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Volume VII, Issue 19 Just a regular call from Brooklyn: an interview with They Might Be Giants INSIDE .... .... 8 Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? M h 1 arc 7, 1998 visits New College, meets first-years by h dmr Lee tended felt tom USF President tty Ca. t o r paid a vi it to ew between noti College to meet wrth selected students over lunch last of Castor as ei-1 o nday. 1arch 9 AI. o pr e sent at the clo cd meeting ther a sharp were Jntenm Dean Doug Langston and Dr. Pat Riordan, political mover a SF of ativc American History and assis or a genuinely tant to Castor. interested and It wa pleasant." noted Dean I mg ton. "She wa ensitive admin-by Matthc.>w Grieco rntere ted m who the student were, why they came to i trator. Any They Might Be Giants ew what they found intere ting, what prob One student fan knows that the band s Dial-alcms, what 1 uc they would like to see addre. sed." pre ent at the l Song service, which features a new Ca tor al o expressed enthu iasm In an e-mail note lunch, Joven song every hour, i ju t a regular sent by her Director of Media Relation 1 odd "J .C." i call to Brooklyn. But it' not every ;:--tartinez Padilla Simmons, he is quoted as saying, Carandang, grea rme at unc e tu ent had lots of pointed out that ... day that one wakes up to a call W e l1ad a t t I h Th d ron an s owe exact y w y ew College stuthe restructuring from Brooklyn with John Linnell que f d h d 1 h on the other end, a thi fortunate d t 1 th h d T lf en 1ave e r e putatron t ey o. hey were to a of the dean's po-reporter did last Thursday per on br'ght and k ed h 8, qmc Witt w 1 t great sen. e of ition and the 't!tty Castor, President of U SF, met L i nnell and partner Joh n hum or. W ith tud ent l i k e t hese, it is n o u rpri e that e nlargem e nt of with fl select g r o u p of fir st-year lan:burg h both o f B rookl y n h ave l'.cw C ollege r emains one of the mo t re pected liberal t h e sc h ool to students m an effort to gain insight bee n recor d i ng together as They arts institution. in America 800 tudents into the concerns of the student body Might Be Giants since 1986, and Studen t s left the mccti1ig looking forward to solidiwould affect fust-years more than older students. appear at Jannu Landing in t. Peter burg, as part of their fir t Florida tour since their promotional tour of their last album. Factory Showroom. They Might Be Giants are famou: for their eccentric devia tions from the pop-rock norm. Their first major label album. Flood, was released in 1990 and re main. their best known. But tho c who haven't looked into the G1ants' work ince 1990 (or ever) would do well to grab a copy of Factory Showroom, which i. ea ily their strongest work ince Flood. Among other things, the album fea tur John Flan burgh asking "How Can I Sing Like a Girl?," the duo jibing at pop culture's lack of tay ing power in "Spiraling Shape,'' and mo t curiously, .. I Can Hear You," an ode to our gadget-happy culture ironically rccQJded on an Edison wax cylinder recorder made in 1898. In a relaxed interview that quickly became a ca ual conver a t ion, I a ked Linnell about his reflections on Factory Showroom, their touring experience and their plans for the future. He was gracious enough to speak slowly a I truggled to type everything down twelve first-years who were engaged munity and their academics. In explaining the e clu. ivity favoring fir t-ye.."rs. many students who at-Selby offers beautiful sights, free tickets by Zoe Roman A soon as you enter the lush green atmosphere of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, you easily forget the noisy traffic and high ri e condominiums just a few yard away. Throughout the enchanting 11-acrc e tate, there are 15 di tinct garden area to explore. But the gar dens are more than just a pretty place to visit. The Selby purpose is to foster and timulate understanding and appreciation of tropical plant through programs of con ervation. display. education, and re earch. Best of all, New College tudents can now enjoy the gardens for free. The Selby Gardens are a horti culture showplace pecializing in exotic orchid bromeliads, fern and other epiphytic plant It is an open-air and under-glass museum of over 20,000 colorful plant many of which were collected in the wild on nearly 100 cientific expeditions to tropical rainforests by the Selby Gardens' re earch staff. The gardens contain a collection of more than 1\ To, its not an Imperial TrdhSport 1 V from Star Wars, it's an orchid. You can see this one and many more at the Selby Gardens. 600 living orchids that light up the grounds like a fireworks display. Each of the 15 gardens evokes a different mood, from the lu h rain fore t atmo phere of The Tropical Display House, with it steamy earthy smell, to the torture garden ambiance of the Cactus and Succulent Garden. "There is orne thing about a place like this that i very uplifting for the oul," says third-year tudent Dariu Ahrabi Asly, a frequent visitor of the gardens. Ahrabi-A ly, who is a olunteer at Selby, became so enamored with the place that he launched a crusade to get New College stu dent free admi sion and trengthen l tie between 'ew College and the Gardens. "Ringling tudents are al .! lowed free admis ion for their academic pur uits," said Darius, "I J thought we 'hou ld be allowed the same privilege." Darius wrote letter to all the member of the Programs and Exhibits Committee of the Selby Garden aying that free admissions and a volunteer pro-
