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INSIDE The I v ory Tower ....... ..... 2 Volume VII, Issue 14 Laugh, dammit all! by Matt hew Grieco "Suave" Last Thursday evening, stepping outside for a breath of fresh air, I made the mistake of walking into Palm Court. I wasn't looking for what I found. But it was rather hard to miss, since it consisted of immense lettering on the front wall of Third Court: ELAJNE A D HARVEY ROTHENBERG RESIDENCE HALL I felt dirty. Then I happened to glance to my right: BOB JOHNSON RESIDENCE HALL I felt dirti e r I b elieve I speak for most of us when I sa that this was not exac t ] ... I had expected. Mf for months that our generic old p ill b oxes would be receiving new monikers., bu t I had a nt i cipated somet h ing more along the l i nes of a tasteful bronze p l aque. Plaques are nice. They are informative without being intru and from a distance provtde one w1th a pleasant reminder of one's place in hi tory But eight-inch tall letters? I felt like I wa being watched ... by omeone with a very, very large ego. Actually, I was only being \Vatched by fellow student Ca ey who noticed me noticing. He too had been sitting out in Palm Court admtrin g the new lettering. Quickly, w e decided that a little NCLF action wa s in order. Nothin g harmful or illegal, we agreed We didn't want to offend our benefactor: who had g1ven a Jot of money to help the school. We just wanted t o poke fun a t the pre entation factor. So it was that I found my elf half an hour later at the top of a ladder posting a large banner on the wall to Second Court. which read: ''YOUR AD HERE. and I admired our handiwork, enjoyed the laughter of the pa sers-by, and then went to bed. (Please put the Catalyst down SEE "LAUCH" ON PAGE 3 B .B. King ...... ....... 3 WaTfare Prospect ....... 4 Funny forwards . . 5 Contributions ........... 7 Announcements ........ 8 your ad here. February 10, 1998 Tow n mee ting mercifully s hort by Mario Rodriguez A momentary hu h fell upon the crowd. Josh Harrold, always one of the more vocal participants at town meetings, as well as your new SASC student rep, let fly a sizable belch. Only Jeb Lund found the ejacula tion comical enough to respond with laughter. Mainly, the assemblage donned bemused, introspective faces, including NCSA Co-President Jake Reimer, who mo ments earlier poke of the dean search. als for Graduation speakers, eliciting pleas for Kaczynski, DiFranco and animatronic dinosaurs. A meeting Monday at 7 p m in Ham Center will provide a forum for further discussion of the matter Other appeals for student input came from Jessica Falcone, who called for the formation of a student com mittee to focus on the development of a theater in the teaching auditorium. Hughes suggested that a committee representing a cross-section of the NC community be formed to settle the controversy surrounding co-presidencies, an issue which Hughes said she and Jake urged students toresolve prior to their term in student court Lund challenged the proposal Reimer informed the town meeting that the student advertisement for the dean search, which was supposed to be published alongside a faculty pot in the "Chronicle of Education," never ran. This was because the "Chronicle" refu ses to publish ads from non-hiring bodies. The deadline for applicant s was January 30. According to Reimer, however, Dean Langs t o n s a id studen ts can st ill affec t th e dean searc h i n ot her ways You n eed t o form a n extralegal body w h ic h would hopefully j ustify your ow n p os i tion," said Lund. by writing a joint letter to candidates, o r via the school's web page, for example. There are 96 applica tions. The goaJ is to narrow the ftgure down to thirty and invite a fraction of the suitors to interview Students After the meet ing, he took the pen out of my hand and requoted himself: "What you are suggesting is that we ratify the creation of an extralegal body to stop and consider the Constitution and write an amendment which wi ll should contact NCSA Tom Barnard Sara told him to .. Shut-up.' She Prior to this Reimer inquired as to student propos-SEE "TOWN MEETING" ON PAGE Protecting an idea: b y : P a ul 'Ch eec h Chre t ie n Perhaps you've had this hap pen; an original idea occurs to you-whether it be a statement, an artistic expressiOn, a small cradget... whatever, and you exprese this idea to a friend, only to find that at a later date some body has copied that idea and is profiting from i.t as a product of his or her own mvent10n. The law provides protection. for original ide
2 The Catalyst International Show m e t h e s t ock p iles egotiation continue in the tandoff between the United 1 ation and Iraqi leader Saddam Hu ein. Hu ein ha agreed to direct U .. in. pector to a number of burial ite in which he claim the countrie former tockpile of chemi cal a n d biological weapon. were buried. U. r. offic ial hope that by excavating the. e ite they can acc o un t fo r many of the missing warheads, bu t it 1 unlikely that this will h elp them account for all of th e c h emica l and bio l ogical agent that th e c o u nt ry h as produced. In other development G erma n C hancellor Helmut Kohl ha agreed to up p ort futu r e military trike again t Iraq if nec e ary, ma k ing them the only country other than Great Bri tain t o u pport proposed U.S. air s trik e W inter Olympics op e n for busin ess W i t h a tunning global perfonnance of B eet h oven' "Ode to Joy" and a ceremony of um o wrest l e rs, the 1998 Winter Olympic Game o pe n e d i n Nagano, Japan. Included in the cere m o ny was the American sumo champion Ake b o no. Fifty thousand spectators and even hea d s-oftate, including Japanese Emperor Ak i hit o, who officially declared the opening of the Ol ym p ic G ame were in attendance. North Korea afte r an a b ence of six years, has also fielded compet i t o r Th e W i nt e r G a m e which will continue through February 22, will f eatu re over 2,000 athletes in 68 events. Reco r d broken A f ai led a tte mp t to circ l e th e g l obe e nde d up breaking the world endurance record for a non stop flight without refueling. 