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THE Volume XIII, Issue 13 not with a wimper, but with a bang New College is now officially separated from USF by Ben Ruby and Catalyst staff New College faces an uncertain future after the sudden break with USF on July 1. For 25 years, New College's position as a part of USF dictated that non-academic services become fully intertwined with Tampa and its buraucracy, which the de velopment of the university program only facilitated. Now, with the seperation legislation evering New College from USF and dic tating that USF-Sarasota and New College share the campus, in the coming months and years everything will come up for grabs. The Catalyst attempted to find out how New College will shift from the old paradigm to the new. Shared services An independent New College would inevitably share a campus with the Sarasota/Manatee University Program In addition, UP students and facu1ty and New facul THE SEMESTER IN compiled by David Savarese So, we're independent. Some Novo Collegian will, no doubt, look back at the 2001 Spring Semester in order to write some book like, "The End of Our World: New College Breaks Away." This article is intended to re-emphasize the important part of New College its social scene. So, forget about that restructuring of our school junk for a minute and bask in the nostalgia of our past 12 weeks. services that are defined as "shared in clude the Physical Plant, library, Campus Police, Fitness Center, Parkview Counseling and Wellness Center and Campus Computing. According to New College Dean and Warden Michael Bassis, the current arrangement for shared services is as fol lows. Budgets for each of the individual shared services will be split evenly be tween the UP and New College. However, each of those shared services will have to belong either to the University of South Florida or New College. The other pro gram may then use its part of the budget to contract for that service During the next year the Westside S t udent Center and Hamilton C en ter will st ill be j o in t l y f unded a l th o u g h New College will take over mos t of the respon. sibili!y for funding the Fitness Center. Duff Cooper, head of Campus Computing, commented that New College with is the handling of software licenses, as all the software on public computers is registered to the University of South Florida, not New College." As for what shared services will be part of what program, a decision will have to be made for each shared service as part of the management agreement. Bassis said, In my mind, those decisions should de pend on how long the Sarasota/Manatee program is going to remain on campus." Management agreement The management agreement must be completed by June 8 according to Bassis. The agreement has two major elements The first element of the agreement con cerns the relationsh i p between the s h a r e d s ervic es of t h e S arasota/ M a n atee University Program and New College. The second part the agreement will detail what services New College will continue to purchase from the University of South The sailing club inaugurated what could become tradition: The Cardboard Regatta In the beginning, Rachael Morris ended her reign as president extraordi naire. Transfer student Molly Robinson and second-year Andrew Hossack took up the reigns of our NCSA, serving as co presidents. This job may have been a little more than they expected, (with all this in dependence hogwash), but they seemed to handle it. Soon they will serve together at the board of tru tees, and have a powerful position in determining the fate of this in stitution. Writers Bill Maxwell and Beverly ferent place for these speakers, and the event, sponsored by the Feminist Majority Coyle presented their dual-narrative, race presentation intended on bringing the realLeadership Alliance also included an discussion "Parallel Lives." Their diaities of segregation into our minds and open-mike night at the Four Winds Cafe. logues discussed the differences between homes. Here everyone was allowed to, as Larson growing up in the black and white comFirst-year Kara Larson brought the said, "give their own vagina anecdotes or munities of the 1950s South. The outhem well-received Vagina Monologues to our penis monologues." region of the United States was a very difcampus for another run. This community r::isE-=E-=t'''n'S'-E:::'M-:=E=s=m=R-=1::-:N:JREn::::'V::-:-1::::'EW:::-:J';;-' P.-;;::4.;-:G::;-;E;:;-;;4--, May 16, 2001 !CATALYST NSIDE Admissions comments on next year's entering class If all goes according to plan, New College will have a first year class of 205 next year. What will they be like? Will they fit in with the unique culture of New College? Director of Admissions Joel Bauman talks with the Catalyst about the incoming class. "It looks to be very in teresting and excited group he said. STORY, PAG E 3 Tw o s tudents face charges for streaking IB students Two New College students thought they were engaging in a harmless ank when awards ceremony for high school students. Student Activities Coordinator Alena Scandura filed complaints against them, however, acting both as an administrator fol lowing university policy and as a person who was of fended. STORY, PAGE 3 The road to independence Senator Sullivan's first rum blings that he wanted to break up USF went nearly unnoticed on our campus. An independent New College emerged over a year later from that wacky proposal, and the Catalyst tries, with past coverage, to chart the progress of the new state uni versities. STORY, PAGE 5 Reflections on independence The last president of a pri vate New College reflects on the promise of an indepen dent New College. This is the final issue of the semester. Any corrections will appear the Catalyst website, www.sar.usf.edu/-catalyst The Catalyst will resume publication in the fall.
2 The Catalyst by Valerie Mojeiko Court Rules Fetus a Person The Supreme Court ruled that a liv ing fetus of 12 weeks gestation is a pers01. last Thursday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought to court by a man whose wife and unborn child died dur ing birth procedures. The incident happened in 1995. It was brought to the Supreme Court after a circuit judge ruled against the man's claims, citing a previous Supreme Court ruling that a fetus was not a person in wrongful-death actions. The man claimed that the defendants were medically negligent in inducing his wife's labor, failing to discontinue the procedure, failing to perform a caesarean section, failing to resuscitate his wife or the unborn baby and failing to obtain informed consent. Bush picks drug warrior for DEA post Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson bas been assigned by Bush as the new chief of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Hutchinson is known for his harsh views toward drugs and drug offenders. Hutchinson supports increased spending for drug interdiction and has aiticized recent increases in federal n a e p ogr a m He al s o su p ports global militarization of the drug war, incJuding further mili tarization of the drug war in Latin America. Hutchinson opposes