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Features Fight Club -page4 Three Kings -page 5 Volume X, Issue 6 Town Meeting emphasized the al ocation of athletic fees by Darren Guild The last town meeting before October break was shorter than usual and moved swiftly. A major ity of the discussion was about a controversial issue that is growing in stature: Athletic Fees. The hour long town meeting kicked off with an announcement concerning admissions policy. New College failed to meet its enrollment goal of 680 students last year. Second-year Bonnie Reed, who is head of the NCSA admissions com mittee, asked for students who are iOpinion Editorial: No more broken chairs Guest Column: Bulls hit on athletic fees .. page 7 Good. Bad. We're the guys with the guns. october 20. 1999 Another vandalized USF banner found The banners letters were rearranged to spell the acronym NCLF. by Ryan McConnick Price, Esq. On September 26, University Police were summoned to the grassy knoll just outside the Westside Student Center on a call of criminal mischief. A banner, stretched two trees, which had been advertising the upcommg games of the University of South Florida Bulls softball program, had been irredeemably defaced. The letters had been rearranged, cut and pasted to spell out the acronym: NCLF. This latest action of the New College Liberation Front, an amorphous and clandestine student activism group, cost $220.00 in reparations for the ruined banner. This action followed the earlier defacement of a banner welcoming incoming and arriving students in the same location on the west side of campus; just as on September 26, letters from the banner had been removed and rearranged to spell out NCLF. This defacement ran up a cost of $150.00. However, the cost of these crimes may run deeper lhan mere monetary reimbursements. According to The ,UP student center (above) is a symbol of USF students presence on this campus. Many UP stude1rts have been offended by the recent vandalism. Program whose banner was defaced, but among the New College students who bear the brunt of the blame as well. The sentiment running amidst the upper echelons "is especially looking for out of state students," to train about talkin:g to perspective students in their home states. Next on the agenda was a quick announcement about the NCSA's in tention to form a catalog detailing each New College profe sor's ex pectations from ISPs. They hope the catalog will be released soon. NCSA Historian Michael Shannon voiced his displeasure about how the Judicial Branch bas not been meeting. "I am very upset about this," Shannon expressed. He mentioned that the student commu nity needs to utilize the Judicial Branch more regularly, saying ''we haven't used it." The positions of student defender and student prose cutor are currently vacant and those interested should contact the NCSA. Before Shannon sat down, he reminded students that he is reorganizing the New College archives and "anything of impor tance" can go into them. NCSA President Rachael Morris went over a number of small issues before entering into the athletic fees. Morris alerted students that the position for the Representative to the New College Alumni Association has not yet been filled. FEE MEETING" ON PAGE 31 Blueprint for the Future released The Blueprint was formed by various comittees working over the summer. by Max Campbell growth and development, the proposal for creating of a The summer of 1999 marked a new stage in the hiscenter for community research, and the proposal for ere tory of New College's Blueprint for the Future: the first ating a center for the development of math, writing, and step toward the implementation of the priorities listed in the Blueprint's draft. As New College Dean and Warden Michael Bas is explained it, his office "invited faculty and staff to work over the summer on is sues highlighted in the blueprint. One requirement was that they should all try to ap point students to be a part of their working groups." These summer work groups then were to "think through the issues and develop a report with proposals and recommendations, which V{OUld then be subject to future discussion and modification." "The description of New College as 'a radical school afraid of change' often came up. We proposed not just change, but meaningful change that will benefit the school." -Deborah Herbstman computer skills. Most of these Work Groups included represen tatives from either or both of New College's student bodies. ''There were no New College students on the group for University Program Growth and Development, and no University Program students on the group for New College Growth and Development," Bassis said. "(But) the Diversity work group included both New College stu dents and University Program staff. Some groups had represen tation from one body or the other, some had both. hese groups were pretty much self-se lectingfaculty and staff agreed to come together, and agreed to include students of their own choosing." Second-year Deborah To deal with the different as pects of the Blueprint's priorities, seven Blueprint Summer Work Groups were created, including groups on: institutional research, improving the climate for diversity on campus, expanding international opportunities, New College growth and development, University Program Herbstman, Vice President of the New College Student Alliance, was one of those selected. Herbstman and several other studentslsE "BLUEPRINT'' ON PAGE 6 I

