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THt Volume XIV, Issue 7 need help with tire rotation??? see your RAs!!! Two candidates announced for NCSA presidency by Ryan McConnick Price, Esq. Novo Collegians will once again make their voices heard this November in the election of the New College Student Alliance President for 2001. The NCSA President will have a significant impact on student life. Current NCSA Co-President Andrew Hossack is running alone this year, as Co-President Molly Robinson will be graduating in the spring. Already opposing him is another set of co-candidates, second years Michelle Brown and Titus Jewell. Brown has served the Student Alliance as both an SAC member and as Foundation Representative, while Titus Jewell has held many positions of responsibility as well. According to Michelle Brown, their deci sion to run for a co-presidency stemmed contributed by Rachael Johns not, as one might suspect, from the success of Andrew Hossack and Molly Robinson with a similar campaign a year earlier, but from what they see as a real need. 'The Presidential role has really ex panded in the last year," said Brown, referring to the sudden independence of New College of Florida and the administra tive tunnoil which accompanied it, "and I think that even though the role was large to begin with, it still could have been handled by one person. But right now, I think that especially in the next couple of years, co presidents are almost necessary because of the amount of work involved." The NCSA President will certainly face unique challenges in the coming year. After achieving independence, the New College The shirts hanging on the clothesline are to be made by any one who has survived domestic violence. The shirts are color coded depending on the type of abusered and pink shirts rep resent rape, y llow and tan stand for battering, blue and green shirts represent incest and child sexual abuse, purple and laven der shirts depict women assaulted because they are or were perceived to be lesbians. White shirts are made by family and friends of women who have died violently. Why shirts hanging on a clothesline? Doing the laundry has traditionally been con sidered women's work", and women often exchanged information with each other over fences while hanging their laundry. Clothesline Project provides a visual and very powerful way of showing women that they are not alone, and is a way of "airing society's ditty laundry." student government has found itself forced to take a somewhat unfamiliar role in state politics, joining the Florida Student Association and lobbying the Florida legis lature at Tallahassee. "In terms of the presidencies and the different components and duties involved, they divide perfectly between us," said Brown, "Titus is more devoted to the exter nal affairs, things having to do with the Florida Student Association, the Board of Trustees, the Florida Legislature ... that's what he's especially into, while in my case, I'm more into internal affairs. I want to make sure the committees are running on time, I want to see that the budget is going on well and there's the University Program to deal Domestic abuse is perpetuated by silence. and so during Clothesline Project audible reminders of the level and frequency of violence women face in the US will be played. A gong will sound every 9 seconds that a woman is battered, a whistle every 3 seconds as a woman is raped, and a bell every 15 minutes as a woman is murdered (Source: National Victim Center). Keep in Above left: Glgl and M_tchelle who mind these are only the reported instances of violence. helped organzze the proJect. Bottom nght: tlurd-year M1chael Jones at the informational table. (Photos by Crystal Frasier) October 31, 2001 !CATALYST NSIDE Resident Assistants assist tire-thieves "In their zeal to be good peo ple," as Officer Roarty put it, two RAs inadvertently helped a pair of off-campus thieves equip a stolen tire onto their getaway car. Fortunately, po lice later managed to apprehend the culprits anyway. The adventure lasted a single night; the story will live on in legend. STORY, PAGE 5 Pothole, or sinkhole? Those cones on the road are there for a reason: to prevent novo collegians from careen ing into The Pothole That Ate College Drive. The exact rea son for the hole is largely a mystery, which has varyingly been blamed on Richard Lyttle, Spectrum Underground, and God. STORY, PAGE 4 Don't lick that envelope! First it was a fear of flying. Now people are afraid of even opening their mail. No worries, however! Inside. the Catalyst present the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's helpful guide to differentiating legitimate mail from dangerous, an thrax-riddled hoaxes. STORY, PAGE 3 .. And things that go bump in the night. It's the Catalyst Halloween extravaganza! A special sneak-preview of this year's Halloween BYOB PCP, and an in-depth exploration of the haunting of Cook HalL Now you can learn once and for all what really happened to Dean Michael Bassis ... ENTERTAINMENT, PAGE i
2 The Catal NEWS OF THE WORLD October 31, 2001 War prolonged by Taliba reso ve by enee Maxwell De pite aggressive air strikes on Afghanistan that have succeeded in wiping out the Taliban s air force, Pen tagon officials fear chat the road to vic tory may be long and full of pitfalls. According to reports from tho e who have r cently left Afghanistan. the members of the Taliban regime arc eluding military strike by hiding out in civilian neighborhood Though the military facilitie of the Taliban have been crippled and the terrorist training camps are leveled, Osama bin Laden and the Taliban officials remain un touched. Pentagon briefers describe lhe Tal iban as "battle-hardened survivors" and are thus trying to prepare Ameri can for a prolonged conflict overseas. evertheless, both Wa hington and London are reluctant to employ a majo ground army in Afghani tan. The point of this tactic is to avoid the mistakes made by the Soviets. complicated by Afghanistan's harsh landscape and the shifting loyalties of various ethnic groups. Even experts who support military action have criticized the strategic. of m r n i bourg, chairman of the International In-rifuce for Strategic Studies, said "I can not ay who has the strategic initiative in this conflict ... It is starting to look as if they are bombing and bombing and bombing just because it is what they know how to do.'' According to Heisbourg, Washing ton would have gained a tangible strate g i c advantage if it had focu ed on an early takeo er of Kabul, thus under mining the legitimacy of the aliban regime. Bush officials counter that if the Northern Alliance. backed by Wash ington, had sei1.