any use of medical marijuana and supports using federal funds to influence elec tions in states with pending drug reform initiatives. Hutchinson has also angered free speech advocates by supporting ten year prison terms for anyone posting drug information on the internet. Douglas Adams Dies British author Douglas Adams, au thor of The Hitchhiker :sGuide to the Galaxy and other cult science fiction comedies died Friday at the age of 49. The Hitchhiker :sGuide began as a NEWS OF THE WORLD radio series before being turned into a book which sold 14 million copies around the world. It was later turned into a television series. "I was hitchhiking around Europe in 1971, when I was 18, with this copy of A Hitchhikers Guide to Europe," said Adams. "At one point I found myself lying in the middle of a field, a little bit drunk, when it occurred to me that somebody should write A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It didn't occur to me that it might actually be me years later." Adams died of a heart attack while working out on a treadmill. Supreme Court rules agajnst medical marijuana The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 on Monday that medical necessity may not be used as a defense for violating marijuana laws. The only lawful use of marijuana is by the approximately 200 Americans who are participating in medical research. Cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis patients are just a few of the people who benefit from the use of medical marijuana. The plant's active ingredi ent, THC, acts as an anti-nauseant and also induces hunger. In California, individual's can legally grown marijuana for their own c e. 1 rm 01rtey General Bill Lockyer said the ruling w ould be r evi ewed fo r it s effec t on California law and added, "[It is] unfor tunate that the court was unable to respect California's historic role as a .. leader in the effort to help sick and dying residents who have no hope for relief other than through medical mari juana." Voters in Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Washington have recently approved ballot initiatives regarding medical marijuana. Attorneys in these states are also reviewing the effects of the ruling. McVeigh Reconsiders Execution, Nichols Appeals Lawmakers are investigating the FBI's failure to disclose evidence during the trial of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Timothy McVeigh is recon sidering his decision to be executed, and co-conspirator Terry Nichols re quested an appeal for his sentence of life in prison. McVeigh was to be executed for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. Nichols was sentenced in 1997 to life in prison after be was found guilty in a federal trial of involuntary manslaugh ter and conspiracy for his role in the bombing. More than 3,000 new documents have been discovered, some of which may possibly reveal a third co-conspir ator, which would make Nichols less responsible for the crime. "Justice re quires further ... analysis of the newly revealed documents and a fresh look at the trial court's willingness to defer," Nichols's lawyer wrote. Attorney General John Ashcroft de layed McVeigh's scheduled execution to June 11 of this year as a result. Though a former prosecutor in the case believes that the foul-up was unintentional and that the case has decided, McVeigh and his lawyers are trying to decide whether to further postpone is execu ion o not WIS o spend the rest of my l ife i n an 8-by-12 cell, said McVeigh. Jury selection to begin in polygamy case Utah resident Tom Green (not the popular television star from The Tom Green Show), is facing 25 years in prison for polygamy and child rape charges in Utah's first high-profile bigamy case in 50 years. There are an estimated 30,000 po lygamists currently living in the West, most of them in Utah. Green, who lives in Trout Creek with his five wives and twenty-nine children, believes he is being singled out. "You stick your head out of the hole, the government will shoot it off," he said. May 16, 2001 Boar's Head meats to move headquarters to Sarasota by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. Boar's Head brand meats surged into the delicatessen marketplace and took America by storm only a few years ago. The company's devotion to quality cuts of meat, low fat content per serving and customer satisfaction captured the imaginations of deli sandwich devourers everywhere. Boar's Head Provisions Co. was founded in 1905 by Frank Brunckcborst, a Hollander who was dissatisfied with the quality of deli hams. Only Brunckhorsts have been allowed to act as executives for the company since then, making it one of the longest-running and most presti gious family-owned meat products companies in the world. The Boar's Head Provisions Company has since moved its headquarters to Virginia, where it expanded mightily, and from thence to New York. Now the company is moving its corporate headquarters to Sarasota. It is important to note that the Boar's Head meat processing plants and slaughterhouses will not be relocating with the corporate offices; those will remain in Texas, Virginia, an o ora o. i' T h e S a rasota Board of County Commissioners is quite enthusiastic about the arrival of Boar's Head; at their February 13 meeting, they gave Boar' s Head a corporate tax refund from local funds to match the 80% tax refund granted to Boar's Head by the state of Florida. This is a grand exam ple of Sarasota County's devotion to getting as many pork barrels into town as we can. Information taken from www.fisherfoods.com/boarshead. html and Sarasota County Government web page. Information taken from salon.com, NORML news bulletin, and the AP. CATALYST The Catalyst is available on tbe World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Max Campbell Copy Editor Zac Konkol Managing Editor Michael Sanderson Photographer Crystal Frasier Web Editor Kathryn Dow Staff Writers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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The Catalyst NEWS May 16, 2001 3 Admissions comments on next year's entering class by Ben Ruby At the end of every academic year an annual guessing game begins as to what kind of freshman class will arrive on the campus next fall. What will they be like? Will they fit in with the unique culture of New College? For students graduating this year it is important to know who i s replacing them. For r eturning stud e nts i t is impor tant to know whom they will have to interact with. Although the make-up o f the incoming class will not be firmly es tablished until after the June 15 deadline for submitting applications has passed, Director of Admissions Joel Bauman shed some light in an interview on how 1400 h N c there was a dampening effect on enroll-t e ew ollege class of 2001 is taking Of those accepted, 105 are men and ment of students from those areas. I've shape. 