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Volume XIII, Issue 9 break from the crowd. binge drink Debate over se aration heats up at Town Meeting Students in queue to give their views on separation at the Town Meeting. The meeting approved a statement drafted by NCSA Titus Jewell, standing left, supporting separation. by Darren Guild A special Town Meeting held on Thursday, April 14 in Palm Court to discuss the controversial issue of New College's possible separation from the University of South Florida. Approximately 100 people showed up for the be ginning of the meeting, but by the end of the two-hour event the audience had dwindled. The Town Meeting culminated in a vote to endorse a pro-independence letter to the legislature and to support the faculty position on indepen dence. New College Student Alliance co-president Andrew Hossack began the meeting by reading the statement the fac ulty voted on the previous day. ment support independence written by former NCSA president Rachel Morris and himself entitled "A Motion to Endor e the Current Legislative Effort to Make New College the 11th Institution Within the State University System of Florida." Pizza was then served and af terwards the discussion began. It was apparent after the first couple of speakers that there was not a general con sensus about the issue. Both ides were represented and passionate about their views. And there were factual misrep resentations all along the way, some of which were straight ened out on the spot and some of which weren't. On one side were students who said independence is a great idea and New College should seize this chance to pursue this opportunity. A few New College has never bad and may never have again. A point brought up several jSEE "ToWN k!EE11NG" PAGE 6 j Faculty Meeting plans committees for all contingencies by David Savarese "To fulfill its potential, New College requires systemic change,"' reads the New Organizational Model For New College of the University of South Florida that was pro posed earlier this year. It seems as if change is on the horizon, and our faculty have been advocating their support for the protection of the New College mission. The ituation concerning our trans formation into the eleventh state entity of Florida is be coming clearer, but elements of speculation still remain. At the Wednesday, April 11 fac ulty meeting in Sudakoff, the New College faculty and ad ministration met and prepared for the days to come. Chair of the Faculty, Political Science Professor Eugene Lewis (who was chair ing the meeting in Bassis's absence), provided Genshaft's response to the tesolution adopted at the March 14 faculty meeting This resolution explains the faculty position very clearly. Size constraints inhibit the Catalyst from pub lishing it directly. The resolution explains that "[the faculty] urge President Genshaft to enact the plan we all endorsed last fall," and lists the many necessities that the faculty feels USF should provide to our school. These include eventual control over the campus itself, the "contin ued support for our system of faculty self-governance and the right of the faculty to play the central role in determining the institution's mission." They also affirmed that the New College Foundation's financial contributions should not become a substitute for state funding. The re olution concludes, "If there seems no real is tic possibility of these ob jectives being accomplished, then the faculty resolves to in vestigate the recent legislative initiative regarding independence." Genshaft re ponded in her letter, "I hope very much that this extremely productive al liance can continue. If the State of Florida continues this rela tionship, I can as ure you that I will continue to advocate the plans for New College that I announced last semester, in cluding even greater autonomy and development of separate physical campuses for New College of USF and USF Sarasota/Manatee." In no way does this guaran tee the faculty's requests, but Genshaft further expressed her stance, "this is the time for everyone with a role in New College to give their best thinking to subject of the col lege's future, and to express their best judgments on the matter. I want to assure you that New College will continue to be a welcome part of our great univer ity." There are two possible out comes: either it will happen or it will not. The faculty is preparing for both possible sit uations by instituting two items: a 'Transition Planning Committee., and a "Statement of Guiding Principles for an Independent New College of Florida". Dean Bassis has drafted the organizational framework for the committee and opened it up for faculty additions. The com mittee will propose an internal organizational structure for school administrative func tions and prepare for our coming accreditation process. This is very important, but also time sensitive. The committee will be comprised of faculty, admini trative directors, the faculty chair, the dean's de signee and (per Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss's suggestion) stu dents. This transition committee will be presenting New College's academic/ad ministrative sna shot to the future t."E "FACULTY'?fAOE Apri/18, 2001 IICATALYST NSIDE Carr.tsco steps down from Associate Dean position After three years of service in the administration, Art Hi tory Professor Malena Carrasco is ready to return to the classroom. Ahead of her lies a return to the glory days of full-time teaching. Behind her lies a legacy of achieve ment. J.C. Carandang Queer Ball frees the little cowboy in all of us With a Texan in the White House. why the hell not? The 2001 Queer Ball brought Novo Collegians a wild night of drag shows with a wild west theme. A roo tin,' too tin,' good time was had by all. STORY, PAGE 5 culture, history to Sarasota For the New College student in need of a quick snack, the 1Wi tee Treat is the place to be. For Literature and Anthropology majors, it may well be your future. REVIEW, PAGE 4

