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Features Doenecke's faculty lecture -page 6 Catalyst Concert Calendar -page 5 Volume XII, Issue 3 Green Party supporters protest at Bush rally By David Savarese Presidential candidate George W. Bush arrived late to the airport rally last Friday, September 22. His brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush did not arrive at all. Novo Collegians arrived on time, in great numbers and with an energy that could not be quelled but could be moved. There were over five thousand Flori d i a n children a nd a d ults sweat ing together as they waited for Bush dilemmas of the week. Many were later taken away in ambulances for serious dehydration problems that stemmed from what Governor George Bush called "warm Florida hospitality." Bush flew his jet right into New College's backyard and approxi mately 50 students from various organizations like the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the Green Party and the New College Activist Collective attended the rally to express their views. These revolu tionaries supported their ideals with potent chanting of phrases such as "1 2, 3, 4; We want more than Bush and Gore. 5, 6, 7, 8; We want Nader to Debate!" and "George-W-Bush, Go Away, Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay!" Students were also holding signs that said "[Not] selling democracy to the highest bidder" and "Open the debates!" Michelle Connor emphasized the fact that many New College students oppose the current power of America's dual-party authority by stating that many want to "get away from the two party system, and choosing between the lesser of two evils." Many students consider Governor George Bush one of these evils. WEE ''PROTESTERS,,, PAGE 3 Opinion Key check-out -page 7 in which there is a lot of bush September 27, 2000 George W. Bush comes to Sarasota by Ben Ruby and Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. This past Friday, September 22, the supporters of the Republican party in Sarasota and Manatee counties gath ered at private airfield owned by Dolphin Aviation to await an appearance by Presidential candidate and gov ernor of Texas George W. Bush. Governor Bush is in the midst of a whistlestop tour of the larger voting blocs of the contiguous United States in his enormously long pri vate jet, and his stop at the Sarasota-Manatee airfield was just part of his quest to cement his Florida vote before an extended tour of California. Anticipation was high for this speech, and security for the governor's arrival (along with First Lady of Texas Laura Bush and longtime Florida Senator Connie Mack) was airtight. A long line of anxious Bushamaniacs stretched along a span of chain-link fence spilling back into the parking lot of Dolp hin A vi ati on's m ain office. Airport security person nel, S heriffs officers and state troopers stood at various checkpoints, and Secret Service men (or men in dark around the grandstand where Bush was to deliver his speech. The press box was filled with representatives of pub lications ranging from The Washington Post to Alternative Medicine Magazine, and a crowd of camera crews from the networks were lined up like a firing squad on a black platform facing the stage. The place ment of the cameras so close to the stage caused some consternation among the ardent Republican supporters crowded in front of the press box; when an event official asked those holding signs to trade them in for small pa triotic pom-poms so as to keep them from blocking the cameras, a howl of protest went up. Various Bush en thusiasts shouted that the network cameras should be blocked Adrian Caraceni, one of the most vibrant and vocal GOP fans at the event, called out, "They [the net works] are all biased anyway! It's all Gore, Gore, Gore! Block 'em! Block 'em out!" Caraceni, sporting a cheerful yellow pin that advised whoever read the pin to, "Annoy a liberal: Work hard and be happy," said that he supported Bush because "You c an tru st wha t h e sa y s, he doesn't lie, h e d o esn' t change the truth or flip-flop like Gore." Caraceni then pro ceeded to assert that, "Gore wants to do away with the internal combustion engine. It's right there in his book, sent busloads of students to the event to indicate their support of Bush's education program. The governor's ed ucation reform plan is beautiful in its simplicity, according to http://www. GeorgeWBush.com: "Governor Bush will reform the nation's public schools, as he has in Texas, which is one of two "BUSH" PAGE 2 I Endowment from Legislature boosts campus funds By Kelly Jones Student life at New College just got better. It's $40,000 better to be exact, and all because of an unex pected endowment from the state legislature. What makes this even more exciting is that the funds are "re curring expenses" which means we get them every year without fail. Although the endowment is modest, it's welcome support from the state for campus programs in dire need of financial assistance. It will bring into action a variety of enriching student life events ranging from a themed film series to sponsoring the spiritual community building of the Interfaith Service Corps. The new funding is a small portion of the 1.2 million dollars that we receive annually from USF and the state. The monies have been dedicated towards five different sectors of student life. However, specific plans for the funds are still being developed. Here's the breakdown : -$5,000 allocated to coordinate diversity education for programming as well as a new position to manage the Intercultural/ Gender Studies Collective. -$5,000 allocated to enhance the New College ori entation program, and extend certain orientation events into the first semester. -$5,000 allocated to UP to develop an orientation program similar to the series of events of the New College orientation agenda. -$10,000 allocated to support the Student Life Committee -$15,000 allocated to Student Affairs (separate from the Student Allocations account) Some events have already been put into effect. The Student Life Committee, comprised of Kathy Pak Professor John Moore, Mark Blaweiss, J ake Thomas, and chaired by Kitty Walstrom, has organ i zed and exe cuted a bus trip to Tampa for the presentation by James Carville and Mary Matalin. The committee is also pro moting a film series devoted to political fiction which began last Thursday, September 21, with Wag the Dog. In the near future, the committee is working on bringing Henry Cisneros, former HUD (Human and Urban Development) secretary for Clinton, to campus. Other, less concrete plans are being formulated to invite local political candidates to speak. Student Affairs has used some of the money to sup port the Interfaith Community Housing in Goldstein. It also has other plans focus on bringing entertainment to New College. Mark Blaweiss said, that currently Student Affairs is making arrangements to bring in a hypnotist, a comedian, and musical groups. These programs provide an interesting extension to the New College culture; they also could not survive with out the legislative jumpstart. With such variety there's something for everyone.