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2 The Catalyst Irene dodges West Florida Florida Hurricane Irene unexpectedly veered to the right last Friday, leaving the Tampa Bay and Sarasota area unscathed, caused damage to Cuba, the Keys, and South Florida, and cur rently moves on to the Carolinas. Some 1.5 million people from the Keys to Melbourne ex perienced power outages Friday, with only 700,000 of those gaining back power by Saturday morning. Irene has caused two deaths in Cuba and seven more in Florida. 'five of these were electrocuted in West Palm Beach when they stepped into flooded areas contain ing hidden live power lines. Miami was hit hard by floods, with police reporting 65 intersections under at least 6 inches of water. Most airlines cancelled flights to and from south Florida, and Miami International Airport was shut down for 3 1/2 hours Friday. In all, Irene produced maxi mum sustained winds of 80 mph and caused noticeable amounts of damage. Irene was, how ever, less destructive than September's Hurricane Floyd, which caused 49 deaths and $6 billion in damages. 7.0 Earthquake hits Southwestern US California Early last Saturday, a magnitude7.0 earthquake centered in the Southern California Desert affected buildings from downtown Los Angeles to Las Vegas, from Arizona to Tijuana, Mexico. The earthquake de rai ed an Amtra train in t e ojave se more than 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles. None of the 155 passengers were injured, and no serious damages or injuries were reported in the major cities affected by the quake. However, more pronounced effects could be found in the lightly populated region around the epicenter: Interstate 40 was heavily damaged but remamed open. Many residences and hotels lost power, but none experienced human or structural damages. Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain dies at age63 California Last Tuesday, Wilt Chamberlain was found dead, apparently of a heart attack, in catalyst News his Bel-Air home. Chamberlain, known for once scoring 100 points in a professional bas ketball game, had a history of heart trouble. Chamberlain was known for his scores of records that have yet to be broken. Among them are 55 regular-season NBA records, and his claim that he had sex with 20,000 women. This claim has yet to be verified. Military takes over Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan Troops of the Pakistanian Army, loyal to chief General Pervaiz usharraf, ousted the country's democratically elected leader last Tuesday in retaliation to the removal of Musharraf from his position. The troops sur rounded the home of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, seized the state television network, and closed major airports. Musharraf was out of the country when fired by Sharif, but quickly re turned Tuesday after the announcement had been made over national television. The army bas formerly ruled Pakistan for nearly half of the country's 52-year history. Democracy was last restored in 1988, though no democratically eleceted government has fulfilled its entire five year term. Musharraf claims that "this is not Martial law" but rather "another path towards democracy." No indictments made in Jon Benet Ramsey murder Boulder, Colorado -The JonBenet Ramsey gran jury Cffi p e .. es ga i a Wednesday, and a prosecuter said there wasn't enough evidence to file charges against anyone for the murder of the six-year-old girl. The 12 jurors, who met for more than 13 months, have been ordered not to discuss the investigation. The Ramseys issued a statement Wednesday night, saying "the Ramsey family lives in a nightmare" and asking that the investigation continue. Critics say the investigation was com promised early when detectives, thinking it was a kidnapping, let friends and family roam through the Ramsey mansion. Doctors Without Borders awarded Nobel Peace Prize October 20, 1999 Oslo, Norway The 1999 Nobel Peace Prize went to Doctors without Borders today, recog nizing the organization's "pioneering humanitarian work on several continents." Medecins Sans Frontieres, the international name of the volunteer organization that treats victims of war, famine, and other disasters, has more than 2000 medical professionals volun teering in 80 countries. The group was formed in 1971 in Paris by a small group of idealistic French doctors. The group quickly became known as "the French doctors" as its first wave of volunteers helped the starving and ill victims of the war in Biafra. In the nearly 30 years since the group was founded, the organization's doctors and volunteers have traveled to disaster areas in Nicaragua, Vietnam, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kosovo, and now Timor. The prize they receive includes a cash reward of $960,000. The prizes are always presented on the December lOth anniversary of the death of their creator, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, and the others in Stockholm. Israel releases 151 Arab Prisoners Jerusalem-With the release of 151 Arab secu rity prisoners last Friday, Israel sets its interim peace deal with the Palestinians back on track. The freed prisoners were greeted by cheering relatives as they were dropped off at points in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The release was delayed a week in a last-minute dispute over gi i criteria and agreed to free some prisoners be longing to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, militant groups that oppose the peace agreements Negotiations for a final peace accord will no begin until Prime Minister Ehud Barak decides on Israel's strategy for the talks. These negotia tions must tackle the main issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the sta Ius of contested Jerusalem and the fate of the Palestinian refugees. Compiled from The Associated Press. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http: I /www.sar.usf.edu/ -catalyst! General Editor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby Online Editors Nikki Kostyun and David Saunders Layout Editor Michael Jones Photography Heather Whitmore 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. 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 Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst Max Campell, Kathryn Dow, Darren Guild, Ryan McConnick Price, Esq., Michael Sanderson, Mario Rodriguez 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar.usf.edu Submissions in "rtf' or "WriteNow" format may h<: saved to the Catalyst Contributions folder m the Temp Directory on the Publications Office file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75 and all other contributions may be to catalyst@virtu. No will be accepted. All submts:;IOns must be received by 5:00 p.m. Sa!urday m order to appear in the following week's tssue. Contributors Rachael Morris The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, .or so/le. ....

