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The Volume V, Issue 18 February 27, 1996 When the news breaks, we fix it! Profile: Jim Marion by Evan Greenlee "I've been driving them [golf carts] for a long time. I probably prefer them," the new campus police officer Jim Marion, said Even thou g h he o nly plays with an 18 ha nd icap, whic h he added is improving, Marion didn t take the j ob to get better at driving a golf cart. Mter 20 years at the New York Police Department he said, L a w enforcement i s in my blo o d. Marion is a recent arrival from New York ; his last was Staton I s l a nd precinct 120. He still speaks with a ew York accent, even after living in Florida for over a year. He wondered how long he would keep his accent. Judging by other officers' accents, it may be a while. He is no stranger to Sarasota, though. Several years ago, Marion met his wife here while on vacation. They even had their wedding on Siesta Key. A couple New York winters later, Marion was ready for Sarasota. Last year, he took a comparative com pliance class at the police academy in order to be a law enforcement officer in Florida. Since the class the university was the first job he applied for, and he was excited to get it. "They are all experienced officers," he SEE "MARION" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Statue Stolen .................. 3 Ivory Tower ....... ........... 3 SAC .............. ......... .4 Mardi Gras .................. .5 Silicon Jungle ................. 6 Guest Opinion: Faculty Lines ..... 7 COMMITTEE SELECTS SOCIOLOGY CANDIDATE by Evan Greenlee At times the old proto-human skulls in the corner of the anthropology lab where the only faces smiling during the special Social Sciences division meeting to selec t the new sociology professor. During the meeting some difficult decisions were made. Mter a long discussion attendees decided that Sarah Hernandez should be offered the job. If Hernandez chooses to come to New C o lleg e s he will mainly be teaching Race and Ethnicity and 3 ocial Stratification. Her other teaching interests are social cha nge, social movements, alternative work organizations, industrial sociology, and qualitative research methods. She is currently doing research on ethnic conflict in the state of Chiapas focusing on the recent Zapatista movment. The position in sociology became open when Assoc. Professor Charles Green resigned this summer. The search committee, including Assoc. Professors of Sociology David Brain and Penny Rosel, and student Lisa Stampintzky, had been looking for a replacement macro-sociolo gist to teach race and ethnicity and social stratification. Of the three candidates brought to campus there was a diversity of opinions about who should be the new sociology SEE "SOCIOLOGY" ON PAGE 5 CHRONICLE OF A IIJUST CAUSE" by Michelle Wolper Barbara Trent allowed her Academy Award to the room as audience members waited for the screening of her much-anticipated film. The Panama Deception provided a new perspective on an invasion of which no one seems to know all of the details. The Panama Deception chronicles the history of events that led to the 1989 attack, including the rise and fall of Panamanian leader General Manuel Noriega. President George Bush advocated the invasion in order to preserve Panamanian democracy and capture Noriega, an infamous drug dealer and money launderer. The documentary alleges that the U.S. government concealed vital information about the aaack and that the media did its best to whitewash the aftermath. The film also alleges that the government used force in its invasion and that the television and print media hid the fact that the United Nations called Just Cause a "flagrant violation of interna tional law." The film contradicts Bush s major objective for the attack. "He said he want ed to restore democracy in Panama, but the fact is, democracy never existed in Panama," said director Trent. Trent, the keynote speaker for the Race and Gender Symposium, gave a brief introduction before the one-and-a half-hour showing and hosted a question and-answer session immediately follow ing. Secrets The Panama Deception uncov ers include the use of unknown, experi mental weaponry by the U.S. military and the creation of 15 identified mass graves for those who died during the invasion; many of these were civilian casualties. The movie also showed that the U.S. used bombs in attacking many cities, most of which were densely populated. Fearing that the portrayal is too oneSeE "CHRONICLE" ON PAGE 2