2 The Catalyst News September 27, 2000 Bush wonders: ''Where has been the vision?" !.;.ROM "BUSH" PAGE 1 I ________ ___, states that have made the greatest recent progress in education. He will close the achievement gap, set high standards, promote character education, and ensure school safety States will be offered freedom from federal regulation, but will be held accountable for results. Performance will be measured annually, and parents will be empowered with information and choices." The students appear to hold their own opinions on Bush's ideology. Brooke Sunderhaus, an eighth grader from the Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences, when asked about her opinion of Bush, replied, "I think he's a good person." Several nearby students nodded their assent. Kindle Baker and Garret Rubinstein of Prew Academy were less impressed with the event as a whole. Although Baker said she supported Bush, "because he wants to be 'the Education President,"' neither student was comfortable with the attitude of many of the elderly people so prevalent at the event. Baker, who along with Rubinstein had come of their own accord, rather than as part of a class field trip, indicated that she had been asked why she had bothered to show up to the event when "she wasn't even old enough to vote". The Prew stu dent exasperatedly stated "It was like, 'Excuse me, I AM eighteen!' They're mean! They're so mean!" No students present at the rally had any comment on the potential closing of "the achievment gap". Not everyone in the crowd found the Bush supporters so mean, however. Patty Cecil, who lives and works in Sarasota, was considerably more impressed with the campaign. Cecil, who had volunteered to sing the national anthem at the speech (her performance was later cut from the agenda due to time constraints) after attending a Republican rally with friends some months before said, "I've never been involved with anything political before. The ladies at the headquarters were so nice to me, I just felt I could make a difference. I think politics really stink. I don't believe in politics. I'm a lit tle person though, and I felt that this was different." The crowd milled about, building anticipation and keeling over of heat stroke (according to a paramedic interviewed after the event, "at least four or five people were sent to the hospital with heatstroke and dehydration") anthems. The melodic plu cking o f t he ba n j o d ied awa y as a n un i d ent ifie d Bush campaign official mounted the stage to a rousing cheer. He announced that Bush would be arriving forthwith, and led the crowd in a few sponta neous chants that would be appropriate for the governor's arrival: "Viva Bush!" and "Dubya Stands For Women!" rang out across the tarmac as the governor's long, gleaming jumbo jet penetrated Sarasota's airspace to a mas sive cheer. The jet first disgorged the National Press Corps (to a cascade of boos from the assembled Bushophiles ), and then Senator Connie Mack and Governor and Mrs. Bush, who exited the jet to an ever-louder din of ap plause. After a few opening statements from the venerable Mack, Bush ascended the podium to massive applause. His opening statement immedi ately got a free hometown pop from the crowd; "My brother [Jeb] told me a few folks might show up if I went to Sarasota!" Bush then immediately into his exhortatory, shouting "Vamos a ganar!" and indicating that Flonda was an absolute lock for the Republican party, an idea to which the ca:talyst crowd wholeheartedly assented. Bush went on to demonstrate why Florida should be a Republican voting state by outlining a few of his key points in his dramatic, twanged tones. First, Bush covered Gore s proposal to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserves ("meant for a national war") in order to re lieve the energy crisis. "Where," over the past seven years of Democratic administration as the energy crisis built, Bush wondered, "has been the vi sion?" Bush also swore to increase military morale by boosting military funding, to reduce costs for prescription drugs for seniors (a proposal which met with wild enthusiasm), and to restore "honor and dignity" to America and to the Executive Branch. Again and again, Bush promised to be a leader for the millenium, and to get rid of the rhetoric that prevents action in "this generous nation." Bush's promised generosity is to come in the form of a $450 trillion surplus, which will be divided up to pay. The massive surplus will pay for Social Security reform and will provide both breaks on inheri tance taxes (which Bush referred to as "the death tax"; a tax on inheritances of $2 million arid above) and a 50% cut in middle-class income tax., Bush also promised to use the money to reform the Medicare program, The rest of the trillions will be apportioned off to cover the rest of Bush's plans, partic ularly insuring that "every child will receive a strong education" and that the military will be rebuilt by Bush as the strong, new Commander-in-Chief. This surplus, the governor was quick to point out, was "not the government's money, but ... the people's money." Bush closed by reminding the crowd once more that Bush would be a leader who would "trust the people" to make the right choice before making his way off the stage to the tune of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)," shaking hands along the rope line on his way to the .press bus. Many attendees made an attempt to dance to the legendary soul tune, with varying degrees of success. Some supporters seemed surprised by the short speech, which was barely 20 minutes long, while others seemed to think the Governor had not covered any new ground. Sywi Duomg, who had volunteered for the day, said Bush's speech, "was OK, but it wasn't really as exciting as I thought it would be." Ronald and Nancy Aselton, a retired couple that has decided to vote for e o s on commen e t oug h t he w as \\ o f e nergy. He wants to be president and we want him to be." Nancy Aselton said, I just want him to spell everything out a little clearer." Unequivocally positive reaction came from Father Daniel Kelly and Lara Elliot. Elliot said that she supported Bush because, "He is better than Gore because he expresses himself better than Gore does." Father Kelly, a retired Roman Catholic priest who attended the speech in full priestly regalia despite the sweltering humidity, said he "thought it was terrific. He [Bush] is telling it like it is. He's telling the truth." Kelly added that many other churchmen feel as he does in their support of Bush, which may strike some as rather surprising considering that Governor Bush ig nored a request for clemency from Pope John Paul II, regarding a schizophrenic prisoner scheduled to be executed. Molly Summers, a USF student, attended the rally with her mother. talking about her reaction to Bush's speech, seemed to summanze the feelmgs of most attendees, "I thought it was predictable. He didn't say anything I wasn't expecting. All in all though, I'm glad I came." 