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3 The Catalyst News October 20, 1999 Other topics inc uded declining admissions and vandalism fROM "7'0WN ME!TING"(JN PAGE 1 jThere are a few candidates but branch ca m puses mos t i mportantly is that New College is a residential camanyone else who is interested pu s wh e r e a s the other USF branch campuses are commuter campuses. should contact her immediately. There are also Morris reminded students that the "NCSA openings for the Service Currentlv USF has an has to do the most with our autonomy as a stuand the Human Service Representative. l dent government-we passed this in our Morris NCSA is "running Athletic Committee constitution She further said that the only mto comphcahons With USF abeut the reway she would accept a committee is if it were of_ New College s fees .. USF comprtsed of one st d nt comP<:>sed of at least 50% New College repreathlehcs JUSt moved from DlVlSlOn II mto a u e sentatiVeS. more competitive Division I of the NCCA. h In preparation for the return of the athletic They want to use the money to publicize their representatiVe rOffi t e fees, the NCSAhas created a committee which sports, and they are considering raising the anb h d has discussed raising the self-controlled athnual fee well. M_orr is said this change faflC CampuseS an letic fees approximately $32 per student in has comphcated the 1ssue and raised the stakes, order to combat rising prices and inflation. however she was firm that fundamental three from us F-Tamp a. The money would be charged to overall tuition core of the matter 1s not any different and New payments. College get control over its athletic fees. Morris called this Mark Blaweiss, Director of Student Affairs, The ensumg controversy over athletic fees spoke on behalf of the administration. arose after a New College student vote last COffiffiittee illegal and Blaweiss backed the NCSAsaying that while month passed an amendment to the NCSA there is some benefit in marketing, such as Constitution saying that New College has the immoral, becaUSe lt gt.VeS funds, grants, and publicity that will eventually right to control it's own athletic fees. Every trickle down to New College, over all New student at New College, as a part of their tu-USF-T:ampa vtrtual con-College should have the right to do what it ilion, pays a specified amount per credit hour. wants with these fees The approximate total of New College's col-l h th ,, The town meeting ended with short anlective athletic fees is $20 000 trO W ere ey Can Set n o u n c e ment s about an upcoming Hispanic Currently USF has an A t hlet i c Committ ee Am erican week at USF Sara sot a and the r ecom p rise d o f on e studen t represen tati v e fro m their OWn president." cent i n ci d ents of v an d a lis m on th e U P c amp us the b ranch campuses and three from USFby the New Coll e ge Liberation Front. V i c e Tampa. Morris called this committee "illegal President of Academic Affairs Deb o ra h an d immoral," because it gives USFTampa virtual control where they can Herbstman summed up her feelings about the vandalism, "Don't vandalize. "set their own president." What sets apart New College from the other It makes us look bad, and we have to pay for it!" tbe space tbey must shaft' witb die USF students, and as a whole, be more amenable to will certainly arise in sucb a fundamentaUy voltatile 5lftwltio& sharing that space both willingly and WiJJiams maintains hope for peace in peacefully. Derrick Williams, "The -v-ecutl. '17:e Board and the our time: "We want to support New President of the Student Body of the ,. College and its efforts without delayUniversity Program, had this to say on d b d f USF ing the progress of the University the matter: "The Executive Board and StU eflt 0 Y 0 Program." the student body of USF Novo Collegians have taken acSarasota/Manatee is very disap-Sarasota/Manatee is very tions of their own initiative in this pointed in the immature actions of the matter At a recent town meeting, NCLF. We respect the autonomy ere -disappointed in the immature NCSA President Racbeal Morris ated by the New College student body called for a letter of apology to be BLUE and WHITE, Four Winds, and actions of the N CLF. We respect drawn up and delivered to the most importantly honors college. University of South Florida's adminisPlease respect USF SARASOTN the autonomy created by the New trators on behalf of all New College MANATE E autonomously also students. While the authors of the GREEN and GOLD, BULLS and C }} d b d BLUE d missive were careful not to accept most importantly the opportunity for 0 ege StU ent 0 Y an University of South Florida's adminismature students to finish their under-TE F w d d trators on behalf of all New College graduate degree in a convenient WHI our tn s, an most students. While the authors of the location." h ll missive were careful not to accept Mr. Williams sentiments are appar-importantly OfiOrS CO ege. blame for what was, after all, the act ently representative of the feelings of of only a few students and not the enthe concerned majority of the Please respect USF SARASOTN tire school, the tone was University Program, and Sergeant diplomatically apologetic for the inciO'Casio is in agreement. lndeed, the MANATEE autonomously also." dent and for the needless trouble overall administrative and executive caused thereby. UP student President feeling is one of diSappointment di--Derrt.ck Williams Williams seems to accept this point of reeled towards the student body of view, stating that "It is important to New College. These events and the note that we recognize the difference subsequent conflicts follow on the between a few bad apples and the enheels of numerous conflicts last year L--------------------------' tire bushel." Sergeant O'Casio agrees, over the dispersal of funds and student use of both the Hamilton Center and stating that the criminal act was most likely perpetrated by some hanger-on the Westside Student Center. Clashes are inevitable between the iconoclasfor the NCLF after most of the members have vanished. tic residents of the New College campus and the more transient students of

