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THE CATALYST. A Student Publication of New College It's not just an education, it's bloody combat. Volume IV, Issue 29 May 2, 1995 BDORM SAGA CONTINUES Kate Fink USF Dean and Executive Officer David Schenck will discuss the West Side Student Center's location with students at a meeting tentatively scheduled for May 1 L The meeting is in response to student concern over the center's proximity to B dorm. "I'm upset that students in B-dorm are upset," Schenck said. "I think ... that we should get together." The dean said he became aware of opposition to the student center's location when he read an editorial by Ken Burruss in the April 18 issue of The Catalyst. He later received a memo signed "The B-dorm Action Committee," which detailed B-dorm residents' concerns about the noise that they expect the construction and subsequent use of the center will generate. According to Campus Architect Rick Lyttle, current plans for the student center indicates that it and B-dorm will be about 25 feet apart at their closest points. The site is northeast of B-dorm. Groundbreaking is scheduled for mid to late July. "Our goal right now is to find other locations that are suitable," B-dorm resident Craig Willse said. Willse and Ashley Colvin, another B-dorm resident met with Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson last week to discuss their options. They came up with a site directly west of Palmer E building, where there is adequate space and no mature trees, two factors that had been important in previous planning. Schenck admits that he is hesitant about changing the location now. "If we do that, then we've really got to start a process all over again," he said. "We'd have to have a pretty good reason to change it now." Schenck also emphasized that New College students have been involved in the student center's planning since it began. In a memo sent to Schenck dated May 12, 1993, the Space Committee, which then included New College students Andy Snyder and Cynthia Harrington, recommended the West Side Student Center's location by an 8 to 1 vote. Among the disadvantages listed under the proposal for this site was, "The site is close to B dorm, and would disrupt the pedestrian path from the dorm to the gate [at Dort Drive and Bayshore Drive]." "1 kind of wish now that I'd thought more about how it would impact B-dorm," Snyder said of the Space Committee's recommendation. Snyder said t hat if he had realized how close the student center would be to B-dorm, he would not have voted for the location. "The main thing we were considering at the time was the amount of trees that would have to be cut down," he said. The committee also considered three other locations, all in the proximity of the Palmer buildings where University Program classes and offices are largely based. The location behind Palmer D offers enough space for the building, and requires cutting down few trees. It was also chosen for its aesthetic appeal because of it's spatial relation to Jane Bancroft Cook Library. The student center's north wall would line up with that of the library. Schenck said he made other attempts to include New College in planning for the student center, citing a memo he sent to Michalson on December 8, 1994, requesting that Michalson solicit participation of New College students for the Building Committee, and a similar request sent to the New College Student Alliance on March 16. The appearance of the student center still creates confusion. Maps from the Master Plan indicate the building as being rectangular, while other drawings have revealed a slanted side facing the north There is additional concern over the newly-funded phase II of the student center, which could bring the center even c l oser to B-dorm. I n s id e T his Issu e Editorial .......................................... 2 Letters to the Editor ................................. 3 Gender Studies ..................................... 4 Remembering the Holocaust .......................... 5 A Tribute to Bob K n ox ............................... 6 Michalson Open Forum .............................. 7 Mr. Etiquette ....................................... 8


2 The Catalyst May 2, 1995 EDITORIAL How many of you knew the Master Plan proposes the following campus alterations? "The residence growth will require expansion of social and dining space in Hamilton Center, eventually displacing classroom uses in Hamilton North [Hamilton classrooms]." "The plan recommends the acquisition of the Circus Hall of Fame site for the purpose of consolidating holdings along Route 41 to the Viking property and gaining land contiguous to the academic case." "The residential consolidation on the East Campus will permit the removal of residence space in Palmer B [B-dorm] and its conversion to academic use. Similarly, the Viking Complex can be re-used for ancillary or temporary academic, administra tive and storage purposes as the beds in that area are relocated to the East Campus." That's just on one page. The point of this pop quiz is to let students know that they ought to read the Plan. It is available on reserve at the circulation desk of the library, and there is little stopping us from spending a few minutes looking over it. The Plan includes the blueprint for what's happening on campus in the way of construction and new buildings for the next ten years. More importantly, it also tells you where. It is broken up into different sections for different aspects of campus, includes maps showing future building sites, and even includes information on environmental impact of any new construction. Knowing what it says could prevent future confusion like the kind now centering around the west campus student center. Furthermore, being able to know exactly what the Master Plan says about any given structure will give students more concrete information for dea]jng with the administration. Being able to list points of contention with the Plan to adminis trators is oh so much better than simply scrawling one's opinion of the Plan in chalk on the overpass. This is our home. Take pride in it, take concern in it, and educate yourself about it. The Master Plan is easily readable. So read it. Corrections In the article "STUDENT/FACULTY DINNER" from last week's issue Professor David Mullins was identified as Tony Mullins. In last week's LETTERS TO THE EDITOR the name Meike Niederhausen was misspelled. The Catalyst apologizes for these errors. 3913 Brown Avenue Sarasota, Fl 34231 Voice/Fax (813) 365-3658 Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.5 p.m. Closed Sunday 10% DISCOUNT OFF PURCHASE WITH STUDENT I.D. The Catalyst 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 Managers: Anjna Chauhan and Adam Rains The Catalyst is also available on-line at http://www.sar.usf edu/-reffell/catalyst/catalyst.html Direct inquiries/submissions to our Computer Guy, James Reffell ( Co-Sponsored by Dean and Warden Michalson and Professor Yes peri Letters to the Editor should be submitted on disk if possible, if not then in type, to the Catalyst boxes across from Barbara Berggren's office, or mailed to 5700 N Tamiami Trail, Box 75, Sara ota, FL 34243. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space or clarity.