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The Catalyst April Flakne, in the light News B y Mic hael Sanderson Skokie, Illinois at first would probably strike most people as a boring place to grow up. But for Professor of Philosophy April Flakne a na tionwide affair in Skokie became a for:Uative experience. In 1978, the Nazi Party of America planned a rally in this suburb of Chicago, a home to many Holocaust survivors. The Nazis' insis tence polarized the community and brought legal battles to the Supreme Court. Flakne was 12. "That was actually a formative experience for me ?ecause. then when I went on and developed my mterest 1? Philosophy, which is my area of I think I was particularly drawn to the pohhcal aspects and applications of 20th century European Philosophy, and that's what attracted me to write on Hannah Arendt Flakne told the Catalyst in an interview. Arendt, the subject of her dissertation at New School for Research in New York, is just one person m Flakne' research interest I 've been fortunate beca u se I'm doing an advanced on Heid egge r whi ch is c o nn e c ting well which IS m y curre n t r es ea rch which i s o n H e idegger and Kant. "Ne xt s emes t er I'm go i ng to do an et h ics class a ge n e ral ethi cs cla ss," s h e said. As in this ter, wh e n she offered one introductory level class and o ne a d vanced seminar, "I very much want to do an advanced on Kant's First Critique, which is for me, or European philosopher, the ground work the B1ble that everything else from. postmodernism; but, "one of the things I want to figure out about this place is what kind of things are offered, where. You have offerings out there, and I want to ftll a need." "It's a pleasure to teach students who are so cu rious, curious, intellectually open," she said. "They're overwhelmed and not afraid of being overwhelmed they take it as a challenge. Research is a priority, but for Flakne, there s no wall between teaching and scholarship. Because I have .th ese talented students, I can explore a lot of my Ideas through that medium of the semin a r." Even then, "I would like to see more men tal space devoted to [scholarship] as I get more settled in." Furthermore, when asked about disputes that have become connected to the very title "conti nental philosopher," Flakne had nothing negative to say about other modes of philosophy. "I think there's thi perception -not just at ew College but out there's this perception that analytic philosophers and continental philoso phers don't have a lot to talk to each other about and in fact that's not true." She's Professor Aron Edidin 's Philosophy of Language class, and commented, "It gives Aron and I things to talk about when we di agree." Furthermore as she advises students, "If you can talk these two schools you re in a much better position than if you just study one or the other." Afte r Skokie, Flakne attended Augustana College m Rock Island, Illinois "There, I was re ally indoctrinated into the beauty of a liberal arts she said. "I was able to get a phenomenal education because of the q u ality of the faculty and structure of being in a small place.... I de Signed my own program, which was Continental Philosophy and Classics." Her particular concern was how 19th and 20th century philosophers looked back on Classical philosophers. She went directly to Graduate work at New School. I realized that [philosophy] was the only thing that I could possibly do. So I did." At New Heidegger Philosopher there, Robert Scl!riilllil811l, and I wanted to study Heidegger with him." Also, having gone to a school in "the middle of nowhere," she wanted to go to a major city. "I have to say, frankly, I wouJdn 't trade being in my 20s and Jiving in new York for anything. It was just a great place to be and to be young." Flakne was teaching at Harvard before receiv ing her Doctorate. "Harvard is a place ftlled with extraordinarily intelligent people." Continental September 27, 2000 3 philosophy, though, didn't happen much there. "I was teaching in an interdisciplinary program, in and social science, which was one of Philosopher," she said with a Flakne also had comments on the Florida's cli mate. "It is weird and wonderful-it's been overwhelming for the way the air feels, it's so dif ferent." After living in Boston for six years, though, she said she likes it, and that her "friends have weekends through March booked up to come and visit." 'Go back to New College!' and other tidbits caught on tape (FROM "PROTESTERS" PAGE lj At 11:45 (approximately 25 minutes after the students entered the rally) most of the New College student activists were led away by police officers in attendance. Allison Binford believed that "[The police] were very unsympathetic to our cause." Although members of the Sarasota Police Department allegedly yelled, "Don't screw with us!" more hostility towards the protesters came from the crowd than the police. Some New College students and alumni were physi cally manhandled by crowd members Conner stated, "I have never gone to a protest where [the involved stu dents] were treated in such a rude and rowdy manner." Anthony Marone of the Sarasota Police Department explained his view of the situation as such, "Freedom of speech is alive and well, I didn't see any problems with people voicing their opinions. As far as I know there were no injuries or problems relating to [the students' expulsion from the premises]." Tram Hudson, the chainnan of Sarasota's Republican Party, responded to the small uprising caused by New College students by stating, "It looked fine. The beauty of America is that it is a free country. I think it is important that we allow others to voice dissent and I think it is appropriate in certain areas, but within our party we are not interested in having disruptive forces. Outside of the area is fme." When questioned what an appropriate arena for a protest was, Phil Poekert answered, ('At any forum, and this is a political forum. We should be able to express our opinions about political views anywhere and at anytime we choose to." Binford added, "If they don't have open debates than where else will we go? How will Nader have a voice?" Both Binford and Poekert were removed from the premises during Bush's speech. When told by the police to "Go back to New College!" Poekert re sponded, "That is where we are able to speak our minds as we choose to. Thank you sir, I will." Though the protest centered around Ralph Nader, the New College stu dents in attendance expressed various political involvements. Andrea Garrod commented, "Not everyone at New College is liberal and for Nader." Students of all ages, from all over Sarasota arrived to the airport early to see Texas's governor. While many of them were there to skip school, some were there because they "love democracy and are excited to fmally be vot ing in a presidential election year!" as Lara Elliott of Riverview High School stated. The organizers of the event placed these students right in front of the media's cameras, gave them signs and pom-poms to wave, and (just to in voke governmental interests in the youth of today) strategically place little blue-eyed girls and boys adjacent to the self-proclaimed "next President of the United States!"
