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TH Volume XV, Issue 7 the best issue 7 ever N CSA presidential election approaches What the president does by David Savarese have to think like a publicist or With Andrew Hossack' a politician. You have to how a presidency coming to an end. a professional and able image, new president will have to make friends with the right pea the place of a president that ha ple, and make friend with the served for the pa t two year. people that are important to the The New College Student student body even those that Alliance Pre. idency has numeryou don't agree with. The ous re. pon ibilities enumerated bigge t thing i baking the in the tudent con titution. right hands and remembering Fulfilling the e re ponsibilities the per onal quirks of people is a daunting task. In electing a that you interact with. Mo t new President it is important for major deci i n made at ew tudents to know that the he or College are made over lunch, or she ha many requirement having drinks or at a faculty re both written in the con, titution, ception. Things generally and as umed by our College's happen behind the scene .'' precedents and policies. Ho ack al o discussed the Rachael Morri who held fact that many of the re ponsithe presidency from January of bilities the President encounters 1999 t (! """'" ........ II,,V,-Lll .... .... J cussed the responsi ... dilemmas he faced during her time as President. Morri said, "I think that the bigge t respon sibility that i n't written in the tudent con titution is that you tion. Hossack said, coosti.tutioo doesn't y you have to mediate between the SAC and Student Affairs, stuSEE "PRESIDE CY" PAGE 4 Four candidates in race by Whitney Krahn Right when it appeared a though the New College Stu dent Alliance's pre idential election would be relatively un eventful, a pair of students entered the race late Monday night just in time to keep things intere ting. Fourth-year Robert Schober and second-year and Catalyst staff writer Sydney Na h started collecting petition signature for their co-campaign with les than 48 hours before the end of the petitioning period. Schober and Nash's en trance will be the third in the election. They are up against second-year and Cataly r Web Editor Mike Gi i and maJiUlgt!:d by four people: second-year Brian Ellison and Ju tin Vickers and third-years Thomas Patte on and Eric Sos noff. "We are not running hi campaign," however, So noff said. Rather, 'The World-Spirit speaks through Mike Gimignani, and Mike Gimignani speak through u ," Elli on aid. The quartet agreed that they are not ure if the school i ready to take in Gimignani's speeches without a moderator. Gimignani i expected to make his fir t public speech a a pre idential candidate at the upcoming Town Meeting. If his campaign logan, "Protein and Virtu [sic]," i any indication, Gimignani is not running a conventional cam paign, though So noff insisted that the campaign is not a joke Gimignani 's public relations but apparendy that to be so pretentious that the pomposity verges on originalSEE "ELECTION'' PAGE 5 Army reservist, New College student Delgado called up by Abby Weingarten Around this time la t year, third-year Aidan Delgado wa flying off to Fort Knox, Kentucky for ba ic training in the Army Reserves. Tow, with his name on the roster for combat volunteer the next flight he takes could be to Iraq. Official from the war department ap peared at his most recent drill, in pecting the unit for combat preparation. Reservists were enrolled in chemical warfare, communication and terrorist classes. Delgado memorized the protocol for poi son gas drills, learned how to use chemical decontamination and detector kit and re viewed the ga e and weapons in addam Hussein's infamou repertoire. "We got into high gear,'' said Delgado. "We went into preparations to deploy, in ventoried all our tuff. We took stock of all our equipment to make sure it was all ship-shape. So that's why I suspect, no, not u pect, I know flat-out that, if we're going to war, our unit is going right away." After completing his advanced training as a vehicle mechanic last ummer, Delgado met the minimum 12 weeks necessary to make him eligible for Caption deployment. Third-year Andy Young and the is-. tudent Ta:h Shaheen both enlisted last year, but have only erved eleven weeks of basic training, just one week hort of the requirement. The current state of affair between the U.S. and Iraq is not exactly clear-cut as of late, and neither i the probability of war. "Nothing's going on right now," explained Delgado. "[Iraq ha ] agreed to weapon in spections, but it' still being kicked around in the Security Counsel what form the in spection are going to take. Before, it wa like, 'oh, we're on the verge of war,' but I think things have calmed down a lot re cently." This may be so, but what about our fearles leader's trategy? "Bu h really wants to invade Iraq," explained Delgado. "Several of hi top advisors want to. Several of hi top ad vi ors don't want to. There's a strong feeling that he' going to go to war regardle s. Basically, [Bush] doe n 't believe Iraq i going to comply with the U.N. weapons inspection. no matter what the Security Counsel does. If the U.S. decides to attack, they're going to attack: there. nothing thafs going to stop that, whether the U.1 decide. to or not." However far up in the air the issue seems to be. or how high in the cloud. Bush's head is, Delgado has been taking his orders from the horse's mouth. "Word from our superior i that it' 90% proba ble that we're going to war," said Delgado, whose sergeant informed him that he will be activated in early November to do a week of full-time mechanic work. He will be repairing trucks so that they are in prime condition for u e if need be. "I SEf "I!Q" PAGE 2 l October 30, 2002 In this promotional drawing for Halloween's Palm Court Party drawn by Robert Schober, a atanic fish thingie take over Palm Court. This year's PCP slo gan: "There's going to be Hell to Pei. ''
