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Features Halloween movies, Sisters of Mercy -page 4 Superstar -page 5 Volume X, Issue 7 Cuba week commences by Mario Rodriguez If you pass third-year Bindya Mathew, stop, and inquire casually, as she puts it, "'Oh, when did the Symposium on Cuba start? Who are the speakers?"' Her prepared answer is: "Read the fucking signs." Then she will smile with slight ex asperation. Although not Cuban herself, Mathew organized a six day conference revolving around issues of Cuban life. Sponsored by Professor of Economics Fred Strobel, Ilead of the International Studies Committee, the week-long sympo sium includes 14 presentations given by students, speakers and activist groups. Moderators include Assistant Professor of Spani'>h Jose Spanish Terry Palls, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Sarah Hernandez. Mathew omitted major topics of discussion, uch as the church, im migration, and the effects of tourism. by necessity, saying that if the event were any longer her sanity would be at stake. Having lived in Cuba for a total of four months in the past year, Mathew questions the sanity of any one not interested in Cuban issues. She recalled an asthmatic Cuban friend who had to receive daily shots because he would only get one inhaler per month, usually contain ing half the expected ration. "You have to sit there with a blunt needle in your vein," Mathew noted, "It's crazy the things [Cubans] have to do." For example, they can't buy medicine from the U.S., she explained, so those with asthma problems or those who need antibiotics are out of luck. Cuba's pharmaceuticals hail from Europe, while their grain is imported from Asia, as opposed to Montana, where there is rotting surplus. Meanwhile, Mathew said many Cubans rot away themselves with malnutrition."Everybody's in a con sensus that Castro needs to be out," said Mathew, "and that this embargo I '' '' 6 lis way SEE CUBA ON PAGE Opinion Editorial: No homework, just fun, Guest Column: Activism -page 7 I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid. october 27 New College hosts New Urbanist architect 1999 The community Orangewood brings academia to the design table. by Heather Whitmore New Urbanist, Andres Duany is planning Orangewood, a new urbanist community right here in Sarasota. The week long Charrette, hosted by Associate Professor of Sociology David Brain, kicked off with a swank meet and greet event at the old Asolo Theater last Wedne day evening. There, Duany highlighted his "cutting-edge" desiYn, which will reinvigorate the corner of highway 301 :'nd University Parkway with a "complete professional town". Duany's master plan also includes an urban re search center for New College. The Charrette process is the heart of the New Urbanism's planning method It involves pulling to gether designers landscapers, engineers, and financial con. ultant, involved in planning process, for eight days to battle out the master plan. The face-to-face Charrettc cuts the "bureaucratic red tape" of conventional development by organizing all input at once. Traditional Ianni involves a dcsi 1 throu a chain of inLast Wednesday, Orangewood Charrette Raccoons' romp on campus causes cute crisis The campus has been ravaged by militant troops of hungry raccoons. free to pillage. Nevertheless, the remarkable chatm of these thieving raccoons has prevented most New College students from proposing any course of action stronger than secured garbage can lids and giving the raccoons, who can have a tendency towards belligerence when confronted, a wide berth. But do the masked mammals pose a threat to the students of New College? by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. Their black eyes glimmer with a roguish cunning as they slink from the shadowed treetops, their fur dappled in shades of hidden grey, padding on quiet claws to rum mage through the heaps of refuse left behind by the student body of New College. Thus far, their campaign of twilight raiding has met with great success; so much so, in fact, that the raccoons have stepped up their pro gram, wandering freely about the campus under the harsh light of day and in flagrant disregard of the pres ence of the very students whose trash the critters feel so Raccoons may look cute and cuddly, but they may also be the carriers of rabies. The North American raccoon, or Procyon Lotor, is undoubtedly one of the most easily-recognizable crea tures to be found across the length and breadth of the United States, but there is more to them than ringed tails and whiskered snouts. Students and other citizens of Florida, where urbanization has caused the raccoon pop ulation to appear in populated areas in ever-increasing numbers, should be aware of the risks and responsibili ties incurred when sharing space with a population of procyonids. Even more than the nuisance caused by the raccoons' nocturnal trash can raids, first and foremost in most people's mind is the threat of disease, particularly rabies. This is an admittedly distinct possibility; one out of every 200 raccoons will suffer from rabies, while oth ers can carry distemper, roundworm, or any of a wide range of diseases. Few of these are communicable to hu mans, but house pets are at a much more distinct risk. Nor should students be lured by the moist-eyed inno cence of raccoons into attempting to pet or feed them by hand. Raccoons have incredibly strong jaws and claws, and will not hesitate to bite or scratch if they feel they are being threatened,lsEE "RACCOONS" ON PAGE 3 I
