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Features Historian of Socialism -page3 Tomb of the Unknown Odor-page 6 Volume XII, Issue 5 Testing their mettle: the first Presidential Debate Gore told tales of ordinary folks, including a Sarasota girJ; Bush said "I believe the point of the military is to fight and win wars and therefore prevent war in the first place." by Gigi Shames Tuesday, Oct ob e r 3, V ice Presi d e nt Al Go r e and Texas Gov ernor George W. Bush faced off in the firs! Presidential debate of the e on. was held at University of MassachusettsBoston, and broadcast nationally. PBS broadcaster Jim Lehrer moder ated the event, while former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry and Republican strategist Mary Matalin were on hand for pre debate remarks. It was a lively group of Novo Collegians that gathered in front of the TV in Hamilton Center on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Laughter and running commentary could be heard from the assembled students throughout the broadcast. The first questions Lehrer posed to Gore and Bush dealt with each man's previous attacks on his oppo nent. Gore was asked to explain what he meant when he had insinu ated on the campaign trail that Bush lacked the experience necessary to be an effective President. Skirting the question, Gore welcomed the au dience and Governor Bush, thanked Lehrer for moderating, and thanked the University of Massachusetts for hosting the event. He then briefly outlined his platform, stating that his ultimate goal is to "use our prosper ity to enrich not just a few, but all, of America's families." Instead of attacking Bush for lacking experience, Gore discussed his own achievements in national a n d "DEBATE" PAGE 3 I Arts Vaginal Variations ..._page 4 Catalyst Culture Calendar -pageS who do you want to be today? October 11, 2000 Coffeehouse will stay at current location by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. The winds of change shall not blow for New CoJlege's beloved coffeehouse. The Four Winds Cafe of late the source of much deliberation among the upper echelons of New College's campus planners has been assured of its position in the hallowed Barn on the west s ide of campus in perpetuity. The decision comes as a pleasant surprise to those who favour familiarity in the midst of the changes that wrack the campus but does present some questions for those who are s t ill lost in the shuffle of moving offices collectives and departments. The choice to stay put was not an easy one for Four Winds' management and staff nor for the Student Affairs and Student Life personnel who work with the bari s tas The cafe b as tradition a lly been in debt behind on pa y m en t s d u e to flagging b usiness an d suffering from interest on the amounts due to their various creditors. While the Student Allocations Committee has always of fered the cafe enough money to stay the accruing interest was building into a titanic obstacle which threat-ened to sink the coffeehouse. Salvation came this year thanks to the efforts of Four Winds manager Jessica Willis, who took the position after graduating last year. Willis made it clear to the members of the SAC that they would actually save a sig nificant amount of money if they simply pa i d off all the Cafe s debts in one lump sum, rather than chip away at it and gradually form mountains of interest owings. The SAC agreed with this bit of financial logic and handed over $4 013 during their Marathon Allocations session on September 17. Freed of the creditor monkeys chatter ing upon their backs, the Four Winds decided to turn down a standing offer from Mark Blaweiss, Director of Student Affairs to move them into Hamilton Center. '!bis potential move is a familiar top i c on campus havmg been brought up at past Town Meetings and ear lier issues of the Catal ys t The essential plan was to m o v e t h e cafe int o t h e s p a c e currentl y occupied by t he C-Store, turning the south face of Ha m il to n C enter int o a gameroom/cafe, while the C-S t ore was to move to a plexiglass-enclosed area on the northern end of the center. Mark Blaweiss promised the Cafe that their move would be paid for in full and the new Cafe would be refurbished and fully equipped. While business would un1dOtJbtedl!y uno:ro'\ie east side of campus, Food co-op organization proceeding smoothly by Bill Outlaw Do you enjoy organic foods? Does the thought of being in control of your diet sound enticing? If so, take heart. As soon as next year, New College could gain an organic-friendly food co-op. This student-run project will eventually involve both communal living and shared kitchen duties. It will center around vegan and vegetar ian cuisine, though omnivores will also be welcome. The project was started by New College second-year Bonnie Strelitz and a group of organic-loving allies. It should be moving into B-Dorm as early as next year. Students who join the co-op will contribute to both fund ing and labor and will be in complete control of every item they consume. "I think it is a good idea," first-year Jenney Weaver said of the co-op. "It is important to put care into the food we eat." Low cost could also be an overwhelming attraction. When asked about the potential drain the co-op might have on student bank accounts, Strelitz said "It would probably be pretty minimal, around $15 a week." While the particulars of the arrangement are still being discussed, the co-op will likely start out three days a week and later branch out into five. Splitting the co-op into two groups was also discussed. The first group would be "full time," and participate five days a week. The second group would be "part time" and eat with the co-op three days a week. Location is also an issue. When asked about the lo gistics behind the communal living facet of the co-op, Strelitz said, "We hope to eventually have a communal living space for co-op members." It looks as though B-dorm will be this space, although other options are stiH being considered. Commentirtg on the geographic location, Director of Residental Life and Food Services Mike Campbell said, "l think it is a good idea, and an idea that bas a historical precedent here at New College." While this seems an ideal arrangement, considering B-dorm bas housed communal living groups in the past, it bas led to some concern among those who currently reside there. According to Strelitz, however, these fears are unfounded. "We are not going to kick anyone out of B dorm," she said. A1so, students interested in participating in the co-op would not necessarily be required to live in B-dorm. When asked about the origins of the endeavor, Strelitz explained, "We were just sitting around talking one day and decided it would be fun to start our own co op." How far the co-op is taken depends upon student reaction: "Where we take this depends on student re sponse; we do not want to lead, but have an open-ended group. We would really be excited if more people were interested," Strelitz said. Organic food, communal living, democracy -a trio that fit right in with the majority of New College stu dents. Anyone interested in jeining the co-op or constructing their own meal-plans should email Strelitz at Bonstrosity@hotmail.com.

