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Entertainment on page 3 -Free software movement gains strength -Medieval fair Volume VIII Issue 5 SAC struggling with finances by Ben Ruby One of the New College Student AJliance s most powerful, v is ible an d a ctive committ e e s is in finan c ial t ro u ble The S t ud e nt AJlocat i on s Commi tt e e (SAC) which i s r e s ponsible for funding student activities, receives over half of the NCSA's total operating bud get each year. Now, almost three mods into the school year the SAC ba s onl y approxim a te l y 7 pe r c e nt of it budget available for the fi nancing of student activities, not countin t h e $3,000 that the SAC for the SAC and the range of ities that the SAC will be able to support in the future. ''It is normal for the SAC to be worried at the end of the year and for them to try and act more frugal, but this year is a special case as far as my experience goes," said third year Alisdair Lee, who has been a member of the SAC for two years. Although the SAC has always had a limited budget, this year's demand for funding has been ex ceptional. The Four Winds Cafe requested funding at the beginning of the year. The Mac Lab has been expanded, and even though the SAC did not provide all of the re quested computers, the committee continues to pay for the Mac Lab teaching assistants (TA's), as well as the gender studies TA's, the radio TA's, photography TA's and the equipment room TA's. "There has been an increase in structural positions like the gender studies TA and the photography TA, and both demand money to keep the shop running," said Lee. "There are a lot of TA's, and it is not always clear how often they are needed," said second-year Deborah Herbstman, ViceWEE "SAC" ON PAGE 4 a meaty issue Patch Adams comes to campus Campus News on page 5 -Grads may see new Star Wars movie for free March 11, 1999 Founder ofGeseundheit! encourages students to 'be outrageous' by Max Campbell A doctor, a clown, a social visionary Patch Adams is all of these things and more. And on Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4, he was here on campus. Adams is the founder of the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia which the fliers around campus describe as a free hospital based on fun and friendship. hospital, and I've gotten it. I wouldn't wish celebrity on anybody," Adams added. Adams has indeed gotten his hospital. The project of his Institute, to build an ideal hospital based on what he Patch(R) and a friend practice the medi cine of laught e r at Adams' Geseundheit Institut e in West Virginia This is not to say that the presentation was focused en t ire l y o n h ea lthcare for while there were three doc tors pre s ent, only Adams was a medical doctor. The other two members of the trio, D r Sus an Parenti and Dr. Mark Enslin, held docto r ate in t he musical arts The arts and Adams' concept of medicine are far from mutually exclusive when Dr. Adams' hospital is fm ished it will have 30 000 squ are feet d e dicat e d to th e creative ar ts. Pa rent i and Enslin are members of t h e Performers' Workshop Ensemble, and the organizers for the School for Designing a Society, based in Urbana, called debt free health care," has s panned 28 years As Adams re called N o one woul d t a l k t o me, even, for t he first 16 years." For a ny hope o f gai nin g the funding they needed, the Institute's plans went public. It worked-since Patch Adams the movie, starring Robin IlJinois. Williams, was produced, two different founda tions have events. Adams said that the on publicity was the now, I'm ftYiD8 to declared. The COIIlllleDt brought laughter and applause from the audience. only rule that the Institute bas broken so far. Why did be do it? "I hate having to go there, but the mass media got this room full. I wish my ideas had gotten this room full," Adams explained. "I went to mass media to get a As Parenti told the audience at the beginning of the presentation, "We're using the form of the mass media <'PATCH ADAMS" ON PAGE 6 Interactive art crosses boundaries With roast pig and video, students use installation art to spark conversation by Julian Frazier On your way to the library or the bay, you may have noticed the odd assortment of pottery lining the walkway. Are there one or two items in particular that you find es pecially interesting? First-year transfer student and installation artist Nestor Gil Jr. encourages you to take anything you might like from the pile. The purpose of the display is to encourage passers by to take interest in these abandoned pieces of artwork which would have otherwise been destroyed and recy cled into new clay. Several examples of installation art created by New College students will soon be displayed both around campus and as part of the "Blurring the Boundaries" at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. What is installation art? According to transfer student James Powell, it involves making an entire space a work of art. "You are re-cre ating the environment. Installation artists are always going for the un expected," he said. Gil had hoped to go for the un expected in one of his latest projects, but a controversy broke out after he petitioned the SAC for materials. According to Gil, the project would consist of two halves of a roasted pig suspended in the air by Russian-made inner tube mater ial, the same material used by Cuban refugees to float to the United states. The juices f10m the roasted pig would be collected by cans of Cuban coffee underneath. The piece would be displayed in the foyer of the Sainer Auditorium for four days, beginning on March 16, in conjunction with an exhibition given by visiting painter Ron Erlich. Gil, who is a vegetarian, ex plains that the roasted pig is part of a social commentary that addresses the degradation of the Cuban cul ture in the United States. "It speaks to the evolution of all immigrant so cieties," he said. To Gil, this is not a criticism but a commentary on the Cuban-American immigrant's situ ation. The SAC has refused to allocate the funds necessary to complete the project. Gil has been passing around a petition to support the pro ject, and is considering altering the theme or content of his March 16 exhibit. Visiting Professor of Fine Arts Bob Rustermier and eight New College students will be presenting an installation art piece at the @EE 2'ART'' ON PAGE 5

