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... --The Catalyst Entertainment Old ideas flood the entertainment industry. -page 5 I February 11, 1999 Contribution Rachael Morris on the state of affairs in Student Government -page 6 Volume VIII, Issue 1 now serving the school of continuing and professional studies February 11, 1999 Thesis students evicted from dorms by Julian Frazier On Tuesday, January 26, several thesis students found themselves homeless during what is one of the most important times in their New College career. In order to accom modate incoming transfer students, Housing asked that students not schedu1ed for on-campus residency for the spring semester vacate their rooms by Tuesday. This may seem inconvenient, seeing as the ISP pe riod did not end officially until Friday, January 29. It was espe cially i n convenient for thesis Fire in Pei raises questions about safety After a fire started in a Pei dorm room, fire safety become a concern by Shanon Ingles In the early morning hours of January 23, first year Julia Burch awoke to the sound of breaking glass. "I thought Oh, crazy drunken New Col1ege stu dents. Then a few minutes later there was this really loud banging on the door and a cop opens the door and yells 'Get out now there's a fire!"' Students and smoke poured from the Escber-like corridors of Pei as Sarasota County firefighters an to put out a fire in Pei dorm room 234. After they quelled the flames, all that remained was an incinerated room and a new perspective on fire safety. Contrary to some rumors, this fire was not caused by fertilizer, fire-works, electrical problems or any other bizarre circumstance. According to Captain J.D. Withrow of the University Police, the Fire Marshal cat egorized it as "an accidental fire due to careless smoking." "A cigarette was placed in an ash tray and pushed beneath a futon .. then the occu pants left and i t ignited very night. "It's really been a shocking experience for me and I didn't realize how easily such a (huge) fire could get started," she said. "It's really made me so much more cautious of all fire hazards. If people are smoking in your room, make sure their cigarettes are out even if they are not your cigarettes, because it's your stuff." All of Elia's belongings, and those of a few of her close friends, were destroyed by the fire. According to Burch, Elia's room was "burned to a crisp." "The dressers were melted down to about half their size," she said. "The bookshelves looked like some thing out of Alice in Wonderland: all warped. The mattresses were totally gone, the bed frames were to tally burned ... paint was peeling off the walls ... everything was black". Minor damage also occurred to adjoining rooms, ac cording to Housing Coordinator Kevin Unrath. Burch and Yang's bathroom was covered with a film of ash. The room below suffered water damage from the fire e i ogge e drain o bui i present their baccalaureate later on that week. The residence hall contract states that for housing purposes, the ISP period ends at noon on January 26. A note from the Office of Student Affairs was distributed to campus mailboxes shortly before winter break stating, "All students who are released from their hous ing contract must vacate their rooms by noon on Monday, January 25." The note also stated that,"There will be no exceptions to this deadline." This message was inaccurate on two counts. The date is actually one day earlier than that stated in the residence ha11 contract, and there were exceptions made for baccalaureate students who re quested an extension. Jake Reimer, one of the thesis students who found himself home less, said he talked with Kevin Unrath of the Housing Office about his predicament. Reimer was al lowed to stay through Monday night since the final draft of his thesis was due that day. However, he was left without a place to stay for the rest of the week, even though the presentation of his bac calaureate was not until Thursday. Reimer stated that for two days after he had vacated his room, no !SEE "HOMELESS" ON PAGE 3 the futon was on fire it only took "fifteen or twenty minutes" for the blaze to become out of control. The room belonged to Elizabeth Elia, a second year student, who had just arrived back from her ISP that Stamp out smoking water pipes. However, most of the structural damage was confined to the room on fire. Nine inches of concrete preserved the integrity of ISEE "FIRE" ON PAGE 2 Teens counteract tobacco company ad campaigns aimed at getting kids at an early age to start smoking by Marlo Rodriguez It felt like being in one of their commercials: a kid rings up a big shot exec to harass him about the propaganda in an ad campaign. This time, however, it wasn't a to bacco corporate-type. It was Port Charolette High junior Chrissie Scelsi, chair of SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco). .. First, the hard questions: "Do you think, even in the case of TRUTII, kids are being manipulated by larger interests, or are they being given room to decide for them selves?" "We're a positive manipulator on behalf of the youth of Florida," she asserted. "We had to be kind of sneaky and irreverent to counteract the efforts of the tobacco industry in getting kids to smoke." Perhaps you've seen them-the slick, $25 million anli-smoking campaign commercials geared toThis is just one of TRUTH's ads attempting