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2 The Catalyst Milosevic Ousted Former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic's thirteen-year rule came to an end on Saturday. Milosevic conceded defeat in a muchdisputed election after a week of massive -"" demonstrations and strikes across Yugoslavia. Crowds of Yugoslavians flooded the streets of 1""'4 Belgrade on to celebrate the end of an era and the ::::S beginning of a new one led by new president C!:) Vojislav Kostuncia who was sworn in on Sunday. For many Yugoslavians, the new era will begin with trying to forget the old era. When Milosevic came into power, Yugoslavia was a country full of economic and political po CI:j tential. Today it is much further from that vision Q than when Milosevic took over the country. Milosevic's reign was also characterized by a se ries of ethnic clashes with neighboring ethnic .,D areas of Kosovo and Bosnia. Milosevic and some of his closest allies were indicted by the interna tional war crimes tribunal after the 1998 Kosovo conflict for crimes against humanity which in cluded massive killings bordering on genocide. Forgetting the past, while not easy, will be helped by the overwhelming excitement about the future. The future is not all rosy, however, as Milosevic's regime has caused a load of deeply embedded economic problems. These problems have been aggravated by economic sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States on Yugoslavia after the Kosovo conflict in 1998. On Saturday, both the EU and the US lifted these sanctions. The Mid-East peace proce ss, which at one time 7: seemed to be heading in an almo s t unheard of di0 rection of progress a few months ago is now threatening to come to a screeching halt after a se iiiJI" ries of fatal clashes between Israeli soldiers and QJ Palestinian protester last week. The conflicts, ..= which have now claimed at least 89 lives, most of .....,.. them Palestinian, show no signs of slowing down. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has called / Q on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to find a way ri'J. to stop Palestinian protesters from attacking :;;a.,. Israeli soldiers with rocks, Molotov Cocktails, and iiiJI" miscellaneous rubbish. In tum, Arafat bas con demned the use of what he calls excessive = violence by Israeli soldiers which has left a disproportionate number of Palestinians dead and wounded, some of them children as young as 12. 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 Staff Writers Darren Guild, Zachary Konkol, David Savarese, Bill Outlaw, Gigi Shames, Ben Ruby, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. News Some in the international community have questioned Mr. Arafat's ability to put an end to the demonstrations. The protests, which quickly turned violent, began when conservative Israeli leader and political figure Ariel Shanon visited the Dome of the Rock in the Temple Mount. The holy site is Jewish Military control though it is in an area that may be ceded to Palestinian controL Presidential Debates For many people, watching the first Presidential debate between Vice President AI Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush was like watching a fight between two rats. The de bate took place on Tuesday, October 3 in Boston and showcased a fierce discussion, interspersed with a horde of attacks by each candidate. The topic most frequently discussed was tax cuts, but discussion spilt into other areas of public interest such as education and the current state of the mil itary. Vice President Gore claimed Bush's tax cuts will benefit the wealthy while Bush said Gore was using "fuzzy math," a term that soon became his favorite buzzword of the night. The results of the debate are unclear as to which candidate won, though most polls show that it was Vice President Gore by a slight margin. The Vice Presidential debate took place on Thursday, October 5 and featured a much more toned down discussion than the Presidential debates. Richard "Dick" Cheney and Senator Joseph Leiberman covered the same topics as in the Presidential debate but in a more civilized way. October Fever It's October and the Major League Baseball Playoffs have begun. The field began with eight teams and has been narrowed down to four Here's a recap of what has happened so far. The Seattle Mariners, representing the American League Wild Card, swept theChicago White Sox who represented the AmericanLeague Central three games to zero. In the other American League series, the World Champion New York Yankees narrowly edged the Oakland Athletics three games to two. In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals swept the Atlanta Braves out of the playoffs. And in the other National League series, the New York Mets ousted the San Fransisco October 11, 2000 Giants three games to one From the Other Side -In June, Darryl Ennis, 34, called 911 in Slidell, La., for the sole reason of getting police assistance to force his mother to cook him some pork chops. When he allegedly verbally abused the emergency operator for declining his request, officers went to his home and arrested him. -Jose Rojas Mayarita, 39, was incapacitated in his isolated boat for two days before help arrived, after a 10-foot-long marlin leaped from the water and speared him, penetrating all the way through Mayarita's abdomen (near Acapulco, Mexico, July). r -Damanhur, a 23-year-old, largely self-sufficient commune in northern Italy, features an underground, five-story-deep temple (an expan sion of 10 times the space is under way); 500 full-time residents; its own currency, schools and tax code; and renowned workmanship that pro duces Tiffany-style glasswork and silk and cashmere fabrics for European designer labels. According to a July New York Times report, Damanhur was a secret until 1992, when an expa triate sued to get his money back, causing the tax collector to take an interest. Among the passions of the New-Age group are active experiments with time travel and an absolute ban (Damanhur's only "rule") on smoking. -A 38 Year-Old Slovinian became the first person to ski non-stop down Mt. Everest on Saturday. The decent from the 29, 035 foot peak of Everest took Davo Karnicar five hours on his speciallymade skis. "At some sections I bad to ski very fast to escape rom th e breaking i ce, the exbau ted ski instructor said immediately after arrival at the base camp at 17,472 feet. Information taken from The New York Times, the Associated Press, Reuters, and "News of the Weird." The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored 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. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. may be saved to the Catalyst Contnbut10ns folder in the on the "Public" file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu. No anonymous will be accepted. All subnus?Ions must be received by 5:00 p.m. m order to appear in the following week s Issue. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.