2 The Catalyst February 27, 1996 "MARION" FROM PAGE 1 said. "That's important. "The campus is fairly quiet," he said, we want to keep it that way." "'t's a great campus--bigger than I thought it was, but a very good campus he said after two weeks, including a Palm Court Party, on the squad. As a new offi cer, he works the graveyard shift. It's been 15 years since I've worked mid nights," he said, but I was re a dy for any thing." This was ok with him for he planned to have a long carear here. The most important thing to him, he said, "is protecting the students and the faculty." Golf has to be his favorite hobby. "' have one or two bad holes that ruin my score, but I g et a lot of birdie and par holes as well, he s aid. Along with golf one of Marion's biggest hobbies is work ing out. "They've got some good equip ment there," he said refering to the Fitness Center. Marion stands a few inches taller and looks stronger than most of the other officers, he is greying, and his eyes can be a bit intimidating but that s no reas o n to be afraid of him. I certainly want to be approachable to all the people," he said. "Don t hesitate to come up to me." "CHRONICLE" FROM PAGE 1 sided, PBS refused to broadcast the movie nationally. (Ironically, the film has also been banned in Panama, in accordance with their new laws since "democracy was restored.") With production costs totaling about S300,000, Trent said that her primary investor was VISA ; she and several crew members got cash advances on their credit cards in order to make the documen tary. The film, which took over two years to complete, was the most arduous task that Trent and her production company, the Empowerment Project, had ever undertaken. "Much of the production occurred during the Persian GulfWar. Post-pro duction happened in Los Angeles during the riots. And we've lost our cameraman and primary researcher during filming." This did not prevent Trent and writer David Kasper from winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1993. Trent was pleased that students could a ppreciate the irony of the film, especially the scenes of bureaucratic military officials who denied occurrences that previous footage had verified. Students were thrilled that Trent s poke and screened her film at New College. "[The Panama Deception] was an incredible piece of journalism that exposed the Bush Administration's blatant disregard of human rights," said Jake Small. "We were very glad to see New College funding to such an inspiring speaker," said Joy Kanwar "And it was surprising to see Sainer Auditorium actu ally filled. Added Sofia Memon, "What an incredible impact her film makes; seeing Barbara Trent and her works makes life after New College look like a challenge, but an exciting, worthwhile challenge." Trent used to do community organiz ing in the 1960s, and this is partly the reason she tours colleges and universities screening her movie. "I have to pass the torch," she said. As for the banning of The Panama Deception on PBS, Trent implores that viewers who support the movie call their local public television stations. "This is not a liberal/conservative issue. This is not a Democrat/Republican issue It is an issue of the basic values we all hold dear, the most important of which is honesty." PUT YOURANNOUNCEMENT IN THE CATALYST. ANNOUNCEMENTS RECEIVED BEFORE 5 P M FRIDAY WILL APPEAR IN THE FOLLOWING WEEK'S ISSUE. DROP THOSE BAD BOYS IN THE CATALYST CONTRIBUTIONS BOX BY BARBARA BERGGREN'S OFFICE OR E-MAIL US AT CATALYSH1VIRTU. CaTheta /y.r _____ r._'h_e_C_a_t_a_ly_st_i_s_a_vail__a_b_le_o_n_th_e_w_o_r_ld-W-id_e_w_e_b_a_t ____ --t http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Kate Fink Managing Editor James Reffell Staff Writers Charles Choi, Evan Greenlee, Aaron Olk, Graham Strouse, Rocky Swift and Michelle Wolper Layout Rachael Lininger and Heather Oliver Business Manager Sara Foley Dances With Macs Ilen Zazueta-Audirac Contributors Rachael Lininger Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 email@example.com. usf edu 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 5:00 p.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 Catal st February 27, 1996 3 STATUE CHECKED OUT FROM LIBRARY by Charles Choi The marble female nude statue that stood by the doors of the library was taken by an unknown party on the eve of Valentine's Day. University Police said the statue disappeared between 10 p.m and 9 a.m., though the custodial staff said the statue was missing when they arrived between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. The statue had been tipped over at around 4:15 in the afternoon, and was broken in two parts, the statue proper and its circular base. Library staff called Physical Plant to move the pieces of the statue, since it was too heavy for them to move. Physical Plant was closed, so the order was postponed for the next day Police believe that the statue was bro ken earlier in the day in a lone effort to take the statue, and that the attempt later in the evening was a group effort. New College is "self-insured," meaning that it pays to replace stolen ew College property. The statue's worth has not yet been determined, although it is worth at least S500. Sgt. Eugene 0' Casio stated that, since the statue "weighed so much, and