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Volume XV, Issue 10 November 20, 2002 free at last Ring ing Museum plans new complex at Caples Expanding, the Ringling Museum will build just over the New College property line. The placement results from a 20-year-ofd deal that put the Jane Bancroft Cook library on Ringling property. Caples. the addition of an 11.5 million vi itor' center, and expansion of the galleries. These expan ion are a part of a plan to tran fonn the Museum into a stat -of-the-art cultural in titution com parable t the Lincoln Center, and a major touri t attraction for outhwest Florida As ociate Director of the Ringling Mu eurn Jeanne Lambert told the Cata lyst, 'The education complex 1 on Caples] would allow for quite a number of thing ..... It will allow for classroom pace, it will al. o allow r our li ?rary -we have the large t [art] library m the southeast--then r will a! o allow pace for conservation. There will also be laboratories for con ervation, and we 'II be able to teach conservation at the mu eum." When asked about spectf1c clas cs at the education complex and whether b L i z Palo o Ever thought that the gras y a r a be tween O l d and ew Caples looke l a bit empty? Maybe it could u e, say, a 13.5 million, 73.000 quare-foot art educa tion complex put on it? As part of the Florida Stat niver sity s new program to complete the F !Ringling Center for the C ult u ra l Arts, the Ringling Museum i planning to expand it! buildings. Thi expansion includes the art education complex at take them. Lambert it as to know ... We are really Jookmg into [ all kinds of cia ses] It could be con se rva tion of a rt work it most likely will be a n k inds of cou rs s in art appreci a tion, evaluation of current pieces that we have .... As far a credits and thing Meeting to discuss New Co l lege-Ringling alliance ends w i th RA culture shock by Abby Weingarten Last month a handful of 1 ew College Re ident Advisor made the three-minute car trip to the di tant and di parate land of Ringling School of Art and Design. Spearheaded by thesis-student and RA Eric Hinton, the RA auen eel one of Ringling's Residence Life staff meetings on Oct. 23 in hope. of fonn ing a ocial alliance between the two in titutions. In tead, they carne away with culture hock. "[Ringling tudent ] coming over here is ort of indicative of a de ire to get off campu and meet new people," said Hinton, who be1ieves that the ap proximately 1000-student body i a re ource that would be "ridiculous not to tap." Regarding the increasing appear ance of Ringling student at wall. RA E r ic Sosnoff aid, "We know t h at they want to come on our campu but we also know that they don't alway re spect our campus." Past in tance of hor eplay ha e driven campus police to tighten ecurity mea ure requiring all vi itors to obtain sponsorship for their presence. This rule ha. in turn prompted outsiders to beg .student they may not even know to vouch for them, creating more inauspicious flr t impre ion By c tablishing dialogue over Chinese food in the common room of a Ringling residence hall, the two RA troupes attempted to devi e a olutio n It has been more than a decade ince ovo Collegians h ave made this kind of organ i zed effort to intermingle with Ringling tudent According to Director of Re idential Life Mike Campbell, in the earl y '90 a barbecue mixer was held on campu during day light hour to encourage mor e gen uine, le alcoholic socializing between group From this, Ringling tudents developed a per onal connection to the coiJege and it resident and acted more e pon ibly a guest citizen Unfortunately. thi wa an 1 olated oc currence. Campbell heartily upports the plan to fu e the tvvo worlds, as long a it doe n't pawn any earthquakes. "Both of our re pective gene pool are rather hallow, and I thm there i ome bene fit to healthy mixing'' he said. "But we don't want to be the only outlet for their id, becau e the uperego is pretty intact over there and pretty rigid." 'Laissez-faire' vs. 'Tha t's not fair' That "rigid uperego" Campbell i referring to i in le Freudian term the Residence Life ystem at Ringling. It i not a mere coincidence t hat SEE ''AwANCE' PAGE 6 along tho. e lines. that's till to be deter mined." Lambert added. "It' too premature to even talk about the content at this point. We ju t know that we're heading more and mor toward the ar na of ed ucation." There will be eta rooms for kindergarten through 12th grade, un dergraduate-le el and graduate-level courses. The undergraduate and gradu ate-level cour es will be taught by FS faculty. The Ringling Museum i entitled to build on the land at Caple because of a deal that wa truck m the early 1980 when the Jane Bancroft Cook Library wa built. The library was built on land belonging to the Ringling Museum, and in exchange the mu eum was given per mission to build on Caples The expansion plans repre. cnt a ma jor leap for the Ringling MuseUI'n. dependent in tttution. Then, under the initiative of Florida Senate Pre ident John McKay, the mu eum was hand d over to F S in t he belief that the mu

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2 The Catalyst Ne\!J College of 1 The lianse pkae, counesy www.ncf.ed by Abby We ingarten New College license plates now avai l able The 'ew College of Florida licen e plate are fini bed and ready for pick up. Aorida dnver can purcha e the plate for $27 at all local tag office An additional $18 fee may apply to tran fer car regi tration. AU proceed support cholarship at ew College bird Court Lounge renovation Two week ago, Director of Resi dential Life Mike Campbell gave Phys ical Plant the go-ahead to renovate Third Court Lounge. After bringing the problem to a recent town meeting and receiving no argument again t it, rep re entatives from Residence Life began discus ing blueprints for the project. They propo ed building a larger kitchen area with a new ink and di hwasher, a well a new wall more c o u n ter pace, and an impro ed air conditioning sys tem. These reque ts are in the proce ..... the walls were partialiy tom down in prepara t i o n for r e b ui ld j n g, and it ha been advised that everyon e s tay away from the potentially hazardous site. Student will alway have fond memo ries of their old lounge, where the pipes over t h e k itchen