'The European balloonist crew landed their 177-foot balloon and its six-ton pressurized cabin safely in a rice field in Myanmar on Saturday after a flight lasting nine days, 17 hours and 55 minutes. The crew had traveled 5,253 miles since lifting off from the Swiss Alpine village of Chateux d'Oex on January 28. 1be old endurance mark. of nine days and four minutes was set in 1986 by a light plane flown around the world by two American pilots. What's up with these kooky ballonists, anyway? Every couple weeks, there's a new story about a couple bone-head millionaires who crash in their attempt to circle the world in a balloon. Get anGeneral Editor Rocky Swift Managing Editor Aaron Gustafson Staff Writers Hugh Brown, Paul Chretien Charles Choi, Sara Foley, Matthew Grieco, Nick Napolitano, Mario Rodriguez Layout Elizabeth Epstein Zoe Roman Oo)jne Developer Cyndy Eckle Business Manager Rachael HerrupMorse Contributors Aaron Caldwell, Aaron Delgado, Beth Eldridge, John Mogilewsky, Jessica Turner Anne Tazewell News other hobby, you goob Earthquake strikes An earthquake of magmtude of 5.6 to 6.1 on the R1chter cale that hit a remote mountainous regiOn of Afghanistan killed at least 2,150, according to the Afghan Red Crescent society, and the Afghan Islamic Pre s claim that as many a 4,400 may have died. More than 2,000 homes in 20 village have been ruined and the cold re gion is covered in snow. National Masc o t misc hief Rhode Island was the home of flying fur on tuesday night when two rna cots began battling at the end of a ba ketball match Rhode I land' OUTSIDE 1111--1 V OeRY lOWER rna cot, in a Ram co tume, ran up to the St. Jo eph's Hawk rna cot during the game and pushed an inner tube over the Hawk's arm to stop his rival from flapping. The Hawk pu h ed back and the Ram was ejected. A i mil ar qu abble occurred l ast year, but no one knows if it wa Boy gets stuck in ch i mney An 8-year-old Thscon Arizona boy had t o be res cued from a chimney during an attempt to break into his home after his 11-year-old brother locked him out. A spokesman for the Thscon Fire Department reported that the boy made it approx imately 10 feet down the chimney, but couldn't make it past the damper. The 11-year-old called 911 once he realized that his brother was stuck. It took several minutes to rescue the soot-covered boy, who suffered no physical injuries in the or deal, though it was reported that the two boys were engaged in a wrestling contest before the workers could finish packing their gear. Airport renamed to honor Reagan February 10, 1998 President Clinton renamed Wa hington NatiOnal Airport after former President Ronald Reagan on Friday, Reagan's 87th birthday. The airport is lo cated in Y1rginia across the Potomac R1ver from Washington, D.C. Air traffic controllers were among the opponents of the name change ince Reagan fired ll ,000 controller during a 1981 trike. Detention for naughty teacher In Seattle, former grade-school teacher Mary who e affair with one of her x pupils caused a national candal, wa sentenced to prison for 7-1/2 years Friday for seeing the boy again Letourneau had previously served six month in county jail for child rape before being released on condition she never again con tact the boy Letourneau, 36, who had a child with the boy now 14-years-old-was declared in violation of parole and ordered to return to pri on to fini h her full term. She wa caught it ting in a car with the boy at 3 a.m. with clotl 1g for a man, woman. and infant plu her passport and $6,200 in cash. State N uclear pow e r up and running For the first time in eventeen months, Florida Power Company' Crystal River 3 nuclear power plant i up and runmng T h is officially e n ded a 300 m i llion dol l ar s h utdown that happened in S e pt e mber 1996 The plant clo s ed und e r pr essure from the U S Regulatory Commi sion after the ing work. It reopened on the conditlon that Florida Power would implement a 33.8 million dollar rate increase, rather than the 170 million do lla r i n crease originally planned. Local Body Found The body o f an unidentified wa s di sc ov ere d washed up on an Englewood Beach F ri d a y m o rn ing. The badly decompo s ed body was c o v e r e d only in tan pants and a yellow rain co at. Authorities scheduled to do an au to psy on the body on Sunday to determine its id entit y and cause of death. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:llwww.sar.usf.edu/-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 email@example.com. 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 be e mailed to catalyst@virtu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue.
