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Features On page 3 -Changes coming forNCUR -New FCC regulations Volume VIII, Issue 3 Blueprint committee begins its task by Shaooo Ingles How does a campus sift through a six-inch pile of papers, in order to assess the dreams and aspirations of an entire constituent population? The institution forms a council to peruse these pages and somehow figure out what the campus wants for its future. New College has be stowed this task on a group of students, faculty and administrators called the Blueprint committee. This past year, New College has undergone several significant changes. One of these was the ap pointment of Michael Bassis as Warden of New CoJiege and Dean Entertainment On page 4 -Billy Joel's last song -Comedy today is not that funny there's something cosmic about this issue February 25, 1999 Symposium: Labor is not a dying cause Students, professors and community members attend Academic Forum by Mario Rodriguez The Labor Symposium began Saturday, February 20 w1th an academic forum intended to ease students and faculty into a dialogue with labor organizers. "I think [the forum] was supposed to start off the symposium in a way that students and faculty could understand .. .in the language of academia," said Jessica Falcone, an alum who organized the symposium. "I think it was impor tant to give people facts before they talked to labor organizations and workers later in the week." made contacts with labor organizers through Assistant Professor of Sociology Sara Hernandez, who works with a group located in Ruskin that supports the efforts of the Farm Laborers Organizing Committee (FLOC). "I pulled Jessica into the group and she be came interested in it as a way to increase interest in labor organization, said Hernandez. Howard Kimeldorf, Sociology professor at the University of Michigan and the keynote speaker at the event, was Hernandez' academic advisor. Kimeldorf does not necessarily spell the end of unions, and that comparisons of today's labor movements with those of the post-war America give a stilted view. "If you compare 1955 to now, you will see a decline [in union membership and strikes]," he said. "1 think that's a very misleading [idea], especially for those peo ple thinking about rebuilding the American labor movement. "Labor is hardly dead," he concluded, "and many believe, including myself, that there are many parallels between the labor movement of the 1930's and the labor unions of today, poised on the brink of new op portunities." Second-year Billy Annshaw, an organizer for New College's Student Labor Activities Committee (SLAC), asked Kimeldorf to comment on recent AFL-CIO suc cesses. "Are they attributable to recognition of constituency groups such as gays and lesbians, racial minorities and women, and the AFL-CIO's use of minorities and Bassis each of the constituent campus groups to offer their suggestions on how to make this place a more enriching envi ronment. He po ed these questions to the campus, with the promise that the answers would be orga nized and perhaps even manifested. The Blueprint committee was as sembled to fulfill this promise and face the challenge of overseeing the formulation of the goals and as pirations of the campus. The committee includes Acting Chair of the Social Sciences Charlene Callahan, Associate Professor of Chemistry Susanne Sherman, Humanities Divisions Chair Steve Miles, Warden Michael Bassis, Assistant Dean Doug Langston, Jenna Merrick, NSCA president Rachael Morris, second year New College Student Joanna Capps, Director of Special Projects Jim Feeny, Career Development Coordinator Karen Patriarca, UP Professors Barbara Clarke, Noel Noel, Bob Barylski, and University Program students Claudia Barton and Andrej Setrajcic. "We're meeting every Friday. The first meeting was very short. It was to sort of get to know each other.'' said Langston. ''The last '7JLUEPRINT" ON PAGE 2 Boat's activism hits home tn Sarasota Theater of the Community explores familiar issues by Max Campbell "Human beings are theater, even if we don't make theater. To make theater is a profession. To be theater means we can both act and observe ourselves acting ... we are dual, we are actors and spectators." Augusto Baal, founder of Theater of the Oppressed, addressed the crowd in Sudakoff with these words on Friday, February 19. As his words imply, Boal was not the only one speaking that day, or during the days that followed. One of the most important ele ments of the Theater of the Oppres ed is the dialogue between the actors and the spectators. It is fitting, therefore, that Baal began the workshop with a direct question to the audience: "Who are you?" The answer, for the most part, was, "New College students." However, there were some excep tions. Also attending the workshop were several New College profes sors and residents of the area. New College students who attended rep resented a wide range of majors, from Environmental Studies and Economics to Fine Arts and Literature. Only six were studying theater. Many of those attending the workshop were both familiar with Boal's work and had read at least one of his books, and when Boal asked what the audience their defin ition of the Theater of the Oppressed, many of the students had definite answers to offer: the Theater of the Oppressed helped people realize the problems that ex isted in their society, it empowered the people; it was a "rehearsal for reality." As Boal explained, "The Theater of the Oppressed tries to express outside the power that you have in side." The purpose of performing this type of theater, according to Baal, is not to achieve a standard, but to "discover the potential of the body not used by us." The games that Baal has developed are de signed to enable the discovery of this potential. The exercises of the workshop began with the individual, as Boa] directed the audience to make a cir cle in the air with one hand, and a cross with the other at the same time. Other exercises involved working in pairs, then groups of three, and soon involved the entire audience. The purpose of the workshop was to prepare five interactive sce narios for a community-wide performance the next day. Held on Saturday, February 20 on the cam pus of the Ringling School of Art and Design, the performance was entitled "Finding a Path to Connect Communities in North Sarasota." This project was created to inform the North Sarasota community of the problems which concerned them, and generate ideas for solu tions to those problems. As Saturday's performance began, audience members included not only those who had attended the Friday workshop, but also people from the greater North Sarasota community. Arkady Medovoy, a "BOAL "ON PAGE 2

