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News Physics candidate declines offer -page4 Volume VIII, Issue 11 FMLAleader speaks in Sudakoff by Charles Cboi Eleanor Smeal surveyed the crowd seated in front of her. Over 85 people showed up at Sudakoff Center on April 17 to hear Smeal speak on women s rights. Smiling, she addressed the audience. "I commend you all for being here on a Saturday night." Smeal is president and co founder of The Feminist Majority and served as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) for longer than any of her predecessors As president of NOW, Smeal led the drive to ratify under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." The Feminist Majority was cre ated in 1987 and "has focu ed on empowering women in public pol icy-making as well as gender balance in elective and appointive offices," according to their mission statement. The Feminist Majority's name was inspired by a 1986 Newsweek/Gallup poll, which showed that 56% of women identi fied themselves as feminists. Smeal was the keynote speaker for the Fusion Conference, which was organized by the New College Feminist Majority Leadership AJJiance. Second-year Lori Zurkuhlen said, "The conference was designed to bring together col lege feminists from around the state of Florida so that we could find out what we were doing indi vidually and what we could do together." The conference was held over two days and hosted a variety of activities, from a pro-choice vis ibility action on US 41 to Theatre of the Oppressed and diversity workshops. Smeal began her presentation by explaining bow modem feminism first began. "The theory of femi nism was only vague in the 1960's; 'EB uBLVPRINT" ON PAGE 5 Opinion War on Goths -page7 War in Kosovo -page6 cha cha cha Apri/29, 1999 Students show support for Tim Richardson Students march to Cook Hall in support of Richardson s candidacy by liina Hofreiter "We want Tim! We want Tim!" As 78 students began the ''Tim Walk" on Wednesday, April 21, their shouts reverberated against the walls of Pei. Organized by fourth years Chris Martin and Matt Varnon, the walk was designed to present Administration with a for mal petition in support of Tim Richardson, acting Director of Student Affairs, as a candidate for the Director of Student Affairs posi tion. makeshift New College flag, as the mass of students chanted after her. As the group neared Cook Hall, Martin ascended the steps and at tempted to quiet the throng. Several University employees stepped back from the windows to make room for the students as they quietly entered the building. As stu dents streamed in, one secretary pointed to second-year Kevin Meeks and remarked, "Look ... he's not wearing any shoes." "Our goal is not to be threatening to Bassis, As Martin and Varnon attempted to find Warden Bassis, the remain ing group of students filed through the front doors and took seats in the main lobby. JUSt supportive "I feel like we're in a scene from Evita," remarked second-year Rachel Corkle. "AJl Bassis needs to do now is appear at the balcony and give us a speech." "Our goal is not to be threaten ing to Bassis, just supportive of Tim," explained Martin. As the group proceeded down Dort Drive towards Cook Hall, the of Tim." -Chris Martin When Assistant Dean Doug of students the room was no! shouted second-year Naomi Shvorin, leading the group with a to mess things up, we're just going in there in support of Tim." Forum addresses communication problems Students and faculty agree that more interaction is needed by Max Campell AJtbough the New College faculty were repeatedly mentioned in the agenda for the radical educational forum held on Wednesday, April 21, only four profes sors arrived at the Four Winds Cafe to participate in the discussion. The professors involvement was curtailed by an unscheduled faculty meeting called for by Steven Miles held at the same time as the forum a fact which left several students wondering whether the tim ing of the meeting revealed a general lack of interest on the professors' part for students' concerns. Ironically, the need for greater trust and communication between ew College students and faculty was one of the major issues in the forum's proposed agenda. The organizers of the forum, third years Cara Hutchin on and Beth Faichney said that they had asked the professors for input, and for the times they would be most able to attend. They had been told that Wednesday would be the most promising time, and were later informed of this unscheduled meeting second hand, by Aaron Edidin. Several students involved with the forum then went to the faculty meeting to hand out agendas to the professors as it began, hoping that the faculty members could attend the forum once the meet' ing was over. They were not impressed with the professors' re sponse. Jessica Hedges, a third-year transfer student involved with the forum, felt that they were being given the cold shoulder. "The (faculty) meetings are supposed to be open, but they were ready to close the door on us, like we weren't really invited," she said. Faichey later recalled that when she delivered the agendas to the professors and asked them to attend the forum, "they kind-of raised their eyebrows at me and dismissed me." The forum was scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., but the organizers delayed the meeting for an nearly an hour in the hope that the faculty meeting would end and that more professors would arrive. The only professors present at the beginning of the meeting were Bob Rustermeier and Douglas Berggren, who teaches the course in radical education. Aaron Edidin and Jose Portugal arrived after the faculty meeting had ended, but were only able to be present at the last few minutes of the forum. Edidin said that the faculty meeting, which was called to discuss filling the sculpture position "was an important meeting and we did good things in it, but it went on much longer than we'd hoped." He called the timing of the meeting a bad coincidence. Since much of the forum's time was spent waiting for the professors to arrive, the proposed agenda did not receive as thorough a discussion as it might have other wise. Nonetheless, several concerns were raised by the people who attended, the most common of which were SEE 1'P1>Rt1M" ON. PAGE 3
