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the A STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA ATALYST VOLUME XVI ISSUE 9 i WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2003 Whafs happenng with the Events Ianning Board? Demystifying the Events Planning Board Insufficient discussion at last Wednesdays Town Meeting fueled opposition to President Tuchman's plan. Students are organizing to discuss its validity. What: A board made up of students who will plan between three and five big events for New College each year Fun stuff: Th i nk comedians festivals bands debates dance troupes, hypnotists bouncy castles Who One student representative frofTl each year and a public relations director from any year. Current Coordinafbr of Mentoring at New College Konnie Kruczek will act as the liaison between students and administration She 'll help students book events and sign contracts but wont make any decisions for the board. So far, only one student has applied for a pos i tion on the board Maxeme Tuchman hopes the board will have between $5,000 and $20 000 next year, depending on student opinion. This money will come from the NCSA and Student Affairs. By companson the SAC's budget hovers around $80,000 yearly. The board will probably start with a "trial run next semester. Yay/Nay: Of 77 surveys completed offering opinions about lhe board, seven say it shouldn t exist at all. A meeting against the board was held Sunday. Eleven students attended and planned to report their opinions to Dean of Students Mar1< Blaweiss How to get involved: Applications are still being accepted Pick one up in Ham C e nte r o r th e NCSA o ffice. Fill out a survey on IJle or on paperthere are only 16 questions. If the board is created meetings will be open to all students by Erin Marie Blasco tles, and other entertainment to New College. She said the board would have five members some training in personal relations and business skills and a budget of about $5,000 to $20,000. Many New College students think it's a great idea to bring fun or educational events to campus At the April 9 Town Meeting few agreed on exactly how to do this. Echoing the chaotic mood of discussion over the possible creation of an Events Planning Board, the heavens burst forth, chasing both students and pizza inside Hamilton Center to con tinue the meeting. Inside-where slightly damp students could actually hear each other-it was obvious that few understood what the board was all about But actions to create it were already underway. New College Student Al liance President Maxeme Thch man said that about 70 students had filled out surveys in favor of creating a board that would bring bands, hypnotists, bouncy casWithin minutes many voiced opposition to what they saw as creation of a board with too much money and freedom without sufficient consent from students. On April 13, fourth years Mari McGrath and Homer Wolfe held a meeting attended by 11 students to gauge opinion on the issue Stu dents at the meeting were con cerned that implementing a ''big school idea" (the equiva lent organization at the Univer sity of Florida, for instance, brou ht Bill Clinton to speak at their school) would "threaten the culture of New College," Nathaniel BurbankiU:rtatysJ NCSA President Maxeme Tuchman listens to ques i about the proposed Events Planning Board at last Wednesday's Town Meeting in Ham Center. Foundation head retires after 24 years Students sit-in a Katherine Harris' office Lawrence Bowdish SPECW. TO WE CATAI TST On April 25 General Rolland V. Heiser's 24-year career as New College Foundation President will come to an end. Since 1979, Heiser has given much to New College, not only through his dedicated efforts but also as a role model. Almost every building built on campus since his appointment has secured funding through the work of Heiser and the Foundation While construction is important it does not come close to the strength he gave New College as a leader. From early troubles with USF, to recognition in the community and nationally, to the recent independence movement, General Heiser has been a stalwart and untiring advocate of the campus. I have had the privilege to work with General Heiser for over a year now. In the beginning, I was nervous, but General Heiser made everything easy. Very approachable, he takes serious interest in New College students. One of the first questions he asks me when I meet with him is, "How is campus morale?" He is serious about knowing the answer, and any problem I mention about morale concerns him. We often discuss possible solutions. In light of his upcoming retirement, I took the time to interview him about his career and his thoughts. In this installment, we look at the past, and see what has been done. Nathaniel Burbank!Catai;\l't Ll_, _.__*..;;c;;.;;o;.;.n;;.;;ti .... n...,u.._ect_ .... .... g::;.e_ .... _.......,. by Michael Gimignani Two dozen "concerned citizens" of Sarasota and Bradenton held a sit-down April 11 in the local office of U.S Rep. Katherine Harris. The sit-in which included four New College students searched for a meeting with Harris that the protesters said "wasn't happening." People are the peacemakers We're here to get something done but we're going to stay as non-violent as possible, Methodist minister and protester Don Thompson told The Catalyst. The activists say they were told an appointment with Harris could take months, and felt "marginalized." Thompson studied non-violent demonstration under Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1950s and 60s, and passed along a thing or two about peacefully getting one's voice heard. At the office, the protesters sat quietly, not willing to budge until Harris contacted the group. "We've been working on this [sit-in] for a while," thesis-student and protester \lichael Supported by fellow protesters Margret Taylor (left) and Rev. Don Thompson (middle), thesi&-student Jamie McDaniel (right) explains the motives for her group's sit-in. Jamie McDaniel said. 'We just weren't ab1e to wait any longer." McDaniel a re1igion major, and Thompson Jed a group prayer at one point. Other New College students involved in the sit-in were first-years on paige 3

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The Catal st CONTENTS Entertainment page 5 -Mike's Movie Pick page 6 -MovieTitnes page 6 -Half-Life page 7 DAY WEATHER Today: Mostly Sunny, 82/62. Thursday: Mostly Sunny, 82/63 Friday: Mostly Sunny, 8z/63 Saturday: Partly Cloudy, 81/62 Sunday: Partly Cloudy, 8o/67 Monday: Partly Cloudy, 8x/65 'fuesday: Partly Cloudy, 8o/64 WALL ASSIGNMENTS Friday: Erin Zellars Saturday: Drew Geer 1he CATALYST GENERAL IDITOR Michael Gimignani MANAGING mrroR Sarah Zell DESIGN miTOR CaiUin Young COPY EDITOR Whitney Krahn mnoa Mlllaniel Burballk SENIOR STAFF WRilElfS Abby Weingarten Michael Sanderson STAFF WRrTERS Christopher Defillippi Maria Lopez Katelyn Weissinger Josh Orr Sarab Stamper Erin Marie Blasco The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor :Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpre s for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student AJliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@ncfedu (941) 359-4266 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style.No anonymous submissions will be accepted. See contribution guidelines for funher information. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. aturday in order to appear in the following week's issue. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week. Visit The Catalyst online at: h :1/studentweb.ncf.edu/Catal st ON CAMPUS 2003 by Whitney Kralm Nice RAK in cahoots with the Easter Bunny Nice RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) spent last week ftlling plastic Easter eggs for children of all ages. With $39 from the Student Allocations Committee, third-years Katherine Williams and Vanesa Botero-Lawry bought candy, eggs, and baskets in an effort to spread seasonal cheer. The organization stuffed 196 eggs with Reese's peanut butter eggs, Whoppers' Robin Eggs, Hershey's Fun Size bars, and Jolly Rancher jelly beans. On April 10, six children from the Keys to the Future program participated in the first egg hunt. They dashed around Palm Court with baskets in hand, hunting the eggs and remembering to share. Williams received a typed letter in her mailbox Friday from one of the children, telling Williams how she saved nine eggs worth of candy and gave the rest away. The egg hunt for Novo Collegians began Saturday, after Nice RAK distributed the eggs throughout Hamilton Center, and lasted through the weekend. Professor Harvey receives grant History Professor David Harvey received a $5, grant to write his proposed book: Beyond Enlightenment: Occultism, Po itics and Culture in Modern France, after spending the summer of 2001 at the Bibliotheque N ationale de France in Paris and submitting a project proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Harvey's topic transpired while he was researching his dissertation in France during the 1996-7 academic year. There, he said he was "struck by how strong the New Age subculture is in France--there are ads for all kinds of fortune-tellers all over--and how this clashed with the typical image of a skeptical, :ationalist French culture." Once Harvey looked at French occultist writing, he realized it reflected the political and social debates of the times. Harvey's research utilized books written by obscure French occultist writers, many of which are unknown to even French historians, he said. When Harvey "returned from Paris, he had written about 140 Microsoft Word files, each corresponding to a book, journal, or archive box. He also read at least 100 books obtained through the Interlibrary Loan system. Harvey hopes to complete a rough draft of the book by the end of the year and during his leave of absence in the fall. He would like to complete the work in two years, but said three or four years may be more realistic. Some of the delectable delights from Saturday's Chocolate Festival. 'Choc' it up to the Chocolate fest for College Alum Kati Griess, has been a 'lates' of fun part of the Jesus Week for years. Organizing a Chocolate Fest has been The fellowship hosted a breakfast on the mind of third-year Resident Monday morning in the Fitness Center, Advisor Melissa Richardson for almost followed in the evening by a study break three years now. She remembered in Palm Court complete with ice cream hearing stories from thesis-students sundaes. Thesday night the group held a about festivals of old when she was a discussion and debate session and served frrst-year. As an RA with a program to pancakes. plan, Richardson decided to celebrate the Tonight, lntervarsity will host a sinful confection family dinner in Palm Court with In collaboration with RAs India worship and Bible study. Thursday is Harville, Maggie Phillips, and Ben wall movie night, where they will show Wright, the event's organizers obtained Jesus Christ Superstar and serve $200 from the Student Allocations popcorn and hot chocolate. Friday, the Committee to buy the goods. Richardson final day of Jesus Week, free hair cuts estimated the total cost of the event and braiding will be available all day in would be $250, though she did not mind Palm Court. The fellowship will also making up the difference. "It's just have an "ask me about Jesus table" set something I really wanted to do," she up. said. The money went toward two and a Griess said the group will pray each quarter pounds of truffles from a local evening, when the events are over, for chocolatier, three fondue pots, eight prayer requests they received. They will batches of brownies, about 40 candy also pass out cookies at random times bars, around five batches of cookies, and each day of the week, she said. a "healthy" supply of mousse. Richardson said there was a mix of other types of chocolate, including milkshakes, NuteUa, and what Richardson anticipated most: fried Mars bars. A team of 15 students baked Friday and Saturday to prepare the vegan and omnivorous treats for Saturday afternoon's decadence. In a fmal display of chocolate covered creativity, the organizers showed the filins Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Chocolat. Jesus Week 2003 Jesus Week began with a week of fasting and praying by members of New College's lntervarsity Christian Fellowship in preparation for five days of spreading their knowledge and love. A main organizer of the event, New 2003 Graduation speaker search A speaker has yet to be found for this year's commencement. The process began about two months ago when student leaders from the class of 2003 and the New College Student Alliance arranged a list of potential candidates for discussion with Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss, which was ultimately sent to President Gordon "Mike" Michalson for implementation. ''We might have gotten started a little late," Michalson said to The Catalyst. "That responsibility lies with me. I probably didn't boost the process enough during the winter." Five candidates have been contacted, among them University of Miami I I

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The Catal t NEWS Get ready, professors of basket-weaving by Sydney Nash For anyone who has ever been fru trated by the narrow course offerings at New College, there is hope. New College students have the option each year of hiring someone knowledgeable to teach a. an adjunct profe sor, known as a ''Student Chair." Although the Student Chair position has not been filled in several years, Vice President of Academic Affair Audrey Nicole au and the rest of the Council of Academic Affair are in the process of reviving thi valuable resource. The New College Student Alliance ha money for a student chair to be selected by the students, through the CAA. Up until now, there have been no written guidelines for the hiring of Student Chairs or the rest of CAA re. ponsibiJities. Nicoleau is changing that. "What we're working on right now is setting up orne guidelines." he said. "[We're] trying to get some tuff in writing." Thesis-student and The Catalyst senior staff writer Michael Sanderson has helped by drafting some provi ional gutdeline C A A hope to tum these into actual b y law s b y t h e en d of t he according to Nico leau. Th t w tll pave the way for hiring a Student Chair for the spring of next year. That means students should start hopping around now. For those who have alway wanted a professor to teach basket weaving. this ts the1r chance. In theory, the position will rotate divisions yearly. Students will ugge t specific di ciplines, and candidates wiTI be narrowed down. The CAA will recommend one candidate to the division chair and the provost. If both approve, the NCSA will fund the hiring of the instructor. Although the CAA has not hired a Student Chair for fall, orne of the money set a ide for hiring a student chair was used to coponsor an adjunct professor of Anthropology with the Alumni As ociation. Pending the blessing of Social Science Division Chair Richard Coe and Provost Charlene Callahan, New College alum Aimee Placas will be teaching a class titled "The Anthropology of Money" next fall. Placas graduated New College in 199o, and is now pursuing her doctorate at Rice University. "She i among the very best tudents I have seen at the College," read Anthropology Professor and The Catalyst sponsor Maria Vesperi' recommendation letter. '"The Anthropology of Money' is an exciting new topic that has never been taught here before, and would be a most welcome addition to ow: curriculum.' writes AnthropoJogy Profe or Ton Andrews in hi letter of reco mmend atio n "Money. W e use it daily, we probably can't imagine life it, but what is it exactly?" Tht begins Placas' propo al for the "Anthropology of Money'' cia The class will consider money as a social object, reading and examining variou monie and their meanings. Anthropology has been an area of particular interest to New College students lately. Second year Erin Rodgers had to drop Anthropology as a Ia h major because "[It's] too hard to get into the cla es,"she said. Po sibilitie for fil1ing other similar holes in the New College curriculum can be found in the tudent chair will not happen, however, without student participation in the earches. Nicoleau envision the search for a Student Chair as a competition between di ciplines. "[It] really come down to tudents doing their jobs and trying to get people," she said. Protest ends with call from Harris __ __ __ __ Christopher Lawton, Eliza Sydney, and Allyson Crawford. Harri office, for the most part, obliged t he trikers, bringing out chair and offering water. Some of the staff was more shocked than anything else. 