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Volume XIJI, Issue 11 Hyakugojyuuichi!! Elections bring glorious new leadership to campus by Jagdeep Gabriel Davies 1st Wednesday. the first ever electronic elections took plac at f':'cw College and over 2.position in the student gov ernment were filled. How ver, only 114 people-one-sixth of the entire stud nt bodyturned out to decide which stu dents would be c lccted to powerful positions that control student funding, academic af fairs and school polic .. s usual, many students used write-in a a forum for personal expres ion. One anonymous fifth-year caused the entire computer system to crash by writing over thirty lines in the box designated for food-service reprc entative write-in Other write-ins in cluded 'Mr. T '' "the Dati 'ader," "AI Gore," "Dr. Zias," Rasputi n, '' ''the crew of the Challenger,., "Suede the Kitty," 'athcrine Pete' ummcr:-o,'" and "Peter 'Katherine' Brin on." And those arc just a fev. of the lucky fictional character spiritu, I leader. animals and dead astronauts that our students chose to repre ent us in our student government. Fortunately, of tho. e men tioned, only Katherine "Pete'' Summers,'" a real econd-year, garnered enough upport to ac tually be elected. Besides the aforementioned computer crash, two other key crro disrupted the democratic process. Fir t, a cripting error in the computer program cau d the electronic ballot to Thesis-student Austin Eliazar and. upervisor of Elections Maggie Phillips pioneered the computerized balloting system. Story, Page 6 Hutchinson was accidentally elected to a position that he did not intend to run for. In a letter a -ked to be officially listed as a write-in for a position on the Student Academic Status Committee (SASC). Ilo ever. t r m d Prominent alumnus wor ing to legitimize by Henry Belanger Multidi ciplinary Association In the ''foul year of our for Psychedelic Studies Lord, 197) ,'' when Fear and (MAPS), which he founde-d in Loathing in Las Vegas was screaming across the pages of Rolling Stone in a cloud of dust ami grass, Rick Dublin. a ew College fir t-year. wa: challenging the suggestion that the un was. etting on the psy chedelic age. "Thi 1s how it worked: I had a ha 1 fpouruJ mcs aline. I think it was somewhere like five or i, hundred do c we turned it into, and capped thl'm all, and I just put them in my top dra-; rcr. If people wanted them I d say -I'm off to class, whate cr -take how ever many you \\ant and leave th money.' obody ripp d me off. I never got in trouhl c.'' 1 n a recent phone interview with the Catu/y)l, Doblin. a 'ew College alumnae and high profile champion of p ychedelic psychoth rapy, re visited the school's 'Golden Era," and explained how 30 years later he turned up in Rolling Stone him elf. Doblin is the director of the to help scienti ts design and f md rc carch on the "therapeutic, spiritual, and creative uses of psychedelic drug. and marijuana.'' He hi an outspoken advocate of 1DMA (Ec ta:y) for therapeutic usc and ha ap peared on (,craldo, 1 -11 V. 4R hour. and in the April 26 of Rolling Stone. After hi senior year at a uburhan hicago high school, inteilccwally strong but admittedly feeble emotionally, Doblin traveled to I. rc lation, and it never came.'' altered tates, and I would be After a semester, Doblin able to let go emotionally, pite the grand plans of the organizer, second-year Cheyenne Simon-Williams. sch duling problems have dealt this year's Ball an ignominiou demise. STORY, PAGI:.' 3 ow introducing the weather report! Catalyst now brings you the finest met orogical pre dictions which the Online Weather Channel can p vide. If you're planning outdoor activitie., maybe this will help clear the air. ElVS OF fHB WORLD, PAGEl

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2 The Catalyst by Zac Konkol Cheney announces energy plan April 30, Vice President Dick Cheney announced that the Bush ad ministration is outlining new energy plans relying heavily on oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear power. Cheney, who made millions in the fossil fuel industry, made a clear point that conservation was not part of the plan. The aim here is effi ciency, not austerity," Cheney told the Associated Press. Cheney warned the nation that the recent energy crisis in California could soon be a reality all over the United States if measures were not developed soon to ensure reliable energy levels in the future. Current plans involve moves to open up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -a policy that has had strong opposition in Congress -and develop new nu clear power plants and hydroelectric dams. It has been over twenty year s since a nuclear power plant has been built in the U.S. The administra t ion is also seeking to auction off new oi l leases in the Gulf of Mexico, some near the Florida mainland. Florida Governor Jeb Bush has opposed the auction and is currently fighting ef forts to open up the new drill sites are \ar el unpo ular in Florida. R esea rch into alternative fuels, which the administration views as something still far down he road, played no role in the plans Cheney discussed. He said that while con servation was "a sign of personal virtue," it was not a sound enough policy to be considered at the cur rent time. However, he did state that any new hydroelectric dams woulrl mclude dev1ces to protect fish and underwater wildlife. Dolphins can recognize selves in mirror A recent study conducted by researchers at the New York Aquarium have found that bottlenose dolphins have the ability to NEWS OF THE WORLD recognize themselves in a mirror. It was previously believed that only human beings and apes were capa ble of recognizing their own images. Researchers carried out the study by placing mirrors in the tanks where the dolphins were kept. The animals were marked with ink blotches and then observed to see whether or not they responded to the markings. According to ihe results, both dolphins used in the experiment looked very carefully at the marks on their bodies. When the dolphins observed them selves in the mirror without the ink markings, they spent much less time doing so. The experiment has been viewed as a great leap in under standing the cognitive abilities of dolphins. Similar experiments have been tried with other intelligent animals such as lesser primates, donkeys and elephants. None of those experi