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Vo11llllE'_, IV, 4 Septembe1 14 1994 I STUDENT ARRESTED FOR CARRYING FIREBOMB Graham Strouse On paper, NC student Steve Kizlik seems quite the felon. In the past few years he has been charged with breaking and entering into his own dorm room, accused of drunken driving by a drunken driver who struck his car, and placed on conduct probation at the University of Florida for endangering fellow students with a fully loaded water gun. For the first offense he was fined. They let him keep the door knob. In the second case, a court acquitted him of wrong doing. Kizlik's conduct probation proved more troublesome-He had to appeal to the administration before he was allowed admittance at New College. In retrospect, these "crimes" and their resulting punishments have an absurd quality to them, something more comedic than tragic. Comedy, however, has its limits. Kizlik 's fortune took a sobering turn on September 10, during the waning hours of the previous night's wall, when campus police arrested him in Palm Court after a bottle filled with alcohol and stuffed through the neck with a tissue paper wick fell from his jacket during a police body search. The police search came about as the result of a call from dorm patrol. "I was in first court", said Ken Burruss, the dorm patroller who made the call. "I saw two people; one I recog nized as a student I saw one of them toss a bottle on to a first court balcony ... .It wasn't Steve." By the time the police arrived, the other student had disappeared. When the police got there, Burruss pointed out Kizlik. "I escorted Sergeant [Paul) Shideler up to Steve. I asked if be could talk to the officer for a moment and walked away." Sgt Shideler was soon joined in Palm Court by Officer Steve Mislyan, who according to reports, conducted the search that revealed the "Molotov Cocktail." While the police were unavailable for comment at press time, student sources agreed as to what happened next. When the officer's approached Kizlik to frisk him, he raised his hands over his head. As he did so, a beer or wine cooler bottle filled with some sort of clear alcohol fell out from under his armpit. This would not have been particularly alarming were it nor for the fact that the the bottle in question also contained a wadded tissue paper wick. At this point, according to witnesses, the police led Kizlik to a police car on the sidewalk next to Palm Court. Unfortunately, the visibility of the arrest attracted a lot of people, many of whom less than thrilled at the arrest of one of the school's most well-loved students. "ARSON" CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


2 The Catalyst September 14, 1994 "ARSON" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 "There was a really big gathering of people along the Haber a s he took a drag on his cigarette. "But I'm not certain." wall", said Friday night's wall sponsor Patrick Denny "It had the potential to be a very bad situation. People were yelling. Heidi In the Cage P. [Heidi Paskoski, a friend of the accused] was yelling 'he didn't hurt anybody!"' Josh Harrold, also a wiUless, concurred: "People were yelling obscenities at the cops." Fortu nately "Pat Denny calmed them down." The crowd remained thick. Students stood by, angry and mute, as the police cuffed Kizlik, searched his pockets and drove away. The Morning After Late Saturday morning, the Catalyst sent this writer to interview Nicole Archer in her second court room. Archer was the only witness known to be present when the bottle fell out of the jacket. The result of the interview was somewhat unexpected. Archer's room was littered with people laying about in varying stages of consciousness. Virtually all were Kizlik's friends. Most seemed stunned. While Archer herself had little to say, some of her friends were more vocal. Josh Harrold and Heidi Paskoski spoke quite a bit. Although they sounded sly and sarcastic, mustering as much gen-x irony as they could, their words did not cover up their nervous disbelief. In third court, Kizlik's roommate Mike Haber was locked in his room. Haber was somewhat more muted than the denizens of Archer's room. When questioned, he confirmed that Kizlik: had called him, that Kizlik's father had also called him and that the court set bond at $5,000. Haber later revealed he smoked six packs of cigarettes the night of the arrest. "I think his father is talking to bail bondsmen", said "I saw two people ... I saw one of them toss a bottle onto a first court balcony ... It wasn't Steve." Steve Kizlik showed up on campus later that evening. We later learned that his family had contacted A-1 Bond Ser vices, an organization whose motto is "you ring we spring." One of his first acts was to bum a cigarette. All told, Kizlik spent fourteen hours in jail, in a windowless room with no clock. A habitual smoker, he was not permitted to light up for health-code reasons According to Kizlik, his jail experience "was very unpleasant but I suppose it was a good thing. At least it taught me how to persist without smoking for fourteen hours ... "The whole thing is just so surreal. One minute I'm walking around at the wall, the next I'm being placed in hand cuffs, put in the back of a police car, and being charged with a felony "It was very strange being in a windowless room for a long period of time without a time piece." While he could not speak as to the reason he was carrying the bomb, he nevertheless maintained his innocence. "ARSON" CONTINUED ON PAGE 4