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4 The catalyst Entertainment October 20, 1 999 The masochistic film Fight Club packs a cin.ematic punch Even with thematic similariteries to American Beauty, Fight Club is an original peice _of cinema. by Shanon Ingles The first rule of Fight Club is that you don't talk about Fight Club. The second rule is that you do not talk about Fight Club. Well, I'm going to talk about it. I just hope Tyler Durden will forgive me. Fight Club, based on a novel by Chuck Palahuik, is not really about a se cret society of masochistic men, who find enlightenment through pain. Niether is it about the destruction of the American yuppie culture. Fight Club is a psychological journey through the nerve endings and molecules of a man who hasn't slept in months, but has been living in a perpetual dream. Unaware of the true nature of the plot for most of the film, the audience dreams along with him. Edward Norton plays Jack, the main character and narrator, who suffers from a bad case of insomnia. He is an overly materialistic white collar worker who defines himself through the mail order furniture that inhabits his apartment. Like Lester from American Beauty, Norton's character is miser able and emotionally dead. He hates his life, his job, and his boss, who has a "grande latte enema" each morning. Jack finds that the only way he can sleep is to sneak into group therapy meetings for people with terminal and devastating diseases. He sits in ona testicular cancer meeting and finds himself crying in the arms of Robert Paulson (below), played by the rock legend Meat Loaf. Robert. Bob as Jack calls him, has no testicles. Putting his face in Bob's steroid grown breasts, Jack gets a taste of what it feels like to be alive again and sleeps for the first time in weeks. He found that"losing all hope was freedom." At this point, Jack becomes addicted to group therapy. Helena Bonham Carter, best known for her Shakespearian and Victorian roles, drops her well-bred manners and English accent to play Marla Singer, an emaciated cigarette-smoking junkie. She's strung out on life, looking for the same beauty in human misery that Jack seeks. In fact, she also attends these meetings, in order to see the importance of living. Marla is Jacks love interest, even though be resists the attraction. She is everything that he won't Jack's yuppie life ends when be meets soap salesman Tyler Durden. After a brief meeting, Jack finds tbat his apartment bas burned down and soon starts Jiving in Tyler's decrepit house. Again, like Lester in American Beauty, Jack quits his job and blackmails his boss into a year's salary by beating himself up and blaming it on his em ployer. Now he has time to focus on Fight Club and spend every waking minute with his new pal Tyler. Tyler, played by Brad Pitt, is more of a comic book hero than a flesh and blood character, which is exactly what he should be in this film. Tyler is a modem Marquis De Sade: a dark super hero that aims to change the world. Pitt gives a performance that echoes his role in the sci-fi thriller 12 Monkeys and the drama Kalifornia. He is insightful, unpredictable, unapologetic, fear6 )iC Edward Norton (left) embraces Robert Paulson (Meat Loaf), a man who has breasts,. at a testicular cancer support group. "Bob loved me because he thought my testicles were removed too. '' 1 4 Jack, played by Edward Norton (right), confronts Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) for posing as the ill and dying at group therapy sessions. less, and possesses the ability to do whatever he wants. And he does. The script, written by Jim Uhls and Chuck Palahnuik, is to thank for the poignant and vivid characterizations. Not only is the dialogue telling, but it is also clever and philosophical. While Marla Singer cracks,"! haven't been tucked like that since grade school", Tyler Durden meditates about the nature of life:"Contrary to what your mothers and teachers told you, you are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as v ,, However the thematic undertones of the film are not only heard through a well written script, but are seen through the imagery of cinematography. Directed by David Fincher, Fight Club has the same feeling of urban decay as Fincher's Seven. The cinematography depicts an industrial wasteland, with smog curling around crumbling buildings and pollution pouring out of everyone's mouth. The color definition is low, giving the settings and char acters a gritty, filthy look. Faces are constantly cut and bruised, with deep dark crow's feet hanging underneath eyes like a fungal disease, illustrating the evils of capitalism and over-industrialization. Together, Jack and Tyler form Fight Club, an institution to destroy all in stitutions. It is a place where men of any creed or color can shed the chains of society and release their daily angst through physical combat. These men get excited by the idea of fighting, as if getting jabbed in the chin will wake them up from a dormant life. It is important to know that the club is not a muscle contest. It's a contest of bow much pain you can take: whether or not you like the taste of blood in your mouth and the feeling of teeth snapping. Fight Club is a very violent movie, but the violence isn't violence at all. It is depicted as a pleasurable experience. This sadomasochism brings out the only appearance of raw life in the entire film. The creation of Fight Club is the catalyst for what becomes a bizarre, so ciological, and deeply psychological journey. If [discuss it any further, I will ruin the film for those who have not seen it. American Beauty illustrated the importance of being alive and aware of the life that surrounds us. Fight Club shares this theme, although it demon strates it through the importance of pain and self-reflection. Both films also possess a very strong anti-materialism sentiment. However, Fight Club takes the statement to the extreme, so that the audience cannot escape it. In fact, I would feel comfortable calling Fight Club a trib ute to Marx. Like other of Fincher's films, Fight Club is filfed with twists and turns and a very intriguing surprise ending that leaves the audience questioning everything they have seen in last two hours. It's an exhilarating and morbidly comforting film that left me with a strange sense of hope.