-ed Kabul, rival ethnic groups have aligned themselves with the Taliban instead Anthrax earch continues around Washington Anthrax has been found in trace amounts in th offices of three con gressman in the Longworth House Of fice Building, according to officials on Capitol Hill. The building has been closed for testing since Oct. 18, and mail deliverie to the Capitol complex were cea ed before then. The anthrax pores were di covered in the offices of Reps John E. Baldacci, D-Maine. Rush Holt, D-.J., and Mike Pence, R-Ind. The Supreme Court building was also ordered hut down for testing Friday, since the mail center that services that building was found to be contaminated in Langley, Va. In addition, small amounts of anthrax were discovered at a CIA mail facility, which was also closed for testing. Two po tal employees and a mail room worker for the State Department have been diagno.ed with the inhaled form of anthrax. The post office al oreported that 23 other workers in the Washington area have been hospital ized with symptoms that are imilar to anthrax, but the diagnosis has not been confirmed. evcral other people are skin fonn of anlhmx. Approximately 68 tons of mail from Washington has been lrucked to a facil ity in Lima, Ohio. to be decontaminated with electron beams normally used by hospitals to sterilize equipment. The post office has also signed a $40 mil lion contract to purchase eight such electron beam devices to sterilize the mail at Washing on mail centers. The head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that it was almost certain that there is at least one piece of undiscovered contaminated mail in the nation's capital. Since the anthrax spores have spread to mail handling facilities in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia, it is "highly Mullah Qatradu/lah JanUJI, Minister of bifomwtion of Taliban. gestures as he charCicterizes America11 air campaign. lle called it a war against Islam. unlikely to irtually in possible" that th letter received by Tom Daschle could be responsible for all the contam ination that has surfaced in the last three weeks. Officials also cautioned again t pre mature allegations of responsibility for the anthrax. 'o pecitk su pect have i 1 a ries are being considered, including the pos ibility that a psychotic U.S. resi dent with biochemical training, a terror ist or hate group. a foreign country, or some combination thereof may be re sponsible. ush 's controversial Anti-Terrorism bill passes President Bush signed a new Anti Terrorism bill Friday that gives police and intelligence agencies considerably more power. Thi legislation broadens the authority of the FBI to conduct wiretapping and electronic surveillance operations, imposes harsher penalties for harboring or financing known ter rorists, increases the types of crimes that fall under t rrorist acts, and tough ens the punishment for committing those acts. 'This law will give intelligence and law enforcement official new tools to fight a present danger," Bush said Legaslator had the foresight to place a four-year cap, on \he part of the c i a tO w ic 111 ves mtercep mg com munications, including Internet and e mail communications, in order to address concerns of abuse of the law. Though the law is somewhat weak ened from the administration's original proposal, critics still fear that this bill i dangerously strong and may infringe upon the constitutional rights of law abiding citizen Sen. Russ Feingold, D Wis., the only senator to vote against the package, said, ''This bill does not strike the nght balance between em powering law enforcement and protect ing civil liberties." Information from the Associated Pre s used in this report. C A 1ALYS1 The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www. sar. usfedu/-catalystl Prince of Darkness Michael Myersson Queen of the Harpies Erin Sparkle ec::romancer Michael Ghoullani Lord Executioner Max-d axe Murderer Soul tealer Crystal Hellrai er Bloodsucker Graham Straker Evil Minion Ryan McCormick Fright, Esq David Slasherese, Valerie MoJekyll, Jag the Ripoer. Countess Cl cula, Christopher DeFreaky, Renee Axewell, Liz P ycho, Abby Weregarten ote: This is a special halloween issue. The names and titles to the left are not actually real. The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College PubJications Office using Adobe Photo hop and Quark Xpress for PowcrMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the ew College tudent Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: he Cataly. t 5700 N.1amiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota. FL 34243 email@example.com Tlze Catalyst reserve the right to edit submis ion for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either Letters to the Editor or contribution and include names and contact infonnation. Printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailed to catalyst@v;rru.sar.usfedu. o anonymous ubmissions will be accepted. All su_bmissions must be received by 5:00p.m. m order to appear in the following week's IS ue. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.