2 The Catalyst by Liz Palomo 115 Hostages Killed by Mystery Gas in Moscow Ru sian Pre ident Vladimir Putin declared Monday to be a day of mourn ing in Russia to commemorate the accidental killing of hostages by gas. The gas wa meant to knock out the Chechen guerrillas who were holding the hostages in a Moscow theatre. As of Sunday evening, Moscow's top doctor Andrei Seltsovsky aid 646 people were still in the hospital, including 150 in intensive care, 45 of them in a grave condition. The Chechen rebels had seized the concert hall on Wednesday with intent to force Russia to withdraw from their republic. After the guerrillas had hot two of the ho tage dead, Alfa troop stormed the theatre, fust pumping in an unknown gas which knocked out both hostages and rebel The gas was used for fear that several fighter seated among the 750 ho tage would deto nate explosives strapped to their waists. Only two hostages died from gunshots. For President Vladimir Putin, the death toll was an uncomfortable reminder of the two other tragedies which occurred during hi term in office. ln Augu t a torp o e p o n o nuclear submarine Kursk, killing 118, for which Putin was criticized. And ear lier this year a helicopter was shot down over Chechnya with a similar number of deaths, despite Putin's re peated claims that the Chechen war was all but over. Putin's image has suffered further after the event, and the fact that no-one will identify the gas only serves to rein force notions of Ru sian secrecy and disinformation. More people would have urvived if they had been given the antidote to counter the effects of the gas, but doctors were hampered by the fact that they did not know what gas they were dealing with. NEWS NEWS OF THE WORLD Bush vs. Iraq, part II If President Bush orders an attack against Iraq, the Pentagon plans to mo bilize roughly as many reservists as it did during the Persian Gulf War in 1991, when about 265,000 members of the National Guard and Reserve were summoned to active duty. Although of ficials say that the pre ent war plan will call for fewer troop than were de ployed for an offensive against Iraq than were called for during the first gulf war, there is a concern in this case about the po sibility of terrorist attacks against the United States. The troop would also be expected to protect an array of potential terrorist targets such as power plants, transportation hubs, factories and medical centers. During the war in 1991, the American government did not have such fears about terrorist strikes, in America a well as overseas bases. Hussein from power. But other polls detect a wish to wait for allied support and for the United Nations to act in Iraq. Vatican to test if trainee priests are gay The Vatican is to introduce psycho logical tests to 'out' gay seminary students and ask to leave their training for the priesthood. The new Jaw, cur rently being reviewed by the Pope, canon lawyers and medical experts, is also expected to demand that students who display homosexual tendencies are not ordained as priests even if they have completed their training. Moves to rid seminaries of homo sexuals and prevent them from being ordained as priests have been discussed for orne time in Rome, but without agreement of what action should be October 30, 2002 taken. Earlier this month, Pope John Paul IT told visiting bishop that men with "obvious signs of deviations" must be barred. In the wake of hundreds of people who claim to have been abused by prie ts corning forward, the issue of ho mosexuality in the priesthood has given new attention to the Vatican. "The Vatican i using gay people a a scapegoat for the abuse of children and young people by pnests," said Tim Hopkins, spokesman for Equality Network, a campaigning organization for gay, le bian, bisexual and transgender people. Information from www. nyt imes. com, www. washingtonpost.com, >vww.metafilter.com was used in this report. These protection job would fall not only to ground troops. Navy and Coast Guard reserves would patrol the na tion's maritime borders, and putting more fighter jets over American citie would require large numbers of Air Force and Navy pilots, ground crews and aircraft. Aidan Delgado may ship off to war protest war in Iraq Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington D.C. on Saturday, chanting and waving ban ners against possible military action against Iraq. The rally was one of sev eral held in cities around the world that day. Fewer people attended than organiz ers had hoped for, possibly because the shootings in and around the city had kept people from visiting Washington. Polls regarding the position of Americans on the war questions are in consistent. The latest GaUup poll, taken October 14-17, showed that 56 percent of Americans favored sending ground troops to Iraq to remove Saddam I FROM U]RAQ" PAGE 1 I know for a fact that I'm going to be ac tivated in order to do that," he said. "And thi very unusual; it doesn't hap-' As part of a combat version of the military police, Delgado will most likely be stationed in Iraq for about eight months if deployed. However, there is talk of shipping his unit to Cuba or Germany to relieve units that are al ready there. If the latter occurs, those troops would be sent to the front lines and Delgado's would take over their positions. "Because we're police, we could guard the camp so that they could go," said Delgado. A camp x-ray, or high security prison, full of Al-Qaeda detainees is currently set up in Cuba. There are also several combat units in Germany. "They can't just leave their posts," said Delgado, o we'd replace them." In the meantime, Delgado's manda tory courses are preparing him for every potential scenario. Relaying an anecdote from his experience in chem ical warfare clas he said, "We all had to use called 'blood gas.' It passes through the skin and causes incredibly painful death; there's no antidote and no cure. So, we all joke about it, that the only defense, if you get hit, is to make peace with your god because there's no escape. That was a confi dence boo ter." Despite his sense of humor, Delgado is still aware of the precariousness of his situation. "I went through a period of real fear, but I'm sort of resigned to it now because I lit erally have no choice. I'm not that scared because I don't think I'm going to get killed. I'm mostly annoyed by the inconvenience of how much it could set back my school." CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http :/lwww. sar. usf ,.,.,.,... General Editor Michael Sanderson Copy Editor David Higgins Online Editor and General Manager Michael Gimignani Managing Editor Erin Marie Blasco Photographer and Photo Editor Sarah Zell Layout Editor Caitlin Young Staff Writers David Savarese, Christopher DeFillippi, Liz Palomo, Abby Weingarten, Sydney Nash, Whitney Krahn, Maria Lopez, 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 Xpress for PowerMacintosh 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@ ncf edu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. 