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THE Volume XII, Issue 9 m?re accurate coverage than CNN November 15, 2000 The monks are coming! Students ring in presidential election communally by Kelly Jones Human rights have long been a concern of New College students. The small but dedicated group involved in Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) take this concern to an international scale. They are active in educating the campus and the Sarasota community about the religious, political and social injustices that Tibetans face as a result of the Chinese invasion. "Underlying all our activities i a com m i tmen t to non-violence and recognition of the need for universal responsibility within an interdependent world," said fourth-year Jason Rosenberg, president of the SFT chapter at New CoJleg e. Recently, SFT has shi f t e d th e ir focus from the politic a l o ppre ssi on of Tib e t t o their endanger e d c ultu r e The SFT chapte r at New College raised $10,200 to by Anna !\iaria Diaz-Balart E uphoria turned to confusion, which turned to disappointment and then to con fusion again a students and faculty watched the unusual election returns in Sudakoff Center. The event, organized by ew College Student Life Committee and hosted by Political Science Profes ors Kathy Pak and Keith Fitzgerald, began with a sub dued but fe tive atmosphere. Sudakoff Center was decorated with red, white, and blue streamers and balloons. Students and faculty mingled and snacked on popcorn, cookies, and soda. The three televisions buzzed with early election resulls The mood soon changed to outr ight euphoria when it was anno unced on TV tha t Vice P res id ent AI Gore h ad won F l o r i d a M a n y st ud ents cheered a n d h ugged each other. Some students even rushed to the pay phones to spread the news. The cheers continued as the returns painting, and make an incense offering as would not last. part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour. Within two hours of announcing the The monks will also present a lecture Gore victory in Florida, the television during the week. networks retracted their projection. Florida was too to call. Students, faculty, and the news media did not know alternating cheers, boos, heckling, and bugs. A fairly large group of people stayed riveted to the television broad-casts, others filtered in and out of the event. The snack supply d iminished a s Both Pak and tions about the ---n----::-;;-'1 The varied "ELECTION" PAGE 5 The sacred music and dance rituals were derived from the mystical vi ion of a sag and preserved through the ag_e by a spoken tradition. The ceremony IS be lieved to open communication with the higher powers of good. This connection engenders environmental, social and per sonal healing. 'D1e music is charactenzed by ''overtone inging" in which each cbantmaster sings three different notes, Molly Robinson and Andrew Hossack win election creating a complete chord. The and-painted mandalas are seen a tools for reconsecrating the world. The painting includes shapes and symbol that. together, give the mandala outer, inner and secret meanings: On the outer level they represent the world in its di vine form On the inner level they represent the path from the ordinary to the enlightened mind. On the secret level they repre ent bodily energies, and the mind's clear light dimension. The cre ation of the mandala i believed to purify and heal on a1l three levels. The sand painting begin with an opening ceremony. The lamas sanctify the area by calling "MONKS" PAGE 5 1 Due the Thanksgiving holiday, the Wednesday, November 22 issue of the Catalyst will be printed and distributed in the mid-morning. Photo by Kelly Jones Molly Robinson and Andrew Hossack won the NCSA presidential election on Thursday. to the Student Court, which upervis es the ballot cpunting, they won by a four-to-one margin. The two will be co-presidents and take office 1 anuary 1.
2 The Catal st NEWS OF 'T E November 15, 2000 CIA investigates internal computer misu e Texa to execute mentally retarded man Johnny Paul Penry ma be e ec ted thi we k for the rape and murder of Pamela Mo ley Carpenter. After 20, ear on deal row he 1 going to b killed through lethal injectiOn thi: '1 hur day in Living ton, Tc as. After two trials. in \Vh1ch he ha been convicted and sen tenced to death becau e of this horrible act, hi. last pportunity to live remain. in the hand of th Texa. Board of Pardons a1 tl Parole A wide variety of humanitar ian organization hav opposed his execution because, a the American I3ar ociation tales, "'executing the men tally retarded i unacceptable in a civilized world.'' Hts executi n ha drawn much attention becau c Johnny Paul Penry ha a state tested IQ of 56 and may be s en a mentally incompetent. The 44-year-old Penry, when inter viewed. tated, "I think it's a cruel thing to do, to put me to Jeep." H vaguely un der tan
