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THE Volume XV, Issue 3 we'll get you next year, evergreen September 25, 2002 New College students mobilize for high-profile local elections by Whitney Krahn In the national mid-term elections Nov 5, Sarasota will vote in the race for congre s between Republican Katharine Harris and Democrat Jan Schneider, and Florida will vote in the race for reelection between Republican Governor Jeb Bush and democratic chal lenger Bill McBride. New College students are organizing to mobilize students for these high-profile election New to the scene are the College Republicans a group sponsored by the Republican National Committee. Third year Maxeme Tuchman will re turn for a second year as president of the New College Democrats, an affiliate of Col lege Democrats of America. First-year Bryson Voirin is leading the Republican fray. Voirin, a former volunteer for George W Bush s presidential c a mpaign w a s invited to and attend e d Pres i dent Bu h's m a u g ur a tion cere m ony. Because the College R e publicans are new this year, the group has to start from scratch. things to arrive" by mail from the national committee, Voirin said. Morylan Warner, a repre sentative from the committee who work with college clubs and is currently at the Univer sity of Florida. will vi it New College to help Voirin get the Republic ans start ed. Meanwh ile, V oiri n's present goal is to ')ust get people reg IStered to vote," he said. Longterm plans include "positive b fit Sarasot a Top left, New College Derrwcrats Erin Slemmens and Dania Trespalacios at the Democrats' table. Left third-years Maxeme Tuchman and Gigi Shames, seated, discuss the registration drive. Top right, a placard in first-year Bryson Voirin s room. Above right, Voirin at Prom. (Photos by Sarah Zell) USF 'modular units' going behind Shell I CATALYST NSIDE by Michael Gimignani It's not easy to convince Florida public school graduates, many of whom grew up taking classes in portable trailer that 'modular units' at New College are a positive step. "It's terr ib le. You're at a school, which represents this ... rigid institution of higher learn ing," first-year and Miami pub lic school veteran Andrew Kay said, "and then they move you out to these ... little motels on the side." Nevertheless, USF Sara sota/Manatee, in its haste to leave the New College campus yet also to expand its course se lection, is leasing 'modular units.' These 'modular units,' to be placed on General Spaatz Blvd on the lot adjacent to the Shell station, will temporarily house faculty and administra tion offices for all 34 new full time USF s taff beginning in January 2003. Vice President of Finance and Administration John Martin contends the 'modular units' un der consideration are nothing at all like the "barracks and square boxes" of the public schools. "I think they're going to be much more attractive than that," said Martin. "Besides, when you drive in right now, over by the Shell sta tion all you see are dirt and weeds. With the land scaping that goes into setting up [the modulars], and a more well-defined parking area sup porting it, I think it's going to look better." 'These modulars are going to be very safe and modern," said USF's architect-on-site Hugo Mazzoli. '1t's got almost everything a normal building has: air conditioning units, lights at every opening, on each side of the portables. Each mod ular will have what's called a telephone closet, so that the telecommunications can be brought up to speed. There will be a deck around the five porta bles, to make it a cohesive unit." USF-St. Petersburg and USF Lakeland already lease similar modular office space, which Sarasota/Manatee exemplifies as successful portable applica tions. "1 had gone to St. Pete maybe six months ago," said CEO of USFSarasota/Manatee Laurey Stryker, "and I walked around the campus, and I said to somebody, 'Where are the modSEE "PORTABLES' "AGE 6 Recycling is one modem art that needs to be done right. For New CoJlege's student run recycling program, which i s in disarray, Housing said student participation is lack ing, while students lack faith that recycling is being han dled right. STORY, PAG E 5
2 The Catalyst by David Higgins Busy summer for Rohrbacher Thi ummer wa a busy one for Cia sic Profe or David Rohrbacher, who e fir t book. The Historians of Late Antiquity, wa publi bed by Routledge in May. (Available at www.routledge.com or wherever Aocotlclin:ll..to ew ri e of Chri tianity through a comprehensive survey of the works of historians living and writing at the time both Christian and pagan, writing in Latin and Greek." AI o thi urnmer, Rohrbacher' first child, Julia, was born on May 21, 2002. Congratulation on both counts. Hig_h Times ranks New College number two High Times. a national magazine for general marijuana interest and paraphernalia. has ranked New ) '\ \, NEWS CAMPUS NEWS BRIEFS Classics Professor David Rohrbacher, left. The infonnally dubbed "Resident Advisor Emergency Respon e Vehicle," right. College of Florida number two in their "Top 10 Cannabi College ."Criteria for the ranking mcluded "intelligent" u e of ''the herb" by tudents. According to the magazine, "Smart toner u e the herb when appropriate, either as a tool to enhance creativity, or as a medicine to relieve stress." Thi view of New College wa not shared by "Brother" Maceo, Hamilton Center' unofficial hawker of incen e, T-hirt and variou Rastafarian wares. Maceo claims that the "true purpo es" of marijuana lie in "higher but that ovo the herb l think they would have a better appreciation for the herb it elf, I think. Here