195 are women Florida res i dents make b d tw 1 tt fr Fl The planned size of the enten 'ng class 189 a 0 e ers om orida applicants up of the accepted and non Florida who cited th rt is 205. Three-hundred applt cants have e unce runty surroundmg residents 111. So far out of those ac-ind d th h been admitted so far but not all of those epen ence as e reason t ey are not cepted, 135 have indicated that they will comm g here accepted will choose to attend New C come to New College and 86 have indiOn the whole, however, Bauman is ollege. The average grade point avercated tha t they will not. optimistic about those who have been age of the admitted thus far is 3 .97. The New College s planned t'ndepent d f d accep e so ar an said, "It looks to be admissions department is not supposed dence has had only a minor effect on d to release the average Scholastl'c d very mteresting an excited group. They a m1Ss1ons. "This news has been dis-a f th Achieveme n t Test scorse in order to re ac IVe m e commumty, bright, played prominently in the papers in young intellectuals and scholars." As for make sure that the average is not misPinellas-Hillsborough Count1'es th e uncertamty that surrounds the taken for a cutoff point. However the Sarasot M t C d SAT a-ana ee ounhes, an the process of independence, Bauman re-scores of the middle 50th percentile Tallahassee area. That is our primary fl t d, "It' b of accepted students range from 1260 to marketing area," Bauman said "I think beet et t sall een year, u 1 1s ac u y wor ng out qUite well." Two face court-:student, not real-for streaking by sa1d she IS on this on two levels; Savarese charge, though this was before last th t d t t h f a e Simp e mappropnateness o and sexual harassment e s u en cour on c arges o sexual fended by Meek s and Savarese's the action He said ''To the be f misco?duct sexual for "I know we've bad students there no tdhe Nahonal HThenta. ge streaking on campus before but not in ing Scandu r a inte r e s ted in taking thi s last gyear' s SAC funds misallocation oars tp awar s ceremony e m my presence t h h c ident t ook p la ce at approx i ma t e ly 8:40 Pa rt o f Sca n d ura's co ce t h t S l t o a. l g e r l ega l lev e l. t rial. Ju s tice J un e Gwalthney only comp.m the night of March 16 N n rn IS a IS entue process [the case and men t e d "I'm very gl a d t he s tuden t Formal char es ew College. IS tnal] has been very scary," said court is being used for this an d 1 h o it Student C by Umverslty of South "':londa Savarese. "I wasn't absolutely sure of works out well for both parties." roth S d b oor or ena po tCies t rough the lack of action towhat has been happening since the be Meek and Savarese could potentially be can ura, W o was responsible for the wards this case. Modern ginning. But I have a lot of faith in the suspended foT tb.eiT actions. for a student's actions, a from the trend established in the 1960s that considered students as adults re sponsible for their own actions. In this case, that would mean the school would be vulnerable to any sexual harassment suits filed by anyone in attendance at the awards ceremony if they didn't take any legal action against Meek and thing is ensuring that everyone with the way the matter is resolved. "Basically, the biggest problem with the trial is that we're being charged with sexual harassment," said Meek. "We ran around naked, there's nothing sexual about that." Meek was also quoted as saying that he wouldn't have any problems pleading guilty to a been dropped. The case was dropped after the District Attorney questioned the administration's desire to proceed with a case of this sort. This means that their trial in student court is the only legal action Meek and Savarese should have to face. Visiting bug Professor Elzie McCord leaving New College outstanding academic performance. "As an administrator, I have a legal and moral responsibility to follow up on this," said Scandura, in reference to her decision to press charges not only with the student court but also with the po lice department. Scandura filed an official report on March f7, approxi mately 12 hours after the incident. She promised to go to college for one seentomologist." here at New College, he said he would most miss "the freedom and the conver sations I've had with students. Students have felt confident enough with me to come in and talk with me on a personal level, and I like that. Some of the ideas that students have, although utopian in origin sometimes, are very refreshing. I tend to forget that, being old, I bad ideas similar to that too." Like all of the visiting professors leaving at the end of this semester, McCord will be missed. by Zac Konkol If you ve ever wondered why fly swatters have holes in them, just drop by the office of Visiting Professor of Biology Elzie McCord. You might want to hurry, however, as McCord will be leaving New College at the end of the semester to move on to other endeav ors. Over the past academic year, McCord, who specializes in entomol the study of insects, bas been a unique addition to the staff of the New College Natural Sciences Division. McCord grew up in rural Vidalia, Georgia and attributes his first interest in insects to his pastimes of fishing and hunting, although he admits, "At that time I didn't even know you could have a job with insects." In fact, McCord didn't even want to go to college origi nally. "I wanted to become an auto mechanic," he said, "but my high school teacher, a science teacher, con vinced my mother that being an auto mechanic was a waste of my skills, so I mester, and then if I didn't like it, I was McCord admits that his frrst impres going to go to trade school. ... When I sions of New College "weren't very got to college, I loved it so much I didgood. I had heard from the Sarasota n't want to quit." community that students here were ... McCord earned a bachelor's of sciweird, that they dressed funny and that ence with a major in biology from they were too smart to have common Savannah State College, now Savannah sense .... But after getting here ... I alState University, and then went on to lowed myself to get to know the earn a master's and a doctorate from the students and I didn't find that weirdness University of Florida over the followat all .... By growing up in the 50s and ing years. Most of his professional life 60s I learned early that you should get was spent working for the DuPont to know people rather than classify Company as a biologist, first in them. So I really had a great time here Delaware, then here locally in Sarasota, and I like the students here very much. Florida. He first inquired to New I think the world outside Sarasota College in 1999 when DuPont went knows more about New College than through a national downsizing that left Sarasota." half of their Florida staff without jobs. This summer McCord will be work "In my attempts to locate a position," ing as an adjunct professor at the McCord said, "I applied to New University of South Florida. He also College for a cell biologist job. bas a postdoctoral position lined up at Although I didn't qualify at the time, the Gulf Coast Research and Education they called me back and asked if I'd be Center of the University of Florida in interested in a an back his "I love Dr. McCord," said third-year Gregg Sanford. "I think that Dr. McCord is genuinely interested in stu dent activities and he's one of the best professors I've ever had." And in case you were still wonder ing, a fly swatter bas holes in it because, as McCord informed me, it makes the movement of the swatter harder to detect by the fly's ganglia: a group of nerve cells that function as a "mini-brain." Who would have ......