2 The Catalyst KKK Rally Thrns Violent A highly publicized Ku Klux Klan rally in New York city on Saturday which drew thou sands of protesters and bystanders started peacefully before protesters clashed with the demonstrators, and then with the police. Five men dressed as Klan supporters talked their way by police and rushed the KKK's head knight, jumping on him and dragging him to the ground before police interjected. One of the Klan-a-likes was a high school teacher from Brooklyn who said "We ran into the group, and I ripped their banner away from them .. .l was put to the ground before I had the chance to do anything more. I would have done all I could to try to stop that group from organizing." The demonstration had been widely publi cized after the Klan were barred from wearing masks with their costumes under an obscure state law preventing public demonstrators from wearing masks by the United States Supreme Court. The Klan protested this decision saying that by nature of their popularity, their per sonal well being was in jeopardy if their faces were shown. Yanks and Braves Meet in Fall Classic The New York Yankees knocked off the Boston Red Sox in six games and so did the A&1anta &aves to the New York. ruining any c ance o a ong awai e su w a y senes between tbe two New Yor k t ea ms. The 1999 baseball World Series kicked off on Saturday with a 4-1 Yankee victory. Scientist's Discover Enzyme Liuked to Alzheimer's Scientists took the first big step in a long time in the battle against Alzheimer's disease this week. Researchers at Amgen found an Enzyme that cuts a brain protein in two, initi ating the spread and build up of debris in the brain. Scientists say that if their theory is cor rect, the next step is to start searching for a drug that will stop and prevent the tragic dis ease. Russia and Chechnya: A new chapter? News Russian rockets have been blamed by Chechnyan forces for blasts that destroyed a civilian marketplace and killed at least 140 people in the Chechnya capital of Grozny last Friday. Russia bas been involved in Chechnya affairs as of late after Islamic fundamentalists from Chechnya invaded Daegstan, a small province in southern Russia, during summer. More recently, however, these rebels have been blamed by Ru sian officials as playing a part in the eries of terrorist bombings in Moscow that left over 300 Russian civilian's dead. Russian officials strongly deny Russia's involvement in the blasts, saying that the rebels are to blame. The tragedy is the newest among a string of events dating back to 1996 involving Rus ia and the breakaway republic of Chechnya. UN Sends Peacekeeping Force to Sierra Leone Six-thousand peacekeepers are to help the troubled African State of Sierra Leone try to restore civility after the latest round of civil war. The main responsibility of the force will be to collect weapons from the warring fac tions and protect relief workers from isolated attacks. The recent civil war in Sierra Leone has been especially violent -and especially for civilians. US Secretary of State Madeline Albright described what she saw as "unspeakable horrors." Generally U.S. Budget Talks Stalemate The Republican led Senate and President Clinton have squared off once again this year over the US budget. In 1996, their inability to come to a resolution shut down the govern ment until the conflict could be re<>olved the following year. Republicans want to cut taxes and Clinton's spending proposals do not agree with the lax cut. The result is that the two ties have steered toward a third course: slashing the national debt. This action could have widespread political and economic conse quences. Van Doorn Ooms, researcher director for the Committee for Economic Development, commented that "Neither party had debt reduction as its priority, but it ended up being the common denominator they could on the dlock." October 27, 1999 Safe Passage Route Opened by Israel Hundreds of Palestinians, personal belong ings in hand, traveled by bus or taxi 28 miles across Israel to areas under Palestinian control. The "safe passage," for many, was the first time they had laid eyes on the country they had fought against for years. Taxi driver Ali Mohammed warned his passengers to be "care ful with those permits, they are your ticket to freedom." The safe passage signified an im portant step toward long awaited independent statehood for Palestinians. Israel Prime Minister Ehud Barak said that in the final peace deal, he hopes to build an elevated high way so that Palestinians can travel between Gaza and the West Bank without entering Israel. Lifetime Republican Patrick Buchanan has left the Republican party to seek the refonn party presidential nomination. Buchanan, whose ultra-conservative speech in the 1992 GOP convention was widely seen as the beginning of Bush's downfall in the '92 election, left because he claimed, "our vaunted two-party system is a snare and a delusion, a fraud upon the nation." Buchanan also at tacked NAFTA and GATT, claiming that U.S. soldiers were not meant to be in the service