ments were able to prove recognition on the part o f the ani mal. The most common reaction is for the subject to treat the mirror in a social fashion as if it the mirror, was another member of the species. Space tourist launched into space California millionaire Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist, has safely arrived on board the internationa space station. Tito wi stay i n s p a ce f o r six days, duri ng which he hopes to take observations and photographs. Tito paid $20 million to the Russian government in exchange for the remarkable opportunity. However, Tito's journey to space was not without problems. NASA was opposed to any suggestion of sendmg a tourist to space because of the potential risks. Although Tito made the deal with the Russian gov ernment, an agreement still had to be reached with NASA since the space station was owned jointly be tween Russia and the United States. In the end, NASA obliged, although Tito had to agree to pay for anything he broke while aboard. In addition, he and his family are forbidden to sue if anything should go wrong. As an extra precaution, Tito is also under orders to enter the American section of the craft only when es corted, and both the Russian and the American crews on board have taken on a light schedule in order to keep an eye on Tito. Tito him elf was once a rocket scientist, and so far he has had only positive reactions to his ride up to the station and the start of his stay despite two days in a cramped shut tle on the trip up. It was a great trip here ... I love space," said Tito. Army restricting porn The U.S. Army has announced that it will begin a process of in stalling software that will restrict the viewing of Internet pornography and other material deemed inappro priate, such as gambling. Websense Inc. a software company based in San Diego, is being paid $1.8 mil lion in return for the development of the software. Although spokeswoman Karen Baker said that the Army didn't feel soldiers were viewing pornography more than the rest of society, the de cision has come on the heels of several sexual harassment law uits. Recent studies, conducted after the 1 997 Aberdeen sca nd al, have s hown that inappropriate behavior in the Army is not only commonplace, but also considered representative of average Army life by soldiers. Each Army base will be allowed to decide which sites to block in ac cordance with Army policy. School bus wreak in Charlotte County Monday, April 30, a local Charlotte County school bus was overturned when it was struck by a rental car that had crossed the me dian dividing the four-lane road. Nineteen students and one adult were injured in the incident. May 2, 2001 According to students involved in the accident, bus driver Joan Hinton worked quickly to evacuate the bus even though she was suffer ing from chest pains. One student was thrown out through a window during the crash and another was trapped until rescue workers ar rived. Sarasota weather forecast Wednesday: Stay away from climb ing metal poles today kids. We'll have scattered thunderstorms throughout the day with a high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 66. Thursday: Thunderstorms still scattering, but the mercury is mak ing a move with a projected high of 83 and low of 66. Friday: Thunderstorms still scat tered, but they should be prepared to move into the isolation stage shortly. Continue to avoid tall, metal objects when possible. The mercury should stay steady at 83 for a high, but the low might drop down all the way to 65. Saturday: Be prepared for cloudy skies and isolated, unscattered thun derstorms with a projected high of 86 and an overnight low of 66. Sunday: Clearing skies, partly cloudy most of the day. Temperatures will stay steady with a of ew-o Mond ay: Scattered showers today, so be su r e to put your r a incoats on boys and girls. The high will drop down to about 80, the low will stay at 68. Thesday: Cloudy for most of the day. The temperature will probably be bored by this time of the week and not move out of the previous day's range, with a high of 80 and a low of 68. Information gathered from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Associated Press, the St. Petersburg Times, and the online Weather Channel. CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http: I /www.sar. usf edu! -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, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., David Savarese, Anna Maria Diaz-Balart, Jag Davies, Valerie Mojeiko, Henry Belanger 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. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either Letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailed to catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. AJI sll:bmissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. tn order to appear in the foJlowing week's ISSUe. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.

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The Catalyst NEWS May 2, 2001 3 Demski holds forth on fish brains, noses, sex, in faculty lecture by Ryan McCormick Price Esq Dr. Leo Demski by his d matd s umbrella, which Demski assured the audience does better under 'water ; ;:ssion, always !hat anyone could grow in an aquarium. This accord Andrea Dimino pointed n \o Dr. mg to J?r. _Demski, helps illustrate the potential Demski' 1 t er m ro uchon to planet-wtde tmpact of research on sea life s ec ure on the neurobehavior of fish o As fu h d Wednesday, April18 the Sudakoff C t b." rt er emonstratJOn, Demski gave a brief deto be flooded on en er was una e scnphon of the processes of osmoregulation in Demski f d such short nohce, and Professor saltwater and freshwater fishes and the importance of was orce to stay ashore "th Demski be an hi . e ever-popular anal glands of sharks and rays in a summation o1 som! WJth discovering the secrets of internal salt-water balances. taken a hand in, both as so e that. he has From there, Demski briefly covered the mating habits mew a o an overv1ew for of the horseshoe crab, which relies so heavl he IS plalk,nnmg to offer to anyone interested "mating eyes that it will attempt to mate' ya owneJitls m eanng me ta really" and h im rtance of h as a. precurs?r to t e sculpted concrete horseshoe crab during the right D:r::ski began of fish : Dr. season and then mentioned the giant nerve axons of 1 a escnpt1on