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THE Volume XII, Issue 8 cheap c a t chph r as es r ock nobody' s face off NCSA THURSDAY MAGGIE DROPS Our, ENDORSES CO-CANDIDXIES by Michael Sanderson A dra m atic equence of event s has m a rk e d th e New College S tudent A llia nce presid e n t i a l campa i g n most recently th e Monday night a nn ouncem ent b y NCSA Vic e Pres ident M olly Robin o n a nd second-year Andrew Hossack th a t they were e ntering the race togeth e r to become co-presid e n t a move th a t th e consti tu tion allow A t tha t NCSA V i c e President f o r Academic Affa irs Maggie Phillips left the race cited persona l reas o n and endorsed the co-candidates Robinson was unavailable for comment, but Ho sack and Phillips told the Catalyst they were alarmed by the candidacy of NCSA Secretary Titus Jewell and felt a RobinsonHas ack presidency would be best for New College. Jewell att acked th e ide a of c opresidents as "dangerous" for the NCSA. Ma gg i e Philli ps, ri g ht lefr th e r ace a n d e n do r ce d two opp o n e n ts who w i ll govern as c o -p r es i d e nt s and say th ey decide d to r un after t h e ca n d i dacy of Titus J ewell, righ t alar med them. T h at's all folks." Phillips, told the Catalyst Tuesday afternoon that Robinson decided to run over this "I have more experience with a greater number the students of New College then they do," Jewell said. "I criticize them for of his viewpoints, especially with the creation more bureaucracy inside the NCSA," Hossack told the Catalyst shortly after the announcement. "As co-presidents my co--=-----.-c-.----..,_ possible co-presidency run. Phillips was unavailable for the weekend, and when she long to announce their candidacy" He said retuned, Robinson and Hossack had already waiting until three days before the election decided to run together. Monday night, to tum in their signatures is "just shoddy." Robinson and Hossack finalized their deciPhillips said that "the experience of sian to run together and Maggie decided to Molly and Andrew, and their ability to work leave the race. together to help New College," are reasons NCSA and deal more efficiently with the eternal and external duties of president." Titus said that in his mention of the bureaucracy he was referring to Morris's expansion of it. "ELECTION" PAGE 3 I Robinson wrote to the online forums set to vote for them. Furthermore, she stated up to discuss the election, "I am now going "with their experience they really are conto take this opportunity to throw a monkey nected with a wider group of people." Charges and conter-charcges have been flying at the NCSA section of the e-forum: http://forum.sar.usf.edu wrench into the whole works. I'm running. "We feel that Titus is mistaken in many Dean Bassis, UP head Stryker field questions at Town Meeting by ZakBeck Last Wednesday's Town Meeting started just after 6 p.m. November l. Michael Bassis, who was introduced by President Rachael Morris as Chief Executive Officer of New College, and Laurey Stryker, the new head of the University Program (UP), were present for a discussion of the future of the Sarasota campus. Bassis, who was wearing a green shirt, said, I almost always wear blue shirts." The reason for this sudden change remains a my tery. However, the discussion qllickly moved on to more serious subjects. "The (New College] campus needed a separate and focused leadership," Bassis said. In the newest proposals by University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft, the New College administration will now report directly to the US.F president. The administration of New College is receiving administrative autonomy from USF, and New College will pursue academic accreditation independent of USE The of independent accreditation would be increased national recognition and eligiblity for many of the major national college ratings systems. Bassis closed with the remark: "It is going to be an interesting and exciting year; there are going to be lots of changes.'' After Bassis spoke, Stryker stepped up to the microphone. Any move of the University Progra m campu will take somewhere in the neighborhood of three to five years and require substantial fund from the legislature, she said. The UP plans to grow from the 19 current full-time faculty to 52 and from 1300 students to 2300 during the next five years. Morris then opened the floor to questions for the administrators. Thesis-student Christan Blystone asked what this does to Sullivan's bill, the proposal by State Senator Donald Sullivan (R-Pinelle County) to make the branch campuses of several state universities independent. Stryker, who was trasfered to her position from the Tampa campus, aowsered that Sullivan, chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education, will push ahead with his proposal next session. Stryker al o briefly mentioned several legislators and said their positions on the Sullivan bill. Rep. J.D. Alexander (R-Polk County), who will likely chair the House Education Appropriations Conunittee next term and thu be Sullivan's counterpart, is opposed. Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-Pinelles County) is totally opposed," according to Stryker. Sen. John McKay (R-Manattee County), who will likely be the next president of the cnate, has questions" Stryker said, but currently is relying of Sulliva n to give him advice on education issues, an arrangement she said is not unusuaL At 6:25, pizza was served, and a scene o f bedlam was the result. However, m a ny students were disappointed by the fact that whoever had the authority t o choos e the "Tow MEETING" PAGE 4 I November 8 2000 I f you r e looking fo r th i ngs to d o outside, or p l aces where you can get away for a weekend, Florida is abounding in state parks and other protected land where one can frolic. This guide features some nities, as well as several places a bit further out of the way, but well worth the trip. STORY, PAGE 5 THEASOLO THEATER This bastion of theatric greatness has stood for a decade directly across the road, a11d is enjoyed by only a precious few students who seek out its dramatic treasures. Students with a valid l.D. can pick up unsold tickets on the night of any given performance for $7! STORY, PAGE 6 ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE The up-coming Attempts on Her Life is a theatrical production by playwright extraordinaire Martin Crimp. It will be performed here in New College's Fishbowl (in Hamilton Center) November 9 12 and 16-18 at 7 p.m STORY, PAGE 8