The Catalyst NEWS November 15, 2000 3 Student tried and sentenced by Student Court for C-store theft by Darren Guild Last year the Catalyst ran an article about theft at the Convienience Store (C Store) which maintained that stealing seemed to occur, but it was seldom that anyone was ever caught. This year someone was caught. Second-year transfer student Raj Ghoshal was taken to New College Student Alliance court by Marriott on Thursday, November 9 on an accusation of two accounts of theft; one from the C-Store and one from the cafe teria. Ghoshal admitted guilt and was given a punishment of cleaning the cafe teria tables in Hamilton Center after three meals. The trial began a little after 7 p.m. in Hamilton Center, and lasted approxi mately thirty minutes. C-Store Manager Tina Jajo said Marriott is plann.ing to ap peal the pun.isbment given to Gboshal by the student court. The incident Ghoshal was on trial for took place in mid-September. Ghoshal was in the C-Store, and was allegedly seen putting a drink in his pocket by Mike Palmieri, who was working behind the counter at the time. According to the statement made by Jajo, Ghoshal had been recently seen walking out of the cafeteria without paying for something and she had informed Palmieri about that incident. As Palmieri bad seen Ghosbal other merchandise Ghoshal had purchased at the time. After Ghosbal left the C-Store, Palmieri contacted Jajo and told her what he thought happened. Jajo came to the C-Store where she saw Ghoshal outside. She asked to ee Ghosbal 's re ceipt but be didn't have one. So Jajo asked Ghoshal how much he had paid for the drink and Ghoshal told her. Jajo re sponded that the price .Ghoshal tated was not the correct price and that he had been undercharged for the drink. Gbosbal then gave Jajo his card and she charged him for the correct amount. At that time Jajo reportedly told Ghoshal that she was turning him in and that he was banned from the C-Store. Ghoshal did not contest the facts of Jajo's statement at the trial, instead herequested that be be given time to explain the reasons why be stole from the cafete ria and the C-Store and to discuss the nature of the potential sanctions. Ghoshal said he believes "it is a lot more compli cated than a black and white issue." Ghosbal cited Marriottt's monopoly over the student body, saying that students are forced to give approximately one thou sand dollars to one particular corporation. Ghoshal also mentioned that he was completely opposed to the practices of Marriott as a corporation. These statements were disputed on relevancy charges by Jajo and members of the court, and Ghoshal responded that he un derstood but wanted to give a rationale to ment that would have to do with working for Marriott mentioning community ser vice as an alternative. Growing pains still painful b Bill Outlaw therefore must rely on the y New College is growing. A quick look When asked about around campus provides adequate proof cation between the Admtsstons and of that fact. However, the increased numM!,ller offered the followmg exber of students has become the center of planahon: What happened, at least to much controversy. Some fear that, with knowledge, is that the fac?lty not 1;2 lar er numbers of students raising the formed that we _were gomg to ave ratio, New College more people until they sbow;d up. Thts will lose some of it kindred atmo::.phere decision was made over t e and academic freedom. Others concede when most of the faculty was that the campus is lacking in several inaccessible. Telephones do exist, how. f I d ever." areas, and must undergo a patn u peno When asked bow this problem af-of growth in order to evolve. fected his course offerings, Miller stated The key concern of some ts. ov:er-"If l had known this, I would not have ofcrowded cla ses. Miscommumcat!On between the Admissions office and New fered Intermediate Poetics: Theory and l Practice, which functions best around a College faculty resulted in ld offerings that were not conducive to _this small group of 17 students .... I also wou. semester's large student populatiOn. not have offered Some Aesthetic When asked about his experience with Dimensions of Typography, either." Both this dilemma, Literature Professor Arthur classe are geared towards small workMeA. "Mac" Miller stated, "The problem shop groups. is that most of us on the faculty have set When asked about the problem of class II sizes, Actin!! Director of Admissions J_oel up our course expectations as sma Ghoshal did not dispute the facts of the incident at the trial. Instead he admit ted guilt, using his statements to try to explain why he had stolen from the C Store. He maintained that being forced to buy from Marriott was completely against his ethics. He talked about how students were forced to buy food card money from Marriott and therefore Marriott effective!.y has a monopoly on campus. He also maintained that some of Marriottt's outside connections were un ethical. After both parties made their state ments there were questions asked by members of the student court regarding the process of banning someone from the C-Store and why this was not a sufficient enough punispment in itself. Jajo responded that the C-Store is not a necessity like the cafeteria, but a privi lege, and if this privilege is violated then Marriott has the right to take protective and preventionary measures for its busi ness. The court adjourned to make a deci sion. Chief Justice Amanda Kennedy announced the court's decision. She said that because Ghoshal had already been banned from the C-Store which the court felt was an appropriate measure with a hint of punishment, a punishment would wou\d not be whole,'' Kemae&V'-:o that the punishment benefit the student body." The just the incoming class. The most impor tant number you should consider i not the size of the student body, but clas size." New College will continue to throughout the coming years, follow1ng a planned track. When asked about future enroitment changes, Bauman said, "Plans for New College enrollment call for us to reach 800 total students by 2010. We are firmly committed to bringing in students of the highest caliber." ment given was to clean the tables in the cafeteria after three