'This just ha n't happened before." said Harris staff assi tant Connie McK(}e There were no unkind words, even when a Harri aide told the group the congressperson wa in session on Capitol Hill and unreachable. "We' II wait for her said Dr. Stephen Haering a local physician who visited the protest on his lunch break. "There's not a politician on the Hill who doe n 't take lunch on Friday." Eventually, Harris called McDaniel on a cell phone. McDaniel read Harris a prepared tatement on behalf of the group urging Harris to vote against allocating money for the war in Iraq. Harris replied that the two would have to ''agree to disagree" on the ubject. McDaniel wa dis ati tied with the telephone conversation, which led her to start planning a longer meeting with the congres person. Basically, the group feel Harris may not have gotten the point. The United States is "invading a country," said retired Sarasota resident Trudy Pratt, 58. "Granted, they're oppressed, but they didn't ask us to come over there. ln this case, we've trampled over lraq as if it was ours to take." also ro to against a proposed $15 biJlion cut in veteran benefits, whic h c ome s even a s the war in Iraq creates a new generation of veterans .. "Not only tha t depleted uran i um ca u es birth defects, and contaminates everything we br eathe four million years. This has not been addressed at all. McDaniel told The Catalyst. Several weapons in the U.S. arsenal u e depleted-uranium shells. Jnfomwtionfrom the Sarasota Herald-Tribune was used in this report. a t 11 Y I do i summeril e' I help ou a plansl Apply t o Wo r k at the WRC The Writing Resource Center is hiring new student writin.g assistants (SWAs) for Fal12003. Come by the WRC to ptck www ncf edu/CareerServices F EE resume/CV writing consultations. Career planning. Job earch strategies. Jobs. Mock 'nterview Study Graduate school Fellowships. cholarships. Volunteer program s Summer activitie Calendar of events. t I I I up an application! REVISING g Clari fy i ng BRAINS ORMI G

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The Catal t NEWS 2003 Germany-bound Fulbright scholar a touchy subject Nath:miel Burbank!Cli/a(Jll'/ Thesis-student and F u l b r i ght scholar India Harville, above will travel to Germany next year to study stress hormones. by Katelyn Weissinger F o urth-y ear In d ia Harville is one _of three New College students who won a Fulb right Fellowship this .. will ilie PIZZA a.-Pbz.ca-...-...d('14"') 7. 75...Joog(16") 9 75-..x-lrg(l..., 10.75 ---....sr.2S ... ----SJ.so eo ............ SJ.r.s ... Wh;te Pb:za 11.95 --13.95 -------16.9$ ........... ac-e.:...._....,_.,. & Toft-e aa 5idlic.---.16 .. 16 ---------------11.95 ._... .....,..-----J.75 eo ........... ............. OU......Onloo-. ........ Oortk... .... lllli ....... ...... 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She wiU be working and studying at the Heinrich Heine Umversity in Dusseldorf. Harville is one of two students from New College who will be traveling to Germany through Fulbright next year and one of about 1,000 Fulbright scholars awarded internationally this year. ''I'll be working in [Experimental Psychology Professor Clemens] Kirschbaum's lab. He's a famous researcher that works with stress. In his lab, he brings people in and systematically stresses them out," said Harville. ''He has them do difficult things around a bunch of other people like count backwards from 1,000,675 by 13. And then he takes saliva samples every twenty minutes because cortisol [a stress hormone] levels register in your-saliva." Harville became interested in stress hormones while she was working on an Independent Study Project at the Touch Research Institute in Miami. Harville worked with Institllte Director Dr. Tiffany Field, who measured the progress of pregnant women, premature babies, and mv patients by studying their stress levels. "I was doing all that research with Dr. Field, and I found out she sends all her tests out of the lab and it costs a lot of money," said Harville. She plans to return to the Institute after completing her research in Germany to do Field's testing herself, in ord e r to help reduce costs. Afterwards, Harville plans to a ttend graduate school to study health psycho logy. 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Harville's thesis evolved out of a strong interest in massage In high school, she took massage classes and became a nationally certified massage therapist. While at New College, she worked at a spa and is currently teaching the Massage Tutorial. Harville also has a strong interest in German culture. She has been tudying German since the sixth grade and speaks fluently. While living in Georgia. Harville translated for German team members at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Harville has traveled to Germany twice, once on an elementary school trip and once for an intensive summer language program in Di.isseldotf. She also stayed with a German family in Russia, as an exchange student through the Gt>eilieInstitut Language Program. "Dtisseldotf is amazing. It's a medium-sized city. It's bigger than Sarasota. It's very rich though, kind of like S araso t a," sai d Harville. "It has these grea t antique s hoppin g ar eas. It' s easy to get around; they have gre at rapid tr ansit. .. 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CATA YST n Ca rot o But he's so lame volume xvi issue 9 I 4.1 6.2003 page 7 Old trad1 ions come out to get so e play by Maria Lopez On Apri I 12 ew ollege celebrated yet another Fetish Ball. Thi year' ball was ho ted by third-year ceirdwyn Lucker, whose call for 'ew College to get down and dirty received the u ual bevy of rep lie "Home Depot i the be t fetish tore ever," aid third-year Tina Abate, who also helped plan the event. A charred baby doll and a flag hung around third-year Bill Outlaw neck. Covered in black Judge, the doll had an empty pit where the tomach used to be. A hi jester' hat jingled, Outlaw aid he burned the doll with a blowtorch for culpture cia "It was all very afe, although she did cream out toxic fume ,"he aid. Other odd feti he came in and out of Palm Court, including girl couts, a b1 hop, metallic-buckled boot a miley faced hat, and good and bad kitten Third-year Brew ter Mitchell wore a hlack uit with hackle about hi wri t identifying himself as a "clo. et bondage slut." Thesis student with third-year Valerie Mojeiko 's en uou. hula-hoop dance She wore a flesh-toned ma k and black and white striped tockin y Midway through the performance he trad_dled a rna ked man. con tantly keepmg the hula-hoop in motion o er wri t., elbows, and around her neck. In the econd act Lucker was a lion tamer. Her two lion were ''good kitty" first-year Claire Miller wearing a white teddy and white boots, and ''bad kitty" third-year Tina Abate dre sed in a nude body uit. "I've worked with the e lion lots of time, before. It' going to be okay," Lucker said. In the third act Lucker demon trc:tted safe wax play for the audience. After the show the crowd disper ed. I a ked veteran Catalyst writer Ryan McCormick Price, E q. what hi feti h was. He replied, "I 11 have to go to my room to how you. It's over there." Feti hi ts also drifted to the human sundae bar et up by the walkway to the mailroom on the gra s. There participants were encouraged to top them elve. or each other with a condiment their preference: whipped chocolate and aniJJa pudding and strawberry jelly-pro ided hy the ho. t:.. Th se co ered in these confection return d to Palm Court lapping away at the human undae delight'>. Those in search of orne real punishing proceeded to the Fi hbowl in Hamilton Center, which wa converted into a "dungeon." Dungeon master Lucker 1ree 1s e ade t a explained that by entering. tudent agreed to use afe \\cords" as guide .. hould th y choose to be d minated. Tho e dominated took part in role playing. n partic1pant would play the role of the dominant person and u a whip or re training vice, while the other participant would play the ubmi ive and use col r to indicate their comfort level in order to en ure that all rot playing tayed afe and fun. Participant<; could choose from three different station from which to be dominated -a Pei bed eqUipped with re traint two panking benches, and a St. Andrew' Cro (a big X) built by 1 ew College alum Will Sneddon. Some tudents went to the dungeon just to observe. Students al o mingled in Palm Court to 1i ten to the punk wall ho ted by atan Gold. Gold aw a definite connection between fetishes and punk mu. ic. 