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Volume XIV, Issue 11 Marriott greases the wheels of Residence Life by Ry McCormick Pri Esq. to ew College through the ew ollcge has long tried au pice of Henry Belanger, a to promote an ecologically class of 2000 alumnus who sound mindset in its students now works for the company. and the surrounding commu-He sug g e. ted that GreascCar nity. Few are the students who could convert an entire fleet of would dream of dropping a ew College vehicle after brown gla s bottle in a trashcan demonstrating the effective rather than ending it off to be ness of their conversion recycled. Thus. it should come process on a prototype vehicle. as no surpri e that SCA Director of Residence Life President Andrew Hos ack and Mike Campbell volunteered the staff of Re idence Lif< are the Housing Van. ometime working to get a project underfondly referred to as 'The 111e Veggie Van from the Veggie l-im website. way that will 111ake thi Millennium Falcon." shouldn't take long after that to campus just a wee bit more n"The procedure only run get underway. Residence Life vironmentally-friendly about $1000, so it's not like it's dig Veggie Vans." The idea currently being going to be major surgery," a -The van will be given the promoted is to have GreaseCar, sured Campbell, "and full GreaseCar treatment. This a company in ew England GreaseCar tells us that after will entail some basic modifi which has created a process their convers ion the vans can cation to the v a n s that allows diesel veh i cl e s to run off o f diesel or g rea se, s o pre -co mb u tion di ese l en gi n e run off of vegetable oi l s, modreally we are n't risking an y In their current f orm d iesel e n ify a van owned by Hou ing, thing. We will need a new van, gincs b urnin g vegetab l e oil usc __ a .. needed a ... a "dual fuel ster "much like ce r a e produ ed by van or a long t1me. o we'll the old tractor that humcd Marriott. just have to get one that meets gasoline until th ngine wa Grease ar brou g ht the offe r the pees Henry gav us It wann enough to switch over to diesel. Th vegetable die el system offered by GreaseCar allows the engine to run on all sorts of oi Is and greases by heating the fuel system to allow the material to pass freely throu g h all the tubing and s wi tche s a n d valves Thi system u t ilizes w as t e heat produced by t h e engine i n the form of c la.nl water t o heat the auxihary 1ucl circuit. This proce s does requir the SEE GREASE CAR PAGE rustee Simendinger now receiving coverage by Abby Weingarten Anyon who has auended a Board ofTrustees meeting is fa miliar with 'ew ollcge's Alexis imendinger, who e probing question and articulate comments add insight and mo mentum to every discu sion. As a White House correspondent and staff writer for the National Journal, she brings exten ive poli t ical knowledge and an in tent journalis t ic approach to the B oard, getting to the root of im portant i sue and keeping tangent-goers in check. A ew College cia of 1981 alu m na. Simendinger did her the i on journal i m and went on to earn a master's degree in th field at the University of Mis ouriColumbia. She wrote for the Tampa Tribune for three years before heading to Wa hington. Simendinger would occa-ionally return to Florida from her residence in Alexandria, Vir ginia, to check up on her alma mater. As her career progres ed, she earned the luxury of having spare time and decided to take on the role of ew College Alumni As ociation ( 'CAA) President for two term in the early '90s. "I had time to give, and wanted to support educa tion in some way," she said. After she worked for the f\jCAA. Chaim an Bob Johnson and trustee Ron Heiser pro posed Simcndinger' name to Governor Bush to consider for the Board of Trustee She ha been a trustee of the New College Foundation since 1998. S1mendinger made an ap pearance at recent a Catalyst meeting to discu s, among other things. her work on the National Jounwl The maga zine she explained. focu es on the political policy of Congre s. the White Hou e and the Executive Branch. A yearly sub cription cost about 1200, o its demographic is a small and elite audience in Washington. Because of the hioh expense, readers expect that the National Journal will "give them something more than the reporting in the Wa hington Post, she said. In the past few months, Simendinger ha encountered some obstacles in extracting in formation from her u ual -ources. Becau c people are consultmg their news source more re l igious l y than they might have during peacetime, politicians are acing a dilemma-how to relay news that is often only tentative at bet. "To tell the public you don't know is painful," said Simcndingcr. "It's scary for a government that's supposed to alleviate the fears of the pub lic." And lately, because of the amount of information the gov ernment doe n 't know, particulatly about the anthrax cone m. politicians are telling joumali t not to report any thing that might hurt national security. ''The Bush White House i one of th mo t closed, c ntrol ling administration I've ever seen," said Simendingcr. "If you don't have an answer in the White House, your natural in stinct is to get a little hostile, which they are." "(Politicians] understand that the public appetite [for news] is ever continuing," she said "But in tim s of war, tJ eir abihty to provide sub tantive infom1ation for w h at we call 'spin' (the ver ion of the truth important to them) i ha r der." Becau. of t ime constraints SEE November 28, 2001 A brand new Pei Residence Life Director Mike an1pbell and Dean of Student'i Mark Blaweiss have grand new plan f, r the Pei donns, and they don't all in clude luxury apartments for professo The rooms are to be gutted completely a part of their renovati n. 1be prece dent was set with the fiery death and rebirth of Pei 234. STORY, PAGE 5 Cops describe PCP arrest According to Chris Sabatelli, the non student arrested at the Halloween P P "wa n t in c ontr ol of h imse l f." The camp u s pohce ay the man had resisted arres t and was wanted on felon warrants. ........ .STORY, PAGE 3 Fear and loathing at Harry Potter Join pecial gue t corre pon dent Jcb Lund for his very special re iew of this popular kids' movie. Proof po itive that the film isn't ju t for children and family-men. But, he says, be sure to go late at night: better to put up wit h stinking drunks than c r eaming infants. ENTERA/ NMRNT, PAGE 4
