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Volume XIII, Issue 6 Local future at s ake in Sarasota city election by Ryan McConnik Pric In the outside world wind of change are blowing 1 wo city officials pre tigiou member of the Hoard of Commissioner have packed their bags and hi l the road, leaving behind a whistling power vacuum and the roar of battle a six candidates vied for the seats of authority. When the furor had ettled on March 13, longtime Sara ota c"ty offi cial and member of numerous planning b ard and commisions Lou-Ann Palmer carried the day, witl: 54% of the 5361 17.5% of the voting publicvotes cast. The other seat has not yet been fully de cided. however. Richard Martin and Joyce Mintzer re cei ving 3 1% and 33% of th e nally sallied forth into the bat tlefield. Aside from Palmer, Martin and M i ntzer were na tive Sarasotan folk hero Fredd "Gloss.ie" Atkin family man Danny Bilyeu and the my teri ous dark hor e Steve "Just the Ticket Johnson. All the candi dates ave John on had to their credit a great deal of e peri ence i n public administration, finance. environmental work and ara ta development in particular. Both Atkin and Palmer were former mayor of Sara ota, and almost every other candidate had worked closely with the current city administration prior to the elccti n. The fray looked to be a close one as March 13 rolled clo cr. Ringling Bridge, increased de velopment and economic difficultie all came to the fore front during the campaign. Another key i sue for many cttizens, and one that all the candidate had to consider when establishing th ir plat forms as it influenced nearly every i. sue at hand, wa the Duany Plan. I he Duany Plan is alterna tively tilled the Downtown Master Plan for the City of Sara ota. Designed by archi tect and urban theorist Andres Duany (author of Suburban ation), the plan maps out a 20-year proce s for turning Sara ota' downtown into a walkablc, livable mixed-use area of thriving culture and en viron m e nt a l r esponsibi l ity generating quite a bubbling turmoil of discussion and inter est. If implemented, it will strongly affect r sidential and commercial development in the wide area of the plan s purvie">X; and will in turn set traffic patterns for most road leading in t o and out of down town. There are al o economic concerns, environmental con cerns, and innumerable other concern The race, however, is half done. Palmer has established her seal on the commission, and now voter will decide whether Joyce Mintzer or R1chard Martin shall j oin her there. Mintzer, a oft-spoken and yet forceful rc ident of Sara ota since 1992 ha l.v JJ.IU,.1 1 '<1 pel in a run-off. Si: commi sioner origiara otans: the citywide build up of traffic, the drought, the to say, is an optimi tic and far reaching document that is Former skinhead tells his story to ew College audience ... rormer Nazi kinhead Frank Meeink, 25, told how he abandoned hate organizatiom to help educate people about them by B n Ruby Wedne!>day March 14 for mer skinhead r rank Meein.k came to the ew College Campus Teaching Auditorium to speak about his experiences inside various kinhead gang and how he abandoned a phi losophy of racial prejudice. Director of Student Affairs Mark Blawei introduced Meeink who prefaced his nar rative by saying, "I'm going to just tell you orne things 1 know to be true." Mceink' story began when he was 11 years old and living with his mother. Meeink was born in South Philadelphia and rai ed in a predominantly Iii h Catholic neighborhood. Mceink de cribed how his mother' new boyfriend came to live with them and became physically abusive toward him when he had trouble in chool. This became such an increa ing ourcc of tension that Meeink's mother ent him to live with his father in West Philadelphia. Meeink's father lived in a predominantly A f. icanAmerican neighborhood. Meeink described how he u cd to walk to school in a large group with the other white children in h1s chool to avoid being picked on. \-teeink de scribed walking into the men' room at school during hi. eighth grade year and finding four Mrican American boy beating up a white boy and putling his head in the toilet. Mecink knew one of the African American boys, who told the other three to leave him alone. After that, Meeink said, he cut school for the re t of the year. That summer Meeink went to his aunt' s house tn Lancaster, P nn ylvania. Hi older cousin Danny, who had b come a skinh ad ince they last met, was -;upposed to take care f him. That ununer Meeink hung around with his cousin and hi cou in's friends who were al o kinhcad According to Meeink, drugs play no part in skinhead cul ture although alcohol plays an enormous role. I lis cousin and the other skinheads would take Mccink to concert When cer tain songs came on they would put Mceink on someone's boulders and clear out the mosh pit. 1 e way Meeink put it was, obody fucked with u I thought that wa cool. I liked it." By the time M eink went back to Philadelphia his head wa haved and he was wear ing the traditional kinhead clothing. There was a prob lem, however. Meeink explained that not an skin heads are Nazi kinhead Nazi skinhead arch-ri als are March 21 2001 1ind your P's and Q's Is Marriott cui ine more properly served with red wine or white? If that's the sort of question which tor ment you, the New College Etiquetle Dinner was your e ent. Last Wednesday's repast was an occasion for the cultured to strut their stuff. and for the uncultured to learn the ropes. STORY, PAGE 4 To war and bad acting l:.nemy at the 'ate ha its re deeming quahties, no doubt, but tho e arc few and far be tween. If you like your Russian with cockney ac cents, this movie may be for you. If you demand historical accuracy, however, then be advised to stay far away. REVIEW, PAGE 5 1 'ORMLon campus, champion cannabis You don't have to be a pot-head to find America's drug laws unju t. 'ow 'ew ollcg students have organiz d their own chapter of ORML, the 'ational Organization for Reform of Marijuana ( ws. 1 hey challenge the classification of marijuana as a schedule-1 narcotic, and decry current enforcement as unjust and ar bitrary. STORY. PAGE 6
NEWS March 21, 2001 2 The Catal st NEWS OF THE WORLD Skinhead speaks about violence COMPILED BY BEN RUBY Taliban destroy statues of Buddha The Taliban, an extremist Islamic group currently in control of around 90% of Afghanistan, created yet an other furor on Sunday when videotapes of two of the world's largest and oldest statues of the religious figure Buddha being systematically destroyed were smuggled out of the country. The two statues carved out of sand stone at Bayiman, were at least 1,500 years old. One statue stood 175ft, the other 120ft. Only Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. After conquering most of the country, the Taliban outraged world opinion by imposing their own strict in terpretation of Islamic doctrine on the populace. Women were not allowed to go to work or to school, or to leave the house without a veil and a male rela tive. Taliban Foreign Minister Waki1 Ahmad Muttawakil said in an official statement that, "The statues bad been left over from our ancestors as a wrong heritage. They were in clash with our beliefs." In the meantime the government of WTeC e of the statues in hopes of reconstructing them. As of press time they bad notre ceived an official reply. Senate debates campaign finance refonn The McCain-Fiengold bill survived the first attempt