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The Catalyst N ws Amendment 11, Bob Graham's proposal for the Florida university sys em, wil restore Board of Regents by Sarah Zdl and Michad anderson New College of Florida and the I lorida Board of Education share a July 2001 birthday. With an amendment to th Flo1 ida constitution on the! Nov. 5 ballot, Senator Bob Graham propose to rein. tate the old State University System's central governing board for univer itiel>. He has called the new y tern too politically-motivated. and Graham and others cite the independent 'cw College'. problem as an example of the politicization of the new system. Now the ele enth in titution of the tate university system face the eleventh propo ed amendment, titled, "Local Trustee and Statewide Go eming Board to Manage Florida's niversity System." "Why fi.x it if it isn't broken?" aid ew College Pre ident Gordon \1ichalson of the propo ed amendment. ew College' appointed trustees began working ardently on the proccs. of becoming independent from the niver ity of South Florida. The cur rent y tern under the Florida Board of Education ha been in effect since July of 2001. The proposed amendment barely t on U1.: l \ the \1 .. 1..\1"1 "First, seven boxes containing thousand of voter signatures were mi placed. Then. officials mi calcu lated the number of verified signatures. Finally, with just minuks to pare before Tuesday' 5 p.m. deadline, upport r. of a plan to revamp higher education in lorida secur d a pot on the 1 ov. 5 ballot,'' stated an Aug. 7 St. Petersburg Times article. The new system would maintain a board at each of the univer itie while also in tltuting a state-wide Board of Governor ow that the amendment is on the ballot, univer ity leaders ar be ginning to worry that the new system may be overturned. "We've pent a year and a half working with thi board get ting a coordinated strategy. A new board would be a etback to our mo mentum," said Michalson. In a Spnng 2002 pre. s conferen e. Senator Graham identified 'ew C'olleg a. being a symptom of the lo calized boards, specitlcally Bush's decision to twice eto fund for the newly independent college Other rea son for reverting back to the Board of Regents include the proliferation of programs such as 1.-..w b 1 and 1 ... length of examples ... is to be book-length." Graham aid. Supporters of the amendment say that the localized sy tern is largely po litical and nc cdibl y competitive with univer. Itte vying for much-needed funding. "We have 11 univer itie com peting again t each other for resources," said Alice Skelton, who is managing the campaign for Graham's amendment. "We have very limited re-ource and we need to u e them a effecti ely as possible." The president of the 11 universi tic however, say that they are cooperating and working together to ward. progress. The State University Pre ident A ociation, which consid ered formalizing in September, allows the univer ity presidents to "tdcntify common issue. and work together," said Micha1son. The presidents and their re pective Board of Tnt tees to which they report ar unanimou ly op po ed to the amendment. Pre ident of the Uni er. ity of Central Florida and chairman of the president. a .. ociation John Hitt told the Tampa Tribune that the \lniversity presid nts successfu\\y fought for control of October 30, 2002 Bob Graham peaking on the U.S Senate floor in September like to give the new approach a chance before we go through a convulsive set of changes; he aid. "The current sy tem does eem to be working." aid Michal on. "1 he politi cal tug of war will always be there. The Boards of Tnt tee are working becau 'e they feel empowered and enfranchi ed." Information from the Tampa Tnbune, The Future, Wire, Sara ota Herald-Tribune, and St. Petersburg Times was in this repurr. Comme tary from outside the bubble: Fa 1 break with the D.C. sniper b_' Caitlin Young For the mo t pan. New College i a ery elf-contained ampu There's no TV in the dorms, no readily ac e ible new paper.. and new on the internet require three prcciou ommodities: time, effort and a computer. Knowing thi I shouldn't have been urprised that I didn't hear about the sniper at tacks until I was about to leave for Washington, D.C. for fall brea 1\.fy mother ent me an e-mail telling me to be car ful and bemoaning the fact that all three of her children were going to be in a city with a terrori t. A what? The news didn't change my plans. It didn't frighten me at all that I'd be in a city where this ort of activity was oc curring. What did frighten me is that hootings and bombing are taking place in our country, things that, previ ou ly, we had only heard about happening in far off countrie It might seem callou to take the .. not in my backyard' viewpoint, but yes, it' nat ural to care more when there i a direct effect. There had already been 10 shooting when I left. Another one occurred the night that I got into Arlington, VA where I was staying with my brother, a 'e\\ Coli ge alum. It wa. a. hock to go from someplace v. here the shoot in were just another piece of news to the place here the event were occurring. People were genuinely terrified to go to the ga station, and many people drove into the city to refill. thinking it afer. Brave, good samaritan. fonned group. and donated their time to pump gas for people who didn't fc I safe doing it. It' easy to look at this behavior and think it silly, but after tour people were killed at ga stations. paranoia became more rea sonable. Rc. idents were trapped though: either tney had to go to gas ta tions. or walk and use the metro. which meant more time out in open space My brother decided to risk the ga station, but had a moment of panic when the nozzle prop (you know, the thing that keeps the gas pumping with out ha ing to hold onto the handle) "popped" when the tank wa full. Ba hfully, he admitted to me that he had ducked behind the car. Leaving the hou e wa n 't really that much of an issue for him though, since a a doctor ate student writing his dis ertation, he rarely ee. the un anyway In a trange ort of irony, fear pre dominated mainly in the suburb alking around both the city and neighborhood of Arlington, there was barely anyone out ide. We toured the hi-shi hopping di. trict one night and it wa perfect walking weather. The air was cri. p, but not too cold, no rain and little humidity. And yet there wa no one outside. 