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Volume XV, Issue 9 50 50 college November 14, 2002 Maxeme Thchman wins presidency by 5 votes The record turnout of 343 In the runoff surpassed the record turnout in the general elec tion. Tuchman edged to victory with 50.4 per cent of the total votes cast. by Whitney Krahn A margin of 5 votes wa. all it took for Maxeme Tuchman to claim the ew College Student Alliance presidency in Tues day's runoff. With 173 vote Tuchman defeated Robert Schober and Sydney a h's co candidacy in the closest race in memory. In an election that asked voter to decide whether one president was better than two, the tudent body didn t de cisively prefer either. In the initial election l as t Wedne sday, Nov. 6, which had the highest turnout in NCSA hi tory Tuchman wo n 151 of 330 votes, just 15 vote shy of a majority. Schober-Nash nar rowly surpassed Brian Lee Bon fanti who won 81 votes to Schoberash ticket for the run off, the co-candidates almost doub l ed their share of the votes Tu chman's votes i n creased b y only 13 percent. Routi n e meeting of Board of Tru st ee s not upset by possible loss of power by Michael Sanderson The pa sage of Amendment 11 hung over Saturday's Board of Trustees meeting, as the trustees 1i tened, discussed and motioned regarding the ordi nary i ue that have piled up since their last meeting in Au gu t. Discus ing contract with the faculty, Chairman Bob Johnson said, "The pre sent contact with the unions expires Jan. 7, 2003," then added with a laugh, "We may also expire Jan. 7, 2003. I don't know." John on did however, in the chairman's report that open e d the meeting, temper the uncer tainty resulting from the pas sage of the amendment. It cre ates a statewide "board of governors,'' with power over the local trustees, to over ee Florida's public universities Johnson said, "It's my un derstanding that with the elec tion of Gov. Bush, he's not go ing to derail his present undertaking for local auton omy and local boards of trustee and that thts new board of regents will be limited to focusing on statewide is sue ." "This board [the New Col lege Board of Tru tees] will still have an autonomy and a role to play in the operation and management and policy of New College of Florida," Johnson said. "There i a pro vision in that particular amend ment that in effect says that our authority is somewhat cur tailed on Jan. 7 ." But Johnson and other said the board will operate up to and probably be yond that date The only agenda item pre-THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES empted by Amendment 11 was the report by General Counsel David Smolker, who went to Tallahassee last Thursday for a meeting of univer ity attorneys who get together periodically, called "the council of coun sels "Obviously, Amendment 11 S E E "TRUST EE S PAGE 5 "We were working for the same t hings,., Tuchman an wered when asked about the mall margin. "We had a lot of the arne goal and wanted to accomplish them in different way .... That's probably where the mall margin came from." "In the end [of the campaign], for example, Rob and Sydney added diver ity to their plat fonn," she said. In a last attempt to win vot er in the run-off a moderated que tion and answer se ion wa held Monday night in the Diversity and Gender Center. Designed as an opportunity for the candidates to display their differences, the poor turnout showed a student body that ei ther knew about anymore Even smaller than the crowd itself was the number in atten dance who had not previou s ly c ampai gn ed for eith e r tic k et. In anticipation of Tue day' run-off, campaign started over last Thur day to let the campu know about the impending elec tion. Armed with chalk, Tuch man and Schober-Na h' re spective supporters took to the tiles of Palm Court and the con crete of the overpas 'Tm sav ing paper" wa written by the Tuchman camp. After the weekend, Tuch man added flyers readdre sing her issue SchoberNash added a flyer to their ar enal of pho tographs ye terday morning. It included a quote from Dean of Students Mark Blawe1ss and a picture of Bonfanti, Schober Na h, and campaign drop-out An President-elect Tuchman, Page 4. CATALYST INSIDE S. Eben Kirksey at College Hall last Thursday Anthropologist alum returns to present work on oppressed Papuans STORY, PAGE 3
2 The Catalyst "' I NEWS November 14, 2002 Memorial service at bay held for Jane Bancroft Cook, supporter of New College since its founding This biographical sketch was included in the program at the memorial: Wife, mother, stepmother, grand mother, great grandmother, philan thropist, civic worker, corporate director, actress, sportswoman, champion of higher education, Jane was a remark able woman, accomplished, modest and warm, and steadfast in her convic tions. by Caitlin Young The weather at College Hall was idyllic on the afternoon of Nov. 8. A vivid field of shiny green grass en croached on the metallic, slate-colored bay. The large pavilion tent filled with about 150 people. But it wasn't a party, or even a wedding rehear al; it was the memorial service for Jane Bancroft Cook, one of New College' mo t gen erous and ardent supporters. Cook pa ed away on July 1 at the age of 90. The ervice began with a musical prelude featuring flute and classical gui tar. New College Foundation Pre ident Lt. Gen. Rolland Heiser made opening remarks. This was followed by a prayer from Father Ted Copeland, and a wel coming peech by President Gordon "Mike" Michalson. Some community remarks were made, ending with another musical interlude. Millie Ellis, former director of New College Admissions and Foundation tru tee, poke of her memories of Cook. She recalled her recruitment of rew College' frr t student, Jeanie Stevenson. Cook's daughter. All three of C dau there and all spoke. Lisa Steele spoke first, beginning with a poem by Patricia Olsen. She then described her mother in loving words: how she was a die-hard Red Sox fan, without ever having seen them win a World Series. How at age 67 she did 12 chin-up just to prove to one of her grandsons that she could. "Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts,'' Steel said, before passing the microphone