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Volume XV, Issue 7 ICATALY T NSIDE Heroic Bu5t of Victor Hugo Rodin at the Ringling At the Ringling' current exhibi tion, you have an opportunity to ee rna terworks carved by the hand of legendary culpture Augu t Rodin. Er, actually, in the tradition of Ringling sculpture, the artist didn't produce the. e particular block of metal. But the exhibition i impres sive nonetheless. STORY, PAGE 8 Geshe Lhundub Sopa, a widely re pected Tibetan Buddhist monk and teacher. will vi it New College and give a lecture titled Buddha Nature, A, NOU CEMENT, PAGE 7 this layout brought to you by the Archives October 23, 2002 NCSA gearing up for another election by Whitney Krahn On Jan. I, 2003, the po ttlon of president of the ew College Student Alliance wiJJ be filled by someone other than fourth-year Andrew Ho ack, who has served as president pend the pring seme ter in Co ta and profe ional contacts, Ho sack aid Rica, another factor inhibiting her from in an e-matl sent to the tudent alias. considering the presidency. One of the new president' re pon ibil Ho sack hopes the new pre ident ities will be to "follow up on that,'' will "light a fire under the a s of the Hossack said. tudent body repre entatives," he aid. Hossack added, "[Being pre ident] ince 200 I The tudent body will elect Ho ack s ucce or, four Student AJiocation Committee representative and two Student Court member during the election on Nov. 6. The petitioning period has ju t begun and speculation concerning potential pre idential candi dates is on the ri e. Ho sack said he would like to ee the i not nece sarily a fun thing," and ee office filled by "Somebody who i a ing the new president take office 'will motivator," "very meticulou ,'' "diplobe intere ting." matic," and "respected by the To be considered for presidential admini tration.'' candidacy, ubmit a petition igned by Elections Supervi or Michelle Brown will not be running for pre i dent, though she ran a campaign for the office in the previous election. Even without presidential responsibilities, the NCSA is a big time commitment, said Brown. "I kind of mis ju t being a During Ho ack's term in office, he 50 tudent to Brown' mailbox no later focu ed on external is ues, he aid. He than 5 p.m. on Oct. 30. A town meeting worked to establish the NCSA with the will be held at 5:30 or 6 p.m. the same Board of Tru tees, the Florida Student evening. Presidential candidates will As ociation, and other outside projects. have the opportunity to give their plat Internally, there has been art of a lag, form at that time. he said. Now that Ho ack ha worked Ho ack expect that the cand)date to e tablish the NCSA outside of will run clean campaign with minimal school, the new pre ident will be able mudslinging. Though third partie have to work on choolpecific issue rai ed tension in the pa t, he i confitudent,'' she aid. ''I'm kind of tired, sleepy,' Brown added. Representatives in the CSA wil1 dent that problems will arise between have an orientation on ov. I 0 in order the candidates themselves. "1 hope the A re idcn can't run her another country, either. Brown wtll re pee ve ... .ti'I-JIIil ovo Collegians attempt a formal political debate by Abby Weingarten The weather may be getting cooler around here, but, Wlth election season, tempers are just starting to heat up. Third-year and Resident Advi or Eric So noff has orga nized a political debate between campus Democrats, Repubhcans, and Greens for Tue day, Oct. 29 at 11 p.m. With more than 200 seat re erved m Sudakoff for the evening, a hopeful Sosnoff ha dubbed hi official RA event the ''Fir t Annual Midnight Debate." Scheduled a week before the Nov. 5 national election, thi will not only be an opportunity for political parties on to blow off some steam. but more importantly, to embrace thetr diversity. Besides list serve rants and poster vandalism, what formal outlet do students really have for their fiery opinions? First-year Bry. on Voirin 's recent presence in the student body wa'i another motivating factor behind the event. A the controversial Republican figurehead on can1pu he gets plenty of flak with his fame. "There' a lot of talking about Bryson, not a lot of talking with Bry on," aid Sosnoff. "But as I found out, the Green party feel as marginalized as Bryson does. To my surpri e, the campus is primarily Democratic." Wi11 this dialogue lull the animosity between partie to sleep? Or will it set off an even louder tantrum? This time at least, ovo Collegians will be voicing their perspectives and the po ition of their party "the way they want them preented," aid So noff. "I expect it to be a thrilling success." Wit did you say? On the ball is the place to be thi 29th. Otherwise, some ex-1 Third-war Eric Sosnoff is the organizer and neutral moderator of the event. trl!me humiliation could befall those who don't keep their bal ance. To create a prate ional ambiance, all debater will be on stage in mandatory formal attire. The format ha been laid out like thi : three group of three tudent will repre. ent each po litical party. Ali. t of 10 i sues will be pa ed out to the head of each group the Monday night beforehand o that will be little time for brushing up. Voirin will be captam on the Republican panel, with third-year Maxeme Tuchman leading the Democrats, and third-year Zach Shahan heading up the Greens. Each representative will be allowed to speak for one minute on each i sue. "They're going to be really big, like 'education,'" aid So noff, who will a sume the role of neutral moderator. "What every debater needs to be prepared :AGE 3

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2 The Catalyst by Michael Gimignani "Beltway sniper'' strikes Sat urday; shooter may be trying to contact authorities In a tantalizing turn in the hunt for the Washington-area sniper, investigators said Mon day the killer apparently tried to contact them in a phone call that was too garbled to under stand. They pleaded with the person to call back. The announcement came hour after Vrrginia authorities surrounded a white van in Richmond, Va., and seized two men. Police later said the men had nothing to do with the case and would be deported for im migration violations. "The person you caJled could not hear everything that you said. The audio was un clear and we want to get it right. Call us back so that we qm clearly understand," said Montgomery County, Mary land, Police Chief Charles Moose. The chief said getting that message out was the most imNEws NEWS OF THE WORLD He remained in critical but stable condition at a Richmond hospital Monday after having his spleen and parts of his pan creas and stomach removed. Surgeon removed the bullet from the victim, and ballistics tests linked the