The Catalyst September 14,1994 3 STUDENTS BRING PROTEST TO DEAN SCHENCK Kate Fink About 75 cyclists and walkers participated in last Friday afternoon's bike ride in support of the campus Bike Shop. Supporters cycled around Cook Hall's parking circle for an hour waiting to speak with Dean Schenck of USF Sarasota. Others stood holding or posting signs that read, "Save Our Bike Shop," and "It's Our Money."Dean and Executive Officer Schenck told students he was willing to reevaluate the decision he made to move the Bike Shop out of the new Fii.Iless Center addition. The Bike Shop will be forced to move out of the Parkview Center garage by the end of the month, and has been unable to find a new location. NCSA President Ed Moore sent a memo to Dean Schenck on Thursday as per a resolution passed at the Towne Meeting on Wednesday. Students wanted to talk to Dean Schenck because they felt he was responsible for the Bike Shop's current location dilemma. "You can't change things over the summer there are no students here over the summer," student Katie McDowell said of Dean Schenck's June 16 memo, which overrode former Director of Student Affairs Tom Levitan's plans to include the Bike Shop in the new Fii.Iless Center storage area. "We've ridden across the campus today to protest Dean Schenck's decision to force the Bike Shop out of the Fii.Iless Center storage addition," Ari Weinstein's voice boomed from the Wall equipment's speakers when Dean Schenck emerged from Cook Hall, standing behind Dean Michalson, who had appeared outside fifteen minutes before. Weinstein, one of the Bike Shop's five volunteer mechanics, stated that the Bike Shop had been included in the original plans for the Fitness Center's storage space. $40,000 was allocated by the Capital Improvement Trust (CIT) to build the storage space, but that Dean Schenck eliminated it from those plans. "The reason why we're here today is to tell Dean Schenck how important the Bike Shop is to campus life," Weinstein continued. According to Bike Shop records, 160 students' bicycles were serviced last year, totaling an estimated $4,000 of labor by the shop's volunteers. "Students feel as if ... the recommendation of the CIT committee has been overridden ... we feel as if we're losing conlrol, we're losing input on anything the CIT committee will decide on," Weinstein continued. CIT money comes directly from student fees. Weinstein also said the Bike Shop needed a location with access to water, electricity, and air-conditioning. "We believe that these demands aren't so onerous that they can't be fulfilled by the adminisLration." Weinstein then stated that moving into the Publications Office in Hamilton Center was not an adequate solution for the shop. Weinstein and Matt Hall, another Bike Shop volunteer, had presented this possibility at the Towne Meeting, but were met with resistance from students who thought the shop de served a more suitable location. Hall had said he preferred moving the Bike Shop to the new Fitness Center storage space or the Bonseigneur House rather than the Publications Office. "It's kind of a matter of principle. If he [Dean Schenck] misappropriates student funds, we shouldn't be forced to move the Bike Shop into our already limited student space in Hamilton Center." Dean Michalson had estimated the Bonseigneur House would cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to repair before it could be used, but that it had adequate permanent space available for the shop. "We probably have no argument with each other about the importance of the Bike Shop," said Dean Schenck, who had read Moore's memo that morning, but had not yet examined the minutes of CIT meetings enclosed. Dean Schenck admitted he may have misunderstood the CIT's plans for the Fii.Iless Center space and would reverse his decision if, upon reexamination, his original decision went against CIT's recommendation. ''I'm going to get the documents together because I want to find out why we've got a problem." "As I understood it, part of the money was to go for a Fitness Center storage room. The next piece of it that I under stood was that ... Tom Levitan ... was persuaded that we ought to modify what was originally planned for the Fitness Center storage room to include the Bike Shop." When Fii.Iless Center Director Judy Roningen seemed upset by the modification, Dean Schenck thought canceling plans to include the Bike Shop would fulfill what students wanted. "What I thought I was doing was reinforcing the original decision," he said. Dean Michalson said that he had not even realized the Bike Shop was mentioned at CIT meetings as early as January until he had read Moore's memo. "I frankly think ... people have different recollections about what happened, and it's a good time for everybody to get caught up." Concerning the Bike Shop's immediate location woes, "BIKE SHOP" CONTINUED ON PAGE 4