The Catalyst NEWS October 31, 2001 3 Brazilian speaker tells of deforestation, persecution, religious freedom by Valerie Mojeiko Normally, when Paulo Roberto Silva e Souza ta l ks in front of a crowd a DMTcontaining a yahuasca drink which he calls Santo Dai me, is served At his lecture to a large audience of New College students and a l ums in the Sainer Auditorium on Tuesday, atten dees reluctantly drank caffeine contain ing Pepsi products Paulo Roberto is a Brazilian reli g ious leader in the Church of Santo Daime a religion that originated in the Amazon rainforest. He is traveling the country to teach about his religion and campaign for religious freedom in the United States He was brought to New College courtesy of Alum Rick Doblin's non-profit organization the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. "Recreational use [of ayahuasca] is different from spiritual use ," said P a ulo Roberto People use [substances ] to get high, or to dance, or to have fun I don t understand that. We use Santo Daime to know ourselves ." He adds, "Santo Daime is not a drug. A drug for us is something that causes addiction. The Daime has psychological proper ties that heal drug addiction Paulo Roberto's lecture focused on the healing properties of the Santo Daime drink. He also spoke about the rainforest and revealed his psychology education by likening the harvesting of trees with tractors to an Oedipal desire to rape the mother forest. Paulo Roberto Silva e Souza re ceived a degree in psychology from the University of Gamaftlho in Rio de Janeiro. His training included psycho analysis, bioenergetics, gestalt, as well as various psycho spiritual healing modalities. He has worked as a psy chologist for the Brazilian government where he studied the psychological and spiritual effects plants of the rainforest have on communities of native peoples Paulo Roberto made the transition from psychologist to religious leader in 1982 He discovered that he could have a more profound effect on people in this way because the church is a more available and immediate source of enlightenment than a psychological clinic The factor that distinguishes the Santo Daime church from other Christian churches is their use of ayahuasca as an aid to enlightenment. People ask me 'Why do you use Daime to meet God? Why don't you go by yourself?"' said Paulo Roberto. And I tell them 'Why do you use fins to swim?' The Daime opens the doors Anthrax scare points mailers to new methods of perception. It gives everything order. From that you can meet the divine." "Scientists try to reduce everything to the material level and forget about the soul said Paulo Roberto "It is a great disrespect when scientists say that Daime is a hallucinogenic drug. If they had the courage to take it by themselves they wouldn t say that because they would see for themselves." He added that scientists have done studies on Daime that have shown that it does not cause bodily harm. Paulo Roberto ended his lecture with a statement that caused the crowd to burst into applause. "Just like Buddhism, or Catholicism, o r any other religion, everyone should be allowed to practice Santo Daime." by Abby Weingarten tribution center, it goes t o the local pos t o ffic e, th en t h r oug h a carrie r w h o fin ally delivers it to the recipient. "At a mini mum, it's going to have at least a half dozen to a dozen hands distributed a 14 -p age pac ket e nti tl e d Su spicio u s P ackage Protocol," that included facts about anthrax and how to han dle a possible encounter. First Suspic i ous Package Protocol T h e snow on you r Christmas card cover s may not be the on l y whi t e substance to greet you in the mail this comseason So before lick one at all, l)C.\;:ilul>e i ng says 'happy holidays' quite like anthrax. Because of the recent cases in Florida and concerns about potential biological or chemi cal threats, awareness about suspicious packages has been heightened, and Postal Services have been informed. The campus mailroom is no exception. Its employees pick up sort, and deliver inter cam pus and U.S mail, and provide the regional campus courier service that goes between Sarasota, St. Pete, and the Tampa campus on a daily basis. Jimmy Marshall, an employee of the campus mailroom for three years, said he has not noticed any suspi cious materials coming through. "To me, it would seem that everything on cam pus that stays on campus, the intra campus mail, wouldn't have anything to worry about. We're just a rinky-dink college compared to what they're tar geting," he said. But who handles our mail before it reaches us? Marshall described the journey each piece of mail undergoes before it ever reaches the campus mailroom. From the main disIt has become second na t ur e f o r Mars h all to al w ays check the postmark on a piece of mail. "On a college campus, you have to be on the lookout in case something weird comes through," he said. Past in stances of weirdness involved pieces of mail that were sent from one town but carried a postmark from another. Marshall explained that these things usually happen because the sender lives in a small town and has to cross over to a big ger post office in another state. "But they're saying that's the stuff to watch out for," he said. On Oct. 10, the university police posted a memo about implementing new safety pro cedures. To lessen the chance that "questionable substances" are included in the mail, it was requested that the use and han dling of envelopes be reduced. When transmitting non sensitive or non-confidential correspondence intra campus, the alternative would be to fold and staple or tape the letter closed, and to write the address on the outside of the letter. This was stated as a sugges tion, but it is not mandatory. The police had no com ments on the matter, but it can Humans can contract three f o rms o f it: c u ta neou s, in t es t i nal, and respiratory. So if dust, powder, cream, or liquid ap pears on a piece of mail you come in contact with, do not inhale or touch it. Leave it where it is, get out of the room, and close the door. Wash your hands with soap and water and some bleach, change any cloth ing the substance may have touched, and put it in a plastic bag. If you find contraptions like wires or batteries in a piece of mail evacuate the area call the bomb squad or Fire Rescue, the FBI, and the postal authorities. To prevent these types of situations, the Federal Times ran an article on Oct. 24, ex plaining that the Postal Service is examining new technologies developed by the Defense Department to detect anthrax. With the metered mail that is currently used, it is only possi ble to determine the origin of the piece of mail and the iden tity of the meter owner. But an idea that is in the works called "intelligent mail" involves dig itally printing a bar code on each envelope to make indi vid ual pieces of mail unique. USF Tampa and the local REST RI CTIVE MARKINGS October 10 2001 These packages were provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and were altered by the Catalyst to be more applicable for New College. When checking for suspi cious odors, be careful not to inhale to deeply. Post Office are making masks memo, he said, "I had t h ought and gloves available to their tha t they were .saying t.hat we employees, and those in the have to do thts, bu t 1t says campus mailroom will have they're just "recommending" the same option. "It's there if we do this. Unfortunately, we want it, but we don't have stuff I've sent I've put in en to use it," Marshall said. velopes, so I'm probably a bad "There are a lot of offices that person." have chosen not to." In response to the envelope reduction proposed in the