The Catalyst Upcoming events: Pigeon Jf. ... ey jazz estival by KC McCarthy Jazz fan listen up! Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band are set to headline the third annual Pigeon Key Valentine's Day Jazz Festival next Saturday! Other bands expected to grace the island crowd of 1 ,500 with their mystical, mu ical presence include the Burns & Jacob on Trio, the Jack Pezanelli Quartet, and the Florida International University Jazz Band. The festival begins at 3 PM and eating is on the 'green." In other words, bring a lawn chair or blan ket, because everyone park it on the grass. Ferguson's show begins at sun et, roughly 7:30PM, and the shows will continue until about 9:30PM In case you have no idea where Pigeon Key is located, think south, very south. Pigeon Key i on the tip of Marathon Key which is about 45 minutes north of Key West and Sara ota. So, just hop on 175 south and keep driving, and if you see Cuba you've gone too far If yo: re lo o ki ng f o r s omethin g to do Val entine's day, its not t oo la t e to get tickets for wha t p r om i ses to be an energetic and amazing show by one of the living ''Jazz Legends." Tickets are $30 per per son, and to purchase tickets by credit card call the Pigeon Key Foundation at 305-289-0025. S tein to Swift: Shut-up !" aTOWN MEETiNG" FROM PACE 1 apologized, citing her comment as rude. Jollity ensued in lieu of the cutting remark. Harrold noted such a committee as Hughes had consist ing of unelected members, could be dangerously unrepresentative of the NC community. He added that everyone wa "committee-happy." Swift moved that the student court meditate on the issue ofco presidency and draw-up a potenti:-1 amendment to the Constitution. The movement failed, having only 24 votes in its favor. Then something remarkable happened. The meeting ended after ohly one half hour. Entertainment February 10, 1998 3 King of the blues rocks Clearwater by KC McCarthy La t Friday night, spectators at Clearwater', Ruth Eckerd Hall were completely entranced by the leg endary "King of the Blues," Mr. B.B. King. The Grammy award winning King, accompli hments range from bemg a member of both the Rock & Roll and the Blues Halls of Fame, to having an Honorary Doctorate of Music form Yale University and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ha been playing Blues for fifty year now. Even though he is now 72 years old no one could have guessed his age by the quality of his music. B B King has played an influen tial role in the development of modern blues and rock & roll music. Although well known for his new sound on the "chitlin circuit" during the 1950's and 60's, B.B was relatively unknown to mo t of America until the late 60's when he broke through the racial and national boundaries by record ing an adaptation of Roy Hawkins' "The Thrill Ts Gone." This hit solid ified B.B. King's career and began mu B.B. performs more than 250 shows every year on the road, and "the thrill i s definitely not me f r o m h is m u s i c or lif e! In the p as t d ecade, K i n g h as recor d e d with other famou artists such as Bonnie Rait, Willie Nelson, Tracy Chapman. and The Rolling Stones. He also appears in the new movie "The Blues Brothers 2000,'' in which artists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Vaughn, Isaac Hayes, Travis Tritt, Bo Diddley, and others masquerade a his band. Highlights from the concert included his per formance of his classics "The Thrill Is Gone," "Nobody Loves Me But B.B. King: Old and fat, but still going Me Mother," and "How strong Blue Can You Get," not to mention the myriad of instrumen tal pieces everyone in the audience recognized the moment the band started to play. One of the most entertaining and enriching aspects of the show came from listening to "The King of the Blues" talk about his life in his a small hometown in Mi sissippi. He energized the crowd and had every one laughing at an anecdote about keeping some "good o\d, com liquor" on hand, especially fm know what the Those were the days. Of course no one can see B.B. King without see in g his trad e mark "s it down and jam ," whic h h e d oes n o t b eca u se he's "tired" (the man never hear d of the word), but because he wants to "reminisce." "Lucille," hi guitar, affectionately received several kisses and praises from King, w h o calls the shiny, black instrument "Baby." No one could blame him for loving her so much, she puts. out an amazing sound, but then no one really believe its all her work ei ther. The show wa truly amazing, and if you have the opportunity to see this living legend of modem 'Blues King himself said to tbe sold-out crowd in Clearwater, .. the night life ain't no good life ... but it's my life ." Bad hygiene? Product X! D EVELOPING" FROM PAGE 1 Not every original idea needs patent protection. For instance; suppose I developed a plan to build a three-wheeled luxury sedan which run on picante sauce-few people are in the market for luxury sedans, and fewer still have an overabundance of picante sauce to power it. Such an endeavor would have enonnous development costs which would have to be distrib uted over a very small number of production units. In such a case perhaps the inventor could market the plans for such an item, and protect them with a copyright. In the case of Product X, I de-cided to search for a much broader market, while keeping the development and production costs to a minimum. Fir t of all I decided to pursue a market which was virtually universal, so I made a list of things which most do in a given day. These would include: sleeping, eating, personal hygiene, communicating with others, and entertainment. An improvement in any one of these areas could provide for a huge potential market, so I decided to pursue two. I considered big.,screen televi-ions for the shower, and an automated device which feeds sleeping people, but on further reflection, realized that develop ment co ts would be high, and prospective buyers might hesitate at the thought of spending large sums of money on such useful items. Finally it truck me .. .I had thought of a way of combining personal hygiene with a game of skill and a production cost of under $1-a virtually umver al market. With a market this large, I might be able to sell millions of Product X's. I'd Jove to tell you all what Product X is, and how it's going to revolutionize the personal hygiene/entertainment market, but at this time the i dea isn't protected, so you'll all just have to wait. have an opinion? have a comment? have a clue? submit something, damn you! campus box 15-or catalyst@virtu
