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A STUDENT NEWSP PER OF NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA Merit-based scholarship ATALYST With great success comes great cost. Or at least that's the case for Bright Futures. see page 4 CATALYST.NCF.EDU VOLUME XVII ISSUE I 0 NOVEMBER 19, 2003 Legitimacy of 'Guerrilla G. Is on Tou 'questioned Debate over whether "Guerrilla Girls on Tour" were the real' Guerrilla Girls surfaces after performance by David Savarese To the surprise of many students with an interest in contemporary femi nist activism, the Nov.ll Guerri1la Girls' presentation was not given by the same group of masked avengers that came to Sudakoff two years ago for a joint Ringling/New College event. The Guerrilla Girls on Tour, a performance and theater-oriented activism trio, are actually a distinct group that broke away from their original New York roots. They were paid thousands of dol lars to bring the facts about Broadway's sexism to New College. Drawing a di vide between the two groups is difficult bec;mse the separation was the result of artistic differences between founding members of the renowned group. on on came to New College. "What makes the Guerrilla Girls on Tour NOT FAKES in my book is that they are founded by former members of GuerrilJa Girls who in 2001 felt the group was not adequately dealing with the issue of women in the performing arts-when some of the remaining 11 members didn't want to go in this di rection, those who did created a splinter or alternate group," she said. Because of recent con cems over having the Guerrilla Girls' theater fac tion come to campus instead of the original group, Director of Student Activities and Community Engagement Konnie Kruczek sent an e-mail to the student alias encouraging evaluations of the program. Kruczek reports that, "So far, I've only gotten positive feed the history of the Guerrilla Girls and their recent efforts to pop the patriarchy within the world of art, these Guerrilla girls were able to join Professor Miriam Wallace's Critical Theory class for a question and answer session. In an e mail to the Catalyst, Professor Wallace commented on the distinction between the original group and the group which It was a collaboration of student initiative and Kruczek's support that brought this touring group to campus. On April 17, she sent an e-mail to stu dents asking for those interested in bringing the group to campus to contact her. Upon receiving some positive recontinued on 9 s Guerrilla Girls on Tour fanny Brice and Nelly Larson brought their muscles and a theatrical performance to Sudakoff on November 11. Their troupe is now separate from the original Guerrilla Girls. Post-debate charges filed against SOsnoff and Sanderson by Valerie Mojeiko "Terrorist sympathizer." These words, spoken by thesis-student and Catalyst senior staff writer Mike Sanderson at the Midnight Debate on Nov, 3, are still echoing across campus two weeks later. The words, allegedly in tended by Sanderson to be satirical, sparked campus-wide dialogue on racism, diversity, and toler ance. Student Affairs, NCSA President Maxeme Tuchman, and Gender and Diversity Center Coordinator Tashia Bradley are organizing a formal "Day of Dialogue" to take place as soon as Dec. 6 in response. Faculty-from Anthropology to Fine Arthave used the controversy as a platform for dass discussions and projects. Meanwhi1e, Sanderson along with thesis-student and RA Eric Sosnoff, organizer of the Midnight Debate, are facing very real consequences regarding violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Ac.cording to the .accused, Sander.son is facing seven charges including harassment and disorderly intoxication. Five charges have been filed against Sosnoff: purveyance of false information, misuse of property, disorderly conduct, disruptive conduct, and inappropriate conduct at a college-sponsored event. The office of Student Affairs declined to disclose charges brought against any student(s) in relation to events at the Midnight Debate. Dean of Students Mark Blaweis is recusing himself as an official adjudicator due to conflicts of interest. "We don't tolerate intolerance," said Blaweiss. "What we will tolerate is different points of view as long as they are not mean or unwelcoming." "I don't appreciate being called a terrorist sympa thizer," said third-year Zeeshan Hafeez, who also expressed concern with the related issue of Muslim Americans being attacked throughout the US. "We need to set a strong precedent," said Hafeez, who rec ommended prosecuting Sanderson and Sosnoff, "To the full extent." For some, the issues arising at the Midnight Debate are larget problem of latent Giei.sm College. First-year lya Salhab has debated leaving New College after several incidents that led her to perceive "an underlying racism at our school." Salhab was also offended earlier this semester when she ran for office as an SAC representative, and several votes were written in referring to her as "that black girl." Salhab was disturbed when a democratic vote was called at the Debate as to decide whether or not to keep Sanderson on stage after his allegedly disre spectful comments. Salhab expres ed further distaste when, "Our campus as a community chose to keep him on the stage." For others, racism at New College simply isn't an issue. "I've never glimpsed [racism at New College] at all," said thesis student Tess Martin, who has experi enced racism in other settings. "I'm just kind of bewildered over everything People seem to be throwing around the term 'racist' very capriciously. [Sosnoff] is definitely not a racist," said Martin. "I
The Catal st 7 -DAY WEATHER Today: Scattered Showers 82/50 Thursday: Partly Cloudy 77154 Friday: Mostly Cloudy 79/59 Saturday: Partly Cloudy 83/59 Sunday: Partly Cloudy 84/63 Monday: Partly Cloudy 83l63 Thesday: Scattered Showers 82/61 WALL ASSIGNMENTS Friday: Christin Murphy Saturday: "Fetish Ball" sponsored by Natan Gold the CATALYST CopyngiU 2003, Th< Cotal)st. All rights l'd