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BY CRYSTAL FRASIER American crew return home April 14, the crewmen of the U.S. EP-3E Aries II urveillance plane downed in China returned home safely. The plane, after colliding with a Chine e F-8 fighter jet, was forced to land at a Chinese military ba e on Hainan island on April 1, where the crt:w was quickly taken into custod by t e hin e milit r Th 24 Americans claimed to have been treated fairly and fed well, though constantly pressed by the Chinese government for an apology for their actions. "They a ked us for an apology the same as they were asking the United State government," aid Lt. j.g. Richard Payne of Pampa, Texas in the New York 'fime "By the time they made their request, we had a&rcad p ken to General Sealock [the American defense attache negotiating with China], who told us what Pre ident Bush's response wa and we used tho e same words." The crew received a warm welcome Friday at Whidbey I land aval Air Station in Washington tate. The pilot of the Chine e plane i CA LY presumed dead, after his own craft fell into the ocean. Gay youth lectured by repre entative "God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and he i going to destroy you and a lot of others," said Allen Trovillion, the 74-yearold tate Representative for the Orlando suburb His comment wa directed at a visiting roup of homosexual hi b school stu dents asking their legislators for upport of a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Florida's anti-discrimination laws. Repre entative Trovillion went on to say "I don't understand why the gay population i becoming so vocaL You are going to cause the downfall of this country." Hi statements reduced one visiting student to tears and left most others in attendance feeling betrayed and angry. "The part that really bothers me i the fact that he's one of the people we're uppo ed to look up to for moral guid ance and upport," said 17-ycar-old Chris Va quez. T E WORLD South Africa to use new fake blood It was announc d last week that outh Africa would be the first nation to make use of the Biopure Corporation's new blood ubstitute, Hemopure. Biopure \Viii be providing the nation with Hemopure in limited upply and free of charge for the rest of the year as South African doctor and hospitals provide first-hand studie, of the substitute. Hemopure, made from purified cat tle blood, carried oxygen throughout the body, but i unable to reproduce the other purpo e of human blood. It i however, more readily available for surgery patient than donated blood, can be stored at room temperature, and maintains its potency for year rather than weeks. After their announcement, Biopure stock ro e from $1.59 a hare to $15.59. Bu h fails to end school meat testing In the recent tring of rescinding Clinton-enacted regulation the Bush administration attempted to do away with te ting of ground beef sold to pub lic chools for deadly salmonella. The testing, resisted by the meat indu try, replaced old tandardthat imply re quired a packing plant to pas certain health regulations in order to sell meat to a public school. Under Pre ident Bush's new ro osal testin for salmo nella would be done away with but school would be allowed to purchase ground beef that ha been irradiated to destroy any bacteria. Since the new te ting procedures, enacted a year ago by pre ident Clinton, the DA has seized five mil lion pounds of contaminated ground beef that would've otherwise been sold to public chool Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman di. avowed any prior knowledge of pre idcnt Bush' plan and was quick to put a halt to it. Florida Representative Allen Trovi/lion Guiness strike comes to non-violent end Sparked by the closure of a packag ing and bottling plant in Dundalk. five union employed by the Guine Ireland Group began a strike that threat ened the quality beer supply of not only Ireland, but the world at large. After only a day, management agreed to post pone the clo ure of the plant, which employ 140 people, and to begin gov ernment-supervised talks this week on the future of the plant and it employ ees, as well as the company' plans to reorganize it operation in Ireland Information taken from The New York Times and the St. Petersburg Times. Correction (Thanks to Lawrence Bowdish.) Last week, ews of the World mi takenly reported that six people died in the Ml-17 helicopter in Vietnam. There were sixteen killed (nine Vietnamese and seven American). In addition, the cause of the wreck was crashing into a fog-covered mountain ncar the village of Thanh Trach. The Cataly t is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Max Campbell Copy F..ditor Zac Konkol Managin Editor Michael Sanderson 1he Catalyst i an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Ve peri. It is developed in the New College Publications Office u ing Adobe Photo hop and Quark Xpre. s for PowerMacinto h and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the ew College Student Alliance. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 word Letters to the Editor i-!hould be no more than 250 word Submi. ions hm1ld be labeled a either Letter to the Editor or contribution and include name and contact information. Web Editor lhryn Dow StatTWrite Photographer Crysta I Frasier Ben Ruby, Darren Guild, Henry Belanger, R. an McCormick Price, E. ... q., Zak 13 ck An a Maria Diaz-Balart, Dav1d Savar c, Ja Davie Valerie Mojeiko Direct ub l'>sions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sara ota, FL 34243 usfedu The Catalyst rc crvc the right to edit ubmi:-. for pacl!, gram,mar o.r style. . .. Printed submL sion may be placed in campu box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed. to catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedri. No anonymou submissioru, will be accepted. All submi ions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Saturday in order to appear in the following week's i.sue. Information ab ut upcoming events i welcome throughout the week. :

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The Catalyst NEWS by Zak Beck Professor Malena Carrasco August 6, 2001 will be the last day intensive job, Visiting Art History for Professor Malena Carrasco as assoProfessor Jacquelyn Tuerk was hired to ciate dean and warden of New College. fill the gap left by Carrasco's entrance Professor Carrasco has been the asinto administrative service. sociate dean and warden for the past Carrasco, during her tenure, has in two years. The position was previously tegrated many new programs into the held by Professor Douglas Langston. New College tradition. Among these Langston, who served as interim dean are the Faculty Lecture Series, where before the arrival of Dean Bassis, held campus Professors are given a venue a e eveA .. nitions of responsibilities. This situation will change with the new asticular fields of research and creative sociate dean, though Carrasco herself work. Another of her accomplishments said, "I haven't seen a final job descripwas the increased effectiveness of the tion." So far, the appointment is best Faculty Committee Meetings, which defined by the work of Carrasco herbring issues to the full meeting