1y whole time there we ne er waited in line for a restaurant, a semi-phenom enon. he metro wa de. erted a well. Leaving Arlington, we'd de cend down the e calator into the large, echoing tunnels which would have a crowd of maybe 5-l 0 people waiting for a train. Once you got into the District, though, there were many more people, and life seemed to continue a nonnal. Touri. ts pot were crowded a u. ual, but according to new reports, le with touri ts and more with local re ident seeking relief from the uburbs. The pre idents' memorial were crowded, as wa the Mall, and even high profile individuals weren't afraid to be out (I aw Billy Bob Thornton at the Lincoln Memorial). It seemed alma t like people would forget what had happened. A few day would go by, the news reports would die down, more people would venture out. Maybe tt had stopped? Then an other hooting would occur. There had been a three-day lull when the Falls Church shooting took place. and I could hear from the hou e a stream of local police cars raced down the highway a w blocks away. After a shooting, adrenaline would race again. White an sudden!. appeared everywhere, and barely a phrase wa:-. un red on the radio without mentioning the "Che y A tro van." It e m almost comical now that o much paranoia wa created over white van when that wa n't even the vehicle used. I pent ffi) Ia t weekend there visit ing a high chool friend who now attend. Georgetown University. Being there was strangely remini cent of ew College in that no one really paid much anention to the news. There were many conver ations about the topic, but no one wa concerned. While much larger, Georgetown is very elf-contained. and getting to or from campus i difficult because ther ', no direct metro acce s. Be ide the fact that two friends from University of Virginia decided not to come visit, being at Georgetown was like being in a whole other world, one that did not feel at all threatened.
4 The Catalyst NCSA NEWS October 30, 2002 Student Presidents Hossack and Morris reflect on responsibilities of the position, official and unofficial I FROM PAGE 1 I dents and the administration, or student led groups and other groups. You have to maintain good relationships with other student government organizations, which is very helpful but not expected. Other things [are necessary], like taking handson projects up, like the darkroom. At most schools it would be delegated. For example, the president here has to do a lot of the budgetary planning for projects like the CTIF allotments. You also become a de-facto representative on various co11liilittees because it just makes sense for you to represent the tudents at something like the Presidential Search Committee, especially if no one else wants to do it." Hossack continued, "With the NCSA, students will pick a President, but only a couple of students are concerned with the aftermath. Sometimes you get bogged down with all the day-to-day, nitty-gritty details of working with a bureaucracy. No one navigates this bureaucracy for you." 'These responsibilities come with the constitutional requirements. In the student constitution (2.2b ), it says, "Students have the right and re sponsibility to participate in all policy changes that affect them. College admin istrators have the responsibility of informing the Alliance, through the President(s), of any proposed change in policy that affects students." The President has the primary student rela tionship with our school's administration. Hossack said, "Whoever is New College student body President is really lucky because the administration here takes students seriously at other schools students have to fight for a voice." The student voice, when backed by the Town Meeting, is the President In Article 3 and other portions of the NCSA constitution, the duties of the President are explained. Among these duties there are requirements to serve as a representative in multiple organiza tions, boards and committees; to examine the fiscal policies of the entire NCSA, and sign all documents pertain ing to these policies; and organizing and ensuring that the student positions in the NCSA are being done from the Student Allocations Committee (SAC) to the Counsel of Academic Affairs (CAA). "In the last two years, most of my dealings with the administration have been policy formation. New College didn't have an established foundation concerning fees, the student code, tenure, and various other parts pertaining to the institutional evaluation. I gave input on issues to the extent that it will concern students. Raising tuition, for example. I looked at it and tried to compare it to the other fees rrused. I went to other sc oo s, and brought the information back for comparison" said Hossack. In addition to the requirements that Presidents must painstaking! y fulfill, there are problems that they encounter along the way. Morris said, 'There is a sense of frus tration [in being President] because you see that some students don't give a shit about what you're doing. It can be para lyzing to stand up at a Town Meeting, talk about something as important as World War ill, and see the raised eye-The Student Court, a primer contributed by Jeb Tennyson Lund ''Thesis Victim'' 1. What does the Student Court do? Ideally, the Student Court does the same thing as the United States Supreme Court it is the highest court of review. In practice, it is much less. While it pro vides a forum of arbitration for campus disputes, it is, like all human agencies, manipulable by the humans involved in and relating to it. Ergo, personal vendet tas can be escalated and prosecuted through the court just as easily as an honest disagreement might be resolved through it. New College is an in ular, in tense, passionate place. These passions permeate and disturb justice just as strik ingly as they permeate and disturb eddies of pot smoke. One practical product of the Student Court can be called wholly positive: that is that it acts as a buffer protecting stu dents from the vagaries of outside justice systems. Anything below a felony is pri marily the province of the Student Court. Tiris buffer preserves some of our unique character of independence: self-reliance and ducking the rules. Underage drinking violations are usually referred to the court, resulting in unsevere punishment. Fist:fights or squabbles that might result in a criminal record, fines and legal fees are dealt with in a brisk, cheap and gen erally fair manner. In short, the Court keeps the world out while keeping some sort of order in the New College World. The Student Court also counts bal lots, but that process is monumentally enervating. Andrew Hossack (term 2001-present): "With the NCSA, students will pick a President, but only a couple of students are concerned with the aftermath. Sometimes you get bogged down with all the day to -day, nitty gritty details of working with a bureaucracy. No one navigates this bureaucracy for you. Rachael Morris (term 1999-2000): "Make the issues palpable, when you present to a student body that is smart, cynical and critical. [Ies important to] speak plainly, and let them make the decisions. Give information