o a famous experisquid as being "exciting and interestin es eciall ment m which a researcher had helped determine the for squ1d th P 1 H 11 g p y fu t' f h l e a eozmc a oween party of the a t blOlogy by studying Burgess shale fossils and some interesting cases of umce u ar P ant I e known as the merand parasitism in ocean life. In the latter mstan.ce, Demski mentioned especially for Dr. G1lchnst, because I know these are her favorites" the beneficial relationship between hermit crabs and anemon es then less happy pairing of is opods and sqmrrelf1sh. Looking at a pi c ture o f a blu e arth r o pod firmly attached to the bead o f a little squirrelfi s h Dr. Demsk i I t hin k tho se thin gs [iso p o d s ] a re r ea lly qm te u gly ... b u t t h at mig ht ju s t b e b eca u se I l ike squi rrelfish." After this overview, Demski broke down the three points made up what was the actual ubject of his presentaJlOn on the neurology of fish. First of all, the professor discussed his work on the terminal nerve, a sponse to various stimuli. Of particular interest were the.colorful Q! local sea bass in mating sit uatwns and the descnptlon of an experiment in which electrocuted fish brains in order to map color ch_angmg processes. _Far from being simply ghoulish, this expenment provided valuable insight into the vis nervous system, which is surprisingly similar in fish and mammals. It is difficult for even a well-respected ?f b10logy to obtain a great white shark's bram m th1s town, as Professor Leo Demski related to his audience. Demski had been asked by a friend to prepare a discussion on the brains of great white for a conference; the professor, being an expert m ?oth neurology and marine sciences, willingly obltged. He was unable to find a useful brain how until his friend told him of a rich man lived m Sarasota who had bagged an immense great white for purpose of procuring its lower jaw, wh1ch he w1shed to use as decoration. The eyeballs had been donated to the Mote Marine Laboratories but the rest of the head was freely available: J?emski up procuring his specimen at a meetmg m the parking lot of a Publix grocery store The great bra in was instrumental in his general fin dm gs, w h tch s lowly r e ve a led a trend in brain s iz e s Many species of t h e fis h es known as elasmo br a nch s which include sharks and rays, appear q u ite gent judging from neural mass and complexity, and many of those exhibit some fairly intricate socia l r e lationships, especially bonnethead sharks. Grea t bulbs. Their sense of smell takes up most of their bead. In short, Dr. Demski uccessfully demonstrated that researches into the neurological workings of var ious fisbe could have significant effect on parallel researches in mammalian and human neurology. Perhaps the best summation of Dr. Demski's wide ranging and fascinating presentation, though, is the admonition he offered to students researchers, and people everywhere: "When you 're done butchering a shark be sure to wash your elf off before you go to a bar ." Profe s sor Demski shows slid e s at his lecture Fetish Ball canceled amid persistent difficulties in scheduling Williams show the movies in a closed area with no window where someone could check I.D.s. When they learned that the movies had no adult content they withdrew the restriction SimonWilliams com mented that, "most of it was really funny joke stuff to lighten the mood. The music was going to be more profane than anything else." by Ben Ruby On May 5 there will be no whips cracking at New College. No one will be strapped to a rack or playing with sensuous foods. At least not in public. After over a seme ter worth of planning and scheduling troubles by organizer and second-year Cheyenne SimonWilliams Fetish Ball has been cancelled. SimonWilliams, who decided not to arrange for Fetish Ball on May 5 after being told that she would have to fill out a new event request form by the Campus Police, said, "the bureaucracy [messed] it up." When SimonWilliams started planning Fetish ball she had grand dreams involving D.J.s, door prizes and sponsorship by an adult video and novelty store. Those grand dreams were initially thrown off by something relatively mundane, a mixed up calendar date. "I set up a really cool Fetish Ball," Simon Williams said. "I signed up before wall sign up this semester. Then a few days after wall sign up I found out that someone had moved the date on the calendar and all the dates where taken up by walls." The really cool Fetish Ball in question was perhaps the mo t ambitious event of it s kind that had been planned in years. The way Simon Williams de scribed her initial idea for the layout was to have Palm Court as the traditional dancing area, with either "a live band or a D.J Second court lounge would have been draped in leopard print with feathers, catering to what Simon-Williams described as "softer tastes In addition to the court layout, Simon Williams planned a room made out of plastic wrap with a table in the center filled with sensuous foods, "like straw berrys and caramel. The idea was that people could do what they wanted, eat food off each other or have a food fight." Simon-Williams also arranged for man nequins to be placed on various balconies facing Palm Court dressed to suit different fetishes. She also arranged for performers to put on a show behind a screen, "I talked to a woman from the National Society for Sexual Freedom in Washington D.C. and she said that if it's behind a screen then no one can prove it's happening." One part of SimonWilliams plan that caused problems was her plan to show movies on the wall of Pei. Student-Affairs initially required that SimonSimon-Williams haggled with the administration over a variety of issues. Director of Student Affair Mark Blaweiss commented that, "[Fetish Ball) is a tough one to organize becau e there are more restric tions Also these things get bard to plan toward the end of the year. People had planned articles all the way up to graduation." Fetish Ball was finally rescheduled for May 5, the last of many reschedulings. Simon-Williams ex plained that, "I just gave up" after she learned tbat College Hall would not be available and that she would have to fill out another event request form. SimonWilliams said she was ready to let it go but that "It's too bad. J>ve had hundreds of New College students come up and ask me when Fetish Ball would be."

