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THE Volume XV. Issue 1 ask yourself, is it worth it? JusT VISITING: Adjunct and visiting faculty teaching one-third of classes in the Humanities by Liz Palomo Anyone who glanced over the faculty list this fall was probably struck by the number of visiting and adjunct professors There are a total of six visiting profe or and 13 adjuncts. Jn the Humanities Diviion. the 12 visiting and adjunct professor comprise 34 percent of the total faculty, an unprecedented state of affairs What i the cause of thi madness, you ask? According to Humanities Division Chair Glenn Cuomo, one reason for the madnes is that two years ago the rule con cerning when a profe sor could go on leave changed In the pa t. professor had to wait six years before assigned re earch leave be came a po ibility for them; now they can go on leave after their third year. This change ha resulted in an increased number of professors going on assigned re search leave, and consequently, in more CocA-COLA by Sarah Zell With a collection of nearly 300 brand of beverage, the Coca-Cola Company is a model of variety. Their web ite explains. "the reason for this is simple: different people like different beverages at different times, for different reasons." Yet, ew College is a participant in a, exclusive Coca-Cola contract. With the start of the new academic year come the ab ence of variety in the cold beverage department of the C-store. For new and returning tudents. the College's decision i obviou in the lack of compet ing products. For all those late night caffeine addicts out there sorry, but there i no more Mountain Dew. Some alliances with the Univer ity of South Florida have urvived in spite of the independence proce s, and New College continue to enter into contracts with its former parent school. Where ew College benefits fmancially, USF is able to enter its Sarasota/Manatee branch student into the contract. By doing this, USF brings money to each of its branch carnpuse while increa ing profit for everyone. Revenue from these products is part of a conces ion account. made up of bever aae a well as snack foods from the b classes to replace. ''I guess to the outsider it seems like a lot [of adjuncts and visitors]," he said, "but in the past, if the professor was gone, so was the course. So we're meeting needs. and this is a desirable situa tion.'' The number of adjunct and visiting pro fessors is especially high in the Humanities Division by chance. President Michal on, who still holds his position of professor of humanities and Cuomo, a professor of German LanjsE "ADJl.iNCTs" PAGE S j Natural Social Humanities Total Sciences __ Number of visiting and 3 4 12 19 Percentage of total faculty 14/o 15/0 34/0 23o/o Number of classes taught 3 5 16 22 by visiting and adjunct faculty Percentage of total classes lnfonnation compiled from the faculty directory, the course catalogue and provid ed by the Humanities Division. (Graphic by Michael Sanderson and Liz Palomo.) The Cold Drink Account Manager and supplier for New College stocks Minute Maid, a Coca-Cola product, as part of the school's exclusive Coca-Cola contract. vending machines. This money is divided between New College and USF at about 60 percent and 40 percent, respectively. Last year, New College made an estimated $16,000. ''There's just not a lot of revenue there, even with the partnership. But it would be better, we believed than going at it alone," aid John Martin, Vice President of Finance and Administration. The University of South Florida, like many other chools in the state, put out a Request for Propo ai to let vendors know that they were interested in receiving bids. New College and the branch campuses of USF were included in the proposal, for the benefit of the individual campuses as well as the bid as a whole. USF Tampa ac cepted proposals from several leading beverage companies, but decided to take the contract with Coke. The inclusion of the branch campuses make the deal with USF more lucrative for Coca-Cola. By piggy-backing on the USF contract, New College gets a larger financial return, and eliminates I SEE "CoKE" PAGE 3 I September 11, 2002 ICTAl ST NSIDE MichaJson for President? The Catalyst may never have to retire our file photo of Pre sident Michal son, pro vided by the Office of Public Affairs. After spending most of the la t year publicly declaring he wasn't interested in the permanent presidency of New College, technically-interim the last possible moment. Trustee RoJJand V. Heiser, chair of the earch committee, said Michalson is one of 21 names under consideration. STORY, PAGE 3 The above mural is one of many chaotic images from New College's student "Band Room," which had many pur poses. ow it is abandoned, condemned, and almost for gotten. STORY, PAGE 8
NEWS Sep tember 11, 2002 2 The Catalyst Concept of "on-campus housing" strained Above, the trees of east campus are visible over U.S. 41 at the Ramada, and the runs close to the road. Right, the New College Hall at the Ramo.da, where a case of mistaken identity led to anmcident. (Photos by Sarah Zell ) by Christopher DeFillippi :retty actually. He seemed be coul d have When tudents think of the living situation at the npped the lock off of He askmg me Ramada Inn. many think about the availability of cable, repeatedly if I knew or tf he had the absence of a high-speed Internet connection, or the in my room. I kept telling him, mststmg, I had no 1