The Catal t said the fe tival is not a class a ignment, but merely a suggestion by the profe sor. "Dimino likes her students to put on a film festi val," aid Ma el, becau e film i an important part of culture and its portrayal. The film repre ent a wide spectrum of cities, subject matter, and style. For example, they have already shown The Royal Tenenbaums, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, and Mulholland Drive. The class has already watched Hitchcocks's clas sic, Rear Window, which Masel de cribed as "pretty amusing film" about a photographer played by Jimmy Stewart who look out a window and becomes para noid about what he sees or thinks he sees a murderer. Although students will discus s the films in class, there will be no fqrmal di cussion at the event. People are encouraged to bring blankets and relax. Mayor's Feed the Hungry Program at New College Nice R.A.K. is facilitating the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program at New College. It began in 1987, and last year the food drive provided 25,000 meals. The program is a non-perishable food drive that indudes Sarasota Bradenton, Venice and Long Boat Key. The New College community can donate on campus until Nov 21. Donation boxes are located at the following loca tions: Faculty Division Offices ; Student Affairs, The Four Winds Cafe, Hamilton Center, the C-Store, the Gender and Diversity Center, and the Dorm Lounges. This year, Mayors Lou Ann Palmer of Sarasota, Wayne Poston of Bradenton, Dean Calamaras of Venice, and John R. Redgrave of Long Boat Key help chairman Joel Swallow run the event. Vouchers bought from Winn Dixie, a s of use. Other sponsors include Comcast, and Amish restaurants, incJuding Yoder's. All area mid dle and elementary schools participate regularly. Now, with the help of Nice R.A.K, New CoUege may also participate regularly Nickel and Dimed Discussions A di cussion series on Nov. 23 in the Teaching Auditorium will continue the previous dialogue con cerning Nickel and Dimed. The by Barbara Ehrenreich, is about low-wage Amenca and was given to all incoming students this year. Facilitated by Sociology Professor Sarah Hernandez, four panelists wi11 offer their on the American working class to begin an open dta logue. The discussion will start at 3 p.m .. New College wanted to bring author, Barbara Ehrenreich to the discussion, but she charges thou sands of dollars and the school could not afford to bring her here. Panelists include Professor Fred Strobel, Mtgdalta Aponte, Gloria Besley, and thesis-student Kristin Masel. They plan to speak on the of poverty, the politics of housmg, and education as an equaltzer, respectively. The student perspective is vital in this discussion because of the economic hard-ships experienced by college students. "I've worked my way through school," said Ma el, "and I wanted a working student perspective. My parents didn't pay for school." Masel said that there is a problem with "college students in the sex industry" because it is an easy op tion that provides flexible hours and high pay. said this sensitive subject "does not fit cJeanly mto NEWS BRIEFS thi panel," but she plans to di cuss other real prob lem faced by working tudents. Ta hia Bradley Coordinator of the Gender and Diversity Center helped organize the event, and en courages members of the audience to bring canned food for the Mayor's Feed the Hungry food drive. Lobster Horizon fills Fishbowl with Umbrellas Lately, you may have picked up on a surreali t leitmotif woven into the trange fabric of the New College scene. Perhap you sat in on an SAC meeting when they granted funds for 14 plastic lobsters, a wig, and a pocketwatch. Perhaps omeone you know has been mumbling about being unable to create without the stimulation of desire. If your curiosity i piqued-and especially if it isn't-the cast and crew of Lob ter Alice invite you to discover why it is that the Fishbowl is slowly filling up with umbrellas Performance of the play, written by Kira Obolensky, will commence on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p .m. in Sainer Auditorium. A second and final performance will follow at 7 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 6. The play takes place in post-war Hollywood in 1946 and features the infamous Salvador Dali. Although specific details are currently under wraps, the how is sure to include love, lust, and lots and lots of lobsters. Sources have confirmed that the perfor mance includes a 3-D computer animation, and that it does not include Jar-Jar Binks. Admission is, of course, gratis. lAcy Cox Political Science Prospects interview Three candidates are currently being interviewed to fill the vacancy in the Political Science program created by the departure Political Science Professor position. gave a JCC'IWte her researc h concerning transnational influences on the role of social movements as channels of citizen participation in the new democracies of Eastern Europe to fellow faculty and tudents this past Friday. Hicks has been teaching at New College since 1999. Melinda Adams currently at the Univer ity of Wi consin, gave a lecture on interactions her regarding Women's Organizations, Transnatlonal Actors and the Cameroon on Monday Nov. 17. If hired, New College would be her frrst teaching posi tion. Jonathan Schiefer, a Latin American specialist currently a the Mas achu ett In titute of Technology (MIT), will give hjs presentation this F.riday, at 10 a.m., in the Anthropology Lab. -Nathamel Burbank You've got a friend in Friendster "I wanted to create an alternative for people who prefer a different approach [to meeting people]. collaborative. You do it with your friends. It's not as anonymous," said Friendster CEO Jonathan Abrams in a Metroactive article. Participants are invited by a friend onto the site and allowed to et up an personal account. Member profiles require vital statistics like fust name, gender, status date of birth, country, postal code, and what they .:re looking for on Friendster. Some search for serious relationships, dating, friendship or just activity partners. Interests listed in the profiles are s1mple and m clude each friendster's favorite movies, books, and music. Abrams preferred the simplicity of the tionnaire compared with other sites that requue detailed and sometimes outlandish questions. November 1 Thesistudent Je sica Mazza i connected to other student on Friend ter. "I met a really nice alum named James, who u ed to live in B -dorm. He e mailed me because he thought I was the B-dorrn RA and he liked my ultry photo," she said. Friendster can earch their "per onal networks" consisting of friends of friends of friend It's a tool for facilitating romantic escapade and social net working. Abrams him elfha utilized Friend ter for his own romantic endeavors, and admitted to Metroactive that he doe not have much of a ocial life since the com pany keeps him so busy. The company started with $250,000 and it cur rently operates in Sunnyvale, California. Currently 53 percent of the users are male and 47 percent are fe male. The average age of u ers is 27. According to Abrams soon Friendster will have to evolve from a free-ba ed network to costing a mall fee for tho e wishing to connect outside of their net work. The fee would possibly range between $5 $8, which is only a fraction of the cost in comparison with other sites such as Match.com. Abrams said the basic servtce of connecting to the closest network of friends will remain free. Friendster is trying to make this tran ition gradual since there ha been resistance to breaking away from an entirely free-based program. Abrams is discouraged by "fakesters" who sign up on Friendster under fake names or p eudonyms. "It's inevitable. From the 2 million u er it's a teeny percent of the people. People do silly stuff all the time, like sell a kidney on eBay. We're popular and with every popular service, people will try to pull stuff," Abrams said. the B-donn Thesis-student and Catalyst editor, David Savarese, aid that, "It's quite likely that Friendster has drawn me into the online wor1d, and out of .the real one. I don't even leave my room any more. Unle I have to go to the Catalyst office."Maria Lopez Information provided by: http://www.metroactive.com/ http://www. usatoday.com/tech --rrections
