New College of Florida Brilliantly Unique; Uniquely Brilliant



Material Information

Alternate Title:
The Catalyst (Volume IV, Issue 9)
Physical Description:
New College of Florida
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date:
October 26, 1994


Subjects / Keywords:
History -- New College (Sarasota, Fla.)
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
College student newspapers and periodicals
College publications
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Sarasota


General Note:
Ten page issue of the student produced newspaper.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Before photographing or publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the New College Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not New College of Florida.
System ID:

This item is only available as the following downloads:

Full Text


The Catalyst A Student Publication of New College "Sme ll s like a Carolina pine forest." COMING OUT DAY Nick Napolitano Between Monday October lOth and Friday October 15th. New College celebrated ational Coming Out Week. which revolved around October 11th. National Coming Out Day. There were everal on-campu evem On Tue. day, member of GLBSA (GayLe bian Bi exual Student A ociation) provided a table ot' information, giving. wdcm. acces to the larger gay community through books. pamphlets and magazine A speaker from PFLAG (Parent and Frientls of Lesbians And Gay ) who e son is gay <.Ji, cus ed hi son experience of coming as well as closet that he a. a parent had inhabited. On Thursday night. there was a potluck at Cook Hall. where we conung om storie .. To top the week otT. there wa a mint-wall. with nack drinks. and rnu ic (though the campu police hut it down when studems in the HCL classrooms complained about noise) Awarenes -raistng s1gn were put up COMTNG OUT" CO Tl UED 0 PAGE 6 LESS FREE MONEY FOR STUDENTS James Rej(e/1 The breakdown on financial aid number for the pa t couple of year just came in. and the message i.: we have a lot of money. The me. sage i al. o: we don't have very much money How. that? Well. the total amount or financial aid of all type (gram loan work-tudy, etc ) for all enrolled New College student come to 1.7 million dollar This is prcad around the roughly 1/3 or ew College tudent. who are receiving some form or aid On the other hand the total amoulll of free" money. excluding loans and work-study. for tho e with neecl-ba ed financial aid is down a whopping 65 percent from la.t year. Financial a si. tance for the entenng clas including loan and work tudy. is down 135.000 in the same period. This drop is auributed w pres ure hantled down from the federal government. to the tate. to USF. and then to New College. The pres urc i. "Fl ANCIAL AID" CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Volume IV, Issue 9 October 26, 1994 58TH ST. RESIDENTS ANGERED BY UNIVERSITY'S MASTER PLAN Gralzam Strouse Pine Park. the mall residential community on 58th Street at the lower end of West Campu i. currently a hotly conte. ted. USF. Master Plan for campus renovation includes a propo cd exten ion of General Spaatz Boulevard intersecting Bayshore Road north of the science buildings. wrapping all the way around to College Hall and Cook Hall and continuing back arountl through 58th Street outh of the Palmer complex to meet back up with Bay hore. To create this loop. USF plans to widen the road. thereby tearing up everal feet of there idems yard uprooting tree and hrubs tearing down the Pine Park gate. increasing the traffic !low antl reducing property value Furthermore, the Plan also call for a new cross-campus "Communications highway .. con. i Ling of a cable running eros -campu under the front end of the driveway. of the residents living on the south side of the treet. Mo. t of the nc1ghbors are. needle. s to say. not terribly happy about the situation. In separate interviews. The Catalyst talked to U, F Dean David Schenck and local homeowner General Fred K night anJ his wtfe ylvia. These interviews revealed two hou es very much divided. with two different et of per pective on a single set ot events. Beknighted Fretl and Sylvia Knight haYe lived 111 their 5 th trcet 11at for live year now. fn that lime, they've he n. t'Or the lllO I part, "good netghbor .. to ew College and U F. upporting the school and befriending ome of their B-donn neighbors. "We fountl out about [the Ma ter P!anl accidentally". said General Knight. The Knight' next door neighbor. Dot Riker. work at the library. She brought the Knights a copy of last year' October II ediuon of USF' now-defunct Taurian that featuretl an article on U F's Ma.ter Plan for campu renovation According to the article. "Only three of the building project 5 TH STREET" CONTI DON PAGE4


