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THE Volume XV, Issue 4 we hate the marker-board thief October 2, 2002 USF advances Crosley campus development plan PHASE 1 ,000 gross square feet 700 potential parking spaces Stormwater requirement becomes pond feature Preserves historic landscape entry Separate USF Sarasota/Manatee entry Views of historic mansiOn Pedestrian access to both Hilton and Uplands connections to bayfront and 0 New College Sasaki Associates, contracted to develop a Master Plan for the Crosley Estate, produced this architectural vision and list of attributes of USF's new facilities north of campus. The red building is the mnin facility; the horizontal dotted red line indicates a pedestrian path from the Hilton Garden Inn southward; the solid red line indicate.s a pedestrian path towards College Hall; and the diagonal red line is the line of sight to the mansion. (Courtesy Coordinator of Public Relations for USF Sarasota/Manatee Ellen Wile.) Cost of New College increases by Liz Palomo Every year, tuition at New Co11ege and at every other col lege and university increases, and this year New College tu ition increased more than ever before: 14 percent for out-of state students and seven percent for in-state students. It's enough to make out-of state students consider marriages of convenience to get Florida residency. The tuition increase was not unique to New College. This year, the Florida Legislature mandated tuition and fee increases of five per cent for in-state students and 10 percent for out-of-state stu dents. Independent University Boards were given the author ity to increase out-of-state tuition by an additional 10 percent. Officials at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 18 had a complicated set of fac tors to consider pertaining to the optimal amount of tuition increase for out-of-state stu dents. Out-of-state enrollment at New College has declined from 40 to 50 percent of total enrollment in 1997 to its cur rent level of approximately 25 percent. Increases in out-of state tuition have contributed to this decline. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Joel Bauman ex plained that the "Net Tuition Revenue Model" was used to decide the maximum allowable amount of increase without ad versely affecting new student enrollment. our decision to increase [out-of-state 1 tuition four percent, in addition to the mandated ten percent ... [was] based on our analysis, our focus groups with the students, [and] a history of yield of fi nancial aid that is awarded to students on this campus." In order to alleviate the ef fects that the tuition and fee increases would have on out of-state student enrollment, the allotment for out-of-state tu ition waivers was increased from a maximum of $328,000 to a maximum of $500,000. Bauman said that in the last two years, there were out-of state students with an average GPA of 4.0 and average SAT score of 1400 who were fully qualified to receive out-of state tuition waivers, but funds were insufficient. This is no Expansion to undeveloped land just north of Ramada still under environmentalists' scrutiny by Sarah Zell and Michael Gimignani After debating for several years and planning in earnest for nearly two, USF Sarasota/Man atee unveiled its Crosley Estate development plan Sept. 4. Ex pected to be completed by Au gust 2005, the new 100,000square-foot facility will hold all of Sarasota/Manatee's relo cated programs with room for extended growth in the years to come. However, the project still faces resistance from local groups determined to keep the Crosley Estate undeveloped. The Estate was formed by Powel Crosley, who was an entrepreneur known for sev er things, among them the shelvador refrigerator and ownership of the Cincinnati Reds. He lived in the home un til after the death of his wife in 1939, after which he seldom visited the estate. The property passed through the hands of a number of different people, and finally ended up being owned by Manatee County and USF. The 16-acre bayfront por tion includes the 11,000square-foot mansion, which will remain undeveloped Man atee County property. The re maining eastern 28 acres of the estate has been in USF's hands since 1991, when it was pur chased for $2 million. Until New College's separation from USF, it seemed unlikely that development was ever to come to the Crosley Estate, but now USF Sarasota/Mana tee has a distinct legislative re quirement to get off the cur rent New College campus. USF's master plan Campus master plans are designed to outline proposed progress for sometimes as much as 25 years into the fu ture, and USF Sarasota/Mana tee's master plan indicates SEE 'CROSLEY 'PAGE 4 NewCollege0075693 so, is there anything interesting in this week's issue? CatalystEditor46: urn ... lots of stuff about computerz ewCollege0075693 did you read the 1atest catfish/spasm rant sent to the @ ncf.edu listserv? CatalystEditor406: yeah, dude. except students@ncf isn't a listserv, it's an 'alias' for all students ewCollege0075693 : wtf? CataJystEditor406: yeah, there's this article about the spam and a chat with the real listserv moderator in this issue that talks about it
I 2 The Catalyst NEWS October 2, 2002 Political placards: Tolerance or liberalism? Bryson Voirin said,"If [New College students] can tolerate anarchism, communism, and socialism, then why can't they tolerate Republicans?" President of the New College Democrats Maxeme Tuchman said,"I wish that the person who had written the sign was not so ignorant." CA General Editor Michael ander on Copy Editor David Higgins A YST Managing Editor Erin Marie Blasco Photo Editor Sarah Zell Online Editor and General Manager Michael Gimignani taff Writers David Savarc e, Chri topher DeFillippi. Liz Palomo, Abby Weingarten, Sydney ash. Whttney Krahn, Maria Lopez, aitlin Young by Maria Lopez It wa only a few week ago that the Katherine Harris ign tarted bowing up around campu Fir tyear Bry. on Voirin, a proud and out poken Republican on campu. wa one of the fir t to question the i ue of political tolerance on campu. A he wa etting up Kathe "ine Harri ign around campu for the election, a group of ew College tudent came up to the ign. Voirin aid that they tore down the stgn. while other witne e claim that the ign had fallen down. e t," Voirin "the tgn wa bent in half and pit on by other ew College tu dent ." In re pon e to their behavior Voirin a ked, "If they are living in uch a tolerant chool how can the be o intolerant of other people opinion ?" Voirin then referenced the ew College Constitution, tat ing that tearing down ign violate it. The ew College Student Alliance Con titution tate o freedom of expre ion, a ociatio o or a embl y in ocial, p olitical, o r per anal matter The con equence of tearing down another political party' ign i not clearly indicated by the con titution \\'hen a ked about j. 