The Catalyst NEWS September 11, 2002 3 Michalson for President? PRESIDENTIAL by Michael Gimignani Just two weeks ago, it seemed that New College President Gordon ''Mike" Michalson was completely against con tinuing in his position after this year. However, Michalson announced August 30 that he had changed his mind. His application, submitted on Labor Day, adds his name to the list of potential can didates for permanent New College President. ''It appeared all of a sudden, but it was something we had been considering for some time," Michalson told the Catalyst "Mrs. Michalson and I had re all been u in the air about whether we were staying in Sarasota the burden of indecision was getting too much for us." The Board of Trustees appointed Michalson "acting interim" president at their first meeting, on July 14, 2001. In September of that year, the Board de cided to stick with him, dropping both "acting" and "interim" from his title while making him interim president until a permanent replacement could be found. At that time, and until very re cently, Michalson maintained he did not want the permanent po ition. In his application to the Presidential Search Committee, Michalson cited sev eral reasons for his about-face. He wrote that earlier in the year, he "considered for some time a move to Brown University." However, Michalson's wife Susannah had just taken a new teaching position at a local Montessori program, a school that many faculty children (in cluding the Michalsons' five-year-old son Elliott) attend. Susannah Michalson's desire to give the teaching job "a fair shot," along with Elliott's youth, discouraged the Michalsons from moving. "We said, 'We're happy here, our son's happy here, we work at two good institutions, let's stay put,"' Michalson said. "When we decided, I wasn't think ing of the presidency, it was just to clear up our collective family p yche ... but then I thought, 'I'm going to be at New Colle e for a while, what would I want to be doing? Whats my role?"' Another motive, as Michalson wrote in his application, was his "confidence that, however bright the College's past has been, its best days still lie ahead." 'The key," he continued, "is to keep The New College presidential search our eye squarely on the student-centered is covered under Florida's sunshine core activities of New College, which laws, which make nearly everything the are teaching, research, and community Committee does or writes a public affair. service. In short, our students are why All meetings of the Presidential Search we are all here." Committee, as well as all agenda and Trustee General Rolland Heiser, minutes from these meetings, are public chairman of the Presidential Search information. All the candidates were in Committee, was one of many who called formed early on of the open nature of the for Michalson to submit his name to the search. presidential search. Still, he was Heiser said that Michalson put forth adamant that Michalson was just one of a very strong, and well written, applica-21 names the Committee was actively tion that he was "very impre sed with," considering. and that Michalson was both a qualified "We have a process, and a formal academic and experienced administra schedule," Heiser told the Catalyst. "If tor. Last year, Heiser commended you look at the whole picture, of all of Michalson's work as President several the candidates that we are considering, times, calling him "as good a man as we some of them look like they could be could ever have in the position." pretty capable. We're just going to have Heiser also fondly remembered the to see." announcement of Michalson's decision, "We hope," Heiser continued, "in at the fall faculty dinner last week. 'The the coming weeks, to narrow the list standing ovation," he said, ''was proba down considerably, probably bring some bly one of the longest and loudest I've people in for formal interviews. Then ever heard." we'll hopefully have a final candidate in The next committee meeting is January." scheduled for this coming Friday, Presently there are 15 official candiSeptember 13, at 2 p.m. in the Soo Bong dates (including Michalson) with six Chae Auditorium. more "under special consideration." The Also, there are two large notebooks committee plans to invite five of these in the Cook Library, filled with the more 21 to visit formally the campus. From than SO applications already submitted those interviews the committee will deto the search committee for considera liberate over whom to recommend to the tion. Alternatively, notebooks \n the Florida B9ard of Education, w\lic the finaJ powers ... When asked if he would participate in a formal interview and visit at the col lege he already works, Michalson replied simply, "Yes. Whatever it takes." seriously considered. Heiser "encourages anyone who has some time to take a look." Always Coca-Cola: It's the only thing haven't seen the contract, so I can't tell anyone that they're doing anything wrong." &c. from the editors: The minutes for the S.A.C. Marathon Allocations of last Sat urday will not be printed this week, due to space considerations. It's not because the S.A.C. only gave the Catalyst money for our tirst two is sues. Really. I FROM "COKE;, P4Gl'; 1 I the need to haggle with multiple vendors. "It is less of a hassle for me to order from [Coca-Cola] than several ven dors," said Convenience Store Manger Tina Jajo. Conversely, Jajo also recog nizes the vulnerability of having a single beverage upplier. "It's better for me to be able to diversify. It's supply and demand." The increased returns from the con tract go into what is called a concession account. This money is routed to sev eral different places, including Student Affairs, Residence Life, the President's Office and the academic divisions. While it is recognized that these funds come at the cost of variety, Martin said, "No matter which way you go with an exclusive agreement, you're going to have happy campers and not-so-happy campers." The student body was not consulted, although the bidding was done in the spring of 2002 and the decision final ized during the summer, there is no reason why students should not have been involved in the process. "I don't know why students weren't consulted," said Martin. "That was a mistake, they should have been.'' When questioned about reactions from students, Sodexho Manager Jerry Dixon said he received little feedback despite the lack of involvement. "It's not unusual," he said, "to have this type of an arrangement in the food service industry. The employees seem to be a little unaccustomed-they're used to supplying whatever the customer wants." "People aren't really bothered by not having Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper, but they are bothered by not having Mountain Dew," said Jajo. ln an effort to satisfy students, Jajo is able to take advantage of a slightly problematic situation: no one at New College has seen the Coca-Cola con tract. "I don't want to see another ven dor's cooler in here," said Wayne Turenne, Cold Drink Account Manager and supplier for New College. "I Dixon said, ''We don't want to put products on the shelf and have