2 The Catalyst October 26, 1994 Letter to the Editor Dear Editor After reading Graham' article on the Perfect Man: I feel that everal traits that New College men need to avoid weren' t identified. Accordingly, I will describe them below. l. Don't be a jock e pccially not a competitive one. Also. you shouldn t excrci eat all. a thi indicates that you care for your body. (see below) 2 Don't try to eat well, get enough sleep, or do anything healthy like that, thi also indicate that you care about your body. 3 Don't be serious about anything, and I mean anything Don'ttake your relationships you contract (God forbid you hould want to sat all of your classesllutorials!) or any a peeL of your life seriously. This is related to #2. becau e taking anything seriously might indicate that you care about omething. 4 Remember to have sex within 48 hours of meeting someone, as waiting any longer is simply no longer acceptable. 5 Last but not least, DON'T SHAVE YOUR LEGS!! If you follow these guidelines and Graham's guidelines, you are sure to nag Ms. Right. Sincerely, Ari Weinstein SAC MINUTES Monday Oct. 10, 1994 Members in attendance: Sara Kuppin (proxy for) Amy Laitinen Tracie Merritt, Meg Moore Jake Reimer Adam Stone (chair) Stephanie Weiss. The meeting went as follows: Improvisational Theatre 'Hags 267 dollars requested by Sheila Bishop for itemized spending -props masks, etc. MacLab $200 for upgrading the SE to 4 megs $400 for upgrading the Mac 2 to 8 mcgs $200 for upgrading the SE 30 from 5 to 8 megs all appr oved fourth TA at 10 hours/week approved and supervisory p osition at 5 hours/week approved both position will be open to the entire campus For the first two weeks after the fourth TA is hired Ty will be given 15 hours and the f ourth TA only 5 in order for the new TA to train. new student IDs from Tampa discussed a memo regarding CSL was received from James Feeney. Note: Rocco Maglio was pre ent at 9/26 SAC meeting, but not listed in minutes. The Catalyst General Editor : Ken Burruss Managing Editor: lien Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, James Reffell, Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Kale Fink, Liz Patterson, Nick Napolitano Contributors: Kristina Rudiger and Ari Goelman Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Managers: Gary Smith and Anjna Chauhan Co-Sponsored by Dean and WardeLl Michalson and Professor Vesperi Printed at Bradenton Quick Print Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possible, if not then in type, to Box 139, the Catalyst envelope on the door of the Pubiication Room, or mailed to: 5700 NTamiami Trail, Box 139 Sarasota, FL 34243 The Catalyst reserves the r:ight to edit submissions for reasons of space or grammar.


