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Volume X HI, Issue 10 now funded by the Ayn Rand Institute New College vce C a1r an res g s "The situation is extremely regrettable," said Michalson by Cataly.,t staff l obert chiffman, vice chairman of the board of tnt ree-. resigned from hi p sition Monday. after having been arr sted on charge of co caine po. session. Pr sident Michalson told the Catalvst that S hiffman from both th Board of Trustee and th 'ew College oundation Board of Tru tees in a letter dat ovembcr 19. "The whol situation is ext m re rettable,". aid Michal son. causcv .. e'd li e to have a full hoard." cle. officers found a plastic bag coutaining about a gram of white pov.der in th cent r consol. Police field-tested the pov.dc and d t rmincd it was ocain according to the Herald Tribune. Chainnan Hob John. on told the Cataly r, "Now that there a 'acancy th governor will ma c an appointment. We should have a tru tee by the next me ting." On his way to jail, Schiffman reportedly told po lice. "( told that officer he could sc.:arch my car, why would 1 do that if I knew I had dru in it?" Schiffman po. ted a portion of his WOO bail and w, releas d from the S. ra. ot ( ounty jail severn I hours after arrc t. According to police report as reported by the Sarasota Herald-'/ ribune, "Police said they saw Schiffman top hi. car on 25th Street and shut off the lights ab ut 6:30 a.m. aid they then saw activity con-si tent with str ct-J vel Robert Schiffmcmfile photo urom lleraldl'nbune l'>f'b lit') .. Bob Johnson is making c ntact with the p oplc in Tallaha c about tilling the board va ancy." ichal on "I think hi rc ignation i to a. a Board of rustccs member i to h lp 'cw Colle e and tt be t way for him to do hi j b m th face of thi charg is to resin from his oh. I don't aid. "We'll ee how quickly they urc able to ha die that beby rin fari Bla co cw College ill ha c a new donn to h m c 2r tudcnt by fall 2(()3, it Dire tor of R id nc I ive Mike Campbell and Dean of Students Mar Blaweis have their 'ay. "''m obse.scd v.ith thi id'a and it' to happen but only if v.e can affo1d it," Blawei s aid about th plan to build a n dorm. h plan in ol u ing the new building to house o e ourt of Pd for three yc. rs until it i "completely ouued" an ren ovated, Bla cis aid. It I o involve building three to nc luxury apart-. rncnt in Pci, Dort. and the new building fer new pro[! 01 and their familic By the ume cw Collcg has pent 2 million on each co rt of Pei, cnrollm nt h '1ld have <>rown enough to fill the dorm, Blawei s said. But. u. in a payment plan called oft boo financing. it'd be thirty year. befo 1 cw College compktcly paid for it con truction. Off book finan ing means the con truc tion company "work with the state and they get the loan for you and they build th building for you," said Blawciss. ''After thirty y'ar. we pay them back. We lea c them ... the land to huild an w nee hall and th y build it to our pecitications. We de. ign it, we manage it, we upervise it ... we decide wh re it oes. we put the name on it, our R. .s run it ... it's a carl pus residence hall ju t like all our ot er one We make sure it' being built they be CX(XCtcd," aid ew College Student Alliance lli torian Titus J well. "I is 'ob way aid it h uld be built i.e. not (.Jol stein." tudcnt hou, ing fee in t d of going to H idence Life. oo to the on struction comp;my so that the dorm tor itself v. hil stud nts live in it. The dorm would p ol ably hou c 200 tudent in a variety of diffi rent livin arrangement said C ampbcll. Blawcis said there \vould be singl s. double and apartment-st. le rooms for thr or four tu dents to hare. "One of th' wby v.c.; thin it hould ha e a flexib e floor plan i lt ) ... get a mor cvcnl di tributed mix of t d nt aero s the re idence halls," aid Campbell. The new building would 1cat 1rc "multiple options o rooms would ap p al utorc.; to old r tudent and some v ould appeal to first and second ycar stu dent ." he aid. ProfessoL living among stud nts would also provide om need d diver ity, aid Blawci s. They would "serve a f' id ntial masters for each ot the three re idence areas." he aid. "Th irresponsibility would be to maybe ha some cia. ses [in their a rtments) once in a while or maybe cook brownies or cookies or bring in a speaker or sit aro md and chat or watch a ball game ... 1 think it would be a sen e of identity for our resid J1Ct,; h. 11 ." The pacious luxury apartm nt hich Rlaweiss h imagines h. ving artwork, real furniture. full kitchens, and po sibly a piano. would be the i7.e fa tcw P i room put together. He aid this li ing option will h I attra t more profe o a. the expand .... rc'll have to grow from 60 fa ulty to 80 in t n years." h aid. "We're going to hav to hire a lot and this might 111akc 'ew College mor nticin for can didate: who want to c me here." he entirt; plan has to be approv d by th Board of 1 ru te and B a wei said that Foundation Pre idcnt General Rolland V. H iscr .-ecmcd supporti of the plan. .. General Hei r docs not teud to get ex cited about a project just to m. kc people tecl good ... I do know the thing he was mo. t excited about was the idea of a resi dential college,' said Blawei s. Another part of the plan include using off boo financing to fund Pei repair.. :aid Blawd. A company would buy Pci and New College would tL c t at money to ren. EE 'EW IJOl'\11\G PAGE November 21, 2001 Sciences students arc borin ... i to trees Thi is the cause of that noi u of power-tool you ma have heard around the Hei.er building I, tcly. It wa all a part of Jean Huffman's den dJochronology work hop: a friendly and non-lethal ap proach to the dutin of trees thr ugh ri tg analysi STORl; PAGE 5 It's 'The 'at's teo"' Di.d William Ra olph Hearst ill Thoma Harper Ince'! If you ha e ev<.:r been bothered by that quc::.tion, then The Meow i for you. Or you ha c no of who tho. e t \'v'O guy ar ', rh n set:: the movi and cnli ht Just think Citi-en Kane, peopl STORl' PAGE 4 The creat -of Toy, wry pre'Mike the cute, new hero f Monsters. lnc. teve Jobs, founder of Pixar. al o created the i a Do y u e the con nection? REvum; PtWE 4

