the very least, and those that don't sell are discontinued. Unlike the common promotional sticker, state tags involve the creation and disbursement of extra money. Past allegations that Challenger tag funds were misused initiated questions about whether the state is doing enough to oversee the money collected from the existing specialty tags. Last year alone, the manatee, panther, and Challenger tags brought in over $7 million. After the state's production and distribu tion costs are deducted, the rest of the money earned goes to the tag's respective non-profit organization, usually a private trust fund, foundation, or sometimes, a state agency. For example, the revenue from the new Florida sea turtle plate that reads "Helping Sea Turtles Survive" will go to the Marine Resources Conservation Trust Fund in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Where would the money from a "Choose Life" tag go? Assuming the state fol lows the same pattern, the answer is obvious-a non-profit Pro-Life organization. The causes supported on the state license plates we presently see attached to the tail-ends of tons of cars are rela tively uncontroversial, but the same can not be said for the issues surrounding a woman's right to an abortion. If I may say so myself, it seems that our Legislature, by only propos ing a "Choose Life" tag, is not only stepping over the line, but they're also crossing the one that suits them best. Where would approval of a "Choose Life" tag lead us? What advo cates would be next to demand a tag for their controversial cause? Well, its safe to say that, at the very least, the Pro Choice advocates will be there before the doors open. State tags are. not meant to be. metal bumper stickers or .. the personal billboard of the state's politicians. April 14, 1998 7 Students want increased eco CODSCIOUSness things we want to get through," Elias explains, "He wants to do them too because it turns out to be cheaper for him." In referring to his apprehension about changing the drinks prices (an experimental move for now), "He doesn't wanna look like a bad guy, but he's been very helpful." Paper waste is one campus problem that has not yet been alle viated. While the recycling habit has impressed the NCEG, the administration continues to waste paper. "We're trying to get them to use less paper. With the 1990 SUS TAIN audit, they found that 60% of the garbage from the Palmer build ings was paper." SUSTAIN, f0r those of us who haven't been here for eight years, was another environmentalist group that followed a widespread Earth Day movement among the nation's campuses to review university waste and determine levels of recyReferring to the audit, Meyers notes, "We're doing a supplement to see how things have changed and it's been really good. So much has changed with student garbage. I don't think we found any soda cans. very little glass and plastic." Arruda adds, "People have been using recycling bins a lot." Elia quotes for the record: "Go New College kids! You kick ass!" Composting has also been a worthy effort at New College. Elizabeth gives the low-down on the process for the uninformed. "You take food scraps and paper scraps and put them in a bin with mulch and lime juice and you let it sit and mix it around and eventually is turns into nutrient-rich soil. It's very good for fertilizing." Elia sug gests that compost be taken advantage of in gardening tutorials. Meyers concludes with commentary on the myth of apathy at New College. "I was in a coffee shop in downtown Sarasota, and I was talking with these [two alumni} about social issues, and they were snickering and mentioning things about how apathetic it was. Students have said that this campus is apathetic. I don't think that's true. It's not an accurate view. When there really is an issue pre sent, people will do stuff about it." ..

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I 8 The Catalyst The Counseling and Wellness Center at Parkview House has professional coun selors who can help with a variety of problems. Office ser vices are free and confidential to enrolled students. Also, Planned Parenthood is back in Parkview House every Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. They are avail able for all students and can answer questions regarding male/female exams, STD testing, and reproductive health. For in formation, call 359-4254. Room Draw will take place on Tuesday, April 24. This is your only opportunity to reserve a room on-campus for the 1998/99 year. Instructions and room draw applications are available in the Housing Office. The room draw applications must be re turned to the Housing Office by 5:00p.m., Thursday April 16. Announcements April 14, 1998 Goulash!!!'s Second Annual Pigeon Memorial Poetry Contest deadline is Friday April 24. First prize is $40, second prize is $20, and third prize is $10. Rooms for Rent-Looking for M/F to share 3 BR/ 2 BA vege tarian household in downtown Sarasota. No smokers, no-drink ing/ drug problems please. Opening May 13th and mid-sum mer. $200 for the room and 1/3 utilities per month. Call Jenna or Erica at 952-5201. Guitarist Thomas Koch to Perform in Sainer. Noted clas sical guitarist, Thomas Koch, will present a recital in the Sainer Auditorium on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. "Assisted Suicide after Quill and Glucksburg: Settled Law and Open Policy" by Lawrence Vemaglia, J.D., M.P.H. (NC '87) on Thursday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the College Ha11 dining Room. No prior preparation is required, but