The Catalyst October 26, 1994 3 99 BOTTLES OF BEER IN THE BIN 99 BOTTLES OF BEER ... Sara Foley You've seen the sign for recycling in Ham Cemer and you might have tripped over bins in a drunken stupor at last Friday's Wall. but do you know what recycling at New College is all about? It isn' t just tossing away glass, aluminum. and tyrofoam into designated receptacles to case your conscience By state mandate. Florida universitie mu t recycle at a level or a t least 50 % ; however, each school is responsible for creating and funding its own program. Recycling at New College IS run by Housing and Student Affairs which hire people to work with recycling on campu and contract to companies like Hunt Recycling Services and BFI to pick up and dispo e of recyclable not processed through Physical Plant. Considering the limited amount of funding available for recycling, it is urprising that the program is carried out with relative efficiency. This i due largely to the amount of volun teer upport and cooperation provided by the campus community. Also vital to the program arc admini trative coordinator Joyce Alspa. who oversees the paper recycling program, and student coordinator Dave Perry, who is in charge of recycling in the residence halls and host. the Sunday afternoon recycling parties in Palm Court. Admittedly. the limited number of bins on campu can make recycling a bit of a nuisance, but the bm are sllll ubiqUItous enough that no tudcnt should have an excuse not to recycle. Gla s, aluminum, and pla tic can be dispo ed of behind Ham Center a well as in B-Dorm. Viking, Palm Court, and ome classroom Unfortunately, on the ea t side of campus, there eem to be a lack of bins in the places where they arc most needed (the Ham Center couche Pool Room, and Pubhcation oflice. for example). Ba ically. few people want to expend the time or energy it would take to oversee recycling in these areas, so the job is left undone. Another place where bin would cern useful is the Library. However. there arc none there by order of Dean Schenck. Apparently. there were problems caused by garbage and other improper items in the bins. which led to complaints about rodent rulls, and the general cleanliness of the area. It therefore become largely the respon ibility or tudents to ee that bin arc not mi u ed, and that recycling i a ucee son Thi. is the key. As students. it's our job to make recycling le sofa chore and more of a natural way of living. We can do our share just by placing our recyclables in the proper containers, keeping trash out of the bins, and conserving materials so that there is less waste to begin with. It really doesn't take that much extra effort, and it's even politically correct (AARGH! how annoying). So don't leave those bottles around waiting to gel broken and cut our bare little feet, put them in bins Like Wilfred Brimley says, it's the right thing to do. SARASOTA CAMPUS PAPER RECYCLE PICK-UP POINTS Carriage House West side under overhang College HaU -Northeru t back door Cook Hall North door breezeway Copy RoomOutside door Hanson-Northwest door Library -South door Mailroom-West side of office Physical Plant-Southea tend of building Palmer "C" Under north stairs Palmer "D'' Ea t tair Palmea "E"Under west overhang Social Science front door DO'S AND DONT'S OF RECYCLING DO put the following in recycling bin : -empty, caples glas aluminum. and pia tic items styrofoam into marked can in Ham Center DON'T put the following in recycling bins: caps, bottle lids, etl: -items still containing liquid tin -garbage (i.e. fruit, pia tic bag etc ) anything cl e PLEASE REMOVE CA PS BEFORE TOSSING BOTTLES! A for paper recycling, DO put in marked boxe : white bond paper and green bar computer paper -mixed office paper (colored paper, white envelopes. yellow lined paper, po t-it notes. and old file folders) broken-down, nat cardboard newspaper without in. crts DON'T put in bin : wrapping paper from bond reams wax, glass. or old type fax -manilla envelopes brown wrapping paper -styrofoam pellets or packing hredded paper


4 The Catalyst October 26, 1994 "58TH STREET" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 mentioned in the plan had hcen runded. One of the c was the McFadyen at the Hearing. My home IS being threatened ... proposed loop. When is the axe going to fall?'" Arter reading the article. Knight called the Deans According to Knight. Schenck told the Pine Park Oftice. '"We et up a meeting early la!>t May with Dean Schenck residents that '"The property belongs to the University System .. and Rick Lyttle with a lot or prodding'". he said. According to and that .. we [the Univer. ityJ have a perfect right to do what we Knight. the Dean returned his calls sparingly and only set up the want with it. .. accord after Knight began to rumble aloud abotll calling his At the meeting, Knight accused USF or trymg to crowd l