on its life Monday March 19. The controversial bill, which is cosponsored by Senator Russell Fiengold, a Democrat from Wisconsin and Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, is being de bated in the Senate for the next two weeks as per an agreement McCain reached with Republican leadership last January. The bill, which is an attempt at cam paign finance reform, would ban the large unregulated and unlimited dona tions to political candidates and parties known as soft money. Monday's vote, which was 51 to 48, defeated an amendment to the bill that would have raised the caps on dona tions for candidates facing wealthy, self-funding opponents. The amend ment was offered by Senator Pete Domenici, a Republican from New Mexico, who said that this measure would level the playing field. Opponents of the amendment claimed that it would aJlow more money into politics, and that there are other ways of assisting opponents of self-funding candidates, such as reduced price ad vertising. Supporters of the bill have said that they are trying to limit the dispropor tionate impact of money on politics. McCain said, "Any voter with a healthy understanding of the flaws of human nature and who notices the vast amounts of money solicited and re ceived by politicians cannot help but believe that we are unduly influenced by our benefactors' generosity." Arafat suffering from anxiety Yassir Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Authority, underwent his TOutiJ le t every time he visits Jordan. The 71 year-old Arafat is on a tour of Arab countries attempting to drum up sup port from Arab leaders for the almost six-month old Palestinian uprising against Israel. The fighting has left 352 Palestinians, 59 Israeli Jews, and 19 Israeli Arabs dead. Dr. Ashraf alKurdi, who examined Arafat said, "he was found to be in good health and his morale is high. But he is suffering from anxiety, which is understandable in view of the situation in the Palestinian territories Information taken from CNN.com, Salon.com and The New York Times, !FROM "SKINHEAD" PAGE 1 I Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice, or Sharps. There was a group of Sharps in Meeink's neighborhood that would ha rass him for being a Nazi skinhead. So be called his cousin's friends from upstate who started corning down every weekend and beating up the Sharps. After the Sharps left the neighbor hood, other neighborhood kids began to join up. Meeink and his gang, number at nearly 40 by that point, joined something called the Invisible Empire. The Invisible Empire is the Christian Identity chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The idea is that there is an invisible em pire that anyone, the mayor or police chief for example, could be a part of. Meeink's take on this was, "I'll be hon est, there might be a veterinarian somewhere in there." Christian Identity is one of the four religious groupings of the white su premacist movement. There Meeink was taught that the ideology of racial supremacy has its basis in the Bible. Their "pastor'' taught them the serpent in the story of Genesis was actually a Jewish man who had sex with Eve and impregnated her with Cain, who was the father of the Jewish race. At one point Meeink and his friends happened to be a fund-raiser for an Animal Rights group. When the dub denied them admittance they broke in and attacked using a variety of street weapons. Mter that they were kicked out of the Invisible Empire, presumably because the Klan did not want to lose so many young men. Meeink and his friends were told that they could form something called "strike force." Meeink called a meeting and around 60 people showed up. Before the meet ing began, however, the group came upon a Cambodian family fishing down by the docks. The skinheads attacked the family. A woman who was hit with a cinder block as she was running to wards her car turned out to be pregnant. She miscarried as a result of the attack and a warrant went out for Meeink's ar rest. Meeink fled to Allentown Pennsylvania and from there to City. Meeink explained that skinhead culture rests largely on almost random violence against others. "'Let's go on a mission tonight,' that's how we'd say it," said Meeink. On one of these mis sions, during a fight outside a gay bar, the police arrived and arrested every one. Meeink, with outstanding warrants, was tried and sent to juvenile hall. At 16 Meeink was released under house arrest to the custody of his mother. April 20 is the birthday of Adolf Hitler, and is an important day in Nazi skinhead culture. Meeink went out with some friends and after a party they ended up attacking someone and taking his beer. When Meeink called his mother that morning to tell her that he was all right and she shouldn't call his probation officer his mother told him that the police had already been looking for him. There was another warrant out for his arrest. Meeink fled to Indianapolis where he lived in a bouse with a group of hammer skinheads. Before the Internet i n boxes. Gatherings of skinhea ds, called Aryan Fests, were times when people would exchange P.O. box numbers. At one Aryan Fest Meeink exchanged box numbers with a member of a group of skinbeads in Springfield, Illinois. At this point it was difficult for Meeink to get work. He bad "skin head" tattooed on his knuckles and a swastika tattooed on his neck. He got a job pouring concrete and began divid ing his time betwe.en Indianapolis and Springfield. One night he worked par ticularly late and spent the night at the borne of his employer. Mter getting particularly drunk Meeink tried to com mit suicide, slitting both wrists and "SKINHEAD" NEXT PAGE ] CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Max Campbell Copy Editor Zac Konkol Managing Editor Michael Sanderson Web Editor Kathryn Dow Staff Writers Photographer Crystal Frasier Ben Ruby, Darren Guild, Henry Belanger, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., Zak Beck Anna Maria Diaz-Balart, David Savarese, Jag Davies, Valerie Mojeiko The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. 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The Catalyst NEWS skinhead, may have inspired 'American I wath aggravated kidnapping. 3 ou t onto the treet. Tl\e po-At 17, Meeink wa an adult in hce ptcked up and took him to a Illinois. Because he was a violent of p1tal where after and a flight risk Meemk was put h1m, t hey he had out tandmg m the super maximum ecurity ce11-warrants m Ph1l ade lphia and made block. Meeink described how he plans to ex tradite him.. alway tried to grab the thicke s t book Accordmg to Meernk he was de on the book cart when it came around perate to avoid going back to juvenile each week, but he avoided the Bible a t h a ll.. he called the kin he a d in fir t. Eventually Mceink did g rab the Spnngf1eld and a ked t o him Bible. \1ecink spent a n i ncrea s i ng bre ak out of !he hosp a tal. H1 tnend amount of time praying. Eventually he arnved that o.tght, and after decided to try fasting 1 he way Meeink fu_lly t o break h1s wmdow characterized his thinkin g at the time -:v1th one. of them decided t_o wa. maybe Go d will help me if I s hoot 1t out. JUmped out of lu fa t." In order to av o id temp t at i on he econd story wmdow and managed to topped up the slot in the door where escape. . they slid the food in. A f ter three days a WJnle m Mecink pri on otticial came to ask Meeink why began recruatmg at local Jugh chool he wa no