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A STUDEN OF NEW COLLEGE OF FLO VOLUME XVI ISSUE 5 MARCH 12 2003 Taco el pro est gets ew College he p by Abby Weingarten Five days of tarving one elf in tb name of justice must count for something. After expending calorie and $190 for plane tickets from the Student Allocations Committee, first-year Vallerye Anderson and third-year Kate Chanton would certainly hope so. On March 3, the two Collegian returned from participating in the large t labor hunger trike in U.S. history at the Taco Bell headquarter in Irvine, Calif. Of the week-long experience, Chanton aid, "I probably got more out of it than it got out of me." I'm starving in the rain, just starving i the rain By rented bus, 70 members of o 1 ton o mmoka e Worker made the four-day drive from Florida to Irvine on Thursday Feb. 20. When they arrived there on Sunday, 40 allies from variou organizations, including Chanton and Anderson, helped them et up tent. gather Igloo water JUgs, and salt and lemon ration for a fast that would commence the following day. Becau e both are bilingual, the two New College students were able to communicate with and translate for the fannworker who spoke Spani h. The number of supporters increa ed daily. and after 1000 people joined in a five-hour protest on the afternoon of Friday Feb. 28, Taco Bell higher-ups till refu ed to honor the demand of the CJW. In response. participants continued fasting until Wednesday March 5, for a grand total of ten day without nouri hment. Even during torrential downpour demonstrator picketed along the narrow idewalk by the parking lot of the C ATALYST this week 3.12.2 Reuben Rivas/ /A Independent Media Center After live days without food, f rm work rs, act vists, and ew Co Ieee fl t-ye r V llerye Anderson are recognized for their c:rific: in front of T eo B II H I C lit. on Feb 28. headquarters, waving sign that read Honk for Living Wages." drivers-by were supportive, Chanto said, with the exception of a few random people who yelled, ''Go eat a burrito!'' The popu tar band Los Jornalero played music to the assembly, best-selling author of Fa t Food Nation Eric Schlos er spoke, Aztec group danced, and priests held vigils and masses. Pennitted by police to pitch tents only between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., many were hospitalir.ed with pneumonia, influenza, and other ailment' due to Jack of leep, food, and the harsh weather conditions You say tomato, they c'est Ia vie For 25 year farmworker employee of ix L's Packing Company (one of the nation's largest tomato producer and a contractor for Taco Bell) have been paid 40 cent for every 32-Jb. bucket of tomatoes they pick and haul. Their median annual income is 7,500, while the average poverty rate in America is about 14,500. Workers have been denied unionizing right overtime pay, health in urance, ick leave, and pensions. By agreeing to pay one penny more per pound for the tomatoe it purcha e from Six L's, Taco Bell could double the salaries of these fannworkers. In 2001, when the corporation failed to comply with these request the CIW called for a national boycott of Taco Bell in hopes that they would set a precedent for other coalitions. That year, forty universities acros the country began participating in their own solidarity action including New CoJiege, which founded a Student Farmworker AJiiance. Member and thesis-student mado (almost) strikes New laws may place civil liberties at risk A Ju tice Department draft propo al of amendment-; to the controversial USA PATRIOT Act has been circulating in government a semblage ince February, though not by any work of it<; authors. When a member of my staff caiJed the Department just five days before the draft bill was leaked [to the pre s] ... she wa told point-blank that there was no bill in the works," Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) noted in a public tatement. "That wa either some very fa'it work by the Department. or an out-and-out misstatement.' The PATRIOT n propo a1 was written by the staff of Attorney General John Ashcroft, and, according to a Ju tice Department control sheet obtained by PBS program Now with Bill Moyers, delivered to Vice President Richard Cheney and Speaker of the House Dennis Ha tert on Jan. 10. The U.S. Senate held a hearing on March 4 to di cu s the progre s of the war on terrorism. Several enators, including Leahy, que tioned Attorney General Ashcroft about the alJeryed propo al. Som o e \\ho directly to yo 'ed to [my staff] and this is not a good thing," Leahy told A hcroft, according to an Associated Press report on March 4. "I think it bow a secretive proce s i developing in thi ." Entitled the "Domestic Homeland Security Enhancement Act of 2003," the draft propo es such amendments a the implementation of a national DNA databa e and the revocation of citizen hip from any U.S. citizen. based on government inference from their actions. Despite repeated inquiries by the U.S. Congre about the document, a of Feb. 7 no formal acknowledgment about any sort of amendment propo al were made by the Ju tice Department. A copy of the confidential document was leaked to the press and posted by the Center for Public Integrity, a civil libertie organization. on their web ite in the frr t week of February. Since the 120-page document' pre release, the Amelican Civil Libertie Union has repeatedly urged Congress to "resist pa sage of the proposed government surveillance bill." The ACLU published a detailed, yet approachable, analy i of the draft amendment, and it implications for a I .S. re idents on their web ite, Wl-1-'w.aclu.org. The Green Party is holding civil liberties workshops in cities aero s America. one of which wa recently held in Sudakoff o, this isn't The Wizard of but a tornado missed campus by les than a mile last unday night. Michael Sanderson has the investigative Free Radio ew College died out report. Story PIP 3 two decades ago, and apster may preparation a have kiJled the second radio cation, plus, or bust? b1.1t WR 'C may sign on again soon enough. ry e 7