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2 The Catalyst News February 25, 1999 Boat's theater explores solutions to community problems Boat then urged the audience to choose which scene affected them the most, and then asked volunteers to take the place of a scene s protagonist and attempt to find a solution to the problem. Boat's theory of "spect-ac tors" and audience participation may have intimidated some, but there were so many volunteers to intervene in the fifth scene involving racial and geo graphical stereotypes held by the black and white families that the morning performance overran its scheduled time. For the most part their attempted solutions worked or were, at the least, a step in the right direction. fourth-year ew College student who directed the scenes, stressed to the audience that the problems depicted in the scenes were direct representa tions of problems in their own community, and not just "made-up". Boal called this "diachronic truth." As he explained it, "These scenes are not happening here and now, but they have happened, and they are happening elsewhere." The scenes dealt with issues from drug dealing to stereotyping and sex ual harassment. The question of racial and geographical stereotyping was included in three of the scenes; one in which a black teen was unfairly sus pected of theft by a store's employees, another with a pizzeria that refused to deliver to the predominantly black Newtown area, and the third with a black family and a white family that refused to allow their children to date each other. Of the other two scenes, one dealt with prostitution and sexual harassment, and the last dealt with drug dealing and inadequate police pro tection. After the introduction of each scene, the audience was asked whether the e scenes were representative of problems in their areas ; their answer was an overwhelming "Yes." On Sunday, February 21, the final day of Baal's visit, a discussion was held to discuss how to take action, and to further develop the use of this type of theater in conjunction with other activist and community groups. According to Medovoy, Saturday's performance will not be a one-time event. "I plan on continuing the community workshops, and dealing with peo ple in outside communities as well as New College," he said. Thus, Boat's visit, a long-time goal of students of the Theater of the Oppressed at New College, has resulted not in the finale of the program but rather in furthering its exten s ion into the local community. Blueprint committee starts task of organizing campus goals f'sLtJEPRTNT77 FROM PAGE 1 meeting was about how we are going to proceed with talks about cheduling and things like that, o we haven't gotten that far into the process yet." The time limit for this is indefinite. The ob jective of the committee is to incorporate the tacks of ideas into a mission statement. "It's a lot of grunt work," said Lang ton. "Basically what we're doing ... is sorting through ut a f m a kin g se n se of w h at people proposed and orga nize it into some kind of o ve rall framework ... We'll go on until we have something to present and I don't know what that will be .. .l sort of ex pect that we will aim for a document, under ten pages, that will talk about general goals and de sires ... to help people organize and focus on [issues]." These common issues and proposals are then supposed to act as a broad guide for campus pol icy. The committee does not legislate, but is simply voicing the aspirations of New College and the University Program. "We're going to stay at a general level of gen eral goals ... The details will be left up to the appropriate groups to figure out," said Langston, highlighting the fact that the Blueprint commit-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 Layout Nick Napolitano Online Developer Evan Greenlee Contributors R-obert Constable; Rachael Morris \ I tee's task is to organize the goals of this campus and encourage change, but not to directly imple ment it. Morris sits on the committee as a student repre entative. As she understood it, "The charge of the committee i to develop a proposal for the future of New College, the University Program and the campus as a whole ... [and to] find common themes between the two and to promote collaborative growth in these areas." The fact that the committee is comprised of members from both the University Program and New College means that the issues and ideas (of each) will be deliberated by both entities.Tbis finished proposal will not only embody the joint aspirations of the various campus groups but act as a catalyst for modification. Morris questions this need for change "The University Program and New College are not very educated about the other's operation or edu cational mission Given that, I'm not sure if it's a good decision to have the two together, making such important decisions about the future of each .... I'm cynical because it seems as though there i an a umed air of a need for tion where it may not exist or may not be wanted. There's this big push t o look forward and forget the past 35 years. While progress is always good, I'd rather see the past act as our lantern lighting the way to the future, rather than groping around in the dark. Good or bad, that's honest." Whether or not this campus can work together to manifest positive change, it is going to give it a try. Langston perceives the official establish ment of the objectives and expectations of this campus as an "important step [towards the fu ture] ... Sometimes you just have to take stock of the whole, get things organized, figure out where you are, where you need to work, (and) what you want to focus on." The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:/ /www.sar.usfedu/-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 catalyst@virtu. sar.usfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit 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. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. 