'ew College's level of political tolerance on campu Voirin commented, "A lot of people are ju t really un friendly if they can tolerate anarchism communi m. and ocial i m then why can't they tolerate Republicans?" While not all tu dents agree on the i ue, orne have noticed a lack of tolerance on cam pu Second-year Courtney Heidenreich ha noticed that toler ance ha been more of an i ue a of late. "Tolerance here 1 not quite what it' made out to be. The fact that we even have a republican club i urprising.' However. the tolerance i ue af fect not just political minoritie On Sept. 10, Katherine Harris ign and tickers were placed on the Democrat table in the Diversity and Gender Center. Voirin aid, Originally we [Voirin and friend ] were walking around and aw all of the anti-Republican tuff. We were urpri ed to ee it wa all from one ide. We put down a piece of paper that ba ically tated 'In such a tolerant ociety we are lacking diver tty."' Voirin claim that other placed the Katherine Harri ticker on the table. Hi objection wa that the Democrat table was only repre enting one ide of he i ue and that the table wa not labeled a bei!lg democratic. Republican, Thchman commented that the table contained reading ma terial and bumper ticker again t two pecific individual and not the entire Republican party. Coordinator of the Diver ity and Gender Center Ta hia Bradley wa not happy about the tactic used by the Republican advocate She aid Voirin acted without taking the proper tep to di cu with Bradley po ible way for his opinion to be ex pre ed. In re pon e to Voirin ign, Bradley po ted a ign in the mailroom tating, "Although, I am sure that the perpetrator was clearly confu ed when engaging in act I would like to reiterate to the campu community that if at anytime you would like my a i tance all you ha e to do i a k!" Bradley called it a cowardly act ince the note left by Voirin wa left un igned and when Bradley wa not pre ent. The Di er ity and Gender Center embrace. differing opinion and ideal Howe er, in the li ht of Pre ident of the .... ocatmg found this behavior uncalled for. "I wi. h that th e per on who h a d wri t t en the ign w a not o ignorant. Tuchman al o pointed out the Democrat table was clearly marked by a blue computer print out beet. She felt the re pon e to the Democrat table wa ignorant be cau e he said he would never deface or tear down another political party' table and/or ign .. Tuchman aid that the oppo ing party opin ion hould be heard."There have alway been Republican. on campu and I'm glad they are being allowed to ay what they want to ay." A far a the Democrat table being antithey must do o through the proper c h annel h e ai d Defa cing another political party t able i tantamount to tearing down it. political ign Voirin in i t "With the Republican idea we are not trying to force our opinion on anybody but nobody i able to tolerate my opin ion and be mature about it." Thchman noted that ince the Democrat have been more out po ken the Republicans in re pon e ha e been more out poken and both partie utilizing free peech is a good thing. The Catalyst i available on the World Wide Web at http://www. sar. usf edul-catalystl The Catalyst i an academic tutorial pon ored by Profes or Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publication Office u ing Adobe Photo hop and Quark Xpre for PowerMacinto h and printed at the Bradenton Herald with mane provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submission and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 Tamiami Tr. B x #75 Sara ota. FL 34243 cataly t@ncfedu The Cataly t reserve the right t edit ubmi. ion for space, grammar or tyle. Contribution may range in length from 250 to 500 word Letter to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submi sian hould be labeled a either Letters to the Editor or contributions and include name and contact information. 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The Catalyst NEWS October 2, 2002 3 Student-run computer repair shop in the "talking stage" by Caitlin Young "Windows has experienced a termi nal error. I'm sorry, you're screwed." When messages like this appear on a computer screen, it leaves many quak ing in ju tifiable fear. While Campus Computing can help with minor, school-related problems such as net work connections, they are unable to work on personal computers because of both time concerns and liability issues. Enter the idea of an on-campus computer repair shop something Campus Computing Director Duff Cooper has been thinking about for a while. "Three or four years ago I brought it up and people were like 'it's a good idea, it's a good idea,' but nothing ever came of it. It's really the students that should take the initiative and we'd sup port them," Cooper said. Someone has finalJy taken the bait. Second-year William "David" Mayo has a strong interest in making the re pair shop a reality It all started when he went to Campus Computing looking for a job. Someone there ment i oned the i de a of starting a c o m pu ter club an d s ug ges t e d th a t he talk t o Cooper. "[Mayo] came and talked to me and said, 'I've got this idea.' And I aid, 'I've had that idea for a long time.' It's a great idea, so we went and we talked Whil e there i s final l y some enthu si as m fo r th e p roj e ct, there are still logistics such a organization and staffing, location, and funding that need to be worked out. Mayo i the main proponent, and hope that he can find "[David Mayo] came and talked to me and said, 'I've got this idea.' And I said, 'I've had that idea for a long time.' It's a great idea, so we went and we talked about it," Director of Campus Computing Duff Cooper said. more students who would be interested in helping to tart up the project. "I'm the only one that's in on it now, because I don't think we're at the stage where we're getting volunteers quite yet, but I know that several of my friends are