'The guy that made the Sex Pi tols the Sex Pi to) (entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren] had a feti h hop a oon a he tarted the band. He got into t: tishe like leather toy and bondage." Gold felt McLaren conn ct d h1s o With the deveJop f Gold planned his punk wall to include music trom every era in re rs chronological order trom Bfink J82. Alien Ant Farm, Bad Religi n, Sex Pistol the Who. and Jimi Hendrix. According to Lucker, Fetish Ball hru been a ew College traditi n for at lea t even year po. sibly longer. The ball \a'el lorowati/&u CofkRe A tradition of Fetish Bal i the ever-present ''Pei bed with bondage restra"nts," bove. u ed to be one of the Palm Court Parties New College hosted every year. While the turnout wa not large overall, the pirit behind Feti h BaH and tho e attending it remains the arne. Firt-year Sarah ulle man aid, "I wi h more people had com but tho. e who t.hd had a good ti.t\'le." depraved (and f II of Je 0) by Michael Sanderson footballized Ea ter egg bounced to hi feet. in the fruity rna! .. unable to grip each other' bocHe reduced to wriggling in drunken contact in the rubber tub as a crowd of a hundred roared with approval. Decay rul s at B-Dorm. So it hould be m re hocking that B-Donn, home to orne of the mo t deviant 'ovo ollegian oflegcnd, opened in 1969 and now ba. tion of physical and moral decrepitude, ho t one of the mo t formal event;; of the New College year. Annually, though, New College flocks to our backcountry B-Donn, now woefully out of place am ng up tanding building with their SF office The legendary B-Dorm Soiree: A great fe. ti al with a large crowd over a hundred, heavy drinking from free table of booze, arranged connections according to social cu tom. and sport th magnificent Jell-0 wras lin. Behind th co. tume., ranging from black-tie to cupid. lay the primordial emotion that make pos. ible the Soiree, love and violence. The ten ion broke through in a myriad of dramatic moments. Hunganan-looking math thesi tu nt in a ve t and tie took a cognac gla containing "grain alcohol with cherry Mountain Dew.'' "Cheney? Cheney Mountain Dew?'' he a ed in re ponse. with unclear confu. ion, before a purple A ignal for some pr pective date? Wa th exclamation, ''We ju t m t a Frenchman named Olig!" by girl a moment later? Apparently not. a they pointed him out, ignoring an ironic. Orwellian c rrection to "Freedomman.'' A band wa set up. to play live music, and aLo provided the night' obligatory police incident. A related by fir t-year and The CaJaly t Desi m Editor Caitlin Young, one of the band members followed her friend t h r room and he had to be escorted off campu by the police. "We couldn't hear what he wa-; saying-1 Jove you, thank. for corning ut." Young aid. 'They [the cop l called hi wife and apparently he lov her too." The triumph of the evening came clo e to midnight when brave competit tripped off their costume (and all decorum within 40 yard ) to fight hand-to-hand in a conte t of courage, strength, and violence, an earthly and unre trained celebration: The Jell-0 wra lin. It had a emblance of order, with pairs of men and w men parately facing off. They oon were meared P ychology the is-student Bonnie Strelitz commented, 'Thi. a chance for all the alpha male at New College to di. play their aggre ion for one another in competition for king." Some random party-goer said simply, "I ne er thought they d be able to defile B-0 nn." k more men and worn n piled into the J ll-0 and the red goo plattered the backwardsu'rming crowd I couldn't help but think of Am rica's troop m Baghdad. And when om n wa-; declared 'tict r, J said aloud thi i a victory for not only all ew Coli ge tud nts, but for all of America: The terrorist have not won. Thi the B-Dom1 Soiree, with it cru hing plattering bodie i Why We Fight. To paraphrase nze Catalyst luminary Rocky Swift, I'm grateful to live in a country where we can pull each other into tub of Jell-0 without fear of being lynched for being o weird. God Ble Ameri a!

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Catalyst Mild-mannered Dave Buwik is mi taken for an angry rurl n passen er and L ordered by a JUdge to attend anger management e: ions with Dr. Buddy Ryd II. The sessions are unorthodo and filled with eccentric, volatile men and women. After a econd mi hap. the judge orden; Dave to set up therapy rend up in jail. Buddy move in wilh ave to help him battle inner d mons through example-Buddy act out at every opporturuty, whi h mclud making lewd conunents towards Dave' girlfriend. Buddy finally goe to far and Dave has to d ide to recede into hi hell or stand up for himself. Starring: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler; Kmta Allen Stu Shepard a low-rent, unethical, and If-serv ing media con ultant is trapped in a phone booth after being tol by a serial-killer caller that he'll be hot dead if h hangs up. A sudden act of ,;o lence ne..'lr the Tew York City phone booth draw the attention of poli who arriv with a mall army of harp hooters, believing Stu to be the culprit. Tho seruor officer on scene tries to talk Stu out of th booth, unaware that the killer has everyon -Stu's wife. client/potential girlfriend, poli and media-in his ights. Emotionally naked and drained. night begins to de end and Stu has to attempt to outv. t the caller to escape. Starring: Colin Farrell, Fore t Whitaker, Katie Holme asks him to tell her his secrets, he replies, "I don't have any secrets." One would expect the tense "I'm a secret, she replies. personal paranoia of the Cold War He' also a surveillance expert-and Watergate-influenced 1960s and one of the be ton the West CoasL As 70s to play out in the films of rhe the movie opens, he and hi partner period. and many film do. But none Stan (John Cazale, The GodfaJher) attack with the quiet lonelines of are in a van taping the conversation Francis Ford Coppola The of a couple in a park. Back at his lab, Conver: ation (1974). he has multiple recordings at hi Geeky, hollow, paranoid. and dispo a1 and-removing unwanted v ibly irked about not having a background noise when turtle's shell to withdraw into, Harry necessary-marries them into one, Caul (Gene Hackman, The Royal pri tine copy. He has done hi job Tenenbaums) is a Watergate-era well, but i bothered by something po ter child, a man so obsessed with the man has whispered to the the fragile eggshell of individual woman: privacy that he' emptied himself of "He'd kill u if he got the April 16, 2003 (al o written by Coppola) doe something ab olutely brilliant-all ot Harry' action hinge on an extremely ubtle mistake he makes early on. In a turn remimscent of Hitchcock, the on time victim are cast in a different light at the climax. But th tum are made o lowly and quietly that Harry'. mistake i. eru y to mis These mind gam make the last ten minute one of the best final sequence. in American film hi tory. Hackman i dead-solid perfect as Caul, and the rest of the mall cast (Frederic Fouest, Cindy William Cazale, and Garr among them) hiu every right note to counterpoint Hackman's pronounced ilences. Harrison Ford trike an imposing sense of impending m nace in a rare bad-guy tum, and the uncredited Robert Duvall i. excelJent and appropriately mysteriou in his brief appearance. Unfortunately, Coppola made a boatload of much largercale movies (The Godfather3 and Apo alyp. e Now) in lhe 70s, which unv.dttingly caused the obfu cation of thi clas ic. But none of those movies were as chilling or, more importantly, real, as The Conversation, making it one of the best movies of the era. Strangely, it won no American award ca=ll the Frenc.-. held it in much higher regard; The Conversation ... chance.'' Knowing better than anyone While he continually reminds A my teriou monk with no name has traversed the earth for many years to protect the Scroll of the Ultimate--an ancient scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Now the monk mu, find a protege to become the next guardian. The streetwt.' but elf-interested Karr save the Bulletproof Monk from capture. The two become partnen; in a scheme to save the world from the scroll's most avid pursuer. Together they seek out and face the ultimate enemy in a final battle. Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott how vulnerable our secret lives are him<>elf (and others ) that he is not to scrutiny and expo. ure, he has responsible for any hann that might accordingly cleaned himself out: he come to his assignments, deep in his has no meaningful relation hips, mind (and conscience) he knows all few belonging an empty apartment too-well how invasions of privacy he nevertheles button up with stimulate rage, revenge, and often three locks and an alarm. He has end in violence. Guilted into action nothing to hide, and hide it to prevent his work from causing fastidiously. someone's death, Harry gets Lonely and numb with anxiety, involved, destroying his Harry seeks occasional refuge with a professional code and his dimwitted mistress (feri Garr) who psychological stability. won the Palme d'Or (Best Picture) at the 1974 Canne Film Festival. The Conversation stays with you (as all really good movies do) long after you've finished watching it, like some kind of creepy dream. Plus, in a society where private information is lowly becoming more and more publicly accessible, this film and its expression of similar fears from almo t thirty years ago gives any American something to think about. Compiled by Sa Zen Local ie Ti es A Man Apart (R) 1:00 4:15 7:0019:35 Agent Cody Bank. (PG) 12:10 2:40 5:1 7:45 Anger Management (PG-13) 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 5:00 5:30 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 111:30 11:55 Basic (R) 12:05 2:30 4:55 7:20 9:45 12:00am Bringing Down the House (PG-13) 12:10 2:40 5:10 7:40 9:30 10:15 11 :5S knows nothing about him. When she The Conversation's screenplay Bulletproof Monk 12:15 2:45 5:15 7:45 10:15 Chicago (PG-13) 12:15 2:45 5:15 7:45 10:15 Head of State (PG-13) 12:20 2:40 5:00 7:25 9:45 12:00am Hou e of 1000 Corpse (R) 12:30 2:45 5:05 7:25 9:40 11:50 MALIBU'S MOST 12:40 2:50 5:00 7:35 9:50 11:50 Phon Booth (R) 12:25 2:35 5:05 7:50 9:55 11:55 Piglet's Big Movie (G) 12:30 2:30 4:50 7:10 Spirited Away (PG) 12:40 4:15 The Core (PG-13) 12:45 4:00 7:05 10:05 The Quiet American (R) 7:25 9:55 View from the Top (PG-13) 10:10 What a Girl Want (PG) 12:05 2:3515:10 7:40 10:10 Cobb Par way 8 Universty Parkway, Sarasota Valid until April 17 Catch Me If You Can (PG-13) 1:50 5:00 8:00 Daredevil (PG-13) 4:45 9:40 Darkne Fall (PG-13) 2:20 4:30 7:20 9:35 Frida (R) 2:00 7:05 Gang of New York (R) 2:10 5:30 9:00 Maid in Manhattan (PG-13) 1:55 7:00 Talk to Her (R) 2:05 4:40 7:15 9:45 The Life of David Gale (R) 4:15 9:20 The Lord of the Ring : The Two Tower 2:25 7:30 Two Week otice (PG-13) 2:15 4:35 7:10 9:30 Bums Court Cinema Pineapple Avenue/Bu Lane, Valid until A rill7 Bend It Like Beckham (PG-13) I :00 3:30 6:00 8:30 He Loves Me, He Love Me Tot 3:20 8:15 Shanghai Ghetto 1:15 The Heires 5:30 The Pianist (R) l :30 4:45 8:00

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The Catalyst 00 I by Josh Orr CATALY nte c I a which eerns to ta e pnonty ov r comedic craft in the Carrot Top show. A mu ical montage of fecal zoo Carrot Top's tage act i a blend of bloopers would make almost anyone's Gallagherian fantasy and arena rock ailllii explicit. band bowman hip. Eight prop trunk Scott Thomp. on, aka redheaded are hou ed on a multi-tiered, chrome prop comic Carrot Top. want to tage adorned on either ide by large. entertain people, to make them laugh, chrome ilhouette. of the performer, and the video montage that opened his and a central projection screen hangs April 12 performance at th Van Wezel from above. He take the prop comic' certainly sent the old-out crowd reeling liberty of visual enhancement to in low-brow hilarity. Between the clips dramatic new heights by incorporating of dog humping stuffed animals and fog and wind machine tricky lighting, chimps smelling their own poop. the pyrotechnic and video into the act to entire theater roared with laughter ensure maximal entertainment, hould before Carrot Top even approached the the wacky inventions and jokes about stage: celebri t' es hortcoming fall flat. Though Carrot Top had trouble Often they did. at which point a zany garnering comparable laughter noise or nippet from a contemporary throughout the show. he eventually pop ong would ound, or a garish pro ed himself through crowd respon. e photo of Michael Jackson would flash to be a entertaining as a turdniffing on the creen, getting a rise from the chimpanzee. audience. Largely, such tactics worked, The performance began in a and the people seemed satisfied, further scatterbrained blur as Carrot Top proving Carrot Top's keen performance committed to a prop joke about air insight in a very cheap way. travel luggage, for which he was unable "These jokes just don't have lona to locate the nece ary prop, displaying retaining power, Top noted after a prop the dangers of storing one's comedic gag met lukewarm laughter. "They're appeal in a trun At last he had to give funny, then they're over." up on the bit. Nuggets of cleverness were found in "Just everybody pretend that joke the prop trunks. including a tax return was nny as hit. Top 1ru tructed th enve pe hape li e a ha d gi in 7 the audience, who complied and Jau hed middle finger, and a remote contr J with poli ly. a rifle ight on the end to help viewers He then p lied out two giant-sized feel more patriotic while watching plastic bags filled with marijuana and televi ion war coverage. white powder, respectively, and aid it But far more were le s than funny, would be funny to try and bring them and many, like a golf putter with a onto an airplane. funnel to urinate into-or a bucket on a Soon after, he handed out beer to tring for lady golfers-in order to eyeral audience members, illustrating en ure the mo t lei urely golfing the tactic of entertainment at all costs, experience, were ju t plain idiotic. a He wielded an ar. enal of poop jo e and peni joke:-like a bath towel for males that Simulate a giant erection. bulging peedo with character :tic carrot-colored pubic hair bur ting out of it, and many Viat:,rra pun Much of Top's stand-up material poked fun at celebritie He in luded joke ba hing the weight of one of the Dixte Chicks. and the weight of Anna 1 icole Smith. and the irony in Eminem being a Caucasian rapper and Tiger Wood being an African-American golfer. And then there were cherished Michael Jackson joke of all vaneties the "Hey, didn't Michael Jackson u ed to be black?" jokes, the "Look at hi me ed up no e!" jokes, the "I cant believe he has children!" jokes, the more generic ''Whoa, what a freak!" jokes, and of course, child mole tation joke after hilariou. child mole tation joke. Carrot Top even did a Michael Jack on impression, moonwalking and crotch-grabbing aero s the stage in a homemade Jackson mask, utilizing a wind machine for ramatic ffect. Such impression were uninventive-me t of them consi ted of Carrot Top putting on a funny wig to look like a certain rock star, then dancin around to one of their on wi out ru tri 'ng Jikene to the tar-but drew orne ot th biggest laughs of the night, the crowd cheering his knavery on as they had done for the opening video montage, like Jdds at a JUnior high school variety show watching the spa tic boy perform. The how' grand finale found Top impersonating a number of rock n rollers, from stumbling Ozzy Osbourne to a panty-sniffing Tom Jone Thou h 'Half-Life' by Christopher DeFillippi YouKNOWH IT YofJ GillE MID YOV GIVE, Yo (,fT IS PECT! Prom tiona! ph hi redhead' complexion lent it! elf to a convincing Axl Ro e impre sion, the appeal of mo t was ju t seeing Carrot Top dancing around in a wig. His Elton John imper onation, performed to John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" theme from The Lion King, con. r ted o Top in pucpl h t. erenading a ruffed lion. ts reception lacldu ter at first, until he began to hump the ru ffed animal, giving the people what they wanted. ending them into comedic ec tasy, and bringing the perfonnance full circle, all without ever having to niff hi own fecal matter. That is, unle you count niffing fake poop, becau e he did that earlier in the how.