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4 The Catalyst NEWS May 2. 2001 Doblin looks forward to further involvement with New College Doblin in 1973, when constructing a handball court on campus. It was later torn down despite his best efforts. lFROM "DOBLIN'' PAGE I / had found the key to getting over his anxiety and his bad trips. That summer, with sup port from his parents, he hitchhiked around the country doing, as he said, "the most extreme kinds of in-depth personal therapy programs," including a month-long "primal therapy" session which entailed twenty-three hours a of isolation. "Alll did was ust sit," be recalled. Still unready to resume his studies, Doblin returned to New College and became caretaker of the recently do nated Caples estate. "I was supposed to be the security guard, and so I set up archery targets and would shoot a bow and arrow ... actually, there's a movie that would be great to show .. .it ends with me at the Caples at night, naked, shooting the bow and arrow -with sparklers attached to the arrows-into the bay." Inspired a regular regimen of trip ping, Doblin took money from his trust fund to design and build a hou e that would be the ideal setting for the use of psychedelics. A few minutes southeast of downtown Sarasota, the house now serves as headquarters for MAPS. A renewed academic career In 1982, at age 28, Doblin decided he was finally ready to go back to school. Classics Professor John Moore sponsored a trip to Big Sur, where Stan Grof was leading a month-long confer ence on psychedelic psychotherapy. While there, Doblin discovered MDMA When he returned to New College, he brought some wfth him. "Initially I didn't bring that much. I just brought some for some friends. But then, over the years, I was the main supplier-the only supplier for three or four years at New College." In 1984, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began moving to make MDMA illegal. Doblin, intent on fight ing criminalization, founded a non-profit organization whose mem bers included Stan Grof and other pioneers in the field of p ychedelic psy chotherapy. As the organization's founder, Doblin found himself in the public eye for the first time. "I was the major spokesperson for the organiza tion ... I'd get these questions, 'what do you think about the idea of criminal izing it for non-medical use?' and I was like, well I'm against that too, and I want you to know that." Although many in the organization agreed, they felt that Doblin's comments weren't helping their expressed cause, which was to make MDMA available for psy chotherapists, not mainstream Americans. Doblin resigned in what he calls his "biggest failure in leadership," and in 1986 he started MAPS. After graduating from New College in 1988, Doblin was accepted to Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a mas ters degree and a doctorate in public policy. His dissertation investigates the government's regulation of psyche delics and m rr a a d c to market MDMA when his ultimate goal-to make MDMAlegal-is com plete. Once referred to as quixotic, his life project is slowly turning all the right heads. The MAPS website fea tures Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) holding up a MAPS newsletter in a 1996 hearing on medical marijuana ini tiatives. His recent appearance in Rolling Stone was brought about as a result of MAPS's pioneering MDMA research, which includes a study con ducted in Spain on MDMA assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for rape victims. Return to New College Having completed his doctorate, the indomitable Doblin is revitalizing his relationship with New College. In January be taught an ISP that has con tributed to a resurgent interest in drug advocacy and psychotherapy on cam pus. He has moved MAPS's headquarters back to Sarasota from its temporary home in Belmont, Massachusetts and will likely replace a departing MAPS staff member with a graduating New College student. The ISP, "Drugs and Drug Policy," which was sponsored by New College Political Science Professor Eugene Lewis, caused minor controversy. Psychology Professor Charlene Callahan, who served on Doblin's the-Doblin, right, with Timothy Leary at a MAPS fund-raiser in Berkeley in 1990 sis committee in the late 1980s, was ment," one of several faculty members conThe ISP was so successful that stu cerned about Doblin's intentions. "I dent enthusiasm in psychedelics and expressed some misgivings about what psychotherapy has yet to wane. Rick's purpose was going to be with Members of the New College chapter this ISP," she said. "I was reassured by of the National Organization for the [Professor Eugene] Lewis that Rick Reformation of Marijuana Laws was going to be responsible, that he is a (NORML) attended the annual confer very mature individual now and that his ence in Washington, D.C. April 20-22 goals were about public policy and not a trip made possible by Doblin. about drug use." She added, "1 think "Uncle Ric "as he ful what they do and use their best judgement." Professor Lewis had few reserva tions about sponsoring the ISP. "Why not?" he said. "Because he may be a Svengali that will lead them into what? 'X' addiction? What does that say about the naivete, indeed the stupidity, of our students, that they could be led by some pied piper?" He concluded that the ben efits of dialogue on the subject outweigh any potential dangers to the community. "We've got impressionable kids, but they're not stupid. This is not a college of mall rats you have to bow them some respect. Maybe some of them will join Doblin ... but if you notice, curiously few have over his long career." Doblin admitted, "There was more resistance than I anticipated to the ISP. Because I was the biggest distributor when I was a student, that's what most faculty remember me for," he said. "I think that most of them look on that in a not-so-sympathetic light." Despite some faculty misgivings, "The ISP went very well," according to Professor Lewis, who evaluated stu dents' written work. Second-year Patrick Hickey, who has never taken MDMA, agreed. "The class was no joke," he said. "Rick is re ally down-to-earth, and he takes his teaching seriously. He did a good job of highlighting both sides of the argu-' directors and contacted a New College alumnus who was willing to sponsor the trip. In March, fourth-year Brandy Doyle brought a holotropic breathwork [a method of achieving altered states of consciousness through breathing tech niques] workshop to campus. Following its success, she and Catalyst staff writers Jagdeep Davies and Valerie Mojeiko expressed interest in attending Stan Grof's final breathwork workshop in Atlanta. Doblin was quick to connect them with an alumnae who sponsored their trip. "Rick bas been re ally, really generous --on top of the fact that he is a really great guy," Davies said. "He just wants to motivate as many people as possible." If Doblin was just another of .the "pathetically eager acid freaks" who Hunter S. Thompson railed against in 1971, he has since overcome the stereo typical psychedelic proponent, toning down his private life to accommodate his high profile public one. It is difficult to find in Doblin much evidence of residual flakiness from the naked bow and-arrow years. And despite a slightly more conservative New College cam pus than the one he arrived at in 1971, Doblin intends to nurture his relation ship with the school. "The ISP was a great start," he said. "I look forward to further involvement over the coming years." (photos courtc y Rick Doblitr)