2 The Catalyst International Band banned from airlines Cathay Pacific Airways has banned Liam Gallagher of Oasis after he threatened to stab a pilot. The airline has received complaints that members of the band and its entourage behaved badly on a flight while on tour. The pilot threat ened to divert the plane's course and expel the band due to their behavior. Fires decimate Brasil's jungle Brazilian firefighters dug firebreaks with bull dozers in the Amazon jungle on Sunday to try to stop fires which have burned out of control for two months now from reaching the rainforests. The fires were set by subsistence farmers in the state of Roraima, and have destroyed 2.2 million acres of farmland. The rainforest is normally too wet to bum, but an unusually severe 6 month drought has exacerbated the problem. Only six helicopters are ava1lable to douse the flames President engages in nepotism Indonesia's President Suharto named his daughter, Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana, to the Cabinet position of social affairs minister on Saturday. This appointment has sparked specula tion that Suharto is grooming his daughter to succeed him and is being criticized for nepotism in the government. Rukmana is the most politi cally active of Suharto's children and is a senior official in the ruling Golkar party. She has a high public profile due to social and charitable work. Photographer accused of assault In Denver, Colorado,a photographer con vinced hundreds of teenage girls to pose naked in his studio by luring them with promises of mod eling success, police said. Archie Richard Steinhour, 52, was arrested March 3 after a 16 year old girl told police the photographer had dressed her in lingerie and fondled her. Steinhour is being held on suspicion of third-de gree sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a child. Professor refunds students Philip Greenspun, a professor and researcher at MIT, gave $100 of his own money to each of General Editor Rocky Swift Managing Editor Aaron Gustafson Staff Writers News the four undergraduates in a computer science seminar Thursday. He did it to refund what he es timated was the cost of the class for the students who he says are charged too much for tuition. He thinks that MIT should decrease its tuition be cause the school produces well-trained, intelligent graduates for corporations and the government who should foot the difference. Suspected murderer acquitted In Huntsville, Ala., 25-year-old Heather McGill was acquitted on three counts of murder in the death of her three children last March. Pr.osecutors charged that Mcgill doused her trailer home with lighter fluid and burned it while children, ages 4, 5 and 7, were asleep. Authorities had claimed that McGill killed the children because her boyfriend didn't want a OUTSIDE ----1voeRY lOWER ready-made family. Cancer rates decrease For the first time, the rate of new cancer cases among Americans decreased. Over 700,000 fewer people than expected were diagnosed with cancer between 1992 and 1995. However, some cancers such as UlClanoma. are still risin and cancer rates among black men and Asian women are not decreasing. National Cancer Institute Director Richard Klausner warned that cancer was still a problem and stressed the importance of ensuring that the best medical practices were being applied to everyone. It is speculated that the drop in the number of cases of cancer may be due to better prevention practices, early detec tion, and a drop in the use tabacco. State Man attacks cop with shovel, killed On Saturday, a man was shot to death in a Tampa shopping center after threatening police with a shovel. The man, Hung Xaun Cao, was March 17, 1998 swinging a shovel when Tampa police officer Larry Henderson shot him. Police spokesman said that Henderson fired out of fear for his life He was hit in the left arm by the shovel and re ceived medical treatment at the scene. Henderson was responding to a call made by an employee at the shopping center that someone in the parking lot was acting crazy. This is the second time in the last month that someone was shot and killed after police responded to a call about someone acting strangely. Henderson will be placed on ad ministrative leave pending an investigation. Girlfriend indicted on murder case Lisa Costello, the girlfriend of a millionaire busi nessman convicted of luring his business rival Alan Black to Florida and killing him, has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. She is being accused of repeatedly calling Black with an enticing business offer to lure him to Florida. Black had not been seen after his plane arrived in West Palm Beach and hours after he arrived, Costello reportedly used his credit card. Dealer sentenced for death of users Demian Gordon of was sentenced to 15 years for giving heroin to two friends who inhaled it and died of overdoses on March. A rarely used federal statue that holds a drug dealer criminally responsible if a user dies of an overdose was used to prosecute him. Local Teen gets 26 years for Dill deaths Jonathan Aaron Harter was sentenced to 26 years in prison during a four-hour sentencing hearing to decide his fate following his no-con test plea on two charges of DUI manslaughter, one count of DUI with severe bodily injury, and two counts of DUI with property damage. The charges stem from an accident on March 21,1997 in which Harter's vehicle ran into a van which had pulled over momentarily on 1-75. 7-year-old Travis Burdette died one-hour after the accident at Manatee Memorial Hospital and his 11-year old sister Carolyn Burdette died the next day at Tampa General. The parents of the children took the stand and asked Judge Peter Dubensky to sentence Harter to the maximum of 43 years The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedul-catalystl Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submis ions should be labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Paul Chretien, Charles Choi, Sara Foley, KC McCarthy, Nick Napolitano, Mario Rodriquez, Alisdair Lee 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. Submissions in "rtf' or "WriteNow" format may h<: saved to the Catalyst Contributions folder m the Temp Directory on the Publications Office server, printed submissions may be placed m campus box 75 and all other contributions may to catalyst@virtu. No will be accepted. Layout Online Developer Zoe Roman.tt E p 'd Cyndy Ekle .lSI er xres enf Mathew Grieco Contributors Women's Awareness Month Organizers, SAC, Jeb Lund Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. All must be received by 5:00 p.m. Fn_day m order to appear in the following week's tssue.