since it probably didn't grow wings, it's probably somewhere nearby." If the unknown party is caught, the penalty will be severe; the value of the statue makes its theft a third grade felony instead of larceny. However, "we'd be happy to pick it up anywhere, if there's a telephone call saying it's laying somewhere," 0' Casio said. Officer Mitchell, who was the first officer on the scene, was assigned the case as the investigation continues. Library staff found a note in the book drop on the morning of February 14. Printed on it was a "statement" from the statue concerning her departure: tired of being put upon a pedestal, she had taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, "to have have a night on the town, to let my hair down and put on some clothes." The note said that she will return, "of my own free will, when I feel you understand my needs as a human being." There is a circle of white dust on the green pedestal between the entrance and exit of the library where the statue once stood, and a thick streak of black, proba bly a mark from when the statue was knocked over. The statue is one of several that came from the Charles Ringling estate when the library was opened. "It's really unfortunate when some thing like this happens, because it's to the detriment of everyone," said Lucy Carroll, office manager of the library. "The statue will probably be destroyed [by mishan dling] if it remains in the outside." MORE FIRST-YEARS UP FOR REVIEW by Graham Strouse According to Student Academic Status Committee Chair Terry Palls, approximately five out of eight students recently reviewed by the SASC for failed contracts were first-years, roughly twice the number they normally see. The SASC meets in both December and January. Typically, students slotted for December meetings are already on proba tion. The rationale behind this schedule, said Palls, is that students recommended for academic termination should be able to get their interterm money back, an impossibility once ISP begins. The SASC recommended dismissal for eight students this December. Over the past three years, the school has aver aged just under 13 dismissals per year. Although the Committee didn't make an unusual number of dismissals during December, they did have an unusually full docket of students corning up for their first reviews in January and February. As of February 23, 31 students had come up for review due to failing contracts for the first time. That's about one-third more than the Committee would normally expect to review, said Registrar Nancy Ferraro. So why so many failed contracts? Why so many first-years? Ferraro is currently doing database research to find trends amongst the contract-droppers. Total first semester attrition, including dismissals, withdrawals, and transfers, accounted for 6 percent of the student body, or 38 students, according to statis tics provided by Ferraro. Between 198990 and 1995-96, mid-year New College student body atrophy has ranged from 5.9 to 8 percent. World OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER According to U.S. officials, Cuban fighter jets shot down two aircraft over international waters on Saturday. The small planes belonged to an American based Cuban exile group, Brothers to the Rescue. President Clinton "condemned this action in the strongest possible terms." The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation. Twenty-five people were killed and 77 wounded in two terrorist bombings in Israel on Sunday. The militant Muslim group Hamas took responsibility for the bombings, and stated that they were intended to avenge the killing of Ham as bombmaker Yahya Ayyash last week. National Mter coming in second place in the New Hampshire Republican primary last Tuesday, Bob Dole said he plans to make his attacks on Pat Buchanan more subtle as the candidates gear up for today's Arizona primary. Buchanan finished first in New Hampshire; Lamar Alexander finished a close third. Flat-tax proponent Steve Forbes won the Delaware primary on Saturday. Forbes was the only candi date to campaign in person in Delaware. In an effort to enforce discipline in "young people," President Clinton is spearheading a national movement to require uniforms in schools. The policy would not be enforced by the federal gov ernment, and would be voluntary within school districts. To critics of the plan, Clinton insists that uniforms would not hinder free expression. StateJLocal A Dutch tourist was shot at a gas sta tion in Liberty City on Friday as her hus band asked directions. The victim was sitting in a locked car at the time. This is the first murder of a tourist in Florida in 2 1/2 years. Officials fear the shooting wiU depress the multi-million-dollar tourist economy that only recently recov ered from the string of shootings three years ago. Hundreds of tips from the public led to the arrest of three suspects on Saturday.