t eat i no. Meeink told him to Mecink, kids would get that he wanted to be t ran fcrred to the mto Jt for the look and for the accepgeneral population which he was. tance Gra?ually they would come to In the general population a man accept the tdeology. A local new paper named Abel invited Meeink to the daily Meeink w ith Cat a lys t reporter Ben Rrlb y wwte a front page article on him where prayer meetings in hi cell. Me ink ret?ey .that he wa part of a namembered that Abel had a sign outside Ilona! Meeink aid his cell aying, "leave all the bullsh i t attenhon out i de." At the first p ray e r meeti ng ea. ter: tt wa fre advertt mg. Mec1nk wa t h e only w hi t e p e r on Fanly oon after that front p ag e there. Although hi views did no t begin tory, Mcemk who w as by t hi time a to change, he did keep going to the well-known and ell-re pected skinmeetings. M e ei n k along with a member of Aryan Na t ion would spend their time on the a i r talking about their beliefs and draw ing di tinctions between them elve and the Ku Klux KJan Around the time \1eeink was 1 7 a harp from hicago started dating a member of M e eink's gang. Although they r epeatedly tried to c n ince him to become a azi kinhcad, the harp aid he could not go back to Chic ago as a azi. MeCJnk aid they let him go becau e o f hi girl f r iend, but only temporarily Wben he wa in Springfield for Christmas Eve, \11ceink called the Sharp and told him to come over a party, but to leave hi girlfriend because it was only for men. When the Sharp arrived Meeink and one other skinhead beat him badly, idcotaping the entire incident. When they let him go on Christma morning Meelnk aid they expected him to retaliate. In tead he went to the police. Meeink fled, but aid that he felt he had to sneak back into town to do his show. Earlier Meeink had appeared on the radio how of a Black Militant. Nthough their ideologic. could be een as incompatible, they were united by their hatred of Jews. The black militant wa appearing on Meeink 's cable ac ce how and he felt he had to be there to return the fa or. When Meeink re turned to the cable acce tudio it was warming with undercover police offi cers. Meeink wa arrested and charged he wa going to be a fathet. After re jecting a plea-bargain of 15-20 years Meeink accepted a sentence of three to five. Meeink was taken down to a prison for violent offender There he haved his head again and fell in with the Aryan Brothers gang in the prison. In order to get extra time outside of his cell Meeink also igned up for every sport team he could. Meeink, who wa often the only white man in the game, was very good at ports. IIi. first foot ball game he ran two kickoff returns back for touchdowns. much to hi teammate. acclaim. Hi as ociations broadened to include almost e cryone on hi cellblock, and according to Meeink, he came to prefer the company of the racial minoritie When he learned that one of his cousin had died of a drug overdo. e, it was a Hi panic man who gave him a hug while he cried. The way Meeink explained it, "the e people were just my friends. But ( till thought I was always going to be a skinhead, that wa my calling When he was paroled, Meeink had a five-month old daughter. He wanted to be a part of her life, but her mother who had left the white supremaci t move ment when he became pregnant, refused. Meeink moved back to Philadelphia and was met on the train platform by hi old gang, most of whom he had recruited. Still, Meeink was no longer a comfortable with hi old life as he once had been. He got i nto a conver ation with an African American man on the publi c tra i n ys tem and be ga n t o th ink a b o u t be l ie fs t h at h e had f o rm e rl y b e e n s ure o f M ee i nk got a job moving an t iques and he came to respect h is o s, wh had recovered from a heroin addiction and started h1s own business. ay telling him dla"l Jfe COU.Icl anything he wanted to. hortly after Meeink topped hanging out with hi skinhead friends. He went to a funeral of on of his skinhead friends and the other kinhead beat him up. Watching the Oklahoma City bomb ing, Meeink gue cd that there might be a white supremaci t connection. Mceink aid he felt so ashamed he \ ould not go out ide for the entire weekend. That Monday he went to the Federa l Bureau of lnve ligations and told them hi tory. The FBI felt that he wa incere and referred him to everal civil right group .. Since then Meeink ha pokcn everywhere from fourth grade cia s to juvenile corr ction cente r::. to Hollywood, leading to specu lation that his life stor wa: the insparation for the movie American History X. Mecink i now 25 years old. He ha had some of his tattoo removed. He work in Philadelphia unloading hips. Meeink a! o founded an organization called Hockey for Harmony. The pro gram takes children ages 11-13 and teache them about race a well a teaching them hockey. It wa de igned as a way for kid of different ethnic background to interact in an equal set ling and it currently ha 320 members. Meeink i al o back in chool. He got ober three years ago. I Ie also ha. a three-year old on who live with him. He i getting marri d and ee hi. daughter who is now nearly five, every few months whenever he can go to Chi cago Meeink t ol d the au di e nce that t he most imp o rt a n t thing t hey c o uld ta ke away f rom hi talk was tha t wh at goes around come around. Thi isn't my pi 1 \ion that everyone is created equal. e w l o Meeink the audience. ncludins one about rbe difference in racism in the ortb and South. Meeink first referred to the Confederate flag, saying, "It' a raci t flag. They \.verc wrong. They lost the war and they can't deal with it. But outherner arc not more racist than nmtherners. Penn ylvania. when I joined [the skinheads], it was the lead ing hate-state in th nation." In an interview ith the Catalyst Mecink talked about the relation hip between ociali7.ing and the ideology of the white supremacist movement. "It's a perfect balance, 50 / o, said Mecink. 'D1e belief keep it udal." A ked about his impression of ew College Meeink replied, "It cern that people were interested for the right rea on They didn't come out to judge me or with judgements already made .. Student had a mixed reaction to the talk. 'J hird-) ear June Gwalthn y said, "It wa good. But I ju t wonder why he was here. He' not going to convert anyone at ew College." According to Blaweis the groups respon ible for bringing Meeink to campu were the ew College Student Alliance, the niversity Program Student Organization, Hillel, Student Affair and the Office of tHe Campus Dean and Warden. ..