4 The Catalyst September 14, 1994 "ARSON" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 "At no point in my life had I the intention of setting any New College property on fue. Not had I the intention of assaulting anyone using fire as a weapon. Moments later, Haber walked in with three copies of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Kizlik had made the "Datelines" section. The column, which had been drawn from the police report, left him shaking his head. "The last time I saw my name in the paper it was for winning the pathfinder award in history." [The preceeding story was basedfromjirst-person reports from students who were present and/or inv olved in the e v ent ] (813) 751-9123 IIAIIl TOUCII A Full Service Family Salon Sarabay Plaza 6513 14th St. W. #113, Bradenton FL 34207 BJV s =-"'";::;Ao:: (8 1 3 ) 366 1 3 7 3 DOWN TO W N S ARA SOTA us:::o o::R.; Rt: 1 488 MAIN Sl SARAS01A. FL 3<:2 36 OPErx 7 DAYS :... W EEK "BIKE SHOP" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 Dean Schenck said he thought the problem was being taken care of by Dt ector of Student Affairs Mark Johnson. "Then, it's out of my mind, becau s e I'm assuming that somebody else on the campus who's closer to the students and their needs is dealing with the problem." How e ver, student James Rcffell countered, Dean Schenck decided to override Levitan's decision when he tried to deal with the problem of the Bike Shop. "You were just saying that maybe Mark Johnson should deal with this. Well, in a way, he did, or rather, his precursor did. Dean Schenck repeated that he overrode Levitan's deci s ion because he thought it was against the will of the students. Dean Schenck repeatedly remarked that Moore's Thursday memo was "sharply-worded," and that the protest seemed "aggressive" and "confrontational," a reaction that seemed to surprise students. No personal attacks were launched at administration, and all cyclists moved aside when administra tion and staff left the parking area. Weinstein expressed the protest's purpose as "informational." Weinstein suggested that Dean Schenck schedule a meeting with representatives from the Bike Shop. The meeting was tentatively set for 4 P.M. on Monday. The Catalyst will report further developments in its next issue.


The Catalyst September 14,1994 MORE THAN SKIN DEEP Liz Patterson "No one here looks like they should have body image problems. Everyone here is so beautiful." This comment began the initial meeting of a group created to talk about body image. The meeting was held because discussions related to the sexual violence seminar kept bringing up concerns and fears women had about their perceptions of how they look, and how these perceptions affect their behavior. The organizers, Holly Mangan, Jaime Olin, Kristen Holst, Jill Lany, and Alana Iglewicz, felt that discussing these issues would show women that they were not alone. Participants included men and women with a wide rangeof ages, concerns and experiences. They sat in a circle and each individual told why she/he had come to the meeting. Reasons varied from serious eating disorders, to friends with disorders, to curiosity, and a desire to help. The overriding concern was, of course, body image. Participants related feelings of guilt regarding eating, and perpetual tension and preoccupation with food. There was a lot of anger at percieved cultural stereotypes and norms. A great deal was said about the need to change everyday language so that automatic value judgements are not made about words like ''fat" and "thin". The ways women notice each other were also dis cussed, and most participants agreed that it would be nice to be noticed and complimented for something other than appearance Participants agreed to try to compliment each other, and other women on campus about other qualities such as brains, wit or other, non-appearance based accomplishments. Various exercises, such as going an entire day without looking at a mirror, were suggested, with the idea of provoking and underlining emotions, which could be examined at the next informal meeting. After the meeting broke up, people hung out and talked. Several conversations centered on the fear women who live off campus feel about walking or biking home. [Sheila Bishop is compiling a list of people willing to give rides to off-campus students who feel unsafe walking/biking at night, if interested, contact her at box 135. ed.] CAMPUS NEWS Mark Breimhorst The Social Events Commiuee discussed quite a few possible social events at our first meeting. Despite our lack of numbers, we decided to go ahead and plan a board game evening for Saturday, Sept. 24 from 6:30pm until whenever the WaH begins. This week (Wednesday at 3:30 in my office), we'll be discussing an early October Bay front Social, the Dance Mara thon, a Haunted House and other Halloween activities, as well as some long term planning and budgeting. This commiuee is open to everyone. The Co-Curricular Events Committee didn't feel like making any big decisions with our small group but we did decide to get started on the Friday Dinner Discussions with the first one coming on the 16th at6pm in the cafeteria to discuss why marijuana should or shouldn't be