2 The Catal st Clinton introduces new gun control bill in response to Colorado school Shootings The massacre at Columbine High School rocked both the small Colorado town of Littleton and the nation as a whole. Many questions were raised. What was the motivation behind the killings? How did = the two students, Dylan Klebold (17) and Eric Harris (18), obtain the guns? How much responsibility do the parents have for what their children did? And what can be < done to make sure something like this E doesn't happen again? The first question is still unanswered, but ideas are being pieced together from a diary taken from Harris' bouse. Apparently, the teens planned to kill not just the 12 stu dents and one teacher whose Jives they $.4 ended, but also intended to blow up the 0 school with several home-made bombs in eluding a giant propane bomb they placed in the school cafeteria. They then planned to hijack a plane and crash it into New York City, creating a death-toll that would reach into the thousands. The attack s bold, bizarre nature led to speculation that the gunmen might have been taking drugs, but 0 toxicologytests revealed no drugs or alcofll hoi in their bodies. It is speculated that two, possibly three, of the guns used by Klebold and Harris were purchased by Klebold's girlfriend, = Robyn K. Anderson shortly after her 18th birthday in November. As the firearms were shotguns and ri es however she can not be charged with supplying persons under 18 with dangerous fireanns because shotguns and rifles are exempt from that Jaw. Authorities are still not sure whether or not Anderson knew of the boys' plan and she could be charged as an accessory or with aiding and abetting. Three other boys have been arrested in the Littleton area for possibly assisting Klebold and Harris in the transport and placing of the massive amount of bombs within the school building. After the incident,authorities found a shotgun barrel and bomb making materials in plain sight in the bedroom of one of the boys, the question arose as to how much catalyst General Editor Cyndy Ekle Managing Editor Trina Hofreiter Staff Writers Max Campell, Charles Choi, Aaron Gustafson, Julian Frazier, Shanon Ingles, David Saunders, Mario Rodriguez, Ben Ruby Contributors Edin Hajdarpasic News responsibility the parents of these two youths have for the incident that occurred. Currently, Colorado has laws which could require parents to pay up to $3,500 for damages done by their chil dren, but that is used mostly in cases of vandalism. If it is determined that the parents knew about the crime before it was committed and failed to act, they could face imprisonment for several years. Legal experts said it was theoretically possi ble for a parent to be charged with more serious crimes, like accessory to murder or reckless homicide, when a child commits a crime. However, most legal experts seem to agree that the stale would have a hard t ime convicting the parents of the killings because there i s simply not enough evidence. "In every tragedy like this there is always the in stinct to find someone to blame, but the reality i s there are serious legal obstacles to simply venting community outrage," Peter Arenella, a professor of criminal law at the University of California at Los Angeles, told th e New York Times. "One of those principles, Professor Arenella continued, "is that parents are not legally respon sible for the criminal acts of their children unless they were aware they were going to commit such acts and failed to stop them." In response to the incident, President Clinton bas unveiled a new gun control bill which he hopes will prevent incidents like this from hap pening again. The bill proposes the following: -Brady Bill-based waiting period for all explo sives (dynamite, etc.) Mandatory c liild-safety ocks-o n a guns sci d. -Extension of an existing ban on juvenile pos-session of handguns to include semiautomatic assault rifles; also a ban on importation of all ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, an extension of current law banning im ports ofthose made since 1994. -Background checks on buyers for all gun-show sales. -A lifetime ban on gun ownership for people who commit violent crimes as juveniles. -A three-day waiting period for all handgun pur chases, with an additional two days if law officers need them to complete their investigation. Until last year, the Brady Act pro vided five days for police to conduct background checks on buyers if they needed that much time. A ril 29 1999 Now, it limits them to three days, but most checks are instantaneous. Never before has there been a minimum, mandatory waiting period. -Mandatory prison sentences of three to 10 years and $10,000 fines for adults, including parents, who allow children access to guns. Many disagree with portions of the bill. "It is just too complicated a world to begin blaming parents under criminal statutes for the behavior of their children," said Martin Guggenheixp., an expert in juvenile justice at New York Vniversity School of Law. "There isn't th e kin? of direct connection between parental behavior and a child's wrongdoing to justify punishing parents criminally for a child's wrongdoing." The adult could be held liable whenever a ju venile crime is committed and the adult "knowingly or recklessly allowed it to occur," said White House spokesman Barry Toiv to the Associate Press. He added that the legislation's standard of reckless conduct would be 'a difficult standard to meet." Clinton and many others are shocked by the idea that the Brady Bill can be circumvented via independent gun dealers on the internet too. Clinton's proposal would allow only licensed gun dealers to have Web sites trading in fireanns, require those dealers to regis ter with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and provide that all private transactions be handled through a licensed gun dealer to assure the waiting period and background checks mandated by the Brady law. Molchan., ASsoc1a 100 o edera y tcense un ea ers, told the AP that the 7,000 gun dealers be repre sents support a lifetime ban on gun ownership for anyone who commi ts a v iolent crime. But the rest of Clinton's package, Molchan said, 'is an unfortunate diversion and, in our view, a dangerous diversion that takes en ergy, time and thought away from the real issues." "Somebody doesn't decide to walk into a school and murder several people because of lack of a gun lock or something," he said. 