tove r andom l y ex plode d on nu merous occa ions an d the gapin g hol e in the ceiling made way for m y teti us cre at ures to n est. Catahsr 1 a nagi ng E di to r Erin M ari e Bta_"co sai d ''There [ w ere 1 gro s s pid e r up t he r e. 1 f they fell in your food, yo u d probab l y di e ." Luckily, a new and im proved cooking space devoid of potential death isn't far away. CATA C AMPUS NEWS BRIEFS November 20, 2002 B eyond H igh Times' : N ew C o l lege in the news AI o including a Hot Justirl Po ter" and lots of makeup tips this me nth :r YM also calls New College "cool, and stuff by Abby Weingarten "Cool" Subscribers to the popular teen magazine YM (Young and Modem) would already know that ew College wa recently found to be certifiably 'Iron Chef' competition postponed Becau e of stonny weather Ia r Sat u rday, New College' fl.r t Iron Chef Competit i o n was cancelled. For those who are not fa iliar with the Food eta Cbef," the concept is something like thi : two team extemporaneo u s l y en g age in a culinary b a ttle an d a gues t panel of ta tes a nd examines the final creations to determine a cham pion. The idea to ho t a competition at 1 ew College came from thesistudent Megan Shutt, who elected third-years 'ick Vag n oni and Tim Gomez a chef. to lead two three-per on teams. The teams had planned to meet at noon to build a "kitchen tadium," as Gomez put it, in one of the Dortstein lounge Three judges were by the istu dent and bookie Melissa 'orton. ach team wa to be given the official ecret T ''cool." In the December 2002 issue, it ranked frr t on the list of "The Coolest Colleges You've Probably Never Heard Of' as one of the "gems of the academic world.'' New College was mentioned along with St. John's Col lege in Maryland, Mary Wa hington College in Virginia, Colorado College, ni ver ity of Texa at Austin, College of the Atlantic in Maine, and Guilford College in 1 orth Carolina. New Col lege wa hailed for it<: competitive edge and happening social cene. Third-year Audrey Troutt was quoted a aying, "We'll be at a Friday night party and have philosophical debates while danc ing to early '90s hip-hop." How much cooler can it get? "Vrrtual" On the oppo ite end of the joumal i tic spectrum, The Wall Street Journal ran the art i cle, "Campus Tour i Just a Click Away" in it Per onal Finance ection on Oct. 30. The Journal prai ed ew College for having one of the ingredient around which all meal would revolve, and to use the $75 per team they received from the Student Al locations Committee to purchase materi als. C ooking wa to begin around 5:00 a n n a ut w hen the r ai n came, 1t was decided that the event sho u l d be postp o n ed. I t i now tenta t iv e l y ched uled fo r h e f iist or econd week of spring semester. Vagina Mon o l o gues auditions Since author Eve Ensler released her book ver ion of the Vagina Monologues in 2000, theatri al interpretations have been performed on Val entine' Day at colleges aero s the nation. 1 ew College ha. partaken in thi tradition for the past two year and is now tarting on it third. Auditions will be hcJd on Wed. .1 ov. 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. amJ Thurs. l ov. 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 p .m. in the i. hhowl. The pians as well as most impre sive virtual campu tour currently on the web. The lVWW.ncfedu site "highlights panoramic pictures of residence hall and plenty of students wearing hort as the article read. Dean of Admission Joel Bauman was quoted for noting the rise in applica tions from 211 in 1999 to 274 two years later a [coinciding] with u having the virtual tour." Other prai. ed virtual tours were those of the Univer sity of Wyoming, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and Harvard "Atfordab]e" ew College was also ranked ev enth 'be t value" in public higher edu cation by Kiplinger's Personal inance Magazine last October, in its biennial ranking of the nation's best value among public college and universities. It placed in the top l 0 for the second traight time and led all Florida chool Rankings were based on selec tivity, tudent-faculty ratios, graduation rate tuition, and financial aid availanyone who i intere ted in lighting, make up, music, or advertising should attend. S tudent art exhibitio n r m n o u n he man n G alle ry o f th e Caple Fine Arts Complex will be howing Rethinking Abstraction, a student art exhibit i on with works by Lacy Cox, Jelena Cvetkova, Richard Harry and Carey Lin. The gallery i open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. Monday through Friday. Canoeing trip to Myakka Third-year Craig Schuetze and the istudent Andrew Jay are planning an outdoor adventure in Myakka over Thanksgiving weekend. Anyone inter ested in some seriou. canoeing and camping should locate the :-.ign-up heet posted on the outside door to the mailroom. The Catalyst i available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar. usj edul-cataly::;r/ General Editor Michael Sand rson anaging Editor Erin Marie Blasco 11te Catalyst is an academic tutorial pon ored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It i developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photo hop and Quark Xpress for PowcrMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Hemld with money provided by the New College Sntdent Alliance. Contributions may range in 1ength from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 wo1ds. Submissiom; should be labeled a. either Letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact infonnation. Co p y Editor Dav1d Hig 'inOnline F.ditor and Manager Michael Gmugnani taff Writers and Photo F..ditor Sarah Lell Layout Editor aitlin Young Da\'Id avarcsc. Chri tophcr DeFillippi, Liz Palomo, Ahhy Wemgartcn, Sydney Whitney Krahn, Marla Lopez Direct submi ss ions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sara ota. FL 34243 catalyst@ n(j.edu The Catalyst re:erves the right to edit ubmlssions for space, grammar or style. Printed submi sions may be placed in campus box 75. and all other conLtibutions may bee-mailed to catalyst@ncj.edu. 1 o anonymous submissions will be accepted. All ions must be received by 5:00p.m. m order to appear in the following week's 1 sue. lnfomtation ahout upcoming events i welcome throughout the week.