to take them off three days later, but there is no black and white. We don"t know pecif ically what we can and can't do." When asked if the Four Winds Cafe had to be in compliance with the con tract's guidelines, Martin responded, "Yes, they would be in violation if they were selling Pepsi products. There is an opportunity to clean out old stock. I think they were open a little bit over the summer maybe, but they need to clean out the old stock." Chris Sabatelli, Manager of the Four Winds Cafe, had heard of the contract, but )mew nothing of its effects on the cafe. "If they want me to know, then some body should tell me," Sabatelli said. In the meantime, the coolers in the cafe remain stocked with Pepsi products. You can use the money you put on your ID card at the library or Pal mer A computer lab (for copying and printing) to buy Coca-Cola from the vending machines in Hamilton Cen ter -and it will charge you only $.55! Donate that extra nickel (or quarter, if you compare it to the Cstore) to the Save the Catalyst fund. Anyone want to buy a Catalyst T sbirt? No, seriously-the S.A.C. suggested we do this as a fund raiser. It will be "well-designed." We could sell naming rights. ''The Domino's Pizza New College Catalyst" has a nice ring to it. Yeah.
FEATURES September 11, 2002 4 The Catalyst Reviving the creative spirit of New College by Abby Weingarten Over su hi last week, thesi -student Katie Helms and Visiting Professor of Sculpture Jacquehn Boulanger talked art. At Helms' request to meet with the new profe or outside of class, Boulanger ug ge ted dinner. "It was just cool," said Helms. "We talked and walked around St. Annand's Circle, went in a couple hops, and. just hung out." The two discussed the direc tion Helms' artwork was taking and brainstormed for thesis ideas. After this unique appointment, Helms said, "I like the creative spirit on this campus IS really revived," and he is among several who share this sentiment. Revival is one term to describe stu dents' resurgence of enthusiasm about visual arts. This time last year many were wondering whether this program was even going to exist at New College in the future. The only two members of the Visual Arts faculty were both on their way out. After a 30-year career, Distingui bed Lecturer in Fine Arts Gail Mead was set to retire at the end of the spring session. Though in her third year here, As istant Profe sor of Sculpture Leslie Fty also decided to resign. The Di'YW.on was sttuck with two academic year and limited search time. Division Cbair Glenn Cuomo began looking for visiting professors that would be able to teach four courses each, sign area of concentration forms, sponsor se nior projects and sit on baccalaureate committees. Luckily, applicants for these spots abounded, and after a long string of candidate presentations, the two were se lected. Helm who attended orne of the ap plicants' slide talks, said, ''I think that they definitely chose the best two people for the campus." For the 2-D position, Young Moon fit the bill. He was highly qualified to teach all levels of drawing, painting, and mixed media, including silkscreen. Born in South Korea, Moon and his family immigrated to Montreal when was 16. He is an Associate of the Ontano College of Art & Design, and Master of Fine Arts from the Califorrua Institute of the Arts. He was a teaching fellow at the Harvard School of Visual and Environmental Arts for three years, tutored and in tructed at the Lowell House, and went on to get another Master Degree from the Harvard School of Education last June. "I like to think of myself as an artist who just happen to specialize in paint in C1 he said. His work, which he '' describes as "very eclectic and abstract, has been exhibited in Toronto, Seoul, Los Angeles, and Boston. Moon said about teaching at New College, ''It's exciting. It's a very good chance to renew and reinvigorate the program." One student taking Moon's class is has been involved in visual arts since his t.trSt year here. After his second class with Moon, he told his friend Helms, ''I could already feel myself maturing as an artist." Helms said, "I think that really says omething about how much of a differ ence he's going to make on this campus." The same has been said about Boulanger in 3-D. A native of the Osage Tribe, she was lnrm"-f'Wt nfl,,tll,.,.,,, right are the visiting visual arts professors Young in 2-D and 3-D. (Moon photo by Abby Weingarten; Boulanger courtesy herself.). born and raised on an Indian reservation about bridging the gap between the 2-D in Oklahoma." It was awesome," and 3-D divisions, a problem that has she said. ''It was true diversity. We lived plagued the program since its inception. next door to the chief. Now I look back "We are thinking of fmding some on it and I realize how special it really ways so that students will not perceive was." She stayed there until she was 23, this facility as this is my area, that's her but the poor economy impelled her to area,'" said Moon. leave and she moved to Tallahassee. Fourth-year Colleen Powell is an-There, she received her Bachelor of other student pleased with the new Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Florida faculty.'"This being a small school where State University, and taught contempoyou don't get to have very many faculty cary fiber arts (surface design and members in the art department, it is interweaving) there for seven years. She speesting to have this opportunity to work cializes in metal fabrication and foundry under a completely different set of peo work. ple," she said. ''I think it is advantageous ''I'm basically an iron geek," she said. for those people who didn't get along .. 