'It's a horrible, profound, moral issue." This story was compiled from reports from the AP wire and the New York Times. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:/ /www.sar.usf.edu/-catalyst/ The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. r .. .. 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 eitber letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. 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3 The Catalvst News Election results for Fall term promise new faces, new 1999 Students elect thirty-five candidates for NCSA positions by Shanon Ingles sure that our student voice is heard on these comOn Tuesday, April 20, students queued in mittees through student representatives. If we fail Hamilton Center to either vote for student candito elect them, then we're not doing a very good dates or write-in their own suggestions in the job." NCSA elections. No write ins were elected, pos"I think the problem is that we have no elecsibly due to the numerous non-New College tion code in our NCSA constitution;' said Llectio11 ults Natural Science Division Reps Pete Mahoney Sam Ozer Social Science Division Reps Billy Armshaw students nominated. These included Monica Deborah Herbstman, NCSA Vice President. "This Lewinski, Brad Pitt, Mr. T, Your Mom, Elvis is extremely problematic for the supervisor of Humanities Division Rep Presley, Ronald McDonald, Mighty Joe Young, elections. We need to adopt standard rules for all Britt Dunn Jessica Turner and Dartb Vader. of our NCSA elections. Educational Policy Committee Despite all the students' "We need to make Also, I think it is logical to Pe.ter.Bnnson suggestions, several commitoffer the empty positions to Lon !31senburg tee positions were not filled. SUfe that OUf the write in candidates who Student Academic Status Committee o 1 tw t f th
News April 29, by Julian Frazier What is to be done about racism on campus? What will be done to Improve relations between UP students and New College students?. These issues will be dealt with by next year's Director of Student Affairs, so the question is-Who will that be? Tun Richardson, who is currently the Acting of Student Affaus, is one of four candidates for the position. met Wltlt "It's a good Richardson responded that the administration. can he.lp students on Friday, April 23 to and the process by developing an arena .to de.al With the ISquestions they might have concerrung his candtdacy t sues. He admitted that, "We deal With thrngs that are for the position. Approximately fifteen eflVlfOflffiefl reactive. We need to deal with things that are students attended the interview, along wtlh Asststant [b ] t the proactive." Dean Doug Langston. U t 1 t S flO Richardson also discussed the Mamott food serv1ce. He The discussion was driven by questions from stu pointed out that they have .been and more dents. A of topics were addressed, ranging eastes t camp us to money into theu food Without much from new relatiOns between 'l!P and New. College stu d of an increase m pnce. He pomted out that changdents to racism on campus. dtscussed the, get USC tO. ing to a different food servtce would mean a much set backs he bas the five years he s d bigger increase in price. been here and the ways m which tbe New stu-T lffi Richar son Richardson also commented on set backs he has expe-dent body has changed in that time. Also rienced since he started working at New College. These was the quality and.price of Marriott's food service, as include the limited resources that are available to the school said that well as problems With the budget. cedures to et funding are available to the school and satd that the Several students at the interview repeatedly asked que.sbons concerrung theocedpro t get are especially difficult. He also said that the new d h bobia on campus Rtchardson was pr ures o diversity, raclSfn, sextsm, an omop . structure of the administration can be challengmg. asked whether more couldn't be done m specific cases m IS a When asked what he thought about the New College campus, Richardson general knowledge of who the perpetrator of a .hateful act IS. ar .d "I've felt safe here it's a good environment". He added "It's not the replied that often "our hands are tied," and pomted out that wit out evtsru t t d to eastest campus o ge use dence authorities cannot press charges. When asked about his feelings on the proposed Intercultural Center Physics candidate declines exactly ?_. Despite committees best efforts, Spector will not join the faculty next year by Mario Rodriguez Declination in hand, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Pat McDonald explained why Donald Spector, the only candidate for a senior physics position, will not join the faculty next year. "[Spector said] if his decision had been based strictly on who the faculty would have been and who the students would have been, the decision would have been easy." But it was not. Spector broke the news in an e-mail to Physics Professor George Ruppeiner last week. This came in spite of, according to McDonald, the Natural Sciences faculty recom mendation to Warden Bassis "to do anything we could to get him." "Everybody wanted Spector to come,'' said Ruppeiner, who is also head of the Physics Search Committee. "Was everything done? The answer to that is always yes and always no. He was offered a very competitive salary here, but one can always say he could have been offered more." Spector, a specialist in Supersymmetry, was also offered the prospect of tenure review after only one year at New College, something Ruppeiner said is not commonly done at the as sociate level. "The Dean's role is to put together an offer," said McDonald, ... That has to do with salary, credit towards tenure ... That's his job. [The Natural Science faculty's] job is to ... make a rec ommendation to the Dean ... maybe to give him some measure of exactly how much we want the person." How much was that? "This guy was a real se rious candidate," said McDonald. "I had no idea. When we looked at his file, I said, 'Whoa! This one I want.' It was obvious. We looked at a hun dred files, but l knew this was one I wanted." Coming from a senior position at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, McDonald noted the stakes were high for getting Spector. "If you get somebody [that attractive] in the pool then it's totally unpredictable what will happen," he said. ''There are some fairly subtle questions about [the workings of jobs) in academia," he ex plained. "One way to get a raise is to get a job offer ... [l]f you manage to get a raise right before you're promoted, you get a really serious raise the next year." Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges would be in big trouble if Spector left, said Ruppeiner. He expressed regret but not discouragement in light of Spector's rejection, explaining tbe search for a physics professor will continue. Temporary positions may have to suffice for next year. "It's hard to get tenure track academic posi tions," he said. "We've got close to a hundred applicants for the position. We could probably fill on a tenure track level today if we wanted to ... Most of these applicants simply don't match up well with the job. The challenge is not to fill tenure track positions. The challenge is to get ex cellent people." "With a tenure track appointment, you're ap pointing somebody with a high probability for 30-40 years [of work]. When you look at it like that short term difficulties-they shouldn't drive this process." Ruppeiner and McDonald stressed tenure and salary are not the only factors going into the equation-such as family. Spector's wife is an anthropologist, and New College does not have the resources to establish a new line in anthropol ogy to draw Spector t o Sarasota. Payscale is another consideration. The Natural Science faculty almost unanimously agreed to bring Spector whatever the cost. "And quite frankly," said Ruppeiner, "[the faculty's] also pragmatic. They know if someone comes in at a higher salary, they ... have an equity argument." According to Warden Michael Bassis, New College has been reticent to hire new professors at much higher salaries because it would be un fair to the other faculty. This case was an exception. '1lt used to be more of a buyer's market for physicists,'' Bassis surmised. "I think we have to get even smarter about doing the search than we have in the past." Whatever the causes, students were disap. pointed. "Yeah, we're all very sad," said third-year Brian Hallmark. Before Spector de cided, Hallmark said physics students e-mailed Spector indicating they really wanted him to come. "Trying to sort out exactly what happened and exactly why is going to be a rough thing," said McDonald. "My assumption is that everything was done that could have been done."
s The catatvst Entertainment April 29, 1999 War Child offers relief in more ways than one With the start of War Child USA, organizers provide a creative outlet for inner-city youth by Aaron Gustafson F or the last decade or so turning on the televi sion virtually assured that you would see a commercial asking you to adopt a starving child or help in the aid of a village in a third world country Oddly enough, very few of these groups ever seem to be mentioned in newspaper articles or on television when it came to what they had actually accomplished. As if in response to this, one organization is finally out there helping the world and getting results. Within the last five years, War Child has grown to be one of the most city children. "While the Unites States may not be considered a traditional war zone," Lee said. "It is a war for children around this country that face Preachers, Suede, Orbital and 11 more bands all contributed tracks), "Help" raised over mil lion in three days, all of which went to provide prosthetic limbs for wounded children in Bosnia. violence on their streets everyday. War Child is committed to giving America's youth back their childhood and pro viding an alternative to violence with community, art and skills training." War Child has more than a dozen projects going at any one time throughout the world. important humanitarian aids in the world. Other celebrities are equally excited about supporting War Child and, of those in attendance at the kick-off event, Julia Ormond, Michael Moore and Steve Buscemi have all agreed to be come part of the War Child a group which will help War Child USA raise both awareness and funds. Organizations, such as the Lollapalooza Fund, have also agreed to support War Cpild USA financially. They have built libraries and music centers and supplied countless children with a creative outlet to help them think of things other than war. War Child USA has been asked to provide the funding to transport the clothing, blankets, canned food and vitamins collected by War Child Amsterdam offices to the displaced in Kosovo. The funding will also bring the children "Kid Packs" containing a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, bandaids, Founded in 1993 by filmmakers Bill Leeson and David Wilson after they witnessed the plight of children in war-ravaged Yugoslavia, War Child has pledged to support and initiate community based programs and projects which tangibly improve the lives and futures of children that are suffering from the ravages of war, the legacy of war and from all other forms of violence. Having just opened their newest branch in January, War Child War Child is poised to do more in assisting the world's youth, both in America and abroad. On January 11, filmmaker Spike Lee and U.N. Messenger of Peace Luciano Pavarotti ushered in the launch of War Child USA with the "Get on the Bus" campaign of bus-based advertising sup port for War Child and a star-studded celebration at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Lee, in particular, was interested in working with y.tar Child USA for the aid tbCy en to umerIn the past, War Child has had great success with its projects, including the release of the compilation CD "Help" in 1995. The project was organized so that all of the artists involved would enter the studio to record tracks for the compila tion on September 4. By September 9, the CD was on the shelves