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The Volume V, Issue 16 February 13, 1996 "I'm on the case, and there's a little grin on my face." EQUIPMENT STOLEN, THEN RETURNED by Rocky Swift Last weekend, a would-be thief let students know that the February 2nd Wall could have been the school's last. Wall sponsors Nirvan Mullick and Anatole Nguyen held the Wall well into Friday night, despite the inclement weather. At approximately 6:00 p.m. the following day, the sponsors attempted to cart the speakers, the stereo and the disco ball back to the Equipment Room. The room was locked, so the sponsors left the equipment by the Equipment Room door. The items were subsequently taken from the area by an unknown party. Mullick said that he searched for an RA to unlock the Equipment Room door, but that he had trouble finding one. Jay Ritchie, the RA on duty, said that he was away from his room but was capable of being reached by pager. Ritchie came back to put away the equipment, but found only the stereo component in the cart. Between that time and 8:00 p.m. when Mullick returned, the speakers and disco ball were stolen. No one knew the whereabouts of the missing items until February 5 at 12:10 a.m., when an anonymous caller SEE "SPEAKERS" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Town Meeting ................. 3 Admissions Search ............. .4 Guest Opinion: Bike Theft ...... .4 Silicon Jungle ................. 5 Crager's ...................... 6 Editorial ..................... 7 Letters to the Editor ............ 7 Announcements ................ 8 WALL BECAME DISCO INFERNO by Graham Strouse By the time the fire truck came screeching beneath the underpass towards General Spaatz Boulevard, the palm fronds thatching the top of the geodome in Palm Court had already flared and died down to a dusty smoulder. Embers dropped and died on the red tiles and the air stank with smoke and propellant. The fire truck turned down Spaatz, hung a right, pulled out in front of the Wall to the right of First Court and parked next to a police car. Red and blue lights strobed across the crowd of gawkers, dancers, and drummers. Billy Joel's "We didn't Start the Fire" blared from the Wall speakers, loud enough to be heard on the overpass crossing US-41. Two firemen got out of the truck. I asked one what happened. We were called out to put out a big fire, he said. It doesn't look so big, he added. The other fireman, a leathery, mustachioed man, dragged a long hose across the wall towards the smoking geodome. He held it limply by his side. It looked like he was squirting into a urinal. It was almost 12:30 a.m. last Sunday morning, February 11, just about one half-hour after Hugo Brown's disco Wall became a true disco inferno when an unidentified firebug doused the palm fronds draping New College's misplaced playground geodome with a liquid "accel erator," and set it on fire, according to the campus police. The reason there wasn't much left of the blaze by the time the firemen came was that dry palms burn fast, hot and high, especially when they're saturat ed with propellant. When the fire started, just after midnight, orange flames lit the sky to the height of a two-story building. Students danced around, singing, "Old McDonald had a Fire," as the blaze rose, peaked and died away. Then the blaze turned to embers. Hazen Komraus lit a cigarette from one of the bright red dots. "It was a blazing beauty," recalled Bridget David, as the firemen went about their business. "There was a running shadow and a huge thing of flames." "'t was like, all of a sudden. Nothing, then like huge flames," she con tinued. "Now it smells," she said, and went after the firemen to ask for a look see inside their truck. Come on Baby, Light my Fire Police dispatcher David Bryant said he noticed the short-lived inferno at 12:05 a.m.: "The cops went out there and I called the fire department; and I said, 'Ooh, fire."' University Police in turn notified Residence Counselor Tim Richardson and Asst. Residence Counselor Tracie Merritt. Said Richardson: "He [Bryant] called me up and said, 'There's a problem in Palm Court.' I said, 'What kind of problem?' He said, 'Someone set a small fire in Palm Court.'" The small fire, according to Richardson, licked at the live green fronds of the Royal Palms surrounding the geodome. Mature Royal Palms cost about Sl,OOO to S2,000 each to replace. Meanwhile, as Officer Hugh Roarty and Sgt. Paul Shideler organized the criminal investigation, someone flipped a tape and played Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff." Although the police had shut SEE "FIRE" ON PAGE 2