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The Catalyst NEWS Presentation d1scusses "rogue by Christopher DeFillippi In a presentation entitled "The United Nations and the Iraq Crisis What Next for the Organization," academics, re tired Foreign Service officers, and prominent members of the Sarasota-Manatee chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA) engaged in an open dis cussion regarding America's role in the global community. In a panel composed of New Col lege Political Science Professor Keith Fitzgerald, Political Sci ence Professor Emeritus Margaret 'Peggy' Bates, local UNA chapter President Wade Math ews, and UN A program chair Scott Behoteguy, the partici pants were unanimous in af fmning America's dismissal of United Nations' concerns re garding the War on Iraq as a po tentially dangerous declaration of our rogue nationhood. Mod erated by Dateline Sarasota talkhow host and Ex e c uti ve Director o f the Argus Foundaion Kerry Kir s chner he began the disc u ssion by out l ining "We are here today not to prote t or up port the current gov ernm ent Kirschner be an. ''If we wanted to do that, we ought to head off to [U.S.] 41 and pick up our placards." The audience of roughly sixty predominantly senior-citi zen townspeople, mostly UNA members, and six New College students chuckled apprecia tively '1t's what's going to happen in the future that we want to discuss," Kirschner continued. "How do we act in a time when we seem to have not only mili taristic attitudes towards other governments but also unilateral concerns; how do we get the world community to act to gether?'' Kicking off the discussion, Fitzgerald addressed the media perpetuated stereotype that aca demics are fanatically liberal and compulsively anti-Ameri can He then described himself as a "raging moderate" who has taken issue with the Bush Ad ministration's handling of inter national issues largely because its approach has been so consis tently immoderate. "[T]he United States gov ernment under the present ad ministration has marginalized an d to a large extent dismissed the United Nations, and all modes of international conduct, created and fostered in the postUnited States becomes a citadel, seen by the rest of the world as an empire, and the his tory of International Relations i s very clear on thi s, there will be a coalition that will form to oppose us." This sentiment was echoed by all of the panelists. 'The number one rogue na tion is the U.S .. Matthews said. "Is [the U.S.] going to ex tend its doctrine of pre-emptive war to other countries? Is it go ing to go against non-democra cies, the inefficient govern ments, or one's where all the people aren't happy? Where do you draw the line?" Another intense area of dis cussion during the presentation was what steps need to be taken to bring about peace in the Mid dle East. All of the speakers, and a number of audience members that took to the pulpit, expanded upon the importance of resolving the Palestinian conflict. The panelists also focused heavily upon the necessity of U.N. involvement in nation building after the resolution of the Iraq conflict, citing histori cal incidents of premature with drawal from post-war recon struction as warnings against taking insufficient care in this area. The current state of Afghanistan was mentioned on several occasions. W e w an t t o get out of Iraq as soon as possible," Bates said. I i civil war for who knows how long. Why do we think we can automatically, in three or four weeks, turn over the running of the country to the Iraqis, who have not been disarmed, who may still have people loyal to Osama bin Laden hidden in the background? In other words, our attitude has been 'we beat them.' Now [reconstruction] is April 16, 2003 ationhood'' of U.S. Nathaniel An "actio n s hot of the presenters tab l e up to them and the rest of the world." After drawing the initial par allel between Iraq and Afghanistan, she then compared the situation to the unsuc cess ful U.N peace-keeping ef fort in the Congo, where over 500 000 died due to a lack of United States support "In places w h e r e we have g w re much better." Bates said. 'There were f ewe r de aths, there we r e fewer expenses, and ev erybody wa just happier ... The U.N. needs us just like we need them.'' While some many astute ob servations about the cunent situ ation were made, some mem bers of the aud1ence seemed dissatisfied with the lack of proposed solutions to the crisis of America's relation to the inter national community. One townsperson could be heard repeatedly muttering "where do we go,'' during a sig nificant portion of the presenta tion. Near the end of the lecture, Dieter Mueller, a German emigre a nd UN A member expre ssed his world opinion of hi s bafflem en t a t the state of in ternational re l ations. "The world i upside down,'' Mueller said as he ad dressed. other member of the audience. "America is but tressed by Switzerland. the French are calling the Ameri cans arrogant, and the Germans don't want to go to war.''

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The Catal st NEWS April 16, 2003 For General Heiser, parting is such sweet sorrow I Lawrence Bowdish: In your tenure as Foundation Pre ident. what are some of the toughest challenges you have had to face? Gen. Rolland V Heiser: The first and toughest challenge would be the independence of New College; I worked hard to make that happen. Another challenge was building and managing the Foundation endowment, especially in light of the declining market. Our income was eaten up, and that made it difficult to continue to do what we needed to do in regards to supporting the College. The Presidential Search was also pretty rough. Early on, I was convinced that ew College was a jewel. During the time New College was merged with USF, I worked hard to market New College. From 1980 to now there have been 5-6 Provosts, then Dean/Wardens. There was no stability, so there were times when I had to be the stability the campus needed. Now that has changed with a new. permanent President and admini tration. RVH: Abso l utely Jn the military my assignment was Chief of Staff of United States European Command. In that capacity, I worked with Congre s to support our forces in Europe. I gained a lot of experience working with Congressmen and taffers. That allowed me to work effectively in Tallahassee on behalf of rew College. In 1979, we passed legislation establishing matching grant funds for New College. If we were able to raise .. 3.5 million dollars in 2 years, the tate would match that with 2.5 million dollars. We were able to raise that amount, and that became the first 6 million dollars in the Endowment. We were able to raise the next 5 million in the same fashion in 1985. but were able to reach that goal in just 6 months. In the military. I handled big budgets, and managing budgets has been one of our strong points. Our income has steadily increased. while our expenses have stayed relatively constant. During my latter years, I spent great deal of time in community relations, which has served me very well here By default during the merger. we became the voice of New College, else there w ould not be one, and my time in the service helped me in that respect. LB: Is there anything you would have done differently? RVH: I feel that our most critical issue is management and finding a home for USF. My most fervent hope is a tune)y solution to campus management. talks about the need for NC campus room and full management of resources. LB: Do you have any advice for your successor, or New College as a whole? RVH: After 24 years, I have set goals and achieved them, now we are poised for the future, which requires different goals. I feel these goals should include 100 million dollars in the Endowment and refining working relations in our support of New College. We also have to acknowledge that the President of New College has to be a primary player. I assumed that role in the past, and now the President can do it. The Foundation should be more of a fundraiser. Planning and Student Affairs should be more of the Board of Trustee's responsibility. The Foundation should be grounding itself in development and finance. Our role in the EPPC and Student Affairs should be less. Those committees have played a dramatic role in the past to maintain principles and goals, but these roles should not be future goals. I certainly believe in the mission of New College and everything that we do in the future should be to enhance that mission. LB: What are your plans for after Apri l 25th? RVH: I am going to continue my work on the Board of Governors; I intend to give that a great deal of my energy. I am unsure of what my future role on the Foundation Board may be. I have no plans for another job, but I will still be a strong volunteer and representative in Tallahassee. My loyalty will remain strong. I have a lot of writing that l have From November 2000 to July 200L we were wanted to do for a long time. I also want to become involved in the legislation of New College's the top computer expert in Sarasota. I have a new Independence. We worked with Senators Sullivan and iMac, and I want to know everything about it. McKay in the Fall of 2000 to get that started. Around I am proud of the students of New College and the Christmas, 2000, Senator Sullivan sent a draft of faculty. legislation to put our words in it and give it a New College feel. I was able to put our mission statement into the document verbatim, explicitly spelled out that even of the College Trustees would come from the Foundation. and made an official statement that New College of Florida would manage the Sarasota Campu At some point in the proces omeone had that Ja t statement removed. I should have been more f orceful and convince Senator Sullivan how important that statement was to the campus and its independence. The New College of Florida and USF Sarasota/Manatee mu t be separated. There are berter locations for Sara ota/Manatee in the area. To make that point to the community I have written a letter to the local papers in response to a statement of Laurie Stryker abou the campus management. The letier The best way to see General Heiser's devotion to New College and the Foundation is to notice his use of pronoun 'T' usually denotes the Foundation, where "we" usua11y denotes the Foundation and the College together. He has gotten so involved that he rarely discusses either of these in the third per on. Thank you, General Heiser, we are proud of you too. General Rolland V. Heiser will retire on April 25, 2003--his 78th birthday and 24 years after the day he interviewed for the position of New College Foundation president. For more coverage of General Heiser's final days as Foundation president, see The Catalyst next week.