The Catal st NEWS November 19, 2003 Sen. Pruitt brings message of Brighter Futures After the Nov. 12 support rally students signed a banner which will be used at the March 17, 2004 Bright Futures rally in Tallahassee by Caitlin Young For student's who s e par.ents make over $75,000 per year, there will be no more Bright Futures. a a a w House tried to say earlier this year. Citing budget concerns, there has been a lot of discussion and even some ac tion toward s curtailing the ben efit s received by 74 percent of in-state New College students and over 100,000 stu dents state-wide. The foremost advocate for Bright Futures visited campus on Wednesday, Nov. 12. It was one of the last st o ps f o r Fl o ri d a Sen ato r Ken Prui tt (R-St. L uci e) on th e two month tour he took around the state in a school bus. His mission has been to promote awareness about the The two hundred students who filled Sudakoff may have been initially attracted by the pizza and door prizes, b u t m os t stayed to lis t en. Pruitt congra tu lated the sc hoo l on having a bett e r tum out than both Univ. of Florida and Univ. of Central Florida in numbers not just percentages. Many administrators and faculty also took time off from their Study Abroad ... Educatjon Without Borders Office of Career Services & Off-Campus Studies Palmer E ; 359-4261 www.ncf. edu/CareerServices meetings for the hour-long presentation. "By taking this little bus [on tour], I'm hoping to get a message across," Pruitt said. "We can no longer continue to cut education in the state of Florida." Pruitt started the Brighter Futures Foundation whose purpose is to 'edu cate our communities and their leaders on the value of providing all of Florida's children with better educa tional opportunities." He is also trying to gather support for a rally in Tallahassee which will be held on March 17, 2004. A similar rally was held in February during the last legislative session. At the time, definite changes to the program hadn't been an nounced. According to Pruitt, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Bright Futures is already on the docket for the upcoming season. "We will absolutely organize stu dents to go to the rally," said NCSA Vice President of S t u d e n t Affairs S arah Zell W o r k will begin in the next weeks o n creating a grassro o ts organization to t a ckle t his iss u e Th e initi ati ve w a s taken b y the NCSA l a s t tim e around which Zell say s was mainly a time constraint issue. Two days after Pruitt's visit, thirdt an e ail o the forum proposing the idea of a Bright Futures ISP working with the senat or. Zell s upport s th e i d ea, c all ing i t a g ood way to m o b iliz e s tudents" and roll over t o the new NCSA Cabinet. Also under con s ideration for change is the Florida Pre-Paid program Pre Paid allows parents to lock in today s tuition rates at any state public college. But rising tuition costs and lessening investment rates are decreasing the fea sibility of continuing the program. Five states have already shut down their pre paid programs. To those involved in education, right and wrong seem easy to discern. "The legislature must keep it's promise to Florida's students," Pruitt insists. But so far he hasn't put forth a solid plan a to how the state will continue to fund Bright Futures aqd Pre-Paid. Florida ranks 49th in the nation for tuition costs, and is well below the na tional average. Many have called for that to change, including The Florida Council of 100, a non-profit advisory group to the governor. This forty year old, Tampa-based group describes itself as a "cr oss-section of key b u sine leadership." They argue t hat state fund ing of higher education sho u ld t ake financial need more in to acco unt. They cite fi gur es s howing th at fo r 2 000-01 71 per cent o f Bright Futu r e s r ec ipient s did not show finan ci al need whereas 78 percent of non-recipien t s tudents did. During the 2001-02 s chool year, $81.2 million was disbursed by the State for need -based education In con trast, $174.9 million was given ou t in merit-based aid. The Council argues that "we must not allow this out-ofbal ance trend to continue." For more information on the Brighter Futures Foundation, visit www. brighterfutures.info Some information provided by the St. Petersburg Times and New College Public Affairs
The Catal t CINEMA November 1 ovie Review: Alice's estaura n t by Jack Short Last week rumor flew when the US Department of Defense posted advertisements to its web ite seek ing individuals who would be willing to erve on draft boards. In place of the movie review initially planned, then, and in light of Thank giving' immi nence, a review of the 1969 film. Alice s Restaurant, ba ed on an Arlo Guthrie ong about Thanksgiving dmner and how to avoid military con cription, seemed apropo Directed by Arthur Penn who e credit include Bonnie and Clyde and The Miracle Worker, i.t i .more varied and mature than the ong upon whtch It was ba ed. "The Alice's Re taurant Ma acree," detailed Guthrie' interactions with the police force of Stockbridge, Ma achu etts because of a littering violation and how they affected hi sub equent interactions with the draft board in New York. Jeff Huber/Cata(yst The knowledgeable and friendly staff at V.R. are glad to help patrons make a video selection. The story goes something like this: two of Arlo's friends-Alice (Pat Quinn) and Ray (Jame Broderick)-buy a deconsecrated church and e tab lish what is more or less a commune within it. They host a rotating body of hippies, troubled and ecure alike, with filial hospitality despite problems be tween them that flare up periodically through the cour e of the ftlm. In a prologue to the film's body the viewer learns that, hoping to avoid the draft, Arlo (presumably the main character but not quite) enrolls in college. Pushed through a restaurant window, be rated for breaking it, and threatened by the police, he by Jeff Huber Porter attended a film history class which pro vided him with a strong knowledge of the history of cinema in the United States and abroad. Video Renaissance is a small movie store, packed wtth foreign, independent, and classic films. Navigating the narrow aisles can be difficult, but films are easy to find because titles are organized ac cording to director, type of film, or country of origin. Ofthem Ill Renaissance is place to find the most obsc..;., tides an d has 24 000 