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 News February 25, 1999 New College Radio is cha-cha-changin' by Julian Frazier positionin g of the broadca s ting antenna. The existing antenna is set up on t h e r oo f o f Ha mi lto n Center. The radio station TAs have the equipment to extend t he an te nna but US F Phy si cal Plant will not allow students to go on the roof of the buildin g. One solution that the TAs are considering would be to h i r e a pro fessi onal.l but t hi s option may be too costly for WCNR s operating budget. The f uture is looking bright for the New College experimental r ad i o s tation (WNCR 89.9 F.M.). After a histor y plagued by d i ffi culties New College Radio has plans in the w orks to make i t mor e acce ss ible to student s and the communit y The radi o stat i on TAs in charge of organizing the s e changes are f o ur t h-year H e len Matthew s, second-year Marc Poirier and second year Ivy Fe raco One problem that WCNR face s i s its limited broadcasting r a nge On a bad day the s ignal does not ev e n come in clearly in the Pei dorms This is perhap s the biggest. reason that WNCR is having trouble attracting listeners. The fire which oc curred recently in Pei room 234 was disastrous for the s tudent res ident s, but c o uld tum out to be a s troke of good luck for WNCR. Accordin g t o Po i rier Hou ing has offered to pay for a substantial part of the damage s s o that the room can be converted into WCNR s new home. The other probl e m i s bow to pay for the remainder of the renovation The radio station TAs are currently looking at funding options. There are two main factors which determine a radio station's broadcasting range. Most important is the wattage of the broadcast ing amplifier. Under current legislation, WNCR can only broadcast under one watt There are plans in the works for tbe FCC to allow for non-profit, community radio stations like WNCR to broadcast at a higher wattage. In the future, this new legislation may allow the station to switch to 10 watts, which would allow for a broad casting radius of five to ten miles. If all goes well WNCR will soon have a much wider broadcasting ra dius, and may eventually have a new spacious home in Pei. The only ing r edient left to ensure the success of New College Radio is for students to start tuning in to 89.9 FM, WNCR. As Feraco comments,"The radio sta tion should be a common goal for New College." Even if students don t tune in at home, there are now speakers and a tuner set -up in the pool room for pas s ers-by to enjoy. A sch e dule of current WCNR radio programs is posted on page 5 of this issue. Also important in a station s broadcasting range is the size and New FCC regulations could legalize pirate radio Look out Sarasota ... New College may soon be reaching out to a radio near you by Nick Napolitano A highly contested change t o Fe d eral Communication Commi s si o n (FCC ) regula t i on now makes it pos s ibl e for pirate ra d io stations to become legitimate They've even been given a new name, "microradio," which is legal speak for inai mm r This FCC ruling may even enable Nflv College Radio (WNCR) to reach into the nether regions of South Sara s ot a a nd Downtown Bradenton. For the last 20 years, mic r oradio has been outlawed. WNCR is allowed to broadcast under an FCC clause that allows "experimental" radio stations operating under one watt to transmit without a license. The FCC does not sell licenses to any station operating under 100 watts. In any event, licensing has become so expensive that large corporations, who can easily afford to pur chase, operate, and license a radio station, have come to dominate radio airwaves. Until recently, any microradio station that at tempted to legally challenge FCC regulations faced exorbitant fines, counter-prosecution, and possible prison time because under the law they were operating illegally. These sanctions spawned an underground p irate radio movement, led by groups like Free Ra di o Ber keley, that has yrotested t he exclusion of non-commercial, com munity-minded radio. cro b roadcasters' concerns. F ollo wing t h e protests, FCC chairman W illiam Ken n ar d t ol d the NAB, "We cannot deny opportunities to th ose who want to use the airwaves to speak to their communities simply because it might be inconve-nient to t hose of ou who those radio Slmulk by betwei!J.II 1996 and late 1997. In that same time period the number of FM stations owned by Mrican Ame r icans fell 26%; the numb e r of Hispanic-owned stat i ons dro p ped by 9%. Following the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the powerful lobbying group National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which represents the inter ests of mainstream television and radio, stepped up its efforts ro pressure the FCC into shutting down unlicensed microradio stations. They were successful. With threats of fines, equipment seizure, and criminal prosecution, the FCC had shut down 250 microradio stations by August of last year, including Radio Free Berkeley and 15 Miami tations Manhattan-based microradio station "Steal This Radio" filed a suit against Attorney General Janet Reno, the U.S. Justice Department, and the FCC in protest of their March 1998 shutdown. In a precedent-setting decision, a Manhattan fed eral judge allowed the plaintiffs to file the suit using the pseudonyms D.J. Thomas Paine and D.J. Carlos Rising. "To deny them permission to proceed by pseudonym would either expose plaintiffs to further penalties and prosecution, or more likely than not, discourage them from pur suing their constitutional challenge," wrote Judge Michael B. Mukasey in Free Speech v. Reno. In October, hundreds of microradio activists expressed their dissatisfaction by marching on FCC and NAB headquarters in Washing t on, DC. They also sent a delegation to Capitol Hill to ed u cate Congress on microradio issues. In the pfocess of shutting down microradio stations, the FCC began to sympathize with Jl!i-shutting an effort to help regulate tbe changes. n ot s ome discipline to this proce s s the spectrum j ust won't wo rk ," said Kenn a rd "We can t have pirates just signing onto frequencies as t h e y choose and broadcasting willynilly on the air waves." The FCC is proposing to change its policies to allow two classes of "low power" radio: a "primary" class of 1,000 watts and a "secondary" class of 100 watts. They are still deliberating over the creation of a third "microradio" class that would operate up to 10 watts Says the FCC, In creating these new classes of stations, our goals are to address unmet needs for community oriented radio broadcasting, foster opportunities for new radio broadcast and promote additional diversity in radio voices and program services." If the third "microradio" class is created, then WNCR could grow ten times more powerful. A ten watt transmission can cover a two mile ra diu which would send WNCR airwaves to Lockwood Ridge, downtown Sarasota, Longboat key, and up into Bradenton. The current signal is not even strong enough to cover the entire cam pus. The NAB bas vowed to do everything in its power to t h wart the FCC from lega l izing micro radio Widely regarded as one of the most powerful lobbies in America, the N AB may have an upper band if the issue is t aken to C o ngress. This article was pieced toget her fro m in for mation in t h e New York Times, Christia n Science Monitor, th{: f'rogre$sive, a n d the New Yor k Law Journal.