slug to the sniper. over an earlier North Korean for a man who has spent nearly nuclear program that nearly led three decades waiting to die. to war, Jeong told Kim, "The The court passed up a issue should not be allowed to chance to reopen the question create another security crisis of whether executing very on the Korean peninsula." young killers violates the ConAfter a U.S. delegation contitution's ban on "cruel and fronted North Korea with eviunusual punishment." Cur dence of a uranium-ba ed prorently, states that allow the gram in that country with death penalty may impo e it on North Korea's "secret" nu-enough plutonium for at least killers who were 16 or 17 at the clear weapons program untwo nuclear weapons, North time of their crimes. Only the der attack Korea admitted to a top U.S. United States and a few other North Korea srud Monday it diplomat two weeks ago that it countries allow execution of was ready for talks on its nuhas had a secret nuclear juvenile killers. October 23, 2002 turns on the defendants' capac ity to understand their situa tion, and their level of culpa bility. Currently, 16 of the 38 states that allow the death penalty prohibit it for those under 18. The federal govern ment also prohibits the practice for juveniles prosecuted in fed eral court. Two states, Montana and Indiana, have enacted their prohibition law since the court last considered the Stan ford case in 1989. clear weapons program even as weapons program. ''The practice of executing South Korea warned the issue Because of the admission, such offenders is a relic of the Ringling train car may fi could escalate into a security the White House aid Sunday it past and is incon istent with nally head home to Sarasota crisis on their divided peninconsiders the 1994 Agreed evolving standards of decency A rail car that circus mag sula. Framework effectively dead. in a civilized society," wrote nate John Ringling used as his The pledge by North KoThe agreement called for the Justice John Paul Stevens, mobile home away from Ca rea's ceremonial head of state, United States to provide en-joined by Justices David H. d'Zan may soon make a final Kim Yong Nam, to resolve the ergy assistance to North Korea Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg return trip to Sarasota. problem through dialogue was in exchange for Pyongyang's and Stephen Breyer. The once-plush coach has at odds with U.S. demands for promise to stop seeking to deOn the other hand, the prisbeen in storage at the North an immediate su pension of velop nuclear weapons. oner in this case, assenting JusCarolina Transportation Mu-the nuclear activity, which vioBush said the disclosure tice Clarence Thomas wrote, seum in Spencer, N.C., for lates international agreement was "troubling news" because "could long ago have ended his more than a decade. The RioMoreover, it carried a con"we felt like they had given 'anxieties and uncertainties' by gling Museum complex is dition: Kim told South Korean their word they weren't going submitting to what the people slated to receive a federal grant delegates who traveled to Pyto do this." of Florida have deemed him to of $417,240 so it can buy, ongyang that talks were condeserve: execution." move and restore the relic from ... golden ageoftram afteF?,oon. : as e ingness to wt raw 1 s en ea pen cases y e co on ay rnvo v ave e m a to cany e mes"hostile policy" toward the A bitterly divided Supreme a Kentucky man sentenced to "We're very excited," said sage often." North. Court refused Monday to condeath for abducting, sodomizPaula Parrish, the museum's It was the third statement According to South Korea's sider ending the execution of ing and killing a gas station atf 1 from Moose in two days in YTN news network Kim S";d kill manager o mst1tut10na gtv... ers who were under 18 tendant when he was 17. Kevin ing. "It's a pro1ect we've been which he has tried to commuthat the c t t t h h d h J ommurus s a e, w en t ey committe t eir Stanford, now 39, has been on working on for months." So nicate with the messenger branded by Washington as part crimes. death row since 1982. In 1989, far, the project seems to be about the sniper blamed in the of an "axis of evil" along with Four justices said the court the high court used Stanford's h 1 h killings of nlne people and Iraq and Iran, was ready &0r dih ld c uggmg a ong -thoug tt s ou continue a reexarninacase to uphold Juvenile execuld d d I if wounding of three others in the alogue with the United States tion of the death penalty begun tions. cou get erru e ear Y 11 Washington area since Oct. 2. if the country "does not treat us 1 Th proves to be too costly or im-m earnest ast year. e court Stanford's lawyers argued pract 1 cal. The latest attack came Satas an ene 1 b li h d my. recent y a o s e executions such executions violate not F urday night in a steak house "We consider the recent sitfor the mentally retarded. lorida State University, only the constitutional ban on whi h th I f parking lot in Ashland, just uation seriously," pool reports The high court declined to c oversees e comp ex o rth f Ri cruel and unusual punishment the R1 1 M Ca no o chmond. The vicquoted Kim as telling the chief h al d ng mg useum, ear two caplt mur er cases: b.ut an international treaty d'Z d c M tim, a 37-year-old man, was South Korean delegate, Jeong one for a man mven the death an, an rrcus useum, felled by a single shot to the Se-hyun. al o stgned by the United States. wants to include the restored Stomach. pen ty for a killing committed Like. the retardation question, ail f th Mindful of a 1994 cri i when he was 17 and the other r car m an expansiOn o e the Issue of juvenile killers CATALYST General Editor Michael Sanderson Copy Editor David Higgin Managing Editor Erin Marie Bla co Photographer and Photo Editor Sarah Zell Online Editor and General Manager Michael Gimignani Staff Writers David Savarese, Christopher DeFillippi, Liz Palomo, Abby Weingarten, Sydney Nash, Whitney Krahn, Maria Lopez, Caitlin Young The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at hnp:llwww.sar. usfedul-catalyst/ The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpre s for PowerMacinto h and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tarniami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@ncfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more 250 words. Submis ions should be labeled as Letters to the Editor or contributions and mclude names and contact information. Printed subrnis ions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to. catalyst@ncfedu. No anonymous submissions Will be accepted. All submissions must be received by 5:00p.m. m order to appear in the following week's Issue. Information about upcoming events i welcome throughout the week.

