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TI-lJE Volume Xfll, Issue 12 Freedom! Horrible, horrible freedom! SEPARATION PASSES! Bassis: New College to enter ufinal stage in its organizational evolution." by Ben Ruby May 4, 24 minutes before midnight, the bill that sepa rated New College from the the University of South Florida passed the state legis lature. Students gathered in Palm Court waiting and hop ing that the bill would pass erupted into cheers of joy as their dreams seemed to be coming to fruition. May 7 a banner was placed on College Hall reading "New Coll of Florida." in honor celebrating independence. Indeed, the comprehensive ed ucation bill that indudes the separation amendment needs only the ignature of Governor Jeb Bush to make New College a four-year college of the State of Florida. Bill 2108, which is the cen terpiece of the reorganization of Florida's public system of higher education, eliminates the Board of Regents and cre ates a thirteen member board of trustees for New College and each of the states ten uni versities. The bill finally passed the House of ''SEI'A.RAl10N" PAGE 4 I Top: The New College Foundation hosted a party in honor of separation. From College Hall, a ban ner on Monday proclaimed New College of Florida. Above: Immediately after news of separation reached Palm Court, students unknown did burn the USF f..ug behind the Pei dorms. (Photos by Crystal Frasier; Photoshop re-enactment of missing USF flag.) Tree removal stalled by conservationists, hippies by .Jag Davies As part of New College's $5 million tree-removal/sidewalk-building project, two slash pine trees will most likely be removed from cam pus. The trees arc currently near the intersection of Dort and Bayshore Drives and will be cleared in order to build a sidewalk that connects the overpass to the still-under-con struction Dort Drive. In their place, eight new oak trees will be planted along the sidewalk. Originally, six trees were scheduled to be removed, but following suggestions and complaints from tudents and faculty, Campus Architect Richard Lyttle revised the con struction plan to move the sidewalks around the trees. Mark Blaweiss, director of stu dent affairs, was asked to mediate students' concerns over the tree removals with Lyttle. According to Blaweiss, "It would be a shame if the trees were removed, but it may be necessary .... My question is: 'do we really need a ide walk when we've already got Dort Drive right there?"" Last Friday, Blaweiss gave students a walk-through of the designated tree-removal area. Both he and Lyttle are willing to work with concerned students and adjust the tree-removal plans in a manner that pleases all parties. According to Blaweiss, Lyttle (who was unable to be reached) promised that no trees would be cut until all discus sions with concerned students have been brought to a close. "[Lyttle] has no desire for un needed tree removal," said Blaweis "He likes trees he doesn't like cement." Still, environmentalists from the furthest reaches of BDorm to the distant corners of the organic garden are crying foul. Fir t-year Michelle Connor, organizer of the Earth Day Shindig and avid WEE "TREES" PAGE 7 May 9, 2001 !CATALYST NSIDE The Mummy Returns, a lit tle bit lamer D'espitc a high-profile cameo from The Rock, and loads of rampaging undead, the plot of The Mummy Returns lacks spirit of the originaL Still, an impressive spectacle wjth an epic scope. Brace yourself for the long hau)--{)ver two hours in total. REVIEW, PAGE 5 Paul Cebar: not too much for the Catalyst From Trinidad to Cuba, New College alum Paul Cebar has followed the music. Last week he brought his unique mix of blues and Cajun rhythm to Skipper's Smokehouse in Tam a. If you couldn't catch the trip, catch the review inside. STORY, PAGE 5 Raccoons will be taken to a better place Students returning to campus next fall will find our local raccoon population greatly reduced. Genocide? No! According to Supervisor of Grounds Allen Mathews, the raccoons will be humanely removed to some unspecified location. STORY, PAGE

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2 The C by Henry Belanger Bush Administration Calls for 1,300 New Power Plants The New York Times reported la t week that in light of a perceived "en.rgy cri i '' the ush adminis tration is caHing for the construction of 1,300 new power plant in the next 20 years. cientists at the na tional laboratorie however, have projected substantial energy avings provided the government is aggres sive in encouraging conservation in home automobiles, factories and cl where. The tudie completed shortly before the Bu. h admini tration took office, indicate that a governmentled efficiency program that ernpha ized conservation and in ve. ted in new power-saving technologic could reduce demand for power by up to 4 7%. Studies indicated further that the federal government, the ingle large t energy consumer in