4 The Catalyst Februar MARATHON ALLOCATIONS RUN SAC TO EXHAUSTION by Aaron Olk Mter giving away money for six hours, the Student Allocations Committee had a disheveled, refugee-like appearance. Veteran and new members alike were past the point of complete physical exhaustion. Stephanie Weiss summed up the feelings of the eight who ruled when she declared, "Oh wow, I real ly need some sleep!" Third-year SAC member Keyoor Patel was pleased with how allocations went. "It went well enough so that we can afford two more Palm Court Parties, new speakers, and the Performers Workshop Ensemble if the community decides it wishes to spend the $5000 dollars required to bring them here." Patel also noted that everything was or would be funded. There are some areas of disagreement between those who requested money and those in charge of giving it away. Macintosh TA Rocco Maglio said, "they gave us money for a server, but not enough for RAM." Mike Campbell said, "we should set up a voucher system where all students get to decide how funds are spent." Most students seemed to be happy with the way allocations went. Daniel Berke of Hillel, who received half of the money he requested for a speaker, said that "they did a good job. I'll just have to charge admission to non-students who come for our speaker." Second-year SAC member Alice Solomon said, "No one left too upset." The SAC has three new members this semester: Solomon, Hazen Komraus, and Joy Kanwar. Solomon said that the new members had few problems and worked well with veterans like Weiss. Solomon 'Everything that will con tribute to the community is funded." Keyoor Patel, third-year SAC did say that she was "astounded how cava lier people were about $30,000." She felt as though the money had little meaning by the end of the day. "$40 dollars for ping pong was almost nothing!" she said. Patel said that "everything that will contribute to the community is funded Members of SAC rarely disagree about funding, and this marathon's allocations were all agreed upon unanimously. Patel said that the better organized a proposal is, the more money it will receive. He also said that when people look into alterna tive sources for funding, the SAC is very likely to react well to the proposal. Joe Bauder's multi-page proposal for Bike Shoppe funding included a section that begins "When the apocalypse comes, everything is reduced to smoking rubble." The Bike Shoppe got full funding. Organization S Requested S Allocated Organization Volleyball Alliance 339.50 339.50 Zymurgy Club Sailing Club 955.00 455.00 Mac Lab New College Bike Shoppe 431.07 431.07 New CollAge 27, 1996 MINUTES OF THE SAC FEBRUARY 2, 1996 Members present: Lisa Stampnitzky, Joy Kanwar, Stephanie Weiss, Keyoor Patel, Alice Solomon, Meg Moore, Hazen Komraus, Martha Alter New CollAge magazine submitted a proposal for $1500 today (since Mac Miller can't come on Sat.) that will be considered during Marathon Allocations this Saturday. Student sponsors are Lisa Swanstrom and Graham Strouse. Stephanie (that is, I!) is chosen to be chair for this semester. The position of secretary will be rotating, with Hazen taking minutes next week. Copies of minutes should be distributed to all eight SAC members, Barbara Berggren, the NCSA president, and The Catalyst. Meetings will be at 7:00p.m. on Mondays in the Student Government office, starting the first Monday in March. I am making copies of SAC duties and the portion of the referendum concerning the SAC for all members. The Marathon Allocation will be next Saturday, February 24, beginning at 9:15 a.m. We will meet tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the Comptroller's office (next to Sara's office) to assign schedules and make photocopies. Keyoor is to reserve a room for allocations. RA selection committee members are Lara Glasgow, Meg Moore, Ben Wolkov, Trina Sargalski, and Craig Willse. S Requested S Allocated 120.00 120.00 7,582.85 6,032.92 1,500.00 1,500.00 Take Back the Night 30.00 0.00 Weapons Sparring Club 100.00 100 .00 Final Analysis 750.00 0.00 Hillel 1,000.00 500.00 Amnesty International 400.00 0.00 Interamerican Films 500.00 500.00 Radical Education Journal 400.26 323.94 New College Photography 177.00 177.00 Cyclone Pinball 650.00 500.00 Recycling Crew 725.00 0.00 Youth Solidarity 250.00 250.00 Catalyst 1,878.00 163.00 Ping-Pong 39.00 39.00 B-dorm VCR 155.00 155.00 Feminist Studies Fever 50.00 5.00 Fantasia Wall 126.00 126.00 PlayBreasts ofTiresias 225.00 225.00 Performers Workshop 5,0000 0.00 Play-About High School 113.00 113.00 Total 23,446.68 12,055.43
The Catalyst February 27, 1996 5 MARDI GRAS IN SARASOTA? by Michelle Wolper A pause in the festivities occurred at I've never attended the real Mardi approximately 8:15p.m. when a man had Gras in New Orleans, but I have a sneakapparently drunk too much at the Gator ing suspicion that it was nothing like this. Club, stepped outside and took a fall. "He The Mardi Gras Music and Food fell right on his face. He probably isn't Festival conquered Main Street and most hurt; just a few cuts on his face," said a of the downtown area Saturday night p olice officer at the scene. with roller coasters, corn dogs, coin tosses, During the minor chaos my companfirethrowers, jester hats and crossions made a sighting of Ricky, the dressers. Upon hearing someone eternally-smiling sub maker who behind me say to her companion, used to work at Marriott "I'm telling you, it's a man," I spun around to see what was My companions and I then obviously a man wearing a slinky decided to shell out three bucks blue sequined gown and black braided each to sample