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5 The Catalyst Entertainment October 20, 1999 Three Kings masterfully illustrates the American way Through a combination of the surrealism and realism) Three Kings illustrates the horrors of war. by Max Campbell What better way to explore both the horror and the absurdity of war than through a dark comedy? It worked for Catch 22, and it works wonderfully for Three Kings as welL The movie is set in 1991, just after the end of the Gulf War, and it aims to shed light on the darkest details of what most Americans regard as a minor and successful skirmish. One of the film's most telling lines is with an army commander's assertion that ''this is a media war. We want to keep the reporters happy with the stories we do want covered, and away from the stories we don't want covered." Three Kings tells a story of the latter sort, and it does an excellent job of doing so. The movie's plot concerns an attempted robbery by a handful of burned out American soldiers. When Sergeant Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) is lucky enough to discover a veritable treasure map stuck up the ass of an Iraqi prisoner of war, he and his friends decide to steal the gold that Saddam Hussein has already stolen from Kuwait ... and keep it for themselves. In the process of their larcenous endeavors, they come face to face with the ugly consequences of the American involvement in Iraq and of warfare in general. The movie soon comes to revolve around a seldom-mentioned fact of the Major Archie Gates, played by George Clooney, begins to think that complicaGulf War: the slaughter of Iraqi civilians by their own army while the tions may be developing for his flawless plan. Americans stood by. President George Bush had encouraged the Iraqis to remen in the team of would-be thieves, only special forces Major Archie Gates volt against Saddam Hussein, promising American support, but when the (George Clooney) knows anything about combat. Barlow, Chief, and their people responded, they discoveredtoo late -that no American aid would be fourth companion, Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze), have little to no concept of forthcoming. what goes on in a war. Vig's "description" of the Iraqi who Barlow killed is The American soldiers in the film are both flushed with victory and utmore of a grisly fantasy, in which the man's head "shot up three feet in the terly naive. While on a simple scouting mission, they pay so little attention air." The absurdity of the scenario provides a marked contrast to Gates' to what they're doing that they don't even notice an Iraqi soldier until Barlow graphic description of the exact effects of gunshot wounds, which is backed shoo t s him. Afterwards, the Americans eagerly photograph the dead bodyup by documentary style footage of human entrails. they were so far from any action that this is the first man they've seen killed. Over the course of the movie, all four soldiers see their share of combat .Prima rily, th ese soldiers occupy themselves with partying, posing for the and more. They initially rejoice over the fact that they can march tight into news cameras, and discussing the correct racial epithets to refer to the Iraqis enemy territory and steal anything they want. Thanks to the cease-fire agree wi th. Barlow and his AfricanAmerican friend, Chief (Ice Cube), agree that ment tha_t officially the don't fight back. However, when phra ses li k e owel n lik e "du ne coon" are not. themselves to ignore the atroclties that From exploding cows t o the brutal actions of t he Republi_can Guard, civilians. They end up trying to Jead a group of refugees to f of their orderswhile still making off with the Kuwaitis' gold, Thr ee Kings offers a mix of cartoon-like and disturbingly r e ahstlc scenes o Three Kings covers many of the Gulf War's darkest aspects .. Amtr (OI_ff violence and mayhem set in an o fficially peaceful postwa r Iraq Of all of the d b Cu rt is), a re b e l lead e r ca ptured by the Iraqi a r my lost his an ts livelihood d u e to "co ll a t e r a l d amage" f ro m t he Americ an bombmg ca mpatgn Captain Sa'id (Said Tag h maou), an _enemy s old ie r w ho speaks of losing his 1_11 t he _In Sa 1d says he received his military trammg, taches, the Americans while I raq was at war wtth Iran. While NBS reporter Cruz (Nora Dunn) is searching tor her military guide, she wttnesse_s in passing the ecological disaster caused the of the local otl fields. All together, the film forces the to reahze of the worst consequences of operation Desert _Storm_. whtch ar_e often lost m the of the usual tale of America's glonous victory agamst Saddam Hussem .. War is hellit' a standard statement in war movies, but Three Kmgs makes it in a highly colorful and entertaining way. It the sugar coated image of the Gulf War through both realism and surreahsm, used to gether to a wonderful advantage. Three K"!gs' an? scenes may make it unsuitable for the squeanush, but tts of action, dark humor, and social commentary, most movtegoers wlll fmd 1t to be well worth a trip to the local theater.

