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I Entertainment Will the new Star Wars Dick deliver? Page4 College Bowl results Page7 News United Colors of New College addresses diversity issue Page3 Volume VIII, Issue 4 you are probably being exploited by a large corporation March 4, 1999 Men now have a meeting of their own by David Saunders "Men's Meeting: Let's talk about the stuff the girls won't let us." Posted on flyers around cam pus, this statement may evoke images as diverse as they are mis guided. Some may picture a group of guys sitting around drinking beer and talking about women's breasts. Another could be the same group donning loincloths and run ning into the woods to dance around a giant phallus carved of wood. Some may read the sign and ,, What's really going on is this: the "Men's meeting" is a group of men who wish to talk about things with other men. It's as simple as that. What they wish to discuss is up to the men themselves. The meeting on Friday, February 19 wa centered on a dis cussion about the effects of gender roles and the progression of men through their stages of attachments to the family. There is no formal agenda to the meetings. Whether they talk about gender roles, relationship problems, or are there just to "shoot the shit," according to sec ond-year Chris Limburg, it's up to each individual. The goal of the meeting is to pro ide men with an open forum where they can discuss issues in a non-threatening environ ment. "We are trying to create a place where there can be good, honest, positive communication," said fourth-year Jason Palmeri, one of the co-founders. Fourth-year Dan Gottlieb, Palmeri and Brett McCall, a non New College studeut started generating ideas during the most recent display of the Clothesline Project. They thought that New College would be a prime setting for this type of group. A<> of yet, fE "MBNG" ON PAGE 2 Symposium: membership increasing Teachers, teamsters and farm workers ask for student involvement by Mario Rodriguez Union leadership converged on Sudakoff last week; teamsters and teachers urging awareness of the labor movement, while the most immediate appeal for stu dent activism came from migrant farm workers. Union member Pat Gardener said it feels good to see an abundance of unions in Sarasota. Her organization dis affiliated from rhe national teachers' union and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) last year. Singer-songwriter Joe Glazer, a union hall legend, Gardener, who was accompanied by fellow member Dee White, said the Teachers' Union is trying to estab lish communication among local groups, an idea reiterated during Tuesday's Workers' Forum and Thursday's Union's Forum. She also voiced the need for political affiliation."! guess the Republicans aren't our friends," she said, "but I'm a Republican because that's what it takes to vote for school board members." Former "I guess the General Council of the United Auto R bl Workers Stephen epU lCafiS Schlossberg repre' sented industry at aren t Ollf Thursday's deliber ations. friends." Schlossberg, who is also Former Pat Gardner Deputy Under _____________ secretary of U.S. "I personally feel that the labor support has been in one case too narrow1y given, say to one party, and that hasn't worked out for [labor]," said New College Selby Professor of Economics Frederick Strobel, who moder ated Tuesday's proceedings."! also feel that there are Labor, was o fmistic about the future of the American labor movement overall. "Your presence here tonight is important," he said, addressing the crowd, "because you're searching with empathy for something that you don't have now." certain alliances that the labor unions have made in Europe with environmentali I parties and parties of im migrants which the American unions haven't always done." Florida AFL-CIO Director Paul Vasquez hoped Speaking on Tuesday, Sarasota County Teacher's ON PA.GE J Candidate uses Star Trek to teach Physics From Dante to supersymmetry, Spector explores interdisciplinary techniques by Mario Rodriguez "Dante's going down, down through Hell, down through Hell, down through Hell, and finally he gets to the very center of Hell ... Then he turns around and we start climbing up again, and suddenly there's a big yank ... Well, you have a model of gravity there." Professor Donald Spector, a can didate for one of two new physics positions at New College, began his 'Physics of Star Trek' course at Hobart and William Smith College in New York with a reference to The Inferno. "I think it's interesting," he said, ... to look into where science ap pears in contexts where people aren't really thinking about [science per se]." Spector met last Friday with stu dents and faculty to give a lecture on supersymmetry, his expertise. Supersymmetry is a mathematical tool which simplifies quantum me chanical calculations. Afterward, Spector met with stu dents to discuss his opinions on undergraduate education. He had heard of New College before he read the advertisement for the physics position, but was particu larly intrigued by the school's state of flux. "Whenever <':IY physics institu tion is in a time of transition," he said, "that's good, because that's when you can do something." Spector taught the 'physics for poets' course at Hobart and William Smith. Originally named 'Potpourri of Physics,' Spector revamped the class, dubbing it 'Physics through Star Trek.' "Rather than simply trying to ex plain balls rolling down an inclined plane," he said, "you get some clips and you show [the Enterprise] using a tractor beam ... bow this is wrong and how they could have gotten it right." "I like having lots of interaction with people outside of their departments," Spector said, indicating other branches of the Natural Sciences in particular. He described interdisciplinary interactions as stu dent driven at New College. He also hopes to encourage women's inter est in physics in order to balance the genders in New College's pro gram. Hailing from Hobart and William Smith's Graduate Program, Spector expects to get to know pro fessors, students, and their program more intimately at the undergradu ate level. "From the faculty side," he said, "what that means is you really get a sense of how the curriculum fits to gether, and not just in your department." Although a theorist, Spector said he does not shy away from ex perimental work. He has experience teaching, and would be willing to offer courses in optics and thermo dynamics, as requested by students.