meals. After the trial Ghoshal said he thought the trial went pretty well but he wished he had been given a greater opportunity to explain his rationale for doing what he did. "I am excited by all the work that is happening on campus now, with the coop forming, and some of the prison activism going on now," Ghosbal com mented. "I am definitely hoping that this will build momentum for the movement of students to find out more about what Marriott does." Ghoshal was happy with the way the trial was handled, saying that he thought it was good that student court can handle something that happens on campus without getting out ide authori ties involved in campus affairs. Not everyone was satisfied with Ghoshal's punishment or rationale for stealing. Second-year Pete Summers commented "When all the people who think they are making a statement by stealing from Marriott because they don't like the corporation, all they are really doing is stealing from all of (the students 1 because Marriott the corporation doesn't care. When they lose money ... they raise prices." Jajo commented that she thought Ghosha\ should \ose his public defender's seat on the student cou:rt ... 1 think that Gltoshallu:ts SlliJflflltt!d 1111 ,__,,. Catalyst explaining his argument See page 7. and potential reward a larger student body could bring. First-year Keene said, "I think it po es an mterest ing challenge to see we can maintain the opportunitieS between tu dents and faculty with a wider student body. It will be interesting to see how big New College gets." Keene added, how ever, that many students come to College because of the idea of a small, m tensive academic atmosphere. Second-year Willow Haley echoed the e comments, stating "I am not really concerned with this year's enrollment. Whal doe concern me is that this could start a trend. How many students will be admitted in coming years? It just would not feel like New College any more." Despite course difficulties, Miller agrees with the Admissions Department that New College must expand in order to evolve. ''We are in line for a major re-OT ganization of the schedule and the curriculum. 1f this college doe not get bigger, it will off," Miller said, reflecting on the sltuahon. Large class size is only one of several key issues that concern students and fac ulty. ISPs and academic are also experiencing a level of stram due to heightened enrollment. When asked what he thought could be done to serve the needs of the campus, Miller offered the following suggestion: classes focusincr on intense feedback, and Bauman said, "Large first-year class stzes "" h have always been an issue, regardless of you cannot do that under t ese circumk d b t stances." Miller added that a lack of incoming class size." When as e ou Faculty are not the only ones expressing interest in this problem .. New College students, while chenshmg mall classes and low student-to-professor ratio, are also intere ted in the "We need ome large, team-taught cour es for first-year students. At best this would be a magnificent inter-disci plinary opportunity. At v.:orst, it would be a great social opportumty for new students to Jearn about each other, the faculty, and New College." f th. class size in general, Bauman continued support personnel was also a actor m 1s f h his previous stance, stating, "The s1ze o problem: "New College has 1ew teac mg h assistants and no graduate students, a.I'ld. the college. is. influenced by more t an
4 The Catalyst NEWS November 15, 2000 Democrats sue over election results; local Republicans hold parade Litigate! Litigate! Litigate! by Ben Ruby The pre idency of the United States of America is up for grab as myriad law uits and recounts continue well pa t the night of the election, with no clear result in sight. At the time this paper wa going to print, the elec tion hinged on who Florida's 25 electoral votes would fall to. Where Florida's electoral votes end up is entirely based on the popular vote in the state. Although Vice President Albert Gore won the national popular vote, Bush leads in Florida by a margin of 388 at pre s time. It was because the original margin was less than one half of one percent that an automatic recount took place. Gore appointed former Secretary of State Warren Christopher to oversee the recount on his behalf. The Gore team asked for and got a hand recount in several Florida counties, although supporters of Governor George Bush filed a counter-suit alleging that hand re counts were taking place only in democratic leaning counties. That was not the only lawsuit concerning the elec tion. Gore lawyers said that the statewide deadline of November 14 was unreasonable and should be extended to give counties like Palm Beach time to complete a hand recount. Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris urged that the deadline not be extended. Several lawsuits have been filed by Palm Beach vot ers who allege that the ballots were confusing. Palm Beach attracted notice because of approximately 3,000 votes that Reform Party candidate Patrick Buchanan re .WCIId m tile libcnl ewnty. Buchanan stated publicly that he never campaigned in that county and that those votes were probably not meant for him. All individual lawsuits have been folded into one lawsuit. Monday afternoon Republican lawyers filed a motion for a change of venue, arguing that because tbe suit mentioned Secretary of State Harris, it should be moved to Tallahassee. The judge in the Palm Beach lawsuit, County C1rcuit Court Judge Stephen Rapp gave up the case after a lawyer accused him of making preju dicial statements in the elevator. Rapp denied that he said he was doing his part to run the Democrats out of the White House, but after retiring to his chambers for half an hour, Rapp announced he would step down. As of press time, developments were continuing. Republicans march for justice by Max Campbell In the midst of all this political turmoil, Sarasota's Republican party staged a small march down Tamiami Trail in protest of the Gore camp's continued contesting of Bush's alleged electoral victory. The protesters ranged in age from senior citizens to young infants, the latter being wheeled along in strollers. They passed New College twice at around 5 p.m. on the evening of November 12, escorted by a ingle police patrol car. Several passing cars honked in support. This drew cheers from the marchers, who, however, were also greeted by a few scattered erie of "Go home!" and "Bush is a fascist!" Observing American democracy in action, this intre pid reporter dashed down from the overpass to head off the gaggle of angry white men and women at the pass. The promise of journalistic attention from the New College paper was heartily welcomed by the group. Ryan Keelan, a bespectacled young man who waved an American flag in the lead of the parade, said that their group was made up of "Some concerned citizens, Republican supporters, and people concerned with the harassment we (the Republicans] have had to bear." Of this harassment, Keelan said, "We have had a clean campaign, but the Democrats have been relentlessl attacking us. I think it's disgusting that they're chaJlenging the wiJl of the American people. We've let them steal it [the White House} before, and it's not going to happen again. I think that if fourth-graders could understand the Palm Beach ballot, there was no problem with it." When asked about the confusion which many of the Palm Beach voters have nonetheless expressed about the ballot, Keelan allowed, "Maybe if they were senior citi-. zens, and had poor eyesight... but if fourth-graders could understand the ballot, there really shouldn't be a prob lem." "Seems we're representing Florida, since Gore lost the popular vote here in Florida," protester Shawna Taylor said, "So why is Gore here causing so much trou ble? He and his people are just sore losers. He is totally undermining our institution, and it's just garbage. It's trea on, really. And if he keeps going that'll just be more treason." That sentiment was echoed by Barbara Howard, who claimed that "The whole thing was planned. I think that the entire Palm Beach thing was a plot by the Democrats. It happened so quickly, it couldn't be any thing else. To these people, it doesn't matter what they do to win." She went on to say that "People in other countries are laughing at us, calling us a banana repub lic. There are rule you're supposed to follow, not ju t because you want to, but because you have to." Visiting New Yorker Diane Lampart said that the protesters-who were marching under a flag of the Republicans' elephant mascot, captioned "Don't Tread On Me" -were not pursuing a parti an is ue, but a con titutional one. She compared the Palm Beach voters to bettor' at a race-track, complaining about unclear tickets and demanding their money back. "There have to be some standards which you have to keep," she said. "It's absurd already. The hand count leaves everything up to chance. I think that Baker (for mer Secretary of State and Bush's representative in overseeing the recount) said it best: it's opening the door to all kinds of confusion. They're trivializing the civil ri hts movement do n there with Jesse Jackson-and these things we hold dear. The net effect of any Gore victory, she said, would be to engender more cynicism in the voting process: I think that people will feel more apathetic; that their vote really doesn't matter. The whole situation is really de moralizing. It's just such a trip." Gore wins! Bush Wins! Urn ... Networks play with students' emotions iFROM "ELECTION" PAGE I \mood of the evemng turned to outright confusion as midnight approached. The two candi dates were tied in the Electoral College vote. The crowd did they only lhmg they could do, they watched and waited. Those that were too tired or too frustrated started leaving. Then, in the early morning hours, the crowd became :..vhen Bush announced the winner. The crowd di minished even more, not knowing the surprise that lay in wait for the people who stayed on. florida was again, too clo e to call. Finally, ometime time after 3 a.m., the last and most perplexed stu dents left Sudakoff and the Campus Police locked up for the night. The event, which ended up lasting over eight hours, was an overwhelming success. More than three hundred stu dents attended. Although the crowd was composed mainly of Gore supporters, Green Party and Republican Party sup porters came out as weJI. For the most part, students were very polite to each other, despite their different views. However, as the evening progressed, there were a few rather tense discussions. Director of Student Mfairs Mark Blaweiss said he was exceptionally pleased with the event. He said, "The thing that impressed me the most, was that New College students, many of whom were first time voters, could watch the results and see that their vote really matters." According to Blaweiss, the youth vote in Sarasota County was the highest ever, something which he attrib utes to New College students. Profe sor Fitzgerald said that the event was great, and that be was "very excited to see how enthusiastic people were."