The Catalyst News Monthly meetings with Castor planned I Students suggested that by choosing first-years only, Castor might have thought it easier to con trol the situation and avoid what Carandang calls the "hard-pressing" questions. "Maybe we wouldn't have as many questions and wouldn't be as harsh in confronting her as older students," Dennis Harkins ex plained. "A little bit meeker possibly. But we're fresh out of high school, this is a way to get our first impressions. I really didn't know what her agenda was before we met her. I don't know if she was expect ing us to be so prepared and have so many questions of our own." At Director of Student Affairs Mark Johnson's request, NCSA Co presidents Margaret Hughes and Jake Reimer sought out students who they believed could best fill the positions on the lunch roster. After six students responded to the offer, Johnson asked Activities Director Alena Scandura to ask around for the rest. The students who attended were Harkins, Rafael Funk, Jason Rosenberg, Carandang, Heath, Julia Skapik, Vice President Marc Poirier and Student Court Justice Naomi Shvorin. Among the many issues brought to attention at the lunch were con cerns regarding the general sentiment that students at New College harbor towards Castor. Last year's Crucial Barbeque T-. shirts depicting a dirty and .demomc monster (USF) biting the stde out of a crying baby (New College) say it all. "The fact that we fear her and we fear her presence," as Sivaraman put it, suggests a lack of communication between Castor and New College. At times, as demon strated earlier this year at the Dean Restructuring Meeting, student sen timent toward Castor became especially heated. Ribeiro up the idea of regular meetmgs be tween Castor and New College students once each month. Castor responded positively idea. Ribeiro expressed hts satis faction: "I thought it was worthwhile ... The main thing we got out of it was this monthly meet ing with her in Tampa." Ribeiro and Poirier collected a group after the lunch and how to make sure that the with Castor take place. They pubhcized the effort at the recent town meeting. For example, Poirier's meeting, inviting interested students point that Florida Academic to get involved. Scholars money too often draws Expanding on the subject of students who come to New College misunderstanding, Carandang defor its affordability and reputation scribed to Castor the popular and instead of its personality was conproblematic myth of New College tended by others at the table. as a sanctuary for pot fiends and The meeting was not without its hard core drugs. surprises either; President Castor "I feel personally that New knew nothing of the NCSA College gets a certain mystique to Constitution which she herself it, a certain ------------------signed last reputation," "I felt that our meeting with Ms. year. Carandang Castor could lead to positive new Students argued. ideas and understanding if the ad-took the "Many stu-ministration respects t'he role of time to exdents are Student Government in New plain its intimidated College policies," main purto come to pose in New --Naomi Shvoren engaging College beStudent cause of its over-generalized image. Government as an implement toCertain people who look upon ward the maintenance of autonomy. 'grand liberalism' are definitely Students pointed out that the turned off." Constitution was essential to the Racism on and off-campus, survival of the school's unique spawning from a lack of racial dicharacter and also that, in order to versity in the community, was also have a voice in decision-making brought up as a factor that disthat effects the campus, it was of suades potentially interested utmost import for NCSA Student students -minority students espeGovemment to be well-informed When asked ......... ..,. ... problematic lack of racial diversity at New College, Castor pointed out that enlarging the school to 800 stu dents could help increase variances in cultural input, though overall explained the problem was really m the hands of the Admissions Office. Before Castor arrived, conver sation was already taking place between the students and Dean Langston on the subjec.t of increas ing the student population. "[Dean Langston] remarked that he had 25 years of experience here" said Sivaraman. "He's seen a lot. 'we raised the issue of raising the school to eight hundred, and Dean Langston remarked that the school was at eight hundred before it was public, and it didn't hurt any." Later the topic was put before Castor. "We were afraid because she was going to fill the dorms with new students," Sivaraman ex plained. "But the state can only accommodate ten more new stu dents next year." Castor said she foresaw the en largement as a gradual process, taking place over a penod of ten years. Students were not in full agreement on many subjects during the though the document, it was clear to ber from their dialogue that students felt strongly about the Constitution and identified it with their freedom and autonomy. In conclusion, Castor said she would be sure to check into it. The hour-and-a-half lunch may mark a turning point in relations be tween President Castor and New College. Regarding the lunch, Mark Johnson stated, "This is the first time it's happened, that I'm aware of." What began as a meeting of pleasantries and formula questions became thanks to the students who attended, a ground for improved relations with Castor m the future. As some students noted, Ribeiro and Shvorin acted together as a strong presence in Castor in dialogues focused on IS sues important to students and Student Government at New College. The result of this tive looks at present to be qmte positive. Ribeiro looks "opening lines of commumcatton within the next months. So far, Castor has proven her in terest in the occurrence of these meetings. "They've been making an effort March 17, 1998 3 to get in touch with us," Ribeiro stated. "[Castor's Assistant, Dr. Pat Riordan], has really been instru mental." "I felt that our meeting with Ms. Castor could lead to positive new ideas and understanding if the ad ministration respects the role of Student Government in New College policies," Shvoren noted. "I feel like there are many issues which have not been brought to the forefront of discussion, and hope fully they will be." WEEK IN PREVIEW Thesday, March 17 Amnesty International meets in front of the Fishbowl at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 The History Club meets at Four Winds Cafe at 7:30p.m. Gung Fu meets at Sp.m. in the Fitness Center Spiritual Exploration Table in the cafeteria at 5-p.m. Thursday, March 19 GLBTSA meets on the Ham Center couches at 7p.m. W.O.R.D. (Working on Real Designs) meets at 7p.m. on the Ham Canter couches. New College Students for Animal Rights meets at 8p.m. at the Ham Center couches. Debacle staff meeting at 9p.m. on the Ham Center couches. Friday, March 20 Live frisbee or die! at the Fitness Center field at 4p.m. Saturday, March 21 Spring Fling on the Bayfront. lla.m. to 4p .m. Sunday, March 22 Amiri Baraka: An Evemng of Poetry and Jazz at The players Theatre at 8p.m. Tickets $12.00 Open House of the Isennan Fine Arts Bmldmg at 3p.m. Monday, March 23 Spring Break