The Catalyst May 2, 1995 3 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A Modest Proposal ... There has been, of late, much discussion on the matter of exams. In his letter opening the debate, Andy Snyder (Cata lyst, April!!) asserts that, "You don't answer the questions that you want answered because you are too busy answering the questions that the professor wants answered In the following week s issue Rachael Lininger replies, "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." It appears that the problem with having exams is their tendency to limit student focus, and the problem with not having them is the elimination of a key professorial evaluation tool. New College is a liberal arts school, and as such it is reasonable that we expect a certain breadth of curriculum On the other hand, New College is also an alternative school which boasts of "no core requirements With these ideas in mind, I have developed the following modest proposal: Adopt a single New College exam which covers all disciplines, testing basic knowl edge while allowing latitude for students' individuality and creativity. Below is my suggested list of eight questions: 1. Discuss the causal relationship between evil and bad things. 2. Invent a language. You may use the Roman alphabet, minus the letters A, E, I, 0, and U. You may use Y if you staple $20.00 to your exam. 3. Translate Chaucer's "Parliament of Fowls" into said language. Include Marxist allegory. 4. Analyze the U.S. economy in terms of money. Offer solutions 5. Choose any nove l by Charles Dickens Estimate the I.Q. of each character. Defend any estimations higher than 75. Use the data you genera t e to disprove ''The Bell Curve." 6. Explain how physics affects movement. Do not use verbs in your answer. 7. Demonstrate how Catholicism differs from atheism, particularly in terms of how each conceives of God 8. Discuss Life. Evaluate as good or bad. Give examples. Be specific. Omit nothing. You have forty minutes. P l ease begin. As can be seen, this exam is i n terdiscip linary and cross-divi sional. I urge the New College faculty to adopt it immediately and to abolish all other testing procedures. Matt Grieco Student Affairs Coordinator Position (Again) At risk of absurdly prolonging this situation, I feel compelled to respond to Dean Schenck's letter in the 18 April issue of the Catalyst and perhaps clarify my own thoughts on what I termed to be "an elitist and xenophobic attitude" among New College students. Although I appreciate Dean Schenck's complimentary words, I believe my ideas have been misrepre sented in order to make a point that I do not support. I did not mean to imply that New College is never the victim of USF bureaucratic mismanagement, and neither would I characterize the USFTampa attitude towards New College as being one of benign neglect," as Dean Schenck does. I imagine that many in Tampa would like for New College to be swallowed whole into the university; not out of maliciousness, but for reasons of bureaucratic convenience. Furthermore the attitude I deplore among NC students is not the fear of USF, but the self-important posture that disrespects all others. Despite what the NCSA Constitution says, Palm Court is most certainly nQt the Center of the Uni verse, and elitism, as I define it is always a bad thing. However, I do not appreciate the fact that Dean Schenck used my words to chastise New College students for past indiscretions. The implication behind my previous comments is definitely not that NC students' fears regarding USF (including its presence on this campus) are inherently "irresponsible" or "unproductive." Rather, I am concerned that some students may be resistant to new ideas because they feel that nobody from the outside has anything worthwhile to offer to New College. This is an unfortunate and narrow-minded attitude, but Dean Schenck's insinuation that this elitism has been the cause of much of the tension that has historically existed on this campus is no t one with which I agree Buy Se ll Trade Kevin Arlyck Downtown Sarasota 1488 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 U.S. A Open 7 Days A Week (813) 366-1373


4 The Catalyst May 2, 1995 GENDER STUDIES AT NEW COLLEGE Meg Hayes The first of two pieces on the topic of the Gender Studies at New College Despite being one of the more progressive schools in the nation new College cannot claim to have a functioning gender studies program and many students have decided that this needs to change. Third-year students Mala Go hal and Amy Laitinen, and second-years Arin Mason and Craig Willse have created a tutorial sponsored by Professor Andrea Dimino in order to brainstorm and implement plans to initiate an official gender studies program here at New College One of their present projects i the drafting of a program of study for the concentration of gender studies as a joint discipline. The four involved in the tutorial have been speaking with students, faculty and administration and compos ing lists of people who are qualified to teach or lead discussions on the various subjects composing a gender studies program. The overall goal is to facilitate students' efforts at gender studies, whether that be their area of concentration or simply a subject of interest. Willse reported that the group hopes in part to validate and legitimize the classes and tutorials that many students want to take by making gender studies into an official area of concen tration. He said that many professors won't sponsor projects that identify themselves as gender studies because they believe that gender issues are supposed to be integrated into other subjects. While Wiltse agrees strongly with this proposition, he feels that gender issues are not, unfortunately a part of many classroom discussions Goshal explained