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2 The Catalyst NEWS OF THE WOR BY Mnengers that th skies are safe, President Bush igned a bill Monday placing airp rt baggage screeners on rhe federal pay roll. The compromise bill he signed re all 28,000 baggage crecr e to become federal employees. with the ex ception of faciliti s !hat will take part in a pilot program te ting alterna tives. After three year airports may see pern1is ion form the government to return to a private ystem of moni toring. The lcgi lation -the ubject of po litical wrangling was the late t in a serie, of steps the government ha taken to lighten afety in the Ides. Additional air marshals have been asigned to flights in greater number : airline companies have strengthened cockpit door and members of the Guard now patrol many of the nation's airports. The defense said it could till appeal on the j\lvenile court issue later. "It's not a lo s," !>aid Michael Shennan. Skakel's attorney. '"They're tellmg u to come back when there i a de i!>ion to appeal." Skakcl, a nephew of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. i charged with the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley. a neighbor who wa beaten 10 death with a golf club. Skakel and Moxley were 15 at the time. Skakel, nm 41, was charged in January 2000 and was arraigned as a ju venile because of his age at rhe time of the killing. Juvenile Court Judge Maureen Dennis had ruled in January that adult court was the proper venue for the trial, in part because the state has no uvenile facility where it could send Skakel if he is convicted. o trial date bas been set. As an adult, Skakel could be sentenced to lO years to life in prison As a juvenile, the maximum penalty Skakcl could have received underthc law in effect in 1975 was four years. To finance the security improve -Tuliban otTers surrender of strongment passengers will be charged a hold; siege continues $2.50 fee each time they board a plane The northern alliance is tightening for a flight. up to $5 per trip. its siege on the last Taliban ba tion in "For our airways there is one the north. Kunduz. where foreign fight supreme priority, ecurity," Bush said ers loyal to Osama bin Laden ;n a ccremon at Reagan ati nal reportedly we c preventing a Taliban Airport that c o incide with 1 h e g in urr enae r : ning of the busy holiday travel season The Taliban had offered over the "For the first time, airport security will weekend to leave Kunduz on condition become a direct federal responsibility." of guarantees of safety for the foreign ennedy relative swings and mi in appe Is court The Connecticut Supreme Court dismissed an appeal Monday from Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. who had sought to have his trial in the 1975 murder of a neighbor heard in juvenile court. In a unanimous decision. the state' highest court ruled that a Juvenile Court judge's decision to transfer the case to adult court was not appealable at this stage. before trial. CA ALY fighters, a northern alliance commander aid. But other alliance commanders said Monday they doubted the Taliban were in a po ition to negotiate since Arabs effectively control the city. Indeed, foreign militants loyal to bin Laden's ai-Qaida terror network mostly Arabs. Pakistanis and Chechens were preventing their Afghan allies in rhe Taliban from surrendering. refugees from the city said. Backed by U.S. bombardment, the northern alliance swept the Taliban out of northern Afghanistan last week and Harry Potler kids at the Movies premiere. seized the capital, KabuL 1 he 1aliban hold also fell apart in the south, where local leadc s too control of many areas. e o nly major cttJe su 1 in th e Islamic militia s hands are Kunduz in the north and Kandahar in the south. Harry Potter movie prepares magical batch of records Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. the first adaptation of the popu lar boy wizard fable to hit the silver screen, allegedly broke a box-office record this past weekend with gate re ceipts of an incredible $90.3 million. Although rival studios dispute the figures, there is no douht the film will shatter the previous opening-weekend record of $72.7 million, held by Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World's opening in 1997. On Saturday, the kid sorcerer scored a record $33.5 million pot of gold, beati g the $28.5 million in 1999 by U.lr ats:-piso f! '/ te antm Menace Friday's opening day $ 3 million was the second best single day rec rd and Sunday's $24.8 million the eighth. The $24,590 per theater average for the weekend was the best ever. The film played well with all demographics, especially children. The PG-rated release opened on about 8,200 screens at 3,672 theatersmore than any other film ever--and broke the records despite its 152 minute running time and some lukewarm re views from major critacs who were Jess than spellbound. lnfomwtion taken from the AP wire, the St. Petersburg Times. and! Online. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at hllp:l/www.sar.usfedul-catalvstl General i;ditor Michael Sanderson Layout Editor Erin Marie Bla co Managing Editor Max Campbell Photographer Crystal Frasier The Calalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. lt is developed in the Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submission should be labeled as either to the Editor or contribution::; and include names and conta t information. Web Editor Gimignam Editorial Assi tant Graham Slrousc Staff Writers Ryan McCormick Price, E.q., David Savarese, Valerie Mojciko. Jag Chtisrinc Bonum!>, Chn. topher DcFiiiJppi. Renee Ma well. Lit. Palomo. Abby Weingarten ew College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradefllon Herald with money provided by the 1 ew College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, .FL 34243 catalyst@ncfedu 71le Catalyst reserves the right to edit submission for pace, grammar or tyle. Printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to cata/yst@nc.fedu No anonymous submissions will be accepted. All ubmissions must be received by 5:00p.m. 'aturday in order to appear in the following week's issue. lnfonnati n about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week. :