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The Catalyst News David Harvey marches to his own drum by Bill Outlaw Many new additions seem to be popping up around New Co11ege late! y, providing a breath of fresh a_ir to the campus. Of these changes, none are as telhng as the new faculty selections such as Professor of History David Harvey. Although Harvey will be a resource for all Modern European History, which stretches from century to the present, his primary hes m the history of France and Germany. Thts semester he is offereing Twentieth Century European History and History and Social Theory. Next semester he wiU offer The Third Reich in German History and The Ancien Regime and the French Revolution. His research has covered a va riety of topics. For his dissertation now a forthcoming b_ook, he focused on the of class and natiOnal identities among workers of Alsace, France. A native of Dallas, Texas, Harvey spent his un dergraduate years at Rice University in Houston where he a bac?lor's degree in Histor/ He completed hts education at Princeton obtain--' mg a masters and a doctorate. When asked about _years in the Ivy League, Harvey said was a very interesting inteJlectual en VIronment, and is beautiful in a Nonnan Rockwell sort of way, but was somewhat nasty in terms of student competition. The faculty was great, how ever." What could lure a history professor away from the of the Ivy _League and into the scorching Flonda sun? A desue for close dialogue between and teamed with a high-energy ?cademtc envuonment. When asked for his opin Ion on the campus as a whole, Harvey said "I really do like the kind of school this is the small class sizes and focus on student/facult; dialogue the fact that New Co1lege allows students march to their own drum. That is what I have al ways done, so I appreciate it. Also, from a professional standpoint, I like the focus on learn ing and research." He continued, "I love New College, it has been a :wonderful It is the sort of energized, fnendly academtc community I have always been looking for." Location in the humid Florida cli mate was also a plus for Harvey, who commented location is nice; I could have ended up gomg anywhere m the country, so landing in the Gulf Coast is a real treat." What about the students? New College has of Harvey th: that he was looking for. I really ellJOY gettmg to work with them I like h_ow academically curious they are, and been tmpressed with how seriously they take their academic careers. The loose structure of New College could be interpreted by some as a chance to slack off, but I have found that this is not the case here." October 11 2000 3 It seems as though Harvey's academic view is in line with the school's madcap philosophy. As Harvey himself stated "This is a good place to be. The relationship between students_ and in this .academic community is amazmg. It 1s something I hope to be part of for a long time." jFROM "DEBATE" PAGE 1 I international politics, and his record as a public official for nearly half his life. He lauded America's socioeconomic im provements in the past seven years of the Clinton-Gore administration while still insisting that we have a long way to go. "You ain't seen nothing yet,'' he said. wbo would not be eligible for beaotits for four m-1fve years under Bush's proposed Medicare plan. He also named a at Sarasota High School who had to stand during class because'there were more students than space for desks in the room. Both Bush and Gore were far more comfortable reiterating their positive contributions to American politics than attacking one another' character. Issues covered in the debate included tax cuts, campaign finance reform, Social Security, the national debt, appointees to the Supreme Court, abortion, the United States military, welfare, the economy, education, the environment and the projected budget surplus. Both Bush and Gore claimed to provide better tax cuts in their respective proposals. AI Gore often reiterated that Bush's proposal "spends more on tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans than on education, Social Security and health care combined." Bush countered indignantly, "Not only did AI Gore invent the Internet, the man is using fuzzy math!" This phrase, "fuzzy math," resurfaced multi ple times in response to AI Gore's statements concerning financial subjects such as taxes, Social Security and military spending. Bush was also quick to denounce Gore's promises to improve education, provide reasonable pre scription benefits and reduce taxes. "You should have been tackling [those problems] for the last seven years, Mr. Vice President. You have bad your chance." During the debate Gore employed several human interest anecdotes to strengthen his arguments, calling up the example of a 79-year-old woman Bush then attempted to demonstrate his "compassionate conservatism'' at work in education, explaining how a charter school in Houston, Texas, was created for troubled students. "Unfortunately we label them as 'at-risk' chil dren. This means basically they can't Jearn." Bush then pounced on Gore's perceived dearth of mandatory testing, stressing that accountability of our nation's schools was the first step to education refonn. Military spending was a topic of contention, with both candidates claim ing to allocate more money to the Department of Defense in their respective budget proposals. Gore discussed his service in Vietnam. Bush stressed his intention to rebuild American forces, declaring, "I believe the point of the military is to fight and win wars and therefore prevent war in the first place." Both men toed the line on the issue of abortion, perhaps the mo t volatile point in American politics today. Bush stated his belief that "every child, born and unborn, ought to be protected." He skirted the question, however, of whether his administration would impede the disbursement of RU-486, "the abortion pill," saying he does believe that matter to be under a President's jurisdiction once the FDA approved the drug. Gore stated unequivocally, "I support a woman's right to choose. My op ponent does not." He went on to charge that "[Bush] would appoint people to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Many young women today take this right for granted. It could be lost." Upcoming Features in the Thursday Film Series: Tomorrow Nixon Oct. 26 -Mr. Smith Goes to Washington/State of the Union Nov. 2-Dave All films will be at 8 pm Free popcorn and soda!

