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I Volume IV, Issue 3 September 7, 1994 NOWHERE TO GO FOR BIKE S H OP James Reifel/ Better get your bikes fixed now. Sometime before the end of the semester, the campus Bike Shop mechanics will have no place to work on the bikes they fix, no place to store the bikes, and no place to keep their tools. The Bike Shop is a neccessary part of New College life, since bicycles are the main form of transportation for many students. The mechanics at the Shop work for free; any student going there is charged only for parts. This is not the first time the Bike Shop has been homeless. Over the years, the Shop has been moved and moved again as space on the campus has run out. Two years ago, it was housed in a Pei Donn room. When housing became scarce, they were forced to move to the Parkview House garage. Their current troubles started with the proposed expansion of the Parkview facilities to include a group meeting room and a Nursing examination room. The Bike Shop would have to move, and attempts to find a permanent home for the currently portable Bike Shop began. During thel994 ISP, the CIT (Capital Improvements Trust) Committee met with Tom Levitan, then Director of Student Affairs, to try and find the Bike Shop a permanent home. At that point the CIT meeting was doling out $59,000 left over when the sound barrier project was tabled. According to the minutes of the meeting, "The committee discussed alternate allocations of the $59,000 and identified [sic] two projects: to move forward the Fitness Center storage building, a $40,000 project with proviso that the Bike Shop be allocated space in this building [emphasis ours]." Attendees at the meeting included Levitan, Mark Johnson, former NCSA president Jean Czerlinski, and current NCSA president Ed Moore. During a meeting soon after, the committee confirmed the proposal, adding that both the bike shop personnel and Fitness Center Director, Judy Roningen, had agreed that "the solution was a good one and would work." "BIKE SHOP" CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 TINY AND HIS TRUMPET Rocky Swift There are few people more unsure and confused than college students, and New College students are often especially troubled. To deal with these special problems a special kind of person is needed New College has found this person in Tim "Tiny" Richardson, who has assumed the responsibilities of resident counselor, housing director, and RA leader. Tim grew up in Queens, New York, where he encoun tered many hardships in the inner city. "Out of a graduating class of 800, I know of 100 that are now dead. I didn't want to become a statistic." Tim found his way out through a footbaJI scholarship to North Carolina. Unfortunately, a knee injury sidelined his athletic career as well as his scholarship. Tim returned to his home state to attend the University of New York at Oneonta where he studied speech communications. He later "TIM" CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 THEFT AT NEW COLLEGE Elise Cullman Theft is slithering to the forefront of crime. Yet, when it hits close to home it never ceases to shock, surprise, and hurt. This rang true last August 29 for Jenny McKeel. Jenny's Macintosh Powerbook, hidden under clothes, was stolen out of a carrell on the second floor of the Jane Cook Library, between the hours of noon and 3:00pm. The Powerbook's return is imperative to Jenny, seeing that a majority of her thesis research was stored in the computer. "As long as I get it back I'm not concerned as to why someone took it," said Jenny. She added, "It would be disap pointing if it were a New College student.'' There has been a reward set at $200 with "no questions asked." Jenny asks that, "If anyone has any ideas or sugges tions, please talk to me or drop me a note." Her telephone "THEFT" CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
2 The Catalyst September 7, 1994 Editorial The beginning of the first term runs at a hectic, sweaty pace. Classes arc just beginning, contracts need to be signed, and your roommate's sleeping with your boyfriend and your girlfriend. In times like this pressure mounts like a dog in heat. And Fall elections are next week. Whaaa .... who arc we electing for what? Good question. The vast majority of New College's elected positions arc filled at the beginning of Fall term. Candi dates have one week, from last Friday to this coming one, to collect 25 signa!ures on a petition to run for office. After that, they have three days to campaign We hold elections next Tuesday, September 13. The business of governing commences forthwith. Docs anyone see a problem with this? The process of adjustment and/or readjustment to the circus of New College academic and social life is stressful. Few of us have the time and energy to