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6 The Catalyst News October 20, 1999 Student volunteers for the B ueprint received free housing fROM "BLUEPRINT'' ON PAGE 1 lhad written a letter to Bassis indicating proposals from the Work Groups on plans for a Center their interest in being included in the summer work group and were then reWriting, Mathematics, and Computing and a Jomt Center for Commumty ferred to the participating faculty in Bassis' memo. She became a member of Research and Civic Action. The abstract of the former Work Group recom the Blueprint Summer Work on New College Growth and Development. mends the creation of a Learning and Teaching Center (LTC), "to provide a Profe ors erving on a committee were paid $3000 for the summer, she said, locus for campu -wide enhancement of verbal and mathematical inquiry and while tudents such as herself were offered free housing. ex pre sion, u ing a full range of human and technological resource The Herb tman, who already had arrangements to live off campus, said that LTC will employ trained student tutors from both New College and the "We (students) were slave laborers. I did feel the burden of representing the University Program, including paid Teaching Assi tant in writing and spestudent body." cialized computer technology. Third-year New College tudent Arabena Nketsiah, who served on the The plan for Joint Center for Community Research and Civic Action, Blueprint Summer Work Group on Improving the Climate for Diversity on which wa developed tudents and faculty from New College and the Campus, did accept the free hou ing, and Jived in Dort dorm over the urnUniversity of South Florida (USF), in conjunction with local community mer. ket iah aid that the hou ing was "just about adequate compensation," leaders, has already been approved by Dean Bassi The Joint Center, with con idering that the work groups met, on average, for two hours every two New College Profc sors David Brain as Director and Keith Fitzgerald as week However, she added that "I think people with alternative housing A ociate Director, is currently waiting for approval from the State plans should have gotten some other --------------------------, University System. "We will be a 'type II' form of compensation; and for people canter if all goes well," Brain said. "A 'type who worked on it for a long time, The original Blue Print priorities II' center i funded with a combination of there bould have been some other money from within and without the State compen ation." As posted on New College's website: www.newcolUniversity Sy tern." Compensation aside, Herb tman eee.usf.edu The Joint Center's mi sion statement i till described her time on the "to support the development of informed Blueprint Summer Work Group as a A) Develop the entire campus as the center for in and inclu ive citizen participation, the cuirewarding experience. "In areas tellectual and enrichment in and for tivation of effective leadership, and the where student would be opposed to, the Sarasota-Manatee metropolitan community. pursuit of innovative olutions to pressing I put in an objection and was listened community issues, through communityto," he said. A lot of ideas were B) Continue to develop the University Program baed research and univer ity/community tossed across-it was good to have a as an UJ?per divsion, graduate and continuing _propartner hips for civic action." The center student their listening." Herbstman's fesslonal education center for Sarasota ana will be a "Joint Center" in that it is a sociown subgroup, which met ever Manatee Counties that draws on the strength of a ated with both New Col1ege and USF. "We Wednesday. was primarily concerned research-oriented think that this will be an excellent way to caleadat aDd the faculty univers ty to deUver high quail aeate some outstanding opportunities for o e epa"""-... ... 1 1 e rately with Professor Aron Edidin on might have project that involve visiting the issue of student life and engageresearchers from the chool of public ment. "We discus ed bow to prepare C) Continue to develop ew College as a residen health, the lorida Center for Community students for JSP and enior the es, tialz public, liberal arts honors De ign and Re earch, Education, and other evaluated ISP effectivene and dis-college of national distinction_, characterized by in-area ... This will be a way to attract all cussed student desire for tutorial and dividualized and active learning, high sort of re ources to our campus." outside clas room learning, all of for student performance, and a balance between According to Brain, the plan calling for which was in the frame of the original personal freedom and community responsibility. the involvement of the local community Blueprint," Herb tman aid. "The dehas already generated a great deal of exscription of ew College as 'a radical D) Provide faculty and students with the tools citement, as well. school afraid of change' often came necessary for effective teaching and learning. Of cour e, in the word of Herb tman, up. We proposed not just change, but "nothing in the Blueprint wa final." The meaningful change that will benefit E) Enhance the visibility, image and reports drafted by the Blueprint ummer the school." upport for the campus among external groups. Work Groups will be sent to the correIn the Blueprint Summer Work p nding committees on campus for Group on Improving the Climate for review. "Univer ity Program Growth and Diversity on Campus, ketsiah said, the focus changed over the course of the Development will be discussed by University Program faculty and staff," summer. "We tarted out as a group for diversity, ut after going through Bassi explained, "and ew College Growth and Development will be di everything, we found that the entire ocial climate needed to change," here-cu ed in academic divi ion and committee meetings. The dialogue will take called. "We felt that the school wasn't quite ready for diversity yet, and that different shape and form dep nding on what the report was all about." ew the climate