4 The Catalyst Contributions February 1 0, 1998 No cause for alarm, citizens Contributed by John Mogilewsky The cowboy in white hats ride again, thi time to definitely remove any possibility of Iraqi megadeath capability. There' nothing to worry ping a bag of Ebola mto New York City's water supply. I tell ya, the new millennium's looking brighter all the time! If the Bad Guys don't Possible stories concerning the or gins of the Scary Cat about NC student-, even though you are all under the thumb of an increasingly unpredictable SASC able to kick your butts out of class and into the Marine Corps whenever patriotic need. Admissions, or whim demands. According to Secretary of State Albright, the situation is crystal. We bomb Iraq a lot. They give up, or not. They might panic, sending anthrax bombs into down town Tel Aviv. No worries there! Our calm. mentally fit allies in the Holy Land have assured us they will deliver an "obligated nuclear response" in just such an eventuality. You know, there are friends and then there are friends, and the real ones are the pals who'll drop The Big One for you. A nuke in Baghdad would be just the thing to deter the naughty Muslim world from droppanic, we'll ju t send in our elite ground forces for the next ten or fifteen year, while U.N. bureaucrats fumble over every foxhole in Iraq. Don't you fret over the fact that every Iraqi citi zen is being armed and trained for "a long-term guerrilla war". An angry, well armed local militia familiar with its environment is no match for a de moralized, disillusioned candal-plagued first-world anny with helicopters that take off less than a quarter of the time. If the Marines can take out twenty skiers in a cable lift then a million enraged Muslims should be a cinch. The armed forces probably won't even need to draft the entire NC population for biological mine detec tion patrol No sirree. Not a chance. Faithfully submitted by Sgt. Needlemeyer As Jupiter aligns with Mar and we enter the second millennium, many people will look for signs of the coming of the apocalypse. The scary "cat" is not such a sign. Indeed, it is far more frightening. The Hubble radio telescope was ac cidentally improperly attuned after technicians finished installing a plague (or ... emm, plaque) which read 'THIS SPACE FOR RENT', and o it was instead turned earth ward. It detected faint cries for help from the New College campus. NASA quickly intervened and dis patched federal agents to a New College balcony where they arrived in the nick of time and discovered the poor "cat," badly abused and smeWng of alcohol, almost dead from being crushed under an enor mous ego. Investigating agents were baffled by the "cat," which was un like anything they had ever seen before (until the next PCP, after which it all just seemed so normal). sident censored of the "cat" and printed in the Catalyst indicate that this is no cat. "LAUGH" FROM PAGE] and wander aimlessly around Palm Court for thirty minutes to simulate the experience of the author.) At this point, many of you are probably asking yourselves: "Isn't this a little redundant? Didn't Rocky Swift write an editorial about this whole dorm-naming business in last week's Catalyst?" Sure he did, and I'm not trying to be redun dant. But although I do find the lettering aesthetically appalling, my beef isn't really with the Foundation's earnest and successful attempts to bring money to New College. It's with the prevailing lack of a sense of humor I sensed the next morning when I awoke to find that the ban ner had been taken down. thing funny at New College And let me add, it hasn't always bc.en the administration which has demon strated its lack of comedic sense. We students can be just as obses sively boring. Fondly I recall the spling of 1996, when a student who is longer with us posted signs an nouncing the "First Annual New College Mud Wrestling Contest," which was to feature such exciting events as "Peggy Hendon [Former Marriott manager] vs. the Vegans" and "The Slavic Vocal Ensemble vs. the GLBTSA," among others. Unfortunately, one of the targets of that sign ripped it down, and she ac It i in fact the inner child of New College student Jeb Lund. Or ... Paramedics responding to an anonymous call were shocked at what they found when they arrived in the last remaining Pei dorm. What they discovered that eem ingly quiet evening was indeed the origin of the scary "cat." With the help of X-rays and some friendly aliens' anal probe the 'cat'' was found, coated with Vaseline (some rumors suggest that it was in fact Cherry Anal-Ease) and, geeked to its gills off coke, inserted three feet up the anus of a New College stu dent. After it wa, surgically removed at Sarasota General Hospital the patient was relea ed and the scary "cat'' signed over to the custody of Hugo Brown, Catalyst staff member and lover of all things great and small. The tu dent who had the cat removed from his anus recovered quickly and was back to hitting people with padded sticks by the next weekend. Congrats, Sgt. The spooky cati your fabulous prize from one of our fabulous editors. God damn it, our banner was funny. cused the poster of slander. Come Alternative name for first court. Male residents rejoice, but on, can't we distinguish between the Foundation didn't go for it. Naturally, someone apparently wholly lacking in a sense of humor ripped it down. As I am writ ing this Cyndy EkJe, Catalyst Layout Godde s, informs me that the naming ceremony made the local broadcast news. Our banner was ab ent, of course, due to anonymous censorship, so viewers were instead subjected to Rocky's proudly di played Slim Jim sign. (As further evidence of the enforced humorlessness around here, let me point out that Rocky was awakened at dawn on Friday with high-level orders to conceal said sign in advance of that afternoon's naming ceremony. He complied, briefly.) The removal of our banner is only the most recent in a long series of acts of disdain for anysatire and slander anymore? Even after the poster reposted the signs, with the of fended individual's name removed, she ripped them down again. All one hundred-plus of them. And who can forget the occasion on which a stu dent was arrested by a UPD officer for covering the (already obviously phallic) traffic pylons in front of Ham Center with pink chalk? The offi cer claimed he was "offended." New College doesn't seem to like humor very much. And by New College, I mean all of us. Students, faculty, staff, and administration. Students censor each others' actions, the police like to enforce little-known color legislation, and anonymous administrators rip down harmless signs designed to provoke nothing more danger ous than laughter. Especially at politically tenuous times such as these, New College really needs to have a good hearty laugh at itself. And as someone who was once (quite humorously, I thought) declared by a campu publication to be a tyrannical reader of Maoist texts on centralized government, I can attest that sometimes being funny means being the person at whom everyone is laughing