1 do a lot of travelina to pour iron. I use with the philosophies of either of the prea lot of nature as my patterns and translate vious instructors." them into art ." She has exhibited her Students and faculty alike have comwork in illinois, New York, New Jersey, mented on this new, positive ambiance and Michigan as well as in the Southeast. surrounding the Visual Arts program. Her most recent solo exhibition was in "It's these creative people, said Cookville, Tennessee and received one of Boulanger. "They bring a fresh perspec the best turnouts yet-standing room tive. The opportunity is here to do only. something really dynamic. I think people Moon and Boulanger are already are hungry for it." working together, and both are adamant Cafe update: New staff, raspberries make Four Winds blow strongly by Whitney Krahn Where else on campus but the Four Winds Cafe can you choose from an array of breakfast teas (English or Irish), have food brought to your table (courtesy of a friendly barista), or catch Professor Pak's son Evan reading Highlights in the middle of the after noon? It would be an unlikely event to find any of the above anywhere else on campus. What isn't unlikely is finding recent graduate Chris Sabatelli working hard at the cafe. After being the only applicant for the job, Sabatelli took on the job of manager of the Four Winds in June. Despite the theft of $50 in donations for the "couch fund" this past summer and the demolition of an upstairs stor age unit that violated fire codes, Sabatelli managed to open the cafe in an unprecedented fashion: the Four Wirids was up and running the week of orientation, even hosting an open mic night Friday, August 23. "It was my goal to open early," Sabatelli explained. It seems as though the little cafe, flanked by the Anthropology Lab and a tire swing, is on a roll. Be on the lookout for more open mic nights to come. The Four Winds opens its doors to acoustic bands, students looking for a place to bold tutorials, and artists hoping to dis play their work. Currently, thesis-student Katie Helms' blown ink gallery hangings can be found on the walls. Sabatelli also encourages new comers to get involved iri the action. "If there are any first years that want an event to happen, they should think of tbis place.'' Sabatelli 's enthusiasm over the hap penings at the Four Winds has led to a few new menu items. Upon returning to the cafe this fall, you will be invited to share his excitement over one of the lat est additions: raspberries. Anticipate raspberry goodness in smoothies. bev erages, and other menu options. Also look forward to sandwiches made with baguettes. And why not make the trek from College Hall to Palm Court a little more enticing by stopping at the Four Winds first to try out the homemade hummus with a cup of gourmet Cafe Kaldi coffee. (Cafe Kaldi is locally owned and operated by a man in Bradenton.) Those with a growling stomach may opt for a burrito. Sabatelli has a soft spot in his heart for them: "I wanted the burritos to be better than they were last year." Those seeking on-campus employ ment at the Four Winds will have to wait. Apparently, the cafe is as much fun to work at as it is to dine in. Thirty one applications were submitted for only five or six available positions. Though Sabatelli is "really pleased with the staff," be said "There were people who didn't get it [the job] that I wish could have." Interestingly, one of the new hires is first-year student Katrina Gallo, who is in charge of the catering department that the Four Winds is trying to build. "It's something that could grow into a really great source of revenue," Sabatelli ventured. Already, the cafe has catered events for the Admissions Office and the Alumnae/i Association. Parents of in coming students were invited for coffee during the week of orientation and prospective students who visit New College are given $5 vouchers for the Four Winds from the admissions office. Since its birth in 1998, the cafe has developed into a reputable venue to be enjoyed by all who grace the campus. It is evident that Sabatelli understands the importance of this sh.IO.ent-owned and operated institution when he said, ''The Four Winds really is a working exam ple of the New College ideaL" Although Sabatel1i reminds every one, "Scrape your plates, people!"
The Catalyst NEWS 5 September 11, 2002 New strings attached to B ht F rig utures almost meaningless at New College by Crutlin Young p Newly in tituted Futures re-rovost Callahan stated that "speeding through qurrements are causmg confusion for CLEP test will be admini tered on campus sometime in the upcoming weeks. Kathy Allen in the Registrar's Office i setting up the testing pro gram, and it is currently thought that the tests wUl be given in her offic on a regularly scheduled basi fir_-st-years and coun_ elors alike Starting college IS not "a goa} that is compati.b} th With cia s of 2002 high chool graduates, e WI are Bright Futures ScholarNew College's honors liberal ts '' ship rectptents mu t earn or at least ar IDISSIOn. try to earn -_five college credits through Bright Future recipients. If a student is the use of "acceleration option able to 'CLEP a course,' that mean the by advancing tudents through college a The e credits can come in the form of fa t as possible. Provo t Charlene Calla succe sfully pa sed advanced placement state only have to pay $46, instead of han stated that "speeding through (AP) the equivalent tuition for the course. 11 or mtemat10nal baccalaureate (ill) A co_ ege lS not a goal that t s compatt.ble Announcements will be distributed to the campus once the final details have been decided upon. The te ts do not have to be attempted until the spring term of one' incoming year. t any o_f Florida's other public uni exam dual enrollment credits, or Col-With New College's honors liberal art 1 L I E versttte this new testing requirement mission." ege eve xarrunattOn Program would allow student to skip past intro(CLEP) te t attempts. d One might argue that earning CLEP The Bright Future Testing Program cla es for which they were credit repre ent the other end of the Use your system ID and pin num ber (received in a mailing from DOE over the summer) to check how many credit you have already, and which tests you are applicable to take. wa created by the 2001 Florida ea r prepared Because New College 'student engagement' spectrum" she Legislature to "provide for greater u e of doesn t allow skipping introductory aid. acceleration programs" for Academic cour es, the te ts aren't much help. The A pecial dis pen ation for New and Merit Sch 1 It d ds procedure is not a complete waste, as ap-Colleg_e is unlikely. Since the tesrm g proo ars. eman up to five propnately high CLEP, AP, IB, etc., CLEP tests to be taken which, if passed, s be gram 1s part of legislation, any waiver would allow the student to move past incores cru: counted toward fulfilling would al o have to