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The Catal t CONTENTS Entertainment page 5 -Mike's Movie Pick page 6 -MovieTimes page 6 -Half-Life page II Today: Mostly Cloudy, 83/63 Thursday: Few Showers, 8o/64 Friday: Isolated T-Showers, 79/63 Saturday: Partly Cloudy; 79/62 Sunday: Partly Cloudy; 8o/61 Monday: Partly Cloudy; 78/62 Thesday: Partly Cloudy, 78/62 WALL ASSIGNMENTS Friday: Sarah Stamper/Devon Barrett "Blue Ball"f'Funk Wall" (see page 2) Saturday: Titus Jewell "Decline and Wall of the Roman Empire" the CATALYST Copyri(!)>l 2003, Th' Cata/rsr. All nglu:s .....,eel GENERAL EDITOR Michael Gimignani MANAGING EDITOR Sarah Zell DESIGN EDR'OR Caitlin Young COPY EDitOR ......, ...... PHOTO EDITOR Nathaniel Burbank""""" ONLINE EDITOR Sydney Nash SI:NIOR STAFF WR11tRS Abby Weingarten Michael Sanderson STAFF WRflERS Christopher Defillippi Maria Lopez Katelyn Weissinger Josh OnSarah 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 Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New CoUege Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 Tamiami li. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@ncf.edu (94l) 359-4266 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. No anonymous submis ions will be accepted. See contribution guidelines for further information. AU submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Saturday in order to appear in the following week's issue. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week. Visit The Catalyst online at : 1.. ON CAMPUS March 1 2003 compiled by Sydney Nash RA Selection The Resident Advisor selection process is on its way. RA applications were due last Friday Mar. 7. and the RA Selection Committee has been chosen. Soon the RAs themselves will be chosen. Twenty-four people have put in applications for the 15 spots (12 RA positions and three alternates). The applications will be looked over and positions will be filled by the selection committee made up of four students, one from each year, and a non-returning RA. 1he RA selection committee was chosen from eight applications by the Counsel of Student Affairs. FJ.rst-year Kristin Psiaki, secondyear Vanesa Botero-Lawry, third-year Brandon Keene, and fourth-year Robert Hutchison will be representing their respective years on the committee, and Maggie Phillips will be serving as the non renuningRA. The Selection Committee will work wilh Residence Life Coordinator Lindsey Dedow to reach decisions on the applicants. They will also incorporate student feedback into the process. Responses to applicants should be in writing, and addressed to any of the student members of the committee or Dedow. Feedback must be signed, although names will be kept confidential. Report on National Survey of Student Engagement RE9J.IIs A report on the results of the National Survey of Srudent earlier-was made available last week on the New College web site. The report highlights many of New College's mrique qualities. The smvey is administered to incoming first-years and outgoing fourth-years each fall. Results are tabulated over the course of three years to reduce short-term fluctuation. Current fourth-and first-years will be receiving the surveys for this year soon. if they have not already. The smvey discovered "that many wellregarded schools are perceived by their students as academically undemanding, generating and encouraging little engagement." Due to this, many schools are careful to keep the engagement smvey results private; New College annually boasts the results on the college website. Surprisingly, New College students came out as less apathetic and more motivated than students at other schools in at least one category: participation. 53 percent of New College students completed the survey, compared to the 41 percent average a1 participating schools. On the other hand, New College students were found to devote significantly less time to co-cmricular activities such as student government and campus organizations, and slightly more to socializing with peers. Although socializing at other schools does not appear to improve engagement, New College students apparently socialize a bit New College Lincoln impersonator Gerald Bestrom, of Alto, Michigan, washes his camper on the side of General Spaatz Blvd. Friday evening. Bestrom, a motivational speaker, travels across the country playing the 16th US President in front of school-age crowds. "ample peer discussion of ideas" that actually contribute to student engagement New College is required by the legislature to set goals and public support is dependent on progress towards these goals. The National Survey of Student :Engagement is a good indicator of progress on the four According to the report, the survey results provide strong evidence that New College is achieving its goals and therefore merits public and donor support." Blue Ball The tradition of semi-Nonnl returns to new College this weekend in a big way. "Blue Ball" will be held Friday, Mar. 14 at 10:30 p.m. in College Hall. The semi-fonnal tradition of semi-Nonnl hasn't been around in two years. This year, first-year and staff writer Sarah Stamper decided to reswrect the tradition. "I thought it was interesting that when I was a prospective," Stamper explained. "Semi Nonnl was 'Written in all of the admissions information as a guaranteed every-year event Once I found out that there hadn't been one in two years, I decided that it was time to resurrect Semi-Norml." And as to the theme? "I thought that it sexual reference, but appropriate because ball signifies a fonnal event-which, Semi Nonnl is," Stamper said. "It was a nice combination between slutty and classy." Stamper has planned an extravagant evening. In addition to music and decorations, there will be food There will also be ''Blue Ball" shot glasses on sale in Hamilton Center this week Proceeds will fund extra fun at the ball. ''I really just want everyone to have one awesome night before they have to start cramming for midterms," said Stamper. ''It is going to be fantastic. Everyone should come! (pun intended)." 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The Catal st NEWS aco Bel protest stude t-a Reuben Rivas!JA Independent Media Center LA Independent Media Center Protestors Vallerye Anderson Cleft} and Kate Chanton {right> at the protest. from page 1 counter-prote ting. When students were Catherine Clouse worked as an As i tant Organi .zer the Farm Labor 0 ganizing Committee m Toledo, Ohio last ummer. She bas organized pre entation letter-writing campatgn and protest at the Sara ota Farmer's Market and Taco Bell in Bradenton. A protest chedu1ed for Friday Feb. 28 at Bradenton's Taco Bell in Bayshore Gardens plaza was cancelled due to complications in procuring a permit. Clouse advertised door-to door in the Dort and Goldstein Residence Halls pri r to the event and received n'lixed reactions to the movement: Quite a few people-I don't want to say argued with me. but just challeng d me. like. 