The Catalyst October 26, 1 994 5 "General Knight wanted to be in on the proce s early on." Schenck holds Knight and McFadyen respon ible for tuming up the heat. He characterized McFadyen as a very su picious kind of guy" who "tends to get very exercised about these things." Schenck believes that some of McFadyen personal animosity towards him stems from an incident last year when Schenck asked McFadyen, who was walking his dog on campus, to take his pet off school grounds. McFadyen, who did not immediately know he was peaking to the Dean, became belligerent and asked who he was talking to. Schenck told him. McFadyen then left. As for the So Can They Do It'? by delaying the lencr announcing the meeting ... We were backed up with 20th Anniversary Schenck explained. Furthermore. said Schenck. Knight's notion that USF is trying to drive out properLy owners is unfounded. While USF would like to purchase the properties on 58th Street .. as they become availaole', the school's interest was only sparked after one resident. idcmified as Mr. Bulk. called the school in January 1990 with an otTer to sell his house to USF. Indeed. St.:henck claims he does not approve of the Universitie long-tenn plan to tear down the resident hou and replace them wll.h a university building and parking lot. homeowners meeting. Schenck only cancelled it after McFadyen called to complain about the time. McFadyen, Schenck aid. didn't know the meeting had been rescheduled for October 20. Whether or not the University ha the legal right to build a loop through 58th Street is questionable. .. ln my opinion. the parking loti not in the right place. I'd rather have The University does own the properly. h1 1967. New College purchased 58th Street from Hester Ringling's estate for the munificent it clo. er to Cook Hall.'' sum of I 0 dollars. When USF annexed New College in 1974. it inherited the road. There appear however. to be a clau e in the purchase agreeA or Ia t Friday, Schenck 'He was quite angry. He said he wasn't going to be in town on the 20th. Then I said, Til tell ment limiting University development of the road.. and the Kn1ghts continue Although they are written in nearly untranslatable legale e. State to tare down the barrel of records (UFF Rec 633, page 213) seem to indicate that the chool the each others legal purcha ed the 58th Street "together with the right of ingrcs and egre to Despite the fact that you what. why don't 1 drop and from the above described real estate lNC's oayside property, includ this in your hands and then ing College and Cook Hall] over and npon a 31 foot roadway abuttmg the you can find a date that al 1 North line of tl1e above described tract and over a 31 foot roadway neighbors can meet ... I left (platted as such in the Northerly portion of Pine Park) said riRhl of way November 2, November 9. and November 30 open." He then called General Knight who "welll through and roadway tlms providing the above desrribed real estate with ingress and egress from the above described tract to Bays flare Road in Sarasow Coumy, Florida [emphasis our ]. In other words, the school purchased the rights to extend 58th the roor when Schenck Street from Bayshore to the bay. They did not, according to this interprctold him the news. tation, obtain the rights to do anything else with this road, su<.:h as bmld a Pan of the loop. problem, Schenck believe., We'lllet the lawyers fight over this one. tem from early, and osten ibly trivial, miscom munication such as the one neither party wants to trot out the lawyers-after all. ay. General Knight. .. we do have to oe good neighhors, the possibility for court involvement exists. ''There is a great chance we w1ll take legal action again. t what we consider to be the destruction of our property". he sa1d. ylvia Knight hrugged that occurred last Spring when Knight mistook a group or independent surveyors for agents of the Master Plan. They were "surveying for land development .. said Schenck. However ... they weren't connected to the Master Plan at all. It was part of an helplessly. 'The ball is in their court''. she said. aerial survey.' Schenck also dismissed the Knights charge that he was trying to keep the property owners in the dark about the meeting Dean Schenck appeared equally resigned ... 1 think it's going to be a long time before rm going to get them fthe homeowners] to tru t me ... There is nothing nefarious going on as far as we re concerned. l really regret the suspicion. I don't know what! could have done JilTerently.''


