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A STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF EW COl:.LEGE OF FLORIDA AIDS theatre in Sarasota ATALYST Sarasota AIDS Project raises AIDS awareness, dramati cally, throughout the community. Page4 CATALYST. NCF.EDU VoLUME XVII IssuE OCTOBER 29, 2003 Simulated U.N. debates Israel-Palestine wor d policies by Gregory Harris ----To commemorate the 58th United Nations Day, some of the area's most ac CQmplished individuals were brought together to perform a mock debate. Held in the Sudakoff Conference Center on Oct. 24 and sponsored by the Sarasota/Manatee chapter of the United Nations Association, this event was unique because it was the first model UN Security Council simulation in Florida to employ adult delegates. The Sarasota/Manatee chapter chose Israel/Palestine as their topic because of its stature in the media and the on-going nature of the dispute. The group brought in a wide array of area luminaries, including New College Professor Keith Fitzgerald and Professor Emeritus Margaret Bates as well as Foreign Service alums, journalists, a current and former city commissioner, and New College students. el UN Dire<;tor f -U millions around the world," he said. Dr. Luu turned over leadership to Model UN Simulation Chair and New College Alum Tom Cook, held a roll call, soon fol lowed by his yielding to Syrian Delegate Dwight Hoover to open debate. Following Syria, delegates continued in order of their place on the roll call, delin eating countries mostly by their deci ion to key in on the discussion of Palestinian ter rorists or Israeli oppression. When the order of presentation reached Guinea, Delegate Brian Bain introduced the first amendment to the draft resolution of the simulation. Termed an unfriendly amendment because it didn't come from one of the countries behind the draft resolu tion (which constituted Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan and Syrian Arab Republic), it sought to increase UN oversight of Israel/Palestine discussions. "Our intention is to keep all negotiations 1 the U.N," New College students, professors, and alumnl alona with area journalists and politicians came to Sudakoff for this past United Nations Day to debate the issues concerning Israel and Palestine. Sarasota Manatee Chapter Dr. daniel Luu, opened the simulation with a speech, driv in g home the need to stay in character and tr eat the d ebat e likle the real th ing. "Your decision may affect t h e safety of Current1y negotiations are leadership of the quartet. made up of the Russian Federation the US, the UN, and the COritlliUed on 9 New College ranked.secon d by Wall Street Journa b y Jack Short ---Two new ranldngs published in the Sept. 26 Wall Street Journal rate New Col1ege among the top schools in the nation based on high acceptance rates of its students to "elite business, med ical, and law schools." In the Journal's national rankings, New College ranked 31 in the ability of its students to gain to acceptance to graduate schools such as such as Yale University's Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Schoo] of Business. When compared against other state institutions only, New College advanced to number two, only behind the University of Michigan. Provost Charlene Callahan said this should be welcome news to stu dents who fear New College's reliance on written evaluations in lieu of grades will hurt their chances of ad mission into elite graduate schools. Though some students are uspi cious of the list's criteria and composition, students surveyed by The Catalyst were pleased to hear the news. The lists themselves are based on per-capita rates of admission. This way, according to the Wall Street Journal, small schools do not suffer. Along with various state aid and grants, Callahan said, this is a benefit of New College's separation from USF. "Until two years ago we were sort of buried in the USF data," she aid. Callahan al o said the separation, rendering New College the state's rec ognized honors college, will allow the school to stand out as an exceptional institution. The resulting recogn1tion wiJl benefit students looking to enter elite schools. Referring to the article, Cal1ahan said New College ranked highly because of the level of confidence among student in addition to factors like the undergraduate thesis. cont!fjuedon9 1) University of Michigan 2) Col of lort 3 ) University of Virgi nia 4) U.C. Berkeley 5) u.c. Los Angeles 6 ) Georgia Tech 7) Col lege of W i lliam & Mary 8) Ston y B rook ( SUNY) 9 ) U niversity of North Caro l ina, Chapel Hill 10) University of Texas, Austin Graphic by Nathaniel BurbankiCatah'st New College was recently added to the Wall Street Journa l' s list ing of top schools that send students to 'elite' law medical and business post graduate i nstitut ions, ranking number two on the lis t of public colleges feeding into these elite schools


The Catal st 6-DAY WEATHER Today: TStorms 84/69 Thurs: Cloudy 86/67 Friday: Cloudy 87/69 Saturday: Spooky, but Isolated T-Storms 86/67 Sunday: Isolated Storms 87/69 Monday: Partly Cloudy 87/69 WALL ASSIGNMENTS Friday: Kereth Lucker "Gothtronic Technobaroque Masquerade Wall" Saturday: Halloween PCP! Sponsored by Jessica Mazza the CATALYST C'opyrigJu 2003. T1u! Cata(l\/_ All righh. GENERAL EDITOR David Savarese MANAGING EDITOR Nathaniel Burbank DESIGN EDITOR Caitlin Young COPY EDITOR Whitney Krahn srAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Valerie Mojeiko WDIMASIER Caitlin Young stAFF WRITERS Josh Orr Maria Lopez Eva Gutierrez Holly Lillis Jack Short Gregory Harris Jeff Huber Emma Jay 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 .:-.l'ew Co!lege Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 359-4266 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submi sions for space, grammar or styJ.e. To anonymous submissions will be accepted. ee contribution guidelines for further information. All submissions must be received by 5:00p.m. aturday in order to appear in the following week's issue. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week. Visit The Catalyst online at : NEWS BRIEFS October 29 2003 Police Chief search nears conclusion An important vacancy in the Campus Police Department arose when fanner Chief Eugene O'Casio retired last June. The nation-wide search for O'Casio's re placement has since been underway and the new chief should be named by December, aid Dean of Students Mark Blaweis A committee of New College and USF Sarasota/Manatee tudents and ad ministrators will narrow the list of eight applicants (including Officer Ken Vickers) to three or four by the end of next week, Blaweiss said. The remaining candidates will visit the campus, at which time students can ask questions at open forums and discussions. Candidate interviews will be con ducted by Blawei s and New College Student Alliance President Maxeme Tuchman, in conjunction with USF, whose recommendations will guide the final decision-makers: New College Vice President for Finance and Administration John Martin, President Gordon "Mike" Michalson, and USF Sarasota/Manatee CEO Laurie Stryker. Blaweiss said the search committee is looking for a candidate who understands New College culture. The candidate must also possess the ability to handle the variety of duties belonging to the New College police chief, including a knowl ed f tuden e crisis management skills, and the maintenance of good rela tions with Sarasota and Manatee counties. Blaweiss and Tuchman have each candidate's resumes available for review by students, faculty, and staff. Uglies win season opener The Uglies, New College's student run female soccer team won its first game of the season 4 to 0 this past Sunday night. The team, which plays in the Sarasota Women's Recreational League, shut out "the Chiropractors" in a game that the team hopes will set the tone for the rest of the season. "We're all about fun and would love to have you come out no matter what your skill level,'' said Uglies organizer Meghan Rimelspach in an email to stu dents. The Ugties play at 6 p.m. every Sunday in the 17th street park. Happy Divali A Hindu holiday characterized by lit deeyas and gift-giving, Divali was cele brated by Novo Collegians last Friday night in the Gender and Diversity Center. "It is the largest worldwide annual festival," said organizer of the Divali cel ebration and first-year Adesh Seuraj. "I was just going to celebrate it on my own. but someone suggested that I share it with the campus. Now over 40 people have said that they were definitely coming, .. Chris Altes!New College First-year Robby Schmidt and second-year Marina Williams were voted this year's Queen and King, they smile royally for one of many photos taken the night of New College Prom. The direct translation of Divali is "fes tival of light." An ancient Hindu practice, it is the celebration of the return of the god Rama after slaying the demon master of the underworld, Ravan. After having fought with the demon for five years, Rama's return and victory over evil was heralded by the illumination of his entire village with deeyas little clay pots filled with oil and wicks. A part of the festival is to place deeyas throughout the home, or in this case, the Gender and Diversity Center. 