4 The Catal st Entertainment Se tember 27 2000 Students brave commercial urban culture at Last Damn Show by Anna Maria Diaz-B lart Saturday eptember 16 three ew College tudents and one former New College student set out on a great adventure that would lead them to the depth of commercial urban mu ic at Wild 98. 7' La c Damn how, the Sequel. Gabriel Pacyniak, Cody Hughes, Kathryn Prosch, and I were uncertain about what kind of evening wa in tore for u but we )eft the safety of campus and took a jump into the unknown. Armed with only over-priced tickets and our mo t stylish clothing, we entered a world quite alien to that of New College. The Tampa radio station ho ted this e ent at the Ice Palace arena in downtown Tampa. At noon, the radio tation began broadcasting from a bar next to the Ice Palace. Sure that thi wa "the place to he,'' we arrived two hours before the program was supposed to begin. The tation adverti ed this bar-broadcast as a free party and we were very excited. Luckily the four of us really appreciate irony, because the "free" party actually co t two dollars per person. Once inside the Outpo t Bar we noticed that many people did not hare our en e of enthu i asm. They seemed Je festive than the station had led u 10" believe. We were determined not to let our urrouqdings bring u down, though, and car. on with a demeanor. this is the Lil Zane ha a :pecial moment with the microphone (from http://www. wild987.com) arne thing that two young Jadie at the bar were thinking when they climbed up on stage in front of the crowd. Both started booty dancing, hawing off t eir thong underwear and naked bottoms. Thi di play seemed to improve the pirit of the crowd. he Outpost was fun, but we were ready for the Last Damn Show, the Sequel to begin. We joined the mass ex du from the bar and eventu ally arrived at our eats in ide the arena. Our seats were in the "headache/no. e-bleed" ection, which gave u a unique aerial view of both the stage and the sea of glow ticks before u The how began with a clever mini-movie made by the radio. tation to familiarize the crowd with its DJs. The introduction got the half-drunk crowd completely worked up, and the creaming did not stop until the fir t act came onstage. La Ris. a of "I Do Both Jay and Jane" fame, gave quite po sibly the worst live performance any of us had ever seen. The radio station later blamed this on performer Lil' Zane's late arrival, which forced La Rissa to go onstage earlier than uled. There t of the how proceeded with a high en ergy level and fantastic line-up of performers. Lil' Zane, Ludacris, Mystical, The 504 Boys, Fragma, and Master P all put on a great show. The event also featured a booty dancing conte t (won by someone's mom) and a cameo appearance by Randy ''The Macho Man" Savage. Although the e events delighted the crowd and the ew College cre w they were still nothing compared to the other Wyclef (from http://www.tampabay.city eearch.com certain aspects of student life. All in all this was a really great show. The four of us all have matching bruise on our shins from dancing in between the eats of the lee Palace. There was only one potential brawl, and Kathryn and I uickly tcpped up to protect Gabriel, avoid. Sammie, the 1 4-year-old heartbreaker, tole the show when he sang happy birthday to all of the September babie in the audience. We an really liked Doug E. resh becau e of hi great stage presence and ability to engage the crowd. I per sonally liked Trina 's performance the best. he spirit and tradition of Miami Bas continue in her mu ic. The evening ended with a en ational perfor mance by Wyclef Jean of the Fugces. Although he recently relea ed a solo album, he did not perform many songs from it. He performed orne older ong by the Fugees, which the crowd enjoyed im men ely. He played a little guitar too. The real highlight of his performance was when he played his new hit, .. Dirty South." The only thing more we could have a ked wa that he play "Perfect Gentleman," a song which crea ively d cribe for me wa losing one of my contact lenses when a woman who was trying to take our seat acci dentally hit me in the eye. When asked what he thought of the ho Gabriel stated, "Although I was di appointed by the lack of fly boys and girls, I was delighted by the sheer quantities of jiggling, nonew College booty." In many ways this statement accurately describe the charm of this concert. There was not anything truly spectacular about it; it was ju t dif ferent from what we all usually do on a Saturday night. If you are feeling bad because you mis ed the Last Damn Show, the Sequel, don't worry too much, there will be another one next year. Plus there are a ton of cool concerts coming to the area. And if you li ten to one hour of Wild 98.7, you've heard the whole concert program any way. on't let the music pass you by By Z a c ha ry K o kol Ju t ye terday you discovered that your favorite band had been in town last week, and you had not a clue about it. Or, perhap you pent all your free money on that medi
9/28 Jebed1ah/Koufaxtrhe Get Up Kids; evening; State Theatre; St. Petersburg Don Henley; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater 9/29 Superdrag; evening; The Orpheum; Tampa Uncle John's Band; Club More; Clearwater Dixie Chicks; 8:00PM; Ice Palace; Tampa 9/30 Busta Rhymes; 8:00PM; USF Special Events Center; Tampa Seven Nations; Club More; Clearwater Ashes of Grisum/Experimental Pilot; The Orpheum, Tampa Delta 72/Nashville Pussy/Supagroup; State Theatre; St. Petersburg Greed Engine; Dave's Bar & Grill, St. Petersburg Dan Fogelberg; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater 10/3 Hooverphonic; evening; Janus Landing; St. Petersburg D.R.I./No Fraud/Nothing Promise; State Theatre, St. Petersburg 10/5 Kool & the Gang; Convention Center; Tampa Sarah Brightman; 8:00PM; Ice Palace; Tampa Juliana Hatfield; 9:00PM; The Orpheum; Tampa 10/6 Young Dubliners; Club More; Clearwater Ben Barnett/Camden/Flight 121/ For Your Girlfriend; Orpheum; Tampa Wholigans; State Theatre; St. Petersburg Entertainment 1017 Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater 10/8 Jazz June/Elliott; evening; State Theatre; St Petersburg 10/13 George Benson; 