4 The Catalyst YEAR IN REVIEW May 16, 2001 New College social life: the semester in review, in fun-filled chunks !FROM ''YEAR IN PAGE 1 I The "Big Bang" Palm Court Party sparklert with lights and techno muzak. There was saran wrap on the palm tree and a big black monolith in the center of the New College universe. Thesis student Maggie Ray said that it was, "Fantastictop notch, top of the line, just tops." The day after the party there was smoke all around, but it was not the chool burning to the ground; it was some brush fires to the north of us. Dort Drive was shut down by bull dozers and plastic orange fencing. The drive was part of a $5.2 million campus wide construction project and palm tree relocation. The Public Education Capital Outlay, a state construction fund, supplied the monies for this. Not only will the road be fixed, but we will one day have historically-accurate 20th century lighting. Campus architect Rick Lyttle aid that the project would be completed, "at the end of the school year, right around June 1." Rick Lyttle doesn't work here anymore, as he has been transferred back to USFTampa. A new road, College Drive, is now the only access by car to the west side of campus. The sailing club may have started a The first ever Cardboar d Re gatta brought students together and broke cardboard boats apart. Students raced, destroyed and sunk their personally de signed cardboard boats. Teams won awards for such categories as Best Design and Most Dramatic Sinking. One of the student sponsors, thesis-stu dent Gabriel Pacyniak, said, "I want to thank everyone for corning out; we bad a great time." Fourteen New College students par ticipated in a two-day workshop where they experienced exploration and heal ing in altered states of consciousness using deep, rhythmic, breathing exer cises. The response of the students involved with this program was gener ally positive. First-year Julia Onnie-Hay said that through this she, "discovered a form of medication that is extremely beneficial and healing." Living in dorms got more expensive and will continue to do so for the years to come. Next year Novo Collegians will experience an increase in housing costs of 8%, and there will be more in creases for next five years. Although the increase in cost will upset students, it may also bring the dorms up to code. Since there has been no significant work on the dorms in the last thirty years, something has to be done in order to make dorm life seem less like a "Kafka novel" as Mike Campbell, Director of Residence Life, said earlier this year. The Campus Diversity Committee Alicia Manini-Reed at the She Slam put on a poetry slam entitled "She Slam." For those unfamiliar with the art of slam, it is poetry that revolves around passion and intense emotion as opposed to rhyme and meter. Alena Scandura, New College student activi ties coordinator and member of the diversity committee, said "Slam competitions are very different from normal open mike nights." She cited Alex Olson's slam poem "Cunt Cunty" as an in r e a din g an example of slam. Intervarsity Christian Council spon sored a symposium entitled "Jesus Week." This fairly controversial move included many events like a Worship Celebration and a myth series. This provided a forum for a discussion of Christianity, and although some stu dents were upset, others were just excited about the excellent pancakes provided. Thesis-student Raj Gosha} supported the activities and said, "They are a student group like any other, and should have a right to express their views." The NCSA, UP, Hillel, Office of Student Affairs and Administration all supported Frank Meeink's, a former skinhead, presentation concerning his experiences inside various skinhead gangs and how he abandoned a philos ophy of racial prejudice. Response was generally positive, but third-year June Gwalthney said, "It was good. But I wonder why he was here. He's not going to convert anyone at New College." Students formed a chapter of NORML (National Organization Against Marijuana Laws). The mission of this organization is to challenge unjust governmental regulation of marijuana. The club sponsored an edu cational forum, Marijuana Week, that provided speakers who addressed is sues from legal rights to medical uses of marijuana. Students were censored for showing Kevin Meenick, former skinhead movies on the wall. This popular activ ity, previously discu sed in admissions tours, was halted because of copyright laws and possible student sensitivity is sues. A showing of the film trilogy Evil Dead was compromised because of possible issues concerning religious at titudes. students (said to be members of SPASM, Single Potentially Available Straight Males) have begun to watch k fu on the wall again, no Ash Wedn esday Film Festival Students were very c o n cerne d about the possibil ity of future censoring of traditional campus events. Later in the year, Fetish Ball was also abruptly cancelled. Queer ball was another successful celebration this year. Although many older students comP.lained that this year's Queer Ball did not compare fa vorably to those of the past, students were generally satisfied. Third-year Brad Brad Rosenberg summed it up by saying, "It released my inner queer, but it sure as heJI didn't release my inner cowboy." Earth Day was celebrated with an other big bang. It was a party of planetary proportions and an earthly educational experience to boot. Organizer MiGhelle Conner made it a community effort to educate people about the things that they can do to help our environment, both globally and lo cally. New CoJiege attrition is not as hor rible as it was rumored to be. First time in college surveys and the establish ment of a New College Factbook have helped to show that the newbies aren't dropping out or shipping off as fast as we believed. In fact, attrition is quite nice when compared to other institu tions, even those labeled as "highly selective." Thesis student Jon Spector brought some drama to campus, and he took it to the boundaries of the absurd. His shows, including the collection As If -Staff writer David Savarese Never Been and Attempts on Her Life were attended in abundance when shown in the fishbowl, and his troupe took the shows out of our school and to Orlando s Fringe Festival. Spector has hopes that this sort of involvement in theater can be maintained within the New College community. Despite the inflated expectations harbored by some for the Jell-0 wrestling of the Brousing success. The tu rno u t was e xcel lent; a good time was had by all. As Elizabeth Elia said, "WeB-Dormers are always happy to see the rest of the cam pus here. Its all just fabulous!" A group of hard-working students sponsored the Eighth Annual Pride Symposium. The week was packed with educational, awareness raising events and ended with the Queer Ball. Second-year Cheyenne Simon Williams said, "It all turned out amazingly well. There was a lot of learning and a lot of fun and that is a re ally good combination." Oh, and the Bones, the New College softball team, are doing well. Some great publications have been produced this year. Some stupid kids streaked and got in a lot of trouble for it, the last cou ple of weeks have included a lot of great parties and some great publica tions have been produced this year. Many more events took place this year, but we simply do not have space to put all the activities that Novo Collegians do in this paper. If we missed you, we're sorry. So to sum up, the semester would have been better if there were 24 pizzas at the town meet ings. And stop worrying about the inde pendence stuff, live a little. Keep having fun. Year In Review was compiled with staff articles from the Volume XIII.