of a, New world order." orne Of oc antl n s new conira es 1 s were not to pleased to be fighting alongside the candidate, who recently wrote a book in which he claimed that the Holocaust was not sufficient justification for entering World War II. Recent reform party convert Donald Trump said of Buchanan, "He's a Hitler lover. I guess he's an anti-Semite. He doesn't like the blacks, he doesn't like the gays." Information compiled by The Associated Press and ABC online. No, we cannot report that Lieutenant Ripley failed in prevent ing space aliens from landing on the Earth. Oh, well. Maybe next catalyst The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ ... General Editor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby Online Editors Nikki Kostyun and David Saunders Layout Editor Michael Jones Photography Heather Whitmore Staff Writers Max Campell, Kathryn Dow, Darren Guild, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., Michael Sanderson, Mario Rodriguez Contributors Andrew A. Jay The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Pbotoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. 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3 The Catalyst News IFROM "RACCOONS" ON PAGE 1 I c and they WIJI almost certamJy see a loom i n g human as a threat in any context. Raccoons however, will not usu ally pose a d i rect thre a t to humans s o lon g as t hey are left a lone U n fortunately t h e swelling popul atio n of procyo n i d s on cam pu s is m aki n g direct friction between raccoons and students a very real possibility. According to Tom Barnard of the New College Housing Department, there are currently no plans in place to eliminate the Circle C Trapping, a local company specializing in the live trapping and removal of pests, nuisances, and other wildlife, describes their methods: a wire cage with a sliding door is placed in an area where raccoons have been sigh t e d p referably n ear t h eir us ual f ee din g a re a o r perhaps the trees where they usually make their home. The tra p may b e b a it e d w it h p ra ctically any thing, although raccoons seem to favor cat food, chicken n ecks, and sweet growing "raccoon menace". While it's obvious that the raccoons are becoming more prevalent across campus, A e p I hint for and growing bolder as time goes on, the situation is certainly not considered a crisis. The Housing Department keeping trash safe: has not received any complaints with tegards to raccoons. While Barnard agrees that "rabidity may be an Spray trash cans issue", he doesn't feel that the raccoons pose a direct threat to the health and wbll-being of students. with a mixture two However, he warns, should any sort of incident occur in which a student is harmed by the actions of a procy-f d onid, rabid or otherwise, reprisal against the raccoons Clips 0 water an will be "swift and severe", as soon as jurisdiction is es-f tablished as to whose job it is on campus to protect one teaspoon 0 students from raccoons. Head Groundskeeper A1 Matthews of the New Tabasco sauce to repel raccoons. com. The raccoon's entry into the trap causes the door to slide shut, allowing the trap, with the animal inside it, to be removed from the area. Unfortunately for students with a strong desire to indulge their primal hunting instincts, Tami Hardee of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says that live-trapping requires a perm1t from the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, except in the case of property damage caused by raccoons. However even with a permit, most regions of (including Sarasota County) have statutes against the relocation of Jive-trapped raccoons, due to the threat of spreading disease to resident raccoon populations, and recommends instead the humane destruction of the animal. Since an orchestrated program of genocide against the raccoons is not what is sought here at New College, Tami has some much more practical suggeshons. Trash cans can be sprayed with a mixture of two cups water to one teaspoon ofTabasco auce. The oil-based College Physjcal Plant has a more proactive take on the matter; he feels that students should take matters into their own hands. He recommends throwing things, al though presumably nothing heavier than a tennis ball, at raccoons to shoo them away from trash cans, and even suggests placing live traps for the beasts. "Place them on level ground, though, because those raccoons are fighting powerful when they're cornered. And don't try to reach in and take them out." He says that while maintenance workers and groundskeepers have made particular note of the large number of raccoons on campus, he sincerely doubts that any massive act ion will be taken against them. Thus, it is the students' responsibility to care for and protect their own garbage. Trapping, however, may not be a viable option for New College studen t s. hot sauce will adhere to the raccoon's paws, causing an unpleasant burning when they eat that will usually dissuade them from fur ther raiding of the receptacle. Alternatively, students with a desire to maintain the sanctity of their trash can purchase raccoon-proof trash cans at Home Depot or Wal-Mart, or simply weight down the lids of the trash cans they already own with heavy rocks. .. ... ,. For more information on procyonids, visit the Raccoon Web at www.loomcom.com/raccoons, or call the Fish and Wildlife Commission in Lakeland at 941-648-3205, or visit your local library