interested in it. I know there are more people out there who are in terested in learning computers ," Mayo said. The shop would focus mainly on hardware repairs, such as identifying and troubleshooting problems as well as installing new equipment. AU ser vices would carry the caveat that the work i& being done by fellow students, not trained professionals. Customers would most likely have to sign a liabil ity waiver a b s olving New College f rom res pons ibility fo r dam a g ed comput e rs. S oftware installs an d re p airs may also be a facet of the shop' work. One potential issue there is that students would have to own both the operating system and softwat:e befot:e the school-House call s for both hardware and softw ar e iss u es w ould be h an dle d on an individual basis. Most likely, i t would be up to the individual employee if they wanted to hire out for room vi its or late-night repairs. Cooper and Mayo realized that to be effective the shop would need to be in a convenient location. Cooper's first thought was the old radio station room in Hamilton Center. "It's right in the hallway, it's acces sible, there's enough room to put the little shop there, and another thing about it, it's right next to the Fishbowl. You could run a cable out to the Fishbowl and have clinics," he said. ''That would work out perfect." The New College Student Alliance decides how the Hamilton Center stu dent rooms are used Their approval would be needed before any change could be made to the radio room, which i s currently being used for storage. "No one as o f yet has a pproached me about this," N CSA P resident Andrew Ho sack said, l would defl nitely be open to the idea." Mayo has mainly been speaking with and Mike Campbe\1, Right now they are looking at the bike shop as a good bu s ine ss model to start wit h This w o u ld m ean pet i tio n ing the SAC for start-up funds, but working toward either full or partial elfufficiency. "I'd very much like to be paid fori t, because franldy [with] computer labor you're putting a lot on the line when you mess with someone else's com puter," Mayo said. "The big thing is having volunteer labor, because labor is the most expen sive thing at New College," bike shop head manager and SAC member Andrew Jay offered as advice for the new project. "It's a learning experience. The people that would be fixing com puters would have something on their resumes if they did like four years of working on a community computer shop. Then when they go into the real world and have that vocational skill, then that should be enough reward in it self," he added. '1t's at the point in the process where there's a difference between what I'd ideally want and what I'm willing to accept I think we're probably, at this point, going to end up in a volunteer labor sort of organization. At the same time I think that the experience and the opportunity to learn from people who are interested in the same of similar thin g s (will be worth the effort). H aving a computer shop would fil\ a big gap that's missing. 1 know there are sotne students who g o around, independently b e\p't n g people, bu.\. l.i w e ge\. Anyone who even curious. mucll l es s interested about this project can co nt ac t M ayo a t Wil1iam. M firstname.lastname@example.org Tuition at New College increases 14 percent for out-of-sta t e resi d e nt s FR0.\1 "Turno.v'' PAGE 1 longer the case Second-year Jo eph McCue ha be come fmancially independen t from hi parents When asked how the tuit io n i n cre a e ha affected him he re s ponded Only in that I have to pay more money.'' He later added tha t he would have to get a job. Last year's reorganization of the Florida educational system, added to the current economic rece ion, reulted in the Florida Legi lature' deci 1on to increase tuition and fee in public univer ities. During la t year's mid-year budget cuts becau e the in ti tution had just become independent, and the coming-of-age money had been vetoed New College was held exempt. This exemption might actually result in adverse effects. ''The real question is," said Vice President of Finance and Vice President for Finance and Administration John Martin is confident that tuition and fees will continue to increase in the future b u t he said that New College has shown due diligence in trying to keep the increases lower than those in other institutions. Admini tration John Martin "i the economy recovering enough? Is the tax collection .. enough to meet the need a the Legi lature ee them, for next year? Right now, it' a little iffy. We might actually see mid-year budget cuts thi year. Sometime after the November election we might find ourselve having to give money back." Martin is confident that ruition and fees will continue to increase in the fu ture, but he said that New College has bown due diligence in trying to keep the increase lower than tho e i n other in titutions. "We have the very lowest per hour tuition of all the chool in the whole ystem. So our [intate] under graduates ... are paying le s than anyone else in Florida for a better edu cation,'' he said. "Our out-of-state students are [paying] the econd lowest [tuition and fees] of all the other uni versities in the system as well. So we really are trying to control the amount of increase because we don't want to cut back enrollment." The compo ite amount of required fee that New College student pay i also the ]owe t of any other public col lege or university in Florida. Through the NCSA, tudent will have the op portunity to review and vote on amount for fees uch as the student health fee and the activity fee. De pite the increase, ew College was listed in the Kiplinger's Guide list of top 10 values in the nation. Bauman aid, "I don't ever ee the day when ew College won't be li ted in the be t buy guidebooks. No matter what hap pens. The quality of the academic program, the quality of the student body and the cost of tuition will a1ways make New Co1lege one of the best val ues in the country."