throughout Britain, marking the quickest turnaround for a record in recording history. Help flew off the shelves the day it was released, selling more than 71,000 copies. Within six days of recording the record, it reached number one o n the B ritish charts. No doubt due to the immense talent contained on the disc (Oasis, ...... Radiohead, Massive Attack, the a small toy, basic art supplies (crayons, etc.), a granola bar and other assorted products meant to help ease their suffering by providing some sem blance of normalcy to them. Eacb truckload costs about $5,500 to transport. In America, War Child is looking to provide inner-city youth with more than just midnight basketball. Organizers hope to set up art and music centers in major cities to encourage youth to fmd alternatives to violence. War Child has accomplished the unthinkable and is certain to continue doing so in the corning months and years. If you are interested in helping Wa r Child or War Child USA, please visit them at www. warchild.or g or www. warc hildusa .org and see what you can do. Smeal encourages s t u dents to 'build a movement 'SMEAl}' Fl(QM PAGE 1 it flickered and died out at the tum of the century. I was not aware at all of feminism in the '60's, and I was not the exception, I was the rule. It simply did not enter one's brain to consider discrimination against women. "When we began our wave of feminism, we were so ignorant of our past-virtually none of us knew about the movement of Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton at all. We bought the line that we were new, that we were modem, that we had stumbled onto the fact that we were ripped off. It was o y an oversight," Smeal said. "50% of the population." The sardonic re mark elicited a wave of laughte't from the audience. Smeal reminisced over the vigor of the early days of modem femi nism. "We thought we'd beat it within our own generation. We didn't know what we were up against. I think it's wonderful not to know the odds." But Smeal also believed "the best fighters are those who know what they're up against," and warned against unrealistic expectations in the face of institutionalized discrimination. "Every step of the way, we've had major corporate in terests against us. Every inch of the way ... We may have pushed the line farther than any other generation, but we have so far to go." Smeal recounted one memorable campaign as an example of en trenched opposition. Before 1968, help-wanted ads were separated into men's and women's sections. "Newspapers came out against us because they said we'd break down the free press, with classified ad re form. This idiotic argument was taken all the way to the Supreme Court. The thing that astonished me was that we almost lost. We won 5-4." Throughout her presentation, Smeal stressed the importance of or ganization when it came to building a movement over and over again. "Nothing just happens. If you see change, someone worked their tail off for it, usually a group of someone's. It doesn't just happen because a few in power just wake up. "It doesn't require a lot of peo ple or a lot of money. You need good ideas, lots of determination. Gutsy people. And not a whole lot of them at that." While she felt that organization may seem incompatible to many at New College, given the institution's emphasis on individualism, Smeal said she wanted "to put a twist on it [individualism]: social movement to further individual action." Smeal also believed that it was important that social movements "work in alliance with other groups. Sometimes they need our help and sometimes we'll need theirs ... "I have spent most of my adult life now working to end sexism in social coalition with other move ments, to end racism and homophobia and discrimination as a whole ... I hope that you get in volved; the more organizations, the better. One cannot be redundant; one can only be asleep." After Smeal finished her presen tation, she invited questions from the audience. Fourth-year Matt Thompson asked Smeal about the differences between 1960's activism and activism of this decade. Smeal replied, "We have more support now among young students today than we did in the '60's. There's this mythology that we all got to gether and hit nirvana. We got spat in the face ... "There are more marches now than there ever were then. Even al lowing for population growth, there are larger marches now than there ever were in the '60s. You have a stronger base to work off of than we ever did." Several students came from cam puses such as UCF or UF at Gainesville in order to bear Smeal speak. Autumn Rigsby of USF Tampa thought Smeal "was very inspirational, very motivated, very powerful." Fourth-year Erin Skelly said, "I thought putting things in context of a movement is good for New College, just because here we tend to get active in small bursts and not continuously. I think we need to re alize that we need to get active collectively and continuously, that we are part of something more than ourselves."
6 The Catalyst News April 29, 1999 Contribution: Anti-war arguments are misleading contributed by Edin Hajdarpasic Numerous signs posted across the campus urge New College students to "stop the NATO bombing" of Serbia. More posters by the Student Activist board in Ham Center and by the library provide detailed reasons against American in volvement in the Kosovo crisis. While I agree with the desire to end the current war in former Yugoslavia, I find some arguments against NATO action rather disturbing. First and foremost, I must state that I am not arguing for continuation of war. As someone who has personally experienced the recent conflict in Bosnia, I can only hope that the tragic events in former Yugoslavia will never again happen. I be lieve, as some of the anti-war signs state, that violence in Kosovo cannot be solved or sup pressed by sheer force. Genuine peace can only come when the conditions for just and humane treatment of all people are achieved. However, the posters and signs across our campus go far beyond the can for non-violent means of resolving the conflict. For instance, the list of "ten reasons why war against Yugoslavia sucks" furnishes a number of misleading repre sentations and troubling arguments. One rambling