2 The Catalyst BY VALERIE MOJEIKO Worker killed at SRQ A construction worker was killed unday at th ne. rby Sarasota Bradenton International Airport when a tar tru k backed over him. He had been spraying tar on the outheast end of the main nmway when a uuck bac cd over him and d gged him 20 feet. He died on the s enc. Hi name had not been rclea ed at th tim the Caral st went to pre s. U.S. arine nter Afghanistan, Japan ""ends Troop U.S. Marine landed on a makeshift airstrip near the cit of Kandahar, Atghanistan on Monday and attacked armored vehicle with heli opter gunhi,Ps. Japan also deployed several ship .. The AH-l W obra helicopt r gun ships as aulted 15 tanks and armored personnel carriers late Monday, destroy ing some of them. It is unknown how many ca ualtie were had on either side. "The Marines have landed and we now own a piece of Afghanistan," Gen. James Mattis. commander o the task force, said Monday. "Everything went without a hitch." There are over 4,000 marines man nin th new base. creation of the makeshift airfield marks a change in trategy in rhc continuing "war on terrorism." Until now, the U.S. force had fought from the air. Now they are on the ground. Acco ding to Defense ecretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, we need troops that can, "crawl around on the ground and find people." Three Japanese war hips left port as well. in support of the U.S. led war. The deployment is the fir t time since World War ll that the Japanese military has been used to support forces engaged in combat. nrnates Break Out of Brazilian Jail A tunnel dug into Brazil' biggest CTHE NEWS OF THE WORLD jail, allowed 108 inmates to c cape on Monday. The breakout has triggered a massive manhunt outside of Sao Paulo. and ha drawn more attention to lh country's failing penal sy tern. The 1,290 capacity jail held I ,608 inmate the night before the escape Several hundred police fanned out in th earby area with helicopters to look for the inmates Eighteen have been cap tured so far. Th state penitentiary is pan of the infan ou 'arandiru pri on complex, \\hich ha been the cenc of the numer ous riot and c capes, a well as Brazirs largest pri on rna. sacre. h complex ha. repeatedly highlighted the inade quacy. of Brazil's overcrowded and understaffed prison system. La t July. I 06 inmates c capcd from the complex. Researchers Clone Six-Cell Human 'mbryo Researchers at Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester claimed to have cloned the first human embryo. Pre ident Bu h, the Vatican, and other abonion foes have shown opposition. Advanced Cell Technology is not in terested in creating human clone The researchers hope to use the cloned em bryos' stem cell to treat a wide range of ailments--cancer, heart di ease, spinal cord injuries, and others. Stem cells, can De used to grow replacement cells which are genetically compatible with the donor of the DNA. According to President Bush, the in cident was, "morally wrong, in my opinion." The ational Right to Life ommittec made was also up et by the breakthrough. "This corporation i cre ating h man embryos for the sole purpose of killing them and harve ting their cell : aid its legislative director. Douglas John on. "Unless Congress acts quickly, thi corporation and other will be opening human embryo farms. Several tates, including California have placed a ban on human cloning, Americas Marines in Afghanistan. and a national ban is in th works. The U S. House of Representatives has al ready voted to ban human cloning. and the i sue is now being con idered by the Senate. White house spokesman Ari Flei cher said that the President hope that "th first cro sing of the line" will cause the enate to follow the House's decision. Bush is currently allowing federal funding for stem cell research. Dr. "lorman Post, director of the bioethic program at the University of Wiscon in-Madi on, said the work of I basic part of making tern ell research useful for human beings." ew Euro Coins Can Cause Skin Disease Two of the eight Euro coins due to come into circulatio in January can be dangerous to people prone to nickel al lergy. Five minutes of contact with the hazardous coins, the one-curo and two-euro. may cause an itching rdsh. Fifteen percent of all women and two to five percent of men in the industrialized world are prone to nickel allergy. Coins are exempt from the E 's nickel directive, which limit the amount of nickel in products such as jewelry or watches that come into direct contact with the skin. The coin. nickel relea e is over 100 times greater than the nickel directive's limit Man Caught With 44 Birds in Pants A man was arrested at the Miami airport last month for attempting to smuggle rare songbirds into the U.S. via his pants. Carlos Rodriguez Avila, if con vict d, face fines of $500,000 and a maximum of five years in prison. lie. and imponati on of the b i rds and making a fal e statement by lying on his U.S. customs fonn. Avila had flown to the airport from Havana. A uspicious customs agent asked him to raise the leg of his pants. Avila complied, revealing 44 Cuban melodious finches strapped to his legs. The finche are a popular songbird, and can be sold for a much as $350 each. Not all of the bird. survived the trip. It is unknown how much money can be had for dead Cuban melodious finches. Infonnation from Reuters, AP, Sarasota Herald Tribune, and ABCnews.com used in this report. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://wv.w. sar. usfedu/-cata/y<;t/ General Editor Michael Sanderson Layout Editor Erin Marie Blasco Managing Editor Max Campbell Photographer Crystal Fra ier The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Ve peri. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacinto h and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor hould be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either Letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact infonnation. Printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to catalyst@ncjedu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. 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The Catalyst NEWS November 28, 2001 3 Cops call Palm Court Party arrest simple and straightforward by Michael Gimignani This year's Halloween Palm Court Party ended with time in police custody for one non-student v1 itor who tested the patience of campus police officers one too many times. The police ex pressed concern at the incident, but contend that the arrest was a imple and straightforward procedure. At around 5:30 am on Sunday. November 4, Officers Ken Vicker and Kathleen Jacobs of the University Police shut off the music in Palm Court in an effort to end the already-
4 The Cata Kids in 'Harry kids in audie otter' charming; ce annoytng by Jeb Tennyson Lund Let me pitch a story to you: a boy living with hiaunt and uncle suddenly learns that he pos esse incredible powersas did his parents, who were killed by someone wath "dark" powers. Later, he proves his worth by being good at heart, navigating a labyrinth to obtain an ancient artifact that grants im mort lily, and finally not trusting the ,eductive promises of the above-men tioned dark power. I give to you /-larry Potter Strikes the f..tl t Supemum Back into a lloly Grail ... a one-of-a kind ph nomenon. Ye it has a derivative plot. But, to be fair, in an era where virtually all family movies arc saccharine-coated tablets of cloying doody relentles Iy churned out by Team Rodent, 1t IS nice to see a family film that is clever and not at all schmaltzy. The ABC/ DisneyLand/Orlando Thought Police Human Values Restructuring Program did not make this movie. It was made by British people, who still recognize that human beings inconveniently have d i ffere n t att it udes, do not burst spasticall y into song, and do not have animated e e. set three inches aRart on grotesque oval-shaped heads. /larry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone is, obviously, the story of eleven year old Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe). An unloved lad, he is res cued from his abusive aunt and uncle and taken t o Hogwart's, an academy for aspiring w itches and wiza r ds. here, he encoun ters friends, a nobb y n emesis, wise teacher and secrets of the magical world. (Quirky magic will form th basis for many audience members' enjoyment, as charming creatures and special effects often improve lagging plot poinll .) The plot's main struggle occurs \\'hen Harry and his friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Ruvert Grint) mu t foil an evil wizard's attempt to gain the orcercr's stone, an object that can give eternal life. The high points of the film are un doubtedly the set-piece costumes and acting. While the first two are rich and inventive, the last is plain solid. The child actors are all talented and forsake cutesy mugging in favor of competently evoking motivation and reaction Furthermore, the adult actors are well-cast and appealing in their deliv ery. Alan Rickman gives a nicely imperious performance; Richard Harris is likeable as the grandfatherly head master wizard; and Maggie Smith remains a wonderfully cla sy lady. Perhaps most amusing is Robbie Coltrane, who does an outstanding job a s the caring, j ust a n d sometimes oafi h H rid. John Hurt o has. a un ca e But, a implied above, the mo t dis appointing aspect of the film (or book, in some cases) is its heavy borrowing from other films. The scene where the students play Brockian Ultra Cricketor whatever it is that involves them swooping on brooms, trying to throw ba ll s in hoops-could be Potter's pod race scene, albeit without that asi n ine Young wizards rehashi11g old movie play by-play announcer who ruined Phantom Menace. The end scene is a predictable reworking of Luke and the Emperor' confrontation in Return of the Jedi. And Harry's journey to get the sorcerer's tone is reminiscent of Indiana Jones' nail-biting attempts to obtain artifacts at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the end of The Last Crusade. Regardless of these shortcomings, t h e movie is great if o n e is in the mar 'et for a r hthea ted intt:r. tin departure from reality. I must insist on three things, however. 1. Go to a night showing. When I saw the movie, there was a baby behind me screaming like it had a fork stuck in 1t. And, in the row 10 front of me, there were two kids who extensively discu sed the disparities between the book and the movie thus revealing the N E WS ew College trustee is White House correspondent at the Caudyst meeting ime ndinger discussed her journal istic experience more in-depth via e-mail, sharing some intriguing s t ories about her in t eracttons with different politicians over the years. "What is chal lenging in covering the White House," she wrote, "is to discern not only what a president or other top of ficial does, but also what is driving them to do it. There's almost always more than meets the eye." Reporters covering the White Hou e rarely know more than about 10-30 per cent of what is going on at a given moment. "It's a tough environment to cover because it's so closed to prying eyes." she wrote. Congress, in her opinion, is "much more open" becau e those politicians have to deal with vote and fight to get pre. s attention o often. ..Covering the Hill is lot of fun," she wrote, "even it you ha vc to cover the same tory again and again (budgets, over ight hearings, etc.)