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2 The Catalyst 41 shots fired on unarmed West Mrican immigrant in New York Reverend AI Sharpton and 10 fellow ac tivists were arrested for blocking traffic in Manhattan last Wednesday while leading a massive demonstration in the financial district. As Sharpton told about 2,000 supporters in front of tbe New York Stock Exchange, "We've come to upset and disrupt the business district of New York City,'' according to the Daily News. "We're going to escalate our ac tivism." The demonstrators were protesting the death of Amadou Diallo, a West African im migrant who was shot at 41 times by four undercover officers at 12:45 a.m. on February 4. The 22-year-old street vendor was hit 19 times in the vestibule of his Bronx building and was mortally wounded. A lawyer for the officers said they mistakenly thought Diallo had a gun. He did not have a gun, nor did he have a criminal record. A grand jury is investigating the shooting, and the officers have been placed on adminis trative duty and have not been charged. New York Police Commissioner Howard Safir con firmed that, "the F.B.I. is doing a reenactment of the shooting." According to an article in the New York Daily News, Diallo's death bas, "raised ques tions about police training and inflamed racial tel.wc .a becauae Diallo was black and the cops were white." If and when the grand jury concludes, it can vote to indict the officers on any number of homicide charges in Diallo's death, or clear them of any wrongdoing. DiaUo spent much of his youth out of Guinea. His parents told the New York Times that Diallo studied at a French international school in Bangkok, starting in 1990. Then in 1993, in Singapore, be took courses in com puters and accounting conducted in English. The prime minister of the West African na tion of Guinea greeted Diallo's parents as they News arrived from the United States to bury their son eleven days after his death. "Like many of our people, he left to go to another country, and he worked hard and studied hard," said Prime Minister Sidya Toure. "But he is a Guinean, one of ours always, and it's natural that we should show solidarity with him be cause of the way he died." Diallo was buried two days afterwards, wrapped in a white cloth and covered with hand-hewn logs and fragrant leaves, next to his grandfather, who was a teacher and scholar of the Koran. Around 1,500 relatives, friends, and officials attended the funeral, which took place in the village that Diallo's great-grandfa ther founded more than a century ago. The day the grand jury began hearing evi dence in a room in Bronx Criminal Court, a crowd of more than 1,000 demonstrators ral lied outside of Bronx Supreme Court, where the grand jurors were chosen. Protesters car ried signs, chanted and demanded the arrest and prosecution of Mr. McMellon and fellow officers Kenneth Boss Jr., Richard Murphy and Sean Carroll. Last Wednesday, the lawyers for officers Boss and Murphy said that their clients are eager to talk to Ole grand jury, but noted that their clients probably would not testify be cause of the daily presence of Diallo supporters a block from the panel that is weighing criminal charges against them. Acting Bronx Supreme Court Justice Robert G. Seewald denied a motion to move the grand u probin the case because of continuing daily demonstrations on the courthouse steps. Seewald did pledge to ask the grand jurors, "whether they can follow the law without being influenced by outside pressures and publicity." In Washington, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani downplayed Sharpton's actions. "He probably wanted to get arrested, so he got arrested," Giuliani said. "I understand and share the shock and horror at terrible incidents that occur when police officers act violently," Giuliani said at a House Government Reform March 11 1 999 Standing next to the pine coffin of Amadou Diallo, a storyteller delivered the traditional West African funeral rites. Diallo's great-grand father founded the village more than 100 years ago. Committee last Wednesday. But he predicted that the furor would wane in "five or six weeks,'' claiming that New Yorkers "have been inundated by horrible coverage" suggest ing that the Diallo case typified police misconduct. The New York Daily News said that "he rattled off statistics and waved charts showing dramatic declines in shootings by po lice and overall misconduct." GOP House members, led by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), defended the strategies that "Ralph Giuliani"-as Burton mistakenly intro duced him-used against crime. "New York City has been transformed," Burton said. On a recent visit, he said that be found that "you can walk through Manhattan without fear. restaurant are rea courteous. I was just amazed." Statements given by demonstrators show, however, that warnings given by New York City members of Congress, concerning the possibility of rioting, should perhaps not be dismissed. "We're not going to allow police to kill us anymore," said a protester, Michelle Lynch, 33, of Manhattan. "And if they think they can get away with this, there's going to be a war in this city." Sources used were tbe New York Tunes and the New York Daily News. embrace absurdity. post all letters, complaints, death threats to box #75 or catalyst@virtu because, quite frankly, we are not funny catalyst The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Cyndy Ekle Managing Editor Trina Hofreiter The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publication<> Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. 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. 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 Jeb Tennyson Lund ... -Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar. usfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. . 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 bee-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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3 The Catalyst News Free software movement gaining strength Offering programs from word processors to web browsers, LINUX is free and bug-proof March 11, 1999 by Evan Greenlee as anything available commercially. By 1990 the This model is efficient, and fast. It has lead to Too much of the software only thing lacking was an operating system (up some of the most bug free code around. Linux industry is an economic giant to that point the programs produced under GNU does not crash. The only time Linux ever fails is bent on starving your already were developed for almost all machines). In when the power goes. f anorexic wallet. Mega-corpora1991 a student studying at"tbe University of Today Linux and all the supporting software tions with mafia-like business Helsinki, Linus Torvalds, started to work on the run on almost every kind of computer, from PCs plans extort and deceive. Power-hungry CEOs atkeystone of the GNU project-the operating sysand Macs to Alphas and Spares. The complete tempt to meld, shape, and control the future of tern dubbed Linux. Since then thousands system has almost every kind of program. There world economies and communications. With a volunteered their time to help make Linux the are text editors, compilers, word processors, right hand of force called the Software Publishers fastest and most powerful system available. spreadsheets, internet browsers, graphics proAssociation (SPA) they can police with KGBThrough a method of licensing called "copygrams, math programs, graphical