to subvert the influence the tobacco companies have over kids via clever advertising. wards a teen audience. TRUTH, Florida's kids mutually excluding which finds its roots in the Florida 'smoker' and 'cool' has risen from based Tobacco Pilot Program (TPP), 57% to 68%, according to Act on was masterminded by SWAT, TPP's Smoking and Hea1th (ASH). youth branch. "Those numbers are really high Nine out of 10 teens in Florida compared to what we would exrecall the televised ads, which depect," said TPP Press pict several scenes: a businessman Secretary Damien Filer. wins Hell's award for most deaths No wonder. TPP is only eleven in a year and a trailer for a thriller months old, but it has a projected whose 'epidemic' of deaths turns budget of 61.5 million for the upout to be those caused by smoking. coming year. And while Filer points 0 i '< 0 .... Since TRUTH began its ad camto the various anti-tobacco organizapaign in October, the percentage of rEE f'SMOKING" ON PAGE 4

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2 The Catalyst News February 11, 1999 9 inches of concrete prevent spread of fire in Pei "FIRE" FROM PAGE 1 the adjoining dorm rooms. If the fire had oc curred in one of the other dorms, the damage would have been more severe. "We were told by the fire marshal that if it had happened anywhere else the building would have been gone," said Tim Richardson, Acting Director of Student Affairs. "If it happened in Dort, even though Dort has a sprinkler system, the way the building was constructed and the dry wall, it would have destroyed at least one whole floor of Dort, if not the entire building." Although bids are now being negotiated for the cost of repairing the damage, the Housing Office has not made a decision on when or if they plan on restoring the room. "So far the low bid (for all repairs) ... is $15,000," said Richarson. "The high bid is over thirty [thousand]. The pre ferred contractor is this place called Creative Contractors. Our campus architect recommends them. Their bid is $31,565 and that's for a corn plete restoration." However, this price does not include replace ment of furniture and other necessities. "Even if we go with the low bid, a total of $27,000 [will be spent] to get the room back into a livable standing position for the fall," said Richardson. Other options include waiting for renovation. "I think we can get by without opening it up in the fall," said Richardson. "Then when we're The barbecue pit not gone forever! According to Richard, acting Director of Physical Plant, "One of our employees accidentally knocked it down, and we take full responsibility for it." The pit should be re-built by the middle of this . swings will rise again (some day). The swings were removed during construction last spring and are now being kept safe in the Physical Plant warehouse. "We're just waiting for enough free hands to install it again," said Richard. going on behind the library? And what's that big pit doing in front of Pei? It's all being done in the name of cold water. The new chiller being installed next to the library will soon supply cold water to both sides of campus. Contractors are now digging under 41 to connect the pipes. ready to do a renovation of the entire Pei com plex, we might just incorporate [the damaged room] into it," he said. Richardson would like to thank the general high spirits and compassionate demeanor of the campus on that night: "There were three students who were very helpful that night. I'm getting a copy of the [police] report soon, but I wish I knew who they were so I could personally ac knowledge the help that they did that evening: running around with the cops, getting [fire] ex tinguishers." Elia would like to thank the students, faculty and staff of New College for their understanding, including Richardson, Warden Bassis, all of her friends and the organizers of the Valentine's Day PCP, who offered to have all the proceeds from the T-shirt sales to go to the fire victims. Students who would like to donate money or clothing to help the fire victims should see their RA's for more about what they can do to help. What could be more fun than pudding wrestling? The Valentine's Day PCP is this Saturda The event need help setting it up. Anyone interested in helping out should meet in Palm Court at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. For more information, contact Daniel or Patrick at box 88. CATAlYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Wep at http: I /www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Cyndy Ekle Managing Editor Trina Hofreiter Staff Writers Max Campell, Charles Choi, Sara Foley, Julian Frazier,Aaoron Gustsfson, Shanon Ingles, Mario Rodriguez Ben Ruby Layout Nick Napolitano Online Developer Evan Greenlee Contributors Elizabeth Epstein, Rachael Morris The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi and a New College student publication. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for Power Macintosh 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 catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Submissions in "rtf' or "WriteNow" format may be saved to the Catalyst Contributions folder in the Temp Directory on the Publications Office file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailed to catalyst@virtu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue.

