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THE CATALYST @ A Student Publication of New College this is death SAT FIASCO FIZZLES Rocky Swift The fallout of last week's SAT fiasco is beginning to take shape. The good news is that the hoopla is already starting to fizzle out. The immediate reaction to the April 5 Wall Street Journal article, which accused New College of bolstering average SAT scores to get a better ranking in guidebooks, was an onslaught of copycat articles in local that saw an attempt to tarnish New College's reputation. Typical was the headline in the USF Oracle on April 6 that bol;lly proclaimed "New College Cheats on SAT Scores." In an attempt to counter the negative publicity, New College personnel put together official responses to counter the allegations. In light of the responses, a new crop of articles appeared that grudgingly downsized their claims of corruption. The Oracle on April 7 merely suggested that "SAT Raises Questions," a considerably milder approach than their day old allegation of cheating. Even Time magazine got into the act with an article in last week's issue that basically reiterated the same facts. Then along came the editorials. The Sarasota-Herald Tribune editors chided New College by stating matter-of-factly, "It did misrepresent itself to score highly in the 1994 Money magazine rankings." Later in the piece, the editors observed that "the idea that colleges and universities, which are supposed to be dedicated to the honest pursuit of learning, would falsify information is troubling." A published leter to the editor from Dean Michalson appeared in the Tribune a few days later. It staled in part, "Your editorial spoke of the past practice as 'falsifying information.' Like the Wall Street Journal article, this suggests deliberate deception by previous administrators." Michalson tried to explain the reason for the practice of dropping the lower SAT scores. He noted that this practice used to exclude the "special admits" that were "bright students with dyslexia, foreign students with weak English skills, or students from impover ished urban backgrounds with poor mathematics training." Michalson goes on to say that, 'The past practice at New "FIASCO" CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 I Volume IV, Issue 27 April 18, 1995 BUDGE T CU TS APLENT Y Jake Reimer Florida House and Senate committees each tenta t ively approved appropriation proposals last week that will determine the state university system's budget for next year. The bills are very different in their specific allocations, but as expected, neither one much resembles to February's hypothetical 25% flat budget cut (see Catalyst Vol. 4 issue 25). And while debate about the final form of the proposal will take place in the legislature next week, it seems that New College's USF support has been spared from the legislative hatchet this time. In fact, the bill that gained approval from the House Appropriations Committee actually includes a I 0 9% increase over this year's spending base. Highlights of the bill include a 41 million dollar allocation for new enrollment, $18 million for salary increases, and authorization for a system-wide 10% tuition increase (that means us). On the other hand, the proposal on the floor of the Senate includes only a 1.46% budget increase-just enough to cover the university's commitment to an annua l pay raise and the costs demanded by next year's planned expansions. "CUTS" CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Inside This Issue Opinion .......................................... 2 Letters to the Editor ................................ 3 Center for Service Learning .......................... 5 Food Prices ....................................... 5 CIT Allocations ................................... 6 Dean Mike Stays ................................... 7 Student Government Meeting ......................... 8 The Asylum . .................................. 9 SemiNormal .................................... 10 Outside the Ivory Tower ............................ 11 Annou n cements ................................... 12


2 The Catalyst April 18, 1995 B-DORM FRUSTRATION Opinion by Ken Burruss The more I think about it, the more frustrated I become. No, I am not thinking about the took-six-months-to-complete Pei steps or the College Hall renovations, which so endeared the faculty to the school. No, I am referring to the future UP student center and what it will mean forB-donn. The center is planned to be home to an enlarged student lounge and University Program Student Alliance (UPSA) offices. It will give UP students somewher.! to hang out and work since C-lounge will soon be an adminislfative office. Ground breaking is to take place on July 1. C(>nstruction will last 9 months. I believe the UP student center is long overdue and I am glad that UP students are finally getting someplace to call their own. What I