devote much thought to elections. Because of this, fall elections tend to be dominated by personality culls and blind luck. With most candidates we either 1) don't know who they are or anything about them, or 2) know who they are but don't know anything about their qualifications. What's more, the school's single largest voting block, the First Years, know the least ooout the ins and outs of New College life, its operation, and its personalities. We at The Catalyst would like to recommend a change. We should hold one election each year. Period. All positions would be filled at the end of Fall Term. All office holders would assume their positions at the beginning of Spring term. This way, candidates would have time to campaign and students could familiarize themselves with prospective office holders. What's more, the lag between first and second semes ters would give new officers a chance to learn about their new position before they cast themselves upon the breakers. The length of the term of service would not change. All office hol
The Catnlyst September 7. 1994 3 SWILL OR SLOP: TWO OPINIONS Sara Foley In my fiist week as a New College student, I have seen naked people, guys in dresses, burning paint, et cetera ,but of all these, the most disheartening oddity has been the Marriott food service in Ham Center. Basically, the food service can be described by one word--marginal. While no meal to dnte has been extraordinarily revolting, neither has any particular meal been an exercise in culinary delight. Offhand reactions of various first years regarding the food service have been rela tively impassive, yet there seems to be a general consensus that some things in the kitchen could be improved. The most common complaints illuminate some legitimate problems concerning the quality of the food service. Food Quality: B-The food is less than delightful. Soy sauce soup and greasy calzone do not make good entrees. Some staples even seem to be getting worse--the bagels have gone from overly chewy (oot tasty) to the mass produced sub-Lenders variety. On the bright side, fresh fruit and a wide variety of beverages are always available After a couple of weeks, however, students Graham Strouse So I hear some first-year gal is writing up a piece criticizing Marriott's food quality. Young whippersnapper. I'll bet she doesn't even have any hair on her legs. When I was your age, we didn't have no fancy fiiehouse grill, no six-incH subs or pay-by-the-ounce salads. No way, missy! We had brown stuff and green stuff and red stuff and we liked it! Well no, that's a lie. In truth, Marriott is a virtual god-send after Morrison's fine food and flatulence. It is just so pleasant to be :blc to walk into the cafeteria and be able to identify what you 'rc actually ordering. The food is still overpriced. but at least costs fall in the lower half of the stratosphere. Plus, those groovy sponge painted walls tum the serving area into one giant trip toy. But seriously folks ... Marriott is an improvement over Morrison's. A big improvement. The food is better, the cafeteria is cleaner, and the lines move faster. Life is better in the chow line. So with U1is in mind. I'd like to offer a item-by-item evaluation of a few of the more importnnt aspects of our cafeteria service. may find nearby restaurants such as Perkins to be a necessity, Food Quality since they are the only places a well-rounded, tasty meal can be found. Grade: B Service: B Meals are served at odd hours; mealtimes seem to coincide either with bed time or class time. Such conditions can seriously impair a student's ability to find time to eat, because the 1 1(2 to 2 hour time frame for meals has now been reduced to whatever time a student can find to cram food down his throat between an 11:00 and a 12:30 class at opposite ends of the campus. Nothing, however, is as strange as the weekend meal arrangement, in which the two meals of the day are served only 3 1(2 hours apart. Most people I know do not like to eat dinner at 4:30, especially after eating breakfast at 1:00. Lines arc long and slow. As previously mentioned, students at New College have enough trouble finding time to eat, "SWIU" CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 It's not perfect, but it will do. The fresh-baked bread is excellent. Sub City beats the pants off Morrison's sandwich bar. The meat's about the same, but the gamishings are more extensive. You also get a lot more for your buck. Overall, the entrees show a slight improvement. There isn't much variety, and the selections tend to be a little lland, but the grease-factor seems to have decreased Also, the deserts arc a vast improvement. I remember a time last year when Morrison's baked a batch of rice crispies treats for dinner one evening. They didn't sell very well. The next day, I showed up at lunch and discovered a tray of choco late frosted things that bore a startling resemblance to recylced rice crispies treats coated with motor oil. I bought one for scientific study. This year, there's chilled cream pies, fudge brownies, "SLOP" CONTINUED ON PACE 4