the country. could reduce con umption by at lea. t 20%, at a saving of $1 billion annually. The Bu h administration has consistently indicated that they do not believe conservation to be a im portant a inding new places to drill r i an natur as or t e infrastructu r e s like p i pelin e s and power plants. Vice Pre ident Cheney said, might be a sign of per onal virtue, but t L not a sufficient ba i for a sound, comprehensive energy policy." Schools Ban Dodgeball Dodgeball may be fun, but it is slowly disappearing from the nation's elemcntarv school playgrounds. Critics of it and other "human ta get" games suggest that they are "too aggressive" and even suggest that it may encourage vio lence. Diane rarr, a curriculum special-NEWS OF THE WOR ist from Au tin, Texas said that dodgeball 'is something that should not be u ed in today's classroom, e -pecially in today's society." Ms. Farr'. school district banned dodge ball two years ago. ''With Columbine and all the violence that we are having; he said, "we have to be very careful with how we teach our children." A stin might be the first system to ban the game, but school di. tricts around the country are following suit. Districts in Florida, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts and Maine have already adopted anti dodgeball policie Phy ical educator began to move to ban the game as early as 1986, when the journal Phy ical Education Recreation and Dance publi bed an article titled "Premeditated Murder: Let's Bump off Killer Ball." In 1992, eil Williams, now a physical education professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, placed dodgeball in the Phvsical Education Hall of hame, afong with such insidiou activities as duck-duck-goose and mu ical chair Ralph Reed Elected Chairman of Georgia's Republican Party al h Reed, political consultant Chri tian Coalition, wa elected cha i rman of Georg i a R epublican Party May 5. In a hotly conte ted campaign Reed won with approximately 60% of the vote. Reed pledged to be an inclusive leader and aid, "We will embrace every citizen in Georgia, white, black, brown, everybody and anybody who shares our belief in compas ionate, conser ative Republkanism. door will be open.'' House Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texa was the featured speaker at the convention. l Ic hared Reed's desire to be inclu ive. "This is the time to unite," he said. Above: Ralph Reed of the Chri, tian Coalition. Left: Dodge Ball. "We have to reunite and keep our eye on the goal of beating the Democrats." Georgia ha the only Republican Party in the South that has failed ince reconstruction to elect a governor and take control of its state legislature. they are ''too aggressive" and even ugge t that it may encourage vio lence. Diane Farr, a curriculum pecial ist from Austin, Texas aid that dodgeball "is something that should not be used in today'. cia sroom, e. pecially in today's society." M Fan's school distnct banned dodgeball two years ago. "With Columbine and all the violence that 'vVC are having," she aid, 'we have to be vcrv careful with how we teach our children.'' Austin might be the fir t y tern to ban the game, but school di tricts around the country are following suit. Di trict in Florida, Virginia, Physical educators began to move to ba n the game a s early as 1986, when the journal Physical Education Recreation and Dance published an article titled "Premeditated Murder: et' Bump off Killer BalL" In 1992, Neil Williams, now a phy ical education protes. or at Eastern Connecticut State Univer ity, placed dodgeball in the Physical Education Hall of Shame, along with such insidious activities a duck-duck-goo. e and musical chairs. All information taken from The ew York Times May 5, 6, 7. CTIH A ALYST The Catalyst i available on the World Wide Web at lzt tp sar. General Editor Max Campbell Copy Editor Zac Konkol Managing Editor Michael Sanderson Web Editor Kathryn Dow Staff Writers Photographer Cry. tal icr 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 pon ored by Profes or Maria Ve peri. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Pholo. hop and Quark Xpre s for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton !Jerald with money provided by the ew College Student Alliance. Direct ubmissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami r. Box #75 Sarasota, L 34243 cataiyst@virtu.sar.usfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contribution may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letter to the Editor should be no more than 250 word .. Submi sions hould be labeled as either Leiter to the ditor or contributions and include name and contact information. Printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu. o anonymou submission will be accepted. All u.bmissions must received by 5:00p.m. m order to appear m the following week's ISSUe. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.