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The Catalyst Pink forms go online with new electronic evaluation systen:ctober 23, 2002 by Whitney Krahn 3 After years of receiving course eval uations in. paper form, New College students wlll now have to print out their own evaluations from a computer if they want something tangible. Beginning with Module I of the fall se mester, professors will submit their evaluations electronically, and students will access them through the internet. ''There has always been this need on behalf of the faculty to find a better way [to do evaluations]," Registrar Adrian Cornelius said. Over the years, profes sors altered evaluations to better suit them. Some evaluation forms came to the Office of the Registrar handwritten, some typed, and still others were sub mitted using forms professors concocted themselves. The old system was one that left much to be desired on behalf of the faculty and the Registrar. Last year, Provost and Academic Affairs Vice President Charlene Callahan took the initiative and sought out a new way to do evaluations, Cornelius said. University of South Florida computer programmer Kevin was hired to wok on the pro Ject. The result was an early version of the current electronk/online evaluation system. By the spring semester of 2002, a pilot system was developed and tested by 19 faculty "pilots." After working out the bugs and the kinks, Cornelius has deemed the system "ready to be used." A memo from to faculty stated, "Beginning this semester, all course evaluations will be submitted and maintained using the new system." The Office of the Registrar is work ing to orientate faculty with the new system. Professors of Module I courses had access to training Monday Oct. 7 through Wednesday Oct. 9, comtesy of Cornelius and his staff. Training for the rest of the faculty will follow through out the semester. Cornelius hopes to acquaint students with the system beginning Oct. 21. "We do plan on training the students," he said. "How are we going to do that? We have no idea." He said he hopes to ac complish the majority of this training "arena style," and encourages students to attend the big group sessions when they art:! planned. An e-mail will be sent out when further information is avail able. Cornelius assured that the Office of the Registrar ''will be accommodat ing with the students." Fourth-year and Resident Advisor Tash Shaheen was more interested in the new system's security rather than the availability of training. "My con-cern is that hackers will break into the system," Shaheen said. On the contrary, "It's a very secure system," Cornelius said. The system is run from a secure server from USF the letter "s" fol1owing "http" in the "imL indkates the secure setting. Cornelius, whose job as registrar involves guaran teeing the confidentiality of student documents, said, ''The only rea on I agreed to this was because it is secure." access is exclusive to you," he reiterated. The system, managed by Campus Computing, will also have a backup server. By making evaluations available on line, faculty will have access to all students' evaluations at any given time. Prior to the electronic system's induc tion, professors were allowed to view all evaluations, but they had to go through the process at the Office of the Registrar. From this point forward, all evaluations submitted online can be viewed online. The new system "will not change what faculty does, but how they do it," Cornelius said. It will also allow professors to submit their evalua tions from anywhere in the world, at any time they choose. This flexibility brings welcomed convenience As far as the transition is concerned, "We don't anticipate it being a cumber-How to access student evalutions: 1. http://www.ncfedu/Registrar 2. Click on "Student Evaluation System" (highlighted in blue) 3. Click Instructions 4. Follow button at the bottom of the page 5. Enter information. Username is students' last name, password is date of birth in the form of mrnddyyyy (example: October 23,2002 would be 10232002) some issue," Corne1ius said. Faculty members have been giving him positive "It meets their expecta tions,' he said. Cornelius encourages students who have comments or com plaints with the system to email the Office of the Registrar. The new system will likely be more efficient than the old method, but senti ment remains attached to evaluations in their paper form. "I suppose I will miss the paper," Shaheen said. "It's like get ting an e-mail versus getting a letter." NEWS OF THE WORLD Midnight Debate raises hackles, awareness circus museum to be com pleted by late 2004. The ex hibit would educate visitors about Ringling's life on the rails and the history of train transportation in America. Ringling bought the used Pullman in 1905, spending about $11,000 to fix it up. "It was the first personal rail car that Ringling owned," Parrish said. "He got it before he married Mable Ringling. It was called 'The Honeymoon Car."' Ringling formally named it The Wisconsin, after his home state. More than 75 feet long, The Wisconsin featured a kitchen, a living area, bathrooms and sleeping compartments. The Ringlings used it to travel with the circus and to make their an nual treks to and from their New York and Sarasota homes. A porter, maid and chef worked and slept in the car, too. The interior, which features stainedand frosted-glass win dows, needs stripping and re finishing. Inlaid mahogany panels were painted over. The kitchen and bath fixtures aren't original, and the museum would prefer to replace them with replicas of what would have been used in Ringling's era. Ringling is believed to have used the car until about 1917. Norfolk Southern Line later acquired it for its executives' exclusive use and renamed it The Virginia. By 1950, the At lantic East Carolina Line owned it and had renamed it The Carolina. Information from the AP, CNN.com, and the Sarasota HeraldTribune was used in this report. is that, at least once, they're going to be the first person to speak on the issue, so when they hear something huge like 'health care,' they basically have five or 10 seconds to put together a one-minute response." Throughout the course of the debate, represen tatives from aU parties will be forced to contend with nine verbally aggressive "hecklers." The pur pose of this heckling squad will be to "keep levity in the room," as