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Features "The Sexual Politics of Meat'' -page3 Environmental Art -page4 Volume XI, Issue 10 Campus celebrates B-Dorm Pride Week by Max Campbell Beginning in the spirit of militant communal chauvinism, and ending in a drunken solidarity among the New College campus, this year's B dorm Pride Week encapsulated the colorful history of that vibrant dorm community to the west of U.S. 41. From Monday's parade to the Pei dorms to Friday's Soiree, those wacky B-dorm res i dents (amo n g whos e foul kind this r e po rter is num bered) took the occasion to strut their proverbial stuff before the Entertainn1ent Reviews: U-571, The Count of Monte Cristo -pageS well, old boy, isn't this smashing? May 4, 2ooo Sullivan's bill rejected in House Committee The bill would have severed USF from its St. Petersburg and Sarasota campuses by Kelly Jones Sullivan's bill (Senate Bill 2448) would have transSen. Don Sullivan's plan to develop three four-year formed USF St. Petersburg into Suncoast University, independent public universities in Florida was rejected in USF Sarasota into Ringling University, and Florida the House Committee Wednesday April26. The commitAtlantic University Broward campus into Las Olas tee first approved the measure, then University. Rather than be governed by decided to vote again. This time two .---------------, the state board of regents, or whatever representatives changed their votes. If would replace it in the upheaval grip enacted, the measure would cut off "Everyone ... knows I applied ping the State University System, their USF from its Sarasota and St. own boards of trustees would run the Petersburg branch campuses, including to be president (of USF) new autonomous universities. New College, within three years. The Sullivan said his main goal was to House Committee still has the ability to didn't get the job," Sen. provide affordable access to college ed revive the bill by May 5. ucation to counteract the state s poor birector of Student Affairs Mark Don Sullivan told t h e St. record at turning out colle g e grad uates. Blaw e iss indicated to th e Cata lyst tha t T h e m eas u re was especially aimed at "the bill is geare d to w ar d s pr oviding PetersbU1g Times in a March students who are unable to commute to higher education universities in large USF Tampa or FAU in Boca Raton. counties in Florida. Unless the wording 28 interview. Some peoule Sullivan's intention was to have St. world. [of the bill] does a lot to protect New rPetersburg Junior College provide instruction of freshmen and sophomores outcasts live," New year Keith Bentele explained. As one of the dorm's RAs, he said that "Bdorm Pride Week gives us a chance to remind everyone that we're students, that we do exist, and that there is a non-Pei culture on the other side of the road." On April 24, the festivities began with the annual parade to the Pei dorms the signs of which may still be seen in the fading chalk slogans which mark the overpass (including such masterpieces as "B like us!" and "To B or not to B ?") "Traditionally," Bentele said, "There are pot s a nd pans banged as we go around O n e year they were wheel ing aroun d a Queen-B in a wheelbarrow ." H i s fellow B-dorm RA Sa rah Himme l heber, was quite pleas e d wi t h this year s sojourn. ''It l a sted onl y 4 0 minutes, but I feel we annoyed a b ig percen t age of the c a mpus ," she said "We got shut down aft e r we were noise-com plainted, which is always a good sign of success." Pride Week may not be the only major campus event which B-dorm can lay claim to, but the annual bar becue somehow fails to adequately reflect the grand and heroic past which makes B-dorm so swell. During an interview with the "BDORM'' ON PAGE 4 According to Blaweiss, the bill ing a grenade in the room. Some question his mt:,ttve. would have impacted the financial sup"Everyone ... knows I applied to be port and research capacity that New president (of USF) and didn't get the College receives from USF as well as the "personality" job,_" told the St. Petersburg Times in a March of New College and its selective 28 Son,te "SUUJVAN" ON PAGE 3 j sions, uniqueness of curriculum and national VISibility. ple thmk that I m JUSt L. -----------'PhilOSOphy candidate Flakne is a big hit Flakne answers questions, seems to enjoy her time at New College by Darren Guild For the second time in two weeks philosophy stu dents and other interested members of the New College community gathered in HCL 4 to listen to a potential New College professor. April Flakne, the second candi date for the upcoming opening in the philosophy department, visited with students last Thursday. She pre sented her paper on Hannah Arendt and speech to a slightly smaller audience than last week's candidate Her talk and subsequent question and answer period lasted approximately one and a half hours from 3:30 to 5:00. Flakne earned her undergraduate degree from a rela tively unknown school. She described the school, Augustina College in Indiana : "It's a very small school ; you probably haven't heard of it-not many have. From there, Flakne went to the New School for Social Research, where she just earned her Ph .D. in Philosophy in 1999. She has worked the past two years teaching so cial studies at Harvard University where she has won the Derrick Bok teaching award twice At Harvard, Flakne has taught classes on the History of Philosophy, Introduction to Social Theory, Phenomenology, and 20th Century Philosophy. She said that her work in philosophy and her interest rEE "CANDIDATE" ON PAGE, 6 I Professor Flakne spoke about her visit: "Overall, without sounding like a sound bite, it has been fabulous. (Photo by Heather Whitmore)