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The Catalyst NEWS May 9, 2001 3 New College says goodbye to Visiting Professor Outka by Darren Guild Visiting Professor of British and American Literature Paul Outka's two years at New College are at an end. Outka will be teaching American Literature at the University of Maine at Farmington next year. The university shares New College's characteristics as a small, public, liberal arts institution. Outka, who has been popular among New College stud.ents, said his experi ence has been positive at New College, and students say they are sad to see him go. Outka was only available for a short phone interview, but commented that his time at New College has "been a great experience-the students have been terrific." The feeling is mutual. Students talked of Outka in positive ways. Most commented on his contagious enthusiasm for what he was teaching. Second-year Hunter Felt has taken a class with Outka every semester since he came to New College. Felt commented, "He brings a real sense of enthusiasm to class. No matter what we're studying, he makes it exciting." Abby Weingarten is taking Renaissance Verse, and said she wished she had taken more classes with Outka-had," Weingarten complimented. Outka came to New College in the fall of 1999 to replace British and American Literature Professor Andrea Dimino, who was on leave for the aca demic year. He planned to stay only one year, but ended up staying an extra year to fill the gap caused by John McDiarmid's unexpected retirement. During his stay he has taught classes covering American Literature and the Renaissance including American Modernist Poetry, a two-term American Literature survey, Shakespeare's Drama, American Literary Environmentalism, Whitman and his Line, and Sex, Love, God and Poetry: Renaissance Ver e. Students flocked to Outka's classes. Last year, in an interview with Catalyst staff writer Max Campbell, Outka com mented, "I had 60 students arrive at my undergraduate students' seminar [American Modernist Poetry] this year, which is about 10% of all New College undergrad)Jates_ It was upsetting to have to cut two thirds of the people I felt sorry for the students who got cut." Outka earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Yale University Paul Outka 1999 file photo ucation at the University of Virginia where he earned a master's degree and a doctorate in English. Before he came to New College, Outka had a fellow ship at the University of Virginia. In Campbell's interview, Outka said, "I had a fellowship there which would have meant that I didn't have to teach or to make any money --but New College seemed Hke photo by Heather Whltioc>re heard about New College from his ad visor at the University of Virginia who bad given a talk at New College_ When he discovered there was a job opening, he jumped at the opportunity to apply. After visiting New College, Outka gave up his fellowship and came to work here. Public nuisance ordinance could theoretically shut by Ben Ruby Recently the administration has ex-pressed over the pop.ular practice of showmg movies by proJect ing them onto the wall of the Pe1 dorr!1s. The reason for this concern, accord1ng to Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweis., is that "Sara ota has a public nuisance ordinance, and showing R rated movies on [the 1 wall is a potential violation of that ordinance. This is pub lic property; if we tarted hawing porn movies on the wall and someone wan dered onto campus, we could be in trouble." The public nuisance ordinance applies to New College according to the ordinance and the c1ty of Sarasota, New College is a business. According to Blaweiss, there is no chool policy against showing any sort of movie if it takes place in-doors "That was one thought behind renovating the teaching auditorium," Blaweiss. "II doesn't have any wm dows, and you can control access. it's inside it doesn't matter what 1t IS, we are fine." Second-year Thomas Hoke agreed that the school should abide by the or dinance: "Considering that we have just gained independence, .I do think wouldbe wise to vrolate ctty -ordi nances so soon after our separation." Fourth-year Joven Carandang finds the prohibition ''I don't feel showing R-rated movie really hurts anyone," he said. 'We adhere to the agreement not to show porn or any thinu that could be really harmful. By 0 -and large, this is a controlled envnonment, and, ideally, shm: ing movies on the wall should not be much different than showing them in your room." The public nuisance ordinance does not just apply to movies on the walt Blawei s remarked that, "every time there IS a PCP we are in danger of vio lating the public nuisance ordinance_" In a worst case scenario, repeated violations of the public nuisance ordi nance could allow the city of Sarasota to shut down the school. Such a sce nario is extremely unlikely, however. According to Blaweiss, "The worst case scenario is that a PCP gets very out of hand, which none of them have yet. If it did happen, I don't think the stu dents would be the ones responsible for it. But if it happened, the event could be shut down, and both the school and the students could be in serious trouble." "That's one thing you can definitely say about this place," added .Blaweis.s, "the cops do have a vested mterest m keeping students out of jaiL Boundaries here are a lot broader than at other places and I agree with that. Since I Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss, left, and Associate Director of Student Affairs Mike Campben right, patrol the February 17 Palm Court Party. came here there are some things I don't the University of Florida the bound give a second thought anymore. For aries would probably be much ample, fetish-baH. -The thought of fetish narrower," ball doesn't bother me at all. If I were at

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NEWS 4 The Catalyst Racco on relocations scheduled for summer months b:v David Savarese In the coming days you might dis cover a cute, fuzzy raccoon in or around the 'ew College dorm com plexes. This may not seem to be news to anyone who has seen the raccoons on a regular ba is for the past few years, b It they might not be hanging from a tree or sitting pretty in a toppled tra b can. The raccoon might be inside Safeguard Quality Producl's Steel Humane Trapping Cage #51690. Although there have been no re ported instances of raccoon attack this year, it is aid that the raccoons have become increasingly brave. Recently, a complaint was made to the Physical Plant after a student was "cornered" at the top of a flight of stairs. The Physical Plant has since taken note of the com plaint and prepared to relocate the adorable, yet dangerou creatures. AJien Matthews, upervisor of grounds, spoke with the Catalyst about the cur rent situation. He aid, "The raccoons are no t going t o be killed; they are g oi ng t o be tu rned loose o m e pl ace a way from our d o rms. N o dates or pecific relocation areas are set as ?f pets in the neighborhood. against the raccoons on campus. Student positions on this situation Suggestions to weigh down trashcans, are diverse. Some despise the raccoons