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Features ew Alcohol Policy, Heritage Scholars -page3 Online Bookstores -page 4 Volume XI, Issue 4 P ane collision Is four by Mario Rodriguez 2,000 degrees fahrenheit that was the high temperature of the blaze that consumed two Ce na airplane at Sara ora-Bradenton International Airport after they col lided on Runway 14 Ia t Thursday. Feder al Inve tig a t o r from the ational Transportation Safety board concluded Monday the planes were cleared for take-off 13 seconds apart, though a final report is not expected for everal months. Under the guidance o f Lori Bahre nbur g, a 2 6 -year-o l d in tru e tor for Cirrus Aviation, Student ing to fulfill a lifelong dream of piloting an aircraft. They were g1ven to take ott at 10:35 am Thur day morning. Thirteen econds later, Sarasota Fl ing C lu b leader and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Julius Taubman, 81, and busine man David Mouckley, 75, were also gi en clearance 1 hey tried to take off be fore colliding with Heffner and Bahrenburg, who were taxing across their path. There were no urvivors. We aw the huge black cloud. What v as weird was you didn't hear anything," said Deborah Ann trong, a flight nurse with airport -ba ed Bayflite 2. "Our pilot went out in a golf cart, saw how catastrophic i t was and said 'We won't be getting a call.' Another witne s beard some thing. "I heard them hit, like a car collision," said James Cavanaugh, who frequently observes airport traf tc over lunch. "Then it wa<> ju t a big ball of flames. 11 "The take-off Ce na managed to get a couple of feet off the ground, n he recalled. ''Then its wings tailed and be plowed into the oncoming plane on the ground. 11 Airport spokesman Jim aiman ''PLANE" ON_PA_G_E_S ___ _. :. .-. Features .. Drowning Mona -page 5 History Professor -page6 New College TV -page7 The best we could do in 2 hours March 16, 2000 Se ator proposes '' ogling University'' Vague proposal would make USF -Sarasota home for a new university by ichaeJ Sanderson ection 2. (1) The fir t four baccalaureate and Ma ter's degree oriented universities will be a fol low .... (d) Ringling University in Sarasota County. TI1esc lines are contained in an early draft of legislation by Republican State Senator Dan Sullivan, part of a Jong-tenn plan to revamp higher education. A new class of univer ities would be created by his bill, with "the emphasis ... on teaching, not research, founded out of exi ling univers i ties peripheral facilities, such as the arasota campus of USF. would be ab orbed by the new universities. Section 2 continues: "(2) The univer ities will be developed using a combination of new and existing facilities, with initial development at locations and facilities in the state's existing postsecondary education ystems." Section 3 direct a Post econdary Education Planning Commission to determine lhe location of these 4 univer ities, con id e ring ''e. i ting local po t econdary opportunities." Campus Dean and Warden Michael Bassi when a ked to comment, said "from what I know there's not enough information to make a judgement" as to what the plan' effect might be. Building on the branches seemed natural to Sullivan. Quote d in the Tampa Tribune on March 9 he said We have insti t ution s ba ically in place, and the need exists to b ing fuUfl e d ged in s titut ion int o l ocal e tt ings. Accord ing to a press release faxed with t he plan, This i no casual adjustment: if enacted, the plan would create a 2 tiercd unive r sity system in Florida a core system of the current univer itie and a y tern of teaching universitie i n w hich s tudents can earn a four year degree. The secondary education ystem o f Califo rn i a whe r e t h e U niversi t y o f California a n d t h e California State Univer ity ystem arc separated ac cord.mg !o similar purpo. es, provided the inspiration for ullivan sponsored a plan to expend upper level course on branch campuses and even bring t hem to community colle es. While the lan was enacted, he i u t e d as The hill's language wa ometimes ambiguou a to aymg "Our pre nt yswhat degree existing institution such as ew College, tern continues to deny udy Ge s aft name new U President Genshaft, current provost of the University at Albany, takes office June 1 by Michael Sanderson two field USF would like to augment. Moreover, Now the b ard of regents can rest ea ier, a the Tampa' Interstate-4 corridor ba attracted hundred of Univer ity of South Florida-headless since Betty new busine e in recent years, which the univer ity Castor announced her resignation last Augu t has a would like to develop relations with. new woman in charge. Judy Regents Chai man Alan Genshaft, current Provost of tlle Herbert s trip to the current State University of New York-campu cs of the three finalists Albany, will take the reins of improved Gen haft's standing expecting to make with the board, as he was the 34,000 student ch l, curunanimously recommended by rently one of the twenty largest in her current faculty. And early the Unite{! States, into the ranks last week, still undecided but of first-class re earch univer ities. leaning towards her, Herbert Her selection came de. pite the gave Genshaft a pop quiz on fact that from th beginning she how she plans to raise USF to was not a strong cont nder for the the next level of rc. earch in tipost. After the search advL ory tutions, and how she would committee. elected her as one of 7 handle inappropriatene in the semi-finalists, it did not rccom-athletic department She mend her in tbe next rounds of passed. cuts. She wa chosen by the Genshaft doesn't take office board nly because a 4-4 deaduntil July 1, although she lock was broken by a declaration reputation for research impre sed the Regents. hopes to begin her duties of a board member of her upcrior L------------------' lightly sooner. he will be fund-rai ing abilities. The other two finali ts were seexpected to see the university through a period of ad lected unamiously. vancement, particularly the development nece ary to However, experience, pecifically in high-tech fields, improve its research ranking. Genshaft, at a news conhelped her secure the po t. The Univcr ity at Albany ha ference held over the phone, aid her first priority strong programs in microelectronics and biotechnology, would be to meet rEE "PRESIDENT'' ON PAGE 4 I