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4 The Catalyst Entertainment February 25, 1999 Say farewell to the Piano Man Billy Joel plays to a record audience at Tampas Ice Palace during his last tour by Shanon Ingles Over twenty thousand fans packed Tampa's Ice Palace to beg the Piano Man for one last song. With the announcement that this was to be Bi1ly Joel's last tour, a record crowd showed up to bid farewell to the rock 'n' ro11 veteran. For all Joel knew, he could have been walking into a rusty old bar to play the piano for slightly sloshed executives. The only thing that had changed since his ear1ier days was the audience size. Joel opened with "You May Be Right" and "Movin' Out," two tunes that energized the sta dium. As the seasoned musician pounded the white and black his piano rotated on a plal fonn, which gave every spectator a glimpse of the ringinaster and his circus. Light operators created patterns and colors that moved with the rhythm of his songs, giving the audience a physi cal representation the music. He then played "Allentown," before he took a quick break to speak to the adoring crowd. The audience, of course, applauded with fer vor, as Joel made an announcement that in honor of Valentine's Day he would allow the spectators to pick from two classic love songs written for his first ex-wife: "Just the Way You Are" or "She's Got A Way." The crowd roared for "She's Got a edit with .a bilof ear ac e an cynicism, ul his voice s pos-It'S just not funny sessed a touching resonance. Even though Joel is pushing fifty, he still knew how to put a crowd into a frenzy. "We don't have a new album out," he an nounced, "So we're going to play all the shit from the old albums." This quote reflects Joel's entire concept of showmanship, which revolves around great music and humorous interaction with the crowd. He intermittently peered out at the record size audience and often strolled around the stage to peek at people with spotlights. He even did an uncanny and hilarious impersonation of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and allowed fans to grab his legs and tug on his pants. Joel showed an appreciation for the early 1960's doo-wop throughout the show. In fact, he claimed that it influenced him greatly in his com position, especially in his album An Innocent Man Even though these bee-bop, drive-in diner sounds are a bit outdated, Joel somehow tran scends time and creates more progressive melodies, still stemming from these early inspira tions. The cover song, "An Innocent Man," is a perfect example of the fusion of doo-wop and modem rock. All in all, Joel had a long and illustrious list of hit songs to choose from. Of course, not everyone's )tOng Vlt!a..\ .(i$.,. "Leave A en er oment A1one ). evertbeless, he did play many chart toppers, such as "ln the Middle of the Night", "It's still Rock and Roll to Me", "We Didn't Start the Fire", and the poetic piece, "The Stranger's Scene from an Italian Restaurant." Some lesser known tunes played were "And So it Goes", and "Pressure". Joel smirked and laughed as he pounded his piano, teased his musical entourage, and played baton with his Billy Joel recently played in Tampa as part of his final tour. Since he is not promoting a new album, he played, "all the shit from the old albums. microphone. The crowd cheered his comical an tics. But as soon as Joel attempted to sneak off stage, the audience demanded an encore. He obliged by playing "Only the Good Die Young," which is an ironic piece, since Joel, a good musi cian and songwriter, is 49. He then tried to leave the arena once more. Like the bar-goers of Joel's past, the enormous audience pleaded for one more encore. And as if Joel himself had the show immaculately planned out, he saved "The Piano Man" for last, melding his bar playing past with his present super .stard<>m ... comedies show a serious lack of intelligent humor by Aaron Gustafson Last year you couldn't tum on the T.V. or glance through an entertain ment magazine without being inundated with images and clips from There s Something About Mary. While in the theater, the film made over $175 mil lion and ranked in the top five films for over 11 weeks in a row. Everyone was talking about this film as if God Almighty had given it to us as a di vine sacrament. My only question is this: Why? Having finally seen the film when it arrived via video on my doorstep about five months ago, I was shocked. "WHAT WAS THIS TRIPE AND WHY WAS IT SO DAMN POPULAR?" I wondered to myself. The film was a virtual slap in the face to the American comedy-loving audience, and only served to prove that semen as hair gel can make people laugh. Personally, it only made my brow furrow all the more. What is happening to American comedy? Is it all going downhill? I hope not. There's Something About Mary was not the first time the Farrelly brothers used bodily fluids to get people to laugh, but this WAS the first time American audiences were so into it. In the previous four years, this team brought both Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin to the movie screen, both of which were filled with truly sick humor (witness the soot running down the faces of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber and Woody Harrelson's guzzling of "hull's milk" in Kingpin). So why is America so into this right now? I can't offer any suggestions, but I can say there are those who are trying to make comedy great again. Though almost entirely overlooked by most audiences last year, Bulworth was a comedy quite unlike anything America had seen since Bob Roberts. Written by and starring Warren Beatty, this political comedy was filled with really dark, cynical humor and biting commentary on the state of America's modem political system. It was a no-holds-barred attack on the "money talks and bulJshit walks" system under which we all are gov erned and had those who witnessed it rolling in the aisles as Beatty rapped his way through press conference after press conference saying whatever he felt like and most of the time just telling the plain old truth. Television comedy also took a step in the right direction last year with the introduction of the Upright Citizen's Brigade to Comedy Central's Wednesday night line-up. This New York-based comedy troupe resembles the absurdist humor of Canadian favorites The Kids in the Hall, although the Upright Citizen's Brigade takes comedy a step further and brings it into the real world. Every episode is filmed on location, which eliminates the need for an inane laugh track that often ruins television's best jokes. A more recent film, Rushmore attempts to guide American comedy back onto the right track. What is so great about this film in particular is its use of dry wit, sarcasm and awkward situations as a vehicle for the comedy rather than slapstick lines or sight gags. In Rushmore, what isn't said is often as funny as what is said. Bill Murray does a wonderful job conveying humor with his facial expressions and body posturing, along with the help of some great lines that are funny because of their delivery more than their content. Sure, there are occasional sight gags in Rushmore. Murray's character Herman Blume runs over Max Fisher (Jason Schwartzman)'s bicycle, and Fisher retaliates by filling Blume's hotel room with honey bees. The bril liance of this film, however, lies in its delivery. The characters are complex and the plot is a wonderful montage of the "student-teacher love interest" and "men at war for love" genres. By shying away from simple sight gags and other mundane comic elements, Rushmore sets itself apart from the rest of the comedy pack and serves as a shining example of what can be done when all of the fart jokes have been used up. So what does all of this say about American comedy and the direction in which it's heading? Well, I guess it says that in spite of all the vulgar humor out there, some people are really trying. Hopefully others will learn from these rebels and American comedy will become strong and diverse again. If all goes well, we should be getting some great new comedies in the near future, including Clerks/Mallrats/Chasing Amy creator Kevin Smith's new opus Dogma, which stars, among others, the incredibly funny Alanis Morissette.