onto her sister. Stevenson spoke next. Her words were accompanied by soft sniffles and About 150 people attended the service, which remembered her achievements, contributions to the college, and personal warmth, then tossed flowers in Sarasota Bay in her memory. the occasional tinkling of laughter as se a.thered ou t back. on own memories of Cook. The sincere praise and affection with which her daughters and friends spoke about her made even those who never met her, like the handful of students who attended, feel connected. Cook' youngest daughter, Martha Robes, poke last. At the end of her rem iniscence she urged everyone to follow her out to the dock. Flowers were pro vided so that guests could send their thoughts and prayers to Cook while sending the flowers into Sarasota Bay, which is connected to the "Mother 100 tiny white flowers gently dropped to the water and floated along the dock's edge. Copeland gave a last prayer, still by the water. There were microphone difficulties, but even without it, no one had trouble hearing his voice over the rever ent hush. The crowd wandered back towards College Hall as the flute and guitar played one final time. A reception inside followed. Born in Cohasset, Massachusetts, Jane spent winters in Sarasota for 50 years. She loved Sarasota and thought of it as paradise. Jane was one of the founders of New College and one of its most ardent supporters. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1965 and later served as Chairman. Upon her retirement she was named the first Trustee Emeritu Her gifts to New College of leadership, involvement and financial support provided immeasur able assistance in the advancement of the College to national acclaim. As one of the owners of Dow Jones & Co., publishers of The Wall Street Journal, Jane served on its board of directors for 35 years. "In that role," according to an editorial that appeared the day following her death, she ''helped to shape The Wall Street Journal's expan sion from a regional fmancial daily into American's first national newspaper now a lobal source of bu iness news." Peter R. Kann, chainnan and C.E.O. of Dow Jones, said, "Jane Cook was a woman of extraordinary wisdom, grace and generosity." Jane gave her time, love and support to numerous charitable organiza tions locally and near her summer home in Massachusetts. Jane Cook will be missed by every one who knew her. Her legacy, how ever, of genuine concern and support for her family, friends and fellow citizens will live on. CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar. usfedui-catalyst/ The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored Contributions may range in length from 250 to General Editor Managing Editor by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more Michael Sanderson Erin Marie Blasco New College Publications Office using Adobe than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh either Letters to the Editor or and Copy Editor Photographer and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money include names and contact information. David Htggins and Photo Editor provided by the New College Student Alliance. Printed submissions may be placed in campus Sarah Zell box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailed Online Editor and Direct submissions and inquiries to: to catalyst@ncfedu. No anonymous submissions General Manager Layout Editor The Catalyst will be accepted. Michael Gimignani Caitlin Young 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box 1175 All submissions must be received by 5:00p.m. Sara ota, FL 34243 in order to appear in the following week's Staff Writers catalyst@ncfedu IS ue. 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The Catalyst FEATURES November 14, 2002 3 New College Foundation social brings together supporters of all kinds by Michael Sanderson The New College Foundation held its annual social last Thursday evening, themed "Hoedown." It brought together Foundation members, New Col1ege trustees, administrators, some alum nae/i, faculty and students for barbequed ribs (catered by Michael's on East) at a casual event in a tent by the bay. The event came amid a flurry of administrative events this past week that illustrate the centrality of the Foundation to New College life. The New College Foundation is the organizational descendent of the origi nal New College, Inc., founded in 1960. In 1975, when New College be came part of the University of South Florida, the trustees formed the Foundation to raise funds as an outside organization to sustain and enhance the expensive New College program money the state would not and still does not provide. Responsible for the construction of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex, the Dort and Goldstein Dorms, the Pritzker Marine Sciences building, and others, the Foundation now plans to construct a building for itself, to be called the Keating Center. Planned for the land north of College Drive and the Anthropology Lab, the Keating Center will expand the Foundation's facilities and allow Admissions to expand into the first floor of Robertson Hall. The new building has been named for Ed and Elaine Keating, a Sarasota couple who gave $600,000 towards its construction. Groundbreaking is ex pected to coincide with the new Foundation Board of Trustees meeting in February. Now that New College again has an independent administration, the Foundation has a renewed its mission. It has also provided much of the leader ship, and many individuals have multiple roles. Kenneth R. Misemer, wearing a cowboy hat, was the first person to make informal remarks to the assem bled group. Misemer is not only the chairman of the Foundation board of trustees, but also a New College of Florida trustee, and an alumnus, a member of the New College charter class, which entered in 1964. "What a great group we have here," Misemer said. "To see the Library Association, the Alwnni Association, and the Foundation come together." He was referring to the merger this year of the independent New College Library Association and the New College Alumnae/i Association into the organi zation of the Foundation. Foundation President Ro11and