The Catalyst Entertainment February 10, 1998 5 Funny fwds: The registration and marketing of war The following was a page put on the McDonnell Douglas Internet home page by a worker with a sense of humor. The company took exception to it, however ... AIRCRAFT-SPACE SYSTEMS-MISSILES Important! Important! Please fill out and mail this card within 10 days of purchase. Thank you for purchasing a McDonnell Douglas military aircraft. In order to protect your new investment, please take a few moments to fill out the w arranty registration card below. Answering the survey questions is not required, but the information will help us to develop new products that best meet your needs and desires. 1 Mr. _Mrs. _Ms. _Miss _Lt. _Gen. _cOmrade Oassified _Other Initial First Name Last Name Password Code Name Latitude Longitu d e Alti t u de 2. Which model aircraft did you pur chase? _F-14 Tomcat _F-15 Eag l e F -16 Falcon _F-117 A S t ealth Oassified 3. Date o f purchase: Month: Day: Y ear: 4. Serial Num ber: 5. Please check where this product was purchased: _Received as gift/aid package _Catalog showroom Sleazy arms broker Mail order _Discount store =Government surplus _Classified 6. Please check how you became aware of the McDonnell Douglas product you have just purchased: Store display _Heard loud noise looked up Espionage _Recommended by friend/relative/ally _Political lobbying by manufacturer _Was attacked by one 7. Please check the three (3) factors that most influenced your decision to purchase this McDonnell Douglas product: Style/appearance _Kickback/bribe _Com fort/convenience _McDonnell Douglas reputation _Advanced Weapons Systems _Price/value _Back room politics _Negative experience opposing one in combat 8 Ple ase c h eck the location(s) where thls prod u ct w ill be used: _North America _Aircraft carrier M i d d l e East _Asi a/Far East _Oassified CentraVSouth America _Europe _Africa _Misc. Third World countries 9. Please check the products that you currently own or intend to purchase in the near future: Color TV VCR ICBM Killer Satellite CD Player Air-to-Air Missiles Space Shuttle Home Computer Nuclear Weapon 10. How would you describe yourself or your organization? Check all that apply: Communist/Sod alist Neutral Dictatorship =Prim itive/fribal _Terrorist Democratic _Corrupt _Crazed 11. How did you pay for your McDonnell Douglas product? Cash =Suitcases of cocaine Oil revenues _Recommended by -Deficit spending _Personal check _Credit card _Ransom money _Traveler's chec k 12. O ccupatio n H o memaker Sales/ m arketing Re volu tionary Oerical Mer cenary Tyrant Middle management Eccentric billionaire Defense Minister/general Retired Student 13. 1b llefJtj1ii".aJI!IIIil You Your Spouse lifestyles, please ties in which you and your spouse enJOY participating on a regular basis: Activity /Interest Golf Boating/sailing Sabotage Rurming/jogging Propaganda/disinformation Destabilization/overthrow Default on loans Gardening Crafts Black market/smuggling Collectibles/collections Watching sports on TV Wines Interrogation/torture Household pets Crushing rebellions Espionage/reconnaissance Fashion clothing Border disputes You Your Spouse Mutually As ured Destruction Speed/maneuverabihty Yi answers will be used in market studies that will help McDonnell serve youbetter Thanks for taking the time to fill out this questiOnnaare.. ouraili. gs and special offers from other companies, governments, extremist groups, n nowing you to receive m n m the future-as we as a and mysterious consortia. Comments or suggestions about our fighter planes? Please write to: McDONNELL DOUGLAS CORPORATION Marketing Department Military Aerospace Division P.O. Box 800 St. Louis, MO
6 The Catal st Cam us Lie Healthy work habits Contributed by Beth Eldridge Repetitive strain injuries (RSI's) of the hands and arms are common in today's computer-reliant world. RSI's include carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and DeQuervian's tendonitis. These nerve compressions evoke tingling, coldness, sweJling, shoot ing and deep contiriuous pain, and/or numbness in the hands and arms. Untreated, they may lead to permanent nerve damage, continuous pain, and muscle atrophy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical costs for treating RSl's total about $13 billion annually, and $100 billion overall, counting lost time, lost pro ductivity, and retraining. But the cost to people who ha v e these injuries_is much greater: severe financial, phy s ical, and psychological distress, and temporary or permanent loss of hand use. Th e cause of RSI 's is still debated among doctors. So m e claim that RSI's are pre-existing diseases which are brought out by repetitive motion, or that a particu la rl y small or large body type may predispose someone to developing a RSI. Others claim that repetitive motion is the P rimary cause, though other factors, such as poor posture may contribute The maj o rity C1f my research indicates that exercise, wodcsta ti o n s e t-up po sture, and stress-reduction can al leviate symptoms and ma y be able to preve n t pains altogether, or prevent them from developing into debili tating RSI 's. Dr. Emil Pascarelli and Deborah Quilter req?mmend stretching exercises to "warm up" the h for typing, just as runners stretch the legs before jo Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Strain Injuries explains and illustrates e i e or :peci c p o an pro o boQk written by Sharon Butler, HelleiWoiker and Cag:>al Tunnel Syndrome survivor, has been invaluable fot my recovery. An e r gono mically design ed w o rkstation can h e lp prevent repe t itive s t rain injuri e s by allowing th e who le body to work comfortably and efficiently. According to Pascarelli, the screen is positioned at eye level to keep the neck in aligmnent and prevent headaches and slouching. The keyboard is low enough that the hands and elbows are parallel to the ground; it is flat, or tilted slightly down and back. the fingers