question seems to ask why is NATO acting in Kosovo when it has not acted in Rwanda, Burma and other places where the death-toll was much higher. Is the intent of such arguments to say that some places are more wor thy of American involvement, thus implying that In attendance: DanieUe Babski, Robert Scopel, Jen Shaw, Cathy Heath (proxy for Julia Skapik), Molly Robinson. the Kosovars are less worthy of our sympathy and support? Or is to show that here NATO is acting out of greedy "self-interest," which there fore cheapens the fact that NATO is combating a regime notorious for human rights violations? But aside from such half-baked arguments, I am most disturbed by the way in which the war is portrayed. The representations of the bombings on the posters give the impression that the impa tient and trigger-happy NATO buJiies are waging an unjust war against the once-peaceful country of Yugoslavia. There is no better example of such misleading characterizations than the words of General Clark, as quoted in the last issue of the Catalyst: 'JThe idea that [Serbs] want to purge ethnic Albanians from the area is flawed. There was no migration before we got involved." Clark's statement is at best a grave error of fact at worst, it is a lie intended to portray NATO as the villain and everybody else as the victims. I do not understand how one can make such a statement in blithe disregard of the reports posted by Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org), who documented thousands of forced expulsions and murders of Albanians over year ago. Denial of planned ethnic cleansing stands in direct con tradiction to events such as the Racak massacre, when-in January 1999-the extremist Serb nationalists executed at point-blank range over 40 Albanian civilians. Those who perpetrate such heinous crimes are powerful extremists like Zeljko Raznjatovic Arkan, who has been indicted on charges of genocide by the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. Such Serb nationalists indeed want to purge ethnic Albanians from the area. As we speak, the Kosovars are being targeted for expulsion or murder because of their identity their religion, their ethnicity, their culture. There must be no doubt that what is happening in Kosovo is geno cide. Denial -ot ignorance -of such fundamen tal facts cannot produce sound judgments on foreign policy. I believe that anti-war arguments would be much stronger if they avoided resorting to misleading portrayals and faced the fact that it is not NATO who is expelling thousands of refugees every day. It is Slobodan Milosevic and other extremists nationalists in Serbia. They, not NATO, should be the focal point for advocating and pursuing peace through non-violent means. I want to end on a plea which hopefully both proand anti-interventionists will embrace. Those who now need our attention and help the most are the Kosovo refugees. You can help in a number of ways, for instance, by contributing do nations to humanitarian organizations like the International Rescue Committee (122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168) or Doctors Without Borders (6 East 39th St., 8th floor, New York, NY 10016). Let us act now to offer the Kosovo refugees much needed succor and solace. tu entsra y in support of Richardson Absent: Alisdair Lee, Jen Yang, first year to be ap pointed. quested $200 for band for barbecue. Allocated: $100. Irene Hillman (Art show) requested $50 for food for the art show reception. Allocated: $50. Marcus Poirera (Maureen Corbett's diversity workshop) requested $250 for food for workshop. Allocated: $250. "TIM WALK11 FROM PAGE J Note: All votes are unanimous unless otherwise noted, and none include the vote of the SAC chair Julia Daniel (Anti-war effort) requested $80 for sup plies. Allocated: $55. Sarah Young (Intervarsity Christian Fellowship) re-Coffee House Hours: Irene Hillman (mural) requested $1275 for mural on the side of the Four Winds Cafe. Allocated: $1275 ($1000 from graduation reserve, $275 from other SAC money) Total Requested: $1855 Total Allocated: $1730 Mondays: 10 a.m. midnight Tuesdays: 9 a.m. midnight Wednesdays: 10 a.m. midnight Thursdays: 9 a.m. midnight Fridays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: closed, unless for a special event. Happy Hour: 4-6 weekdays go to the coffee house. it's fun. and good for you too. the petition. "We appreciate this. I would like to say that it's important for students to come to the arranged meeting times with the candidates ... they have been very poorly attended. Show your support by coming to those." As the group dispersed, Martin remarked, "You know, we would come to the candidate information sessions if they were advertised." "Tim has been here almost as long as I have," said Varnon. "We just wanted to show our support for him as a candidate, because I think he knows New College and the way it works better than anyone else." Richardson began serving New College in 1995 as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs. He be came Acting Director this fall. "I am very appreciative, said Richardson. "but I need to go through the interview process and then make a decision."
1 The catalyst Opinion Contribution Opinion: Goths are not murderers April 29, 1999 by David Saunders know what it feels like to be m their Guidelines We all know what happened in h I d love everyone, then we wouldn't Letter to The Editor: A Littleton CO on A ril 20 A f s oes. o. I know how it feels to have problems like this. The press reader P pa1r o walk down a crowded hall, nerS response to prevt"Goths" stormed into their high vously looking for the people you can blame television, movies and articles, letters and/ot school with semi-automatic kn music all it wants, but that's isn't or an opinion d ow are going to hit you in the the real problem. th d weapons, grena es and pipe bombs back of the head or spit on you or at IS tnten ed to be killing 12 other students, a teacher,, slam you into the lockers, J"ust beThe problem is people. The peo-shared with the student and finally themselves Now the pie who shoot others. The people body. Letters to the Editor d" fl cause you are "different" in some who make them want to shoot oth-h ld b me Ja lS a utter with misguided indefinite