the ferris wheel-esque extensions in his hair. ride, when one of them spotted a New This festival was also probably the College professor waiting in line. "I went only place that evening where one could to ask a woman in the front of the line buy a Dixie cup full of Miller Lite for two how much the the ride cost, and to my dollars and spend about seven dollars to surprise, it was Andrea Dimino," said knock three bottles off a platform to earn Alice Solomon a hot pink stuffed flamingo. Scattered few and far between the The traditional jazz associated with rides and the food booths were vendors Fat Tuesday was replaced by Stranded a selling oversized Dr. Seuss hats, the tradeband of drunk middle-aged southern mark Mardi Gras strings of colore d plasrockers whose highlight of the evening tic beads, and wooden sculptures, the ones were covers ofLynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple that you could look at with a passing Man" and "Ticket to Ride" by the Beatles. interest, but would never want in your Around the stage, even more drunkards home. congregated. I recalled an overweight While there was definitely was the sea woman in her mid-40s clad in short tight of ripped Iron Maiden t-shirts, the Mardi denim shorts, cowboy boots, and an obviGras Music and Food festival did host a ously-too-small black bikini top swaying variety of people, many of them teenagers. erratically with a Rolling Rock in hand, "It was nice to be at an event that while her nine-year-old daughter did involved all of Sarasota. It was a nice what a companion called the "booty cross-section of different kinds of people," dance." Truly amazing. said Nick Napolitano. "This is Sarasota at its finest," said While Bourbon Street was preferable, Daniel Macey with a grin. Main Street had to suffice this year. "SOCIOLOGY" FROM PAGE 1 professor. There were a handful of students, a fair number of which weren't part of the social sciences division, who wanted to see a professor who taught gender studies. They supported candidate Brinda Rao, who has a Curriculum Vitae (a resume in the academic world) overflowing with experience in gender studies. Sarah Hernandez recieved a lot of support from both students and faculty. Stampintzky said, "I think it was a good decision. I really liked her [Sarah Hernandez]. I think she'll go over well," after the division had reached its decision. The third candidate was Linda Avalos Bach. Hernandez expects to receive her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor sometime in July. Her doctoral dissertation is on shaping the cooperative workplace. Before she gets the job, the decision must be approved by the FASC, Dean and Warden Gordon "Mike" Michalson, and finally by USF in Tampa. Burns Court Cinema 506 Burns Lane Downtown Sarasota 955-FllM Now Showing Les Miserables Cry, the Beloved Country The Last Good Time Restoration The Postman Mighty Aphrodite Coming Soon A week of New and Classic Films from Sweden Swedish Film Week STARTS MARCH 1 From China's Great Director ZhangYrmou Shanghai Triad STARTS MARCH 1 Jennifer Jason Leigh as a Punk Rocker on the Edge Georgia STARTS MARCH 8 A Tales of Sex and Science in Victorian England Angels & Insects STARTS MARCH 8 Students w /Purchase any Drink (just show student ID) Ask about Student Memberships
6 The Catalyst February 27, 1996 SILICON JUNGLE SURFS THE IRC CHANNELS by Ilen Zazueta Audirac n a m e ] %). This will connect you to an ing, type /nick [nickname) Choose Wouldn't it be great if you could talk available IRC server, a bunch of stuff will wisely, it's best not to seem to have a xx to computer users from all over the world probably scroll down the screen too chromosome unless you want to be from the comfort of your own room? quickly for you to read it. Once you're harassed by prepubescent males; and Well, you can't ... But you can type, and connected, type "/set hold_mode on." choose creatively, you can t use a nickthat's sufficiently analogous. This solves the nasty rapid-scrolling probname that someone else is already using. IRC is a great way to develop lem, now whenever you reach the end of a Once you've selected a nickname and better typing skills, w a ste page, hit enter to continue. a channel, type "/join #[channel]" You t i m e and have d eep p hilo -I n orde r t o find out wh a t channel s a r e will g e t a mess a ge telling you the chan---sophical c onver s ati ons with available, type "/list -min 10 -max 20". nel's topic, but effectively you've just people you will never ..------------------------------, walked into a crowded room meet in person. IRC (pronounced "eye-are-see," not "irk!") stands for Internet Relay Chat. It's a multi ple-chat program that allo w s you t o spea k (note: for the s a k e of simplicity the words Some Useful Commands (don't forget to type"/" first) AWAY CLEAR IGNORE INVITE JOIN LEAVE leaves a message saying you're not paying attention puts some white space on your screen removes output from specific people off your screen sends an invitation to another user sets your current channel leaves a channel where everyone is talking at once. You can talk too, although it might be better to wait and see if you've walked into the right room-channel names and topics don't neces sarily correspond to the actual conversation. "speaking," "talking and LIST lists channels, number of users, topic Messages from other users "conversing" will all MSG sends a private message appear with the originating actually refer to "comNICK changes your nickname nickname in