The Catalyst November 15, 2000 5 Folk Festiva proves folk music s still alive and well by Zachary Konkol In an age where music has become more and more an electronic medium and emphasis has hifted from musi cians' abilities to their image the Clearwater Folk fe tival ""a a breath of fresh ait. Thi past Saturday, the annual event <.lrew a varied cwwd of both young and old to sec headliner Arlo Guthrie and cvcral other pertormm including the Limelighter and Trout Fis ing in America. Clearwater' Coachman Park proved to be an idea] location for the event, and the cl1illy \\cath r didn't seem to affect the enthu iasm of either the perfonncr or the audience. The fir t group I caught, Trout .Fi hino in Am rica. put on a varied show that ranged in style from children songs to folk to b l ue Their humorous and quirky of humor gave the audience. including myself, quite a chuckle. Many songs explored e eryday theme Ill unusual way uch a bad hair
NEWS November 15, 2000 6 The Catalyst New Physics professor can discuss theoretical particles while playing a tune by Darren Guild One of the many new faces at New College this year is Professor of Phy ia Don Colladay. Colladay, 29, is teaching Introductory Physics and Modern Physics this term; next term he plan on teaching a Physics lab, a second Introductory Physic class and a Quantum Mechanics cour e. Colladay became intere ted in physics when he was in college at Renn elaer Polytechnical Institute (RPI) in upstate ew York. He started in Engineering, not really being interested specifically in physics as such, but switched to physics about halfway through college after working at Pratt and Whitney Jet for_ a and finding out what some of the engmeers did for a hv ing. "I found that a Jot of what they were doing wa n't very exciting ... it wasn't very interest work. I de cided at that time that what I was really mtere ted m was studying the fundamental laws which lay in physics, not in engineering," Colladay recalled physics," Colladay said. He added that he "':as using laws of physics in engineering and became mterested m finding out where tho e equations came from and why things were the way they were. No':", Colla day' reearch mainly lies in trying to dtscover symmetry violations in nature that might be a minuscule level in variou nuclear and atomtc expen ments. "In particular it has to do with searching for possible effects for more unified theories of nature that may underlie the current standard model," Colladay explained. One way to explain this to all the non-phystcs out there Colladay mentioned, is that ever Einstein there has been the assumption that everythmg moves in the same direction (e.g .. from here to a partic ular star). The Jaws of physics might be different in a system moving one way than one moving Colladay's research consists in looking _for poss1?le v_JO Jations of this so called symmetry (If one duectwn breaks the symmetry). This may be induced by un derlying theories and he is searching for expenments where some of these breaks may show up. Colladay added that these discrepancies are tiny and may not show up in current experimental methods. .(. From then on it was all physics for Colladay, who graduated from RPI with a bachelors degree in physics. After RPI, he went on to graduate school at Indiana Univer ity in Livingston Indiana where he earned a rna ter and doctorate in Theoretical Particle Physics, graduating in 1998. In the fall of 1998 Colladay taught at the College of Woester in Woester, Ohio. Last year he taught at Colby College in Maine. Most of Colladay s time i spent with physics but on the ide he enjoys listening to and playing Jazz music. The instrument Colladay favors is the guitar and he lis tens to popular artists such as Miles Davis, J?hn Coltrane and also les known artists like John Scofield and Bill Frisell. What are we going to do tonight, Professor?" "Same thing we do every night, Pinky ... Don Colladay con templates taking over New College's particles. Colladay was drawn to physics becau e he was inter ested in learning about the fundamental laws of nature. He wanted to "find out more about the limits of what is known about physical systems and nature itself. I was interested in knowing what was behind the laws of So far, Colladay said, he really likes being at New College and in Sarasota. "I like the students a lot, they're friendly and we get well and_ they're smart." In addition Colladay sa1d that he hkes the weather. OPINION Disrespect for living space is a sign of apathy by David Savarese Laziness and apathy have made our school ugly. Each morning we must nav igate our way though the various pieces of junk that fills our halls. Rotten pump kin chunks, ferret vomit, cans, bottles (sometimes broken), and other forms of trash are everywhere. Disgusting signs, frequently outdated, are a major part of the New College environment. There arc students disturbed by students who shab bily slap pieces of paper up on the walls and leave them there for indefinite amounts of time. There are alternate ways to get the word out and express your opinions; those who use tl1e e alternate methods are to be applauded, those who don't use them hould be looked upon in shame. Ju t because these ign are a major part of our environment does not mean that they are a necessary part of our cul ture. As the ingenious Boomuntilnoon wrote on the E-Forum. the "Eyesores of the 'cast side of campus' are there ult of student apathy and utter disrespect for their urroundings." As a student body we have legitimated the use of "paper graffiti" in all its forn1s, because we have begun to believe that these signs must be there because they have always been there. We do not need to accept the fact that there is junk plastered all over Hamilton Center, and.that it has begun to spread itself throughout the halls of the Pei Dorms. Paper graffiti is not a charac teristic of creative, chaotic young minds at work. It is a characteristic of most sign makers' indifference. I have heard our living environment referred to as: homey, comfortable, color ful, cultured. and original. I agree. These dorms and gathering centers have a huge amount of potential. We have large dorms, artistic architecture, and the free dom to manipulate our surroundings in a multitude of ways. It is just disappointing that we use this freedom to accentuate our discolored walls, dying grass and sta ple-filled trees with litter, crude chalk commentary, and oftentimes remnants of parties long pa t. There are students that care about our home, and then there are students that do not. A student that cares about New College's appearance picks up bottles f -I I ,. ,.., that are not theirs while an apathetic student leaves bottles of their own consumption on the wall for days and days. Students that care print out signs on their computer and place one or two of them neatly on a wall entering the mail room, students that don't care cribble unfounded profanity over them .. Students that care take their advertisements down after the event has passes, sometimes they remove other individuals' outdated signs. Still, just because you choose to get up early on the Sunday after PCP to pick up bottles and throw away other peoples' trash does not mean that you enjoy doing it. The individual that work for the college, and the Novo Collegians that care about the way New College looks are not here to take down your signs and pick up after you. There is nothing wrong with having information posted on the walls of our campus. It is, after all, important to know the benefits of wood-cutting. It is impor tant, however to do this in an orderly, clean fashion. No one wants to see, "He poo-poos in his panties," scribbled on the walls of their stairways. No one wants to stop you from expressing your artistic tal ent. No one want to stop you from getting the message out. But many people, myself included, want you to acknowledge their right to have an orderly, and pretty campus. Tape down all four corners of your signs, and put them in one area. Perhaps the student government will one day provide a di tinguished, well-lit forum to accompany the ham center tack boards instead of having a rna s of posters all over campus. Take them down, tape and all, in a timely manner. Simply put: if you are taking the time to put up an announcemen, use an extra minute of your day to make it look accept(lble. Critics of this anti-sign idealism may claim that it's not important how thing look on the outside that counts, but that the quality of what is inside that counts. Sure, I'll buy that. We have a "high-cal iber" student body inside these dorms and student centers, but when we allow bot tle and pieces of paper to sit in the same place for months at a time it show that many Novo Collegians just don t care.