2 The Catalyst NEWS OF THE WORLD November 8, 2000 BY BEN RUBY Clinton says no international peacekeeping force in Middle East President Clinton, in a live radio inter view with WBBM radio in Chicago last Monday, commented on the possibility that an international force might be de ployed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, saying, "The Israeli are strongly op posed to it, therefore it can't happen." Clinton also said he believed the best way to stop the violence was to implement the accords reached at Sharm el-Sheikh on October 17. itary activity had threatened Israeli sol diers or civilians. Yasser Arafat, president of the Palestinian assembly said in a television interview last Sunday, "I am asking for quick international forces... to protect us." In October the General Assembly of the United Nations, which has often been a vehicle for those wishing to condemn Israel, adopted a resolution that con demned Israel for using excessive force and escalating the violence. United States Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke has made it clear that the U.S. will veto any Security Council resolutions on the situation in the Middle East while violence and negotiation con tinued. companies to pay punitive damages total ing $145 billion dollars. The so called Engle case, which was settled by a six person jury on July 14 of last year, will affect half a million Florida residents. sentence of Alfred Sandoval last Monday. Sandoval's attorneys argued that it was inappropriate for prosecutors to invoke God in the penalty phase of Sandovals trial. The Federal Appeals court, which is made up of three judges, voted 2-1 to re mand the case to a lower court where prosecutors will have the option of retry ing the penalty phase of Sandovajs case. Kaye ruled against all of the tobacco companies post-trial motions, including one that would have reduced the amount of the exceptionally large award. The ver dict came only days after a federal judge denied the tobacco companies' motion to move the case into federal court. Plaintiff's attorney Stanley Rosenblatt said, "This is terrific, and terrific he did it so quickly." Any further legal action taken by the tobacco companies would have to take place in appeals court. During the trial prosecutors said, "God will destroy the body to save the soul. Make him get himself right." and, "destroying Sandoval' s mortal body might be the only way to save Sandoval's eternal soul." The majority opinion stated that, "The message was clear: The violence, which began on September 28, had claimed the lives of 176 people as of last Monday. Most of the victims have been Palestinians. Amne ty International and Physicians for Human Rights have condemned Israel for using excessive force. I raeli spokesman maintain that all the targets of Israeli mil-Florida judge upholds tobacco verdict Last Monday Miami-Dade circuit court judge Robert Kaye upheld a previ ous verdict which would require tobacco Court rules that prosecutors may not invoke God in death penalty cases The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the California Supreme Court when they overturned the death Those who have opposed the ordinance of God should fear the sword-bearing state, whose task, as an avenging minister of God, is to bring wrath upon those who, like Sandoval, practice eviL" Information for this article was ob tained from R e uters. At the time that this issue is being sent to the presses, the outcome of the United States pres Idential election is still unknown. By the time the issue is printed and delivered to campus, the United States will have a new president-elect preparing to take office. In light of this, we have prepared the following satirical news briefs. When you recieve your Catalyst, simply check the appropriate box. Gore wins, credits kiss with Tipper Albert Gore captured the presidency of the United States on Tuesday with a victory that some are crediting to his unabashed display of phy ical affection towards his wife Tipper at the Democratic National Convention. "Some may say that my opponent's arrest in 1976 for drunk driving, or his inability to construct a sentence with even the semblance of grammatical coherence, put me over the top in Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan," Gore told reporters, "but I know that what really matters to Americans is that their president and his wife have a healthy sexual relationship.'' One member of the White House press corps, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that, "al though Gore may have been more qualified, I was hoping that Bush would win. I just can't stand the idea of four years where the average press conference is de voted to the discussion of Gore amending federal regulation 14972, section 86, subsection 34d, having to do with the mean adjusted ratios for the federal tax on eraser manufacturers. Gore promised that he would immediately start car rying through with his campaign promises as well as several other initiatives that where too complex to dis cuss in the sound byte oriented environment of the campaign trail. The president-elect mentioned that he was interested in, "looking into manufacturing taxes, specifically regulation 14972, section 86, subsection ........ 0 Bush wins, credits kiss with Oprah George W. Bush was elected President of the United States on Tuesday. Bush, grinning widely, credited his victory with the fact that, "my opponent trusted Washington, I trusted the people. Also, the vice-presi dent is boring. Damn boring." Bush promised that his victory would herald an era of bipartisan cooperation, 'My administration will be the like of one long restful nap for the country." Stand-up comedians reacted with enthusiasm to the Texas Goveners victory. The Friars club issued a press statement saying that, "This will be like having Dan Quayle as president for at least four years. We couldn't be happier." Vice-president elect Dick Cheney denied rumors that a11 power players in the Bush White House would have connections to big oil. "Just because we are having the entire West Wing redecorated with cowhide patterned upholstery and bullhorns doesn't mean that you have to be rich to get a cabinet appointment. You must also be relatively heavy smoke cigars, guffaw with a Texas ac cent, and wear those string ties with a clasp in the shape of a Texas Longhorn." D Nader Wins, credits "kiss my ass" written on New College signs In what s9me are calling the electoral upset of all m candidate l h ad wa elec ed to the presidency ori 'Tuesday. After being for sho ck at a local hospital, president-elect Nader said, "Cool. I mean wow. That... whoa," before losing consciousness once more. Political commentators credit Nader's victory with his some of his supporters' willingness to deface signs that they disagree with at a New College of the University of South Florida. James Carville commented that, "Clear] y when the students saw how willing people were to deface someone else's opinions anonymously in a vulgar cowardly manner, they realized just what kind ofloyalty Nader inspired and took a second look at the candidate. This swung the important New College voting bloc to the greens, which had a decisive effect in this election." (Please note, again) that this piece is purely satirical in nature, and is not meant to imply that either Ralph Nader or his supporters as a whole engage in any sort of unsavory political practices. ) CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Kathryn Dow Layout Editor Michael Sanderson Online Editor Zak Beck Managing Editor Max Campbell Photographer Kelly Jones Advertising Coordinator Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Sta fT Writers Ben Ruby, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., Bill Outlaw, Darren Guild Zachary Konkol, David Savarese The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. 