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The Catalyst The search for the new Director of Student Affairs is about to begin News wou l d fiJI the po si t i o n. Warden Ba s s is will write the ad th a t goe s out h i ms elf, and the ad will like l y be a standard blo c k of text the kind tha t bears a de s cription of New Colleg e and the po si tion being offe red, with th e addre ss of our f ai r establishment by Charles Cboi along the bottom. When N e w Co1lege wen t from two dean s to When it comes to universit i e s, the advertise one, T i m Richa r d s on found himself holding not one ment for a Director of Student Affa i rs i s posted on position but two ; he is currently both assistant a na t ional Jevel. The number one publication for Director of Student Affairs and acting Direct o r of higher education i s the Chronicle for Higher Student Affairs. That situation however will find Education and New College is likely to also "'"" ..,,_ an end in the months to come, as 4 ,.,. if tise in several minority the search for a new Director of 1\ti yv publications as well as the state Student Affairs begins. Richardson .. and local PVA (Position Vacancy will find that he, too, wiJI go from CO ID.rn. lt1.rH2 H [ Announcements). having two positions to one. ,. Things will get interesting As the acting D i rector of nere iS tO the once the applications come in, beStudent Affairs, Richardson is the -rl T ., r "' ... .. d cause they will come in by the officer held accountable for those J .[U v t 1 S 1 ty J a.t I hundred "Everyone's always tryoperations under hi s or her jurisd i cing to get to Florida Richardson tion Be f ore t he two deans became JH)t to ovvn noted one the Di re ctor o f Student Affairs )-:, In the end it is up to Dean ma n a g e d New Co ll e g e housing and e go.. Ba ssi s to decide which candidate stu d en t a ctivi t i e s, as w ell a s th e .. w v n ., i J is f in ally se l ected fo r th e pos i t i o n Fitnes s C ente r Howeve r unde r t he --J 1m o f D i r ec t or of Student Affairs. new d ea n t he D irecto r o f St u d e nt Though the Dean is free to disreAff a ir s wiH addi ti on ally be in cha r ge of University gard the recommendation the search committee Prog r a m st ud ent affa irs, the Career Center, and the makes, Richardson says that the suggestion offered Counseling and W elln e ss Center. is usually chosen, "since it's the committee that did In addition, there are duties that Directors of all the work." Student Affairs at New College handle which those R i chardson would like to continue on to at other campuses usually don t, e.g. judicial serthe Director of Student Affairs For him there s disabled student services, never been a dull moment" ever since he arrived when student affairs staff here handled. As Richardson described it, "we wear tons of hats. It's a roll-yoursleeves-up and do-a-lot-of-things position." The search for a new Director of Student Affaus was postponed until the new Dean and Warden was installed, so that he would have a say as to who Smiling, he went on to say, "I don't care people complain about it. It's a great job._" But if Richardson isn't selected, he will stdl have his assistant Director of Student Affairs posi tion. And as he noted, "My commitment here is to the university, and not to my own ego." February 11, 1999 Thesis students must find new homes "HOMELESS" FROM PAGE J new tenants moved in, nor did any cleaning crew show up Steve Yacco, another thesis stu dent requested and was given an extension of his residence hall con tract. However according to Unrath, this caused an incoming transfer student to be temporarily tripled up {placed as a third person in a double room). "Kevin is in a really difficult position," said Reimer. "I appreci ate that. But at the same time I would hope that things would be easier for thesis s tud en t s n e xt January." When asked about Reimer's sit uation Unrath stated, "If h e had asked me for an excep t i o n, l probably would have given hi m o n e abs urdity beautiful What can I recycle ... an ow. A complete guide to the New College recycling program ... for students hke YOU! Contributed by Elizabeth Epstein 0 Paper Y Aluminum Cans Yes: corrugated cardboardl ptzza boxes, Be sure tht?Y are em_pty_ a er bags cereal boxes, white and colored offt<::e paper,. CRUSH THEM! file folders, etc. Please place alongside tfie bm if too lar_ge. y StUeenlwCaasnhesd steel cans attract insects ... please 0 No: post-it notes, _paper, fax paper, en velopes with little plastic wmaows. rinse them. 1 d h If you can please take the paper to Ham Center If you can, try to take off,both I s w1t a can and separate 'it there. The school has to pay to recyopener. This makes the bodtes crushable. Flat cans cle mixed paper. save space. J r--..->1 n n Plastic Y Glass Y Yes Only plastics marked l or 2 are recyYes Brown green and clear glass. No: glass, itght bulbs,drinking glasses, blue glass, THEM! etc. cannot be recycleo. Dump out food residue and nnse glass bottles. 0 Steel Remove lids and caps. with steel cans. Steel caps can be recycled A\ Other bl Don't forget to place all YOU;r unusual es (clothes, appliances, etc.) on the oestgnated table m Ham Center.