further, saying, "I feel that it is possible to focus on gender in a lot of classes here, but most students are hesitant to do so because they feel that they don't have enough background. If we had an introduction to gender studies class, students [might] feel much more able to pursue more advanced studies on their own." "There are official fields of study here at New College which few students participate in," Willse said, "whereas gender studies, which is not officially offered at ew College, is an area in which a whole lot of students from a large number of disci plines take part Laitinen agreed, adding that most of the concentrations have had theses which incorporated or simply built off of various themes from gender studies. She stated that the theses were not labeled as such because the tudents didn't know that the discipline was available to them as an area of concentration. One of the candidates for the French position opening up next year, Marie-Claire Barnet also has a rich background in gender studies. She has expressed desire to teach a feminist theory course one of the classes which is required for the gender studies program and for which we currently have no qualified professor. Barnet's area of expertise is based in 20th century studies of literature, and feminist and gender theory. Some students have mentioned that having her as faculty may prove vital to a successful gender studies program. The group plans on speaking with professors at USF, MCC and Eckerd about the gender studies pro g rams at those schools and perhaps asking if they would like to teach at New College in their areas of proficiency. They would also like to see an introductory course sometime in the near future in which many professors will teach and lead discussions on whichever gender topics hold their interest. 4808 S. Tamiami Tr. At The Landings (813) 921-2589 CENTERS OF AMERICA We Ship Anything,


The Catalyst May 2, 1995 5 REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST Graham Strouse and Rocky Swift Olga Druckner's lived in a lot of places. She grew up in Germany, moved to England when she was young, and moved again moved to New York when she was 17. She's seen the world by automobile, plane and train. One of those train-trips may have saved her life. It was just before the war--a memorable rumble that started in the heart of Hitler's Reich and ended in Churchill's England. Druckner was a Jewish child, one of 10,000 whose mothers, fathers, aunts, and uncles perceived Hitler's appetite for destruction, and sent their school-aged children to England to escape being murdered. That trip eventually became the genesis for Druckner's first published novel, Kinder Transport, a children's book describing her flight from the Fatherland. It even made her a little famous among those who remember the Holocaust. Kinder Transport Druckner's parents had some difficulty getting them selves out of Germany prior to the war. Nevertheless, they held one face down trump for their children. Anticipating the danger of living as Jews in a state that frowned upon yarmalkas and synagogues, they had the foresight to book passage for Olga and her brother on the "kinder transport", a not-so-underground railroad which saved the lives of a small fraction of Germany's under-17 Jewish population. Druckner spoke about the swollen anti-semitism of Pre-war Germany. She related her perceptions of Krystalnacht (traditionally, and somewhat inaccurately, translated as "The Night of Broken Glass"), when German mobs spurred on by Hitler's brown shirts put the torch to thousands of Jewish houses and businesses. Owners and proprietors were beaten and even killed. The Nazis arrested every German male over 16 they could find, including Druckner's father. She described her mother's attempts to locate her husband. Druckner's sickly, emaciated father was released from the Dachau prison camp six weeks later on the condition that he leave the country. Some parents were so desperate to get their children on the train they passed over their infants and toddlers to older children already booked for passage on the train. Druckner's grandmother saw her off at the train station and gave her a tiny German/English dictionary before she left. She later died in the Jerazin concentration camp. But the shadow of Nazism even followed the children there. German officers, many of whom were more than a little ill-tempered, accompanied the children on the trip. This made no sense to her. "It was bad enough seeing them walking up and down in their boots and their uniforms looking very intimidating", she said. Of the 10,000 children on the train, about 9,000 ended up orphaned, she said in a subsequent interview. Back in Germany, another one-and-a-half million were orphaned, she noted. Druckner was not among them she was one of the lucky ones. Druckner and her brother did reach England safely and stayed with a Jewish foster family. She was greeted at their home with two English words that she would hear very fre quently during her stay in the U.K: "Some tea?" She was later moved to a Christian boarding school and evacuated again to the English midlands when World War II broke out. She immigrated to America in 1945 and moved to New York, though she and her brother became separated. Her brother settled in Sarasota. Picking up Accents Thjs is the point in the story where most journalists, novelists, and poets introduce the plot twist; the point at which some miserable vicissitude befalls the heroine, and wrenches the reader's heart. The again, sometimes life does not follow art. Druckner settled in New York, returned to high school to get her diploma at age 17. The American idiom set well in her tongue and now there is not a trace of German in her accent. "I pick up accents and dialects wherever we go," she admitted. The other half of the "we" she referred to is her husband. "We met through some friends"', she said. More specifically, they met at an eatery called Nedick's that had just opened. Druckner and her beau fell in love over ice cream. They have three children of their own and one grandchild. "My husband was in the television business", she said. "He's now retired. He's an engineer." Druckner also got her bachelor's degree. At 39, with her children growing or grown, she enrolled at New York's Adelpha College where she matriculated with a degree in "HOLOCAUST" Continued on page 9