4 The Catal st Entertainment March 17, 1998 They Might Be Giants make their second stop in St. Pete this year luTMBG" FROM j we're best on. in the absence of a recording device. I'd like to begin by asking a few questions about your last album, Factory Showroom. The first and most obvious thing that jumped out at me was the number of songs. Your pre vious albums have all numbered about 20 songs, and this one had 13. Does this reflect any change in your approach to songwriting? Well, in this particular record I felt like we had a good collection of songs, and similar to John Henry we had a lot of mid-tempo songs. A lot of people really like John Henry, but a Jot of people bad a problem with it because it had a lot of mid tempo rock songs. So we wanted to do something more compact. It was a step forward. I also had the impression that it was one of your darkest aJbums so far, at least in terms of the issues it appeared to be dealing with on a surface level. Would you agree? You are just now going back on tour for the first time since the Factory Showroom tour, right? It would be hard to make that case to my wife! We've been in and out of town a lot in the past year and a half. We've certainly done a lot of shows, though we haven't strictly been on tour. We'll be covering basically Florida in these next few weeks. It's hard to say what a tour really is. [Apologizing for the Jack of a recording device and for Linnell having to sit and listen to me type] Sorry about this ... Well, you know, we've always had pretty dark lyrics, I think that the real top level is the music, and just under that its the lyrics, which you have to listen to more carefully, where there's a little more doom and gloom going on. We often have very merry sounding lyrics, with music that's a little more cold. I don't think that's anything new. Oh, that's okay, I'd rather that you take your time so you get some complete sentences. Sometimes we see an interview later, and it's funny because it uses phrases we would never say. John Flansburgh got quoted m the British press using complete British-ese, saying sofl)ething like, [affects British ac'T'hey Might Be Giants, knownfor their quirky musical style and 1 overly fun lyrics are headed back to the Tampa Bay area to play St. Pete s Jannus Landing on March 25th. What more could one ask for on Spring Break? cent] "I do believe I'd like to settle down a bit, yes." [laughs] It was pretty hilarious. __ ometim.es our music reminds color; on the palpeople of some other thing, and letre. they say we should do it. It's like What are your saying your girlfriend looks like a thoughts about movie star, so she should be Factory Showroom, one." now that it's been out for a while? John Linnell What have you been doing 0 0 tour.? We've been finishing up a new project. A live album, though there are tracks on it that aren't live. It's hard to describe. It may not come out until this summer. Well, I'm really happy about it, I think it came out really good. There was a time after we started recording with the band where we didn't know where we were going. I think John Henry was an indicator of that. Factory Showroom was a return to our old method of making records, using a studio, rather than recording the whole band in advance. The tape recorder has always been the instrument that That was actuaUy going to be my next question. You have put out a new album every even numbered year since '86. Can we expect the same this year? We haven't been locked into a recording sched ule. We may still be putting out a record every two years, but it happens differently every time Some of [the new live album] was recorded in New York last year, and one of the tracks is this .--------------------------.. brand new song that We're looking for a few good bands. If you are in a band and enjoy playing locally but want some more exposure or wish to be considered by a record label, we can help. The Wallflower Division specializes in helping bands get started in the music industry. We offer advice on recording and touring, assist artists in getting press clips, and even work your demos around the industry's top o&r people. For more information, call 941.351.9192. 1 VVDIVISION a d!Vl$1on of the &liZ media group .,. we're going to make a video for. It's a one album deal with Restless. Yeah, I was wonder ing, what happened with Elektra? Well, the team that got us onto Elektra had left, the entire A & R staff had moved on by the time of John Henry It was entirely a different company. Everyone we knew had gone. So we finally came to an agreement and they released us from our contract But you haven't signed a multi-album deal with a new label yet? for the next record. We're planning on producing an other They Might Be Giants album this year. How did you and John Flansburgh find tour ing in Australia and Japan? We've always liked doing it. I'm a sucker for the exotic travel experience. There's always something good about working in a distant place. You get to interact with people that you wouldn't on vacation. I really liked Japan. I like it over there. It's interesting. Oh, and Australia as well, I should say. Okay, to change subjects completely, a friend of mine is insatiably curious to know whether you and John Flansburgh have ever considered writing a Broadway musical [laughs] The answer to that, I would say, is no. Sometimes our music reminds people of some other thing, and they say we should do it It's like saying your girlfriend looks like a movie star, so she should be one The function of a mu sical is very different from what we're doing. I think Paul Simon would tell you the same thing. Yeah, his Capeman hasn't been doing very well, has it? Actually, I think I read somewhere that it's the biggest flop of all time. [laughs] I had no idea it was that bad. Anyhow, any final thoughts you'd like to share? We haven't been in Florida for a while, so we're looking forward to it. We're terrified of the weather, but we're excited about the gigs.