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2 The Catalyst Defeated Candidate Disputes Nigerian Elections Last Saturday marked the first free elec tions held in Nigeria since 1993. In 1993, a military dictatorship nullified the results of the elections and seized power. Now, General Obusegun Obansanjo, a former president and the only Nigerian general to voluntarily give up his power to a civilian government, has been elected with a lead of seven million votes. However, his opponent, former finance minister Olu Falae, has charged that the re sults of the election were rigged. Falae had claimed that General Obansanjo as president would only be another extension of military rule, but he also said that he would be the first to congratulate the General if he was victori ous in a fair election. Now, Falae is calling the results of the election unfair. Great precautions had been taken to prevent the defrauding of the electoral process, including the printing of the ballots in Britain, Nigeria's former colo nial ruler. Despite this, foreign ob ervers have expressed serious concerns over the possibility of ballot rigging; there has been a great dis crepancy between the number of votes recorded and visual observations of the voting posts. Nonetheless, Falae has been the only one to point the finger at General Obansanjo so far. If be wishes to repeal the results of the elections, Falae will have to go to court. News prosecution, however, alleged that Lyons used his Baptist Church connections to steal more then $4 million. Over the course of the case much of Lyons' credibility eroded away, but his followers never seemed to lose faith in him. His church in St. Pete, the Bethel Community Baptist Church, retained him as pastor, and the National Baptist Convention leaders kept him as president. Now, Lyons could face up to thirty years in prison due to his conviction. Mexico Murders Gain Greater Attention Patricio Martinez Gorcia governor of Chihuahua, Mexico, was elected partly on the platform of increased investigation of a series of sexually related murders in the city of Juarez. Now, the question has arisen of whether he broke his promise. 184 women have been murdered in Juarez since 1993, 80 of whom were raped. So far, few of the killings have been solved. Mexico City crimi nologists called in to assist the investigation have said that the sexual homicide inquiries are a shambles, and little notice has been taken of the murders until now. Esther Chavez Cano, the president of a small feminist organi zation in the city of Juarez, has taken it upon herself to increase the exposure of the killings. Mter discovering the body of a 13 year old girl who had been raped and murdered, she e March 4, 1999 However, the power of the neo-Nazis is begin ning to grow. The movement is gaining ground, especially in east Germany, and has found most of its recruits in young school dropouts who can't find work, and older men who are accustomed to living under an the au thoritarian Communist rule. A good deal of the increased membership has been attributed to the disillusionment of the former East Germans with the reunification of Germany, and the feeling among eastern Germans that capitalism's promises have failed them. Another cause for the increased strength of the Far Right is the large percentage of the unem ployed in Germany today, coupled with the 7.3 million foreigners who Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has promised may become German citizens. The neo Nazis, or National Democratic Party, claim to stand for German ideals, and are opposed to the admittance of foreigners. At their rallies, members carry signs with messages such as "Multiculturalism equals genocide." So far, the neo-Nazi party numbers only 6,500. The party's president, Steffen Hupha, however, has vowed that the National Democratic Party will rise to power. He points at the increased membership as proof that his prediction is right. Information compiled from The New York Times on the Web. Jury Finds Reverend Lyons Guilty mailed congresswomen and journalists and M telephoned other of her organization en s group the N ational B aptist Convention, was convicted by th e P ineJJas C o un t y Circuit Court o n one count of racketeering and two counts o f grand theft. His co-defendant, Bernice Edwards, was found innocent of the charge of racketeerin&: conviction came about despite a last minute move for a mistrial by E dwards' lawyer on the grounds that a juror h a d ope nl y d iscussed the case6 Judge Susan S c h n effer found that there was too little evi d e n ce to s u pport this al l egation. During the trial, th e lawyers representing Edwards and Lyons called the case "an attack on the separa tio n of church and state," frequently referring to Lyons and Edwards as servants of God and saying that their handling of funds was merely the way that their church did business. The Martinez of failing to keep his campaign p romise. Now p u b l i c a waren ess of th e killing s is gro wing. The story of the murdered girl, Irma Angelia Rosales, appeared on the front page of Juarez newspapers. Rosales was the third such victim since Garcia's election in October. In response to the growing outrage over the murders, which the police attribute to a serial rapist and murderer, Garcia has of fered a $5,000 reward for the identity of the sexual predator. Extre me Right on the Ri se Again in Germany In Germany, the extreme right is a minor ity, hemmed in by constitutional restrictions. II is illegal, for example, to exalt Nazi deeds. prov1 es orum the turnout hasn't been very large, but they hope it will grow. The Men's Meetings occur on the first and third Friday of every month at 6:30p.m. in Pei #136. Staff, Faculty and non-New College students are encouraged to come. Anyone is welcome to share their feelings or simply sit-in. The founders hope to make it large enough that it can get established and provide the community with a positive male power center, in accordance to the positive fe male power centers, such as the Sister's Circle and Womyn's Tea. catalyst The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:/ /www.sar.usf.edu/ -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 Robert Knight 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.usf.edu 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. must be received by 5:00 p.m. Fn.day m order to appear in the following week's Issue.