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4 t Arts Variations on a familiar theme Some were soft like pillows ... by KeUy Jones It was an opportunity to experience genitalia in ab straction. It was an opportunity to see both the female and male sex organs represented through a melange of media. The week of September 25-29, The Ringling School the work of two artists, tled Vaginal Variations. The exhibit was a noteworthy attempt to familiarize with_ the human genitalia as an appealing, mvJhng, and uruque part of our lives, rather than as of fensive, appalling, and distant objects. Konikow, in a statement posted at the exibition, stated "My work depicts female and male genitalia in abstract forms. I have chosen this subject because society is ma turing and will soon be faced with this kind of visual material in public arenas. We already watch TV shows and listen to music on the radio that deal with sex. So why hould we tum away from other kinds of media that are sexual in nature? "I wish for the public to embrace my work as beauti ful and comical objects. My work pulls people in closer instead of turning them away in disgust. The media I have chosen helps in this area as well, making them soft and pliable. "Basically we all have one, and we all do it. We shoul? not be uptight when it comes to a completely beautiful and natural act. You can agree with me or notdraw your own conclusions. If you smile at just one of my pieces, however, then I accomplished what I wanted to," he wrote. The first piece that this reporter smiled at hung on the far left wall of the gallery. It was a silver screening puck ered at the center like a metallic veil. The shape was unmistakably vaginal. This vagina was about 1,000 times larger than life, and cast soft shadows on the wall. At about four feet tall, it was undoubtedly the largest vaginal variation showcased at the event. At the opposite extreme were several pink clay vaginas no bigger than rose buds, the clitoris nestled in the folds like tiny pearls. These sculptures were suspended was supposed to emphasize 'the altar' and 'the vagina."' Konikow didn't limit the exhibit to dynamics of size and hape, but also included a range of softness and tex tures. Pinned to the walls were plush penises and vaginas-orne silky, some lacey, all like decorative lows. ANew College group responded when asked about their preconceived notions (no pun intended). "I liked how the pillow and quilts made the art familiar and com fortable" said first-year Daina Krafa. Centered in the gallery and under spotlight was the site of conception-the symbolic bed. Hopkins created the quilt with patches subtly hinting at fertilization. Hopkins states her objective "is about sex and the dual meaning of the word 'conception.' Inspired by conversa tions with my girlfriends about the consequences of yeast infections, urinary tract infections, venereal dis eases, heavy menstrual cycles, abortion, hysterectomies, and child birth in our bodies, the quilt moves beyond its utilitarian function. Ultimately, this quilt celebrates the freedom of women to have sex without being impreg nated by society's conceptions." A group statement was prepared and displayed in the gallery. It read: "The pleasure of the senses is always regulated in accordance with the imagination .... Beauty is a simple thing. And fiery imaginations no doubt, al ways prefer the extraordinary thing to the simple thing." -Marquis de Sade. in baby food jars that stood on tall, thin stands, like vaginal scepters. Second-year Andrew Jay said he liked "the ... and some were four feet tall. (photos by Kelly Jones) ritualistic aspect" of these and other piece and "how it 0 Opportunities experience the arts lentiful in Sarasota Zachary Konkol It's midway through the first and you know what Yes, it appears as if has nestled down cmnt(>rta

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The Catalvst Tile Eye Opener CurrentOctober 12, 2000 Times: 9:00am 4:00pm Location: Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice Contact info: 941-485-7136 My Favorite Year CurrentOctober 15, 2000 Times: Call for times Location: The Player of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-365-2494 Students of the Venice Art Center/Kathleen Cat! in Gallery Current November 2, 2000 Tlffies: Monday-Friday, 9:00am 4:00pm Location: Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice Contact info: 941-485-7136 Annual Photography Show Current-November 2, 2000 Times: Tuesday -Sunday, lO:OOam 4:00pm Location: Art Center of Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-365-2032 Solo SalonLinda l.arisch Current November 4, 2000 Times: Monday -Friday, 9:00am 4:00pm Location: Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice Contact info: 941-485-7136 Sarasota Biennial 2000 Current-November 5, 2000 Times: daily, !O:OOam5:30pm Location: Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota Contact info: 941359-5700 Forever Plaid Current -November 12, 2000 Times: call for information Location: Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, 25 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota Contact info: 941-366-5454 An Eveni.ng of One-Acts October 12October 15, 2000 Time : 10/12-10/14 at 8:00pm, 10/15 at 2:00pm Location: Venice Little Theatre, 104 W. Tampa Ave., Venice Contact info: 941-488-1115 Fall Harve t October 16-November 11, 2000 Times: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm Location: Venice Art Center, 390 S Nokomis Ave., Venice Contact info : 941-485 7136 Cbicago October 17 October 22, 2000 Times : 8.00pm and 2 : 00pm matinees Wednesday and Saturday Location: Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-955-7676 Sugar Babies October 17-November 5, 2000 Times : Tuesday -Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm Location: Venice Little Theatre, 104 W. Tampa Ave., Venice Contact info: 941-488-1115 Dracula October 19 November 5, 2000 Times: evenings at 8:00pm, Sunday matinee at 2:30pm Location: Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main Street, Bradenton Contact info: 941-748-5875 Les Ballets de Monte Carlo Cinderella Times: 8:00pm Location: Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 