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The Catalyst NEWS 'Just turn out and vote, and pay attention to these peo p le," 'ROM "ELECTION" PAGE 1 "I've toyed wtth the Idea o creating a vice presi dency and then changing the posthons now into ministry posi llons. So you would have a Vice President, then a minister of academic af fairs and a minister of student affairs. He also commented Molly was one who wanted to expand an o ther branch of the student advisory committee. Also," Hossack said we feel it ; s vital that the president of the NCSA," "as a representative of the student assembly, should have experience with New College government and New College students, which we feel our opponent is lacking." Moreover, some actions on this cam pus that Jewell bas trumpeted have alieted others. "I'm afraid his method while effective, might binder future idents." She elaborated, "As we've seen with the gay-friendly votin gdrive, his methods alienated several groups and he doesn't see any reason to reconcil." Maggie said that she ran in response Jewell, and declared to her people who Signed her petition that she would with draw if a more experienced c a ndid ate e n tere d th e race. S he a l so cited medica l a nd aca demic r easons. I really hope I'm better for me a J e well had no comment on Phillips' en dorseme nt of h i s oppon e nt s. I would have run on my own, b ut even as a second-year I feel t ha t by my self I wouldn't have enough ex p erience." Hossack said. "Molly brings the experi ence to our team and I bring the time and energy." Furthermore, he linked this idea its current "As co presidents we will have more time and energy to imple ment accountability and responsibility of current position holders," Hossack said. Jewell doesn't believe the co-presidents idea will work. "1 think that co-presidents puts the NCSA in a danger ous position," he said. He sketched out a hypothetical past in which Morris had a co-president as she appealed directly to the chancellor of the board of regents. What if, he suggested, the co-president sent a letter to the chancellor of the board urging the opposite action as Rachael. "The NCSA would lose all credibility." Some of the most dramatic cenes be fore this has come on the New College Internet forums. Phillips created a section to discuss the campaign, and she elabo rated on her promise to do something about the "apathy on this campus," first mentioned at the Town Meeting. "By this I mean people feeling that nothing gets done or that they do not have a say so they do not get involved," she wrote. Several students posted questions dealing with the campus restructuring, and Maggie responded. Two days later, Jewell posted to the forum and announced that even though they shared similar positions on the is sues there were "important distinguishing characteristics between them. I have more experience as a full time college student than doe my opponent," he wrote. "While Maggie has worked diligently on projects conceived of by others, I have taken initiative and created projects from scratch ... The pres ident must be able, not only to carry out but to >>conceive<< of solutions to problems which affect the student body. My resume clearly shows that I am able to do this." Further, he wrote, "also critically im portant, I believe I have more experience with inter-collegiate events and politick ing." His criticisms on initiative and experience were backed up by the appro priate listings from his resume. "I would challenge my fellow candidate to match me with similar examples ... "Finally, there has been a telling dif ference between myself and my fellow candidate in how w e have run o u r cam p aigns for t h e office of N C S A P resident. I have bee n told that I set a precedent by announcing my candi d acy t o eve ry si n g l e can expect from me: precedents in effi ciency enthusiasm and promptness." Titus cri ticized M aggi e 's wea k c a m paign, because whil e he informed everyone of his candidacy on the first day, "By contrast, my fellow candidate waited until more than a week later to publ icly ask for suggestions and input students," he wrote. "My campaign shows that I am more likely to improve communication between the NCSA and the Student Body." Phillips responded, about 10 hour later, "I concede that Titus has more full time college experience. However, this is my third year as a full time college stu dent and my second year here! Which gives me, in my opinion, a nice perspec tive." She further wrote, do not deny that titus would continue to show "presiden cies in efficiency, enthusiasm, and promptness I just believe that someone can be efficient, enthusiastic and prompt without having to adverti e this fact." Phillips said, "I'm glad I'm not run ning, because it gives me a chance to respond" to what Jewell wrote about her. She said that she felt that responding in kind might with negativity affect her as president, but she says much of what he said was untrue. "Some of them seemed like per onal attacks," he said. On the e forum, he said she was going to "clarify some is sues and misunderstandmgs," but she did not cite pecific achievements, The NCSA cabinet in happier times. From left: Maggie Phillips, Molly Robinson, Titus Jewell and Rachael Morris at the October 11 Town Meeting writing "I am trying to keep this short." After withdrawing, she told the Ca talyst that "I'm kind of di s turbed that it became what it did b e c a u s e i t was m ore of a q u es t ion/a n s w e r pl a ce n o t a s pot to post yo u resume. I th ink p eople s topped tracts (and an unknown quan Independent Study Projects) for his work at th e H o nor s In s titut e of Hill borough Commu nity Colleg e an d sai d b e pl a ns to graduate fro m New Colleg e i n M ay 2002, and this is his "last" c h ance to run for th e presidency, due to anticipated thesis work. Thesis work i al o cited as the rea Hossack. Robin on attended Yale University for a year before entering New College in Spring of 1998, and Hossack said he intends for next fall to be her final semester. The race started with an alert as on the first day of the nominating period, as Jewell posted a letter on every door on campus and placed it in the boxes of those who live off campus. He wanted to make sure "every single student at New College has one" in order to set an exam ple for his presidency, he later stated. Phillips brought Jewell to the Student Court; she said that it was uncon titu tional to collect signatures before the nominating period as he admitted to doing. That ended cordially, both said, with the court letting Jewell's signatures stand and clarifying what they admit was an ambiguous provision. Furthermore, hi letter contained an announcement that he would be accept ing applications for numerou NCSA positions (including some that are not subject to pre idential appointment). That prompted a clarification fr m current NCSA President Rachael Morris that was sent out over the campus e-mai) listserv, stating that no cabinet members wm leave and no appointments will be made unt i l afte r she leaves office on December 31 of this year. l do not believe "titus had tern," and be understands this as weD." From that point, the campaign pro ceeded s moothly for over a week. 1itus cam p aigned heav i ly c o nducting a "door a n d win dow" c a mpa ig n goi n g door t o door in Pei and severa l other places," h e said. An piece of artwork that was h ang since before the beginning of the year was replaced with a parody promoting his campaign, and a flyer was placed on doors throughout the dorms. "When you ee a poster, that the people in the room have heard of me and at the very least support my poster being on there door," he told the Cataly t. At the Town Meeting November 1, Jewell appeared in the black suit and tie, dressed more formally than Dean Michael Bassis, who was in attendance. He and Phillips spoke individually and then answered que tions. Robin on was also pre ent and sitting with the officers, but said was not presiding and said noth ing. Titus said his experience makes him "uniquely qualified to be president.," and gave examples from hi resume, but the two emphasized point of imilarity on the i ues, were friendly to each other and apologized for their blandness. When second-year transfertudent Danny Wood asked both "why should I vote for you over your opponent," the two gave no substantial answer. That night, Phillips created the forums.