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2 The Catalyst Fi t Sig Deal With Ge eral Motors In the increasingly incestuous trend of large corpor.:ttion partnerships, Fiat and GM have combined forces. They will not actually be merging, but their 2.4 billion dollar vehicle production alliance will involve shared stock and partnerships in technological research and innovation. According to their head officials, the two companies intend to remain competi tors, though each will benefit from the other's success. Gas Prices Climbing, Drivers Climb Walls Gas prices are still going up, as any car-de pendent person has undoubtedly noticed. ational averages are similar to local prices regular unleaded $1.5450, mid-grade $1.6385, and premium $1.7234 (all but certain states are suffering more than Florida. San Franciscans are currently paying an aver age of $1.83 per gallon for elfserve regular While the 1980 oil shortage caused higher gas prices (adju ting for inflation), the peed with which prices are increasing is a national record. News Sharon Ruland, a ]>Okeswoman for the "Got Milk?" campaign called PEfA's effort "ridicu lous on so many levels." Student Binge Drinking Remains Popul r A survey released tuesday by the Harvard School of Public Health reported that 44 per cent of college undergraduates engaged in binge drinking in 1999. This stati tic is within one percentage point of surveys done in 1997 and 1993. The survey, which a ked tudents how many times in the two preceding weeks they had engaged in binge drinking, al o found that the number of student who hinged at lea t three times had increa ed. In 1993, these fre quent bingers accounted for just under 20 percent, but they have increa ed to 23 percent. Intere tingly, the percentage of students who had abstained completely for a year also grew, from 15 percent in 1993 to 19 percent in 1999. Binge drinking is defined as having five drinks in a row for males, or four for females. NRA, Clinton Engage in Verbal Parrying The known oppo ilion between President Wall-Climber Chastised in Court Clinton and the RA has turned per onal. On Monday, the French daredevil known as Clinton made tatements in Cleveland on "Spiderman" pleaded guilty to charges of crimMonday accusing the NRA of "sla h-and-burn" inal tre passing. The charges resulted from hi tactics to derail hi guncontrol Jegi lation. scaling of the 110 story Sears Tower last fall. RA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre Alain Robert, 37 wa placed on criminal uper said on Sunday that Clinton is "willing to ac vi ion for a year. He was also ordered to have cept a certain level of killing to further his March 16, 2000 Pigs Join Ranks Of Cloned Critters PPL Therapeutics, who created Dolly the Sheep from cloned DNA, have successfully produced a litter of cloned piglets. The five lit tle squealers are named Millie, Christa, Alexis, Carrel, and Dotcom, and are all clones of an adult ow. PPL hopes thi advance will be help ful in organ transplants 'It is potentiaJly a u eful technology to develop new lines of pig for [tran plant],' the company said. 'However, the next tep is to see if the technology can be applied to developing genetically modified an imals whose organs can be transplanted into human without being rejected." Normally, the human body rejects pig organs as foreign due to a sugar group inherent in them. "no illegal contact" with the skyscraper in the political agenda and his vice president." First Online Election Occurs in Arizona future. Hi sky craper-climbing habits are linton aid in re ponse that "we ought not en-In Arizona, Democrats had the option last po :or d 'i a :hatnpl)() company, which ben-gage in [these) political smear tacti ." week to cast their vote in &be prima lion 1 m e p i i y ...... ....... y way of the mterneL e webs it losed PETA Promo es Beer, Not Milk While lorida is pa ing legislation to fur ther inhibit underagers from their drunken revel., People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is launching a ''Got Beer?" campaign. PETA i including in their campaign the asser tion that drinking beer is healthier than mi&k, but add that fruit juice and oy milk are cer tainly even healthier alternative than beer. The parody campaign i intended to draw at tention to the health problems a. ociated with milk and the mistreatment of milk cows. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is not amu. cd, fearing that the campaign will promote under age drinking. The milk industry, on the other hand, finds the campaign generally laughable. Clitalyst General ditor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby Tribune-Times De I Complete The Tribune Co. is buying out the Times Mirror Co., a merger that will create the world third-largest new paper company. The deal results in a coast-to-coast media giant incorporating the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Time and several telev1sion stations and internet. ites. John Madigan, Tribune CE01 commented that "con olidation is the future." American Beauty Actors Win SAG Awards Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey both re ceived awards from the Screen Actor Guild Sunday night for their performances in the film American Beauty. ine out of ten actor and F riday at midnight, when some 35,675 people had ca t early ballot via computer. Regular polling sites opened this Tuesday, or the more traditionally-minded voters to make their presence and opinions known. The quantity of votes cast the fir t day of internet polling surpa sed the total turnout for Democrats at the 1996 pre idential primary. In light of the recent episodes of major online companies being hacked, though, there are some concerns about security. Indeed, some voters did have trouble casting their online ballot and the Voting Integrity Project plans to challenge the result of the election in court. actresses who have received the SAG honor Information compiled from the Associated Press have claimed a liule golden man at the 0 car. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon Layout Editors Mario Rodriguez and Michael Sanderson Online Editor and Busines Manger ikki Kostyun ored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It i developed in th New College PubJication Office u ing Adobe Photo hop and Quark Xpress for owerMacinto. band printed at the Bradentoll Herald with money provided by the ew College Student Alliance. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submi ions should be labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Submi sions in "rtf' or "WriteNow" format may be aved to the Cataly t Contribution Copy Editor Kathryn Dow Jhotography Heather Whitmore StafTWriters Max Campbell, Darren Guild, Kelly Jones, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., Leah Schnclbach Direct submissions and inquirie to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst{g lvirtu.sar.u<>fedu The Caraly.!>t reserves the right to edit ubmissions for space, grammar or style. in the Temp Directory on the Publications Ofhce file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailcd to catalyst@virtu. No anonymous ubmi ions will be accepted. All submis ions must be received by 5:00 p.m. in order to appear in the following week Issue.