'Well, why i this your business? They're getting paid enough as it is compared to their conditions in Mexico. Taco Bell has to make money somehow; Clouse remembered. "I'm absolutely willing to g toe-to-toe with anyone on that Lsue." he added. Roasting the peanut gallery First-year Bryon Voirin's toes were the ust one to dip in hot water. The Friday of the anticipated Bay. hore Gardens demon. tration. Voirin and three friends loaded their bikes in the back of hi truck and set off for Taco Bell to counter-protest. The four, who refer to them el e a. the G3S gang, rode in on their trademark spraypainted bicyde from Bargain Bam wearing black-hooded robe called kanduras. The gang wa. di heartened to learn that the event had been cance1led, but decided to venture inside the restaurant and educate them elve about the fact The manager there informed them that all the tomatoe they buy are in fact picked by machines, not people. Voirin disapprove of the strategie that the Student Farmworker Alliance continues to employ. In his opinion, a more "respectable" method of conveying their mes age would be to engage in a formal debate instead of prote ts or hunger trikes. boycotting Old Navy, he went hopping at the store that day. "We got some great deal he aid. '' ew College kids just want to protest." Chanton would disagree. "[Voirin' ) per pective is that he doesn't have a she said. "As a white person with cttizenshtp and a college education who can always get a good job, he need to understand the i ue really well before he critiques it." But Voirin yearned for an answer to the question he saiu has been plaguing him: "Do you have nothio bett.::J to do Wlth our t\me than prole t i egaJ IJIIflligran There' more to it than that, Chanton argue The prote t. she said, was a direct result of corporate-controlled method of globalization that were implemented in the best intere t of corporation not in the best interest of people. "That' the cau e of a lot of the thmgs that are going on right now. including thi war that we're trying to have on Iraq." o ... sleep ... 'til retribution Despite opposition from keptic and the police department, Chanton and Ander on weathered the torm and the starvation pangs. The definifvc moment of Ander on' experience occurred on friday Feb. 28. the day of the five-hour rally. She remembered: ''Everything wa culminating to this one huge event, 25 years of waiting for thetr pay raise was coming together. I really felt that the grumbling of our stomachs could really be heard. There was such e citement because we were going to be validated and th y were going to get their ju tice." Then, by the end of the afternoon. the prote t concluded, crowd began to di per. e, and the only comment aco Bell executives offered was that they were not respon ible for the ituation at hand. Anderson wa informed that CEO Emil Brolick's office was located between the two L' in "Taco Bell" on the 25th floor of the reflective-windowed building. "It's almost like holding omeone hostage, like, 'Do thi or I'm going to do this,"' he aid. ''If it was my company, I'd be like, 'You guys are nuts."' ; "Maybe they were too high to hear the grumbling or feel the emotion. It really kind of symbolized how they ucceeded in distancing them elves from the ground workers, aid Anderson. ''It' hard to know that I left that and has happe orn do arely misses New College by Michael Sanderson A tornado shattered the tillnes of a tranquil evening on Sunday, touching down near the 47th Street Hou e, Jess than a mile from campus, according to the ational Weather Service. Rated as falling into the weakest category for tornado, with wind from 4 to 63 mph, the tornado accompanied everethunderstorm winds and rain that lasted about a half-hour. Then ju t as uddenl y as lhe freakish-but-mostly-harmle weather arrived. it was gone, leaving some downed trees in the neighborhood and the realization that nobody at New College knew what they were suppo eddo. When the tornado warning went out for northwest Saras ta County at 7:45 p.m., Dean of Students MaTk B1aweiss said he was out wi\h his fami\ at .. Winp and WindowB." a out restaurant. "I didnt know what to do," he said, either for his own family or the campu "Jfs a difficult place to get ahold of people in a hurry." While tornado watche can be i sued as an advisory to a general area, tornado warning. are not i ued until a tomado is confirmed, which can be minute before arrival. At the 47th Street Hou e where Tew College tudent' and alumm live, the storm was met with 'just a lot of frantic mnning around," said alum Fo ter ('02). "lt was really qmck, though, ju t pa t right through,'' he aid The 47th Street House is of wood-fram constmction but suffered no damage. Another bou e on 47th treet wa damaged when a tree fell on it. The ational Weather Service's other confirmed touchdown was at 7:55 at Tri-Par Estates, a trailer park south of University Parkway, where it caused some minor damage. Campus pianner have focused on hurricane Blawei aid. Obviously with a hurricane we have day and day with a tornado, 1llke that." He sa\d that he will work wi.th Campul'. Po\ice Ch\ef O'C si. and Y c Jobll evaluate plans "We want to at least have a y tern to let students know to get und r their beds, do rhe drills they're used to." Sudakoff and Hamilton Center art: certified as helters, but given the suddenness of tornado warnings. taying in ide i better than moving. Blawei, aid, regarding the dorm .. A far as buildings go. we're safe." To ad afe In Homes: Go to the basement, or a sma I mterior room or hallway on the lowest level. Closets and bathrooms are examples of small interior r oms. In a sma I room or basement, get under somethng sturdy such as a heavy table or a staircase. Avoid the comers. Stay away from windows. Do not open windows as the strong winds in advance of the tornado can shatter the glass In vehicles: Abandon vehrcle HTlmediately. Lie flat in a ditch, culvert or other type of depression and remember to cover your Mad with your hands. Underneath an overpass is another good place of refuge Never try to outrun a tomado-they traVel as fast as 80 and 70 miles an hoUr.