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The Catalyst The BONK is back contributed by Robert Constable BONK Festival of New Music slated for Feb. 28-March 7 at various venues in the area. Some of the world's best and best-known composers of experimental music are scheduled to perform at the ninth annual BONK Festival of New Music at various spaces around the Tampa Bay area Feb. 28March 7. Among the highlights of this year's festival are performances by the USF Percus ion and Wind Ensembles, appearances by Tamami Tono, a Japanese composer and performer making her BONK debut. There wil1 also be a special ap pearance by visual art i st A.A. Rucci, and a new collaboration with the visual art group Experimental Skeleton. Experimental Skeleton invited 12 visual artists to create one-of-a-kind musical instru ments to be played by BONK musicians. 1999 Bonk Festival of New Music Schedule Sunday, February 28, 8pm; Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. South, St. Petersburg (813) 823-3767 General $6.00 I Students, Museum Members $4.00 Digital Japan Entertainment (813) 915-0074 General $6.00 Students $4.00 Fishtanks and Faloompaphones Experimental Skeleton steps in with an eclectic consort of instruments you never even knew ex isted, alongside a performance with Gustavo Matamoros and the Bonk Festival All-Stars. Friday, March 5, 8pm; Springs Theatre, 8029 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa (813) 915-0074 General $6.00 I Students $4.00 The Outer Limits What do milk cows, Anton Webern and sacred pasta have in common? You be the judge. Saturday, March 6, 8pm; Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S., St. Petersburg February 25, 1999 (813) 823-3767 General $6.00 I Students, Museum Members $4.00 Bonk Does it Again (Please don't ask what "it" is) A nostalgic onic bubblebath in the milieu of Bonk Festivals past. Sunday, March 7, 8pm; Silver Meteor Galleries, 2213 Ea t 6th Avenue, Ybor City (813) 247-6653 General $3.00 Post-Bonk reception A celebration of the week's music and art and also the opening of a special exhibit. General merrymaking and impromptu performances. See what happens when composers relax! New College Experimental Community Radio 89.9 FM Schedule: Spring 1999 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS--Contact box 24 or hmatthew@virtu _+_Empty spaces are available_+_ Music by Japanese and American composers working at the e SUNDAY_ .JJJESDA.X THURSDAY FRIDA.Y SAJ.]J@A' t music technology in Japan, featuring guest composer and solo player Tamami Tono. Monday, March 1, 8 p.m.; University .of South Florida, Theatre II, Tampa Campus (813) 974-2323 General $6.00 I Students, Seniors $4.00 Hit Me (again) Robert McCormick and the University of South Florida Percussion Ensemble return for a sixth year of percussion premieres and 20th-century classics. Tuesday, March 2, 8 p.m.; University of South Florida, Theatre II, Tampa Campus (813) 974-2323. General $6.00 I Students, Seniors $4.00 It's Winderful Conductor William Wiedrich and the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble try on all the latest, most fashionable sounds in a concert of music written especially for the en semble. Wednesday, March 3, 8pm; Silver Meteor Galleries, 2213 East 6th Avenue, Ybor City (813) 247-6653 General $3.00 exhibit & reception An exhibit of music-related works and performance art by local visual artists. Thursday, March 4, 8pm; Springs Theatre, 8029 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa 10:00 PM 12:00 2:00 4:00 6:00 8:00 10:00 AM 12:00 2:00 4:00 6:00 "Millenium Yo Yo" with Amanda l...oos "2nd Hand 6pm: "Decipher the Nuns" wilh Tnh Music" 7pm: Battery Ad1 wilh Jesse D. Enema"willl Paul "Faustian "The Etbno-Cosmology" Presence with Daniel Gentry twith Justin Mihalik and Matt Grieco "Toast" "Shell Shock" with Keara with Sam AxeiTOd & Eric 12-lam: "Malted MIJk"with Simon Davis ( "Crazy Kevin's Cookoo Classics" with Kevin 6pm: "Poonid" "Organized "Sound "LeRoy's Secret with Marc Poirier Audio Terrorism Pollution" Show" tl'pm: "NCSA Newl jwith Rachel Morris with Ivy & James with Mike Snytkin "A Tribute to "Caodi and "Cboc:obok Supreme: Perry FarreU" Cyndy" With A Stumllrjli Side with Cara and Kate Offllppy wilh Brian and Daniella "Homeless "Pump Up The "Dr. Sweet's Whores" Volume" with Culture Treats" "Lagniappe" with Nikki and Christie & Jason with John Hilman with Alison Jacobs Nadia "American Brian HaUmark with Science and Michelle I

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6 The Catalyst Opinion February 25 1999 Contribution: New College at its Foundation The New College Foundation is an integral part of ensuring New College's academic mission Contributed by Rachael Morris Mter almost 25 years most students know very little about the New College Foundation. Many receive large schol arships from this mysterious organization that calls together local elites at College Hall or Ham Center for auctions or dinners every once and awhile. Though many students are confused and unaware of i ts vital role, the New College Foundation provides much of the fuel that keeps New College running After New College s merger with the University of South Florida in 1975, the New College Foundation has allowed the institution to main tain the educational values, philosophies and methods that have guided New College since its opening in 1964. As a stipulation of the merger agreement of 1975, the former Trustees of New College changed their name from "New College, Inc." to the "New College Foundation, Inc." Their goal in selling New College to the State University System was not to tum a quick dollar or to bail themselves out, but to allow New College the ex perimental institution to continue. This ptivato, p 1 an tl u op1c orgamzatwn's mission was and is to r aise privat e f unds for the continuation of New Colle g e. Howev er, the Foundation s role i s not r e stricted to that of an ornamental fundraiser. To ensure that New College s academic mission re main, the Foundation tied itself to the institution economically and administratively. It must fund the differential