titles to choose from. "We cover the goo d the b ad the ugly the cl assics the not so classic, the deservedly obscure, an d th i n gs that are just outright trange like the film Blue which is a fllm of a blue screen with just a soundtrack, so you make your own movie while you watch it," said Terry Porter a clerk at the store. Bill Wooldridge opened Video Renaissance in 1993, and it has provided the Sarasota community with films that larger commercial stores may not carry. "We are able to carry stuff that other video tores wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. Like Noam Chomsky videos, and a documentary done on September 11th, that was done by international film makers and wa never released in the US," Porter said. The store caters to the needs of people in the com munity who are looking for hard to fmd films for entertainment, as well as for educational purposes. "You get quirky requests all the time. One woman needed a film to reference a European fireman's out fit because she was a co tume designer. So we have a film The Fireman's Ball and she was able touse that," Porter said. Porter, like the rest of the staff at Video Renai sance, is wel1-informed about the world of cin ema and can u e his knowledge to help customers find what they're looking for. ''To work in a store like this you have to constantly keep aware of film, you have to watch a lot of films, you have to be aware of what's coming out, you have to be aware of the different ver ions of a particular title. For example, with literary film and Shakespeare adaptations there are multiple versions to choose from," Porter said. "The golden age of American post war cinema is, for a lot of people the late 60's through about 1976. This period is when everything broke down, the pro duction code faded away by the mention se c).. the films. nascent hippie subculture. Sinular themes abound Jn So all these re strictions started to fall apart and Easy Rider, released the same y e ar you co uld h ave adu lt s ub ject matter, yo u c ould m enH e fin d s hi mse l f oc c a i onally at the bedside of his tion suicide, or abortion, or drug u e. And that's why father, W oo d y G u thrie, who i fig htin g a chr onic you could have a film like Midnight Cowboy win an nerve disease. P ete Seeger, famo u s folk mus i cian, academy award in 1978," Porter said. activi t, and former guest of the House On-American Porter believes that this 'golden age' ended with Activities Committee, make a cameo during one of the appearance of Star War which led studio to bethese visit At the hospital he talks to hi father and come fixated on making big blockbusters. reveals himself a someone earching for a purpose "I still think there are good American films, but I in moments that contrast his quiet confidence during think the big studio film are lousy; this summer's the rest of the film. movie are orne of the wor t movies ever. One of my Arlo a1 o find him elf back in Mas at the favorites this year was American Splendor, and I church witnessing turmoil within the commune. Ray thought, for a tudio film, Mystic River IS about as and Alice are struggling with infidelity and jealousy good a American films are going to get," Porter aid. and Alice i often left to erve as the sole matron of Video Renaissance provides customer with indethe group. As she explains to Arlo in his New York pendent films, often ignored by commercial stores. apartment after leaving the church and her restaurant, Underground film of the sixties, animated, Italian "I'm the bitch who had too many pups." Shelley, a horror, and vintage Hollywood films can be found. heroin addict and Alice's lover, overdo es at what Other unu ua1 genres include low budget Turki h vercould arguably be the film's climax. sions of Star Wars and The Wizard of OZ and The movie i about reali m, idealism and the westerns from Thailand. compromises between them, but the ong ''The "They've always had everything I've been lookAlice's Re taurant Ma sacree" is mostly a parody of ing for. I like going there becau e I find movies that the draft. The lyrics quip ... but this i n't a song are more interesting than the ones at Blockbuster. about Ahce, it' a ong about the draft." The movie And the staff always has something intelligent to ay treats its equally grave subject matter without any of and interesting recommendations," says New College the humor or deadpan found in the 18 minute song. alum Katie Helms. The only exceptions occur when the plot of the song With an informed taff and a large collection of is interwoven with the larger plot. Though it clearly rare films, visits to the store can be fun, as well a wasn't then, and i n't now, Arlo manage to make the informative for the cu tomer draft funny. But this isn't a review of a song, it's are-Video Renaissance is on 2243 Bee Ridge Rd. view of a carefully chosen Thanksgiving/draft prote t Call them at 925-2780 film, timely and foreboding in both way 11 am-1 Opm 7 days a week
The Catalyst EATURES November 19, 2003 A I s aHers a Va allaghe ian experience by josh Orr Sara otans cover d their theatergoinn clothe in pia tic aturday niaht and lined up to feel the platter of melon on their face .. The Van Wezel Theater covered it pcaker walls and nice purple seats a. well with pla tic in anticipation of the weekend' how Gallagh r. America' forem t food prop comic, came to to\\< n. "What are you doing wearing nice clothe to a Gallagher how? Yo mu t be tupid" Gallagher told a dapper gu tin the fro trow. "Maybe that' why you're in the front row at a Gallagher show i the first place." B it stupidit general boredom. or genuine Jove for prop comedy. ometh ing drew a capacity crowd to the No 15 top of the arti t' Galli anting tour, and kept mo t of it there for the entire performance. Gallagher's comedic career pans three decade and one gimmick: mashing goopy food with a ledgeham m r. If not the entire focus of a Gallagher perfom1anc it i alway!) th finale, and the rea on fan it in the front row platter zone wearing pia tic poncho Standing outside Van WezeJ, ignmg autograph before and after the show, Gallagher bowed hi grat itude to fan He further thanked the crowd during the how's first fifteen minute by ilcntly lobbing candy into the aud1ence, and water balloon into the plash zone. A mighty cheer filled the room upon the tir t sacrificial plash ca ualty. Gallagher' tage decoration is more functional than fa hlonable. arpauline walls on three side table fuJI of condiments and fruit. Hula hoop and funny hat were trewn about the tage floor. "I've kept doing thi for thirty years becau e I'm the only one who give you the truth,' Gallagher ex plained. "Politician won't give you the truth. T.V., actor tudios won't give you the truth." The chopping bloc on which he tood became a oapbox for 20 minute of political and ocial com mentary. At age 57, the comedian' commentary focused less on politic and more on American culture