The Catalyst Y EAR IN REVIEW May 16, 2001 5 The Road to Indepen d ence seen in retros pec tive To chart New Colleges long, twisted journey to indepen dence, the Catalyst presents "The Road to Independence," based on past coverage. compiled by Darren Guild March 16,2000 An early draft of Jegislation by Republican State Senator Dan Sullivan proposes "A new class of universi ties," with "the emphasis ... on teaching, not research, founded out of existing universities peripheral facilities, such as the Sarasota campus of USF. Quoted in the Tampa Tribune, Sullivan said his plan is taking the exist ing branch campuses and "just giving the community leaders an opportunity." The Catalyst wrote, "The grand plan now will be fleshed out and doubtless debated tremendously, in the halls of the legislature and the pub lic arena. But, as Bassis said 'this could be an idle idea of the senator.'" Judy Genshaft's selection for the post of USF president is also announced in that issue. M ay4,2000 A house committee rejected Sullivan's bill on Wed n esday, April 26. The cornntittee first approved the measure, t hen decided to vot e again Thi s t ime two r ep resentatives changed t h e ir vote s The H o us e Commi ttee sti ll has the a bil i t y t o revive the b iJI by M a y 5 S ome ques t i oned Sulliv a n s mo t ive. "Everyone knows I ap plie d t o b e pre si d e n t [of USF] and d idn't get the job," S ullivan told t he St. Peters b u rg Tunes in a March 28 in terview S ome peo p le t hink "that I'm just throwing a g r enade in the room." A Tampa Tribune April24 editor ial sai d that th e plan w o uld be p articularly h armfu l t o .. the J [New Colleg e ] Sullivan would merge the school's hon o rs program with othe r cl asses ensuring that its many esteemed p r o fessors d epart ed along with its status as the s tate's honors college." May 10,2000 On th e last day o f the annual le gis lature session, the House de ni ed a pproval of Sullivan's proposal. The me a s ure was officially kil l ed a t 7 : 2 0 F riday M ay 5, the t i me that the chamber adjourned. USF officials, Board of Regents Chancellor Adam Herbert and Sullivan agree that revival doesn't seeQl unlike l y according to the Tampa Tribune. September 13, 2000 Rumbles are heard from the Florida Legi s lature abou t potential changes in the relationship between USF and New GJllege. New USF President Judy Genshaft asserts she wants New College to remain a part of USE Florida State University take s over control of the Ringling Museum and rumors begin to circulate about New College merging with FSU. Campus Dean Michael Bassis writes in an announcement to the campus [most] assertions about the likely consequences of one or an other proposal can be readily discounted as uninformed, speculative or self serving. September 20, 2000 Dean Bassis announces that USF P r e s ident Judy Genshaft is seriously considering plans that would sep a rate New College from the University Program. Genshaft advanced three plans that all involved separating the ad ministration of New College from the administration of the UP. In these plans Genshaft says she would like to see the UP program move to a different location in Sarasota. In addition, Genshaft pushes for New College to acquire regional accreditation. Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss said ''It would be a CQmplete s hift of what New College would be. It would be a great thlng for New College ... [however] no details are have been ironed out." November 1, 2000 Several proposals for restructuring New College and USF's relationship are offered, including one which would make New College totally independent. The pro posals ranged from separating the phy ical campuses of New College and UP to separating the administrations between the two schools. During fall break. USF President Genshaft establishes a separate dean for New CoUege and the UP. November 8, 2000 Dean Bassis and newly appointed head of the UP Laurey Stryker answer questions concerning the relation ship between the two campuses at a town meeting. At that time Bassis forecasts, "It's going to be an interesting and exciting year; there are going to be a lot of changes." Stryker comments that it is going to take 3-5 years before the UP program will move elsewhere and will r equire substantial fun d i ng from the legis l atu r e. Stry ker also al lu d es that sta t e Senator Dona l d Sullivan will renew his effort to p u sh a bill thro u g h the Florida legis l ature that wo u ld split USF's branch campuses off from the main campus February 1 4,200 1 Newly elected New College Student Alliance Pre s idents Molly Robinson and Andrew Hossack speak a b out cam pus r eorganization a t a town m eeting They Aiumnae/i Associ a tion President Mike Campbell, pro independence alumnus Rob Lincoln, and Dean B assis at th eApril14, 2001 Town Meeting Aprll14, 2001 .. ..:.owmw.._ Robinson comments, Reorganization is very sticky. It needs money if its going to happen." Concerning jointly financed operations on campus such as the Fitness Center, Hossack explains "if the UP program left, the NCSAwoul d have to find a way t o pay on its own." February 21, 2001 At a press confere nce US F Pre s ident Genshaft a nd State Senators Donald Sullivan and Jim Sebesta an nounce they have reached a comprontise that keeps the USF-$t. Petersburg campus part of USE The Sarasota campus is no t mentioned at the pre s s conference Genshaft, however, says I hope that the model that we' re using for St. Petersburg win be a m odel for the Sarasota/New College campu s." March 14,2001 Senato rs Sullivan and McKay h ave vi sited Sarasota toured New College and are coo rdinating with Foundation President Roland H ei ser to separate New College from USE Bass i s announces their plan to the faculty at an acromonious me e ting. USF President Genshaft speaks to New College and UP faculty on ca m pus Gen s haft says that s h e wan ts to see New College remain a part of USF but say s s he need s the support of the New College community if she is going to fight for this Dean Bassis comments ''This issue o f staying with USF or complete independence is an issue where reason able thoughtful peop l e with only the best interests of New College might still disagree." March 20, 