6 The Catalyst October 26, 1994 "COMING OUT" COTINUED FROM PAGE 1 in Hamilton Center. chalk drawings were made in Palm Court. and satirical comic strips decorated the overpass. The celebra tion was coordinated by Katherine Knapp. A htyn Muk.herjea. Katie McDowell, Mala Gosha!, and Jill Ro s through the GLBSA. On the whole. they were quite happy with the w<'ly the week turned out. This is the Jirst year th<'lt New College h<'ls observed National Coming Out Day National Corning Out Day has been commemorated every October 11th since 1988. in honor or the I 987 gay and lesbian march on Washington, D .C., made on that day. The annual celebration i facilitated by an educationalnonprolit organization called National Coming Out Day. According to its executive director. We're a visibility campaign that encourage people to tell the truth about their lives-to come out or the closet, so we can put to re tthe myth that people have used against us. And we rededicated to ee111g the le bian and gay community participate fully, openly, and equally w society. To reach that goal, we encourage groups and individuals across the country and around the world to plan events on and around National Coming Out Day to promote visibility." It is unfortunate. however, that the week or October 11th just happened to be ex<'lm week as well. Thi. may have been the reason that. although the entire Cllmpus was invited to the event only ten people showed up for the PFLAG speaker. and about ti fteen for the pot luck Jill Ross adds that National Coming Out Day "gives people a common time to come out. so that once they arc out. they won't feel so isolated and alone.'' Katie McDowell also expressed her hope that the week's events would .. how students. especially lirst-years. that New College is a safe place to he gay.-Katherine Knapp went on to say that "promoting visibility of a 'Queer Community' i probahly the mo.t impor tant [function] of Coming Out Week. because it is .such <'I statu: emily on campus.' Like most campus organizations. GLBSA (representing the Queer Community") i not a permanem institution and therefore relies entirely on student support. It therefore becomes very rmportant that the GLBSA's prt:scncc he mlldc known in order to perpetuate its existence. Visibility i. also important in helping to di solve homophohia and dispel the popular stereotypes that incoming student may have taken with them to New College. You can't change someones rmnd for them: says NC tudent John Graham. The hcst you can do is he a good example.'' This statement i supported by Enc Marcu!. i11 hi hook Is it a Choice?. In it he says Most gay and lcshian activists wam to achieve widespread acceptance of gay and lesbian people and equal right under the law. These two goal can't he achieved ... a long as mo t heterosexual people conti nuc to believe the negative. tcrcotypes about gay and lc. hi an people. And the only way these myths will be dispelled is i r heteroscxulll people discover they already know and love someone who i. gay or lesbian. But the only way they will find out they know gay men and women is for glly people to he honest. to come out or the clo. ct." Before I considered this viewpoint. l had hecn disap pointed with Coming Out Week thinkrng it had fatled hecausc no one had really wmc out. and that Lite event. therefore only served as a social outlet for those on campus who were already 'out. I thought that the organizers. hould not have been a, ati tied llS they were. But then I reahzcd that the week had been a success. it raised awarcnes hy. oltdtfying the idea or an accessihlc gay community. It provided the positive environment that continues to roster and encourage the act of coming out. Hopefully. student. will now have a more con crete entity to turn to when they come out." and will not feel they must handle that stress by themselves. "FINANCIAL AID" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 basJcally to give that money only to the .. most tH.:edy". Unfortu nately. the "mo t need),. clltegory excludes the middle class. and ew College. whose linancral aid applicants have an average income of around $25.000. is very middle class. Pete F