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4 The Catalvst Entertainment February 11, 1999 Florida teens fight the tabacco battle "SMOKING" FROM PAGE I lions in Florida, he explains that the real support comes from the Florida legislature. "There is a larger entity that has this interest in mind," he said, "but all our programs and funding come directly from the settlement." The 'settlement' is the $13 billion that tobacco companies agreed to pay the state government, a milestone in the industry's trial history. Claims filed by individuals didn't stand a chance-they chose to smoke. By the state as a victim, tobacco must now cover 70% of Medicaid expenses for emphysema. This is the ratio of emphysema-related deaths directly we can get _peo_ ple thinking about [ sx11 <) ki n.g] I. thi11 k -; # '' tllat s _rtosnxve. -Filer linked to cigarettes by the Center for Disease Control. For former Governor Lawton Chiles, the suit was the crowning glory of his career. The late 'He-Coon' drafted legislation leading to the settlement and de fended the cause against attack by the tobacco indus try, represented by Associated lndustries of Florida. "All this does is give Florida a black eye and give a bunch of trial lawyers a bunch of money," said AlF president Jon Shebel in a 1997 Florida Trend interview. "Shouldn't we be outraged about that?" As it turns out, $8 billion dollars in legal fees have been paid on what amounts to $206 billion in recompense nationwide as states file class action suits to reap the benefits. Even Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama have gotten into the act. Filer, however, emphasized that it is the kids. not the lawyers, who are h ... a y municate with," he said, "they ace going to be the ones that we geac our ad toward. But more importantly, they're the ones with the last word behind the message." He recaUed a summit last February, during which TPP converged youths from all over the state to discuss cigarette companies. "The feedback we got from them was the fact that they felt they bad been manipulated by the tobacco industry," he said. But Filer concedes an element of manipula tion in TRUTII. He points out that TPP is pitting the tobacco in dustry's own measures against it. "Implicit in [advertising] is some level of manipulation," he said. "Our goal has not been to manipulate, our goal has been to ex pose the industry ... to turn its own tactics against it, against an opponent that hasn't had . d TRUTH ratses awareness m klds about smokmg an a versary. ,z. h h h b d t And al h h 1 turoug t e same venues as t e to acco m us ry. t oug c earing the air may be a direct result of SWAT's activities, Scelsi won't condemn die-hard fans of nicotine. "TRUTH isn't against smokers," she maintained. "We're against the tobacco industry getting people to start smoking." "We do feel that raising prices will work to stop kids," she admitted, "especially high school kids, from starting to smoke." Scelsi noted that to bacco advertisements in convenience stores are often found at a low eye-level, specifically targeting younger audiences. "To be perfectly frank," Filer continued, "you couldn't have a much bet ter teacher than the industry itself and we're kind of following suit, to reach out to young people [through television)." a ve ising, e exp aine i j ry rtfn tiding conferences and guest-speakers, where TPP endeavors to change the image of tobacco-use. "The basic philosophy behind [TPP] is to make] our own campaign much broader than an ad campaign," he said. "That's all positive as far as I'm concerned ... if we can get people thinking about [smoking] I think that's positive." sac minutes 2.3.99 Members in Attendance: Danielle Babski, Robert Scopel, Alidair Lee, Jen Shaw, Julia Skapik, Carly Earnshaw, Jen Yang First Year representive to be appointed. All votes are unanimous unless otherwise indicated and none include the vote of the SAC chair, Danielle Babski. Roger Topham (Crucial Barbecue) requested $54 for reimbursement on barbecue rental. Allocated: $54. Jen Rehm and Cathy Heath (RAs/ sex week) requested $288 and 60 copies for condoms, educational aids, and movies. Allocated: $288 and 60 copies with stipulation that educational aids be purchased with discount. Shane Riley (NC climbing wall) requested $400 for holds for the wall. Allocated: $400. Anna Montana (Capoiera) requested $750 for instructor for 30 classes at $25 a class. Allocated: 16 classes at $25 a class (total $400). Gender Studies TA's allocated 10 hours a week spilt between 2 TAs. Irene Hillman (art show) requested $200 for art show by Derek Washington. Allocated: $200. Irene Hillman (public artwork) requested $1275 for art piece by Karl Zurfluh. Response: Tabled. James Glisson (College Bowl) requested $600 for college bowl question packets and $120 registration. Allocated: $600 for packets and $60 for registration. Helen Matthews, Ivy Ferraco, and Marc Poirier allocated 4 hours per week each as Radio TAs. Kate Leonard (Booty Call Wall) requested $30 for snack trays for roller skating waiters. Allocated: $30. Erica Quin (Patch Adams lecture) requested $2200 for lecture series in cluding speech from Patch Adams. Allocated: $2200. Cynthia Ekle (the Catalyst) requested $2665 for 13 weeks of 8 page is sues of the Catalyst. Allocated: $2665. Danielle Babski (SAC) requested $70 for food for meeting and Marathon Allocations. Allocated: $70. Total Requests: $8302 Total Allocated: $6967 be forewarned. valentine's day is fast approaching. lock your doors. hide small children and pets. eat your brussel sprouts.