'The deeyas represent cleansing, pu rity, sharing, and hospitality," said Seuraj. Divali is also a time of gift-giving. Hindus are expected to reconcile with their enemies and give gifts. With a clean home and expressions of sharing and hos pitality, one welcomes the blessings of Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune. New animal rights group New College students whose blood boils at the sight of the nearby dog track can now extend their activism to the field of animal rights. First-year Laurel Long has organized an animal rights group focused towards volunteerism, protest, education, and furthering vegetariani m. Having worked for animal rights groups uch as Compassion Over Killing and the Humane Society, Long has expe rience in the field of animal rights. However, Long expresses an interest in the motivations of other members, and the ideas they have to contribute to the group. "It really depend on what everyone is interested in," said Long. Volunteerism i a key item on the agenda of the currently unnamed group, especially inforrnmg youth on animal rights. ''I was hopin to __ ==-1 local schools to educate students on the realities of animal cruelty,'' said Long when discussing some future plans. Long's group intends to work on helping students become vegetarian in order to lessen the amount of animals killed for that purpose. ''Ninety nine percent of animals killed in the U.S. are slaughtered for food," Long explained. Another goal of the animal rights group is to protest in front of the Sarasota greyhound racetrack. "Many greyhounds are killed in that field for vivisection, and those who re main alive are kept in small cages when not racing," Long said Racetracks -also use live bait, such as rabbits and other small animals to entice the greyhounds. It's really horrible." The group meets Saturdays at 3 p.m. on the Ham Center couches, and anyone interested is welcome to attend or e-mail Long. Midnight madness Pants-dropping, drunken hecklers, free food, and huge crowds. So describes the past series of Midnight Debates hosted by thests stu dent Etic Sosnoff. With New College Student Alliance presidential election a week away, Sosnoff is quickly organizing the third and tinal Midnight Debate, this time fea turing NCSA presidential candidates in I keep going-> I


The Catalyst NEWS BRIEFS Student initative adds DV s to Med a Center opti ons by JeffHuber Students interested in film should be aware of the growing collection of DVDs available for checkout at the Media Center. The co11ection began when transfer student Ryan White and second-year John Costello met last year and discussed starting a film club on campus. The stu dents were interested in forming a club where they could screen movies and hold discussions. In the absence of film classes, White and Costel1o wanted to create a forum for interested students to discuss film in a casual environment. "Classes aren't offered in cinema studies so at least in our spare rime we can watch a movie and then talk about it," Costello said. ''There are film classes once in awhile and we try to include a couple of their films in our screenings. To expose the rest of the campus to what's going on (on campus) that has anything to do with cinema," White added. The SAC allocated funds for the club's formation and the purchase of the DVDs. However, attendance has been low at the film screenings. 'The SAC likes us because we come prepared with lists, and the guys in the media center like us because we are adding to their collection, we just don't under stand why no one comes," Costello said. Valerie Mojeiko/Catalyst The Media Center is home to a plethora of VHS and a growing collection of DVDs lor checkout. Join us it's fun," White added. VHS movies available for rent, but White and Costello chose DVDs because they have other features like informative commentary tracks. So far, the collection has brought a wide variety of DVDS to the Media Center. However, few DVDs The commentary track on Taxi Driver has informa tion that most people could only learn by attending film school rve been chec ed ou an d hite an oste lo are ilm club is a so wants to add Cducatiori.8.1 films to the collection for any interested professors. l ooking for suggestions from interested students on movies they w ould like to see added to the collection The M e d i a Cent e r a lso h as a large collection of "I would like to see Civil War documentaries, Ken Bwns documentaries, and to go through and talk to --> continued the hot seat. "Every year the campaign kind of spi rals out of control with everyone mudslinging at the end," said thesis stu dent and Elections Supervisor Michael Birch. ''But if we have something like the Midnight Debate, it brings everyone to gether." Following tradition, the SAC-funded debate will began at Midnight on Nov. 1 in Sudakoff Conference Center. Two hun dred seats will be reserved, though Sosnoff said extra chairs will be brought out if needed. A panel of six hecklers will be on hand, including returning heckler and third-year Devon Barrett. The panel's jeering will set its aims on candidates' re sponses to questions from Sosnoff and other students. "It will be a healthy mix" between school-related and personal questions, Sosnoff said. Student Join Antiwar Protest Five New Co11ege students joined an estimated 50,000 to 80,000 protesters in Washington DC last Saturday calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq. "I think it was a major victory to get that many people protesting in the streets" said Sarasota coordinator and New College second-year transfer student JR Lentini. "George W. Bush has been an abject failure, and it's time we told him to start hunting for another line of work," he said in an e-mail promoting the event to students. The demonstration, co-sponsored by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) and United for Peace and Justice, was the largest antiwar protest since President Bush declared the end of "major combate operations" in Iraq on May 1, according to o r ganizers. the departments and add to their collection because it's educational," White said. With frequent film screenings and a growing col lection of DVDs available for checkout, it is an exciting time to be a film enthusiast on campus. Interested students should take of these opportunities while they can. Describing the debate as the "defining moment" of one's life at New College, Sosnoff has hig h expecti o ns: 'The farst d ebate was too sensati o nal, the second, t oo intell e ctual. The third will be just right." A protest held on the same day in San Francisco drew 20,000 people into the streets, according to organizers. They were demanding an end to the occupation of Iraq an d ca1ling f o r troops to be brought home now: We will miss you Elliott! Elliott S mi th : 1%9 2 00 3 This pumpkin, carved by thesis students Lawrence Bowdish and Jeff Lundy greeted passers by of Dort 101, proving that a New College Halloween is not only seal")', but sexy.