8:00PM; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Sarasota lda/Isobella/Low; Orpheum; Tampa 7 Seconds/Against All Authority/Welt; State Theatre; St. Petersburg 10/14 Little Feat; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater Homegrown/Inspection 12/No Use For A Name/One Man Army; State Theatre, St. Petersburg 10/17 Brian Wilson ; 8:00PM ; R uth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater Clint Black; 7:30PM; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; Tampa Elements of Hip-Hop Tour: Congo Pham/Fader/First Dynasty/J Ryder/Screwface!fhe Souls Of Mischief!frixie!fhe X -ecutioners; Frankie's Patio, Tampa 10/19 Counting Crows/Live; 7:30PM; Ice Palace; Tampa Yo Yo Ma; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater 10/20 Peter, Paul & Mary; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater Bouncing Souls/Inspector 7 /Mustard Plug/Youth Brigade; Masquerade; Ybor City Bill DeRome; 9:00PM; Brownstone Cafe; Sarasota 10/21 Rocket 88; Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa 10/25 Ravi Shankar/Anoushka Shankar; 8:00PM; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Sarasota Punk-0-Rama featuring Agnostic FrontNoodoo Glow Skulls/others; evening; State Theatre; St. Petersburg 10/26 Death Cab For Cutie!fhe Maccabees/Pedro The Lion; Orpheum; Ybor City 10/27 Julio Iglesias; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater The Misfits; The Masquerade; Tampa Randy Newman; 8:00PM; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Sarasota Crizzy & The Punx/Naked Eye/Swallowed; Twisted Sisters, Sarasota 10/29 Punk Rock Record Swap 14; Sound Idea; Brandon 1 0 / 31 Deicide; State Theatre, St. 11/2 Peter Frampton; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater 11/3 Burning Spear; Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Dion/Jerry Lee Lewis; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater 11/4 Sarasota Blues Fest featuring Gregg Allman/Lonnie Brooks/others; 11 :OOAM; Sarasota Fair Grounds; Sarasota 11/5 Isaac Hayes; 8:00 PM; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Sarasota 11/6 Mighty Mighty Bosstones; Janus Landing, St. Petersburg 11/8 Gregg Allman & Friends; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater 11/10 Vienna Symphony Orchestra; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater Bill DeRome; 9:00PM; Brownstone Cafe; Sarasota Cheap Trick; evening; Vmoy Waterfront Park; St Petersburg 11/11 Arlo Guthrie; Coachman Park; Clearwater Jefferson Starship; Rib Fest; St. Petersburg Pantera/Morbid Angel/Kittie; 7:00PM; USF Sun Dome; Tampa 11/17 5 Rippingtons; 8:00PM; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Clearwater 11/17 11/19 Marriage of Figaro; 8:00PM; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; Tampa 11/18 America; TBA; Sarasota Melissa Ferrick/Laura Love; Skipper's Smokehouse; Tampa 11/ 24 Contact Information: State Theatre 687 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL Info: 727-895-3045 Tickets: 813-898-2100 Orpheum 8th Ave and 14th St Tampa, FL Info: 813-241-2582 Ice Palace 401 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL Info: 813-301-2500 Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 N. Mcmullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL Info: 727-791-7060 Tickets: 813-287-8844 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL Tickets: 1-800-826-9303 Masquerade 1503 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, FL Info: 813-247-3319 Tickets: 813-287-8844
6 The Catalvst News Septembe r 27, 2000 Doenecke lectures on Joe McCarthy: the man and the 'ism.' b y Mik e Sanderson The podium had a microphone, but Justus Doenecke did not use it. Instead, New College's Professor of American History gave his lecture "The Culture of Conspiracy: Aspects of McCarthyism," his installment of the Facu1ty Lectu re S eries, in his legendary booming voice, w hich filled the hall o f its own accord. The subj e ct has b een part o f hi s rese arch from his senior thesis in college to his forthcom ing book: the belief, widespread among the Republican opposition to White House and U.S. State Department to under mine American capitalism and deliver the world to Communism. Believers in this "conspiracy thesis" included politician s, news p apermen and other groups and individuals mo st poigna n tl y t he p ar ents of Professor Doenecke who was a child during World War II and the early Cold War pe riod. Doenecke was sympathetic to these people, for they genuinely believed that conspirators in the executive branch were at work to subvert American society. Now, with their ideas discred ited and their most prominent figure, McCarthy, widely compared to the Puritans who executed women for witchcraft, historians tend to ignore them. This, he said, is unfortunate. After describ ing their worldview, the "conspiracy thesis," and sketching the process by which it came about, he gave sketches of many figures in politics journal ism, business and other areas that had been maligned by historians, through abuse or neglect. "So many of what I then called for heuristic purposes the 'old isolationists' shared a conspira tory view of America's recent past," Doenecke lectured. "By 1945 this group saw the Japanese at tack on Pearl Harbor as a great conspiracy fostered by the Roosevelt administration to get the US in WWII by the back door This attack and theories around it were part of Doenecke's senior thesis at Colgate University. Their views began in the opposition to Roosevelt's creeping intervention beginning in 1939 and climaxed with McCarthy's witch-hunts in 1954. ''This was no small group in this coun try," Doenecke lectured. "By 1946 this group saw the Terran and Yalta conferences as a conspiracy to surrender Eastern Europe to the Russians; by 1950 this group was accusing the State Department of betraying China into the hands of the communists," and "by 1952 this group claimed Harry Truman's firing of Douglas MacArthur was appeasement to British and Communist interests-why else did the US have a no-win policy in Korea?" Finally, "by the early 1950s it saw Senator Joe McCarthy as ex posing what the saw as 'the great conspiracy'" "The great conspiracy'' hasn't held up too well in 50 years."The term comes from a former pro fessor of mine, Eric Goldman," Doenecke said, giving the thesis of the lecture after describing his own scholarship and ti1e lecture's structure. "In 1933 so the theory ran Franklin Roosevelt put into control of the nation a group of men whose ultimate goal was a communist world. "They did not say they were communists, in stead they called themselves by sweet-smelling words -new dealers, progressives, humanitari ans but they worked deviously towards their goal. They hurried the destruction of free eco nomic institutions in the United States, and were strangling free enterprise by bureaucracy and con trols. When World War Two came they maneuvered American foreign policy