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INSIDE The Volume VII, Issue 26 Are Ringling Towers falling down? by KC Me Carthy The demolition crews contracted to bring down John Ringling Towers were ordered to stop last Wednesday, May 6, after the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation obtained an emergency stay from the 2nd District Court of Appeal. The ruling halted the beginning of an ongoing 60-day demolition process to be completed by Forristall Enterprises of Palmetto. The appellate court, based in Lakeland, stopped demolition until further court order, but the next step will be a hearing on whether the occur in a matter of days. The alliance claims that the city violated zoning codes and state laws in March when they issued a demolition permit for the Towers. Whit Rylee, a member of the al-liance, asserted that a fair and legal process is all they're going after. "We'll have hearing in a few days that could overrule the earlier hear ings and get us into the proper channels for the permit process with the John Ringling Towers. That's what we've been asking for to begin with, for it to be in the proper channels." It appears that the al1iance's lawyer, Tampa attorney Gordon Schiff, is pushing for something more. He was quoted as saying that their goal is to "save the building." When confronted with questions about who would pay for the restoration, or if it is even a possi bility, considering the dilapidated condition of the Towers, Schiff was not sure. "At this point, we haven't truly focused on that," said Schiff. "With the information we have, we don't believe its too late. However, we have not had the opportunity to in spect the building in the past couple of days." The city, however, feels very Final Dean Candidate ..... 4 City of Angels ......... .6 Les Mis9'ables ... Last issue! Everything must go! May 12, 1998 DeLue receives favorable response by Matthew Grieco ''I'm in the last lap of my career," said Steven DeLue to the seven New College students present in the Pompeii Room on Monday, May 4. "I've looked around to see where I can apply my experiences." DeLue, 53, is the sixth of seven finalists for the po sition of Dean of the Sarasota/Manatee Campus and Warden of New College. He is presently Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and General Manager of the University's public radio station. Prior to now, he was a professor of Political Science at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, and later chair of that de partment. He was also a founding member of the United Faculty of Florida (the local union for teachers), and held statewide office in the union. DeLue applied for the position after being nomi nated by a member of the New College community, and says that he has a longstanding respect for New College. "I've always had a good strong memory of New College," he mentioned when asked why he ap Steve DeLue in hi5 office at Miami Univer5ity in Oxfor4 Ohio. VeLue has a. wt ofadmini5tration experience in Florida. plied. "I was first here twenty years ago [for a DeLue's rem
2 The Catalyst International Mudslides Ravage Southern Italy Days of torrential rain had swept mud and topsoil from mountains throughout the Campania to create rivers of mud that have claimed 87 lives thus far. One-hundred seven are still missing in what some commentators are calling the "Pompeii of the year 2,000." Lung cancer on the rise The World Health Organization (WHO) bas announced that cancer is now a major cause of death in emerging industrializing nations. Whereas cancer rates are expected to stabilize or recede in industrialized countries by 2025, cancer rates are on the rise in developing nations. Cancer is currently the third major killer of people, behind heart disease and infections. Cancer is implicated in about 12% of deaths, worldwide. The WHO said that lung cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer, killing 1.1 million in 1997. Lung cancer is also on the rise in developed nations, and has overtaken breast cancer among women, in the United States. Tobacco use was cited as a major cause of lung cancer that needed to be opposed. However, some critics have com plained that the WHO bas been too timid in opposing the expansion of tobacco use and ex pansion of tobacco companies' consumer targeting. Stamp price to rise again In yet another show of wisdom, the US Post Office has decided to raise the price of the stamp to something that requires more than two coins. This summer will see the p[rice of a single stamp raise to 33 cents. Increases in postage and insur ance rates are also expected. Tomb of the Unknowns Exhumed The remains of a Vietnam veteran buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns were ordered ex humed last Thursday to determine if he can finally be identified nearly three decades later. The decision was sealed by an emotional plea Ciitalyst General Editor Rocky Swift Managing Editor Aaron Gustafson Staff Writers Hugh Brown, Paul Chretien, Charles Choi, Sara Foley, Alisdair Lee, KC McCarthy, Nick Napolitano, Mario Rodriguez Layout Online Developer Zoe Roman Cyndy Ekle hggs Benedict Arnora Matthew Grieco Contributors David Daniel, Kelly Samek, Eilis Pamintuan, Maureen Corbett News from the family of an Air Force pilot named Michael Blassie, whose jet was shot down in South Vietnam in 1972 Even though this is con sidered a sacred monument, Defense Secretary William Cohen said "if we can identify the re mains now we have an obligation to try. [The families] deserve nothing less National teen birth rates down Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported that births to teenagers are down across the country. Shere vealed that the rates for black teens dropped the most, from 1991 to 1996, by 21%. Birth rates for all ethnic groups showed a reduction, also. HHS OUTSIDE ----JvoeRY lOWER recorded that teen birth rates dropped every year since 1990. The report also adds that teen abor tion rates have also dropped since 1994. Shalala stated, "This report shows that our concerted ef fort to reduce teen pregnancy is succeeding According to the HHS, the number of teens hav ing sex has stabilized, and teens are now more likely to use contraceptives, especially condoms, during their frrst intercourse. Survey finds steroid use in preteens The first survey, conducted on steroid use, to in clude ages as young as 10 found steroid use in fifth graders. From four Massachusetts middle schools, 965 students were surveyed. Anabolic steroid use was admitted by 2.7 partici pants. Anabolic steroids, which are illegal, are often used to enhance athletic perfonnance. Some side effects to increasing muscle develop ment are liver: damage, stunting of growth, testicular atrophy, and cancer. Unemployment Rate Falls This past April found the U.S. unemployment May 12, 1998 rate at a 28-year low of 4.3%. The increasingly tight labor market has spurred fears of inflation in the bond market, as has an increase in the av erage wage (up 4 cents to $12.67) Over the past year wage rates have risen by 4.4%, matched only by a similar gain made in 1983. State Four year old shoots himself An hour after his birthday party on Saturday, four year old Charles Magaraci of Port Richey shot himself with a gun that he found hidden behind his parents bed. The shooting occurred after his parents temporarily lost track of the boy. He was listed in stable condition Saturday night. No one has been charged in this incidence. Bomb plot foiled in Orlando A white supremacist and three other people had fourteen bombs that were to be planted along two major routes in Orlando, including the major ac cess highway to Walt Disney World. The bombs were to be a diversion for two bank robberies. Todd Vanbiber was caught after a bomb blew up in his face, spraying his eye with shrapnel.. While in jail, he called Brain Pickett, Christopher Norris, and Deena Wanzie asking them to get rid of the weapons and other incriminating evidence. A cellmate overheard the telephone calls and alerted authorities. A search of his storage unit found weapons, ammunition, bomb making man uals, Nazi memorabilia and correspondence with a neo-racist organization. He pleaded guilty to possessi o n o exp os i es i n conn c on to i s ac cident. The ot her th r e e are b ein g ch ar g ed w ith conspiracy. Local Dog Survives SkyWflY Leap Early the morning of May 6th John P. Radd committed suicide by jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. His 7-year-old Rottweiler, Shasta, survived the 192-foot fall. The fall left her barely conscious and in ragged shape. It is not known whether the dog jumped or was car ried off the bridge by her master. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedul-catalystl The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tarniami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 infonuation. 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The Catalyst News The Semi-Normal floods College Hall by Hugh R. Hugo enough to shift El Nino from the Pacific May 12, 1998 Last Saturday nrght, descended Ocean to Sarasota Bay? The vote of the stuupon Hall, transformmg tt from a milddents, themselves. mannered umversity building to According to Butler, recommendaJust. walkmg up to the i lluminated tion for Semi-Normal themes were taken pmk bmldmg-wtth partygoers visifrom a variety of students, and were then ble and hot. dru:ce so ng s audtble-made me think voted upon. Ballots were placed in mailboxes I was walkmg mto a party scene from The Great severa l weeks ago. Gatsby. Th e orgamzers had hoped that sevm Who have been responsible for this eral hundred Novo Collegians would etamorpho ts Colleen Butler and Judgmg by the chattering throngs by the both fourth years, co-orgamzed the patio, and the scores of wiggling students on Semt-Normal. What could be powerful the dance floor, attendance goals were fulfilled. However, the lack of the usual cover charge didn't seem to bring out significantly more partygoers. One of the few events at which ad mission i s traditionally charged is the Semi-NormaL This year's dance was a break in tradition. The total ex penses of the night, according to Butler, came to about $500. Presumably the Student Allocations Committee (SAC) took care of most of the expenses. "We haven't sold tickets this year ... [but we] sold New College bumper stickers," said Solomon. Students wore lots of protective head gear to save them from the torrential downpour that threatened College Hall. 3 Still, drinks, snacks, and tasteful dec orations were obtained. On Saturday afternoon, Solomon, Butler, Matt Spitzer, Wade Crawford, Amy Murphy, and Davina Rhodes converged upon the person who's job is to polish the floor will have plenty of scuffs to fix., come Monday. student Guy Menahem shakes that crazy than g. A fun time was had by all at the Semi-Normal. end. night. .. Many thanks to them all," proclaimed Solomon, with a smile. Some great songs were taken from the '80s, disco, funk, and rap genres. Almost of the music was very danceable. Dance floor energy was usually pretty high. The to feel like plain. old. Jay Gatz. The effects of Bl Niiio bad subsided, and the currents of dance en ergy died down in CoJJege Hall. The party mansion bas now reverted to a collection of of fices and classrooms. Yet, the memory lives on. Towers' fate still up in the air; one tower is on the ground __ Lamar Matthews, the owner of the 1111. !J property Kansas developer C. lJ differently about the Towers. In March, Sarasota administrators proclaimed the building was a public nuisance and posed a serious threat to life and health in the area. What the alliance has not recently inspected is the simp l e fact that the top pling of highest peak of the gutted and filthy Towers has already been tackled by the demoli tion crews, who started their work earlier in the week. Mary Forristall, president of Forristall Enterprises, is not happy about the ruling be cause it has stopped her crew midstream, costing her time and a good deal of money. "I've purchased new equipment, rented equip ment, put on an additional crew. Were working two shifts," Forristall said. "It will be a major pain. I've hired these people on. You can't just tell them to hold on for a week." The city of Sarasota has until May 12th to file a response with the appeals court; and according to his lawyer, Robert Buford, has no part in the case due to the fact the alliance failed to serve his client with a lawsuit on time. Matthews feels confident that the ordeal will be resolved fairly quickly, commenting on the fact that the appeals court only heard one side of the story that of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation "They've heard noth ing from the city. They've heard nothing from Forri tall. When the court is made aware of all this, they will be able to make an appropriate decision." Workers were forced to halt their destruction of the Ringling Towers. The courts will decide how soon (or if) they will finish the job. Still, the president of the al liance, Debra Flynt-Garrett, asserted that forcing the city to comply with the law remains the orga nization's goal. "The whole thing from the very beginning was to see that the property goes through the process set up by the city and the historic preservation ordinance, and that city of Sarasota residents are not denied due process."
4 The catatvsr Campus News welcomed warmly; Student: "I love that guy ... May 12, 1998 USF administration fancy itself a don't have a fairly representative Sutton-Kolb also liked DeLue, I"DELuv" "''R'"M "AGE 1 I k b d "I rt f & It h h d 1... ___ barracuda. student body, people come to thin ut note so o 1e e a n t pus community members have to say. "I like to eavesdrop on things. Not personally, of course." He also admitted to being rather rebellious during his own undergraduate days. "I was always going to Student Court," he confes ed. provoking laughter from the students present. When the inevitable question about New College's contract sys tem arose, DeLue told another anecdote, this time about his son, who attended Swarthmore College. His son wasn't in the honors track where narrative evaluations are used, but some of his friends were, and DeLue cited this as the extent of his experience with narrative evaluations. "But," he finished, "I don't know much about it here. Is it something I should know?" "In a word, 'yes,"' replied NCSA Vice-President Daniel Sutton-Kolb. When asked how he would bal ance the New College and University Program responsibilities of his job, DeLue replied, "I think that New College and the University Program are very different in some ways, but they both feed off the lib eral arts. What you're doing [at ew College] is pursuing in great detail various faculties of the mind. I don't see these two niches as fun damentally juxtaposed or contradictory." In hi letter to the search com mittee, DeLue called Miami a "public Ivy," and said that his expe rience there would serve him well in the New College side of the posi tion. When asked how he felt about representing Ne, College within the administrative hierarchy of USF, DeLue had this to say: "Well, this is a very small fish. And as you look up the road, there's a lot of big fish up there. And if you're a little fish, you wonder when they're going to come and gobble you up." A discus sion full of aquatic metaphors ensued, but students seemed pleased that DeLue was confident he could represent the college well should the At the end of the meeting, they don't belong here, and it bedone his homework and that biased DeLue asked student if they were comes a self-fulfilling prophecy." me a bit." happy at New College, and what After the meeting students had Asked if he wished to comment, their wishes for the college were. good things to say about DeLue. "I NCSA co-President Jake Reimer Students replied that they were genwas impressed, really impressed," replied, "Urn, no." erally happy here, and expressed said first-year Chris Limbergh. "As we are presented with more interest in a better tudent to faculty "I love that guy," said secondand more candidates," said firstratio, improvements in admissions, year Sarah Himmelheber. "The way year Cathy Heath, "the question and greater diversity. On the issue he talked was great. He's the best comes down to who we don't want of diversity, DeLue said, "My sense thing ever. He can come live in my as opposed to who we do." about New College is that if you basement." Final dean candidate met by three students by Matthew Grieco Only three New College stu dents, including the Dean Search Committee student members, had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Michael S. Bassis, the seventh and final Dean candidate, due to a lack of advertising. Thus, The Catalyst is unable to provide the degree of cov erage on Bassis which it has provided on the other candidates. However, here's what we do know about him: Bassis, 53, is currently the President of Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, a position be has held since 1993. Prior to now, he was Executive Vice President of Antioch University in Ohio, and has also held other administrative positions at Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Rhode