spray the cans with a mixture of and the mess they cause, and others are Tabasco sauce and water, and buy merely apathetic. There seems to be stronger trashcans have gone unheeded. one common trend within those quesStudents also have allegedly not tioned about the raccoons: students do played their part in preventing the do not want to see any harm come to the mestication of these animal s As families of raccoons on our campus. first year P am C o hn said, "Peopl e need T his is also a cau e for the curren t reto s top f eedi n g t hem T he reason th at moval of the animals. If anyone is they come so close is that peop l e con Sarasota Animal Control tinue to feed them. They have become Third-year Lauren Nebbergall said, "I mans." the importance of, "[not] playing with tbe raccoons after they bave been trapped. Tbe rac coons are very strong and very dang erous. R a cco o n s are o ftentimes carriers of rabies, a s eriou s diseas e o f the nervous system, and this adds to the concern of those responsible for the safety of our landscape. In the past they have caused problems for tudent and would like to see some of them reSome students just want the rae moved, but I am also concerned about coons off cam p us. Fi r st-year Emma Jay the way in w h i c h it wou ld be done." sa id I fe el lik e t hey are a ma jor nui First year A. P age Laubhe i mer sa id s a nce to the campus. They s h o u ld b e I don't think t he racco o ns ar e re a lly a dealt with somehow I don't think that it problem. I think that r a ther th a n trapis a ppropri a te that they are here. I don t ping them attempt s hould be made t o think they s hould be s laughtered but deter them out of h e re. In fact, there the y a re a lw ays t ea r in g into th e tr as h has been little attempt to take action can s and m a k i n g more work f or the May 9, 2001 maintenance workers." Other student would prefer to see the raccoons stay. first-year and Catalvst staff writer Jag Davies said, 'The lovable Rocky Raccoon is a trea sured folk hero. Any attempt to capture or destroy that lovable, lovable, lovable folk hero would be a tragedy and a great loss to the New College commu nity." First-year Terisa Shoumate said, "I think that the raccoons would be hap pier in their own environment. Living in this area may not be healthy for them. It may be dangerous. I recently saw one of the mother raccoons drool ing and walking kind of oddly, and I was very concerned. As long as mea sures are taken to make sure they are safe, treated humanely and put in a place where they have everything they need to survive, than I think it would be a good idea." Terisa discussed the im portance of keeping the raccoo n community in safe boundaries. S h e sai d that the area in which we live may not be a tru l y conduc ive a rea for wil dlife w it h the n u m ber of p eople aroun d a nd Hi ghwa y 4 1 b e in g so close. Mark Blawe is s, director o f stu dent coon be the new mascot of the independent New College The likeli hood of t h at now seem s s l i m. Novo Coll eg i a n s can, h oweve r demand that t h e raccoon families on c a mpu s be treat e d kindl y and b e brought t o a p l ace where they can flourish with o u t sitt i ng i n f ront o f our ro o ms wit h s mile s f ull o f s h a rp s h arp tee th Independence results in euphoria, flag-burnings on campus \PROM "sEPARATION" PAGE 1 I Representatives with the Democratic minority, joined by two Republican de fectors, voting unanimously against it. State Representative Nan Rich, a Democrat from Weston, said I really feel this i s a disgrace, railroading this through at this hour. The bill that will make New College independent of USF as of this summer, also includes $1.2 million for the tran sition and $1.3 million for New College to contract with USF for the services that an independent New College would not be able to provide immedi. ately. In addition New College Dean and Warden Michael Bassis explained at a question and answer session on May 7 that the $720,000 the New CoJlege Foundation raises every year would become available. Bassis explained that independence would require an esti mated $4.7 million and although the current does not equal that estimate, ''we are getting there;" The-Sl.3 million allocated fo cort .. tract with USF is based on what Bassis de cribed as, "USF's estimate of the centralized value of the services USF has been providing for us." Under the terms of the bill New College is not ob ligated to contract serv i ces out to USF, although various agreements will have to be reached regard i ng management and funding of the v arious shared facil ities such as the library and the Counseling and Wellness Center. Bassis aid that he would meet with USF President Judy Genshaft to "begin to have a conversation about what kind of relationship we will have." Asked about how various arrangements will be made with USF Bassis responded, "We are going to have to explore that piece by piece with them." According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, the board of trustees will have 13 members and will give the student body president one vote. Some have raised concern that the trustees, who will be appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms, might not under stand tbe unique mission of New College. Bas s i s pointed out t ha t t h e proce s s for no m in a tin g trus t ees will b e quite complex but concede d t ha t th e bottom line is, yes, the governor w ill make tho s e appointment s The f ir s t board of trustee s mu s t in clude at least s ix members of the New College foundation Al t hough no such requirement would exist for the suc ceeding board of trustees, Bassis said he felt that the presence of the founda tion on the first board would ensure, a good start. Scholarships and financial aid will probably not be affected according to Bassis who commented that "I think, very quickly, we want an independently controlled financial aid office. We should have the same amount of re sources, but we would make our own awards based on our own criteria." Another side effect of the bill is that the USF Sarasota-Manatee University Program, which New College would continue to share a campus with, will gain greater autonomy and separate funding. Bassis that, ."There are goin g to b e l o t s o f new e mploye e s on ca mpu s, in th e c ase of S araso t a M anatee the y a r e hopin g f or l ots more s tud e nts. Tha t's g o i ng to put lots of pre ss ure on campu s facilities ." As of pre s s tim e all t hat stand s b e tw e en New College and independence from USF is the gov e rnor s signature Although Bush has expressed concern over the amount of funding an indepen dent New College would require he would have to veto the entire compre hensive higher education reform package in order to stop independence from becoming a reality. Bush might be able tp block funding appropriated for New College, but Bassis explained, "The governor bas told lots of people be will not stand in the way of an inde pendent New College, so I fully expect him to sign the bill and allow the ap propriation to stand." Information from this article compiled from St. Petersburg Times and Sarasota HeraldTribune.