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3 The Catalyst Creating a place for diversity on campus OJ) by Jullian Frazier = Recently much attention has been given to the issue of racial diversity among New College students. In response = to the well known criticism that New College i s not a racially diverse campus, sever a l groups h a ve mobilized to address QJ the issue In addition to the dialogue set ....c up in the Administration several New ':::: College s tudents have been making steps toward providing a more racially aware = environment on campus. Fourth-year students Marcus Periera Cl:l and Jen Rehm, s econd year Jenny Kim :;....,. and se cond y e ar Arabn a Nkets i ah are s t a rt ing a campus group called the United QJ Colors of New College (UCNC). As Reh m Z expla i ns this will be "a support group for minority students at New College." The main goal of the group according to Rehm i s to create awarene s s about diver s it y o n ca mpus. R e hm n ot e s that the News group will be mainly for minority students, but is by no means exclusionary. We're not going to have indicator paper to tell what ethnicity you are by the color of your skin," joked Kim. One of main projects that the UCNC is work ing on is the creation of a Intercultural Center (also referred to as the Multicultural Center). "One thing people should know is that tt ts not an exclusionary group" -JennyiGm T h is would function as a res ource center an audio and vid e o library and a place to have s peaker s, musician s and artists. The Intercultural Center was originally going to be located in the lounge of the Dort dormitory. I can onJy remember one use of the Dort lounge March 4, 1999 this year and that was Disorientation Weekend," said fourth-year Dort resident T. Jay Brown. "They want to make (the lounge] an Intercultural center? Yeah, sure what the hell. Every college needs one. I give it my full and utmost endorse ment." Not all Dort residents are comfortable with having the Center in the lounge. This opposi tion, coupled with the cost of securing the audio-visual equipment, has forced UCNC to look for a different location. Those being con sidered are the Student Government office in Hamilton Center, the Newman house, or possibly a room in Viking. "Much of the lack of support and participa tion wasn't necessarily due to contrived racist opposition," said Kim. "Much of it was due to misunderstanding of what UCNC was and what it stands for. One thing people should know is that it is not an exclusionary group." Will any of these efforts help to improve gen eral awareness concerning diversity issues? As Rehm points out The fact that we don't talk about these issues is a problem in itself." Sarasota's citrus workers join labor movement ;'LABOR" FROM PAGE ] Thurs d a y to a ddr ess p rob l e ms f aci n g Flo rid a's workin g fa milies by fo rmin g c o ali t io ns w i t h in stitu t ions holding similar interests, as well as by educating members. yasquez, _who represents for better wages and working co difions, paycheck protection, social security, and Medicare. He emphasized the importance of "raising the minimum wage to a livable wage." "36 years old, a migrant worker, and I didn't know the realities of this country. -Fernando Cuevas Sr. Like the Florida AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 773 President Gary Baker and Trustee Chris Choquette, speaking on Tuesday, noted their union of 1,900 Tropicana workers saw an in crease in membership over the past year, despite the nationwide decrease in union membership an nounced by Strobel. It was not until Antero Rodriguez, a migrant worker and Farm Laborers Organizing Committee (FLOC) member who spoke on Tuesday, called for improved wages, living con ditions and workers' compensation for migrant farm workers that Baker nor Choquette had any idea who picked the oranges their workers processed. They said grove owners were responsible for hiring pickers. "Hearing his presentation," Baker said, "[R odriguez] needs a lot of help. The only way that I can ee [for students] to help them is to lobby Tallahassee to [have migrants identified) as employees as opposed to do for FLO C, to which Cuevas k replied lobby ing and protesting. Mills said the NFWM wants student involvement. They will meet on Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. in Selby Library's conference room. Also backing migrants is the FLOC Support Committee w h ich me et s in ----=-==. : ...... -:i":r .... ,.. A:: -). .-:--.. -:: .. J -justa con unions like his that don't have the thciy can't do anything." The title of independent contractor makes farm workers responsible for their own workers' compensation insurance, so they are not pro tected under the Occupational Safety Hazards Act (OSHA). Migrant farm workers don't even have the benefit of union protection in Florida. "There was only really one union contractor representing orange pickers in the state of Florida, which was the Coca Cola contract the UFW (United Farm Workers] had, said Fernando Cuevas Jr., head of the Florida branch of FLOC. "They lost that contract about four years ago and right now there are no union farm workers in any orange grove that are benefiting from a union collective organizing." FLOC was the first union in history to get pickers, growers and company representatives to sit down at the same table and negotiate a con tract in 1986 after a boycott on Campbell's soup. Cuevas Jr. ca11ed for students to help FLOC bring its current strike against North Carolina's Mt. Olive to fruition. Recognition from the boy cott will land FLOC a foothold in Florida, where growers pay $6.50 to $10 per 900 pound tub_ of oranges. FLOC will announce the boycott w1th a protest in Tampa on March 18. "What we've already built in the Midwest could crumble if North Carolina gets away with (underpaying migrants}," he emphasized. National Farm Workers Ministry member Marvin Mills asked what his organization could enough English to warn his family about die pes ticides on fruits. "36 years old, [a J migrant fann worker, and I didn't know the realities of this country. I didn't even know my labor rights or my civil rights. It was something strange and unknown to me." Cuevas Sr., who spoke on Thursday, still mi grates every season with his workers, as an organizer. He said he has been attemptmg to get a bill passed in Florida to fix the payment per amount of fruit picked, but lobbyists argue agn cultural interests arc too powerful. "They don t realize that a lot of those migrant workers are already becoming residents [in] these areas and they're registering to vote, too." According to Mills, 350,000 farm workers re side in Florida. your friendly garden tomato says: VOTEII ----March 9----