les, Ben Ruby and David Saunders 1. The Shining 2. In the Mouth of Madness 3. Hellraiser 4. Candyman 5. Psycho 6. Aliens 7. Pet Semetary 8. The Exorcist PU\U9 t u i OUTER SPACf Plan 9 From Outer Space 2. Elivira: Mistress of the Dark 3. I Know What YOU Did Last Summer 4. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 5. John Carpenter's Vampires 6. Leprechaun 7. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (It's still a classic) 8. Maximum Overdrive 9. Ghoulies 1. Bram Straker's Dracula 2. Legend 3. Interview with a Vampire 4. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 5. The Hunger 6. Anything by Tim Burton 7. Anything Evil Dead 8. The Prophecy 9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 10. The Lost Boys Eldritch has managed to keep the Sisters of Mercy alive Despite a terrible opening act, the Sisters pulled off a highly energetic and entertaining show. by Kathryn Dow Bowiesque look which was presented. The white leather jacket (slightly too Andrew Eldritch may have renounced the goth scene, but hi rumored small), and white turtleneck completed his "NotAGoth" image. Even less distaste for his black-clad minions did not show at the Sisters of Mercy show "goth" was the blue and yellow "United Federation of Planets" jersey-style at the Orlando House of Blues (SoM at HoB, as we called it) on Friday, shirt he later changed into, to the elation of the NASA employees next to me October 15. This show was the last North American date in their 1999 "To in the crowd. Contrary to the stories I'd beard over the years, "Uncle Andy" The Planet Edge" tour. Mter Tube, a thoroughly uninspiring and out-ofseemed thrilled to be performing in front of a sea of black clothing. Though place opening act, took his synthesizers and dull techno off the stage, and a his eyes could never be een behind his omnipresent sunglasses, he smiled at brief wait, the Sisters came on, opening with one of their best and most powthe crowd. He flirted with those in the front of the floor area by reaching his erful songs, "Ribbons." Their attempt to kick-start the hand out not quite close enough to touch, then taunting show with this hard-driving opener unfortunately suf-us with a coquettish grin. He tossed us cigarettes fered due to a poor mix and a ridiculously goth ennui the (Marlboro Lights, if anyone was wondering), and even crowd seemed to be displaying. Maybe the audience gave a friend of mine his drink, which was in a picwas still feeling the mind-numbing effects of Tube. turesque Zephyrhills bottle, perfect for the mantelpiece Regardless, after a few songs, the mix was leveled of any household. The concoction, later determined to out, and when the band struck the opening chords of be a Vodka and Cranberry, was dubbed "SoM Swill" by "Dominion (Mother Russia)", the concert suddenly skyone of the concert goers. rocketed from merely good to truly excellent. From this Eldritch is the only remaining human member of the point, the band played mostly their old classics, such as 1980 s lineup. He was,of course, joined by his long "Something Fast" and "This Corrosion", turning the standing drummer, bassist and keyboardist, Doktor concert into a big sing-along, and a few newer tunes, Avalanche, a very large machine, supposedly still run such as ''Summer" and "Romeo Down'' They are still Andrew J:: ldritch looks like David Bowie. took at ning off of an old 286. Also joining him for this tour theoretically going to be releasing this new material, but him. lie's godlike Nay, he is God. were Adam Pearson (solo guitar, backing vocals, and it has not yet happened. Despite the rumors I had heard of their change in bass), and Mike Varjak (rhythm guitar). Pearson joined the Sisters in 1993 sound, the new songs came off as the old tried and true Sisters that we've and Varjak has been playing with them since the 1997 "Distance Over Time" come to know. The high point of the evening was when the Sisters launched tour. into "Vision Thing", which spawned some mild moshing and frenzied The newest incarnation of SoM still has the life and passion they brought screaming on the HoB floor. u in the eighties. Hopefully, they will chose to swing through Florida again Their chain-smoking frontman, Eldritch himself, really surprised me. I before too long. In the meantime, you can get your Sisters fix at knew he had "changed his image" from the black-clad longhair of the eighthttp://www.the sisters-of-mercy.com (the brand-spankin'-new official site, ies, so I was expecting the short, bleached-blonde hair and vaguely unfortunately still under construction).