that is not tainted by politics, and allow the students to make the deci sions, and follow through with the decisions that are made., brows that say, 'do you really take this seriously?'" Hossack also encountered troubles during his time as president. He said, 'The biggest hindrance to doing my job has been student apathy, or follow through I can't pinpoint which was worse. There are a lot of people that pick up projects, but when mod exams come around, the projects are put on the back burner. We have the resources to do a lot of neat projects, and people expect the executive branch to do them without a lot of external support from students." Hossack continued, "If you lose ex citement about doing this, the job just seems more overwhelming an it has to." The President, after signing the NCSA employees' checks, after traveling the state and country to attend various conferences, after attempting to get a sat isfactory contract evaluation, and after voting on an important issue at the fac ulty meeting, still has to appease the expectations of Novo Collegians. Morris said, "Make the issues palpa ble, when you present to a student body that is smart, cynical and critical. [It's important to] speak plainly, and let them make the decisions. Give information that is not tainted by politics, and allow the students to make the decisions, and follow through with the decisions that are made." When asked what her major contribu tion to the Presidency was, Morris replied, "People began to take student opinion seriously when I was president. I think that is something that has stayed true, especially with Andrew. Previously, there wasn't any zest in getting involved [with student government]. I think I laid a good foundation for student involve ment with the administration. I certainly met with Mark Blaweiss once a day, and With e e ar en once a mo ... With this great power comes great re sponsibility. Yet still, students run for multiple terms and rarely get impeached for slacking. Why? Andrew Hossack, our soon-to-be-departed President, answers that question. He said, "I got to meet a lot of great people, student leaders and com munity leaders. It has all been positive." This is the first of two articles on the Executive Branch of the NCSA. Jeb Lund, former Student Court chief justice: "Strictly speaking, the Student Court says it can arbitrate any disagreement arising between NCSA bodies or students. Also, it says it can levy injunctions and rulings in accordance with the NCSA constitution and in accordance with U.S law. Practically, it can do more." 2. What Student Court powers intersect with the NCSA? The Student Court, like all courts, can only discuss an issue if it is presented in a case. No cases: no function. The more cases before the Court, the more potentially powerful it can become. As a rule, however, the Court reviews perhaps two cases per month, usually trifles that never touch on the subject of government conduct. If a pending case has governmental implications, one must remember that, in NCSA government, the Towne Meeting is supreme. Thus, the Court can rule that a law, action or resolution approved by the Towne Meeting is unconstitutional, but it can only recommend a change. (Hence, all legal change is dependent on the composition of the crowd that shows up for pizza.) With regard to any other NCSA body, however, its power is checked only at the pleasure of the Towne Meeting. Upon a legally valid SEE uSTUDENT COURT'' NEXt PAGE
The Catalyst NCSA race not boring: four candidates declared I FROM "EI ECTION" P.4GE 1 J ity. The campaign's catch phrases, "He is not a Bush, rather, he is a philosopher king," and "Freedom is a child whose hand maidens are rigor and refmement," aim to make voters think, laugh, and ultimately, vote for Gimignani. On the issues, Gimignani seeks honesty, his team said. "Gimignani wants government out of the backroom and the bedroom," Sosnoff added. They spoke of Gimignani's "flawless record," "general amiability," and his focus on "issues, not images." They also said, "He doesn't agree with the tyranny of the minority," the minority being vegetarians and vegans. "If anyone is put off [by Gimignani's campaign], then they've misunderstood," Sos noff said. He encourages any one with questions to seek him or his other compatriots for an swers. Thchman unlike Gimignani will not utilize a p c e a o team and she speaks to the pub lic without a mediator. "I am running on three main topics: diversity, campus communica tion, and campus resources im provement," she said. On the issue of diversity, Tuchman's concern is great. "Diversity needs to be woven into everything we do," she said. Tuchman po ed the ques tion, "How can you take a class on international relations, if you don't have any international students?" Tuchman also be lieves that diversity is more than race, ethnicity, or religion. ''We need to get more males" and "open up the application pool," she said. Tuchman said the school's three-year plan barely touches on diversity, a problem she finds to be particularly unfavor able. In a year as president of the NCSA, she hopes to have diversity talked about and have diversity programs imple mented. Tuchman does realize that a year is hort. "As long as I can get the ball rolling, that's my main goal," she said. As for campus communica tion. Tuchman would like to see the lines of dialogue opened between students and other groups. She thinks there is a need for better communication een s n an o e students, students and faculty, and students and administration. She also wants to establish an accountability program within the NCSA. Thi would involve the secretary sending an infor mative e-mail to students ad dressing things officers and the NCSANEWS executive branch has or have not accomplished in the course of a week. This way, Maxeme said, students will know exactly how their student government is working for them. Tuchman's third topic, cam pus resources improvement, is an effort to bring convenience to students, especially those who reside on campus. She would like to better the state of the lounges and install a change machine in the laundry room. ''Obviously, it's not the most important thing, but it's some thing that needs to be done," Tuchman said. "I know that there are a lot of things that need to go on, like Andrew [Hossack, current NCSA president] said, inter nally," she aid. Tuchman also said she would work for her constituents 365 days a year be cause '1 don't sleep" and "I don't celebrate Christmas," Schober and Nash are run ning on the belief that they have "the best of both worlds" to offer students, Nash said. Both are transfer students, Schober with two more years of experience at New College than his partner. e are a great mix of so many different qualities" and there is "definitely enough [work] for two people," she added. "I felt like it was my civic duty to run," Nash said. "1 was concerned about the candidates running and their experience The Student Court, in theory and practice FROM PREVIOUS PAGE complaint, the Court can sus pend the actions of other bodies, order the suspension of NCSA officials, order a "freeze" on funds-any action that a nor mal U.S. court can employ. The Towne Meeting can overturn all these actions. Whether it should is a gray area I have no interest in exploring. 