interfaces, and like tactics forcing compliance to their left" programmers can distribute their programs midi sequencers. All these programs are free. regulations. In the face of all this, there are a few without any fear that a maniacal corporation will Previously, Linux was a hacker's system since it who are trying to change the system. These comtum the program into proprietary controlled softwas complex and required a lot of knowledge puter programmers are attempting to redefine the about computers. Today Linux bears a similar way computer software is done. They write pro-For more information on linux and and easy to use graphical interface found on all grams even at the risk of writing away their own the free software movement see commercial operating systems. In the real world jobs. http://www.gnu.org GNU software was relegated to behind the There are artists who paint, even though the http://www.redhat.com scenes servers and other unseen machines. About chance of remuneration is equal to the odds of http://www.suse.com half the web servers in the world use Apache, a the lottery times the number of tickets they own. GNU web server. The role of Linux and GNU is These artists paint because they want to--beware. The copyleft type license defends itself changing. cause they love to. Some programmers feel the with three key points. One, all the source code is Linux does not need to be a backer's system same way about programming. These people distributed with the program. This allows anyone any longer. There are tools available to make it spend their free time, sleep time, and vacation to examine, modify, and improve the original usable, even for computer-lightweights. It is time time writing programs they will never sell. They work. Two, anyone can distribute the program we stopped supporting proprietary software. It is will instead free these programs for everyone and source. No SPA will come breaking down buggy and unstable. How many term papers have benefit. your door because you helped a friend by in-been lost to the follies of buggy computers? This up. The MIT etary 1'D8I'bt softWare fha J) the .u ......... c:opyleft ammgement. cooperative spirit found in the early days of comThis method of licensing changed the puter programming. In 1981 Stallman founded face of software development. Instead of a few the Free Software Foundation and with it the programmers working on a program isolated Gnu's not UNIX (GNU) project. The GNU profrom the rest of the world, the source code of the ject aimed to make a free computer software project is freely available as a work in progress. system for everyone's benefit. With the help of This allowed programmers from all over the thousands of others they forged a collection of world to examine the source code, make suggessoftware that was open, free, and just as rugged tions, and help write and debug the program. software available is w.b we liave. thing currently being used there is a free open equivalent that often pedonns functtons better than the commercial variety. Why should we make people like Bi11 Gates rich when there are better alternatives? Medieval Fair: Better than the Bubonic plague Despite traditional parking problems, Fair offered fire, food, fantasy Smeller provided respite from the dry and dusty festiVIties. An? for those by Sbanon Ingles who didn't like parable parodies, there was always mud wrestlmg. Mmmm ... .turkey drumst1cks. Th M d" al F th tome of modern consumerism. While atSo what if the Medieval Fair made parking on campus a mghtmare and e e Jev 0 in out of suffocating bodices and New College students were not given free entra?ce? Who_ cares? Where I_ saw t eir ;ts. As a uick shopping spree reelse can you stuff your face with a juicy drumstick and shll have good table men ptcking wedgtes m v!atef the for anachronistic items are manners? h th 1 1 h quite high. It's the anachronistic of ;vhole event Wit etr ltt e w Ite At first I had 'me eye' on a black velvet cape. that draws the crowds. lromcally, Its 1999 and_ and black devt horns Why I would need a piece of fabric with a string is people still seem to crave sword and cham beyond me. The artisan told me be would give it to mail, along with those turkey me for a deal: $115. Needless to say, I didn't buy It's almost as tf modern hmes aren t 0 f fairy Wings, a cape at the Fair. Eventually, however, I was enough _for modern people. h 1 1 suckered into purchasing a thirty-dollar necklace Vtsltors to the fau, held February 25-29, had the W 0 e P aCe made out of metal and fake plastic beads. I was many entertainment options. Some com even tempted to buy a pair of horns, except I had edy skits or threw tomatoes at a was screamtng already spent all of my cash at the food Stands. was "Let's Pretend f., It was definitely amusing to watch the boards of With reelmg and maJestic kings the_ artisans, actors and visitors meandering through human chess match IS always the most that medieval mall. With their little white and show at the Fair. This year it was the bramy Bnts 11 b bl k d il horns or fairy wings the whole place was screaming "Let's against the not-so brainy Vikings. y ep d ou ust couldn'; help yourself. came a chaotic battlefield, strewn WI!h Immobile There re of Medieval Fair, I think about strapped up in a somethin_g cheesy the fetgned fights. It s like a filthier versiOn black bodice and paying for it with a credit card. So, it's a bit ridiculous. I WWF pnme-time wrestling. For fair attendants with less barbaric tendencies, the saga of Cinderlove It anyway.

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4 The catalyst Entertainment DVD: the next revolution or another fad? New wave of information storage revolutionizes multi-media industry by Aaron Gustafson As anyone who follows tech nology knows, whenever you buy omething new it is almost immedi ately outdated. With fiascos such as Betamax and 8-track not too far in the past, it is no wonder the world is a little wary. When it comes down to spending your money to have the latest hip gadget, it is good to be in formed of the pros and cons each new toy. DVD is no exception. About a year and a half ago, the world was introduced to DVD (the acronym for Digital Video Di c or Digital Versatile Disc depending on the school you follow): the latest and greatest form of entertainment that technology had to offer. At first, DVD (an optical storage medium closely akin to COs) was predominantly marketed a a way to watch movies on the computer. But let's face it, who wants to watch a movie on their 14" monitor? Eventually, the DVD player was in troduced for home usage much like the VCR. It touted better sound and better image quality as its primary video casseue. e p ayer wa ow o a e o a n studios were even lower t o re l ease movies for it, but by the end of 1997, over 900 films were available on DVD and over 300,000 Americans had decided to try it out. Sin e then the market for DVD films has expanded, but has n't