needed changes to sustain it. ew College ha a 40% attrition College t udents will have their say through their student repre entatives at ratethat would be better if the social climate were better." these meetings, and Herb tman promi ed that large-scale changes would be In addition to deliberating and discu sing is ue each of the Blueprint brought to town meetings by the CSA. In addition, Ba iaid that the Summer Work Group drafted several initiatives. Some of these are already Blueprint report would be made "generally available," adding that each in effect, such a the New College Faculty Lecture Serie which i a prodgroup has written an ab tract of it initiative o that people will be able to uct of the group on New College Growth and Development. The Work Group get a good sen e of the propo al without having to read the whole report." on Improving the Climate for Diver ity on Campu drafted an unofficial Among other things, Herbstman expressed the hope that the Work code of conduct for ew College students, which was then di tributed to this Group initiatives, and the further proce of their discussion and imple year's incoming class in the handbook of Mysteries of the Unknown mentation, will be a means to reinvigorate ew College's ystem of Revealed. committees. "We proposed ways to do things and which committees to go to, Other of the Work Groups' initiatives will carry are meant for the long and gave dormant committees a proposed agenda and time cheme," she term, such as the diversity Work Group's recommendation for the hiring of a said. "We're giving them clear, concise directions of what to do .... The com Campus Oimate Coordinator. "Alena is the Student Activities Coordinator," mittee structure ha been dormant for a long time, and hopefully this will Nketsiab explained, "but her duties aren't defined by organizing all things rekick start them." Jated to diversity, and dealing with intolerance." An even more prominent example of the long-term initiatives are those

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7 The Catalyst Opinion Editorial: No more broken chairs October 20, 1999 If you, like many other New College students, are a regular visitor to the Maclab, you have. that there is nothing comfy on which cours_e, stand _the aforementioned rigid to Sit. The rollmg, rechmng chairs with the molded plastic arms and Nordic cafetena chairs. Something must the blue cushiOns have recently been placed on the N C 11 E d be done! S Ces L' t 1 h ew 0 ege n angered We at the Cata/'vst sh k h t I IS.' a ong Wtt optimtshc thesis-students and shy raccoons. The sit-J ne ys en-uahon we are forc_ed to sit in pastel-colored seats desi ned b cally, our lumbar regions throbbing Norwetgtan atrport engmeers With a sadistic desire to inflict spinal lamag: from hours perched in hideously unWhere there once rolled a majestic herd of comfy, springy chairs, now a comfortable chairs. The new chairs scant five straggl k dl simply do not meet the needs of stu. ers squea sa Y and forth across the industrial gray ..... ,..,...,. ... carpetmg. one of the survivors is the hated Stainy dents who can be expected to spend Stan, cbau With the White Gunk of No Particular Origin which long hours, perhaps days, in the has ternfied Mac users for many semesters. Maclab with breaks only for We at the Catalyst, being frequent users of the Maclab oft caffeine and sugar. insanely periods of tim_e, ask P.olitely in a for Actually, there is someNEW rolling Ch NICE I] thing to be done. New chatrs aus. ro mg chatrs. Chairs that wont snap Jike mousetraps when a hapless student leans back sending the 1 must be sought out and purchased; h f 1 m P ungmg m not by the Student Allocations _ower o p ashe shards _to the floor, where they land in a dazed, huCommittee, nor by any branch of the Sadly, the computer lab has mthated heap With dozens of Wide eyes staring down at thetr prone &orm. become a chat d Th f f '' New College_ Student Alliance, but by r graveyar, e act o the matter is that, although the rolling chairs are d d an_d if a student dares to take advantage their Student ?r a branch of the administration. Its time the administration pabthtJes the mev1table result is the fatal *SNAP* of the cha. b kb !ook responstblhty for the physical comfort of students in the Maclab. This fo_llowed by its pitiful and the mournful of IS matter that goes well beyond a comfortable seat; the health and well With 20 pages more to wnte and nothmg on which to park their derrieres. bemg of student users must be secured. Clearly students cannot be the hulks broken and battered chairs have been taken to contmue to perch precariously on the few remaining rolling by flammg chanot to that Furmture Store in the Sky ... or perhaps they were chaus, ever-aware that they may be the ones who will deny New College stul d b h N dents of one more source of reclination. c eane out y t e ew College Physical Plant staff. In their place, of Guest Column: Bulls hit on athletic fees I, hate to incur the wrath of a certain cynic on camp.us by writing another letter to the Catalyst, but, I m sure most of you would agree, keepmg the Student Body mformed of important NCSA activities is more iroportant rth 10 to make it through the Towne Meeting article, you should still know that the University admtrustratwn would like to force you to pay more money each year to support the athletic program on the Tampa Campus. Under extreme pressure from an Athletic Department that may rival Stalin's regime in its commiUment to democracy, the University, in my opinion,is attempting to circumvent your rights under Florida Statute 240.235. In short, Paul Griffin, the Director of USF Athletics, would like each and every student at New College to tithe $3.75 per credit hour to the intercollegiate athletic program in Tampa (the average student at New College enrolls for about 35 credit-hours per year). That is armtnd a 568% increase from what is cm:rently taxed our student body and spent at Tampa for athletics. Adding insult to injury, Mr. Griffin would like each you to pay a flat $5 fee to a