Sosnoff put it, though the hecklers themselves had their own ideas of what the job would entail. Third-year heckler Aidan Delgado suggested, "Rather than injecting sort of meaningless jokes and puns where it isn't really appropriate, I would think [we] would raise issues or put in little com ments that elicit a response." "I was sort of shooting for meaningless jokes," said thesis-student heckler Michael Howland. "If somebody walked out, that would be like the biggest success possible." Don't just debate, tolerate "I'd like to say this is a diversity event," said Sosnoff. "We should be on a civility level where we can get angry and passionate about an issue and then walk away." But the potential for serious political flame throwing sparked a fair amount of concern from the faculty. Afraid that the banter might get "wa tered-down," Sosnoff specifically set a late hour for the debate so that instructors would be deterred from attending. Though they may not be involved, Po1itical Science Professor Eugene Lewis and Residence Life Coordinator Lindsey Dedow both demonstrated enthusiasm for the event. However Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss is "fearful and wants nothing to do with it." according to Sosnoff. Wonied Gender and Diversity Center Coordinator Tashia Bradley wanted to conduct her own meet ing with all participants early on to make sure things didn't get too me sy. "Even though you all may not have the same ideology, you still all are college students and you still should love each other," Bradley reminded the group. "I have been sitting here for a year and a half and ometimes r m just amazed at how people can be so mean to each other." Like a preview for the feature presentation, the meeting soon evolved into its own little spat over issues of political correctness. Sosnoff made the lethal mistake of derogatorily referring to womyn as "girls" and was criticized by Thchman for recruiting an aU-male heckling squad. She also pointed out his poor planning in forgetting to find transgender representation. Delgado was upset: ''Do we have any Native American Representatives? Do we have any handicapped representatives?" "Bring it up in the debate," said Sosnoff. ''The synergy in this room is what we want the debate to be like. Imagine this fun with a crowd cheering and booing."

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4 The Catalyst NEWS A d j ustments to ISP timing discussed Recurring idea to move ISP period to end of spring again floated by Caitlin Young At a recent Town Meeting, mention was made of changing the Independent Study Project period. This came after the idea to move the ISP period to the end of spring semester was raised at an Educational Policy Committee meeting and discussed by the academic divi sions. According to Provost Charlene Callahan, this is not a new idea. "That's been a recurring question that faculty has been talking about (for some time]," she aid. "I don't know that this discussion is any more serious, or will have any more concrete conse quences than any other discussion." There are several general faculty concerns that might cau e a change in the New College calendar. One positive aspect mentioned would be the overlap of ISP and the time in which students defend their theses. Faculty put in a lot of hours preparing for baccalaureate exams, currently while also teaching classes. If ISP and thesis review were at the same time, it would ease the strain on professor A drawback, however, is that the spring emester would begin immedi ately after winter holiday. Many enjoy the long break from classes, and might find it difficult to adjust to the change. "I think (the break] helps a lot to reju venate and recharge your batteries," Callahan said. While a lengthy respite is nice, eval uating ISPs with classes starting can be exhausting for professors. It also puts a stress on first-year students, to have to create and implement an entirely inde pendent project after only one semester at New College. Where your tuition dollar goes "First year students come in, and are barely getting used to the place,' said Callahan. "They've made it through a semester and then they're supposed to do this independent study project that requires a skill set that they may not have. We just throw you out there and say, 'we want you to work on your own and produce something spectacular.' It may not be fair. At the end of two se mesters it's much more likely that they'll have their feet under them." Other issues include faculty getting proper pay for all the time they work, as well as some issues as to the quality of ISP projects. Callahan would like to see active discussion among faculty, and between faculty and students on what changes may be good. President Michalson told the Tangent last spring that the state budget If your 2002-Q3 tuition bill could be o n e dollar this i s w h a t it wou l d consis t of. T he percen t age increase figures are the increase of each fee from last year and the actual figures are i nc l uded. The amounts have been rounded to the nearest dollar from those provided by Vice President for Finance anc1 Adm\nistra\ion Jonn Marun i Florida Residents up 4.69/o to $3,022.56 Out-of-state students up 11.82o/o to $13,812.84 "Matriculation Fee" up 5% to $2,004.12 Financial Aid Fee up 5% to $105.12 Other Fees unchanged at $243 October 23, 20 02 ignores ISP, "which is why our faculty don't get paid for doing it." He 'idded "If we did the ISP in summer, we could speak of that as a kind of 'Summer A session' [and] maybe make a justifica tion for summer salaries for faculty who participate in a summer ISP, one of many good reasons for maybe moving the ISP from January to May that discussion has bubbled up from time to time." "I'm going to push to have these conversations, because I think that now New College is independent, and we have a strong faculty governance ... that the faculty [and students] shoul d own the academic program," Callahan said "I would love to go to a Town Meeting ... and just talk. I think that's t h e best way to do it at first. Everybody has an opinion, and then we need to k e e p the big picture in mind." Health Fee Act i vity and Serv i ce Fee up 1 9% to $477 up 29.5% to $93.24 Non-resident Tuition Fee up 14% to $10 279 Non-resident Financial Aid Fee up 14% to $513.72 All other f ees (all those paid by F l orida residents) up 4 69% to $3,022 .56