V. Heiser, who attended the social, dis cussed the merger in his role as New College trustee: "I'm happy to report that while we're fine-tuning some ad ministrative procedures and all of that, things are working very well, and I be lieve all of the boards feel they're still functioning," Heiser told the New College Board of Trustees at their Saturday meeting. "We're all talking and working together and I think it's going to produce positive results." At the social Thursday, the emphasis was on recognizing the people in the Foundation and College for their con tributions. President Michalson acknowledged the administrators, staff, faculty, alurnnae/i and tudents present. "It's a wonderful gathering of commu nity. A lot of love in the room," said Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss to the Catalyst. Provost Charlene Callahan added only, "Pretty good barbeque, eh?" One of the caterers said to another across the tent about 30 minutes before the social began, "Keep an eye on the bar last time I was up here I ripped off for two bottles of booze." Alumnus Kirksey returns from Indonesia, by way of Oxford, to present work by Christopher DeFillippi "All right, do you want to see the PG-13-rated one or the X-rated one?" began New College Alum S. Eben Kirk 2000. presentation of the Oxford University doctorate student's research in West Papua, there was a moment of silence. Then, the audience murmured that the X-rated version would be preferred. The presentation that followed, enti tled From Cannibal to Terrorist: State Violence & Indigenous Resistance in West Papua took place in the Gender and Diversity Center last Thursday, and contained gruesome images of the Indonesian military's violence against the natives of West Papua. One of the mo t powerful images, eliciting murmurs from the audience, included the dismembered corpse of a native being dredged from the river. Slimy, gray, and not immediately rec ognizable as human, the body belonged to a Papuan medic allegedly executed by the Indonesian military o.n suspicions that he was involved m sedi tious activity. Such photos were used to the savagery inflicted by Indones1a upon a pre-industrial people, as they struggle to enter the global economy, to establish a national identity, and to es cape the widely-held preconceptions that they are, in fact, savages. "Let me say now, going through all the literature, there isn't a single well documented case of cannibalism by an observer whose credibility I could trust," Kirksey began. "I found one. who calls himself Charles 'Canrubal "There was this one friend of mine from the village who spent some time in urban areas. in the village, saying, I'm ree superstition. I eat dog.' Sort of one of the more counterintuitive things I found." Miller, who trudged around the west coast at the beginning of the 20th cen tury. He says he actually took place in a canniba1 feast. But this guy also saw this huge dinosaur in West Papua, so I'm not sure if he's the best source to cite on West Papuan cannibalism. "You would expect, with such scanty evidence, you wouldn't hear much of Papuan cannibalism, but if you look on Lexis Nexis, you'd find huge amounts of literature on cannibalism in West Papua." Kirksey frequently returned to fact that there is a more substantial body of evidence condemning the Indonesian state of savagery than that which exists to condemn the Papuans. Evidence of Indonesian brutality in cludes photographs and eyewitness accounts, including one Kirksey men tioned from a man claiming to be both a Roman Catholic priest and a journalist. "[He] found examples of Indonesian torture that demonstrated that the Indonesian state is inherently savage," Kirksey said, referring to the priest journalists account. "A hot iron rod, heated to the point that it was red, was rammed into a native after he was bent over and the other end came out his moufu. There were at least six other similar incidents." Kirksey also delved into a number of other issues. Among these were which Western trappings of nationalism the Papuans' have adopted in their effort to become a vtable pohtJ. cal and economic power. While the Papuans have adopted a flag and a national seal, Kirksey pro posed that a more lo?k at the Western outline for natwnahsm sug gests that the Papuans' conversion to Western-style national ism is neither feasible nor desirable. "In contrast to what we like to think about nationalist movements, [the Papuans'] movement is not like a hier archal movement that's easy to understand," Kirksey said. Citing 19th century German sociol?gist Weber's outline for an effic1ent nation s bureaucracy, he demonstrated that some Western ideas are incompatible with the West Papuan state at its current stage of development. "You have a lot of local leaders who don't respect any hierarchal chains of command," Kirksey continued. "There's no archives \.in the West which is one of Having f'trSt West Papua as a high school senior, when his flight to Java made a stop in Biak, Kirksey began his re earch in the developing nation while he was a tudent at New College. His New College thesi Saya Mak.an Sembarang (I Eat Anything): The Changing World of the Oge Bage Mee, sponsored by Anthropology Professor and Catalyst sponsor Maria Vesperi, studied the West Papuan dialect, orga nized according to which foods are edible inedible, or taboo to eat. "The ethnographic bit I was trying to figure out was questions ,of .social identity by what people said. "There was this one fnend of rome from the village who spent some time in urban areas. He learned to eat dog and sort of flaunt this in the village, saying, 'I'm free of traditional supersti tion. I eat dog.' Sort of one of the more counterintuitive things I found." For students interested in doing sim ilar work to Kirksey's during their New College education, his recommendation was concise. "Just go do it," he "Just somewhere that you're 10terested 10. We're at an amazing place where you can go away for six months and still get credit for it."