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The Catalyst NEWS November20, 2002 3 e space deba e Legitimizing New College after independence from USF Application process for independent accreditation smooth by David Savarese us to apply for additional grants; tt mcreases our recognition and allows our statistics to be publi hed in national publications. It basically proves to e veryone (even philanthropic organiza tions) that New College is not a fly-by-night, diploma producing, not so-educational business. Portables may soon be installed on this field behind Shell. With independence from the Un i ver si ty of South Florida New College must s eek legitimacy as a col l ege acc r edited in its own right. A c cr e ditation will allow u s to receive grants for academic programs, allow to receive federal scholarships, mcrease our recognition, and distin us from diploma-factory mstltutwns. Without independent ac creditation, "you would lose the value of your diploma," said Special Assistant to the President Suzanne Janney, :Wh? is involved in preparing the apphcatton for accreditation. Now College has sent an initial ap pltcatwn to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS pro nounced "sacks") the organization that grant s accreditation Janney say s the r e s h ttle danger of that h a ppenin g. As the process progresses, certain changes have been made to the school in ?rder to fit the SACS requirements. Astde from the construction of an inde pendent administrative body, one nota_ble alteration to the New College cumculum had to be made. Incoming students must satisfy core require ments. Previously, New College only encouraged multi-di ciplinary study. Now students must fulfill certain crite ria by Michael Gimignani New wrinkles have come up in USF Sarasota/Manatee s plans to place "modular units" on campus, as disagree ments over soon-to-be-available space between USF Sarasota/Manatee and New College recently led the Board of Trustees to entertain ideas of killing the venture altogether. President Gordon ''Mike" Michalson put it bluntly to the trus t ees : On the ba s is of both written and oral agreements the idea was to use the portable s for diti o nal U S F sta ff, an d th e vaca t e d premis e s i n t h e p ermanent build ings would be available for additional New . nnop [on th e part of USF Sarasota/Manatee] to free up space in the perm anent build ings New College and USF Sarasota/Manatee agreed several months ago to co-finance four tempo rary "modular units" behind Shell on General Spaatz Boulevard. USF faculty and staff, as well as certain shared ser vices such as the cashier and parking of fices, would move to the modulars, leav ing open space in the Palmer buildings. This new space would allow both schools to grow, in accordance with the master plan, while at the same time let ting USF Sarasota/Manatee build their new campus on the Crosley Estate. "We said, 'We'll subsidize these portables in exchange for space to be de termined,'" Michalson later told the Catalyst. 'Their initial plan ... didn't include anything for New College. [USF Sarasota/Manatee Vice President for Fi nance and Administration] Ben Elli nor ... fully realized that was the agree ment because otherwise there would be no reason for New Co11ege to share the cost of the portables." Therefore, Michalson said, the miscommunications are "pretty bizarre." ''This is not as much a problem be tween [USF Sarasota/Manatee CEO Laurey] Stryker and I, as it is between [New College Vice President for Fi nance and Administration] John Martin and Ellinor." "I'm not the one with the communication problem," Ellinor told the Cata lyst "I can't speak of any com murucanon problems, because I don't know any "We have been working on this for quite a while now," John Martin told the Catalyst. "Ever since Sarasota/Manatee expressed an interest into moving into portables we've been working out the Because we work on a pass/fail s y s tem and do not have grade s to show to pace issues on campus But as we got wire, we didn t hear anything definite and o ur under s tanding of [E r ) ld h what was available t o u s wa s ch anging ar Ier we were to t at our application would e rev1e w e an t ere wou certain y be some every week." b d d h ld l Michalson and Martin found out less than two days before the B oard of dialogue where w e would have to explain ourselves, ... Sarasota/Manatee s plan elude space for New ColJege. I was just totally s hocked he said. 'That ran com p l etely counter to m y unders tandin g." The next day, after Michalson ad vised the USF Sarasota/Manatee admin istration of his duty to inform the trustees of the situation, Martin and Elli nor worked out a last-minute agreement freeing up four offices in Palmer Build ing D for New College staff. According to Ellinor, USF Sara sota/M:anatee only adjusted its plans on Nov. 8, the day before the board meet ing, and until then there were no plans to put New College staff in the vacated spaces. However, Michalson says Martin and Ellinor had been working "tit-for tat, saying space for space, you have this, we have that. It was very detailed work, connected especially with 'D' building .... That's why it's bard for me to characterize this as a communication problem; it strikes me as the sudden in trusion of a political element." Stryker had no comment on the is sue, deferring to Ellinor. At the Board of Trustees meeting, Michalson asked for and received au thority of the trustees to reject USF Sarasota/Manatee's proposals if they don't meet "approval by the administra tion." ''No new space for us, no portables," Michalson reiterated after the motion had pass. notification." At the Nov. 9 Board of Trustees meeting, Interim Provost Charlene Callahan announced that, "things are moving along very well.. .. We did re ceive notification from SACS that our application was well-received and they're waiting to look at our fmancia1 audit before we schedule our site visit. So we're on schedule and they were very pleased." Callahan continued, "[Earlier] we were told that our application would be reviewed and there would certainly be some dialogue where we would have to explain ourselves, and edit additional information. What we got instead was a one-paragraph 'this is fme' kind of no tification, which is much better than we could be hopeful to expect. So we're pleased with that.'' Independent accreditation will bring benefits to this institution. Last year, in an interview with the Catalyst, Special Assistant to the President Suzanne Janney said that, "SACS accreditation reinforces our institutional identity." It will also secure us an independent sec tor of governmental financial aid, because it makes us a separate unit in the eyes of the United States Board of Education. Independent accreditation -Provost Callahan the SACS reviewers, New College stu dents will have to ft11 out more urveys during their time here so that we can quantify our experience. Last year, graduating seniors filled out a "bac calaureate student survey and audit" before they left the school It surveyed the students' experiences, their opin ions of the education here, and the expectations and needs of a Novo Collegian. This is just a part of the con crete evidence that New College must begin to compile to show the associa tion the accomplishments made here. The SACS examines all the parts of a school, from administrative policy to student affairs, and requires quality in each of these areas. It is a long process, and in order to meet the criteria estab lished by the SACS New College must prove our ability to meet the require ments they set. After all the paperwork has been examined, an on-site evalua tion will be the final step in New College's establishment of an indepen dent reputation. At that time, a team will come to look around the school, and if all goes well, they wiJl provide member hip within the SACS and the accreditation that goes with it.