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The Catalyst NEWS October 23, 2002 5 What 2002 graduates thought of New College, by the numbers Consistent satisfaction with academic aspects; borderline satisfaction with non-academic aspects This report was prepared by Su z anne Janney, SpeCial Assistant to the Presi dent. All three surveys consistently demonstrate that most New College se niors who responded leave their alma mater satisfied with the academic as pects of their education. The 2002 grad uates were one tenth of one percent (0.1) less satisfied with the non-acade mic aspects of their New College expe rience than previous years' survey re spondents. Overall, New College graduates are satisfied with the non academic aspects of the New College experience. In the academic area, the 2002 se niors agreed with those who graduated before: they were most pleased with the intellectual chalJenges they encoun tered. They ranked the College's suc cess in teaching critical thinking equally as high, followed by quality of interaction with the faculty, course con tent, and thesis year contract sponsor ship. At the other end of the scale, stu de nts were dissatisfied w ith o ortuni ties to acquire technical skills and with course selection opportunities. The e areas were ranked lowest in previous years. The level of satisfaction with the breadth of the educational experience (i.e., learning in all three divisions) re mained just below the satisfied cate gory, the same level as reported in the 2001 survey. It will be interesting to as sess the effect of the 2002 Liberal Arts Curriculum requirement on future stu dents satisfaction with the breadth of their educational experience. In terms of effectiveness, the 2002 respondents felt that New College ac complished its primary mission first and foremost by enabling them to de velop conceptual and critical thinking skills. The least effective category cited was that of development of awareness of international issues, followed to a slightly lesser degree by development of awareness of issues related to gen der/ethnicity visual and performing arts appreciation, and environmental concerns. These findings were consis tent with those of the past surveys. Non-Academic Factors The 2002 respondents indicated the highest level of satisfaction with the non-academic component of their New College experience related to personal security and safety on campus. Consis tent with past survey findings, the 2002 graduates were especially pleased with the personal attent i on th ey r e ceived from campus security officers and the oil with opportunities for interaction with diverse groups, although the 2002 re sults were slightly improved from pre viou years' findings. The 2002 gradu ates' satisfaction with campus employment opportunities and with the availability of fmancial aid funds de creased (as 2001-02 work-study funds from USF-administered financial aid disappeared). Perhaps as a result of New College Baccalaureate Student Survey May 2002 1 oa Students responded out of 120 graduates Key: 4 = Very Satisfied; 3 = Satisfied; 2 = Somewhat Dissatisfied; 1 = Very Oassatisfied Part 1. Satisfaction with Academic Experience How satisfied are you with each of the following aspects of your education at New College? Average 2002 2001 Course content 3.6 3.5 Course selection 2.8 2.7 Professors 3.5 3.4 1998 3.4 2.8 3.4 Quality of interaction with faculty 3.6 3 6 3.4 Evaluation of your work 3.4 3.3 NA Contract sponsorshipfirst year 3.1 2.9 2.9 Contract sponsorship thesis year 3.6 3.6 3.5 Intellectual challenge 3.7 Class sizes 3.5 3.7 3.5 3.6 3.3 The success in teaching critical thinking 3.7 3.5 NA The success in teaching you to write effectively 3.4 3 2 NA Opportunities to study, in depth, topics that interest you 3.6 3.4 NA Opportunities to acquire technical skills 2.3 2.4 2.4 The breadth of your educational experience (i.e. learning in all 3 divisions) 2.9 2.9 NA Experience in tutorials/lAPs 3.3 3.4 3.2 Experience in ISPs 3.3 3.4 3.4 Your thesis experience 3.4 3.5 3.4 Overall academic experience 3.6 3.6 3.6 having a 90 % response rate for 2002, the ati faction level with academic and student policies and procedures de clined slightly. With a high percentage of 2002 student responding, comments were registered from all segments of the graduating student population, not just the active and generally positive tudent who volunteered responses in 2001 and 1998. Use of College Services and Facilities For the past three years, respon dents satisfaction with facilities and services provided by the College was adequate or higher. Not surprisingly, the library remained the most fre quently used facility and inter-library loan services continued to be the most frequently used service indicated by the 2002 graduates. Highest levels of satis faction were associated with the HCL computer lab and with the Writing Cen ter. The data show that the 2002 gradu ates' satisfaction levels decreased from previous years with respect to the fol lowing: course and contract registration procedures; inter library loan and li brary reference services ; fmancial aid s ervic es; th e Counseli ng and Wellne ss Center; cam p us medical s e rvices; an d the P M A comp u ter lab. It s h o u l d be for the 2002 survey may some of the decrease in satisfaction in these areas. My thanks to Stela .Krasteva-Mc Cauley for her statistical and analytical work on the surveys this year and last, and to Jacqueline Bethune who now has taken over for her. Part 11. Effectiveness of Academic Experience How effective were your studies in helping you develop abilities in the following areas? Average 2002 2001 1998 Conceptual thinking 3.7 3.6 3.5 Critical thinking 3.6 3.6 NA Analytical thinking 3.5 3.5 3.4 Creative thinking 3 1 3.1 3.4 Written expression 3.2 3.3 3.5 Oral expression 3.0 2.9 3.1 Ethical reasoning 2.6 2.8 3.1 International issues awareness 2.3 2.3 2.2 Environmental issues awareness 2 4 2.5 2 6 Visual and performing arts appreciation 2 4 2.6 2.9 Consideration of issues related to race/ethnicity 2.4 2.9 2.7 Consideration on issues related to gender 2.9 3.2 3.3 About the survey: The New College Baccalaureate Student Survey wa administered dur ing the 2001-02 academic year to stu dents who graduated in May 2002. The Survey mirrored the Baccalaure ate Student Survey of 200 l and the New College Graduating Senior Opinion Survey of 1998. The purpose of all