4 The Catalyst NEWS November 8, 2000 Open House showcased New College Barnyard noises heard at Town Meeting by Zak Beck The New College Open Hou e which began at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 4, was a howca e for prospective students of the fine educa tional experience that can be found here. The high school students were from diver e backgrounds and were all cordially invited here by the New College Office of Admissions. The Open House consisted of sev eral lectures by the various faculty members of the appropriate department The "day opened with a "Welcome and Academic Overview" in the Sudakoff Center by Acting Director of Admi sions Joel Bauman, Dean and Warden Michael Bas is and Music Profe sor Stephen In the after noon, lectures from the social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities departments, as well a s tours of the campus and discussions of student life dominated the agenda. Along with the faculty, many New College students acted as delegate to the prospectives, offering advice, answering question and administering the tours around campus. As for the New College reaction to the prospec:y dim! Nicole Motgan said, [ T here were} Jot s of peopl e [who w e re) i n te rest e d i n bio-chem an d pre med. Tbis concentration of i nt e rest in the natural sciences could be attributed to New College's exceptional natural sciences department and its reputation. Another New College guide, firstyear Thomas Patteson, said of the prospective students, "They rock my face off; they are all very interested and eager to ee [the) campu ." Patteson al o noted that some of the prospectives seemed "almost stupefied" by all the things to see. Fortunately, the prospec tives apparently all had parents who were "great." One prospective student, who gave only the name J.J. McJojo, was impressed by a scene she experienced while on the tour: "I saw some ladies lying together in Palm Court. and I liked it," she said. At 4 p.m., all of the prospective and their guest as well as New College faculty, were invited to a "Sunset by the Bay. Many New College students also made appea r a nce s b o th to s hare their knowledge of college life with the prospective and to eat as much of the hummus as they could. When a ked of their experiences at New College, pro pectives Lara Drizd, Kristen Viverito and Meagan Ross all said, "New College rock my face off." Another prospective, who was not as informed about New College lingo, had only to say, "It is everything they say it is." jFROM "TowN MeETING" PAGE 1 I p i z z a toppings had not indulged their tastes. To add insult to injury, much of the pepperoni was hidden underneath the mushrooms, proving to be a nasty shock for many of the vegetarians in attendance. By the time this short intermission drew to a close, many students had left. When it came time to vote on the first motion of the evening, a quorum wa not present, so no resolutions could be passed. In response to this severe complication to the democratic process, several students were dispatched to locate any tudents that didn't seem too busy, so that a quorum could be reached and the process could continue. Luckily about six tudents were found, and the general assembly agreed that it was enough to proceed. Bly stone propo ed the first motion. According to his figures, this Halloween PCP actually made somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 to $700, but at a high cos t to Blystone' s bad knee. While helping to set up the festivities which involved moving around beer kegs and wall equipment, the exertion reactivated many of his past knee problems. Blystone's pro posal was to spend $40 of the leftover money to finance an x-ray for his knee. The motion passed unanimously, so hopefully Blystone will once again be in fine form for moving beer kegs as soon as pos s ibl e 'Attempts On Her Life' to showcase student talent By David Savarese series of puzzle pieces to interpret and place together in The up-coming Attempts on ller Life is a theatrical a way you see fit. As in all plays, this would seem in production by playwright extraordinaire Martin Crimp. complete without a production and directorial It wil_l be performed, here in New College's Fishbowl (in interpretation. Attempts' interpretation and portrayal are Center) November 9-12 and 16-18 at 7 p.m. by Novo Collegians. This work, which is seemingly 1l1Cs1s-studcnt Spector is directing this production. rooted in the historical absurdity plays, is a piece of post Jon co_nceptual play traveling in Europe modern conceptual theatre. If you love theatre and you and dec1ded to bnng 1t to the ew College stage for stuJove to think, than this is the night out you have been to. and. perhaps, comprehend. There looking for. An added bonus is that viewing this producWill he lumted seatmg, so be sure to arrive on time. tion is free. This piece of _experimental theatre is an attempt to First year Tim Gomez described the play as, "highly push the of drama further and further. There personal" and said that it "raises vital questions about the are seventeen dtstmct scenes of people de cribing a world we are living in." Thi play is difficult to describe, woman named Ann. because it lacks a linear plot structure. The actors and dion Her Life includes no specific size or director have put a Jot of blood, sweat and tears into this rectwn in the pages of its script. It is up to the director to play, and they are happy with the outcome. present the irony included in the scenario and dialogue "Yea, it was fun and a Jot of hard work, but it buttered of the work. It is _an attempt to pre ent differential ideas, my biscuits'' stated fir t year Eric owak. So if you wonthemes, as ''hilarious dered what was going on in the Fishbowl for the past few hyper-reahsllc d1alogue. Overall, th1s portiOn of Jon days, the answer is that New College students have been Spector's thesis project will be a satisfying look at conpreparing an intriguing and challenging performance. theatre, and. if you are interested in a Jon summed this play up in one quote from its de dJscusston about the p1ece you join_ Classics scription, "Attempts to describe her? Attempts to destroy John Moore m a post-show discussion on the her? Or attempts to destroy herself?" That's a fairly am-mght of November 18. biguous description, which is fitting for the play. When you have seen this play you may be left with a After this motion, President