cost of a normal education within the State University System and the honors en richment type education of New College. To thi s end, the Foundation provides the funds needed to maintain a 10:1 student faculty ratio (the University System funds 20:1, the Foundation must provide the balance). Also a condition for the continuation of New College under the merger agreement the Foundation must pay an annual grant of $720 ,050 to USF. If the Foundation did not meet either of these obliga tions, New College would cease to exist. In 1997-98, the Foundation provided nearly $2.4 million in direct support to New College incJud ing $353,000 in scholarships to students. In addit ion to providing the public / private funding partnership that keeps New College in existence the Foundation is also involved in the administration. The merger agreement guaran tees the Foundation s right to advise the President of the University of South Florida on academic and personnel decisions. The Board of Trustees of the Foundation meets four times a year to listen to the concerns and proposals of the faculty, students, and administration and to deduce where to allocate money. Two very ii\Olucl9 a tiVes, the Student Affafrs Committee and the Educational Policy and Personal Committee (EPPC) At the W inter m eeting, Nick Napolitano, Peter Brinson, Michael Shannon and I sat on the Student Affairs Committee and dis-Opinion: Taxation in America Flat tax rates are a fair readjustment of the income tax cussed issues including the proposed name change, renovating the Pei dorms and increasing diversity at New College. Patrick Vietri Deanna Ross, Mark Coffino, and William Armshaw sat on the EPPC and discussed issues ranging from the Blueprint for the Future to en richment of the curriculum. Both in its corporate mission and in its day to day practices, the Foundation continues in its role as an economic and administrative advocate for New College's interests. The New College Foundation's millennia} goal is to increase its assets to $32 million. This will allow the annual grant to USF to come from interest on investments, greatly solidifying New College s permanent existence. The current fundraising campaign also targets faculty growth in disciplines such as Art History, Biophysics, Computer Science E ast Asian History, Drama and Environmental Science. Today, one only has to look around at all of the new buildings under construction to see physical evidence of the Foundation's support of New College. One of my goals this year is to aid the Foundation in its fundraising efforts, thereby pro moting the prosperity and success of New College. By becoming involved locally and giv ing back to the Sarasota community, students can not only enrich their learning experiences but enNew College for the future. S ource: The N e w Coll e g e Founda t io n In c 1998 Annual Report. by Ben Ruby The new, gentler, post impeachment Republican Party has only two things on its mind: taxes and bow to get rid of them. Clinton is also advocating limited tax reductions, although his version is nothing like the enormous 10 percent tax cut across the board that is ad vocated by Republicans. This means that the Republicans are pandering to the only two groups that have any reason to support them in this post-impeach ment world; rich people and industry. This entire debate simply illustrates that the graduated income tax has outlived its usefulness, and that the tax system in this country needs a serious overhaul. people pay more for a car than my parents make in a year. However, in the eyes of the government, those people and my parents are financially equal enough to hand over the same portion of their income. The gradu ated income tax, which once put the burden of taxation of the rich, now places the financial onus solidly on the middle class. 2.01, 12:42 Bicycle stolen at li brary. Value: $50-75. 2.09, 22:50 Bicycle stolen from Pei dorms. Value: $100. 2.10, 23:55 Noise complaint on motorized skateboard in Palm Court. 2.12 01:57 Second noise complaint. Sponsor shut wall down. 2.13, 00:55 Anonymous noise on-campus noise complaint. Volume lowered. The point of a graduated income tax is to place the burden of taxation on the rich. Although this may be the slanted viewpoint of an incorrigible tax and spend liberal, it is true. In the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 88 percent, and America's income tax was still graduated enough so that only people who could afford to hand over such a ridiculous portion of their in come did so. Today, the slope of gradation resembles more of a kiddy hill than a black diamond. My parents are currently in the same tax bracket as Bill Gates. My parents have yet to see their first billion. In fact, some The rich also have the resources to find interesting ways of not paying as much as they should. That is not a financially viable option for most members of the middle class. The irony of the current tax system is that it places the wealthy and the middle class in the same boat. A flat lax would save both Donald Trump and my parents a lot of money. For my parents, that would mean that they could invest more in a retirement fund, or pay off their mortgage early. For Donald Trump it could mean a new jet, or a bigger penthouse. People like my parents are well off, but they have real and pressing financial obligations, not the least of which is helping their children get a start in the world. Many people in this country are insulated from any real financial difficulty, and they should not be treated the same way as people who have fundamental financial limits. I hove no opinion ... but maybe YOU dol (Submit sometfiingt) Box 75 catai}'stiVlrtU 2.16, 17:55 Noise complaint for people yelling from balcony. Told to keep noise down. 2.22, 21:45 Lock forced from frame of sail and trail storage room. $50 damage. 2.21, 01:00 Bicycle stolen from bike rack at library. Value: $100. 2.22, 08:30 $150 Damage to east side fence of Natural Science construction site. Scooter taken out, but recovered. 2.22 10:27 Two coolers (value $60) were stolen from. College Hall.