s The catat.st Entertainment Even with a stereotypical plot s t fll October 27 t999 T his movie, b t upers ar S I e ICitS 8 laugh es appreciated by hardcore SNL fans, may c om e a cross a s a d ud. by Nikki Kostyun "This is my story and you should a tt t' now" opens the movie s p Y a en IOn because its starting right uperstar, oddly enough with b p erforming synchronized swimming and crformiJ escent guts h ere, we are taken through the e of poorlt From Saturday Ni}:ht Live prodigy, this M II creatiOn a G allagher. You know her she's tile 0 s Mary Kathcnne over-nnagmahve b Catho l ic school teen who sticks her finge h mov1e-o sesscd when she gets nervous. rs m er armptts and smells them S u perstar is the most recent SNL sketch turned mov fall member Bruce McCulloch as director d S'NI .'e, wrth Krds Ill the d v an Lorne M1chaels a s pro ucer. rrom knowmg this we have an id a f h r I h I I f c o w at to expect 'l plot tOrm.u a Wit a o the stereotypical aspects. F1rs t we need a funny, ostracized protagonist. Du h M a ry K a t he r ine's parent s died when she was an infant aft b ciou s ly ripped t o s h reds by a school of hammerhead sha k' Sher emg Vl-1. th 1 r s. e grows up Jvmg on e u g 1est s tr ee t m th e u g l iest ho u se, with the ugliest do On! a Jury D_u_ty fan could lov e this p ooch. She resi d es with feis t y Grandmother, w h o 1s r e m iniscent of a relative or frien J until the mov1e-goer recognize s her a s non e other t h a n G l y n 1 s 1 h th f f tt th f M o ns, e s u rage e mo er rom ary Poppin s AIJ schoolgirl Mary Katherine wants in life i s a k1'ss Not t k' .. J U S a ny I SS mmd Y.ou -a btg-tlme, hold-your-breath-'til you think -you're-goingt of a int f1de kiss." Unfortunately no matter how h a d h tnes, no one wtll kiss her. r s e This the g?a1 o f the movie: Mary Katherine must experience one of thes e Ideal r o m a nti c to ngue b a t hs, a nd the only way to ex e h to b orne vou .1 "S p nence t at 1s 1, a TAH." S h e h 'Vanous er musend her "someone to make out with." Flash forward to Catholic high school. Mary Katherine invitingly Jets wind blow her thigh-length skirt up, revealing the ever-so-sexy cotton Hanes-for-Her briefs, before entering the social holocaust that is high school. It's antics like this, tree kissing, and comparing the relative weight of her breasts, that make Shannon's character the driving, and almost only, comedic force of the movie. It's idiosyncratic, it's well loved by SNL fans, and frankly it's so odd it's funny. "Skid mark." "Lesbo." "Boob sweat." Yes, those pious parochial students sure know how to compliment their classmates. However, this does not wear down Mary Katherine. "Did you know that I am rubber and you are glue, so whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you,'' she informs the peo ple in the hall. Mary Katherine spends her afternoons working a the rewind girl at Kip's Video Store. It is here where she perfects her craft by "studying all the su perstars in the movies." a result, Mary Katherine spends dinners practicing telekinesis in case a bucket of pigs blood is ever poured on her head. She also occasionally chooses to express her feelings through mono logues from made-for-TV movies. Not quite Carrie"! Mary Katherine gets slammed by the e vil Evian. Molly Shannon (righ t ) and WilL Fe rrel (lert ) do 'the r,obot'. S J' zn uper s tar W hat's n e x t in th e formula? w 11 f of aff e c t i o n Fellow SNL 0 co ur s e,. we need the un a ttainable object pl a y e r a nd lu s t in te rest o f tFhe stladr football m p l ay h h erre oes well ea a H tg sch?ol of the fact th a t i s he appe a r s over 30 y rs o e a nd t a untm g f n e nd s mod e l t h e p e rfect s t e reot ical a n p o pul a r S k y l S kno w n fo r h is s pectacular danc e m oves a nc es t h a t he mven t s, s u c h as t he peppermin t stick" and "the fa h' Oh no s th x mac me. orne ,mg t s m way of Mary Katherin e 's m1tm t e love and a d oraho": for Sky It s our pnmary antagonist, girlfriend of Sky and the "most most popular, most bulimic girl at St. Mon ica's." Head c heerleader Ev1 Elaine as t h e shre w oi' the choo\. What else do we need beR? The only through which Mary Katherine can become a "Superstah." Fortunately, tile school is holding the "Let's Fight Venereal Disease Talent Contest." From here the conflict reaUy begins. Evian informs Mary Katherine that she "can not let hymenally challenged dogs try out for the talent show," which only fuels Mary Katherine's obsession with winning the contest. Now the plot has been calculated; the stage is set. What remains of the movie is a decent mixture of typical SNL humor, familiar comedic faces, pre dictable outcomes, and the occasional make-out session with a stop sign. Canadian Tom Green plays Dylan, the goofy altar boy and friend to Sky. Mark McKinney, current SNL and Kids in the Hall member, is the relatively bland school priest Father Ritley. Father Ritley is also responsible for Mary Katherine's placement in the special education class. She is proud to be "special" enough to join this group of kids who end up being not mentally challenged, just really weird. Have no fear movie goers, the movies does pack a bit of mystery. The "retard class" receives an addition: Slater, the boy who doesn't talk and is ru mored to have killed his parents. He is played by Harland Williams, best remembered as th e cadaver bearing hitchhiker in Something About Mary or the urine drinking cop in Dumb and Dumber. Slater constantly reappears in the movie, material izing out of a dusty road on his motorcycle, with a twangy almost see dy, mu s ical score in the background which becomes an n o yin g after his 2 0th appe ar a nce Who is this bomber jacket clad man'? Why doesn t he talk? Whe n was the last t i me he washed his face? All that i s left now are the climax and denouement, two parts that the w a tcher can accurately predict by the time of their arrival in the movie. This is when all the critical questions arc finally revealed. Does Mary Katherine reach Superstah status? Does she get to kiss Sky'? Does Evian ever digest food ? Iu conclusion, no, Superstar wil1 not reach superstardom. It will not make th e viewer aware of the beauty of life or the corruption of society. It will not provide the viewer with religious images and themes, or endle s masturba tion humor. It will, however, provide the viewer with classic Mary Katherine Gallagher humor, flat insipid, taunting high school students. That, and some all inclu s ive words of wisdom from the star herself: "drugs are bad."