have a problem with is that this place will be an entire 8 feet away from B-donn. I live on the side of the donn that will be facing the construction. For the entire next school year, I can look forward to being waken up by jackhammers at 7 am in the morning. I can look forward to the sounds of machinery when I try to study. The students of B-donn found out about this largely on their own. No one bothered to inform us of this. No one has asked our opinions about this. No one bas offered to help or compensate or offset what will be an enormous disruption in our lives. B-donn residents are stiJI in shock about finding out about it. No one is sure what the outcome will be. There are many of us in B-donn who will be thesis students next year. Are these the conditions under which we are supposed to complete our ultimate New College projects, the ones upon which our graduations rest? Some students have complained about what an inconvenience living in Pei was while the steps were being worked on. I can only dread what B-dorm residents may go through next year. I do not know if this situation arose out of lack of foresight or lack of caring. I do not want to know. I want to know how I am supposed to be able to live in B-dorm next year. P O LICE LOG 4/3l0:12pm: Sgt. Shideler gave a verbal warning to a student smoking in Hamilton Center. 4/11-11: 14am: an unsecured bicycle was reported stolen from B dorm 4/13I 2:25pm: an unsecured bicycle of $270 value was reported stolen from Pei donn east. The Cataly s t General Editor: Ken Burruss Managing Editor: lien Zazueta-Audirac Staff Writers: Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift, Jake Reimer, Byron Hartsfield, Kate Fink and Meg Hayes. Layout: Kelcey Burns and Michael Hutch Business Manager: Anjna Chauhan and Adam Rains The Catalyst is also available on-line at Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James Reffell ( Co-Sponsored by Dean and Warden Michalson and Professor Vesperi Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possible, if not then in type, to Box 75, the Catalyst boxes across from Barbara Berggren's office, or mailed to: 5700 N Tamiami Trail, Box 75 Sarasota, FL 34243 The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space or clarity.


The Catalyst April18, 1995 3 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR RE: Student Coordinator Position My compliments to Kevin Arlyck for his letter lli!. March 21) concerning the position of Student Activities Coordinator for New College. I have no vested interest in the appointment of a Coordinator, and so my opinion as to whether or not the person in this position is a New College alum is largely, perhaps wholly irrelevant. Kevin s position on the subject, however, is worthy of note for its thoughtful, reasoned approach. I was particularly struck by his statement that "argu ments for the self-perpetuation of what certain people consider to be New College culture-conceal an eliust and xenophobic attitude towards others is born of fears and insecurities-." Now, some elitism may not be entirely a bad tl1ing. I can think of very little benefit to xenophobia, however, and what used to trouble me about the Campus (a great deal more in the past than today) is precisely the fears and insecurities. An enormous amount of energy is lost in unproductive ways because of them. Also, Kevin is right that the massive university bureaucracy does not really care about the day-to-day issues here and certainly is no monolithic creature intent on harming the College. Benign neglect would be a little closer to the mark. Trust me; I know whereof I speak. Kevin's letter testifies to a posture of responsibility and self-reliance that bespeaks the best of the New College experi ence, one that springs from fair and serious reflection rather than reaction, regardless of how threatening the "monster" may seem. I hear him asking us to approach our decision-making in an analytical, pro-active way that offers us the possibility of enriching our lives on the Campus rather than following a comfortable path that centripetal in nature and, perhaps even suspect in motivation. Sincerely, David P. Schenck Dean and Executive Officer Note From the Editor Due to a recent spate of long letters, the Catalyst has decided to start enforcing its word limit guideline for Letters to the Editor. In future, no letter will be printed that is over 300 words. About Exams ... In the last issue, the Catalyst published a letter from Andy Snyder that asked why we have exams at New College. I disagree with several of his points. One argument was that "requiring exams creates a fear-driven 'learning' style, rather than a joyous and self-motivated one. I'm sorry, but the only exams I have ever been afraid of were ones where I hadn't prepared myself the way I knew I should have Just because I have been instilled with the fear of Ruppeiner doesn't mean I don't love physics "You don t ask the