it's about getting smoked out or getting drugged out; ain't about trying to keep your mind on the real focus of reality [sic]," said Maceo. He then indicated that he had a T-shirt with Ziggy on it that illu trated this point. New College was beaten in the ranking only by Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Resident Advisor acquires go-cart Third-year Eric Sosnoff and Jeff Lundy have acquired a child-sized go cart, which can now be seen terrorizing the moton.vays and Gen. Spaatz on late nights. The ound like a Iawnmower and looks hke a homemade cience project spray painted red, and can reach peed of up to 30 mph. Its cham has already broken once due to the weight of college student squeezing awk wardly into a craft de igned for younger children. Although intended primarily for per onal u e, Sosnoff, who is B-Dorm RA, ha informally dubbed the cart "The Resident Advisor Emergency Respon e Vehicle." The go-cart was purcha ed from Bip "Iron Lung" Carter in Ocala by So noff and Lundy for $425.00. To avoid conflicts with the cop they are currently work ing on making it street legal by acquiring headlight and brake light 09.13.02, 5:12PM: A New College student reported the theft of hi unsecured bike from in front of his room in the Goldstein Dorm area. The bike was valued at $ 200.00. We were unable to enter the bicycle into the FCIC/NCIC computer, as no erial number was available. 09.08.02, 2:54PM: A New College student attending the "Wall party cut her foot on broken glass in the Palm Cowt area. An RA had already bandaged her foot, and had poured bleach on the bloody areas in Palm Cowt. Our officer advised the student to seek follow-up medical care. 09.06.02, 4:01 PM: An employee of the Four Winds Cafe cut her right hand while washing dishes. She was transported to the September 25, 2002 while continuing to signal turns with their arm Flakne accepts fellowship in Budapest Philosophy Professor April Flakne accepted a fellow hip at Collegium Budape t this year. She will be work ing on her upcoming book, tentatively titled "Common Sense and Critique.'' Flakne i on a leave of absence granted by New College, but i not on maternity leave. "It is also the case, however," Flakne wrote in an e-mail, "that my daughter, Thaleia Gail Dasberg, wa born on June 8, 2002.'' Wall Schedule Friday' Wall (Sept. 27): Fantasy Island by Maria Lopez. Saturday's Wall (Sept. 28): International Wall by the Spani h room. 09.02.02, 3:08PM: A New College staff member reported that there were three suspicious juveniles riding around in ide Palm Cowt on bicycle Our officer located and identified the juveniles, and warned all three that future tre pass would result in their arrest. 08.30.02, 9:32AM: A Housing staff member received a very hort me age containing profanity on her voice mail. The incident is under inve tigation as a violation of law. 08.29.02, 6:15PM: ANew College student reported the theft of her cell phone from her unlocked car .The phone was eventually located inside a faculty office inside the Heiser Natural Sciences Building, where the student had left it. CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http :/lwww. sar. usfedul-catalystl General Editor Michael Sanderson Copy Editor David Higgins Managing Editor Erin Marie Blasco Photo Editor Sarah Zell Online Editor and General Manager Michael Gimignani Staff Writers David Savarese, Christopher DeFillippi, Liz Palomo, Abby Weingarten, Sydney Nash, Whitney Krahn, Maria Lopez, Caitlin Young The Catalyst is an academic tutorial ponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publication Office using Adobe Photo hop 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@ncfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. 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The Catalyst NEWS Two new officers added to the NCF patrol by Caitlin Young Which are worse, criminals or lib eral arts students? Officers Joseph KeiJennan and Michael Kessie are get ting a chance to find out as NCF's newest men in blue. Kellerman, a long-time Florida res ident, and Kessie, newly transplanted from Indiana, were sworn into duty here on Sept. 6. They have been in training but are already starting to get a feel for the campus and its inhabi tants "I'm looking forwards to meeting a lot of s tudents Working around youn g e r peopl e keeps you young," Kessie said. The new cop s are currently on-duty from 10 p.m. to 8 a m. with rotating days off. Sept. 20 was their first wan. "Not too bad," Kellerman said of the party. The cops have already noticed the uniquely unreserved friendliness that exists between most of the students and officers. "I'm surprised the relationship is as good as it is. Usually you'd think [with students this age] there'd be an adversarial relationship, but it's amazing that everybody waves they say hello they smile and I think that s great," Kes si e sai d Both officer s have childre n all col lege or postc ollege age, so they can unde r s t and, t o an extent, what i t is l i k e to be young and in college. "Just because I am old enough to be most of [the students ] father does n't mean I can't enjoy some of the music that they have, or some of the things that they do," Kessie said. "I think that as long as everyone uses some common sense at these parties and various things l i ke that that everybody will be able to get along." Campus patrol will be a change from their previous duties In Indiana, Kessie was a deputy chief, basically an administrative position. We were investigating a lot more criminal matters, we had some under age drinking problems, some drug problems, but mainly it