eclipsed the sale of video ca ettes or even laser di cs yet. So what is the big deal about DVD? Well, it is the same size a a conventional Compact Disc, but the compression used to store the infor mation on the disc allows it to hold much more information (2 hours of full-motion video on one side) in a ingle layer. In addition, DVDs can be made doubleided with up to two layer per side. Thus, DVDs offer quite an improvement over conventional CD storage. The DVD player also spins much faster than a CD, meaning smooth video play back. When it comes to fi1m DVD also allows the u er many different options including a choice of picture presentation (full screen or wide screen), language (usually Spanish and French), subtitles, and alternate modes of audio (Dolby Digital Surround or even Digital Theatre System ( dts) in some ca es ) The massive amount of room on a DVD also allows for the inclusion of goodies such as deleted scenes, audio commentary from people in volved in the film, featurettes {short films about the making of the movie or related subjects), music videos, photo galleries, production notes, theatrical trailers and even, in some ca es, the full script of the film. For the true movie junkie, DVD is a dream come true. La er discs were the choice of film buffs for many years, but these record sized discs took up a lot of room, offered fewer features, were more e ve lacked DVD's incredible p 1 cture qua 1 a n a o e ippe at least once, possi bly twice during the duration o f the film Some of the early DVDs required flipping as well, but that was only if a studio didn't put effort into the compre sion of the data on the disc. Most DVD manufactured today require no flipping whatsoever, making them a marked improvement over the laser di c. ot into movies, but still a lit tle curious? DVD has a lot to offer people who aren't the biggest movie or techno buffs as well. DVDROM promise to be the best thing to happen to computers ince the CD-ROM. As with the video DVDs DVD-ROMs allow for much more torage space than conventional CO-ROMs and, with the imminent release of DVD R (a recordable version of DVD released later this year) DVD is definitely here to stay. DVD is not only more efficient when it comes to data storage, but buying a computer with a DVD-ROM drive makes it unnecessary to own a CD-ROM drive as the DVD ROM drive is flexible enough to read CO-ROMs and musical COs as well. So what can we expect from DVD in the future? Well, it is defi nitely not a fly-by-night technology, but it will take a while to catch on. Its versatility makes it the obvious choice over a CD player or standard CD-ROM drive. As the months pass, DVD will become more and more popular. Musical DVDs are al ready being released by many artists who wish to take advantage of the storage capacity of the medium and it ability to direct the audio signal into 5.1 channels, allowing for perfect three dimensional sound (so far i a who have grasped the full potential of the medium). Pretty soon we can expect to see new software bundles released on DVD-ROM and more and more people saving their infor mation to DVD-R over CD-R and CD-RW discs. Is it really necessary to jump on the bandwagon just yet? Unles you are REALLY into films or music, no. The really good DVD players (which allow you to access the most of DVDs plethora of options) are still fairly expensive ($450-$1750), but if you are in the market for a new computer you might want to opt for the third generation DVD ROM (DVD III) over the high-speed CO-ROMs simply be-March 11, 1999 cau e DVD is the next storage medium of choice. Movies on DVD tend to run between $10 and $40, making them just a little more expensive than conventional video cassettes. Will DVD replace the CD and the video tape? Doubtful. COs and video cassettes will likely go the way of the record and the tape. Some people will switch whole heartedly to DVD, others will never make the switch, just as some peo ple have never progressed beyond the cas ette. Still other like me, will embrace the new technology, but the old stuff will still be near tape rather than DVD because t h e DVD ver s ions are more expensive and don't offer many or any addi tional features. If you are interested in learn ing more about DVD, check out Video Discovery s DVD FAQ at www. videodiscovery.com/vdyweb/dv d/dvdfaq.html or if you are inter ested in some great places to buy cheap DVD movies, check out Reel.com (www.reel.com), TLA Video (www.tlavideo.com) and DVD Express (www.dvdexpress.com). The Mining Company also has a wide assort ment of links related to all of DVD's many aspects at www.min ingco.com. SAC must be frugal with remaining student activity funds I"SAC" FROM PAGE I j than in the past. For example, there are four eparate dance project taking place in this emester President of the NCSA. "Often TA's will be alone. "The scope of interest in the community hired to help clean up and organize a certain is spreading out, while the budget of the SAC place, but after that it i not really clear that the ha not been scrutinized by the administration to maintenance of the place requires the same numaccommodate that,'' said Lee. "The administraber of hours. Also, it's fine if the SAC want to tion is probably not even aware of all that is spend money on an air hockey table, but we have going on in the sphere of campus life." to be careful to shop smart. For example, i s this SAC chair Danielle Bab ki has been asked to the best company? What kind of warranty d oes b r ing the increase in student demand to the atten this one come with?" t i on of War<.len Bassi s B a b ski could not b e According to Lee, this year als o experienced a reached for comment. larger number of tudent act i vitie s o n campu Le e a dmit s that, although ther e ha ve b ee n iri cost to ubmit some hing ... except your ride f rs responsible actions in the past, particularly with speakers and bands, which I have borne witnes to and been a part of, the SAC tries hard. Overall, decision making this year has been pretty sharp." Although Lee is not worried that the level of carnpu activity will stagnate, he says, "The SAC is going to have be much more wary and frugal. Planning a policy to keep the different interest i n campus life thriving on meager mean s will unfor tunately .mean reminding a lo t o f p eo p l e ju s t ho w small th1 s ch oo l r e ally i ." .b X 7