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4 The Catalyst Entertainment March 4, 1999 Will success come for all at the end of May? A doubtful prediction about the quality of Lucas's next Star Wars venture by Aaron Gustafson May 26. That day is approaching steadily of fering new life to many. For some, it will be the culmination of their time at New College: gradu ation. For others it will be the first chance to catch a glimpse of a different side of a universe familiar to us all. That is the day that the first of three Star Wars prequels will be unveiled. Both events are equally scary as they each will thrust a mythical existence into the real world, unsure of what the respons.e will be. As a student who will (hopefully) graduate this year, I must face my fears in both instances. I know that I must graduate and I know that I will have to see Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Honestly, though, I think I am a little more fearful for what the new Star Wars flick might offer than I am for what is awaiting me in the real world. First off, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is probably the most highly anticipated film ever. Being the first prequel to three highly successful films, The Phantom Menace bas a lot riding on it and it will undoubtedly determine whether or not the other two proposed sequels will have any success at all. Ever since A New Hope s smash success over 20 years ago, Star Wars has been a major part of the world of science fiction, eliciting a great deal Jess snickering than its elder, Little Anakin Skywalker, star of the upcom ing new Star Wars flick The Phantom Menace ponders his calling. Some say the movie is the most anticipated event in motion picture history, while others are predicting more of a disappointment. Star Trek, and the legions of trekkies that popu late this world's comic book stores and computer programming departments. What goes down on May 26 could mean the end of an empire, or could escalate the Star Wars series to an even higher pedestal of science fic tion filmmaking. Having seen what happened when Star Wars creator George Lucas revamped the original trilogy, however, I am expecting a disappointment. My main fears center around Lucas newfound fondness for Computer Generated Images (CGI). Back when he originally created A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the J edi Lucas relied almost entirely on puppets, models and costumes, with minor special effects such as laser fire and light sabers popping up now and then. His use of models and pupettering were un paralleled. When he went back to create the Special Edition" versions of the original three flicks, he did a half-hearted job with some of the computer effects Using all of the skills devel oped by his company, Industrial Light & Magic, he sought to make more realistic scenescapes and backdrops and more engaging battle sequences, all of which he did very well. The other thing he decided to do was bring back scenes which he had axed from the original films, which included a scene in which a young Jabba the Hut and Han Solo were having a dis cussion. This was originally filmed with the concept of Jabba the Hut as a humanoid, wearing lots of furs and such. When Jabba first made his appearance in Jedi, however, he had become the giant slug we all know and love. He was an nous looking and just exuded power. When Lucas decided to create a Jabba CGI an d d u m p it i nt o the J a bb a S o lo sce n e, h e fai l e d to make Jabba look anything like he appears in Jedi. His face took on an almost cartoon-like appearance and he was very shiny and slimy looking as op po ed to the large, hulking, dried up and wrinkled pile of Jabba that kept Prince s Leia tied-up in the final episode. Lucas made several mistakes like this through out the "Special Edition" trilogy and, after seeing the preview for Phantom Menace, I am almost positive that this film will be almost entirely CGI with virtually no reliance on puppets or models. Toys debuted at the New York Toy Fair a few weeks ago confirm my suspicions: Almost an of the alien characters in Phantom Menace will be very gelatinous looking CGI beasts that are more like cartoons than the alien races they are meant to be. Lucas must face the fact that there are some things which CGI cannot replace. He needs to Toys, such as this droid created from The Phantom Menace, may be harbingers of the future of Star Wars characters. These gelatinous, CGI based images bear little resemblance to their puppet predecessors. look at the work of. his partner Steven Spielberg t e ow I can be used to make creatures which are realistic. The first of the J uras s ic Park mov i es wa s a pri m e exampJe of this. Most of the dinaosaurs created for Jura s sic Park were first created as animatronic models, and CGI was simply used as a means to create shots which would have been impossible (or extremely expensive) to create. Spielberg blended his use of CGI and animatronic puppets together seem lessly, making the monsters all the more realistic and the film even better. It isn't as though Lucas is testing out a new type of film, he knows he will make millions upon millions of dollars off of The Phantom Menace; he will only cheapen the Star Wars name by cutting corners and sacrificing realism through the sole use of CGI. Of course I will see The Phantom Menace, probably even the night it comes out, but I am much more assured of my success when I enter the real world than I am of Star Wars' when it hits theaters again at the end of May. Four Winds Coffee House Hours: Mondays: 10 a.m.-midnight Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-midnight Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-midnight Thursdays: 9 a.m.-midnight Fridays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: closed, unless for a special event. Happy Hour: 4-6 p.m. weekdays Friday I March 5 Julia Skapik and Hillary Hall Saturday I March 6 Fetish Ball