NEWS OF THE WORLD BYRYANMCCORMICKPRICE,ESQ. 2 The Catalyst 13 Jewish Spies in Iran The nation of Iran has placed the first of thirteen recently-arrested Jewish residents on trial for vague charges of spying on behalf of the nation of Israel. The first defendant, a shoe store clerk by the name of Hamid Tefileen, freely admitted to all charges, saying in a public statement that he had indeed been spying on the Muslim nation for his fellow Jews. Some officials, including the Canadian ambassador in Teheran, have reservations concerning the va lidity of the proceedings, particularly with regards to the lack of duress in fluencing the prisoner's statement. The Israeli government has denied any connection with the men. Grave Concerns Over Ethics of Student Music Pirates The Council of Ethical Organizations has expressed some widely-published concerns over the vast traffic in pirated music over the Internet. The widely-used MP3 for mat much protested by the gouging robber barons of the music industry has been utilized by stu dents with relatively quick modems, some vague computer savvy, and CD burners in order to circumvent the usual process of buying CDs. This attitude has been attributed largely to the "demo mentality" of "try before you buy" so prevalent in the younger generation, but it is costing the record companies millions each year, more even than Chinese bootleg al bums. For more information, feel free to visit MP3.com! Polaroid is Your Big Brother The Polaroid Corporation, renowned for their instant film technology, has recently stated that 11 companies will use a 3-inch long optical scanner to read computer users' fmgerprints and store them on ftle, thus increas ing security, tracking usage and denying access to snoopy intruders. The scanner will reputedly cost around $50. Russian Surgeon in Trouble for Hippocracy Dr. Hasan Baiyev claimed he was merely upholding the Hippocratic Oath when he treated Chechen war lord Sharnil Basayev for wounds the militant had received while leading his troops through a Russian mine field southwest of the besieged city of Grozny. The Russians object to the doctor's aid of the rebels, while the Chechens object to the surgeon's service to the Russian army. Even the Wahabbis, a group of Russian Islamic revolutionaries, threatened to kill the beleaguered surgeon, while he was sequestered in a Grozny hospital after fleeing from the Russian army. During his stay, the doctor underwent the memorable experience of treating an entire regi ment of wounded Chechen militants, performing 67 amputations and 7 skull surgeries without an anesthesi ologist or the benefit of any medicines. D. Baiyev is currently sanctuaried in the United States, con tent that he has done his duty as a doctor. A GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! for World Peace At the upcoming Korea Summit the representatives of South Korea plan to offer, among other concessions and enticements, a plan for a joint North-South Korean soccer team to enter the 2002 World Cup Tournament. This will of course be a sort of introductory offer, according to Minister of Culture Han Min-ho, leading into broader agreements on joint concerts, movie releases, com munications systems, protocol, accommodation, and security. catalyst General Editor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby Filipino Troops Clash with Rebels on Mindanao At least 37 people have been killed in initial raids as the Phillipine army moves against Islamic rebel posi tions in the south of the largest body of the island chain, Mindanao. The rebels, consisting of two separate forces, the Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Independence Front, have been seeking Islamic self-rule in the heavily Catholic Philippines. Troops are concerned that the rebels may have secreted hostages in the maze of World War 11-era tunnels hidden beneath their camps. U.N. Security Council Big Five Vow to Eliminate Nukes The United States, Britain, Russia, France and China all promised to eliminate the nuclear weaponry stockpiles in accordance with both the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. No timetable or specific commitments were offered by the five powers, although they did take the opportunity to chide Israel for not promising to get rid of its nu clear weapons when everyone else took the plunge. Summer Blockbusters Excite The true summer blockbuster glitz, blinding viewers everywhere with their star power and mass explo sions, begins Friday, May 5, with the premiere of Gladiator. The film is a Roman period piece featuring Russell Crowe as an angry Celt chopping up people. Other interest ing movies destined to arrive in our laps this summer are Titan A.E., a computer-generated masterpiece telling the tale of a neo-Exodus; Shanghai Noon, a movie which will demonstrate neat things Jackie Chan can do in an old West setting; and most importantly, X-Men, featuring May 4, 2000 Sir Ian McClellan as the evil Magneto and Patrick Stewart as the noble, bald Professor X, representing two extreme views of mutant-kind. Irish Troubles to be Resolved by Taoiseach and Prime Minister Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met in London recently to determine the fate of the troubled North Irish peace treaty which was mothballed this February. The treaty had a shadow cast over it by the United States' prosecution of a