The Catalyst Ocwh 'r 26.1 t.)l)4 7 CLIC K T H E R U B Y SLIPPE R S T HREE T I MES Kristina Rudtr?.et Fall hreak: the c two words typ11.:ally evoke unage\ ot meals. nine days 111 a drunl\cn '>Lupor on M1am1 Beach. at the Phhh concert. or s1mply escaping to your room at home no roommate. no cockroaches .JUSt the weet M your nagging hut hmng parent. But Fall Break can he so much more ... take me. tor 111\tance: a 1e\\ Yorker t'ly b1rth. ll \eemed ljttlle unpra tical to 11) home for a week olltlly degree weather \\hen I ould. lor much lc s money. lounge on the beach on the coa t ot Florida ( among the red-uuc and predatory sun gray. It turned ouu. Little thd I knov. wh n commi111ng my ell to this week longs 'lllcn e that I would have to struggle to .unil'<'; I don't even know where w hcgin. Well. I gue .. meab would b a good tan As we I! led 111. all twelv ol [or o ll e med] tn the Ham Center gourmet hutfet room. 11 prol!ressively evident that omeone wa enher a cruel and unu. ual experiment conccrntng the TARVATI O 'OF EW COL LEGE TUDE T. :or the pnnctples or supply and demand forced Marriot to put an emhargo on variety. Granted it made meals real easy 111 tern!'> 01 dcc1ston making ... hmmmrn. ror dinner what hall I have ... a uh or a reined hurger ... deci ton dect 1on Oh. mayhe I'm hetng too hard .. .! mean. to make up lor the weekend dining hour which were impo. ed during th' nine-day break. the C-store did open nself for a whole two hour each day (and that' 11' we were lucky). Being well fed (cough, cough). the 1ew College group1es had surplu energy. to put on a WALL not just on weekend but el'er v night ot thew "k. trange tunes ol Wonder Wonum and th NeverendinR ton resonated aero ampu a the o!T-campu audience call 'd IIlLO the cop shop to cxpre. s their SlllCere arpre 'tatiOII Of the loud."( want tOfu 'k )'Oll hke an anunal" wnc whtch vibrated their homes. I n fact. tl. eem to me that the ew College copper were qune entcrtamed thi week Though they probably lett !ewer parer "pre ent .. under the wind hicld wtpcrs of tudent dunng the e ntnc day (a udakofllot wa a1mo t entirely empty in prcparat1on tor the annual hook fa1r), they dtd cat h orne key member ot the New College Liberation Front trylllg to chan e -41' adverti cd ''MO Y MAGAZI E' #I CHOICE'' to 'NUDE'' college. Per onally, l think they -;hould've let em don-why not add ome more tla or to the already raved '#I reefer, cho l'"!! During th night mo. t people cho e to hibernate in second court lounge and watch htgh-cla s film such as Ntf!fllmare Before Clm. Hnws. Romto and Jnliet. and Cion (qune an eclectic mix a n wrncd out). Then alter the lliO\ te. then.: v. a '>ometime a great temptation to relre. h on'. elltn the hrne-grcen .tello. lormerly known a th 'cw College pool Forcl!mng tht tcmptatwn I found lll)scll in tead ly111g on the lloor in th wee hours or the monung LltscusMng wnh. ome fnen h under the hlackhght whether whales hca h themselves a a cons quencc ot insunct or mere stur)ldtty. I al. o had great run hitting tennts halls over the ccm m praclll:e wall. into the parktng lot. and h;n 111g them graciou ly returned by th arou tng on tructilll1 worker. (no wonder why the soccer held anu propos' I I mile'' alkway rcmau1 Incom plete) Overall. heing contained within this o-called "ivory tower" for ntne con. ccuttve day. with a dearth of food. some newfound fnenu a hlackltght. anu tWO large hollieS Of. Otne preuy na. ty liquor has been qutlc a tnp. 'eedle s to say. r, e already booked my !lights home fOt llC\t )''at break. SA FRA ( ISCO TYU:. liE: I.TIIY MEX ICA, FO D 1430 MAIN ST. SARA OT A 366-94 N LIVE MU 'IC SAT SAT k."R A 01 lll 'I )l !IIi BURRITO C l UB GAATUTY NC LU0 8FORE DISCOUNT. NOT GOOO 'MI\i SP CW.S, $S.OO Drr DINNER : : NJRCIIFIS{ DN DINNER Nf'R{[ fl'f RGULFIR : :PRICE RC{I0 $5.00 Off 1'11{ 8CDND DINIY[R. : : 7870 T amiami Trail : : 359 3000 : MEXICAN M E N U ONL Y EXPIRES 1 1 /30 : : C?Ai1T1?1A