3. What does the Student Court say it can do? Strictly speaking, the Student Court says it can arbi trate any disagreement arising between NCSA bodies or stu dents. Also, it says it can levy injunctions and rulings in accor dance with the NCSA constitution and in accordance with U.S law. Practically, it can do more. Because the Student Court effectively ignores Federal, State, County and Municipal statutes on alcohol, drugs and nudity, it can effec tively ignore all legal policies if it so chooses. In practice, this has not been done. But, when two students agree to have their dispute resolved by the Student Court, they must keep in mind that excessive liberality with re gard to legal statutes (i.e. it's okay that he was drunk and holding a bottle at the age of eighteen) also results in liberal ity with regard to rules of evidence (some dude walked into a room and saw all these people doing drugs), te timony (he was doing drugs), hearsay (I heard he was doing drugs) and dismissal. If the Court can tell an underage drinker that he only has to recycle bottles as a pun ishment, then theoretically the Court can also view evidence gathered in an unlawful search of a room or hear prejudicial testimony. It's a double-edged sword. The Court can wholly obey the law, and mortgage your future; or it can ignore the law, and give you a hard time with an evidentiary pretext that is insupportable in real court rooms. In practice, however, the legal ambiguities work in the students' favor. 4. What memorable/signifi cant things has the Court done in the past? In the past, the Student Court was a fun and active body (its current rnilquetoast, ineffec tual character is the result of a October 30, 2002 5 Second-year Michael Gimignani and third-year Maxeme Tuchman. Photos of co-candidates second-year Sydney Nash and third-year Robert Schober were not available as the Catalyst went to press. and responsibility." Nash wants ganic mobilization of student to wants to be an accessible cointerest," he said. president. "I'm sort of the very, Admittedly, the duo does very practical one anyone not agree on everything, but can come to me," she said. that is part of their appeal. No While Nash brings her expe-one set of beliefs will be imple rience from the NCSA and Stumented into student govern dent Allocations Committee ment. "We are not attempting to secretarial duties, Schober push any of those things on the brings in the outside influence. students," Schober said. Rather, He has been involved in many he told the Catalyst, they seek student activities; most recently to "provide a very effective he designed the Palm Court marriage of the guiding princiParty T shirt, began the new lit-ples of New College." entlY pu ......... _. ... lllllllilllllllii. and is working on a commrttee ird own Meeting of the with Mark Blaweiss and Mike school year Wednesday, Oct. 30 Campbell involving the design at 5:30 p.m. in Palm Court. of the new dom1s. Gimignani, Thchman, Schober Schober hopes to work and Nash, and any late-break "Within the institution itself to ing presidential candidates will empower the students." 'I be given the opportunity to would like to see more of an orspeak at that time. lack of use), ruling over more cases and issuing more sanc tions. Punishments had an almost Dante-esque irony N taking the violation and invert ing it. You were smashing bottle ? You have to recycle everything from Palm Court and lst-through-3rd court for the next four Wall You put bubbles in the hot tub? You must report at 7:00 a.m. every day, for a week, to help the cleaning crew clean up the pool and tub. At other times, guilty people were lined up against a wall and shot with water guns. The whole point in punishment was to contribute to the common weal: to allow the wounded a laughing good time and to let the punished know that they had done wrong without doing them physical, fmancial or men tal harm. Recently, however, sanetions from the Court have come to be viewed not as a form of justice but as a form of inconve nience. (The Court has come to be viewed as a body for stu dents, not for justice itself.) Perhaps feeling that deterrence has no part in regulating law, friends of convicted parties have attempted to overturn jus tice by stacking Towne Meetings with sympathizers with the accused. In one memo rable instant, a guilty verdict was overturned by voters who freely and repeatedly admitted their friends' guilt. In an attempt to eliminate the sanctions against their friends, they also eliminated the record of guilt N an indulgent and unpleasant precedent that can only result in observed politicized irresponsi bility. A return to the Student Court's more active past should be its goal for the future.
6 The Catalyst UPCOMING EVENTS Partake in books at the Sarasota Reading Festival by Christopher DeFillippi If this Saturday you find yourself out driving as part of your Palm Court Party preparations, you might be wise to wing by downtown Sarasota to in dulge in the sights and sound of the fifth annual Sarasota Reading Fe tival. Although much of the Festival is geared towards encouraging reading in the young, featuring craft-booths as well as performers in storybook-char acter attire, the event (expected to draw over eighteen thousand participants) has enough to cater to all age groups Taking place between the hours of nine thirty to five at the Selby Public Library, Five Point Park, the Sarasota Opera House and the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, there is no charge to engage in the festivities, among which readings discussions, and book-sign ings by award-winning authors are included. Over the course of the Festival, eighteen different authors ranging from obscure novelists to New York Time Bestsellers talk about their works at various pavilions at scheduled times. In another segment, New College President Gordon 'Mike' Michalson will be moderating a discussion be tween three distinguished authors entitled "Tolerance and Diversity: The