4 The Catal st NEWS March 21, 2001 Eating: it's not just for uneducated simpletons any more Marriott employee /lester en e'> food to finely-decked Ne.w College student Michael Botzenmayer, left, and Elizabeth Ep tein, second from left, and other:. Right: etiquette expert Virginia Edward by Mi Valerie L. Mojeiko "Eating i a bodily function,.. aid etiquette expert Virginia dward a he tood at the front of the room, dre ed in a turquoi e suit and conserv ative tan pumps. "Table manner were created so that we can perform that bodily function without making other .. ness people and a handful of faculty mem bers came together in udakoff Ja I Wednesday evening in hope of im proving their etiquelte and having a nice dinner. The etiquette was provided by certified Corporate Etiquette and Protocol Specialist Virginia Edward. The nice dinner was provided by th campus food service, Marriott. Edward was intent on teaching the crowd bow to behave on their best man ners, and for good rea on. "(It is ea ier to) let your personal skills shine through when you don't have to worry about whose bread plate you are eating off of," she explained. "What we are going to do today is confirm the thing that you do know how to do correctly and relearn the things that you don't," said Edwards. She began by tackling a five-glass, twoplate, five-utensil formal dinner setting. he pointed out which gla s hold which beverage. The red wine gla is the big one, the sherry gla i the sma11 one. Through the magic of table etting knowledge "one hould be able to have a good idea of what i being served for dinner without looking at the menu," wen to wmg a an al the table being careful to wait for the table to fill up before sliding into their chair from the right-hand ide. Marriott workers Melvin Bester, Jerry Dickson and Tina Jajo appeared carrying tray of food. For some of the tudent in attendance, this is where the etiquette dinner took a turn for the worse. "They were just Marriott people that were pretending (to be real servers)," said disappointed first-year Polina Gueorguieva. ''The fOod, I re ally did not like it. The chicken was so cold and the salad was like leave We paid $10 for Marriott." The main cour e was chicken or tofu piccatta, the same entree that many of the partici pant had eaten in the cafeteria for lunch that very same day. "(Marriott) wa reasonably priced and it was close. The purpose was not to cat a great dinner, the purpose was to learn how to eat dinn r well," ai d Karen Patriarca, coordinator of ca reer development, who was re pon ible for organizing the etiquette dinner. "I did heck with other caterers. It would have been very expen ive ... about 30 a plate." She added that, in order to ada of the udents s e wou try to have 11 held at a restaurant off-campu next year. Edward was not slowed down by the quality of the food. She continued to hout tip throughout the course of the meal. On cherry tomatoes: "Don't go popping that whole thing in you, cut it in half!'' On spe d of food intake: "You don't wan to eat real low, and you don't want to eat like a steamshovel!" On bite sizes: "You arc not going to get that million-dollar pro motion if you have a big old hunk of bread in front of your face!" On pagers and cell phones: "Nob dy net:ds to know that you have that thing vibrating in your pocket!" "That was more etiquette than I could fit in my head," aid thesis-stu dent Sidney Cox. The etiquette dinner was offert:d by the Career Center to addrc an issue rai ed by George Dehne and As ociates, an organization that came to New College Ia t year to find way to make improvements. Their report found that many ew College students do not feel re ared for the real world. is was one thing we coul d d to help students feel more ready," aid Patriarca. Students had real-world preparation in mind when they went to the etiquette dinner. "I've alwavs wanted to learn the official rules of eating because I would feel uncomfortable if everyone else knew them and I didn t," aid Gucorguicva. Other tudents had parental pressure in mind. "I thought it would make my mom happy," aid fir t-year Gigi barnes of her rea. on for attending. For those of you who were not in at tendance, here is one la t tip. Remember to think of a business dinner as a part of the job, rather than an en joyable meal. If that piece of lettuce i too big to fit in your mouth, don't cat it. In the word of Edwards, "Thi i not the last upper, you will eat again." Race for city commissioner position heads into overtime jFRoM "ELECTION" PAGE II boards. She ha worked especially clo ely with the Advisory Committee on Public Transportation and Board of Adjustments, and ha a good grasp of the Sarasota city budget, a rna sive and my tifying. document of phenomenal girth. Richard Martin, on the other hand, i an active environmentalist with a keen interest in the patterns of urban development. Hi intent to learn i so keen that he has actually attended cia. es at ew College to widen his learning. Martin is intent on preserving the natural balance of Sarasota a the city continue to grow, while Mintzer is more focused on making ure that Sarasota's capacity for regulation isn't exceeded by its growth. Both candidates share the same or imilar points of view on many i sues, but differ on a few key points. The Ringling Bridge, for example. Martin feels that the current mid-height draw bridge should either be repaired, refurbished, or rebuilt. He is against the con truction of a new bridge due to the environmental havoc it would wreak and the increa ed development it would invite on the barrier island of Lido, Bird and Longboat Keys. Mintzer, on the other hand, feel that increased development on those keys is inevitable andes. ential, and that a fixed high-span bridge must be built in order to assure the continuou flow of traffic and the safety of Sara otans. On the local front, the ew College Greens, who initially endorsed both Richard Martin and Fredd Atkins, con tinue to endorse Martin for the runoff election, scheduled for April 10. Martin i still their favorite, and the Greens further advise interested students that plans are in the works to get both Martin and Mintzer on campus for a discussion of city politics.
The Catalyst N WS March 21, 2001 5 own Meeting dominated by discussion of possible independence by Zak Beck his pa t Town Meeting was domi nated by talks of t ew College becoming independent of SF. Dean and Warden Michael 13as. i attended the di cu ions and attempted to enlighten those in attendance to the poss"blc chi m with usr. although due to the current lack of legi lation the future is still extremely uncertain. i said to the crowd, "Predicting the future i very difficult to do." However, Ba. sis did stress that, ['l he] legislaton. are writing legi lation" and suggested that a decisiOn may come as soon as June 1. Bassi. followed up this statement with a hrief le son in civics, and alluded to the bicameral sy tern used in the legi lature. Student reactions to this pos ible plit from USF were mixed Many in attendance, induding Co-Presidents Andrew Hassock and Molly Robinson, as well as e" College Foundation President General Hei er (not in atten dance), believed that, in the long run, complete independence wilt be by Zak Beck If I could use ju t one word to de cribe Enemy at the Gate, that word would be terrible. In an age when two people can go to a movie and get a large drink and popcorn for $20, it is a shock that there is not more ub tancc abuse among moviegoers, e pecially when the industry throws such abhorrent garbage onto the ilver screen. That aid, Jet us highlight the three main failings of the film, the e b ing the story, the scnpt and the actors. The tory, like o many other Hollywood stink bomb is based loosely on real hi torical This cial in attaining the goal of ew Coil ge. However, others vmced dL. cnt. citing possible problems in funding facilitie what to do with cxi ting harcd facilities, and how to continue certain re earch projects which require facilities present at the L'Sf Tampa campus. According to Ha sock. "The only options now are in dependence or status quo. Although both Hassock and Robinson have written letters supporting independence to Florida Senate Pre ident John McKay (R-Bradenton) concerning the future legislation, Bassis was less than optimi tic about the ability of tudcnt and faculty to in fluence the terms of the schism. Bassis said, "I hope so [that student opinions will be considered], another way to an swer that question i I d ubt it," in re ference to the opinions of College amounting to a hill of beans. A1 o on the agenda wa a motion by two rcpre enhtivc of the Best Buddies program asking that the Student Allocations Committee allocate an additional $100 for the purpose of taking some of the clientele to off-campu lo cations. The motion to additional funds was unanimously passed after a brief de cription of the program was offered. 