." Simendinger noted that he cially enjoys writing about political campaigns, sharing an anecdote about a county commission she covered while on staff at the 1ampa Tribune. She was assigned to profile a candi date who was new to running for office, and got a tip, anonymously, that there was something "not quite right in the gentleman's background something financial." Through research and inter views, he discovered that the candidate had once stolen a client's 'bearer bonds" (bonds that can be cashed by any bearer) and that his employer had senled with him without involving law enforcement. After confmn.ing her information and calling the candidate for a response, h pleaded with he1 to hold the story until aft r the election "which was not going to happen, of course," she wrote. But the candidate's pleading con-cemed her. "It crossed my mind -if he felt his life was ruined, would he do something drastic to himself or others?" she wrote. "But he didn't. The story came out and he withdrew from the race. I don't know what happened lo him after that, except he left politics behind." One of the be t-lmown political fig ures Simendinger wrote about was AI Gore, whom she interviewed in the sum mer of 2000 just before the Democratic 'ational Convention. The interview was to be published in Q&A form, and everyone who attended the convention was going to be allowed to read it. Gore's demeanor turned out to be quite unimpressive. "Rather than being revved up to give reporters a little zip and zest for each interview, I found Gore ubdued, flat, and not very animated,'' he wr c. "He could have u ed .orne questions to showcase himself better, more energetically, and more humor ously." outcome of nearly every forthcoming scene. Only after I said, "Shut up, Kreskin," and lobbed Popcorn Bombs of Disgust at their heads did they con sent to look snottily at m ignore me and resume their interminable disquisi tion. I wish I could say that I killed them-DEAD! But I did not; I moped. Save yourself this fate: see the movie late at night. A stinking mob of drunks is quieter than rows of children in Potter m a n ia. 2. Show u e x!lctl fiftee i ure late. 'the previews are unforgivably painful. 3. We must set fire to every witch we can find. God ble s America! Jeb Tennyson Lund Lives in Sarasota with a fat basset hound, enjoys betting at the dog track and telling lies to small children. She consulted one of Gore's aide before the interview for advice on how to draw Gore out, but it didn't work. "Gore, as we know, likes the act of gov erning, but not the art of politicking," she wrote. "He finds it beneath him." Simendinger believes that it is the re porter's responsibility to tell voters what they know to be the truth about politi cians, whether or not they are matched for the job they hope to und rtake. The reporter shouldn't do the thinking for the reader, but help them decide how to sort through their own thinking about candi dates. "All politicians are interesting," she wrote. 'They are a different breed. And they should be admired ju t for their bravery in putting them elves before people and asking them for something their vote. You have to be interested in something more than power to put yourself through the procc::.s which i::. not pleasant."
The Catalyst NEWS November28, 2001 5 Renovation plan calls for "gutting" of Pei dorms HOUSIN by Erin Marie Blasco Residence Life Director Mike Campbell knows how badly Pei dorms need to be renovated; as a student, he got trapped in his Pei bathroom because the doorknob fell off. About ten years ago, just a few days after graduation, somehow he and a friend ended up trapped in the bath room. "Just about everybody had left [campus]," Campbell said. "It's a good thing we figured out how to break the door down," he said. "Well, we didn't, like, rip it off its hinges, but we broke it open. Had we not done so, God knows how long we would have been there. Everybody else was gone, I'm not sure how o eri housekeeping staff comes into the rooms. We could have been there for months." To prevent more students from get ting stuck in their bathrooms, the short-term renovation plan for Pei in-. volves replacing more bathroom doors. Long-term plans are in the works. "We've got a roadmap of what we need to do and how we need to spec it ... It's a very comprehensive renovation," Campbell said. "When I came into this job I was determined not to wait to address some critical needs be cause, for one thing, student rental fees fund this and to have students pay now for improvements they' II never see assuming they graduate within a rea sonable amount of time -doesn't make sense. Because some of our repair needs are pressing, I was determined even. as we planned to do long term ren ovatt?ns to go forward with short term r repatrs]." So far, about $100,000 has been spent allergy-provoking car pet Wtth vmyl tile in many of the rooms, sliding glass door locks have been revamped and $150,000 has been replacing bathroom doors. These tmprovements came first because air and safety concerns are priori ties,. said. The next step of repatrs Will probably involve complete gutting of Pei dorm rooms. Pei's nearly forty-year old alf-conditioning units is one part of the plan. Some units have been repaired at $350 each and Residence Life has found it's cheaper to simply replace them. Bathrooms will receive much atten during renovation. "We're really to _have to gut them," Campbell said. Resldence Life plans on replacing much of the plumbing, fixtures, tile, plaster and doors. Bathrooms will also get ground fault interrupter outlets, to further reduce the risk of shock. "You're less likely to be electrocuted y u re very i e y o ge electrocuted now, but you'll be less likely," Campbell said. Dean of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss said his goal is to have all Pei rooms look like what he calls "the burned-out room." The second court room was completely renovated after a small fire in the room during spring