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The Catalyst Opinion February 25, 1999 Editorial: Maintain our autonomy A sentiment expressed by both New College and graduating New College student get a tattoo of the Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, letters and/or editori als, or an opinion that is intended to be shared with the student body. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free advertising. Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College stu dents as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250500 words. University Program students during the name change common logo for the campus when they graduated? debate is that both groups wish to maintain their indeIt's doubtful. pendent identities. The majority of University Program Granted, it is important that New College and the students do not want to be associated with New University Program has a cooperative relationship with College, but rather with the Tampa branch of the one another. However, their autonomy and indepenUniversity of South Florida. Likewise, New College dence must be maintained. Each program has a students do not want to be associated with the different base of students, with different goals and University Program. means to achieving those goals. Combining anything Warden Bassis' call for synergy between the two besides the administration would be detrimental to programs is commendable. We share our campus \ both programs. with another set of students, but we know little --?" 1 New College thrives on the interaction about them or their g?als. Maybe between our academic and social lives. Part we should be more active m fmdmg more out of what makes our learning process so about what the University Program is. More { 1 ).-unique is that it is not restricted to the cia sinteraction, or any at all, be of benefit to both \ room. Often, students learn more from their groups and would serve to dtspel the stereotypes fellow students in a late night discussion than by each program bas about the other. listening to a lecture in class. Student life is much Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest colum nists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of. which we feel the New Col,lege community should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. Despite this, the fact remains that students from both more of an integral part of the academic life of a New programs do not want synergy This is something that College student in comparison to a University Program Warden Bassis should seriously consider. It is one thing student, if for no other reason that our academic envito merge the programs at an administrative level, but its ronment is our home. The small size of our student another to change the academic and social structures body also creates a strong sense of community and solithat make each program distinct. The ramifications of darity among Novo Collegians. the name change down the road including the creation The Blueprint Committee has a formidable task in of a common logo and letterhead, are not wanted by reconciling the interests of the various groups on camstudents. A common logo would not be the same as the pus to come up with a cohesive plan for bringing our All submissions must be re ceived by Friday at 5 p.m. in order to appear in the next weeks issue. Four Winds logo for a New College student or alum. campus into the next century while encouraging and The Four Winds symbolizes the principles of New supporting each group's educational mission. College that we hold dear and that were reasons for us Hopefully, they will be successful and Warden Bassis coming to New College in the first place. Would any will follow their suggestions ew terr. ........ -. !"LABOR" FROM PAGE 1 ally pushed for civil rights for minorities and women and basn 't only been concerned with the rights of labor," said Armshaw. Less impressed was alum Rocky Swift. "It's neat seeing these guys get down," be said of that night's speakers. "I kind of wonder, though. These guys get tenure and they stop thinking. (Speaker Ed Ford] is looking into ways of link ing minimum wages to inflation, but he hasn't actually done any research into where this has actually been done." Ed Ford, Professor of Economics at USF Tampa, focused on the plight of Florida's work ers. He pointed out that the average income is much less in Florida than in the rest of the na tion, and that the poverty rate for both the state and the nation is increasing. Another recent Alum, Timothy Palmer, spoke on what he referred to as "a critical turning point in labor history in America" -Operation Dixie. According to Palmer, who wrote his thesis on the subject, Operation Dixie was the last real attempt to organize a non-unionized area in post-WWII America. However, when there had been no change in union membership between 1946 and 1953, the CIO ended the project. Palmer would not attribute the failure of Operation Dixie to Southern Exceptionalism, the idea that the South represents a unique region in which unions have no place. "The idea of Southern culture being a deter rent to union organizing I concluded to be unfounded," said Palmer. "There must be another reason why failed in the He cited cor: porate propaganda and internal cpnflicts in the CIO as possible explanations, problems evident in other parts of the country at the time. A journalist who helped organize the sympo sium, said local groups supporting the FLOC are "charting new territories of disenfranchised peo ple. Janitors, farm workers. People who traditionally earn less than minimum wage and also have no contracts," he said. "That's why [Palmer] chose this topic (Operation Dixie]. He wanted to find a place in history where this has happened before." On Thursday, February 25, FLOC organizers Fernando Cuevas Jr. and Sr. will speak at the Unions' Forum at 7 p.m. in Sudakoff. They will be joined by the AFL-CIO's Paul Vasquez, Former Deputy Under-Secretary of US Labor Stephen Schlossberg, and Harold Johnson of the Labor Committee for Human Rights. "The Thursday panel is probably the most dy namic pack of speakers we have to offer," said Falcone. "Really, really interesting people who have done incredible things. I think people will enjoy the opportunity to engage the activists." The Labor Symposium represents the culmi nation of an AFL-CIO internship Falcone undertook in 1995. In a contribution to The Catalyst last week, she hoped that the sympo sium would give students "an opportunity to engage in a discussion with workers, organizers, union officials, and the rank and file [of labor). It is uncommon that we get a chance to engage a theoretical and practical debate with a commu nity. "I came back to campus [in 1995] with all these intention_s shec ... Falcone, who in. -a. engenderqi ... ,. ., ,.,.. SLAC, which Armshaw resurrected this year. She sought his help in organizing the symposium and started going to farm labor organizing committee meetings in Ruskin with Hernandez. Official planning for the event began in October. "It makes me happy that this was organized by ... different constituencies in the community," said Falcone,. "and I think that was helpful in get ting a good turnout." Falcone hopes to highlight Black History Month and Women's Awareness Month along with the Labor Symposium at a Social Justice Coffeehouse. The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, February 26 at the Four Winds Cafe. "I think its important to explore the overlapping aspects of these groups," said Falcone. Then for the hands-on activities. "The idea is to start off slow and work everyone into a frenzy," said Falcone, "so that [students] really want to take action and make a difference." Picketing and leaf-letting at grocery stores to spread awareness of Mr. Olive union-busting is in order for Saturday, February 27. Those inter ested should converge at 12:30 p.m. in front of Ham Center. Farm workers are protesting the North Carolina based corporation, as well as maintaining a boycott that will not end until the company sits down with the migrant farm work ers and negotiates a contract. Falcone, who's hoping for media coverage and anticipating po lice intervention added, "We're not going to get arrested, but a little civil disobedience never hurt anyone." For directions or more information contact falc_one. (941) 359-6690 [evening], (941) 359,4269, {day.], ()f falcone@virtu.sar.usf.edu .. ,.