4 The Catalyst September 7, 1994 "SWILL" CONTINUED FROM PACE 3 so it doesn't help that the food lines move at the speed of continental drift. It can be very irritating to wait in line for twenty minutes only to buy a coke and apple. If you are lucky enough to be a morning person or a student without an 11:00 class you may be able to cat in a decent amount of time; if not, you may find it easiest to skip an occasional meal. Food Prices: C Price gouging is rampant. Because there are few feasible alternatives to the meal plan for most students, and because Marriot has a veritable monopoly on the NC campus, students find they have little choice but to pay whatever (high) prices Marriot sees fit to charge for food. The debit card system furUlCr discourages students from being conscientious consum ers. Because a student cannot directly receive any leftover cash back from his card, he is not encouraged to save any money or buy less food. Therefore, students find themselves paying huge amounts of money for items on which they would never spend cash. Though problems with the food service abound, New College students should remember that things could be worse. We could have burnt spinach or raw chicken on a daily basis, and dinner could be served at midnight instead of 5:00. Like so many other things in life, the food service builds character. We students can learn to do only one thing-endure it. For better or for worse, the Marriott food service appears to be here for the long haul. 10% DICOUNT OFF PURCHASE BRANT'S USED BOOKS Sarasota's Largest Established 1956 USED RARE COLLECTIBLE BUYSELLTRADESEARCH Wm. & Mary Sciarretta (813) 365-3658 3913 Brown Ave. Sarasota, FL 34231 WHEN YOU BRING THIS AD INTO STORE "SWP" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 and columns of chocolate chip cookies, most of which arc very yummy indeed. Thank you, Marriott. Let us cat cake. Service Grade: B+ Many of last years staff returned. That's a plus. Furthermore, most of the new crew arc polite, dependable, thrifty, clean, kin
The Catalyst September?, 1994 5 DEAN'S ORIENTATION REVIEW Kate Fink "I think by virtue of attendance I know something about how important this event is," Dean Michalson said, after detennining who was among his audience at the Orientation Week in Review last Wednesday, and who was just hanging out around Hamilton Center. Most, it turned out, were just hanging around Hamilton Center. The final tally of students numbered seven, most of whom were not in attendance for the full program. Of those, three, including myself, were first-year students. Also in atten dance were David Schenck, Dean and Executive Officer of USF at Sarasota; Pete Fazio, Financial Aid Coordinator; Mark Johnson, Director of Student Affairs and Housing; Anne Fisher, Director of Park view House; and Tim Richardson, the new Resident Counselor. This is the first year an activity has been offered for first-year students to give feedback as to how their orientation went Since most of the activities had ended the previous week, and because classes started Monday, it appeared as though students had other ways to occupy themselves. "This is actually a good sign, if everyone's all wmppcd up," Dean Michalson offered. One first-year student, who asked not to be named, said she would have liked to spend more time with her orientation group. She felt that her group would have been a good place to meet more new students, but her group did not meet again after their initial tour of the campus. Amy Monnino, one of the orientation leaders, ex pressed similar wishes. Her group, however, did not seem as enthusiastic. "[My co-leader and I] tried to set up a dinner the next evening, but they really weren't very interested." She said that her biggest role in helping first-years was helping them move packages the first two days. Michalson prioritized the objectives of Orientation Week as, firstly, providing "a warm welcome to people who are going away from home ... we also need to convey certain nuts and-bolts information, such as housing, and financial aid ... thirdly, we need to try to generate a sense of intellectual excite ment and engagement about college." He added that, although the amount of infonnation offered the first-year students during Orientation Week may have been overwhelming, "circuit overload is characteristic of the whole year: Su Chon, an Orientation leader, brought the discussion back to Orientation Week, offering a suggestion for "more extensive pre-orientation," like detailed mailings, and videos to send to incoming