Aquila Theatre Company Cyrano de Bergerac October 26, 2000 Times: 8:00pm Location: Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 Atlanta BalletPeter Pan October 30, 2000 Times: 7:00pm Location: Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 The Capitol Steps October 31, 2000 Times: 8:00pm Location: Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 Sarasota Season of Sculpture November 1, 2000March 31, 2001 Time: continuous Location: Bayfront (from Marina Jacks to Selby Gardens), Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-4515 Arts WOFA November 1 2000 Times: 8:00pm Location : Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 I Hate Hamlet November 2, 2000February 24,2001 Times : in repertory, call for in formation Location: Harold E. and Esther M. Mertz Theatre (Asolo), 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-351-8000 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever November 2-November 12, 2000 Times: 8:00pm Location: Tbe Players of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-365-2494 The Late Cltristopher Bean November 3-November 26 2000 Times : evenin gs at 8:00pm S u nd a v matinees a t 2:Q O m bXia&a: l.olllOD Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood Contact info: 941-475-6756 Jest a Second November 4-November 12, 2000 Times: 11/4, 11/11 and 11/12 at 7:30pm, 11/5 at 2:00pm Location: Flanzer Jewish Comm. Center, 582 S. Mcintosh Road, Sarasota Contact info: 941-378-5568 Bill Cosby November 4, 2000 Times: 6:30 and 9:30pm Location: Van Wczel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 Small Wonders November 6, 2000 -January 3, 2001 Times: Monday Friday, 9:00am 4:00pm Location: Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave .. Venice Contact info: 941-485-7136 Solo Salon Karen Hitt-Sall November 8 December 2, 2000 Times: Monday-Friday, 9:00am 4:00pm Location: Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave Venice Contact info: 941-485-7136 Madame Butterfly November 10November 12, 2000 Times: 11/10 at 8 : 00pm, 11/11 at 2:00 and 8:00pm, 11/12 at 2 : 00pm Location: Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-351 Morning Star November 10, 2000February 28,2001 Times: in repertory, call for in formation Location: Harold E. and Esther M. Mertz Theatre (Asolo), 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-351-8000 National Association of Women Artists November 11 December 2, 2000 Times: Tuesday -Sunday, I O:OOam4:00pm Location: Art Center of Sarasota 7 0 7 N T amia m i Tra il Sarasota tac \ mo;..2il. -3 65-2932 Seasonal Magic and Room Boxes by Lady Jane November 13-December 16, 2000 Times: Monday-Friday, 9:00am 4:00pm Location: Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice Contact info: 941-485-7136 South Pacific November 14, 2000January 14,2001 Times: call for information Location: Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, 25 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota Contact info: 941-366-5454 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof November 17, 2000 March 17, 2001 Times: in repertory, call for information Location: Harold E. and E ther M. Mertz Theatre (Asolo), 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-351-8000 Art on the Avenue November 18, 2000 Times: lO:OOam -5:00pm Location: Avenue of the Flowers. Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key Contact info: 941-383-2345 October 11 2000 A Christmas Carol November 25 December 24, 2000 Times: in repertory, call for information 5 Location: Harold E. and Esther M. Mertz Theatre (Asolo ), 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-351-8000 Veriovka Ukrainian National Dance Company November 26, 2000 Times: 8:00pm Location: Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 Rumors November 29-December 17, 2000 Times: evenings at 8:00pm Location: Jane B. Cook Theatre (Asolo), 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-351-8000 The Sbaolin Warriors November 29 2000 Times: 8 :00pm Location: al} 'Ne-z.e I 7 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 George Carlin November 30, 2000 Times: 8:00pm Location: Van Wezel PAH, 777 N. Taq1iami Trail, Sarasota Contact info: 941-953-3368 Selby Gardens by Candlelight December 1 and December 2, 2000 Times: 12/1 from 6:00-lO:OOpm, 12/2 from 5:00-lO:OOpm Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota Contact info: 941-366-5731 Solo Salon Bill Farnsworth December 6 -December 30, 2000 Times: Monday Friday, 9:00am 4:00pm Location: Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice Contact info: 941-485-7136 Ken Huff's Digital Art December 8, 2000January 5, 2001 Times: Tuesday Sunday, !O:OOam -4:00pm Location: Art Center of Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiarni Trail. Sarasota Contact info: 941-365-2032

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6 The Catalyst News NY Artist soon to be in residence by Kathryn Dow Mark your calendars innovative artist Robert Boyd will be visiting the New College campus soon. In the first of a planned series of collaborations with the Ringling School of Art and Design, this artist from New York will be working with Ringling and New College students during his month-long visit. Boyd will arrive October 25, and will give a lecture on his work in Sainer at 7 p.m. October 26. Boyd's work addresses sociological is sues, taking conceptual inspiration from a wide range of sources. History, popular cul ture and psychology are among his sources of inspiration to create provocative and unusual objects. Boyd' work is simultaneously beau tiful and frightening, humorous and unseUJing. current undertaking, titled Like a Virgin, combines bridal gowns witb Klan-like attire. In a press release about this work, Boyd writes, "Like A Virgin merges seemmgly dis parate ideals of matrimony, virgin purity, fraternity and fascism into a form of cultural drag. While parodying these ideals, the work draws uncanny connections between them. Through a transgressive use of 'mimicry', the work plumbs the subconscious of the American psyche to offer a conglomerate vi sion of all it dread and desires. Through its biting humor, it asks that tl1ese ideals be re considered and viewed