questions that you want answered because you are too busy answering the questions that the professor wants answered. If I have a question and don't ask it until the professor or somebody in the class answers it to my satisfaction, it's my problem. We have professors because they know more about a subject than we do, and can tell us what we'll need to know about that subject. No, they're not always right; but they provide a starting point, from which we can agree, disagree, or whatever. At least we'll know enough to make an informed choice. "The point of syllabi shoul_? be that you can know which class sessions would be interesting to attend, with the understanding that you have better things to do than go to a lecture (or discussion) on some idea or reading material that doesn't interest you." I disagree here; that's the point ofiRPs, ISPs, and tutorials. It seems to me that the point of a regular class is to teach us an entire subject, not a few bits and pieces. Andy claims that New College students are "reading what other people want us to read, thinking about what other people want us to think about, and saying what other people want us to say." I have always thought my own thoughts and said my own words; exams have never stopped me from that (and that was what his Jetter was about, wasn't it?). At the beginning of his Jetter, Andy asks, "'Are exams the best way for the professor to figure out who is doing the reading?"' While he appears to answer in the negative, he never offers any alternatives. How is the professor supposed to tell who's doing the reading and who has enough of an understand ing of it to honestly sat the course? And how are students to be motivated to learn recalcitrant material, other than some sort of test or deadline or something? Perhaps if Andy offered reason able alternatives to the exams he so decries I would be able to see his position much better. Rachael Lininger


4 The Catalyst April 18, 1995 "FIASCO" CONT. FROM FRONT PAGE College was to exclude the test scores of special admits in calculating the average in order to present an accurate picture of the typical score of the vast majority of students." So what are the long term affects? "There hasn't been much fallout, commented Dean Michalson. Director of Admissions David Anderson concurred stating, "I don't think there will be much cleanup necessary. I think this will fizzle out." As to the future state of New College affairs, Anderson noted "I don't think its going to have an impact on the college's admissions." Anderson reports that this year's crop of applications has been very promising so far. Applications have been arriving in record numbers. The influence of college rankings cannot be underestimated, however, as Anderson points out that about half of the new applications note the Money magazine rating as an influence. Patti Straus, the magazine's relations director has noted that New Col;ege has not owed its high ranking to the altered scores. A n derson himself will be leaving New College no later than early August. Anderson as yet does not know where he will be going but believes that his options "will be many." The actual effect of this SAT hullabaloo on our own little campus has been minor. An investigation of New College reporting practices was made by J. Michael Peppers, the USF Inspector General, at the request of USF president Betty Castor. Peppers issued a memorandum to Castor dated April 10 about the results of his investigation The memo read, "I would like to acknowledge that Dr. Michalson and his staff were extremely cooperative and forthcoming with information and assistance during my visit." The report explained the reasons for the discontinued practice of not including the SAT scores of "special admits" which consequently raised the average scores of students admitted under regular criteria. The report stated that, "There was no indication that staff membe1 s attempted to conceal this practice ... Although New College still admits students of this type [referring to the "special : .. imits"], it discontinued the practice of excluding them from quantified reports after Fall 1993. It adopted the recommended practice of the National Association of College Admissions Co u nselors not to report mean and median test scores, but rather report 'bands' or ranges of scores."' Dean Michalson was pleased wit h the results of the report. He affirmed at a recent faculty meeting that: "It gives us a clean bill of health." He asserted once agai n "At no time was there any deception or falsification of information." "CUTS" CONT. FROM FRONT PAGE In addition, there are several conspicuous absences in the Senate Ways and Means Committee's proposed budget. If the commit tee has its way, libraries, university employees hoping for salary increases, and a proposed "distance learning" program will all go without next year. The bill says nothing about the proposed tuition increase because