4 The Catalyst NEWS October 2, 2002 .....----THE CROSLEY ESTATE DEVELOPMENT-----.. Planing advances for USF Sarasota/Manatee move to Crosley Estate north of campus only the development of the Cro ley E tate. Ac cording to USF ara. ota/Manatee admini tea tor .. the de ign of the new campu attempt to develop as comprehensive a building as p s. ible while keeping the Cro, ley man ion the main attraction to the property. "Our new building would have direct vi. ibi ity with the old [Cro Jey] man ion. a well a Sara ota Bay." Co rdinator of Public Relation. for USF Sara ota/Manatee Ellen Wile aid. "We undertand how maje tic the Cro ley man ion i .'' The rna ter plan produced by contracted Boston based Sa aki A o iate call for the relocation of the USF Sara ota/Manatee campu to occur in two pha e The fir t pha. e would witnes the building of a roughly 100.000quare-foot academic building, a parking lot. a new entrance off of US 41, and a pede trian route by which tudent would be able to acces the shared facilitie located on the ew College campu uch a the libra!} and fitne cen ter. The second pha e would add 150,000quare-feet of academic building a well a a parking garage. With the l ,000 parking paces that the campu would have, it i required that there be a storm water drainage area equivalent to 10-15 Plwse 1, inset, consists of a 100,000 square foot building and 700 parking spaces. Phase 2, left, will add 150,000 quare feet with three buildings and a 450 space parking garage. Right, the Crosley Estate today. a "pond feature." In order to take advantage of the urrounding nat ural land cape, Sa aki ha propo ed several architectural concepts be used. The e include arch ways, tran parent buildings, and courtyards. In making the e sugge tions, the design fmn cites ex amples of architecture at Rowe Wharf in Bo ton, Merrimack College. the Univer ity of Colorado and everal other educational in titution including USF Tampa. "The primary focus is definitely the Cro ley property, of cour e that's not our only focu becau e we do hare facilities here with New College," Wile told the Catalyst. The project schedule, last revi ed Aug. 14, has the funds in place for Phase I development by July 2003, with Phase ll funding coming in July 2004. None of the funding is ecured; any development requires the approval of the Florida Board of Education, and USF Sara ota/Manatee is required to accept a number of bids before sending one to the tate board for ap proval. The current master plan doe not di cu s alternative in ca e the tate legislature decide not to grant the 22.5 million needed for development. The master plan al o does not specifically cite which phase or pha e are to be completed by the target date of August 2005, but, a USF Sara ota/Manatee campus architect Hugo Mazzoli tated, "Only the first, the 100,000quare foot build ing, hould be ready for fall 2005. I haven't een a time frame yet on the other phases." CEO of USF Sara ota/Manatee Laurey Stryker and a representative from Sa aki A ociate Greg Havens could not be reached for comment. In a guest column in the Sept. 16 issue of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Manatee County em ployee Sean Connelly praised county administrator Ernie Padgett for hi propo al to buy environmen tally-sensitive land. He attacked USF for attempting to develop on the Cro ley property, eeing the land as an ''environmental gold mine." Connelly ha had tie to the estate ince the 1970 when he pent time with friend Mark Bruns, then a New College student who wa a caretaker at Cro ley. Connelly called the ea tern ection of the prop erty, where USF Sarasota/Manatee is developing the Cro ley Estate, "an oasis of pine and oak carcely noticed by peeding motorists on US 41. It con i ts of mo tly pine flatwoods and scrubby flatwoods, which are a vani hing habitat statewide." Much en demic wildlife call the Cro ley crubland home. In 1991, a bid to purcha e the entire property by devel oper Mark Famiglio, New College class of '75, was cuttled when an eagle was spotted just a couple of hundred feet from the mansion. Other species have been found on the premi es including "Threatened Specie or "Species of Special Concern." The e include the gopher tortoi e, gopher frog, indigo snake, Florida mou e, and the pine nake. Additionally, there are many vertebrate and invertebrate specie that are a ociated with the gopher tortoi e burrow and the aprons that surround the burrows When Manatee County Operations Manager Jo h Weinstein was a ked about the environmental tatus of the property, he replied, I wouldn't have any comment." At pre ent, USF Sarasota/Manatee' rna ter plan use an ecological study ew College faculty and student compiled in 1997. In order to develop on o y property must perform a thorough environmental urvey before construction can begin 'There are more analyzes that Sasaki needs to do, including more environmental re earch," Wile said. "It has to happen, so it will happen, there's no way around that .... Environmental concerns will be ad dressed, for sure." Connelly's column continued,"the development will constitute a loss of more than 50 percent of the wildlife habitat at the Crosley Estate. Thus the deci sion to develop this land makes me question whether this expansion is really necessary." "We have no idea who this guy is," Wile said when asked about Connelly' column. "It's this per son's opinion; it doe n't say he has scientific background or anything. People are allowed to ex pres their opinion We've been planning for this for two year ." "How much more time would the expansion re ally buy USF?" Connelly al o tated in the column. "Five years? Ten years? Let u not be so hasty to part with one of the last, if not the la t, parcels of pri tine old Florida habitat on the bay left to us." The future is soon Sa aki As ociates is nearly finished with the rna ter plan. In the meantime, USF Sarasota/Manatee i gearing up to search for an architect to design the new building. USF hope the phy ical de ign of the building will be complete by November. Ground should be broken by September 2003. There will be public hearing announced to dis cu s the development a they arise. Said Wile, "at orne point. hearings are required. There's quite a lot to do yet."