and "kid today." "Before you know it boy are wearing earrings. Like that kid," the comedian srud, fingering a mall boy wearing an earring in the crowd. "You houldn't be shopping for earring with your mother. You hould be fi bing with your fath r." An audience of older adults upported uch humor with applau e. but joke about ''dying old people" hu hed the majority. The 90 minutes between monologue and food fi nale were filled with Gallagher pulling audience volunteers on tage to hold, clean, or prepare prop then making fun of them. He gave each the chance to gamer applau a well by throwing discarded food can into a receptacle onstage. A failed throw, however, drew crowd di appoint ment as well a cathing Gallagherian commentary. Between belittling volunteers and ob ervational humor, Gallagher maintained audience enthu ia m through ceremonial preparation of smash fodder. "Mayonnai e!" he proclaimed, raising the jar overhead during a comedic lull, a the crowd cheered for the potential platter or gro ne 'This i, theater. Shit' got to move along," h added. He al o shed hght on the cience of food comedy. "Creamed corn i great becau e it's got explo ive and hrapnel, cream and chunk ," he aid. oting that apple platter better when cut up into piece Gallagher alled a volunteer up to the tage to sJice apple for him. Thought turned back periodically to the sorry "Even entertainment is doing something wrong. And ince everybody' an entertainer, what can 1 do to be different?" he asked the crowd. Enter the food mashing-different from the average Van WezeJ performance, but on par with cla ic Gallagherian theater. He brought out prototypical ma<;h fodder, a head of lettuce filled with flour. "I' e never tried thi before! Thi will be the first time ever!" he aid, to the audible thrill of the fan The concoction failed to splatter, but catapulted a After thirty years of pounding melons, creams, veggies, and a v iety of ethnic foods Gallagher has managed to perfect a crushin comedy routine, over and over and over and over. cloud of white powder into the comedian' face. ..I'm not doing that tomorrow!" he proclaimed, to the audible thrill of he fan en al CIUlle the trademark matic" finale. Political atirist that he is Gallagher ang the National Anthem while mashing all the per ishables he'd hyped up over the previous hours, until he was covered in a thick layer of butter, old tofu, duck auce, apples, jello, cottage chee e, relish, sauerkraut, and bean among other The house lights came back up to expo e a ceiling dripping with goo and vacant eat te tifying to early departure It wa comedic. a to o and when to All Week: Destroy FTAA Ministerla in M1ami Watch out for cops, civil right are void this week. Tow ting Today! 5PM Palm Court Free pizza, but remember that commu nity action help build our d mocracy. A love letter to Bertin: angs of Desire Thur day 11/20/03 Palm Court Let' ee if German Club can top their Oct oberfe t. Th extended Two Tow rs Friday 11121103 Free, in the T A. Middlearth never looked o good. Stomp Down in ()..Town: featuring OutKast Fnday ll/21103 8PM Citro Bowl Orlando $25 advanced; 30 day of how We don't know if And e will be there. Abnosphere Saturday 11/22103 9PM Back Booth. Orlando 15 advanced, $18 day of how Slug wa drunk when he came to Gaine ville last year, and God Loves Ugly was better than their late t album. Beg for Mercy Tour w/ GUnit 50 Cent, Uoyd Banks, Young Buc nd Mobb Deep! Sunday 11123/03 House of Blue Orlando $37 advanced, $40 day of how If you are rich, then go. Face of the Rai forest Photos by Valdir Cruz At Selby Garden s, UNTIL ov. 24 $5.00, More info: www.selby.org If you haven't gone to Selby Garde then now i the time. lyrical Levlta on: Poets, DJs, and s Sundays, l 0 PM At Club Fly, aero s from Ringling School. $2.00 at the door. 18 Stai with Sevendust and Lo Pro Thesday 11/25/03 Hard Rock Cafe, Orlando DJ Keoki with Daniel Ash & Paul Edge Tuesday 11/25/03 Club Firestone, Orlando
The Catalyst NEWS November 19, 2003 Joel Bauman to leave ew College for Westminster by Holly Lillis The admis ions process at New College will never be the arne. After January, the Office of Admission will lose of its familiar faces. Dean of Admissions and finan cial aid Joel Bauman says he will re ign from his current position to pursue a career as Vice President of Enrollinent, Management, and Marketing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bauman began his career at New College in the spring of 1999. At that time he served as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for both New College and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. "It was a large responsibility,' said Bauman. ''I'll miss everything-emphatically." "The firSt year here, I was quoted in The New York Times," said Bauman. ''I remember coming home one day in the first two weeks, and saying to my wife 'You can't believe the kind of students who are applying here'. The students at this school are amazing." As for the staff, Bauman praised them a "Outstanding. That doesn't mean not difficult and crit ical at times, but very supportive. They have made me better at what I do." In the following years Bauman saw New College through its process of becoming an independent school from USF. "For most people, New College did not exist before 2001. It's very hard for a school to become independent from such a massive university as USF, and the first year is always very turbulent. So it has re ally only been a year or so that New College actually has been itself," said Bauman. Bauman's decision to leave was precipitated by an opportunity for career advancement. "I am fairly ambi tious, and have high aspirations. This career move will greatly increase my lifetime earning potential, not only in my salary there, but also the experience I will re ceive," he said. ''Put simply, there are more schools like Westminster than there are like New College. My expe rience there may help me to move on to other colleges." The upcoming move to Utah came unexpectedly. "As you can see, I may have been very happy here for the rest of my life," said Bauman, motioning to his of fice's view of Sarasota Bay. Valerie Mojeiko/Cataryst In search of richer pastures, Joel Bauman has decided to join past Dean and Warden Bassis at Westminster College in Utah Replacements for Bauman' positions will be found through a nationwide search, with Kathleen Killion serving as Interim Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. The two positions, Dean of Admissions and Dean of Financial Aid, are to be separated in the future. "This is where I get all choked up," said Bauman, listing all that he would miss on leaving New College, Westminster College is a small, private liberal arts college that boasts a cutting-edge approach to the ad missions process by giving it responsibility for all of school's marketing. They also have an Independent Study Project term in May, similar