4 The Catal st Runoff decides election with record turnout, tight margin Supervlaor of Elections Michelle Brown counting Mike Gimignani posing on the new welcoming wall across from the Shell Station. At Marriott on Nov. 7, diners had the opportunity to "Shoot for Schober-Nash," thanks to third-year Eric Sosnoff and sec ond-year Justin Vickers. Their florescent orange hats that had advertised "G" for Gimignani at the Town Meeting were con verted with cardboard and markers to promote Schober Nash. Sosnoff and Vickers asked students to take a plastic ball and shoot it through a hoop. ''We want to take that feeling that you get that feeling in your chest [when you make a basket] and apply it to Schober-Nash," said Vickers. Fourth-year Homer Wolfe said he felt "swell" after shooting for Schober-Nash. But did it make him want to vote for the co-can didates? ''Not any more than I did before." First-year Sarah Stamper, the manager ofBonfonti's cam paign, worked the cafeteria ear lier that day, circulating a peti tion to postpone the run-off in order to investigate the election. Earlier in the week, signs from Bonfanti's campaign had been removed without warning. His campaign was also concerned about negative advertisements. Moving the run-off to Tues day was a result of the schedul ing inconvenience that Friday posed, due to New College Foundation and board meetings that elections officials needed to attend. Ultimately, "The deci sion was made by Andrew [Hossack]," Brown said. Hos sack confmned the run-off on Tuesday and said any future ac tion taken by the Student Court regarding the election would be handled as it happens. The election also attracted the attention of Board of Trustees Chairman Bob John son. "Now as I understand it students are having an elec tion," he said. "I read with en thusiasm the morning report [in the Catalyst] about the different platfonns. One of the candi dates has challenged the other two to an oil-wrestling contest. I guess that's like a mud wrestling contest with oil." There was laughter, and Johnson continued, 'That's sort of exemplary and definitive of what New College is all about. The slickest person wins." NEWS November 14, 2002 An interview with the president-elect Maxeme Tuchman. by David Savarese Immediately following Tuesday 's announcement that third-year Maxeme Tuchman won the run-off election against second-year Sydney Nash and fourth-year Robert Schober, she met with a bar rage of congratulations from friends and family. During our interview, her father called with offerings of love and cheesecake for the new NCSA President. As president-elect, she will now be working di rectly with president get a feel for the responsibili ties of the office. The Catalyst interviewed Tuchman to dis cuss her plans for the office and reflect upon the events of this election. Catalyst: You won by a fairly narrow margin of five votes in cluding the two abstentions. How do you feel this reflects on the nature of this particular election? Tuchman: [laughs] I want to say that it has to do with that, in the end, for example, Rob and Sydney added diversity to their platform. In the end, we were workine for the same things. We had a lot of the same goals and wanted to ac complish them in different ways, some a little more radi cally and some of them a little more moderately. That's prob ably where the small margin came from. C: What do you think that you will bring to this office? T: Leadership skills, a definite decision to motivate students into being involved with the NCSA, a commitment to fol low-through by exhausting all means possible to get things done. C: Who will serve on your ex ecutive Cabinet? (What about Robert and Sydney? What about the other candidates for president? What about past members of the NCSA ?) T: There is only two position that I've defmitely decided on. One is Executive Vice Presi dent as Corey Callahan and Audrey Nicoleau as Vice Pres ident of Academic Affairs. I left the other ones open be cause people that want to be involved with student govern ment should be involved. Audrey, Lawrence and Mark are the only students staying [on campus] that are part of the Executive Branch. Audrey, I've talked to. Mark, as far as I know, is not inter ested in holding an executive position. Lawrence, definitely! I would want him to continue in his position as Foundation Representative. Otherwise, it would be like reinventing the wheel. If he is still interested, I would be very happy with that. I know that Rob is not in terested. Sydney is interested, and I will have to talk to her to Gimignani wants to stay on the Catalyst. I think that Brian Lee works best, and effectively, in dependently. C: What are your plans for the office? Will you take up where Andrew left off, or go in a dif ferent direction? How so? T: Yes, I plan to stay mainly in the same direction that Andrew was going. There were a lot of great things he did for the school, a lot of great connec tions he established, and a lot of goals he met that I would like to see continued. But, as always, there are going to be things that need to be changed, that need to be ftxed, and that need to go in new directions. C: Where will students be able to contact you with their con cerns? T: By e-mail at max.tuch firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 360-5318, and I live in Dort 307. I'll establish weekly of fice hours for students who are uncomfortable with fmding me in my room. C: Why did you run for Presi dent? What can you bring to the position that the others couldn't? T: I mainly decided to run for President when I realized that there were a lot of things at this school that needed to change, be repaired, or continue to go in the way they were going. I didn't really consider until An drew Hossack came to find me, saying that he had to seek out someone he knew could do the job. Therefore, I plan to use my skills in motivating stu dents to get involved, making sure ideas get implemented and followed through, and making sure that students' voices get heard on all issues regarding this campus. C:How do you plan to do this? T: During this election, a lot of great ideas came up. For exam ple, Rob & Sydney's guide to student life idea. Using my best motivational skills I hope to have them continue with that idea, and get other stu dents involved with this idea and others I also