The Catalyst REVIEWS October 2, 2002 5 ': Is seria stalking rna ing a comeback? "She was from e wrong side of e tracks. He was a swi mer.'' t by Abby eingarten Kudo have been flooding the box offi e in th rei a e of 20th Century Fox's new bltX:kbuster, "Swimfan." Compr ent d a both a belly flop'' and ''unforgivable," it evo es the que lion: in a fa t-paced fum world full of Triple X how doe Dire tor John Pol on' dark. poetic vi ion hold water? Controversial by nature. the film tackles taboo i ut s like adultery, pre marital sex. and anaholic t roids, while till maintaining it. P 13 rating in the thriller genre. He w e the cia ic tale of big man on campu m ets doll-fac d blonde mnrde e s Je se Bradford, famed for hi dramatic role a. th rebel ot t of-towner Cliff Pantone in "Bring Jt On." plays protag oni t Ben Cronin. Hi favo 'te pastime include lipynching in his Pord Bronco to teering-wheel-pounding Se endu t tunes, slapping high and low fiv to hi ha Jway bud, necking with his suppo ive yet lightly nai' e g1rlfriend Amy ( hiri Appleby from "Roswell"), d of e, ,.,.....,....,.H adrenaline-pumping Ben i uch a skilled wimm .r in fact lhal out from tanford are cheduled to attend hi next meet. But in the fl, h of an evcnino, one of Ben's extracurric ular activities earn him a gold medal in deception putting his potles record on the line. Between classe one afternoon, h is mtcrcept d by dam el in distress on Belle (Erika Christensen from ''Traffic"). who ju t an't eem to open her locker. Little does Ben J..:now that by a. sic fng he in thi imple favor he's about to open a Pandora's Box of trouble She' th new girl. from "down J dl: ,, South" as one of B n 's lock r room co-es e Bra le.,., plQ)s Bnz Cronhz, a tar. wimma and mair1 ;0 1 of Madison Belle. right. played by Erika Christensen. a blonde ce/tisr who lrie ro hort explains. whose hi t ry is an enigma. Beneath her volupt JOtl" extesteal him awayfrom his naive girlfriend. (Image courtes.v 20th Century Fox.) rio Madi. n i a classically trained h allhy fa! cination with the youn ath-What et "Swimfan" apart from cellist. In h r pare time, he enjoy li lete? To make a long tory inter ting, other run-of-the-mill teenie flic i tening to morose onata: and en carried away one night, plug. that although Madi on' imbalanc d perfonning for audience of elderly his applian e into the wrong ocket, mind come in busty blonde wrapping, women. But her preferred m thod of and blows a crucial fuse. He later learn it is not quite enough to make her a cat ar i i to e-mail en g nude pho that he hould have p t on a life preheroine. If yo loved "I Know What tographs of h rself to fill up Ben' server when a di heartened adiso ou Did Last Summer" and cream," inbox. Under the tealthy gui e of becomes bent on cap izing hi, boat. We you obv1ou.ly have impeccable taste in an85, he tet Ot ize lus desktop tind o Lt further into plot this is o add wUnf to yo to....._ _,lnfif. will race to video in no tune. rsery rhy e ki n a t e st novel from a thor of 'Fight Cl b' by David Savar e Lullab the new book by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniu might not put you to I ep but it wiJIIreat you like a child. Thi recent release by on e now popular author Palahniulc, battles with hi major theme with a good old motif: magic. This new spin on his old tricks put an intere tin twi t on tho e tried and true conflicts of id ntity, fate and unbalanced ociety. Palahnluk. a talented author with a ttong p on the trivi ality of exi ting in the world today, doesn't drop the ball with this hookin fact it' quite entertaining he ju"t doesn't meet the high expectations a reader would set based on hi earlier work. The novel traverses Am rica with a motJey mock-family cast of character bent on saving the world from the un know contagion of a culling pell. Said spell is hidden in a book of nursery rhyme and discovered by a reporter named Streator who is doing an n the mysterious circum tance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SlDS). It ha the power to lull anyon to d ath, with the imple projection of it words. Th reporter, hi. r tate agent/a: as. in friend The cover of the Helen Hoover Boyle, her Jdnd ut tu pid Wicca ecretar ona, and ona' coterrorist boyfriend Oy ter hold the troubles of the ld on their shoulder a th y attempt to sa e hu manity. Or des1roy it. Palahniuk ha the uncanny abjJity to keep you reading. He has the tendency to ubtract all uspen e, and replace 1t with breathtaking twi t of violent wond r. If you've read his other work, sadly, you know what to expect out of thi n vel. If you suspect the obvJOus, then you're on the wr ng path. Lullaby forgoe poetic tyle for the rebellion of the Judas Cow (the cow that marc he th other cow to a meat packing death). for a skywriting Vegan itch ith dred, for empty characters with absurd internal that ques tion reality but alway call the reader's perceptions into question. Understandably we can imagine the seed of Helen Hoover Boyle and com pany spreading in America today. f likely that you will not di li these characters. .. but you may que tion their ubstance. AJ of alahniuk' trenglhs are fea tured in this no el, but not to th e tent of i earlier wor li e Invisible Mon ters. You cannot predict what will happen on the next pag but you will know the direction Palahnniuk i going. H bring triviality to the forefront of our p rception of the world, and f. rce a cynical laugh out f the quietest of read rs. Palahniuk \ work puts you in the mind' eye of each and every con flicted hero he creates. Thi s boo k's powerful climax, fore hadowed by the novel c v r with a drawing of one dead bird barely featur Lulklby' porter h ro, d this is reminiscent of the book' bigg t flaw. When read a book that forces me to view a strange world through the narra ve ye of a character, it i important that either like or hate them. Mr. Streator doe n't fit the profile of hemeT an intere ting narrative hero. Streator's exp 0S are tmthful, to the point that they are valid only at face value. Hi dangerou interactions with the other characters i uppo ed to be a conflict that he face, in him lf -but neith r ne is resolved y the end. It' not that the character in thi n 1 con tinue to tromp around in a world that' lost; it's like they are lo t in an action adv nnre with a stench of ocial com mentary. So, if you have time for fiction, read Invisible Monsters by Chu k Palahniuk. Jf you have too much lim for fiction, read Lullaby. Palahniuk' ability a a w t rwill ngage and prob ably exci you, but it'' my bel that he will do bette with hi next book.