way. I know how it feels s on e no more than and simple-minded descriptions of !O be called gay everywhere you go ers. The people who don't teach 250 WOtdS, and are not a the goth community. Many news JUSt because you prefer books to them that it is wrong to shoot oth-forum for free advertising. Stations are puttt"ng togeth d" ers .. If those kids' parents played an er me ta sports. I know how it feels to be packages on goths claiming that, knocked to the ground because peoactive and supportive role in their Contribution: A factual among other thi "t h children's' lives, this wouldn't have article w 'tt b ngs, 1 IS a uge pfe know you are an outcast and fl en y SOffiCOne cult, and/or a gang, the members of that you won't do anything about Jt. happened. If the shooters' peers not on staff. Contributions h h 11 bl k h hadn't treated them like outcasts should b d w 1c a wear ac trenc -coats 1 know the self-loatht"ng one &eels e lOJ.Ortnatlve an d h" d h d 1 this wouldn't have happened. t t h f an wors Ip eat estruction, because you can't blunder your way H men 0 t e Interests 0 Man .lyn Mans d S t owever, more importantly, if the ew College tud t on an a an, not to through a conversation without S en S as a mention Hitler. The image portrayed shooters chose not to kill their whole. Contributions may is one of morbid lunatics looking to S peers, to forgive and practice loving ran_ge in length from 250take revenge on a world that has os-tart treating US acceptance in the face of hatred and 500 words. tracized them. I have something to ignorance, then this would not have say to those who are taking part in like We are, and happened. Guest Column: A so-building this picture: To Hell with What happened in Colorado is licited OP.inion piece. you. not like we're not an invitation to start lynching Guest columnists do not I, as some of my friends would goths. That kind of behavior will represent the jokingly say, am a walking stereo-some kind of only foster hatred. People of all soVIews of the Catalyst, but type of the Goth community. I cial class kill. 1 don't understand rather opinions of which embody many of the aspects of the ak h why this has become such an issue. we feel the New College average goth. I do not do this on re S OW. It seem s that goths are under attack. community should be Kids that usually w e ar tren ch coats made aware G t purpose, It just happens that way I ues to school a r e getti n g sus pe n d e d o r columns may 1n like black clothing I like gothic are under constant surveillance, from 25" 00 music. I like silver jew U"" Stephen King and Anne Rice novfelt. I have felt the same desire to ..mlill;i. els. I am a pacifist. I believe in walk into my high-school's cafeteria mobbed. Why? Someone please tell acceptance and praise diversity of and open ftre. HOWEVER, I did me. I have never been abJe to unspirit and lineage. However, I do not do this. Why? Because I know derstand why we are so looked not own a trench-coat, AND I DO right from wrong. I know self-condown upon. The only differences NOT OWN A SHOTGUN!! I am trol. I have hope for my life. Why between us and "normal people" are not violent, I despise neo-nazis, and do I know these tbings? Because I that we like looking at the darker I do not worship Satan. These seem have an understanding mother, who side of life, through poetry, books, to be common threads in the philohas always supported my individumusic, and movies. We like dressing sophical beliefs of most of the ality and instilled in me the what is in eye-catching and interesting Goths I have known. The media has right and what is wrong. She taught ways. We like being imaginative jumped to so many unfounded con-me the sanctity of human life and and artistic. We like being romantic elusions that have absolutely no helped me live through the gauntlet in a somewhat morbid fashion. Why basis in reality. I have never met a of repression and isolation that was does society ftnd this so despicaneo-nazi goth. I have never met a my schooling. That's why I am not ble?? I'm tired of being looked racist goth. I have NEVER met a dead or in jail. down upon. When I say this to peagoth who wears confederate flags I have listened to Marilyn ple, they say "Then dress on their back-packs. However, the Manson for years. I have read viodifferently." I will still be the same criminals have too many similarities lent books. I have seen violent person. If they could accept me if I to goths for the media to classify movies. You know what? The hatred dressed just like them, then why them as anything else. was there before all of those things can't they accept me if I dress in a All across the nation, goths are came. These things have not made different manner. It does not change being attacked by large groups of that hatred grow to the point of it me. I am a person. All goths are inpeople. THIS MUST STOP!! The being uncontrollable. The media is dividual people. Start treating us reason that these shootings have ocnot the cause of my rage and angst. like we are, and not like we're some curred in the first place was because The cause is my own inherent diffreak show. That goes to individual the perpetrators were ostracized and ferences and society's inability to people, and for the media in gentaunted throughout their high school accept those who are strange. If soeral. days. Most people honestly don't ciety as a whole could accept and send aJI go anead, submit .. you know you want to. criticisms, witticisms and other contributions to bqx 75, catalyst@ virtu. order: to appear next 1ssue. Baccalaureate announcements Sanna Stubblebine will de fend her thesis, "Medieval Banquet: a Look into the Workings of 15th Century English Society," on Tuesday, May 4 in the Conference Room of Cook Hall. Aubrey Hobart will de fend her thesis, "Museum Acquisition Policies," on Wednesday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the Antro Lab. it's reasonable, of course. I