6 The Catalyst News October 27, 1999 Duan y's Orangewood will be built off of University Parkway ('DuANY" ON PAGE 1 jdrew businessmen, visionaries, and stu L---------------'dents from the Sarasota/Manatee county. Once the audience took their seats, Bob Chapman, architectural partner in Duany and Plater-Zyberk, explained that the task of the Orangewood project was to create, "smart growth rather than urban sprawl." After the next few speakers, it became clear that there are two aspects to the proposed project: economic success and community integration. WJ. Mills, known for their work on Sarasota's new downtown library, will head Orangewoods construction. From their perspective, "financial success" is paramount. From a sociological perspective, Brain spoke of the posi tive impact the design should have on the area, "as a place that might integrate and also enhance the economic, cultural, educational, and spiritual life of the community." then handed the stage over to the land's owner, Jean Charlotte. For five generations the land has beeh a farmed orange grove, as well as a spot for Ringling's circus to practice in the off-season. Charlotte recently inherited the land and wanted to turn it over for development. From the start Charlotte knew she wanted to build a "place for cul ture, not just suburbs." She explained her vision, ""'fr "On a stack of index cards and with a Sharpie marker I wrote down 'ORANGEWOOD, PEOPLE, and THOSE SEASIDE PEOPLE!!'." Da The stage was set. Duany took the podium to ad-at the lecture dress an audience of peaked interest and admiration. "New Urbanism is a ref orm m ove m ent," h e expla in ed. Duany excited the audience when he explained hi s desire t o combat s u b urbia with self-contained and walkable towns. He reminded doubtful & iiJld his co_ntributions io Disney's Celebration. The power of Duany's method he expJamed, is that he tries to, "envision a complete community where there is not one." "We design across the present,'' Duany said with flare, as he elaborated on how his troop of nco-traditionalist planners would create a community mold based on alternative coding and civic involvement for Orangewood. This community mold is supposed to propel Sarasota into the future. As Duany p ut it, "Th e n eo t r aditional e t hos is a way of p ragmatically selecti n g w h at e v e r work s -best in t h e lon g run ... we are rebuilding that Embargoes hurt Cuba (FROM "CUBA" ON P A G E 1 I '-------------lout of date and the results of cruelty a n d bitterness of a fe w people. The amount of suf fering it's causing is ju t unnecessary and unjustifiable" Mathew hoped, "People [at New College] are going to which is best about anytime." Orangewood's revolutionary feature is its unification of leisure and work. Duany's mission is architectural, political, economic, and ecological. Overall, his goal is make a comfortable environment where both business and social life can flourish. To create an optimal town-center, Duany's team will draw up a series of codes that dictate street networks, pedestrian ways, building heights, and housing distribution. The results wiJI be a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution via a network of streets that replaces vehic ular trips with walking-orientated routes. Duany's New Urbanist (nco-traditionalist) vi sion of Orangewood means converting the 110 acres of land into a walkable complex of profes sional and civic buildings. Although the exact composition of Orangewood is still unclear, it's likely to include architectural firms, industrial buildings, shops, restaurants, a civic/cultural cen } ter, a hotel, and a few live/work apartments. S There are also plans to construct the first stop on Florida's bullet train. re To the delight of both Brain and Duany, there will be a facility for social research and action '1 within Orangewood. For Brain,, the opportunities the project has brought to New College are pro found. "Personally I Ca!