The Catal t FEATURES October 29, 2003 Sarasota AIDS Theater Project corrects misconceptions by Josh Orr "We want to help awareness: aware ne s that there are still people who have AIDS in this world, and they still need attention, and concern, and they still need a better living," said Sarasota AIDS Theater Project co-founder and Artistic Director Gary Breul. "The focu is People With AIDS." The Project teaches AIDS awareness through performance of AIDS-related plays and literature, while organizing ac tivitie to help PWAs, or People :With AIDS, deal with alienation brought on by their affliction. Speaking through a dramatic medium-telling stories about the lives AIDS affects-the troupe of about 15 actors and amateurs gives AIDS a human face to make known its yffect on individuals and communities. "Disea es like leukemia and cancer have organizations that reach out to indi vidual's lives." in addition to medical assistance, said Sarasota AIDS Theater Project secretary John Ru o. ''But orga nizations like that are few and far between for AIDS." ''We're not an advocacy group in the traditional sense," Russo said. "We don't e c lini c asp ect or o in ivi u AIDS p atie n t) case wo rk W e want t o educate a bout AIDS, HIV and Peopl e With AIDS." Aside from conveying the implica tions for a society living with AIDS, the Project corrects misconceptions about the syndrome. "People have stopped talking about AIDS in recent years, so the misconcep tion has developed that it's not a problem anymore,'' Breul said. "Society acts like few people are contracting HIV now. That's just not true.'' "We need to let [people] know AIDS is not cured. Magic Jolmson is not cured:' said Russo. Breul's own AIDS education began with reading William Hoffman"s play As Is. First produced in 1985, the height of the American AIDS epidemic and mise ducation, As Is tells the story of a gay writer who contracts AIDS and is virtu ally abandoned by his family and friends, but not his lover. 'The point of the story is 'I accept you as is. I accept you even though you've contracted this virus," Breul said. 'That's a message our group tries to convey." Breul moved to Sarasota from Milwaukee, Wis. in 1985 to work on the A olo Theater's production of As Is. Theirs was the first theater outside New York to perform the play. In 2000, Breul recruited a group of .. "' ... . "-. ... Sarasotans to congregate at home and read AIDS-related plays. One year later, on World AIDS Day, Dec. I, 2001, the Sarasota AIDS Theater Project made their first public performance, a reader's theater version of As Is. As Is has since become the Theater Project's signature production. At least a sity to reach broader audiences. "Since our first or. second performance we've been saying 'We're getting great responses, we're selling out houses, but we're preaching to the choir because we're getting the same people"' in the crowd, said LaPort. "We have got a very loyal following. What we're trying to do Quilts to love and remember The Names ProjeCt's AIDS memorial quilt, pictured above, com memorates the lives of people throughout the country and world who have died of AIDS. Each panel, created by lovers, family, and friends, includes items that reflect the personality and fife of those who died. Each panel measures three foot by six foot, the size of a human grave. When it was displayed again in Washington in 1992, it had grown to more than 20,000 panels, covering the equivalent of 12 football field$ and weighing 30 tons. Today, it COII$Ists of over 25,000 panels. segment of it is performed at every benefit show, said Project member Daniel LaPort. The troupe's repertoire has expanded to include other acclaimed works about AIDS, as well as several original scripts and songs written by Project members. They enjoyed quick and steady suc cess in Sarasota, a city rich in local theater. While the project members are thankful for supportive stage and gay communities, they recognize the necesnow is expand our demographic." People under age 25 and over 55 are particularly at risk and uninformed, said Russo. Thus, the Project has begun pur suing opportunities to perform at local high schools and elderly communities. One of their most successful perfor mances happened at New College in 2000, said LaPort. "It was very well received. About 20 people attended, but they were very responsive. They asked a lot of pertinent questions, and that's what we're trying to get," LaPort said. The surrounding Sarasotan societ}i, described by Russo as "apathetically open-minded," has been accepting of the Project's mission, though less than active m confronting AIDS issues in their lives The Sarasota AIDS Project also helps the social and personal lives of PWAs through dinners and trips to theatrical per fonnances in the bay area. Currently, they are planning a Nov. 15 Thanksgiving feast for Sarasotans with AIDS. The point is to facilitate "something for PWAs to do and not feel alienated,'' Breul said. "I feel like if [we] don't care about these people who the f--will?" The Project has received very few public donations thus far, but has suc cessfully supported its endeavors through beneiit performances. "So far we're a bigger income pro ducer than we are a spender," Project treasurer Bell said. Chairs and boxes usually comprise all the group's props, and the community AIDS quilt is most often the back ground, which makes for cheap production costs, BeU said. Theaters like Gold n ppl and the ... Theater donate stage time for the group's benefit performances as well. Attempts at expansion passed an official milestone with the Project's October 2003 application for federal non-profit corporation recognition, which would make it eligible for grants and tax support. Recognition as a nonprofit organization should also boost private donations since all donations would be tax-deductible, Bell said. Ideal expansion would include an of fice in Sarasota with which to consolidate educational and support ser vices. An office would provide room for performance space, an AIDS library and, most importantly, a "safe haven for People With AIDS," Russo said. "After-5 p.m. in this city PWAs have nowhere to go,'' Breul added. Such ambitions require a rotating staff as well as greater funding. While the future of the Sarasota AIDS Theater Project is still fairly unsure, one thing, according to Breul, is certain: "We'll only stop working when the damn [AIDS-epidemic] is over." For information on Sarasota AIDS Theater Project volunteer oppmtunities or future performances, including World AIDS Day 2003 festivities, contact Garry Breul at (941) 365-6348.