to strengthen the forces of world communism ... they then sold out Eastern Europe and China at Yalta." "As I researched this topic, I increasingly real ized that what many called McCarthyism far antedated Joe McCarthy's famous speech in 'Yest on February 9, 1?50," in rently employed by the state department. "McCarthy by no means triggered these attitudes. These attitudes existed at least since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and as far as some people were concerned, even before." The bulk of Doenecke's lecture was sketches of these people and organizations, and he said we have "incredi ble gaps in some of our knowledge of some of the major players." This "culture" grew out of the collision of two eras, which Doenecke has been studying for over 30 years. The first deals with The Battle Against Intervention, 1939-1941, the title of a book Doenecke wrote and that be made reference to, dealing with, he said, "the people who wrote against, and the if in Congress voted and spoke against, the whole battery of Roosevelt's proposals and policies" that gave aid to the Allies, paving the way for America's entry into the war. "These people are usually called isolationists, though I find the name something of a misnomer. I prefer the name anti-interventionist." The second period is the period of the early cold war, 1946-1954. His book on this period, Not to the Swift: The Old Isolationist in the Cold War Era, came out in 1979, as he told the audience, "in the wake of the Vietnam War ... after decades of heavy international involvement, the country had tuned out indeed, pundits in the late 70s were writing of a 'new isolationism."' "In Not to the Swift I examine the very people who fought FDR so bitterly in 1939 through 1941." He wanted to fmd out how they reacted to the events of the early Cold War, and found they took a variety of positions, but "many, particularly those in Congress, and those people possessing rightist domestic views" took opposition to continued intervention in Europe but supported aid to Chiang Kai-Shek in the Chinese Civil War, sup ported General Douglas MacArthur and, "of course, this group staunchly backed senator Joe McCarthy." Asked afterwards why be chose these people to study, Doenecke gave a personal response: "My father believed it, both my parents did." Doenecke was born in 1938. "I grew up in Brooklyn, reading the New York Journal-American, [William Randolph) Hearst paper," who believed the great conspiracy existed. "I was permeated by conspir acies. I wrote my senior thesis in college about Pearl Harbor ... so many of the conspiracy peo ple begin with Pearl Harbor." On several points during the lecture, he men tioned receiving letters from the people he was writing about. He said after the lecture, "that was rare. They were alive but they weren't active." Many of these people were affected because they were in the opposition all of their lives and never triumphed. "I was giving them a new lease on life," he recalled. "Battles that had been strongly waged, but forgotten. I would get a five page single-spaced letter the fact they would respond at such length indicates they though I could be a vehicle for justifying their crusade." His wife, Carol Doenecke, commented that the two of them traveled the country researching, meeting people. "Some of them were real charac ters that we met-real wacky," she said. Upcoming install ments in the Faculty Lecture Series: October 25 Jocelyn Van Tqyl November 29 Maribeth Clark January 24 Paul Outka February 21 or 28 Maria Vesperi March 21 Andrea Dimino April 18 or 25 Leo Demski
The Catalyst Opinion and News September 27, 2000 7 Editorial: Key check-out problem needs quick solution Need the key to a campus office? With the Campus Police out in distant future-I would suspect that i t could reasonably be done before next semes Viking, what was once a simple foray now entails a grueling odyssey along ter. Five to six years ago the prices were expensive ... I'm sure they've come the wild s of Bayshore Road The area s unpleasan t reputation makes this an down i n price since then. issue more of safety than inconvenience. The key check-ou t issue is a comKendrick, however told the Catalyst that the computerized keypads were plicated one, but one which must be resolved quickly-one unfortunate fa r from decided on : "It' s not at a point where the Dean has approved it; it's incident, and it will be too late just an idea While UIJable to provide an estimate of the system's price, he Student Activities Courdinator Alena Scandura would protest those assersaid that the cost would include the keypad, a telephone line, installation and tions: "I realize it s a convenience problem, but I think that it s a safety and maintenance costs, and some computer software. When asked for the best security issue on this end. Sometimes safety and security overrides t he incase scenario of when this system might be installed Kendrick said convenience When asked of the safety issues involved in a nighttime trip to "Funding is the key. We d probably need to get money Tampa. If the Viking area, she added, It's not like the Cop Shop is in a dangerous Dean and his senior counsel agree to this, and if it becomes a priority, it could place. If there are students who really feel uncomfortable going there they be done within a year." can pick up one of the blue phones and call for the ride service. A year is a very long time to wait. It's certainly possible that no one will The students themselves, however, may see things in a different _,..-:ffAI' be accosted o r injured from now until then, but that's a dangerous gam light. "It sucks," New College fourth-year Vijay. 1 ble when students' safety is at stake. The issue, Blaweiss said, proclaamed As an of the Fitness Center, he :.;_ demands a workable short-term solution. Unfortunately, he also sa1d that he has to allot an extra 20 mmutes out of his morning for \ "rf<.'