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5 The Catalyst Campus News Nobel prize winner visits New College Dr. John Popel puts a. new spin on a 60 year-old puzzle by Trioa Hofreiter March 4, 1999 tionize the Jab experience. "It's not a great method, meaning that it's not 100% accurate all the time, but it works for a lot John Pople, winner of a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, began his lecture on February 24 with a confession. "First off, I'd like to say that I am not a chemist," he said. enough to predict the movement of smaller mole cules. "These equations combine what is known about the atoms with calculations about where they'll end up," he explained. With this information, scientists may one day of cas.es," said Dr. George Ruppeiner, one of the orgamzers of the lecture. Born in Britain, Popel received his PhD in Mathematics at Cambridge, and then moved to the states as a researcher for Carnegie-Melon. "My all seemed to be trying to outsmart Emstem. I thought that was a bit of a challenge .. .! wanted to make a bit more progress," he said. As he stood before the crowd in Sudakoff Popel at_tempted to explain the relationship b; tween hts work and its application to theoretical Chemistry. has discovered a way to simplify an equation that has puzzled mathematicians and scientists since the 1930's. Called the Schroedinger equation, it deals with numbers in s!x and attempts to explain the relahonshtp between atoms and their energies. Popel's methods are approximated versions of this un-solvable equation, and are accurate "My classmates all seemed to be trying to outsmart Einstein ... wanted to make a bit more progress -Dr. John Pople be able to determine a drug's impact on the human body via computer simulation eliminat. mg the risk to human test subjects. Physicists could predict the movements of molecules that exist only in space. And, for the awkward chem istry prone to blowing up lab equipment, computer-stmulated experiments could revoluPopel was introduced to Ruppeiner by a vol unteer research assistant to the college, Dr. Gil Perloe. An employee of Aargon labs, Perloe vol unteers with the Division of Natural Sciences during the spring. According to Ruppeiner, Popel also visits Sarasota regularly, which made arranging the lec ture much easier. "I thought he was a great speaker, but I think advertising the talk as "accessible" may have been misleading," said fourth-year Erin Matthews. "I understood him, but then again I've bad upper level Chemistry courses. I don't think a lot of people understood him." "It was very technical, but in my view, that's fine," said Ruppeiner. "He could have given a general Chemistry lesson, but it would have been forgettable. This way, even if people didn't un derstand the entire talk, they will hopefully still remember the man, his field and his work." Be all that you can be: Be a Foreign Service Ambassodor Frank Devine tries to entice students to join the Foreign Service by Max Campbe You, too, can be an ambassador. This sums up Ambassador Frank Devine's message to his audi ence during the presentation entitled "A Foreign Service Career in Latin America." In the course of this presentation on Thursday, February 11 in Sudakoff, Devine told the story of his extensive career in Latin America, and discussed some of the changes that both Latin America and the Foreign Service have undergone. The Foreign Service of the United States of America staffs consulates and embassies around the world, and also includes many positions with ''When you work for Foreign Affairs, you do whatever they. told you to do. It was an education." -Frank Devine foreign relations in America itself. Although for eign policy is made in Washington, it is based on reports from the Foreign Service posts; it is these posts that follow through on the decisions of the American government. Devine held posts in eight different countries during his career in the Foreign Service. Seven of these countries were in Latin America, the eighth was Portugal. "You are contributing the basis for these people to make their decisions," said Devine, "and you A member of the Foreign Service can choose to specialize in one area of the world, or to spe cialize in political, economic, or informational types of work. Devine, however, said he origi nally had no intention of developing his own specialty, but arrived at it through chance. "I was, in every sense of the word, a general ist. Over the years I became a Latin American specialist. It just worked out that way," he said. Devine began his career as vice-consulate in Columbia, and later served as labor attache at the embassy at Uruguay, and mineral attache at the embassy in Chile. "When you worked for Foreign Affairs, you would do whatever they told you to do," said Devine. "It was an education." He later became the acting Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of State, and then the American Ambassador to El-Salvador. This stint of service was, as be described, "two action-packed years." During that time, he worked to support human rights in El-Salvador and mediated between the church, the dictatorial government, and the politi cal parties in an attempt to work towards democratic elections. Since Devine began his career, the number of independent countries in Latin America has risen from 21 to 33. The population of these countries has increased tremendously; the Latin American countries now have a combined population dou ble that of America. "Latin America," Devine said, "had become a very different place when I left than it had been when I entered." In his years of service, Divine had watched the "political pendulum" swing back and forth governments. were on the rise in Latin America, and today democracies are once again in the majority. But. as Devine says, "Generalizations are dangerous. Many people have concerns over how long this will last." The Foreign Service has changed as well. In the past, the Foreign Service was seen as too elit ist, chiefly composed of Ivy League graduates. Today, the Foreign Service has many more op portunities open for women and minority groups than it had before. The discipline of the Foreign Service officers is giving way to democratization to some degree, as the officers have a greater role in choosing where and how they will serve. In addition, Devine attempted to debunk the fears associated with "politically appointed" ambas sadors people who are given their positions as rewards or favors edging out officers who have spent years in training to gain an ambassadorship themselves. According to Devine, 70% of today's American ambassadors are career offi cers, while 30% are politically appointed. Thus, officers who spend years in the Foreign Service with the goal of eventually become ambassadors have a good chance at succeeding. Devine, now retired from his career in the Foreign Service, has also spent nine years as a professor at Palm Beach College in Atlanta, where he taught Spanish and Latin American History. Devine described life in the Foreign Service as, "a fascinating career which I would recom mend to any young people wondering what to do with their lives ... but certainly a very active and constantly changing one."