6 The Catalyst NEWS October 2, 2002 New moderator decreases amount of bad poetry, ranting one-forum Instant Message from: catalystreporter by David Savarese "The internet, as a means of com munication, allows for any amount of information, regardless of accuracy, or interest, to spread instantaneously with minimal effort. Our own listserve acts as a marvelous example of this phe nomenon. Any joker, myself included, can send an offensive e-mail full of grammatical and spelling errors ... and it's cheaper than a movie," said second year student Chris Altes. Now that all new students are re quired to have a student e-mail account @ncf.edu, every Novo Collegian fac ulty or staff member has the capability to send students the times and dates of events, important safety informat i on, or even a requests for a carpool to a con cert. Recently, however, students were able to send "bad poetry," rants about monster catfish, and gender commen taries concerning a SPASM (the single, potentially available, straight male club) posting. This problem prompted the creation of a student e-mail forum. "I set up the students@ncf a while ago so that there would be an easy way to e-mail all of the students at once," can email t o it. That way, mass mail ing s are virtually el i minat e d." It ca n be sent to you as soon as your e-mail ad dre s is discovered by Internet mailing lists. The listserve is designed to pre vent unsolicited spam from the outside, but until recently students couldn't pre vent getting it from their fellow classmates. ''However," said Wallace, "if you sign your own account up for spam, you'll get it." Director of Campus Computing Duff Cooper explained the new NCF e mail system. "Student @ncf is not a Opiniop&f1d Qmtritiuoo: Gufdetines: Editorial: A statement of the opinion of the paper determined by the editorial board. At the Catalyst, editonal boards are formed gn an ad hoc, ISSUe-by-issue basis of editors and staff writers. editorial board can produce listserve, it's an 'alias' for the entire student body," said Cooper. Every student has his or her individual account, For those students who don't catalystreporter: What maked you, and the "students" account sends mail normally access their ncf.edu 4th year and social science to every student. This account was be-accounts, there is another source of extraordinaire Bill Thomas, the new ginning to get filled with strange information out there -the old moderator, a godlike internet censor? postings from random people with Tampa-based listserve. Its moderator, Dude. things to say. fourth-year Bill Thomas, was iambillyanti: what maked me the Wallace said, "[People were] postavailable over the AOL Instant new moderator? it is an appointed ing their arguments to the entire list, not Message system for an interview. position from your favorite student just each other. That's just not right! So Catalyst reporter David Savarese government folks. I e-mailed people telling them not to do engaged in conversation with Bill catalystreporter: Name these men that and everyone complied. A few peoconcerning information, moderation, and women, it's public domain damn pie e-mailed me back asking if I'd and rumors. it!!! create a forum, so I did. Everyone is iambillyanti: and if i refuse? part of the Student Forum@ncf.edu catalystreporter: Hi Bill catalystreporter: The people will mailing list unless they have e-mailed iambillyanti: hey!:-) learn. The people must learn! me requesting not to be catalystreporter: hey, one sec and let iambillyanti: ok So if you have something important me pull up my questions catalystreporter: Simply put to tell everyone e-mail iambillyanti: people keep trying to iambillyanti, what do you think of email@example.com. If you have some get me to look at their porn sites. Conservatives? thing to whine about email iambillyanti; how exciting. catalystreporter: =-0 student.forum@ncf edu. If you don't catalystreporter: yea me too, they iambillyanti: :-)read all about it in want to get the student forum postings are pretty tricky strom! in your NCF account inbox, just re-catalystreporter: So you're the catalystreporter: Righto, bucko! spond to Jesse Wallace's posting with listserve moderator? catalystreporter: How can a student the message "No forum." iambillyanti: yes. get on the listserve, Comrade? At the present time, there isn't a iambillyanti: :-) iambillyanti: well, you would: moderator on the NCF student alias ac-catalystreporter: What is this 1. go to lists.acomp.usf.edu liii?Pla11t'"wee link (far to, does (see below interview). W a l lace said, "For some rea on, when peop le u se the s e thing s [the fo rums], they often get very hostile over the littlest thing People should think two time before ending that extra harsh response. I think lots of times. it's because people are reading into the me sage they are responding to and seeing things that aren't even there. We don't need anyone beating anyone else down in Palm Court over what they said in the forum. Then we might have to shut it down! Letter to the Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, letters. editorials or opmion piece or a response to an issue or event related to New College not covered in the Ca!aJ.-..st.l..etters to the Editor hould be no more than 250 words. Contributions: A factual article written by someone not on tati. Contributions shOuld be infOJ.Inalive and pertinent to the .tnterests of ew College 3tlldents as whole. Coo.tributiOI;lS may .tal)ge an length submissions a s. c ataJystreporte r : okay? iambillyanti: they say: List serves h av e m a n y diffe r ent u s e s and u sers : Groups with members in many different countries use list serves to *Educational institutions use list serves to communicate with students iambillyanti: among other things catalystreporter: Students, eh? I'm a student myself. iambillyanti: me too! go figure. catalystreporter: I've heard rumors that the li tserve is a source of information, on activities and event Is this true? iambillyanti: yes, it seems to be. catalystreporter: Why would anyone care about "information"? iambillyanti: it is always "cool" to be "in the know." catalystreporter: Who moderates the moderator, huh fella? iambillyanti: do you care about information? catalystreporter: lets not try to spin the questions back on the lonely, isolated interviewer, eh. iambillyanti: no one moderates the moderator, dude. i have complete control. iambillyanti: who moderates the catalyst? [Editors' note: Apparently this week we,re asleep at the wheel) o ow t e instruct ions. iambill yanti: it is quite sim p le, rea lly. catalystreporter: Whats goin' on with a ll this ncf.edu email acco unt spam bra? iambillyanti: and since this list is moderated by yours truly there will be none of the crap that has been on the forum lately in your inbox! iambillyanti: oh, that ncf stuff is completely out of my control unfortunately catalystreporter: that stinks man. i love the fact that you do what you do. iambillyanti: you can ask to be removed from the forum but anyone can mail the students@ ncf.edu address and it will go to all of us as you've seen:-( catalystreporter: and you do it so well. iambillyanti: why, thank you. catalystreporter: okay, i've learned a lot today.:-* iambillyanti: =-0 iambillyanti: i'm glad i could help! catalystreporter: Sleep tight. catalystreporter: Bucko. iambillyanti: you, too! catalystreporter: =-0 iambillyanti: hot pants iambillyanti: ---<@ catalystreporter: ;-) iambillyanti: 8-)