2 The Catalyst February 13, 1996 11 SPEAKERS" F R 0 M PA G E 1 11 tn-e-ss-, J'Ta'ke--:R;:;-et-:-. m-e-r,-e-ve_n_ told University Police that the speakers and disco ball could be found near the kitchen's rear entrance in the back park ing lot. Officer Hugh Roarty answered the anonymous call and recovered the equipment. With the help of RA Cara Bompignano, Roarty returned the stolen articles to the Equipment Room Roarty said that as the equipment was returned, the case is closed. Roarty found the temporary theft entertaining. "I think it's f marvelous," he said. The evening of February 6, a note appeared on the Equipment Room door from someone claiming responsibility for the equipment's disappearance. The note said in part: "Friday night's misuse of the Wall equipment made me angry, s o I to o k the equipment to make a point ... In this case the Wall equipment was returned after being unattended for over 12 hours after the wall, and left again unat tended by the Equipment Room door This is unacceptable negligent behavior by the wall sponsors ... We, as a commu nity, must hold those who misuse the equipment accountable." Bompignano also disapproved of how the Wall equipment was handled. "I think it was kind of irresponsible; not to say it hasn't been done before." Mullick said that the equipment had been protected from the weather while it was outside. Nguyen had no comment. down the Wall equipment on Sgt. Eugene O Casio's orders, music continued to blaze from a stereo mounted on Hawkeye Kanienke's first floor Third Court balcony. Marley's tune was followed by Jimi Hendrix's "Let Me Stand Next to the Fire," the Door's "Light My Fire," and the Talking Head's "Burning Down the House." None of these songs, Wall sponsor Brown was quick to note, were part of his original disco repertoire. The Investigation The campus police investigation is still open, with Officer Roarty coordi nating. Although police are duty-bound not to discuss open investigations, they were willing to say that the fire bug will be charged with arson if caught. Arson is a second-degree felony. Campus police may not refer alleged felons to Student Court. Suspects face the Sarasota County Penal System Felonies typically carry a minimum jail sentence of at least one year. Evidently, observed Kelly Nichols, the unidentified felon possesses considerable powers of stealth, as witness es seemed unable to identify the culprit by face or name. "No one seemed to notice anyone lighting the large structure with the palm fronds on fire, even though there was a crowd of people standing 10 feet away," he said. Nevertheless, theories abounded regarding the firebug and his motives. suggested that the conflagration may have been sparked by an Act of God. Perhaps the fire was lit by a sud den lightning strike, Reimer said. RA-onDuty Lara Glasgow had a more mundane offering : Perhaps someone had just been hungry and wanted to cook some hot dogs left over from Saturday's Crucial Barbecue. "We were burning you in effigy!n joked Dan O'Brien to Roarty. "Why bum me in effigy?" retort ed Roarty. "Why not go for the real thing? Alexis would love it!n Alexis is his wife. Roarty was joking about insurance. The humor strained his jowly features. Roarty's eyes were bleary and cracked through with red. It was getting to be well on the other side of midnight and a felony investigation had been dumped in his lap If any significant sus pects turned up, they could very well turn out to be students. If the evidence was damning, Roarty would have to arrest them for arson That would prove rather difficult if Reimer s Act of God theory held water, admittedly an unlikely event. It's difficult to hang a felony charge on an omnibenev olent entity. Roarty would still have to file paperwork on God. About this time, in the back of the fire truck, the fire men hooked up Bridget David to the blood pressure SEE "FIRE" ON PAGE 6 CiJtalyst General Editor Kate Fink Managing Editor James Reffell StaffWriters Charles Choi, Evan Greenlee, Aaron Olk, Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift and Michelle Wolper Layout Rachael Lininger and Heather Oliver Business Manager Sara Foley Computer Guy Steve Wilder Contributor Joe Bauder The Catalyst The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http:/ lwww.sar. usf Direct su b missions and inquiries to: 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 or Submissions may also be placed in the Catalyst box marked "Letters to the Editor/Contribu tions" (in the student government boxes next to Barbara Berggren's office) Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Online submissions should indicate in the subject line if they are letters to the editor or contributions. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be received by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space, grammar or style. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson


The Catalyst February 13, 1996 3 FILM SHOWINGS, PCPS DISCUSSED by Aaron Olk The February 8th Town Meeting brought up provocative and controversial issues relating to student rights and the New College community. The issue generating the most dis cussion was a proposal to have a sugges tion printed in the student handbook asking students to be considerate when showing films in public. The proposal would not stop people from showing po tentially offensive material in public areas. It would suggest that if there were doubt about whether a film were offensive, the screeners of the film should talk to stu dents and gauge their opinions on the film's content. It was suggested that films with offensive content be shown in a more private place, such as Second Court lounge or the Teaching Auditorium. Discussion of the proposal