plan to use the working relationships I have established during my two and a half years here to continue things that still need C: Why did you win? T: Because Dania and Laura chalked all night! But seri ously, a lot of students helped me to get the word out on my platform and my ideas by writ ing signs, knocking on doors at midnight, and going around talking to students since I am only one human being. With out their help I couldn't have gotten what I got today. C: What is the most important constitutional requirement for the President? T: I don't know it by heart yet. [Looking at written copy] I think that Article 3(c) of the student constitution is the most important duty that I shall per form. To ensure student opin ion is represented and articu lated responsibly at all relevant occasions in all relevant mat ters. C: Any last words? T: I just wanted to thank the student body for believing in me, having faith in the fact that I can do this, and showing that positive campaigning will al ways come out best in the end.
The Catalyst NEWS Removal of signs leads Physical Plant to clarify reasons, policy NCSA general election results November14, 2002 5 Brandon L. Keene 5 RevBLK 3 by Caitlin Young Provided by Supervisor of Elections Michelle Brown. 1st Year SAC: 3rd Year SAC: Chris Altes 259 Abstentions 24 Guapo 2 DannyWood 2 James Joyce 2 Tape just isn't enough any more. This year's NCSA presidential election created a deluge of print advertising in Hamilton Center, Palm Court the overpass and almost ever; other passed by place. As many as there were, there were sup posed to be more, as it was alleged that some signs were down inappropriately. Phystcal Plant Director Richard OJney admits that one of his employees did remove a few election signs prior to Wednesday, but that he'd talked to the employee about it. trees along General Spaatz Boulevard. He mentioned the then upcoming board of trustees meeting on Nov. 9, and was concerned about the reactiOn of visiting trustees. Jeanel/ lnnerarity 237 Graham Coreil-Allen 21 Justin White 6 Write-ins one vote: Katie Chapman, Grahm Allen, Meg Whedbee, David Savarese, Chns Cox, Dustin Frank1in, Steve-0 the Freak-0, Round the Outside, Jes e JackRyan Compton 2 Abstentions 300 Not Ryan Compton 4 John Brieboum 2 Mr.T 2 Write-ins receiving one vote: Trustee Alexis Simendinger told the Catalyst that she "didn_'t note of any of the Signs but also that she'd only been around Sudakoff and Cook Hall. Abstentions 25 Write-ins receivinoone vote David Alexander, Dustin Franklin, Ruben, Any Team Rad Member, Stuttering John Blue, Delerium, Drew who lives with Nick Autman Me on, Ayatollah, People who don:t veto everything, The Antt-AJtes, Not Chris Altes, Anyone Else Jessica Mazza, Mike Burch Houston Weir, Michelle Chalin, Chri Defillipi, Rachel Johns, Austin Cayhill, Jesse Glickstein, Tiffany Vastardis, Jeff Thomas, Dustin FrankJin Monica Norotry, Steve Largent, Steve Yacco,Topher. Daffy Duck, Mr. T, Titans or Filth or Virginia is for Lovers, The Out Towners, All Citizens of Libya, Sultan of an Oil Bearing Nation, Yoko Ono Coolman Poordude Balls 2nd Year SAC: 4th Year SAC: Patrick Hickey 26l Josh Gange 12 Josh George 2 Abstentions 23 "It's our unwritten policy to leave signs alone. It won't happen again by that gentleman at least," Olney said. Olney said, "I'm not goin
6 The Catalyst NEWS Pei's fate uncertain as new dorm contemplated by David Higgins, Maria Lopez and Sydney Nash The Pei dormitories, framing the center of the New College universe since 1965, hold a special place in the hearts of many students and alumni. However, within the coming years of independence and expansion, the face of New College will be significantly changed, and the fate of Pei remains uncertain. A plan that is being spear headed by Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss, Vice President for Finance and Administration John Martin, and Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell calls for a new dorm to be built while Pei is to be either renovated or rebuilt from the ground up "It is my belief that we should give erious thought to moving towards demolishing Pei and rebuilding with fa cilities we can have full confidence in, B1aweiss stated in his plan. "We will first create a new building which would be a residential college predominantly for first-years," Blaweiss told the Catalyst. "We could possibly create a loft space for thesis students to live." The new building which could poten tially open by 2004 would provide the necessary space to house students while Pei would be undergoing renovations or rebuilding. New College opened this year with 460 on-campus beds and 482 on-cam pus students The overflow of 22 students were housed in the Ramada Inn or even Pei triples a temporary measure indicative of the current lack of housing space The college is incre mentally increasing its enrollment each year with an eventual goaJ around 800 students. This increasing overflow de mands new housing. Blaweiss told the Board of Trustees, "If we open this year with 480-some-odd students who want to live on campus and we grow by 30 next year, we will not need to put 22 in the Ramada or some other place, we would need to put almost 50. And at some point that becomes very much a diminishing return. Those students will rather live on campus somewhere else [at another school] if we continue to crowd our students that way. Therefore it is imperative that we get cranking and get the new residence halls designed by us managed by us but opened by us quickly." Blaweiss hopes to enter into a con tract with developing teams over this year "teams that might build, might finance, might do both." They could then break ground in the fall or summer of 2003 to build the new residence hall through the 2003-2004 year. The loca tion of the new residence hall is still up in the air. Proposed locations have included the area between Gen. Spaatz and the Hamilton Center Classrooms the parking lot behind Hamilton Center, or even where the Sarasota Classic Car Museum is now land the New College trustees want to acquire The location would ultimately be determined by a "task force of students, faculty, and staff appointed by