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3 The Catalyst News March 16, 2000 State mandates parental notification of under-age drinking Next year a new coordinator of housing will specialize in student drug and alcohol counseling. by Mario Rodriguez On February 18 in Orlando, the state Board o f Regents ordered Florida' s 10 uni v ersitie s to put to gether a policy allowing officials to notify parent s when their under-age children violate a law or university rule g overning the u s e of a l cohol or controlled subst a nces The regents also voted to ask Florida l awmakers to change the st a te statute that prevent s schools from notifying the parents of student s who are considered financially independent. Federal law does not have that prohibition. Applying to an estimated 40,000 students in the university system who are under 21 and finan cially dependent on their parents, University officials said the policy is needed to combat an alarming rise in binge drinking by college age stu dents in Florida and across the United States. A 1997 Harvard University study indicated al most 43 percent of all college students regularly consume more th a n f i ve drinks in a single sitting. Last year, the Princeton Review ranked Florida State University and the Univers i ty of Florida the nation s top two party schools. New College Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss felt the Princeton Review wa s the impe tu s for the n e w s tatute di s mis si n g i t as r ea c t i o n ary. H e sai d he ha d not received any fur ther direction from the Board of Regents, and does feel he has been given m_andate to uncondi"The thought of calling [students'] parents every time [they have a beer]," be said, "unless the state tells me I have to do it, it's not something I got into education for." Dealing with under-ag e dri nking on a case by ca s e ba si s would be preferable sa i d Blaweiss, warranting a parental call only if the student were being a nuisance to the community or threatened harm to him or herself More impot:fantly, Blawe i ss pointed out, plans are in the works to educate New College students more effec t ively about drugs and alcohol. "The thought of calling [students' ] parents every time [they have a beer] ... unless the state tells me I have to do it, it's not something I got into education for." -Mark Blaweiss The RA's currently report drug a n d a lcoh o l r e la t ed is sue s to w ellness cen te r ps ych o l ogis t M i ke Ca m p b e ll. N e x t y e a r t hey will repor t to a newl y selected coordinator of housing. The coordinator will be a campus wide educator specializing in such as drug and alcoh?l counselling. "People who have alcohol problems come from families who tend to have alcohol problems," he said, "some of which ... might also come from a family where they were abused. The thought of calling a parent and telling them that their son or daughter did something to mess up, I just have some concerns about what might happen to them when they come home." University of South Florida officials have been m e eting w i th students for several months about whether the new statute is needed. Patrick Riordan, a top aide to the former USF interim President Richard Peck, said officials still have to determine whal level of violation would trigger parental notification. "It s not clear whether it requires involvement with the crim i nal justice system or something less," Riordan said. Officials also have to decide whether students get free strikes. Regent Steven Uhlfelder first suggested the statute several months ago. Student leaders raised concerns. Rather than a hard-nosed policy, student groups advocated counselling and support pro grams "We want to come up with a plan that takes ad vantage of what the university system is best at educating people said Kevin Mayeaux, the exec utive directo r o f t h e Florida Student Association a s tud e n t lobbying group. St ate sch o o l s i n M assach u se tt s, Vi r g ini a and Delaware tried parental no t ification accor d i n g to Uhlfelder. At the University of Delaware, school officials reported fewer alcohol overdoses and less va alis ... ........ ._ .. Valentine's day Information taken from the St. Petersburg Times. Heritage Scholar Finalists invade campus, eat pizza Out of the 100 finalists, four will ultimately be chosen to receive the $5000 a year scholarship by Leah Schnelbach tried to talk t o people. Just as the muUerings about pizza bad reached a genNew CoJiege was invaded by prospective students last Friday March 10. u j nely ominous level, the last person straggled through. A tsunami of human Over a hundred studen t s nominated for the Heritage Scholarship, toured the limbs and gaping maws washed over the food table, then ebbed slowly, the campus and were interviewed by faculty members. Of these hundred only pies skeletonized in less than sixty seconds. four will receive the award which will total $5,000 a year for Florida resiNext Alena Scandura organized everyone into groups of prospective and dents and $7 ,500 for out-of-state students Kathleen Killion said current students, so they could work out any remaining doubts. The top Admissions wanted to reward "leadership, activism, and service." The questions were then read aloud, and addressed by the larger group. The num scholarship is "a refocusing of existing funds to those qualities, rather than her one question was "ISP's: What are they and what can I do?" Next were just concentrating on academics." The recipients H Sch 1 F ar Ti J ll questions about tutorials, the social life of the colwill be announced on March 20. erttage 0 ar 10 tst Jtus ewe lege, the sponsor/sponsee relationship, the meaning In spite of this pressure the students were smiling of life, whether or not the trees may be climbed, and and laughing as they toured New College. Some of described New College as "a liberal school who the campus dealer is. "I'm the one who makes them had spent the night before in Pei dorms. At 7 all the deals with USF," Morris said quickly, to much PM, they were herded into Hamilton Center for a full of damn liberal college students." applause. The discussion went on for about thirty pizza dinner. There was much confusion at the front minutes, and at the end there was a good deal less table, where they were supposed to fill out tags with their names, characteraudible confusion. A long game of "The Big Wind Blows" commenced, and istics, and major accomplishments. Some current New College students also the prospects and students alike gradually drifted out of the building. Many gleefully filled out tags. One tag even said "PoMoFo." spoke of attending the Wall later that night. Slowly a "Handshake Line" was fanned, so prospective students could All of the prospectives interviewed for this article were interested in and meet some older Novo Collegians. Everyone this reporter managed to interpleased with New College. Titus Jewell, currently a student in the Honors view was enthusiastic about the party, and the new people. Sam Ozer, who Institute of Hillsborough Community College, described New College as "a described himself as a "A Nat-Sci enigma, wrapped up in a mystery of a liberal school full of damn liberal college students." He also said he was Nat-Sci stud" stated that it's "events like these that make me proud to be a "impressed by the level of student involvement." The words "interesting," New College student. It's an inspiration to us all." NCSApresident Rachael "nice," and "dynamic" came up often in conversations with the students. Morris said that tbe nominated scholars "have a spark of intelligence in their Alena Scandura said the students were all "inquisitive, eager, and friendly." eyes." Mark Blaweiss agreed, saying they "look wonderful, and they all seem ready The hand-shake line proceeded slowly, as prospective studeHts actually to start now."