again." The project will encompass an installa tion ; a performance and several videos. The exhibition space for the installation will emu late a bridal showroom and will feature dresses from the artist's own line, dubbed "The Virgin Collection." The head and torso of the dresses are actually modeled after gar ments worn by the N azarenos of Spain fraternities that march during Holy Week as an act of penitence -but have an eerie affin ity with Klan attire. Boyd plays on this slippage of meaning, using it as another con ceptual layer in his work. During Boyd's stay in Sarasota, he is hop ing to work on a video which will form part of his installation. Boyd will be living at visual and performing arts, film, and any merging of art and social culture should at tend his lecture, and consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity. For more information, contact 3-D art instructor Leslie Fry. October 11, 2000 left and above: images from the Like a Virgin installation, which Boyd will be working on during his stay in Sarasota. Inset: an untitled piece from the installation Deathstars. In this installation the artist combined ideas of secret fraternal societies with the sci-fi heraldry of Star Wars. An expedition into The Tomb of the Unknown Odor by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Originally this was only a strange plumbing design. However, as the pipes Of all the facilities on campus, few are used more often than the Ham get older, more of the smell seeps out. The smell is merely a symptom of the Center bathrooms. Convenient during the day and essential during a PCP, plumbing's natural aging process. these bathrooms are fixtures of student life. Perhaps this is why their terrible When asked what they thought about the real source of the Ham Center smell is so deeply disturbing. But where does that smell come from? bathroom stink, students had many different opinions. Forth-year Kathryn AJtbough the bathrooms tend to get messy over the weekends, the houseProsch said, "It makes me feel a little strange to know that the bad smell keeping staff keeps them spotless during the week. The absence of a visible doesn't come from that last, unexplored stall, but is actually over our heads." source makes the mystery smell even more troubling. However, this smell "I don't use the Ham Center bathrooms," first-year Kayla Higgins said. "I does have a source, and this reporter can smell it as I walk by. I just use the found it. r----;--=---=:---=:-==-==-==---==--=-====-=-=-====c=========J bathroom in my dorm room." A guided tour of the bathrooms T After hearing the cause of the smell, conducted by Director of Student first-year Rachel Jensen said, "That Affairs Mark Blaweiss and attended 0 makes me never want to use those bathby Housing Director Mike Campbell rooms again." revealed two things. First, the smell is j The terrible smell in the bathrooms equally bad in both bathrooms. is a simple problem with no simple soSecond, peeking under the toilets un-J J:'. lution. It is doubtful that these covers the source of the smell. Much bathrooms will become more fragrant like a Pei cantilever, the bowls of (,..<-_-;:;:;:;:::::--'7(' anytime soon. A more pleasant baththese toilets are not affixed to the room experience may require a floor. This is because the plumbing in ,. different perspective. Just think of the the bathrooms runs straight back up ( /f *' plumbing like the Nile: it flows backthe wall and over the ceiling. :' wards too.

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The Catalyst Opinion October 11, 2000 7 Guest Column: Why aren't more peop e giggling? by Karen Halperin bush: 1. A low shrub with many branches. 2. A thick growth of shrubs; a thicket. 3. A shaggy mass, as of hair (heh, heh, yeah). millions of people begin the debate as to whom they should elect their next President; the choice is between Bush and Gore. What would you think? timing responded, "Yeah, well that 's all Americans want anyway, is bush and gore." gore: 1. To pierce or stab with a horn or tusk. 2. Blood especially coagulated blood from a wound. allegory: l.a. A literary, dramatic, or pictorial de vice in which characters and events stand for abstract ideas, principles, or forces, so that the lit eral sense has or suggests a parallel, deeper symbolic sense. (Al li -Gore ee) The thought occurred to me, though it may not be an original one, that we can look at this election as a linguistic representation of something entirely absurd. At the rally for AJ Gore, held Saturday at Jones Aviation, a chant was prompted by an offi cial campaign man for the crowd to yell "we want AJ." My mother remarked in the car on the way back, "When I was younger, it was always 'Mr. President.' Now they shout 'All' Oh, how times have changed!" And so it's true. It's what all the movies are about, and what all tbe parents try so desperately hard to protect their children from. Sex and vio lence are the two traits that seem to characterize and permeate nearly every facet of American cul tural performance. And then think of the aJtemative, the "green" party, a word that all in one represents money, envy, environmentalism, inexperience andsup posedly horniness. Is it that we are taught to over-intellectualize, to find symbolism in unlikely things? Can these alternative meanings of the names of our candidates be overlooked as sheer coincidence? Or is it that, truly, we are partici pants in some sort of ironic twist of sociopolitical humor? Regardless, the joke is on. Nab, I said. It's just their desire to not have a crowd of people shouting in emphatic unison, "We want Gore!" Notice the intrinsic humor, then, in a similar crowd of people chanting, "We want Bush!" So picture yourself as a foreigner, who by some chance of fate has no concept of American politics, but a very astute understanding of the American vernacular. It's the year 2000 and many I said this to Mandy Malloy, who in perfect What will America choose? We Missed the Show but I Kissed Dar Williams by Gigi Shames Saturday September 23, folk singer Dar Williams performed at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. This dedicated reporter and avid Dar fan traveled to D.C., actually