Dean Gordon Michalson. As the new building is being con structed, Blaweiss said Saturday, "the college will conduct, with the help of the developer, a comprehensive student of what is the best thing to do with Pei. Is it to renovate it, or is it to rebuild it?" November 14, 2002 Pei currently provides 257 beds. Both the new residence hall and the re vamped Pei would provide between 257 and 300 beds each allowing the college to open in 2005 "with 600 or more new beds in total, which wiU allow us to grow the way we want to grow, take some buildings off-line that are in desperate need of going away, and moving forward with 75-80 percent of our students living on campus," Blaweiss said. Likely candidates for being taken "off-line" include the B Dorm and Viking residence halls, which would no longer be needed after the construction of the new building. Blaweiss remains sensitive to the importance of Pei and Palm Court to the social cohesion of New College, and wants to make sure that legacy sur vives. "If we are to rebuild Pei," he said, the developers working in con junction with the administration would take in to consideration "the best fea tures of Pei that we will not Jose: most notably, large rooms, balconies, unique entrances, social integration, and of course, Palm Court." Neighborhood residents, New College faculty and students oppose USF development THE CROSLEY ESTATE DEVELOPMENT by Sarah Zell "This is not what I expected for my Sunday afternoon," said Director of Administrative Services Ben Ellinor. A foam board depicted the intended de velopments to the Cro ley Estate, and papers with the USF logo were haphaz ardly piled about, thanking people for their unwritten comments. A hot fall day and hot tempers kept this part of the neighborhood association picnic of Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores (the neighborhood north and south of New College) from being the ideal Sunday afternoon. On Oct. 27 the annual picnic was held for the neighborhood association, which includes the nei borho within Sarasota to the north a n d south of New College and east of US 41. Among the items being addressed at the gathering was U S F S arasota/Manatee's in tended r e loc a t i on to the Cro s ley Estate The invitation to the picnic an nounced the presence of USF Sarasota/Manatee CEO Laurey Stryker and a county planner, both available to answer questions. However, the only USF official to attend the picnic was Ellinor. Ellinor faced a surge of resistance from residents living in the Uplands neighborhood just between New College and the Crosley Estate. They are concerned about environmental im pact to the estate, as well as the pragmatic fears about the degradation of the neighborhood, which remains relatively secluded with only two en trances to the area. Sean Connelly, a Manatee County employee opposed to the development of the estate on the grounds of environ mental sensitivity answered questions for residents. Connelly had a petition available for association members to sign, not unlike his Halloween party held at the estate two days prior. Ellinor answered questions for neighborhood members who gathered around him for the opportunity to ex press their opinions. Residents were urged to fill out the comment pages with the promise that they would be posted online with responses. A resolution written by Uplands resi dent Claudia Cuomo was signed b a large n u m ber of those in attendance and given to R e p resentative D onna C l arke of d istrict 69 of which the U p lan d s an d Cr os l ey ar e a p art. U p on que stio ning her general position on the i ss ue Clarke told the Catalyst, I am trying to fmd out what these residents want. My job is to represent them." The commotion died down when Ellinor packed up the conceptual plans and left the picnic. In the days following, Connelly drafted a letter to the President of USF Tampa Judy Genshaft expressing his disappointment at the lack of USF offi cials present at the picnic. The letter went on to urge Genshaft to consider al ternatives for relocation for the sake of the environment and the local neigh borhood. To date, ConnelJy has collected roughly 200 signatures op posing further development of the Crosley Estate. In a letter to the Board of Trustees 26 tenured faculty members at Ne,.; College detailed that "remaining silent on this issue would not be responsible." The letter continued, "We want both New ColJege and USF Sarasota/Manatee to be successful. However, we are worried that the Crosley plan will help neither institu tion." The letter was attached to a statement relating their reasons for "hesitancy." The statement, titled "USF Proposed Crosley Facility: Problems for the community, environmental education, and USF Sarasota/Manatee," highlighted environmental concerns, t h e dissolution of a significan t learning and r e searc h ar ea an d the probl ems t ha t USF fa cu l ty would face with a high s tudent/acre ratio. A copy of the Uplands resolution was also sent to the New College Board of Trustees containing over 125 signa tures. Included with the signatures was a letter drafted by Uplands Association Vice-President Debra Pitell whose first paragraph chastised USF for the lack of communication with the Uplands neighborhood. Pitell's letter stated "We do not consider a flyer that in vites us to a picnic in a different neighborhood to be a proper channel of communication .... The flyer indicated that a Manatee County planner and Dr. Laurie Stryker would be present, but only a staff member was available." The New College Green Party is also attempting to make students aware of USF's planned relocation to the Crosley estate and gauge the degree to which students are opposed to the relo cation. At the time of this printing they had collected upwards of 250 signa tures. Within the next thirty days, USF Sarasota/Manatee will open a ninety day period during which the public wilJ be welcome to comment on the Master Plan Update. Following this time, USF Sar_asota/Manatee will again meet with therr board of trustees to determine the next course of action.