the committee "just forgot to talk about it". Along with about $25 million of direct cuts, the Senate plans to move more than $100 million into "performance incentive programs". For example, 35 of the 45 million dollars cut from academic research would be retained as a "Research Incentive" that would offer the university a chance to "earn back" a reduced level of funding by meeting "specific goals and outcomes that address state needs". The same would be the case for the university system's public service programs, $15 million would be cut and placed in a "Public Service Incentive" fund that would be allocated "based on specific measurable outcomes that address state public education needs". All in all, USF would absorb a disproportionate part of the financial burden created by the Senate p l an. Excluding the incentive program, almost 10% of state funding would be withdrawn. Interim Provost Michael Kovak remarked that the combination of budget cuts and reallocations proposed by the Senate would "change the entire mission of the university sys t em". So how will this all affect New College? Not as much as it might seem. "We won't be getting a budget c u t," said New College Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson, "in fact, there is every reason to believe that there may be an increase in academic related spending." He added that negotia tions with university officials "have give n them a better under standing of New College ... they are interested in investing in stabiiity here." TIMELESS MUSIC New & Used CO"s Vinyl Recofds & Cassettes Picture D iscs O ld Sheet Mus ic Ant i que Radi o s & R e co rd Pla yer s R ock V ide o s 5754 So u th T a miami Trail Satasota F L 34231 P hone: 9 4 1-922-8 66 1 F AX : 941-9 22-0696 Free Search Service any Medium


The Catalyst April 18, 1995 5 CENTER FOR SERVICE LEARNING FOOD PRICES RISE Meg Hayes The Center for Service Learning is in the process of compiling a database of volunteer organizations which seek New College student participation Student Activities Co Coordinator Kevin Arlyck says that while the database will not be available for student use until the end of the semester students interested in volunteer positions should contact him for assistance. Organizations in which students are involved include: the New College-Cohen Way tutoring program; Gulf Coast Legal Services Homelessness Prevention Project; Resurrection House, a day center providing facilities and services for the homeless to clean up for and find work; and the Hispanic-American Alliance. If students know of any organization which needs volunteers, they may contact Arlyck with the name of the organization, the positions to be filled or jobs to be done, a contact person and a phone number or address. This information will eventually become part of the database. Students who would like to initiate a chapter of a program that does not exist in the surrounding area should speak with the to-directors of the Center for Service Learning. These positions are not currently active but will be filled next year by Ashley Colvin and Jill Dorin. When final exams are over put PAK MAIL to the test Packing up and heading for home is a multiple choice problem_ But your best solution is PAK MAIL. We can custom package and crate everything from your high tech electronics, furniture and other fragile items to books and clothing. So no matter what your packaging and shipping needs are, PAK MAIL has the expertise and materials 10 ensure your belongings arrive quiddy and safely. And that's how the grade 4808 S. Tamiami Tr. At The Landings Sarasota, FL. (813) 921-2589 PAKfMII..e CENTffiS OF AMERICA We Ship Anything, Anywhere. Not The lbot The MOST Offict Byron Hartsfeild The food plan has changed Under the new plan which Marriott will initiate next year, on-campus returning students will have to buy two hundred fifty dol1ars per year more food card money than they would have been required to buy under the old plan The raise in rates will apply both to Pei and to B Dorm. Under the old plan, returning students living in the Pei dorms only had to purchase $1005 per year in food card money -the returning student" rate. First-years were required to buy the minimum plan" of $1255 a year B-Dorm residents (regardless of year) paid $805 Next year however, returning students will be required to buy the "minimum plan" as well. B Dorm residents will have to pay $1 055 per year Student Affairs Director Mark Johnson explained that the change was necessitated by the need to "generate a large enough financial base to support a major vendor." Marriott has already lost over thirty-six thousand dollars this year and is unlikely to serve New College again next year unless there is somehow more money to be gained. Finding another vendor might be difficult, especially with such a small financial base. However, Johnson feels that he can make it worth Marriott's while to stay with the college