to the ISP term in January at New College. Westminster also has been op erating in the black, or for the past several years. It's a really hard task for a private college to maintain that," said Bauman. Bauman will be staying until January to ensure a smooth transition. "I want to give a shout out to all of the students at New College," he said. "Keep the next person in this office on their toeswe like it. Get in our faces, be open to change, and above all, always question." "And the Lion and Lamb shall lay down together in Peace" Already discriminated against in some segments of society, people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans gender, or transsexual can face further marginalization if they also identify as Catholic. They fmd themselves in a void between secular GLBTs and tradi tional Catholics, whose hierarchy will not accept them. One local group reach ing out to this segment of the populace is Dignity of Sarasota. On Sunday, November 9th, Dignity of Sarasota celebrated its second an niversary. To commemorate the occasion they invited Reverend John MeN eill to speak at their service McNeill is a cofounder of Dignity/New York. His articles in the Homiletic and Pastoral Review on Homosexuality formed part of the basis for Dignity's "Statement of Position and Purpose," the group's constitution. He is the author of several books, including The Church and Homosexuality, pub lished in 1976. Members of Integrity of Sarasota, an Episcopalian group serving GLBTs, joined the Dignity members. The two groups are working toward becoming a combined chapter, serving the needs of Catholics, Episcopalians, and GLBTs. Instead of dedicating the whole evening to Mcneill's speech and discus sion coming from it, Reverend Thomas Kearny, the pastor of the congregation, led a full Catholic/Episcopalian service, with McNeill's speech providing the homily. At the beginning of the service, incense was used to consecrate the con gregation, the priests, and the altar. Several readings followed, including one from The Second Vatican Council on the general principles of religious freedom. In this excerpt, the church states "All are bound to follow their con science faithfully in every sphere of activity... Therefore, the individual must not be forced to act against con science." At the end of each reading, the speaker announced the conclusion by saying ''The end of the reading." This was faithfully followed by the congrega tion responding, "thanks be to God." After more readings, McNeill took the podium to give the homily. "Since Vatican ll, it has all been (progressively worse)." He then proceeded to tell the congregation a little bit about himself and where he fits in with the Dignity ministry. "If it weren't for my lover of thirty eight years, Charles Turroleli, I mes wouldn't have been able to undertake my ministry to gays and lesbians." On a light note, McNeill confessed he has trouble remembering the acronym for his community, saying Charles taught him to remember it as a "gay BLT." McNeill reflected on being a part of co-founding Dignity/New York. "I'll never forget the excitement we felt at the first meeting of Dignity. We put a small notice in the Village Voice, hop ing for a few people to show, but over one hundred people crowded in to the room at that first meeting. We knew we were meeting a strongly felt need in the community." Soon his speech turned to Dignity's relationship with the Vatican. "I con templated what Dignity's attitude toward the hierarchal church should be after thirty years of failed dialogue and persecution." He urged the congrega tion to not give up the struggle, "dignity is not something we can give ourselves, but with God's grace, it's something we can give each other." McNeill reflected on the stance of the church toward the gay lifestyle. "Homophobic church documents is sued by Rome stated, "The Homosexual inclination, although not a sin, should be considered objectively disordered." McNeill also commented on the Ordination of Gay Priests. "Seminary directors were asked to discern whether self-de cribed gay candidates for the priesthood were "ego-sentonic" or "ego-distonic", whether they accepted their gayness, or hated and rejected it. The seminary directors were further in structed to only accept candidates whose homosexuality was "ego-dis tonic", meaning only the mentally ill would be accepted." McNeill said the church acts in this way because "Perfect fear tosses out per fect love." He congratulated Dignity/Sarasota on making it to two years and encouraged them for the future. After his speech, the offering and communion were experienced, followed by a few hymns. After the service, McNeill met with congregation members and joined them for refresh ments in an adjacent room. All are welcome at Dignity/Integrity events, non-GLBTs and nonCatholics/Episcopalian included. Services are every Sunday at S pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church lo cated at 3975 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. For more information on Dignity Sarasota, and a link to the na tional site, vi it www.dignitysarasota.com -
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, &_ ................ .. The Catalyst NEWS G.G.O. T. -ge There may be some monkey business between the Guerrilla Girls, but they sure look cood continued from 1 sponse, Kruczek continued the process of helping stu dents bring the group to campu When he noticed a po ting on the original Guerrilla Girl's website (www.gucrrillagirb.com) concerning the split she, .. & .. CSA President Maxerne Thchman was disap pointed in performance. "I wasn't impressed by their performance because I felt that three New College student could have done a better job. They didn't memorize their posters, and all wa it and read. I that kind left the performance with were also disappointed. November 19, 2003 0 co continued rom 1 don't know !Sanderson] personally." Sand rson ha publicly apologized on at lea t three occasiom following the incident-at the cmcJ g ncy diversity mcetmg, the emergency town meeting. and the faculty meeting ... 