2001 A bill that would make New College independent passes the Education Committee by a 10-1 vote April3, 2001 The bill passe s the Senate Appropriat i ons Committ e e by a 7-1 vote and i s referred to the l e gislatur e. faculty sion. They also prepare a Planning Committee and a Statement of Guiding Principles for an Independent New College of Florida. Students debate independence at a special Town Meeting. The debate is heated and di vided. The Town Meeting cul.ntinates in a vote to endorse a pro-independence letter written by Jewell and former NCSA President Rachel Morris. Students also vote to support the faculty position on independence. Dean Bassis answers questions and says, "this is an issue where people with the best interests of New College could dis agree Apri119, 2001 The state Senate of Florida votes 37-2 in favor of sep arating New College. April25, 2001 In the aftennath of the separation bill's passing, Governor Bush expresses reservations about the practi cality of funding a New College split from USF. He calls for a heartier debate on the matter of independence. Genshaft s ays she would be sad if New College were to be s pun off ," and that it was welcome to remain a part of USF. Heiser comments, I thought the job the students did with the resolution was great. May 4,2001 T wenty-four minutes before midnight the bill that would separate New College from USF passes the state legislature. New College is officially independent from its 24 year relationship with USE Students celebrate in Palm Court. The USF flag is stolen from a flagpole out side the library and later found burned in Palm Court. May 9,2001 Independence proves more messey than anyone promised. See article Page 1.
6 The Catalyst NEWS May 16, 2001 Departments across campus preparing ,for independence lf:ROM "SEPARATION" PAGE ll ture for that purpose. Bassis commented that, because of time constraints, "My guess is that in the beginning of July and at least to the end of the year things will remain the same. For example, an independent New College will need its own person nel policies, but it's going to take a good deal of time to develop those, so I suspect that on July 1 we will adopt USF's personnel policies wholesale. Over time we will have to figure out how many of those services we want to take on for ourselves. Next year one percent might change." Certain services will not be con tracted out to USF in an effort to avoid any conflict of interest. As a result, New College will almost certainly have its own legal services, government rela tions services and president's office. Space issues One implication of independence in volves the currently limited office and classroom space available on campus. Bassis commented, "The Sarasota/Manatee program got $650,000 to expand and hire new fac ulty. New College got $1.2 million. Where we are going t9 put these people i going to be a huge problem. A year ago no one in Tampa would acknowledge that we had a space problem." One of the possible solutions Bassis discussed would be to lease space off campus, although there is not necessar ily suitable space nearby. Bassis discussed one other possible solution, "Modular temporary buildings. They are constructed much better now and can be quite attractive. We do have space for them." Accreditation One issue that New College will face as it becomes independent of the University of South Florida is accredi tation. New College is currently accredited through USF, which is in turn accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Part of the legislation that separates New College from USF calls for New College to pursue independent accredi tation. According to Bassis, "New College is not going to lose its accreditation." Bassis explained that he expected New College would soon, "get those guide lines for how to proceed." There will presumably be a period where the asso ciation reviews the workings of an independent New College before mak ing a decision about permanent accreditation. Bassis emphasized that the Transition Planning Committee would be considering accreditation is sues and, "Accreditation may even take up the majority the Transition committee to make accreditation report by Ryan McConnick Price, Esq. The official New College summer Transition Committee was nascently formed by popular vote at the May 9 faculty meeting. The committee will be tentatively headed by Professor Eugene Lewis, a professor of political science and a longtime guiding force at New College. In addition to Lewis, the com mittee will feature both Associate Dean and Warden Malena Carrasco and Associate Dean and Warden Designate Keith Fitzgerald, as well as two other professors from each division who will be selected at a later date. Two paid student positions on the summer committee wiJJ be filled by NCSA co-presidents Andrew Hossack and Molly Robinson Director of time" (see accompanying article). Financial aid, scholarships, and grants It is not entirely clear what implica tions independence has for scholarships and financial aid. Bassis said that the amount of money available for New College students should remain the arne an a i en College should have i t s own o ffi ce o f financial aid "as soon as possible." As for grants to both students and faculty, Director of Special Projects Suzanne Janney, who held the position of grants consultant from 1993 to 2000, said, "Student grants will continue to have nothing to do with [the University of South Florida]. We apply students from New College directly." As for facAdvancement and Alumni Affairs Carol Butera-Dutton will also serve on the committee, as will Director of Admissions Joel Bauman and Director of Special Projects Suzanne Janney. The primary role of these last three will be to gather infonnation that the com mittee will use in formulating the report, which will be presented to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SASC). This report will insure that New College keeps its accreditation. It should be pointed out that when New College becomes fully indepen dent from the University of South Florida, we will not immediately lose our accredi t ation. New College will not Jose accreditat i on i n fact, unless the ulty grants Janney said Our eligibil ity for those will be unaffected ." One other issue raised by independence ac cording to Janney, is that there are "all kinds of services connected with ad ministering grants. The services provided by USF Tampa and the grant contract office wiJJ need to be contin ued under some sort of arrangement." F ood s e rvic e New College s independence will have no immediate effect on food ser vice. Students who have recently expressed interest in hiring a new food service provider may find that this will be somewhat easier at an independent New College. "It may be that we'll have a little greater flexibility in choosing [a food SACS opts to withdraw it. However, in order to make certain that we remain fully accredited, a vast report must be prepared which incorporates all sorts of information on the college. This will be one of the primary goals of the com mittee. The Transition Committee will also create an initial administrative struc ture for the college, a necessary task as all existing finance structures and au thoritative hierarchies will be thrown into disarray by the separation process. The Transition Committee will work all summer long to create a structure that will satisfy all involved parties and function satisfactorily during this fren zied period in New College history. The best of luck to them. service provider]," said Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell. "We will need to follow state policies, but we will no longer need to follow USF policies." Marriott will remain the campus food service provider for at least the following year. Marriott still has an ad vantage over other food providers in Staff writer Valerie Mojeiko con tributed the section on food service. 