gun-running case, regarding three men and a woman in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, charged with shipping arms to the IRA. The troubles sprout from the treaty's centerpoint ,which states that the pro-British Irish unionists will share rule with Sinn Fein republi cans; the unionists refuse to continue sharing duties if the IRA is not disarmed. The possible success of the peace talks are dubious, as the IRA and Sinn Fein swear violently that Irish armaments will not be de commissioned. New Onion Infograph Reveals Startling Etymological Anthropology Insights from The Onion, top words that have pre-teens giggling include "penal system", "pu-pu platter", and "ball-peen hammer", although the list is topped by the perennial fa vorite "Titular archbishopric." This obviously points to an increase in studies of the Catholic hierarchy by giggling pre-teens. News gathered from Reuters, AP wire, New York Times, and The Onion. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:/ /www.sar.usf edu/ -catalyst/ Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. 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3 The Catalyst News May 4, 2000 The Sexual Politics of Meat: sexually exploiting a slice of ham The lecture, given by Carol Adams, combined vegetarianism and feminism. by Leah Schnelbach Carol Adams came to New College on Monday night to talk about sex and meat, "The Sexual Politics of Meat." She spoke to a large crowd in the Teaching Auditorium, which had the "largest percentage of vegetarians" of all the college crowds she's spoken to on her tour. Adams is traveling the country promoting the tenth anniversary edition of her book, The Sexual Politics of Meat, which explores the sexualization of animals in advertise ments. Adams began the speech by telling the audience how she became a fem inist vegetarian. Her family raised her to be a feminist, so when her boyfriend of five years asked her to marry him she said she had to keep her name, her Presbyterianism and her loyalty to the Republican Party. Adams paused at that point; to make sure the audience realized that the last stipula tion was a joke. "I was afraid I was speaking to the Young Republicans," she said as the crowd swelled with laughter. She began to think about vegetari anism after finding a lump on her thyroid while she was attending Yale Divinity school. She began researching the causes of cancer, and learned about the unhealthy results of a meat-based diet. Her dedication to vegetarianism came later, after leaving school. One night a man came to her door, and said that someone had shot her pony. Later that night, as she was eating a hamburger, she made a connection between the pony which she had loved for over ten years, and the cow which she was about to eat. She decided at that meal that vegetarianism was the only diet that made sense to her. Following this introduction, Adams launched into the heart of her pre sentation, showing the audience slides that underscored the objectification of animals. Advertisements tended to show cuts of meat rather than the animal the meat came from, so the consumer wouldn't think about what they were D b te 's of a lamb neXt Grr.tl.wt..m"' called this an example of the "absent referent," or "keeping the moo away from the meat." She explained that people try not to think about what eating meat actually entails, so they won't have to feel responsible for the animals' deaths. Adams described slaughterhouse conditions and showed slides of the butchering process, after warning people that they might want to look away from the more graphic ones. She went on to show the sexualization of ani mals, for instance in a pornographic picture of the "Littermate of the Year" from Playboar magazine, and numerous pictures of chickens in high heels. She is also concerned about the association of women with animals, as in the Playboy magazine spread of Latoya Jackson holding a snake. An ad for a product called a "turkey hooker," which is used to lift a roasting turkey out of a pan, was deconstructed by Adams and the audience. The turkey pictured was drawn to look like a prostitute, complete with long eyelashes, swiveled hip, and come-hither expression. The slogan next to the turkey was "Easy pick-up from pan to platter." Adams talked about fragmentation, both of American society and of ani mals, and used the "A; Not-A" model to analyze advertisements and cartoons. She said that many of the hypersexual ads were aimed at men, but that she's only found one ad, for Camel cigarettes, that pictured men as po tential food for hungry jungle women. Also, women of color were more likely to be portrayed as animalistic than Caucasian women. Adams also pointed out a straight versus gay dichotomy, by showing a Syracuse University fraternity T-shirt that featured the slogan: "Club Faggots, Not Seals." This played into mainstream culture's assumptions about the relative importance of humans and animals, and implied the humans' worthlessness. Adams ended her presentation by saying that people need to pay atten tion to their feelings and be honest with themselves, to be sure they're living the \e that they truly want. She asked what the audience felt about the ture of a young sheep 10 was beard tb a column by Marilyn vos Savant in Parade magazme m vos. Savant thought of New College said that she f h 1 t' d cow progressive community, and I was not dtsappomted. Adams also SaJd that b::;: she was raising her son "because the agreement was that be got though, as Adams pointed out, dairy cows are