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The Catalyst NEWS May 2. 2001 5 Pride symposium brings marginalized issues into the light by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. The Eighth Annual New College Pride Symposium has come and gone and been hailed as a smashing success. This year the organizers were de termined to make the event a significant one and undeniably made it so. The engineers of the Pride Symposium managed to educate, titillate and enter tain the intere ted students of New College while staying within a reasonable budget. The event was set up by a staff of completely in experienced New College students. The two nominal heads of the organization were Maggie Phillips and Maxeme Tuchman. Phillips, though, was quick to give credit to the rest of the Pride Week symposeers. ''None of us had ever done this before," said Phillips, "so we're quite happy with the way things turned out." Although there were a number of people in volved who had previous experience in event management and sexual politics, none of them had done any work with the New College Pride Symposia. Second-year Cheyenne SimonWilliams, who was entertainment coordinator for the event, concurred: "The whole thing turned out amazingly well. There was a lot of learning, and a lot of fun, and that's a re ally good combination." The Symposium was organized carefully from the ground up. The organizers found financial support from the Student Allocations Committee, of course, but also managed to garner funds from the University Program's Sara ota Student Government Association, for which thesis-student .BQ..tt Dunn was effusive} grateful. "It was really just awesome of them to help us out like that, and we're REALLY thankful. It was great. Dean Bassis and Mark Blaweiss were really helpful, too, of course. Everyone was just great." Aside from academic finances, the Symposium or ganization managed to get sponsoring from Mainstream Multimedia, Inc., the publishing com pany that runs one of two gay-oriented publications in the Sarasota area. "That was trickier than it sounds," said thesis student Sarah Viren thoughtfully, "because we weren't aware of the 'gay' politics that existed in Sarasota, and we stepped on some people's toes with out meaning to. Still, it worked out in the end." The organizers of the Pride Symposium also formed a working arrangement with the One in Ten Retail Gallery, which i "the only pride store in five counties from Manatee to Collier," according to the New College Pride Symposium brochure. The Gallery set up a small retail booth offering an incred ibly wide range of pride materials and rainbow-colored goods, from rainbow oven mitts to rainbow cigarette lighters. They also provided many of the resplendent, multicolored decorations for the Symposium and gave the organizers 10% of the prof its made during the week. "We made five bucks," admitted Maggie Phillips, "but it was a good five bucks." With all this backing, it seemed the sky was the limit for the Symposium. Films were procured, speakers were called in and housed, and food and board was provided. Despite all this outlay, however, the group managed to keep their budget to just under a svelte three thousand dollars. Of course, name recognition is essential for any annual campus event, and the organizers of the Pride Symposium did their bit to keep things lively by hav ing first-year Gigi Shames design an eminently hip T-shirt embodying all the ideals of the Sympo ium and was sold at almost all of the week's events. "In fact," stated Phillips, "we still have some available, if anyone wants any." The week's event as it happened, went off quite smoothly despite some last-minute and a great deal of hectic activity for all involved. The events of the fir t day of the Symposium, Monday April 9, were a et of introductory forums, organized by Britt Dunn. He arranged for a "female-identified' space to be set up in one half of Sudakoff Center, and a general-u e area to be set up in the other half. The women's forum topic was "Go for the 0: Women Talking About Sex" while the rest of the crowd at tended "Butt Sex 101: Breaking Taboos, Breaking Through". Dunn said, ''I've been to lot of confer ences that had female-only spaces, and these always got positive feedback, so 1 thought it would work here. As for [Butt Sex 101 ], I felt it was important that students could have an opportunity to talk freely and publicly about something that's still pretty mar ginalized." Tuesday, April 10 featured a well-attended open talk on "Sadomasochism and Domestic Violence: Establishing Important Differences," hosted by two Floridian experts: M Colleen Henderson, a Fort Myers domestic violence counselor, and Mr. Mauro Mantoya, a "leather daddy" of the Ft. Lauderdale Leather Curious Group. The talk focused on the ways to distinguish floggings for fun from actual violence, especially in same-sex relationships. Despite little time to arrange things beforehand, Henderson and Mantoya did an admirable job of putting together a successful rogram that included at least one public beating. C.lieyenne SimonJ Jams. w arrang the forum, said, "It was certainly a lot of fun, and it provided some important information for people in relationships who might be the victims of domestic violence and not know anyone to turn to." The next featured an open opportunity to First-year Kari Seppala, flogged by Mr. Mauro Pride Symposium save by happy coincidence. All in all, the organizers feel very satisfied, and deservedly so, with a job well done, and many of them are looking forward to doing so again next year. ey y cording to SimonWiJJiams, thanks to the otf'ers of fund-raising by Mainstream Multimedia. Any sug gestions or offers of assistance for next year's Symposium should be directed to box 590 or mphillip@virtu.sar.usf.edu. meet pride activists and community leaders ----------__;;==---------from all aero s Florida, including representa-Best of the S/M Hanky Code tives from the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse in Tampa and everal Sarasota organizations. This event gave Phillips and others the chance to network effectively, and provide ground work for some of next year's events, especially with students from the University of West Florida. The "Queers Against Racism" discu sion scheduled for April 12 was moved to Saturday, April 14, as part of the ongoing shuffle of overlapping events that week, but the next night's keynote address went