1 hL seemed strange to some of those in attendance, who were under the impre:sion that all decisions by the SAC w ere final. Firstyear Alex Kreig said, ow everyone who doesn't get money from the SAC is going to bring it to a Town Meeting." The new electronic balloting sy tern, which wa. approved for usc at a previous Town Meeting, will make its debut when the student body decides whether or not to reappoint the is-stu dent Raj Ghoshal as the Student 'ourt Defender. Nter admitting to allegation. of petit theft from the campus C-Store la t eme, ter, Gho hal wa removed from his post as required by lorida law. Ghoshal told the 'Tm c nfident that I'll be reappointed. All Marriott'::. base are belong to us." Several announcements concerning campus were made. This pa::.t ENTERTAINMENT one focu es on Ru ian war hero Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law). fre h off the farm, is rushed into the Battle of Stalingrad with only one clip of ammo, but no rifle, in order to defend the motherland. The scene i an obviou, re hash of the opening scene from Saving Pri ate Ryan, full of gore and explo sion and all the that makes war movie great. After this, the movie suck. The film makes war seem glamorou But war i tupid, wasteful and ultimately pointles The film undermines the courage of the Ru ian people by giving them Engli h accents, and then appeals for authenticity by using words like "Kruscbev," talin" and "The Third Reich." Anybody who commends this film for it hi to:ical accuracy hould never be allowed to work in the public ch ol system .. There was a definite attempt made for this film to be mart: it lacks grossly. TI1e effects of Vassili becoming a national ic.on due to the efforts of propaganda expert Danilov (Joseph Ficnne ) are unstrikingly portrayed. At fir t, Vas ili thinks that its neat to be Russia's numher-one hatchet man, but he oon realize that this makes him a priority target for the Germans, and he question::. hi ability to live up to hi image. But the character are o weak and poorly developed, you can't really care. In fact, all of the character except for Koenig (Ed Harris), the German counterpoint to Va ili, do thingand say thing for reasons that are never fully under tood. The only reason that Koenig is exempt from this statement is that the character i so underwritten, uttering perhap twenty Jines, that his machine-like altitude is fitting. Harris's deathtare i the only example of good acting in the film. On top of thi., a very weak and extremely predictable love-triangle emerges. But the lifeless, superficial characters are incapable of expres ing any genuine emotion (unle s sucking is an emotion), leaving the tale unromantic at b t. Thur. day wa. ho. t to an informative meeting held b_ the new chapter (. ce article page 6 ). Also, the rebirth of Club N.I\.K.E.D. wa. an noun ed. Later week, two member of Club N.A. .E.D were questioned by police in an incid t involving a streaking at a function in udakoff where many pro. pective students were getting their fir t glimp f f'.: w Colleg Also, a motion by second-year Danny Wood was made regarding the current statu of food ervicc at ew College. First-year Lawrence Bov.di h rose and suggested that he act as inter mediary between Wood and Marriott, a. he i already the appointed Food Service Repre entative for the CSA. The entire Town M eting was con ducted in only 45 minute ibly a new record for "Most Brevity in a Fiscal Hour." Though the general sentiment among t tudents i that the increa ed brevity i a po itive change-a quomm has little time to wander off after the pizza is crved. It is difficult to tell, however, where the god-awful writing ends and the bad acting begins. That audience will rec ognize Engli. h accents a "good guy and German accents as "bad guy i an insult to the viewer's intelligence, per haps even racist. Hearing 'ikita Kru chev roar with a thick cockney ac cent b only mildly amusing, and it gets old fa t. The worst part, at lea t for the avid Star Trek fan, could be the mu ic. Jame Homer, who in 1982 did th music for tar Trek 11: The Wrath of Khan, repeat. virtually the same riff in this film. Every time a trained mom nt came between Koenig and Va sili, the music tarted playing. I peeled to see Captain Kirk run out and phaser the hell out of, orne K.Jingon .. The bigge t di appointment came from the final non-showdown between the two nipcrs. One would hope for their bullet to meet in midair. or something el e equally implau ible but equally cool. In tcad. we have a ::.how down as anticlimactic as any in Mad Max, where Max just run motorcycle down in hi car. The one aving grace of the film i definitely Ed Harri who i given around 20 minutes of screen lim in this two-and-a-quarter hours film. The di rector, Jean-Jacques Annaud, should have his hi torical licen e permanently revoked.
6 The Catalyst NEWS New College students forming a chapter of NORML By jagdeep Gabriel Davies "We're not just a group of potheads-this is a group of people who are very concerned about reforming drug Jaws and alleviating social injus tice," said first-year Julia Onnie-Hay, a founding member of the New College chapter of ORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws). "We're actually going to try to change things. As college students, we are one of the most powerful and influ ential groups in the country, and it's up to us to take the initiative to voice our beliefs that the marijuana policy in this country is absolutely ridiculous." Since its founding in 1970, NORML has been the principal national advo cate for legalizing marijuana. Today, NORML serves as an informational re source to the national media on marijuana-related stories, lobbies state and federal legislators to permit the medical use of marijuana and to reject recent attempts to treat minor mari juana offenses more harshly, and serves as the umbrella group for a national net work of citizen activists committed to ending marijuana prohibition. This re porter is also a member of New College NORML. Although the New College chapter of ORML has no formal leadership, it was originally conceived of last fall by Onnie-Hay, first-year Joe Naroditsky, and second-year Matthew Mazzuckelli. They emphasize that each member of the club i of equal standing, and that it is up to each to take the initiative to de velop projects and activities. Last Thursday, Onnie-Hay announced that the club has now been formally recog nized by both the New College administration and NORML itself. Although the club is still in its de velopmental stages, it has already taken on an ambitious workload and is preparing for several events. On the week of April 20, the club plans to send a delegation to the annual NORML conference in Washington D.C. As well as sponsoring a number of infor mation sessions, they also plan to send a delegation to protests in Tampa and Tallahassee