___________________________________ () __ P __ __ I_() ___ __________________________ ____ 7 Sodexho-Marriot: The Untold Story contributed by Raj Gho hal Darren Guild's article in this is ue of the Cataly!!>t covers my November 9 Student Court trial on charges of stealing from Marriott's C-Store. One regret I had wa that I didn't have the opportunity to fully detail my reasons for contacting the Catalyst everal weeks ago to reque t that it cover the trial. My purpose in doing so wa to dra\ students' attention to a num ber of important and mo tly unknown fact about the Marriot Corporation. I hope to address tho e issues publicly in this space. In my experience, many tudents have concern about Marriott's price quality, and monopoly. However, there are even more important i sues relating to Marriott' busine s prattices. Since March 28, 1998, Marriot has been a sub sidiary of the French multinational corporation Sodexho Alliance. The tran action on that date created Sodexho Marriot Services, which hold $4.5 bil lion in annual contract with univer ities, hospital s and corporations in the United States. About $1.2 billion of this amount comes from required meal plans or con tracts at colleges, such as the contract New College students are required to sign. Where does thi money go? Sodexho Marriot is the world s ea mg mves r m the private, for-profit prison indu try. The private prison industry, which in cludes businesses uch as the Correction Corporation of America (CCA), gener ates profits for its investors by cashing in on America' impri onment boom. America's incarceration rate over the Ia t 20 year ha increased by at lea t 400%. Ractsm and classi m have operated through mean such as the drug war to produce an incarceration rate (that's peo ple per 100,000, not just raw numbers) in the U.S. for black male five times that of South Africa. Private pri ons blo omed in the 1990s as a supposed solution to govern ments being unable to build pri on a quickly as the ju tice system di pen ed conviction (But since mo t private pri on construction is funded by discre tionary government spending, private prison construction trades off with educa tional pending.) Instead of simply providing an efficient solution to prison overcrowding, private prison groups have followed a strategy of profit maximiza tion that lead them to write up inmate for minor infractions of rules to generate longer stays in prison. Absent government oversight, private prisons operate as a modem day system of enslavement. The Prison Moratorium Project ha s docume nt e d murder s in a pri va e pn 10 o. private pri on refused to let government authoritie enter for inspection of condi tions, rape of an inmate by Correction Corporation employee and the beatings of children in juvenile detention centers by CCA employees leading to a 15-year old inmate committing suicide. The pri vate prison industry i inherently geared toward generating inhumane conditions for even minor offenders, in the interest of harcholder return The mayor of Youngstown, Ohio called the Correction Corporation in which our own Sodexho-Marriot is the largest investor"the most deceitful, dishonest corporation I have ever dealt with." Needles to ay, Sodexho-Marriot ha come under crutiny for its role in mov ing tudent dollars into such investments. It attempted to deny its connection to the industry, despite the fact that the founder of the Corrections Corporation sat on Marriott's board until forced to resign under pressure in April. Students on more than 30 college campuses in the United States have igned on to the "Not With Our Money" campaign, aimed at keeping student money away from prison profi teering by kicking Marriot off campus. An important victory occurred just a month ago when student pressure forced Sodexho to promise to ell off its hold ings in Corrections Corporation of cently compensated for the selloff by buying up shares of the same company's Au tralia division. Unfortunately, on-campus student currently are required to fund odexho Marriot, and may even have to pay beyond the m al plan because of time constraints or lack of acces ible alterna tives. A number of other options are beginning to take off, however: living off campus allows one to buy much cheaper, healthier food that doesn't fund prison in vestment The food co-op planned for next year may replace the requirement of giving money to Marriot. Finally, enough student pre sure might lead the administration to end its contract with Marriot and find a better alternative or move to a y tern without external food service. I have not included pecific citation ; however, all the information in this piece was taken from the Prison Moratorium Project (check out www.nomorepri ons.org, e pecially the ection on current campaign ) and Elihu Rosenblatt's 1996 book Criminal Injustice. 