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The Catalyst by Kathryn Of1W kipper'. Smokchou e excmplific the things I lo e about the South: a ca:-..ual, comfortable atmospher live mu ic open-air en ironment, incxpen iv cafood and most importantly, damn good oyster. not to mention a b ttcr beer election than most area grocery stores. Add a 'cw Coil g in vasion to the mi.. and it's ju t a gr H time waiting to happen. So wh n alum nu Paul Cebar and hi. band of Milwaukecans pia ed at Skipper's Ia t week, , he p rformed a cone rt on cam pus, and ha performetl on campu time. incc then; mo. t recently, he atd, "two or three year ago.'' He pas c through Horida c ery year or. o, ?nd :--aid he's been "try in to bring the tdea of PCP out into the world." While the ccnc at Skipper'. on aturday was not o wild :t most Palm Court Parties, everybody pre cnt eemed to be ha ing a good time, and the atmosphere definitely qualified as fe tive. While most of the ong played were original., Cebar and his band also played a few cover "We try to find our own way into (the cover tunes]," Cebar aid. Find their own way in they did. I found myself surprised when I realized I wa hearing Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me To The End Of Love'' toward the end of the set and was amused by their TJre Rock lw his five minutes of movze fame by Ryan McCormick Pr e, Esq. As a longtime, lunatic fan of pmfe sional wrestling, I was terribly thrilled to hear that the World Wre. tling Federation's current icon extraordinaire Dwayne Johnson -better known a "The Rock .. -would be appearing in The Mummy Returns. The message boards of the Internet and various fan magazines boiled over with mmors and information on the picture in general and the Rock' role in particular, Expec:;tation were big and the WWF did il'> part by hyping the movie to the utmost. In the end, however, Johnson' role boiled down to a five-minute ap pearance at the beginning of the movie, with one poken line in a dead tongue, which was not tran latcd This wa nev erthele one of my favorite scene in the movie. What this says about The Mummy Returns, I will leave to the viewer to decide. In principle, the movie seems like a surefire bit. The origin.aJ ca t returns, with a few DOb\bJe additi ns to May 9, 2001 5 Cebar play P(JU/ Cebar: the New College Alum with a cajun sound cover of Harry Belafonte' "Jump In carrell in College Hall back when it The Line" (made infamous by the 1988 housed the campu library. "I don't movie Beetlejuicc). 1 he mu ic ended now how we managed to study in around midnight, and after old friend there,' he aid, "but we did." Cebar aid their goodbye, we all piled back had ju t returned to New C'.ollege and into the bu for the trip back to campus. came up the main stairca e, announcing One alum, a woman named "I'm home!" Caroline said that very Caroline, told tho e who stayed awake one in College Hall heard him, and that on the bus ride home her favorite tory he had a point. "We did," 'She said, of Cebar. h was studying \n a \ibl', r-y "pt'e\\. m.uch \net' out its former spirit the ro. ter, including a wacky dirigible pilot named lzzy and a lethal ervant of Anubi played with aplomb by Adewakc Akinnuoyc-Agbajc. The O'Connell played by Brendan Fra.er and Rachel Wei z, have had a child in the interceding nine years since the tirst movie, and the role of the plucky little Engli h lad in que tion h taken by new comer Freddie Boath. Regarding continuity, one of the more intcrc ting feature of 1he Mummy Returns i the expanded r lc for Patricia Velasquez who played the mummy's dead/undead lover Anck-Su 1\amun in a brief but poignant s cnc in The Mummy. In lhc equel, Velasque-1. plays a woman who, for undi closed rca on i the reincar nation of Anck-Suamun's body and retain her Thi: i of cour;e, a big plu for the returning mummy, lmhotep, nee again played with Darth Vadcr-e que dignity and lyle by Arnold Vo loo. The plot certainly eein traightfor ward enough. An evil army of undead creatures i going to run rampant over the earth and evil will reign forever if the heroes do not perform a certain amount of heroic within a set amount ot time. As John Hannah, reprising hi role as cowardly Englishman John Carnahan, put it: "Ab, the old destroythe-world' ploy, is it?., All the signs are right .f9r a really first-eta acti
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6 The Catalyst NEWS May 9, 2001 Medieval Fair to move from Ringling grounds by Miss Valerie L. Mojeiko There will be no more axe throwing, bustiers, knights, funny hats and paper cups of Budweiser not on the Ringling grounds anyway. The Medieval Fair is gone for now. In recent years about 40,000 people have flocked to the Medieval Fair each winter. The Ringling Board of Trustees have decided that the heavy foot traffic on the Ringling grounds caused by that number of people doesn't outweigh the economic benefits. "Destruction to the grounds and cost of repair is one of the major reasons for discontinuing, if in deed that happens," said Barbara Linick, communications director for the Ringling Museum, in an e-mail to the Catalyst. The fair is produced by Mid America, a company that is not affiliated with Ringling. Ringling's