do not rest on a "wrist pad;" instead, they "float" above the keyboard. supported by the forearm muscles, so there is no unnec essary pressure on the tendons and nerves which must move through the small "carpal" tunnel of the wrist. Feet are on the floor or a footrest. The back is straight and well-supported in the lumbar region. According to massage therapist Carol Cornelison of Miami, correct posture also decreases the likelihood of nerve compressions arising in the neck and shoulder region, which often contributes to RSI's of the arms and hands. Dr. Ray Wunderlich of St. Petersburg empha sizes nutrition for preventing and treating carpal tunnel syndrome; vitamins B6 and B 12 are the most widely recommended for RSI 's, though Dr. Alfred Franzblau, MD, argues that B6 is not effective, and that especially high levels of it are toxic. B 12 is found naturally in animal products; it is also in some enriched soy products and in supplements. Finally, stress reduction methods, such as avoiding procrastination (i.e writing pa pers slowly, ahead of time ) may go a long way to p reve nt p ains associa t e d with sudden overuse Pascarelli also suggests five minute breaks for every twenty minutes of typing to prevent muscle fatigue. As you enter another semester, I ask you to !)re member that prevention of hand pain may be possible o c o e ,e-gon o mics, etc .), and 3) listen t o you r body's si gns carefully so it can guide you in maintaining and restor ing your health. Beth Eldridge is a New College alum. sac minutes 2.5.98 Attendance : Kepy Singer, Michael Hutch, Robert Scopel, Alisdair Lee, Jessica Falcone.(proxy), Adam Rivers, VeeJay Sivaraman (Absent: Mario Rodrigulz, Danielle Babsky) Alisdair Lee appointed secretary after volunteering. Kelly Singer goes over SAC poli cies briefly. allocated for two $60 honorariums with a stipulation that refreslunents be provided by student donations for $22.51: all allocated for $400: tabled, and it was recommended that they approach a Town Meeting regarding student support and interest $40.00 Nirvan Mullick requested: $1300 00 for Michael Moschen, juggler Allocated: $750 00 with a stipula tion that the organizers ask Ringling for matching funds to share the show. Taheerah Lawrence, Carly Jackson and Kenya Chavez requested: $4448 requestl!d for facilitator and Alfre Woodard's fees and expenses for Black Histfry Month; $22.51 for Blues at $468.96 for 2 choirs, hono urn and refreshment for ospel M ic Fest ($400 for honorarium, $68 for food); and $400 for lack Hilory Month PCP en tertatnment rufd decorations response: tor the $4448: all allocated with a Stipulation that there be HIGH, ffiGH publicity and a $5-10 a ssion fol non-students and non fa for thf $468.96 : $120 t Chuck Daily and "Choco lateThe Club" requested $400.00. Allocated: $300.00 and 01.uck will cover the rest. Thanks to Chuck in'the Catalyst' notes on SAC Julia Skapik: PCP Valentines Request: $950 00 for decor props misc Allocated : $590.00 Meredith Thorp cequested $604.00 for Patrick Denny memorial, $475 00 for plaque and $129 00 for tree. Allocated $575.00 for plaque and tree (VeeJay and Adam abstain) Suzanne Cohen requested: $100.00 for food after PCP Allocated: Ian Wichlacz: Probabili t y Th eory r equested: $100.00 for refre s hmen t and food tabled Kell y Samek : The Debacle re quested $82 50 for 300 copies of publication Allocated : $82.50; (Jessica Falcone abstains) Kate Hupp and Jorgianna Thorpe for the Medieval Fashion Show requested: $60 00 for food and re freslunent. Allocated: none (same night as coffeehouse Grand Opening, sugge s ted they merge the events) I : WEEK IN PREVIEW Monday, February 9 Aikido meets in Ham Center from 7-8:30 p.m. Students for a Free Tibet meets in the fishbowl at 8:30p.m. African American Lecture. Judge Herb Evans will speak in Sudakoff Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 The library's book sale begins today. Amnesty International will meet at 8 p.m. in the fishbowl. Wednes day, Fe bruar y 11 Food not bombs will meet at 7 p.m. on the Ham Center couches. "Does Religion Make Sense?" 7 p.m. in Sudakoff center. T hursday F eb r u a ry 12 Wri ting Resumes Workshop PME 223 at 5 p m Friday, February 13 Lecture: "Of Language Lexicon an ora ea e o noon a t Sa i ner. 10 a.m. Political Science Candidate Shannon Mattiace w ill s p eak on Pan-Ethnic I den ti ty and Indi an Politic s in Chiapas, Mexico. 7 p.m. Grand Openin g of the Four Winds Coffee House. WALL PREVIEWS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Mark 8everly SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 valentine PCP
The Catalyst contributions February 10, 1998 7 Recycling update Stop whining and dance Contributed by Anne Tazewell Last year student recyclers hauled 68,000 pounds of glass, plastic, aluminum, steel. and paper to Recycle America, a nearby recycling facility! When this figure is added in with the cardboard that is picked up by BA, another hauler, it works out that approximately 1/3 of our solid waste is recycled! Although a 33% recycling rate is meeting state mandates, I think we could increase this amount to more than 50% by heeding the other 2 R 's: reducing and reusing in addition to recycling. Following are some New Year tips and reminders that can help our campus be more "earth friendly" and reduce our solid waste. When printing a document only print the number you need! The same goes for flyers or if you are in a position on campus where you accept catalogues and brochures from others. It is amazing how much gets recycled on this campus that has never been read! Remember to always duplex ( double sided copying) and if you can format something to fit 2 to a page do it! Use recycled content and ask staff and faculty to do the same. Two kinds of recycled paper are available on campus. Styrofoam packing peanuts are collected for re-use inside the student mail room. They are also collected by the Physical Plant crew along with office paper from staff and faculty members. As far a dining on polystyrene goes, avoid it! This stuff is nasty (both health wise and environmentally), is not recyclable around here and does not compost well!. If you are in the habit of getting your food to go please buy your own dining ware from a second hand store and if you are eating in the cafeteria don't get drinks or food on Styrofoam. It was surprising how much Styrofoam and plastic ended up in the food compost buckets last semester! Next week. we will begin to collect food waste for our second batch of compost. We averaged over 100 