The Catal t Complied by David Savarese TOWN MEETING TODAY! Wednesday, October 29, 2003 5 p.m. Palm Court Calicomm 2003 -----grouch and Eligh of Living Legends, Lyrics Born, Ugly Duckling and more. WHERE: The Social Orlando WHEN:10.30.03, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $15 18+ show, Bring your ID ... always. Halloween: 24 Hours of Horror Ham Center October 31 6:00 PMThe Ring 8:00Scream 10:00Dead Alive 11:35Nightmare on Elm Street Nov. 1st 1:10 Thriller 1:30American Werewolf in London 3:15Halloween 5:00Texas Chainsaw Massacre 6:30The Exorcist 8:50Night of the Living Dead 10:35Carnival of Souls 12:10Horror of Dracula 1:40Wo(finan 3:00Bride of Frankenstein 4:25Nosferatu Grand Opening of the Children's Garden, a Sarasota community garden where magic begins! a.m.-p.m. WHERE: 1670 lOth Way HOW MUCH: FREE For infonnation on how to volunteer or help with the festivities, please call 330l 711. Donate Blood! WHERE: Westside Student Center WHEN: 10.03.03 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Get a free t-shirt. Save a life. CALENDAR 311 w/ Alien Ant Farm WHERE: Hard Rock Live Orlando WHEN: 10.30.03 HOW MUCH: $33 Oktoberfest 2003 WHERE: Dortstein Crease WHEN: 10.31.03, 5 p.m. Not your average BBQ, add a little bit of Germany to your day. Death Cab for Cutie w/ Mates of State WHERE: The Social-Orlando WHEN: 11.06.03, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $12 Saves The Day WHERE: Jannus LandingSt. Petersburg WHEN: 11.06.03, 6:30p.m. HOW MUCH: $18.50 New College Art show -"The Ideal Flesh Massacre" Featuring the painting and sculpture of Graham Corell Allen, Robert Rackleff, and Jelena Cvetk.ova. WHERE: Iserman Gallery (New Caples) WHEN: 11.07.03, 5 p.m. (showtime subject to change). Call Robert at 360-5486 for more informa tion. The Independents w/ Anti-Anti and The In Crowd WHERE: Kadi's Comer Pocket-Sarasota .10.03 8:30p.m. HOWMUCH:$5 Support New College's frequently preforming band, Anti-Anti, and catch some killer punk. Mohawks al lowed, and even encouraged. Deftones WHERE: Hard Rock Live Orlando WHEN: 11.10.03 HOW MUCH: $24 They may not be Tool, but they rock hard. Writing Personal Essays for Graduate School Applications NEW DATE: Tuesday November4, 7:00 (there's food!) October 2 Seeking Happiness from a Different Source Buddhist meditation evening at Kancha Buddhist Center in Sarasota with Buddhist meditation teacher, Kadam Nick Gillespie. The class will present an in troduction to meditation from the Kadampa Buddhist tradition. The class will include two guided medita tions and a short talk, and is suitable for beginners. Everyone is welcome. WHERE: 422 Central Avenue WHEN: 11.11.03, 7:30-8:45 p.m .. Suggested dona tion: $9 ($5 students/limited income) The Perfection of Wisdom Buddhist meditation evening at Kancha Buddhist Center in Sarasota with Buddhist meditation teacher, Kadam Lucy James. The class will present an intro duction to meditation from the Ka.dampa Buddhist tradition. The class will include two guided medita tions and a short talk, and is suitable for beginners. Everyone is welcome. WHERE: Kancha Buddhist Center WHEN: 11.12.03, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Suggested Donation: $9 ($5 students/limited income. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BUDDHIST CEN TER EVENTS: Call or log on to Yeah Yeah Yeahs w/ Tall Boys WHERE: The Social-Orlando WHEN: 11.12.03, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $13 (All ages) Aesop Rock; Mr. Lit, Red Tide, CDouble Helix WHERE: State Theatre St. Peae.rsburg WHEN: 11.19.03 8 p.m. HOW MUCH: $15 Do not miss this show! Lost and Found: Find a Copy of The Princess Bride? Return to Box 373 Writing Resource Center 359-4506 Study Abroad ... Educatio n Without Borders Office of Career Services & Off-Campus Studies Led by: Cathy Cuthbertson, Career Services/Off Campus Study Director Jan Wheeler, Writing Consultant Palmer E; 359-4261


The Catalyst NEWS October 29, 2003 arkview graced with new post-doctoral resident Valerie Mojeiko/Cataryst Jonathan Roberti, new to Parkview Counseling and Wellness Center, will complete his one-year psychological residency by counseling stu dents in both group and independent settings. byEnunaJay Some call it a "psychological resi dency" and others a "post-doctorate fellowship," bu t to P arkview Coun s eling and Wellness C e nte r n ew comer Jonathan Roberti, it's "the greatest job in the world." Roberti recently joined the staff at Parkview to begin his one-year p ycho logical residency, a requirement for receiving a psychologist's license in the state of Florida. Roberti was relaxed and friendly as he spoke about hi re pon ibilities and goals, which include seeing students for individual or group therapy, career counseling, and being there to hear any thing people may want to share with an objective and experienced ear. "I'm hoping to make myself avail able to students whenever they have some issues that they need to talk about," he said. Roberti not only hold a doctorate in p ychology but comes to New College with a great deal of experience. He has logged 4500 hours of working with pa tients in a number of mental health agencies including the Federal Bureau of State Prisons, numerous community mental health clinics in-patient psychi atric hospitals, and colleges and universities. Roberti was born and raised in Sarasota but left to attend West VIrginia University where he com pleted his bachelor s of psychology, master' s in counseling and doctorate in counseling psychology. Roberti studied and taught at WVU for almost ten years. "I kind of had the best of both worlds. When I d i d my undergradu a te it was about the mechanics of psychology and kind of the nut and bolts of it. Then my rna ter's and my Ph.D ... re ally everything kind of came together-working with patients and integrating what I'd learned in the classroom with actual people," Roberti said. "You just can't put a price tag on that." llis time at WVU left Roberti elated at the thought of "finally getting back down to the warmth," he said. After earning his doctorate, Roberti performed his pre-doctoral residency at the University of Florida's Shands Teaching Hospital. He dealt with medi cal patients who were simultaneously dealing with mental issues. When his residency came to an end, Roberti was not ready to leave the warm weather and familiarity of his home state. He knew of New College and learned that they were in search of a new post-doctorate. "So," Roberti said, ''I threw my hat in the ring and here I am." Roberti s research has mainly fo cused on "sensation seeking" and "risk-taking" research interests Roberti said are easy to pursue when living on a college campus I think that there are elements on a college campus that lead people to en