of fac self, who said, "If you put people in a ulty and to division meetings for position, they will put their stamp on di cussion and formal action. ''You it." Due to the limitations on her attendon't want to waste people's time with tions that are compulsory for such an too many meeting ," Carrasco said in an e-mail to the Catalyst, "but these commit!ees are one of the primary mechamsms for faculty to identify and solve the college's problems, and to help the college conduct its business." Some other highlights of Carrasco's tenure in office were orientation strate gies for new students. Giving Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss most of the credit, she said that her own con was her insistence on a greater on the academic program, and mcreased faculty participation in that aspect of orientation. Carrasco also said of Blaweiss, "[I] enjoyed working with him." .. Though Carrasco is leaving the po Sition, she by no means feels that her involvement with New College is over. "I do care, very deeply, what happens to the college," said Carrasco. She is also concerned with the student life on New College, especially in light of the possi ble independence with USF that lies on the horizon. Carrasco said, "It's not just where you come for class," regarding the important role that the campus and the facilities found there play in the lives of students. After being able to teach only one course per year due to the time con straints placed on her by holding the more of her time in cJasses. Carrasco, who has been part of the fac ulty since 1977, said, "[It wiJI beJ fun to get back to teaching full time." She is an art history professor who believes that, "continuity of advice and course offerings," is very important to stu dents, and hopes to aid in this aspiration by getting back to being a full-time April 18, 2001 3 teaching professor. On the subject of New College inde pendence from USF, Carrasco said of the legislation, "We can't endorse it if we don't know what it is." She referred to language in the legis lation, which does not clearly define the state of Florida's vision for the future of the school. However, Carrasco also did mention that, "The idea of indepen dence is tantalizing." "Independence," Carrasco wrote "if combined (as we assume it would,be) with relocating USF Sarasota/Manatee to a new campus, would obviously be beneficial to the general campus cul ture, including student life, because it would allow New College to function as a fully developed residential college rather than an academic program on a shared campus, with all the tensions that arrangement has entailed. As I un derstand it, the ideal goal is to allow both New College and USF S/M to grow and achieve their full potential." As for replacements for the position, Carrasco herself is unaware o[ any pro fessors interested in it, as nobody bas yet to come to her and ask about it. However, the position must be filled by August 6 of this year The new associ ate dean wiU have responsibilities her e-mail that the most important qual ity for the person who holds the position next "is probably a strong stomach liningamong other things ... Summing up her entire experience as associate dean, Carrasco said, "I've en joyed doing this and I hope that I've been a help to the college." Single Potentially Available Straight Males? At New College? by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Fear, alienation and the desire to drink beer and eat pizza can bring a community together. Taking advantage of the recently-opened Gender and Cultural Diversity Center, New College's foremost frustrated-single male organization held their first meeting last Tuesday, April10. Amid a pizza eating frenzy, members of Single Potentially Available Straight Males (SPASM) attempted to bring justice to the underrepresented heterosexual male minority, or at least find dates to the B Dorm soiree. The turn-out for the first meeting was rather impressive, although at first the men were greatly outnumbered by women. However, by the time the pizza was finished, the group had begun to resemble their acronym. When asked just what brought him to the first SPASM meeting, fourth-year Kevin "Sigismund" Meek responded, "Well, I'm single, potentially available, straight, and I think I'm male." With a great deal of enthusiasm, members pur sued a rigorous, often facetious, brainstorming session. One of the fir t motions made that evening was to change the word 'aye' in voting proce dures to the word 'arg.' And so, like pirates, the group continued to plan for future events. According to their web site, members of SPASM will be partic ipating in many upcoming activities. Following the B-Dorm Soiree (still a concern for many members) SPASM events will include Basic Car Maintenance in Palm Court on April 21 and a Kung Fu film festival on April 24 at 10 p.m. For the most part, the group ap peared generally interested in improving quality of life issues for many Novo Collegians. In the prospec tus presented to the S.A.C, the group stated "The approaching gatherings like tbe B-Dorm Soiree and the Sexual Awareness dialogues have aroused a genuine interest in the community of available straight males. With the lethargy of current male organiza tions ... we feel that re-establishing a meeting is necessary." It remains to be seen just how suc cessful SPASM will be in filling that void. Certainly, members appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves during the meeting. When the post-organizational meeting began in Palm Court around 11 p.m., many members stayed to social ize. The movie nights and educational events discussed can enrich student life; however, some of SPASM's goals may ruffle a few feathers around New College. The organization, despite its well intentioned organizers, seems deeply conflicted. At times, members advo cated respecting females only later to discuss (hopefully also in jest) women in bikini on trampolines. This motion was tabled for further research. SPASM was very clear in their prospectus that they were not "a grouping of males that want to it around, drink beers, com plain about women and play video games." However, the April10 meeting was mostly a group of males sitting around, drinking beers and playing video games. Passing by the post orga nizational meeting, fourth-year Miranda Lee said, "If these are all the single, potentially available, straight men, we're fucked, or perhaps not." Time will tell what this organization is able to accomplish. In the meantime the group members must weather the dating drama that is the BDorm soiree. Student's interested in learning more about SPASM can view their web site: www.geodties.com /halloweenjackass/index.html