}'t believe my good fortune to host a Charrette right here on the New College campu ," Brain commented. Orangewood. Orangewood will provide the perfect location for the community action center that Brain has been cultivating on campus. The project has inspired both praise and discontent among students. Some st ud e nt s ar e conce rn e d that Oran gewoo d will n o t b e nefit for the e n vi ronment or the Sarasota community at large. The impact on surrounding nei moods and businesses was not an i sue in ua 's lectuJ;e 1 1 Concerned stu ents, sue as h1r -year il y s 16caii6n might be problematic: "He got at everything except the social justice aspect, which appears to be very little." Armshaw went on to comment, "I'm basi cally really in favor of the project. I just wish it was different in some ways, the most important being including New Town in the design process." "Police presence in New Town will go up. This could bring increased crime and New town's culture being shut down," explained forth-year Jen Shaw. start wondering,'Why don't they have these materials? Why .. are they forced to do all these crazy things just to survive?" Mathew was puzzled that anyone would not be interested, "All these stories like that. How could you not be interested in what's going on there?" Students can take an interest tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sudakoff. Miami's Free Cuba, a pro-embargo activist group, will discuss human rights abuses and dissidents in Cuba. Tampa' Cuba Vive, an anti-embargo constituency, will talk about the embargo. Both organizations want to offer student activist opportunities Thurs d ay from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Sudakoff, Alex Chavez, President of the Gulf Coast Latin American Chamber of Commerce, and Roland Piccone, President of the Sarasota/Manatee International Trade Organization, will address investment opportunities in Cuba. On Friday, Mat h ew, Anamaria Diaz-Balart, and SheJiy Bull plan to lead the forum from t h e perspective of women on the topic of free speec h as well as to discuss urban bias, racism, and Afro Cuban culture a n d revolution. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Four W inds Cafe. ... Nestor will present his artwork an d talk abou t h is experience as a Cuban-Amencan on Saturday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the coffeehouse. Michael Canney will si m ultaneously display his pho t ography
7 The catal 0 inion Editorial: A call for no homework over PCPs Well, it's October. If you didn't know that, you call, "Committee for Student Well Being in the Face of probably have noticed that every year around this a Weekend of Wholesome Fun," or CSWBFWWF for time people start behaving oddly. They dress up short. The committee's first action will be to decl_othes, and at New College, they parclare that no papers, reading, or homework be hc1pate m an annual ntual of debauchery as igned over a PCP weekend. Also, nothmg kn_own as a Palm _All_ of this \ shall be turned into professors before a holi-bnng u to the pomt of thts edttonal: PCP 71f0 day. This way even professors can expect a good, homework bad. few work free weekends. There would, of I-Jow can party crazed students, exhausted from course, be an exception for the is tudents, who participating in the PCP and in its auxiliary activigenerally don't know what month it is anyway. ties throughout the weekend be expected to focus on However, we urge everyone to go easy on their patheir work? It just isn't fair. pers and theses and have tons of fun this weekend. We That is why, we at the Catalyst, demand the formahave all earned it, even the slackers (you know who tion of a joint faculty/student committee to protect the you are). well being of over worked student and teachers. This Maybe CSWBFWWF is a dream, but we can still committee, which, for lack of a better name we would enjoy ourselves without it. Guest Column: Activism? What activism? By Andrew A. Jay ucate people about abuses towards Whatever." I was sitting in my sociology women, stuff like the clothesline That's what I hear. class earlier this week, sipping my project." "I don't care ... whatever." range/guava/passionfruit juice from I sit there, sipping from my mug, Is this lack of compassion and my New College mug that everyone staring at this representative of the motivation left over from some assumes is always filled with beer, FMLA, the largest and best funded grunge era of a few years ago? and listened to the professor ask stugroup on campus, and think about (fhank you Seattle!) dents about activist groups on how few groups actually do someOr have we just given up, we campus. Unproductive silence thing. Don't get me wrong, the can't fight the capitalist machine, lingers on for a minute or two, until FMLA does a noble thing in educat-let's just sit here and drown away our broken by a daring youth who ing people, but a million and one misery with drugs and alcohol, and proudly admit she is part of the punk bands and s_imilar groups are wait to be as imilated. FMLA. Wh sor what the FMLA does she pauses ing people about the injustices in our and wait to be assimilated! I'm for a bit and replies "Urn ... I'm not society, in fact I just spent an hour, going to fight! sure ... Urn ... I'll get back to you." sipping on my mug, and being eduOr at least I want to ... After a few tidbits from other people cated about how fucked up our But how am I going to do it? about how a few of their friends are society is. But all this education I don't know part of this or that group, the same means shit unless people stand up It doesn't matter "'u d d do somethi"ng Whatever ... FMLA representahve states "e e an Do you kno\v someone who you've always thought would be perfect for New College.? The Otfice of invites you to add your I independent, eccentric )'OUI 0\'\'1"'1 hcr0.