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The Catal st NEWS March 12 2003 PATR.IOT Act revisions may spe I doom for civil liberties from page 1 to take advantage of circumstances to after local police are involved, and the job," Pheneger noted. ''That is, they are forcing the Executive Branch to justify the need for such amendments." Center, to educate citizen communicate the potential for unchecked government surveillance under the propo ed amendments. ram the bill through both House clinic ha to close early for the day, the quickly." legal status of every participant is in Ashcroft said he would respond later to Leahy's charge of lying on the part of the J u tice Department. In regards to the a1leged proposal, Ashcroft would only say that they were "working with a full range of ideas.11 The alterations proposed in the draft danger Those who resisted arrest would build on defmition of terrorism under be breaking a law on behalf of their the USA PATRIOT Act that lend organization. The aggressive altercation Refusing to wait for politicians to take action, an upwards of 40 local chapters of the Green Party nationwide have helped to pas the Resolution to Defend the Bill of Rights and civil liberties within their legislative districts. The re olution proposes regulations on sections of the PATRIOT Act that the party feels threaten constitutional rights. In doing so, cities will be protected from further potential constitutional infringements under the proposed PATRIOT ll amendments. themselves to flexible federal could be interpreted as an attempt to interpretation. intimidate opposing factions of the Some analysts fear that the secrecy of the proposed Act is a ploy to ensure its enactment through Americans' unquestioning political support amidst national trauma, as the PATRIOT Act proposal did. The PATRIOT Act passed within weeks of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Senate Judiciary Committee held only one hearing on the Act before it passed, during which Ashcroft testified but took no questions. The House similarly held one hearing concerning the Act, during which no opponents of the bill testified. Under the USA PATRIOT Act, the surrounding civilian community; and by definition of "terrorism" was broadened causing the clinic to close early, thereby to include ''domestic terrorism." denying patients of crucial medical Dome tic terrori m is defined as any act attention, lives could potentially be in that is potentially dangerous to human danger. By meeting the three life, is in violation of any state or federal aforementioned qualifications, all law, and is intended to either intimidate individuals involved with either law or coerce a civilian population, influence breaking group could be considered the policy of a government by domestic terrorists. The resulting attacks intimidation or coercion, or affect on each individual's civil liberties are government conduct through mass evere at best, and could be even more The Sarasota Green Party is in. the process of uniting citizens and representatives towards putting the Resolution before the city commission. Public testimony before the conunlssion concerning the threats of the PATRIOT Act will be an essential part of the process, and Stefan encourages any interested individuals to contact him at 302-2081. The local Green Party meets at New College, in Sudakoff, every fourth Thursday at 7:30 p.m. de truction, assassination, or extreme if PATRIOT II is enacted. kidnapping. If such acts occur outside of As Florida representative on the U.S. jurisdiction, they are considered ACLU Board ofTrustees Mike Pheneger "international terrorist" acts. notes, most people are not even aware In her analysis of the proposed amendments, Associate Director of the Shidler Center for Law Anita Ramasastry poses the idea "if the introduction of PKfRIOT II in Congress Within this broad definition, many that the PATRIOT Act exists, though national and local protest groups could tho e who are aware have shown major be considered domestic terrorists. 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CATALYST ntertainment Donnie Darko Weird mov i es? Sure who doesn t like them? page6 volume xvi issue 5 I 3.12.2003 TV legend dies by Maria Lopez Fred McFeely Roger last known as the host of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, passed away on Feb. 27 of stomach cancer. He was 74. Rogers leaves behind a long legacy of children's programming. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, whic h first aired on P i ttsburg h -area W Q ED in 1 966, remain the longest running program on the Pu b lic B roadca. tin g Sys t em. He began his career with chi ldren's te l evisio n in 1 9 54 with t h e broa d cast of The C h ild r e n s C omer. S eco n d-yea r Jana K o said "I wa s so s ad when I he ard h e d i e d I t hink Mr. Rogers' Nei g hb o r hood was s o m uc h a p art of o u r generation's c hildho o d." R oge r s w as bo rn i n 1 928 in Latrobe, Pa. His m ot her was not o rious for making him a new weate r every month, whic h led to the cozy cardigan-style year l ater in his life. Rogers gradua ted from R ol l ins College in Winter Park, Fla. with a major in music composition; over the course of his life he wrote and composed over 200 songs, including the theme to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. After graduating college he attended the Pittsbur h Seminar Woks sizzle, but revews vary where he became aa in I 1s Mari "" .. ""-"'IKU smC:l "Mr. Rogers was a Presbyterian minister like my dad and they happened to go to the same meetings a few times. It made my childhood." Rogers based many of his characters from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood on people he knew. Queen Sara, royal lady of make-believe, was nicknamed after his college sweetheart and wife, Sara Joanne Byrd. Mr. McFeely, the "Speedy Delivery" mailman, was based on his grandfather Fred Brooks McFeely, who constantly told Rogers, "I like you just the way you are!" It was a phrase Rogers would later pass on to viewers. Lady Elaine Fairchilde, the fussy prankster of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, was based on his sister. In a Newsweek interview in October 2000, Rogers was asked why he did not change his show to be more up-to-date with the times. Rogers replied, "The most important thing I can do is to give the kids who I am. Not some joke, jazzed-up person." He made honesty and self-acceptance a crucial part of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood saying in Newsweek, "Ultimately kids want to know that they belong." Children would sometimes believe that he could really see them, as did first-year EJiza Khuner's sister. Khuner said, "When my sister got her hair cut she couldn't wait to go home and show Mr. Rogers." Second-year Raea Hicks said, "My mom told me that I used to talk to the television: 'Mr. Rogers, guess what I did today!"' Over 900 episodes of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood were broadcast in total, detailing the lives of King Friday Xill, Queen Sara, X the Owl, Henrietta Pussycat, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, Sodexho opened the Cast Iron Zone in the cafeteria this semester hoping that up-front food preparation would make