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4 The Catalyst F 0 0 D Ap ril 1 8 2001 Twistee Treat brings history and FIRM SERV g oo dness to Sarasota by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. For those unacquaint e d w ith t h e p e culiarities of American mercan t i l i m, i t may come as something o f a sh o c k to suddenly confronted wi t h a daunti n g l y esoteric structure in the s hape of a gi gantic swirled ice cream cone wi t h windows. The urbane consumers of New College, however, may find in this architectural oddity a delightful repast to sate one's sweet tooth. Of pertinent interest, however, is how such a vivid a ec a u ci n n ca o Sarasot a The giant ice cream cone restaur a n t is a symbol of America's grand cultu r a l heritage, harkening from the days when men in suits would smoke dollar cigars in mahogany-paneled boardrooms and postulate an America that featured scint illati n g c omm erci al o pportunit i e s l i n i n g hi g hw ays s tr e tc hi n g from c oa s t t o coast. The T w i stee T reat Corpor a t ion, in c o rp ora t e d a s lat e a s 1 997 but a vet eran of ove r 40 year s in the ice cream b u s ine ss, is t he heir to such grand Ameri can v isions. The corporation has fared well American soil in both i ts own ventures and franchising efforts, and has since expanded into Canada, where it thrives by selling firm soft-serve ice cream and a t a -price xpre ri are to our northern neighbors. The market i ng of its p aten t ed FIRMSERV i ce cream is only one aspect of Twistee Treat; of more interest is their fran chise marketing division, which offers fully-functional ice cream-cone shaped units to aspiring entrepreneurs in Canada, America and abroad, at rock bottom prices. The American dream lives on in an oversized frozen confec tion made prefabricated fiberglass. Such it was with the old Twistee Treat franchise on Tamiami Trail, one of the 23 mystical and glorious giant ice cream cones in Florida built by entre preneur, re taurateur and visionary Robert G. Skinner. Now, only 2 are left: one on the road between Ocala and Orlando and one right here in Sarasota. This Twistee Treat franchise, now owned and operated by Mel of Mel's Drive-Thru, is a cultura l land mark as well as a swell p l ace to get a white chocolate/key l ime shake. Enough of history, altho u g h t he bu i ld i ng is rife with it. T h e T wi s tee Treat can be a pp roache d thro ugh a c urvin g d r ive t hrou g h w ay. A small p l ay-pa rk i s avail abl e n e xt t o a few ta ble for c hildr e n to occup y themselves i n A wal k -up window featur e s a beau t ifully-illustrated menu as well as a glimpse into the interior of the cone. Inside, the patron will almost never find more than one lone sentinel watching over the soft-serve machines and the flickering miniature television. The job of Twistee Treat server is a lonely one, but obviously rewarding. Few indeed are the soda jerkers who can claim such unique e i ce o work in. The menu can be a bit daunting at first, staggering in its e n d l ess possibili ti es. Over 20 fl avo rs of ic e c ream are available, served n 10 different ways with four types of cones and 25 top pings available There are a lso 10 flavors of slushed fruit drink, sodas MUSIC and a variety of grilled and fried beef and pork available. On my own most recent journey to the Twistce Treat, I went for the full gamut of culinary experiences and or dered a while chocolate/key lime shake (as mentioned above, natch), a chili dog, and a banana split. My total for this sumptuous feast was under eight dollars, even count i ng the tip I folded up and p l aced in the dis tressingly barren t i p jar on t he coun t e r and everything was prepared to p e r fec tion -or as close to it as one may expect from a fast food franchise oper a t i ng out of a giant fiberglass ice cream cone. The hot do g was simple and ef fective, as mo s t hot dogs are. The c hili was at least pl easantly warmed, and the bun was s t eamed. T h e banana split was a delight ; a perfect mingling of flavors, none t oo overpowering, and the banana had been light l y frozen, so it provided a n ice so f t c rystalline crackling when c u t with t h e edge of t he spoon. The shake was m y favorite, thick and rich, and I s avored it all t h e way back to ca mpus. The Americ a n dream bas und e rgone s o many changes since utop i an city s c apes fir s t s t a rted b ei ng vis ualized in the 19 th century mo s t of them in de g r a da tio n o f th e initi a l v isi o n. Every Novo Collegian, though, can experience a fleeling fragment o f that old persistently absur d American dream by t aking a hand f ul o f small bills and in dulging their need for sugar at Mel's Drive-Thru, Sarasota's most historic prefabricated fiberglass ice cream cone. Independent musician Panama John releases CD Bedroom Noise by Zachary Konkol It's like being zapped with a thousand volts of electricity while on morphine. Bedroom Noise, the second CD by up-and-coming artist Panama John, is a 49-minute current of dark en ergy that leaves the listener's mind numbed from the experience. And don't let the title of the album fool you. This is not your average pop sound that can just be written off and easily classified. In fact, the title i a reference back to Panama John's teenage days over twenty years ago when he would play and record music in his bedroom on a four-track recorder. Panama John's music is one of those mysterious finds that, no matter how hard you try, can never be complete! y categorized. It's a strange blend of new wave, pop, hard rock and even grunge -all wound together into a fugue that hifts between each element. The album opens on a strong note with "Does Your Mother Know," a song that sets the mood of the album with its driving, mysterious sound. The next three songs, "Hold Me Tight," "If You Find It Hard" and "It's a Mystery to Me," are without doubt the strongest on the album. Each takes the mood set by the opening track and transports it, and the listener, to a completely new musi cal destination. "Hold Me Tight" is a haunting, hyp notic song-the kind that makes your bead sway as you bear it. But the mood is immediately transferred into some thing more energetic in the next track, "[f You Find it Hard." Completing the sequence, deliverance is found in "It's a Mystery to Me," which introduces the keyboard and synthesizers that reap pear in various parts throughout the album Unfortunately, the re t of the album cannot compete with the high