contract with Mid-America expired this year. The fate of the fair will be decided in June. While the previous meeting of the museum's board of trustees agreed that the fair should not be held on the mu seum grounds in the future, members are exploring the possibility of hosting the fair at an alternate site such as the Sarasota County Fairgrounds or Lakewood Ranch, a development on University Parkway which hosts vari ous events. "The museum is going to try and find. a way to continue with the fair [if it doesn't stay here] at another location off-site," Linick wrote. A new location means less accessi bility for Novo Collegian fairgoers and potential employees. First-year transfer Brian Lee Bonfanti worked at the 2001 Medieval Fair. ''I sold devil horns," he said as he gestured with his fi ngers pointing out from his forehead. "I don't have a car. [If the fair were at a differ ent location] I would be less likely to work at it or go to it." First-year Page Laubheimer took partial responsibility for the destruction of the Ringling grounds. "[During the fair] I stepped on the grass," he said. In the past, students who were bang ing around by Old Caples found it Partan reminisces about animal's mating cries by Zac Konkol "It's an incredible sound,.. said Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Sarah Partan, "sort of something between a steam engine and a flute." The sound is the bugle, the mating call.of the male elk. Partan has long had an interest in animal commu nication. "I've always loved animals, ever since I was a little girl," she Said. In addition to the elk of Manitob(l, --cana-da-;-parta.il-baS' a15tl"" W<1rked -wtth elephants, dolphins, prairie dogs and wolves. For the past academic year, she has brought her Jove of biological psy chology and animal communication to the New College campus. As the se mester draws to a close, she looks ahead to the future and a new at the nearby USF-St Petersburg cam pus. Partan 's journey from her home town of Boston to Florida was an exciting one. She received her bachelor of Mts-degree in biopsychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Ringling Museum board members stated that crowds of commoners such as these, aJ the 2000 Medieval Fair, cause more damage then they re worth. convenient to observe the fair through longer be possible. the bushes free of charge. This will no at the University of California at Davis where she earned her doctorate in ani mal behavior in 1998. Along the way she landed research positions in South Dakota, Hawaii and Manitoba. Most re cently she studied the communication of elephants in Orlando at a surprising place Disney World's Animal Kingdom. The research centered on the study of the elephants' use of infrasound a low frcqucm:y sound not audible to the human car. "What I was involved in was filming the animnls and looking at how they use visual signals along with these sounds" Partan said. One of the more interesting things that came out of the study was the discovery that ele phants use infrasound to communicate on a regular, daily basis. It was previ ously believed that elephants' infrasound was usually used only for long-distance communication, sucb as mating calls. It was through her research that Partan first became interested in teach ing. "I didn't know if l would like teaching until I tried it," Partan said. That opportunity came when she became head trainer at a dolphin facility in Hawaii. As part of her job, she found herself giving lectures to groups of volunteers that would come in every couple weeks or so. Partan soon found herself in love with the idea of educat ing others. She attributed this to the fact that in research it often takes years and years before one can produce any results. In teaching, however, the results 1 n e ore your eyes. "I love research, but I didn't want research to be my whole life. I really love teaching, and I love the interaction with students," Partan said. Partan will leave Sarasota this sum mer to move to St. Petersburg where she will be an Assistant Profe.-;sor of Psychology teaching biological psy chology, experimental psychology and animal behavior. Looking back on her stay, she said she will miss the faculty and students mo t. "'I think this [New College] is a very special plal:e you don't come by often, and I Lhink I"m going to miss that. I feel very glad that I had the year here,'' Partan said. Students will also miss Partan and the interesting subjects she taught. "She's proved to be a wonderful and in formative teacher to work with," said second-year Alison McDevitt. "She was always willing to put in as much time out of the classroom a possible Partan 's future plans, aside from teach ing, include continued research in animal communication, especially multi-modal communication, which is "how animals use their bodies, their face and their posture along wilh their voice," according to Partan. She is also planning a trek up to Ocala National Forest to track down a band of Rhesus Monkeys she bas heard rumors about. Unfortunately, Partan bas forgotten how to reproduce the bugle of the male elk, but it seems certain that other inter esting sounds will make their way into her repertoire before long.