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The Catalyst It's so old, it's new E ntertainment Febru a r y 11, 1999 Remakes, reunions and flashb ks b ac are ecomzng popular zn the entertainment world by Aaron Gustafson It see_ms that you look the past IS bemg mmed for Idea s which are freshened and offered to us all over again. Lat ely we've been remakes, flashbacks and reunions. Sometimes 1t s good, sometimes it s not but re gardless, it seems kind of sad there aren't all that many new ideas floating around In music we ve seen two great '80s bands get back together. First Boy George w e nt back to Culture Club and now Blondie has returned. 1 "l. '"IL r ,. can see Culture ; Xfneil ffl!S era Clubgetting \viH corn. e an end is back together but Blondie has lost something in its '90s in carnation. Their new record, No Exit, is fulJ of strangely poppy songs with no real hooks or 0 "tl F ro, ) t, '1 (.: {,"' {'"!;" J. C.::H J \ liL t1 <;,.h;; even interesting choruses. Gone are the days of H eart of G lass and Call Me. The new track Skin is kind of a ska-tinged number but Jt bas no soul. Blond ie has l ost i ts motivaion an iration 0ver sad to see s uc h a great band flounder like they are. Als o bro ugh t b ack are the new in c arnations of class i c v ideo games. First we saw r emakes of Wheeler on the Web Asteroids and Centipede for the PC and now the episode of Legend of Zelda: The of !zme for the 64 platform. Honestly, this Is a remake if ever I've played one. The IS a lot like the original except it takes place dimensions. The controls are a bit more dtffJcult, but are so many new things you can _do, such as JUmp and climb The number of_ enemws has drastically reduced, but if not this game :vould be impossible. There is a lot of that goes on in the game which very httle to intuition or trial and error. It IS really too bad, but the game directs you in what you need to do next. This makes it more than clear that the game was designed for kids. told, however, this game is more than en gagmg and ensures that you will want to play for hours. Many a thesis will fall prey to this game fear not. Unlikely to cause as many problems yet equally as interesting is the immi nent release of the 3-D remake of Pac Man for the Playstation console. When it comes to remakes and such I think the most curious examples come in the What was up with Gus Van Sant s shot-by-shot remake of Psycho? This was the same movie. I can't say I understand what 's goi n g on Wit h t hat. P er h aps t h e mos t an t icipa t ed bi t of en to come about based on an older Menace which is due College's graduation day, in fact). Starring Ewan MacGregor, Ralph Finnes and Natalie Portman t his fil m p r omi s es a lot but will it deliver? such an ensemble cast speaks volumes for It, but I suppose only time will tell. It will definitely make a lot of money, but I still have some doubts. When this era of remakes will come to an end is anyone's guess. In the meantime, I think we all need to grin and bear it. Who knows we could an have some fun with it and possibl; cre ate a new set of memories for ourselves. The recent remake of Psycho is just tl/lt.)lhf.'!T example of the plethora of old ideas being repackaged today. Students can no w acces s info rma t io n and adv ic e about writin g via 1 an Wheelers new web page by Sbanon Ingles through his/her research and writing. Over this ISP, the I nt ernet jus t got a little more useful. Instead of surfing Kost y un c onveyed an appreciation for the grammar si t es. She also en-the web for six hours just to find a trust worthy MLA or APA gu i de, stujoyed learn i ng HTML, which she now intends on putting on every dents can cru i se r i ght to Jan Wheele r 's new page Th i s Mecca to writing application and resume that she create. "It was pretty easy to learn and I'm contains the be s t of Internet's documentation and linguistic sources. Over glad that I have it under my be lt," she said. hundred links are available, including every grammatical rule to how to According to Kostyun, the main topics consist of links referring C!!: quotations in obscure writing methods. to researching, determining a thesis, brainstorming, developing ideas, orgaWho do we have to thank for this cyber-marvel? The web page was nizing ideas specific disciplities sentence structure, punctuation grammar, created and designed by Nikki Kostyun, one of very own first-years diction, MLA, APA, other formats and avoiding plagiarism" The major Kostyun bumped into this opportunity in her search for an ISP. She ex links consist of connections to "huge databases and other university sites". pressed an interest in learning HTML to David Mullens, her advisor He The references and links are endless delv i ng i nto the depths of writing then suggested that she seek Jan Wheeler, since she -----------------resources. Students have the opportunities to research was in di r e need of assistance with a very messy and Check out Jan Wheeler's methods in writing for specific