_ acknowledged that he'd gone "brain-dead" over the issue: "The key check-out alone. "I'm so pissed that [I have J to cross campus, to 1 only other thing I can think of is having the SAC find the money to cross a raging highway, myself disaster just to get a \ fund a student handing out the keys, 24 hours a day and seven days a key. Does someone have to dte before this policy IS changed?" week. But that would cost a ludicrous amount of money-even more so As Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss told the Catalyst, "It's a than the keypads in the long run." pain. It's a pain to have to go over to Viking. Ultimately, we're hoping to get Ultimately the responsibility belongs to all of us, staff and students alike. the keys over here [on the east side of campus]. It's a question of safety. "A few students [expressed concern] that key check-out was a pain, that it More than anything, Blaweiss agreed that a short-term remedy was needed was unsafe Blaweiss said. "I'm not sure that it should be the police worry soon. He said that Student Affairs is already looking for such a solution, ing about the keys I'd like to see either a computerized key system or a along with NCSA President Rachael Morris. student organiza t ion in charge of keeping the keys on this side of campus." Unfortunately, the only workable solutions engineered thus far have been The question, then, boils down to this: can we, the New College student for the long term. Director of Business, Finance, and Auxiliary Services body come up with a quick but workable resolution to the problem? With all Richard Kendrick has advocated the installation of a computerized locking the much-vaunted ingenu i ty at our disposal a short-term solution for the key system, involving keypads with passwords distributed individually to stucheck out issue really i s n t too much to ask. If paying a student organization dents. Alternatively, if the Pub Lab and the Mac Lab are consolida ted in dist ri bu te k eys on t h is side o f campus w o u l d be too costly t hen maybe it HCL-6, the place might be left open under camera s urv eilla n ce-a practice could be organized on a volunteer basis. The effort put in wou l d be w e ll which has a read f ed once in W est Side Center. ("Security cameras would worthwhile, for the sake of the added convenience and safety. let us see if a y e theft," Bla w eiss no d). asked that students direct their own proposals on the matter to JiJDiSe Scandura was optimistic in her assessment over the speed and cost at Morris, or Scandura. The key check-out issue won't go away by itself, and a which New College labs and offices could be equipped with high-tech Jockspeedy resolution is crucial. It's time for us to devote our own time and en ing devices: "I don't think that the [keypad] system is that far off in the ergy towards producing one. Hurricane Gordon causes brief deluge by ZakBeck Responsible for an average of two billion dol lars worth of damage a year in Florida alone, hurricanes are perhaps the most destructive nat ural force on the planet. Hurricane Gordon was Rot one of these calamities. In fact, for many Novo Collegians, Hurricane Gordon was just one more reason to celebrate. When compared to property damage caused by other recent storms, Gordon was very tame, causing only about $10-15 million worth of in sured damages and around $8 million in public damages. Compare this to last fall's Hurricane Floyd, which incurred $50 million in damage, though it didn't even make landfall in Florida. A full-blown hurricane, can cause even more seri ous damages. One such example is hurricane Irene, which caused a total of approximately $200 million dollars in .damages just last year. As for Gordon's impact on New College, the benefits of the hurricane far outweighed the de struction. Not only did it serve as a good excuse for a party, it provided the area with some much needed rain and relatively cool air. Though Gordon did knock down two trees, and allegedly a third, one of the trees was already dead. The others may have also been weak, unfit to withstand the 40 mph wind gusts. (Imagine dri ving down US 41, and by holding the tree out of an open window, killing it.) Other than the vic timized trees, little damage was done, though the overnight deluge, like any heavy rainstorm, caused some flooding on campus. This flooding did serve a helpful purpose by illuminating the fact that the new walkway being built between the Dort and Goldstein buildings and the Pei buildings was extremely subject to flooding. Since the storm, the sidewalk has been tom up and crews are rebuilding the walkway at a higher elevation so as to avoid future floods. It may be noted that the first, and thereby old, side walk had not even been in existence for four entire days. The renewed construction, however, has revealed itself as somewhat of a nuisance to students Jiving in Pei, especially those in second court that visit Hamilton Center with any amount of frequency. Hurricane Gordon also serves as a testament to the preparedness and resourcefulness of the New College student body. A few weather savvy students were able to organize hurricane parties in the short time they were allowed, hurricane parties that lasted well into the morning of the following day. However, the cold and rain, (not to mention the "Kiss Your Crush" wall), could be considered responsible for the current cold epi demic plaguing much of the student body. Information taken from http : //www.naplesnews.com Be Prepared In the event that a dangerous .hurricane should make landfall near New College, there are some simple tips that one should remember. First, bear in mind that Sudakoff Center is a hurricane shelter, and that in the event that this be comes necessary, the students could go there to wait out the storm. Another good idea in the event of a storm is to have prepared a "Hurricane Survival Kit." The ingredients of such a kit, as ex plained by the American Red Cross, should look something like the list below: -First aid kit and essential medications. -Canned food and can opener. -At least three gallons of water per person. -Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags -Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra bat teries. Common sense would also dictate that one not leave these preparations until a time when landfall is imminent. Also, those with pets should prepare whatever arrangements might be necessary for their well-being and safety. Another thing to re member is to do as little driving as possible; in emergency situations, some drivers are less apt to follow basic precautionary traffic laws. And finally, the most important rule to remem ber in a storm situation is: Don't Panic.
8 The Catal st This is a reminder for 5th-term students who i ntend to declare an Area of Concentration in Literature or British and American Literature, or any joint disciplinary program in cluding Literature or British & American Literature: Before you can file an area of concentration form in literature, you must submit a "proposal for an area of concentration in Literature, or in British and American Literature." These are now available in the Humanities Division office (Cook Hall). The form allows us to assess you background in literature and to advise you on what work needs to be done to complete a concentration in literature. The form, along with a copy of your working transcript (available from the Registrar's office), needs to be filed by Friday October 6th. If you have any questions about this, please check the New College catalog on-line, or speak with one of the literature professors: Drs. Cuomo,Dimino, Miller, Moore, Outka, Palls, Portugal, Reid, Rohrbacher, Schatz, VanTuyl, Wallace. Announcements Se tember 27 2000 GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS! Women's Open Mic Night Friday September 29, 9 p.m. Thursday Film Series 2000 On the