used for meat, too. Adams my partner's name and my diet. The Legislature has the ability to restore the bill by May 5 j.FROM ''SULLIVAN'' ON PAGE 1 I throwmg a grenade m the room. A Tampa Tribune April 24 editorial said that "the plan would .be particu larly harmful to ... the nationally renowned honors program m [New College]. Sullivan would merge the school's honors program w1th other cfasses, ensuring that its many esteemed professors departed, along with its status as the state's honors college." The bill's failure was met with mixed emotion in Pinellas County. members at USF St. Petersburg were especially the btll and expressed their views in a to. the pubhshed m the St. Petersburg Times on April 25. Therr consideratiOns range from the general concern that the bill, if passed, "would bring ?arm to t?e cause of higher education in our region," to the college's possibility of lo_smg itation, and to the fate of the nationally renowned Scien7e Department, at the St. Petersburg campus. It had been rumored that if the passed, Florida State University would try to absorb the department? which expects to attract $15-million in. federal contrac!S and grants this year. Former St. Petersburg City Council member Connie Kone also what would become of the USF partnerships with All Children's Hospital and the Florida Center for Teachers. Local state senators, including Sen. Jim Sebesta, R-St: and Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Palm Harbor, supported the idea of spmnmg off the St. Petersburg campus. Concerns about the bill also came close to home. Mark Blaweiss also told the Catalyst that the bill could be beneficial to New College in attracting attention from US F. Still .branch campuses were caught between wanting more autonomy and remammg under the safe umbrella of US F. Chairman of the St. Petersburg campus advisory board, Michael Butsel used the measure to push for changes. His group issued a 17 -pomt plaa .duling fQr almost complete autonomy from the main eampus. "We are going to press for greater independence," Van Butsel told the Tim_es on April 27. "They need to understand in Tampa that the mood here remams very serious." b Sullivan said implementing the measure wou!d mexpens1ve ecause most of the facilities are already in place, but umvers1ty Chancellor Adam Herbert and Sen. Ron Klein questioned that assert10n. USF Y..ce Provost Catherine Blanch told the Governmental Oversight and Productivity Committee that the plan would be an expensive move that create only mediocre universities. The Senate analysis reported that wtthm the first three years the plan is expected to cost nearly $70-million. Chancellor Herbert also contended that USF and the umverstty system were already worki.r\g on Sullivan's goal of providing baccalaureate to Pinellas residents. Freshman enrollment on the St. Petersburg campus increase double next fall, to a total of 105 students. Sullivan says the pace lS much too slow. At its first legislative hearing on AprillO, the bill was opposed by state and local officials. It then went to the Senate where a majority of the Senate Education committee voted 6-3 to end the project and called another rear of study. It was revised but died in a House Committee April 26. expects the Senate to approve the bill. However, accordmg to an April 27 ar ticle in the Times, it doesn1t seem that the Legislature will restore the plan before May 5 when it adjourns, Mark Blaweiss told the Catalyst that "USF has done a lot to support New College and unless the bill can prove that it [Sullivan's pl. an] can do _better than the university, then I think we all should have questions about Its veracity." Information from the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune was used in this report
4 The Catalvst News May 4, 2000 Birds of a feather: Lynne Hull's environmental art in action by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. (Special Thanks to Julia Orth) urn in several used tires and secured in a wire matrix for support. The floating island was designed in the hopes of accomplishing two main things: to be aesthetically pleasing and add interest to the storm water retention pond, and to encourage biodiversity in the pond. Now, thankfully, the students' hopes have come to fruition as numerous birds --primarily ducks, with odd bluejays and the occasional cormorant -have taken up roosting space on the float ing islands of our New College retention ponds, promoting biodiver sity and environmental conscious ness with every quack. The development of environmental art Construction of the floating island sculpture was part of the mod 2 Environmental Art class last fall, taught by Gene Ray. Although the class was full, with about 30 people, only some of them participated in this project. Lynne Hull was on campus for 10 days, most of which were spent working on this project, including a day of planning, a day of gathering materials, and several days of building. Building involved good clean work like painting, measuring and sawing boards, trimming branches, and bolting pieces of the work together. The water plants that were put in the tires were gathered carefully from local sources, includ ing the water ditch behind the park ing lot behind Ham Center. The plants were arranged in their medi(For more information on Lynne Hull's work, visit www. wecsa.com/ecoart) Before: The art was original ly installed by environmentol artist Lynne Hull on November 19, 1999. file photo taken by Heather Whitmore After: The piece, which is located in a New College