three instruments was to mea sure graduating eniors' perceptions of the New College experience and their satisfaction or dissatisfaction level with its various component The surveys also provided students with an opportunity to offer positive feedback and/or suggestions for im provement on various aspects of the New College experience. In 2002, Baccalaureate Student Surveys were mailed to all 120 grad uating seniors, who were advised that their anonymous response was mandatory. Of the 120 students, 108 (90% of the graduates) responded. Participation in the two previous sur veys was voluntary and the response rates were significantly lower: 39% for the 2001 survey report (68 gradu a ting s eniors responded out of 173) and 37 % for t he 1998 s urvey (48 re s ponded out o f 1 2 9). Derpite the dif-years is siffi.ilar. tant to note that the 2002 survey re sults are based on responses from 90% of the graduating seniors, not just tho e "good citizens'' who re sponded to the 1998 and 200 I surveys on a voluntary basis. The following tables summarize the survey results from all three years. Part Ill. Satisfaction with Non-Academic Factors Please indicate your level of satisfaction with each of the following aspects of your New Colfege experience: Average 2002 2001 1998 Personal security and safety on campus 3.7 3.7 3.6 Student participation in policy decisions 2.9 2.8 2.9 Individual attention to students by staft 3.5 3.3 3.3 On-campus employment opportunities 2.2 3.1 3.5 Communication of academic policies and procedures 2.7 3.0 2.9 Communication of student policies and procedures 2.7 3.0 2.9 Communication of campus events and activities 3.2 3.2 3.2 Cultural activities and programs 2.8 2.7 2.7 Availability of financial aid funds 2.5 3 1 3.1 Opportunities for interaction with diverse groups 2.1 2.0 2.0 Overall non-academic experience at New College 3.1 3.3 3.4

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6 The Catalyst CONTRIBUTIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS October 23, 2002 Earth Connections ISPOrganizational Meeting October 30, 7:00p.m. Have you alway wanted to learn how to live in he wood with nothing? Come learn the kill of our ancestors in this group ISP. Fieldtrip to Key Largo and Ocala ational Forest also. Come learn all about it at the oganizational meeting. Group sponsorship is already secured. 10.21.02 1:17AM: Officers ob erved a u piciou vehicle leaving from the area behind the Fitne Center. A vehicle top was conducted, and the investiga tion revealed that the two nonaffiliated occupants of the vehicle had probably been involved in prostitution activity. After a check for want or warrant both of the ubject were warned that future tre pa son univer ity property would result m their arrest. 10.21.02, 12:52 AM: UPD received a report of a vehicle crash in front of the Ringling Mu eum. There were no in jurie and the incident was ultimately investigated by the Sarasota Police Department, as it was their jurisdiction. A New College student wa involved. Housing Director was notified. ent ac e m o a 1g po e oca east of the Caple Carriage Hou e r e sulting in approx. $300.00 damage to the light pole. and approx. $50.00 dam age to the students vehicle. There were no injurie involved. The tudent wa cited for improper backing. 10.17.02, 12:56 PM: A New Co11ege student reported that her wallet had been removed from her purse when he left it in her unsecured Viking Dorm room. Total loss:$ 142.00. 10.17.02,12:10 AM: A ew Co1lege tudent reported that hi moped had once again been stolen from outside the Palmer B Dormitory. As victim signed a prosecution affidavit, the vehicle was entered into the FCIC/NOC computer as stolen. Investigation into the circum stances of these thefts continue 10.16.02, 6:02 PM: UPD received a third party, anonymous report of a minor traffic era h in PL-15, the Library parking lot. When our Officer arrived, there was reportedly very minor damage and neither operator wanted a report filed. No further police action wa taken. 101502, 11:48 AM: BURGLARY: Computer Center Staff member re ported four laptop computers valued at $5,636.00 stolen from PMA120. Computers were received on 100302 and were stored in original containers. Computers were ob erved to be mi sing on 10 I 402 at approximately 09:00 am. There were no signs of forced entry. Serial numbers were available and Tom Brown: Live from the Pine Barrens November 4, 6:00-8:00 p .m. Author of 15 books and director of the world s leading wildemes survival school, Tom Brown will be giving a talk in the College Hall Music Room. Don't miss this rare opportunity to listen to this nature guru wax poetic on how to live in the woods with nothing. Refreshments and book sign ing following the presentation tolen computer entered in NCIC/FCIC. 10.13.01, 8:05 PM: A New College stu dent reported the theft of two potted plant from the balcony in front of her room in the Dort Residence Hall. The total loss was $24.00. 10.12.01, 5:40AM: UPD received an on-campus noise complaint concerning the music being played at the "Wall" party in Palm Court. The party sponsor was notified, and the volume was low ered. 10.12.02, 1:04AM: UPD received a complaint concerning two suspicious males in the Pei Dorm South Courtyard. Investigation revealed that the subjects had no affiliation, nor law ful reason to be in the dormitory area. f;ropl tbc result in their arrest. 10.11 02, 3:10AM: S ix in d ivi du als were found tre s p ass ing within the clo ed Pool area Subjects were identi fied for further action and removed from the area. 10.11.02, 1:40AM: UPD received the second on-campus noise complaint ref erence the "Wall party in Palm Court, and the music was terminated. 10.11.02, 1:25AM: UPD received an on-campus noise complaint reference a "Wall'' party going on in Palm Court. The party ponsor was notified of the complaint, and volume was lowered. 