of 1999. ''That room was completely gut ted and rebuilt," BJaweiss said. ''That's how I want every room in Pei to look like." It has a new air conditioning unit, built-in bookshelves, new floor and wallboards, but, Blaweiss said, "each room costs about $20,000-30,000 to do that, and that's why [Pei renovations] could cost $5 million." Since this type of renovation will be so complete, Campbell said Physical Plant will convert a Pei custodial room a dorm room that will look exactly hke the newly renovated ones will. "Physical Plant would like to ... do the remodeling all themselves for this room," he said. "They would "rebuild [it]. from the ground up. That way our staff will have a very de tailed assessment of what it's going to take [Though] we will contract major renovation, we'll have people here who will really know brick-by brick and pipe-by-pipe what it's going to take ... we'll use this room for ex ploratory surgery." Plans to possibly construct a new dorm by fall 2003 will speed up the process of improving Pei, Campbell said. Residence Life may use the new dorm to house one or two courts of Pei for a year while they undergo renova tions. "I think our aspiration would be to have some flexibility," he said. "Because if you rely on a three month timeframe to do everything, you really do run the risk of not meeting deadlines ... I'd like to have the time to make sure we do the job right." But the other option trying to complete repairs over the summer-is still a possibility. If repairs had to happen over the sum mer, e ou d have reds o workers descend on the place and not leave 'till it's renovated," he said. Renovation will most likely be paid for by a mortgage-like financing method called off-book financing, Campbell said. State bonds and private money are also options. He also assured students that reno vating Pei would probably not result in more giant increases in student housing fees. "I want to do this without drastic increases," Campbell said. "As we look at plans, I can tell you, none of us want to come up with a solution that's going to create financial hardship for stu dents. That's an essential part of the discussion." Pei lives! by Erin Marie Blasco In the spring of 1999, there was a small fire in a second court Pei room. The room was wrecked and then renovated-today it's the model towards which all future Pei rooms will aspire. Spending millions to fix Pei is worth it, Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss said. "When [the second court room] burned down, and it was hot fire, you could literally, according to lDirector of Physical Plant) Richard Olney, go to the room next door, put your hand on the wall and not feel it. That's the beauty of Pei. It's safe, it promotes social interaction com pared to most residence halls, it's definitely worth the $5 miUion to fix it. We could not replicate Pei any where close to that-it'd cost twice as much. So it's worth fixing." Campbell said he thinks Residence Life should explore the architectural importance of the dorms as part of I.M. Pei's portfolio-it was his first project south of the Mason-Dixon line and he worked on it during the 1960s, during a time when he was vecy popu lar. "I don't think that l.M. Pei's going to come down here with a checkbook I and say, s Jiere s some money tol take care of my buildings' but I do think that organizations that care about Pei's work and his contributions to architecture might be interested in these buildings and might be in a posi tion to help us," Campbell said. Campbell said that, although it seems to be a "consistent rumor" on campus that Pej wasn't pleased with how the dorm turned out and architec ture books don't usually recognized it as one of his projects, he doesn't think Pei is displeased with the donn. "You're less likely to be electrocuted-not that you're very likely to get electrocuted now, but you'll be less likely," Campbell said. A friend of Campbell's, and a New College alum, once met Pei and men tioned he attended New Col1ege. "[Pei] didn't storm off o.r start scream ing or spitting," Campbell said. "He also didn't give [him] a big hug and say 'how are those buildings?"' Though Pei probably wont help New Col1ege out, the site architect who oversaw construction of the dorms still lives in nearby and may help shed some light on the best way to go about renovations, Campbell said. Correction A photo caption in last weeks dendrochronology piece misidentified alumna Jean Huffman due to an editing error. The Catalyst regrets the error. That she is an alum was included in the story. Clarification e Robert Schiffman attended New College from 1975 to 197& and is consid ered an alum by the Alumnae /i Association. although he did not graduate. Anyone who completes one semester at New College is considered an alum by the association, according to Executive Director David Bryant.
6 The Catalyst FROM THE ARCHIVES November 28, 2001 From the archives: Election saga of 1998 The following is the saga of the NCSA presidential election of 1998. The coverage comes from the Tangent, which published every other week. Town held Meeting on Doomsday November 19, 1998 by Charles "AU Hail Eris!" Cboi Over 100 students flew in the face of superstition on Friday the 13th by turning up for the Town Meeting. When the call for announcements went out to begin the meeting, Fourth-year Chris Martin leapt up immediately with a set of visual aids that accompanied his epic retelling of the events leading up to the current presi dential co-candidacy controversy. Martin stated that it all began three years ago, when 'lhi.s year, the Party Party carried co-canc1i.dacy to eKt%ares. Eighteen indiv:i da1al S ran as oo-carXl:idates as the Party Party. Steve Yacco carne to New College. That was the year Matthew Grieco (now Tangent General Editor) and Martha Alter ran against each other and "mysteriously tied" 69 to 69 after a runoff, which led to a co-presidency and lewd As Martin continued to illus-e