. The Catalyst FEATURES Sub (terranean) culture Archeologists of Pei tunnels explore 35 years of preserved New College history by Christopher DeFillippi Perhaps while turning a comer to enter your dorm in Pei, you have seen them around: a gaggle of students whis pering to each other as they stare into a propped-open trapdoor entrance in the ground. These entrances lead to a series of underground tunnels that allow maintenance workers access to the valves that supply water to the Pei dorms. As you observe the inquisitive students shining flashlights into the pit, giggling and looking over their shoul ders more frequently than seems warranted, you might recognize a elf proclaimed anarchist among their ranks who you hitherto believed was "all talk." The thought, "Better not drink the tap water for the next couple of days," might cross your mind. De pite a ances in the va t m ajority of cases students are merely diawn by the mysteriou winding tunnels and the curious notion that there might be a part of the small New College campus they haven't passed through a hundred times before. According to both the New College Campus Police and the Physical Plant, the most damage stu dents have ever wrought while exploring the tunnels has been the de struction of padlocks on the trapdoors that frequently impede student en trance. While Maintenance Mechanic Robert Marshall of the Physical Plant conceded that there is no real danger in students exploring the tunnels, either to themselves or to the equipment within, there are still concerns regarding the exploration of the underground facili ties 'That's why [they're] padlocked ," Officer Wes Walker of the Campus Police told the Catalyst. We haven t prosecuted anybody in the past basi cally because we haven t caught anyone If we had found someone down there, we would pro s ecute. The penalty for those caught i s a write-up and potent i al arrest for trespassing. Nonetheless, there is an allure about the tunnels, sometimes referred to as the catacombs by students Two non descript steel-gray trapdoor entrances to the catacombs exist in each of the Courts, and the curiosity of some stu dents is no doubt piqued by the padlocked entrances, prompting them to wonder what is worth locking up down there. Occasionally the trapdoors are left tantalizingly open, with the graffiti smiley-face on one of the Second Court entrance s beckoning par ticularly invitingly Student s will often stare for minute s on end in t o th e en try ways g au g in g whether or not it is a good idea to descend into the tunnels. And if you happen to be out. at right but afte; the studying minute, you will hear the song of the would-be spelunk ers ... "Is that chair stable?" "Is the water cold?" "What's down there?" Spelunkers do it in the dark "There's no earthly way of know ing what direction you are going," b reads some of Second Court s su terranean graffiti. Seeing as how explorers must wander through unlit and un marked corridors for a while before finding the tunnels' student contribu tions, the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" quotation captures the atmos phere nicely. The torrential downpours throughout the past two months have left many parts of the catacombs flooded to upwards of seven inches of water. On top of this concern, the ceil ings of the tunnels are never much more than four and a half feet in height, and about equally wide, forcing students to duck-walk or crawl their way through. These impediments to comfort allow a student to feel as if he has been wan dering blindly for much longer than he would feel otherwise. The effect of the tunnels on one's imagination also makes the trek seem longer than is actually the case. While the traveler can usually only point his l i ght-source in one direction, at any point in the tunnels sound will be com ing from no less than four different places. Sounds of students clomping about the urface reverberate wildly within the catacombs. The everyday clicks of plumbing echo like dozens of rat feet. The slightest hissing of the pipes can cau e one to fear a water main is about to burst. It is usually at about thi s poin t when the traveler is crouching i n the chilly discolored wate r t ry in g not to make a s ound and seeing only blank walls af ter t u rning yet another corner, that he wonders why he thought it would be a good idea to Assorted scribbJings of the New College catechumens For almost as long as the school has had students putzing around campus, gleefully leaving behind a trail of de faced property in their wake, the catacombs have functioned as a canvas upon which students express their thoughts and opinions, usually m the form of chalk manifestos written on the wall or fliers taped to the tunnels' in sides. With faded anti-Reagan slogans from the catacombs' earlier days and crisp George W. mockery from the SAC Minutes-September 30, 2002 5AC-Tb0'/l In attendance: Jeanell Jnnerarity, Requested: $118.24 for film develop... _0 Heather Rasley, Damayanti Byars, mg eqmpment J13 Sydney Nash, Emma Jay, Christopher Allocated: $122.00 ($3 from Copy L .,. ... Altes,Andrew Jay,Patrick Hickey Reserve) New College NORML All decisions unanimous unless otherJulia Onnie-Hay wise noted. Requested: $130.00 for reimburse Damayanti Byars, as chair, abstains unless otherwise noted Latin Ball Max Tuchman Requested: $50.00 for masks. Allocated: $50.00 New College Photography J.J. Stein/ Dana Muvceski ment, postage, and copies. Allocated: $25.00 (all from Copy Reserve). NCPRIDE JD Kelley Requested: $180.00 fort-shirt trans fers, food, craft supplies, and ads Allocated: $170.00 ($5 from Copy Reserve) New College Iron Chef Meghann Shutt Requested: $300.00 for food and utensils Allocated: $225.00 ($5 from Copy Reserve) Christopher Altes Opposes New College RAs Emma Jay/ Andrew Jay Requested: $150.00 for food and supplies for study breaks Allocated: $100.00. Andrew Jay, Emma Jay abstain r October 2, 2002 7 more recent past representing typical political/social commentary in the tunnels, one might wonder what the purpose of posting such content in the tunnels would be. Seeing as how the New College urface world is not, and has never been, an oppressive environ ment to these types of ideas, one might wonder what would be the purpose of placing such commentary in the cata combs, where fellow students are least likely to see them. "Why would L be worth duck-walking through floodwater to see this?" is likely what one would wonder next. The answers are linked. The incon veniences faced by explorers in get"ing to the content of the catacombs are ex actly what make them more than just an underground equivalent of the flier and chalk-writing forum of the rest of the campus. Above ground, a political ac tivism flier would not be up for more than a few days before people with op posing views would crawl their o wn opinions on it, perhaps cover it with a flier of their own or tear it down. Although the writings below Pei's s ur face are similar to tho e above, the competition of varying political vie w s is not as e vident. The c atacombs are a time ca p sule, not a forum. Perhap ome day, w h e n New College h as b ecome a very diffeJ:en t IIJiiijiiil their free-verse poems ture Novo Collegians something about their past. At the present time, however, little new information can be gleaned from the tunnels' inspection. Although it may be hard to resist the mysterious allure, talk to the mamtenance workers, campus police officers, or other students who have been in there, and you will find the tunnels offer little worth risking leg cramps and a possible trespass charge over. 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by Whitney Krahn Ju t before noon on Sept. 21, a mo tly parti an crowd gath ered at Burns Court Cinema to view "Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election." The pro ducers called the timing of the premiere coincidence, but th ar rival of the documentary expo ing the shadier ide of Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush i more than ju coincidental timing for de mocrats who would rather not NEWS October 2, 2002 8 a look at the 2000 election, screening across Florida see those politicians win their campaigns on Nov. 5. After the creening, the producers held a discw ion with the audience. "Unprecedented" begin it argument with evidence that as many a 91,000 people were purged from list of registered vote aero the tate of Florida, meaning they couldn't vote, imply because their names were similar matche to the names of convicted felon Ion Sancho, supervisor of election in Leon County, said only 33 of 690 people purged in his county could be confmned as ex-con vict Katherine Harri was in charge of the purging proce ... Citizen throughout the theater booed and hi sed at her face on the screen. e documentary continu with incriminating footage of Republicans. Clayton Roberts, director of the Florida Divi ion of Election walks out of an in terview with the reporter who broke the name-purging tory. The Bush brothers display their confidence and joviality before election day. Republican taffers from aero the country gather to shut down the manual recount in Miami-Dade County. The only fault of Democrats that received mention in the film was AI Gore' incon i tency in demanding manual recount Though he told the country that every vote ought to be c nted, h e only demanded manual re counts in four COWlties. Those fOUl' ti happen to vote Still, a statement on unprece dented.org reads, "George W. Bush tole the pre idency of the United States ... and got away with it." Though Perez and Sekler did not direct a bipartisan documentary, they avoided anecdotal evi dence and tuck to i ues with hard evidence," Perez aid after the screening. When an audience member asked about the disen franchisement of tudents, Perez admitted that he had heard of case However, it was a hard paper trail to come up with," he said, and therefore the topic wa not covered in the film. Perez al o discounts the idea that the documentary promotes a con piracy theory advocating upper-cla s white men over lower-clas minorities. Of 2,000 people who ought clemency in 2000, six clemencies were granted, Perez said. "More than six upper-etas white men come out of jail (in a year]," he added. The comment made by Sek ler that a single Republican had yet to attend a creening of "Un precedented' prompted Bryan Thpper, a political science major at Manatee Community College, to introduce himself to Sekler as the first Republican audience member. Thpper found the film ubjective. "1 am ure some where there was a Democrat that did something wrong he told the Catalyst. He added that he thought "Unprecedented" wa "very well put together." One a udien e member dloushl lbc could ..... .... U ing friends' frequent flier miles, $20,000 from Sekler' pen ion, and Perez' credit cards, the director et out to capture the debacle in Florida. Filming lasted 18 month three of which were pent in Florida, all of which happened after the inauguration of George W. Bu h. More than 100 people were interviewed for the film, though few were members of the Democratic or Republican par ties. The proces was ''a real la bor of love," Sekler said. "Unprecedented: the 2000 Presidential Election" i cur rently being marketed to na tional television stations. Though the filmmaker were turned down by HBO, PBS. and Frontline, the film continue it gras root publicity. Unprece dentedwill be hown throughout Florida until the end of Septem ber and will have creening at variou film festivals across th country, including the Denver Film estival, the Vennont nter national Film ti al, and the Am ri ilm In ti Festival. rectors included "a roundtable lnfonnation was used from the discussion with people of crediBradenton Herald and the As oble background." The directors ciated Press responded with the promi e of a DVD with a imilar feature. The New College Greens and Democrats are jointly sponsoring a showing of Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election on Thursday, October 3, 2002 in the Diversity and Gender Center. Half-Life by Christopher DeFillippi