disciplines, while web page Ko s tyun jumped at the opportu-web page at: checking t heir verb usage On top of the page s immty, devoting herself to the project for the entire mense r eservoir of i nformation, the page is easy and month of January efficient to use e v en if you re not a cyber scholar. Kostyun spent several hours a day creating andre-www.newcollege.usfedu/writing The subject h e a d i ngs although many, are simplisti the page. She often found that many of her cally l aid ou t according to citation formats and stages lmks were out-dated and expired. Kostyun also ex in the wri ting p r ocess Now students can utilize pressed a problem with actually posting the site on the Internet. It took her Wh e eler's expe r tise i n cyber spa ce. "forever to get it on-line and up and running Kostyun did fmd solace, If you' r e befuddled on ho w to approach a paper or handle a quotation however, when she got a substantial part of it done and could look at it". plea s e visit this in f ormative cite at www.newcollege.usf.edu/writing. This The page looked so complex and welJ-done" that she her labor was page cannot be currently accessed through the New College homepage but ?efinitely justified When she witnessed the progress of the page she rea l pl a n s on being connected to the home page soon. IZed its importance to college students everywhere The caffeine poisoned thesis student especially requires this handy reference, when druggin g submit something. you know yotJ want to

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6 The Catalyst News February 11, 1999 Letter from the President: A call for vigilance Contributed by Racbael Morris Before I begin what I hope will be my weekly rant on behalf of the New College Student Alliance, I thank you for choosing me as your President and wish everyone a success ful semester. I would also like to thank Jake Reimer and Margaret Hughes for all they have done to ease me into my new job. By the way, what does this red button do? A lot has happened during ISP that will have serious ramifications for the future of this cam pus. During the first half of January, student government was faced with the formidable chal lenge of producing a comprehensive student proposal for the operation of the campus for the next five years, known as the Blueprint for the Future. After coJlecting more responses to Warden Michael Bassis' survey questions, a com mittee of about ten labored for hours reading through them to produce a document that best re flected student input. A smaller committee successfi1l an
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The Catalyst News February 11 1999 Editoria : Where have all the dishes gone? Something may be afoot at Marriot something that goes beyond a baswith a plastic lid, and those who forgot (or lost) their New College mug are ket of free goodies a t t he sta rt of every semester. Island Fiesta and "60' s forced to pay extra to drink their sodas in paper cups. Fishback days canno t di s gu i se un-environmental polices by winning us Added to this plastic universe is Marriot s paper cup policy -they reover with padd l e ball s and glow sticks. Operation Meal Plan Ahead" is moved all the plastic cups from the cafeteria, replacing them with paper nothing more than a thinly disguised ploy to appease the student body ones There are currently no environmentally friendly alternatives to the After all, no one would want another uprising like that which occurred at any of the disposable items at Marriot. If students are concerned with being the USF Tampa campus last week. overly wasteful, the only alternative they have is to to carry around a purchase a meal plan with the campus meal provider Marriot Food So why has Marriot replaced reusable dinnerware with plastic and styFor the first time in USF Tampa s history, students were required to mess kit in their backpacks. Service. After the fall semester 80 students refused to renew '1 rofoam? Have students really stolen every single metal utensil or their contract with Marriot and may end up costing the company v,ll, 1 plastic cup from Marriot? Or does Marriot bold stock in the an excess of $70 000 i f they do not comply. 1 \ styrofoam and plastic industry? 'J?e of student with the food serJust last year, the New College procured vice IS obviOusly not umque to Tampa. Across the nahon students money from the SAC to buy new dmnerware and convmced often rant about the inferior quality found in their dining halls. When Marriot to lower the price of drinks purchased in reusable containers. there is no other choice offered however, it is the company s responsiOne year later students no longer have this incentive. bility to be sensitive to students concerns. Marrriot should be more responsive to what students ask of them. After ISP returning students were not only greeted by brightly colored Smiley bouncing balls and straw hats may be fun, but students are more balloons and decorations, but other subtle changes as well. An attempt