was a lot of traffic accidents," be said "It was a bigger area, more people. So this is kind of a little bit less, and I'm looking forwards to getting back out on patrol, doing things I did when I first started." Kellerman has worked for the State of Florida since 1987 doing "pretty much about everything you could think of." Most recently he worked as an inve s tigato r for the Department o f Ins uranc e, c ove ring the Ft. M y er s S arasota area. H e w as f a m iliar w ith N e w College before applyin g fo r the position, having take n a few continu-Lots of condollls, not enough t by Sydney Nash Toilet paper is expensive. That's the reason students who live off-campus take it from the lounges, and it's also the reason Housing will no longer leave toilet paper unattended in the lounges "Leaving toilet paper in the lounges supplied a great many more people than actually live on campus," s aid Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell. To circumvent this prob lem, the Housing Office has changed the way toilet paper is distributed to students This year toilet paper wi11 be supplied by Housekeeping on manda tory room visits, and the RAs should have extra rolls in case of shortages. "We're trying to think about the costs," explained Coordinator of Housing Keith Yannessa. "The cost was ridiculous last year for toilet paper." Unfortunately, the new toilet paper policies led to quite a few students finding themselves out of toilet paper in the last few weeks. Many rooms had yet to be visited by Housekeeping, and the RA rolls were going faster than could be replenished. "[Housekeeping] finally came by today [Sept. 18] for the first time this "In the final analysis, students are not only responsible for their edu cation, but also to keep their own rooms clean." year but we've been out for a week," said third year and Dort resident Daina Crafa. "I used the public bathrooms a lot. I'm mad about the toilet paper Fortunately, the situation seems to have been alleviated in the last week. "The housing staff was instructed to give every room toilet paper, which they have done," said Campbell. Yannessa and Campbell also explained that the RAs should now have 15-20 rolls apiece. Third Court RA and thesis-student Tasb Shaheen verified that he does in deed have toilet paper now. "There was a momentary time before they de livered [the bag of toilet paper] that I had to go get toilet paper from mainte nance .... I knew exactly what to do in this dire situation." However, some students are still upset over the shortage. "I want to know who's going to reimburse me for the $4.32 I spent on a pack of Charmin said third-year Becky Martin. The cost of providing toilet paper for students comes out of the Housing Auxiliary which is the money students actually pay for Housing. "I think free toilet paper is a good thing," said third-year Alfredo Azpiazu. This atti tude seems to be shared by most students. However, the continuation of this service for future years appears to be a bit up in the air right now. "''d like to actually get rid of pro viding toilet paper," said Yannessa. He also explained that the decision was not up to him. Campbell, on the other hand, appears to take the continuation of the service as a given. "We have no intention of stopping that service," said Campbell. It re mains to be seen whether the new system will prove less costly. No deciI> t l 1 I t I II,._ I o o September 25, 2002 3 ing education courses offered by USF on the campus. Kessie had not heard of New College before coming down for a Florida certification exam. He applied at the Sarasota-Bradenton airport and then heard that there might be an opening at NCF. "I'd never heard of New College before. I really wasn t familiar with what this college campus was, so I came over to talk to the chief," Kessie said. Once he got a few details he real-. tzed that he liked the unique atmosphere of the campus. "I think people should be able to express themselves. It's very important that they use their minds, and it not be everybody in a set mold." Candidates were calJed in June to come for interviews. After that selec tive process, Kessie and Kellerman were chosen. "We're glad to be here. It'll be a learning experience for us," Kellerman said. 'This is a new type of experience for us We're looking forwards to helping everybody and hopefully it' ll all wor k out." sions wilJ be made before this is deter mined, so students don't have to wony about losing their free toilet paper as of yet. A major component of the new toi let paper distribution ystem is mandatory Housekeeping visits. Although Housekeeping won't be at tempting to bust into anyone's room, refused visits will be reported to the Housing office. "We want to ensure cleanliness and health," said Yannessa. He added that regular Hou ekeeping visits make it much easier to clean up the rooms at the end of the year. Campbell agreed that regular Housekeeping visits were in the best interest of students. "If a student wants to clean their room and save [Housekeeping] time, that's laudable," said Campbell. He still felt, however, that Housekeeping should visit regu larly, "if only to give cleaning tips." Moms should like Campbell's revised version of a school motto: "In the final analysis, students are not only respon sible for their education, but also to keep their own rooms clean." ,. ..... J