} hgh sc 00 student semor) to our m;;ul,ng lst. Please fill out the alladted form as completely ac; and then return tl to Prospectave s udenl' full Mailing Addres5 C':ity Phonf" ..... ... ________ ...... ___ ... .. -State 7ip [ __ I ligh $chool Ll -----------Year oi Graduation L--------------------to Student Nc\v College of Oiftee of Admio;-;iurt\ 5700 N Tamiaml Trl I L 3423& t941J v .. 9.4 :>6<> FA.'< <94 t) 359 4435 We, at the Catalyst, apologize for any mistakes or misprints in the last issue. We retract all the information in last week's Town Meeting article regarding the Athletic Fee Committee, Athletic Fees and Activity and Service Fees. Contribution Guidelines Letter to 'Tbe A ous articles, letters an or editorials, or an opinion that is intended to be shared with the student body. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 and are not a forum for free advertising. Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may ran_ge in length from 250500words. Guest Column: A so licited OP.inion piece. Guest columnists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All should received by Fnday 5pm m order to appear in the next issue. E-mail or floppy disk submissions are pre ferred.
8 The Catalyst Newt: My mommy always said there were no monsters---no real ones---but there are. The Clothesline Project will be held on Tuesday October 26 from Sam to 6pm in Palm Court. Come to Fight Club, on Friday 10/29/99 at Midnight in the Fishbowl. Newt: Why do grown-ups say that? The week long symposium on Cuba will be held on October 25-30 in Sudakoff Center during the week and the 4 Winds Cafe during the weekend. 10.18.99 Petit Theft Victim reported that un known person(s) stole her 26", ten speed bicycle from a bike rack in the Pei dorms. Estimated value is $250, Status is pending Congratulations New College Campus. We are proud to report that this week has been almost crime free. That's right, no trespassing, no indecent ex posure. Just wait until after this weekend ... Announcements October 27, 1999 Ripley: Because mostly, it's true. Gurdjiieff and Ouspensky Philosophy Lecture: "The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolutions" will be held on Saturday November 6 at 3pm in the Selby Public Library. Electronic Ecologies: Cyberspace and the Redefinition of Nature will be given by Dr. Ursula Heise, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Columbia University,on Monday November 1 at 7pm in Sudakoff Have a freaky All Hallows' Eve. sac minutes 9.19.99 In attendance: Danielle Babski (chair), Andrew Jay, Lindsey Luxa, Christy McCullough, Shannon Dunn, Cathy Heath, Molly Robinson, Jen Shaw All votes are unanimous with the ex ception of the chair who does not vote. 1. 4 Winds Cafe Ayleen Perez Requesting: $400 to bring De Blois Milledge and her band to the 4 Winds Cafe on 10/22. Allocated $400.00 for hotel and 73.9 a person honorarium 2. Shabbat Dinner Debra Herrick Requesting: $92.00 for food from Sahara Allocated: $92.00 from Food Reserve 3. Andy Warhol Party Regina Gelfo, Carly Earnshaw Requesting: $114.50 for decorations and copies Allocated: 69.50 from the Other Party Fund 4. FMI.A (Feminist Majority) Carly Earnshaw Requesting: $58.89 to develop FMLA pictures and scan them Allocated: $50.00 at Wal-Mart 5. SAC Secretary SAC Requesting: $36.05. One additional hour a week at $5.15/hour for the SAC Secretary Allocated: $36.05 Allocations: $486.05 From Other Party Fund: $69.50 From Food Reserve: $92.00 **Danie lle Babski has resigned from the SAC due to time con straints. Jen Shaw will be the temporary chair as of 9/19/99** **SAC meets on Tuesday at 6pm in the 4 Winds Cafe** ***SAC forms are available outside of Barbera's office and must be turned in before 5pm on Monday in order to be held on Tuesday** Mon. Oct. 25th 9:30 Noon University of Florida Law School will have an information table in the Hamilton Center. Stop by to check out requirements for law school. OMI offers an undergraduate college course January 5 January 26, 2000 on protecting the endangered hump back whales and field research techniques. Students work with an organization to directly protect whales and dolphins. Learn more about OMI by visiting the website at www.oceanmammalinst.org. 5:00 PM Florida State University, College of Law will hold an Admission Seminar and discuss qualification to enter law school. Oct. 27th 10:00-2:00 USF at Tampa will have Conservancy of Southwest Florida Internship : Looking for students or graduates with an interest in ation as it relates to education, science, re search, museums, environmental protection, and wild animal rehabilitation. Interns receive a cost of living allowance of $100 per week, housing is optional and may be provided at no cost. To find out more about available internships at The Conservancy, visit their website at www.conservancy.org. Ocean Mammal Institute (OMI) Internship: National Security Education Program (NSEP): Brief Overview: NSEP focuses on geographical areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepre sented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. The scholarship amount is based on financial need. The amount wilJ vary from the cost of participa tion in a proposed study abroad program to partial support. The maximum award is $8,000. Must be nom inated by home institution. Deadline: February 7, 2000. For more information check out our website at www.sarasota.usf.edu/CareerCenter/Fellowships.btm#F ellowship.