was heated, and New College Student Alliance President Jessica Falcone stopped the discussion so that other proposals could be heard. Some people still consid ered the proposal to be a form of censor ship, but the proposal passed with an overwhelming majority. The second item brought before the Town Meeting was whether nonstu dents should be at the February 17 Palm Court Party. The previous PCP had been stopped prematurely after a disturbance by a group of nonstudents. "Every year I have attended Palm Court Parties, either I or someone I know has a problem with nonstudents," Mala Ghoshal said. Other New College stu dents also expressed discomfort with the actions of nonstudents. Suggestions as to how to handle the problem sparked debate between stu dents. An invitation system was suggest ed; New College students would distribute written invitations to the non students they wished to attend. Ben Wolkov reminded students that PCPs serve as a link between the Sarasota community and New College. Another student suggested that PCPs without nonstudents would be no different from ordinary Walls. Town Meeting attendees decided not to advertise the February 17 PCP off campus. Students hoped this would allow word of mouth to attract people invited to the party and decrease the number of un invited nonstudents. This decision also passed with a large majority of support. Falcone updated students at the Town Meeting on "Phase II" construction of the West Side Student Center. The ad dition, despite B-dorm's protest, is still planned to run south between B-dorm and Bayshore Road. Former B-dorm resi dent Ashley Colvin said that the addition will destroy much ofB-dorm's privacy. Falcone stated that the addition might still be able to be relocated, and the future of the addition depends on how much New College students wanted the addition to be moved. Other items on the agenda included material that will be on the Constitutional reform referendum during the next election. The Fitness Center, funded jointly by the University Program and ew College, currently receives more money from the UP than from New College. UP is requesting that both pro grams pay an equal amount. Falcone said she thought that it was a fair request. A student noted that New College accounts for three-fourths of students who use the Center. Students recom mended to Falcone that both programs should fund the Fitness Center equally for a specified amount of time, and reevaluate funding amounts in the future based on who used the Center more. Also proposed on the referendum is moving elections to November and April. Falcone suggested that this would give first-years a better opportunity to be come informed voters. Moving elections ahead one semester would also form a "lame duck" period, during which future officers could "shadow" those currently in office. Director of Housing and Student Mfairs Mark Johnson discussed the possi bility of the University providing live phone jacks to dorm rooms. He predicted that it would drastically reduce the price of phone service to students. Most atten dees were supportive of Johnson's idea. Live phone jacks could be in dorm rooms as early as next fall. World OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER A car bomb killed two people and injured 100 on Friday at a London office building. The bomb went off just an hour after an Irish news service received word that the 17-month cease fire between the IRA and Britain had ended. British Prime Minister John Major met with se nior ministers Sunday night to plan how next to deal with the IRA. U.S. mediator Richard Holbrooke said Sunday that Bosnian and Serbian leaders still plan to adhere to the Dayton peace accords, despite that Bosnian Muslims still detain two Bosnian Serbs in Sarajevo. The Bosnian Serb Army also cut contact with NATO forces and for bade its citizens to travel freely. National President Clinton signed into law the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which opens telecommunications markets to competition in order to accelerate commercial use. Piggybacked onto the bill was the Communications Decency Act, which makes illegal any "obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or indecent" trans mission over telecommunications, includ ing the word "abortion," limiting freedom of expression. Two New Jersey commuter trains smashed into each other during morning rush hour outside New York City on February 9th, killing three people and in juring as many as 100. Two of the dead were engineers and the third a passenger who was crushed between two seats. State/Local A fired Fort Lauderdale mainte nance employee walked into a meeting of his former co-workers February 9 and opened fire, killing five and injuring an other before turning the gun on himself. Police said Clifton McCree, 41, was fired in 1994 after testing positive for drugs and threatening co-workers. An 81-year-old Florida man used a half-pound Vidalia onion to pummel an attacker who tried to steal his compan ion's purse, scaring away the would-be mugger. "It was more stupid than brave," vegetable vielder Izzie Ratterman told the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.