The Catalyst Correction -In Ia t week issue, the Catalyst in correctly quoted presidential candidate Maxeme Tuchman as saying "We are just going to go out and get black tudents." In fact, she aid, "We are not just going to go out and aet black students." We apologize for :ny confusion this may have caused. Clarifications -Previou references to the election (in the Catalyst and elsewhere) have defined a majority as 51 percent of the vote. A majority is in fact "50 per cent + 1" or however many votes are nece ary to exceed 50 percent by any fractiOnal amount. -*"'IN ADVANCE** A the Catalyst goes to pres we are not ure how to count ab tentions in calculating percentage of the vote, or if abstention in a runoff could pu h both candidate below 50 percent. In this is ue we give percentages of the total vote ca t and that doesn't affect t h e result. _..,. :< .. # l ANNOUNCEMENTS &c. November 4, 2002 SAC Meeting In attendance: Jeanell Innerarity, Heather Rasley, Sydney Nash, Emma Jay, Christopher Altes, Patrick Hickey, Andrew Jay. All decisions unanimous unless otherwi e noted. Sydney Nash, a acting chair, ab tains unle other wi e noted. Organic Garden Pre ervation Vallerye Allyn Anderson, Te s Repenning Requested: $50.19 for gardening tool Allocated: $50.19 Food Service Committee Meetings Mike Girnignani, Sarah Zell Requested: $170.00 for food, copie and upplie 110602, 3:39PM: UPD received two on campus noise complaint reference a "Wall" party in Palm Court. The party was terminated. 110502, 6:02PM: UPD received a com plaint of kateboarder in the Campu Library Patio area. Officer located the three, nonaffiliated adult and is ued a written warning to them that future tre pa would re ult in their arrest. 110502, 11:10 AM: A residential New n recetvmg hara sing phone call from a fonner friend who re ides out of sta t e Th e tu den t did not w i h to pur ue criminal prosecu tion at this t ime She was directed to change her dorm p h one num ber, and that proce has been initiated. 110302, 11:18 PM: A ew College tudent reported receiving a trange phone call from an unknown irate female de manding payment for narcotics ("Ecstasy''). The tudent appare n tly conAllocated: $170.00 ($5.00 from copy re erve) Still Time: A OneWomyn The is Show Maya Lilly Request Tabled PRIDE--Queer Kites, and Cucumber Sandwiches JD Kelley Requested: $97.00 for kites, food, and adverti. ing Allocated: $67.00 ($2.00 from Copy Re erve) PRIDE-Genderfuck Wall JD Kelley, Ben Haber Requested: $223.00 for decoration and vinced the caller he had the wrong number. 110302,7:35 PM: A New College tu dent reported that sometime during the previou evening. during the Halloween PCP, an unknown uspect had vandalized her vehicle by cratching the left rear door while it was parked in PL-4A (Sudakoff lot). Approx. $450.00 total damage. 110302,3:36 AM: UPD received a report was apparently utfenng Jated distre s within a Pei Donn room. A the juvenile wa emicon cious. Emer g en c y Medica.! Services were noti fied and re pond ed t o the s cene. She wa tran ported to a l ocal ho pital for further treatment. NCFPD hift upervi or ad-vi ed the juvenile' mother of the ituation and her location. 110 3 02 2 :32AM: UPD received a report of a po sible di turbance in a Gold tein Half-Life by Christopher DeFillippi November 14, 2002 7 props A llocat e d: $1 72.00 Nice RAK -Hou ekeeper' Appreciation Matt Ramey Requested: $325.87 for gift certificate Allocated: $175 .00 for gift certificate and flowers *Jeanelllnnerarity ab tain e The Family Reunion Mary Whalen, Eric De l p Requested: 325.87 for et Allocated: $200.00 Bike Shop Victoria Campbell Requested: $40.00 for candle Allocated: $40.00 *Andrew Jay ab tains Dorm room. Further inve tigation re sulted in the occupants of the room stating there wa no problem. 110302, 2:08AM: An unknown uspect fal ely activated a Hamilton Center Fire Alarm pull tation. Alarm wa ilenced, and a work reque t wa forwarded to Physical Plant for the tat10n repair. Criminal inve tigation IDltlated. 110302,2:06 AM: Officer received areport of a in sin tne.area dUring Party. o combatants located upon officers arrival. 110102, 10:00 AM: A USF student fell from hi motorized scooter (HDCP) within the Campu Library An officer rendered assi t ance and document ed the incident. No emergency medical re ponse wa warranted. www.ncfedu/Umversity P olicelpages/Publ ications.htm
SPECIAL POST-ELECTION MEMORIES Jan Bittersweet memories of the Jan Schneider campaign by David Savarese Win or lo e, the celebration for Jan Schneider' Campaign held at the Cia sic Car Mu eum next to ew College Ia t elec tion day wa called a Victory Party ew College tudent and many others took an active role in pu hing for Jan in our Sara ota home. Third-year Caro n Gro sman, Duncan Warner, Max Tuchman and Gigi Shames wandered the halls filled with shiny vintage cars and heated Democrats anxiously awaiting the results to flash on the giant television screen. The words 'Democracy jn Action' began to flash on the T.V. and something new popped up in the comer. I al most spilled my drink when I saw that Republican Katherine Harris was announced as our next representative. "That mean we lost," aid a voice standing right behind me. It was Jan Schneider. Third-year Eric Nowak, who worked for months on the Jan Sclmeider campaign, said, "I think it was a victory in the sen e that we got more of a per centage than AI Gore got [in the di trict], with no money and no recogn itio n ... It was a victory in the sense that Jan ran an i sue-ba ed campaign, and she retained her dignity,'' Despite all the intensity, thi wealthy politician won. As I went to congratulate Nowak on a job well done, he called his mom to tell her the news; dis appointed, I left before Jan's speech Sarasota had decided that we should be able to mur der-1 7-year -olds, and someone I hated was supposed to repre sel)t u all in Washington, D.C. Despite the fact that over 63,000 voters upported Schneider in her run for Thirteenth Congre sional Di trict U.S. House of Representatives, Harris won with 53 percent of the vote. ot once did Harri accept Schneider's invitation to de bate. Still, the former Florida Secretary of the State rode hi h in our predominantly Republican district, with a petty voice and a fi tful of cash. At the Victory