retention pond, has successfully become part of the natural en vironm.erzt. Students are pleased that the art is promoting biodiversity. BDormers show their pride, march on Pei, hold a Soiree \FROM "BDORM'' ON PAGE 1 I Catalyst, New College Alumni Steve Yacco recalled how e -onn ride ee tradition came to be: "It was the spring of 1998 when we held our first march on Pei. We marched around, banging pots and pans, and we threw water balloons at the peo ple from the Pei dorms. We also sprayed things with shaving cream." Soon, however, the situation escalated into open violence in Palm Court. "There were minor skirmishes, mostly matches between individu als,'' Yacco said. ''Then Chris Martin from Pei called the (then) B-dorm RA, Lex Thompson, and tipped him off that Pei was going to be holding an attack on B-dorm." And so, the B-dorm residents lay in wait, anticipating the arrival of the Pei-ite foe. "At exactly 2 am sharp,'' Yacco recalled, "twelve guys came running at us from across the street. Everyone was yelling, 'Pei is coming! Pei is coming!'" The attackers carried Saran Wrap, buckets of water, and a hose to attach to the spigot of the West Side Center: "they were well armed with various implements." What followed was what Yacco described as a savage, hand-to-hand combat which involved mass-hosings, various victims being Saran Wrapped to trees in the area, the flooding of some of B-dorm's upper hallways, and various other atrocities. On this night of infamy the seeds which were to bloom into B-dorm Pride Week were planted. "We won ... B-dorm was victorious, and we've reigned ever since," Yacco proclaimed. "You can read Monday's events as a continuation of that night, years ago." "B-dorm, being an older and less accommo dating dorm, prompts this sort of thing more than Dart or Goldstein might," Bentele opined. For her own part, Himmelheber said, "I think that there's more of a sense of place at B-dorm than anywhere else on campus." She explained that "I think it's important to show people that there are students living here, and that this isn't just an office building. B-dorm is usually pretty quiet; and it's geod to make some noise and be heard once in a while. Of course, the true meaning of B-dorm Pride Week is rather subjective. "It's all about ex alting ourselves over Pei and over Dort-Goldstein," Yacco said, "But that's just my opinion." Which is not to say that residents of the other Blind Dates: Caroline Lafleur and Danielle Simons meet up at the B-Dorm Soiree. dorms on campus could not partake of the heady thrill of B-dorm Pride Week. There was, after all, tlaedeli be the year that we hope that people will actually come to B-dorm, rather than have a party held in Pei," Bentele said. '"Screw Your Roommate, Screw Your Friend' is traditionally held with the soiree." According to Himmelheber, that novelty blind-dating game was popular this year: "It's hard to tell how many people were playing, but I think it was a lot." The accuracy of her estimate could be seen both in the size of the crowd attending the soiree and the number of couples waiting for their pic ture to be taken by the rose-spangled backdrop, not to mention the antics of various partygoers trying to find their dates. "Could everyone do me a favor?" Bentele asked at one point. "I want you to close your eyes, and imagine that I've come up behind you and pressed my crotch against your butt, and said, 'Hi there, sailor."' He was an swered with a general chorus of laughter: "Oh, well, I guess she isn't here, yet." And thus, the grand cycle of B-dorm Pride Week bad once more come full cycle, and the spirit of war was fled and gone. Those in atten dance basked in the ambiance of the soiree and that special B-dorm atmosphere, made all the more piquant by decorations of crepe paper and leopard-striped balloons. "A good time was had by all," New Coflege post-thesis-student Dan O'Brien concluded. "There was a lot of effort put into it by Sarah." The final word, as always, belongs to Catalyst Party Analyst Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., who was not technically in attendance: "I have never let my lack of attendance to an event prevent me from having a good time, and I assure you with out reservation that the B-Dorm Soiree was no particular exception to that useful rule."
arine Ic U-571 runs exp osively, runs s Matthew McConaughey a d R v n arvey .n..eztel commandeer a Nazi sub blow things un by Ryan McCormack Price, Esq. r With a classic opening shot minute! foe captain gazing into a peri cope the eye of a submarine viewers int?.the explosive length of tow plunges after the mJhtary de Ignation of a decrepit German btlt U 57!' so becomes the focus of the movie. Within the fi t twu m?nne whtch quckly British cruiser has been sunk and depth of the ftlm,. a the ocean as the panicked azi submarine crew I o;mg hole m moonlight in which to dramatically surface 'u or a qUiet patch _of artistic distance shots quickly become the de.fimnc ha and checs1ly Th h g c aractensttc of the film e vtewer, owever, IS not encouraged to consider s h 1 f h a1 'd 1 h uc o ty cmematograp 1c 1 ea s as t ey are Immersed in Mosto f d b w s vts1on o a tense ilent un erwater war roken by long trings of ear shatt 1 enng e p os10n .. The most notable factors m tht movie are the re enc f McConaughey and Harvey Keitel These two p he o Matthew H ll d power ouses of the o ywoo scene alone have the potential to ho1 t th f 1 I f e movte up rom the eve o a gratUitously loud neo-B-movie to someth' g h P 1 m on par w1t Wolfgang eter en