6 The Catalyst May 2, 1995 A TRIBUTE TO BOB KNOX Contributed by Doug Berggren For thirty years now, Bob has been for me a telling and endearing oxymoron: a patrician anarchist, a logocentric pyrrhonist, or-less pretentiously put-an activist with class. As the recent flood of e-mail messages from alums around the world makes abundantly clear, Bob has managed to inspire two generations of students with a deep love of fine literature. One person wrote, "I can still hear your voice reading Faulkner. For me, a teenaged Yankee, you, your voice, and Faulkner were my first exposure to the South-to its mystery and beauty and sadness-Thank you, Dear Dr. Knox, for Faulkner and Proust and James-those masters of long sentences and forgotten manners." Besides instilling the ability to appreciate quality, Bob has continually challenged everyone who has worked with him, both students and faculty, to try to achieve quality as well. Another former student claimed that "You were by far the best professor/teacher I ever had, on any educational level and in any field, and your love of literature had a lot to do ..... with the reason I became a writer." Indeed, Bob's challenge has been to achieve quality not only in one's art, but also in one's life. "It wasn't just that you are an excellent teacher and your classes always challenging and enlightening. "It wasn't just the extent of your knowledge ..... Most of all, it was that you are a 'gentlemen' in the best sense of the word. I mean that you cared about your students as whole people, not just as intellects. Also you were respectful, encouraging, and kind in your relationships to us struggling scholars. To me you are still the finest model of an excellent teacher." Another wrote, "Perhaps most important to me as a developing scholar/person was the respect you accorded me from our first meeting ..... You always spoke to me as a peer, giving praise and criticism with equal honesty. Much of the confidence I now have in my work comes from the latitude you gave me to experiment and grow intellectually." And yet another recognized that Bob's "diligence was a subtle kind of encourage ment, a way of subliminally telling me 'Your ideas are worthy, your project is worthy, you are worthy.' As I attempt to enter the field of college teaching, I can take away with me the under standing of what a teacher truly is and truly does for his/her students. I can only hope that I can begin to approach the dignity and class that characterized every single interaction that I ever had with you. I am proud to have had the chance to work with you and I am humble in the shadow of your example." As the e-mail messages make equally clear, the alums have been no less thankful for the way in which Bob has always staunchly defended student rights along with literary quality, or has continually opposed any form of authoritarianism. "You consistently supported students' rights in the various faculty and campus community discussions in which you participated. You were consistently the voice of fairness and reason in faculty debates, and I have studied and hope to emulate the disarming politeness and straightforwardness with which I have seen you calm some outright intolerance ..... You have been a model for me, in terms of the ethics of teaching, in a number of ways." In this same vein, another recalled "I believe it was in 1967 that the late Paul Goodman came to campus and gave a talk accusing New College students of being coddled and inauthentic. Your stirring defense of the student body put Goodman thoroughly in his place. When the applause had died down, a friend whispered to me, 'It's at times like this when Knox becomes Superknox."' I would only add that Bob has continually fought for faculty rights with equal vigor. In the 60s, he even gave moral support to the local teachers' strike against the school board, for the needs of their students. I have never seen him cowed by a false and repressive sense of propriety. Quite the contrary, his dogged stance against any abuse of authority has often been articulated with the kind of bite that some might find offensive. I suspect, for example, that Paul Goodman was not too amused whenhaving asked the students and faculty why they wouldn't discuss the poetry of his that he had just read-Bob answered, "We were trying to be polite." Nevertheless, I can also honestly say that I have never seen Bob abandon a certain tone of civility, or descend from matters of policy to personalities. His forthright attempts to vindicate the rights of the individual have never been vindictive. So, I am sad for the college, as well as for myself, that "TRIBUTE" Continued on page 9