Party, every student was flaunting some va riety of Jan paraphernalia. These T-hirts, signs, bumper stickers, and buttons were being waved in the air as children ran about, no doubt breaking thing while their parents avidly di cus ed Jan' qualification and the nece ity of keeping unethical politicians like Harri far from the federal government. Earlier that day I stood on the comer of Fruitville Road and State Road 301, wavmg a Jan Schneider sign while inhaling truck fumes and street grit. Other supporter and I endured the middle fmger of stupid, rich, and white old men (and women). On the oppo ing side of the treet, idealistic young men, clad in Abercrombie & Fitch and with Harri signs in hand, waved at cars. As they ate their Crisper' salads for lunch, I asked, "Do you guys get paid to do this?" Food in mouth, they replied, "No, but that guy does. He is some daily labor worker dude," gesturing towards a man holding a McBride sign and smoking a cigarette across the street. Katherine Harris at New College by Michael Gimignani "There's no time for your opinion," Dean of Admissions Joel Bauman tried to tell me be fore Katherine Harri 's Oct. 28 campu vi it and luncheon. "M Harris is going to want sound bytes, quick things she can take with her. You've got to think mall, quick. You might want to think of three things she can run with." Bauman repeated his ideas to me several times, usually offer ing suggestions on what to tell Harris at the meeting. Bauman dealt hi words like barb in the way only kindred New Yorkers could appreciate. Needless to say, I took his suggestion with tempered disinterest. 'Remember, Mike, you only have a few chances to make an impression on her," Bauman said just before I fini hed my work. I left the office to meet Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss and third-year Audrey Troutt, who waited for me with a golf cart. "So, I hear he's evil," Au drey said to the silent passengers. "No, I don't think so. I under stand she take a personal inter est in New College, and that' tine by me," aid Blawei s. "Well," I said, he still run ning for office, and no matter who ay what to me, I'm glad to hear she's on our ide." The other two nodded, then sat in silence waiting to change the ubject. Quickly, our conversation turned to other, less pre sing things, and the trip to College Hall was mer cifully short. The College Hall dining room opened to several New College dignitaries: President Michalson and Provo t Callahan carne around fir t, followed by Director of Public Affairs Steve Schroer, and Suzanne Janney. They were all making uneasy conversation as well, Ms. Harri being late. Just then Harri walked in with Lt. General Rolland Heier, who had invited. Harri was alone, without an entourage. She wore a very expen ive-looking busines dress, black with violet trim. Her hair was al o styled very deliberately, in a fashion I can't name, but which made me think she had definitely put a lot of time into it. In fact. that was the general ftrst impressiOn got from her, that she spent a lot of time making herself look good. Taking very confident tep looking aware, she was warmly welcomed by all the taff, then Audrey and myself. Harris stopped her forward movement when she heard me speak, topped a second, lo t her smile, cocked her head slightly to the left, and asked: "Where did you say you were from?" '1 didn't. I'm from New York City," I reacted without thinking. Harris moved on. Several people shot sideways glance at me, leading me to tuck in my mouth sheepishly. We walked to the elegantly decorated dining table, which the attendant from Michael's on East was making just right. Seating wa by printed name cards, which all the guests found quickly. Ms. Harris sat at the head of the table. I noticed as I at down that my card had the right spelling of my last name, while Audrey's was mi pelled Trout.' On the table, the iced tea with a perfect lemon slice and ju t the right amount of ice, and the plates quickly placed before us with perfect scoops of differ ent type of salad reminded me of plastic dishes that furniture stores buy to di play on their din ing sets. Harris ate slowly, spending a lot of time looking at all eight of the other guests. She talked at length about Florida being a "fo cus of the South" and an ''un tapped re ource," and gave the admini trators at the table many sugge tions for fundrai ing. "I haven't even thought of most of the e idea yet.. .. I'm mo tly a brainstormer," he said matter-of-factly. A number of those at the table took notes. Occasionally, Harri 's eyes, and resultantly those of all others at the table. turned to Audrey and I while she asked u very oft ball' que tion about ew Col lege. I (admittedly) was very bu y making ure I used the right fork and staying straight-backed in my chair. Audrey, however, acquitted herself very well, talk ing about her involvement with the musical groups connected with New College. Harri seemed to take defi nite interest in our responses to her question and offered con structive prai ritici m when warranted. ew Colleg i a jewel," sh said. "If much more than honors program at a university somewhere; thi i one of e best schools, for what it doe in the country. So ... what are three things I can take with me, o I can tell people about the strengths of New College?" She didn't get a straight answer. Some of the other guests grumbled together about "cele brating'' what New College has to offer. I, not prepared for the question I was told to prepare for, put my head in my hands, only to pick it up quickly when I realized people were looking at me. When the lunch was finished we all exited quickly, and ex changed some salutary talk. Har ris left first, driven off in her white SUV Blaweis Audrey, and I left ju t after in the New College Student Affairs golf cart. On the ride back, we were even more olemn than on the ride over. "So, she was a human being," Audrey told the cart, receiving some nod and approval, and then ilence. "See, Audrey, she wasn't evil ... at all," I added. ''Yeah," Blawei continued the thought, "I'm actually look ing forward to working with her. She did a very good job of convincing me she wasn't stu pid."