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The Catalyst NEWS November 21, 2 001 3 New initiative may scrap school restructuring Education I;:xce1lence so far has raised about $142,000 b u t says t h at a full campaign may cost $6 million. by Mike Gimignani A coalition of important Floridians, led by U.S. Senator Bob Graham, launched an operation last Friday toreturn power over the state's university system to an independent board. Calling itself Education Excellence for Florida, the political action commit tee is trying for 491,000 signatures-enough to get a proposal before Florida voters in November 2002. Graham said his ballot initiative would create a 17 -member board of governors with staggered seven-year terms to oversee university activities. The campaign aims to reverse the 2000 education reforms that dismantled the Florida Board of Regents, which had governed the state's universities for more than 30 years and has allowed Islam info sess1on: Islam is not cause of terrorism or other evils by Christopher DeFillippi "In the sand, he drew and line, and said 'the difference between Christianity and Islam is even thinner than this line,'" said Adris Khan, recall ing the words of a seventh century Abyssinian king. Khan was a partici pant in November 12 information session on Islam, and was teJling the story of the Christian King who gave refuge to a band of Muslims whose city had been seized by pagans. He told the story to show that Christianity and Islam have not always existed in conflict with each other, and of the many historical examples used by the inform a tion ses sion's speakers in an eve n ing dedicated to addressing the Ameri can public's often h az y und e r standi n g of the history and pri n ci pl es of Islam. As a member of the Islamic society of Sarasota/Bradenton, Khan was one of five speakers asked to participate in the information session, an open dia logue affair open to both New College students and members of the commu nity. As a speaker, he was asked by coordinator of the Muslim Student Association, Zeeshan Hafeez, to share personal details about how Islam has touched his life, perception of the world and rel ation to non-Muslims. Like the other speakers Yasmeen Wahab, Rob Afridi, Iman Zia, and Dr. Salim Afridi, he also answered ques tions from the audience. "We basically wanted to get some misconceptions of Islam out," said Zeeshan, a New College first-year. "We wanted t o educate the community and the people of New College, and give them a better of idea of what Islam is about, so people just don't think of it as Muslims being terrorists." Co-coordinator of the Muslim Student Association Nadia Naviwala stressed the importance of clarifying that violence committed in the name of Islam is not the solely the product of a religion's teachings. "We wanted to let people know that [terrorist violence] is probably not coming from Islam, and that it could be political, or because of a lack of education, or just power-hun gry people." Perceptions of the Islamic world tha t were also addressed were views re garding its treatment of women. While the treatment of women under Islamic theocracies was only briefly addressed, Wahab elaborated upon the fact that there is nothing in either the Koran or the Islamic belief structure that advo cates discrimination against women. "Islam has given respect to women in all aspects," Wahab stated. "She has the right to be educated, she has the her money, she has the right to raise her kid, she is not repressed in any way." The Islamic world's perception of America was also addre ss ed W he n crimin a l s s teal from I slami c countries, where d o y o u t hink th e money is kept safe?" Rob Afridi asked the audience. "European and American banks." To further explain the animosity much of the Is l amic world feels for the United states, Rob Afridi described the tide of murder, rape, and destruction that befell Afghanistan when the United States and the Soviet Union left the country to be seized by tribal warfare. "Do you think someone from that part of the world wou l d give a damn if a few thousand people died in New York?" she concluded. Hafeez and Naviwalla said they be lieved the information session to be a success. Expressing that that they were impressed by the knowledge of the speake r s and the part i cipation of the au dience, they were disappointed only by the level of attendance. "I should have spent some more time publicizing this," said Hafeez. "But then again this is the first time [New College's Musl im Student Association] has put anything to gether." Future plans of the New College Muslim Association include a Ramadan celebration, which Hafeez is hoping will include pre-fasting dinners and guest-speakers. Gov. Jeb Bush unprecedented influence on higher education. The overhaul put control of the state's education system under the aegis of the governor and unites the state's university, community college and K-12 systems into a single decentralized structure. As of July 1, individual uni versities now have responsibilities for bonding, financial management, tuition and fee structures, campus police and capital construction. The goal was to decentralize decision-making, espe cially at the university level, which had been governed centrally by a chancellor and Board of Regents. Graham wants constitutional status for the proposed board to prevent what he sees as excessive medd l ing by legis lators and politicians. "There's a reason why the great uni versities of America, whether they are private or p ub lic universities, have sys tems that protect them from po l i t ics," said Graham, who is not formally in volved in the political action committee because of Senate ethics rules. "Florida no longer has that." Gov. Bush, who was in Jacksonville, said he didn't understand the need for an expensive initiative pro posal. "If Senator Graham wants to raised from his supporters, that's fine: he said. The new B oard of Ed u cation re leased a m u ch stronger response. "Senator Graham's init i ative is an effort to throw Florida backward in time to an outdated system of governance that Floridians have rejected because it failed our students and created exces sive layers of bureaucracy," Education Secretary Jim Home said in a prepared statement. "The bottom I ine: Senator Graham's initiative is obsolete and un necessary." On the other hand, some university faculty members said Friday that acad emic freedom has already been hurt by the new system, with state u nive r sities pitted against each ot her in a free for all for sca rce d ollars. Phil Han dy, a W in ter P ark en trep reneur w h o c h aire d t h e e d uc at ional re o rganiza t io n a l effort an d a lso led a s uccessful "Eigh t is Eno u g h peti tion drive to create term limi t s in 19 92, s a i d it wo u ld be difficult to get the necessary signatures in time for the 2002 ballot. ''They have to buy the signatures and that takes money," Handy said. "It is very disappointing that the senior sena tor is expending his political capital on a debate that seems to be an attempt to simply embarrass the governor." Information tah!n from the AP w1re, the St. Petersburg Times. TOTAL SATISFACTION .. 