The Catalyst May 2, 1995 7 OPEN FORUM WITH DEAN MICHALSON Contributed by Nick Napolitano The student body was given an opportunity to talk with Dean and Warden "Mike" Michalson at an Open Forum. Between thirty and forty attended the meeting. The forum opened with a question from second-year SAC member Stephanie Weiss about "the whole SAT thing Said Michalson "We didn't say 'We've been cheating-let's not get caught' We went to a method where we reported ranges Michalson went on to say "I don't like SATs that much to begin with ... I'm much more interested in [students] who have taken on a task, shown initiative." So why not eliminate SAT scores from the admissions process? "Some faculty oppose that. I think some faculty like tradition" explained Michalson. Talk then turned to David Anderson. Students wanted to know why he was leaving, to which Michalson replied "He can speak for himself," although he later offered that the position required "too much work and not enough money." Construction of the UP Student Center was one of the forum's recurring themes. B-dorm residents Craig Willse, Konnie Kruczek, and Ashley Colvin raised several important points [see front page for story]. NCSA president uJean Chon supplied blueprints which greatly aided the discussion. Members of a Fiction Workshop took a break from their work to voice their hope that Professor Harkin's replacement wou l d have a strong backgro u nd in prose creative writing. Michalson told them to "get in line," explaining that many interest groups are seeking l imited faculty reso u rces. Ashley Colvin, Center for Service Learning (CSL) coordinator, inquired as to how money is obtained from Tampa Co l vin was informed that Interim Provost Mike Kovac is currently preparing a presentation on just that subject. T h e forum then pondered how serious New College is about educating the whole student. Should the curriculum encourage more off-campus and community study? Does the contract system discourage more than encourage a more diversi fied education? Michalson was asked why alumni weren't more involved with ed u cating the current New College student body According to Konnie Krucze k there was a program started two years ago in which an alum taught a course each mod. This year, various wo r kshops run by a l umni have replaced that practice. For the next half hour, the forum e n gaged in what became a deba t e about the Student Life Coordinator position. Conflict centered around whether or not t h e job should be filled for one year by an alum from the graduating class or by someone from "the outside" on a more permanent basis. The decision remains unanswered, with the school year rapidly reaching its end Michalson suggested that a "Super RA" position might offset some of the undue slack borne by Tim Richardson as well as bolster the RA staff. The "New College Cafe" is scheduled to occupy the Barn while Social Science offices will be moved to the Bonsigneur House. The Cafe will be student run, which many students saw this as an experiment to determine whether or not students could eventually run the cafeteria service in Hamilton Center. Michalson then addressed several questions concerning campus space. It seems that Zinns (that abandoned restaurant across the street from Shell) is owned by New College. Nothing has been done with it because it is condemned. Zinns will be demolished sometime in the future, to make way for a land scaped welcome point for the campus. The possibility of closing off US 41 at Bayshore was mentioned by Michalson. Everyone seemed to agree that this would be a good idea, and would offer more of a closed campus "FORUM" Continued on page 9 (/) ..... (/) (1) !..... (1) ..... c -0 >, ..... (/) !..... (1) > 0 _e ..... ro (1) ..c c ::) c ro (/) (/) (1) (/) c.. ::J 0 >"Call tt you're lost or confused, we understand. OUr stllff is ready to serve you. Just don't rllltke: eny sudden movements and ... it's best not to stare! 5715 Old 301 Bradenton, FL 813/7 55-6333 Fax 755-6266 CAU... OR FAX FOR A FREE 8UMPR S110CERJ c -o 0 (/) (/) ro (/) (/) ru ::J c ::J =r ro ru ,..... 0 < ro ..., (/) ,..... '< :J ..... ro (/) ,..... (/)


8 The Catalyst May 2, 1995 LETTER TO MR. ETIQUETTE Dear Mr; Etiquette: This may seem trivial to you, but I don't know what to do, so please help me. I really like this guy who has such a beautiful, sweet, infectious smile I'd like to get closer to him, but I'm too shy and not at all sure if he's romantically interested in me at all. I'm a first-year and not very familiar with the relationship norm here, except that I've heard that people here are pretty much "liberated." Then if he has made some ad vances to me, I shouldn't interpret it as reflecting his genuine concern or even friendship with me, maybe? I don't want to bother him so I'd hate to tailgate him, but honestly, I'm always wishing to know him more, share more things with him, and spend more time with him I don't even know why I'm so obsessed with him, but anyway it seems like I'm totally in love with him. Do you think I should go for it or forget all about this? I'd greatly appreciate your advice --Neophyte. Dear Neophyte: Oh, dear. Mr. Etiquette fears that he is not Mr. Romantic Adven ture, nor is he qualified to be. The rather stuffy British-like persona he has adopted is hopelessly unsuited to the task. Further, he would feel guilty if his advice caused you to make tragic mistakes which resulted in your spending the rest of your life as a service-station attendant or an attorney. Still, in the interests of good manners he will do his best to reply. First of all, Mr. Etiquette is not at all certain that New College has any sort of "relationship norm ." If there is such, he is as unaware of it as you are, so he advises you not to feel especially ignorant on that score. Second, Mr. Etiquette regrets to note that here, as in the rest of the world, romantic advances cannot necessarily be taken as proof of sincere respect or amity. There seem to be two varieties of amorous encounter: those which lead to relationships and those which do not. Confusion between the two species has led to many situations of the sort which are quite regrettable from the point of view of etiquette. Perhaps ideally everyone would be perfectly clear as to his intentions from the start ("Does this mean that we're beginning a romantic relationship?" "No, actually