on May 5 and 6. All bf these efforts will culminate with a "Marijuana Week" on campus May 5-12. Subjects will include marijuana law, medicinal use of marijuana, and the correlation between marijuana and creativity. The week will culminate witit a closing ceremony and a candle light vigil at the bay for the victims of the government's war on marijuana. "People must take the initiative to educate themselves --we should be in formed about the things that we put into our body, and since the information is avai1able to us, everyone should take full advantage," said Naridotsky. "I think it's real easy to forget... that there's actually people' out there getting March 21, 2001 persecuted on a daily basis." As well as working to educate Novo Collegians, NORML is also on working in the Sarasota .. I? the coming weeks, students Will vtslt local shopping areas to distribute infor mation to educate citizens about drug laws and rights pertaining to search and seizure. Eventually, the New College NORML hopes to evolve into a "Sarasota" branch of NORML. For now, however, New College NORML members are just happy to get the club on its feet. "There are a lot of people who don't even smoke mari juana but are sympathetic to the cause," said Mazzuckelli. "They've looked at the issue, and they've come to the real ization that marijuana may not be as bad as our government tells us it is, and that it may not deserve to be catego rized as a Schedule One narcotic that can land you in jail for ten years, or twenty years, or even your whole life." Green party students find Marriott revolting, plan revolt u 1. e ew o ege Greens, a faction of the small, nation wide activist group unaffiliated with but supporUve of the Green Party and green politics, plan to stage a boycott of Marriott on April 4. However, their major beef is not with our local ser vices, but with the corporation as a whole. Similar campu organizations nationwide plan to boycott the Marriott corporation on what has come to be called National Action Against Marriott Day. Organized by Novo Collegian Sheley Fite, who spent last semester in Washington D.C. assisting with the Nader campaign, the New College GRens e f agamst t e corporation, which they thoroughly believe warrants action. Among these are Marriott's connec tions to the Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison system, and Sysco, their primary supplier, which purchases some of its produce from companies that exploit west-coast farm workers. The Greens hope to help stim ulate the local economy by exchanging the global corporation for local caterers and farmers, which would provide backing for smaller companies and encourage small-time farmers. To achieve their ends, the group held a bake sale last Wednesday, man aging to raise over $50, which will be used to Ood local ers and restaurants, which will in turn be sold or given to New College stu dents during lunch and dinner on April 4. Though they would adore seeing Marriott forever banished from college campuses, the Greens have no qualms with our current providers as individu als. "It's not about the employees, it's about the corporation," said second year Rebecca Wood. To that end, they would like to see our current food ser vice workers offered new jobs with whatever new provider steps in. Not all New College students really endorse the idea of boycotting Marriott, as students are required to support them they consider it a boycott," said fourth year Austin Eliazar. "I mean, we've al ready given our money to Marriott; I don't see how we can get out of it. If they're net going to buy anything with the money they already gave [Marriott], how do they expect it to work?" The New College Greens will be holding an organizational meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 8:30 p.m. in Hamilton Center in order to finalize the details of their boycott. Undefeated Bones take second straight one-run victory Contributed by Ed Moore New College Bones's player and fans weathered intermittent sprinkles and the occasional offensive spurt en route to a second straight one-run win over Sundays's opponent, Germain Toyota. Our fifth win this season with out a loss, it guarantees us a share of first place with a team we did not play the fourth week of this season on ac count of rain. Anchored by consistent pitching and defense, as well as some spectacular in field play, we kept them from scoring in four of the seven innings they came up to bat, induding the last two. Three double plays punctuated the effort with the most dramatic occurring in the top of the final inning. With the tying run on first and no outs, their go-ahead run came to the plate. On a sharp rap up the middle, the ball tipped pitcher Rick Coe's glove. Second baseman Andy fielder, our bats fell silent for two in Estes managed to corral it, finding the nings and we found ourselves down bag with his foot and zipping the ball five to four after three and a half in over to first just in time for the force. nings. In the bottom of the fourth we Although the momentum seemed to came back to life with right fielder Phil shift in our direction, the next two batPoekert providing a much needed spark ters found their way aboard on two in the form of a stand up triple, scoring solid base hits. With runners on first the first of our three runs that inning on and second, and threatening a two-out the next play. rally, their batter lifted a blooper into Up seven to five, we suffered a mild shallow left field. Mark Johnson, a late letdown in the top of the fifth, allowing entry at hort-stop, having started off Germain to score five runs. Down by our rally to retake the lead the previous three runs, we got one back in the bot inning, turned and ran, and ran and ran tom of the fifth, cutting the margin to for what seemed like an eternity. two. Mter keeping them scoreless in Tracking the ball perfectly over his the sixth, we came in for what would be shoulder, Johnson threw his mitt out at our final at-bat. The mood was relaxed the last moment to suck it out of thin air but serious. After Johnson's leadoff and put the game on ice for us. single, Poekert again took the ball long, After scoring four runs in the first this time bitting the left field fence. with a slough of strong line drives and Johnson a stand up triple from our left-center into third. Brian Tuik then launched a shot to the gap in left center, following up the triple with one of his own and driving in Phil for the second time tonight. With the game knotted at ten, Coe placed a sacrificial pop fly into right field foul territory and Turk scored easily on the tag-up. Turk and Poekert went a combined four for their last four at-bats and helped to account for at least five of the eleven runs we required to eke out the win. Estes con tributed at the plate as well with a three for four effort and a pair of RBI. Once again, the Bones would like to thank you for all the great fan support. Our next game is Sunday, at 8:15 p.m., at 17th St. Park. If anyone is interested in joining the Bones for future seasons, feel free to contact someone on the team for information concerning prac th:l\es ,or, it',s 11ke) to See y'all Sunday.