The Catalyst Features March 17, 1998 5 The Man in the Iron Mask a tad predictable by Nick Napolitano Strolling through the halls of Versailles, Leonardo di Caprio seems lost, like he should be some where else. Something about his decidedly American accent and dime-store romance novel hairstyle tells the audience that di Caprio does not belong anywhere near French nobility, no matter how arro gant he seems. Fortunately, the film is not merely a vehicle for brandishing di Caprio's rapidly rising star. In fact, a large portion of screen time is taken up by the aging Musketeers, the French king's legendary guard, who are superbly played by Gabriel Byrne (D' Artagnan), Jeremy Irons (Aramis), John Malkovich (Athos), and Gerard Depardieu (Porthos). Di Caprio's Louis XIV repeat edly proves himself to be too selfish, arrogant, and callous to rule effectively. Though it is hoped that he will one day change, it is obvi ous to those around him that this will never happen. Trouble brews when the king sends Matkovich's son, Raoul, into war to facilitate the wooing of the boy's beloved, Christine. Matkovich, Irons, and J) take down the king for the good of France. D' Artagnan, however, still nurses the hope that his young king will one day be worthy of the Musketeers' service and refuses to join their plot. Interspliced throughout the fmt half of the film are short scenes showing "the man in the iron mask," a prisoner in the Bastille, looking disconsolate as he accepts his food, grunting when the guards laughingly ask if he is still alive, even rolling his head along the prison bars, seemingly on the brink of wailing "Nobody knows the trou ble I've seen." Intended to create suspense, these scenes somehow be come oddly comic. The man in the iron mask pro vides the conspiring Musketeers with their solution: replace King Louis with the prisoner, who is re ally Louis' twin brother Philippe. Quicker than you can say Vaclav Havel, they set off for the castle, with predictable results. Despite beautiful costumes and lavish location shots, this movie is less about history than it is about the drama unfolding among the characters. This dramatic tension ostensibly revolves around the theme of "forgiveness," but seems to be more about loyalty -loyalty to one's friends, one's family, one's leader, one's cause, and one's convictions. This is seen most clearly in the character of D' Artagnan, whose crises in loyalty provide the movie with its most compelling mo ments. The film would have been more effective if it had concentrated more on D' Artagnan; instead atten tion was split among several distracting subplots. Another problem lies in the fact that every character acts predictably, which only serves to obscure the potentially profound issues posed by the film. One i able to root for both the mutinous Musketeers and D'Artagnan, which in itself is inter esting and refreshing, but their conflict is resolved too easily, too pattly, which leaves the audience's expectations satisfied but fails to provoke any real thought. The Man in the Iron Mask is acceptable as swashbuckling fare. It's a decent movie, but not necessarily a good film, despite potentially en gaging material and flashes of brilliance from Gabriel Byrne. Unless you're a die-hard Musketeer fan or an admirer of di Caprio (God Although the film stars Leonardo Di Caprio, it is Gabria/ Byrne who steals the show in the film version of Alexandeer Dumas' novel The Man in the Iron Mask. photo &om Mva in tm Iron M.uk wdJ.itt help you), you might want to dollar theater this one. Internship Bible 1998 a good starting point by Sara Foley If you are looking for summer internships, the /998 Internship Bible is a good place to start .The book isn't everyth-ing, but it beats fumbling through a file cabinet full of out-dated information in the Career Center. If you use this guide to start looking for internships, it can be re ally handy, mostly because it can draw your attention to opportunities stance, Oscar Mayer hires interns to drive the Weinermobile cross-coun try for quite a hefty sum and all the hot dogs you can eat. The book is published by the Princeton Review, the guys who did all those SAT prep courses the des perate people took in high school. It provides lists of companies and or ganizations that offer internships to high school graduates, college stu dents, and graduate students. It also includes tips for writing cover letters and acing internship interviews. The first few pages of the book outline the way information is arranged in the book, and how it JS meant to be interpreted. When avail able, agencies are Listed with their acronyms or Logos, which helps to differentiate them from one another and makes individual organizations easier to find. The book is arranged alphabetically by company, so if you already know of a company you might be interested in working it will be easy to find (if it's listed). There are quite a few organizations conspicuously ab ent from the book's pages. For example, the book contain interviews with Grace Mirabella and Jane Pratt, both edi tors of women's magazines, but doesn't list any internships with major publishing firms, uch as Fairchild, Conde-Nast, or Time Warner. It would seem that if a person was interested in reading what Grace Mirabella had to say, they would also want to know about internships related to the field she was in fashion journalism. Addresses, names of internship co ordinators, and contact numbers (phone, fax, and sometimes e-mail addresses) are listed at the end of each entry. The "tips" boxes inserted ran domly throughout the book are from the guide's two-page "Dos and Don'ts for Interviews" section: guys, don't wear loud neckties, ankle socks, long hair, or beards, (but do make sure to maintain that individu ality, hey?) These dos and don'ts aren't exactly insightful, and that could be said about a lot of advice and interviews in the book. Anyone who is applying for internships with a high selection index. or high pay probably knows these things a\-. if we haven' how these ups info, their small, dull typeface and variable quality makes them easy to pass over. The "Don't walk into an interview with hangover breath" is an infinitely more enlightening tip than the one in the box under "Opera Greats ... "-"In Act ll, Scene 2 of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, fisherman Peter Grimes in structs his apprentice, John, to prepare for the morning boat ride." SO WHAT? Or consider the gem March 3 19:25 Internal noise complaint. Volume lowerd. March 4 22:45 Student reported four sus picious persons in Palm Court. Persons gone on arrival. March 8 01:30 Officers conducted alcohol leading. Compensation is rated on a scale of one to five dollar signs, one dollar representing minimal or no compensation, five dollars represent ing high pay. It would have been helpful if paid internships had been separated from non-paid internships. Overall, the Internship Bible cer tainly doesn't live up to its name, but it is a valuable resource for start ing out on your internship search. ID checks on around twelve individuals at the Fetish Ball. No underage drinkers found. March 12 02:58 Internal noise complaint in Bob Johnson. Unfounded. 14:39 Resident reported theft of bike from Viking complex. Value $70. Bike unsecured.