4 The Catalyst F e bruary 13, 1 9 9 6 ADMISSIONS SEARCH b y Evan Greenlee Since David Anderson left last year, the position of Director of Admissions has remained unfilled. On February 6, the Admissions Committee allotted 45 minutes for students to talk to Jean Lewis, one of the candidates for the position. Asst. Director of Admissions Kathy Killion and Lewis (not to be con fused with Professor of Political Science Gene Lewis) are currently the only two remaining candidates. Killion took over as Acting Director for the current year while ew College called a national search. Lewis is currently the \s oc. Director of Admissions for Nova Southeastern University. Concerning ad mission criteria, Le,vis said she thinks that SATs, GPAs and essays are of little value. She believes that interviews are necessary to determine if applicants are right for 1 ew College. Lewis also said she liked the idea of coming to New College for the chal lenge. Though still a bit unfamiliar with 1ew College, she said she was intrigued by what she saw. Besides Alex Manning, one of two students on the admissions committee, no other students met with Lewis. Justin Mihalick, the other student committee member, had a class during the interview. Mihalick was disappointed with the turnout. "Nobody cares. I even put up a sign and nobody came," he said. Earlier today, Killion went through the same interview process. Students in terested in voicing their opinions about a new Director of Admissions should talk with Mihalick or Manning. Troubled? Upset? Confused? Regretting that third nipple piercing and longing for someone to confide in? Look no further -Dear Amy will answer all your questions and solve all your problems! Write to Dear Amy, do The Catalyst, and set your mind at ease GUEST OPINION: BIKE THEFT by Joe Bauder Bike theft at New College has be come, and I do mean to alarm people, epidemic. Last semester at least 10 bikes were stolen from ew College students, probably many more. Off-campus thefts, especially around Park-view Drive, have been a prob lem as well. In previous years, rumors of bike theft were scattered and fairly incon sequential for a college campus. This year, though, cw College is hitting the big time. Bikes of all kinds are being stolen-cheap cruisers, expensive alu minum mountain bikes, even bike parts. Shortly after one bike was stolen, the per son who went to report it got both wheels stolen off of their mountain bike. One student got two bikes stolen last semester. Both were unlocked It's not even safe to leave your bike unattended for a few minutes. Though a number of bikes do sit out and don't get stolen, many of those end up taking a walk. One person got a bike stolen while in the Second Court lounge. The bike was right outside. The Pei dorms have numerous racks, though a lot of them are just put in stupid areas (under the stairways so you can't use half of the rack, for example). Many of the racks, though, are overfilled. One of the best options is to store your bike in your room. If you live off-campus, it's pretty silly to do anything else There was a particular house about a year back where students had six bikes stolen from their porch. Bike thieves are scum. At least people who steal cars can be thought of as redistributors of bourgeois property. The bike thief takes away pro letarian goods and uses them for who knows what. It's especially an noying at the Bike Sho p pe to hear abou t theft be cause the majority of the bikes that are stolen arc ones we have worked on. It sucks to see our work is going to these bastards. The cops have written numerous warnings in the Residence Life Bulletin to students advising them to lock their bikes. This kind of thing gets glossed over, though, by the average student. I'd still like to stress that everyone keep their bikes locked at all times, at least with a cable lock, but preferably with au-lock. If you can get a lock on both the bike rack and the frame, it's usually sufficient. To be secure, though (seatposts and wheels have been stolen) it's better to get the wheel in there with the frame and the immovable object. The "quick-release" is a beautiful set of words for the bike thief. They're a great invention, but they also make it veeeeery easy to steal your seat post and/or wheels. As far as seatposts go, a cable lock through the rails of the sad dle and through the frame is a good idea, if you have another lock. Otherwise, the Bike Shoppe sells seat leashes. We can get theft-discouraging versions of quick-re leases as well. Where to get a lock? The Bike hoppe has a wide selection of both U locks and cable locks (we recommend the U-locks) for better prices than you'll get through mail order or the local bike shops. We can also help you with proper locking technique and selecting a lock. The shop is open Tuesday and Wednesday 12-4 p.m. and Friday 1-5 p.m. Finger ncbs@virtu.sar.usfedu for changes to shop hours or write us at that address for anything else. We've got a web page at http://www.sar. usf edul-ncbs that has shop info, links, and a map to the shop. -joe Bauder is a mechanic for the New College Bike Shoppe.