legalized. We are looking for discussion topics. I'm also hoping to find someone to help organize a trip to Eckerd College Sept. 29th to hear Stephen Jay Gould speak. We will meet on Thursday the 15th at 3:30pm in my office to plan a budget proposal for SAC and discuss big future events. So you want to get involved in College Bowl but you missed the informational meeting? Don't worry, contact me or join one of the teams that are forming. Once you have a team, give me a roster and a team name and I will give you a copy of the rules. Captains, please register your team with me. The Round Robin tournament will take place on weeknights starting Thu;sday, Sept. 15th at 8pm (not Wed. Sept. 14). The playoffs will take place on Saturday, October 1 at lpm. ctJ.dfJ!f '11'1?9?]) fftlf}l() t"otic Body Piel"cing Dodo,. Ce..n{ied Hospital Ste.-ilization Black & UI'O)! or' Colo,. y.,..,. Desi9" ol" Mi"'" Stai .. ol"14 kt. 3ewel.-y 1239 West B .. ade.,to"1 FL 34207 (813) 756-5887 5


6 The Catalyst September 14, 1994 FffiST TOWNE MEETING OF YEAR CONVENES Kate Fink "If anything happens on this campus ... and people at a Towne Meeting don't like it, they have lhe ultimate power ... wow," New College Student Alliance (NCSA) President Ed Moore said, as if just realizing the potential impact of last Wednesday's meeting in Palm Court. The first item on the Towne Meeting's agenda was voting in Konnie Kruczek to filllhe vacated position of NCSA Vice-President until November elections. The sign-in list indicated lhat there was a quorum of 50 students, so Moore took a vote. Kruczek was voted in unanimously. "The next thing on the agenda is the Bike Shop issue," Moore said. He handed lhe microphone over to Matt Hall, a Bike Shop volunteer, who gave a brief history of the Bike Shop to introduce its current problem of finding a new location. Sheila Bishop made a motion t o have another Towne Meeting in two weeks concerning lhe Bike Shop. Moore said he planned to send a memo to Dean Schenck concerning the shop. Bike Shop volunteer Ari Weinstein proposed a bike ride to Dean Schenck's office at Cook Hall to give the impression lhat "it's more than the five bike mechanics that care." [FOR MORE ON BIKE SHOP, SEE PAGE 3]. Weinstein went on to discuss the Macintosh lab next. He updated its condition as "still a shambles," but said assistants were making efforts to clean i t up again. Student money was spent on new keyboards and other equipment to replace those damaged by spilled drinks and other carelessness. Mark Johnson next took up the issue of recent vandal ism to furniture in Hamilton Center, including graffiti on pool tables, broken tables and chairs in the dining area, and a mysteri ous incident in which, "somebody had defecated and spread it all over, the bathrooms by the pool. He also said many students were leaving trash and smoking in Hamilton Center. "The alternative is having the building shut down after hours ... I don't think that's a very good alternative ... let's show some self respecL." Johnson also talked about the Wellness Commiuee. In future years, students may be charged more money from tuition fees for campus health facilities. "They have plans to expand services ... there are going to need to be additional fees gener ated." He invited students interested in serving on the Wellness Committee to contact Anne Fisher, director of the Park view House Sheila Bishop asked those who owned cars to contact her concerning giving off-campus students rides home at night. Those who volunteered would be placed on a list that would be given to the Cop Shop. As the Towne Meeting drew to a close, Moore seemed pleased with its result, saying "It's really important that we keep [towne meetings] alive this year." SPEAK YOUR PIECE SUBMIT ARTICLES TO THE CATALYST FOR PRINTING BOX 139 OR THE MANILLA ENVELOPE ON PUBLICATIONS OFFICE DOOR


The Catalyst September 14,1994 CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS Rocky Swift For many ftrst year students like myself, the room mysteriously known as "the Fishbowl" is little more than a pile of chairs behind filthy pane glass windows in Ham center. According to more learned persons however, the Fishbowl has been used in the past as a valuable multipurpose space. The Fishbowl has served as a gallery, a dining hall, an office space, and a general meeting place. The condition of the Fishbowl has steadily worsened over the last few years, so it is one of the projects planned for renovation this fall. The restrooms are being made handicap accessible, and the Fishbowl refurbishment will begin as soon as they are finished. Planned improvements include new carpet, paneling, and track-lighting. The whole project should be done by mid-October. In the meantime, restrooms outside Ham Center, in Sudakoff, or at the Fitness Center are the only relief. More immediately, the pub has been reincarnated as a type of convenience store adjacent to the pool room. It is run by Marriot, which means that you can buy items with your meal card, including two-liter soda bottles and possibly even toiletry items. The store will be open when the cafeteria is not, but it will not be 24 hours, so the Shell station will still be necessary for those late night munchies. Also, be on the lookout for the new mailboxes coming this fall. The new boxes will be metal and lockable for security Currently there are approximately ten "boxes" which have to be kept in the Student Affairs office and are not accessible at all hours. Finally, the last report on the pool is that two of its motors have burned out and will have to be replaced. The hot tub as well is still closed. ,------------------, I 10% DISCOUNT OFF PURCHASE I I BRANT'S USED BOOKS I 1 Saraso1a's Largest 1 I Established 1956 I I USED RARE COLLECTIBLE I I BUY SELL TRADE SEARCH I I I I Wm & Mary Sciarretta 3913 Brown Ave. 1 I (813) 365-3658 Sarasota, FL 34231 ..