4 The Catalyst FEATURES Month-old sinkhole was an "act of God" The sinkhole shouldn'tforce this detour for nwre than a few more weeks b y Liz Palomo from Bayshore Drive to College Drive Anyone who has had the pleasure of in the past few weeks has probably driving on the curvy road that goes wondered: What is with the ever-growing road cone arrangement around that sinkhole that has been there for months? And why, why the extraneous gravel path? "Something went wrong with that manhole installation," said Richard Olney, Head of the Physical Plant,"! think you could almost call it an act of God, what happened. Anytime you dig a hole in the state of Florida ... because of how the landmass is here, you could easily come up with a sinkhole, or be close to a sinkhole and not even know it." The hole in question, said Olney, is a sanitary sewer from the Heiser and Palmer buildings. Olney first noticed the dip in the road around May l, and called Facilities Construction at USF Tampa, which still deals with new con struction, to inform them of the problem. According to Facilities Construction, the problem was caused by the original, faulty installation, which was the work of the architect at the time, Rick Lyttle, and the installer, Spectrum Underground. Olney disagrees. "It lasted a year, 2 1 in W rl Film F ti Sarasota film Society presents CineWorld NOVEMBER2 NOVEMBER 11 TICKETS and PASSES955-9338 INFORMATION 364-8662 FULL (A ticket to all films) $150.00 $200.00 t llckst ._, 48 Mils 8/ld pmgrams (or 21ickets to 24 films) lltld closing party M..ne ticltels ovoiOOie Oct. 22 Oct. 22 GOLD (tiekets to 12 films) 60.00 78.00 lllckst to t2lilms or 2 tdets 1o 6 /ilfns Advmce ticltels avoadJie Oct. 22 SINGLE TICKETS: 5.00 Oct. 29 Street parking is always available. On weekends and after 5 PM lot parking is available at Serbin Printing AUNIION ALL FILM TIMES ARE P.M. UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED DATES & TIMES FRI NOV2 Aveti Band of Outsiders 2:30 Better Than Sex Birds Or bans and Fools Blue Hill Avenue Brotherhood of the Wolf Fal Girl 10:20 5:30 5:15 12:30 8:00 7:20 9:30 3:00 SAT SUN MON TUES NOV3 NOV4 NOVS NOV6 2:15 5:30 6:00 12:10 7:30 8:15 10:10 8:15 2:00 12:15 3:00 5:45 5:00 8:00 12:30 2:15 7:30 12:15 5:15 12:30 12:15 10:00 5:00 8:00 2:45 2:40 8:00 7:50 12:30 8:30 2:45 5:00 October 31, 2001 and then it started sinking," he said. Putting road cones around it, and subsequently laying down a makeshift gravel road to divert traffic, became the only possible solutions. Simply cover ing up the hole with asphalt would have ensured that the weight of the tar alone fall directly through, creating an actual hole in the road. "It's in the works, but it seems so slow; it's been in the works for literally months now," he said. "If I had the money, I certainly would have ironed it out and gotten it done quick." But the situation should be remedied soon. On the morning of October 29, Olney met with Facilities Construction to discuss what should be done. Construction will begin next week. "Next week, they're digging it up and starting over completely," said Olney. "It'll be another couple of weeks before it's done." Olney is optimistic that within the next few months, when New College has its own facilities planner, this sort of maintenance problem will not take as long to remedy as this one has. WED THUR FRI SAT SUN NOV7 NOVS NOV9 NOV 10 NOV 11 5:30 8:25 2:00 8:45 12:00 12:00 12:15 12:00 8:30 2:00 2:45 5:00 2:45 4:40 2:45 6:30 12:00 8:30 2:30 2:30 5:00 12:15 5:15 5:30 8:00 2:30 2:30 5:30 4:00 6:15 8:15 8:00 12:15 8:30 6:00 7:30 9:00
The Catalyst NEWS Resident Assistants accidentally assist in tire theft by Abby Weingarten Two New College Resident Assistants inadvertantly became acces sories to theft last Friday when they helped two out-of-state criminals change a tire in a Hamilton Center parking lot at 4 in the morning. The tire was stolen from the car of another RA, third-year Heather Holtschneider. The two men were later arrested, and one faces felony charges in Maine. Third-years Jonathan Frommer and Liz Collins were driving back from a studio in the Caples Fine Arts Complex when they noticed two men in their late teens or early twenties attempting to change the front right tire of their Toyota Camry. "Something was immediately wrong with this car. It did not belong where it was," Frommer said. "They didn't look like students. They didn't have a USF parking decal or anything, and Liz said they asked her what this place was." Lopsided, the car was sitting on its rotor. ''They were trying to jack up their car and they had no idea what the hell they were doing," said Frommer. They asked the tw? men they needed help but. they declined Sttll wanting to be of asststance, they brought over a flashBut by that time, the men had already up their car and were replacing the tire. On RA duty at the time, Frommer immediately took down the Maine license plate number and walked off the lot with Collins to make some Officer Roarty said, "New College students have to wake up." light to replace the lighter the men were using, and showed them the ropes. "We were good Samaritans," said Frommer. :we showed them how to put on the ttre, made sure they didn't hurt their car." However, into the changing of the ttre, Frommer noticed another lopsided car parked right beside them, another Toyota Camry missing its left tire. Frommer recognized that it belonged to Holtschneider. "I cannot believe this is happening," Frommer