The Catalyst February 13, 1996 5 MODUS OPERANDI by Steve Wilder What's the first thing you see when you boot up a computer? If you're using an IBM clone, you might sec the C:\ prompt or hear the Windows "ta-daaah!" Mac users are greeted with a hard drive icon and a Desktop. Sun computers (widely used as Internet servers; Virtu is a Sun) and other high end workstations display root prompts. These different inter!he llfaces for dealing with Si!iC"'.)) 'Q) are known as I ;;. operaung systems. 1 g1ve users a way to mter-----act with files and applica tions on their computer, each in its own way. There has always been a debate over which OS is the best, but currently the argument is more heated than ever. Really, though, it all depends on what you like. DOS: Hack Me Up Considered as the granddaddy of operating systems, DOS (Disk Operating System) is still the standard (though sometimes unspoken) OS for IBM clones. One interacts with DOS by means of typed commands, which are entered at the C:\ prompt. Examples of commands are "dir" to see what files exist in a direc tory, "delete" to delete a file, and "copy" to copy a file. Most of DOS is straightfor ward and quite powerful, but for those who don't enjoy trudging around in mys terious data, it can be frustrating. The two files that tell the computer what to do when it starts up, CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT, must be configured correctly, or the computer will crash or refuse to boot altogether. DOS was originally programmed as an OS intended solely for use by hob byists and hackers, but with Microsoft's help, it grew and eventually became the standard for IBM clones. It is indeed powerful, but much too tedious for some. MacOS: Closer to God The idea of an OS with overlap ping work windows was first developed by Xerox some time ago. When they failed to follow it up with actual product, Apple took their work and turned it into the Finder, otherwise known as the MacOS. No command lines will be found here. Files, applications, and disks are treated like actual objects. Folders and suitcases store related files, and the entire directory of any disk can be navigated easily with a mouse. Many people complain that the MacOS takes control away from the user and "guides" them through their tasks, but you need only the proper know-how to configure the MacOS to your liking. If you are used to a command line or C:\ prompt, the Macintosh OS may seem foreign to you, but it can accomplish anything that DOS can, and more. Windows: Ghost in the Machine Ah, Windows. Thou hadst deceived me. The Windows OS i s the flagship for the million-dollar Microsoft corpora tion. It is designed as a replacement for DOS on IBM clones, covering up nearly every aspect of the command line-orient ed system. In fact, Windows runs much like the MacOS, in that it treats files and programs as objects, and allows you to open several programs in different "win dows." Don't be fooled, though; DOS still exists, just under the surface. The user still has to muck with CONFIG.SYS and AUTO EXEC. BAT if things go awry, and one must sometimes switch to a DOS prompt to get things going properly. In fact, DOS must load before Windows can start. Windows 95, the newest implemen tation ofWindows, does a much better job of covering DOS, but it still lurks just beyond the user's view. Windows users vehemently deny that the OS is an attempt to make IBM clones more like Macs, but that certainly seems to be Microsoft's objective. Windows is currently the market leader of the OS wars, but that has probably come about more because of necessity (everyone has it, and all the major software compa nies program for it) than because of desire (it's just not very good). UNIX: MuscleOS UNIX, the OS of choice for Internet servers and workstations around the world, is best described as DOS on steroids. The command line interface is present here, but as a whole, it is much more solid and refined than DOS, and Minutes of the SAC February 6, 1996 Members in attendance: Keyoor Patel, Stephanie Weiss, Martha Alter, Lisa Stampnitzky, Meg Moore All votes unanimous unless otherwise noted. GLBSA Symposium-$2,000 was re quested and allocated to ick Napolitano for the Symposium's keynote speaker, Michael Petrelis of ACT UP. Catalyst-S 177 was requested and allo cated to Kate Fink for the Feb. 13 issue. Play-S25 was requested and allocated to Stephanie Martin for the purchase of fabric and programs. Valentine's Day Chocolate Mousse Party-$66 was allocated to Keara Axelrod and Amanda Loos for ingredi ents. The Imaginary Invalid-$75 was re quested for last minute expenditures not covered by their previous expenses. The production has S75 in donations from the play. Because of the longstanding SAC policy to usc donations from SAC sponsored activities to repay the SAC in part, this request was denied and the do nations taken at the play '\>vill be used in stead. ConstitutionCSA President Falcone presented the SAC with what it under stands to be the proposed constitutional changes. They make good sense to us. more powerful than any OS presented thus far. It is the only OS to offer true multitasking (allowing the computer to handle many different tasks all at once without performance loss), and security for users, when handled properly, is unmatched. A freeware version of UNIX called Linux exists for those unable to afford UNIX's hefty price tag. In wide use among IBM clone users and in devel opment for Power Macs, Linux offers many features that UNIX offers. While powerful, UNIX doesn't have great appeal for those users who are not interested in putting their machine on the' et, and it's expensive. It does, however, set the standard for operating systems to come.