Rachael Morris, who was acting as speaker for Molly Robinson, proposed that at future Town Meetings, if a quorum were to appear on the sign in sheet, then a vote could be taken for the remainder of the meeting. The assembly replied to this motion with sheep and goat noises, and a few hisses. Morris quickly withdrew her motion, and the meeting proceeded. Another short talk was held on the in crease of Activity & Service fees, which go in part to the NCSA, from $10.75 per credit hour to a proposed $13.60. However, the increase was capped at $13, because it was believed that this was all the Board of Regents would approve. This increase would allow for the NCSA to implement and fund many new student programs. The last item on the agenda was the upcoming student elections. There are several seats that will be opening up, including po sitions for the 3rd, 2nd and 1st year seats on the Student Allocations Committee, as well as three positions student court ju tice positions. The NCSA Presidency will open with the departure of current president Rachael Morris. The major candidates for the position are Titus Jewell and Maggie Phillips (see story Page 1). The meetin ended at 7:45, fifteen minutes early. By this time, there w ere very fe w p eople left to hear that it was time to p ack up and go home.
The Catalyst FEATURES NovemberS, 2000 5 Florida has a multitude of sites for outdoor activities by Zachary Konkol The hot summer months have finally begun to leave us behind, and it appears to finally be moderately safe to venture outside beyond the comfort of your air condi tioner. If you're looking for things to do outside, or places where you can get away for a weekend, Florida is abounding in tate parks and other protected land where one can frolic. This guide features some basic informa tion on some of the closer wilderness opportunities, as well as several places a bit further out of the way, but well worth the trip. All images are from the Everglades. Ocala National Forest Located east of Ocala and north of Orlando, Ocala National Forest has 383,220 acres of land featuring a wide variety of environments. One can find highlands, hardwood forest, swamps, lakes, ponds and springs within its boundaries. There are eleven campgrounds, all located within different regions of the park. A multitude of trails awaits the visitor, including a 65-rnile section of the florida National Scenic Trail and 22-mile bike trail. For those who Jike to canoe, there are plenty of lake and streams and several canoe trails. Wildlife within the park is plentiful, and it i not uncommon to catch glimpse of bald eagles, alligators and white-tailed deer. For more information, call either of the two ranger sta tions at (352) 669-3153 or (352) 625-2520. Everglades National Park Everglades National Park is one of our country's largest national parks, located just we t of Miami Opportunities for canoeing, hik ing and bicycling are plentiful, and miles upon miles have been designated for these activities. The 99-mile Wilderness Waterway is one of the most highly regarded trails for canoes in the country. There are three developed campgrounds that are served on a first come, first served basis for a fee of $14 a night. In addition, there are dozens of undeveloped camping sites located along the hiking and canoe trails. The Everglades i also an excellent place to ob.. serve bald eagles, varieties of other rare birds and alligator For more information, call (305) 242-7700. Myakka River State Park Myakka River State Park is Florida's largest state park, located just 9 miles east of Sarasota on S.R. 72. There are two campgrounds with fees of $11 per night up to November 30 and $15 thereafter. The park has 38.9 miles of loop trails that move through forest wetlands and open prairie Six prim i t i v e camp s ites are located on these tr a il s for b ackpa<:kers, and can be use d fo r a fee of $3 per night Canoes can be rented for u se alo n g the HiUsborough River State Park Hillsborough State Park is located 12 miles north of Tampa on U.S. 301. Campsites are available and cost $13 per night. Reservations are accepted. The park fea tures several biking trails, and there are also opportunities for fishing and canoe!ng. For more mfor mation, call ( 13) 987-6771. Highlands Hammock State Park Located four miles west of Sebring on S.R. 634, Highlands Hammock wa one of Florida's first state parks. Today, the park has 8,140 acres of land, much of it virgin hardwood fore t. There are several natme trails, in addition to a horse trail and a bike trail. Sites at the 154-site campground are available for $13 a night, and can be re erved in advance. For more information, call (863)-386-6094. Lake Manatee State Rec. Area Located 15 miles of Bradenton on S.R. 64, Lake Manatee State Recreation Area has a 60-site camp ground that is filled on a first come, first served basis. Fees for the campground are $16 per night. The Jake it self offers wonderful opportunities for fishing and swimming. For more information, call (941)-741-3028. Little Manatee River State Rec. Area Little Manatee River State Recreation Area i located four miles outh of Sun City, several miles north of Bradenton, off U.S. 301 on Lightfoot Road. There is a 34-site campground that accepts reservations. Fees are $12.00 per night. There is also a primitive campsite available by reservation only that lies along the park's 6.5-mile nature trail. Canoes are welcome along the river, but are not available for rental. For more informa tion, call (813)-671-5005. The Catalyst bears no responsibility for changed or changing information. We highly recommend alway contacting a destination before you depart. lnformati.on f o r thi s article wa s g athered at the following web sites: http://www.dep.state. fl. us/parks http://myakka.sarasota.fl.us
6 The.Catalyst AR s November 8, 2000 Aso o eatre o ers wide range of plays, student icket discounts Above: the fact of the Awlo Theatre, famzliar to mo t New College Below a!fd right: wme probably less-familiar view\ of the A olu's (all photos from hrtp:l/www.asolo.org) by Ryan Me onnick Price, sq. Dir ctly aero a wide highway teeming with vehic ular homicide lies a cultural e perience open to any Novo Collegian with a fe\\ bucks in their pocket and the courage to hurl themselve into the breach of US 41. Thi i Florida State University and Asolo Theatre and Conservatory and Florida State Ballet. This bastion of theatrical greatne s has stood for a decade directly aero the road, and i enjoyed by only a preciou few student who seek out its dramatic trea ure The Asolo Theatre was originally e tablished in Sarasota in 1960, when the estate of John Ringling (to whom ew College owes so much) purchased a beauti ful eighte nth-century opera house [rom th city of lta\y, and had it import d here. !"eatre f.'lcing the bay. an acting troupe from Florida State University establi hcd the A olo Summer Theatre Fcsrival, which met with uch accolades that it quickly became an established tradition. In a mere 6 year the Asolo became a fully-furictional member of the League of Re ident Theatres, offering year-round performances and a venue for both the work of new arti 1 and aspir ing actors as well as perennial favorites and old ham The newly-established year-round which only offered 'orth America's only winter destination