to concerned with the quality and service of their food provider. We would slice a bagel resulted in a broken knife and a styrofoam plate full of holes. rather have a food provider that respects and responds to student concerns The metal utensils have been spirited away and replaced by plastic replicas about its service than one who attempts to entertain us with silly games and of forks, spoons and knives. Students taking a trip to the salad bar returned prizes. Marriot should be sensitive to the environmental concerns of stu-not with the familiar brown bowl, but with a styrofoam platter covered dents and take a greater effort in to make their policies moe earth friendly. Opinion: America needs a hero by Ben Ruby We live in an age of dead hetoes Caesar's legacy seems limited to low-quality pizza Arthur and his knights exist only in the occasional television mi ni-se ri es. Over o ne ,years Al xan Dumas envisioned D'artangani's age corning to an end, the hero no longer exists as a cultural phenome non. Occasionally, perhaps out of re morse, the gods of popular culture attempt to create a hero. The media elevates a Glenn, or a Kennedy, or a Schwartzkoff to a rarified position of celebrity. For a time the lime light is not harsh, the spotlight does not search for flaws and failures. No matter bow many times the media tries to create a demigod, modern heroes never reach semi mythical status as enduring cultural icons. Seymour Hersch showed that even Camelot had a dark side. Societies throughout history have celebrated individuals, but the requirements for celebrity changes with the times. The Roman people celebrated Caesar's victories be cause they felt Caesar represented something greater and nobler than Caesar. When Caesar triumphed, he triumphed for Roman virtues, Roman ideals, and Roman great ness. Even if Caesar was fighting for Caesar, as a hero he embodied the ideals and grandeur of his peo ple. Today, movie stars must be re minded of their mortality. Our celebrities are no longer heroes; our heroes are no lQnger celebrities. The only things Tom Cruise can be said to embody is either a ridiculous For d standard of success or an equally However i t is a sign of inridiculous standard o f good looks c re as ed egali t aria ni sm a n d the both of which are complete l y o u t o f w i desp read availa b ility of inform a reach for m ost of his fans. Sometion that no one is allowed to seem where in the forward march of superhuman. On the other hand, the v ation we emula-ratings tion to envy. There is, however, the chance not that people do not envy movie stars, search for an individual's imperfecSo111evvl1 ere i11 the march of "l" ctvl tzatton. vve tn.ovetl frorn et11u.laxion t o .. but that wealth and good looks are the only ideals society can agree to emulate. Martin Luther King Jr., un deniably a hero, began to adopt a ocialist standpoint towards the end of his life. King would have re mained a hero, and a cultural icon, but his near univer al appeal would have narrowed. It is possible that we are so divided, racially, intellec tually, economically, and that it is no longer possible to fmd a kind of common sensibility. Perhap we have gotten to the point where the only things ruralJraditionali ts and hip urban cynics can both un derstand are the antics of Jim Carrey, or the daring-do of Harrison tions. The irony is that it may be our success that bas undone us in this regard. No hero, past or present,. can possibly measure up to the dt verse ideological claims that characterize modern America. The idea of someone representing the best in us is absurd as long as no one can agree on what that is. Region, race, ethos, and education divide us. Modem life is no longer simple. Sophistication has stripped away the mystery and left many people ex posed to the unkno\fable complexity of the real world. Yet people are not so jaded that they cannot recognize and aspire to a noble ideal. America is still capable of admiring and emulating heroism. Someone merely needs to discover the beliefs that we share and the ideological divide will no longer seem so overwhelming. The hero of this generation will be the person who can speak to us as people, rather than a members of some narrowly defined group. It is im portant that people see that v:e have more in common than the Btg Mac. Today we need heroes more than ever. Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous ar t i cles_, letters or an no more than 250 and are not a forum ror free advertising. Contribution: A factual article written by some one not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests ot New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. Guest Column: A so licited OP.inion piece. Guest columnists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst; but rather opinions or which we feel the New College community shoula be made aware. Guest columns may ran_ge in length from 25lf-500 words. All submissions should be received by in order !O appear in the next tssue.