without compromising the students' interests. "We've already made major conces sions," he explained. The change in the meal plan was among these; it should provide Marriott with some twenty-five to thirty thousand dollars more per year in gross income. Also the university agreed to pay Marriott's utilities, which is indeed a "major concession" as Johnson has estimated that utilities for this year alone will cost Marriott some twenty-seven thousand dollars. Furthermore, New College will purchase twenty-five thousand dollars' worth of new equipment for the kitchen The college will replace one of the main cooking units. The steam unit "hasn't been working well, if at all." Johnson believes that the new equipment will improve food quality "dramatically." Johnson emphasized that only returning B-Dorm residents and students entering their third (or higher) year in Pei would actually have to buy more food next year than they did this year, and that the latter group will comprise only twenty-five percent of Pei residents. Students returning to Pei for their second years (another 25%) will merely have to pay the same rate next year that they did this year. Students entering their first years next year (who will probably comprise fully half of all Pei residents) will never notice the difference, he said


6 Kate Fink tudents gathered Ia t Tue day at a Town M eting to di cu alloc. tions of Capita l Improvement Tru. t fund for the 1996-97 chool year. The CIT award annual funding for new buildings and renovation on campu CSA Sujean Chon and University Program Student Alliance representativ had determined the allocation on the Thor day before the Town Meeting. Since she received litt l e prior notice of the Thursday m eti n g, and could find no other CSA representatives to attend, Chon aid she felt the alloca tion had been made strongly in favor of the UPSA. "As it turned out, I got pretty much outvoted on everything," Chon said. However, Chon called for another meeting to di cu the allocation after she could get more student input This m eting wa held I a t Wedn sday. Two budget' were ent to the CIT: 01 e in "ca h only" form, which totaled 367,000, and one in "bon.led and ca h" form, which totaled 557,000. Chon said repre entatives had to end proposal in both form because th y have yet to fin d out which type of funding the CIT wil l offer. The largest allocation in the CIT proposal was 200,000 for the new West Side tudent Center, which will be located between Bdorm and Bay hore Drive. New of the student center' location urpn ed many t udents. "Iju t feel like, being a B-donn resident... this is really omething that mo t peop l e living at B-donn would be opposed to. I'm just urpri ed this wasn't brought to actention earlier," Ben Wolkov aid. Groundbreaking for the tudent center, which had a l ready received CIT funding for it fir t stage of con truction, i scheduled to be "in a few month ,"according to Chon. In "cash only" form, $52,000 were allocated for flattening the acintosh Lab and buying furniture to accommo date twelve more computer in the lab. In th "bonded and cash" ver ion, th committet' allocated $78,000, which would addi lionally co er the cost of the twelve new comp.ner "We put in [more money} s uming thai we can use CIT money to buy twelve new computer ... we don't know that for ur ,"Chon said. AI o in the "bonded and cash version was an allocatio n for $45,000, covering renovations to the Pub l ications Office. This would include buying twelve new computers for the Publication Office, and taking out the wall between th Publication Office and the Equipment Room to create pace for the computers. Sludent at the Town eeling voted chat this allocation be cut in half, taking out the wall removal f om th plan. Some uggested that the new computers be put in what i current l y th NCSA oftice. Some students doubted that buying 24 new Macinto h computers was necessary. But according to former Macinto h Lab Coordinator Ari Wein tein, "Th reality is that the dminis tration want 650 student here ... there are so many people who don't have the money to put a $2,000 computer in their room Student houldn't have lo buy their own machines.'' Others favored putting the Macinlo hes from the Publication Office and Macinto h Lab in one location, to cut down the cost of renovating two locations and running lines from one location to the other for Internet. The remaining money from the Publication. Of 1ce project was combined w1th $50,000 originally allocated for the We t Side Student Center in the "bonded and cash" proposal, to be used for a" ound reduction project," aimed at reduc1ng noise from Wa1ls and PCP th t e capes to urrounding neighbor hood In addit i o n an allocation of $7,000 for poo l deck lights, which would have been in addition to the required lights already purchased by t he Fitne Center, was replaced at last Wedne day' meeting with an allocation for the same amount towards a boathouse by -Old Capl e Among other allocations in propo al submitted to the CIT were 50,000 ($97,000 in the "bonded and cash" version) to renovate the Barn, which would be turned into a student-run coffeehou e on campu The Barn currently hou es Social Sciences offices. The Social Sciences divi ion will move to Bonseigneur Hou e when it is renovated. The committee also allocated $22,000 for repair to the roof in Hamilton Center, and 3,000 for air conditioning in t h e Bike Shop. SAN FRANCISCO SIYl.E HEALTHY MEXICAN FOOD 1 430MainSt. Saruota. Fl. 34231 366-94.39 FAXJ66.95J8 Put your ad i n The Catal yst. C a ll 3 55 9196 for mo e informa t ion