1 can provide specific information and reference upon request: firstname.lastname@example.org. Raj Gho hal is a second-year tran fer student concentrating in Political Science Spirit of New College is reflected in our signs Clarifications and Corrections In our November 8 issue, the last sentence of the editorial, beginning "We would also like to expres our hope," was cut off. It might have continued, "that there are no errors in this is ue, since it was rewrit ten just before pre s time and not properly edited." Several quotes had word missing and we apologize to those persons. We feel the lead article on a whole was fair and understandable. by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Some schools regulate how people post ign Signs are limited to bulletin boards, often the kind that are covered with plexi-glas that lock like trophy The signs have to be approved by some chool offtce and given an official stamp, signature, and date. We are fortunate that we go to New College and not some other schools. There are few limits on what we say, and few lim its on where we say it. Signs are a big part of how student communicate with each other. Lost dog roommates wanted, organizational meetings, political parties, Marriott money, performances, lectures, walls, thesis defenses, political parties, toasters and book for ale confront you every time you walk into Hamilton Center. Some igns are funny, artistic, or pertinent, oth er are ugly, tupid, or left over from the fir t week of clas. e But either way, they are all part of how we ex press our elves. A ign takes on a life of it own when it is People interact with each other's signs. Ham Center ts at its be t when there i a good, old-fa hioned ign going on. At the beginning of the school year returmng tudents are greeted by "Welcome Home" and "Welcome to Summer Camp" signs as well as the offi cial "Welcome back to school" igns on campu People don't always interact with each other's signs in a way that is courteous. This says a lot about New College students too. It is easier to write on else's sign than make your own. Someone el e wtll wash away an out-dated chalk announcement. omeone else will pay for the vandalized University of South Florida sign At New College the wall do talk. Some day the hst serve and e-forum may replace thi part of our com munication but for now we should appreciate igns for what they a're. We are not all brilliant de igner or political vi ionarie or even people wtth good man ners. We are, however, tudent who've been given the opportunity to peak our mind Signs at New College the be t w_e fol low the few guidelines that ext t. Use the nght kmd of tape, remove old signs, and if you get that angry,_ your own ign. The alternative to how we_ po t tgns lS not very appealing. The way we signs may leave something to be de 1red, but 1t 1 a re flection of who we are. Correction: The article ,." CSA Tbur day election" stated that Titus Jewell said he would be accepting resumes for po itions not subject to Presidential appointment. Thi wa incorrect. The Catalyst regrets the error. Clarification: In that same article, it tated that Maggie Phillips brought Jewell to Student Court. Phillip raised questions about Jewell' petitioning, but he ug gested having the cburt resolve the issue. Also, it tated that both candidate were asked for difference between them and apologized for their blandne The question was formally directed at Phillips and Rachael Morri The Catalyst apolo gize for any confusion. Editorial ote: Editorials are di cus ed and written by an editor ial board that repre ents the opinion of the paper based on writing and reporting. They are never signed. Newspapers routinely recommend political candidates,
8 The Catalyst This Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 16 & 17 @ 9:00 p.m., and a special matinee Sun., Nov. 19 @2:00. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) @ Sainer Aud. Catered by 4 Winds Come see Bo, Jason & Jag do 37 plays in 97 minutes. Campus P.R.I.D.E. is proud to an nounce their sponsorship of a gender workshop on the USF Sarasota Manatee/New College campus. Jessica Archer, Executive Director of the Florida Organization for Gender Equality (FORGE), will be holding the workshop on November 16, 2000 at 8:00PM in the Sudakoff building. Archer bas been a face to be known in Florida GLBT ac tivism for over two years now. As founder of FORGE (http://www.forge.8m.com/), Jessica has been an integral part of the annual Living Out of the Box conference (http://gender box.itgo.com/) and her speaking skills have been put to the test in arenas ranging from the Florida legislature to the 2000 Florida Safe Schools Summit. She will use her unique style of interactive pre senting to expose those in attendance at her workshop for Campus P.R.I.D.E. to new ideas about gender and the gender binary system as well as the issues facing transgendered, transsexual, and gender non-conforming people. She will show people regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, class, or age. Food For Thought Returns! Based on the great success of last year, we are excited to sponsor this year's Food For Thought program. This is a great opportunity to experience new cultures through food, music, and discussion. The first event planned this year is an Arabic Dining Experience ANN 0 UN CEMENTS It is scheduled for Saturday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. and will be hosted by Dean and Warden Michael Bassis at his home. This is open to all students, faculty, and staff. To RSVP e-mail Rita El-Khouri, a first-year student at email@example.com If people are interested in going on the March for Farmworker Justice, scheduled for December 2-3, contact Julia Daniel at 360-9054, or drop a note in box 69. The march will travel from Quincy to Tallahassee, ending on Sunday afternoon at the park in front of the Governor's Mansion. MUSICIANS: There are plans in the works for New College Music CD vol. 3 to be produced this year. Marc Poirier and Peter Brinson are looking for musicians who want to contribute a song. We can record you in our very own electronic music studio, in a more private studio, or we can do a live recording. Let us know if you want