students. Chon also said she felt several orientation leaders and others involved in orientation stressed "the disorientation part of orientation ... to shock the students. I already know about someone who dropped out." She felt some were "purposely trying to disorient students." Michalson agreed, but viewed the returning students' descriptions of New College life as being potentially healthy for the orientation process. "Different constituencies have a different notion of what New College is," he said. He added that there seemed to be a tension every year between students and staff to present the social atmosphere of New College to first-year students. "Who's in charge of New College's soul?'' But despite the struggle, Michalson felt there was still an obligation to "get basic infonnation out." "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll," the program designed to introduce first-year students to some of the riskier aspects of New College's social atmosphere, was discussed next. Chon felt some students might have been shocked by the types of experi ences and warnings the panel and audience members shared, and Mormino felt the program may have not provided an accurate depiction of all types of social activity on campus. Anne fisher did say that "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll," may be structured differently next year, with a longer time allotted for the panel discussion, and less time for audience input. "When the audience jumps into it, anybody can make any comment they want," but the panel may have greater control over what topics arc dis cussed and how they are approached. Another first-year student said she would have appreci ated more time to move in on the second day, since she had arrived late. Johnson agreed that one or two hours could be allowed between the end of check-in and the beginning of the first orientation activity. The same first-year student also said she felt the issue of roommates should be discussed during Orientation Week, because she knew of people who had unexpected serious conflicts. Johnson said that issue should be discussed in court meetings, but offered that more information could be provided in mailings. There will be a meeting on September 9t h in Sudakoff Center for staff members and students who wish to evaluate Orientation Week. The meeting will be held from 2 to 4 P.M for anyone interested in attending.
6 The Catalyst September 7. 1994 "BIKE SIIOP" CONT.INUED FROM PICE I During the following months of planning, there were distinct communication problems between the Bike Shop people, Roningcn, and Campus Architect, Rick Lyttle. The difficulties concerned the dimensions of the Bike Shop within the addition. Levitan mediated and attempted to find a compro mise design, but eventually decided to go ahead with the revised design submitted by the Bike Shop mechanics, that would usc up under half of the available space. Lyttle went ahead with the design as students (including the Bike Shop mechanics) headed home for the summer. On June 16, a memo was sent from Dean Schenck to Lyttle overriding previous decisions st.aing that, "there is no money for the kind of renovations that are suggested for the Dike Shop." The memo ended with, "Please disregard the request to create space for a Bike Shop in the Fitness Center storage facility. I will leave it to Mark Johnson to attempt to identify alternate space for the Bike Shop." The decision echoed past decisions made by administration during school breaks, such as the racquetball court demolition of a year ago during summer and the banning ofWalls three years ago over winter break. If pressed, the official Bike Shop construction costs could have been reduced to the $800 for a partition wall quoted by Rick Lyttle. During the summer, Johnson spear-headed efforts to find an alternative space for the Bike Shop. Possibilities included the old Pump House, the Band Room, the Bam, or a Viking mono-stmy. All of these proved either unsuitable or already in usc. While space within the Fitness Center storage area was discussed, the mechanics were told that it would be temporary home at The most promising idea to date seems to be moving the Bike Shop permanently into the Publications room in Ham Center. The Publications equipment would then be moved into what is now the NCSA office. Mark Johnson supports the idea, seeing an opportunity to renovate both of the somewhat garish and dilapidated rooms. The NCSA files and equipment could remain in the new Publications lab. The snag is that various student government groups need space to meet on a basis. The Fishbowl has been suggested as an alternative meeting area. "TIM" CONTINUED FROM PAGE I attended Syracuse University and now has a BA in speech communications and a BS in education. Tim was counseling at