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4 The Catalyst THE CROSLEY ESTATE DEVELOPMENT November 20, 2002 Uplands residents oppose new university campus in their backyards "You can tell us that that rinky-dink college won't squeeze us out [of our neighborhood], but I don't believe you!" said John Molumphy, 81, a 33-year resident, of USF Sarasota/Manatee's proposed relocation to the Crosley Estate. would attempt to buy out the Uplands neighborhood when growth came to the university in the future. Sean Connelly, a Manatee County employee citing environmental con cerns as the reason for his opposition to developments, came to the meeting even though he is not a resident of the Uplands. When Connelly was ad dressed at the forums, he took efforts to disassociate him elf from his employer, stating that he in no way reflected the views of the county, but rather he wanted to present his personal views. "I want to know why you aren't tak ing advantage of locations such as Cro ley Estate. Stryker told the Catalyst she ac knowledged that there was a lack of communication with the neighborhoods most closely associated with the Crosley property. "Is there enough communication? I think we did not communicate with the residents. They seem to be not as knowledgeable," she said. USF's Crosley development plan cited pedestrian access to Uplands as a selling point. Uplands residents say that if development goes forward, they would rather have a wall. r Lakewood Ranch or MCC [Manatee Community College]," Connelly said. "Why aren't you developing there where the growth is, by I-75, instead of here where there are environmental reaSome of this was attributed to a mis understanding of who was representing the Uplands neighborhood. "We were working with an association that we had been told represented them, the ffiSSA [Indian Beach Sapphire Shores Associ ation]. In fact there was not an active Uplands association," Stryker said. When the Catalyst questioned her knowledge of the boundaries of the IBBSA, Stryker confirmed that she knew the association's authority ended at the Sarasot.a County line, leaving the 35 or so Uplands residents directly ad jacent to the Crosley property unrepre sented because they are technically in Manatee County. "We are bere to convince you not to do it at all," said Uplands resident Bob Piper in reference to USF Sarasota/Manatee's proposed relocation to the Crosley Estate, just north of the Uplands neighborhood. "Who has the power to decide this issue?" After USF held forums on Nov. 10 and Nov. 12, the under-represented Up lands neighborhood revived its associa tion that was inactive for nearly eleven years, in order to better guard their neighborhood against USF's relocation. Given the opportunity to air their opin ions, the residents presented ideas to make the development plans more neighborhood-friendly. In the end, however, they voted against having USF in their backyards at alL "I do think our communication with the neighbors needed to be more direct," USF Sarasota/Manatee CEO Laurey Stryker told the Cataly t. The Uplands Association is now seeking more infonnation than they were given in each of the venues allowed by USF. "I think the di cussion, while certainly very hot in places was a good healthy exchange and a lot of the anger was about 'we didn't know,"' said Stryker. Following the neighborhood picnic on Oct. 27, USF Sara ota!Manatee sent a letter ro all of the residents of the Up lands neighborhood, inviting them to one of two forums to have their concerns heard Along with the letter signed by USF Sarasota/Manatee's CEO Laurey Stryker was a statement of purpose and the answers to questions jotted down by picnic goers two weeks prior. The USF forums had mediators and a set of ground rules: "One person at a time. Be polite and respectful. Every one has a chance to speak." Well at tended, the issues of car doors slam ming, traffic, and trespass through their quiet neighborhood prompted residents to suggest a natural barrier as well as a more permanent wall or fence. They also attempted to solicit promises not to create pathways or roads through the Uplands neighborhood from USF to New College. It became obvious that while their suggestions were being diligently recorded by USF Coordinator of Public Affairs Ellen Wile, they would face fur ther scn1tiny before receiving answer Residents waited with raised hands to have an opportunity to say their piece, sometimes simply echoing concerns of fellow neighbors, and other times, drawing more unique conclusions. ''You can tell us that that rinky-dink. college won't queeze us out [of our neighborhood], but I don't believe you!'' said John Molumphy, 81, a 33year resident. Molumphy spoke of the possibility that USF Sarasota/Manatee sons not to develop in a stable commu nity?" Several conunents and questions re ceived applause from the group, while the USF officials sat straight-faced. The first of those questions came from Piper; by simply stating that be hoped the community could sway USF Sara sota/Manatee, he moved the conversa tion into a much different territory. Questions and comments began to fo cus on stopping the relocation, rather than amending plans to appease the res idents. Some of the questions were directly addressed to Stryker, who responded occasionally with answers that, accord ing to residents, seemed counterintu itive or contradictory. For example, property values are an area of concern for residents; the letter responding to their concerns stated, "It is anticipated that the campus expansion to the Crosley [estate] will in fact serve to en hance the surrounding neighborhoods and properties, thus increasing property value ." An Uplands homeowner and real estate agent then spoke up refuting this statement in her professional opin ion. "At what point do I get to talk to someone that has answers?" resident Jill Costoral asked Stryker. At a resident' uggestion, home owners simply took a vote, illustrating unanimous opposition to USF Sara sota/Manatee's relocation to the The revived association elected President Richard Braren and Vice President Debra Pitell to lead the orga nization in a formal manner. The Up lands Association encompasses both the Sarasota and Manatee County residents that fall within the area between New College and the Crosley Estate. While lack of representation was a problem, the lack of information has been a hindrance as well. At the ffiSSA picnic and at both of the forums held at the Crosley estate, only the frrst phase of development was presented. At the picnic, USF Director of Administrative Service Ben Ellinor spoke only of the first phase of development. In the letter sent to Uplands resi dents in the time between the picnic and the forums, the tatement identified only a "95,583 gross quare-foot facil ity." When asked why this was the case, Stryker replied, "Because there has been no presentation of the plan yet. The other day ... at those meetings, we were there to listen to their concerns. It was not to present our whole plan." The Master Plan Update ha been available since it was accepted by the USF Board of Trustees in their Sept. 4 meeting at the Crosley Estate.