student interest sizzle. Unfortunately, to some Novo Collegians, the only thing sizzling is the proverbial MSG in the pan. "I fmd the fumes that come out of the wok offensive. The food is decent but the line is too long and it is overpriced. I think that the sign ("Chef. Artist. Samurai Totally. ) is the coolest thing about it ," said second-year Brian Ellison. From the start of a Cast Iron Zone order, food reaches the student's plate in eight minutes. Second year Eliot Chayt is one of many students that wishes the line was quicker. "It looks lovely however I really don't have the time," he said opting for the pasta bar. Executive Chef Melvin Hester explained the line moves as quickly as possible given that the food must be cooked until it is 160 degrees Sodexho has also considered several possibilities in order to minimize the wait time. Slicing the vegetables into smaller pieces has made the greatest difference. Other attempts, such as adding additional woks, resulted in a blown breaker. Cast Iron Zone server Paula Stepp is optimistic about student response. ''The students are nice," she said. ''They stay in line and wait for me." During a typical meal twenty, out of the average two hundred and fifty customers, wait in the stir-fry line These twenty generate a small profit for Sodexho, but they also significantly increase the preparation time required for the staff. Hester said this is because of the amount of vegetables that must be cut. "At first we were like 'oh, no,' but the 'Zone' has been positive. Everyone on staff volunteers to help "Students seem to like being created." Sodexho General Manager Jerry Dixon added, "I feel like all that we have gotten out of this is a happier student. It hasn't really negatively affected us, but it has not affected us positively either." Sodexho has made an effort to vary the ingredients available for the Cast Iron Zone. In the past week they have had pasta and tomato options instead of all Asian cuisine. "I don't want to have the same stuff everyday. I try to switch the vitamins and nutrients,' Hester said. A number of students believe Sodexho is putting more effort into the stir-fry than any other meal option. While Hester assured The Catalyst this wasn't true, students can be slow to change their views. "The drawback is that they have gotten rid of other vegan and vegetarian options because this is always here," second-year Emma Holder said. Second-year Patrick Mcilvain agreed, adding, "It seems like they are neglecting all of their other endeavors." Dixon pointed out that maintaining the amount of vegetables on the salad bar means increasing the food exposure. If food has been exposed and is not eaten then it must be thrown away. Dixon said that this process is "leading directly to more food waste." The Sodexho staff believes adding new options is a move in the right direction, and should only get better once the staff refmes their approach, and the novelty of the stir-fry wears off. "It is not a done system. We are still taking input," Dixon said. Still, mo t students agree Sodexho has put great effort into expanding the diet of New College students. "I appreciate Melvin's cross-cultural diversity initiative. He has opened my eyes to the possibilities of the East;' third-year Eric Sos noff said.

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    Enterta !_he Catalyst me nt ____ ---:.:.:.Ma=.;..rc.;:.:;:h:....=..=.t-=..=..::..;::__;: hird time may be charm for ew Cole radio by Erin Marie Blasco 1\vo versions of the New College radio station have rocked and then died, but another may be born soon The 1970s version was overcome by a humming noise that wrecked reception; the late 1990s version perhaps by the sudden ability to be one's own DJ. And the fate of the 2003 version is in the hands of the FCC. ''When I got to college, the entire experience of how people listened to music was totally different," said Arma Maria Diaz-Balart, who entered New College in 1997. Her first year, ''Walls were done by making mixed tapes with your CD collection." Within a year, MP3s changed that '1t was like, why bother to tune in to this radio station when you could just be your own DJ in your room getting music at lightning speeds? It didn't just kill the radio station. it changed the musical landscape at New College." Now, the landscape may be changing again. Many appear ready to detach from their computers and re-incarnate a New College radio station. Unlike past radio stations, which were sometimes barely audible in the Pei dorms the new one would be audible within a 3 5 -mile radius. 1bat means wall music, obscure electronic music, drunken call-in shows, and ''lots of Barry White," according to second-year Devon Barrett, would stuprise Sarasotans who happen to flip to 96.5 FM. Some say that might be just what this town needs. "So the FCC wont let me be ... New College alum Adam Rivers, who graduated in 2001, submitted an application to the FCC for a low-power FM radio station about two years ago. 'The idea oflow-power FM is radio for the community that is produced in the community," Rivers said. Low-power FM is nm by local, noncommercial educational organizations and public safety and transportation organizations. It also reaches a smaller area than commercial radio stations. Unfortunately, two other groups are vying for the same frequency. The FCC will not deal with messy situations like this until it finishes with easier cases. According to Rivers, New College has a good chance of winning the frequency. One competitor for 96.5 FM is a Miami based church that could be disqualified for lack of a presence in Sarasota and the other is an animal sanctuary that recently closed. There is also a possibility that New College and another organization could broadcast on the same tation at different times-few New College students would probably tune in early in the morning, anyway. If New College did get rights to the frequency, about $20,000 of Capital Improvement Trust Funds would be needed for equipment. Then, New College would have to tick a transmitter on top of a downtown building, buy some equipment, dust out the old radio station 'room" (a "dirty broom closet" as one ex DJ called it) in Hamilton Center and begin blasting New College music, opinions, and wack.mess into the John Mellencamp infested airwaves. Don't play an entire Allman Brothers album more than twice in the same day To avoid meeting the same fate of past radio stations, alums say New College radio wackiness has to be organized. In the past, this has been imposed by station managers or academic sponsorship of cer tain shows. In the 1970s, organization was minimal. Station Manager Steve Jacobson. who entered New College in 1971, had trouble getting DJs to scribble down play lists. Jethro Thll's album Thick as a Brick could usually be heard more than once a day. "One that was a big problem was Eat a Peach by the Alhnan Brothers," Jacobson said. "It would get played all the way through two or three times a day.' athaniel Burbank!Cata(yst The radio room in Ham Center, in typical disarray. Diaz-Balart said that "you have to find some professor who believes in it'' for a radio station to last. Her weekly program, which she did entirely in Spanish with a focus on community service issues, was some crazy radio. In the 1970s, one student read Wznnie the Pooh on air for his show. A student from the 1970s put on a somewhat drunken news show featuring news gathered from tabloids. 