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4 The Catalyst ENTERTAINMENT 'Mon ter Inc.' give eco-consc1ous message by Liz Palomo Anyon inclined to dismis Monsters Inc. the late t from Pi ar Entertainment Toy Story. A Bug's Life), a l ing only for children will criou ly mi. s out. This movie i entertaining no only for the heer vi ual pleasure of watching very lin -lik beastie: in tion. tal o ti r the ubtlc humor that it elf throughout the lll0\.1C in ways that make only the adults in the theatre chuckle. It's d finitely worth the unca inc s of sitting among I rge quanlitie of boisterou human young. every child in the world. allowing elite Scarers to neak into bedroom and col lect scream energy. This twisted, sadistic plot is effectively made inoffensive through the ;1miablc characters of number one carer, the fuzzy blue James P Sullivan (John Goodman). and his pher ical cyclop of a hcst friend and a sisrant. Mike Wazowski (Billy Crista!.) Of course. mon tcrs are more terrified of the children. who are considered highly toxic, than the chi drcn arc of them. November 21, 2001 Th' story line wonderful. Monsters. lnc. is a company that provides the city of Mon tropoli with energy in the form of the tenified scream of children. The c mpany u es an ingeniou net\vork that lin s the factory with the closet door of The y tern proves fallible when an adorable thrc -year-old girl nick.'11amcd Boo enters the factory by lovingly cling ing to the fur of "Sully," the supposedly terrifying m nster, who must hencctorth hide her for fear of Io ing hi job. The ecologically con ciou subplot may be a commentary on the fallacie of James P. Sullivan (John Gnodnum) wuf"spherical cyclop.\" Mike (Billy Criswl). Ahove: Mike. rlre loleable, walking. talking, iMac the way we power our houses and fuel our cars in the real world. There is a short age of "scream" in Monstropolis because children arc jaded and harder to scare. This leads certain evil" on s in the company to resort to an even more cruel plot to produce screams from children. When feanrrcd creature Sully finds out about it, he embarks on a mi sion not only to stop the cruelty, but to find an altetnale, and more efficient. soun:e of en Pixar i based in nor1h ':" not surprising, but it's heartening to see such a touch in a mainstream movie that is currently advertising through, among less sordid channel.. McDonald' Me sages of hope aside, th movie i visually astounding. Every colorful hair on Sully's bmte-like body waves like gossamer when he moves. The facial ex pressions on all the characters give them such a genuine air. and they move with such a realistic ea,e. that it's dinicult to accept that they're only computer gener ated. And the action cene toward the end of the movie in which th lead chat acter are caught in a whizzing door rna hine that seems to be roughly th' size of the solar system wa enough to elicit breathy whoa's from urrounding chil. k and slightly diuy. The visual effC(;ts, which are Pixar's finest to date, may partly explain why the project took this entertainment corporation four years to complete. 'The Cats Meow,' a e of murderous newspaper publisher Kirsrell Dunsr pluys Hears/'s mistress Marion Davies. by Ryan McConnick Price, F William Randolph Hearst was a gen uine force of hi tory in America for over half a century. A a publi. hing magnate with newspapc from coa t to coast and a tyrannical overlord of tl e news industry, I wielded power that few could hope to match. '11w CM Mem .... a film n; ently rdeascd by Lion's Gate Entertainment under th dir tion of Peter Bogdanovich, d monstmtes this most effectively. por tmying a hypothetical scenario in which Hearst y shot and killed movie 111 ma Ilarpcr lncc and had the matter brushed away. Bogdanovich. a capable Mannhatanite who is mostly notable for <.lecades-old movies such as Paper Moorr and Mask. I as not been at the helm of a feature film since The Thing Called Low:. a J 993 film starring the late River Phoenix. He dOt:S a remarkable j b with nu Cots Meow, smoothly drc1wing the viewer into a conspiracy theory so con vincingly that one forgets it is. indeed, only a theory. 1l e cinematics are al though this probably mo tly thanks to the prop master and to the shooting location aboard a magnificent yacht in the Greek i les. Edward Herm1ann. a workhorse no table for his numerou narration and portrayals of Franklin Roosevelt and 1\:'cl on Rockefeller, docs a very ad mirable job of playing Hearst. Hear t i a hard man to play, and while it is a tinge disappointing that Bogdanovich and writer Stephen Pero take the easy way out an<.! portray him a a 1 eur tic harlcs Fo ter Kane, Herrmann sti 11 tum in a re markable and subtle performance. Beloved British coolie Eddie Izzard is a very pa able Chaplin. with all the right mannerisms and smooth dialogue although very I ittle of the raw lechery .that Chaplin exuded when not being the Little Tmmp. I was tom on Kirsten Dunst's Marion Davies. Davies was indeed a beautiful and vivacious and downright lusty young blonde starlet, and Dun t manages to capture those nymphet quali ties in spades. But Marion Davies. despite her seeming dependence on er sugar daddy Hearst, wa a much more mature woman than Dun t is yet capable of por traying. Cary l'!lwes, as the doomed Ince, does a very impres. ive job of ponraying Incc 's desperation as he tric. to work an agreement out with Iearst to ave his stu dio. One of the true grace notes of the movie i onmiscient presence of Joanna Lumley of Absolutei_v as author Elinor Glyn, the narrator of the film and a character of no little importance She a<.lds a bit of metaphysical weight to the otherwise tawdry hypothetic