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The Ca t alyst FEATURES November 20, 2002 5 The world is our stage: past and upcoming productions by Christopher DeFillip p i, D espite the limitations of the theater at New College, the non-traditional atmosphere of New College and the flexibility of its academic requirements have traditionally been con d u cive to student theater on campus. For thesis-student M aya Lilly, this was one of the prime motivations for her deci s ion to transfer from New York C ity's Julliard School. "I was very dissatisfied with t h e state of theater in New York City, and all of America, mainly because I feel that the ater isn't addressing any of the planetary problems that are h a p perung right now," Lilly began. "They're not being ad dressed at all. We're still focus i n g on anthropomorphic issues, s u c h as someone is in love with someon e else, or whatever. I left [Julliard] because I was un happy with the state of thea t er, and [New College] was one of the few pl aces where I could d o the kind of work I wan t e d to do and still get credit." Lilly has be e n w o rking on Still Time, a "one-womyn" pertoonance pie ce sponsored bY Pb.ilosophy Profe ssor Aron Edidin and on e of sev eral stu dent production s thi s semester. The most recent student perfor mance this semester was W;t, a play about a middle-aged po etry professor's struggle to en dure chemotherapy. Third year Dru Herring performed in and directed the piece, which British and American Lite ra ture Professor Nova Myhill sponsored. A symbolist treat ment of T.S. Elliot's The Fam ily Reunion and the lively bawdy musical Ptppin will both debut after the Thanksgiv ing break. The abundance of student theater on campus, however, should not be construed as an indication of the ease with which such projects are put to gether at New College. "Various allocation boards at New College cover only 30 to 40 percent of my cost ," Herring said. "The rest comes from personal savings. I love theatre, so I would do this re gardless. It's just unfortunate that every year I get told to scale down the production and expenses. Scale it down? I'm not goin g to do that." Lilly had similar concerns with New College's paucity of res our ces. 'The music room isn't used as a theatrical space very often, so one of the main obstacles was fiaving a storeroom for e equipment," Lilly said. "People are in there all the time, holding weddings and other events in there I had to fmd a place to s tore the s tuff, and find a place where nobody would touch it. Plus the wiring is from another century so that al s o caused orne problems." Lilly wrote Still Time her self. "I wrote most of the mater ial myself, I've been working on it since summer, so I'm par ticularly proud of the fact that it's my baby, almo t in its en tirety," Lilly said. ''The Britney Spears number is a favorite of mine, but I can't give that away. I can say the central message of my show is that an indi vidual can make a huge impact on the world." Other challenges involve the limited human resources students have access to. ere are not a .lot of peo ple on campus, myself included, who are truly qualified (for choreography]," said Pip pin choreographer second-year Courtney Heidenreich. "We have a small school, we don t have a large cast, we don't have a huge amount of theater peo-Schedule for upcoming theater production.s S "ll ,. Family Reunion Ptppm ti dme N 21 22 23 24 8:00p.m. Dec. 6,7 8:00p.m. Nov. 20, 21, 22 7:00p.m. S
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6 The Catalyst NEWS Mayans speak at New College about Guatemala by Maria Lopez Imagine quitting school at age nine to shine shoes in the streets just to sur vive. Q'eqchi Mayans Carmela Xol Quiix and Emesto Tzi Chub were both encouraged by their parent to drop out along with many of their peers. Instead, they earned enough money to stay in school while war and genocide against Mayans tormented Guatemala. Then, they earned U.S. State Department scholar hips and came to America. On Nov. J 8 they poke at New College along with Peace Corps volunteer Kelly Kir chner, presenting Mobilizing for Change, which was organized by fourth-year Laura Rudert. Now, an organization ca11ed Saaq' Aachool Nimla Kalebeal(SANK) works with the Peace Corps to put 64 young children that were once shoe shiners from the treet into school. The organization is named after the Mayan Q'eqchi' word for the leafcutter ant, which can pull weight up to three times its size. This symbolizes that individu als can make a difference. In hopes of fmding and inspiring such individuals, the pre entation discussed the horrors of Guatemala's state-supported genocide and how the country and the people are trying to mead the wounds after so many years. unng e ar e (lea rea:c e 200,000, of which 83 percent were Mayans. Of these acts of violence, 93 percent resulted from actions taken by In hopes of finding and inspiring individuals, the presentation discussed the horrors of Guatemala's state-supported genocide and how the country and the people are trying to mend the wounds after so many years. the Guatemalan government. Carmela Xol Quiix and Ernesto Tzi Chub are both from Chisec, Guatemala. Their land consists of vast virgin rainforests, which are home to many endangered plants and animals. From 1980-1990 there was a decade of extreme violence in Quiix and Chub's hometown of Chisec. Due to this trauma Chisec has suffered greatly and is behind in improving as a civi lization. About 75 percent of the municipality are illiterate and about 84 percent of them live below the poverty line. The mayor, with a fifth-grade ed ucation level, has the highest education in Chisec. Overpopulation adds to these struggles as well with an average of six children per woman. Guatemala was also home to fourth year student Laura Rudert. "1 lived in Guatemala because my father worked or e ate p men grew up very privileged but I have ex perienced children corning up to me begging me for food," said Rudert. She went to visit an archaeological site and met Carmela and Emesto there Over the summer she met Kirschner and got the basics of the U.S. Peace Corp movement to help the Guatemalan peo ple. Rudert said, "It's hard to fmd stories like this