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The Catalyst NEWS Contribution: Bones fall short of Holy Cross, 8-7 by Sarah Himmelhaber Fans crowed the stands for the April 28 Bones game, and although the Bones did not end up in the winner's circle, the game was quite close and well-played throughout. Mike Cosper led off the game with a walk, eventually scoring the only run for the Bones in the fir t inning. Holy Cross came out swinging in the bottom of the first, putting four runs on the board. The Bones were held scoreless in the 2nd inning, stranding base run ners Doug Langston and Ed Moore. A strong defense held Holy Cross score less through the 6th inning. The offense got going in the top of the third when shortstop Mark Johnson led off the inning with a stand up triple. A strong single from the catcher scored a run for the Bones, but the inning came to a unexpected end as Brian Turk's long fly ball was stolen by the Holy Cross left center fielder who then man aged to pick off the Bones remaining base runner. The fourth inning drew the Bones within one run of the Holy Crossers. After Aaron Gubin popped out to the left fielder, DH Gordon Bauer hit a strong single down the right field line. First baseman Doug Langston followed Mu irt urge Professor Bauer with an up-the-middle base hit. Finally, right center fielder Ed Moore sent a sacrifice fly to deep right field, scoring one run. The fifth inning put the Bones in the lead for the first time. Pitcher Rick Coe started the inning off by drawing a walk. Mike Cosper followed with a huge triple, scoring Prof. Coe. The next two Bones batters lo t the battle with the wind, each flying out to the Holy Cross left fielder. Etienne Paacht, the Bones 2nd catcher, kept the inning alive with a single. Scott Schweiger reached first base and Paacht flew around the bases to score the second Bones run of the fifth inning. Although Holy Cross's pitcher seemed to struggle with placement con trol in the top of the sixth, giving up walks to Ed Moore and Rick Coe, their defense was tight, and both runners were left stranded and the Bones left scoreless for the inning. Grasping at one of their last shots to win, the Holy Cross team managed to regain the of fensive ability demonstrated in the first inning, scoring three runs against the Bones in the bottom of the sixth. Again, the lead belonged to Holy Cross. In typical Bones fashion, the team was determined to regain control. Mark Thesis-student Austin Eliazar dramatizing his love for the tree Johnson challenged the struggling Holy Cross pitcher, drawing a walk. Second baseman Andy Estes drove Mark home with a stand-up triple. Paacht helped the Bones to tie up the game, driving home Andy with a long sacrifice fly. Schweiger attempted to continue the final inning with a single up the middle, but was left on base as the final out was made. Although the Bones managed to tie the game, the Holy Cross team pulled one run out in the bottom of the sev enth. The game was over, Holy Cross, 8, the Bones, 7. Far from disappointed in the team's outstanding effort, many fans gathered for a fantastic tailgate party in the parking lot, hosted by Bones outfielder extraordinaire, Phil Poekert. Sunday May 6, the Bones took on Wingate Tractor and resumed their win ning ways with a 12-9 triumph. This Sunday's game has been postponed due to Mother's Day, but the Bones will play again May 20. Novo Collegians are encouraged to attend, as this will be the last game for many graduating se niors and festivities will surely follow. For more information, ask a Bone. !RoM PAGE I I environmentalist, said that "tree removal for the sake of a pointless sidewalk seems illogical. ... Those trees are way older than the school is, and they belong here. Slash pines are a natural monu ment to Florida's rapidly depleting ecosystem .... All (students and fac ulty) understand the importance 0f environmentalism, but oftentimes their bureaucracies don't." Second-year June Gwalthney, who was recently elected to the Space Committee, sympathized with both sides of the issue. "I think that the cam pus re-design i unnecessary, but they are doing a good job of minimizing the tree removal, so I don't have a serious problem with it." The issue of the tree removals was first brought to many students' atten tion in an e-mail posted on the listserve by Mathematics Professor David Mullins. "Clearly, what we do not need on this campus is more tree removal. Pines are a symbol of the beauty of Florida, and it's obvious that we should do whatever we can to preserve them, even if that means adjusting the con struction plans. I think the school needs to take a more pro-active approach when it comes to plants and trees on campus." May 9, 2001 7 Revised Opinion page/ Contribution Guidelines: Editorial: A statement of the opinion the paper determined by the ''""''"'""'"u board. At the Catalyst, lV\.Juuuat boards are formed on an ad hoc, issue-byissue basis and consist of editors and staff writers. Only the editorial board can produce editorials. Opinion: An op-ed piece written by a member of the Catalyst staff or a guest contributor. Opinions do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Opinion pieces range from 250 to 500 words in length, and the editors should be contacted beforehand in order to insure space. Letter to the Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, letters, editorials or opinion pieces, or a response to an issue or event related to New College not covered in the Catalyst. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Contributions: A factual article tten by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative All submission should be placed in box 75 or e-mailed to catalyst@virtu.sar.usf.edu by Friday at 5:00 p.m. to appear in the following Wednesday's issue. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit all submission for space, grammar or style. Corrections The May 2 article on green art mis stated the medium of of Sarah Parshall's grapefruit sculpture. It is painted plaster with a wooden spoon, not made of wood. The May 2 coverage of the NCSA elections misstated that Jag Davies was the only candidate on tbe ballot who did not win a position. Clarification The photo of first-year Kari Seppala being flogged was provided by Maggie Phillips and Maxeme Tuchman.