Challenges and Benefits of a Pluralistic Society,'' dealing with the repercussions of September 11 and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Included in the panel are Carol Berkin, a political historian; Bruce Feiler, a religious his torian, and Valerie Boyd, a biographer/ book critic. So even if you haven't explored much more of this city than its thrift stores and 24-hour eateries, for a day at least, you'll find Sarasota living up to its billboard claims as 'The Cultural Center of Florida.' The Sarasota Reading Festival will be bound to pro vide a day full of memories .. even if it is fo11owed by a night marked by their absence. Information from Sarasota-Herald Tribune used in this article. October 30, 2002 Buddhist scholar lecture canceled This event is now canceled due to ill ness. It is hoped that the lecture will be rescheduled for later this year. Board of Trustees Meeting Date and time: Saturday, November 9, 2002, 10:00 a.m. Place: Harry Sudakoff Lecture and Conference Center Agenda: Campus Master Planning, Rulemaking and Collective Bargaining Issue Asolo Theatre Announcement The A solo Theatre Company is pleased to present one of Neil Simon's funniest plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs, from November 15, 2002 to April 5 2003. This Saturday's Halloween Palm Court Party to be simply "Divine" by Michael Gimignani The ninth circle of Dante's Inferno was reserved for the treacherous, the trai tors to country, family, and neighbor. At the bottom of the circle was the solid lake which Lucifer himself was trapped in, his hideous wings simultaneously boiling and freezing everything in range. On Saturday, brazen Novo Collegians will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dance there. n1'0e>..,..1'7PT thi s 37th annu a l Halloween Palm Court Party hac; been fine-tun i ng hi s Di vine Comedy' theme for "a couple of month s now." 'This isn't something I just stumbled on, I spent a lot of time on this, and I think it'll be a pretty good PCP," Cox said. In order to transform Palm Court into the center of Hell, Cox and his he] pers are 1aying down ''tons of blue cellophane and tinfoil" everywhere to simulate ice. The lights win be turned off in Palm Court, to be replaced by six large blacklight fixtures generously donated by an unnamed New College alum. A large, inflatable ''bubble Satan," to represent the evil being who made it all possible, will rest somewhere close to the evil proceedings. Four large fog machines will run all night, further casting an ominous mirth over the area. As for the music, Cox characterizes his mix as a combination of "hip-hop and electrobreakbeats, with our own voices sampled in there as well." The voices and a "cast of characters," including Cox, will narrate the partygoers' descent through the Inferno, and the music supposedly corresponds, growing darker as the night wears on. If Hell grows tiresome, one can tra verse to 3rd Court Lounge, aka 'Purgatory.' Therein lies the age-old PCP tradition ofDJs spinning all night, includ ing several off-campus headliners as well as New College alum Dann Holmes, making a guest appearance from UCBerkeley. And, unlike those in the Ninth Circle, those for whom the tortures of Hell prove too much can leave and make their way to Hamilton Center, aka 'Heaven,' for some fine chill-out room action. Unlike some PCPs, this one will not have kegs of beer lying around. "They cause too many problems," Cox said. In fact, Cox stressed most of all the extent to which both New College police and extra security would cover the Palm Court area. Wristbands (colors to be announced) would be given to students, and only students and sponsored guests areal lowed at the PCP. "We'll have a booth in either Student Affairs or Ham Center so students can register their guests," said Cox. "I want nothing more than safety for this party. I want to make it clear we're serious, we will prosecute people who f--s--up." Another thing the PCP organizers are serious about is t-shirt design. The brain chlld of third-year Rob Schober, the shirts have the Inferno superimposed over Palm Court on the front and a 'map' of the Inferno, inlaid with New College references at every level, on the back. Already called by more than a few Novo Collegians the "most eagerly antic ipated PCP shirt in history," Cox printed only 150 due to the shirts' relative exorbi tance. The shirts are ten dollars; proceeds will go towards decorating Palm Court. The shirts should be on sale at press time, but may go too quickly for everyone to get their greedy little hands on them. '"The response was nothing like I had an ticipated. This is going to be one amazing PCP," he said. I ;.
EVENTS October 30, 2002 7 Booths make up most of the circus, selling crafts and food. or promoting causes Circus McGurkus: the "peoples' fair" by Maria Lopez Where ha e all the gon ? Circu. McGurkis hosted it 31st annual celebration in St. Petersburg on Satur day, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The atmosphere wa full of burning in cense. tie-dye, stone statues, healing beads, hemp. tained glass, coconut carved figures, and other various crafts. The them of the Circus McGurkis was Play Peacefully." Vendor sold hand made creations, most r asonably priced, either upp rting themselves or a particular cau e. The ause. repre sented at the fair ran!.!cd from Christ ian-in pired movements to Green Party campaigning, anti-war entiments, marijuana le(l'alization to stopping do me tic iolence, teen suicide prevention. and supporting midwifery. Repr senting the midwifery move ment was long-time regular nne Hirsch, who has been attending the cir cus fot the past 25 years. When asked about how the circus has e olved over the years Hir. ch said. or a few y ar the circus wa kind of small but it cem. to have gotten larger re ntl .. The circus used to be more pohtical than it i now. We need the circus now because \\ e need to be protesting the war: .1any at the fair rcfl ct d the. e amc beliefs a :-.ho n through their signs. art, nd conver. ation. Hirsch ea gerly poke about her upport for mid Wifery. 