The Catalyst April 18, 1995 7 DEAN NUKE IS STAYING Graham Strouse Perhaps it had something to do with the prospect of having to hunt whales for their blubber and root for teams with names like "The Monk Seals Or maybe he s just happy here, as he claimed in an interview at his Cook Hall office last Thursday, April 13. Regardless, the fact remains that Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike Michalson plans to stay at New College after declining an offer to be provost at Minnesota's MacAllister College In the process the dean defused growing rumors amidst New College faculty and students that he might leave the school. "I like it here," Michalson said in a recent interview. "The good days are very good. Everyone has bad days." Bad enough to consider saying goodbye to New College? He's not leaving Michalson resronded matter-of-factly to the rumors that other major liberal arts schools court his servieP.s. "Correct," he replied when questioned whether it was true that other institutions, including MacAllister and Brown University, sent callers his way. "And I'm not leaving." "The school's you mentioned are relevant. My one firm offer was to be provost at MacAllister College and I declined," he continued. Michalson also made Oberlin College's short list of three for the position of Dean of Arts and Sciences. Brown inquired about hiring him as dean but never offered him a job. "I get approached a lot about other opportunities," he said; apparently to dismiss the seriousness of the rumors regarding his imminent departure. Michalson did consider the MacAllister offer seriously, however-seriously enough that the school sent a retired F.B.I. agent to do a background check on him. The agent left dissapointed. "When he left, he told me, 'You dull life, don't you?'" Michalson said A Generous Offer USF, eager to keep New College's Dean and Warden and resident Kant expert, negotiated an agreement with Michalson for the dean to stay after MacAllister offered him their provost position. The deal includes a year of paid leave "when he joins the faculty full-time," according to a memo Michalson circulated the Friday, April 14. Furthermore, to help ease fears about possible spending cuts at New College USF shook hands on a pact with the dean whereby it agrees not to cut New College s funding next year i f the Florida State Senate s proposed 140 million dollars in budget cuts becomes law In return USF gets a guarantee from Michalson that he'll decline the MacAllister offer USF retains Michalson's services New College retains it s budget, which is a good thing. After the 1975 merger, USF absorbed the bulk of the smaller school's operating expenditures, leaving a skeletal budget consisting mostly of faculty and personel salaries, a budget with a very low ceiling and few non essential expenditures. [For up-to-date coverage of the budget situation, see Jake Reimer's story on front page-ed.] SAC MINUTES Monday, Aprilll, 1995 members in attendance: Sara Kuppin Amy Laitinen, Tracie Merritt, Adam Stone (chair), Rocco Maglio, Meg Moore, Jake Reimer, Stephanie Weiss all votes except where noted unanimous the meeting went as follows: Eater [sic] Egg Hunt: Sara Kuppin was allocated $30.48 Art Reception: Kelly Clark was allocated $40 for food at reception. Play: $150 was allocated to Andrea Kurak, Doug MacDonald, Meg Hayes, Jen Payne and Noah Teitlebaum, for set prices and costumes CITfunding: Ari Weinstein went over the proposed uses for the CIT funds, available in 1997 and possibly adding up to half a million dollars The next Towne Meeting will be devoted to decided how these funds should be allocated. BikeShop: was allocated $350. Dance Performance: Craig Wilse was allocated $40 for food at the reception. Classics Journal: Matt Amati was allocated $150 for printing expenses. Thesis Colloquium: $75 was allocated to Kevin A. for food at the 5 colloquiums. Play$90 was allocated to supplement the previous a1location of $265 for "Endgame." Sara Kuppin abstains. Spanish Dinner Club: $35 was allocated, for 3 meetings, to Amanda. Passover Seder: $80 was allocated to Adam Stone. SAC will now meet at 9:15 on Mondays. Heather Oliver was hired as Equipment Room Guru and Wall Czar. Music Therapy: Curtis Hayes was allocated $230 for the plane ticket.