over very well. Craig Washington, executive director of Atlanta's Gay and Lesbian Center, was not personally known to any of the organizers, but his reputation preceded him. "[Washington] was really effective talking about multi-issue organizing, which is really important in this kind of work," said Sarah Vireo Saturday was packed full as the Symposium closed, featuring the Queer Against Racism discussion, where emotions ran high, according to Maggie Phillips. "I un derstand one or two people walked out angry, but I guess that inspiring any kind of emotion is better than just plain apathy," she said. Immediately on the heels of the discussion was the Bar-B-Que(er), which was a smash suc cess, as all events with free food tenc! to be. The day was rounded off with the Queer Ball, which was not directly associated with the Color, Pattern, Fabric, or Item Apricot Baseball Cap Black and Red Stripes Blue (Teal) Chain Collar Chamois Coral Dirty Jock trap Dog Collar Doily Fuschia Grey Flannel Jockstrap KJeenex Lime Green Pale Yellow Saran Wrap Teddy Bear Ziploc Bag Skull and Crossbones Worn on Left Worn On Right Active/Top Passive/Bottom Two Tons 0' Fun Chubby Chaser Coach Jock Vampire Victim Genital Torturer Genital Torturee Looking For Slave Looking For Master Rides A Motorcycle Biker Groupie Foot Fetish Top Shrimper Wears A Dirty One Likes 'Em Dirty Dog Trainer Dog Tearoom Top Tearoom Bottom Spanker Spankee Actually OwnsASuit Likes Men In Suits Wears One Likes Jockstraps Stinks Sniffs Dines Off Tricks Dinner Plate Spitter Spittoon Mummifier Mummy Cuddler Cuddlee Has Drugs Want Drug Pirate Treasure Chest Courtesy "The Complete Hanky Code": www.halcyon.com/elf/hankies.html

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6 The Catalyst NEWS May 2, 2001 Computerized balloting eliminates human error in elections (almost) by David Savarese This past 2001 election was the first time an electronic voting system was used on the New College campus. The NCSA constitution was amended to allow this new system to take effect. The amendment, available at the NCSA website, was an inclusive plan for any problems that may occur under the new system. Although there were a few problems with our computer guided voting, it seems as though it was a wel come alternative to the olden days of paper voting. Second-year June Gwalthney stated, "We are just begining to figure out how to make the election procedures work so that no mistakes will be made. Even though there were mistakes it was no more difficult that the paper counting that takes hours and hours and getting different numbers each time." Under the old system of paper vot ing it was the responsibility of the Student Court and various other elec tion officials to count the votes by hand. Although there is a lot of argu ment on who actually came up with the idea of using a computer, there is one absolute truthnobody wanted to count the votes anymore. Catalyst reporter and former member of the Student Court, Ben Ruby stated, "One of the problems occurred while tabulating the write-in votes, while voting for Superman seems cute, we are required to document every write-in; there are only so many times that anyone would want to physically write down names like that." Austin Eliazar took the reigns and designed a computer program that tab ulated the votes. He states, "Yes, I was very satisfied with the program. We only bad one minor problem which was easily fixed." The program was suc cessful in every way designed, but a few minor computer errors delayed the final outcome of the voting. First-year Chris Alles, "I was dis gusted to hear that if you used more than 32 characters it shorted the system and deleted my vote. What if I wanted to vote for David George Robert Supercalifradgilisticexpedlodociou ? Some students that were happy with the new system, felt that some changes should be made to the overall proce dure.Forth-year transfer Jens Paul said, "We probably need more private voting stations, maybe in a separate room. We need more hardware and better soft-ware; but overall it seemed to be a good, very efficient system Supervisor of elections, Maggie Phillips responded "Having spent hours and hours and hours, counting and counting and recounting with three groups of at least two students I can easily say that this system is better. These groups of dedicated students bad to count independently to make sure that each group meshed, now all you h:!ve to do is hit a button. It eliminates the human error. This was the first try and we learned a lot of things. For ex ample, we hope to get addition computers and more private voting booths; if we don't get a separate room we will at least get cardboard blocka:des for people typing. Third-year transfer Titus Jewell stated, "It is a more efficient way of doing things. People used to stay up till three in the morning counting ballots. Now they stay up till three in the morn ing trying to figure out the system, but that will be over soon." It may be said that there was a smooth transition from the old ways to the new. SecondYear transfer Melanie Iverson said, "I don't know much about tinue to vote or actually not vote, the new voting system may just be a little change that Novo Collegians barely no tice. First-year Mark Hengge said, "It was a lile confusing the first time, but in the long run I think the system will be very good." Austin Eliazar took the reigns and designed a computer program that tabulated the votes. He states, "Yes, I was very satisfied with the program. We only bad one minor problem which was easily fixed." Having spent hours and hours and hours, counting and counting and re counting with three groups of at least two students I can easily say that this system is better. These groups of dedi cated students bad to count independently to make sure that each group meshed, now all you have to do is hit a button. It eliminates the human error. This was the first try and we learned a lot of things. For example, we hope to get addition computers and more private voting booths; if we don't get a separate room we will at least get cardboard blockades for people typing. elections Assumin that le Bowdish, Collum defeat Kaiser Soze, Dali Lama in election lfROM uELECTION" PAGE 1 I posted him as an official write-in for the Student Allocations Committee (SAC) rather than the SASC. Consequently, by the time the error had been discovered, Hutchin on had already been uninten tionally elected to the SAC. In a interview with the Catalvst Phillips said that she was satisfied the election. "I think it went really well. I like seeing people getting involved in student government even though less people voted this time than for [thesis-student] Raj Ghoshal 's special referendum last month." In that elec tion, students voted not to reinstate Ghoshal as Public Defender for Student Court. However, Phillips acknowl edged that "for a New College election ... it was a pretty darn good turnout." Phillips also said that she plans to peti tion the SAC next fall for