where positive things come out of something negative." Organizations like SANK and Peace Corps are trying to improve conditions in Guatemala. Due to the introduction of new technology in rural areas, the people are for the first time being able to see their peers on television speaking in their language, Q 'eqchi, about differ ent issues that may concern them such as family planning and hygiene. One of the tapes shown at the presentation de picted an interview with the head of the water office in Chi sec, which is an issue concerning the Chisec people since they only get water once every three a When asked about what she missed about home, Quiix as she was trans lated said that she missed her family a November 20, 2002 great deal. She also said that she was impressed by the education in the U.S. and the large universities. Kirschner said that Quiix was amazed at an ele mentary school she visited in Tampa. She was shocked to find that there was a cafeteria where students could eat and that they could stay in school all day in stead of only being there for a few hours. Chub also said he missed his family, his pueblo, and believe it or not, the mud in Chisec. He has seen so much concrete everywhere-especially in New York-and all the sandy beaches in Sarasota that he has not really seen any land that looks like that of his home country. Chub said he was impressed with the coordination and planning he has seen in America that Chi sec lacks. Kirschner said that when he spent time with Chub during his first trip to the U.S. that Chub was amazed at how when going to a grocery store the doors would just "open" and how the toilets would flush and take the waste some where else. Kirschner described his friends as having a "magical realism" and seeing modern innovations in a "very poetic" way since they are indeed experiencing them for the first time. e :t m he p ng the cause of post-war Guatemala and the SANK organization m.ay visit www.deep roots. org/sank. Cultures clash as NCF and Ringling RAs compare their domains FROM .. AwANCE.; PAGE a partygoer. "I've been to a party," he told Schuetze, "but it's kind of a con Ringling students flock to New College flict of interest if your residents see you on the weekends rather than vice versa. there, you know?" No, Scheutze said, The reason for this migration can be he didn't know. summed up in two words: dry campus. "I was under the impression that To a gaping bunch of Novo they had a similar Residence Life sys Collegians, the Ringling RAs described tern as we do," said Hinton. "As far as the policies they enforce there. If any the laissez-faire attitude that we seem to underage resident is caught in posseshave, if anything, theirs is the opposite. sion of liquor or illegal substances, they I don't think any of the RAs here would must confess their misdeeds to the apply to a job with that description." Residence Life Coordinator as well as A hyperbolic Sosnoff added, to their parents. Campus parties must "Ringling is a police state. They think be devoid of any free-flowing alcohol, of their RAs as dutiful police officer and no more than a dozen people areal-tools of an oppressive administration. lowed in a dorm at one time, nullifying The RAs feel like it's completely nor the potential for any large gatherings. mal. They are under the impression that "When I told them about New that's the only way for an RA to be." College's lax rules, they became Be1ieve it or not, the Ringling con shocked and intrigued," said Sosnoff. cept of 'normalcy' is much more akin to One of the RAs he spoke with menthat of the collegiate majority. The New tioned that students stop talking when College method is distinct to the state she walks by. Another raised the quesuniversity system and most private coi tion, "What would you do if a resident leges. Campbell, who has been dropped acid right in front of you?" to affiliated with FSU, UF, University of which Sosnoff replied, "Hope that it Wyoming and University of Tampa, doesn't tum out to be a bad trip." said that RA cultures at those establish-New College RA Craig Schuetze ments rarely deviated from the asked a Ringling RA if he was much of Ringling model. Though RAs were trained in crisis intervention and peer counseling techniques, their primary role was to enforce residence hall poli cies. "I think it would be a very useful perspective for students who have not attended other institutions to do that for a semester and understand really how different we are," said Campbell. Like those at Ringling, New College RAs are peers who have a certain set of skills, interpersonal abilities and spe cialized training. However, RAs here are viewed as "helpers versus en forcers," as Campbell phrased it. ''This mirrors the academic system. We select independent learners who want flexibil ity and a much greater degree of self-direction in their education than is the norm. The same sort of principle is transferred to social life. I really think that comparative perspective hopefully will help people appreciate New College more." An insider's point of view The most comparative perspective came from Ringling's Dean of Students Mark Johnson, who also served as Director of Student Affairs at New College for 13 years, the position filled by Mark Blaweiss in 1999. Johnson re flected on the differences between the two campuses which he deemed "enor mous." "There were times at New College when I was worried about the health and safety of students," he said. "New College students tended to be ... well, I don't want to make gross generaliza tions here ... adamant, no matter what the topic was." Novo Collegians would make sophical arguments about the merits of drug use without even getting into the legalities, he said. If a student over dosed, they demanded to deal with it one their own in a "quiet room" instead of calling the authorities. Ringling stu dents, in his opinion, are more compliant and rarely challenge regula tions. I rest much easier at night on this campus as an administrator than I did there," added Johnson. ''The freedom that has been extended to New College students is a wonderful thing, but if stu dents refuse to accept the responsibility that goes along with that freedom, there are bound to be difficulties along the way."