expecta tions set by the first four tracks It's not necessarily that the rest of the songs are bad, far from it. But they tend to blend together. The individual feel of each song that the fir t four tracks had, while still keeping with the general mood of the album, is lost. Part of this stems from the actual sound quality of the instruments. The distorted guitar is a signature through out tbe album. While it does keep the album moving freely from ong to song, it also tends to make each song sound very much like tbe song before and after. The lead solos help break this up a bit, but most of them are unin spired. Only one or two capture that raw energy so necessary for a really distinctive solo. In addition, the guitar is often drowned out by the loud rhythms issued from the bass and drums. Many of the songs also came to very abrupt halts. In fact, at first I thought that maybe the CD had actually skipped over the end of the songs. Few of the songs fade or follow a rhythm through to a natural end. This would be fine if it was only a n o c c as ional occurrence. But after three or four songs I fell like I was being cheated Bedroom No is e is not an album that relics on gimmicks or complicated mu sical arrangements to create its end. Most of the songs are fairly simple and have that stay in your head quality. Panama John's unique voice ends up carrying most of them through. On a grand cale, it makes the album very accessible and easily to follow alon.g with. In spite of its flaws, I still rate thiS album highly. If this is where music is headed, I might actually start listening to the radio again. And for the low price, this album simply can't be beat. Bedroom Noise is available for pur chase directly from Panama John at the price of $6 or from www.cosmicstore.com at a slightly higher price. Panama John can be reached at panamajohn @ msn.com and welcomes questions and feedback about his music

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The Catalyst Queer Bal 2001 celebrated omosexua ity with a Texas t h y a D a ,ie Of all the eve.nts at 1 cw College, the Queer Hall epitomize the I st -and the or.. t -of what our tudent body ha t 1 o f r. It's 1 :00 unday aft moon in Palm Court, and anoth r Que r Ball has c me and gone. 1 ack country-w d ecoration are trcwn bout, and e c h o e s of bad Os music still linger abou t th hallowed white\\a b ed walls. Stum bling over beer bottle after beer bottle, in what. eem to be some or t of beer b o ttle hell I try to piece together t h e c cnts of the previou eve n ing. love this place, and I'm gonna rai my [ plicative] kids here". After a erie of tee nical difficul ties. the dra how finally got on its feet by about 2:00 in th morning. Although the crowd app ar d urpris ingly nonchalant at fir t, considering the mas i 'C amounts of young male fie h being open!. flaunted, th per functory ycJiing and shrieking reached a feve r -pi t ch within minut The night' lucky winner were f urth-year Lauren Rathvon, Melis a Hancock and Dan from Ringling, who sto l e the show with a performance of Prince "Cream." Cat Hughe perform e d i n the drag show a Eminem April 18, 2001 5 erne The e ven i n g be ga n o n a o u r n ote, with the near-impoundment and e\'e n tual rem o v a l of four kegs o t b c r by the campus police. De p i t e he organiz ers' insistence of p r evious adminis t rative approval, a breakdown in communica tion between police officers led to threat of a visit from the Sara ota Police Department and the State Liquor Agency. In pile of this early setback, Queer Ball '01 quickly developed a di tinct JonWaters-on-crack aura that pervaded throughout the remainder of the evening. B y the tim e the sun had begun to ri e. the m usic was still going trong, even if the crowd had w orn a little thin. Alth o u gh many older stude n ts claimed that thi car' Q ueer R ail did not com pare favorably to Quee r Ball s o f y ears past, the general con en. us amo ng th student body wa one of atisfaction In the words of third-year Jerry Dimitrov, "for one time in the whole year, you have to relieve yourself of what you ar or of what you're not and become something eL c." a forum of true expre i o n on this camrough you up a b i t and kick y u by the pus. Although, I feel that eeing butt out into Palm Court drc cd a Guappo prance around in black underome sort of horrible cross dre sing ex wear--twicewas a bit much, but who pc rime nt. Queer B all will relea e your In the words of a local ara ota res ident, '\: ho identified himself on l y a Bi I o m any [ explic ative] crazy people here, thi is [explicative] Queer Ball i where I am allowed to e xpre ss myself in all my i nf inite queerness, proclaimed fourth-year aomi Shvorin. "It'. a place where am I to judge?" inn e r tate so he can ct rich. Julia mu t learn to t a nd up to her fiancee, who call her hi "little bunny after Malfctc tells her that all the women of her line arc "lion-hearted.'' Andre aL ha to learn about hi democratic and who better to teach him than the pretty gar dener nexl door, played by Tara Reid. Again the funniest m mcnts occur the vi itors adapt to their ituation or ex
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6 The cata/yst ________________ N __ E_W __ S __________________ A.._pr_il_1_8_,_, _20_0_1 Town Meeting narrowly votes to support separation from USF B-Dorm) and the larger than advertised class size, problems that were attributed to Tampa. Jewell com mented that "we have had to pay for this on our own." Other people raised the point that important New College branche have come out in support of separation, including the New College Foundation, ew College A1umnae/i A ociation, and mo t of the NCSA. They be lieve that we should trust these bodies, es pecially the views of New College Foundation president General Roland Heiser, because the school would not be in the position it is right now without them. Still, more arguments were put forth that the recent controversy has ........,_ __ AlumnJJe!i Association Pn?siderl Mike Campbell, "b_urned our bridges" alumnus Rob Lincoln and Dean MIChael Bassis at the To.m Meetillg. Wllh USF and made a '7i0M" Om\' 'b:ttl"ING" PAGE times was that New College has not had a great history with USF. For instance, there was reported to be $16,000 in ath letic fees that New College was supposed to get last year from Tampa but never received. There were also comments made about the dilapidated state of the dorms (especially Pei and very difficult. That was only half of the story, how ever. Other students had different and just as passionate views about not jumping the gun and regretting