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News March 16, 2000 flooded with orders from online Students turn to internet bookstores for better selection and prices, not to mentlon faster delzvery. by Darren Guild "It all started with Arnazon.com," former Postmaster Larry Allen said. The nation-wide e commerce explosion, which posted an all time high in sales last year, has hit New College this semester in the form of-books. Boxes and boxe of them arrived each day during the begin ning of Spring semester, flooding into the Viking Mailroom, filling the cubicles where package are kept for students, at?d leaving some waiting to be answered. The amvmg books has tapered off since the begmmng of the semester, but the somewhat unexpected influx has produced some questions about what type. of books are being ordered, where they are commg from, and why some students are choosing to shop online over the campus bookstore. the bookstore was out of the first week, and I needed them for class." Books purchased online can run noticeably This is a statistical breakdown of what online services sent books to New CoUege students only by UPS, which on a typical day acconnts for approximately 20-30% of all packages, and at least half of all on\ine book sales. A service such as Ama7.on.com, which is one of the most popular providers, uses the US Postal Service rather than UPS and because the mailroom does not keep a sign sheet showing where ead1 package comes from for US Postal Service packages, Amazon and others get left out of these statistics-but the statistics are still relevant to UPS. Rarer books are sometimes bard to find, and can end up being more expensive than they would be at the campus bookstore. "There were least fif teen books that were out of print that we were able to get through our used database," said Campus Bookstore Assistant Manager Nancy Gormley. According to Campus Bookstore Manager Margaret Alger, the reason why online com panies are able to sell at such low pnces 1s that "they're taking losses." "Ecampus has Wendy's backing them with mil lions of dollars," Alger explained as to why online book services are able to lose money and still stay in business. Alger said that the wave of online book-buying "has not put a big dent in our but admitted that "it's going to be a problem m the future. How big of a problem-I don't know." The Campus Bookstore does not have over book prices which are set by the pubhsher. Alger said "the advantage of the bookstore is that we offer it now." Online shopping seems to be catching on faster and faster around the campus. Chemistry books, to English books, to History books, to just about any kind of books can be found through major online book establishments like amazon.com and bamesandnoble.com, or from growing book distributors such as BIGWORDS.com, varsitybooks.com, and ecam pus.com. Former Campus Postmaster Allen estimated that there has been 33% to 50% growth this academic year in the total number of received at the Viking Mailroom. In fact, certam mail room figures show an even greater growth. In the ijMnl eek. of February this eu '00 com pared to the third week of February last year ('99), there was an astonishing 63% growth (almost 2!3) in the total number of packages received by the VIking Mailroom (322 packages during the week in '99 to 509 packages during the week in '00). Actmg campus Postmaster James Marshall comTo cash-strapped New College students, how ever, being adept at sniffing out the lowest price is a crucial part of the textbook process. "I (shopped online) because of the h1gh prices at the bookstore," Aldrich said, "you could find the book for much cheaper somewhere else." Long-time History Professor Justus Doenecke supports students checking out other places to buy their books, "any enterprising student should .. all the thin s the pubhsb ers do to no particular point like update a book mented "there never seemed to be as much from the online bookstores as there is now ... things have really picked up in that respect." There are a number of reasons why students are turning to online services -and consequently away from the campus bookstore. A wider selec tion and lower prices are the two most commonly cited reasons. Thesis student Matt Aldrich said "people who are doing tutorials that have nothing to do with what books the bookstore has, for in stance Film Production ... shop online." Other students were forced to buy online because the bookstore was out of stock of a book immediately required for a class. "I shopped around," first year Pete Summer explained, "some of them (books) 26% ecampus.com 41% BIGWORDS.com 8o/o varsitybooks.com 12o/o Akademos.com 17o/o Barnes & Noble 15o/o other online book services cheaper than the same books in the campus book store, or they can end up being more expensive. Prices can range from paying more (when ship ping is added), to savings of fifty or sixty percent. More commonly used books are often the cheap est ones because they can be found used online. every year along with raising the prices ... and the condition some of the books come in -they should give the god blessed book to the student!" The book-buying process can be a time-ab sorbing, but often rewarding, process. Web sites such as and are recommended by the Catalyst as a starting point. These sites serve as central search engines that will search for books from over twenty different online book compa nies and present a list shows which online distributors have the book/s, approximately how long it will take to ship, and at what final price (including shipping). Even for the extreme inter net novice, this service is easy to use. The search is similar to the library's search; you can search under title, author, keyword or ISSBN. New USF President Genshaft plans on meeting her constituents fROM "PRESIDENT" ON PAGE 1 Times. j with leaders from USFs constituen cies," according to the St. Petersburg Fund raising issues are critical. University lobbyist Kathy Betancourt was quoted in the Times as saying "we really need to get her into the trenches in Tallahassee." In the past the legislature favored the University of Florida and Florida State University, because those two universities tended to grad uate state legislators. Betty Castor managed to help bring up the standing of USF among them. The search process disappointed many on the board of regents and in the community. A.fier the application deadline passed, the quality of the candi date pool led the Times to call for a reopening of the the search. That didn't happen, and discontent continued through to last week, when Herbert had to make a final recommendation. When the president of the University of Florida resigned several months after Castor, it set off a search that proceeds several months behind USF's, and the two potentially could have been in conflict. Professor of Philosophy and Religion Doug Langston, who served on the search advisory committee, told the Catalyst before the final decision that the new president will head an administration possessing "odd wiring prob lems that affect branch campuses." Information from the St. Petersburg Times contributed to this article.-