8 The Catalyst It's that time of year .. the Dance Thtorial will be having the fir s t of two different performances on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1at 8:30 p.m. i n Sainer. An AntiWar forum meets every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Ham Center Couches. War protests will occur every Saturday at 2 p.m. meet in front of Ham Center to car pool to the site. Everybody Mambo! The New College Vocal Ensemble will present their spring concert in cluding village, urban, and arranged folksongs of Eastern Europe and Russia, on May 2 at 7 p.m., in the College Hall Music Room. Become one with your natural" side and get paid for it. Model for the life Drawing class. For more details, contact box 515. Come one, come all ... the city of Sarsasota will be having a Town Meeting at the Sarasota Boys and Girls club on May 8. New College and Booker students will be per forming lwo scenes in Theatre of the Community style ... don't miss it! Exact times will be forthcoming. Tunnels in the Crust, a drama/comedy about a coal mine disaster during World War II, is playing at the Player's Club of Sarasota April Announcements 23 24, 25, and May 1 2, 8, & 9 at 8 p.m. Student tickets are $5 Call 3 65-2494 for more info Help! Food Not Bombs needs YOU! In addition to serving food to the community every Sunday evening, they are now serving breakfast to labor pool workers. This does not involve cooking, just driving bagels fru i t etc. to the workers and then driving back If you would like to help, call 4846978 (ask for Jackie) or e-mail email@example.com. Can I be a bat today? Assistant wanted to work in the Student Government Comptroller's office. Must be able to work 10 hrs/week during this term, limited hours in July and 15 hrs/week in the fall. Bring resumes to Barbara Berggren's office in Hamilton Center Shane Carpenter wants to buy your food card money. Poor dear. Contact him at box 594 or ext. 5065. Interested in doing something to get an International Cultural Center? Concerned with diversity at New College? Then come to the Cultural Consensus Discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Fishbowl. The New College Anti-War Activist Forum meets every Tuesday at 8pm in the F i s hbowl. F or more i n f ormat i on, contact B rian Frank (bfrank @ virtu box 255) or Daniela Molnar (daniela260 @ hot mail.com). Help! Food Not Bombs needs YOU! In addition to serving food to the community every Sunday evening, they are now serving breakfast to labor pool workers. This does not involve cooking, just driving bagels, fruit, etc. to the workers and then driving back. If you would like to help, call 4846978 (ask for Jackie) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Assistant wanted to work in the Student Government Comptroller's office Must be able to work 10 hrs/week during this term, limited hours in July and 15 hrs/week in the fall. Bring resumes to Barbara Berggren's office in Hamilton Center. Please return a set of markers to Alena, ASAP. Were you horne schooled? Karl is writing a science curriculum for home school kids concentrating on hands-on-learning for her thesis. If you'd be wiiJing to bel her out 704, or call her at 360-8279. Tadpoles! Tadpoles on lucky numbe r seven! CAREER CENTER ... ... wall previews 4.30 Lauren Rathvon 5.01 Pete Kazar 5.07 Donovan Drane 5.08 Daniela Work Overseas, World Cancer Research Fund Learn how you can join the Management Development Program of an international health organization. International management trainee positions available for staff with educational cre dentials and a desire to work overseas. Visit web site: http://www.wcrf.org/mdpc for more infor mation. Sarasota County Government -Historical Resources Summer Internship: This internship will be principally focused on locating, identify ing, assessing and documenting structures which are part of Sarasota's post WWII building boom with emphasis on the Sarasota School of Architecture. The work will supplement system atic surveys already completed in portions of Sarasota County. Must have knowledge of post WWll building types and styles; able to perform independent research from historical maps and aerial photographs. Must have equivalent of three years of college course work related to ar chitecture, historic preservation, architectural history, history, or urban planning. Dates: June August, ten 40-hour weeks. Wage: $8.95-11.38, depending upon education level. Application deadline: April 30, 1999. their parents about our unique educational phi losophy, academic programs, social scene, and admissions requirements; conduct campus tours and information sessions; arrange appointments for campus tours, admissions information ses sions, financial aid information sessions; assist with data entry and other office tasks; occasional travel to in-state college fairs. GMAT, GRE, and LSAT offered at USF, Summer 1999 Refresher courses will offered through the Tampa Campus. If interested visit web site: http://www.conted.usf.edu Summer Job Opportunities: Nord America International (NAI), a nonprofit student ex change foundation is providing career opportunities during the summer of 1999 at New college. Applicants should be outgoing, compas sionate, versatile, fun loving and reliable. Open positions for Residential Assistant, Instructor of English as a Second Language, Activity Monitor and Lifeguard. Residential Assistants provides a means to live on campus for the summer. For more information call (941) 761-3601. Submit cover letter and qualifications via mail: 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236; Fax: (941) 316-1117, or email: mailto:email@example.com Qualifications: New College degree with ex emplary academic record; excellent oral and written communication skills; commitment to timely and accurate data entry and recordkeep ing. Compensation: This is a 12-month non-con tinuing appointment. Gross bi-weekly of approximately $657.00. Workweeks are 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. Evening and Saturday hours will be required occasionally. Paid med ical benefits. To Apply: Pick up application from New College Admissions. Submit application and "working" transcript to: Kathy Killion, Director of Admis ions, ROB 202. Applications are due 1999-2000 Super Intern Friday, April 30. Applicants must be available Wanted: new or recent New College graduate to interview Monday, May 3. Candidates must to telecounsel with prospective students and be able to begin work on Friday, May 14. For more information, stop by the career center, PME 119.