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5 The Catalvst Campus News March 11, 1999 Graduates may see new Star Wars film for free Several students are working to reserve seats Graduation night by Charles Cboi Yoda sagely advised Luke to "unlearn what you have learned" in The Empire Strikes Back. By the time graduation rolls around, those fourth-or-more-year students among us who've slaved away on their theses will almost certainly want to follow Yoda's words of wisdom. Fortunately, they shaU have the perfect oppor tunity to do so, because Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is coming out on Graduation Day this year, and with all luck, students who are about to graduate will see the film together for free. Rob Scope!, a fourth-year, recalled the excite ment he-and others-felt when they first saw the trailer for the new Star Wars movie. "I re member flipping the trailer on in the computer lab and everyone-it was like moths to a light." He heard that The Phantom Menace was coming out in May and wondered, "Hmm, maybe it would come out close enough to graduation to get something going, get a student body trip to see it." When the special edition rereleases of the original Star Wars trilogy came out, Scopel got tickets for all three opening nights through a friend who ordered them in advance with his credit card. Scopel naturally thought of ordering The Phantom Menace tickets beforehand as well. The Hollywood 20 theatre downtown was sen over the t ea re a e o o quare or nearby others because it has stadium seating, so that no one has to look over anyone else's head. Scopel spoke to the general manager, Nancy Grundy, of the Hollywood 20 over the phone. Preview: Chinamen "What she told me was that if I could get a minimum of 150 students committed at $4.25 a student, then what I'd have to do was draw up a contract and fax it to her boss. That way he could get a look at it and approve it," said Scopel. "I knew when she told me that I had no trouble get ting 150. There'd be absolutely no trouble there." Scopel said he wanted to put an article in the Catalyst to tell people what he was doing so a good number of confirmations could be received. "As we know by now, the article was never printed-see, now we're getting to the compli cated part. The article was never printed because, I was told, the Catalyst had already heard that Chris Martin and Mike Campbell were working on the same project." Scopel had went to Alena Scandura to find out if the Graduation PCP could be centered around a Star Wars theme. According to Scope!, Scandura told Scopel that Paul Crowe and Phil Levy had already expressed interest in putting to gether Graduation PCP. "It was at that point that I also learned that Chris was involved in the project," said Scopel. Scopel and Marten hammered out an agreement last Tuesday. "We decided to let Chris go to Mike Campbell, who has ties with the Alumni Association, in order to determine whether or not the Alumni Association would foot the bill for "Once that's been established, that the AJumni Association will put the money forward for that, what we're planning on doing in the middle of April is setting up a table outside Student Affairs. Thesis project focuses on theatre technique by David Saunders When all of the actors finally came together, Friday March 12 and Saturday March 13, at 8 they brought with them all that their characters p.m. in Sudakoff, the one act comedy should be, in hopes of putting the play together "Chinamen," written by Michael Frayn (Noises successfully. "Chinamen" is a play in which tim-Off') will be performed. It is di-"J' ing and character are rected by fourth-year D. Ross ffi trytng tO essential, so it hasn't been an and performed by third-year h h easy endeavor. Heather Whitmore, second-year S OW t at "Chinamen" centers Mandy Malloy, third-year Brian bl around an average couple Stewart, second-year Carlos enSeffi e leading an average life, with Webby, third-year Doug Christy, average friends, in an averthird-year Raia Fink, and my-aCtlVltleS are age social set-up. During self, a firs,t-year. one of their 'obligatory' dinThe play is part of Ross' theffiOfe than J USt ner parties, they each make sis project, studying the effect of the mistake of inviting both ensemble on theatrical perfor-fun things tO do halves of a couple who had mance. As part of the just separated. Not wanting experiment, none of the actors ln rehearsals." to hurt anybody's feelings, and actresses rehearsed together they try desperately to decide until the final week of rehearsal. D R who to get rid of. It gets The participants got together a 0 SS very complicated very few times a week and went quickly. through theatrical exercises and trust building acCome watch the play and see if we can actutivities, but each individual learned their lines ally pull it off. It has the potential to turn out and blocking on their own. drastically different than the script seeing as we "I'm trying to show that ensemble activities are all focused not necessarily on lines, but on are more than just fun things to do in rehearsals-being in character and doing what the character they are actually central to what'making theater' would do (even if someone misse their cue.) is all about,'' said Ro s. We will have put forms in all of the students' boxes by then, so that they can de termine .how many people will come along. Right after we're done with the table in front of student affairs we'll send the money to Regal Cinemas [who own the Yoda says, "There is no try, Hollywood 20]," only do. Finish your thesis, you said Scopel. should. Only then will your If the Alumni tomato training be complete." Association pulls through, students who expect to graduate won't have to pay. Any other students who want to go to the showing will, however, have to pay, as will any accompanying family members and friends. Several students who have already defended their theses are absent from New College this semester, and they will be con tacted before mid-April. Scopel noted that Scandura has already put aside some money for the project and that she will probably be given full creative control over o so d that Scandura planned to rent a couple of SCAT buses to btfng" students to the Hollywood 20 and back. Art encourages conversation ''A.RT" FROM PAGE 1 Ringling Museum this weekend as part of the Museum's "Blurring the Boundaries" exhibition. The students involved in the project include Powe1l, second-year Ivy Ferraco, fourth-year Ben Hodges, first-year Lindsay Moore, third-year Puja Gehi, third-year Regina Gelfo, second-year Susan Noblet, and second-year Kate Hubbard. The piece is "an interactive video presenta tion," according to Powell. "The nature piece a little complex, but basically there will be four environments set up with a switch in each room that controls which of two looped video signals is routed to a mixer. The mixer will choose two of the four signals and project them simultaneously onto a giant screen," he said. According to promotional material, the "Blurring the Boundaries" exhibition is, "A col laborative initiative of the Ringling Museum in partnership with area organizations, artists, edu cators, students, and community members to ignite a conversation in the community about the ever evolving language of the visual arts." The project will be displayed at the Museum this Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 from 5-8 p.m. For scheduling of other event as sociated with the "Blurring the Boundaries" exhibit, check the calendars posted around cam pus.