gage in more risk behaviors than maybe they would in other environments," he said. "You've got a lot of autonomy here, you've got a lot of freedom, and you've got acces to things that could be risky." Roberti can easily observe "risk-tak ing" behavior from his living room since he lives on the bottom floor of the Gold tein apartment complex. "I think living here on-campus and being available to people is really a good asset for New College," he said. Usually, Roberti noted, psycholo gi ts or psycholog1cal residents are not "in-hou e." At New College p ychologists are encouraged to live on-campus and make themselves recognizable and available to student Roberti made his flrst student-di rected public appearance during s.ex Week as a panelist on the Resident Advisors' ''Love1ine." Fellow panelist, Resident Advisor. and fourth-year Veronica Fannin said, "He seemed knowledgeable and laid back. I like that he speaks our language." R o b erti expressed satisfaction with hi s new po s ition at Par kview and his new home in Goldstein. He smiled New College so far. "I think one of the flrst things that I noticed is that there is a community feel to it ... that everybody kind of watches out for one another and there's a spirit that I think is different from other col lege campuses," he aid. "I've worked on other college campuses before, small and large schools, but here it seems that there's this real community kind of base effort that everyone puts forth to help out one another. I think ev erybody's really friendly." 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The Catalyst CRIME October 29, 2003 Shell station frequented by students no free of crime Nathaniel Burbank/ Cataryst The Shell station, adjacent to New College at 6000 Tamiami Trail, lies on the border between Sarasota and Manatee counties. Although crime has not recently affected students they should be cautious, especially late-night snackers. by Jack Short The Shell station frequented by many Novo Collegians ha recently been the setting for a couple noteworthy incidents in the last eight months. The law on campus, as represented by Cap. Wes Walker, advises reasonable caution when patronizing it. According to a list by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office (SSO), law officers re sponded to 26 calls at the Shell station between March 2 and Oct. 8, 2003. The list contains only a few relatively serious offenses and the remain der is comprised of various thefts including shoplifting, property damage, traffic offenses, disturbances, and suspicious incidents. Two incidents, however, might cause some patrons to use caution if they do not already. The first, an armed robbery, occurred May 24 at 4 a.m. in the Shell's parking lot. According to the report filed by the attending officer, the victim was performing repairs to his automobile when he was attaGked and robbed by two males carrying guns. The victim suffered head injuries from beatings with the gun. Shell station manager James Peter said he had no recollection of this and that the store did not keep any records of such incidents. He af firmed occasional crimes like shoplifting, but said that was not unusual. Peter said he consid ers the store very safe and has little or no trouble there, especially with New College students. Walker said Shell was safe but also advised students not to patronize the tore at late hours or by themselves "Any place that's open twenty-four hours will attract certain types of activity," he said. According to Walker, New College police are not formally involved with the Shell station unle s they are called to assist another agency. Ocasionally New College officers visit the Shell for various reasons, criminal and otherwi e. For instance, NCF police were asked to re spond to a 'mental case' on Aug. 19 and maintained order until the SSO arrived. The other of two noteworthy incidents on die list provided by the SSO Records Technician Dorothy Carlin involved officers' detention of a man in order to keep him from harming himself. AccordiiJ.g to the report filed by the SSO, the man said he was hearing voices that told him to walk into traffic. The man said the voices were "becoming too much." He was detained detained for evaluation by medical professionals, a customary procedure, Carlin said. Some students professed no fear of the Shell station at any hour of the day. Second-year Gus Oliviera said he did not take any particular precautions when visiting the location. Second-year Lea Rosen said the greatest danger encountered there was the counter clerks' bizarre sense of humor. Upon The Catalyst's examination of the site, only one hazard was found: a mislabeled microwave oven that failed to render anything remotely resembling food from a perfectly nor mal-looking frozen pizza. special to The Catalyst: Officer Ken Vicke saves the. day agatn. The usual calm of late Sunday nights on campus was shattered this weekend with a scene that could easily have been an "out-take" from either Comedy Central or World's Scariest Police Chases. It began with a passenger van coming down ... Blvd, towards Dortstein, swerving from one side of the roadway to the other. Officer Ken Vickers was on routine patrol of the residential halls, unable to find anyone to hole in conversation in Palm Court, he headed for Dortstein where he successfully found a female NC stu dent and began erious dialogue. As the van approached Officer Vickers, a former transit (subway) officer who trouble describing street in other than tran sit terms, feared a possible derailment. He ordered the female student out of harms way from the charging oncoming vehicle. Making a U tum, he threw on the overhead lights of his pursuit vehicle, a I 0 year old plus E-Z-Go golf car. The single blue light strobe was seen pur suing the vehicle around the bike shop into the oak grove and then at the rear of 3rd Court and the side of lst court. The vehicle was swerving even more now as the driver strug gled with the muddy conditions of the grounds. Fearing that the vehicle was going to attempt to traverse US 41 via the overpass, Vickers radioed ahead to his trusty assistants to "cut him off at the overpass." Fortunately, the vehicle ground to a halt due to the poor conditions of the soggy, muddy grounds before it made the ramp. The operator attempting to exit the van immediately slipped and did a full circle flip landing on his back. Vickers was thankful he did n't have to forcefully take the operator down and rolled him over slapping hi rusted Gucci bracelets on the operator. In addition to the DUI charge, the operator will also have to face the scorn and humiliation of explaining to all that he was arrested by a cop in a Pursuit Golf Cart. Please note: This article contains a bit of humor.