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The Catalyst OPINION Editorial: Turbulent years of transition ahead In the April 11 issue of the Catalyst, in a Guest Opinion piece written in favor of independence, President of the New College Alumni Association Mike Campbell wrote that "New College owes the largest measure of gratitude to the University of South Florida." On May 4, upon the announcement of New College's separation, several students expressed that gratitude by stealing and igniting the USF flag. Despite Campbell's expressed views on the nature of the past relationhip between New College and USF, there has been a historic trend on cam pus of labeling USF as the enemy. The independence debate reopened old wounds in New College-USF relations, resulting in claims by some of indepen dence's supporters that our ties with USF have been irrevocably poisoned and must therefore be broken off com pletely. The burning of the USF flag seems symbolic of that attitude. "J\ I most immediately after the announcement, somebody sets a fire [to the USF flag] in the volleyball court," Campbell commented to the Catalyst. "I woke up the next morning laughing. I dreamed up a newspaper headline: 'New College independent for 17 minutes, burns itself to the ground."' That dream may yet become an unfortunate reality students eager to burn ,,_._,, bridges with USF should be aware that they are burning them right out from under us. Whatever their personal wishes, or those of the New College student body, USF's presence on campus will not disappear overnight. As mentioned in the article on the effects of separation (see article Page 1), New College will continue to share the campus with the Sarasota/Manatee University Program until the legislature allocates money for a new campus. Campus services ranging from the Campus Police to the Jane Bancroft Cook Library will continue to be shared between New College and the UP stu dents and faculty. Then there is the $1.3 million that the legislature allocated to New College to contract out those ser vices formerly provided by USF-the number being USF's own esti mate as to their value. Commenting on the fate of New College fac ulty grants, Director of Special Projects Suzanne Janney told the Catalyst, "The ser vices provided by USFTampa and the grant office will need to be con tinued under some sort of arrangement." That will be the trend under which our newly independent New College will operate. Not only are we still dependent upon USF for services and funding on a number of levels, but Tampa is no longer under any obligation to keep New College running, as in the pre-in dependence days. And with both New May 16, 2001 7 College and the UP set to expand, it seems likely that we can look forward to a struggle for space and resources on campus. If former NCSA President Rachel Morris was correct in saying that we have already burned our bridges with USF, then we are now in serious trouble. On the contrary, the Catalyst hopes that USF President Judy Genshaft will stand by her pledge to wish an indepen dent New College well and "be a good neighbor." For this to happen, however, New College must resolve to be a good neighbor to USF a well. Burning the USF flag was an immature and irre sponsible gesture, expressive of nothing but contempt for our former academic partners and hardly con ducive to fostering the cooperation with USF that New College will need to weather the turbulent year of transition still ahead. C t b t Th 1 d f h Revised Opinion page! on ri u Ion: e ast presi ent o t e private New contribution Guidelines: College reflects on independence Editorial:Astatementoftheopinionof the paper determined by the editorial y 'tus Jewell and Michelle Brown board. At the Catalyst. editorial boards When e c ....... o u n .... a....,t..;...;IOO'S 0 those of USF. But if you make it enough years then you' II be safe." Janer accepted the position of president the legislative effort to separate New of the private New College in 1973, he College from USF, an effort which didn't anticipate that he would be the would effectively undo the relationship last person appointed to the position. he spent his tenure as president forging. Shortly into his presidency, Christ"If we had had the option [of becoming Janer concluded that extreme measures an independent university within the were needed to save the college from State University System in 1974) we bankruptcy. If no such measures could would have gone for it. There wasn't a be found, the college should phase itchance in the world that we would have self out by June 30, 1974. So desperate had it then." He supports the separation was the situation that the admissions from USF because he is "impressed by literature was required to state that the the determination of those who know college might not be there for prospecthe most about it that they can make it tive students to attend in the fall. work ... The Foundation has the Christ-Janer found the extreme will-and General Heiser has a will measure he was looking for to save [to make it work]." New College when USF announced in Christ-Janer dismissed the idea that February 1974 that they would begin New College might face censorship conducting a search for buildings and from the legislature for the dress and land for a branch campus in Sarasota. social activities of its students saying, Working closely with USF President "I was president of Boston University Cecil Mackey and a handful of other and I think they have you beat. I don't officials, Christ-Janer negotiated the think that's ever going to be an issue." historic arrangement between USF and He also dismissed the idea that legisla New College which would sustain the tors might fiddle with the academic ten year old institution for the next program of New College saying, "New twenty-five years of its life. College has so much to offer [that] anyChrist-Janer noted with pride that one who is the least bit educated about only one person lost his job as a result education will recognize the value of its of the merger, "me." He chose to reprogram." main active with New College as a The major concern Christ-Janer has member of the New College for the future of an independent New Foundation because "there's a lot of College is that of funding. He worries sweat and tears on those grounds that that