6 The Catalyst Campus Life Selby has lots of pretty flowers and plants gram for New College students would be valuable to both institutions. The Committee voted unanimously in favor of the decision. Also on the grounds is the former Christy Payne Mansion, which is now the garden's museum where a variety of botanical exhibitions are presented. The Museum Shop, located in the Museum, is organized as an Art Cooperative and Consignment Gallery, dedicated to botanical artwork. It contains artwork by contemporary artists, executed in a variety of styles, media and techniques. Currently exhibited are works by Cassandra James, Stig Dalstrom, Emily Schofield Pamela Summer, and Jan Small. The works reflect the artist's own individual perceptions of nature. Stig Dalstrom, who just returned from an expedition to Bolivia, characterizes his work as being "imaginary landscapes with real plants Stig says that he fre quently travels to South America to study and research botany for his work. The Selby Gardens is an internat i onally recog nized research and conservation center with projects in canopy biology in tropical rain forests throughout the world. The seven green houses are the heart of its botanical research and plant identification. There is also the specialized research library, the orchid identification center, and the herbarium. According to Bruce Holst, the Selby Gardens Herbarium manager, "We have a total of over 78,000 pressed specimens (in the herbar ium] for study and research, most of which are plants strates practical and effective ways of protecting the en vironment through env i ronmentally sensitive landscaping Selby Gardens created a lagoon area and restored 600 feet of shoreline behind the museum, which captures stormwater runoff and serves as a wildlife habitat. They also developed a tidal marsh flat that extends from the lagoon southward towards the bay, and created a shell mound adjacent to the marsh where a collection of rare and endangered cacti is dis played. The Selby Gardens is not just another flashy Florida tourist trap There are no parrots on bicycles or alligator wrestling tournaments. The atmosphere is calm and serene, like a walk through an enchanted gar .den Most of all Selby Gardens commitment to research conservation, and education makes it a valu able asset to the community. For more information about the Selby Gardens, vi sit their website at http://www.selby org. For more inform a tion on volun teer work at Selby, e mail Darius Ahrabi-Asly at dar ius@v irtu sar.usfedu or put a note in Box 73. from the New World tropics." Graduate and undergrad the leSeaiChaumP.!D '*'-t h e Selby Gard e n s as r esearch assjstants and interns But Selby's research an d conservation facilities are not just aimed at the fa r off rainfo r e s ts of th e wo rl d ; they also focus their attention towards the conservation and research of Florida's-and particularly Sarasota'senvironment. ''The emphasis and interest of the current grounds' supervisor is native plants, along with shoreline restoration," say New College student Jessie Noon, an employee of the Selby Gardens. The Shoreline Restoration Project at Selby demonc: Ul ..... Garden Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. everyday Office Hours: 8:30am. to 5:00p.m. weekdays except holidays. sac minutes 2.12.98 Attendance: Alisdair Lee, Michael Hutch, Kelly Singer, Mario Rodriguez, Danielle Babski, Adam Rivers, Robert Scope!, Vijay Sivaraman 1. Kathryn Dow: Bondage Lab Request: one rack Allocation: one rack 2. Anne Tazwell: NC Environmental Strike Squad Request: $700 more on top of previously allocated $100 (Anne raised $800 toward $2500 fee) for speaker Hazel Henderson Allocation: $700 3. Elizabeth Elia: NC Environmental Commandos Request: $878 for dish replacement at cafeteria, part of a wide-spread conspiracy to get people to be reasonable about conserving their dishes Allocation: $790.80 stipulation: Town Meeting address, lots of signs that display the allocation and the dish problem and the simple solutions we can put into effect 4. Colleen Butler: NC Native American Task Force Request: $4000 for speakers for Native American Symposium ($1500 for Antonio Gonzales and $2500 for Charlene Teters) Allocation: $2500 5. Sara Irwin: Women's Awareness Month/Amnesty Int'l Ninja Warriors Request: $80 for postage stuff ($30 for WAM, $50 for Amnesty) Allocation: $80 6. Gender Studies Collective TAs Hired! Vashti Braha and Aila Samli will share the following hours however they wish: 6 hours per week Allocation: 6 hrs x 9 wks at $5.15/hr. split between TAs March 17, 1998 Editoria : Tell us about it This weel:'s letter to the editor concerns The Catalyst's lack of at tention to the Women's Awareness Month activities. We are aware that the organizers feel slighted, but we would like to remind them and the rest of our readership of our general policies in covering news events. Throughout the week, staff members look for events and items of interest while the editorial staff reviews letters and e-mail for story ideas Our goal is to have an assign ment for every available reporter by the Friday meeting. Over the years, we have created general policies for covering cam pus events. For instance, we do not review student plays because by the time the paper comes out, the play is over; and why risk hurting people's feelings with artistic criticisms on dated material? In regards to symposiums, work shops, awareness weeks/months, extravagant parties, and other such activities, we depend on the orga nizers to write their own preview of their planned events. This allows them any publicity they desire for the acti:v."t W. Awareness Mon t h we lis ted al l of the WAM ac t ivit i es in Week in Preview section of our March 10 issue, but none of the organizers re quested us to send a reporter to any of these events. We encourage anybody who has a story idea to contact The Catalyst as early as possible or simply men tion the idea to a staff member. We will make every effortto report ac curately and responsibly on every news event WALL PREVIEWS FRIDAY, MARCH 20 we don't know SATURDAY, MARCH 21 i.s it you?