theatre festival, became home to the graduate acting program for Florida tate Univcr ity in 1968, when it officially became the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory. The program ex perienced great uccc a the oung actor learned from the established companies that came for annual pcrformanc s, and fledgling scribes found their work played b fore the footlights at last Many talents fir t found their stride on the A.!olo's stage, and the social elite of Sarasotaarts communi tie. had their need for drama and culture ated at last. Recent 'ew College graduates Jennifer Growden and colt asper are cur rently enrolled in the highly elective Con ervatory program. In 1990, a long thirty year in their antiquated home ground was broken for the new complex, directly aero s the road from the dorm A 500-seat venue, the I Iarold and E M. Mertz Theatre, was installed. The theatre originally been a renowned opera hou e in the Victorian tyle, purcha ed and flown in f Dunfcnnlinc, Scotland. A mere four years later, the Conservatory experienced a bit of de marcation, hen a rnaller 161-cat theatre, the Jane Bancroft Cook was built. '!hi theater, named after the same woman who funded College's library, was built e for tu dent performances and the occasional off-sea on Main tage performance (as the plays normally performed in the Mertz theatre are called). Seating in the Mertz theatre is layered into Orchestra, Mezzanine, Balcony, and Box eat Orche tra. eats, which are by far the mo I expensive, are on the floor, which slope down towards tbe stage. The Mezzanine eats are located 1 feet above the stage and pread around the theatre in a vast crescent; potential pa trons of the Mezzanine hould be forewarned that eat on the farthe t edges of that section tend to block off the portions of the tage c1ose t to your eat, as the action is essentially taking place directly below your feet. The Balcony seats teeter 40 feet from the floor, a narrow ec tion that takes in the full stage, as well as the entirety of the t 1eatre's facade. Balcony cats are, by many ac-' Theatregoers who choose to sit with the gods are no further back horizontaJJy from the stage than the middle row of the Orchestra section, and have the added ad vantage of a lofty view and cheap ticket prices. Seating in the Cook theatre, by contrast, is.,much impler; a basic tier of rowed seats ascend from the foot of the stage to the back of the theatre with very little deviation. The theatre i cozy enough that one eat i essentially as good as any other. The Theatre offers a rotating repertory of seven per formances, with up to five being produced concurrently. 1 hus, with judiciou timing, a sturdy and devoted patron could take in five separate performances in the course of a single weekend. Along with the seven play offered in the Mert:r. theatre, the Jane Bancroft Cook theatre produces its own 1 of ix e. oteric dramatics, although their schedule i u. ually more spaced-out, in order to give the student actors more time to work with the ma terial. By far the mp t interc!>ting thing about the Asolo the atre, for New College students at least, is the Student Rush ticket. While nonnal ticket run from $17 for a matinee pcrfonnance in the ook theatre to $40 for an Orchestra ticket to a Saturday evenin performance in the Mertz, student with a valid J.D. can pick up un old tick t on the night of any given performance for 7! If that ccms too spontan ous, tudcnts may purchase ad vance tickets to performance for 10 (matinee) or Sl4 (evening). 'ea on tickets arc al o available, of course, and offer ig nificant discount when compared with buying tickets on a per diem basis. Aside from all this, the Asolo offer. a series of other enticem nt such a. the InterAct program, in which the audience is of fered the chance to talk to the actor about the performance, or the PlayTalk serie., in which academic and lecturers offer pre. entations loosely ba ed on the play Information on prices, dates. and more are avail able by calling the Asolo Box Office at 351-8000. For the.se rock-bottom price the A olo offer the very fine. t in entertainment. 'I his sea on, for instance, the Mertz theatre will host even wonderf tlly diver e perf nuance I Hate Hamlet, which opened November 1 and runs until February 24, is about a struggling actor who is haunted and eventually posse sed by the renowned drunken the pian, John Barrymore. Morning Star, a recently redi covered drama by Sylvia Regan,opens November 10 and por trays the peril of a young Jewtsh widow immigrant toting her family toward the American dream. The legendary Tenne see Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will open November 17. Novo Collegian. may rememb r Williams as the famous author who penned A Streetcar ....... .... brilliantly by the Springfield Players. January, 2001 will see the opening of The Voysey Inheritance, an [nglish drama by 19th-century playwright Harley Granville Barker, and Over the Tavern, a comedy about a young urban lad in the midst of the 1950s who reject hi hereditary Catholicism. The Asolo's season will clo e with Sockdology, which should be of great interest to historian and fan of dark humor; the play i a comedy about the actor. who performed in Ford Theatre the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and their in volvement to various degrees with the con piracy. For the holiday season, the Asolo will also offer a special performance of A Christma Carol, with Javi h cos tumes, special effect and orchestrated mu ic. Ticket price will vary. The Cook theatre will offer up a somewhat more bizarre sampling this year, starting with eil Simon' immorta l innuendo piece, Rumors. Thereafter will open frederich Duerrenmatt's The Physicists, about three nu clear cienti t in a villa of lunatics. Then two touching plays about female relation hips open in quick ucce sian: fir t, The Memory of Water, about thre sisters facing the death of their mother, and then Stop Kiss. about crime and love in New York. The musical portion of the season will be My Way, a musical review of the works of Frank Sinatra. The season will clo e with Art, which \von the 199, Ton v award ticket for the awardwii ncr will be slightly m'ore ive than most Cook sea b. 1 hu a plethora of dramatic delights is pread out ltkc a movable feast for the Kew ollege student willing to shell out a mere handful of filthy lucre. '1 he Asolo is an dassy d tination with which to impress a po paramour or to demonstrate to visiting relatives JUSt how cultured one has become in one's ti'tne here. 1 he A solo b a sumptuous treat for oneself, to go and b :ccluded among the crushed velvet curtains and bronze angel, to watch the pageant unfold bctore one's eye and to forget for just a little while all the burdens of life.