The Catalyst NEWS March 21, 2001 7 Thesis-students assail Kentucky at NCUR conference by Henry Belanger One hundred and thirty-five might not go as far as it used to, but every now and then there is a bargain to be found. At the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, $135 will buy a handsome tote-bag (suggested retail price $2.99), a four ounce cup of coffee, nine slices of green lunch meat, six pieces of stale white bread, and the op portunity to present research to fellow undergraduates from around the country. March 15-17, the 15th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research was held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Featured speakers included a biology professor from MIT and poet, author and farmer Wendell E. Berry. Twenty-six New College students were among the two thousand or so undergraduates there to present original research. The New College Foundation provided a $400 stipend per student to cover registration and travel expenses. From Angus Jameson's "A Yeast Two Hybrid System Search for Proteins Which Interact with RNA Helicase in the Model Organism C. Elegans" to Rob Cooksey's "Origins of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful: Discourse Concerning Value and Meaning in the American Magazine 1880-1914," New College students' projects covered 12 disciplines and three divisions. Participants were grouped with others in their discipline and either displayed a OPINION Guest Opinion: Censorship is not sensitivity by Mike Carlisle and Leah Schnelbach On February 28, we attempted to host the t ir annua ay" showing of the Evil Dead Trilogy. (The main character's name is Ash. "Ash" Wednesday. We think it's funny.) In !ts first two years, the event was wide! y advertised, had a large audience, and no complaints were lodged. Instead of the third year of this event running smoothly, we were told that we were being "insensitive to the Catholic students and staff' and "against all the diversity related themes we are working so hard to promote," and almost couldn't show the films. The films only went on because they were moved into Sudakoff, where "a responsible person could check ID's"the films are rated R. They have been shown on the wall before with no problem-it seems that as of this semester, R-rated movies are 'not "allowed" outside. These problems aside, the show went on, and those who attended en joyed it immensely, as they had in the past. Not many attended, though when we arrived on campus the night of the 28th to the films, our signs were gone. Not simply drawn on or tom off the walls and windows; gone, without even traces of tape. (So, for those who wished to attend, we are sorry that you didn't know about it.) During the event, we were also told that we were "not allowed" to call the event "Ash Wednesday." What can be said for "diversity building" when a group-any group _..:... is censored' so harshly? We do not know who took down our signs. We were upset to find that we were re stricted from showing on the wall, but i nt o up e a fellow Novo Collegians with excessive gore. However, we were more than a little annoyed by the events that took place during Jesus Week the very next week. Not by the fact that the events took place; all groups should be al lowed to express their views in a friendly open forum. What we were bothered by is that the content of Jesus Week could just as easily offend a prac ticing Wiccan or Jew as any horror movie could offend someone with a sensitive stomach. We do not see how our gentle pun on a Catholic tradition can be more offensive than a public worship service (of any re1igion) in Palm Court. (By the way, eight of the twelve attendees of our event were ei ther practicing or lapsed Catholics, and obviously none were offended.) Several Jesus Week signs and response signs (such as "All-You-Can-Eat Jesus" and "What About Satan Week?") were defaced, or in the latter case, repeatedly tom down (and then replaced by the poster). The events of the last few weeks been disturbing, and we are wor ried about the future of free speech vs. "diversity" at New College. What about fetish ball? Queer ball? Are these too going to be pegged as "insen sitive?" We came to New CoJlege to avoid this type of bias. In a society that celebrates diversity, all should have a voice the Christian and the Cynic. Tlie' writers are thesis poster or gave a fifteen minute oral pre sentation. Presentations were open to all conference participants, but were generally attended by 10-12 students and one or two professors. Novo Collegians were not intimi dated by the prospect of having their ideas scrutinized by students from other schools. "1 think that we represented New College well," said fourth-year psychology major Amanda Cross, who delivered a presentation entitled "Emotional Intimacy in Young Adult Relationships." "We didn't have any reason to be nervous." Cross was pleas antly surprised by the other presentations she attended. "A lot of people put a lot of effort into their pro jects," she said. "It's nice to see that Clarification Due to a technical error, the March 14 article on Jesus Week appeared in print in its first-draft form. The Catalyst apologizes for any confusion which may have resulted. 3.16.2001 10:30 a.m. Petit theft. Bob Marshall, PP, re ported theft of New College t1ag from the library_ over pass. No suspects. Value: $200 3.17.2001 9:36a.m. Criminal mischief reported by Marriott employee Melvin Hester. Unknown person(s) painted concrete benches, table toP.s and curb in front of Hamilton Center. Approximate damage: $300 3.17.2001 9: 32 a.m. Exposure of sexual organs. Maddalena Scandura re ported that two New College students removed their clothes and streaked a meet ing in Sudakoff Center. there are a lot of people out there work ing hard and producing interesting original research." Despite cold rain and a rigorous schedule, students immersed them selves in Lexington's cultural offerings. A favorite among New College stu dents wa the happy hour at the Holiday Inn, which offered $3 pitchers. Appetizers are half-price, but, as four unfortunate students discovered, the offer does not include the "combo plat ter." "The Foundation stipend didn't take entertainment into account," said thesis-student Julia Skapik. "We had to be judicious." 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8 The Catalyst NEWS IB students get their first glimpse of New College by ZackBeck March 2 and 3, New College was host to a score of some of the brightest high school students in Florida. The stu dent came, among other reasons, to receive their New College Junior Achievement Awards. The students were all part of the International Baccalaureate (LB.) Program. Several New College stu dents, chosen because of their participation in the LB. Program, along with members of the Admission Office including Sonya Wu and Joel Bauman, were at the scene to welcome the high school students to the campus, to make them feel at home, and also, to possibly recruit them for enrollment here at New College. The festivities began on Friday with a bayfront barbecue at College Hall. Present were many New College faculty and students. The food offered to the Members in attendance: Shannon Durm (chair), Lindsey Luxa (secretary), Emma Jay, Eric Nowak, Adam Rivers, Rob Ward, Julia Skapik and Cassandra Tannenbaum *First order of business : The f'rrst request was made by Andrew Portner on behalf of the New College N O.R.M .L. organization (for marijuana legalization), requesting $1150 in order to cover the cost of confer ence fees for 6 people, food costs and gas for a conference trip to Washington D.C. The conference will take place on April 19-21. The S.A.C. does not cover gas and food