missed the concert, but managed to bust her way backstage and meet the high holy goddess of mellow folk rock. You might remember Dar Williams from her debut CD Mortal City, featuring such songs as "Iowa" and "The Ocean." ously releases new albums, and is currently touring the country. On Friday I left Sarasota and traveled to Washington-Dulles Airport. Two friends from high school met me there, one currently living in Maryland and the. other a student at Mt. Holyoke College. Saturday afternoon we painted blank shirts with lyrics from the refrain of "Cool as I Am," which goes "Oh-h, I'm not that petty/ Cool as I am, I thought you'd know this already/ I will not be afraid of women .... My shirt said "I Will Not Be Afraid Of Women," Melissa's said, conversely, "Mraid Of Women," and Kelley's simply said "Dar." Clad in our shirts and kirts and clutching cameras, we set out on the hour drive to the 9:30 Club. We arrived shortly after 9 p.m., only to be told by the security guards that Dar Williams was finishing her last song and we couldn't go in. My jaw dropped, Kelley immediately burst into tears, and Melissa said flatly, "These things don't happen to normal people. Just to me." Tragically, Ticketmaster.com had neglected to notify patrons or post the helpful update that the show time had been changed several weeks earlier from 9:30 to 7 p.m. Mental note to self: Just because something in life inherently makes sense (i.e. a performance at the 9:30 Club starting at 9:30 p.m.) that doesn't mean it's true. Kelley was sobbing. Melissa thought we should chain ourselves to the red tour bus parked at the curb. When a blonde woman emerged from the building and people crowded around for autographs, we had to ask a security woman if that was Dar. "No, that's [country singer] Mary Chapin Carpenter," she answered. "She opened the show tonight." ry ')' i '"', ,A, -;;_, Kelley boldly pushed autograph-seekers aside and sobbed to Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Hi, we m-missed the show, and my friends came from F-Florida and Massachusetts[choking] and Ticketmaster said 9:30 ... Mary Chapin Carpenter gazed at us, finally said, "Oh, you poor girls, I'm so sorry," and handed us her backstage pass. Naturally we ran for the lobby, hy1Jerventilating, and p a ecuri y guat '' i, we' re rom orida and Boston and we need to see Dar Williams, please please is she still here?" He urged us to wait right there, and slipped behind a curtained doorway. Then a petite, strawberry-blonde security guard ap peared from nowhere, asking, "Hey, which one of you is from Florida?" "Oh, that's me," I turned towards her, wondering why her voice was so familiar. The woman cried sympathetically, "Ohh, sisters!" Amazingly, it was Dar Williams, standing there with us! "Wow, I am so sorry about this," she said. "C'mon, follow me." She led us to the merchandise booth and gave us each a Green World tour T-shirt. I asked, "May we take a picture with you?" "Oh, sure," she smiled, and we all pressed m. I handed off the camera to a bystander, looped my arm around Dar's waist, and the light flashed. "Thank you for being awesome," 1 told her, really meaning it, and thell I was giggling and impulsively leaned forward to kiss her temple, where the strawberry blonde hair was brushed back over her ear. I just bad this thought that you only get one chance sometimes, and I didn't want to regret not taking it. She paused imperceptibly, probably thinking, "Hm, eccentric fan," and then thanked u and moved away to sign more autographs. 1 was much relieved when the secunty guards d1dn t tackle me to the ground. Dar circulated for 15 or 20 minutes, talking and signing slips of paper for ecstatic members of the crowd. Then she held up her hand and said, "That's all. I'm sorry, I can't do any more. Thank you!" We waved and blew kisses as she slipped onto the bus and the door closed. .. ... ,, Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previ ous articles, '\etters and/or ra 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 article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250500 words. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest columnists do not necessar ily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College commu nity should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. AJI submissions should be turned into box 75 or e-mailed to catalyst@virtu.sar.usf.edu, by Friday at 5pm

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8 The Catalyst Announcements October 11, 2000 The Office of Admissions is an nouncing an "Open House" to be held Novemeber 4, 2000. No other infomation is avaible at press time. Who do you want to be today? Who do you want to be? Who do you want to be today? Do you want to be just like some one on T.V.? The RAs have a new cell phone. Always page the RA on duty (941 951 9820) at least twice; the pager sometimes doesn't work. If there is no answer try the new cell phone: 941 780 8441. Oh boredom is so terrible, it's like a dread disease Nothing could be worse than when there's nothing on T.V. I'd rather be a cowboy than to stare blank at the walls I've been reborn so many times I can't remember them all (And I say) Who do you want to be today .... Bill Cosby tickets are going fast! There are still a few seats available for the USF Homecoming perfor the legendary comedian, 3, 2000. There will be performances at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Any seats left unsold will be available to the gen eral public after October 7. Contact Ticketmaster for information. I think I'll be a teddy boy, I think 1'll be a hunk I think I'll be a tough guy and I think I'll be a punk I might just be a fashion star All dressed in frilly rags Or perhaps I'll cross the other side and walk around in Drag! Seventeenth Annual World Food Day Teleconference. Poverty and Hunger: The Tragic Link. A Conversation with Professor Am arty a Sen, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. The teleconfer ence will highlight Prof. Sen's contributions to welfare economics for which he won the Nobel Prize and his theory of global economic development. October 16, 2000. 