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6 The Catalyst News March 4, 1999 Students help the community by feeding the poor Members of Food not Bombs hope to bring awareness of poverty to the Sarasota community by Shanon Ingles In 1981, a small group of socially conscious humanitarians emerged from the anti-war move ment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They named their organization "Food Not Bombs," emphasiz ing the need to take care of the hungry over the need to engage in war. Now, 18 years later, Food Not Bombs is still running strong, with over 100 chapters world wide, including a small chapter right here in Sarasota. Heading up this chapter is third-year Puma Navarro. Navarro had a long history with this or ganization before setting up his own chapter. "I've done [Food not Bombs] in other places beforeI did it for several years in Tampa and visited in Boston, Philadelphia and Orlando, he said. Navarro founded this chapter last May, along with Sarasota residents Warren Oakes and Alicia Hogan. Every Saturday morning, the group meets at one of their houses and prepares food to take to Gdlespie Park. The food is then served at 2 p.m. to the area's homeless and unemployed. SAC Marathon Allocation minutes, 2.21.99 'Alisdair Lee, len Sba w Juli a S ka p i k Chris t y McCullough Jen Yang. Absent: Second year to be appointed. AJJ votes are unanimous unless otherwise indi cated and none include the vote of SAC chair Danielle Babski. Jessica Lee and Dr. A.M. Miller (New CollAge) requested $1800 for 600 copies of three publica tions. Allocated: $900. Sarah Young (Intervarsity Christian Fellowship) requested $1200 for barbeque, bands, speakers, travel fees, and pizza. Allocated: $400. Christian Blystone (Pei cable access) requested $565 for PrimeStar satellite dish, 12 month cable, equipment costs, and cart with Jocks. Tabled. Lauren Payne (April 16 wall) requested $200 for progressive house/techno band. Allocated: $100. Sara Stein and Brynne Romano (New College Dance Community) requested $808 for Sainer dance studio, dance instructor, food and copies for performances. Allocated: $592. D. Ross (Chinamen play) requested $450 for cos tumes and set. allocated: $300. Sara Daum, Jen Rehm and D. Ross (Fetish Ball) requested $775 for decorations and supplies. Allocated: $495. Keith Yanessa (Poetry: Exercises, Readings, "We use the gazebo at the parkso we just bring all our food and serve people or let them get their own food ... then we eat with them and talk to them," explained Navarro. The efforts of these organizers have not al ways been met with enthusiasm. Public places Food Not Bombs Information The group meets every Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gillespie Park (Osprey Ave. between 6th and 1Oth Street) Contact Puma at box 524 or pnavarro@virtu if interested and facilities often feel uneasy about any activity that would attract impoverished people. According to Nevarro, the group has at tempted to serve in Five Points and other Sarasota parks. However, they found that in order sac minutes Performances) requested $600 for honoraria and advertising. Allocated: $10. Jen couches, pai nt, a nd a T .V. Al l ocat ed : $300. eel $500for Chris Limburg and Peter Brinson (New Co11ege Bike Shop) requested $2360 for tools, manual, computer. Allocated: $300. Adam Hollidge (Radio Telesope) requested $1015 for amplifier and receiver. Allocated: $515. Cathy Heath (RA's) requested $700 for study breaks, dinner, carnival party, games galore, chill-out room. Allocated: $575. Sara Irwin (Amnesty International) requested $125 for postage and copies. Allocated: $125. James Moore (Mostellaria, the haunted house) requested $1149 for set and costumes. Allocated: $575. Edin Hajdarpasic (NCSA Maclab) requested $3300 for three new iMacs. Tabled. Nestor Gil, Jr. (Fine Arts Project) requested $460 for lumber and a cooked ham. Tabled. Helen Matthews, Marc Poirier, and Ivy Ferraco (NC Radio) requested $625 for speakers, cable, headphones, amplifier, turntable, and micro phone. Allocated: $245. Kelly Nichols (Darkroom) requested $75 for chemicals and equipment. Allocated: $75. to organize any group event, they would have to apply for a permit, which may take months to ob tain. Once Sarasota officials asked the group to leave Gillespie Park because they announced themselves by hanging a "Food Not Bombs" banner. Navarro wants to spread awareness of these social issues throughout New College, as well as the greater Sarasota area. "Our biggest problem is publicity," he explained. ''The only place you can put up flyers is inside telephone booths and private businesses." "The problem [of poverty] is pretty well hid den." he said, explaining why the Sarasota community, as a whole, hasn't really addressed the issue of homelessness and hunger. But de spite the e obstacles, Navarro and his group intend on persevering with their humanitarian ac tivities. In fact, he welcomes anyone who would like to aid in the cause. "We're always looking for donations and people to join the organization," he said. Kevin Meek (NC Environmental Group) re quested $40 for entrance dues. Allocated: $40. Alba Aragon (Kaleidoscope) requested $264 for 300 copies of new issue. Alloca t e d : $176. Total Requests: $17,0ll Total Allocated: $5,723 SAC minutes 2.24.99 In attendance: Danielle Babski, Robert Scopel, Alisdair Lee, Jen Shaw, Molly Robinson, Julia Skapik, Jen Yang. All votes are unanimous unless otherwise indicated and none include the vote of SAC chair Danielle Babski. Sara Irwin (Gender Studies Collective) requested $5 for new key for collective. Allocated: $5. Jenny Kim (Diversity Forum) requested $35 for food for meeting. Allocated: $35. Elizabeth Epstein (FMLA) requested $73 for flowers and cards for female New College staff. Tabled. Joanna Capps (FMLA) requested $750 for one woman show, "Jodi's Body." Tabled. Vijay Sivarman and Carlos Webby allocated 2 each for Equipment room TA posi tion. Kate Leonard (art installation and performance) requested $1550 for two life size instaliation pieces, also to be used as settings for perfor mances. Allocated: $300. Total Requests: $2413 Total Allocated: $340