s egendary classac Das Boot That 1ieuton1'c d I d un er ea masterpiece revo ve around the camaraderie that develops among me t d I be d n rappe m a small meta tu eep beneath the waves and the tens1ons and d 1 f pas aons an essen-tJa meamng o a mad war of ambush and hidden death U-571 tar el bypasses all that nonsense and instead concentrates on th t. d g y f e ens10ns an pason o enormou explo tons deck guns, and the e sential mearungs of .numerous human bodte bemg flung into the air by the enor mou explo Ions created by gigantic deck guns. This does not of detract from the benefits offered by a movie which bring back a n d re.vered -:var movie featuring an interracial crew of patriotic Amencan soldiers outwlttmg and blowing up the evil azis S o far as the big-name actors are concerned, McConaughey has his shinmg. as the amb it ous who learn the true meaning of acnficmg crewmen s h v e s, although ht famt Southern twang codtinues to grate on the viewer like the d i t an t w hin e o f a den tal drill Kettel how-. ever, IS resigned to the role of the gruff and experie nced dive o fficer, who se job is mostly to repeat what the commanding officer says and occasional l y t o beat impudent sailors sen eles A more suitable actor to fill such a role would perhaps have been the legendary Hulk Hogan; then, not only would ordering the tough-but-sensitive Navy o f un sus pec tin g azis Nonethele this taut psychological subplot does not parti cu l ar ly a ccom pl ish anything of interest, but it provides some nice back groun d in f ormation, acting a fil m ographical Muzak drift ing softly behind the cacophony of patriot i c explosions tha t lea d us t o v ict o ri ous che ers. Asolo T heat e r s cceed s wit The Count of Monte Cristo than they should. The performance, although not perfect in every respect, does justice to the compelling story line. tween seemingly disparate elements of the storyline. With that in mind, it is still quite important to pay atten tion, especially if this is the first time you are eing exposed to the mater ial. by Ben Ruby The Count of Monte Cristo, no doubt one of the most engaging and popular novel of Alexandre Dumas, the immensely popular, prolific nine teenth century author, has come to the Asolo. Only this adaptation of the classic tale was written a a play by Barbara Redmond and Eberle Thomas. The pair have brought their production to the Asolo main tage, where it has been running since January. Redmond and Thomas di rected the usual A olo cast, who performed well in thi historical drama about love, revenge and re demption. The story focuses on the trials of a young sailor named Edmond Dantes, played over enthusiastically by Patrick Jame Clarke. Dantes, who at the beginning of the play i. returning home to a fiancee and a promotion, is brought down by a cabal that, to his misfortune, acci dentally forms around him. Hi downfall, which involve the delivery of a mysterious letter of apoleonic origin and a jealou suitor, leads him to be imprisoned for nineteen years without triaL At the end of that con siderable time period, Dantes leaves prison with three things, the knowl edge that those who betrayed him have prospered, that his fiancee, be lieving he was dead, married another man and the ecret of the fabulous treasure on the I land of Monte Cristo. The econd half of the play ees Dantes tran formed into the in credibly wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, as he schemes to avenge him elf on tho e who have wronged him. The play, which was remarkably true to the plot and pirit of the novel, is generally quite engaging. The second part of the tory has a great number of twisting subplots and the play trike a good balance between preserving the rich com plexity of the original tory and making clear the connections be-The players give an admirable performance around. David Breitbarth i especially notable as the steely official, Gerard de Villefort. Devora Millman is quite touching as Dantes' lost love. However, something more could have been wished for Clarke in the title role. Although he gave a good performance in the first half of the play, the enthusiasm that helped him portray a na'ive ailor well made it harder for him to embody the world weary Count. He also needs to learn to project without sounding like he is yelling, a acting by volume is not con i tently effective. In his quieter moment Clarke give an engaging performance. Unfortunately these quiet moment appear far less often one of this hould discourage you from attending what is a rela tively exceptional production. There is only one set, made up of rna sive stonework scenery and the troupe gets their moneys worth out of it. The story is an engaging epic, a tow ering work that succeeds in carrying monumental theme through very human characters. The plot is sub tler and more engaging than anything that has graced a movie theater in the past six months. ot only that, the Asolo, which i stun ningly beautiful on the inside, is clo er than any movie theater. Student rush tickets are only five dollars, and go on sale one half hour before the show begins. The ched ule for the Asolo ea on, which include The Count of Monte Crisro and other plays, i available online at www.asolo.org.