be legi lated. While, Go to: http://www.myjloridaeducation.com/ brfuturel trod t I D the new Ltberal Arts requirements according the Callahan, the Flori da uc ory c asses. e pite this, credit However, they will not be entered as hours earned this way are not deducted tr Department of Colleges and Universitie cheduled hours of elthat have been accepted will be listed, tgt e program was instituted to dents to pas over introductory level along with all the available CLEP tests. help conserve Bright Futures' heavily classes, either. can do in this regard. Te ts range in topic from biology to taxed Over 80 percent of in-state The acceleration r uirements were Stude?ts view their credit s tatu German to we tern civilization. The first studentsmthestateuniversitysystemare fi "all d the Department o f fiveCLEP arefree,and s tudyguidesare s rnan c t oa u ca tlon web s t te ( ee box). Any c redi ts available for download Record number of adJuncts and visiting professors make new opportunities guage and Literature, had to stop teaching some of their classes due to their positions. Profe sor of Philo ophy April Aakne got a fellowship to do research in Budapest, and is also on maternity leave. Both of the fine art professors have been temporarily replaced, and a number of profe sors are on assigned re earch leave. Two of the adjuncts are professors of acting, so they are addition rather than replacements. In ad dition, Cuomo said he hopes to fmd a creative writing professor for the spring, so that will be another adjunct. "We're ac tively seeking to establi h con nections with the talent in Sara sota and to bring that talent into New College," he aid. A visiting professor is one who i on a contract to teach for a relatively brief period of time, anywhere from a modual to two years, during that time can serve as a contract sponsor or thesis advisor, and can sit on baccalaureate committees. An adjunct profes or usually teaches one course, cannot spon sor contracts or theses, and can not sit on baccalaureate commit tees. They may teach for one semester or for a longer period. One vi iting adjunct at New College this fall is Dr. Francis fessor of Music Stephen a perfonnance at Sainer Pavilion of his composition Cannibai Caliban, which was recently performed at the Roaring Hooves Festival of new music in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. while he is on as igned re earch leave for the semester. Schwartz has served as Dean of the Humanities College and Di rector of Cultural Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico, and hi music is regularly per formed around the world. He was given the prestigious acco lade Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government. His polyartistic creation Mon Oeuf, "a miniature theatre sculpture with electronic sounds, aromas, tactile timula tion and temperature manipula tion," according to a flyer pro moting Schwarts' work, was at the Pompidou Center and later the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Composer John Cage has called Schwartz's work "beauti ful" and "important." Schwartz is teaching Music Theory. ''I'd like [the students] to explore the various pos ibilities that music has," he said, "and instead of thinking strictly within the tradition of mu ical composition with instrument or voice, I think of the possibil ity of doing a piece, for exam ple, for harp, flute, and refriger ator. Or the po sibility of doing a piece for voice, electronic ounds, and faucets." This Another new adjunct profes sor this emester is Sharon Ry bak, wfio is replacing her hus band, Professor Jose Alberto Portugal, and teaching interme diate Spanish. Before she came to New College, Rybak taught at Middlebury College and has recently published a largely au tobiographical novel about coming of age in Guatemala, where he lived from age 4 to 17. Rybak said of New College students: I've been really im pre sed because I fmd that a lot of them, on first impression, are really very self-motivated; they're not thinking, 'What do I need to do to get an A?' but rather seeing what they're do ing as an end in itself. A lot of them, even if they're just fulfill ing requirements, genuinely want to know Spanish, o it's pretty exciting; it' a very good ambiente [atrno phere]." But not all visiting profesors are new to New College. Barbara Hick vi iting a sis tant profe or of political ci ence, came in th e fa ll o f 2001 Jacquelin Boulanger, Visiting Assistant Professor of VJSUal Arts Alissa Branham, Visiting Instructor of Philosophy Pablo Brescia, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish Frank Chaich, Adjunct In tructor of German Robert Con table, Adjunct Assi rant Professor of Music Jane Dagon, Adjunct As istant Professor of French Matthew Day, Visiting As i tant Professor of Religion TJ Geist, Adjunct As i tant Profe sor of Acting Lucinda Holshue, Adjunct Associate Professor of Acting Young Moon, Visiting A i tant Professor of Vi ual Arts Sharon Rybak, Adjunct Instructor of Spanish Francis Schwartz, Adjunct Professor of Music Natural Sciences: Ty Giltinan, Adjunct Instructor of Computer Sciences Jitendra Upadhyay, Adjunct Profe sor of Cherni try Social Science: Lara Embry, Adjunct Instructor of Psychology Barbara Hicks, Visiting As istant Profe or of Political Science Etienne Pracht, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Chemba Raghavan, Visiting As istant Professor of Psychology (List courtesy directory provided by Registrar's Office) and is serving a contract advior and thesis sponsor for sev eral tudent as well as sitting in on a number of baccalaureate committees. She replace Pro fessor Keith Fitzgerald, who is on re earch leave. Before she came to New College, Hicks taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her current research is on global environmental movements; becau e of this, she is teaching a class on Global En vironmental Conflicts, as well as International Relations. On her experience at New College, she said, "I think the whole ap proach to writing and reading is different here I think that's quite exhilarating. People ex pect to write and rewrite, and they're very motivated. I fmd that rewarding."