'MisceJlaneous Review." "Ihe first dUng [the DJ] would do was introduce his show," Jacobson said "And the next thing you'd hear after that was 'psh!' when he opened his can of beer." The audience would hear this noise at least five more limes during the Once, "under cover of nightfall," when all the maintenance workers had gone home, a few founders of the station crawled through the umnels beneath Pei to connect wires for the radio station so that Pei residents could get reception. "We had about 100 yards of these wires stringing across Palm Court." sponsored so the time she spent working on it would count for academic credit. "I hoped someone was out there listening, but I think our only audience was [the Spanish professor] checking my use of the subjunctive," she said. Another group of students found a professor to sponsor a radio theater tutorial. The 1970s station managed to survive for a few years without sponsorship. In those days, even the student newspaper, Mescalito, wasn't an academically sponsored activity-except that staff writers stole a non-correcting typewriter from Natural Sciences every Thursday night to type the articles before going to the printer. Organizing chaos The general lack of upervision led to hour-long show. A late 1990s show experienced frequent nm-ins with streakers while on air and. for some reason, many random caJlers with funny voices offering jokes about STDs. For DJs who want academic sponsorship, it might be possible to paint involvement in the radio station as slightly academic and worthy of sponsorship-if one leaves out the nudity. There are many business and technical aspects. "It's definite1y a semester's worth of work," Rivers said. "I think you learn a lot mechanically, and also in terms of organizing structures. I'm not sure what discipline that would go under, but its definitely practical." Tim Snyder, a foWlding member of the original 1970 station who entered New College in 1967, said that the interest of many in the radio station came from "a fair amount of repressed interest in engineering issues" because New College didn't offer r.cn ,...,...<:. of lligbtfal1." wben an die workers had gone home, a few founders of the station crawled through the tunnels beneath Pei to connect wires for the radio station so that Pei residents could get reception. ''We had about 100 yards of these wires stringing aero s Palm Court," he said. Attempts at organization over a long period of time, however, appear to have failed with the graduation of core students. One student from the 1970s who tried to keep a regular DJ roster and organize the LP collection told The Catalyst it was nearly impossible. He also tried to keep an ex-student from crashing in the radio room overnight-he had no luck there, either. Technical difficulties: ''Whafs the frequency, Kenneth?" In the 1970s, students considered changing the call letters for New College radio (WRNC) to WHUM because the most audible sound on some days would be the hum from the phone lines through which the signal was transmitted. This made the station, sometimes identified by DJs as "WRNC, the voice of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority area," a pretty weak voice. New College lore has it that the 1970s tation, while experimenting with amplification, once blocked communications between the control tower and airplanes at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, according to a manual written by Rivers for the new nued onpa

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    The Cataly t wsj TER AINME rofessor comi g aboa Photo courtes Frank Alcock by Whitney Krahn While ew England's snowy climate has Frank Alcock exhau. ted, New College' rigorous but flexible environment has him excited These combined notions, plus an expected doctorate from Duke University and a number of impressive accolades make Alcock a good fit for thi anomaly of Florida State Unive :ity t m. Tha' a good thing, because Alcock will be the newest poli tical sc i ence co a1 e w Colle c i n th e fall. 'I h to fill a po ition in the Social n an WlU ual endeavor from th start. t was unusual because we did not specify a discipline," said Social Sciences Chair Richard Coe. ually, when a search is conducted, a committee look for a professor m a specific discipline, uch a-; history or anthropology. In tead. the committee decided to search for candidates with a backgr und in environmental studies. This decision wac; based on problem "'ith the rigor and requirements of concentrating in environmental studies. 'There isn't a-; much support in the Environmental Stud.i Program,"' Coe :aid. citing the recent retirement of Philo ophy Pr fe. or Emeritus Douglas Berggren and Bi logy Profes Emeritus John Morrill. Each discipline in th Social Science Division was a. ked if they were interested in a professor with a background in environmental tudie The three that responded affirmatively were econ mi political science. and sociology. After that, 95 application were ubmitted from aero the country. The number wac; narrowed down from 95 to 10, and those who made the cut participated in a ph ne interview process with the search committee. Finally, the committee chose three candidates to invite to the campu two of which were social scienti ;t-;, on wa-; an economi:t. "We truly felt that we uldn't go wrong with any of the three peopl wh came for campus visits," said Political cience K .. Alcock was oncemed, Pak id he impressed the stuc.lentc; sh poke with. ''One of my th L-.-. tudents c.ame away from the stuc.lent/candidat chat convinced that he would be a go
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    The Catalyst ANNOUNCEMENTS/UPCOMING EVENTS March 12, 2003 This Week(end) Theatre: The life and Times of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Friday March 14, 2:00p.m. Price: $5 Location: Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County, 340 S. Tuttle Ave. Information and reservations: 366--1700 Distance from campus: 5.4 miles Brandon Hippity Hoppity Hoe-Down Festival featuring southern rock by Revel Pride, a BBQ, Easter egg hunt, rides, and games. Also, a fabulous name. Friday March 14-15 (Free) Location: Winthrop Village, Brandon Distance from campus: 54 miles Tim McGraw A really cool avante garde pWlk band. OK, actually, it's country music. Friday March 14 Price: $38.00 $58.00 St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Distance from campus: 34 miles Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Friday March 14-16 Price: $6.00 (for all weekend) Location:Coliseum, St. Petersburg Distance 34 miles Body Image Awareness Week 3.12 Wednesday Figure drawing in Sudakoff 9 p.m. Supplies and snacks provided 3.13 Thursday Bike ride to Lido Beach, swimming optional ... Meet in Palm Court at 8 p.m .... bring your bike and helmet... snacks and olinkie lites provided 3.14 Friday BODY SLAM Open Mic at the Four Winds 8 p.m. Bring poetry, music, dance, or JUSt youfbeautiful body 1 SAC Minutes 3.4.03 1 Student Farm worker's Alliance Representative; Sarah Kochanowsky Amount Requested: $40 for educational materials and