4 The Catalyst NEWS LAKE BoB OHNSON water after the stands on it shores. It is shown here at its height after Tropical Storm Gabrielle in September 2001. by Maria Lopez cially around Pei The blis of "Lake Bob Johnson" in years pa t, has Jed to some pretty wet and wild mud-wre tling com petitions. As oon as it started raining a battle cry would be heard and droves of students would run out of Hamilton Center and their rooms to expe rience the catharsis of getting around Pei has become more of an i ue due to concerns about the We t Nile viru The pond scum water that resides for days outside of Pei after a torm has been nothing but a nui ance. Some tudent mentioned concern about mo. qui toe be cause of standing water on long ago there was one out break of We t Nile virus in St. Petersburg, which presents a concern since it is not far from Sarasota. There, an infected woman's organs were trans planted to others who al o caught the viru But the threat September 25, 2002 of catching We t Nile virus Pei, outside contractor would here on campus seem vefJ need to be hued to drain water small. Biology Professor from areas that are just natural McCord said "The heavy rams land and currently have no themselves do not attract mosdrainage ystem. quitoe Rather, it's when we Vice Pre ident for Finance have tanding water that the and Administration John mo quitoes get a chance to feed Martin discussed what plans and multiply.'' are in the work for drainage. Walking about Pei in the Although there i not an actual evening when it's wet defiurgency about campu damp mtely gives students the ne for, a Martin noted, "We toe, perience these mosqUitoes haven't had car flooding," he ftrst hand. McCord al o noted was at least aware of the murky that young children and the elituation Other campuse in derly are the generations most Florida have experienced far susceptible to catching the worse flooding than New West Nile virus. Young healthy College has yet the standing adults (a category that inc1udes water on our campus is till a college student by some peo-problem. however minor it pie's opinion) are not a much might seem. Martin aid, "We at ri k. are working on clearing out the Director of Phy ical Plant drainage around the Pei Richard Olney knows how the perimeter with a local contrac campu could be drained more tor with commercial drainage effectively. "Most of Pei is natequipment." There is no exact ural land without much runoff. et schedule a to when the We need to review state guide-drainage issue will be adline for having a runoff. After dres ed, but funding i hard rain we have some stand-available from the Physical ing water -some of that is by Plant budget. design to catch runoff near the Hei er and Palmer building ." From the September 19, 2001 Having water runoff i a com-Catalyst article about Tropical the drained Storm Gabrielle: .. ...-....-tth their newfound enorwhere. He noted that arrangements would be made at some point po sibly to jet the lines out, meaning finding a means of channeling the water off the campus and somewhere else. Beyond jetting the water out of mous amount of free time, the storm survivors took to riding small watercraft through the new lakes behind Pei and ven turing out to the West side of campus to see if all of the buildings were still there. -Valerie Mojeiko Campus political groups aim to generate student interest and New College. Voirin also intends to a k former Secretary of State Katherine Harris to visit New College. "We're go ing to get in touch with them [Harri.' campaign]," Voirin aid. The ew College Democ rats are an established group, and many of it officer were active in the 2000 pre idential election. Third-year Maxeme Tuchman, who. e area of con centration is political science, said that being a Democrat on campus is ''like a religion," meaning that being a Democrat is a life tyle for tudent and most student don't think they need to participate actively in the democratic community. Tuchman aim to "get more people in the democratic proce s." To help student get in volved, Tuchman is planning a "really full-out regi tration drive." Students who want an absentee ballot but don't know how to acquire one can find help at the drive. "We're going to do that for them," Tuchman said. The Democrats will also be di tributing a pamphlet outlin ing the rea ons why tudents should be intere ted in the up coming election. It will illus trate how amendments or can didate will affect education and its costs, among other thing "A lot of kids don't think it affect them," she aid. The pamphlet will bring it home to tudent. ." Tuchman also plans to bring political debates to cam pus. "Hopefully, we'll get Bill McBride," he said. The New College Democ rats have set up a table in ide the Diversity and Gender Cen ter for tho e who want to know more about democratic candi date and issue in the general election. Out ide of parti. an politics. the table is stocked with absentee ballot request fom1s and pamphlets addres ing is ues uch as what the bal lot will look like, voter fraud, and how to vote. Though the table was defaced on Sept. 10, Tuchman is not too offended. "We are just a club having a table," she said. The New College Green are undecided on whether to endorse Jan Schneider. "We don't know if she's Green enough," said Secretary Zachary Shahan. New College Democrats and the Greens both endorse Arlene Sweeting for the tate House, represent ing District 68. The College Republicans had no comment on Sweeting' opponent, Bill Galvano. The Green intend to host a voter registration drive, though much of their attention is fo cu ed on campus issues such as recycling and compo t. The recycling program is 'falling apart," said Shahan. "We are trying to revive that," he added. Active onand off-campus, Shahan i also the head of the coordinating counsel of the Sarasota County Green Party. He is bringing to ew College a project that he started for the county. The Greens are putting together a hort pamphlet list ing the tores ''we feel are the to shop at, Shahan said. The party will compile the se lected stores and organize them under a variety of cate gories, with about three tores listed under each. The pam phlet is aimed to encourage student to shop at mall, inde pendent, and green-friendly businesses. A Shahan aid. "Everyone can find a Target or a Wal-Mart." The New College Green meet every Tue day at 9 p.m. in the Diversity and Gender Center. For a piece of the countywide action, the Sara sota County Green Party meets every fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Sudakoff Conference Cen ter. A po ter on the door of the mailroom reads, "Green .. welcome and need all those who shMe our concern to join us."