6 The Catalyst NCSA NEWS CITF Projects progressing at "state speed" by Sydney Nash After all the talk last erne ter about the $200,000 ew College would be re ceiving from the Capital Improvement Tru t Fund (CITF), it' only natural to wonder what exactly is happening with the money. ''Thing are progres ing at tate peed with CITF," said ew College Student Alliance Pre ident Andrew Ho ack. ew College ha re ceived the CITF money, and several project have been approved and range in tatus from recently approved to complete. CITF money i received periodi cally by New College and other state chools in order to improve student amenitie The New College Fitness Center was constructed u ing CJTF money, and is maintained by the NCSA. All project mu t be tudent ini tiated, and the student who suggest them areal o responsible for eeing the project through to the end." You can't ju t come to u and ay, 'I want thi done,' and have that be the end of your involvement," explained Hos ack. Although current 'CSA repre entative help where they can, it is ultimately up to the student to make &et them baC to Six project have already been approved, including major projects such as putting a dark room in Hamilton Center and adding a patio in back of the Four Winds Cafe. Two project carpet ing the "Fishbowl" conference room in Hamilton Center and replacing the dou ble glass doors on Hamilton Center, were completed over the ummer. Two more projects are approaching comple tion. Fir t-year Laura Ginsburg is spearheading a project to purchase kayak for student use; the project has been approved and the kayaks have been ordered. The other project, im proving the electronic music tudio in Caple hould be finished within a few weeks thank to the efforts of third-year Audrey Troutt, a mu ic/phy ics major. The other two projects, Hamilton Center renovations and the Four Wind addition, require contracting with contruction companie and are more complicated. Both will be contracted through Hennes ey Construction, the campus contractor, according to Director of Phy ical Plant Richard Olney. The Hamilton Center project in volves renovating the rooms south of the Gender and Diversity Center, in the location of the old Publication Office. Plan include building a darkroom, which will come complete with a dark room teaching a sistant, a new band room, and a place for the silkcreening equipment that has been used to print PCP and other T-hirt in the pa t. South of University Boulevard there i a now-condemned building belonging to ew College that u ed to hQuse the band room and till contain the silk screening equipment. "We're not trying to fix that building we're getting the (See tory page 8). Money ha been allocated for the ar chitect to come and evaluate the work to be done to Hamilton Center, but that is the only money that has been allo cated to the project so far. This will be but a small portion of the money needed to complete the renovations, and Ho ack anticipate thi project u ing up a large portion of the CITF money. "We said that the darkroom was a project that we were willing to spend a ignificant amount of money on; it' something that' in very high demand," he aid. The Hamilton Center project will also require ongoing money to keep up with the darkroom equipment and to pay a T.A. However, Andrew Ho sack doe not ee this a a problem. "The NCSA certainly has enough room in its budget to include a darkroom and a dark room T.A.," he said. None of the other project appear to require any money for sustainment. Con truction should begin on Hamilton Center thi semester. Right now the architectural drawings are being finished and will oon be submit ted to Henne ey. "I would think that the construction prints for the Hamilton Center band room and darkroom should be available within 15 to 30 days," aid Olney. "Once the con truction com pany have [the drawing ) they should be able to start con truction within 30 days." The final project that has been ap proved is the Four Winds permaculture project. Plans for the Four Winds came out of a permaculture tutorial offered Ia t seme ter. In addition to planting variou vegetables, trees, and other porch area to the Four Winds Cafe and a back door to open on to the new porch area. Although money i yet to be allo cated to this project, the architectural drawings have been completed and have been given to the construction company, Olney said. "[Hennessey] should be able to begin construction on the orth door within 30 to 60 days,' he aid. Hossack anticipates some fund remaining after these projects are September 11, 2002 Approved Projects Back of Hamilton Center Include dark room, ilkcreen equipment, and band room Status: Approved. Architectural drawing in the works. Money allocated: $3,200.00 o far Hamilton Center Cafeteria Doors Status: Completed. Money allocated: $14,365.72 Fishbowl Carpet Statu : Completed Money allocated: $3,636.30 Kayaks Status: Kayak have been purchased and should be delivered within next few weeks. Money allocated: $3,040.36 Electronic Music Studio ew equipment for Caples tudio. Statu : Equipment has been pur cha ed. Should be completed within next few weeks. Allocation: 4,785.73 Four Winds Permaculture. Include planting, building porch area, and creating back door. J't.oonJved. Architectural draw-completed. A few smaller project are awaiting approval, such as new wall equipment and weatherproof coverings for wall equipment. Although he is still accepting project proposals, Hossack will most likely not approve any larger projects until the already approved pro jects have been completed and he ha a better idea of what money will be left. Election results: Dark horse Ian "Guapo" Thomas captures Library Committee First Year Sac HeutiJer Rusle) 58 Jeanell Innerurity 53 Ryan Compton 39 Katrina Bueter 24 Bryson Voiron 15 Not Ryan Compton 12 One-vote write-ins: Alicia Traurig, Gabriel Defazio, Bryce Healy, Mr. T, Molly Robinson, Ben Haber, Danny WoodJohn Cu ack, Jan Schneider, Jan Schneider's Hu band, Someone Les Uptight Student Life Rep Michael GimigiUJJii 131 One-vote write-ins: Donald Duck Jan Schneider 1 Mateo Duque 1 Gender Studies Rep Alicw "Solomon" Traurig 112 Chri toper Altes 2 One-vote write-ins: Pee Wee Hennan, Mr ice Guy, Jan Schneider. Mateo Duque lnternationaJ Studies Rep Knstin Vekusi I 00 One-vote write-ins: Justin Vickers, Elizabeth Jammal, That Stoned Guy who Shake People' Hands, Mateo Duque, Jan Schneider, Siggy Enviromental