Brandeis College when he heard about the job opening a New College. Tim applied and the rest is history. "I thought it would be a really neat place to work. I was really impressed with the choices and initiative." The most sensitive part of Tim's job is his work as a resident counselor. He helps students work out whatever personal problems they have. According to Tim, the most common problems tend to deal with relationships and adapting to the increased level of freedom here at New College. Tim says that he has already seen many improvements in the few months he's been he. He says that the Student Affairs office has a great relationship with Dean Michaelson's office. Tim is excited about many other forthcoming improve ments in New College such as the new residence building, the Hamilton Center Fishbowl renovation, and the new sports field. Tim describes himself as open-minded and easy-g>ing. One of his great loves is music. "I go from country to rap." We may also be hearing some ofTim's own music as he is now learning to play the trumpet. To new students, Tim advises: "Be yourself. Be tolerant." "THEFT" CONTINUED FROM PAGE I number is 359-2803, box number 246. Although Jenny is certainly not the only victim of theft on campus, she remains only one of two grand thefts this )'ear. Grand theft is a third-degree felony, involving anything stolen with a value exceeding $300. The other grand theft involved a Panasonic 3500 Red Man's mountain bile stolen on July 18. University Police Officer, Bob Mitchell, stated that theft around New College, "has never occurred so early in the year ... it's never involved items of such value." The police suggested some precautions: -lock bikes to something stationary lock dorm doors lock cars and roll up windows don't leave valuables anywhere get serial numbers off appliances and bikes "Students are lulled into a false sense of security here," remarked Ofc. Mitchell. "It's a good place, but bad things can happen."
The Catalyst September 7, 1994 7 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER Jake Reimer Featured Headline: Although the flow of Haitians into U.S. waters has slowed, hundreds of Cubans continued to land on Florida's shores last week. They arrived in all sorts of makeshift crafts, from fishing boats to hastily constructed wooden rafts. At least 18,000 have made it into U.S. waters since August I. and the number is still increasing despite a new policy that makes it more difficult for new immigrants from Cuba to attain visas. In fact, officials at Guantanamo Bay have been told to prepare for up to 60,000 individuals. The detention camps are already straining to accommodae last weeks rush of 13,600 refugees. Needless to say, virtually none of the detainees are happy with their situation. "We are in jail," shouted Daniel Jardin, 32, a teacher from Havana, from behind one of the wire fences. "We were in jail in Cuba and now we are in another jail. We want to go to Miami." At the moment, the future of Daniel Jardin and thousands like him is unce!Uin. The Clinton administration has ofTered to make entry easier for some Cubans if Castro will begin to regulate emigration again. However, it seems that any change in policy will affect those Cubans who are already "in line" for visas, not the new refugees. Little has been said :Doutt he fate of the thousands at or en route to Guantanamo Bay. In Other News: Radioactive material has been seized in at least four Sting operations in Western Europe this summer. Although no conclu sive evidence has been found, officials believe that most, if not all of the fissionable material came from nuclear facilities in the former Soviet Union. Although Russia insists th:t all its nuclear material is accounted for, there have been several unconfirmed reports that the security at some nuclear sites is quest i onable. After 25 years of bloody terrorism and warfare there may finally be hope for peace in Northern Ireland. IRA officials released a five-paragraph document this week that called for an unconditional cease-fire. However, some British officials are skeptical about the sincerity of the declaration, and both parties seem to be approaching the situation cautiously. A study released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week reported that only half of all American children are part of a conven tional-model nuclear family. They define a nuclear family as one where both biological parents are present. and all children were born after tl1e marriage. "More children than ever are spending at least part of their childhood in single-parent families or other alternative situations," said the author of the report. DIVERSITY FORUM MEETS WITH LITTLE REACTION Leslie Shaffer The Forum of Diverse Voices, one of the final events of Orientation, met with resounding apathy from incoming