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The Catal st PERSPECTIVE Where is all the passion in today's pop music? A drive through Nellyville or a tour of R. Kelly's Chocolate Factory evokes its share of emotion, but it's a far cry from the lip-biting Journey listeners once embarked upon. The quest for the elusive power ballad in 2003 has reached a dead end-a road to nowhere, one might say. Sad but true, the low-flapping do-rag has not, and never could, replace the mullet. The epoch that untamed mane inspired lost its oomph somewhere along the line, and those who bought into it are now exploited by the mainstream. Derogatory nicknames like "monsters of rock" have turned our once-revered cultural icons into laughing stocks. E'nuff z'nuff, America. Our ears and intellects have endured the wrath of more than a decade of dirt-rock-free radio, and the English language has suffered in turn. When was the last time we used clever euphemisms like "gettin' rocked," "cherry pie" or "unskinny bop" as sexual innuendos? Even our geography has been slaughtered. No longer are bands named after cities, countries, or continents. Giant holes fester on the map where Asia and Europe used to be, along with two of the largest metropolises in the U.S.: Boston and Chicago. To top things off, we never even got a grace period. It was as if we were sent to Death Row before we paid our dues on Skid Row. Glancing down, confounded, at the deliberate knee-holes in our tapered jeans, we tucked our Wmger ring-tees away in a shoebox. Society set aside room for Dr. Ore, but not for Dr. Feelgood. So what of all the broken promises? What happened to that alleged paradise city replete with green pastures and pretty girls? The jungle of great whites, white Abby Weingarten OPINION Today's world needs more rockers sporting ridiculously huge hair. snakes, white lions and def leppards where we were once welcome? That run with the devil we awaited at the starting line? Or the crazy train that mysteriously sped off-track? As a blasphemous Eminem samples Aero mith tracks, the Ratts of today are trapped in far-off Midwestern garages, shaking their tails. There was an era once when Metal Edge magazine was on the verge of becoming the next Rolling Stone. A pterodactyl Jon Bon Jovi was soaring through audiences in fringed leather jackets, and living on a prayer to boot. Beige ca sette singles of Nelson's "After the Rain" were in the tape decks of our ghetto blasters. "Oreo Speedwagon" milkshakes were still on the menu at T.G.I. Friday's. 95YNF, not Wild 98.7, was the hottest FM station in Tampa Bay, and Velcro shoes were just. .. easier. Only now do dinner run to Sonic produce any glimpse of that slighted subculture. Like an archaeological dig at an abandoned Astroskate, artifacts emerge from '86 Pontiac Sunbirds in Foreigner shirts. The extinction of these motley crues has wreaked havoc on the Billboard charts. And, as art mirrors life, our collective soul just isn't the ftrehouse it used to be. During a period of tumult and tunnoil uch as thi one, we need omething to believe in-an anthem, an excuse to burn up the butane in our cigarette lighters that is currently far too full. As patriotic a Petey Pablo's "Raise Up" may be, it's no "We're Not Gonna Take It." It's amazing how much we can loathe something we used to love so deeply. Tom Keiff of Cinderella sang it best: "You don't know what you got 'til it's gaaw-onn." o, plastic is not okay'' Corrections In our April 9 issue, The Catalyst misidentified second-year Ben Lewis, who played Li'l Kim in Nathaniel Burbank OPINION Corporate invasion of the public's lives goes to far with "is plastic okay?" It took me months to notice, but make no mistake, the question "is plastic okay?" has replaced the once ubiquitous "paper or plastic?" phrase at supermarkets across the country. The dominance of the new phrase may be one of the last mile-stones in the 125-year lifespan of the brown paper bag. It's not one of tho e things that you just know is wrong when you see it like Madonna's "American Pie," or USF's proposed "relocation" to the Crosley Estate. It is however, one more example of corporations seeking to manipulate our actions through language, and for me at least, one example too many. In a world where more people recognize the significance of McDonald's golden arches then the crucifix, we have to draw the line on corporate invasion somewhere. So many of our daily interactions are dictated by corporate policy-it's the way I'm thanked for shopping at Walgreens every time I walk out the door, as if my presence was personally satisfying for the cashier. I am not a customer, but a "guest" whenever I walk inside Target's door-! am sure that CEO Robert Ulrich misses me when I leave with a lighter wallet and my merchandise. And do you remember the last time you asked a friend to stop by the Ford "store" to pick up a few cars? Didn't think so. e brilliance of th yntax change lies in i s the eer B ow. subtlety, the way it changes our reaction Al s o s econd year Devon Barrett' chm.., subconsciously. Retailers want to promote the use of was actually Dev-on," with italics a t the plastic bags because they are cheaper, need less end of his/her name. The name was changed storage space, and fill quicker with groceries than their inadvertently in copy editing. paper counterparts. So just a McDonald's knows that 1-=--Th_e_C_a_ta_l..::.y_s_t _re...::gr::.._et_s_th__,e'"'"e_rr_o_r_s.___,==-==== we are more likely to order fries if they ask "Do you Announcement want fries with that?" at every possible opportunity, Publix knows most consumers are not likely to make Teach-In on the War i n I raq at New College a stand for paper bags. And thus, in almost Orwellian In response to the confu ion about the issue fashion, our human interactions have lost their natural surrounding the war in Iraq, New College is hosting realness and become systemically cripted. a teach-in on the war in Iraq for the general Since 1982, when amid little fanfare, plastic bags community. The teach-in will be a communal were introduced to consumers, they have gone from learning event with participation from faculty and having only small percentage to the large majority of students at New College. Thi event will occur on the market share. Initially, many treated the bags with April 15, 2003 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Hamilton skepticism. As recently as 1990, more than two thirds Student Center on the east side of the New of consumers chose paper. But today is a different College!USF Campus at 5700 N. Tarniami Trail. story. One local Publix manager told me that more Refreshments will be served following a friendly and than 90 percent of his customers 'choose plastic. respectful discussion of the issues surrounding in the Representatives from Winn-Dixie would only say "the United States military involvement in Iraq. Issues vast majority," thus demonstrating the successfulness covered will include Islam. history of the region, and of uch techniques. international law concerns. Anyone interested in I choose paper bags becau e they are more learning about the military involvement in Iraq is environmentally ound, and because they have an welcome to attend. essence of quality and heartiness that plastic just can't For more information, please contact Student match. They don't cling to your fingers. They tand up Organizer Robin Jacobs at the following. straight. They were a necessary ingredient for many (941 )360-5368 costumes of Halloweens past. rjacobs762@hotmail.com It is time to take a stand-and resist the desrre to be polite and submissive. It is not just about paper versus Speak Out! plastic, but a desire to have honest interactions, and not to lose yet another part of our integrity. So in these Have a different opinion than this one? days of conflict and peril, I have decided to start a Phone: 359-4166 fight of my own, one to liberate our terminology. I Email: catalystAncf.edu hope you'll join me. It starts by stepping forward, standing up, and saying, "No, plastic is not 'okay'." Snail Mail: a.x 75 -