three or four old computers to be used for electronic balloting. Phillips attributes the low turnout to the shortage of people willing to run for office. "It's really nice when there's more people running than positions available it makes people come out and vote." Indeed, for nearly every po sition, everyone who ran ended up winning the position, usually because there was no one else to vote for. Of those who took the time to complete and tum in a petition in order to be of ficially recognized as a candidate, only this reporter failed to get elected. "Choice is essential to democracy," said third-year transfer Jimmy Burgdorf. "Without choice, our elec tions are more like a one-party dictatorship than a democracy.'' Due to the lack of candidates, sev eral positions are still available, including Fitness Center representative, Housing repre::;entative, Student Life representative and third-year SAC rep resentative. Positions are also still available on the Admissions Committee, Space Committee, Library Committee, International Studies Committee and Educational Policy Committee. These positions will be ap pointed by the student government. Students who wish to fill these posi tions should contact co-presidents Andrew Hossack or Molly Robinson as soon as possible. Of those recently elected, many ex pressed gratification for the support from their fellow students. "I'm bon-Third-years Leslie Trinkle and Shannon Ingles participate in democracy ored that people voted for me," said J'ob and 1't's something I t t k h l .' wan o eep none a ant attitude towards their recent first-year Joe Naridosky, who was She said the SAC's main victory. When questioned about the eJected as a write-in candidate for the 1mhahve next year will be to make sure meaning behind her victory and the tri second-year SAC position. "We have that all students know how to access als and tribulations of the campaign the best form of student government funds. "We keep seeing the same peorecently elected Student Court Justic; here. It' real easy to get things done pie. coming time after time, and first-year Maxeme Tuchman remarked because there's a real hands-on apthey're domg some great things, "Campaign ... what campaign? I don't proach-it's very interactive." I d bke to see more people get inrea1ly think there was much of a camThird-year Shannon Dunn, who was valved." paign." recently re-elected as chairwoman of Other newly elected Novo the SAC said, "I think I do a really good Collegians, however, expressed a more -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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The Catalyst NEWS May 2, 2001 Green Art students think outside the box with spheres and cubes 7 by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. Sphere s and cubes in endless variety were strewn across the rolling grass of the PepsiCo Arcade at the Caples Fine Arts Center on Friday, April 27. Tangles of vines and twists of wire baked in the blazing after noon sunlight as Professor Leslie Fry opened an exhibit of some of the art produced by two of her sculpture classes; the Green Art class she teaches with Professor Jono Miller and her Fiber Art class. The ex hibit was not only an opportunity for students and faculty to enjoy some of the esoteric pieces produced by the class, but wa simultaneously one of the famous faculty "Ad-Libs." The Ad-Libs are parties hosted by individual fac ulty members on various occasions at which professors can get together in a relaxed environment to share snacks and drinks while discussing ideas, concepts and courses. This particular Ad-Lib was most interesting in that it featured not only a sumptu ous buffet provided by Marriott, including be.er, wine, punch, fruit, cheese and sandwiches, but also the art exhibits by Profe sor Fry's students. The bohemian feel of the occasion led Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell to pronounce: "This is the hippest faculty Ad-Lib ever." Many professors, alumni and students milled about in the early part of the afternoon, and more tu dents trickled in a the day wore into evening. As a rule, they spent a good time sampling all the available delicacies and lingering in conversation before taking a tour of the Caples walkway and enjoying the art there. The Fiber Arts class provided 16 cubes, each two feet in all dimensions, and each representing a differ ent fiber medium. They ranged from a cube wrapped in duct tape {created by Sara-Jayn Kemp) to Melissa Hancock's netting-shrouded cube adorned with shards of multicolored, broken glass, to the cube ofit,s not entirely individual, forming one work, but each piece is still an object of its own." The Green Art students, meanwhile, offered twelve pheres or vaguely circular shapes created using plants or at least vague pieces of plants. There was a great deal of diversity here, from Peter Dow's massive, dangling bamboo helix to Sarah Parshall's beautifuJ!y-painted, wooden, sliced grapefruit to the hanging decorated spheres set up by Heather Holtschneider in the shade of a clump of plants on the northern part of the arcade. One particularly interest ing piece was that created by first-year Gigi Shames, a massive tripodal structure which featured twisted wires, tangled leaves, a clock and a computer disk adorned with flowers. Said Shames: "It's about the green world ver u the industrial world and how the industrial is slowly killing the green ... but, there's an essence of redemption, when you see the two bright, living flowers clinging to the disk ... a little pinpoint of life." Professor Leslie Fry seemed quite pleased with the whole occasion, and with the efforts of both her classes. She pointed out that her Fiber Arts class "al ways wanted to keep pushing the boundaries of what defines "fiber" which is fine, and they've all learned a lot," while the Green Art class with Professor Miller "all have opted to create sculpture when all media are open to them, which is interesting. I think they've done quite well, considering." Professor Fry also pointed out that the se works were not the final pro jects of the classes, but merely something fun for the students to do and an opportunity to have their work fered by Candi Lucado, which was a mass of "found" objects including pills, electronic components, phone displayed. sta'Ctelt""tO"--..:' boo.Ks an con oms. o t cu gether in rows of four, formed the symbol of the Four Winds, a particularly impressive feat considering the astonishing variety of materials. Third-year and Fiber Arts student Katie Helms said, "[the exhibit was] fan tastic, just really exciting. Everyone got the same assignment, and everyone handled it completely dif ferently, but it came out cohesive. It's great because what she saw as a to become used to the new way the sculpture room is run and to start better using it within those bound aries. There's a sculpture technician who's in there now, and we've got people using the facility more often. Really, I think we've got a lot to look forward to." ...