The Catal st OPINION NovemberS, 2000 7 Andrew and Molly for NCSA President The Catalyst, in the interest of maintcontinue in the same vein Hossack and ing the most effective student Robinson have each been active in New government possible, is recommending College student government for a year that the New College student body vote longer than Jewell. This is significant, es for Molly Robinson and Andrew Hossack pecially when the candidates are so well for the co-presidency of the New College matched in terms of ability and drive. Student Alliance. We at the Catalyst understand and While this paper understands that recognize that Jewell has been active in a Robinson and Hos ack's opponent, Titus variety of ways on campus. He has been Jewell, may have the capacity to take on effective as NSCA secratary and in other the duties and responsibilities of NCSA activist organizations. Jewell is certainly president, we feel that Robinson and the type of person who should be in Hossack, who also have a long hisvalved in the NCSA at the highest tory of service in student levels, but his candidacy for NSCA government, are the better canpresident is slightly premature. dictates at this point because e Robinson has sat on a variety of of their greater experience at \ committees since her enrolle-New College. ment, and served as Vice Although Jewell has taken a Pre ident of Student Affairs and leadership role on the campus since the Student Assembly since spring of his arrival, he has only been enrolled 2000. Hossack has an exten ive back-at our college for eleven weeks. The poground in student politics over recent sition of president is crucial for years, including his seats on the SASC defending the interests of the New and Council for Academic Affairs ince College student body. The president acts last fall. We believe that they would as a representative for New College stumake an excellent team as Co-Presidents dent to the campus administration and of the NCSA, and that they de erve your the administration in Tampa. Robinson upport. and Hossack know about the confrontaIn conclusion, we hope that you will tions of the past year firsthand. consider Robinson and Hossack's greater Rachael Morris, who bas been the New College experience when casting mot effect" in recent memory, was effective becau e oppurtunity to wi h Jewell all the best, she repre ented the interests of New and to express our hope that whatever the College agressively in Tampa and on results of this election he will continue to campus. Although all of the candidates serve the students of thi campus well. have the qualifications and experience to We would also like to express our hope Letter to the Editor: Consider Titus Titus Jewell is a person who cares about other people. He does not sit on the sidelines whining about the state of the world; he jumps in with innovative ideas and works hard to implement them. Titus makes a difference. I know him well; we were students together in the Honors Institute at Hillsborough Community College three years ago. I was President of the Arete Club, the offi cial student government of the Honors students, and TilliS was a very vocal and productive member during his tenure there, attending nearly all of the meetings and contributing helpful suggestions. I am currently a senior at the University of Tampa studying abroad this term at Oxford University in England. My roommate is Jennifer Gregory, a se nior at New College who is also studying at Oxford this term. Titus bas informed me that he is campaigning for Student Government President, and I believe that the students of New College should con sider voting for him because Titus is innovative and effective. While Titus was a student at HCC, he took a leadership role within the Arete Club. He organized a voters' regi tration drive prior to the last election, created the fir t honors list serve by personally contacting every student in the honors directory, and cre ated the Arete Textbook Library to help honors students with the cost of their textbooks. Within the Honors Institute it. elf, Titus was also an active participant, tak ing more honors clas es than most honors students. He represented the Institute well at state, regional, and international academic conferences; I attended some of these events and can testify to Titus' abilities as an academic and as a public speaker. Titus was a delegate to the 2000 Harvard National Model United Nations, wh&e, I hear, he distinguished himself through his tireless consensus building. Titus has worked diligently and consis tently to serve in the past, and I know he will maintain these high standards at New College. Marian Conklin Religious in government by Bill Outlaw the paragraph. That sentence reads a folPicture the scene: a non-descript Pei lows: "I am committed to the First room, my desk, my computer. I was sitAmendment principles of religious free ling in one of those lovely fushcia chairs dom, tolerance, and diversity." This all Pei rooms are equipped with; a threeempty statement i immediately followed button mouse swishing lazily beneath my with: "Whether Mormon, Methodist, fingers. The time was somewhere around Jewish, or Muslim, Americans hould be 3 a.m., that magical hour when most able to participate in their constitutional Novo Collegians actually tart to go to free exercise of religion." sleep. I was poking around on Wren's In other words, Bush supports reli Nes! (www.witchvox.com), a Pagan gious freedom for those individuals who news compilation, when I suddenly came believe in some form of Judaic god. As across a story link I could not resist: long a your deity penned the ten com "Prcsidential Candidates Questioned On mandments and slaughtered a bucketload Religious Diversity, Witchcraft." of Egyptian children, your rights of reli1 clicked the hypertext link and was gious freedom are a priority, and are instantly whisked away to www.webworthy of defense. And, if you are one of whiteandblue.org, a website where the millions of "unfortunates" who have political may be posed to the found spiritual enlightenment along some presidential candidates. The question that other path, well... pray. Repent. Tum to immediately piqued my interest was this: God (yeah, that one), for only he can save "With religious diver ity increasing, you, and only be is acceptable in the eyes what are your thoughts on the protection of Bush. of religious freedom and the eparation At the tail end of the question posed to of church and state? Should religions like the candidates, another issue is raised: Wicca be banned from recognition by the "Should religions like Wicca be banned military, as some legi lators suggest?" from recognition by the military, as some Naturally, I leaned over the computer legislators suggest?" Keep in mind that and clicked on Bush's statements first, Wicca and earth-based "pagan" religions drooling at the prospect of a few more have gained legal recogni7ed status in the "Bushisms" to snicker over. Sadly, 1 did United States. Bush seems not to rea\ize not receive what 1 was lookin for; inthi : "\ do not think w\tchcrah is a re\istead of IJumor, I submission by the mental state of a man appropnate for the U. miUtary to prowho may be President by the time this mote it." piece is printed. While I will refrain from turning this 1l1e first issue that caught my eye piece of commentary into a full-blown about good old "Dubyah's" response wa religion article by jumping on an ex its length. Granted, brevity is often adtremely protracted diatribe about this mirable-you don't want to bore your comment, I would like to point out a audience with a drawn-out response-but quick historical reference: the principles on an is ue o pivotal and current as thi behind modern pagani m were being one expects a little detail. Bush's repracticed long before the holy zygote sponse consists of a sentence and