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6 The Catalyst News New turn for take-offs takes a twist by Mario Rodriguez Environmental considerations have held up Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport's new departure path. The delay has given the Longboat Key Town Commission extra time to stop the proposal, which would bring planes over the is land's central region The '270-degree tum' would relieve mainland noise pollution. Steve Belack, a former member of the Airport's Noise Abatement Advisory Committee thinks the Longboat Town Commission is losing ground. "There has been a change in attitude," he said, "because a large number of [Longboat] residents resent the expen diture of such a large amount of money on what will benefit a select few The Longboat Town Commission has spent $100,000 with a Washington D.C. law firm to lobby the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) which approved the tum a year and a half ago. Belack pointed out hotel and homeowners in the center of the Key have been the tum s most ardent opponents, although they represent only a portion of the Longboat population. "They never consulted with the rest of the island [and] here they are, spending public tax dollars, he said. Roger Horein, whose newsletter 'Whitfield Crimewatch' has a circulation of 2,000, said the population of Whitfield, Bayshore and Trailer Es tates r eache s a maximum of 3,500. Seniors comprise the majority of residents in the over h ea d a t an elevation of 1,000 feet. The 270 -degree tum would take planes over Longbo at Key at an average of 3,200 feet. There wouldn t be enough noise generated to establish what the FAA considers a valid noise complaint, said Belack "I think it s safe to say that the people in Bayshore, Whitfield and Trailer Estates are solidly behind this [new tum] ," said Horein. He felt the delay was more about money spent lob bying than investigating the potential disruption of nesting areas. "They don t want any diesel soot to come down on their buildings, said Horein of Long Boat residents "They want the mainland to take all of [the bad effects) ." Originally slated for March, the FAA post poned the implementation of the new turn for six months. The FAA scheduled a meeting for January to discuss the issue but cancelled it. A new date has not been set. Bruce St. Denis Town Manager of Longboat Key, rema i ned unconv i nced by the new tum s purported benefits. He argued the requisite shorter runway makes the 270 -degree turn unre alistic. St. Denis said planes will have to tum lower and wider than the airport anticipates over coastal areas expecting relief. "The idea [that the new tum is] going to solve a problem is simply not true based on what pilots can do," he said. "If they'd just fly the 290 then it wouldn't be a problem for the people of Manatee and the people of Longboat." Airport Authority member parting from runway 32 runs parallel to Sarasota Bay along all the populated areas of the island. "From the standpoint of noise, i t 's p r o b a bly -. Patch Adams: A man with a fork in his ear FROM PAGE 1 for pernicious purpose, to induce social change ... Our purpose tonight is not to discuss Robin Williams' toupee, but to discuss what you want and how to achieve it." In a nutshell, that's what the presentation was about. Adam Parenti, and Enslin submitted themselves as the living proof that it's okay to do what you love. All three of them have worked part-time to fund their own projects when no out side aid was forthcoming, and despite this, none of them have given up on their own ideas for changing society. As Enslin said, they have cre ated "a school to seriously and playfully answer the question, what kind of society do I want?" All three of the speakers encouraged the audi ence to think about this question, to become "wanter-eloquent," and to never give up the at tempt to change society for the better. They eliminated the words "realistic" and "possible" in their discussion, saying that these words were sti fling and restrictive of creativity. "If proposals are unrealistic, they are worth considering, because we can change the reality to them," said Enslin. Whether it was the mass media appeal of Patch Adams' name or not, the presentation drew a large and enthusiastic audience. Fourth-year Erica Quin-Easter, the organizer of the event, es timated that about 250 students attended the Wednesday presentation. The audience members were quick to share their concerns with Adams, addressing him by his first name. They ap plauded Adams' comments, they applauded each other's comments, and they applauded the group of streakers who ran across the stage, naked ex cept for their clown noses. Dr. Adams didn't seem very surprised at this latter tum of events. Quin-Easter, however, said that she herself had not been expecting it, and did not know who the streakers were. "Patch was Adams, Parenti, Enslin: proof that it's okay to do what you love. hanging around with some students beforehand .. I guess it was sort of an impromptu thing," she said. At any rate, the greatest volume of applause was for Adams, Enslin, and Parenti at the end of the presentation the audience gave them a stand ing ovation. The presentation was paid for partly by the Lecture Series Program budget, which has pro vided funds for all of the speakers at New College this year, including the Theater of the Oppressed performance with Augusto Boal and the presentation by Dr. John Popel, the Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry. The Program's bud get included contributions from the Student March 11, 1999 about the worst route we could have picked ," he said, noting the proposed path would take planes over a sliver of land. [That] goes a long way toward reducing air craft noise on departure for a very great number of people. ln fact, Rocklin said 1000 Longboat residents will end up with more noise, while 1 200 will experience less noise. "If I lived on Longboat Key," he said, "I'd be a little upset with the government which has now spent well over $100,000 [fighting] a proposal that reduces the amount of noise." A licensed airline pilot, Rocklin said there is no credible safety issue regarding the 270-degree turn for example pelicans getting sucked into turbines. There are pelican rookeries on the pre sent path, but not along Longboat Key, which suggests a reduced probability of 'bird strikes.' As for the environmental impact, Rocklin felt [a]nyting that reduces the protracted departure path over many small neighborhoods and trades it for a path over a small stretch of land, that pro posal s got to be good for the environment." Roughly half the flights will co ntinue to de part Southeast over land depending on the wind, reaching 3,000 feet above downtown Sarasota. Because of this and tlie school s proximity to the airport, Rocklin can't envision any relief for New College. "I can see no way that this [new turn] would affect anything for ew College, he said. wa a e n from the Sarasota-Herald Tribune. Affairs budget, the Dean and Warden's office and an initial $4,000 from the SAC. Quin and Alena Scandura said that the SAC contributed another $1,100 specifically for the Patch Adams presentation. The total amount spent on the pre sentation by New College was an estimated $6,143. The profits from the admission charged to off-campus visitors on Thur day will also go to Adams. His usual speaking fee is from $15,000-$20,000. Quin-Easter attended the School for Designing a Society in 1995, and was instrumen tal in bringing Adams to New College. She said that she had hoped to generate a great deal of publicity for the event and to bring in more members from the outside community. Although the presentation was organized at the last-minute, Quin-Easter was able to publicize the event off campus through the help of Laura Mullen and the Prospect House Mental Health community cen ter, who agreed to pay the costs of the advertisement campaign. Quin-Easter said, "I want to emphasize that both of the organizations [Geseundheit! and the School for Designing a Society] are definitely great to work with and very open toward stu dents ... they're not just out there, they're something you can be a part of." Perhaps Patch Adams II will tell the story of New College students' involvement in the Institute, if the mass media hasn't been destroyed by then. After all, nothing is impossible.