Studies Margie Stieren 79 Eric "EFF' Rirnm-Hewitt 20 One-vote write-ins: Mr T, Thomas Patterson, Jan Schneider, Mateo Duque Joint Facilties Planning Margie Stieren 90 Jo h Gange 2 One-vote write-ins: Damayanti Byars, Not Matt Mazzuckelli, Mateo Duque Jan Schneider, ot Margie Stieren, Spike Jonez, Brian Lee Bonfonti, Mr'l. Titu Jewell,lan "Guapo" Thomas Library Commitee Jan Guapo" Thomas 17 Brian Lee Bonfonti 14 Jo h Gange 14 Shannon Carpenter 13 One-vote write-ins Sara Kemme, Mr T, Kerry Rock, Graham Coreii-Allen, Aron Kandi April Wagner, Christoper Altes, Anyone But Brian Lee Bonfonti, Conrad Helms, Katie _Maggie, Ben Haber, Mary Whelan, Shannon Dunn, Eugene Dalid, Mateo Duque, Jan Schneider, Zeeshawn Hafeez Fitness Center Rep Shannon Carpenter 42 Brian Cody 9 Katie Maggie 3 Two-vote write-ins Chri toper Alles, Zach Blackburn, Eric Blair, Andrew Jay, Hot Karl, Gigi Shame Bill Werner, Cody Zratzmer One-vote write-ins Hulk Hogan, Ian "Guapo'' Thomas, Matt Williams, Andrew Jay, Mateo Duque, Amelia Bird, Zec hawn Hafeez, Elizabeth Ja}llmal, Betty Page, Jan Schneider, Eric "EFF" RimmHewitt, Danny Wood, Alf Admissions Rep Brian Cody 24 Eugene Dalid 7 Mateo Duque 3 Devon Barrett 3 Sam Holland 3 Sarah Turk 2 Bill Werner 2 One-vote write-ins Yair Kagan, Matt William Audrey Trout, Jeb Bu h, Jan Schneider, Catherine Harris. Rachel Morri Eric "EFF" Rirnm Hewitt, Ian "Guapo" Thomas. Mr T, Danny Wood, Hot Karl, Eric Robert Rudolph, Christoper Alte Siggy, John Sampson, Candice Fallon, Holschreiden? Education Policy Planning Committee Eugene Dalid 40 Bill Werner 2 One-vote write-ins Jim Jone Christoper Alte Kathleen Harra, Or on Welle Eric "EFF" Rimm-Hewitt, I am Mickey, Ian "Guapo," Thomas, Jan Schneider, Mateo Duque Thanks to Etecutil'e Vice Marl.. Henf:gt for providing the. e result .l, and for running the election.
The Catalyst SEPTEMBER 11 RE:MEMBERED BY NEW COLLEGE by David Higgins The indelible date of September 11, 2001 has invaded the national con sciousness more quickly than U.S. troops could invade Afghanistan. Now, one year later, those troops are still kicking around in the Afghan dust searching for clues and culprits, while Americans are till kicking around in the memory of 9111 searching for comfort and catharsis. In the New College memory, images of terror are contiguou to image of the shocked crowd assembled in Hamilton Center and the sound of Air Force One flying above Viking. In the spirited New College tradition, there were protestors and activists, while in the traditional New College spirit, there were un precedented ideas and things that had never been done before. President Bush was speaking at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota on the morning of the eleventh, while Air Force One was parked at Sarasota Brad enton International Airport in New College's backyard. Naturally, Novo Collegians flocked to celebrate th eedom to ote t. Among them, second-year Craig Shuetze watched as the presidential motorcade entered Booker Elementary between 8:00 and 8:30. "We sat out there and protested for maybe an hour," said Shuetze, dur ing which time the World Trade Center and the Pentagon came under attack. None of the protestors knew what had happened. Said Shuetze, "Just as we were leaving, we saw a motorcade starting to leave, but we didn't really think anything of it. We biked home to COMMENTARY Hamilton Center in the aftemoon on September 11, 2001. (File phot.olby David Samrese) see if the protest had made the news." It hadn't. The Hamilton Center television, tuned to CNN, was flooded with the now familiar images of disaster and tragedy. "We didn't think it wa. really real," said Shuetze. Second-year Joe McCue was in a meeting with a professor when the planes hit. "He got a phone call from his wife," said McCue, "and he passed the information on to me. He said, 'It's really kinda spooky.' From there, the day ju t got kinda spookier." Administration went into crisis mode. Mark Blaweiss, Dean of Students: "The first thing that we wanted to do was try to set up a center here on this side of campus for infor mation and for help. Working with the Media enter and others. we got Sudakoff and Hamilton Center set up with televisions .. got a hold of my staff and counseling, the campus ministry, the RAs started getting tis s ues, snacks and stuff ... Food service de cided they were going to serve lunch outside the cafeteria so the students could sit and watch the TV in Ham Center .... "That whole day was spent simply triaging." In the immediate hysteria and confusion, fifth-year David Barnett said, "I was afraid for my safety, but I was also afraid for my freedom." Luckily. it wasn't long before President Bush reas ured that "Freedom will be de fended." Pre ident Bu h's motorcade drove down Gen. Spaatz to access the tar mac, directly behind the Hamilton Center Classrooms. Air Force One was a possible target. Blaweiss said, "My first fear was, the president's here, and if they're targeting us, it's not just that I don't like him that much, but please get out of town as fast as you can, thank you very much." Third-year Stefanie Marazzi, who had been among the Bush protestors earlier that morning, said, "It was sort of ironic that 1 had been seeing the President drive by and yelling at him. 'Not my president!' and then all of a sudden ... we're in this moment of na tional crisis and everyone's urging solidarity towards the President .... I felt a little bit more sorry for him, but I think we should be as critical of him as ever." September 12 saw an All College Town Hall-style dialogue attended by faculty and students. "To me, the immediate effect was-and I don't mind sharing emo-September 11, 2002 7 tions-1 really went home that night and cried-in pride. At the way stu dents responded and the maturity they showed," said Blawei ''Suddenly tht:re was a viable rea on for people to stump for war. whether it was for the right reason o not. And that was an intere. ting thmg to see at 1 1ew College. and it \\as an interesting thjng to see a massively negative reaction to\\ ard that view point,'' said McCue. Tashia Bradley, Gender and Diversity Coordinator. cited the of dtverse views on campus and com pared the reaction at New College to that of USF: "We were more inte11ectually trying to explore it, whereas they were more like. 