Island, and Brown University. In Bassis's letter to the Search Committee, he writes: "As an administrator I have served in a variety of progressively responsible positions at both public comprehensive universities and pri vate liberal arts colleges ... Cultivating relationships and build ing alliances, within the local community and beyond, are essen tial to all successful efforts to elevate a campus to new levels of prominence. As it prepares for sig nificant growth, your campus will need to expand its visibility and its base of support. I have been fortu nate to have had a good deal of experience doing such work. Of all my multiple responsibilities, it has been my work at external relations and fundraising that I most enjoy ... I am looking for new professional challenges in a vibrant and cultur ally diverse metropolitan community. The opportunity to work on behalf of New College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country, is exciting. I am par ticularly attracted to the opportunity to expand the University Program and to create greater synergy among all of the programs housed on Sarasota/Manatee campus." Third-year student and Search Committee member Tom Barnard had a good impression of Bassis. "He was extremely optimistic," says Barnard, "and he had an ambitious vision of the future for New College. One [of his goals] was getting New College back in the na tional prominence. He felt that we used to be within the national con versation, and thal we'd slipped down. He spent some time at Antioch, so he seems to understand the nature of New College as well as a candidate could be expected to. I would emphasize that he has amazing fundraising abilities, be cause he is so optimistic." "[Bassis] was very straightfor ward," says second-year Margaret Hughes, the other student member of the Search Committee. "He thought it was really good that we didn't have a core curriculum." Hughes was disturbed, however, that Bassi stated that he had made a conscious decision at Olivett not to be involved in student life. When asked about h1s outlook on the search, now that he's seen all the candidates, Barnard replies, "Personally, I feel that there are some good candidates and some bad ones, which is to be expected. But I think most of the candidates would be acceptable, and some would ac tually be very good." "I really do [feel optimistic]," offered Hughes. "The Search Committee meets on the 20th, and I assume that's when we'll make up our little blurbs and send them up to Tampa." sac minutes 5.7.98 In attendance: Alisdair lee, Kelly Singer, Michael Hutch, Robert Scope!. Mario Rodriguez, Vijay Sivaraman, Adam Rivers, Rocky Swift (proxy) Absent: Danielle Babski 1. Annie O'Connell (Slavic Vocal Ensemble) requested $30 for food. Allocated: $30. 2. Guy Menahem (Esperanto Film) requested $45 for food and decor for film showing. Allocated: $45 3. Rocky Swift (Male Chauvinist Pig Roast) requested $140 for pig roast and vegetarian food. Allocated $150. Rocky Swift ab stains. 4. Robert Brayer (Play Publication) requested $159.50 for publication about his play about NC. Allocated: $96. 5. Steve Yacco (The Bubba) re quested $14. Allocated $14.
The Catalyst Campus News Professor Kazaks is changing majors by Mario Rodriguez Remember when, Professor Kazaks? At the annual NatSci Christmas Party That place would really rock as they say. We even had the piano in Selby 12. It wasn t quite as notorious as the Hallowe e n PCP but it had s ome notoriety Lots of booze would flow even when we were part of the s tate. It wa s prob a bly ille g al. Phys ics Pro f e ss or P e ter K a zaks reflected It 's ancient his tory now though And soon, too, Kazaks, wh o mark s his 25 year with the school will join the hallowed an nals of New college history a s h e embarks on a quest for a different kind of job one in which he will no longer be a creature of the academy al though he supposed he might take an administrative position. "This will be in California, he explained. "So when I get out there I will look even further afield than in 'academ.' The mind entertains all sorts of preposterous pos s ibilities ... I don't know what I'm d'oing." Like some New College s tudent s, Kazaks mus t admit he's changing hi s m a jor-h e thi n k s, but he doesn't know. Born in Latvia at the beginning of the Second World War, Dr Kazaks fled Europe with his parents to Canada, where he attended school and M cGill University in Kazaks foiJowed his to Califcmiia Professor Peter Kazaks in the Florida Everglades. Soon he will be leaving New College and head ing out to California. wanted to be a physicist when he took the class his junior year in high school. "[Physics is] like math," he said "there are definite answers, which is appealing it deals with the real world, apparently." I must s a y," h e added, the appeal o f defi nit e an sw er s h as dim i n is h e d ov e r th e years a n d the appeal of ambiguity has grown a lot Perhaps this gave rise to such classes as the Experience of Nature, a course Kazaks taught just once which he fancied "a lot of fun stu dents did a lot of writing. l t h ought of i t as finished his graduate studies in California, and that s where he met his wife Modem Physics, a course As f or physic s, Kazak s fir st knew h e open to all students which he otherwtse taught Clothesline Project touches many deeply hand stroked the pages as if she were anxiously reading Braille, for at times she stared not at the pages but out into the audience. I [New College] was the way its. sup posed to be. This was extraordmary; so beautiful, so powerful so magnetic!" "I think this is the only campus I've been to where it was the stu dents shirts that were on [the clothesline]," she said. "At other campuses, the local rape center had provided them with shirts Of course then, it's somebody else s exhibit, really. This was more im pactful because it was so personal." May 12, 1998 5 annually. "There's only two physicists," Kazaks ex plained, "so there's a lot of pressure to teach physics. There's not enough time to go all over," he cautioned. "You've got to have some disci pline!" Yet, Kazaks stressed that his parting vision, his last dream, if you will, for New College is as an institution which gives free reign to students, albeit in the context of real rigor. But it is a dream plagued by nagging doubts. "In the last couple of years, ever since I started thinking about the change," he said, "I seem to think that some of the old New College spirit has diminished. I'm not sure if it's real. I don't know whether its because I have decided to leave, and therefore I have started to sever ... "I hope that people here fight hard for New College to keep up its tradition of letting students give full vent to their talents. I want New College to be a great undergraduate place where students can venture into lots of things. It should not be a mini-graduate school. It should not be s ome preppy, ultra high quality little Ivy-League school. New College is really a college unto it self." Just as his studen t s, so, t oo, will Kazak s throw himself into some sou l-searc h ing. Bus ine ss and public government h o l d prom i se, and Kazak s a\so has real in t e r es t in s tudyin g the s tructure of t h e E arth but a g ain h e probab\y won t be do\ng Tenuously paced, approaching monotone, Dri coil marshalled her speech to suppress barely, with sci entific cynical inflection what? Here I can only wonder, and list: pain, fear humiliation, rage, confu sion She was keynote speaker for this year's Clothesline Project. Earlier, during Driscoll's read ing, an audience member noted her vivid depiction of the victim's rape experience-like a film going in slow slow motion. For the last several years, students at New College have taken the time to remember the women in their lives who have suffered abuse. Amy Murphy inquired: How did Dri coil gather information for WALL PREVIEWS Evening encroached. When Driscoll, author of the award-win ning poetry collection The Rape Poems, left her hotel later that same day the wind was still whipping, now beneath a purple twighlight. She singled-out New College amid the 30 colleges nationwide where she has read her poetry. "You know, I was at t h e National Coalition Against Sexual Assau l t's a n nual co n ference i n Cleveland in t h e fall," she said. "You'd think there [the Clothesline Project) wou l d be very theatrical.. No, just T-shirts lying around. Th1s The Rape Poems? Driscoll responded almost m stantly. "Well, I was raped, so the poems sort of come out of my experience." With the answer la 1 d ba r e, for a few secon ds, no one ut tered a word. FRIDAY, MAY 15 Matt Thompson SATURDAY, MAY 16 Jessica Schilling