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The Catalyst FEATURES Language tables add spice to routine American lunchtimes by Holly At the Four Winds cafe, stu dents can contribute their two cents, pesos, or euros, depend ing upon the Different parts of the world are represented during the week through Language Tables, where aspiring students can enjoy the sound of foreign lan guages and lively conversation. Language tables, where stu dents meet for conversation in a foreign language over lunch, are a common part of colleges in America. Having participated in them at both Wesleyan and Yale, French Professor Jocelyn VanTuyl founded New College's French Table in 1995. "It's really great to speak French in an infonnal atmophere. [French Profe sor] Amy Reid and I both have so much fun at the tables, and it can get pretty goofy some times," said VanTuyl. French Table i meant for anyone who wants to either speak French or listen to others. "Everyone is welcome, re gardless of how well they speak." said VanTuyl. "It's really beneficial, espe cially for students who are intermediate or beginning a foreign language, because they can practice in an informal set ting" said second-year Chantal Johnson, who has participated at the French table to hone her speaking skills when not taking Valerie Mojeiko!Cata(yst Friendly meetings at the Four Winds help students to practice their language skills outside of the classroom. a class in French. Another language table is in After French Table on Spanish. Founded by Spanish Fridays from noon to one, Professors Jose Alberto German Table carries on from Portugal and Sonia Labrador one to two. Originally a project Rodriguez, in the spring of of German it wa pro2001, Spanish table is held was considered a great way to improve German students' speaking skills. ''German Table is a great opportunity to just hang out and speak German." Said third-year and German Club president Erica Haas. "Even though this isn't meant for tutoring people in German, we'd be happy to help out if someone had a que tion or two." The inaugural German Table took place Oct. 24, the first Friday of module II. Wmds from 12 to I p.m. Spanish Table boasts a regu lar group of 8 to 10 students, along with lively conversation. Last week's topics spanned from the addicti veness of chocolate to raising multilin gual children. Open to all levels of Spanish speakers, Portugal said, "We wish that beginning students would not be intimi dated by the Spanish Table. It gives them such a great oppor tunity to practice their skills." New College receives superior ranking [ continued from page 1 Callahan said the article is proof that New College is not at a disadvantage because of its satisfactory/unsatisfactory system. The results o( some interviews, however, showed students were not entirely convinced or skeptical of the Wall Street Journal report. Rather, some students attributed admission suc cess to a number of factors. "It is nice to see, but getting into a grad school is determined more by the individual's handling of the application process," thesis stu dent Kristin Masel said. "The interview is big." Masel also said she still feels more comfort able applying in state where New College's qualifications are better known, despite the arti cle in the Journal. Thesis student Matt Ramsey included a copy of the press release on New College's website regard ing the same article with his application to various medical schools. Ramsey hopes his standardized test scores will help him_ compete with other prospective students in the absence of grades. He disagreed, however, with other suggestion to in clude information about New College's educational philosophy in his applications. "It is not my job to sell New College," he said. He included the article because he thought it would help in the admissions process but echoed Masel's sentiment he thinks admis sion is largely determined by other factors. October 29, 2003 International tensions played out by adults in Sudakoff Center continued from page 1 European Union. After the US statement, Syrian alternate delegate Zee.han Hafeez immediately presented a question. "Could you provide the name and figures of the Syrian terrorists you just cited?" The US delegate could only repeat his statement about Palestinian terrori t organizations and skirt around the ques tion by reiterating, ''The quartet is the way to do it, not the UN alone." The German delegate suggested that Syria, Jordan, and other Arab countries should absorb Palestinian refugees, wei corning "their Arab brother into their homeland." Hafeez again quickly raised a point of inquiry. asking, "might some Palestinians not want to be resettled in a homeland that isn't theirs?" The point served its purpose. but the chair reiterated that rhetorical questions are not allowed. The Simulation adhered to the forms of debate used by the Security Council. The first form is what's called a speaker's list, in which delegates hold up their placard to be put on a list to express their government's views; delegates wishing to go a second time are placed at the bottom of the roll for the next available spot. The other form is moderated or un-moderated caucus, in which the delegates simply discuss the issue in an onn, w er e ega e may eave .... chairs and congregate independently to discuss strategy and plans. Third-yearand a principal re-founding member of United Nations Student Association of New College Jon Schaan ex plained how students got involved with the simulation. "Originally we were going to go to a conference in Chicago, but it was Thanksgiving week, so we brainstormed other idea ." The camp1:1s group, however, did not initiate this event. "So the actual simulation itself originated with the Sarasota-Manatee chapter of the United Nations Association." Schaan said. The Ne\\ College group served to get students invo lve d with the event more than anything. Schaan said, "They were acttally just planning to come and use Sudakoff before, and we told them we were interested in helping them organize the aspects at New College and participate in it.'' The newly formed club hopes to build off the momentum from thi event. A the debate drew to a do e, Russia delegate Wade Matthews attempted to present an unfriendly amendment that would include striking the two friendly amendments. After he was told this would be impossible under UN rules, he per sisted and was twice again told it couldn't be done. Matthews defended hiS motion by saying the friendly amendments would most assuredly incite the US to veto. The chair reiter ated he his leadership bas nothing to do with the substance of the debate, and that he could only ask for voluntary removal by Pakistan or Syria. They declined, and the US ended up ve toing the whole thing. Hafeez expressed his displeasure with the US position through his closing statement, "We hope in the future the US will step off its ivory pedestal and join the re t of the world in working towards international peace." US Permanent Representative Don Beaudreault mocked Hafeez by flexing during the statement.