The Catalyst NEWS September 25, 2 002 5 R ecycling at New College a 'sketchy' situation by Caitlin Young Like almost everything else here, the recycling program is, and always has been, a student-run organization. But due to student confusion and a lack of initiative, the program has stalled. Bins were not distributed to all students' rooms, the courtyard collec tion areas are confusing, pick-up and disposal is sketchy, and no one really knows what's going on. Physical Plant workers pick up the recycling, but whether it gets recycled or not depends on how well it is sorted. Many students lack faith that everything is being taken care of prop erly, or just do not know what to do with their recycling. The Housing Office would like to see strong student leadership organizing the program, but so far nothing solid has been formed. Some students would like to help, but do not know how. The end result is a lot of confusio n Several year ago there was a strong environmental studies program that re-energized the recycling pro gram. The Housing Office also contr ibut e d by buyin g l arge blue bins that were me ant to be distributed to tud ents' rooms. Allocation of the bins was uneven this year. e re was one in ou r om ready, an d th e n there were two or three in the courtyard, so we gra bbed one of those as well," said firs t -year T alia Oren who lives in first court ''I've only seen them in a couple rooms." If the program was working cor rectly, then all rooms wo uld be equipped with a bin for recycli ng. Then, they would take the content s t o the group of large cans in each donn. Those cans should be labeled clearly as "clear glass," "colored glass," "plastic," etc. and the items could be separated accordingly. From there, the maintenance workers take the recy cling to the large recycling dumpsters in the corner of the parking lot, behind the cafeteria. In actuality, that is not happening. Not all students have indoor bins. Not all dorms have properly labeled or eas ily accessible outside cans Viking RA Eric Hinton s aid that there He tecyc a gener a can," but he did not know how many people use it, or with what frequency i t is emptied Even if t h ere ar e out si d e c olle c tion areas, as th e r e are in the Dort and Goldstein dorms, not all resi d en t s h ave fai th th a t the rec yclin g g e ts treate d any d iffe ren tly than the tras h Most pe o ple here kn o w from experience that the so-called 'recycling bins' behind Dort and Goldstein are collected along with the rest of the garbage and piled in the same truck to be dumped in the same place," Dort RA Melissa Richardson said. "Since people know the recyclables are not recycled, why bother separating and hauling them downstairs?" Physical Plant, the entity ultimately responsible for the recycling, strongly disagrees. "The program is not in disorder. We do the same stuff we do every year an year. Physical Plant Coordinator Patrick Files said. "We recycle." "We recycle glass, plastic and card board If thrown in a garbage bag and thrown in a garbag e bin then no we don' t open up the b a g s That's gone ," h e s aid If th e recycling is not p r operly sorted then it may get throw n a way. Browning-Ferns Industries (BFI) col lects the plastic, aluminum and cardboard and sorts it at their own fa cility. Items are sorted on a conveyor belt, and if they are too mixed, then the school is not paid for it. Coordinator of Housing Keith Yannessa concurs that the maintenance staff does collect recyclables if they are already sorted properly. "It i unfortunate, but many stu dents ee the cans as garbage cans only and disregard the writing on the cans. We cannot afford and do not have the manpower to tie up a custo dial worker to separate the student recycle bins,'' Yannes a said. Until someone steps forward to take up the slack, the program will continue in its current shambled tate. "I presume that if kids were upset at the current state of NC recycling they would take the initiative to get in formed and organize a solution,'' B-Dorm RA Eric Sosnoff said. Yanne sa had an optimistic outlook for the future of the program. "I am very much in favor of recy cling," he said. '1 have already told the Greens that they need to be more involved, perhaps secure funding from the SAC to provide for better recycle gUkJems as w ration. I have faith that the students can educate on a campus-wide level as to the importance of recycling and provide great direction as to how the process of recycling works.