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s The catalvst Entertainment Attending Drowning Mona mig t be worth five do Ia This comedy manages to entertain its audiences, as well as fans of the 'Divine Ms. M.' by Nikki Kostyun "In 1985 the Yugo Car Company chose Verplanck, ew York to test its new vehicles. But that's a whole other story." Welcome to White Trash USA, otherwise known a Verplanck. The land where Busch Lite flows plenty, lip gloss runs rampant, and Mona Dearly, local shrew and feared woman, has just lost control of her Yugo brakes and plummeted off a cliff into a watery grave. Local vagabond Clarence (Tracey Walter) later describes the descent as "tragic and frightening, yet beautiful in an obtu e way." March 16, 2000 s Immediately, the movie introduces us to a throng of characters residing in Verplanck, an actual town in New York, whose relationship intertwine in the m st backwoods of ways. We begin with Mona Dearly, played by Bette Midler. Mona enjoys dismembering offspring, battering signitlcant thers with kitchen tools, and drinking beer. The recently deceased Mona ha left behind a hu band, Phil Dearly (William Fitchner of Go and Contact). Phil is anything but saddened by the death of hi abusi e wife. Their on Jeff (Marcu Thoma), also absent of grief, has only one hand and is a partner in a landscaping business, which he participates none in and still reaps profits from. His partner Bobby Calzone, played by Casey Affleck, i the gentle blond haired lad of the to n. He only wants the best for his fiancee Ellie Ra h, played by Neve Campbell. Ellie enjoys leeping with curler in her ha1r, painting her naib pink, and talking about musicals with her father and chief of police, Wyatt Rash. Rash, who oversees Verplanck's three member police force, i. played by Danny DeVito and navigates the movie through the Ellie (Neve Campbell) sprays perfume 011 Mona Dearly's smelly corpse. Jots of beer. mystery of Mona's death and the possible cause Lot of beer. When it is discovered that Mona's brakes were sabotaged, the plot make an obvious effort to convince the viewer to suspect all of the characters in cluding 33 year-old waitres Rona Mace (Jaime Lee Curtis), who has had sexual relations with at lea t one of the Dearly men. Donning a mustard yel low waitress uniform underneath a black vinyl jacket and black low-lop Converse sneaker Rona seals the white-trash package of the film. Seem in 1 I be most intclli cnt character of the stor Rona is skeptical of the Beer is the reason Jeff has one hand. Beer is the choice drink of Mona's death celebration. Beer is what fuels the town's annual fair and barbecue, at which one could find paper-chain decorations, knife throwing conte t. and coveted plastic golden angel trophies. Beer is what keeps alive The Hideaway, the local bar at which Bobby Calzone's brother, Murph, 1s the bar tender. Beer is what get a woman punched in the face by her boyfriend at the Hideaway. ln is a way of li.fc. joy of ona's death an in h o hers that ood uck oc n 0 Let 's just say, it didn't suck. to people like u Good luck happens to Madonna. Slow at parts, the plot i able to consist ently oftcr m y te 1y, h umor an d No survivo s lr"ROM "PLANE" ON PAGE J said the heat was so inten e the two aircraft were nearly fu ed into one. The plane crash marked the sec ond glitch at SBIA in 24 hours. La t Wedne day, the landing-gear of a single engine aircraft collapsed while landing. Although the plane landed on its underside, no one was injured. This wa not the first time tragedy at the Sarasota Bradenton Internationa l Airport. In February, 1984, three of four passen ger on a Piper PA 30 died when the plane era h<.:d just after takeoff. NTSB report indicated the p l ane was over l oaded. It struck a wire, then a car, and then a tree. Then it crashed into the JoTo Japanese Steak Ho use on U.S. 41 and exploded. Another Cessna era h occurred in 1990, critically wounding a Miami man. Compiled f rom the Sarasota Herald Tribu n e sac minutes 3.13.00 In attendance: Jen Shaw (chair), Doug Chri ty, Julia Skapik, Cathy Heath, Shannon Dunn, Jill Collum, Lindsay Luxa, Oscar Lopez. All votes are unanimou:-; with the exception of the chair who does not vote. 1. Organization: Queer Ball Chris Hollern, Julia Skapik (Julia ab tains) Requesting: 800. for supplies for the party Allocated: 800.00 from party reserve 2. OrganiLation: ew College Activ i st Collective Margie Stieren Requesting: $100 for supplie All ocated: 80.00 3. Organization: Vagina Mono l ogues S a a h Himmel h aber Reque ting: $131.00 for supplies, copies Allocated: S 131.00 4. Organization: Organic Gardening Jessica oon Mosquera Requesting: $168.00 for plants and supplies Allocated: 168.00 5. Organization: Muffy! The Magazine of C Girly Life Regina, Carly, Shannon Requestmg: $2500 for printing of magazine Allocated: $1007 for partial cost of prin t ing **SAC meets on Mondays in Ham Cen t er at 9:30pm. Plea e tum in a propo al (either SAC forms or perso n a l ) to box 4 l by 5:00pm, on t he Sunday before t he meeting tha t you want to attend.**

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6 The Catalyst News March 16, 2000 The search for a new history professor: Dr. David Harvey Candidate Harvey gave an introductory lecture on the history of Alsace-Lorraine by Ryan McConnick Price, Esq. the traditions of the Alsation labor ideologies that would become the meat The forthcoming departure of Professor Lazlo Deme, revered and (indeed, the Chateaubriand) of his dissertation. During this time, he was also beloved professor of things European, leaves a mordant void in the faculty a visiting instructor at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, in Santiago roster. Many have stepped forward to offer their historical shoe-filling serteaching a course on "Germany Under Nazism" for five months. vices, but as the movie Highlander put it, there can indeed be only one. In 1999, Harvey received his Ph. D. in History from Princeton University Among those vying for the respected scholarly post is Dr. David Allen with his dissertation titled "Imagining Internationalism: The Workers of Harvey. Harvey received his bachelor's degrees in History, French, and Alsace, 1830-1945 ", under his advisor Dr. Philip G. Nor d. Spanish from Rice University in 1993, where his brow received the laurel of Since accepting his Ph. D., Harvey bas been an adjunct instructor for in summa cum laude. Harvey was granted the Mellon .