The Catalyst Contributions March 17, 1998 7 A friendly message from your neighborhood SAC Recent conversations regarding the German language program request, brought forward by Matt Grieco at a Town Meeting and during SAC meetings, seem to have given rise to considerable confusion and miscommunication regarding the SAC policy which shaped and informed the deci sion to allocate $50, and not $400. While the SAC operates within broad parame ters, the SAC members must create and maintain policies to make the students' money available to them in the most economic, sensible, and fair manner possible given budget constraints and competing student desires. This is where the SAC encounters controversy. Since not every student wants to spend his or her money the same way, our decisions must be based on our assessment of which allocations and how much money per allocation will benefit the NC com munity the most. If the student body disagrees with an SAC allocation decision, the Town Meeting provides a forum in which to discuss the disagreement, as well as to override the SAC al location decision. The reason the SAC has been traditionally wary of funding academic materials in specific disciplines, as well as tutorials or tutorial materi als, (excluding those culminating in a performance or presentation which benefit the broader community, i.e., plays, zines, dance or theater productions), is that the SAC's funds maintain and continually recreate much of our social life, "cultural events" and our sense of community. Without SAC funding or an alter nate and similarly independent source of student controlled resources, a large part of New college social life and community would face certain ex tinction. We attend a relatively small institution, and along with the benefits we enjoy some re strictions, notably in the size of certain academic departments and the funding they receive. The SAC cannot afford to supplement funding of spe cific academic programs because there are so many in need Since we attend a small school, the SAC's resources could be rapidly depleted to the detriment of our social life and campus com munity events. Where should the SAC draw the line? How much money if any should the SAC allocate for academic materials in specific disciplines? Currently the SAC has decided to allocate a relatively small sum ($50), to specific academic programs which have student support and have demonstrated organized attempts to locate fund ing outside the SAC, both of which are true of the German language program request brought forward by Matt Grieco. Should the student body as a whole decide that their interests are not being accurately or fairly represented by the SAC, in this allocation decision or any other, the Town Meeting remains the check and balance guarantee that their concerns will be heard and their desires put into immediate effect. For any student unfamiliar with Town Meeting proce dures, NCSA constitutions should be available from your co-presidents; but in brief, for a mo tion to override an SAC allocation decision, there must be fifty votes in favor of the motion, which must also be the majority. The SAC is available for dialogue upon request. Help us represent you participate in student government. Respectfully, the SAC. Contribution: Jeb's snotty tips for your party Letter to the Editor by Jeb Lund On the day after the Fetish Ball, I awoke and searched my alcohol-ad dled brain for stories all anyone wanted to see was either of those two fates befalling him We are curious as to why The Then there's stopping Catalyst did not report on any of music. During the Fetish the Women's Awareness Events. about the night before. And it seemed as if, just after 1 was one th1n fng about the Fetish Ball, someone began muttering about a "St. Patrick's PCP always have to in volve dressing some way? So far as anyone can tell, "Dress to Get Laid" was originally a separate func tion, put together by a couple people, p the idea. Basically, the best theme this year has to have been "Corporate America." There were decorations galore; pretty much any costume fit the idea; and it was a treat to see Jake Reimer in a suit. all appreciate them. I think we all like the mazes and the roped-off trees. I think we would have all liked to see more going on with Valentine's PCP decora tions. But 1 don't think it anyone. We're all out there to dance and not much else. It's nice to sit down, though. Ball, it stopped as often as For example, in the past, The elderly drivers. Why? So Catalyst nas covered "Coffee Heifetz Dave's an okay guy, but if House, the first Coffee House Day" PCP. What I started thinking of-pros and cons of these things -gave me material for a sort of "state-of-the union-address" for campus parties. The first thing that comes to mind is theme. This is a bard one to get exactly right, if. you're putting somethmg together. I mean, no one does exactly what the theme dictates; but there are times when it's nearly impossible to come c.lose. Case in point: Valentmes PCP. Granted, "Dress to Get Head" worked but only as a motto. I don't know about you, but if there were a way for me to "dress to get head," I would have been dressing like that for years on end. But what could we do? Dressing to get head might as well be dressmg to get laid. While :-"e:re at it, does the Valentme s After you find a theme, the next step is-adver tising. There has been a surprising dearth of adver tising, eye-catching or not, on oampus of late, but a well-earned nod has to go to the Fetish Ball for its posters ... although the list of dressing dos-and-don'ts was a hefty bit of preten tiousness and presump tion. (Thanks, but some of us actually didn't plan to dress Goth.) Another gratuitous nod has to go to Corporate PCP. The signs were weak; but the busi ness cards and fake dollars were subtle and perfectly silly. There were even a few buttons, going around, which read: "I lost 85 lbs. with Corporate PCP: Ask me howl" Decorations. I think we It's the subject of danc ing that's the real crux of it all. There are two big mandatory factoids for any party, in regard to this: (a), visiting bands NEVER play music that anything can move to; (b), if you're going to stop the music, you better have a damn good reason. The problem with most of these bands is that they're bands: they're not portable wall tapes. They will not play a random soulless mix of danceable tunes. If you're going to have a band, get them playing at nine. By mid night, people want to dance If you have to set up the rest of the party while they jam away, do it! Valentine's PCP was a big success in this regard. But, at the Fetish Ball, when it was 11:30 and some prat was whining about death and suicide, it's a choice between (other than the grand opening) in Heifetz or Big Bad our new Cafe, drew a phenomenally Voodoo Daddy, I'm going large audience, The Catalyst failed to vote for the latter. Halfto even mention, much less feature hearted cheers and this highly successful affair. wandering toward the In keeping with the mainstream punch was the staple of media's neglect of socially conthe moment. When the scious issues, The Catalyst music returned, so did the apparently does not feel the need to people. document events celebrating wornIn general, there seems anhood on-campus. Women's to be the attitude of, Awareness month covered a broad "Since they don't have to range of issues from building compay to get in, they'll be munity to consciousness raising to happy with what they unlearning sexism. These issues are get." While everyone defivery relevant to our campus and nitely tries hard to make certainly deserve some publicity. the event interesting for We did note, however, that The all (and appears to work Catalyst managed to find the space tirelessly), the pursuit of to announce the "Slippery Dolls" activities that are interestoil wrestling and the "Teenie, ing for the organizers gets Weenie, Bikini" contests. in the way. And while we're on a Feminist Pick a theme that is eas-Rant which of course we always ily accessible; tell us are up with Mr. T's editorial about the party cleverly; of USF female professors' get bands up, early, to enlawsuit? tertain us; have moderate but not baroque decorations; and stop the music only if everyone will love you for it. Sincerely, Jen Berkowitz, Sara Irwin, Kate Leonard, Stephanie Martin, Amy Murphy, Annie O'Connell, Jason Palmeri, Jen Rehm, and Jane Stosberg -