8 The Catalyst October 26, 1994 NEWS FOR THE BLISSFULLY IGNORANT Ari Goelman Let's start wilh some basic facts about the states. There's a state outside New College called Florida. There's a tate inside New CoUege called Blis fully Ignorant. A lot of important lhings are going to be decided by Florida's November 8lh elections. and I've got some bad news. folks ignorant or not. we all live here My ummary of lhe issues at take will be fraught with a liberal bias, but. cmon, what else do us folks at New College re. peel'? If you disagree. go read the newspapers yourself.. Anyway. here it 1 : Florida politics made eac;y. Legalizing casmos i probably the b1ggest issue lhis year in Florida There w11l be a separate item on lhe November 8th ballot allowing lhc voters to deddc whclhcr or not the tate constnuuon should be changed to allow forty. even casinos across Florida. rm not going to pretend it's a simple issue to resolve and simply say that casinos would be awful for Florida, and that the casu10 lobby is a huge force for evil, bul. .. it is, in fact. a imple i sue to resolve-casinos would be awful for Florida and the casino lobby IS a huge force for evil. Those who want to legalize casinos base lheir argument on the two commodities caslllos are supposed to bring to Florida tax dollars and LOuri t The tax dollars will depend wholly on the casino bill that the Florida legislature will have to write i r lhe dec1sion is made to legalize casinos. Maybe casinos will he heavily taxed. but I'd ooner bet on the racing ability of a crippled dog than the ability of the Florida legislature to regulate what will be a very rich interest group. l have a good head for odds. The Florida legi lature will never be famous for its lack or corruption. but exposing whatever remains of its integrity to the casino lobby' money would worsen an already bad situation. Regarding the claims that casinos Wllllllcrease tourism to Florida. I hadn't noticed that the Flonda tourist industry was struggling. Ca ino legalization has been sweeping the country; in the fuwre. it is likely that most people will have a casino either in their own tate or in the state next door fn any ca. c. Florida's main attraction will continue to be its weather and its giant talking mice The other significant issue in the election is the gover nors race. I think it's fair to say that the vast majority or New College students would prefer Democratic Gov. Lawton Chile purely on the ba is of the geneal ogy of his challenger. Jcb Bush. Entirely aside from Jeb's dad, George, and Jeh's mindless election po tcrs. there arc lots of substantive reasons not to vote for Bush. Several immediately spring to mind-his position on heallh care. his position on school vouchers his position on abortion-the list goes on and on. In his term as governor, Chiles has instituted a pretty nifty and cheap program to insure the health costs of poor people in Florida It's too complex to accurately capsulize. but it involves government agencies pooling their resources with tho e of small businesses. and bargaining down the prices of heallhcare providers. Chiles has just received a waiver from the Federal government. which will allow him. if re-elected. to continue with the next stage of his health care reform In this next tage, health insurance will be be provided to all of Florida's working poor. at no additional cost to the taxpayer Bush ha no equivalent plan. He want oa ic health care insurance to be abolished and replaced by a sy tem of medical accoums. I don't think anyone is sure exactly what Bush means by this, including Bush. but one can assume that ll will not make it any ea ier for poor people to pay their medical bills Anolher high profile item in the governor's race is the creation of school vouchers Jeb Bush is very much in favor of the school voucher plan According to this plan every family would get a voucher for a certain amount of money from the government which they can put toward the chooling of their children. The intem is to force public schools to compete with private chools. The problem? Essentially these vouchers will not be valuable enough for poor people to end their kids to anything but lhe local public chool. On the other hand, they will probably make it easier for middle class people to send their kids to private schools. It eem to me that thi voucher plan will just increase the differential between private and public schools. rather than remove lhe differential. as is intended. The Florida educational system needs reform, and some son of voucher program may well be a productive part of a decent reform; however, the particular plan suggested by Bush seems as though it would do little more lhan funnel middle etas. students (and public monies) to private schools. Another issue on which Bush has staked a strong position is the perennial poliucal1 sue of taxes Bush supports legislation that will make a public referendum necessary to pass any tax increase. Thi looks mighty attractive at tirst, out one suspects that determining tax 1ncrea es would soon become one more competition between powerful interest groups to buy the most television commercials. It's not that Florida's present (CONTINUI:D ON PAGEJ


The Catalyst October 26,1994 9 rcprc entativc democracy work. o well, it' just that one su. peel. it work better. and is more fair. than the populi t demagoguery that would replace it if Bush's plan i legislated Finally. there i the matter of abortion Chile. is pro choice; Bu hi pro-hfe. Abortion i not ani ue I intend to adore in thi article, but if you arc at all concerned with a oman's right to have a11 abortion in Florida you hould be keeping your fingers cro sed on ovember 8th (while you vote. ifpo ible ) Often at ew college you hear student aying, 'What' tlte difference? Politics uck anyway Well, okay, maybe you don't hear this quite as often a you hear tudcut. bragging, "I"vc gotten five hours of leep in the Ia t even year .. but the point is, you hear apathy lOward pohttc a whole lot more than you hear u afllrmjng : You're right, politics do affect us and we hould be more aware of tbe world around u : A fau percentage of us will be living 1ll Florida for a long tunc-what going on in the real world right now will not a l ways seem o irrelevant Why not tan being tnformed? It might make your future a little less painful. Or at lea t les of a surpri c. 3913 Brown Avenue Sarasota, Aonda 34131 Vot{Fax (813) 365 Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. S p.m. Oosed Sun