a packet of materi als will be on reserve in the library or available from the Alumnae!i Office for those inter ested beginning April 10. "Self-sufficient Small Farming" by Annette Smith (NC '73). Smith has lived an ex periment in growing her own organic food for the last 10 years in Danby, Vt. "Peep Show," a multi-media, in teractive thesis installation by Sarah Jane White opens on Friday, April 17 in the Ham Center Fishbowl. Food and drinks available at the 6:00p.m. reception. New Victim Advocate Ruth Perz is available to provide support, crisis intervention and referrals to aU students, faculty, and staff who are victims of actual or threatened violence. To reach her, dial her pager at 252-5156 and leave a voice mail message and she will call you back. She is available anytime someone is in need. CAREER CENTER sac minutes 2.12.98 Feminist Majority Foundation: Field Representative full-time, one year positions for graduating seniors and recent college graduates to be part of the team developing the Femini t Majority Foundation's innova tive campus leadership program. Representatives will train in the DC office and alternate spending time in the field and in the office for one full year. This position requires a knowledge of and commitment to fem inism and activism. Past feminist activism on campus i essential. In attendance: Alisdair Lee, Kelly Singer, Robert Scope}, Michael Hutch, Danielle Babski, Steve Yacco (proxy Adam Rivers) Absent: Mario odriguez (no proxy), Vijay Sibaraman (no proxy), Adam Rivers 1. Mandy Odom: Pride Symposium, for copies of programs Request: $22 Allocated: $22 2. Fiona Lewis: Bob Johnson Prom, for more decorations Request: $40 Allocated: $20 3. Daniel Sutton-Kolb: Cheese Club, for ... cheese. Request: $55 Allocated: $55 4. Matt Thompson: B-Dorm Pride, for stuff. Request: $87 Allocated: $87 5. Mike Vandercook: Theater pro duction for costumes and set Request: $150 Allocated: $150 6. Fanny Fitch: Jak:aginin! for re imbursement for overspending on transport, hotel and food. Request: $161 Allocated: $88 7. Donovan Drane: Sacred Geometry Request: $220 Allocated :$194 8. Britt Dunn: Tike Hut Putt-Putt, for a loan of sorts for making shirts Request: $250 Positions are limited and pay is modest. Health insurance, traveling exAllocated: $250 penses and a rent stipend are included. To apply send or e-mail resume, 9. Ben Sherman and Cyndy Eckle: writing sample, two academic/professional references, and cover Jetter Easter Eg -strava anza for food g -film, candy, decor, and prizes nizing to: Dee Martin, National Programs Associate, Feminist Majority Requested: $365 Foundation,1600 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 801, Arlington, VA 22209. Allocated: $365 Stipulation: Spend $200 on the BBQ. 10. Chuck Daly: ChocolateThe Club! Requested: $500 Allocated: $350 11. Caroline Arruda: Earth Day Celebration! Requested: $581 Allocated: $455 12.Mark Coffino: Queer Ball, for decorations, favors, food, miscella neous Request: $600.19 Allocated: $560.19 13. Stephen Haedicke: Crawfish Boil, for crawfish dishes, and vege tarian foods Request: $756 Allocated: $706 14.Angelica Torres: Orientation, for T-shirts and orientation training and food Request: $1480 Allocate: $Tabled 15.Jen Lushear for Suzanne Cohen: AU-American Variety Show theatre production, for costumes, lights, set, props, food Request: $880 Allocate: $705 Feminist Majority Foundation: Summer Leadership InstituteA week long feminist leadership program for undergraduate students committed to starting and/or leading Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances on their campuses during the 1998-99 academic year. Student activists will Jearn how to organize on campus, through workshops focusing on public speak:ing,public relations, event planning, and legislative analysis. There is no fee for participation in the Leadership Institute. Every participant will be provided with housing for the duration of the Institute as well as a small meal stipend. Applicants for the Summer Leadership Institute should be student leaders, dedicated to establishing and/or actively participating in a Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance during the 1998-99 academic year. Students must submit a completed application form, a resume and three letters of recommendation to above address. The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago: Post Graduate Training and Employmentthe Orthogenic School is a residential treatment program founded in 1 9J5. Openings in clude positions as live-in counselors and classroom teachers working with children between the ages of five and eighteen years old. Many of the staff take advantage of the assortment of graduate classes offered through the University of Chicago The positions available are ideal for the recent Bachelor's or Master's-level practitioner interested in acquir ing good practical experience under close supervision, before going on to post-graduate training. It is a structured training experience with some flexibility to accommodate the personal goals of each employee. Send resume, statement of goals, transcripts and three letters of reference to: Stephen C. Luce, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, The University of Chicago, 1365 East 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. YMCA Professional Vacancies: The Summer Camp issue has arrived listing openings throughout the United States. For further information stop in the Career Center, PME-119.


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