6 The Catalyst Entertainment May 12, 1998 City of Angels not all that and a bag of chips by Zoe Roman With the end of the millennium right around the comer, spirituality and mysticism are becoming more en vogue. Whether its angels or aliens, everyone seems to looking for something beyond the medioc rity of the human experience. Hollywood, never one to be left out of current trends, has picked up on this. City of Angels, the latest in this onslaught of spirituality movies, is a romantic melodrama about an angel named Seth (Nicolas Cage) who falls for Maggie (Meg Ryan), a heart surgeon. It is an adaptation of Wim Wender's Wings of Desire, re moving some of the earlier film's more meditative elements and beef ing up the love story. City of Angels is based, surprise, in Los Angeles were a warm of celestial beings prowl around clad in black. According to the movies nonexistent logic, these angels live in a library, move at the speed of thought, and can only be seen by other angels, children, and the dying. Unless, of course, they want to be seen. Seth first encounters Maggie on a routine visit to the hospital to guide the dying towards the light. Ironically, he has come to take the patient she is trying to save. The man dies and Maggie falls into a 11()) .. ) .. ()() 4/27 17:40 Employee reported criminal mischief in the Fitness Center spa. Two incidents re sulted in $500 damages 00:01 Anonymous noise complaint for music in Palm Court Verbal warning given. 04:25 Second noise complaint for music in Palm Court. Music shut off. 19:43 Off-campus noise complaint for the Earth Dance at the bayfront. Volume lowered. 5/5 07:26 Custodian reported chairs and tables stacked and hanging from the ceiling in Hamilton Center. Mark Johnson advised. 07:45 Officer discovered the C-store had been broken into and burglarized. $150 in merchandise stolen. 15:00 Received report of grand theft of microphone from Sudakoff. Case unfounded. Item was later discovered inside a podium. 5/6 01:05 Received on-campus noise complaint for music in Palm Court. Volume lowered. 01:12 Received second noise complaint for music in Palm Court. Music shut off. 22:46 Student reported BB's being shot at his dorm room door No suspect or evidence found. 5/7 17:10 Bookstore employee reported a subject masturbating in a vehicle outside the building. Subject gone on arrival. funk. Seth tries to console her with his invisible presence, but ends up falling in love with her instead. Seth makes himself visible to Maggie, and the two of them hit it off smashingly. But, it would seem that a committed relationship is out of the question due to the unfortu nate fact that he cannot touch her or feel her. Alas, he has no physical presence. The situation looks bleak, until an ex-angel turned human (Denis Franz) reveals that God has given all his creations free will, and if Seth wants to, he can fall to earth and take up this mortal coil. Nicolas Cage makes a pretty good Seth, although at times his in tense, supposedly sympathetic stare come off as kind of creepy. As an angel, he is a good detached ob server of humanity, but his attempts at childlike innocence seem pathetic and strained. As Maggie, Meg Ryan lacks the true hard-a s tough girl de meanor that the character requires. However, her vulnerability is believable and at times moving, in that love story kind of way. When it comes to heavenly mat ters, City of Angels doesn't offer much insight. The movie does not dwell on a metaphysical or spiritual dimension of humanity, it just ex pects the viewer to accept that they are there and that they make one hell of a backdrop for a romance. In its own way, it does. It's a classic date movie, sweet and sentimental, with out requiring any intellectual effort from the viewer. A loving couple is sure to emerge from the theatre, all teary eyed and glowing, and ask each other, "Would you fall to earth for me?" Climate Controlled Lockers From Only $6.00 Month Computerized Access Storage Sizes For Every Need From Small Electronics To RVs Mention This Ad And Receive 10% OFF. No Deposit And No Administration fee. L. .. DlJDGET MINI 6512 ...... \\' ..... (lfSiJ) 758.0001 http:/ /W,..1U'..ititore .. tt..i.!dlll/
The Catalyst Entertainment Les Miserables all over again by KC Me Carthy Bille August's cinematic ada tabreakmg labor under the watchful tion of Victor Hugo's classic ?e of the hard-hearted prison guard Miserables opened last Friday with avert. serving his twenty four stars and glorified reviews Th breaks hi parole and intricate plots contained in Hug.o's e a homeless dog until a 1 merct ul bishop take h' h' nove -wetghmg 10 at over 1 ,OOO hom s tm_ mto IS pages-are edited and condensed to e. The bishop saves h1m from m a convent in Paris, where she and Valjean e caped on the night of her mother's death. The various plot lin es of Valjean, fit nicely into a 171 minute movie bemg an act of that live up to all of its advance mercy, Javert, and Cosette and her lover_ h. who happens to be leading the reex Ibits the essential inner strength critical praise. gmg him mto a samtly human ,... d H bemg. public's revolution in Paris all that never allows him to slip into the role of a pathetic victim of sod-J.O ate, ugo's Les Miserables V; r has spurred the creation of several t a soon starts over in the come together in the denouement ety. Danes performance i not Oscar motion pictures a TV own of VIJ3U, where he becomes mmJsenes the ecce t d h and the famous Broadway w 't h h n nc an _mayor and climax. The performances are not subtle but it gets the job done. The dymg Thurman is not exquisite, but To the canon of adaptations Au 1 a eart of _gol?. ValJean IS contributes his film with an 'arra; of by all m hts town, but conand have the underlying feel of portrayal of the dying Fantine Holly.wood, but they are passionate will tug on h d your eart stnngs. Also, Hollywood stars including Liam ensues when arrives as an nng true to the feeling of th b Hugo's original. Rush steals the IS ts ably the most dirty and dtsgustmg you will ever ee Uma Neeson, Geofferv R h e ne_w precept of pohce. Javert, Thurman and sufenng from the guilt of his crimilimelight as-Javert during many Thurman look (it may even be screenplay, written by e na represents the parts of the movie. He is the villain h but he is also a product of the harsh' worse t an Pulp Fiction). y 1 fanatical arm of the law and soon hg esms, masterfully recognizes that the of the August seems to go overboard soctal system he is trying to enwtth the battle scenes and revolution t e of suffenng found in town is an ex-con he guarded ten force. He tried to never break the 1 extravagance at the end of the film rues, and when he is forced into This distracts from the warmth and. s passiOnate, French masteryears ago. The quest to d ptece enounce Ad . and recapture ValJean becomes his choosing between mercy and the d h h h law, it kills him inside. Rush manept e as built between Valjean mlttedly, this IS not a ftlm for infatuation, and Javert will never and Cosette throughout the film. To teenage cheerleadrest until he ha s caught h. ers, .but suits the Valjean's personal is filled ages to capture the harsh lawman his credit, August resists from beauside of the character, but does not tifying the cast of poverty stricken on the brmk of merwith sorrow and hard decisions. Hi convincingly merge it with the face French peasants-no one has clean In the parts of love and friend, Fan tine (Thurman), of the tormented man consistently hands! e. t France IS m tur-whom he rescued from a life of enough for the audience to pity hi.m. ln summation, Les Miserables is Instead, we feel even more joy for defmitely worth the money, and is a mo1l. Withm Its corrupt system of prostitution and debt, is dying. law s a man b the name of Durin the worst moment of his Jean Val Jean (p l aye d by Neeson) life, sh e makes -eo steals a loaf of bread. He is so o n care for her d a u g ht er, Cosett e f\\m the t\me the sentenced to twenty years of backCosette (played by Danes) grows-up Rockus go bye-bye ... A ll h a il Brak!!! by Rocky Swift Well, it's been an interesting semester. Thi is my last issue with The Catalyst as I will be graduating at the close of this semes ter. It's tradition for departing edttors to write a small farewell, so this is mine. Most of the previous exiting comments by past editors of the paper have centered around thanking the staff for their incredible efforts. In that regard, I would like to thank this semester's staff for the committed