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For more information, go to www.usabancshare .com, www.hoovers.com, www.bowiebanc.com, MPS@USABancShares.com t e ts i p ess F akne wth their eve of Iscourse ROM "CANDIDATE ON PAGE 1 in social studies have gone together The example that Flakne used was how we use speech in a courtroom. There .._ ____________ ........ nicely. are things that we would say in a courtroom that we would not say unless we Flakne seemed to enjoy her time at New College. She had lunch before were in that context. The other way of using pecch as action is to subvert her presentation with New College philosophy students which she "enthe conventions of accomplishing something in a context. This would be joyed." ''Overall, without sounding like a breaking the speech rules of the context in sound bite, it has been fabulous. I have been r-----------------------, which someone exists. Later on, Flakne then very impressed by the tevel of discourse as ery mpr d 1 th nk talked of rhetorical and practical ways of sotv close to graduate level work," Flakne comW Vi l esse l ing problems of misunderstanding. After her mented. She said the two courses she would both candidates are qualified presentation, Flakne answered a number of stumost like to teach next year, if she were to get dents' and professor's questions. the job, would be The Ethics of Otherness and c b I h The community reaction to Flakne was, on Philosophy Applied to Embodiment. The rOf e posttlOll, Ut ave a the whole, very positive. New College Ethics of Otherness would cover, among othl h ( lakn uld b Professor and Philosophy Department Chair ers, authors such as Hegel and Foucault and in ree ing S C e) WO e Doug Berggren said that he "enjoyed her talk Philosophy Applied to Embodiment she very much." Outside HCL 4, after Flakne's would u e authors such as Decartes and more appropriate for the presentation, a number of Philosophy students Beauvoir. were overheard making positive comments Flakne spoke to the New CoUege commu-students. But ink it wi be about Flakne. Acoupleofthe students declined nity, however, about speech in the work of to be interviewed, however, and none of the Philosopher Hannah Arendt. Her goal, she hard tO replace erggren." others could be reached for comment. Julie said, was "to clarify Hannah Arendt's theory Mcgillicuddy, an auditor for the ew College of speech." She also said that she would take --J ie Mcgillicuddy Foundation with an interest in Philosophy, a deconstructionist approach to accomplish commented .. I was very impressed. I think both this. She traced the main parts of Arendt's thecandidates are qualified for the position, but I ory of action and how they related to speech. have a feeling she would be more appropriate There are two ways that speech as action relevant to Arendt, .Flakne exfor the students." But, she added, "I think it will be hard to replace plained. One is speech that accomplis es something in context This type of Berggren." speech is how we use speech in structured situations where there are rules.
1 The catalyst Opinion Editorial: No Opinions Today The Catalyst is happy to report that we have no opinions at this time. It bas been brought to our at tention the last few weeks that we may have been alJowmg our weekly opportunity to force our opinions down the collective throats of of inteUectual non-intervention, please do not do or say anything particularly controversial for the next few weeks. In fact, if it is at aU convenient, avoid saying anything of interest. We want to avoid the campus community to go to our heads. '"-'ll::WIJl temptation. Thank you for helping us attain the level Therefore we at the Catalyst have decided to take this week off, in the interests of fostering a fuzzy warm pinkish feeling around campus. In order to help us maintain our valiant resolution good it takes for us not to express our opm10n once m a great while. We hope you have a pleasant week. Guest Column: Change has to start with the students by Cbristan Blystone Never forget. Sadly, the survivors of the Holocaust felt it was necessary to adopt this cry. And even more sadly, they were right. A slogan of this va riety undeniably makes more people think more often about human na ture; the ethics of cutthroating and self-interest probabJy still defeat it in the last analysis, but at least it assists in holding off another great evil from happening for a couple more centuries, until the atrocities of the ages have been thorou Wy bu ried in the social conscience. I don't believe there will ever be an event so cata clysmic that people will never forget," and I am horrified just trying to imagine what type of event the world society wouldn't, in due time, forget. To prove my point, when was the last time you thought about the Trail of Tears? How about the Children's Crusade? I don't mean to say that human nature is overwhelmingly inclined towards evil (I'll leave that to Voltaire); rather that it's just so easy to only give a fuck about yourself and the interests that are directly centered around the singular 'you.' That was the fear of the Holocaust survivors: that individuals' self-in terests would overwhelm the fact that the individuals, together, consti tuted a societal union. As a result, people would forget what had hap pened, too wrapped up in the pursuit of their daily lives. This obviously swings open the door that allows these negative cycles to continue. And this, on a smaller scale, is precisely the is ue I desire to address within the NC microcosm. Aptly enough, it coincides with an exhibi tion of anti-Semitism. This, as has been pointed out by many, is not the first such act to hap pen here. I can say concretely that acts of this kind have occurred on camp.us e.vf!n .3$ recently as a year or two ago, and I am ure there are plenty of incidents that occur but