The Catalyst February 27, 1996 7 EDITORIAL: FOOD SERVICE For all those wondering why our food service remains fairly constant despite student grumbling, here's the reason: few are grumbling to the right places, and fewer are grumbling to the right places with construc tive suggestions for improvement. First of all, there's the food service itself Manager Peggy Hendon recently put up a comment board in the food service line. They've also brought m a consultant this week to work with them on developing veg etarian and vegan meals, as well as talk to students to find out what we want. For the more direct approach, students can always talk to Hendon herself Though they've kept a low profile for a semester or so, we also have a food service committee in the New College Student Alliance. It's their job to represent students in food service concerns. Finally there's always Director of Housing and Student Mfairs Mark Johnson. He's not working much with food service right now because, well, no one's telling him there's wrong with it. "I don't get many complaints regarding food service, he said. "I'd love to have a food service people can jump up and down about. But we can't do that with out a lot more student mvolvement." Any takers? GUEST OPINION: NAT. SCI. FACULTY LINES by Rachael Lininger When Natural Sciences next gets a professor, what will that professor teach? Dean Mike is currently asking Tampa for new faculty lines, and (if we get them) one or more may go to Nat Sci. Division Chair Leo Demski has asked for student input; Tracy Barlow and I would like to give that input. We've asked around, given out surveys, and held a meeting to find out what students want and need. There will be a Town Meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 in Palm Court to wrap up the discussions. Biochemistry and computer science seem tied in their importance to students. Biochem is needed by chemistry, biology, and premedical students: med schools have started requiring biochemistry. Biochem would help take the load off our overworked chemistry professors. Computer science is needed by all those who came here believing the Catalog that said we had a comp sci major. Currently, New College can't do a decent job of it. There is enormous inter est in applied comp sci-Dr. Mullins' Programmingfor the Internet class has at least 35 people. Mathematics students want a computer science teacher so that Dr. Mullins can teach the people he is supposed to teach. Solid-state physics is also needed, though it doesn't s eem to be as highly demanded as either biochemistry or com puter science. Physics is the smallest department and needs another professor .. Geoscience is an area of contention among both students and faculty. New College doesn't have anyone in that disci pline, but every other liberal arts school in the country does. It's an important part of undergraduate research and a huge gap in our curriculum. Students in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental studies need some exposure to earth sci ence. Some think we should forget geo sciences and strengthen our other disci plines; others think we need to get a geo science professor ASAP. There is enough interest in it that Tracy and I believe it's fourth on students' list. The top four are the most important choices, because they're most likely to affect current students. However, the fifth, sixth, and seventh choices seem to be marine biology, applied math, and a sec ond geosciences professor, respectively. The new building that is supposed to be finished soon will have a computer lab and extra offices and science labs; space won't be a problem for some time.If we don't ask for a certain kind of professor LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CLARIFYING REFORMS On behalf of the Constitutional Reform Committee, I would like to thank The Catalyst for the editorial in last week's issue. I would, however, like to clarify a few details which I feel are somewhat glossed over by the article "Both Referenda Passed," which appears on the front page of the same issue. That article states that the Student Affairs Council was "stripped of some of its powers that it currently does not execute." This is not exactly true. The SAC retains all the power that it has had, but the makeup of the council has been altered. The eight people who comprised the SAC as we knew it are now the "Student Allocations Committee," which is now only a sub-committee of the Council of Student Mfairs (CSA). Those eight people, however, remain full members of the Council. The key change is that members of other com mittees related to student affairs (e.g., Food Service Advisory, Housing Advisory, Fitness Center Advisory, etc.) are now full voting members of the Council of Student Mfairs. This was done because we hope that the distribution of power over a greater number of people will take pressure off the former eight-person SAC. The CSA has a number of duties other than allo cating money (for instance, formulating the Student Code and establishing guidelines for social events). It is unrea sonable to expect a core group of eight people to handle the monumental task of allocating A&il fees as well as per forming these other important duties. Anyone with questions about the new Constitution is welcome to contact me or NCSA President Jessica Falcone. -Matthew Grieco, Box 234 because we don't have the facilities for that field, we guarantee that we never get either the professor or the facilities. Not everyone agrees with this listing. If you think differently, please come to the Town Meeting. Rachael Lininger (Box #S98) is a Natural Sciences division representative, and member of the Catalyst staff.