claimed he said to himself. phone calls. By the time they got a hold of a dis patcher. the two men had finished the job and taken off in their car. About two minutes later, Officer Kathy Jacobs of the University Police arrived at the scene. After doing a background check on the plate number, it turned out the car wasn't hot, but it was in fact registered under a woman's name. The two men were arrested by Bradenton police a few minutes later, and Officer Walker of the University Police went to the 5 scene. One of the men had a warrant for his arrest out in Maine on felony charges. "I got out of bed, went over there, they told me the story, and I thought it was pretty funny," said Holtschneider. The cops asked her if she wanted to prosecute but, "I just want my tire back," she said. "I don't care." On Monday, she retrieved all of the tolen merchandise: her tire, lug nuts, and hubcap. Officer Roarty of the University Police said, ''New College students have to wake up. Two RAs were acces sories to theft, by helping off campus ne'er-do-wells place a tire on their car that they had just stolen from a New College student's car." But Frommer responded, "I can't be lieve Roarty said that we were accessories to theft. He made it sound as if we helped steal." ''They did a good job," said Holtschneider. ''They didn't mean to be accessories to theft." Review team identifies strengths, flaws of Environmental Studies program by Jag Davies Last week, the much-maligned Environmental Studies program received a boost of fresh air, as well as some creative and practical advice, with a visit from a highly qualified Environmental Studies Review Team. After evaluating the program's strengths and weaknesses, they offered students, faculty, and administrators a number of suggestions, including the hiring of a new faculty member who would pecialize in environmental studies. The Review Team consisted of Harold Ward, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Brown University, and Eric Pallant, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Allegheny College. ''I'm going to trust what they have to say, because they have experience not just with environ mental studies in a college environment, but with environmental studies as a field of study itself that the faculty here just doesn't have," said professor Aron Edidin, a one of the three members of New College's Environmental Studies Steering Committee (ESSC). The Review Team had quite a busy schedule during their two-day stint at New College. On Thursday, they had separate meetings with the Environmental Studies Steering Committee, Provost Charlene Callahan, President Michalson, the Natural Sciences Faculty, the Faculty Academic Status Committee, the Green Campus Research Seminar, a group of New College students interested in pursuing environmental studies, and local alumni. On Friday, they had breakfast with local community partners from Selby Gardens and Mote Laboratory, followed by separate meetings with the Humanities Faculty and the Social Sciences Faculty. Then, that afternoon, they presented their findings to students and faculty at an exit discussion in the College Hall Music Room. At this discussion, the Review Team identified several strengths already in place to create a good environmental studies program at New College. These included the physical environment of Sarasota, the thesis requirement, and the open-mindedness of faculty, admin istrators, and students. According to Review Team member Eric Pallant, New College already has "all the pieces you need to run an ideal program." However, they also identified a number of weaknesses, including structural problems (since environmental studie can not fit neatly into any of the three pre-existing academic divisions), New College's rigid tenure structure, a lack of money, and a lack of institutional commitment to the program. As expected, the Review Team's primary recommendation was to hire an Environmental Studies faculty member, preferably with a lot of experience and the ability to cross inter-disciplinary lines. This new faculty member would teach an introductory seminar course in level provide the practical KnlrlWiei'lrve sary to guide environmental studies majors through their time at New College and beyond. Last year, the ESSC had proposed that New College hire three new envi ronmental studies faculty-one for each division but the Review Team claimed that this would be too costly and yet still fail to establish the pro gram as a distinct field of study. According to Review Team member Harold Ward, "Environmental Studies falls right in the middle of all three di visions, and hiring a faculty member that owes allegiance to any one of them would fail to give the program the di rection it needs." Other recommendations included strengthening the ESSC by including two members from each division rather than just one, allowing Jono Miller and Julie Morris to sponsor ISP's and theses ("they are perfectly capable," said Pallant), and creating a more specific, reliable curriculum for environmental studies majors. They also advised that New College establish stronger connec tion with local institutions such as Mote Laboratory and Selby Gardens, by making it easier for students to use these resources and allowing the direc tors of these institutions to sign off on theses. They also urged that, in the meantime, only members of the ESSC should be able to sign off on contract for students who are concentrating in echoed those of lhe Review Team. Although no reliable statistics are avail able, it appears that a significant number of students have either left New College or have switched out of the en vironmental studies program due to its lack of depth. ''There are a lot of stu dents who are leaving the school, because they are not finding what they want in the Environmental Studies pro gram. Even if we can get one faculty member who can work closely with Jono and Julie, it will make a big dif ference," said second year Theresa Shoumate. According to student Environmental Studies Representative Jessica Noon, ''The main issue is that we don't have a faculty member. I have suggested to the committee that we just create a separate environmental studies department, but the faculty insists that it somehow has to fit into one of the pre-existing three divisions." "I think what we really need is two new faculty members: one for environ mental studies, and one for humanities or social sciences, who can help stu dents who are more policy-oriented," said transfer-student Kit Reilly. "We need faculty that can go in-depth. I think students recognize that, and I think that the faculty realize that too, but they are just facing the limits of lite budget and what-not."