6 The Catalyst NEWS September 25, 2002 Residence Life investigating pervasive physical problems HOUSING UPDATE by David Savarese "Last year, one of the things that we noticed consistently was that there were insidious plumbing problems with Goldstein" said Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell. "More than half the unit are showing physical damage so the problem is pretty pervasive." One of the major complaints of students who reside in the Goldstein residence halls is that some of them have waterfalls in their closets and holes in their bathrooms. About a year after Goldstein was consttuctecl. water leakage problems began to develop. Since then, repair has been the only op tion, as the damages have only become more prevalent. Director of Physical Plant Richard Olney said, "My main goal is to get it fixed and get it fixed quickly." The damages are obvious, but discovering who is at fault will be an is ue that Housing and Physical Plant must address. Paying to replace the Gold tein bathrooms will be an ex pensive venture. Thesi -student Kathryn Comerford lives in Goldstein 202, one of the rooms with significant water damage in both of the showers and in her bedroom's closet. She said, "I've dealt most directly with Tim, one of the maintenance men that works on Dort and Goldstein. He came to our room, and said that over the summer the plaster [in her closet] had caved in, so he cleaned it and re placed it as best he could." Comerford continued, "Tim told me that [the water damage] is a structural problem that will be fixed when the issue with the contractor has been resolved." The New College Housing Department has begun to rip apart and renovate many of the dilapidated bathrooms in the Goldstein housing complex. ''There is no way out of fixing the problem. we can't have students living in rooms where there are waterfalls coming down the walls." said Campbell, "but we certainly should not have to pay for it." This doesn't mean that New Co1lege Housing is going to be taking Pilot Construction, the contractor that con-tructed the buildings, to court. Housing has, however, begun to com pile a case to prove that there is, according to Campbell, "an endemic problem with Goldstein." "We need to be methodical and cau tious. We have to make sure that our documentation is where it needs to be before we move forward," said Can1pbell. Without a definite conception of who's going to pay for the renovation, the repairs have already begun. Campbell said, "The repairs are a large scale problem. There are 40 bathroom units and if the problem is systemic, then the implication is that eventually all of them will need to be replaced. From this point forward, the repairs will be ongoing." Thesis-student Meghann Shutt, also from Goldstein 202, said, ''They've been working on our shower for weeks now, and they poked a large, gaping hole in our other shower. Now, all they do is send people to take pictures of it." Vice President of Finance and Administration John Martin said, "We have to question who is responsible for the leaks. We don't think that it is New College, as the Goldstein building is so young. We need to find out who is re sponsible Martin continues, "It has taken some demolition for us to do the research, and very shortly, we should be able to bring the contractor and the ar chitect engineering firm together to meet. We will then find out what we have to do, and who is doing what." Campbell said, "We are tracing ac countability [for the damages] because of the significant financial liability it imposes. We have begun the process of documenting the damage with photos, and hired an independent inspector. The original contractor says that they do not believe there are to be any latent struc tural flaws in the construction of the building." New College will use these photos and the research it has gathered, as well as the information gathered by a re cently hired independent inspector to help determine the reasoning behind the leaks. A Pilot Construction representative could not be located for comment. Administrators: 'Modular units' necessary to counter space crisis I FROM "PORTABLES" PAGE I I ulars?' And they said, 'You're at them.' I didn't realize that becau e they look like regular buildings, and they've done decking between the buildings." She continued, "So it's not like the experiences at public schools where you're up and down stairs, and it' very clearly a separate building." Both USF-Sarasota/Manatee and N"ew College maintain that the rental of portables is necessary to solve immediate space problems on campus, and will ease the transition of USF into their planned Crosley Estate campus as soon as fall of 2005. "Both USF and we are adding staff, in keeping with both of our growth plans," New College President Gordon "Mike" Michalson said, "and with the increased autonomy both of us have, there's no place to put them." Stryker concurred, calling the lease of portables necessary to "preserve classroom space." "We fee] that, with our growth," Stryker said, "and the necessity to combine our student services so that students don't go all around to different buildings for important functions ... renting modu lars are a cheap and efficient way to do this." According to Mazzoli, it will cost $50,000-$70,000 a year to rent the mod ular and setup costs are impossible to determine. Under Florida law, USF has to accept outside bids from several dif ferent contractors before selecting one to place and deck the modular The bids are presently in the process of being ac cepted and analyzed. When Michalson was a ked what he would say to a visiting student who might have taken a majority of classes in portables, he said, wen, I'd tell them I'm glad I could provide some familiar ity for them, in terms of their life history. Plus, 1' d point out that it's unlikely that they would ever have to use them, for any reason, given the staffers likely