fund that will maintain and build new sports facilities on the Tampa Campus. In total, the proposal would tax all students at USF and New College about $20 million annuallyall going to an athletic program that serves around 450 students, none of whom are from New College. For a similar figure, check out the entire annual acad emic budget for New College. Under Florida Statute 240.235, any increase in the Activity and Service Fee (goes to the NCSA), Health Service Fee (goes to Parkview), or Athletic Fee (goes to the USF Bulls) must be recommended by a committee, at least half of which are students appointed by the Student Body President. The University President appoints the remainder of the committee, and the chair is jointly appointed by the Student Body and University President. The University has interpreted the statutes to caJl for separate A&S and Health Service Fee Committees for New College, half of the members are appointed by the NCSA President. The procedures for establishing these com mittees are identical in each section of the statute, but the University has chosen to convene a University-wide Athletic Fee Committee, consisting of 50% students-lstudent from New College (little old me), 1 student from each of the three branch campuses, and four students from Tampa. All of the University appointees on the 16 member Committee are Tampa faculty members, except one from USF St. Pete. So, this Tampa-dominated Committee is deciding whether you should experience an approximately $135 per annum tuition hike, the pro cedes of which you will not see on this campus. I encourage each of you think about that as you return to your lavish accomodations in chez Pei each night. I have protested the blatantly illegal and immoral establishment of this Committee in Tampa at each meeting until the Committee politely passed a motion for me to shut-up. If only it were that easy. I have certainly made my objections known to the University Administration, and their attorneys have finally given the ok to steam-roll our rights under the law. Negotiation is not an option; the NCSA is cuurently investigating the possibility of dis solving this Committee in the state court system. My final answer: "Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute!" (should I leave a footnote?) Rachael Morris Your Student Body President by the Grace of The Prime-Mover, The Watchmaker, Apathy, and Matt Groening Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's to previ-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 raJt_ge in length from 250-500 words. Guest Column: A so licited opinion 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 leng!h from 250-500 words. All submissions should be received by Fridat at 5pm in order to in tlie next issue. Disks or e-mail

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8 The Catal st The SAC now meets on Tuesdays in the Four Winds Cafe at 6 pm. SAC forms are outside of Barbara Berggren's office and must be turned into box 150 or 480 before 5 pm on Monday. This Friday at 8 pm author and poet Mary Jane Ayals will be giving a reading and answering questions in the Four Winds cafe. Afterwards, from 9 pm to 12 pm folk singer DeBlois Milledge will be playing at the cafe. Ash: Yeah. Alright you primitive screwheads, Jisten up. See this? This is my boomstick! It's a twelve gauge double barreled Remington, S-Mart's top-of-the-line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids Michigan. Retails for about 109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel and a hair trigger That's right. Shop Smart. Shop S-mart. Ya got that?! 1 swear, me next one or you primates, even touches m e ... October 25-30 from 6 pm t o 9 pm there will be a symposium on Cuba at New College. eJection nominations are open For more information visit thier website at: http://www.sar.usf.edu/-ncsa The car81mob is playing Saturday, Oc tober 23,8 p m a t 28 1 5 N. T ami am i tr. School of the Americas protest, November 19-21. If you are inter ested in going, contact box 666, ext 5316, soon. Announcements October 20 1999 Faculty Lecture Series'; Professor Gordon Bauer "Manatees and Dolphins: Vision and Learning" Wednesday, October 27, 1999, 3:30 to 5:00p.m. Sudakoff 10.9.99 2:15am Suspicious vehicle spotted the the rear parking lot of Viking. 10.10.9 9 3:30pm Abandoned emergency phone call made from Palmer building D. 10.15.99 11: 3 5pm Officers medically assited a diabetic New College student. The student was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital b)' a privately owned ve 1c e. 10.18.99 5:03pm Petit theft of a 26', tO speed g r e en S c hwinn bicycle, v alued at $250. The bike was stolen by Palmer building E. Status pending. sac minutes 10.7.99 In attendance: Danielle Babski (chair), Andrew Jay, Lindsey Luxa, Shannon Dunn, Cathy Heath, Christy McCullough 1. Organization: Traditional Chinese Medicine IRP group Caroliz Perez Requesting: $700 for airfare and car rental for Carlos Viana, OMD Allocated: $350 2. Organization: Organic Gardening Jessica Noon Mosquera Requesting: $71.26 for plant for an organic garden. Allocated: $71.26 3. Organization: New College Writer's Collective Jessica Sparber Requesting: $300 to bring Mary Jane Ryals to the 4 Winds. Allocated: $300 4. Organization: Campus Beautification Trina Hofreiter, Chantelle Bourdeaux, Maggie Davis Requesting: $255 to plant native species in and around Pei Allocated: $255 5. Organization: The Catalyst Requesting: $1,320 for printing Allocated: $1,320 with the stipula tion that they become more self-sufficient 6. Organization: The Inconcievables Requesting: $340 for supplies for the show before Halloween PCP Allocated: $280 The blacklights are being bought by PCP 7. Organization: PCP Organizers Mario Rodriquez Requesting: $1,003.50 for sup plies, activities, and copies Allocated: $833.50. Also check price for fog machine Total Allocated : $1, 9 2 6 .2 6 Corrections w_e, at the Ca.taly?t, apologize for any mistakes or m1spnnts 1n the last issue. Nadia Stegeman


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