it later. Many expressed concerns about the risks involved in separating. For in stance, some students said that New College could easily get lost in the "'complex and convoluted" political process (as Dean Michael Bassis called it later in the Town Meeting). They were concerned that in the future, the mostly conservative legislature would forget about New College and leave the tiny school to struggle on it own or even start making decisions affecting the tudcnt body that would run con trary to New College's traditions and goal. A1ong the same lines, there was concern about the actual legislation. Fourth-year Peter Brinson said ''The legislation is vague and the detail. will be worked out by the new Board of Regents." This might mean that persons not all that familiar to the college would eventually make vital decisions about New College's future. In addition, it might mean that legislatures or the new Board of Regents could change word ing that New College puts forth without the school's approval. Brinson also commented that only certain individu als from the Foundation, Alumnae/i Association and NCSA had come out in support of separation. Others expressed concern about scholarships, but the NCSA said the scholarship situation would not change. After the time allocated for student was extended twice by vote. Mike Campbell, associate director of student affairs and president of the New College Alumnae/i Association, spoke saying that indeed the Alumnae/i Association had officially come out in favor of independence and that he him self was strongly in favor of the idea. Campbell also tried to put to rest some of the concerns over the political proce s, claiming that New College has more powerful friends than it thinks it does. The Town Meeting ended with the passage of a measure written by Jewell and by a vote of 31-23 with 10 absten tions. A decision was made later to pass the letter by Gen. Heiser before sending the final copy out. Finally, a resolution was passed almost unanimously to sup port a statement written by the New College faculty that was sent to the leg islature. Jewell called the Town Meeting the "most vivid and lively Town Meeting all year." Morris was unable to attend the meeting, but later expressed concern over the closeness of the vote on the measure she co-authored. "I'm not pleased that it didn't pass by a larger margin." Morris, who was perhaps one of New College's most active presj discussion ran out. Dean Bassis was dents ever, also emphasized there is a a a-tinued to express neutral views, ing USF and New College will go preferring to be more of a mediator, as through. "It is out of our hands now. If he has been throughout the indepenthis [independence] happens, the mart dence controversy. He then opened up thing for us to do is to say we were be to a question-and-answer period, which hind it from the beginning." Read the current text of the bill online: www.leg.state.fl.us, bill S 0986C1, or link from Catalyst online: www.sar.usf.edu/-catalyst. Faculty Meeting plans committees for all contingencies !FRoM ''FACULTY" PAGEl! area Board of Regents. The future boards may be ex amining the school on its own as early as next fiscal year. In a phone interview with the Catalyst, Political Science Professor Keith Fitzgerald said, "It [the Transition Planning Committee J is probably going to be a very deadline oriented subject. There is going to have to be attention paid to accreditation, and a recommendation towards the board. It is hard to assess il's being ef fective because a lot of things have to get done. I am pretty optimistic that it is going to be effective." The faculty will be asked to give input towards the construction of the committee, and a vote supported the implementation of it with the ity of a future streamlining. In an e-mail to the Catalyst, Dean and Warden Michael Bassis said, "The faculty expressed support for a transition planning committee so we will be putting together such a group in the very ncar future. Yes, we hope to have students as full status members of such a committee." The meeting then progressed into a discussion of the "guiding principles." Concern was addressed toward some of the phrasing, but it was endorsed (with a few abstentions). At the following day's Town Meeting, students endorsed this statement. The faculty endorsed the statement in two separate formats. The bold printing on the draft was endorsed as a proposal for actual legislative drafts concerning our school. The entire document was also endorsed, but it seems most likely to be held within our school structure. In a phone interview with the Catalyst, Social Sciences Division Chair Gordon Bauer addressed the guidelines: "The guidelines are all the things we have actually bad written down over the years, and it was a non controversial statement of what New College does. There is no aggression in it, there is just some wheel spinning or a process we can't control. It is not in tended to be for or against separation. It is just saying the things we do here at New College, no matter what the re sults are toward independence.'' The New College faculty is intent on preserving the New College mis sion, and will continue to do so in the future. It is hopeful that whatever hap pens, parties respectful of the faculty's wishes will control the school's future even if the enacted law ends up short and disappointing. Also at the meeting, the admissions office, of which Joel Bauman is now the permanent director, presented a statement of assurance. The statement is to be directed towards prospective students and other parties affiliated with the admissions process (i.e. high school guidance councilors). Portions of it may be of interest to our commu nity at large. Some sections of this brief document state, "Whether such a change [independence] occurs or not, the mission, the educational principles and the quality of the educational expe rience at New College will remain the same. Should such a change occur, New College will continue to honor all of its financial aid and scholarship com mitments," and "New College will continue as an accredited public liberal arts honors college and, no doubt, will continue to be recognized as one of the finest schools in the country." Dean and Warden Michael Bassis is also prepar ing a statement that will be forwarded to prospective Novo Collegians. Parents of current students may have al ready received such a statement. Also at the meeting, the faculty con gratulated History Professor Justus Doenecke for winning the prestigious Hoover Book Award for his latest work, Storm on the Horizon.