6 The Catalyst NEWS October 31, 2001 NCSA presidential election gets underway with two candidates "ELCTION" PAGE 1 I . Wtth, be-VISit thetr web page at www.redrival.com General Roland Heiser, Chairman of the ting on a state umverstty board along cause the NCSA President sits on the /brownjewell. Board of Trustees. Hossack said Heiser with Aorida Chancellor of Education Joint Allocations Committee." Andrew Hossack, meanwhile, has deencouraged him to seek the presidency Carl Blackwell. Brown and Jewell want students to be cided to try to take up the cross of the again, stating that he and the Board were "The way things have been structured involved in their education and in New NCSA Presidency once more, only this very appreciative of the amount of work this year, and the way the change has College's future much more directly, and time without Molly Robinson to help Hossack had put in this year. Along with gone it would be very beneficial to have they plan to encourage students to adopt him bear the load. "I had a hard time desitting on the Board, Hossack has also me in for at least one more year as I al this "active representation" policy, advociding, initially, if I wanted to run," helped lead New College into the state ready have close ties with this eating taking a role in faculty meetings admitted Hossack, "because it's a comscene, lobbying with Vice President of administration," said Hossack, "and the and in general making their voice heard. mitment ... a lot of work, and a sacrifice, Finance John Martin at Tallahassee, nestudent body needs someone who can While Brown and Jewell may not put up to a certain extent, of your academics." gotiating with Director of the Florida relay their wishes for the school's future many fliers, they encourage students to The man who changed his mind was Student Association David Foy, and sit-in a credible way." Presidential Search Committee: Let's not rush by Michael Gimignani The New College Presidential Search Committee, the group in charge of finding New College's first president in twenty-six years, convened for the first time on Tuesday, October 23. All in attendance expressed optimism that the committee would stay successful through the complicated and time-con suming process. One step of this process was com pleted over fall break, as the Florida Board of Education pre-approved seven search firms for committee considera tion. A further step was taken October 23, when the committee voted to nar row that list to three organizations. The Board of Trustees wiJJ eventualJy choose one of these companies to re cruit candidates for president. That firm would create a list of possible candi dates that the committee would narrow through interviews and discussion. The committee would then recommend one candidate to the Board of Trustees, who would submit this final name to the Board of "Education for ratification. Chairman of the Board of Trustees and committee member Robert Johnson, representing the trustees. pledged his solidarity with any recom mendation the committee makes. "The final recommendations must be made by the trustees ... but the Board will ac cept the committee's final word," Johnson said. But no one is rushing. "If there is one thing I've learned in my whole life, it's that if you don't have the time to do it right the first time, you sure as hell don't have the time to do it right a second time," said trustee Col. Mickey Presha, summing up the senti ments of virtually the entire committee. 'The search could realistically take one to two years," General Rolland V. Heiser, committee chairman, said. "The critical job for the committee is finding the right timing and context to carry out the search. I've talked with administra tion and faculty and I know the pitfalls of being premature." One load off the search committee's back is the commitment of current President Gordon Michalson for up to two years, until the committee finds a permanent president. According to nearly everyone involved in the search, Michalson has done a fantastic job as interim president. "For president we need a distin guished academic, a proven leader, a role model for both faculty and stu dents-well, ask President Michalson," said Heiser of Michal son's perfor mance. However, Michalson announced last Tuesday he would not apply for the per manent position. At the meeting, he stated qualities that he believes would make a good New College president: "We need someone who is passion ate about liberal arts education. When I say the president must be an educator,' I say one should be ... excited about the classroom, but flexible. Open to diver sity. There are new challenges for fund raising ... basically, we need someone motivated to work with the new and different systems New College has." Michalson was also optimistic about the success of the search. "I wish them well and think they'll do fine. My fam ily and I depend on it," he joked. The slow and steady pace of the first meeting was a sharp contrast with the dreams the Board of Trustees had orig inally for the committee. "The original letter we sent out inviting people to join the committee said we would start in September and finish in January," said Johnson. That, however, was before the Board ofTrustees fully understood how complicated the process actually was. But the road ahead is partially un certain for the committee. A possible stumbling block for some committee members was the stability of certain as pects of the new and independent New College. The new budget, campus own ership, and especially independent accreditation, are all pivotal issues playing out about the same time as the presidential search. Dr. Michael Campbell, committee member and president of the New College Alumni Association, told