---------------------, troductory survey courses in history at El Centro Fellowship in the Humanities, and was furthermore In 1999' Harvey received his College in Dallas and Tarrant County College, and graced with a membership within Phi Beta Kappa. has lectured on "Europe since 1789" at the Phi Beta Kappa, for the curious, is that prestigious Ph D H. fr University of Texas at Dallas. honorary fraternity founded in 1776 Whose mem tn !Story om As part of the selection procedure to fulfill hers are chosen solely on the basis of high p U .th Deme's role, each candidate must offer a presentaacademic standing. The name is derived from the rtnceton nrverstty W1 tional lecture to the faculty (and any attending Greek acronym for "philosophia biou kubernetes" students), and furthermore undergo an open meet"philosophy the guide of life". With all praise his dissertation titled ing with historically-minded Novo Collegians. due, be proceeded to prestigious Princeton Harvey presented his faculty lecture, titled "A University, that glimmering jewel of New Jersey, "Imagining Internationalism: Bridge Between Culture-Nations: Alsatian where he received his master's degree in History Socialists and the Alsace-Lorraine Question", on within two short years. His major field of study at The Workers of Alsace, Monday, March 13th. the time was France, from the era of the Old Harvey presented his lecture within the narrow Regime until 1945; his minor fields were German 1830-1945." confines of the Anthropology Lab to an audience history from 1800-1945 (a remarkably busy period composed of such luminaries as Professor(s) Lazlo for Central Europe) and French and British De me Gordon Bauer, Justus Doenecke, Eugene Imperialism. Lewis, and Maria Vesperi, as well as a handful of students. His lecture related At this point, Harvey received the renowned Bourse Chateuabriand. the waxing and waning of proletarian internationalism among the Alsatians. Chateaubriand is a double-thick cut of beef tenderloin left pink in the center The audience chuckled at quips from Alsatian history (a source more co and filled with spices. The Bourse Chateaubriand, however, is a fellowship medians should tap); for instance, when an Alsatian activist seeking a peace granted by French government for research dissertation pu s. He between France and Germany was forcibly escoJted frQ &.he Fr'i.qclt border rus r e s o as your re' Lorra ine. I t was d uring this time that Harvey indulged in an intense study of public!" Proposal is designed to improve access to bache or de2rees jFROM uLAW" ON PAGE 1 J many of our Floridians the opportunity to obtain a bachelor's degree." Cost too is no casual issue, as creation of the 4 new universities would re quire a sizable investment even while building on existing facilities. "I suspect the price tag would be enormous," Bassis commented. Remarks at the end of Sullivan's draft legislation state that "Major issues that have not been addressed include a method of funding." The bill also contains provi sions for creating additional universities, possibly from scratch. Repeated attempts to contact Sullivan's office for clarification yielded only faxed material. However, an earlier draft of the legislation, written (ac cording to fax headers) no later then March 6 and obtained from Bassis, who received it from the USF administration in Tampa, gave the name of the Sarasota institution as "New University." Why it was changed is not known. Sullivan declares that he aims to ease the current difficulty for many Floridians, particularly the "placebound," to obtain a 4-year degree. His of fice released statements with the legislation that "Florida's production of Baccalaureate degrees" is far below the rest of the nation and that higher ed ucation is important because of and to encourage high-tech development. A press release from his office quoted the Board of Regents' Strategic Plan for 1999-2000 as saying "demand for higher education opportunities during the next decade is likely to exceed the capacity of all sectors." The 5-page bill delegates most of the specifics of the new arrangement to the Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, reserving its text for de. clarations of principles, and the relativity explicated organization of the boards of trustees. The trustees would be local to each university, even while being appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. Quoted in the Tribune, he said his plan is taking the existing branch campuses and "just giving the community leaders an opportunity." According to the Tribune, Sullivan favors dismantling the Florida Board of Regents when the Florida cabinet is reorganized in 2003. Sullivan chairs the Budget subcommittee on education and sits on the ed ucation committee in the senate. Furthermore, his office released statistics sbowipg enrollment is flat outside the core locations of existing universities. Those statistics, however, did not include students transferring from com munity colleges and finishing their studies at branch campuses. The other university spun off from USF would be "Suncoast University," made from the St. Petersburg branch campus in Pinellas County, of which Sullivan's district comprises a part. The other two, "Las Olas University" in Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale) and "Treasure Coast University" in Indian River County, up tbe East Coast would be spun off from Florida Atlantic University. California's higher education system provided the model for the proposed changes. Higher education there is divided into two systems: The University of California and the California State University systems. UC possesses 9 campuses, including Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz, in addition to possessing 5 medical schools, 3 law schools, and 3 national laboratories it manages for the federal government. Cal State bas 22 campuses and its web site says its "primary responsibility is superior teaching." No one from Tahallassee has contacted Campus Dean and Warden Michael Bassis on the proposal, and he told the Catalyst "I don't expect to be contacted by the senator." The plan, while circulated among the educa tion committee of which Sullivan is a member, does not exist in any official form. It will soon begin the arduous legislative process, and Sullivan already has a fuzzy statement of support from the Republican President of the Senate, Toni Jennings, that "giving Floridians greater access to a four-year degree ... will ensure our work force remains strong and our graduates ad vance in the workplace." The grand plan now will be fleshed out and doubtless debated tremen dously, in the halls of the legislature and the public arena. But, as Bassis said, "this could be an idle idea of the senator." Copies of the draft legislation are availble through the New College Student Alliance office.