8 The Catalyst Part-time file clerk, Law office near college. Flexible hours. two hours per day. Please call 3510022. Spice up your life! Join the Spice Girls Fan Club! Meetings are held Mondays and Wednesday at 8p.m. For more in formation, contact box 537. Girl Power! All bikes brought to the Bike Shoppe before February have been repaired. Bikes left there from last semester may be sub ject to a storage fee. Reconditioned bikes are for sale. Regular hours for repair arre Sunday 6:00-8:00p.m.; Wednesday 3:00-5:00p.m.; and Friday 2:00-6:00 p.m. A Thesis student is in desperate need of people to help paint cells for a 16mm animated film. No experience needed. Call Nirvan at 359-0001 or put a note in box 423. The deadline for New College Alumnae Association Student Grant applications is March 20. Mr. Tis not a member of the SAC. Mr. Tis not a symbol of the patriarchy, nor does he believe in such wiley ideas. Mr. T knows that if we all work together I I Announcements March 17, 1998 24, 1998. Goulash!!! proudly announces the 2nd annual Pigeon Memorial Poetry Contest. First prize is $40, second prize is and third prize is $10. To enter, place two copie of each poem you're submitting, neither with your name on them, one with your box number on it, in box 694. For more information see the upcoming Winter 1998 i sue of Goulash!!! or the walls of Ham Center. Deadline is April Found: One necklace, discov ered in a washing machine in the 2nd Court laundry room. If you think it might be yours, call 3599338. the Fitnes Center from 11 :0012:00. With the help of the SAC, we've managed to cut costs down to $50 a person for the whole Dirt-cheap. But we only have a few spot left. If you're interested, g1ve Meg Rodenbusch a call at 3589356. Wanna dance? Greg Neumann, dancer and instructor extraor dinare, will be teaching Contemporary Dance Classes every Wednesday and Friday in The Fetish Ball organizers would like to thank everyone that helped clean up afterward CAREER CENTER Brazil Program: Experiencing Life and People of Brazil and the Amazon Basin-The Ohio State University Office of International Education (OlE) and the Department of Anthropology arc sponsor ing a three week study tour program to the Bra7ilian Amazon Basm. The Program is designed to expose students interested in Amazonian issues to the reality and diversity of the Amazon Basin, and of Brazil, and to help establish contacts with Brazilians scholars, scientists, environmentalists, etc. Date of Program: July 6 to 23. The total cost of the program is $2,400 including all transportation, lodging and breakfa tin Brazil, and all the meals at the FPRS. For further information contact Dr. Hilton Silva: e mail: da-sJiva.l @osu.edu, phone (614) 299-8106. If you would like to find out more about the previous trip : http://monkey.sbs.ohi-state.edu and http://www.maria-brazil.org. Arthriti s Fou ndat ion Internsh i p : Bradenton, FL-The Arthritis assistance for overnight stays. Teacher Corps recruits are compen sated at approximately $21.000 and benefits. Recruit may be eligible for deferment or forgiveness of government loans for full time teaching experience with the Missis. 1pp1 Teacher Crops. Camp ea World Internship Program: A program for under graduate students who have completed their sophomore year and are in good academic standmg. Applicants must be u.S. citizens ano seeking degrees in education, science. or recreation. This Camp Sea World Internship is a paid internship and offers a wide variety of experiences in some of the following departments : Accounting, Educallon, Human Resources, Operations, Promotions and Special Events. 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Many of the internships continue for successive summers and convert to permanent em ployment. Primary focus and opportunities are in technical fields but will consider exceptional students majoring in busine s, finance and other non-science fields. Placements announced April 30. The Ce dars Academy, BndgevJIIe. Delaware-P ychology, Sociology and EducatiOn MaJOrs: Looking for creative and ener getic people to fill full time teaching/house parent positions that will be available for the 1998-1999 school year. Position available at an mnovative residential preparatory school K-12, enrolling stu dents with learning, attention or sequencing difficulties, as well as tho e with problems in self esteem and mterpcr onal relationships. Work directly with students to teach academic and social kills-in the classroom, at the dinner table. or camping on the beach. BA or BS required. Salary: $18,000 plus full medical. The Mississippi Teacher Corp :A two-year professional program designed to afford a structured entry into the teaching profession for outstanding liberal arts graduates who have never taught be fore. Candidate mu t hold a Bachelor's degree by June, 1998 and will be recruited in the areas of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English, or Foreign Language (French or Spanish). An e i ght-week summer m titute is designed for recruits to receive tu i tion textbooks, hou ing and food allowance to acquire the professio n al education know l edge and skills. In an effort to provid e ongoing support and training, t h e M i sissipp1 Teacher Corps o ffe r s t h e o ppo rt un i t y t o p u rsue a M aster of A rts d egree i n Curriculum a n d I n s t ruction in weeke nd classes. 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The program is in tended for people who are considering the e professions, not for those with experience in theffi. Tuition is $1,950, hou ing is $780not including meals and mi cellaneous costs Deadline is May 1. Culture's Edge Intern Program, Black Mountain, NC: The Applied Premaculture Internship w1ll provide practical training in ecological de gn and will nurture life skills that upport healthy community. Internships are one, three, or Six-months long, with Premaculture Design Certificates issued for the three and six month periods. Interns will have two days off per week. Tuition fees. One Month $700, Three Month $1800 and Six Month pro gram $2500. Tuition includes hearty vegetarian meals, basic accommodation fees, and student member hip in Earthaven Association. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Pre-Law cholarships: Florida Minority Participation in Legal Education Provides up to full t each year for selected students at Public Florida Colleges. Qualifications: if you are a Junior or Senior in 1998-99, a Florida re ident and a U.S. citizen, a member of a historically disadvantaged minority group,and planning to go to a Florida law school. Ap p lications available in the Career Center or call the Mino rity Partici p a t ion in Legal Education at 305-364-3 II l.