to be a part of this. Contact: Peter Brinson box 184 firstname.lastname@example.org or Marc Poirier box 651 email@example.com MICHIO KAKU and JULIA BUT TERFLY HILL Saturday, November 18, 2pm at the Tampa restoration of Tampa Theater) Nuclear phycisist Michio Kaku hosts the syndicated weekly show "Explorations" and offers fascinating in vestigations into the ramifications of science and technology. Julia Butterfly Hill is the woman whose brave and defi ant stand against the timber industry made her a symbol of what one individ ual can do. Thursday-Saturday: Attempts On Her Life will be showing at 8 pm in the fish bowl. The Well ness Center would like to en courage you to wash your hands. It's apparently that time of year, people and ferrets are getting sick, and washing your hands can reduce germ transmission. The would also like to encourage you to con tact them if you get sick. (359-4254) and make an appointment. The Catalyst staff would like to en courage you to wash yourselves. Speech Acts will be performed again on November 18 at 8 p.m. in Sainer. If you missed it last weekend, this is your chance. A criminal justice forum will be held on campus starting tonight in Sudakoff. At 7 pm there will be a panel discussion highlighting different aspects of the Criminal Justice system in America. Friday at noon in the Four Winds, the film ''Critical Resistance" will be shown, and Sunday in College Hall at 6 there will be a dinner discussion of the criminaliza tion of protests. Random quotes about the election: "Puck Nixon vs. Kennedy. Fuck Dewey vs. Truman. THIS is American "America is being tucked by its own penis." "He couldn't beat a dead guy? That is so sad!" ''Have you no idea of how the human heart works? Dying is a huge campaign strategy! ... You could say the most horri ble things and if you died in the middle of the campaign and left a wife or kids be bind, you'd win!" New College Day a success despite deflating inflatables by ZakBeck The annual New College Day festivities kicked off at noon, November 11, drawing droves of both New College students and faculty. The mood was light, the day was brisk, and the only complaint to be found was that the power supply for half of the Caples building was being pushed to its limits. Many activities were on the agenda for the day, including rides, games, live music, and food. The result was the attention of most New College students, as almost the entire student body found itself spending at least some time there. The start of the fun was marked by the serving of food, a time honored tradition at many New College events. The menu include Rasta Pasta, a vegan favorite, as well as jerked chicken, apparently a Marriott favorite. Tom Catalon, a student visiting the campus that week end and Green Party activist, said, "I like the [blue] punch because it's the same color as my hair." Throughout the day, several bands played, starting with a duet by tbe name of Rayzmary and ending with Sam's Cosmic Radio, according to the playlist provided. The last band was tbe source of much confusion for many New College students who have grown accustomed to the sounds of Tom's Cosmic Radio, and many wondered if this new group might have to compete for the same audience. There were also several other bands comprised primarily of New College students that kept the fes tivities rolling well throughout the day. The weather stayed sunny and cool for all of the other pro ceedings of the day. Apa1t from the simple pleasure of sitting and talking with close friends, there were several air-filled bouncy, climby things for students to romp on. One was an ob stacle course where participants raced to the finish, and another was a rock climbing simulation, complete with ropes and har nesses. One of the more space intensive objects was something referred to by Amanda Crutchley as "a 'bouncy-castle." The "bouncy-castle," however, experienced many complications, and at one time actually fell down onto the Novo Collegians in side. Nobody was. hurt, but the collapse of tbe "bouncy-castle" was not well received by any of those in attendance. The Caples festivities closed with the sun setting behind the infamous Jolm Moore Show. Moore's wisdom and anecdotes were interspersed with the jazz and bluegrass guitar playing of new Physics professor Don Colladay. Moore tried to teach in the audience a bit of Greek, and kept the mood warm and light as ten1peratures dropped and darkness fell. November 15, 2000 Upcoming events from the Catalyst Concert Calendar: 11/17: Rippingtons; 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater. Bill DeRome; Cafe Kaldi; Sarasota. 11/17-11/19: Marriage of Figaro; 8 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; Tampa. 11/18: Arnerica;TBA;Sarasota Melissa Ferrick/Laura Love; Skipper's Smokehouse; Tampa. AFI!fhe Distillers; Masquerade; Ybor City. 11/24: k.d. Lang; 8 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; Tampa. And from the Catalyst Culture Calendar: Cat on a Hot tin Roof will be opening at the Asolo on November 17. Art on the Avenue will be out at Longboat Key on November 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, letters and/or editori als, or an opinion that is intended to be shared with the student body. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free advertising. Contribution: A factual arti cle written by someone not on staff. Contrif>utions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New students as a wh01e. 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