1 wish that I hadn't have aid that. It was wrong on so many level aid Sander. on. "I int ndcd that a a satirical remark ba ed on a political po. ition. but I fully understand that my intention doe n' t matter and that it is a wrong comment.'' Sanderson added that he is .. ery ht111 by the charge that 1 am a raci. t. People who know me don't think that is true."' "I think that Sanderson is an extremely intelligent person. He is absolutely not a raci t," said thesi -stu dent Je. e Glickstein, who has taken cour e with Sander on "We all need to treat each other with re pect," said Provo t harlcne allahan. "And we have no 'right' to ignore or di regard the effect of our actions on others. Thus for me, it is not an tssue of diversity per e, it is about the obligation of member hip in a community, any community." "People are talking about a erious issue in a eri ous way," aid Sanderson. "People are re-thinking their a sumptions and are engaging with the community on thi i sue." "1 think at thi point everybody involved is pu h-. ....... -controversy," aid Sosnoff. between the group, but Ms. magazine supported them and at e e fee better, feel that they were legit." Some students brought this web po ting, enti tled 'accept no sub titute ,' to her attention and he encouraged the students to discuss the issue with the group during their performance. Thchman was especially concerned about the amount '-------------------In a phone interview with the Catalyst, founding member of the original 1985 Guerrilla Girls Kathe Kollwitz discussed the inter-group conflict. Her pseudonym was taken from late 19th century German artist Kollwitz to protect her anonymity, just as all the members a ume the names of famou female arti ts. The groups' namesake gorilla masks are also an at tempt to maintain anonymity and draw attention to issues, not name or face Kollwitz said. "I don't know what they [GGOT] made clear and what they didn't, they hould be mak ing it clear that they were formed in 2001 and are not the author of the well-known Guerrilla Girl' work, or our recent book. We ate trying to work it out, so they don t confu e the public. We are involved in a law uit. but we hope to settle it through talks." Kruczek aid that the event provided what was expected of the group prior to their arrival on campu "They gave us what they aid they could give us. All of the information was clear on what they could pro vide," he aid, Thesi. -student Michelle .Brown thought that the Guerrilla Girl on Tour made their separation from the other Guerrilla Girl groups clear during their perfor mance. Brown aid, in an -mail to the Cataly t "I don t think they were hiding their non-affiliation, each group i ju t painting it in a different light." She continued, "all the quabbling i antith til:al to the non-personal philos ophy behind the mask If you are going to wear mas co-opting and impe1sonating i unavoidable." It of tudent fundmg the group received. The Guerrilla Girls on Tour call them elves the "con cience of the art world" bee au c they try to raise awarenes about discrimination against women and minorities in theaters, museums, and films. They in form the community about di cnmination by, among other thing putting informative stickers on the bath rooms of theater that do not produce any plays by women, doing treet performances, and putting up fact-filled flyers around ew York City. Touring Guerrilla Girl Aphra Behn, who wa in vited to the group by 'Gertrude Stein' encouraged other activi t to do the arne.
The Catal t ON CAMPUS November 2003 9 out of 1 cats hate the Catalyst 11-10-03, 6:52 PM: A New College student reported the theft of his unsecured bike from the Viking Dormitory bike rack. The bike was stolen sometime between 1 0:00 PM 11/09 and 9:00AM, 11/10. The bike was entered into the FCIC/NCIC computer system as stolen. 11-G3-G3, 5:23 PM: Campus Police received a compliant reference an individual with an unleashed dog in the area of the athletic fields. The st ud ent was advised of campus pol icy pertaining to canines. 11-03-03, 5:03PM: A USF student reported that sometime between 1 :00 PM and 5:00 PM an unknown suspect had apparently made a long scratch down the driver's side of his vehicle while it was parked in the front Library parking lot. 10-21-03, 2:46 PM: A New College staff member reported the theft of a 2' X 4' New College banner from within Hamilton Center. The theft occurred sometime between 6:00 AM and 7:30 AM on Sat. the 18th. The banner and brass curtain rods it was hanging from were valued at approx. $ 250.00. seriously. or at least according the the Google slogan-maker __ ___:.._Start thinking about next semester ___ Want to make a change in campus life? Want to be on the cutting edge of campus gossip? Want to improve your writing skills? Then think about joining the Catalyst. We are an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi.The class meets twice a week, Thesdays and Fridays 5-6 p.m. Attendance is required. Staff members write 12 stories total, one story for each issue. Editors write every other week (six stories). What does it take? Preferably, good writing skills, though no previous journalistic training is neces sary. A significant amount of out of class time is required, in the form of research and reporting. You need to be in touch with current news and interests both on campus and in the real world. The course is devoted to reading professional writing, both in a daily news format as well as specific examples from "Best of the Best" books. Style is explained and discussed in class and your writing will receive critique from both the editors and Prof. Vesperi. Think about your name in print. Think about the Catalyst's name in print on your resume. To be considered for the Catalyst, watch our for the signs that appear at the beginning of each semester calling for submissions. At that time you'll need to submit an example of your work, prefer ably in newspaper style (it's not complicated, just interview your roommate. : It's quality we're looking at, not content). If you'd like more information, there']) be an information session around the time of mini-classes. You can meet the editors (who will be announced in the last issue this semester) and ask all sorts of questions. Editorial positions are usually filled ahead of time, but if you have a particular interest, come talk to us this semester. The class is officially known as "Newspaper Writing and Production" and all staff members are invited to become as involved as they want to be in the behind-the-scenes aspects. This in cludes photography, layout & design, and copy editing. You can be taught thee le a w or how o se Ph
The Catalyst PERSPECTIVE November 19, 2003 Attempts to join to the Army easier than expecte Michael Sanderson OPINION The pileup of parallel s of Iraq to Vietnam continued in early November when the "Defend America website (www.defendamerica .mil) posted a no tice a king fo r people to serve on draft boards. These local boards would in the event of a draft hear requests for ex eruptions and deferments. This wa of cour e routine, not related to our itua tion in Iraq. (The potice was taken down after the media noticed it.) Partially to determine my own eli gibility for the draft, I decided to just how one would go about joining the military (or not). When I called up the Sarasota mili tary recruitment office later that week, I received the directions: Driving south on U.S. 41, it's in a strip mall in be tween Linins 'n Things and Bealls Outlet-"when you pass Denny's you're almost there, but if you pass Checkers you've gone too far." Inside tli storefr o nt every wall was covered with framed certi cates, portrai pictures, and miscellaneous medals. I identified