lb./day of food scrapes last semester! You can help by making sure that what you give us is free from inorganic material ( i.e. single use packets, plastic utensils and Styrofoam) Clear, brown and green glass are recyclable here. Do not buy drinks in blue bottles as they are not accepted for recycling Plate glass and light bulbs are not recyclable either. Steel and aluminum cans can be recycled here. When faced with the choice of aluminum and plastic bev erage containers, choose aluminum. Aluminum is a valuable source of recycling revenue for us and the beverage industry should be sent a message that they need to include recycled content plastic in their bev erage containers. In the US all plastic beverage containers are made with 100% virgin resin whereas with aluminum cans there c clin rocess is so efficient that in as little as 90 days the can Hie you recycle can be back. on the shelf for another go round. In addition, recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to convert bauxite ore to aluminum beverage containers! A better choice though, than either a plastic or aluminum single use beverage container, is using your New College thermal mug. Only plastic marked with a 1 or 2 are accepted for recycling here .Check. bottom of container to be sure. Oean plastic grocery bags are recyclable also. Place next to recy cling containers in the dorm areas. Cardboard boxes should be broken down and placed next to recycling containers. Letter to the editor: what's in a name? By Aaron Caldwell WITTY BEGINNING: Now, I didn't learn much m chemiStry class, but one thing I did learn is that a "catalyst" is a little thing that causes a chemi-cal reaction. To wit The 'Catalyst' long-standing voice of senstble news on our cam. th t campus pus does not exactly stand up to its name. Yes, 1t s true a generally have inspirational names, but I be misleading. The name "Catalyst!' sound like the s mtent1on IS to whip up Novo Collegians into an intellectual (o.r unmtellectual? furor, which would be impossible owing to c.hromc mstead the paper is pretty low-key, with fairly unopmwnated gomgs on about campus, news of the outside world that would otherw1se be neglected, and by Jessica Thrner Buenos Dias Pei People Hola, me llamo Jessica Thmer, and I just thought I would drop a line and rant a few words to y'all. I have a few ISSUES to get off mi chest-o. Okay -I don't know how many people are well acquainted with New College social life ... but there is this essential character to it that includes great gatherings of music appreciation and dancing your booty off. They're called WALLS, gersh demit!!! Have you noticed them? As of late (i.e, this YEAR) walls have been bombarded with fucking ON-CAMPUS noise complaints -and with just 2 of those suckers, walls get shut down. Now, Jessica Thrner is becoming a bitter second year, pissed at whoever keeps taking away other peoples' fun. Walls are an essential part of the New College social vida ... and this place is toning down to amazing degrees without weekend musical craziness. Dozens of people will be dancing their arses off around 2 or 3-ish and someone will issue a noise complaint and basi cally end someone's weekend fun just because they can't be anal and study on a atu ay t or WHATEVER reason there is. Last year, I don't remember EVER having one ON-CAMPUS noise complaint. The only times anyone ever need tum down the volume was because people were getting crazy enough to piss off offcampus residential houses. People in HOUSES ... OFF-CAMPUS ... you ARE NOT young, vibrant, wacky COLLEGE STUDENTS. What's up with this? We're kids for Olrist's sake ... why aren't people having fun out there?! I know bunches of older students and graduates and there has NEVER been on-campus noise complaints until this year (except for one other weird year '92 when the barrage of noise complaints brought students to parade with pots and pans up and down campus until several people got arrested as a result). Now -1 don't understand why people are noise complainting but I really don't think there is enough good reason to do so. I live in arguably the loudest room on campus 204, with double glass windows facing the direction of the music. I've never considered calling a noise complaint. You know my so lution? EAR PLUGSthey're about $2.29 for 'a pack of ten at Wal Mart. If you don't want to trouble yourself with buying them give me a call (359-9664) and I'll go get you some. They're soft and spongy and quite comfy. I am undoubtedly one of the lightest sleepers in the world, and I put up with the noise. And it really troubles and/or irri tates me that a few people just can't put up with some wall noise and -as a result they take away every one else's fun. I'm sorrybut this is unacceptable. This is New College. Walls are so important to this place, and people love them. Did you see the line to sign up for a wall? It was crowded, and the list was full by 12:03 (after being put up at noon). Wall throwers spend HOURS se lecting and putting together music thrown a and making a happen is in my fun. But when people noise com plaint and down a waH a few hours in-it takes away so much of the fun. So I'm asking y'all ... please, PLEAAASSEE .... don't noise complaint walls. I mean -if it's like 5:30 in the morning and it's death metal at full decibels with no one dancing ... hey -I understand. But otherwise, just let walls carry on. So if you:re napping it up in the Elaine and Harvey Rothenberg Residence Hall or just reading in good ol' Bob Johnson ... WHATEVER you're up to ... please don't noise complaint. Let us young, crazy, dancip' fools have our fun. :) P.S. since all of you obviously aren't noise complainting -I apolo gize for the ;x>intless memo to thou .... disregard my rant. but can I get an amef!.?! the occaisional sillyness. Now, let's not allow this name to con tinue to instill false hopes in people wishing for a man1festo a la So either rename the paper or abandon it to acerbic A third optiOn (there are several others, of course) is the one that :Wtll be chosen. to follow tradition and keep the name and nature of the paper mtact-a brave choice in this day and age of constant chang_es: Good point Aaron. Another important characterzsuc of IS that they never get personally involved; they leave thaJ to more ele ments. Our mission is clear: you muke the news, get arrested, we tell the public and laugh at you in or staff meetings. By the way, our paper is named after one of the first New College newspapers that ran for a few years in the late sixties.: Ed.