n 1 rc marker between color photos of alm o s t everyone in volved, the fmt instance of co-candidacy was mentioned: when Jake Reimer and Margaret Hughes "mysteriously ran'' together against Steve Yacco. This year, Yacco formed the Party Party, consisting ultimately of 18 students running for co-presidency, thus bringing to the fore the problem of constitutional ambiguity re garding co-presidency. Martin theorized that an elaborate conspiracy existed behind all these events. He said, "What are all these peo ple really after? Anarchy. What these people want is anarchy." Martin then proposed that New College institute a monarchy with a king, but it was immediately pointed out to him by the assembled students that New College already has a queen, an office appointed annually during the Queer Ball held during the spring .... by Hugh R. "Hugo" Brown Co-candidacy is not unprecedented. The current NCSA co-presidents ran on a joint ticket This year, the Party Party carried co-candidacy to extremes. Eighteen individuals ran as co-candidates as the Party Party: Patrick Armshaw, Bluebird Jessica Campese, Megan Coony, Sara Friend, Sarah Goff, Danny Gonzalez, Monica Hoffme, Sarah Kane, Corey Knoettgen, Chris Limburg, Ryan Martin, Bindiya Mathew, Puma Navarro, Ryan Price, Molly Robinson, Dustin Soodak, and A bran Steele-Feldman. Daniel Sutton-Kolb, a NCSA Vice President and Jeb Lund, a [second-year] student, have taken the case of co-candidacy to court. "Many students felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of co-candidacy or students were unhappy with the ambi guity of the issue of co-candidacy," said Suttoo-Kolb. The current results of the election do not include a winner or winners of the NCSA Presidency. This matter will be resolved over the next week. Co-candidacy clete.te ends with ne.rv ela:tion December 3, 1998 Hugh R. "Hugo" Brown The last few weeks have seen policy-testing and pol icy-shaping events in New College politics. The original round of NCSA (New College Student Alliance) Presidential nominations placed both individual and co candidate tickets on the election ballot. Presidential co-candidacy was carried to the extreme with the Party Party's 18-rnember Presidential candidate troupe. The elections were held, but a case brought to Student Court by [second-year] student Jeb Tennyson Lund and NCSA Vice President Daniel Clarence Sutton-Kolb eventually led to an invalidation of the votes for NCSA President and the holding of a second Town Meeting. According to Baker, the Court ruled that: co-candidacy was unconstitutional; co-presidency was unconstitutional; and that no Constitutional amendments could be put to vote because election time had expired. A motion at the Town Meeting, however, overturned the ruling that no amendments could be brought to a refer endum because the election time expired. Lund, who was one of the plaintiffs in the co-candi dacy eJection challenge, was not pleased with either the Student Court's or the student body's handling of the issue. Lund said, ''The Court's ruling was pa thetic: it was entirely equivocal and a demonstration of their essential uselessness. What point is there in having Presidential election. Co-presidency and co candidacy both have previous precedents. Two years ago, Martha Catherine Alter and Matthew Grieco (now Tangent General Editor), both now thesis stu-Jeb Lund said, "The Student Court's ruling was pathetic: it was entirely equivocal and a demonstration of their a body to adjudicate consti tutional law when they tum around and ask us to do it for them?" dents, were allowed to essential uselessness., jointly occupy the office of A number of alternatives to single versus co-presi dents were advanced at the Town Meeting. In a later in terview, Lund recalled another idea for the New College political system. President after they tied at both an election and run-off election. Jacob Reimer and Margaret Hughes, who are currently the NCSA Co Presidents, ran together on the ballot. u CI som a van ges o mor a o n e Presi d e nt: Peopl e h ave di ffe ren t s kills back grounds and experiences and two people are like l y to be better than one person would be at representing the New College student body and fulfilling the different re sponsibilities of President." The co-presidency, however, has its detractors. Lund and Sutton-Kolb contested the issue of co-candidacy and co-presidency through Student Court. Sutton-Kolb indi cated he and other students voiced concern over the rectitude of co-candidacy. ''Most of the concern stemmed from the fact that co candidacy vastly alters any existing election dynamic. There have been three attempts, possibly four now, for cocandidates to run against single candidates. Never have single candidates beaten co-candidates," said Sutton-Kolb. Hughes had also, previously, called for the resolution of the co-candidacy issue. "I think it should have been done a long time ago. I suggested at two or three Town Meetings before... that the issue be taken to Student Court. I brought jt up at a Town Meeting before we ran," recalled Hughes: "It was brought to the Student Court's attention that the [NCSA] Constitution needed to be examined as to co-candidacy and co-presidency," said Jessica Willis, a Student Court Justice. Willis, noted that. 