6 The Catalyst February 13, 1996 A GLORIFIED TRUCKSTOP by Michelle Wolper "We weren't hom here .. .]ust got here as quick as we could!" Is this really witty and clever enough to qualify as a motto for anything, much less a restaurant? Regardless, the quote is proudly displayed on the cover of every menu at Crager's. What first puzzled me about the restaurant was its large bright green illu minated sign, citing that it had been around since 1976. Since 1976? Wait, wasn't it the Pitt Grill just three months ago? According to Trish, our waiter, there used to be a chain of about ten Crager's restaurants throughout Florida, but they all shut down; the one in Bradent on is the only one left standing. Walking through the front doors (which stay open 24 hours a day), my companion and I were overwhelmed by the distinctive scent of eucalyptus perme ating the air. Crager's has a contrived country atmosphere; shelves that run the perimeter of the joint feature displays of dolls clad in calico, antique tins, and prints of fuzzy peaches. Mtcr about five minutes, I viewed it as nothing more than a glorified truckstop. "FIR E FROM PAGE 2 machine-Systolic: 117. Diastolic: 72. This evidence indicates that David may very well be a healthy girl. Mtermath Sunday. 8:22 a.m. Thick, curved chunks of scorched frond litter the ground near the geodome. Ash smears the center of Palm Court around the dome, which is black and scored with carbon. The tips of the fronds of the Royal Palms directly above the dome are burned and gray. The trees themselves die a little when they're exposed to heat like this. It does a number on their outer growth layers. Make a quarter-turn east and you can still see the coal black scars high on the corner of Second Court where somebody burned a banner depicting for mer Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-Tung during graduation PCP two years ago. Summer work crew tned every thing to scrape those clean, including hydrochloric acid. Also unique about the atmosphere is that, unlike in Perkins, where New College students have no choice but to study to the sounds of Steve Winwood and Carly Simon, students in Crager's can read while irritating muzak fills their ears. Features on the menu include most of what you'd expect to find at Perkins; at slightly lower prices. Breakfast CR AGER'S 7218 N. Tamiami Tr. Bradenton (formerly the Pitt Grill) items arc particularly inexpensive. Crager's offers the traditional breakfast re, like eggs, waffles, pancakes, french toast, crepes, blintzes. A variety of sandwiches and hamburgers completes the menu. We both decided to "wet our whis tles" with sodas, which were served in cute little mason jars with handles. And, to the delight of most college students, Crager's proudly offers free refills of coffee, tea and soda. Want to sample Crager's fare but have a low-fat diet? I fear that your only options are chicken breast salad and a side Take a walk to the grassy area in front of First Court and you can still see the scorched earth left from the gasoline fire that consumed the remains of the junk car David White bought along with two sledgehammers at the end of last semester with Student Affairs Council money for our stress relief. The grass has been slow to refill that hole. Whoever lit that one up must have kept an eye on the weather channel. According to police, had prevail ing winds been a little heftier last December when that car went up, the flames could have easily reached the trees in front of First Court, and possibly thrown sparks into those Firs t Court bal conies facing north. As for Wall sponsor Hugo Brown, let's just say his response was restrained. Said Brown earlier in the a.m., after he had packed away the Wall equip ment: "I don't feel personally betrayed in any way," despite that his Wall was tern-of overcooked vegetables. Vegans will en counter similar dilemmas. Like fried foods? Chicken fried steak? Cheese fries? Well, if you ever go to Crager's to try them, let me know how they tasted. I wouldn't touch them with a ten-foot pole. I opted for the Swiss and Mushroom Grilled Chicken Sandwich, a steal at just $4.79. This may seem inex pensive, but, as always, there's a catch; french fries cost S0.75 extra. Trish, an obviously overworked and underpaid soul, efficiently served my food and my companion's "Scrambler," a scrambled egg concoction with tomatoes and onions and a side of hash browns ($4.89). We both concurred that the food, although in serious need of salt and pep per, was well worth the money. So, if you ever decide to stray from the most endeared New College tradition of heading to Perkins, Crager's may be a feasible option. The food is cheap and the place is usually quiet on weeknights for more studious diners. Don't get me wrong, though. The food may be relatively good, but it's no Melting Pot. They got there as quick as they could; that doesn't mean you have to. porarily shutdown, forced on to a balcony, and pre-empted while the wags played fire songs by Marley, Hendrix, and the Doors. "I'm not pissed off," he said. "I'm not angry. Disappointed, yes, but not angry." Still, when pressed, he admitted he was a bit more peeved than he had previously indicated: "I was actually very offended that my time where I could do my thing for the New College community ... would be ruined by some, what states 'stupid' in a better way?" Brown paused for a l ong moment to consider his repertoire of epi the t s and condemnations. R eckless and car e less action" was what he came up with. When asked whether he knew who was responsible for the fire, Brown replied with simple resignation. "You can keep your pen and pencil with you," he said, "because I have no idea who did it."