the Catalyst that this instability may even tually hurt the success of the project. "This is our identity, these issues ... make our identity," Campbell said, "and their resolution, if possible, will be a major factor in finding a pres ident as innovative as [Novo Collegians] are." On the other hand, Dr. Arland Christ-Janer, the last president of New College before incorporation into USF, felt that New College's high degree of preparation was as important as stabil ity. ''Things like accreditation mean that New College has taken more care to update information ... than ever be fore. It's a big plus." Still, the general tone of the com mittee during the assembly was very optimistic. "It's a very large committee, with productive dialogue," said Campbell after tl)e meeting "The [of the committee] means that candidates for president will be dealt with in considerable depth." Chairman Heiser urged both the members of the committee and the out side public to think carefully a'ld logically, and to take the time to con sider all options. "We market a product, excellence in education," Heiser told the Catalyst, "and with a independent and clear-headed New College, that product will be easy to market I come into this with no preconceived notions, that wouldn't be fair to us, fair to New College." The decisions made by the commit tee last Tuesday will be brought before the Board of Trustees on Saturday, November 3 at 10 a.m. in the music room of Hall Tlten ) open to the public and all are encour aged to attend. 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The Catalyst HALLOWEEN ENTERTAINMENT October 31, 2001 7 Investtgattve report: Is Cook Hall haunted by former Dean Bassis? by Max Campbell "Even New College has its fair share of ghost stories, myths, nd legends," a Catalyst reporter rote, two years ago to the day f the upcoming New College lloween PCP. Back then, the ain focus of supernatural activ 'ty and inquiry on campus was he historic Old Caples estate, 'that mysterious old house that often the target of students king for an otherworldly ex rience." Today, however, there is a ew legend on campus, rumors of which are slowly gaining cur ncy among the faculty, staff d campus police. This legend gan on July 14 of this year. astille Day ... the day when for er Dean and Warden Michael assis accepted his last, enor mous paycheck, and disappeared from the face of the earth. ince then, there have been re rts of eerie noises in the halls and offices of Cook Hall; of aranormal phenomena, and the mysterious sightings of a familiar face. Some have beun td whi per t as never left th Humanities Chair Glenn uomo told the Catalyst that assis vanished abruptly after cepting his final check and eave of absence. "There hasn't n a [confirmed] sighting of im since that weekend," he aid. "He just packed up his ings and left." He admitted, however, that ere has indeed been some circumstancial evidence that Bassis might still be near. 'The pouse of one faculty member thought she saw him in a local restau rant," Cuomo said "And I think I once saw his car at Cook Hall." Along with the signs and portents which Cuomo cited, there has been a ra h of paranor mal activity in the building, which might ea ily be attributed to Bassis him elf. The staff re sponded to questions on the sub ject with skepticism, but with a certain revealing sense of gal lows humor, as well. "Every time the printer goes on, we get an interesting memo no, not really," laughed Of fice Assistant Vikki Devine. "[Bassis] can't access the com puter from where he is now Or can he? Stella Krasteva McCauley, a student assistant who also works in Cook Hall, has long been the victim of a possible supernatural occurrenee. "I didn't work here when Dean Bassis was here," she said, pointing out a nearby office [by itself} every day. It's turned on when I get here. It's not on right now, but it will be turned on again tomorrow." She professed not to believe that Dean Bassis was responsi ble. French Professor Amy Reid told the Catalyst that she has dis cussed the possible haunting, at least once, with a member of the Campus Police. The police themselves declined comment on any ghost-related investiga tion which might or might not now be in progress. It should be noted that, in general, it is police policy to refuse comment on in vestigations which are still out standing. Administrators are in dis agreement about the extent to which Cook Hall is haunted. Cuomo was quick to disclaim any firsthand knowledge of Bassis' otherworldly existence: "I can't say that I've seen any trace of him or felt his pres ence.'' "I very much do feel his presence, Vice President for Fi nance and Administration John Martin countered, "as part of his legacy for new college, as part of his good deeds." Martin, who was hired by Bassis, and now inhabits the former dean's office, theorized that "all that time and effort of his [Bassis'] towards independence is now paying dividends This might be evidenced by Bassis haunting of Cook Hall, perhaps .. can feel hrs presence,,.. Martin said, "in the way of inde pendence, in the way of the ex citing things and challenges it brings to us." In the end, however, Bassis' potential motivations in haunting Cook Hall are a mystery. Devine speculated that Bassis might eventually return to the Social Sciences Division office, as he is still a member of the faculty hanging over VP John Martin in this photo. there. The possibility of such a should bear in mind the immor visitation has been mentioned by tal advice of former student campus administrators before. Cierdwyn Lucker about apBut since his former dean's proaching ghosts: "go about salary would then be adjusted, it your daily business and be re is uncertain whether Bassis will spectful. Don't expect to see any ever return to haunt the Social thing, because you probably Sciences Division at all. won't. If you do, be respectful." Therefore, when entering Bassis himself could not be Cook Hall, staff and students reached for comment. is Saturday's Palm Court Party not for squeamish, sensitive types REtURN OP T.KE SON OP T.KE NIGHt OP T.KE LWJNG PeP PMT. It T.KE REVENGE This years PCP T-slrirt logo. by Renee Maxwell The theme of this weekend's upcoming Palm Court Party will