don't undergo an exposition to the community for the obligatory dis play of pseudorage and intellectual Herein I am attempting to smcerely request that, prior to the community sounding off for their own atisfaction, we all take a bit of responsibility for this kind of activ ity, because we have created a community where it can happen in the first place. In essence, we forget. Everything I can't help but wonder: Who of you thought about the sui cide attem t toda ? Probably some of you. How about the cops getting the smack put down on them and how this illustrates campus safety is sues? Probably a significantly smaller amount of people. Student drug problems and their handling? Even less. These benchmark inci dents in the Time/Life Year in Review New College Edition won't even be fostering conversation in another six months, Jet alone ac tion. And while a swastika on one poster may seem like an individual's problem to some, alas, these things snowball, and, eventually, the indi vidual for whom an occurrence of this nature might directly be a prob lem is you. So, since I am so ready to call out all of these problems, one might what are the solutions? In short, I don't know. At least not with cer tainty. But I do have an idea. I suspect that the academic rigors of this university should be called into question here. It takes all kinds to create a hospitable environment, not just those who can synthesize crystal meth in a lab or deconstruct L 'Etranger as a pro-Christian novel (and write a paper about it, of course). If we were to restructure the curriculum here accordingly, I assert that we could encourage the devel opment of academics, character, community, and social integrity at the same f me. _And re. quired community service or. anything like that. The issue is, actu ally, far simpler and much less restrictive. I recall saying on innumerable occasions, "l'd love to be involved in (fill in community-affirming ac tivity here), but I have to (fill in class assignment that I may/may not have done in the course of my daily life were I not assigned it) instead." Well, long ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, there used to be a saying here. I haven't heard it in a while, but I think it's still in some guide book somewhere: "Each student is responsible in the last analysis for his or her own education." Whether the school reinforces this concept anymore or not, it is ul timately true, not only at New College, but at Harvard, Princeton, UF, MCC, a coal mine a couple thousand feet into the earth, a real estate broker's office, or anywhere else that people end up. This is a statement we should embrace, not only for four years. but for our entire lives. And as one goes through life, its pertinence is maintained merely by modifying what one thinks of as a "student". That being said, recognize that if we want contracts that, say, don't have any formal classes on them, we are afforded that opportunity. It's been done before. If we want our student offices to be treated as IRPs, so that we can actually devote a re spectable amount of time to representing our fellow students when we and they so choose, we can make that happen. If we want to change the academic calendar to re duce graduation stigma and legitimize ISPs, it can be done. And we can pursue community enrich ment as a notable and contractual undertaking, not the least of which would addrCS$ing the o( and religioa, on campus, May 4, 2000 Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, letters and/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 10r free advertising. Contribution: A fac tual article written QY someone not on statf. Contributions should informative and per tment to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in lengt;h from 25lf-500 words. All should be turned mto box 75, or e-mailed to cata lyst@virtu, by Friday at student depression and the C psy chology, safety vs. relative safety, etc. These notions are not so far. fetched. With the right tweaking, these kinds of movements can live in harmony with what we already have set up here, a fine and academically rigorous institution. We are afforded the opportunity to engage in a lot of classroom learning. But hopefully that doesn't mean that we must ne glect all the learning that happens away from the classroom. I've babbled on long enough; please contact me if you are inter ested in more specifics. New College: It's not just an education. lt,'s a bumper sttcker.'
8 The Cats/ st Corre Ma 4 2000 In the tradition of the Catalyst of old, we have reserved the rest of this page to remove our col lective feet from our collective mouths. J eb Lund is currently Chief J stice of the Student Court. Despite what was written in last week's Catalyst, he did not step down from the position after all. We at the Catalyst apologize for printing misinformation. A caption on the front page of the March 22 issue said the New College Foundation Action Auction "included a three-hour dinner." It shou d have said three-course dinner. We apolo gize for making the seem !ike something out of the ancient regime. An article on the Faculty Lect re Series n the March 2 issue mistake ly reported Professor "Mac" Miller received Ph.D.s from Princeto and Duke. In fact, Professor Miller received his B.A. from Princeton. The editor who inserted this mistake coincidently still owes Mac his ISP. The Catalyst apologizes for any unexpected prestige rofessor Miller may have received as a result of o r error. Those responsible for the errors in question have been sacked.