copies Amount Allocated: $40.00 2. FMLA Representative: Lee Johnson Amount Requested: $50 for supplies Amount Allocated: $50.00 3. Body Awareness Week Representative: Emma Jay, Vern Fannin & Eric Sosnoff Amount Requested: $147 for art supplies, blinky lights and copies AmountAllocated; $147.00 Punk Rock Karaoke High school kids actually doing Karaoke punk rock. Take a break from Memories Lounge. Liar's Club 6416 N. Florida Ave., Tampa Information: 813-238-6210 Distance from campus: 62 miles Bon Jovi Thank New Jersey for power ballads. Saturday March 15 Price: $37.75$62.75 St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Distance from campus: 34 miles Celtic Fling & Highland Games Dancing, caber toss, pipes, drums, meat pies, Scotch Eggs, kilts, art, Celtic Rock. Saturday March 15-16 Location: Manatee Convention and Civic Center Information: www.celticfling.com Distance from campus: 12 miles Jim Breuer The one from Saturday Night Life who did a lot of goat impressions. Sunday March 16 Price: $22 (and dinner isn't even inducted) lmprov Comedy Theater Ybor City Distance from campus: 58 miles Representative: Laura Ginsburg Amount Requested: $215 for a steel toolbox and locks AmountAllocated: $215.00 5. FMLA Representative: Corey Callahan Amount Requested: $1,500. Food & honorariums for "If Women Ruled the World" dinner Amount Allocated: $500.00 6. ''Promises" Representative: Max Tuchman Amount Requested: $500 for purcha'ie of the film ''Promises" and 2 public showings Amount Allocated: $500.00 7. ''Promises" Representative: Max Tuchman Amount Requested: $5,000 for speaker fee Amount Allocated: $1,500.00. Corrections/Clarifications Correction: In om Feb. 26 issue, The Catalyst misidentified the birthplace of Cafe of the Arts owner Alain Taulere. Although Taulere could not be reached at press time, we feel confident that he hails from Provence, France. The Catalyst regrets the error. Clarification: In our March 5 issue, The Catalyst printed a photo of an artist's rendering of the Sarasota Times Building. Our photographer, Nathaniel Bmba.nk. did not, in fact, sketch this rendering, whlch is actually located on a sign just west of tJle builqing. The Catalyst awt.ogizes fo.J. .. _.. .. _, -.c .... ( t ., .,. f "' ... '9 .... ,ft ... 4 t .t t lDlSUflucfSiallawg. Next Week Queens of the Stone Age Wednesday March 19 Price: $16 in advance, $18 day of show Twilight, Tampa Distance from campus: 58 miles The Red Elvises surf-rock. Seriously. Lyric sample: "Take me to the land of cosmonauts/where the women do vodka shots." Friday March 21 Price: $12.00 $15.00 Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa Distance from campus: 67 miles Ongoing Sarasota County Fair Lumberjack show, radng pigs, petting zoo, hypnotists. Saturday March 15-Monday March 24 Adults $6.00, students (ages 6-18) $3.00 Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds Information: www.sarasotafair.com Distance from campus: about 5 miles Bay Area Renaissance Festival Jousting and wenches-is that worth the drive to you? Price: $14.95 Location: 1920 Lake Avenue, Largo Information: 800-779-4910 : 0 Opmion: An op-ed piece written by a """''""'""'"! the Catalyst staff or a guesr contributor. do not necessarily represent the views Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we New College community should be Opinion pieces range from 250 to in length. and the editors should be "'"'"''"""''" beforehand in order to insUre space for Letter to the Editor: A reader's response to articles. letters, editorials or opinion a response to an issue or event related to .... not covered in the Catalyst. Letters to '"""'"""should be no more than 250 words.

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    The Catalyst PERSPECTIVE Opinion: New College is an 'open,' not 'Iibera ,' camp s society The generalization made by New College Student Alliance President Maxeme Tuchman that New College is a "liberal campus" was both offensive and inaccurate. Whether she meant it or not, implicit in her statement was the assumption that all New College students are pro-choice, a fallacy. Thchman's statement ironically came shortly after a plea for students to respect one another at week's Town Meeting. While I support the work of the ensuring that our admissions process is nondiscriminatory-in order for students of diverse beliefs and background to thrive at New College our community must also be open to diverse ideas, affiliations, and beliefs as well. The ideal is a community were everyone feels free share to share their opinions with out fear of being ostracized or harassed, or told that they are not part of what New College should be. This does not exist today-while Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance in its efforts to protect woman's freedoms with regards to abortion, not every New College student shares their perspective, and that needs to be respected. Nathaniel Burbank the New College community differs from that of many other institutions in that many life style choices are openly accepted and respected that have traditionally received persecution and harassment, we OPINION The direct impact of Tuchman's statement is small, but it sheds light on a larger issue that plagues Generalization is the most dangerous form of social ignorance. many communities of people who largely consider themselves progressive, including New College. The fact that the student-elected president felt comfortable making such a broad generalization in a public forum illustrates the depth of the hypocrisy in the o ege community, and the vigor with w ust work to overcome it. By definition, being accepting means respecting those that you deeply disagree with-if this is part of the defrnition of being "liberal," it seems to have been forgotten by some New College students. New College is not, and should not strive to be, a "liberal campus." As a public educational institution, New College has a responsibility to be accessible to all able students, regardless of religion, political affiliation, or personal beliefs. Fulfilling this responsibility means not only still suffer from discrimination of persons who are ideological minorities on this campus. That must not be tolerated. For those students who are liberal, it means treating students that have more conservative beliefs with dignity and respect. For those who seek to change others' minds, it should be remembered that the best way to fight disagreeable ideas is by showing the validity of alternatives, not stooping to the level of your opponents. These are hard ideals to live by, but thanks to Tuchman's comments, we have all received a healthy reminder of their importance. A solution to this discord cannot come from above; it requires a consciou choice of every New College student to treat everyone as a valid member of the community. March 12, 2003 Letter to the Editor To the editor, I just wanted to thank Nathaniel Burbank for his article on Admissions at New College. It was thorough, balanced and accurate. I would, however, take issue with Steve Scott's comment, "There is very little being done for need-based admissions." Need-ba ed admissions is a process where colleges decide whether to be "Need Aware" or "Need-Blind" during the election process. Need-Aware college look an applicant1s ability to pay tuition during the process; Need Blind institutions, such as New College of florida, do not consider an applicant1 ability to pay tuition when it makes an admission decision. Is he saying that we should consider need when we make admission decisions or is he saying that scholarships should be awarded based on need? If it is the latter, I think that Mr. Scott should review the terminology that he uses when discussing the admission process and comparing that proces with the awarding of scholarships. Thank you again. Scott A. Briell Associate Director of Admissions New College of florida eak Out! Phone: 359-4266 Email: catalyst@ ncf.edu Snail Mail: Box 7 5 'Half-Life' by Christopher DeFillippi OIPATERA, TIIR's BEEN SoM Cof4CEIN ABofiT THE As of LATE. YovR BEARD-'IifHS TRD411LED lF I MY fAciAL Nf EVEN BAsic trfGIENE 'RIOMING, THffJ THE PEoPLE oF THAT BELOtJG-TE,RDRrsrs HAVE ING To A BE,T Ill fJJR WfJII/ tiATIO/I's bESTRflcTIOII; 8VT LET ME SM THIS