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7 The Catalyst Contributions March 4, 1999 Contribution: Metallica, Penguins derail college bowl team UF and Emory edge OTJt New College in the College Bowl playoffs contributed by Robert Knight engagement that weekend, helping New College's College Bowl run the Theater of the Oppressed team has a history of missing the workshop with Augusto Boal. Two playoffs by the slimmest of margins. strikes, and we hadn't even gotten At this year's regional tournament in on the road yet. Athens, Georgia, however, there Leaving in the beloved would be no such drama. Environmental Studies van mid-afIn this year's tourney, competing ternoon Thursday, we finally ended against other colleges in Florida, up in Athens in the wee hours of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, Friday morning. The lag and Jack the team finished with five wins and of sleep really hurt our reflexes six losses, thanks to some key abthroughout the tournament. It sences and a few truly ironic showed in our first game against m iscues. This was a big drop off H t' d C team arrwng teams at un mg on ollege, which we lost Tampa Cam t B from last year's 8-3 team which 130 pus ournament. rown and Stevens were among four -120. We then ran into a very pla>:ers of New College Varsity team to compete at the college bowl missed the playoffs only because of good Emory team, which beat us regwnals, m Athens, Georgia. a tiebreaker over total points scored. 195-130. The worst wasn't over h Despite the disappointing results, thou!rh. We were waxed 265-75, by e chorrect answer !o a toss-up be.LOre e was recogruzed, we let the though, the team (myself included) an obnoxious Georgia State team d t d considered it a refreshing and muchl h mo era or rea the rest of the quest 1at c atted incessantly during our tion and then buzzed in with the needed diversion from our senior scant bonuses. Then we underp roiects. h' wrong answer. That toss-up, if we J ac 1eved in a sloppy 120-60 loss to had scored at all on the bonus, Hugo Brown and T. Jay Brown MI'ssJssJ'ppt' St t F (no relation) took turns captaining wins, no the team, which was comprised enother UF player on a toss-up for tirely of fourth and fifth-year This school has which the answer was my beloved students. The team was rounded Metallica! I should have immediout by myself and Anna Stevens. shOWll tOO much ately buzzed in after the moderator H go, a five-year eran, was the team's science and potential at fans when they joined LollapaJooza math guru, while T. Jay and I speVI ... T. Jay suffered a similar emcialized in sports, geography, C 11 B 1 barrassment when he was beaten to politics, and pop culture questions. 0 ege OW the buzzer in the Emory game on a Anna contributed some pivotal an-over the last cew toss-up whose answer was his swers on language, literature and hometown hockey team, the mythology questions. student Pittsburgh Penguins! Activities Coordinator Alena yearS fi 0 t tO Some good news did arrive in Scandura was our coach and sponthe post-tournament luncheon. I sor accompanying us to Athens, and follow through. was named to the regional All-star provided us with a lot of moral and team, having scored 380 points on financial support. toss-ups. I'd have gladly traded the The trek to Athens began rather the night by slamming Georgia honor for a spot in the playoffs, inauspiciously. Just two aays beCollege 160-55, but we were still though. I think it was more of an fore we left, we got news that very disappointed in our perforachievement that we started to work second-year James Glisson, are-mance until that point. very well together as a team by Saturday morning's matches tournament's end, rallying after a Go team!! Sara Bondi, T. Jay Brown and Alec Foster at USF Campus col lege bowl tournament. gional All-Star last year, was bowing out, citing a glut of school work. We already knew Robert Brayer, a valued contributor the last two years, had an important prior went better. We started by clobberbad start rather than just throwing ing Valdosta State 205-80 in a game up our hands. that was never close. We beat the While it was an exhilarating University of Tampa 155-55 despite weekend for us, the results left all a weak first half. Then we gave the of us asking "What if?". What if defending champs, the University of our other teammates could have Florida, a big scare before falling in gone with us? What if we all hadn't a 220-205 bambumer. Were-been so damned tired? What if we bounded with two solid victories, had organized earlier and practiced 190-115 over West Georgia and a little more beforehand? One is 240-115 over Florida Atlantic. In also left to ask "What's next?". our final game, we led playoffPresumably, Anna, Hugo, T. Jay and bound South Alabama 145-90 at I will have all finished our theses halftime but ran out of steam in the and graduated by the time next second half, losing 180-150. year's tournament rolls around. Despite the strong showing That leaves James Glisson as the against UF, the game will be reonly remaining College Bowl vetmembered more for two blunders eran. A new influx of interest and which ultimately cost us the upset. talent are critical if New College is First, after a UF player blurted out to field a team next year. But this school has shown too much poten tial at College Bowl over the last few years not to follow through. This event gives regional exposure to the school, and it's a hell of a lot of fun. Next year, conquer! Contribution Guidelines that is ....., .. ,. ... 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 students as a whole. Contributions may ran_ge in length from 250SOOwords. Guest Column: A so licited ORinion piece. Guest columnists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be received_b_y 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5 in order to appear in the next issue.