I'm just after momentary pleasure and I don't expect to talk to you at any length ever again." "Oh, good. As it happens, I too am after cheap thrills without lasting commit ment.") Usually, however, the matter is not directly addressed When the persons to be involved are already friends before conjugal intimacy begins, a long-term affair is generally as sumed to be brewing (most people find this much wiser, as the sharing of connubial bliss is often injurious to non-romantic relationships) If you know the gentleman only moderately well when your opportunity arises (whichever of you makes the delicate advance), then it will be a bit more difficult to determine exactly what (besides the obvious) is happening. Even Mr. Etiquette is tempted to advise you to abandon seemliness and directly inquire if it becomes necessary If you simply find this beyond your ability, however you will have to decide whether or not to trust him. There are two factors in regard to the matter of trust which Mr. Etiquette urges you to consider. 1. Is he already romantically entangled? This is an important question. If he is, then either he will be quite immune to your charms or he is the sort of gentleman whom you would wish to avoid at any rate. Usually acquaintance with someone will make his current degree of entanglement obvious. If not, there are ways to find out tactfully and without tipping one's hand. 2. Is he polite? Some consider Mr. Etiquette a bit eccentric in his emphasis on manners, but they are more impor tant than most people realize. Courtesy is simply the outward form of personal respect. A gentleman who lacks respect may show it subtly at first, by failing to pay attention when one speaks or by ignoring one's expressed wishes. If this behavior is tolerated, he may proceed to demanding intimacy when one does not wish it or throwing one down staircases. Obviously, such behavior is undesirable, and so one must always insist on the highest levels of politeness from any possible suitor. Mr. Etiquette wishes you well and hopes for a desirable outcome to this matter despite his well-intentioned but probably disastrously wrong-headed advice. TIMELESS MUSIC New & Used CO's V'JOYI Records & cassettes Picrure Discs Old Sheet Music Antique Radios & Record Players Rock Videos 5754 South Tamlaml Trail Sarasota, FL 34231 Phone:941-922-8561 FAX: 941-922-{)696 Free Search Service any Medium


The Catalyst May 2, 1995 9 "TRIBUTE" Continued from page 6 Bob is retiring I agree with the fonner student who wrote from Oxford, "It seems quite incredible that New College [Sarasota] has survived, and even more astonishing that it must somehow continue in your absence. What will become of the bold vision and historical sensibility of the founders when the remaining original core of academic innovators are no longer around to provide that ballast and perspective?" To be sure, it isn't only the 'Old Guard that is 'avant-garde' at New College. The place is bursting with new ideas, as well as with new people. Still, I don't think anyone quite like my friend will come along again. I'm glad, therefore, that he himself will keep returning from time to time, hopefully as an emeritus professor and that we will be able to continue the fascinating, wide ranging conversations we have been having for more than a quarter of a century. Incoming students, I'm sure, will be glad too. He has so much left to give. Unrestricted Internet Access Local Call 28800bps No Use/ Bi sk Storage Fee "HOLOCAUST" Continued from page 5 English Literature. She's a naturalized American citizen, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a cellist in a community orchestra. She's also a writer: "I've written articles; I've written nonfiction; I've written for newspapers; done some poetry. Most of the last few years, I've written children's books." Like many Americans of their generation, the Druckner's are enjoying the benefits of Social Security while it lasts. "I have a pretty full life", she said. Druckner spoke last College Hall last Thursday, April27, as part of the program for commemorating Yom Hashoah. Approxi mately 20 students attended the discussion and the speaker was very pleased. ""!have a new hope in my heart for the young people of America if they're all like that", she said. 10%0FF No Deposit No Administration Fee "' 10% off with this Ad II:' ? ... ---' ( -,.. ;;;::;_, .... o .... -(.::::;.,-"\--.2 .::....:_ ....-....-,.... \ t \ X: 7 l \\ W ?$) '-,-E __r-,":' 'f?. "v-m'-'rrRest Easy on Your Summer Break. Store Your Belongings with Us While You are Away. Oimate Controlled Lockers from Chly $6/month Computerized Access Storage Sizes for Every Need from Small Electronics to RV s Mini Storage 6512-14th Street West 1909 Whitfield Park Loop Bradenton Bradenton 758-QOOl 758-1545 "FORUM" Continued from page7 feel. It appears that Ramada will not be purchased by New College. Michalson agreed with students that the hotel was "cheap and available," but added that "so is vodka, and it also makes you sick." Michalson suggested concentrating on building plans already underway. The remaining tract of bayfront Crosley land is not cheap, though it is available. New College already owns much of the former estate. Michalson would like to preserve the historic Crosley mansion by purchasing the land, but the idea is not economically feasible. And finally, why isn't there more contact with other schools in the area? SuJean Chon noted that "Ringling [School of Art] has no student government," which makes connecting with them somewhat difficult. Michalson said he knew which administrators to talk with. When asked to what extent student feedback would influence how the administration handles the topics raised, Michalson called it "one very important factor .... In student affairs, it is a great big factor."