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The Catalyst NEWS Students learn the value of pines on campus by Renee Maxwell Last week five students took time to participate in a dendrochronology workshop conducted by Jean Huffman, a New College alumna who is doing her doctorate research for the plant ecology program at Louisiana State University. Dendrochronology, essentially tree ring analysis, may be used to date trees and acquire data for such fields as historical ecology, archeology and paleoclimatology. This workshop focused on teaching students the methodology, with the hope that they will use those skills to pursue related projects on campus in the future. factors that affect tree growth, indicated by scars and "cat faces" left by tur pentme harvesting. These methods do not harm the trees, since cross-sections are only taken from dead trees and stumps, and the holes left by increment borers quickly fill with resin. Huffman expressed some regret that the timing of the workshop was such had to participate in con Junction with other classes, so there was not enough time to do justice to the full scope of the project. "To do in depth and a lot of other aspects, these students will have to do ISPs and con tinue the work themselves," said Huffman. '1t's basically an introduction to how you can sort out a lot of differ ent events that happened in the lives of trees from the rings." November 21, 2001 5 Thesis-student Gabriela Yates told the Catalyst, "I feel like I've gotten a whole lot out of this because ... right now I've got this wonderful job with Florida Fish and Wildlife. I'm researching an endangered species, the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. They live inside live pine trees, so one of the things that's vital for us is to be able to age the pine trees so we know how old a tree has to be to support the Red Cockaded Woodpecker ... So this could affect a state-wide research program, by me taking this one workshop." In a presentation on Friday, Huffman lectured on the applications of dendrochronology, and students pre sented the preliminary findings of their work. In her lecture, Huffman ex plained that the pine trees on campus are much older than most pines in Florida, since most of the state was heavily logged for timber when European settlers first arrived. Some trees are between 120 and 200 years old, and were here lon before the Ringlings and other wealthy landown ers started buying up coastal property in the 1920s. Fourth-year Jean Huffman cutting a tree stump to obtain a cross section. uniqueness of the pines on campus. She This dendrochronology workshop said, "I learned that we have very old was sponsored by the Alumnae/i pines on this campus, and that's unAssociation and the Environmental usual and exciting, and it's shown me Studies Program. In addition, Professor the importance of pine trees, which Elzie McCord donated the use of his don't get a lot of attention. They're sort laboratory space. Huffman was also of dealt with as trash trees and not grateful for the enthusiasm of Biology nearl .. .. But tltey're so 1 to Ollr and it gives us a look at what this place .te.Jf*fd was like before humans really started ISPs ... Collecting data for tree ring analysis essentially takin core samples from live trees using an increment borer. In addition, cross-sections are also an important source of infonnation, since they illustrate a variety of Yates was also impressed by the affecting the landscape." Discussion of Palm Court Parties renewed by David Savarese Acts of violence and over-indulgence of sub stances such as alcohol during Palm Court Parties (PCPs) has caused enough unrest to warrant discus sion within the administration again. In the coming weeks there will be consideration on the way our Palm Court Parties will take place in the future. The administration believes that a student forum or com mittee should be established to provide suggestions on how future parties will proceed. Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss said, "The best solutions and policies should come from the students. It is the students' party." Last year the student body supported the establish ment of PCP policies and rules by adopting them at a Town Meeting. After the policies were enacted the campus police worked with the administration and the student body to organize this system of wristbands, restrictions on glass bottles, and greater control of al cohol consumption. Standards were set on the amount of security must be in place for the parties to continue. However, complications in the system may have al lowed some slack in the way the policies were implemented. Blaweiss said that, "The policies were there, and we just decided not to follow them." Chief of Police Eugene O'Casio said" Things that work tend to become a burden. If you have two or three safe, effective parties you tend to lighten up on some of the restrictions." Even with the policies already in place, there are concerns to some of the more dangerous aspects of Palm Court Parties. Blawaiss said, There are three issues that we should definitely address as we try to eliminate the problems occurring at PCPs: the hours of the party; the reasoning behind the party whether it is a celebration or an excuse to abuse alco hol and illegal substances; and whether local area residents are invited." The issue of local residents directly associated with the college attending the PCP is a big one. Many of the violent incidents involve non-students and non guests, including the after-hour bar clientele. Director of Housing and Alumni President Mike Campbell said, "It is a consistent theme that people with no per sonal attachments here commit crimes against persons and property." Chief O'Casio said in a phone interview, "I would much rather see the parties New College oriented." Mark Blawaiss said, "I don't think we have a need for uninvited guests. The biggest problem is that they have no investment in being here." Thesis-student Chris Sabatelli said, "If we are committed to bringing locals to PCP then it's a good idea, but a lot of trouble comes from outsiders. We have to have a way to make them accountable for their actions." Sabatelli suggested using an electronic database to keep track of everyone that has a wrist band. If you provide a wristband to people with ID then they must keep it on to stay in Palm Court, if we know who is here then they cannot come back after they are removed for being disruptive. There is a high level of student concern about the future of PCPs and the policies that affect them. Second-year Chris Altes said that, There were a lot One example of the destruction wrought during tlze party of concerns discussed {at the first meeting addressing PCP policies], things beyond the issues of PCP poli cies: like the public image of New College and the nature of the student body. There are lots of things to be addressed." The student body will have an effect on the changes concerning future PCP policies. Campbell said, 'Change should be easy to implement. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most elegant and effective." When a committee is convened, the student body will have a say in whether we change the hours, the venue, or the nature of future PCPs. The students will also have the opportunity to offer solu tions to problems they see at our Palm Court Parties. As Blawaiss ended our interview he said, [PCPs] are a good tradition, but let's do something to limit the hann."