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.... 8 The Catalyst ANNOUNCEMENTS May 9, 2001 EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK: Stories from a Creative Writing Workshop, Stories from Real Life Graduate FeUowships in the Physical Sciences: SAC MINUTES 5/7 Please join us for a reading of fiction and nonfiction works by creative writ ing students. Thursday, May 10, 7:00 p.m., Sanier Auditorium. Reception to follow. Robert 'Sidney' Cox, III has been awarded a National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Graduate Fellowship. He is the son of Bob and Mary Cox of Tallahassee, FL. Sidney will be completing his undergraduate degree from New College and will pursue a dcgrccin Mathematics at the California University of Technology. RA Having relationsliip trou bles? Problems in school? Family issues? Finally, there's someone who can help. Next week, the Catalyst will introduce its new ad vice column, "Just Ask Jag Whether you arc struggling to recover from an ugly divorce, trying to make an important career choice, or just looking for some gardening tips, Jag has all the answers! Please submit your entry entry to J aggg gggg1 @a ol.com You may usc your real name or an alias. Members in attendance: Shannon Dunn (chair), Lindsey Luxa (secre tary), Emma Jay, Rob Ward, Julia Skapik and Maggie Phillips (proxy for Cassandra Tannenbaum). The first request was made by Tim Gomez requesting money for a party honoring the lifeguards. The party will be held tomorrow night at 6:00 at the pooL She is requesting $90 for drink mixes, cake mix and other various supplies. Emma Jay made a motion to allocate $75 from the food reserve and the motion was unanimously approved. Total allocated: $75.00 The second proposal was made by Shane Riley requesting money for the payment of extra security for the puppet parade. The estimated cost is $466.40 for two additional cops The puppet parade will be held on Sunday, May 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 6 :00p.m. Maggie made a motion to allocate $466.40 from the security re erve and the motion was unani Special LOW Rates For Auto Storage Climate Control Lockers For Clothing, Linens, Electronics, Photos or Collectibles MINI STORAGE AIR CONDITIONED DE-HUMIDIFIED Storage For A Box Or A Houseful Monthly & Long Term Rates 1IDe II OffiCE AlES 1909 Whitfield Park Loop 758-1545 BOATS&RVS Your Sarasota/Bradenton Storage Connection t'hitfield Park Loop 1 Ott Whitfield Avenue Between Old & New Highway 301 Whitfield Ave. Walk-in Closets ... Ideal For Garden Tools & Equipment, Files & Inventory Storage, or Household Goods Clean All-Interior Units With 24 Hour Electronic Security 1 FIRST 2 I : MONTHS RENTAL : :SOo/o OF i I NEW RENTALS ONLY I 1...-------------mously approved. Total allo cated:$466.40 The third proposal was made by Henry Belanger on behalf of gradua tion PCP. He is requesting $1721.75 for materials and costs (excluding cops). This is about $1000 more than we anticipated spending on any PCP thi semester. Cut costs at every pos sible place and come back next week Emma made a motion to table this request and the motion was unani mously approved. The fourth proposal was made by Annie Sandler requesting $100 for A Slow White Dream o A One Woman Show, to be held on May 11th and 12th at 9:00p.m. in the T.A This will cover the costs of tly ers, programs and materials for the play. Julia made a motion to allocate $100 and the motion was unani mously approved. Total allocation: $100 Overall total allocated (this meet ing): $641.40 TOT.Al. SA TISfACTJON CaJt Herb 941/351-747 ,fJJAJ J.,f)f. 4.10.2001, 2:55p.m. Threat written. New College female student received an unsigned written note that !hreatened her with personal lllJury. Note was placed in student's mailbox. 5.05.2001, 2:55 a.m. Theft Petit, USF flag. Person(s) unknown Ciid steal USF flag from main campus flagpole. Criminal Mischtef charge due to flag upon finding It m Palm Court. Value $250.


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