during a budget crunch legislators belong to me." will be more likely to notice the unusu-Al a recent Foundation meeting ally high cost of the New College Christ-Janer noted that the major differences between the merger and the separation is that "during the merger I was one of probably six people who be lieved it would work. This time so many people think it's going to work." The former president is also "proud of the deliberateness with which the stu dents have engaged the issue" and that the students have taken the time to fol low the story as closely as they have. He pointed out that during the merger there was far more secrecy and all hap pened during the months of February and March. The students reacted largely negatively, some even Christ-Janer of selling out "their" col lege. "They had good intentions," said the former president. "Now the students are used to the idea of being part of the public system" so there is not as much negativity. When asked for concluding re marks, Christ-Janer aid, "As long as New College keeps doing what it's doing then it will be protected. Survival was always an issue during the early days and we always made it through. I don't mean to sound Pollyanna, but I'm optimistic about New College because I believe in New College. When you have something that precious it will survive." Opinion: An op-ed piece written by a member of the Catalyst staff or a guest contnbutor. Opinions do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community hould be made aware. Opinion pieces range from 250 to 500 words in length, and for guest opinions the editors should be contacted beforehand in order to insure space. to tbe Editor. A reader's response to previous articles, letters, editorials or opinion pieces, or a I re:sooose to an issue or event related to New College not covered in the Catalyst. LetterS to the Editor sbould be no more than 250 words. CoatributloDs: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contn1>utioos should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. All submission sbould be p1aad in box 75 or c-mailed to catalyst@virtu.Sar.usf.edu by Friday at 5:00p.m. to appear in tbc foUowing Wednesday's issue. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit aU submission \ for sp3(:C, 'gtUllnar tJr style.
8 The Catalyst ANNOUNCEMENTS & MISC. May 16, 2001 Clothing is not optional for commencement ceremony by Jag Davies On Friday, May 25, approximately 170 students will graduate in the last ceremony under the auspice of the University of South Florida. The ceremony's keynote speaker, Kenny Misemer, charter-class alum and chair man of the New College Foundation, will deliver an eight-minute address. Director of Student Affair Mark Blaweiss i the primary organizer of the event. He feels that Misemer is the ob vious choice to speak at the ceremony. "The student committee and the Dean and I felt that given the historic nature of this ceremony, having someone with such a history he was here before the merger, he was here during the merger and now he's still here during eparation-would be a nice way to celebrate the college's last USF com mencement." New College' graduations are known for being laid back. However, Blaweiss is quite cautious. "There's going to be a lot of people looking at us, and it's going to be the last cere mony with the president of USF [Judy Gcnshaft ], so I certainly hope that everyone has fun in a very tasteful way. Clothing is not optional. I just really hope that everyone treats the president of USF with respect because she really does like New College." Although 170 students petitioned to graduate, the actual number will most likely be significantly lower. On the day of graduation, the faculty will meet to figure out who will be allowed to graduate and who will not. For those who will graduate, the week of May 21 is sure to be exciting and action-packed. On Wednesday, the oon-to-be graduates will embark on the "Graduate Cruise," a boat-trip into Sarasota Bay. On Thursday, the dean and warden will hold a reception. On Friday morning, the oon-to-be's will attend a toast at College Hall, where Officer Roarty will continue his long standing tradition of trying his best to embarrass everyone. The actual cere mony wil I take place in the afternoon, followed by a student-government sponsored reception in the evening. All in all, Blaweiss expects the com mencement to be enjoyable for everyone. "Graduation should be fun. I loved it last year it was the most fun I've had out of the 26 or 27 different graduations I've been to. Sitting out on the gra sin the sun by the bay-you re ally can't ask for anything more beautiful." This week at the Sainer Pavilion: Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. Dance Tutorial Performance Introducing Catalyst advice column: Just Ask Jag The long-awaited and highly antici pated performances by this semester's Dance Tutorial participants! No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without parent or guardian. Please bring your New College ID to be checked at the door. Sunday, May 20 2:00 p.m. Dance Tutorial Performance, matinee Tuesday, M a y 2 2 9:00 p .m. POP Rock concert by New College's *POP* with possible guest appear ance by the New College String Quartet. TH c Dear Jag: My boyfriend, "Brad", and I have been involved in a serious relationship for nearly seven months now. We love each other deeply, and, since we both live in 2nd Court, we spend nearly all of our time together. However, "Brad" recently decided to move to Viking for next semester. What should I do? Is it worth trying to maintain a long distance-relationship? Or would it be better to ditch Brad and hope that I find someone who lives a little closer to home? Awkward in Second Court Dear Socially Awkward: Well, I cer tainly hope that this is some sort of joke. While it is true that, sometimes, a bike ride to Viking may feel like a long, treacherous journey, if you really love Brad, I'm sure that you will be able to make the sacrifice. However, it is true that long-distance relation hips can be difficult and stress ful. If you choose to stay with Brad next semester, there will surely be many long, lonely nights when a phone call or a letter will hardly suffice. Now would probably be a good time to as sess your relationship with Brad, and decide whether the two of you intend to continue a long-term relationship. If you and Brad truly love one another, there's no reason his move to Viking Dear Jag: It's springtime and my balcony is filled with flowers. They are doing so well that I have a surplus of Miracle Gro. Does Miracle Gro have any psychedelic effects? Do Special LOW Rates For Auto Storage MINI STORAGE Climate Control Lockers For Clothing, Linens, Electronics, Photos or Collectibles Walk-in Closets ... Ideal For Garden Tools & Equipment, Files & Inventory Storage, or Household Goods AIR CONDITIONED DE-HUMIDIFIED Storage For A Box Or A Houseful Monthly & Long Term Rates Clean All-Interior Units With 24 Hour Electronic Security 1909 Whitfield Park Loop 758-1545 Your Sarasota/Bradenton Storage Connection Off Whitfield Avenue Between Old & New Highway 301 IIOOSm