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1 rhe catalyst Contributions Editorial: Get out of the Ivory Tower college students DO vote!" New College students should seem repulsive. By registering to exclatmed the poll attendant as I apregtster to vote in Sarasota or at ote t d t h d" af oached the ballot b '. v s u en s can ave a uect pr .. ox least, change theu voter regtstrahon feet on the policies and officials that Thursday. As. ofcards once they get here. govern the area around them. fered me cookies and JUice, I felt Often the hassle of driv1ng to k f 1 th b 11 f d d 1a e, or examp e, e a ot rean en angere bemg another precinct or sending an aberendum that just narrowly passed. bnbed away from extmct10n. Out sentee ballot results in many 36 000 f d b d f h fif h h d acres o une, scru an o t e ty w 0 a VISited the polls students throwing up their hands or pineland can now be purcha ed and that day, I was the first New C 11 t d t W th managed for low-Impact pubhc o ege s u en 1 all th 1 d hi Th b 11 t I' d e recreahon an s, w ch means more e a o reteren urn m ques-hiki. b" ng tra1 s and tke paths for the hon was a measure Sarasota aCtiVIStS On intrepid New College student to property owners_ an additional $1 frolic in. For the dozens of future pher 1,00? to pay for lt lS Environmental Studies, Biology or t e acquiSition o nvuonmentally 1 th N Bota t d t th" h ogtc t ny S U en S, IS means t OU.n Sarasota County. a ew sands of additional acres for thesis Desptte oppostbon froi? developers students research or independent study, and and the elderly tax-paymg commuor those les 1 d t h d M t' s me me I pre erves t e mcentive passe arch 9 wo d wan. t a the eye from another coral pink w1th 68 percent of the votes. shopping center of the bill, VOice in local Contrary to the "Ivory Tower'' Jono. M1ller of the Envuonmental immunity clause, political issues in .to stu-decisions. Sarasota have the ability to impact ents. o IS New College students. With all the Apphcahons were avatlable at the shrugging their shoulders. Some political and environmental t. t S Le F b ac Jvts s ervtce arnmg au, ut accordthink, "Why bother to vote if it isn't on campus, it seems only logical mg t.o Mtller, many students. even counted until after the fact?" that New College students would apphed. Judgmg from the surpnsed Those who are registered to vote in want a voice in local decisions. faces of the attendants, not Sarasota have the luxury of a voting Students may be a minority in many voted, etther. station that is three blocks from Sarasota, but they are a crucial New College students are campus. voice in the political arena. dents of Sarasota County for rune Students who live here should Voter registration and change-of-month out fa ear. Tha more consider themselves a member of address forms are available at any .-..-"''n!!n most snowbir s. an ce y ..., _,...,,. more than the average Florida wbo complain about Sarasotas retourist. Given this, it seems logical sort-for-the-elderly feel, this may Letter to the Editor: wastes space I think we all recognize that Dean Bassis is New College's Chauncey Gardener-in all likelihood a for mer used-car salesman thrown into this job and hoping that no one notices. I also think we all recognize the need to carry out a student-led jihad against his USF oriented programs. But we need to pick our battles, make them effective, efficient and heard. That is why I object to the columns by Rachael Morris published in The Catalyst. The columns are wastes of time, space and money. In an effort to let us know what Bassmaster is up to, she isn't reaching her audience or (at best) bor ing them. In the February 11 column, she devotes seven inches of type (in one and one-half column spacing) to telling us about the "Student Proposal for the Operation of New College for the Next Five Years." Many knew about the propo al. Then the column tells us that the proposal is posted in Ham Center. This fact and it should surprise no one that I draw this conclusion was going to be known already to those interested in it; to all tho e not interested, it would never be known. Consequently, Rachael is writ ing to the people who already listen and being read by those already informed. This sounds like sniping. But the fact is that this in formation was po ted, and we were also told about it at a town meeting. This condition was the same with some other information found in column two. Rachael wastes hundreds of words describing the name change, then tells us that there were three town meetings about it (and there was one more held shortly thereafter). Well, damn, I guess we already knew. The remaining column is filled with information that could have been distilled into one paragraph. As to her second rant, it was an unnecessary de scription of the New College Foundation, a body about which many are informed. Once again, those that don't know, don't know for a reason. Rachael made a com ment on this in her first column when she said that we "[remain] engrossed in apathy and ignorance concern ing campus politics." This comment is inaccurate (most are either apathetic or ignorant: I myself am informed but unperturbed), but it still proves a point. It is this: a lot of us don't care. And that's the beauty of elected of ficials. Fifty people at a town meeting take care of the righteous indignation, and Rachael can implement it for them. The crux of all this is that The Catalyst is wasting space with stuff that concerns few and entertains none. If each issue must be eight pages (which are sometimes a stretch), can't we have filler like ... uh ... world news? If my commentary still sounds like sniping, consider this: the NCSA is suppo ed to publish its own indepen dent news letter. We didn't have one last semester because my profligate roommate, erstwhile Vice President Daniel Sutton-Kolb, was assigned the respon ibility of writing it. If Rachael 's message is so goddammed important, she can do what she should: type up a letter and put it in our boxe It'll be like the Residence Life Bulletin; that way, we'll know exactly what to do with it. Yours, Jeb Tennyson Lund '. March 11, 1999 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. 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 College community should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be re ceived by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12 in order to appear in the next issue. sac minutes 3.3.99 In attendance: Danielle Babski, Robert Scopel, Jen Shaw, Julia Skapik, Molly Robinson, Jen Yang. Absent: Alisdair Lee, first year to be appointed. All votes are anonymous unless otherwise indicated and none in clude the vote of SAC chair, Danielle Babski. SAC selected Tom Barnard, Britt Dunn, Michael Shannon, Anna Montana Hilmer, and Jen Yand for RA Selection Committee. Regina Gelto (FMLA) re quested $17 for materials for a life size barbie. Allocated: $17. Liz Epstein (FMLA) requested $73 for flowers for International Women's Day. Allocated: $35. William Armshaw (SLAC) re quested $90 for additional coffee house costs. Allocated: $90. Roger Topham (Thesis produc tion) requested $675 for sets and props. Allocated: $328. Edin Hajdarpasic (Mac Lab) re quested $700 for computer upgrades and iMac. Allocated: $200. Total Requests: $1555 Total Allocated: $662