efforts through thick and thin: Matt, Hugo, Mario, Alisdair, Nick, Charles, Paul, Sara, and KC. I'd like to thank Aaron for being an excellent co-editor and teacher. Cyndy has re-defined our on-line position and Zoe has exhibited patience and effort above and beyond the call of duty. I'd also like to thank Professor Maria Vesperi for four years of damage control and Barbara Bergren for tirelessly sorting out our crazy finances. You are all great. The Catalyst has been criticized of absorbing "THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS" of SAC dollars. This semester we were allocated approxi mately $1500. If that money went towards paychecks to our staffers instead of production costs, it would amount an estimated $0.70 per hour of work. Clearly we don't work for money; we work for credit, and I'd wager that The Catalyst is the most demanding (and rewarding) tutorial on campus. For three and a half years, I commonly heard the complaint that The Catalyst was too boring. I don't hear that much anymore. Not all of you have been happy with the direction The Catalyst has gone thi semester. Some critics have said that we never would have gotten away with the thing we did if we wrote for a "real" newspaper. That may be true, but I've always felt that the tone of The Catalyst hould be representative of the untraditional atmo 'phere at New College. In my "glass half full" opinion of this matter, more of you read The Catalyst than ever before. That has probably led you to further formulate your expectations of New College's weekly cam pus newspaper. Next semester looks bright in terms of editorial leadership. The General Editor of The Catalyst will be Matt Grieco, who has more experience and knowledge about New College than any other student I know. Managing Editor Cyndy Ekle has the total package of pro duction skills; she could do the whole paper by herself. I've tried to maintain an impersonal response to most of the feedback that the paper and I have received, but in my final written words as editor of The Catalyst I feel the elated freedom to let you all know how much your words have meant to me. Of all the offensive trash I've spilled out over the years, I'm amazed that I have caught the worst hit for hacking on the Irish. If we insist on this chic of hyphenated ethnicity, then I am IrishAmerican; and the worst injustice I have experi enced as such is the sun-burn I get every time I spend more than eight minutes outside on a cloudless day. It sucks, but hey, that's life. And the notorious "Ramadan joke?" In retrospect, I wouldn't have done it, but I don't like the insinu ation that religion is out of bounds for satire. In my opinion, t:eligion is a belief like any other and is subject to humor just like the rest of them. As I move on to a promising career in mana tee harvesting, I will remember all of the constructive critici m we have received since I started working for The Catalyst. I will look back on all the sanctimonious, grammatically-chal lenged letters from New College faculty members (and their spouses) who have ques tioned our efforts without ever reflecting on the derth of their own creative or financial contribu tion to our oeuvre. I will fondly remember the contributions from USF/New College administra tors who raged at us for misrepresenting them or their occupation in print. I will gratefully recall the angry barbs from those persons who blindly lashed out at us for omitting their brilliant offer ing from publication ju t as their corftribution appeared in print. Your comments have made The Catalyst a very interesting experience, and the time and ef fort you put into your letters makes me feel very special. It's been my pleasure. Thank you! Goodnight!
8 The Catalyst Features Landscaping the land of the Vikings by Hugh R. ''Hugo" Brown On this campus, fellow stu dents often take their own initiative in beautification One walk around the Pei complex will always reveal nu merous gardens, frequent sculptures, and the occasional small building assembled over the course of a weekend. Last week, a landscaping project to serve the entire Viking residence hall community was brought into reality. parties, Viking's lounge is not utilized in this way. ''The lounge is never communal," declared Torres. On any given night, a few people-usually separately or in pairs-go into the lounge to cook or watch some TV. Then, they leave. Torres noted that people actually do become neighborly on the patios, often gardening on the small plots near the walkway. Unfortunately, one of Viking's quirks is that the residents seem to keep to themselves very often. May 12, 1998 c 0 cD .r= 01 :::1 ::t: > J:l 0 0 .s::: c.. For the past few years, the backyard of the Viking residence hall has been in decline. A few trees and numerous weeds gave the patchy lawn some variety. However, during the last Fall term, Viking's backyard had been assigned the ignoble duty of temporary parking lot, after the regular parking lot was closed due to a property line dis pute. Most of grass in the central area was decimated, and did not improve after the new parking lot was installed at the northern end of the complex. Three of the Viking residents did not just ig nore the unsightly backyard Sarah Viren, Stacey Nemeth and Angel Torres collaborated to effect positive change. The Viking landscapers said that their studies in the Florida as Home tutorial, sponsored by Penny Rosel and Julie Morris, helped give them the idea of making a commu nity garden for Viking. The land caping had two purposes according to Viren, a first year resident, "beautify ing Viking ... getting people out of their rooms." "I wish One Viking resident relaxes while another puts on the finishing touches to dormitories luxurious new garden. The B-dormers and the Pei-triarchy sure are jealous. The Viking dorm has a reputation for being noncommunal, with residents often keeping to themselves, in their own rooms. Vtren said that tially to blame. "Viking is very linear, putting something in the center ... I think creates more of a physical community," stated Viren. Even where other residence halls have communal gatherings in the lounges, such as dinner E .t:l .r= 0> :::1 .r= Q. more thesis students would come to here to chill out," observed Torres. "Also, the idea of having something aestheti cally pleasing in the backyard is a big morale boost of the people living in the building," Nemeth said. Hopefully, any landscaping might offset the sore sight of the RV dealership, whose sight is especially intrusive for upstairs residents. The landscaping project created a garden, w palm trees. Over the course of the creation of the garden, some Viking residents came out to help build their garden. ''The planting, itself, was a nice group activ ity," observed Nemeth. ''The night we hung the hammock, there were several people outside. It really lent to a sense of community." Among the land scapers, some sentiment of disap pointment still exists over the lack of wider partic ipation from the Viking resi dents. The actual execu tion of creating the garden involved dealing with USF and New College of ficials. Viren also noted that the was some debate as to which campus office should bear the costs of the garden. SAC money+ green thumbs= Viking garden paradise. This is a view from the hammock there. Don't bother finishing that term paper. Kick back with a cold one arul relish in the delights of nature and the glorious view of recreational vehicles. "I was disap pointed at all the politics involved in getting anything done. But, after I got used to it. .. figured out who's in charge and going to them ... made it easier," Viren said. The landscapers were able to get the Physical Plant to roto-till the soil where the garden now sits. According to Viren, the Student Allocations Committee (SAC) paid for the plants and the mulch. The SAC cost carne to about $400. The Housing Office also decided to pay for placing sod in the backyard, in order to restore the lawn. The landscapers have confirmed that work will co Vi ca i 'ect. "I don't know if the tutorial itself will continue," admitted Viren, "but we want to go to the SAC next year for plants." In addition, Nemeth hopes to plant a sustainable garden next year, which she said might include vegetables, spices, and herbs. A barbecue pit was also mentioned. The sigp t of a well maintained garden should be a delight for both new and returning Viking residents I hope that next year, people will see this and come out," said Torres. 