to be there." "It's the spillover effect of bureau cracy," he continued. ''I've been warning people all along that our independence carries a price in added bureaucracy, be cause we have to replicate everything that USF has done before." Martin expressed his confidence that in fall of 2005, as USF settles on the '... .. An artistic rendering of the portables, provided by Vice President John Martin. Crosley Estate, the portables will be quickly disposed of. He stressed the ne cessity of keeping offices on or near campus for the benefit of students and teachers. From his vantage point, there were simply no good options of renting viable space close to campus. "Does it make some logical sense to have them located in downtown Sarasota, so when a student is here taking courses and has to meet the teacher, they have to go down to Main Street?'' Martin asked. .. ..
')'I The Catalyst MISCELLANEOUS r SAC Minutes 9/16 and 9/23 Minutes-September 16, 2002 In attcndance:Jeanell Innerarity, Heather Rasley, Damayanti Byars, Sydney Nash, Emma Jay. Mr. Chri tophcr Alte ,Andrew Jay, Patrick Hickey. All decision unanimous unless otherwise noted. Damayanti Byars. as chair, ab tain unle s otherwise noted. e SAC Help Guide Sydney Requc ted: $25.00 for 700 copies Allocated $25.00 from Copy Re erve *Sydney Nru h ab tain eSpaDay Tun Gomez Reque ted: $30.00 for spa upplies and copies Allocated: $30.00 ($2.00 from Copy Reserve) *Mr. Christopher Altes opposes e NC Bike Shop Andrew Jay Requested: $34.95 for blender and copies Allocated: $30.00 for blender ($2.00 from Copy Reserve) *Andrew Jay ab tains e Music and Progressive Dinner Tim Gomez Reque ted: 256.00 for food Allocated: $200.00 *P Hi key, Andrew Jay abstain Rasley abstain Students for a Free Tibet JD Kelley Requested: $135.00 for member hip due and fust meeting Allocated: $135.00 *Mr. Christopher Altes ab tain. e Pride JD Kelley $37.00 for first meeting and copies Allocated: $37.00 ($2.00 from Copy Reserve) e Backwards and Ugly Amelia Bird/ Casey Bums Requested: $115.00 for upplie for Body Art Wall Allocated: $155.00 ($35.00 from Copy Reserve) *Mr. Chri topher Alte oppo es e Indigo Girl Alena Scandura Requested: ? Tabled. Minutes September 23, 2002 In attendance: Jeanell Innerarity, Heather Rasiey, Damayanti Byars, Sydney Nash, Emma Jay, Mr. Christopher Alte Andrew Jay, Patrick Hickey. All decisions unanimou unless otherwise noted. Damayanti Byars, as chair, ab. tains unles otherwise e The Catalyst Mike Gimignani Reque ted: $2918.00 for remaining i sue with color Allocated: $2671.00 for remaining issues without color *Sydney Nash, Jeanell Innerarity, Heather noe. e Foreign Film Club Matt Ramsey Requested: $32.00 for coffee/ tea for movie showing Allocated: $32.00 *Mr. Christopher Alte oppo e e Nice RAK-Free Bus Passes Matt Ramsey/ Katie Williams/ Vanesa Botero-Lowry Requested: 200.00 for 400 SCAT pas e Allocated: $75.00 for 150 SCAT pas e ice RAK-Apples for Teachers Matt Ramsey/ Katie Williams/ Vanesa Botero-Lowry Requested: $51.00 for 140 apples and gift ba ket Allocated: $51.00 e Ping-Pong Club (NCAAP) Jo eph McCue Reque ted: $265.00 for new ping pong table, net, and balls Allocated: $265.00 from Athletic Fund e Fantasy Island Wall Maria Lopez Reque ted $79 88 for decorauons and fruit Allocated: $49.00 for decorations e Sailing Club Pete Dow/ Teresa Shournate Reque ted: $2214.00 for tools and repairing two boats Allocated: $2214.00 from Athletic Fund e Joe Live Nathan Hoover Requested: $150.00 for props, plywood, co tumes Allocated. $100.00 e SPASM Film Society Requested: $22.00 for copies and nuxers Allocated: $22.00 ($2.00 from copy reserve) *Chri. topher Altes, Andrew Jay ab tain *Emma Jay, Heather Rasley oppo e Portables in progress: a look at USF St. Petersburg "The Terrace" at USF-St. Petersburg at night. by Michael Gimignani Despite the good intentions of vari ous USF and New College admini trators, many of the people we interviewed were skeptical that the new 'modular unit were as modem and good-looking as promi ed. The USFSarasota/Manatee admini trators pointed to portables at other USF cam puses as example of 'portables in progre s,' namely in St. Peter burg. The modulars at USF-St. Petersburg lay in an off et pattern of five, nick named 'The Terrace.' The units, except for the ground design, look very irnilar to those found in the plan for USF Sarasota/Manatee, including roughly the arne decking, landscaping, and lighting. "They re great, they're better than what we had," aid Sonia Helton, Director of Education Program at St. Peter burg. "The offices are bigger than what they u ed to be, the furniture is much nicer ... the way all the offices are et up, the floor plan i ideal." Helton, along with more or le the entire College of Education, ha been working out of the Terrace portables since August 2001. She had orne re er vatton at first, e pecially after orne faculty on the St. Peter burg campu started joking around, calling the Terrace faculty "trailer trash." "That changed,,. she aid, "after they actually saw the portables, I think. Otherwise, the physical problems were very minor. The air conditioning units were too big, they needed to be adju ted. That was about it." 'I'll take a permanent building when we can get one," Helton con cluded, "but for omething temporary, we're very comfortable here." September 25, 2002 7 Correction In a preVI 1 the Cata/ st nusidenllficd second-year Craig Schuetze 1l1 Catal-.sr regret the error. Clarification In a prev1ou 1. ue, the Cmal) t nu td ntified the nature f Philo ophy Profi or Apnl Flakn 's leave of ab nee Sh t on a lea' c of b en n t mat nut 1 a\e In a preVIou the Catan reported that a 'cw Collge PJi Identuli candtdat ul> miucd lili appltc.