students. One new student and approximately 15 returning students and administrators attended the forum last Wednesday, Aug. 31. Most of the discussion focused on what the goals of the function were to have been, why the lack of response occurred, and ways to increase interest for the next Orientation. The main goal of the forum was to "deliver" a network of support to traditionally under-represented groups of students on campus. A student who feels marginalized could meet an older student who has had the the same i!elings. The organizers of the forum had hoped to introduce the concept of diversity "gently," keeping the heat down on issues without "easy" answers that often engender defensive reactions. General ideas that arose during discussion included offering a strategy of programs throughout the year addressing both intellectualized discussion of diversity and more informal discussions. Specific ideas tllat various students will begin organizing on included a casual meeting group for African American students, a dinner or discussion group for new students of color, larger group discussions about diversity. bringing in outside speakers, and the offer of "help" to incoming students. BUY SELL TRADE (813) 366 DOWNTOWN SARASOTA USED OP RARE 1488 MAIN ST SARASOTA. FL 34236 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
8 The Catalyst September 7, 1994 ANNOUNCEMENTS Soul Song, a poetry performance, will be held on Sept. 18 at 5 pm in the Teaching Auditorium. * Margo Hammond, book editor of the St. Petersburg Times, will judge the 1994 Bayboro Fiction Contest. 1l1e contest is open to all USF students registered part or full-time for fall semester, 1994 One previously unpublished short story of 2500 words or less may be submitted Entries should be typed on one side of 8xll Please double-space. Provide two copies of each submission. TAKE CARE TO RETAIN ORIGINALS because the copies will not be etumed. All copies will be considered anonymously. The title of your story and your page number should appear on each page of the manuscript. DO NOT include your name on the manuscript. Instead, attach a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, social security number campus, major, and the title of your work. Deadline is October 12. Prizes are $250 for first place, $100 for second and third places. Submit your entry to: Fiction Contest, c/o Theodora Aggelcs, P O. Box 11435, St. Petersburg, FL 33733. WinnetS will be announced before the end of the term. * The Old Fashioned New England Clambake, co-hosted by the New College Foundation and SunBank/Gulf Coast, will be held on Friilily, October 14, from 6 :30pm to 10:30 pm. Tickets are $60 per person with proceeds going to benefit New College. * The University Police Department's annual Lost and Found Auction will be held Wednesday, September 28, at noon in Sudakoff Center. The auction is to dispose of personal property lost or abandoned on the campus. The auction is open to the putlic and anyone may attend and bid on items to be auctioned. Items to be auctioned include : bicycles, watches, jewelry, clothing, and other miscellaneous items All proceeds from the auction will be used to benefit the USF Student Scholarship and Loan Fund For more info contnct University Police at 359-4210. New College Students of Objectivism will be hosting, "Consciousness as Identification: The Nature of Cognition and Concept Formation" by Dr. Harry Binswanger on Sept. 10, 17, and 24 at7 pm in Library classroom 209. * NCSA Elections: Petitions for fall elections will be accepted until Friday Sept. 9. Petitions should be placed in box 308 Meet the Candidates will be Monday, Sept. 12, at 5 pm. Voting will be all day on the following Tuesday, Sept. 13. SAC Allocations will be on Saturday, Sept. 17. fur more info contnct Jenny Smith, box 308, room 321. * "No Wrong Notes-Singing for Fun" Interested in singing? I'm starting a group Thursday, 8-10 pm, music room in College Hall, down by the bay. I'm inviting anybody that likes to sing especially if you think you can't. We will also do some circle dnncing (Dances of Universal Peace), and maybe some song writing, drumming, and story telling. The group is open to anyone, and faculty and staff are especially invited to join. Bring a friend, and a song to share. For more info, call Karsten (3594387, or 351-560 1). Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30pm, Tim Richardson will hold an Open House to discuss Do UFO's Rea//j Exist? * Are you interested in tutoring a high school student in algebra? Mark B has information. * Soccer between Ham Center and 2nd court Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 pm. See Marlc B or Ben Wolkov for details. * College Bowl general interest meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8 pm in Ham Center dining room.