myself as a New College student and a writer for the student paper. Staff Sergeant Steve D. Conner, told me Traditionally New College is-we' ve heard they're kind of anti government. Two of the re c ruiters there didn t have good experiences." Talking to people who wander in has it own dynamic Connor aid, "People walk through the door, think ing the army will take anyone, which simply i n't true. Mo t of them are un qualified At the Sarasota office, Conner aid, "We pre-qualify people. Get their packet together Where they've lived, where they went to school, references. There are physical requirements of height and weight, and an evaluation of medical hi tory. Enli tment also "de pends on moral standing-any criminal charge depends on what it was "Law violations are one of the biggest factors," aid Conner. "It's a ca e-by-case basis. "Say you had a pos ession charge of marijuana-less than 20 grams [can be considered]." He added later, "It's sad, because every one of your juvenile offenses stay with you for life, so if you have a lot of felonies as a kid ... After pre-qualification pot e ntial re cruits go to Tampa, and "stay in a hote l we pay for, [w hi c h i ) the D oubletree i n ampa. ampa ey ave a phy ical, including blood and urine samples-"you have to be free of drugs"-and take the Armed Services Vocational Applied Battery te 't. I Letter to the Editor I contrary, but my mtentwn m In defense of Sosnoff: writing this letter is merely to tate I'm writing thi letter both becau e I Eric wa_ not one them. In fact, he did consider myself a close friend of Eric everythmg concetv.able to ensu:e that Sosnoffs and because I can no longer this event was a bvely and enJoyable watch what is taking place on this camone and I think he. pu with anything less than full blown I am also qmte d1smayed. by the ''The ASVAB [test] eems to be an obstacle for a lot of people, Cofmer aid. "It' harder than the FCAT, but easier than the SAT." On the basis of the te t core and physical the recruit choo e their job fromali tofjob they'requalifiedfor. I asked about the po sibility of deploy ment to Iraq There's no guarantee they won't go anywhere. One hundred percent of the army isn't in Iraq. It de pend on therr job and what's needed over there ." Sgt. Conner got more information about various armed forces cholarships, and we went to the back of the room. On a wall below framed photo of Pre ident Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rum feld, there was a three-by-five-foot image of a helicopter in flight. Connor identified it as an Apache and not a Black Hawk. Five Black Hawk helicopters have gone down in the Iraq war, including one on Nov 1, in which 17 soldiers were killed when the heli copter was hit by a urface-to-air mis s ile "There are guys who work on every a s pe c t of it, "he said including the electroni c s th e e ng ine, the armor plat ing o r "skin" -the l as t he s aid "in case a it. oc a rock. The military trains people m a Wide variety of profession -"from plumbers to pilots," as Conner put it-and I looked at the pamphlet for an Army lin-guist. It promised training to fluency at the Defense Language In titute, "located in beautiful Monterey, California." On a bullitan board near the .array of pamphlet were pictures of recruits, in cluding a woman who I thought could be Private Je sica Lynch. The 19-year old from Pale tine, We t Virginia, was, a much a the narrative can agree, captured in Iraq and later re cued from an Iraqi hospital. The woman turned out to be Meli sa Stewert from Venice. "She had a rna ter s degree in Engli h, couldn't find work, so joined Officer Candidate School," aid Conner. A letter from her wa also on the board, and I skimmed it. It contained little but many adjec tives and nouns that were imply po itive. At the inbred upper-middle-clas high school I went to, the po sibility of joining was laughable as we all held mi conceptions about the military much like Conner characterized: "that we're uneducated, we're ju t ociety's reject ." At New College I've known several people who joined or served, and so my misconceptions were already chal lenged But I gained knowledge of the proces of joi ning-far easier and with there, it may get even eas1er. New College's growing level of clo e mindedness that I even have to say what I am about to, but it i increasingly clear that it is a prerequisite when addre sing matters of race: I am not only a tudent here but a black tudent and prior to tak ing up residence on thi campus I had experienced more than a few incident of overt and maliciou raci m. I sup pose that means I am just a qualified to en z 0 incredulity. charges of racism that are from Certain factions have been literally people's mouths around thts campu buzzing with the events that tran pired with the o! a at our most recent New College midThese are senou that I vtew night debate and I have yet to a tossed about ;'tth s understand the bad reaction. I was at the capnce. Most recently I ve wttne sed debate and was able to witne Eric's these type of accu ations being leveled conduct as one of the RA host I can against Eric and I find this not only ap only peak for myself here (though but .ridiculous to the point of those around me eemed to enjoy thembemg offensive. selve thoroughly) and from what I My over the e recent de observed of the event Eric's behavior as velopments ar1 e from two separate but an RA wa neither nor innot unrelated point l. I've known Eric flanunatory. If someone were to state over a and never has he _done o r otherwise (and apparently omeone has) satd anythmg ret?otely exJ would not imply que tion his or her i t, or otherwise mappropnate or interpretation of what actually hapdi re pectful and 2. I've been at ew pened, I would question whether that College for. over two. years and person was even present at the same denever expenenced a mgle ca of nn-peak as those turning an innocent de bate into a cataly t for a race war. Thi is not about race becau e, from what I've seen, New College does not have a race problem. Neither doe Eric Sosnoff and I know thi becau e he's a friend of mine. You can't please all of the people all of the time and I think that' what this i really about. The collective 'we' of ew College pride ourselve in our open mindednes. and our fair and rational mean of argumentation, but by ugge t ing puni hment for Eric in the name of faulty interpretation and rni placed ac cusation we would be trampling upon and ignoring the e attribute in tead of putting them into practice I hope this letter stop that dead in its tra k z A. 0 wewa t bate that I was. plicit racism, let alone an exphctt case This i not to ay that there was no I think it i unfortunate and a sign of Tess Martin firstname.lastname@example.org box 75 All submissions must be received by 5 pm on Friday. Please feel free to suggest events for the calendar.
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