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8 The Catalyst Announcements March 11, 1999 The New College/USF sailing club sails every Saturday at noon at Old Caples waterfront. No experience is necessary. Come learn how to sail! For more info., contact box 661. Modern dance classes are now being held in the Fitness Center at 4:30 on Thursdays. All are wel come. The Bubba seeks submissions. Contact box 200. Futurists everywhere are mourning the death of Stanley Kubrick. After seeing 2001: Space Odyssey, I finally figured out who be was. Kalidescope, a magazine featuring dialogue on diversity, culture and identity, seeks submissions. Contact Alba Aargon at box 208 or Iaargon@virtu to contribute or for more information. Please return ink and markers to Alena ASAP. New College Environmental Group meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Ham Center couches. Vegan supper dub meets Sundays your own plates, utensils, and cup. Amnesty International meets every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Ham Center couches. Be a radio star! There are still radio show spots available. Contact box 24 for more information. Body Image Symposium: On Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m "Healing dialogues between Men/Women" will take place in Sudakoff. Then at 5 p.m. build a life size Barbie/G.i. Joe doll in the fish bowl. Explore the contradictions in their proportions and those of actual real people. Barbie would snap in half! At 7 p.m. on Monday, March 15 the play "Jody's Body" will be in Sudakoff. There are enough nuclear weapons in the world to destroy the earth 1000 times over. Many of them are pointed at your house. On Tuesday, March 16 at 4 p.m., Roo Ehrlich will be having a visit ing artist lecture/show in Sanier. He will also be holding an art exhibi tion on Wednesday, March 17. An Origami workshop will take place at Parkview on March 18 at 5:30p.m. Physics professor candidate Professor Bergmen will be giving a lecture on Friday, March 18 in Selby 12. Now with Cracker Jacks. A New College interactive Video project will be presented as part of the "Blurring the Boundaries Exhibition" at the Ringling Museum from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 12 and starting at dusk on Saturday, March 13. The Community AIDS Network (C.A.N.) will be free and anonymous HIV testing on campus on April 2 and 3. Testing will be done OD a waUl-ira ballis OD 2 from, 5-8 p.m only. This event is open to all students, staff, faculty and community members. C.A.N. will be back on April 16 and 17 to provide results. For more informa tion or to schedule an appointment, 3.121:45 Unknown person(s) egged six veichles on end of General Twinning 3.6 02:00 Officer arrested two New College students observed spray painting outside waD PDE. 3.7 02:14 Off-campus noise complaint. March 13 Er-ic Kolb arrl Mark Coffino March 14 Jason Grimstee call 366-0461 and ask to speak to an AIDS educator. Doug says: If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. (Read the back of your milk carton if you don't believe it). New College Bike Shop hours: Sundays 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. and Fridays 3:30-4:30 p.m. The Catalyst would like to note with regret the passing of Joe DiMaggio. He was the greatest living baseball player and regular contributor to our fine publication. His wacky, intro verted opinion contributions will be missed. Planned Parenthood will be on campus March 31. Call359-4254 for an appointment. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University: Undergraduates are invited to 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, un less for a special event. Happy Hour: 4-6 p.m. weekdays Register to vote. Call Marilyn Gerkin at 951-5300. (It's not her personal phone number-sorry .) Modesty, Schmodesty! Model for the Life Drawing Class and get paid $6 an hour! For more informa tion, contact box 515. New College's All Purpose Magazine is seeking submissions. Contact Aaron Caldwell at acaldwell@virtu for more info. penses. For additional informa tion, visti the web site: http://www.chci.org. Application deadline: March 19, 1999. apply for ... SaMJkliO df Su Experiences. Live and conduct research for five week at Black Rock Forest, NY. Study soil science, plant biology, wildlife biology, ecology, and conservation. Earn 6 Columbia University credits. Dates: July 5-August 6, 1999. Apply now as notification of ad mission begins in late March. For more information and download able application, web site: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cerc/e ducation 1999-2000 CHCI Fellowship Program: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is offering a fellowship program to promising Latinos from across the country the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the federal level in the public policy area of their choice. Program Dates: August 30, 1999-May 31, 2000. Applicants should have graduate frem a college or university with a BNBS or graduate degree; high academic achievement; excellent analytical and communications skills; evidence of leadership po tential and be a U.S. citizen, permanent residency or student work visa. A stipend of $1,500 to help cover housing and local ex-MCAT at USF Tampa campus on Saturday, March 20th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The exam is free and all students will receive a de tailed score report that has the students score as well as individual strengths and weaknesses on the exam. Any interested students can reserve a space by calling (813) 632-0777. Now available in the Career Center: Department of Agriculture's 1999 list of Volunteers or Interns wanted for the following National Forests: Black Hills National Forest, Shoshone National Forest, Bighorn National Forest and Nebraska National Forest. SNPA Minority Internship Program: Southern Newspapers Publishers Association Minority Internship Program offers this program to develop and retain more minority newspaper employees in every department of a newspaper. You must be a college junior or se nior in the fall of 1999 and a racial minority. Application deadline to the Sarasota Herald Tribune is Friday, March 12, 1999. For more information, stop by the career center, PME 119.


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