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The Catalyst 0PINIO April 18, 2001 7 Editorial: Separation deserves appraisal of benefits and risks The campu remains di itled over the issue of cparation from USF. The Calalyst, based on reporting and due consideration, continues to believe that eparation presents an unwarranted risk. Should the florida lcgi lature will enact legi lation restructuring the USF ystem, and upporters can wor to in ure ew College remains protected in this proces But the Catalyst reject the notion that independence is a done deal. and the only way Lo protect ew College is to back il 'lew College docs not control, or even have much influence over, the political proceS!> that will cparate us from USF, and that I\ew College will depend on in the future. Champion of independence Senate Pre ident John McKay, R-Bradenton, will leave office in le then two years due to term lim-it1, and we will be dependent on bis administrative function.,. uch a physisuccessor cal plant, bu ine office, ampu Pro-independence alumni refer to a and accounting, to name network of alumni in Tallahassee that just a few. It would not be impossible to will assure support in the future. duplkate all these functions, but to a. However, as an independent entity sume this would happen ew College will compete with ten automatically and sccmlessly i. larger state universiti such -\ not indicati e or serious considera the Uni crsity of Florida ation of the issue. and Florida tate \ The cparation unversity, which have hun---:trr. bill does not mclude any drcds of thousands of alumni E mention of faculty grants, in Florida and strong politkal netscholarship research funding or works. Most Florida legislators facilitie and a variety of things graduated from UF or FSU, and that arc e,. cntial to any undcrgradu-those schools have dozen of lobbyists ate institution and arc currently handled working to secure their fu11ding. by USF. e..-;e details mu t be worke-d Our relation hip with US ha. not out in writing even if not in the legi la-cen ideal, but there are other facto tion itself, before we c11n seriously that need to be considered. The new en-decide whether separation i advantatity will have to duplicate countless geou In the past 25 yean; the strength of our defenders has allowed New College to grow and thrive and cw College rc. mains a first-rate institution. Separation presents serious risks, and succcs depends on a number of Thi is a cry serious dcci. ion for New Colle re to make, and it de erves a serious consideration of ri!>kS and benefits. and not a very emotional response that il seem. to be receiving. Separation is not a que tio of independence or de truction. Ullimatcly there are numerous rea son. why separation could be not in New College' hest interests. The plans for separation arc not detailed enough to provide the ba is of a solid argument for independence. Even at our most op timistic, we have to wait and ec what we are offered. G uest Opinion: SAC policies Contribution Guidelines Guest Colu mn: A solici ted opinion piece. Guest colum msts do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guc t co\umns b y Cassandra Tane baum I f you are planning to come to the SAC before the end of the em ter for a project, a couple of VERY IMPOR T AN T thing you should know. Firt, SAC procedure has changed ( lightly): will now be held at 10pm on Mondays in t ea o sh on the Ham center couches). AI o when you come to a meeting, the SAC will hear your request and asl< question and then mo e on to another propo, al, meaning thi : we arc making the deciions at the end of the meeting. If you real l y want to tay for tbe whole meeting (which lately have been running a I ittle long) and listen to u deliberate on your propo al you are welcome to do that. If not, you will receive informa tion regarding your proposal in your box later that night. Second, the SAC is VER Y LOW O FUNDS. U ually at the end of the year there isn't very much going on to require our funding other than big par tic that we've already planned for, but this year there is a lot gojng on. And we are very excited about the project prouting here at New College, and wa n t to be able to provide funding for you, but things are VERY TIGHT. What I (per nally) would ugge t i( you are planning to come before the AC for A..."JYTHl G thi emester. D O YOUR HOMEWORK FIRS We like to know explicitly where every cent we allocate is going to go [()r your project, and, considering how tight things arc. we are more likely to table or deny your propo. at if we think you haven't been able to find the CHEAPES1 way to do whatever it i you're doing. AI o, LOOK OR OTHER o R E OF FU. Df G FIR5.1: there is one other tudent organization that ha a ( mall) udget for tudent u e that you might want to try. he CAA (Council of Academic Affairs) meet in Ham Center on Mondays at 9 (right before the SAC meets) and they can give you some money for projects thal are gett ng aca em c cr c ng s t udent thesis I'm not quite sure what the procedur e for submi tting a p roposa l is, but I think you ca n just show u p t o the meeting with it (BR J G COPIES). Finally, if you have thi kick-ass thing that you are planning that will require A LOT of money, consi?er waiting until next semester. Our tmpending independence rna kes thing very uncertain and a lot could but if you arc going to be here tn the fall, chances are we will be more will ing to ponsor your proJeCt then. And on a I es officia l note, I want to call attention to the fact that the SAC gets a lot ot tlack for being sti_ngy and opinionated. Well, we are tmgy be cau.e we can't just throw thi!> money away, and we arc opinionated becau c WE CAN'T JUST T HROW THIS MONEY AWAY. We are caring and hard-working human beings, not just automated cash machines for you guys, and often we !:iinccn..:ly want to give everyone who is to make this campu exciting and fun all the money they'll need. But this doesn't always work out, and if you want to have an easier and more enjoyable time working with us, you need to WORK WITH S. Do your homework and check al lcrnate of funding lirst, please, so that we don't have to become the mean. intlexible people th t \'VC u ually aren't. Letter to The Editor: A read .r's response to previous articles letters and/or editorials, or an opinion that s intended to be shared with the tudent body. Letter. to the Editor shoula be no more than 250 words, and are not a Contribution: A factual arti cle written by someone not on staff. Contributions be in format ive a nd_ pertment to the intcre t s of New s t u dents as a Contributions may ra n ge tn leng t h f rom 25 0 -500 wo r ds. in 'ength from 250-AJJ SUbmiSSJODS Sfii"'UlU turned into box or emaiJed to catalyst@virtu.sar.usf.edu, by friday at 5pm. Hey K ids! Watch New College Dean a n d Ward e n Bassis exp l ain separation is s ues at last Thursday's Town Meet1ng! The Dean Bass i s Flip Page! Fli p with page 5.