The Catalyst Announcements February 10, 1998 8 98-'99 R. A. Positions arc avail able. Are you personable, responsible, wanting to help others, and committed to building a com munity here at New College? If so, then the R.A. job is for you! How do I get such an amazing experi ence, you might ask? Well, the first step is to attend an R.A. Interest Meeting and find out what the R.A. position is about .These meetings will be held on Thursday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 17 both at 7:30p.m. inPei room 141. If you can not attend any of the interest meetings, but are interested in the R.A. position, please come by the Office of Student Affairs for further infonnation and to speak with Arme Marie. RA applications are 4tvail able at aU of the Interest meetings and in the Office of Student Affairs beginning February 4th. duction of a one-act experimental chamber musical. In Sainer Auditorium. Sat, Feb. 21 and Sun., Feb. 22 at 8pm. signs. Want to help out with the Dance Marathon? Contact Margarat Hope box 209 or Cindy Kraus 307. 1/32::\S pm a sam likefum!rem!amnni 1re like Wd'Skxted to iNit: 115l2:28am Rfcrivallrireampanfcrtrewall Mt9::lcMmrl 11512:45 am Rflrivedlrire ccmpairt.fcrtrew.ill. Music stud!. 1/12:18am ReceMxilrirecanpairtfcrtreWdll. Mmi; lcMmrl 1/12:40am Rtxx:Mrllrireampairtfcrtrewall Music sllldi. Women's Awareness Month is coming up in March. If you're inter ested in helping, Contact Amy Murphy at amurphy@virtu or box 277. Anyone who is intrested in helping with Fetish Ball, please get in touch with Michael Shannon via box 577 or mshannon@virtu. Volunteers still wanted at the Selby Botanical Gardens for various tasks. Intrested parties should con tact Darius Aharbi-Asly at darius@virtu or call358-9991. USF/NC Library Book Sale. Tuesday Feb. 10-Thursday, Feb. 12. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Lincoln's Birthday is Thursday Feb. 12. Meditate on the impor tance of our tallest President. Bibe Study is fun! InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Tuesdays 9:00p.m. Big Johnson Residence Hall, 122. Free HIV Testing on campus Feb. 20th and 21st provided by the Community AIDS Network. Call 366-0461 for an appointment Results come in two weeks. No shows, no test. ''The Juniper Tree": a student proThe Crucial Bar-B-Que was two weeks ago. You missed it because the organizers didn't put up any Valentine's PCP Saturday, Feb. 14. Lock your doors. Be careful. CAREER CENTER Thurs. Feb. 12th 5:00PM PME-223 Writing Resumes and Cover Letters -Learn how to write an effective resume and cover letter. This workshop will take partici through a step-by-step process for out and graphics will also be covered. Kaplan All in One Test Prep Software -Prepare for GRE (on terminal #13), GMAT, and LSAT tests (on terminal #14) in the Computer Lab, PMA. Ask the lab assistant for test specific notebook with additional materials. Medical College Admission Test (MCA1) applications have arrived. The 1998 test dates are April 18th (deadline: March 13), and August 15th (deadline: July 10). Mote Marine Laboratory Internship, Sarasota, FL: Inteptships are available in all research areas ranging from benthic ecology to marine mammals and sharks. Mote's college intern program give students the opportunity to develop skills in scientific lit erature review, project development, data processing and report writing, while getting hands-on experience with .. field and labora tory work. Internship is voluntary but a few scholarships are available. Students are en couraged to apply early, especially for summer positions (February). Democracy Summer '98: Internships for Socia] Justice Democracy Summer is an eight week program designed to bring young people into the progressive movement and train them in the basic tools of civic activism. Participants attend an intensive 3-day training and then work with local grassroots organizations on campaigns for economic justice, campaign finance re form, police better schools Summer will provide participants with the skills, experience, and introductions to pro gressive organizing they need to get a full-time job working for democratic social change. Participants will work full-time and will be provided with a stipend of $100/week, housing and subsidized trans portation. Some interns may also be able to receive academic credit. For more informa tion e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. National Science Foundation -Undergraduate Summer Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering: The Hospital of Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute is ac cepting applications from second or third year undergraduate students majoring or in tending to major in one of the life sciences, physical sciences and/or engineering. A stipend of $3510 over a period of ten weeks to participate in research projects in the lab oratories of the Musculoskeletal Research Center. Housing is available. Deadline: March 27. Putney School -Summer Programs, Putney, Vermont: Residential staff posi tions are available for summer 1998. Residential staff hold the primary responsi bility for the safety and well-being of participants in the programs of visual and performing arts and creative writing. Residential staff also have the opportunity to work as intern teachers in workshops an classes. Compensation: salary, room and board. Deadline: March 15. 1999-2000 Rotary Foundation study and training in another country where Rotary Clubs are located. Generally, recipi ents will begin study after 7-1-99. Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work. Applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary Club. This scholar ship is for one regular academic year at a study institution which may be assigned by The Rotary. Recipients may not be able to earn degrees or diplomas during the study period. Awards range from $10,000 $23,000 depending on costs at the study institution. Scholarships may be used for almost any field of study, however, they cannot be used for unsupervised research, or for full-time employment. Evidence of abil ity to read, write and speak the language(s) of country by passing language proficiency exam is required. Scholars cannot study in a city, state or province where they have pre viously lived or studied for more than six months. Scholars are responsible for apply ing and gaining admission to their assigned study institution. The scholarship may not be used in conjunction with a "study abroad program affiliated with a home country institution. If interested in The Rotary Scholarship please go to www site: http://www.rotary.org to read informa tion and review application. If still interested, you must make an appointment with Karen Patriarca in the Career Center, PME-119 prior to March 1. For more information, contact the Career Resource Center, PME 119