12 p.m. 3 p.m. CIS 1046 The Crossley Gallery Presents: "Hellhound" Friday, 10/6 Saturday, 10/14. A sculptural instal lation by senior fine artist Landon Wiggs depicting the circle of life. Crossley Gallery hours: MondayThursday 9 a.m. -9 p.m. Friday 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Do you like to be just like a rock in the middle of the sea Do you want to suffer by yourself in artists' clothes With a rosary in your hand Do you wanna be crazy like Van Gogh like a stranger in a Strange, strange land NADER IS COMING to St. Petersburg on Thursday, October 12. Time and place to be announced as soon as they can line up a venue. The St. Pete group wiU need help putting up posters around town, calling the phone list, and staffing the event. http:/ /sarasotafornader.org!events. USF Psychology Department is pleased to announce a colloquium by DOUGLAS KENRICK, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology "Sex, Evolution, and Dynamical Systems: Living in the Gutter, Looking up at the Stars." Time: Thursday, October 12, 2000 4:00 to 5:30p.m. Place: CPR 115 (Tampa campus) Would you rather push the buttons And be feared by all humanity Or perhaps you'd like to be a bum Do you wanna be stupid, just like me Work for Africa! A life changing experience for you can make a better world: -Teach rural families how to prevent diseases -Train farmers in basic skills -Build latrines together with families -Combat AIDS!! With knowledge instructor at a school for street children -14 mo Development Instructor prgm. -Starts with training and work camp inCA -No prior experiences needed! Program fee. Grants available. http://www.cctg.org phone (1) 415 637 79 99 or 530 467 4082 BE A WINNER! Enter the 15th an nual Bayboro fiction contest. If you are a registered full or part-time USF or NC student, you are eligible to enter one unpublished short story of 2000 words or less. Keep a copy of your story, as submissions will not be returned. Put the title of your story on each page. Include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, campus, major and the title of your work. First prize is $250, second prize is $100, and third is $100. Not to men tion the priceless feeling of accomplishment. The deadline is October 13, so act fast! Mail your entry to Niela Eliason 636 15th Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg FL 3704 Phone:727-823-4877 e-mail niela@prodigy.net visit the website: www.nelson. usf.edu/contest.html for more information. Who do you want to be today? Who do you want to be? Who do you want to be today? Do you want to be just like someone on T.V.? (Just like somebody on ATTENTION ARTISTS! If you are not taking art courses this semester please get your stuff out of the paint ing studio. You have appproximately one week before it is assimilated or destroyed. Contact Gail if you have any questions. Coffeehouse alive and kicking on the west side of campus \FROM "COFFEEHOUSE" PAGE 1 I where students would no longer have to undertake long perambulations in order to obtain a cappucino, many felt that the Cafe would lose an essential part of its personality if it abandoned the bam. The building does indeed possess a certain old-world architectural charm that would certainly be sacrificed if the Cafe were to find itself in the concrete austerity of Ham Center. Moreover, it was felt by many that the Four Winds helped to establish the west half of campus as something more than purely academic and adminis trative. There is understandably a distinct geographic and fundamental dichotomy of New College in the minds of many students and faculty; stu dents live on the east side and go to class on the west side. The Four Winds Cafe bas helped to bridge that gap, providing a place to gather and study and consume caffeine in peace, and a place for professors to meet their students outside of an office setting. This philosophy of unity fell by the wayside, however, as the tantamount concern for the coffeehouse management prior to the SAC decision was strictly financial. The promise of financial support and a new influx of cus tomers was quite a lure for a business in such dire straits as the Four Winds. Fortunately, with the alleviation of difficulties resulting from the sum granted to them by the SAC, the cafe bas resumed brisk trade on the west side in their familiar surroundings, and the future appears promising, especially consid ering the money for refurbishment promised to them by Mark Blaweiss. "We're setting aside some of the money from the endowment from the legislature for the cafe, so they can repaint, add some additional seating and get some new equipment they've been needing," Blaweiss said. He is all in favor of the cafe's decision to stay put, despite the abortion of his earlier plan. He feels that tbe plan was open to change, and that the Four Winds in its current location is indeed an important element in the dispelling of the image of the west side of campus as the sole domain of academia. "The impression I got was that most students didn't want it to move," Blaweiss said. So it shall be; the cafe resides still in its hallowed barn. Blaweiss went on to assert that the cafe will continue to do better business and be fully assured of its position only when it receives support from the en tire campus. Despite the financial respite granted the cafe, some question remains in the minds of campus planners as to what the future holds for the little niche that the C-Store currently occupies. Jerry Dixon, manager of Marriott Food Services, claims that he is out of the loop when it comes to future plans. He was initially told that the C-Store was to be moved into its new glassine en closure by August 22. Then mid-September was postulated as the move-in date. Now, said Dixon, he is under the impression that the cafeteria floor will be acid-washed and sealed and the refrigerators for the C-Store moved in some time after Fall Break. When that happens, the space currently holding the store will be set aside for the Gender Studies Collective and a campus di versity group. Moreover, a paid position will be established, again using the money from the legislative endowment, to supervise this diversity program.


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