101002, 9:16PM: UPD received com plaints about a nonaffiHated male who was loitering in the area of the Four Winds Cafe. Subject was located and identified. Responding officers were aware that previou ly an NCFPD offi cer had confronted the subject, and that he had been violating University poli cies I regulations while generally indicating his contempt for those poli cies at that time. The subject was directed to leave campus, and that any future trespas would result in his ar rest. 101002, 7:00PM: A USF student fainted in front of Hamilton Center Classroom #3. She remained uncon scious and unresponsive. so EMS wa notified and arrived on scene. The stu dent was transported to a local hospital by EMS, and a friend notified her hus band. New College Student Alliance Orientation The orientation for all representatives in the New College Student Alliance will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in College Hall. The pur pose of this meeting is for NCSA po ition holders, inc.luding th?se on Nov. 6, to gather necessary information for the executwn of therr duties .as well as set an agenda and brainstorm goals for the year to come. from the faculty, the administration, the Florida Student Assoctatton, as well as community professionals will be working with students, so it is important that all attend. Any questions or concerns should be forwarded to Andrew Ho ack (andrew.hossack@ncf.ed or box 466). 10.10.02, 6:11 PM, SUPPLEMENTAL: The ew College student who reported her bicycle stolen on 10/09/02 from the area of the Library notified UPD that she had located the bike in the area of the Four Winds Cafe Report un founded. 10.10.02, 2:04 PM: A New College stu dent fell from his bike onto the Dort Walkway, suffering abrasions and other unknown injuries. Emergency Medical Services responded and transported the student to a local hospital The New College Dean of Student Affairs was on scene, and the student's family was no tified of the incident and his location. The Physical Plant Director secured the students bike until his return to campus. 10.10.02, 12:13 AM: UPD received a complaint of two usl>icious males in s u bjects had left the area before our O fficer arrived. 10.09.02, 10:06 AM: UPD was notified that unknown suspects had vandalized three ID card operated copy machines in the Campus Library by in erting Smugglers Cove resident discount cards into the ID card slot rendering the ma chines inoperable. Damage was cited a $145.00 for each mechanism, $435.00 total. 10.09.02, 8:15AM: A New College student reported the theft of her un e cured bicycle from the Campus Library patio area. The bike was taken "some time over the weekend", and was valued at$ 50.00. As no serial number was available, the bike could not be en tered into the FCIC/NCIC database 10.08.02, 2:30 PM, SUPPLEMEN TAL: USFPD Tampa notified us that the vehicle reported stolen on 10/06 (02-0460) had been located in a tow ervice yard in Palmetto. The vehicle had been towed from a downtown Bradenton parking lot on 10/04. As it had not yet been reported, there was no hit when the plate was run at the time of tow. A subsequent check resulted in the hit on our 10/06 entry, and the Palmetto Police Department responded to the yard and processed the vehicle, securing some possible latent fingerprint lifts. The vehicles only reported damage was a broken right rear window. The vehicle was re moved from the FCIC/NCIC System by Tampa UPD, and the vehicle's owner was immediately advi ed of the vehi cle's location. 10.07.02, 3:25AM: A non-affiliated driver was stopped for disregarding the Stop sign at the entrance/exit of Parking Lot 6 and College Drive (Heiser Natural Science area). The driver was issued a written warning. 10.06.02, 7:56PM: A New College stu dent fell from her bicycle in the courtyard of the Campus Library when her dress became entangled in the chain She suffered an approx. 3 laceration on the top of her head, but declined to have EMS respond.She was transported to a local hospital by private con veyance. Housing staff notified. 100602, 12:45 PM: A New College dent reported that an su pe t ( S udakoff Lot) sometime between 5 : 00 PM on 09/2 9 /02 and 8:30PM on 10/05/02. The s tudent si gned an affi davit stating his desire for prosecution so the vehicle wa entered into FCIC/NCIC as tolen. Total loss with the theft: $700.00. 10.05.02, 1:33AM: A non-affiliated Ringling student was escorted from campus during a "Wall party in Palm Court. She was warned that future tre pass would result in her arrest. 10.04.02, 12:57 AM: UPD received an on campus noise complaint reference loud music coming from a "Wan party in Palm Court Officer poke to the party sponsor, who lowered the volume. No further complaints were received. 10.03.02, 1:30PM: An officer discov ered that a neighboring resident residing on the south side of the Caples Campus (500 blk. Caples Drive) had apparently dumped or left some excess concrete on campus property that ad joins his property. The incident was documented on a complaint card as a Civil Problem, as there is an on-going conflict with that resident concerning his or contractors unauthorized access and damage to university property at that location. The Physical Plant Director was notified of the incident. http://www.ncf edu/UniversityPolice/pa ges/Publications.htm

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The Catalyst Candidates Forum on Church-State Issues-Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Selby Library Auditorium Find out bow those for whom you vote in November stand on such church-state issues as: public school vouchers; prayer in public schools; posting religious texts or icons on gov ernment property; allowing religious bodies to endorse and fund candidates without losing their tax exemptions. Unfortunately, these issues are often ig nored in general candidate forums, and their platforms seldom mention them. We will be hosting a forum of local political candidates for the U.S. House and State Legislature to afford them the opportunity of sharing their thoughts on issues related to the separation of church and state. All of the candidates for those offices who will be on Sarasota and Manatee county ballots have been invited to address our group's Fall meeting. Some have al ready responded that they intend to participate. Depending on how many actually attend, each candidate will be given 5 minutes ore more to speak, after which the floor will be open for questions. Bring a friend the public is invited! SAC Minutes-October 21, 2002 In attendance: Jeanell Innerarity, Heather Rasley, Patrick Hickey, Andrew Jay, Sydney Nash, Christopher Altes. All decisions unanimous unless otherwise noted. Sydney Nash, as acting chair, abstains unless otherwise noted Note: Chris Altes abstains (due to ab sence) on the first 4 requests. NC RA's-Fall Fiesta Melissa Richardson Requested: $175.00 for pumpkins, ap ples, decorations, and