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r 8 The Catalyst NEWS May 2 2001 Clinical psychologist accepts position as New College professor by Henry Belanger The New College psychology de partment recently welcomed its newest addition, Professor Kimberly Ryan, one of three candidates who had been con sidered for the position. Tuesday, March 4, Professor Ryan gave a presentation for the benefit of the New College community and the selection committee, which was chaired by P ychology Professor Charlene Callahan. In a phone interview with Catalyst writer David Savarese, Callahan indicated that Ryan s desire to teach at a smaller chool and her back g round in clinical p ychology mesh well with the need of the department and the school. New College Psychology Profe s or Michele Barton who also s erved on the committee, agreed. [Professor Ryan] seemed like the right fit, she said. Ryan received her bachelor s degree in 1992 from the University of Vermont in Burlington. While pur uing her doc torate at the University of Washington and Western Washington University, she taught classes on Child and Adolescent Behavioral Disorder Cognitive Development, and the P ychology of Parenting among s ev eral other s he plans t o f inish her doctorate this year. Next y e ar, her fir t as a bona fide pro f e sor sh e will teach Abnormal P s ycholo g y Tests and Me as urement s, Child P s ychopatholo g y and contribute i n th e tea m-taught Introducti o n t o P s ychology. When he began her search for a teaching position Profe sor Ryan was not nece sarily looking at chool size as a deciding factor. In an e-mail to the Catalyst, she wrote, "As I interviewed at a range of schools I began to focus more on how the size school impacts the quality of the teaching experience. I believe that being at a small school will allow me to see students' progres which I feel is one of the chief rewards of teaching." he added, I value the mentoring relation hips I have had throughout my education a great deal, anct I think a smaller school facilitates this kind of relation hip more than a larger one. Ryan indicated that she was struck by ew College students' level of mo tivation. It is my general impres ion that New C o llege students are a elfe lect e d group of adventurous individuals ANNOUNCEMENTS SAC MINUTES 4/16 & 4/30 Continued from our April 25 issue. Minutes have been edited for space considerations. The eleventh proposal wa made by M ark Hengge on behalf of the equip ment room. Total allocat e d : $24 The twelfth proposal was made by Earnshaw andRe na lfo n behal f of Muffy! They are requesting $3300 for the costs of publication of the magazine. To t al allocated: $400 The t hirteenth proposal wa m ade by James Powell reque ting $30 for glo enamel Rfint for his art installa tion. Total allocated: $30 The fourteenth proposal was made by Regina Gelfo requesting $268 for supplies for her art installation to be held (along with James Powell's) on May 5th at 8:00 p.m. Total allocated: $130 The fifteenth proposal was made by Carly Earnshaw on behalf of ew in general. She would like to bring Michelle Tea (author of Valenci:1) to ew College to speak. She is re que ting $900 for a $500 honorarium and traveling expenses. Denied. The sixteenth proposal was made by Courtney ogar on behalf of the New College Women's Softball team. She is requesting $300 for the league entry fee. Tabled. The seventeenth proposal was made by Joe Naroditsky on behalf o f NORML requesting $40 for supplies to make t-shirts for Marijuana week (the week of May 12th ). Total allocated: $40 The ei gt hteent h p r op sal was made by Kellie Adkins on behalf of the e e i the Four Winds Cafe. he is requesting $150 for catering (from the Four W in ds) and finge r fo od s Tabled. The nineteenth propo s al wa s m a de by Julia Skapik on behalf of the Queer Ball people. Total allocated: $20 The twentieth propo al was made by Billy Armshaw and Valerie Mojeiko on behalf of the spice and incense club. They are requesting 100 for food, chemicals and other upplie to make incense.Total aliocated: 100 T he twenty-Jnst propo al-.: as made by Shannon Dunn requesting 40 for a play "Olenna." 1otal allocated: $40 4/30 Members in attendance: Shannon Dunn (chair), Lindsey Luxa (secretary). Fric r owak, Patrick Hickey (proxy for Julia Sk:lpik), Actam Rivers and Cassandra 'J annenbaum The first request wa. made by ( indsey Luxa and Matthew Ramsey on behalf of Nice R.A.K. (Random Acts of Kindness) for New College. They are requesting $87.93 for the purchase of refreshment for professors on May 8 (National Teacher Recognition Day). Total allocated: $95.00 The second propo al wa made by Mike Carli le on behalf of the New College Kin e-K ult Film Series. They are requesting $322.66 for a slumber from 9:00 p.m.9:00 The money re quested will cover the co t of food, s upplie s and DVD r e n ta l We c a nnot allocate for rental Total allo cated:$200 The third proposal was made by Maxmeme Tuchman on behalf of New College Democrats, Natwnal Organization for Women, and Americans United. She is requesting 8.2.for copics.Total allocated: $8.25 The fourth proposal was made by Liz Collins on behalf of the sailing club. She is requesting 175 to cover the cost of tmving fcc (by Sea Tow Sarasota) for an incident that recently occurred \Vith one of our boat Ca sic made a motion to allocate 175 and the motion wa unanimousl y approved. Iota! allocation: 17The fifth proposal was made by Jesse Weiner on behalf of the New College Rock-Climbing Team. He is requesting 75.00 to purchase a Metolius training board for the fitness center to improve climbers TOTAL SATISFACTION GUARANTEED AUTOMOTIVE CENTER Call H e r b 941 /3517 4 7 6 who are willing and ready for experi ences outc;ide of the mainstream of contemporary education." She was sim ilarly enamored of the psychology faculty. "I was also very impressed with the attitudes toward cholarship and teaching that were expres ed by the other faculty in the psychology depart ment," she said. "They struck me as the kind of colleagues I want to have." But it wa n't just New College's academic wonder that drew Professor Ryan. "There were other peripheral rea sons that had to do with trading 350 days of rain for 350 days of sunshine," she said. "But really, my decision had a lot more to do with the academic envi ronment than the [physical] environment." Be a kid again at the Slumber Party thi Saturday, May 5, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. in Sudakoff! Wear pajamas watch The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, Labyrinth, and The D ark Crystal, eat junk food, and curl up a n d go to slee p Bri n g yo ur ow n bla nk ets and p illows Brou ht to you b t h e N e w t) .. I ; J .. ()( 4 2 7 .2001, 4:00 p.m. Petit Theft. Bike. Stolen from bike rack at Hamilton Center. Girls' 26" FUJI 10-speed MT bike. Color purple/green; value $100.00. No 1/s. 4.27.2001, 5:55 p.m. Criminal Mischief. Unknown person(s) did light the hand towel hanging from the dis penser, no Witnesses. (The following was not in the ojficwl police log, but taken frpm a sign posted in the Cop Shop) Stolen from police lobby: Picture of 2 children standing under umbrella saying "We may look dumb, but we don't use drugs." Frame green w/pink background. If found can 359-421D.


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