'The Student Court's job was only to interpret the [NCSA] Constitution and the Student Court found that neither co-candidacy nor co-presidency were constitutional." Willis also emphasized that co-candidacy and co presidency are, technically, separate issues. Jim Baker, the Student Defender who served as a proxy Justice, said that in addition the issues of co-can didacy and co-presidency, the Court ruled that no amendments to the Constitution could be voted upon be cause regulae semester election time had expired. The Student Court brought it's rulings to the next "I quote Matthew Grieco, who made an excellt?nt point to me one day: 'What we must do is this: pick a number. Now, if we wanted to, we could hold an election to pick e one rson w o asn A esi d en rna e a t person the entire Town Meeting and therefore dictator. And I hereby nominate Christopher Martin, Lund mused The ftrst attempt to elect an NCSA president was problematic. According to Wtllis, the Court suggested that a new presidential election be held since it dido 't seem fair that Michael Shannon be the victor by default because other candidates were disqualified. A new pres idential election, out of the regulae election timeframe, was conducted at the behest of Student Court In light of the then-newly passed amendment that officially al lowed co-candidacy, nominations were re-opened for the NCSA Presidency. With an ironic and seemingly contradictory twist, by the time the November 24 deadline passed for submit ting petitions for nomination, only one Presidential candidate existed: third-year student and Tangent staff writer Rachael Morris. Stranger still, in Tuesday's election, Morris received just slightly less than fifty per cent of the vote due to a strong write-in showing by third-year Doug Christy. As a result, a run-off election was held Wednesday between Morris and Christy, the results of which are not available as this issue of the Tangent goes to press. Epilogue 2001: Rachael Morris was elected and re-elected to the presidency; Party Party co-candidate Molly Robinson was elected as co-President with Andrew Hossack two years later; and Party Party candidate Ryan [McCormick] Price [Esq.] went on to a successful career as a Catalyst staff writer.
0PINIO ------------------11ze entries for the lnteracti'l-e Dean Ba sis Activit\! were omewhat oj a tli.wppoimment. In fac 1, onl_v one of our fel/;w st udems came forth to their suggestions of what might ha e on Hassi name tag: Undaunted, the editon of the atalyst have come up with our own ne web pag : "ww ., Cone fi hin -on my yacht! o you won't have Michael Ba sis to ick around any more. Synergy: Anteri a's alternative energy ourcc e Proudly Por flip[ ing my l40K Pr idcnt of Bird Key oil ge "Call mt'! D an" (n e: thi n me tag from 'Jerry pringer' B1rd Mas cd anz ") What d s 60 1inutes want wi t h me? I'll bet I'll take the money and run e Thi pa c for rent Who's your daddy? u a n d a i r con ditioned. thi two bed r oom, n c-and a-h a l f ba t h ho u se i th p erfi c t ho me' f o r any coli gc st uden t for a ny on e, re a lly. 7 ho "if ther e anyon e that to move off ca m p u l e t me or m y roommate know. th e house if a beautiful hou e real c/ o e t o campus i n th e bay shore a r e a .... move into m y hou se, ple a e, p l e a se, please. i need t o find someon e to fill m le a e .<>o i cm1l e ave sarasota." You will live in th e e l eg an t sple ndor wh e n y ou oc cupy t h i s ca t ie. a n d w ill e njoy t h pulcn t f r uits o f it h a lf -acre yard C on venie n t l y s it ua ted on scenic S teve n Av e nu e, in a p i c tu re q u e ne i g hborh ood just" fe w m in utes' bik e ride sou t h of campu t h e h ou e of fers e ry amenity you could desire. So t ake up Charl ie s l ease. an d experience the joys of off-ca mpus li i ng, in a do tic palace, perfect in every wayl Plea e All su mi i n hould placed m box 75 or Th Catal t ed i tors declare that this hou e is the mo c wonderful home imaginable. luxuri mailed to cat ly firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday at 5 00 p.m. to appear in the foil wing 7edn day' t u Catcdy t reserv th ri ht to edit all s bmi ion f pace g mmar or l Briti h boardin ire wizards' academy, ew College l.eft : Headmaster Dumbledvre Right : Presidem Michal on It ma y be difficulc to teil but the pallcna of Dumbfedore's robe mrd Michalsm1 s ti<' are remarkt1bly similar. by ichael and n The recent proposal from Studem Affairs calls for new l'rofessors at New College to live among the tudent Jla the Office of Residence Life seen the llarr; Potter movie? Perhaps the New College experience of the future will look like thi imagined scenario : Your postcard of acceptance arrives m th talons of a snowy-white m sen ger owl. It drop the po tcard, its envelope bearing th wa al of New College, through the letter slot of your front door. Your muggle guardians de stroy it, declaring .. You're going to the State university like your brother, your cousin, your uncle and n ighbor." If your muggle guardians are per i tent, Admis i ns will send an intern to break down their door and bring you to ew College (He will also help you cllre enonnou loons from the goblins who nm the bank .) Th n you're off. to gate nine and three-<)uarters for your flight to sylvan Sarasota A crucial step after arrival is t e lecti n of you residenc ball. Director of Re idence Life Mi e Campbell plac th mag ic hat on your head in Palm Court during an orientation cere mony. "I can feel this one like screaming at all hours of the night, impromptu Madonna dane partie md soy-based foods." the hat might ay. Third C o urt !" i t dcclart:s and an e pe cially pi ercin g s l rick g oc p from the rc ide nts of t he T hi rd 'o 1rt of P e i 1 have a f, w remi nd r s for e\cry o n e ay H c at.lmast e r Mid al on t o the as s mblcd tudents in Sudakotf. "I ir t t he Dark Fort t f the Rin g lin g Mu .eum i off lim i t to all youn g stu den t s S( ond, Q u a rt rma t e r Oln e y remind. everyone that the tunnel und r th Pci dorm are off limits, at least r tho students who wi h t o avoid a lov. pai nful d at h." The coli gian tean spirit o f the r e idential coli .ge occupies the students both in and out of cia s. During the day, tudent ab orb the magic spells of d con truction and Marxian analysis, repeating words back in h pes of im p s ing th ir teach r Prof e. sors al olive in the re idential halls, insuring student follow the rules and ha c in ways fining to young wizard (No expirimentation with il licit potions!) Professor lead th.eir halls in ompetition of the campus pastime, a combination of oftball, soccer. fris bee. ping-pong and cricket. At