10 The Catalyst October 26, 1994 STUDENTS VOTE FOR HEALTH CARE FEE RAISE RocJ.:v S.,:ift Lacking the usual music and refreshments last weeks such as free medical tests and longer hours for the nurse practilOwne meeting had a paltry turnout. First and foremost on the tioner. agenda was the important issue of student health care. The All twenty-three of the students in attendance voted Health and Wellne Committee proposed a rate increase to keep unanimously for the increase The Health and Wellness Comup the quality of the student health care sy tern. At present the miuce will now take their proposal to the Dean's office. The service is paid for by a one dollar per credit hour addition to final decision on the tuition hike will he made by the Board of student tuition This levy has remained the same amount for the Regents. last twenty years. NCSA President Ed Moore also made a few proclamaThe committee reported that Campus Doctor Ed Carlstrom who accepted a contract for New College is pro jected to treat twice the number of students that Marc Weinberg our previous campus doctor. did The committee representative went on to say that if there is no rate increase, then the quality of the student health plan will decrease markedly next year The Health and Well ness Committee asked for a vote from the student on the levy increase. They propo ed a two dollar-per-credit-hour levy which will bring the health care budget to around $72 000 This increase will keep current rate health care operating next year and possibly add new services tion during the meeting. He reported that the bike shop will indeed be located in the Fitness Center's new storage room. Moore also stated that he would like to set up a meeting between the students and the campus police. The purpose of this meeting would be to help both sides understand each other's position better. M o ore wem on to say that he would like to have a preliminary meeting with the students to discuss the proper decorum for a meeting with the police In an unrelated note. President Ed Moore said that he would a k the SAC for money to provide refreshments to enhance the next towne meetings attendance. ANNOUNCEMENTS Faculty Promotion and Tenure: Professors Gordon Bauer. Charles Green, Steve Miles and Maria Vcsperi are standing for tenure and promotion to Associate Profes or. Profes or Sandra Gilchrist is standing for promotion to (Full) Professor. Your com ments are sought as the PAC begins this important process The PAC assessment will include. among other things. an evaluation of the faculty member' teaching, scholarship, and community involvement and contribution If your knowledge extends into the c areas. we would apprcdate your commems. The information we seck i not simply a .. for or against'. vote, but rather a critical evaluation We need your letters a soon as possible; all letters must be IN THE FILE BY 5:00PM OCTOBER 28, 1994. All letters hould be sent to Peter Kazaks. Division of Natural Sciences. * 1995 )<'lorida Honors Council Writing Conte t: Attention ew College writers! The Florida Honors Councils is sponsor ing their annual writing competition. Research papers critical essay and creative writing entries are all welcomed. Winners will receive cash prizes and will present their papers at the annual conference in Orlando Conference expense paid by the Council. For m o re details. contact Kathy Killion (ext. 5686) in the New College Admissions Oftice Roben on Hall. Deadline: October 31. 1994 * Free STD testing at the Sarasota County Health Department at 2200 Ringling Blvd. (east of Main). Daily clinics Mon. Thurs from 8 am to 10: 30 am and 1 pm to 3 pm. Daily clinics Fri from 1 pm to 3 pm. Call 954-2919 for more info * To former ASL students : I am interested in spending my ISP at a residential school for the deaf and blind; however. I need to brush up on my ASL (and expand my vocabulary) If you would like to chat in ASL (or arc intere ted in a similar ISP), please contact Su at box 63 or 355-8109 (perhaps we could also organize an intermediate/advanced ASL tutorial for next emester )

Facebook Twitter YouTube Regulations - Careers - Contact UsA-Z Index - Google+

New College of Florida  •  5800 Bay Shore Road  •  Sarasota, FL 34243  •  (941) 487-5000