10 The Catalyst May 2, 1995 BACCALAUREATE ANNOUNCEMENTS "Psychological Vulnerability and Psychological Variables Associated with Differential Recovery from the Trauma of Rape," by Elizabeth K. Hopper. Psychology. Callahan, Bauer, and Harley. May 5, 3:00pm, College Hall214. "Nietzsche: Affirming Sociopolitical Change in a World of Becoming," by Ian Schleifer. Philosophy. Douglas Berggren, Douglas Langston, John Moore. May 8, 7:00pm, Cook Hall conference room. "Techniques in Conflict: Science, Technology, and the Courts in American Public Policy," by Adam Stone. Public Policy. Dr. Eugene Lewis, Dr. David Brain, Dr. Catherine Elliott. 3:30pm, Wednesday May 10, Anthropology Laboratory. SAC MINUTES Monday, April 24, 1995 members in attendance: Sara Kuppin, Amy Laitinen, Tracie Merritt, Adam Stone (chair), Rocco Maglio, Meg Moore, Jake Reimer, Stephanie Weiss. all votes except when noted u nanimous the meeting went as follows: Bikeshop $100 was allocated to supplement their supplies fund, 60 of it it replace money stolen out of the bikeshop. publication Ian Schleifer was allocated $72 for printing costs. The SAC is currently accepting nominations for the General Spaatz Awards, which will be given to students who have made exceptional contributions to New College. Please put your nominations in the SAC mailbox. SAN FRANCISCO S1YlE HEALTIIY MEXICAN FOOD 1430 Main St. Saruota. R .3-4231 366-94 39 FAX.366-9538 TRIBELINK ON THE WAYMAYBE Jake Reimer A few weeks ago it seemed that help was on the way for the slack-jawed Net addicts that call the publications office their home. Recently displaced from their natural habitat by irritable thesis authors, many users found themselves forced to abandon the Net, although some students were lucky enough to possess their own computers and high speed modems. Enter Mac Lab Coordinator Ari Weinstein at SAC's spring allocations with a solution to the Internet crunch. In cluded in his usual funding request was a $7000 proposal for something called "TribeLink". The TribeLink system included eight new dial-up lines along with the hardware to provide remote users with a PPP connection internet access like the kind that is available in the Publications Office. After several hours of private discussion and two Towne Meetings that drew very little response, the SAC allocated the money for the system. Unfortunately, it seems that the cyber-salvation of our chronic Internet users may not come as soon as it seemed and that TribeLink may even be unnecessary by the time its running. Although Mac Lab Coordinator Steve Wilder described the system as "basically working", he added that, "There is no way that it will be ready for general use by the end of this school year." And while Campus Computer Coordinator Duff Cooper said that he was interested in seeing something like TribeLink on-line, he expressed concern about the system's security: "If its not secure, it won't go on line .. .in my opinion it can't go through as it stands." In any case, Duff estimated that within three months technical experts at USFTampa will have completed software that provides the same kind of connection as TribeLink without the 1500 dollar piece of hardware. (The rest of the $7000 has been spent o n phone lines and installation, which will still be necessary in any new system.) Steve Wilder remarked that if Cooper's prediction turns out to be the case, the TribeLink unit will be returned. Former Mac-Lab Coordinator Ari Weinstein was skeptical. "We've been promised a lot of things," he cautioned. In any case, students will probably be able to look forward to faster, more powerful internet access next year-and maybe even fewer people in the publications office. The kind of access that TribeLink or a similar system will provide is not just for the hard-core user; anyone who connects to the internet with a modem will benefit from the eight additional lines and the high speed protocol. The new unit might even permit remote access of the Macintosh server, allowing this reporter to submit his late articles from the comfort of his own room.