the end of the year. the banner of the hall with the most points is di played in Hamilton Center. One dark we kcud with f cadrnast r ichal on away at a conference, three o u rag ous fir t y ar tak it p n themselve to protect the colic e. f i ndin g t he padlock ha p torn off, tl ey de cend i nto th tunnel of Pci. negot i at i n g the pi pe s pudd l e and other ob. tacles unti l one fir t yea r onfront t e evi l Vol dcba sis! "I will have th r:.1t' s stone. Voi d si says I ncec.l mone to ur vive. and the g n raJ' stone con in the endowment of the foundation tnJ t which give tenure to the faculty mem ber who po s it.. at their highest .wlary level! I will achieve immmtaJit)! Will first year Harry Potter defeat th evil Voldebassis and receive con gratulation from Headma ter Michal on while receiving psychiatric coun eling at Park iew? Or will Harry Potter die of an acute allergy au k re sulting from mold in th Pei dorm ? Most critically, will th magical pcll of the residential-college experi ence prove powerful en ugh to open the wallets of donors, o that national merit scholars don't have to live in 30year-old converted motels? With the 'magic' at ew College, no one can predict what administrator or tudents will com up with n xtor what will work.
8 The Catalyst A OUNCEME November 28, 2001 CATACLYS EXTRA: Sculptu exhibit Jerry Sp inger to SP Everyone is invited to the Writing Resource Center to see the new sculp ture exhibit. Student in Leslie Fry'. Introductory Sculpture class have cre ated amazing. amusing. and clever interpretation of the human figure. The e works in wood will he on display until December 14. And while you're in the Writing Resource Center, sit down with one of the student writing a i tants to discuss your essay-in-the making (or make an appointment for later). We look forward to seeing you. 11.20.2001, 01:43 As ist Other Agency, In a special arrangement with the social sciences division, famed talkshow host (and Sarasota winter re ident) Jerry Springer will teach a group Independent Study Project on television broadcasting. The project, to take place this January, will provide an intensive introduction to all aspects of televi ion production, focusing on the talk-show format. Administrators expressed concern, however, that the sensationalistic subject matter of Springer's work might prove a dangerous influenc on tu-d nts. P r Kookyhand, the administration al lowed the project to go forward only after recetvmg assurances that Springer will not advocate the behavior he covers, and that he will treat the raunchy adultery of his programs in a detached, academic manner. Professor Ronald Slitheren agreed to be the faculty ponsor. "Dr. Spnngcr i an expert in the ubject he will be teaching," Slitheren said. ''And it's ab surd to think that students will set their ciitical facultie a ide because the sub ject matter is so seductive." Profc or Slithercn said he will be clo ely uper vising the project, although he will be spending most of January in Aruba "on research." Four epi ode of The Jerry Springer Show will be produced by the project. Students are enthusia tic about participating. "Tm already sleeping with my roommate's boyfriend, and now he wants to have a menage a trois," said econd-year Jennifer Glickman. ''This [ISP] will give me a forum to work out these i sues." Springer aid he became interested in New ollege after hearing about it from his Bird Key neighbo, former Dean Ba sis. "Michael [Bassis) would tell me aJI these wild stories about what goes on at New College." Springer said. "I always thought he was a big joker. Then I attended the last 'Palm Court Party.' Now I look forward to further involvement with ew ollege." Do you have any ideas for ubjects that should be on the ew College Jerry Springer show? Send them to us, using a much detail as possible. The above article is a spoofThe re quest is real. Searching for a job? We have the clues you need. Reality Check 101Landing a Job In Today's Market Wed. ov. 28,2001,4:00 PM at the Teaching Aud. HCL8 Arthur Andersen's Deborah Miller, HR Director Sara ota County's Rick Baron, Employment Manager Sara ota hamber of Commerce, Ron Turner, Workforce Development pecialist The Fund For Public Interest Research Presentation Wed., Nov 28,2001,4:00 PM Sudakoff Center h formation Table II :00 AM 1:00 1 respa s Warning. A ew College tudent reported a nontudent who has been causing problems Investigation revealed that the subject had a local bench warrant for hi arrest. Subject taken into cu. tody, i. sued tre pass warning. 11.24.01, 19:00 Petit Theft. bike. Socond Court Pei. Complainant observed n n-studenlS flee the area. The bike wa lefr. Hike was unlocked with no decal or serial number .. Percu sion Thtorial Friday, ovemher 30 & Saturday, December 1 8:00pm Mildred Sainer Music & Arts Pavilion Fellow ovo Collegians explore percu Ston instruments from around the world. Performances will be both live and recorded for an experience unlike most others. Discovering the Sacred Link --he Way of the llimalayan Masters with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D. Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute Tuesday, December 11, 7:00pm Mildred ainer ic & Arts Pavilion ew College is one of mor 0 ..... ".,_ ... i lee u w Find ou t about paid jobs with a non-vi it thi year Space is limited. Preprofit organizing network that registration requested. conducts grassroots campaigns for a $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call variety of public interest groups and 1-800-822-4547 for more information environmental organization or to regi ter. www.Himalayanlnstitute.org. Any 'tudents wishing to obtain a copy of the literary explo. ion that is the Swiss Missile Crisis should send an e-mail to: Shiny ewDonkey@hotmai .con1 Include a nam and box#. Get a copy; der ght in quizzes, plays, filthy language. Shatner Manilow and the picture of a barking butt! How the Other Half 'Lives' by Christopher DeFillippi