The Catalyst SAC UPDATE October 29, 2003 ecent Student Allocations. Com ittee minute October 22, 2003 In attendance: Christopher Altes ayanti Byars-proxy for Ya'el rowati J meU lnnerarity 1 c Liu Marazzi l ather Rasley I Salhab ( ri topher Alte elected chair ue to resignation of Sydney a h. Requests. *Chair abstains from all votes. *Votes unanimous unless otherwise noted. 4. Alcohol Awareness Justtn Vickers, Casey Bums, Ian Brian Ellison RequeSted:$200 Allocated: $200 *Stefanie Marazzi opposes. Keretb Lucker Requested: $500 Allocated: $100 *Heather Rasley abstains. given 7. Halloween PCP Jessica Mazza Requested: $640 Allocated: $620 (possibly with part from security reserve?) 8. Team Super Kid Force presents As lt 's Liked Bo Bentele Requested: $913.19 Allocated: $330.40 *Damayanti Byars opposes. 9. Belly Dancing Club Kar1ye Pilts, Jessica Sherman $900 Allocated; $175 *Iya Salhab abstaitl$. *Stefanie Marazzi opposes. Meeting adjourned .. October 7. 2003 In attendance: Mr. Christopher Altes-----presiding chair Jeanell Innerarity Isaac Liu Stefanie Marazzi Ya'el Morowati Heather Rasley Iya Sa1hab Requests. *Chair abstains from all votes. *Votes unanimous unless other wise noted. l. C1othesline Project Lee Johnson Requested; $31 0 Allocated: $280 and $20 from copy fund It is the Catalyst's policy to contlnouesly keep the student body informed about the allocations of the Student Allocations Committee (SAC)t but recent space concerns have prevented our printing in previous issues. The SAC meets Tuesdays at 10 PM in Hamilton Center, stu dents should come prepared with the forms available online and in Hamilton Center. $316.79 *Votes unanimous unless other wise noted. 3. Ok'ioberfest Erica Haas Requested: $500 Allocated: $3 50 4. Halloween PCP Jessica Mazza Requested: $657.95 Allocated: $250.00 with $7.95 from copy reserve 5. Gentleman's Association .. Int.emati<1nal Hiphop Superstar Allocated: $250 "'Yael Morowati and Heather Rasley abstain. 6. Prom for President Casey Burns, Ben Lewis Requested: $95 Allocated: $100 7. Gaming Supplies Steve Scott Requested: $328 Allocated: $200 Meeting adjourned. SeQtembet 30. 2003 In attendance: Mr. Christopher Altes Jeanell Innerarity Isaac Liu Stefanie Marazzi 1. B .. Donn Family Dinners Gabriel Defazio Requested: $60 per week Allocated: $75 *Stefanie Maraz.zi opposes. 2. New College Hillel;:;:-Break the fast -Miriam Schwartz Requested: $1 00 Allocated: $100 4. Octoball Brian Cody $80 Allocated; $80 *Heather Rasley abstains. 5. Speech & Debate Club Zeeshan Hafeez Requested: $1,274 Allocated: $380 with rest of requested tabled until analysis of bylaws 6. Alix Olson Perfom1ance Emily Brown Requested; $3,000 Allocated: tabled wtil further details *lya Salhab abstains 7. Pool table releveling Isaac Liu Requested: $80 Alloeated: tabled Ll\lL :


The Catalyst PERSPE C TIVE Candida t e s should propose C a b i n ets Opinion David Savare e Pre ident Maxeme Tuchman does not run the NCSA on her own. As the torch of authority i passed from one President to another, candidates should be willing to disclose whom they are con idering to fill positions on the Executive Branch before the elec tions. It would be nice to know if a candidate has the maturity to an nounce their plans to appoint a trong group of campus leaders, or a group of their clo e friends. Although a Town Meeting mu t approve the President's sug ges t ion before any executive p o ition is ap po inted, it i unlikely that in a chool of under seven hund red students any majority group i likely to have the gall to a y "We don't want thi jerk to b e our Found ation Repre entative." Ergo, it only takes moment for a president to appoint a cabinet dur ing their first Town Meeting. In order to prevent a future President from acting without valid community support, we should pre sour candidates to ex press their intentions for manageing thi office now. However, candidates are likely to continue to evade i ues by never addressing them. Surprisingly, the candidates will choose to use si lence and secrecy to keep this power of quickly electing a cabi net on their own volition. It has been argued that con flicts would occur along with the e early announcements. Perhaps candidates feel as though they are pulling from the same small pool of potential VPSAs and they are afraid to compete for sup port and commitment. We still have the right to know our future President's in tentions. Perhap in divid u a l s w h o have rose through t h e ranks and de erve to erve as the Alumni Representative are un willing to commit j u t yet. We still h ave the right to know the candidates' intentions. Perhap the can didate doesn't have the guts to run a co-presidency, and plan to ap point yet another 'ExecutiYe Vice President'. The student body still deserves to know who may hold the e important, paid positions. Perhaps the Pre. ident should not even appoint the position. on the Executive Cabinet. Perhaps we should elect them, like most other NCSA positions. Perhap I under tand that it is impera tive for the President to work well with their cabinet. Together, the e devoted student represent us in the eyes of the Faculty, Legislature and the Florida Student A sociation. They man age the student budget that exist outside of the SAC. They sit on our committees and boards. They update our web ite, keeping us updated about their achievement and actions. They manage and over ee the actions of our Student Government as a whole So why not demand to know who they will be, before they are already in office? s ep esen s en RE: ''V iking garden: an E den for now," (Oct 8, Issue 5 olum e XVD) I find myself quite dis m ayed b y the headlin e, phot o gra p h, and caption for th e Viki n g Garden arti cle p resent in the O ctober 8th is u e of The Catalyst. B efore having a chance to view the iss u e myself, I rec eive d several comments on the poo r c h oice for the pict ure and t h e inaccuracy of t he ca p tion. After seein g the article, the comments from tuden t s and staff continue d for weeks. The headline "Viking gar den: an Eden, for now" coupled with a picture of a r o tten bell pepper on one of the sickliest plants in the gard en gives the impression t hat the Viking Garden is well pa tits prime, when in fact, it is approac hi n g it peak. Not only is the picture not at all repre entative of t h e garden, b ut the caption is incorrect. The pepper p hotographed is a bell pepper, albeit a hriveled shadow of it former se lf, not a u per spicy hot pep per" as the caption claims. I find myself wondering why this picture was chosen considering the huge array of