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6 The Catalyst NEWS November 21, 2001 New College Foundation Keating Center on its way for 2002 This building, named ill honor of Ed and Elaine Keating, will soon go up on land north of College Drive, currently the site of a dirt pile by Jag Davies Ever wondered about those big dirt mounds next to College Drive? As it turns out, the New College Foundation is planning to build a new office complex there. The one-story building will have enough offices for all eight members of the Foundation staff, as well as an employee from both the Alumni Association and the Library Association, thereby bringing all of New College's independent support or ganizations together under one roof. The Foundation has housed its Qffices in the first floor of Robertson Hall since the merger with USF in 1974. However, a number of issues Jed to the desire for a new facility. The Admissions Office will benefit from the new building by expanding into the space now occupied by the Foundation in the first floor of Robertson Hall. In recent years, Admissions has been forced to expand into College Hall in order to meet its needs. Foundation President Roland Heiser is quite enthusiastic about the new building. "I personally think that College Hall will benefit, the Alumni office will benefit, the Library Association will benefit, it will cer tainly be good for the Foundation, and I it Admissions Office." The new 5,000 square foot horse shoe-shaped building will be built in a style similar to the Heiser and Pritzker Buildings, with light-orange paint, Professors envisioned baking brownies for students ovate it, buying it back in better condi tion after 30 years. But there are disadvantages to off book financing. Because student hous ing fees would pay the construction company, and not the Residence Life auxiliary, the office would have less money with which to maintain build ings. Blaweiss said that the New College Foundation would have to find private donors to cover such a shortfall. But making New Co1Iege more of a residential college with professors living among students, might encourage some rich people who want their names on buildings to donate, said Blaweiss. "This concept of a residential college system might be another tool the foundation can use to entice a donor," he said. "Not only are you giving money to keep buildings up, you're [promotingl ... faculty and students working together in residence halls, building partnerships and collabo rative work and things New College is all about. We should extend this outside the classrooms." Because of these creative financing methods, the dorm will probably be com petitively priced for students, Blaweiss said. "lf it's a hundred dollars more a year [in student housing fees] and you get an oven, probably students wouldn't mind. The first company that came in estimated that it'd [cost] ... around the same as Dort and Goldstein [for students]." Both Blaweiss and Campbell said that students will be involved in planning the new dorm, if New College does decide to build one. "We're certainly not going to replicate some high rise dorrn like ... UF," said Campbell. 'That's certainly not what we need and we also want to do something that's architecturally consis tent with the rest of the campus, something that is a good ecological fit." He said that students would be able to express their opinions about the new dorm like whether or not the new building will have a racing stripe dur ing focus groups. Blaweiss also said that the environmental studies program will be involved in picking an ecologically sound site for the new dorm. stucco walls and tiled roofs. As well as a number of offices, it would have a large conference room, a medium-sized conference room, up-to-date wash rooms, and a pantry for serving food to guests. Finding the right location for the building has been the biggest hold-up so far. "It's a very attractive building," said Heiser. "We've just had a dickens of a time trying to find the right place to put it." Originally, the Foundation planned to put the building in a residen-. at Q th t. problems forced them to abandon that plan. Next, they planned to buy the Circus Hall of Fame property just north of the entrance to College Drive, but it turned out to be too expensive. Finally, the Foundation realized it would be best to simply find the land somewhere on campus, and settled on the spot on the north side of College Drive east of the Pritzker Building. Construction should start this spring, and will last five to six months. The new building was made possible by a generous donation from philanthropists Ed Keating and his wife Elaine, who is a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees. They have promised to cover the costs of s c 'o "l'y wa fantasy," said thesis-student James Burgdorf, "about climbing the dirt mounds." "Now," he added, "I may never have the chance to realize that dream." Schiffman resigns from trustees I FROM {(SCHIFFMAN" PAGE I think there was any pressure put on him by anyone else for him to do this." Schiffman is the president/CEO of the Wynnton Group. Wynnton is cur rently working on developing an 11-acre plot of land at US 41 and 6th Street. Wynnton has just recently com pleted a 16-story condominium tower as the first phase of the Renaissance project, which plans to include a $100 million, mixed-use complex including residences, retail, office space and a hotel. Wynnton also planned the stalled Five Points office building in down town Sarasota. Schiffman is an alumnus of New College and also attended the Wharton School of Business. He is a resident of Columbus, Georgia. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July. Foundation President Rolland V. Heiser told the Catalyst, "Bob Schiffman has been a generous sup porter of New College and the New College Foundation for many years. He also is in the process of funding an en dowed professorship in Asian Studies named in honor of Dr. Marion Hoppin, a former psychology professor at New College." "It is unfortunate," said Jewell. "He has been a really strong supporter of the foundation in the past, and I'm sure that he has a lot to offer as a trustee member." Stajfmembers Valerie Mojeiko, Max Campbell, and Michael Sanderson con tributed to this report. lnfonnationfmm the HeraldTribune used in this report. Foundation President General Heiser said, "Bob Schiffinan has been a generous supporter of New College and the New College Foundation for many years."