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8 The Catalyst NEWS April 18, 2001 New College hosts community-wide Earth Day Shindig by Kathryn Dow Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and for many New College students, that alone is a cause for celebration. Add the fact that those earth-loving types are throwing a party of planetary propor tions, and the whole campus and surrounding community will have cau e to celebrate with them. The Earth Day ShinDig 2001 will take place Saturday night and all day Sunday, and not only does it promise to be great fun, you just might learn a thing or two about saving the planet while you're there. The festivities will actually start on Saturday night, with Earth Day events at the Four Winds and a special Earth Day Wall. Sunday's festivities will run from 9 a.m. until around 5 p.m., and a couple events will even be held late Sunday night. Between New College bands, community performers, informative workshops, tables and booths for local environmentally-conscious or ganizations, and of course, free food, the Environmental Club has arranged over 24 hours-worth of Earth-loving fun. The idea to have an Earth Day festi val at New College that will involve the local community came up in last semester's Environmental Oub meetings, accordmg to dub member and earth Day ShinDig organizer Michelle Conner. The decision to make the event a community event, rather than just a campus event, was based on a desire to get New College involved with activist community groups. "There are a lot of grassroots organizations [in Sarasota]," Conner said. The New College Environmental Club has worked to make connections with these organiza tions. the environment] is the big population, ultimately." Having an event geared only towards New College, she opined, would not be conducive to bettering our surroundings as a whole. In keeping with this communityscale version of global consciousness, several local organizations will be rep resented, and presenting, at the ShinDig. Workshops will include a bird rescue course by the Pelican Man and an edible plants walk led by a local vegan chef, and groups such as the Florida House and Concerned Citizens of Manatee County will have informa tional tables. This community involvement, however, will not outweigh New College's own hand in this event. New College's chapter of NORML will have an infor mational table, and both Trina Hofreiter and Ethan Hirsch-Tauber will be pre senting their thesis work. A number of professors will be holding workshops, lectures, and discussions as well. Much of the entertainment will be provided by our students, though some community members will be performing. Utensil-free foods, such as breads, dips, and fresh fruits and vegetables, will be provided at no charge, and tofu dogs will be sold at cost Vegetarian pizza and drinks will be provided by Rico's Pizzeria. There will be students from a local massage school providing massage at very low cost, and mendhi body art and facepainting will also be available. All profits will be donated to local environmental organizations. All in all, the event promises to be an impressive synthesis of Novo Collegian and community effort to edu cate people about the things they can do to better their environment, both locally and globally. The Environmental Club would like to thank the SAC and the Environmental Studies Steering Committee for their help in making this event possible. Earth Day Schedule of Events 8:00 amSet Up 8:30 am-Set Up Booths 9 a.m. -Workshop Sessions begin Block One (9-9:50 a.m.): -Jesse Noon Mosquera, NC Organic Garden Tour -Abigail Fletcher, Local Food Project Workshop 12 p.m.-Lunch Break-The food will be free and catered by NC students. We're working on donations from local food providers. 1 p.m. -Lecture Series 1-1:25 p.m.: Ethan HirschTauber, Thesis Presentation on Brownfields 1:30-1:55 p.m.: Sandra Gilchrist, (To Block 1\vo (10-10:50 a.m.): man Bird Sanctuary, Bird Rescue Workshop -India Harville, et al, Massage Workshop -Tim Gomez, Leave No Trace Ethics/Application Block Three (11-11:50 a.m.): -Jobn Lambie (Fl. House) and David Brain, -Creating a Community Design Center -Vicki Chelf, Vegetarian Chef Cooking Demo 2-2:25 p.m.: Jessica Barry, Thesis Presentation, GMO Foods 2:30-2:55 p.m.: Vegetarian Speaker? -OPEN 3-3:50 p.m.: Trina Hoffreiter, Thesis Presentation-Wetlands Project (Tour) 4 p.m.: OPEN FORUM (Community members/organizations can c,onverse) 5 p.m.-Food and Entertainment: We have a wonderful group of local and NC performers including New College Bands TCR (Tom's Cosmic Radio) and POP, Heather, Victoria, David, Maya and Michelle (me). Maya Lilly is going to perfom1 au Earth Day monologue. 9 p.m. Official end of outside excite ment. We will be showing the movie BARAKA in the Sudakoff Cenler. 11 p.m.-For all those who like late nights, we'll be headed back to the bay for a drum circle to ring in a new year of en vironmental activism and conservation. Appropriately held where the turning of the tides is ever apparent. Please spread tbe word! The event will be announced on WMNF and on Channel Six News, and will be in the EcoReport, and tbe Herald Tribune. We are hanging signs all over the community. We are expecting a marvelous turnout! Addressing the issue of having a community event on campus, organizer Maya Lilly said, "The problem {with __ e_, -a-n--;d;-t-:;lz-e-:B;:-e-a-u:-tz::ifu:-1:-:-:D;:-zs:-. -co_u_r_s_e--:D::-e-:h:-y-d:-ro_g_e_n_a_s_e_: -p-,.,-od_u_c_t-io-n-,-----N-eu-,.,-0-e_n.=do-=:cr::::i::::n::::o::::lo::::gy======== pants in the NCUR undergraduate Concerning Value and Meaning in the Purification, and Characterization research conference, featured in our American Magazine 1880-1914 Mandy Malloy: Tracing "Coppelias": March 21 issue. Here is the complete Dennis Harkins: Gay Turks in Avatars of 19th Century Desire and list of participants, provided by the Rachel Corkle: Hearing the Ideal Germany: The Multiple Minority the Female Automaton Associate Dean. Woman: The Actress as Projection of Ch Shelley Batts: The Static of Confidence Henry Belanger: Whitman and Existentialism Michael Botzenmayer: Representations of Chak and Chak Cheel in the Mayan Codices Aimee Coley: Representations of Homosexuality on Television Nora Collins-Mandeville: Sexual Portrayal of Females in Adolescent Magazines Rob Cooksey: Origins of the Good, Ideal Artifice nstopher Holleran: The Effect of Elitza Ranova: Bulgarians Perceptions Familiarity on Children's Preference of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries: A Sidney Cox: The Performance of and Memory for Counterstereotypic Factor in National Se/f-Identiftcation Density Functional Theory (DFT) on Information Methyl-Transfer Reactions Julia Skapik: Acquisition of Concepts Angus Jameson: A Yeast Two Hybrid and Mental Models with Hypermedia: Amanda Cross: Emotional Intimacy in System Search for Proteins Which Differences in Learner Control Young Adult Relationships Interact with RNA Heficase in the Alod 1 0 c El Kimberly Walker: The Perception o Anna Maria Diaz-Balart: Adnift at m' e rganzsm egans 'J Nature and Early Living Environment Sea: Narratives of Cuban Rafters Chloe Johnson: Egon Schiele's and the Perception of Nature Daigen Faiden-Mcallister: Politics in Estranged Couples Ko. rin. 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