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The Cataii(St Campus Life May 12, 1998 9 Town meeting sparks hate speech discussion by Cyndy Ekle Last Wednesday town meeting witnessed a heated debate after a non-binding resolution was proposed concerning the content of hate peech in campus publicatiOns. tempt at censor. hip and were concerned about fied. ''I was very frustrated by the town meeting. the criteria that would be used to define hate but I'm glad to see we're having thi di cu ion. speech. Second-year tudent Guy Menahcm sa1d, The fact that the dLcu ion was so heated is an "A major problem I have with the proponents is indication that there l a problem. If anyone feels The resolution stated "We, the ew College Community. believe that student publications should work to cr ate a campus environment which is safe and comfortable for people from diverse cultural background Therefore, we do not upport the use of hate speech (defined a that they ,eem to believe there i a clear dildiscriminated against at this campus, I feel it is neation between political discourse and hate our re pon ibility as a whole to make this a compeech. I staunchly disagree! Who's to define fortable place," commented third-year tudent what constitute hate peech?" Jen Rhem. Another concern was that problems would Quite a number of, tudents left after the vote arise how the SAC would interpret their responon the re olution and had to be reconvened in ibility to adhere to there elution and how thi order to have a quorum for a vote on the new pecch derogatory to a specific cultural group) in publication supported by our A&S funds." would intluencc the funding of publications. noi e policy for wall The policy, which passed, Jenny Kim, a first-year student remarked, requested that the police dispatcher receiving a Thi non-binding resolution would erve a a recommendation to the SAC when allocating fund for publications. It did not pas with a vote of 37 for, 35 against, and 14 courteously ab tain mg. "Tho e who defended free speech are absolutely noise complaint suggest to the student making correct in doing so but have ignored the fact that the complaint the option of notifying a RA and Sara and Ja on' propo al was not intended to inwithdrawing the complaint. There pending offi fluence SAC funding in any way, hence cer or RA would identify the person holding the misleading rodents to rile again t anti-racism efwall and direct further noise complaint to the Third-year student Ja on Palmeri, who wa involved in the writing of the resolution, was dis appointed in the town meeting' re ponse to the re olution. He commented, "I had hoped that the New College community would take are ound ing stand against the use of hate peech in publications which contributes to a campu cli mate which i hostile to minority groups. Unfortunately, many people wrongly viewed my re olution as an attack on free speech. While I certainly hoped that editor of campus publica tion would consider the opinions of the community on hate speech, I did not advocate the establishment of any type of official censorship." Ot her st uden ts a w th e resolution as a atforts. By doubting the existence of raci m on thi wall holder. Each noi e complaint would result in campus and/or demanding a definition of racism, a 25% reduction in volume a judged by the RA minoritie already marginalized statu:s is further or officer. After the fifth complaint the wall affirmed. Individual rights are important, abwould be hut down. Thi policy will effect only olutely. But the abu e of the e rights (and using wall and not PCP's which have their own noise the power of privilege to "justify" it) has seripolicies. ou ly infringed on group rights." The town meeting began with whether or not Another point made was to whom hate to give the fall student chair to Melante Hubbard speech could be directed towards. First year JC which had already been allocated for by the Carandang said, "I consider hate peech on this SAC. The traw polled resulted in 85 tudent campu to be prolific but not the kind that most voting for it, and 8 against, with one abstention. people think. I find it hypocritical of the student An additional straw pol\, which did not pass, body to try to enact defacto censorship but at the was to recommended to the SAC to allocate an same time will publicly slam Christians, additional $5000 for Melanie Hubbard to be the Conservatives, and Repub he an ." .. rlitliihilels!lnii IIIIJ I.JIIJI(j"i Many students left the rown Som wor by Aaron Gustafson As this tenn end we fmd the Cataly t entering it fifth year_serv ing the ew College commumty. Over the last few years, I have seen this publication develop the new Jetter fonnat into omethmg I am really proud of. Due to my i m minent thesi work, I will not be returning a editor next year. but I am certain that Matt Grieco and Cyndy Ekle will do an incredible job and continue the legacy tarted back in 1994. The Cataly t has become more than a pet project, it has become. somewhat of an institution, cred1ble in mo t circles and a reference for many who choo. e to join the rank at ew College, whether as staff or a tudents. In its short past, the Catalyst has done a great JOb report ing on the varied a. peel of College fairly and without howmg favor to particular group as some publications are likely to do .. The Cataly. t is an expen. tve un dertaking and many people have opinions about that. 1, for one, have never minded seeing my money go toward the Cataly t, even when I wa not on taff. Many time P ople a editor: it's your submit something fail to realize that th Catalyst fill a niche on campus that no other pub lication i ready to fill right now. Some are willing to accept thi are extremely supportive and really enjoy reading the Catalyst. Others have con tructive ideas about what the paper could do to improve its i.nteraction with the tudent body. Sttll others feel that the Catalyst. becau e it is largely funded by ew College students' A&S fees, hould obey their every dictate unque tioningly. It i not wrong for concerned student make recommendation and suggestions in the of story idea or contribution It tS another thing for a group of to be lieve that their money entitles them to dictate what should or hould not be seen in print. True, ometimes what is in print is not always best, but a paper lo e it cred1bthty when it begin to take order from tho. e who supply it with money. A an example, if a newspaper had Nike a an adverti er and '\like de cided it wanted nothing printed about the horrible conditions it worker. are employed under. should the newspaper go along with Nike's dictation becau e they hold the ? The answer is "no." True, this i a far cry from New College's relationship' with the Catalyst, but the idea i the arne. Should the student body be able to dictate content? o. Should they be able to make uggestions, com ments, and make submission on whatever topic they chao e? In mo t cases, the an wer is ye The Catalyst i an open forum allowing anyone to expre san opinion, make a statement or simply promote an upcoming event or party. Thi is im portant for the Catalyst becau e It establi hes a crucial link between the students and the paper, one that is po it1ve and free, not bind.ing. ubmi sions and suggestions are important for the Cataly t to be.the campus paper o many people. m cluding my elf, want it to be. The Catalyst. due to it. nature as a tutor ial, is limited in taff and resources, so it relies on other students to con tribute articles. updates, rants and raves. This erne ter the Catalyst wa a hot topic both because it wa factual and becau e it was actually fun to read. Unfortunately, this emester did not ee n uch in the way of con tributions. I n the past, people l ike Anne Tazwell have contributed piece after piece to the sometime. landing more arttcles tn print than some of our staffer Empty pace, traditionally re erved for contributions and letters, wa filled with humorous article and feature uch as the "funny fwd" column we ran for several week It also gave birth to our week l y Mr. T box. With the addition of these fea tures. people finally t opped reading the Catalyst for ju t the police log and began to ask thing like "I won der what Mr. T will ay this week." Coming up with new things to make people laugh i not always ea y. The Catalyst needs help with that too. That' why I'd like you to eriou ly con ider The Catalyst as your paper and take the time next term to submit omething to us for publication. t\ine times out of ten, it will be printed. Whether it be humor. an event preview, or even a full-blown article on something we may have mis ed, the Catalyst need your help. Take the ummer if you n ed to. just ubmit omething.