-mon '"ncar th I t pos 1ble n ment"' Actually. th Presidential C mn11ttee will accept new appli1.41tJo s until the ition is filled. 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How earned to stop worrying and love the prom by Chris t ophe r DeFillippi "Set the mood, captme the magic, your prom night has ar rived," read the Hamilton Center's magazine-clipping covered ballot box for the "Prom Night" king and queen election. At an institution pop ulated predominately by high-school outcasts, it's diffi cult to regard such a display as being anything but an attempt at irony. "I got laughed out of my [high school] prom," fir t-year Debra Mooney said, relating a prom story imilar to those of other New College tudents. "I wore a Hindu wedding sari and an afro. I found the combina tion quite appealing. I didn't under tand why nobody else did." September 20th's "Prom Night.'' a formal wall, wa the brainc h ild of t h esis-student Abby W e ingarte n w h o co n ceived it with consideration of the average ew College stuso I thought this would be a fun thing," Weingarten aid. Although the range of pre par e dness a m ong the student spanned from ren t ing a limo to applying crazy glue to some of the more dilapidated item they have picked off of the free table, it was curious to see stu dents one might guess were irreparably bohemian-ized fall back into their high school habits. I heard women de murely point out that they didn't have a date yet, and clueless men mis the hint en tirely as they continued to talk about their beer bottle collec tion on more than one occasion Sorry Buchanan, not this time ... "Have a cigarette vote for prom king and queen ," aid un official ballot collector and third-year David Robinson from his desk by the side doors of the Hamilton Center. Offering away the content of the five free pack s he had re ceived from a 'Camel promotional effort at the Shell Station, he continued to reel in the pas er by. A c companying Robin s on was f ourth year R o bert Schober and s econdyear Sydney Nash, who were bu y discu ing who they t h ought would be interesting prom king and queen candi dates, as they filled out voting slip after voting slip, toe sing them into a central pile. Continuing the rich tradition of South Florida voting, the elec tions for "Prom Night" were not meant to be taken too seri ously. ''It wa not planned by us," Weingarten said of unofficial ballot-taking. "We do not support bribes not directed at us," said "Prom Night'' co-coordinator and the sis-student Casey Bums of the complimentary cigarette By 7:30 that day, ballots were clo ed. As Burns chopped basil for the prom organization committee's spaghetti dinner. Weingarten, the i -year Ben Lewis, and Bums sister Jodi, visitin g from Ohi o S t ate Univer ity were huddled over the ballot-strewn dining room Mike Howland ob erved as he sorted through the ballots. "That's pretty good, since he didn t h ave h or de s o f peopl e filling out hi name in the s ame hand-writing." "Vote often and early for James Michael Curly," Howland continued, as he read the write-ins. "Help, I'm stuck in a ballot box .. "Prom Night" "[Some friends and I] went prom dress shopping at Good Will, but we didn't find any thing second-year Emma Holder said We tried on some really ugly dres es but a bunch of New College tudent had already mostly cleaned the place out. With the loc a l thrift store cleared of much inven tory by New College student Palm Court was packed with uncharacteri tically ele g antly attired revelers Notably, some tudents went even further in their effort to distinguish their "Prom Night experience from yet an other dres s -up wall. A little after one following an evening at Siesta Key, some friends of Holder s could be found out s ide a rented 1 imousine parked near Palm Court, getting into Catalyst taff-writer and third year Elizabeth Palomo were announced "Prom Night" King an d Qu ee n r es pect iv ely, to th e enthus e d bu t r e spectful, hoot ing of the throngs The unusually balmy weather that night seemed to be deterring no one from fully enjoying the festivities, or provoking any body to relax their formal attire. The students danced be neath the dangling lights of Palm Court well into the night, and it wasn't until around four that the crowds truly appeared to be thinning Es entially the evening went on without a hitch, with the exception of campus police in tructing third-year Eric Hinton to move the motorcycle the istudent Peter Dow had parked in Palm Court for some rea on Later that evening an off campus vi itor known only as 'Mark' wa intoxicated cre ating a bit of a di turbance following around student s, and as described by fir s t-year Geena Pagani putting his arms around tudent s and quoting the movie 'Swinger a t the slighte t provocation. Mark later left campu o f his own volition after the campu s po lice threatened to charge him with trespa s By the time a formally clad inflatable woman was crowd surfing over the multitude, it wa abundantly clear that Prom Night wa a s ucces and a di s tinctively New Colle g e type o f expe r ience. Although s ome people have s ome plea ant memor i e of their highchool prom, the time for such behavior i past now and it wa cle a r thi evening that all of the students have new activit i e and new thoughts to occupy them elve with now Sometimes when I'm all alone fishe wim into my pant s," s econd year reveler Devon Barrett ob erved "But you know what I tell tho e fi hies ? You' re not the bos of me!" They s ure aren t Devon .. They ure aren't.