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The Catalyst At theAsolo A Carol runs through December 28. For tickets ($15-$43) or more infonnation call the Box Office at 941-351-8000. The Asolo Theatre Company's third annual production of A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Barbara Redmond and Eberle Thomas, and proudly presented to the cormnunity by original underwriter Northern Trust Bank. brings its magic back to the Harold E. and Esther M. Mertz Theatre on Saturday, November 30, 2002. Say Lewi Magruder, directing the pro duction for the first time, "Scrooge (Patrick Egan), midway through his life, thinks he's got it all figured out: how the world works, what it takes to live. He needs no advice, no company, no friend. It i enough to be ufficient within him-elf.' That' the idea and he's got the wealth to prove just how successful an idea it i "Or so he thinks. "It's brilliant what Dickens does here. U ing the device of a dream, he takes a man on one of the fastest voyages of elfexploration ever heard of, and the resulting emotional tran fonnation is a 180 degree turn: from arrogant to undertanding, from isolated to baring, from dead to alive. ANNOUNCEMENTS &c. November 18, 2002 SAC Meeting In attendance: Emma Jay, Andrew Jay, Darnayanti Byars, Christopher Altes, Heather Rasley, Jeanell Innerarity, Sydney Nash. All decisions unani mous unless otherwise noted. Darnayanti Byars, as chair, ab tains unle s otherwise noted. Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood Mary Jo 0 ter Requested: $35.00 for food for first meeting Allocated: $35.00 eNC Canoe 111502,2:25 AM: UPD received an on campus complaint reference fire works going off in Palm Court where a small "Wall" party was in progress. The officer was unable to fmd anyone setting off fireworks, but he admon ished the mall group to stop any such activity. The party wa terminated hortly thereafter when another com plaint concerning individuals throwing chairs was received 111402, 11:15 AM: A former New Craig Schuetze Requested: $60.00 Alocated: $60.00 NC Outrageous Women Julia Onnie-Hay, Rebecca Wood Requested: $160.00 for copies and break fast foods Allocated: $85.00 ($10 from Copy Reserve) Fitness Center Mural Heather Holtschneider Requested: $650.00 for materials Allocated: $650.00 Puppets New College Danny Wood forwarded to Housing for further in vestigation. 111102, 11:21 PM: UPD received a complaint from an RA of three nonaf filiated males loitering in the Dort I Goldstein Dorm area harassing female students. The ubject were located and issued a written warning that future trespass would result in their arre t. 111102, 10:50 AM: An officer assisted the Sarasota County Sheriff's a e n iminary or-Rin gling to e xpand town to advi se that she felt some im portant items which h e h a d left in th e care of her roommate on campus had been inappropriately discarded. An of ficer was able to contact everal students who had knowledge of this incident, and he discovered that some of the items might not have been di carded as feared. Due to the civil nature of this matter, the incident was Clarification NCSA President Maxeme Tuchman would like to clarify some statements she was quoted as having said in an interview in the last issue. mation from the victim of a grand theft a uto complaint at the Airport Shell S ta t ion off campus. The inve st i gation was turned over to th e SSO upon their arrival. 110902, 11:21 PM: UPD received a complaint of a suspicious gray van parked in the area of Robert on Hall. Upon the officers arrival, the only gray vehicle parked in the area (truck) November20, 2002 7 Requested: $207.00 for puppet show and copies Allocated: $205.00 ($5.00 from Copy Reserve) Wall Sells Out Brian Claeys Requested: $40.00 for fabric, ciga rette and copies Allocated: $10.00 for fabric and copies ($5 .00 from Copy Reserve) *Chri topher Alte oppo e New College RA's Ta h Shaheen Requested: $100.00 for Wedne day Thanksgiving dinner Allocated: $100 .00 belonged to Staff. 110902, 10:16 PM: A New College student reque ted a transport to her dorm room, as she bad twisted her right ankle while playing on the Athletic Fields. An officer trans ported her to her room and notified the NC Housing Director of the incident. 110902, 11:46 AM: An officer di covered that a nonaffiliated male had fallen from hi bike ju t north of campus in the 8400 block of U.S. 41. u !lee a right eye, o Manatee County was notified. They arrived and trans ported the ubject to Manatee M emoria l H os pi tal. 110902, 4 :00A M : UPD received an on campu noise compliant reference the "Wall" party going on in Palm Court. Officer spoke to the party pon or, and the mus1c volume wa, lowered. In addition, there will be a vote on Nov. 25 on whether or not to bring the rail car that circu magnate John Rin gling used a hi home away from the Ca d'Zan, which is currently in North Carolina The decision on whether or not John and Mable Ringling's rail car can be brought back to Sarasota de pends on how deteriorated it is and whether moving it would be po sible. The once-plush rail car used to feature a kitchen, living area, bathrooms, sleeping compartments, tinted-glass window and mahogany panels. Exten-In my interview la t week I tated that Rob and Sydney had added Diver ity to their platform at the end of the race, however upon speaking with them and reading their literature I realized that they had Diversity on their platform from the beginning. I was also misinformed that Rob was not eeking a Cabinet position. Clarification: We LOVE Robert ive renovation is needed before it can be put on display. The rail car has suf fered from neglect because it is cur rently at the orth Carolina Mu eum of Tran. portation, and a it is not an es sential part of orth Carolina's history, state funding ha gone towards other project Lambert a ures that despite all the addition to the Ringling Museum, ac ces would still be free to New College students a well as any other Florida tudents. -Maxeme Tuchman The Catalyst would like to clarify a statement made in the last issue's article about the Crosley E tate devel opments. The time at which the Uplands re 1dents their resolu tion was prior to the ne1ghborbood picnic held Oct. 27, not during the picniC. I I Dear Mr. Schober, We love you are we are very, very orry for not printing photos of you when we had the chance. Plea e do something new worthy again! Love, Editors .. l