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The Catalyst NEWS November21, 2001 7 From the archives: Jok e write-ins not all that funny This editorial is from the December 3, 1998, issue of the Tangent. Tuesday's election was only the latest i nstallment in the story of the long and winding road to the filling of the office of NCSA President tbr 1999, an office which as of this writing ._..----: remains unfilled, but to which someone will hopefully be elected by the time you read this. No less than 31 different ''individ ua l s," several of them dead, fictional, or non-human, received votes for the job on December l. The unexpected depar t u r e of the entire original slate of candidates from the race can partially explain this. A l so a factor, we're sure, is the fact that there was in fact only one candi d ate on the ballot, and those who voted for the l ikes of Archie Lochs and Fritz the Cat probably assumed that they could v o t e for anyone under the sun and have it m ake no difference. given that the sole individual on the ballot, Rachael Morris, seemed assured of victory. As it hap pened, she fell exactly one vote short o the fifty-percent vote required under th NCSA Constitution, forcing a runoff. A run-off is almost wel come at this point, since i does offer students a choice on the ballot, even though i means we'll have had fou elect1ons and one aborted election before finally deciding on our nex President. The events of the pas month are a clear sign that we've reach one of those times in the history of th NCSA where the war between gravity and levity has shifted far too much in favor of levity. Unusual write-in candidates are noth ing new to the NCSA; some olde students may recall that years ago rappe L. L. Cool J. was only narrowly defeated by a New College student for the offic of President, and in fact beat several othe actual stu d ents in the process. Write-in candidates: This year Editorial policy changes over the years at the Catalyst; the current editors think write-ins are funny Plus they 'r e a Crank, Scott Morris Ja k e S il vers t e i n E rin Ingram F o r S econd-Year SAC Rep.: That .guamnteea way 1o g e your ti-..-.;v .. Catalyst message -or any other Amelia Bird, Robby Rackleff, Crack, message-into print! Eric Sosnoff, Brian Dodge, Audrey The following names were also Troutt, Bob Dole, David Jacco, Ben submitted as write-in candidates: Wright, and Bill Werner. For NCSA President: Steve Scott For ThirdYear SAC Rep.: Darkwing Eric Soshels Andrew Not a Power Duck Melanie Iverson, Charlie Quiroz, Monger Hossack, Mack, Michelle Danny Wood Jimmy Jives Bo Brown, and Eric Sosnoff Bentele, Steve Jones, Pat Mickey, For Student Court Justices: Mike Cenzer, Fuck the Catalyst Pat Melanie Iverson, E rin Ingr am, Crank, H Pete Dow Napoleon and Hanyi Crack, Smack, Chris Altes Justin Zhuang Vickers, Siggy, Destroy the Catalyst For Fourth-Year SAC Rep.: Peter Titus Jewell, Danny Wood Mikael Brinson, Ryan McCormick Price Zora Bakanin, Emma Goldman, Zack Tucker, Chris Sabatelli, Smack, Shahan Mateo Duque Mr. T, June Meghan Rimelspach Shanon Pawel Gwalthney, Jessica Rich-Zeisler, and Malkowski, Siggy, Kermit the Frog and Eric Blair innumerable misspellings and nickFor First-Year SAC Rep. : Steve 0 names of Dave Johansen. Write-in candidates: Years ago ... The December 1 NCSA Presidential Election results are i n 180 votes were cast, and 90 were required to win. No single candidate received 90 votes, and a run-off was held Wednesday between Doug Christy and Rachael Morris, the re sults of which are not available at this t ime. {Editor's note: Morris was elected and re elected a year later.] The total votes for Tuesday's election were as follows: Rachael Morris (89), Doug Chnsty (39), Steve Yacco (13), M ichael Shannon (6), "Adam and Alisdair" ( 3 ) Jen Yang (2), lan Moor e (2), Lauren Payne ( 2), Jeb Bush (2). The foiJowing candidates received one (1) write-in vote each: "Fritz the Cat," Dan Holmes, Bootsy Collins Chris Martin, Deborah Herbstman, Erin Skelly "Blank," 'Pinky Joey Jo Jo ... Alistair you Idiot Rocky Swift, Adam Rivers, "Aiisdair," Doug Wahl, "Caligula and Janis Jopli n "Rachael Morr i s and M ichael Shannon," Keara Axelrod, "NCSA," Archie Lochs [Hmm. This is an anagram of Charles Choi ." -ed ] 'Other," "Donovan," and "None of the Above." L.L. Cool J was not availabl e for com ment, but his press agent remarked, 'We hoped he' d w i n i t thi s year. I guess it just wasn't i n the cards." Two girls in an elevator ... b y Crys tal Fras i e r Campus Police and the Sarasota Fire Department were both on the scene last Tuesday, November 13 at approximately 3;45 in the afternoon, to respond to an emergency call from the Dart dorms. The doors to the elevator had somehow wedged shut, trapping an unspecified New College student and her guest inside. Campus Police office Harvey St. John was the first on the scene. we called the fire department. There weren't any problems," said St. John. Firefighters from the city of Sarasota arrived shortly thereafter and managed to pry the doors open. Maintenance Supervisor Raymond McVay said that this was thankfully not a major mechanical failure. "The door tracks got filled with dirt. scotch tape, paper, and everyday crud. When that happens, the doors get jammed.'' The door tracks are usually cleaned by Maintenance on a regular basis, b ut have been accident ally overlooke d in recent months as they have been ac cording to Me Vay "busy as bird dog attending to the many problems with Dart's sister complex, Gol dstien. This is not the first time the Dort el evator has failed, eith er, Mc V ay observed. The lift, wh ich was ins t alled and maintained by Miami Elevator, h as had problems before due to maladjust ments during installation and part s wearing out. However t his is the fir st time anyone has actually been stuck in side the elevator during a malfunction. Altogether, the debacle lasted just a bit over fifteen min u tes, a testament t o the speed and organization with whi c h o u r Campus Police and Sarasota e m er gency services react to a criSIS. We're here to serve the students twentyfo ur seven," said officer St. J o hn CAREER CENTER What's Hap pe ning ? The job market is a scary place rig h t now. Hiring of college grads is down this year by nearly 20 percent and em-. standstill, according to surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. That's why the Career