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    The Catal NEWS Grant awarded and build. g plans gong swimming Y by Katelyn Weissinger New College is slated to r eceive $225, to $250 , in federal grant money to purchase new equipment for Pritzker Marine Lab. The upgraded lab will allow natural sciences and environmental studies programs to interact with other schools and the local community via a new website "New College i s now a s tate university and we need to be more involved in the community. We need to draw the community in t o the colle g e ," c ommented Pro v o s t Char l ene Callah an, who helped wri te th e grant. If the gr ant m oney is r ece i ved dwing the s ummer the new w e b si te migh t be up and running by next fall A s soon as the grant mone y for the R e gional Community Outreach Initiative is received New College will begin purchasing camera equipment to monitor the aquaria in Pritzker as well as other supplies and technical equipment. New College will also hire a webmaster creating a Marine Science and Environmental Data Sharing Consortium. "We want to set up streaming video, that sort o f thing. It will be a little bit more than your a verag e website would be with CMltlenlS' Sciences Division Chair Sandra Gilchrist. "We're going to have data collected electroni c ally fr o m the tanks that can be r e corded in to the computer s o that students outside of New Collegeelementary, middle school, and so oncan pull up the website, pick a tank, and find out what's going on in that tank, either by using a camera or by getting the water chemistry data." The Community Outreach grant is actually a combination of two separate ideas. The Community Action Research Initiative, a project headed by Sociology Professor David Brain and Political Science Professor Keith Fitzgerald, previously proposed a data consortium; Gilchrist suggested using the Pritzker Lab for community outreach. At the suggestion of fonner Congressman Dan Miller, the two ideas were combined with the common theme of community relations in mind. Miller earmarked federal money for the proposal ''Congressmen have pet projects that they want to fund from their home districts, and so what they do is tell agencies all over the federal government, 'Please give this money to this source in my district to do this work,"' said Callahan. Although the original proposal r equested $465 ,, due to federal budget cuts New College will have to make do with about half that amount. What we will do and have already started doing is looking over again what kinds of items c an be purchased and what kinds of things we just won' t be able to get with the amount of money that we have and how we c an make sure that we carry out what we wanted to do with the grant with what we purchase," said Gilchrist. However, Callahan acknowledges that the grant is just the beginning. 'The reason that earmarks are seen as legitimate is because they're seen as seed money. Congress 1s giving us a boost they expect us to go out and find oth e r renewal request for the grant and is exploring other avenues for support, incl uding th e Natio nal Scien c e Foundation. Faculty members realize the benefits of the Community Outreach Initiative for New College as a school. ''It's great to say that we have congressional support. We've been recognized as a state university .... We never got any attention before. So that's good. I think it's a vote of confidence," Callahan said. ''I think it's exciting. We've gotten our toes in the water on this. I hope that other grants will be written for other groups around campus .... It's an exciting thing and I hope it's just the first," said Gilchrist. The Pritzker Marine Laboratory, until now the home of more serious academic research, will soon get a community-themed refit (Abovej; Fish swim unaware of the cameras about to be installed, giving the world a close-up view of their behavior (Below). Nathaniel Burbank!Cataryst New College radio signal range may soon be measured in miles, n o t feet station manager. In a Mescalito article from October of 1973, headlined "3 Volts in 2.1 Volts Out," the author said, "We are losing most of our signal before we leave the studio." Another article from the next month described the station manager's struggle with the phone company, which could have given him some infonnation about the lines that could reduce the hum. The operator at the phone company transferred the New College student to about eight different offices, then apologized, saying they were having trouble with their phones. The stud suggested they call the phone company. Some students from the 1970s didn't even know there was a radio station. Tod Gentille, who entered New Col1ege in 1977, said the jukebox in Hamilton Center was much more popularespecially when playing Devo and John Lennon. Still, a survey conducted by WRNC proved the station had "at least three" regular listeners and that the campus population within range of the station appreciated it. They liked that the radio broadcast for 24 hours everyday, instead of 12, but sometimes complained that records were left to skip while DJs went to get something to eat-or another beer. The technical situation didn't improve much in the late 1990s. The radio had a range of about 250 feet. Pei residents living in fishbowls would have to tape their radio antennae to their windows in order to get reception, Diaz-Balart remembered. After a period of initial excitement, "Most people kind of gave up because it was so hard to hear," she said. No more contests Despite its problems, college radio serves a purpose. Sarasota radio stations, with the exception of WMNF 88.5 FM, seem to have Lynyrd Skynyrd and cheesy contests on repeat. 'The townies are kind of weird but there are a lot of young kids in Sarasota," said Diaz-Balart. 'They may be pretty conservative compared to New College students," she said, but Sarasota does have an active cultural scene that would probably welcome a radio station run by New College. New College radio worked, DiazBalart said, because "it was a combination of good music and great personalities," she said. ''When you heard them on air, it seemed like they were having fun. And that's something you can't hear on the Internet in your room."


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