1idwifery care empowers see "Circus 1l1cGurkus,, next page REVIEW 'Punch Drunk ove': Nervous and Pathetic Fun ting gaffe or nervously retreating to a comer. But the performances of Sandler Be au e unlike a Big Daddy or a Mr. and Watson are vibrantly living. as their Deed yelling at some unctuous patsy character. awaken to the di tressing with self-as ured abandon, Barry Egan stirrings within them. Emily Watson and Adam Sandie star as social misfits finding a unique brand of love. b y Da vid Higgins Keep the title of writer/d1rector Paul Thomas Anderson's late t effort in mind as you watch it, and remember that }f you feel a bit uncomfortable or bemused, then it' working. "Punch Drunk Love" makes no attempt at being traightforward, in its portrayal of Jove or in it narrative technique The over all effect is intentionally off-kilter without ever being pointlessly bizarre, annoyingly pretentious, or carele sly alienating. Anderson, who e tablished him elf as a gifted auteur with hi pre vious effort "Boogie Nights" and 1 .. gnolia," ha a refre. hing creativity and attention to craftsmanship. He move through pace with measured dexterity and has an impeccable en e of timing and composition. Man-child Adam Sandler plays Barry Egan, a nervous, meek, and o cially awkward mall bu ine s owner with seven domineering i ters and a sometime illuppre sed rage. It is the role of Sandler' lifet1me, which i ay ing more for Ander on than it i for Sandler's previous roles. Sandler is ob viou ly comfortable as Barry, who has a simple and innocent nature but is stymied by the world and p ople around him and doesn't know how to deal with him. elf. He has w1control lable fits of crying, but most often we ee him bursting into fit of rage that are hesitantly hilariou The laugh Sandler evokes with Barry are different from the juvenile guffaw attempted by obnoxious buffoons like Happy Gilmore or Billy Madi on. Never was Adam Sandler growling. ''I'll fucking kill you!" funnier or more endearing. yells it with desperation at the forces Ander on's world is generally a di that have lowly trammeled him, tasteful p\a e It i.s a world of a crummy rn. I s po" r nLe""l7"1 =--=p.,..,.o int e s ou 111 run m we laugh at Barry, we arc laughing at o n d-mte garage, a wor l d of frivolo u his flaws and his frustration with his incorporate sweepstakes, of garish uper ability to deal with them. Are we markets traight out of a Radioh ad allowed to laugh at that? Sure. But ideo or an Andrea Gurs y photo Barry's anxiety and hi hall we ay, graph. Hawaii "feels like Hawaii," mental condition make u feel bad for Barry say as he gazes at the beach in him; he s genumely helpless. Isn't that the dark, in much the same way Spla. h kind of ad? Sure. And at the ame time Sun & Fun, the touri t trap on Tamiami, we're worried about Barry' control might 'fed like Florida.' It is thi world over him elf and what he might end up that has created, titled, and stunted doing-we're more afraid for him than Barry Egan. and there i omething o of him. Are we till allowed to laugh at poignantly comic in watching him nm that? Doesn't that ambiguity ma e us around in its bare. en dies white hall uncomfortable? The answer to both i ways. trying to find his way back to Sure. And ho Lena's apartment so he can kiss her. Emily Watson plays Lena Leonard, The joke i not that he can't find his Bany's le. but imilarly awkward love way. It's that he just left, that they did interest. The plot is simple enough. n't do it right the fir t time, that he' Barry's anxious, hesitant, and briljust going to tum around then and leave Iiantly quirky courtship of Lena is again. here is a similar chase scene, complicated a he is haras ed by a which begin as a humorou act of cow phone-ex cam arti t, but having a ardice on Barry'. part and tum into a lover and an antagoni t provides an outpathetic parody, and Ander on pull the let for h1s inner turmoil, and as his rug out from under the whole scene. relationship burgeon he begin. to Di comfiting? Ye Something about stand up for himself-well, ort of. But the laugh like omethmg about Barry Anderson's nontraditional technique and Lena's love, is not quite right. render any plot summary inconsequenBut that's the point. What happen tial to hi themes, which reveal when omeone has stumbleJ down to themselves primarily through hi. craft. the level that poor Barry ha ? It's a Nearly all the light in this film is hame that he's there, and we don't dead, a dead a theta teles ness of the want him to be there. but at least this i world all around. Characters are continthe best thing that can happen to him ua11y backlit and silhouetted again. t ince he' going to stay ther As Barry light harsher than a Oot1stein bedroom ay to Lena after their unique brand of with both switches on, or else they're pillow talk: muted in hadowy dim light. it' as "Thi. i. funny. Thi i nice. though the lighting it elf were commitAnd that's that.
The Catalyst EVENTS If hippies ran the circus I from "Circus McGurkus" previous page I women to take charge of their body and their life. It can be a very intimate family-creating experience: ew College third-year Julia Onnie-Hay wa al o attending the circu in support of a cause. Onnie-Hay, a member of the African Solidarity Committee was helping her other members work their food booth. When asked why so many people attend the circus, Onnie-Hay said, "This festival is a beautiful example of beauty and diversity, gathering a wide variety of arti ts, musician and food." Indeed the scents of spices and teamy hot morsels of organic foods hung in the air. Fir t-time vendor Sandy Miller said that she and her friend, second-year vendor, Blanche Badran, pe cialize in making deliciou falafel and variou Middle Ea tern food for the circu .. Some vendor u ed food a a mean to pread the word about their cause. Wanda Mile and her church group have been attend ing the circus for the past eight years. Mile said, "We ell baked goods and whatever crafts people make. Every year we have different stuff.'' Her table also was pa sing out free wooden eros e with the word 'Je u 'carved into them. A majority of the vendor however, were simply there to show off their amazing artwork and spread the word about their bu iness. Second-year vendor Joan eubie aid that the exposure at the circus helped her establish her jewelry busine s, Joan' Gem Neubie said of the circu "It i such a po. itive experience. There i a wonderful group of people who run it." The feeling at the circus wa definitely one of peace, love, and tranquility. Tampa resident Nella Bram has been attending the circu for about 15 years. Bram said, "It's an oppor tunity to connect with others in the community with a similar ense of sensibilitie I get to bring my daugh ter so he can experience the vibe:' A lot is to be aid for the Circus McGurkis Ia ting for the pa t 31 year No one there seems to be strangers, but rather undi covered friends. Bram reflected. "Circus McGurki does not change and that is what I love about it." Third-year Julia Onnie-Hay examines spices at the Circus. She attended to help serve food with other vol unteers from the African solidarity committee. Anti-war protest in Bradenton has New College participants