10 The Catalyst Opinions Mat 12, 1998 Opinion: Proposed policy is dangerous by Nick Napolitano Last week I had the misfortune of witness ing a heated exchange of words in the MacLab. As I was scanning my virtu inbox, a group of first-year students seated to my left were playing the ultra-violent computer game Marathon while discussing the merits of Nazi fashion. "I'm not saying the Nazis were great, or anything," one of them began in strident tones, "but they sure knew how to dress." They then went on to describe what they found fascinating about Nazi uniforms and excitedly considered the possibility of resur recting the style themselves. Another student who was checking his e mail then stood up and identified himself as Jewish and asked that they change the topic of discussion because he felt offended by their com ments. With half-hearted apologies the three quieted down_ One of them however, tumed his chair to face the Jewish student and accuse him of censoring their conversation. The two of them debated the difference between censorship and sensitivity, but I missed most of it because I was holding my hands over my ears, embarrassed that this conversation was taking place, embarrassed for the three first-year students who didn't have the sense to be embarrassed for themselves I bring this up not only to highlight nascent anti-Semitism at New College, but also to explore issues surrounding the "suggested policy" that would prevent hate speech from being pub lished on campus. At the last Town Meeting several students proposed a non-binding policy that would empower the SAC to deny the fund ing of publications that contain hate speech, as determined by the SAC. While I feel that the students proposing the policy have only the best inten tions I also believe that their efforts are seriously misguided. No sug gested policy is going to alter behavior, nor will it prevent the insensitivity described above from happening. Recognizing and resolving issues is one of the most important activities in any community. While some envi sion the policy as a tool that would serve the purpose of mediating poten tial conflict, I would describe it as a moralizing statement.(' We don't believe in bigotry") that is more concerned with establishing the right eousness of its proponents than with educating those who make or hateful remarks Passing the policy at a Town Meeting can be seen as an effort to purify the campus of "bad en ergy" and re-establish the myth that the New College student body is free of insensitivity, big otry, and prejudice simply because the majority of students have officially endorsed the statement that bigotry is wrong. This might absolve the collective conscience and restore the reputation of the "typical" New College student who would never ever betray signs of bigotry, but does very little to effectively challenge issues of anti Semitism, racism, sexism, or homophobia on campus. Going back to the situation described above: if someone in the MacLab (myself, for example) had interceded and attempted to resolve the conflict by appeal ing to the "suggested policy," there would be no dialogue, no effort to educate or understand one another, just the threat of being cast out of the moral majority. This would in turn cause those who make insensitive or hateful statements to feel alienated from the campus community and perhaps defensively invoke the First Amendment in order to deflect attention away from what they have said. In some twisted way, they may even see themselves as crusaders of free speech and lib eral values. The policy therefore prevents conflict from truly being resolved and might ac tually encourage it to thrive on other levels, as well. Letters to the Editor Hurtful comments have repercussions Dear Editor: I am a therapist at the USF/New College Counseling and Wellness Center and have a private practice which includes consulting in diver sity issues. In the latter role, I have been heavily involved with educa tional and community anti-racism efforts including several in my hometown of St. Petersburg. I occasionally read The Catalyst and appreciated the April 28 letters from Miriam Wallace and Ron Silver regarding your recent joking references to Ramadan and the Irish. I believe we all should be re sponsible for assessing the impact of our behavior regardless of whether the original intent was of fensive or not. A valid assessment would consider the overall context of historical and current oppression of various groups in this country. Although you printed an apology to offended parties, the tone of the apology did not convince me that you felt accountable for under standing the reason why anyone wopld be offended. The effectiveness of the editorial apology was further diminished by the Mr. T. photo which appeared in the Apri I 28 edition. The photo had the caption, "Quit lookin' at me foo'. I ain't got nothin' to say. T. knows when to keep his damn mouth shut, unlike them foo' edi tors!" The quote and its vernacular and spelling perpetuates several stereotypes of African-Americans. Should you want to learn more about the impact of media portray als of Blacks and African-Americans, the documen tary Ethnic Notions is a place to start. The original jokes continued by the Mr. T. quote in the student newspaper do not indi c ate editorial support for racial diversity. The jokes have offensive aspects thanks to centuries of human oppression. Please do not dismiss complaints about the offenses as a symptom of this campus' underdeveloped sense of humor. Sincerely, Maureen Corbett, Ph.D. Psychologist, Parkview House Catalyst should live up to its potential Dear "editors" and Catalyst staffers: How ironic that last week's edi torial should criticize an SAC funded event because it "did not meet in quality ... price tag at tached to it." Good god, I hope that The Catalyst opts to rent a clue be fore next year rolls around when another volume will be unleashed and allowed to wreak havoc. Since nejther the editors or Josh Harrold can determine why it is in appropriate for this rag to publish offensive remarks in the guise of humor, heres a hint: whether or not it is stated or approved, The Catalyst is the "official" student paper. The Catalyst gets THOU SANDS upon THOUSANDS of dollars from the SAC because it is a relatively long-running, faculty sponsored endeavor that has a readership outside of student body. It's high time that The Catalyst starts living up to its journalists. People understand humor and yes, even satire, when it occurs in "alternative" publications like the Poop, the Debacle, or whatever else-publications that are decid edly low-budget and unacademic and that are primarily produced by small groups of drunken students on a lark. People don't tolerate the same thing in The Catalyst because the paper ends up making the stu dent body as a whole look stupid. Even the editors' response to the criticism has demonstrated a thor ough lack of professionalism and discretion. I hope next year's Catalyst staff and SAC members are paying atten tion. Kisses, Kelly Samek
The Catal st Contributions Take some time off from school contributed by David Daniel When! Oberlin College in October of my se m?r m h1gh school, the host student that I stayed w1th .. somethmg that I still remember to this day. He a1d, Doesn't it make sense to go to school for a few semester take a semester off and apply what you ve learned school to real Jife ... then go back to for a whtle and maybe take some more time off a httle later... know after spending the summer building Tennessee, I feel like what I'm doing right now (takmg classes) IS o much richer ... but now I want to take the next semester off and my dad won't let me He says, 'You finish school now or I'm not going to pay for you.' How am I supposed to react to that?" In December, I came home to Chicago not knowing what I would be doing this semester All I knew was that I would be taking a semester off from New Luckily. at the last minute, I was able to enroll man urban studies program in the city-and I can't stress how much I've learned this semester. The program consists of four parts equivalent to four college-level classes : I) a core course, which i suppo ed to provide every student with a common pool of knowledge concerning the city (and has so far cov ered such diverse topics as youth in the city, the transportation system, politics, race relations, etc.); 2) a seminar class, which focuses on one par ttcu_lar top1c class is entitled Distorted Images: The Freedom Movement in the Press); 3) an mtern h1p for 16 tol8 hours a week which I am ?oing with a theater group in Uptown (a neighborhood '? Chtcago) because I thought it would be a good expe nence, because I know I can't act-but I wish I could. So that's what I'm doing thts semester l!ke I said, it's a really good program. In fact, I feel hke I ve learned more this seme ter than I have all of my three semesters at New College combined-although that is mainly due to the fact that I did a half-assed job in nearly all of my classe and did not try or care as much as I should have. So that was my fault. In any case, what I'm trying to say is that I think a semester away from school can be a very good thing In fact, I thmk semester has really changed my entire utlook on ltfe. "How so?" one of my teachers asked me. "Well, I guess I feel like this semester has illumi nated