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If you build it, it will last by Caitlin Young Something new is coming to the Four Winds, and it isn't a smoothie. The permacul ture tutorial is currently working on building an arbor which will shade one of the tables in the front of the cafe. The structure is proposed to be 12 by 22 feet and will be planted with passion fruit vines which will one day cover the arbor with ready-to-pick fruit. Other edibles have already been planted, in cluding mango and mulberry trees and pineapple and cherry bushes All of the plants were chosen specifically so that they could be used in the cafe. They are maintained without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. "We wanted to plant things that would save money and energy and food purchasing costs," Margie Stieren said. "So that [the cafe] could get a bigger profit which can be turned back into working on the cafe." There's also an organic garden behind the cafe. That idea was proposed by third-year Ben Wright. Normally permaculture doesn t use a lot of annual crops, but we thought it was a good idea because it's something that the students would want, and it s a good spot," Stieren said The garden consists mainly of tomatoes and herbs that can be used in the cafe food. It started out last year as just an ISP, but the project continued and is now a tutorial spon sored by associate professor Karsten Henckell. Permaculture is a style of building, planting, and land maintenance that focu es on sustain ability, both ecological and social. A ,. ,, natural elements and drawing inspiration from natural ecosystems. "Lots of other places do it, like in New Zealand it's very normal. But in the United States it's very odd and not widely recognized as a sustainable farming method," said second year Laura Ginsburg, a member of this term's tutorial. "I think our vision was just to increase sustainability at the cafe. A lot of ISPs are detached from your everyday life and we felt like it would be neat to do a project that was making changes on campus that we could see," Stieren said. She wa a directing force in the original project and now spearheads many of the current efforts, which tie in nicely with her permacul ture thesis. The group also planted bamboo, forming a screen around the air conditioning unit in back. In the spirit of permaculture, its purpose is three-fold. "It's to help the air conditioning system be more efficient and it's also to screen the noise and the sight. When we [put in] a seating area out back we want it to be nice because you won't be able to see or hear the air conditioners. And we can also use the bamboo eventually for different projects that we're working on," Stieren said. Some of that bamboo has already been harvested for the current arbor project. More interested students are welcome. There are academic credit opportunities avail able through ISP and the tutorial, but being part of those isn't a prerequisite to working e of the projects. Advertising will be displayed on r bqt in Above, the organic garden planted by the Permaculture Tutorial. Below second-years Laura Ginsberg and Amber Roux cut bamboo aJong with Christina Ott and fourth-year Margie Stieren. "agriculture" is a set of gardening techniques as well as a design ph iloso phy. Its focus is p rov id ing f or h um a n n eeds, but w hile impl e ment i ng the meantime contact Stieren at ma r gie.steiren@ncfedu f or mor e i nformation. Presidential Search continues; candidates to visit in December by Michael Gimignani "If we go on too long, we may have to start over," Chairman of the Board of Trustees Bob Johnson told the attentive Presidential Search Committee. "We need your recommendation soon I absolutely want this process finished in one month." A sense of urgency characterized Monday's committee meeting, the first since September 13. The recent passing of Amendment 11, the so-called "Graham amend ment," means the current New College Board of Trustees will phase out on January 7. Johnson told the committee at the meeting that, unless a recommen dation is submitted to the Board of Trustees before their last meeting on January 4, New College may be forced to start the process over. The committee took this into ac count, moving to expedite the process and to have at least two finalists to rec ommtmcl to the Board of Trustees hv January 4. The Board could then submit their recommendation to the statewide Board under the old law. "If you look at our process, as compared to the other Florida schools [searching for presidents], FSU says it will be finished January 4, and they're just starting," Johnson said. "We have not fast tracked ours, and we have done a truly national search. I'd bate to have to do all of this over." Four candidates remain in the process: current New College President Gordon Michalson, former St. Mary's College Provost Alan Dillingham, for mer President of Gustavus Adolphus College Axel Steuer, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Linfield College Marvin Henberg. One other candidate, New College Trustee John Cranor, recently withdrew his name from the running. The committee plans to invite all four remaining candidates to officially visit the schooJ in th,. two of December. On their two day visit, can didates will have time to talk to administration, faculty, staff, and stu dents. Then, the committee hopes to meet over the third week and come up with a final reconunendation A special subcommittee was formed at Monday's meeting to "inject formal ity" into the search, invo1ving both questions to ask the candidates, and tools to evaluate their responses. At one point Norman Worthington, the chairman of the subcommittee, lis tened as Johnson asked the committee to suggest qualities to look for in a per manent president. While fundraising and communication skills were the most prominent ideas, some of the committee members had very distinct proposals. "We need someone with an intense knowledge of American education," Literature Professor Andrea Dimino told the committee. "In short, [we need] someone who knows about state-ofthe-art curricula, and how to implement it." Committee member Charlene Lenger bad something more practical on her mind. "We need someone who's going to be around for a while," she said. "What about wild cards?" former New College President Arland Christ Janer said. "How do they deal with the unexpected? New College has had its share of that. We need to evaluate their resilience and balance in those situa tions." Presidential Search Committee Chairman General Rolland V. Heiser expressed his willingness to go along with "whatever the subcommittee de cides is best." He also said he would begin working on schedules for the can didates' visits. "In any case, it looks like we can adjourn this meeting kind of on time," Heiser said.


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