__ __________ ...;..J I OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER Jake Reimer While statistics show that less than 50% of Americans would say things in the United States are going "farily well," hundreds of Cuban refugees continued to flock to Florida's shores this week. Public approval ratings for Clinton and in some cases, for congress have reached an all-time low, yet 30,000 people wait behind walls of coiled razor-wire at Guantanamo Bay desperately hoping for visas. One essayist in Newsweek wondered about the irony of the situation: "What do they [Haitian and Cuban refugees] know that the rest of us don't?" A US Air jetliner crashed into a field while trying to land near Pittsburgh, killing all 131 people on board. Although the plane's "black box" was recovered, officials have not yet released information on the cause of the crash. Witnesses reported that the plane nose-dived and exploded on collision. The night was supposed to continue on to Florida. Recent election results have narrowed the Republican candidates in the Florida gubenatorial race to two. Florida Republicans will have to decide between Jeb Bush (who led the recent election with 45% of the vote) and Jim Smith in a runoff election on October 4. World chess champion Gary Kasparov went up against "Chess Genius 2", a computerized chess program at an exhibi tion in London. To the surprise of many, least of all himself, he was defeated by the program. Less than amused by his defeat, Kasparov stormed off the stage following the electronic match. CAPTAIN BRIAN'S 8441 N. TAMIAMI TR., JUST NORTH OF NEW COLLEGE 351-4492 10% OFF FOOD AT CAPTAIN BRIAN'S WITH COLLEGE I.D. 7


8 The Catalyst September 14, 1994 ANNOUNCEMENTS "For HAITI: 8 Days of Poetry" will commence from Wed., Sept. 14 to Wed., Sept. 21. It is eight poems read on the Overpass over the course of eight days to recognize Haiti's sad daily struggle. The poems are excerpted from Against Forgetting Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, edited by Carolyn Forche. For more info, contact Richard Martin at box 242 or 951-0047. * 1995 Florida Honors Council Writing Contest: New College writers! The Florida Honors Councils is sponsoring their annual writing competition. Research papers, critical essays, and creative writing entries are all welcomed. Winners will receive cash prizes and will present their papers at the annual conference in Orlando. Conference expenses paid by the Council. For more details, contact Kathy Killion (ext. 5686) in the New College Admissions OITice, Robertson Hall. Deadline: October 31, 1994 * Soul Song, a poetry performance, will be held on Sept. 18 at5 pm in the Teaching Auditorium. Admission will be $3. * Free anonymous HIV testing at Parkview Center Oct. 21, from 5 pm to 8 pm, and on Oct 22, from 10 am to 1 pm. Call 351-1551 for appointment. Sponsored by Sarasota AIDS Support. * 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. * Margo Hammond, book editor of the St. Petersburg Times, will judge the 1994 Bayboro Fiction Contest. The 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 8x 11 paper. Please double-space. Provide two copies of each submission. TAKE CARE TO RETAIN ORIGINALS because the copies will not be returned. All copies will be considered anonymously. The tit1e 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 Aggeles, P.O. Box 11435, SL. Petersburg, FL 33733. Winners will be announced before the end of the term. * The University Police Department's annual Lost and Found Auction will be held Wednesday, September 28, at noon in Sudakoff Center. 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, contact 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. 17, and 24 at 7 pm in Library classroom 209. * "No Wrong NotesSinging for Fun" Interested i:1 singing? I'm starting a group Thursday, 8-10 pm, music room in College Hall, down by the bay. We will do some circle dancing (Dances of Universal Peace), and maybe some song writing, drumming, and story telling, as well as singing. 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 (359-4387, or 351-5601). * Mark B 's announcements: The Seminar on Student Activities Skills: Counseling, Facilitation, and Group Dynamics is meeting on Tuesdays, at 3:30pm in Mark B's office. On Wed., Sept. 14 at6 pm there is soccer between Ham Center and 2nd Court. Finally, on Thurs Sept. 15 at 8 pm, the first round of the College Bowl Tournament in Ham Center. Contact Mark B for info on any of the events.

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