me in so many :ways that now, more than ever, I feel like I have no Idea what I want to do with the rest of my life." "Well," he said, "I guess that's one of the virtues of higher education, right?" "Right," I said. Northern Ireland problems very real contributed by Eilis Pamintuan The tatelet of ort h ern I re l and, t wo-thirds of the Pro vince of Ulster, was carved out of t he is l and of Ireland in 1921 to serve as a homeland for those who regarded themselve as British. But it served also, and m r im rtantly, as one of Britain's outposts of Empire. South Armagh i part of this tatelet but South Armagh is predominantly nationalist and her people live at peace with themselves and thei r neighbors, se cure m their Irish culture and decidedly attached to the couHtryside in which lie the ancient bones of th eir an cestors. It was to this part of Ireland that delegates of the Lawyers Alliance for Justice traveled on their fact-find ing mi ion during the week of February 12, 1998. Verified facts were on paper but it wa the personal wit ness of the people involved and the actual visual witnessing of many of the events spoken about that made stark facts reach a personal reality for this dele gate. One community repre sentative related that there are twenty fort/towers dotted throughout the immediate area. Briti h helicopter gunships and e corts fly into and out of these forts day and night and often fly low over the field and house terrifying both people and animals. The p ychological effect on the populace can be imagined. The physical effect on Jive tock results in broken legs and worse a animals run berserk, breaking through fences and often causing automobile accidents on the road British oldiers, in full battle gear, are regularly dropped off for maneuver at any place and any time of day or night. Seemingly, oldiers feel free to intimidate and terrify at will. One young woman described how s old ie r s verbally abused her after leaving a c ommunity late at night and was followed home by t h e sa m e so ld1ers who shone li h ts into her car in an eff ort to frighten. Apparently, this was not an unusu renee. One after another, politician, farmer, religious sister and business person rose to affirm that the British army was there as an occupying force u ing and abus ing the people and even the landscape. The landscape in South Armagh is smugly beautiful with hill and lakes and winding roads. But to this dele gate orne of the hills looked strangely mutilated. Hilltops are literally sliced off, as one would slice the top of an egg, and. concrete and steel bunkers built into the bowels of the earth with towers and electronic gear protruding from the top. The countryside is scarred. There are often helicopters, usually in threes, coming and going and often sweep low over the pastures and farmhouse The sight and sound i terrifying. This del egate immediately called to mind the film Apocalyp e Now, the only thing missing being Wagner's Die Walkare and actual strafing of the population. Further, the documented up urge of British military presence in both the air and on the ground in South Armagh is taking against the backdrop of a ceasefire/peace proce s since July 7, 1997. The British government, through the Secretary of State, Mo Mowlam, advised the South Armagh Farmers and Residents Committee, on December 8, 1997 that the Army Towers and military presence would remain. It is quite obvious that South Armagh i callou ly being u ed a a British Army Training Ground for the British Government/Mini try of Defense. This is at the expen e of Irish people who, though defiant, are still suffering greatly. None of you ever wrote in to tell us what movies you were showing. We ran that box a bajillion times and not one person ever sent in a movie announcement. We know that movies were shown! Why weren't we notified? Do you know how that makes us feel? Fine, show your crazy movies without The Catalyst's help. We don't care. Sniff ... "That Faceman Is stupid. I pity the fool who thinks he can take my place. That dummy won't be back, he's washin' my van! The T man loves you all you fools and wants you to have a safe summer." Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles \etteTs Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may ran_ge in length from 250500 words. Guest Column: A so licited OJ?inion piece. Guest columnists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submi sions should be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday in order to apQear in the following weel<'s ISSUe.
.. 12 The Catalyst Announcements May 12, 1998 All students and alums summering in the Washington D.C. area are invited to stop by College Park Citgo in College Park where alum Jonathan Crane works if in need of car repair,maintenance, or advice. He can't guarantee huge discounts but he will make sure you don't get ripped off. The phone number is (301)-220-1302. The New College Alumnae/i Association seeks an executive di rector to begin in summer 1998. A full text of the position announce ment is available from the Alumnae/i Office ( 126 College Hall, 359-4324) and on the Alum As ociation web page. Interested candidates should contact Mike Campbell. Search Committee Chair email@example.com the firtz needs your help. We are collecting some demographic infor mation to use to help understand our audience a bit better.. Please take the time to visit www.thefritz.com/ survey.html ei ther at home or in the computer lab and fill out our survey. It is only 20 questions and should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Thanks in advance. uen er. All work-drawings, paintings, multi-media, studies on walls, or flat lockers and drawing table draw ers must be removed at the end of the term, Bob Rustermier requests that all student 30 work be re moved from sculpture/ceramic studios at the end of the term. Any work remaining after the deadline will be re-cycled or thrown away. Please preserve your work if they are "keepers" somewhere other than in the studios. The Male Chauvinist Pig Roast is this Saturday at the volley ball court. All are invited, and plenty of veggie foods will be provided. Attention all students! It's time for returning students to decide how you would like your mail processed over the summer. Boxes will be closed on May 26 if no instructions are received and mail will be returned to sender. You may have your mail forwarded to another address in the U.S. Mail will be forwarded until August I 0 and placed in your box after that. Edwina Jones of the Department of Children and Family Services is looking for individuals to assist foster children in developing a play about their experiences. Theatre/drama experience helpful. M !STORAGE I t AIR CONDITIONED DE-HUMIDIFIED Storage For A Box Or A Houseful Monthly & Long Term Rates & IO.EEiil. D FURNITURE CHICE FILBS 80!\TS& RVS 1909 Whitfield Park Loop 758-1545 Your Sarasota.IBradenton Storage Connection Off Avenue Between Old & N HinhWAV Old 301 'Mi tfi 91 d Par Loop 1 1 Whitfield Ave. 301 CAREER CENTER AMCAS application for the 1999 now available in the Career Center. Internship-Habitat for Humanity, Sarasota: Grant WriterAn unpaid internship, grant money is sought for building roads, sewers and infrastructure. Intern will assist in this process, as the Habitat owns several large parcels of land that need development. Orientation to Habitat's philosophy and purpose will be assigned to the board niember responsible for development. Grant writing experience would be desir able. but not nece sary. If interested, contact Lisa Swartz at (941) 952-9687. Internship-Habitat for Humanity, Sarasota: Over the years volunteers have developed files and programs to meet various needs. Habitat de sire an integration of these files. The student will develop a plan with recommendations for board review and then implement plan. Student will interview various volunteers and explore their computer needs. Intern must have computer skills. If interested contact Lisa Swartz at (94 1) 952-9687. Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives, Inc. Counselors positions Counselors become role models and facilitators for self-healing for the youthful offenders who have been sent to Eckerd for help. Requirements of the position include high personal and moral standards, and the ability to work participatively with troubled youth. The Counselor is responsi ble for the progress and welfare of each client. The Counselor must be creative, enthusiastic and physically fit for activities like intramurals and hiking. The Counselor must be a team member who is willing and able to facilitate successful experiences for a group of ten clients. Training provided along with ongoing inervice training. financial assis tance for continuing education, and ample professio nal suppoa_ taff to assist the Counselor If you are interested in Human Services, this as a great beginning point. Please fax re ume to 561-844-4012 or call For additional information stop in the Career Center, PME-119. Special LOW Rates For Auto Storage Climate Control Lockers For Clothing, Linens. Electronics. Photos or Coli ecti bl es Walk -in Closets ... Ideal For Garden Tools & Equipment Files & Inventory Storage, or Household Goods Clean All-Interior Units With 24 Hour Electronic Security ---------.. I I I I I FIRST 2 MONTHS' R NTA 50/o OFF I NEW RENTALS ONLY I I I I I I I