8 The Catalyst April 18, 1995 STUDENT GOVERNMENT MEETING Contributed by Nick Napolitano After the Towne Meeting ended last Tuesday, I coordinated a meeting between the various student government representa tives and the student body. The purpose of the meeting was to give reps a chance to inform students about developing issues in their respective committee/division and then poll student opinion on those issues. The meeting also afforded the student body an opportu nity to bring their concerns to the forefront Many importaPt topics were discuss1 : d, which I will list here for the benefit of those who were unable to attend. Humanities Division: What background should the tenure track replacement in the Harkin line possess? Prose creative writing and literary theory were two strong suggestions. Is it possible to have a faculty exchange with Ringling School of Art? Professor Knox has received professor emeritus status. Social Sciences: Possible dinner early next term to welcome the new professors-international relations, French, and math. Hiring adjunct professors with OPS money to teach courses not usually offered, for example Abnormal Psych. One such visiting professor will teach Ro l e Playing next term. Education Policy: New College will soon be making efforts to "internationalize" the curriculum. What does this mean and how will it affect course offerings? The committee is also discussing whe her or not every course needs a standard ized syllabus (as an accreditation committe,.:: has suggested), should there be a standard by which to differentiate between "good" and "bad" contracts, and are new faculty properly advising students in the use of the contract? Committee Chair Snyder has said "We're always interested in hearing informed student opinion about these issues." Stude n t Life: Plans are being made to initiate monthly discussions between students and faculty. These shou l d begin next term. This Wednesday (April 19th), there will be a student/faculty luncheon. There was a suggestion to have the future Student Life Coordinator chair the Student Life Committee. Housing: Should phone lines be installed in every room? The meeting was somewhat divided on this issue. Advisory rep Oliver Luby mentioned the outside possibility of purchasing the Ramada for dom1 space, as well as the Crosley Estate. Admissions: According to David Anderson, the committee has not met in over two years. Students at the meeting agreed that admissions is of great importance to student life. Through the committee, students could infl u ence which factors weigh more heavily in admissions decisions. Many expressed a desire to have students directly involved in actual admission decisions. Food Service: Marriott will in fact be here next year. Would a suggestions box be effective? What is their recycling policy and is it properly implemented? Library: Although the committee currently cannot influ ence what periodicals/books/magazines/etc. are carried by the library, most students at the meeting agreed that it should become a committee power. New Co ll ege Cafe: The Barn has been offered as site of an on-campus cafe, whose purpose is to promote informa l student/faculty interaction outside of the classroom. An architect has already been contracted. Student labor will be needed for construction. If you're interested in helping on any level, contact Meg Hayes. Next year, a proposed Student Government News l etter will keep the student body informed and aware of Student Govern ment activities. This will be greatly facilitated by re-forming the Academic Affairs Council (AAC), and would a l so allow the various committees to work tc,gether on overlapping issues If you would l ike to comme n t o n any of these or previously u n mentioned iss u es, you are encouraged to direct them to the proper student representative, there is a list of committee representatives posted in Ham Center.