caramel Allocated: $175.00 SPASM-FMLA Forum Melissa Richardson Requested: $40.00 for coffee, tea, etc from Four Winds Allocated: $35.00 Halloween PeP Chris Cox Requested: $340.00 for light bulbs, cel lophane, fan, misc. Allocated: $340.00 NC RA's-Halloween candy bags Andrew Jay/ Eric Hinton/ Emma Jay Requested: $101.00 for candy and string Allocated: $101.00 *Andrew Jay abstains NC Debate Eric Sosnoff. Joe McCue Requested: $210.00 for food, drinks, and copies Allocated: $75.00 ($5 from Copy Reserve) hris Altes opposes Regional Vmwelt Society (MetaInterpretations) April Wagner/ Nadia Stegemann Requested: $131.00 for props Allocated: $50.00 October 23, 2002 7 Buddhist scholar Geshe Lhundub Sopa to lecture at new College Geshe Lhundub Sopa, a widely re spected Tibetan Buddhist monk and teacher, will visit New College and give a lecture titled Buddha Nature, on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 from 7:30 to 9:00p.m. The lecture will be of fered at the Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion on the New College of Florida Campus, 5313 Bayshore Road, just south of the Ringling Museum of Art. According to Buddhism, all living beings have the capacity to become fully awakened persons-buddhas. We all have the potential to develop ulti mate happiness, compassion, and wisdom. Geshe Sopa will explain the qualities of our minds that enable us to develop into buddhas and briefly go Annual Writing Competition If you want to write, that's great. If you want to write, win prizes, go to Orlando to have people hear your writ ing, and bring glory home to New College, then this announcement is for you. The Florida Collegiate Honors Council is again sponsoring its annual writing competition for students en rolled in honors programs at florida colleges and universities. Wmners wiU over the process of this transformation. Geshe Lhundub Sopa was one of a handful of scholars selected to debate His Holiness the Dalai Lama during His Holiness's doctoral examination in Tibet. He was a pioneer among those bringing Buddhism to the West. Geshe Sopa came to the United States in 1962 and was invited to the University of Wisconsin Madison where he became a tenured faculty member. His career as a Professor of Buddhist Studies spanned more than thirty years. Dr. John Newman, MacArthur Associate Professor of Asian Religions at New College of Florida, will give in troductory remarks. Admission is free and open to the public. receive cash prizes and have an oppor tunity to present their writings at the FCHC Conference in Orlando, February 14-16, 2003. We've had several New College winners in recent years. Research pa pers, critical essays, and creative writing entries are all welcome. The deadline to submit your writing is Thursday, November 1 :rt 5 p.m. For contest guidelines or to enter Please pardon our disorganization as the announcements page takes but please keep announcements coming. Spread the word about your meetmg, perfor mance, tutorial, or other non-commercial happening on the Catalyst Announcements or Calendar page in 60 words or less. Send your what-wherewhen who-why to catalyst@ncf.edu by 5:00p.m. Sunday for Wednesday's issue. Half-Life by Christopher DeFillippi

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The Catalyst EVENTS October 23, 2002 8 SCULPTOR RODIN'S GREAT WORKS COME TO RINGLING MUSEUM WELL, SORT OF Cantor Foundation offers duplications by French master by David Savarese The Ringling Museum, just moments away from New Col lege at the end of University Drive, will be hosting the Can tor Foundation's exhibit Rodin: The Magnificent Obsession un til January 5, 2003. If you miss this special howcase, you've really made a mistake. This legendary collection features more than 70 works by the great 19th century sculptor, Auguste Rodin. The well known sculptures The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Cathedral grace the halls of Ringling's West Gallery. In a press release, executive director of Ringling Museum Dr. John Wetenhall said, ''This exhibition brings to South Florida an opportunity for residents and tourists alike to experience the broad impact of this most expressive and passionate sculptor who com ... of the human spirit." The Cantor foundation has ent this exhibit to more than 150 galleries in the US, Eng land, Japan, Venezuela, Italy and Israel. B. Gerald Cantor and his wife Iris have been collecting since 1945, when Ger ald was 'touched' by Rodin's The Hand of God, when visit ing the Met in New York City. During his collecting career, the French Musee Rodin gave Cantor the onginal cast of The Hand of God. This amazing piece is not part of this collec tion, but we are blessed with a cast of a Fallen Caryatid. These sculptures are a thrilling addition to the already outstanding RingHng coUection that resides just a short walk south from the New College/USF library. Rodin, perhaps the most noted sculptor of the last century, brings life to the completed works and par tial studies that crowd the small Ringling gallery. Once in the gaJlery, visitors can view a movie that explains the process of casting and duplicating Rodin's The Gates of Hell. The As you walk from room to room, the pieces from the Can tor foundation show some of the process towards the com pletion of some of Rodin's most amazing monuments like The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and the Monument to Balzac. Various historic photos of Rodin's life, drawings, and quotations from the period supplement the ex hibit intending to provide per spective to those viewers that have appropriate time to spend, The exhibit also features an in teractive area where visitors can decide "what the thinker is thinking," by using magnetic poetry. It' not often that Saraso tians, or Novo Collegians have the opportunity to see the work of a genius who at the height of his career was called "the greate t sculptor since laws on the production of duways intended on going to see plicates-only 8 may be made the Ringling Museum, but have for purcha e, and 4 for cultural not had the chance, then now is institutions. The duplicates are the time! Do not miss this ex enumerated and that is noted on hi bit. the base of the sculptures of the exhibit. Left, Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880. Above, Auguste Rodin, The Burghers of Calais, 1884-88.


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