following Thursday nights, the New College Student Life Committee and the office of Student Affairs will be present ing a film series focused on politics, government, and the media. Movies are free to all students, faculty, and staff. All show ings begin at 8 p.m. in Sudakoff. Four Winds Cafe events for New College! Wednesday, September 27, 8 p.m. at the front Ham Center couches. Campus People Respecting Individual Difference and Equality (P.R I.D.E.) is meeting @ 8 p.m. in the Ham Center Fishbowl O!l. September 28. Come talk about Queer Circle, National Coming-Out Day, Queer Formal and more! Sex on Campus: a dialogue on sex & faith. Thursday, October 28 @ 7 p.m. @ 4windz. Arts and Crafts Mternoons: Come to the Fishbowl on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00p.m. to create, ex press, explore, and relax! A weekly relaxation exercise and creative ac tivity will be provided to provide an outlet for stress and creative expres sion. Explore your self-image and relationships, or just have a good time! Come to one or all, starting on Attention Dort and Goldstein residents: Due to fire hazartd and safety regula tions, the pathways on all levels of Dart and Goldstein must be kept clear of all ob structions. The only exception to this policy is the alcove area in front of each room which extends further out than the main pathways. This September 28: Primary Colors October 5: All the President's Men October 12: Nixon October 26: Mr. Smith goes to Washington; State of the Union November 12: Dave is the designated "balcony" L-----------------' for your room. Student directory forms are due by 5:00p.m. Friday, September 29. If you have missed having your pic ture taken, see Alena Scandura for more information. Wanted: Brainiacs, Quiz kids and other smart students for New College's very own College Bowl team. Interest meeting Wednesday, September 27, 5:00 p.m. in the Fishbowl. First match is October 21! Congrats to Jason Grimste, Danielle Selbo, and Josh Gange for being the best ASSASSINS! Speaking of which--Audrey Troutt was not literally assassinated at the beach while looking for biolu minescent phytoplankton. She was merely squirted with a water gun. We at the Catalyst apologize for any confusion or funeral planning we may have caused. Come help us plan HIV/AIDS '----------awareness week/ World AIDS Day ____ Wisdom from the Well: spirituality and social c ange by Gigi Shames Friday September 15, the New College Interfaith Service Corps, in conjunction with Hillel and New College/USF Student Affairs, pre sented a seminar entitled "Water to the Well: Spirituality and Social Change." About thirty New College students attended this discussion of faith and social justice. Author and spiritual activist Claudia Horowitz, founding director of the North Carolina nonprofit organization Stone Circles, facilitated the event. Since 1995, Stone Circles has worked with 3,500 activists of many creeds to create interfaith gath erings, improve communities, and encourage youth leadership. Horowitz wrote her first book, "A Stone's Throw: Living the Act of Faith," last year. Horowitz also teaches Kripalu Yoga, and strategi cally incorporated a mini-yoga lesson into the "Water to the Well" event. Horowitz began the presentation with a story about the first time she felt compelled to pray. She was working as a counselor in a San Francisco youth camp optimistically titled "Summer of Service." The program's disorganization and lim ited resources made it unable to equip the attending 1,500 youths with the social work expe rience they sought. By the end of two weeks Horowitz felt she had nothing left to give. "I was devastated," she remembered. "It was a night mare. I was worried I had ruined some kids' lives." She found herself looking out at the ocean, praying for the first time in her life. "I wanted an anchor." A friend offered his advice over the phone, telling Horowitz, "You need a spiritual practice." "No, no," she brushed away the suggestion, "I already have a therapist." "I think you need more than that," he replied. At that moment Horowitz decided to actively pursue the spiritual element missing from her life. In the seminar, she described the three tenets that compose her continuing personal search for spiritual fulftllment. "Read, meditate, and pray." She quoted a Zen parable, saying, '"Do not push the river. It flows by itself.' That for me is what it's all about." Audience members then broke off into pairs to discuss their thoughts on the nature of spirituality. Horowitz encouraged each person to share their opinion, rather than a textbook definition of faith. "If you hear yourself saying something [to your partner] that you've said a million times before, say something else," she urged. When the group reconvened, participants were able to listen and explore together the views that had been shared. Fourth-year Jason Rosenberg of fered the belief that "your spirituality shapes your identity, and you leave traces of your identity within your spirituality." A yoga interlude came after an hour-long dis cussion of religious practices and activist values. Horowitz described the purpose of yoga as "still ing the fluctuations of the mind." Breath rhythm was emphasized. The room was very quiet. While performing the slow, gentle yoga movements, stu dents were encouraged to clear their minds. Back in the circle, Horowitz drew a connection between all religions, saying "interfaith experience is human experience." She closed the evening with the suggestion that each of us try to understand and tren transform the difficult situa tions we encounter. Some possibilities include moving from loneliness to solitude (accepting the self), from hostility to hospitality (accepting oth ers), and from isolation to spiritual practice. Second-year student Kelly Jones, Catalyst photographer, commented, "[Horowitz] was a very energetic speaker. She engaged the audience in a productive way through intimate discus sions." Asked her favorite part of the evening, Jones replied, "After the actual presentation took place, she stayed afterwards and answered stu dents' questions." Thesis-student Lori Eisenberg, facilitator of Interfaith Service Corps, said, "She left students with some important things to think about. I thought that New College would get sort of a dif ferent perspective from her. Look for her return next semester; she'll be here doing a follow-up." Eisenberg is writing her thesis on the Interfaith Service Corps, planing, and evaluat ing the various Interfaith events as they unfold. New College Diversity Circle facilitator Myriam Alvarez greatly enjoyed Friday night's presentation. "It's really hard to talk about faith on this campus," she said, "and not have people feel threatened. There's a general feeling of discom fort, a feeling you're trying to convert others. [Horowitz] was to get past that. She talked about faith in a v'ery comfortable way."