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8 The Catalyst Please return the markers and ink to Alena ASAP. We are missing both sets. PERP will launch its first poetry performance, followed by an open mic, Friday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in the Four Winds Cafe. For more information or to sign up early for the open mic, contact PERPpoets@hotmail.com "14 days in a Buddhist Monastery in Tailand" will be the topic of Chris Limberg's ISP presentation on Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the fishbowl. 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. History repeats itself. If you found a set of keys during Valentine's Day PCP, contact Chris at ox e rea y appy. Peer tutoring for writing takes place in PME 125 8-10 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Palmer at epalmer2@virtu. Need food card money? Contact the following people who desper ately want to get rid of their own. Katy at Box 470 Ryan 360-5143 Model for the Ufe Drawing Class and get paid $6 an hour! For more information, contact box 515. The Gender Studies Resource Center TA's office hours are: Tuesdays and Sundays: 2:30-5 p.m. and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. The Men's Meeting convenes the first and third Friday of every month. Come talk about stuff that girls won't Jet you talk about. Amnesty International meets at 8 p.m on Tuesdays in Ham Center. Vegan Super Club meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. in 3rd Court lounge. Bring your own utensils, plates, and cups. New CoJiege's All Purpose Announcements February 25, 1999 Magazine is seeking submissions. Contact Aaron Caldwell at acaldwell@virtu for more info. Four Winds Happy Hour is from 46 p.m. Stop by for $0.75 cups of coffee and espresso! Have you traveled recently? Are you interested in ethnic and racial issues or multi-culturalism? Kaleidoscope is seeking submis sions or letters. Contact box 208 for more information. Students for a Free Tibet meets Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. in Ham Center. I've looked all over ... will some body please tell me where my mind is? Have fun! Be fit! Tbe Fitness Center has a wide variety of classes to get you active. Aerobics with Helen: Mondays 5:30-7 p.m. Yoga with Amanda: Mondays and Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m. Gung Fu with Michael: Mondays 8:30-10 p.m. and Wednesdays 7-8 p.m. Karate with Rick: Tuesdays 4:305:30 p.m. Step with Kirsten: Tuesdays, urs ays, an n ay p.m. Ballroom Dancing with Jeff: Tuesdays 7:30-9 p.m. Capoeria with Rony: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-10 p.m. Tai Chi with Cierdwyn: Wednesdays and Fridays 4-5 p.m. Arctic-Style Dung-Fu: Mondays 1011:30 a.m. Upcoming Body Image Symposium Events: Film Showing: Breasts A documentary exploring the atti-sac minutes 2.17.99 In attendance: Danielle Babski, Naomi Sbivorin (proxy for Robert Scope!), Jen Shaw, Alisdair Lee, Julia Skapik, and Jen Yang. Absent: Christy McCullough, first year to be appointed. All votes are unanimous unless otherwise noted and none include the vote of SAC chair DanieJie Babski. Erik Rimm (N.A.C.E.D.) requested $20 for food for organizational meeting. Allocated: $20. Total requests: $20 Total allocations: $20 tudes and feelings that a broad range of women have towards their breasts. Tuesday, March 2 7:00pm Fishbowl Workshop: Food Issues. An activity and discussion focuses on how eat ing and food come into play in our images of our bodies and our eating practices. Wednesday, March 3 9:00pm Palm Court Film Showing: The Truth About Cats and Dogs Two women come to terms with cultural images of beauty and their own self-images. Thursday, March 4, 7:00 pm Fishbowl: Workshop: How to Help A Friend Discussion on what to do if you think a friend might have an eating disorder or body image disturbance. History repeats itself. Midwest Florida Punk Fest (in conjunction with the youth libera tion conference) will be from March 5-7 in the Palm Court area. Bands will preform and there will be work shops throughout the weekend. For more information, contact Michelle at 941.722.9164. Volunteer to clean-up Ken's room, Pei 245. Stop by in the evening after 9 p.m. Free dirt laundr Interested in diversity at New College? There will be a diversity workshop at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 25 in the fishbowl. Applications for '99-"00 RAs are due Friday, February 26. Labor Symposium Events: Thursday, February 25 Union's Forum (Sudakoff, 7 p.m.) Friday, February 26 Social Justice Coffee house (Four Winds Cafe, 8 p.m.) Saturday, February 27 Taking Action (Ham Center, 12:30) Coffee House Hours: Mondays: 10 a.m.-midnight uesdays: 9 a.m.-midnight ednesdays: 10 a.m.-midight hursdays: 9 a.m.-midnight ridays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. aturdays and Sundays: losed, unless for a special vent. CAREER CENTER Concordia Language Villages: Now hiring 1999 staff, summer and year-round opportunities available. You must enjoy work ing with kids, be familiar with a world language, have interest in world cultures and like to have fun. Languages include Chine e, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. For additional informa tion: call (800) 222-4750 or web: http://www.cord.edu. Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Undergraduate Fellowships for Research in Marine Science (Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Jab will offer seven fellowships during the Fall Quarter, 1999 for under graduate or graduate students pursuing careers in Marine Sciences. The program consists of 12-week research experience with a faculty mentor, workshops, and lectures by visiting speakers. The Sea Lab will award academic credit for this experience with prior approval from the student's home campus. For applications/additional informa tion, contact Mrs. Jenny Foster at (334) 861-7502 or web: http://www.disl.org. Application deadline: March 15th. AmericanAirlines: Flight Attendants Wanted(Seeking friendly, service-oriented people who take pride in performance and appearance to join Flight Attendant team. Requirements: at least 20 years of age; ability to reach all emergency equipment on board ( 6'2"); high school diploma or GED and two years post-high school education or public contact work experience; a U.S. citizen; fluency in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, or Swedish is preferred. Must be able to attend a 6 (week unpaid training class in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. American will put you up in a Hilton H.otel and feed you at their expense. If you com plete the training program, the job is guaranteed. Web: http://www.aafltsvc.com For more information, stop by the career center, PME 119.


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