be "Horror Movies," or more specifi cally, "Old, Bad Horror Movies." So beware the faint-hearted, this is not an event for squeamish, sensi tive-types. It is, however, in the spirit of Halloween that all the blood and gore of bygone slashers will be commemorated. The title of the event is "Return of the Son of the Night of the Living PCP Part 2 The Revenge." Throughout the night horror movies will be projected for the viewing pleasure of the attendees. In addition, there will be live bands in Palm Court and DJ's in the third court lounge to provide music for the less blood thirsty partygoers. What will not be provided, however, is alcohol. The lack of kegs, though a significant departure from the popular PCP tradition, is in no way meant to hinder (responsible) alcohol con sumption at the event. Rather, it is a consequence of increased security measures associated with alcohol provisions and the cost of that secu rity. The PCP is being organized by fifth-year Dann Holmes, secondyear Christopher Altes, third-year Michael Howland, and second-year Mark Hengge. Holmes and Altes told the Catalyst that since alcohol is not being provided by the school, no wristbands need to be issued and only minimal security is required. Therefore, the decision was simply a matter of reducing cost and sim plifying preparations. Students will still be asked to register off-campus guests with Student Affairs, however, as a standard security precaution. The PCP organizers also emphasized that bottles will not be allowed in Palm Court and encouraged everyone to opt for cans instead. In preparation for the nocturnal activities, the organizers are also sponsoring a scavenger hunt to be held that day, for which prizes will be awarded. What those prizes will be was not revealed to the Catalyst, so in the meantime hopeful participants will have to remain in suspen e. But as Christopher Altes promised, "It will be a magical, magical evening." And while students "stumble in somnambulance" around Palm Court, they can revel in the horror of Leatherface, Freddy and Jason. So don't forget your chainsaw, because according to Altes, "Leatherface, it's all about Leatherface."
8 The Catalyst ANNOUNCEMENTS October 31,2001 .. 12:35 p.m.: Petit -New College student re lheft of an unsecured nrvr .. from the Goldstein Dorm ... 3:50 p.m.: Trespass -Non-affiliated male was .. rt at the Caples Fine Arts during the Red Cross raiser when he refused to campus Subject was intox and in possession of lalCI:>hoJ ("dry event) County Jail. Sarasota Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Group Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 p.m. College HaU Music Room The Sarasota Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Group meets weekly to study and prac tice traditional Mahayana Bud dhist meditation. Participation is open to all: it requires no prior Theft -Bicycl e New Coll e ge student r eported the theft of her unsecured green 2 6 3-speed ladies Raliegh bike from a bike rack in Pei Dorm East (2nd court). Value : $700.00 10.21.2001, 12:15 a.m.: Battery/Criminal Mischief Two unknown males "egged" a New College student and couch in Hamilton Center fled the area in a BMW. Total damage: Approx. $55 .00 10.22.2001, 12:27 p.m.: Pet it Theft New College student re ported theft of his satellite dish from outside his room. Value : $55 00. Dish was later recovered 10.22.2001,9:08 p.m.: Attempted Grand Theft Auto -A USF student discovered that an unknown suspe.ct had entered her car and attempted to start her car. Approx. $300.00 damage to her ignition system. 10.22-2001, 9:08p.m.: Grand Theft Auto -USF student dis covered that an unknown suspec t knowledge of or commitment to Buddhism. Attendance is free of charge. If you wish to sit on the floor in traditional meditation posture, bring a pad or blanket and a finn cushion (the room has a hard wood floor). Chairs will also be available. $4 000 .00 value Vehicle entered in FCIC/NCIC and later recov ered by the Manatee County Sheriff 's Office 10.22.2001, 9:00 p.m.: Attempted Grand Theft Auto Non affiliated guest reported the attempted theft of his vehicle f rom Pl1 ( Twining), near air port. Approximately $600.00 damage to the vehicle 10.23.2001, 2:10p.m.: Attempted Vehicular Burglary -Sudakoff Lot. New College student reports that unknown suspects attempted to gain entry to her vehicle by prying the pas senger door lock mechanism. Approx. $300.00 damage to door. 10.26.2001, 3:47 a.m.: Theft From Vehicle -New College student reports theft of tire from her vehicle. Approx. total loss: $185.00. Two suspects involved, on f v i-cle and investigative leads. Board of Trustees meeting: November 3, 2001 !O:OOa.m. College Hall Music Room For more information or a copy of the agenda, contact Suzanne Janney, Special Assistant to the President CAREER CENTER What's Happening? Thurs Nov. 1st 5:00-7:00 p.m. All About Law School and After, Diversity Center Lawrence Vernaglia Esq an attorney for a major Jaw firm Hinckley & Allen in Boston, and a member of the New College Alumnae Board of Trustees will discuss law school and life after law school. Internship Ocean Mammal Institute Internship is from January 4 -23 2002 in Maui. This intern ship to continue their studies on the impact of human ma rine activities on endangered humpback whales. During the day students help collect data in the field; in the evening at tend lectures and discussions about the research and rele vant marine conservation issues. Expenses: $ 1 950 plus airfare, food, and course read ing material. Full payment must be made 60 days prior to departure. To find out more check the website: www.oceanmammalinst.org. The Harlem Renaissance and the Anthropology of Performance All events begin at 7:30p.m. in N o vember 7 J ess e B. Simple: Characterization in the Fiction of Langston Hughes. Kwabena Dinizulu, St. Petersburg, FL. Theatrical perfor mance and discussion November 20 "Acting in the Living Museum." James Horton, Ph.D., Department of History, George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution. How the Other Half 'Lives' by Christopher DeFillippi (1/RrsT, I (oVI.JII'T JJE HAVINc; Alff lf5S LV(/< WITH THE LADIs W!THocif HAVING A foU fiE LIJ ARo"IID Jttf r;IIY PMTS/ WHAT GIV!5?