'What the heck is going on?'" Bradley stressed the need to combine New College's intellectual ism with a practical application, for people to learn from events and "use the information to continue on." Adds Blaweiss, ''We still think New College, of all places, as a pro gressive liberal arts college, is the best place to be to counter the e types of things from happening again." 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8 The Catalyst INSIDE THE BAND ROOM by Maria Lopez A New Co11ege student drive up Tamiami Trail, before the Clas ic Car Museum but after P l easure they pas a virtually unknown piece of New College property: the band room. Most New College students are entirely unaware of its exi tence because it ha fallen into such a state of di repair over the years that it has been condemned. Studen t Govenunent Comptroller Barbara B e rggren said that the band room h as been aro und since 1 964. It was a m otel in tho e day s then it w as a book tore ... then it later became a band room." Now in the band room wires poke out of various crevices, pieces of ceiling and them. Thesis-student Julian Frazier, who h as had much experience with the s ilks creen eq uip m e nt, r e m e m bers how the band room was once used. 'The band room originally was a place for bands to practice but the darkroom that's what kept the band room alive. Silk screen equipment was often neglected and misused." Additionally, many Palm Court Party decorations and student art projects have been con tructed there. Alena Scandura, coordinator of tu dent activitie provided a detailed description of how the band room came to be condemned, in an e-mail to the http://www ncfedu/UniversityPolice/pagesiP ublications.htm Police Activity Reports/Alerts 082602, 11 : 03 AM: A New College student reported that her bike had been stolen from the Palmer B Dorm bike rack The bike had been ecured to the rack with a combination lock and chain, which was also missing. Total los i $83.00. As the bikes serial nwn ber was on file at UPD, we were able to enter it in the FCIC computer as stolen Catalyst. ''I t was a disaster. I was told b y Richard O lney, [D irec tor of the P hy ic al Plant], that the problem with the b uil d i ng is that it was not up to code. He sta t ed that he tried to steer the state fire marshal from the ite. I tepped up my responsibility, maintained the key check-out list an d held tudents accountable for any prob lems. It was till considered condemned, but we were to give acces Sometime after ovember 1999, a meeti n g was h eld to d iscuss the issue of w h at was to be done with the b and roo m. It w as held in the b a nd room and attend e d by Rachel Morris, the then president of the NCSA; Richard Olney, director of the Physical Plant; Mark Blawei s, then di rector of Student Affairs; J.D. Withrow, then USF marshal, all came together in a meeting to evaluate further use of the facility. At the meeting th e tate fire mar s h al, N a mon Burke determined that there was no other emergency exit, the plumbing was a di aster and the fire alarm system needed to be brought up to date. Scandura said, "We were told by the fire marshal and by Dick Olney that the facility cannot be used, even temporarily. Apparently, Dick had placed himself on the line by allowing us to do this to begin with." Recently, funding was allocated to transfer the silkscreen equipment, as well 082602, 12:10 AM: A New College student residing at the Ramada Inn reported that a female tudent who also resides there told him she was acco ted by a man in a black vehicle somewhere along U.S. 4l. The com plainant would not reveal the name of the female student, citing confidentiality con cern Investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding this incident. 082202, 9:40 AM: A New College student reported that his digital camera was taken from the Palm Court area after he inadver tently left it in the area. The camera was valued at approx $250.00 081902, 3:03PM: UPD investigated a traffic crash involving a bus that struck an unoccu pied vehicle in Parking Lot 4, (Sudakoff Center/Hamilton Circle access). There was approx. $ 1,700.00 damage between the two September 11, 2002 The New Co ll ege b a n d room: abandoned, co ndemne d and forgo tt en. Above, the ban d room seen from U.S. 4 1 Above ri gh t inside t h e band room Below righ t the i lk screening e qu i p ment. ( Ph otos b y Sara h Z e ll .) as dark room supplies, from the old band room to a back office in Hamilton Center. An architect has been appointed for this renovation." I don't know what plans are in the works for that current space [the vehicles. The operator of the bus was cited for improper backing 081302 11 : 03 AM: An officer was flagged down just off campus at U S 41 & Edwards Drive (Campus Post Office area) reference a reported vehicle burglary that had just occurred at Kenyon Boat Sales & Rental The victim, a witness, and suspect were all still present. Officers detained the uspect until Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies anived and placed him under arrest for the offense. 081202, 5:14 AM: Sarasota Emergency Communications notified UPD that a suspi cious female was knocking on doors in the Uplands area (off campu ). They requested that UPD respond to the area until a Sarasota Sheriff's Deputy could arrive, as the Deputy was some distance away Officers located old band room] aid Scan dura "I was told that the entire area would need mas sive renovation and currently all of the buildings are used as a storage space." (See article Page 6 .) the woman in the 500 block. of Edward Drive, and conducted a field interview She tated that she was ju t looking for a friend' house becau e someone had been following her A routine check for wants or warrants proved unproductive, and she left the area after the Sheriff s Deputy arrived 080502, 12:55 AM : An officer discovered a vehicle parked on the north side of College Drive, just inside the west campus entrance. The driver of the vehicle was found in the hrubbery in front of the vehicle. The 18year-old male subject stated that he was trying to avoid omeone who had been follow ing him After conducting a thorough check of the subject for wants or warrants, he was warned that future trespass on campus would result in his arre t and released.