costs. A motion was made by Cassie to al locate $200. There were two opposed and 5 approvals. *The second proposal was made by Pam Cohn on behalf of Organic Gardening. She is requesting $100 for seeds for annuals and money for sign materials from Wal Mart. A motion was made by Emma Jay to only fund $50 for the seeds. Lindsey ab stained and the motion was approved. *The third proposal was made by Marc Poirier on behalf of the New College Student Body for a Vegan Cookie Contest. He is requesting $88 for the purchase of gift certificates, a book and cow and turkey adoptions for prizes. Supplies for the actual event will also be purchased with this. Julia made the motion to allocate $88 and the motion was unanimously approved. *The fourth proposal was made by Marc Poirier on behalf of the Student Fann Worker Alliance. He is requesting a total of $65 for copies, food and sticker paper. A motion was made by Julia to allocate $65 and the motion was unanimously approved. distinguished guests was much better than the standard New College fare. David Savarese, first-year and staff writer, said, "The food was good, except for the cole slaw; but it didn't ravage my stomach the way Marriott cole slaw rav ages my stomach." Apart from the food, students were encouraged to schmooze with the New College representatives. Mary Whelan, a first-year, was one of several New College students asked to help coordinate the event. Due to her first hand knowledge of the l.B Program, herself being a graduate, she wa able to identify easily with the visi tors' concerns of higher education. Whelan herself was impressed by the students, and said, "The kids are all re ally smart." Later in the evening, there was a guest speaker from the Defense Department, Jeff Baxterformer guitar player for rockin' bands of the '70s, in-SAC MINUTES 3/20 *The fifth proposal was made by Shane Carpenter and Tina Abate on behalf on their play "No Exit." They are requesting $165 for color programs, $20 for pain $15 for stone $30 fo plies to strip and refinish a table, and $150 for food for three nights (a total of $380) It is cheaper to use the campus copy center and $150 is A LOT of food. After delibera tion and cutting costs, Julia made the motion to allocate $168 from the play re serve and it was unanimously approved *The sixth proposal was made by Tina Abate requesting to be hired as the light room T.A. She would like to be hired at $5.15 an hour for 12 hours a week. The S.A.C. thinks that this is a large amount of hours We feel more comfortable hiring her for 6 hours a week. Emma Jay made a mo tion to allocate $216.30 from the T.A. reserve and it was unanimously approved. *The seventh proposal was made by April Wagner on behalf ofNew College Students in general (Life Activism) for a publication to be distributed to the students of New College. She is requesting $55 for copies and envelopes. A motion was made by Julia to allocate and the motion was unani mously approved. *The eighth proposal was made by Stefanie Marazzi on behalf of Maxime Tuchman requesting $6 for copies for a Body Image Consciousness Raising event to be held on April2 at 8:00p.m A motion was made by Julia to allocate $6.00 and the motion was unanimously approved. *The ninth proposal was made by Jason Rosenberg on behalf of Students for a Free Tibet. He is requesting $1191 for postcards, eluding Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. At the talk, the I.B. students were able to witness New College Professors Keith Fitzgerald and Eugene Lewis bold a spirited discussion with the speaker (see last weeks issue). Early Saturday morning, the gue ts were welcomed by Dean Bassis. Following the introductions was a talk by Professor Sandra Gilchrist titled "Active Learning in a Shared Environment". Though increased enrollment is a priority for the Admissions Office, who hope to expand the campus to around 800 students by 2005, the main focus was one of national visibilitythe lack is Admissions' greatest setback in recruit ment. Admissions hopes to see some of the students attend; Admissions tend to try to keep tbe number of LB. graduates at around 17%, although this number does fluctuate. Joel Bauman, Director of bumper stickers and materials for a mural protesting the Olympics in China until Tibet is free. After deliberation and price cuts, a motion was made by Eric to allocate I andit *The tenth proposal was made by Emma Jay on behalf of the April Fool's Day Renegaders; for a party to be held in third court lounge starting at 11 :00 p.m. on March 31 and going until April! requesting $75 for food, drinks, cups, copies and decorations. A motion was made by Lindsey to allocate $75. Emma Jay ab stained due to involvement and the motion was approved. *The eleventh proposal was made by Lindsey Luxa on behalf of the wonderful Ben & Jerry s Ice Cream Devotional Society. She is requesting $100 for ice cream for a meeting for the Wednesday after Spring break. A motion was made by Julia to allocate $100. Lindsey abstained due to involvement and the motion was ap proved. *The twelfth proposal was made by Adam Rivers on behalf of New College Radio He is attempting to restore and perfect WNCR and is requesting $3275 to get it running nicely. The request entails software, a com puter, a streaming audio server, a digital telephone hybrid. cleaning supplies and shipping costs. A motion was made by Lindsey to allocate $3275 from the capital improvement fund (already set aside). Adam abstained due to involvement and the motion was approved. March 21, 2001 the Admissions Office, said, "[fhat the purpose of the event was to] encourage students to continue on the path of academic excellence." Hopefully, this path may be continued at New College. Bauman also asserted that another aim of the weekend was to honor the students, whether they decide to enroll at New College or not. "New College has come out and said that we encour age you to take the hardest cJasses [in high school]," said Bauman. He also spoke of another upcoming event aimed at recognizing exceptional students that is coming soon, the 2nd Annual Heritage Scholarships. Most New College students' reac tions to the I.B. students' presence was one of total obliviousness. Presumably, the students were on campus for so short a time, that many Novo Collegians did not realize that they were even here. Kelsey Harris, a first-year, said, "I feel ANNOUNCEMENTS From the Environmental Club: Earth Day shindig to be held on April 22! The main event will be held Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Events will includ;e workshops le.c.=_ movie, and a drum circle. Food will also be provided. For more information, contact Michelle Conner at 355-6834, or e-mail terrademe terO 1 @hotmail.com. Now playing at the Saioer Pavilion: Friday, March 23, 2001 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, 200 I 8:00p.m. "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre Original Translation by Patrick Armshaw Please contact Coordinator of Public Functions Lori K. Bergstresser for more information. Extension #2-4665. From the Career Center Scholarship. The Salt Documentary Writing Competition: Each entrant will submit a character portrait of a person based on documentary mate rial available on the website: www.salt.edu/competition.html. Winner earns a $5,000 tuition scholarship to attend the fall semester program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Competition Deadline: April 9, 2001.