trees and vegetable in the garden, as well a the tunning photo available from a econd story balcony. Thi must have been a ca e of either poor judgment on the part of the layout editor, or unwill ingness of the photographer to take an adequate picture. Although I understand that the headline, pic ture, and caption have very clear meanings that do not necessarily shed the garden in a poor light if the entire article is read carefully: I assume that a new paper staff would understand the importance and alienee of headline pictures, and captions in relaying information gi\en that man) readers only peruse the e particular bit of an article. I hav e i n c luded sever a l a ppropriate r epre s enta tive, co l or p h otos o f th e gar d e n I would lik e to request that one of them be printe d in an upcoming issue, preferably in color. I urge you not to mere l y 'correct' the caption, as that does nothing tore olve the poor representati o n the garden ha received on t h e w h o l e. Sincerely Michael Jones Eds: We were not able to print a garden photo in color due to space limitations. However, we reccom mend visiting the garden in person for best viewing. October 29, 2003 W h our e -A I ad We want to know what you think! The Catalyst will print at least one guest opinion column in support of each petitioned candidate in our special November 4th election issue. All submissions should be no longer than 500 words, and must be received b y 12 p.m. on all ........ r; and sf;Jie. Persenal attacks will not be printed. Phone: 941-359-4266 email: Catalyst@ncf .edu Snail Mail: Box 75


All ages, attitudes, ideas, fashions, sights, sounds, and songs abound at Circus McGurkis Text and photos by Eva Guitierrez THE LAST PAGE October 29, 2003 e Quaker-sponsored fair is flower power fun for everyone "32 years ago it was the hippy time period," and it was all about "peace, love and flower power, and we're still grooving on that now," said founder and organizer of Circus McGurkis Christine O'Brien. O'Brien was wearing a headdress and bell-bottoms for the St. Petersburg event on Oct. 25. Circus McGurkis is a fair in Lakeview Park sponsored by the (Quaker) Religious Society of Friends and the Tampa Bay Peace Education Program. The fair is free to the public and vendors and campaigners of any inclination are encouraged to set up booths. O'Brien said one reason why she still puts forth the effort after 32 years is that "we want to promote all social concerns" that come out, ''so that ev erybody has a voice, because [some] have it only here." The fair has become, she said beam ingly, "A place to find kindred spirits." Indeed, an aura of brotherhood (and sisterhood) drives the event. Many of the folks would not look out of place at a Grateful Dead show. Not all of them were same old same old Dead Heads, though -Circus McGurkis draws a motley crowd. With every shift of the wind, new smells of food and incense (and sweat) meandered through the trees. A man played fiddle next to an OPeD violin case, near the low moan of a didgeri doo. The incessant beat of hand drums anticipated entrance to the fair, and followed visitors after they left. One overzealous man blew his har monica and then mustered all of his lung capacity to howl, "Hey Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me ... much to the alarm of passing overall-clad children with dirty feet and suns painted on their faces. Their dread-locked parents gave a hoot or two. Passing visitor asserted the fair is ''bigger now than ever," "slavery pays better than atheism, doesn't it," and that "You should get henna periodically to re mind yourself of why you got married." The activist causes are as diverse as the crowd. Cuban activist Mauricio Vasquez set up a booth with anti-Bush literature and t-shirts for sale. According to Vasquez, five Cuban political prisoners in the U.S. should be freed, an issue he says has been kept quiet outside of Miami. After eight years, he still comes back to Circus McGurkis because he can find "many people who sympathize with our activities," and "there are many people who come for other reasons {than polit ical ones], and see our booth and go, 'Oh, what's happening here?'" He finds the fair to be primarily a good media and education opportunity: "If we don't sell anything here, it's not important." Bruce Wright of Refuge Ministries spent his sixth year at McGurkis on aturday. n an effort to dispel myths about Christians being only right-wing bigots," he fmds the fair a "perfect place to be because stances taken by the radical left, such as equal human rights, seem scriptural." Wright likes to call himself "a follower of Jesus instead of a Christian" because "Jesus was also a radical in his time." Wright helps work for racial politi cal justice and to feed the homeless. "The masses should start taking the lead, not the buroucrats," he said. Through his idea of following Jesus, he hopes to "bring people back to community ideologies, and that's why we're here: everyone is different, but stiU loved." Other causes included women's rights, opposing Fluoride in water, and an end to the drug war. "Been four or five years since I stumbled upon this place," said .Chuck Mitchell who comes back annually to sell his original rock candles. Chuck has a rock candle store in Clearwater Beach, and has sold his idea all over the country. He comes to Circus McGurkis because "It's good business, and a good atmo phere ... .I was a hippy back in the 60s, and it reminds me of those days," he said. There were some familiar faces among the other vendors of tie-dye, in cense, organic vegetables, hand drums, hippy clothes, renewable Ecuadorian rain forest products, Nicaraguan hand-crafted crafts, and jewelry Gewelry, jewelry). Macio, who goes by only his first name, comes to New College on Thmsdays and sets up his table of red, green and gold striped wares in Ham Center. Brandy Young will also set up in Ham Center in a few weeks. She travel all over the place sel ing flowing skirts, hippy shirts, an imported-fromndia wrap-around pants. "Oh yeah, I defmitely go to New College," she said, smiling and perhaps thinking of all the bare-foot college kids. It only costs $30 to run a booth at Circus McGurkis and $20 for not-for profit booths. Consequently, prices are low, and vendors don't hassle and hus tle the customers. Ice-cold bottled water was only $1, whereas at some music festivals it runs $2 or $3. O'Brien spoke of "some New College involvement over the years," but it did not sound significant sur prising for a free event.

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