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8 The Catalyst That' ab urd! Please return the markers and ink to Alena ASAP. We are mis ing both sets. Peer tutoring for writing take place in PME 125 8-10 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Palmer at epalmer2 lLvirtu. What is Ufe? It's all about organi zation. Just ask the goldfi h. 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 Modesty, Schmodesty! Model for the Life Drawing Class and get paid $6 an hour! For more informa tion, contact box 515. The Men's Meeting convenes the first and third Friday of every month. Come talk about stuff that girls won't let you talk about. Three out of four wombats agree hugging a tree is therapeutic for your soul. Try it, you'lllike it! n lntemad m at p.m on Tue days 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 College's All Purpo e 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 cup of coffee and espre o! Yeah! Caffiene! D e anyone know where I can get a wombat? I'm hungry. Have you traveled recently? Are you intere ted in ethnic and racial is ues or multi-culturali m? Kaleidoscope i eeking submi sions or letters. Contact box 208 for more information. Students for a Free Tibet meet Thursdays at 8:30p.m. in Ham Center. Midwest Florida Punk Fest (in conjunction with the youth libera tion conference) will b.e from March 5-7 in the Palm Court area. Band will preform and there will be work shops throughout the weekend. For Announcements March 4, 1999 more information, contact Michelle at 941.722.9164. Interc. ted in diversity at ew College? There will be a diversity workshop at 7 p.m., Thur day, February 25 in the fi hbowl. FMI.A meets Monday night at 8 p.m. in the fishbowl. [Insert witicism here.] New College Students for Animal Rights meets Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Ham center. Will the real Jesus stand up? A discu sion orientated meeting will occur on Wednesdays at 7:30p.m. in the fishbowl. The use of the passive voice is prodigiou Planned Parenthood is offering free oral HIV testing. They will be on campus March 24. Call 3594254 for an appointment. Fortune for the day: Marriott will finally provide us with metal uten sils if we alJ promise to be good. orne to the 47th treet o Potlucks! Bring good food to share in a meal and instrument to share music. Sundays at 7 p.m. (1176 47th Street, on the comer of Old Bradenton Rd.) Call 360-9054 if you are curious. The word "hermeneutic" will not appear in this week's issue. Hey kiddies, it's Yoga time! The group meets every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. and Friday from 4-5:30 p.m. in the College Hall music room. Thi i in addition to the clas es held by Amanda on Mondays and Thur days from 78:30 p.m. in the fitness center. For more information, contact Ali at Box 510. Kate needs a ride to Atlanta on March 13th ... anyone going to see Lauryn Hill or ju t plain going hould contact her at 360-5311 or drop a note in box 133 (She'll pay for gas) Hey, I think I hear your mother calling. Admissions need your help! Teams of 5-6 tudents are needed to call prospective tudents on Tue day night Student volunteers who are enthusiastic about ew College a .nd intere ted in furthering campus diversity should contact atalie Arsenault, Asst. Director of Admi sion at 359-4269. Where will you be over spring break? A statewide Equality Begins at Home rally is being held March 19-22 in Tallahas ee. Fetish Ball is happening on March 6. If you want to help out, contact D. Ross at box 652. Wearing a mask and lookin' like a bear .. .I'm a raccoon! Yay! Yesterday my grandmother ent me a care package. It was heavy and mushy and guess what it was? A shoebox full of pudding. This unexpected gift came in handy the next day when my friend and I were bored. Pudding wrestling! Afterall, three out of four doctors agree that there is nothing better than being covered head to foot in pudding. It cures pyromania. Don't 'cha know? I must stop here. I digress. Contribute. CAREER CENTER Concordia Language Villages: Now hiring 1999 staff, summer and year-round opportunities avail able. You must enjoy working with kids, be familiar with a world language, have interest in world cultures and like to have fun. Languages include Chinese, 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 Fellowship for Research in Marine Science (Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea lab will offer seven fellow hips during the Fall Quarter, 1999 for under graduate or graduate student pur uing careers in Marine Sciences. The program consists of 12-week research experience with a faculty mentor, workshop and lectures by visiting speakers. The Sea Lab will award academic credit for thi experience with prior approval from the student's home campu For applications/additional informa tion, contact Mrs. Jenny Foster at (334) 61-7502 or web: http://www.disl.org. Application deadline: March 15th. AmericanAirlines: Flight Attendants Wanted(Seeking friendly, ervice-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, Germ Italian Ja ane e Portu ue e Spanish, or Swedish is preferred. Must be able to attend a 6 (week unpaid training cla s in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. American will put you up in a Hilton Hotel and feed you at their expense. If you com plete the training program, the job is guaranteed. Web: http://www.aafltsvc.com LSAT & LSDAS Regi tration and informa tion books are now available in the Career Center. Te t dates: June 14, Oct. 2 Dec 4, 1999 and Feb. 12, 2000. Vi it the web ite: HYPER LINK http://www.LSAC.org USF Sara ota LSAT & LSDAS Registration and information books are now available in the Career Center. For more information, top by the career center, PM 119. tf)J .. J .. f)f) 2.24 02:00 Noise complaint in Palm Court. 2.25 4:15 p.m. Grand theft at Westside Student Center. Chair stolen. 2.25 4:58 p.m. Student's wallet reported stolen from backpack in Caples Fine Arts Complex. 2.27 1:58 a.m. On-campus anonymous noise compliant. Volume lowered. contributions, letters .... box #75 or catalyst@virtu


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