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7 The Catalyst News March 16, 2000 NCTV tutorial to put community spirit into campus New College television tutorial is designed as an "experimental video magazine" by Max Campbell After desensitizing our children, burning our brain cells, and unleashing such horrors as The Jerry Springer Show and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire, isn't it about time that television started giving something back to society? New College student Keith Yannessa certainly thinks so: the fourth-year Psychology major is now working on a tutorial entitled "Community Building Through the Media," which is aimed at creating a televised opinion forum for our campus. Sponsored by Psychology professor Heidie Harlie, the program will allow students to hash out issues of relevance to our community over campus cable TV. "It's pretty much an experimental video magazine," Yannessa explained. "Anyone who shows any interest in anything at all should send me a tape-it's more about current events and stu dent related affairs than experimental film." For Yannessa, the project will be the continua tion of a long-standing interest in film and television production: he was involved in TV news shows back in high school, and has had some prior experience at both acting and writing. "I wa an actor in Hollywood for one and a half to two years," Yannessa said, remarking that during that time he did "a lot of auditions, but very little work." He went on to explain that he's been an as piring author for some time: "For years, I've been trying to write screen plays unsuccessfully but that's where my int erest l ies." So, prompted by Coordmator Of M ed1a Services Ed Ericcson's efforts at inspiring stu d ent use of campus TV, Yannessa decided to create his own television tutorial. "I saw Ed's ads in the Resident Life bulletins about trying to make use of the cable station," he explained. "I'm working on my the is this semester, and I wanted to do some thing besides just working on psychology." The tutorial, which began at the beginning of the term, will produce three shows through the course of the semester, the first of which Yannessa hopes to air by mid-.March. "The first few weeks have basically involved learning the camera and the editing equipment," he explained. "I have a lot of video shot already ... hopefully as the week comes up I'll be shooting the rest of it. It all de pends on whether I can get the time in on the editing machine, and if all the interviews work out." These interviews involve Yannessa speaking with students and getting personal opinions, asking them "simple questions of what i the New College community, what is the community to you-questions about what kind of changes stu dents would like to make to have that community be more vibrant." Building that community is the purpose which lies at the very heart of Yannessa' program. "I don't want to compare it to the listserve," he said, "because I don't think that the listserve is always a positive thing-I'd like this to be a positive thing tor our community." To create a kinder, community Yannessa feels that "we need to have a forum that can help to vent some of that anger found in the open debates on the listserve in order to "create something more positive." As well as dealing with specific issues, such as the "One Florida" plan and the Gay Pride march, this would entail recreating a sense of community spirit on campus. One of the concerns Yannessa expressed was that of what he felt was a general lack of interaction between the student popula tions of the various dorms on campus. "With Dort and Goldstein, and Pei, I think there's a rift between the two," he explained. "The walls have always been the common ground before, but it doesn't seem to be that way now." It is Yannessa's hope that the community-oriented television pro gram will help to change that, as students and staff are drawn together in dealing with community is sues: "I hope that not just students, but administrators will be watching the show, and get some ideas of answers for the questions they've been asking." "I d on t want to compare (N CTV) to the listserve, because I don't think that the listserve is always a positive thingI'd like this to be a communtty. Keith Yannessa Yannessa extended an open invitation for any one interested in taking part in the program to come to him with their ideas: "anybody who wants to do anything that is concerned about the community, anyone who wants to do something with community issues ... there are really no boundaries." One of the students who has already discovered that is New College first-year Merrin Clough, who heat;d of the Ericcson. "I'm interested in televtston and v1 ual production," Clough said. "I've on actual shows and creative pieces, and I really hke both of them." Clough, having been given complete freedom by Yannessa, said that she was planmng to interview a fellow New College fir t-year who spent her ISP in Guatemala, conducting interviews with regards to the results of that country' first democratic elections. "A Jot of people didn:t go to her lecture," Clough said, "and I think that it's something that people should know about." Of the television magazine show as a whole, Clough mused that "I don't know how people on campus will it, but it'll probably be something interesting." Yannessa himself expressed orne enthustasm for his project's reception thus far: "most of the student respon e has been real positive, which is an asset, because I really wanted to promote the idea of a positive community." Right now, the project is still in development. According to Yannessa, "I haven't really got the form down yet, so after the first show, we'll see how it wants to tum out." Student reaction, he said, will be a vital part of the program's formative process: "I don't just want to do it this year and have it end. There's a lot of possibilities, but it all depends on student reaction and what I get from the students. We're kind of limited as to where we can watch it ... that's why it's important that people know it's going on." Therefore, Yannessa said that he hopes to stage a public premier for the show, to encourage people to watch. "It is for the community," he explained. "It's a community based program." He reflected that "as an RA, you find that when you do pro gram things, few people show up ... there's a lot of apathy here at New College." Nonetheless, he said he was encouraged by the positive feedback that he's received from students up till now, and expressed high hopes of getting his fellow Novum Collegians involved. As Yannessa put it, "people here aren't timid about expressing their opinions." Keith Yannessa's e-mail: "yukness@prodigy.net" Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A ous articles, letters and/or editorials, or an opinion that is intended to be s h are d with the stud e nt bo dy. Letters to the E di t or should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free advertising. Contribu t i on: 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 25050Gwords. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest columnists do not necessar ily represent the views of tlie Cataly_st, but rather opinions of which we feel tlie New College commu nity should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be turned into box 75 or e mailed to catalyst@virtu, by Friday at 5pm.