The Catalyst February 13, 1996 7 EDITORIAL: A MODEST REQUEST OF AN ARSONIST Okay, we admit that, on the whole, Prometheus had the right idea when he delivered fire unto man. We also think that the big guy got a bad rap when Zeus had him chained to Mount Aetna to have his ever-regenerating liver torn out and devoured each day by an over-stuffed turkey vulture. Flames hold an irresistible en chantment over many of us. It's gorgeous, enigmatic, apocalyptic. To watch a fire is to watch the end of the world in minia ture. More to the point, fire is cool. There is a big difference, however, between taking a zippo lighter to an issue of Eclipse magazine behind Hamilton Center and starting an inferno in the middle of Palm Court during a Wall. First, during Walls, Palm Court is usually filled with people (who are gener ally rather flammable, and quite foul smelling during and after burning). Second, Palm Court is filled with Royal Palm trees, which are extremely flamma ble, and extremely expensive to replace at Sl,OOO to S2,000 each. There's also the little matter of that geodome. On Monday, November 14, 1994, the Student Affairs Council allocated S1,875 for the purchase of playground equipment, including the geodome, which now sits charred and bent in the middle of Palm Court. This is your money. You pay for it out of your A&S fees. When people started moving the geodome around, it was kind of cute. So was making a little geo-tent out of it by shading it with dry fronds. Setting it on fire was simply stupid and dangerous. It was money burned. It was an act befitting Prometheus' dim-wit ted brother Epimetheus, whose name, by the way, means "afterthought." Epimetheus never got chained to any mountains. He had Fool's Luck. Chances are, you will too. It's not likely that one of your fellow students will tattle on you, considering that you'd likely face expulsion and a second-degree felony charge. We don't want to see you get ex pelled or go to jail. We would, however, ask of you the kindness of please keeping your zippo zipped around public property. Unlike Prometheus' liver, A&S fees re generate slowly. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Insidious! I somewhat enjoyed Matthew Grieco's feisty, if not "insidious and sub liminally political" pan of Princeton Review's new Deal-a-Meal style Guide to an Informed Mind. However, Mr. Grieco should know that the quote he cites from the section "P.C. Nation" is far too generous to what we post-modems have come to know as political correctness. He quotes, "The term 'p.c.' sprung up among the politically liberal to de scribe a cluster of positions and attitudes, including support for the broadest possi ble rights for minorities, and most notoriously, sensitivity to language that potentially offends or belittles minority groups and women (er, womyn)." Grieco goes on to laud PR for noteing [sic] Ezra Pound's fascism. This all sounds downright liberal and tolerant when compared with the dogmatism we usually associate with the enlightened cor rect. In actuality, the term "political cor rectness" stems from the early Marxist movement, whose true believers were as tolerant of dissent as a shi'ite bomber. Anyone who has had a nun's ruler across his or her knuckles knows how kindly such sects take to diversion from popular canon. As such, many cultural commentators have rightly remarked on MEMO TO: BOX: FROM: Barbara Berggren Student Government Comptroller DATE: stop by my office _to sign a form _to talk about. ________ Thanks I many of the eerily Inquisitory qualities of our "secular religions" -academic femi nism, militant Black Nationalism, gay ac tivism, etc. Unfortunately, too many in these latter groups share one thing in common with the Christian Coalition, which Matt Grieco fails to note, to his detriment; that is, a seeming incapacity for self-critique. Poor Ezra Pound. -Mark Fasano