The Catalyst May 2, 1995 11 Outside the Ivory Tower President Bill Clinton vowed last Saturday to find a way around the Supreme Court's repeal of the 1990 law banning the presence of firearms in near school zones. The Court struck down the law after they came to the conclusion that the bipartisan bill violated interstate economic activities. Democratic Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl sponsored the original legislation, which received considerable bipartisan support-Republican former President George Bush was one backer. Clinton says he has turned to Attorney General Janet Reno to find out what he can legally do to keep guns out of schools. Estimates differ on how many people died in a Hutu refugee camp in Rwanda. The Rwandan government claims 300 were killed. The United Nations states that number is closer to 2,000. The Rwandan army was called in to close the refugee camps after the camps became sanctuaries for Hutu militias. The army opened fire on two occasions when Hutus tried to break through the military cordon around one of the camps. The Florida State Supreme Court ruled that state agencies have the right to discriminate against smokers in their hiring practices. Citing figures indicating that smokers cost their employers an average of some $4,660 a year more than nonsmokers for health care, the court ruled that a smoker's right to privacy was outweighed by the "compelling state interest" in saving money, even if he did not smoke on the job. A top official of the religious sect suspected in last month's Tokyo nerve gas attack was fatally stabbed last Sunday night. As Hideo Murai, 36, walked through a phalanx of television cameras outside the sect's offices, he was attacked by Hiroyuki Jo, a South Korean national. Japanese television stations replayed the murder repeatedly. Murai, the head of the Aum Shinrikyo cult's science division, had repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by the sect, but was expected to be arrested in the corning days in connec tion with the production of sarin nerve gas. Congress is currently debating a new AntiTerrorism Omnibus Act in response to the Oklahoma City crisis. Among the provisions of the bill: it would be a crime to contribute even to nonviolent wings of organizations which have engaged in terrorist activity; prosecutors would be allowed to use "secret" data, without showing it to the defense, when prosecuting a noncitizen; the FBI would be given greatly expanded powers to infiltrate and monitor even nonviolent domestic organizations. An American marketing firm in Abkhazia, a rebellious region in the former Soviet Union, has just released two new postage stamps: one of Groucho Marx, and the other of John Lennon. Scott Tilson, whose company markets the stamps, said the Marx Lennon choices were, for Abkhazians, "a way of demonstrating their independence." A Fort Lauderdale woman was recently tried and indicted for smuggling more than 3,000 tons of freon into the United States. Freon, a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), has carried a heavy price tag since the U.S. government added a $5.35 per pound tax to the coolant in an effort to discourage the use of the ozone depleting chemical. The woman, whose stash carried a 52 million dollar price tag, is one of a growing number of illegal coolant smugglers being caught in government sting operations, many of which are coordinated by a joint task force consisting of units from the EPA, the IRS, and the Customs Service. Six to eight million girls joined their parents at work during the Third Annual Ms. Foundation for Women's Spend a Day on the Job holiday. Marie Wilson, the president of the foundation, said that 450,000 companies and 1 I countries participated. Some people are not happy with "girl's day," citing inequality for boys or invalidation of homemaking. As a result, some groups are inviting boys to their offices or sponsoring a "Take Your Daughter Home Day" in order to teach them homemaking skills. Larry Demery, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday in the murder of basketball star Michael Jordan's father. He also agreed to testify against another man involved in the murder. Demery faces a minimum of life in prison on the first degree murder charge, but he could also face the death penalty.


12 The Catalyst May 2, 1995 ANNOUNCEMENTS Do you want a massage? Hey, me too. Let's make it happen weekly, or even twice a week. I hurt, you hurt. If you are secure and have either strong hands or decent technique, or if you have neither, please get in touch with me. I need some massage and like to trade massages with someone. This is not a joke or covert sleazy proposition. Thanks-Doug, box 540, 359-8476, or perry * The Rotaract Club of Southwest Florida will meet at 7:30pm, Thursday, May 4 at the Sarasota Family YMCA on Euclid Ave. in Sarasota. Rotaract is a community-based service club affiliated with Rotary. Members are between the ages of 18-30. Meetings are held their first and third Thursday of every month. All are welcome to attend and participate in any of our social and service activi ties. Contact: Tony Palermo (h) 474-4324 (w) 474-5521 (e-mail) * For a free issue of New CollAge, the poetry magazine, sign next to your name on the poster in the pool room. * Dave White's monologue, "All Roads Lead to Denny's" will be on Sunday, May 7 at 8:00pm in the College Hall music room. ***** Tricks for Trade has extended its deadline (out of desperationplease please please submit your poetry). Poetry, prose, line an. Box 461 Info 359-3752. Ask for Lisa. * Baccalaureate Announcements on the Internet. A compilation of baccalaureate announcements now supplements the 3x5 card notices posted around campus. To see the baccalaureate list, type "lynx" at the prompt to reach the New College World Wide Web page. Then use the arrow keys to select "baccalaureates." Thesis students : to add your announcement to the list, send e-mail to Lawrence Levine ( or place in box 530 Lawrence also welcomes graphics * Recently a very nasty smell developed in the Publications office due to a carton of milk that had been abandoned for several days. It made several people sick. If you eat or drink in the Publications Office, CLEAN UPAFfER YOURSELF. ***** The Housing Advisory Committee is planning on setting up an agenda for the rest of the semester with Mark Johnson. If you have any issues you think that we should work on or any other concerns, please let Karyle (Box 294) or Oliver (Box 302) know. * The SAC is currently accepting nominations for the General Spaatz Award, an award to be presented at the end of the year to students who have made what you consider an exceptional contribution to the New College community. Please put your nominations in the SAC mailbox. 10% Shipping Discount 15% off Gr(.)Und Shipping U .P.S. Airbon1c -Fed-Ex. Pack & l..Alad Services Packaging SuppJics rypiog Services & Boxes of AU Sizes ProfcssionaJ Specialty 14th. St.W. Corte"' Pia:ta (Br.adenton) Packac;11u {813)727-7447 ffax: 727-U424 b1 t:;. To FREE PICKUP & DELIVERY!

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