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8 The Catalyst LABOR SYMPOSIUM New CoiJege of University of South Florida Saturday, Feb 20: ACADEMIC FORUM (Sudakoff Center, 7pm) Catered reception to proceed the forum. *Howard Kimeldorf, Keynote. (Social History Professor from U of Michigan, Reds or Rackets?) "Back to the Future: American Labor at the Century's End" *Ed Ford (Economics Professor from USF) "The Disconnected Florida Worker'' Seminar, "How to Put that Useless Liberal Arts degree to work for you" will take place in HCL-6 on February 29 at 7 p.m. Learn how to market those skills you learned by playing Snood while you were "working on your thesis". College Bowl match vs the Faculty will take place February 12 at 2 p.m. in the Fishbowl. Cheerleaders needed for the College Bowl match just show up with your pom-poms. Corporal McCue would like to thank all the students who con-. e Orientation Planning Committee meets every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Fishbowl. "Be a part from the start" Intervarsity Christian Fellowship meets every Monday at 8 p.m. in Sudakoff. Four Winds Cafe Operating Hours for Spring Term 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 Announcements February 11, 1999 Library Book Sale! February 23, 24, and 25 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Buy lots of books and pretend to be educated. Interested in human rights? Amnesty International meets on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in Ham Center. February 16 and Thursday, February 18 at 7:30p.m. It all comes back to the her menutical circle. Take your sweetheart somewhere special for Valentine's Day. The LA. Guitar Quartet is preform ing Sunday, February 14 in Sanier. Call 359.4324 to reserve seats. Tickets are free, but lim ited in number. A Taste of Soul will be held in the Westside Student Center from 11:30 a.m. until2 p.m. Nicotine ANON is meeting at 6:30, February 17 in Sudakoff. Sarasota Food Not Bombs serves hot vegetarian food every Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gillespie Park. You can help by donating useful items, picking donations up, cooking food, and providing an entertaining environment. For more information, contact Puma at box 524 or pnavarro@virtu. Gollespie Park is located on Osprey Ave, between 6th and lOth Streets, near downtown. Blurring the Boundaries A Installation and Video Project at Ringling School of Art. Contact Bob Rustermier at brusterm@virtu or James Powell at jpowell4@virtu for more in formation. Sex Week: "Sexual Responsibility Week" Events On Thursday, February 11, the film Safe Sex is Hot Sex will be shown on the wall at 9 p.m. Where is my mind? Interested in Ultimate Frisbee? Contact Britt or Diana at 3554663. On Saturday, February 13 Condom Olympics will take place at 6 p.m. The Origami Club meets every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Parkview. RA interest meetings will held in the Fishbowl on Tuesday, CAREER CENTER The Jerome Levy Economics Institute: 8-10 week summer internship provides an opportunity for the intern to obtain hands-on, practical experi ence with data and real-life economic issues dedicated to raising the level of economic debates and improving public policy. Salary of /wee in em e e i hiding summer housing outside the Westchester/New York city-area. Minimum requirements: candi date for a Bachelors degree in economics or related fields, outstanding academic record, and mathematical background. Previous research ex perience helpful. Application deadline: March 31. Part-time Employment: Youth Care Specialist Work with abused and neglected children, ages 6 to 17, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift. 1\vo years of col lege in social services, criminology or related field required. Experience working with children preferred. To apply send resume to MCS, 1101 6th Ave W. Suite 218, Bradenton, FL 34205, Attn: Kim. Summer Housing in New York City: Barnard College is offering summer housing at moderate rates to students who will be spending the sum mer in New York City from May 30th until August 7th. For further information email: HYPERLIN.Kmailto:nysummer@barnard. colum bia.edu The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Education Internship: TWelve 10-week summer internships in the Department of Museum Education will offer interns a full range of educa tional programs. Applicants must have completed their year of college and currently be en rolled m. a program. Major in Art History, m.a fore1gn language (Spanish desirable), wntmg skills and teaching experience helpful. Application deadline: March 1. 1999 Summer Camp Employment: Find thou sands of great summer jobs on the web: HYPERLINK http://www.greatsummerjobs.com Putney School Summer Programs: summer resi dential staff positions are available for colle e Juniors or semors who are interested in teac ing, the outdoors, and community life. Minimum re quirements: 21 years of age, have a college major or career interest in the Arts, English as a Second Language, Writing or Education, prior residential experience or working with young people, out door skills and first-aid training and willing to work hard all summer. Dates of employment: June 22 through August 8. Application Deadline: March 15. Global Change Education Program (GCEP): GCEP supports undergraduate and graduate edu cation and research in global changes in sciences. The ten-week summer undergraduate program in cludes a two-week orientation and research and an eight-week research expe nence wtth a mentor, scientific writing workshop and a final symposium at a DOE national labora !ory. program includes participation man onentatton and workshop, long-term DOE and university rnentoring, and a final symposium. Additional information: HYPERLINK http://www.fin.ucar.edu/soars Application deadline: March 1. 199? .summer/Fall Volunteer & Internship Positions The Student Conservation Association of!ers to 12-month opportunities nation wtde to hve and work in national parks, forests refuges. and food expenses patd. For addthonal mfonnation: HYPERLINK http://www.sca-inc.org For more information, stop by the Career Center, PME 119


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