one manifested itself in Mary's womb. Wicca paragraph; it is approximately 58 words and earth-based religion are a valid form long. of religious expre sian, and should be What Bush's response may lack in treated with respect. length, it more than makes up for in igBush's stance on religious freedom is norance and intolerance. The title of his crystal clear: God's way or the highway. answer sounds agreeable: "Religious While this may suit the tastes of Bush Freedom And Tolerance Is A Protected and his supporters, they must keep in Right." This does not, however, match mind that this country is diverse not only the tone of Bush's answer. with people but with beliefs and ideas. Bush opens his response with a snipOne view must not be held as "right" or pet of hollow rhetoric, which is "superior." To do so is to invite intoler-.. conspicuously separated from the rest of ance. Clarifications Leo Demski, who wrote the profile which ran Oct. 25 on Eugene Lewis' sculpture exhibit, entered New College in 1991. According to Mike Campbell, president of the Aumnae/i Association, it is standard for NC alums to identify themselves by their year of entry, not their year of graduation. The photos of Halloween PCP that were run last week were contributed by Melissa Richardson. -The photos of Andre Gide run last week were taken from the Andre Gide Photo Archive at http://www.kalin.lm.com/gidepho.html
8 The Catalyst ANN.OUNCEMENTS November 8, 2000 Offices will be closed Friday for Veteran's Day. Classes, as one might imagine, will proceed as usual. The Student Affairs office from the Ringling School of Art is looking for stu dents who would like to volunteer at the big bayfront scultpure exhibit coming up on Sunday Nov. 12th. They are looking for student volunteers to pas out infor mation, pour drinks, etc. They are asking people to work 2 hr hifts (12:30, 2:30. 4:30) If anyone is interested, they should call Kelly Moselle at the Ringling School of Art and Design at 359-7505. Just a reminder from Student Affairs and the mailroom staff: PLEASE check your campus mailboxes regularly. Due to the high volume of on-campus mailings, boxes tend to fill up and overflow quickly. This makes it difficult for tbe mailroom staff to get mail out to student boxes qUJckly and efficiently. As a sec ond reminder: U.S. mail does not get delivered to the campus until at least 2:30 pm, and generally takes approximately two hours to be sorted and delivered (de livery time is cut down when many boxes are empty). o please check and empty your boxe frequently. Thank you. (Note from the Catalyst closed mailboxes cannot be checked. ) New Colle e da is fast a roachin To tbis date we have 8 performances by New College bands which will include: No Chef (Luis Ogden), AntiAnti (Bill Thomas), Sam's Cosmic Radio (Sam Ozer), *POP*(Robert Ward), Crashetts (Michelle Krasowk:i), Eskimo Kiss (Regina Gelfo) and RazyMary (Marylee Bu sard). To accomodate all of the bands, we will have two stages avail able. In addition to a great BBQ, we will also have carnival games to include: a rock climbing wall, an inflatable obstacle course and the colisium (moonwalk type game where you can play a rounding game of Volleyball/soccer/basketball) ..... so what do we need for you: --volunteer to help set up the equipment (3 ppl) --volunteers to help run the equipment (7 ppl) --volunteer to help secure the sainer complex --volunte.ers to help take down the equipment ( 4 ppl) We still have plenty of room for other events .... face painting? large twister game? See Alena if you're interested. Interested in exercising your mind? Then play college bowl (aka Quiz bowl, Academic Team, Brain Bowl). The new time is WEDNESDAY's@: 6 pm. Ham Center Dining Room. If you're interested but can't make the time, let Alena know. The annualmeeting of the Florida Philosophical Association wil1 be held on our campus next Friday and Saturday, 11/10 and 11/1 L Paper sessions will take place in Sudakoff Center Friday morning and afternoon and Saturday morning, and New College philosophy profe sor Aron Edidin will be giving the presidential ad dres in the Mu ic Room at 8:30 Friday your ad here (that means you, staffers) evening. The Association is very welcoming of student participation, and you're all invited to attend any es ions you like. See Professor Edidin for a schedule. Independent Study Workshop: Faculty and tudent are hosting a work shop to help students plan their January ISPs. Monday, November 13, 7-9 p.m. Sudakoff. New Music New College presents: Speech Acts. When is speech music? Music ::;peech? Experience compositions for solo voice and vocal ensemble preented by !I.J'ew Music ew College. Exciting works by Luciano I3erio, Kenneth Gaburo and Roger MArsh Alternate with new compositions by Kartina Amin, Stephen Miles, Jason Rosenberg, and R.L. Silver. Saturday, Novemberll and November 18, 8 p.m. Sainer. New Co1lege Environmental Club, Tuesdays at 6:30 in the Cafeteria. For more information call Ethan Heistcher, 358-1844. Coming to the Writing Resource Center at 7 p.m. this Thursday, November 9th: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Grammar (But Were Afraid to Ask! A student-led workshop focusing on editing and proofreading your papers to get them just right. Topics covered will include proofreading strategies, run-on sentences, split infinitives, semicolons, pronoun agreement in nonsexist lan guage, and any other nit-picky details that have been driving you crazy. Come for an hour and let us help you discover the repressed grammar geek that hides deep within the heart of every student. For more information, call the WRC at 359-4506. We hope to see you there! All students are invited to come over to the Ringling School of Art and Design for the theater club's fall perfor mance this Friday and Sunday at 7pm. The show is less tdan lhr long and consists of several scenes and monologues. For directions and other info call Konnie in Student Affairs 359-4250. Alternatives to Medical School Tuesday November 14,5 p.m., HNS-108. Discuss osteopathic medicine with a repre:-enta tivc from Nova Southeast University. The call is out for abstracts to be selected for presentation at the 15th National Conference on Undergraduate Research. scheduled for March. 15-17, 2001 in Lexington, Kentucky. The submission deadline is November 15. See http://ncur2001.uky.edu for more infor mation. The Tibetan Film Festival is continm g throu h this Frida ever ni bt at 8 pm in l?alm Court. SAC MINUTES 11-1 SAC Minute Jn attedence: Emma Jay, Miche1le Brown, Pete Summer Lindsay Luxa, Shannon Dunn (chair), Cathy Heath, Julia Skapik ***all votes are unanimous with the exception of the chair, who does not vote*** Allocated: $65 from food reserve 4. Organization: Super 8 Film Club Shannon O'Malley Requesting $300 for film Allocated: $120 5. Organization: Warhol Party 1. Organization: NC Environmental Michelle Conner Requesting: $92 .00 Allocated: $92.00 2. Organization: Wall Security Elizabeth Jammal Requesting: $300 for se curity Allocated: Tabled. 3. Organization: Students for a Free Tibet Rachael McLean Requesting: $ 65 Regina Gelfo Requesting: $98 Allocated: $79 6. Organization: NC Activist Julia Daniel Requesting: $2,925 Allocated: Tabled. 7. Organization: New College Day Jake Thomas Requesting: $2,500 for entertainment Allocated: $2,500