8 The Catalyst February 13, 1996 ANNOUNCEMENTS The New College Slavic Vocal Ensemble will hold an information session and auditions Wednesday, February 14 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Callbacks will be on Thursday, February 15 at 7:15p.m. Previous musical experience preferred. The Race and Gender Symposium will take place the second and third week of February. The schedule is as follows: Monday 2/12 Palm Court Projection; 8 p.m. Tuesday 2/13 professor panel; in the Teaching Auditorium; 7 p.m. Wednesday 2/14 Palm Court Projection; 8 p.m. Thursday 2/15 race and gender "fishbowl"; in the Fishbowl; 8 p.m. Friday 2/16 carpool to see "Waiting to Exhale"; time TBA Monday 2/19 Palm Court Projection; 8 p.m. Tuesday 2/20 student papers presentation; in the Teaching Auditorium; 7 p.m. Wednesday 2/21 keynote address At the keynote address, Barbara Trent, Academy Award winning documentarian, will be presenting her film "The Panama Deception" at 8 p.m. in Sainer, with discussion, Q&A, and a reception to follow. All events are free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided at all events. Please attend! For more info, contact Amy Andre at 359-3173 or Box 37. This June, New College alumnus Ezra Freeman {'90-'95) plans to participate in the California AIDS Ride 3, a seven-day bicycle trip along the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The ride benefits the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a non-profit group providing free, direct services, housing assistance and counselling to people living with HIV and AIDS. Last year, 1900 riders participated in the ride, which raised S5.5 million for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and the SF AIDS Foundation. This summer, over 2,000 people are expected to ride, raising over S5 million. The ride, which covers a total of 525 miles, is by far the most ambitious physical challenge Ezra has ever undertaken. Yet the ride itself is a much less intimidating prospect than meeting the necessary fundraising goal. Ezra, like all of the other riders, must raise $2,500 in donations in order to participate. This is a hefty sum for someone who has just moved to the city, and has few con tacts outside of the New College community. In order to raise this amount by the deadline of May 4, 1996, he needs the support of other New College students. All contributions to the California AIDS ride are tax-deductible, and would help a fellow Novocollegian take part in this exciting event as well as support a worthy organization. Anyone interested in helping Ezra out should contact him at 923 Capp St. San Francisco, CA 94110, at {415) 642-5988, or Broaden your cultural horizons, expand your musical appreciation, satisfy your curiosity and desire! Come experience The Caribbean Music Presentation on Thursday, February 15, 1996 at 6:30p.m. in HCL-4. The event is hosted by !Deksta, Cultural Extremist Extrordinaire. It will be well worth your while ... for more information, contact The following offices open at 9:15 a.m. every Friday for the spring semester: Business Office, Financial Aid Office, Personnel and Purchasing Office. Chemistry Seminar will meet the third and fourth Wednesday of every month at 4:00 P.M in Selby 12. Everyone with an interest in chemistry, biology, physics, or free munchies is encouraged to attend. CAREER CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS The Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellowship: This fellowship provides college graduates who have an interest in arms control and security fssues an opportunity to work with an arms control organization in Washington D.C. The Fellowship is offered in spring and fall. It lasts four to six months and includes a stipend of S1400 per month, health insurance, and travel costs to and from Washington D.C. International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans: If you are in your second academic year and in good academic standing, you could be an IF intern. Most majors are considered for this unique educational experience for students interested in learning about the field of employee benefits. If you are willing to work two consecutive summers in a paid internship and wish to apply, make an appointment with Karen Patriarca in the Career Resource Center. Teach for America: Final application deadline: March 1, 1996. Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer: An advertising agency seeking qualified candidates for their paid 1996 Summer Internship Program. They offer $200 per week intern positions in New York City in Account Service, Media, Production/Traffic, Planning, and Interactive Services. Career Center workshop this week: Feb. 14 4:00 p.m. USF Study Abroad Programs-Fishbowl

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