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The Catal st according to McGrath. They were also concerned or confused about funding, institutionalizing student input, and rushing to create the board without proper planning or discussion. McGrath and Wolfe plan to meet with Dean of Students Mark Blaweiss on Wednesday to discuss these concerns. Organizing events: How the EPB would change how we have fun Right now, anyone can organize any thing at New College. Any student could petition the Student Allocations Committee (SAC) for money. harass a band's lt----tM)O)I:ing. chairs, and advertise. The EPB would not change that. But, Tuchman believed, stu dents who organize one large event tend to get "fritzed" and lose interest in planning another event. Her vision of the EPB woutd alleviate that by cultivating a small group of students who would become ex perts in the intricacies of entertainment and then pass on their resources and skills to other stu dents. This would ens that there is always someone with the skills and energy to fill Palm Court with fun or educa tional events for a day. "I tnink the board would al o help with continuity, which is the number one problem with planning, program ming, clubs, everything at New College,'' said current Coordinator of Mentoring at New College Konnie Kruczek, who speaks not only from her position in the Student Affairs Office, but also from having been a student here from 1991-95. 'The wheel is constantly being reinvented," she said. She would act as a liaison between students and administra tion. To keep the wheel turning, students would receive training and experience in advertising. personal relations and business skills--areas in which there are few She also hoped that representatives New College courses. 'This is for the stufrom every organization and club on cam dent who's really interested in making pus would attend the meetings to increase contacts and networking," Thchman said. cooperation among different groups. One "In ninety percent of careers that you go to example of cooperation she gave was after New College, you're going to need PCP The party would be planned by who to know how to make a phone call and be ever signs up to host it, but the board business about it." could work together with that student to il 16, 2003 in NCSA-speak) in the budget. That chunk would be specifically for large events, and the SAC could allocate it to the planning board on an event-by-event basis. The Events Planning Board would still handle all the planning, but wouldn't have absolute control over a huge amount of students' money. They also questioned the prudence of But ''business" isn't usually a word asfund a devilish bouncy castle for Halsociated with New College. loween PCP, or a lovely band for Valen"I know there are students who are tine's Day PCP. against [the Events Planning..----spending so much money on entertain ment during a time when the Florida Leg islature seems to want New College to survive on less and less funding. Board] because they think it's not New College," Tuchman said. "But my thing is that it is New College. It's stuff that we do any way, why don't we organize it and not put it on the back of one tu dent? ... It's not going to take away from the smaller programs [funded by the SAC]." What about the SAC? Tuchman said the EPB would enhance entertainment on campus because the SAC would continue to fund events and the board would, too, operating with a larger budget than the one available to the SAC. One ex ample Thchman gave of what the board could fund with its budget that the SAC would find difficult to fWld was a debate limes editor debating with a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent. With a $7000 price tag, Thchman said, "that's not something the SAC can pay for" with out depriving other students of funding for their film festivals and lectures. Student input While the students on the EPB would have final discretion over what act come to New College, Thchman said student in put would be vital. She said board mem bers would consult student surveys and students would always be encouraged to come to the board's meetings. The board would al o run ideas by students at town meetings and be included in weekly stu dent government e-mails. Opposition: what problem will the board solve? At the anti-EPB meeting organized by McGrath and Wolfe, almost everybody a But many thought that, in her enthusi asm, Tuchmac. "jumped the gun" after seeing how well student activities boards work for other schools at the National As sociation of Campus Activities conference she attended. In a handout explaining their position, Wolfe and McGrath wrote that, "students at big schools do not have a system like the SAC to provide them with funds to put on events that they want and, thus, they need a group of peo ple to do it for them .... is that the kind of place we want to beT' All at the meeting agreed that further discussion about what kind of place New Col lege is, what's wrong with event planning as it is, and what need to be changed, must oc cur before putting the EPB to gether. The consensus was that a tx?ard that would plan events so large and exciting that they could need more than a year to book and plan shouldn't be put together in just a few weeks before summer vacation. Thchman wants to start planning an event for Orien tation before the end of this semester. Some at the meeting found it "redundant" and "asinine" to have both the Events Planning Board and the SAC op erating separately. A solution that seemed popular was to simply create another line (or "chunk of money," to those not fluent Another topic on which there was much discussion was how student input would work under Tuch man's model. Most at the meeting said that there should be an official channel through which student input would be received and han dled. Some saw a simple "yay" or "nay" at town meetings to be insufficient. It was also suggested that the NCSA "do a urvey that doesn't suck," referring to the lack of anonymity and "bias" of the current survey. The EPB could be used for forces of c:uJtural diversi or forces of promotional material given to students at the National Association for Campus Activities Conference. Concerns Brought Up at Anti-Events Planning Board Meeting Lack of discussion about what problem the board seeks to solve. Do most students feel New College lacks large events? Will the board fix that problem? Surveys asking student opinion (of which there were many versions) assumed that the board would be created instead of asking students if they think it should be. rng is unclear. Some at the anti Events Planning Board meeting think the Student Allocations Committee should control the money while the Events Planning Board does the planning. frame with which the board is being created; some say that if the Events Planning Board is going to plan events so big and exciting that they wont happen for a year or two, they shouldn't put the board together in four weeks. Institutionalization of student input is crucial. The board shouldn't just "welcome" student opinion, it should be made responsible to it in some official way. How to get involv8d : Contact Homer Wolfe and Mari McGrath by a-mailing homer.wotfe@ncfedu or lamianosv@aol.com.


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