Center is hosting Reality Check 10 l Landing a Job in Today's Market. This session will help you learn how to set yourself apart from the competition in the job search Experts will focu s primarily on the area market, providing t ips and strategies that will help you beat the competition. Panelists will include em ployment experts from Arthur Andersen Technology Solutions; Sarasota County government; and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Join us Nov. 28,Learning Auditorium HCL8, from 4 until 5 p m. Bring your resume and let the experts critique it after the presentation For deta i ls call the Career Center, 359 -4261 or 359-4459. Email: Career@ sar. usf.edu. W ed. Nov. 28th, 6:00pm Fund for Public Interest Research Sudakoff Center Off -campus Study Session, Sudako Center Hear from other New College students about their experience abroad. Find out more about the National Student Exchange program Off-campus Study The National Student Exchange (NSE) applications and Directory o Exchange Opportunit i es for 2002-2003 academic year are now avai lable in the Career Cen ter. The NSE program provides the opportunity to attend one o 174 colleges and universities across the US and Canada for a semester or academic year at in-state tuition For more information visit the NSE website at http ://www. nse.org. Applications must b e processed through the Career Center. Corrections e Last week's Latin Ball article misspelled the name of Melissa Negre. The Catalyst regrets the error. Clarification e The "Harry Potter" i tem in our last issue was an unsolicited op-ed piece which we printed for sheer amusement value. And, no, we a re not actually funded by the Ayn Rand Institute. e Student Court Justice B r andon Keene clarified that as of last week the constitution had not yet been ratified. -

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8 The Catalyst After a semester-long hiatus, the Catalyst is pleased to announce the return of the SAC minutes. Minutes have been kept, but not sent to the Catalyst. As a special bonus, we present the above cartoon, drawn on the proposal fonn for the "Abstack Art Exhibit." The drawing is by third-year Robert Schober; the exhibit would feature "stackable art" (and stackable food). Members in attendance: Dave Johansen, Emma Jay, Damayanti Byers, Patrick Hickey, Andrew Jay, Sydney Nash, Shannon Dunn (Joe Naroditsky NOT in attendance!) All decisions are unanimous unless noted. !.Organization: Winter Formal Wall Representative: Duncan Warner Amount Requested: $30 Allocated: $30 from general fund ... S dne abstained Purpose : White Christmas Lights for PC 2.0rganiz atio n : Ca mpu s C ompost ing Group Representative: Sara Kemme Amount Requested: $79.50 Allocated: $80.00 from general fund Purpose: Red Wiggler Worms 3.0rganization: New College Greens Representative: Zac Shahan Amount Requested: $105 ANN 0 UN CEMENTS Allocated: $40 from food fund $5 from copy fund Purpose: Workshop Dinner and Copies 4.0rganization: Multifaith Council Representative: Amanda Durbak Amount Requested: $150 Allocated: $150 from food fund Purpose: Annual Thanksgiving Feast 5. Organization: Lush Magazine Representative: Charlie Quiroz and Dana Arak Amount Requested: $1,354 Allocated: $800 put into Lush Reserve Purpose: To be completed pending on CAA allocation 6. Organization: Abstack Art Show Repre s entative: David Savarese and Robert Schrober Amount Requested: $55 Allocated: $25 from the food fund $3 from the copy fund Purpose: Pancake Supplies ?.Organization: B-Dorm 1 Amount Requested: $70.00 A llocated: $ 1 5 from ge n e ral fund $4 0 from food fund Purpose: Sunset Croquet 8.0rganization: Muslim Association Representative: Amount Requested: $20 Allocated: $20 Purpose: Thank You Cards Student Softball Scores November 6 vs the DAWGS New College loses, but barely to top ranked team, the DAWGS 15-13. November 13 vs Manasota Smokes New College gets 'smoked' by Manasota Smokes as they pound out 15 hits in a 17-5 romp of New College. New College drops their record to 3 and 4. New College will avenge their ear lier loss to the DAWGs in a re-match game at 8:30 pm on the Richardson Parkway fields. (Near the junction of Honore and Fruitville Road) on TUES DAY, November 20. The season will end on TUESDAY, November 27 when the Four Winds takes on the Belcourt B 's at 8:30 pm, same place. Caples Fine Arts Request Forms Before you head home for Thanksgiving, make sure you drop off your SIGNED request form for the Caples Fine Arts Complex! Requests for use of space during January and February 2002 are due by 5pm TODAY, Wednesday, November 21. Completed forms (with sponsor signa tures!) should be returned to Lori Bergstresser's mailbox in Humanities (COH 104) Ca112-4665 for more info Sculpture exhibit Everyone is invited to the Writing Resource Center to see the new sculp ture exhibit. Students in Leslie Fry's 11.11.01, 4:30: Criminal mischief s.E. Palm Court light switch Unknown suspect unscrewed the switch face place and disconnected a wire. Approximately $10.00 damage. Status: Active. ll.l8. 01, 14:46: Burglary/petit theftViking Dorm area Unknown suspects entered a New College student's unse cured room and took a bottle of medica tion The empty bottle was found discarded outside the victim's room. Approximate value of theft was $50.00. Status: Active. Introductory Sculpture class have cre ated amazing, amusing, and clever interpretations of the human figure. These works in wood will be on display until December 14. And while you're in the Writing Resource Center, sit down with one of the student writing assistants to discuss your essay-in-the making (or make an appointment for biter). We look forward to seeing you. Reciprocity? Who needs it?! You know, with all the talk of cement ing social ties through networks of mutual obligation, we're destracted from the importance of stealing. Take take take take take take take! Got a problem with the Catalyst? Try telling ... the Catalyst! Were there typos in that article we wrote about you? Did we spell your name wrong? Have you been mis-quoted? Try bringing your grievance to the actual editors. Because we care abOut the quality of our paper. Because we sympathize with your concerns. Because, contrary to popular belief, we probably aren't out to get you. Reach us at catalyst@ncf.edu How the Other Half 'Lives' by Christopher DeFillippi


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