The Catalyst April 18, 1995 9 TO BYTE OR NOT TO BYTE Graham Strouse I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by modems, starving, lobotomized, sleepless, dragging themselves through the sprawling web at dawn, searching for a naked gif. .. You've seen the junkies-the pale-faced creatures who stumble out to the cafeteria at 8 AM, weaving by the disturb ingly fresh-faced Nat-Sci people who are walking into Ham Center to grab a bagel before their morning classes. The junkies are on their way out. They sway back to their dorm rooms to grab some sleep before heading off to a 12:30 class they're not ready for. keyword indicating the page he wants to go to, and the Net transfers him there faster than you can say "Mitzilplick." It's simple. It's elegant. For the easily addicted or distracted, it can be too simple. You sit down, open up the New College homepage, click on YAHOO or The Catalyst, or maybe type in the URL for a friend's home page. Then you get ... distracted. You may find yourself on alt.pyro-necro-homo nympho-klepto acro-bestiality, chatting it up under an assumed name of the opposite sex with someone who probably should be There was a time once, not long ago, when the Publica-A NOTE FROM MR. ETIQUETTE seeking counseling. At the very least, the sexless twit ought to get off his/her/its butt, grab a burning tions Office was a quiet place to go to write papers, uncoil one's nerves, maybe lose a few hours playing SimCity or Lunatic Fringe. We had our Mac Classics, our LC, and we liked 'em. Mr. Etiquette would like to remind courteous MUDders, MUSHers, MUCKers, e-Mailers and hunk of same-sex rump-roast, charter a plane and do the deed. Civiliz.ationers to look out for the welfare of those who are attempting (however foolishly) to do aca demic work in the Publications Office. Should you Or you may find yourself in a Denver-based goth-page, down loading jpg's of Morrisey and discussing the finer points of shrooms, scrolling through an angst-filled high school poetry zine that would make you toss see one of these poor souls hanging helplessly around, Then came the Power Mac, a quad of Quadra's, and finally, to the finger-tingling delight of every computer addict on campus, Netscape Instead of casting covetous eyes at your Quadra, Mr. Etiquette feels it would be most proper of you to surrender it to him. Do pay especial attention to the thesis students; they are often desperate and can be dangerous. having to wait in dismal silence for one of the eight Jines on campus to unclog and allow a new user to log in, Netscape allows addicts too simply traipse into the graffiti stained lab, pounce on a mouse, and Wallah --instant access to the Net. For some, it's been a godsend. The Net provides a wealth of raw information, entertainment, r ewsgroups, and really neat pictures on r every subject irrtaginable. Virtu (our Unix server) lets you reach out and touch Zaire without having to sell your llama to pay off GTE. That's the upside. The downside, which many of us have discovered, is that the Net has this peculiar tendency to devour your soul. It's a lot like love. It can make you or it can break you. You can get anything you want at the World Wule Restaurant ... The World Wide Web is a hypertext environment created to facilitate travel through the Net. A hypertext page is simply any computer based text linked to one or more other texts through the use of highlighted keywords. All the websurfer (like, web's up dude!) has to do to move about is to click the your cookies if you had any cookies left to toss since you haven't eaten since last Tuesday. You may find yourself in A Multi-User Shared Hallucination. You may find yourself in a Multi-User Dungeon, hacking and slashing through the flesh less imagination of a 10 year old's idea ofD&D. I know a few MUDheads who spend so much time linked in to the Net that they make my own addiction to primi tive, pen-and-paper role playing games seem trivial by compari son. They're in there every night, hacking through pixillated fiends in one window and holding down two or three discussions with similarly afflicted cyber-junkies on the other. There are no dice involved. Odd, I feel cold all of a sudden. Eventually, it hits you: This is not my beautiful pizza box-littered, roach-filled, moldy dorm room. This is not my beautiful life. To byte or not to byte That Hamlet and his dichotomies. He's such a modern "BYTE" CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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