8 The Catalyst February 27, 1996 ANNOUNCEMENTS Discussion Group meeting for women who have had abortions. Tuesday 2/27 (that's today) in Pei 342 at 7 p.m. For more informa tion, contact Amy at 359-3173. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and author of the novel Night, will be speaking at Eckerd College's McArthur Gymnasium on Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00p. m Admission is free. Call (813) 864-8297 for more information Come meet with Mary Jo Neitz, New College alumna and Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri. She wants to be updated on concerns and interests of New College students, and she would also be happy to answer questions that students planning professional careers in sociology might have. Tuesday, February 27 at 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Anthropology Lab Chemistry Seminar will be meeting at 4:00 on Wednesday. Rachael Lininger will be giving a presentation on "Synthesizing 3,52,6 Pyridinophane: Sacrificing to the Chemical Gods." Refreshments will be provided. Radio Meeting 9:00 p.m. at the Ham Center Couches. Women's Awareness Month events for March (all are free and open to the public): 3/1 : Kickoff celebration, Palm Court, 8 p.m. Music by Evergreen College's Aunt Betsy. 3/3: The Clothesline Project, Palm Court, 10 a.m.-evening. Display ofT-shirts made by New College and USF women who have experienced domestic violence in their lifetimes. 3/4: Roundtable on Women's Health, Fishbowl, noon. Video on women's health issues. Bring a lunch. We're pleased to announce: Feminist Studies Fever is almost ready! We hope to produce it every other week as a collective effort. It's for New College students who are interested in feminist studies, whether or not your area of concentration is Feminist Studies/ Gender Studies/Women's Studies. To receive the newsletter, or to get involved, drop a note in box 609. The New College International Studies Committee is sponsoring a Latin American Film Series. It is being held in conjunction with this semester s "Interamerican World" seminar. Selections will correspond with topics that are emphasized in the course, such as women and development, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, the drug problem in the Americas, social change, and the effects of political persecution in Latin America, but should be of interest to anyone in the New College community. All students are welcome to attend the films; one will be shown each week in the Teaching Auditorium. The first three films are scheduled as follows: 3/1: 6:30p.m. Kiss of the Spider Woman 3/2: 7:00 p.m. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings 3/14: 7:00p.m. Black 9rpheus CAREER CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS: Earth Work, a monthly publication, lists fulltime positions, seasonal positions, and internships relating to environmental careers. This publica tion is now available in the CRC. Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available for fall1996 at Florida Atlantic University for students who would like to enter their g:a d uate program in Physics with a number of d1fferent research areas. Volunteer Opportunities in Southeast Alaska: Forestry: Serve as an assistant to a Forest Service professional responsible for identifying physical, economical and environmental con straints and opportunities associated with the timber harvesting activities. Biology: Collect field data relating to fisheries projects, fish trapping, tagging, measurement, and transport. Report writing of season's work. Fisheries/Wildlife: Conduct surveys on Peregrine Falcon, Duck Brood, Marbled Murrelet, Arctic Grayling, Little Brown Bat, Small Mammals, Nee-tropical Migratory Bird, Goshawk, and Trumpeter Swan. Recreation: Wilderness patrol, trail main t e nance, airstrip maintenance, Special Use permit site inspections, developed site maintenance, and river patrols with an emphasis on fublic contact Reimbursements for airfare wil vary per each agreement, subsistence provided while at field locations, and miscellaneous expenses are provid ed. For more information, contact the Career Center at PME 119. R E S T AURANT 844 t N. T.W.IIli Tnil Suuota 3-4243 Brian Boehan 941-3514492