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8 The Catalyst CAREER CENTER 2000 Millennium Minority Job Fair, March 30April 1 in Jacksonville, FL. Representatives from newspa pers large and small are planning to attend this job fair. They are looking for minority juniors, seniors, and graduate st ud e n ts to fill internships a n d full-time pos i tions. Regis tr a t ion: $45.00 thro u gh Feb. 29th, $75 afte r February 29th. Fee covers general sessions, concu rr ent sessions, lu nc h eons, admission to j o b fair and recep t ions. Registration forms are availa bl e in the Career Center. For more information about the fair, e-mail Dia n a at cruz moore@netscape.net. Schoo l for International Training (SIT): Scholarships for College Semester Abroad programs in Kunming, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam are available in the amount of $7500 up to the full pro gram cos t (China $10,900 and Viet Nam $10,300). The scholarships are for educa t ing und e r grad u ates about Asia through fie l d b as ed l a ngu age and culture tudy abroad progr a ms. SIT is eeking students attending public institutions who need finan cial support to study abroad and who would otherwise be unable to participate. Selection will be made on the ba i of academic perfor mance, demonstrated intere t in China or Viet Nam, and financial need. A faculty member must nomi nate applicants. Nomination form must be received by March 15, 2000. For more information check the we b site at www.sit.e du. S u mmer Programs Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, the University of Iowa, summer re search opportunities in environmental systems for under graduate students. A competitive stipend will be offered, plus room in University housing For additional information, check out t he Career Center web site at www.saraso t a usf.edu/CareerCenter/ click on site map, click on Summer Aca d emic/Research Pro g r a m s SARASOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT ALERT! SVSPtCIOUS OR CRt INAl. AClMTY IN YOUR AREA TO 8 ON HE 1.001< OUT FOR On 3/6/2000, at 2:20pm, a female was jogging in the 4500 blk. of Bayshore Rd. As she rounded a curve, she observed a white male masturbating, while hiding behind the palm trees. As the female continued run, the white male came behind her and arabbed her. At this t1me, the female was able to h1t the white male and escape his hold. Both male and female then ran in opposite directions. The suspect was described as_17-23 YE!ars of age, 5'8", 150 lbs., blonde hair (medium length), khaki shorts, and an unknown type of shirt. Below is a composrte pacture of the suspect in this case. Any information rela tive to this case should be forwarded to the Sarasota Police Department at 316-1199. Fellowships The Herbert Scoville Jr Peace Fellowship: is a program estab lished to provide college graduate with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on i sues related to peace and security. Chao e your area of specia l ization, such as nonproliferatio n arms sales, or the role of the United Natio n s in international security. For a ddit ional check out the Ca r eer Center web s it e at www.saraso ta.u sf.edu/Ca r eerCen t er/ click on site map, click on Fellowsh i ps Nat i ona l Association of La t ino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund (NALEO) A Fellowship Program for Latin o col lege students: the program is designe d to give participant the op portunity to learn an d experience the federal pub l ic policy process within the U.S. Congres from June 22 July 28, 2000. Stipend is $1,200, housi n g a n d some mea l s provid e d and continuing throughout the term, Dr. MaryBeth Matthews will function as a writing tutor, Students may drop by Preview Room 222 in the Media Center o n Mondays from 1 4 p.m. and Thesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. or email Dr. Matthews at profmatthews@juno.com Upcoming Events Gregorian Chanting Wednesday 5pm -CHL Dr. Randy Albelda Lecture Gender Equity Philosophical Policy Perspectives" Thursday 12pm -HCL 6 Dr. Alvy Ra Smith Visiting Artist in Computer Animation Lecture Friday 8:30 am Sainer Vincent Dowling NC Library Association Presentation Sainer Successful Job Search Strategies March 21 6pm PMA 117 SPRING BREAK March 27-31 March 16, 2 000 Application deadline: March 24, 2000. For more information visit their web site: www.naleo.org. Job Listing Venice Gonolier, a Venice, FL bi weekly paper, is seeking an expe r ienced staff photographe r to handle every t hing from news a n d sports t o features and illustration W ork on college pu b l ica t ions (newspaper, magazi n e, etc.) a m u st. Flexible work ho u rs available un til perso n cou l d start full tim e follow ing grad u a t ion. Mu st k now Photoshop and h ave t h e w h er w ith a l to manag e your o wn ph o t o depa rt ment. Ex p erie n ce w ith Q uar k is a p lus.OO S end resume an d p or tfolio to V e n ice Gondolier, 200 E V enice Ave V enice, FL 3 4 285, Attenti on D oug B ol duc o r ema i l i nform a t i on to dbolduc@ un l ett er.co m Fo r ad dit i o n al informat i o n call 484 -2611, ext. 126. EUROPE TODAY Po itica l Issues That Could Alter Foreign Policy Observations by Peter C. Goldmark, JR. Chairman & Chief Executive Officer International Herald Tribune Paris, France This important address has been schedule especially for the benefit of students and faculty of New College and University of South Florida. Members of the Sarasota and Manatee com munity are also invited to attend. This is a free event. Seating is limited. Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion. Thursday, March 23 3pm Sponsored by the New College Foundation.


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